Friday, February 24, 2017

Catching up on the mail

I'm Spicy
Might as well share a few items, since otherwise it's all quiet:

What do you think of the Milo situation?

I don't really.  Having not mentioned him before doesn't mean I don't know who Milo is, I just don't see the attraction of right wingers to him, unless it's in the same sort of "he's our shield*" as their attraction to Herman Cain. I guess I lack the political celebrity gene or something.

What he said is no different from what others say, including Bill Maher, who is claiming credit (I guess) for taking him down. And in this case our modern lack of perspective works against Milo - it was not long ago that good European peasants were married at 12 or 13 and often because of pregnancy. He's being dogpiled because the Safe Space crowd hates his guts, but I suspect he'll be fine in the end.

Is Pizzagate real?

Doubtless the Podestas have bizarre taste in friends and art, but it's hard to tell if they are just being "edgy" or if it's indicative of something worse. Lots of people play with secret evil - you remember how every respectable man used to be a Freemason?  I'm glad the home gaming console killed that organization.

Someone with an actual torture chamber in his home would not likely call it by that name in an email. You call your torture chamber "the fun house" and your home gym "the torture chamber." Especially if you're old, fat, and fighting hypertension.

Does that mean that there is or isn't a pedophile ring being run from the basement of a DC restaurant? I have no idea.

Your memes are so dank and spicy.

Thank you.

Why did you remove Vox from your blog roll?

I don't read him all that much anymore.  Vox is a genius. And by that I don't mean we always agree (we don't) or that he's never wrong. By genius I mean that he'll say "because X, Y" and most people will go "Dude, that makes no sense." But it makes perfect sense, you just have to skip ahead 10 steps like he's doing.  You never see that sort of thing from "really smart" people like Obama. Obama never surprises you, because he's not really that smart. Vox is really that smart.

Still, having read Vox for 15+ years, and not having much interest in his current intellectual trajectory, I removed the link because I don't use it anymore.

We saw leaves on the trees in Kansas.

You should have dropped in. I'm planting potatoes, onions, and peas this weekend.  Spinach and lettuce are already coming up, as are the HR and the garlic.  We may get frost in March and so I may need to cover them a couple times, but my yard turned green this week and so I might as well go for it.  I really hope frost does not impact the pears and apples, as they are flowering as well.

Have you read Gorilla Mindset?

Son Lupus really liked it and bought it for me.  I've started it a few times but really can't relate to it. I've just never told myself I couldn't accomplish something, and so have no need to talk to myself in the mirror. Weird like that, I guess.

Are you still a  fan of Trump?

I was never a fan of Trump. I very much like some things he's doing and some of the people he's surrounded himself with. Others, meh.  People who think he's a moron are the kind of people who think Obama was really smart (see above).  I do hope that he's able to accomplish a lot of what he wants to do. And I am in awe at his ability to trigger snowflakes. The man is truly a god-tier troll. His party, however, remains a den of snakes.

Why aren't you "alt-right?"

I'm not a fan of identity politics. If we disagree on policy, we can possibly reach a compromise.  But if I'm to believe x because I'm white and you believe y because you're black, then there's nothing to do but fight it out.

I did rather laugh at one tweet, however, that illustrates the left's horrified reaction to alt-right:

>Progressive left: everything is about race.
>alt-right: OK, everything is now about race.
>Progressive left: Nooo! We don't mean for you guys.

Alt-right is the natural reaction to the SocJus left stuffing all white people (especially normal white men) into a box. And then hitting that box repeatedly with a stick.

Alt-rightists would argue that identity is the wave of the future, that it's inevitable. But if that's the case, it does not need my support**. I also suspect that there are some surprises coming that will make the best-laid plans of both left and right come to naught.

Like what?

We still have a financial collapse in our future, possibly combined with an energy crisis and few cold and rainy decades. I do not think we'll be all that worried about 'safe spaces' in a few short years, though systemic oppression may pass from the fevered imaginations of liberals into cold, hard reality. Nobody fusses about being misgendered in Argentina.

Have we reached "peak trans"?

Dear God, I hope so. There is no doubt in my mind that our collective confusion and hysteria about gender and race are supernatural. But count me as one who thinks it can only prosper because a critical mass of people have literally nothing they need to be doing.  If that changes, they'll change (or die, I suppose).

How many people are in your house?

Nine at the moment. Four with my name and five (aged 4, 3, 2, 2, 7 mo) with other names. That number will probably decrease by two in the near future. The lovely and gracious Rogue is a saint.

What is your favorite holiday?

The Feast of St. Dagobert.  It's a history thing. you wouldn't understand.

* "I'm not racist/antisemetic/homophobic. One of my heroes is a gay, Jewish homosexual who tells me about all the foam parties he throws with Ugandan rentboys and once pointed out that MyFitnessPal has calorie counts for semen." 
** nor does it mean that identity will be primarily racial, rather than linguistic or religious or, if things get bad enough, clan-based. And even if it is racial, it does not mean that the generic American "white" is going to remain a race.  "Let's not kill these Slavs because they're so white," said no German, Celt, Latin, Greek, Finn, or Iberian ever.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A battle of wits, a studied apathy

She finds this humerus
So anyway, I have mentioned before how Digging Dog(tm) consistently manages to find cattle bones, drag them home, and then half-bury them in my raised beds.  For the past 2 years, since the failure of the Potatoes in a Barrel experiment, I have been patiently tossing said bones into the white, plastic barrel.  I now have enough bones to build a cattlepede in my yard, should I choose.

However, with the discovery of the poopmine in my north field, I've decided to give the potatoes another chance, using the same barrel, but using 55 gallons of rotted manure instead of topsoil.  But what to do with the bones?

I buried them about 3' deep under the Lovely and Gracious Rogue's new bed, then covered them with manure.  Digging Dog has not discovered them yet, and I'm hoping that, should she be able to smell them through a yard of crap, she'll be too lazy to actually dig them out. This is an experiment that will either end very well or very poorly.

It reminds me no little bit of the shenanigans taking place in Washington at the moment.  You might have concluded from my lack of postings on things political that, now that Trump is president, I've lost interest in the place*. And you would be right.

That's not because America is suddenly Great Again, but because the problems have not gone away, and we have now introduced a lot of new stresses** that amplify the existing ones. We have another debt-ceiling fight coming up in the next couple months.  We have rising interest rates, which means a blown-out budget, even before we add a few trillion for shovel-ready Stimulus infrastructure. The Deep State is at war with itself and with the elected government, the courts are at war with the Executive, and Congress might be if it had any balls. Europe is becoming an inter-ethnic war zone; Chicago is an intra-ethnic one. The next grand solar minimum is probably here, Peak Oil might be. There are good and necessary things happening to be sure, most notably on immigration.  But they do not solve the fatal things. That's why they are fatal things.

Now, one would think that with such monumental happenings occurring and about to occur, it would be time to pay attention, dig into the nitty gritty, and to develop strong, well-supported opinions about everything. But I look at it much like the Oroville Dam situation.  The partisans are taking shots at their opponents, coming up with all sorts of creative reasons why the situation is others' fault, because that's what partisans do.  The press is fulfilling its normal, deceptive role by renaming the Emergency Spillway - the name it's had since the dam was completed in 1968 - to the Auxiliary Spillway***. We have experts discussing dam design while helicopters drop little bags of rocks into big holes that were not part of the design. Meanwhile the rain is scheduled to start again in 6 hours.  You can immerse yourself in all that minutia, or you can get out of the valley.

Rain is coming, and it's probably not going to stop this time.  Time to get out of the valley.

* Not, however, in triggering liberals about it. The salt must flow.
** The resignation of Gen. Flynn is one example.  I have no opinion on whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. It's surely both in different ways. But it's obvious that there are a lot of people in government who are going to great - and illegal - lengths to be rid of him.  This is probably going to be a common occurrence going forward.
*** because we would not want anyone to consider 100,000 FPS of water overtopping a dirt pile at the head of a valley an emergency.