More good news: Brexit may mean that Beer Incorporated does not happen.
Developing hot, or in the case of beer, cold, dot dot dot…
More good news: Brexit may mean that Beer Incorporated does not happen.
Developing hot, or in the case of beer, cold, dot dot dot…
Twin Falls, Idaho
NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH NEW INSIGHTS AND AN ANALOGY TO BREAKING EVENTS.
I feel these parents’ pain, most of all their sense that they think they’re totally out of options. They just don’t know what to do, and on top of that, I’m sure the authorities in that county are going to treat the Syrian yoots with kid gloves, and they’re probably also exerting sub rosa pressure on the parents of the victim to zip it. We already know that the U.S. Attorney for that area has already rattled her sabres. At the very least, we know they don’t want us thinking about the case much, because it might embolden our opposition to refugee resettlement.
A skill that I had to develop to be good at my current job is the ability to identify and exploit relatively unknown foibles and choke points in the way people interact with each other and also those of institutions. That’s a skill I’ve brought back to my own alt-right politics and also my blogging hobby; as you are aware, I revised Stalin’s axiom for our times. Because I never paid that off, what I mean by that is that one of the reasons why the intent of the voters and the actions of politicians wind up being two very different things in many cases is that the field of political analysis is a very underappreciated choke point between the two. Our enemies have realized that, and have made sure that field is full of dishonest snake oil salesmen who will always make sure that the elected class gets the wrong messages from election results and voter mandates. One small example of this is how Mitt Romney not winning was made out to be the doings of Hispanic voters exclusively, and therefore, the solution was the Gang Bangers of Eight bill. Bill Buckley recognized another choke point of American political society back in the 1950s, and acted in earnest.
Let’s loop this back to Twin Falls. Upon first glance, there’s nothing we can do about it. We don’t have either the current strength or the stomach for “regime change,” to put it euphemistically. The Federal government is too big and too abstract to take on; we couldn’t get enough public support for any illicit “regime change” activity; besides, the Federal government is where grandma gets her Social Security checks from. Our brand of politics are a long time away from reaching critical mass. My particular “fringe of the fringe” politics, neoreaction and the Dark Enlightenment, are even farther in the future. We vote, but like I wrote above, our intent and mandate gets lost in deceitful translation. The only reason we have Trump, and “we” only have Trump in a tangential sense, is that we were lucky that one billionaire turned traitor to the rigid plutocratic greed-oriented class discipline. Don’t even think about taking vengeance on refugees, because most people consider refugees to be sympathetic figures, and the media won’t bother to explain that most of them are really opportunistic grifters, and not really refugees. That’s why they’re using the word “refugees.”
Plain words, anything off top we think we could do, turns out to be a non-starter.
But all is not as hopeless as it seems. It comes back to the old axiom “for the want of a nail, a kingdom is lost.”
This is where my newly minted choke point identification skills come in. Though I should say, the choke point I’m about to identify is one that someone else realized. That credit goes to Jack Ryan of Occidental Dissent. My contribution here is to explain that it is a choke point and why it’s an opportunity for us to put our hands around it to choke a bad system and some bad actions and actors to a point.
Turkey has been in the news in the last few days. The second most powerful political force in Turkey is headed by a religious cult leader, Fethullah Gulen, who is currently in hiding in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Without delving into too Byzantine an explanation (pun intended), all you need to know that is relevant for the purposes of this missive is this: The Gulen cult went from fringe to the second most powerful force in Turkey because Gulen identified a crucial choke point in Turkish sociopolitical affairs — The Turkish test preparation industry. He infiltrated it, and took it over. From there, he was able to leverage control of Turkish domestic law enforcement, and from there, he was able to get a significant minority of the Turkish military on his side. What happened a few days ago, it looks like, is that supporters of Gulen’s main political nemesis, President Ergodan of Turkey, staged something of a Reichstag Fire, so that Ergodan could use that as an excuse to start slaughtering Gulenists. Anyway, my point is that the non-lamestream American right is bad at either being too hot or too cold in our strategic and tactical thinking. We are either too genteel or too outrageous. We either think that our arguments need to be devoid of hostile tone and logical errors, or we engage in revolutionary millenarian fantasies. We don’t have any capability to ponder the middle ground. It is said that while Americans are told not to believe in conspiracy theories, Turks universally believe in them, because everyone in Turkey is either conspiring against someone else, being conspired against, or both. Gulen exploited a middle ground and wormed his way to power.
What is the analogue of the Turkish test prep industry in relation to the Twin Falls horror?
Realize this: Where there are bad actions, there are a handful of people who think that the bad actions are a feature, not a bug, because they personally benefit from what we think are the bad actions. And where there are these identifiable people, there is the opportunity to turn them into social pariahs.
In the case of refugee resettlement, it is a two way street. The almighty power of the Federal government is used for the physical translation of the refugees from their native countries to the United States. However, the decision on precisely where in the country to resettle them depends on a partner. Almost always, this partner is a big business or not so big business that wants cheap docile foreign labor. And where there is a business, there are people that have executive authority over it, an owner, or a CEO, or the board of directors.
There’s your choke point, your Turkish test prep industry, in the refugee resettlement racket — The CEOs of firms that are covetous of and directly benefit from all the new cheap labor. We can’t do anything about the Feds, and we can’t do anything about the refugees, but we can do something to public figure individuals in the business world. Corporate CEOs aren’t exactly popular sympathetic figures.
Who is the guilty party in Twin Falls, Idaho? His name is Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish ethnic and Turkish national (ironically enough) who lives and works in the United States. He is the CEO of Chobani, the yogurt maker. Just a few short years ago, they opened a new plant in Twin Falls. And just in case you think I’m drawing conclusions purely from unrelated circumstantial evidence, here’s the smoking gun.
The parents of the victim and anyone who cares about her and them actually do have recourse, and they should do it as soon as possible — They should make Hamdi Ulukaya’s personal life a living hell, turn him into a social pariah. Dox the bastard, personally link him to the quasi-rape of this girl. Pressure the private clubs he belongs to to revoke his membership, if he has kids in private school, pressure them to revoke their enrollment. Pressure retailers into taking Chobani off the shelves and canceling their distribution contracts. (But do that in a way that’s square with their current contracts, so you can’t be sued for tortious interference.) There are probably many ways, many perfectly legal ways, to inconvenience him. Plain words, make him and his company personally suffer.
Once the individual beneficiaries of refugee resettlement realize that the personal cost of doing so is higher than the labor cost savings, they’ll quit partnering with the Feds, and once that happens, the Feds won’t have anywhere to place the refugees. In other words, the choke point. We’ll bring down a kingdom by denying them a nail.
I have started a new tag, Chobani, where I will categorize my future posts about this matter.
Which means that black athletes from Mizzou who don’t quite make it to the pros will have to look elsewhere for work.
I’ve thought for some time that the reason these firms have all these anal-retentive employee and intern conduct rules and engage in the occasional double standard enforcement and non-enforcement of them is Machiavellian: They’re trying to smoke out then bounce out these kinds of grievance mongers, because they’ll be nothing but trouble and be an eternal drag on productivity and an eternal office politics headache. These firms aren’t going to put up with these honkeyshies on the part of their actual employees; they’re sure as hell not going to put up with it from a bunch of dead weight interns.
It’s also why, until recently, a lot of firms didn’t allow its employees to gossip with each other about each others’ salaries and compensation packages. Not to conceal sex discrimination, comma, Lilly Ledbetter, but to put the kibosh on acrimonious office politics and to smoke out gossipmongers, and also because there are many good valid above board reasons why two employees of a very similar situation may have very different salaries, wages and benefits, those reasons aren’t anyone’s business other than the relevant parties. It’s just like the intern story above: The dress code exception was for an actual employee who is a veteran who suffered a leg injury in whatever Crapistan we’re spreading duhmocrazy to, and his abiding by the footwear section of the dress code would have caused him constant pain and suffering.
Parade routes pass by a lot of intersections. This parade passes by a lot of intersectionalities.
Too straight, white and corporate: why some queer people are skipping SF Pride
“It just feels like a big Miller Lite tent,” said Birnbaum, 31. “With the corporate floats … it’s co-opting queer identity as a way to make money.”
You LGBTQers wanted to be mainstream, and now you got your wish.
On Friday, Black Lives Matter announced that it was pulling out as a grand marshal, due to concerns about the police’s plan to have an increased presence at the parade and heightened security measures.
No comment. None needed.
“Pride really should be for queer folks,” said Amy Sueyoshi, a lifelong San Francisco resident, who identifies as genderqueer. “It’s not for straight people to demonstrate their queer-friendliness. I’d like that they do that in their daily lives.”
You LGBTQers wanted straight allies and “straight but not narrow” solidarity, and now you got your wish.
Although the festival adopted a “racial and economic justice” theme this year, the dominating presence of corporations, including the major Silicon Valley technology companies, is still a source of tension in a city struggling with rapidly rising rents and displacement.
One of the major LGBTQetc organizations is called GetEQUAL. My advice to them isn’t to GetEQUAL, it’s to GetCYNICAL. Maybe you all should consider the possibility that corporate embrace of SJW and the increasing power and wealth of corporations and very rich individuals is related.
LGBT activists said it can be frustrating to see Facebook, Google, Uber, Lyft, Salesforce and other tech firms sponsoring and marching in the parade, knowing that they are part of an industry that is greatly exacerbating income inequality in the region.
You LGBTQers wanted corporations to be gay-friendly, and now you got your wish.
“It’s ironic to walk alongside tech companies that have displaced us,” said Isa Noyola, a transgender Latina activist and director of programs at the Transgender Law Center, which relocated from San Francisco to Oakland in 2013.
Be warned, Intersectional Queen: It won’t be that much longer until even Oakland gets too expensive for you.
In addition to low-income queer people who can no longer afford to live in San Francisco, queer social justice groups and beloved gay bars have also struggled to stay in the city.
Here we go again: You LGBTQers won, and now you have to live with your victory.
“It’s basically commercial advertising everywhere,” he said. “It just seems like what I’d call Gay Inc. We’re just one more thing for people to purchase.”
Each year, Jolivette said, the parade looks more and more like a carnival for straight people coming from outside of San Francisco. “When it starts to feel like the straight people are outnumbering the queers, that’s not a Pride parade to me,” he said.
Straight but not narrow.
But, Ekanem added, it’s important that wealthy corporations participating in the celebrations donate funds in a substantial way – to marginalized groups and causes that most need the financial support.
Repeat after me: The left-of-center social justice agenda is a front for increasing corporate wealth and power.
“Many people have contacted SF Pride to say they are coming this year in solidarity with those who lost their lives in the Orlando terrorist attack,” he said
There will be lots and lots of generic outrage, but very little noticing.
The moral of the story is that people really ought to be careful what they wish for, because they just might get it.
Palo Alto, California
From there, you’ll read something I’ve told you here in this space through the years: Much of the wealth of the extremely rich is illusory because of its liquidity and therefore its volatility. Mark Zuckerberg only has $51 billion because he has x number of shares of Facebook multiplied by the current per-share market price of Facebook stock. If people quit being that fond of FB stock, then Mark Zuckerberg isn’t worth $51 billion anymore. This is why Zuck is so thrown in to the cheap labor immigration agenda, because he needs his labor expenses at FB to stay as low as possible in order to impress the investors and the mutual funds executives, to keep FB’s stock value high.
The problem with Elizabeth Holmes is just as you read in the link to Steve Sailer’s article about her and her company: Too many important men drank the SJW “we need a uterus in SV” kool-aid, and that created a bubble around her which was bound to pop sooner or later. And let’s not even talk about how Michael Bloomberg got to be worth $45 billion.
But then the article ends with more normal people, and ends like this:
There’s a lesson here for normal people. The one highly illiquid asset that many middle-class people pour a huge percent of their wealth into is their house. Houses are time-consuming and expensive to sell, and if you borrow against your house you’ll have to pay interest on the loan. So houses are illiquid. This implies that many middle-class homeowners are very under-diversified because they have so much of their personal wealth tied up in residential real estate.
In other words, your house is a little bit like Elizabeth Holmes’ stock in her own company. On paper it might be worth a lot, and much of that does reflect real value. But if your local housing market crashes, your net worth is in big trouble. I think more people should consider that before making the decision to buy instead of rent.
My bet is that the author of this article and perhaps a few sympathetic-to-“normal people” editors at Bloomberg are trying to dog whistle to “normal people” not to tie too much up in an owned house, because the Federal government is about to cram jam some AFFH apartment complexes full of black ghetto formerly urban Section 8/AFFH clients in your subdivision.