Fake News

Recently there have been a bunch of silly notices about Fake News.

Ahem, let me just say this once: I KNOW IT IS A BAD AND NOT VERY CREDIBLE SOURCE.

So there are two reasons fake news could have gotten big: one is that every single person on earth is an idiot and will believe any information put in front of them. The failure of communism proves this is not true. The other option is, people have discerning tastes. Go into any wine store and this becomes evident.

So why have the news stores of olde become the Zinfandel Shangri Lah of modern times? Why do people go to the cheap boxed wine of Fake News in order to slake their thirst on the ‘daily news diet’?

Simply put: Modern Media put too much pee in their wine and now the boxed wine of fake news, without getting any better, is a much finer product.

This will be put in simple, short terms in order to make sense to the average ding dong.

Last year fake news told me that chemtrails are a government plot, trump had a chance of winning the nomination, and a secret army of lizard people runs about 2/3rds of our world government(no reason why). Modern Media told me that airplanes leave vapor trails, trump has no way to win because he will never win more than one or two states, and that only 1/3rd of our world government is operated by lizard people.

Then around Christmas, fake news told me that chemtrails are a government plot, trump had a really narrow chance of winning the nomination, and a secret army of lizard people runs about 2/3rds of our world government(no reason why). Modern Media told me that airplanes leave vapor trails, Trump, even if he got the nomination, would never pull any swing states, and that only 1/3rd of our world government is operated by lizard people.

Then a month before the election, fake news told me that chemtrails are a government plot run by Hillary Clinton, Trump was going to win because he was up 9 points in Ohio, and a secret army of lizard people runs about 2/3rds of our world government on behalf of the Democratic Party. Modern Media told me that airplanes leave Russian Mind Chemicals to make you vote for Donald,  that 1/3rd of our population is operated by lizard people who plan to vote Trump, and that Ohio never really mattered in Presidential Elections.

Now that is a bunch of baloney. Do you know how embarrassing it is to go to Info Wars on election night because they are actually more credible than CNN?

The ‘fake news sites’ are not an indicator of how poor research is, they are the high tide mark of places legacy media has now become less credible than.

It’s like the National Inquirer in that movie Men in Black, where Tommy Lee Jones says, “yeah they get it right every now and then.” That’s where we are at.  Fake News has not gotten better, it is that so many traditional sources have gotten it wrong so spectacularly and so often that these jokers are actually more accurate. Don’t tell me they are fake news, I know they are fake news, and I am going to keep going to them where at least the garbage is totally noticeable from a distance while you up your game to the point I can trust you again.

 

 

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After ThanksGiving

This week at Thanksgiving Dinner a very well read and intelligent fellow asked me a question about a now famous alumni of my High School.

The problem with current dialogue is the rush to label with terms like bigot, racist, and white supremacist. Sadly, none of these terms are mutually exclusive but neither are they mutually inclusive.

Now after reading a few essays from some movements I disagree with, now I’m learning that there are people who don’t see any groups as superior but think they should be separate. I’m not really interested in devoting any more brain cells to this subject, as it irritates me and is very tiresome but it was some good reading.

The point is, this is a subject without the comprehensive media coverage, I never would have delved into, but now I’m enlightened to the peculiarities of yet another part of the human dynamic.

Basically, in addition to White Supremacists, most prominent of whom is the KKK and whose last recorded lynching was a guy named Michael Donald who was killed in retaliation for a white cop being murdered and the only suspect  being found not guilty(aka justice) there was a stream of events and I’m out of respect for priorities not naming anyone else other than a poor fellow who was killed for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin, and for that Michael Donald matters.

The difference between white supremacists and racial separatists are nuanced only far enough to prove that, as Ferris Bueller said, “isms are not good” and he was quoting the Walrus, and that’s good enough.

Basically the key difference between the two, if you were a person of color; is as follows. If you had to leave them baby sitting for your kid for the weekend, the supremacist would probably kill the poor kid, and the separatist would buy him a plane ticket to Uganda.

What bothers me in this whole media storm , which harkens back to the passage from the Stephen King story, “Apt Pupil” in which everyone tries to act the most horrified, nobody has the courage to go down the rabbit hole. In fact, the biggest dissappointment in reading the National Policy Institute Founder’s essays is that I had to waste my time reading them myself because the mainstream media did such a bad job explaining them.

The biggest let down is trying to give the journalist the benefit of the doubt, then finding yourself reading three or four pages of the differences between Nazism, White Supremacy, Racial Separatism, and HAVING TO DO IT BECAUSE THE JOURNALIST WHO SHOULD BE DOING IT DIDN’T.

The you watch their interviews and they are just all trying to be the net Malcolm X or Martin Luther King when the real question they should be asking is not about black people and white people, but the much mor rational: Why is it that you want black people to leave, and Brown people to leave, but White People stay and Native Americans don’t get their land? I mean if you go on and on about homelands, it makes sense that white people would go back to Europe, and Native Americans would, well really they would have to go back to Siberia across the Bering Straight, but you get my point.

Anyway that’s all the time I have to think about that.

Bill Burr in your Sock

This week I have been thinking about the instances in modern america where the average black man has to ‘let it slide’ and the best example is when one of the hosts on CNN drops an N bomb and the darker co host does this eyebrow lift and you can read his mind as it goes from “Whoah! You did not just” to “let it slide, just let it slide” and I realized what they meant.

Then there’s another way to let it slide. Letting it slide means allowing people to get away with things they probably shouldn’t because you don’t want to casuse a scene. This can be misconstrued as ‘civility’ but since conflict excites me it seems appropriate to throw a molotov into the mix.

The problem with current dialogue is the rush to label with terms like bigot, racist, and white supremacist. Sadly, none of these terms are mutually exclusive but neither are they mutually inclusive.

Now after reading a few essays from some movements I disagree with, now I’m learning that there are people who don’t see any groups as superior but think they should be separate. I’m not really interested in devoting any more brain cells to this subject, as it irritates me and is very tiresome but it was some good reading.

Let’s Start with Bias

First of all. I have a right wing bias, we need homeless shelters and ways to help single mothers take care of their kids, but we also need guns and steel.

With that out of the way, here’s the line.

On one hand, you have Steve Bannon, editor of Breitbart, who has said some stuff about how the kids of Jewish families whine a lot, too much, and that’s something he’s going to get a lot of flack over for the rest of his life.

That is a valid criticism.

Then there is the ridiculous claim of white supremacy. There’s a little bit of an echo in that he used the words “alt right” to describe the slant of Breitbart, and some random dude used that term once or twice sixty years ago, around the same time that a guy in Germany with a moustache was describing his movement as “progressive.”

So look at marching columns of brownshirts with swastika armbads calling themselves progressive, and realize that we can all step back from the cannons and just sort of mull over things for a bit.

This middle ground is known as ‘nuance.’

Cut to today, this week. The progressives are no longer National Socialists, they are unrealistic hippies who smoke weed and want free money and get offended by every little thing. They also get hyper vigilant over any perceived slight towards their golden baby imaginary universe of equality and special snowflake status.

The contrast to this is the alt right, which sees the white knight in shining armor of Donald Trump riding a rainbow unicorn into the seething communist goblin hordes, lance pointed straight at the black rotten heart of the bureaucratic haemonculus with seething tendrils that poison the land and kill our crops to feed nefarious denizens of evil.

The reality is much more like the ocean, an expanse of blue on a flat horizon. The serene placid blue, the breakers lapping on the shore produce a calming noise.  The sun provides warmth, and life for plants to execute photosynthesis. Kelp drifts offshore. Some areas are shark infested, some just have a hammerhead or two, and everywhere you are there is a small element of danger.

Just remember, one person is trying to sell you shark repellent, the other is trying to keep you safe.

And now I’m going to channel Bill Burr. Suppose he is racist and he has a shed in his back yard full of swastikas like that guy in “Falling Down,”

So what!? What’s he gonna do? Wake up in the morning eat his wheaties and overthrow the last sixty years of Civil Rights as the PRESS SECRETARY?

You think he’s gonna walk out on the podium and not call on black reporters or do interviews with Snoop Dogg and Ben Carson and David Clarke are gonna just sit back and say, “Oh there’s nothing we can do, he’s the PRESS SECRETARY”

Worst case scenario you get some juicy soundbites for the next election, and you can just take LA New York and Seattle and Secede and the rest of America will sell you corn and gasoline and get passports for thanksgiving and you can stay home vote Democrat and not worry about it.  If bitcoin can run a whole economy without needing a single physical bank I’m sure you can do alright with 50% of the U.S. population and infrastructure in condensed areas but don’t count on us to help when you realize all the factories are in your backyard and you go broke selling us Carbon Tax tradeoffs that you voted for and now you need us again.

Or maybe theres’ the off chance that he’s a nice guy who says mean stuff when he gets cut off in traffic just like you and this is one of those cases and you should just back off  because you’ve sped up and broke the speed limit to catch up to somebody and wanted to see just what they looked like when they were driving in traffic like a moron and you’re like, “oh no wonder he’s got a lifted pick up truck he’s probably in the KKK” and you pull alongside and it’s like a Jamaican guy and you feel stupid, you’ve done it too, so give him a chance, alright?

You know there’s pictures of Prince Harry, the British guy your daughter has a crush on, in full Nazi Regalia, alright? He’s literally the Brother in Law of Kate Middleton who the press LOVE. That’s England, where they have free healthcare and all that other stuff. He did it for a fancy dress party and everyone blew it way out of proportion and he’s sorry. He’s definitely not a Nazi and he almost got kicked out of Sandhurst but that didn’t happen it was a one time thing and nobody makes  fuss about it anymore and that’s probably what’s happening here so chill out.

 

Shining a Politician into Gold

First, watch this Monty Python Clip : Dennis Moore:

It is commentary a la Robin Hood

This explains the idea of a continuum. At the beginning he is robbing rich people, but at the end they become poor. At the some point, they move from rich to the middle, and near the middle they become poor.  Likewise, everyone is at some point on some spectrum on a host of subjects.

Like a see saw, some people are very much at the bottom, and anyone who has busted their tailbone knows that there are heights and levels to where you are on the see saw.  Some people are, on the subject of racism, so far up that their feet have left the ground, and others have their feet on the ground, and some are just tailbone on the ground and can’t get up if they had to.

This continuum also lasts on corruption for politicians, intelligence and book smarts versus common sense(keep in mind Common Sense is not the opposite of Intelligence, my dear reader) and that is why both politicians are fascinatingly good. They will allow us to have a discussion based on a host of continuum with “nuance.”

So let’s say Donald J Trump gets elected.  Get ready because I’m about to hit you with nuance.

Let’s just assume he’s “Racist.”  This will allow us to place him on that continuum and have an open discussion on whatever that word means because frankly anyone who has worked in a restaurant has seen a lot of amazing battles between various cultural groups.

If there is one thing we have learned from Black Lives Mater, it is that running out on highways and blocking ambulances starts a discussion but pisses people off in the process. Having a fellow like Donald in the biggest target in the land helps.

Plus if you think he is ‘racist’ I can safely say you don’t know what you are talking about. He makes a lot of people uneasy because he speaks exactly as he thinks. Now, I’m going to share with you a common thing that everyone of every ethnicity deals with. Every now and then you find yourself in a room of people who think they are “all on the same team” and do what I call, “everyone is thinking it, so I am going to say it” which, 90% of the time is the most offensive and incorrect opinion that only that one person is thinking.

It could be any number of things, from rich guys talking about compulsory military service to religious groups calling for the extermination of other groups to the guy who told me the jews run hollywood and banks and anyone who has been there knows you just have to sit there with a blank expression on your face and then leave.

And now for something completely different.

You know what, this is impossible without offending people. And that’s why Trump is a good person to have in charge, two or three years of people knowing they can say what they are thinking will remove those nutjobs who commit horrible acts in the name of “everyone was thinking it but nobody was saying it” because people can actually say what they are thinking without worrying about some insane tirade.

Solving complex social issues doesn’t come from censoring anyone who hurts your feelings, it comes from learning to deal with some things that hurt your feelings, and punching people in the nose when they go too far.

The thing is, and I’m only going to stick to the issue of slavery and the afro caribbean, deliberately leaving out the plight of the chinaman and the irish guinea, nobody can deny that black people have been dealt a seriously raw hand. Children pick skin colors on their dolls, incarceration rates and the death penalty seem to have a seriously eugenic purpose.

You can’t have this discussion using big fancy confusing words. And seriously on the continuum, there’s a big difference between the guy who doesn’t hire black people and the fellow who basically  does but refers to them using the what we in the cognoscenti elite refer to disgustingly as ‘the n word’ which you can still here today in the occasional truck stop. It’s a bunch of crap to have ever hanging over your head.

So finally, make the world safe for disgusting bigots to air their opinions, that way you can avoid them and never expose them to you or your money ever again. Then you can know for certain that anyone whose not a disgusting white male patriarchical swine is a delusional republican… or maybe the open discussion will result in a sort of centrist middle that the common man can understand.

Okay on to Hillary. Look, the notion of a politically corrupt ding bat has been in the public eye for years. Bribes, pay for play, backroom deals, flip flopping on issues come up all the time. Now, we can finally elect the best of them ever, someone who can win an election without even a majority support thanks to every living and also dead voter capable of casting a ballot.

Being able to see a person like that function with a House and Senate present to keep them in  check combined with the thousands of hackers and other alternate journalism sources around will allow us  to sort of watch the Ant Farm of political corruption. We will be able to see everything in stark contrast as it plays out and that will also be good because fo the rest of our lives we can compare future politicians to her as a baseline.

The big danger we have is not listening to each other.

I’m basically bored so I’m not going to go any further but that’s that head of it. Either way they give us a baseline for discussion. And there’s nothing we can’t do or undo if it goes really bad.