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A reader writes:

Dear Steve, I was amused to see your article today linking deafness politics to trans politics. As someone who was born mostly deaf, I’ve thought about these parallels before and considered writing something on it, though I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone else note the connection.

One interesting thing you didn’t mention is how the radical stance is reversed across the two cases. That is to say, in the case of deaf people, the radical move is to insist on leaving them as they were born and to resist any attempt at using technology to correct their hearing loss. For trans cases, the radical move is conversely to insist that such people cannot possibly live as they were born and that technology must be employed to change them as they wish.

I realize that intellectual consistency is not exactly to be hoped for these days, but I still find this pretty amusing.

Commenter Cliff Arroyo explains:

Well some deaf people talk to themselves in sign language and from my experience learning something of a couple of sign languages (in different countries) most people misunderstand how signers think. AFAICT it’s gestural (think of mental limbs signing rather than a mental tongue moving around). It’s not seeing a mental signer, it’s feeling yourself sign even though you’re not (if that makes sense).

In deaf-related topics I couldn’t fit into my Taki article, I’m a fan of Dummy Hoy, the fine lead-off man / centerfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1890s.

Not quite a Hall of Famer, although he still ranks in the top 20 all-time for career stolen bases (ahead of Maury Wills), but definitely a member of the Hall of Interest of interesting baseball players.

Here he is at age 99 throwing out the ball to start a 1961 World Series game.

There’s also a long-running debate in deaf education about whether “oralism” (teaching deaf children to speak and lip-read) or “manualism” (sign language) is best. The former tends toward assimilation with the larger culture, the latter toward separatism. (The latter’s politics remind me of those of Quebec.)

Oralism was big in the first half of the 20th Century, but manualism became stronger in the later 20th Century. In a letter to editor of the New York Review of Books in response to an Oliver Sachs essay in 1986, Arden Neisser explained:

The rise of oralism was greatly influenced by demography, and so was its demise. Oralism no longer exists in its nineteenth century form. If the system worked at all, it worked for the adventitious (postlingual) deaf who accounted for 60% of all deaf children at the turn of the century. The elite oral schools (the Clarke School, for example), were highly selective, preferred postlingually deaf children, and only admitted those who seemed certain to succeed. Reverence for speech was not the only issue. At the core of oralist conviction was an imperfectly disguised horror of the defective gene—a horror expressed for them by A.G. Bell in his Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race. Not merely an historical artifact, the book is still in print, still discussed, and still recommended to teachers and parents of deaf children.

Since World War II, and the development of antibiotics, postlingually deafened children have become rare. Today, most children who are deaf were born profoundly deaf. In the 1960s and 1970s, because of a series of rubella epidemics, the school-aged population soared. All existing facilities expanded, and in expanding were evaluated. Oralism, already under criticism, was further discredited.

Fortunately, first antibiotics in the 1940s and then the invention of a rubella vaccine a half century ago (now MMR) greatly reduced the number of children made deaf by disease after having learned to speak. So now most cases of childhood deafness are due to congenital birth defects. The latter are more suited to sign language.

 
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  1. Dear Steve, I was amused to see your article today linking deafness politics to trans politics.

    Why do you oppose trans politics, Steve?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    @Anonymous

    because they are transient in our time, our attention....in this time in history,

  2. Chappelle is anti-White. Why is Steve defending this guy?

    • Replies: @SFG
    @Anon

    It's one of the few successful (so far) examples of resistance to wokeness these days. You need a heavy-duty intersectional identity to pull it off, though; I doubt a Latino guy could pull it off, let alone a cis white straight lady, white gay guy, or an Asian. Even most conservatives would agree black people have legitimate grievances, what with slavery and all.

    I went and watched the thing just to give Netflix the message that getting rid of him will cost them financially. But I don't think it's that great. If you have Netflix, you should watch it. Let them know there's a big market for conservative stuff (even though this isn't conservative). Rent anything you can by Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, John Milius, Dennis Miller, Ben Stein, Bruce Willis, or James Woods (to name a few). Even, if you can tolerate it, Adam Sandler.

    Replies: @IHTG

    , @e
    @Anon

    I couldn't tell when he said that if he was joking or telling the truth as I've only watched 2 of his specials.

    At the end of his act this time, he said to the gender queer in power, "Stop punching DOWN on MY PEOPLE" and w/in the context of the last several minutes of his performance, by "his people" he meant people who made their living as comics.

  3. I was a train commuter for many years and I usually chose ‘the Quiet Car’ where no talking was allowed for the 35 minute ride to DC.
    Occasionally all us silent, grumpy riders would be interrupted by gales of laughter coming from a four person facing seat arrangement at the beginning of the car.
    Scowling, harrumphing and outraged, we would would look up to see who loud, impolite scofflaws were?
    ‘Don’t you know this is the Quiet Car?!’
    Looking up from the Post, we were surprised to see four deaf(I assume) signers sitting facing each other, laughing uproariously over a finger joke.
    Perhaps they were all heading to Gallaudet and were chortling over the weird signage finger accent of their new boss?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @conatus

    A similar incident happened to me while camping. My family was repeatedly startled awake by roaring laughter. No loud voices or music, just intermittent laughter. What the hell? In the morning we were awakened by clanking bottles from the same direction. After climbing out of our tent and looking over, we saw that group signing to each other. Clarity.

  4. I don’t know how anyone could possibly conflate deafness with transgenderism.

    It’s really very simple. One is a trans-human identity movement, the other isn’t.

    It is all connected to the ideology of transhumanism.

    Trans-humanism is about transcending humanity or human nature. So that would include someone born female changing into a male, or vice-versa. It is a change that is not “natural”, or not “back to normal”, as would be the case of someone changing from “deaf” to “hearing person”.

    Someone born deaf is just someone who has an incorrection in the senses, so it’s not an identity question nor a change in human nature. He just wants to hear like other normal human beings, or, if that’s not possible, then to communicate in an alternate way. That’s all. He doesn’t want to make an unnatural change that transcends normal humanity, like transgenders want.

    Now, if he was a person that wanted to have ultrasound-hearing capabilities, or something else that is non-natural, then perhaps it would be in accordance with the trans-humanist ideology, and perhaps it could be accepted as an identity movement.

    Also if it was a normal person who for some crazy reason wanted to be deaf, this also could be considered a trans-human identity movement. Let’s call them “trans-deaf”.

    • Agree: mc23
  5. Another comparison is the “Piss on Pity” disabled movement: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/disability-arts-movement-national-collection-archive-barbara-lisicki-tony-heaton-a8416036.html

    Disabled activists were routinely treated as Dickensian objects of pity, and they were enraged by syrupy Jerry Lewis telethons etc. It’s quite the opposite now, where the most elite individuals (at expensive colleges etc) want to be treated as victims.

    Those on the bottom want to be on top, and those on the top want to be on the bottom. A person who has had everything on a plate feels the need to suffer. It’s as if everyone wants to fill every section of Maslow’s pyramid.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @TelfoedJohn

    Does BDSM exhibit this effect? Do the janitors want to hold the whip, while the CEOs want to be under it?

    Replies: @TelfoedJohn

  6. Anon[207] • Disclaimer says:

    … in the case of deaf people, the radical move is to insist on leaving them as they were born and to resist any attempt at using technology to correct their hearing loss. For trans cases, the radical move is conversely to insist that such people cannot possibly live as they were born and that technology must be employed to change them

    I think the commonality between deaf and trans activists is that the “oppressed” group needs to come up with a position and a set of demands that is maximally inconvenient for the normal majority. “The Man” has to be blamed for their problems, and The Man must be made to pay. Having to deal with people who cannot hear and have made no attempt at accommodation is a pain. Likewise the trans movement just cannot be satisfied with reasonable compromises, and they have to be able to wave their dicks in changing rooms, use women’s toilets rather than individual toilet rooms, and compete against women in sports.

  7. A college classmate’s sister was prelingually deaf and communicated orally and very well. But I can’t imagine how much work it must have taken to get her there: her family were all very kind, conscientious and diligent people, which must have helped a great deal. She talked funny of course, but it was still pretty uncanny to sit around conversing with someone who couldn’t hear anything. Remarkable.

    My own complete deafness in my right ear is the result either of a genetic mutation or of mumps, which sometimes fries your cochlear (I think?) nerve. In any case, it’s certainly prelingual–but fortunately I have a fully functional left ear (knock wood) and had no trouble acquiring language.

    I can sleep through a cannonade, and I suspect that my right-sided deafness may have played a role in my strong musical ear and an unusual talent for mimicry: maybe channeling all sound through one side of my brain had some weird effects. If so, those are the good things about it.

    The bad stuff I’ve mentioned in a comment on the previous post: no sound location or stereo, and utter uselessness in conversation in a noisy environment. It’s a bit socially isolating, that last one.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @slumber_j

    Thank you for sharing some interesting stuff. So, sound for you goes exclusively into your right brain. That is said to be spatial, visual, emotional, etc., as opposed to the left brain stuff. That is interesting.

    A broken right arm at kindergarten age changed me from right-handed to lefty. Now I am ambidextrous when it comes to writing. It took me until after college to teach myself to write with my right hand, but it was easy, only took a few days.

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on...


    https://connecticuthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/KellerArcan-610x438.jpg

    Replies: @Rob, @prosa123, @slumber_j

  8. It’s not seeing a mental signer, it’s feeling yourself sign even though you’re not (if that makes sense).

    Yes it does.

    • Replies: @Half Canadian
    @El Dato

    I have internal dialogues when thinking about subjects, and I can feel my tongue move when this happens.

  9. I have heard, though I do not actually know, that cochlear implants are really interesting because they do not input sound into your brain, and they do not input it in the area of your brain that your ears do, yet people with cochlear implants (usually) learn to interpret the input as speech, and even music.

    If that’s true, it implies that people trying to do echolocation for blind people might be going in the wrong direction with trying to do echolocation tied to touch. Just pick an area of the brain, either the same one cochlear implants use or one picked by similar criteria, hook up the echolocation sensor, turn it on, and the brain, through the magic of neuroplasticity, will learn to interpret the input as “sight” for blind people, and “echolocation, I really can’t describe it, bro” for sighted people. The same might apply to a UV/NIR camera or a multicolor tetra- or septa-chromatic camera.

    [MORE]

    For possibly more practical, for a certain definition of practical, application, do the cochlear implant thing without destroying — intentionally, it helps with interference — natural hearing, and do a sight thing but not in the visual area of the brain, hook those electrode arrays up to a cell phone, and see if people who have them can learn to “see” and “hear” the computer’s output.

    For bonus points, first hook those electrode arrays up to a sound, ultrasonic, maybe, and light UV or IR input for a while to neuroplastically incorporate those inputs by I dunno, soundproof room, and up-pitched tv for a few hours a day for a week. Or a month, with pretty people on the screen and simple dialogue that goes clearly with the ultrasound dialogue or narrator. When they can recognize that, do the same with ultrasonic speech plus RGB+UV or IR tetracolor tv. Have some things, for fun, Snuffleupagus, (Wikipedia informs me that he is Mr Snuffleupagus) Big Bird’s imaginary friend, done only in UV or IR. Pretty soon, the adult can see Snuffy! The first one ever. When he can see snuffy and hear snuffy, then he is ready for the very first iThink! Which “speaks” to him in who-knows-what pitch with input he can “see” in black-and-Mr-Snuffleupagus-color. Who knows, maybe he’d be able to pay attention to iThink input and real speech or sight at the same time?

    To do input into the iThink, maybe do like the artificial thumb with a cursor moved by toe, but maybe we still have a part of our brain that moved the tail in our tailed ancestors from long ago? If I remember correctly, movement is deeper in the brain than perception, but maybe, with time, he can “imagine” seeing a pixel, and the neurons below that pixel will fire, which the electrode can pick up and “click” on the iThink’s “screen”? Perhaps subvocalized speech and a numbered grid? More research is needed. Perhaps just implant another electrode array, and he could learn to “click” through the miracle of neuroplasticity?

    I can think of jobs (heh) that would benefit from iThink. I can think of jobs that would benefit from IR, UV, or even just more, separate colors in the visual spectrum. Any field where data is visually encoded would be easier if you saw indigo, say, as a totally different color than purple. Or, should have thought of this first, a red or green camera for the colorblind! We know the brain can see three colors, whereas they only found one woman, cannot remember out of how many, but thousands, who had tetrachromatic vision – she would not have found tv very realistic.

    There is a French artist who was born totally colorblind. He had a sensor implanted, and he “sees” color through a constant musical tone he hears through bone conduction. He does “sound portraits” music composed of the notes he hears when he looks at something. He says he “sees” the sound as color, but how does he know? Anywho, bone conduction is the lazy way to do the iThink’s sonic input.

    Remember what people who interacted with wearers of Google Glass, at Starbucks, or wherever? The iThink even inspires a similar insulting nickname.

    Thinkholes!

    You heard it here first!

  10. Meanwhile in the NYC metro, the NYPD has determined face diapers are optional for their officers:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1450862695884918785

    • Thanks: Je Suis Omar Mateen
  11. One presumably annoying thing about deaf people (I haven’t tested this personally) is that it’s likely harder to startle them with impromptu jump scares, because sound isn’t a factor.

  12. I remember a conversation I had with my father many years ago. I guess I was a teenager at the time.

    I asked my father how you could explain to somebody who had been blind from birth what vision was.

    My father said that it was simple. You would explain to them (speaking slowly and clearly) “I can SEE, but you can’t!”

    Problem solved.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Jonathan Mason

    Perhaps 'taking the piss' is genetic?

  13. @slumber_j
    A college classmate's sister was prelingually deaf and communicated orally and very well. But I can't imagine how much work it must have taken to get her there: her family were all very kind, conscientious and diligent people, which must have helped a great deal. She talked funny of course, but it was still pretty uncanny to sit around conversing with someone who couldn't hear anything. Remarkable.

    My own complete deafness in my right ear is the result either of a genetic mutation or of mumps, which sometimes fries your cochlear (I think?) nerve. In any case, it's certainly prelingual--but fortunately I have a fully functional left ear (knock wood) and had no trouble acquiring language.

    I can sleep through a cannonade, and I suspect that my right-sided deafness may have played a role in my strong musical ear and an unusual talent for mimicry: maybe channeling all sound through one side of my brain had some weird effects. If so, those are the good things about it.

    The bad stuff I've mentioned in a comment on the previous post: no sound location or stereo, and utter uselessness in conversation in a noisy environment. It's a bit socially isolating, that last one.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Thank you for sharing some interesting stuff. So, sound for you goes exclusively into your right brain. That is said to be spatial, visual, emotional, etc., as opposed to the left brain stuff. That is interesting.

    A broken right arm at kindergarten age changed me from right-handed to lefty. Now I am ambidextrous when it comes to writing. It took me until after college to teach myself to write with my right hand, but it was easy, only took a few days.

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on…

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    , @prosa123
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on…

    Why did Hellen Keller get arrested on a morals charge?
    She was using her fingers to lip-read in the women's locker room.

    Replies: @Corvinus

    , @slumber_j
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Thanks. As a child I was a huge fan of the story of Annie Sullivan, who as an employee of the Keller household broke Helen Keller out of her deaf and blind black box. I still love that.

  14. @Jonathan Mason
    I remember a conversation I had with my father many years ago. I guess I was a teenager at the time.

    I asked my father how you could explain to somebody who had been blind from birth what vision was.

    My father said that it was simple. You would explain to them (speaking slowly and clearly) "I can SEE, but you can't!"

    Problem solved.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Perhaps ‘taking the piss’ is genetic?

  15. Off topic.
    Does anyone read Jared Taylor or Michelle Malkin? I ask because she gets few comments and he gets none.

    • Replies: @donkeyrunner
    @Catdompanj

    Check amren.com and Taylor has comment sections there for posts he relays here. Seems more comments for him there

  16. For a while deaf activists were recruiting too. Late speaking children were seen as deaf in training and they pushed to teach such children sign language and incorporate them into the deaf community. Thomas Sowell had a late speaking child and wrote an entire book about it, since he’s been dealing with woke fools for over half a century

  17. Regarding deafness and language, I recall one deaf student in college indignantly complaining to me that English was not his first language and was upset when I assessed his functionally illiterate midterm with a failing grade. The translator provided for him told me when he wasn’t around that deaf kids all pull that argument out. Turns out it’s true that they are thinking in mental gestures rather than English, but the deaf apparently haven’t been able to translate that into near automatic passes like other communities have.

  18. @Buzz Mohawk
    @slumber_j

    Thank you for sharing some interesting stuff. So, sound for you goes exclusively into your right brain. That is said to be spatial, visual, emotional, etc., as opposed to the left brain stuff. That is interesting.

    A broken right arm at kindergarten age changed me from right-handed to lefty. Now I am ambidextrous when it comes to writing. It took me until after college to teach myself to write with my right hand, but it was easy, only took a few days.

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on...


    https://connecticuthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/KellerArcan-610x438.jpg

    Replies: @Rob, @prosa123, @slumber_j

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    • Replies: @TWS
    @Rob

    QWERTY is designed to slow down typing. Old manual typewriters used to jam if you went too fast.

    My mom was a lefty and the fastest keyboarder I knew.

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob


    ... the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty...
     
    I read or was told by my typing teacher in ninth grade that QWERTY was designed to slow down typers. There was a concern that too-quick keystrokes would jam those early machines.

    I took that ninth-grade touch-typing class, and I sure do think the QWERTY keyboard only makes sense to slow people down. It is unfortunate that it has not been replaced. There have been attempts.

    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the "European" idea I don't know.

    The only thing I cannot master is using a fork in the proper configuration, as a stabbing instrument that curves downward. I use it "upside down" to shovel food as well as stab it. Again, seems to make perfect sense.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Rob

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties.
     
    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population. That would mean that North America and Europe, not the UK and Ireland, are advantageous for lefties. And driving is one of the most critical skills of modern life. (Collins is a Brit, so expect some bias.)

    You might counter that Sweden saw a decrease in accidents when they changed to RHT in the 1960s. But they had always been using left-hand-drive vehicles, a rather dangerous combination with left-hand traffic, still seen in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. One or two Pacific island countries switched the other way because they got most of their vehicles from Australia and Japan. Rwanda and Burundi are considering the same thanks to regional pressure.

    Replies: @Rob, @AnotherDad

    , @AnotherDad
    @Rob

    There would be a--very modest--efficiency bonus to transitioning off QWERTY. (I don't think it's any big deal, people spend a whole lot more time thinking about the "what to write" and messing with what they write than they do typing.)

    You can install Dvorak (or something else) on your computer/device but then plopped down in front of someone else's you have to jump through a few hoops and alter their machine. It would be goodness if all systems/manufacturers had flipping as a one-button (function key or the like) thing to bring up a list and set. Anyone could plop down anywhere, pull up their desired keyboard and flip it back when done.

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @Rob

    I am left eye dominant, but was raised right handed. There were two times where I naturally took a left handed position, the first I was eight and when I was handed a .22 rifle and I held it on my left shoulder, and the other was the first time picking up a softball bat and standing at the plate as a lefty. Both were situations where the dominant eye would be superior.

    Trying to shoot right handed, I found that I had difficulty closing my left eye, I had to work on that to shoot right handed for a hunter safety permit in seventh grade. A long tie before I ever saw a left handed bolt action rifle. My uncles who had handed me the rifle teased me for being a lefty and my mom rebuked them.

    In the softball game in fourth grade, the boys teased me about being a southpaw, so I took the position of least resistance and batted right. Since left handed gloves were rare, I wore a right handed glove in the field anyway.

  19. Okay, nobody can tell me the MSM don’t read iSteve.

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1450932548129804291

    They don’t even promote the character’s name, because it’s not important.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai


    Okay, nobody can tell me the MSM don’t read iSteve.
     
    Steve lives in Hollywood, went to school with Hollywood people and has Hollywood friends. Rather than conjecture that Hollywood people are reading iSteve, it is better to assume that Steve is just hanging around with them and thus transferring some of their project ideas to his blog.

    Nothing wrong with that. We readers benefit.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  20. Another, even simpler difference between transgender vs deaf is this:

    There are a lot of politicians and rich people who are transgender and/or involved in transgender causes. Very few who are deaf (which, as I said, is not an identity or trans-humanist cause in the first place, so it wouldn’t really matter anyway if there were).

    Transgenderism is clearly important for the elite. I mean just look at what they have been pushing only this year. Deafness, not so important (Although for some reason now someone seems to have assumed that deaf people cannot read captions on TV, so there must always be someone gesturing all the time).

    Sometimes, I don’t know if Steve asks such questions because he is really clueless (autistic mindset) or as a form of clickbait.

  21. @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    QWERTY is designed to slow down typing. Old manual typewriters used to jam if you went too fast.

    My mom was a lefty and the fastest keyboarder I knew.

  22. @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    … the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty…

    I read or was told by my typing teacher in ninth grade that QWERTY was designed to slow down typers. There was a concern that too-quick keystrokes would jam those early machines.

    I took that ninth-grade touch-typing class, and I sure do think the QWERTY keyboard only makes sense to slow people down. It is unfortunate that it has not been replaced. There have been attempts.

    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the “European” idea I don’t know.

    The only thing I cannot master is using a fork in the proper configuration, as a stabbing instrument that curves downward. I use it “upside down” to shovel food as well as stab it. Again, seems to make perfect sense.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the “European” idea I don’t know.
     
    In traditional fine dining, Europeans eat from the fork on the left hand after cutting with right handed knife. Meanwhile, American-style fine dining has left-fork, right-knife cutting, but then the fork is shifted to the right for eating. At least that’s what I was taught years ago. I’m more comfortable with the former.

    Btw, my oldest son is ambidextrous. He writes righty, but eats lefty. Has better fine motor skills with right, but stronger and more explosive with left. It is fantastic for fighting (Judo and BJJ in his case). He can switch stances with ease, attack either side, and generally is befuddling for his opponents. Lefties, in particular, hate sparring with him, because he out-lefties lefties. Most of his favorite attacks are right-sided attacks on the dominant side of lefty opponents.

    However, he shoots with his right side, but is left eye-dominant. That really screws things up for shooting. He’s okay with CQC shooting with red dots (both eyes open), but struggles a bit with long distance precision shooting with magnification.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    , @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    My mother’s side of the family “ate like Europeans” too. Grandmother was born in 1900 to a very proper family. Also learned the tines down method. I think the point (get it) of that method is that it is so hard and unintuitive. “The hoi polloi might shovel in their slop, but we civilized upper class have learned to eat our solid chunks of meat snd vegetables with the tines down. Oh, you use your fork in the spoon position? You are a cad and a villain, sir. Begone from this respectable company.” or, since I was a little kid, it was “tines down” again. And then “if you need to use your fork as a spoon, you need to use your spoon,”

    Well, sorry grandma, the times, they move on! The manners were wasted on me, and I shovel with the rest of ‘em. Not only that, but I eat my dinner with a salad fork. Grandmother would be spinning in her grave, but that would be déclassé.

    I fondly remember her mnemonic “you hold the knife in your right hand to stab the person to your right, and the fork in your left hand to fend off the knife from the person on your left. If you hold the knife in your left hand, you will not be able to stab as well.”

  23. @Altai
    Okay, nobody can tell me the MSM don't read iSteve.

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1450932548129804291

    https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1450929487202291712

    They don't even promote the character's name, because it's not important.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Okay, nobody can tell me the MSM don’t read iSteve.

    Steve lives in Hollywood, went to school with Hollywood people and has Hollywood friends. Rather than conjecture that Hollywood people are reading iSteve, it is better to assume that Steve is just hanging around with them and thus transferring some of their project ideas to his blog.

    Nothing wrong with that. We readers benefit.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    it is better to assume that Steve is just hanging around with them
     
    ...incognito, of course.
  24. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob


    ... the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty...
     
    I read or was told by my typing teacher in ninth grade that QWERTY was designed to slow down typers. There was a concern that too-quick keystrokes would jam those early machines.

    I took that ninth-grade touch-typing class, and I sure do think the QWERTY keyboard only makes sense to slow people down. It is unfortunate that it has not been replaced. There have been attempts.

    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the "European" idea I don't know.

    The only thing I cannot master is using a fork in the proper configuration, as a stabbing instrument that curves downward. I use it "upside down" to shovel food as well as stab it. Again, seems to make perfect sense.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Rob

    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the “European” idea I don’t know.

    In traditional fine dining, Europeans eat from the fork on the left hand after cutting with right handed knife. Meanwhile, American-style fine dining has left-fork, right-knife cutting, but then the fork is shifted to the right for eating. At least that’s what I was taught years ago. I’m more comfortable with the former.

    Btw, my oldest son is ambidextrous. He writes righty, but eats lefty. Has better fine motor skills with right, but stronger and more explosive with left. It is fantastic for fighting (Judo and BJJ in his case). He can switch stances with ease, attack either side, and generally is befuddling for his opponents. Lefties, in particular, hate sparring with him, because he out-lefties lefties. Most of his favorite attacks are right-sided attacks on the dominant side of lefty opponents.

    However, he shoots with his right side, but is left eye-dominant. That really screws things up for shooting. He’s okay with CQC shooting with red dots (both eyes open), but struggles a bit with long distance precision shooting with magnification.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Twinkie


    He’s okay with CQC shooting with red dots (both eyes open), but struggles a bit with long distance precision shooting with magnification.
     
    There was a recent shooting of a CPD copper with the perp using a factory equipped SCCY pistol with a red dot sight.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10106263/Chicago-cop-returns-work-hospital-gown-just-hours-shot-face-duty.html
     
    https://dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/292/2021/10/19052407/FCA6DwXXEA4PGlT.jpg


    I wonder if the perp attempted a head shot on the cop when he hit him in the cheek because he had a red dot sight. Chicago already has a ban on laser designators, so maybe ex-cop, full time corrupt alderman Ed Burke will introduce legislation to do that.

  25. I’d bet most normal people who offer uncritical support to the trans movement imagine trans people as having a radically different experience of physicality that normies can’t really understand. Therefore, how can they in good conscience say an ftm isn’t “really” a woman?

    Deafness is different: it’s an objective condition that any hearing person can experience by plugging the ears—and who hasn’t struggled to communicate with older people who’ve grown very deaf? I think this practical familiarity makes “deafness is an identity that doesn’t need fixing” a much harder sell than “I’m a man/woman stuck in the wrong body” which is paradoxically harder to dispute because it’s so far removed from normal experience and thought.

  26. One interesting thing you didn’t mention is how the radical stance is reversed across the two cases. That is to say, in the case of deaf people, the radical move is to insist on leaving them as they were born and to resist any attempt at using technology to correct their hearing loss. For trans cases, the radical move is conversely to insist that such people cannot possibly live as they were born and that technology must be employed to change them as they wish.

    Another way of looking at it, however, is that both groups insist that the rest of the world conform to them and pretend that the inadequacy is the world’s and society’s, rather than innate to them.

    Perhaps the simple explanation is the best – deaf people aren’t good at protesting and vocalizing their advocacy. Mostly, when deaf people try to express themselves with passion and conviction it looks painful and makes the audience feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, at least some of the kinds of people who get wrapped up in trans identity (i.e., the alphas living out a fetish) are quite good at leveraging their skills, imposing themselves on others, and eliminating dissent.

    It’s also the case that at this point our PMC elites have little interest in making your children deaf (the deaf don’t really make superior atomized producer-consumers), whereas making your children sexually bent at an early age seems to be a vital priority of its program.

    • Replies: @rebel yell
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    Mostly, when deaf people try to express themselves with passion and conviction it looks painful and makes the audience feel uncomfortable.
     
    Believe me pal, when trannies express themselves with passion and conviction it is plenty painful and uncomfortable for the rest of us. And how.
  27. “ Here he is at age 99 throwing out the ball to start a 1961 World Series game.”

    Maybe the secret to old age is not hearing your wife nag you incessantly for 75 years.

  28. Fine and well. But what does this have to do with proving deaf people inferior?

  29. @El Dato

    It’s not seeing a mental signer, it’s feeling yourself sign even though you’re not (if that makes sense).
     
    Yes it does.

    Replies: @Half Canadian

    I have internal dialogues when thinking about subjects, and I can feel my tongue move when this happens.

  30. On the topic of transgender activism, Jamie Lee Curtis’ adopted son has become ‘Ruby’ and to tie in with her new movie coming out, ‘Halloween Kills’, she has done an interview with ‘People’ to help other parents deal with the topic.

    Now, this is People, something younger generations don’t read so much. So what does ‘Ruby’ wear to make her look normal and absolutely not a fetishist?

    The replies on Twitter are full of mothers mourning their own children and trying to come to terms with their obvious pain and their new religion.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    @Altai

    Hollywood degenerates, they indulge this stuff and it comes back to bite them.

    You know, trannyism couldn't have come into the life of a more deserving buttermucker than Warren Beatty. He has evinced bold contempt for old society's sexual morals for decades, rubbing it in the face. Bragging of his sexual "conquests", sticking it to the Christians. Alas, behold, this is his daughter today.

    The mutilated chest, the blotched skin, the brittle, receding hair. The recompense of the sins of the fathers shall be paid by the son, indeed.

    https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F20%2F2019%2F11%2Fstephen-beatty-1.jpg

    Replies: @Corvinus

  31. @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties.

    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population. That would mean that North America and Europe, not the UK and Ireland, are advantageous for lefties. And driving is one of the most critical skills of modern life. (Collins is a Brit, so expect some bias.)

    You might counter that Sweden saw a decrease in accidents when they changed to RHT in the 1960s. But they had always been using left-hand-drive vehicles, a rather dangerous combination with left-hand traffic, still seen in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. One or two Pacific island countries switched the other way because they got most of their vehicles from Australia and Japan. Rwanda and Burundi are considering the same thanks to regional pressure.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Reg Cæsar

    Which side you drive on seems like stop on red and go on green, but more so. You could switch, but the immediate costs in lives and property would be prohibitive. So you muddle along, never sure if you are going to hit the oncoming car. Every leader says, “the next guy will eat the transition costs” yet always knows that it will never be. Bet those islanders don’t even have lines on the roads.

    Savages. Foreign countries would be better if they weren't so foreign. Why do we even let tourists in, if they are not going to culturally appropriate our superior ways for their benighted lands? Trick question! We do not let tourists in!

    , @AnotherDad
    @Reg Cæsar


    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population.
     
    I've read the same thing.

    The "side of the road" thing seems to me to be about as "arbitrary convention" as you can get. But it's at least plausible that it's better sitting on the right for right handers.

    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we're stuck with.

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse, @Reg Cæsar

  32. Fortunately, first antibiotics in the 1940s and then the invention of a rubella vaccine a half century ago (now MMR) greatly reduced the number of children made deaf by disease after having learned to speak.

    Steve, I don’t think you have this quite right.

    Rubella doesn’t cause post-lingual childhood deafness; mumps does. Rubella in children is actually not very dangerous — it’s like the chicken pox that way. However, congenital rubella syndrome (i.e. when a pregnant woman catches rubella and it affects the fetus) is a nasty thing and often causes birth defects, including deafness. The big push to vaccinate schoolchildren against rubella 50+ years ago was really a push to tamp down on community spread of the disease in a bank-shot attempt at keeping pregnant women from catching it — in order to prevent congenital rubella. And it was sold as such at the time. (From what I can tell we didn’t bother vaccinating adults in general because most adults had survived childhood rubella and had durable natural immunity — no need to waste shots on them and risk needless side effects.)

    What Neisser seemed to be explaining was that the proportion of congenitally deaf children went up in the second half of the 20th century for two reasons — fewer kids with later-acquired deafness due to antibiotics and similar medical advances, plus a rise in the number of congenitally deaf kids due to a wave of rubella epidemics (which caused congenital rubella) in the years before mass rubella vaccination.

    This history of rubella vaccination is, incidentally, relevant to contemporary debates about the ethics of bullying children into Covid-19 shots. Many anti-mandate people make the categorical claim that we have ‘never before’ coerced children into taking vaccines for the primary goal of protecting some other group of people. That’s not true, as I’ve just described in the case of the rubella. (The line these days is give kids the C19 shots mainly to reduce the odds they get infected and pass it on to vaxxed Granny — because no normal kid is going to suffer from C19 directly.)

    But of course, the devil is in the details. Childhood rubella, though generally not dangerous, is still very unpleasant and disruptive — far more so than the average Covid infection is to the average schoolchild these days — so the vaccine came with a substantial personal benefit to the individuals who were being pushed into taking it. It was also the case that the rubella vaccine had been fully approved and on the market for quite a number of years before big national pushes were made for childhood vaccines, so there was a decent multi-year track record of safety. Our leaders were also not zealously anti-science when it came to the subject of recognizing the power and utility of natural immunity, which enhanced their credibility and moral standing. And finally, as a society overall, we seemed far more serious about respecting claims for medical and religious exemptions than Blue States do these days.

    So yes, the vax mandates are evil, but history is more nuanced than the average Twit (Twitter User? Twitteratus?) would let on.

  33. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai


    Okay, nobody can tell me the MSM don’t read iSteve.
     
    Steve lives in Hollywood, went to school with Hollywood people and has Hollywood friends. Rather than conjecture that Hollywood people are reading iSteve, it is better to assume that Steve is just hanging around with them and thus transferring some of their project ideas to his blog.

    Nothing wrong with that. We readers benefit.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    it is better to assume that Steve is just hanging around with them

    …incognito, of course.

  34. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob


    ... the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty...
     
    I read or was told by my typing teacher in ninth grade that QWERTY was designed to slow down typers. There was a concern that too-quick keystrokes would jam those early machines.

    I took that ninth-grade touch-typing class, and I sure do think the QWERTY keyboard only makes sense to slow people down. It is unfortunate that it has not been replaced. There have been attempts.

    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the "European" idea I don't know.

    The only thing I cannot master is using a fork in the proper configuration, as a stabbing instrument that curves downward. I use it "upside down" to shovel food as well as stab it. Again, seems to make perfect sense.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Rob

    My mother’s side of the family “ate like Europeans” too. Grandmother was born in 1900 to a very proper family. Also learned the tines down method. I think the point (get it) of that method is that it is so hard and unintuitive. “The hoi polloi might shovel in their slop, but we civilized upper class have learned to eat our solid chunks of meat snd vegetables with the tines down. Oh, you use your fork in the spoon position? You are a cad and a villain, sir. Begone from this respectable company.” or, since I was a little kid, it was “tines down” again. And then “if you need to use your fork as a spoon, you need to use your spoon,”

    Well, sorry grandma, the times, they move on! The manners were wasted on me, and I shovel with the rest of ‘em. Not only that, but I eat my dinner with a salad fork. Grandmother would be spinning in her grave, but that would be déclassé.

    I fondly remember her mnemonic “you hold the knife in your right hand to stab the person to your right, and the fork in your left hand to fend off the knife from the person on your left. If you hold the knife in your left hand, you will not be able to stab as well.”

  35. Steve, I can’t figure out how to email you.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Military News

    Navy Probe Finds Major Failures in Fire that Destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard

    WASHINGTON — A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable.

    While one sailor has been charged with setting the fire, the more than 400-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, lists three dozen officers and sailors whose failings either directly led to the ship’s loss or contributed to it. The findings detailed widespread lapses in training, coordination, communication, fire preparedness, equipment maintenance and overall command and control.

    “Although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire,” the report said, concluding that “repeated failures” by an “inadequately prepared crew” delivered “an ineffective fire response.”

    It slammed commanders of the amphibious assault ship for poor oversight, and said the main firefighting foam system wasn’t used because it hadn’t been maintained properly and the crew didn’t know how to use it.

    The report describes a ship in disarray, with combustible materials stacked, scattered and stored improperly. It said maintenance reports were falsified, and that 87% of the fire stations on board had equipment problems or had not been inspected. …

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/10/19/navy-probe-finds-major-failures-fire-destroyed-uss-bonhomme-richard.html
    Navy Probe Finds Major Failures in Fire that Destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard |
    Military.com

  36. @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties.
     
    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population. That would mean that North America and Europe, not the UK and Ireland, are advantageous for lefties. And driving is one of the most critical skills of modern life. (Collins is a Brit, so expect some bias.)

    You might counter that Sweden saw a decrease in accidents when they changed to RHT in the 1960s. But they had always been using left-hand-drive vehicles, a rather dangerous combination with left-hand traffic, still seen in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. One or two Pacific island countries switched the other way because they got most of their vehicles from Australia and Japan. Rwanda and Burundi are considering the same thanks to regional pressure.

    Replies: @Rob, @AnotherDad

    Which side you drive on seems like stop on red and go on green, but more so. You could switch, but the immediate costs in lives and property would be prohibitive. So you muddle along, never sure if you are going to hit the oncoming car. Every leader says, “the next guy will eat the transition costs” yet always knows that it will never be. Bet those islanders don’t even have lines on the roads.

    Savages. Foreign countries would be better if they weren’t so foreign. Why do we even let tourists in, if they are not going to culturally appropriate our superior ways for their benighted lands? Trick question! We do not let tourists in!

    • Troll: Corvinus
  37. One big difference is that the “deaf culture” thing is a bit more like traditional ethno-nationalism, as Steve notes with analogy to the Quebecois. They have their own language and culture and mostly just want to hold onto that.

    In contrast, big-tranny is 200 proof minoritarianism–straight out of the playbook of the last 60 years. They demand that the normal majority generally twist into pretzels, do summersaults, tear up their traditional/function norms to accommodate trannies’ sacred minorityness and most importantly “pay attention!” to them and give them stuff. That’s the core of minoritarianism: the majority must accommodate us and give us stuff. (I.e. parasitism.)

    Of course, the deaf have done some that stuff too. The whole signing thing at public meetings–classic minoritarian nonsense and jobs program. And, of course, they are not real nationalists, they want you to pay for their institutions and costs of accomodation. (The defining characteristic of honest respectible nationalism is always the willingness to actually separate–take full responsibly. We’ll govern ourselves and work for ourselves.)

    Still paying to support a minority that’s off doing it’s own thing–but leaving you alone–isn’t that terrible. Imagine if American blacks wanted a ethnostate to escape their “oppression” but demanded it be on subsidy in return. We get much lower crime, livable cities, better culture and much less whining! I’ll take it! Heck, same deal for all the homosexuals, lesbians and all the LGBQWERTY and pronoun people. I’ll take it!
    Normies being free to be normies without minority nonsense would be bliss.

  38. Anon[387] • Disclaimer says:

    I think being transgender is more related to anorexia than anything else. Both show the same trait, a fundamentally distorted sense of self. The normal self is so despised that it must be destroyed and turned into its opposite.

    What is the goal of making oneself thinner? If a woman does that, it only makes evolutionary sense if she’s trying to catch a man and thinks she’s too fat to do so otherwise.

    I’ve noticed a peculiar thing about trannies. They’re all very ugly men. Many of these men have no chance of getting a mate as their regular male selves. So they appear to be trying to make themselves prettier by adopting feminine traits.

    In both anorexia and transgenderism, it’s like Darwinism has gotten out of control.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Anon


    I’ve noticed a peculiar thing about trannies. They’re all very ugly men. Many of these men have no chance of getting a mate as their regular male selves.
     
    The "classical" autogynephillic trannies like Bruce Jenner tended to have wives and children and were in masculine professions. But I think you're onto something in a way. The homosexual and autogynephillia categories do not explain a lot of the younger teens and young men who are going tranny (without the weenie operations that dysphoric trannies feel compelled to have). I think that polygenic depression/anxiety mental illness is finding a new phenotypic expression in transgenderism. So this is a new type of tranny, just as on the female side the Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria teens are a new type.

    There is a video podcast on the featuring a moderate progressive (Bill Schere) and a moderate (anti-Trump) Christian conservative (Matt Lewis) called the DMZ, as in "demiliatarized," as in civil discussion, which it had been. But in the most recent episode ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G256LIhJ5co&t=26s

    ... the progressive goes off the rails in defense of the whole transgender agenda, in an unusually uncomfortable exchange. I think this is a sign that things are getting worse.

    The guy makes a number of claims, including:

    1. He personally lives in a community where three-year-old boys are genuinely declaring themselves to be girls, so this stuff is legit.

    2. Chappelle is literally killing trannies by driving them to suicide.

    As to #1, if I understand Michael Bailey's book correctly, three year olds do not become tranny all of a sudden. Homo types are tranny from birth and and this is obvious to the parents. Pre-verbal boys grab on to mom's shoes and sister's clothes and have a tantrum if they are taken away. This manifests well before three. Scher says it's fortunate that his community supports these three year olds. That is a hint to me that his community, and the kids' parents, are influencing the kids into this. Auto types do not become tranny unless after their teens.

    As to #2, the tranny suicide rate claims are not supported by evidence. The WHO and CDC do not collect sexual identification data for suicides, and hospitals and counties do not report this. Any data on this comes from tendentious studies by trans activists. Most involves "suicidal ideation," not the kind of suicide that results in, you know, dead bodies. And trans thoughts are comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders, and in a real study you'd need to show that trans suicides are greater than suicides by those with depression and anxiety.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  39. This interview…

    “I don’t want to cancel Dave”
    “But I want to cancel Dave”

    And who would have thought the producer of ‘Dear White People’ was white.

    Also he has a certain tattoo that they had covered up with makeup. He accepts that it was not safe for TV but is, apparently, safe for public consumption when he walks around.

    “You’re delusional”
    Yes.

    “Digital self-harm”

  40. @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    There would be a–very modest–efficiency bonus to transitioning off QWERTY. (I don’t think it’s any big deal, people spend a whole lot more time thinking about the “what to write” and messing with what they write than they do typing.)

    You can install Dvorak (or something else) on your computer/device but then plopped down in front of someone else’s you have to jump through a few hoops and alter their machine. It would be goodness if all systems/manufacturers had flipping as a one-button (function key or the like) thing to bring up a list and set. Anyone could plop down anywhere, pull up their desired keyboard and flip it back when done.

  41. @Anon
    Chappelle is anti-White. Why is Steve defending this guy?

    https://www.twitter.com/ScottMGreer/status/1451046565951459333

    Replies: @SFG, @e

    It’s one of the few successful (so far) examples of resistance to wokeness these days. You need a heavy-duty intersectional identity to pull it off, though; I doubt a Latino guy could pull it off, let alone a cis white straight lady, white gay guy, or an Asian. Even most conservatives would agree black people have legitimate grievances, what with slavery and all.

    I went and watched the thing just to give Netflix the message that getting rid of him will cost them financially. But I don’t think it’s that great. If you have Netflix, you should watch it. Let them know there’s a big market for conservative stuff (even though this isn’t conservative). Rent anything you can by Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, John Milius, Dennis Miller, Ben Stein, Bruce Willis, or James Woods (to name a few). Even, if you can tolerate it, Adam Sandler.

    • Replies: @IHTG
    @SFG

    Bruce Willis?

  42. @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties.
     
    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population. That would mean that North America and Europe, not the UK and Ireland, are advantageous for lefties. And driving is one of the most critical skills of modern life. (Collins is a Brit, so expect some bias.)

    You might counter that Sweden saw a decrease in accidents when they changed to RHT in the 1960s. But they had always been using left-hand-drive vehicles, a rather dangerous combination with left-hand traffic, still seen in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. One or two Pacific island countries switched the other way because they got most of their vehicles from Australia and Japan. Rwanda and Burundi are considering the same thanks to regional pressure.

    Replies: @Rob, @AnotherDad

    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population.

    I’ve read the same thing.

    The “side of the road” thing seems to me to be about as “arbitrary convention” as you can get. But it’s at least plausible that it’s better sitting on the right for right handers.

    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we’re stuck with.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
    @AnotherDad

    With RHD and a right handed driver, the oncoming traffic is approaching on the dominant right eye side.

    A left handed batter's dominant left eye is facing the pitcher.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @AnotherDad


    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we’re stuck with.
     
    Had to look that figure up:

    The Packard "Six" wheelbase varies with the type of body designed to be used, that of the standard or close-coupled chassis measuring 133 inches; phaeton chassis, 139 inches, and the runabout chassis, 121 1•2 inches. The tread is standard throughout-- 56 1•2 inches.


    --The Automobile (1911)
     

    https://images4.alphacoders.com/741/thumbbig-741140.jpg
  43. @Buzz Mohawk
    @slumber_j

    Thank you for sharing some interesting stuff. So, sound for you goes exclusively into your right brain. That is said to be spatial, visual, emotional, etc., as opposed to the left brain stuff. That is interesting.

    A broken right arm at kindergarten age changed me from right-handed to lefty. Now I am ambidextrous when it comes to writing. It took me until after college to teach myself to write with my right hand, but it was easy, only took a few days.

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on...


    https://connecticuthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/KellerArcan-610x438.jpg

    Replies: @Rob, @prosa123, @slumber_j

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on…

    Why did Hellen Keller get arrested on a morals charge?
    She was using her fingers to lip-read in the women’s locker room.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @prosa123

    This joke will Trump yours ten fold. I heard it a long, long time ago from the resident skinhead jailbird who was arrested for hanging nooses at a mixed race church.

    Why were German blacks treated worse than Jews during the Holocaust? Because they had to sit in the back of the oven.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  44. @TelfoedJohn
    Another comparison is the "Piss on Pity" disabled movement: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/disability-arts-movement-national-collection-archive-barbara-lisicki-tony-heaton-a8416036.html

    Disabled activists were routinely treated as Dickensian objects of pity, and they were enraged by syrupy Jerry Lewis telethons etc. It's quite the opposite now, where the most elite individuals (at expensive colleges etc) want to be treated as victims.

    Those on the bottom want to be on top, and those on the top want to be on the bottom. A person who has had everything on a plate feels the need to suffer. It's as if everyone wants to fill every section of Maslow's pyramid.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ad/Expanded_Maslow%27s_Needs.webp/593px-Expanded_Maslow%27s_Needs.webp.png

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Does BDSM exhibit this effect? Do the janitors want to hold the whip, while the CEOs want to be under it?

    • Replies: @TelfoedJohn
    @Reg Cæsar

    The janitors rape, and the CEOs get pissed on by prostitutes.

  45. So now most cases of childhood deafness are due to congenital birth defects.

    Dummy Hoy was definitely born deaf, and in addition to sign language, he could also lip read. His wife ran a school for the deaf, as a side note.

    “The latter are more suited to sign language.”

    Question: Can’t the deaf, or at least those who are not born both deaf and blind, learn also how to lip read (oralism)? Is it so far above their genetic paygrade, their ability as human beings to actually attempt something so crass as ability to understand what the undeaf are saying, and perhaps learning to communicate in turn with the undeaf? Or perhaps today’s born deaf could be a hybrid, learning to sign among their own community, while also learning to be fluent in lip reading?

    If the deaf can learn to read and t0 write, then they can also learn to lip read. Especially as there are examples of individual born deafs learning to lip read. There are also countless personal experiences that this is in fact the case. I knew a husband and wife couple that were clearly born deaf. Among themselves, they used sign language. To their children they sometimes did the same, but they also could lip read and they “made sounds” to communicate among the non-deaf.

    So it can be done, especially as it was done throughout history.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I was in a psych ward once with a woman who was completely deaf. Did not know it until I was trying to get her attention while she was facing the other way. I had no clue, she lip-read fluently. She could not read through mustaches, though.

    Thing is, hearing as well as people do is a bunch of adaptations, including lots of pleiotropic genes. Lots and lots. Most, at least a great many, genetic things that make people deaf from birth mess up other stuff. Sometimes severely. Plus, kids are cruel. They are especially cruel to kids who cannot hear them make fun of them. So they get physical. Most deaf kids are very isolated. Parents have difficulty talking to kids who show very little sign of hearing them, nor responding with sounds of their own. Think of the women you’ve known who liked babies. Did they like interactive babies more? Most adults like baby girls more, exactly because they are more vocal and make more faces. Think those women would coo and aww at a baby who showed no sign that she heard them as long and as enthusiastically as they did with “normal” babies? Multiply that by everyone.

    Plus, try reading lips, sometimes. Not like now. Tell them to wear their masks! There’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated going on! You have seen and heard people talk for years. Turn the sound off on the news. What’s the talking head saying? I have tried while wearing good glasses and standing close, but I cannot follow much at all. Anything, really.

    The woman at the psych ward could hear a little as a child, and they knew she was going to be deaf. Perhaps most importantly, she was intellectually normal. Most deaf people clock around 85.

    I can see why deaf people want to keep their culture. Hearing people have been awful to them. They have common ground with other deaf people. I absolutely draw the line at trying to have a deaf child through PIGD, but raising a hearing child would be incredibly hard for people who have been treated badly by lots of hearing people for a long time. I can see why they don’t want their hearing teenager mocking them for deafness, thinking and saying that they are stupid.

    Being deaf is isolating in ways that being black, or Jewish, or gay, etc simply are not. Blacks can drive. Jews don’t have to worry about their friends getting “gentile implants” and never talking to them again. Gays can easily find partners. Hard to date when you cannot drive. You cannot call your girlfriend (until recently) and now, there is the constant pressure “heard” so to speak, even if never said, of “why don’t you just get the implant and join your tormentors?”

    Kids at schools for the deaf are rude to hearing neighbors. I get that that is a source of friction, but for deaf teens, it is often the first time they have not been alone. They couldn’t watch most tv. They couldn’t read very well. When they interact with hearing people, they always feel like a burden, like a pity friend. I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an asshole going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.” Deaf people feel that all the time, except mostly, no one can accommodate them.

    It is incredibly sad. But not everyone should have kids.

    Jesus, i feel like i’m going to cry.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  46. @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    On this left-right note, from childhood I was told by my more proper relatives that I eat like a European. They meant that I kept the fork in my left hand and used the knife in my right. Seemed natural to me at the time. Still does. Where they got the “European” idea I don’t know.
     
    In traditional fine dining, Europeans eat from the fork on the left hand after cutting with right handed knife. Meanwhile, American-style fine dining has left-fork, right-knife cutting, but then the fork is shifted to the right for eating. At least that’s what I was taught years ago. I’m more comfortable with the former.

    Btw, my oldest son is ambidextrous. He writes righty, but eats lefty. Has better fine motor skills with right, but stronger and more explosive with left. It is fantastic for fighting (Judo and BJJ in his case). He can switch stances with ease, attack either side, and generally is befuddling for his opponents. Lefties, in particular, hate sparring with him, because he out-lefties lefties. Most of his favorite attacks are right-sided attacks on the dominant side of lefty opponents.

    However, he shoots with his right side, but is left eye-dominant. That really screws things up for shooting. He’s okay with CQC shooting with red dots (both eyes open), but struggles a bit with long distance precision shooting with magnification.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    He’s okay with CQC shooting with red dots (both eyes open), but struggles a bit with long distance precision shooting with magnification.

    There was a recent shooting of a CPD copper with the perp using a factory equipped SCCY pistol with a red dot sight.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10106263/Chicago-cop-returns-work-hospital-gown-just-hours-shot-face-duty.html

    I wonder if the perp attempted a head shot on the cop when he hit him in the cheek because he had a red dot sight. Chicago already has a ban on laser designators, so maybe ex-cop, full time corrupt alderman Ed Burke will introduce legislation to do that.

  47. @Rob
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of taking notes in a rather boring accounting class, I practiced writing with my off-hand. The first night my handwriting was kindergarten quality. I knew all the letters, though, so take that, kindergarteners. By the third day, I could do the alphabet passably, but I was still more drawing the letters than writing, so my handwriting was slow. By the fourth day, I could write words fast enough to take sparse notes. Interestingly, my spelling declined considerably from righty writing. By the end of the class, I could write my grocery list roughly as easily lefty and started reaching for pens with my left hand when I wasn’t thinking.

    I have to say, I did not notice any profound improvements in visual, spatial, or emotional intelligence. Got a B+ in the class. Maybe if I had been taking notes in a more creative class I would have seen an effect?

    Perhaps strangely, I have always brushed my teeth and shaved left-handed. Left-handed brushing was a test used in the study that found that left-handed people did not die twenty (or whatever) years before right-handed people. Historically illiterate researchers did not know that in the before time, parents and teachers strongly “discouraged” left-handedness. Lefties adjusted, but it seems either no one told them not to brush their teeth left-handed or they reverted on their own.

    My parents tell me they never discouraged me from using my left hand. But I went to a working-class school that was Southern Illinois rural Catholics and Air Force enlisted men’s kids. It is possible that I was bullied out of using my left hand, but I have no memory of it. Maybe sheet conformity made me switch? I had a babysitter a lot when I was really young. She might have, but again, no memory of it. ‘Tis a mystery.

    Interestingly, left-handed people do die younger than righties, mostly from accidents that probably come about from the world being designed for righties. They do have one thing where they are advantaged: the QWERTY keyboard is better for lefties. The damned foolish thing was probably designed by a lefty who wanted to punish the right-handed world that had so abused him and his ilk for so long.

    Replies: @TWS, @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar, @AnotherDad, @SaneClownPosse

    I am left eye dominant, but was raised right handed. There were two times where I naturally took a left handed position, the first I was eight and when I was handed a .22 rifle and I held it on my left shoulder, and the other was the first time picking up a softball bat and standing at the plate as a lefty. Both were situations where the dominant eye would be superior.

    Trying to shoot right handed, I found that I had difficulty closing my left eye, I had to work on that to shoot right handed for a hunter safety permit in seventh grade. A long tie before I ever saw a left handed bolt action rifle. My uncles who had handed me the rifle teased me for being a lefty and my mom rebuked them.

    In the softball game in fourth grade, the boys teased me about being a southpaw, so I took the position of least resistance and batted right. Since left handed gloves were rare, I wore a right handed glove in the field anyway.

  48. @Altai
    On the topic of transgender activism, Jamie Lee Curtis' adopted son has become 'Ruby' and to tie in with her new movie coming out, 'Halloween Kills', she has done an interview with 'People' to help other parents deal with the topic.

    Now, this is People, something younger generations don't read so much. So what does 'Ruby' wear to make her look normal and absolutely not a fetishist?

    https://i1.wp.com/alexis.lindaikejisblog.com/photos/shares/61715463bc6ce.png

    The replies on Twitter are full of mothers mourning their own children and trying to come to terms with their obvious pain and their new religion.

    https://twitter.com/lilythekitten/status/1451115751692189698

    Replies: @Daniel H

    Hollywood degenerates, they indulge this stuff and it comes back to bite them.

    You know, trannyism couldn’t have come into the life of a more deserving buttermucker than Warren Beatty. He has evinced bold contempt for old society’s sexual morals for decades, rubbing it in the face. Bragging of his sexual “conquests”, sticking it to the Christians. Alas, behold, this is his daughter today.

    The mutilated chest, the blotched skin, the brittle, receding hair. The recompense of the sins of the fathers shall be paid by the son, indeed.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Daniel H

    In other words, you’re attracted to him, I mean her, I mean she-him.

  49. @AnotherDad
    @Reg Cæsar


    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population.
     
    I've read the same thing.

    The "side of the road" thing seems to me to be about as "arbitrary convention" as you can get. But it's at least plausible that it's better sitting on the right for right handers.

    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we're stuck with.

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse, @Reg Cæsar

    With RHD and a right handed driver, the oncoming traffic is approaching on the dominant right eye side.

    A left handed batter’s dominant left eye is facing the pitcher.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @SaneClownPosse


    A left handed batter’s dominant left eye is facing the pitcher.
     
    ¿
  50. @AnotherDad
    @Reg Cæsar


    According to racer and auto stuntman Ben Collins, the left-hand traffic with right-hand drive used in about a third of the world is better suited to a right-handed population.
     
    I've read the same thing.

    The "side of the road" thing seems to me to be about as "arbitrary convention" as you can get. But it's at least plausible that it's better sitting on the right for right handers.

    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we're stuck with.

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse, @Reg Cæsar

    When it comes to QWERTY like standards, it strikes me that 56-1/2 inches is probably a sub-optimal choice we’re stuck with.

    Had to look that figure up:

    The Packard “Six” wheelbase varies with the type of body designed to be used, that of the standard or close-coupled chassis measuring 133 inches; phaeton chassis, 139 inches, and the runabout chassis, 121 1•2 inches. The tread is standard throughout– 56 1•2 inches.

    The Automobile (1911)

  51. Deaf could be compared to transgender, only if a hearing individual decided that they were a deaf person trapped in a hearing body, and had non-reversible surgery to remove their auditory senses.

    I recall an episode of “Bones” where the mysterious crime of the week involved students at Gallaudet University. The deaf victim was going to get a cochlear implant and the deaf perp felt betrayed by the choice. They were lovers, I think. The theme highlighted the tensions between the signers and the speakers on campus. A social cause of the week at that time. A Special Victims Unit type plot.

  52. The perfect combination, the white whale of the intersectional totem pole—a deaf Amerindian transexual who is cognitively disabled and in a wheelchair, with long braided hair. We normies all await with anticipation when iSteve yells “Bingo”!

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Corvinus

    Bingo only if this person is an illegal alien.

  53. @prosa123
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on…

    Why did Hellen Keller get arrested on a morals charge?
    She was using her fingers to lip-read in the women's locker room.

    Replies: @Corvinus

    This joke will Trump yours ten fold. I heard it a long, long time ago from the resident skinhead jailbird who was arrested for hanging nooses at a mixed race church.

    Why were German blacks treated worse than Jews during the Holocaust? Because they had to sit in the back of the oven.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Corvinus


    I heard it a long, long time ago from the resident skinhead jailbird who was arrested for hanging nooses at a mixed race church.
     
    Cellmate?



    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/close-up-head-black-raven-crow-old-vintage-metal-cage-ca-103847906.jpg
  54. @Daniel H
    @Altai

    Hollywood degenerates, they indulge this stuff and it comes back to bite them.

    You know, trannyism couldn't have come into the life of a more deserving buttermucker than Warren Beatty. He has evinced bold contempt for old society's sexual morals for decades, rubbing it in the face. Bragging of his sexual "conquests", sticking it to the Christians. Alas, behold, this is his daughter today.

    The mutilated chest, the blotched skin, the brittle, receding hair. The recompense of the sins of the fathers shall be paid by the son, indeed.

    https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F20%2F2019%2F11%2Fstephen-beatty-1.jpg

    Replies: @Corvinus

    In other words, you’re attracted to him, I mean her, I mean she-him.

  55. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    One interesting thing you didn’t mention is how the radical stance is reversed across the two cases. That is to say, in the case of deaf people, the radical move is to insist on leaving them as they were born and to resist any attempt at using technology to correct their hearing loss. For trans cases, the radical move is conversely to insist that such people cannot possibly live as they were born and that technology must be employed to change them as they wish.
     
    Another way of looking at it, however, is that both groups insist that the rest of the world conform to them and pretend that the inadequacy is the world's and society's, rather than innate to them.

    Perhaps the simple explanation is the best - deaf people aren't good at protesting and vocalizing their advocacy. Mostly, when deaf people try to express themselves with passion and conviction it looks painful and makes the audience feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, at least some of the kinds of people who get wrapped up in trans identity (i.e., the alphas living out a fetish) are quite good at leveraging their skills, imposing themselves on others, and eliminating dissent.

    It's also the case that at this point our PMC elites have little interest in making your children deaf (the deaf don't really make superior atomized producer-consumers), whereas making your children sexually bent at an early age seems to be a vital priority of its program.

    Replies: @rebel yell

    Mostly, when deaf people try to express themselves with passion and conviction it looks painful and makes the audience feel uncomfortable.

    Believe me pal, when trannies express themselves with passion and conviction it is plenty painful and uncomfortable for the rest of us. And how.

  56. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So now most cases of childhood deafness are due to congenital birth defects.

    Dummy Hoy was definitely born deaf, and in addition to sign language, he could also lip read. His wife ran a school for the deaf, as a side note.


    "The latter are more suited to sign language."

    Question: Can't the deaf, or at least those who are not born both deaf and blind, learn also how to lip read (oralism)? Is it so far above their genetic paygrade, their ability as human beings to actually attempt something so crass as ability to understand what the undeaf are saying, and perhaps learning to communicate in turn with the undeaf? Or perhaps today's born deaf could be a hybrid, learning to sign among their own community, while also learning to be fluent in lip reading?

    If the deaf can learn to read and t0 write, then they can also learn to lip read. Especially as there are examples of individual born deafs learning to lip read. There are also countless personal experiences that this is in fact the case. I knew a husband and wife couple that were clearly born deaf. Among themselves, they used sign language. To their children they sometimes did the same, but they also could lip read and they "made sounds" to communicate among the non-deaf.

    So it can be done, especially as it was done throughout history.

    Replies: @Rob

    I was in a psych ward once with a woman who was completely deaf. Did not know it until I was trying to get her attention while she was facing the other way. I had no clue, she lip-read fluently. She could not read through mustaches, though.

    Thing is, hearing as well as people do is a bunch of adaptations, including lots of pleiotropic genes. Lots and lots. Most, at least a great many, genetic things that make people deaf from birth mess up other stuff. Sometimes severely. Plus, kids are cruel. They are especially cruel to kids who cannot hear them make fun of them. So they get physical. Most deaf kids are very isolated. Parents have difficulty talking to kids who show very little sign of hearing them, nor responding with sounds of their own. Think of the women you’ve known who liked babies. Did they like interactive babies more? Most adults like baby girls more, exactly because they are more vocal and make more faces. Think those women would coo and aww at a baby who showed no sign that she heard them as long and as enthusiastically as they did with “normal” babies? Multiply that by everyone.

    Plus, try reading lips, sometimes. Not like now. Tell them to wear their masks! There’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated going on! You have seen and heard people talk for years. Turn the sound off on the news. What’s the talking head saying? I have tried while wearing good glasses and standing close, but I cannot follow much at all. Anything, really.

    The woman at the psych ward could hear a little as a child, and they knew she was going to be deaf. Perhaps most importantly, she was intellectually normal. Most deaf people clock around 85.

    I can see why deaf people want to keep their culture. Hearing people have been awful to them. They have common ground with other deaf people. I absolutely draw the line at trying to have a deaf child through PIGD, but raising a hearing child would be incredibly hard for people who have been treated badly by lots of hearing people for a long time. I can see why they don’t want their hearing teenager mocking them for deafness, thinking and saying that they are stupid.

    Being deaf is isolating in ways that being black, or Jewish, or gay, etc simply are not. Blacks can drive. Jews don’t have to worry about their friends getting “gentile implants” and never talking to them again. Gays can easily find partners. Hard to date when you cannot drive. You cannot call your girlfriend (until recently) and now, there is the constant pressure “heard” so to speak, even if never said, of “why don’t you just get the implant and join your tormentors?”

    Kids at schools for the deaf are rude to hearing neighbors. I get that that is a source of friction, but for deaf teens, it is often the first time they have not been alone. They couldn’t watch most tv. They couldn’t read very well. When they interact with hearing people, they always feel like a burden, like a pity friend. I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an asshole going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.” Deaf people feel that all the time, except mostly, no one can accommodate them.

    It is incredibly sad. But not everyone should have kids.

    Jesus, i feel like i’m going to cry.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an 🐴🕳 going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.”
     
    Vi forventer ikke... When I expressed the same feeling, a Danish friend explained that her people did not expect anyone else to know their language. Vi er et lille samfund... "We are a small society." This is likely true of most small societies. Sometimes I would try a "neutral" language-- Russian to a Pole, Danish to an Icelander-- only to realize, or be told, that it wasn't appreciated. They saw English as the more neutral tongue.

    After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn't know, but is close enough to Danish.) A compatriot cut in to correct them. He'd traveled extensively in Finland and found that outside the coast and big cities, nobody could handle Swedish. He had to talk to them in English. Which they no doubt preferred anyway!

    English was scheduled to be dropped as one of India's official languages, but the non-Hindi-speaking population wouldn't hear of it.

    Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @Paleo Liberal

  57. @Corvinus
    @prosa123

    This joke will Trump yours ten fold. I heard it a long, long time ago from the resident skinhead jailbird who was arrested for hanging nooses at a mixed race church.

    Why were German blacks treated worse than Jews during the Holocaust? Because they had to sit in the back of the oven.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I heard it a long, long time ago from the resident skinhead jailbird who was arrested for hanging nooses at a mixed race church.

    Cellmate?

    • LOL: TWS
  58. @Rob
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I was in a psych ward once with a woman who was completely deaf. Did not know it until I was trying to get her attention while she was facing the other way. I had no clue, she lip-read fluently. She could not read through mustaches, though.

    Thing is, hearing as well as people do is a bunch of adaptations, including lots of pleiotropic genes. Lots and lots. Most, at least a great many, genetic things that make people deaf from birth mess up other stuff. Sometimes severely. Plus, kids are cruel. They are especially cruel to kids who cannot hear them make fun of them. So they get physical. Most deaf kids are very isolated. Parents have difficulty talking to kids who show very little sign of hearing them, nor responding with sounds of their own. Think of the women you’ve known who liked babies. Did they like interactive babies more? Most adults like baby girls more, exactly because they are more vocal and make more faces. Think those women would coo and aww at a baby who showed no sign that she heard them as long and as enthusiastically as they did with “normal” babies? Multiply that by everyone.

    Plus, try reading lips, sometimes. Not like now. Tell them to wear their masks! There’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated going on! You have seen and heard people talk for years. Turn the sound off on the news. What’s the talking head saying? I have tried while wearing good glasses and standing close, but I cannot follow much at all. Anything, really.

    The woman at the psych ward could hear a little as a child, and they knew she was going to be deaf. Perhaps most importantly, she was intellectually normal. Most deaf people clock around 85.

    I can see why deaf people want to keep their culture. Hearing people have been awful to them. They have common ground with other deaf people. I absolutely draw the line at trying to have a deaf child through PIGD, but raising a hearing child would be incredibly hard for people who have been treated badly by lots of hearing people for a long time. I can see why they don’t want their hearing teenager mocking them for deafness, thinking and saying that they are stupid.

    Being deaf is isolating in ways that being black, or Jewish, or gay, etc simply are not. Blacks can drive. Jews don’t have to worry about their friends getting “gentile implants” and never talking to them again. Gays can easily find partners. Hard to date when you cannot drive. You cannot call your girlfriend (until recently) and now, there is the constant pressure “heard” so to speak, even if never said, of “why don’t you just get the implant and join your tormentors?”

    Kids at schools for the deaf are rude to hearing neighbors. I get that that is a source of friction, but for deaf teens, it is often the first time they have not been alone. They couldn’t watch most tv. They couldn’t read very well. When they interact with hearing people, they always feel like a burden, like a pity friend. I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an asshole going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.” Deaf people feel that all the time, except mostly, no one can accommodate them.

    It is incredibly sad. But not everyone should have kids.

    Jesus, i feel like i’m going to cry.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an 🐴🕳 going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.”

    Vi forventer ikke… When I expressed the same feeling, a Danish friend explained that her people did not expect anyone else to know their language. Vi er et lille samfund... “We are a small society.” This is likely true of most small societies. Sometimes I would try a “neutral” language– Russian to a Pole, Danish to an Icelander– only to realize, or be told, that it wasn’t appreciated. They saw English as the more neutral tongue.

    After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn’t know, but is close enough to Danish.) A compatriot cut in to correct them. He’d traveled extensively in Finland and found that outside the coast and big cities, nobody could handle Swedish. He had to talk to them in English. Which they no doubt preferred anyway!

    English was scheduled to be dropped as one of India’s official languages, but the non-Hindi-speaking population wouldn’t hear of it.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @Reg Cæsar

    "After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn’t know, but is close enough to Danish.)"

    Yes, because Sweden conquered Finland and ruled it a few centuries ago. Ironically, Finnish is totally unrelated from a linguistic standpoint to Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian. It's directly related to Hungarian.

    So if only you knew to speak Hungarian in Finland, you probably would've done okay, more or less.

    Or perhaps speaking Hungarian would've still remained Greek to the Finns.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Paleo Liberal
    @Reg Cæsar

    In my experience, people in small European countries tend to speak much better American English than people in larger countries.

    For example, I can converse with the locals more easily in The smallest countries than in Germany or France or the UK.

  59. @Catdompanj
    Off topic.
    Does anyone read Jared Taylor or Michelle Malkin? I ask because she gets few comments and he gets none.

    Replies: @donkeyrunner

    Check amren.com and Taylor has comment sections there for posts he relays here. Seems more comments for him there

  60. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    I think being transgender is more related to anorexia than anything else. Both show the same trait, a fundamentally distorted sense of self. The normal self is so despised that it must be destroyed and turned into its opposite.

    What is the goal of making oneself thinner? If a woman does that, it only makes evolutionary sense if she's trying to catch a man and thinks she's too fat to do so otherwise.

    I've noticed a peculiar thing about trannies. They're all very ugly men. Many of these men have no chance of getting a mate as their regular male selves. So they appear to be trying to make themselves prettier by adopting feminine traits.

    In both anorexia and transgenderism, it's like Darwinism has gotten out of control.

    Replies: @Anon

    I’ve noticed a peculiar thing about trannies. They’re all very ugly men. Many of these men have no chance of getting a mate as their regular male selves.

    The “classical” autogynephillic trannies like Bruce Jenner tended to have wives and children and were in masculine professions. But I think you’re onto something in a way. The homosexual and autogynephillia categories do not explain a lot of the younger teens and young men who are going tranny (without the weenie operations that dysphoric trannies feel compelled to have). I think that polygenic depression/anxiety mental illness is finding a new phenotypic expression in transgenderism. So this is a new type of tranny, just as on the female side the Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria teens are a new type.

    [MORE]

    There is a video podcast on the featuring a moderate progressive (Bill Schere) and a moderate (anti-Trump) Christian conservative (Matt Lewis) called the DMZ, as in “demiliatarized,” as in civil discussion, which it had been. But in the most recent episode …

    … the progressive goes off the rails in defense of the whole transgender agenda, in an unusually uncomfortable exchange. I think this is a sign that things are getting worse.

    The guy makes a number of claims, including:

    1. He personally lives in a community where three-year-old boys are genuinely declaring themselves to be girls, so this stuff is legit.

    2. Chappelle is literally killing trannies by driving them to suicide.

    As to #1, if I understand Michael Bailey’s book correctly, three year olds do not become tranny all of a sudden. Homo types are tranny from birth and and this is obvious to the parents. Pre-verbal boys grab on to mom’s shoes and sister’s clothes and have a tantrum if they are taken away. This manifests well before three. Scher says it’s fortunate that his community supports these three year olds. That is a hint to me that his community, and the kids’ parents, are influencing the kids into this. Auto types do not become tranny unless after their teens.

    As to #2, the tranny suicide rate claims are not supported by evidence. The WHO and CDC do not collect sexual identification data for suicides, and hospitals and counties do not report this. Any data on this comes from tendentious studies by trans activists. Most involves “suicidal ideation,” not the kind of suicide that results in, you know, dead bodies. And trans thoughts are comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders, and in a real study you’d need to show that trans suicides are greater than suicides by those with depression and anxiety.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Anon

    Jordan Peterson has a good podcast with Abigail Shrier whose book about the explosion of I'm trans among teenage girls got the book blacklisted on Amazon.

    https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/podcast/s4-e11-abigail-shrier/

  61. @Buzz Mohawk
    @slumber_j

    Thank you for sharing some interesting stuff. So, sound for you goes exclusively into your right brain. That is said to be spatial, visual, emotional, etc., as opposed to the left brain stuff. That is interesting.

    A broken right arm at kindergarten age changed me from right-handed to lefty. Now I am ambidextrous when it comes to writing. It took me until after college to teach myself to write with my right hand, but it was easy, only took a few days.

    Helen Keller is an even more fascinating case. She lived many years in this area, and there is a middle school named after her. Her home is in private hands, but famous none-the-less. Helen had railings so she could take walks in nature and feel the air on her face, smell the smells and so on...


    https://connecticuthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/KellerArcan-610x438.jpg

    Replies: @Rob, @prosa123, @slumber_j

    Thanks. As a child I was a huge fan of the story of Annie Sullivan, who as an employee of the Keller household broke Helen Keller out of her deaf and blind black box. I still love that.

  62. @SaneClownPosse
    @AnotherDad

    With RHD and a right handed driver, the oncoming traffic is approaching on the dominant right eye side.

    A left handed batter's dominant left eye is facing the pitcher.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    A left handed batter’s dominant left eye is facing the pitcher.

    ¿

  63. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @conatus
    I was a train commuter for many years and I usually chose 'the Quiet Car' where no talking was allowed for the 35 minute ride to DC.
    Occasionally all us silent, grumpy riders would be interrupted by gales of laughter coming from a four person facing seat arrangement at the beginning of the car.
    Scowling, harrumphing and outraged, we would would look up to see who loud, impolite scofflaws were?
    'Don't you know this is the Quiet Car?!'
    Looking up from the Post, we were surprised to see four deaf(I assume) signers sitting facing each other, laughing uproariously over a finger joke.
    Perhaps they were all heading to Gallaudet and were chortling over the weird signage finger accent of their new boss?

    Replies: @Anon

    A similar incident happened to me while camping. My family was repeatedly startled awake by roaring laughter. No loud voices or music, just intermittent laughter. What the hell? In the morning we were awakened by clanking bottles from the same direction. After climbing out of our tent and looking over, we saw that group signing to each other. Clarity.

  64. @SFG
    @Anon

    It's one of the few successful (so far) examples of resistance to wokeness these days. You need a heavy-duty intersectional identity to pull it off, though; I doubt a Latino guy could pull it off, let alone a cis white straight lady, white gay guy, or an Asian. Even most conservatives would agree black people have legitimate grievances, what with slavery and all.

    I went and watched the thing just to give Netflix the message that getting rid of him will cost them financially. But I don't think it's that great. If you have Netflix, you should watch it. Let them know there's a big market for conservative stuff (even though this isn't conservative). Rent anything you can by Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, John Milius, Dennis Miller, Ben Stein, Bruce Willis, or James Woods (to name a few). Even, if you can tolerate it, Adam Sandler.

    Replies: @IHTG

    Bruce Willis?

  65. @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an 🐴🕳 going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.”
     
    Vi forventer ikke... When I expressed the same feeling, a Danish friend explained that her people did not expect anyone else to know their language. Vi er et lille samfund... "We are a small society." This is likely true of most small societies. Sometimes I would try a "neutral" language-- Russian to a Pole, Danish to an Icelander-- only to realize, or be told, that it wasn't appreciated. They saw English as the more neutral tongue.

    After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn't know, but is close enough to Danish.) A compatriot cut in to correct them. He'd traveled extensively in Finland and found that outside the coast and big cities, nobody could handle Swedish. He had to talk to them in English. Which they no doubt preferred anyway!

    English was scheduled to be dropped as one of India's official languages, but the non-Hindi-speaking population wouldn't hear of it.

    Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @Paleo Liberal

    “After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn’t know, but is close enough to Danish.)”

    Yes, because Sweden conquered Finland and ruled it a few centuries ago. Ironically, Finnish is totally unrelated from a linguistic standpoint to Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian. It’s directly related to Hungarian.

    So if only you knew to speak Hungarian in Finland, you probably would’ve done okay, more or less.

    Or perhaps speaking Hungarian would’ve still remained Greek to the Finns.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi


    So if only you knew to speak Hungarian in Finland, you probably would’ve done okay, more or less.

    Or perhaps speaking Hungarian would’ve still remained Greek to the Finns.
     
    Finnish and Hungarian diverged 5,000 years ago. That gap has been compared to the one separating English and Persian. Estonians can understand Finnish. In the Soviet days, they had to.
  66. A while back there was a tv talk show where the subject was deaf people. There actually are deaf people who get really hostile and upset when parents take their deaf child to receive a cochlear implant. I get a sense that it’s a bit like together we stand and divided we fall. They feel that they have a community of different people who are deaf, and that if they are made to use aids then somehow their standing or position in society is threatened. It was bizarre to see them talk like that. I saw something similar once concerning either genetic testing for dwarfism, or maybe it was about thalidomide sufferers. So long ago I can’t remember. But it’s as if they don’t want to lose what they have, because it makes them who they are. And yet often we hear people complain about being pigeonholed or categorised by society. Sometimes people are just so hard to understand.

  67. @Anon
    @Anon


    I’ve noticed a peculiar thing about trannies. They’re all very ugly men. Many of these men have no chance of getting a mate as their regular male selves.
     
    The "classical" autogynephillic trannies like Bruce Jenner tended to have wives and children and were in masculine professions. But I think you're onto something in a way. The homosexual and autogynephillia categories do not explain a lot of the younger teens and young men who are going tranny (without the weenie operations that dysphoric trannies feel compelled to have). I think that polygenic depression/anxiety mental illness is finding a new phenotypic expression in transgenderism. So this is a new type of tranny, just as on the female side the Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria teens are a new type.

    There is a video podcast on the featuring a moderate progressive (Bill Schere) and a moderate (anti-Trump) Christian conservative (Matt Lewis) called the DMZ, as in "demiliatarized," as in civil discussion, which it had been. But in the most recent episode ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G256LIhJ5co&t=26s

    ... the progressive goes off the rails in defense of the whole transgender agenda, in an unusually uncomfortable exchange. I think this is a sign that things are getting worse.

    The guy makes a number of claims, including:

    1. He personally lives in a community where three-year-old boys are genuinely declaring themselves to be girls, so this stuff is legit.

    2. Chappelle is literally killing trannies by driving them to suicide.

    As to #1, if I understand Michael Bailey's book correctly, three year olds do not become tranny all of a sudden. Homo types are tranny from birth and and this is obvious to the parents. Pre-verbal boys grab on to mom's shoes and sister's clothes and have a tantrum if they are taken away. This manifests well before three. Scher says it's fortunate that his community supports these three year olds. That is a hint to me that his community, and the kids' parents, are influencing the kids into this. Auto types do not become tranny unless after their teens.

    As to #2, the tranny suicide rate claims are not supported by evidence. The WHO and CDC do not collect sexual identification data for suicides, and hospitals and counties do not report this. Any data on this comes from tendentious studies by trans activists. Most involves "suicidal ideation," not the kind of suicide that results in, you know, dead bodies. And trans thoughts are comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders, and in a real study you'd need to show that trans suicides are greater than suicides by those with depression and anxiety.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Jordan Peterson has a good podcast with Abigail Shrier whose book about the explosion of I’m trans among teenage girls got the book blacklisted on Amazon.

    https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/podcast/s4-e11-abigail-shrier/

  68. @Anon
    Chappelle is anti-White. Why is Steve defending this guy?

    https://www.twitter.com/ScottMGreer/status/1451046565951459333

    Replies: @SFG, @e

    I couldn’t tell when he said that if he was joking or telling the truth as I’ve only watched 2 of his specials.

    At the end of his act this time, he said to the gender queer in power, “Stop punching DOWN on MY PEOPLE” and w/in the context of the last several minutes of his performance, by “his people” he meant people who made their living as comics.

  69. @Reg Cæsar
    @TelfoedJohn

    Does BDSM exhibit this effect? Do the janitors want to hold the whip, while the CEOs want to be under it?

    Replies: @TelfoedJohn

    The janitors rape, and the CEOs get pissed on by prostitutes.

  70. @Corvinus
    The perfect combination, the white whale of the intersectional totem pole—a deaf Amerindian transexual who is cognitively disabled and in a wheelchair, with long braided hair. We normies all await with anticipation when iSteve yells “Bingo”!

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    Bingo only if this person is an illegal alien.

    • Disagree: Corvinus
  71. @Reg Cæsar
    @Rob


    I was in Denmark for like two weeks once, by myself, where nearly everyone spoke English, and I felt like an 🐴🕳 going up to people and being all “please accommodate me in my language in your country.”
     
    Vi forventer ikke... When I expressed the same feeling, a Danish friend explained that her people did not expect anyone else to know their language. Vi er et lille samfund... "We are a small society." This is likely true of most small societies. Sometimes I would try a "neutral" language-- Russian to a Pole, Danish to an Icelander-- only to realize, or be told, that it wasn't appreciated. They saw English as the more neutral tongue.

    After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn't know, but is close enough to Danish.) A compatriot cut in to correct them. He'd traveled extensively in Finland and found that outside the coast and big cities, nobody could handle Swedish. He had to talk to them in English. Which they no doubt preferred anyway!

    English was scheduled to be dropped as one of India's official languages, but the non-Hindi-speaking population wouldn't hear of it.

    Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @Paleo Liberal

    In my experience, people in small European countries tend to speak much better American English than people in larger countries.

    For example, I can converse with the locals more easily in The smallest countries than in Germany or France or the UK.

  72. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @Reg Cæsar

    "After they heard I was going to Finland, some Danes suggested I might get along with Swedish. (Which I didn’t know, but is close enough to Danish.)"

    Yes, because Sweden conquered Finland and ruled it a few centuries ago. Ironically, Finnish is totally unrelated from a linguistic standpoint to Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian. It's directly related to Hungarian.

    So if only you knew to speak Hungarian in Finland, you probably would've done okay, more or less.

    Or perhaps speaking Hungarian would've still remained Greek to the Finns.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    So if only you knew to speak Hungarian in Finland, you probably would’ve done okay, more or less.

    Or perhaps speaking Hungarian would’ve still remained Greek to the Finns.

    Finnish and Hungarian diverged 5,000 years ago. That gap has been compared to the one separating English and Persian. Estonians can understand Finnish. In the Soviet days, they had to.

  73. Gender dysphoria (GD) is deviant paraphilia masquerading as civil rights. Period.

    Just as with sodomists, we will never or rarely get truth from gender dysphoriacs about their deviancy. Some are stupid and simply cannot grok the roots of their confusion, whilst others are ashamed and, thus, won’t confess the root of their confusion. Sodomism is largely rooted in child sex abuse – I suspect GD is as well.

    Adding phoney civil rights political pressures on top of the shame and embarrassment makes explication of TrueFacts nigh impossible.

    Well, except for unexceptional and unfortunate-looking teenage girls – they just like the attention that they can’t get any other way.

    tldr: The deaf are genuine victims whilst creepy gender dysphoriacs are creepy rapists imposing their creepy sexual deviance on normal people.

  74. @Anonymous

    Dear Steve, I was amused to see your article today linking deafness politics to trans politics.
     
    Why do you oppose trans politics, Steve?

    Replies: @Lagertha

    because they are transient in our time, our attention….in this time in history,

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