The “Hello, Friday! I Thought You’d Never Come!” Open Forum

Robinson and Friday

I was looking for Robinson Crusoe and Friday illustrations, and boy, if they thought that Teddy Roosevelt statue that’s they’re taking down in New York City radiated white supremacy, they hadn’t checked out Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece lately. Is that novel ever read in school any more? (It’s a terrific novel, and one of my Dad’s favorites…and he read everything.) With “To Kill A Mockingbird” being banned in some schools, I wonder how much literature will be sacrificed to political correctness and The Great Stupid. And how many pop culture nuggets…I was alternately amused then shocked to hear the 1957 Australian goof “Tie Me Kangaroo Down” played on Sirius XM, for the song is hilarious as well as racially insensitive to the max with this verse (remember that the song purports to quote the last requests of an old Aussie stockman on his deathbed):

Let me Abos go loose, Bruce

Let me Abos go loose

They’re of no further use, Bruce

So let me Abos go loose!

I just checked:one of the lyrics websites excised that verse while claiming that it was printing the whole song.

But I digress. Write about anything you want, as long as it has an ethics theme…

15 thoughts on “The “Hello, Friday! I Thought You’d Never Come!” Open Forum

  1. Is it ethical for me to spread what I think is the most accurate definition of the 21st Century Social Justice Warrior to the ends of the Earth?

    21st Century Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s): 21st Century Social Justice Warriors are individual people, a group of people, or an organization that blindly promotes, or virtue signals, socially progressive ideology regardless of truth, facts or logic. 21st Century Social Justice Warriors seem to believe that the ends justify the means and that the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all flawed because of who wrote them and antiquated because of how long ago they were written; the actual contents of the documents appear to be completely irrelevant to 21st Century Social Justice Warriors except for their very broad view of their own rights, as in rights for me but not for thee.

    Personally, I think 21st Century Social Justice Warriors are a very special kind of stupid.

  2. Recently, the County of Los Angeles reinstated an indoor mask mandate

    On the subs r/Coronavirus and r/LosAngeles, people were blaming anti0vaxxers for this, calling the selfish (while avoiding assigning any responsibility, let alone blame, to the county health department)

    So I was wondering. What was the vaccination rate of the previous pandemic? Was it 90%? 80% Or even only 60%?

    The answer was 25%

    http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20100401/1-in-4-americans-got-swine-flu-vaccine

    For the state of California, it was even lower, at 21%. By sharp contrast, the overall COVID-19 vaccination rate in Los Angeles County is about 60%.

    Why were so many people hesitant about the swine flu vaccine? Were they ethics dunces? Were they selfish people who did not care if they action killed others? Should the swine flu vaccine been mandated? Should vaccine passports been enforced back then?

  3. An astute EA commenter pointed out this story nearly a year ago: St. Anthony of Fauci underwrote the Wuhan Virology Institute’s efforts to enhance the transmissibility of the Wuhan Virus despite such research having been banned by the U.S. government. It now appears there was a cover up:

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/14/dr-faucis-emails-tell-the-story-of-panic-lies-and-a-possible-cover-up/

    Of course, this article will be slimed as a GOP “conspiracy theory,” but it’s starting to make some sense. These experts evidently knew the virus was highly transmissible because they’d paid to have it engineered to be highly transmissible. I always wondered why all the masks and social distancing and quaranteening hoopla. Now we know. These dopes knew what they were dealing with because of this God damned, snazzy, I believe in SCIENCE! research they’d funded and then not watched closely. Du-oh!

    Their unethical incompetence has been compounded by their unethical lying about it. Nice work gang. I hope you all rot in hell.

    • That’s certainly part of it, but I also subscribe to the theory that it went like this: it originated in China, so the rest of the world looked to China to see how to react. China was in the midst of struggling to quell unrest in Hong Kong, Taiwan was not shutting up like they were supposed to, and people were starting to notice the concentration camps, too. China took the opportunity to Shut. It. All. Down. And then everyone watching either said “oh, no, it’s terrible! Shut it down!” Or “how much control can we get here? Shut it down!”

      • I remember reading that awful guy in England was quoted saying, “The Chinese locked down an entire city. We’d never even thought of doing anything like that. But if they could do it, why couldn’t we?” Leaving out, of course, any consideration as to whether it was efficacious or even a good idea for any number of reasons.

  4. I just checked:one of the lyrics websites excised that verse while claiming that it was printing the whole song.

    Did it say what recording it was based on? Whoever compiled the lyrics may have faithfully transcribed that version without any knowledge of other version containing the offending lyrics.

      • I can imagine the major domo who ran and essentially owned the big firm I worked in saying, on his death bed, “Let all my ‘partners’ and associates free. They’re of no further use to me.” Big deal.

        • And aren’t these just English/Aussie pub/beer hall drinking songs? “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, but she doesn’t have a lot to say.” “I’m ‘Enery the Eighth I am….” A step away from folk art.

  5. Speaking of literature being banned, Word Press has repeatedly not allowed me to post my comment about publishing. So, I’ll try to post this, and then I’ll try to comment on my own post and see how that works.

    • In the WSJ today, “Notable & Quotable,” attention was called to the fact that the American Bookseller’s Association said in April that Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community “in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. That was followed immediately by this statement from the Association: “An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members. This is a serious, violent incident … .”
      I was struck a shattering blow by this use of the word ‘violent’. I nearly went ballistic, but, to be brutally honest, I thought maybe the bookseller organization was using overkill as their way of kicking around an idea. I knew they were straight shooters, and although their ‘apology’ burned me, I didn’t think they were trying to set the world on fire, nor gunning for trouble, so, I thought I’d take a shot at trying to understand them. Turns out they had fired out an email, so I could see they had not actually crushed anyone with a ton of books. I knew “silence=violence” but, now, words=violence? Books=violence??!!??
      I was tempted to rally the troops and go after this with guns a-blazin’, but I didn’t want this whole thing to blow up in my face, so I decided instead to keep my powder dry as I took a stab at what they really were saying. Alas, I gave it my best shot, but language usage is a moving target, and when push came to shove, I realized I would have to pick my battles, roll with the punches and deep-six my curiosity. I was beaten. Literally.

    • Nope. Didn’t work. On the earlier attempts to post, Word Press said it was a duplicate post, but if it is, then the first one is well hidden (from me, at least). My attempt to post it as a reply to my brief comment “Speaking of Literature” it just did not post and did not offer any reason.
      So, here it is, as an add on:

      In the WSJ today, “Notable & Quotable,” attention was called to the fact that the American Bookseller’s Association said in April that Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community “in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. That was followed immediately by this statement from the Association: “An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members. This is a serious, violent incident … .”
      I was struck a shattering blow by this use of the word ‘violent’. I nearly went ballistic, but, to be brutally honest, I thought maybe the bookseller organization was using overkill as their way of kicking around an idea. I knew they were straight shooters, and although their ‘apology’ burned me, I didn’t think they were trying to set the world on fire, nor gunning for trouble, so, I thought I’d take a shot at trying to understand them. Turns out they had fired out an email, so I could see they had not actually crushed anyone with a ton of books. I knew “silence=violence” but, now, words=violence? Books=violence??!!??
      I was tempted to rally the troops and go after this with guns a-blazin’, but I didn’t want this whole thing to blow up in my face, so I decided instead to keep my powder dry as I took a stab at what they really were saying. Alas, I gave it my best shot, but language usage is a moving target, and when push came to shove, I realized I would have to pick my battles, roll with the punches and deep-six my curiosity. I was beaten. Literally.

      • It’s up. When that happens, its almost always a WP spam glitch. I’m so sorry—I saw three versions of the post when I checked. You should email me whenever that happens. I was more than a little distracted yesterday and couldn’t monitor EA as much as usual. That’s so frustrating. Again, I apologize.

        • Thanks, Jack, and no apology needed. Now it IS up twice. 🙂 I was about to email you but figured I’d try some other things first and got it in as part of a different comment. WP is fun!

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