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by thoreau
Yesterday, 21:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7433
Views: 438886

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I still think the differentiation arises as a response to the loss of legal and social sanction for transgressing gender roles. You don't need differentiated clothing if "female" can be defined and identified by "ability to get a credit card without a man cosigning." This also explains why places l...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7433
Views: 438886

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Honestly, on reflection, if the net effect of such a law was that a department store simply stopped separating boys' and girls' clothing into two different store locations and stopped identifying clothing items as specifically for boys or girls, I don't see the big deal. That's not to say I think t...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7433
Views: 438886

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

D.A. Ridgely wrote: 26 Feb 2021, 14:33
thoreau wrote: 26 Feb 2021, 13:50
Hugh Akston wrote: 26 Feb 2021, 13:44 Is there any problem that California can't solve with legislation?
Some problems require citizens' initiatives.
Unfortunately, the citizens in question are Californians.
But they all get such good educat...oh, right.
by thoreau
26 Feb 2021, 13:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7433
Views: 438886

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Hugh Akston wrote: 26 Feb 2021, 13:44 Is there any problem that California can't solve with legislation?
Some problems require citizens' initiatives.
by thoreau
26 Feb 2021, 13:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7433
Views: 438886

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1084 55.8. (a) A retail department store that offers childcare items for sale shall maintain one undivided area of its sales floor where the majority of the childcare items being offered shall be displayed, regardless of...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2021, 11:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency
Replies: 138
Views: 3788

Re: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency

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by thoreau
26 Feb 2021, 02:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 248
Views: 35604

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Anyway, now I know how to keep these damn woke kids off my lawn: Tell them it isn't designated for their skin tone. The ACLU will back me on this.
by thoreau
25 Feb 2021, 18:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 248
Views: 35604

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I'm disappointed in the ACLU here, but not surprised by Smith. This is the same college whose engineering department professors publish papers to complain that engineering is inherently sexist because it requires "rigor," remember. Actual footage of that article being written: https://www.youtube.c...
by thoreau
25 Feb 2021, 18:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 248
Views: 35604

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I originally posted the NYT story about an alleged racist incident at Smith College in another thread. But then I noticed this detail: Smith College officials emphasized “reconciliation and healing” after the incident. In the months to come they announced a raft of anti-bias training for all staff,...
by thoreau
25 Feb 2021, 17:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 248
Views: 35604

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I originally posted the NYT story about an alleged racist incident at Smith College in another thread. But then I noticed this detail: Smith College officials emphasized “reconciliation and healing” after the incident. In the months to come they announced a raft of anti-bias training for all staff, ...
by thoreau
23 Feb 2021, 23:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4525
Views: 322936

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Greta Thunberg's mother is an opera singer. I've actually seen videos of a few of her performances. She brings good comedic acting to the opera.

by thoreau
23 Feb 2021, 14:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency
Replies: 138
Views: 3788

Re: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency

Eric the .5b wrote: 23 Feb 2021, 14:10 This merits distrustful watching, but it looks like an improvement to me.
That's fair.
by thoreau
23 Feb 2021, 13:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency
Replies: 138
Views: 3788

Re: No Sandwich is Safe: The Joe Biden Presidency

I know. Still, I remember when Joe From Lol explained to me that Obama's operation of Gitmo was totally different from W's. And on some level he was right, and on another level I was still like "Yeah, this is all we get? Shit."
by thoreau
21 Feb 2021, 11:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12512
Views: 1039370

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Still, I understand what t is saying. I remember the kerfuffle over the Mapplethorpe exhibit. There were some lines drawn and you knew who was on which side of them. Pretty much this. Whatever the big advocacy groups were doing, you knew that your liberal friends generally didn't get too worked up ...
by thoreau
20 Feb 2021, 19:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12512
Views: 1039370

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I can't help thinking that it's not the worst idea on the left to have some fucking rules. Absolutely. It still seems, though, like the rules are solely about interactions between persons and less about personal restraint. On one level that seems sensible, because the problems happen when people in...
by thoreau
20 Feb 2021, 14:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12512
Views: 1039370

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I re-read the Kipnis essay after reading these two articles:

https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/the ... tereotypes

https://www.thesgnl.com/2021/02/literary-canon-memes/

They are the context for the valuable points that I see Kipnis as getting at.
by thoreau
20 Feb 2021, 14:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12512
Views: 1039370

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I don't think everyone can or should be as Bohemian and free-spirited as Kipnis desires. I read Kipnis less for a final verdict than a point to consider along the way. I agree with her that shifting scolding from the right to the left has made the culture more boring. Also, I think lefty scolds have...
by thoreau
20 Feb 2021, 11:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12512
Views: 1039370

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

A Laura Kipnis essay on transgression: http://laurakipnis.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Transgression-an-Elegy.pdf Transgression has been replaced by trauma as the cultural concept of the hour: making rules rather than breaking them has become the signature aesthetic move, that’s just how it is, th...
by thoreau
19 Feb 2021, 11:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Private Money!
Replies: 831
Views: 100380

Re: Private Money!


Yes, I'm sure that this guy has figured it out. Definitely.
by thoreau
18 Feb 2021, 17:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9333
Views: 529419

Re: Observations of the Random sort

And when they came to the shores of America they met another people who were living in peace and plenty, in perfect harmony with nature. But a serpent whispered in their ears and said "Behold, your skin is different from theirs! Surely this is a mark of God's favor! Why should you be content with an...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2021, 16:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9333
Views: 529419

Re: Observations of the Random sort

In the beginning, the Europeans had simple lives of harmony and cooperation under Social Democrat and Labour parties. There was peace and abundance. Then the right-wing Americans came from across the sea and taught them capitalism. This upset their traditional ways and there was disharmony. Many peo...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2021, 10:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2858
Views: 274155

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

I used to listen to him on occasion in the early 90's. Before Clinton won he had a sense of humor. Very partisan humor, sometimes mean spirited, but humor. Lots of songs, sound effects, impersonations, gags, etc.

After Clinton won he just ranted.
by thoreau
18 Feb 2021, 00:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: We know the Russians love their children too
Replies: 212
Views: 23850

Re: We know the Russians love their children too

The actress who played Paige is in a new Netflix horror series, The Unsettling. The series is meh. But I can't wait for her character to learn her foster parents' big secret. "I've gotten worse revelations."
by thoreau
17 Feb 2021, 23:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9333
Views: 529419

Re: Observations of the Random sort

A discussion of money in ancient Mesopotamia. At 9:10 they say that 8 grams of silver could buy 300 liters of barley. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/20-xiaoli-ouyang-silver-in-sumer-money-in-mesopotamia/id1534428319?i=1000508489727 Nowadays 8 grams of silver is about $7. A bushel of barley (...