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Interesting YouTube Channel: Lindsay Ellis

August 15, 2019 1 comment

A few years ago, I came across a YouTube channel about critical analysis of films and TV show. It is likely that some of you might have also heard about Lindsay Ellis or watched a clip or two on her channel. While I don’t agree with a significant minority of her views, she does a pretty good and through analysis of whatever she is talking about. One does not have to agree with every view of another person to appreciate their competence. In any case, she does a much better job than almost every film and TV show review site on YouTube.

Clip #1: The Last of the Game of Thrones Hot Takes is the second in a series of reviews she made about GOT. In my opinion, this one and its previous part are two of the best analysis about GOT and other similar large-budget HBO shows on YouTube. They go into a lot of detail why show like GOT and Westworld start so promisingly only to become sad clusterfucks.

Clip #2: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Studios (Part 2/2) is the second in a three part series about why the Hobbit “trilogy” was such an epic clusterfuck.. and ya, it was due to insatiable greed of, and short-sighted decisions made by beancounters at, big movie studios. I would also highly recommend watching Part I and Part III of this series.

What do you think? Comments?

Mark Fischer’s Critique of Neoliberalism and the Death of Hope in West

August 8, 2019 3 comments

A couple of years ago I came across a short clip of a YouTube talk by a critic and cultural theorist named Mark Fischer. FYI, he committed suicide in 2017 at age 48. Anyway.. getting back to the topic, I first came across some of his ideas in 2010 or 2011, when his critique of Neoliberalism first became somewhat popular. There is however a good chance that many of you haven’t heard about him because he was not a big self promoter unlike some others.. David Graeber or Thomas Piketty. Fischer’s critique of Neoliberalism and its offshoots such as financialism, managerialism etc are far more interesting than those of Graeber or Piketty, since they focus on something most critics of Neoliberalism have largely ignored.

A few years ago, I made the point that the willingness to commit most crimes requires the person to have hopes for a better future. In that post, I also made the comment that decrease in crime rates in USA and the west over past 20-30 years have a peculiar connection to the loss of hope for a better future. Readers might have also noticed that dress and hair styles in the west have been fairly constant for almost the last 25 years (since the mid-1990s), which is odd when you compare this relative stagnation to the massive shifts which occurred between 1950s and 1970s or 1960s and 1980s. It is as if something changed during the 1990s which stopped any hope of a better or different future. And this applies to everything from life expectancy, treatment of common diseases to movies, music and literature.

It is as if the west, especially USA, is stuck in a terminal loop where it keeps reliving the 20th century but cannot seem to find a way forward. Fischer attributes this to the rise of neoliberalism and how its incentives, philosophy and hierachy has created a society which cannot dream, innovate or do much more than keep repeating the past. This ties in with what I wrote about late capitalism and the glut of movie prequels, sequels and remakes we have seen over the past decade or two. The point he makes in his book, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, is that the ideology of unrestricted capitalism which gained a fresh lease of life after 1991 has now infiltrated western culture to the point where it has destroyed hope for a better future.

Here is YT clip providing a quick overview of what Fischer wrote about..

I would also recommend reading an other book written by him, Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures. In this one he goes into the connection between the extremely high levels of depression, anxiety and hopelessness seen in the declining west today and its connection to an embrace of capitalist ideology at the personal level.

Also, here are links to free versions of his two most well known works.

Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? – PDF of a scanned copy.

and

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures – link to e-book version.

What do you think? Comments?

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..

What do you think? Comments?

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”.

What do you think? Comments?

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.

What do you think? Comments?

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.

What do you think? Comments?