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Good Explanation of Physics Behind the Chernobyl Reactor Explosion

June 21, 2019 1 comment

A week ago, I came across this very good YouTube clip about the nuclear physics underlying that disaster. While I have seen dozens of reviews of the currently popular HBO miniseries about the Chernobyl disaster, this is one of the very few which goes into the physics of why things went so wrong. To make a long story short, the reactor design was less idiot-proof than should have been the case for something designed for routine power generation. FYI, Chernobyl-4 was the only one of the RBMK type to actually suffer such an accident. It might interest readers to know that all other reactors of this design type never experienced any major issue and ten are still completely operational and generating power as usual. The most important lesson of Chernobyl is that any product or service meant for mass use has to be way more idiot-proof than otherwise necessary.

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Interesting YouTube Channel: David Hoffman

May 17, 2019 2 comments

A few months ago, I came across an interesting YouTube channel containing many interview clips from the late 1980s. Here is a link to the channel- David Hoffman. They are interesting because the interviewer allows the interviewees to speak without interruption and touch on many of the issues which still haunt american society today. Topics range from race relations in the 1950s and 60s to how the mainstream media promotes fake news and propaganda.

Clip #1: He Saw The Media Manipulate The Story In 1968 Chicago

Some people act as if democratic establishment and mainstream media stealing the presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders in 2016 was something new. Well.. it wasn’t. And the way things are going, we may see something similar in 2020. How little some things change..

Clip #2: Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

This clip is interesting because what he says about his initial opinion about, and later experience in, 1960s-era Vietnam are not that dissimilar from those who ended up in Afghanistan and Iraq after 2002-2003. As I have long maintained, people do not learn until they suffer consequences for their actions. Also, USA lost the wars of Occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan just like it lost in Vietnam. Guess somebody made tons of money selling weapons for all those conflicts..

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Ben Shapiro Was Exposed as a Mediocre Fraud by a British Conservative

May 10, 2019 7 comments

Was going to post a short and quick piece on the recent deplatforming of Roissy by WordPress, but thought that the topic deserved more substantial treatment. I intend to write about it in next 2-3 days. So here is something else which I came across today, which is darkly comic for reasons that will soon be obvious. There is a good chance that most of you have some passing familiarity with an imp named Ben Shapiro. While it is tempting to poke fun at the level of insecurity Ben exhibits about his diminutive stature, I shall instead focus on how this pathetic imp got exposed as a mountebank by Andrew Neil, who happens to be a highly conservative British journalist.

Yes.. you heard that right. Ben Shapiro was exposed as a sad fraud by a CONservative. In case you want to see how little Ben got his ass handed to him, I had inserted links to a YouTube clip of that interview further down in this post. To quickly summarize, the loser who constantly pretends to be DESTROY others based on LOGIC and FACTS was woefully unprepared to defend his many nutty public positions such as Arabs being subhuman, non-Zionist Jews not being “real Jews” and women having no legal agency over their own bodies. While it would have been more desirable to have him exposed as a fraud and ‘snowflake by a progressive- it was far more entertaining to see that happen at the hands of an unimpeachable CONservative.

Some of you might have noticed that Ben Shapiro’s view on many social issues are very similar to those of Nazis and Fascists- which is.. well.. ironic. It was nice to see someone finally take him to task over them and expose him for being an intellectual lightweight with an especially thin skin. That it took a CONservative British journalist to finally DESTROY little Ben in such a manner does however tell you a lot about the sad state of American mainstream journalism. I mean.. some time ago, NYT wrote a puff piece about him in which he was depicted as some sort of philosophy wonk rather than a Koch-brother funded racist grifter. In summary, it is nice to see that little racist imp being DESTROYED by LOGIC and FACTS and exposed as a pathetic “snowflake”.

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An Excellent Two Part Critique of Amy Schumer’s Comedy on Youtube

April 30, 2019 4 comments

A few weeks ago, I came across an excellent critique of Amy Schumer on YouTube. However, it was only the first of a supposedly two(?) part series. Well.. the second part was posted yesterday and it is as good as the first. As regular readers know, it is my firm belief that most comedians are not funny. My views on the talent (or its lack) in female comedians are also well known. Also, I once wrote a post about how most female comedians were intrinsically unfunny.

The person who made the YT videos I am linking to also seems to think along those lines. And while I have not seen every video he has posted, these two seems to be especially good. It does not hurt that he dissects the career of possibly the most overrated and incompetent female comic of this decade, aka Amy Schumer. The first video goes into some depth about the many factors and social milieu which facilitated her rapid rise in public consciousness.

The first video is almost 44 minutes long and covers many topics which surround her rise to fame (or infamy). And ya, it goes into detail about her tendency to steal jokes and why so many male comics are reluctant to call it out. The short version is that it has a lot to do with her being a white woman who fucked the right guys in addition to dabbling in diversity and identity politics.

The second part is about 40 minutes long and goes into detail about how she plays the diversity and identity cards. Specifically, it details how her “comedy” acts are now almost exclusively about virtue signalling and making “woke” people feel self-righteous and good about supporting “woke” female “comics”. She is basically selling the contemporary version of catholic indulgences. Then again, nobody went broke underestimating the capacity for self-delusion displayed by american sheeple. I have a feeling that readers are going to enjoy this two-part series about that woman.

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Watch Joe Rogan Expose Adam CONover as an Incompetent SJW Fraud

April 23, 2019 2 comments

While I prefer to write my own posts rather than link to stuff found on the internet, occasionally the later is simply too good or funny to not repost. Many of you already know about The Joe Rogan Experience, which is an almost daily audio and video podcast. While I do not watch every single episode or agree with the guy on many topics, it is highly entertaining. To make a long story short, each episode consists of long interviews with one or more (and often controversial) personalities. I am sure many of you must have seen a recent, and now infamous, clip of Elon Musk smoking a spliff on that show. Recently, some SJW idiots have started complaining that JRE is some sort of “gateway” to the “alt-right”. Then again, these are the same LIEbral idiots who pretend that the violence and imagery in video-games causes real-life violence and “misogyny”- which sounds suspiciously like what senile CONservative idiots in the late 1980s and early 1990s claimed about them. Says a lot about the modern LIEbral and SJW movement, doesn’t it?

Couple of days ago, Adam CONover (of Adam Ruins Everything fame) went on the show and got exposed as the pathetic and incompetent SJW fraud that I have always imagined him to be in real life. While his stand on topics such as ‘alpha/beta men’, social media censorship etc are hilarious in their own right, the pinnacle of his disastrous appearance on that show involved him taking about transgenderism- specifically his support for transitioning pre-pubescent children. As regular readers of my blog might remember, I have maintained that the ideology of transgenderism is likely to suffer an irreversible public setback once they start trying to legitimize medico-surgical transitioning of “gender-atypical” children. It does not take a genius to figure out that using the guise of authority and respectability to permanently mutilate children is likely to invite a huge and harsh pushback from almost everybody who actually have children.

But all those “trans-right” advocates and SJWs, in their infinite arrogance and fatal stupidity, believe they can push around the vast majority of people to go along with their latest brainfarts. It is doubly funny that they believe it to be possible in an era where public opinion on “credentialed” professions, academic experts” and other charlatans is already at a record low and sinking further. Then again, people who believe in religions (traditional or secular) aren’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.. or even right in the head. Watch this clip from the interview and marvel at Adam CONover’s incompetence, stupidity and capacity for self-delusion. It is especially funny to watch him keep digging himself into ever deeper holes, given that the conversation starts with trans-athletes and ends with CONover trying to justify irreversible mutilation of children’s bodies through drugs and surgery because some activists and “experts” say it is good. And, don’t forget to read comments to this clip, because are hilarious.

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Some Initial Thoughts on the Mueller Report: YouTube Edition

April 19, 2019 1 comment

As almost everyone must have heard by now, the Mueller Report (1st redacted version) has been finally released. An OCRed version of that report, for easier searching etc, can be found here- link for OCRed version. While I have downloaded and read parts of that report, it is not that exciting and a bit too long for my taste. In any case, it did not uncover any evidence of “collusion” or a conspiracy between members of the Trump 2016 team and “Russia” or “Putin”. Sure.. it contains a body of evidence that Trump is a short-sighted and dishonest moron. But tell me something.. did you really require the Mueller Report to tell you that? Wasn’t is obvious?

While I write about my own take on that infamous report later, a good percentage of my initial thoughts to the Mueller Report has already been summarized by Michael Tracey in this YT clip. In it, he systematically goes through how this report trashes many of the fake stories promoted by the supposedly objective corporate media for the past two years. One almost gets the feeling that a lot of MSM “reporting” about the progress of this investigation was wishful thinking, sketchy gossip and outright delusions rather than anything remotely factual.Use headphones for this clip since the volume is rather low.

The saddest, but most predictable, part of the corporate media’s reaction to this report concerns how they are desperately trying to pretend that “it does not change anything and Trump is guilty of something”. While almost everyone agrees that Trump is a shady and corrupt businessman, let me remind you that the special counsel investigation was about whether he (or his team) had conspired with Russia during the 2016 election. It is, however, funny to watch how the Trump Derangement Syndrome still has such a strong hold on most alleged “journalists”. If you don’t believe me, have a look at this series of exchanges between Glenn Greenwald and David Cay Johnston- especially how Johnston pretends that the report proves his prior accusations.

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Comparing the Performance Styles of Hope Sandoval and Lana Del Rey

April 12, 2019 2 comments

Most “popular” entertainment is highly recycled. While this phenomena is very blatant, nowadays, with terminal late-capitalism providing the impetus to make endless movie and TV show reboots, it has always been a feature of the entertainment industry. While properly done movie and TV show remakes (Scarface 1932 and 1983, The Mummy 1932 and 1999, It 1990 and 2017, Original Star Trek vs Star Trek NG etc) can be quite good- most are highly forgettable even when they are somewhat financially successful. One might think that music is somewhat less likely to use remakes given that musical tastes change far more over the years than movies or TV shows- and that is sorta true. For example- Only old white people and a few hipsters care about Jazz today.

There are however two other forms of remaking and rebooting which are much more common in music than the movie or TV industry. I am talking about cover versions of especially popular music and songs- which then go on to eclipse their previous versions. Sampling older song tunes and their hooks into remixed version is another version of this behavior. The other form of this remake involves artists copying the persona and styles of somebody from a previous generation. For example- the persona of Lady Gaga is basically a reboot of Madonna from a generation ago. Now let me show you a less obvious one- largely because the original version of this persona was about a decade or more too early to be that successful.

Hope Sandoval was the lead singer in an alt-rock band known as Mazzy Star. They were sorta well-known during the early to mid 1990s. Here.. look at this live performance from 1994 of one of their more popular songs. Doesn’t Hope Sandoval remind you of someone?

In case you have not figured it out yet.. here is a YT clip of a live performance by Lana del Rey in 2014. Aren’t their musical styles and public persona oddly similar to each other?

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