Takimag seems to be down. Cut off. I never paid any heed to it before today but I was looking for an article so I could see for myself. Can't do it; the whole site is pffft! Nae canna connect. (Google cache here
See, there's this writer, John Derbyshire
a pseudonym) who delights in pushing people's buttons and, in response to "The Talk" decided to come up with his own, paleface version
for Taki's Magazine.
I've read it and I'm not impressed; most of his "avoid this..." situations are guidelines that should be applied universally without regard to race, and failure to do so results in greater personal risk; a few are either BS or unsupported assertion. Discussion at Eric S. Raymond's blog is instructive
, though ESR and I come to differing conclusions.)
Yeah. Just about as uncouth as you might think, possibly more so. I still haven't found the whole thing but it doesn't look good
. --Mr. Derbyshire also used to write for National Review
and National Review Online
. Used to. Not so much any more.
While I think it plain sucks that (allegedly) African-American parents have to give their kids a lecture on the hazards of white people (except it isn't -- it's about the hazards of the police and the importance of not giving them an excuse to mess you up. Cogent advice these days for everyone
), or that several of Derbyshire's bullet points reflect the actual behavior of people (f'rinstance, I don't go downtown for Indiana
Summer Celebration -- OTOH, I don't go downtown for major sporting events or Stonewall Day, either, and for much the same reason: I'd only get in the way).
This is the world we've got, and some of the people in it will
loath you for your pigmentation; you're living in a paranoid dreamworld if you think that is the only reason, or that there aren't folk who look just like you
-- however you may look -- who will rob you, hurt you or worse. Me, I tend to give any group of young male humans a wide berth, at least until I see the Boy Scout uniforms and maybe even then.
...But that's not what I broached the subject to write about; plenty of people are looking to the article and writer in disgust and -- this being the Internet -- you will no doubt find defenders, too.
Nope, it's this taking down a whole website over one article. C'mon; stinkin' thinkin' reveals itself. You're better off pointing it out and making well-deserved mock. It doesn't need censors. Crashin' a website over words you don't like? How's that any different from any other kind of mob "justice?"
It isn't. Forget the tar and feathers, the hempen rope, the brickbats and torches, it's so last century -- these days, what you want is a botnet and some 1337 H4ck20R skills.
I suppose it's an improvement -- less death and property damage so far -- but it ain't much of one.
(Speaking of racism, I am irked by the flap over Mary J. Blige touting fried chicken
for a fast-foot franchiser. Look, dammit, most Americans think properly fried chicken tastes good; watermelon has nearly as many fans and the extent to which outdated stereotypes make various groups of people unwilling to eat either, or at least be seen eating them in non-monochromatic company, is the extent to which they are ruled by foolishness. It's food, not some sociopolitical pose. Food!
Shaddup and eat, or order a pizza.)
"After a slight bit of searching I came up with:
ATC is tradename and abbreviation for Armas de Trico y Caza , South America
And a similar piece in 8mm centerfire Adalet."