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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Degenerate single moms / When life isn't fair / Amazon mistake


"Degenerate single moms be like *black kid standing on counter taking photo of busty white woman in lingerie*"


"When life isn't fair *chubby man with moobs, skinny flat girl*"


"Well pissed off with Amazon. I ordered a dishwasher and they sent me a sandwich maker *Woman/sex doll in box*"

Links - 14th April 2024 (2)

Man aims for armadillo, but ricochet wounds his mother-in-law - "A south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but he ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal... Larry McElroy, 54, fired a 9-mm pistol at the armadillo... the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law's mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting and struck her in the back."

Saudi Arabia's first male robot ‘harasses’ woman reporter on live TV; netizens call it 'pervert, womaniser' - "Saudi Arabia's first male robot, Muhammad, has courted controversy after it was seen ‘harassing’ a female journalist on live TV. A seven-second video was shared widely on social media, wherein the robot seemingly touched the female reporter, Rawiya Al-Qasimi, "inappropriately" during its debut at DeepFest in Riyadh."

Why Building a Modern Manual-Transmission Car Is So Complicated - "The transmission itself might be basic, but building a manual-transmission car is extremely complex. And I’m not just talking about making the business case for a niche option sold only to true believers (in America, at least). Frankly, plugging a manual transmission into a modern car requires some weird engineering."

Tel Aviv University develops personalized self-treatment to prevent development of PTSD - "Anovel project led by TAU’s Faculty of Medicine, the Yezreel Valley College, and Microsoft Israel R&D Center will enable individuals to halt the development of PTSD following a traumatic event through personalized self-treatment on their smartphones or computers."

Samsung Presents First “Samsung Safety Truck” Prototype - "Samsung Electronics Argentina unveiled to the public the first Samsung Safety Truck, a technology for trucks which seeks to prevent road accidents inovertaking situations on roads...      Samsung Safety Truck leverages two built-in front cameras and a specially-designed Ingematica transportation software platform to capture and transmit a picture of the road ahead, enabling trailing vehicles to evaluate more accurately passing potential and make more informed driving decisions."
No news since 2020, and little since 2016. It was always obvious this was a marketing gimmick

Meme - "It's better to cum a shitload than to shit a cumload. Until we meet again."
"Its better to have a hole in your sock than a sock in your hole"

Meme - "This PETA ad looks like they had a threesome with a chicken and it blew their minds"

Meme - "Expecting some magic out of this lad
Japan
TADA"

Meme - Mark Kogan: "To all you anti-semites and racists out there: consider this. In 50 or 100 years, Israel will still be Jewish. Your countries will NOT, however. Europe will be browner and blacker, and so will Asia. Chances are your grandchildren will not look like you and if they do, your great-grandchildren won't. My descendants will rule over your descendants who will learn to hate their own heritage and There is NOTHING you can do about it."
Mark Kogan: "To all the people trying to get me banned by FB: have allies at FB, you do not. You can report me all you want but I'll NEVER get banned."
I can't find the original posts or who this guy is, so this might be fake

Meme - Reece @JeffHardyStan: "Bro, this Amazon review is wild
Brand: Clone-A-Willy
CLONE-A-WILLY - Silicone Penis Casting Kit for DIY Dildo (Light Skin TOne)
Hoes aint shit
This bitch was givin me top for like 5 mins talmbout "its too big my jaw hurts" n I was like nahh ik my shit aint that big. I had to order this shit and clone my meat and ian gon lie I sucked it for 30 minutes straight and i aint even gag once. ole lyin ass"

Meme - "The virgin Samurai
rich kid, has had to train years to even lift his armour
order was destroyed because muh tradition
armour and position has been bought with daddy's money too fat so looks dumb anyway
katana made out of steel folded 1.000.000 times actually has no carbon left in it
back up weapon is another katana, is screwed when the situation changes
Wears an "oni" mask in an attempt to look scary, still no taller than 150cm
is an elite unit, only because he decided he is
flip flop slippers are a bruh moment
The chad Landsknecht
lumberjack from the schwarzwald, has never had to train a day in his life
his presence alone is enough to strike fear into his opponents
going into battle is no excuse to not look fresh, biggest stacy magnet of the 16th century
even taller than his 170 cm long zweihander, swings it around like a butterknife
back up weapons ar a pike a katabalger and a musket ready for every situation
armour only slows him down his pecks, calves and biceps are as hard as steel"

Meme - "How to not get raped in India *Women with cow heads and men respecting them*"

Meme - Woman with big breasts exposing cleavage: "My memes"
Man looking: "Y'all"

Inspired by the Chinese trend, a U of T grad is renting out her time to the socially anxious and isolated - The Globe and Mail - "She rents out her time, offering companionship for those in need, whether it’s joining them for meals, exercising, shopping, travelling or attending medical appointments... Chinese state media have dubbed such work the “companionship economy,” partly fuelled by the country’s rising number of single people... The media have said such businesses could provide flexible job opportunities. China has been grappling with a slowing economy and high youth unemployment, which reached a record high in June, with one in five youth jobless.  According to a 2021 survey by China Youth Daily, a state-run newspaper, nearly 60 per cent of the 1,535 respondents had utilized a companionship service. More than one-third sought a gaming partner, while another third paid for a running or workout buddy. The majority of the survey’s participants belong to China’s one-child generation, known as “the loneliest generation.”  In Japan, similar services have also been documented... One time, she added, she was asked to sort mail for a client who hadn’t socialized with anyone for a year.  Ms. Li described many of her clients as sensitive, anxious or prone to overthinking. Another group is those who pursue a highly efficient, practical form of socialization. “If it’s with friends, they need to consider their friends’ feelings and cannot demand too much,” Ms. Li said.  They also believe “they don’t need to invest too much time and energy into getting to know someone or forming a new relationship in order to receive emotional support. … They can just pay and solve the issue.” Most of Ms. Li’s clients are women aged 25 to 35, many of whom live alone. Due to safety concerns, Ms. Li does not accept male clients. The only two occasions on which she provided services to men were when she acted as their translator for U.S. visa appointments... Zed Gao, an assistant professor at the American University of Paris who has studied Chinese immigrants’ identity, belonging and mental health, said he thinks there is room for the companionship economy to develop in Chinese communities in Canada.  Dr. Gao said Chinese immigrants might be likely to seek these services because of hardships involved in their process of adjusting to a new culture, including a lack of social network. The stigma attached to mental health disorders in Chinese culture might prevent Chinese immigrants from seeking help from families, friends and even professional therapists, he added."

Why Do Animals Keep Evolving into Crabs? | Scientific American - "A crab-like body plan has evolved at least five separate times among decapod crustaceans, a group that includes crabs, lobsters and shrimp. In fact, it's happened so often that there's a name for it: carcinization.  So why do animals keep evolving into crab-like forms? Scientists don't know for sure, but they have lots of ideas.  Carcinization is an example of a phenomenon called convergent evolution, which is when different groups independently evolve the same traits. It's the same reason both bats and birds have wings. But intriguingly, the crab-like body plan has emerged many times among very closely related animals... many crustaceans that resemble crabs, like the tasty king crab that's coveted as a seafood delicacy, aren't even technically "true crabs." They've adopted a crab-like body plan, but actually belong to a closely related group of crustaceans called "false crabs." When a trait appears in an animal and sticks around through generations, it's a sign that the trait is advantageous for the species — that's the basic principle of natural selection. Animals with crabby forms come in many sizes and thrive in a wide array of habitats, from mountains to the deep sea. Their diversity makes it tricky to pin down a single common benefit for their body plan, said Joanna Wolfe, a research associate in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University. Wolfe and colleagues laid out a few possibilities in a 2021 paper in the journal BioEssays. For example, crabs' tucked-in tail, versus the lobster's much more prominent one, could reduce the amount of vulnerable flesh that's accessible to predators. And the flat, rounded shell could help a crab scuttle sideways more effectively than a cylindrical lobster body would allow... There's another possible explanation: "It's possible that having a crab body isn't necessarily advantageous, and maybe it's a consequence of something else in the organism," Wolfe said. For example, the crab body plan might be so successful not because of the shell or tail shape itself, but because of the possibilities that this shape opens up for other parts of the body, said Luque, who is a co-author of the 2021 paper with Wolfe... "We think that the crab body plan has evolved so many times independently because of the versatility that the animals have," Luque said. "That allows them to go places that no other crustaceans have been able to go."  The crab-like body plan also has been lost multiple times over evolutionary time — a process known as decarcinization... But for better or worse, humans won't be turning into crabs anytime soon. "Our body isn't modular like that," Wolfe said. "[Crustaceans] already have the right building blocks.""

70 million-year-old giant dinosaur skeleton found connected from skull to tail - "The Archaeological and Paleontological Cultural Association at the Cruzy Museum, in collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research, identified the nearly 10-meter-long (32.8-foot-long) fossil as a Titanosaur skeleton upon excavation. Boschetto, who has been a member of the association for eight years, told CNN that while unearthing dinosaur remains is “always exciting and interesting for scientific research and the understanding of the ecosystems of that time,” finding the bones in their almost original anatomical position is what makes this find extraordinary."

You’ve tried plant-based meat, but here come meat-based plants - "A team of South Korean researchers at Yonsei University have developed a hybrid rice variant that’s quite literally filled with beef. The lab-grown rice grains were infused with cow muscle and fat cells, so they are one part plant and one part meat. The rice is also an appetizing shade of bright pink, which tends to happen when flesh enters the picture. The team hopes to eventually offer a cheaper and more sustainable source of protein with a much lower carbon footprint than actual beef. It’ll also save time for those who enjoy a nice beef bowl over rice—the rice is the beef bowl... the rice grains taste like beef sushi, which makes sense given the ingredients."

Meme - "The guy at Whole Foods telling me how great a vegan diet is. *Gollum from Lord of the Rings cartoon*"

Plant-based meat startups are adding real animal fat to the mix: ‘It didn’t sizzle right, it didn’t smell right' | Fortune - "Today, vegetarians or vegans make up just 5% of Americans, roughly the same portion as two decades ago. And those carnivores who are interested in cutting back on their meat intake—including the three founders who Fortune spoke with for this story—are more likely to substitute beef with chicken, or vegetables, than a faux-beef patty.  “Many people would rather reduce the number of times they eat burgers rather than having a meat alternative that doesn’t taste quite as good and where they’re not sure what is in it,” Rosemary Green, a sustainability professor at the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, told Fortune...   Animal fat, which is solid at room temperature, is especially hard to replicate using plant-based oils, says Hoxton Farms’ Jamilly. (Even coconut oil, the most solid of the plant fats, melts at around 76 degrees Fahrenheit, a far much lower melting point than animal fat.)...   “People care most about flavor, and then price and health,” Choppy co-founder Saba Fazeli tells Fortune. Mostly-plant products like his, he says, are the future, rather than absolutes. “It tastes like what you’d expect, and it’s better for you and the planet.”"

Plant-based meat’s fatal flaw makes it the latest victim of the everything bubble: ‘Worse-tasting products that aren’t healthier than the real thing’ - "The interest rate shock that followed the highest inflation since the 1980s have created a world where money is just more expensive and it’s disrupting business models from dating apps to streaming services to commercial office leasing. And then there’s plant-based meat... So what went wrong with the plant-based meat promises? It comes down to price, taste, and the health factor, according to industry analysts and former workers...  “Plant based proteins [are] listed typically at a price premium, and typically when you're talking about traditional beef, a 30% to 40% price premium, so I think that's a very challenging sell in this inflationary environment," Alex Frederick, senior emerging technology analyst at Pitchbook, told Fortune. “Also, in an inflationary environment, it's challenging to get consumers to try new or more premium products.”... The presence of specialty lab-developed ingredients is also a concern for some people as well as a marketing point of pride for competitors (Chipotle declined to carry Beyond or Impossible meats in its stores, instead developing its own alt-meat that it boasted was “grown on a farm, not in a lab.”)...  In 2020, half of consumers believed plant-based meats were healthy, but by 2022, that portion fell to 38%"

How Driving Slowly in the Left Lane Can Cause Accidents - "Driving slower than other drivers while in the left lane can cause traffic accidents because when slow drivers are in the left and right lanes of a highway, faster drivers have to maneuver between the cars and change lanes several times, which increase the likelihood of an accident.  In addition, when faster drivers are trying to maneuver through slow traffic, they are more likely to speed up when passing slower drivers. This can cause the faster vehicles to make sudden, quick brakes which can potentially lead to rear-end collisions.  Road rage is another factor... Studies reveal that when vehicles in the left lane are going five miles per hour slower than traffic, an accident is more likely to occur than when a driver goes five miles per hour faster than traffic."

Meme - "This guy didn't win an Oscar until he was 70- years-old and had starred in 38 movies. Never stop following your dreams. *Godzilla*"

Meme - "massive rat found in Johannesburg residence!!"
Ashley K. @AshleyKSmalls: "Let him go. He has 4 turtles at home that need his care"

Actual Fact Bot: Revived | Facebook - "Gregor Mendel actually began his genetic experiments with mice but was told to change his experiments by a local bishop, who thought it was inappropriate that Mendel watched mice have sex."
One Hundred Years of Mouse Genetics: An Intellectual History. I. The Classical Period (1902-1980)

Meme - "Apple users: My phone is gonna die i only have 23% left
Meanwhile Android users: 0%
Yeah, I've got time."

Meme - "I've heard that Nazis absolutely LOVED breathing air. Lyra had best examine why, because it's apparently really important to not be on the same page as Nazis."
Lyra, The Tran Without F...: "Lord of the Rings has been my favorite thing for like 30 years, and when I found out that Nazis love LotR I had to pause and think through what Nazis love about it, because here's the thing: it's really important not to be on the same page as Nazis"
The Nazis hated smoking, so left wingers need to smoke as much as possible

Meme - "Hmmmm... I hear magas don't like fully clothed women."
jessica @ItsMrsRabbitToU: "Heard the magas don't like red lipstick. Had to do my part"
Puerile contrarianism

Meme - Kid: "Jump, Mario!"
Mario: "WA-HOO!"
*tattered couch, broken controller* "Now, get the flag!"
Mario: "You did it!" *cardboard TV screen and woman cranking hand-drawn background*
Kid: "Was that what it was like, dad?!"
"Just like that, buddy" - Dad in ruined city

Meme - 2010: "THE PLANT I'VE WORKED ALL MY LIFE HAS SHUT DOWN AND MY HOME TOWN IS DYING"
"LMAO LEARN TO CODE"
2023: "NOOOOO!! A.I. JUST REPLACED MY PROGRAMMING JOB!!"
"LMAO LEARN TO WELD"

Meme - "The plant I've worked all my life has shut down and my home town is dying"
"Lmao learn to code"
"I spent 4 years getting a useless degree and now I'm thousands of dollars in debt"
"Lmao learn to weld"

Tax Cuts For Whom? Heterogeneous Effects of Income Tax Changes on Growth and Employment - "This paper investigates how tax changes for different income groups affect aggregate economic activity. I construct a measure of who received (or paid for) tax changes in the postwar period using tax return data from NBER's TAXSIM. I aggregate each tax change by income group and state. Variation in the income distribution across U.S. states and federal tax changes generate variation in regional tax shocks that I exploit to test for heterogeneous effects. I find that the positive relationship between tax cuts and employment growth is largely driven by tax cuts for lower-income groups, and that the effect of tax cuts for the top 10% on employment growth is small."

Crémieux on X - "Incredible stat: the 1% of male adoptees with biological parents who had three+ convictions were responsible for 30% of the sample's convictions. Crime is very concentrated."
Genetic Influences in Criminal Convictions: Evidence from an Adoption Cohort
Damn socialisation!

Meme - *Bronze Medal meme*
iPhone 15* USB-C* 48 MP* All Day Battery*
Google, LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung:"

Meme - "*理发师* 洗5元
箭5元
吹80元"

Meme - "You can gatekeep Or you can be invaded. Not a difficult choice."
"Warcraft, 1995 *brutal orcs*
Warcraft, 2023 *cute orc*
Warhammer 1987 *carnage*
Warhammer 2023 *carnage*"

Meme - Authoritarian Left: "Masculine Men,  Masculine Women"
Authoritarian Right: "Masculine Men,  Effeminate Women"
Libertarian Left: "Effeminate Men,  Masculine Women"
Libertarian Right: "Effeminate Men,  Effeminate Women"

Meme - "Pokemon GO
App
Swiping
Finding Monsters your area
Tinder
App
Swiping
Finding Monste in your area"
Keywords: Finding Monsters in your area

The Bishan Gay in 1988

There hasn't been any new material on this chap since 2015, but oddly, in all the talk about him, almost no one mentions a prior conviction he had:

"Ex-relief teacher faces two gross indecency charges
The Straits Times, 25 September 1988, Page 15

A MAN was yesterday accused of acts of gross indecency to two secondary school boys while he was a relief teacher in a Bukit Timah school early this month.

In the dock was Cheng Hoe Huat, 26, who appeared in court with his lawyer about an hour late.

Cheng allegedly asked the victims, aged 14 and 15, to remove their shorts and underwear in a classroom at about 5 pm on Sept 2 and proceeded to masturbate them.

The offence carries a maximum punishment of two years' jail.

Mr N. S. Kang, for Cheng, said he had just been briefed and asked for a four-week adjournment.

Cheng's $2,000 bail was extended until further mention of his case on Oct 21."

For those who are unacquainted with this fella:

All You Need to Know about the Bishan Gay - Guidesify

Man gets 12 months for molesting boy in toilet at Bishan Junction 8, appealing

Links - 14th April 2024 (1 - Women)

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

LInks - 13th April 2024 (3)

"What Happened To Me In India...": Spanish Tourist Gang-Raped In Jharkhand - "A Spanish tourist, who was allegedly gang-raped while on a bike tour with her husband in Jharkhand's Dumka district, has said she doesn't regret anything about her visit to India. The alleged assault took place on March 2 when the 28-year-old was spending the night with her partner in a makeshift tent. The couple, now back in Spain, spoke to South China Morning Post (SCMP) about the bike trip that took them through 67 countries, and their experience in India.  "I think everyone in the world expects me to say 'Don't go to India', but life is far more complicated than that. What happened to me in India could have happened anywhere else. Not so long ago, a couple travelling in Belize, in Central America, the same thing happened to them," the woman told SCMP.  "My advice to women is to get out of the house, travel and do so without fear. If you are going to camp, it should be in a place not too far from the road where you can easily call for help and have a signal for your phone," she added."
The feminist cope is that sexual assault is at least as high in Western countries, if not higher, so there's a lot of under-reporting

Man in Thailand goes on rampage in temple, dies after being impaled by Buddha statue - "A man in Thailand who went on a violent rampage at a temple in the Chonburi province died after being impaled by a Buddha statue.   On Feb 27, the 49-year-old man, who went by the name Ek, had taken methamphetamine in the temple with his friend - a monk at the temple who goes by the name Best, reported Thai media outlet Thaiger... According to investigations, he had tried to climb and deface the largest statue in the hall but slipped and fell, landing on the sharp end of another statue below, South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday (March 13).  The statue's head had pierced his heart and lungs...   Best told the police that he took drugs with Ek and agreed to leave the monkhood for his misconduct."

'I was so consumed by work': DBS CEO Piyush Gupta reflects on career failures, gives tips on navigating setbacks - "Work-life balance can be a real conundrum for many - especially for those who are at the starting point of their careers.  For Piyush Gupta, the chief executive of DBS Group, giving up his interests to pursue his career is one of his many regrets in life.  In a TikTok video shared by DBS on Wednesday (April 19) the 63-year-old said: "I made that mistake in my twenties and thirties… I was so consumed by work and did nothing else.  "It's one of my biggest regrets in life. I found it very hard to go back and pick up what I have left along the way."... Gupta advised against giving up one's interests just to focus on work.   "If you like music, find some time for it," Gupta said. "Keep your interests going. These anchor you. And in these times of anxiety, you need [them] to hold on as you go ahead.""

Short film shows why a world without secrets would end up badly - "This surreal short film shows how life in a western saloon changes dramatically thanks to the malicious influence of a smart-ass voiceover. The voice reveals all the thoughts from the villagers dragging them into a true ballet of death. The film, directed by Erick Kissack, features the voice of Nick Offerman."

Officer confuses a falling acorn for a gunshot — here is why it can easily happen again - "Early in 2024, body-worn camera footage was released showing a Florida deputy mistaking a falling acorn striking his vehicle with the sound of a gunshot. He then shot several rounds at the handcuffed and unarmed prisoner sitting in the patrol car... Law enforcement officers will watch the viral video, criticize the actions of the deputy and share silly memes of acorns on their social media feeds — but they will not learn a thing. The reason is that perhaps no investigation into the “why” will be conducted.  The deputy’s agency completed an investigation looking for policy violations and found them. The local prosecutor’s office completed an investigation looking for criminal violations and declined to charge the deputy. But who is investigating why this happened? Who is examining the human factors or whether training played a role? In plain terms, we may never get to know why this happened and how to avoid this happening again because no one may be asking why. The deputy himself is not incentivized to share his story with researchers, and neither is the agency because it will all be used against them in the inevitable civil lawsuit. If this had been an aviation mishap, the authorities would come in and investigate the “why.” The investigation would culminate in a report that the aviation industry could read and learn from. There would be data on things like how many hours the pilot slept in the preceding nights. The industry would then use the findings to make changes in training and procedures. Wouldn’t it be amazing if law enforcement mishaps were studied like that instead of only being analyzed for fault? Just think of how much the profession could advance! Certainly, the other investigations (administrative and criminal) needed to be conducted but it’s tragic that those are where the investigations stop. So, what are officers left to do? Many officers have watched the video and posted their criticism on social media. They believe they would never have taken such action. But without a robust analysis of what occurred, how can any of us say for certain how things like priming, post-traumatic stress, sleep deprivation or any number of other factors might impact our decision-making?  Some commentors on social media posted things like, “This guy never should have been a cop! Why are they hiring people like this?” implying the deputy lacked the kind of mental acuity or stress tolerance needed to be a cop. Those same commentors may be shocked to learn the deputy in this case was a graduate of West Point, an officer in the US Army’s Special Forces and was twice deployed to tours in Afghanistan. Without knowing more, the deputy certainly seems like someone with the proper background to thrive in a high-stress environment. Some commented that the deputy’s agency had delt with several life-threatening incidents in the time preceding the shooting and suggested those incidents played a role.  Unfortunately, we may never get to know. We may never have a chance to learn from this incident beyond whatever assumptions can be gleaned simply from watching the video. Certainly, the video does tell us a lot and we can and should learn from it. But, if you were captured on video in a highly controversial shooting, I bet you would say that the video doesn’t tell the whole story. The agency’s investigative report concluded that the deputy subjectively believed he had been shot but it wasn’t objectively reasonable for him to use deadly force. Wouldn’t it be good for the rest of us to know what factors caused the deputy to honestly believe he was shot, even believing his own legs were no longer functioning properly? This deputy, like every cop, is a human, with human performance capabilities, fallibilities and limitations. Because we all have brains, we must understand how those brains work and what causes our fallible brains to believe things that aren’t true. With any luck, this agency will be one of those very rare organizations that does take a look at the why and then allows the rest of us to learn from this mishap."

Users ditch Glassdoor, stunned by site adding real names without consent - "Glassdoor, where employees go to leave anonymous reviews of employers, has recently begun adding real names to user profiles without users' consent, a Glassdoor user named Monica was shocked to discover last week... Glassdoor's support team would take the real name that she provided in her support email and add it to her Glassdoor profile—despite Monica repeatedly and explicitly not consenting to Glassdoor storing her real name. Although it's common for many online users to link services at sign-up to Facebook or Gmail accounts to verify identity and streamline logins, for years, Glassdoor has notably allowed users to sign up for its service anonymously. But in 2021, Glassdoor acquired Fishbowl, a professional networking app that integrated with Glassdoor last July. This acquisition meant that every Glassdoor user was automatically signed up for a Fishbowl account. And because Fishbowl requires users to verify their identities, Glassdoor's terms of service changed to require all users to be verified. While users can remain anonymous, this change raises some potential concerns about data privacy and anonymity... "Glassdoor now requires your real name and will add it to older accounts without your consent if they learn it, and your only option is to delete your account," Monica's blog warned. "They do not care that this puts people at risk with their employers. They do not care that this seems to run counter to their own data-privacy policies." Monica soon discovered that deleting her Glassdoor account would not prevent them from storing her name, instead only deactivating her account. She decided to go through with a data erasure request, which Glassdoor estimated could take up to 30 days. In the meantime, her name remained on her profile, where it wasn't publicly available to employers but could be used to link her to job reviews if Glassdoor introduced a bug in an update or data was ever breached, she feared."

Scientists unravel mystery of the loose shoelace - "In a series of experiments involving a human runner on a treadmill and a mechanical leg designed to swing and stomp, the scientists revealed that shoelace knot failure happens in a matter of seconds, triggered by a complex interaction of forces.  Oliver O’Reilly, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California Berkeley and the study’s senior author, said: “It’s unpredictable but when it happens, it’s in two or three strides and it’s catastrophic. There’s no way of coming back from it.”  This article is more than 6 years old Scientists unravel mystery of the loose shoelace This article is more than 6 years old  Researchers discover how laces come undone and offer alternative way to tie them that does knot involve your granny Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Wed 12 Apr 2017 00.15 BST Last modified on Mon 2 Jul 2018 14.53 BST 345  Things can start to unravel at any moment, but when failure occurs it is swift and catastrophic. This is the conclusion of a scientific investigation into what might be described as Sod’s law of shoelaces.  The study focused on the mysterious phenomenon by which a shoe is neatly and securely tied one moment, and the next a flapping lace is threatening to trip you up – possibly as you are running for the bus or striding with professional purpose across your open-plan office.  In a series of experiments involving a human runner on a treadmill and a mechanical leg designed to swing and stomp, the scientists revealed that shoelace knot failure happens in a matter of seconds, triggered by a complex interaction of forces.  Oliver O’Reilly, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California Berkeley and the study’s senior author, said: “It’s unpredictable but when it happens, it’s in two or three strides and it’s catastrophic. There’s no way of coming back from it.”  The study found that the stomping of the foot gradually loosens the knot while the whipping forces produced by the swing of the foot act like hands tugging on the ends of the laces. As the tension in the knot eases and the free ends start to slide, a runaway effect takes hold and the knot suddenly unravels.  The findings also revealed what knot experts, such as sailors and surgeons, have long suggested: that the granny knot many of us use to tie our laces comes undone far quicker than an alternative method that is no more complex... The scientist enlisted a pair of PhD students and initial tests revealed that sitting on a chair and swinging your leg or stamping your foot does not generally cause a knot to come undone. It appeared to be a combination of both motions that conspired to unravel laces. Next, the scientists captured slow-motion video of a runner on a treadmill. They found that the foot strikes the ground at seven times the force of gravity and as the fabric of the shoe squashes down on impact, extra lace is freed at the top of the shoe, causing the knot to loosen slightly with each stride. Meanwhile, the swinging leg causes the lace’s free ends to whip back and forth tugging them outwards. As the knot loosens, the friction holding the knot tight decreases, and as the free ends lengthen, the whipping force goes up, leading to an avalanche effect."

Meme - "Two people I'm yet to see in the same room *Ben Shapiro* *Dylan Mulvaney*"

Nigerian Islamic police in Kano arrest non-fasting Muslims during Ramadan - "He added that the search operations would continue but said that non-Muslims were exempt.  "We don't arrest non-Muslims because this doesn't concern them and the only time they could be guilty of a crime is when we find out they cook food to sell to Muslims that are supposed to be fasting."  Regarding those who were arrested he said that they were freed after promising to start fasting from now on and "for some of them we had to see their relatives or guardians in order to have family monitor them". Just over two decades ago, Sharia was introduced to work alongside secular law in 12 of Nigeria's northern states that all have a majority Muslim population."

Meme - Daily Beagle: "Spider-Man kills bird!"
Peter Parker: "I SURVIVED ANOTHER NEWSPAPER. FINALLY, I CAN RELAX WITH MY MANY GIRLFRIEND."
*Peter in Diner with Betty Brant, Cindy Moon/Silk, Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane, Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, with all of them having root beer floats*
"PARKER!"

Meme - Garett Jones @GarettJones: "Name other scholars beside Oppenheimer who spent their later years running away from their early work"
kira @kirawontmiss: "the creator of the flappy bird game"
Dong Nguyen: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I I cannot take this anymore."

another fine mess I've gotten myself into - "Anti-revenge narrative this, anti-revenge narrative that, I personally think that Inigo Montoya had the right idea when he stabbed Count Rugen in the gut and said "I want my father back, you son of a bitch""
"A lot of revenge arcs end with the hero saying “there’s nothing you can do to bring my loved one back, so me seeking revenge is pointless.” The Princess Bride’s revenge arc ends with Inigo Montoya saying “there’s nothing you can do to bring my loved one back, so there’s nothing that can save you.”"

We can't even beat S'pore, I quit: Chinese football team captain after 2-2 World Cup qualifiers match - "While Singaporeans cheered on the Lions' 2-2 draw against China during the World Cup 2026 qualifiers on Mar. 21, 2024 at the National Stadium, the mood from the other side of the pitch was not as celebratory.  In particular, the Chinese football team's captain, Zhang Linpeng, has decided to quit the national team... "We couldn't even defeat the Singapore team. I think it's unacceptable, and I find it humiliating." While Singaporeans praised the Lions' performance, Chinese online commenters found the Chinese team "disappointing"."

Meme - "Dragon's Dogma 2 Director Dislikes Fast Travel: "All You Have To Do ls Make Travel Fun"
"Downloadable Content. This content requires the base game Dragon's Dogma 2 on Steam in order to play. Buy Dragon's Dogma 2: Portcrystal - Warp Location Marker. $2.99"

Blaine Smith on X - "Twitter Bullshit: You have to pay real money to fast travel in Dragon's Dogma 2
Reality: Oxcarts take you to every major city, are unlocked automatically at the start of the game, and cost an average 200g. Fast Travel crystals can be purchased in-game for 10,000g and also found on enemies/as rewards.
You can be attacked while riding an Oxcart but otherwise, you can skip the entire journey and traverse almost the entire map in 60 seconds."
Tony D on X - "I made the point that it should not be a paid microtransaction if it can easily be obtainable in game. Practices like this should NOT be acceptable or dismissed because other companies may adopt the same philosophy. THAT’S THE ISSUE."

Meme - TheQuartering @TheQuartering: "You have to pay $2 every time you want to make a new character or edit your character in Dragon's Dogma 2  It's a SINGLE player game!!  A $70 game also you have to PAY for fast travel.......  Wanted to try this one, but there no way"

Oldschool_Navy on X - "My Kid: Can I keep the night light on?
Me: And provide the monsters with a beacon to your location? Use your head, sweetie."

Meme - "It didn't happen"
"It's going to happen again"
"They deserved it"
*Gigachad at intersection of all 3*
My guess is that this is alt-right anti-Semitism about the Holocaust

Maryland 20-Year-Old Dies Never Having Aged - "Brooke Greenberg, who baffled scientists because she never aged, has died at the age of 20, never having developed beyond the physical size of an infant or the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. The daughter of Howard and Melanie Greenberg from Reisterstown, Md., Brooke is one of about a dozen children in the world who have what some call syndrome X -- a kind of Benjamin Button disorder that prevents them from aging... only her hair and fingernails grew.  In her first six years, Brooke went through a series of medical emergencies from which she recovered, often without explanation. She survived surgery for seven perforated stomach ulcers. She had a brain seizure followed by what was diagnosed as a stroke that, weeks later, had left no apparent damage.  At 4, she fell into a lethargy that caused her to sleep for 14 days. Then, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor, and the Greenbergs bought a casket for Brooke... Not only do the people he's studying have a growth rate of one-fifth the speed of others, but they live with a variety of other medical problems, including deafness, the inability to walk, eat or even speak."
From 2013

15 "Italian" foods that don't exist in Italy - "Combinations of chicken and pesto, chicken and pasta, or chicken and pizza... At All’antico Vinaio in Florence, a famous sandwich shop, there is even a sign near the door that says “no pesto,” probably because of too many American tourists coming to Italy and trying to recreate their favorite sandwich from Panera... Seu Pizza Illuminati had a pizza topped with chicken and peppers on their Summer 2020 menu, so you may find that modern restaurants and pizzerias play with the aforementioned combos, but they’re still not super common.   In other exceptions to the rules, my sweetheart was once in Genoa and texted me to tell me that he was at a place that served chicken and pesto (him texting me about food is my version of a love note) so it does exist, it’s just rare.
Bonus nope: Chicken Parmesan... What you will find: parmigiana di melanzane  Fear not, because you can get parmigiana di melanzane, or simply parmigiana (eggplant parmesan). And you should get it, because yum.
Fettuccine Alfredo (well, sort of)... there are two restaurants in Rome that claim to have invented this dish – Il Vero Alfredo and Alfredo alla Scrofa. They’re close together in the area near the Spanish Steps.  The original version of fettuccine alfredo has just two ingredients: butter and parmigiano. No cream, no chicken, no funny business.  The interesting part is that both restaurants claim the same origin story for the dish, stating that it was created to nourish a pregnant or postpartum female family member, and then became famous when two famous American actors, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, tasted the dish while honeymooning in Rome...   Anyway, if you’re eating at any restaurant besides these two in Rome and want something creamy and delicious, try a carbonara, or a cacio e pepe. Just don’t ask for chicken in either of them. Play it safe and don’t talk about chicken at all, guys.
Hawaiian pizza.  The thought of pineapple on pizza is a thing that traumatizes many, many Italians... If you’re craving a salty-sweet/meat-fruit combo, get prosciutto e melone (prosciutto with cantaloupe), which is commonly on menus in the warm weather.
Note: Since originally writing this post, I have encountered pineapple on pizza in Rome at an aperitivo at a fancy hotel, and it was disgusting.
Pepperoni pizza. Ok, this is a tricky one, because pepperoni pizza sort of exists, but if you order a “pepperoni pizza” you’re going to get something that surprises you. Peperoni in Italian are bell peppers (or capsicum, for my friends Down Under), not pepperoni as in spicy little circles of processed meat. What you will find: pizza alla diavola.  If you want a pepperoni pizza, you should order una pizza alla diavola, or, a pizza of the devil, (spicy food here is usually “of the devil,” or sometimes arrabbiata, “angry”) which comes with salame piccante on it (spicy salami).
Bonus note: Italian pizza. While on the topic of pizza, it’s important to point out that here, it usually doesn’t have a whole mess of toppings, and it’s not really customary to make adjustments...
Oil and vinegar for dipping bread before dinner...You should resist the urge to fill up on bread, anyway. Save it for the end of your meal so you can “fare la scarpetta,” aka use the bread to swipe up all the leftover sauce from your pasta.
Cappuccino after a meal...   My reader kindly pointed out that cappuccino or caffè latte in the afternoon is something that people might have as a merenda, or snack. So, it’s not the time of day that matters, it’s the proximity to meal time.  I believe it has to do with the amount of milk in a cappuccino or caffè latte on a full stomach that people find off-putting. It’s true – I can’t imagine having a cappuccino after eating a carbonara...
Garlic bread. I know, I know. Garlic bread is very good, but it is not very Italian.
What you will find: bruschetta or crostini all’aglio. Again, fear not, because you can get a bruschetta with aglio (garlic), and you’ll probably never want to eat garlic bread again, because the bruschetta will be delicious!... A reader also told me that in his home town of Mirandola in Emilia, you can get stria con aglio, which is, as he said “a thin pizza-like bread topped with chopped garlic."...
On a recent trip to Abruzzo, I nearly cried when I saw Chitarrine alla Teramana on the menu, which is basically spaghetti and meatballs... A reader also informed me that similar dishes are also made in the south, but they’re usually family recipes made by older generations at home rather than being served at restaurants. You may also find lasagne with mini-meatballs in the south, too.  Meatballs are common on menus in many cities, just not with pasta. In Veneto, they’re often served as a “cicheto,” which is a little snack one has with one’s evening spritz during aperitivo...
Mozzarella sticks with tomato sauce... What you will find: mozzarelline.  Mozzarelline are little fried balls of mozzarella that are served as fritti, or fried appetizers, at pizzerias all over Italy.  I’ve never had them served with any kind of sauce, but that doesn’t mean that some places don’t serve them that way."

The correlation between the decline of Italian food and the country's economy - "food in Italy has become mediocre, exactly like the sloppy lasagne I tasted when I first arrived in the UK. With a very few exceptions made of highly rated, and I am not talking about Tripadvisor’s ratings, and expensive restaurants or small, hidden eating places, difficult to find, often located in uninhabited villages, run by husband and wife where there is barely a menu, offering one and only one option, but where the food is still great, it has become very difficult to find good places to eat. Italy has an advantage, it has the ingredients. Italian soil is fertile and the sun does the rest, and every chef will agree with me when I say that when the ingredients are fresh and in season, the food has plenty of flavour. In the UK unfortunately we do not have the same luck; most of the ingredients are imported. However, despite the availability of the ingredients, the advantage, food in Italy has become very average. Driving through an Italian village is no different than driving through a UK village or city, plenty of boards inviting diners in with unbelievable low prices, eating out is now cheaper than buying the ingredients. Whether touristic resorts or small villages, there is no difference, and Italians have got used to this, their palate has changed and I believe, for the worse. Italian supermarkets are no different, with people queuing to buy extra virgin Italian oil costing a couple of euros made with olives from Greece or Morocco or Eastern Europe when Italian olive growers are struggling to sell theirs. Italian cities have been flooded with hard discounters forcing small, independent, deli shops out of business. When at university in Rome, each street had a small deli, “l’alimentare”, where Italians would go to get a panino for lunch: fresh bread and freshly sliced ham. Only to get there, the aromas on the street when approaching the deli and inside the shop, was a joy, almost better than sex, not the pre packed, tasteless, cold flavourless tuna sandwich that has now taken its place. My friend Bruno, from a village near mine in Abruzzo, when he first came to England and opened its restaurant put a big sign outside saying “orgasmic food here”, and he kept repeating it to all diners visiting its restaurant in his English with a strong Abruzzo’s accent. Great food is good for the mind as well as the body and science confirms it. These changes in eating habits have affected not just restaurants, but the whole chain, from top to bottom, from producers that have been forced to look for cheaper ingredients, ingredients that had to be imported, to employment. Funnily enough, the Italian trade body, has recently launched an initiative against what they call “Italian sounding names” given to products made all over the world other than Italy with names that sound exactly like the original and labels with images of the Coliseum or the Pisa’s lining tower, wrongly thinking that by removing the “copies”, the originals will fly off the shelves. Until poor quality products are allowed to be made by Italian companies, sales will not improve. Consumers choose with their palate and if the taste is the same, why paying more, only because it says “made in Italy”? I believe there is a strong correlation between the nation’s economy, and I would add the quality of the politicians running the country, and the decline of Italian food, in Italy and abroad. Not only, the dramatic economic situation the country has been living for the last forty years has reduced the income available for Italians to spend in food and wine, but it also has profoundly affected their mental and physical health. Italians in the last twenty years have been constantly fighting for survival, fighting to meet ends. Italians were famous for the “bella vita” or the “joy de vivre” as the French calls it; this is now gone, the only evidence left of that way of living is the movie “La dolce vita” from the great Federico Fellini."

Meme - "In questa osteria non serviamo:
Spaghetti con le polpette
Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine alla bolognese
Lasagna
Cappuccino
In this restaurant we don't serve
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Fettuccine Alfredo Style
Fettuccine Bolognese style
Lasagna
and
Cappuccino."

The Inside Story of How Palestinians Took Over the World

The Inside Story of How Palestinians Took Over the World

"The brilliant Palestinian plan to capture the pliable minds of American college students was laid out in front of me 25 years ago, during a very sinister business meeting in Israel. 

It was around the time of the Oslo Accords. I had been hired by the Ford Foundation to create a marketing institute for their grantees in the country. Ford was funding the operations of both Jewish and Arab organizations within the Israeli green line, in an effort to help build a vibrant liberal civil society...

When we interviewed the Jewish organizations, the atmosphere was almost giddy with hope, possibility and belief in Shimon Peres’s new Middle East. Each organization we interviewed talked excitedly about peace and co-existence, a flourishing economy among both the Jews and the Palestinians, collaborative projects and interchanges. 

But when we interviewed the Arab organizations, the word “peace” never passed their lips. They spoke of independence, dignity, self-rule, a state. One person even told me she would never use the word “du-kiyum” (co-existence). “There is no such thing as co-existence,” she stressed. “We are just the tenants living on the property that the Jews now own. That’s not a balanced co-existence.” 

I tried to explain to my fellow Jewish liberals that we — the Jews and the Arabs — were having two very separate conversations. We were talking “peace.” They were talking “independence.” But as the weeks of interviews progressed, I found the Arab organizations were talking about a whole lot more. 

I asked hard questions of both the Jews and Arabs in the interviewing process. With the Arab organizations, when I brought up any  sensitive, and not-so-sensitive, issues—like terrorism, cooperation and even budget—the interviewee would slam on the brakes. 

And then from each organization, the same words were spoken: “When you are in Haifa meeting with Itijaa, you can ask that question to Ameer Makhoul.” Itijaa was an Arab civil rights organization. Ameer Makhoul was its executive director. It became clear to me that Ameer Makhoul had some type of control over all the Arab NGOs I was speaking to. 

Finally, Debra and I arrived at the offices of Itijaa. Skinny, bespectacled, young Ameer Makhoul emerged from his office, took a look at me and said, “So this is the Gary Wexler who has been asking all the questions.” And then he ticked off every question I had asked along with the name of each person I had posed the question to. 

He brought us into his office and began pacing. “So, Gary Wexler, let me answer your questions in the following way. One: Gary Wexler, who is sitting in front of me now, went to Los Angeles City College for two years where you were an Israel activist and editor of the school newspaper. You wrote a lot about Israel. And continued to do so at California State University, Northridge. You spent five summers as a volunteer on Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar. Through your marketing agency, Passion Marketing, you service the following clients of the Jewish world and in Israel.”  He named every one.

I knew this guy was trouble. 

“And now, Gary Wexler,” he sat down, “let me give you more direct answers.” He looked me straight in the eye. “Just like you were a Zionist campus activist, we will create, over the next years, Palestinian campus activists in America and all over the world. Bigger and better than any Zionist activists. Just like you spent your summers on the kibbutz, we will bring college students to spend their summers in refugee camps and work with our people. Just like you have been part of creating global pro-Israel organizations, we will create global pro-Palestinian organizations. Just like you today help create PR campaigns and events for Israel, so will we, but we will get more coverage than you ever have.”   

He stood again this time, right over me. “You wonder how we will make this happen, how we will pay for this? Not with the money from your liberal Jewish organizations who are now funding us. But from the European Union, Arab and Muslim governments, wealthy Arab people and their organizations. Eventually, we will not take another dollar from the Jews.” 

Then he approached real close. “What do you think of this?”

I took a breath. I remained professional. “Nothing. I’m here on behalf of the Ford Foundation collecting information for a planned marketing institute.” 

He came even closer. “I am asking what does Gary Wexler think of what I just said. You, Gary Wexler.”

I repeated my answer. 

He came even closer. “I ask again. What does Gary Wexler think of what I just said.” 

Debra and I got up. I took my writing pad. “I feel that you are threatening me and we are leaving.” 

The next morning I received a call from the program officer at the Ford Foundation. “Gary, we have a problem. We received a call from Ameer Makhoul and we understand you spewed out all sorts of Zionist propaganda and he felt very threatened by you.” 

I told him it was a lie. 

The program officer continued to press me as to what I had said. I related the conversation word for word. He repeated what Ameer Makhoul had said. I told him to call Debra London who was with me through the entire interview, and verify it with her. I also told him that they better check their funding to these Arab organizations, because Ameer Makhoul appeared to be controlling all of them with some very hateful behaviors...

Several years later, I learned Ameer Makhoul had been arrested by the Israelis as a spy for Syria. 

As the years went on, I began to see what Ameer Makhoul had laid out to me taking shape. The PR coverage was first: The Muhammad al-Durrah incident in Gaza, when a 12-year-old boy was shot to death on the second day of the Second Intifada, capturing global headlines. The Mavi Marmara, the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza that the Israelis stormed, killing several Palestinian activists, grabbing global headlines. I knew the Mavi Marmara was manufactured for the exposure it would gain. 

Then the campuses: The creation of Apartheid Week worldwide. The growth of BDS. The student volunteers who began by the thousands to work in the Palestinian territories and its refugee camps. The shocking creation of anti-Zionist Jewish student groups. 

As an award-winning copywriter and creative director in ad agencies and a professor of Communication at USC, I have developed an intuitive antenna to detect similarities between writing styles, idea styles and conceptual creation. In the early years of this pro-Palestinian campaign, I could see the commonalities of excellence, style and manipulation across all their platforms. Teaching on a university campus gave me a front-row seat at this theater of darkening skies.

People of color, particularly antisemitic Black groups like BLM, were organizing to identify with the Palestinians. Many organizations representing people seen as oppressed were moved to identify with the Palestinians. Students of every variety were swayed. I could see the commonalities of language creation and transfer — my field — being applied to the Jews. Many of them were old antisemitic tropes into which new life was being breathed:  

Israel and Jews are colonialists just like other white oppressors around the world. Israel is an apartheid society, the same as South Africa was. 

Jews have white privilege, even though more than 50% of Jews are dark-skinned people from the Arab world, Iran and Africa. 

Jews hold power in media and banking, making them the enemy.  

Jews center themselves as capitalists and donors. 

Jews don’t hold space for anyone but themselves. 

Jews need to be held accountable for the pain they are causing.  

If you challenged any of this you were a racist, the worst thing you could possibly be accused of. 

(Except if you are racist against Jews. Then you prove you are a true ally of the oppressed.) 

Our enemies have had a real success.  They have formed a winning international communication army with trained troops everywhere. 

Israeli writer, producer and former antisemitism envoy Noa Tishby recently said that students, particularly Jewish ones who are protesting against Israel, have been “played,” but I don’t know if even she understands the background and extent of it. They haven’t just been played, they’ve been turned. Many of them are alumni of Jewish day schools and camps. Those students believe they have joined the other side because they were the victims of a propagandized Zionist education and have now seen the light. No, they are the victims of a propagandized, slow, well-crafted plan, laid out to me by Ameer Makhoul. 

And what has been the Jewish world’s response to all of this?  

Funders are now putting up pro-Jewish and pro-Israel billboards in American cities. As if a clever one-line message can combat all these brilliant, strategized organizing efforts on behalf of our enemies. 

Others are organizing TikTok and Twitter troops. But that work is in response to the playing field that has been established and won by the enemies of the Jewish people. We show ourselves in a defensive mode. We are playing on the field they have drawn. We need to draw our own, in a very big way...

American Jews are sending cans of food and socks to Israel while the Palestinians are conceptualizing bigger and better worldwide actions. We’re still fighting and demonizing one another. Many organizations have not yet woken up that it is no longer business as usual."

 

Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 on X

"In case you’re wondering how it so happened that Palestinian terror ideology was sugarcoated as freedom fighting and hand-fed to liberal college students as a just cause— it was all planned, planted, and executed precisely.

Young American liberals are easy to play. Reality is what it is."

Links - 13th April 2024 (2 - General Wokeness)

'How Dune: Part Two erases its MENA and Muslim influences'
Of course, if it had been more explicity so, it'd have been racist, Islamophobic and ethnocentric, as well as cultural appropriation
So much for being able to do whatever you want in fiction. Of course, what the left mean by that is that their agenda must be shoved in everywhere

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour on X - "Decolonization, once a slogan of African dictators and Middle Eastern eternal leaders, has become the ethos of radicals intent on dismantling American culture, learning, art, literature, and public spaces.  Palestine, once the opioid choice by Arab dictators to be deployed against the illiterate masses, is now an elite social justice cause in Hollywood and the Bay Area.  Critical Theory, once an esoteric development in German intellectual history, is now the subject of unprecedented laws all over the country trying to regulate educational content and a topic around which suburban soccer moms fight.  Your truth and my narrative, once the hallucinations of  French misanthropic intellectuals, are now the default mindset of young Americans.  Yet, yet, very educated Americans, very intelligent, are still talking, and writing books, about American cultural history as a fantastically self-contained world and whether we should blame our current tragedy of identity politics and self-destruction on a straight line from the civil rights movement or from the foundations of American liberalism itself.  Reminds me of the joke of the Muslim intellectuals who spent their lives trying to spoon-feed their masses Marxism, and after their societies collapsed to rubbles, they cried regrettably about how the problem always was that Islam is so fantastically self-contained in its monstrous similarity to Leninism."

HIV Is No Longer a Death Sentence. But States Still Have Laws Targeting People Who Live With It - "Over the years, critics say, these laws have become another tool to criminalize Black people, LGBTQ+ people, and sex workers."
memetic_sisyphus on X - "Activists coming out against laws requiring you to notify any sexual partner that you are HIV+ reveals the truth behind comprehensive sex education. It’s always been about making it culturally acceptable to have anonymous sex without consequences."
Left wing logic: stealthing is awful but concealing your HIV status is fine and if you object, you're a bigot

Meme - i/o @eyeslasho: "In survey after survey — in matters ranging from mental health to viewpoint intolerance to threat perception — women who self-identify as "very liberal" seem to be a breed apart — a unique classification of human being, almost a different species."
"Percent of Women Reporting Experience of Sexual Harassment. 72% of extremely liberal women, 47% of liberal women, 45% of slightly liberal women, 44% of moderate or middle of the road women, 38% of slightly conservative women, 27% of conservative women, 28% of extremely conservative women"
Clearly, the extremely liberal women are definitely right and even liberal, slightly liberal and moderate women just have internalised patriarchy and don't recognise when they're being sexually harassed. Higher neuroticism, among other things, can't have anything to do with it
This ties into how in other contexts, left wingers treat disagreement with them as "harassment"

CK32 on X - "For extremely liberal women, even another person breathing next to them is sexual harassment. They are a bunch of highly insecure people for whom almost everything is a threat and attempt at sexual harassment. And they also tend to play the victim of sexual harassment everywhere. These people are extremely dangerous as they are likely to randomly accuse anyone of sexual harassment just to play the victim. Because of this most self respecting men would avoid them and stay away from them and wouldn’t come to their aid for the fear of being accused of sexual harassment.   Conservative women on the other hand are strong and confident women who know how to command the respect they deserve from other people. These women are mostly well respected there will be men ready to fight for and protect them. Hence these women are less likely to face sexual harassment."
Joey Katzen on X - "Recently, people who identify strongly as Liberal/Left seem especially focused on victimhood. It wasn’t always this way. It’s like all the big important cultural fights were won and thought leaders needed something more to shoot for and trapped themselves in perceived misery."
HMSP on X - "Part of that is their absurd standard as to what constitutes “sexual harassment”. Many modern leftist women believe being asked out on a date by a man when they aren’t interested constitutes sexual harassment."
Dagny Taggart-Galt on X - "Another possibility is that very liberal men (whom these women would likely be hanging out with) are more likely to harass women than men with more conservative/traditional values."

Meme - "The Economist/YouGov Poll November 5 - 7, 2017 - 1500 US Adults
87. Consider sexual harassment - A man asking a woman out for a drink
Which of the following would you consider to be sexual harassment if a man, who was not a romantic or sexual partner or friend, did them to a woman?
Always sexual harassment - 4% male, 3% female, 7% 18-29, 4% 30-44, 3% 45-65, 1% 65+, 2% White, 7% Black, 3% Hispanic, 10% Other
5% Dem, 4% Ind, 3% Rep"
Someone claimed no one thinks that a man asking a woman out on a date when she isn't interested is sexual harassment
These are assuredly the same people who think that a man talking to a woman he doesn't know is "catcalling", as per the "viral catcalling video"

i/o on X - "Big 5 Personality traits help explain the phenomenon of female-centric wokeness.   "Women have been found to score higher than men on Neuroticism... [and] score higher than men on... indices of anxiety... Women consistently score higher than men on Agreeableness... Agreeableness comprises traits relating to altruism... [and] the tendency toward cooperation, maintenance of social harmony, and consideration of the concerns of others (as opposed to exploitation or victimization of others).""
Mankosmash on X - "Women are easier to manipulate. Emotional manipulation allows liberals to escape the bonds of reality, logic, & reason that would otherwise bind them."
lightshield222 on X - "TLDR Women are generally more predisposed to caring about others while being more prone to overestimating dangers & are interested in socially conforming to groups. So basically attributes that would suit child-rearing for example then? Shocker 😯"

Kaeley Triller on X - "Yes, Jesus hung out with prostitutes and drunkards and outcasts. Here’s the thing, though- By the time Jesus was finished with these people, they weren’t prostitutes or drunkards or outcasts anymore. We are to align ourselves to His standard, not the other way around."
Clearly, Jesus was woke, because he didn't tell people to stop sinning

Dr. Debra W Soh on Twitter - "Sex differences are now "discriminatory & constitute sexual harassment." This will set scientific research back 50 years"
Dr Jordan B Peterson on X - "Is pointing out that women are more prone to depression (beginning at age 12) also discriminatory?"

HBCU President Reinstated After Cleared Of Bullying Inquiry - "The president of Lincoln University, an HBCU in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been reinstated after being cleared from bullying claims surrounding an administrator’s suicide.  The independent investigation into John Moseley followed the Jan. 8 suicide of Lincoln’s administrator Antoinette Bonnie Candia-Bailey. The Guardian reports the inquiry found no substantial evidence that Moseley bullied Candia-Bailey, who killed herself in January, sending shockwaves throughout the campus...   In the wake of Candia-Bailey’s death, a social media campaign of #FireMoseley emerged to remove Moseley as president. Critics called Mosley’s fitness to run a historically Black institution as a white man into question"
Of course, there were left wingers who were very upset about this

Not everything that happens to a Muslim at work is related to religion, tribunal judge rules - "Employment Judge Kirsty Ayre ruled an NHS consultant was not discriminated against after bosses told her to roll up her sleeves at work in line with hygiene rules.  Dr Farhat Butt, who wears a hijab and covers everything other than her hands, feet and face while in public, said she was “racially profiled” and then “bullied” by managers into exposing her forearms... After the length of her fingernails was also criticised, Dr Butt was “unable to continue at work” and cancelled her operating list for the day."

Meme - "WE MUST STOP PROPAGATING ETHNIC STEREOTYPES"
"Me-" *Man in green hat drinking Guinness*

Releasing statistics on racial composition of prison inmate population could deepen stereotypes, says Shanmugam - "Releasing statistics on the racial composition of the prison inmate population and criminal offenders could "deepen" stereotypes, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam... Mr Shanmugam said that the Government has been “careful” about publicly disclosing such data...   “The fact is that minorities are disproportionately represented in the prison inmate population and in crime statistics,” said Mr Shanmugam...   Over time, this could undermine efforts in building “harmonious relations” among all the races and make it harder to achieve racial harmony, Mr Shanmugam added...   “Overall, the community leaders were clear. They said that we should not simply look at racial breakdown, as it would not take into account other contributing factors which could have led to a person committing a crime. It would also detract from the improvements made by the respective communities and we take these views quite seriously.”  Mr Shanmugam explained that any decision by the Government has to be guided by what is in the public interest, including assessing what information should be made public.   “We don’t take an ideological position on these matters. So, in certain respects, releasing data can adversely impact the community and society and this particular question relates to one such example,” he said...   “Through the M3 network, an initiative by Minister Masagos (Zulkifli), we have also released specific statistics on the Malay community, like the number of Malay graduates from institutes of higher learning, number of Malay professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) and the recidivism rate of the Malay inmate population,” he added.  The Government also releases race-based statistics on drug and inhalant abuse through the Central Narcotics Bureau’s (CNB) annual reports, he noted.  “Why do we, for example, release those statistics? We do so to effectively mobilise the communities into action,” said Mr Shanmugam. “By working with the community, we are then able to come up with interventions that are better suited for different communities.”  While releasing data on drug and inhalant abuse could lead to stereotyping, Mr Shanmugam noted that this is where “judgment” comes in. "
Way to say that they're accurate

Meme - "White privilege is people thinking you're less likely to commit a crime"
"Am I?"
"That's not that point!!"

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to Host Segregated Graduations in May - "Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will host a variety of special graduations based on students’ race and sexual orientation from May 1-15.  These “Multicultural Graduation Celebrations” aim to provide “more intimate settings for students who self-identify in a variety of ways,” according to Columbia’s website... The decision to hold segregated graduation ceremonies in 2021 has attracted criticism, with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) commenting on X in reaction to the news: “The endpoint of critical race theory: segregation.”"

Keith Woods on X - "The End of Race: We have all heard the statement "we're all one race, the human race". Yet just a century ago the existence of distinct biological races was taken for granted. How did our perception of race change so drastically?... "Boas did not arrive at the position from a disinterested, scientific inquiry... There is no doubt that he had a deep interest in collecting evidence and designing arguments that would rebut or refute an ideological outlook—racism" - Carl N. Degler. Boas would train a generation of anthropologists that would dominate the newly emergent field of anthropology... While Montagu’s book received mostly negative reviews from other academics, he would have the honour of playing a leading role in UNESCO’s highly influential Committee on The Race Question... The final statement declared the controversial beliefs of the cultural determinists who made up the panel to be scientific fact.  Underlying this historic statement was “widespread revulsion at the Jewish Holocaust.” -David Cannadine, The Undivided Past... the work of many of Boas's students, such as Margaret Mead, was later roundly refuted by other anthropologists as ideologically motivated.  Yet despite their hostile reception among other academics, the Boasian cultural anthropologists won the 20th Century.

'Family-friendly' Pride parade in West Hollywood had men depicting graphic BDSM sexual act - "A gay Pride Parade in California billed as fun for "the whole family" caused a stir online after graphic videos from the parade were shared on social media.  West Hollywood had a three day "WeHo Pride" event last weekend featuring concerts, a street fair, a "Women’s Freedom Festival," and a "dyke march." The event ended with a "WeHo Pride Parade" on Sunday, which was billed as appropriate for the entire family... feminist outlet the Reduxx shared one graphic video from the parade where a nearly nude man was choked and whipped by another man in bondage gear... A journalist who shared their video from the event with the outlet said there were thousands of people lined in the streets and children were present."
Graham Allen on X - "This was a “family parade” in West Hollywood. HOW IS THIS SEXUAL DISPLAY BETWEEN TWO MEN “FAMILY FRIENDLY???”"

Meme - "Last year in NYC, the per capita offending rate:
- 26.5 for black men.
- 11.0 for Hispanic men.
- 2.0 for Asian men.
- 1.6 for white men.
- 1.2 for black women.
Note: The other three groups of women are another order of magnitude lower, not coherent to visualize here.
NYC Murderers per 100,000"
Clearly, there is more racism and sexism against Asian men than there is against black women

Why Did the Dean of the Most Diverse Law School in the Country Cancel Herself? - The New York Times - "Discussing a contentious issue of race and tenure in a committee meeting last fall, she had likened herself to a “slaveholder.”  It was a strange, deeply jarring thing to say, but she had been trying to make the point that her position left her responsible for whatever racial inequities might exist institutionally. What the dean might have regarded as an admission of culpability, some of her colleagues viewed as an expression of the buried prejudices well-intentioned liberals never think they have... the magazine National Jurist had named the CUNY School of Law the most diverse in the country. More than half of first-year students in the current academic cycle identify as Black, Latino, Asian-American or Indigenous; 42 percent of faculty members are people of color.  Decades ago, long before it became commonplace, Ms. Bilek railed against the bar exam and other standardized tests for their disparate impact on low-income students. “Her reputation in the world of deans is that of someone who cares deeply about racial justice,” said Ronald Weich, an assistant attorney general in the Obama administration and the dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She had spent much of her career, he pointed out, working to “expand access and to ensure that the legal profession looks like America.”... Kept under wraps, news of all this turmoil reached the student body only last week, and when they discovered what Ms. Bilek had said and done and how long they had been left oblivious, a large and vocal faction did not feel as generously. A petition called for her to leave at once, to pass on the remainder of her salary to the Black Law Students Association and to refrain from coming to graduation. Graduating students also asked that her name not appear on their diplomas in May."
Ironically, the woke blame white people for slavery and view them as still responsible, so you're damned if you do and damned if you don't
The more liberal a place is, the more obsessed they are with maintaining purity and the more they complain about imagined grievances. So giving in to grievance mongering is a losing proposition.

Furor over 'whites only' moms and tots group in Tri-Cites - "Racist signs reportedly advertising a "whites only" moms and tots group is under investigation by RCMP.  The City of Coquitlam states in a news release that it is aware of racist and exclusionary notices, which are "contrary" to community values and confirms that Mounties are looking into the matter.   Port Coquitlam's mayor is also speaking out against the notices and the city has sent out a statement, as well.  Brad West said via social media there is no place for racism in his city in response to a post about a sign advertising a "white's only" playgroup for kids.  "This vile garbage isn't welcome in our community, or anywhere else," wrote Brad West on X, the social media outlet formerly known as Twitter.  West said city bylaw officers went out immediately to remove the sign advertising the playgroup after hearing about it but couldn't find any signs... According to a social media post by Black Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 24, a sign advertising a "whites only" playgroup was spotted at a bus stop at the intersection of Shaughnessy Street and McAllister Avenue, close to city hall...   Screenshots of the WhitesTri-CitiesParentsandTots Telegram chat, posted by Black Vancouver, show that those interested in the group are asked to make their profile anonymous and to not reveal their phone number... Coquitlam RCMP are aware of the incident and encourage residents to report incidents such as this to the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.  A file number for this incident has been opened for the public to report to #23-25827 if any more signs are found. Under B.C.'s Human Rights Code, a person can't be discriminated against for race, ancestry, colour and place of origin."
Black Student Space | Student Services - "The Black Student Space is an identity-affirming space available only for Black undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the UBC Vancouver campus to study, connect with each other, recharge, host events and sessions, as well as build community."
It's only racist and exclusionary if white people do it. If you complain about black-only spaces, you are the racist

A trio of Irish politicians/censors argue that law means not hurting other people's feelings - "In a short clip of the Irish Green Party senator, Pauline O'Reilly, she claims that all law is about the restriction of freedom. "It’s an insane thing to say that all government is about shrinking your freedom, and that’s just something that’s normal and has to be accepted," Ezra argued. "That’s a bully’s idea, a madman’s idea, an authoritarian dictator's idea. That’s someone who doesn’t trust their friends and neighbours — but wants to rule over them."  Similarly, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee is defending Irish hate crime legislation and saying its opponents are "fringe" — even though polls clearly show a majority oppose the laws. Finally, Senator Joe O'Reilly argues that the Holocaust started with jokes. So we should... ban jokes?"

Ernie Hudson didn't see a point in the 2016 Ghostbusters - "As Ernie Hudson told The Independent, it seemed like a waste to make the Ghostbusters back in 2016, saying, “Look, I’m a fan of [director] Paul Feig so I have nothing negative about him to say. Other than: I don’t quite understand why you do a reboot, you know what I mean? Just make another movie.”"
Sexist! Racist!

'Ghostbusters' star denies racism contributed to his reduced role in first film: 'Not quite that simple' - "Hudson acknowledged that it’s "very tempting" to say that these limits were due to racism in the industry, but admitted that wouldn’t be an accurate representation of what happened to him in the '80s.  The actor played Winston Zeddemore in the beloved 80s action/adventure film, and though he is seen as one of the four classic Ghostbusters – alongside Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis – his role in the first film was reduced before filming began... "You know, being a person of African descent anywhere in the world, we’re all just learning how to live together and get along together and realize that we’re all connected. And it’s very tempting, sometimes, to blame anything that doesn’t work in your life on racism. But there are a lot of things that play into it," he said. "It’s not quite that simple."  Hudson was also paid less than his famous co-stars, though again he said it probably wasn’t due to racism, considering that if African American actor Eddie Murphy took on the role – as he was the rumored first choice – he would have been paid a lot more.  "We can say it’s a racial thing, but I think if Eddie Murphy had played the role I played, he would have been paid very well," the actor said. He provided his real theory as to why he got paid less, stating, "I think studios are in the business of making money, and they pay what they feel they have to.""

The NOT Exhaustive List of the Many Scams Shaun King Has Run - "Probably impossible to list all his scams. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about Shaun King. In that article, I said white liberal were to be blamed for Shaun King’s continued success in running his scams. Many white liberals took issue with that. Many pointed out that they personally don’t know who Shaun King was, let alone give him money. So, I thought it would be a good idea to give a very short bio of Shaun King and provide a very PARTIAL list of the scams he has been running."
Every time I point out that Shaun King is a scammer, people get upset

Meme - "WHEN YOU TAKE THE PISS OUT OF THE LEFT AND THEY TAG GROUPS IN THE COMMENT SECTION
'Racist!' 'Reeee' 'Bigot^ 'Fascist!'

Meme - "Liberals turn into malleable putty if they think they might be accused of any of the various "isms" and "phobias." Identitarian progressives know this, and it largely explains how they've been so successful wresting so much control of opinion-shaping institutions from liberals.
Which of the following labels would hurt the most if you knew someone thought that about you? Racist
White Democrat  33.95%
White Independent 30.94%
White Republican 26.96%"

Meme - "LEFT WING: Us signs
RIGHT WING: Me signs"
"The left believe in group rights and judging people based on the groups they belong to. The right treat people as individuals"

Meme - Left Way Forward: "kinda tired of being brow beat by my comrades over the fact that bigots exist. Yes they show up in the comments, yes i block them when i see it. Im one person and i have kids, work, partners and a personal life outside of facebook. Im doing my best here. I block people EVERY DAY but the truth is is that it doesn't do anything. I block 20 phobes today and 30 new ones show up tomorrow. I dont like it any more than anyone else. please give me some grace."
These are the people who go on about "white fragility"

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