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  1. October 7, 2015 at 10:12 am —

    Hating Renoir, really?

    How do you hate an artist enough to protest them?

    Except Paul Gauguin, fuck that guy!

    • October 7, 2015 at 11:58 am —

      Speaking of racial bias in art, I always loathed how white people only want Indians to do things in the Studio style. (For those unfamiliar, the Studio style is that somewhat two-dimensional style with heavy outlines.) That’s the only ‘authentic’ way to do things, it seems. *sigh*

    • October 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm —

      The Renoir thing I think is a joke all round. The protesters have a good time and get some publicity, Renoir’s paintings get some publicity, the media gets some silly-season type news. Nobody takes it seriously.

      It is just paintings. Paintings don’t really matter. In the real world, this sort of hatred is reserved for “Wuthering Heights”, which should only be readable after psychiatric evaluation of the would-be reader, and inducement to read it should be a crime.

  2. October 7, 2015 at 11:54 am —

    It doesn’t include the bias in favor of inaction (e.g., a small risk of an adverse event from a vaccine, say an unlikely allergic reaction, suddenly outweighs the much greater risk of a deadly infection in a world without vaccines).

  3. October 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm —

    “Fecal mimicry”, another term for Donald Trump’s campaign.

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