Verbal Tics

“Systemic racism” has turned into a verbal tic. Today, it’s what “two weeks behind Italy” and “bend the curve” were in May. (Not March, mind you. May).

Initially, all three expressions had some meaning. But now they are the equivalent of “like literally.”

14 thoughts on “Verbal Tics”

    1. What I heard is that Atlanta had a really progressive experiment on the community / police relations going on for years. I also heard the experiment was working. And now it’s all destroyed over an angry drunk who will join the pantheon of civil rights victims together with the violent addled felon Floyd.


      1. “Atlanta had a really progressive experiment” – Interesting.

        “I also heard the experiment was working. ” – So well that police decided killing was an acceptable response to angry drunks?

        “And now it’s all destroyed over an angry drunk” – To be fair, it may be destroyed also over a trigger-happy policeman who cannot overpower a usual drunk civilian (not a career criminal) without resorting to deadly force.

        In other news, reading such makes me extremely unsympathetic:

        Paris racial justice protesters chant anti-Israel, anti-Jewish slogans
        Some demonstrators, apparently marching against racism, were heard shouting racial slogans such as ‘dirty Jews’; others were seen holding up banners, reading, ‘Israel, laboratory of police violence,’ and waving Palestinian flags


        1. Please, seriously? This individual attacked a police officer, took away the weapon and aimed the weapon at the officer.

          Being drunk doesn’t mean doing any of that. It’s not the drunkenness that made him do it. The guy was violent. Being violent towards police is a dangerous thing to be.

          Honestly, why are we wasting time in this? It’s a a pretext. It would have been something else.


          1. “Being violent towards police is a dangerous thing to be”

            True. I think that deadly violence wasn’t called for in this case. They knew all he had was a taser and once he fired it once he was effectively unarmed (this from a comment at the link).

            On the other hand the atmosphere has done a lot to put cops on edge and I’m fairly confident that had the interaction happened a couple of weeks ago then it would have ended differently.

            Best theories I’ve seen so far (two are not my own).
            First, local governments are going to face funding shortcuts and cutting police budgets is a way of some bureaucrats to save their own jobs.
            Second, the powers that be hate, hate, HATE that the police didn’t fall for the Jussie Smollet hoax and exposed it for the low-rent fraud that it was and this is a campaign aimed at preventing police from being able to do something like that in the future.
            (Third, my own) they’re trying to rehabilitate Colin Kaepernick, thus public figures kneeling so they can turn him into a post facto visionary hero (with hefty corporate sponsorship).

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      2. Update on Rayshard Brooks from comments to Rod:

        “The best response would have been to have him call a friend to drive him home. Ideally, that’s something the Wendy’s manager could do, but I’ll bet that’s against company policy due to liability issues. So the Wendy’s manager has to call the police. ”

        “That Wendy’s where this happened has since been burned down by protestors. I guess this is our new normal now.”

        “Literally could have taken the car, identified the guy and arrested him later, but instead he gunned the guy down. Conservatives have remarkably low expectations for the people who have the power of life or death over the rest of us.”


        1. I think the person who left this comment is not entirely sober himself.

          There’s nothing to discuss here because nobody cares about this guy. He’s just a pretext to go burn more stores and go fire more people.


  1. Wanted to ask what you think of the warnings in this article. Liberalism and humanism have seemingly achieved a total victory; BLM slogan presupposes that human lives matter. Yet, do they? Will they if the crisis will be half as bad as this article describes? Below is the relevant part of the piece. It’s worth noting that while the author concentrates on India and Pakistan here, there are many other potential conflict zones in the Middle East and, most likely, not only there.

    // The Post-COVID Middle East? Toast.
    Broad swaths of the planet are about to become sweltering, hungry, and desperate.

    The aftermath of COVID will present its own grievous set of problems, some of which we are already seeing in a newly declared U.S. economic recession, much like the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 was the prologue to the Great Depression, which in turn led to World War II. Once the wheels of history begin to turn they tend to feed off of each other.

    The economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic will no doubt aggravate existing long-term trends and set the stage for instances of collapse. To appreciate this one need only study the Middle East and India, parts of which are becoming a literal tinder box.

    India, for example, is home to well over a billion people. By 2027 it is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populated country. Yet at the same time government officials report that half of the country—about 600 million people—suffer from “high to extreme water stress.” Likewise during the next decade, the demand for water in India will grow to over twice the available supply. To make matters worse, by the end of the century temperatures in the region are expected to reach levels which are “intolerable to humans.” As in somewhere around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Dry, crispy. Toast.

    At this point optimists usually broach the topic of quick fix solutions like solar powered air conditioners. What’s left unsaid is that most people in India still need to go outside to make a living. Over half of India’s population works in agriculture, and all those solar powered heat exchangers are only going to make toiling in the fields more unpleasant.

    But heat and water scarcity aren’t the only existential threats. Indeed, there’s no guarantee that India will even survive long enough to witness Mother Nature’s blast furnace at the end of the century. That’s because India’s next door neighbor, Pakistan, also faces high levels of water stress. Pakistan gets much of its fresh water by means of the Indus System of rivers, which flows into the country from—you guessed it—India. Roughly 90 percent of Pakistan’s agricultural production depends upon Indus System waterways.

    As the Himalayan glaciers that feed the Indus System shrink, the corresponding increase in demand will ensure that access to potable water becomes a vital issue. If India were to cut off Pakistan’s supply, as Indian officials have already threatened to do, the outcome would be disastrous.

    India and Pakistan both possess nuclear arsenals.

    What might seem like a limited regional conflict would end up being a global incident as the planet becomes enveloped in high altitude streams of fine radioactive soot.

    It goes without saying that there would be an exodus from affected areas that would dwarf what happened during the Syrian war. Leading to increased tension, surrounding governments will have to wrestle with how to manage wave after wave of refugees. And while the military collision of Pakistan and India wouldn’t be an extinction level event for the human race, it would be traumatic enough to produce severe social turbulence.


    1. I have to say that after the absolute failure of the predictive models in what concerns COVID, it will be absolutely impossible to make anybody listen to the predictive climate models. Scientists were incapable of predicting anything for 2 weeks from now. And we are supposed to listen to these obviously unverifiable stories about the end of the century?


  2. Reading these stories is so weird. I live in a smallish town. Last week, a cop tased, cuffed, and arrested a local guy. Local guy was mentally-handicapped, well known to the community (as in, everyone in that part of town, plus my mom who knows everybody, recognized this guy on sight, knew who he was, his nickname, etc.), and he is known to be harmless and occasionally get confused and melt down in public. Officer was an older fellow who’d been on the force a long time, and should have known better, but was apparently showing off for a trainee.

    Cop was immediately fired, handicapped guy was immediately released and no charges filed, and the PD issued an apology to him and his family. A half dozen people held up signs on the sidewalk for a couple days, because they wanna be part of the national protest scene or something. No rioting or arson. It’s a done story now. Cops screw up. How does it get to be such a big nasty repeating pattern in some places?


  3. The police chief in Atlanta fell on her sword yesterday after the cops shot Rayshard Brooks, but it’s the mayor who should be recalled because of total incompetence. Despite the major rioting in that city just two weeks ago, the city authorities were completely unprepared to handle yesterday’s predictable arson after the shooting.

    Yesterday was deja vu all over again, watching cops stand by and LET A FIRE BURN OUT OF CONTROL NEXT TO A GAS STATION FOR OVER AN HOUR because “protesters” were blocking Fire Department vehicles from entering the area, and the police couldn’t clear a pathway to the fire because they “didn’t want anybody to get hurt.”

    While that scene was playing out, a “situation management expert” on CNN was telling Wolf Blitzer approvingly that this was the correct thing to do because the goal is “de-escalation” and “property is less valuable than lives.”

    That isn’t “de-escalation.” It’s unbridled anarchy –an absolute, shameless capitulation to mob rule, and all that it accomplishes is to encourage further lawlessness. If there’s no punishment for criminal activity, why would any criminals stop?

    (Of course, the Atlanta mayor was a guest on several television political talk shows this morning, getting sympathetic questions from the hosts.)

    I’m sure that tomorrow our “Law and Order” President will have a lot to SAY about the situation!

    Yes, I’m thoroughly disgusted!


    1. I agree with you but in practical terms nobody can risk touching a hair on these “protesters'” heads. They have all the media, all the cultural power, all the financial power. They aren’t asking or demanding anything. They aren’t protesting. They are celebrating their win. The win that happened before anybody heard of George Floyd.


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