In the summer of 2001 I had crossed the Baltic (in the sleeping car of an old Mitropa train, on a ferry) to leave Stockholm and return to Berlin. I had been away from Berlin, but for one or two visits, since 1995, when I’d fled the black diamond city (exasperation) to live in sun-stunned San Diego for a few years. When Dubya was running for Prezertainer I made the grandiose announcement that I would leave the country if the simp was elected and, unlike 99% of the Lefties who said the same thing, I really did it… though, … Continue reading DOES THIS TINFOIL MAKE YOU LOOK FAT?
1-LOWER MATH Today’s winkingly pseudo-progressive racialism award goes to Eric Ross Weinstein, who coyly tweeted, the night before Xmas (emphasis mine): My scientific take on Race & IQ has nothing to do w either Race or IQ: Let X(p) be any continuously varying measurable scalar that can be defined for every person p in any population P_i. Then I would never expect m(X(P_i))=m(X(P_j)) where m is the mean & P_i, P_j are distinct. Speaking as a p, P_i and P_j are distinct in what quantifiable and non-trivial way(s), precisely… the median quality of their extravagant toupees? Have we all already casually forgotten … Continue reading LET X=
Take the case of the cultural jingoist and editor of The New Yorker David Remnick, who noted in his letter nominating TV critic Emily Nussbaum for a Pulitzer Prize (which she won in 2016), that “television has become the dominant cultural product of our age—it reaches us everywhere, and has replaced movies and books as the thing we talk about with our friends, families and colleagues.” Remnick did not stop there; to emphasize the untrammeled authority of TV, and literature’s ongoing uselessness, he casts it in military terms as a feeble enemy, now defeated. “Those of us who love TV,” he writes, … Continue reading SNAILS in the COFFIN: SUNDRY ICKY, DISTURBING and/or BLASPHEMOUS THINGS
Every Age has its signature follies: from 15th century Europe’s infatuation with the codpiece to the early-20th century radium craze (radium-filled chocolate bars, toothpastes and suppositories were once quite in), historical hindsight eventually makes a fool of every decade, dynasty, century and/or reign. What will “we” be known and mocked for by the super-sophisticates of the 23rd century? It’s always difficult to know as it’s happening (eg, I’m quite sure I felt that elephant-bells and cork-heeled platforms were fundamentally sound, at the time), but some trends are so fucking jaw-droppingly moronic that they sort of… stand out. Sticking, for the … Continue reading ANOTHER PICTURE FORMS in the CRACKLING FLAMES of these LITERARY ENDTIMES
1. GENDER BULLSHIT Solidly-mediocre purveyor of Normative Pap, Hollywood asset Matt Damon, recently took the risky step of addressing the hot topic of sexual servitude in Hollywood with what he obviously thought was a carefully-calibrated non-statement that nobody could reasonably take exception to. However, an article at The Guardian (and what exactly are they guarding, I’ve often wondered, beyond the obvious?) now informs us: Damon said there was “a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.” He added … Continue reading THREE MINI-ESSAYS on GOURMET VARIETIES of ABSOLUTELY PREPOSTEROUS BULLSHIT
There’s an unlikely New Repressed Minority deserving of our sympathetic, even scandalized, attention. Where is Gloria Allred? Where is Greta van Susteren? Where is RT? The BBC? Chomsky? America’s Puritanical roots are never more visible than when yet another attractive White female teacher or college student runs afoul of the bizarre single-standard in American Sex Laws. These desirable (youngish) women get in big trouble by seducing White teenaged males; you’d think that with the famous shortage of marriageable Black males, hot Black females would be getting in on this craze, but the Media have nothing to say on that. These Barbie … Continue reading And You Trust These People with the Hydrogen Bomb?
Age-ism is the trendy new, socially approved, version of Racism, apparently. I keep reading essays, posts and Tweets in which men who are 6-8 years older than their female partners… even when both parties are older than 25!… are treated with contempt, disgust and righteous indignation. Speaking as the husband of a woman 17 years younger than I am, I’d very much like one of these Paragons of Discrimination to get in my face and explain our (ooops: MY) crime in some way that doesn’t harken back to the “perfectly reasonable” objections, to race-mixing, of the mid-’50s. At least … Continue reading THIS OLD GOAT BUTTS BACK
We all recognize and rightfully-reject the Conservative Prejudices… that (for example) blacks are dumber than whites and criminally-inclined, women are less rational and bad at science, Jews are sneaky in a clever way, white males rule the Earth by divine mandate, etc. But do we recognize and reject the Liberal Prejudices… that (for example) blacks are naturally more soulful and athletic, women are more nurturing and wise about life, Jewish and Asian males are brighter but unsexy, Asian females are “inscrutable” but sexier, males in general aren’t “in touch with their feelings”, Native Americans are noble and “one with … Continue reading PROGRESSIVE RACISM
One of the most common (and irritating) tropes I come across in YouTube music video threads: “He sounds like an 80-year-old black man trapped in a white boy’s body!” I’ve seen it used, recently, in comments about Dan Auerbach, Shakey Graves, Jake Bugg and quite a few others (even Jack White once or twice… even Lewis, ferchrisfuckingsakes). It seems that that’s the gold standard in American music (was Elvis the first? And Tom Jones the second, or third, after Buddy Holly…?)… which must mean that there are quite a few 80-year-old black men dominating American record sales and airplay charts… … Continue reading THE EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD BLACK GUY BILLBOARD TOP-100
Under a “Liberal” White House, the only dissident voices are “Conservative”; under a “Conservative” White House, the only dissident voices are “Liberal”… which is the result of the adolescent impulse of “loyalty” inherent to the football-team model of Politics (just one moment of rational reflection should lead us to consider the improbability of the “Democrats” always being right and the “Republicans” always being wrong, and vice versa). But it gets worse: the “Liberal” dissidence under Bush, I noticed, was much, much quieter than the “Conservative” dissidence under Obama. When I was a kid, the loudest voices against LBJ (Dem) and … Continue reading HOW THE BULLSHIT WORKS
Anyone who’s been paying attention the past half-century or so will have noticed that very large chunks of America have been every bit as Gay-unfriendly as The Media claim Russia is. And then they weren’t? It happened so quickly that it all seems a rainbow blur: America now wears the hiply-beneficent smile of A Shining Beacon of LGBT Rights. But I can still remember jarring things like the beating deaths of Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena and the shit-storm of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and Proposition 8 and the populist, pejorative Web-adjective “Ghey!” And let’s consider the dozens (if not … Continue reading Understanding National-Enquirer-esque Media-Memes of the 21st Century
I’ve been leaving carefully-crafted (vetted for cogency and style) comments, online, since a few years before 2000, when online comments were essentially digital “letters to the editor” (appearing in the section called Letters to the Editor) and only the best handful of comments could expect to be published. I started my commenting history at places like Salon.com when Salon.com was still a dinky little 8-bit novelty. Blogs didn’t yet exist (not in their current, user-friendly form). Because of the “letters to the editor” feel of comments back then, I learned to make my comments short and interesting, in order to … Continue reading ALL THINGS IN MODERATION
The following is my reaction to a reactionary “Cultural Appropriation” Thread (sparked by this article on the topic and consisting entirely of non-Black commenters) that I can’t comment on directly (friend of a FB friend). Heading: Clueless White Guys Griping about This Shit… Again. And it is tiresome. “It’s not “cultural appropriation” when Kiri Te Kanawa sings Verdi, when Yo Yo Ma plays Bach, or when Aretha Franklin sings Puccini.” Yeah, but it would definitely be a form of cultural exploitation if Aretha Franklin (and lots of other singers resembling her) pushed the Europeans to the margins of the Puccini circuit… and German cellists … Continue reading “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” CRAP vs WHINY WHITE GUY CHURLISHNESS: WHICH ONE TAKES THE SHITBRAIN CAKE AND WHY