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Watch Joe Rogan Expose Adam CONover as an Incompetent SJW Fraud

April 23, 2019 Leave a comment

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 Leave a 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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Critical Analysis of Cinematic Continuity Issues in ‘Leaving Neverland’

March 19, 2019 3 comments

Given the amount of time I spend browsing some of more obscure parts of the Internet, it is not surprising for me to run into some rather unconventional stuff and ideas. One of many YouTube channels which I came across many years ago is known as Collative Learning and is run by Rob Ager. While he is best described as a cinema critic, a lot of his work is rather different from the other fake ‘quirky’ YouTubers who run channels that also critique cinema and TV shows. Let me put it this way, his takes on various movies and shows are very meta and quite unconventional. To be clear, you do not have to agree, let alone believe, everything he says- but some do actually make sense. Anyway, let us now get to the topic at hand.

Some of you might remember that I recently wrote a post about posthumous accusations of child abuse against Michael Jackson made in a HBO documentary called ‘Leaving Neverland’. The main point I made in that post was that given MJs rather screwed up upbringing, it is not unlikely that he had less-than-appropriate relationships with young boys. In it, I also pointed out that it was almost impossible for such interactions to occur without cooperation from parents of both boys (now adults) who accused him of sexual abuse a decade after his death. Which is a nice way of saying the parents of those boys did not care too much about what was occurring between MJ and their children as long as money and gifts kept flowing.

Rob Ager has a different take on that documentary. In his opinion, the continuity errors and when they occur suggest that seemingly single-take interviews were done over a period of many days and perhaps weeks or months. While it is not unusual to splice good footage from multiple shots over a period of days, Rob points out that it has been done to give the superficial appearance of a single extended take. To put it another way, he is trying to say that the final shots used in that documentary were likely the result of multiple takes done to get the best reaction aka acting from both the main interviewees. He also points out evidence which suggests that certain elements of their stories were almost certainly shot a few weeks or months later, but done in a manner to give the outward appearance of being part of the original series of interviews.

I have always found it odd that the two interviewees in the HBO documentary testified in favor of MJ as late as 2005 (when they were adults) but changed their story completely almost a decade after his death. Some of you also know that at least one of them had unsuccessfully sued the estate of MJ a couple of years ago, but only after he fell into personal financial trouble. It is hard to shake the suspicion that their accusations and this documentary was about making money, especially in the “MeToo” era, rather than seeking justice. Have a look..

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Interview of Johann Hari by Joe Rogan about the ‘Opioid Crisis’ in USA

February 22, 2019 Leave a comment

While I seldom link to YouTube clips or channels, there are times when one come across a clip (short or long) on a topic which I have either written on or wanted to write about. So.. here is a clip from a recent Joe Rogan show/ podcast where he interviews Johann Hari on topics related to drug use and addiction. The main points he is making are things which I have known for many years and are as follows: 1] Sustained and frequent opioid use, and drug use in general, has far more to do with the socio-economic environment and living conditions than drugs themselves; 2] Legalization and regulation is the only effective way to reduce mortality, morbidity and associated societal problems linked to drug use; 3] Reducing the harmful effects of drug addiction requires far more than a patchwork of inadequate and contradictory measures and 4] The way USA is trying to solve the ‘opioid crisis’ (law enforcement, strict regulations and incarceration model) is bound to fail and make the problem worse- though it may make a few rich parasites even richer.

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Skeptical and Rational Look at Story of Loch Ness Monster on YouTube

February 13, 2019 1 comment

Over a year ago, I came across a YouTube channel which, among other things, has a decent two-part dissection of story behind the Loch Ness monster. FYI- the guy behind this YT channel is a rationalist (who, by his own admission, was once a creationist nutter) and likely has a tendency to go too far in whichever direction he is going. In any case, given my belief that everybody has some good ideas and insight- I will post links to both his channel and the two relevant clips.

So why am I not endorsing him unequivocally ? Well.. he has often let his enthusiasm for certain beliefs such as all dinosaurs- both Ornithischia and Saurischia having feathers or proto-feathers. To be clear, there is evidence that feathers (or more likely proto-feathers) were widely distributed among dinosaurs. However, it is also true that not all dinosaurs had them- especially the really large ones. Think of it as somewhat similar to situation with hair in mammals.

While most mammals, even large ones such as bears, have tons of body hair and fur- more than a few (elephants, hippos, rhinos, dolphins, whales, humans etc) have very little to no body hair. To make matters more complicated, animals (dinosaur and others) who lived hundreds of millions years ago do not neatly fit in our taxonomy which was originally devised to classify existent ones.

For example, animals such as the four existing species of Echidna do not neatly fit into current classification system, since they have many features that are mammalian but also more than a few that are not- such as laying eggs rather than giving birth to live young. Also, their brains, eyes, digestive systems etc are rather different from mammals (both placental and marsupial). But why and how do such animals exist, anyway?

The thing is.. existent mammals, reptiles and archosaurs did not start out on independent paths from day one of their divergence from parent species. Instead, there was once a whole spread of species with amazing mixtures of features. Those which became extinct left gaps which were usually not refilled. Think of it as luck pruning the tree of life to create distinct main branches by removing intermediate branches. But let us get back to the topic of this post.

Link to his channel- TREY the Explainer

Here is part I of the series.

and here is part II..

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Understanding the Real History Behind ‘Wolfenstein’ Video Game Series

January 28, 2019 7 comments

Almost anybody who has played video games, with some regularity, over the past two decades has gone through at least one release in the long-running ‘Wolfenstein‘ game series. My personal favorites in that series are Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein: The New Order. Perhaps some of you might be aware that the overall plot and environment of most games in that series is based in a somewhat fanciful extrapolation of reality. While nobody is claiming that reanimated mummies, the raised undead or fire zombies are real, a lot of what is found in the most popular releases of that series (specifically Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus) are based in real events, facts, persons and possibilities.

For example, one of the central elements of ‘Return to Castle Wolfenstein’ involves the player trying to stop attempts by Nazis (especially Heinrich Himmler) from resurrecting ‘Heinrich the Fowler‘- who also happens to be final boss of that game. It just so happens that Himmler was deeply into a lot of mystical BS and had a peculiar obsession with that particular Saxon king from 10th century AD. Similarly one of the mini-bosses in that game, Marianna Blavatsky, is a sendup of Helena Blavatsky– a real life “psychic” medium from late 19th century whose teachings had a major (if unintentional) influence of development of the belief system behind certain parts of Nazi ideology. In fact, here is a post which talks about some of this from 2006.

Himmler, when he was not planning mass murder, was into a lot of mystical stuff. For example, he was a big supporter of pre-ww2 expeditions into Tibet and other “archaeological” projects to establish the veracity of his beliefs. He was also a big supporter of what is now called ‘Nazi archaeology‘. It is also true that many senior scientists and engineers in that regime found Himmler’s forays into mysticism amusing, to put if mildly, but never confronted him publicly because of his position. Did I mention that Castle Wolfenstein is based on Castle Wewelsburg, though its location is influenced by that of Kehlsteinhaus. Furthermore, many of the advanced weapon systems depicted in the 2001 game are based in reality.

Similarly, later releases of that game such as ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ (2014) are based on pretty decent extrapolations of what might have happened if funny-mustache guy and his flunkies had been more competent. While we are unlikely to have seen giant robots driven by brains or super laser guns- the game does a pretty good job of capturing the type of society and world which would have resulted from Nazi Germany wining WW2 or achieving a stalemate that was equivalent to victory. In that respect they do a much better job at writing believable alternate history than ‘The Man in the High Castle‘ series by Amazon.

Now let me ask you a question.. Have you ever wondered about the convergence of personalities, zeitgeist and events which ultimately led to the Nazi Ideology? As it turns out the answer is not straightforward and it all starts about 50 years before they came to power. To make a very long story short, the original impetus for popularity of mystical beliefs which would one day become Nazism started out as a reaction to socio-economic displacement caused by Industrial revolution in Germany. The initial popularizers of those ideas, such as the Helena Blavatsky, were probably into it to become famous and make a few bucks. In fact, this moment should be seen as German equivalent of the spiritualism craze that swept Britain between the 1870s-1930s.

Racism and belief in Eugenics were also not unique to Germany, during that era. Some of you might know that Nazi Germany got a lot of its ideas about Race and Eugenics from USA. Social Darwinism, too, had its roots in Britain and USA. Which brings us to the next question- Why did Nazism develop in 1920-145 era Germany and not.. say.. in USA or Britain? The answer to that question requires us to understand something important and relevant, even today.The precursor to Nazi regime, aka the Wiemar republic, was fine with then contemporary levels of racism, anti-semitism, eugenics etc. But they slowly lost, over a period of over ten years, all of their credibility with most people in that country. Also the rich in Germany preferred fascists over socialists.

And that is how funny-mustache guy and his flunkies got in power. It certainly helped that were able to combine all those new-ish currents of belief and ideology into a somewhat coherent ideology. While a lot of videos on YT suffer from YouTube face, overenthusiastic presenters and poorly researched bits by idiots with a British accent, some are better. So here are two long clips (unfortunately containing poor quality footage) which do a very good and objective job of explaining how various streams of Nazi ideology combined into their final form. They are a bit on the longish side, but totally worth the time.

Clip 1 (about 51 minutes long)

Clip 2 (about 54 minutes long)

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