-After a lengthy medical leave, I have once more donned my red and khaki and returned to my rightful place at the register. I find the store much the same as it always was. An unsettlingly muggy climate. The aisles, bustling with guests from every demographic, all united in the common pursuit of the best deals. An inescapable air of mystery and ripe infant following wherever you go. It is good to be back.
-A man in his fifties returned twenty-five unopened Hot Wheels cars. I wish that I know what could have gone so, so very wrong.
-An elderly pair of women purchase Minions toothpaste, a Minions toothbrush, and a Minions board game. Their passion leaves me certain that they are not gifts. Their choice of passion leaves me wondering one thing: Why?
-I listened on as a trio of grade school girls gathered to discuss having watched the notoriously family-friendly smash hit, Deadpool. At first, I believed them to be bluffing, however they went into such detail that I came to realize that the nine year-olds were actual consumers of this movie. The three have proven themselves to possess only the hardest of cores and are not to be trifled with.
-A young man came through sporting a shirt which showed him to be a member of the local hammer wrestling team. I have never heard of any such sport, but if it is at all like how it sounds, I am very interested.
-The Hot Wheels man approached my lane to purchase more of the same cars he had just returned. He only picked up half as many cars this time around, however. This man has been hurt before, so I am glad to see him being careful moving forward.
-Rather than the normal affirmative of “Okey-dokey,” a woman crafted her own, replying to her total with a confident, “Obi-Kobe.” Once I establish my Hammer Wrestling team, I have now been inspired to start up a Jedi Basketball club.
-A toddler screamed and cried and kicked and fought when the ball he had been clutching, a blue orb much larger than he himself, was taken away. The tyke refused to calm down until it was once again safely in his keeping. I am glad to see such a wise child, so proficient at prioritizing. After all, it is never too early to learn that ball is life.
pages 309 and 310 - Some people believe that the name of Economia’s MountFlat means something beautiful in another language. No one has proven this, either through a written text or the existence of a native speaker. Given that Mount Years, FoodMountain, and Industrial Output Peak also exist this explanation is doubtful. Instead, it’s more likely the toponymist was either an idiot or very funny.
can you explain, in one comprehensive post with sources, what the deal with jontron is? me and a friend are super out of the loop and have no idea what's going on, and i want to be able to show them what's up in the most accurate way possible, and i trust you more than most opinion related blogs on this site... can you help me out?
Ok fine, this is a labor of love, because I don’t know Jontron, I barely know this little internet debate, and I really don’t care that much cuz Trump is the American president and that fact overshadows a lot of other stuff.
But I will go out of my way to find the WHOLE story just for you, ok?
And only because you said you trust me more than most opinion related blogs.
But he recently got into a livestream debate with Steve Bonnell in which he stated that Jim Crow laws had little to no impact on crimes committed by minorities today. He also claimed “There [are] like, 18-year-olds who are committing a disproportionate amount of crime and they were born after me. So how do you explain that? Is that Jim Crow? Nobody wants to get into the realistic things,” he said. “They [referring to progressives] just want to blame whites more and more.”
He asked: “I don’t understand why it is anyone else’s responsibility but their own. Do [minorities] not have agency?”
He also said that “anyone who talks about the subject from a dissenting viewpoint to be labeled a racist or a Nazi” and that he thought “more young people were feeling disenfranchised by the media and embracing views that would align them with the ‘alt-right’ because of the guilt tripping.”
So he essentially said, being alt right doesn’t make you a Nazi.
He also defended Steve King, who recently caused controversy when he said: “[we] can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” in regards to immigration.
Outright stating that immigrants and people of color are not a part of our civilization and never have been, and that someone else’s babies are just…undesirable because they’re essentially not human if they’re not like us.
Then Jontron said: “Wow, how scandalous, Steve King doesn’t want his country invaded by people who have contempt for his culture and people! Nazi!!!”
Thus implying immigrants are invaders.
And not you know, fucking people.
And America, the great cultural melting pot, no longer wants to call itself that.
It’s just a pot full of unseasoned chicken piss.
In his debate with Bonnell, Jontron also asked:
“Why is it bad for white people to resist their own demographic displacement?”
But when Bonnell asked him why he thought it mattered for whites to have a demographic majority in the United States, he fumbled for something that wouldn’t sound racist.
Upon concluding that it was impossible, Jontron then said Japan is a shining example of a country that took active steps to preserve its ethnic majority.
A fairly simple concept, here are the results of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election by county, colored by population and which political party carried that county. Numbers are in total votes so as to give a good idea of where overall numbers of voters are, not just the population of voters of the winning party in each county. Alaska, with results not available on a per borough basis, has its results sorted by the total population of the boroughs rather than voting population. I hope you all enjoy and are able to get a good idea of voter concentration throughout the United States.
I’ve had growing discomfort with Elementary for a while now; those of you who read them may have noticed that my recaps have been increasingly late or absent. There are several reasons for that, but “All in the Family” really brought out my distrust of the show’s politics beyond the realm of representation. So I figure I’ll talk about that one.
I am very uncomfortable with the politics of civil liberties–in particular racial profiling and surveillance–endorsed in “All in the Family.” Initially I was holding onto the slim hope that they were setting up some things to be examined or called out later, but then…that didn’t happen. That this was a case of the week, essentially, and not a longer plot thread seems like absolutely the wrong choice (also because I’m dissatisfied with the resolution of Bell and Sherlock’s conflict–but that’s a different point). Bringing up these issues so casually and not addressing them is not good enough, for me. It continues to normalize and in some cases endorse them.
The 1780s had the fastest rate of demographic growth in United States history, thanks to the combination of early marriages and high hopes for the future. The American Revolution had just ended, and the new country had more than doubled in size, adding all the land till the Mississippi River (at least on paper).
The New York Times First Mentions of Hitler Are Scary Relevant in 2016
“Hitler organized a small and insignificant group of Nationalists two years ago, but since that movement has been smoldering underneath the surface, now a free flame of fanatical patriotism has found sufficient popular combustible material”
Kind of sounds like the Tea-Party. Really, an insignificant group of right wing nationalists begin to slowly creep into the House of Representatives and a few years later that flame has become the closest America has ever come to a fascist in the White House.
“Hitler is credited with being incredibly popular among workers increasingly squeezed by the increased cost of living. It is also said that many ultra-radical flock to Hitler’s reactionary banner.”
If this doesn’t sound like the Donald Trump coalition I don’t know what does. Disgruntled workers who have watched their economic opportunities dry up for decades and have nothing but various negative sentiments to grasp at. Whether it’s the policies being pushed by American elites or the changing social demographics of the United States, Donald Trump supporters are economically squeezed and reactionary.
“He exerts an uncanny ability to control a crowd, at one moment having them in a violent fervor of patriotism, in another subdued and just happy to be German”
Have you listened to a Donald Trump speech? It’s all about how terrible things are, how bad they are, with all sorts of subtle shots at groups whose fault that might be. Then he wraps it all up by making everyone hopeful, “we will make America great again” simply just leaving them happy to be American.
“He is credibly credited with being actuated by lofty, unselfish patriotism. He probably does not know himself just what he wants to accomplish. The keynote of his propaganda in speaking and writing is violent anti-Semitism.”
Donald Trump doesn’t use the same prejudices to fuel his campaign, but the underlying formula is the same. These people are different, your life is worse, it’s their fault. That’s what Donald Trump does and it’s exactly the strategy used by demagogues throughout history.
“But several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic, and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes.”
If what Donald Trump told the New York Times behind closed doors a few days ago is true, he’s not nearly as racist as he lets on. He just knows the tea party is, he knows he can use those sentiments to his advantage. And it’s working.
Donald Trump isn’t Hitler, but his use of the same Demagoguery and racially charged sentiment is uncomfortably similar. “History rarely repeats, but it often rhymes.”
Rarely did I see something that could unite demographics that had nothing to do with each other. Is this the most Revolutionary thing to happen to Broadway, or the most Revolutionary thing to happen to hip-hop?
I agree it's promo. It makes it a bit more sinister though, since Liam's promo tweet could've been something silly like "hey, like your show like your beards" or something but instead went for the more controversial "family values" endorsement. Kinda makes my skin crawl, tbh. Either he was told to tweet them, and chose that, OR it was tweeted for him, and they are trying to paint him as über conservative (my money's on the 2nd).
I tend to agree that he is being painted as extremely socially and politically conservative to attract the conservative demographic in the United States.
I don’t think I can say it better than lapelosa did in this post.
I’m going to give Liam the benefit of the doubt here. And I definitely think there’s an agenda to alienate lgbt and lgbt-supportive fans, which is why there has never been the slightest attempt at damage control. And if homophobic fans are getting turned off by Harry Styles? They’re going to think they have an ally in Liam Payne. I don’t see any rift between the band members—but I do see the encouragement of the perception of a rift for fans who might, for example, hate the weed and think they have an ally for that hate in Harry. You hate Louis and Zayn for the weed? Harry and Niall hate Louis and Zayn too. You hate Harry for all these lgbt-supportive messages? Liam hates Harry too. You can still love the band.
Until the final moments, I spent the entire episode bemoaning (again, still) this weirdly non-Mycroftian Mycroft they were insisting on writing. In canon, Mycroft is supposed to be his brother’s clear intellectual superior: Sherlock freely acknowledges it, and the character is introduced with a “deduct-off” in which Sherlock only just holds his own. Mycroft is also supposed to be a recluse – the Diogenes is a club for men who cannot stand to socialize – and a person of significant, if cryptic, governmental influence.
And we were getting none of that.
All we were getting were the entirely superficial notes that once upon a time he was fat (like, back in the 1890s), and that Sherlock considers him lazy. (In canon, Sherlock considers Mycroft lazy because he doesn’t bother with the legwork involved in acquiring evidence.) Plus a hefty dose of unexplained brotherly antagonism, which is non-canon, but rampant in That Other Show. Elementary might as well have called him Sherringford, for all that I recognized him as Mycroft.
And then, boom: he became a proper Mycroft!
language-escapes and I were discussing this in email, and she expressed the wish that Elementary treats the implications of ACD’s Mycroft “as skeezily as it should be.” I think they already are.
In “The Bruce-Partington Plans”, the second of the two Mycroft stories, Holmes finally comes clean to Watson about Mycroft:
“You told me that he had some small office under the British Government.”
“I did not know you quite so well in those days. One has to be discreet when one talks of high matters of state. You are right in thinking that he is under the British Government. You would also be right in a sense if you said that occasionally he is the British Government.”
“My dear Holmes!”
“I thought I might surprise you. Mycroft draws four hundred and fifty pounds a year, remains a subordinate, has no ambitions of any kind, will receive neither honour nor title, but remains the most indispensable man in the country.”
“Well, his position is unique. He has made it for himself. There has never been anything like it before, nor will be again. He has the tidiest and most orderly brain, with the greatest capacity for storing facts, of any man living. The same great powers which I have turned to the detection of crime he has used for this particular business. The conclusions of every department are passed to him, and he is the central exchange, the clearing-house, which makes out the balance. All other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience. We will suppose that a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bimetallic question; he could get his separate advices from various departments upon each, but only Mycroft can focus them all, and say offhand how each factor would affect the other. They began by using him as a short-cut, a convenience; now he has made himself an essential. In that great brain of his everything is pigeonholed, and can be handed out in an instant. Again and again his word has decided the national policy. He lives in it. He thinks of nothing else save when, as an intellectual exercise, he unbends if I call upon him and ask him to advise me on one of my little problems. But Jupiter is descending today. What on earth can it mean?”
To recap: Mycroft occasionally is the British Government. Again and again, his word has decided national policy. He is likened to a god descended among men.
Of course, we readers are supposed to understand that Mycroft is a benevolent god, a wise philosopher-king, and that his rule makes the British bureaucracy function rationally and efficiently, as it should. However, outside of the carefully groomed garden of the stories (where we know the good guys are good guys because they are the good guys), I find the idea of a Mycroft fairly disquieting.
And already on Elementary, they are portraying reasons for us to feel that disquiet:
He is in bed with organized crime, presumably for making-us-safe-at-night reasons. But as is sometimes said about undercover operations, you can’t lie down with dogs without picking up fleas. Mycroft has been pretending to be their errand-boy for a while now, and has apparently been performing to Millieu’s satisfaction: Mycroft has most assuredly picked up fleas. Mycroft tries to explain his involvement in Joan’s kidnapping as “complicated,” but Sherlock is correct when he retorts that no, it’s pretty damn straightforward. You play games with organized crime, this is the kind of thing that you should expect to happen.
What Mycroft is doing is in no way innocuous: Joan Watson was at real risk of paying with her life for it. And if we may consider Mycroft’s phone call with his superior as an honest signal, Mycroft was not in complete control of what was happening during the episode.
Mycroft is making cold decisions about who lives, who dies, and who is worth interceding for. If it had not been our beloved Joan Watson, but some random bystander, would he have have been willing to compromise whatever game he was playing with Millieu?
If Mycroft is the British government, then we just saw the British government using a third party to commit covert torture. The show has been pretty damn clear that when Sherlock goes on one of his torture sprees, that it’s a Very Bad Thing, yes? And here is Mycroft, egging Sherlock on, while he technically keeps his own hands clean.
And, of course, a whole bunch of people died there at the end. Yes, they were Very Bad Men, but this is show has always been clear that death is not a trivial thing, even where Very Bad Men are concerned. Lots of Bad People died in the run-up to the finale in the first season, and Sherlock reacted with shock and horror each time; similarly, Joan reacted with shock and horror now.
In all, I am exceedinglypleased with what they are doing with Mycroft, and am salivating with eagerness to see where they take this.
I don’t expect my dreams to be fully lived up to – this is the show that had Sherlock help the NSA disappear a mathematician, that had no stronger criticism for the NYPD’s Demographics unit than that its head honcho was taking bribes from the Mafia, and which just last episode saw no problem with drone killings unless the drones were killing Americans. This show definitely has apologist leanings with respect to the War on Terror. (…unless they are about to upset all of that? Oh, I can only hope!)
However. I am pleased with the way they’ve portrayed Mycroft so far, and I am eagerly waiting to see more.