“The ordinary modes of human thinking are magical, religious, social, and personal. We want our wishes to come true; we want the universe to care about us; we want the approval of those around us; we want to get even with that s.o.b. who insulted us at the last tribal council. For most people, wanting to know the cold truth about the world is way, way down the list.” ― John Derbyshire, We Are Doomed
Blackface: What’s the Big Deal? – If you desire a media that is entirely free of blackface, you will likely have to erase everything from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Once-revered performers who will likely be “unpersoned” to make way for some dim notion of “racial justice” because they once appeared in blackface include Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, George Jessel, Sophie Tucker, David Niven, Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, Jack Benny, Irene Dunne, George M. Cohan, Doris Day, Milton Berle, Peter Lorre, Hedy Lamarr, Douglas Fairbanks, William Holden, Edgar Kennedy, Mario Lanza, Marion Davies, Myrna Loy, Betty Grable, Paul Muni, Eddie Cantor, Laurel and Hardy, Gracie Allen, Elizabeth Taylor, The Three Stooges, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Sophia Loren, Judy Garland, and, but of course, Al Jolson.
Are the Democrats Bent on Suicide? Air travel consumes huge quantities of carbon-producing jet fuel. What will replace it? Perhaps progressive Democratic candidates will set an example by not flying, and then by voting to end production of private aircraft and to ground all corporate jets. Let the elites sail to Davos.
Technology And Social Trust Every internet drama seems to involve one party publishing chats, video or audio of another party. Supervillain Jeff Bezos is an obvious example. He broke the cardinal rule of supervillains. Never write when you can speak. Never speak when you can nod. Most important, never send pics of your wiener to people. He was cavalier about being recorded and now is the world’s silliest supervillain.
You know what I think would make a big, negative environmental impact? If everybody stopped eating meat. How come no one’s exploring that? Could you just imagine? These discussions surface about eating-meat, and people automatically think about cows. Every now and then I’ll come to learn about the actual throughput of chickens, though, and it’s hard to fathom. Hundreds and hundreds, per day, in one tiny little restaurant…what if we were all to quit, uh, cold-turkey. All those chickens that would’ve been butchered every day instead just strutting around making more chickens. House of Eratosthenes
I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is. – G. K. Chesterton
‘Social Justice’ Is for Homos : Without getting too deep into the etiology of homosexuality, permit me to observe that Abby is a familiar type — sexually precocious, she’d had both boyfriends and girlfriends before she was old enough to get a driver’s license and, while she’s reasonably attractive, she’s somewhat pudgy. Speculative discussion of why Abby (or anyone else) engages in homosexual behavior would be a waste of time, but what I wish to call to the reader’s attention is that Abby is a recognizable type, both in terms of her personal backstory and her physical appearance including (a) her purple-dyed undercut hairstyle and (b) her pierced nostril. When you factor in her Tumblr blogs devoted to (c) “social justice” politics and (d) astrology, Abby is a 21st-century stereotype. [click to continue…]