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From the Toronto Star:

Art installation at Union Station vandalized with a slave collar drawing

The artist behind the piece, Anique Jordan, said she was “rocked” by the incident.

By Angelyn Francis, Equity and Inequality Reporter
Tue., Jan. 25, 2022

A public art installation inspired by Toronto’s Black history was vandalized with a drawing of a slave collar. But it wasn’t reported for a week until the subject saw it herself.

Late Sunday afternoon, Gloria C. Swain, who is the main subject of the group photo, went to see the image which has been on display at Union Station since the fall and saw the defacement.

“I was angry. I was hurt. (I had) a lump in my throat, a lump in my stomach,” Swain told the Star.

The device that was drawn around her neck is a heavy iron device used during the Transatlantic slave trade era to punish slaves, prevent escape and make it difficult to lie down.

Swain said she filed a police report and Toronto police said officers have reviewed security footage, spoken to witnesses and have a description of a suspect whom they are trying to identify.

But the newspaper thought it subversive of the Narrative to share the description of the suspect with its readers.

For Swain and Jordan the vandalism is visibly racist.

“For somebody to draw that particular type of bondage that is specific to chattel slavery, you had to know what you were doing and have some level hate or some deliberate intent to cause harm to a particular group of people,” Jordan said.

She said racist symbols related to the KKK or nooses circulate widely, but someone would have to have a deep sense of Transatlantic slave history to be familiar with this sort of device.

The photo, Mas’ at 94 Chestnut, is a tribute to a historically Black church which was built in 1845 in the downtown core. …

For Swain, she said this is a sad reminder of how challenging it is to be a Black artist in Toronto and find space and support. She said she hopes this incident isn’t just “pushed aside.”

From Gloria C. Swain’s website:

Gloria C. Swain is a MAD multidisciplinary artist [she/her], seniors’ rights and Black mental health advocate working out of Toronto. She works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and trans folks.

Back to the Toronto Star:

This is not the first time a public art installation featuring Black people has been vandalized. In 2017, some of photographer Jalani Morgan’s photos were slashed when they were displayed on King Street West, according to Photo District News. He mended the vandalism with red yarn, which stood out against the black and white images and showed resilience. …

“If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star.

But from the Toronto Police, here’s a picture of the suspect:

This is the point at which I explain that possessing the concept of “hate hoax” makes you better able to deal with reality than big city newspapers. As I wrote about Jussie Smollett’s fake noose story:

In contrast, The New York Times, for instance, has never even printed the term “hate hoax.” Instead, there’s just an Epidemic of Hate perpetrated by what Tom Wolfe would call the Great White Defendants…and then there are forgotten random incidents that didn’t quite pan out. But to the prestige press there’s no such thing as a pattern of purported hate crimes routinely imploding embarrassingly.

 
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  1. So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That’s what should really hurt.

    • LOL: Cato
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Henry's Cat

    Yep, that's what's embarrassing about this incident. First of all, maybe nobody much took a real look at her "artwork" due to knowing in the backs of their minds, "ahhh, another piece of stupid woke crap, If someone asks, yes, I saw it and was duly impressed."

    More about art in general, it's the same as if someone had sneezed hard on some modern art painting, or even some classic. Next patron: "Oh, I like what he did there. It looks like the subject had the measles or something. The artist is trying to get a deep point across about the poignancy and ..."

    "No, man, those are boogers."

    Replies: @SFG, @Alden

    , @Barnard
    @Henry's Cat

    There is a good chance she put the guy up to it, maybe he can produce a copy of the canceled check.

    How is the investigation into the noose at the African American Smithsonian museum going? At least the Toronto police released the picture on this one proving what everyone already knew.

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Henry's Cat

    Maybe they thought the "slave collar" looked perfectly natural on this African pretend-priest.

    Or, flipping that around, maybe they thought it was a priest wearing a slave collar to shame White parishioners. Sort of like those evangels crawling on their knees wearing those wooden stocks, or the Pope licking African toes.

    , @Peter D. Bredon
    @Henry's Cat

    I wonder if, like Jussie, she hired or otherwise induced the suspect to "deface" the piece, so as to generate publicity. Sounds like she just wandered down there to check out her own artwork, which sounds kinda sad.

    If I had bought a reproduction, like in a museum gift shop, a poster, post card, catalog etc., so that I "owned" it, then defaced it and displayed it at home, is that a "hate crime"? Asking for a friend.

    Replies: @al gore rhythms

    , @Jim Christian
    @Henry's Cat

    They noticed. But they don't care. There's a difference.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Henry's Cat


    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That’s what should really hurt.
     
    Gotta catch those trains home to Barrie (84% invisible majority), Peterborough (88%), Oshawa (92%), and Saguenay (99%).
    , @Paul Rise
    @Henry's Cat

    You are at a subway or something and see graffiti scrawled on something- what are you supposed to do, call 911?

    Public art, more appropriately, Art in Public Places, is an enormous scam. Its just a way for woke bureaucrats to dole out money to some dip artist they want to WHO WHOM with.

    Replies: @Henry's Cat

    , @tuco22
    @Henry's Cat

    It's normal human nature.

  2. Well told woke mindset and hate-crime absurity No. 1 333 666 or some such.
    This crap is unreal and real too.

    Kudos host, – for diggin’ up this mega-pearl!

  3. “If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star.

    Such HORRIBLE raysizm in a wealthy, White-run city!

    But never enough to leave.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Sick of Orcs


    “If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star.
     
    This bit struck me as well.

    It's become sort of black verbalist trope, but nicely delineates the core minoritarian demand/contradiction:
    -- the minorities have a right to glom onto white nations/white society/white people
    -- but rejection of the white host society's norms--the white hosts must accommodate them

    Said it before: there can only be one set of societal or public norms in any given community.

    In a normal healthy (self-confident) society, a minority's "job" is either to accommodate themselves the majorities norms--take them as their own, or simply observe them in public and do their own private thing--or to realize that they are basically incompatible with the host society and work for autonomy/separation/independence in some fashion.
  4. Newspapers lie about everything as a matter of habit and inclination. They only don’t lie about things they absolutely cannot get away with lying about, which means it’s faster to list the latter rather than enumerate all the ways they’re reliably misinformation.

    Figuring out what they can’t lie about and why is an interesting toy science case, for those who want to play around with that sort of thing.

    If you’re not feeling playful, better to simply not read newspapers. They’re okay for lighting fires, and that’s about the extent of their practical applications.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Alrenous


    Newspapers lie about everything as a matter of habit and inclination.

     

    Wish I'd known that when I was younger.

    This guy sounds as if he has some feelings. He was offended by the slave collar. I do not blame him.

    I stan for his right to be offended.
    , @Curmudgeon
    @Alrenous


    They only don’t lie about things they absolutely cannot get away with lying about,

     

    I only wish. There's a reason for the old saw - there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
  5. Official statement from the alleged hate hoaxer:

    “I was jus tryin’ ta hep!”

    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If, in fact, his identity becomes better known in the days to come, that's likely how the story will shift. Indeed, the artist may change her story and hail his "participatory contribution" to detailing the horrors of slavery, and thus, himself becoming part of her artistic project. Appeals for dropping the charges might follow, or none might be brought, at all. As for Swain, I expect a public display of forgiveness on her part, and a tearful hug or two with the perp for the photographers.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Buffalo Joe

    , @magilla
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Like the story from the old SBPDL site: "E'body podda hep".

  6. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    Yep, that’s what’s embarrassing about this incident. First of all, maybe nobody much took a real look at her “artwork” due to knowing in the backs of their minds, “ahhh, another piece of stupid woke crap, If someone asks, yes, I saw it and was duly impressed.”

    More about art in general, it’s the same as if someone had sneezed hard on some modern art painting, or even some classic. Next patron: “Oh, I like what he did there. It looks like the subject had the measles or something. The artist is trying to get a deep point across about the poignancy and …”

    “No, man, those are boogers.”

    • Agree: Old Prude
    • Replies: @SFG
    @Achmed E. Newman

    With Pollock, the boogers could still be part of the art. ;) (OK, lunch…)

    Then there was Piero Manzoni, whose ‘Merde d’artiste’ was exactly what it sounds like..

    Replies: @SSmith, @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Alden
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Most people don’t look at public art murals in busy buildings anyway. Especially airports and train stations. Or if they work in city hall or an old office building with murals and sculptures they walk by for years without noticing. Until tourists start coming and admiring. Or your building shows up in the tourist guides to your town. Then it’s

    “OMG You know that rusty pile of stuff out front?”” “Yeah, left over from the construction ?”
    “That, uh uh it’s Great Art, by Sir Jacob Epstein “

    That train station mural is really very nice. Great proportions balance and rhythm. The green color of the robe is an excellent choice. 19th century gothic revival pointed dark wood arches contrasted with the modern African print I guess it’s a giant scarf hanging from the shoulders of the main figure the priest in green. Then the variety of figures behind the main figure. I like the almost White man in a black robe. He’s probably the European missionaries that come converted this batch to RC instead of Baptists

    The mural tells the story. Some kind of Roman or Orthodox Church not Protestant. And the priest in green robe is obviously not White although strange looking for a black. Rather albino. It’s really nice attractive and tells local history. Very black blacks and the ivory skin priest in green. That’s how the American blacks became American blacks.

    Is the priest the woman artist? The priest looks like an old man with thin hair. Could be a woman model can’t tell Maybe a statement that women will become real priests someday or its pro trans.

    Just as a picture a perfectly proportioned balanced arrangements of shapes and colors it’s wonderful, and excellent. As local history it’s not PC in that there’s no negroes being whipped and hanged or being saved by White missionaries, just one of the first non Protestant churches built in the city. Allegedly built by blacks all by themselves. Good story great picture.

    If I were on the Art commission I’d probably pick this mural.

  7. Well this black on brown skin and wood scrawling didn’t make me think hate, racism or slaves. At first I didn’t know what it was, then I thought TV antenna, X marks the spot but not really because her face isn’t touched, then it just seemed like random markings kids make sometimes in public places.

    I think these people have outsmarted themselves on more than one level. They got caught creating a fake and meaningless crime. I wonder what the charge and punishment — if any — will be.

    I do not think most Americans know what a slave collar is and so how many people in Toronto know?

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @notsaying

    I agree. That's a really specific alteration that most people wouldn't recognize. Why not draw a burning cross or a noose or scrawl a racial slur? That would get more shock value. Can't really tell from the photos if it's "graffiti-ish" or if it kind of blends into the picture.

    I'm sure most people probably just walked past it without looking and if some did notice the thing around her neck, maybe they thought it was part of the art itself? Most of it - especially the stuff about black people - is so sanctimonious and symbolistic that it's impossible for the average person to understand it just by looking at it.

    What is the picture supposed to represent, a black priestess of some kind at an historically black church? Who's to say that the artist wasn't trying to make some kind of clever or subtle statement about slavery that the average art viewer just didn't understand?

    , @Bill Jones
    @notsaying


    I wonder what the charge and punishment — if any — will be.
     
    Quite obviously, given what he defaced: Being Bleck while in possession of good taste.
    , @MrLiberty
    @notsaying

    Indeed, today's slave collars take the form of sales, property, and income taxation, and most are too ignorant of their truth to appreciate that they are in many ways worse than the metal collars as those folks at least KNEW that they were slaves.

  8. If they can’t nail him for vandalism at least they’ll get him for wrong mask wearing.

  9. @notsaying
    Well this black on brown skin and wood scrawling didn't make me think hate, racism or slaves. At first I didn't know what it was, then I thought TV antenna, X marks the spot but not really because her face isn't touched, then it just seemed like random markings kids make sometimes in public places.

    I think these people have outsmarted themselves on more than one level. They got caught creating a fake and meaningless crime. I wonder what the charge and punishment -- if any -- will be.

    I do not think most Americans know what a slave collar is and so how many people in Toronto know?

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Bill Jones, @MrLiberty

    I agree. That’s a really specific alteration that most people wouldn’t recognize. Why not draw a burning cross or a noose or scrawl a racial slur? That would get more shock value. Can’t really tell from the photos if it’s “graffiti-ish” or if it kind of blends into the picture.

    I’m sure most people probably just walked past it without looking and if some did notice the thing around her neck, maybe they thought it was part of the art itself? Most of it – especially the stuff about black people – is so sanctimonious and symbolistic that it’s impossible for the average person to understand it just by looking at it.

    What is the picture supposed to represent, a black priestess of some kind at an historically black church? Who’s to say that the artist wasn’t trying to make some kind of clever or subtle statement about slavery that the average art viewer just didn’t understand?

  10. It could be a reader of Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver, wherein such a device appears during a scene of the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

    Or a fan of chain & iron bondage movies.

    For Swain and Jordan the vandalism is visibly racist.

    Could we entertain the notion of inter-ethnic black racism?

    • Replies: @additionalMike
    @El Dato

    More likely a reference to the TV movie "Roots" in which our hero Kunta Kinte sports an iron collar.

  11. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Henry's Cat

    Yep, that's what's embarrassing about this incident. First of all, maybe nobody much took a real look at her "artwork" due to knowing in the backs of their minds, "ahhh, another piece of stupid woke crap, If someone asks, yes, I saw it and was duly impressed."

    More about art in general, it's the same as if someone had sneezed hard on some modern art painting, or even some classic. Next patron: "Oh, I like what he did there. It looks like the subject had the measles or something. The artist is trying to get a deep point across about the poignancy and ..."

    "No, man, those are boogers."

    Replies: @SFG, @Alden

    With Pollock, the boogers could still be part of the art. 😉 (OK, lunch…)

    Then there was Piero Manzoni, whose ‘Merde d’artiste’ was exactly what it sounds like..

    • Replies: @SSmith
    @SFG

    Manzoni was a genius! His work is even more relevant now.

    Replies: @SFG

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @SFG

    Mappelthorpe had photos in exhibitions which any supreme court justice ever so far could tell were obscene. Look up if you want because if I wrote it out the moderation would not post it. There was (is) a popular modern art trend of shock art.

    Are there any real paintings by famous guys in museums with negro slaves in chains and getting whipped? I always thought Death of Marat although well done was rather ghastly and nobody would ever put that on the wall of their house who wasn't like Hillary Clinton or Bush I.

  12. But it wasn’t reported for a week until the subject saw it herself.

    Is this because you have to actually be a subject of black activist “art” to be interested in it enough to look?
    Or because a slave collar looks perfectly appropriate in art supporting black victimhood narratives?

  13. Shock! It wasn’t the artist or the subject/discoverer! Who is of course black. But maybe, he’s a militant protestant?

  14. @notsaying
    Well this black on brown skin and wood scrawling didn't make me think hate, racism or slaves. At first I didn't know what it was, then I thought TV antenna, X marks the spot but not really because her face isn't touched, then it just seemed like random markings kids make sometimes in public places.

    I think these people have outsmarted themselves on more than one level. They got caught creating a fake and meaningless crime. I wonder what the charge and punishment -- if any -- will be.

    I do not think most Americans know what a slave collar is and so how many people in Toronto know?

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Bill Jones, @MrLiberty

    I wonder what the charge and punishment — if any — will be.

    Quite obviously, given what he defaced: Being Bleck while in possession of good taste.

  15. Speaking of Canada…

    Toronto Gun violence skyrockets, no politician will say why.

    Our dear leaves are slowly following the US.

  16. Steve, “Lumpers and Splitters” is a simple concept, useful in understanding the world I live in. The thread after the prior post on Systemic Racism emphasized the deepness of the issues that split the most thoughtful and articulate of your commenters from one another.

    “Hate Hoax” is another simple concept you have introduced. It’s even more helpful in understanding the world I live in. Disconcerting to realize that most of my family, acquaintances, and fellow citizens have no notion of what the term describes, and no concept of how commonplace these incidents have become.

    In contrast, everyone who comments here gets the point. Even — or perhaps especially — the Voluntary Auxiliary Thought Police enthusiasts who come to battle heresy.

    So the two posts are bookends, after a fashion.

    Thanks for both posts, and for popularizing both concepts.

  17. But the newspaper thought it subversive of the Narrative to share the description of the suspect with its readers.

    Good essay.

    Speaking for myself, I no longer use the term ‘narrative’, but rather, ‘delusion’, to describe the mentality of the so called ‘woke’ set.

    Regarding the piece and it’s importunity, placed smack dab in the middle of Toronto’s Union Station as it is, there is certainly something rather monolithic about it, but I think Kubrick’s original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @S


    I think Kubrick’s original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.
     
    I beg your pardon? That's dressed, sawn, honed and polished thank you very much! Well, I wouldn't expect anyone here to understand. It's a Black Thing.
    , @NSR
    @S

    Hey, the Thompson Twins!

    https://youtu.be/Wuv4f-AmKE4

    , @Fluesterwitz
    @S

    Narrative requires a narrator, reliable or other, who shapes said narrative. Delusion is just something that afflicts somebody, no ill intention necessary.

  18. @Achmed E. Newman
    Official statement from the alleged hate hoaxer:

    "I was jus tryin' ta hep!"

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @magilla

    If, in fact, his identity becomes better known in the days to come, that’s likely how the story will shift. Indeed, the artist may change her story and hail his “participatory contribution” to detailing the horrors of slavery, and thus, himself becoming part of her artistic project. Appeals for dropping the charges might follow, or none might be brought, at all. As for Swain, I expect a public display of forgiveness on her part, and a tearful hug or two with the perp for the photographers.

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
    @PiltdownMan

    My very first thought. They'll either maintain the "hate crime" narrative and bury the truth, or bury the initial reaction and call it a brave collaborative statement. And either way, we'll probably never know if he was on the payroll from the beginning...

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @PiltdownMan

    Pilt, in the Toronto Sun they have a full photo of the perp. Red track pants with three white stripes down the legs, and a knit ski hat with a tassle in his hand and what looks like shoulder bag. I'm thinking homeless or mentally disturbed. But his disfacement of the photo looks neatly done. Interesting and probably never hear the end result. Toronto Sun has comments. Stay safe.

    Replies: @Coemgen

  19. No one seems to consider that perhaps the ‘suspect’ is just a guerilla artist making a statement of his own…

    One thing that I don’t think capital B blacks and their enablers have considered is that by plastering ‘art’ like this all over the place it becomes mundane. Rather than heighten awareness, it just become part of the scenery because it’s become so common.

    Obviously there is a robust ecosystem of local governments and nonprofits that will pay for mediocre work provide the producer of it is of an appropriate hue so it’s possible to sustain some kind of living from it. There is a black artist collective in my city who were given a significant amount of money to produce work for a local exhibition but they were ultimately fired by the (progressive) director for non-performance but very quietly. No matter, there is yet another publicly-funded project going on and you’ll never guess who has been commissioned to participate.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Arclight


    Obviously there is a robust ecosystem of local governments and nonprofits that will pay for mediocre work provide the producer of it is of an appropriate hue so it’s possible to sustain some kind of living from it.
     
    This.
    , @Inquiring Mind
    @Arclight

    However one feels about the efficacy of masks, wearing a mask without covering one's nose makes a person look seriously intellectually disabled.

    I am certain, certain that the man in the photo is Justin Trudeau in disguise.

  20. This is so old,…but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws. Canada was the terminus of the ‘Underground Railroad.” Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada’s biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the “problem no one wants to talk about’, is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    • Agree: Art Deco
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Buffalo Joe

    Canada suffers, in Spades, if you'll forgive the term, from the base problem of the US. There just aren't enough racist crimes against blacks to meet demand.

    , @J1234
    @Buffalo Joe

    I read somewhere that Canada had a few thousand black slaves, but nothing like the US, of course. Correct me if I'm wrong. I can't remember where I read it.

    As to the vandalism story, consider two possibilities, Toronto Star:

    1) It was a hate hoax
    2) Tearing down or desecrating statues and flags, or any other symbol you don't like, is infectious

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.
     
    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don't cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?



    https://images.thestar.com/o6uDX36kYkZxWSmCYik_pX0uaJk=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1571173445253)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/25/viola-desmonds-legacy-a-light-that-shines-on-other-trailblazers/cpt502512101.jpg

    Replies: @James J O'Meara, @Buffalo Joe, @Gilbert Ratchet, @Anon

    , @a reader
    @Buffalo Joe


    Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen.
     
    Worse than that.

    Replies: @David In TN

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Buffalo Joe

    "One of Canada’s biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the “problem no one wants to talk about’, is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. "

    Doing jobs Canadians (and Americans) won't do.

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @Buffalo Joe

    Interesting that Canada cared so much for slaves on the run, meanwhile burying First Nation children anonymously in the yards of residence schools.

    The former slaves were willing to do jobs that the kids couldn't do?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  21. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    There is a good chance she put the guy up to it, maybe he can produce a copy of the canceled check.

    How is the investigation into the noose at the African American Smithsonian museum going? At least the Toronto police released the picture on this one proving what everyone already knew.

  22. The “vandal” clearly just assumed the artwork was an open source document

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @Known Fact


    The “vandal” clearly just assumed the artwork was an open source document
     
    This is a very insightful way to look at it. As I think about it, it reminds me of how a guy in a movie theater makes a comment to his girlfriend in a voice loud enough for everyone thirty feet away to hear, so that they can all profit frm his wisdom. It reminds me of how teachers and doctors will treat someone else’s kid as open-source, insinuating themselves into the family to effect a sex-change. It reminds me of college students telling the professor what the curriculum should be. It’s a narcissistic impulse to insinuate yourself where you don’t belong. Speaking of Ukraine…
  23. But it wasn’t reported for a week until the subject saw it herself.

    It’s certainly a possibility she arranged the defacement herself. I wonder if, when she reported it to the police after no one had noticed it for a week, she was thinking ‘Do I’ve got to do everything around here?’

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    @S

    She's tired, from having to do all that work herself.

  24. Art installation at Union Station vandalized with a slave collar drawing

    The artist behind the piece, Anique Jordan, said she was “rocked” by the incident.

    By Angelyn Francis, Equity and Inequality Reporter
    Tue., Jan. 25, 2022

    Equity and Inequality Reporter. She’s got the E&I beat.

    Gloria C. Swain is a MAD multidisciplinary artist [she/her], seniors’ rights and Black mental health advocate working out of Toronto. She works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and trans folks.

    This is the way that people describe what they do when what they do is nothing but useless crap.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
    • Replies: @Sick 'n Tired
    @Mr. Anon

    The more word salad needed to describe your job description, the lesser you contribute to society. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker, doctor, surgeon, carpenter, laborer, barber, mechanic, electrician, chef, conductor, fireman, cop, janitor, CEO, trucker, pilot, writer, cowboy, nurse, banker, teacher, bum, all one word job descriptions that immediately let you know someone's profession.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  25. @SFG
    @Achmed E. Newman

    With Pollock, the boogers could still be part of the art. ;) (OK, lunch…)

    Then there was Piero Manzoni, whose ‘Merde d’artiste’ was exactly what it sounds like..

    Replies: @SSmith, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Manzoni was a genius! His work is even more relevant now.

    • Replies: @SFG
    @SSmith

    Could be!

    I still think he went home to his wife after expounding on how it was about commercialization and said,

    “Hey honey. Guess what crap I just sold.”

  26. The propaganda will get more heavy handed in the future. Totalitarian regimes, like the USSR, used grade school level slogans and accusations to demonize their enemies.

    Tom Hanks has a video on behalf of Papa Biden. It’s so bad but they know their base is stupid. As the country breaks apart into teams, “moderate sophistication” goes out the window.

    Also note it’s the Left that talks about “civil war” in every other news article now. They used to laugh at the idea. Why the change? Perhaps to justify heavier police state tactics. They know they’re own a side and they know who they hate. They need an enemy to justify future actions.

  27. When whitey is gone negroes and mestizos and subcons and arabs and jews and east asians will finally be able to live in harmony with each other.

    • Thanks: HammerJack
    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  28. Ignominy to black activist artists, that is, more than usual!
    All glory to the [remaining] men of the Great White North!

    • Replies: @Another Canadian
    @J.Ross

    The trucker convoys have confused the mainstream media in Canada. Obviously, the urban media don't really understand trucking or have good contacts within the community of independent truckers involved in the convoys. The MSM have depended on the Canadian Trucking Alliance for information, a "chamber of commerce" organization of big trucking firms and industry insiders who also don't know what the heck is going on with this protest. Things might get interesting in Ottawa on Saturday.

  29. Similarly, you could have guessed the race by the charge. If the person were white, the charge would’ve been something like “attempted genocide of black identity.” Penalty: 25 to life.

    Criminal mischief* is generally generic low level vandalism, akin to what many of the more rambunctious Jan 6th protestors committed. It’s kind of a slap in the face to the artist too by saying that the vandalized property was relatively low level and replaceable.

    *obviously this varies by jurisdiction and may be different in Canada, but it’s a very low catch-all misdemeanor in most of the states. It would be what you would charge some HS kids with if they did a few burnouts in the front lawn of their HS one weekend night.

  30. “… A public art installation inspired by Toronto’s Black history …”

    … all 50 years of it?

    The city once known (non-ironically) as “Toronto the Good” didn’t have a lot of black folks prior to 1970.

  31. Toronto Star Equity and Inequality reporter Angelyn Francis =

    Anique (a rotter) and crony sot Gloria aren’t infrequently tipsy.

    • Replies: @the one they call Desanex
    @the one they call Desanex

    Gloria Swain, Anique Jordan = A sad grannie, a low-IQ junior

  32. Canada is retarded.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  33. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    Canada suffers, in Spades, if you’ll forgive the term, from the base problem of the US. There just aren’t enough racist crimes against blacks to meet demand.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  34. Fake hate crimes are the noose that lay the golden goose. Grades low? Swastika time! Art not noticed? Slave collar time! Acting career not going well? MAGA time!

  35. @SFG
    @Achmed E. Newman

    With Pollock, the boogers could still be part of the art. ;) (OK, lunch…)

    Then there was Piero Manzoni, whose ‘Merde d’artiste’ was exactly what it sounds like..

    Replies: @SSmith, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Mappelthorpe had photos in exhibitions which any supreme court justice ever so far could tell were obscene. Look up if you want because if I wrote it out the moderation would not post it. There was (is) a popular modern art trend of shock art.

    Are there any real paintings by famous guys in museums with negro slaves in chains and getting whipped? I always thought Death of Marat although well done was rather ghastly and nobody would ever put that on the wall of their house who wasn’t like Hillary Clinton or Bush I.

  36. He mended the vandalism with red yarn, which stood out against the black and white images and showed resilience. …

    that red yarn is something else

  37. I don’t think this is a hate hoax. I think the suspect is a man objecting to female clergy by drawing an X over the lady minister.

  38. Is the perp the guy behind her in the photo detail?

    How many hours of CCTV footage did some poor sods have to watch to find him?

  39. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    I read somewhere that Canada had a few thousand black slaves, but nothing like the US, of course. Correct me if I’m wrong. I can’t remember where I read it.

    As to the vandalism story, consider two possibilities, Toronto Star:

    1) It was a hate hoax
    2) Tearing down or desecrating statues and flags, or any other symbol you don’t like, is infectious

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @J1234

    J1234, please note, I said Canada as a country. There were slaves in colonial Canada. Canada became a country in 1867 IIRC. We good. Thanks for the reply

    Replies: @J1234

  40. @Arclight
    No one seems to consider that perhaps the 'suspect' is just a guerilla artist making a statement of his own...

    One thing that I don't think capital B blacks and their enablers have considered is that by plastering 'art' like this all over the place it becomes mundane. Rather than heighten awareness, it just become part of the scenery because it's become so common.

    Obviously there is a robust ecosystem of local governments and nonprofits that will pay for mediocre work provide the producer of it is of an appropriate hue so it's possible to sustain some kind of living from it. There is a black artist collective in my city who were given a significant amount of money to produce work for a local exhibition but they were ultimately fired by the (progressive) director for non-performance but very quietly. No matter, there is yet another publicly-funded project going on and you'll never guess who has been commissioned to participate.

    Replies: @bomag, @Inquiring Mind

    Obviously there is a robust ecosystem of local governments and nonprofits that will pay for mediocre work provide the producer of it is of an appropriate hue so it’s possible to sustain some kind of living from it.

    This.

  41. This video makes me ponder a very important issue: Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette. (I capitalized all the words out of respect.) Here are my questions/concerns: Should the person wearing the slave collar be black, especially when the the two people controlling the collar are white males? Isn’t that just perpetuating white supremacy, black subjugation and the peculiar institution? Or should the person wearing the slave collar only be black, as a white person wearing such a thing would be cultural appropriation?

    Maybe they should’ve had two black guys holding the collar, since so many black Africans were enslaved by other black Africans, and leftists typically don’t get very upset about modern day black on black slavery in Africa. Hopefully Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette has evolved since this video was made…way, way, way back in 2012.

    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @J1234

    The Cone of Shame is still used by racist pet owners.


    https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dog-wears-elizabethan-plastic-cone-260nw-1469213504.jpg

    , @JR Ewing
    @J1234

    I preferred his portrayal of Carlton on the Fresh Prince. The dancing bit was much funnier than this new one he does.

  42. OT but full of iStevey goodness and a tale of modern London.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10442957/Family-mother-two-stabbed-death-Maida-Vale-brand-driver-hero.html

    Black guy marries Moroccan woman in London. I think her two children are from a previous relationship. They then separate amidst allegations of abuse. He stalks her, she takes out court orders against him, he ignores them – he failed to turn up in court last week.

    So he grabs her in the street and starts stabbing her to death, meanwhile warning other pedestrians to stay clear, which they all do. She’s lying in the road and the guy is sat on top of her, stabbing away.

    As chance and UK immigration lack-of-control would have it, there’s a Chechen guy driving along the road!

    Sees the scene and acts at once, driving at them and killing knife guy. The Moroccan lady dies too, but it sounds as if it was knife wounds.

    Video footage shows paramedics and police battling to save the attacker and the woman. Both died at the scene. A man who claimed to have seen the attack in Maida Vale said: ‘The driver said to me ‘what have I done?’. I told him ‘you had to do that’.

    The man, who did not want to give his name, added: ‘The driver had both of them under his car – the guy and the girl. Me and two geezers had to lift the car up and drag her body out. We were giving her CPR but she had stab wounds everywhere. We couldn’t stop the blood.’

    The Met arrive – just in time to arrest the Chechen guy on suspicion of murder!

  43. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.

    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don’t cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
    @Reg Cæsar

    Don't let him bully you, Joe. I travelled back and forth across the border for decades, and lived in Canada for about a decade, and never heard of her. Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.

    This is another example of "blacks are ingrates." If she had lived in Africa, she'd be remembered by no one, for nothing. Here, she's on the 10 (cent? dollar?). What a country!

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, thank you but when I used to travel to Canada, I used my CC card or US currency. Nothing worse than having a few "looney" coins or Monopoly money left in your wallet. No one on this side of the border wants them EXCEPT our local PBS TV station, which is also Toronto's PBS sister station. WNED Buffalo will accept Canadian money at par when you donate to their fund drives.Got that, eh.

    , @Gilbert Ratchet
    @Reg Cæsar

    The current $10 bill is an example of the Civil Rights envy that Canada suffers (generally, Canadian leftists disdain American influence, but not here). No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation, a Justin Trudeau project if there ever was one. She was convicted of tax evasion because she went to a theatre where she bought a ticket for the black section, but then sat in the white section, Rosa-Parks style - and a full ten years before Parks's famous bus ride. Take that, Americans!

    (She was convicted of tax evasion because the white seats were more expensive than the black seats, thus the tax on them was higher. The racial segregation was theatre policy, not provincial law.)

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @Harry Baldwin

    , @Anon
    @Reg Cæsar

    OT, but the visage of ms. Desmond on a Canadian 10 dollar bill brings to mind the replacement of Andrew Jackson on the US $20 bill with the black woman who participated in the civil war era Underground Railroad. I don’t remember her name.

    I like the European practice of using portraits of nation cultural hero’s on currencies.

    We should do the same with US bills, with a diverse approach, of course. Suggestions:

    $20 bill: Marilyn Monroe (film star and icon of female beauty)
    $10 bill: Louis Armstrong (jazz trumpeter, black)
    $5 bill: Walt Whitman (poet, gay)
    $2 bill: Emily Dickinson (poet, lesbian)
    $50 bill: George Gershwin (composer, Jew)
    Leave Geo. Washington on the $1 bill (patriarch of the country)
    …and Ben Franklin in the $100 (brilliant guy)

  44. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen.

    Worse than that.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @a reader

    "Worse than that."

    The "Worse" is being called "unimaginable." Actually it is very imaginable.

  45. This is yet another one of those “funny/but not funny” incidents which provides seemingly limitless content to right wing websites.

    Sure, it’s funny because it’s absurd and ridiculous. Not only does it provide entertainment value, it should bolster my morale as it confirms our enemies are staggeringly stupid and crazy and that as more people are exposed to this craziness they will stop voting for the Crazy Party and crazy politicians and everything will get back to semi-normal.

    But that doesn’t happen.

    Our government is completely staffed by sociopaths and in the next big election half the people who bother to vote will vote for the Party of Sociopaths. Good ole’ Big Blue California, Illinois, Massachusetts – home to our supposedly educational elite – New York, now Virginia, they’ll just keep on keeping on, turning out to make sure creatures like Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, and the demonic Jamie Raskin rule over us so we can forever have the secret police (the FBI) show up by the dozens next time a mulatto race car driver sees a garage door pull loop.

    I get there are tons of weirdos out there of all political persuasions. That’s why we have mental institutions (or used to) and prisons. But why are they clustered in our government and “news” media instead?

  46. The artist behind the piece, Anique Jordan, said she was “rocked” by the incident.

    In the bosom of Abraham?

    Gloria C. Swain

    Any relation to Carol?

    For Swain, she said this is a sad reminder of how challenging it is to be a Black artist in Toronto…

    Because she herself didn’t get a billboard-size display in Union Station. Just her friend. But she’s in it, isn’t she?

    (BTW, shouldn’t that be Dominion Station?)

    King Street West

    Their King only merits a Street? Ours gets Boulevards!

    Equity and Inequality Reporter

    Why is this story in the financial section?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Reg Cæsar

    Why is this story in the financial section?

    Reparations is heap big business!

  47. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    Maybe they thought the “slave collar” looked perfectly natural on this African pretend-priest.

    Or, flipping that around, maybe they thought it was a priest wearing a slave collar to shame White parishioners. Sort of like those evangels crawling on their knees wearing those wooden stocks, or the Pope licking African toes.

  48. Not totally OT, here is Steve Sailer as a commenter at Astral Codex Ten‘s post “Bounded Distrust.” He is explaining his nuanced view of the truthfulness of NYT (etc.) articles.

    Steve Sailer:

    I’m a professional media critic. My assumption from decades of close reading of the New York Times is that if I read a statement in the Times, it’s very likely true. For example, if the New York Times tells me an Asian woman named Michelle Go was shoved to her death on the subway tracks by a man named Simon Martial, I’m sure that’s true.

    If the Times were to tell me Simon Martial is white, I’m sure they wouldn’t be lying.

    On the other hand, the Times finds some other facts are not fit to print. In particular, the Times does not like to go out of its way to raise doubts in the minds of its subscribers about their general picture of who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys that they’ve developed over their years of relying on the Times for news.

    Therefore, in both Times articles I’ve read that mentioned that victim Michelle Go is Asian did not mention the race of perp Simon Martial.

    .
    Continues…

    ACX regulars are engaging with Sailer as if he’s a person with interesting ideas as opposed to an emissary of (secular) Satan, which is not always the case.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @SFG
    @ic1000

    The reason the left has it in for Scott A is he and his regulars deal civilly with Sailer and Co., and at least one leaked email suggests that one of the reasons is he knows HBD is true but knows he cannot admit it too loudly.

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @ic1000

    Scott Alexander had to quit his job and move out of Berkeley because he was afraid for his physical safety and in the top ten list of his offenses to propriety is that he involves himself in intercourse with thought criminals like Steve Sailer.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @ic1000

    The ACX commentariat is pretty unique. Most of them would probably label themselves as "liberal," but they are second to none in their autistic dedication to data, pure logic and fairness in argument. They are like a bunch of knowledgeable Vulcans.

    , @MM
    @ic1000

    Yeah and then Sailer replied and Alexander basically said "one more and you're banned."

    There's more tolerance at ACX than say, FB, but that's not saying much.

  49. anon[389] • Disclaimer says:

    When whites were slaves, I want reparations and the hate to finally stop. Jesus has to accept me into heaven because along time ago whites were slaves. Stop the hate, take the yoke off us already.

    “The Barbary slave trade refers to slave markets on the Barbary Coast of North Africa, which included the Ottoman states of Algeria, Tunisia and Tripolitania and the independent sultanate of Morocco, between the 16th and 19th century. The Ottoman states in North Africa were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but in reality they were quasi-independent.

    European slaves were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy to the Netherlands, Ireland and the southwest of Britain, as far north as Iceland and into the Eastern Mediterranean.”

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

  50. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    “One of Canada’s biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the “problem no one wants to talk about’, is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. ”

    Doing jobs Canadians (and Americans) won’t do.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
  51. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.
     
    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don't cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?



    https://images.thestar.com/o6uDX36kYkZxWSmCYik_pX0uaJk=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1571173445253)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/25/viola-desmonds-legacy-a-light-that-shines-on-other-trailblazers/cpt502512101.jpg

    Replies: @James J O'Meara, @Buffalo Joe, @Gilbert Ratchet, @Anon

    Don’t let him bully you, Joe. I travelled back and forth across the border for decades, and lived in Canada for about a decade, and never heard of her. Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.

    This is another example of “blacks are ingrates.” If she had lived in Africa, she’d be remembered by no one, for nothing. Here, she’s on the 10 (cent? dollar?). What a country!

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @James J O'Meara


    Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.
     
    Halifax took in the survivors of the Titanic in 1912, and suffered what's called the worst non-nuclear, non-volcanic explosion in history in 1917. But some lady can't buy a movie ticket there, and complains, and that's what's commemorated? Priorities!

    I vaguely remember Canada featuring a hydroelectric dam on one of her banknotes (but can't find it today.) That's so Third- (or Second-) Worldy, it's embarrassing. "Look what we can build!"

    This one is marginally less so:


    https://www.bankofcanadamuseum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1969-10-dollar-verso-1200x400.jpg

    Replies: @Brutusale, @James J O'Meara

  52. Is it still a hate hoax when the perpetrator has carried out his work in full view of the public and cameras, and the media already knows the person is black?

    If there is a hoax here, it is by the Toronto Star on their readers.

    • Agree: Cato
  53. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    I wonder if, like Jussie, she hired or otherwise induced the suspect to “deface” the piece, so as to generate publicity. Sounds like she just wandered down there to check out her own artwork, which sounds kinda sad.

    If I had bought a reproduction, like in a museum gift shop, a poster, post card, catalog etc., so that I “owned” it, then defaced it and displayed it at home, is that a “hate crime”? Asking for a friend.

    • Replies: @al gore rhythms
    @Peter D. Bredon

    There are lots of unanswered questions about scenarios like the one you described. There are lots of novel situations which whites don't even know are racist until they actually happen and discover from the media shitstorm that they are the worst person since Hilter.

    One I thought of recently? Can a white ventriloquist have a black doll any more? Is there anything in the liberal Hadiths of the NYT and the BBC?

    You could almost do an entire 'curb your enthusiasm' series about white people going through these kinds of tribulations.

  54. @Reg Cæsar

    The artist behind the piece, Anique Jordan, said she was “rocked” by the incident.
     
    In the bosom of Abraham?

    Gloria C. Swain
     
    Any relation to Carol?

    For Swain, she said this is a sad reminder of how challenging it is to be a Black artist in Toronto...
     
    Because she herself didn't get a billboard-size display in Union Station. Just her friend. But she's in it, isn't she?

    (BTW, shouldn't that be Dominion Station?)


    King Street West
     
    Their King only merits a Street? Ours gets Boulevards!

    Equity and Inequality Reporter
     
    Why is this story in the financial section?

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Why is this story in the financial section?

    Reparations is heap big business!

  55. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.
     
    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don't cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?



    https://images.thestar.com/o6uDX36kYkZxWSmCYik_pX0uaJk=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1571173445253)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/25/viola-desmonds-legacy-a-light-that-shines-on-other-trailblazers/cpt502512101.jpg

    Replies: @James J O'Meara, @Buffalo Joe, @Gilbert Ratchet, @Anon

    Reg, thank you but when I used to travel to Canada, I used my CC card or US currency. Nothing worse than having a few “looney” coins or Monopoly money left in your wallet. No one on this side of the border wants them EXCEPT our local PBS TV station, which is also Toronto’s PBS sister station. WNED Buffalo will accept Canadian money at par when you donate to their fund drives.Got that, eh.

  56. @ic1000
    Not totally OT, here is Steve Sailer as a commenter at Astral Codex Ten's post "Bounded Distrust." He is explaining his nuanced view of the truthfulness of NYT (etc.) articles.

    Steve Sailer:

    I'm a professional media critic. My assumption from decades of close reading of the New York Times is that if I read a statement in the Times, it's very likely true. For example, if the New York Times tells me an Asian woman named Michelle Go was shoved to her death on the subway tracks by a man named Simon Martial, I'm sure that's true.

    If the Times were to tell me Simon Martial is white, I'm sure they wouldn't be lying.

    On the other hand, the Times finds some other facts are not fit to print. In particular, the Times does not like to go out of its way to raise doubts in the minds of its subscribers about their general picture of who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys that they've developed over their years of relying on the Times for news.

    Therefore, in both Times articles I've read that mentioned that victim Michelle Go is Asian did not mention the race of perp Simon Martial.

    .
    Continues...
     
    ACX regulars are engaging with Sailer as if he's a person with interesting ideas as opposed to an emissary of (secular) Satan, which is not always the case.

    Replies: @SFG, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666, @MM

    The reason the left has it in for Scott A is he and his regulars deal civilly with Sailer and Co., and at least one leaked email suggests that one of the reasons is he knows HBD is true but knows he cannot admit it too loudly.

  57. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    They noticed. But they don’t care. There’s a difference.

  58. Off-topic:

    I found this hilariously catchy tune from a Bosnian rock group. One could use the first part as an immigrant anthem. There is a twist after the halfway mark.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Escher
    @Romanian

    Catchy indeed.
    Easy way around their problem is to recreate the motherland in the United States.
    Then no need to assimilate, while living in shadow of Golden Gate.

  59. OT, hey Steve, Supreme Court Justice Beyer, aged 83, says he is retiring. Biden promised in 2020 to nominate a black woman to the court. Comon, nominate Hillary or Harris or Maxine Watters or Michelle.

  60. @S

    But it wasn’t reported for a week until the subject saw it herself.
     
    It's certainly a possibility she arranged the defacement herself. I wonder if, when she reported it to the police after no one had noticed it for a week, she was thinking 'Do I've got to do everything around here?'

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    She’s tired, from having to do all that work herself.

    • LOL: Calvin Hobbes
  61. @ic1000
    Not totally OT, here is Steve Sailer as a commenter at Astral Codex Ten's post "Bounded Distrust." He is explaining his nuanced view of the truthfulness of NYT (etc.) articles.

    Steve Sailer:

    I'm a professional media critic. My assumption from decades of close reading of the New York Times is that if I read a statement in the Times, it's very likely true. For example, if the New York Times tells me an Asian woman named Michelle Go was shoved to her death on the subway tracks by a man named Simon Martial, I'm sure that's true.

    If the Times were to tell me Simon Martial is white, I'm sure they wouldn't be lying.

    On the other hand, the Times finds some other facts are not fit to print. In particular, the Times does not like to go out of its way to raise doubts in the minds of its subscribers about their general picture of who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys that they've developed over their years of relying on the Times for news.

    Therefore, in both Times articles I've read that mentioned that victim Michelle Go is Asian did not mention the race of perp Simon Martial.

    .
    Continues...
     
    ACX regulars are engaging with Sailer as if he's a person with interesting ideas as opposed to an emissary of (secular) Satan, which is not always the case.

    Replies: @SFG, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666, @MM

    Scott Alexander had to quit his job and move out of Berkeley because he was afraid for his physical safety and in the top ten list of his offenses to propriety is that he involves himself in intercourse with thought criminals like Steve Sailer.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Worth noting is that Steve's a thought criminal not because he says outrageous things but because the sense of what he says is so manifest, and possibly even persuasive. Can't have that.

  62. @Buffalo Joe
    This is so old,...but once again. Canada, as a country, never had slavery. Canada had no "Jim Crow" laws. Canada was the terminus of the 'Underground Railroad." Canada allowed the establishment of Afro-Centric schools. One of Canada's biggest crime problems, once described in the Toronto press, as the "problem no one wants to talk about', is black on black crime. Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen. Defacing art is never good, but every incident is not racism. Looking forward to finding a tie between the artist and the suspect.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J1234, @Reg Cæsar, @a reader, @James J O'Meara, @SaneClownPosse

    Interesting that Canada cared so much for slaves on the run, meanwhile burying First Nation children anonymously in the yards of residence schools.

    The former slaves were willing to do jobs that the kids couldn’t do?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @SaneClownPosse


    Interesting that Canada cared so much for slaves on the run, meanwhile burying First Nation children anonymously in the yards of residence schools.
     
    Despite all the hoopla and arson of churches in Canada, no child graves have been found in the yards of residence schools.
  63. The guy looked kinda Ethiopian/Eritrean/Somalian.
    Maybe he was acting out an enslavement fetish, having no cultural memory of slavery since his people were never sold into slavery.
    Or he was just high from chewing Khat.

  64. My first thought on this was that whoever added the “slave collar” was just trying to educate the public about their existence.

    “Gee, they made slaves wear those!” Like the Nazi Star of David thing.

    But instead it is complained about as some kind for racist thing?

    Stupid.

    As some have suggested, perhaps a publicity stunt for the artist. Or the black guy (Black!) who added it wasn’t happy with the entire project, or was drunk, or just liked to vandalize posters.

    “Call the Mounties! Someone must be racist!”

  65. OT: An ACM article explaining how talking about underrepresented minorities who have done “historical calculations” but who nobody has really every heard of will somehow improve everything and usher in the D.I.E. epoch that we so richly need.

    The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education

    As educators, we have a responsibility not to perpetuate the inequities of the past. This includes being aware of the culture of our classrooms and being explicit in how we cultivate diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all. Every computing student deserves a chance to see themselves in computing irrespective of demographics, interests, or socioeconomic status. Students must see human computing stories that they can connect to, identify with, or look up to.

    Uh-huh. In my times, we didn’t have these, we still could do numerical calculations. If one wanted to dig into history, one could invite onself to a thing called a “library” (still having a lecture on the history of computing and computer languages would have been great)

    Today, we often abstract away the human from computing. If we want to broaden participation, we must educate our students based on the early 17th-century origins of the word “computer,” a human who performs calculations.1 Computers were exclusively human until the early 19th century when English polymath and inventor Charles Babbage introduced the Difference Engine, the first mechanical computer. The term “human computer” was then used to differentiate a person who computes from a mechanical computer. Human computers were often women who undertook long and tedious calculations to power some of the most significant advances in science, industry, and space technology in the 20th century.

    I won’t go into the detail of historical innacuries here, but yeah, women doing grunt work allows one to advance with work.

    Computer science (CS) stands on the shoulders of giants such as Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, George Boole, Ada Lovelace, and John von Neumann.

    I don’t know how anyone who lists Ada and Grace along those other guys is serious. Nobody stands on the shoulders of Ada, sorryy~~~

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @El Dato

    It reads like a modern-day Wikipedia article.

    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @El Dato

    "If one wanted to dig into history, one could invite oneself to a thing called a “library”

    As near as I can tell, we don't have public libraries anymore: they have all been converted into immigrant nurseries and/or homeless shelters, or multimedia computer-video-music spaces. There are no books (well, none in English, anyway). I don't really visit public libraries anymore, it's too depressing, but the last few times I poked my nose into a couple just to briefly observe, they were all a madhouse of swarms of immigrant children running amok, people on computers or watching TV or listening to music with headphones. The few books I saw (in every language except English) were not on shelves; they were laid out flat on display tables, maximizing the footprint, that is how rare books were. This country is dead.

    As to our fake African "artist"...

    I'm always secretly amused when I see A-A's wearing so-called Kente cloth. I want to ask them, "Why are you reverently wearing the emblems of the very people who enslaved you and then sold you in the first place?" It's like watching an Irishman proudly draping himself in a Union Jack.

  66. “A public art installation inspired by Toronto’s Black history . . .”

    Wow, Toronto must have a pretty thin roster of prominent blacks if Gloria Swain is being featured. The lady looks to be in her 60s and I haven’t even remotely heard of her. Apparently her prominence is due to her being a black woman who advocates for LGBTQ rights. The standard is practically nonexistent in order to be placed in the pantheon of Toronto’s great blacks. This supposed art exhibit is incomplete if it does not include this guy: https://baseball.fandom.com/wiki/Joe_Carter

  67. Congressman Steve King.

    Not “Midwest nice.”

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @JohnnyWalker123

    LOL. We're getting all the Mexicans anyway, so I guess it all worked out.

    , @PaceLaw
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I love Steve King for his refreshing candor, but let’s be honest, a United States that also included Mexico would’ve been completely unwieldy and unworkable. America seems pretty gosh-darned fractured these days, and that’s with people who speak the same language (mostly) and have basically similar cultural roots. How would that work by having an annexed Mexico where the majority of people don’t speak English and are so ethnically and culturally different??? It wouldn’t. The U.S. leaders were prescient in cutting Mexico loose back in 1848.

  68. @a reader
    @Buffalo Joe


    Last week a black teen 15, shot and killed a 13 year old black teen.
     
    Worse than that.

    Replies: @David In TN

    “Worse than that.”

    The “Worse” is being called “unimaginable.” Actually it is very imaginable.

  69. @PiltdownMan
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If, in fact, his identity becomes better known in the days to come, that's likely how the story will shift. Indeed, the artist may change her story and hail his "participatory contribution" to detailing the horrors of slavery, and thus, himself becoming part of her artistic project. Appeals for dropping the charges might follow, or none might be brought, at all. As for Swain, I expect a public display of forgiveness on her part, and a tearful hug or two with the perp for the photographers.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Buffalo Joe

    My very first thought. They’ll either maintain the “hate crime” narrative and bury the truth, or bury the initial reaction and call it a brave collaborative statement. And either way, we’ll probably never know if he was on the payroll from the beginning…

  70. Steve,

    This is the type of news report that is in your wheelhouse.

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/591508-23-face-federal-charges-in-alleged-car-crash-scheme

    The defendants include Ali Abed Yaser, Hussein A. Yasir, Insaf A. Karawi, Hasanein A. Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay, Mashael A. Bachay, Mohammed Bajay, Hussain K. Bachay, Noor Tahseen Al-Maarej, Ali F. Al-Himrani, Rana J. Kaabawi, Amar F. Abdul-Salam, Ameer R. Mohammed, Mohammed F. Al-Himrani, Maria Elena Sanchez, Seifeddine A. Al-Kinani, Abdullah Al-Dulaimi, Firas S. Hadi, Farooq S. Yaseen, Khalil Abdul-Razaq, Jesus George Sanchez, Sinan Akrawi and Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @guest007

    Ah, "cash for crash" has crossed the Atlantic!

    "In at least three of the collisions, prosecutors say, no one even occupied the “victim” vehicle when a defendant intentionally crashed another one into it. The defendants are accused of staging roughly 14 car accidents and submitting nearly $1 million in false insurance claims."

    Their co-religionists in the UK have been at it for decades.

    One particularly unpleasant tactic was to target elderly white ladies - they'd get in front of them and then slam on the brakes - old lady goes in the back of them and five guys get out holding their necks and claiming whiplash injuries.

  71. @J.Ross
    Ignominy to black activist artists, that is, more than usual!
    All glory to the [remaining] men of the Great White North!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd5ZLJWQmss

    Replies: @Another Canadian

    The trucker convoys have confused the mainstream media in Canada. Obviously, the urban media don’t really understand trucking or have good contacts within the community of independent truckers involved in the convoys. The MSM have depended on the Canadian Trucking Alliance for information, a “chamber of commerce” organization of big trucking firms and industry insiders who also don’t know what the heck is going on with this protest. Things might get interesting in Ottawa on Saturday.

  72. @J1234
    This video makes me ponder a very important issue: Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette. (I capitalized all the words out of respect.) Here are my questions/concerns: Should the person wearing the slave collar be black, especially when the the two people controlling the collar are white males? Isn't that just perpetuating white supremacy, black subjugation and the peculiar institution? Or should the person wearing the slave collar only be black, as a white person wearing such a thing would be cultural appropriation?

    Maybe they should've had two black guys holding the collar, since so many black Africans were enslaved by other black Africans, and leftists typically don't get very upset about modern day black on black slavery in Africa. Hopefully Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette has evolved since this video was made...way, way, way back in 2012.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069WLjVXdcA

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @JR Ewing

    The Cone of Shame is still used by racist pet owners.

  73. @PiltdownMan
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If, in fact, his identity becomes better known in the days to come, that's likely how the story will shift. Indeed, the artist may change her story and hail his "participatory contribution" to detailing the horrors of slavery, and thus, himself becoming part of her artistic project. Appeals for dropping the charges might follow, or none might be brought, at all. As for Swain, I expect a public display of forgiveness on her part, and a tearful hug or two with the perp for the photographers.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Buffalo Joe

    Pilt, in the Toronto Sun they have a full photo of the perp. Red track pants with three white stripes down the legs, and a knit ski hat with a tassle in his hand and what looks like shoulder bag. I’m thinking homeless or mentally disturbed. But his disfacement of the photo looks neatly done. Interesting and probably never hear the end result. Toronto Sun has comments. Stay safe.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Toronto Sun's picture of the alleged perpetrator:

    https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/suspect-sought-in-art-vandalism-at-union-station

    https://smartcdn.gprod.postmedia.digital/torontosun/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/NR.52029.1643141759-e1643219572637.jpg

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

  74. @ic1000
    Not totally OT, here is Steve Sailer as a commenter at Astral Codex Ten's post "Bounded Distrust." He is explaining his nuanced view of the truthfulness of NYT (etc.) articles.

    Steve Sailer:

    I'm a professional media critic. My assumption from decades of close reading of the New York Times is that if I read a statement in the Times, it's very likely true. For example, if the New York Times tells me an Asian woman named Michelle Go was shoved to her death on the subway tracks by a man named Simon Martial, I'm sure that's true.

    If the Times were to tell me Simon Martial is white, I'm sure they wouldn't be lying.

    On the other hand, the Times finds some other facts are not fit to print. In particular, the Times does not like to go out of its way to raise doubts in the minds of its subscribers about their general picture of who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys that they've developed over their years of relying on the Times for news.

    Therefore, in both Times articles I've read that mentioned that victim Michelle Go is Asian did not mention the race of perp Simon Martial.

    .
    Continues...
     
    ACX regulars are engaging with Sailer as if he's a person with interesting ideas as opposed to an emissary of (secular) Satan, which is not always the case.

    Replies: @SFG, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666, @MM

    The ACX commentariat is pretty unique. Most of them would probably label themselves as “liberal,” but they are second to none in their autistic dedication to data, pure logic and fairness in argument. They are like a bunch of knowledgeable Vulcans.

  75. @J1234
    @Buffalo Joe

    I read somewhere that Canada had a few thousand black slaves, but nothing like the US, of course. Correct me if I'm wrong. I can't remember where I read it.

    As to the vandalism story, consider two possibilities, Toronto Star:

    1) It was a hate hoax
    2) Tearing down or desecrating statues and flags, or any other symbol you don't like, is infectious

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    J1234, please note, I said Canada as a country. There were slaves in colonial Canada. Canada became a country in 1867 IIRC. We good. Thanks for the reply

    • Replies: @J1234
    @Buffalo Joe

    Thanks for the education. That makes sense. I'm not as familiar with Canadian history as I should be.

  76. @SaneClownPosse
    @Buffalo Joe

    Interesting that Canada cared so much for slaves on the run, meanwhile burying First Nation children anonymously in the yards of residence schools.

    The former slaves were willing to do jobs that the kids couldn't do?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Interesting that Canada cared so much for slaves on the run, meanwhile burying First Nation children anonymously in the yards of residence schools.

    Despite all the hoopla and arson of churches in Canada, no child graves have been found in the yards of residence schools.

  77. @JohnnyWalker123
    Congressman Steve King.

    https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/1486168944339832834

    Not "Midwest nice."

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @PaceLaw

    LOL. We’re getting all the Mexicans anyway, so I guess it all worked out.

  78. @JohnnyWalker123
    Congressman Steve King.

    https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/1486168944339832834

    Not "Midwest nice."

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @PaceLaw

    I love Steve King for his refreshing candor, but let’s be honest, a United States that also included Mexico would’ve been completely unwieldy and unworkable. America seems pretty gosh-darned fractured these days, and that’s with people who speak the same language (mostly) and have basically similar cultural roots. How would that work by having an annexed Mexico where the majority of people don’t speak English and are so ethnically and culturally different??? It wouldn’t. The U.S. leaders were prescient in cutting Mexico loose back in 1848.

  79. TORONTO, LIKE Canada, was almost totally white once. the star is the most ultra liberal, cultural Marxist paper in Canada.

  80. @guest007
    Steve,

    This is the type of news report that is in your wheelhouse.

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/591508-23-face-federal-charges-in-alleged-car-crash-scheme

    The defendants include Ali Abed Yaser, Hussein A. Yasir, Insaf A. Karawi, Hasanein A. Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay, Mashael A. Bachay, Mohammed Bajay, Hussain K. Bachay, Noor Tahseen Al-Maarej, Ali F. Al-Himrani, Rana J. Kaabawi, Amar F. Abdul-Salam, Ameer R. Mohammed, Mohammed F. Al-Himrani, Maria Elena Sanchez, Seifeddine A. Al-Kinani, Abdullah Al-Dulaimi, Firas S. Hadi, Farooq S. Yaseen, Khalil Abdul-Razaq, Jesus George Sanchez, Sinan Akrawi and Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    Ah, “cash for crash” has crossed the Atlantic!

    “In at least three of the collisions, prosecutors say, no one even occupied the “victim” vehicle when a defendant intentionally crashed another one into it. The defendants are accused of staging roughly 14 car accidents and submitting nearly \$1 million in false insurance claims.”

    Their co-religionists in the UK have been at it for decades.

    One particularly unpleasant tactic was to target elderly white ladies – they’d get in front of them and then slam on the brakes – old lady goes in the back of them and five guys get out holding their necks and claiming whiplash injuries.

  81. OT: Interesting racial dynamic in UK news story: Hyper-aggressive Chechen kills black man who was stabbing his ex-wife
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10442957/Family-mother-two-stabbed-death-Maida-Vale-brand-driver-hero.html

    • Thanks: El Dato
  82. @El Dato
    It could be a reader of Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, wherein such a device appears during a scene of the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

    Or a fan of chain & iron bondage movies.

    For Swain and Jordan the vandalism is visibly racist.
     
    Could we entertain the notion of inter-ethnic black racism?

    Replies: @additionalMike

    More likely a reference to the TV movie “Roots” in which our hero Kunta Kinte sports an iron collar.

  83. @James J O'Meara
    @Reg Cæsar

    Don't let him bully you, Joe. I travelled back and forth across the border for decades, and lived in Canada for about a decade, and never heard of her. Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.

    This is another example of "blacks are ingrates." If she had lived in Africa, she'd be remembered by no one, for nothing. Here, she's on the 10 (cent? dollar?). What a country!

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.

    Halifax took in the survivors of the Titanic in 1912, and suffered what’s called the worst non-nuclear, non-volcanic explosion in history in 1917. But some lady can’t buy a movie ticket there, and complains, and that’s what’s commemorated? Priorities!

    I vaguely remember Canada featuring a hydroelectric dam on one of her banknotes (but can’t find it today.) That’s so Third- (or Second-) Worldy, it’s embarrassing. “Look what we can build!”

    This one is marginally less so:

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Reg Cæsar

    The nice people of Halifax send us a lovely Christmas tree every year as thanks for our help during said big bang.

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

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Reg Cæsar

    For some reason this reminds me of the MST3k episode featuring Ed Wood's lady's wrestling epic, Racket Girls. At the "climax," as the bad guys flee the police, Ed has some goofy heroic library music, and the guys make up words to it as 'the Ukrainian national anthem".

    Ukrainia, Ukrainia, U-krainnnnnnnnnnnia!
    My bitter homeland,
    Your strip mines,
    You big reactors.

    1:26:38
    https://youtu.be/w6FG8lha7-w

    See, and it's topical today as well!

    Replies: @Anonymous

  84. Steve is as close as Unz has by way of Hollywood correspondent.

    Any views on how the Glitterati will react to these Chinese hate crimes:

    Chinese entertainment giant accused of wanting ‘bigger tits’ and ‘no blacks’ in a film it funded

    https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/547312-tencent-accused-film-rules/

    No sniggering (is that even allowed anywhere nowadays?) at the back.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Bill Jones

    Saw that! If you read the whole story, it turns out it's just a single woman reporting a rumor that she heard somewhere, but she isn't exactly sure where. Stop press!

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Bill Jones

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVozQG2Q-4

    Replies: @Change that Matters

    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @Bill Jones

    "Bigger tits and no blacks" is

    (A) The name of Harvey Weinstein's next movie company,

    (B) An extremely based campaign slogan, or

    (C) A marginal improvement over "tight pussy, loose shoes and a warm place to s**t."

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

  85. OT: Why do we need another African-American woman on the Supreme Court? The average Puerto Rican has 20-30% African ancestry. Sonia Sotomayor looks just as black as Kamala Harris, and for that matter a lot more black than Megan Markle. Since African Americans are about 12% of the US population, one justice, male or female, would be the most equitable.

    • Replies: @tuco22
    @SF

    Not if you anticipate anti-white discrimination cases coming your way in the next few years, in which you must decide for the POCs. So you've got to hedge your bets now.

  86. @Reg Cæsar
    @James J O'Meara


    Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.
     
    Halifax took in the survivors of the Titanic in 1912, and suffered what's called the worst non-nuclear, non-volcanic explosion in history in 1917. But some lady can't buy a movie ticket there, and complains, and that's what's commemorated? Priorities!

    I vaguely remember Canada featuring a hydroelectric dam on one of her banknotes (but can't find it today.) That's so Third- (or Second-) Worldy, it's embarrassing. "Look what we can build!"

    This one is marginally less so:


    https://www.bankofcanadamuseum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1969-10-dollar-verso-1200x400.jpg

    Replies: @Brutusale, @James J O'Meara

    The nice people of Halifax send us a lovely Christmas tree every year as thanks for our help during said big bang.

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

  87. @Buffalo Joe
    @J1234

    J1234, please note, I said Canada as a country. There were slaves in colonial Canada. Canada became a country in 1867 IIRC. We good. Thanks for the reply

    Replies: @J1234

    Thanks for the education. That makes sense. I’m not as familiar with Canadian history as I should be.

  88. OT Spotify chose to keep Joe Rogan and dump Neil Young.

    Is this another sign that Boomers are now very much on the downslope? Or is it just that Rogan negotiated a deal that lets him walk away with \$100 million, and his catalogue, if Spotify dump him?

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/spotify-neil-young-joe-rogan-1235081916

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @jimmyriddle


    OT Spotify chose to keep Joe Rogan and dump Neil Young.

    Is this another sign that Boomers are now very much on the downslope?
     
    You're seven weeks off:

    Neil Young
    On 12-11-1945 Neil Young (nickname: Bernard Shakey) was born in Toronto, Canada.

    https://taddlr.com/celebrity/neil-young/
     
    Oh, and from the same source:

    Does Neil Young have a tattoo? No
     
    Whereas:


    https://bodyartguru.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joe-Rogan.jpg


    Young has three sick grown kids. I don't agree with his stance (and never thought he could sing), but he can be forgiven a little medical paranoia. He's just Jenny McCarthy for the other side.


    The Tragic Story Of The Diseases Neil Young’s Children Suffered
    , @Sick 'n Tired
    @jimmyriddle

    Rogan licensed his show, each of his episodes draw around 11 million+ listeners when they air, not counting people who may get around to listening to them later. He usually puts out at least 2-4 a week unless he takes time off, at which point he spaces them out a bit. Either way, he's bringing in 30+ million listens per week to Spotify, and if only 1/3 of his audience pays $9.99 per month for a subscription, he's generating $100 million a month for Spotify. Meanwhile Spotify has to pay Neil Young when people listen to his songs, so the math on that decision is a no brainer.

    The other thing is with CNN and all the articles recently bashing Joe for his Covid treatment, and allowing deplatformed guests on his show to speak openly, has only driven more people to discover his podcast. Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air, only led to more people tuning in to hear what the big deal was.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

  89. the paper just closed the comments on that story lol

  90. ‘“If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star…’

    ‘Bleak’ would be subjective. Some might see it as hopeful — in a couple of ways.

  91. Anybody think the photo is better this way?

  92. Obviously, the old lady arranged it herself. Her crap ugly picture was not getting the adulation it deserved,so she had to get some attention.
    If not for video cameras, had I been there,I might’ve added some flourishes to this piece of junk myself.
    Be that as it may,it should be noted that Ferguson Jenkins came from Canada. So,there’s that.

  93. @Alrenous
    Newspapers lie about everything as a matter of habit and inclination. They only don't lie about things they absolutely cannot get away with lying about, which means it's faster to list the latter rather than enumerate all the ways they're reliably misinformation.

    Figuring out what they can't lie about and why is an interesting toy science case, for those who want to play around with that sort of thing.

    If you're not feeling playful, better to simply not read newspapers. They're okay for lighting fires, and that's about the extent of their practical applications.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Curmudgeon

    Newspapers lie about everything as a matter of habit and inclination.

    Wish I’d known that when I was younger.

    This guy sounds as if he has some feelings. He was offended by the slave collar. I do not blame him.

    I stan for his right to be offended.

  94. Toronto Star:

    Speaking of Torontonian Can[c]ucks, down by the river, I shot my credibility:

    Neil Young requests Spotify remove his music after artist’s ultimatum over Joe Rogan podcast

  95. @Reg Cæsar
    @James J O'Meara


    Wikipedia says she did her Rosa Parks performance art in Nova Scotia, so maybe she was a local hero then.
     
    Halifax took in the survivors of the Titanic in 1912, and suffered what's called the worst non-nuclear, non-volcanic explosion in history in 1917. But some lady can't buy a movie ticket there, and complains, and that's what's commemorated? Priorities!

    I vaguely remember Canada featuring a hydroelectric dam on one of her banknotes (but can't find it today.) That's so Third- (or Second-) Worldy, it's embarrassing. "Look what we can build!"

    This one is marginally less so:


    https://www.bankofcanadamuseum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1969-10-dollar-verso-1200x400.jpg

    Replies: @Brutusale, @James J O'Meara

    For some reason this reminds me of the MST3k episode featuring Ed Wood’s lady’s wrestling epic, Racket Girls. At the “climax,” as the bad guys flee the police, Ed has some goofy heroic library music, and the guys make up words to it as ‘the Ukrainian national anthem”.

    Ukrainia, Ukrainia, U-krainnnnnnnnnnnia!
    My bitter homeland,
    Your strip mines,
    You big reactors.

    1:26:38

    See, and it’s topical today as well!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @James J O'Meara

    I quite enjoyed the Kazakhstan national anthem from Borat...


    Kazakhstan, greatest country in the world
    All other countries are run by little girls
    Kazakhstan, number one exporter of potassium
    All other countries have inferior potassium

    Kazakhstan, home of Tinshein swimming pool
    It's length thirty meter, width six meter
    Filtration system a marvel to behold
    It remove 80% of human solid waste

    Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place
    From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
    Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan
    They very nosey people, with bone in their brain

    Kazakhstan, industry best in world
    We invented toffee and trouser belt
    Kazakhstan's prostitutes, cleanest in the region
    Except of course for Turkmenistan's

    Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place
    From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
    Come grasp mighty penis of our leader
    From junction with the testes to tip of its face!
     
  96. @SSmith
    @SFG

    Manzoni was a genius! His work is even more relevant now.

    Replies: @SFG

    Could be!

    I still think he went home to his wife after expounding on how it was about commercialization and said,

    “Hey honey. Guess what crap I just sold.”

  97. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Henry's Cat

    Yep, that's what's embarrassing about this incident. First of all, maybe nobody much took a real look at her "artwork" due to knowing in the backs of their minds, "ahhh, another piece of stupid woke crap, If someone asks, yes, I saw it and was duly impressed."

    More about art in general, it's the same as if someone had sneezed hard on some modern art painting, or even some classic. Next patron: "Oh, I like what he did there. It looks like the subject had the measles or something. The artist is trying to get a deep point across about the poignancy and ..."

    "No, man, those are boogers."

    Replies: @SFG, @Alden

    Most people don’t look at public art murals in busy buildings anyway. Especially airports and train stations. Or if they work in city hall or an old office building with murals and sculptures they walk by for years without noticing. Until tourists start coming and admiring. Or your building shows up in the tourist guides to your town. Then it’s

    “OMG You know that rusty pile of stuff out front?”” “Yeah, left over from the construction ?”
    “That, uh uh it’s Great Art, by Sir Jacob Epstein “

    That train station mural is really very nice. Great proportions balance and rhythm. The green color of the robe is an excellent choice. 19th century gothic revival pointed dark wood arches contrasted with the modern African print I guess it’s a giant scarf hanging from the shoulders of the main figure the priest in green. Then the variety of figures behind the main figure. I like the almost White man in a black robe. He’s probably the European missionaries that come converted this batch to RC instead of Baptists

    The mural tells the story. Some kind of Roman or Orthodox Church not Protestant. And the priest in green robe is obviously not White although strange looking for a black. Rather albino. It’s really nice attractive and tells local history. Very black blacks and the ivory skin priest in green. That’s how the American blacks became American blacks.

    Is the priest the woman artist? The priest looks like an old man with thin hair. Could be a woman model can’t tell Maybe a statement that women will become real priests someday or its pro trans.

    Just as a picture a perfectly proportioned balanced arrangements of shapes and colors it’s wonderful, and excellent. As local history it’s not PC in that there’s no negroes being whipped and hanged or being saved by White missionaries, just one of the first non Protestant churches built in the city. Allegedly built by blacks all by themselves. Good story great picture.

    If I were on the Art commission I’d probably pick this mural.

  98. @S

    But the newspaper thought it subversive of the Narrative to share the description of the suspect with its readers.
     
    Good essay.

    Speaking for myself, I no longer use the term 'narrative', but rather, 'delusion', to describe the mentality of the so called 'woke' set.

    Regarding the piece and it's importunity, placed smack dab in the middle of Toronto's Union Station as it is, there is certainly something rather monolithic about it, but I think Kubrick's original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.


    http://www.frazeology.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-Monolith-in-Bedroom.jpg

    Replies: @HammerJack, @NSR, @Fluesterwitz

    I think Kubrick’s original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.

    I beg your pardon? That’s dressed, sawn, honed and polished thank you very much! Well, I wouldn’t expect anyone here to understand. It’s a Black Thing.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin, S
  99. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @ic1000

    Scott Alexander had to quit his job and move out of Berkeley because he was afraid for his physical safety and in the top ten list of his offenses to propriety is that he involves himself in intercourse with thought criminals like Steve Sailer.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Worth noting is that Steve’s a thought criminal not because he says outrageous things but because the sense of what he says is so manifest, and possibly even persuasive. Can’t have that.

  100. @El Dato
    OT: An ACM article explaining how talking about underrepresented minorities who have done "historical calculations" but who nobody has really every heard of will somehow improve everything and usher in the D.I.E. epoch that we so richly need.

    The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education


    As educators, we have a responsibility not to perpetuate the inequities of the past. This includes being aware of the culture of our classrooms and being explicit in how we cultivate diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all. Every computing student deserves a chance to see themselves in computing irrespective of demographics, interests, or socioeconomic status. Students must see human computing stories that they can connect to, identify with, or look up to.
     
    Uh-huh. In my times, we didn't have these, we still could do numerical calculations. If one wanted to dig into history, one could invite onself to a thing called a "library" (still having a lecture on the history of computing and computer languages would have been great)

    Today, we often abstract away the human from computing. If we want to broaden participation, we must educate our students based on the early 17th-century origins of the word "computer," a human who performs calculations.1 Computers were exclusively human until the early 19th century when English polymath and inventor Charles Babbage introduced the Difference Engine, the first mechanical computer. The term "human computer" was then used to differentiate a person who computes from a mechanical computer. Human computers were often women who undertook long and tedious calculations to power some of the most significant advances in science, industry, and space technology in the 20th century.
     
    I won't go into the detail of historical innacuries here, but yeah, women doing grunt work allows one to advance with work.

    Computer science (CS) stands on the shoulders of giants such as Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, George Boole, Ada Lovelace, and John von Neumann.
     
    I don't know how anyone who lists Ada and Grace along those other guys is serious. Nobody stands on the shoulders of Ada, sorryy~~~

    Replies: @HammerJack, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    It reads like a modern-day Wikipedia article.

  101. OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn’t want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    –Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    –rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    –lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    –lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    –Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    –says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    –now it’s also an accident that the gun went off
    –blacks tried to push the “he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse” narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It’s 1h long, but absolutely worth it.

    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    • LOL: Polistra
    • Replies: @Alden
    @J.Ross

    All dressed up for his community college remedial middle school completion completion graduation ceremony at age 25.

    15 months ago during the Year Of Floyd this defendant would not even have been charged.

    He’s a genius compared to the defendant’s I heard when I was a probation officer .

    , @Polistra
    @J.Ross


    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN
     
    "WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS..."

    PS: OMFG. Separate Nations. SEPARATE F*ING NATIONS.

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @J.Ross

    Witness prep!

    , @Almost Missouri
    @J.Ross

    I didn't find Mr. Edgecomb's testimony all that entertaining. After spontaneously shooting a stranger in the face at the height of the BLM Madness, he flees the scene and the state without much trouble and with plenty of communitay assistance. After finally getting arrested due to his own incompetence, and in cooperation with his attorney, he concocts a succession of absurd excuses for his crime, and posthumously slanders the victim as "racist".

    At trail his entire defense consists of America-is-racist-against-me-as-a-black-man variations. His testimony, to the sputtering frustration of the prosecutor, consists entirely of sandbagging, evasions, tendentious but fashionable claims, irrelevancies, and "can you repeat the question?" statements.

    It didn't work this time: the jury convicted him of one of the murder charges on offer (though they stopped short of going full Chauvin/Fields and convicting Edgecomb of multiple versions of the same crime), but it will work eventually as the anti-white, BLM-brainwashed generation ages into jury duties.

    Edgecomb killed a white man while he was in a state of righteous racial rage, backed by all major media. Edgecomb knows in his heart that that is not really a crime, and knows it is just a matter of time before the world agrees with him. He may have become a martyr today, but he is really a prophet, for he shows us the future of the justice system: all justice will be positional. Who is victim and who is oppressor? Who is punching up and who is punching down? Righteous victims like Mr. Edgecomb do not need to trouble themselves with the archaic formalities of white man's law such as answering attorney's questions or obeying court orders. It is the prosecutors who are guilty. After all, prosecutor and persecutor are just one letter apart, right?

    "I reacted to protect myself," is all the defense a ¡B!lack man needs for anything in the justice of the future.

    Edgecomb knows this.

    He was just disappointetned that the jury doesn't ...

    ... yet.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Alden

    , @JR Ewing
    @J.Ross

    "I reacted to protect myself."

    "Can you repeat that?"

    Just keep saying those two things over and over and you'll be a free man. Brilliant legal strategy.

    , @El Dato
    @J.Ross

    From Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age", after Bud the never-do-well maimed a honorable person from Ghana and got caught:



    "I'm Judge Fang," the Judge continued, looking straight at Bud.
    "You can address me as Your Honor. Now, Bud, Mr. Kwamina here has accused you of certain activities that are illegal in the Coastal Republic. You are also accused of actionable offenses under the Common Economic Protocol, to which we are a subscriber. These offenses are closely related to the crimes I already mentioned, but slightly different. Are you getting all this?"
    "Not exactly, Your Honor," Bud said.
    "We think you mugged this guy and blew a hole in his arm," Judge Fang said, "which is frowned upon. Capiche?"
    "Yes, sir."
    Judge Fang nodded at the Sikh, who took the cue.
    "The CEP code," said the Sikh, "governs all kinds of economic interactions between people and organizations. Theft is one such interaction. Maiming is another, insofar as it affects the victim's ability to fend for himself economically. As Protocol does not aspire to sovereign status, we work in cooperation with the indigenous justice system of CEP signatories in order to pursue such cases."
    "You familiar with the Confucian system of justice, Bud?" said Judge Fang. Bud's head was beginning to get dizzy from snapping back and forth like a spectator at a tennis match. "I'm guessing no. Okay, even though the Chinese Coastal Republic is no longer strictly or even vaguely Confucian, we still run our judicial system that way—we've had it for a few thousand years, and we think it's not half bad. The general idea is that as judge, I actually perform several roles at once: detective, judge, jury, and if need be, executioner."
    Bud snickered at this crack, then noticed that Judge Fang did not appear to be in an especially jocose mood. His New Yorkish ways had initially fooled Bud into thinking that Judge Fang was something of a Regular Guy.
    "So in the first-mentioned role," Judge Fang continued, "I would like for you, Mr. Kwamina, to tell me whetheryou recognize the suspect."
    "He is the man," said Mr. Kwamina, aiming one index finger at Bud's forehead, "who threatened me, shot me, and stole my money."
    "And Mrs. Kum?" Judge Fang said. Then, as an aside to Bud, he added, "In their culture, the woman does not adopt her husband's family name."
    Mrs. Kum just nodded at Bud and said, "He is the guilty party."
    "Miss Pao, do you have anything to add?"
    The tiny woman in the spectacles looked at Bud and said, in Texan-accented English, "From this man's forehead I removed a voice-activated nanoprojectile launcher, colloquially known as a skull gun, loaded with three types of ammunition, including so-called Crippler rounds of the type used against Mr. Kwamina. Nanopresence examination of the serial numbers on those rounds, and comparison of the same with fragments removed from Mr. Kwamina's wound, indicated that the round used on Mr. Kwamina was fired from the gun embedded in the suspect's forehead."
    "Dang," Bud said.
    "Okay," Judge Fang said, and reached up with one hand to rub his temples for just a moment. Then he turned to Bud. "You're guilty."
    Hey! Don't I get to put up a defense?" Bud said. "I object!"
    "Don't be an asshole," Judge Fang said.
    The Sikh said, "As the offender has no significant assets, and as the value of his labor would not be sufficient to compensate the victim for his injury, Protocol terminates its interest in this case."
    "Got it," Judge Fang said. "Okay, Bud, my man, do you have any dependents?"
    "I got a girlfriend," Bud said. "She's got a son named Harv who is my boy, unless we counted wrong. And I heard she's pregnant."
    "You think she is, or you know she is?"
    "She was last time I checked—a couple months ago."
    "What's her name?"
    "Tequila."
    A muffled snort came from one of the Protocol trainees—the young woman—who put one hand over her mouth. The Sikh appeared to be biting his lip.
    "Tequila?" Judge Fang said, incredulous. It was becoming clear that Judge Fang tried a lot of these cases and relished the odd scrap of entertainment value.
    "There are nineteen women named Tequila in the Leased Territories," said Miss Pao, reading something out of her phenomenoscope, "one of whom delivered a baby girl named Nellodee three days ago. She also has a five-year-old boy named
    Harvard."
    "Oh, wow," Bud said.
    "Congratulations, Bud, you're a pa," Judge Fang said. "I gather from your reaction that this comes as something of a surprise. It seems evident that your relationship with this Tequila is tenuous, and so I do not find that there are any mitigating circumstances I should take into account in sentencing. That being the case, I would like you to go out that door over there"—Judge Fang pointed to a door in the corner of the courtroom—"and all the way down the steps. Leave through the exit door and cross the street, and you will find a pier sticking out into the river. Walk to the end of that pier until you are standing on the red part and await further instructions."

     

    Replies: @Paul Rise, @J.Ross

  102. @jimmyriddle
    OT Spotify chose to keep Joe Rogan and dump Neil Young.

    Is this another sign that Boomers are now very much on the downslope? Or is it just that Rogan negotiated a deal that lets him walk away with $100 million, and his catalogue, if Spotify dump him?

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/spotify-neil-young-joe-rogan-1235081916

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Sick 'n Tired

    OT Spotify chose to keep Joe Rogan and dump Neil Young.

    Is this another sign that Boomers are now very much on the downslope?

    You’re seven weeks off:

    Neil Young
    On 12-11-1945 Neil Young (nickname: Bernard Shakey) was born in Toronto, Canada.

    https://taddlr.com/celebrity/neil-young/

    Oh, and from the same source:

    Does Neil Young have a tattoo? No

    Whereas:

    Young has three sick grown kids. I don’t agree with his stance (and never thought he could sing), but he can be forgiven a little medical paranoia. He’s just Jenny McCarthy for the other side.

    The Tragic Story Of The Diseases Neil Young’s Children Suffered

    • Thanks: jimmyriddle
  103. @Bill Jones
    Steve is as close as Unz has by way of Hollywood correspondent.

    Any views on how the Glitterati will react to these Chinese hate crimes:

    Chinese entertainment giant accused of wanting ‘bigger tits’ and ‘no blacks’ in a film it funded
     
    https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/547312-tencent-accused-film-rules/

    No sniggering (is that even allowed anywhere nowadays?) at the back.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Joe Stalin, @Gary in Gramercy

    Saw that! If you read the whole story, it turns out it’s just a single woman reporting a rumor that she heard somewhere, but she isn’t exactly sure where. Stop press!

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Polistra

    I read it too, but couldn't resist sharing the headline.

    Like ol Oscar, I can resist anything but temptation.

  104. @Bill Jones
    Steve is as close as Unz has by way of Hollywood correspondent.

    Any views on how the Glitterati will react to these Chinese hate crimes:

    Chinese entertainment giant accused of wanting ‘bigger tits’ and ‘no blacks’ in a film it funded
     
    https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/547312-tencent-accused-film-rules/

    No sniggering (is that even allowed anywhere nowadays?) at the back.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Joe Stalin, @Gary in Gramercy

    • Replies: @Change that Matters
    @Joe Stalin

    The horror. A culture protecting its posterity.

  105. @Mr. Anon

    Art installation at Union Station vandalized with a slave collar drawing

    The artist behind the piece, Anique Jordan, said she was “rocked” by the incident.

    By Angelyn Francis, Equity and Inequality Reporter
    Tue., Jan. 25, 2022
     
    Equity and Inequality Reporter. She's got the E&I beat.

    Gloria C. Swain is a MAD multidisciplinary artist [she/her], seniors’ rights and Black mental health advocate working out of Toronto. She works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and trans folks.
     
    This is the way that people describe what they do when what they do is nothing but useless crap.

    Replies: @Sick 'n Tired

    The more word salad needed to describe your job description, the lesser you contribute to society. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker, doctor, surgeon, carpenter, laborer, barber, mechanic, electrician, chef, conductor, fireman, cop, janitor, CEO, trucker, pilot, writer, cowboy, nurse, banker, teacher, bum, all one word job descriptions that immediately let you know someone’s profession.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Sick 'n Tired

    Sick n' Tired, I see where you are going, so how about these single word titles for her...sponge or drain. Stay safe.

  106. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That’s what should really hurt.

    Gotta catch those trains home to Barrie (84% invisible majority), Peterborough (88%), Oshawa (92%), and Saguenay (99%).

  107. @jimmyriddle
    OT Spotify chose to keep Joe Rogan and dump Neil Young.

    Is this another sign that Boomers are now very much on the downslope? Or is it just that Rogan negotiated a deal that lets him walk away with $100 million, and his catalogue, if Spotify dump him?

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/spotify-neil-young-joe-rogan-1235081916

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Sick 'n Tired

    Rogan licensed his show, each of his episodes draw around 11 million+ listeners when they air, not counting people who may get around to listening to them later. He usually puts out at least 2-4 a week unless he takes time off, at which point he spaces them out a bit. Either way, he’s bringing in 30+ million listens per week to Spotify, and if only 1/3 of his audience pays \$9.99 per month for a subscription, he’s generating \$100 million a month for Spotify. Meanwhile Spotify has to pay Neil Young when people listen to his songs, so the math on that decision is a no brainer.

    The other thing is with CNN and all the articles recently bashing Joe for his Covid treatment, and allowing deplatformed guests on his show to speak openly, has only driven more people to discover his podcast. Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air, only led to more people tuning in to hear what the big deal was.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Sick 'n Tired

    Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air

    And now that he's safely ensconced at Sirius, Howard is as neutered and woke as can be. I wonder if it's because he lives in fear of being held to account for all the edgy things he said in the past, like having a member of the KKK as a regular phone-in guest, or discussing on air, "If you could press a button and make all the black people disappear, would you?"

    Similarly, Biden may have been moved to accuse everyone of being a white supremacist because of positions and statements in his own past, like opposing busing and supporting the 1993 Crime Bill. In 2010, he delivered a fulsome eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd, calling the former KKK “Kleagle” a "mentor," a "guide," and a "friend." While campaigning in the South in 1987 Biden reminded the audience "that former Gov. George Wallace praised him as one of the most outstanding young politicians of America." You've got to act pretty woke to put a history like that behind you.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

  108. Dick Gregory … on Buffalo and Canada!

    NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Canadian People!

    • Replies: @Change that Matters
    @Voltarde


    @2:12: If you Canadians really got wise, you'd get your army, your navy, your air force together, and you would declare war on the United States, and lose. [Laughter] Then we'd give you all the money you need. [Louder laughter and a round of applause].
     
    From 1968. He was ahead of the curve.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  109. Great story, greater headline.

    And the odds on an even greater outcome are good.

    Go Canada!

  110. @Voltarde
    Dick Gregory ... on Buffalo and Canada!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dAMfr-6Kuw

    NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Canadian People!

    Replies: @Change that Matters

    @2:12: If you Canadians really got wise, you’d get your army, your navy, your air force together, and you would declare war on the United States, and lose. [Laughter] Then we’d give you all the money you need. [Louder laughter and a round of applause].

    From 1968. He was ahead of the curve.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Change that Matters

    Change, there was a play, then a movie with the same theme..."The Mouse that Roared." Gregory, uhm, borrowed that idea. Stay safe.

  111. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    All dressed up for his community college remedial middle school completion completion graduation ceremony at age 25.

    15 months ago during the Year Of Floyd this defendant would not even have been charged.

    He’s a genius compared to the defendant’s I heard when I was a probation officer .

  112. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    “WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS…”

    PS: OMFG. Separate Nations. SEPARATE F*ING NATIONS.

  113. @Joe Stalin
    @Bill Jones

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVozQG2Q-4

    Replies: @Change that Matters

    The horror. A culture protecting its posterity.

  114. @S

    But the newspaper thought it subversive of the Narrative to share the description of the suspect with its readers.
     
    Good essay.

    Speaking for myself, I no longer use the term 'narrative', but rather, 'delusion', to describe the mentality of the so called 'woke' set.

    Regarding the piece and it's importunity, placed smack dab in the middle of Toronto's Union Station as it is, there is certainly something rather monolithic about it, but I think Kubrick's original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.


    http://www.frazeology.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-Monolith-in-Bedroom.jpg

    Replies: @HammerJack, @NSR, @Fluesterwitz

    Hey, the Thompson Twins!

    • Thanks: S
  115. @Known Fact
    The "vandal" clearly just assumed the artwork was an open source document

    Replies: @SafeNow

    The “vandal” clearly just assumed the artwork was an open source document

    This is a very insightful way to look at it. As I think about it, it reminds me of how a guy in a movie theater makes a comment to his girlfriend in a voice loud enough for everyone thirty feet away to hear, so that they can all profit frm his wisdom. It reminds me of how teachers and doctors will treat someone else’s kid as open-source, insinuating themselves into the family to effect a sex-change. It reminds me of college students telling the professor what the curriculum should be. It’s a narcissistic impulse to insinuate yourself where you don’t belong. Speaking of Ukraine…

  116. They Drive By Night

    https://nypost.com/2022/01/26/leaked-video-reveals-joe-bidens-hush-hush-migrant-invasion/

    They also fly by night. Keep an eye on your flight data tracker. Mysterious goings-on, nightly.

  117. Is Gloria Swain another Katarzyna Kobro, yesterday’s Google Doodle Girl? Glo is easier to pronounce, Kasia to comprehend.

  118. @El Dato
    OT: An ACM article explaining how talking about underrepresented minorities who have done "historical calculations" but who nobody has really every heard of will somehow improve everything and usher in the D.I.E. epoch that we so richly need.

    The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education


    As educators, we have a responsibility not to perpetuate the inequities of the past. This includes being aware of the culture of our classrooms and being explicit in how we cultivate diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all. Every computing student deserves a chance to see themselves in computing irrespective of demographics, interests, or socioeconomic status. Students must see human computing stories that they can connect to, identify with, or look up to.
     
    Uh-huh. In my times, we didn't have these, we still could do numerical calculations. If one wanted to dig into history, one could invite onself to a thing called a "library" (still having a lecture on the history of computing and computer languages would have been great)

    Today, we often abstract away the human from computing. If we want to broaden participation, we must educate our students based on the early 17th-century origins of the word "computer," a human who performs calculations.1 Computers were exclusively human until the early 19th century when English polymath and inventor Charles Babbage introduced the Difference Engine, the first mechanical computer. The term "human computer" was then used to differentiate a person who computes from a mechanical computer. Human computers were often women who undertook long and tedious calculations to power some of the most significant advances in science, industry, and space technology in the 20th century.
     
    I won't go into the detail of historical innacuries here, but yeah, women doing grunt work allows one to advance with work.

    Computer science (CS) stands on the shoulders of giants such as Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, George Boole, Ada Lovelace, and John von Neumann.
     
    I don't know how anyone who lists Ada and Grace along those other guys is serious. Nobody stands on the shoulders of Ada, sorryy~~~

    Replies: @HammerJack, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    “If one wanted to dig into history, one could invite oneself to a thing called a “library”

    As near as I can tell, we don’t have public libraries anymore: they have all been converted into immigrant nurseries and/or homeless shelters, or multimedia computer-video-music spaces. There are no books (well, none in English, anyway). I don’t really visit public libraries anymore, it’s too depressing, but the last few times I poked my nose into a couple just to briefly observe, they were all a madhouse of swarms of immigrant children running amok, people on computers or watching TV or listening to music with headphones. The few books I saw (in every language except English) were not on shelves; they were laid out flat on display tables, maximizing the footprint, that is how rare books were. This country is dead.

    As to our fake African “artist”…

    I’m always secretly amused when I see A-A’s wearing so-called Kente cloth. I want to ask them, “Why are you reverently wearing the emblems of the very people who enslaved you and then sold you in the first place?” It’s like watching an Irishman proudly draping himself in a Union Jack.

  119. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:

    Another entertaining “algorithm is biased against ‘people of color’” story.

    https://www.npr.org/2022/01/26/1075509175/justice-department-algorithm-first-step-act?t=1643276691028

    Some choice quotes

    The biggest flaw: persistent racial disparities that put Black and brown people at a disadvantage.

    The algorithm, known as Pattern, overpredicted the risk that many Black, Hispanic and Asian people would commit new crimes or violate rules after leaving prison. At the same time, it also underpredicted the risk for some inmates of color when it came to possible return to violent crime.

    Criminal history can be a problem, for example, because law enforcement has a history of overpolicing some communities of color.

    Said with a straight face.

    In its December report, the Justice Department concluded that some of the disparities could be reduced, “but not without tradeoffs” such as less accurate risk predictions. The department also said using race as a factor in the algorithm could trigger other legal concerns.

    So it doesn’t even include the race of the prisoner, but underestimates the risk that some “inmates of color” will commit violent crime. Now what can we infer from this I wonder?

  120. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @James J O'Meara
    @Reg Cæsar

    For some reason this reminds me of the MST3k episode featuring Ed Wood's lady's wrestling epic, Racket Girls. At the "climax," as the bad guys flee the police, Ed has some goofy heroic library music, and the guys make up words to it as 'the Ukrainian national anthem".

    Ukrainia, Ukrainia, U-krainnnnnnnnnnnia!
    My bitter homeland,
    Your strip mines,
    You big reactors.

    1:26:38
    https://youtu.be/w6FG8lha7-w

    See, and it's topical today as well!

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I quite enjoyed the Kazakhstan national anthem from Borat…

    Kazakhstan, greatest country in the world
    All other countries are run by little girls
    Kazakhstan, number one exporter of potassium
    All other countries have inferior potassium

    Kazakhstan, home of Tinshein swimming pool
    It’s length thirty meter, width six meter
    Filtration system a marvel to behold
    It remove 80% of human solid waste

    Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place
    From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
    Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan
    They very nosey people, with bone in their brain

    Kazakhstan, industry best in world
    We invented toffee and trouser belt
    Kazakhstan’s prostitutes, cleanest in the region
    Except of course for Turkmenistan’s

    Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place
    From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
    Come grasp mighty penis of our leader
    From junction with the testes to tip of its face!

  121. Meanwhile Wokel’s hopes are shattered!
    The winningest woman on Jeopardy is a man but couldn’t quite make it long enough for the winningest man to be a woman

  122. @the one they call Desanex
    Toronto Star Equity and Inequality reporter Angelyn Francis =

    Anique (a rotter) and crony sot Gloria aren’t infrequently tipsy.

    Replies: @the one they call Desanex

    Gloria Swain, Anique Jordan = A sad grannie, a low-IQ junior

  123. The real outrage is that they put a giant billboard in a place where it obstructs foot traffic. Would I be arrested if, distracted by my cell phone, I walked right into that thing (and left a Wile E. Coyote-shaped hole)?

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @International Jew

    You might have a legitimate defense if your cell phone was made by the Acme SellPhone Company.

    , @James J O'Meara
    @International Jew

    Outrage? That's not a bug, it's a feature of "public art".

    https://medium.com/artbloc/the-people-vs-tilted-arc-9ea04c3e44b7

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  124. @Arclight
    No one seems to consider that perhaps the 'suspect' is just a guerilla artist making a statement of his own...

    One thing that I don't think capital B blacks and their enablers have considered is that by plastering 'art' like this all over the place it becomes mundane. Rather than heighten awareness, it just become part of the scenery because it's become so common.

    Obviously there is a robust ecosystem of local governments and nonprofits that will pay for mediocre work provide the producer of it is of an appropriate hue so it's possible to sustain some kind of living from it. There is a black artist collective in my city who were given a significant amount of money to produce work for a local exhibition but they were ultimately fired by the (progressive) director for non-performance but very quietly. No matter, there is yet another publicly-funded project going on and you'll never guess who has been commissioned to participate.

    Replies: @bomag, @Inquiring Mind

    However one feels about the efficacy of masks, wearing a mask without covering one’s nose makes a person look seriously intellectually disabled.

    I am certain, certain that the man in the photo is Justin Trudeau in disguise.

  125. @S

    But the newspaper thought it subversive of the Narrative to share the description of the suspect with its readers.
     
    Good essay.

    Speaking for myself, I no longer use the term 'narrative', but rather, 'delusion', to describe the mentality of the so called 'woke' set.

    Regarding the piece and it's importunity, placed smack dab in the middle of Toronto's Union Station as it is, there is certainly something rather monolithic about it, but I think Kubrick's original had ever so slightly more profundity about it, even if it was just a blank slab of unworked basalt straight from the quarry.


    http://www.frazeology.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-Monolith-in-Bedroom.jpg

    Replies: @HammerJack, @NSR, @Fluesterwitz

    Narrative requires a narrator, reliable or other, who shapes said narrative. Delusion is just something that afflicts somebody, no ill intention necessary.

  126. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    Witness prep!

  127. @J1234
    This video makes me ponder a very important issue: Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette. (I capitalized all the words out of respect.) Here are my questions/concerns: Should the person wearing the slave collar be black, especially when the the two people controlling the collar are white males? Isn't that just perpetuating white supremacy, black subjugation and the peculiar institution? Or should the person wearing the slave collar only be black, as a white person wearing such a thing would be cultural appropriation?

    Maybe they should've had two black guys holding the collar, since so many black Africans were enslaved by other black Africans, and leftists typically don't get very upset about modern day black on black slavery in Africa. Hopefully Slave Collar Demonstration Etiquette has evolved since this video was made...way, way, way back in 2012.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069WLjVXdcA

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @JR Ewing

    I preferred his portrayal of Carlton on the Fresh Prince. The dancing bit was much funnier than this new one he does.

  128. This just goes to prove that nobody except the “artist” looks at “public art”. Sounds like a publicity stunt by Antique Jordan to get her name mentioned in the media so that she can apply for more government grants.

  129. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    You are at a subway or something and see graffiti scrawled on something- what are you supposed to do, call 911?

    Public art, more appropriately, Art in Public Places, is an enormous scam. Its just a way for woke bureaucrats to dole out money to some dip artist they want to WHO WHOM with.

    • Replies: @Henry's Cat
    @Paul Rise

    Fair point, and its the fate of even worthwhile art in public spaces to be ignored by the tunnel-visioned masses.

  130. OT: was just reading the story of the 8-year-old girl just gunned down in Chicago.

    Her name? Melissa Ortega.

    Melissa’s mother’s name is Araceli Leanos. When she gave her interview to the press, she spoke in Spanish.

    Melissa and her mother had just “immigrated” to the US from Mexico in August. Which means they were almost certainly illegal.

    Melissa was attending school, of course. The name of the school? Emiliano Zapata Academy.

    Two men have been charged in her killing. The driver’s name is Xavier Guzman. A 16 y.o. pulled the trigger, and of course his name hasn’t been released, but you can guess. And of course they are gang members. And of course they were aiming for Melissa. She is just collateral damage.

    What does Chicago’s mayor have to say about the neighborhood in which Melissa lived?

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over” and they are preying on children. ‘Little Village is a rich and vibrant community that has seen too much heartbreak.’”

    This is America in 2022. What a country.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Wilkey

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over”

    I thought politicians were no longer supposed to use the word "gangs" when referring to crime by BIPOCs. Governor Newsom corrected himself when he let that term slip out in reference to LA's train robbers, changing it to "organized groups of folks" (Democrats love that word "folks").

    Also, Mayor Lightfoot doesn't seem to have caught up with the trend to focus on the culpability of the gun first and foremost when discussing such appalling events. NY's new governor Kathy Hochul has scrupulously toed the line in this regard, blaming an "illegal gun" for the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Don Bob

  131. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    I didn’t find Mr. Edgecomb’s testimony all that entertaining. After spontaneously shooting a stranger in the face at the height of the BLM Madness, he flees the scene and the state without much trouble and with plenty of communitay assistance. After finally getting arrested due to his own incompetence, and in cooperation with his attorney, he concocts a succession of absurd excuses for his crime, and posthumously slanders the victim as “racist”.

    At trail his entire defense consists of America-is-racist-against-me-as-a-black-man variations. His testimony, to the sputtering frustration of the prosecutor, consists entirely of sandbagging, evasions, tendentious but fashionable claims, irrelevancies, and “can you repeat the question?” statements.

    It didn’t work this time: the jury convicted him of one of the murder charges on offer (though they stopped short of going full Chauvin/Fields and convicting Edgecomb of multiple versions of the same crime), but it will work eventually as the anti-white, BLM-brainwashed generation ages into jury duties.

    Edgecomb killed a white man while he was in a state of righteous racial rage, backed by all major media. Edgecomb knows in his heart that that is not really a crime, and knows it is just a matter of time before the world agrees with him. He may have become a martyr today, but he is really a prophet, for he shows us the future of the justice system: all justice will be positional. Who is victim and who is oppressor? Who is punching up and who is punching down? Righteous victims like Mr. Edgecomb do not need to trouble themselves with the archaic formalities of white man’s law such as answering attorney’s questions or obeying court orders. It is the prosecutors who are guilty. After all, prosecutor and persecutor are just one letter apart, right?

    “I reacted to protect myself,” is all the defense a ¡B!lack man needs for anything in the justice of the future.

    Edgecomb knows this.

    He was just disappointetned that the jury doesn’t …

    … yet.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe, S
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Almost Missouri

    Nooses will come back into fashion, mark my words.

    , @Alden
    @Almost Missouri

    I watched the whole thing. Basically skilled White man vs incompetent bumbling unemployed black man whose current address is whatever women allows him to “stay at” her home.

    And that worthless murdering black man is what rules our big cities, the cities that elect our presidents and rule the country through judges.

    He went out with his woman’s gun and drove his bike past an open car window, punched a White man because he knew he could get away with it and murdered the White man who dared confront him about the sneak attack.

    And of course his family and friends, mainly the women, helped him get out of town. In his woman’s car.

  132. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    “I reacted to protect myself.”

    “Can you repeat that?”

    Just keep saying those two things over and over and you’ll be a free man. Brilliant legal strategy.

  133. @International Jew
    The real outrage is that they put a giant billboard in a place where it obstructs foot traffic. Would I be arrested if, distracted by my cell phone, I walked right into that thing (and left a Wile E. Coyote-shaped hole)?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @James J O'Meara

    You might have a legitimate defense if your cell phone was made by the Acme SellPhone Company.

  134. @Bill Jones
    Steve is as close as Unz has by way of Hollywood correspondent.

    Any views on how the Glitterati will react to these Chinese hate crimes:

    Chinese entertainment giant accused of wanting ‘bigger tits’ and ‘no blacks’ in a film it funded
     
    https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/547312-tencent-accused-film-rules/

    No sniggering (is that even allowed anywhere nowadays?) at the back.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Joe Stalin, @Gary in Gramercy

    “Bigger tits and no blacks” is

    (A) The name of Harvey Weinstein’s next movie company,

    (B) An extremely based campaign slogan, or

    (C) A marginal improvement over “tight pussy, loose shoes and a warm place to s**t.”

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
    @Gary in Gramercy

    (B) An extremely based campaign slogan

    I sure hope Trump is reading this. I can't wait to buy my BTNB hat!

  135. Was it installed in sections? Did some kid with a sharpie just follow the lines? I’m guessing it was either the artist pulling a Jussie or some bored teenager with a pen.

  136. @Sick 'n Tired
    @Mr. Anon

    The more word salad needed to describe your job description, the lesser you contribute to society. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker, doctor, surgeon, carpenter, laborer, barber, mechanic, electrician, chef, conductor, fireman, cop, janitor, CEO, trucker, pilot, writer, cowboy, nurse, banker, teacher, bum, all one word job descriptions that immediately let you know someone's profession.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Sick n’ Tired, I see where you are going, so how about these single word titles for her…sponge or drain. Stay safe.

  137. @Polistra
    @Bill Jones

    Saw that! If you read the whole story, it turns out it's just a single woman reporting a rumor that she heard somewhere, but she isn't exactly sure where. Stop press!

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    I read it too, but couldn’t resist sharing the headline.

    Like ol Oscar, I can resist anything but temptation.

  138. @Change that Matters
    @Voltarde


    @2:12: If you Canadians really got wise, you'd get your army, your navy, your air force together, and you would declare war on the United States, and lose. [Laughter] Then we'd give you all the money you need. [Louder laughter and a round of applause].
     
    From 1968. He was ahead of the curve.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Change, there was a play, then a movie with the same theme…”The Mouse that Roared.” Gregory, uhm, borrowed that idea. Stay safe.

  139. This truckers rally in Canada is reaching worldshaking proportions. Fun times ahead.

    • Replies: @Another Canadian
    @The Ringmaster

    It was a party atmosphere at the Toronto staging point:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mt9pa_D-Bc

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @The Ringmaster


    This truckers rally in Canada is reaching worldshaking proportions. Fun times ahead.
     
    There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.
    - Alfred Henry Lewis
  140. @ic1000
    Not totally OT, here is Steve Sailer as a commenter at Astral Codex Ten's post "Bounded Distrust." He is explaining his nuanced view of the truthfulness of NYT (etc.) articles.

    Steve Sailer:

    I'm a professional media critic. My assumption from decades of close reading of the New York Times is that if I read a statement in the Times, it's very likely true. For example, if the New York Times tells me an Asian woman named Michelle Go was shoved to her death on the subway tracks by a man named Simon Martial, I'm sure that's true.

    If the Times were to tell me Simon Martial is white, I'm sure they wouldn't be lying.

    On the other hand, the Times finds some other facts are not fit to print. In particular, the Times does not like to go out of its way to raise doubts in the minds of its subscribers about their general picture of who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys that they've developed over their years of relying on the Times for news.

    Therefore, in both Times articles I've read that mentioned that victim Michelle Go is Asian did not mention the race of perp Simon Martial.

    .
    Continues...
     
    ACX regulars are engaging with Sailer as if he's a person with interesting ideas as opposed to an emissary of (secular) Satan, which is not always the case.

    Replies: @SFG, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666, @MM

    Yeah and then Sailer replied and Alexander basically said “one more and you’re banned.”

    There’s more tolerance at ACX than say, FB, but that’s not saying much.

  141. OT

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10447507/Half-women-childless-thirty-time-ever.html

    Most women in England and Wales no longer have a child before they are 30, official figures show for the first time.

    An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report found 50.1 per cent of women born in 1990 were childless by their 30th birthday.

    It is the first time there has been more childless women than mothers below the age of 30 since records dating back to 1920 began.

    A third of women born in that decade had not mothered a child by the age of 30, for comparison.

    Women born in the 1940s were the most likely to have had at least one child by that milestone (82 per cent).

    But there has been a long-term trend of people opting to have children later in life and reduce family size ever since, the ONS said.

    The most common age to have a child is now 31, the ONS estimates based on latest data, compared to 22 among baby boomers born in the late 1940s.

    ‘Levels of childlessness by age 30 have been steadily rising since a low of 18 per cent for women born in 1941.

    ‘Lower levels of fertility in those currently in their 20s indicate that this trend is likely to continue.’

    At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of women who never have children.

    The report found 18 per cent of women aged 45 were childless by 2020.

    Modern women of all ages are also choosing to have smaller families.

    Mothers have, on average, 1.92 children now which is lower than the 2.08 for their mothers’ generation.

    Along with the “childFREE, not childless!” comments are a lot saying basically “can’t afford it” – Steve’s Affordable Family Formation.

    • Replies: @Paul Rise
    @YetAnotherAnon

    An acquaintance OBGYN nurse tells me many of the almost 40 women pregnant at her practice are having their 3rd or 4th child. Many of them have basically just kept pumping them out since their marriage. Its interesting because I can attest - it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions. It sort of heartening that many women are doing this.

    In time it seems like it will be easier for older women to have children if they were themselves conceived by older women. If so
    This is actual human evolution as it is a change directly related to reproduction.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  142. @Romanian
    Off-topic:

    I found this hilariously catchy tune from a Bosnian rock group. One could use the first part as an immigrant anthem. There is a twist after the halfway mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a5BJxrarL0

    Replies: @Escher

    Catchy indeed.
    Easy way around their problem is to recreate the motherland in the United States.
    Then no need to assimilate, while living in shadow of Golden Gate.

  143. Then there’s this ridiculous current hoax:

    https://rollingout.com/2022/01/20/client-demands-refund-from-small-business-upon-learning-the-owner-is-black/2/

    Black woman business owner claims she received the following email on MLOK Day:

    Can you please cancel my order? Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware you were a person of color and I just don’t like to support small business that do not alien with my version of support. Before you start and go on a race tyrant please be aware it called my preference,” the email read. “I really hope you don’t make this a difficult process of me receiving my hard-earned money back. Because we are all aware of how you people like to act, when things do not go your away.

    If, I don’t receive a refund I will be filing a dispute with my bank and going on social media and letting my large following know you are refusing to give me my money back. Also, happy holiday isn’t it your people holiday today?

    There’s plenty of bad grammar and malapropism, but the two bolded items unmistakably mark this as the product of a black writer.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @ben tillman

    My personal experience is that the only people who use the phrase "person of color" are actual persons of color and the dumb leftists who want to kiss up to them.

    Very hard to believe that someone other than a - ahem - person of color would believe that letter constitutes believable "evidence" for anything other than a self-perpetrated hoax. She very much appears to have the face of someone who isn't that smart but fervently believes she is.

    Replies: @tuco22

  144. @Sick 'n Tired
    @jimmyriddle

    Rogan licensed his show, each of his episodes draw around 11 million+ listeners when they air, not counting people who may get around to listening to them later. He usually puts out at least 2-4 a week unless he takes time off, at which point he spaces them out a bit. Either way, he's bringing in 30+ million listens per week to Spotify, and if only 1/3 of his audience pays $9.99 per month for a subscription, he's generating $100 million a month for Spotify. Meanwhile Spotify has to pay Neil Young when people listen to his songs, so the math on that decision is a no brainer.

    The other thing is with CNN and all the articles recently bashing Joe for his Covid treatment, and allowing deplatformed guests on his show to speak openly, has only driven more people to discover his podcast. Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air, only led to more people tuning in to hear what the big deal was.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air

    And now that he’s safely ensconced at Sirius, Howard is as neutered and woke as can be. I wonder if it’s because he lives in fear of being held to account for all the edgy things he said in the past, like having a member of the KKK as a regular phone-in guest, or discussing on air, “If you could press a button and make all the black people disappear, would you?”

    Similarly, Biden may have been moved to accuse everyone of being a white supremacist because of positions and statements in his own past, like opposing busing and supporting the 1993 Crime Bill. In 2010, he delivered a fulsome eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd, calling the former KKK “Kleagle” a “mentor,” a “guide,” and a “friend.” While campaigning in the South in 1987 Biden reminded the audience “that former Gov. George Wallace praised him as one of the most outstanding young politicians of America.” You’ve got to act pretty woke to put a history like that behind you.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
    @Harry Baldwin

    Daniel Carver! His weekly racist phone messages were proto-alt-right performance art, especially his opening greeting: "Wake up, White people!" Had we only listened!

  145. @Almost Missouri
    @J.Ross

    I didn't find Mr. Edgecomb's testimony all that entertaining. After spontaneously shooting a stranger in the face at the height of the BLM Madness, he flees the scene and the state without much trouble and with plenty of communitay assistance. After finally getting arrested due to his own incompetence, and in cooperation with his attorney, he concocts a succession of absurd excuses for his crime, and posthumously slanders the victim as "racist".

    At trail his entire defense consists of America-is-racist-against-me-as-a-black-man variations. His testimony, to the sputtering frustration of the prosecutor, consists entirely of sandbagging, evasions, tendentious but fashionable claims, irrelevancies, and "can you repeat the question?" statements.

    It didn't work this time: the jury convicted him of one of the murder charges on offer (though they stopped short of going full Chauvin/Fields and convicting Edgecomb of multiple versions of the same crime), but it will work eventually as the anti-white, BLM-brainwashed generation ages into jury duties.

    Edgecomb killed a white man while he was in a state of righteous racial rage, backed by all major media. Edgecomb knows in his heart that that is not really a crime, and knows it is just a matter of time before the world agrees with him. He may have become a martyr today, but he is really a prophet, for he shows us the future of the justice system: all justice will be positional. Who is victim and who is oppressor? Who is punching up and who is punching down? Righteous victims like Mr. Edgecomb do not need to trouble themselves with the archaic formalities of white man's law such as answering attorney's questions or obeying court orders. It is the prosecutors who are guilty. After all, prosecutor and persecutor are just one letter apart, right?

    "I reacted to protect myself," is all the defense a ¡B!lack man needs for anything in the justice of the future.

    Edgecomb knows this.

    He was just disappointetned that the jury doesn't ...

    ... yet.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Alden

    Nooses will come back into fashion, mark my words.

  146. @ben tillman
    Then there's this ridiculous current hoax:

    https://rollingout.com/2022/01/20/client-demands-refund-from-small-business-upon-learning-the-owner-is-black/2/

    Black woman business owner claims she received the following email on MLOK Day:

    Can you please cancel my order? Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware you were a person of color and I just don’t like to support small business that do not alien with my version of support. Before you start and go on a race tyrant please be aware it called my preference,” the email read. “I really hope you don’t make this a difficult process of me receiving my hard-earned money back. Because we are all aware of how you people like to act, when things do not go your away.

    If, I don’t receive a refund I will be filing a dispute with my bank and going on social media and letting my large following know you are refusing to give me my money back. Also, happy holiday isn’t it your people holiday today?


    There's plenty of bad grammar and malapropism, but the two bolded items unmistakably mark this as the product of a black writer.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    My personal experience is that the only people who use the phrase “person of color” are actual persons of color and the dumb leftists who want to kiss up to them.

    Very hard to believe that someone other than a – ahem – person of color would believe that letter constitutes believable “evidence” for anything other than a self-perpetrated hoax. She very much appears to have the face of someone who isn’t that smart but fervently believes she is.

    • Replies: @tuco22
    @JR Ewing

    You mean, colored people

  147. @Wilkey
    OT: was just reading the story of the 8-year-old girl just gunned down in Chicago.

    Her name? Melissa Ortega.

    Melissa’s mother’s name is Araceli Leanos. When she gave her interview to the press, she spoke in Spanish.

    Melissa and her mother had just “immigrated” to the US from Mexico in August. Which means they were almost certainly illegal.

    Melissa was attending school, of course. The name of the school? Emiliano Zapata Academy.

    Two men have been charged in her killing. The driver’s name is Xavier Guzman. A 16 y.o. pulled the trigger, and of course his name hasn’t been released, but you can guess. And of course they are gang members. And of course they were aiming for Melissa. She is just collateral damage.

    What does Chicago’s mayor have to say about the neighborhood in which Melissa lived?

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over” and they are preying on children. ‘Little Village is a rich and vibrant community that has seen too much heartbreak.’”
     

    This is America in 2022. What a country.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over”

    I thought politicians were no longer supposed to use the word “gangs” when referring to crime by BIPOCs. Governor Newsom corrected himself when he let that term slip out in reference to LA’s train robbers, changing it to “organized groups of folks” (Democrats love that word “folks”).

    Also, Mayor Lightfoot doesn’t seem to have caught up with the trend to focus on the culpability of the gun first and foremost when discussing such appalling events. NY’s new governor Kathy Hochul has scrupulously toed the line in this regard, blaming an “illegal gun” for the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Harry Baldwin

    Plus the "mothers" are the "persons accidentally equipped with vagina at birth". Pretty transphobic.

    And "Little Village" is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.

    Replies: @Wilkey

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Harry Baldwin

    Feel good story of the day: 'Squad' member Rep. Cori Bush's vehicle struck by gunfire in St. Louis.

    https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-squad-member-rep-cori-bushs-vehicle-struck-by-gunfire-in-st-louis/

    She filed a police report. Natch.

  148. @Buffalo Joe
    @PiltdownMan

    Pilt, in the Toronto Sun they have a full photo of the perp. Red track pants with three white stripes down the legs, and a knit ski hat with a tassle in his hand and what looks like shoulder bag. I'm thinking homeless or mentally disturbed. But his disfacement of the photo looks neatly done. Interesting and probably never hear the end result. Toronto Sun has comments. Stay safe.

    Replies: @Coemgen

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @Coemgen

    Suspect under arrest, thanks to newspaper photo!

    https://www.chronicle.co.zw/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/06/insane-criminal.jpg

  149. Is Steve okay? He wrote his usual Wednesday piece for Takimag, but he never posted his usual Wednesday morning post to it here at Unz. He hasn’t written any other new material since yesterday morning either. He also hasn’t approved new comments since about midday yesterday. It’s very unlike him.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Almost Missouri

    Remember Nick Kristof? Perhaps Steve has gone up to Oregon to campaign for him!

    New York Times Alum Feels Like an Oregonian


    In a turnabout to many iStevers, Kristof claims his feelings qualify him to serve as governor, while a group of a half-dozen women are insisting on upholding the rule and letter of law.

    (What kind of a name is "Wlnsvey", anyway? Who other than Georgians packs that many consonants at the front?)

    I knew some Yamhill natives of Scandinavian descent. One went on and on about the "New Englanders" who ran his hometown in his youth. (Probably the grandchildren of settlers.) Most of us couldn't tell the difference between these groups, but there was obviously some squarehead resentment there.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  150. @Harry Baldwin
    @Wilkey

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over”

    I thought politicians were no longer supposed to use the word "gangs" when referring to crime by BIPOCs. Governor Newsom corrected himself when he let that term slip out in reference to LA's train robbers, changing it to "organized groups of folks" (Democrats love that word "folks").

    Also, Mayor Lightfoot doesn't seem to have caught up with the trend to focus on the culpability of the gun first and foremost when discussing such appalling events. NY's new governor Kathy Hochul has scrupulously toed the line in this regard, blaming an "illegal gun" for the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Don Bob

    Plus the “mothers” are the “persons accidentally equipped with vagina at birth”. Pretty transphobic.

    And “Little Village” is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @El Dato


    And “Little Village” is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.
     
    Actually it's a translation of what it's actually called, which is La Villita. I'm sure that soon they'll be telling us to call it La Villitx.

    So a little 8 y.o. girl surnamed Ortega who attends a public school named after Emiliano Zapata, a crazy Mexican revolutionary, is gunned down in a place called La Villita by two gang members, one of whom is named Xavier Guzman. Her mother, Araceli Leanos, gives an interview in Spanish to a Spanish-language television station. When the caudilla who runs the city is asked to comment, she states that people in the community are afraid to leave their homes because "the gangs have taken over."

    This isn't in Mexico or Honduras or El Salvador. This is in one of the largest and richest cities in the United States of America in the year 2022.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  151. @J.Ross
    OT How did we all miss the Edgelord Trial? Was this because the liars in the mainstream media didn't want to talk about a hilariously guilty black man who proved NN Talib right?
    QRD:
    --Edgy punches a lawyer sitting in a car in traffic
    --rides away on his bike [SEE?]
    --lawyer follows for like 5 seconds and gets out of the car [LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION DETECTED. DEAR RETARDS: NEVER NEVER NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR]
    --lawyer jogs up to Edgy and Edgy shoots him in the head [WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GONNA HAPPEN]
    --Edgy on the run for 6 months until he is caught in another state
    --says it was self defense and he was looking for lawyers in other states for 6 months
    --now it's also an accident that the gun went off
    --blacks tried to push the "he is the black Kyle Rittenhouse" narrative to get him off

    The cross exam yesterday by the prosecutors is PURE GOLD and highly recommended entertainment for everyone. It's 1h long, but absolutely worth it.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmmbj-jbho
    YOU GOT TA UNNERSTAN

    Replies: @Alden, @Polistra, @Inquiring Mind, @Almost Missouri, @JR Ewing, @El Dato

    From Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age”, after Bud the never-do-well maimed a honorable person from Ghana and got caught:

    [MORE]

    “I’m Judge Fang,” the Judge continued, looking straight at Bud.
    “You can address me as Your Honor. Now, Bud, Mr. Kwamina here has accused you of certain activities that are illegal in the Coastal Republic. You are also accused of actionable offenses under the Common Economic Protocol, to which we are a subscriber. These offenses are closely related to the crimes I already mentioned, but slightly different. Are you getting all this?”
    “Not exactly, Your Honor,” Bud said.
    “We think you mugged this guy and blew a hole in his arm,” Judge Fang said, “which is frowned upon. Capiche?”
    “Yes, sir.”
    Judge Fang nodded at the Sikh, who took the cue.
    “The CEP code,” said the Sikh, “governs all kinds of economic interactions between people and organizations. Theft is one such interaction. Maiming is another, insofar as it affects the victim’s ability to fend for himself economically. As Protocol does not aspire to sovereign status, we work in cooperation with the indigenous justice system of CEP signatories in order to pursue such cases.”
    “You familiar with the Confucian system of justice, Bud?” said Judge Fang. Bud’s head was beginning to get dizzy from snapping back and forth like a spectator at a tennis match. “I’m guessing no. Okay, even though the Chinese Coastal Republic is no longer strictly or even vaguely Confucian, we still run our judicial system that way—we’ve had it for a few thousand years, and we think it’s not half bad. The general idea is that as judge, I actually perform several roles at once: detective, judge, jury, and if need be, executioner.”
    Bud snickered at this crack, then noticed that Judge Fang did not appear to be in an especially jocose mood. His New Yorkish ways had initially fooled Bud into thinking that Judge Fang was something of a Regular Guy.
    “So in the first-mentioned role,” Judge Fang continued, “I would like for you, Mr. Kwamina, to tell me whetheryou recognize the suspect.”
    “He is the man,” said Mr. Kwamina, aiming one index finger at Bud’s forehead, “who threatened me, shot me, and stole my money.”
    “And Mrs. Kum?” Judge Fang said. Then, as an aside to Bud, he added, “In their culture, the woman does not adopt her husband’s family name.”
    Mrs. Kum just nodded at Bud and said, “He is the guilty party.”
    “Miss Pao, do you have anything to add?”
    The tiny woman in the spectacles looked at Bud and said, in Texan-accented English, “From this man’s forehead I removed a voice-activated nanoprojectile launcher, colloquially known as a skull gun, loaded with three types of ammunition, including so-called Crippler rounds of the type used against Mr. Kwamina. Nanopresence examination of the serial numbers on those rounds, and comparison of the same with fragments removed from Mr. Kwamina’s wound, indicated that the round used on Mr. Kwamina was fired from the gun embedded in the suspect’s forehead.”
    “Dang,” Bud said.
    “Okay,” Judge Fang said, and reached up with one hand to rub his temples for just a moment. Then he turned to Bud. “You’re guilty.”
    Hey! Don’t I get to put up a defense?” Bud said. “I object!”
    “Don’t be an asshole,” Judge Fang said.
    The Sikh said, “As the offender has no significant assets, and as the value of his labor would not be sufficient to compensate the victim for his injury, Protocol terminates its interest in this case.”
    “Got it,” Judge Fang said. “Okay, Bud, my man, do you have any dependents?”
    “I got a girlfriend,” Bud said. “She’s got a son named Harv who is my boy, unless we counted wrong. And I heard she’s pregnant.”
    “You think she is, or you know she is?”
    “She was last time I checked—a couple months ago.”
    “What’s her name?”
    “Tequila.”
    A muffled snort came from one of the Protocol trainees—the young woman—who put one hand over her mouth. The Sikh appeared to be biting his lip.
    “Tequila?” Judge Fang said, incredulous. It was becoming clear that Judge Fang tried a lot of these cases and relished the odd scrap of entertainment value.
    “There are nineteen women named Tequila in the Leased Territories,” said Miss Pao, reading something out of her phenomenoscope, “one of whom delivered a baby girl named Nellodee three days ago. She also has a five-year-old boy named
    Harvard.”
    “Oh, wow,” Bud said.
    “Congratulations, Bud, you’re a pa,” Judge Fang said. “I gather from your reaction that this comes as something of a surprise. It seems evident that your relationship with this Tequila is tenuous, and so I do not find that there are any mitigating circumstances I should take into account in sentencing. That being the case, I would like you to go out that door over there”—Judge Fang pointed to a door in the corner of the courtroom—”and all the way down the steps. Leave through the exit door and cross the street, and you will find a pier sticking out into the river. Walk to the end of that pier until you are standing on the red part and await further instructions.”

    • Replies: @Paul Rise
    @El Dato

    Doesn't someone just shoot him off the pier so his body drops into the water?

    , @J.Ross
    @El Dato

    That's brilliant. It captures the cultural aspect of anarchotyranny: I'm modern or ancient, depending on what's more convenient for me at the moment (and less convenient for people in any lower class). It (probably accidentally) illustrates something happening, without a Chinese inspiration, which is that as institutions pull away from the People, they collapse together, and totally abandon any counterbalancing relationship they once had. The Establishment really is becoming a monolithic and little gang we will one day be able to drown by sinking one yacht.

  152. @Almost Missouri
    Is Steve okay? He wrote his usual Wednesday piece for Takimag, but he never posted his usual Wednesday morning post to it here at Unz. He hasn't written any other new material since yesterday morning either. He also hasn't approved new comments since about midday yesterday. It's very unlike him.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Remember Nick Kristof? Perhaps Steve has gone up to Oregon to campaign for him!

    New York Times Alum Feels Like an Oregonian

    In a turnabout to many iStevers, Kristof claims his feelings qualify him to serve as governor, while a group of a half-dozen women are insisting on upholding the rule and letter of law.

    (What kind of a name is “Wlnsvey”, anyway? Who other than Georgians packs that many consonants at the front?)

    I knew some Yamhill natives of Scandinavian descent. One went on and on about the “New Englanders” who ran his hometown in his youth. (Probably the grandchildren of settlers.) Most of us couldn’t tell the difference between these groups, but there was obviously some squarehead resentment there.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Reg Cæsar

    Oops. Corrected link:


    Who other than Georgians packs that many consonants at the front?
     
    A clue that this article was drafted in Spanish and Google-Translated:


    When asked if her "imposter syndrome" had disappeared after getting elected, Campos said he hasn't gone away completely.

    Rep.-elect Wlnsvey Campos of Aloha discusses age, representation
  153. @Reg Cæsar
    @Almost Missouri

    Remember Nick Kristof? Perhaps Steve has gone up to Oregon to campaign for him!

    New York Times Alum Feels Like an Oregonian


    In a turnabout to many iStevers, Kristof claims his feelings qualify him to serve as governor, while a group of a half-dozen women are insisting on upholding the rule and letter of law.

    (What kind of a name is "Wlnsvey", anyway? Who other than Georgians packs that many consonants at the front?)

    I knew some Yamhill natives of Scandinavian descent. One went on and on about the "New Englanders" who ran his hometown in his youth. (Probably the grandchildren of settlers.) Most of us couldn't tell the difference between these groups, but there was obviously some squarehead resentment there.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Oops. Corrected link:

    Who other than Georgians packs that many consonants at the front?

    A clue that this article was drafted in Spanish and Google-Translated:

    When asked if her “imposter syndrome” had disappeared after getting elected, Campos said he hasn’t gone away completely.

    Rep.-elect Wlnsvey Campos of Aloha discusses age, representation

  154. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.
     
    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don't cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?



    https://images.thestar.com/o6uDX36kYkZxWSmCYik_pX0uaJk=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1571173445253)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/25/viola-desmonds-legacy-a-light-that-shines-on-other-trailblazers/cpt502512101.jpg

    Replies: @James J O'Meara, @Buffalo Joe, @Gilbert Ratchet, @Anon

    The current \$10 bill is an example of the Civil Rights envy that Canada suffers (generally, Canadian leftists disdain American influence, but not here). No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation, a Justin Trudeau project if there ever was one. She was convicted of tax evasion because she went to a theatre where she bought a ticket for the black section, but then sat in the white section, Rosa-Parks style – and a full ten years before Parks’s famous bus ride. Take that, Americans!

    (She was convicted of tax evasion because the white seats were more expensive than the black seats, thus the tax on them was higher. The racial segregation was theatre policy, not provincial law.)

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @Gilbert Ratchet

    Well, it worked when they tried it on Al Capone.

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Gilbert Ratchet

    No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation

    Wasn't "Nora Desmond" Gloria Swanson's character in Sunset Boulevard? Or was that Norma Desmond?

  155. @Achmed E. Newman
    Official statement from the alleged hate hoaxer:

    "I was jus tryin' ta hep!"

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @magilla

    Like the story from the old SBPDL site: “E’body podda hep”.

  156. @El Dato
    @J.Ross

    From Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age", after Bud the never-do-well maimed a honorable person from Ghana and got caught:



    "I'm Judge Fang," the Judge continued, looking straight at Bud.
    "You can address me as Your Honor. Now, Bud, Mr. Kwamina here has accused you of certain activities that are illegal in the Coastal Republic. You are also accused of actionable offenses under the Common Economic Protocol, to which we are a subscriber. These offenses are closely related to the crimes I already mentioned, but slightly different. Are you getting all this?"
    "Not exactly, Your Honor," Bud said.
    "We think you mugged this guy and blew a hole in his arm," Judge Fang said, "which is frowned upon. Capiche?"
    "Yes, sir."
    Judge Fang nodded at the Sikh, who took the cue.
    "The CEP code," said the Sikh, "governs all kinds of economic interactions between people and organizations. Theft is one such interaction. Maiming is another, insofar as it affects the victim's ability to fend for himself economically. As Protocol does not aspire to sovereign status, we work in cooperation with the indigenous justice system of CEP signatories in order to pursue such cases."
    "You familiar with the Confucian system of justice, Bud?" said Judge Fang. Bud's head was beginning to get dizzy from snapping back and forth like a spectator at a tennis match. "I'm guessing no. Okay, even though the Chinese Coastal Republic is no longer strictly or even vaguely Confucian, we still run our judicial system that way—we've had it for a few thousand years, and we think it's not half bad. The general idea is that as judge, I actually perform several roles at once: detective, judge, jury, and if need be, executioner."
    Bud snickered at this crack, then noticed that Judge Fang did not appear to be in an especially jocose mood. His New Yorkish ways had initially fooled Bud into thinking that Judge Fang was something of a Regular Guy.
    "So in the first-mentioned role," Judge Fang continued, "I would like for you, Mr. Kwamina, to tell me whetheryou recognize the suspect."
    "He is the man," said Mr. Kwamina, aiming one index finger at Bud's forehead, "who threatened me, shot me, and stole my money."
    "And Mrs. Kum?" Judge Fang said. Then, as an aside to Bud, he added, "In their culture, the woman does not adopt her husband's family name."
    Mrs. Kum just nodded at Bud and said, "He is the guilty party."
    "Miss Pao, do you have anything to add?"
    The tiny woman in the spectacles looked at Bud and said, in Texan-accented English, "From this man's forehead I removed a voice-activated nanoprojectile launcher, colloquially known as a skull gun, loaded with three types of ammunition, including so-called Crippler rounds of the type used against Mr. Kwamina. Nanopresence examination of the serial numbers on those rounds, and comparison of the same with fragments removed from Mr. Kwamina's wound, indicated that the round used on Mr. Kwamina was fired from the gun embedded in the suspect's forehead."
    "Dang," Bud said.
    "Okay," Judge Fang said, and reached up with one hand to rub his temples for just a moment. Then he turned to Bud. "You're guilty."
    Hey! Don't I get to put up a defense?" Bud said. "I object!"
    "Don't be an asshole," Judge Fang said.
    The Sikh said, "As the offender has no significant assets, and as the value of his labor would not be sufficient to compensate the victim for his injury, Protocol terminates its interest in this case."
    "Got it," Judge Fang said. "Okay, Bud, my man, do you have any dependents?"
    "I got a girlfriend," Bud said. "She's got a son named Harv who is my boy, unless we counted wrong. And I heard she's pregnant."
    "You think she is, or you know she is?"
    "She was last time I checked—a couple months ago."
    "What's her name?"
    "Tequila."
    A muffled snort came from one of the Protocol trainees—the young woman—who put one hand over her mouth. The Sikh appeared to be biting his lip.
    "Tequila?" Judge Fang said, incredulous. It was becoming clear that Judge Fang tried a lot of these cases and relished the odd scrap of entertainment value.
    "There are nineteen women named Tequila in the Leased Territories," said Miss Pao, reading something out of her phenomenoscope, "one of whom delivered a baby girl named Nellodee three days ago. She also has a five-year-old boy named
    Harvard."
    "Oh, wow," Bud said.
    "Congratulations, Bud, you're a pa," Judge Fang said. "I gather from your reaction that this comes as something of a surprise. It seems evident that your relationship with this Tequila is tenuous, and so I do not find that there are any mitigating circumstances I should take into account in sentencing. That being the case, I would like you to go out that door over there"—Judge Fang pointed to a door in the corner of the courtroom—"and all the way down the steps. Leave through the exit door and cross the street, and you will find a pier sticking out into the river. Walk to the end of that pier until you are standing on the red part and await further instructions."

     

    Replies: @Paul Rise, @J.Ross

    Doesn’t someone just shoot him off the pier so his body drops into the water?

  157. OT:

    A very vague article about racist algorithms at NPR:

    Flaws plague a tool meant to help low-risk federal prisoners win early release

    No actual stats are cited but:

    “The Justice Department found that only 7% of Black people in the sample were classified as minimum level risk compared to 21% of white people,” she added. “This indicator alone should give the Department of Justice great pause in moving forward.”

    I don’t see a problem here.

    The implementation has been rocky. The Justice Department finished the first version of Pattern in a rush because of a tight deadline from Congress.

    Protip: Never give a hard finish date for software. If you are forced to, scrap the project outright.

    It then had to make tweaks after finding Pattern suffered from math and human errors.

    About 14,000 men and women in federal prison still wound up in the wrong risk categories. There were big disparities for people of color.

    “The legislation, I think, came from a good place,” said Melissa Hamilton, a professor of law and criminal justice at the University of Surrey who studies risk assessments. “It’s just the rule of unintended consequences is not really realizing the impediments it was going to have.”

    And so

    In its December report, the Justice Department concluded that some of the disparities could be reduced, “but not without tradeoffs” such as less accurate risk predictions. The department also said using race as a factor in the algorithm could trigger other legal concerns.

    Moving more blacks into the low-risk category means more high-risk blacks back on the street. Surprise.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @El Dato

    >Protip: Never give a hard finish date for software. If you are forced to, scrap the project outright.

    These are MBAs. You have to use MBALogic. Make some fancy stuff up and put on that damn PowerPoint, peasant. :)

  158. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10447507/Half-women-childless-thirty-time-ever.html

    Most women in England and Wales no longer have a child before they are 30, official figures show for the first time.

    An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report found 50.1 per cent of women born in 1990 were childless by their 30th birthday.

    It is the first time there has been more childless women than mothers below the age of 30 since records dating back to 1920 began.


    A third of women born in that decade had not mothered a child by the age of 30, for comparison.

    Women born in the 1940s were the most likely to have had at least one child by that milestone (82 per cent).

    But there has been a long-term trend of people opting to have children later in life and reduce family size ever since, the ONS said.

    The most common age to have a child is now 31, the ONS estimates based on latest data, compared to 22 among baby boomers born in the late 1940s.

    'Levels of childlessness by age 30 have been steadily rising since a low of 18 per cent for women born in 1941.

    'Lower levels of fertility in those currently in their 20s indicate that this trend is likely to continue.'

    At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of women who never have children.

    The report found 18 per cent of women aged 45 were childless by 2020.

    Modern women of all ages are also choosing to have smaller families.

    Mothers have, on average, 1.92 children now which is lower than the 2.08 for their mothers' generation.
     
    Along with the "childFREE, not childless!" comments are a lot saying basically "can't afford it" - Steve's Affordable Family Formation.

    Replies: @Paul Rise

    An acquaintance OBGYN nurse tells me many of the almost 40 women pregnant at her practice are having their 3rd or 4th child. Many of them have basically just kept pumping them out since their marriage. Its interesting because I can attest – it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions. It sort of heartening that many women are doing this.

    In time it seems like it will be easier for older women to have children if they were themselves conceived by older women. If so
    This is actual human evolution as it is a change directly related to reproduction.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Paul Rise

    "it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions"

    It's a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it's #4 or #5. Not so much if it's #1.

    Our first (of many) at age 29 was a difficult delivery with all kinds of could-be-serious moments - my reaction as I lay in bed that night was not ecstatic post-fatherhood but relief and "that was awful!". If she'd been 39 I don't like to think about possible outcomes.

    Here's how the Mail reports the bad news:

    https://i.postimg.cc/bN9p2CD0/childless.jpg

    But the Guardian sees it as an achievement:

    https://i.postimg.cc/SQLwZXSk/childfree.jpg


    Meanwhile at Gateway Women, home for the involuntarily childless:

    "My younger sister has a baby and is constantly posting about her love for this child. My parents are so taken with their first grandchild- they consider her a gift. Every time they express these feelings, it doesn’t make me happy. It makes me sad for myself – it is salt in my wounds. Not because of them, but because of my whole situation, I feel like a loser."

    Replies: @Anon, @nebulafox

  159. @Almost Missouri
    @J.Ross

    I didn't find Mr. Edgecomb's testimony all that entertaining. After spontaneously shooting a stranger in the face at the height of the BLM Madness, he flees the scene and the state without much trouble and with plenty of communitay assistance. After finally getting arrested due to his own incompetence, and in cooperation with his attorney, he concocts a succession of absurd excuses for his crime, and posthumously slanders the victim as "racist".

    At trail his entire defense consists of America-is-racist-against-me-as-a-black-man variations. His testimony, to the sputtering frustration of the prosecutor, consists entirely of sandbagging, evasions, tendentious but fashionable claims, irrelevancies, and "can you repeat the question?" statements.

    It didn't work this time: the jury convicted him of one of the murder charges on offer (though they stopped short of going full Chauvin/Fields and convicting Edgecomb of multiple versions of the same crime), but it will work eventually as the anti-white, BLM-brainwashed generation ages into jury duties.

    Edgecomb killed a white man while he was in a state of righteous racial rage, backed by all major media. Edgecomb knows in his heart that that is not really a crime, and knows it is just a matter of time before the world agrees with him. He may have become a martyr today, but he is really a prophet, for he shows us the future of the justice system: all justice will be positional. Who is victim and who is oppressor? Who is punching up and who is punching down? Righteous victims like Mr. Edgecomb do not need to trouble themselves with the archaic formalities of white man's law such as answering attorney's questions or obeying court orders. It is the prosecutors who are guilty. After all, prosecutor and persecutor are just one letter apart, right?

    "I reacted to protect myself," is all the defense a ¡B!lack man needs for anything in the justice of the future.

    Edgecomb knows this.

    He was just disappointetned that the jury doesn't ...

    ... yet.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Alden

    I watched the whole thing. Basically skilled White man vs incompetent bumbling unemployed black man whose current address is whatever women allows him to “stay at” her home.

    And that worthless murdering black man is what rules our big cities, the cities that elect our presidents and rule the country through judges.

    He went out with his woman’s gun and drove his bike past an open car window, punched a White man because he knew he could get away with it and murdered the White man who dared confront him about the sneak attack.

    And of course his family and friends, mainly the women, helped him get out of town. In his woman’s car.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
  160. Anon[461] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Canada had no “Jim Crow” laws.
     
    No, but they had Viola Desmond. You don't cross the bridge, much, do you, Joe?



    https://images.thestar.com/o6uDX36kYkZxWSmCYik_pX0uaJk=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1571173445253)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/25/viola-desmonds-legacy-a-light-that-shines-on-other-trailblazers/cpt502512101.jpg

    Replies: @James J O'Meara, @Buffalo Joe, @Gilbert Ratchet, @Anon

    OT, but the visage of ms. Desmond on a Canadian 10 dollar bill brings to mind the replacement of Andrew Jackson on the US \$20 bill with the black woman who participated in the civil war era Underground Railroad. I don’t remember her name.

    I like the European practice of using portraits of nation cultural hero’s on currencies.

    We should do the same with US bills, with a diverse approach, of course. Suggestions:

    \$20 bill: Marilyn Monroe (film star and icon of female beauty)
    \$10 bill: Louis Armstrong (jazz trumpeter, black)
    \$5 bill: Walt Whitman (poet, gay)
    \$2 bill: Emily Dickinson (poet, lesbian)
    \$50 bill: George Gershwin (composer, Jew)
    Leave Geo. Washington on the \$1 bill (patriarch of the country)
    …and Ben Franklin in the \$100 (brilliant guy)

  161. @Henry's Cat
    So tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people filed past and nobody noticed? That's what should really hurt.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Barnard, @James J O'Meara, @Peter D. Bredon, @Jim Christian, @Reg Cæsar, @Paul Rise, @tuco22

    It’s normal human nature.

  162. @JR Ewing
    @ben tillman

    My personal experience is that the only people who use the phrase "person of color" are actual persons of color and the dumb leftists who want to kiss up to them.

    Very hard to believe that someone other than a - ahem - person of color would believe that letter constitutes believable "evidence" for anything other than a self-perpetrated hoax. She very much appears to have the face of someone who isn't that smart but fervently believes she is.

    Replies: @tuco22

    You mean, colored people

  163. Hope you are well, Steve. I am awaiting your SCOTUS takes. If you are in Twitter jail, get out soon!

  164. @SF
    OT: Why do we need another African-American woman on the Supreme Court? The average Puerto Rican has 20-30% African ancestry. Sonia Sotomayor looks just as black as Kamala Harris, and for that matter a lot more black than Megan Markle. Since African Americans are about 12% of the US population, one justice, male or female, would be the most equitable.

    Replies: @tuco22

    Not if you anticipate anti-white discrimination cases coming your way in the next few years, in which you must decide for the POCs. So you’ve got to hedge your bets now.

  165. @Peter D. Bredon
    @Henry's Cat

    I wonder if, like Jussie, she hired or otherwise induced the suspect to "deface" the piece, so as to generate publicity. Sounds like she just wandered down there to check out her own artwork, which sounds kinda sad.

    If I had bought a reproduction, like in a museum gift shop, a poster, post card, catalog etc., so that I "owned" it, then defaced it and displayed it at home, is that a "hate crime"? Asking for a friend.

    Replies: @al gore rhythms

    There are lots of unanswered questions about scenarios like the one you described. There are lots of novel situations which whites don’t even know are racist until they actually happen and discover from the media shitstorm that they are the worst person since Hilter.

    One I thought of recently? Can a white ventriloquist have a black doll any more? Is there anything in the liberal Hadiths of the NYT and the BBC?

    You could almost do an entire ‘curb your enthusiasm’ series about white people going through these kinds of tribulations.

  166. @Alrenous
    Newspapers lie about everything as a matter of habit and inclination. They only don't lie about things they absolutely cannot get away with lying about, which means it's faster to list the latter rather than enumerate all the ways they're reliably misinformation.

    Figuring out what they can't lie about and why is an interesting toy science case, for those who want to play around with that sort of thing.

    If you're not feeling playful, better to simply not read newspapers. They're okay for lighting fires, and that's about the extent of their practical applications.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Curmudgeon

    They only don’t lie about things they absolutely cannot get away with lying about,

    I only wish. There’s a reason for the old saw – there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

  167. @notsaying
    Well this black on brown skin and wood scrawling didn't make me think hate, racism or slaves. At first I didn't know what it was, then I thought TV antenna, X marks the spot but not really because her face isn't touched, then it just seemed like random markings kids make sometimes in public places.

    I think these people have outsmarted themselves on more than one level. They got caught creating a fake and meaningless crime. I wonder what the charge and punishment -- if any -- will be.

    I do not think most Americans know what a slave collar is and so how many people in Toronto know?

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Bill Jones, @MrLiberty

    Indeed, today’s slave collars take the form of sales, property, and income taxation, and most are too ignorant of their truth to appreciate that they are in many ways worse than the metal collars as those folks at least KNEW that they were slaves.

  168. @El Dato
    @Harry Baldwin

    Plus the "mothers" are the "persons accidentally equipped with vagina at birth". Pretty transphobic.

    And "Little Village" is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.

    Replies: @Wilkey

    And “Little Village” is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.

    Actually it’s a translation of what it’s actually called, which is La Villita. I’m sure that soon they’ll be telling us to call it La Villitx.

    So a little 8 y.o. girl surnamed Ortega who attends a public school named after Emiliano Zapata, a crazy Mexican revolutionary, is gunned down in a place called La Villita by two gang members, one of whom is named Xavier Guzman. Her mother, Araceli Leanos, gives an interview in Spanish to a Spanish-language television station. When the caudilla who runs the city is asked to comment, she states that people in the community are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over.”

    This isn’t in Mexico or Honduras or El Salvador. This is in one of the largest and richest cities in the United States of America in the year 2022.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Wilkey

    Wilkey, you state the facts as known. You quote the mayor's own words. You express your opinion that this isn't Mexico, Honduras or El Salvador and yet, if you were a public figure, instead of an iSteve commentors, you would be branded a racist. True fact. Stay safe.

  169. @The Ringmaster
    This truckers rally in Canada is reaching worldshaking proportions. Fun times ahead.

    Replies: @Another Canadian, @Jim Don Bob

    It was a party atmosphere at the Toronto staging point:

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @Another Canadian

    Kind of a reverse Camp of the Saints thing happening here. A group of native white people moving inevitably towards a confrontation with a government that hates them and wishes they would just go away.

    Dis gitten good!

  170. So the picture is of one elderly black artist posing as a minister by another black artist.

    The sad thing here is how many of these parasites exist in modern societies on the dollars extracted from the taxpayers.

    How about we stop that? The parasites could get real jobs to support themselves and the productive people work less with the same standard of living, but able to spend more time with their families.

  171. @Wilkey
    @El Dato


    And “Little Village” is demeaning to people who are differently elevated.
     
    Actually it's a translation of what it's actually called, which is La Villita. I'm sure that soon they'll be telling us to call it La Villitx.

    So a little 8 y.o. girl surnamed Ortega who attends a public school named after Emiliano Zapata, a crazy Mexican revolutionary, is gunned down in a place called La Villita by two gang members, one of whom is named Xavier Guzman. Her mother, Araceli Leanos, gives an interview in Spanish to a Spanish-language television station. When the caudilla who runs the city is asked to comment, she states that people in the community are afraid to leave their homes because "the gangs have taken over."

    This isn't in Mexico or Honduras or El Salvador. This is in one of the largest and richest cities in the United States of America in the year 2022.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Wilkey, you state the facts as known. You quote the mayor’s own words. You express your opinion that this isn’t Mexico, Honduras or El Salvador and yet, if you were a public figure, instead of an iSteve commentors, you would be branded a racist. True fact. Stay safe.

    • Agree: notsaying
  172. @The Ringmaster
    This truckers rally in Canada is reaching worldshaking proportions. Fun times ahead.

    Replies: @Another Canadian, @Jim Don Bob

    This truckers rally in Canada is reaching worldshaking proportions. Fun times ahead.

    There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.
    – Alfred Henry Lewis

  173. @International Jew
    The real outrage is that they put a giant billboard in a place where it obstructs foot traffic. Would I be arrested if, distracted by my cell phone, I walked right into that thing (and left a Wile E. Coyote-shaped hole)?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @James J O'Meara

    Outrage? That’s not a bug, it’s a feature of “public art”.

    https://medium.com/artbloc/the-people-vs-tilted-arc-9ea04c3e44b7

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @James J O'Meara

    James, years ago a piece of public art was erected in the median of the expressway into downtown Buffalo, It had neon lighting and animated little characters that every one immediately recognised as little dancing penises. The artist, Billy Lawless said they were dancing dog bones. The mayor, the irasicble Jimmy Griffin, said take it down. Before a legal challenge could be mounted it was scrapped. Maybe some one can find it and post it. Just came to me...title of the work was "Green Lightning."

  174. @Harry Baldwin
    @Wilkey

    “[Mayor] Lightfoot] said mothers in Little Village are afraid to leave their homes because “the gangs have taken over”

    I thought politicians were no longer supposed to use the word "gangs" when referring to crime by BIPOCs. Governor Newsom corrected himself when he let that term slip out in reference to LA's train robbers, changing it to "organized groups of folks" (Democrats love that word "folks").

    Also, Mayor Lightfoot doesn't seem to have caught up with the trend to focus on the culpability of the gun first and foremost when discussing such appalling events. NY's new governor Kathy Hochul has scrupulously toed the line in this regard, blaming an "illegal gun" for the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Don Bob

    Feel good story of the day: ‘Squad’ member Rep. Cori Bush’s vehicle struck by gunfire in St. Louis.

    https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-squad-member-rep-cori-bushs-vehicle-struck-by-gunfire-in-st-louis/

    She filed a police report. Natch.

  175. @Gary in Gramercy
    @Bill Jones

    "Bigger tits and no blacks" is

    (A) The name of Harvey Weinstein's next movie company,

    (B) An extremely based campaign slogan, or

    (C) A marginal improvement over "tight pussy, loose shoes and a warm place to s**t."

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

    (B) An extremely based campaign slogan

    I sure hope Trump is reading this. I can’t wait to buy my BTNB hat!

  176. @Harry Baldwin
    @Sick 'n Tired

    Similar to how the FCC fines and outraged church groups trying get Howard Stern off the air

    And now that he's safely ensconced at Sirius, Howard is as neutered and woke as can be. I wonder if it's because he lives in fear of being held to account for all the edgy things he said in the past, like having a member of the KKK as a regular phone-in guest, or discussing on air, "If you could press a button and make all the black people disappear, would you?"

    Similarly, Biden may have been moved to accuse everyone of being a white supremacist because of positions and statements in his own past, like opposing busing and supporting the 1993 Crime Bill. In 2010, he delivered a fulsome eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd, calling the former KKK “Kleagle” a "mentor," a "guide," and a "friend." While campaigning in the South in 1987 Biden reminded the audience "that former Gov. George Wallace praised him as one of the most outstanding young politicians of America." You've got to act pretty woke to put a history like that behind you.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

    Daniel Carver! His weekly racist phone messages were proto-alt-right performance art, especially his opening greeting: “Wake up, White people!” Had we only listened!

  177. @Coemgen
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Toronto Sun's picture of the alleged perpetrator:

    https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/suspect-sought-in-art-vandalism-at-union-station

    https://smartcdn.gprod.postmedia.digital/torontosun/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/NR.52029.1643141759-e1643219572637.jpg

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

    Suspect under arrest, thanks to newspaper photo!

  178. @Gilbert Ratchet
    @Reg Cæsar

    The current $10 bill is an example of the Civil Rights envy that Canada suffers (generally, Canadian leftists disdain American influence, but not here). No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation, a Justin Trudeau project if there ever was one. She was convicted of tax evasion because she went to a theatre where she bought a ticket for the black section, but then sat in the white section, Rosa-Parks style - and a full ten years before Parks's famous bus ride. Take that, Americans!

    (She was convicted of tax evasion because the white seats were more expensive than the black seats, thus the tax on them was higher. The racial segregation was theatre policy, not provincial law.)

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @Harry Baldwin

    Well, it worked when they tried it on Al Capone.

  179. @Sick of Orcs

    "If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star.
     
    Such HORRIBLE raysizm in a wealthy, White-run city!

    But never enough to leave.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    “If we use this situation as an example of who is allowed to exist in the city peacefully and freely occupy public space, then this paints a bleak picture of Toronto,” Wilson-Sanchez told the Star.

    This bit struck me as well.

    It’s become sort of black verbalist trope, but nicely delineates the core minoritarian demand/contradiction:
    — the minorities have a right to glom onto white nations/white society/white people
    — but rejection of the white host society’s norms–the white hosts must accommodate them

    Said it before: there can only be one set of societal or public norms in any given community.

    In a normal healthy (self-confident) society, a minority’s “job” is either to accommodate themselves the majorities norms–take them as their own, or simply observe them in public and do their own private thing–or to realize that they are basically incompatible with the host society and work for autonomy/separation/independence in some fashion.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs, Cato
  180. @Gilbert Ratchet
    @Reg Cæsar

    The current $10 bill is an example of the Civil Rights envy that Canada suffers (generally, Canadian leftists disdain American influence, but not here). No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation, a Justin Trudeau project if there ever was one. She was convicted of tax evasion because she went to a theatre where she bought a ticket for the black section, but then sat in the white section, Rosa-Parks style - and a full ten years before Parks's famous bus ride. Take that, Americans!

    (She was convicted of tax evasion because the white seats were more expensive than the black seats, thus the tax on them was higher. The racial segregation was theatre policy, not provincial law.)

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @Harry Baldwin

    No one I know was aware of Nora Desmond prior to her instant elevation

    Wasn’t “Nora Desmond” Gloria Swanson’s character in Sunset Boulevard? Or was that Norma Desmond?

  181. @James J O'Meara
    @International Jew

    Outrage? That's not a bug, it's a feature of "public art".

    https://medium.com/artbloc/the-people-vs-tilted-arc-9ea04c3e44b7

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    James, years ago a piece of public art was erected in the median of the expressway into downtown Buffalo, It had neon lighting and animated little characters that every one immediately recognised as little dancing penises. The artist, Billy Lawless said they were dancing dog bones. The mayor, the irasicble Jimmy Griffin, said take it down. Before a legal challenge could be mounted it was scrapped. Maybe some one can find it and post it. Just came to me…title of the work was “Green Lightning.”

  182. @Another Canadian
    @The Ringmaster

    It was a party atmosphere at the Toronto staging point:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mt9pa_D-Bc

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    Kind of a reverse Camp of the Saints thing happening here. A group of native white people moving inevitably towards a confrontation with a government that hates them and wishes they would just go away.

    Dis gitten good!

  183. @El Dato
    @J.Ross

    From Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age", after Bud the never-do-well maimed a honorable person from Ghana and got caught:



    "I'm Judge Fang," the Judge continued, looking straight at Bud.
    "You can address me as Your Honor. Now, Bud, Mr. Kwamina here has accused you of certain activities that are illegal in the Coastal Republic. You are also accused of actionable offenses under the Common Economic Protocol, to which we are a subscriber. These offenses are closely related to the crimes I already mentioned, but slightly different. Are you getting all this?"
    "Not exactly, Your Honor," Bud said.
    "We think you mugged this guy and blew a hole in his arm," Judge Fang said, "which is frowned upon. Capiche?"
    "Yes, sir."
    Judge Fang nodded at the Sikh, who took the cue.
    "The CEP code," said the Sikh, "governs all kinds of economic interactions between people and organizations. Theft is one such interaction. Maiming is another, insofar as it affects the victim's ability to fend for himself economically. As Protocol does not aspire to sovereign status, we work in cooperation with the indigenous justice system of CEP signatories in order to pursue such cases."
    "You familiar with the Confucian system of justice, Bud?" said Judge Fang. Bud's head was beginning to get dizzy from snapping back and forth like a spectator at a tennis match. "I'm guessing no. Okay, even though the Chinese Coastal Republic is no longer strictly or even vaguely Confucian, we still run our judicial system that way—we've had it for a few thousand years, and we think it's not half bad. The general idea is that as judge, I actually perform several roles at once: detective, judge, jury, and if need be, executioner."
    Bud snickered at this crack, then noticed that Judge Fang did not appear to be in an especially jocose mood. His New Yorkish ways had initially fooled Bud into thinking that Judge Fang was something of a Regular Guy.
    "So in the first-mentioned role," Judge Fang continued, "I would like for you, Mr. Kwamina, to tell me whetheryou recognize the suspect."
    "He is the man," said Mr. Kwamina, aiming one index finger at Bud's forehead, "who threatened me, shot me, and stole my money."
    "And Mrs. Kum?" Judge Fang said. Then, as an aside to Bud, he added, "In their culture, the woman does not adopt her husband's family name."
    Mrs. Kum just nodded at Bud and said, "He is the guilty party."
    "Miss Pao, do you have anything to add?"
    The tiny woman in the spectacles looked at Bud and said, in Texan-accented English, "From this man's forehead I removed a voice-activated nanoprojectile launcher, colloquially known as a skull gun, loaded with three types of ammunition, including so-called Crippler rounds of the type used against Mr. Kwamina. Nanopresence examination of the serial numbers on those rounds, and comparison of the same with fragments removed from Mr. Kwamina's wound, indicated that the round used on Mr. Kwamina was fired from the gun embedded in the suspect's forehead."
    "Dang," Bud said.
    "Okay," Judge Fang said, and reached up with one hand to rub his temples for just a moment. Then he turned to Bud. "You're guilty."
    Hey! Don't I get to put up a defense?" Bud said. "I object!"
    "Don't be an asshole," Judge Fang said.
    The Sikh said, "As the offender has no significant assets, and as the value of his labor would not be sufficient to compensate the victim for his injury, Protocol terminates its interest in this case."
    "Got it," Judge Fang said. "Okay, Bud, my man, do you have any dependents?"
    "I got a girlfriend," Bud said. "She's got a son named Harv who is my boy, unless we counted wrong. And I heard she's pregnant."
    "You think she is, or you know she is?"
    "She was last time I checked—a couple months ago."
    "What's her name?"
    "Tequila."
    A muffled snort came from one of the Protocol trainees—the young woman—who put one hand over her mouth. The Sikh appeared to be biting his lip.
    "Tequila?" Judge Fang said, incredulous. It was becoming clear that Judge Fang tried a lot of these cases and relished the odd scrap of entertainment value.
    "There are nineteen women named Tequila in the Leased Territories," said Miss Pao, reading something out of her phenomenoscope, "one of whom delivered a baby girl named Nellodee three days ago. She also has a five-year-old boy named
    Harvard."
    "Oh, wow," Bud said.
    "Congratulations, Bud, you're a pa," Judge Fang said. "I gather from your reaction that this comes as something of a surprise. It seems evident that your relationship with this Tequila is tenuous, and so I do not find that there are any mitigating circumstances I should take into account in sentencing. That being the case, I would like you to go out that door over there"—Judge Fang pointed to a door in the corner of the courtroom—"and all the way down the steps. Leave through the exit door and cross the street, and you will find a pier sticking out into the river. Walk to the end of that pier until you are standing on the red part and await further instructions."

     

    Replies: @Paul Rise, @J.Ross

    That’s brilliant. It captures the cultural aspect of anarchotyranny: I’m modern or ancient, depending on what’s more convenient for me at the moment (and less convenient for people in any lower class). It (probably accidentally) illustrates something happening, without a Chinese inspiration, which is that as institutions pull away from the People, they collapse together, and totally abandon any counterbalancing relationship they once had. The Establishment really is becoming a monolithic and little gang we will one day be able to drown by sinking one yacht.

  184. “But to the prestige press there’s no such thing as a pattern of purported hate crimes routinely imploding embarrassingly.”

    In other words, the msm constantly lie.

  185. @Paul Rise
    @YetAnotherAnon

    An acquaintance OBGYN nurse tells me many of the almost 40 women pregnant at her practice are having their 3rd or 4th child. Many of them have basically just kept pumping them out since their marriage. Its interesting because I can attest - it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions. It sort of heartening that many women are doing this.

    In time it seems like it will be easier for older women to have children if they were themselves conceived by older women. If so
    This is actual human evolution as it is a change directly related to reproduction.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions”

    It’s a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it’s #4 or #5. Not so much if it’s #1.

    Our first (of many) at age 29 was a difficult delivery with all kinds of could-be-serious moments – my reaction as I lay in bed that night was not ecstatic post-fatherhood but relief and “that was awful!“. If she’d been 39 I don’t like to think about possible outcomes.

    Here’s how the Mail reports the bad news:

    But the Guardian sees it as an achievement:

    Meanwhile at Gateway Women, home for the involuntarily childless:

    “My younger sister has a baby and is constantly posting about her love for this child. My parents are so taken with their first grandchild- they consider her a gift. Every time they express these feelings, it doesn’t make me happy. It makes me sad for myself – it is salt in my wounds. Not because of them, but because of my whole situation, I feel like a loser.”

    • Replies: @Anon
    @YetAnotherAnon


    It’s a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it’s #4 or #5. Not so much if it’s #1.
     
    How hard is it for a woman to conceive and bear a child for the first time at 40? Is the conception itself difficult?
    , @nebulafox
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I know, but I think going on 30-something Millennials for discovering that they might want to reproduce late is overly harsh given the environment and culture they were marinated in all their lives. Strong human beings can rebut the environment they are in. People should aspire to be strong. But it doesn't happen by default, and most people are "default". That's just life.

    Truth is, if a couple sees the light, but have reached the age where they can only hope to have one child, it's way, way better for everybody involved that they try hard and have that one child than they don't have any. They'll raise him or her to not believe in the BS they were steeped in growing up, and the woman won't become a 40-something childless woman with a misguided maternal instinct aimed at the rest of society with ugly consequences, particularly for the young. So by all means: we should encourage that, not mock people for it.

    Also, given the fact that the stigma around single motherhood is nonexistent in the bottom half of America (illegitimacy rates have exploded not just for blacks), you might find a lot of 35+ year old women deciding to embrace single motherhood over childlessness if necessary. You do what you got to do.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  186. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Paul Rise

    "it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions"

    It's a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it's #4 or #5. Not so much if it's #1.

    Our first (of many) at age 29 was a difficult delivery with all kinds of could-be-serious moments - my reaction as I lay in bed that night was not ecstatic post-fatherhood but relief and "that was awful!". If she'd been 39 I don't like to think about possible outcomes.

    Here's how the Mail reports the bad news:

    https://i.postimg.cc/bN9p2CD0/childless.jpg

    But the Guardian sees it as an achievement:

    https://i.postimg.cc/SQLwZXSk/childfree.jpg


    Meanwhile at Gateway Women, home for the involuntarily childless:

    "My younger sister has a baby and is constantly posting about her love for this child. My parents are so taken with their first grandchild- they consider her a gift. Every time they express these feelings, it doesn’t make me happy. It makes me sad for myself – it is salt in my wounds. Not because of them, but because of my whole situation, I feel like a loser."

    Replies: @Anon, @nebulafox

    It’s a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it’s #4 or #5. Not so much if it’s #1.

    How hard is it for a woman to conceive and bear a child for the first time at 40? Is the conception itself difficult?

  187. Maybe not technically a “hate hoax.” Could be a sincere expression of the perpetrator’s socio-politcal stance. If I were a radical black dude I might see the subject in the picture as the most high-falutin of House Slaves (what is she, an Anglican priest or something?), totally deserving of being taken down a peg and reminded of her status as Whitey’s tool.

  188. How hard is it for a woman to conceive and bear a child for the first time at 40? Is the conception itself difficult?

    Bearing bit first – search for “elderly primigravida”. Quite apart from the increased Downs risk (which applies to all ageing mothers, not just first-timers), pretty much all risks are increased. But I would never encourage someone not to bother with babies. We had our last just after her 40th birthday, and friends have had them (not the first) at 43 or 44.

    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-349-12936-2_5

    The term ‘elderly primigravida was first used in 1958 by the International Council of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to refer to women aged over 35 years who were embarking upon their first pregnancy (Tuck et al 1988). Such a rigid cut off point has been criticised by Kane (1967) who demonstrated that risk increases (and outcomes worsen) from a maternal age of 25 years onwards.

    It’s true – women are probably designed to start having babies from 16 or so, not 29.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25185379/

    Results: During the study period, there were 3,189 deliveries, given an incidence of elderly primigravidity as 2.6% or 1 in 39 deliveries. The mean age of the study group and control group were 36.4 +/- 0.9 years and 23.1 +/- 1.6 years respectively. The incidence of anaemia, antepartum haemorrhage, hyperemesis gravidarum, malpresentation, intrauterine growth restriction, diabetes mellitus and fibroid were statistically higher in the elderly primigravidae than in the control (p < 0.05). Cephalopelvic disproportion, prolonged second stage, fetal distress and primary post partum haemorrhage were also statistically higher (p < 0.05) including the caesarean section (53.7%) and episiotomy rates (94.6%).

    Conclusion: Elderly primigravida remains a high risk pregnancy and the incidence is high. They were significantly associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and operative obstetric interventions. Early booking and more obstetric vigilance shall improve their pregnancy outcomes.

    As for conception, “some are lucky, some are not”. But trying is great fun. My impression is that it’s easier if you’ve already had kids, but a cursory search (first 3 pages of results) provides no supporting evidence. What’s definite is that it’s not as easy as when you’re 19, or 30, but it’s still quite possible.

    https://www.webmd.com/baby/pregnant-after-35

    “You’re at your peak fertility in your 20s. Healthy women that age who are trying to conceive have about a 1 in 4 chance of getting pregnant during a single menstrual cycle. In other words, 25 out of 100 women will succeed per month.

    By age 40, an average healthy woman has only a 5% chance of getting pregnant per cycle.

    At the same time, the likelihood of miscarriage climbs with your age. A typical 40-year-old has about a 40% chance of losing the pregnancy. That compares to less than 15% for someone in their 20s. ”

  189. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Paul Rise

    "it is difficult to successfully make a baby with a woman past age 38 without some sort of intervention but apparently most of these are natural conceptions"

    It's a LOT easier to conceive and bear a child at 39 if it's #4 or #5. Not so much if it's #1.

    Our first (of many) at age 29 was a difficult delivery with all kinds of could-be-serious moments - my reaction as I lay in bed that night was not ecstatic post-fatherhood but relief and "that was awful!". If she'd been 39 I don't like to think about possible outcomes.

    Here's how the Mail reports the bad news:

    https://i.postimg.cc/bN9p2CD0/childless.jpg

    But the Guardian sees it as an achievement:

    https://i.postimg.cc/SQLwZXSk/childfree.jpg


    Meanwhile at Gateway Women, home for the involuntarily childless:

    "My younger sister has a baby and is constantly posting about her love for this child. My parents are so taken with their first grandchild- they consider her a gift. Every time they express these feelings, it doesn’t make me happy. It makes me sad for myself – it is salt in my wounds. Not because of them, but because of my whole situation, I feel like a loser."

    Replies: @Anon, @nebulafox

    I know, but I think going on 30-something Millennials for discovering that they might want to reproduce late is overly harsh given the environment and culture they were marinated in all their lives. Strong human beings can rebut the environment they are in. People should aspire to be strong. But it doesn’t happen by default, and most people are “default”. That’s just life.

    Truth is, if a couple sees the light, but have reached the age where they can only hope to have one child, it’s way, way better for everybody involved that they try hard and have that one child than they don’t have any. They’ll raise him or her to not believe in the BS they were steeped in growing up, and the woman won’t become a 40-something childless woman with a misguided maternal instinct aimed at the rest of society with ugly consequences, particularly for the young. So by all means: we should encourage that, not mock people for it.

    Also, given the fact that the stigma around single motherhood is nonexistent in the bottom half of America (illegitimacy rates have exploded not just for blacks), you might find a lot of 35+ year old women deciding to embrace single motherhood over childlessness if necessary. You do what you got to do.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @nebulafox

    "going on 30-something Millennials for discovering that they might want to reproduce late is overly harsh given the environment and culture they were marinated in all their lives"

    Agreed. If you read the confessions of the Gateway Women founder, she says that

    a) her mother encouraged her to "get an education - don't end up like me" - which she certainly has avoided. These days "an education" means university if not masters or doctorate.

    b) she had an abortion when young precisely so that she could follow her mother's injunction.

    But what I don't like about Gateway Women is that AFAIK they make no attempt to warn young women or be a counter-example to them. They seem to be purely a self-help and support group. I guess misery loves company.

  190. @El Dato
    OT:

    A very vague article about racist algorithms at NPR:

    Flaws plague a tool meant to help low-risk federal prisoners win early release

    No actual stats are cited but:


    "The Justice Department found that only 7% of Black people in the sample were classified as minimum level risk compared to 21% of white people," she added. "This indicator alone should give the Department of Justice great pause in moving forward."
     
    I don't see a problem here.

    The implementation has been rocky. The Justice Department finished the first version of Pattern in a rush because of a tight deadline from Congress.
     
    Protip: Never give a hard finish date for software. If you are forced to, scrap the project outright.

    It then had to make tweaks after finding Pattern suffered from math and human errors.

    About 14,000 men and women in federal prison still wound up in the wrong risk categories. There were big disparities for people of color.

    "The legislation, I think, came from a good place," said Melissa Hamilton, a professor of law and criminal justice at the University of Surrey who studies risk assessments. "It's just the rule of unintended consequences is not really realizing the impediments it was going to have."
     

    And so

    In its December report, the Justice Department concluded that some of the disparities could be reduced, "but not without tradeoffs" such as less accurate risk predictions. The department also said using race as a factor in the algorithm could trigger other legal concerns.
     
    Moving more blacks into the low-risk category means more high-risk blacks back on the street. Surprise.

    Replies: @nebulafox

    >Protip: Never give a hard finish date for software. If you are forced to, scrap the project outright.

    These are MBAs. You have to use MBALogic. Make some fancy stuff up and put on that damn PowerPoint, peasant. 🙂

  191. @nebulafox
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I know, but I think going on 30-something Millennials for discovering that they might want to reproduce late is overly harsh given the environment and culture they were marinated in all their lives. Strong human beings can rebut the environment they are in. People should aspire to be strong. But it doesn't happen by default, and most people are "default". That's just life.

    Truth is, if a couple sees the light, but have reached the age where they can only hope to have one child, it's way, way better for everybody involved that they try hard and have that one child than they don't have any. They'll raise him or her to not believe in the BS they were steeped in growing up, and the woman won't become a 40-something childless woman with a misguided maternal instinct aimed at the rest of society with ugly consequences, particularly for the young. So by all means: we should encourage that, not mock people for it.

    Also, given the fact that the stigma around single motherhood is nonexistent in the bottom half of America (illegitimacy rates have exploded not just for blacks), you might find a lot of 35+ year old women deciding to embrace single motherhood over childlessness if necessary. You do what you got to do.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “going on 30-something Millennials for discovering that they might want to reproduce late is overly harsh given the environment and culture they were marinated in all their lives”

    Agreed. If you read the confessions of the Gateway Women founder, she says that

    a) her mother encouraged her to “get an education – don’t end up like me” – which she certainly has avoided. These days “an education” means university if not masters or doctorate.

    b) she had an abortion when young precisely so that she could follow her mother’s injunction.

    But what I don’t like about Gateway Women is that AFAIK they make no attempt to warn young women or be a counter-example to them. They seem to be purely a self-help and support group. I guess misery loves company.

  192. @Paul Rise
    @Henry's Cat

    You are at a subway or something and see graffiti scrawled on something- what are you supposed to do, call 911?

    Public art, more appropriately, Art in Public Places, is an enormous scam. Its just a way for woke bureaucrats to dole out money to some dip artist they want to WHO WHOM with.

    Replies: @Henry's Cat

    Fair point, and its the fate of even worthwhile art in public spaces to be ignored by the tunnel-visioned masses.

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