Well gentle readers, we have a bumper crop of madness for you today. Let us first journey to the epicenter of American lunacy: The People’s Republic of California, via Powerline:
Add to the long list of things wrong with California the increasingly obvious signs that California’s political class is certifiably insane. Right now California officials are pondering whether to ban soda straws and classify coffee as a carcinogen:
A California court case could turn every cup of coffee here into a jolt of reality on the risks of cancer.
Under a state law, cancer warnings already follow Californians when they enter the lobby of apartment buildings, drive into parking garages and sit down at restaurants. They also pop up on products including kitty litter, ceramic plates and black licorice.
Now, a state judge in Los Angeles is expected to rule in the coming months whether coffee should be labeled as carcinogenic under the three-decade old law, which is meant to warn Californians of potential harms.
Let us also take another quick look at what the Democrat-controlled legislature thinks a pressing public priority:
[Ian] Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
‘We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,’ Calderon explained in a press release.
Well yeah, but when are they going to get to really important issues like toilet paper, Kleenex and band-aid recycling? And did you know yoga is a tool of white supremacists? Fox News explains:
White people who do a downward-facing dog are contributing to a ‘system of power, privilege, and oppression,’ according to a Michigan State University professor.
Shreena Gandhi, a religious studies professor at Michigan State, claims in an article she recently co-authored that Americans who practice yoga are contributing to white supremacy and promote the ‘yoga industrial complex.”
White Americans should learn yoga’s history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and ‘recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs,’ Gandhi argued.
Uh…wasn’t it Jimmy Carter who warned about the “yoga industrial complex?” or was that the “yogurt industrial complex?”
She co-authored the piece titled ‘Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation,’ with Lillie Wolff, a self-described ‘anti-racist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer,’ who has called for ‘decolonizing’ yoga, the College Fix reported.
The two argued ‘the explosion of yoga studios, yoga video, apps, yoga pants, and other yoga swag over the last two decades is evidence’ of the ‘(mis)appropriation of yoga’ that ‘is part of systemic racism’ built on ‘the labor of black people and people of the global south.’
‘We would argue one of the goals of white supremacy is to buffer white people from the pain that comes from the process of exchanging cultural grounding for the unearned power and privilege of whiteness,’ they wrote. ‘…this modern-day trend of cultural appropriation of yoga is a continuation of white supremacy and colonialism, maintaining the pattern of white people consuming the stuff of culture that is convenient and portable, while ignoring the well-being and liberation of Indian people.
Unless I’m just entirely out of the loop, I don’t see masses of white people, let alone supremacists, rushing to appropriate yoga. It’s also a bit difficult to see how engaging in rigorous stretching promotes colonialism. I don’t recall the British forcing Indians into contortions during the colonial period, but I’m apparently not terribly woke, as well as being decidedly white and patriarchal.
Especially during this time when the underbelly of capitalism — white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and xenophobia – is being exposed, it is imperative that everyone, especially those who have access to spiritual practices like yoga, ask difficult questions of ourselves and one another,’ the two concluded. ‘We must ask, in what ways are we complicit in a system that harms people of color, queer and trans people, poor people, people with disabilities, and immigrants?
I suspect we must also ask “why don’t we get lives?” Or perhaps: “Oh waiter! Could I have a straw please?”
Since we’re chronicling prodigious stupidity, we must travel back to California, particularly Stockton, where local station KQED brings us up to date on advanced economic theory:
I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a lot of the issues we are facing as a nation,’ [Mayor Michael] Tubbs said.
Stockton is one of many Bay Area cities on the fringe of the wealth accumulating in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The Central Valley city went bankrupt in 2012, and for decades it has been trying to diversify its agriculture-based economy.
‘I feel that as mayor it’s my responsibility to do all I could to begin figuring out what’s the best way to make sure that folks in our community have a real economic floor,’ Tubbs said.
Tubbs is coordinating an effort to test a new way to sustain residents: universal basic income, or UBI. For one year, several dozen Stockton families will get $500 a month, no strings attached.
Dorian Warren co-chairs the Economic Security Project, which is contributing $1 million to the initiative. He said the goal is to gather data on the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income.
In addition to tracking what residents do with the money, Warren said they will be monitoring how a basic income affects things like self-esteem and identity.
‘What does it mean to say, ‘Here is unconditional guaranteed income just based on you being a human being?’ Warren asked.
Don’t we already know the effects of unconditional welfare? I thought we had decades of experience with that? Oh, and from where is this unconditional money going to come, or was Margaret Thatcher right when she said the problem with socialism is you always run out of other people’s money?
The UBI that is being proposed in Stockton now is very small compared to the big corporate subsidies that cities like that engage in,’ Anderson said.
Stockton racked up millions in debt on development projects in the past, which got the city into trouble, Mayor Tubbs said.
‘We’ve overspent on things like arenas and marinas and things of that sort to try to lure in tourism and dollars that way,’ he said.
Tubbs thinks the UBI experiment will show that Stockton’s best bet is to invest in its own people.
So the best way to “lure in tourism and dollars” is to give away other people’s money to a handful of local residents to raise their self-esteem and bolster their identities? Only in California. Or maybe Oregon, or New York, or…
I remember Seventeen magazine in the days when my sister read that sort of thing. Today’s magazine seems to have—evolved, according to PJ Media:
Not to be outdone by Teen Vogue’s raunchy and unsafe “Guide to Anal Sex” for teen girls, Seventeen magazine has waded into the cultural septic tank with this: ‘This Realistic Vagina Manicure is Exactly What I Needed Today,’ by Hannah Orenstein. That’s right, I hope you’re not eating dinner, but they are featuring a nail artist who has created goopy-looking genitals your teen daughter can wear on her fingers. I already have nightmares about people with fake nails (and all the bacteria underneath) at restaurants. Now add genitalia. Wonderful!
Clearly, this isn’t in the same category as the extreme sex guide that Teen Vogue thought it could sell to American teens (before it shuttered), but it is one more example of the mental illness that exists on the left. What’s with this obsession with vaginas and selling sex to minors? This makes you look nuts, fyi. This, in a nutshell, is why Trump won.
Granted, teenagers tend to be pretty motivated to try sex without much adult prompting, but if I saw that sort of thing on a girl’s nails, I’d suspect a serious infection, or worry her body had been snatched by parasitic, carnivorous aliens.
Orenstein’s other contributions to a magazine for minors recently includes, ‘These are the 10 Best Places to Get Condoms for free,’ ‘43 Girls Get Real About Their First Time Having Sex,’ ‘30 Girls Get Real About the Moment They Knew They Weren’t Straight,’ and ‘18 Girls Get Real about Masturbating.’ This is deliberate targeting of children with the political messaging and ideology of the far left, not to mention sexual grooming.
One wonders how one gets “real about masturbating”? Is that like “getting down,” or “getting funky?”
Too stupid to survive.