Still mid-move (now in the unpacking phase), and I have to say that for once in my life I feel competent as shit. Iʼm over here moving heavy stuff and filling out mortgage paperwork and setting up my home network off a cell phone and doing minor repairs and calling dudes who can do major repairs and scheduling my vaccine shot and shopping for Motherʼs Day. Got my tortoise-style adult-fu going on and it feels good, man. Only took me 25 years to get here.
We heard this fallacy a lot in the 2020 general election, too. “You canʼt possibly vote for Joe Biden! Heʼs old, creepy, possibly senile, and has a history of touching women on the shoulder!”
Is there a name for the fallacy where you point out all the flaws in something in order to dismiss it, without mentioning that every other alternative (including the status quo) suffers from those same flaws?
This happens a *lot*, but Iʼm thinking of it this morning because of the 1619 project, which does make a few unfounded claims and a few arguments that reach a bit — but the people who argue that itʼs therefore bunk are glossing over how much *every* historical account does the same things.
All of our ensemble shows have the same “gang,” and theyʼre all the cast of Gilliganʼs Island. Look:
- Fred = Skipper
- Shaggy + Scooby = Gilligan
- Daphne = Ginger
- Velma = The Professor AND Mary Ann
- Rotating cast of rich baddies = The Howells
- Mal = Skipper
- Jayne = Gilligan
- Kaylee = Mary Ann
- Inara = Ginger
- The Tams = The Howells
- Book = Professor (wisdom aspect)
- Zoe + Wash = Professor (competence aspect)
Sopranos? Riverdale? Avengers? Commedia dell'arte? Works for all.
Last night I had a dream I was in Muppet Club. I showed up at the start of a new year and everyone was in costume but me, and I was like, “Uh… guys last year we only wore our costumes to events, not at the clubhouse. Whatʼs going on?” And Sweetums says, “rule change.”
So I say, “ok, I guess Iʼll be Bunsen like last year.” And after an awkward pause someone says, “you werenʼt Bunsen. Donʼt tell me you *forgot* who you were last year.”
Let me tell you guys, tense times around ol' Muppet Club.
@aral I've seen that "there will be no more politics in this company" happen several times over. It's usually after an employee points out contradictions in the CEO's own politics, or if employees try to unionize or make some collective decision not involving bosses.
"There will be no more politics in this company" is always followed by some explicitly political statement.
My brain is on fire and my fingers are always moving.
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