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Mar 22 2018

Open Thread

Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. - Baltasar Gracian

Mar 22 2018

London Police Retreat Slightly on Thought Crime Policy

One step at a time. First you penalize crimes more harshly if they are deemed to be connected to incorrect thoughts. Then you remove crime from the equation, leaving only punishment for the thoughts. But for now, pushback has forced London police to retreat:

People can be “charged” with an “offence” if their actions are within the law but their “reasons for doing it” are perceived as illegal hate by others, London police have said, before withdrawing the claim.

Repression of thought crime is nothing new for London police.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed last year that a “hate incident” only needs to be “perceived” with “no evidence needed”, and many UK forces include “dislike” and “unfriendliness” as evidence of a hate crime.

Perceptive prosecutors will find some degree of unfriendliness in any case of assault. They will choose to notice it only if the assailant is a suspected thought criminal, or if the victim is a member of a privileged “marginalized” group and therefore more equal than the other animals on the Animal Farm.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Mar 22 2018

Canada Strikes “Mr.” and “Ms.” from Newspeak Dictionary

Progressives don’t rest on their laurels. The purpose of every step they take is to set up the next step. For example, abolishing “Mrs.” and “Miss” in favor of the feminist “Ms.” did not suffice. Now “Mr.” and “Ms.” must be abolished as well, along with any other linguistic acknowledgment of the two genders, according to a Canadian government directive:

The directive, obtained by Radio Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, instructs Service Canada employees who interact with the public to stay away from terms such as Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language.”

Agents of Service Canada have been told to address people by their full name. Still more awkward and insane is the requirement that they refer to mothers and fathers as parent number one and parent number two.

Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT rights group Egale Canada, said her group was “very pleased” to hear about the changes.

No doubt.

The stated point is to avoid “portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender.” The larger purpose is to move us one step closer to a grotesque dystopia that not even liberals are sufficiently depraved to envision clearly, but that incrementally comes into focus as we approach it.

Having encountered pushback and ridicule, bureaucrats promise to make corrections to the directive. Agents will be allowed to say “Mr.” and “Ms.” after establishing their interlocutor’s preferred honorific.

That calling a guy “Mr.” is now regarded as controversial indicates that honorifics will not be with us for long.

On a tip from Chronos Z. Wonderpig.

Mar 22 2018

San Francisco Bans Fur

No moonbat dream is too tyrannical to come true in San Francisco. In a unanimous vote, the ruling junta known as the Board of Supervisors just banned the sale of fur:

The ban takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to apparel and accessories featuring real fur, including coats, key chains and gloves.

A lucky rabbit’s foot won’t be so lucky if authorities catch you selling it in San Francisco, a city that imposes the flaky notion of animal rights so repressively that it is against the law to sell cats and dogs unless they are “rescue” animals.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce estimates that fur sales contribute $40 million per year to the local economy. Authoritarian virtue signaling doesn’t come cheap.

The same screwball totalitarians who elected this Board of Supervisors sent Nancy Pelosi to the House of Representatives, where she has been the top Democrat (either Speaker or Minority Leader) for more than a decade. If you want to live in a rigid moonbat dystopia, there is no need to move to San Francisco; just vote Democrat and wait a few years.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 22 2018

Fed Up with Gun Violence, Brazil May Ease Gun Control

By now, most people probably understand that Democrats want to confiscate guns for ideological reasons related to further disempowering the individual, rather than for reasons of public safety. Anyone who doubts it can look to Brazil, where they tried gun control and are finding that it makes life too hazardous:

One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation with by far the most homicides of the entire world. Even before then, Congress may debate legislation to overturn the “disarmament statute,” a law that severely restricts civilian ownership of guns, and virtually bans their carry. The proposal would allow Brazilians with clean criminal records who pass psychological and firearm exams to buy up to six weapons and to carry them.

“Everyday, everywhere you look, the criminal is armed with a high-powered weapon as the citizen tries to hide,” Rogerio Peninha Mendonca, the lawmaker behind the proposal, said in an interview. “What we want is for the citizen to be more capable of defending himself.”

Armed criminals are not all that disarmed law-abiding citizens have to fear. As Bolsonaro observes,

“Dictatorships only take root after disarmament programs.”

That’s why the U.S. Constitution prominently features the fundamental right to bear arms. It offers insight into why the ideologues who control the media reacted to Parkland with calls not to improve school security, reform cowardly and incompetent sheriff’s departments, or incarcerate the violently insane, but to disarm the law-abiding.

On a tip from J.

Mar 22 2018

Google Cracks Down on Instructional Gun Videos on YouTube

Google/YouTube proves once again that it is too ideological to serve as a reliable component of the information infrastructure. Presumably exploiting Parkland as a pretext to attack pro-liberty gun culture as so many others on the left have been doing, it has announced a new policy on instructional videos, banning content from YouTube that commits the following infractions:

Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).

Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Mixed in with arguably reasonable measures regarding converting guns to full auto is censorship of legal technology. Worse, you can now lose your YouTube channel for linking to a business that sells firearms.

Every time there is a tragedy involving a gun, the ratchet tightens. Who knows what restrictions Google will impose after the next shooting?

Rather than wait to find out, some gun enthusiasts are already bailing out. More reliable alternatives already exist, including RECOILtv. Some have resorted to using PornHub, which couldn’t be less wholesome than moonbat-infested Google.

On tips from Stormfax, ABC of the ANC, and J.

Mar 21 2018

Open Thread

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis

On a tip from Bman.

Mar 21 2018

China as Viewed from Taiwan

Moonbats got their way in mainland China and took the opportunity to create an egalitarian statist utopia. Xi isn’t piling up the dead bodies by the tens of millions like Mao did, but he presides over the same regime.

At least Taiwan is free. Compliments of TomoNews, here’s what mainland China looks like from there:

On a tip from Jester.

Mar 21 2018

Marie Harf Dumps Last Shovelful of Dirt on Hillary’s Grave

It is past time to stick a fork in the odious Hillary Clinton when even a dope like Marie Harf knows that she is done:

Unfortunately, the Dems’ next presidential candidate is likely to make Hillary look like a sensible moderate.

On a tip from Jester.

Mar 21 2018

Academics Subordinate Science to Cultural Marxism

Scientific principles are universal by definition. But in academia, that doesn’t mean they can’t be overruled by political correctness:

In their research essay titled “Towards a truer multicultural science education: how whiteness impacts science education,” University of Colorado at Denver scholars Cheryl E. Matias and Paul T. Le seek to “have the field consider the theoretical frames of whiteness and how it might influence how we engage in science education such that our hope for diversity never fully materializes.”

We are told that scientific principles don’t have any actual reality. The only thing real is the fundamental truth that white people and Western Civilization are bad.

“Whiteness embraces White ideology, and because Whites are at the apex of the racial hierarchy, whiteness becomes normalized and is invisible to those who benefit the most from it,” the scholars observe. “This is particularly troubling because the normality of whiteness means that Whites do not believe that they are actively investing in White supremacy or racism, which keeps oppression intact.”

According to the authors, if you believe that science is or should be colorblind, you are a racist — i.e., the worst sort of person conceivable. It would also be racist to believe that if you drop a bowling ball it will land on your foot rather than float away on the breeze due to laws of gravity expounded by Newton, a loathsome Person of Whiteness.

Hold on for a blast of what your tax dollars subsidize:

“Ann Ryan (2008) argues that the history of European colonization and conquest influenced contemporary attitudes of valid knowledge, and much of the way western nations teach science erases the values and culture of indigenous people,” they continue. “Therefore, our science is out of touch with the experiences of our students of Color and, instead, represent post-colonial discourses of White power and control over people of Color via forcing the internalization of Western science knowledge.”

The “colonial” science works. Magic amulets and chanting incantations do not work. That is because the former is based on objective reality, whereas the latter are based on wishful thinking and pernicious nonsense, just like the crap academics shovel into young people’s heads. Consequently, before it became poisoned by progressivism, Western Civilization flourished and expanded at the expense of the dysfunctional societies created by savages.

On tips from J and Steve T.

Mar 21 2018

We Should Ban Baseball Bats Too, Right?

The children will not be safe until we ban baseball bats:

A 16-year-old Florida boy is suspected of beating his friend to death with a baseball bat, authorities said, alleging that the teen was jealous of his friend’s relationship with a girl.

Police say the suspect persuaded friend Giovanni Diaz, 15, to go into a wooded area Monday afternoon, where the teen “viciously beat and killed Giovanni with a baseball bat,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Monday.

Stand by for teenage totalitarian David Hogg to squeak that politicians refuse to protect kids by banning baseball bats because they are the b**** of MLB.

Meanwhile, an event in Maryland yesterday demonstrated once again that violent people will always manage to acquire weapons, including guns if they want them, and that the one reliable way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a gun:

On Tuesday morning, a student armed with a Glock 9-millimeter handgun fired at two classmates in a first-floor hallway, injuring a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. A school resource officer quickly responded and fired at the gunman, identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins. Rollins fired his gun almost simultaneously.

Rollins died hours later at a hospital. The school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, was not injured.

That’s how it works out when the good guys are properly armed and do not hide from the gunman like the deputy in Parkland.

A good guy with a gun will also stop a bad guy with a baseball bat. That’s why guns are called “equalizers,” and why the Second Amendment is particularly indispensable for society’s most vulnerable. For example, no one worked up about #MeToo hysteria can expect to be taken seriously if they would deny women an opportunity to defend themselves from rapists.

On tips from J, Chuck A, Artfldgr, and Bodhisattva.

Mar 21 2018

2.5°F Gap Between Real Temperatures and NOAA’s

If hysterical rhetoric can’t prop up the sagging global warming hoax, maybe phony government data will do the trick. Warmists have pulled out all the stops on both strategies. The gap between actual temperatures and those reported by the taxpayer-financed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approaches 2.5°F:

NOAA’s US temperature record shows that US was warmest in the 1930’s and has generally cooled as CO2 has increased. This wrecks greenhouse gas theory, so they “adjust” the data to make it look like the US is warming.

The NOAA data tampering produces a spectacular hockey stick of scientific fraud, which becomes the basis of vast amounts of downstream junk climate science. Pre-2000 temperatures are progressively cooled, and post-2000 temperatures are warmed. This year has been a particularly spectacular episode of data tampering by NOAA, as they introduce nearly 2.5 degrees of fake warming since 1895.

See The Deplorable Climate Science Blog for graphs and details.

The stakes are high with the global warming hoax. If it succeeds, statists can milk it for $trillions in taxes that otherwise could not be justified. Still more tempting, they can use it to use it to achieve de facto control of all industries, and to impose draconian restrictions on the picayune details of our daily lives. To achieve this, they have staked public trust in government and even science, which may take generations to recover after the hoax inevitably collapses under the weight of its fraudulence.

On tips from Stormfax and Bodhisattva.

Mar 21 2018

Get Ready for Meat Tax

In the 1950s, a pack of cigarettes cost 25¢. Now, the average cost in the USA is over $6. In the liberal utopia of New York City, a pack costs $13 — 52 times higher than the 1950s price. Virtually all of the cost consists of taxes. This represents such a big win for greedy nanny statists that it has become a template that will be applied repeatedly so long as it works.

Liberal social engineers want us to nibble on vegetables like rabbits rather than eat meat. Bizarrely, they have incorporated into their dogma the lunatic notion that eating meat makes it be too hot out. Therefore, this should come as no surprise:

Could taxation of meat products be a way to mitigate [meat’s imaginary] global challenges? The pathway to taxation typically starts when there is global consensus that an activity or product harms society. This leads to an assessment of their financial costs to the public, which in turn results in support for some form of additional taxation. Taxes on tobacco, carbon and sugar have followed this playbook.

For example, a 2015 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying processed meat as carcinogenic echoes similar reports on the harmful effects of tobacco and sugar; while the work of the University of Oxford quantified the potential cost savings from reductions in meat consumption, echoing the UK’s Stern Review in 2006 – which first made the case to invest now to mitigate climate change or risk paying much more later.

Meat taxes are already on the agenda in Denmark, Sweden and Germany, and although no proposals have advanced into actual legislation, long-term investors should take note of the compelling arguments being made, especially in Denmark and Sweden. It was in the Nordics that the first carbon tax was introduced in 1990.

Eating meat causes cancer, obesity, warm weather, oppressed cattle, et cetera, ad nauseam, so it must be taxed to the point where only our liberal elite overlords can afford it. Sugar will follow. Enjoy these staples before they become luxuries.

Note that social engineers also apply the tobacco template to CO2 emissions, which are produced by literally all human activity.

We call dictators like Stalin totalitarians, but true totalitarianism has never existed. It’s what progressives are progressing toward.

On a tip from J.

Mar 20 2018

Open Thread

For whoever habitually suppresses the truth in the interests of tact will produce a deformity from the womb of his thought. - B. H. Liddell Hart

Mar 20 2018

A Final Warning from George Orwell

They must be slacking off at Google. This thought crime of a video clip has been up there for nearly 2 years without getting pulled down for being offensive:

Statism — or as Orwell called it, oligarchical collectivism — closes in on every side. Any generation could be the last to live even partially free. The alternative to freedom is an abased existence unworthy of mankind. You might call it absolute political correctness.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Mar 20 2018

Brit Convicted in Court for Goofy Nazi Dog Video

In the authoritarian dystopia that has displaced Britain, you can now be thrown in prison if bureaucrats disapprove of the sense of humor you display in a YouTube video:

Mark Meechan created a satirical video to annoy his girlfriend in which he trained his pug called Buddha to raise its paw when he said the words “Sieg Heil”.

This led to a long drawn out “hate crime trial” which came to a close today when Meechan was convicted of being “grossly offensive,” creating the chilling precedent that offensive humor is against the law.

The video was clearly not malicious. Meechan was even defended by a Jewish comedian, David Baddiel. No matter; his sense of humor is against the law. He could get up to 6 months behind bars.

The irony of reacting to satirical play fascism with real fascism is colossal, yet no doubt lost on British authorities. Next, they will put people in prison camps for watching Hogan’s Heroes.

Careful you don’t watch the video below if you are a resident of Airstrip One. They might imprison you too. Here’s what Paul Joseph Watson had to say on this story back when Meechan was arrested:

On tips from J and seaoh.

Mar 20 2018

All-Women’s School Forbids the Word “Women”

Students at Mount Holyoke College are urged to update their copies of the Newspeak Dictionary. The all-women’s school forbids the word “women”:

The Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students guide was created by officials at the college, which touts its legacy as an all-women’s college, in an effort to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.

“When discussing the student body, say ‘Mount Holyoke students’ rather than ‘Mount Holyoke women,’” it instructs professors. “Avoid making statements like ‘We’re all women here…’, or referring to ‘…the two genders…’”

According to moonbat dogma, there are any number of genders. Acknowledging the genders that actually exist is seen to disparage those that are real only to the sort of moonbats in charge of education.

How this lunacy can be squared with Mount Holyoke being an all-women’s college is anyone’s guess.

On a tip from Chronos Z. Wonderpig.

Mar 20 2018

Illegal Alien Activists Arrogantly Flout Law, Unsurprisingly Get Arrested, Then Snivel

What if a rapist were to stand on the steps of City Hall yelling through a bullhorn, “I am a rapist and I demand special rights!” Chances are he would be dragged in for questioning, and if he turned out really to be a rapist in addition to a lunatic, he would be incarcerated. Yet illegal aliens and their cultural Marxist enablers squeal in outrage when noisy activists who do not belong in this country get themselves in trouble:

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. …

[F]ederal officials deny allegations of retaliation.

Why not retaliate? Invade a country, shoot off your mouth about how you don’t like its laws as you conspicuously violate them, and any sane society will retaliate.

American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work.

Imagine if the Nazis and Japanese invaded the mainland during WWII — then marched around making a pageant of their contempt for our national sovereignty. They would have found themselves interned (if not interred), along with any treasonous Americans who assisted them.

This situation is different of course — but only because it is even worse. Sooner or later, a foreign army would be sent packing. The current invaders will never leave. On the contrary, they will continue to reproduce at explosive rates (subsidized by our tax dollar through welfare), crowding us out of our own country permanently.

Ronald Reagan was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Imagine him trying to get elected there now. Not a single Republican holds statewide office. The difference? Massive Third World immigration.

California is now run by irresponsible, ultraleft kooks who belligerently side with unlawful foreign invaders against the United States government. As the erstwhile Golden State went, so will go the rest of the USA if our course is not corrected quickly and drastically.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

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