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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Confirmed: Nicky Morgan Is None Too Sharp

As further evidence of my theory that 50% of the attraction of liberalism is allowing idiots to pretend to be super smart, consider this from the Guardian's profile of Dan Han (spoiler: they claim he's like, totally, a weirdo):
[Nicky Morgan] didn’t hear much about free trade and parliamentary supremacy in May and June. “Talking to people who voted leave … ‘back’ was a very important word. One of the most depressing things was this, ‘I want to take our country back.’ Back to what?”
Huh? That's literally the whole parliamentary supremacy thing in a nutshell: we want to take our sovereignty back. We want to elect a Parliament and know that they will be able to govern the country, instead of having to go cap in hand to a foreign power to ask 'may I'?

Actually, it is an interesting philosophical question: is our former Very Special Education Minister stupid enough not to see that, or is she just stupid enough to think this is a brilliant rhetorical point: no one actually used the precise phrase 'Parliamentary Supremacy' so clearly there's some Very Secret Dark Agenda at play here?

If our alleged elite want to know why they lost the Referendum, they don't need paranoid profiles about evil geniuses, they just need to consider the sheer absurdity of Nicky Moran sneering at anyone else as a member of the unenlightened masses.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Clearly, They Need A Professional Audience

Further to my earlier point re: the inevitable decline of feminism, it looks like even some of the coven's top hags are, frankly, getting rather fed up with the refusal of their fellow wimminz to shut their stupid ho mouths and get a damn good liberatin'. 
Also jurors – in particular female ones – do not want to face the fact that those who commit rape include a broad cross section of men, and rarely fit the stereotype of a masked madman leaping out of a bush.
Yes, indeed: the lunatic fringe 91% are out of step with the mainstream. Hence the desire to switch from a 'jury of your peers' to a jury of, well, fellow fanatics, actually.

Call me suspicious, but I'm not sure I'd trust Julie Bindel with deciding whether or not men deserve to be jailed...

But it turns out though that it's not just the jury pool where the New Girl Order is having recruitment problems. In the world of pop culture, it turns out that they came, they saw.... they got their ass kicked, actually. 

But you can't have a Stalingrad without a Kursk afterwards. The SJWs might have taken a beating at the box office but if they couldn't actually launch their own films - or even other people's films that were done way better years ago - they could surely punish any Wrongthink... couldn't they?
The newly released superhero (or supervillain, to be precise) movie Suicide Squad has already outgrossed the feminist-friendly remake of Ghostbusters in its first weekend, despite Ghostbusters now being released almost a month ago.
Turns out the only people who got any payback were the investors.

And it gets even better:
Despite allegations of sexism, the film performed exceptionally well amongst women. As The Hollywood Reporter reveals: “The biggest surprise in terms of audience makeup was the strong turnout among females, who made up 46 percent of Friday’s audience, according to exit poling service CinemaScore. That’s unusual for a superhero film.” 
Who knew? Young girls would rather identify with sexy and funny characters doing cool stuff, than with a herd of Bitchapotamus with permanent PMT.

BTW, that's for a movie that has suffered one of the most absurd post-production butcherings in movie history, with the studio trying to edit what was filmed as a darker alternative to the Avengers into a Deadpool style comedy (see the change in the tone of the trailers here).

Failure to ram Ghostbusters down the public's throat showed that SJWs could no longer hector the public into leaving the house and paying £12 for a movie, but Suicide Squad is an even bigger defeat for them. It shows they can't even sell people on staying at home.

OTOH, there's always true feminist icon Emma Watson...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Public Service Announcement: Public Services Are Run By Crazy People

Much has been said about police in Shottingham deciding to abandon (not) dealing with real crime and starting a war on bad game, but there's a deeper point here. Consider that all this has been driven by something called 'Nottingham Women's Centre'. How does that work exactly?

Only 9% of British women identify as feminist.

To put it another way, if you took a woman's football team, then out of the 11 players only.... actually, all of them would be feminists. Forget that. But that just makes the point that outside the fever swamps of wimminz sport, university campuses and other notorious covens, these wimminz group seem to be a little short of actual women. 

That's not surprising all thing considered. The average Joanne Six-Pack may not know the ins and outs of feminism, but she can spot crazy when she sees it. The thing is though, no matter how crazy you think these people are, they're way crazier than that.

US journalist R S McCain has covered these people extensively both on his blog and in his excellent (and cheap) book The book's well worth buying but SPOILER it turns out deranged hatred of men is baked into the ideology of these loons - try this for starters. 

They think a guy chatting up a girl is outrageously outrageous because everything men do is outrageous. It's the feminist version of Schrodinger's Cat: it can be both alive or dead but it's always sexist. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Say, Does Anyone Remember Talk Of A 'Referendum'?

Poor old Andrea Leadsom, huh? If only she'd joined ISIS Theresa May would have ignored her completely. As it is, she's been cast as a bigoted serial fraud and tax-cheat with a room temperature IQ.

Of course, the fact the Andrea Leadsom has now been appointed as a government minister should in no way be taken as a reason to question the sincerity of these charges.

Besides, if I was Theresa May, I'd be avoiding raising issues about dodgy CVs. Is there any real evidence she was ever actually Home Secretary? Apparently, none of the bad stuff was down to her, but no one can say what she was responsible for. There was the feminazi lunacy like the 'flash rape', but for the rest? Don't ask the MSM: she's totally brilliant, that's all you need to know.

Still, at least the establishment got their girl Theresa over the line, so it looks like the only real change in politics is that we've gone from a PM who was the embodiment of everything MSM journalists would like to be, to a PM who is the embodiment of what they really are. Fat Dave, with his blue blood, family fortune and breezy savoir faire was everything MSM journalists value (thus summing up why you should never trust the MSM to pick a PM), while his replacement is a preachy insular middlewit indistinguishable from any of the two bazillion wimminz writing columns on 'how cheese is sexist'.

Some say this is the Major Years Part II. We should be so lucky - at least the music was OK then. As it is, Theresa May is David Cameron's firm principles mixed with Gordon Brown's charm and personality, but even that's not all of it. The MSM keeps telling us she's a hugely experienced and skilled leader but everyone in Realville can see an uninspired plodding hack with a bunch of red flags: she's the Roy Hodgson of politics.