1\ It's odd: the collective kabuki dance in which we all pretend to be fragile and afraid of giving or taking offense

Meanwhile, we thrill to the Hollywood trope of "comfortable American place": the black barbershop, the construction site, the police precinct locker room
2\ These tropes are lovable because they reveal our real values, we know their boundaries, the friction is out in the open and honest

They are earthy, jocose, ribald, a bit harsh, and we *like that*

Humans LOVE it when a spade gets called a spade
3\ Non-PC culture is the seedy but essentially harmless uncle who would drop everything to teach you how to change a flat tire

PC culture is the hyper verbal mother with borderline personality disorder; what confected rage might she fly into next?
4\ This difference was hit on beautifully by Aruna Khilanani

Despite being insane enough to give a Yale lecture called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind", she was still able to perceive that her own liberal friends are scarier than, say, @AnnCoulter:

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City planners are their own constituency

Each generation decrees that what its predecessors built was racist, and sets about planning something new...
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Lately there's been a fetish for "organic spaces" with Old World fractal dimensionality
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Don't believe me? This thread is a compilation of data showing just how empty the hospitals were

To start with, here's the US. Empty all year
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3\ Here's German hospitals. Also empty.

h/t @ImDarrenDunn2
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1\ It is well to ridicule those who dip into the third world for a few instagram moments and come away with a "transformative" experience

So I would like to submit myself for ridicule!
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It was amazing!
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The dry heat was a "force pressing down on you" etc. etc.

But it really was eye opening

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Uhhh, there was this thing called the Cultural Revolution...

She mistook a disproof for a proof
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Let's talk about why his proposed "fix" won't work
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Crypto fans don't want inflation so let's assume Musk's dream coin will only have fees
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