Oh dear :) Thanks, I remember that style. Keep Calm and Pass the Gaffer.
I want to meet the 2D Ian Dalziel :)
I think part of it is that I have a kind of mental library of images/text featuring "you lot" made up of albums from my teens/early 20's, and converting those into actual people is what produces the mental hiccup. "That really funny review of the Jesus and Mary Chain supporting Straitjacket Fits in Christchurch"... oh, here's that actual guy with the slightly odd sense of humour (the JAMC were *awful*).
you’re a legend to me
I still periodically shake myself and go "that's the actual Ian Dalziel" / Doug/ whoever when you lot post here. It's that weird feeling of "he's just some guy on the internet" suddenly turning into "THAT GUY FROM THE LINER NOTES!!! OMG!!!"
It's a polite way of contrasting the progressive voices with the regressive ones.
There's a lot of people publicly trying to bring back the "good old days" ... when you could fire someone for being gay, maternity leave wasn't an issue because women were fired when they got married, no-one cared what you called your maori boy, and this whole transsexual/ transvestite/ transgender stuff hadn't been invented.
For a lot of us it was the bad old days and we don't have happy memories of it. We don't want it back. We want to move forward.
There's also this really good piece on who gets heard in the media and why... in the specific case of the media choosing an angle/who to listen to on a story then all following the judas goat because ... well, anyway, same story.
people being "worth the price of admission" ... that varies from person to person
That's what makes it hard. In the end you're making choices about which people to welcome, and it's never possible to welcome everyone (like the joke says "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?").
The question is really about how the decision is made and who makes it. Often it's a contest between loud minorities, and all too often it's between two privileged minorities. Should nice middle-class white women welcome nice middle-class white men, or should they permit non-white women? You can bet the nice middle-class white men will have opinions (don't we always), but the non-white women... hmm.
You can end up in a "turtles all the way down" situation of trying to work out how to hear voices that aren't currently present to get their ideas on how to better accommodate voice that would let you welcome ... but then are you just asking under-privileged people to do even more work to assuage your privileged guilt? Even telling them that they're invited is implicitly pressuring them to attend...
Meanwhile I'm about to go off and enjoy the company of some other middle-aged property owners as we work to beautify our local area. Our suburb is so lovely :)
are the Taxpayers Union
it's a bunch of people who hate unions, hate taxes, and believe that government should be primarily accountable to right wing trolls. Oh, and they have no sense of humour which makes their name all the funnier. These days they're been rendered irrelevant by Trump, who satirises far right iggorence better than they could ever hope to.
Politically they seem to be the less successful version of TOP, possibly because their funder isn't willing to stand up and defend their ideas in person.
If you graduate from Darwin University is that a pass or a fail?
it's really an attempt to shut down the free speech of the left by
... saying anything at all, but in an aggressively hostile way with the aim of intimidating the speaker. The message is "people like me only kill a few people a year, and mostly in the USA. But... would you bet your life on that?"
We need to keep working to reform the legal system to better dispense justice, so that we can have a civil society. That project is increasingly urgent, as the "I have the right to campaign for genocide" debate shows. As the MSP said back in 1998 "if you tolerate this then your children will be next". I don't like much 'boys with guitars' but political songs speak to me.. give me Chumbawamba over MSP any day.
Didn't realise PC was a term of praise - where do join up?
It's easy - just support people you think are doing the right thing, disagree with those doing the wrong thing, and pretty soon you'll be called a social justice warrior and accused of virtue signalling.
Yes, exactly: I'm publicly standing up against injustice because I want that to be a common, acceptable thing for everyone to do. Why would anyone *not* want that, other than "lack of injustice to stand against"?
So many of the terms of abuse that the trolls use are like that that it's often funny. Sadly, much of what they actually do is horribly destructive and the humor is overridden. It's the people who can't spell nazi but still manage to kill someone... "ha ha your sign is wrong" is an inappropriate response.
The opposite of SJW "I'm an antisocial non-violent campaigner for injustice" is an outdated cliche. We're not dealing with basement-dwelling neckbeards any more, but a well-funded international cadre of anti-liberal, anti-democracy activists.