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Quatrarius  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tabula Rasa is a Beautiful Baby Name

the strategy of stacking as many sundowning moderates into positions of power to throw concessions to the people who would literally execute them for being child-rapers has led to abortion access vanishing from half the country and forcible detransitioning of trans minors in two states so far, and could easily lead to a near future of tea party 2.0 for two years and then donald trump versus either the corpse of joe biden or black hillary clinton in 2024

we are now two years into the cool zone and depending on when you start counting at least two decades into the accelerating collapse of the american political system. i feel like at this point if you're a person who isn't being radicalized, you are plugging your ears and cheering for the collapse to be worse

some guy in the commments said it best

    I agree with this. Just because you consider yourself to have counted everything that matters does not mean that your readers are obliged to agree with you. The strongest criticism of your work is probably that you miss non-quantifiable returns to education, which makes your spreadsheet irrelevant.

this is a guy from the cato institute bitching that he wasted his time assigning numbers to things when he could have shot from the hip like every other right-libertarian and gotten as much time in the talking heads circuit

very odd for somebody saying that data doesn't matter to any social sciences to use no real non-anecdotal data in arguing this insanely hot take


somebody with a BA in linguistics, a real social science and not a field made-up to justify the status quo like this jackass

Quatrarius  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

Quatrarius  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: If you thought bathrooms were terrible in the '70s, just you wait

rich people have such bad taste - it's like some kind of social signaling to say "look at me, i have a thousand dollars to spend on an ugly concrete sink that will be out of style as soon as people recognize that it's already been out of style for 50 years"

Quatrarius  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

it's only because it's a small community that i feel some kind of pressure to be honest - tng addressed the hubski trans community, but if you do the math that basically means just me and spoons

the wind is strong but I'll keep pissing into it

I'm kinda just bitching

Quatrarius  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

and to be honest it really sucks to be the community trans explainer -it's not like i have to do it, but i feel like i should, and it's a vibe killer. i hope that someday people like me won't be treated like political footballs or conversational curiosities

Quatrarius  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

this is a good video that is in depth on the topic, but the main points are:

1. this is the new issue that antitrans activists have moved on to now that the "bathroom panic" has become politically less viable - concerns about trans athletes are primarily external to the sports world and happening in america and the UK

2. ensuring fairness in sports is much more complicated than separating people "born male" and "born women" for a litany of reasons, and any good solution to the problem will need to be more complicated than either excluding trans people or allowing everybody to join anything they want (for example, establishing different groups based on physical differences that actually affect the sport in question akin to height/weight classes)

the current culture war debate is deliberately framed in a way to make the issue seem like PC run amok loony left, yadda yadda, just like the bathroom panic was ("grown men pissing next to my little girl? how could this be!")

Quatrarius  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

    Thomas’s recognition relatively early in college that she wanted to transition, and the fact that she commenced hormone therapy during the summer, enabled her to navigate the window enabled by the NCAA rules in effect at the time where others may not have.

    That is not all that is unusual about her situation, though. The other quirk is that she happens to be very, very fast for a collegiate swimmer—when compared with the men she used to compete against. Thomas posted the 32nd fastest 1,650-yard freestyle time in the nation for men during her sophomore season in 2018-19. In the 1,000-yard freestyle, she was ranked 18th.

Nobody would give a shit if she wasn't good, and most trans athletes are worse than their peers and as such you don't get a media uproar about them, -remember that one olympic weightlifter who was supposed to wreck the competition according to the press, who proceeded to fail to make it past the first round?

now it seems that the ncaa have changed their rules to make sure that no college transfem athlete will be able to compete effectively (>3 years of hrt required and testosterone upper limits that many cisgender athletes exceed), and lia thomas is widely mocked, called a man, and turned into a prop for the culture war - and for what, the integrity of women's college sports? when have you ever seen anybody who doesn't participate or have a family member participate in women's college sports ever care about it? but suddenly when the tranny wins an award, everybody starts writing thinkpieces

it comes from an ultimately sexist attitude where women are inherently inferior and need their own little flower garden to play in, while the men do the real athletics over in stadium -this is one of the many reasons why nobody complaining about this has ever considered trans men, who are forced to play against women even though they are literally taking testosterone which is significantly more unfair than the reverse

Quatrarius  ·  90 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hackers Just Leaked the Names of 92,000 ‘Freedom Convoy’ Donors

yeah, fuck em - the state gives right wing protesters hugs and kisses and shoots left wing protesters in the streets already without an excuse, that's not going to change how anybody behaves except for the 0.1 percent of people that actually care about hypocrisy

Quatrarius  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Putin Has the U.S. Right Where He Wants It

i had a longer comment but it got chewed up by the hubski mobile interface

Quatrarius  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Putin Has the U.S. Right Where He Wants It

the greyfaces in the military and its affiliated organizations need a new war and a new set of people to sell "lethal aid" to

Quatrarius  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I built the ‘Seinfeld’ apartment from Lego — it nearly broke me

how do you fuck up a lego set bro

Quatrarius  ·  131 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Republican and Democratic County Deaths

these people are on the mectin bandwagom because motherfuckers are too inept to understand that it makes the "no guys, I'm actually on the left" mask slip when you go full retard, to put it in an un-PC enough way to make it seem like my problem with this shit is about substance and not being offended by the scary unpopular ideas

it's eurocentrism and ancient ugly conservatism masked as smart counterculture science for the new generation against the woke elite

Quatrarius  ·  131 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Republican and Democratic County Deaths

it's been hard to talk about human evolution for about a hundred years because fascists and the horsepaste crew use it to veil "hate the other" behind a sheet of science, and the dogwhistles are yet too shrill to make out in the rationalist's ear

"Survival in our earliest societies depended on leveraging the advantages of our sex differences, but today even the concept of biological sex is increasingly dismissed as offensive. The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we're not built for is killing us."

you have to be a wormed up shawty to understand it unfortunately so it makes you sound like a crazy person to point it out

it's nonsense

Quatrarius  ·  144 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 22, 2021

i'm fried on the visiting

Quatrarius  ·  158 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Religion

it's an interesting set of abstractions but haidt seems like a really good example of a "thought daddy"-type guy - the first conclusion (humans feel before thinking) is a good point but the other two points feel like philosophy masking itself as science

philosophical explanations are fine but the attempt to pass them off as a universal scientific Truth rubs me the wrong way

apologies to shit in your stew - i know you didn't ask for my opinion on anything so please ignore it if you don't want it

Quatrarius  ·  164 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 1, 2021

continuing creative pursuits - enjoying having a lot of time on my hands while also living under the fear of unemployment

but life is alright i think

Quatrarius  ·  191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Deep-Fried Delicacies from the State Fair of Texas

deep fried chicken noodle soup on a stick is just american shengjianmantou proving once and for all that no matter your culture, people know a good thing when they see it

Quatrarius  ·  191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s Wrong with Socialism?

this is a misrepresentation of both marxism and modern socialist theory derived from marxism - that famous slogan "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" was something marx said about the ideal communist society where work is no longer necessary to survive and is instead something people do because they want to do it - it's a biblical paraphrase and is not the entirety of communist theory - any more than any slogan sums up an ideology.

if you divorce something from context and misrepresent what it's saying, again, you can make anything sound impossible and ridiculous.

do you really think that comparing GDP, "this imperfect measure", is at all an appropriate way to compare the welfare of the people living in two areas? are you joking? does that pass the smell test for you?

Quatrarius  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s Wrong with Socialism?

this is embarrassing even by your standards - reposting ayn rand and the mises institute? you gonna post the mccarthyist take on socialism next too? louis the 16th's take on democracy? you can write a stinkpiece on anything if you only cite their intellectually bankrupt / financially motivated critics (and don't you tell me that one mention of marx makes this a well rounded critique)

you should feel ashamed to support your belief systen this lazily

Quatrarius  ·  201 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cornel West: Howard University’s removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe

hubski is experiencing a Cancel Culture Moment - judging from the youtube political commentator chronology, in about 6 years half of hubski will be neocons and the other half will be neonazis

Quatrarius  ·  206 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

i think there's something to be said for how black and white lgbt people have different experiences - every trans person faces discrimination to some extent, but black trans people are much more likely to be in physical danger. black trans women are murdered constantly. if dave is envious of the trans rights movement for how whiteness has given them a headstart, i think he is unaware of the situation on the ground. transness isn't like a region-locked DVD - trans people are all over the world and in every community. you could have a conversation about intersectionality through comedy, but i have gotten no impression that that's what dave is doing. transness is as black as it is white, and dave implying that it's something that black people don't participate in is plainly wrong.

any exasperation that dave might feel about trans people is about as valid as the exasperation that trump voters feel when they hear about mexicans coming over the border to take american jobs - it comes from a genuine place, but that doesn't make it correct. it's misinformed and driven by his attitude (conscious or subconscious) towards trans people

Quatrarius  ·  206 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.  ·  x 2

i think that jokes about a discriminated minority should primarily be funny to that minority more than any general audience. i think that jokes about a discriminated minority that are designed to be funny to a general audience, but not to that minority, are not jokes that work.

trans people take these jokes seriously because they aren't funny to trans people. it's hard to not take something seriously when it's not funny to you. i want to repeat that i'm not insulted by the jokes in the special, they just make me sad. i think that these kinds of jokes don't help the community and just add onto the pile of cultural messaging against trans people. i think that this is the new battlefield of the culture war, and that trans people who react negatively to this special will continue to become targets. when you say "why is it being taken so seriously," this is why. comedy doesn't just float in the air - comedy is powerful. comedy can be used to reinforce certain attitudes, or undermine them. comedy and politics are connected to each other. you can be a carlin-type of comedian and use comedy to show how society is rigged for the powerful, or you can be the kind of comedian that uses comedy to reinforce existing stereotypes. i do not feel liberated by chappelle's humor about trans people. i do not welcome his takes on trans people. again, if i was to get up on stage and postulate about The Black Experience In America, i would fully expect to be reamed for it because i don't know what i'm talking about. when i hear dave's jokes about trans people, it is very clear that he doesn't know what he's talking about.

i don't want to censor comedy. i don't want to "cancel" anybody. it's very clear that the trans community at large is unable to cancel anybody, given that chappelle and ricky gervais and the like all still have careers. they can continue to make hacky jokes at my expense for as long as they want to for all i care. i just don't see why i have to pretend that it's all in good fun, and to lighten up - it's the standup comedian version of "boys will be boys" - he snapped your bra strap in front of your friends, but it's because he likes you, so just let him do it - it was just a joke

i will never be a model minority that puts up with being mocked, no matter whether you think that makes me a killjoy.

Quatrarius  ·  206 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

charli xcx is a pop star that makes electro-dance-pop music. that kind of music, and her, is popular with a lot of trans women

the joke is from the perspective of a guy outside a women's bathroom at a charli xcx concert "waiting for a woman who seems generally unwell" - AKA a guy trying to hit on trans women, light jab at the fact that trans women selfstereotype as dorks / basement dwellers

the guy's pickup line is just a silly nonsequitur about burt's bees brand chapstick. "you on spiro?" is him asking if she's on spironolactone, which is an anti-androgen and one of the most common hormones that trans women take in north america

i know that explaining it kills any humor in it, but it's a really funny joke to me because it's a situation i can easily imagine getting in, one that makes fun of the trans experience, but not necessarily trans people themselves (despite poking fun at the fact that the guy is looking for shabby-looking women to, essentially, ask them if they're trans). it doesn't play into the narrative of trans women as fucked up or fake women. it's just a beautiful little joke.

Quatrarius  ·  206 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

there is no way of knowing somebody's intent. i don't think it's dave's conscious intent to make something harmful, but i also think that even if his intent was to increase hate, that it wouldn't matter. actions matter, not thoughts. i think that the rhetoric in his special contributes to an environment that negatively affects the real experiences of trans people, in addition to not being funny. it fails in terms of social commentary and comedy.

i do think that if bill burr did a special as tone-deaf on race as chappelle has been with trans issues, that black netflix employees would have the same reaction as trans ones (including black trans ones) have had to this special. the issue here, again, is that chappelle's special isn't funny, and is using "it's just jokes" as an excuse for lazy commentary. i don't think bill burr would ever get into that kind of situation with race because bill burr seems to have a good understanding of race.

people boycotting netflix is not listening. it is "not buying a ticket". netflix gives chappelle a lot of money for these recorded specials, and there's no way to just not attend the performance. it's coming out of the money netflix gets for subscriptions. why police the way that people protest in the name of the abstract principles of standup? comedy being under attack by the PC police has been a tool of the conservative right for decades, and it remains true that it's more likely that celebrities will face greater financial issues from alienating mainstream society than by pissing off minority groups. kevin hart is still a millionaire. the dixie chicks tanked their career.

it's just so hacky, man. anybody can make an "i identify as an attack helicopter - i'm asiangender!" joke. when chappelle talks about postop pussy, he's laughing at trans people, not with them. he's punching down.


same joke, told funnier, on a crunchy ass ifunny meme from 2019 that's a repost off of twitter