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From the Los Angeles Times:

Lana Del Rey and Alison Roman flaunted white women’s privilege. But they’re not alone

Lana Del Rey found herself embroiled in controversy this week after an Instagram post in which she appeared to criticize other women, mostly women of color, for the sexual nature of their hit songs.

By LORRAINE ALI TELEVISION CRITIC

Lorraine Ali is television critic of the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a senior writer for the Calendar section where she covered culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues. Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times’ music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek magazine.
MAY 22, 20204:34 PM

Forget #MeToo for a minute. Right now, it’s all about #WhiteWomenBehavingBadly.

Callous comments from two famous white women about other female celebrities of color have hit multiple progressive triggers in recent weeks, causing cancel culture to wrest the upper hand back from COVID-19 on social media. Woke Twitter emerged from quarantine, sleepy-eyed but energized by something familiar to rage around: racism, mean-girl dragging, white entitlement, good vs. bad feminism, sexism, cultural appropriation and cutting boards (seriously).

Singer Lana Del Rey and chef Alison Roman incited firestorms when, in separate incidents, they complained bitterly about the success of female peers, almost all of them women of color. Earlier this month, in an interview with the New Consumer, New York Times food columnist Roman flippantly called Netflix star Marie Kondo a “bitch” and “sellout” and said Chrissy Teigen’s brand omnipresence was “horrifying.”

You are probably wondering: Who are all these people?

Alison Roman is a cookbook author famous for her recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with salted butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chunks, which sounds tasty but not actually all that ingenious: if you start with salt, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate, it’s not that hard to end up with something people like.

Marie Kondo is the Japanese de-cluttering lady who came up with a good Shinto-Minimalist question to ask yourself when trying to make up your mind what to throw away: “Does this spark joy?

But now she has gotten into selling her fans more stuff, because, while you can make decent money helping rich ladies throw stuff away, you can make a huge amount of money selling not-rich ladies more stuff, such as this $58 brass cookbook stand, which, now that I was trying to make up something to say that was bad about it, I realize I kind of really want one, although I don’t recall ever having successfully used a cookbook to cook anything in my life.

You may already own a cookbook stand, but is it a genuine Marie Kondo cookbook stand, implicitly guaranteed to emit Shintoist mind rays that will help make your house as decluttered as a Zen gravel garden?

I don’t think so.

Kondo is about as progressive as a kamikaze pilot, and has had the good taste to not to get involved in this race card spat, unlike:

Chrissie Teigen, who is a Norwegian-Thai Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who has become a cookbook author so that you too can eat your way to being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

Lana del Rey is a good-looking singer, a throwback in the postwar torch singer/chanteuse mode.

Despite her Spanish surname stage name, she’s a Scottish American from Lake Placid, NY, so she’s a villainess in this:

Beyonce is of course above all criticism, according to all the mulatto hairdresser guys in America. It’s a national tragedy that she has only won 22 Grammys.

Cardi B is a stripper-rapper.

On Wednesday, Del Rey dropped a lengthy Instagram manifesto addressing age-old criticisms that her work is anti-feminist but that those same detractors give artists such as Beyoncé and Cardi B a pass. They have “number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, [having sex], cheating…” she wrote.

There’s more to their conversation and complaints, which were reckless and entitled at best, but the reaction was predictable. Women attacked Roman and Del Rey for attacking other women, as if there wasn’t enough scorn, shame and judgment to go around. The two were accused of making racist statements and flaunting their white privilege, and Del Rey was asked by half of Instagram why she hadn’t gone after artists such as Taylor Swift. (Del Rey defended her original post on Thursday, writing, “Don’t … call me racist”; Roman had her New York Times column suspended, a decision of which Teigen did not approve.)

The solution, of course, is — just as all PoC’s must unite against whites — for all women to unite against all men:

… In music, for instance, there’s been so little space at the top for women, and such a dearth of shared power, that artists like Del Rey fall prey to measuring themselves, and other women, against standards instituted by sexist dudes who ran (and still run) the game.

Women who’ve spent even a fraction of their life in a traditional workplace know that it’s exhausting navigating a system that wasn’t meant for you, or worse, that was specifically designed to keep you out.

For example, think how hard Chrissie Teigen had to work to shatter the stereotype that only men could be Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.

We’re held to higher criteria for lower pay, given the grunt work while our male peers are given promotions. The lopsided playing field is no surprise.

Our moms warned us that to get ahead we’d have to work harder, be better and complain less than the guys, at least until we were running things. Then all bets were off. Though they hoped the world might change by the time their daughters entered the workforce, it’s still a man’s world, a reality that bears out in study after study. We fight it, work around it, slog through it — and still we persist.

Along the way, however, expectations for how female colleagues deal with one another have been built on the belief that women generally behave better than men, and that we’re all part of the same gender underclass. Surely we’d all pull in the same upward direction, toward a more equitable tomorrow.

What a lovely idea — if not for racial discrimination, ambition, greed, socioeconomic disparity and everything else that’s part and parcel of a capitalist empire.

The only way to hold together the Coalition of the Diverse is through hating Core Americans, such as Emmanuel Trumpenstein.

 
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  1. SFG says:

    All I’d add is someone really seems to like making synthwave remixes of Lana Del Rey:

    https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Aq4xhldVpQc&list=PLCx7PIaThH9HrE4daGBm3_l4syK0fAWTC

  2. Anonymous[268] • Disclaimer says:

    Of course, the *real* reason why modern ‘pop’ music is a steaming pile of pig shit – the celebrated Don McLean recently said that modern music ‘makes him want to hang himself’ is that the whole scene is totally dominated by blacks – the producers – and white women – the consumers.
    The missing third is, of course, white men, the only demographic capable of creating music worth listening to.

    • Agree: jim jones
  3. Anon[403] • Disclaimer says:

    LORRAINE ALI

    was formerly The Times’ music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic

    If she was a music critic/editor, then I must be a former climate scientist specializing in epidemiology.

  4. Cortes says:

    For someone whose Wikipedia article suggests she specialised in Metaphysics at Fordham, Lana Del Rey’s stage name (“The King’s Dough”) is refreshingly brash.

  5. Impolitic says:

    “Catfight” is an inapt title for this post.

  6. 68W58 says:

    “… about as progressive as a kamikaze pilot” is the kind of turn of phrase that keeps me coming back to iSteve.

  7. Charon says:

    Our moms warned us that to get ahead we’d have to work harder, be better and complain less than the guys

    LOL 😆

    • Replies: @fish
  8. You are in rare iSteve form, immediately addressing what was at the top of my mind,
    You are probably wondering: Who are all these people?

    But my other question remains
    “why is this in the television section?”

    I can only presume it was a set-up because you reply with soft snark that reads like something from a BritCom. If you could do one of those Kondo remarks per minute, you’d make a fortune writing for TV .
    Image a 21st century Archie Bunker, in his closet office, reading his e-paper and commenting on current events to his long-suffering wife.

    The real genius will be evident when you convince the producers that “the studio audience is laughing AT him, not with him”.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  9. Dumbo says:

    You are probably wondering: Who are all these people?

    The best thing we can do, is to ignore all these people. They are not relevant; certainly not even 1% as relevant as they think they are. The whole of Twitter and Instagram are irrelevant.

    I wonder if this is the equivalent, in earlier times, of the gossips and jealousy fights among courtesans; the only difference is that then, most plebeians were blissfully unaware of what those futile women were raving about among themselves, but now we are all forced to hear it and think it has some kind of significance.

    • Replies: @megabar
    , @Rex Little
  10. A while ago I accidentally learnt that Lady Gaga’s “song” title Poker Face is in fact a pun referring to fellatio. I knew at that moment that there really is no hope for this culture. Fork and flip us, we’re done.

    I can only identify one Beyonce “song” – that one with that obnoxious chorus “put a ring on it.” I’ve seen video of her “dancing” to it, she contorts like she’s a jelly fish spasming to a massive load of electricity. She’s singularly unattractive, almost as hideous as her professed uber fans Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.. There’s one small mercy in her uncouth cult of personality, which is that it is so easy to transgress the sensibilities of her odious fans. They expect universal adulation of their idol, and when you tell them that she’s repulsive they lose what little is left of their minds.. So easily eliciting such massive cognitive dissonance and shocked distress in those cretins is quite amusing, really very satisfying..

    • Agree: Bugg
  11. Paul says:

    “Surely we’d all pull in the same upward direction, toward a more equitable tomorrow. What a lovely idea — if not for racial discrimination, ambition, greed, socioeconomic disparity and everything else that’s part and parcel of a capitalist empire.”

    Not to mention a Communist Chinese pandemic.

  12. Anon[596] • Disclaimer says:

    There are some really great covers of Summertime Sadness on YouTube, by pros and ams alike. You can spend an hour going deep into the search results.

    OT

    I like reading Kevin Drum, who is sort of the DoppelSäiler, in Mother Jones. He seems like a really smart, pragmatic guy, and half the time it’s hard to place his politics.

    He doesn’t seem so smart here:

    My own guess is that [dropping the SAT and ACT for UC admissions] will make very little difference. A simple chart from the Education Trust shows why:

    [Chart showing that UC and Cal State only enroll blacks at half their representation in the population]

    Practically every state, no matter what method they use, has a hard time enrolling Black freshmen in numbers proportional to their population. California has been unusually bad in this regard ever since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, which eliminated the use of affirmative action.

    We’ve tried over and over since then to figure out ways to get Black enrollment up on UC campuses, and nothing has worked. The obvious conclusion is that it’s too late to fix the longstanding effects of racism and poverty if you wait until the senior year of high school to do it. Black kids have to keep pace from preschool forward, which requires money, commitment, and a willingness to do something about geography. None of those things have ever been available in the amount needed.

    So will this latest effort work? I doubt it. But I wish them the best of luck.

    https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2020/05/uc-drops-sat-act-requirement-will-it-make-a-difference/

    Per Drum, there are three things we aren’t doing:

    1. Spending enough money on blacks in education

    2. Commitment

    3. Doing somthing about geography

    As for money, isn’t that pretty much studied to death? Throwing money at education, over a certain minimum level, doesn’t change anything for whites or blacks.

    Commitment is so vague and untestable I’ll let it pass.

    Geography … meaning … magic dirt?? black neighborhoods next to freeways?

    “Black kids have to keep pace from preschool forward”: This implies that black kids are approximately at the same level as whites in preschool, but then progressively fall behind. The facts as I understand them are that tests with some cognitive component give results that are statistical distributions whose mean values can be validly compared from test to test, year to year (unlike normal ratio scale tests) in standard deviations, and that the gap between the mean values for blacks and whites remains constant from preschool through grad school. Nobody is falling behind. Nobody is pulling ahead. Is there any evidence for the “fall behind” theory?

    • Replies: @res
    , @Ben tillman
  13. I don’t think Lana del Ray is good looking at all, she looks like a man with her cleft chin and her philtrum. She looks like Simon from American Idol.

    If she named mostly women of color, it’s probably because they dominate the visual media, because they look better, dance better, and make men’s joysticks harder. So Lana is jealous she can’t be a part of that (at age 34, she already looks like she could be J.Lo’s mother). It’s a subconscious paranoia.

    • Disagree: BenKenobi
    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
  14. SFG says:

    OT, and perhaps too reasonable for many, but Linker here actually admits his upbringing may affect how he thinks about Orban (and makes a good point about how what we wind up believing can be affected by non-rational factors such as how we’re raised):

    https://www.theweek.com/articles/915726/vital-mystery-how-think-about-world

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  15. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    Correct, mostly unknown to me.

    Lana del Rey is a good-looking singer, a throwback in the postwar torch singer/chanteuse mode.

    You mean “postwar” as in declared?

  16. You are probably wondering: Who are all these people?

    Concise yet brilliant deadpan summary description of the universe’s reaction to this noisome article.

  17. Thea says:

    Yes. But Del Rey and Roman are both prettier than Ali.

  18. I can remember the precise moment I started to lose respect for the New York Times. It was November 30, 2003 in a story about Missy Elliott titled “How to Be a Pop Star Using the Missy Method.” I don’t even know why I read the story. In it, they approvingly quoted the following lyric from one of Ms. Elliott’s (as they referred to her, in their NYT way) songs:

    Jiggle, jiggle, jangle
    Watch how my gluteus dangle

    Now, who can argue with that? Not only is it an authentic example of ghetto gibberish, it expresses a dull crudity too often seen nowadays.

  19. ic1000 says:

    > You are probably wondering: Who are all these people?

    Why, yes!

    LOL.

    Women attacked Roman and Del Rey for attacking other women, as if there wasn’t enough scorn, shame and judgment to go around. The two were accused of making racist statements and flaunting their white privilege, and Del Rey was asked by half of Instagram why she hadn’t gone after artists such as Taylor Swift. (Del Rey defended her original post on Thursday, writing, “Don’t … call me racist”; Roman had her New York Times column suspended, a decision of which Teigen did not approve.)

    What an iSteve Content Generator! Steve, speaking for all your readers, in the name of Social Justice, we demand that you endorse this week’s paycheck — write “payable to Lorraine Ali” and mail it to her.

    Her understandable exhaustion aside, she’s earned it.

  20. bigduke6 says:

    Should it be legal to criticize WoC?

  21. theMann says:

    They just played Don Giovanni on the Met Opera free stream. Not knowing any of these women, it was quite the contrast to listen to any of their music. But I have it figured out:

    Standard vocal scale
    Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do

    Modern women’s musical scale
    Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Meeeeeeee!!!!

    Seriously, self-absorbed narcissism doesn’t seem adequate as a starting point for music.

  22. Abe says:

    Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times’ music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek magazine.

    ROLLING STONE, despite supposedly getting sued into oblivion over its UVA rape hoax article, is seemingly still around. I guess while there is still a boomer pocket to be picked cleaned with hard-hitting & timely hot takes on which Beatle could whip you up the best Hollandaise sauce to go with your eggs Benedict, or how recently uncovered KGB wire taps prove Donald Trump gave the open fire order at Kent State, there will always be a Rolling Stone. GQ, ostensibly where regular straight guys could once upon a time get style tips, seems to have devolved into some kind of anti-Trump lavender viper’s nest based on the sampling of articles that contaminate my online news feed. And NEWSWEEK has gone in a short 30 years from providing livelihoods to hundreds of upper middle class families (how many 30-somethings out there right now owe their Brown or Cornell degrees to the money mom or dad made as a senior NEWSWEEK editor?) to a staff of 4 working out of someone’s garage churning out clickbait- for all we know it’s now a Russian fake news outfit causing ~1K premature deaths per year through blood pressure-raising articles about Russian fake news shops stealing the 2016 election.

    Which is to say, in what freakin just universe does this Lorraine Ali creature continue to make a living off moribund media properties contributing to the anti-GDP (do her writings spark joy? do they bring utility or happiness to most people, or make them more unhappy, less capable, and more paranoid?)

  23. Sounds like Lana is right. Look at the top songs on Apple Music. It’s not just x-rated, it’s dumb in a low class, trashy way.

    A few women may get the courage to say they would like the feminine to be honored. Not all women are hard-driving men in female bodies (like Cher, Madonna, etc).

    Maybe it’s good that White women feel increasingly despised by our culture. Everything they have depends on strong White me, but they thought their own “empowerment” meant they didn’t White men. They were the loudest to trash us.

    The Nice White Lady Teachers who humiliate Whites children in class, especially the boys, as a form of social justice, need to be exposed and treated as objects of ridicule. And young White guys, please learn to never, never defend them.

  24. Christine Diane Teigen =

    I get ta ride nine inches.

    I eaten ten rigid inches.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  25. @Abe

    “in what just universe does this Lorraine Ali creature continue to make a living”

    1. Her name is Ali. Box duly checked. You may now proceed to Lawfully Employing This Approved Individual.

    2. She is a Muslim, and officially Of Color.

    3. Ergo, she is categorically Not An Evil Huwite Man.

    4. She writes about “Muslim American” issues (viz, the real Americans).

    Ca suffit.

  26. A study of the use of the word “catfight” over time in our journals of elite opinion would be interesting.

  27. A twitter storm in a tea cup. There is no bad publicity though – I did watch my first video of Lana, reminded me a bit of Kate Bush, but just a tiny bit.

    All these women-of-color-pundits and other virtue-signaling hustlers are united by their hatred of Taylor Swift. Makes me smile. You go Taylor, be a thorn in their side.

    • Agree: Muggles
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  28. @SFG

    Sheesh, two thousand words to say,

    I viscerally dislike Orban because I’m Jewish.*

    *(Though I used to say I wasn’t).

    Is Linker paid by the word, or just logorrheic?

    Well anyhow, at least he’s honest about his motives. That’s something, I guess.

    Never heard of him before.

    Since he is so exercised by Orban’s

    “shutting down media outlets critical of his rule, making elections less competitive, kicking a major university out of the nation’s capital, instituting rule by decree, and deploying the most egregious anti-Semitic rhetoric heard in Europe in decades.”

    I wonder if he is equally exercised by our own tech and media monopolies far harder crackdowns on dissent, or by any of the other European nations’ crackdown on political dissent, or by the extreme bias of our own Government-Media Industrial Complex? Is he bothered by our own Academies exiling and condemning wrongthinkers? Troubled by our own (Democrat) governors house-arresting all citizens and ruling by executive order (a.k.a., “decree”)? Does antisemtitism emanating from Islam or the dusky underclass bother him too, or his outrage reserved exclusively for the (supposed) trangressions of one class of people? If so, wouldn’t that be, you know, racist?

    Whatever Orban has done (which, whenever I look into it, always turns out to be far milder than his goodthinker critics allege), Orban is implementing the will of the democratic majority of his people. So whatever you accuse him of, you cannot accuse him of being anti-democratic. Of course, that is Linker’s primary accusation, “democratic” now apparently being another one of those words that now means its opposite. By contrast, all of the tech monopoly bannings and European hate speech prosecutions really are meant to thwart democratic opposition to ruling regimes. But according to Linker, that is democracy (when “we” do it).

    • Agree: jim jones, ben tillman
    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Anon
    , @Dmon
    , @Alan Mercer
  29. Also involved as a secondary front in this fight is an attempted cancelling of Doja Cat, a pretty (and imo decent) rapstress also criticized by del Rey, for the crime of being a 4chan girl who only boinks white guys and likes shock humor

    I was horny for her before this came out, but now I’m extremely horny.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  30. This is your funniest post.

  31. @Abe

    ROLLING STONE, despite supposedly getting sued into oblivion over its UVA rape hoax article …

    Perhaps one of the more “amusing” aspects of that whole shameful episode is how obviously fake it was. I know Steve brought up objections at the time over the story’s plausibility, but even that might have been unnecessary: the entire incident appears lifted from a Hollywood movie staring Jodie Foster, The Accused.

    A couple of years ago, I went through SRE’s article and wrote a paragraph-by-paragraph debunking. I got about 60% of the way through my project before moving on. At the time, I noticed a strange similarity between Jackie, the pseudonymous girl supposedly raped by UVA frat boys, and Jodie Foster’s character who met a similar fate in The Accused.

    Consider the following taken from my notes:

    “This account is clearly taken from the 1988 movie The Accused staring Jodie Foster. Foster’s character is a young, mini-skirt clad woman in a bar with loud music playing and a party atmosphere about. A man approaches Foster’s character, Sarah Tobias, and entices her to go with him alone into a back room. She’s then escorted to a darkly-lit back area where she is assaulted by a crowd of men. Just before, she smokes marijuana and drinks; there is alcohol all around. A large man pins her back against the glass casing of a pinball machine and begins to rape her as she attempts to scream. He puts his hand over her mouth as his friends laugh and cheer him on; loud music abounds. Another man jeers a college student with nicknames such as “college boy” and “frat boy”. A glass filled with beer falls off the pinball machine and shatters on the floor. Foster’s character is gang-raped by several different men. One of them is a college frat boy named “Stu”. Jackie’s date (a pseudonym) in the UVA story was named “Drew”.

    As he rapes her, another man holds her hands and hair from behind. A jeering man in the crowd taunts the next prospective rapist’s penis in order to encourage him to take his turn raping Foster’s character. There is a younger college student, Kenneth, who looks on as his college friend rapes Foster’s character. Sarah looks at him; they lock eyes. He looks disturbed at what he sees but is egged on by the crowd to rape her anyway. He doesn’t go through with it. A female friend of Foster’s character – an employee of the bar who fears for her job – witnesses the rape, but instead of helping her friend, holds her head down, collects her belongings, and walks out of the establishment.

    Working up the nerve to rape Foster after being taunted, another man takes his turn. Foster’s character then bites the hand covering her face, and she is able to get away. Foster’s character, disheveled and bruised, runs out of the bar and into a street in the middle of the night. She is then taken to a hospital where it is revealed that she has injuries on her back and leg.

    Afterwards, the local prosecutor (a woman) seems skeptical of the Foster character’s claims. She ends up giving the accused a plea deal instead of pursing what Foster’s character believes to be full justice; this mirrors the situation with a female UVA official Jackie claimed didn’t take her story seriously. The prosecutor then seeks justice by prosecuting the jeering crowd for soliciting the crime in question.

    One of the male actors involved in the rape scene with Foster reportedly left the set immediately after filming and puked in his trailer. At the hospital, it is revealed that Foster’s character has cuts and bruises on her body, perhaps also her back (from the glass) if IIRC.”

    From the SRE A Rape on Campus article:

    “Shut up,” she heard a man’s voice say as a body barreled into her, tripping her backward and sending them both crashing through a low glass table. There was a heavy person on top of her, spreading open her thighs, and another person kneeling on her hair, hands pinning down her arms, sharp shards digging into her back, and excited male voices rising all around her. When yet another hand clamped over her mouth, Jackie bit it, and the hand became a fist that punched her in the face. The men surrounding her began to laugh. For a hopeful moment Jackie wondered if this wasn’t some collegiate prank. Perhaps at any second someone would flick on the lights and they’d return to the party.

    She remembers every moment of the next three hours of agony, during which, she says, seven men took turns raping her, while two more – her date, Drew, and another man – gave instruction and encouragement. She remembers how the spectators swigged beers, and how they called each other nicknames like Armpit and Blanket. She remembers the men’s heft and their sour reek of alcohol mixed with the pungency of marijuana. Most of all, Jackie remembers the pain and the pounding that went on and on.

    As the last man sank onto her, Jackie was startled to recognize him*: He attended her tiny anthropology discussion group. He looked like he was going to cry or puke as he told the crowd he couldn’t get it up. … the other men jeered. … Then they egged him on.”

    [DR: *~they locked eyes]

    https://web.archive.org/web/20141119200349/http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

    Jodie Foster won the Academy Award for best actress. But maybe I’m just seeing a connection where none exists … otherwise, one has to ask just how much of this story was embellished by the author or the supposed victim. Isn’t Rolling Stone also a culture outlet? You’d think someone would have made this connection at the time if true.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Accused_(1988_film)

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    , @ben tillman
  32. as says:

    I find Allison Roman annoying because she and her media promoters have a habit of hyping her recipes as the platonic form of whatever she’s cooking.

    So her chocolate chip cookies are “the” cookies, emphasis on “the.” She made a chickpea soup that they hype as well.

    I tried watching a couple of her videos but I found her unlikeable. It could be that’s she just a millennial and therefore irritating.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  33. @Steve Sailor… “Cookbook authors”? None of them will ever be able to hold Betty Crockers jock! Lmao! Nice point about her “legendary chocolate cookie recipe”! Again Tollhouse recipe with a boost of salt? Laughable!
    Let them fight hell where’s the mud pit? It seems as though white women are backing away from toxic feminism into a kind of June Clever / but strong independent “they’ll never let go of that tired meme” hybrid. The amount of ravenous Trump supporting women on Facebook is truely astounding! And is a very good sign that maybe, just maybe white women are beginning to “get it”!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  34. SFG says:
    @Almost Missouri

    The Orban thing is tangential. In the end he says he doesn’t know if Dreher and Co. are right, or he is. I though it was interesting because it is kind of rare to see a pundit (1) admit he’s not sure about something and (2) acknowledge his own biases.

    (FWIW I agree Orban is executing the policies favored by the people who elected him, and has apparently kept out the coronavirus to boot.)

  35. prosa123 says:

    Around a year ago a co-worker who had a side business selling costume jewelry online went to a cosmetics/jewelry trade show, the highlight of which was supposed to be an appearance by Cardi B. In her account, there was a near-riot when Ms. B failed to show up.

  36. Lorraine Ali is not bad looking herself, but “she previously was a senior writer for the Calendar section” does not really impress. Is that like, “Today is the 28th. Of July. It’s a Tuesday, following hard on the heels of Monday. The calendar photo accompanying July is a colorful woodpecker on a yard feeder, though some readers report seeing a whale, a sailboat at sunset or their alma mater’s historic campus all abloom. But just a reminder — all that will be changing abruptly on August 1, so be sure not to miss next week’s Calendar section.”

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  37. Eric F says:

    It’s still early days, but “Kondo is about as progressive as a Kamikaze pilot” could be your line of the year.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  38. Thoughts says:

    Lana Del Rey is an idiot.

    Her plastic surgery face should have been smart enough to stfu being that she’s just as bad of a role model as her female peers…it’s just a matter of degree

    At least Stripper ex Prostitute Cardi has a kid and a man, unlike Lana who just got dumped for the fifteenth thousand time.

    The proof is in the pudding

    Analogy of the day:

    It’s like listening to a female divorcee with kids who has already slept with a couple of men since her divorce a few months ago…bitching about a woman with 5 kids from 5 different men. They are both sluts…just to different degrees

    • Disagree: ben tillman
  39. “Chrissie Teigen, who is a Norwegian-Thai Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who has become a cookbook author so that you too can eat your way to being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.”

    Given that her ancestry from the two countries in the world most famous for their female beauty, swimsuit model Chrissie Teigen ought to be the Kwisatz Haderach of sexy ladies. Disappointingly, she is a prematurely walling butterface.

    But then I guess she’s rich, so there’s that.

  40. Thoughts says:

    A couple of my uber-liberal Trump hating white female friends have been upset over Jake the State farm guy getting replaced by a badly-acting black dude

    Occasionally white females like Lana Del Rey will have a moment where they realize something is amiss in the world…

    The problem is…they are the problem! They are die hard members of the wrong team.

    You either stfu or go all out pro-white

    You can’t be on the liberal team and have occasional moments of morality…but the non-whites are right…Lana was being a racist prick. She and Cardi work for the same people, so why she opened her mouth is beyond me.

  41. Jack D says:

    this $58 brass cookbook stand, which, now that I was trying to make up something to say that was bad about it, I realize I kind of really want one, although I don’t recall ever having successfully used a cookbook to cook anything in my life.

    That stand will spark lots of “joy” during the hours you will have to spend keeping the brass polished. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a material (say a steel alloy with chromium and nickel in it) that never needed polishing and that you could just put in the dishwasher that you could use to make kitchen items with?

    I have a fairly extensive hardback cookbook collection (paperback cookbooks printed on acid paper not a good idea – they don’t withstand use or last very long) and nowadays a lot of cookbooks in e-book form, but mostly nowadays I tend to Google for recipes. Due to the wisdom of the crowd, the top few Google results tend to be pretty good and it’s easy to pull up several of them and decide which you like best or mix and match.

    As for ebooks, no one (that I know of) has software that searches across your ebook collection. Say I want a recipe for a roast leg of lamb. The only way I can find one is to pull up the books individually and then search inside each book. This really reduces the utility of ebooks vs a google search.

    • Replies: @Bernard
    , @res
    , @Kratoklastes
  42. Jack D says:
    @Almost Missouri

    She has (or had) a killer bod but her face looks like a badly done identikit drawing. When you mix and match European and Asian features, either the sum can be greater than the parts or less. In her case I vote for less. I guess for being a swimsuit model what’s below the neck is more important than what’s above.

    • Agree: Bernard
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    , @anon
  43. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Almost Missouri

    My guess is that Deep State— on behalf of the puppet masters— has not ceased trying to subvert Orbán. Their operation just can’t be so overt as it was in 2017.

    The US State Department’s New Program to Take On Hungarian Media

    Daniel McAdams
    November 10, 2017
    Ron Paul Institute

    …the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced that it is launching a program to massively interfere in NATO-partner Hungary’s internal media.

    ..Washington’s Hungarian media project is clearly meant to interfere in that country’s domestic political environment. Here are the stated objectives of the US government’s Hungary program:

    The program should improve the quality of local traditional and online media and increase the public’s access to reliable and unbiased information.

    Projects should aim to have impact that leads to democratic reforms, and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources. (emphasis added)

    http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/november/10/manipulation-the-us-state-departments-new-program-to-take-on-hungarian-media/

    Anne Applebaum is obsessed with Orbán and Hungary and constantly writing anti-Orbán screeds for The Atlantic and Jeff Bozos’ blog. How dare Orbán defend Hungary and its Catholicism and Hungarian people!

  44. Dmon says:
    @Almost Missouri

    https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hungary-austria-stand-against-rest-of-eu-blasting-israel-628721

    That damn anti-semitic Orban.
    In other news, pictures surface of Mr. Spock sporting a goatee.

    • Replies: @SFG
  45. slumber_j says:

    I’m a strangely big fan of Lana del Rey. She’s an artful lyricist in a very womanly vein. This seems to be what riles her detractors: she sings a lot of adoring paens to drunk, detached and otherwise plainly undesirable slacker boyfriends, and the Grrrl Pwr she-braggarts don’t dig that at all.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @jb
    , @Thomas
    , @CJ
  46. black sea says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Thailand is indeed famous for its women, but I wouldn’t say their fame rests on their beauty.

    • Replies: @Hemid
    , @Peter D. Bredon
  47. On Wednesday, Del Rey dropped a lengthy Instagram manifesto addressing age-old criticisms that her work is anti-feminist but that those same detractors give artists such as Beyoncé and Cardi B a pass. They have “number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, [having sex], cheating…” she wrote.

    Age-old criticisms???? Del Rey had her first hit record 9 years ago. And who are the “detractors” making these criticisms? I thought feminists were all Puritans so why aren’t they making age-old criticisms against the criminal hooker Cardi B? Or any of the other “singers” flaunting their stuff in every song?

    There’s more to their conversation and complaints, which were reckless and entitled at best,

    So to this writer it is entitled to exercise Free Speech? And it’s reckless to criticize another singer? What exactly is reckless about it? At best? What is the worst part of speaking freely, Ms. Thing?

    but the reaction was predictable. Women attacked Roman and Del Rey for attacking other women, as if there wasn’t enough scorn, shame and judgment to go around.

    So the writer agrees that it is predictable that women are bitches? Then Our Little Ms. Thing claims that there is more than enough scorn and shame [of women] to go around? What scorn? What shame? What is this dumb cluck talking about?

    The two were accused of making racist statements and flaunting their white privilege, and Del Rey was asked by half of Instagram why she hadn’t gone after artists such as Taylor Swift.

    Um could it be because Taylor Swift isn’t singing about anal sex and about knocking johns in the head and stealing their money after having sex with them? Or could it be that Taylor Swift doesn’t appear in videos and on stage with her naked buttocks hanging out? Half of Instagram doesn’t understand the difference between those women and Taylor Swift? You should have to pass an IQ test to be allowed on Instagram.

    In music, for instance, there’s been so little space at the top for women, and such a dearth of shared power, that artists like Del Rey fall prey to measuring themselves, and other women, against standards instituted by sexist dudes who ran (and still run) the game.

    [MORE]

    Who cares what the genitals are of those “at the top?” What does shared power even mean? It is meaningless. Del Rey didn’t fall prey to anything: she was responding to lunatic feminist nonsense. There are obviously NO standards instituted by any dudes, sexist or otherwise. If Missy Elliot can do an entire song proudly proclaiming over and over again that she is a bitch? And Miley Cyrus can grind her little crotch off in her shows, that’s not some dudes and their standards, that’s what women performers have chosen to do. Katy Perry transformed herself from an unsuccessful Christian singer to a pop star by wearing 3-inch thick pancake make up. That was her idea. Dudes don’t run the game. Artists run it. Artists do things and look certain ways in order to get people interested in their songs. Period. And that’s always the way it’s been with the very limited exceptions of the boy groups (O Town, New Kids, Menudo, etc.,,etc.) and perhaps the Spice Girls. Writer Ms. Thing is just flat out lying.

    Women who’ve spent even a fraction of their life in a traditional workplace know that it’s exhausting navigating a system that wasn’t meant for you, or worse, that was specifically designed to keep you out.

    There is utterly not one grain of truth to this sentence. There are NO workplaces designed to keep women out.

    We’re held to higher criteria for lower pay, given the grunt work while our male peers are given promotions. The lopsided playing field is no surprise.

    There is absolutely not ONE WORD of truth to the first sentence. Women are promoted more often without merit, held to lower criteria, get the same pay, and not given any grunt work at all. I have no idea what Ms. Thing’s 2nd sentence even means. A lopsided playing field? What is she even talking about? Lana Del Rey was defending her art. What does that have to do with a playing field? And why is it no surprise that this imaginary and irrelevant playing field is “lopsided?”

    Our moms warned us that to get ahead we’d have to work harder, be better and complain less than the guys, at least until we were running things. Then all bets were off. Though they hoped the world might change by the time their daughters entered the workforce, it’s still a man’s world, a reality that bears out in study after study. We fight it, work around it, slog through it — and still we persist

    .

    Ms. Thing is lying again. Her moms never said that, because her mom was smarter than to believe lying feminist propaganda. And so Ms. Thing claims “our” moms said once “we” get to the top “all bets were off?” What does that mean? It sounds like she is saying once women get into power then they can be tyrannical bitches.

    And study after study shows nothing of the sort. It’s not still a man’s world and this last sentence is just more of the same garbage of 4th wave feminism: we are STILL oppressed even when we are on top right now. It is hideous trash writing.

    Along the way, however, expectations for how female colleagues deal with one another have been built on the belief that women generally behave better than men, and that we’re all part of the same gender underclass. Surely we’d all pull in the same upward direction, toward a more equitable tomorrow.

    I’ve known a lot of females in the workforce including my daughter and granddaughter and no women I’ve ever talked to likes or wants to work under a woman manager or boss. They and we know that women don’t behave better than men, and none of these women have considered themselves to be in an underclass.

    What Ms. Writer McThing is saying is that women who defend themselves and freely speak about other women should shut up, because underclass. Or something. She is saying that women don’t backbite and gossip and betray other women on and out of the workplace. Has Ms. Writer McThing ever been in a workplace? Or a school? Or anywhere?

    What a lovely idea — if not for racial discrimination, ambition, greed, socioeconomic disparity and everything else that’s part and parcel of a capitalist empire.

    Ahh, this explains everything. The Marxist narrative naked staring us in the face. All the completely debunked conspiracy theories of the Marxist SJWs and feminists. A perfect reveal of a bankrupt writer who couldn’t rub two sticks together, let alone write a coherent article.

    Absolutely disgusting filth here. I have to take a long, hot shower now just to wash off the stench.

    • Agree: Bumpkin
  48. jim jones says:
    @Almost Missouri

    She looks like that woman famous for too much plastic surgery:

  49. I’m absolutely certain that Lorraine Ali has never benefited careerwise from being a woman and a Muslim. Because it’s just self-evident that, if Lorraine Ali were a straight white guy from Ohio, she’d have gotten ‘way further than she has.

  50. prosa123 says:

    Random thoughts:

    1. I doubt many people ever think of Kondo or Teigen in racial terms.
    2. The woman celebrity who gets the most amount of ridicule* for her “lifestyle ” marketing schtick is the whiter-than-white Gwyneth Paltrow.
    3. Lorraine Ali seems to go to deliberate lengths to conceal her age, it isn’t even mentioned on her Wikipedia entry. As she became active in professional journalism in the mid-1990’s she’s probably in her middle 40’s.

    * = deserved, case in point jade yoni eggs

  51. @Almost Missouri

    First, I agree with 95% of your comment. I want to raise a quibble about your criticism of the use of “democratic.”

    I grant that “democratic” is a thoroughly abused term and concept, and whenever you hear it used non-meta, the Orwellian is surely afoot. But we can’t expect the term’s honest usage to reduce to “majority will of the people, right now.” It’s disingenuous and short-sighted to expect it should.

    The reason: anyone honestly interested in rule by majority should want persistence to be a feature of the system. If rule-by-majority terms to lead to not rule-by-majority, your ideal when implemented in pure form is self-defeating. So the ideal needs to be compromised just a bit to maximize its actualization. Hence artifacts such as the Bill of Rights: features of a system decidedly not purely subject to majority opinion in each instant, but (purportedly) designed to optimize the extent to which majority rule will persist over a nonzero time interval.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
  52. @Abe

    Abe, Award winning used to be a notable achievement but Pulitzer and Nobel prizes have become participation trophies for the literary elite. Of course, the elite determine who is elite.

    • Replies: @anon
  53. Steve, please add a YAWN button and this post was humorous, heading into Dave Barry territory.

  54. Lana’s last album was pretty good. You might like it Steve.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  55. Bernard says:
    @Jack D

    I have a fairly extensive hardback cookbook collection (paperback cookbooks printed on acid paper not a good idea – they don’t withstand use or last very long)

    Now that I would have never guessed.

  56. Anon[368] • Disclaimer says:

    Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times’ music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek magazine.

    We’re held to higher criteria for lower pay, given the grunt work while our male peers are given promotions. The lopsided playing field is no surprise.

    Our moms warned us that to get ahead we’d have to work harder, be better and complain less than the guys, at least until we were running things. Then all bets were off. Though they hoped the world might change by the time their daughters entered the workforce, it’s still a man’s world, a reality that bears out in study after study. We fight it, work around it, slog through it — and still we persist.

    Aaaannnnddd there it is, the progressive ingrate mentality. No matter how many blessings they have in life, they still find a way to complain about how unfair it all is. Christianity teaches us to be grateful for what blessings we have in life, but progressivism teaches people to be perpetually dissatisfied because they could always have MORE, and it’s not fair how they don’t have MORE. Lorraine Ali has all the success that a person could reasonably expect to have in life, but still she is angry for what she does not have. Not only is she a miserable person, but she is also teaching others how to be miserable. She is a terrible person and it would be better for her and society if she did nothing but collect welfare.

  57. Hemid says:
    @black sea

    I’ve only visited once and don’t know the ethnic/tribal/whatever makeup of the country, but it looked like there are two very different kinds of women in Thailand. One kind, the non-“jungle” one with Irish-white skin, is often uncannily beautiful, like—it’s hard to describe, but, I guess—sex dolls of ghosts.

    Vietnam had the same weird thing: two kinds of women, one stereotypically ugly and friendly, and one pale and pretty and smug, but just one kind of men, all totally shitty-looking.

    My Darwin-sense was confused.

  58. I like her article, at least the excerpts you’ve shared. Her conclusion seems to be that humans are flawed, and the whole identity politics thing promises a charade utopia due to the flaws inherent in females.

  59. Looking up Lana Del Rey in Wikipedia, I find this:

    In the fall of 2004, at age 19, [Del Rey] enrolled at Fordham University in The Bronx where she majored in philosophy, with an emphasis on metaphysics.[12] She has said she chose to study the subject because it “bridged the gap between God and science… I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why.”[12]

    Deep.

    Somehow it puts me in mind of Woody Allen’s searching metaphysical query: “Why are our days numbered, rather than lettered?”

    • Replies: @Anon
  60. res says:
    @Jack D

    As for ebooks, no one (that I know of) has software that searches across your ebook collection. Say I want a recipe for a roast leg of lamb. The only way I can find one is to pull up the books individually and then search inside each book. This really reduces the utility of ebooks vs a google search.

    Really strange that Calibre does not offer full text library search given that they were talking about it a decade ago.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibre_(software)#Features

    Some ideas:
    https://superuser.com/a/1207658
    https://kinook.com/UltraRecall/
    https://blog.afoolishmanifesto.com/posts/full-text-search-for-ebooks/
    https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/2151/software-to-text-search-a-large-set-of-files-ebooks
    https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263990

    • Thanks: Jack D, Peter D. Bredon
  61. Gordo says:

    Who are any of these people?

  62. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, american bike stunt dudes remain awesome…

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JoshManMode/status/1263637559873277955

  63. Homer says:

    Beyonce is of course above all criticism, according to all the mulatto hairdresser guys in America.

    I never heard of her until I watched her perform during a Super Bowl halftime show. As I recall she was backed up by a coffle of slutty, energetic sheboons. Beyonce did a bump and grind dance as she howled out a strange annoying song. I can hardly wait to catch her act again. What talent!

    • Replies: @Abe
  64. Anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: 4-Alarm Blaze Rips Through San Francisco Warehouse

    I predict a “Summer of Flame,” from arson as Covid-killed businesses decide to make some profit before shutting down completely.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/fire-raging-sf-pier-4-alarm-blaze-rips-through-california-warehouse

    The 1970s were called the ‘War Years’ by fireman in New York, because a huge amount of decaying buildings were set on fire for the insurance money.

    For example:

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  65. Uh, I thought the whole point is to look like literal whores in your videos and sing like them in your songs. Because whores are good and pimps even better. At least that’s what I’ve been taught on TV for the last 40 or so years. What, there’s something wrong with acting like a whore? Next thing you know, they’ll be going after the pimppimppimppimps. Nothing is sacred.

  66. Anon[298] • Disclaimer says:
    @slumber_j

    I’m a strangely big fan of Lana del Rey. She’s an artful lyricist in a very womanly vein.

    Womanly but not very ladylike.

    “Cola”
    Lana Del Rey

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola
    My eyes are wide like cherry pies
    I gots a taste for men who are older
    It’s always been, so it’s no surprise…

    Come on baby, let’s ride
    We can escape to the great sunshine
    I know your wife and she wouldn’t mind…

    Drugs suck it up like vanilla icies
    Don’t treat me rough, treat me really niceys
    Decorate my neck…

    Whoa ah…

    My pussy taste like Pepsi-Cola
    Oh… ah
    My pussy taste like Pepsi-Cola
    Oh
    My pussy taste like Pepsi-Cola
    Oh… whoa… yeah

    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/lanadelrey/colapussy.html

    • Replies: @GU
    , @Anon
    , @Anonymous
  67. “Cardi B is a stripper-rapper.”

    Her track “Twerk” has been considered the new century’s lyrical work of art. The video is comparable to Picasso, Matisse. Katharine might not understand, but this is the new face of beauty.

    To see Cardi is to experience life at its fullest and finest in 2020land. Her name says it all–she’s truly a total workout and is not for the faint of heart.

    Move over Marilyn, Hepburn, and sorry to say, even Kim. Cardi is leading the way.

    • Replies: @GU
  68. JMcG says:

    OT – Steve, the recent Airbus crash in Pakistan was apparently caused by the pilots landing gear-up. They scraped along on the engines for a bit, and then APPLIED TAKE OFF POWER! They managed to get off the ground only to crash shortly after.
    Stay off third world airlines.

  69. Lana Del Rey’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

  70. This article just cements in my mind The absolute necessity of repealing the 19th amendment.

  71. @Jack D

    “her face looks like a badly done identikit drawing”

    Or the product of Terry Gilliam’s plastic surgery clinic.

    • Replies: @wren
  72. prosa123 says:

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola

    When I was 12 years old this one kid in my class told me and some other kids that it tasted like apple pie. Everyone believed him as if he were the Voice of Truth from atop Mount Olympus, rather than the drooling imbecile with a sort-of deformed face that he actually was.

  73. @Billy Shears

    “Lana’s last album was pretty good.”

    But how do the black people on YouTube feel about it? I’ve been spending my lockdown time watching videos of YouTube black people commenting on Tool songs, Rush songs, Pink Floyd songs, other bands I like songs. Time well spent.

    • Replies: @Billy Shears
  74. Anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Big genetic study results from Italy. Northern Italians have roots in France and Spain, while Southern Italians have roots in Turkey, North Africa, and the Levant. That would explain why Southern Italians have always been the big losers in Italian history.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8348963/First-study-Italians-genetic-diversity-reveals-dates-19-000-years-ago.html

  75. anon[102] • Disclaimer says:

    There is no such thing as “white privilege”.

    Folks, you should literally shun anyone attempting to use this made-up phrase around you. Tell them that the phrase “white privilege” is cultural Marxist garbage designed to turn races against one another, and that you want a prosperous future for all races. If they continue to use it, tell them that they are promoting hate against on of the races God made, and avoid them. Its pretty easy to point out all the whites who employ massive numbers of people of all races, who have started charities for all races. Those sports stars minorities love so much are paid buy white team owners and the commercials they are in get them paid by zillionaire whites. They are probably employed by white owned corporations themselves. There is no big white conspiracy to keep anyone down.

    BTW—-Certain terms various browsers don’t want you to type right now, like azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine get underlined in red as if you have misspelled them. Opera browser is doing this to me. You check and they aren’t misspelled. Anybody else notice this?

  76. jb says:
    @slumber_j

    Me too. I like classical music, but if I were to make a list of the music that moved me the most, music that crossed the line from merely enjoyable to wow!, most of the entries would be from the world of popular music. This is a very personal thing of course, and everyone’s list would be different, but mine would definitely include Summertime Sadness.

  77. Bruno says:

    She hasn’t been accused of cultural appropriation ? From Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to Lana Del Rey. She envied also Lady Gaga who had become famous before her, they were in the same underground circus, and wrote a song called « So Legit ». Here the lyrics :

    I don’t get it
    Your taste once exquisite
    What happened to Brooklyn?
    What happened to New York?
    What happened to my scene?
    What happened to punk rock, rock?
    You called me the queen of the downtown scene, babe
    How the fuck would you go switch it up
    And then replace me?
    I don’t get it, I’m so legit
    Tell me, was it ’cause I wasn’t platinum in jewels?
    That perhaps you thought I was a little bit even uncool
    Kid, was that it?
    Stefani, you suck
    I know you’re selling twenty million
    Wish they could have seen you
    When we booed you off in Williamsburg
    You’re hurt
    I know my words don’t hurt,
    Oh, girl, I see you walking ’round in your pearls
    Thinking that you’re number one
    You’re so funny, ’cause honey, you’re not
    What happened to Brooklyn, the last frontier?
    They said you could make it anywhere
    If you can make it here
    But where
    No magic in the air

    Have we all gone Gaga crazy?
    Remember when the streets used to be dangerous
    And we were born bad
    And we were born bad
    Punk rock
    Punk rock
    The boys used to punch each other in the face
    And girls were walking around wasted
    And everyone had a good night
    Come back in sunlight
    Punk rock
    Rock, rock

    At the end, she got the fame and the money too.

  78. It’s rich that the LA Times is whining about the “capitalist empire” while obsessed about drama between various producers of mass produced jewish garbage. They’re part of the problem but if they whine about white people I suppose it makes up for being agents of the capitalist empire

    • Replies: @ADL Pyramid of Hate
  79. has anyone else noticed that 99% of posts on blacks by nonblacks always address the same baseline characteristics?

    Black:

    1. envy/jealousy
    2. parasitism (and rationalizations for said parasitism)
    3. low IQ

    That’s it, folks–the essential 3 characteristics of the American Negro

  80. UK says:

    I turned down a kiss from Lana Del Rey. There was a good reason but not one that benefited me. it was dumb. She’s very lovely.

  81. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Here is Cardi B encouraging brown and black people to fill out the census:

    • LOL: Bugg
  82. GU says:
    @Anon

    Lana is a harlot, though very feminine. That song (“Cola”) is actually a pretty clever anti-feminist response to the metoo movement. The song is about all-American girls flying to NYC/California to sleep with sleazy Harvey Weinstein types, and about how they often like it. It takes two to tango. This song so ruffled feminist’s feathers that she’s not allowed to perform it any longer.

    And while the chorus is vulgar, Lana claims a British boyfriend told her that, but it was not literal, it was more of a commentary on the “all-American” girl archetype that is sadly disappearing from the USA.

  83. she appeared to criticize other women, mostly women of color, for the sexual nature of their hit songs.

    Of all people. I once accused credited Whiskey of with writing the scripts for Miss Woolridge Grant’s Del Rey’s videos.

    And he ‘fessed up.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Whiskey
  84. Bruno says:

    And despite her look, she has very underground Song like this one, Cola :

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola
    My eyes are wide like cherry pies
    I got sweet taste for men who are older
    It’s always been so, it’s no surprise
    Ah, he’s in the sky with diamonds
    And he’s making me crazy (I come alive, alive)
    All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby
    Come on, baby, let’s ride
    We can escape to the great sunshine
    I know your wife and she wouldn’t mind
    We made it out to the other side
    We made it out to the other side
    We made it out to the other side
    Come on, come on
    Come on, come on, come on, baby
    Oh, oh yeah
    I fall asleep in an American flag
    I wear my diamonds on Skid Row
    I pledge allegiance to my dad
    For teaching me everything he knows
    Ah, he’s in the sky with diamonds
    And he’s making me crazy (I come alive, alive)
    All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby, yeah
    Come on, baby, let’s ride
    We can escape to the great sunshine
    I know your wife and she wouldn’t mind
    We made it out to the other side
    We made it out to the other side
    We made it out to the other side
    Drugs, suck it up, like vanilla icies
    Don’t treat me rough, treat me really niceys
    Decorate my neck, diamantes ices
    Why, come on, come on
    Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, yeah
    Come on, baby, let’s ride
    We can escape to the great sunshine
    I know your wife and she wouldn’t mind
    We made it out to the other side
    Come on, baby, let’s ride
    We can escape to the great sunshine
    We made it out to the other side
    We made it out to the other side
    Come on, come on, come on, baby
    Come on, come on, come on, baby
    Oh, oh
    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola
    Ooh, ah
    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola
    Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh
    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola

  85. GU says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Cardi B actually admits to drugging men and robbing them (and/or raping them in the process). But no big deal, she was just doin’ her thang.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  86. Anonymous[279] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    It’s not that simple, blacks have been a major component of pop music since antebellum.

  87. @VinnyVette

    “Cookbook authors”? None of them will ever be able to hold Betty Crockers jock!

    Or Betty White’s.

    Betty White Is Older Than Sliced Bread (And Other Time Altering Facts)

    • LOL: VinnyVette
  88. Anonymous[279] • Disclaimer says:
    @fitzhamilton

    Maybe they react that way because you sound completely clueless. If you just said you weren’t a fan no one would care that much.

  89. Abe says:
    @Homer

    Beyonce is of course above all criticism, according to all the mulatto hairdresser guys in America.

    I never heard of her until I watched her perform during a Super Bowl halftime show.

    One good thing about Netflix is you can revisit a lot of famous old films on the cheap. Beyoncé co-starred in the final installment of the Austin Powers series (going on 20 years old now, bab-ee!) as Foxy Cleopatra. She was a lot prettier then (not surprising as she was a lot younger) and- for what it’s worth- less full of herself and happier-looking. Now most of the time she just looks like a scowling New Orleans creole tranny dominatrix.

  90. Mark G. says:

    The unspoken rule seems to be it is okay to criticize whites but not blacks. This double standard gives blacks a blank check to do anything they want. You can’t even gently poke fun at blacks. Another white female pop singer somewhat like Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, got into trouble a few months back when she said the following:

    “Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” she asserted. “There’s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying. There’s a lot of that in rap right now, from people that I know who rap.”

    “It’s like, ‘I got my AK-47, ad I’m f***in’,’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘All my bitches…’ I’m like, which bitches? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.”

  91. anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @fitzhamilton

    A while ago I accidentally learnt that Lady Gaga’s “song” title Poker Face is in fact a pun referring to fellatio.

    Wow. Can’t wait for your reax when you learn what “Back door man” (1960) or “Dust My Broom” (1935) or means. Even worse when you figure out what Mozart meant by “Cossi fan Tutti” (1790) or Moliere was on about in Imaginary Invalid (1693).

    Your delicate condition is clearly very impacted by the world around you. Good luck!

  92. SFG says:
    @Dmon

    I always wondered just how bad Orban’s Hungary was for Jews not named George Soros.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  93. Sorry, but I can’t tell the Karens from the Beckys here. The only reason I know the name Chrissie Teigen is that I’ve seen it paired with the phrase “steamed vagina” or something like that.

  94. jon says:

    controversy this week after an Instagram post

    Social Media is cancer. Think about how many useless articles start with the sentence above.

    where she covered culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues

    It’s pathetic that even a paper as prominent as the LA Times can’t do basic editing anymore.

    standards instituted by sexist dudes who ran (and still run) the game

    The blatant anti-semitism … I just can’t …

  95. Mycale says:

    I like Lana Del Rey’s music, and I get why she would be frustrated at the double standard at play here (I laugh every time I read a Pitchfork review that tries to make rote and trashy rap lyrics into modern day TS Eliot), although the SJW music press that made her famous is the same one that made Cardi B. I’ve legitimately never heard of Alison Roman, but Chrissy Teigen is one of the more obnoxious and self-aggrandizing celebrities out there. There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down a peg once in a while, it’s good for people.

    The basic gist of this is that apparently white people are now forbidden from criticizing black people for any reason whatsoever – if that is a “privilege”, I don’t want it.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  96. @Dr. DoomNGloom

    Image a 21st century Archie Bunker, in his closet office, reading his e-paper and commenting on current events to his long-suffering wife.

    I feel a Seinfeld moment coming on.

    The real genius will be evident when you convince the producers that “the studio audience is laughing AT him, not with him”.

    Dr. DoomandStuff can be Kramer. I’ll be George.

  97. Anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Here are the first lines from her opus “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

    “Goddamn, man-child
    You fucked me so good that I almost said, “”I love you””

    Compare that w/ Doris Day singing “Que Sera Sera” which I heard as a kid back in the 50s.

  98. @Anon

    “The 1970s were called the ‘War Years’ by fireman in New York, because a huge amount of decaying buildings were set on fire for the insurance money.”

    https://forward.com/culture/372158/why-do-people-call-arson-jewish-lightning-and-is-it-anti-semitic/

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Jewish_lightning

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jewish%20Lightning

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  99. Sean says:
    @JohnPlywood

    Lana had a lot of plastic surgery but she has not altered her skin colour, unlike every female celeb of colour who have all become several shades winter since becomeing famous. However, the person she was criticising was Ariana Grande who has been accused of being a blackfish (white trying to pass for POC).

    https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-550d03fdf3f2c63faca178b76102a177

    A number of little girls were killed and seriously injured at the bombing of Ms Grande’s Manchester concert, and I recall hearing at the time ordinary women commenting that the lyrics of Grande songs could hardly be considered suitable fare for children, whatever their mothers had thought.

    Everyone has their time, and in hers Lana made good thoughtful music. Perhaps taking after her cybersquatter father, she was more eclectic than original, but quite talented. In her self made video she used shots of actress Paz de la Huerta falling down drunk. Subsequently, Ms de la Huerta became the original accussor of Harvey Weinstein

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
    , @SOL
  100. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:

    … you can make a huge amount of money selling not-rich ladies more stuff, such as this $58 brass cookbook stand, which, now that I was trying to make up something to say that was bad about it, I realize I kind of really want one, although I don’t recall ever having successfully used a cookbook to cook anything in my life.

    This is funny. Just yesterday I saw a similar looking and similarly priced cookbook stand online, and I seriously considered buying it. Then I decided it was a little too expensive.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Buffalo Joe
  101. @Pop Warner

    I know people who genuinely think that come the revolution, their favorite assembly line masscult idols will be free to make even better degenerate art. Fascinating, really.

  102. Surprise, surprise working class black women and middle class white women have different tastes in lyrics and music videos. It’s almost as if human bio-diversity was a valid construct, and not a Nazi delusion.

    One thing about left liberal ideology is you’re not allowed to admit you dislike something, even if its trivial as your taste in popular music. Dislike is a slippery sloop to hate, and hate is the only that is deemed bad enough to hate. Hence, those super-inclusive public radio hosts who pretend they like everything from Chopin to Public Enemy.

  103. SafeNow says:

    “ ‘pop’ music is a steaming pile of pig shit – the celebrated Don McLean recently said that modern music ‘makes him want to hang himself’”

    I totally agree. I am ancient, and grew-up during the 60’s. Basically a few times a week one of the iconic songs, sung by the great singers and groups, would debut. I thought this would go on forever. I was wrong; as Don McLean said, the music died. Sociologists ask: How do you know when you are entering a Dark Age? Well, there are a lot of answers, but I think one of them is: The music.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  104. @Anonymous

    Yeah, but was the cookbook stand that caught your eye a genuine Marie Kondo cookbook stand, implicitly guaranteed to emit Shintoist mind rays that will help make your house as decluttered as a Zen gravel garden?

    I don’t think so.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Anonymous
  105. @YetAnotherAnon

    I coined the term “Protestant lightning” for the suspicious number of rural churches that go up in flames.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  106. @Mycale

    Mycale, expand your parameters, don’t bother about criticizing. Don’t even think about them.

  107. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    “Cola”
    Lana Del Rey

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola
    My eyes are wide like cherry pies
    I gots a taste for men who are older
    It’s always been, so it’s no surprise…

    Original?

    Hmmm

    • Replies: @Anon
  108. @Anonymous

    264, cook book for Steve. Open can, dump in pan and stir.

  109. @the one they call Desanex

    That’s nice for Chrissy, but twelve inches are required for truly legendary status.

  110. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but how funny is it that the de-clutter girl is selling…clutter?

  111. anon[118] • Disclaimer says:

    I gotta say, I’ve always liked Lana Del Rey. Here is one of her unreleased classics.

    At her submissive, neo-slut peak from 2010.

    As I recall, she had an early unsuccessful singer/songwritter career that was relaunched using her wealthy dads financial backing, complete with name change, songwriters, producers, etc.

    Feminists were never going to tolerate her.

  112. @anon

    Nobody tell this guy about Limp Bizkit

  113. Rob McX says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Except if it’s a black church it’s always a Klan job, so give generously to the SPLC.

  114. J.Ross says:

    There is something really sick and aberrant about modern girl pop/dance music, in that it’s slow. It’s dirgelike. It’s devoid of energy. This is music by young women for young women and it has an objectively inferior and less danceable beat than Purcell’s funeral march for Queen Mary. Most of the songs are recognizably marches. They are portentious. Instead of singing there is flat affectless speech, such as a ghost or a reanimated corpse might utter, over diffident minimalist video game sound effects. Wierdly there is a kind of wasted eroticism in the visual presentation of these graveyard poems set beside music, because the chanteuse will routinely be wearing as little possible (didn’t they always? No. There were various ideas of style, there was a game of revealing and not revealing. Kali Uchis appears in her concerts in an underwear set such as they used to sell at K-Mart. Stylistically this is totally different from Sinead O’Connor pairing a heedless defiant bra with top shelf blue jeans).
    Once girls knew how to sing, and giant, blind, dildo-like fake confections knew how to backup dance without knocking over the girls:

  115. @Anonymous

    the whole scene is totally dominated by blacks – the producers – and white women – the consumers.

    The white boys and men are playing video games. The games industry has been bigger than combined worth of hollywood and the music biz for quite a while.

    Complaining about modern music is like someone complaining about the sheet music industry in 1985 – it just doesn’t matter.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  116. So-now I know of a couple of despicable sluts more. My life is richer.

  117. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @JohnPlywood

    If she named mostly women of color, it’s probably because they dominate the visual media, because they look better, dance better, and make men’s joysticks harder.

    Reading this I get an image of an extremely effeminate gay black man in gold lamme shorts and a belly shirt trying to sound like a straight white male.

    Cah-ringe. The sort of thing you’d like to unsee.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  118. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    But in her day, Doris Day was considered the finest piece of ass in Hollywood, despite (or maybe because in addition of) her squeaky clean public image. MM was considered usually an indifferent actual fuck, despite the glamor and her magnificent body.

    And later-Barbara Eden didn’t play, other than her husbands there were damn few if any men in Hollywood who’d been there. Ava Gardner had a few but she legendarily preferred bullfighters and such. Liz married more of the men she’d had than not, probably.

    • Replies: @Anon
  119. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer

    It had just a pinch of that.

  120. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @SafeNow

    I agree with Don McLean but the one song of his I know is terrible. American Pie is awful kitsch.

  121. wren says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Since we are discussing Lana Del Rey here I can post a St. Vincent video, clearly influenced by Gilliam.

    Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent are very popular on the wren family hifi.

    And if that St. Vincent song sounds vaguely familiar, it is because it is vaguely similar to a Love and Rockets song from 35 years ago. It took a multigenerational effort to figure that out.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @Anonymous
  122. Coemgen says:
    @Divine Right

    “The Accused” being loosely based on a real rape case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Araujo#Rape

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Divine Right
  123. wren says:

    OT: The YouTube algorithm showed me some Crank and Crank 2: High Voltage clips that looked like fun, so I watched the movies under lockdown, and they were fun, but not, ah, family friendly at all. And even though they were from just 10 years ago, if feels like these movies would be impossible now. I suspect that the writer/director duo got cancelled, but I can’t be sure.

    An added bonus is that the music for Crank High Voltage is by the incredible Mike Patton.

    Lots of iSteve material throughout I suppose.

  124. @GU

    Don’t believe everything the THOTS put out on social media or during interviews to promote their career.

  125. @Steve Sailer

    Right, because urban Catholic churches back in the day were usually built with marble and stone, which of course are very hard to burn.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  126. This silly dust up could lead one to believe letting some women have access to pen and paper (or keyboards) is sketchy at best and disastrous at worst.

    But it has caused me to examine my reflexive antipathy towards popular culture mostly as expressed in music, television, and film. If I want to start a shit show at home, all I have to do is opine on the banality and unreality of “reality” television. Or the untalented cretins producing hip-hop recordings (I cannot bring myself to refer to it as music and I listen to everything from free jazz to modern classical composers to grindcore. So “noise” doesn’t bother me). Postmodern nonsense has ruined film for the most part. I can really get a rise out of Mrs. Enemy of Earth when I bring up the staged and scripted nature of most, if not all of the “reality” shows on TV. I’m just being negative, ya know.

    Given my great fondness for the body of work from artists like Petula Clark, Lana Cantrell, and June Christy during the Sixties I think it only fair to give Lana Del Rey’s music a fair listening. I’ll admit I do find her choice of fashion a a refreshing change from the ghetto culture which has infected so much of what one sees and hears today.

  127. res says:
    @Anon

    The facts as I understand them are that tests with some cognitive component give results that are statistical distributions whose mean values can be validly compared from test to test, year to year (unlike normal ratio scale tests) in standard deviations, and that the gap between the mean values for blacks and whites remains constant from preschool through grad school. Nobody is falling behind. Nobody is pulling ahead. Is there any evidence for the “fall behind” theory?

    Yes. The evidence is a changing W/B IQ gap with age. From Jensen’s The g Factor pp. 358-359:

    Age Variation. Black infants score higher than white infants on developmental scales that depend mainly on sensorimotor abilities. Scores on these infant scales have near-zero correlation with IQ at school age, because the IQ predominantly reflects cognitive rather than sensorimotor development. Between ages three and five years, which is before children normally enter school, the mean W-B IQ difference steadily increases. By five to six years of age, the mean difference is about 0.70σ (eleven IQ points), then approaches about 1σ during the elementary school years, remaining fairly constant until puberty, when it increases slightly and stabilizes at about 1.2σ. The latest (1986) Stanford-Binet IV norms show a W-B difference in prepubescent children that is almost five IQ points smaller than the W-B difference in postpubescent children. (The W-B difference is 0.80σ for ages 2 through 11 as compared with 1.10σ for ages 12 through 23.) This could constitute evidence that the mean W-B difference in the population is decreasing. Or it could simply be that the W-B difference increases from early to later childhood. The interpretation of this age effect on the size of the W-B mean difference remains uncertain in this instance, as it is based entirely on cross-sectional rather than longitudinal data. Both kinds of data are needed to settle the issue. The cause of variation in the mean IQ of different age groups all tested within the same year (a cross-sectional study) may not be the same as the cause of variation (if any) in mean IQ of the same group of individuals when tested at different ages (a longitudinal study).

    The problem is, I think it likely this is due to blacks maturing earlier rather than not applying themselves in school.

  128. JMcG says:
    @wren

    Wasn’t Kundailini one of the bad guys in the original Mad Max?

    • Replies: @wren
  129. Anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    I heard/read that about Doris Day. As well as with many other show biz types and politicians of the 50s and 60s.

    What’s of interest is what the gatekeepers of the culture didn’t allow back in the day compared to what is allowed now. As Moynihan put it—I think in the 60s—we are “defining deviancy down”.

    Honestly I’m a little conflicted. Generally I think most youngsters should be cautious and mutually respectful about sexual adventure. But also I’d like to be young again and enjoy myself like the dude Lana sings about in her song. And the expression in Lana’s lyric is superior to sanitized sentimentality.

    And…as a grandfather, I’m shocked, shocked about kids these days!!

  130. anon[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Oh OK. I was wondering how this extremely odd looking person got famous. I mean I think I would rate her as being not only below average in the looks department in relation to other celebrities (obviously), but probably with all girls in her age group as well.

    So I went back and looked at some of her swimsuit pics and she did have an exotic charm at one time. But apparently she had the fat face vulnerability gene. Any weight gain went to blowing up her face first. I think Tiffany Amber Thiessen (who was a stunner when young and thin) might have had this too.

  131. anon[140] • Disclaimer says:
    @Coemgen

    The parallels between the movie and the Rolling Stone story description are obvious and more exact. The movie was far more publicized than the case ever was. In any event, that just makes the reported incident even less believable, lightning striking twice and all.

  132. wren says:
    @JMcG

    Yeah, and don’t forget the Vuvalini from the latest Mad Max. I watched that one under lockdown too.

  133. Cortes says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Swirling in my memory are references to stories from South Australia about legislation introduced in the mid1990s whereby an historic (?pre 1920) building which met with fiery doom had to be “reinstated” at the cost of the registered proprietor. Mysteriously the incidence of loss of historic buildings declined thereafter…

    Equally mysteriously my attempt to find a link to this failed earlier. It’s late and I’m old.

  134. wren says:
    @Anon

    I bought the Norman Fucking Rockwell CD at my local Wal-Mart, which struck me as kinda funny.

    In the iSteve commenter’s tradition, I’ll post the video, since it is a nice song.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  135. @Coemgen

    Jackie / Jodie, Drew / Stu, biting the hand, marijuana, glass under the back, …

  136. megabar says:
    @Dumbo

    > The best thing we can do, is to ignore all these people. They are not relevant; certainly not even 1% as relevant as they think they are. The whole of Twitter and Instagram are irrelevant.

    Nah, we’ve been doing that for decades, and they keep winning. You think they’re irrelevant, but this type of language is only a bit more ridiculous than stuff I heard at my last job.

  137. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @wren

    St. Vincent is a good technical guitar player but likes to play a lot of schreechy skronky shit, but also aome fairly decent songs.

    She’s a mussypuncher and was an item with Cara Delevingne.
    She also has her own signature Ernie Ball Music Man sig guitar. Like most every other female artist sig model, it is not selling.

    https://www.music-man.com/instruments/families/guitars/st-vincent

    Guys won’t look at a girl guitar and women, who are not that big a market segment, do not want another woman’s guitar. The exception seems to be young girls wanting a Taylor Swift Baby Taylor acoustic or women wanting a blue sparkle Tele, which guys don’t especially want and refer to it correctly as a Chrissiecaster.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  138. @Dennis Dale

    Keep coping. You got the image of God almighty speaking down to you, because you know what I said is the truth. That’s why you see all these white man + nonwhite woman couples everywhere. Even Trump’s immigration advisor Stephen Miller married a Latina-looking mixed race woman. White women? Gargoyles would be a better term.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  139. @Sean

    Lana had a lot of plastic surgery but she has not altered her skin colour, unlike every female celeb of colour who have all become several shades winter since becomeing famous

    That’s two untruths in one. Lana Del Ray is Scottish, not POC, and few POC women lightened their skin after becoming famous. On the other hand virtually all white women darkened theirs.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  140. @fitzhamilton

    “A while ago I accidentally learnt that Lady Gaga’s “song” title Poker Face is in fact a pun referring to fellatio. I knew at that moment that there really is no hope for this culture. Fork and flip us, we’re done.”

    Come back off the ledge, guy! I’m sure there’s dirty puns in Chaucer and Shakespeare too.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  141. Whiskey says: • Website
    @Reg Cæsar

    Hilarious. I wish. I would have gotten paid.

  142. @JohnPlywood

    “I don’t think Lana del Ray is good looking at all, she looks like a man”

    There comes a point when the knee-jerk response “Looks like a man, baby!” is no longer a rebuke to a disturbing cultural trend, and instead becomes itself a sign of dementia.

  143. @black sea

    One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
    The bars are temples but their pearls ain’t free
    You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
    And if you’re lucky, then the god’s a she
    I can feel an angel slidin’ up to me

  144. @Alan Mercer

    “anyone honestly interested in rule by majority should want persistence to be a feature of the system. If rule-by-majority terms to lead to not rule-by-majority, your ideal when implemented in pure form is self-defeating. So the ideal needs to be compromised just a bit to maximize its actualization. Hence artifacts such as the Bill of Rights: features of a system decidedly not purely subject to majority opinion in each instant, but (purportedly) designed to optimize the extent to which majority rule will persist over a nonzero time interval.”

    This comment renders the Evola-loving “alt-right” irrelevant. Thanks.

  145. Anonymous[968] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    What many women could actually use is a guitar that doesn’t look any different on stage but is smaller, lighter, and has a smaller scale length. Susanna Hoffs is now more associated with the little black Rick 325 than is John Lennon. It looks normal on her, she is very small and thin.

    So far, the major vendors have not much responded.

    5’8” Hynde and 5’11” Swift are fine with man guitars, although Swift likes them prettied up.

  146. anon[386] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    I take your point, but haven’t the Nobels always been a joke? The first one went to Sully Prudhomme rather than, say, Tolstoy.

  147. Anon[386] • Disclaimer says:
    @candid_observer

    What would Woody know about metaphysics? He said he flunked because he was caught looking into the soul of the student next to him during an exam.

  148. Anon[386] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Exactly my thoughts. Damn kids got no originality!

  149. Lagertha says:

    this is…so much Comment Porn, for the iSteve Regulars! – I can’t even!

    In the 80’s, we’d go to Area and actually watch women beat the crap out of each other. It was a crazy club (Warhol’s) near the Holland Tunnel. I was always disturbed by fighting, but, I was young and wanted to seem cool with watching women knock their opponents teeth out, or something! late 70’s- into 80’s were savage in NYC. I can’t even tell my sons of some of the stuff that I saw.

  150. @Black-hole creator

    Taylor Swift reminds me of Shania Twain in the late 90s; both preternaturally attractive, but somehow they or their handlers noticed that a little bit of self-deprecation is a force multiplier for popularity.

    You basically have to be mentally ill to genuinely dislike either of them (unless there’s some horror story in the background somewhere) – it would be like disliking Anne Murray.

  151. @James O'Meara

    Thing is, which in fact may be his larger point, the artists of the past (e.g. before the last 60 or so yrs, but began to really be highlighted in the last 30 yrs), they didn’t make it a major part of their careers, so to speak, the way in which NWA and other gangsta rappers do. For the most part, Tupac wasn’t making actual art. I know, I know, it is a shock considering he’s one of the all time selling rappers. But there it is. Tupac, as the artistic equivalent to Chaucer, Moliere, Milton, and Shakespeare?

    Nah, let’s take a pass on that one.

  152. @anon

    Yeah. Two hundred years ago, Mozart’s subtlety was enough to titillate and get people off.

    Sixty years ago, we were still sensitive and passionate enough that the Blues did it.

    Forty years ago, thirty years ago, we’d become more barbarous, and rock n’ roll was just vulgar enough.

    Twenty, ten years ago, it took a blow-up doll and the synthetic facsimile of a porn star’s pussy and some industrial metal or trance EDM to make us climax.

    Now, we need syncopated electronic noise with a satanic bitch rhythmically commanding us to poke a girl in the face with our dicks along with some bestiality porn to do it.

    That’s what we call true progress and enlightenment, my friends.

    I grew up being indoctrinated by rock n’ roll, the blues. I love the stuff. Listening to Van Morrison sing Gloria for the very first time on WTOS 107.1 pumping 57,000 watts off the top of Sugarloaf Mountain into my little radio in my room 100 miles away up in Jackman in 1983 when I was in seventh grade blew more than my mind.

    I knew what that song meant. It’s a hymn to Dionysius. To Pan. It’s about abandonment to lust. It’s an invitation to come dance under the witches’ moon, to quaff their potions, to dance around and through their bonfire and cavort with them, then pair off to f#@k the maenads, nymphs, naiads and dryads off beyond the pale of the fire in the darkness of the great warlock’s orgy.

    It’s the siren’s song. She seduces you, ravishes you, then sacrificially “finishes you off” then eats you when you end.

    “Gloria.” That chorus is utterly ironic. Just like (say) Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” its intent is utterly subversive. Both songs take words born of ecstatic prayer to the Living God and pervert them, making them sacrilegious ejaculatory hypnotic erotic chants.

    European civilization is built upon male sexual discipline, which is to say patriarchal control of female sexuality, first in Republican Rome, then in Medieval and Renaissance Christendom.

    That music – rock n’ roll – has utterly subverted our culture of sexual and spiritual discipline. It’s deprived us of our patrimonial discipline. This subversion is by deliberate elite design. It’s meant to turn us all into slaves of our passions, and destroy the patriarchal family, to destroy our virtue, un-man us, destroy our ability to organize politically and resist domination by annihilating our manhood and the basic political unit of human society, the family along with it. And it has – they have – achieved exactly that.

    Mozart’s “Magic Flute” is also a Masonic work of subversion, one of the earliest examples of this in our modern musical canon. It’s inspired of the same occult transgressive aristocratic ethic born in the Renaissance, sublimely articulated in the Enlightenment by the Marquis de Sade. Sade preached social revolution through the emasculating power of untrammeled lust subduing and controlling the masses. The old European paradigm was control (self control) born of the worship of Christ. Now, we have the systematic evisceration of self control in order to feminize and atomize society and make us selfish febrile slaves to lust and capital.

    See Edward Bernays, master of propaganda and mind war, nephew of Sigmund Freud. He and his acolytes have taken Sade’s doctrine of weaponizing lust, and made it spiritually lethal on an industrial scale. We can thank the disciples of Bernays for Lady Gaga.

    I’m not a prude. I’m just sick of being manipulated. I’m sick of subliminal commands to masturbate. I want sex to be mysterious, interesting and erotic again. I want Lady Gaga and Beyonce and all the assholes who love them to f&%k off and leave us all alone.

    • Agree: Saint Louis
    • Thanks: JMcG
  153. @Anon

    Almost. Good to know that the gurl does have her standards.

    Actually the better comparison would be to Day’s “Secret Love”.

  154. Cato says:

    Do we really have to care about these people? In my city, there are multiple people who hate each other, for reasons that each of those involved thinks reasonable. Do I have to know about their reasons? Is anyone likely to approach me and ask, “Has oído que dijo Lana del Rey?” Nah. Rather use my limited cognitive resources in figuring out how to get through the next year without dying.

  155. @Almost Missouri

    Chrissie Teigen ought to be the Kwisatz Haderach of sexy ladies

    You sayin’ she’s a dude?

    The Kwizatz Haderach is supposed to be male: a female Kwizatz Haderach would be as silly as a female Mentat, or a dog walking on its hind legs.

  156. @Anon

    Yes, the “fall behind” theory is correct as long as the falling behind is ascribed to genes.

    Blacks mature faster. They are born faster. The gestation period for blacks is shorter than that for other races. They are born more mature than babies of other races. They stop maturing at an earlier age, and they progress toward a lower terminus. As they age, black children are passed by children of other races because that’s how they are programmed.

    • Agree: dcthrowback
  157. @TelfoedJohn

    White boys and men are playing video games

    Not really. Video games are a nonwhite thing:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_video_games

    White people in general (especially non-ethnic and upwardly mobile white people) are way less likely to watch movies, play video games, read fictional books, or listen to music than nonwhites. Relatively small numbers of whites watch media at all:

    https://www.nielsen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/04/race-ethnicity-watch.png?resize=575%2C433

    Media has always been the antithesis of WASP culture and actual white people are disgusted by movies, music, video games, and other such stuff.

    • Thanks: TelfoedJohn
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  158. “Free love” was originally quite a placid thing back in the day. These “traditionalist” or “Traditionalist” types online want us to go back to the Middle Ages, but back in the 50s-60s someone like Alan Watts was “an advocate of free love” because he had a couple affairs AND married the women. He was married THREE times, and ultimately had to support (yes, he supported them) 17 children and grandchildren, which is why he worked so hard on the lecture circuit he died at 58. Sounds a lot better for the White race than today’s basement dwelling incels posting about “muh Evola”.

  159. anon[252] • Disclaimer says:
    @fitzhamilton

    tl;dr

    I’m not a prude.

    Ok, Boomer!

    I’m just sick of being manipulated. I’m sick of subliminal commands to masturbate. I want sex to be mysterious, interesting and erotic again. I want Lady Gaga and Beyonce and all the assholes who love them to f&%k off and leave us all alone.

    Centuries of music to listen to via multiple streaming services, and all you can do is whine about the popular kids?

    lol

    Show us on the doll where the transistor radio touched you.

  160. @Jack D

    As for ebooks, no one (that I know of) has software that searches across your ebook collection

    On a Linux machine (or a Windows machine that has the appropriate *nix tools installed) you can use pdfgrep to text-search non-image PDFs, and find + grep for EPUB/MOBI files.

    Recursively grep through EPUB files

    Recursively pdfgrep a set of PDF

    Depending on how comfortable you are with this sort of thing, you can do a bunch of useful things from there.

    Years ago I built a little script for my ebooks folder that grepped REGEX patterns, and saved into a SQLite table –
     • the filename;
     • the page number the pattern appeared in;
     • the paragraph the pattern appeared in;
     • the pattern string; and
     • a custom tag.

    In other words, a library index with custom tags – searchable by any search phrase (or tag). I fully intended to write a little GUI for it, but got busy and let it slide.

    It’s about 5 years since I did that, and probably 2,000 new e-books in my library… so the index is waaaaaay out of date.

    I bet there’s a github repository that does that whole thing (including the GUI) with far fewer kludges than I did.

    Modern cookbook e-books are a perfect thing for that sort of exercise, because they tend to be well-formed and so have easy-to-identify indexes that can be extracted and stored.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  161. @anon

    subliminal commands to masturbate

    I take it that you have metal/mercury fillings then?

    You should think about getting those replaced by modern ceramic fillings.

    The metal ones leach mercury into your system. A side benefit is that the new ceramic replacements are poor receivers for those pesky “Masturbate! We Command it!” radio signals.

  162. vinny says:
    @Anonymous

    Don McLean said that? Some one hit wonder whose one mediocre kistch of a hit was 50 years ago?

    “Ok boomer” was never more well-earned.

  163. Thomas says:
    @slumber_j

    Likewise a strangely big fan. “Venice Bitch” is a song I’ll still be listening to in 10 years.

    There’s a subtle neg Lana worked into what she wrote that’s going over everyone’s heads. She basically is saying she’s out-feminineing the other singers she name-checked by not making “you go grrrl” her shtick like the parade of mystery meat gyratresses she listed. But “the culture” doesn’t really process femininity in any other way anymore. So Lana has that lane all to herself. When she implicitly points that out, nobody knows how to respond except the now “racist Becky” point and sputter.

  164. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @JohnPlywood

    I don’t get it. Please explain the joke.

  165. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @anon

    You should’ve read it. It’s brilliant. Yours here, not so much; there should be a name for the cliche you engage in here: signaling indifference to sexual degeneracy to prove one isn’t a “loser” who “can’t get laid”;
    regarding the immigration issue people are trained to affect indifference because they’ve been conditioned into thinking only losers have anything to fear of immigration.

    What you’re doing here is the same thing re sexual degeneracy; you’ve been conditioned into automatically signalling you’re not a prude, because you must signal you have nothing to fear from sexual chaos like those loser “prudes”.
    It isn’t even that you’ve been gaslit to believe sexual chaos is No Big Deal, it’s that you only think What Should I Signal?
    I just can’t believe people still think and talk like this.

    Where on the doll did the Narrative touch you? Right there, on your muddled little head.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @anon
  166. @fitzhamilton

    See Edward Bernays, master of propaganda and mind war, nephew of Sigmund Freud.

    *Double* nephew.

  167. CJ says:
    @slumber_j

    I’m a strangely big fan of Lana del Rey. She’s an artful lyricist in a very womanly vein.

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola
    My eyes are wide like cherry pies
    I got sweet taste for men who are older
    It’s always been so, it’s no surprise

    This artiste is criticizing others for lowbrow content? They could fire back.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    , @Sean
  168. nebulafox says:
    @SFG

    Even if it was as bad as the NYT claims-and it is not-the main alternative to Orban is Jobbik.

  169. @Divine Right

    Perhaps one of the more “amusing” aspects of that whole shameful episode is how obviously fake it was.

    It was immediately obvious it was a preposterous fabrication. There will never be a gang rape of a girl at a predominantly-white fraternity in which (a) the girl knows the identity of one or more of the rapists, (b) the girl is sober enough to remember that he participated, and (c) there are marks of physical violence on her body to prove she didn’t consent.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  170. @as

    That’s how it works. They hype what they own.

  171. @ben tillman

    “There will never be a gang rape of a girl at a predominantly-white fraternity…”

    Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to state that in the MSM or risk getting cancelled, gaslit, accused of being a racist, etc etc.

  172. @JohnPlywood

    “and few POC women lightened their skin after becoming famous. ”

    Not quite, he may be counting worldwide, such as South America, and South Asia, where skin lightening is a big thing. Also, Beyonce at times lightens up her skin tone. Do check in the ethnic aisle in the store, because they still sell skin lighteners, and obviously they’re not selling those products to white women.

    If you’re referring to tanning beds, suntans, or spray tans, white women aren’t doing those things solely to appear to be a POC. They’re doing them to appear sexy, and its also cool, trendy, etc. Why would white women want to look like a POC? They don’t need to.

    If anything, let’s also talk about other ways that POC’s (read blacks) attempt to lighten up. Their hair. Very, very few POC’s (primarily African-Americans) have straight hair, so they rely on chemicals, weaves, etc. These days, you don’t see very many white women curly-ing up their hair into an afro.

    Also, POC’s have been known to wear blue and green tinted contact lenses. Why would they do that? African-Americans don’t naturally, for the most part, have blue or green eyes.

    So if anyone’s attempting to do the lightening, it’s POC’s. But it would appear understandable, as they’re losing their men to women of other races, so they may feel that they have to keep up with the competition by any means necessary.

    • Agree: Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    • Disagree: JohnPlywood
    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  173. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Yeah, but was the cookbook stand that caught your eye a genuine Marie Kondo cookbook stand, implicitly guaranteed to emit Shintoist mind rays that will help make your house as decluttered as a Zen gravel garden?

    I don’t think so.

    LOL!

  174. wren says:
    @fitzhamilton

    The good news is that thanks to the internet and DVD’s and streaming there is all kinds of mysterious erotic music out there.

    I was excited to read that an opera company was streaming some of their performances, particularly one that I hadn’t heard of — la Nonne sanglante, the Bloody Nun by Gounod.

    https://newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/lockdown-listening-volume-ii

    It is about a nobleman who intends to elope with his True Love at midnight, but accidentally runs into the ghost of the nun that his dad had coincidentally seduced and murdered many years prior and finds himself lusting after her and accidentally marrying her instead.

    I hate it when that happens, but such is the eternal mystery of human desire.

    sic semper erat, et sic semper erit according to Google.

    I may buy the DVD.

    I enjoy Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent (and old Kate Bush) and Mike Patton but ballet and opera affect me on a different level.

  175. @CJ

    My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola
    My eyes are wide like cherry pies
    I got sweet taste for men who are older
    It’s always been so, it’s no surprise

    “This artiste is criticizing others for lowbrow content? They could fire back.”

    She’s not 21 any longer, so the surprise is that it would taste like cola (if it ever did). They’d fire back by saying “Lana hit the wall now that she’s pushing 40”, the ultimate claw-jab during a cat fight.

  176. @anon

    I was born in 1971. I’m Gen X. My Mother is a Boomer (1948), and my Dad is Silent Generation (1942). My Grand Parents were all of the generation who fought the fascists in WW II. My Mom’s Dad in the Navy, my Dad’s Dad in the Coast Guard (anti submarine warfare). My Mother’s Mother’s Father’s parents immigrated to Chicago from Germany in 1897, and their second son born two years later, my Great Grand Father, enlisted in the Army in 1917 and was sent to France. He caught the Spanish Flu en route, and was hospitalized when he arrived in Brest. His unit was sent to the front and suffered massive casualties. I’m probably here because he got sick, I likely owe my life to the Flu.

    I don’t know what else to say to you, other than if you were sitting here in front of my face I’d probably take you down, sit on you, and give you a hard noogie. Stop being such a hedonistic self absorbed nitwit.

    • Replies: @anon
  177. @fitzhamilton

    See Edward Bernays, master of propaganda and mind war, nephew of Sigmund Freud. He and his acolytes have taken Sade’s doctrine of weaponizing lust, and made it spiritually lethal on an industrial scale.

    Marc Randolph, founder of Netflix, is the great nephew of Edward Bernays. Netflix has managed to turn Buzzfeed-ish ideology into a money-spinner.

    • Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat
  178. anonymous[977] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m not tired of popular music I’m just tired of black people’s contribution to it.

  179. Sean says:
    @CJ

    She was saying that her lyrics are no worse that the 26 years old Grande, the 37 years old Minaj or the 38 year old Beyoncé, but Lana is unblack so like a pack of wolves the white baiters zoomed in on her naming the last two, (though they have so lightened their skin that they appear white of late). Grande has seriously darkened her skin to the point she apears to be black, but she is not as old photos prove.

    Lana now realises that she can’t defend herself by pointing to black artists of a similar age to her doing what she is getting criticism for even though Lana’s fans tend to be adults but those she criticised have a lot of children among their fans .

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  180. Dumbo says:
    @JohnPlywood

    Media has always been the antithesis of WASP culture and actual white people are disgusted by movies, music, video games, and other such stuff.

    LOL. Are you an “actual white people”?

    What do “white people” and “WASP culture” watch then, pr0n?

    Or are they outside snowboarding and riding horses into the sunset?

    LOL, LOROLOL.

  181. @Dumbo

    They’re out there WORKING and HONORING THE WILL OF GOD. While your fumbling ass is sitting on the sidelines, eating potato chips, and badmouthing your country while we’re at war.

  182. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Do check in the ethnic aisle in the store, because they still sell skin lighteners, and obviously they’re not selling those products to white women.

    If you’re referring to tanning beds, suntans, or spray tans, white women aren’t doing those things solely to appear to be a POC. They’re doing them to appear sexy, and its also cool, trendy, etc. Why would white women want to look like a POC? They don’t need to.

    The skin tanning industry in the USA (largely driven by white women) is far larger than the entire skin whitening industry, globally. Just look at the numbers:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/skin-lightening-creams-are-dangerous-yet-business-is-booming-can-the-trade-be-stopped

    It’s difficult to pinpoint how many people are using skin-lighteners – legal or otherwise – in the UK, but around the world, business is booming. In 2017, the global skin-lightening industry was worth $4.8bn (£3.4bn), and it is projected to grow to $8.9bn by 2027, fuelled by a growing middle class in the Asia-Pacific region

    https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-statistics/market-size/tanning-salons-united-states/

    What is the market size of the Tanning Salons industry in the US in 2020?
    The market size, measured by revenue, of the Tanning Salons industry is $4.6bn in 2020

    An additional ~1 billion can be tacked on to the above figure, which does not include self-tanning agents:

    https://www.americanspa.com/skincare/sunless-tanning-continues-soar-wellness-industry

    Sunless tanning is a hot topic in the beauty industry. According to statistics from Statistia, self-tanning is now a billion-dollar industry and growing. In 2014, it was estimated at $775.3 million in the U.S., and by 2017, it was just above one billion.

    So no more than 50 million white women in the USA spend more money, to look more like Asian and Hispanic women, than do the entire world’s women on lightening agents. The trend is increasing as young white women’s share of the US population continues shrinking. Sounds like somebody’s desperate to compete.

    If we stop trying to cope, we know perfectly well why white women darken themselves. It is because they want to look like the race of women who are getting the most desired men: the Asian and Latina women, who share the same genes for skin pigmentation, and are more desired than white women despite being outnumbered by white women by like 15 to 1.

    So it’s actually white women losing out to nonwhite women. Which makes sense, given the wealth of studies, using white raters, indicating they are more attractive than white women.

    POC women get higher paying white spouses than white women do, as well.

    https://i.insider.com/4f3d4337eab8eaef54000042?width=600&format=jpeg&auto=webp

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  183. Mike Tre says:
    @Cromwellforever

    She’s half Jewish half African. In other words, who we are.

  184. @Sean

    Yeah, but her lyrics aren’t any better. Not of better content or quality. Akin to saying that Jenna Jameson’s work is of better quality than Angela White’s. Trash is trash is still trash.

    So you’re saying that Lana’s fans are mostly older people, and not the younger hipper Zoomers? Interesting. Like, Lana can’t compete with Billie Eilish. Also, Billie Eilish for the most part appears not to resort to talking about how it tastes like cola, and other such nonsense. She just writes better content of value, without all the unnecessary graphic talk, and is now starting to outperform Lana where it counts the most: on the charts. And Billie’s got about 15 yrs on Lana. The wall and the clock are coming for del Rey.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Anonymous
  185. @Dumbo

    He really doesn’t sound like he’s white, does he? It does make you wonder.

  186. @wren

    I think part of the appeal of this breathless little girl singing is that it allows every 12 yo to think that she could do it too.

    I find it unlistenable, but then I just spent 3 hours watching James Morris and Joan Southerland and others sing Don Giovanni, so YMMV.

  187. NEITHER THE BEATLES NOT ELVIS EVER USED FOUL LANGUAGE OR VIOLENT LYRICS IN THEIR SONG THAT WAS A A TIME OF BETTER FEELING INSTEAD OF ALL THE VIOLNCE LIKE ICE T AND SNOOP DOG

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  188. Sean says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    An 8 year old girl was the youngest but far from the only child among those killed and seriously inhured in the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, and I heard a mother wondering why Grande was thought appropriate for little girls given her lyrics. Having moved to the US alone when she was 15 years old, Iggy Azalea has toiled in the field of charcoal manufactured much more than her compatriot, and lest we forget Angella is all natural.

    Lana was accused of lyrics glamorising being raped by bikers, Jenna spent her youth being actually raped by bikers and of late is being severely beaten by cage fighters as a change of pace. I dare say Angela’s onscreen colleagues’ ethnicity reflects she does not appear in a 1980 Stu Segall/ Mafia-don-with-secret-tunnel-under-Times Square production with scenes such as the mansion, helicopter, Ferrari and well chosen music one of his biggest hit.

    Lana is the daughter of a cyber squatter and in the piece the started all this she got criticised by Kim Gordon formerly of Sonic Youth ( daughter of a UCLA professor and Jewish). It was a discarded fragment from Gordon’s 2015 autobiography published now because the site are desperate. That Lana is not successful through presenting herself in her music as strong and tough is old news.

    In 2013, Lorde (the then 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the youngest artist with a U.S. No 1 in decades) complained “I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: ‘I’m nothing without you.’ This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff. That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.”

    Anyway, back to the recent piece by the loud Jewess skewering Del girl. Lana responded.

    DELRey clarified on Instagram: “I’m not not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.” She invoked a wave of recent female-led US No 1 singles, predominantly by women of colour, to make her point. “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse??????”

    The mortal sin of self defense, or rather pointing out that she is a safe target because she is white. Unless they are going the Iggy Azalea route, super-successful white gentile female singers get taken down whatever they do. Nemesis had not long to wait for Lorde after she tried to curry favour.

    https://entertainment.time.com/2013/10/09/royals-singer-lorde-caught-in-racism-row/

    In the offending lyrics, Lorde, rails against how “every song” these days is about gold teeth and luxury cars. Veronica Bayetti Flores wrote a searing post last week on feministing.com, calling the song “deeply racist.”

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  189. fish says:
    @Charon

    Our moms warned us that to get ahead we’d have to work harder, be better and complain less a shit ton more than the guys

    I’d put real money on the first thing coming out of Lorraine Ali’s mouth every morning is a complaint about something trivial……

  190. dfordoom says: • Website
    @oozlefinch

    NEITHER THE BEATLES NOT ELVIS EVER USED FOUL LANGUAGE OR VIOLENT LYRICS IN THEIR SONG

    The Beatles gave a massive boost to the rise of the drug culture. They were degenerates, it was just a different kind of degeneracy.

  191. Jack D says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Recoll or Archivarius 3000 (both of which have native Windows versions and I don’t usually use Unix) seem like better solutions, esp. since there is a calibre plugin that interacts with Recoll. But none of these solutions seem “plug and play” nor well maintained and would probably require a fair amount of tinkering to get going – perhaps more than I am interested in.

    I really don’t understand why this feature wasn’t added to calibre long ago so that users don’t have to jump thru all of these hoops. I have the technical chops to implement one of these solutions but not necessarily the willingness to put in the time and effort needed. But probably 90+% of calibre users couldn’t implement the existing solutions on their own. So the # of people like you who have both the technical ability AND willingness to implement is probably 1% of the potential # of users who would benefit from such a feature. And even you have no automatic background or scheduled re-indexing set up (which should be a feature of a search system) so even for you this feature is effectively useless.

  192. @TelfoedJohn

    Netflix has managed to turn Buzzfeed-ish ideology into a money-spinner.

    I initially read this as “money sphincter”

  193. @JohnPlywood

    The share of WM to AW is quite low in the US. It’s noticeable, but not an unmanageable problem.

    You confirmed my original point, that skin LIGHTENERS are in fact a major global business, and again: who is doing the skin lightening, but POC (African-Americans, which you directly avoided touching on).

    You do realize (or perhaps you don’t) that many Hispanic, Latino, are in fact white? The Iberian Peninsula, where Hispanic originated (if you count Italy, that would also include Latino, since the Latin language originated there), and historically, Spain, Portugal, and Italy are white nations. Latin America has a racial caste system: the more caucasian looking the woman, the more desired they are and the more Negroid they resemble in features, the less desired they are. And of course there are degrees of intermixing, but the general pattern holds. Hence the popularity of skin whitening (also known as bleaching) in Latin America, as well as Asia.

    “POC women get higher paying white spouses than white women do, as well.”

    Up to a point. As there aren’t that many POC women in the US it’s not a major issue, actually its miniscule. But we may have a different view on what constitutes POC. You apparently are ignoring the larger share known as African-American (the original POC’s in the US). If we look at BW/WM couples, again, the percentage is negligible. Most white men don’t find black women attractive period. But in the US, you must factor in BW, as they are definitely POC. And BW far outnumber Asian women in the US. Hispanic women in the US, a good percentage, perhaps up to half, would be considered white in most of Latin America. Forget trying to pass. Many Latin women are in fact caucasian.

    You’re reading far into why white women tan themselves. They can well hold onto their own men. It’s more of a trend, feeling sexy, youthful, etc. Or some Instagram influencer has a tan, or one of their numerous pop music artists.

    Point is: I’m still right, and you’re right on the points you’ve made. However, you either blithely ignore the fact that BW are POC’s the largest cohort of POC Women, and yet, WM have no interest in them, and haven’t for generations. If anything, WW aren’t skin darkening themselve to that level as no particular cohort is much interested in them, by your own numbers.

    And again, Asian Women aren’t a significant cohort for very many WM to notice. Yes, they go for them if available, but it could also be a semi-conscious purpose, due to the perceived ideas that Asian women are more feminine girly and less Tiger Mother Money grubbers. If projected outward, WW get the most WM. It’s simply not a major problem, due to lack of significant Asian population in the US when compared to other POC’s (blacks, which you totally ignore as POC, and Hispanic, which up to half are racially caucasian).

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  194. @Sean

    If Lana (and now Lorde) had been smarter, they’d have ignored the row completely. If pressed on TV during interview time, they should just state “I support every artist’s right to free speech. They have a right to feel the way that they do.” And like Forrest Gump “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

    Instead they act like a cuck and simp, with their blah blah blah, which only gives the other side more fuel to light the fire and keep it burning.

    Ignore them and eventually they will shut up and move on to other targets.

    Talented or not, Lana is still laughing all the way to the bank, regarding the old saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity. She’s a muti-gazillionaire many times over. She’s not a victim by any means.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  195. @Dumbo

    now we are all forced to hear it

    We are? I didn’t get that memo. Neither did a lot of others, based on Steve’s “Who are these people?” question.

  196. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Age for entertainers is an odd thing, even for females. In raw biological terms for reproduction, they are all over in their early 30s, but-do you really plan on siring a child by every female entertainer you fancy? Entertainers sell an illusion, and you enter into a willing suspension of disbelief. You know damn well you are not going to enter into them!

    The extreme outlier in physical shape is probably Barbara Eden, who was Playboy centerfold worthy well into her fifties, maybe early sixties. She never did a Playboy centerfold or any other nude photos. Nancy Sinatra did a Playboy layout at 54 or so, and she looked pretty good, they artfully concealed her total lack of gluteus musculature, buit that isn’t age related. Christie Brinkley looks pretty scrumptious even at 65, too, at least from a few feet away. I doubt many horny teenage boys would turn that down.

    On the other end, look at any of the young adult or teen TV sitcom stars who died young and look at the last photos of them before they died. Almost all were pretty bad looking young. Many others still alive, but not working, are pretty bad looking too. The ones who still look good tend to stay working. Plastic surgery, rigorous dieting and workouts are part of that, but some people look good late in life and some go to hell young. I thought Carrie Fisher aged much more poorly than her mother. The Hyndes, mere et fille will provide another data point although both being strict herbivores, Little LMM will probably follow Mumsy in looking rough as the years go by.

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  197. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Talented or not, Lana is still laughing all the way to the bank, regarding the old saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity. She’s a muti-gazillionaire many times over. She’s not a victim by any means.

    A relatively short career can set you up for life if you handle your money White.

    The famous case in the old days was a woman who wrote songwriter Johnny Mercer and he used a phrase around which she wrote as the title and centerpoint of a song so he gave her a half credit. It was a big hit and she was able to go on a grand cruise in the ocean liner days on it.

    Leroy Van Dyke had a hit with “The Auctioneer” and went on to found a school of auctioneering on the proceeds and the notoriety.

    Lots of songwriters bought a house with their first hit, and pissed most of the rest away, but never touched the house and as a result are okay now.

    Surprisingly, I know a case where one female songwriter, band frontwoman, and actress (who had several big hits, but also made some financial bad moves involving bad management and substances) has a substantial chunk of her wealth in a painting on her wall-of herself. It’s a Warhol, and of her estimated $20 million wealth that painting is probably a third or more of it. When she dies-and she’s a barren doe, so if some stud talks her down the aisle and doesn’t sign a really dumb prenup he could get the damned thing!-the value will go even higher, if the present Second Gilded Age hasn’t imploded by then. She’ll be 75 this July, but she looks to be the kind that might make 100, one might have to wait a while though.

  198. @Known Fact

    Is that like, “Today is the 28th. Of July. It’s a Tuesday, following hard on the heels of Monday.

    Nah, it’s the what’s going on in town in the Arts this week section. So and so is singing in The Bitter End tues, revival of something wedn. and thurs. etc

  199. @Anonymous

    “In raw biological terms for reproduction, they are all over in their early 30s”

    Hold up, women can obviously reproduce post early 30’s. One of the few birthrate levels in the US that are increasing is by women in their early 40’s.

    Exactly about Christie Brinkley, but remember, in her day she was a perfect 10. She was the world’s (or at least the first world’s mainstream pop culture) version of a perfect 10. Even in her mid. 60’s, she is more than able to hold on to a fraction of what she once was. Consider how ca.99% of ordinary US women look in their mid. 60’s, and compared to women of her own age, Christie Brinkley’s looks increase even more. Obviously she can no longer compete with 20 and 30 somethings. But, for as long as she can, she’s going to hold onto what she still has. Probably didn’t have a drug or alcohol problem, and also its obvious that she stays in shape as well as probably had some additional help via plastic surgery. In other words, at present, Christie Brinkley looks like the idealized version of what she once resembled: a perfect 10.

    Much like HOF poem “Line-up for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals” by Ogden Nash
    [e.g. “R is for Ruth/To tell you the truth/There’s just no more to be said/Just R is for Ruth.”]

    B is for Brinkley. Christie, that is
    Perfect 10 comes along once a lifetime
    and Christie it is

    The twentieth century’s perfect ten = Christie Brinkley

    Only one, accept no substitute.

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  200. hhsiii says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    He’s also ignoring that white women can tan. It’s not unnatural at all for them to get slightly bronzed in the sun, unless very fair-skinned. They mostly aren’t trying to look like black women, but like white women who have been out in the sun.

  201. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Okay, you have a thing for Christie Brinkley.

    Well and fine. She is a very attractive woman who has aged very well and behaved pretty well as far as I know. She never spooled my turbines up that much but that was probably because she was a model rather than an actress or singer, those come to my attention more.

    But be honest, these things are subjective. Everyone respects her but not everyone considers her the epitome of American womanhood. It’s like guys that were nutso for Lynda Carter. I have nothing bad to say about her but she isn’t my exemplar of anything.

    Now if you had a woman that combined the looks, upbeat personality and excellent durability of appearance of Christie Brinkley with the singing voice, songwriting ability and general rock and roll stageworthiness of Chrissie Hynde… that I could go a little nuts for.

    We all get handed just so much “good stuff” in life. Most brain surgeons would make terrible drummers. Denny McLain was an excellent baseball player and an excellent musician but he was also a dirtbag who wound up in serious criminal trouble.

  202. SOL says:
    @Sean

    The parents are to blame for not monitoring their daughter’s consumption of mass culture, but who is peddling this garbage too?

  203. @SunBakedSuburb

    Then surely you saw this one:

  204. anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dennis Dale

    You should’ve read it. It’s brilliant.

    Nah, it’s more like this.

    There’s a lot of that around here.

    Yours here, not so much; there should be a name for the cliche you engage in here: signaling indifference to sexual degeneracy to prove one isn’t a “loser” who “can’t get laid”;
    regarding the immigration issue people are trained to affect indifference because they’ve been conditioned into thinking only losers have anything to fear of immigration.

    That’s quite a lot of stuff that I did not write. Did you make that up all by yourself, or do you have some help? What is my actual position on any of those things, do you claim telepathic powers?

    I’m thinking of a number between 1 and infinity. What is it? Answer here ->_____________

    What you’re doing here is the same thing re sexual degeneracy; you’ve been conditioned into automatically signalling you’re not a prude, because you must signal you have nothing to fear from sexual chaos like those loser “prudes”.

    Lol. Tell me more about myself. What kind of music am I listening to right now? What’s my favorite color? How do you know these things? How do you know what you know is true? How do you know anything? Do voices in your head tell you stories? Maybe it’s the fillings in your teeth?The mutterings of the creatures under your bed?

    It isn’t even that you’ve been gaslit to believe sexual chaos is No Big Deal, it’s that you only think What Should I Signal?
    I just can’t believe people still think and talk like this.

    I can’t believe you can make such a colorful story up from literally nothing.

    Where on the doll did the Narrative touch you? Right there, on your muddled little head.

    Thanks, Grandpa. Now it’s time for you and the voices in your head to have a little nap.
    Byeee!

  205. anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @fitzhamilton

    I was born in 1971. I’m Gen X.

    Ok, so you liked your parents music but now the Kids have gone Too Far, is that it?

    I don’t know what else to say to you,

    You could apologize for your foolish old-man rant, graciously accept the free advice I gave you, and get on with your life. For example, instead of having your toddler meltdown tantrum over the fact that the world somehow fails to conform to your wishes, you could notice the centuries of music that is literally at your fingertips via streaming. Of course that would me you’d have to put away that red-faced “WAAAAAAH” rage you have, and you’d have to maybe learn something.

    To put it another way: Esterhazy had to wait for days or weeks to hear what Haydn had written, you can listen to every known piece of Papa’s music any time of day or night. You can listen to it on top of Pike’s Peak if you want. Isn’t that better than exposing yourself to music you hate?

    You could read Marcus Aurelius at the same time thereby improving your mind in two ways.

    Or, you can continue your old man “MAKE THE WORLD DO WHAT I SAY” rants, foaming in comboxes. I’m so sure that Beyonce’ is now greatly concerned because some nameless man in a comment box on a low traffic blog said her music is no good, and she’s going to announce that fact later on this week.

    Which is more constructive? To be enraged at the world and roll around in endless anger & self pity, or enjoy and be instructed by the best of the West?

    other than if you were sitting here in front of my face I’d probably take you down, sit on you, and give you a hard noogie.

    You could try.

    Stop being such a hedonistic self absorbed nitwit.

    lol.

    I suggest you learn to read and think more carefully.

    Plus stop doing this

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