November 8th, 2019

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Professional British offence-takers have been loudly indignant about Jacob Rees-Mogg this week, who, while discussing the fire in Grenfell Tower (probably because the results of the first phase of the inquiry had come out a day or so before) said something to the effect of had he been in that tower during the fire, he would have disregarded the advice of the fire brigade to stay put and tried to get out of the building anyway. "I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems a common sense thing to do." (link)

This may be stupid on various levels: because of the 20-20 hindsight, and because how would you know how you would react in a burning building. But what offended the professionally aggrieved, e.g. the Guardian, is that they understood his words as being a jibe at the stupidity of those who had died in the fire. Which they clearly weren’t.

And this cud gets chewed over and over again by the BBC for several days already!

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Don’t know that other guy, but McWhorter I know as a popular linguist. Apparently, they also dabble in discussing... whatever that is... life? politics? discourses? This episode is about identity politics (which they both resent).

At 30 min 30 sec McWhorter says, "this list of people that we are often put on, this intellectual dark web". I actively dislike the term "intellectual dark web", although I like many people who are associated with it. First, why the dark web? In the tech speak, dark web was the part of the internet that was not indexed by search engines, and therefore essentially inaccessible unless you happen to know the direct url of the page; so technically, when applied to this group, it doesn’t make any sense. As for "intellectual", it is plain and pathetic self-flattery: some of these people are certainly highly intellectual, others much less so.