A Lame Attempt At Unringing a Bell

26 07 2016

Philadelphia

All this Democrat talk about “Putin hacked our e-mails in order to help Trump,” aside from the factual dubiousness of it, and aside from the fact that they’re screaming something to keep people from thinking about the content of those e-mails, (though from what I’ve seen, Bern victims are keeping their eyes on the ball), is also risky PR.  The more they keep saying it, the more they are verbally placing their nominee in a position that is hostile to Putin and Russia.  And I don’t think needless hostility to non-threatening foreign powers is a message that this electorate this year wants to hear.  Especially since on the other side of the ballot is someone who openly wants better relations with Putin and Russia.





Misdocumenting Ferguson

25 07 2016

U-City

P-D:

Universities finding new ways to preserve history in the making – like Ferguson

Years from now, when researchers want to look back at what some are calling the modern Civil Rights movement following police killings of black people in Ferguson, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, La., they could be using a tool developed in part by researchers at Washington University.

Say, for instance, a researcher wanted to study the initial reactions to Michael Brown’s killing on the day it happened. They could search through media archives and find statements from police and politicians.

But what about the people who generally don’t end up in history books — Brown’s neighbors, young people from the neighborhood and bystanders?

And what if the same researcher wanted to collect massive amounts of data — possibly millions of documents.

A simple social media search won’t produce the type of results a serious researcher desires.

Twitter, for example, has emerged as one of the most useful tools for sharing information, but it’s most useful in the present. The company restricts public access to its full services, meaning there are limits on the number and scope of past tweets that can be collected.

At Washington University, the hope is that a new tool currently under development will help researchers curate that kind of data.

The project is called DocNow, short for “Documenting the Now,” a tool that will be used to chronicle historically significant events, while also preserving blog posts, photos, comments and other digital artifacts that are in danger of being lost to history.

“We want something to ensure the voices of young people and the voices of minorities will be heard at the same volume as the police and politicians,” Desiree Jones-Smith said.

WTF?

Is the NYT’s day after day for months and months obsessive coverage of a faded St. Louis suburb not narrativey enough for you?  Much less the P-D’s itself.

I guess not, such that WU researchers are going to make it easy to read the tweets of black Twitter from the time, because everyone knows black Twitter is where one goes for truth, facts, logic, reason and evidence.

I highly doubt this tool will catalog my coverage or Jim Hoft’s coverage.

Barring all this, Ron Unz commented about two weeks ago at Steve Sailer’s blog which has now been on Unz’s domain for awhile, that our coverage and opining is basically worthless for the purposes of history, because grad students twenty years from now and historians a hundred years from now won’t be searching Countenance Blog, Gateway Pundit, Steve Sailer, posts or comments, for source material.  They’re going to run straight to the “mainstream” narrative peddlers, the P-D, the NYT, and now, ook Twitter.





What the Left’s Jihad Against AirBnB Is Really All About

21 07 2016

San Francisco

The Dime Store Indian is piling on from the outside, and Eric Holder from the inside.

Al Kemmy, commenting at AR yesterday:

Off-topic, but related. Hispanic CC is cheap-labor-racketeering. Since illegal alien cheap labor has displaced many Americans out of hotel work, I now use Air BnB to rent travel rooms from OUR people, instead.

Let me explain.

A while back AMREN had an article about AirBnB and “anti-racism”. Let me write about AirBnB.

When I travel, I research AirBnB to avoid this phony, imposed, “diversity.”

I research AirBnB to select rooms carefully so that my dollars go to my people.

And I can freely associate with whom I choose.

No money to illegal alien Aztec housekeepers. No money to the likes of Marriott International, Inc. and their ilk that push open-borders. No money to the Patel Mob from India.

Because it allows me to direct my business to MY PEOPLE, I love AirBnB, at least how it is now. If they prevent my free-association with MY people when I spend travel dollars, we’ll need to start a competitor site to fill that market need . . .

Now I get it.  AirBnB is, probably accidentally, allowing people to circumvent the cheap labor lobby.  That’s the real rub, not all the SJW blabber about inclusiveness and discrimination.  Of course, SJW blabber about inclusiveness and discrimination is usually a front for plutocratic greed anyway, and if this is right, this matter is no exception.

After all this, I should start a prostitution service called WhoreBnB.

 





One Drop Rule

18 07 2016

San Francisco

BLM-emoji

This is Twitter’s Black Lies Matter emoji.  Whenever someone tweets the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, it automatically inserts this emoji after the hashtag.  Twitter is really bad about politically charged auto-emojis; for instance, it inserts a rainbow heart after #LoveWins and #LoveIsLove, an homage to the LGBTQetc agenda.

Anyway, do you notice something weird about the BLM emoji?





The Pokemon Go of Bell Curve City

13 07 2016

Norfolk, Virginia

…Is Facebook Live.

There have already been two murders off of FL.

WARNING:  DINDU WAR PORN AHEAD

The one in Norfolk:

The two other recent FL murders:

 





Returning Your Call

12 07 2016

Somalia

Two years ago, the original call.

Today, the callback.

In retrospect, the fact that Somalia can sustain a cell phone network wasn’t a thing, the fact that it couldn’t sustain a land line network was actually the thing.

Also, one should recognize another common Sailer and alt-right theme in the callback article — Just as sail foams and ubiquitous communication and social media and the domestic dindu’s propensity to run his mouth and brag and not zip lips and keep quiet has made life a lot easier for cops and detectives, they have made it a lot harder for Somalian dindus who happen to be of the jihadist bent to pull off terrorism and organize terror cells and networks.





Singu-what-ery

11 07 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Heavy weather ahead.

A lot of people have been worried about singularity for a long time.  That is, the point in time when people unwittingly cede enough of their affairs to technology such that technology takes over.  It’s not that any human being alive would willingly give up control to an algorithm, it’s just that human nature is such that we offload as much work as we can to automatons.  Think of all the people who need calculators today to do simple math that their three generations ago ancestors could have done in their heads.

I think the bigger problem for the relatively near future (present day to forty years out) will be that as technology gets more and more sophisticated, it won’t start ruling over us, it will instead be present in a world where more and more people are unable to use it.

One thing that became perfectly obvious to me as I was dealing with my own mother in her last months of true independence and then her realizing that she needed assisted living, was that the more complicated and convoluted, or less simple, something is to use, the less likely that older people will be able to use it, especially in a pinch.  Things in her house that had simple analog controls, she could use, but anything that was in any wise digital, push button and had something of a complicated operating system, she had more and more trouble using.  It got so bad that one day before Thanksgiving last year, she had a make an urgent phone call to me, but she couldn’t figure out how to dial the phone, a modern cordless land line handset, the same one she had been using for several years.  Mainly it was a combination of age, panic and arthritic hands.  She went out of the house and started screaming help, and a neighbor wound up calling me on his phone, and then I called her.  Thing is, when I called her, the neighbor had to answer the phone then give her the handset, because she couldn’t figure out how to answer an incoming call.  Temporarily, I set her up with an old style analog rotary dial phone that a hoardophiliac relative had in storage.  But then I slowly walked her into agreeing that she needed permanent help.

There are two undeniable and contradictory trends at work:  One, we’re now starting on the cusp of a high population generation entering elderly and then advanced ages.  The Baby Boomers are 56-70 years old this year, assuming one uses the 1946-1960 birth year definition for Boomers.  Which means that Boomers will be going through their seventies in the next decade, their eighties in the decade after that, and their nineties in the decade after that.  Two, everything we use and buy is going to become more digital, increasingly technologized, and increasingly complicated.

It is not going to make for an easy or pleasant combination.  It also means that if you are at all young or not-old, get ready for the old folks to pester you all the time needing help to do anything and everything.

I’m also thinking there’s a business opportunity here.  Light bulbs (old fashioned incandescent) are going off in my head.








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