Cantandum in Ezkhaton 02/17/19

I guess one person can make a difference. But most of the time, they probably shouldn’t.

Marge Simpson

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Malcolm posts a warning on the Green New Deal (GND). It is a plan to dekulak the country get the US off fossil fuels and nuclear in ten years, by directing 40%-50% of GNP to a variety of green-clean energy initiatives. All to prevent Climate ChangeTM, and end racism, sexism and poverty.

It is madness. It’s New Deal Redux, with language Lenin would have loved. I seem to remember Moldbug saying something about the New Deal being the start of America’s brand of Communism.

Well, look at it this way, the New Deal ran for many years before World War II actually mobilized the nation under a common cause, so maybe the GND will have a similar end. Or, just as likely, it could push the US closer to parity…with Venezuela. Tucker Carlson has some fun with an AOC advisor on the matter…

NR takes several shots in Sandy’s War here.  It closes with:

And so we have the grand game of make-believe and moral dress-up, in which Field Marshal Sandy rallies her troops on Twitter in the service of a half-organized bouquet of slogans and prejudices that no mentally normal adult — and there are still a few of those around — takes quite seriously. The purported goal of the great national deployment isn’t the point — the deployment itself is. It is an excuse for a great deal of noise and running in circles and excitation and displays of Very High Moral Seriousness that is its own reason for being. Sandy’s war is not a struggle over the future of Earth — it is only a struggle over the future of Sandy, and all the other Sandys out there in the great vast wilds of America, waiting tables at TGI Friday’s or grinding away in the obscurity of some master’s program in women’s studies, sure that however things were supposed to turn out, they weren’t supposed to turn out like this, a mess of loneliness and pointlessness, all dressed up for battle with nowhere to go and no comfort but Netflix and Facebook and Twitter, little fixes of dopamine just strong enough and frequent enough to keep the addicts upright and sedated enough that they do not begin asking the really difficult questions and demanding answers.

It’s not that this kind of thing has ever backfired on a smaller scale, like in the USA, here or in Canada, here. Clarissa speaks more generally here and here.

And onto what caught my eye

The NeoCiceronian Times on the inevitable tragedy of treating people as common property.

Anatoly Karlin on how the Irish experience refutes the Convergence Hypothesis.

Alf on Satan as a troll. A sample:

This leads us to conclude that those who do say we are evil, you know, the type of people who constantly drone on about ‘uhhh we’re destroying the planet ohmygod we are a virus on mother nature when will our tyranny end’ are themselves evil. They deny us our purpose and they lie to us that we are evil for being who we are. Nonsense. If you believe we are evil just for who we are, be consistent and commit suicide.

Audacious Epigpone on the willingness to use violence to achieve political ends. You’ll never guess who finds it more acceptable.

American Sun was prodigious as usual. It begins with an essay when the revolution actually starts. It reminds me of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s thoughts on resistance to absolutism:

It is always utterly impossible to build an aggressive Power with aristocrats. Care for family interests, class solidarity, educational influences, all combine to dissuade them from handing over to the state the independence and fortunes of their fellows.

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Resistance is, therefore, the business of aristocracies.

Also from American Sun, on the global war on terror and a sign of the fall. The state of art in the 21st Cenutry. To close the week off, Nick’s Five Friday reads.

Palladium talks about the political problems of centralized social media, with a nod to Urbit, the other work by Mencius Moldbug.

Discovered a new blog this week: Clarissa’s Blog. She has some concerning statistics about teenagers today. It seems they are no longer doing any of the teen activities that prepared my generation (“X”) for leaping into adulthood. No dances or dates, no athletics for fun, no clubs, no hanging out at the mall, no movies, not even the nerdy / geeky / bookwormy but nonetheless social stuff I did. Rather, they are stuck in orbit around their social media and their parents. Her posts are short: see one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.

The Orthosphere with a few articles applying Confucius’ first step to wisdom: How enriching is the progressive experiment?; plus, thoughts on bromides and the origin of ‘bunkum’. Further, why is red-baiting verboten?

Evolutionist X had a good week. She discusses infanticide and cannibalism in E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. Also, a quick refutation of the misleading use of GDP, in Deutschland and generally. Also her comments on a quirky paper about human sacrifice as a way to protect property rights.

Mr. Briggs with the good news: You are not an illusion. A frank discussion about what transgenderism really means. His weekly Summary Against Modern Thought. A review of the Death of New Atheism. Also…horrorterror!!! Physics is the lease diverse science! (But please, do note Ken’s comment to this article, as he comments after reading the impugned study.) Plus, The Week in Doom – Opioid Marketing Edition.

Aidan MacLear on the need for patriarchy.

Jim on defunding the left, including a nod to Canada’s own Faith Goldy.

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“Another face for punching!” – random progressive.

Esquire magazine ran an article on the life of a white teenage cis-gendered male…to show how privileged he is, of course. I did not read (because I’m sick of the perpetual disguise of understanding and tolerance), but I note this commentary by ramzpaul. Esquire’s tagline is “Build a Life That Matters”, but their articles in the subheadings are all salacious gossip. I wonder if the editors feel any dissonance.

PA with an example of why there is no magic dirt anywhere.

A particularly good podcast on Hindu Nationalism, by the BrownPundits.

Finally, in Canuckistan, a controversy exploded over SNC Lavalin and their request to pay a voluntary fine instead of being criminally prosecuted for having allegedly paid bribes to do business in Libya. The option to do so was enacted into Canada’s Criminal Code, buried in over 500 pages of a budget bill, by the Liberals last year. Allegedly, SNC bribed Libyan officials, but I suspect it was baksheesh, which from what folks who have done business in Libya tell me was a normal part of business, and maybe not a bribe.

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Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould in better times: “Baby, where did our love go?”

The Prime Minister’s office allegedly pressed the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould (a lady and First Nation member) to accept SNC’s offer for a remediation deal instead of a criminal prosecution. She allegedly refused, which resulted in her demotion to Minister of Veteran Affairs, and after Trudeau shockingly tried to mansplain the situation, she resigned from cabinet.  The different viewpoints on the morass are best summarized by Newfoundland’s Rex Murphy, and Lord Black of Crossharbour. Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing, and Wilson-Raybould has said nothing, as she is very likely bound by Solicitor-Client privilege (which our petit Dauphin could waive, to let the truth out, but he knows he gains nothing by doing so.)

Justin Trudeau has typically been able to charm the media, but with this scandal (which is nominal at best), the Canadian MSM seems to be out for his blood. Mr. Murphy’s article points to the cause: the facade of being the champion of First Nations and women’s rights was shown to be false, if not deceitful, and only for the purposes of political advancement.

Why this is news is beyond me. Since the [current year] he has done nothing to improve the lives of women or First Nations, and he has been revealed as a cynic who used the Cathedral’s OrthodoxyTM to win himself political power. This may be a turning point, as the MSM is now making more money as his detractor than his cheerleader.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

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Cantandum in Ezkhaton 02/10/19

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“Why?” you ask. Tucker Carlson has your answer. It has something to do with people who matter losing their jobs.

Thoughts on Trump’s State of the Union Address, from Malcolm and at PA BlogJim also takes note. Follow up from Malcolm.

The Superbowl was last weekend. The Patriot’s won, beating the LA Rams.  PA made notes. Scholar’s Stage wrote on football generally, and finding purpose, meaning, and fleeting glory. Also from the Scholar, writing identitarian songs.

This week the polar vortex (allegedly, a Global Warming product brought to you by Climate ChangeTM). At one point, I walked to work in a wind chill of -40 (conveniently, °C or °F, you pick.) If I never have to look at long underwear again. Mr. Brigg’s warms my heart with a new term for climate change fanatics: Climate Liars. Vivian Krause on the millions of USD being spent in Canada to help such liars. But Mr Briggs sees a positive effect: it’s causing more male births.

White shoes lead to Twitter outrage, ‘cuz raycis! We are also officially the stupidest civilization in all of human history. Congrats! Although, if we are that stupid, how will we ever know we’ve proven that there were no dumber civilizations? And to my fellow Canucks who might argue this does not apply to them because they’re from Canada…

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Christina: “Ahem, sir, you’re forgetting something!”…Enrique: “Si, ándale!”

 

Further Eye Catching Goodness

The Neo-Ciceronian Times on the rise of “Social Prosecution” under the increasing cultural power of the Left. Clarissa’s blog on why this is like Stalin’s era, but corporate not State driven, and so much worse.

Aidan MacLear on PUA Is Unnatural. I like where he goes with this.

Also from Mr. Briggs, notes on the Pope’s recent speech, who seems to have problems with the first commandment. The always special This Week in Doom – Diversity Statement Edition. Plus, his continuing Summary Against Modern Thought.

Anatoly Karlin on why the US left the INF treaty (spoiler alert: it’s China) and thoughts on AOC’s Green New Deal.

The Orthosphere on how to tell those actually traumatized versus those ‘triggered‘. Also, on Christian Pessimism. Throne, Altar, Liberty on the Gospel Truths of Christ’s Early Life.

Alf’s FAQ on Jimianity.

Malcolm on crimes against unborn children. Heartiste notes the update to sign language. Related, The Orthosphere on Freedom of Religion and Speech, and the Rise of the Cult of Moloch.

The American Sun was busy this week, with lessons from Irish dissent. Also, use of social media to feign populism. On the Marie Kondo phenomenon (the Netflix star showing tidiness and and discipline are not a disease), and what to do about the monopoly of tech giants? Plus, the five reads for Friday.

Evolutionist X provides her notes on reading E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. A links post on evolution, sleep and more. Plus, thoughts on kinship coefficients and the genetic ties that bind.

Sovereign Exceptions on the cost in lives of self-driving cars.

And just under the wire, “Bad” Billy Pratt at Kill to Party on MTV, REM’s Automatic for the People, the rise of AOC and the not-rise of Elizabeth Warren. Mr. Pratt, I loved that album too. It’s beautiful and clever, but there was something about it…like REM’s compass needle starting pointing somewhere else.

Keep on reactin’!

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkaton 02/03/19

Professor Jones says in Raiders of the Lost Ark that the first step in archaeology is going to the library. The line always stuck with me. My previous career was in an archaic form of IT. When technicians were having trouble with equipment, software or systems, I insisted they look at old trouble tickets and ask other techs if they had similar issues. There were few problems that someone had not solved before, and you could save a lot of time not duplicating the research of others.

Same thing in the Reactosphere. If I’ve got a question about politics, history, or power, there’s a good chance someone in the ‘sphere wrote about it, very often with a good primary source for it. Hence, my delight in being directed to this article on the substitution of religion for economics.

Marxism seems to have evolved to try and place human existence under rigid centralized control, based on plans driven by figures, to maximize production. (An example: James C. Scott’s study of agrarian planning in Seeing Like a State.)

Does this kind of thinking really work, ever? An example:

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Robert Strange McNamara – Longest serving Secretary of Defense

It was unwise to have Robert McNamara (who helped the US Air Force with statistics in the fire bombing of Japan) as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. He was intelligent, but he missed simple wisdom on human behaviour in war, which a reading of The Art of War and a year in combat service would provide. Colonel David Hackworth had this to say in an interview with PBS:

Q: Why was body count so important? Or was it?

 

Hackworth: McNamara was a number-cruncher and he wanted to have something to crunch, a number. The overall strategy was attrition, to wear out the enemy. By counting bodies, we would know the impact of the war, its success or failure. That became the standard measurement of success. It was the score, and everyone knew the score.

 

What happened was that body counting completely eroded the honor code of the military, specifically among the officer corps. It taught people to lie. The young lieutenants fresh out of the military academies were taught to lie. The generals, who were pretty proficient liars anyway, pushed the body count. A high body count meant great success. So, in every battle, enemy bodies were counted several times. If there were 200 bodies, suddenly the figure became 650 and it became, to quote Westmoreland, “another great American victory.”

 

It corrupted the officer corps and it appalled the soldiers, who by that time were mostly draftees. They were scurrying around the jungle counting bodies, which was a pretty awesome and terrible thing to do. It had a real boomerang effect on the military because it was like a cancer; it destroyed its soul.

The movie The Fog of War is McNamara showing why he was not suited for the role. I like McNamara, but he is a cautionary tale and an object lesson: Others have dealt with problems before and you need to learn from them. He speaks passionately about his errors because he knows they cost the lives of thousands if not millions.

McNamara is honest, even sympathetic at times, but did not learn until it was too late: There are some very critical decisions you cannot “numbers” your way out of. Sometimes you need to understand the non-quantifiable human aspects of the situation, hence his fallacy.

What Caught My Eye This Week

From Malcolm…fun! Just replace the therapist with the MSM. Much needed humour on North Korea. Also, Moloch needs babies…badly!

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New York State, circa 2019.

Aidan MacLear sets the record straight on Whores and Actors.

Alf has said goodbye to AlfaNL. I’d been reading for a few years, and always looked forward to his posts. He’ll continue posting at the gardenoftheinternet.com, and the latest is the need for a new religion.

PA comments on what I think can be termed ‘victimization chauvinism‘ (which, I think means, my victimization trumps yours, so your history is what I say it is). Also, thoughts on the Gamma type.

Evolutionist X does an excellent review of Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate. A bit of history: In ancient times, having the neighbours over for dinner meant something else. And her thoughts on Millennials and burnout. Millennials seem to have entered a phase of recognizing there are severe faults in the ‘system’. They are in that ‘doubling down will work’ phase. Hopefully, they’ll learn to find their own way. May I suggest this letter, for starters, my young progressives.

The Covingtion Smirk is not off the radar yet. A special guest post at Statistician to the Stars, eloquently confirming what we already knew: don’t trust the media without a long pause. Part One of American Sun’s study on the event. PA discusses the general trend which lead up to the uproar.

Scholar’s Stage on the history of words as weapons.

Dr. Spencer provides a transcript of Michael Chrichton’s warnings on the Climate ChangeTM “crisis” in 2003. It’s highly recommended. In a few places he is prophetic:

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

 

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

 

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

And also this:

The deterioration of the American media is dire loss for our country. When distinguished institutions like the New York Times can no longer differentiate between factual content and editorial opinion, but rather mix both freely on their front page, then who will hold anyone to a higher standard?

The answer, as we’ve learned the hard way, are zealots in purity spirals with infinite standards.

Dr. Spencer also asks: If cold waves are caused by global warming, why are they decreasing? Also, Climate Audit considers the Pages2K Antarctic temperature data. It’s a highly technical blog, but if you really want to get into the science (whatever that means) behind the global warming industry check it out.

American Sun’s Interview with-a-yellow-vest. Plus, praise for Assad. A RTWT: Vitalist Reaction for Dummies. Also, Five Friday Reads.

William Briggs was busy this week: the next installment of his Summary Against Modern Thought. A Reactionary movie review – When Worlds Collide.  A survey of the Great Mustaches of History, and two This Week in Doom entries: the best one and the even better one. Plus, a guest post explaining how: “We have all lost our national identity. All of us. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Why?”

In the Orthosphere, the hierarchy that matters, and Hecate and the fork in the road (Medea, MacBeth and beyond).

Palladium’s take on the Davos Conference.

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Obligatory girl with Red Ensign picture. Thanks Faith Goldy.

Faith Goldy has a video on Canada’s new laws and taskforce to deal with Wrongthink foreign interference in elections. I thought that would mean stopping things like this, or preventing offering assistance to your favourite DRC candidate, or using federal government funds to donate to her foundation. But no, it’s meant to keep interference by [Select evil party: Russians/Iranians/North Koreans/Basket of Deplorableans/Covington High School Kids] in [the Current Year] at bay. (As if any of those parties care. Trust me, if they want Canada wrecked, they simply need sit on their hands and let the Liberals win.)

Finally, the Reactosphere is well aware that any time you see a grassroots movement, there is big money from somewhere backing it up. Vivian Krause, at Rethink Campaigns, originally going after questionable fish farming research, has been tracking the big money behind the activist campaigns against oil sands and fossil-fuel pipelines. She’s even been getting time on the CBC. Canadians are noticing a sea change with the federal and provincial governments who are undermining the oil and gas, using the rhetoric of groups, which Vivian reveals, are funded by sources foreign to Canada.

Energy is vital to any country, and especially Canada, where it’s really bloody cold. And despite the well wishing of enviroactivists and Climate ChangeTM adherents, wind and solar power will not replace oil and gas by using magic spells such as “diversify and change the economy” and “get off fossil fuels“. Those undermining the industry have zero implementable options on what to replace it with (other than, the State needs to make it happen, which a brief review of 20th century history will show always ends badly).

Canada needs hydrocarbons now and for the foreseeable future. Oil and gas is a major source of tax revenue, vital to the economy and trade with other nations, and essential to insure people do not freeze in the dark. But Québec and British Columbia are lauded for not allowing the flow of ‘dirty’ Alberta oil.

Any country whose exercise of sovereignty over its energy industry amounts to a two handed approach of simultaneous dependence and undermining will find someone else holding that sovereignty in their place. This, where Canada finds itself, which Vivian is shedding some much needed light on.

Keep on Reactin’!

Señor Blanco