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I see a pattern; can you spot it?

This week’s Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Deny it, hope it goes away, worry about how it affects HIM, blame the innocent, shoot the messenger, and finally, reward Russia.

Compromat is a bitch, isn’t it.

What Did They Expect?

A couple of things that went exactly as you’d think they would. You just need the capacity to think. At all.

These idiots had a surprise party and now 18 of them have tested positive for COVID-19.

What did they expect?

Then there’s this series of tweets from an English guy who lives in France and has dual citizenship. This couple he knows, however… don’t. And they have a house near where he lives in France. Hilarity ensues. (Long, but worth it.)

What did they expect?

This is the logical extreme of the utter lack of empathy and completely selfish attitudes of the right. Rethuglicans in the US, Tories and UKIP in the UK.

Why Try?

Why try to parody these actual events?

What will you add to this story?


The “Good” Fairy

The only imaginary part about this is the fairy:

Matt Bors

This cartoon is from 2015 but nothing has changed, not for the better, anyway.

Recently, one of the founding members of OpenZFS (an important Unix data center file system) changed the “slave” terminology in his project’s code to a more accurate one of “dependent”. As the clickbait headlines say, “you’ll never guess what happened next!”

But this being the Internet, unfortunately, outraged naysayers descended on the pull request, and the comments were quickly closed to non-contributors. I first became aware of this as the moderator of the r/zfs subreddit where the overflow spilled once comments on the PR itself were no longer possible.

Ars Technica, June 11

Similar reactions have met software developers replacing “white-list/black-list” with “allow-list/deny-list” even if the latter are also more descriptive and accurate.

The linguistic association of “white” with “good” and “black” with “evil” is an important tool in maintaining structural racism. People with a vested interest in structural racism are the ones you will see protesting seemingly absurd things like those examples above.

Emergency Repairs

What looks like a group of “volunteers” – I doubt professional road workers would dress like that for this task.

For more about the crime that led to this situation in Florissant, see here.

When anyone responds to “Black lives matter” with “all lives matter,” ask them how all lives can be thought to matter while Black lives still don’t?

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