Vapid

Vapid is a very under appreciated word.

According to Merriam-Webster –

Definition of vapid

• :  lacking flavor, zest, interest, animation, or spirit :  flat,  dull

What we do have is lots and lots of hysterics. There is nothing flavorful, zestful, interesting, animated, or spirited about it. Mostly it is people calling other people names in lieu of actual knowledge of the topic.

How did we get to this point? Mostly by buying into fiction. Somehow we have attained a cultural level where fiction is more satisfying than reality. Somewhere deep down inside there appears to be some subconscious awareness that we have bought into fiction – hence the name calling and vitriolic behavior. People who are on solid footing with their conscience do not typically need to name call or threaten to burn the town down.

The major problem with this is – it is very difficult to tell right from wrong if you can no longer tell the difference in reality and fantasy. Our addiction to fantasy apparently stems from pride more than anything else. We simply cannot say the words, “I am sorry, I was wrong.” For example, take the withdrawal from the Paris Accord. How many celebrities and politicians and people on Facebook claimed it was the death of the planet? Countless. Ubiquitous. Never mind that the committee formed for the accord claimed it was simply a wealth transfer and did zero for the climate.

The same goes for Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank was legislation drafted by CitiGroup intended to protect Wall Street banks and destroy local and regional banking. Dodd-Frank succeeded in what it intended to do. There are now about 5/8ths as many banks in the United States as there were in 2008 yet the Wall Street banks are much larger than they were at the time of the crisis. What is more, Dodd-Frank privatizes the profit of the Wall Street banks but assures a bail out if they are going to fail.

Yet – the Democrats/Progressives/Leftist defend Dodd-Frank to the (moral and intellectual) death. Somehow they have bought into this fantasy that legislation written by the Wall Street banks at the expense of everyone else in the universe is a ‘progressive’ thing to have done.

Sometimes societies just go collectively insane. I can arrive at no other answer for this. Look at Obamacare – for all the screaming the Democrats/Progressives/Leftist do about how evil lobbyist are and how evil insurance companies are they at the same time unconditionally support legislation that was drafted by a Vice President of Lobbying, intended to run all but a few major insurance companies out of business, and guarantee taxpayer subsidized profits for the insurance companies that they proclaim are so evil.

On the flip side, we have Republicans who still believe that congress will repeal these things – all evidence to the contrary.

Vapid.

Actual Treason

Yesterday Reality Leigh Winner was arrested for allegedly leaking a classified document detailing how Russia may have launched a spearfishing attack against a Florida company that produces election software.

Let us take a look at what she has previously posted on social media:

“There are many Americans protesting US govt aggression towards Iran. If our Tangerine in Chief declares war, we stand with you!”

“the most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house”

“@kanyewest you should make a shirt that says, “being white is terrorism””

“This is not the week to remain silent #BlackLivesMatter”

“Watched #BeforetheFlood and my outlook on life went from #disappointed about #Election2016 to #waitingtodie from #climatechange“

“I can’t imagine having kids, i worry enough about the impact of #climatechange on my cats”

“Advocating for climate science and environmental protection is the most pro-life you can be. The future of the planet depends on it. #resist”

Ms. Winner possessed a classified clearance with the National Security Agency. How many more like her exist in the defense structure of the United States? How many other NSA employees will stand with an enemy of the United States if we go to war with that enemy? People toss the word ‘treason’ around quite lightly these days – the actions of Ms. Winner appear to be actual treason.

The argument that this country is engaged in a cold civil war is a much stronger argument today than it was just 24 hours ago.

This should scare the hell out of everyone regardless of political leanings.

Criminal Efforts On The Net

Some years ago I worked with a very obscure technology (okay I have worked with many obscure technologies but this one in particular). I am highly confident no one in Colorado uses that technology and perhaps no one in the country still uses that technology.

I am sure somewhere online, LinkedIn or an old online resume or something, my name and email are associated with that technology.

For the last two weeks or so I have received multiple emails each day claiming ‘Jobs using the technology in Colorado, apply here.”

I know they are bogus and I know the data is being harvested automatically (because no one would try to lure me with that technology or claim there are multiple jobs with that technology in Colorado, there are not) and filled into an email and sent out.

Are there more actual criminal efforts on the net than legitimate efforts? Bet the criminal efforts make more money.

Morning Reading

A few things you may’ve missed this week that are worth your time to read –

 

Nicholas Taleb quite presciently wrote “The Merchandising of Virtue” – this is a must read and brilliant.

 

James Kunstler wrote another brilliant post – “Covfefe Land” – “The extraordinary thought disorders of this moment in history are equally distributed across the political spectrum. They’re an inevitable product of what Sigmund Freud identified as the discontents of civilization, but they grow especially acute as that civilization enters an economic crack-up zone. The craziness is equally distributed while the nation’s wealth is not.”

 

Allison Fedora explained the politics of NAFTA in “Managing Expectations for NAFTA” with a reality check on what is likely to occur in regard to renegotiating.

 

W. Ben Hunt wrote a rambling piece entitled “Westworld” but if you will stick with it through the TV and movie quotes he eventually gets around to explaining that our political status quo is collapsing and volatile but our economic status quo has not yet been collapsing and volatile – Hunt explains why that is and guesses when and if the two might catch up to each other.

 

Enjoy, interesting stuff.

 

 

The Playbook

Last week a White Supremacist stabbed two people to death on a Portland commuter train. The murderer shouted racial slurs at an Islamic woman, three men intervened and were stabbed by the murderer – two of them died as a result.

The Mayor of Portland immediately proclaimed that “hate speech was not protected by the constitution” and moved to cancel a Trump rally that was scheduled in the near future. The media locally, nationally and internationally proclaimed this sort of atrocity is the natural outcome of the racist xenophobe Donald Trump being President.

The fact that the Facebook page of the murderer was sprinkled with vile racist, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic white supremacist statements was widely reported. That the Facebook page of the murderer was also sprinkled with support for Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein was much less reported. That the racist white supremacist murderer was also an avid Left-winger destroys the “Trump as bigot” narrative in much the same manner that pointing out that ‘Nazi’ is a German acronym for National Socialist Workers Party destroys the narrative that Hitler and his followers were prototypes of right-wing Republicans.

The ensuing actions by the Mayor and the media appear themselves to be nothing more than political suppression. Left-wing politicians and media justifying the cancellation of Republican events and alleging that constitutional rights do not exist due to a Left-wing white supremacist committing murders on a train is unfortunately par for the course. The Leftist narrative is quite simple: if something bad happens find a connection to Trump, Republicans, or conservatives – and if such a connection cannot be found just out and out make one up. If something good happens – attribute it to the kind-heartedness and sound reasoning of the Left.

Do not kid yourself that this is the playbook. We see it over and over – not just daily but hourly. The sad truth is – maintaining the fictional narrative is of much more value to these people than human lives are. By all appearances they seem to be perfectly willing to have atrocities occur as long as they can blame it on the appropriate people, i.e. Republicans. How many times have you seen a meme to the effect of “White Christians who commit mass murder” with Timothy McVeigh’s photograph? Truth is that Timothy McVeigh was devoted atheist – but a Left-wing meme that states “White Atheists who commit mass murder” works contrary to the narrative.

Telling lies in order to fulfill the narrative is unfortunately also par for the course.

It is no longer about truth or reality or fairness or simple human decency – it is wholly and completely about the narrative. The narrative is that white, Christian, Republican is bad and non-white, non-Christian and non-Republican is good. Orwell would be so proud. These are the moral dividing lines the Left has foolishly chosen to draw. At the end of the day this’ll prove to be a disastrously bad narrative to adopt and an incomprehensibly destructive strategy but at the moment the Left is riding high on a belief in their own supremacy that blinds them to the consequences of these tactics.

The only question is how much more damage will be done before a narrative based wholly on race, religion and party affiliation will be holistically and inevitably rejected for what it is.

The Saddest Statement Of All

“White Americans have created the conditions that require a phrase like ‘Black Lives Matter.’…Do you know how horrific it is to grow up as a child in a world that so hates you? While you’re literally being gunned down in the street, while you’re being rounded up and mass incarcerated and forced into prison slavery.” – co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Seattle chapter, Marissa Jenae Johnson

“White America is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The actions of Dylan Roof, Micah Johnson, and Gavin Long are not the same, though they may seem so to those who insist on a very narrow and facile view of race. In this narrow and facile view, we want to apply the identical, symmetrical “rules” to everyone, but it doesn’t work when you’re trying to understand how racial inequality works because it’s asymmetrical. When one group (whites) has a disproportionate share of power, the exact same actions (a mass shooting) can have completely different meanings.” – Salon’s Chauncey DeVega

We could go on and on and on – Betsy Devos supports White Power for example (from Jason Nichols, Professor of African American Studies at University of Maryland-College Park).
Are there white racist? Without doubt. Is it racist to claim that whites have no soul of their own hence they must steal the soul of everyone else? What do you think? That the statements above are by any objective factual standard simply absurd is irrelevant to the reality that making such ludicrous statements is the path to wealth and fame at this time in history.
This is the classic Orwellian “Doublespeak” leading to “Doublethink” and “Newspeak”. It is an abrogation of morals – and an abrogation based on nothing more than skin color. If that is not the definition of racism what is? According to a Gallup poll released this week 1 percent of Americans say that America’s moral values are excellent and 77 percent say they are getting worse. How can our morals not get worse when we celebrate overt racism? Ta-Nehisi Coates received a genius grant. Let that sink in.
I have previously said that Al Sharpton is a civil rights leader in the same way that Jesse James was a bank regulator. These folks make their money creating racial strife, not ending it. That we celebrate and enrich those who create racial strife rather than celebrate those who bring it to an end speaks volumes about the de-evolution of our culture and society. That it is now more profitable to create hate than to oppose hate is the saddest statement of all.
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