Category Archives: Somebody is Wrong on the Internet

Alexander’s Law of Dissimilarities and Bathrooms

Alexander’s Law of Dissimilarities:  Just because something reminds you of a past event, that doesn’t mean the situations are actually similar.

Comparisons are always tricky, but sometimes a writer comes upon a unique idea which fits Alexander’s First Law.

Erin Matson:

Toilet Paper Is Free In Public Restrooms; Why Not Menstrual Products?

Toilet paper, soap, water, and hand towels or hand dryers are provided free of charge in public restrooms. So why are women supposed to pay for a tampon or a pad?

Just like peeing and pooping, menstruation is a predictable, routine bodily function that people take care of in public restrooms every single day.

Menstrual products are basic public health supplies that allow people to maintain sanitary health standards — just like toilet paper, soap, water, and hand towels or hand dryers.

Access to menstrual products is critical for the full dignity, equality, and participation of women and girls worldwide — in South Africa, for example, poor girls have stayed home from school because they didn’t have access to pads.

Because I have the time, I searched out answers to the more basic question: Do businesses have to provide toilet paper? As I figured, the idea was so odd, that it did not occur the the authors of the American’s With Disabilities Act or the Occupational  Heath and Safety Administration.  There’s that small chance I missed a mandate, but it looks like paper isn’t regulated by either, except that bathroom facilities for employees must be sanitary, etc.

Even according the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, public toilet facilities themselves are not mandated in all businesses, and not even all restaurants. And if toilets are not mandated, then toilet paper must be optional, as well. The link goes to a Village Voice columnist answering a question about restaurants without bathrooms. 

Knowing that my internet searches are used by Google to determine my future poopup advertising, I didn’t look further. 

And now, the answer to the blogger’s question:

So why are women supposed to pay for a tampon or a pad?

Provided is not the same as free. They are similar, but not the same.

Toilet paper seems to be a non-mandated product, but is provided without cost, because nobody puts in a bathroom in a public place without planning on buying toilet paper. A public place with a toilet but without toilet paper is actually more troublesome than a public place without a bathroom. It is provided without cost. The cost is ‘rolled into’ the overhead of the facility. Prices for the goods or services are then adjusted to meet the overhead. Nothing at a business or government facility is ‘free.’ 

Then the proper question is “Why are feminine menstrual supplies not provided in bathrooms located in airports, restaurants and other public places?”

The answer is simple:

Buy your own darned pads, you moocher.  

Bravado: You’re Doing it Wrong

Consider the thoughts of Bill Schmalfeldt, an individual who has gone out of his way to soil his own reputation and attempts to get people fired.  

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Taking the ‘lame attempt’ Tweet at face value, I assume someone has informed Mr. Schmalfeldt’s employer of Peace Orders, previous urine-related writings, and some other whatnot. I’m on record as discouraging such things, but…turnabout is fair play. Bill’s public statements have made it clear that he has done the same.

I’m focused upon the statement “This is my town, people know me.”

It reminds me a bit of the “fed to fed” Tweet of a few years back in which Schmalfeldt assumed he’s have some common ground with a postal inspector, since he was once a writer for the federal government. The details are fading in my memory, but the tone was much the same. I know the special handshake. No pun intended.

A reminder: Knowing Bill Schmalfeldt is exactly the opposite of liking Bill Schmalfeldt. To know him is to loath him.

Bill Schmalfeldt should take no comfort that the anonymous, pseudonymous or non-Quad Cities individuals who are contacting his employer are strangers, while Bill is known to his employers. After a while, Bill’s personality will be known to his employers. Even without information from the Lickspittles, his employers will come to certain conclusions about him. Management might Google Bill Schmalfeldt. A few listeners might, too. This is a natural process, and one reason why folks generally avoid making strikingly odd statements in public.

As for the second Tweet at the top of this post, involving prosecution: Radio stations have notoriously weak prosecutorial powers. At one time, the phone police were fearsome, as explained by Dr. Johnny Fever:

My copy of the Communications Act of 1932 and its amendments show no actual police powers afforded to radio stations.

I would encourage those who dislike Bill Schmalfeldt to act within legal boundaries. Please don’t put yourselves in jeopardy by exaggerating, overstating or becoming a pest. 

Take the lead of the most wise Stacy McCain:

The best way to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt. — RS McCain



Can We Just Dial it Back Just a Bit?

Or as Sgt. Hulka said,”Lighten up, Francis.”

So now we have to keep an eye on anarchists, Islamists, Antifa and the black bloc. 

Members of the anti-fascist Antifa group at Cronulla on Saturday.

A 2015 anti-fascist protest in Australia by Antifa.  Photo credit: Alex Ellinghausen.

Sidney Morning Herald:

Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals. 

Apparently they’re anti-racist, which I figure is good, but they’re pro-intimidation and violence. 

From a  Washington Post story on the so-called black bloc protesters at Berkeley:

To be sure, the black bloc attackers don’t make prosecution simple. As the article notes, the term “black bloc” was first used to describe tight wedges of black-clad protesters in helmets and masks who appeared in street demonstrations in Germany in the 1970s, sometimes confounding efforts to single out, identify and prosecute individuals. But it is not clear to me how eager UC Berkeley is to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

Germany became Nazi Germany when the Sturmabteilung successfully intimidated others with violence.  With so many young people convinced they are right, and that violence is acceptable in the face of so-called fascism, (Trumpism, really) we need to keep an eye out for the new brownshirts. Hint: they are not operating from the ‘right.’  

Stay safe.

Strike? You’re Going to Strike?

In Douglas Adams’ Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a great computer has been created to provide an answer to the question of life, the universe and everything…or to provide a question to the answer…I forget.
Philosophers burst into the room to protest the computer, as the computer would actually put them all out of work. From the radio script:

Some folks should not threaten to strike.

Gus Bailey found this gem:
Dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists including the usual suspects like Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon have attached their names to an effort calling for a month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump. “No! In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!” reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times last week by the group Refuse Racism. “Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger,” the ad says. 
I could actually do with less Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing and Ed Asner in my life.
“Simply put, Hollywood is the base of the entire modern American culture. It is the foundation of the country, so to speak, the glue that’s holding it together. And think about what happens when you destroy the foundation of a house. It comes crashing down, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s going to happen to America unless Donald Trump realizes how real the danger of that actually is, and chooses to step down as President of his own free will. And while we’re on the subject, between you and me – nobody wants Hollywood to stop doing its thing, but this is a necessary move.”
Please. Please.  Start with the terrible superhero movies.

Once Again, Really Slowly

There remains one guy who pretends not to understand things, so I’m taking one more try at this. I have cropped off the photos which appeared with this Tweet by Bill Schmalfeldt:

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Please notice the wording of the first sentence.  Passive voice “…as posted on hogewash.” He didn’t say,”John Hoge posted…”  

John Hoge has never, ever actually posted an altered photo on Bill’s late wife on the website Hogewash!   I don’t actually think John Hoge has posted any photos of Bill’s wife, at all.

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I think I had this avatar for an afternoon.

If you read comments on a WordPress site,  you know that individual users can use photographs as their avatars.  Mine is a small picture of myself.  Someone used the altered picture of Bill’s wife as their avatar, and that was published online…but not by John Hoge.

Bill Schmalfeldt wants you to believe that John Hoge caused something to be posted on his website which was an ugly, zombified photo of the late Mrs. Schmalfeldt.  John Hoge is no more in charge of avatars in the comments section, than I am over here.

Bill Schmalfeldt desperately wants to be the victim in all this.  This must be so frustrating for him.  He can’t reach the ones who have insulted him, and the one guy whose contact information he has, and who seems to be a’big cheese,’ simply refuses to fight dirty.   

While I discourage the use of ugly avatars of adversary’s family…I am not in charge of those things.