atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6789: Guess we start with this

In El Paso and in Dayton, two unconnected shitheads went on shooting sprees. Cue the usual Democrat-media blood-dancing, of course, trying to make anti-gun hay out of the stories; but to my disappointment Trump is talking about adding gun restrictions, too.

"Dayton Shooter Was A Pro-Satan Leftist Who Supported Warren, Sanders, Antifa And Communism".

Meanwhile, the guy who did the shooting in El Paso, the manifesto he posted on 8Chan included a hefty dose of radical environmentalism.

Some people are just plain crazy and there's nothing to be done about it, I guess. It used to be we could lock those people up but I guess that's no longer an option.

Meanwhile, Neil DeGrasse Tyson proves the old adage about a stopped clock. 48 people dead from insane shooters, but 500 dead due to medical errors in the same time frame--and 200 dead due to car accidents. A rare and welcome bit of perspective from an unlikely source.

Meanwhile, 47 people shot in Chicago over the weekend but most of them are poor black people living in a hard blue city in a hard blue state, so the Democrats and the media don't care about them.

Kim du Toit has some information that relates these two mass shootings to Chicago, too:
Mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton--not gonna comment until we get some facts in.... But just for the sake of balance (amid the press hysteria): 29 people dead in these two incidents equates to half the average monthly shooting deaths (63) in Chicago in 2016. Just sayin'.
And by the way, 75% of the murders in Chicago happen to black people, and 71% of the time the murderer is black. Most of them are young black men, because gangs are the problem.

Look at the map of Maxine Waters' district. The green areas are gang turf, and strangely enough that is where all the murders occur. Seven murders out of 336 occur far outside gang turf and their bordering areas; another seven happened in areas that are at a slight remove from gang turf. So, absent gang activity, we're looking at not less than seven murders and not more than twelve in a three-year period. But gangs account for not less than 324 murders in the same time frame.

The answer to this is not making guns illegal. I agree with LawDog; the answer is not just "no" but "HELL NO, and fuck you for asking."

Related to that last: Borepatch discusses gun control laws.

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Routine heavy drinking impairs memory and brain function. No! No, really?

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As early as the 1970s, some California public high schools began offering Ethnic Studies, positing that courses in the field would provide an opportunity to engage the hxrstory, cultures, contributions, perspectives, and experiences of groups that have been overlooked, hxrstorically marginalized, and often subjected to invisibility within mainstream courses.
Emphasis mine.

It gets worse:
The document is filled with fashionable academic jargon like "positionalities," "hybridities," "nepantlas" and "misogynoir." It includes faddish social-science lingo like "cis-heteropatriarchy" that may make sense to radical university professors and activists but doesn't mean much to the regular folks who send their children to California's public schools. It is difficult to comprehend the depth and breadth of the ideological bias and misrepresentations without reading the whole curriculum--something few will want to do.

Begin with economics. Capitalism is described as a "form of power and oppression," alongside "patriarchy," "racism," "white supremacy" and "ableism." Capitalism and capitalists appear as villains several times in the document.
Let's face it: the alteration of the word "history" to "hxrstory" is itself a gigantic flashing warning sign. Basically it tells you that the person who wrote the text you're reading is five hundred pounds of horseshit in a ten-pound bag.

"History" is the word. "Hxrstory" is nonsense. "History" is not some kind of portmanteau of "his" and "story", and changing it to "herstory" or "hxrstory" or "BFGBPLSNTER" isn't going to accomplish anything other than you inadvertently telling people how little education you actually needed to get your doctorate in "wiymxyns study" or however the hell you spell it.

These people expect to shape the marxist revolution, and be high on the totem pole after it; but what would in fact happen is that they would be among the first groups sent to the concentration camps. The ivory-tower "soft studies" types who agitate for communist revolution are completely worthless, economically, and they typically demonstrate how politically unreliable they are just by flaunting whatever personality quirks they may have. Hint: both the Soviet Union and the Communist Chinese government under Mao banned homosexuality--because if you're built such that you break something as elemental as a law of nature, breaking the laws of men is trivial.

You can be a brilliant engineer and get away with that--to some extent--because engineers make things. But if your claim to fame is successfully arguing the meaning of the placement of a comma in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, you're gonna end up digging ditches and/or stacked like cordwood in the new regime's concentration camps.

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In many ways the US is becoming a third-world country. I am not sure what we can do, if anything, to halt the slide. But the bureaucracy's indifference to the people it nominally serves is a feature of a declining society.

This is Cook County, anyway, which has been a Democrat feifdom since the end of the last ice age; and Democrats specialize in not giving a fuck about the problems of the little people.

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...while making sure that the connected folks are well taken care of.

Wow. Rahm Emmanuel's kids being driven home by Chicago Police after Lollapalooza--not because they've been arrested for anything, just because they're the adult children of the former mayor and apparently don't have the money for Uber or something.

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It never occurred to me but this is actually a really good point.
The only people surprised by Hitler’s actions, for instance, were the ideologically enstupidated. That is to say, guys like Stalin. The Wehrmacht all but hung big neon signs over their troop movements. It couldn't have been otherwise--Operation Barbarossa involved over three million men, not to mention conquering several other countries along the invasion route. Junior high boys playing Risk have pulled off less obvious maneuvers.** And yet Stalin got caught with his pants down, because the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was the distilled essence of fraternal socialism and any NKVD analyst dumb enough to point out the panzers massing on the borders would swiftly find himself in Siberia.
Or worse. Look: you don't just teleport three million men and their gear and their tanks, artillery, transport, etcetera. All that stuff has to move into position, and it won't happen invisibly. Granted, 1939 was at least two decades before we had the ability to send up satellites, but there are a bunch of other ways to keep track of that sort of thing. Stalin simply was not paying attention.

That double asterisk leads to the following footnote, which is itself worthy of mention:
In my hilarious alternate-history version of academia, there are a zillion books asking the question "Was Hitler really a Nazi?" The only reason "Nazi" is a swear word and "Communist" is still respectable, of course, is that the Reds won the war. Had Germany won, Alfred Rosenberg's ooga-booga sub-Heglian mystical bullshit would be all the rage among the "I fucking love science" crowd, while Karl Marx's ooga-booga sub-Heglian mystical bullshit--Lysenkoism, anyone?--would be derided for the hateful nonsense it is.
Both nazism and communism are two sides of the same coin, and only the vagaries of history have left us with communism triumphant upon the world stage. But it's all the same horseshit, just with different labels.

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What is the bloody point of hiring police officers, then? Making them act as security at an event without their guns? "Ooh, it's intimidating!" That's the fucking point you soft-headed asshats.

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Tuberculosis is a life-altering disease. Even if you are cured of it. People who think it's no big deal are ignorant fools.

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How and why islamic migrants have ruined France. Or "are ruining", at any rate. "Why" is simple:
Why does Macron appease Muslims? Simply put, their growing numbers make them an important voting bloc:
Macron is aware of the demographic data. They show that the Muslim population in France will grow significantly in the coming years. (The economist Charles Gave wrote recently that by 2057, France will have a Muslim majority). Macron can see that it will soon be impossible for anyone to be elected President without relying on the Muslim vote, so he acts accordingly.
The same reason Democrats want unrestrained immigration: they are importing a new electorate, one which won't be so stubborn about voting for them.

And to hell with what it does to the rest of the country.

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SpaceX removes the landing legs from the Dragon capsule. Let's face it: this isn't really necessary, yet. It is extremely desirable to have in the long run (not the least because even half a dozen splashdowns per day would be inconvenient) but at the moment it's a luxury. Let's run a few hundred flights of the thing and then use the data from them to figure out how to make propulsive land landings work.

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This describes in detail what is wrong with the big cities in America. As an aside, it also explains quite nicely why I refuse to call them "progressive" but refer to them as leftists or even communists, on occasion:
...[I]t's all about local governance, and about the fact that these cities have been taken over by the radical left. We should all get over the habit of calling these politicians progressive. The last thing they care about is progress. They are dedicated to destroying the system, whether democracy or capitalism or the patriarchy.
Or combinations, or all three. It's also why I say "the Democrat party" rather than "Democratic"; they are not democratic in nature, except when it suits them, and even then they try to make the voting come out "the right way". The "Democratic" party is the party of vote fraud, to make sure the peoples' voices are not heard when they disagree with the Democrat leadership. The "Democratic" party is the party of unelected judges using "emanations and penumbras" to rewrite law as they see fit, in defiance of the expressed will of the voting public.

Neither progressive nor democratic, they claim to be both. Of course.

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Let them know fear.
This is why legacy media is in the shitter and why I have hope for alternative media.

You know that every small-time reporter running a news blog is going to do their damnedest to get a hold of this and dig their way through it.

Fuck the rich, powerful, and well-connected.

I want to see the names and dates of every one of them who flew to child-rape island for a sexcapade with a little girl.

I want their names broadcast far and wide and I want them shamed on every street corner.

Then I want them prosecuted and sent to prison.
For far too long the "elites" have regarded themselves as untouchable, and wallowed in amoral excess. It's time for that to end.

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We do not need to plant a trillion trees to stop climate change. You guys are just embarassing yourselves.

Has no one told these people that the average CO2 molecule has a half-life of about 18 months in the atmosphere? Which is to say, out of 10 random CO2 molecules, five of them will be removed from the air within 18 months of their emission. Five others are emitted (from somewhere) to replace them, which is why the number remains approximately constant, but we don't know where they came from nor do we know which ones are absorbed and which aren't.

The CO2 molecule emitted by your car is utterly indistinquishable from the CO2 molecule emitted by a whale or a bear or a bird. The plants don't care where they came from. We think we have a pretty good idea of how much CO2 the human race has emitted since the beginning of the industrial revolution--which is to say we can estimate the amount of fossil fuel we've burned and figure out roughly how much CO2 has resulted--but what we can't do is look at the current CO2 concentration, subtract from it the pre-industrial concentration, and then say, "THIS is all human CO2." The rise may or may not be entirely anthropogenic but we literally have absolutely no way to tell.

Correlation does not prove causality. The fact that CO2 went up in that time might be entirely coincidental. CO2 has gone up and down before, at much greater rates than we're seeing here, without any human activity whatsoever.

So: besides not being able to prove how much of the CO2 increase is due to human activity, we can't even demonstrate that warming definitively takes place when it does increase. The science on all these points is anything but settled; but to point them out somehow makes you a "science denier".

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For damn sure, we spend a hell of a lot more on education these days, and for considerably less result. The purpose of the old one-room schoolhouse was to educate, to teach children the skills they needed to function in society.

The purpose of public--which is to say socialized--education, as envisioned by John Dewey, its most famous proponent, is to indoctrinate children and to make sure they are all good little worker/consumer-droids. Being capable of independent thought was superfluous and the last thing the progressive movement ever wanted was for people to be able to think for themselves.

Carter instituting the Department of Education was the final nail in that coffin. The socialized educational system is a jobs programs for unionized, leftist education majors rather than an attempt at teaching children how to read, write, and cipher better than any country in the world. The last thing our government wants is a populace capable of figuring out what's going on; keeping the poor and middle class as ignorant as possible is the key to this.

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Blacks will never actually receive reparations. Reparations are floated any time Democrats are unsure about having a monopsony on the black vote. They know a lot of blacks are liking what Trump is doing for them. They also knew they didn't need the issue in 2008 or 2012 because blacks will naturally vote for a black man, being (in their eyes) completely incapable of agency in such matters.

And actually giving the blacks reparations for slavery would cost a great deal of money, be a huge logistical nightmare, and--worst of all--forever remove that carrot from play. And then how would they keep them on the plantation?

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On the plus side, it's...oh. Wait.

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