Kaboodle IV

Fussin` java poor townfolk.

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Some classic Carlin:

The American Dream

 
 
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In spring rain
A pretty girl
yawning

– Issa

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This is what's in a banana.

Water is much simpler. It's dihydrogen monoxide and is a major component of acid rain.

Chemophobia is a serious case of scientific illiteracy.

 

Elon Musk, Mars, and Globalism

 

In April, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said emissions must peak by 2025 to avoid catastrophic consequences.

Now this inaction is driving some scientists to engage in civil disobedience, while others are striking against the IPCC, calling for a halt of further reports until governments mobilize. It’s a dire situation that’s taking a toll on the mental health of scientists, and raising the question of what climate advocacy scientists should engage in as politicians imperil the planet.

The climate scientists are not alright

 

 

John Oliver - Critical Race Theory

So, look, by this point, it should be pretty clear the debate around Critical Race Theory is both very loud and very, very dumb. But unfortunately, it is important to engage with it. Because if we don’t, the endpoint we’re heading toward is that honest discussions of race will be shut out of public schools, even as some parents fuck off to voucher academies where their kids can learn a version of history that’s basically antebellum fan fiction. And I’m not saying that discussions on race will always be comfortable for everyone in the classroom, but think about it like this, when was learning and growing as a person ever comfortable? The thing to do here isn’t to run from those discussions or pass laws banning them. It is to learn how to have them better. Because for generation after generation, we’ve told schoolkids fairy tales about race in this country. And maybe it’s time we stop doing that. Because all it’s done so far is get us to the point we’re at right now, with full-grown adults insisting America can’t be racist because we elected Obama twice, that racism will go away if we just don’t mention it, and that Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech wasn’t an aspiration we have yet to fulfill, but some kind of magic spell that ended prejudice then and there.

 

Liberal Principles Exist for a Reason
Carving out exceptions for assholes doesn't work

 

Virtue signaling on the left is absolutely out of control. We shouldn’t imagine that we’re getting away with this or that it doesn’t matter; people notice it and they hate it. They notice when a character is jammed into a movie just to score diversity points. Corporate social justice statements are manipulative and empty. Activism from celebrities and athletes is sometimes just image-enhancement. The Oscars and Emmys are unwatchable parades of self-importance. Perhaps the biggest thing Hollywood could do to fight climate change would be to shut the fuck up about it.

The language thing is absolute poison. Words and phrases like “latinx”, “whiteness”, “lgbtqia2s+”, or even — God help us — “uterus-haver” make the speaker sound ridiculous and make the listener feel dumb. The speaker is also obliquely calling the listener a bigot and signaling their membership in a group that nobody wants to join. It’s pretentious and high-handed, and — again — everyone notices. There are ways of being welcoming and inclusive without sounding like an Orwellian robot that fell into a puddle.

-- Jeff Maurer

 

On the origin of totalitarianism... Where does MAGA get its power?

"The masses’ escape from reality is a verdict against the world in which they’re forced to live."
-- Hannah Arendt

  

Can We See What The Other Side Sees? Most pro-lifers aren't bad people.

 

Justice Alito's Invisible Women

 

How Science Gets Done (Sometimes it can be gnarly - an article about COVID, droplets, and aerosols)

 

"Uncertainty is the prerequisite to gaining knowledge, and frequently the result as well." -- Edith Hamilton

 

Stupidity protects people from an awareness of their own stupidity.

 

Acceptance of uncertainty is a big deal. "Ignorance more frequentyly begets confidence than does knowledge." - Charles Darwin

 

Why Stupid People Think They're Amazing

 

I’m sympathetic to the idea that social-media companies should try to honor the spirit of the First Amendment, even if they aren’t legally bound by it. But the idea that Twitter is a good forum for speech is silly. Trying to communicate a thought in 240 characters isn’t speaking. It’s blurting. You don’t use Twitter for persuasion. You use it for insults and virtue signaling. A healthy free-speech environment depends on people talking with each other. Twitter is a medium for people to talk at others. The best thing that could happen to Twitter isn’t an acquisition, by Musk or anyone else. It’s bankruptcy.
-- Bret Stephens

 

If Putin isn’t stopped in Ukraine, the Baltics are likely next

 

Five charts explaining why inflation is at a 40-year high

 

On the far side of a stretch of railroad tracks, two elderly women had been killed in their house. One lay in the doorway, another in the kitchen. Both were bundled in heavy winter coats. Neighbors said that they had been sisters, both in their seventies. Their small house was filled with hardcover books, and they did not own a television; it was impossible not to imagine their quiet, literary life together before it was annihilated. In the only bedroom, two narrow mattresses were pushed together and covered by a single blanket.

-- From "Collecting Bodies in Bucha" in the New Yorker

 

Know this: oil companies are raking in huge profits while sitting on nearly 10,000 unused drilling permits.

 

Some Ukranian-Russian History

 

"Will Smith Did a Bad, Bad Thing" - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 
Excerpt:  

Some have romanticized Smith’s actions as that of a loving husband defending his wife. Actually, it was the opposite. Smith’s slap was also a slap to women. By hitting Rock, he announced that his wife was incapable of defending herself - against words. This patronizing, paternal attitude infantilizes women and reduces them to helpless damsels needing a Big Strong Man to defend their honor lest they swoon from the vapors. Worse than the slap was Smith’s tearful, self-serving acceptance speech in which he rambled on about all the women in the movie, "King Richard", that he’s protected. By using these women to virtue signal, he was in fact exploiting them to benefit himself. But, of course, the speech was about justifying his violence.

Young boys - especially Black boys - watching their movie idol not just hit another man over a joke, but then justify it as him being a superhero-like protector, are now much more prone to follow in his childish footsteps.

The one bright note is that Chris Rock, clearly stunned, managed to handle the moment with grace and maturity. If only Smith’s acceptance speech had shown similar grace and maturity - and included, instead of self-aggrandizing excuses, a heartfelt apology to Rock.

 

There’s an exquisite power embedded in fame, formality and fashion. It has a way of blinding people from the thuggery right in front of them.
- Robin Givhan

 

Some people, their whole lives, are just injustice collectors. They’re going to find new injustices every day. That’s what they do, and that’s what they are.
- Lorne Michaels

 

The truth about gas prices and oil production - The Washington Post