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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.

Craft Beer Gets Its 10 Commandments

The Everyone Welcome Initiative

This is one of those pieces where you have an internal debate about whether you wish to write about something or not because this only exists inside a very small world, for now at least and this one world is the beer bubble

But I suppose forewarned is forearmed and as I would never miss the opportunity to castigate threats to free speech and free thought I may as well have at it.

First read on the Manchester Beer Week website about being the launch of a “diversity manifesto” I wondered what the audience would be like…

So diverse…

It’s almost like they had to bus in white people from that there London, Liverpool and Sheffield just to bump up the attendance.

Anyway, that is an easy shot, that it took place at Fairfield Social Club, a place where hipster racism exists in God’s own image should have been a clue.

“But what is wrong with the 10 Commandments?” I hear you cry, “you’ve mentioned it in the title, get on with your point. I can’t see anything wrong with rules which are basic common sense and good human behaviour.”

No.  This is true.  Taking Commandments 6 to 10 most seem logical.  Given this is the bible; it is amazing that people leading up to its writing and publication weren’t just murdering and robbing each other because they had no set of rules (holy or otherwise) to follow.  That there were enough people around to write this stuff it’s fair to say that a great many people have a certain innate morality.  Perhaps we should credit that to our supposed creator(s) too but what is life without actually written rules and therefore surely there is nothing wrong with this manifesto?

Rules are about control.

The infantalise those that feel compelled to follow them and therefore the followers feel compelled to compel others.

My main wondering is how far this goes.  No compulsion, but are we then suppose to think that all venues not displaying this list are horrible, evil, squalid places?

Any place that doesn’t have these rules won’t have them because, they will think they are bollocks, they don’t care and they are quite open enough as it is but mainly because those that wrote them and the acolytes that adhere to them, won’t and would never have gone in those places in the first place.

Woke CAMRA of Bolton were quick to get in on the act…

Makes you wonder if this CAMRA branch will actively boycott pubs and bars that don’t display these rules, other than the 10 pubs of their area they actually bother about.

Long live the beer schism.

 

Much like the 10 Commandments, the first 5 about an all-powerful yet strangely paranoid and vindictive God.  That this initiative sets it stall out, before its rules, by actually talking about it NOT being snowflakey, PC-gone-mad and virtue signalling all seems quite self-evident about the actual intentions.  Me thinks the authors doth protest too much.

More than anything, this sets up businesses and their employees as those beholden with the keys to kingdom.  An army of poorly trained and at the very least completely oblivious workers who now have to police what people say and how they act.  It is a sham and an absolute nonsense.

It creates borders and boundaries, it creates individual groups and sets them off against each other in some faux war that apparently needs to be won in the name of bringing people together.

In the Koran (like all religious texts, rip offs of each other), it state that there is “no compulsion in religion” – which is cool, until the ultra-orthodox play the convert or die card.  Just like gay-conversion therapy and other shit, zealots of every stripe are the ones to be wary of.

Then again I would say all this; I’m an alt-righter, a privileged man, with white skin, scared that his controlling patriarchy is collapsing.

Meh, we can all play the victim card if we choose, some are better at it than others and the really good ones can make money from it.

It plays into a bigger part of the so-called “culture wars” (wars, again, everything is about fighting).  Growing up life used to simply be about; believe what you want, just don’t let it interfere with anyone else’s life.

It seems that those that preach secularisation of religion seemingly need to replace one belief system with another, their lives unable to function without rules and an orthodoxy to follow.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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

Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed…

“…And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!”

-Mr. Charrington, Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

The happiest days of my life were in infants and primary school (ages 5-11).  It was a time of fun, of basic understanding, of being able to be a child, of not being bullied, of manic cartoons on TV and of learning new words, especially the “naughty” ones.

This is Cheetara…

She was a ThunderCat (and probably the cause of many predilections of the phenomenon known today as a Furry).

She was also the cause of one of the few times I got into trouble with teachers at primary school.  I decided to dub here, with a new swear word I’d heard, Shitara.

This was shared only amongst a small number of my peer group, no harm was done.

Until someone told the teacher and I had to do lines as penance from knowing and using a rude word in class.

By the time I’d reach secondary school and was in my final year studying for exams so would come the next time I’d get lines for using a four-letter word.

Or a few four-letter words.

While a mate of mine kept taking stuff out of my pencil-case and throwing them at others in class; I proclaimed, in perfect timing just as the level of the classroom dropped, “leave it alone, you fucking cunt.”

The teacher, whom I thought out of class at the time, rose from behind a high bench and thus I was duly punished.

Lines, by the way, for those that don’t know, are akin to what Bart Simpson writes out at the start of every episode.

The point of these above stories is you really have to know your audience and your surroundings.

 

Exeter University student explains racist message revelation

Arsalan Motavali acted in an extremely cowardly and underhand way but is now a much-lauded member of the ever growing group of thought police that Mr. Charrington in George Orwell’s 1984 was a part of.

To be honest, if you were in a group with a load of people you didn’t know 100% you are pretty stupid to post stuff that is going to offend people, so I don’t really have any sympathy for those expelled by the university except for the fact that the actions that lead to their expulsion is a complete assault on free speech and free thought.

You’d think that if people were saying things that were offensive to you, you might what to call them out on it first, challenge them.  But Arsalan left the group.  He walked away.  That should have been the end of it.

But Mr. Motavali; seeking brownie points, got a few of his colleagues together and then, a few months later, such was the pressing nature of the crime, sought to publicly shame the offenders and thereby the university into taking action.

Given this man his badge for the Thinkpol and let him join Minitru, he is a strong and courageous citizen.

 

The Whatsapp groups I’m in with my friends work on what could be considered to be Mutually Assured Destruction.  In today’s society, what we post is intended to amuse and shock each other.  The misguided and hate filled out there would probably call it displays of “toxic masculinity,” really it is just friends talking, banter if you must, a way of brightening up the day.

But above all, it is a private conversation.

The thoughts, views and jokes told in the threads do not reflect the real life thoughts and behaviours of those involved in it, I can guarantee that, as much as I can probably say the same about those punished by Exeter University.

But we now live in a country where what is said and what is typed can lead to let alone imbalanced but completely unnecessary punishment.

There is a time and a place to say things but there is never a time and a place to think things, that is the beauty of private thought and sadly that is what some want to change.  The slippery slope is paved with good, offensive jokes.

Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead.

 

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