28 Jan 2023

Gerard van der Leun: December 26, 1945 – January 27, 2023

28 Jan 2023

Max Horkheimer Explains Critical Theory’s Goals

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25 Jan 2023

The Mummy’s Revenge

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Is there any limit to the insanity to which representatives of today’s Community of Fashion elite will not be driven by Woke Ideology? The Daily Mail has found one more example proving that apparently absolutely no limit to their lunacy exists.

It might seem impossible to hurt the feelings of a 3,000-year-old corpse. But woke museum chiefs have stopped using the word ‘mummy’ to describe the remains of ancient Egyptians, all in the name of ‘respect’.

They say the term is dehumanising to those who died and – of course – an unwelcome throwback to Britain’s colonial past.

The phrase now deemed politically acceptable is ‘mummified person’ or ‘mummified remains’.

The British Museum says it uses the latter phrase to emphasise to visitors that they are looking at people who once lived, while the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle says that it has adopted the new terms for its mummified woman Irtyru, who dates from around 600BC, to acknowledge the history of colonial exploitation and to give her the respect she deserves.

National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh has also removed the word ‘mummy’ from labels on its human remains.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Where we know the name of an individual we use that, otherwise we use “mummified man, woman, boy, girl or person” because we are referring to people, not objects.

‘The word “mummy” is not incorrect, but it is dehumanising, whereas using the term “mummified person” encourages our visitors to think of the individual.’

RTWT

25 Jan 2023

Fired Twitter Employee Interviews For New Job

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24 Jan 2023

Vanderleun Has Been Moved to Hospice Care

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ArthurintheBarge


Then loudly cried the bold Sir Bedivere:
‘Ah! my Lord Arthur, whither shall I go?
Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes?
For now I see the true old times are dead,
When every morning brought a noble chance,
And every chance brought out a noble knight.
Such times have been not since the light that led
The holy Elders with the gift of myrrh.
But now the whole Round Table is dissolved
Which was an image of the mighty world,
And I, the last, go forth companionless,
And the days darken round me, and the years,
Among new men, strange faces, other minds.’

And slowly answered Arthur from the barge:
‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me?

–Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King.

21 Jan 2023

Better Late Than Never

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CNN:

On November 18, 1952, Williams was flying the F9F Panther – the US Navy’s first jet fighter – on a mission during the Korean War.

He took off from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, which was operating with three other carriers in a task force in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, 100 miles off the coast of North Korea.

Williams, then age 27, and three other fighter pilots were ordered on a combat air patrol over the most northern part of the Korean Peninsula, near the Yalu River, which separates North Korea from China. To the northeast is Russia, then part of the Soviet Union, which supported North Korea in the conflict.

As the four US Navy jets flew their patrol, the group’s leader suffered mechanical problems and with his wingman, headed back to the task force off the coast.

That left Williams and his wingman alone on the mission.

Then, to their surprise, seven Soviet MiG-15 fighter jets were identified heading toward the US task force.

“They just didn’t come out of Russia and engage us in any way before,” Williams said in a 2021 interview with the American Veterans Center.

Wary commanders in the task force ordered the two US Navy jets to put themselves between the MiGs and the US warships.

While doing this, four of the Soviet MiGs turned toward Williams and opened fire, he recalled.

He said he fired on the tail MiG, which then dropped out of the four-plane Soviet formation, with Williams’ wingman following the Soviet jet down.

At that point, US commanders on the carrier ordered him not to engage the Soviets, he said.

“I said, ‘I am engaged,’” Williams recalled in the interview.

Williams said he also knew that because the Soviet jets were faster than his, if he tried to break off they’d catch and kill him. Read the rest of this entry »

19 Jan 2023

State Department Bans Times New Roman

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Matt Margolis:

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued an order banning the use of Times New Roman font in all State Department communications.

Why is Times New Roman, which was created in 1932, suddenly so problematic? If you guessed it was because the Biden administration determined the font was racist, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking so. Given recent developments, it seemed inevitable that someone would declare that all serif fonts are tools of white supremacy.

TimesBut, believe it or not, for once, the decision actually had to do with something entirely different.

The State Department is ditching Times New Roman out of a desire to be more “inclusive” to “employees who are visually impaired or have other difficulties reading,” according to the Washington Post. The paper received a copy of the department-wide memo, which was cringingly titled “The Times (New Roman) are a-Changin.”

The State Department’s domestic and overseas offices have until Feb. 6 to transition from Times New Roman to the sans serif font, Calibri — which is now the new standard font for the department’s communications.

“Blinken’s cable said the shift to Calibri will make it easier for people with disabilities who use certain assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to read department communication,” explains the Washington Post. “The change was recommended by the secretary’s office of diversity and inclusion, but the decision has already ruffled feathers among aesthetic-conscious employees who have been typing in Times New Roman for years in cables and memos from far-flung embassies and consulates around the world.”

19 Jan 2023

Life in SF

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Catch the indignant responses of the lefties.

And, of course, the working and tax-paying gallery owner was arrested. <link>

They need those “homeless” to harvest votes from.

14 Jan 2023

Trump Being Trump

Donald Trump was deposed in connection with a civil lawsuit brought by a woman named E. Jean Carroll. The former president has been accused by Jean Carroll of sexual assault, her claims first surfacing back in 2019.

Ely Bonchie, at Rby the State, was mightily amused reading the transcript.

There’s long been a concern among Trump’s lawyers that putting him in a deposition is a bit like putting a rabid raccoon in a crib with a baby. Doing that just isn’t going to end well, but in this case, the former president was left with no choice, having been ordered by the judge to appear. Sure enough, it was vintage Trump, and that shot at Biden in which he’s bragging about having written a statement himself is an instant classic.

He didn’t stop there either. In other parts of the deposition, Trump threatens to sue the other lawyer, because why not?

HT: Karen L. Myers.

13 Jan 2023

Worse than Santos

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The establishment has been focusing enormous coverage on several rather embarrassing prevarications on the part of recently-elected Republican Congressman George Santos and upon demands for his immediate resignation.

The problem here is the double-standard at play.

They never took much interest in Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)’s false claims of service in Vietnam or in Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’s lucrative Harvard Law School professorship hailed as that school’s landmark acquisition of its “first woman of color.”

They did not find disqualifying Hillary Clinton’s lies about landing in Bosnia “under sniper fire.”

And, of course, they conscientiously overlook the astonishing, Olympian championship records in Mendacity of Joe Biden.

Marc A. Thiessen (astonishingly in the Washington Post) provides a long (though far from complete) catalog of Biden prevarications enormously exceeding those of George Santos.

And if Bidenocchio actually were forced to step down, why! you’d just get the inveterate liar Kamal Harris.

13 Jan 2023

At Large: One Clouded Leopard

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Dallas Morning News:

The Dallas Zoo closed Friday morning due to “a serious situation” involving a missing clouded leopard.

The zoo said it issued a “code blue” at 10:20 a.m., adding the Dallas Police Department was assisting in their efforts to find the “non-dangerous” cat that was out of its habitat and unaccounted for when staff arrived earlier Friday morning.

“Given the nature of these animals, we believe the animal is still on grounds and hiding,” the zoo wrote in a tweet.

12 Jan 2023

First They Came for….

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Issues and Insights Editorial Board rightly recognizes an alarming trend.

First They Came For My Showerhead And I Did Nothing, Then They Came For My Light Bulbs And I Did Nothing, Now They Want My Gas Stove And ….

The news that the federal government is seriously considering a ban on the sale of gas stoves caught many normal Americans off guard. It shouldn’t have. Nor should they believe it when a regulator says they won’t actually ever ban the thing.

And they’re right: It Can Happen Here!

RTWT

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