Unrelenting


Most everybody is familiar with the modern television commercials that depict white men as dufusses (dufii?).  Of course, the women are naturally depicted as competent, intelligent and mostly tolerant of the incompetent man.  Supposedly there is humor in there somewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, you get the idea.  Why does this happen?  The short answer is: it is because there is only one group left in the US that one can mock; and that would be white men.  Now onto a longer analysis.

Commercials very often try to be funny (note the word try).  Why?  Because funny commercials are more memorable than non-funny ones.  And the point of the whole effort is to be memorable, not to convince the potential consumer that product being sold is better.  In short, being memorable sells; and the consequent branding sells.  Funny commercials need something to be funny about, and with women making the majority of buying decisions, the target of jokes are naturally men (but only white men).   That is the dollars and cents analysis.

But there is more.  White Men are the decedents of men from the Evil Patriarchy (they are also decedents of the women oppressed  of the Patriarchy also, but that does not matter).  These modern day white men even carry the surnames of the men from the Evil Patriarchy (so do the women of today, but that is of no matter).  Because White Men are White Men, they must be collectively punished for the supposed sins of their ancestors (but White Women who have the same ancestors must not be punished).  So mocking White Men ends up being a twofer;  it makes good business sense, and makes one feel good about punishing a group than is deemed worthy of punishment.

One would think that this type of foolishness would stop during such events as broadcasts of American Football, which is considered the most manly of the major sports in the US.  But this is not the case; as the commercials bashing white men are unrelenting.  Perhaps doing this during football games  is viewed as a special rubbing one’s face in it act by the people who push this stuff.  Still, the men take it.

 

 

 

 

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84 comments on “Unrelenting
  1. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    There is one way to stop all this. Don’t buy the goods and services promoted by these insulting ads and don’t bother to tell the companies that make them. Let them see it on their top line.
    A lot of this stems from the concept that the wife is doing all the pruchases for the family. With only half of adults now married, this si only half true.

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  2. Tarnished says:

    The short answer is: it is because there is only one group left in the US that one can mock; and that would be white men.

    I told my FwB just a few days ago,
    “You are a tall, middle-aged, white, middle-class, nondisabled, cis, heterosexual, Christian male. Congratulations! You’re the most oppressed person I know.”

    He agreed, of course.

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  3. Yoda says:

    Wonder if people notice that only members of one group be the butt of jokes they are.
    Or people just oblivious they would be?

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  4. Yoda says:

    If a white man one is, better he must be.
    Fortunately green I am.
    But feel for the spat upon white man I do

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  5. Spawny Get says:

    I watched Z Nation on Hulu, or some such. Damn adverts for hefty sacks with a black guy chanting ‘no breaking’ and being shamed by a young black girl drove me spare. Not clear to me if he was supposed to be gay. It seems that advertising firms see male as the greatest sin. White is secondary, or maybe like a cherry on top.

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  6. Tarnished says:

    Or people just oblivious they would be?

    Some may be oblivious, but others see the portrayals as comeuppance for what they view as the demanding, oppressive males they know. Strange and unrealistic, I know.

    By the way, I’m up at this ungodly hour of 3am due to having an epic date night with my dearest. We went book shopping (he got Feist, I got Bradbury), I treated us to dinner and ice cream at a local franchise we like, we had sexy funtimes, and then we saw Deadpool. Such a great movie! I honestly enjoyed it somewhere around 10x as much as Episode 7, but that may be due to my bias of already liking the character from the comics.

    It was spectacular. My second favorite comic “hero”, a fairly accurate origin story, some cool sex scenes, body humor, ineuendos every 3 minutes or so (not an exaggeration), 20 year old pop culture references and background songs, and tons of new random word couplings like I make up. Deadpool = fantastic, and I can definitely see why it got an R rating. Glad it did, actually…so very much would’ve been lost if it was watered down to PG-13.

    Go see it.
    Go see it now.
    Just don’t bring anyone under the age of 17 with you.

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  7. Liz says:

    I don’t know if anyone has posted on this yet but watch as a hate crime happens:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/18/police-release-video-assault-decorated-marine/80561432/

    Imagine if a group of whites beat up a black decorated Marine in a McDonald’s.
    Notice how no one does anything to assist him while he is being assaulted by these thugs.

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  8. Liz says:

    In Texas they now have open carry laws that allow students (18 and over) to pack heat. That’s kind of funny. I’m wondering what the Europeans think about that.
    Maybe they’ll stay away from Texas, or maybe they’ll visit it as a novelty just to observe.
    At any rate, I doubt the above assault is as likely to happen in Texas. The three assailants apparently asked, “do black lives matter?” before pounding him into the ground.
    That was the conversation in Washington.
    Conversation in Texas:
    Assailant Thug: “Do black lives matter?”
    (starts to kick him as the thugs move in)
    Response: “Actually, black lives splatter…” boom

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  9. Yoda says:

    Deadpool now on Degoba it is
    Watched it last night also I did.
    True that trigger warning it does need.
    Kind of a downer movie it would be.
    “Guardians of the Galaxy” more enjoy I did

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  10. SFC Ton says:

    I dropped out of the main stream in the late 90’s? been so long I cannot remember over these sort of portrayals of White men. At the time, I was told its no big deal or its your turn now Whitey sort of things, though I cannot recall the ladies in tv etc of my youth being ran down at all.

    For awhile afterwards I would email companies when I ran across adds I did not like; I received 0 replies so I stopped using their products. Which is sort of impossible. Unless its a parts store or gun store type of thing all companies have adds running down men

    However, I have 6 well over 6 figures with Fidelity so I will move that somewhere else, but what is 200k to them? Nothing. They wont care.

    One of the reasons I do not respect modern women/ mothers is they are happy to see their sons, brothers, fathers ran down in these adds. One of the reasons Ton Spawn Production Facility is in my life is because when I pointed that out to her, she dropped TV etc cold turkey

    On the up side I bought furniture from a place called Havertys furniture, a semi high end place. I did one of those on line survey things and my one complaint was how effeminate their store was, esp given the local demographics, and how many single men over 40 with disposal income there are. I got a canned email reply then one from an actual person about how they have a good product selection designed to appeal to men but clearly weren’t displaying them and were going to put different floor models out in the store I went to. They even said thanks and everything

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  11. SFC Ton says:

    black lives don’t matter to blacks hence the reason they kill each other like its a full time job

    A goodly part of our problems here is the elites/ left want to be more like Europe. Mostly I would say modern Europeans should stay in the shit holes they created and most of what Europeans know about the usa is utter horseshit, but we are their favorite bad guys

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  12. Tarnished says:

    Yoda,

    Yeah, Wade’s back story is a downer, but the whole of the movie was funny (according to my warped sense of humor) and had a happy ending which I was pleased with.

    Guardians was also quite excellent though, and appeals to more people.

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  13. Spawny Get says:

    “we are their favorite bad guys”

    Maybe I run in the wrong circles, but that’s not my impression. The overwhelming majority of decent movies (apart from Jane Austin era horseshit) are American. American accents are very familiar to us from childhood up. We’d probably prefer that you stopped stirring up shit in the Middle East, but the latest catastrophucks (Ukraine and the Arab Spring) were more down to the frigging EU. Or at least as much down to ‘us’ as US.

    People like Piers Morgan, who must appear pretty snobby and detesting of blue collar American culture to you guys, are seen as snobby wankers over here too. We detest that tosspot as much as you do. We were pissed when you sent that utter tit back. Bastards 😉

    As to gun culture? Well, requests for German gun licences are at record levels…for some strange reason that appears to have no cause that can be identified in the lame stream media.

    You must have met plenty of British squaddies. Was it your impression that they disliked you/your nation? (Beyond the usual inter-service BS rivalries) I’d say they’re a better guide to public feeling. The media is filled to the brim with leftoid wankers. They’re different.

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  14. Spawny Get says:

    “happy ending”?!?

    No wonder it was 18 rated.

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  15. Yoda says:

    Well, requests for German gun licences are at record levels…for some strange reason that appears to have no cause that can be identified in the lame stream media.

    Makes media look stupid this does.
    But tell how smart they are they do.
    Perhaps truly stupid they would be.
    Maybe a wave of Dunning-Krueger swept the media it has

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  16. Spawny Get says:

    Here’s Camermong carrying his list of negotiated achievements. Yep, that blank sheet of paper.

    Everything that he has ‘got’ is subject to the EU nations agreeing to honour the proposed agreement. An agreement that will not be finalised until after the refendum 23rd June 2016

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/02/20/camerons-climbdown-uk-media-sceptical-on-eu-deal/

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  17. Yoda says:

    “Happy ending”

    No wonder it was 18 rated.

    Joke about super-hero penis attributes there was.
    Kind of a super-hero I am.
    Perhaps such attributes also I have

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  18. Yoda says:

    black lives don’t matter to blacks hence the reason they kill each other like its a full time job

    Always perplexed me this has.
    Wonder why it has perplexed them not

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  19. Yoda says:

    Here’s Camermong carrying his list of negotiated achievements.

    This after he demonstrated on the puppet he did?
    What the results of that they were?

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  20. SFC Ton says:

    The last time I was in London…. lets just say I wasn’t keen on repeating the experience. And I can read your news media from here. My impression has always been confirmed by the various Strongmen and Power Lifters I have meet and reading the various news/ media/ pinon pieces from Western Europe….. expect maybe Spain

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  21. SFC Ton says:

    Master Yoda, having been to africa a few times and a life time of dealing with africans in the usa, nothing about them perplexes me, not even on the rare occasion when they have their shit together

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  22. Spawny Get says:

    The years have not been kind to the buttered new potato. Not as harshly as they’ve treated Bliar whose haunted eyes and failing makeup hiding his reptilian self make him a Nightmare on Elm Street type figure.

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  23. Yoda says:

    OMG,

    The winner of a national transgender beauty pageant has been stripped of her title amid accusations she was a drag queen and “not transgender enough”.

    Jai Dara Latto, 22, was named Miss Transgender UK in a glittering ceremony in London in last September.

    But six months on she has had her title removed after organiser Rachael Bailey claimed she was shown footage of the model in boxer shorts.

    The pageant runner branded Jai a ‘drag queen’ and accused her of not living full-time as a woman.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12165845/Winner-of-national-transgender-beauty-pageant-stripped-of-her-title-because-she-was-not-transgender-enough.html

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  24. Yoda says:

    Twitter

    Before there was Milo Yiannopoulos there was Robert Stacy McCain. A chain smoking, beer drinking, coffee guzzling hard nosed reporter who rather than simply going with the flow and repeating the conventional wisdom dared to go out into the field and actually see and report for himself.

    http://datechguyblog.com/2016/02/20/the-twitter-star-chamber-suspends-stacy-mccain/

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  25. Yoda says:

    Good question this is

    Here we are at the beginning of an election year. We’ve had over a dozen debates between the Republicans and the Democrats. We’ve had plenty of drama. We’ve had surprising dropouts and upsets. But we have not heard any discussion of fatherlessness.

    Perhaps it seems like an odd complaint, wanting to talk about dads when we have so many other problems. Besides the huge foreign policy issues of American action abroad and immigration policy on our borders, we face depressing domestic issues such as the lagging economy, rising health care expenses, the ballooning federal budget, and flailing educational achievement. But those domestic issues are actually the reasons I wonder why we are not talking about fatherlessness.

    https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2016/02/16/why-arent-we-discussing-fatherlessness/

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  26. Yoda says:

    Maybe I run in the wrong circles, but that’s not my impression.

    Perhaps run in circles with people who understand human nature you do.
    Make a big difference this would

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  27. Yoda says:

    So why men tolerate such commercials they do?

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  28. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Dropping the ban-hammer on Stacy McCain is undeniably purely political. They have no excuse.

    Spawny Get,
    Looking at that phote of David Cameron, I couldn’t help thinking that he had trouble buttoning his jacket because of all the good sandwiches.

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  29. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    To talk about fatherlessnes would be to bring up the subject of frivorce and parental alienation.

    I think that men are close to the limit of their patience with man bashing commercials. Not that it ever was but, it’s not funny.

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  30. SFC Ton says:

    that thing on the drag queen is pure awesome

    cannot talk about fatherlessnes; doing so makes you racist, anti moms etc

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  31. Yoda says:

    cannot talk about fatherlessnes; doing so makes you racist

    Being a white man who does not loudly proclaim that they are with the program makes one racist it does.

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  32. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Scrolling back up to Liz.s comment at 12:44pm, I have to womder if that is how white men will be treated in the future in every community?

    I have to wonder if the military places any establishments “Off Limits” any more. I can think of a good candidate, a McDonald’s in Washington DC.

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  33. Yoda says:

    More

    https://reason.com/blog/2016/02/20/did-twitters-orwellian-trust-and-safety

    Robert Stacy McCain
    Remember a few days ago, when Twitter elevated anti-GamerGate leader Anita Sarkeesian to its “Trust and Safety Council,” an imperious-sounding committee with Robespierre-esque powers to police discussion on the social media platform? The goal, according to Twitter, was to make it easier for users to express themselves freely and safely.

    One user who won’t be expressing himself at all is Robert Stacy McCain: a conservative journalist, blogger, self-described anti-feminist, and prominent GamerGate figure who was banned from Twitter on Friday night. Clicking on his page redirects to this “account suspended” message that encourages users to re-read Twitter’s policies on abusive behavior.

    But as with other Twitter suspensions, it’s impossible to tell which specific policy McCain is accused of violating, or which of his tweets were flagged as abusive. McCain is an animated and uncompromising opponent of leftist views. His statements are extreme, and I don’t often agree with them, but I would be reluctant to label them as abusive (at least the ones I’ve seen).

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  34. Yoda says:

    Unrelenting the SJWs are

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  35. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    To reiterate, I can’t imagine Stacy McCain saying anything worthy of getting himself banned. He may say something in directly contrary to someone else’s opinion but, only in feminist/SJW land would that be worthy of banning. It can be characterized as being purely political and that should be insufficeint grounds in any reasonable forum.
    I don’t think that anyone at Twitter remembers what happened at Reddit.

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  36. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    A brief post from Dalrock about McCain.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/freestacy/

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  37. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Liz,
    The only time that the US Army has done well as an occupying force was when MacArthur occupied Japan.
    We usully leave people in worse shape.
    We shouldn’t tolerate corruption this blatant. As the article states, we become guilty by association.

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  38. Yoda says:

    Not good this is,

    A teenage Afghan immigrant has been charged with raping a female worker at an asylum seekers’ centre in Belgium, authorities said, prompting outrage from anti-immigrant politicians.

    The 16-year-old Afghan asylum seeker followed a worker from a catering firm into the basement and raped her at the centre in Menen, near the French border, prosecutors

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3454882/Afghan-teen-charged-raping-worker-Belgian-asylum-centre.html

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  39. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Comparedd to the Poles and Irish, Sicilians are “forgive and forget”. Yes, the Poles are still angry about September 1939. Heck they are still mad about the partition in the wake of relieving Vienna in 1683.

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  40. Farm Boy says:

    He does seem to be busy,

    The mayor of a small German town thought he was making a serious point about the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party — but was revealing his Internet porn browsing history.

    Thomas Köppl, the mayor of Quickborn near Hamburg, was taking part in a debate on the AfD and used a screenshot of the German constitution to make his point, German newspaper Bild reported. But he had forgotten to close other, XXX-rated tabs on his Internet browser for pages with titles such as “Punishment porn videos” and “German slut punished.”

    http://www.politico.eu/article/german-mayor-blasts-far-right-reveals-porn-browsing/

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  41. Yoda says:

    Clearly mportant to punish German sluts it is.
    Wonder if Scheisse Videos there were

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  42. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    OOPS!

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  43. Yoda says:

    Apparently no “Bear Pr0n” there was.

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  44. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bear prOn?

    Yoda, bears different priorities they have.

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  45. Liz says:

    That was hilarious about the German mayor.
    I wonder if that could get him into real trouble?
    Obviously it gets him off to watch “German sluts being punished”.

    SJW comeuppance is sweet.

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  46. SFC Ton says:

    We usully leave people in worse shape..

    That is the point of occupying another nation

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  47. SFC Ton says:

    All hot German sluts need punished and should report to Camp Ton immediately

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  48. Yoda says:

    News that use one can,

    Twitter is a hellish snark-den populated by trolls, spambots, and Kardashians. Why would anyone purposefully spend time there? Well, the good news is you don’t have to! In fact, you can delete your entire account to make it like you were never there at all.

    Killing your Twitter-self is actually a very easy process. And there’s even a 30-day grace period if you have second thoughts about your twittercidal tendencies. You can just sign back into your account within 30 days to reinstate it and it will be like nothin’ happened. However, if you don’t reinstate within that period, all your data will be permanently deleted from Twitter’s servers. #Erased.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2479908,00.asp

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  49. Yoda says:

    A growing number of GOP lawmakers are expressing alarm about the Department of Education’s actions, cheered by the campus left, to curtail free speech and due process for college students. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the DOE is fielding tough questions from Kansas Sen. James Lankford about its order that colleges adopt a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in adjudicating sexual assault, and about its expansion of the definition of sexual harassment to include what many experts say is constitutionally protected speech. . . .

    Lankford and Alexander aren’t even the two most well-known GOP lawmakers to clash with the Obama Administration on campus civil liberties: In 2013, Sen. John McCain sent a letter to Eric Holder arguing that the Administration’s “suggested disciplinary procedures are direct hindrances to students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights,” and questioning whether it had the authority to impose them. (The Administration later backed off from the regulations at issue in that particular case).
    We are glad to see that Congress is asserting is oversight powers in this way: Under President Obama, the heavily ideological Office for Civil Rights in Education has effectively gone rogue, unilaterally forcing hundreds of colleges to rewrite their rules of conduct while mostly avoiding accountability.

    Still, Congress needs to do more. So far, the fierce debate over campus civil liberties has been handled almost entirely by the executive (which has almost always sided with the campus left) and the courts (which are modestly pushing back, at least at the state level). Congress must take a larger role in resolving these questions, and in particular, clarifying its expectations of both campuses and administrative agencies. While this may be a polarizing issue, its likely that at least some Democratic lawmakers would be unwilling to support the more radical initiatives of the Department of Education bureaucrats. After all, President Obama has himself spoken up for campus free speech, and even Sen. Bernie Sanders has suggested that progressives are approaching the sexual assault issue the wrong way.

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/02/19/gop-senators-push-back-on-campus-pc/

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  50. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    SFC Ton,
    “We usually leave people in worse shape.
    That is the point of occupying another nation.”

    That sentiment would not be too welcome in the former Confederate States between 1865 and 1876.
    Bear baiting is illegal and has been for a long time.

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  51. Farm Boy says:

    I was under the impression that their job was to protect us,

    The Central Intelligence Agency three-year “Diversity and Inclusion Strategy” includes a dedicated program to recruit transgender individuals and agency-wide “unconscious bias” training.

    The plan, released by the CIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Office last week, lays out several goals for “weaving diversity and inclusion throughout the talent cycle.”

    One agency goal is “Becoming an Employer of Choice,” and includes “dedicated programs” to recruit every demographic imaginable.

    “Cultivating an inclusive culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness enables all officers to contribute to their full potential,” the CIA plan stated. “When employees feel included, have a voice, and are given opportunities to develop and maximize their potential, we create an organization of choice and become a model employer for the full diversity of America’s talent.”

    “We will continue to enrich our workforce by targeting diverse communities across the United States to meet our talent needs, with dedicated programs for citizens of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Native American descent; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals; Persons with Disabilities; Veterans; and Women,” the CIA said.

    Among the intelligence agency’s key actions to meet this goal is to teach recruitment officers to “strengthen cultural competencies and combat unconscious bias.”

    The CIA will measure its progress of recruiting minorities, LGBT individuals, veterans, and women by using an “inclusion index.” The agency will also track “Diversity and gender break-down of applicant flow data and recruiting trends.”

    CIA Director John Brennan said diversity and inclusion are “at the heart” of what the intelligence service is “charged to do.”

    “This three-year strategy renews and strengthens our focus on diversity and inclusion and sets us on a course to further enrich our workplace and fully leverage our talented workforce,” Brennan said. “Combining what we have in common with what each of us brings as unique individuals is a powerful recipe for success. This is the kind of Agency our employees expect and deserve. Together we can make this happen.” (Emphasis mine.)

    http://www.bookwormroom.com/2016/02/19/bond-jamesina-bond-national-security-in-the-social-justice-warriors-brave-new-world/

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  52. Spawny Get says:

    Ahh Fuzzie reminds me of a related joke.

    Bearing in mind that Proper Imperial Badgers look like this

    Call yourself a badger? You stripey git.

    That’s badger baiting, that is.

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  53. Spawny Get says:

    Mind you, the one I saw at the side of the Atlantic Highway this morning was flatter and deader than the image suggests. These guys are hard on car suspensions, their heads are very strong.

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  54. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    FArm Boy,
    The SJWs have the reverse Midas touch. Everything that they come in contact with turns to manure. For them to meddle with the Central Intellience Agency is not a good idea.

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  55. SFC Ton says:

    Federal occupation of the South was hellish, intentionally so

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  56. Spawny Get says:

    it’s the ridge

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  57. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny GEt,
    What a distinguished looking fellow! I am sorry to he of the demise of his colleague.

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  58. Farm Boy says:

    Love that Polish Minister of Defence. He looks as hard as nails

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  59. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    The one from Poland is one that a subordinate is not likely to say “no” to. As for the women, it does seem to be be a grand insult and pertinent to this post.

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  60. Spawny Get says:

    Minister of Defence Barbies…what use are they?

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  61. Farm Boy says:

    Those women Ministers of Defence do not seem very serious. I would think that this would be a drawback.

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  62. Farm Boy says:

    Here is an answer to the question,

    “How do I survive in Silicon Valley on a 400K annual income”

    The brutal, complete answer: don’t procreate. Sure, you may be the smart, thoughtful sort of person that humanity absolutely needs in its gene pool, but Silicon Valley doesn’t want you in its gene pool: you don’t make enough to own a house in a top school district. It’s sending you a clear economic signal. So, you have two options.

    The first is to leave Silicon Valley. It’s expensive, exclusive, obsessed with power and success with no concern for how they are achieved, and an utterly terrible place to raise children– unless you want your kids to be the sort who bawl when you give them, as a 16th birthday present, a car that’s “only” $35,000, because the doors “open like this instead of this”. Unless you have no hope of getting a comparable income (say, $250,000 or up, considering cost of living) in Boulder, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Boston, or New York… (ok, New York probably requires more than $300k to raise a family) I don’t know why you would stay there. The Bay Area’s fine when you’re 22 and need to establish yourself, because the benefits of being in Corporate HQ if you work at, say, Google or Apple, are pretty massive. If you haven’t made fuck-you money (so you can say “fuck you” to all the insufferable people in Silicon Valley, and even if they have more power and wealth than you, it doesn’t matter because you have enough) by child-raising age, I don’t know why you’re still there. It’s not a mark of failure to leave Silicon Valley. (Hey, I know plenty of really smart people and, statistically, most of them will never get anywhere close to $400,000.) It’s a mark of good judgment. San Francisco is just OK, and the rest of the Valley is an overrated, unattractive suburban tract. Sure, the Bay Area has an incredible 3-hour-drive radius… Napa Valley, Big Sur, Yosemite… but, let’s be honest, it takes a vacation to really enjoy a place like that and, if you lived elsewhere, the money saved on not paying Bay Area housing costs would easily cover airfare and hotels, anywhere you want to go.

    The second option, which is underrated, is not to have children. Suddenly, you don’t have to own a house: renting’s just fine. You want to own once you have kids, because it’s good for their self-esteem to see their parents as owners rather than renters, but adults know that the difference between renting a place, and renting money to eventually buy it, comes down to mortgage rates and taxes at the time and isn’t a mark of personal value. You don’t actually become a different person when you’re paying a mortgage instead of a rent check. If you’re childless, school districts and private schools aren’t on your radar, and you couldn’t give a square root of a fuck about Stanford or Harvard’s opaque and fluctuating admissions standards. Even in the Bay Area or New York, a childless couple can live pretty well on $400k per year. You can even (imagine this) save up money, go somewhere else, and retire. You can get a beautiful house in the woods of Pennsylvania for under $200,000. Or, if you don’t like winter, you can go to Costa Rica or Mexico.

    You seem not to be having trouble “surviving” but with corralling the means to ensure a decent life for your children. The economic signal that our society sends is that it doesn’t need or want more children. If it did, it wouldn’t cost so much to set them up for a half-decent place in society. And, paradoxically, smart kids are far more costly than average kids. (An average, 100 IQ, person will be happy with an average-plus job and a middle-income standard of living. If you pop out a 150+, you need a fucking fist on the scale to get her an ability-appropriate job/position in society because she has to compete with all the smiling, drooling dumbasses who think they’re what she actually is, and who have better connections and more family wealth.) The message is painful to read but clear. Society doesn’t desire more children, and it certainly doesn’t perceive a need for more smart children. There are too many people running around who think they are what someone like me actually is, and who have the connections to get the positions, and too few who can tell the difference.

    Let’s say that you already have children or decide to have kids for subjective or spiritual reasons. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that. I haven’t had any children, so I can’t possibly evaluate the subjective benefits of having one. (I do love cats and dogs, though.) Then you have to step back and realize this: that house in the top school district is just a means to an end. There are other options: private schools, home-schooling, or high-quality public schools in less expensive places (possibly outside of the Bay Area). Your kid doesn’t need to go to a pre-school with billionaires. She doesn’t need Harvard; again, that’s a nice-to-have but it’s only a means to an end, and there are a couple hundred quality undergraduate colleges in the U.S. that, while they do less in terms of connections, do as much (and, in a few cases, arguably more) in terms of education. She needs, when she’s in her 20s, to get a position in society and a level of respect that matches her abilities. In her first 10 years of work, she needs to be seen as a protégée rather than a subordinate, so that in the next 30, she can get things done instead of implementing others’ shitty ideas. How you make this happen is up to you. The Cupertino pre-school won’t hurt, but is it really going to make a difference when she’s 25? Probably not.

    The typical Manhattan parent probably plows $40,000 per year for 19 years (pre-school through MBA school) into the child’s education, plus 50 percent for social keep-up expenses (e.g., being able to travel with classmates). If, instead, the kid were sent to public schools and that money were invested in an index fund earning 4%, you’d have $1.66 million by that point. Personally, if I were choosing between $1.6 million than a Harvard MBA, I’d take the first. That might just be me, though. Now, obviously you can’t just drop a million and a half on a teenager and say, “Go wild”, because for every one who starts the next Facebook, there’ll be nine who waste the money or end up dead. If you’re giving up the structured wealth transfer of elite schools, you need some other structure that ensures that the money isn’t wasted. Prestigious schools (as opposed to their public counterparts that are cheaper and often equivalent in quality, but don’t deliver prestige and connections) provide a service of controlled inheritance, because most parents understand that dropping a 6- or 7-figure sum on a teenager and expecting him to turn that into the connections, freedom, and prestige that are achieved through prestigious education… has “unpredictable” results. So, I’m not saying that you should give your kids a huge chunk of cash at age 18, and obviously you want your kids to attend good schools (which don’t have to be expensive ones). My point is that there’s a spectrum of possibilities. What you could do is: move out of the Bay Area, get a decent house in a top public school district for $500,000 instead of $2 million, and use the money saved by not having a monster mortgage to bankroll your kid’s first business (while requiring her to actually have a business plan that makes sense, because you don’t want her to get things without working for them and learn the wrong lesson). To be honest, the only case where it makes sense to pay top dollar for schools, from a middle-class perspective, is college and professional school. And with starting capital of $50,000– which is less than what it costs to send a kid to boarding school for 4 years– you can have your kid “start a business” at 17 (it doesn’t have to be a successful or big business, because little is expected from 17-year-olds) and make a case that does as much for elite-college admissions as any but the top 5 boarding schools.

    I understand the desire to give your kids every advantage in college admissions, starting at the pre-school level, but it’s very hard to predict the “feeder” dynamic, because the preferences and advantages change all the time. In one year, colleges want “well-rounded” students; in the next, they want “spiky” (pre-specialized) kids. Sometimes, it’s easier to get into Harvard from an average public school in Montana than from Stuyvesant (where, due to the bad luck of it being in Manhattan, you’re competing with NYC day schools that have pre-negotiated, earmarked slots in all the Ivies) and well-to-do parents send their kids out into the mountain states in 11th grade to cop a regional advantage. (Yes, this actually happens. It doesn’t always work, though. These parents assume that their kids will do better in college admissions as 99th-percentile students from a Montana school than 85th-percentile from Trinity… but the kids in Montana are smarter than these carpet-bagger parents realize and their kids end up only 90th-percentile from a Montana public, which is not Harvard-bound.) Other times, those preferences reverse and it’s impossible to get into an Ivy from Montana. With all the opacity and the shifting preferences, you end up with is a system where, based on fear rather than data, people (if they have the means) pay huge amounts of money to put their kids into feeder pre-schools that lead to feeder grade schools that lead into feeder high schools that lead to prestigious colleges in order to get them good jobs. But maybe there are (or will be) other, less expensive, ways to get on the track at a later point, because the schools don’t matter (as anything other than a means to an end) whereas the long-term effects of first professional entry do. Some kids go from Harvard to failure, and some go from state schools into great jobs (although the odds are obviously better at the elite college, and at the college level, spending the money is probably worth it).

    To give a concrete example of the general shiftiness of prestige and “feeder” advantages, I graduated from high school in 2001 and, on the East Coast, Stanford wasn’t considered very prestigious. (College prestige was more regional than it is now.) Harvard, Yale, Amherst, MIT, Columbia, U. Chicago, Princeton, Brown… we’d heard of those. Stanford was somewhere in the same region as Michigan or Berkeley: a good school, for sure, but not eye-popping. In 2015, I don’t know where Stanford stacks up in “prestige” (I don’t have kids, I don’t care) but a kid pretty much has to go to Stanford to have a chance at Silicon Valley. (Google admits people from other schools, but the good projects go to Stanford kids.) Ten or fifteen years ago, no one on the East Coast would have predicted that. Stanford beating Yale anywhere? No way. And yet, despite Yale’s higher selectivity (yes, I know that Yale accepts a larger percentage than Stanford does, but that means jack shit) and stronger educational fundamentals, Yale kids apply to law school and Stanford kids get seed funding on the name of the school alone. My point is: 20 years out, it’s pretty much impossible to predict this garbage, but you probably don’t need to live in Cupertino in order for your kids to be eligible for decent jobs. At least, one fucking hopes that that is true. I’m guessing that there are multiple ways to get your kids what they really need. They need good jobs in their 20s, and elite schools two decades before that are just a means to that end.

    https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-survive-in-the-Bay-Area-with-400k-family-income

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  63. Farm Boy says:

    Minister of Defence Barbies…what use are they?

    Perhaps Camp Ton could put them to good use.

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  64. Farm Boy says:

    Lots of blonde women in the picture. I wonder how natural they are. Perhaps only their hairdresser knows.

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  65. Farm Boy says:

    Perhaps the women should be like Putin and “show their chops” by taking off their shirts.

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  66. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    After reading that, it confirms that it is much better to live in the forest as a bear. In a community where the cost of living will not allow someone to raise kids well on $400k is not to be supported.
    What is up with the writer referring to the hypothetical child as a “she”? Doesn’t he understand the linguistic default is to the masculine? Or, are the boys turned out of the housewhile the girls are subsidised allthe way through?

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  67. Spawny Get says:

    I have a mate that I tease by pointing out that he looks like Putin. He really does.

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  68. Yoda says:

    If aYul Brynner alive he was,
    Play the part he might.

    Russian like Putin he was

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  69. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Yiul Brenner was from Vladivostock while Vladiir Putin is from St. Petersburg. That is some distance.

    Spawny Get,
    This MEP is a little late to the party. She does offer yet another reason for Brexit.

    http://www.returnofkings.com/80941/european-union-mep-mary-honeyball-to-propose-banning-roosh-rok-readers-from-europe#!

    I am shaking my head.

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  70. SFC Ton says:

    Guess who was offered a 124k per year position by some yahoo’s in silicon valley?

    Told them they forgot a zero on the end. rudest people I ever did talk to and they were absolutely stunned when turned down

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  71. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    Do you think it was the frui8tcake? Wherever Cameron goes, he susceptible to being moved by the offer of food. Somebody should see him fed before these negotiations.
    Now, remember, I am a bear. I know about these things.

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  72. Spawny Get says:

    if you’re hungry…dig in mate.

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  73. Spawny Get says:

    Big news. From a source new to me
    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.2527/norwegian-government-we-will-abandon-international-law-if-sweden-collapses.html

    It seems that the paralysed, spineless, mass-suicidal cucks are not in control in Norway.

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  74. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    I’d go out for a sandwich but,

    Rodney Dangerfield woul get more respect. He would get derved.
    About negotiations, send a bear, not the PM. When they start making demands, out comes, the plate, utensils, and condiments… 😉

    I went to that link. If the story is real, this is a watershed moment. I can see Norway’s position, they are the end of the line. Sweden brought this on themselves. If it spills over, by all means, close the border.

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  75. BuenaVista says:

    CIA diversity mania: I seriously doubt that they can recruit dumber, less-motivated, more cynical cubical farmers than they employ now. The CIA is the Post Office, albeit with better satellites.

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  76. Farm Boy says:

    Speaking of Silicon Valley,

    In an open letter to San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee, tech entrepreneur Justin Keller said he is “outraged” that wealthy workers have to see people in pain and despair. As The Guardian reports,

    The latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population finds one such ‘entitled’ citizen declaring the homeless are “riff raff” whose “pain, struggle and despair” shouldn’t have to be endured by “wealthy” people commuting to work.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-18/tech-exec-outraged-having-see-homeless-riff-raff-warns-revolution

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  77. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    California does have an outsize proporttion of welfare recipients. It may be the good weather that attracts them. However, concentrating that much wealth has raised the cost of living far beyond reason. I would advise anyone seeking a community to live in to avoid both poor nad rich.

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  78. Yoda says:

    A new post there is

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  79. SFC Ton says:

    CA has gone crazy with the give us more mexicans thing who are disproportionately on the welfare

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