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  1. Julian Sitkovetsky, Vasa Prihoda and Ossy Renardi certainly belong on the all-time greats short list.
  2. Insisting that one's personal belief about it be accepted with the kind of fervor appropriate to a religious event is, IMHO, an exceedingly arbitrary demand. This is not the martyrdom of Saint Joan of Arc being discussed, but a problematic incident with no clear resolution possible. .
  3. Ask twenty people, chosen at random, what "rape" is. My "own understanding" has nothing to do with it --- any more than that the word "conversation" can connote carnal connection (Shakespeare, if I recall rightly) has with its sense in general conversation. Figurative sense is not literal sense.
  4. Ah yes -- the magic of words. Years ago, when tomato ketchup was listed (with a straight face) in a government nutrition program report as a "vegetable," the laughter that resulted was loud and long. Sadly, there's been no similar response to the linguistic scorched earth policy that's completely re-written reality in criminal justice. Thus sexual contact between an inmate and a staff member, no matter how consentual, is legally "Institutional Sexual Assault" (Rape), because, in legal fiction, an inmate is legally incapable of giving consent. Ditto draconian age restrictions with you
  5. 1) I don;t know L StJ's motivation, and don't pretend to. But let's play qui bono. Not being female, I can't say for sure (and even if I were, my experience wouldn't necessarily be that of another one, so that whole approach is a wash). But we are told, at every opportunity, that the biggest factor inhibiting women from disclosing that they have been sexually assaulted is that it would come to public attention. The one inevitable result of digging this whole thing up, after such along time, is . . . wait for it . . . public attention. No other purported rationalization holds water.
  6. Noted in passing : “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. “He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.” -- George Orwell
  7. At least one outfit offering pernambuco tailpieces is advising they be used in conjunction with kevlar tailguts. (?) Pernambuco pegs (?)
  8. Doublethink 101 : We must value and embrace diversity of opinion. But we ensure that our voices are the only ones heard -- by force (physical, economic or social). Orange Man bad.
  9. And the Goodthinkists have the Antifa mobs and the Cancel campaigns.
  10. I only wish you did. Because supposing that reality depends on time and place is relativism pure and simple.
  11. If I had called you a Stalinist, you would have been offended. But you've called yourself one, by implication, by making common cause with them. And I'm offended. Because the Proof of Concept -- the example of what you're talking about put into actual practice -- was the Gulag Archipelago, with which you should be at least passingly familiar. On the safe assumption that you are, that is an example of what Orwell termed "Doublethink" -- Nobody (except for the True-Believing Goodthinkists) is alleging that everything in human nature is OK in every situation. But I should like
  12. "O, wad some Poower the giftie gie us, to see oursels as others see us !" -- Robert Burns There was a cartoon in Mad Magazine back in the 1950s, making fun of Madison Avenue conformity, that I wish I could find, copy and paste, for it nails what the goodthink mob looks like from outside (outside the perspective of their belief system). Four identical men. Identical suits, identical haircuts, identical briefcases, identical expressions on their faces. Four word balloons -- one from each. To wit, "I'm a rugged individualist !" "Same here !" "Me too !" "Ditto !"