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kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

    But all that said, I still have no clue where the "they always favor the white housewife" discourse comes from

Because much the same way you will dig into something until you can dismiss it on a technicality, you refuse to acknowledge something said to you eight times over if it might force you to change your mind.

Great British Baking Show is an exercise in "here's this obscure method of mixing milk and flour from somewhere approved like Provence, hold it next to an English tea rose at dawn but be sure to toss it in at gas mark 4 before noon lest it taste like something". Is there a hot white girl? She'll stick around to the final four at least. Is there Granny Mugglesworth? She'll be around until the final three. The last two seasons? Paid for by Netflix so fucking of course they'll favor the minorities but they'll still greatly emphasize the importance of fine british flavors cooked in a fine british way, which is what every comment on this page is about, which you've already agreed to, but which you're constitutionally bound to ignore in italics 'cuz that's how you roll.

And I'm not in the fucking mood today.

Top Chef is fucking Magical Elves for fucking Bravo. Life is too goddamn short to work for either. Nobody works Magical Elves shows any more than they have to and I've never had to. And I hope to god I never will.

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

    Have you... actually watched the show?

Every goddamn season.

    Or are you just repeating what you've heard?

Has a statement like that ever improved any dialog you've participated in?

More than that? I've mixed 20-something fucking seasons of reality TV, of which seven or eight are network fucking reality TV cooking shows and have heard producers tell judges who is going to win this that or the other "competition" countless times. Shit, dude, one of my technical screw-ups ended up being a Vine that got played fifty thousand times as proof of the conspiracy that producers were favoring one person over another (am not a producer).

I'm going to let you in on another secret: the British invented trash TV. And they're better at it than we are. And they have lower standards, and they have no pretenses of fairness, and they, as producers, are the shittiest to work with by far because they absolutely drag their caste system to whatever continent they happen to be on and there is no creature on earth less interested in the appearance of fairness than a British Competition Reality Television Producer.

Which is why no one in the US would dare of trying to pull off this shit after the fact.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 32 percent of Americans did not make a full on-time housing payment in July

30% in June

31% in May

31% in April

Commercial leases are way TF worse, coming in at 41% in arrears but then, homeowners can't say "I'll give you 2% of this month's revenue and you can fucking suck it" the way Ross has.

You got 'em round your neck of the woods? I find the females indistinguishable from Juncos, while the males immediately draw your eye the minute they so much as think about flying.

We got a retention pond about 300 yards away with at least five males around it. You can count 'em from 25 yards away. The females? can't say I've ever even looked.

Big fan of red wing blackbirds. Had their call as my text notification for a while.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

Sqirl is dear to my heart because it's the place that really ignited my "let the hate flow through you" level of loathing for LA hipster cuisine. Friends tried to take me there the first weekend I was back in LA for the season; being told that I had to wait in line in order to see a menu in order to get in line to sit down in order to get food but not there, prole, two sidewalk squares over earned "nope, outtie" from me and I walked away from my two friends in the general direction of where I was staying. I'd made it six miles by the time they got menus, were seated, ordered and ate their precious fucking ricotta toast. Meanwhile I dived into a Ralph's for some toothpaste and maybe a sandwich because of course Sqirl is in a neighborhood without so much as a goddamn Wendy's for miles. They got ahold of me in the parking lot and sheepishly took me to Astro, which is only hip in an Ironic Trucker Hat kind of way as it's pretty much been preserved in cosmoline since LBJ was president.

So yes by "dear to my heart" I mean "place that drives more rage in me than anywhere else in Los Angeles including fucking Intelligentsia and that bullshit place that serves french bread pizza by the fucking inch".

LA Hipster food is basically "If I had my shit together I might have these ingredients in my fridge but even if I did I have nowhere to cook and absolutely no fucking idea how to boil an egg so I'm going to pay one of my cohort $18 to deconstruct that thing my grandmother used to make back before the whole family forgot how to cook because that way I'll convince myself that this is progress rather than capitulation especially if I post it to Instagram to prove to everyone that I sat in the goddamn line for 90 minutes to eat fucking ricotta on toast NO I DO NOT WANT TO MOVE BACK TO IDAHO FALLS"

The British think Welsh rarebit is a delicacy, Scotch eggs are breakfast and an Aga is a stove so pretty much anything they think about food is entirely fucking wrong, as any viewing of the Great British Baking Show will prove, considering it consists invariably of Rule Britannia former colonists and their hazardous ideas about "spice" and "flavor" are subtly pooh-poohed by the ruling class so that Cassie the Toothless from Colchester can win with her fuckin' milk-flavored crumpets in the end.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life comes at you fast Part II

I keep coming back to that original article.

    When Mrs. Wallace died, Mrs. Faust helped them comb through Selkirk’s listings so that they could buy back objects original to the house. But, they say, things sometimes magically showed up, too—like the time a friend in Atlanta called from an antiques fair to tell them about “this guy who’s been trying to sell these books of photographs of a house in St. Louis” that turned out to be big folios of the house. Or the little gold-and-silver–framed portrait of the three youngest Busch girls that randomly surfaced at an auction; it’s a reproduction of a painting that hangs in the house. Of note is the fact that virtually all of the art, furniture, and tapestries are authentic 14th to 17th-century antiques collected by the couple.

    Mark says it’s remarkable that they’ve mostly only had to replace art and furniture rather than fixtures—after Anna and Edward died in 1935, the house sat empty for a decade, but nothing was stolen or stripped out. The McCloskeys have had fun seeking out objects original to the house as well as filling it with their own antiques, including a rare 1560 stipo a bambocci carved wooden cabinet made in Genoa and a Louis XIII homme-debout (“standing man”) armoire, so named because, during the Reign of Terror, a gentleman could hide inside one.

Known any antique dealers? I find them to be quirky, shrewd bargainers - who will absolutely cut you a deal if they like you or raise the price when you're an asshole. It's a market segment where you are judged by character, not wallet.

Unless this couple treats antique dealers very differently from the way they seem to treat everyone else, they've been overpaying a lot.

Mutherfuckers paid to have an organ they can't play restored. I'll bet the "fuck you price" on that one is something to see.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life comes at you fast Part II

Sure seems like it's mutual, don't it?

You literally stated that you had created an account only to tell me that I suck. Which was a lie, you created an account to talk about Bosnia which is fine but fundamentally, I piss in your cheerios is not the sort of introduction that gets you civil discourse.

I read the damn book. You didn't. As stated, it's 95% "things other than MMT" and "things that are MMT" fits on a napkin. It is truly Laffer Curve communism; the four points I listed (or five if you want to go Wiki on it) are all you need to know. I, too, thought there was more to it than that. There is not. What else do you expect me to state?

As far as "elaborate explanations for why I shouldn’t read something" I have elaborate explanations both ways. I even have a justification for pontification if you were to ask. You did not. Instead you said hi new here u sukk and then expected civil discourse. "Sorry if I came off as brash or something?" Followed by more backhanded snark? So far you've displayed

- indignance

- superiority

- disappointment

- scorn

- sarcasm

- haughtyness

- condescension

- false humility

- incredulousness

- and dismissal

in that order and we've only traded a couple dozen words.

So yeah - I could absolutely delve deeper into this shit; after all, I read the damn book. But I need a reason to interact with you. Right now, that reason is to demonstrate as convivially as possible that if you decide to interact with me in this manner you will come out on the short end.

But that's done now. So. Would you like to try again? Or would you like to be on your merry way?

Disappointed James Carville should be a novelty Twitter account

Cool story bro go back to Reddit

I don't think you have to worry about it. You're not their only candidate and if they're not conscious of all the strangers they're seeing you shouldn't work there.

I went through 280 resumes two months ago. That generated maybe 20 interviews for my wife, all of which were Zoom/phone. If that interview went well, we had an in-person interview with the whole team, or as many as were in the office and not doing telemedicine (we've had everyone in the office exactly once since February). If I recall correctly, we had three in-person interviews.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life comes at you fast Part II

Dan Ariely made the point in The Honest Truth About Dishonesty that there are truly few impediments to ghastly behavior in human societies. In general, however, obedient children are trained by obedient parents how to get along in an obedient community. The little social habits we enforce and cultivate tend to enforce and cultivate big social habits and the world keeps spinning 'round.

As OB points out, though, if you're good at toeing the line only when it's convenient and getting away with it you end up in a pretty good space. This is one reason why the top-down narrative in most societies is "if you're rich you deserve to be" because it's far more common for you to not deserve to be but since the rich write the history books...

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Flailing States: Pankaj Mishra on Anglo-America

    Edit: Looked up who he is. Fuckin' tankies, man.

Your greatest intellectual flaw is that you only engage with material in order to find an epithet that will allow you to disengage.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

Just because the mob's been around forever doesn't mean we should accept mob behavior. That's my major point: "I hate you because my gang hates you" is never going to change anyone's mind in the direction you want it to go. And if you want change rather than self-satisfaction you need to encourage communication, not accept condemnation. Fuckin'A Tsarist Russia was bleak that's why my great great grandfather Mordechai emigrated.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Reddit's website uses DRM for fingerprinting

In 2008, violentacrez and myself were the only "power users" over 25.

There's a "dude in the Philippines" who was at least three power users. Not sure if it's the same one.

One of the guys who controlled half of Reddit was a gay Iranian ex-pat in London whose family didn't know he was gay. he was legitimately worried that if he got doxed he might end up dead of a sharia blood debt.

The thing you have to realize is that the incentive at the time was the same thing that drives mk - make a cool place for cool people to hang out. There are still a few of those people left but the cool people have gone and the place is not great anymore. So the people willing to moderate such a place have very particular drives. Those drives are outside the norm. Not saying that's good, not saying that's bad, but if you're doing it for fame or altruism, "reddit moderator" has given you less and less for more than ten years now.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

Let's back up to two core arguments. First, mine:

    And the problem is, the language needs to change and the attitudes need to change but the people trying the hardest to champion usually end up being the ones being corrected the most because they're willing to put in the work.

Next, yours and the reason we're still having a disagreement:

    It's the people who go out of their way to be loudly wrong about these issues who get their platform taken away, not those who are caught using the wrong pronouns or wrong words for things.

I've given you several examples now of how my business is facing consequences for championing minorities - not from those minorities, but from other members of the majority trying to score purity points by dunking on each other to win the Wokeness Sweepstakes.

You're bringing Dostoevsky into the mix.

in the abstract you're arguing for the justness of publicly attacking anyone who doesn't toe the purity line properly because if they're anywhere near it, it's because of opportunism and the world exists to tear down good people anyway. In the concrete I'm arguing that the tendency for woker-than-thous to attack anyone who doesn't abide by their terms of inclusion drives the fence-sitters in the opposite direction. You mention Lawrence Krauss, I mention the literal hundreds of hours I had to sink into this (after my second vacation in twenty years was skunked) in order to not suffer permanent professional damage.

Fundamentally? Discussions prior to the Internet were along the lines of "Hey I wish you wouldn't do that." Now those discussions are "Hey internet destroy this person for thinking mauve is lighter than magenta!"

And I know you want to feel okay with being angry at strangers on the Internet because other strangers on the internet tell you to?

But it's fucking corrosive.

That's my whole point.

No need to invoke Crime & Punishment, which I read 150 pages of before I decided that everyone that kept recommending Russian literature to me was an asshole.

The CIA has not, is not, and will never be concerned with what society chooses to evaluate. I think the World Factbook is their friendly beard operation to make you forget that their principle stock in trade is covert wars of destabilization in pursuit of American corporate hegemony.

Pakistan has had a rough time with vaccinations because the Taliban says all NGOs are just the CIA spying on villages when they come through to vaccinate the children. So what did the CIA do when they needed to find bin Laden?

Posed as NGOs vaccinating children.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

jedberg kept the crud down. Once Jedberg left the crud took over.