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The banks that survive will...want hard facts on the salaries for the degrees the applicants are studying toward, and if the transcript falls below a certain GPA, said students will be unceremoniously cut-off. Until the trend shows that students from certain demographic subgroups are flaming out at a higher proportion than others, at which point these banks will have black-clad yoof tossing trash bins through their front windows and setting things on fire. After which the banks will roll out some program to support education for underprivileged yoof, financed by higher interest rates on everyone else, and before you know it we're right back where we started, except the rules are driven by Antifa mobs rather than their patrons in Congress.
"I call it being self-partnered." I've been encouraged on a number of occasions to go partner myself. Other times, I've been encouraged to partner a rolling doughnut whilst airborne. None of these suggestions have been offered in a friendly way. Emma may want to think this through a bit more.
This has a name: moral hazard. Let's not forget that she was also convicted of a misdemeanor for stealing from her employer when she was a teenager. And that she was convicted of a felony from stealing from her employer as a twentysomething. I believe we would call this "biting the hand that feeds you," though our Moral Superiors are certain that the reason nobody will hire this lovely woman as a cashier today is Homoracisexiphobism.
Caught as a teen stealing money from the till when she worked as a cashier. Comes out as gay and pregnant at 19. Hooked on painkillers, heroin, and meth after the birth of her son when she was 20. Caught again at age 25 stealing gift cards from her employer. Knocked up again a few years after that. Forgive me if my analysis is flawed, but I'm seeing a lot of theft and other impulse control issues here that predate the "citizen surveillance" which seems to be the source of most of the writer's handwringing. And I can't help but notice that for all the attention given to the petty contents of the parcels she stole ($24 sloppy joe sauce!), we're just supposed to overlook that Mr. Arnold's campaign started in earnest after this woman ran up $700 in charges against a bank card she stole from his letter box. Tell me again how her little thefts are understandable, victimless crimes? It's also absurd that we're supposed to feel sorry because she lost her apartment and her possessions when she was locked up. If you don't have a single loved one that you can ask to keep your photo albums safe, maybe you're not the ideal candidate for a role as a sympathetic victim of gentrification. She's been a compulsive thief since her early teens, and a drug addict for almost as long. She's flamed out of every program intended to help her. What exactly do the trustees of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, sponsors of this series of articles about the problems with mass incarceration, suggest that we do with this 21st-century Artful Dodger? What exactly haven't we tried already?
The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic-studies questions... If this proposal turns into policy and curriculum, which is the more likely outcome: A) Students from the Designated Victim Classes will have an epiphany, realizing that mathematics has a powerful role to play in their lives, or 2) Students with an aptitude for mathematics will be turned off and bored to tears at having to sit through yet another hour of SJW nonsense every day. I know which way I'd wager.
Did you just call me b*tch, b*tch? Even if this weren't laughably unconstitutional on its face, the population would simply borrow a page from our overseas cousins and start calling everybody a c*nt. I'm certain that our lawmakers would be delighted at this development, given how much culture our overseas cousins are reputed to possess.
I was certain that the first link would bring up Bettie Page. But no, that would be too cliche. Well played, Muldoon.
And yet she confuses ridicule with hate and vitriol. Bubble dwellers aren't used to being the butt of the joke. She confuses nothing! She knows exactly what's happening, but her desperate need to protect her brittle ego and reputation cannot allow the possibility that she's been caught out saying something stupid in public and having the lumpenproles direct their righteous mockery at her. They only option that allows for maintaining a semblance of self-worth is to pretend that she's under attack and claim victim status, so that's what she does. In the end, she's not only foolish and weak, but also deceptive and manipulative. I just hope that a few members of that great pile-on decide to stick around and haunt her for weeks and months to come.
But then, Extinction Rebellion is a kind of moral sludge...whose stated ambitions include the toppling of European civilisation, which they denounce as uniquely “toxic” and the cause of all conceivable ills. On a handful of occasions, I've asked these loons how they can consider themselves righteous crusaders for the Earth when they ignore the lion's share of polluters, instead focusing their efforts on nibbling away at the margins. I mean, if they were truly serious about this stuff, they'd be staging their little demonstrations on the streets of Vijayawada or Guangzhou, instead of bothering middle-class commuters in countries whose pollution levels and trends are really quite benign. I've tried to recruit them into my "Nuclear power at home and nuclear devastation in China" movement, but I have to admit I haven't gotten much traction. Yet!
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2019 on Preening Interruptus at davidthompson
Honestly, if the Trans Army goes to war against the telemarketers, I'll be happy to sit back and watch them all burn.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2019 on You Can’t Fault The Adhesive at davidthompson
Would I be excessively cynical if I were to speculate that we are in general more likely to see public order being promptly served by the absence than the presence of police? I'm truly curious about which path we are going to walk down. If the police make themselves conspicuously absent, allowing us to sort these idiots out on our own terms, I believe it would work out very well for most of us. A bit messy at times, but given how poorly our "professional" police seem to do these days, I'm not sure the level of injustice or unnecessary bodily harm would actually be that much worse. I don't think it's likely to happen, though, since the authorities get profoundly uncomfortable any time they see people taking care of business on their own terms. Heavens forfend that we should come to the realization that we don't really need them to look after us, non? So if the police find themselves obligated to show up, what then? Do they perform their duties as the taxpayers understand, and drag away the idiots, or do they perform as their overlords demand, and come down hard on any of us who dare to take matters into our own hands? If the former, they risk the wrath of the political class, and the potential loss of their livelihood. If the latter, they risk the wrath of ordinary people, and the potential loss of the consent of the governed. I fear we live in interesting times.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2019 on London Scenes at davidthompson
...until you learn how to communicate effectively. Two-way street, mon ami. There's a pretty wide gulf between the colleague who says, "Which Smith file? I'm working on several at the moment," and the one who pretends that she has so many Krasczmarczek files that she couldn't possibly understand which one you want.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2019 on How Dare You Defend Yourselves at davidthompson
I'm 6'0", married to a woman 5'10". It's terrible, because she steals my comfy shirts constantly.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2019 on See How Complicated She Is at davidthompson
Another twat. Again, they target decent, polite, white-collar citizens whom they can be certain won't put up a fight. Time and again we've seen it, from Antifa to BLM to this current crop of enviro-loons. Hell, I see it writ small every day, usually from urban yoof on public transport who'll play their favo(u)rite musical celebration of illiteracy at full volume on their tinny little cellphone speaker, just to get a rise out of the normals. Or who cross against the lights, knowing that drivers will give way. Neither our Moral Betters nor our Designated Victim Classes seem to realize or care that patience is not infinite, and decency can be driven out of even the most decent person if the incentives are applied hard enough for long enough. It may take a decade or more, but the time is coming when the preachy geography teacher on the airplane gets knocked cold and tied to his seat by a passenger while the flight attendants focus their attention elsewhere. The man on the bus may throw the mobile out the window, to the delight and applause of everybody except the offending yoof. The commuter may decide that it's not worth getting rear-ended in traffic just to keep from hitting a jaywalker. What's more, juries are going to start acquitting their neighbo(u)rs for these breaches of public norms, because they'll understand the circumstances and sympathize with the defendants. And if juries won't convict, prosecutors won't prosecute, and cops won't bother enforcing the outmoded laws any more. I don't want to live in that world, and I resent those who insist on pushing us toward that end. I can only console myself knowing that their antics are going to be punished much more severely than any transgression I might commit. Even if I must see to it myself.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2019 on See How Complicated She Is at davidthompson
[opens travel wish list, deletes "Ecuador"] Having worked this summer to raise funds for a family fleeing to Ecuador from Venezuela, I really don't think that a couple of weird flavors of ice cream is going to cause them to reconsider their decision.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2019 on Trust Me, I’m A Witchdoctor at davidthompson
Wouldn't that be cultural appropriation? It would indeed! This is why it's so imperative that our government health ministries get busy hiring Authentic People of Indigineity to augment the treatment options available to the hoi polloi. It just wouldn't be Fair or Equitable if we were to allow a bunch of wypipo to practice or offer advice that their Western training has left them ill-qualified to understand. Fortunately, Ms. Blow and her compatriots have a credentialing body all ready to start sending appropriate candidates to the ministries. For a modest fee, of course!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2019 on Trust Me, I’m A Witchdoctor at davidthompson
Come to think of it, his dad's family wasn't particularly kind to my uncles when they visited the peninsula, back in the early 50s.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2019 on The Thrill Of Mucus at davidthompson
The aisles, he adds, are an echo of “1950s America, which was not a particularly good place to be, especially if you were Asian.” If he thinks America was a bad place for Koreans in the 50s, I can't wait 'til he finds out what Korea was like for Koreans in those days...
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2019 on The Thrill Of Mucus at davidthompson
Twenty-first century headlines. Holy moly! Turns out there's poetry everywhere around us!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Friday Ephemera at davidthompson
...always have such work checked by a second engineer. I believe that the plans were sent to Sr. Maňana for review.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Friday Ephemera at davidthompson
Islam is RIGHT about women. The sign itself is poetry; to squeeze so much meaning into five short words is a work of art. Honestly, it causes a deeper reaction and spurs more consideration than most of the performance art our gracious host shares with us here. Also, I'm delighted by the social media posting from the woman who was interviewed in the news segment: Conversation Starter I'm all for free speech, but this is just awful.... Please tear them down if you see any more! :( :( :(As the kids are so fond of saying: "Anything written before the word "but" is meaningless."
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Friday Ephemera at davidthompson
Also, as a rule, those who wring their hands over the "achievement gap" should show a willingness to come down hard on every little urchin who torments has classmates for the crime of "acting white." If you lack the spine to follow through on the latter, I'm not inclined to take you seriously about the former.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on For The Children, You Say at davidthompson
I'm not sure why George Packer is so worked up about his kids' schooling. Those kids have parents who are active and involved in their lives, and invested in their success, so they're all but guaranteed to be successful regardless of their school. Throw in Packer's reputation and status among his peers, and the kids are pretty much guaranteed to have an open door into whatever career they choose. Honestly, if he was really worried about his kids, he'd simply move away from the Rotten Apple and raise his kids someplace with trees and Little League and decent schools. But then he'd miss out on the cocktail parties and gallery openings, so I suppose that's a non-starter.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on For The Children, You Say at davidthompson
The mystery is why do the rest of us passively tolerate supporting this idiocy? We're the ones with the problem. The number of Americans 18 years or older is 252 million. According to Pew Research, the number of televisions tuned in to CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News averaged 1.25 million for the three networks combined. That's less than 0.5% of voting-age Americans. Even if we assume that 2.2 people were watching each of those televisions, that's still barely 1% of the electorate. Employment in those newsrooms was estimated at 2,700 workers, compared to 2,950 fifteen years ago. On the broadcast side, viewership for ABC/CBS/NBC evening news averaged about 5.3 million. Again, assuming 2.2 viewers per TV, we're talking about 4.6% of Americans over age 18 who are tuned in to the big Evening News broadcasts. Newspaper circulation was 28.5 million (11.3% of voting-age Americans), and it was estimated that 38,000 were employed in newspaper newsrooms. Fifteen years ago, those numbers were 54.6 million and 72,000 workers. Granted, I help support cable news by reason of the fact that I subscribe to cable television, and so part of my monthly bill goes toward the licensing fees of those channels. (I think we'll leave ala carte pricing for another discussion.) Still, cable subscriptions are falling as more people choose to "cut the cord" and rely on various streaming services, so even those "built-in" revenues are falling. I guess what I'm trying to say is that "we" are actually doing a lot to limit the stupidity, by turning our eyeballs elsewhere and denying the idiots an audience they can market to their advertisers. Still, it doesn't take that much of an audience to pull some serious advertising revenue, so I fear that we'll forever be condemned to see these idiots doing their thing in public. For me, the really scary thing is realizing how much of the world's conversation is driven by so few people.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2019 on The Revolting Masses at davidthompson
“It is as important as taking a lab science.” One teaches you to follow directions exactly, to make careful observations, to take thorough notes, and to learn humility because even when you do things right, you may not get the right results every time. It teaches the importance of reproducibility, of showing your work, of inviting others to test your hypotheses and your methods to see if they are really valid. The other teaches you that everything is Whitey's fault, and that you are a golden child who would live in a palace if that mean old Whitey wasn't holding you down. So sure -- they're exactly equivalent in importance to a growing mind.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2019 on The Revolting Masses at davidthompson