Posted On: Saturday - July 21st 2018 9:23PM MST
In Topics:   Lefty MegaStupidity  Music  Websites  Humor  Orwellian Stupidity  Southern rock
You don't even need a Paypal account. You don't need an envelope, or even money to put in it. All we ask is a few minutes of your time. It's the time it takes to drink a cup of original-roast vente latte each morning, so long as you don't sit on your ass for an hour doing it. That's all it would take for you to pick up the receiver (WTF is a receiver?), make that one critical phone call, and harass this fucking guy:
Please, for the love of all things stupid, you CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! See, for Peak Stupidity to reach the poor masses of the world, we must be recognized as a legitimate, bonafide Hate Organization, and that's where you come in. That one phone call (each morning), with a strongly-worded suggestion to the world-wide arbiter of hate and love, the $LPC - Southern Poverty Law Center, can make the difference. We MUST BE RECOGNIZED in order to properly serve the stupidity market as a Non-Governmental Organization, and that requires a hate-listing. Yes, the Peak Stupidity blog should be on lists sent to influential jourolists, on the hate heat maps, in $PLC press releases, on their website, anywhere folks come looking for someone to hate.
It is important for the reader to understand that you, as an individual, don't need to actually hate anyone to participate. The word "hate" itself has changed with the times. It is OK that Peak Stupidity may actually not hate any particular people - to be listed as a hate organization gives us the right to be HATE HATE HATED by other people who are doing this HATING out of LOVE. They may protest, try to shut us down, leave unreadable viagra ads in the comments, whatever it takes to eliminate our opinions, as having opinions proves that we are hateful. Any disparagement or physical violence from such a lofty and powerful hate-aggregator such as the $PLC against Peak Stupidity is only proof of the goodness of that richly-endowed non-governmental, non-profit organization.
If we don't make the Southern Poverty (really?) Lie Center's hate list by end-of-fiscal-18, we will literally be beside ourselves. A devastating blow like that may even cause clinical blog-pression to the point where, just out of spite, we will consider posting Doobie Brothers music WITH Michael McDonald or more movie reviews.
In the meantime, we'll keep our fingers crossed, and hope to post that framed, notarized, page of the hate-list very soon.
From the Southern Poverty Lie Center, we move swiftly to some Southern Rock - here are The Outlaws with Green Grass and High Tides. Turn it up!
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London, England's Chinatown and a bifecta of Peak Stupidity
Posted On: Saturday - July 21st 2018 8:27PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  China
I'm sure we'll have a chance to discuss more of these, but this story from London, England has an intersection of two stupidity flavors that have been already discussed at Peak Stupidity. Those are the stupidity of the Foodies and Chinese illegal immigration, specifically situations like America's China to King Buffet pipeline.
The Lyin' Press, UK branch, discusses The immigration crisis facing London's Chinatown. Lest you think that there are too many Chinese immigrants, and it's good to see an article on that, well, on the first thing, you'd be right, but you'd be called naive by anyone wise to the Lyin' Press. Nope, this story is about resistance to raids on Chinese restaurants in London's Chinatown to round up illegal alien Chinese waiters/cooks/etc. See the Foodies want their authentic food, cooked and served by Chinese people who don't know a lick of the Queen's English, and don't even know there is a Queen, most likely. See, this is critical. No matter what you think that piece of meat may actually be, and no matter that there is a strange lack of cats roaming in that entire neighborhood, this shit is authentic, man, just like old Canton, or a ride on the a ride on the Peking ferry. ('ceptin' you can't say "Peking" anymore, much less "slant-eyed lady who took me on deck and bit my neck".)
Well, this rounding up of people due to their invasion of your country is not cool with some of these illegal Chinese with the gall to lay down in front of vans about it.
Tensions came to a head this month when immigration officers clashed with protesting crowds, resulting in an elderly woman being taken to hospital. The woman was filmed as she lay down in front of an immigration van as crowds gathered.You'd think these people would've learned a thing or two since that late unpleasantness at Tiananmen Square, downtown Peking 3 decades back. Sure, vans don't have steel tracks, but if it were one of those extended 3 ton Ford Econolines? I mean, lady, you're no spring-roll chicken anymore ...
In the video, which has since gone viral, the van moves forward as bystanders push it back, helping the woman to crawl out of the way. The Home Office later said she was only taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure” and was not injured.
He adds: “The woman was an elderly lady who is deaf and she was trying to plead with officer not to take away a worker, who is believed to be from the same village as her ... She was kneeling down and begging.”It's almost as bad as down in S. Texas - not content to just put kids in separate facilities, this time they're separating villagers even! Such cruelty .. makes a Chinawoman wonder why she bothered coming in the first place.
Wu says: “We need to recruit Chinese chefs over here ... generally the direction of the government is moving toward the idea that you need to train up local people but it takes years to train someone to understand what Chinese food is, let alone give them the skills they need to cook it.”First you've got to know what the food is, is that what you're trying to tell me? You mean to tell me there WAS NO General Tsao? All this time I'd thought he was the guy who ordered the tanks to roll ... over those people. What about sweet&sour chicken, cashew chicken, orange peanut chicken .. chicken with fly-lice, chicken with Y-rice ... sauteed ... zzzzzz .... steam-chicken-gumbo ... dorra-a-poun ...? Listen Foodies, I've got two words for your future: recipes, youtube. That's it. You can find a cute Chinese lady on there to teach you how to cook anything you want and avoid changing your entire country into something unrecognizable. It seems well worth it to me. Plus, think of the kitties.
Lee says: “Chinese cuisines all over the world is getting multidimensional and improving ... but in the UK it’s going backwards as we don’t have enough people. When a chef retires there is no one else to take their place.”
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The Master Bullshit Artists
Posted On: Friday - July 20th 2018 5:17PM MST
In Topics:   University  Big-Biz Stupidity
This is some more stupidity that has existed in the Big-Biz world, at least in the American portion, for a long time. This is just a short post that's been waiting in the wings a while.
Sure, one can come up with a fun take on any acronym or abbreviation - BS, MS, and PhD all have their own. The Masters in Business Administration, or MBA is just one that'd I've had a problem with for long time. It's not your Education Masters ... no, no, nothing that bad. They teach you a little bit hear and there, and if it were just about the beginning (only legitimate part) of economics, some accounting, etc., I feel it'd be a respectable degree, though why Master's level (just normal certificate inflation, I suppose)?
The problem is that MBAs are hired for high-level positions in big business in which the assumption is, because of that "Business" in their degree name, they are assumed to magically just know about ANY business's workings, well enough to run departments! Why, because they know how to make graphs, write reports, kiss ass? There are aspects to most fields of endeavor that can take decades to understand very well. Many of the small tricks, problems, bits of knowledge, etc. can only be learned via working the bottom-level jobs that any particular business is all about. It doesn't have to be an extremely high-tech business, like Boeing's commercial airplane group. It could be a large call-center operation. Who would better really know the problems involved than someone who's been (usually rightfully) harassed-back on the phone every night for the last 6 years?
If it's an auto manufacture, is it really smart to hire an MBA who's run an airline for the last 5 years, and before that, a chain of hair salons? How about a guy who's been on the line, assembling pieces of cars, then doing Q/A for a few years, then working as an engineering/project manager, or maybe as an actual engineer after that? How is going to know what the hell really goes on around the place? Who is hiring these MBA know-it-all? Oh, that's right, it's the HR manager, who, themselves, were MBAs. It's just another of these big clubs, as Mr. Carlin used to say, and if you do a real job, you ain't in this one either.
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Apocalypto Now! - Movie Review
Posted On: Thursday - July 19th 2018 9:06PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  History  Movies  Race/Genetics
We've just got back from seeing Apocalypto at Peak Stupidity's usual venue, that couch there, about 5 ft. behind me. This movie was made in the year 2006, at which time, our reviewer's thoughts were to the effect of "nah, Apocalypto later.", hence the late review and the post title as we will review Apocalyto Now!
To keep this one more in line with a standard Siskell/Ebert type movie review than is standard Peak Stupidity fare, we will first talk about the cinematography. The movie is REALLY BLURRY! That can be a big drawback and had this reviewer this close () to
Yeah, so it was blurry because it was a shoddily-made free youtube video. What do you readers want? If you want a review on a clearer version of this movie, then we expect expenses paid, and that means a gallon bucket of popcorn and a large fountain drink for each one of the entire editorial staff, along with some tokens for the soft-toy grappling crane game in the lobby before the show. Think about that for next time.
Next, the casting: I had no idea Mel Gibson was in the movie until told that well after our youtube screening. Listen, all the faces of these Mayan and other savages had weird-ass warts, tattoos, strings, and various pieces of 1400-era materials strung throughout their faces. It's not pleasant! A young Cameron Diaz could have been in this, errr, film, and I wouldn't be in love one bit with all that facial crap. It just doesn't work for this particular, and any other, cast. This also makes it hard to keep track of who's whom in this Mayan savage vs. somewhat nicer savages movie, which is woefully typical of the pre-Columbian savage conflict genre. The good guys had blue paint on 'em, if that helps at all.
Here's the thing: This movie depicts gruesome, but admittedly historically-true scenes of Mayan sacrificial beheadings and sacrificial non-clinical open-heart procedures. Now, perhaps it's just the queasiness of this particular reviewer, as I can barely stand to watch scenes of those sacrificial anodes in the Corrosion Engineering supplemental learning DVDs. It's just a movie, right, and maybe Cortez, Pizarro, and all those other Spanish conquistadors were just telling the Queen and themselves a load of BS in order to justify grabbing hundreds of metric shit tons of gold off these poor bastards? Ya think?
Well, as archaeologists have been determining lately, the stories of these huge piles of 10's of thousands of human sculls were on the money after all. They've been finding evidence of the atrocities committed by the savage American-continental Indians before the white man came over to set them straight. (I don't have links, but would like to point out more of this later.) That's what makes the movie Apocalypto something different from the usual horror-suspense date flick, which tend to involve babies that come out of the womb with grown fangs or guys like Freddie Kruegger. This pre-Columbian stuff is real, man! Put down the smuggled-in gummies and Now&Laters for a minute and think about some history.
I think historians and readers of history may have been too hard on the Conquistadors, who are themselves seen as worse than the English and French in North America is terms of treatment of the pre-existing "folks". Perhaps the Spaniards, who may or may not have had a cameo appearance in Apocalypto (spoiler alert), were just plain disgusted by the nasty savagery they saw in their half of the New World. Can one really blame them for just deciding to kill as many as they felt like and letting the Sun God sort 'em out? Plus, these Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, what-have-you, weren't doing a lot with all that gold and silver they had either - no sound money, not even fractional reserve lending. "A tribe of fools and their money ..." as they say.
This is a still a movie review, so historical politics and political correctness aside, let's wrap this up. Once the blurriness has been accommodated for, and the beheadings and heart-ripping action were in the past, Apocalypto could be viewed as nothing more than one long car chase movie, just like The French Connection but with barefoot chases through the jungle instead of American muscle car chases through downtown Chicago, and a guy who may or may not have been Mel Gibson instead of the hackneyed Gene Hackman. Same-old/same-old there.
Apocalypto on youtube, a delight for organ meat connoisseurs of all ages!
Immigrants doing the Cannibalization that Americans JUST WON'T DO
Posted On: Tuesday - July 17th 2018 7:51PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Lefty MegaStupidity  Media Stupidity  Bible/Religion
There some pretty sick stuff that goes on in this world, and this country, but thankfully, it's still fairly rare. Some of the gruesome acts of violence though seem to be more original and sicker and most of these that I've read about have been performed by immigrants from various locales. (Yes, but ... but "the new cuisine!") Sure, we always had our babies born of the devil that'd start eating people on Day One, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacres, but those were movies, keep in mind. I think the gruesomeness has been bumped up to medium rare.
Speaking of chainsaws, then, Steve Sailer posted a link to the Los Angles Lyin' Press story Man Suspected of Attacking Wife with Chain Saw Was Deported 11 Times What I linked to is iSteve's quick commentary post and the reader comments. Because this is still a medium-rarity, and this just doesn't seem like what would go on in our own families, we can make jokes about it, and the comments contain a few good ones. I wish Zerohedge had covered this one - comments there would be hilarious.
First of all, what this "suspected" crap? I mean how hard is it to tell whether the wife was sawn up by a chainsaw vs. what? "Detective, what's this look like to you?" "Well, I'm no handyman, mind you, but the cuts are not straight enough for a table saw. I think most miter saws don't have the depth to get the whole torso. True, they've got those radial-arm saws now ... saw a great deal one last week at Home Depot, but I can't tell if it's just gonna be another piece of Cheap Chin... where was I? I'm leaning toward an 18"-bar Husqvarna at this point, until we, ahh, get more leads.".
The guy had been deported ELEVEN freakin' times! Yet, pundit Fred Reed says a border barrier don't do any good (when he talks his mock country and mocks his former country). I'm sure our "California man" here was coming for the great economic opportunities, but man, after that many economic opportunities, could he not have saved up just a small nest egg... enough to purchase a decent wood-chipper? See the nice midwestern folks would have done this job more easily, efficiently, and cleaner with a full-sized nice trailer-pulled model. Got a job to do, do it right, they'll tell you up in Fargo.. you betcha!
Further up into the Great White North, that's Canada, eh?, they've had their Chinese version of a gruesome killer. A decade back, one Mr. Vince Li not just stabbed a fellow passenger to death on the Greyhound bus, but beheaded the poor guy and then took the time to eat parts of him. He did all this while riding that Greyhound that was just cruising through Manitoba near Portage Le Prairie that night almost 10 years ago in a week or so. Shoot, about the worst thing that I remember while riding that hound long ago, was being told we'd have to stop for a minute and kick a guy off if he didn't quit smoking that joint in the back. Keep in mind, that up in Canada, guns are bad, mmkaaay? Therefore, there was no one on the bus who could have just quickly and safely put an end to this sick act. In the meantime, the driver just kept making the stops ...
OK, sorry, this was real - Vince Li was a schizoid, and apparently voices in his head told him that the Canadian 22-y/o Tim McLean was an alien (who the hell was the real alien there?) and a Bible verse told him so.
Mr. Li had NOT been deported yet, as I guess he was a schizoid doing a job Canadian schizoids just wouldn't do. What he HAS been however, is released from prison, only 10 years after this heinous crime, however. The Lyin' Press, Global Mail branch reports on this in a somewhat fair manner, while the next link I found, a Canadian CBC report from 6 years back, ALREADY TALKING ABOUT THIS GUY'S POSSIBLE RELEASE from prison, is just damn ridiculously oriented toward being "fair" toward this released psycho-killer, who, apparently, will not know happiness, but will be just fine so long as he keeps taking his medication.
The horrific nature of Li's act has demonized him in the public's mind, said Summerville.It is unfortunate that some people that take purchase knives at Canadian Tire, behead their seatmates on the bus and eat part of said seatmates, and demonic stuff like this, get demonized so much. Every! Single! Time! "They'll demonize you when your all alone ... they'll demonize you when you're phoning home ..."
The unjustified public fears about Li will probably keep him in a mental-health hospital longer than necessary, Summerville said.Why all the fear, folks? They don't even have Greyhound buses anymore.
There are no easy answers to the many faceted questions that bombard both families and the media.Wait, I GOT one - lethal injection.
Now, from the first article, on the release of the man now known as Will Baker (so's the neighbors won't know - "he's that Chinese psyco-killer") we read:
He'll be living not too far away from Tim McLean's mother,..."I wonder how good Mom is with a sniper rifle?
Hey, we can make fun of Canadian Stupidity, but we've got the same stuff going on here. Just on the immigration aspect of it, not the healthcare part, read that 2nd article for the interview with the guy. There are details about his coming to Winnipeg from Manchurian China to become.a computer "engineer", but there were no jobs. What was the point of this shit? He admits the Royal Mounties should have shot him dead. If I were the Mom, yeah, I'd have just one job to do, ... maybe some follow-up work out East toward Ottawa.
As is the case on lot of Peak Stupidity posts, I thought this was gonna' be a short one, but I got carried away ... not as much as these two guys here, keep in mind ... I hear only one voice in my head, at this juncture, and it says "keep on blogging, brotha!"
Passing Peak Rich Old People
Posted On: Monday - July 16th 2018 7:05PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Global Financial Stupidity  The Future
The Peak Stupidity blog has been off of the Global Financial Stupidity topic for quite a while now. It's not like we don't see the bad stuff coming. In fact, we maintain that financial/economic calamities will be THE cause of a rapid decline of the stupidity we have been documenting so well [if we may say so ourselves - Ed]. The election of Donald Trump may have given us a few years of respite though. I don't mean that this guy will really MAGA - he can't. There is just a lot of confidence right now, due to the President not being a total anti-American, and in fact, happily quite the opposite. That means markets may stay propped up longer than they would have. This post on the financial state of old people has been on the back burner for quite a while, and as a look at long-term trends, all here is still applicable, American president or not.
Of course it depends on you, the reader's, age here, but I have memories of older Americans being frugal, settled down, and sedate. As much as I have bad-mouthed Hollywood and TV for having sold an agenda for a long time now, the old shows and movies still give this general picture, even if one doesn't have any memories going far back. I would say things changed for the better for American older people starting in the early 1980's.
America has had the richest old people ever seen in world history over the last 3 decades, but I think that trend is already on the wane with the Global Financial Stupidity reaching its peak. Again, maybe you can't remember, but it's only recently that the senior citizens do more traveling than yuppie jet-setters, eat out as much as the young foodies , play more golf than corporate management, and put more miles on golf carts than millennials put on their cars. Now, the intention of this post is not to bad-mouth the elders that have been living the good life. I don't fault most of them for it. Things just worked out really well for that generation or two.
The financial and demographic stars lined up for the people retiring about 40 - 10 years back. The financial distribution scheme knows as Social Security was good and solvent for them. I see another post coming right up on SS, but to put it fairly succinctly, as younger people, lots of these elders had not paid in the kind of money the US Gov't confiscates now, and they have been able to get money doled out while this scheme was in its prime, with lots of deposits still for their withdrawals. Then, their's was a time in which there still were real honest-to-God pension plans from the age in which IBM or GM figured they could cover all this. (They could ... for a while.) The state and municipal retirees had it just as good, with plans beefed-up via government unions in cahoots with politicians who promised the world.
Lastly, interest rates on simple deposits or market "instruments" of all kinds were realistic wrt the time-value-of-money until ten years back when the FED forced them via cheap lending of created money, to the basement. Yes, I am aware that inflation hit the mid- and almost high-teens back in the late '70's and had been fairly high since the elimination of sound money and creation of the welfare state 15 years earlier. The thing is, interest rates rose accordingly, to higher numbers than inflation, as should be the case. The decent amounts of interest that could be earned meant two things:
1) Even if many in these generations were not particularly frugal, simple savings accumulated very well for them at the 5-8% rates seen during much of this time period. Making a nest egg of a quarter million or so in today's money over 30 years was not all that hard for them, and that would result in:
2) Having a decent or even fairly lame (call it $100,000 in today's money) life savings sitting in even the most risk-free investments like CDs would result in interest payments of $1000 to $400 monthly, respectively, with no bite out of the principle - yeah, sure, inflation will eat it away, but we all get eaten away anyway.
Between some sort of, or multiple instances of, pension payouts, SS checks, and interest payments, retirees have had it very very good for quite a while now. It may seem to be the norm. It's likely more of a fluke though. Demographics are changing, Social Security will go bust (again, more in another post) or become fairly worthless, and pensions are becoming a thing of the past.
Enjoy it while it lasts, Golden Girls, and all the rest in your Golden Years. It's been a great ride ... trips twice a year to Europe, the Great Wall, or the Galapagos Islands, big RV's hauling ass from coast to coast at 52 mph, McMansions with 3,500 sq.-ft of space that you can't clean yourself, eating out at Wolfgang Puck's every Friday until 6PM instead of gumming down that creamed corn at the Early Bird special, paying for 575 channels of TV on that 80" screen instead of settling in to fall asleep during The Golden Girls.
It's not gonna stay this way, so don't get your hopes up, you who are not of the 1% or so. We all shouldn't relish what's coming... hell, we may not even be able to afford relish ... on top of our meals of cat food. No, it may not be that bad, but what can't go on, won't go on, as "they" say. It'll be time to read the entire telephone bill again to see where they ripped you off, check prices before you buy stuff, maybe move in with, or at least near, the kids and grandkids. Above all, please don't buy that 50 ft. long RV - you people have cost me enough in traffic tickets already passing your ass on the grades on the two-lane roads!
Speaking of The Golden Girls, it may have been the show on prime time, or possibly reruns at that hour, but as a young guy, I can somewhat remember the show due to the following: It seemed like this show came on on Saturday night, and the only time I recall noticing it was at the ski lodge our group would rent. It seems like downhill skiing would not tire you out so much, right? I mean, physics would say that you aren't doing work on the hill, but the hill is doing work on you. I guess it's the non-noticeable fighting off the cold, but we would get so tired after going the whole day. We'd get the fire going at the lodge, drink a few beers, and someone would turn on that damnable TV and The Golden Girls would be on. It would put me right out. I'd wake up and think "and then there's Maude" or something and feel older than whoever the hell the rest of audience was.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Jambalaya
Posted On: Saturday - July 14th 2018 7:03PM MST
In Topics:   Music
Though this is a cover of a classic Hank William's song, nobody could do a rock vesion BUT John Fogerty and his nothing-but-prolific band (from 1968 - 1972). This video is just up for enjoyment and not apropos of any particular thoughts. It's been a very light week of posting, but coming up next week, at the least, will be discussion of the richest olld people in the world, some immigrant murderers, something about MBAs that I've been meaning to write about, and another fabulous movie review.
Here is CCR's version of Jambalaya - Peak Stupidity has thus far featured the band only once before - see "I'm just a cross-tie walker."
Creedence Clearwater Revival was:
John Fogerty - Vocals, lead guitar
Tom Fogerty - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Stu Cook - Bass guitar, backing vocals
Doug Clifford - Drums, backing vocals
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Supreme Court nominee Brent Kavanaugh - good enough for Ann Coulter
Posted On: Friday - July 13th 2018 9:16PM MST
In Topics:   Trump  Pundits  US Feral Government
That means good enough for Peak Stupidity, though I hope Miss Coulter didn't vet this guy in the way that she vetted Romney for president. In addition, though, there was the research that the Federalist Society does on lots of judges. They are like the bizarro-$PLC in that they study and support people who are real Constitutionalists, as opposed to hating on people like that.
I give kudos to President Trump for listening to the Federalist Society, as it has been said, in making his decision. It's good to see in light of his terribly bad picks lots of the time of advisors, cabinet members and heads of agencies of various sorts. You're not supposed to know it all, Mr. Trump, and we know you're no Pat Buchanan in historical knowledge. A good leader picks people he can trust, and I haven't seen a lot that in your supposed advisors and other employees (the entire Executive Branch are his employees).
In our other post on this SC vacancy, Peak Stupidity speculated that an Ann Coulter pick would be ideal just in a way of playing Bad cop/Good cop. I think now that the other way around could work pretty well too. Why not let it slip that if Mr. Kavanaugh does not get confirmed by the Senate, a certain Miss Coulter is on deck. Just the frustration and blood pressure increases of the left into the dangerous, go-straight-to-the-hospital-now/don't-pass-go/don't-collect-your-$200 range is something they'd like to avoid. Just approve this guy, and we won't display Ann Coulter's wit, beauty, charm, and libertarian/conservative arguments to the rest of the general public. Yes, that's a threat. I would so enjoy it, though. An Ann Coulter nomination would probably put me back in the stock market - go long Orville Redenbacher! - and possibly convince me to start getting a few TV signals from over the air again, just for the duration of the hearings, of course.
Let's get 2 more judges in before the end of Trump term 1, shall we? Get er done!
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Voice-mail system displays frustration at Peak Stupidity blogger
Posted On: Thursday - July 12th 2018 5:24PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Curmudgeonry  Artificial Stupidity
I suppose Peak Stupidity could just become a total forum of curmudgeonry and never run out of things to write about, but THAT'S! NOT! WHOM! WE! ARE! (notice the strictly correct grammar in our use of this now-ubiquitous phrase.) There are 2 areas which by themselves would never have as running out of stupidity, and those are driving on the roads and customer service, oh, it's "customer care" now. We will get back to politics, shorty, so please don't change your
This customer service experience (!!) involved a call to the government, well one form of government, anyway, in order to straighten out a discrepancy with taxes. My blood pressure was already up 15 mmHg before I even considered the what kind of hassle the voice-menu system would be. See, I DO! NOT! TALK! TO! COMPUTERS! This ain't stardate 2245, and I ain't Captain James T. Kirk. That may seem to be a problem, but almost every one of these systems is set up to respond to touch-tones - touch tones? WTF are those anymore? ... Anyway, you just swipe around with faggy motions on a small screen. (Hell, we used to have TVs bigger than these things!)
The trick is whether you can get away with just mashing one "0" after the next until a live English?-speaking customer care representative condescends to speak with you. That doesn't work all the time. Some systems have been programmed to hang up on you. That comes across as very rude, and it's hard to get back at a computer server farm for that. I spent 15-20 minutes one time trying different combinations of numbers, some times having to re-dial, but I finally got to a human. I was pretty worried about being able to pull the trick again, as my attempts had not been very scientific. I forgot to take notes, as frustrated as I was.
Well, by the 2nd "0" the other day, during my attempted first contact with the tax people, the system didn't hang up on me. However, the 2nd time the computer-generated digital voice signal said "That is not a valid option", it was more like "That is NOT a valid OPTION!" I swear that the voice had some inflection programmed in for the second time around. Is it that much damn trouble for a computer to do something twice!? Ask your average transistor in an array of RAM. That's what they're all geared up to do - the same old shit over and over (x 1 x 1020) again. If this was some programers' idea of a "smart system", well then, kudos to you guys! It'll probably work to get me off the phone. I hate slamming these smart phones down too, as this cheap China-made crap just doesn't stand up to that kind of thing like an old bakelite receiver sub-assembly.
What a concept! Call it "programmable inflection" or "corporate-selectable voice-system frustration levels". They give out patents for anything in software these days, so I will leave this for the readers, no charge.
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Pre-emptive apology for slow posting coming - and The Doobie Brothers
Posted On: Tuesday - July 10th 2018 9:54PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Southern rock
I just never got a cohesive post in my head over the last couple of days, even though there's always plenty of stupidity to analyze - Analytical Stupidity is our forte, and, in fact, consistent readers of this blog are reminded here, before we all forget, to put in for 3 credits to be applied in lieu of classroom time in STUP 699: Seminar in Analytical Stupidity.
They're be more traveling for the staff coming this or next week, so posting will be light. There are > 700 articles on here, though, if you like this stuff!
As egregiously featured only ONCE before (Neal's Fandango) on the Peak Stupidity blog, here are The Doobie Brothers with straight-up rock-n-roll sound attained before the arrival and musically-destructive tendencies of the jazz-oriented Michael McDonald*.
Here is Black Water, a song that has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the MIC organization previously going by that name. This is from a more innocent time, and appropriate for a summer's night. It's not really Southern Rock, as the band is from the SF Bay Area, for one thing, but ... just listen:
This is from 1974, from the album What Were Once Vices are Now Habits. (I think that name is an early criticism of euphemisms, something I'd never thought about before.)
Band Members at the time:
Patrick Simmons – composer, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Tom Johnston – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Tiran Porter – bass guitar, backing vocals
Keith Knudsen – backing vocals
Michael Hossack – drums, percussion
John Hartman – backing percussion
**Arlo Guthrie – wind chimes, autoharp
Novi Novog – viola
Ted Templeman – producer
** Awesome, I had no idea Arlo played on this.
*** No Michael McDonald, CHECK!
* The man who single-handedly ruined the Doobie Brothers, even as a very talented musician, by SCREWING WITH THE SOUND!
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The Stupidity of the Foodies
Posted On: Saturday - July 7th 2018 7:49PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Student and other Snowflakes  Humor  Curmudgeonry  Economics
This post has been on the back burner for 3 months now, and it's time to get it out of my system. In addition, I've seen 4 related comments to my point here on unz.com very recently, so let's get ahead of the game here.
Just who are The Foodies? Well, that's their hobby, eating different kinds of foods, new foods, exotic foods, ancient foods, French food, what have you. There's even a Food Channel with Food Channel outlet stores. Sure, there are hundreds of TV Channels with fewer and fewer people tuned in to each one, so fine. Also, there've been (mostly) guys who could have been chefs in other lifetimes, and just enjoy making the quality stuff, either instinctively or by making reference to various 10 lb recipe books, especially the Italians. I GET THAT, it's one of the big pleasures in life, but you'll see my point about the stupidity of some of the foodies in a bit.
Now, after putting on my curmudgeon hat, I've got to chime in, that in my day we ate what was on our damn plate, meaning our Moms would cook whatever they damn well pleased. Going out to eat was just not as frequent a habit as it is for everyone now, single people, married, with/without kids, etc. Upon getting out of the house, anything filling up my stomach tasted pretty good, most of which was the fast food crap.
It just seems like people used to be as picky as they are today, which brings up a quick story: While eating with a girl friend at a Taco Joint called Taco John's the girl expressed distaste with the tacos. I had already inhaled whatever it was I ate, and it was all good to me - once you've got that salt, fat, and sugar in, you can't go wrong, it seemed to me. "You don't believe me? Do you think this stuff is nasty, or that I'm just being bitchy?" "Um, being bitchy", I observed, just going by history. She let me taste them. Yeah, the meat was nasty, but then I hadn't noticed when I gobbled it down. We didn't have to go find an authentic Mexican taco stand, is what I'm getting at, which eventually will lead to the point here.
The situation is different now. It appears that various and sundry restaurants and bars in every city, large and small, are pretty much the lifeblood of this country's economy. I don't know how they can be, but, again, that's all people seem to be doing. It's the young people as much as anyone that spend every extra cent at all the new restaurants and bars popping up. Many of these young people can only get these kinds of service jobs themselves, making the money go round and round with no savings or investment to come out of it, as I attempted to describe in discussion of the coffee shops (more here). It's one thing if the gens riches - that's French for rich people - are the ones spending the nights and the money out on the town, but the restaurant infrastructure now is enough to cover about everybody. Everyone want to go out for new authentic cuisine of all kinds. Pajama Boy here may be typical of the Foodies:
Finally to the point, I believe that, though not the primary driver of it, these ever-growing-in-number Foodies are part of the pro-immigration crowd. No, they don't understand that probably Americans could make this same stuff - there is the internet and all with its millions of youtube videos on how to make and do about any damn thing one can thing of. That's no good, I guess. Yes, what I'm saying is that the Foodies care so much about what their next meal out will be, that they are willing to put up with an invasion of the whole 3rd world in order to have enough places to get authentic cuisine. How selfish is this kind of shit?!
This is not some kind of overarching theory of how America got to the sorry state we're in with respect to large-scale immigration. I've already got that pretty much figured out. (This post makes 95 posts with the Immigration Stupidity topic key! Check 'em out.) This is one more reason the Globalist/Elite types do like that high-level diversity, though. They ARE the ones that can fly across the country to stay somewhere mainly to get a meal. "Hey, there are only, like 4 authentic Somalian food sit-down places in all of Fresno. I go there on business twice a year, and, dammit, this won't do! We need to raise quotas and get some more of those hardworking refugees." Just read an airline magazine some time - "Here's the food you can get in Sao Paulo, here's a list of the best Greek restaurants in Auckland, New Zealand." That's the way they are. However, the middle class now eats that stuff up too (pun partially intended).
To hell with these Foodies and their never-ending quest for more exotic people to cook them meals, then import the rest of the family to diversify the town then go on welfare. Could they not just stay inside most nights, brew their own beer, and pull up some cool new recipes off the internet? It'd sure save them some money too, so they could get ahead in life, if that's possible after paying the taxes and other social costs to support all whom they've imported.
One thing the Peak Stupidity blog pointed out long ago in A good trait of Americans is that American used to be known for not valuing this sophistication and fancy things as much as hard work and honesty. There's nothing wrong with living an unsophisticated existence, and preferring melted cheese sandwiches to exotic French cuisine.
Steve Martin, aka The Jerk explains this very well:
Boston - Hitch a Ride
Posted On: Friday - July 6th 2018 4:14PM MST
In Topics:   Music
This has nothing much to do with the previous post on Boston, Massachusetts, besides the name of the band. The band was from the that city, and an MIT-educated (Master's Degree) mechanical engineer named Tom Scholz was the organizer and leader. With his own equipment, Scholtz created this unique electric-guitar sound that Hitch a Ride here demonstrates the best in the solo.
About every song on Boston's self-titled debut album from 1976 is great stuff, and we'll have to put a few more on in the future. Don't let the name of the city deter you from listening!
The following musician list is for the Boston album in general.
Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals; acoustic guitar on "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"
Tom Scholz – electric guitars, lead guitar, acoustic guitars, clavinet, organ, bass guitar, design consultant, remastering, liner notes, production, engineering
Barry Goudreau – rhythm guitar on "Foreplay," "Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"; lead guitar on "Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"
Fran Sheehan – bass guitar on "Foreplay" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"
Sib Hashian – drums except "Rock & Roll Band"
Jim Masdea – drums on "Rock & Roll Band"
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Boston, Mass and the "Stupid Heard Round the World"
Posted On: Friday - July 6th 2018 2:06PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Americans  Liberty/Libertarianism  Socialism/Communism
Yep, you're remembering your 4th grade history correctly, it WAS the "Shot Heard Round the World" as the spark of the American Revolution occured in Boston, Massachusetts, specifically at the first skirmishes with the British Army in Lexington and Concord. I've got one quick question: What the hell happened to these people?! From the forefront of the spirit of freedom and revolutionary fervor, for decades now, Massachusetts, and Boston in particular, has been the hotbed of all things left-wing/Socialist and even Communist. This is the one big city in the US that makes NY city seem like a rock-solid conservative haven (oh, and Bostonians make New Yorkers look positively friendly and hospitable by comparison, too - the term "Masshole" is almost too civil for that crowd)
What flipped around from the founding of the US until, the time of the Kennedies? Was it the Kennedies themselves? "Hey, they* may be Socialists, but they're OUR Socialists!" might have been the thoughts. The Kennedies are mostly not around bothering us now, and the problem has just gotten worse.
Boston is a BIG University town. I mean, there are many dozens of decent-sized colleges. Could that have something to do with it? One quarter of a million students in the Boston area is the number I've found, and out of 7 million people in Mass, that's only 4 % (call it 5 % with students from other colleges in the state). Students, learning in an environment heavily infiltrated by the ctrl-left, lean heavily left, but lots of times they vote in their home states, if at all. When they stick around after college, it becomes a problem, cough, Berzerkely, California, cough, cough ... This may be a small part of the problem, but it's not enough to explain it.
Was it immigration of a mostly new population? Well, there are still lots of people whose ancestors founded our nation still living in Mass, probably more than in most regions. There was the huge influx of the Irish (incl. the Kennedies, of course), and that may have been a big factor overriding the liberty-loving original populace. You'd think the Irish would have been always pretty understanding of the American Revolution, based on their "experiences" with the British. They've all been assimlated over the 150 years, but then that doesn't mean the British-created understanding of rule-of-law, etc. is in them. There are loads of immigrants there now from all over, just like almost everywhere in current-era America, including lots of Brazilians, but also the entire 3rd-world has contingents.
However, this has been going on way before the large level of immigration had it's big effects (beginning in 1965 with the law passed by, you guessed it, one of the Kennedies - the U-boat commander, I believe it was, often called, at least by us, The Lyin' of the Seabed). This state has been supporting everything left of normal America for a century. Just looking at presidential elections (not the be-all-to-end-all, but Peak Stupidity is not a history site), with the exception of 2 Eisenhower terms and 2 Reagan terms, Massachusetts has voted for the D-candidate in all elections since 1924. The place has been ctrl-left for coming up on a century, it seems. One can't blame it on the new people alone.
New England in general is fairly left-wing, with New Hampshire formerly excepted, though not so much anymore with the influx of Massholes. Vermont has always had the Constitutional gun laws (might be changing just now), but has always been Socialist leaning. What's wrong with all these people? I'm picking on Massachusetts due to it being this particular week, with Independence Day and our history with the shot heard 'round the world. The place has turned into one that we may someday ignominiously recall as having ignited "the stupid heard 'round the world".
from the Warren Nations of the lower Massachusetts:
* BTW, I have much more respect for the ex-President John F. Kennedy than the rest of them, and more than I used to, for that matter. When you compare the man to Richard Nixon in adherence and respect for the US Constitution, JFK comes out way on top. It was the times, of course, too. The candidate JFK would be called far-far-right today, what with his calling for sound money and 40%! tax cuts.
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About that "all men are created equal" thing...
Posted On: Thursday - July 5th 2018 6:52PM MST
In Topics:   History  Liberty/Libertarianism  Race/Genetics
Mr. Boyd Cathy, a writer discussed on Peak Stupidity a while back, has written an Independence Day article discussing the Founder's meaning of "that all men are created equal" phrase in the Declaration of Independence and President Abe Lincoln's serious misinterpretation of it.
Here is a big chunk of Mr. Cathy's latest article:
For many Americans the Declaration of Independence is a fundamental text that tells the world who we are as a people. It is a distillation of American belief and purpose. Pundits and commentators, left and right, never cease reminding us that America is a new nation, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Almost as important as a symbol of American belief is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It is not incorrect to see a link between these two documents, as Lincoln intentionally placed his short peroration in the context of a particular reading of the Declaration.
Lincoln bases his concept of the creation of the American nation in philosophical principles he sees enunciated in 1776, and in particular on an emphasis on the idea of “equality.” The problem is that this interpretation, which forms the philosophical base of both the dominant “movement conservatism” today – neoconservatism – and the neo-Marxist multicultural Left, is basically false.
Lincoln’s opens his address, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth …” There is a critical problem with this assertion. It was not the Declaration that “created” the new nation; the Declaration was a statement of thirteen colonies, announcing their respective independence from the mother country, binding themselves together in a military and political alliance. It was the Constitution, drafted eleven years later (1787), after the successful conclusion of the War for Independence, that established a new nation. And, as any number of historians and scholars have pointed out, the American Framers never intended to cobble together a nation based on the proposition that “all men are created equal.”
The Framers of the Constitution were horrified by “egalitarianism” and “democracy,” and they made it clear that what they were establishing was a stratified republic, in which most of the “rights” were left to the respective states (with their own particular arrangements), and in which serious restrictions and limitations on voting and participation in government were considered fundamental. Indeed, several states also had religious tests, and others had established churches, none of which were directly touched by the First Amendment, added to insure that a national religious establishment would not be effected. A quick review of The Federalist Papers confirms this thinking; and a survey of the correspondence and the debates over the Constitution add support to this anti-egalitarianism.This is the real gist of it. Mr. Cathy says the the "created equal" clause is not just about equal rights under the law, which most people agree is the likely meaning. He is saying that this was simply the Founders' way of saying that they were sick of living under British rule without the rights respected for the actual Englishmen in England. It was very specifically directed, and not an idea of equality as misunderstood (purposefully) by Lincoln and the Socialists and, well, egalitarians, today (probably not purposefully - they are just stupid).
Obviously, then, Lincoln could not found his “new nation” in the U. S. Constitution; it was too aristocratic and decentralized, with non-enumerated powers maintained by the states, including the implicit right to secede. Indeed, slavery was explicitly sanctioned, even if most of the Framers believed that as an institution it would die a natural death, if left on its own. Lincoln thus went back to the Declaration of Independence and invested in it a meaning that supported his statist and wartime intentions. But even then, he verbally abused the language of the Declaration, interpreting the words in a form that its Signers never intended.
Although those authors employed the phrase “all men are created equal,” and certainly that is why Lincoln made direct reference to it, a careful analysis of the Declaration does not confirm the sense that Lincoln invests in those few words. Contextually, the authors at Philadelphia were asserting their historic — and equal — rights as Englishmen before the Crown, which had, they believed, been violated and usurped by the British government, and it was to parliament that the Declaration was primarily directed.
The Founders rejected egalitarianism. They understood that no one is, literally, “created equal” to anyone else. Certainly, each and every person is created with no less or no more dignity, measured by his or her own unique potential before God. But this is not what most contemporary writers mean today when they talk of “equality.”That's about 2/3 of the article, so, just like for the previous article by this writer, I can say nothing much more than "Indeed" - h/t to Instapundit. As he also always says, "read the whole thing!"
Rather, from a traditionally-Christian viewpoint, each of us is born into this world with different levels of intelligence, in different areas of expertise; physically, some are stronger or heavier, others are slight and smaller; some learn foreign languages and write beautiful prose; others become fantastic athletes or scientists. Social customs and traditions, property holding, and individual initiative — each of these factors further discriminate as we continue in life.
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Redress of Grievances - then and now. Bring back King George?
Posted On: Thursday - July 5th 2018 6:45PM MST
In Topics:   History  Liberty/Libertarianism  US Feral Government
I'll continue with a few more posts on our country's founders and Independence to round out the week here. Yesterday, America (supposedly) celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 American colonies from Great Britain on July 4th of 1776. The signers of the document were committing a serious, treasonous act against their government. Putting their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" on the line was not just some hyperbolic silly tweet, as it'd be now. It was a serious business, and we are (well, WERE, for a nice long while) all the better due to the courage of these men.
What did they have to bitch about, BTW? Well, most of it is in the Declaration itself, so here you go:
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.It sounds like a lot, but is basically a complaint about the British government keeping their own rule of the colonies above the colonial and local laws. Look over all of this and tell me we don't have most of that going on today. There were standing armies around. Do we not have a huge standing army? There were taxes that had not been voted in? How many of you voted in Amendment XVI causing us to get taxed on INCOME, something the colonists had never heard of? Were these colonists taxed on their labor at more than 50% on the margin? Ha, not even close. Oh, did the British Gov't get involved in, nay RUN the education of their children? Did the British Gov't pass laws daily that could at any time ruin a small business? Did it regulate every aspect of the operation of the colonists' horse and buggies? There's so much more that I'd fill up the database with current grievances.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Compared to the reign of King George, I think we've got it a lot worse nowadays.
No, compared to America of today under our Beast of a Feral Gov't, the colonists of 1776 really didn't have a whole lot to complain about. Yet they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honors to fight against it all. Why is their not a similar revolution being started today? My guess is that the colonists had lived with an amount of freedom that nobody, not even this writer, can fathom by this late date. They were used to it, and were still left alone most of their days, and I doubt an average American in colonial days saw a British government official in all the days of his life. Additionally, it was a rural society, in which there was plenty of time to think and almost none of the distractions we have with us today.
The big distraction has been TV. Really it's more than a distraction, because, since not long after its inception, it has been a propaganda tool. It is hard to realize how important our waning freedom is when bombarded about bread and circuses, and more importantly, the official narrative, day and night, because apparently those things are impossible to turn off.
Those who would like to fight some of the grievous acts of the Feral Government of today are still not in the position of the Declaration of Independence signers and Continental soldiers and backers either. Lives are NOT on the line yet. Fortunes? I suppose one could say that careers are on the line for those that even verbally fight against our odious system. That does not always translate into "fortune". For those spending everything they earn, living paycheck-to-paycheck meaning they have no fortune, the loss of career is indeed a bad thing. Honor? Seriously? I don't know if that is even considered anymore in the age of tweeting.
One thing to remember on this Independence Day (OK, next year then) is that it took these men a lot of courage to do that deed. It's easy to just think of it as a page in history, and since, the Revolution was won by them, many came out unscathed, as least physically, if not financially. However, can you imagine being there, knowing that your signature would put a mark on you for execution, were this deal not to work out? That'll get one's blood and adrenaline pumping. You have to really picture yourself instigating some dastardly felonious deed against the US Feral Gov't - I mean actually getting started on it, and the huge temptation to just think of the family and go home. It reminds me of the very beginning of the Al Pacino movie Dog Day Afternoon when one of the 3 guys ready to rob a bank in NY City, right outside the bank, decides, no, he'd just rather not. "I can't do it. Good luck guys." The men above were not those kind of men, and that's why I'm writing this as an American.
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