Sep 282016
 

‘Th’ sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists 

That there is a primo example of a headline that’s not very accurate. The article specifically discusses the English spoken in London, England. The native English are apparently being replaced by non-natives, with the result that:

Already Estuary English – a hybrid of Cockney and received pronunciation (RP) which is prevalent in the South East – is being replaced by Multicultural London English (MLE) which is heavily influenced by Caribbean, West African and Asian Communities.

The conclusion being drawn is that the English language of London will become a dumbed-down, linguistically simplified gibberish with fewer consonants because the speakers won’t be able to distinguish between ’em. I gather that it will sound like a combination of “ghetto” and the “chav/yob/pikey/whatever-the-hell-they’re-called” indecipherable mush that you can hear in the movies “Attack the Block ” and “Harry Brown.”

Interestingly, we’re living in a time when English *should* be able to remain stable. Centuries ago it’d change because, well, languages drift. But we now have more than a century of audio recording s of *proper* English, widespread literacy and ready access to decent educations. But it seems that English is mutating faster than ever. Some of it is good and natural… the more words for the more concepts, the better. As James Nicoll pointed out:

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.

But dumbing it down? I believe George Orwell wrote a book a little while back about efforts to dumb down English into “Newspeak.” If you limit a persons ability to communicate, you limit their ability to conceptualize. You limit their horizons.

And people said I was mad when I decided to base the late 21st century of Earth in my Zaneverse stories on a combination of “Idiocracy” and “Elysium.”

 Posted by at 10:58 pm
Sep 282016
 

I’ve paid little attention to that NFL player Colin Whatshisname who refused to stand during the national anthem Because Reasons. Because… who cares? Some guy I’ve never heard of who’s getting paid buckets of money to play a game I’m uninterested in, decides to disrespect the US. Well… there are more important things to pay any sort of attention to. The NFL should just fire him for  bringing shame to their organization, and then move on with life.

A similar but somewhat more important incident has hit the news:

Navy launches investigation into sailor who didn’t stand for National Anthem

The motive for this intelligence specialist in the Navy Reserve seems to be much the same… the fraudulent narrative about systemic racism:

“I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans,” she wrote. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

As the article point out:

Troops who don’t stand for the National Anthem could face prosecution under the Navy’s Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which says that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.

It seems to me that there are two conclusions here:

  1. The military has a problem of indeterminate size of having servicemen (women, whatever) who are anti-American. It is difficult to imagine a *good* reason why someone who despises the US would join the military, but there are numerous *bad* reasons why someone might do so. Acquiring knowledge and skills to be used against the US, or for criminal, gang or otherwise nefarious purposes, has been a common occurrence.
  2. Clearly a court martial is called for. Seems to me that the best approach is to try her and, if found guilty (and since she’s admitted it, it seems a slam-dunk), to drum her out of the service with a dishonorable discharge. I would argue against prison time, since her actions were, after all, in and of themselves minor and harmless. But the attitude behind them would seem to argue for one additional little thing: the DoD should tell every organization or company that does business with the US Federal Government that they will lose their contracts if they hire her.

 

 Posted by at 9:53 pm
Sep 242016
 

Taken at face value, these stories are stupid. But: the apologists for one religion in the world today have proven adept at convincing masses of non-thinkers that any criticism of the religion (it’s history, tenets, beliefs or current practices) is “racism.” Well… if that’s acceptable for *one* religion, it’s acceptable for *all* religions. Don’t like my carrying a sword, spear, pistol or shotgun wherever I choose to travel? Not only are you trampling my religious rights… YOU’RE A RACIST. If this catches on, this could end up being endlessly entertaining.

Rep. Dave Brat: Removing Mandatory Bible Readings from Public Schools is “Institutional Racism”

Italian School’s Headmaster Cancels Traditional Catholic Mass; Politician Calls It “Reverse Racism”

 Posted by at 11:28 pm
Sep 242016
 

While about 7 years old (dates from the early days of the Obama Presidency), this extremely nerdy video from Bill Whittle makes some good points about Kirk & Spock and what makes a good leader. Plus, they got Maurice Lamarche to do a Shatner-tastic Kirk impression.

Basically, “the smartest guy in the room” is probably not the guy who’d make the best *leader.*

 

 Posted by at 8:46 am
Sep 192016
 

You can dance if you want to, and Putin can have the KGB back:

Russia ‘to revive the KGB’ after Putin wins biggest majority

A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans. It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB

 Posted by at 11:07 pm
Sep 192016
 

Computer Specialist Who Deleted Clinton Emails May Have Asked Reddit for Tips

Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.

Hmmm. No confirmation that this is the guy, but if so…

 Posted by at 8:42 pm
Sep 182016
 

Story one: terrorist bombs in New York City.

New York explosion leaves dozens injured

One bomb went off in a dumpster. Another one was found unexploded. It’s a pressure-cooker bomb, perhaps similar to the Boston Bombing bombs.

Story two:

Philadelphia gunman left rambling letter, police commissioner says

The shooter shot a whole bunch of people, killing one. Seems in his rambling letter he expressed his hatred of the police. Hmmm. I wonder if there are any current political movements whose anti-police rhetoric these last few years might have inspired this guy.

 

 Posted by at 12:50 am
Sep 172016
 

Behold the crap-tastic dubbing in these trailers for “Guardians,” a forthcoming Russian superhero movie. As best as I can tell, the idea is that the Soviet Union created a small number of superheroes, folded, and now, decades later, supervillains are attacking Moscow and those superheroes need to come back to save the day. Given that the USSR fell a quarter century ago, I guess the heroes were just kids. Kids who grew up with terrible narration and even worse dubbing. But from the looks of the visuals, the film makers seems to have been on their game.

Now, the question is: if people are supposed to accept that super-powered metahumans produced by the Kremlin make for heroes, how about metahumans produced by Nazi Germany? North Koreas Captain Juche? Hamas Man? The mind boggles at the possibilities of “superheroes” produced by, for or in horrible regimes. How many of them would be accepted by the moviegoing public?

Let’s say the standard Magical Meteorite fell into Richmond, Virginia, in 1847, was picked up by a local plantation owner and its emanations turned his infant son into The Overseer, a Superman-like character dedicated to Truth, Justice and Maintaining The Peculiar Institution. During the War of Southern Aggression, The Overseer was just coming of age and was about to turn the tide when Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, used his arcane knowledge  obtained from a deep reading of the Necronomicon to put The Overseer into suspended animation in a mirror-lined chamber deep under the Smithsonian. But now the Earth is under attack by Big Headed Yakub, and the US government needs to bring The Overseer out of the shadows to save us all…

Yeah. That’d go over well.

 Posted by at 11:06 am