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Peterson's reply.

ZIZEK IS HAAAAAARD I don't know how to respond.

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Zizek:

Zizek you have never tried to be as short as possible.

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rebuttals )

questions )

Conclusion: That was really bad. Like funny ha-ha bad, but also just bad-bad. Despite the pretence of talking about Weighty, Important Subjects, there was really none of that, because you need the other party to at least have the same reference points, and Peterson is just not that well educated. Also because Zizek's a dick and has gone red-brown, making him a shit spokesman for contemporary Marxism. It was like a 4chan cartoon come to life.

I guess the best thing that came out of it was that some of Peterson's fanboys, having seen their idol soundly humiliated, might now flock to Zizek, whose ideology, though demented, is substantially less harmful.

Save yourself some suffering and watch the toilet speech again:

sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
IT'S SLAVOJ TIME

Zizek starts by talking about China's economic success.

Zizek you are using big words Peterson will not understand this.

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sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
APPLAUSE! The Muppets have arrived! Announcer announces that there is to be no recording or heckling.

Stephen Blackwood is the moderator, says some self-congratulatory shit, and then welcomes the Muppets.

Lobster in a suit, Oscar looking slovenly as always in a polo shirt and pants that don't reach his shoes.

Oh shut up Stephen, this is not "real thinking about hard questions" this is mud wrestling.

IDEOLOGY! *takes a shot*

Stephen just claimed that neither are primarily political thinkers. Broken clocks, etc.

"Surprising agreement on deep questions" yes they both have cryptofascist leanings.

"Let's hear it for psychoanalysis!" Audience cheers.

I am pretty sure no one has ever called Zizek "dazzling" in his life until now. Zizek facepalms, then yawns, then claps for himself.

Audience is overwhelmingly Peterson fanboys, judging by the cheers.

OH GOD PETERSON IS GOING TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. He's doing a Thinker pose.

There is far too much San Pellegrino and not enough coke on this table.

EACH OF THEM GETS TO MAKE A 30 MIN OPENING STATEMENT oh god. Then each has 10 min to reply. Then there's 45 minutes of fanboys asking questions. It's going to be a loooong night.

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Found a totally legal stream. No sound so far. No one on stage either, but it looks legit. Apparently there is no sound on the paid one yet either.

The audience looks about half empty. I guess not that many people wanted to pay $500 for a ticket? There's, unfortunately, a live chat as well, and it is full of fascists, tankies, and people just typing "sniff" over and over again.

Now faded to a galaxy thing with an ominous silhouette.

SOUND!!!!!

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Turns out the livestream of the Kermit vs. Oscar debate is $15, because there is nothing that Peterson will not shamelessly monetize. Obviously I am unwilling to pay this (I wouldn't be if the filthy lucre wasn't going to Peterson, but it is). Unless something changes in the next hour and a half, I hope you're all cool with me holding off on the lulzy commentary until tomorrow when the torrents go up and watching the season finale of Disco instead.
sabotabby: (magicians)
Poll #21847 Multilayer failcake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Should I hate-watch Season 5 of the Magicians when it comes out?

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Yes, you like it when shows make you angry and torrenting it doesn't give them any money
4 (19.0%)

No, everyone has suffered enough
9 (42.9%)

I have no idea what you're talking about but I like ticking boxes
8 (38.1%)

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Spoiler party in the comments if anyone else feels the need to vent!
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 Fiction

1. An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson
2. The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross
3. The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross
4. The Rhesus Chart, Charles Stross
5. Go Tell It On the Mountain, James Baldwin
6. How Long 'til Black Future Month, N.K. Jemisin
7. Trail Of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse
8. Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi
9. A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers, Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams (eds.)
10. Angel of Darkness, Caleb Carr
11. The Test, Sylvain Nuevel
12. Equoid, Charles Stross
13. The Annihilation Score, Charles Stross
14. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, Carlos Hernandez
15. The Nightmare Stacks, Charles Stross
16. The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross

Non-Fiction

1. Digital Citizenship In Action: Empowering Students To Engage In Online Communities, Kristen Mattson
2. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire, Frédéric Lordon
3. Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson

Plays

1. Eight Men Speak, and other plays from the Canadian workers' theatre, Richard Wright (ed.)

Books With Pictures In 'Em

1. Berlin: City of Light, Jason Lutes
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
Alberta, WTF were you thinking? Did you look over at Ontario and see how screwed we were and go, "I gotta get me some of that?"

Also, someone needs to out Kenney. I don't know if it'll hurt his brand with the bigots and troglodytes but if anyone ever deserved to be outed, it's him. You come after the gay kids, you come after all of us, asshole.
sabotabby: (teacher lady)
 Every day is a new horrific revelation in Ontario: <STRIKE>Yours To Discover</STRIKE> A Place To Grow. It ranges from the truly despicable—cutting all legal aid to refugees, cutting Indigenous Affairs in half, cutting health inspectors, paramedics, safe injection sites, and health care in general, and of course education—to downright stupid, such as changing the license plates to be Tory blue and less visible, changing the driver's licenses to be fugly, and changing the logo back to the old logo, so how did that cost $89,000?

Needless to say, none of it is saving the all-important Ontario taxpayer (of which I am one) a single cent. They're running up a deficit worse than the Liberals.

Now Drug Fraud is showing his vapid ignorance of collective bargaining rights. 

Guess what? I don't want to strike either. I would actually like to go back to work in the fall, teach my kids, and earn a living. If he doesn't want a strike, I have some helpful advice for him:

Don't fire a quarter of the teachers in this province and make the working conditions hellish for the rest of us.

That's it. It's not rocket science. It'd also be great if he cracked a history book now and then and remembered that labour rights were the negotiated alternative to guillotines, but that may be too much to ask.
sabotabby: (doom doom doom)
 I'm really trying not to cry. It seems so strange, crying over a building that I have never even seen in person, but it's something so important and beautiful and irreplaceable and just doesn't seem like something that could just cease to exist.

And it is just one of many important, beautiful, irreplaceable things that has been lost in my lifetime. It seems like a metaphor for how carelessly we walk over the world.
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Despite the fact that I'm pretty much exhausted all the time, I managed to do stuff:

Thursday, I went with some friends to see Us. Which I loved. A lot more opaque than Get Out, Peele's first film, but that just means that I get to methodically go through all of the thinkpieces in an attempt to figure out the symbolism. Lupita Nyong'o' is so incredible. Go see it if you haven't and then come back here and talk to me about it. I probably need to watch it again b/c I'm not much of a horror movie person, so there were parts where I was just busy being scared and probably missed things.

Friday I got invited to a thing but ended up crashing out and watching telly. I have Opinions about the latest episodes of Disco and The Magicians.

Saturday, I went to see Orville Peck. On the subway on the way to meet my friend, there was a group of teenage girls sitting beside me. One of them asked if they were getting off at Christie Station, "as in the Christie Pits Riot" and another one said "I know all about that!" and they fistbumped. The kids are all right.

Orville Peck is amazing, though the sound at the show did him no favours, at least from where we were standing. (Ran into another friend after and she said that the vocals were more distinct from the opposite side.) Less of a problem for me because I've been listening to the album non-stop since it came out and thus know how the songs are supposed to sound, but my friend hadn't so that bothered her more. Great performance, though. If you haven't heard him, picture Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison giving each other handjobs in a truck stop, only in musical form, and sung by a sexy lamp.

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Oh, you think I'm kidding about the lamp thing? I am not.

This is what I'm talking about:



This is my favourite song off the album, which sadly doesn't have a weird music video to go with it:



Truly we live in a blessed time for WTF music.
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
 I don't even want to talk about the budget. Cuts to everything that matters, including education, health care, indigenous affairs, legal aid (with a bonus fuck you to refugees), and social assistance. A bone thrown to low-income seniors. Useless daycare vouchers. The promise of a transit system that will never get built.

Meanwhile, so much about booze. Now, I like booze as much as the next anxious depressive, but I feel like the existing regulations around beer in this province are pretty good? I like the LCBO and it brings in a lot of government revenue, so I can pay money for alcohol and it eventually winds up on my paycheque. But now there's all this shit about starting drinking at 9, drinking in parks, tailgate parties, beer and liquor in corner stores, like we're a low-budget version of Montreal without the vestiges of rent control. Combined with the mass unemployment (I don't exaggerate when I say that half the people I know who are employed are currently under threat of unemployment) I guess the assumption is we'll just drink ourselves to death.

But the best is that Ford plans to build a circus at Ontario Place. Or partner with a circus. Again, this isn't a terrible idea—I like the kind of circuses that don't have animals, and I think this is the kind that doesn't have animals—but if we are so cash strapped that the victims of criminal acts get their funding cut off, can we really afford that? Or maybe we're not that broke after all.

Meanwhile, Conservative MPP Lindsey Park attempted vehicular manslaughter today. I know that running over protesters is legal in parts of the US, but it is still very much illegal to attempt to run over someone with your car here. And I suspect if a person of colour did not get out of the vehicle when ordered to by a cop, they would be rewarded with a barrage of gunfire. Not so Minister Park, who did both of these things and was caught on video.

Just another day in this raging garbage fire of a province.
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
A few things, though.

In addition to legalizing tailgating, which I truly thought was already legal but I'm not that kind of white person so I've never done it, paying an unknown amount of money to spread untruths about the carbon tax, and getting his MPPs to tweet "RESPECT MAH AUTHORITY"*, Ford is quickly working on dismantling Ontario's healthcare system. He gave the province all of 48 hours to participate in "consultations"; he actually didn't want to do any consultations at all but someone leaked that this was going on. 1,594 Ontarians applied for a spot to speak to the bill in committee, but the government limited the number of presenters to 30.

I happen to know one of those 30 people and she sent me the video of her testimony. I think it's really important to watch. I think it's particularly important that it gets out to the media that the only patients consulted on drastic changes to health care, including cancer care, were given a total of 8 minutes to speak. The media, thus far, has not been interested in what patients have to say any more than the government is, but maybe you know someone who knows someone? She has given me permission to share this publicly. TW for discussion of cancer.



On a broader note, I have Many Thoughts about the death of liberal (small-l) democracy. And I'll get around to posting them as soon as things calm down a little. Now, I do not personally believe that electoral democracy structured along national lines with a market-based economy is the best or only possible configuration for a society—I'm basically a Marxist, after all—but I do think it's better than where we're headed. Furthermore, I believe that the market-based part of that equation ensures that the liberal and democratic side of it is, long-term, doomed.

I think that the final form of capitalism doesn't look like the United States or Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, which is kind of what capitalist's proponents want it to look like. I think it looks a lot more like Russia or China, formerly communist countries that are vastly better at capitalism than we are. And I don't believe that the step from here to there is all that big, or that the bulk of the population would put up any meaningful resistance whatsoever to the change.

This post is what I'm talking about. I think it's important to read because what this guy says, pseudonymously, is what I suspect is going through a lot of people's heads as the world goes to hell.

Democracy is pretty overrated. I would be totally content with a benevolent oligarchy making policy decisions for me. I’m not an expert in medicine, so I don’t decide who gets to be a doctor, and I’m not an expert in engine repair, so I don’t decide who gets to be a mechanic. Since I’m also not an expert in government, so why insist that I decide who governs me?

As Americans, we are so thoroughly conditioned to hold voting rights sacred and to insist that we have a say in our government. I think we’d all be a lot happier if we worried less about who was running for what office and let someone else make those decisions for us, but to a lot of people that sounds downright un-American.

Give it a read, and you'll have more of an idea of why I don't sleep anymore.




* He removed the tweet but North99 got a screenshot.


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This one is too good not to post:

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Source.

I've passed Deco a number of times and I really do like their red and black logo (not the tagline under it; that's awful). Note that this is actually the same Doug Ford and the same Deco (the business expanded into the US at one point).

Here is an article about Deco from 2014 and you should read it if you're interested in knowing how good a businessman this guy is.

The cuts to education will mean a loss of art and technology electives, such as Communications Technology and Visual Arts, which not only provide the foundation for a career in graphic design—in which you can get $89,000 of taxpayers' money despite a crushing deficit for a completely unnecessary logo redesign—but assist with concepts such as "measure twice, cut once" that are applicable to any discipline.
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
Well, Doug Ford completely ignored the petition to write the Grade 6 EQAO math test, but here is another, even more important petition for you to sign in order to improve democracy.

One of Doug Ford's latest proposals on saving money in our Healthcare System is to no longer provide sedation as a part of the colonoscopy procedure. We think it's only reasonable that if Ford believes that colonoscopies would be more "efficiently" administered in Ontario without sedation, then he as the Premier of Ontario should lead the way and be the first to take the plunge. He's a good sport and I'm sure with a little probing he'll be happy to lead the way and squeeze it into his schedule if we get enough signatures. Please sign to support this cause and share widely.

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 I hope for a lot of things.

I hope that I can continue to do the job I love. And I hope I can do so without it killing me. I am apparently selfish for wanting this, as according to the comments section on every news article, I should do ten times as much but for free, out of love for the children, and subsist on air and good wishes, but the truth is that my needs and the children's have a lot in common, despite this regime's assertion that the big bad union thugs put the kids up to it.

I hope that 10,000 of the 115,000 teachers in my province won't lose their jobs. That wouldn't be good for the kids either.

I hope that the people who voted for Drug Fraud because they really cared about the economy and the deficit for real it wasn't about the gays realize the absurdity in a government that fritters away money on such essentials as changing the province's slogan, changing the province's logo, and paying a friend $1000 a day to consult on beer in corner stores.

But right now I have one other little hope. Okay, it's a big hope. I'm hoping it really hard.

I hope that Doug Ford
and every single member of his party
and every single person who voted for him

has to get a colonoscopy without anesthesia.

and that whoever is doing it decides that whatever polyps they find aren't cost-effective to remove
and that it really hurts
and that they need painkillers and can't get them
and when the pain drives them out of their skulls

that they can't find a safe injection site or a psychotherapist to help them

and I know this is vindictive but they won't stop until I'm in the ground

but the cruelty is the point, and they want to torture all of us to death

and I just want them to get fucked as hard as they're fucking us.

sabotabby: (kitties)
It's the girls' birthday (well, it's Cocoa's, but I celebrate them on the same day since I don't know when Sabot's is). Cocoa is 15 and Sabot is still unknown years old.

They got meat cake and toys and you get pictures of them celebrating.

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On a scale of "normal" to "eventually found dead and half-eaten by her cats," how bad is it that this was the thing I was most looking forward to today?
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I'm an atheist but for the most part (and present company excepted, of course), I can't stand other atheists.

Here's why.


Everyone's in competition to be the new Daesh these days, enforcing its particular belief set on everyone else. Quebec, of course, has been at it a long time, forcibly undressing women in the name of feminism, and merrily smacking down any religion that isn't Catholicism.

Last time they pulled something like this, normal Quebecois who don't give a shit if their kids' teacher wears a yarmulke or if the doctor that saved their life wears a hijab, stood up to this abuse of human rights so obvious that they plan to invoke the glaring loophole that dooms what superficial vestiges of Canadian democracy exist, But I fear that like the rest of the world, Quebec has slid well past the ideological tipping point.

Like are the bodies of the dead Muslims in the Christchurch massacre inspired by the Quebec massacre even buried yet? Have they no decency? 
sabotabby: (teacher lady)
Thanks very much for writing to share your thoughts on our new vision for education in Ontario, Education that Works for You. This vision was built through feedback from people just like you, all over Ontario.

I am pretty sure people like me were specifically not consulted.

The largest consultation in Ontario history allowed us to hear what needed to be improved, as well as what should stay the same. We listened.

To whom?

You told us class size was important. We listened. We have protected existing class sizes for Kindergarten to Grade 3 – and only added on student to the cap for Grades 4 – 8. For our high school students the average class size total moves to 28 students.

Which means classes of 45 in order to balance out very small classes, such as those for students with developmental disabilities, and non-teaching staff such as guidance and teacher-librarians.

Note the typo, by the way; that's in the letter itself. Not that I would normally harsh on typos—I make them all the time!—but if you are going to talk about the necessity of cuts to education and then get sloppy with your own proofreading, I'm sure as hell going to side-eye you.

These changes will be implemented over four years so that schools and boards have time to adjust. Reductions in teaching staff will be through retirements and attrition – not one teacher’s job will be lost.

Jobs have already been lost.

Our focus will always be on the students – Ontario’s Government for the People will make sure that students get the best education they can.

Assuming that they're rich and can afford elite private schools, where the average class size is 15-17 students.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario


Hopefully not for much longer.
sabotabby: (furiosa)
Today in Unbelievably Stupid Things the Drug Fraud Regime Hath Gone and Done:

Drug Fraud wants to upload the responsibility for the TTC to the province. In theory, I actually think this is a good idea—the city doesn't have the resources or political will to run it. If you flash back a few years, the previous provincial government had a fully funded plan for a massive expansion to the transit system, and all it took was Drug Fraud's late drug-addled little bro to derail it (ha ha) on his first day as mayor, ushering in a carnival of errors in which an entirely sensible LRT extension because a promise of "subways subways subways" became the single most expensive subway stop in the world. One. Stop. Which hasn't even been built yet.

The problem with the province taking this shitshow over is that the Tories have not yet met a situation they can't bungle, and what is our premier's plan?

You guessed it.

"We're going to build, build build," [the older, unfortunately alive Ford] said, "subways, subways, subways."


It should be obvious that the Tory (both provincial and municipal) plan re: public transit is to change the plan, talk a lot of shit, and then don't build it. If they procrastinate enough, there will never be any new transit (the extension to Scarborough was supposed to happen in 2014!) and poor people continue to get screwed and the suburbs continue to be car-dependent, and therefore Tory voters, and also climate change continues, terraforming the Earth for eventual takeover by lizard aliens. At least, I can think of no other reason for this rank stupidity.

Don't think a single day passes without something equally criminally ridiculous happening in education. Check out the Goatfucker's latest exchange with NDP MPP, and today's hero, Faisal Hassan:

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If you can't read it, the gist of it is that Mr. Hassan called out Lisa Thompson for defunding important community programs for youth and asked her "When will this government stop balancing its budget on the backs of our young people?"

(Mr. Hassan is being incredibly generous here, in suggesting that the Tories are in any way balancing the budget.)

The Goatfucker word-vomits some bollocks about the importance of job skills, life skills, and technology, in the course of which, she says:

"McDonald's Canada, for the first time, today is accepting applications from students via Snapchat."

There are a few demos coming up and I was racking my brain trying to come up with something to put on a sign, and I think it may end up just being this quote.

As the person who shared this put it: "Education Minister Lisa Thompson says the Ford government's investments in e-learning are preparing students for the skills they need to apply to McDonald's."

(Except not really, because Snapchat is a phone app and they just banned cellphones in schools.)

Ladies, gentlemen, and those outside and beyond the gender binary: I give you our government of job creators.

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But I'll end on two positive notes:

1. Brad Blair, the OPP officer fired for whistleblowing on, among other things, Drug Fraud's pimped-out Methmobile, just slapped him with a $5 million defamation suit. Mr. Blair, you are a cop, stop making me like you. Srsly though, that is awesome.

2. There was a really depressing story out of Saskatchewan about the government cutting funding and closing a First Nations alternative school. It served only 40 kids, and many of its graduates credit the school with reconnecting them to their culture and saving their lives. It was a model of the difference small alternative schools can make.

Oh, did I say "was"? I mean is. Because people fought back and not only got funding restored but made the Education Minister apologize.

This is a lesson that we in Ontario need to learn. It is not enough to feel victimized. It's not enough to wax nostalgic about the Days of Action, which was 20 years ago. It is not enough to talk about booting the government out next election.

We need to fight now, and we need to win now. They did it in Saskatchewan and we can do it here too.

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