"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Links - 21st November 2019 (2)

Canada humour eh - Posts - "Raccoons wash their food before eating it. So they gave them cotton candy."

A Guide to Traditional Japanese Dishes From All 47 Prefectures of Japan

Bernie Sanders chose Linda Sarsour: Can Jews overlook her views? - "her 2015 speech at Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March, where she called Zionists white supremacists... A well-known advocate for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, in 2016 she told a large group of Muslims that her movement had no room for Jews who don't share her anti-Israel views. "We have limits to the type of friendships that we're looking for right now," Sarsour told the American Muslims for Palestine conference... In 2017, she literally embraced Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist who in 1970 was sentenced to life in prison for two bombing attacks on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and spent 10 years in prison before being released in a prisoner exchange in 1980.At last year’s convention of the Islamic Society of North America, Sarsour accused the Israeli police and military of training American police to kill blacks and opposed humanizing Israelis."

Seeking relief from nicotine addiction, some e-cigarette users turn to cigarettes
Out of the frying pan and into the fire

Women Aren’t Always Sentenced By The Book. And Maybe They Shouldn’t Be. - "Under the default federal sentencing rules, family considerations are generally considered irrelevant. Ultimately, the judge ignored the prosecutors’ argument and did cite family as a reason for giving James a reduced sentence, in addition to her long record of community service. She still ended up with two years in prison, but that was less than half of the default term recommended under the federal guidelines... Women of all races get shorter sentences than white men... sentences for men are on average 63 percent longer than sentences for women... Legal scholar Dan Markel and his co-authors wrote in a 2009 book that family ties should be considered only with great caution to ensure equal treatment and to avoid continuing patriarchal norms or creating a “class of persons who are immune from incarceration” and therefore desirable hires for criminal outfits."
Of course, liberals pretend that only white women benefit from this sexism

Janice Fiamengo on Twitter - "Feminism 101:
Man wealthier than woman? Oppressor!
Man poorer than woman? Trash!
Man more educated than woman? Privileged!
Man less educated than woman? Loser!
Man's attitude, 'Let me protect you!' Benevolent sexist!
Man's attitude, 'I won't protect you.' Misogynist!"

the masked snooze on Twitter - ""Income inequality is only a priority for white, cis-men. The rest of us have bigger problems." Says Gingrich staffer and mining lobbyist."

The Singapore Daily - Posts - "I shudder at the thought of how lightly some fellow Singaporeans take Singapore's success and how some take for granted our stability and prosperity.A few even think we're making far too big a deal out of a few activists going up north to meet Dr M to ask him to lead the region towards democracy and more human rights, etc. To me, what they did was near treacherous. Don't think all alternative media sites are on the good side. You never know who are the people really running the sites, and you never know who are the people really funding the operations.Say NO to political sites that hire or use Malaysian writers to badmouth our own country, and say NO to activists who compromise our nation's sovereignty.And remember this, Singaporeans should stay united as one. The enemy is on the outside."
"Michael Patraeus describes Kirsten Han as a 'self-professed journalist' when she has actually contributed to major publications....yet he describes himself as an economist when he has no experience in the field. He also sees fit to write an article centred on a topic he has no experience nor training in. I wonder how much this fly-by-night writer is being paid to produce this slanderous piece."
One a Michael Petraeus article

Parliament: Cycling and personal mobility devices essential to country's car-lite drive, says Josephine Teo - "Cycling and the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs) are an "essential part" of Singapore's quest to go car-lite, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo in Parliament"
From 2017. Maybe the plan was to accelerate PMD use by making everyone buy a PMD to ride on walkways, since pedestrians would no longer be safe

65-year-old woman injured in Bedok e-scooter accident dies in hospital - "Police confirmed Madam Ong Bee Eng had died. A 20-year-old man was arrested after the accident, and police said they are investigating the case as one of causing death by a rash act... "She has been cycling in the area for almost 30 years, and has never had an accident before""
Singapore finally had its first fatality in its government's obsession with a 'car-lite' society

Opinion: E-Scooters Are A Menace To Society - "In 2017, there were 49 fires involving e-scooters, according to statistics released by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). This number spiked by more than 50% to 74 in 2018. The spate of fires compelled the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to consider reviewing a deadline for the devices to meet fire safety standards
E-scooter related injuries have been on the rise. According to emergency departments, the number of e-scooter and personal mobility device riders who met with accidents and sustained injuries serious enough to be admitted to hospitals jumped from 10 in 2017 to 23 in 2018...
Germany in May 2019 banned e-scooters from pavements and France will follow suit in September. In the United Kingdom, roads and pavements are off-limits to e-scooters and restricted to private property."
Luckily PMDs don't do something truly horrific and damaging, like sticking MRT doors together

2 in 5 Singaporeans want complete ban on PMDs: survey - "Two in five Singaporeans call for a complete ban on personal mobility devices (PMDs) following the recent spate of related accidents, a survey has found.Findings released on Tuesday (8 October) from a study by UK-based research firm YouGov showed those who disagree with a ban and those who are undecided were almost split evenly at 29 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively... three in five Singaporeans classify PMDs as “dangerous”, with close to half ranking the device as the most dangerous mode of transport among options presented in the survey."

PMDs may be banned if users' behaviour does not improve, says Janil Puthucheary - "If the users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) do not improve their behaviour, the government may have “no choice but to ban their usage completely in Singapore”, said Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Transport"

NEWS: ST poll says 70% of Bedok North residents want ban on pmds - "Nowadays when retiree Tan Hock Suan walks in his Bedok North neighbourhood, he will look over his shoulder every few metres to see if there is any personal mobility device (PMD) speeding down the road behind him.The 73-year-old told The Straits Times that a month ago, he was walking to a nearby hawker centre to meet his friends when he was almost run over by a PMD."I heard the engine from a distance, so I had to move to the side to avoid it. I have also seen people having to jump out of the way, grazing their elbows and knees," Mr Tan said."I think a few small injuries are much better than being hit and seriously injured. We have all seen how PMDs can hit someone with the force of a motorbike."... A straw poll of 150 residents by ST showed that around 70 per cent of residents wanted PMDs to be banned or restricted to those with legitimate mobility issues. About 80 per cent of residents wanted the government to impose strict fines on those who ride recklessly, or help to modify the devices to go at much higher speeds.The residents said the presence of PMDs was a "public nuisance" and "an accident waiting to happen"."

Do not let this plague of electric scooters come to Britain - "In cities all over Europe, in every cafe, people are talking about the same thing. No, not Brexit: it’s those damn electric scooters.The plague started last year and has spread like wildfire: Brussels to Lisbon, Paris to Wroclaw. Silicon Valley start-ups showed up one day with vans full of them... Britain, almost alone, has managed to stay mostly scooter free: saved by its strict road regulations... Could they be tamed and become a useful part of cities’ transport mix? A docking scheme – similar to the one used by Boris Bikes – would solve the biggest issue: the blocking of pavements. But of course, the tech firms pushing them haven’t bothered with that – they would have to apply for planning permission, and buying land in prime city centres would probably render the whole thing unprofitable. Better just to fly-tip their product wherever they fancy: I have seen it in Brussels, at 3am: men silently unloading scooters out of an unmarked van and leaving them on the pavement, like a reverse burglary. There’s also no reason in principle why individuals couldn’t simply buy and own an electric scooter like they own a bike or car. Most of the problems come from the dockless rental system which encourages user to leave them strewn around the place."
Maybe European PMD riders aren't as inconsiderate as Singaporean ones

Electric scooters: France introduces new rules to 'restore tranquillity' - "France is bringing in new rules for the use of electric scooters following hundreds of incidents involving the vehicles, including several deaths.From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement.The two-wheeled vehicles' top speed will also be capped by next year."

Commentary: E-scooter ban on footpaths – here’s a list of those who got off scot-free - "Are personal mobility devices (PMDs) really that bad? The numbers tell a terrible story. Six PMD riders dead between January 2017 and September this year reported by Tan Tock Seng Hospital alone... There was a public petition to ban them from public footpaths, with more than 69,000 signatures.So, came new rules. The Active Mobility Act, made effective in May 2018, specified conditions PMDs and bicycles must meet like the maximum speed. And more new rules again in 2019, mandating the registration of e-scooters, electric bikes and compliance with UL2272 certification. Then the rules were changed on Monday (Nov 4) when a ban on e-scooters on footpaths was announced.Yet, all of these, in my mind, are stop-gap measures.The casualties include e-scooter riders themselves. As far back as 2017, the warning signs were already being noticed by trauma doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, who admitted close to four such casualties a month. By September this year, that was nearly nine a month... The fallout from e-scooters is not limited to death and bodily harm. There have been too many fires resulting from the charging of these devices."

SmartPeopleClub - Posts - "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry: Add extra french fries to your entree, and fried chicken wings (2) or fried cheese sticks (3)"

Australian teachers outraged at 'crazy political correctness' and ordered to meet 'praise quotas' - "Teachers are being ordered to reward a minimum number of students for good behaviour as part of a bizarre new 'praise quotas'.Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates said teachers are being instructed to record positive behaviour reports on a state-wide database.The OneSchool database records cases of injury, bullying or truancy in students, but schools are now urging teachers to record a minimum of 20 positive behaviour reports per week... Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg slammed the move as being 'political correctness gone crazy'.Mr Carr-Gregg said rewarding children for 'good behaviour' that was otherwise considered normal would breed a generation of 'wusses'. 'It is a reward for behaving like a decent human being, and that is bizarre,' he said.He also said that having to note down every time children do something right or wrong would put an unnecessary load on teachers who already struggle.Mr Bates explained that teachers in Queensland have been directed to report even small incidents between children through OneSchool.While he understands that bullying is a 'pervasive issue', he noted that 'one incident of someone behaving badly does not bullying make'."

Justice for Ursula

Alternative Disney - Posts:

"All I know is... Ariel wasn't forced to sign shit. In fact, Ursula was perfectly clear on the terms of service (she even sang a song about it). So after her thirsty ass crashes a wedding, she has her friends run to daddy and has Ursula killed to avoid payment, (and to steal an almost married man)...if you ask me this home wrecking jezebel and the whole Goddamn family needs to be locked up as accessories to murder. Flounder and Sebaslians asses too. #justiceforUrsula"

On The Little Mermaid

Links - 21st November 2019 (1)

College trustee’s Straight Pride Parade speech prompts cries for her resignation - "A Raritan Valley Community College trustee who spoke at the recent “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston is drawing criticism, including calls for her resignation... “Children need stability, not confusion and indoctrination," Nace told the crowd.“Where is the overwhelming need to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual history that supersedes basic academic success”... The uproar over Nace’s remarks is the latest since Gov. Phil Murphy, in February, signed a law requiring public school districts to develop lessons about the “political, economic, and social contributions” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, in addition to those with disabilities, starting with the 2020-21 school year... New Jersey was the second state to mandate LGBT education - California was the first, in 2011... Two other states, Colorado and Illinois, followed New Jersey this year in requiring LGBT education. In her remarks in Boston, Nace argued that the emphasis on LGBT education was detracting from academics and possibly distorting history.She cited examples from a curriculum model in California that questioned the sexuality of President James Buchanan, the only unmarried U.S. president, and 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson... "For most children, their gender is a fundamental part of who they are. The vast majority of children are not confused about their sex, and it’s something that they were never, ever preoccupied with until today”"
The same people trying to shut down straight pride parades claim that straight people have never faced discrimination

Auckland adman hires professional clown for redundancy meeting - "A Kiwi adman has chosen an unusual support person to accompany him to a redundancy meeting.In lieu of the usual suspects of a friend, colleague or family member, the member of the creative team at FCB hired a professional clown to attend the meeting with him... In the strange world of support creatures, this adds another colourful addition to a quirky crew that already includes hedgehogs, peacocks and goats.  The Herald understands that the clown blew up balloons and folded them into a series of animals throughout the meeting. It's further understood that the clown mimed crying when the redundancy paperwork was handed over to the staffer."

Guardian apologises for David Cameron editorial - "The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt "privileged pain" over the death of his son... Comedian and actress Jenny Eclair tweeted: "I am furious with David Cameron but to question his grief privilege as the Guardian is doing is vile beyond vile - his 6 year old son died.""

This is one of the best costumes ever : interestingasfuck - "*Head on a plate*"

China's scissor-hand selfie-takers warned of cybersecurity threat - "A popular hand gesture adopted by China’s online community in uploaded pictures could be used by criminals to steal people’s fingerprints, Chinese cybersecurity experts have warned.The “scissor hand” pose – similar to the peace sign or “V” for victory– could reveal a perfect fingerprint if held close enough to the camera... scissor-hand pictures taken closer than three metres (10 feet) could be vulnerable and should not be published on the internet.“A scissor-hand picture taken within 1.5 metres (four feet 11 inches) can be used to restore 100 per cent of people’s fingerprints, while pictures taken about 1.5-3 metres away can turn out 50 per cent of the fingerprints”"

‘Ireland is not a typical European country. It's more like Africa’ - "“Ireland is not a typical European country. It’s almost like Africa. The way the people chat and live their lives, it’s not like in Holland or Germany or Belgium or France. People in Ireland value their family, that’s something I’ve discovered here.”... He says he feels happy in Limerick and that he has rarely experienced racism in this country.“Where I come from in Rwanda we had too much racism. We were the same people but I’d see neighbours killing their neighbours because of their tribe. Even if you meet someone here who is not a good person, you cannot call that racism. Not everyone is good, there are bad people everywhere, but I cannot see racism here.”"

Makeup artist brands Boots 'racist' after she finds security tags on only 'black hair care' products - "Boots has been accused of racism for putting security tags on hair products for black customers but leaving ones aimed at white people untagged.Make-up artist Natasha Wright was upset to see the devices - designed to prevent theft - in a store on Wembley High Road in north west London... In response Boots said: 'To prevent theft our colleagues add security tags to the products they believe are being stolen.'They do this regardless of what the product is, the cost of it, or which aisle they are on.'"
So apparently Boots is so racist that they waste money tagging black hair products even if they're not at higher risk of being stolen. I guess at least they're not beholden to neo-liberal market logic

Dead bodies move as they decay, Australian scientists find - "Time lapse cameras set up by Australian scientists at a research facility have recorded dead bodies moving as they decompose"

Machete-wielding gangs trade blows in shocking broad daylight brawl on busy South London street - "The video, filmed on London Road, shows baseball bats and what appear to be knives, machetes and even swords being used in the ugly fight"

Florida couple busted for DUI had sex in back of police car - "Ex-cons Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, were initially stopped by a deputy after they were spotted riding bikes with no lights and almost being hit by a car... Thomas and Mondanaro were placed in the backseat of a patrol car — and that’s when things got hot and heavy... Thomas managed to briefly flee, escaping hold of the deputy who tried to remove him from the patrol car.But he was caught shortly after behind a nearby Cold Stone Creamery.Authorities hit Thomas with an additional charge of theft because he took the police handcuffs with him when he ran off"

Guard with huge, stinky penis found guilty of abusing inmates - "A Brooklyn jail guard was found guilty of sexually abusing female inmates Monday — after the victims gave matching accounts of his giant, stinky penis. A jury found correction officer Lt. Eugenio Perez guilty on 23 counts for forcing four women at the Metropolitan Detention Center to perform oral sex on him and propositioning a fifth... Perez previously sat stoically through his nearly two-week trial, as visibly uncomfortable jurors endured graphic testimony from victims about his huge, hook-shaped, uncircumcised, putrid pecker. “He wasn’t circumcised. It was big, and it was like a hook … It was humongous and it curved,” one 38-year-old told the court. “If it didn’t stink I would have been all over that s–t.”... The feds were able to corroborate the women’s stories by getting a warrant for photos of his distinctive junk — which were shown to the jurors.“There is no reason why any of the victims should know anything about his penis. They all remember things about his penis”"

Having an elder brother is associated with slower language development - "Several studies had already demonstrated that children who have an elder sibling have poorer linguistic performance than those who have none. Now a research team at the CNRS, Hôpital Robert-Debré AP-HP, the EHESS, the ENS and the INSERM1 has reported a more specific result: this only concerns children who have an elder brother"

Meme - "Look son! An angry purple-haired woman dressed as a vagina is here to lecture us on human dignity"

dyl on Twitter - "Women: boobs aren’t sexual organs! stop sexualizing boobs! men can show their nipples in public, why can’t we?
Men: aight then send me a pic of your tiddies
This is the same doublethink whereby some liberals claim that you should never touch anyone without consent, since they need to claim female hysteria about having their breasts touched should apply to all sexes and all body parts. So presumably you should never tap anyone on the shoulder

Moms Outraged After Shirtless Beach Photos Of Their Long-Haired Sons Keep Getting Taken Down By Instagram - "in some cases, the moms were even banned from Facebook or Instagram for days on end...
maybe stop sexualizing the chests of girls and women?  The chest is not a sex organ. Breasts are not genitals."

Jolie King and Mark Firkin Imprisoned in Iran During Trip - "A blogger couple who traveled from Australia to Asia and the Middle East in an attempt to “break the stigma” surrounding developing countries was reportedly arrested in Iran... “Our biggest motivation… is to hopefully inspire anyone wanting to travel, and also try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad wrap [sic] in the media,” the pair wrote online... King and Firkin were arrested for reportedly flying a drone without a permit. They’ve been imprisoned ever since.  A source told the BBC that King was told Iran is holding her as part of a potential prisoner exchange with Australia. King and Firkin aren’t the only couple to have taken turned their idealism into action by traveling to potentially dangerous foreign lands... Jay Austin and Lauren Goeghegan were biking in southwest Tajikistan – a region that borders ISIS-territory in northern Afghanistan – when they were murdered by five men who stabbed the couple to death. The attack was led by an Islamic State terrorist. The two had embarked in 2017 on a bike trip around the world. In an echo of Firkin and King, the couple was motivated by their belief that, “By and large, humans are kind,” as Austin put it in a blog post documenting the journey.“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote from Morocco. “I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own.”"

Hodan Nalayeh: Somali-Canadian journalist among 26 killed in Kismayo attack - The Washington Post - "Hodan Nalayeh spent the last days of her life doing what she loved most: sharing a side of Somalia rarely depicted in the West... al-Shabab militants stormed the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo, killing at least 26 people, including Nalayeh, 43, and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman. An additional 56 people were wounded. It took around 14 hours for Somali security forces to regain control of the hotel, where several tribal elders and another journalist, Mohamed Sahal Omar, were also killed... Nalayeh’s death came as a particular shock to the Somali diaspora, where the YouTube star was seen as a relentless optimist — someone who found a way to always see the best of humanity in a country where so many others seemed to only see the worst... Her presence in Somalia sparked hope among those in the diaspora looking for proof that they too could one day return to their ancestral homeland, said Mukhtar Ibrahim, executive director of the Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news organization covering immigrant communities in Minnesota, where there is a large Somali population."
Headlined as: "A Somali-Canadian journalist returned to Somalia to tell ‘uplifting’ stories. Then terrorists killed her"

Newark's Lead-Water Crisis Won't Be America's Last - The Atlantic - "The city of Newark, New Jersey, is racing to replace all of its lead pipes after a public outcry over the high levels of lead in its water. After exceeding a federal lead limit three times in a row, the city began to provide water filters to certain residents in 2018. But some of the filters were found to be ineffective, and as of the end of last month, thousands of the city’s residents were still advised to drink bottled water... Newark is far from the only city that has struggled to keep its drinking water free from lead. Drinking water in the United States is mostly safe, but between 2015 and 2018, about 5.5 million Americans in communities around the nation got their water from systems that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead action level of 15 parts per billion... The widespread presence of lead in water in certain areas points to what advocates call a serious failure to upgrade water infrastructure in recent decades. “The U.S. has not been investing in its drinking-water infrastructure for generations,” says Erik Olson, the senior director for health programs at NRDC, which filed a lawsuit against Newark last year. “A lot of our pipes are 50 or 100 years old or more, and many are lead. And water-treatment plants are still using World War I–era technology for treatment.”... replacing all the lead service lines in the U.S. could cost $30 billion. It’s a hefty-seeming sum, “but that’s the kind of investment that society made when these water systems were being built 100-plus years ago,” he says. “We have been living off of the investments of our great-grandparents for decades.”... Americans have already indicated that they are willing to pay for even safer water: We currently spend $18.5 billion on bottled water every year."
Crumbling US infrastructure strikes again

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Links - 20th November 2019 (3) (Labour UK/Jeremy Corbyn)

Climate change: Firms failing to tackle crisis will be delisted from stock exchange, Labour says - "Companies that fail to act on the climate change they cause will be axed from the stock exchange, under radical Labour plans."

Concerns about antisemitism mean we cannot vote Labour - "nder Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour has come under formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for institutional racism against Jews. Two Jewish MPs have been bullied out of the party. Mr Corbyn has a long record of embracing antisemites as comrades... We refuse to vote Labour on 12 December. John le Carré (David Cornwell), Fay Weldon, Joanna Lumley, William Boyd, Simon Callow, Antony Beevor, Sathnam Sanghera, Janina Ramirez, Trevor Phillips, Jimmy Wales, Suzannah Lipscomb, Tom Holland, Frederick Forsyth, Peter Frankopan, Ghanem Nuseibeh, Dan Snow, Fiyaz Mughal, Tony Parsons, Dan Jones, Maajid Nawaz, Oz Katerji, Nick Hewer, Ed Husain, Terry Jervis"
Of course there're still people claiming Labour's anti-Semitism problem is fake and concoted by the right wing tabloid press

Labour councillor suspended over claims she called Hitler 'the greatest man in history' - "A Labour councillor has been suspended after a series of anti-Semitic tweets were found on her Twitter account.Aysegul Gurbuz, 20, is the latest name drawn into a row threatening to divide the party following claims of harassment of Jewish students at Oxford University... Another tweet hoped that Iran would use a "nuclear weapon" to "wipe Israel off the map".Other tweets expressed "disgust" that "Jews are so powerful", and one even stated "Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain."... Among the most shocking tweets was one that began: "Jews cannot expect us to sympathise with their history under Hitler."Gurbuz was also a candidate for Warwick Student Union’s Ethnic Minorities Officer, listing in her manifesto a commitment to “Increase awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day”, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Warwick Friends of Palestine Society... "How many more cases must we see before the Labour Party takes action?"  Miss Gurbuz denied she had written the tweets and claimed her sister may have posted them"
Amazingly, this is from April 2016, showing how deeprooted the problem is

Momentum activists blamed for rise of anti-semitism at Oxford Labour Club, a senior source has claimed - "Activists linked with the Jeremy Corbyn's hard leftist Momentum group are partly to blame for a rise in anti-semitism at Oxford, a senior source at the Oxford University Labour Club has alleged. It comes after a former co-chairman of the club claimed the infiltration of ‘hard leftists’ at the Oxford University Labour Club has led to a ‘vicious culture of personal attacks’, including the recent anti-semitic incidents. It also follows the resignation of the co-chairman of the organisation, Alex Chalmers, earlier this week after accusing a large proportion of members of having “some kind of problems with Jews”. It is alleged the hard leftists are members with links to Momentum, the hard-Left group backed by Jeremy Corbyn, and are claimed to be advancing an “authoritarian and intolerant” Marxist tradition that “punishes dissent”."

Is the Labour Party's problem with racism beyond repair? - "senior members of the Labour club liked to regale listeners with a song called “Rockets over Tel Aviv” and endorse Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians. They were in the habit of casually referring to Jewish students as “Zio”. They repeated tropes about the “Zionist lobby” and “high net worth Jewish individuals”. They stated all Jews should be required to denounce Zionism and the state of Israel, and that those who refused to do so should be shunned. And they had arranged for a group of students to harass a Jewish student and shout “filthy Zionist” at her."

How Labour's Left has stitched up selection - "Since 2015, the Left has won victory after victory within the Labour Party. The leadership, the National Executive Committee and the general-secretaryship have all been won, leaving only one last bastion of resistance to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the Left project. The Parliamentary Labour Party has had a core of MPs prepared to fight the leadership over antisemitism and obfuscation on Brexit. In a hung parliament it has acted as a powerful bloc of votes and an alternative voice whose public face has been the deputy leader, Tom Watson.  Now Watson has gone. Last week he resigned his Parliamentary candidacy and the deputy leadership... every constituency that wanted an open selection process with voting by local members lost its power. The NEC, controlled by the Left, now could impose or remove candidates at will. Of course it is the same Left that for 45 years has preached the virtues of internal democracy and membership power within the Labour Party. This seems to have been temporarily forgotten in the exercise of power... The profile and politics of the new PLP would be much more aligned to the membership of the party since 2015 — more radical, more diverse, much younger and mainly supporters of Momentum... In Coventry’s two rock solid Labour seats, Geoffrey Robinson and Jim Cunningham — two white male MPs born in 1938 and 1941 respectively — have been replaced by Taiwo Owateni and Zarah Sultana — both female, BAME candidates who are likely to be in the House of Commons for decades to come. Sultana, who is 26, has already got into trouble over tweets when she was a student in 2015 declaring her desire to celebrate the deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu. Sultana’s tweets have put her under pressure but she survives. Every day there are stories emanating from social media that in earlier times would have ended careers. But loyalty to the leadership is now enough to put you in place and keep you there."

Labour candidates deny anti-Semitism and attack the Poppy Appeal - "A Labour candidate described the party’s anti-Semitism problem as “racism smears” that were “politically motivated”.  Mark McDonald, candidate for Stoke on Trent South, claimed that the scandal was the result of an “unholy alliance” between the Conservative party and a “small group” of Labour MPs... Labour's Paul Farmer, who secured the candidacy for Camborne and Redruth, praised socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as “the most elected leader in the world”.  He also suggested that governments did not need to balance the books as they could “always print more money”.  Kate Osborne, who was selected as the Labour party candidate for Jarrow on Saturday, has been criticised for sharing an image of Theresa May with a gun pointing at her head. Liz Kendall, Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Lucy Powell, Cat Smith and Vicky Foxcroft have written to the party’s powerful ruling National Executive Committee demanding action.  In a statement they said: “The impact of such images are clear – they incite intimidation and violence against female politicians.”  The party's candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke previously attacked the Poppy Appeal saying supporters are backing the “blatant glorification of war”.  Mhairi Threlfall believes the public should wear their poppy if they want to cheer on the “continued legalised mass murder”."

The implosion of Labour is a historic milestone in our politics - "I can remember a number of occasions when major political parties simply fell apart – most commonly after a spectacular defeat – but never before in the opening days of a general election campaign. It is impossible to exaggerate the political significance, not to say the emotional impact, of lifelong Labour stalwarts actually advising their supporters to vote Conservative: to commit, in effect, what would once have been seen as mortal sin. The broadcast news may have tried to present (perhaps in the interests of a confused notion of “balance”?) the cataclysmic testimony from Ian Austin and the resignation of Tom Watson as the electoral equivalent of Jacob Rees Mogg’s infelicitous phrasing. But even the BBC seemed to get it in the end. Somehow the story “Top Tory Inadvertently Says Something Tasteless”, didn’t quite match up to the extraordinarily moving testimony of a man who had been devoted, man and boy, to the Labour cause – and now felt morally compelled to renounce it. This is not just a campaign mishap. It is a historic milestone in our national politics. The major Opposition party is no longer functional. The governing party – whatever your view of it – is the only credible one that can be supported.This is the view not only of the high-profile figures who have resigned from Labour but of a large number of those who will continue to run and campaign for the party with varying degrees of despair and desperation – quite a few of them scarcely bothering to conceal their hope that the Corbyn junta will be crushed by a massive election defeat... What Corbyn and his more hard-headed comrade, John McDonnell, are advocating is the programme of the British communist (not Trotskyist) movement. The headline plans include renationalising private industries with compensation to shareholders decided arbitrarily by the government rather than at market value, which is to say the state seizing the means of production on whatever terms it chooses.There will be the introduction of taxes on assets (like private homes) as well as income, which amounts to the seizure of individual savings and the financial security they provide. Then there is the apparent intention to eliminate the existence of billionaires from the country – which effectively exports all their tax liability to some other jurisdiction, thereby losing vast amounts of revenue that might have been spent on, as Mr McDonnell would say, our Northern infrastructure... Under a Labour government, employees would have a legal right to choose (not to “request” – to choose) their hours of work.Seriously enforced, this would produce such ungovernable chaos that the efficient management of businesses would be virtually impossible. But the problems of running a business are precisely not what Labour wants to be seen as understanding.Private bosses are the class enemy... the Corbyn-McDonnell doctrine rejects free market economics precisely because it creates mass prosperity – which it always describes as “greed”. In fact, individual prosperity offers the possibility of self-determination: the freedom to move on, to escape the passivity and defeatism of poverty... ut that argument would cut no ice with the McDonnell-ites because they aren’t champions of individual freedom which depends on having choices. They are advocating clear, defining steps toward a command economy as outlined in the essential Stalin-era doctrine of the British communists. Perhaps this explains their bizarre sentimental attachment to Russia.Why on earth, in the post-Soviet age, defend Putin against accusations of attempted assassination in the Salisbury poisoning outrage? (Note to Seamus Milne: you do know that Russia isn’t a socialist country anymore, right?) I suppose old loyalties die hard.Oddly, Corbyn seems to have the same soft spot for Putin as Donald Trump"

Labour would ban billionaires, says prominent Corbyn supporter - "Lloyd Russell-Moyles, the MP for Brighton Kemptown, signalled a Corbyn government would “redistribute” the assets of the most wealthy.Citing “tax-dodgers” and “bad landlords”, he told the Emma Barnett Show: “I don’t think anyone in this country should be a billionaire”... The radical stance appears to have the backing of the party leadership, with a Labour source saying last night: “Every billionaire is a policy failure.“We will put wealth and power in the hands of the many not the few.”It came as Mr Corbyn launched Labour’s election campaign along traditional class lines, seeing to set up the contest as a choice between the struggling and the well off."
The Labour way of achieving equality - cut down people at the top, so they're as badly off as people at the bottom

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Election campaigns - "‘Will Boris Johnson apologize today for making the same promise repeatedly and failing to deliver it?’
‘I think most people listening to this are thinking, actually it's quite clearly Parliament that's failed to deliver it. He after all, did absolutely everything in his power to get Parliament to come to its  senses and Parliament... went about deciding not to vote for the program motion... unless you want us to start breaking the law that Parliament sets, there’s just nothing that you can do when Parliament is so dithering and delaying’...
'The truth is that the country voted to leave. I think it took the establishment by surprise, certainly took Parliament by surprise, who'd voted overwhelmingly to have that referendum and to honour it and then decided not to when push came to shove'...
[On Diane Abbott] ‘You are someone who in the last election received almost half of all the abusive tweets sent to female MPs, more than 10 times as much as we received by any other female MP, according to a study that was done by Amnesty International.’...
‘The huge rise in online abuse and obviously, it's addressed more than anybody else has to do the anonymity online. And my view is, we should make it harder for people to be anonymous online. They can have an anonymous identity. But the website, twitter, facebook should have their real name and address… I believe that the fact that people are completely anonymous has made this problem worse. When we try, when the police try and track down people abusing me, they find they can’t identify them. If Twitter, Facebook and online had the people's real name and address, I think we'd be able to crack down on this much more.’"
Yet another reason Labour is a horrible choice for the UK

Labour conference approves motion to extend free movement - "Labour conference has approved a radical policy motion advocating the extension of free movement, the closure of all detention centres and the awarding of equal voting rights to all UK residents... In the UK, full voting rights are currently limited to citizens of the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries. EU citizens living in the UK can vote in local and European elections, but not general elections.The motion seeks to instruct the next Labour government to change the situation, such that non-EU and non-Commonwealth citizens are awarded the right to vote in all elections. Nondiscriminatory national voting rights are rare, with New Zealand being a notable exception."

I’m glad the Tories filibustered the youth vote bill. If we can’t trust 16-year-olds with a pint, why should we trust them with a vote? - "a private members’ bill introduced by Labour MP’s, seeking to reduce the voting age to 16, got its second reading in the House of Commons. As well as Labour, it received the backing of the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru, and was championed by such luminaries as Vince Cable and Lord Adonis.The Tories filibustered the debate, meaning that there was no time for a vote on the voting age being reduced to 16. However, the question remains as to why left-leaning parties are so determined to let under-18s vote.It has been touted as something to bring younger people into society earlier, giving them a say over their futures, recognising they can be responsible. But rather than welcome this idea, the public should view it with real caution. Though it appears a liberal policy to widen the reach of democracy, the reality is that it is patronising and opportunistic.Though wanting 16-year-olds to vote, the parties arrayed in favour of it remain staunchly opposed to legalising a raft of other things they currently cannot do. Below the age of 18, it is illegal for people to smoke, vape, drink alcohol, buy fireworks, knives, gamble, get a tattoo or even use a sun bed. You cannot inherit money, nor can you buy a house. Below the age of 17, of course, you also cannot drive, whilst until you are 18 you can’t be sent to an adult prison. None of the parties plan on changing that any time soon, whilst plenty of government bodies actively encourage raising some of these age limits. How can it be that a 16-year-old is mature enough to make head or tail of complex political decisions, but immature enough to be prevented from buying a pint, learning to drive a car, getting on the property ladder, or just getting a tan? If 16-years-olds are to be allowed to vote like adults, they should receive all the other freedoms voting adults receive... If political parties distrust the young so much, why are they so keen to give them the vote? The answer is the same as why they want to keep them away from drink and fireworks: they think they’re immature, making them easier to mislead... Young people vote overwhelmingly for left wing parties and policies, so it’s no wonder these parties want to give 1.5 million more of them the vote. Cable, Adonis and Labour’s Jim McMahon see them as easy prey, in much the same way as Jeremy Corbyn did at the last election, with his promise to reduce tuition fees, or Nick Clegg when he promised to oppose raising them. In both cases, the politicians went back on their word, but no doubt, come the next election, the same impossible bribes will be dangled in front of them again. If Labour and the Lib Dems seriously thought these people were mature enough, they’d never dare to mislead voters in such a way. This isn’t empowering, it’s child exploitation. Giving youngsters a vote doesn’t involve them in society. By accident or design, most are blissfully naive about politics. It is, in fact, a trick to give paternalistic politicians more power over the young. All that will happen is that they’ll be screwed by the same politicians – they just won’t be able to drown their sorrows afterwards."

BBC World Service - The World This Week, Iran in the crosshairs - "[On the Labour Party and people leaving] So, Tom Watson, well, he says it wasn't for political reasons. But I mean, clearly, the fact that he is seen as being on the moderate anti Corbin wing of the Labour Party is not a great look. And then of course, you had somebody else leaving the party, a former MP, saying that Jeremy Corbyn was completely unfit to lead the country. You also had Britain's most famous newspaper for the Jewish community, urging non Jews to look at Labour's record on anti semitism. I mean, you just couldn't make this stuff up. What you can point to is Mr. Corbyn’s standing in the opinion polls, and they suggest that he is the most unpopular leader of Her Majesty's opposition since polling of that question began. And I suspect a number of things have happened since the last general election in 2017. I think number one, there are these allegations of anti semitism that come one after another, and from the people inside the party, people leaving the party with great emotion after the treatment that they have received. But I think it also comes because in the last two years, I guess an awful lot of people who've been watching the political process, and my goodness there’s been lots to watch. And maybe thought actually, given the extraordinary difficulties of two conservative governments, Mr. Corbyn, they would think, hasn't provided a very forensic critique. And I think all of that has combined to really damage him"
Yet online it's like Labour supporters are living in a different universe, claiming anti-Semitism is made up by right wing tabloids etc

Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter "Boris Johnson does not care about violence on our streets. #Marr #Ridge"

Jeremy Corbyn has blood on his hands from IRA support, former terrorist says - "A former IRA terrorist said Jeremy Corbyn's support for the group gave its members "great encouragement" and claimed the Labour leader and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have "blood on their own hands". Sean O'Callaghan said the support of the Labour leader and Mr McDonnell had "made it easier" for the republican terror group to carry out atrocities."

Right Wing Political Bible - Posts - "Conservative's mental gymnastics:
Brexit means Brexit
Lib Dem's mental gymnastics:
Fuck your democracy
Labour's mental gymnastics:
We accept the result
But we'll block all attempts to leave
Get a better deal and hold another referendum
Allow foreign nationals the right to vote
And campaign to remain"

Best. Textbook. Opening. Paragraph. Ever.

"Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics.

Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously."

--- States of Matter / David L. Goodstein

Links - 20th November 2019 (2)

Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24-7 Habit and Change the Way you Work - "What started as an experiment with a six-person team at The Boston Consulting Group—one of the world's elite management consulting firms—triggered a global initiative that eventually spanned more than 900 BCG teams in 30 countries across five continents. These teams confronted their nonstop workweeks and changed the way they worked, becoming more efficient and effective. The result? Employees were more satisfied with their work-life balance and with their work in general. And the firm was better able to recruit and retain employees. Clients also benefited—often in unexpected ways"

‘Can't even read it anymore’: Pete Buttigieg is right, the LGBT media is garbage - "Buttigieg told the radio host that he “can’t even read the LGBT media anymore” because it’s all "too gay, not gay enough, wrong kind of gay."“All I know is that life became a lot easier when I just started allowing myself to be myself, and I’ll let other people write up whether I’m ‘too this’ or ‘too that,’” Buttigieg said...  The LGBT media is basically a joke. Its extremist, sexually libertine, left-wing content is not really representative of many actual gay people outside of San Francisco coffee shops or New York City gay bars."

David Cameron Is Sorry. Really, Really Sorry. - The New York Times - "“There are some people who will never forgive me for holding a referendum,” he said. “There are also a large number of people who were fed up that we kept getting promised referendums, and they were never consulted, and the E.U. had changed massively during our time of membership.”"

Google paid female director less: gender-discrimination lawsuit - "An engineering director for Google is suing the firm, claiming she was paid less and denied a promotion because she’s a woman, then was demoted for complaining.Ulku Rowe, a former managing director for JPMorgan currently working in Google’s Cloud unit, “has played a critical leadership role in building Google Cloud’s offering in financial services”"

Good Optics - Posts - "Melissa Barnett @melissa_lbi replying to @pgorski: This week, dumpsters were filled with books that should have left decades ago @TWPSchools and replaced with engaging, relevant, culturally diverse literature."
When liberals burn books

Eddie 🛸 on Twitter - "Kung Fu Kassy @Kassyworms: "My 5 year old niece saw the blue deer on my shirt and was like ”awww it’s a boy deer!” I took the opportunity to be like ”Or it can be a girl deer! Girls like blue too, Olivia” She stared at me and was like "I said  it’s a boy because it has antlers.” Take my degree away now.""

Racist London bus attack shows woman in hijab shouting abuse - "This shocking footage shows a woman in a hijab tell an Indian male bus passenger that he ‘stinks of curry’... Referring to an area in London, mobile phone video shows the woman scream at the man: ‘You smell of curry, dumb b**tard. Go back to your f**king Southall slum.’"
Of course, if it'd been a white person doing it, the media would be totally obsessed

Column: Jeff Bezos becomes the first CEO to break his pledge to dump the 'shareholder value' model - Los Angeles Times - "The most important question left by the recent pledge by nearly 200 major corporations to place their workers, customers, suppliers and communities ahead of their shareholders was: How will we know that the companies are adhering to the pledge?Jeff Bezos, a signatory to the statement issued Aug. 19 by the Business Roundtable, and chief executive of Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods, has shown how we’ll know when companies are reneging. One signal would be cutting benefits for part-time employees. That’s exactly what Whole Foods just did... Stiglitz observed that although the corporation’s first responsibility is to pay its taxes, the signatories included CEOs of some of the nation’s most notorious tax avoiders, including Apple and Amazon. Many others were supporters, whether explicitly or tacitly, of the 2017 tax cuts, which were aimed at corporations and the wealthy."

Stefan Molyneux on Twitter - "I am fighting white supremacy. Millions of people move to white countries because they do not believe they can achieve freedom, wealth, and security at home. If you believe that only white countries can be free, you are a white supremacist. Fight supremacy – fix your countries"

Mom Received 5-Year-Sentence After Falsifying Son’s School District and Twice Selling Drugs - "Correction: The original version of this article falsely stated that Tanya McDowell was sentenced to five years in prison solely after larceny conviction for falsifying her son’s address to get him into a neighboring school district. The sentence, which came after a plea agreement, actually encompassed three crimes to which McDowell pleaded guilty: Larceny and two counts of sale of narcotics.
Felicity Huffman‘s 14-day sentence has brought back into the spotlight a case where a Connecticut mom received a five-year sentence for falsifying her son’s residence to get him into a neighboring school district as well as selling drugs on two occasions. Critics have pointed out the discrepancy in the sentences, but the cases are different... DeJoseph, referencing McDowell’s drug convictions, tells PEOPLE, “These cases are so dissimilar as to be comparing apples to motor oil.”"
A lot of people - and even many media outlets - were and still are promoting the fake news that she got a much heavier sentence than Felicity Huffman because of racism

Women are flocking to plastic surgeons to fix 'resting bitch face' - "It’s because of a public shift in focus from the upper to lower face — “popularized by the Kardashians,” he says, and their affinity for lip injections.He says selfies are also a factor: They force people to “look down at their phone, [which] accentuates the resting bitch face.”"

Women Are Paying for 'Designer Nipples' So They Can Look More Like Kendall Jenner - "They apparently love how the 22-year-old supermodel regularly goes braless, with her nipples high beaming through semi-sheer tops. It's making women whose nipples aren't regularly erect or pointed, but otherwise fine, kinda jealous."

Seeing Spider/Antman Movies Lessen Fear of Bugs? - "The study is: ” ‘Spidey Can’: Preliminary Evidence Showing Arachnophobia Symptom Reduction Due to Superhero Movie Exposure,” Yaakov S.G. Hoffman, Shani Pitcho-Prelorentzos, Lia Ring, and Menachem Ben-Ezra, Frontiers in Psychiatry, epub 2019"

Chinese tourist sorry for scuba tank ‘pranks’ on diving trip in Philippines - "A Chinese tourist
has apologised for closing the valves on two divers’ scuba tanks while they were diving on a group trip to the Philippines, saying it was “just a prank”."

AI learned to use tools after nearly 500 million games of hide and seek - MIT Technology Review - "Through playing a simple game of hide and seek hundreds of millions of times, two opposing teams of AI agents developed complex hiding and seeking strategies that involved tool use and collaboration"

'Battlefield V' Embraces Social Justice Revisionism, Bombs Miserably - "One of this year’s most discussed World War II first-person shooting games, Electronic Arts’ Battlefield V, now appears to be destined towards commercial failure after its developers chose to include a theme of social-justice related historical revisionism in the game’s content. Fans of the historically themed first-person shooter Battlefield series reacted with disapproval when the initial trailer for the new game was released. Many were given the impression that the series had abandoned any pretense of historical realism with the bizarre trailer was seen, featuring anachronistic elements such as prosthetic limbs and women as frontline combat soldiers... The refusal of EA and DICE(Battlefield‘s developer) to listen to the concerns of their own consumer base became even more obvious when the latter seemed to passive-aggressively mock the historical objections at a launch party for the game, flashing quotes across a screen such as “Feminazies are trying to ruin Battlefield” and a monotonous display of “White men! White men! White men!”... Any pretense of historical realism was completely abandoned in an element of the game’s single player component, when the player plays as a female Norwegian resistance fighter in a real life sabotage operation which was undertaken by men, exclusively. The de facto writing out of the men who participated in a plot to cripple Germany’s nuclear development program raised accusations of blatant disrespect... It’s being heavily outperformed in sales by its closest competitor, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and sources indicate that early sales of Battlefield V lag well behind those of its predecessor, the World War I-themed Battlefield 1."
Get woke...

Battlefield V Video Exposes DICE's SJW Historical Revisionism - "basically, the only time DICE decided to attempt some measure of accuracy was for non-white characters.Worse yet is that — as pointed out by American Krogan — the story is depicted in Battlefield V with all the modern day sensibilities of the Left’s vision of racism.Battlefield V attempts to portray the African fighters as being treated like second-class soldiers by the white Frenchmen... there’s lots of virtue signaling, with the Africans being portrayed as more virtuous and moralistic compared to the German soldiers"

Gillette backflips on ‘toxic masculinity’ with new firefighter ad - "Razor brand Gillette says it is “shifting the spotlight from social issues to local heroes” after an ad delving into “toxic masculinity” caused a customer backlash... Parent company P&G last month took a nearly $12 billion ($US8 billion) writedown in the value of the 118-year-old shaving business it purchased in 2005 for $84 billion ($US57 billion).While the company blamed the writedown primarily on a strengthening US dollar, it said the non-cash impairment charge was also due to increased competition and a shrinking market for razors as men shave less frequently... Conservative critics were quick to connect the writedown to the brand’s recent push into progressive social issues, which rival Schick has pointedly mocked with a series of lighthearted ads taglined “The Man I Am”."

Women’s magazines are more progressive than ever – and they’re all closing down | Yomi Adegoke - "The demise of women’s mags would once have been met with jubilation by some feminists. Although they were a space for women in the media, they were often a toxic one: the circling of celebrity cellulite, the reinforcement of white beauty standards, the endless sex tips focused on every orgasm but your own, only further entrenched misogyny. But, by and large, this is not a representation of women’s magazines today. The closure of Teen Vogue’s print publication was met with widespread outrage, after we had watched the magazine mature into a politically engaged tome for pubescent readers who cared about fashion, but also wanted to ensure that the climate crisis hadn’t scorched the world in which it could exist... The sad thing is that the current purge is happening at a time when women’s magazines are less sexist and more progressive than they ever have been. Last year’s September issues made history with virtually every one featuring a black cover star. Some may argue that change came too late, but even magazines that only ever had a feminist agenda haven’t been immune – websites such as Rookie, the Toast and the Hairpin no longer exist."
If only someone could imagine that there might be a connection between the two phenomena

Atheists Are Willing to Pay to Avoid Hearing "Thoughts and Prayers" from Christians - "while for Christians, the remark is welcome—especially if it comes from a member of the clergy—atheists and agnostics were "prayer averse," preferring to avoid religious sentiments in times of tragedy."

Musings of the Regressive Left - "Criticizing feminism cheat code: say white women instead of women. Feminist’s anti-white prejudice is stronger than their defense of everything female"
"*Women suck* - Upset face
*White women suck* - Happy face"

Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment

Rationally Speaking | Official Podcast of New York City Skeptics - Current Episodes - RS 241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"

"'Zimbardo himself says sometimes that it's more “demonstration” than an experiment.And that the difference between an experiment and the demonstration, is that in a demonstration, you know from the beginning what you want to prove. And you have a theatrical setup to demonstrate your idea, to make it more graphic, more catchy... But he says that when he's accused of having run the experiment only once. So it cannot really be said to be an experiment, because it's happened only once.But most of the time he is talking about it as an experiment. And the expression, the “Stanford Prison Experiment,” has been coined by Zimbardo himself... It's in a press release that he broadcast on the second day of the experiment. He coined it, he christened the name of the experiment.'...

'This is another way in which it was very much not an experiment. That Zimbardo himself, the experimenter, was participating. Was he the prison superintendent, or what was his role?'

'Yeah, he was the director. And he had two PhD students who were his lieutenants. And he had an undergraduate student who was the warden, the chief of guards.. He was completely involved. And one of the things I discovered is that he knew exactly the result he wanted to achieve, and he knew exactly how to achieve it. And in fact the experiment was written as a theater play, or as a movie. There was a script and the characters were following the script... there was a schedule. So the fact that the prisoners were woken up in the night -- it was something they had, the guards had to wake up the prisoners because they were to follow the schedule.And the fact that [they were made to] do pushups was an instruction given by the warden, who was a student of Zimbardo. They had a set of rules that were written by the experimenters.

And more generally, the guards had a training day -- it was called “orientation day,” but it was a training day -- where they were explained what result the experimenter expected to achieve. And they were explained the punishments they could give to the prisoners. And they were explained that all this was very important for science and for prison reform.So they had a script, and they had also the motivation to follow the script. Besides the fact that they were paid, and they were paid at the end of the experiment. Usually in an experiment, you pay the people at the beginning, and you explain to them that whatever happens, they would keep their pay. So as not to induce certain behavior from them. But in this case they were paid at the end.So that was an incentive to stay in the experiment, and to behave in the way that was expected by the experimenters.'...

'[He] quoted Zimbardo saying, as he has many times. "We did not give any formal or detailed instructions about how to be an effective guard."And he asked Zimbardo, how do you explain this seeming contradiction?And Zimbardo replied, "Well, the point is telling a guard to be tough doesn't mean telling a guard to be mean, to be cruel, to be sadistic. Which many of the guards became of their own volition, playing the role of what they thought was a prison guard."And he concluded, “So I reject your assumption entirely.”... the guards were told that this was important for prison reform.To me, that's especially damning. Because it means that if the guards conform, it could just be out of the motive of wanting to show how terrible it is when guards are sadistic'...

'Zimbardo told them that, great, now you have an occasion to demonstrate that pigs are wrong, that the cops are bad, and that prisons are bad…  You just have to behave how you would picture that pigs would react. The meaner you will be, the better it will be for the experiment, and for prison reform.So if you want to be a good citizen, or if you want to help science, you have to be mean. We know you are not mean, but you have to pretend.And anyway what he said to the guards is that we are not testing you. We are just testing the reactions of the prisoners. You are like actors... Zimbardo lied about this. He never said that the guards were deceived.Because when you do a scientific experiment, you can deceive the participants and make them believe things, but when you publish your results, you have to say it.'...

'Here's what I don't understand. Zimbardo knew that material was in the archives, right? He knew about the camera. He knew the material was all going to be there. What did he think was going to happen?'

'I don't think he knows really what's inside the archive. I don't know if he went through the archive since the experiment took place... To me what happened is that in a way Zimbardo got trapped into his own narrative. He started to spread the official narrative before he had time to analyze his data. He started to talk to the press, he started speaking to the American Congress, before he analyzed his data. And he started to circulate this official narrative.And then six, seven, eight months later, when he has analyzed the data and he could see that the narrative is not so clear cut -- it's too late. People are expecting from him the official narrative. It's hard for him to deny what he has been circulating for six or eight months.So he just kept on repeating the official narrative. And that's what he's been doing, for 49 years.'...

'I have a quote here from Zimbardo a couple months after the experiment, when he was speaking to Congress. And he said, “The guards were simply told that they were going to go into a situation that could be serious and have perhaps some danger. They made up their own rules for maintaining, law, order and respect.”That's the thing where I don't understand how you could have, two months earlier, told the guards what was expected of them and then you go to Congress and say that.'

'Yeah, he was obviously lying.'...

'[There was] an ex-convict -- an actual ex-con, not a student playing a convict -- named Carlo Prescott, who Zimbardo hired as a consultant on the experiment.And then about 12, 13 years ago, Prescott wrote an op-ed saying the experiment was a lie, and that a lot of the guards’ behavior was suggested by him.And then the weird part is Zimbardo claims that the op-ed wasn't even written by Prescott. That it was secretly written by one of Zimbardo's enemies, a producer who lost the movie rights to the Prison Experiment. And he's angry at Zimbardo. So according to Zimbardo, this guy ghost wrote the op-ed and got Prescott to put his own name on it... Carlo Prescott is black.

And when Zimbardo was saying that the op-ed wasn't actually written by Prescott, his actual quote was, "It's white boys’ language. It's not the language of the ghetto." Referring to the Op-ed. That was Zimbardo's explanation for why it couldn't have been written by Prescott.'...

'Zimbardo, in the discussion he focused on this detail to say, okay, if this detail is wrong, then the rest of the critique is wrong. That's very shrewd of him. He doesn't have to reply to all the critiques. He's just focusing on one critique, and showing that it's not that strong. So he doesn't have to reply to all the other critiques'...

'“All the guards didn't become rude and abusing. Actually about a third of the guards did. So the experiment would tend to prove that people do not spontaneously become abusive if they are told to. Or they don't just don't need to wear a uniform, and be put into prison to become abusive guards.”So the experiment demonstrates the contrary, that people can resist their environment... it's as if we should have some polls about experiments, to ask people, “Do you think we should take this experiment as true or false?” And we should make polls to know if an experiment is scientific or not. If it feels true to a lot of people, then let's say it's true, and it's scientific.That's the kind of thing you can read in a major newspaper, like the New York Times.

So for me, as a scientist, it was very depressing to discover that most people don't care about the truth, actually. Even among scientists -- they read books or they do science to reinforce their beliefs. And people are not looking for truth. They are looking for things that make them feel better. And they are looking for things that confirm their opinions.That's why the Stanford Prison Experiment will live forever. Because it's very convenient for a lot of people. And they don't care if it's scientific or not. That's not the point. The point is that, does it feel true to me? That's the point.'

'Not to depress you even further, but there was an interview with Zimbardo where they asked him about you and your book.And his response was, “People can say whatever they want about it” -- i.e., about the experiment – “It's the most famous study in history of psychology at this point. There's no study that people talk about 50 years later. Ordinary people know about it. If he --” i.e., you, Thibault – “if he wants to say it was all a hoax, that's up to him, I'm not going to defend it any more. The defense is its longevity.”The defense is its longevity. That phrase really drew me up short.'

'And you're right. But in a way I agree with them, in the way that the Stanford Prison Experiment will never die. And that it will live on, because it's beyond the realm of science now. Now it belongs to popular culture. You have a rock band called the Stanford Prison Experiment.'"

Links - 20th November 2019 (1)

Julie Ivory - Never forget. - "hey remember when the panama papers came out and revealed that all the rich people in the world are part of enormous criminal conspiracy to dodge taxes and hoard stolen wealth in offshore accounts and literally nothing happened"
"That's not quite true. The reporter behind the story, Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered."

Andrew Yang on Twitter - "We should learn from other countries. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all tried a wealth tax and then repealed it, mainly because of the implementation issues and that it did not generate as much revenue as projected."

The Worst of Twitter - Posts - "Today on the @OC_Transpo I came face to face with a Nazi. He was wearing a shirt depicting a man being lynched and a #Germany hat. #Ottawa #OttCity"
*HellHammer - Triumph of Death* (Swiss metal band)

U.S. Immigration Courts’ Backlog Exceeds One Million Cases - WSJ - "The administration’s actions have had the effect of allowing most people who already have asylum cases pending to stay longer—though TRAC data suggest most of these immigrants will ultimately not qualify for asylum. Asylum seekers are currently issued work permits while they wait, though the administration has moved to do away with the requirement to issue these work permits.The Trump administration has argued that the extensions and work permits provide a back door for immigrants to stay in the country and that the wait times have made crossing the border only more attractive for prospective migrants... Administration officials are also weighing a new rule to attach a nearly $1,000 fee to appeals in the immigration court system, according to a person familiar with the matter. Such a policy would deter most immigrants from being able to afford appeals, advocates say. In a statement, a Justice Department spokesman said the fee for appeals—currently at $110—hasn’t been adjusted since 1986, unlike most other immigration-related fees."

'It's difficult to make new friends': Germany ranked one of hardest countries for settling in - "For the third year in a row, Germany landed in the bottom five of the Ease of Settling in Index in the latest edition of global community Internations' annual Expat Insider Survey.The Bundesrepublik ranked 60th out of 64 countries surveyed in the index, with 55 percent of expats in Germany stating that the find it challenging to make local friends - a full 16 percentage points above the global average of people living abroad (39 percent)... More than a quarter of expats, or 27 percent, rated the friendliness of the Germans negatively, compared to a global average of 16 percent. "It's difficult to socialize and make new friends here," said one survey taker."
Interestingly, Taiwan is #1. Taiwan consistently is the best at quality and affordability of healthcare

‘Okra is the most foul thing ever grown’: chefs on their most hated ingredients - "When fusion food became a thing in London, chefs started using every ingredient on the planet and, if you don’t know what you’re doing with okra, it goes really slimy – and tastes bitter, too. The only time it’s near-edible is when you deep-fry the hell out of it. But anything works deep-fried; what’s the point? I refuse to work with it. If I see it in a dish, I ask for it to be removed."

CCTV of five blacks attacking a white woman on bus at London Bridge - YouTube

AntiVax mothers say, like black people, they’re the new Civil Right sufferers

Am I really ‘hurtling towards middle age’ at 35? | Arwa Mahdawi - Jul 2018
Men's fixation on young women is another sign of masculinity in crisis | Arwa Mahdawi - Aug 2018

Why Ivanka Trump’s new haircut should make us very afraid | Arwa Mahdawi - "The Daily Beast, for example, mused that it “could be an optics ploy to communicate control in a derailed administration”. Salon asked whether the shorter cut was a “nod to her growing ambitions”, while an image consultant told Refinery29 that Trump “wants to re-establish credibility because her father’s campaign is coming up ... this hair makes her look more grounded and more mature and more professional.”"
Strange, I thought it was misogynistic to obsess over women's appearances

Indonesia to make non-marital consensual sex a criminal offence, applies to foreigners too - "unmarried couples who “live together as a husband and wife” will either be jailed for up to six months, or fined 10 million rupiah (S$978)... Women who have an abortion will also be imprisoned for up to four years, unless a medical emergency or rape was involved.What’s more, anyone who has helped a woman have an abortion will face a jail term of up to five years.Fines will also be imposed on people who promote contraception, while unauthorised discussion of the “tools of abortion” carry a maximum sentence of six months. Nasir Djamil, a politician from the Prosperous Justice Party, stated that the law was necessary and that leaders from all religions had been consulted on the changes.He said: “The state must protect citizens from behaviour that is contrary to the supreme precepts of God.”... The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform said that millions of Indonesians could be caught by the new laws and highlighted a study that found that 40 per cent of Indonesian youth engaged in pre-marital activity... Andreas Harsono, a senior Indonesian researcher from Human Rights Watch, called the law a disaster for minorities in Indonesia.He said the passing of the law “will confirm that Indonesia is now becoming an Islamic state” and further alleged that the law was largely based on Shariah law, sans the lashing."
This won't stop people from citing Indonesia as an example of "moderate Islam"

Australians cancel holidays to Bali over risks of arrest from new laws banning sex before marriage - "After living on the holiday island for 15 years, Ms Travers believes the tough new laws would be more detrimental for tourism than volcano eruptions... Under the new 628-article revised Criminal Code, providing contraception to children under 18, the abortion pill and insulting religion would also be crimes punishable by jail.It would also outlaw insults on the president's dignity, the vice president, the national flag and the national anthem - a move rights groups have criticised as an assault on basic freedoms... Lawmakers said that the new penal code, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, was a long overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity.  'The state must protect citizens from behaviour that is contrary to the supreme precepts of God'... A prosecution can proceed if a village chief, who heads the lowest tier of government, files a complaint with police, and parents or children of the accused do not object. Parents, children and spouses can also lodge a complaint.The inclusion of the new power for village chiefs was warranted because 'the victim of adultery is also society'... The code also establishes prison terms for those found to commit 'obscene acts', defined as violating norms of decency and politeness through 'lust or sexuality' for both heterosexual and homosexual people. The new laws will also apply to foreigners. However, asked whether tourists in Indonesia could face jail for extramarital sex, Taufiqulhadi said: 'No problem, as long as people don't know.'There would also be a maximum four-year prison term for women who have an abortion, applicable if there was no medical emergency or rape involved. The code further introduces fines for some people who promote contraception, and a six-month prison term for unauthorised discussion of 'tools of abortion'... Insulting the government and state institutions also carries a prison term - which activists say could have an impact on press freedoms - a similar law was struck down by the Constitutional Court in 2006...
Article 2: This recognizes 'any living law' in Indonesia, which could be interpreted to include (customary criminal law) and Sharia (Islamic law) regulations at the local level. As there is no official list of 'living laws' in Indonesia, rights groups say this article could be used to prosecute minority groups, including women and members of the LGBTQ communities
Article 419: This part of the penal code states that couples who live together without being legally married could be sentenced to six months in prison"

Controversial Signs Posted In Downtown Winchester - "several flyers appeared in town, taped to light poles in the town center. They read: “Islam is RIGHT about women”“I find it disturbing, and I hope it’s just a prank that someone didn’t think through,” said one resident, who was shown a photo of the signs."
It's Islamophobic to say Islam is not right about women

Women are chopping the hair of non-hijabis in Egypt and it's truly appalling - "women have cut the hair of other women and verbally harassed them in Egypt ... all because the victims do not wear the hijab... two niqab-wearing women assaulted and forcefully cut the hair of a Christian woman on a metro in Egypt. The assaulters reportedly called their victim an "infidel," pushed her off the metro, and thus broke her arm... The topic sheds light on a number of alarming issues plaguing the Egyptian community, including religious extremism, intolerance against non-Muslims, authorities' failure to sufficiently protect women, as well as the debates surrounding the face veil. At least >10 percent of Egypt's 95-million population are Christian, many of whom have admitted feeling unsafe in their own country. "You always feel that you are ready to be killed or kidnapped, just being a Christian with no hijab"... The attack on non-hijabi women also raises questions regarding the security concerns surrounding the >face veil, which some believe emboldens women to carry out such acts without fearing identification. As such, several nations, including Muslim-majority countries >Tunisia and Algeria, have imposed a ban on the niqab."

In Brazil, Some Inmates Are Using A Novel Way To Get Out Of Prison Earlier - "Prisoners get four days lopped off their sentences for each book they read. To get those days of freedom, they must write a short paper about the book... Only certain books qualify under the reading program, including foreign and Brazilian classics and kids' books for prisoners learning to read. Books with very violent themes are banned. Prisoners can't binge read their way over the razor wire and concrete walls. There's a maximum of 12 books a year"

Woke Critics Rip ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ as Racist - "Apparently, the mistake Stallone made was making a movie that dares to reflect real life, which is something movies are only supposed to do when the villains are white, Christian males, preferably from the Deep South or a country with a name that ends with “vakia.”But no, Stallone decided instead to reflect a real life crisis involving Mexican drug cartels, which means Mexicans are the bad guys.These censorious scolds are tedious and exhausting, but also revealing. They are angry over a movie that explores a very real problem, a movie that asks us to pay attention to the sex slavery that is happening along our own border, and their only argument for this censorship is “racist!”... In a sane world where people actually wanted to stop sex-trafficking, , Rambo V would be lauded for “raising awareness” about the horrors of Mexican cartels and sex slavery. But when raising that kind of awareness interferes with the left’s goal of flooding the country with illegal Democrats to turn Texas blue — can’t have that."

Broke men are hurting American women's marriage prospects - "“Most American women hope to marry, but current shortages of marriageable men — men with a stable job and a good income — make this increasingly difficult”... To investigate the man drought, researchers created profiles of potential husbands, based on real husbands as logged in American Community Survey data. They then compared these hypothetical spouses with actual unmarried men.They found that a woman’s made-up hubby makes 58 percent more money than the current lineup of eligible bachelors... sure, there’s the whole “love” factor in a marriage. But, in the end, “it also is fundamentally an economic transaction”"
Apparently it's men's fault women are materialistic
If there were a headline that read: "Fat women are hurting American men's marriage prospects"...

Is a Shortage of Desirable Men to Blame for Fewer Marriages? - "the kind of men that single women likely would marry, if they married—i.e., the "synthetic spouses"—were not only 26 percent more likely to hold a job, and more highly educated, but they also had nearly a 55 percent higher income than what the available men in the U.S. actually make...
Older women have an even smaller dating pool of economically desirable men than younger women, who would have a slightly easier time finding a suitable partner
Well-educated women face more of a shortage of economically desirable men than lesser educated women
Minority women, particularly Black women, have a heightened unlikelihood of finding a partner who is economically desirable."
The side effects of gender equality

Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’ - The New York Times - "The returns to working long, inflexible hours have greatly increased. This is particularly true in managerial jobs and what social scientists call the greedy professions, like finance, law and consulting — an unintentional side effect of the nation’s embrace of a winner-take-all economy. It’s so powerful, researchers say, that it has canceled the effect of women’s educational gains.Just as more women earned degrees, the jobs that require those degrees started paying disproportionately more to people with round-the-clock availability. At the same time, more highly educated women began to marry men with similar educations, and to have children. But parents can be on call at work only if someone is on call at home. Usually, that person is the mother... To maximize the family’s income but still keep the children alive, it’s logical for one parent to take an intensive job and the other to take a less demanding one... In European countries, with more family-friendly policies, women are likelier to work than they are in the United States — but they’re even less likely to reach senior levels. It’s only in the last two decades that salaried employees have earned more by working long hours. Four decades ago, people who worked at least 50 hours a week were paid 15 percent less, on an hourly basis, than those who worked traditional full-time schedules. By 2000, though, the wage penalty for overwork became a premium... Overwork is most extreme in managerial jobs and in the greedy professions, a term coined by the sociologist Lewis Coser in 1974 to describe institutions that “seek exclusive and undivided loyalty.” (Rose Laub Coser, a sociologist and his wife, also used it to describe the expectations of motherhood)... People are increasingly marrying people with similar educations and career potential — a doctor is likely to be married to another doctor instead of a nurse. Yet the pay gap between husbands and wives is biggest for those with higher education and white-collar jobs. Some parents on elite career paths each continue on them and outsource child care, while others decide not to maximize their family earnings and each take lower-paying, more flexible jobs... Meanwhile, being a parent, particularly a mother, has become more intensive. Working mothers today spend as much time with their children as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s. The number of hours that college-educated parents spend with their children has doubled since the early 1980s, and they spend more of that time interacting with them, playing and teaching... “No one explains this to you when you’re 21, but in retrospect, it was not a smart decision” to go into debt for law school, she said."
At least at the high end of the spectrum, this solves the problem that comes when women want men who are more 'successful' than them

Executive Women and the Myth of Having It All - "There is a secret out there—a painful, well-kept secret: At midlife, between a third and a half of all successful career women in the United States do not have children. In fact, 33% of such women (business executives, doctors, lawyers, academics, and the like) in the 41-to-55 age bracket are childless—and that figure rises to 42% in corporate America. These women have not chosen to remain childless. The vast majority, in fact, yearn for children. Indeed, some have gone to extraordinary lengths to bring a baby into their lives. They subject themselves to complex medical procedures, shell out tens of thousands of dollars, and derail their careers—mostly to no avail, because these efforts come too late. In the words of one senior manager, the typical high-achieving woman childless at midlife has not made a choice but a “creeping nonchoice.”... When it comes to career and fatherhood, high-achieving men don’t have to deal with difficult trade-offs: 79% of the men I surveyed report wanting children—and 75% have them. The research shows that, generally speaking, the more successful the man, the more likely he will find a spouse and become a father. The opposite holds true for women, and the disparity is particularly striking among corporate ultra-achievers... Media hype about advances in reproductive science only exacerbates the problem, giving women the illusion that they can delay childbearing until their careers are well established. My survey tells us that 89% of young, high-achieving women believe that they will be able to get pregnant deep into their 40s. But sadly, new reproductive technologies have not solved fertility problems for older women. The research shows that only 3% to 5% of women who attempt in vitro fertilization in their 40s actually succeed in bearing a child. This kind of information is hard to come by because the infertility industry in this country likes to tout the good news—with dire consequences. Too many career women put their private lives on the back burner, assuming that children will eventually happen for them courtesy of high-tech reproduction—only to discover disappointment and failure... in 2000, at the height of the labor crunch, Census Bureau data showed that fully 22% of all women with professional degrees (MBAs, MDs, PhDs, and so on) were not in the labor market at all...
My survey data suggest that high-achieving women have an easier time finding partners in their 20s and early 30s...
Choose a career that will give you the gift of time. Certain careers provide more flexibility and are more forgiving of interruptions. Female entrepreneurs, for example, do better than female lawyers in combining career and family—and both do better than corporate women. The key is to avoid professions with rigid career trajectories."
Surely this has nothing to do with women wanting men as successful as or more successful than them
Maybe someone should write an article on the feminist myth of having it all - no gender pay gap, 50% women in all professions, earning as much as men despite working fewer hours and taking more career breaks etc
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