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Saturday, September 15, 2018

HOOVERING UP THAT SCIENCE STUFF

Margeret Hoover is at it again, with her debased version of Bill Buckley's old Firing Line show. This time her guest was Neal deGrasse Tyson.  Tyson is the latest in a line of bores lecturing the rest of us in the name of science as though he is qualified to speak on matters far beyond his specialty.  Unlike Bill Nye, he is an actual scientist so there is that at least.  He was an early acolyte of the Canadien Marxist science popularizer Carl Sagan thus establishing a pedigree of sorts.

Tyson doesn't actually teach science so much as harangue humanity at large for clinging to religious or philosophical or other points of view that he himself doesn't like.  He is on record as rejecting philosophy out of hand and he is a ferocious enemy of religion, particularly Christianity.  Thus Tyson is right out of central casting for the role of Science Savant.  He is a minority creature of the establishment preaching against the remnants of an older order. 

The hoards of self-important ninnies who keep PBS alive need to think of themselves as a cognitive elite.  They need their prejudices confirmed about what they know without going to the trouble of submitting to the discipline of finding out truths on their own.  This is why PBS and NPR are so crammed with generalists and explainers spoon-feeding bogus "consensus" science, sociological and economic "Facts," to all the government workers, school teachers, and other drones dependant on public media for their self-respect. 

Tyson flatters his viewers' self-regard by making snide attacks on flat-earthers, Bible believers and of course climate change deniers. Precisely how these beliefs harm our civilization or undermine material progress is left unsaid.  He seems to assume that as long as any percentage of the public holds unorthodox views, these views will corrupt the decisionmaking of national leaders.  History is not Tyson's strength. Since when has general ignorance deterred the powerful from pressing ahead with discovery?  Did general illiteracy silence the Rennaisance?   

It's noteworthy that Tyson "....never advises political leaders," and never debates anyone.  If he did, he would be on record, hence linked with a course of action that might fail.  If he debated, he might lose.

It's telling that for all his verbiage about scientific results, he never seems to address the one thing absolutely necessary for a public understanding of those results, Logic.  Why is this? As a science popularizer, one would think that the application of logical reasoning to evaluate the torrent of scientific information would be a passion of his.  Perhaps he considers logic, as a branch of Philosophy out of bounds?

Let's be honest, Tyson and Nye and Sagan before them are in the business of making the aging Baby Boomers feel good about matters they don't really understand.


Friday, September 7, 2018

CONSERVATIVES NEED A POPE

Just caught Herbert Hoover's granddaughter on PBS interviewing J.D. Greer, head of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was the kind of interview given to UFO believers or other dubious cranks. So what's happening here?  Now that the memory of Bill Buckley is receding from memory, the little pink people at PBS decided to resurrect his old show Firing Line.  Only this time, they substitute Hoover's fatuous GOP establishment geisha for Buckley's acerbic provocateur.  One needn't know Hoover's history or the original show to see immediately just how bogus any conservative connection is.  Hoover, who is a "Gay rights activist" and "Feminist"* and need I say, a former Bush II White House drone. She put one tendentious question after another to Pastor Greer as though the Baptists are some disreputable new cult whose bizarre beliefs need to be challenged before they catch on.  I think CNN has their own click-bate pseudo conservative hottie working the same patch called, C.C. Cupp. She looks much better than Hoover as well.

    

Remember, this is PBS's "Conservative" show. It runs on Friday evening so one can catch it right after you take in the wisdom of another house "Conservative" pundit David Brooks.  Brooks is one of the New York Times' house conservatives, meaning he is no conservative at all.  He is also a neocon Never Trumper and all around crypto-Israeli.  Yet he identifies as a conservative because he works for the Times and the only organized "Conservatives" are non-conservative Neo's with their own ties and alien allegiances.

We actual conservatives let this happen.  We don't build, fund and support our own institutions.  We offend the Capitalists we defend so much they won't give us a dime.  So our enemies and imposters can actually impersonate us in our own country.

Obviously, we need a Pope!  Well, OK, not an actual pope, but is it beyond the wit of man to at least call out the phonies getting rich impersonating us?

* Simple Google search.  She lays it all out there.   
       


Thursday, August 16, 2018

OH OMAROSA, WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

Memory can be a semi-reliable faculty at best.  For days now I have been looking for a half-remembered Omarosa Manigault -Trenton NJ connection.  I could swear there was one but alas, neither I or anyone I know could find it.

That led me to other questions.  Omarosa's bathetic career of invitations to high-level employment, bad behavior and ejections are now before the public in high detail.  First, she was a Vice Presidential staffer with Gore, then a White House aide and finally a Commerce Department employee. Her falling in with President Trump's lowlife reality TV ensemble cast is too well known to include here.

Googling Omarosa brings up numerous treatments sounding like they all came from the same source.  Gore's former staff are not shy about her intractable, disruptive behavior.  She comes across as the dysfunctional schemer she so transparently is on first sight. Like much in the public eye, this is reported as the obvious masquerading as deep insight.

So far as I can discover, no one asked or answered the following question, how the hell did she get a job on Al Gore's staff?  How did this neurotic virago advance to the Vice Presidents Office?  In New York Police parlance, "Who was her Rabbi?" Who did the Clinton Campaign feel obligated to?  Or, was there some personal trait or service she rendered?

We'll never know unless a news source with sources of its own drills down a bit.  Omarosa doesn't appear to have been able to deliver the two indispensable political necessities, money or votes.  She was from Ohio and perhaps she had a connection able to deliver black votes in this swing state. It would be nice to know just what that connection was.

My own theory is this.  Both parties expect little in the way of either competence or team play from blacks.  As an old elected boss of mine confided " They (Black Republicans) always have their hand out (for money) every time I meet them."  In my experience, the level of mutual cynicism between blacks and politicians is so steep that looking for honest players among either would be like looking for albinos at the beach.  That said, our current reality demands black faces in every group picture.  With the worst of Blacks to choose from, Omarosas are to be found everywhere.  I've had to work with them in state government.  A Division Director who fell asleep at his own staff meetings, A Deputy Director caught driving voters to the polls in his state car, (complete with state markings), budget staff who could not comprehend their mission, etc., I've worked through them all.

Of course, no one can or will admit this is the case. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

OVER THE EDGE

I am not easily shocked.  Congressmen declaring an elected President illegitimate does it.  Can they mean us to take them seriously?  If so they are declaring civil war.  The same goes for declaring that the sitting President is a knowing agent of a foreign power. 

What this proves to my mind is that both the hostile elites and their colleagues in the establishment press have simply given up on rational argument.  Proof is no longer necessary when you can just calumniate enemies with conspiracy fantasies.  Holding such fantasies is embarrassing, pretending they are solid news while perpetuating them without proof is an offense.  Simply put, this is political warfare.   

The establishment press has always had its own biases.  The passing of the last old New Deal journalists, their replacement by lefty Baby Boomer  hacks and now their transmission of control to spoiled ignorant activists got us here.  I can't help loathing and pitying these smirking, self-assured JSchool empty suits.  They are cutting off the branch upon which they sit. They are bringing forth a journalism sans rational, logical testing.  And what is journalism without some reflective modesty?  Such "Journalism" is mere propaganda.  As we can see every night on CNN and MSNBC etc., you don't need to be smart or talented to do it.

It would be entertaining to see them fall in the collapse they are causing except that they may fall on MY head.

The delusional, irresponsible verbiage we hear from The Congress comes most from the minority Democrats who have never been held to account by their party for their enormities of both corruption and inanity. Now there are too many of them to deny or correct. Like the false journalists, they are too stupid to understand that by turning a branch of government into their publicly funded racket, they destroy the only thing that gives them any stature.  When they push the nation into crisis, who do they think will protect them?     


Thursday, April 19, 2018

MY LATEST ON VDARE.COM - STARBUCKS RACIAL HYPOCRISY


People who enter commercial establishments but refuse to engage in commercial activity do so at the sufferance of the establishment. That us, unless they are magic people, people for whom normal expectations don’t apply. Black Americans are such people and show their awareness of their exalted status at every turn. Ask any peace officer in any city in America.
So what made this situation in Philadelphia national news? Black layabouts were arrested for refusing to leave a Starbucks, the holy of holies of post-America.
“Hi, I have two gentlemen in my café that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the manager says. “I’m at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce.”
By NBC10 Staff, April 17, 2018
Watch it happen below:
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.
And Starbucks has reacted as a guilty thing, cringing and apologizing for maintaining order in its own shop. How did this amazing farrago happen?
Starbucks started life in the whitopian Pacific Northwest as a seller of coffee equipment serving the nascent wave of haut coffee venders. The three founders were friends from San Francisco College—one was a history teacher–driven by a sincere love of coffee. They got into roasting the beans and serving coffee in Seattle, San Francisco and other locations.
Then a driven marketing guy named Howard Schultz bought them out. Starbucks went from a “Field of Dreams” story to a “What makes Sammy run” story. Schultz saw Starbucks as an easily-exportable lifestyle venue—a place where students and housewives and office workers could enjoy awful burnt coffee while feeling part of the new, hip, post-American America. From that point on, Starbucks was a major marketer of lefty pretension fueled by expensive coffee.
As a youth I used to go into Greenwich Village in hopes of experiencing some beatnik culture. I remember my first Espresso, and how bravely I finished it while hoping that the bitter stuff wouldn’t burn my uvula away. It was the same with my first cheap Chianti and hard-as-a-rock baguette.
Starbucks serves a similar purpose. No one really likes the coffee, but it is a place for lonely nerds to peck away at their tablets as though they were all doing something together. For many, it’s as close as they ever get.
In order to drive the mystique of hipness without substance, Schultz made Starbucks a player in many social causes du jour. First it was Starbucks as champion of environmentally-sensitive business practices; then it was Fair Trade for coffee beans to keep the peasant farmhands happy. Later it wasgay marriage and anti-Trump pro-illegal alien agitation. [Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Refugees in Response to Trump Immigration Ban, By Conor Gaffey, Newsweek, January 30, 2017 ]
Schultz marketed safe, comforting cocoons for NPR listeners, and unemployed educational consultants to gather.  In a Starbucks, they could pretend to embody a more sensitive and knowing state of mind.
Perhaps this is why Starbucks decor has the bland aspect of the study hall. I suspect that for many patrons college is/was where life was really good.
So why is Starbucks so craven in its immediate sacking of the manager who called the police? [Starbucks manager who called police on two black men has left the company, by Sarah Whitten, April 16,2018] Updated 2:2] Why did they apologize so deeply and so soon for an attempt to maintain the integrity of their premises? Why are they closing all their shops for a whole day of mandatory race re-education?
The reason is obvious. While both Starbucks and Starbucks patrons value diversity, a glance at any map showing Starbucks locations shows just how diversity-averse they actually both are.
The nearest large city to me is Philadelphia.  A Google Maps search  shows that Starbucks clusters its sites around Center City and the civilized outer neighborhoods. Not a single one is in North Philadelphia’s black ghetto. In fact, most of them are located cheek-by-jowl to universities and hospitals.
In my own county of Bucks, just north of Philadelphia, all Starbucks are located in toney high-income towns like my own or in large shopping centers near highways. I invite the readers to check their own Starbucks demographic distribution.
Starbucks’ business model then, is to place coffee shops where middle class white people predominate—because high-trust European-descended people unquestionably accept the give and take of commercial life. They feel a need to pay for taking up room. By placing their shops in whiteopias, Starbucks is guaranteed a self-policing clientele. Place the same shop in a black neighborhood and the system breaks down immediately.
My guess is that Starbucks décor and music are also chosen with an eye to discouraging the more funky-minded patron.
So we can enjoy Starbucks’ delicious dilemma. Both Starbucks and Starbucks patrons are engaged in a mutually re-enforcing fiction. Both adhere to a pose of utter equality that they must know on some level is unsupportable in reality. It’s easy to live the NPR life in NPR surroundings, but the first person to exercise common sense or just healthy instinct breaks the spell.
So the manager must be fired to keep the delusion satisfying. That is why Starbucks new President is so amenable to the concept of “implicit bias.” It draws attention away from the explicit stratagems that Starbucks employs to avoid black people.
Starbucks knows that once black men start marking their turf in their establishments, more non-paying blacks will congregate. Starbuck’s diversity-loving patrons prefer the diversity of Asians, interesting foreign students and the accommodating Latinos manning the coffee machines. Hulking black guys sans coffee or computer make them nervous.
And not being able to verbalize their unease makes them even more nervous. The cognitive strain of facing your own natural fear while holding delusional ideals is simply too much.
Thomas O. Meehan (email him) is a free-lance writer and former government Senior Research Analyst and Inspector. A refugee from the People’s Republic of New Jersey, he now lives in Bucks County PA. He blogs from Odysseus On The Rocks.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SYRIA GAS YET AGAIN

THIS IS MY LATEST IN THE QUARTERLY REVIEW

Manipulator’s Dilemma

by Thomas Meehan

There is much talk about influence in media. We are warned to be on our guard against hard to detect suggestions delivered from all sides, as in “fake news.” Fair enough, but what happens when a campaign of influence is on the verge of failure? What are the manipulators to do?
We are about to see, perhaps in a matter of hours, as President Trump appears to have swallowed the latest Syrian gas attack allegations. So, on the verge of Assad’s victory over his various foes, one set of influencers treat us to yet another dubious, unverifiable account of his use of chemical weapons. Subtlety is out the window. This will be the last chance for the influencers to call forth what they want. It seems that they want to keep the civil war going.
The Assad-Russian-Iranian alliance is in control now. There are other questions, such as what becomes of the Kurdish areas and the status of the Eastern zone. The Assad regime, along with the Russians and Iranians will be making those decisions now. There is no way to change this reality around the edges. Any attempt to do so would make things even worse for the Syrian people.
Back to the “gas attack.” Let us suppose that it is true. Let us suppose that the Syrians, with the help of the Russians, decided to deploy illegal assets to kill several dozen people in a neighborhood of a city, Douma, in open rebellion against the Syrian government. Let us further suppose that they decide to do this on the cusp of victory when the population and land in question will soon be at their disposal. Would we not also have to infer that they are mad? And if they are mad, how did they manage to win the civil war?
The same people reporting in depth about an alleged deadly Russian nerve agent, Sarin, in the Skripal case assert that the Syrians are reduced to using WWI era agents now, namely Chlorine gas. But Chlorine is ubiquitous, even in undeveloped counties. From household cleansers to swimming pool water treatment, we all use Chlorine every day. People in the US are regularly killed by Chlorine tanker car upsets along our railway lines. The release of Chlorine under bombing conditions is, therefore, to be expected.
Will President Trump allow the influencers’ macabre imagery to overwhelm his judgment? We will know shortly. But this we must remember. The Syrian bloodbath, now winding down, is in large part the responsibility of those influencers who are now baying for further US and NATO action. Blood stains the hands of all those who took sides and kept the war going. Neo-cons and Neo-liberals, the Israelis and the Turks, are all happy to meddle in Syria’s agony until the last Syrian dies. None of them give a fig about the welfare of the Syrian people, for all their posturing about democracy and human rights. They are all engaged in the great game to control the Middle East. Yet if our military follies over the last two decades teach us anything, it is that no one can control the Middle East and that it is pointless to even try. Let the Russian-Syrian-Iranian Axis commence! If the Sunnis, the Shiites, and the Israelis want to contend for this war-torn region, by all means let them.

Monday, March 26, 2018

REMINGTON AND PRESS, BOTH BANKRUPT

Expecting even a superficial knowledge of subject matter by this generation of journalists is naive.  Reporting on Remington firearms' bankruptcy today is a case in point.  

From the New York Times to FOX news, Remington's fall is universally attributed to public reaction over various school shootings, some carried out with AR15 rifles.  Remington is one of a number of companies making AR15s.  The only proof of this claim is a fall off of Remington sales after school shootings.  No causal connection is established.  Why is this so?

Only Bloomberg came close while missing the underlying dynamic.  Here is their view.

"The bankruptcy is a blow to the private-equity mogul Stephen Feinberg, who has been a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump. Feinberg’s firm, Cerberus Capital Management, acquired Remington in 2007 and subsequently saddled it with almost $1 billion in debt. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will let Remington stay in business while it works out a plan to turn around the company and pay its creditors."
"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/cerberus-s-remington-will-cede-control-to-lenders-in-bankruptcy"

If the talking heads on TV had done a minimum examination, they would have known that Remington has been a troubled company for some time.  Troubles by the way, entirely self-inflicted.  Remington's problems are well known among the shooting fraternity and have been for some time.  I'll cite a few off the top of my head.

1. Remington introduced a new automatic pistol to the large and burgeoning market of pistols suitable for concealed carry.  It was a disaster.  Even those pistols supplied for review to the shooting press were pathetically unreliable. This forced Remington to do something rare in the firearms industry. They issued a recall. 

2. Under Remington's leadership, both Marlin and H@R firearms saw a steep decline in quality and popularity.  This was particularly sad in the case of Marlin, which was/is an extremely popular moderately priced dear rifle that stood the test of time.  Harrington and Richardson produced good quality firearms for modest budgets and had a following.  

3. Remington's premier bolt action hunting rifle was found to have a serious safety defect.  

4. Among shooters/purchasers, Remington developed a reputation for producing poor quality firearms, especially compared to its previous high-level products.

 5. Remington Isn't even an independent company.  It's was acquired by Cerberus Equity Management, the same hedge fund hipster outfit that ran Chrysler into the ground.  Remington was merged with Harrington and Richardson, and Marlin; both fine old American gun makers. Models were dropped, quality plummeted and shooters, who pay acute attention to the mechanics of products that have the capacity to kill, noticed and talked to each other.

The so-called journalists covering the bankruptcy might have known more if they bothered to make a call or two to legitimate firearms writers or even checked out a few firearms forums.  All they had to do was Google, "Remington + Quality Control Problems," and they could have reviewed some of the two hundred and eighty thousands hits!

I strongly suspect that the constituent parts of Remington will be broken up and will reappear as free-standing companies selling good quality arms to the American public and others.    

Why would anyone believe hysteria over school shootings would depress AR15 sales at Remington while other companies sales continue apace?  Would people open to the idea of buying a so-called assault weapon balk at buying a Remmington one while buying one from Ruger? Plenty did. Only an idiot or a modern journalist would believe that.

NOTE:
After writing the above I came to consider another reason for the lazy deceptive coverage.  Cerberus is the creation of Stephen Feinberg who is identified as a big contributor to both Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and the GOP in general.  He even has former Vice President Dan Quayle on the board.  So perhaps this adds to the left's glee at Remington's bad news.  Note to Stephen.  Next time, invest in something you know about.