Today in Craft Beer Wut – @CraftBeerCommie

So a follow up to my piece on Mad Hatter Brewing

There isn’t really much to say about this person other than I hope that it is a parody…

 

Simply because moaning about the state of anything while you have a hammer and sickle as part of your identity really does smack of either parody or a total and wholesale lack of historical as well as self awareness.

Coming up next, the @craftbeerfascist – if only the swastika was as prevalent an emoji but then I suppose if you did that, even ironically, most people in the beer world would avoid you rather than openly engaging.

It takes all sorts I suppose.

 

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Kleenex bins ‘Mansize’ tissues

Loads of PR from this gimmick.

Waitrose to rename ‘sexist’ sandwich after protest by feminist campaigner

Loads of PR from this gimmick and the sad desperate career of the original moaner.

Keira Knightley bans daughter from watching some Disney films

Loads of PR from this gimmick and good to see the spirit of Mary Whitehouse never left us.

I’ve written about this nonsense before.  The cult of intersectionality.

People will moan about identity issue that really don’t affect anyone.  Those being complained at will capitulate and then the next line will be drawn, ready to be stomped all over in the name of a very authoritarian equality.

It will all lead to everyone who worships at its alter to eat themselves but they’ll do plenty of damage before hand.

It is a very sad state of affairs that I’ve touched on numerous times within the beer world and in general

But these stories keep cropping up…

Transgender first for Australian football as Hannah Mouncey is accepted

Transgender woman Rachel McKinnon wins cycling world championship

You do wonder when women how have/are transitioning to men will be applying and be winning things in male category sports.

But in the name of authoritarian equality…

Hostility to men…could become hate crime

And then everyone is a victim and everyone is a criminal.

 

 

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Schadenfreude vs Principles – Part 2 – Graham Linehan

Part 1

I’ve written about Count Dankula and his court trial before.  The trial itself became a lightning rod on twitter with the schism between what is and isn’t free speech becoming as blurred as the lines between common sense and hysteria as well as the old left/right political paradigm.

One of Dankula’s biggest detractors, going so far as to call him Cunt Dankula was Graham Linehan, writer of the glorious Father Ted (with Arthur Matthews) and contributor to Brass Eye and The Day Today (again, with Arthur Matthews).

Such was the shock that greeted Linehan’s response to the Dankula case; because there is a very stable Venn diagram whereby people are entertained by both artists works, that some speculated that Arthur Matthews was the one that wrote everything and Linehan was just the ego that sold it all.

To be fair there were quite a few comedians who not only didn’t speak up in defence of Dankula and comedy as a whole but did actively berate his actions but Linehan was the most vocal, such was his need to show his allegiance to the left, the progressives and generally anyone who thinks jokes are dangerous and should be censored and those that don’t agree are Nazis, fascists or the “alt-right.”

Linehan towed this line, while at the same time giving short shrift to a trans activist whom he was engaged in a war of words with.

His main infraction, apart from apparent doxxing by both parties, was referring to the now she as the former’s he persona.

A complaint was made to West Yorkshire police.  The same West Yorkshire Police that fail to investigate’ nearly half of reported offences.

Anyway in the end, Linehan was given a warning for expressing an opinion.

Graham Linehan given police warning after complaint by transgender activist (Guardian Link)

He twitter account is currently locked.

The (no pun intended) rainbow of intersectionality that accompanies equal rights, women’s rights, transgender rights and all manner of everything in between is confusing.  If you just read the defence employed by Linehan in the Guardian link above the language is just as confusing, it is almost as if it was by design that these things were that opaque that offence is bound to be taken by anyone at some point.

It is quite simple to change your opinion of the right of free speech for all but sometimes people are so far down a rabbit hole it is hard to see how far from the light you actually gone.

And in this day and age of likes, followers and retweets, sometimes people will sell out their own beliefs just to tell those that hang on their every word, what they think they want to hear.

In the end, if you are willing to deny someone the right to an opinion and the right to voice that opinion simply because you disagree with it, then expect your very same rights to be curtailed in the very same way and no manner of flag waving for any “side” will save you.

 

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ConCERN – Identity Politics in Science

I was going to write this post a few months back, based on the news of Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell donating her £2.3 million award for a science prize to

…fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.

In fact this blog has been half way in the making ever since 2014 when #shirtstorm kicked off and Dr Matt Taylor was forced to apologise for some clothing he wore that offended the new puritans among us.

Clothing made by a female friend of his, clothing you can view here

It irritated me as a scientist (by education and trade).  Granted my science background is chemistry because I’ll never understand physics (I’m not clever enough and I hate maths) and I really should have gone further with biology instead but you make your choices based on your first influences and even though my grandma wanted to go to Uni to do physics (the family couldn’t afford it), it was my AC/DC-loving chemistry teacher that suckered me into that particular branch of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths*)  subjects.

As I went through all levels of education and the into employment within the (chemical) science field one thing that was apparent, not that it mattered or was something to even be cared about, was that there was a pretty good mix of men and women around me.  Yes, there was also a fair representation, per capita at least, of ethnic minorities too but this piece is more about gender balance as I’ve experienced it.

You could argue that; apart from my maleness and straightness, coming from a poor/working-class, single-parent household I had certain disadvantages in getting any further.  Possibly more so back when I was trying, now it is just used for political gain and to flood universities with people who really shouldn’t and don’t need to be there given the amount of shit and pointless degrees there are out there these days, but then again university education is now a business, but I digress.

Back then, none of this mattered…

What made the difference is that I

  • had a particular aptitude for science
  • had a particular level of intelligence required to pass exams and get the necessary grades
  • could work hard, when I wanted/needed to

And most importantly of all…

  • I really wanted to do science

Which leads us to Cern scientist Alessandro Strumia being suspended after comments he made relating to sexism in physics.

I’m not a fan of identity politics.  I’m not a fan of victim mentality.  What we have here is a failure to communicate and a certain level of chicken-and-egg nonsense.

The only thing I have to contribute to this typical modern day shit storm is that no amount of money will change either the gender or racial balance of people in science.

People go into science….

….because they want to go into science.

You have to have aptitude and intelligence and drive and a love for the subject, the same as any vocation and as with anything, the cream will rise.

Are there prejudice people in science?  Well as a reflection of society it would be the case that the probability is high.

But science is as science does and it doesn’t matter who does it.  It just is.

Science is just there; waiting to be discovered, or proved, or even disproved and the waters really need to stop being muddied by identity politics co-opted by people with really shit and pointless degrees and nothing of value to give back to society themselves.

 

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*Maths, not math, of all the Americanisms I read and hear, that is the one I’m most annoyed by.

A Brewery Gets Woke…Now Going Broke…

In writing this piece I will probably expose who I was talking about in the quoted piece below, meh, so be it.  In fact if you didn’t know who I was writing about back then, you will pretty much gather who it is if you’d have paid enough attention to Manchester’s brewing/twitter bollocks over the last few years.

 

2014

Start brewery in a Piccadilly archway brewing a very niche style of beers.  Employ one renowned blogger to handle PR (twitter) while you brew.

2015

Get Woke.

Complain about offensive t-shirt at Manchester Beer Festival.  Take over PR of brewery.

Employ and release a few people for various reasons.

Try and control “Piccadilly Beer Mile” and in effect Manchester beer scene but run up against both sensible people/brewers and someone who can be an even bigger virtue signalling fool than you can be.

Get into a spat with a bloke from London who is in Manchester for a while.  Maybe police were involved, maybe they weren’t.  What larks, eh Pip?

2016

Warn that offensive t-shirts should not be at Manchester Beer Festival (they aren’t but you’ve set a precedent to virtue signal so you’ve got to play the game).

Employ and release a few people for various reasons.

Hint that Tesco has approached you to sell your cans, simply so you can signal how you won’t be signing up.

Continue beer sexism rants on twitter.

Further alienate customer base and others within the brewing world.

Call for the assassination of Trump

2017

Employ and release a few people for various reasons.

Continue beer sexism rants on twitter.

Further alienate customer base and others within the brewing world.

2018

Continue beer sexism rants on twitter.

Harass all stockists of Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde.

Employ and release a few people for various reasons but mainly because they are men.  Then employ women with now proven experience of commercial brewing.

Slag off lager.

Slag off local newspaper in a battle of the brain-trusts.

Launch crowd funder. Always a sure sign.

2019

If you make it this far, I’ll be surprised.

Go Broke.

 

Disclaimer: All time lines are non-specific and everything else is gossip.  None of this is personal, this piece is merely a warning.  If you aren’t of a significant business size to be woke, you are in no sensible financial position to draw your lines so deep in the sand as to not be able to come out the other side with your business still intact.

 

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Attention Beer Bloggers – Article 13

Granted, I’m not really a blogger solely about beer any more but if this piece is to reach those circles I used to rotate in then let this be the equivalent of a bat signal.

Basically, and as balanced as I can relay the information as I understand it, Article 13 is a poorly drafted piece of legislation that could in effect make us bloggers, bloggers about anything for that matter, have to pay to link to news stories we are commenting on.

Eh?

There could also be monetary exchanges required to even use some else’s intellectual property that has been transformed enough to deem it, as is currently allowed, acceptable use.  In other words, you won’t be able to make satirical, parody or even comment on anything based on songs, films, another blog and anything else without it possibly being censored.

More information below.

I’d appreciate if those that still may be on twitter can push this around said beer circles, just to highlight possible future problems.

Link 1

Link 2

The Petition

Contact your MEP

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Free Speech – A Thoroughly Modern Liberal Problem

This piece was promoted by a comment on a previous piece about free speech.

I would be interested to hear your views on whether you think the Free Speech Crusade has a bit of an image problem at the moment. I’m referring to all the free speech banners being waved at this weekend’s ‘Football Lads Alliance’ March in London. Not much digging is required before you discover this lot are a load of knuckle dragging far right racists. Yet again, as per the recent ‘Nazi Pug’ business there’s a direct link between the issues you raise and infamous chancer ‘Tommy Robinson’.

Now this is not an attack on the poster of this comment but it is a rebuttal of the malaise that current liberals and “the left” seem to have with what free speech actually is.

Or Freeze Peach as some unfunny, condescending twats have taken to calling it.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This comment perfectly encapsulates the general patronisation that the issue of free speech has reached with some on the political left (of which I still count myself a part of).

The points in this comment are:

Image Problem – Image would suggest ownership.  No one owns free speech and that is the main point, it is for anyone and everyone.  To wish to attach an image to it is nefarious and rather transparent, as the rest of the comment goes on to nail home.

Crusade – this, on its own is not a terrible descriptor but taken with the other points in the comment the referencing to a religious (and as some would undoubtedly suggest, racial) war is not lost.  That religion is still one of the biggest opponents of free speech should be noted.

Football Lads Alliance March – this is inaccurate, see further points.

Not much digging – well indeed not much at all if, as I suspect you probably just read a few headlines (which were actually changed) from the failed Independent and failing Guardian newspaper websites and they will simply confirm your own bias.

Far-right racists – they were there, most types of people were there but hey just focus on one fraction of the attendees.

Tommy Robinson – see also, Football Lads Alliance March.  Basically this whole comment could have been condensed to:

“Tommy Robinson (whatever his real name is, ho ho ho ) was there and therefore this free speech thing is only a thing so racists can insult Muslims.”

That the march was reported as being a gathering of the “alt-right” or even “far-right” was enough evidence of the general lack of comprehension that some have about the actual event.  But that labelling has a purpose and that is to undermine free speech.

What currently sums up the attitude to this event and the chastisement of free speech in general is the treatment of Vanity Von Glow.

Because merely being a drag queen and appearing at this event can see you shunned by the apparent liberal and free thinking sections of society.  You do have to wonder whose knuckles are actually dragging on the ground.

 

In other related news, subject to a 3 month public consultation, the Sentencing Council for England and Wales has drafted changes to public order offences, including anyone perceived as targeting online a “protected characteristics” including “race; sex; disability; age; sexual orientation; religion or belief; pregnancy and maternity; and gender reassignment.”

People convicted of hate crimes could get harsher sentences if they have large number of social media followers

Police threaten to arrest Facebook users after ‘tiny drugs bust’ mocked

 

One final point; if we are going to do the “guilt by association” trope, then allow me to introduce you to Richard Spencer.  Who is, even in my mind, far-right in the true sense of the word and more importantly a white supremacist.  This is what he had to say about the lefty-maligned “Day of Freedom”

So for me, if I’m being accused of guilty by association then let it be with Tommy Robinson, a Nazi pug and a drag queen; the rest of you can bunk up with with your actual fascist bedfellows.

Nighty night.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

No I don’t know what is going on with the font.