July 1, 2020

In Praise of Hate. #Hate4All

I don't understand.  Why does everyone keep hating on hate?

It's like every other big  mainstream brand is piling in on this virtue rush.

"Oh look how great we are, we at [amorphous unhealthy/expensive/useless product] care a lot about racism, so we are pausing our Facebook advertising (for a bit)!  We are a socially conscious company and oh soooo virtuous.  Please continue to buy our shit.  We are one of you."

The faceless automaton herd of consumers marches in step, happily content that their money is going toward propagation of equality, love, joy, diversity and the resistance to HATE, that big, bad 4-letter word.

Personally, I don't care.  I sit back and watch this absurdity and shake my head.  Who do these firms think they are impressing?

Lego has become the latest big name to join an advertising boycott on social-media platforms, saying "urgent action" is needed to end hate speech, discrimination and misinformation.

Mars, Target, Ford, Adidas, Coca Cola, Unilever and Starbucks have all joined the boycott.

Color me very unimpressed and whole lot of apathetic.  I don't find cynical and opportunistic corporate marketing ploys very endearing or worthy of note. 

You do realize this is all about "virtue marketing?"

Virtue marketing is what corporations engage in today as social media has become intertwined with society.  We broadcast our parallel demands;  we want fabric softener that smells good, bread that's soft, shoes that are comfortable and sporty cars that are roomy and smartsafe, but we also want these companies to mimic our leftist sensibilities and we expect them to validate and parrot our vapid do-goodism as well.  It's a black or white (literally) proposition:  humor our agendas if you want us to spend money on you.  Worse yet, if you don't bother to join our sappy choir, we won't just leave you alone...we'll use our consumerist might to destroy you.  Threats in hand, corporations bend over as far as their board of directors are able to contort.

I find this all very tiresome and banal.

Hate bad; nice good.  Blah blah, the empty-headed litany continues.

Boring.  A culture that values kindness without kindness in its heart solely esteems words and platitudes, and worse, loses the ability to discern true cruelty.  Our post-BLM world is a a bland culture of recitations repeated like religious chants.   Individuals parrot platitudes, and corporations parrot customers, and the sociopolitical slithers into one amorphous mass

The #StopHate4Profit hashtag celebrates the mundane. 

Anyone got some edge around here, please? 

Hate is not bad.  Hate serves a function.  Hate is natural. 

A healthy culture allows free expression of hate, for repressed hate is the most damaging trait of a society as it results in multiplied antagonism.  Repressed hate fuels hate, a self-imploding perpetual machine.  For the one law of nature is that hate exists, and is innate to the nature of man.  Some mature societies allow outlet for expression of hate, while repressed cultures attempt to hide it, deny it, disguise it with cultural platitudes and hugs, but ultimately, there is nowhere for us to hide hate.  It is us.

Enjoy your hate.  Wallow in it!

Bring the edge back.  Hate is intriguing.  Agreeableness is not challenging and a culture that prioritizes agreeableness will sink into a state of stagnant paralysis, and its inhabitants will likewise become robots of dystopian predictability and vibrancy of the Mind will die in the sluggish ether of Nice.


June 30, 2020

Joe Biden proposes Battle of the Ditz

Anyone got the popcorn?

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Tuesday that he “can hardly wait” to test his cognitive abilities against those of President Trump in the fall debates.

Biden, who is 77 and would be the oldest president ever sworn in for a first term in office if he wins in November, was asked by a reporter at a press conference in Wilmington, Del., if he has been tested for cognitive decline.

“I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” Biden responded. “Look, all you gotta do is watch me, and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”

Is the United States buying its way out of bad planning?

I'm no bleeding heart, but this strikes me, intuitively, as wrong and immoral. 

The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.

Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available. The Trump administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid and outmanoeuvre all other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US.

“They’ve got access to most of the drug supply [of remdesivir], so there’s nothing for Europe,” said Dr Andrew Hill, senior visiting research fellow at Liverpool University.

Remdesivir, the first drug approved by licensing authorities in the US to treat Covid-19, is made by Gilead and has been shown to help people recover faster from the disease. The first 140,000 doses, supplied to drug trials around the world, have been used up. The Trump administration has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all of Gilead’s production for July and 90% of August and September.

“President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19,” said the US health and human services secretary, Alex Azar. “To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it. The Trump administration is doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for Covid-19 and secure access to these options for the American people.”

Perhaps I'm not looking at the full picture and rushing to judgement. I certainly hope our arrogance doesn't land us in the pit of hell.

The rise of America's "play it backwards" society.

I'm a little nerdy and out of touch, BTW.  It's how I have always been.  It used to be a source of embarrassment that left me racked with shame when I was younger.  I didn't enjoy the things most people did and I found everything boring, unfulfilling, stupid.  And I, perpetually alienated.

Funny, I'm still nerdy but just don't care.

There's a phrase that has been around for a long time (apparently) but which I didn't become aware of until much later in life.

"Play it forward."

I learned these words meant a blessing, an auspicious tiding, a karmic payback for good deeds rendered.  Do something nice, and it will come back to grace your life similarly.  Nice begets nice.

Now the cynical curmudgeon in Me knows this is utter bullshit.  I subscribe to the school of "no good deed goes unpunished."  In life, there is no great arbiter of eternal justice. You can be rewarded for wrongs, scalded for charity.  In the grand scheme of pragmatic checks and balances, causation does not necessarily lead to logical correlation.  And in the real world, play it forward manifests, but not always with positive momentum.  In fact, I would say that "play it forward" can be relied on in societies and cultures where trust and cohesiveness are present.  In community settings torn apart by distrust, deconstructed institutions of marriage and family, it's the tenet of "play it backwards" that reigns.

For instance, here in Southern California, Archie Harris, 49, was shot and killed on Sunday night.

A Bellflower man died after being shot in North Long Beach on Sunday night and investigators were searching for the suspect, police said.

Just after 10 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 5800 block of Orange Avenue and found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper torso, said Officer Ivan Garcia, a Long Beach police spokesman.

Officers administered aid to the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was identified as Archie Harris, 49.

The motive for the shooting was unknown. Investigators believe the suspect was a man who fled the scene on foot, Long Beach police said.

Another lost life, another mystery.

In honor of Mr. Harris' death, a vigil one day later, and a chance to display the perpetual dystopian cycle of playing it backwards.

One woman was killed and two other women wounded when gunfire rang out at a candlelight vigil in Long Beach Monday night. The vigil was for a man who was shot and killed in the same area the night before.

Monday’s shooting occurred at about 9 p.m. at East South Street and Orange Avenue.

According to Long Beach police, a crowd was gathered for a candlight vigil when shots were fired. The emergency dispatcher could hear the gunshots while on the phone with the 911 caller, police said.

Officers arrived on scene to find three women wounded. They were all taken to a hospital, where one died and two were in serious condition, police said. They were not identified.

There was no motive in the shooting and no description of the suspect. The exact circumstances of the shooting were not released.

Monday’s vigil was for 49-year-old Archie Harris, a Bellflower man who officers found shot to death on a sidewalk at the same intersection at 10:05 p.m. Sunday. Investigators learned that the suspect in that shooting, a man, ran from the scene.

There are no amount of mindless niceties or virtuous platitudes can refute the ruthless aggression of the curse of play it backwards that afflicts societies which at best can be described as backwards themselves.

America is transforming into a play it backwards society. 

The most noteworthy sign of this is today's backwards thinking and backwards fixation that seeks to "fix" historical markers that "offend." A healthy play it forward culture can withstand the presence of monuments and semantics and cultural motifs which deviate from the present collective narrative. 

Play it backwards cultures destroy the past, the present and the future. 

If you tear down a statue tribute to the past, you will also destroy today's motifs and tomorrow's promise.  This will give your meaningless existence a reason.

June 29, 2020

The largest yawn in the existence of just everything

I cannot think of anything on this planet, in this infinitesimal existence that spans an eternal temporal march from the the non-existent beginning of time to the hypothetical end of it, that there is anything, ANYTHING, I could possibly care about less than this news story I spied earlier.


Colin Kaepernick is coming to Netflix.

The streaming service announced Monday the former 49ers quarterback will be the subject of a six-part series produced by star director Ava DuVernay. The series, "Colin in Black and White," will focus on his teenage life and high school experience in Turlock, Calif. as a Black child adopted by a white family.

Can you imagine a vast, engulfing yawn of such sheer magnitude, that its gravity field would swallow planets and space and time, a yawn so cosmic in scope that the laws of physics break down into dissolute elements of an anti-existence in its maw?

This imaginary yawn would only be a fraction of the yawn I experience upon learning that Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of a Netflix documentary, sportsball and racial platitudes included.

Conspiracies are the refuse of ignorance

With analysis like this, who needs critical thinking?

That moment when...

You realize you share political views with groups of people who succumb to superstition and backwards thinking for all their public opining.

And we're supposed to battle the Left with these tools?

June 28, 2020

Brown Power! Just cause I can.

I'm very conservative;  I'd easily be construed as a "Right-Wing extremist" on the internet.  Its anonymous, faceless nature would allow me to LARP as Bubba from Mississippi if I chose.  I could fly the flag and no one would know.

But I'm not white and I assuredly do not live in Alabama.

Check my name (appears in full on every post and my "About Me" profile pic).  This should answer any question you might have about my background.

I'm a Hispanic redneck from the "OC" in Commiefornia.

Lest you chuckle at that ostensible oxymoron, keep in mind that while "redneck" does have more specific roots and origins, in today's context it denotes a state of mind, a sense of self-sufficient dignity and austerity of life and values.  I believe the "redneck state of mind" is best expressed in this old Charlie Daniels' song.

Anyone can be a redneck.  Eschewing elitism and its political pretensions of social justice and amoral liberation, the redneck longs for tradition and heralds the sparse desire for the primal needs of a humanity that has corrupted its existence for the sake of modernity.

I'm a brown redneck and I would like to take this moment to announce my support of BROWN POWER.  Just because I can, and because our twisted society congratulates such expression, condones it, humors it, and in the process, lives out one of  is greatest hypocrisies.  Browns can proclaim it, blacks can proclaim, even yellows are allowed.  But guess who can't?  One shade of humanity that is forbidden from expressing such pride.

I don't need to tell you who.

If you're white, and you do make such prideful boasts, leftist culture will attack you.   A white person who dares to imply any sense of racial self-esteem will be drummed out of society and probably employment, relegated to the fringes of reality, unworthy of a spot in the cultural line.  And beyond the utterance of white power, you can get in trouble for condoning it, or in modern parlance, re-Tweeting it.

Especially if you're President Trump.

President Donald Trump on Sunday widely shared a video he said is from the Villages, a retirement community in Florida, in which a man driving a golf cart with Trump campaign posters is seen chanting “white power.”

The President retweeted the video that showed the community’s Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters arguing with one another. The President thanked the “great people” shown in the video.

“Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!” he wrote in the tweet.

What is wrong with what he did?  I don't get it.

The shitstorm which will surely (and has begun to) ensue will stir up more riots, more demolished monuments and many more names, characters and terms expunged from all art forms.

Because someone is proud of their race and their ethnicity.

All ethnic "power" chants are exclusionary, by definition.  Big deal.  Why is it that all racial hues can express pride except for white one?  How is it that pride in Scotch, Irish, Nordic or British roots is any more harmful or detrimental than pride in Nigerian or Honduran or Vietnamese lineage?

In making such dramatic calls for equality, people of color are essentially demanding that racial demarcations be recognized and unfairness allowed.

It's 2020 and today's absurdist Orwellian environment demands that equality is inequality but inequality it equality only for some.

June 27, 2020

The semantics of extreme optimism and how I learned to start loving coronavirus

Thing is, we know it as "COVID-19" or "coronavirus."

Five months into the acknowledged presence of the virus in the United States, these two monikers have become ubiquitous descriptors of our plague, but we forget a description used frequently at the onset of the outbreak:  "novel."

Coronavirus, we learned in January, was a novel virus.  It had never been seen in the human population before.  Consequently, we had no adaptive immunological response.  The human population's immune system was not primed to handle the virus.  COVID-19 had a free pass, for human defenses were naive and non-existent against its introduction.  Scientists are still learning its nuances.  Each discovery about the nature of the SARS-2 virus is...novel.  Unprecedented.

The point being, scientists knew little of the virus's impact on humans in January.  They know more now, but comparatively little given the young stage of our COVID-19 learning cycle.

One important facet of any virus is its immunological impact on the human system.  All we can surmise initially is based on COVID-19's "familial" history:  it is a member of the coronavirus family and may share similar traits, but the scientist's job is to find out which traits these are.  This is the novel part.  MERS and SARS-1, both coronaviruses, have been known for years and we have more knowledge about their effects on the human body.  Same with the common cold that is caused by coronavirus.  MERS and SARS-1 do impart immunity for several years;  the common cold caused by coronavirus offers about a year of immunity.

Which brings me to my point.

Headlines like this make me realize the level of ignorance present in mainstream discourse.  Positivity porn does not require much thought but feels good.  The Twinkies of human comprehension.

High coronavirus immunity found in 'super-spreader' Austrian ski resort

This quasi-news is dangerous because it leads to misplaced optimism and causes people to be incautious.  Most people do not utilize the tool of critical thinking when reading internet news sites.  And if they attempt to do so, it is easily overpowered by the hopeful optimism the media perpetuates with such dishonest language.

 A simple but truthful rendition of this headline might be something like, "Coronavirus antibodies found..." - but that is not the language of false hope or delusion, pandemic wishes which people, led by Dr. Trump, seem to embrace blindly during this pandemic.

June 26, 2020

The Post-Logic Generation vs. President Trump...over before it even began?

This meme popped up on my Facebook wall this morning.

It's pretty funny, and very insightful.

The meme's cleverness is its illustration of a basic tenet of human psychology:  the more pervasive the tropes of a collection of people sharing a common agenda, belief or value system, the more irrelevant its cultural image plays to the public.

Anti-mask, lift-the-lock-down crybabies were the It protestors marching the sidewalks prior to George Floyd's breathless antics.  They were typically white, Republican Sun Belt types whose immature resistance to staying home played out as civil disobedience and a strange brand of self-destructive libertarianism.  These people dreaded witnessing President Trump's 2020 momentum thwarted by some stupid flu bug more than they cared about the collective health of Americans and its influence on society's cohesiveness.

They downplayed COVID-19, and have to this day.   They deny it in as many forms as possible:  it's a minor bug, it only affects old, sick people, the government is covering up the benign nature of the virus in order to sublimate American citizens.  The denial narratives are numerous.

President Trump, smitten by his base's values and affectations, battled to portray a concerned President for a bit, but by May that mask began to slip.  As of June, he's gone all out Ostrich Bravado when it comes to the COVID, a lackadaisical attitude that only empowers his band of virus naysayers.

And just forget the BLM clown show altogether. Though it has only served to expose Trump's tough shit-talk and Twittified hard-assedness as facile masks which can barely hide Trump's astounding lack of action or authoritative resistance.  Some people delude themselves by saying that he is right to handle the riots like he has.  They claim his hands-off strategy will allow the BLM narrative to implode;  that spontaneous autonomous zones will crumble from their own ghetto corruption and ineptitude.  On the surface, this makes some sense, but it underestimates the vast, all-embracing gravity of what these civil protests imply.  They matter more than toppled statues or burned out liquor stores or semantic purging of unpleasant words from books and popular media.

 Authority and tradition, the innate power structure of our society, are being tested.

This is a sinister strategy by cultural subversives.  Whether it's conscious or not isn't important.  The net effect of allowing these children their violent cathartic expression to continue unabated will spell doom for many decades to come.  This "game plan" of letting them throw their fit while in the process alienating everyone with a reasonable mind isn't going anywhere.  The expression, the vehemence and self-righteousness creates its own steam, its own fuel source, and will unfold as a new cultural motif if it's not checked.  If President Trump is content to blow off Twitter steam in lieu of actually being a real parent, the history books looked groomed to turn his chapter into a dark comic sojourn in American history.

Ultimately, we are left with a flaccid Presidential figurehead content to blow his wad on stupid passive Twitter games than actually taking advantage of his lofty position to be a tough leader in tough times.

Today's Post-Logic Generation is embarking on a scourge which will reduce society to a shambles, a vast ghetto-ized third world arena of dark, dystopian autonomous zones and pathological Leftist piousness that blots our once dynamic culture.

Our maskless President proclaimed boisterously that he wasn't wearing any clothes but those who looked clearly saw he was:  they were the masquerade of a Leader.