Saturday, February 10, 2018

Complaining about Blurred National lines at the Olympics. Merely wrong, or also a bad person?

I am not going to name names, but earlier today I read some remark from some far, far more popular blogger than myself, throwing shade at the Blurred National lines at the Olympics.  Of course I think she is wrong and I am right, in thinking, ain't it fucking great how  someone can compete for a nation under the grandfather/mother clause?  She does not agree.  Why?  She did not explain why, but I have to guess she is one of those petty and small people who can't t look past her own narrow views.

Why do I think it is great when someone  can compete in the Olympics for a nation even if the only connection to the nation  is one had a grandparent born there?  Should be obvious.  Firstly  the Olympic movement  is a duality  where  international competition is the obvious game.  But the ideal is  international cooperation. All that in the end  we are all one, shit. And I like that we are all one shit.  So the ability to have grand kids  compete advances both.  It increases  national competition, and it fosters  the idea of blurring the lines  between  nations, and people.  Yea all that shit.

And it is a win for the athlete, who might not be in the crowded and super competitive (particularly  and for example) 97th% American percentile for the sport, but still could rate as internationally  competitive.  And it is a win for the country to be represented.  So why the fuck could anyone not like that?  Fucking beats me.

Oh  and I will name the name, only in the tags.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Conservative Whine Boxes.

I am a frequent watcher of bloggingheads, a link to which can be found on my blog roll, here.  Over the weekend I happened on a post where a regular host, Professor Glenn Loury. featured some French native, Philosophy PhD candidate named Philippe Lemoine.  This  rather over-the-top conservative has gained some notoriety for a recent piece of his published over on National Review about, of all things,  police brutality against blacks in America.  His genius eureka of a discovery?  The media exaggerates it.  I call him an over-the-top conservative as I have seen his twitter feed. In a word, it is immature.  He is to my mind best described as a less flamboyant Milo Yiannopoulos.  And I make that comparison for three main reasons:

(1)  foreign born white conservatives, and
(2) internet tough guys, who
(3)  have no problem taking to the internet to talk about subjects they, for all intents and purposes, know nothing the fuck about, but for their ability to republish the same old tired  bigoted conservative bullshit, that is older than dirt.  (Hint. I will get back to that.  Promise.)

I had trouble watching this video.  I have only managed a few bits, as I am one of those people who not only feel instantly put off by  rank bullshit and flat out lies.  I am also the kind of person who often feels like I have seen this same bad movie before, but with other actors.  In other words, I am easily turned off by not only  bullshit, but recycled bullshit, all the moreso.  But ok.  Once again, I am going to try to make it through the first segment:

Ok.  I made it to the point where  I stopped watching before, because my bullshit  alert when off in full klaxon mode.  A Frenchman who has for the most part been living in the bubble that is  Tier One American Academia (for just the past few years in America,) and he was surprised that the stories he heard about blatant racism in America  did not match his experience?  As they say in France, Mon Dieu!  Encroyable!

On no he didn't?  He just threw shade on Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow."  I heard a lecture given by her a year ago, as part of NYU Law's  Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race In American Society.  Brilliant woman who knows her topic academically  and in her bones.  Just for the record, Philippe Lemoine. We African Americans don't need even our native born white countrymen whitesplain'n what it is to be black in America to us, never mind, foreign born white conservatives!  Just saying!

So I went past the intro and then jumped to the last part, and that blurs into the topic I really mean to discuss:  the Conservative Whine Box.  Now it won't kill me to hear or read one more conservative whine about how unfair the world of academia is so discriminatory against  them  as if they are some kind of aggrieved minority.  But in adopting the victim posture, they not only invalidate all their alleged beliefs in meritocracies  and anti victim hood (by advocating for justice and fairness and affirmative action for their team,) but they are using the totally wrong model, and as well, rely on some truly bullshit assumptions. 

Sorry  fuckwads.  You are the pro capitalists.  You are the ones who sing the praises of market forces, but only until the marketplace of ideas reject your ideas, which if they were bread, would be stale, moldy,and rancid.  But I get ahead of myself.

In the chunk of that bloggingheads post, the conservative Frenchman  goes into that tired whiny  . . .  we are oppressed . . .  bullshit. And when researching him, I read a longer form of that tired old whine by him on some other site, as a comment to some other person  article.  And that reply to that article is what caused me to think, write about that bullshit.

First, the false assumptions.

(1)  There is something inherently solid and worthy about the left/right political and or ideological dichotomy.  That is patently false.  Look to any nation with a parliamentary and or otherwise robust multi party system.  The USA  is actually an anomaly, globally speaking.

(2) conservatives believe their opinions  are entitled to respect.  Nobody has that right.  If you think so, you are wrong.  

(3)  One of the things the conservative Frenchman says  in that last chunk of the bloggingheads  video that is totally false (well  nearly, I would have to imagine at least,) is that liberals don't know conservative arguments.

Alors!  Can a person say anything more ignorant?  Conservative as a term describes people who follow the way people thought and did shit in the past. We liberals know what the fuck you conservatives think because you have not come up with a single new idea since 
Baby Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a dinosaur.  As the joke goes.  

But my main point  is #2.  Even if academia is not the total national market, it is an important market in the realm of the marketplace of ideas, as that is where a high concentration of the best educated people are clustered.  And just as most people rejected New Coke, most academics reject conservatism.  I am not sorry, for sure.  But if I have to rub your face in it for you to get the point, let me rub some more.  It is not unfair to reject a product because you find it distasteful. That is how the market fucking works.  Just as it would be fucked up if we forced people to buy and drink New Coke, it would be equally if not more fucked up to make academics and students drink the nasty tasting swill that is conservatism.  

The problem is not in the marketplace.  The problem is with the product.  Make and market a better, or more appealing at least, product.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Will you fuckwads finally shut the fuck up! You don't fucking have fucking free speech rights in your workplaces.

I will be brief. The fuckwads defending that fuckwad ex google engineer for being fired for protesting diversity policies, and in doing so crossing the line into  hostile workplace behavior?

#1.  Save if you are a government employee, or work in one of the few states that offer more than usual?  You have no free speech rights in the workplace.  And in the few states which afford  some greater protection, it isn't much.

#2.  As a former Employment Law lawyer, I would counsel anyone, assume you have no free speech rights in the workplace.  You are not getting paid by your employer to express your true and actual self.  You are getting paid to do the fucking shit that is your fucking job.

#3.  I tell people  don't make yourself too much at home at work.  It is work.  It is not your home or social club.   Leave your lame assed  bullshit  personality  on the curb or in the parking lot.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Meme War? Are you fuckwads serious?

Meme War? What the fuck is that?

Yes, good people of the world.  There are fuckwads among us who think there is a thing called  internet culture, and that it has meaning and value.  As someone who has been on line since 1997, I call bullshit.  As someone who helped invent internet trolling, I call bullshit  (as a liberal, I used to waste time arguing, sometimes viciously, against conservatives on net forums.)

That being said, I think the major distinction between the peeps  who view CNN's calling out but not by name, the fuckwad who did the Trump beat down CNN meme as a horrible thing, and those who don't get what the fuss is about?  Beyond identity politics as a gateway matter?  I think the difference is between those who take so-called internet culture seriously  (the immature and silly people,)  and those who don't (the grown ups.)

There has always been people who never grow the fuck up.  There has always  been people who glory in being obnoxious.  There always  has been people who think they are funny, but goodness knows, should not give up their day jobs.  The addition of the internet just allows for unfunny, idiotic trolls  in different  zip codes  and time zones, the ability to virtually smell each others' stench farts, and declare them to to be awesome.

Let us not take seriously, the infatuation that some immature, silly people have for the trivial thoughts and witless output of their inferior minds.

And no, this is not a free speech issue.  Even at the widest possible interpretation of the culture of free speech, the idea that people have a vested right to engage in stupid, petty, unfunny, insult-hurling anonymously on the net, is absurd.  If your Kung Fu is not good enough to keep yourself anonymous?  Then fuck you, your Kung Fu isn't good enough!  I might come off as harsh there, but for the past 10 or more years, I have been earning a living doing digital data forensics.  I love to tell people that everything they do on line is redundantly backed up on redundant server farms.  So act accordingly.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Welcome To The Resistance!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Racist Troll Shut Down!

Yea this! Now mark me, Clearly, I am not one of those free speech extremists because I believe in judgment, in standards. And it is one thing when someone comes up with a new idea, we should at least give them a listen. However, when someone really is just re spewing the same old tired hate? I am not in the last bit sorry to disagree with the Interim Chancellor quoted in the article.

Some speech is good, and some is bad. We have to keep making distinctions and judgments, because if all speech is equally valid, no matter how odious, then all speech is equally invalid. And that is not a good idea. Society needs to flush the shit down the toilet, not leave buckets of it in the house saying, that is equal to the aroma of a rose. Because it doesn't smell anything close to a rose It smells like shit and is offensive, damnit!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

On Second Thought . . .

Comey is being punked by rogue FBI Agents?  What the fuck?

FBI Director James Comey Feared Leaks In Deciding To Disclose New Emails Linked To Clinton
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