Friday, March 22, 2019

When you are trying to -injure- the audience.

Lately, particularly in book awards nominations but also very much in films and television, I have noticed a "race to the bottom". Authors and film makers contesting with each other to come up with THE most heinous, most injurious thing that's ever been produced. As if they want the people who read or watch to finish the thing and be catatonic at the end.

Well, apparently it isn't just me. Others have noticed.

"I'm concerned about the trajectory we're on," said Glenn Sparks, a professor at Purdue University who has studied the effects of media violence, and is one of a number of critics who come not from the more traditional ranks of conservative family groups but are instead academics, journalists and mental-health experts.

"If I worked at Netflix I might say, 'Well, this is what people want.' But that doesn't mean it should be provided," he said. "The research shows that escalating violence on-screen can make us more tolerant of it in real life; it can leave 'lingering fear' that can cause sleep disturbances and other problems."

"There is," he added, "an issue of social responsibility here."

There's a reason why comic-book movies are the biggest sellers out there right now, and this is it. They're the only movies you can watch to escape the horror.

I'm calling this "attacking the audience." The writer treats his audience as a group of criminals to be punished. This is very much on track with the general run of SJW journalism and "scholarship" (I use the term loosely) out there in universities these days. The Left side of the political spectrum considers Humanity to be a plague on the Earth, and seeks to chastise us all for the sin of being imperfect.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend I believe in the "escalating violence on-screen can make us more tolerant of it in real life" argument, it is 100% moral-panic horseshit. I've seen the odd bit of violence over the years, let me assure you that television does not make it more tolerable. I might go so far as to say that by watching violence on television one becomes inured to violence -on television- but beyond that, no.

However the "lingering fear", that's real. You can feel it, and it isn't a subtle thing. That's the whole point of a scary movie, to scare you.

Scary is a little different than what's going down lately though. These days they project horror, fear and hopelessness. They want you to lie down and die.

The cure for this sort of thing of course is to stop watching it. Stop reading it. I stopped years ago, and I feel WAY better.

The advanced course is to create uplifting and invigorating stories yourself. That's my present project.

The Phantom

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New hate crime: Feminism!

Having abandoned women and chucked them under the bus, the Left has now decided to make Feminism a hate crime.

A second woman is being investigated by the police following allegations that she made transphobic comments on social media, the Telegraph can reveal.

Womans' rights campaigner, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, has been interviewed by two separate police forces after being accused of committing a hate crime by Susie Green, who runs a charity helping transgender children.

The news comes after it emerged that devout Catholic, Caroline Farrow, had been asked to attend an interview by the Surrey force, for allegedly using the wrong pronoun to refer to Ms Green's transgender daughter.

That's right, all you super feminist GRRRL Power ladies, you are now required to SHUT UP just like us straight white boys. Sucks, don't it?

Amazing how fast feminists went from special pets to reviled haterz, eh?

The Phantom

Big Brother says SHUT UP!!!

New Zealand and Australia government response to Christchurch shooting: ban Zerohedge.

In the wake of last week's terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques which left 50 dead, several websites which either reported on the incident, hosted footage of the attacks, or have simply allowed people to engage in uncensored discussion such as Dissenter or Zero Hedge, have been partially or completely blocked in both New Zealand and Australia for the sake of "protecting consumers," according to the CEOs of three New Zealand telcos. 

Proving how pointless this is, here's the same article on Infowars.

Summing up, the New Zealand government vowed to ban guns, they took down a bunch of internet sites, and they made a bunch of brave "Never Again!" speeches.

I guess they figure if you don't know about terrorist attacks, you won't know you need a gun and you'll get on with paying your taxes like a good little citizen.

The Phantom

Monday, March 18, 2019

Terrorism: Big Brother will not save you.

Well, here we are. Last week a mass shooting atrocity in New Zealand, today another, smaller one in Holland.

I'm not going to bow to convention and put in the usual boilerplate. I believe, at this point, that the emotional response to terror attacks and the separate, moral attack from the media is getting in the way. People die and we feel bad. But we have to get past that and create a defense against it.

To that end, I have noticed some things.

1) We are the most surveilled, most planned, most regulated culture in history. The East German Stazi had nothing compared to the surveillance apparatus available to authorities at present. They can literally track people in real-time, read all their mail, and know their innermost thoughts by tracking internet use and purchase history. All of this is useless for catching mass murderers.

2) Mass murderers kill the most people when they are unopposed. As soon as anyone gets after them, they go down.

3) I'm seeing this statement a lot lately: "Nothing justifies the evil actions of [New Zealand shooter boy]." This shows that people are not thinking. The mass killers are getting exactly what they want. They want to kill people. Either over religion or politics, as a tactic in war or for an unknown reason due to a mental disorder, they are getting exactly what they want. They are successful, and as long as that continues, they will keep doing it. Mass shootings are now a successful tactic.

Therefore, we as a society are going to have to deal with it.

Currently our "leaders" are dealing with it by increasing regulation and surveillance, by disarming the public, and by using the atrocities to go after their political/religious opponents. That this isn't going to work is quite apparent to everyone, but the attraction of slagging your political opponents by saying they caused the slaughter is just too juicy.

Therefore, a new approach is needed. The nature of the problem is:
1) Attacks are random.
2) They occur against unarmed people.
3) They can't be predicted.

Israel already handled this. That's why the Palestinians switched from shooting attacks to suicide bombers, and now have settled on lobbing home-made rockets over a fence at the Jews.

I leave it as an exercise for the reader what we should do next. Maybe you can come up with something better than I did, or the Israelis did. However, may I suggest that as a first step that y'all should pull your heads out of your asses.

The Phantom

Update 1: Guy sets bus full of kids on fire in Italy, media silent because he's not white.

Update 2: While not-white guy is setting bus on fire and the other not-white guy was shooting up the streetcar, media weenies are blaming everything on Toxic Whiteness.

Kate McMillan did a nice juxtapose on these two.

Salutations from the frozen North.

I made it back! I am firmly re-ensconced at Phantom Northern Command, back in the bunker as they say. The compound at Chez Phantom survived in one piece. Yay!

Big news for the week, I squished a real scorpion. Also went to the Good Guys car show in Scottsdale on Friday, that was very cool indeed.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Greetings from Phantom Southern Command!

Salutations, friends, from sunny Arizona. The Phantom Redoubt has been opened and found all present and correct. Currently blogging from McDonalds wifi, so updates will be sporadic.

Currently sweatshirt and long pants weather, but the sun is out and we have hope for some swimming later in the day.

Phantom Northern Command is buried in snow and the temp is about 10F, or ~-12C for you poor metric people.

So basically, feel free to hate me as hard as you want. ~:D

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The True Face of the Liberal Party of Canada

This pic is making the rounds on Twitter today. Its a picture of some old bastard attacking a woman at the Justin Trudeau event that was held at the Danforth Music Hall. There is video out there too. He shoved her down to the floor, looks like by her neck.

He didn't get kicked out of the event, according to the source article. So far, no word on who he is.

Here's a closer look. Check out the expressions on women's faces.

That's who is supporting Trudeau. That guy. Take a hard look.

Now think about this, and this, and this. Yes. The government contains a lot of people who are crazy, they know everywhere you go and everything you do, they have no problem lying and stealing, and they work for THAT GUY.

Oh yeah, and you didn't see this first on the CBC. You saw it here, on the Nobody Important Yelling At The TV blog.

Okay? Everybody caught up? All on the same page? Goody.

So given all that, don't you think it might be time for a tax cut, so that violent assholes like white-hair-crazy-man don't have so much of our money to push us around with?

The Phantom

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Left abandons women. Inevitably.

Dear ladies of women's professional sport. Your betters in the political Left would like to explain to you: SHUT UP BITCHEZ!!! First Martina Navratilova, now Sharron Davies.
"To protect women's sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women's sport."
The tweet was 'liked' more than 7,000 times in just 24 hours and she was met by support from former Olympic track winner Sally Gunnell, gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams OBE and gold middle distance athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, who commented: "Setting fair and safe markers in sport is a must."
But the comments faced fierce backlash online, with some even calling on Davies to be stripped of her MBE. Lucy Clark commented: "Well done Sharon, fuel the hate!
"No one chooses to be Transgender. You have no idea about what it is like to be TG. Shame on you! StriptheMBE."
That was the Sun UK, which reported it fairly straightforwardly. Ish.

The Independent article is interesting though. It starts with a TED talk video about trans and has numerous links and pictures promoting trans throughout the body of the text. Fanning the flames, one might say.

Davies is another liberal woman finally come to the point where she can't be dragged any further, because there is something she cares about more than politics. For her, that thing is women and women's sport. She knows, viscerally, that a third rate male can beat a first-rate female in almost any physical sport, every single time. About the only exceptions are things like car racing, shooting and certain gymnastics events where smaller size and weight are a greater advantage than muscle density.

I'm beginning to wonder not if she will be silenced by the law, but rather how long it will take them to get around to charging her.

There are at this point two or three possible end results of this farce.

First, and most likely, the top ten "female" athletes in the world will be men. That's where the gravy train is heading. People like Davies and Navratilova will be forced from public life by a barrage from the shite-flinging SJW apes, and women's sports will become men's sports. And then die, as women stop competing and men stop watching.

Second, and probably still fairly likely, the international sports committees will start feeling the quiet heat of every pissed off female on planet Earth, and create a special Trans-division where the men-in-dresses can compete with each other fairly. Which will be a cause celebre for 15 minutes of fame, and then fade away quietly because nobody actually cares. That's about the best outcome I can see, from a fairness and Humanity viewpoint. Everybody plays fair, everybody gets along, and the Market is allowed to speak.

Third, the most unlikely but probably the most fun, every female on every Olympic team in every sport refuses to compete against the men in dresses. They just down tools and walk out, leaving the IOC spluttering and shouting on the podium. That would be a thing of beauty, a blow struck for freedom and fair competition by every competitor.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks for the linkage, Sarah Hoyt!

Friday, March 01, 2019

MS13 targets NYPD at home.

Speaking of surveillance and corruption, here's an example of the shoe being on the other foot.

The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty.

CBS2's Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: "Members of MS-13 are looking to 'hit' NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue."

The bulletin says that the gang members would carry out the attacks on off-duty officers "in order to gain street credibility."

This is the thing that gangs in Latin America commonly do. They attack the families of police and court personnel. They attack policemen when they are alone or at home without backup. They do this stuff in Mexico literally all the time, that's why the Mexican Army is performing police duties. The Army can bring guys from all over the country, so the local punks can't get at their families.

But now lets talk about civilian capabilities for a second. Drug gangs have a lot of money. They can buy top-grade weapons and kit if they want to. What if they bought a couple of $100,000 cell-phone trackers? They'd be able to track policemen by their cell phones. (Remember, in some countries like Mexico, Brazil, Columbia etc. the police are -part- of the gang. So gangs can buy police-only kit.)

Kinda puts a whole new complexion on the ubiquitous surveillance thing, eh?

The Phantom

Surveillance in Canada, yes they're doing it to everybody.

Something to consider for y'all Canadians today, the cops are hooked up with Ontario Ministry of Health records. Big time.

Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces—Ontario and Saskatchewan—maintain a "Risk-driven Tracking Database" that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people's lives. Information in the database includes whether a person uses drugs, has been the victim of an assault, or lives in a "negative neighborhood."
The Risk-driven Tracking Database (RTD) is part of a collaborative approach to policing called the Hub model that partners cops, school staff, social workers, health care workers, and the provincial government.
Information about people believed to be "at risk" of becoming criminals or victims of harm is shared between civilian agencies and police and is added to the database when a person is being evaluated for a rapid intervention intended to lower their risk levels. Interventions can range from a door knock and a chat to forced hospitalization or arrest.
Sounds faintly Orwellian, the cops using healthcare records to decide who gets a knock on their door, based on an algorithm. What could go wrong, eh?

But there's more, as I've been saying for a long time. RCMP pretty much tracks whoever they want, whenever they want, by their cell phone.

IMSI catchers essentially act like fake cell phone towers. They force every phone within range—which may be up to two kilometres away—to connect and communicate information such as the handset's unique ID, the ID of the phone's SIM card, and its carrier and country of origin. Some IMSI catchers are capable of intercepting texts and phone calls.
IMSI catchers are indiscriminate. They act more like a dragnet than a targeted surveillance tool, and one can imagine how many innocents may be surveilled when an IMSI catcher is deployed in a bustling city centre.
Although the use of IMSI catchers by police in the US is well-known, the RCMP has been remarkably guarded about revealing its capabilities to the public.
"This technology is so privacy-invasive that it is essential we be given enough information to ensure that it is only being used lawfully and with respect for our Charter rights," said Brenda McPhail, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's surveillance project. "Only then can we have a real debate about whether the benefits to public safety are at all proportionate to the profound privacy risks presented by this technology."
The key thing to remember here is that not only does the RCMP track cell phones, they maintain a database of that tracking. According to the article, for ten years. Oh, and they're covering it up. That's also a thing. This is a secret capability.

Lets put these capabilities together, shall we? We have a randomized database of health records, a non-randomized database of police records, and a ten year long secret database of cell-phone movements and calls. Plus the usual telephone records the phone company keeps. Plus commercial databases from companies like Facebook, who track literally everything you say or do online.

That is one hell of a collection of data, my friends. Add in some license plate readers and the odd video camera mounted in a streetlight, you've got the All Seeing Eye of Sauron. If you walked past a hooker on Main Street in Hamilton in 2011 on October 2nd, that's potentially in the database. If we let these guys do what they want, in ten years it will for-sure be in a database.

But then there is obsolescence to consider. As we say yesterday, police departments and governments keep old stuff around way past its expiry date. Some of the Canadian government still runs on VAX mainframes from the 1980s, with data stored on TK50 tape cassettes. I expect the court system both provincial and federal runs on some really scary antique shit.

The astute reader will notice a pattern forming. Anything in government where they provide a service, such as real estate registration, drivers licenses, court documents, computerized health care records, health insurance (OHIP) etc., all these government organs don't get technology upgrades in a reasonable, businesslike fashion. They stumble along with backlogs of several years. Anything where the government is controlling the citizens, that gets all the brand new fancy technology. Those guys are cutting edge.

Because the final piece of this puzzle is CORRUPTION. Our government is corrupt from the bottom to the top. At the bottom its looking the other way for a small fee. At the top it is AdScam, it is the Gun Registry Scam, it is this week's brand new SNC-Lavalin Scam. Provincially there's the windmill scam, the gas-plant in Oakville scam, ORNGE, and on and on it goes.

But the crowning glory is that you're not reading this today on the CBC website. The Globe and Mail didn't put this on their front page. The media is covering for them, actively and passively both. We see it literally every day, there's no denying it.

You have to come to some weird obscure blog, who got it from another weird obscure blog, who got it from some bunch of agitators who used the Freedom if Information Act and read 40,000 pages of redacted court documents. But at least you got it.

Up to y'all what is going to be done about it.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks to Sarah Hoyt for the linkage!

Brain Plasticity, fuel injected turbo+nitrous version.

I ramble on about brain plasticity a lot. Somebody comes up with some crap about "National IQ" etc., I talk about how the brain adjusts to its environment. Brains change, basically.

Collins was three months shy of seven years old when surgeons sliced open his skull and removed a third of his brain's right hemisphere. For two years prior, a benign tumor had been growing in the back of his brain, eventually reaching the size of a golf ball. The tumor caused a series of disruptive seizures that gave him migraines and kept him from school. Medications did little to treat the problem and made Collins drowsy. By the day of his surgery, Collins was experiencing daily seizures that were growing in severity. He would collapse and be incontinent and sometimes vomit, he says.

Fast-forward to the happy ending, they excised the tumor along with half of the temporal lobe and the entire right occipital lobe, pretty radical, but the kid is fine. He can see, walk, talk and chew gum the same as before. Long story short, the intact side of his brain took over and now does the work of the part that was removed.

So the next time some idiot starts raging on about how the Sudanese have a national IQ of 40, or that there's a "gay brain" etc. just think about the power of the human brain to entirely replace parts that are missing, and consider what that means for "racial characteristics" and IQ.

The Phantom

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Government is a disease.

Title seem a little extreme, I'll admit. But looked at from a social health standpoint, government is the thing that ruins everything.

Want to start a business? Want to buy a house, or get married, or even get a dog? Hell, you want to drive your car to Grandma's house? Government is there! And it is mostly in your way. And YOU pay for it too, that's the best part.

What set me off today? This is a situation I keep seeing over and over again, and it means something. Headline: America's Cities Are Running on Software From the '80s

The only place in San Francisco still pricing real estate like it's the 1980s is the city assessor's office. Its property tax system dates back to the dawn of the floppy disk. City employees appraising the market work with software that runs on a dead programming language and can't be used with a mouse. Assessors are prone to make mistakes when using the vintage software because it can't display all the basic information for a given property on one screen. The staffers have to open and exit several menus to input stuff as simple as addresses. To put it mildly, the setup "doesn't reflect business needs now," says the city's assessor, Carmen Chu.

The particulars of this clusterfuck bear repeating.

In San Francisco the assessor uses a Cobol-based system called AS-400, whose welcome screen reads, "COPYRIGHT IBM CORP., 1980, 2009." As the city tax rolls jumped 22 percent over two years, workers were struggling to keep track of the changes on their ancient systems. At one point they fell three years behind. It's a "lot of manual work" just to perform basic functions, Chu says.
Searches that should seem simple take much longer because of the system's quirks. If a resident contacts the agency saying her house should have a different assessed value, a worker has to look up the block and identification number that's technically taxed; there's no way to filter by address. Also, all street numbers need to have four digits, so 301 Grove St. becomes 0301 Grove St.

Need I emphasize, this is San Francisco. The place where all the biggest brains in computing live, work and play. If you can't get somebody to sort out your fucked up mainframe in San Francisco, then a disinterested outside observer would have to conclude you are not trying to fix it. This is not East Moose Antler Montana, where the deer and the antelopes play.

Friend of mine works in a computer junkyard. This guy knows every damn thing about the Old Iron from the now defunct Digital Equipment Corporation. He can take apart and fix a worn out DEC TK50 tape drive to as-new condition. Why does he have a job fixing 1980s tape drives from a company that died in the 1990s? Because the federal and provincial governments of Canada are still running DEC-VAX mainframes, that's why. Also SUN SPARC stations, Silicon Graphics worstations, IBM AS-400 minicomputers, all kinds of obsolete hardware from the 1970s to the 1990s. Running software that may have originated in the 1960s and been upgraded in the 1980s. All this ancient shit is slower than your phone. Most of it is slower than a flip-phone.

Now, speaking of private businesses, we can safely assume that there are none still running faulty databases on antique AS-400 hardware from the 1980s. Why? Because they would be OUT OF BUSINESS by now. Who is going to hire a company to do anything when their order-entry department is three years behind?

Why is every state and federal government in North America in this position? Because they do not experience any pressure to get their work done. There is no eeeevile profit motive to work harder and do more. They just keep doing what they always do, the way they always do it, until one day they come in and the computer is a puddle of melted slag on the floor. Then they hide the evidence, and beg for more money.

We see this exact thing played out in nature. Businesses are like predators, always active, always hunting for new ways to make money, to cut costs, to stay ahead of the competition. Governments by contrast are like parasites. They latch on to a host, and they quietly suck the blood out of it nice and slowly, never making a fuss, never moving so the host doesn't notice their blood disappearing. Like gut worms.

Lately there's been evidence come forth that a few gut worms from time to time increase the health of the host by stimulating the immune system. But we all know that too large a load of parasites will kill anything, even an elephant.

That's where we are today. Sucked dry by a parasitic infection that does no work and adds nothing.

Here endeth the rant.

The Phantom

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PayPal partners with SPLC to shut down Conservatives.

Yep that's right, the Southern Poverty Law Center tells PayPal who to do business with and who to deplatform.

The CEO of PayPal has revealed the multi-billion dollar service partners with the leftist organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to decide who should be blacklisted from their company. Using "company corporate values" as their defense, PayPal has taken intentional steps to deny access to conservatives.

Let there be no mistake, the SPLC is the hardest Left there is out there. They've been the moving force behind getting a lot of people kicked off social media, Youtube, and now PayPal.

In other news, various conservative companies and organizations have been suspended by Visa and Mastercard, such as David Horowitz and the NRA.

I do not see this ending well.

The Phantom

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

No Whites Yoga!

Wish I was making this up.

Brown Girls Yoga - Every Thursday from 5:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Brown Girls Yoga is a yoga class students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a People of Colour, and who currently or formerly identify as female.
We welcome students from all bodies-types, sizes and skill-levels. We also provide a Queer- and trans-positive space.

What to bring: Bring your own yoga mats. (Some yoga mats available on site.)
Registration: No registration required.
Location: Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre

Brown Girls Yoga is joint program presented by the Multi-Faith Centre in partnership with First Nations House and the Centre for Women and Trans People, University of Toronto.

Seen first at Small Dead Animals

Friday, February 22, 2019

RIP Peter Tork of the Monkees at 77.

Godspeed, Peter.

Its funny, Peter Tork is one of those people I never think about, but he was a big part of my television life as a kid.

So sad to hear he's gone.

The Phantom

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Martina Navratilova, now a Conservative? Really?

Outspoken radical feminist, professional lesbian agitator and sportswoman Martina Navratilova is now a Conservative.
"It's insane and it's cheating," the famously gay tennis star said in a Sunday op-ed published by the Sunday Times.
"Letting men compete as women simply if they change their name and take hormones is unfair — no matter how those athletes may throw their weight around," Navratilova said of transgender players' efforts to be recognized under their "chosen" gender.
This is not her first transgression against the Received Word:

This is far from the first time the 62-year-old player has spoken out against transgender players. Only a few months ago the multiple Wimbledon winner wrote on Twitter that men can't just "proclaim" themselves a female and then play against real women. "There must be some standards," she wrote, "and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard."

I do fear that Ms. Navratilova will now discover that the obvious biological truth is not a defense.

On the bright side, this particular bridge-too-far is separating the Reality Based people from the fruitcakes. Madam Martina has picked Reality over politically correct insanity, so I'm willing to cut her a little slack on the man-hatred. Some girls have good reasons for that sort of thing, and it falls under the "free country" exception. In a free country, you're free to be filled with hate all you want. Hard way to go through life, but none of my business.

The Phantom

Update: That didn't take long!

Athlete Ally, a group advocating LGBT inclusion in sports, has severed ties with tennis legend Martina Navratilova despite her longstanding advocacy for gay rights. Her crime? She disagreed with the idea that biological women should be forced to compete with biological men in sports, and especially tennis. To Athlete Ally, this constitutes heresy against transgender identity.
"Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence," Athlete Ally said in a statement announcing they were severing ties with the openly gay tennis legend.
How long before all the chickenshit sports gear companies dump all Martina's sponsorships? Couple more days. maybe?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rule 4: DC Comics cancels book for blasphemy.

In an interesting turn of events, DC comics has cancelled a series because of a ShirtStorm.

DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the "Second Coming" comic "reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again." Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, "God was so upset with Jesus's performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then."

There was a petition associated with this campaign, it got 20,000 signatures. DC decided that they didn't want to be on the news for blasphemy, and folded.
The Guardian was shocked, simply shocked I tell you:

But the comics publisher has now told retailers that the series has been cancelled. The decision follows a 200,000-signature petition from anti-abortion, anti-LGBT conservative campaign site CitizenGo calling on DC to pull the comic. "Would DC Comics publish similar content about other religious leaders, such as Muhammad or Buddha?" said the petition. "This content is inappropriate and blasphemous."

Leaving aside the answer to the question (which is "no" obviously, DC Comics would NOT publish similar blasphemy about Buddha or Mohamed) what's happened here is interesting. For years we have been amazed that a single phone call will cause a school board, a publisher, a TV show, basically any public body to cave in to SJW demands. One single complaint gets nativity scenes deleted from Christmas decorations at City Hall all over the Western world.

Here's one going the other way. That never happens. It never matters how many people complain about blasphemous or otherwise objectionable art, music or video. Governments and media never ever care how many people object to that stuff.

Except this time they blinked. This time, the community at large complained, and DC backed off. Live by the ShirtStorm, die by the ShirtStorm.

I don't view that as a good thing, sadly. What would have been nice is if DC respected their audience and didn't try to print this shock-schlock bullshit. I suspect they cancelled this thing because it is a turkey and they know they're going to lose money on it. The cover art looks like shit, the inside can't be better. No doubt they hoped a nice spicy bit of the usual controversy, where a few Christians yell and then get shouted down by the media horde. Except this time the horde didn't get any traction, and the Christians showed up in numbers. An accountant did the math, and that was that.

What's not good about this is one flavor of mob censorship is not better than another flavor. Lefties. righties, this is not the distinction that makes a difference. The distinction is -freedom-. There is no freedom when all that decides what gets done is the loudest mob. Freedom is telling the mob-du-jour to go fuck themselves and doing what you want.

Therefore, I can't celebrate this as a "victory" of decency against assholes. This is two sets of assholes fighting. What we want to do here is sell guns to both sides, and then run the survivors out of town on a rail. (Figuratively speaking of course. One can't take for granted that some ninny-nanny won't call the cops over a figure of speech, these things must be explicitly laid out.)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Big Study: Video games do -not- cause violence.

Another moral panic bites the dust.

A new study from the Oxford Internet Institute claims to have found no link between time spent playing violent video games, and increased aggressive behavior teen teenagers.

Wow, really. You think? Like since every teenager in the friggin' world has been playing Doom and Quake since the 1990's, if the games caused violence we should all be dead by now. Why do we keep seeing this "X causes violence!!!" trope in the news then?

This was supported by co-author Dr Netta Weinstein from Cardiff University who said: "Our findings suggest that researcher biases might have influenced previous studies on this topic, and have distorted our understanding of the effects of video games."
This is a polite way of saying what Mark Twain said previously, waaaay back in history there, "figures don't lie but liars figure." A sentiment so obvious that it is probably carved in hieroglyphics inside a pyramid somewhere.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Karl Marx's gravestone vandalized, oh noes!

If this isn't a sign of the times:

The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx's original 1881 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.

Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears to be damage done by a hammer to the lettering of Marx's name and the marble on which it is mounted.

I am not a fan of vandalism. I'm not saying it is a great thing to go out and smash up monuments to people I don't like.

What I am saying it that the Karl Marx grave marker sat undisturbed in London since they planted him in 1881, until now.

What I am saying is that this is the New Rules starting to bite down. Lefties have been breaking statues of Churchill and George Washington and pissing on war monuments for 20 years. Somebody out there decided it was time the Left had one of -their- monuments destroyed.

The Grauniad  was very distressed that their favorite dude Karl had his grave messed with. I hope they will think about it the next time somebody takes a hammer to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and they want to cheer him on. A faint hope to be sure, but still.

The Hopeful Phantom

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Internet destroying nation's youths!!!

Yes friends, the nation's youth are being imperiled. Again.

Children have become such screen addicts they are abandoning their friends and hobbies, a major report warns today.

Researchers found under-fives spend an hour and 16 minutes a day online. Their screen time rises to four hours and 16 minutes when gaming and television are included.

Youngsters aged 12 to 15 average nearly three hours a day on the web – plus two more hours watching TV. The study said YouTube was 'a near permanent feature' of many young lives, and seven in ten of those aged 12 to 15 took smartphones to bed.

It concluded: 'Children were watching people on YouTube pursuing hobbies that they did not do themselves or had recently given up offline.'

I've lived through five of these moral panics now. When I was a baby in the 1950s, it was comic books that were imperiling the nation's youth. When I was a boy in the '60s and 70's, it was television and pinball. Then in the 1980s it was video games. In the 1990s it was video games and internet addiction. In the 2000s it was social media that was going to kill us all. Now the buzzword is "screentime".

No matter what new thing comes along, there's going to be some bunch of assholes dedicated to telling you that its going to kill your children. Just remember that its all made-up, and you'll be fine.

The Phantom

TERFs beg Conservative men for help.

Radical lesbian feminists seem rather bewildered at being left standing on the platform while the Gravy Train rattles off down the tracks on its biscuit wheels.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kara Dansky, a feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women's Liberation Front (WoLF), spoke against the so-called "Equality Act" at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, denouncing the transgender and gender identity movement as anti-women and anti-lesbian in particular. Her remarks echoed the London Pride March sign declaring that "Transactivism Erases Lesbians."

Did you get that? The WoLF spokesbabe giving a talk at The Hertiage Foundation? BWAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!  But wait, it gets better! This is my favorite part:

"This is a men's Rights movement — this is really a men's rights movement," Dansky declared, calling for men to stand up for women and denounce the transgender movement.

So why are these Lefty radical fruitbats talking at the Heritage Foundation? This is awesome:

"The completely illogical statement that 'trans women are women' is recited like a Big Brother mantra in every Leftist space," Beck declared. "No one really believes it, but saying so will jeopardize your career, your community, and your life."
Beck, Dansky, and Chavez only spoke at the conservative Heritage Foundation because no liberal organization would welcome them, despite the fact that they are liberals — radical feminists!
These radical feminists received a standing ovation at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday. Their bravery in speaking truth to the Left's increasingly intolerant orthodoxy inspired an audience that would normally grimace at the idea of siding with homosexual activists.

Yes, those horrifying Nazis at the pro-gun, anti-abortion Heritage Foundation gave the Grrrlz a standing ovation.

Proving once again that everything you ever hear in the media about Republicans, conservatives, gun owners and what have you is always, always bullshit. Lying Lefties always lie.

The Phantom

Update: Andrew Sullivan noticed the lesbians at the Heritage Foundation.

The core disagreement, it seems to me, is whether a trans woman is right to say that she has always been a woman, was born female, and is indistinguishable from and interchangeable with biological women. That’s the current claim reflected in the Equality Act. But is it true that when Caitlyn Jenner was in the 1976 Olympics men’s decathlon, she was competing as a woman, indistinguishable from any other woman? Contemporary orthodoxy insists that she was indeed competing as a woman, and erases any distinction between a trans woman and a woman. Similarly, public high-school girls track or wrestling teams would have to include female-identifying biological males — even if they keep winning all the trophies, and even if the unfairness is staring you in the face.
Post-Modernism meets Reality, crumples up and goes on fire.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Media Meltdown: the puddle spreads.

The Daily Telegraph issues an apology for printing absolute horse shit:

Following last Saturday's (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story "The mystery of Melania", we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump's father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family.  Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.

There's more. It seems that the original article was absolutely stuffed with bullshit, so much so that the Telegraph is paying Melania Trump money and legal costs as a settlement.

I know there's an old saying,"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." But my suspension of disbelief is a little bit stretched here. For this to be mere stupidity, all the people and all the lawyers working for the Telegraph would have to be eight year olds. Therefore, the corporate structure at the Telegraph must have considered publishing this thing "worth it" even though they knew it would cost them money.

What would make this "worth it" I leave as an exercise for the reader, because I got nothing. I can't imagine why they'd bother.

The Phantom

Update: Seen first at Small Dead Animals.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Supremes: Yes, Trump IS the commander in chief.

Today, to the sound of great tooth gnashing and wailing from the fruitbat Left, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that yes, the President does get to decide who is allowed in the armed forces and who is not.

Here is what they're screaming about:

The president abruptly announced on Twitter in July 2017 that the military would not permit trans personnel to serve. Thereafter, former Defense Secretary James Mattis convened a panel of military experts to conduct an independent review of the subject. Their findings served as the basis of Mattis' February 2018 memo which implemented Trump's request.

What does that all mean, exactly?

That memo provides that individuals with a history of gender dysphoria — a clinical term referring to anxiety triggered by the conflict between one's biological sex and the gender with which they identify — may enlist provided they are willing to serve in their biological sex and have not suffered gender dysphoria for a continuous three-year period prior to recruitment. Active personnel who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria may continue to serve provided they do so in their biological sex.

Basically, despite the shrieking and wailing of the Left and their paid character-assassins in the media, nobody is "banned" from the military any more than any other medical condition is banned. It does mean that the military has chosen not to go along with the gender-dysphoria cosplay that so many Lefties seem to consider mandatory. 

Update: To illustrate the point, here's the downside of getting your bowels in an uproar about "trans-inclusion" and "cismale white hetero patriarchy!" in the military.

As for readiness, it is not solely a Navy problem. Over the holidays, I talked to an Army dude who has been in for 17 years (and is really looking forward to getting out in 3 more years). He was bitching about readiness and how it has taken a back seat to SHARP. He was really irate about this.
“What’s SHARP”, I asked.
He told me. SHARP is Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention. According to him, that is much more important than readiness training. He’s had to stand down from a training exercise to attend a SHARP class. Can you imagine that?
Yes I can, because I've seen the same shit at hospitals. You get one (1) class on infection control. You never stop getting Wokeness and harassment classes. Because that's what's important in a hospital, y'know. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Google: The end is nigh.

He's coming.

Here's a classic scenario from a toxic work environment. A snowflake triggered by the use of an every-day normal word in a work meeting.

A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word "family" in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.

What does that look like in real life?

One employee stormed out of the March 2017 presentation after a presenter "continued to show (awesome) Unicorn product features which continually use the word 'family' as a synonym for 'household with children,'" he explained in an internal thread. That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is "offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong."

One guy posts a snowflake rage-fit on the internal communication network, a bunch of other people have themselves a little ShirtStorm agreeing with him, to the point where upper management has to do a groveling ritual to calm the storm.

At work? Are you kidding me?

Don't we recall the last guy who embarrassed Google with a controversial internal memo was publicly shamed and fired? James Damore, name ring a bell?

I'd go into the details of the snowflake memo, but they don't really matter. Here's the bottom line of it:

Use the word "family" to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean "children". It's offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.

So why is the end nigh for Google? Because they are encouraging and rewarding mobbing behavior among their employees. Using a word in the culturally normal way in a technical presentation generated a couple of days worth of uproar on the company network.

All that activity occurred during work hours. Those people were not doing any revenue generating work while they were raging on about pronouns. But worse, now every guy who has a presentation to make is worried about what harmless word is going to be the next one to cause a mob. Will it be "team?" How about "shoe" or "badminton?"

Net result, the smart people who get all the work done are going to see that and leave the company. You can't work in an environment where snowflakery is more important than a major product presentation. The ones who are left behind, such as the idiot who objected to using the word "family" in a sentence, are the ones who DON'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. They are a cost, not an asset.

Dead company walking.

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers!!! Woohoo!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

127 bodies in the desert, Dems yawn.


The way the border to Mexico is portrayed in the media, you'd think crossing it was a leisurely stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Chad and Muffy take the two kids across at Nogales AZ at 10AM, then enjoy a refreshing iced tea on the back patio at 1PM. The reality?

Yes, the sun will kill you.

On the weekend before Christmas, a group of volunteers set out to search for the remains of dead migrants on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, a remote desert area in southwestern Arizona where military jets from bases in Arizona conduct live bombing exercises.
The volunteers from the non-profit group Aguilas del Desierto recovered the skeletal remains of eight migrants in two days.

30 volunteers search the bombing range over a weekend and come up with eight bodies. That's a lot of bodies.

In 2018, the remains of 127 dead migrants were recovered in southern Arizona, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office said.
The office conducts autopsies on the remains of migrants found in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, where the majority of migrants die.
The 127 remains recovered in 2018 were slightly below the 128 remains recovered the previous year, Medical Examiner's Office data show.
Over the past two years, the number of migrants recovered in southern Arizona has dipped to some of the lowest levels in recent years. In 2010, the number of migrant deaths recorded by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office peaked at 222.
Although the number of remains recovered dipped in 2018, "we are not down to where we were," said Gregory Hess, Pima County's chief medical examiner.

They're trying hard to word this as if the difference between 127 and 128 is a "dip." Hilarious in itself, and even funnier when you read on.

Before 2000, the remains of fewer than five migrants were found each year, the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants shows.
In 2000, just one was found. In 2001, the number soared to 79 and then to 151 the year after that. The number of annual migrant deaths since then has remained well above 100, according to Humane Borders, a Tucson-based group that compiles data and logs it on the OpenGIS website.

Coincidentally, what changed in 2000?

Migrant deaths have remained high despite a sharp decrease in the overall number of migrants apprehended by the Border Patrol, which in fiscal year 2018 totaled just less than 400,000, down from 1.6 million in 2000, when Border Patrol apprehensions peaked.

Yeah, that. Before, they'd get arrested. Now, the government just lets them die in the desert. Because arresting them is RAAAAACIST!!!! Reeeee!

Somebody remind me why Trump and his wall are so eeeevile again. I forget, because I'm thinking about women, kids and old people dropping dead from heat stroke, and then being eaten by the coyotes and javelina pigs. Tell you something else, if Canadians started waking up to find dead migrants frozen in their backyards, there'd be a big honkin' wall from sea to shining sea soon afterward.

The Phantom

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

SJWs: Women's self defense is problematic!

Yes friends, it is true. SJWs have decided being a strong, independent whamyn of colour is problematic. See, SJW Zack Ford thinks you ladies should just let yourself get robbed.

No, not kidding. Boi really went there. Then deleted the tweet, because telling the truth like that is very embarrassing to an SJW.

The original tweet, transcribed:

"The punishment for armed robbery is not death, though. Of course I don't think he should have had a gun either, but if she had let him rob her, even at gunpoint, both likely would have survived. It's the praise for her gun ownership that bothers me."

There was also this piece of genius here:

"Conservatives a thrilled a woman with a concealed-carry permit shot and killed a 19 year-old would-be mugger. That's not how justice works. The penalty for theft is not death, nor do we want it to be."

Both these tweets plus some more are deleted, of course. Now there's a much longer non-apology up. Zacky was not prepared for the number of people telling him to shove it up his ass.

The problem he's having is that he already said what he actually thinks. Which is that women (and everybody, really) should let themselves be robbed, raped, what have you, because those crimes don't rate the death penalty.

I watched the video of this attack at the first link. The attacker put her on the ground. She fired at him after he drew his weapon and after he physically shoved her down on the ground. She apparently didn't have much of a gun on her, because the attacker ran away after being shot, was arrested later blocks away, and survived all the way to the hospital. Died on the table during the very expensive taxpayer funded surgical effort to save his life. So probably a .22. If he'd decided to fight, that gun wouldn't have been enough unless she put a couple or three right into his brain.

My take, carry a bigger gun, ladies. You shoot have to somebody, it should HURT him.

Here's what Zacky Ford's newer, "more nuanced" take is:

My ideal is for a world in which guns do not have to be a part of anyone's daily life and in which gun deaths are not a part of our daily news. I stand by this ideal and disagree with the proposition that more guns will make people safer.

This in the face of video showing a woman saving her own life with a gun.

So just take that little datum right there, that the plain and obvious truth on a video tape won't move this asshole, and apply it to every other fucking thing on his Twitter feed. The man is perfect SJW.

I'm reminded of previous posts where SJWs say retarded things about self defense. Plus Aaron. Can't forget Aaron, he's a special kinda special.

The Phantom

Thursday, January 10, 2019

But muh government!!!! Shutdown threatens "hellscape".

NBC has gone full retard today:

The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts "months or even years," as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.

 Yes friends, if the DemocRats don't make that bad orange man re-start the Great Mill of Government, we're all gonna die in Hell. No food, no water, no roof over your head.

What they're actually terrified of: the US government is shut down for 6 months, and no one notices or cares. That's got them sweating blood.

The Phantom

Monday, January 07, 2019

Gun use surges in Europe. Unexpectedly!

This article really is an example of how bad its gotten in Europe. Check this out:

Europe is still far from facing the gun prevalence and violence in Latin America or the U.S., which lead the world. World-wide civilian ownership of firearms rose 32% in the decade through 2017, to 857.3 million guns, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research project in Geneva. Europe accounts for less than 10% of the total.

The first thing to know is that the Small Arms Survey is a Leftist peacenik appendage of the UN, and pretty much everything they say is suspect. The USA did NOT lead the world in "gun violence", whatever that means.

But even using their own bent statistics, they're flipping out.

But Europe's shift has been rapid, and notable in part because of strict national restrictions. In most European countries, gun permits require thorough background checks, monitored shooting practice and tests on regulations. In Belgium, France and Germany, most registered guns may only be used at shooting ranges. Permits to bear arms outside of shooting ranges are extremely difficult to obtain.

Strict registration requirements don't account for—and may exacerbate—a surge in illegal weapons across the continent, experts say.

Europe's unregistered weapons outnumbered legal ones in 2017, 44.5 million to 34.2 million, according to the Small Arms Survey. Many illegal weapons come from one-time war zones, such as countries of the former Yugoslavia, and others are purchased online, including from vendors in the U.S.

When the Lord Mayor of Cologne told women to stop dressing slutty so the Mooselimbs would stop raping them back in 2016, a lot of people were listening. The communication was pretty clear. "Ain't nobody gonna help y'all bitches! Get off my lawn!" According to the article, both gun crime and legal gun ownership are up ~10% since then.

If the Small Arms Study says gun ownership increased 10%, you can bet it went up a lot more than that. And if they say there's 44.5 million illegal guns in Europe, you can probably add a decimal point. This despite them all having gun control since the Nazis. (Yes that's right, you NPC snowflakes, Hitler invented gun control. Easier to shove a Jew in a cattle car if he doesn't have a gun.)

Gun ownership is both expensive and tedious in Europe. The governments have done everything they could to take all the fun out of it. But despite that social and legal oppression, people are still buying them. Legally, or illegally. Gun control doesn't work,, not even in Holy Europe the land of Big Brother.

What's Trudeau want way more of? Gun control. Inevitably.

The Phantom

Oh Noes! Supreme court, Aieeeee!

There is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Ginsberg has stepped out.

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

I can tell you how much "work from home" an 85 year old lady is getting done during her recovery from lung surgery. Not a lot. The description "painful" doesn't cover it. "Agonizing" is closer, but still falls short. She'll be lucky to be able to watch TV unassisted right now, between recovering from the anesthetic and the pain killers. Expecting her to read and understand legal arguments while wasted on Oxycontin, you'd have to be a Liberal to expect that.

That means SC spokesbabe Kathy Arberg's word on the issue is... I'm going with "optimistic."

Clearly the End Times have arrived, if you're a Liberal. For Conservatives, we feel kinda bad that ol' Ruthy is having a hard time, but slightly relieved that the Law of Gravity won't be getting repealed this session. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has been heard saying gravity is racist, we were a bit concerned.

The Phantom

Friday, January 04, 2019

Apple: don't fix your phone, peasant!

Seen at Slashdot and at Instapundit, this datum should inform your choice for your next phone. You'll have to decide if you want to pay a thousand bucks for a phone that can't be repaired.

The lengthy [Apple shareholder] letter cites, specifically, that people are buying fewer iPhones because they are repairing their old ones. Apple has long fought efforts that would make iPhones easier to repair: It has lobbied against right to repair efforts in several states, doesn't sell iPhone replacement parts, sued an independent repair professional in Norway, worked with Amazon to get iPhone and MacBook refurbishers kicked off Amazon Marketplace, and has deals with electronics recyclers that require them to shred iPhones and MacBooks (as opposed to allowing them to be refurbished.) The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, has seized iPhone replacement parts from prominent right to repair activists in the United States.

[...] Apple has never clearly articulated why it doesn't want people to fix their own iPhones or to have independent experts repair them. It has previously said that iPhones are "too complex" for users to repair them, even though replacing a battery is pretty easy and is done by average users all the time. But the fact that repair hurts Apple's bottom line came out in Cook's official communication with shareholders, who he is legally obligated to tell the truth to.

Now, we all knew this at some visceral sort of level. Down deep in your heart, you could feel that Apple did not want you to fix that iPhone. They don't sell repair parts, right? I can get repair parts for almost anything from a shovel to a big-screen TV. I can certainly get parts for my Samsung phone. But not an iPhone. And why couldn't you even open an iPhone without all kinds of specialized knowledge and tools? Because they wanted you to give up and buy a new one.

We have also seen that Apple really and truly was slowing down older phones and iPads. You didn't imagine it, it was slower. Which would have been okay-ish, I suppose, if they hadn't done it in secret. Which they certainly did.

I've seen a few generations of these phones taken apart. They are -shoddy- inside. Things like wifi antennas break because they are made of super thin plastic and stuck on with hot-melt glue like a kid's craft project. The phone gets hot, the glue softens, and the antenna wanders out of its socket. Or the plastic perishes and the teensy-tiny little ribbon wires break. Engineers don't do things like that by accident. They know it will break. But more than that, they know -when- it will break.

Back in the 1970s with the Ford Pinto we all learned a new term: planned obsolescence. This is a business maneuver where a company designs a traditionally durable-good product, like a car, dishwasher, phone, electric motor or what have you, with a deliberately limited lifespan. The Ford Pinto was famous because it rusted out in four-to-five years, and would go on fire in low-speed collisions.  Ford made it that way to maximize profit by minimizing production and material costs. They calculated that it would be cheaper to pay off potential lawsuits than build the car properly. And, they knew it would be easier to buy a new car than fix the rusty one.

Tim Cook and company in the Apple leadership seem to have remembered the planned obsolescence part, but they forgot the part where Ford nearly went bankrupt from the class-action lawsuits over corrosion and exploding cars killing people. The company was served with murder charges, which nearly sent the Ford corner-office guys to jail in 1980.

Lately we've seen a big advertising push from Apple that their next-gen 10-s phones will last longer, to be more environmentally friendly.

Sure. I believe those boys care about the environment. Because their failed attempt to make the phones legally unrepairable would have nothing to do with that, right?

Note to read-until-offended Lefties: When I say that Silicon Valley Liberals are a bunch of lying assholes who do not mean a single word they say, this type of thing above is why. Tim Cook, for sure, does not care a single damn about the environment, or Diversity!!!, or anything other than the almighty dollar. Just turn the sound off and watch what he does.

UPDATE: It seems Apple has finally discovered that humans don't like being spied on.

My thoughts on this parallel my thoughts on Tim Cook's ecology crusade. Their whole business model is built on iPhones tracking their owner's movements and interests. They make more out of selling that data to advertisers than they make out of selling the phones.

Seeing that sign makes me giggle. What happens on your iPhone gets transmitted to Cupertino every ten seconds.

To be fair, Android is no better. The only difference between them is the location of the server farms. But please, lets not pretend Apple gives a good Goddamn about your privacy. They're the reason you don't have any.

Thursday, January 03, 2019


Well well, looks like Bernie Sanders is about to get a taste of the #MeToo lash.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition as some of his 2016 campaign staffers face allegations of sexual harassment that threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins.
Hours after a New York Times report detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on his first campaign, Sanders apologized late Wednesday "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately."
"Of course, if I run again, we will do better next time," Sanders told CNN.
Yet there were immediate signs that the allegations, which did not directly involve Sanders, could hurt the self-described democratic socialist's 2020 ambitions in the midst of the #MeToo era. In the wake of the report, some Democratic activists and operatives complained about the aggressive culture during the first campaign when male staffers and supporters were sometimes labeled "Bernie bros."

Scratch a Commie, find a pervert. They're like hogs and mud.

While it would be -hilarious- to see BernBern dragged through the same knot hole as Kavanaugh and Roy Moore, we all know how this works. We only #BelieveTheWoman when the accused is Republican/Conservative. When the accused is a DemocRat/Liberal, the woman is a lying bitch even if she has a blue dress with a sperm sample on it. Bernie could be a Furry in his off time and we will never, ever, hear a word about it.

Which, frankly, is why I do not read newspapers or watch television. The only time "news" impinges on my sphere of attention is when I need to fact-check some atrocious lie or disinformation campaign. Like this one.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapunditeers, and thank you Sarah Hoyt for the linkosity! Flying monkey airforce, ATTTAAAAAAACK!!!

Southern Poverty Law Center getting sued for a change.

I'm familiar with this SPLC group because of their activity in liberal gun control policy and propaganda. I'm used to seeing them being not even wrong on a wide variety of issues. Generally I expect to see 2+2=Aardvark from them.

But lately, since the Fall of Hillary (aka the election), they've been getting excitable. Net result, they're getting sued.

In December 2018, a Baltimore lawyer filed a devastating lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two of its employees. The SPLC targeted Glen Keith Allen over his former ties to the National Alliance (NA), a white nationalist group. In doing so, the liberal group allegedly violated laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and then paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements. The group went after Allen with the intent of getting him fired by the city of Baltimore and permanently destroying his future prospects.
In August 2016, the SPLC published an article branding Allen a "neo-Nazi lawyer" and insinuating that this lawyer's work for the city of Baltimore was racist. Beirich, the article's author, smeared a small political party as racist and then published allegedly stolen documents protected by confidentiality agreements connecting Allen to the National Alliance.

The lawsuit is not only about defamation, it also includes documents stolen by paid SPLC informants.

Why care about some neo-Nazi lawyer? Where's the beef?

Its Soviet censorship, being done by private companies and an NGO supported by private money.

Its funny to see the same Lefties who never stop moaning about McCarthyism doing stuff that would have made McCarthy blush. Stolen documents, paid informants, the lawsuit allegations read like a Cold War spy novel.

The Phantom

Tuesday, January 01, 2019