Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Slowly They Wake

Reading Vincent Emmanuel's piece in Counterpunch entitled The Cures and Failure of Identity Politics reminded me of how I woke up to the growing cancer in left policies. I woke up to the issue of identity politics when Obama was running for office. By all merit based measures H. Clinton should have won the presidency. She had the experience that Obama lacked, whether you agreed with her or not. Obama, on strict merit shouldn't have made it past his first primary. Yet millions of people backed Obama because he was black. It was identity over experience. It was the logical conclusion of Race First ideology.

Now coming from a Garveyite such a comment on Race First as an ideology may sound strange. Indeed there is a time and place for Race First programs. There are also times and places where it does no good. Garveyism isn't about Race First as much as it is a nationalist ideology. Nationalism is not predicated on race. To run a nation you need rules and you need to enforce them. Hence Race First is really Race somewhere down the line when you REALLY think on it. Anyway in the liberal (I will no longer refer to any of them as "progressive") side, identity politics has become the religion above all religions. It's absurd notions that only those in a certain identity can speak about that identity or that certain identities, usually the most fringe of them are not only above critique but are to be favoured is starting to wear thin on those who are willing to examine.

I think we’ve all had enough of the bullshit: identity politics has been a curse to leftist movements in the U.S. for far too long. How could anyone argue otherwise?
Yes. Thanks. Welcome to 2006. At least for me anyway.
During the Obama years, leftists were chastised for their critiques, with many, including myself, being accused of racism. Racism, really? I’ve spent the last ten years of my life dedicated to progressive social movements, yet I’m a racist because I think that Barack Obama is an imperialist scumbag? Piss off…
I saw a lot of people who were anti-war and anti-imperialist suddenly become war apologists and imperialists as soon as Obama took office. In fact I was so disgusted by their clear hypocrisy on the matter that I no longer even deal with such persons. And of course we have the idea that one must be racist to disagree with Obama is patently false.
Today, the same is happening in the context of Hillary Clinton’s run for U.S. President. Any and all critiques of Hillary are deemed “sexist” by HRC’s bootlickers.
Because vagina of course.
The best part of the interview was Bertha’s statement that, “If you want to see a revolution, then elect a female president!” Indeed, Bertha may be right: under Thatcher, the U.K. underwent quite a revolution, although not the type of revolution leftists would like to see.
Yes, this is the trope that women can do no harm and that all things wrong in the world are the doing of men. Oh and of course the revolutionaries who don't even know the first thing about hand to hand combat but love to have the state (that they are revoluting against I suppose) use it's monopoly on violence to get what they want.
However, the Curse of Identity Politics isn’t relegated to the electoral sphere: I’ve been told by activists that the U.S. can’t pull out of Afghanistan because women will be treated worse.
Imperialism anyone?
And I’ve been told that because black and brown people overwhelmingly support Democrats, I too should support the “lesser of two evils.”
Black and brown people also kill at astronomical numbers, should he do that too?
When I sat on the board of directors of an national antiwar organization, we talked about meeting ethnic, racial and gender quotas as much as we talked about ending wars and militarism
Because this is what they are about. They are not building anything, they just want to do a numbers game. That is there thing and they aren't even good at math.
In fact, during one strategy retreat in Chicago, we started out each day by exploring what pronouns each of us would prefer to use. Yes, this is what modern activism, for some, has turned into.
Well when you don't have to worry about survival you can spend time on that kind of bullshit. Also when you are supporting bullshit like trans-genderism, you spend time on that kind of bullshit. See in the sane world there are "he" and "she" and persons with medical conditions (physical or mental).
Young women are tired of hearing about the first female U.S. President – they’re interested in policies that will actually help the vast majority of females in the U.S., not bourgeois feminism aimed at the dwindling white middle-class.
Let me translate this for race. Black people are waking up and will get tired of hearing about police brutality- they are interested in policies that will actually help the vast majority of black poor in the US who suffer from epidemic levels of crime. Not college educated wanna be revolutionaries who think anti-white is pro-black and is doing any good.
The real question is: how long are we going to play the identitarian game? In 2020, will we have to go through the same song and dance with a centrist Latino or LGBTQ candidate? I sure hope not.
As long as those in power are too weak to say "no" to these bully groups and deal with them forcefully.
I would argue that the more the identitarians try and play their identitarian games, the more they will lose support and standing in progressive communities
I agree 100%. What drove me to be hostile to feminism was the entire Black Male Privilege nonsense with the cherry on top being the total acceptance of "rape culture - teach men not to rape" bullshit. The more they do this the more people will leave. I'll see them on the other side of the court.
Already, young black activists with Black Lives Matter and various other community organizations are challenging the dominant liberal narrative that having people of color in powerful positions will automatically result in better conditions for people of color.
The BLM group is perhaps the most ill informed group among the identity set. That information has been known by actual black scholars and nationalists for a long ass time. This is what happens when you let the children take over.
As a result, my black activist friends are not interested in replacing a white police chief with a black police chief.
I'll go out on a limb and say his black friends are not all that informed. If they were they'd be concerned with why there needs to be a police chief in black neighborhoods at all. Once they figured that out, they'd be not very concerned with the police chief at all.
In many ways, the identitarians have already lost the ideological battle. After all, Latinos are being deported in record numbers, African Americans are worse off today than they were prior to Obama taking office, and women are facing unprecedented attacks from religious conservatives.
And here we see that Vincent has not fully come to understand the problem. He still has to think he's "progressive". See Latinos should be getting deported in record numbers, because Latinos have been entering the country illegally in record numbers. This is what a sovereign nation does: protect it's borders and looks out for the welfare of it's citizens.

I remember a YouTube video posted by some black guy back when Obama was first elected to office. In that video he said that he bets that black folks would be worse off after Obama than before. look, you can't have high levels of illegal (and legal) immigration and improved job prospects for black folks at the same time. You cannot have high levels of illegal and legal immigration and have improved political representation prospects at the same time. You cannot have high levels of illegal and legal immigration of non-English speakers and have increased funding for predominantly black schools. Thinking black folks know this.

And lastly exactly what "unprecedented attacks" have women had by religious conservatives is this guy talking about? Religious conservatives have lost major rights in the past 8 years. Being made to fund birth control they do not agree with. Made to cater weddings of gay couples when they have a moral objection to doing so. Being told by state agencies that they will be fined for calling a man a man and a woman a woman. Schools tossing the constitutional rights of males accused of sexual assault. These are unprecedented alright!

Vincent is beginning to see what is wrong with his chosen ideology but doesn't quite yet understand that it is the ideology that is the problem. Identity politics is but one of the fruits of this ideology. As of this writing vincent is like someone who doesn't like the taste of the apples but thinks it has nothing to do with the tree.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Problem With Implicit Bias

Social scientists have come up with a thing called "implicit bias". What it tries to show that you can predict behavior based on the biases of a subject. So if a subject says they think that everyone is the same, implicit bias will "reveal" that they actually don't think so and act in a manner consistent with that bias. This is similar to what we refer to as "revealed preferences".

In revealed preferences we look at what people actually do as opposed to what they say they will do or say the prefer. So for example liberals who claim to highly value diversity are often shown to actually live in very not diverse places. They say they believe in diverse schools, but when their children arrive, they quickly move to neighborhoods with very little diversity or diverse as in "lots of Asians".

But back to implicit bias. What the current SJW thinking [sic] tells us is that people act in accordance to their biases when in fact people often act in opposition to their biases, particularly when life and death are not in consideration.

The finding suggests that while white officers may have an “implicit bias” to associate blacks more quickly with danger, they hesitated longer to react, explained Lois James, lead researcher and assistant professor at the university's College of Nursing.

“That’s the driving message of our paper, implicit biases do not predict how people will behave,” James said.

There it is.

The Year Of The Monkey

Yesterday began the Chinese New Year which is the year of the Monkey. I guess that in some way this is a sign of how things have gone. What do I mean? Well lets start with this:
The Sacramento Kings basketball team had to cancel giving away Lunar New Year shirts celebrating the Year of the Monkey on Monday after a player noted the shirts could be deemed offensive during Black History month.
Could be deemed offensive? By whom? Imbeciles who are so ignorant that they are unaware of how the Chinese lunar calendar works and are so self centered that they think anything that is offensive in one context is racist in all contexts. But it's bad enough that this imbecile kicked up a fuss about something that wasn't racist n the least bit, but that the Sacramento Kings so called "leadership" caved to the imbecile.
'I walk into the building and DeMarcus Cousins calls me over to an animated discussion he's having with Kings operations people. He [asks] me, "Olskool, what you think about this T-shirt? Told him a little insensitive on first day of Black History Month." They pulled the shirts,' said Johnson on his Facebook page.
Who decided that this imbecile was the go to person on black issues? And how does black hypersensitivity trump thousands of years of Chinese culture?
'We all need a lesson in sensitivity,' Kings president Chris Granger said, according to the Sacramento Bee.
No, We need leadership willing to say "no" to self centered, self-important groups that make issues of things that are not issues.
In an effort to celebrate Chinese New Year, we had some concerns about the T-shirt giveaway, so we pulled them all before the doors opened. Certainly we don't want to offend anybody, and we acted as soon as we heard the concern,' he added. Johnson commended Cousins for pointing out the potential offense the shirts could have caused. 'Good move Kings. Year of Monkey Tees on 1st day of Black History Month not a good look. Thanks DeMarcus...,' Johnson tweeted along with a photos of the staff taking away the shirts.
This is a sad case of giving in to ridiculous claims. Anyone who would have been offended are stupid *cencored* who should have been ridiculed in all corners. Meanwhile in Chicago:
CHICAGO — The nation's third largest city recorded 51 homicides in January, the highest toll for the month since at least 2000...here were also 2,900 shootings, 13% more than the year prior, according to police department records.
But, Year of the Monkey.

This highlights the problem. The real deal issues affecting black folks are given little to no attention by the leadership. When attention is paid to the real deal issues affecting black folks, the blame is externalized, the solutions are externalized. Black folks are held to no adult standards and are denied agency in the creation and solutions to their problems. Instead, like the non-controversy that is the Year of the Monkey, liberal white folks allow the whiney children (that would be black folks) to get what they want (externalized blame and lack of self control) and everybody else has to tip toe on eggshells.

Meanwhile, 51 dead and 2900 shootings. Not important in the least bit. Better to discuss the kid shot 16 times while high on drugs, with a deadly weapon who cannot follow directions.

Meanwhile other minorities have just learned that imbeciles hold a veto power over their cultural celebrations. How long until they start to see black people as the enemy?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boko Haram Burns Kids Alive

A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.
And,
The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

It was not known how many scores of people were killed because bodies still were being collected, including from the surrounding bushes where the insurgents hunted down fleeing villagers, according to Abba Shehu, a security guard helping collect corpse [my underlines]

I'm going to ask the question: Were any of the 3 women the "missing girls"? If so, did they blow themselves up or were they remote detonated? If they blew themselves up were they under threat of death?

Lastly; I'm sure somewhere in some university a professor is blaming some white person somewhere, or maybe the explosives. Yahoo News

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lead Poisoning in Baltimore

A few months back I mentioned the use of lead paint on products from China in Africa. The Guardian has an article on the high levels of lead paint and poisoning in mostly black Baltimore.
But Saul Kerpelman, a lawyer who has handled thousands of lead cases, says these numbers don’t really show the extent of the problem. Those numbers, he said, are calculated based on a blood lead level (BLL) of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mg/dl). But the CDC has recently determined that any amount of lead in a child’s blood can immediately and irreversibly cause brain damage. Kerpelman said that if you cut the BLL number in half to the current threshold number of 5 mg/dl, there could be as many as 4,000 cases in Baltimore last year and if the acceptable lead level were set to zero, it could be as many as 10,000 exposed children. Kerpelman said that out of the more than 4,000 cases he has dealt with, “99% are black”.
And who owns the property?
Many of the same absentee landlords come up in these cases over and over again. “If you type Stanley Rochkind into Maryland case search, his name comes up over 500 times,” Kerpelman said. One of those cases was a suit filed by Freddie Gray, who lived in a Rochkind-owned home as a young boy and tested with a blood lead level of between 11 and 19 mg/dl. He suffered from the effects of lead poisoning, which studies have linked to decreased IQ and short and long-term memory impairment, causing numerous related social problems.
Rochkind? The same Rochkind in this 2010 article?

“The consistency needs to be there in terms of fining these property owners. Honestly, some of them should be in jail. When you break a law enough times you should run the risk of coming before the judge who says you’re done,” she said.
Agreed 100%.

What I'm wondering about here is whether there is/was a situation whereby if a residence was found to have lead paint, it would mean that the occupants would have to leave. I do know that in some cases, like in Detroit with the water issues, inspectors and social workers would not report on conditions that would lead to removal (particularly of children) in order to not create a homeless situation.

On the other hand if the inspections would not result in a loss of occupancy (though I don't see how as the old paint has to be removed before new paint can be applied and anyone who's watched an HGTV show knows, you don't live in a residence while that kind of stuff is going on) then the inspector must be protecting the property owner. If that is the case, then I'd think that there could be RICO statute involvement.

Either way, Baltimore is suffering enough from low IQ persons causing mayhem. We don't need lead paint caused low IQ adding to the problem.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Donald Strikes Back

Establishment media and politicians are shocked and awed that Donald Trump has decided to skip the last debate before the Iowa Caucuses. They are trying to say that this shows that Trump can't handle the media and therefore cannot handle being head of state. As usual the establishment is wrong.

Last week the establishment went out of it's way to go against the Republican front runner. The National Review has endangered it's 501c3 status by publishing a collection of essays AND editorializing against Trump. Many other establishment outlets have allowed their outlets to be used to do an "anybody but Trump" blitz. So what does Trump do?

In a stroke of daring genius Trump has said that if the establishment wants to shit on his candidacy then they won't be making free money off him. All the Republican debates with Trump in them have been maga hits for ratings. This means that they are very good sources of advertising revenue for the hosts. Why should Trump allow them to make money off of him while they do everything they can to stop him from winning?

Don't be distracted by the Megyn Kelly reporting. That's not the real deal here. Kelly is a useful idiot in this drama. This helps Trump among any group that is tired of the establishment status quo. With this move Trump shows that he's willing to go large when he goes against his adversaries. This is real alpha male leadership. This is leadership that doesn't respond to polls it determines the polls. To put a sports analogy out there. Trump is skating to where he wants (or sees) the puck to be, not where it is or has been.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What Is Apple's Incentive?

A few days ago I posted on the Apple Shareholder proposal about diversifying it's board and executive team. Here' the thing:
Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you very much for joining us. Today, we’re reporting Apple’s strongest financial results ever. We generated all-time record quarterly revenue of 75.9 billion dollars in the December quarter, in line with our expectations, and have 2 percent over last year’s blockbuster results.
Apple has just had it's "all time record quarterly revenue" with the "diversity" it has. What incentive does it have to make any changes whatsoever? I'm not arguing that black folks ought not be hired by Apple or aggressively recruited by Apple. What I am saying is what financial leverage, what performance leverage can the diversity crowd have to show that if Apple doesn't do what it asks, that Apple will suffer?

This is the stark, hard core, stone cold fact that many have to deal with. Without the blacks and the women, these companies make large bank and great products (when they do). When companies ride the SJW bandwagon they get like, oh, Twitter. Who wants to be the one who runs their company into the ground while saying "I was doing the right thing"?

Even the people who made that the latest Star Wars. The companies are practically 100% white. Bodega may be on screen but folks who look like him are STILL absent in the animation companies. Why? Again I ask: What is the incentive?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Because We Don't Expect Negroes To...

last year I made it a point to make it clear that Liberals generally speaking do not see black people as fully grown, responsible people. They claim that they believe in the equality of persons yet their actions show that this is not the case. The NY City Council has given us the latest example:
“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” said Ms. Mark-Viverito, who has promoted such reforms and is the main sponsor of the bills. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”
Rigged against communities of color? Say what kinds of laws are these?
. Instead, they focus on several types of offenses covered by the city’s administrative code, including littering, public urination, public consumption of alcohol, excessive noise and breaking certain park rules.
Because negroes cannot be expected to not pee in pubic. Seriously. Had this woman simply wanted to remove offenses because she thought them to simply be unnecessary then she would have said so. But no, Laws against peeing in public are "rigged against communities of color" because? Negroes cannot be expected to not pee in public. That's the only reason you can give for the statement "rigged against communities of color"

You know what a "rigged" law is? Man-spreading. Which of course a "person of color" was the first to be fined for.

But laws against littering? Well everyone knows that Negroes can't help but litter. It's RACIST to expect Negroes to not litter and pee in public. Oh and park rules. EVERYBODY knows Negroes aren't capable of understanding "closed at dusk" signs in parks. And because of the systemic, institutional racism, they can't stay home and do shit like:

Homework
read
Interact with children they may have
work

Stuff like that. But no, it's racist to expect Negroes to follow the law. Those laws are racist and made by white heterosexual men with the purpose of "rigging" against "communities of color."

Since these folks allegedly wish to "fulfill their potential". How about insisting and expecting that they follow the law? Not pee in public, smoke in public, drop shit in the street and stay out the park after dark?