Monday, August 31, 2020

Best videos I've seen for understanding the Kenosha shootings

Quick take: Why I am class-first and reject the botherism of "class and race"

Someone on Facebook was arguing that we should deal with class and race at the same time, without, of course, saying how to do that. I replied with this:

I think that ending poverty will be an enormous aid to ending the problems of racism, given that police killings are almost exclusively of poor people and racism is worst where economic gaps are greatest.

And there's the fact that no one has been able to say how we end "systemic racism". So I figure we should end poverty, then tackle what's left of racism.

Women ruining science fiction?

Has anyone in the last fifty years actually said women are ruining science fiction? When I was a boy in the '60s, one of my first faves was the ubiquitous Andre Norton. By then, her readers knew she was female. Because of her, I thought Andre was a girl's name.

Andre Norton was SFWA's sixth grand master, chosen before Clarke, Asimov, Bester, or Bradbury.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

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2019: It's said the poor value quantity, the comfortable value quality, and the rich value presentation.
That explains why people from expensive schools are obsessed with policing words and why they focus on identity. Symbolism matters more than survival or practicality.

2018: Tip for leftists who don't want to be called fascists: Don't support censorship in any form.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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2019: I sometimes feel stupid for not figuring out until I was an adult that dancers are athletes and dance is a sport. But then I remember there are adults who still haven't figured it out.

2017: Superhero fans laugh at the idea glasses would hide your identity, but accept the idea a domino mask would.

Formal education tends to be indoctrination, and the educated tend to continue indoctrinating themselves.

2015: Philanthropy is like a $10 tip from your mugger: better than nothing, but not the solution.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

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2019: For all my life, I've watched the rich do nothing serious about pollution. I'm beginning to suspect they want a disastrous form of climate change to get rid of as many of us as possible. They know they have the resources to survive and we do not.

Left identitarians insist identity issues are leftist. If they are right, the Log Cabin Republicans have always been to the left of neoliberal Democrats, who never mention that DADT was created by Bill Clinton and ended by the Log Cabin Republicans.

2017: Some socialists think Americans will revolt in the near future. They're the left's version of Christians who expect Jesus any day now.

I've been following some Irish people. I'll probably start saying "Jaysus".

Friday, August 21, 2020

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2019: Leftists, if you want the national news to notice an event, announce it's being held by the alt-right.
Bonus: More leftists will come to protest an alt-right event than to support a leftist event.

2018: It would be interesting to visit the universe where only white people appropriate culture.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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2019: People who blame old people or white people are invested in not blaming rich people or capitalism.

2017: Conformists have shallow friendships.

Centrist: the middle part of a donut.

If space aliens are aware of Earth, our TV convinced them we must be avoided. Now our social media is convincing them we must be eradicated.

Monday, August 17, 2020

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2019: Tonight's movie: The Shootist. John Wayne plays a gunfighter dying of cancer. His best performance. Astonishing supporting cast if you know westerns. Very fine performance by Lauren Bacall. It's a shame they couldn't have filmed it in black and white.

The most striking thing about Antifa is their claim to be using the tactics of 1930s antifascists without noticing that those tactics not only failed disastrously, they gave Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco an excuse to expand police power.

The left's last great victory was the civil rights movement, and yet much of the modern left rejects the tactics of King, Parks, and Rustin.

The US would be just as strong—and maybe stronger—in the Middle East if it shifted its support from Israel to Palestine.

If our elected officials can’t go there, our money shouldn’t go there either. #Israel

2017: "People who say you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs are sure they won't be eggs." —Simon Kongshøj

Moving statues to a history park is not erasing history. Add plaques putting them in context, and it's boosting history.

I'm sorry I'm not the person you're looking for. I'm still working on being the person I'm looking for.

Anything that keeps people from thinking about capitalism is useful for capitalists.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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2019: Some people think For A Few Dollars More is better than A Fistful of Dollars, but I'm not one. It's more stylish, but the story is slight. I would call it a director's movie, and not as a compliment. How can anyone believe mass killers are sane and not be a misanthrope? 2018: The job of neoliberal Democrats is to make sure the lesser evil is no lesser than necessary. The hardest discussions may be between people who focus on rules and people who focus on exceptions. The identitarian left consists of two groups: 1. Neoliberals who use identitarianism to keep from thinking about class. 2. Utopian socialists who treat racism and sexism as personal failures rather than the consequences of an economically hierarchal society. 2017: Clinton fans still complain that Sanders was weak in the South—a region that Clinton lost. Rude online discussions end with comparisons to Hitler or Stalin; civil discussions end with digressions about the Oxford comma. Lurkers are the only sane people on the internet. 2014: Day 2. Again told everyone on internet how they're wrong. No one has thanked me yet. It must be the silence before the slow clap.

Friday, August 7, 2020

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2019: Class privilege doesn't mean your life hasn't been hard. It means that wealth isn't one of the things making it harder. How capitalists lie with facts: When they don't want something like MedicareForAll, they talk about what it'll cost instead of what it'll save. When they want something like a war, they talk about the need instead of who will profit. 2017: By identitarian logic, the only people who may criticize you are your identical twins and your clones. Mail addresses with "Or current resident" mean "support recycling." 2014: I just got blocked by someone I was agreeing with, but I was not agreeing strongly enough with him for his taste. Oh, humans, we are funny.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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2019: If you want a pretentious name for bullshit jobs, use Sisyphean jobs. Sisyphus was not condemned to an impossible job—he was condemned to an unending, meaningless one. I've long been frustrated by the way Americans use one word, class, to describe both social and economic class. I just learned that Max Weber used status for the first and class for the second. I should adopt that. Old labor joke: Kid: Why is our house cold? Dad: Because there's no coal. Kid: Why? Dad: I got fired. Kid: Why? Dad: Because there's too much coal. 2017: Socialist jokes are only funny if everyone gets them. Regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki: I periodically wonder about the people who said, "We're winning this war, the Japanese have indicated they would be willing to surrender if the Emperor can continue to be Emperor, but we've got these two bombs we want to show off."

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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2019: Just rewatched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It's not a perfect movie—I'd love to see someone like the Coen Bros remake it—but it is a great movie because it asks questions that don't have easy answers.

The First and Second Amendments are very different. The First has no context for the rights it covers. The Second does: "well-regulated militias".
That means we have the right to be vocal assholes, but we don't have the right to be assholes with a gun.

2018: I am always a bit amused when people who do not support free speech complain about being censored. But I still support them.

2017: How the two-party system works: if the right fist doesn't get you, the left one will.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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2019: ‪If the US had Basic Income, the only beggars would be non-citizens. As a universalist, I wish that wasn’t so, but I see no way around it. Xenophobes and nationalists should like that.‬

2018: Neoliberalism: the ideology that dare not speak its name.

I'm constantly surprised by atheists who assume all religious people are as literal-minded as they are.

2017: Young people today are safer and more afraid than their parents were, and their parents have more to do with the second fact than the first.

Two types to follow online:
1. Guides take you where they've been.
2. Explorers take you where they haven't.
Warning: I find guides boring.

2016: Coffee first, internet later.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

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2019: If you're tempted to donate to some of the obscure candidates, just send that money to me. I also don't have the slightest chance of winning.

I've been thinking about why there are Warren supporters who despise Sanders. My current theory is it's because her manners and accent are like those of the elite, while his working-class background can be heard in every word he speaks.

2018: When Malcolm X and St. Peter said we should respect everyone, they were only endorsing the Golden Rule in its negative form: Do not treat others as you would not want them to treat you.

Jews should feel no more responsibility for Israel than Christians should feel for the Jim Crow US or apartheid South Africa. All good religions are abused by bad governments.

2017: Ad Hominem assumes you are wrong because of your identity. The Lived Experience Fallacy assumes you are right because of your identity

I rarely find story ideas on Twitter or Facebook, but I often find them on my bicycle.

2016: It's odd hearing people say they "believe in" science as though science was no different than the Easter Bunny.