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Quatrarius  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Chinese Censorship in The Big Bang Theory

what social conservatism does to a mfer

alt. oneliner: what revisionism does to an mfer

Quatrarius  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Make Freedom of Speech Liberal Again

this is where liberalism comes to die - the right to oppress is as just as the right to fight against oppression. we are all equal - "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread."

Quatrarius  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Make Freedom of Speech Liberal Again

but speaking plainly - these freaks are tricking you! don't let them trick you into believing this stuff by coating it with pseudointellectual wrapping. these are the same opinions that have been held by conservatives since the dawn of time, namely:

1. those in power have the power to criticize and control

2. those not in power do not

yesteryear the wrapper was "these people harm society". these years the wrapper is "everyone is equal". when you look at a thinktank bigwig and a migrant strawberry picker, who sees equality? who's the one getting to write the op-ed?

Quatrarius  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Make Freedom of Speech Liberal Again

    But in fact, when you see what’s been attacked as so-called hate speech on campus, it’s opposing the idea of defund the police, opposing the idea of open borders.” Any questioning of transgender ideology or identity is cast as “denying the humanity of trans people, or transphobic.” Ms. Strossen hastens to add that “I completely support full and equal rights for trans people,” but she says critics are “raising concerns that I think deserve to be raised and deserve to be discussed.”

woe to the world where we can no longer freely ask questions and raise concerns over whether other groups people should exist, where a trans person's freedom to live in peace takes precedence over the freedom for them to be assaulted, and woe to those poor souls who must now face backlash for their harmless little thoughts - the real problem with the world is that it's just too PC - people are being thrown in jail or murdered in the streets just for saying that the police shouldn't be defunded!

I'm just asking questions! there's the Trans Question, the Immigrant Question - you know, simple harmless questions.

Quatrarius  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tips for Better Burgers

and i don't remember where you mentioned it but vegan meat substitutes are actually popping off, i had some "sausages" that were shockingly good in both flavor and texture and i've kinda been craving them over the regular meat - i'm fine with eating the soy byproduct instead of the cow it would have gone to, it's actually praxis to cut out the middleman tbh smh btw

Quatrarius  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tips for Better Burgers

damn i really popped off on that one

i gotta say i love serious eats but only because they attempt to explain why you should do the things they're telling you instead of saying "do it like this, jackass" - having said that it's unfortunate that kenji and co. have stunted child palates and only go full analysis on three-ingredient american staples like "the burger" and "the egg" and "the boiled potato" - and you know what, boiling potatoes with 2 qt water 2 tbsp salt 2 tbsp white vinegar makes some baller potato salad so i'm not hating but at a certain point it gets embarrassing to overthink some of this stuff

to be honest the extreme basics of cooking from scratch will take you beyond the average and into the zone of "i feel this was worth my time to make dinner instead of buying smth premade" and that's good enough unless you have a hobbyist interest in cooking

it's kinda like cosmo sex tips for food - you don't need to weigh each patty to make sure they're all exactly 12.5 grams each, just ask her "does this feel good" and you'll get there

Quatrarius  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is a Woman, Anyway?

fascinating how the head of skeptic magazine takes a fucking Daily Wire commentator at his word when he says he's just asking questions, and yet assumes that the people he tricked into his film are all squirming around because deep in their heart of hearts, they secretly agree, but can't admit it because of the woke mob.

i hope you're happy, cocksucker, because they're coming for atheists next, you credulous fool

Quatrarius  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is a Woman, Anyway?

how reductive. how contrary to human experience. a man produces sperm, a woman produces eggs - so a eunuch is no longer a man? is a woman not a woman after menopause? a man has a penis, a woman has a vagina - so what about one of the people who are born with ambiguous genitalia, bodies with characteristics of "both" sexes? it's idiotic, and no scientist will tell you that sex and gender are the same thing. it's not wokeness gone wrong, it's not an abandonment of objective truth, as michael here hysterically says - it is objective truth.

Quatrarius  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is a Woman, Anyway?  ·  x 2

"If so, then why does a person assigned at birth as a male but who identifies as a female need to remove the penis? Why does a person assigned at birth as a female but who identifies as a male need to add a penis? If a “woman” or a “man” is whatever anyone claims as their identity based on internal beliefs and feelings instead of external equipment—as one online influencer told Walsh, “Some people are boys, some people are girls, some are both, some are neither. Gender is all about how you feel on the inside and how you express yourself.”—then why would anyone put themselves through the ordeal of transitioning?"

what a lack of understanding of the motivations behind transitioning, of the concept of dysphoria / struggling with the stark contrast between self-perception and appearances / the way you're treated. why would a skinny teen with dreams of becoming a bodybuilder ever want to exercise and build muscle? why would a married woman who wants to have an affair take off her wedding ring at a bar? this is the crucial misunderstanding that so many people fail to even realize they're making - to be a woman is to be treated like a woman, to be a man is to be treated like a man. we define what it is to be a particular gender through our behavior and our expectations, not through some collection of meat. why is a graceful ship on the water called she? why is a deeply pitched computer generated voice perceived as a man's? because we associate these characteristics to them. why is a mother-in-law a go-to person that comedians joke about not wanting to talk to? all it is is the mother of your spouse, there's nothing inherently bad about that, right?

the entire trans "debate" relies on the confusion between what is real and what is bestowed on real things by our behavior. sure, you can say that a woman is a vaginahaver and a man is a penishaver - but are you gonna say to little David "hold on, sport, let's see your cock before you can go play with the boys"? no - you hear the name, you see the clothes, you perceive all the things that we associate with the category "boy", and you let him play and live his life

but not for long! if these trannytrackers win the """"debate"""", soon we will all be reduced to meat

Quatrarius  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is a Woman, Anyway?

a laundering of warmed over bigotry from pinker and walsh for the "thinking" set by mr. shermer, a thought daddy and nominal psychologist speaking well outside his area of expertise - there is no distinction recognized between biology and society and no grasp of either. a sickening read, for all the olive branches he timidly offers up about how "transphobia is bad" and "everyone is human at the end of the day" while fearmongering about transness as a social contagion. he quotes the author of a book called "you're teaching my kids what?" - 50 years ago, that book would be about racemixing. 40 years ago, satanic rituals. 30 years ago, fags - the modern fag is the tranny. it sickens me to see people falling for it

Quatrarius  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded."

yeah the problem with waiting for the kids with better opinions to take over is that shit sucks now and the feinsteins of the world aren't going anywhere until god takes matters into his own hands so it's a wash

Quatrarius  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded."

it's like brother think about all the reasons you might feel sad or anxious about the world when you look at the news, and then imagine how you would feel with no house, job, car, money, social circle, and no reason to expect the future to be any better - the dream is to break even: you try your best to hit maintenance level or you kill yourself. sorry jackass tough luck

Quatrarius  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded."

everybody born after 9/11 has grown up in a time where change is impossible because this is the best the world will ever be - government is the thing where people older than your grandparents sit on their hands and forget what day it is, mass media is the thing that shows people your parents' age things from their childhood so they can clap their hands when they recognize darth vader, and the only outlet and place you can be free is the internet, which is 90 percent corporate-made skinner box shit at this point, and also the only thing you've heard from birth is that the world is gonna end in 20 years if we don't do something, and it's 20 years later and nobody seems to have done much

the attitude of the times is "it's too late; and if it isn't too late, you will never be able to do anything about it" - instead of whipping yourself about how you've ruined your kids or jerking off over how good of a parent you are, help make the world a better place or step aside

Quatrarius  ·  173 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

sincerely,

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

Quatrarius  ·  199 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  ·  200 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  ·  200 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  ·  200 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  ·  200 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  ·  231 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  ·  253 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  ·  253 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  ·  260 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