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10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date – Answered

Source: 10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date – Everyday Feminism

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter?

They don’t seem to matter to each other.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?

I like girls. Do you like boys?

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?

Laughter is the best medicine.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work?

I don’t think it should be work. It should be fun. Unless you are talking about “jobs”, in which case I am in favor.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement?

I’m not into whips and chains.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights?

I didn’t know we were going to be talking about buying a house this soon.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative?

lol wut?

8. Can any human be illegal?

Baby girls in China. Is that the answer to this riddle?

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries?

With my taxes. Against my will.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?

I don’t have a boat.

American Institutional Collapse

Hear hear.

There’s two major vectors that caused this catastrophe (and from the standpoint of running a simple awards show, it was indeed a catastrophe):

  • Competence, and
  • Trust

The competence collapse is endemic from the top to the bottom of our society, but it is especially grave at the top.  If the bottom is incompetent, well, there’s a reason they are the bottom.  I’m not sure a society can both be as centralized as our own and survive incompetence at the top.

This is the second major, multi-million dollar budgeted awards show in as many years to flub the single most important reveal of the show.  Like the old “You had one job” meme, they have one real job — to announce the winners.  They couldn’t manage that.  Instead of doing his job, one of the two people who actually knew what the results was supposed to be was busy tweeting out photos of actresses.

Our elites can’t manage any of their jobs.  Hollywood can’t even put on a simple awards show, much less make a movie worth watching.  PewDiePie does a better job of entertaining teenagers than Hollywood can manage.  Our political pundits missed both the major stories of the year — Brexit and the frigging presidential election, not just blowing both calls but assuring us that it would absolutely go the other way.  Since then, they’ve continued to blow every major call, like Paul Krugman claiming that the market had no direction but down after the election — while it has rallied like never before since then.

Our elites have no fucking clue what is going on in the world.  They mock Trump for saying that Sweden has a migrant crime problem… and then discover that Sweden has a migrant crime problem. The military elites can’t beat ISIS.  They can’t even figure out who is and isn’t ISIS.  Target self immolates trying to appease Perverts and People Who Love Perversion.  Starbucks ruins its brand promising to hire refugees as baristas.  No one, anywhere at the top, has any idea what the rank and file of the country think and feel.

And on top of all of that?  Trust is going.  I’ve talked about how vital trust is to civilization:

Society as we know it cannot exist without basic honesty. You might not believe it, but the vast majority of people you see today will deal with you honestly. The guy at the gas station will honor his agreement to sell you quality gasoline at the posted rate, and you will not give him counterfeit bills. You will not be shorted on the gas measurement, and you will not run off without paying.

When you get to work, you will leave your car, and it will be there when you get back. You will go in, and you will do the work you agreed upon with your employer. Your employer will fulfill the contracts that it has with its customers, and the customers will pay those contracts. You will file reports, and those reports will be correct and accurate. You will make statements to your customers, and those statements will be true to your knowledge. That is how society works, and if we couldn’t rely on people to deal with us honestly without the law getting involved, then we would not be able to operate as a society.

To me, that is what honesty is. Civilization.

The entire problem with the Oscars comes back to a lack of trust, based on a shown lack of honesty.

Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope because there were two envelopes.  Why was there a second envelope?  Because no one could be trusted with a single envelope.  If there was one envelope, someone would sneak a peek and then leak the list.  Therefore, there has to be a decoy list.  Why didn’t Beatty know ahead of time?  Because people assume that the actors would leak the results if they knew even right before they go onstage.  Why isn’t it on the teleprompter?  Because you can’t trust the teleprompter operator not to leak it.

All of this secrecy goes on because no one is trustworthy.  No one can be trusted to not fuck up the reveal by leaking it ahead of time.  Instead, you have this crazy Rube Goldberg machine of secrecy that ends up being too complicated for the nimrod elites we have running it to manage.  And then it takes two minutes to fix it, even though twitter nimrod presumably knew roughly 1 second after they announced it.

Because our elites can’t be trusted to run a simple system, even simple things have to be turned into a giant, complicated to-do to make up for that lack of trust.  Because our elites are incompetent, they can’t even make the simple system run properly, and are guaranteed to fail to make the complicated system run properly.

This is a major part of what is wrong with America.

DIA Update

When we transfer someone to the DIA, you also reduce their salary to $1.

The Real Headline

Former NASA Bureaucrat with a vagina is butthurt that being an Astronaut is way cooler than being a lifelong pencil pushing man-hater.

On one hand, you have the first woman to pilot, and then command a space shuttle mission.  On the other hand, you have a mousey haired nobody who hasn’t even worked as a flight attendent, much less pilot.  I know which one I’ll listen to.

(For the record, flight attendants have a more important job than you think.  They spend four or more weeks in their initial training, and about two days of that is how to bring you drinks and blankets.  The rest of it is how to get your soft marshmallow ass off of the burning wreckage that used to be your flight in one piece, along with the other 120+ people on your flight.)

The Answer is Simple

With its implied support of Donald Trump, this appearance has left many scientists and space experts scratching their heads. Why would someone who rode a rocket through glass ceilings speak at this event?

Because she was riding a rocket, not her husband.

The Earl of Montrose

“He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all!”

Western Civilization lives.

Hillary’s Xanatos Gambit

This cuts to the heart of Clinton’s problem.

Russia has the emails.

Russia has all of the emails, which means that if she isn’t indicted, the FBI and DOJ get implicated in the fallout.

Here is the scenario.  Russia releases one email with highly classified information in it, preferably one marked classified.  (They only need to release one, and that gives them the freedom to pick one that only hurts our interests and not theirs.)

One of two things will be true:

  1. It is an email that Clinton turned over the FBI, and they had it and chose not to indict her with it, or
  2. It is one of the 33,000 she deleted, which implicates their failure to get the emails before she was able to destroy the evidence, and brings the other 32,999 emails into play.

There’s no way out for her.  Russia has them.  Everyone has them.  Do you think Israel wants another 8 years of Obama Policy?  Hell no.  So they will release them if Russia doesn’t.  China would rather deal with Trump that Hillary the Superhawk, so they will release them.

The emails are coming.  The only question is whose timing they will come on.