Sunday, June 20, 2021

What's New? Equity

"Equity" is certainly new as a driving concept in U.S. domestic policy. It used to describe how much progress you'd made in paying down a mortgage. Less than five years ago all of the diversity and inclusion departments housed in Universities and large corporations added equity to their names. Overnight, all these entities had departments of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (Usually not Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, or DIE). 

Equity means rigging for equal outcomes. Equity is described in Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron": 

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Equity is exactly that opening paragraph from "Harrison Bergeron".  I mean, it is weird how closely it lines up, like these people read the story and missed its moral lesson and instead thought it read like a good idea for policy. Very strange, but it is absolutely happening and it is going to get really bad over the next several years. 

In a classroom, it would mean giving out free points to certain racial/sexual groups. This would be disguised in some way at first. For instance, all the black students would be rewarded points for attending a special tutoring session that addressed their special needs. Soon, though, it would just be on the syllabus, something like: BIPOCS start with 50 free points. Homosexuals and transgenders start with 40. Straight White Males start with 0. White lesbians start with 10. And so forth. There will be an oppression rubric to guide the process. We'll have so many meetings to sort it out. I love meetings! Fun times ahead!

You'll notice that the Biden administration is going all-in on equity policy, and what that means is that these sorts of programs that pit whites vs. blacks, gays vs. straights are going to ramp up more and more. It is an explicit way to separate people and prevent them from coming together and realizing their mutual interests. You will hear lots about, say, healthcare equity, so hospitals will start to bend over backwards to make black people into pets. That's the leftist mentality when it comes to blacks, and it will spread. Blacks aren't able to get voter ID, and they are much less able to navigate the complex health care system. If you're paying attention, though, no discussions about insurance will be found anywhere. Converting to a single-payer system would be expensive and would cut out the profits to the insurance industry. Diversity and Equity programs are cheap by comparison and it farms out all of that labor to other people, many of whom are leftist useful idiots who will gladly take it up out of a sense of self-righteousness. 

Put another way, Equity is, by and large, a diversion from the real issues that plague Americans, so in that sense it is more of the same. It is new in the sense that it is going to tie up institutions and make them even less efficient than they already are, and equity is going to stoke racial animus to 11, so that's going to be fun, too. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

What's New? An Overview

The GOP and the Democrats are two sides of the same coin. The coin is the corporate neoliberal ruling machine, what some people call the "deep state". The Trump presidency showed me that the deep state is absolutely real, and that's because Trump never had control of it. It's a single-party machine that provides the voting public with the illusion of choice. The truth is, republican or democrat, it doesn't really matter because the president is not actually the leader of this system. Trump demonstrated this. The deep state is a hydra, a collection of unelected power players. It doesn't represent the people in any sense. That's all just lore. It represents itself, serves its own interests, and not those of the public. What's new is seeing it so clearly. Trump brought it out of the shadows. 

Contrast that with Vladimir Putin of Russia, or Xi Jinping of China. You get a strong sense that both of these men are the actual leaders of their countries. That's not true with the American president, Trump or Biden or whomever comes along. Biden, though, knows this better than just about anyone, which is why he's fired anyone with any connection to Trump, down to dog-catcher. 

Trump was a real populist monkey wrench that made the neoliberal machine convulse, but did not and could not permanently break it. For a while I wondered if he was the real deal, but the ferocity with which the machine organized against him, and in fact the synchronicity across institutions gave it away that he was elected by a true populist movement against the wishes of the neoliberal machine.

Trump knew he could not defeat the neoliberal machine and he at least saw that writing on the wall. I've said it before and I'll say it again: He didn't have the political machine, but he had charisma and some money, so he used his two resources to campaign like no one has ever campaigned before, and he almost, against the tremendous power of the neoliberal machine, won. It was a phenomenon to behold, and I'll never forget it. It was lightening in a bottle, and it won't happen again.

The Synchronicity Across Institutions brought about to oust Trump looks to have staying power. Big mainstream media. Big Tech. The Neoliberal Establishment government. Universities. All maintain a master narrative and censor counter narratives. Overt censorship is new. The Trump populist aberration dealt with, we're right back to the same old neoliberal machine with expanded powers. What is different is the synchronicity is firmly established and seems to be an entity to itself and it will continue. It works to spread narratives and to censor anything off-narrative. The censorship is brazen and out in the open, which highlights the power behind it.

The Neoliberal Establishment Has No Loyalty to Country. As far as I can tell, none of these people are loyal to the United States. I hate to say it, but they seem more loyal to Israel than any other country. I no longer even know what the United States actually is because there is such a split between the government and everything else. No one in the government is a patriotic American loyalist. It seems silly and naive to even think it. Israel seems to be the center of gravity here. I don't know much about this. The Old Americanism is truly dead.

The social paradigm is Wokism: This is how they keep it divided up. Wokism is sort of new. It had incubated in the Universities at least since the 1980s. In composition studies, which is my Ph.D., James Berlin was hot in the 1980s with his Marxism. This leaked out here and there in the form of political correctness. "Diversity" has been a code word for anti-white/pro-black for at least fifteen years. I'm just spitballing it here. 

"Equity" is certainly new a driving concept in U.S. domestic policy. It used to only mean how much money you had in your house, and less than 5 years ago all of the diversity departments added the word to the name. It is pretty amazing how quickly it happened. It means rigging systems so people have the same outcomes. Have you read Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron"?  

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Equity is exactly that opening paragraph from "Harrison Bergeron".  I mean, it is weird how closely it lines up, like these people read the story and missed its moral lesson and instead thought it read like a good idea for policy. Very strange, but it is absolutely happening and it is going to get really bad over the next several years. 

The Numbers. American used to be a powerful nation of mostly white people of European ancestry with the law and social mores to match. Today we have roughtly 200 million white people out of 350 million total. Of those, about 80 million voted for Trump. Of those 80 million, let's say 50 million are straight up small-town Americans who love the country and consider themselves patriots. They are still hanging onto the old Americanism. Approximately 50 million people who have absolutely no representation in the government at all. Their culture and values are under constant assault. The children are the subject of homosexual pozzing and transgenderism. Christianity tarred as bigotry. And any attempt to resist is being cast as insurrection and terror. They are the only group in the country that cannot organize in support of its collective interests. Patriotic Americans as the enemy of the state is new. 

I find it interesting that the same truisms I used to preach when I was a leftist are exactly the same truisms I hold today as a contrarian. The two-party monopoly is rotten. The two parties are two sides of the same coin, different only in window dressing but not in substance. The economy doesn't work for the majority of people. Health care is a shithouse (notice how no one is talking about that). Education is a shithouse and is going to get a lot worse with equity policy. No area is getting better. It is all getting worse. 

This is the essence of this blog and why I write it. I like to write and observe and take notes about the world I inhabit, and my take is fundamentally negative, a work of cataloging negatives, an opus pessimus

Monday, June 14, 2021

Failure to Motorcycle

This past weekend I took a beginner motorcycle course and failed it. It was pretty expensive at $250, money I'll never get back, but what I get for that money is the awareness that I probably ought not be riding a motorcycle because I really, really suck at it.

I was able to do all of the maneuvers, but I never felt comfortable. I never liked it. I can imagine maybe somebody getting on a motorcycle and thinking, wow, this is what I was born to do. I didn't feel that way. I felt awkward and to be honest a little scared, but I tried and did my absolute best. As soon as the instructor started the actual test, I couldn't do any of it. I knocked down all the cones and came out of all the lines. I really stunk it up. It was bad. I straight up failed. Legit. 

Before taking the course, I guess I wondered if I was missing something, the romance of it. Motorcycling feels real to me now, and now the question is, would I pony up another $250 to retake the course? I'd probably pass it the second time.

No. I don't think I will. I'd be exactly the type of person who got ground into hamburger meat on the highway. I'm exactly the type of person who should not be riding a motorcycle. Nothing about it came natural to me. 

So, I just wanted to make a note of it. We're quick to celebrate our successes and sweep our failures under the rug.

This one was a spectacular failure. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Leadership Crisis: Defund The Police

Remember this time last year leftists issued the clarion call: Defund Police!

2020 was the most retarded year of my lifetime with the covid over-reaction, with everybody walking around in the summer heat masked up like a zombie, with people failing to understand just how small a virus actually is, and so forth, but in a year of stupid ideas and stupid people, defund the police may just have been the stupidest. They issued this call in response to one black man, criminal-saint George Floyd (Rest In Power) dying while being detained by the police. One dude. 

First of all, if the corporate media says jump, the people say how high? The media seized the opportunity to make President Trump look bad by sending the cities into rioting/looting frenzies. There is no reason I should even know the name George Floyd, but the media was gifted these wonderful optics of a black man with a knee on his neck, and they knew then that the sitting president takes the blame, and these monsters would stop at nothing to restore the neoliberal status quo.

(And as an aside: Trump saw all of that coming, and he did the only thing he could do in response: He campaigned his ass off. Live another 100 years, and you will never see a politician rally like Trump rallied during 2020. It was remarkable and exceptional. No one can't fault the man for a lack of effort. He wanted to win, and he almost beat the neoliberal establishment with sheer energy and will-power.)

Rest assured that not one of these neoliberals gives one fuck about blacks. Of course, they say they do. Talk is cheap, though, and one year later the fallout from the rioting and looting is being ignored almost completely by the maintream. You can barely find a peep about it in maintream media sources. It isn't in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, not even Fox News is talking about the fallout from "Defund the Police!"

It is predictable, though, and weird, and stupid. The predictable part is when policing stops crime goes up. Duh. Blacks commit by far more violent crime than any other demographic: Whites commit murder at a rate of 3 per 100,000 year-in, year-out. Asians commit no murders at all, statistically. Blacks commit murder at around 30 per 100,000, which is ten times higher than whites. It goes down to 20-25 in tightly policed years, and right now it is up at a super-high 40 per 100,000. Defunding and demoralizing the police yields the predictable result of spiking crime in black neighborhoods. 100% predictable. 

So, to put it clearly: These leftists in city governments, in a knee-jerk reaction to the death of one black man, demonized and defunded police. This resulted in police quitting and retiring, and generally pulling back their policing efforts in the very neighborhoods that need policing the most. The resulted in a crime wave that has continued unabated ever since. Though their political rhetoric claimed to support blacks, they actually ended up killing them. If you were a straight-up Klansman who wanted to see blacks murder each other, you could scarcely draw up a better plan than that drawn up by these leftists. (I'd LOL for the irony as I am prone to do, but it ain't that fucking funny. It is criminal.) 

What has happened in the U.S. to make such obviously retarded ideas plausible? Is it the media and how most people believe it like the gospel? Is the the school system that has failed to teach critical thinking? 

Whatever the reason, it highlights why we need strong and smart leaders, and it highlights that we do not have them. This is a leadership crisis, because this is why we need leaders, people who pull us off the brink and save us from ourselves. Across the board, in every institution in the United States, leadership is failing to lead. Leadership is being led by Twitter woke mobs. Where does it end? 

As wokism takes over, say, airlines, planes are going to crash, so I'd say watch out for that. It's been a while since a colossal crash so we are due for one anyway. As it takes over medicine and medical schools, watch for people to die in a medical system that prioritizes "diversity, inclusion, and equity" over health. When wokism takes over, the host can no longer carry out its primary function. In life or death arenas, people will die. Look for more bodies to pile up as the dearth of leadership and wokism deliver a one-two punch to American institutions. Either that, or leaders will rise up and find some spine. 

I am, as always, a pessimist. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Me Psaki Psaki

Trump's presidency was interesting and unique if for no other reason than the rhetoric coming out of the White House was remarkably straightforward and uncoded. With Biden a certain normalcy was restored back to the coded language of neoliberalism, and Jenn Psaki is a master, an absolute master, of coded rhetoric and playing the rhetorical shell game. In the shell game, you can never find the meaning. She can speak words devoid of meaning better than anyone I have ever seen, and she does it with the robotic fuck-you sociopathy that can't be taught, that Psaki smirk. Imagine interviewing for this press secretary job:

He's okay, but he doesn't ooze the necessary fuck-you vibes. 

Yeah, you're right. What about this Psaki chick? 

Oh yeah, she gives me the absolute creeps, like she'd gas a room full of puppies. 

Yeah, she does have a certain evil-ness about her, doesn't she?

She white and straight though. If only she were a disabled black lesbian, dammit!  

But this post is about coded meaning. Every now and then, if you're paying attention and you know the context and you know how to decode, she says something true, something that is meaningful. When she does it, you can bet your pants it is 100% deliberate. She is that good. She'll say something coded, but true, just to send the shivers down your spine and to deliver a gentle wink-wink fuck-you, we're winning, you working-class breeders.  


At the last press conference, some sandbagged reporter asked Psaki: 

"Does the White House have any reaction to Facebook's decision to suspend President Trump for two years? Was this a reasonable consequence for what he said?"

And Psaki goes balls-deep into it, smirks to eleven (Italics added for emphasis): 

"Well, as always, it's a decision for the company to make, the platform to make, and clearly they've come out and made their decision. Our view continues to be though that every platform, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, any other platform, that is disseminating information to millions of Americans has a responsibility to crack-down on disinformation, to crack-down on false information whether it's about the election or even about the vaccine, as we are trying to keep the American public safe and get more people return to normal out in society. I think, as we look at it, we learned a lot from President Trump, the former president, over the last couple of years about his behavior and how he uses these platforms. It feels pretty unlikely that the zebra is going to change his stripes over the next two years. We'll see."

This is a glorious reveal by Psaki. She's saying Facebook and Twitter are playing ball, and they better keep on playing ball by censoring enemies, those who are off-narrative. "Disinformation" is anything off-narrative. It is a bald admission that Facebook and Twitter are colluding with the neoliberals to censor off-narrative speech. They are colluding with these big-tech social media companies. The coding isn't even all that strong, which is why it struck me. 

Here's a link to the full video: psaki psaki

 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Barbecue Dreams

Barbecue is a touchy subject. I enjoy eating barbecue if it is good barbecue, but if it is bad barbecue, I feel insulted, as in, personally slighted. Rationally, I'm aware that the people smoking the meat and mixing the slaw didn't wake up that morning intent on ruining my day. I know that. Still, it feels like that. Mediocre barbecue is a slap in the face. 

So, trying a new barbecue place is risky. It is going to go one of two ways. I'm going walk out very happy, or very insulted and frankly pissed off. It is barbecue, so there is no fence-sitting. It is great or it is garbage. 

So, if I've heard good word of mouth about a barbecue place, and I work up the nerve to try it for lunch, I have rules. 

  1. Get the biggest combo/sampler plate offered. Usually it is 3 or 4 meats and 2-3 sides with bread and sometimes pickles. 
  2. Ask the counter girl which meats are must-haves. If she says they are all good, we have a problem. A barbecue place has one thing, maybe two, but certainly one thing that they do really well, and the counter girl has to know what it is. She must have an answer. Telling me all of it is good is automatically putting that BBQ joint behind the 8-ball. 
  3. Two sides: Beans and Slaw. Three sides: Add potato salad. 
  4. Sides: They must be made in-house. No Sysco food service slaw or potato salad. What you like here is up to you, but these must be made in-house, and I can't emphasize it enough. I like a slaw that it shredded and has a hint of sweetness, but nothing super-sweet or cloying. The beans need a significant meat content. I'm a total freak about potato salad. If I ran a BBQ joint, I would focus laser-like on it. I'd do a mustardy concoction with black pepper and celery and onion that would knock your socks right off. People would eat at my joint just to get the potato salad. But I've noticed that more and more joints overlook it and just serve the Sysco stuff. Dark times. 
  5. Pulled Pork must be slightly smoky, tender, and moist. If it is dry: Game over. What did I do to deserve this?
  6. Ribs: Fall off the bone meets just the slightest cunt-hair of resistance to the bite. It's a magical heaven zone that few have visited. Most places err on the side of too tender, and if you're going to err, that's what you want. 
  7. Brisket: Such a risky proposition outside of Texas. I'm actually scared to order it in Georgia. I'm not joking. It terrifies me. I've had brisket at Pecan Lodge in Dallas and I'm certain I'll never have any that's better than that. I peaked early.
  8. Chicken: Tender and moist. Alabama white sauce? YES!
  9. Sauces: At least three. I actually think three is the correct number. A hot. A sweet. A tangy. I'm very open to being surprised here, but give me three to sample. 

What's New? Equity