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YT Clip: ‘Alt-Right’ Similar to SturmAbteilung (SA) than Nazis (NSDAP)

August 17, 2017 13 comments

In the last few days, we have heard a lot about how the ‘alt-right’ in USA are like an american version of the Nazis. However as the YT clip embedded later on in this post correctly points out, the ‘alt-right’ is much more similar to the Sturmabteilung (SA) than the Nazi party. The main point made in the clip is that the Nazi Party (NSDAP) was far more single-minded and centralized than its paramilitary wing aka the Sturmabteilung (SA).

But first a bit of context..

While the Nazi Party (NSDAP) was fairly centralized and favored by the elite and bourgeoisie, its paramilitary arm (SA) drew most of its membership from the working class. At its peak, the SA enjoyed a membership of three millions- largely fueled by the high rates of underemployment and unemployment among working class men (often veterans of WW1) in Weimar-era Germany. In fact, there is considerable historical evidence to suggest that many members of the SA had strong socialist sympathies.

This phenomenon, colorfully labelled as the Beefsteak Nazi (brown on the outside, red on the inside), was quite widespread among the ranks of the SA. The socialist leanings of the SA leadership was one of the main reasons behind the so-called “Night of the Long Knives” in 1934, which culminated in the killing of the top leaders of SA including Ernst R√∂hm.

Another point made in the YT clip is that current situation in USA has a peculiar resemblance to the street brawls between members of the SA (right) and various Communist parties (left) such as those occurred during the Weimar republic. It also very briefly touches on the very real possibility of this developing into some sort of intra-national conflict, which is kinda like a civil war but between political factions in same geographical locations as opposed to distinct regions.

What do you think? Comments?

Darkly Humorous YT Clip from 2013 about “Wolfenstein Fan Clubs”

August 13, 2017 5 comments

As almost every single one of you might have heard by now, a ‘Unite the Right Rally‘ on Aug 11th and 12th 2017 in Charlottesville ended up being quite the shitshow. One woman died and 20 more people were injured when an ‘alt-right’ asshole ran them over with his car. Shortly after that, two cops died in a helicopter crash near the site of the rally and counter-protests. Anyway.. with all the usual statements, noises and opinions about the incidents which occurred over that weekend- it is worth remembering something.

Most Americans have a poor grasp of history, especially if events in question occurred in other countries. Perhaps that is why dumbfucks who have never left the midwest feel affinities for ideologies as repulsive as Nazism and Fascism. And maybe that is why pudgy underemployed white guys in golf shirts and khakis carrying citronella scented Tiki torches fancy themselves as saviors of the “white race”. While Trump’s victory in Nov 2016 did give an extra boost to such ideologies, it is also true that historical ignorance, racism in all its forms and interest in fascism are as American as apple pie.

It does not help that allegedly “respectable” main stream media outfits such as the NYT, Atlantic, WP have given tons of free publicity to douchebags like Richard Spencer. The ‘alt-right’ as it exists today is largely an attempt to repackage a number of disreputable older ideologies from fascism to Nazism along with a big helping of american-style racism. To be clear, I am against censoring free speech- even if it is extremely offensive. Having said that, it is also necessary to vigorously critique (and mock) those who express their support for such ideologies.

What do you think? Comments?

Two Controversial and Funny Skits from Dave Chappelle’s Old Show

June 27, 2017 3 comments

Here are two of the more controversial but funny clips from the old Dave Chappelle’s show on Comedy Central. Even though it ran for only two full and one partial season (28 episodes total), the cultural impact of this show is such that most people in USA still remember it. I doubt that such a show would ever be approved nowadays, and not just because of the gratuitous and pretty clever use of the ‘n’ word.

Both of the clips I am linking to in this post are actually quite clever and still relevant. The first one (which is actually from the pilot episode) is about a black-hating black guy who happens to be blind and cannot therefore appreciate the irony of his popularity among what appear to be southern white supremacists who look suspiciously like the type of people at Trump Rallies in 2016. Then again, we have seen more than a few black republicans who fit this profile.

The second one (from the second episode of 2nd season) makes very gratuitous use of the ‘n’ word is actually a critique on the willing blindness of white people to their racism towards blacks. Setting it as a “Leave it to Beaver” style TV sitcom set in the 1950s makes it especially clever since so many older whites, especially the type who vote republican, see that decade as some mythical golden age- which it was most certainly not.

Clip 1: Clayton Bigsby: The Black White Supremacist – Part 2

Clip 2: The Niggar Family

Enjoy! Comments?

Couple of YouTube Clips from a 2004 Comedy Roast of Trump

June 23, 2017 2 comments

Came across a couple of YouTube clips from the 2004 Friar’s Club Roast of Donald Trump. You might be surprised at how prescient some of the jokes turned out.

Clip 1: Jeff Ross Roasts Donald Trump.

Clip 2: Susie Essman Roasts Donald Trump

Enjoy! Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: This is Dan Bell

May 15, 2017 3 comments

A few weeks ago, I came across a YouTube channel detailing the sorry state of malls and non-4/5 star hotels in USA. The videos on this channel might, at first sight, just seem entertaining- if a somewhat odd way. They do however hint to a much bigger problem underlying problem, namely, that things in many parts of USA are going downhill at a pretty alarming rate.

It is worthwhile to note that many of the malls and motels/hotels featured on this channel were not always places full of decay and abandonment. In fact, even a bit of googling reveals that more than a few of the malls and hotels covered in these videos were once very functional if somewhat unremarkable places filled with people who had money to spend and fulfilling lives to live.

Today they are either empty and decaying or used by marginalized people who once had “normal” jobs and lives. In other words, these videos show (if somewhat inadvertently) how far things have fallen for the majority of people in USA- especially outside a few nice coastal enclaves and other islands of relative affluence.

Here is a link to the YouTube Channel: This is Dan Bell

Clip 1: Dead Mall Series: Hickory Ridge Mall, Memphis, TN

Clip 2: Another Dirty Room Ep. 9: Regal Inn and Suites, Rosedale, MD

Enjoy! Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Lazy Game Review

April 10, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I came across an interesting YouTube channel about older computers systems and games. Have a look around if you feel nostalgic or want to see how those things looked and worked in the 1980s and 1990s.

Link to Channel: Lazy Game Reviews

Clip 1: SGI Indigo2 Computer System Review

Clip 2: Quake – DOS PC Game Review

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: Technology, YouTube

Interesting YouTube Clips: Reconstruction of Antikythera Mechanism

March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I rediscovered the YouTube copy of a documentary about recent efforts to reconstruct the Antikythera Mechanism. I then remembered watching this documentary while flipping between channels, sometime in 2013. As many of you know, I have always been interested in many aspects of Astronomy, including its history. The story depicted in this documentary is interesting for two distinct reasons: 1] Even 2000 years ago, Greek craftsmen were able to construct a mini-planetarium that was reasonably accurate even though it was based on a geocentric model of the solar system. 2] The process of reconstructing missing parts of the mechanism was fairly systematic and evidence based.

Will go back to posting my normal posts about contemporary events from tomorrow, as I am less busy than earlier this week.

Clip 1: The 2000 Year-Old Computer – Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism (2012). Note that this clip is almost 60 minutes long.

Clip 2: Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism. This clip is about 6 minutes long.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: YouTube