Wednesday, January 04, 2017

If It Wasn't For Double Standards, Liberals Would Have No Standards At All...


The Guardian carries an article from a liberal sulking about Milo's massive one.

I mean his advance, you weirdos.

They want to give his publisher the whole 'nice company you got 'ere, be a shame if something 'appened to it' treatment, but they seem kind of vague on who exactly Milo is:
During Yiannopoulos’s tenure at Breitbart – where he’s told gay people to “get back in the closet” and women to “log off” the internet – he has amassed more than 1 million followers on Facebook.
Yes, if there's one thing Milo stands for, it's opposition to flaming homos. At this point, you can't help but feel a strange respect for the honesty of celebrity weirdo Perez Hilton who filed his story about Milo under the label 'icky icky poo'. At least he didn't even pretend to have a point (other than 'I hate the right'). Meanwhile, the left's Brains Trust has to resort to arguments like this:
Why? Because rhetoric like his – which targets racial, religious and cultural minorities – invites discrimination. It arguably encourages people such as Omar Mateen and Dylann Roof to think of entire groups of people as less than human.
Yes, indeed. The right must be silenced otherwise they might encourage somebody, somewhere to do something at some point in the future. Just on first principles, it seems a little broad.... even if you don't think that some other book might have been a little more directly involved in motivating Omar Mateen to shoot up a gay club. But the humbuggery is even more blatant than that.

On the very same day as the Milo post, the Guardian ran with a softball interview with the father of the left's latest baby seal, Mohammed Yaqub.

Yep, this guy.  Needless to say, very little of the Mail's background material makes it in to the interview. Instead we get stuff like this:
The grieving father of a man who was fatally shot by police in West Yorkshire has said his family are heartbroken and questioned whether armed officers planned to “assassinate” his son.
So for those of you keeping score at home, calling Leslie Jones 'barely literate' and Melissa McCarthy 'fat' and 'ugly' - also known in Saneville as 'reporting stuff' - is inflammatory, but pushing insane conspiracy theories gets you the soft soap treatment at the Guardian.

It's not like they distance themselves from this nutcase either. Au contrair, they refer to him as 'a well-known and respected businessman' even after he's given up on all but the most perfunctory attempt at plausible deniability thing:
He said: “Look at the case in London, [Mark] Duggan – look how many protests they had to take to get answers. If it’s a peaceful protest there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as it’s peaceful.”
Except they weren't peaceful then and aren't now, so y'know... it turns out that the same paper that wants to prevent the right from writing about terrible movies on the grounds that their reviews may provoke mass murder has no problem giving house room to deranged conspiracy theories and barely disguised calls for mob violence.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Yes, Virginia, Social Justice Warriors Do Always Project


The Third Rule in action: Gold Level member of the Lucky Sperm Club Hugo Rifkind tries for a new angle on The Trumpening and comes up with possibly the worst analogy ever. The Donald is like one of those super evil Pick Up Artists, what use their cunning PUA ways to bamboozle innocent maidens into bed, except The Donald is seducing those dummy dumb-dumb hicks in fly-over country into voting for him.

The thing is that while folks were still trying to work out if Hugo had ever really met any PUAs, or even any women, this happened.

Yes, indeed: savvy, political insider Hugo was too stupid to recognise an obviously bogus quote. Guys running plumbing businesses in Bath or Toledo are easily fooled morons, but it always turns out to be the well-bred Certified Super Genii in the MSM that fall for obvious hoaxes.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This Is Why People Hate The MSM

The brass neck of these people:
The over-all impression of the meeting from the attendees I spoke with was that Trump showed no signs of having been sobered or changed by his elevation to the country's highest office.
Yes, indeed: the Golden Don has been given a resounding mandate by the American people, and they still think he should be tugging his forelock to the MSM.

Expecting the President Elect of the United States to grovel to a bunch of entitled buffoons would be absurd at the best of times but these guys spent months acting as a de facto part of the Clinton campaign. Her defeat was their defeat too, and now they're claiming he should be wearing sackcloth and ashes? Just what does it take to puncture the MSM's bizarre sense of self-importance?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's Not Just The Money...

That small proportion of the left that are not currently huddling together in their safe spaces have settled on a comforting myth about the whole Brexit/Trumpening/2016 thing. They claim it's all about the economics. People are just hacked off with stagnant wages, ever-worsening conditions and rampant job insecurity.

What a relief, huh? It turns out the left just hasn't been leftist enough. No need for to look critically at the rest of the left's agenda, they just need more taxes and regulation.

Meanwhile, in the real world, people are turning away from the left because of stuff like this. How warped is this story? Let us count the ways:

1. Life sentence appears to work on dog years

2. Murderous loon gets fast-tracked into social housing ('yes we know you've killed people too, Steve, but you were in Helmand at the time so it don't count')

3. Government keeps people in the dark about having the Mad Axeman living next door

4. Government then refuses to listen to any complaints about said Mad Axeman

5. Once the Government can no longer find a carpet big enough to hide this case under, they issue a blandsville statement, then carry on regardless. No job insecurity in the public sector!

 That's what people are enraged about. We're living in a Bizarro World where the State harasses ordinary people in ways beyond the imagination of East Germany while letting actual nutcases run riot, sure that whatever happens, they will never face any actual consequences.

Hence 2016: the Year of Accountability.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Our Nation's Non-Playing Captains


Actual smart guy Nassim Nicholas Taleb tears into the self-appointed genius class:
What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest of us 1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for.
But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligenzia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, meaning they aren’t intelligent enough to define intelligence hence fall into circularities — but their main skill is capacity to pass exams written by people like them. With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers (or Montaigne and such filtered classical knowledge) with a better track record than these policymaking goons.
It's all good but the key point is track record. The thing with our elite is that most of them don't seem to have ever actually done anything especially elite. Their qualification for elite status is based on a tautology: they're elite because they're the type of person who's in the elite, and if you don't buy that, well, it just proves you're too stoopid to understand anyway.

Needless to say, even these guys don't find their arguments all that convincing. Hence their constant desire to run down people with actual skills. Take the obsession with pushing ludicrous allegations of war crimes. This makes way more sense once you realise it's all down to our elites's jealousy and fear of people who really have been tested under maximum conditions, and in service of their country too.

Similarly, this is where the whole 'skin in the game' thing comes in. The point is not just that the elite are free to indulge in ludicrous virtue signalling, knowing full well they'll never have to deal with the consequences, it's that they very lunacy of their ideas is part of the attraction. They're advertising the fact that no matter how bad things get, it won't affect them. It's a subtle form of status signalling.