1. Facebook Conduct I Could Do Without Dept. A friend who happens also to be on Facebook just posted his opinion about a matter and added, “If you don’t agree, don’t respond, just unfriend me.” I’m tempted to unfriend him for that. What a cowardly, lazy, arrogant stunt.
2. He’s also dead wrong in his opinion, which has to do with this “good illegal immigrant” news item. My friend thinks that the wife of a Marine should get a pass despite being in violation of immigration laws because her husband served his country. I don’t disagree with the principle he’s espousing, but it’s not the law. If there should be law that gives some kind of leniency to the spouses of military personnel, then draft it, debate it, and pass it. The Marine fought for a nation of laws, not a nation where law enforcement makes up the laws as it goes along. This was the Obama approach: we just won’t enforce the laws against this particular group of law-breaker that we like.
3. How dumb can “cultural appropriation” complaints get? This dumb:
In women’s mag “Marie Claire,” Krystyna Chávez argues that deciding to pluck your eyebrows so that they are very thin is “cultural appropriation.” writing that she was was horrified when she saw a photo of Rihanna with her new, skinny eyebrows. Chávez writes in a piece titled “I’m Latina, and I Find Rihanna’s Skinny Brows Problematic.” Unfortunately, as Katherine Timpf points out, a Louisiana State University student named Lynn Bunch wrote an op-ed last year declaring that thick eyebrows that cultural appropriation:
Boy, the outbreak of such serious statements of idiotic opinions makes me feel unsafe…because I’m afraid that I am surrounded by lunatics, in a culture that is encouraging warped values and reasoning to such an extent that for a disturbing number of Americans, no idea sets off the Stupid Alarms.
I may have to start a sister blog…
4. And you thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was silly.New York-based UMA Health, an online mental health marketplace, is providing free, confidential therapy sessions to Mets fans who are in emotional turmoil as a result of the team’s disappointing season, which cratered is last week’s 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, the worst loss in Mets history—yes, even worse than any of the embarrassing drubbing the team received in its first, horrible season in 1962, when “the Amazin’ Mets” lost a record 120 games.
UMA says its tongue in cheek promotion is meant to bring attention to the important role of therapy, and to eliminate the stigma of going to a therapist.
That’s odd: I think the promotion does the opposite, suggesting that therapy is self-indulgent, useless, useless bunk, which it too often is. I have an amusing personal story that explains my bias here, which I will leave for another time. If something is important your profession is to enlighten the world about its benefits, however, is it competent to promote it like this?
5. You can’t make this stuff up. Most fact-checking is partisan spin in the form that purports to be objective analysis—you know, like Snopes. In this installment by one of the Washington Post’s junior factcheckers (at least Glenn Kessler tries to be fair…well, sometimes he does) Aaron Blake challenges Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement that members of the news media said that she “should be choked”:
Nobody advocated for Sanders being choked. This, like the Rubin example, again relies on a quite uncharitable version of events from conservative media. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace (whose show I have appeared on, full disclosure) didn’t call for choking Sanders, but instead asked a reporter if she ever wanted to “wring” Sanders’s neck out of frustration. Wallace apologized for the choice of words, which again was hardly a call to action.
This tell-tale garbage in every way. “Wring” means “to squeeze or twist.” To squeeze or twist someone’s neck would be to choke him (or her). The term to “wring one’s neck” is an idiom, meaning that someone is angry at someone else, just as the statement “I could strangle her!” is not usually meant literally. However, it is not a factually false for Sanders to say that Wallace said that she should be choked. What is ironic about this is that the media’s factcheckers and other journalists usually employ the reverse philosophy when doing their “resistance” best to impugn Sanders’ boss. They love to pretend that he’s speaking literally when they and everyone else knows that his “lies’ are typical Trumpian hyperbole, trolling jokes, approximations and word clouds. When candidate said the “Second Amendment people” would have a say about one of Clinton’s policies, we were told that he was calling for her to be shot…you know, like Wallace was suggesting Sanders should be “choked.”
Second, if Wallace was not suggesting violence, why did she apologize? Something is either a fact or it isn’t. Blake is saying, “Nobody said that Sanders should be chokes, and besides, she apologized! If it didn’t happen, then the apology is irrelevant. This isn’t factchecking, its defending the “team.”
Finally, Blake simpers to the conclusion, that the comment was “hardly a call to action.” Sanders stated, relatively accurately, what a reporter said, not what the reporter meant.
Verdict: biased hackery.
5. I’m sure it’s just me but I find commercials that are based on the idea that cannibalism is hilarious creepy. First we had Mr. Potato Head catching Mrs. Potato Head eating Pringles (“But…you’re a potato!”) and now this:
I know it’s ick, not ethics, but still…ick.
6. Goldfish owner ethics. It’s a simple rule, really: don’t have an animal as a pet without first learning some basic facts about that animal. Some morons get St. Bernard puppies and then abandon them because “they get too big.” Then there are the goldfish owners who know nothing about the species—the fish are carp–and the fact that they tend to grow to match the room they have to do so. The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife recently reminded the state’s dimmer citizens of the dangers of goldfish dumping, after pulling 31 goldfish between 6 and 11 inches at Roush Lake, near Huntington, earlier this summer. In a Facebook post, the department wrote,
The little fish “breed prolifically with other orphaned goldfish and Common Carp, becoming easily detrimental to a body of water. They can overpopulate and outcompete native fish throwing the food chain off balance, decrease diversity and allow opportunities for other invasive species….Please rethink the responsibility of owning a goldfish and what to do with it when it becomes too much to take care of. You will be doing your native fish and water bodies a huge service by doing so!”