Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Nation's Doug Henwood defends Trump against charges of treason

Anybody who has read this blog knows how much I've despised Doug Henwood since 2014

It was clear right away he hated feminists, or any non-compliant women, really.

But I didn't realize how friendly he feels towards Putin nor how shameless he would turn out to be in defending Trump against charges of treason.

And it seems he has decided to become pro-Trump. 

He needs to have his ass fired from The Nation.

Monday, July 16, 2018


One of the best takes I've seen yet on the #TreasonSummit 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Exploring the "intellectual dark web"

Bari Weiss, conservative columnist at the New York Times in her infamous article on the topic, mentioned the people in the list below, as either members of or allies of the "intellectual" dark web. 

I believe what they mostly have in common is racism,  misogyny and anti-Muslim bigotry. Weiss glosses over the race issue as "identity politics" when she first describes the group in her piece:
Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biological differences between men and women. Free speech is under siege. Identity politics is a toxic ideology that is tearing American society apart. And we’re in a dangerous place if these ideas are considered “dark.”
I'll be looking at other ways they are connected, and not just the fact that Eric and Bret Weinstein are brothers and Heather Heying is married to Bret Weinstein. 

And eventually I'll create a visual guide to the interconnections among the IDW as I did with Steven Pinker's right-wing, alt-right and hereditarian connections. Several of the people in that chart are also identified as IDW, in addition to Pinker - Molyneux, Charles Murray, Sam Harris, and Claire Lehmann.
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Mike Cernovich
  • Sam Harris
  • Heather Heying
  • Alex Jones
  • Charlie Kirk
  • Claire Lehmann
  • Abby Martin
  • Stefan Molyneux
  • Charles Murray
  • Douglas Murray
  • Maajid Nawaz
  • Candace Owens
  • Jordan Peterson
  • Steven Pinker
  • Joe Rogan
  • David Rubin
  • Ben Shapiro
  • Michael Shermer
  • Debra Soh
  • Christina Hoff Sommers
  • Eric Weinstein
  • Bret Weinstein
  • Kanye West
  • Milo Yiannapoulos

Saturday, July 14, 2018


In addition to the NYCPlaywrights podcast I'm about to launch, I'm toying with the idea of doing a podcast about the Intellectual Dark Web, or Steven Pinker's alt-right connections.

The thing is, there is quite a bit of overlap between Pinker and the alt-right and the Dark Web. However, there seems to be quite of bit of podcasting now about the Intellectual Dark Web, by its proponents like Bari Weiss, and none from critics. So I think that's a gap that needs to be filled.

I already have an evo-psycho bro series on this blog. Perhaps in preparation I'll start blogging while gathering material for the IDW podcast. 

I will start with Bari Weiss's infamous article for the New York Times. And by the way, my theory for why it is "dark" is because most or all of its members are "racial realists" - that is, they believe that Charles Murray was correct to suggest that black people are intellectually inferior thanks to evolution. So I will especially be exploring the race science aspect of the IDW.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I have created a monster

Mr. Fuzz taking his daily constitutional
My two cats are getting on in years, they are both almost 15 years old and are showing signs of age.

Poor Miss Willow has a thyroid problem and has to have a topical treatment in her ears twice a day. She eats and eats thanks to the hyperthyroidism but is still too thin. I stopped giving her the medicine for a while because she's such a pain in the ass about taking it (she's semi-feral and hates to be handled too much by anybody, even me) and she almost wasted away. I won't be trying that again.

Mr. Fuzz, on the other hand, is too fat. And he has asthma and the doctor said it would help if he lost weight. So I have begun a regime of making Mr. Fuzz walk up and down our apartment building stairs once or twice or sometimes even three times a day. And he loves it. As soon as he gets in the mood to go down the stairs he will stand by the door and start screaming to go out. Ugh. But at least he's getting some exercise. I even got him a harness for cats, and although he tolerates wearing it for a few minutes after awhile he gets tired of it and flops down on his side in protest. And unfortunately I can't really take him for walks. The streets of this neighborhood, while relatively quiet for Manhattan are still too much for a cat who has spent all but a few hours (in total) of his entire life indoors. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Robin DiAngelo - still a counterproductive, authoritarian, obnoxious charlatan

The name "Robin DiAngelo" has been cropping up again in social media because she's apparently published another book proclaiming all white people are racists and any white people who don't agree with Robin DiAngelo are not only racists but fragile too.

You can see that DiAngelo is still riding her simple-minded hobby horse in this latest article, in Medium. Most Medium articles come with a comments section, but DiAngelo's does not. Because DiAngelo must control the narrative. 

DiAngelo doesn't want a dialog about race, she wants to make a well-paying career out of her simplistic revenge narrative without having to respond to any questions about her statements and in some cases, her outright lies.

She ends her Medium article like this:
But we aren’t likely to get there if we are operating from the dominant worldview that only intentionally mean people can participate in racism.
You see, you cannot be trusted to be anti-racist merely because you consciously object to racism and because you've taken actions to oppose racism. Presumably even Heather Heyer, who lost her life opposing racism, is no better than "intentionally mean" white people.

Robin DiAngelo would like a life in which she can feel free to point at any random white person she sees and accuse them of racism, without knowing anything about them, and rather than the white person objecting to her accusation, instead, bow down to Robin DiAngelo and say: "oh thank you Robin DiAngelo for teaching me what an unconsciously racist piece of shit I truly am. Please allow me to give you money to say it again in front of a group."

And since DiAngelo controls the narrative and her audiences so carefully, this is almost always exactly what she gets. 

But every now and then DiAngelo meets a non-complaint white person and so she writes articles like the one in the Medium telling tales of those stupid white people.

It's important to note that Robin DiAngelo never admits to being wrong on this subject. She never admits to going too far. She has a true authoritarian personality and it shows, even though the cause of anti-racism is a good one. Her authoritarian personality twists the fight against racism into something else entirely.

I have spent the past six months poring over the literature of European and American white nationalism, in the process interviewing noxious identitarians like the alt-right founder Richard Spencer. The most shocking aspect of Mr. Coates’s wording here is the extent to which it mirrors ideas of race — specifically the specialness of whiteness — that white supremacist thinkers cherish. 
This, more than anything, is what is so unsettling about Mr. Coates’s recent writing and the tenor of the leftist “woke” discourse he epitomizes. Though it is not at all morally equivalent, it is nonetheless in sync with the toxic premises of white supremacism. Both sides eagerly reduce people to abstract color categories, all the while feeding off of and legitimizing each other, while those of us searching for gray areas and common ground get devoured twice. Both sides mystify racial identity, interpreting it as something fixed, determinative and almost supernatural.
He could have had DiAngelo in mind.

DiAngelo's belief in "the specialness of whiteness" - the special evilness of whiteness - is demonstrated in this Medium article. 

There is a huge problem of racial inequality in the United States as a result of slavery and the various terrorist and apartheid systems developed by the white majority right up to the present time. There's a very specifically black/white dynamic, which I have written about at length in my evo-psycho bros series, in which I discuss the way evo-psychos and their sociobiology fellow travelers erase American history in order to maintain that there is something innately bad about blackness.

Robin DiAngelo has much in common with the evo-psycho brotherhood. The difference isn't in her approach to the concept of "race" though. They both believe race to be fixed and determinative, as Williams said - the only difference is which "race" is bad. 

And the evidence that DiAngelo has a problem with whiteness itself, rather than the race system of the United States is that DiAngelo does not only accuse white Americans of being congenital racists. She blames all white people for racism, as in her charming tale of the German woman named Eva. 

Of course we're never going to hear Eva's side of it. DiAngelo writes:
 I was working with a small group of white participants when a woman I will refer to as Eva stated that because she grew up in Germany, where she said there were no black people, she had learned nothing about race and held no racism. I pushed back on this claim by asking her to reflect on the messages she had received from her childhood about people who lived in Africa. Surely she was aware of Africa and had some impressions of the people there? Had she ever watched American films? If so, what impression did she get about African Americans? I also asked her to reflect on what she had absorbed from living in the U.S. for the last 23 years, whether she had any relationships with African Americans here, and if not, then why not. 
We moved on, and I forgot about the interaction until Eva approached me after the workshop ended. She was furious and said that she had been deeply offended by our exchange and did not “feel seen.” “You made assumptions about me!” she said. I apologized and told her that I would never want her to feel unseen or invalidated. 
However, I also held to my challenge that growing up in Germany would not preclude her from absorbing problematic racial messages about black people. She countered by telling me that she had never even seen a black person “before the American soldiers came.” And when they did come, “all the German women thought them so beautiful that they wanted to connect with them.” This was her evidence that she held no racism. With an internal sigh of defeat, I gave up at that point and repeated my apology. We parted ways, but her anger was unabated. 
A few months later, one of my co-facilitators contacted Eva to tell her about an upcoming workshop. Eva was apparently still angry. She replied that she would never again attend a workshop led by me. Notice that I did not tell Eva that she was racist or that her story was racist. But what I did do was challenge her self-image as someone exempt from racism. Paradoxically, Eva’s anger that I did not take her claims at face value surfaced within the context of a volunteer workshop on racism, which she ostensibly attended to deepen her understanding of racism.
If I was Eva I would have been very tempted to take a pop at DiAngelo's smug obnoxious face with her "internal sigh."

The German woman said what all white people can say about Robin DiAngelo: "You made assumptions about me!" Robin DiAngelo is the anti-Martin Luther King, Jr. She firmly believes in judging people completely on the basis of their color and never on the content of their character. 

  • In DiAngelo's world, you as a white person do not get to claim your own narrative about your life. 
  • Your pointing out that you were not raised in the US black/white apartheid system means nothing to DiAngelo. 
  • Your saying you think black people are beautiful means nothing to DiAngelo.
Robin DiAngelo has a ready-made narrative for you.

And if you push back against her simplistic literally black-and-white model of the world she will sigh at your stupidity and then write up your interactions to make herself the patient yet bemused heroine.

The best part of the Eva narrative is the gas-lighting. DiAngelo "challenged" everything this woman said about her life and her attitude towards black people because DiAngelo was clearly implying the woman was racist.

After DiAngelo recounts Eva's protestations, DiAngelo writes: "This was her evidence that she held no racism."

DiAngelo could not possibly be more obvious: she has heard the woman's evidence against DiAngelo's implied charges of racism, and Judge Robin has ruled Eva guilty of racism. And yet DiAngelo shamelessly states "I did not tell Eva she was racist."

DiAngelo doesn't even have the personal or professional integrity to admit what she did to this woman.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Le français est incroyable

"Those French are crazy."
This has been driving me crazy, the French over-use of the sound "sawn."

I made the letter "n" in "sawn" smaller to represent the nasal "n" sound that is so often heard in French. It's like "dawn" but instead of using the tip of your tongue against the top-front of your upper palate to pronounce the letter "n" you pronounce it behind your nasal passages.

This is an actual French sentence:
Cent sens sans sent sang.
According to Google Translate it means: "One hundred senses without the smell of blood." 

That is technically a meaningful sentence. Granted it's unlikely to be used, and when I flipped it back and forth between English and French translation it turned into "Une centaine de sens sans l'odeur du sang" which means "A hundred senses without the smell of blood." Which is damn close to the original sentence meaning in English.

In print "Cent sens sans sent sang" looks like five distinct, if somewhat similar words. But you can easily see they are different words. Visually. 

 Now this is why French, as spoken, is so hard for non-native speakers to understand. 

Because according to Google Translate at least, "Cent sens sans sent sang" sounds like this:
"sawn sawn sawn sawsawn"
That's right, those five distinct words are pronounced exactly the same way.

It's like the stereotypical French laugh "hohn hohn hohn" (see the French chef in The Little Mermaid for an example) but with an "s" in front of each "hohn."

I mean, sure, English has plenty of homophones, but I can't think of any you can use to make a five-word sentence.

And it's made worse by the fact that the French don't like to emphasize words when speaking sentences - they don't even like to emphasize syllables in a word, they try to make them all the same. Which is why French sounds like rat-a-tat-tat-tat.

Here is an article about French homophones which rightfully complains about this particular one.  And there are quite a few others.

And don't even get me started on "le souris qui sourit" which means "the smiling mouse."

The main problem, in my opinion is the French often don't pronounce the last letter of their words. In English we can tell the difference between sis and sit because we pronounce the last freaking letter. But in French, souris and sourit both sound like soo-ree. And BTW - it's not soo-ree where you grit your teeth together to pronounce the "r" sounds. Instead you have to make this gargling sound in the back of your throat for the letter "r." The letter "r" is probably the worst for English speakers - it gives me a sore throat after speaking French for a few minutes.

Ça me rend si fou!

Monday, July 02, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Speaking of bots...

There's a worrisome phenomenon going on in my web analytics. Usually the vast majority of visitors to this web site are from locations in the US. Over the past few weeks I've gradually noticed there's been a huge influx of visits from Russia.

I don't think they are targeting me - I think this is more likely evidence that the Russians are focused on the US generally, probably planning to try to help Republicans in the midterm elections.

Although it's also possible they are bots constantly trawling for ways to hack and steal from computer systems. Operating in Russia of course.

Or both stealing money and stealing elections.

I see Trump is planning to meet his boss, Putin, in Finland.

I guess Putin is giving Trump his annual employee review.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Spreading hate can be profitable, at least for a while

Pamela Geller is a right-winger and vicious anti-Muslim bigot. The New Yorker has  story about her and other free-speech grifters (as GQ dubbed them) whose project is apparently to cost liberal colleges lots of money by causing ruckuses, disguised as concern for free speech - they then ride the controversy to money and notoriety and in the case of people like Christina Hoff Sommers, approval by her bosses, the Koch brothers.

Geller is quoted:
Geller and Cernovich changed the subject to Internet censorship. “They kicked me off Google AdSense,” Geller said. “I was making six figures a year from that. You can’t even share my links on Pinterest now! I’m ‘inappropriate content.’ ”
Wow six figures from a blog. That's pretty amazing. I'm surprised she was kicked off Google AdSense long before making that much money, I have found GoogleAdSense to be extremely touchy about content, even just reporting the news, if it's violent, can make them freak out. Which is why I don't have Google ads on this, my personal blog.

In case you're not familiar with Geller, she's about as far right as you can get, and the thought of poor people getting healthcare drives her into paroxysms of lies as Media Matters documented (along with so many other of her frothing, often exaggerated or false claims) back in 2010:
Geller: Senate Democrats supporting health care reform voted "to rape the American people." In a December 21, 2009, blog post, Geller wrote of the cloture vote for health care reform: "The moochers and the looters, the crooks and degenerates voted at 1 am this morning to rip the constitution to shreds, to rape the American people and to nationalize medicine." She added that passing the bill on Christmas Eve would be "an act of treason and blasphemy."
I'm sure even without Google Ads though Geller is doing fine - between all the right-wing freaks in the US and the generous wingnut welfare from plutocrats she'll never go broke selling hatred.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hours later, Putinbot comes up with an excuse for why he won't condemn murderous dictator Putin

Well what a big surprise. Turns out the Putinbot I flushed out wants us to all get along with Putin.

We went back and forth a few times and eventually he pointed out that Finland was a small country and I said I guessed they were nervous they could be annexed like Crimea. Which got him mad and he explained of course they weren't worried about that.

Then he blocked me. Off looking for Trump-followers who are much more inclined to be comfortable with Putin-loving and treason.

Zak Morgan and his Putinbot friend

Facebook is of course still infested with Putinbots and I outed one today while arguing with one and its fellow Trump-lover Zak Morgan.

I asked this one several times to repudiate Putin - and although he continued to read the thread - I know because he clicked "like" on Zak Morgan's comments - he refused to do so. No doubt because then he wouldn't get paid. And possibly poisoned.

What must it be like to know you're in agreement with an agent of Vladimir Putin?

That's what it means to be an extremist - I think Zak Morgan is a far-right extremist who agrees that Trump has the right to snatch children away from their parents and hold them hostage.

I think the people who allow Morgan to associate with their children should know what he really thinks about the parent-child bond.

Morgan wanted me to link to the conversation, claiming I was misrepresenting him. Wish granted

Here's when I first demanded that the Putinbot repudiate Putin. At the bottom of the screen cap we see Zak Morgan, once again, equating immigrants with criminals.

Zak Morgan: tomorrow belongs to him

I am a Facebook friend of John Gorka, author of the immortal "I'm from New Jersey" and Gorka posted a message in opposition to Trump's policy of kidnapping children and then holding them hostage so he can achieve his anti-immigration policies.

Turns out Gorka has more MAGAt fans than you would expect for a singer-songwriter.

And one of them is a folk musician, by the name of Zak Morgan, who seeks to demonize immigrants as drug runners, human traffickers, gang members and terrorists.

This is a man who has regular contact with children. He has gigs coming up all over Ohio and Kentucky.

He has an obligation to inform the parents that he supports the policy of kidnapping children. Especially if any of them are Latino, because if Trump is able to suspend due process as he wants to, the children of citizens who "look" illegal might very well be snatched as Krugman pointed out.

I told Morgan he has the obligation to inform parents of his position on child-snatching but he declined to say he would. I believe it's because he's a sniveling chicken-shit Trump supporter.

 I wonder if Morgan will ever perform at a Trump rally. He could sing this volk ditty:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

OKCupid - getting desperate

I took this photo on the 1 train in Manhattan today - the subway car I was riding in was plastered all over with the OKCupid "DTF" campaign.

The schtick is that the letters don't mean "down to fuck" as per usual.

Instead the letter F stands for things like "Farmers Market" and "Fall in Love."

I think it means women must be leaving OKCupid in droves thanks to men being such assholes. 

There are lots of web sites devoted to the awfulness of men on dating sites. Although it does lead to some funny comebacks from the women.

These idiots have inspired the term "fuckboys" and the phrase "dick is abundant and low value."

OKCupid seems to be admitting the problem here:
The ads are aimed at anyone who wants to bring their full selves to dating. But Hobley says they may resonate especially with women, who are “aware that the phrase DTF was used historically in a negative way. There’s power in taking that back and making it yours.” 
I don't see how any dating site is going to survive on the long run. There are just too many stupid men in the world. Men who think, because it's a dating app, somehow the rules have changed about how you should treat people and in the words of Alana Massey:
...men stormed into our messages with all the social grace of Steve fucking Urkel but none of his endearing sincerity with appeals like, “Sexy dress. Hook up?” They used the precious real estate of their bio to complain about women rather than entice them. They wore jerseys for teams that suck. They attempted to order women to their homes as if they were chicken fingers on Seamless...
They can't change men from being assholes who start conversations with crude inappropriate comments, and there are just so many men who do that. The sheer quantity of awful men saying awful things to women has a cumulative effect.

Even if it's only 10% of the men who are horrible, men send messages often, so most women on dating sites will have to deal with an avalanche of stupid gross comments aimed at them.

And that can wear you down and make you hate men until you decide they are absolutely not worth it and to hell with them all.

Ladies and gentlemen, the men of online dating.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Shameless alt-right Claire Lehmann's shameless Quillette censors me again

Once again those snowflakes at Quillette have shown that they lie about their devotion to free speech and they can't tolerate criticism.

This was an article entitled "Why Women Don't Code" because Quillette supports Steven Pinker's claims that women are inferior to men at STEM thanks to evolution.

I had forgotten I had posted the comment, but apparently WordPress, which is still new to me, has a messaging channel that shares your comments from other WordPress sites, so  when I was tinkering around on a WordPress site I saw the responses to my comment there. 

But when I went to the original article I found my comment had been removed - and all the Quillette misogynist dude-bros' comments in response to mine were removed too. 

The only evidence in the original article's comment thread that I had ever written anything was some jerk mentioning me by my display name, presumably because his comment was posted separately from the thread under my original comment.

Some of the creeps claimed PHP isn't actual coding. Of course it is coding as the Wiki says:
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor (or simply PHP) is a server-side scripting language designed for Web development, but also used as a general-purpose programming language. 

And the Wiki entry for "coding" classifies script languages as programming languages. By any standard PHP - and PHP in tandem with a MySQL backend is coding.

But one of the main goals of Quillette, in keeping with Claire Lehmann's toxic misogyny, is to constantly attack and deride women as losers and morons. This attitude of Quillette & Claire Lehmann comes through in its editorial decisions and so Quillette attracts hard-core misogynists who are happy to participate in Claire Lehmann's campaign of contempt for women.

I don't claim to be a professional compiled languages programmer - I am a technical writer, new media producer and playwright who happens to do some coding on the side for my various projects. So even women who aren't professional coders can do it, when they need to do it.

I feel sorry for any women who have such low self-esteem that they read or contribute to Quillette. They must really hate themselves. And have a high tolerance for bullshit and hypocrisy.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

McCartney's still got it baby

The man is a consummate entertainer.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Marriage is not so magic after all

As I blogged about before, Steven Pinker in his book "Better Angels" firmly believes that marriage has the power to stop men from committing violent crimes.

Another member of the "intellectual dark web" Jordan Peterson also believes that marriage prevents male violence.

Will someone please ask them how they can maintain this position when the data show that as violence levels have dropped, so have marriage rates? 

You can't expect their gullible fans to question their claims, but why don't journalists ever call them to account for their easily-debunked statements? 

This is how they get away with being such charlatans while claiming to stand for Reason. It's thoroughly disgusting.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Happy Juneteenth 2018

NYTimes columnist Charles Blow is celebrating Juneteenth
It's odd that we have a national holiday for Christopher Columbus, a mass-murdering slaver, but not one celebrating the end of slavery.

It's absurd that Juneteenth is seen by anyone as a black-only holiday. Anybody who opposes slavery should be happy to celebrate Juneteenth.

And today it's also a good time to remember that one of the horrors of the US slave system was that children could be ripped away from their parents and taken somewhere far away, never to be seen again.

Ripping children away from their parents is nothing new in the US - but we should oppose it whenever it happens. Like with Trump's evil policy of grabbing children away from their parents, with no system of tracking the kids and parents and no system aimed at reuniting them.

This is when we find out how evil Trump supporters really are.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Nancy qui est chic

I feel like this Fancy Nancy brat is single white female-ing me with all the francais. 

The closest the French have to "fancy" is "chic" - which isn't quite the same.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bizarre video of 21st century man

Speaking of 21st century men (like Justin Trudeau) here is a very odd video - it's a documentary about people who participated in demonstrations in May 1968 in France.

This is what it says at francetvinfo - Google Translate didn't do a great job with it though...
It's a surreal scene from La Traversée *. In this excerpt of the documentary made in 2017, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Romain Goupil, two figures of May-68, argue about the interest of going to interview Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee. But the director is against, believing that the film will lose its irreverence. 
"It's full of gilding the Elysée, it's not neutral, protests Goupil.You will become Mireille Dumas or Karine Lemarchand who wants to have a confidence!" And Cohn-Bendit, seated at a café in Frankfurt (Germany), replies: "But why are you so frozen?"
While they bicker, the frame makes appear Emmanuel Macron, sitting between the two men, waiting wisely, looking amused. The president then addresses Daniel Cohn-Bendit: "What you could do is meet him in a cafe, it would be a nice nod for someone who messed up at the university. , 50 years ago in France. "

So what this all means is that the film-maker is arguing with this guy about Macron, and then suddenly we see that Macron has been sitting right there the whole time. You can watch it for yourself:

I can sort of understand some of what they are saying - it's my goal to eventually get the whole thing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Justin Trudeau plays rope-a-dope and Trump is the dope

The Canadian Kid
It was so obvious Trump was going to come out of the G7 looking like a fool.

Like so many others, Trump completely underestimated Justin Trudeau - who long ago assembled a team to prepare for Trump to throw the inevitable trade tantrum. As the NYTimes said:
The Canadians could see the trouble looming in the summer of 2016. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister at the time, found herself, along with millions of Canadians, fixated on the unfolding United States presidential election, and it was becoming impossible to overlook the gathering clouds of protectionism. 

Trudeau and team studied and learned well that you can't get down into the mud with Trump - he is a creature of mud and he has the home advantage. They are remaining calm and polite which is driving Trump crazy - he doesn't understand calm and polite.

And Trudeau set the stage long ago by being so cordial to Trump and the feckless Ivanka - Trump assumed Trudeau was another toady like the Republicans he so routinely rolls over. He thought he was going to roll over Trudeau.

If you watch the documentary "God Save Justin Trudeau" you can see Trudeau doing the same with the conservatives in his own country in 2012 who thought Patrick Brazeau was going to crush him in the boxing ring. They just couldn't imagine this polite friendly guy could be strong.

Film-makers Eric Ruel and Guylaine Maroist depict Trudeau’s spectacular victory in October as a fight, showing it was exquisitely planned from the start.
Trump of course doesn't understand planning & preparation as he famously kept saying he was going to go into talks with Kim Jong Un and just wing it.

It turns out Trump still doesn't get what happened with Trudeau, and still can't understand how Trudeau, whom Trump thought was a little wimp, just like the right-wing Canadians did before Trudeau crushed Patrick Brazeau in the boxing ring, could stand up to him. According to this piece in Vanity Fair, TRUMP SPENDS NORTH KOREA DEBRIEF OBSESSING OVER JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Yes, speaking to reporters in Singapore following his summit with gulag enthusiast Kim, Trump continued to lash out at our mild-mannered neighbor to the north and promised to mete out more financial punishments for allies that dare match his provocations. 
“When I got out to the plane,” Trump said. “I think that Justin probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions. And I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly . . . No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. I really did, other than he had a news conference, that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn’t watching. He learned. That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do that. You can’t do that. We have a big trade deficit with Canada . . . It’s either $17 [billion] but could actually be $100 billion. You know they put out a document, I don’t know if you saw it. They didn’t want me to see it, but we found it. Perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. It’s close to [a] $100 billion-a-year loss with Canada. They don’t take our farm products—many of them.”

In the movie "God Save Justin Trudeau" you can see Trudeau talking about how he is often underestimated. And nobody underestimated him more than narcissist ignoramus bully Donald J. Trump, the perfect target for Trudeau and his exquisite planning.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Blocked by Steven Pinker

I don't know what I posted to Pinker's Twitter that made him block me - I had been posting critical things for years, and it had been days since I had checked Pinker's Twitter when I found I was blocked.

Pinker is a big booster of the alt-right Quillette which likes to pretend it favors vigorous debate about all kinds of ideas but what Quillette and Pinker really want is a safe space, a space safer than anything dreamed up by the most fragile social justice warrior snowflake, a space where the claims about race and gender promoted by Pinker and Quillette are never, ever critically examined.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Siri a acquis plus de blagues

Si on est ennuyé on peut demander à Siri pour des blagues. Avant elle a un collection de les memes blagues, mais tout à coup elle me dit des nouveaux blagues. Comme ca:

C'est un paresseux qui se fait cambrioler par trois tortue
Lorsque la police arrive sur les lieux, ell lui damande a quoi ces derniers ressemblaient
Le parraseux repond: je n'en sais rien. Tout s'est passe si vite...
A lazy person was robbed by three turtles. When the police came they asked what did they look like? The lazy person said: "I don't know, everything happened so fast.
They don't say "lazy person" they say "paresseux" which means lazy person, or perhaps bum. Not in the British sense of bum of course.

Although the joke is pretty weird because it's one thing to be indolent, it's another to experience time itself as speeded up. I think maybe the bum was on morphine.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Merde! Le petite enfant parle français tellement plus bien que moi!

C'est ne pas possible! Ce petit bouche peut faire les sons memes je trouve trop difficile!

Elle peut prononcer "grenouille" correctement! Comment, à son âge?

Mais il faut noter que la vidéo a été mise en ligne en 2011 et l'enfant a maintenant dix ans ou plus. Donc, elle peut parler 100x mieux que moi maintenant! 

Ne deviens pas trop découragé, Nanette. Vous pouvez apprendre le français et parler mieux que les petits enfants francaise. Un jour, si vous essaie tres dure!

Peut-etre elle parle de version français du "Winnie the Pooh" la? Je ne connais pas la version dont elle parle. Je ne me souviens pas de tous ces décès dans la version Disney.

Friday, June 01, 2018

John Goodman's ASMR commercial

I thought I saw John Goodman doing a commercial for McDonald's that was a parody of ASMR videos but I didn't stop long enough to really examine it - and now it seems it has been taken down. 

But it was definitely an ASMR take - as this McDonald's tweet confirmed.

This Reddit page shows the video.

The New Yorker posted a video and article about ASMR yesterday. I gather from the video that the science of ASMR hasn't advanced since I first discovered the term ASMR three and a half years ago. It's still a bunch of speculation, it seems.

I did my part - a few years before I started this blog I contacted Oliver Sachs to tell him about my unnamed head-spine sensation but he had no interest in exploring the phenomenon and just said "enjoy it." Which, well duh, that's the only thing you can do. I was really surprised that Sachs had such little interest in it, but maybe he had spent all those years with people who had odd experiences they were trying to fix, so he was focused on fixing things, and nobody was asking Sachs to fix ASMR.

I haven't experienced a full-blown ASMR event since probably around the time I discovered the term ASMR, but if I could trigger it, like the lucky people who are triggered by the ASMR videos, I would do it all the time. And if science could figure out how to trigger it, ASMR would be a possible non-drug alternative to anti-anxiety or pain medication.

Anyways, I thought it was amusing that someone in the New Yorker ASMR video says, around minute 5:30 "I don't think ASMR is mainstream at this point, I think it's going there..."

If McDonald's is making commercials that mimic ASMR videos I think it's time to say it's gone mainstream.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Death, Interrupted

Ugh, having a hard time finding an actor for my upcoming reading. I'm doing a collection of my shorter pieces plus a reworked version of my Marilyn Monroe play (NORMA JEANE AT THE PAYNE WHITNEY PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC) and one of the short pieces is a one-act about Spalding Gray called DEATH, INTERRUPTED. The title is a play on Gray's last, unfinished monologue Life Interrupted.

Bill Hader does a great Spalding Gray impression. I don't think I'm going to manage to get Bill Hader to do my reading though.

Friday, May 25, 2018

ANGELS IN AMERICA - hidden meanings in the Ramble

This is the Bethesda Fountain that is featured so prominently at the end of "Angels in America." The last scene in the play is set in front of this statue and one of the main characters has a monologue about the trees across the Lake.

What is not explicitly stated, but I'm sure Tony Kushner was very well aware of it when he wrote the monologue, is that the trees across the Lake are in The Ramble, a section of the park that was notorious for being a place where gay men went to have sex, as this article in the July 24, 1978 edition of New York Magazine explains:
Just south of the famous tupelo is an intimate, secluded maze defined by other unusual trees—the ginkgo, the ailanthus, the rare cork—grown tall now with age, their intermingled branches shielding those who wander there from the view of even the highest buildings along Central Park West. Around these sheltering trees, around the asphalt walkways that wind through the Ramble, are man-tall thickets of bushes. And leading into those verdurous tangles are man-made trails—cleared not by the Parks Department but by the feet of decades of men, seeking to meet other men in a gay cloister away from the city's disdainful eyes. There have always been parts of our city that have served as gay cruising areas: Washington Square Park in the 1940s, Third Avenue near the Queensboro Bridge in the 1950s, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 89th Street and Riverside Drive in the sixties, piers at the end of Christopher Street in Greenwich Village in the seventies. But Central Park West, and particularly the Ramble, has retained its popularity for 50 years.
I was in the Ramble in the early evening recently, but not for the gay sex. More about that soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gavin McInnes and his obsession with ovaries

Gavin McInnes, alt-right leader who was, last year, a co-contributor to Rebel Media along with alt-right Claire Lehmann, has a wife, and a mother, and they are both over 40. And yet Gavin McInnes is a hateful misogynist who despises women over 40.

This isn't just about feminism. Of course McInnes, like Claire Lehmann, does hate feminism and feminists. But you don't have to be a feminist for Gavin McInnes (or for that matter, Claire Lehmann) to despise you as a lower order of humanity, you only have to be a woman.

As when McInnes said this in 2013:
In an eight-minute discussion about the meaning of masculinity, McInnes (whose other credits include founding the website StreetCarnage.com and burping out a memoir called How to Piss in Public) echoed the entirely unfounded and unoriginal view that feminism had made women "deeply unhappy" because it went against nature's order. 
When pressed by co-panelists to back up his spurious claims, he responded by citing studies that had originated solely from his gut and declared that women over 40 are "f...ing sad".
And the irony of all of this, of course, with feminism, is that we've convinced you that this horrible situation where we use you and then wait til' your ovaries dry up and then toss you in the trash and go for a younger model? We've convinced you that that's empowering. And all of these writers, like Amanda Marcotte and all of these, Nellie Bowles, and the woman [Taylor Lorenz] who exposed Pamela Geller's kids, all these spinsters, they think they're living this too cool, empowered Watergate-journalist life. But you're not. You're just a colostomy bag for various strangers' semen. 
McInnes is obsessed with ovaries, especially dry ovaries, and mentions them often to express his contempt for women's bodies. Although McInnes seems to hate male bodies almost as much, comparing semen to shit.

But he's most obsessed with ovaries.

And of course this infamous tweet - with my response.

He's been that way since at least 2005. Here he is in Vice.

So in fact, judging from some of these statements, he doesn't think women are worthless, with dried up old ovaries at 40 - he thinks women are dried up at 35.

Why would any woman, even his mother, have anything to do with this toxic hate-filled monster?

I wanted to see if he had anything hateful to say about Brigitte Macron, the wife of the president of France, who is almost 25 years older than her husband and who recently turned 65. To my surprise he isn't on record attacking her, or Macron - at least not for having a wife over 35. He naturally preferred far-right Marine LePen in the 2017 French presidential election, and that led to his immortal Twitter self-own:

Nine out of 10 times, contacting an estranged ex-partner is an action better left unexecuted. That ratio bumps up to 10 out of 10 times when the content of that email, text, or Twitter direct message includes the phrase, “What the hell have you idiots done?” 
A bad idea, absolutely. But it sure as hell makes for great Twitter entertainment.
Following the French landslide election of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron over right-wing populist Marine Le Pen for president, Gavin McInnes, Vice co-founder and far-right personality of the Gavin McInnes Show on Compound Media, slung that very message to his Parisian ex in an attempt to air his grievances for the loss of the far-right.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Twitter is administered by insane people or algorithms

I was arguing on Twitter with fans of Gavin McInnes, the hateful racist & misogynist who says things like this about women:

Twitter is absolutely fine with vicious hate speech like this. 

So one of McInnes' fans said something dumb, so I responded by saying "derp." And that's when Twitter sprang into action. They demanded I delete my tweet and then they would let me have access to my Twitter account hours later.

Who are the insane people - or algorithms - running Twitter?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Never noticed this before...

It should be noted - Helter Skelter was released in 1968 - Whole Lotta Love in 1969.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Reasons I'm so glad the royal wedding is over

Justin Trudeau makes any wedding more interesting.
  1. It's a wedding. I barely find a wedding interesting if it's the wedding of someone I know.
  2. I don't know anything about the couple except the groom is a son of Princess Di. I think the bride was famous before hooking up with the groom but I'm not sure.
  3. The groom isn't hot. Most men look good in formal wear but there's only so much a fancy costume can do. I would watch the wedding of Justin Trudeau though.
  4. It a royal wedding. There shouldn't be any royals in the 21st century. Royalty doesn't do anything except leech off the populace. And the ceremonial leeching is dialed up to eleven with a royal wedding.
  5. It's a British royal wedding. As I recall, British royalty were the bad guys in the Revolutionary War. Why are Americans celebrating anything related to British royalty? I mean, I am an admitted Anglophile, but not because of hereditary monarchy. 
  6. I can't believe how many people, British and non-British, care about the royal wedding. It really gets on my nerves.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Hard to believe Jonathan Kay used to be a real journalist

Trudeau did nothing of the kind. If Kay was an actual journalist he would have bothered to make an effort to find out what Trudeau said.

Here is my premier ministre d'amour in all his glory.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The elms of Central Park

The Central Park Mall with elm trees
I've lived a block away from Central Park for two years now and I had no idea there was a "Chess and Checkers House" near the Zoo and the Dairy (they have no milk at the Dairy) some of the favorite sights in the Park. You hang out in the Chess and Checkers House and play those games with the sets provided. Not that I'm a huge fan of either game but it's nice to know.

Of course now I am required to know it since I signed up to be a volunteer. It takes hours of classes, tours etc. to become a Central Park volunteer if you want to do something beyond clean-up work. They take their Central Park volunteers seriously. So I took one of the Central Park tours today ("Iconic Views of Central Park") and learned some fun facts.

I've learned lots of interesting new facts about the Park since beginning the volunteer training. The most interesting so far is that the Mall, the straight shot in the south of the Park that leads to the Bethesda Fountain, is one of the largest stand of elm trees in North America, thanks to Dutch elm disease. According to the Wiki:
The disease was first reported in the United States in 1928, with the beetles believed to have arrived in a shipment of logs from The Netherlands destined for use as veneer in the Ohio furniture industry. Quarantine and sanitation procedures held most cases within 150 miles of metropolitan New York City until 1941 when war demands began to curtail them.[29] The disease spread from New England westward and southward, almost completely destroying the famous elms in the "Elm City" of New Haven, Connecticut, reaching the Detroit area in 1950,[30] the Chicago area by 1960, and Minneapolis by 1970. Of the estimated 77 million elms in North America in 1930, over 75% had been lost by 1989.[31]
The most interesting aspect of the Central Park elms is that not only does the Park try to plant the most resistant strains of elm, but also the Park constantly monitors the trees for signs of disease, and immediately treats them if the disease appears.

The entire Park depends on constant maintenance, but the elms require even more maintenance than the rest of the Park. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mes deux bon profs de français

Logo of the official
French presidential web site
J'ai deux bon profs de français dans ma vie a ce moment: le Premier Ministre du Canada (le premier ministre d'amour) lequel j'ai deja mentionne souvent, et aussi le President de la France. 

Les deux m'aider apprendre la belle langue a cause du manier qu'ils parlent: lentement, clairement et tellment longtemps.

Si je socialize exclusivement avec les politiciens eloquent, quand je vais au Montreal ou Paris, tout ira bien.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Angels in America baby

I see part II tonight. I'm not sure how I feel about this production, the HBO version is so strong in my mind and I can't help comparing. I'm not wild about the multiple revolving tables on stage and the guy playing Prior Walter sounds like Crispin Glover.

From the last row. I expect to see actual angels at this altitude

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Taking a break for a minute from the alt-right dark web... I don't think I've ever seen this video before. The best part is at the end when Lennon lip-synchs to the backwards lyrics.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Is alt-right Claire Lehmann ghostwriting for Bari Weiss?

Sam Harris: "look at what a bad-ass I am!"
I was blissfully ignorant of the existence of Bari Weiss until a few months ago. Now she's shilling for alt-right Quillette in the NYTimes:
“I’ve had to update Quillette’s servers three times now because it’s caved under the weight of the traffic,” Ms. Lehmann said about the publication most associated with this movement.
So basically the "renegade" "Dark Web" is attempting to repackage alt-right beliefs as "centrist" - just like alt-right Quillette.

And Weiss lies, in the "Renegade" tradition about the Southern Poverty Law Center:
What’s more, this frog-kissing plays perfectly into the hands of those who want to discredit the individuals in this network. In recent days, for example, Mr. Harris has been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a bridge to the alt-right: “Under the guise of scientific objectivity, Harris has presented deeply flawed data to perpetuate fear of Muslims and to argue that black people are genetically inferior to whites.”
The SPLC didn't simply "label" Harris as a bridge - they demonstrated the empirical reality of that fact. Did Weiss even read the article?

Of course Steven Pinker approves.

I did enjoy many of the responses to Weiss:

Jamelle Bouie


Pseudonymous Twitterer - this might be the best.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

The Koch brothers own the American Right

The Koch brothers have devoted themselves to making the United States a tax-free haven for the wealthy and a pit of despair for the non-wealthy. And they are not afraid to use stealth to get their way.

The group, Transparent GMU, had sued the university and its fund-raising foundation last year after it was denied requests for documents that it suspected showed how deep-pocket donors were given undue influence over academic affairs. After a recent court hearing in the case, the university released those documents, some of which appeared to affirm the group’s suspicions.
So it turns out that what the Kochs and other right-wing zanies were doing was this:
As early as 1990, entities controlled by the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch were given a seat on a committee to pick candidates for a professorship that they funded, the records show. Similar arrangements that continued through 2009 gave donors decision-making roles in selecting candidates for key economics appointments at the Mercatus Center, a Koch-funded think tank on campus that studies markets and regulation. The appointments, which also created faculty lines at George Mason, were steered to professors who, like the Kochs, embraced unconstrained free markets.
It is stealth moves like this that makes me suspect media outlets like Quillette get money from the Koch brothers too. Quillette already has a mutual-admiration society with one of the Koch's biggest hacks, Christina Hoff Sommers. And then there is Quillette's far-right leaning content. Here's someone named Nicholas Phillips attacking Krugman. He also defended Kevin "let's make abortion a hanging offense" Williamson.

So who is Nicholas Phillips? According to his Quillette bio:
Nicholas Phillips is a research associate at Heterodox Academy and president of the NYU School of Law Federalist Society.
Yep. It seems that all right-wing and libertarian public intellectuals in the US are connected, one way or another, to the Koch brothers. Phillips is the president of the NYU School of Law Federalist Society and on its web site is a link to The Federalist Society as one of its "partners." The Federalist Society, according to its Wiki is supported by:
Donors to the Federalist Society include Google, Chevron, Charles G. and David H. Koch; the family foundation of Richard Mellon Scaife; and the Mercer family.[12]
Wow, the three top right-wing politicos - the Kochs, the Mercers and Richard Mellon Scaife. 

Meanwhile, Trump's Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin A. Hassett is also attacking Krugman. So what was Hassett up to before he joined the Trump administration? He was working for the Kochs at the American Enterprise Institute

David H. Koch is on the American Enterprise Institute's National Council, whose members "serve as ambassadors for AEI, providing AEI with advice, insight, and guidance as [it] looks to reach out to new friends across the country."[17] Between 2002 and 2013, the American Enterprise Institute received a total of $867,289 in funding from the Charles G. Koch Foundation.[18]
No surprise, given that he's working for the Trump administration, that Hassett is an oafish asshole. Per Krugman:
I’m still thinking about Kevin Hassett’s appearance at the Tax Policy Center, where he repaid his hosts’ graciousness by gratuitously impugning their integrity. But insults aside, he offered a new analysis of corporate tax incidence – an approach that is novel, innovative, and completely boneheaded. Oh, and it just happens to say what his political masters want to hear.
But back to the Federalist Society - they're part of the George Mason corruption as mentioned in the NYTimes article:
More recently, in 2016, executives of the Federalist Society, a conservative national organization of lawyers, served as agents for a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, and were given the right to terminate installments of the gift at their discretion. Emails disclosed by the university show that Federalist Society officials were also involved in hiring discussions and had suggested a student for admission. In turn, a professor at the law school wrote the society asking for help securing recommendations for prestigious federal judicial clerkships for students active in the society.
 If you're working for a right-leaning media outlet or a right-leaning university, chances are you're working for the Koch brothers.