Remember: When Doing the Spicy Curry Challenge...
Bleach is a base and therefore does not qualify as a spice.
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This unfortunate fact befell a Japanese school teacher last September who got transferred to a different homeroom against her wishes. She responded to this affront by sneaking BLEACH into the curry of her new class....as one does....when one is crazy and evil....and a public school teacher.
This story was covered by various outlets at the time but her trial has garnered some coverage as well. Her stated reasoning seems to be that she did not want the students to "create happy memories without me" (Giggle translate is here). This does not make sense because she attempted to poison the new class, not the class she was unhealthily attached to.
Nevertheless Miss. Munchausen by Proxy Sensei seems to have gotten transferred into the class of a protagonist in some kids elementary school drama because the child in charge of distributing the curry noted that it was emanating bleach stank and, being unimpressed with the teachers response to their concerns, warned the class and got the principle, saving their class.
Miss Munchausen by Proxy Sensei was the only teacher who did not show up for the all hands meeting the principle called after being tracked down by the principle confessed to the crime and related in great detail how she'd done it.
Bummer. On the other hand, easy to contest those charges.
Posted by: David Eastman at Sat Mar 11 21:20:15 2023 (sYlgI)
This is just a fact of life with cards. Even the chip does not protect fully from this. Also, online merchants are compromised periodically.
I ended using 4 cards.
Card 1: for a small number of recurring payments that I do not want to fail and for Amazon (historically it includes AWS S3 that hosts my backups and I also do not want to fail). I do not give this card to anyone else unless in a dire emergency.
Card 2: Everyday use where it gets stolen all the time.
Card 3: Backup (it's my wife's mileage card)
Card 4: Amex for aviation and travel items, mostly aviation fuel, parking, landing fees, hotels etc.
As was mentioned briefly in the brief post talking about the Silvervale situation, Pikamee had a similar experience to Silvervale in that she announced that she was going to be playing The Game That Must Not be Named. This also resulted in massive harassment from the degenerate hellions that get their marching orders from the latest Twitter encyclical. This included death threats and doxxing.
You see, J.K. Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) has expressed views that do not align perfectly with the most extreme transgender activists. Thus, playing the game is said by Twitter freaks to be literally killing somebody with gender dysphoria.
Normally the rantings of mentally ill cultists can just be ignored, but this is more difficult when you are a public figure who has to engage the public. It is also much harder when the gleeful lynch mobs actively hound you.
Pikamee has been to the U.S. and speaks English, but is not obsessed with politics and really has no frame of reference for our blinkered gender ideology debates and associated insanity, which was, no doubt, an out of context problem from her perspective. This foul brigading becomes very hard to ignore with when doxxing and death threats are involved and this is particularly true in Japan given fairly recent events involving idols.
They mercilessly bullied this poor girl from another country who had literally nothing to do with any of this this lunatic critical studies shit. They brigaded her so ferociously that she cancelled plans to play the game. Then she was hounded into cancelling another stream. And another
Pikamee has now announced she's "graduating", which is a neurotically polite Japanese euphemism for idols that basically means retirement.
Pikamee was a hilarious and talented bi-lingual streamer that helped to establish V-tubing as a genre. Pikamee clips have made the rounds for years, have been the basis of countless memes and have brought joy to millions.
Now, because of some mentally ill narcissistic cultists, she's gone.
I'm not a particular fanboi of Rowling or her views. Her TERFitude is an extension of her very anti-male brand of feminism, but her remarks on the trans issue have not been particularly hateful or insane. (Biological men in women's locker rooms is a legitimate concern, as some unfortunate schoolgirls here in Virginia found out 2 years ago).
However, my opinion on one bit of somebody's public persona are not really germane to anything. She's an individual. Rowling wrote a popular series of books, that, while not MY cup of tea, are well crafted, beloved, and got millions of kids to actually read. Furthermore, I generally believe that we should separate the art from the artist in most cases that don't involve violence*.
Speech is not violence.
Violence is violence.
But we're now in a situation where normal discourse is counted as violence and actual violence by political extremists is considered speech.
This cannot stand.
I noted on stream last night that I stream on an iMac and my only console is a PS2, but if I had the equipment I'd stream HOGWART'S LEGACY in a hot minute. I'll also support anyone who does so. I'm gonna buy the game (a game I cannot play) next week. I hope it is the best selling game of the year and these pitiless Jacobin myrmidons get their noses rubbed in their own impotence.
Good by Pikamee.
Thanks for all the fun.
*(Lovecraft's stated views on ethnicity and race were abhorrent, but his work brilliant. If he were alive, I'd not vote for him. Marrion Zimmer Bradely ran a pedophile ring, so I've tossed her books.)
If "trans women" were actually trying to be women, they would perfectly understand women's need to have private restrooms, lockerrooms, etc. They would understand fear of being raped. And they would be pushing for separate restrooms for themselves.
But largely they are not pushing for more unisex bathrooms, or for anything like that. Because most of the activists are misogynists or autogynephiles. Or both.
And frankly, the number of male sex offenders and rapists who suddenly discover their identity when it is time to go to prison is pretty amazing... And they should probably have their own prison, just for them.
It is a shame for the guys who just want to dress up in women's clothing, or who have genuine issues of other kinds, to be lumped in with dangerous predators. But then again, they are not the ones arriving at women's shelters and raping the women who were already in trouble.
I wonder when the vigilantism starts. Hopefully we get things in order before it gets to that point, but we'll see.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Mon Mar 6 11:10:21 2023 (sF8WE)
The only good thing that can arise from such petty tyranny of the young white middle class nihilist set (Based on the most common demographic of the woke class.) is if they make the mistake of participating in Woke Olympics while NOT residing in the US can result in classic unintended consequences. Namely, defamation as a legal case is a lot easier to purse outside the US - as unhinged Twitter users in the UK have found to their cost.
Posted by: cxt217 at Mon Mar 6 21:38:34 2023 (2tHvf)
Some pretty horrible people seem to self select for activist.
Situations are kinda amazing really, just not in a wonderful way.
I seem to be particularly out of answers tonight.
I'm sure there are remedies, I just do not have any new ideas.
Posted by: Pat Buckman at Tue Mar 7 23:59:32 2023 (r9O5h)
So, night before last, ACAB, Defund the Police, and "Law and order is racist!" finally got results in the form of a running gun battle down my suburban street that shot out several car windows and missed a neighbors head (in his house) by about 8 inches.
Don't know how much longer I'm gonna be staying here.
Well, maybe we are supposed to be going full Frank Castle/Mack Bolan, and that this is why things are not having the initially claimed results. Community policing could be understood as vigilante killings.
Spoilers: Full Metal Vigilante actually isn't the answer, those academics simply had zero contact with or awareness of reality.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Thu Mar 2 13:17:17 2023 (r9O5h)
Ah, the joys of living in a cul-de-sac. Any running gun battles automatically reach a dead end.
Don't Choke on That Black Pill
Well, it seems that James O'Keefe has been pushed out at Project Veritas.There have been rumors of this for several days along with contradictory reports from the company. There have also been persistent, (but unsourced and vague) reports that during and after the Pfizer story he and others at the company were approached by several members of the board who noted that the organization could get a LOT more money if they just didn't...you know...push the big pharma stories, and that if they'd look the other way they could get LOTS of money to do an awful lot of good....in other areas....reporting on other things.
James has just given an apparently heartfelt, if somewhat rambling speech in which he seems to confirm the darkest rumors including that they are being leaned on by the IRS (which wants them to switch to all zoom meetings!).
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So it looks like someone was sufficiently annoyed by the Pfizer story seeing the light of day that they drove a dump-truck full of money up to Project Veritas and emptied it on those who would take the 30 pieces of silver.
So yeah. One of the few really good investigative news outlets has been nerfed, and rendered completely untrustworthy by the very entities that make such reporting so important. Furthermore it will continue as a zombie organization doing the bidding of it's new masters.
If this is all true, O'Keefe did not take the offer. He kept his integrity, and quit, singing to the four winds, so we know this happened. And we, the public can adjust accordingly.
So, do not give into despair, for the world is indeed a dark place, but it can still be lit with courage, integrity and hope.
Nothing to See Here! This is NOT Happening!
So. Note the grammatical error to prove an AI didn't write this
Last week Project Veritas released footage of the number 4 man at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals talking up a Grinder date and attempting to impress said date by displaying a knack for psychopathy and mass murder. Specifically, he was talking about Pfizer mutating COVID 19 and releasing new variants into the environment in order to create a market for new vaccine boosters...that would presumably be made to order by Pfizer before hand.
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Of course, WHY, exactly, he thought that revealing that he was working in the proud traditions of Vault Tech, Umbrella Corporation, and Weyland Yutani was gonna get him some sexy-fun-times is unclear. I'd think that anyone turned on by this is probably a bug chaser.
Additionally, what he was boasting about is not just a summer movie plot, it's an atrocity that if true has resulted in upwards of a million deaths. This is beyond even most of the more lurid conspiracy theories.
Veritas attempted to follow up with the fellow who went kind of bonkers...
He claimed that he had lied....please believe him, he was a liar, and he didn't even work for Pfizer (shockingly that last bit was a lie, as he is an executive at Pfizer meaning that, he is indeed a liar, just as he said he was before he attacked James O'Keefe. So I guess we should believe him...no wait).
Slight correction.. The mental meltdown only admitted that Pfizer was conduction gain of function research on COVID to develop vaccines against more virulent forms, he never stated they were releasing it. Of course, Pfizer doesn't have any legal BSL-4 labs and would be doing this in BSL-3 labs or below. Introducing gain of function to COVID to make it more virulent makes this decision questionable at the least; Musolini treament in a worst case.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon Jan 30 21:01:29 2023 (zTmRe)
Not nearly as skeptical as you wish you could be, I think.
I'm not as skeptical as I wish I could be.
The basic issue is that we do have a massive problem of betrayal by experts.
However, I have every reason to believe that PhDs can be gross idiots lacking basic competence in their nominal field. I do not have to believe that a company employing PhDs means that the PhDs can even do what they want to do, and say that they can do.
You would need some sort of cells to culture the virii in, and that is almost certainly a paper trail, and a more risky one if the work is being done in the US.
Furthermore, there are the questions of inference about 'Covid 19'. We have anecdotes, but the only real conclusive evidence that it even exists would have to be statistical, and the basis for the stats has clearly been boogered by the information war.
Basic detection hypothesis for anythign has a false alarm rate. Our folks leaped to declaring that the PRC claims were totally unimpeachable, while ignoring that the PRC had also claimed that it could have come from the US Army bio weapons place.
There's a bunch of stuff that publicly available information cannot rule out after you try to sort for the lying. a) US bioweapon b) it doesn't exist, there were only ordinary colds c) naturally occurring, but did not have the claimed properties, which were of the holy grail of respiratory viral bioweapons d) naturally occurring, but for the first time in human history with the claimed properties e) unnaturally occurring, without claimed properties f) unnaturally occurring, with claimed properties.
The ordinary situation with respiratory virii should be a lot of strains infecting various populations, with a fair rate of mutations and cross overs from animal populations.
Unless you had engineered a new type of virus entirely, a coronavirus based bioweapon should mutate like a coronavirus, IE, rapidly. Because mutation should be somewhat statistical and tied to structure of the genetics.
If your engineered bioweapon is initially distributed in a very lethal configuration, a general prediction is that further mutation is going to break stuff, and result in less lethal strains. The major reason to expect it to grow more lethal would be if you knew that the point on the genetic space that you release is very close to several other much more lethal points. But, if you know that, why not release one of those instead?
Mutating stuff in the lab is probably going to get strains that are less effective, unless you also have a lot of informed and skilled manpower trying to find the rarer mutations that improve effectiveness as a weapon. Less effective strains would still be effective at selling vaccines, as long that you had media allies to provide information warfare support.
I tend to figure that the most dangerous strains probably died out prior to the lcokdown, that the post lockdown strains were probably mostly nothing, and I am not sure that the lunatics have the resources to produce a strain worth worrying over.
We recently had a Speaker election go for four or five days, and fifteen votes. Federal funding now is not necessarily stable. The guy's federal program could have gotten cut off, and he could have had a psychotic break just prior to the date.
The expected peaceful path out of the political mess involves a lot of leftists having psychotic breaks. They were never really sane, but were stable, but current circumstances will be pretty hard when it comes to a lot of them and their mental health.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Mon Jan 30 21:27:48 2023 (r9O5h)
I'm beginning to think....
...that Velma might not be worth watching.
I'm not a Scooby Doo fanboy, but like most Americans my age, I'm pretty familiar with the franchise, which was a fairly inoffensive kids show that had the benefit of explaining, in very kid friendly terms, Occam's Razor. That is; those unusual goings on are probably not actually aliens, tar monsters, or ghost pirates. Instead, there's probably a perfectly mundane explanation, like a real estate scam or something.
This seems to me to be a good thing to be teaching kids.
Besides killing off the eponymous talking dog, Velma appears, like so much of today's media, to be injecting critical theory into every aspect of the show. Additionally, it seems to have just been vindictively bad. What I mean is, if the reviews are to be believed, every plot point seems designed to insult or piss off fans of the show, which makes me wonder who the target audience for this fiasco actually is. I am spectacularly unconcerned with the race swapping, but basically everything else looks horrid.
I'm particularly astonished that Ironmouse, one of the most talented indie-V-tubers, who is usually great at improv, finds herself unable to do much more than cuss and describe aspects of the show with dumfounded confusion and horror.
Both V-tubers note the fact that the cast is in high-school, which is completely inappropriate for the subject matter.
I was not going to watch this show. I don't have enough time to hate watch anything, and doing so would only add to these insane writer's click-count. However, this show seems so monumentally, deliberately bad that it is actually bewildering and warrants some comment.
I've been thinking lately that there are at least three theory sets that stories can be designed off of.
One, traditional notions of good and evil rooted in Judeo-Christian values.
Two, English major literary theory. Which on the positive side of my view, is useful for writing class papers. There are writers that seem to get some use of it, but I've maybe been over exposed, and am not a fan. But, it isn't strictly incompatible with good/evil, and it does help some story tellers reduce design complexity of projects, so...
Three, the modern academic theory symbol magic model.
One can suppose three cohorts. People who used theory one and two, people who used theory two and three, and a current group that are using theory three. Last group can see the theory three stuff in the second cohort's work, but does not see the function inherited by imitating previous story designers, and does not care.
Their work is basically a combination of the 'stop hitting yourself' bullying game, with mockery of 'you' for 'hitting yourself'. And, they are not effective enough bullies to really force much of anyone to play along with their games.
I bite my thumb at these media vandals.
However, I think I'm most seriously enraged at the state of academia. I have become convinced that the university needs to be destroyed in order to salvage much of tertiary education.
Posted by: Pat Buckman at Sun Jan 29 16:23:54 2023 (r9O5h)
One is ancient conspiracy theories, that seem to propose that human nature wrt to conspiracies functions in exactly opposite ways to how it actually seems to work.
Two is that the critical theorists magically speak for the oppressed, and can undo the conspiracies. They don't speak for the disadvantaged, they cheerlead the destruction by fire of poor neighborhoods. They are propagandists for the powerful political interests who see arson and riot as a politically useful tactic.
The third more specific objection with the theory of critical theory is that it matters who makes certain statemetns. The wrong people basically cannot make true statements. In mathematics, the truth or falsehood of statements does not depend on who is making them. Applying critical theory to mathematics seems to break mathematics in weird and unpredictable ways. A mathematician may conclude that critical theory has been disproven by contradiction. The critical theorists seem to be pretty clear that they need to conclude that mathematics is a conspiracy.
Forex, the critical race theorists concluding that mathematics is a racist conspiracy.
They assert that logic is invalid and that additionally that they are not saying that 'mathematics is not for blacks'.
I think that a school with a DIE program is /not/ actually attempting to help more blacks learn mathematics. They may think that they are doing so.
I find all of this extremely concerning and frustrating.
Posted by: Pat Buckman at Sun Jan 29 16:37:09 2023 (r9O5h)
They don't want solved problems. Look at the woke reees about Mr. Beast paying for cataract surgery. Solving mysteries with rational thinking and pooling strengths among friends is not what they want. Mental illness is desired, envied, and evoked.
And it looks like Norville's girlfriend is going to have her brain put into a dog.
Apparently these worst tv series are now produced only to be watched by YT reviewers, because nobody else wants them.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Jan 31 11:05:15 2023 (sF8WE)
For some years whackaloons of all stripes (except the tankies...oddly enough) have been spinning crazy tales of conspiritoria regarding how the "deep state", especially the FBI and CIA have been censoring people and interfering in elections to keep people not in "the club" from political power. Over Christmas, Elon Musk responded to this silly conspiracy theory by providing actual documentation that confirmed everybody's worst fears. Apparently someone did not realize The Lives of Others was a cautionary tale and not a civics lesson.
It's amusing to watch the Wikipedia page on this change minute to minute.
Our system is founded on several decades of precedent that was itself based on false premises. The terrific enlightened masters managing the reputation of the profession of law are making an uncertain situation less predictable by being heavy handed wackaloons. By that I mean mainly that I think they are in effect working to create the political will to get rid of some of the insanely stupid enabling legislation.
Twitter and the Twitter files has been an entertaining matter. Not that I unconditionally trust the current claims there.
This power substation stuff is concerning. There are lots of kinds of malicious or apparently malicious acts, and anything that speaks to organized conspiracy looks like a potential serious concern to a lot of people.
One thing you didn't mention was the affair of Kevin McCarthy. In hindsight, being from California and inserted into the congressional Republicans when he was (IIRC after the 2006 election) is a very suspicious pair of details. My takeaway is that people are seriously pissed at all the abuse of formal systems for malicious ends, and some of them saw an opportunity to screw some folks over in return. Very like the Honkening.
There will be lots more opportunities, for very many people, to get some licks in ways that do not violate the informal unstated norms of American life. There will be glowies and others encouraging folks to express discontent in ways that are unproductive for your own philosophy. It is very likely that their political values will not be your own. Test the ideas presented to you, and feel free to ignore anything that you can not show is sound according to your own understanding.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Tue Jan 10 13:08:03 2023 (r9O5h)
I mentioned the upload issue to Pixy and supposedly it should be fixed by now.
Posted by: Mauser at Mon Dec 26 21:59:53 2022 (BzEjn)
Just as a FYI, I'm out of the CCU. I have some massive infections, a surgical procedure on Tursday. Not in any pain, feel pretty good honestly.
According to a doctor, I was close to have serious life-threatening issues, but that's been handled... 6 units of blood about 12 big bags of saline, and at least a month of antibiotics are in my future. But I'm alive.
I still can't Pond though.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Dec 26 22:38:19 2022 (eDgJX)
Same same, except that they hired more people at work and some of them have actually managed not to get fired for getting late points.
(Honestly, most department managers just wipe away all points, because they want to keep people. Our manager apparently can't remember to do this. So we're always hiring, even after we find somebody.)
My boss tried to get me to come into work today, instead of taking my day off. I declined, partly for logistics reasons, but mostly because I'm freaking tired.
Right now, it is a balmy 27 degrees F. So much better than Winter Storm BRRRR.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Dec 27 15:02:26 2022 (sF8WE)