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kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

I've never enjoyed Dave Chapelle. I don't care for most standup - Since Eddie Murphy Raw it's often "let's make fun of people who suck."

Genuine pleas for empathy rarely get shared and reshared and reshared on Facebook. "Impossible pussy?"

On balance, my grandfather was a sweet old man who used the n-word regularly. So regularly that in assuming his patois once I used the phrase "niXXer-rig" a component on a loudspeaker in front of one of my very favorite colleagues in the world who happens to be black. he was cool about it but I'm ashamed to this day - I didn't mean anything by it it's just what people said in that context that I was tapping into because I felt comfortable.

Every time a joke is repeated that context changes. Lewis Carroll was a pedophile in a time when pedophiles were rarely punished. Thus, Lewis Carroll is remembered as the guy who came up with Alice In Wonderland rather than the guy who totally wanted to fuck his friends' 11-year-old daughter. The context of Alice in Wonderland has drifted away from Lewis Carroll thanks to popular culture remixes like Disney's or Jefferson Airplane's. The context of Lewis Carroll, on the other hand, has drifted towards his pedophilia thanks to popular culture's innate drive to re-evaluate itself.

Tootsie is dated. Here lemme ruin Breakfast at Tiffany's for ya.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

You're missing a very important point: you are privileging your context over circuit's. You're privileging Dave Chapelle's context over the transgender community's. Yes, context matters. All context. The context here is Netflix using their platform to promote transphobic humor. Your context may not judge it as transphobic. The transgender community disagrees, and they are experiencing more harm from Netflix hosting the content than you would experience from Netflix not hosting it.

Charlie Daniels' "Uneasy Rider '88" is about starting a fight in a gay bar. Do you need to listen to it to know that it is harmful to the gay and trans community?

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

23 comments up in this bitch attempting to define consensus.

Nobody reads the funnies. You did when you were a kid. Your grandparents might have. By the time you were an adult you acknowledged that they were almost entirely devoid of humor. The ones that weren't were transgressive. Newspaper comic strips are where humor goes to die.

Newspaper comic strips, however, are also where consensus is reached. You can't print a Family Circus that's only funny to a select few people, so you have to print a Family Circus that's faintly funny to everyone. That Family Circus comic establishes "things we can all laugh at." It has a humongous platform and therefore must have the broadest appeal. It also doesn't leave someone bleakly staring into their coffee knowing today is another day when they're the butt of the joke, where they're the thing everyone else unites against, where it's been established whose feelings can be safely hurt without fear of blowback or reprisal.

Humor is necessarily transgressive. It must therefore be necessarily niche. The more transgressive, the more a niche will find it funny. This is entirely a battle about the size of that niche. Do we, as a culture, condone humor made at the expense of the trans community? Let's not paint around it - we've got one side saying I'm sure all that heinously tone-deaf mean shit was said with love and one person saying I feel no love and the fundamental argument, really, is whether Quatrarius should STFU and let everyone else enjoy their queer-bashing.

That didn't feel good did it

The othering of the trans community has been ripe comedy gold for longer than I've been alive. Some Like It Hot predates me but I was here for Bosom Buddies and Tootsie (10 Oscar noms!) and Mrs. Doubtfire (Oscar for "best makeup" I shit you not). We all laughed uproariously when Crocodile Dundee shamed someone transgender but maaaaybe had some introspection fifteen years later when we watched Hilary Swank get murdered? I've watched "diva" switch from Liza Minelli to Ru Paul. I've also listened to my boss passionately bitch about the fact that you can go to jail for queer-bashing now.

"Impossible pussy?" "Beet juice?" That's not funny. That's a rejection of cultural mores because they do not align with your comfort level. More than that, it's a denigration of a vulnerable community. Andrew Dice Clay played the whole "but I know women who like me" thing, too. The appeal is always "what's the intent" while ignoring the "what's the consensus" of the situation 'cuz I tell you what: a world in which Andrew Dice Clay is consensus-funny is a world devoid of Amy Schumers and if you think the Andrew Dice Clays of the world need more representation in culture you can fuck right off. Whose victim card has a stronger suit - blacks or the trans community? Fuck off with that shit it isn't a goddamn race to the bottom. Buy the world a Coke goddamn it.

This whole shitshow is about negotiating who we're still allowed to laugh at. Lately? We ain't allowed to laugh at anybody and that pisses people off.

But my kid is 8 and there are three transgender kids in her class and I would much rather the world be inviting to them than to Dave Fucking Chapelle.

Humor is transgressive, so we will never agree what is or is not funny. We can, however, recognize that humor evolves and that the role of culture is to track that evolution, not fight it.

(ten Oscar noms)

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weird article about privilege in The Age. Posting without comment.

The out-of-hospital birth community tends to be full of privileged white women. Most of them cannot support themselves with their work; they rely on spouses to pay their way. Most of them are also feminist, and advocates and allies of disadvantaged communities.

Most of them, however, do not participate in these disadvantaged communities because... well, they're privileged white women.

The past two years have engendered a truly perverse reckoning. Turns out woker-than-thou is a bloodsport.

- An entire graduating class has rendered themselves unhireable because they demanded changes of wokeness. These are all white women, being taught by white women. They forced out three faculty members, but the one they most wanted to force out remains because no one else will do her job for as little money as she makes.

- A minority-focused collective imploded because it didn't hire enough minorities. The founder of the collective was ejected from her professional membership because she did not resign before everyone quit. The professional membership, meanwhile, elected to disband itself because it lacked minority representation.

- Another professional organization asked its leader to resign because she wasn't a minority. No one else has stepped up to lead it (minority or otherwise) thus it has disbanded.

- Still another organization insisted on changes to increase minority participation without having any minority members to participate. Several people were forced to resign because they were not minorities. We are not a large company? But we represent double-digit percentages of the minority involvement in the community and our people sent out an open letter telling everyone to calm the fuck down, not to put too fine a point on it. However, the leadership of that organization doubled down, causing everyone else to resign.


This is, fundamentally, what white guilt looks like: you signal your superiority by espousing concern for the less privileged, but if they aren't around, the only people you can signal to are those exactly like you. Note that it doesn't benefit the less privileged in the first place, nor is there any remedy: when your virtue measurement metric is "zeal" there is no one with the moral standing to put a stop to it other than zealots, and a reduction in zealotry is capitulation.

We've long since decided to hunker down and let it burn out. It is, fundamentally, a cancer of conscience and the only thing you can do is not get any on you. We dealt with it early and often and in retrospect, got out lucky.

But the minority representation in privileged white circles is not going to increase, which is not going to give the woker-than-thous an opportunity to discover the flaws in their approach, which is not going to temper their approach.

And so long as you can demand changes of others rather than changes of yourself, your discomfort at the very real unfairness of the situation can be assuaged without actually fixing anything.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory

"Cold war" just means "we aren't actively shooting at each other." If you think America's current relations with China don't rhyme with America's past relations with Russia you aren't paying attention.


    Speaking as an armchair expert on biological warfare,

...you lack the knowledge to make this comparison. But by all means, keep being mad and sarcastic.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

I think mk is making the mistake of applying logic and permanence to an emotional, ephemeral condition.

Confederate statues are being taken down because there was no reason for them to ever be up. Jefferson is being taken down because emotions are high. If it calms emotions to move a statue, move the statue. If we as a culture still find something to value about Thomas Jefferson we won't move it far. It's not like we're blowing up the Bamyan Buddhas here.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

Okay, fair. Thanks for playing.

The central argument you're making is for the aesthetic benefits of statuary, which is not the argument at hand - clearly, the subject is the reconciliation of past deeds with current mores.

Here's my argument: Thomas Jefferson's legacy has withstood challenge for a couple hundred years now. There's no new information come to light that might challenge it. What we're experiencing is a new openness about the uneven impact our accepted cultural heroes have on our culture.

It's not like the statue hasn't moved before:

    A final spot for the statue is yet to be determined. It was first placed in City Hall around 1834 and was displayed in several locations there before moving to the main chamber in 1915.

And it's not like the statue is going to be destroyed. And granted - everyone in discussion would happily trade the end of this thing for moving Jefferson into the foyer if they were given the choice. But they haven't been.

Art is worth reconsidering. I feel - and feel strongly - that our culture is made up of what we revere, and if we are unwilling to rethink what we revere our culture can never advance.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

The US has 11 times more monuments to mermaids than congresswomen

I'ma wave my magic wand and poof every monument erected prior to 2000 is gone. Not even dust or bronze powder to mark their passing. Rushmore is a cliff, Lincoln is a park, lady Liberty is a lighthouse.

Expound, in whatever detail you choose, the detrimental effect to society.

aaaaaand.... GO

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 20, 2021

Three pfizers down. 2nd one sucked. 3rd one was manageable. We can't claim that severity of response equates to effectiveness without acknowledging that the shot taxes the body.

Put Totoro under one of those trees and it will cease to be creepy.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory

Speaking as an armchair expert on biological warfare, there has been a unified and persistent policy of downplaying laboratory leaks from any facility with even the faintest military connections since the cessation of hostilities in WWI. Gruinard Island, Sverdlovsk, Vozrozdeniya Island, Reston, fuckin' Rajneesh - it's always "no, no, total coincidence, they were killed by a wet market, nature is scary" until 20 years later when somebody cops to it and then the NYT does a think piece entitled Why We Were Wrong 20 Years Ago But Still Superior To You.

Biological incidents that are not accidental leaks invariably have their conspiracies trounced within months. Incidents that are remain conspiracy bait until someone writes a memoir entitled "how I almost killed a million people by Shady Researcher Ph.D."

kleinbl00  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do you love me now that I can kill?

Long were there rumors of "electric-eye powered" autonomous guns along the Berlin Wall - turns out they were just mines.

We culturally understood the problems here decades before we techologically understood the problems here. An autonomous weapons platform is going to need a few things: (1) territory (2) engagement protocol (3) disengagement protocol. (1) is easy. Geofence it and be done. (2) is gonna be tricky because unless you have triangulation, LIDAR or some other form of non-optical rangefinding, restricting engagement to the territory becomes error-prone. And that's if you instruct it to kill everything that moves. Is that ISIS-K poking a head over that rock? Or a pigeon? Okay you shot it and it stopped moving - is it dead? Or just playing dead? You should probably call over a Reaper just to take a peek and give human eyes on it at which point why didn't you just stick with the Reaper in the first place?

So... what do you do with a walking killbot, exactly? We have a hard enough time when our remote killing is done by the whole of the CIA chain of command. You're gonna give it over to a Roomba?

kleinbl00  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Work Dissatisfaction Driven by Early-Career Workers Looking for Higher Pay and Remote Options  ·  

Believe it or not, I'm sanguine bordering on ebullient... long term. Short term?

So that graph says two things without you even really needing to know what it's graphing: (1) "holy shit" (2) "that can't continue." There's an aphorism in commodities markets: "the cure for high prices is high prices." We're all in the commodities market now, bubba.

You and I have talked about this at length for several years now: automation is coming and that right soon. There's been a steady pressure to unstaff. Hey, great! They're letting you work from home! That means you're now competing against the entire goddamn world for your job. Which means if they can fob it off on a bot rancher from Bangalore to save 20%, they'll do it. And now everyone who could barely afford Silicon Valley is looking at Nowhere Gulch and dreaming of owning serfs, and he'll happily pay for the house with a check because this'll be easier if the wife and five-year-old can get settled in before school starts.

Food? You're literally asking "what happens if Democrats cut entitlements for some reason" and they ain't. They ain't ever. They learned that shit under Clinton - when you fuck with poor people you get Newt Gingrich. Which isn't to say every Republican governor out there isn't going to try on every possible variation of "fuck poor people" because it's "important to their base." Performative evil - that's where the Right is right now.

I used to say "there's opportunity in the Delta." Now I say "It's just the Churn." I was in the music industry when MP3 happened, the movie industry when Netflix happened, and tried to write a book when all the publishers sued Amazon. Before I ran off to join the circus, I interviewed with every acoustical consultancy in Seattle. When I came back, the only one still in business was the one I left.

We knew this. We saw it coming. We looked at the graphs, we looked at the lines, we looked at the empty streets and restaurants and we knew it would be seismic. Now? Now we're all trying to pretend COVID is over as if that fundamental a crash isn't going to leave some deep and lasting scars.

But look.

Michael Lewis wrote an entire book about the skeletonization of the federal government under Donald Trump. Any semi-competent bureaucrat was able to evaluate that there was no room for competence in government, so they left or retired. This was also documented by Bob Woodward in Peril - there was literally zero vaccine distribution plan by the Trump white house. None.

Trump knocked over the sand castle. Dude three-finger-saluted the entire goddamn government for us. 'cuz I tell you what: opportunistic hangers-on don't hang on after the opportunity is gone. Which left an entire ecosystem open to exploitation by pie-eyed, opportunistic Lefties driven by mission.

And now? Now every crisis is gonna be an "add moar socialism" moment.

- Student loans. The Biden administration can literally forgive all of it through executive order. They won't, but they'll definitely fuck with it. They'll wait until things are really painful, though, so that they "won't have a choice."

- Medicaid. Can be expanded aggressively to anybody who got any pandemic assistance whatsoever under emergency proclamation, which is over when Biden says it's over. I'm currently paying $2 a month for healthcare because I cashed an unemployment check. I believe that rate is good for a calendar year at least, and that's only because nobody's pushed it out further. I'm effectively on nationalized healthcare and the Republicans didn't even notice.

- Housing. They've already started murdering the flood insurance subsidies. They could come after the mortgage interest deduction, too. They could also dump money into rural broadband to improve work-from-home feasibility.

- Food. Republicans have been picking away at SNAP for decades but the pandemic gives the Democrats an excuse to expand it, keep it expanded, and nationalize its management. Every state that fucks over its poor people is a poster child for "government overreach."

Don't get me wrong. Everything - everything - is gonna get worse before it gets better. A whole lotta lives gonna get destroyed. Personally? I've already mourned them. This was evident in the data eighteen months ago. All these disruptions are going to fuck up some lives, and I say that with 700,000 dead.

The people flying the plane actually care about the passengers and have actual flight hours under their belt. It's not a state I'd want any of us to be in, but we're here, and I feel like we're looking at the least worst option.

I've been kinda shellshocked since this.

That bill? Right there? Was the first time the Republicans went "actually we don't have the juice to block socialism anymore." They fucking gave up every principle - BEFORE Trump lost! because they knew in their very bones that small government market capitalism would go up like flash paper in a national emergency. Every bill since has been small, un-speechable death-by-a-thousand-cuts socialism and they haven't had shit to say about it because the kinds of guys who really just want Trump to be president because he's Trump are going to cock their heads quizically at some Buckley National Review diatribe against the risk against innovation by subsidized broadband as if they were Jack Russell terriers hearing Their Master's Voice. it's over their heads, man. The "base" barely believe in the gospel of Number Go Up. What they know is their grandsons are doing better with Gamestop puts, whatever they are, than they are with their social security.

I think this has a happy ending. I think it has a happy ending the way Game of Thrones has a happy ending in that a lot of people are gonna die, a lot more are gonna get fucked, everyone with a short attention span is gonna be mad that they didn't see it coming but the world will be a better place and generally-good people will get a generally-good outcome but it's still a happy ending.

We just gotta be among the survivors.

If this guy is your hero, you are a villain.

If this guy is your villain, you are a hero.

It's that binary.

We had a "why can't we work from home" beef just recently. It came down to "because when you get used to not having to be in the office on Tuesday, when patients show up for non-zoom appointments they sit here pissed off until you rip down from 30 minutes away." As soon as we were able to work our way to "I hate being awake before 9am" we landed on "so be here at ten it's not like we give a shit." And remember - we want our practitioners in the office on days they're scheduled to see patients in person. Beyond that? Who cares? I used phat phat PPP money to build out a robust telecommunications system.

We've had zero problems with staffing. I recognize that I'm an anecdata of one but it seems that giving people the flexibility to do the job and the salary to make it worthwhile is generally met with enthusiasm. Pay people what they're worth and let 'em do the job so it gets done and you have zero staffing issues.

More meta observation: the bigger the company? The more faceless it is? The more management is "allowed" to treat employees like shit because they don't have to look 'em in the eye. And I think the pandemic has made people realize that they deserve better, and they hold all the aces.

I think any organization smaller than Dunbar's Number comes out of the pandemic in pretty good shape. I think any organization larger is gonna have to make good or perish.

What if - and I'm just spitballing here - what if the political establishment knew that "shitty pay for shitty work" was a consequence of our hypercapitalist globalism in a world of diminishing resources and knew the minute they dropped some pandemic assistance the whole fucking thing would crumble?

kleinbl00  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Carrington Event

    I just found out it's created by Ronald D. Moore.


My wife was kinda sorta into Outlander until Lord Stiffpants absolutely beat the ever-loving shit out of Claire at which point she noped out real hard.

Haven't tried the Jon Stewart thing. It's been described as "Last Week Tonight but completely un-funny" and considering LWT is 30-40% Frontline clips by volume, I'll stick with Frontline thanks.

Foundation is poo. Not utter dogshit, but poo.

For All Mankind is unrelentingly brilliant.

FYI I'm 3/4ths through Peril and Milley comes out as a guy who just wants to save the republic, dammit. He's not the first Joint Chiefs to cut the president out of the loop, and he did it in full view of everyone but the President. The only guy who didn't know was Trump. And I mean, he'd know if he was paying attention.

kleinbl00  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The right-wing operatives orchestrating the attack on America's school boards

One of the quandaries I ruminate over is "what makes a liberal/what makes a conservative." I've tried on a number of ideas and haven't rejected any of them; however, my current favorite hypothesis is that youth tend to be liberals because a liberal/progressive/permissive social structure tends to favor innovation and innovation favors the young. We grow conservative as we age, however, because we've accumulated wealth and resources and wish to retain them for future generations.

I was struck yesterday by what a socioeconomically regressive institution peerage is. Drew Barrymore is John Barrymore's kid is John Barrymore's kid and Drew Barrymore's kids are gonna have an easier time in Hollywood than mine will but ain't none of 'em gonna be Lord and Lady Barrymore, Eighth Viscount of Tujunga or some shit. You ass out in America? You've assed out. You ass out in the UK? So long as you dot your I's and cross your T's you can lord your upbringing over the proles until the sun is a cinder. The Commonwealth's favorite spectator sport isn't football it's class warfare. And if you can parse your society into "our people" and "the help" then Nazis are just saying the quiet part out loud.

I think that's why the Fascists did better in the UK than the US - if it had been rabble-rousing East Enders who wanted to round up the jews they would have been shipped off to India or some shit. But since it was Lord Curzon's son-in-law pip pip cheerio heil hitler.

    The wrongness of the second half of this sentence is why the first half is wrong. Power is all these people are interested in, and considering how much power we've consolidated into the executive, that's the main focus of the GOP, but hey, waging lie-based "cultural" warfare at a local level is apparently entertaining in the meantime.

Naaw, dawg you're missing the forest for the trees. Their power structure has been hijacked. That was something that stuck out for me in Frances Haugen's testimony: Facebook has fielded complaints from legit G8 politicians saying "your platform forces me to pander to extremists in order to get elected." THAT is why the world is full of MTGs and Lauren Boeberts: Teh Crzy has been platformed above the archetypal sops-before-proles aristocracy. And yeah - the Republican Party has devalued integrity and character faster than the Democratic Party so there are more craven opportunists who will lick that doorknob on the Right but there's no fucking future in it.

I don't know if you've noticed how many bright stars have burned out since Trump. He's a career-ender. There's no loyalty there, there's no strategy there, there's no payback there.

Don't vote until they restore me to godhood. Until the Republicans change the narrative they will accomplish nothing on a national level. What's Trump's platform, exactly? Besides "I'm president" and "build the wall"? What does anyone else have to run on? I'm not saying they won't. I'm not saying they won't make the most of it and try their hardest. I'm not saying they aren't hell-bent on a hereditary monarchy and have been since the Virginia Colony.

I'm saying the clever are out of power. Georgia doesn't flip in a universe where Trump isn't actively, deliberately sabotaging the Republican Party. Certainly, there are opportunists who can use a little TrumpGloss for a short-term bump. But as a national strategy? Trump was something that happened to the Republican Party, not something they chose. They would have been in a better position running Carly Fiorina against Clinton, even though she woulda lost, because they'd still control the narrative.

They want the narrative back. If they run Trump in 2024 it'll be because they haven't wrested control.

kleinbl00  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: California set to become first state to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment

katakowsj - I have the Fiskars. have had for five years. b_b is right - weeds'n'such require a weed whacker. I have a 7000-ish sqft lot and in general, when it's growing season, I hit the grass every week (30min). I hit the stubborn stuff every other week with a weed whacker. Go cordless. All my stuff is black'n'decker, and all of it has the same battery mount.

There's something delightful about being able to mow the lawn and listen to an audiobook.

kleinbl00  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America Is Running Out of Everything

Been thinking about this. It's a bigger question than anybody really grasps, and a proper understanding of it, in my estimation, requires a lot of synthesis.

My hypothesis is that global shipping has been cost-effective because of the cost advantages of lax regulation, antiquated labor standards and a substantial disparity between "nations served" and "nations serving." On the one hand, COVID has forced a lot of industries to modernize. On the other hand, COVID has made awful occupations worse.

One of the things I've noticed among all the discussion of employment is that nobody is even bothering to capture the true number. We keep reporting the unemployment rolls as if they mean anything - if you can't collect unemployment, you have zero incentive to report and everyone's unemployment ran out three weeks ago yet this fact has been utterly absent from the discussions. Similarly, "global shipping dominance" will give you a list of flags-of-convenience which are absolutely, fundamentally, entirely irrelevant to the discussion. No, Greece and Panama are not the world's largest shipping nations. It's China by a mile.

I believe the shipping industry is exquisitely sensitive to political pressure. The Biden administration could fuck things up for China through executive order or bureaucratic (what an awful word) action. This bird?

That's a shipping interdiction bird.

I think the Biden administration, as well as the G8, could radically change the face of globalism without anyone getting a vote. Without anyone getting a memo. Do a google news search on "biden shipping" and you will see a mandate. 'cuz that's the other thing nobody is paying attention to - the Biden administration has been doing big, sweeping liberal shit that doesn't inflame any culture wars so the Right hasn't fucking noticed.

interesting times.