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kleinbl00  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump to hold G7 summit at his struggling Miami resort

Dude it legit sounds like something Bob Gale left out of Back to the Future Part II as "too implausible".

And Biff Tannen was modeled on Trump.

kleinbl00  ·  14 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump to hold G7 summit at his struggling Miami resort

    Given the potential consequences the president is facing for abusing the presidency for his own gain, we would have thought he would steer clear of blatant corruption at least temporarily;

Three years ago that's a quote from an Onion article.

kleinbl00  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dyson cancels electric car project

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

My wife got a camera ticket back in May. In Washington, photographic evidence cannot be the sole source of incriminating evidence in any civil action so if you testify under penalty of perjury that the photo isn't you, the ticket is invalid.

My wife and I have largely solved this problem by having our cars registered to both of us. Got a ticket? Your spouse testifies that they aren't in the photo. This works with some municipalities. Others will send back the ticket saying "hokay but what about your spouse." Others will say "you have to make that testimony in our courtroom." So after a continuance I had to drive 30 miles to make so I could appear in their bloody courtroom while not in LA, yesterday was court day.

I had been under the assumption that, like most sensible places, photo tickets were an annoying part of their day that had been foisted upon them by an unthinking, idiotic city council attempting to protect their sweet, sweet ticket revenue. Reader, I was wrong. Never wrestle a pig; you get covered in mud and the pig likes it.

As it turns out, the municipal court of Kent is all about scolding people and breaking the law.

"Mr. Bl00?"

"Here, your honor."

"Do you testify that you were not driving the vehicle on the date of blahblah?"

"I do, your honor."

"Do you know who was driving?"

"I do, your honor."

"Would you tell the court who that was?"

"I am under no obligation to disclose that information, your honor."

Whole room got quiet.

"Actually, the statute is written so that it is up to the court - "

"It is not, your honor."

"Don't interrupt me! Do you have evidence to prove you were somewhere else - "

"I brought no evidence as the sole purpose of this hearing is my sworn testimony that I was not driving."

"The court can demand evidence as to who was driving the car. Do you have any such evidence?"

"I can certainly provide some. Does the court have the ticket in question?"

"Mr. Bl00, I'm going to dismiss this ticket but I want to caution you that not all judges are as lenient as me so in the future keep better control over your vehicles while traveling in the city of Kent."

"Rest assured, your honor, that I will never travel the city of Kent ever again."

And the room laughed and the judge looked chagrined but I sat through an hour and a half of a guy whose major beef was a cop who told him "shut the fuck up or I'll give you a ticket" but didn't understand the whole "I want to make sure that the defendant is informed of the existence of bodycam footage" because he was Kurdish. Or the latino immigrant who got a ticket for crossing the street and getting hit by a Lyft because the judge basically said "despite the fact that counsel has demonstrated that an intersection is a crosswalk under state law the ticket stands because there's no better law to cite him under." Or the endless sea of minorities and white trash for whom it is cheaper to sit there for three hours than pay $70 because the calculus on that one is it pays better than working.

Every other time I've been involved with this bullshit it's been a courtroom of white people who know how the system works. This time? It was a bunch of white scolds who were basically there to stick it to minorities.

And all I could do was walk in in my Brooks Brothers suit, tell the judge to eat shit and remind every person of color in that room where the power lies.

Guy before me went as far as asserting he owned six cars and two motorcycles and has eight people who live with him, none of which would cop to the ticket. Dude looked like he was about to be whipped. Me? "Fuck you, Judge, you're not allowed to ask."

The white kid speeding through a residential neighborhood with tinted taillights who had to swerve around a bunch of kids to keep from killing them? Yeah he got a mitigated fine for the taillights and everything else dropped.

It's rare that you get such a crystal-clear glimpse of the audience of your own privilege.

    Denizens of the early internet learned how to read those sounds; like old farmers, they could use their senses to figure out if their data harvest would be fast or slow. After all, while a great technical achievement, those strange-sounding noises were the sound of something essentially simple: your desktop computer almost literally talking to a remote computer across a phone line.

That said, you may have found my new ringtone.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

This deserves a longer response than I can give it because I had to stand up to a judge today and then do construction for five hours and I'm tired.

I'll say this: "cognitive dissonance" didn't used to mean "being stupid." It used to mean "the mental discomfort and physical pain of holding two competing ideas at once." Clinically speaking, it's something we all try to avoid. We will believe a falsehood over a truth if that falsehood prevents cognitive dissonance. SO: global warming is a lie because it's been a lie all these years and all the data we see is just more noise that will eventually get disproven. The alternative is me and everyone I know are contributing to the destruction of the planet and there's no way out unless we align with all those people who have been calling us monsters lo these many years.

Ever met an ex-mormon? They go through this phase where they're dead inside. Mormonism is keenly inclusive and insular; this makes it easy to align with others who believe as you do and difficult to develop a large group of friends outside your religion. It also means that when you've had enough and can no longer swallow the party line, you are lost. Your whole world is has been lost. You've been cast out. And everyone who aligns with a political movement risks this whenever their core beliefs are challenged.

And we're all guilty. We're here arguing about objective truths and you can assert that criticism for not using the word "cisgender" is ridiculous but I mean, that's my reality. My wife got my daughter a doll when she was a baby. Same hair color, same eye color. My daughter outgrew it. So my wife brought it to the birth center (which she owns). And told this story about how she wanted her daughter to relate to this doll so she got her with the same hair color, same eye color.

And still got an eyeroll. Because my daughter has blonde hair and blue eyes. So this doll? It's fuckin' evil.

What's happening is the people who think my daughter shouldn't play with blue-eyed dolls are in a pissing match with the people who think that "boy" means "male" because the future has yet to be decided. I just wish we could do it without ripping each other to shreds.

Except Ben Shapiro. I'd totally rip that fucker to shreds.

I don't think the lying is increasing under genZ. It was surprising to me, however, to see the rhetorical instrument "it's not a lie if truth is subjective" employed.


And over.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The NBA, Chinese Repression, Hong Kong Protests and Lessons in American Liberty

I have long pointed out that China is a command economy pretending to be capitalist. Watching the concerted outrage in response to a tweet highlights what a farce it all is.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cargo ship owned by JPMorgan Chase seized by US with 20 tons of cocaine

It's been four months and fuckall has happened. Expect JP Morgan to continue running drugs.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cargo ship owned by JPMorgan Chase seized by US with 20 tons of cocaine

Coulda sworn I linked that when it happened but maybe I just texted mk, added a "LOL" and moved on. Regardless, I agree - it sort of is and it sort of isn't.

steve asserts that the headline is "blatant sensationalism." However, that's because the laundering has worked: I'll presume that from Steve's point of view, it's unfair to say that JP Morgan Chase are out running drugs. I will also presume that were Steve to run a shipping company, he would not knowingly take 20 tons of cocaine aboard. More than that, I suspect Steve would exert appropriate due diligence to ensure that his cargoes violated no maritime law. This a conventional choice, and a morally upstanding one.

The issue here is that the captain of the vessel is not the owner. The captain's boss is not the owner. Frankly, JP Morgan is not the owner, either - they neither manage MSC nor have anything to do with cargo. All they do is supervise the JP Morgan Alternative Infrastruture & Transport Fund, a product available primarily to endowments and pension funds. In other words, the likely owner of the vessel is us.

All the way along the line the ownership chain has been designed to wash away authority and concentrate profits. The people signing on to the fund care about two things: risk and yield. Yield has been low so these asset managers have been piling into risk because it's the only way to get the yields they owe.

So pension funds are now in the cocaine business. And it's absolutely nobody's fault, and nobody is to blame, and nobody has to feel bad about it. Right?

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Halloween costumes by the neural net GPT-2

Nine of the eleven posts on Hubski are from me; obviously I agree.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

It's interesting: from your perspective, the concern is people clinging to the phrase "objective truth" to mean "tradition" and that anything that threatens tradition is a fundamental threat to reality. From my perspective, the concern is people rejecting the existence of an "objective truth" as something that oppresses their wants and needs.

I'll bet your father believes in the greenhouse effect. He probably even believes in greenhouse gasses. Show him a picture of Antarctica with a pink blob over it and he'll know immediately he's looking at a hole in the ozone layer. The pieces are there, it's the ideology that ties it all together that he rejects. It's hard. My earliest memories of educational television include Mr. Wizard warning us of the impending new ice age. Weekly Reader was all about how acid rain was going to destroy all structures by 1990 and we'd all need to wear SPF1000 sunscreen outside of our silvered biodomes because gamma rays would have sunburned all living matter to death but it would only matter a little because by the year 2100 Venus would be a more hospitable climate than Van Nuys. The population explosion would lead to widespread famine by the early '90s and there would be no petroleum available by the year 2000 because we would hit peak oil by 1978. This, of course, is assuming that we wouldn't die in a nuclear holocaust brought on by the Contras.

So I can see how someone could retreat into a belief that climate change is fake. This is probably the reason so many discussions of climate change have been so pedantic for so long: any consumer of media has seen so many nightmare scenarios that they don't bother sleeping anymore. And when we discuss "climate change" we're talking about a constellation of observations that lead to a damning conclusion. If you accept that damning conclusion the constellation makes sense. If you don't they're isolated incidents that you explain away as irrelevant.

"Sex" and "gender", on the other hand, have not been widely acknowledged as individual concepts for long at all, at least not in the mainstream. Not only that, straight white males are invariably wrong in these discussions and generally subjected to ridicule. Someone expressing an "objective truth" about cisgender women is someone refusing to use the word "cisgender" because they've never had to before and no one has ever made them feel bad about it.

In both cases, the party in question is saying "I'm not going to argue about this" (because it hurts my head). They're asserting that the argument is invalid because the subject is beyond argumentation. The problem is it's being conflated from the philosophical (what is girl if not female) to the practical (I paid you back the $20 I borrowed because I feel like I don't owe it to you anymore).

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

    It's not invalidating the law of gravity, it's accepting that what colour it's acceptable to dye your hair is not based in scientific truth.

Maybe by people who understand the bounds of science and evidence. I have personally seen it used in the spirit of "I reject your reality and substitute my own" without the self-aware irony.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

"Live my truth" is a phrase I heard a lot this summer, constantly on the lips of 20-somethings who had been caught in lies or who had found their beliefs of events to be unquestionably incorrect.

Ann (to Bob): Carrie says you called her a gutterslut.

Bob: I would never say something like that.

Dave: I mean, I was there, Bob. you totally called Carrie a gutterslut.

Bob: Look, it is what it is. Carrie can believe that but all I can do is live my truth.

This works for Bob - he doesn't have to acknowledge being caught in a lie, and he doesn't have to acknowledge that he has spoken ill of others that he is pretending to like. It does not work for Carrie - she's been called a gutterslut and Bob won't own up to it. The problem is, it doesn't resolve the problems Ann and Dave have because when they're with Bob, they're subscribing to Bob's truth. When they're with Carrie, they rely on the ethos of Bob vs. the ethos of Carrie.

What's interesting is that the dynamic plays out with people who are willing to subscribe to the same shared hallucination about truth. In a direct confrontation, Carrie and Bob have to battle out who said what when and where and hope they can convince Ann and Dave as to their version of events. What's noteworthy is that these exchanges took place under the watchful eye of dozens of cameras as everything being said was streamed worldwide to the Internet in real time. Objective truth was not a construct - it was a constellation of media files reviewable by all. Nonetheless, there was a collective assent to honor the fiction that there was no objective truth.

"Live my truth" was interchangeable with "live my best truth". A couple times I heard the phrase "the actual truth" as if every now and then, everyone had to acknowledge the game they were playing and the fact that there are verifiable facts in the universe but the more self-centered among our victims were generally dismissive of this verification.

I think it's a comfortable fiction. By subscribing to the same reality, we have affinity despite the fact that we don't really know how to communicate anymore. It runs into dire difficulty when interacting with someone outside of that collective fiction. "You're late." "If you look at it from the perspective of the traffic I had to deal with and the condition of my car, I'm about as close to on time as anyone could reasonably expect." "You're fired."

It's another example where those whose worlds have been bent to suit them are utterly and completely shit outta luck when they interface with the world at large.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Sure they have - they date back to an era where Gene Roddenberry was selling swag and memorabilia out of the trunk of his car. Thing is, not only are we talking about a fandom that has never risen above a roller coaster, we're talking about a universe in which the protagonists are generally overly-active.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Death of a Kinkster

    In the latest news: Daddy Hafertepen and others in his harem have been sued by Chapman's mom for wrongful death, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy. She seeks punitive damages and a ruling that his will was illegally revised to make Haftertepen sole beneficiary.

That's where I picked up the story. The latest news coverage is heavy on the sensationalism, though.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

"Whelp, guess I gotta burn my sneakers now. Sucks. I really like 'em."

- My 29-year-old roommate who does whatever Twitter tells him to

It's been interesting watching you morph from the criminal to the victim in your head. Yeah. That's exactly what I'm talking about. Between Harry Potter the first book and Harry Potter the first movie, Columbine and September 11 happened. By Harry Potter the book I was designing cybernetic implants and mixing industrial bands to pay for college. By Harry Potter the movie I was a fuckin' architectural consultant. I was hatched. My little second cousin who does nothing but pot in Reno? He was three years old.

If you were ten in '97 you graduated a year or two before the Great Recession. You are the millennial crushed in the maw of the new economy and by now you're just getting used to the fact that you'll never truly be able to afford a house. Your teenage years were the ones where bullying was that thing that got the cops involved. If you hot-dropped out of college into teaching high school you are the embodiment of overprotective authoritarianism and those neckbeards in the Harry Potter bands? They're the perpetual fandom that has convinced themselves that it's somehow okay for a 30-year-old man to be into Evangelion.

Not everyone, of course. It's never everyone. But it's enough: why the fuck are people driving around with Deceptacon stickers on their cars? What the Actual Fuck? Back when you could still reasonably watch actual Deceptacons on TV in 6th grade, you'd get your fucking lights punched out for mentioning them in 7th. Now? Now we measure our tenuous cultural allegiances by whether or not we wear a "Property of Hogwarts" hoodie while we jog in our Lululemons.

Here's what I'm saying: shit changed, yo, and Harry Potter is a part of that. Not the only part, not the most important part. But what you make your dreams out of influences how you live your life.

But if you're ten when Katniss Everdeen comes on the scene? You're 21. You've learned that governments exist to be overthrown. You've been backed into a corner your whole life, discounted in everything you do and treated as a problem by a generation that doesn't know how to fucking live. One of the many, many poignant aspects of going to school with a bunch of surly Running Start kids in my mid '40s was hearing a 17-year-old mutter "goddamn millennials" under his breath while talking about his instructor. I did a spit take and he said "what? They're indecisive, they're always on their fucking phones and they have no idea how to get anything done because they're so wishy-washy!" He's gonna be fine - he's programming CNC punches for $80k a year after 2 years of school. His instructor? Begging for $29k with an MFA in teaching.

You - you're conflating a couple things. Yes by all means you're a rebel and being a rebel is tough. But you're also a hooligan. Hooligans do not get the concessions that rebels do. After I declared myself the Antichrist I had a family court judge release one of my younger friends into my custody because he was in jail for beating his mom. I was definitely one of the surlier kids in school but I committed no petty crime that would give them an excuse to treat me as a hooligan. Hooligans lose. Always. Petty criminals never get the respect or leeway that prisoners of conscience do. Me disagreeing about the authority of the vice principal over my freedom of expression? That's a political discussion. You breaking into the teacher's lounge? Hooliganism.

Try being a rebel for a while without being a hooligan.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who's in Seattle? Meetup?

Yeah sorry holmes. Kid has been sick.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

    Part 1 is correct and Part 2 is incorrect.

You have made no arguments to this effect.

    Part 2 is wrong not because Harry Potter doesn't have authoritarian themes but because no kids are reading or watching those films and getting the takeaway that "authority is cool" and applying it to their personal lives. You're reading too much into it. You're doing literary criticism that 94% of the population isn't.

We're here arguing in a thread about the 700 bands who have decided to make Harry Potter music. Again, you are denying the gradient: GTA didn't cause kids to go on a murder spree therefore pop culture is utterly without influence on children.

"“Momma! There’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!“

What's interesting to me is that you're arguing against introspection: "You're doing literary criticism that 94% of the population isn't. " One need not be conscious of the symbolism in order for it to have an effect; exactly the opposite in fact. Being consciously aware of something allows one to consider it and embrace it or disarm it as one chooses. being unaware of the symbolism simply gives you a pattern. And patterns matter.

Take your student council example. What would have happened if your fellow students stuck up for you? What would have happened if they collectively walked out? What would have happened if they made themselves ungovernable? My sister's boyfriend didn't want to take his chemistry midterm so he called in bomb threats every day for three weeks. The administration decided we'd make those days up by staying until 5 every day. And at 3, we all got up and walked out. Now - had I gotten up and walked out all by myself, it would have been detention. But everyone? The administration made the prudent choice that the discipline was overshadowing the education and dropped it. In 7th grade there was a beloved teacher who was being let go. 50 students walked 8 miles to the administration (including across a gas pipeline over a canyon that's closed to foot traffic) to demand a reconsideration. They still let the teacher go... but one kid on that pipeline would have been arrested. 50 kids? It made the paper. More than that, it taught the administration not to fuck with us. You tried to run for president of the student council. Me? I declared myself the antichrist. Put handbills up all over the school. When the vice principal sent a minion to summon me to his office, I told the minion that if he had a problem with my freedom of expression he needed to come see me. In the end, the only rule he could get me on was failure to seek pre-approval of a "religious organization" so I had to take them all down. I taped one on my back and added a legal defense fund line and made $28.

Because by that point, they'd been trying to stick it to us at least once a year for five years. And they knew that we weren't going to take it. We. The collective. As a group.

You want to pin this on parents as if somehow parents decided to fuck up childhood. As if they wanted to encourage a culture of acquiescence. As if they wanted to make sure that kids were perpetually under the thumb. As if their kids' heroes should only display token resistance and always do whatever grownups tell them to do.

Red Dawn came out when I was in 6th grade. The Bachman Books were published when I was in 5th. I graduated from a parking lot full of loaded gun racks; Columbine changed the world forever when I was a junior in college.

Adults weren't really afraid of kids until then. But they are now. And a nice, cozy hero story in which the anointed, predestined aristocracy restores order through patience and obedience definitely aligns with the goals.

The difference between my story and your story is Harry Potter. Not Harry Potter exclusively, but a culture that has identified Harry Potter as a "punk rock" rebel rather than a passive simp who lets his stepbrother beat him up on the reg despite being the most bitchin' wizard kid in the history of Hogwart's.

Ask yourself: would Encyclopedia Fucking Brown put up with Dudley Dursley? The authoritarian paradigm is you do what your wicked stepsisters tell you to do until your fairy godmother swoops in to punish their cruelty as a deus ex machina and whisk you to the aristocracy. That's the kind of tale you tell when you want the peasants to be comfortable with their lot. The 20th century, however, was full of Tom Sawyers and Pippi Longstockings.

Katniss Everdeen wouldn't put up with Delores Umbridge. Neither would Tris Prior. And I think that's a good thing.

    The best part is if a secret ballot election happens, you have a pretty goddamn good chance of “winning”.

This is the way you say stuff when you've never had a producer threaten you with never working again, when you haven't had supervisors take you aside and tell you how the business will close if they have to pay union benefits, when you haven't had coworkers take you aside and inform you that unions are un-American and that they don't know how they'd continue to be civil to someone who voted to unionize.

You're acting like there's some massive difference between getting 30% to say "yes" and getting 50% to say "yes" as if when you get to that magic 30% line, everything's all happy. I watched a fistfight nearly break out when my union was voting over whether we should go from 300 hours to 400 hours in order to secure benefits - there was a big argument from everyone who had been in the union forever that people who couldn't get 12 solid weeks of union work every six months "weren't real filmmakers" and deserved to be denied healthcare and pensions. What's fuckin' awesome is a lot of them were in the advertising side of things and they're starving now and go down the roster calling up strangers and begging for work but you'll excuse me if I get my hackles up when you act like winning deserves to be in scare quotes.