Batmancer

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Batmancer,

Lol. That’s exactly what I said as soon as I saw the title. It’s one of the many lines of various shows I say to make myself laugh.

Batmancer,

Well that sucks. I like a lot of Dave Chappelle’s comedy and I remember in the special I had watched it a couple or few years ago he was talking about how members of the trans community expressed their thoughts to him as that he was punching down and he ended it with saying he would stop because the trans community is busy fighting for their rights to exist and until he was sure that “we are all laughing together”. I thought that was a very admirable thing to say and for him to see the effect his commentary can cause. I guess that was just him stringing words together that sound good for the product he sells.

Batmancer,

I agree with this bit, they aren’t left and their actions benefit the right. I came upon the histories of rich white men exploiting labor forces and toxic business practices to squeeze the lower classes when I was a teenager and discovered those same kind of histories had been evolved or evolve in some circles to outright hate for white people succeeding in life as if it was their white privilege and blood money inherited wealth that carried them that far. The truth I think is yea white privilege exists but also many of those people earned their place in society by working with the opportunities life made available, trying hard in school or getting into trade work and sticking with it. Of course their are many people benefiting from inherited wealth and status of their family and I imagine many of our oligarchs in America are white. Still now is not the time for these so called leftists to start outright hating every white cisgendered man or woman they meet. It only serves the enemies of progress to do that. It wrongfully ostracizes masses of white men and the only place they have to turn is to people like Ben Shapiro or other similar talking heads telling them, “look at how the left treats us and how much they want to destroy our way of life.” The left by its principles or ideals is a place of acceptance and equality. Anyone not practicing that towards all walks of life, excluding any violent extremists, is not supporting the left and should not call themselves a leftist.

Batmancer,

I slept for 12 hours today. 1am to 1pm. Asleep for most of that time but rolled over and peaked at the clock 2 or 3 times. It was glorious.

Batmancer,

I just watched season 2 episode 2 of Star Trek TNG and this seems relevant and also I want to tell people about it cause of how cool I thought it was.

DATA: I have a question, sir. PICARD: Yes, Data. What is it? DATA: What is death? PICARD: Oh, is that all? Well, Data, you’re asking probably the most difticult of all questions. Some see it as a changing into an indestructible form, forever unchanging. They believe that the purpose of the entire universe is to then maintain that form in an Earth-like garden which will give delight and pleasure through all eternity. On the other hand, there are those who hold to the idea of our blinking into nothingness, with all our experiences, hopes and dreams merely a delusion. DATA: Which do you believe, sir? PICARD: Considering the marvellous complexity of our universe, its clockwork perfection, its balances of this against that, matter energy, gravitation, time, dimension, I believe that our existence must be more than either of these philosophies. That what we are goes beyond Euclidian and other practical measuring systems and that our existence is part of a reality beyond what we understand now as reality.

Batmancer,

Part of my job is providing education resources, like helping adults who experience homelessness, drug addiction, or prison enroll for GED classes, some of them do need multiple attempts at the tests before passing but they have almost all been kind and good people. I live in Texas and republican propaganda runs deep here, I know relatively well educated people that believe lgbtq+ people are infiltrating school systems and indoctrinating children with the woke agenda.

Batmancer,

What an awesome thing for you to do. I appreciate that, and the gratitude a lot too.

Batmancer,

I was amazed by that too. My partner felt the same and remarked how relevant it is today. I think I will write it on the white board in the group room at work tomorrow.

Batmancer,

I always use this place. So far has always worked for me.

archive.ph/nS2wu

Batmancer,

They were probably projecting and expressing their disappointments in not becoming their own ideal self. Anyways! My answer was going to be taking in all the wonderful art and creations people like you would have the freedom to create.

Batmancer,

That is what I thought too. I was laughing to myself thinking, one of the worst people I know just said something that I think I support. I also agree a UBI would be a much better solution. I can’t even imagine how I’d feel if Ron Desantis supported that. I’d probably think of Viktor Frankl, renowned psychologist and holocaust camp survivor, who said something like, (I’m going to paraphrase from memory) anyone can begin making responsible choices at any point in their life and begin to live a life of purpose. I try to carry that wishing no ill will and second chance mentality. Never too late for a terrible, greedy, and/or power hungry person to be a good person and use their efforts for good.

Ont. surgeon suspended for 18 months after directing female X-ray tech to examine his genitals: disciplinary tribunal (toronto.ctvnews.ca)

As the 2023 incident marked the second time the OPSDT had to discipline Iannantuono for inappropriate behavior, they handed down what they called a “significant” penalty, an 18-month suspension of his license. It also mandated the surgeon receive individualized instruction in professionalism and ethics and therapy with a...

Batmancer,

Wow. That surgeon, and anyone in charge that has allowed him to stay, should go to prison.

Batmancer,

This will also yield benefits in Dead Cells iirc.

Batmancer,

Wow. I remembered his face when duckduckgo led me to a wikipedia article. Was fired for reporting use of excessive force, then went on to kill officers and their family members until they admitted their wrong doing of firing him. From wikipedia, “A manifesto posted by Dorner on social media declared “unconventional and asymmetric warfare” upon the LAPD, their families and their associates unless the department admitted publicly he was fired in retaliation for reporting excessive force.” I have conflicting feelings about this. It makes me happy he took a stand against those organized criminals but I’m sad the criminal’s, possibly innocent, family members got dragged into the bloodshed.

Batmancer,

I think congressman Jeff Jackson of North Carolina has integrity. I will be a bit heartbroken but if anyone has info of him showing otherwise please let me know. He seems to be a champion of political literacy which is something I strongly support. There are probably a lot of people that run for office positions that do it for the good of their community and the American people.

Batmancer,

I found this part funny but also a good point.

“This is like the CIA putting out a statement saying that going forward they’ll only waterboard people with dignity and respect,” Evan Greer, director of the digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future, told The Intercept. “Mass surveillance is fundamentally incompatible with basic human rights and democracy.”

The NSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Also dignity already means respect.

Batmancer,

I have this fear that the leader of the mentalics is in fact the mule in her whatevereth iteration.

Batmancer,

I was very upset with her in the previous episode when she was demanding trust from Salvor with the obvious problem being she is not trusting Salvor or her hunch and about the boats history being erased.

Mediterranean Tourists Go On Incredible Refugee-Watching Tour (www.theonion.com)

MYKONOS, GREECE—Describing it as a truly awe-inspiring sight of natural beauty, tourists told reporters Wednesday about the incredible refugee-watching tour they recently enjoyed during their trip to the Mediterranean. “At first, the guide said we might not be able to see any refugees because they’re a bit skittish around...

Batmancer,

Damn, recently I felt the onion had been losing its edge or something with some of the posts I’d seen lately being plain silly. I see now they most certainly have not. I was even fortunate enough to not notice the onion until a few sentences in and my building outrage turned to confused skepticism that this must be satire.

Batmancer,

For a mere $227.70 you can get a Condor Tactical Gladius! Act now there is only 2 left in stock apparently lol.

www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZHLK2YW?tag=namespacebran394…

Batmancer,

From the article: “Once Spotify realized how much attention was going to white noise podcasts, the company considered removing these shows from the talk feed and prohibiting future uploads while redirecting the audience towards comparable programming that was more economical for Spotify — doing so, according to the document, would boost Spotify’s annual gross profit by €35 million, or $38 million.” That doesn’t sound like it’s costing them $38 million, it sounds like they are speculating they COULD make $38 million. I was confused as to how they would be losing money.

Batmancer,

I agree. I use to have a flawed idea of justice until someone on the internet pointed out to me, we have to make justice appealing. There needs to be hope for understanding and a better way of life otherwise the criminal will probably become a worse human being from the experience or even worse more crimes would end in murder suicides at the thought of going through such a horrible and hopeless future.

Anti-trans legislation and public schools

Somehow I was unaware until school started this week that the state I live in, Indiana, passed a law this year requiring the school to REPORT to the parents if a child requests to be called by a different name or gender pronoun than they registered under…and the parent has to give written permission for the school to use said...

Batmancer,

Yes, if a child feels comfortable sharing something in confidence with a supportive adult in their life, the adult should respect that privacy. Of course things like being a danger to themselves or others, or signs of possible abuse, should always be reported. What it comes to is that we don’t know what is waiting for that child at home. Parents are not always good, understanding, or open-minded people.

Batmancer,

Lots of information, lots of important stuff, but this is the end bit.

Finally, and perhaps most important of all, Kulturkampf attacks on universities are both definitional, in the sense of the leader’s brand, and diversionary. If a leader were serious about addressing the resentments of an excluded voter base, he wouldn’t focus on universities at all. Instead, he’d take a hard look at the power of corporations, their tax rates and tax avoidance, and their offshoring of jobs, not to mention their overwhelming control of the digital public sphere. That leader would look at the incomes of the richest citizens and see what could be done to transfer some of that wealth to improve schools, hospitals, clinics, and other public goods that give people, especially those without a college education, a fair start in life. But it’s so much easier to target universities and their supposedly cosseted liberal professors than to tackle the perquisites and power of the corporate-donor class that funds his campaigns. Orbán is a master of such diversionary politics, happily courting liberals’ denunciations for his attacks on academic freedom while patiently getting on with his core business—which is to use state power to enrich his supporters. He once confessed to a friend of mine, a banker, that he had a lot of mouths to feed: He knows, as do other autocrats such as Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that feeding friends is how authoritarians hold on to power. Six years after Viktor Orbán started his campaign against the CEU, the conservatives who imitate him have grasped how convenient it is to make universities your enemy. These attacks on university autonomy and academic freedom—in U.S. states, in Narendra Modi’s India, and in Erdoğan’s Turkey—are principally about one thing: systematically weakening any institution that may act as an obstacle to authoritarian power. Although American conservatives, no less than their autocratic counterparts abroad, consistently portray their attacks on universities in pseudo-democratic terms—as attempts to protect the silent majority from the ideological hectoring of the liberal elite—their real agenda is to weaken democratic checks and balances. Universities are not usually understood, and even more rarely defended, as guardrail institutions that keep a democracy from succumbing to the tyranny of the majority, but that is one of their roles: to test, criticize, and validate the knowledge that citizens use to make decisions about who should rule them. Because this is the universities’ democratic rationale, the message for those who want to defend them should be clear. So long as academic freedom is considered a privilege of a liberal elite, it has no constituency beyond academia. Liberals should defend academic freedom not as the privilege of a profession, nor to preserve universities as bastions of progressive opinion, but because universities—like courts, a free press, and independent regulatory bodies—are essential restraints on majoritarian rule that keep us all free. That was precisely what the citizens of Budapest understood when they marched past the CEU’s doors, chanting, “Free country, free university.”

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