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But the height of our collective madness is the current cancel culture. Its subtexts are “unearned white privilege” and “white supremacy.” In the name of those abominations, mobs tear down statues, destroy careers, censor speech, require veritable oaths, and conduct reeducation training. Stranger still, those alleging “white privilege” are usually themselves quite wealthy, liberal — and white. These elites count on their incestuous networking, silver-spoon upbringings and tony degrees to leverage status, influence, and money in a way undreamed-of by the white working class. Affluent and privileged minorities likewise join the chorus to call for everything from reparations to “reprogramming” Trump voters. In the name of those abominations, mobs tear down statues, destroy careers, censor speech, require veritable oaths, and conduct reeducation training. Stranger still, those alleging “white privilege” are usually themselves quite wealthy, liberal — and white. These elites count on their incestuous networking, silver-spoon upbringings and tony degrees to leverage status, influence, and money in a way undreamed-of by the white working class. Affluent and privileged minorities likewise join the chorus to call for everything from reparations to “reprogramming” Trump voters.
What is my generation if not a podcast episode conducted by aspiring something or others who won’t listen to so much as a voicemail from their own mothers but expect strangers to listen to their two hour long discussion about absolutely nothing
— ida (@idatavs) September 17, 2018
The zeitgeist has passed me by – The New Neo I’ve already lost a few friends of my generation, too, although most have stuck by me. For some who are still friends, I feel their increased discomfort around me. I don’t think I’m imagining it. It’s a source of tension and grief for me. And of course, there’s a gulf between the younger generation and me that’s similar. No one in that group has stopped talking to me altogether, but the gap is widening day by day and whatever ways I’ve attempted to bridge the gap, they don’t seem to have altered things significantly.
“Everyone was calling for water, but it was in vain. Death laughed at its harvest and Death stood guard on the barricade, so nobody could escape. Some raved about rescue, others for water. One comrade lay on the ground next to me and croaked with a breaking voice for someone to load his pistol for him.”
Straw Hat Riot – Although the initial brawl was broken up by police, the fights continued to escalate the next evening. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted. One man claimed that his hat was taken and the group who had taken his hat joined a mob of about 1,000 that was snatching hats all along Amsterdam Avenue. Several men were hospitalized from the beatings they received after resisting having their hats taken, and many arrests were made. Police were slow to respond to the riots, although several off-duty police officers found themselves caught up in the brawl when rioters attempted to snatch their hats. Two or three boys were accosted by pedestrians who said that their straw hats had been smashed; the boys were arrested.
Vox Popoli: Seven Kill Tiger comes to life “The population of the nearest town. It’s mostly Chinese. I think they have a big mining camp up there.”
Thompson shrugged and spread his hands. “It’s hardly a secret that China has been moving into Africa in a big way for the last two decades. They have hundreds of such towns.”
“True, but that only explains why the Chinese were there. It doesn’t explain why most of the cases, and all of the deaths, were African. Only five Chinese were affected and all five recovered. Beyond the basic statistical odds involved, you would think the native population would be more resistant to whatever virus makes its way out of the jungle, not more susceptible to it.”
Thompson frowned. Berens was right. It was an anomaly. And if there was one thing he had learned after 22 years at the Center for Disease Control, it was to pay particular attention to anomalies.
China’s Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global – Northwest of Beijing’s Forbidden City, outside the Third Ring Road, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent seven decades building a campus of national laboratories. Near its center is the Institute of Automation, a sleek silvery-blue building surrounded by camera-studded poles. The institute is a basic research facility. Its computer scientists inquire into artificial intelligence’s fundamental mysteries. Their more practical innovations—iris recognition, cloud-based speech synthesis—are spun off to Chinese tech giants, AI start-ups, and, in some cases, the People’s Liberation Army.
The ‘shark feeding frenzy’ analogy is not very flattering to a political movement that characterizes itself as Woke and driven by virtue, but it is an accurate description of the old and unhallowed Communist tradition of denunciations, the internal process through which the Party could rid itself of ‘corrupt local bosses’ and immoral capitalist backsliders.
The crimes themselves were always the same so-called ’moral breakdown,’ from alcoholism to marital infidelity, corruption, the taking of bribes, and theft of state funds. In this sense, they have above all a routine, indeed, a ‘timeless’ character. It was the name of the accused that was interesting. The true content of denunciations was to signal who was ‘in’ and who was ‘out.’ Its function was not to determine who was virtuous but who was falling out of power.
Mohs Safarikar – Secret Classics In fact, three copies of the Mohs Safarikar were created, of which two are still known to exist today. While one of them is on display in a museum, the second vehicle stood unnoticed for years in a parking lot in Georgia. In 2009, the current owner took care of the wreck and had it extensively restored. Next to other parts this required around 40 yards of Naugahyde and 7,000 stainless steel staples. Now the car is for sale at Hyman Ltd. for US$ 349,500. Not even Bruce Mohs would have ever expected such a high price.
The carelessness with which contemporary humanity is squandering its goods appears to indicate that it does not expect to have descendants.
— Nicolás Gómez Dávila (@QuothDavila) March 9, 2021
Vox Popoli: President Greenscreen Actually, forget green screens. I’ve seen Skyrim mods with more realistic 3D animations than these recent Biden videos. This doesn’t looks like deepfaked video to me, it looks more like a 3D animated model with video genlock. At this point, if you still unironically believe Joe Biden is the President of the United States, you’re simply not paying attention.
Dear Sports Illustrated: You. Had. One. Job. Leyna, who is the second trans model to pose for SI Swim, opened up to Good Morning America about her boundary-breaking accomplishment, gushing: ‘I never imagined that I would be born in a time when something like this would happen for someone with my skin tone and for someone with my background.’
Only a matter of time til a felon argues jail lowers his self-esteem.
— HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) March 13, 2021
Conrad Haas: The 16th Century Rocket Pioneer | While serving under the Prince, Haas began writing what is now believed to be the earliest known European handbook of rocketry. This work, written in German, whose title translates to “How You Must Make Quite a Nice Rocket That Can Travel (Propel) Itself into the Heights (Heavens),” dealt with pioneering weapons technology including the principle of multistage rockets, preliminary designs for delta-shaped fins and bell-shaped nozzles, as well as different fuel mixtures using liquid fuel.
If you’ve ever cocked a gun in your mouth and pulled the trigger, don’t worry about what’s in the vaccine
— Ida Tavakoli (@IdaTavakoli) March 8, 2021
God bless her. Public School teacher goes nuclear on the Critical Race Theory insanity— and calls it what it is… straight-up racism. pic.twitter.com/wm0JU2xewp
— Joe Dan Gorman – Intellectual Froglegs (@JoeDanMedia) March 12, 2021
DeBlasio “We must reawaken the artistic spirit of New York” New York: pic.twitter.com/Cqlf09IOWA
— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon) March 2, 2021