The Vision of the Annoying

This has been a week of profound annoyance.

Mostly not for me, though.  Some for me, sure, as younger son’s apartment search didn’t fare well (well, he SHOULD — knock on head — be employed in a couple of months, shortly after we come back from Portugal, so we said we’d pay a couple of months in an apartment, so he could only move once, and be near both work and college.) He didn’t find anything, in time, which is forcing us to move him to a storage unit/our spare room, adding to the confusion in this house (you REALLY don’t want to know.  Boxes, boxes everywhere.)  Also, because he’s new to moving (except for the last two years) we had to do some of his packing, because he always thinks it will take “five minutes.”

And meanwhile, the world has gone insane.

In the wake of the Brexit vote, I’ve been jaw-droppingly aware of people losing their sh*t over the fact the British don’t want to say in the EU.

For some Brits I even understand that.  Some families tend after all to bureaucratic work and the sort of administrative post that will be, if not eliminated, markedly affected by the transition back.  And I must remember that for a lot of the British screaming about this, the EU is ALL they’ve known, or at least all they remember knowing.  And that it was sold in all the school classes, all the universities “studies” courses.

Yeah, the same people who misread the problem with WWII to be all about nationalism and not about socialism, whether the national or the international kind, would extol the EU, convinced if they just prevented men from loving the land they were born and raised in, we’d study war no more.

This tragic misunderstanding has given us not only generations not ready to fight to defend their loved ones from the desolation of war, but also convinced that their place, among all in the world, is uniquely bad.  In other words, it has created a generation ready to capitulate to an invading horde of the worst element of humanity with neither self-awareness nor even a grain of mercy.

People capable of this, have probably embraced the EU’s inconveniences, petty maladjustment and bureaucratic red tape like the flagellant embraces his whip.

None of which invalidates the fear of the children (some of whom are nearing thirty) whom they educated to believe the EU was the thing that would save them all, sort of an earthly paradise descended upon the lands of the west.

What is less pleasant and understandable is the whining, screaming and pettish tantrums of the left on this side of the Atlantic, who are only affected by this ruling to the extent they might need to present their passport when their luxury tour takes them from one country in Europe to the next.

In fact, believe it or not, I’ve seen aristos both here and abroad complaining of how INCONVENIENT these borders will be.  Why, they’ll have to stand in line!

None of this makes much sense, unless you realize that the Brexit was a huge kick center-mass on the vision of the annoying.  (Yes, I know that Doctor Sowell called it the vision of the anointed.  One can only assume that such an exquisitely polite man couldn’t bring himself to give the word without wrapping it in clean linen.)

To be fair, all humans have a vision of where they are, and where they’re going, which includes a vision of where the rest of the world around them is going to.  And because most people don’t want to — nor should be required to — take the trouble to study enough sociology and economics to have a vision of their own, they download their vision complete from what they see on TV, what they read, or what Mike down at the garage told them.

Mike might be safe.  After all, a lot of us have a feeling “Winter is coming” dependent on nothing more than the sort of feelers on the ground, like people telling us that their business is down, or the number of friends we’ve seen be unemployed for years or go under economically.

The TV and entertainment in general, though, have long ago fallen victim to the Vision of the Annoying.

The Vision of the Annoying wasn’t complete bushwa, once upon a time.  Or rather, it was but it was the sort of bushwa that takes experience of more than one country, experience of more than one occupation, and a lot of study of history to detect and which is particularly gratifying to the sort of mind that spends its life in a college campus.  It was gratifying because it was all based on “central planning” which made things “efficient” and therefore it appealed to people headed for work in the bureaucracy, and made them feel all special.  (Which is where Doctor Sowell got “Anointed” (self.))

The misunderstanding about patriotism/nationalism being the equivalent of jingoism and the SINGLE cause of WWI and WWII, led to a sort of idea that the whole world would unite under a single government, which would bring about not only peace, but also end the inequalities among the nations of the world.

Sighs.  Looks skyward.

It is now very difficult to believe that adults, and what’s more intelligent adults — read some golden age SF — believed in this.  If you’ve been awake (unfortunately most people weren’t) throughout the 20th century and if you know some history you know the only thing multi-ethnic/national societies with no reason to be together except their “elites” say so produce is misery and strife.  You also know that civil war is the worst war of all, and that’s what a world-government would generate.  More importantly, if you have traveled at all, you know cultures aren’t nearly as plastic as our Annoying believe.

A culture is — to put it bluntly — a stew of the lullabies you heard as children, the stories you listened to/watched when you were too young to think about them, your mom’s face when you did something she disapproved of, your religious instruction, the religious instruction of your neighbors, the festivals observed and the meaning attributed to them, the food you ate.  A culture is EVERYTHING besides the genes that went into making you what you are.  Heck, what we’re learning is that cultural factors, such as diet, can turn genes on and off AFTER you’re born, let alone while you’re in the womb.

All of which brings us to changing the culture.  It’s really hard to do from top-down fiat.  It’s POSSIBLE to kill a culture.  The Chinese came close to doing it several times, to their own culture, with multiple book burnings, and executions of story telling grandmothers.

This was done to great effect by invaders throughout history where the children of the conquered tribe are taken away and educated by the invader.

This is the sort of thing happening in the EU where festivals and various traditional ideas are banned on the pretext of being unsanitary or -ist and the children, raised in the temples to the state that public schools are, know nothing substantive about their OWN culture.

But what results is not a new culture.  It’s a sort of sad remnant of acculturated to NOTHING people.  It often results in profound depression and an abyssal decline in population.  The remnants know something is missing, but not what, and are too psychologically wounded to reproduce.

Even then the old culture doesn’t die completely, of course, and weird tidbits remain in the way things are done.

So the idea of integrating the whole world, with thousands of cultures and changing each culture enough that these people could function under a world government is something that would only occur to those who think the differences between TX and NYC constitute cultural extremes.

(Note that even Heinlein stopped peddling the one-world government after his one world tour. Of course, others took world tours without changing their minds, because to quote my grandma, there’s none so blind as him who refuses to see.)

But that was the idea.  The world was supposed to go towards a single government.  Nationality was a thing of the past.  One world government and redistribution would solve all of the world’s ills.  (It has always amused me that the dystopic SF written when Reagan was president, partly to show we were headed to hell according to the Annoying, then stuck around as a sort of promised land for the self proclaimed elites.  The second tierr of the Annoying, fed a bill of goods by the top tier actually feel uilty about their Western abundance and lifestyle, and keep trying to “live with less” and “be poorer” as though this automagically made someone in the third world richer [the truth is rather the opposite.]  Our current president, not a great thinker, is one of these second tier bunnies, which is why he thinks that at some point you’ve made enough money and also that if he makes America poorer, the rest of the world will benefit.  Their good intentions are matched only by their ignorance of international finance and their devotion to Marxian just-so stories.)

This is not ALL of the vision of the Annoying.  There’s a lot more including total flying mouse excreta such as the belief all individuals are evil and every governmental or non-profit organization pure and fine and noble.

Sigh.

And then reality keeps breaking their little — quite literally — red wagon.  Here, they’d barely recovered from the fall of the wall, and decided that the problem was how brutal the Russians were, and here they were uniting their little world with their good intentions and soft little heads, bless their little hearts, handing it all to nice bureaucrats to dictate how cultures would unify from above, and the British had to go and want to go back to their old nationalist ways.

Haven’t they heard — how could they avoid it? — the Annoying tell them that nationalism only leads to war? Wouldn’t they rather have a cozy multinational entity where clueless bureaucrats regulate the curvature of bananas and pasteurize public festivals?   Do they want war?

Perhaps they had food with too much salt.  Perhaps they consume too much sugar.  Perhaps their health care needs to kill older people earlier.

On and on the Annoying persist in, well, trying to annoy us all into falling in line with their vision, not realizing that it’s impossible to pound a square peg into a round hole.

The best thing is to smile beatifically, say “bless their hearts” and set about building visions that can happen, and futures that our children and grandchildren can dream of.

So take an ibuprofen and set to it.

Their vision is, ultimately, a passing annoyance.

 

 

120 responses to “The Vision of the Annoying

  1. Boxes, boxes everywhere, and not a drop to drink? 😉

    • Well, I found the rum, so things are looking up.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        ‘It is a medicinal fact that Rum gets your heart moving in the morning.’

        • Randy Wilde

          Unfortunately, rum can also lead to alcohol abuse. At least, the clip below shows alcohol being abused.

        • Being mother to a man of science, I’m surprised you didn’t know.

          BTW, with the upcoming holy day, I draw attention to this:

          1776 (1972)
          If there has ever been a more ridiculous concept in the history of Broadway theatre than 1776, I have never heard of it. The show, which is a dramatization of the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence set to song, has so many elements (even in addition to that dubious premise) that should not work. It is about a bunch of old people debating what is, for the audience, a foregone conclusion. It has a cast of about 25 different, distinctive characters, and mines drama primarily out of sitting them in a single room and having them talk, one at a time. Its parallel love stories involve people who are already married, and just miss their loved ones. It is three hours long. It’s talky.

          And yet, despite all odds, 1776 is really a special film, and the key to that success is that it takes its subject seriously. Not reverently, but seriously.

          [SNIP]

          In function (if not in form), 1776 most closely resembles a film like 12 Angry Men, where a stubborn protagonist chips away at the resolve of several men who are positioned against his ideals. But John Adams (William Daniels) is no Henry Fonda, and he’s no pure hero, either: he is outspoken, bullish, a boor. “Obnoxious and disliked” is his own self-appraisal, and it’s one shared by virtually every member of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, who wish he would just shut up about proposing independence from England, and leave them alone.

        • When you need rum and coffee to get moving in the morning, it may be time to call Central Office and find a meeting. I speak from experience.

      • Because you’re flat on your back from a mai tai too many?

      • When “up” is the bottom of the kitchen table…

  2. *Snort* Standing in line. Even the EU passport holders were standing in line, unhappily, the last time I raced through Schipol and Frankfurt. Apparently Passkontrol doesn’t give a rat’s [donkey] at 0600 about where that little book comes from, and they are not caffinated enough to move quickly when typing and stamping.

  3. And meanwhile, the world has gone insane.

    ?!? When was the world ever sane?

  4. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    I disagree with you (slightly).

    They aren’t the “Annoying” because they are getting me very Pissed-Off. 😦

  5. I usually don’t post the openly political stuff on my FB page – but the adamantine shining stupidity of the Special Annoying Snowflake who basically recruited a mob to attack a demonstration at the CA capitol building this last weekend moved me to it, here -https://www.facebook.com/celia.hayes.9?fref=nf&pnref=story

    Basically, Special Shining Snowflake and her pals were so outraged about 40 or so neo-so-called-Nazis having a permit for a demo at the capitol – that she led a group of about 100 to counter-protest, attack and beat the snot out of the neo-so-called-Nazis … all this, without having any notion of what a bad idea this is; assembling groups to beat up people you do not agree with, politically. She has not a clue, apparently, that once that can’o worms has been opened, those attacked will feel that the principle of violence has been established. This silly woman is a middle school teacher in Berkeley, which just goes to figure.

    • Oh yes. I’m going to have a rant about that on Thursday. ‘Free for me but not for thee, because my heart is pure’ only works in Fairy Tales.

      • I recall very few where it actually works more than temporarily even in Fairy Tales. Usually it is the Thing That Leads Someone To Doom.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Snowflake Army or Snowflake Stormtroopers?

      • The arrogant tw*t likely doesn’t realize it yet, but she is exactly the stuff that stormtroopers were made of.

        • Also the Brownshirts of the SA didn’t have the best outcome when the National Socialist finally took power.

        • In 1935 the Jews were what they are calling “Hitler “in German media and politics.

        • BobtheRegisterredFool

          ‘Hey guys, we should have a campaign of involuntary sterilization so we can get rid of racism.’

          The fears of Germans after the Great War are different from those Americans must face now. Anything feature retained from what targeted Germans well targets Americans poorly. The Neo-Nazis have no potential where they retain the branding, and so are limited to dregs.

          The same methods and policies wrapped in shiny new wrapping paper could potentially attract enough followers to be an actual problem.

    • Ugh. And I’m seeing post upon post about how that is justified. Nvm how police simply stood there until it was a potentially lethal assault and I’ll bet no arrests or real charges if any.

      • The left’s romanticism with violence will soon get them much more violence than they imagine and not the kind they win.

        And that’s even if the right refrains…do all those white special snowflakes still believe BLM and La Raza will spare them for being on their side? Do they think BLM and La Raza hate white “conservatives” more than each other?

        • The issue is that for a while it will still simmer and be only allowed by the govt against good targets. Eventually the dragon will break off the grip on its tail but not until it’s done its duty

        • Honestly they somehow think that BLM and La Raza will somehow leave their tony rich neighborhoods alone because … i don’t know, the police will stop them, or they are the people that own the businesses that will give them jobs, or… something. At least here in L.A. that is the attitude of the liberal elitists. In Sacramento (i.e. the CA Assembly) it seems to be “if you’re not in a union, especially a public service union, you’re little people”.

    • Physically attack a group of legally permitted protesters assembled to petition their government for redress of grievances?

      Geeze, that sounds like the sort of things the Nazis were wont to do, back in 1930s Germany.

      Somebody’s been staring into the abyss too long.

      • But they only do it against bad and they’ll never support bad people being allowed to do it to them. That would be bad and they are against bad things.

      • An assault was committed, which is a crime in the People’s Democratic Republic of California. The faces of the perpetrators are on video.

        This should be easy pickings for even a minimally-competent lawyer, should the victims decide to engage one.

        • Best they bring civil action, then, as you know there isn’t a prosecutor in that state who will touch this. Maybe they can contact the Westboro bunch for a recommendation of an agreeable attorney.

          Heck, maybe Alan Dershowitz would take it for giggles and snorts?

    • Mac' / riteturn

      Their retribution may not be so pleasant as next time they will make sure it is at an unannounced location with better odds and weapons…

    • I wondered who’d had the idea to crank up the violence. The idiots started it, had more people, and took more casualties? If you’re going to do wrong, do it right.

      It’s a pity they both couldn’t lose.

    • Is there any evidence that the group is, in fact, neo-Nazi except for the claims of their attackers? I’ve heard not.

  6. I was amused by one of the Brexit reactions within the EU: tighten the chains and erase the borders, force everyone more tightly together and make a United States of Europe. Because that worked so well for Grand Moff Tarkin, er, because everyone on the European landmass is so excited about becoming French and German. I have this vision of the Prime Ministers and Presidents of the eastern tier of nations giving Brussels the Sinal Salute. The Soviets had an army. Brussels?

    And might I say, I dearly hope Iceland defeats France this weekend.

    • Like Mad Mike Williamson said on Facebook earlier, “The British had an empire that spanned the globe. Belgium couldn’t even hold onto the Congo. [They] are the very definition of Pansies.”

      I know the Falklin Island War was a long time ago, but I still believe that if you push the Brits too far, they will make you live (maybe just long enough) to regret it. And since the plutocrats and bureaucrats who run the EU and UN a) aren’t nearly smart enough to realize when they’ve gone to far, and b) don’t have the stomach for any sort of real violence, I don’t see the fallout from BREXIT ending very well for the EU.

      • The British military is not what it was during the Falklands War, alas, but yes, they are still one of the two strongest in Europe. And I suspect there are some troopers who would not be averse to doling out a little Whoop-Ass on the people who forced Britain to accept and provide social benefits to the very people who call for the death of non-believers during Friday sermons.

      • Argentina should have never challenged Britain to a sea war, since they have been fighting sea wars for nearly a thousand years.

  7. Yeah, the same people who misread the problem with WWII to be all about nationalism and not about socialism, whether the national or the international kind, would extol the EU, convinced if they just prevented men from loving the land they were born and raised in, we’d study war no more.

    In defense of those men, as opposed to idiots today, when the famous Oxford Union vote took place in the early 30s not to go to war for King and Country it was by men who met at least one and possibly all three of the following:

    1. Had witnesses the pointless violence of WWI directly.
    2. Had lost a father in WWI.
    3. Had lost a brother in WW1.

    As I pointed out in a comment on the last post this Friday is the 100th anniversery of the Somme a battle which:

    1. Started with the deadliest day in British history.
    2. Lasted 4.5 months
    3. Achieved nothing except death.

    Despite the cost of their misjudgment I give a lot more leeway to those men given what they had experienced. Yes, they drew the wrong conclusion coming from WW1 to WW2 but in the end they fought WW2 and won it.

    What have today’s mewing kittens done or witnessed to given them such dark forboding?

    • I would even cut them a little slack on collectivism and central planning, as they were somewhat new ideas, and with the technological advances, perhaps conceivable.
      Fast forward to today, where we know that Socialism is an abject failure in every metric imaginable, and it is no longer we tried, we failed, but it is let us keep failing and failing.

    • JOSEPH LOCONTE is author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918, a fine relating of the zeitgeist of the times which led the world into two great wars.

      The fundamental belief which Tolkien and Lewis came to share was in the fallen nature of mankind, a nature which cannot be redeemed by man alone. Both were witness to the nobility and courage of the “common man” (Tolkien’s Sam Gamgee is, Loconte argues, based on his own observations of his batman in the trenches) and the foolishness of those deemed wise in their time.

  8. I prefer “Bless Your Little Heart” because observation has shown me that there is really little compassion in their beliefs, and even less in their results.

  9. I venture to guess that very very few complainants about Brexit can cite three material reasons it is a harmful idea. I would further wager that for those few who can offer three reasons at least two of them will prove to be unfounded or inversions of the actual facts.

    I mean, look at Howard Tyler’s post-Brexit argument (talk about closing the barn doors late!) and you will find no, none, nada, nichts, zero, zilch, borschtig, Bupkis arguments against Brexit other than: the children have soooooo been looking forward and the old folks shouldn’t take away their shiny rattle even though it has a snake attached.

    As Damon Linker observed,

    But what we’ve seen from a wide range of writers and analysts in the days since the Brexit vote is not necessarily worry. It is shock. Fury. Disgust. Despair. A faith has been shaken, illusions shattered, pieties punctured. This is what happens when a life-orienting system of belief gets smashed on the rocks of history.http://theweek.com/articles/632380/how-brexit-shattered-progressives-dearest-illusions

    Children will forgive almost anything before they give up their anger at having their illusions shattered. Because shattered illusions is one of the chief causes of growing-up.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      1. It is potentially destabilizing, and might precipitate the next big war. A number of people have been busily stirring the potential for war into the pot, apparently convinced it will bring peace. I think they are wrong. (I also suspect the earlier things precipitate out, the better off things will be in the long term.)
      2. Take the models of looming economic diasters that claim Obama et alia have been screwing up by the numbers. The gloom and doom, things are bad, and ‘we are desperately trying to hold things together with cotton candy’ ones. If Brexit has or inspires any actual economic ramifications, they could be very bad. I still have enough things working in my favor that further economic disaster could make them go away.
      3. My official position is that I cannot say for sure whether Trump or Clinton would be worse. Suppose for the sake of argument that Trump would be worse. There is room to disagree whether it would be better for him to lose at the convention, or in the general. One could argue that Brexit could impact the US election, and potentially be the straw that broke the camel’s back in getting the more harmful president selected.
      4. There is going to be some regulatory uncertainty for employers during the transition, depending. This might have a negative impact on my opportunities.

      So far as I care to have an opinion on the internal affairs of another country, I favor Brexit. Probably better to lance sooner than later.

      • The establishment always claims that disagreeing with them is risky.


        Of course, History suggests that agreeing with them is also very risky.

    • “I venture to guess that very very few complainants about Brexit can cite three material reasons it is a harmful idea.”

      Easy:

      1. Xenophobia
      2. Racism
      3. Fascism

      What do I win?

      Wait, you specified matrerial and not Argument In A Can?

  10. The Other Sean

    But what results is not a new culture. It’s a sort of sad remnant of acculturated to NOTHING people. It often results in profound depression and an abyssal decline in population. The remnants know something is missing, but not what, and are too psychologically wounded to reproduce.

    I believe this is related to what sociologist Emil Durkheim was discussing 123 years ago as anomie. Since I first heard the concept (ironically, from a bunch of Progressive academics) the fact that the the Progressives seem to be dead set on inducing it has struck me as dangerous and short-sighted. Sometimes I’m not even sure that they’re aware that their schemes are going to result in it.

    • They get power. Tbh that their gain has driven folks to simply take the one last piece of control in their life and end it is just another thrill for them.

  11. The Soviet Union is what happens when you try to conquer the world on an economy the size of Brazil:
    https://alfinnextlevel.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/trying-to-finance-a-first-class-military-with-a-third-class-economy/
    In Many ways I wish that the people in the 1950’s understood just how full of holes the old SU was. There was so much the people in the US could have done with that money in our pockets. On the other hand the Progs would have been even more grabby without the Cold War, so there would have been tradeoffs.

    • They had to honor the threat.

      The USSR presented as an economic as well as military superpower, and internally right up until the end they made it work enough to keep going. With a closed society they could show the world that huge military, their robust space program, and continue to fund all their client states like Cuba and North Vietnam, pour money into the “liberation” movements like the Viet Cong and the Sandanistas and Angola and all the other revolutionary fun in Africa, plus fund the IRA and PLO and Bader-Meinhoff and Shining Path and all the other violent groups, all on the bet that they would win before the money ran out, or at least win enough to fund the next round of attacks.

      The west could not just say “the economic models say the Rooskies can’t afford what they are doing, so we can just stop manning the tanks up at the Fulda Gap” – they had to honor the capability in spite of any underlying reality.

      Reagan’s genius was in realizing that he could leverage the tech lead that the US and it’s allies had built to pressure the USSR into burning through their systemic reserves and maybe end the whole thing.

      And he did.

      But never mistake hindsight for ground truth – at the time the USSR was a deadly and powerful enemy, and any sign of weakness could have ended the Cold War on entirely different terms.

      • It isn’t so much a matter of which army has the better guns as it is a question of which is more willing to stand behind and use their guns.

        The Soviet Union had demonstrated their troops’ willingness to stand at their guns (if only because of the officers standing behind to shoot any who turned.)

      • Yeah. My entire Guard experience, the focus was on being ready to hop on a plane and zip over to Germany where, with luck, when the Sovs started pouring through the Fulda Gap the RA folk would have held on long enough to keep them out of our depots where we could gun up and stop the gap until enough new recruits/conscripts were enlisted and trained to take over.

        I went to Basic Training in 1980, and in that Summer of Love, the most ‘popular’ running song went

        I want to be an Airborne Ranger
        Live a life of fun and danger
        I want to go to Iran
        And kick that Ayatollah’s can

        (I was in a mixed-sex company, so things were a *little* toned down.)

        Oddly, our Drill Sergeant called both the election of Reagan and the subsequent ending of the Hostage Crisis six months before they happened..

        • where, with luck, when the Sovs started pouring through the Fulda Gap the RA folk would have held on long enough to keep them out of our depots

          IIRC from a couple weeks’ TDY in Wildflecken, some of the guys there referred to themselves and their units as “speed bumps”… so, yeah. 🙂

        • It is my opinion that, as an example to The Shirtless Tsar of a true “Reset”, we should run a new set of Reforger exercises annually for, say, three years straight, but to Poland instead of Germany.

  12. And if you want to make a triumphant speech about the scientific proofs of the inevitability that the world will become communist as part of society’s natural evolution, at least get a good narrator.

    Feel bad for Jack London. His writing at least deserved a decent presentation. As the sample shows, this narrator is the very definition of annoying. Shudder.

    http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/The-Iron-Heel-Audiobook/B00H7GK4DS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1467146018&sr=1-1

  13. Reading the old One World gospel in the post WWII science fiction I am struck by how imperialist and provincial it was. Everyone, they assumed, wanted to be just like America, they simply didn’t have the resources to achieve it.

    Their vision was a world in which everyone had what they wanted, and what everyone wanted was basically the same. Like the continual article of blind faith that “all religions are the same”, they believed that all cultures are basically the same.

    The sheer arrogance of the One World solution of “If we give everybody what I want then no one will fight” still hasn’t percolated through the liberal mind. Again and again we hear that terrorism is the result of poverty, despite the evidence to the contrary.

    • In fairness to those authors, the One World concept was largely irrelevant to most of their stories; it was background on which they spent very little effort. In that era Public Choice Theory was just beginning to jell and the concept of disinterested civil servants was easily accepted.

      Few of those authors were writing stories advocating One World government, they were writing stories set in One World government.

      • In a lot of them the 1WG was the bestest thing EVAR…. and occasionally presented as necessary for whatever unified social transformation they decided was going to happen to the sort-of-humans in the story.

  14. Heh.


    And Heh again.

  15. From the perspective I see at work, it isn’t that winter is coming but that we’re slowly getting freezer burn. When your greatest accomplishment is a fart app for Android and iOS we have a world lacking in dreams. With the MST3K Reunion tonight, I’m minded to think of some of the black and white films they mocked. The movies might have been horrible but they at least represented dreams. Black Scorpion, Cat Women of the Moon, Project Moonbase (thoroughly disowned by Heinlein though he helped write it), and Flight To Mars all presented dreams of adventure.

    Whatever happened to dreams and adventures in our world?

    >

    • Those are the dreams of haters who want to spend money on stupid space ships while others are starving.

      Much better to let me control things so I can make the poor people dance for food while you dance for money for your spaceshits all for my entertainment.

    • The gatekeepers don’t like it. Fortunately we no longer have to give a rat’s tiny ass what they like or not, and eventually we’ll get a vibrant indie film industry too. And then you’ll see it’s not artists who’ve run out of steam, but the elite gatekeepers.

      • I heard some resentment today about Shrillary’s criticism of the Brexit vote. Basically it was “We are not Britain, so where does she get off telling them how they should have voted?”

      • Oh, that’s ramping up already. Decent-quality equipment is so cheap moviemaking is hobbyist stuff nowadays.

        If you haven’t seen it, download and watch “Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.” It’s a hilarious mashup of Trek and Babylon 5 done by some Finnish fans headed by Samuli Torssonnen.

        Then they did “Iron Sky”, but they wound up with financial backers and too-many-chefs and who-has-the-gold-makes-the-rules problems. But Pirkinning…

        Hollywood should be very afraid.

        • Look at all the videos on YouTube the guys at Rocket Jump did.

          I liked Star Wreck but it did end in a downer.

        • Now keep in mind the VFX crew for Iron Sky was hardly a bunch of amateurs/hobbyists…

  16. For all the panicky talk of a Brexit Drop in the market, I recalled the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced a run-up in the days preceding the vote of 06/23/16, suggesting that we ought not count the drop as of the day of the results becoming known but from the start of that run-up as investors attempted to place their bets on the market.

    DATE Close
    Jun 28, 2016 17,409.72
    Jun 27, 2016 17,140.24
    Jun 24, 2016 17,400.75

    Jun 23, 2016 18,011.07
    Jun 22, 2016 17,780.83
    Jun 21, 2016 17,829.73
    Jun 20, 2016 17,804.87

    Thus, while the market fell about 600 points (3.33%) from its high, if you eliminate the run-up the actual drop is only 400 points, about 2.24%, an amount which hardly seems staggering.

    Most of that panic was doubtlessly from investors scrambling to cover their bets (having been misled by the MSM) and those panicked by the scare tactics of the Bremainers.

  17. Mac' / riteturn

    The Eurocentric self anointed brilliant ones seem really offended the hoi polloi don’t appreciate all they’ve DONE for them. Besides detailing every action of their daily life down to 31 regulations on tooth brushes they have brilliantly lifted the burden of manning the trenches to repel Muslim invaders by opening the gates and letting them in…nah, receiving them as favored guests and supplying their wants right down to the commoners daughters.
    How ungrateful can they be?

  18. Nigel Farage twists the knife! Priceless!

  19. Brexit explained quite well.

  20. Maybe we were just blessed, but our study of WWI and WWII was a bit different. The run-up to WWI was “We’ll have all these alliances and war will be so terrible that none will consider it.” Then a Serbian anarchist shot an Austrian archduke in Sarajevo and the whole thing blew up in their faces.The run-up to WWII was “We’ll so punish Germany and sink our battleships and we’ll never have war again.” And we had Hitler come out of a chaotic Germany, Japan arise in the East, and a world ill prepared to meet both in combat. There was none of the “rise of nationalism.” There was “We’ll have United Nations since the League of Nations worked so well before and we’ll have no more war,” but our teachers tended to be skeptical so we got that out of the text books.

    I don’t know what the kids were taught as they took to hiding their history books from me for some reason . . .

    • But at the same time you also had groups clamouring for war because a short, sharp battle was just want the races needed to weed out the infirm and weak; and a lot of people who looked at 1908, 1911, 1912, and 1913 and shrugged in 1914 because war had not happened before and wasn’t going to happen this time, either.

    • I read EVERY history book my sons used in all levels of school and made damn sure the outright lies were countermanded and the omissions were corrected. Several times I had to verbally duke it out with their teachers, but that was fun. Only one never conceded defeat, but she was a major league idiot and quit the catholic school we sent our boys to for a public school the next year.

  21. What is less pleasant and understandable is the whining, screaming and pettish tantrums of the left on this side of the Atlantic, who are only affected by this ruling to the extent they might need to present their passport when their luxury tour takes them from one country in Europe to the next.

    To be fair, I have heard some criticism along the lines that companies will move operations out of Britain in order to have access to a larger free trade zone. Where it falls apart is that Great Britain’s GNP is the 5th highest in the world, roughly a little more than California. If a company has a market in Britain, it’s certainly not going to turn it down anymore than a company is going to ignore California.

    It is interesting that the US market drops were given in points first rather than percentage. Have been somewhat out of pocket, but haven’t heard much trumpeting about the US market rebounding today.

    • There seem to be a large number of people with no concept of what it costs to relocate a large industrial facility, nor what infrastructure is required for one to operate.

      I rather doubt there are many plants operating in Britain eager to swap for a French workforce and French workplace regulations. Germany? Why would any company relocate there for a Turkish workforce? (Why d’ye think Merkel is so eager to accept immigrants?)

      Poland or other Eastern European nations might be eager for the work and reasonable about the rules but they can’t match Britain for productivity, access to capital and to shipping ports.

      Aybody dismissing the difficulties of relocating a plant has the IQ of one.

      • All true, yet unfortunately I’ve seen it happen. Entire factory moved to Mexico or another country if the equipment is fairly new; rebuilt from scratch if the equipment is old. OTOH, I’m aware of another country doing the same with the US, down to moving the equipment here from another factory.

        However, as you point out, there has to be an economic incentive to do so, which is why this sort of shuffling is happening here. No economic incentive? It’s not going to happen.

  22. There seem to be a large number of people with no concept of what it costs to relocate a large industrial facility, nor what infrastructure is required for one to operate.

    Yes, those are the same people who have no idea what labor costs are, what material costs are, or the idea of amortizing the costs of capital and R&D into the price of something instead of just the exact cost of input (and a “reasonable” profit).

    They are also people unaware that an oil company makes about $0.12/gallon of gas (assuming approximately a $3.00 price) while the federal government makes about $0.40. Add in the Feds will usually get about $0.04 of that profit (about 30% up front on profits plus about 15% on the declared dividend of $0.05 or so.

    I’m starting to suspect that is how the US avoided nationalization: the government makes more money in the terms of spendable cash than owners (by nearly 2:1) on a dividends paying corporation. The majority of the profits and no responsibilities is a pretty good deal.

    • As 0bama has bluntly said many times, its about the narrative, not the effectiveness. I believe the last time was on the fact that lower capital gains taxes make for more revenue was pointed out to him in an interview and he replied that he knew that, but it was not “fair” to tax at a lower rate. it’s all about applying every lever of control they can, and in fact, in his first year in office, they effectively nationalized GM and Chrysler.

  23. There is a great video of MEP Daniel Hannan’s speech in a pre brexit debate. I have it posted at my new blog. http://ajournaloftraditionalamericanpolitics.blogspot.com/2016/06/why-brexit.html

  24. Somebody elsewhere on the internet pointed out that the British Elite ignored the referendum on the EU Constitution, and asked “You do an end run on the democracy on the Constitution, what do you expect but they will give you the finger at the next opportunity?”