How Internet Nerds Ruined the Life of a Stanford-Educated Korean Hip Hop Star

For no reason at all.

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The Strange Priorities of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission

Kathy Shaidle in Taki’s Magazine:

Even when they are supposedly sticking to their “housing and employment” knitting, the HRCs add to the discrimination, division, and social discord they pretend to ameliorate.

Last year, Ontario’s HRC declared that certain commonplace phrases found in online apartment ads were illegal. For instance, expressions such as “ideal for student” now constitute “age discrimination.”

But when a reporter brought over thirty “Muslim only” online apartment ads to their attention, the HRC claimed their organization was suddenly too small and overworked to prosecute these cases.

Self-Made Man

Norah Vicnent, Self-Made Man

Norah Vincent, a lesbian, dressed and lived as a man for 18 months. The resulting book—both insightful and sympathetic—is really a treasure. The chapter on relationships was particularly great reading, and will be much appreciated by manosphere readers:

Dating women as a man was a lesson in female power, and it made me, of all things, into a momentary misogynist, which, I suppose, was the best indicator that my experiment had worked. I saw my own sex from the other side, and I disliked women irrationally for a while because of it. I disliked their superiority, their accusatory smiles, their entitlement to chose or dash me with a finger-tip, an execution so lazy, so effortless, it made the defeats and even the successes unbearably humiliating. Typical male power feels by comparison like a blunt instrument, its salvos and field strategies laughably remedial next to the damage a woman can do with a single cutting word: no.

Mel Gibson vs Christopher Hitchens on Judah Maccabee

I love it. From an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg:

I mentioned to Gibson the Hitchens critique of Judah Maccabee. Hitchens argues, in essence, “No Judah, no Jesus,” that Judaism at the time (2,100 years ago or so) would simply have been swamped by assimilationist forces, and would have disappeared before the birth of Jesus. And if Jesus had not been born into a traditional Jewish household… well, you can figure out the rest.

“I can see where Hitchens is coming from, but he’s pretty puny in his thoughts, because he left out one vital ingredient,” Gibson said, “and that is that God can do what he damn well pleases! No matter what the Greeks did! And you know, he doesn’t bring that into consideration. I think he thinks that way because he might be an atheist. He’s an atheist, right?”

Why Are Creed and Nickleback So Reviled?

The question is prompted by Chuck Klosterman’s decision to hear both bands in one night—he doesn’t really seem to have an explanation himself.

Besides knowing that they’re supposedly awful, I’m not really familiar with these bands—I’ve never followed pop music. So I went and listened to a few songs, and the thing that struck me was how earnest both bands are (Klosterman does describe Creed as taking themselves very seriously). Each band seemed to have a song featuring the birth of a child, for example. There’s very little in the way of either posturing or ironic distance. I thought it was kind of endearing, but I can see how that would make them detested.

Although the Creed singer’s voice also seems kind of gimmicky.

Chuck Rudd also discusses the question.