Archive for August, 2017

david duke troll

Monday, August 28th, 2017

david duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK (that’s klu klux klan) can be easily spotted in the comment section of any random article about the charlottesville massacre. he’s the one complaining about the bolsheviks. nobody under the age of maybe 60 or maybe 70 has ever heard that term. i vaguely remember it from an undergrad course on russian history. but i only took that course because my top choices were closed and nobody was interested in russian history.

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southern poverty law center

Monday, August 28th, 2017

some might say that ayaan hirsi ali is intolerant and is to blame for hollands’ fall from the disney land of europe to a hotbed of populism and xenophobia. that would only be partially true. as the foundation had already been lain by the success of the homosexual dutch populist pim fortuyn, who was killed by a dutch animal rights activist in the early 00s. given that ayaan hirsi ali is black and coupled with her being a recovering muslim, gives her criticism of the religion a certain weight, which maybe it should not have. why is she an expert on a particular religion? is it because she was raised in it. having grown up attending a christian church, does this make a person an expert on christianity? isn’t that why the clergy exists. at least the ones who actually hold a college degree in religious studies. now ali (not to be confused with mohammad ali) is on a quest to take down the southern poverty law center. the SPLC is a civil right organization that tracks intolerance and hate in the united states. according to her editorial in the new york times, she’s a bit pissed that the SPLC has put her on their hate group list. given that she has the right to say what she wants to about anyone as long as she is not inciting violence, the SPLC has the right to add her to a list of what they perceive as intolerant people. does she have the right to sue them? probably not. but her partner in arms in the UK, according to the BBC’s Hardtalk has decided to pursue this route. the first amendment in the US is not about picking and chosing what you like or don’t like. and as richard cohen says in the Hardtalk interview below, even the alt-right have the right to march in the US because the law allows it. and there are those who believe it is easier to deal with issues that are above ground than those that are below ground and opens up the opportunity of an intellectual debate. whether or not one agrees with the marchers is a completely different issue. the SPLC serves a useful purpose. their website is like a whose who of hate in the US. it is of course the PoV of the people who work at SPLC but they seemingly endeavour to backup their PoV with facts. it is up to the reader to decide whether or not he or she agrees with the SPLC.

james cameron slams wonder woman

Friday, August 25th, 2017

in an interview with the guardian magazine, film director james camerson (director of avatar, terminator, and the horrible titanic films) slams the new wonder woman movie. he thinks sarah connor from terminator is a better character. –neglects to mention his tendency to date/have sex with/and/or marry most of the female leads in his films. we like gal gadot (wish i knew how to correctly pronounce her name). she was great in the fast and the furious films –despite not having been given much to do. and minus the large setpiece action sequence at the end, wonder woman is actually a really good film. we say hats off to director patty jenkins for getting signed to the sequel. and for going online to defend her film. looks like james cameron might be ripe for a boycott whenever he finishes his smurf movies.

mnunchin defends himself, or tries to

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

the trump administration brings you the US treasury secretary and producer of suicide squad, steve mnuchin. enough said. mnunchin defends donald trump against alumni from his yale graduating class. we guess the elite schools in the US just ain’t what they used to be.

we agree with the eff

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

we’re not sure if all those websites that lost their DNS registry and webhosting services last week should be forced onto the dark web and tor because the company that hosts their webservices doesn’t like what they are blogging about. on the one had, private companies should make private decisions. but this is the equivalent of cancelling someones telephone service because you don’t like that the owner is using it to trash talk his friends/call his drug dealer/or _insert unforgivable offensive act here_. this does not mean we support the offensive act. neither does the electronic frontier foundation (EEF)–as they so eloquently explains so on their website. on the wall street journal, in the comment section louis rousetto writes Completely agree with EFF. Free speech is not just about the government, it’s the foundation of a free society. Just because corporate censorship of the public space may be legal, doesn’t make it beneficial or right. I certainly don’t want corporate executives and their bureaucrats to determine what I can see or read any more than I want government censors to. Fascism isn’t about the government, it’s about a way of thinking. Censorship is fascism, whoever practices it. If this is really louis rousetto, he and jane metcalf co-founded the original Wired magazine –not the sh*t version that exists today.

we are standing in the wings waiting for the daily storm front stormer lawsuit against cloudfare. it’s been ages since the united states, let alone the western world has had the chance to witness a knockdown court case about free speech. we wonder what lenny bruce and william s. burroughs would think.

bannon’s exit

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

there is really nothing to say about steve bannon. his exit from the white house has been thoroughly covered. in the end despite trump claiming that bannon only turned up at the end of his presidential campaign, ann coultur, bannon, milo (omg we wrote his name, but we won’t write his last name) , breitbart and the originals (which includes katrina pierson,  corey lewandowski and mike flynn) made donald trump the candidate –despite the art of the deal trump and the apprentice trump having already existed. they sort of helped define, shape and roundout the donald trump show. notice how we did not include sean spicer and reince in this group. the remaining lackies in the west wing and the administration have no street cred with americans in the midwest, south and mountain time.  and they aren’t remotely funny. not even a little bit well, except for kellyanne conway. but steve mnuchin did produce suicide squad. if that’s not funny, what is?

what does edward blum want?

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

edward blum, an american enterprise institute scholar and the man behind the botched attempt to rollback admissions policies at the university of texas at austin in the usa by abigail fisher is at it again. this time his new test case for the US supreme court (which he is hoping to make it to) also focuses on affirmative action. this time he is using asian americans as a straw man. why not just use a white dude? or does he think women and asians work as better props or are more easily manipulated?

fisher was raked over the coals by the media when she momentarily became the face of white angst. now edward blum is back and supposedly leading the charge with supposed angst-ridden asian americans who feel reverse discrimination is keeping them out of elite american universities such as harvard. but actually he has created an organization and accepted (according to a 2015 article from reuters) more than 500K to bring this case to court. despite his not being a lawyer. the “activist” may not even have clients. the plaintiff is called “students for fair admission.”

our question is not whether or not anyone has a legitimate gripe. if blum wants to throw away millions of the hard-earned money he made working his ass off as an investment banker, we would say let him do it. but apparently finding and /or creating plaintiffs to front his lawsuits could also be a great job for him. in the reuters article he also claims to have lined up another 900K on top of the 500K his non-profit organization has already accepted. we wonder what type of six figure salary he gets from this non-profit, which according to reuters only has 1 employee, blum.

our question is why file a lawsuit with nameless faceless plaintiffs? given that fisher became the face of a failed legal challenge that lasted more than 3 8 years and went to the supreme court, this time around blum has filed the lawsuit on behalf of an organization and not the individual citizens. again, according to a 2015 article from reuters At a court hearing in Boston on April 30, Harvard’s lawyer, Seth Waxman, raised questions about the anonymity. “What we have is a plaintiff that was created for the avowed and exclusive reason of suing Harvard,” he said. 

what are the odds that these so-called aggrieved asian dudes and dudettes all belong to the same group? according to reuters, the defense was not initiated by asian americans, but by blum. who is neither asian nor buddhist. and how will the defense be able to challenge this case if they don’t have the individual names of the students who claim they are being shafted by affirmative action in the US?

and what is blum’s aims? we know that he funded a lawsuit to erode the rights of poor and working class whites, blacks and latinos. is he still pissed that he was forced to go to the university of texas at austin when in his head he should have went to harvard? given that his politics are on the far right-wing and harvard has been never known to operate on that perspective, every time the dude files a new lawsuit it re-validates that the committee tasked with deciding his fate 30 or so years ago probably made the right choice.

americans filing bogus lawsuits does not actually help the american people. but the lawsuits definitely help to continue to divide the american people and waste tax payer money.

that being said, we think that the UT austin way of admiting the top 10% of students in class from all schools makes sense. it evens out the playing field. but harvard is a private university, the school can do what it wants. the school could decide to only accept legacies. which used to be the case. a private university could also decide to not charge tuition and only admit students from impoverished families. the ivies in the usa, like the elite schools in france feel like they are educating the leaders of the future like ted cruz or supreme court justices. but some might argue that they made a mistake with ex googler james damore.

the alt-right are traitors

Friday, August 18th, 2017

if charlottesville had been say a mens march on washington to let people know that all is not well with middle class and lower middle class men in america, people might have been OK with stuff. then it could be inclusive patriotic. given that a considerable number of black and brown males are unemployed and under employed too. as are white males. asian males in the US have it bad too. due to stereotyping north asian males never rise above middle management in american companies–if they are lucky to get that far.

as congressman oren hatch tweeted, his brother didn’t die in world war 2 fighting nazis to have them re-emerge in the USA. we at a blog about whatever would say that given the context of american history and north american history, the alt-right, the new klan, white supremacists, white nationalists and everyone who showed up to that unite the right rally in charlottesville virginia are traitors. traitors to the veterans of world war 2 in the USA who are alive today and those americans and the 20 million people around the world who died in world war 2. the unite the right marchers are traitors to the US’s allies during world war 2–which included the united kingdom, canada, etc. they are traitors to the allies who fought alongside the USA to defeat the nazis. which at different points in time also included france and russia. following trump’s moral equivalency speech we ask teresa may and queen elisabeth II to dis-invite donald trump for a state visit to the united kingdom.

donald trump a bridge too far

Monday, August 14th, 2017

trump talks live about the charlottesville massacre. ever wonder why there are so many villes in the US? louisville, charlottesville and the list goes on. we aren’t sure if people are calling it a massacre. but we just thought that might make a good subheadline. thus far 1 person has died and 19 have been injured. now facebook facial recognition software is most likely being used to out the tiki bearing chino-wearing white supremacists. we won’t call them nationalists because “nationalism” of the 18th 19th and early 20th century variety implied ethnicity. given that white americans are generally mixed immigrant heritage it is kind of a non-sensical term.

3 dead in charlottesville

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

friday night a large group of white american males with tiki lights descended on the university of virgina at charlottsville virginia–also known as the alma mater of robert f. kennedy. we are not sure why the kkk had an affinity for fire. but it seems that this affinity has been passed down to their descendents. but somehow the hoods and the white robes have been replaced by tan dickies and loafers. whenever anyone raises their hand, puts something with fire in it and starts chanting negative stuff about groups of people smaller than one’s own, it usually does not end well. these dudes make loads of white males who just like to hang out at home watching TV and playing halo look bad. as do people like james damore. most straight white american dudes are not living in the 1800s. and we know that all gay white american dudes are definitely not living in the 1800s in their heads.

1 woman is dead –mowed over by a car and 2 police officers have died. the US president donald trump, in the hope of preserving his solid 12% base of voters, threw out a statement condemning violence while seemingly placing equal blame on the demonstrators carrying nazi flags and the anti-protestors. an expert on modern right populism recently said, there is always a moment when the populist crosses the line. when his double entendres aren’t really funny anymore. donald trump’s 36% approval rating is about to fall to below 30 any day now.