Miscellany 12: Miscellany Theories: Neo-Classical vs. Post-Modern

1) You have gotta be fucking kidding me. National Review took money from Google. Maybe is still doing so.

Well, that explains a lot.

2) George Soros demonstrates that psychopaths can’t think like normal people. In particular, they can’t seem to process what a normal person finds desirable and not desirable.

In an essay at MarketWatch Soros writes,

“Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991.”

As if anyone is going to be like, “Oh no! We all miss the USSR so much!” Severe rhetoric fail.

(Via http://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/02/no-one-misses-ussr-george.html)

3) Oh my freakin God, how bad is sex advice from women?

In Search of the Secret Switch

What is that elusive, secret switch you can flick to turn women on? I wonder whether you men suspect we women have one, whether we’re all in a giant conspiracy to hide it from you, sort of like Samson and Delilah in reverse.

If I could share any secret with you, it would be this: we women don’t actually know what that switch is either. …[But] let me give you a few thoughts that will at least send you in the right direction.

1. Tell Your Wife She’s Beautiful [in other words, “Act beta.”]
2. Touch Her Without Expecting It to Go Anywhere [“Act beta.”]
3. Don’t Increase Her Exhaustion [She elaborates: “If you want more sex, then go out of your way to make sure your wife isn’t exhausted. Pick up a mop. Put the kids in bed.” In other words, “Act beta.” Meanwhile, back in RealityLand, Heartiste once cited a study that showed that couples in which the men did a lot of housework had less sex. The actual cure for your wife’s “exhaustion”: If you act more alpha, you’ll find that she mysteriously feels well energized when sexytime rolls around.]
4. Talk to Her [As long as what you’re saying is, “Put on those four-inch spike heels that I like.”]
5. Figure Out What Feels Good to Her [“Act beta.”]
6. Trash the Porn
7. Clean Is Sexy
8. Love Her Anyway [“Act beta.”]

Via Dalrock, who amusingly translates and breaks down this addle-pated woman’s advice to husbands about sex.

4) This year is the 100th anniversary of Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings.”

5) March 2, 2019: President Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses. Sweeeeeeet!
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432328-trump-says-hell-sign-executive-order-for-free-speech-on-college

President Trump announced Saturday he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants.

“We reject oppressive speech codes, censorship, political correctness and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. These ideas are dangerous,” Trump said. “Instead we believe in free speech, including online and including on campus.”

“Today I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research grants.”

DOOOOONNNNNNNNAAAAAAAALLLLLLLDDD!

6) Meta stuff:
• Edited the About page.
• Took Eric Raymond off my blogroll and replaced it with Setting the Record Straight: https://aidanmaclear.wordpress.com/

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C. S. Lewis and Clinical Narcissists

C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce is about a final split between all things heavenly and all things hellish.

It is told in first person, as an account of a dream. The narrator comes to his senses in a dreary town. The general mood of the inhabitants is quarrelsomeness. Later we learn that this is, of course, hell.

He gets into a conversation with someone who has been there longer, who mentions that he knows two people who journeyed to the house of Napoleon Bonaparte in hell.

“They went up and looked through one of the windows. Napoleon was there all right.”

“What was he doing?”

“Walking up and down— up and down all the time— left-right, left-right— never stopping for a moment. The two chaps watched him for about a year and he never rested. And muttering to himself all the time. ‘It was Soult’s fault. It was Ney’s fault. It was Josephine’s fault. It was the fault of the Russians. It was the fault of the English.’ Like that all the time. Never stopped for a moment. A little, fat man and he looked kind of tired. But he didn’t seem able to stop it.”

Does this remind you of anyone?

Try this:

“They went up and looked through one of the windows. She was there all right.”

“What was she doing?”

“Walking up and down— up and down all the time— left-right, left-right— never stopping for a moment. The two chaps watched her for about a year and she never rested. And muttering to herself all the time. ‘It was Comey’s fault. It was WikiLeaks’s fault. It was Pepe the Frog’s fault. It was the fault of the Russians. It was the fault of misogynists.’ Like that all the time. Never stopped for a moment. A little, fat woman and she looked kind of tired. But she didn’t seem able to stop it.”

Miscellany 11: I Miscellanied ya mutha. ’Cause she wanted it. She wanted it BAD.

1) David Burge (a.k.a. IowaHawk), October 24, 2018:

2) James Woods after being reinstated on Twitter:

Some leftist asshole to Woods: “Thought you were sent packing.”

Woods:

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Woods is now my second favorite celebrity, second only to a certain real estate developer and reality TV star who got himself elected President through the outrageously unorthodox method of telling the truth about important things.

3) That’s funny right there:

“An Experimental Test of the Validity of Survey-Measured Political Ideology,” by Laméris, Maite D. and Jong-A-Pin, Richard and Wiese, Rasmus, (July 09, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 7139.

ABSTRACT: We examine the predictive validity of survey-measured left-right political ideology by testing whether this measure is able to explain observed choices regarding equality versus efficiency. We study this in a real-effort distribution experiment, in which decision-makers allocate money equally or efficiently… We find that, conditional on entitlement concerns, self-reported right-wing ideology significantly predicts preferences for efficiency. Reported left-wing ideology does not have predictive value in explaining preferences for equality.

LOL.

Leftists don’t have beliefs. They have things which they are currently shouting about.

As just one example, before the election of 2016 it was, “Oh my god! Trump refuses to acknowledge that it’s totally impossible to interfere with US elections! That proves he’s a fascist!”

Immediately after it was, “Russia interfered with US elections! Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge that is a fascist!”

Normal people have beliefs, meaning things they believe. Leftists have slogans that they shout for political reasons. The semantic content of these slogans is not much more important than the semantic content of loud music played to keep people awake during sleep deprivation torture.

It’s the volume that matters, not the words.

As the “no election meddling!”/“election meddling!” thing shows, Orwell in 1984 did not exaggerate about the whip-fast reversal of leftists’ slogans.

4) Q Anon debunked by one of its originators:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/29/trolling-fleecing-co-creator-q-hoax-explains-dangerous-evolution/

People on the right need to stop giving credence to this distraction. Anonymous Conservative, e.g., has gone down the rabbit hole with this lately.

5) Note on the current holiness spiral: Aside from the main driving dynamic, which is essentially a Prisoner’s Dilemma with a large number of players, I suspect it’s exacerbated by the left’s obsession with Saul Alinsky. One of Alinsky’s “rules for radicals” is:

The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

This strikes me as good advice as long as you haven’t achieved your goals. But when you’ve achieved your goals, or all your reasonable ones anyway, and you keep up the pressure, that just means you’re pushing for things that are unreasonable, and then, in short order, downright insane. Trannies in your daughter’s school bathroom, abolishing all immigration enforcement, etc. At that point you’ve started destroying your own broad-based support. Then you start experiencing things like losing elections you thought you had a 98.5% (LOL) chance of winning.

So here is an aspect for which Alinsky’s advice helped the left at first, but eventually ended up hurting them.

By the way, we on the right are nowhere near having achieved all our reasonable goals, obviously, so every person on the right should read Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. It’s cynical as hell – he was a leftist, after all – but also practical.

6) A lot of people a month or so ago were worried that Trump was going to cuck on the border wall and the shut-down brinksmanship. I admit, I was one of them. But he’s holding firm so far, and if anything, dialing up the pressure on Congressional Democrats. See the post and comments here, for example:
https://blog.jim.com/party-politics/white-pill-on-the-shutdown-and-wall/

I had forgotten that when we’re told that President Trump is caving, there are two things to keep in mind:

(1) Don’t heed the media, DUH! They love to say that he’s caving, partly because they know it can de-moralize some of his supporters and partly because they’re prone to wishful thinking.

(2) Vox Day’s two-day rule: Whenever it looks like the T-Dawg is caving, wait AT LEAST two days before you react.

There’s also a possible third force in play: That people like Ann Coulter, and many others expressing their anger at the apparent cuck-out, influenced Trump for the better. Given that, I am not at all inclined to tell everyone to remain calm all the time, because it may be that a little UN-calm is helpful. Coulter has one point of view, and though maybe she goes a leeettle too far sometimes, I think voices like hers help to remind El Maximo Presidente that we are paying attention and that the immigration issue is still crucial. It wasn’t a brief fad of public opinion that happened to matter around Election Day 2016.

7) Here’s a project for somebody with too much time on his hands:

Do bands fronted by a chick have lower life expectancy than all-dude bands?

I expect so, because a woman fronting a band will often cause unnecessary drama, strife, and conflict.

Going after this question empirically would be an enormous undertaking and I am not going to do it. If anyone wants to do it they should, I think, limit it to bands with a song in the Top 20 in a given year. Then go to Infogalactic or wherever and find the date the band formed and the date of the breakup (or the first breakup if the band gets back together later). Grabbing data from one year, say 1990, might be enough of a data set; I imagine there are a lot of bands in the Top 20 (or Top X, you choose X).

8) Red Pill in Reality: A female lion forced to live with a beta male kills him:

https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/what-happens-when-you-force-a-female-to-live-among-beta-males/

[T]he killing of the male lion by the mother of his cubs at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, Oct. 15, has [a lion specialist] perplexed.

“The attack that occurred took everyone by surprise; it surprised me,” he said. “I’ve never heard of a female attacking a male.”

He said there have been observations of groups of females attacking strange males if they are seen as a threat, but the females generally just wound and chase away the males, not kill them.

…Zuri held Nyack down by the neck until he suffocated to death. […]

…Packer thinks it might have happened because she was domineering over him, and called this an “odd combination” because lionesses are generally submissive to male lions…

“The main lesson here is…that it’s something that can happen. If you have that combination of an aggressive female and submissive male, it might not be the ideal configuration.”

Ya. Fuckin’. THINK?

Another Holiday Memo

Mistletoe

From: Mrs. Stanton, Middle School Music Director
To: Michael Porkwit, 8th grade
CC: Steven Brenner
Re: The Winter Holiday Concert

Michael,

A memorandum about last night’s Winter Holiday Concert. As was necessary last year, I must ask you to moderate your behavior to respect those in the audience and members of the school community who have more delicate sensibilities.

To wit,

1) Regarding the carol “Angels We Have Heard On High”: You started in unison with the other students, singing the opening lines

Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains.

But the next the lines are, emphatically, NOT

Why do angels eat hair pie?
It’s something no one can explain.

I Googled that expression after the concert, Mr. Porkwit, and I am appalled.

In the Introduction to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Santa’s last two reindeer are not The Donald and Blitzkrieg. (And Rudolph’s nose is not red because “He hits the hooch too much.”)

2) On your behavior backstage:

Kissing under the mistletoe is a charming and romantic holiday tradition. One does not hold it over one’s crotch and say to girls, “How about a little Christmas sugar, Sugar?”

If you look at the CC line on this email you will note that I am copying Mr. Brenner, the Choral Director for the High School, which you’ll be attending next year if you graduate eighth grade. He’ll be keeping an eye on you.

Thanking you for keeping these requests in mind,
and with Best Wishes for a Happy and Well Mannered Holiday Season,
Mrs. Stanton

The Cautionary Tale of Polly Proposition

With apologies to the anonymous author of “Impure Mathematics.”


One day Polly Proposition went out without her context. Suddenly a grammarian leapt out from an alley! “Hey, baby,” he leered, “I’d like to split your infinitive.”

Polly feared he was a serial comma. Feeling tense, she tried to dash away, but the brute caught her.

He removed her parentheses and every article she wore, and told her, “At first I wasn’t sure what gerund you are; I thought you might have been a transitive. But now I see you have a nice figure of speech.” She hoped he was neuter, until she saw his participle dangling right in front of her. But it wasn’t dangling for long; it quickly became like irony at the cite of her.

“Please, sir, I’ve never been inflected, and–”

“Don’t be so demonstrative!” he said. He bent her over a table of contents and made her give him headings. Polly couldn’t believe he made her do verbal! Then he explored her cleft sentence until he exclaimed a large amount of pleonasm.

When he was done he said he was passive voice and he wanted Polly to dominate him, to treat him like her subordinate clause, but she told him she was a nonrestrictive modifier.

Angered, he put her in an inverted position until she was totally redundant, and she felt him in her semicolon. She protested, but he ignored her and plunged into her Deep Grammar. He diagrammed her until he achieved conjunction. After he interjected Polly ran home.

“He totally treated me like a direct object!” she said to her friend Penny Preposition. “I didn’t mean to be naughty… it’s just that my boyfriend, Oxford, is so pronominally possessive. Oh, I’m such an idiolect for going out singular!”

“Poor thing,” Penny sympathized. “Had you ever done that before?”

“No,” said Polly. “He’s the first person! And not only that… He back-channeled me!”

“Oh! You mean he used your assonance?”

“Yes! But that’s not the worst,” Polly sobbed. “He didn’t just take me. In fact, he took me… out of context!” And she broke down in tears.

“You can have him arrested,” Penny said. “Do you know where he lives?”

“It’s indefinite,” Polly wept. “If only he’d been a homophone,” she added.

A few days later Polly missed her period. “Something’s implicit within me!” she bemoaned to Penny.

“Are you sure?”

“Appositive.”

Nine months later Polly started experiencing contractions, and she soon gave rise to a large set of unintended implications.

The moral of the story:

Don’t be an oxymoron: Never leave your context without your brackets, or your future could be imperfect and for your wayward ways, you’ll pay a syntax.

Miscellany 10: Designer Miscellany at Bargain Bin Prices!

1) Programming note: For fans of the Red Pill in Fiction series, it’s still very much alive; I’ve just been busy with other stuff lately. Teaser: The next one is actually going to be Blue Pill in Fiction.

2) Hillary Clinton says of blacks, “they all look alike.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-jokes-they-all-look-alike-after-interviewer-mixes-up-cory-booker-and-eric-holder

The left shrieks with outrage. Hah, just kidding; left defends her. See your local lefty Twitter feed.

3) Trump announces he’ll terminate anchor baby policy by Executive Order.

For a link, add .html to the end of this:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/trump-birthright-citizenship

Awesome.

And… OMG wowjustwow. Anchor baby policy: Trump’s opposition to it is actually part of a super-clever plan to support it!

PS: Russians!

4) Fortunately, San Francisco’s plan to get non-citizens, including illegals, to vote seems to have been a bust, with only 49 signing up.

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/SF-spends-300k-register-noncitizen-voters-how-much-13340917.php?t=1cc71b89e3

5) If you’re catching flak, you’re over the target. President Trump spreads the news that an illegal alien murdered two Americans. The left screeches in outrage… that he mentioned it:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/president-trumps-despicable-tweet-draws-willie-horton-comparison-harsh-rebuke-from-ex-florida-gop-chairman-2018-11-01

Dems and NeverTrumpers are really squealing in pain over this ad, so we know we’ve got ’em!

Speaking of hostile invaders: Media coverage of the invader caravan has changed from “There’s a caravan and here’s some video of them marching toward us” (what the hell were they thinking with that?) to “That bastard Trump is trying to turn the caravan into a political issue!” Trying to turn it into a political issue!? Like it’s not inherently a political issue!? Like he started it?

Whatever. Their anger at his mentioning this fact proves they know this issue is a loser for them. Hence the “Stop talking about this!” Uh, no. We’re going to talk about it. Loudly and frequently.

I also noticed that the media has largely replaced photos and video of the caravan marching, with maps showing its progress. The left has acquired a clue that vivid images of a hostile force marching toward our border are devastating for them.

And it illustrates how insane they are that this wasn’t obvious to them to begin with.

6) In response to the President talking about the invasion caravan, the left is busting out the “Nazi/white nationalist” stuff.

Wow, in the 1940s Nazis invaded other countries. Now apparently “Nazis” are those who object to invasions!

Memo from Diabolus 31,506 to Diabolus Apprentice 19,751: The Linguistic Division at the Ministry of Truth has really earned their bonuses this year!

7) Freshman enrollment at Evergreen College drops by 50%.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/09/10/evergreen-state-college-professor-freshmen-enrollment-300/

As if that isn’t bad enough for Evergreen,
“All of this is happening as enrollment at competing schools is up. This year the University of Washington announced it was welcoming its largest freshman class ever. So this is not a regional trend. This is about Evergreen and what happened there last year.”

8) Google employees stage a walkout over Google’s “treatment of women.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46054202

This is what happens when you let yourself be SJW-converged, Google.

Sometimes I think Vox Day is overly optimistic about how hard and fast convergence starts damaging converged organizations. Then something like this happens.

It’s accelerating too.

Hey Google: LOL.

PS: James Damore says Hi.

He also says LOL.

9) We call them NPCs because they mechanically throw around terms like “racist” and “Nazi.”

And the response…

Anyone unironically using the term NPC in reference to anything other than video games is automatically a nazi in my book.

Via:

(At the 1:22 mark.)