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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Rule by Spemin
I was considering titling this post "Gamma Males in the deep-state", but that's a little too jargoney, even for me. The Reason website used to make fun of cant like this when it was neocons doing it. So instead I'll dredge up jargon from the gaming world of three decades ago!
Because Current Year.
So: Starflight. This game had made its own jokes against cant-spewing self-important wankers. They had an alien race called the Spemin, who followed exactly that template. The Spemin even prefixed all their organisations with "SS-", for "Secret Society of -"... yes, in English (or in Romance, whatevvs). Also, to extend this to James Comey's annoying Biblical Twitter-posts, these lean more to the Gazurtoid in that game, who pretty much ruled Spemin space. (You can play this excellent game for yourself by the way - DOSBox still works in Win10 I believe.)
The leaders whom Obama installed into the Three-Letter-Agencies are quivering slimy tools. They are no match for a strong and resolute Oval Office with the Congress behind it. Behind their bluster they are weak and brittle. They are Spemin.
Monday, January 22, 2018
The aboriginal Americans
Greg Cochran has posted evidence of skeletons from 9500 to 5000 BC in Brasil that look Melanesian / Aboriginal. There survives, today,
a 2% trans-Sunda "Sahul" component in Brasilian native populations. The Sahullikes were demonstrably not as powerful a population as the local "Native" Americans were. When the two met, the Sahullikes were already there in large numbers - but they lost. Cochran concludes that the Sahullikes
To constrain that, we also have genomes and skeletons from Beringian-descended populations all along that side of the Pacific Rim. Recently we even have the American genetic equivalent of Hittites in linguistics - a 9500 BC, dead (so, fixed), breakaway population of cousins to the base of that next split down the line, before those others took their own splits. This has got us to triangulate a genome and even dates for that second split (PDF). The Tocharian equivalent here is the Northern-North American "First Nation" population: Algonquin to the east and - later - contributors to Athabaska in the west. Everyone else runs from the American Southwest on south. That latter population, basal to the Karitiana, left the north 13700 BC. (Clovis is 11500 BC.)
I do not hear of trans-Sunda DNA in any Native population from east of the Andes or north of Colombia. These regions contain some serious linguistic Residual Zones - like Mesoamerica, where if any such population did exist, it would have survived. Pending new evidence I do not think the Sahullikes took the Pacific Rim route.
A tribe of Melanesians fleeing a war in the islands seems possible. (So Thor Heyerdahl was right! just wrong about which islanders, and when.) They had the means to cross - say - the Sunda Strait, but they lacked Polynesian navigation. So they missed all those Polynesian islands and just - kept going, and going. They would have landed around Panama and hit the Caribbean forests, and then the Amazon. As Melanesians they were (initially) better suited to jungle life than were the coast-and-cold-adapted North Americans. The Melanesians were, still, from a bottlenecked founding-population now in a strange jungle. So when the Americans learnt Melanesian jungle tricks, which given the dropoff of the latters' skeletal remains was probably in the 4000s BC, the Americans outmuscled the Melanesians. Easily.
As for when the Melanesians got there: I'd go with around 10000 BCE, after the Americans were already well-entrenched along the Pacific and Andes. The only place the Americans - then - weren't happy was the rain forest. The Melanesians (I hesitate to call them, sentinels) once there blocked the Americans from Brasil for the next five thousand years. They would have done the same to any errant Africans.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Was India first colonised from Burma?
This piece on L3 isn't just about Ethiopia. It's also talkin' ABOUT MY MAMA. Ahem - about M33 among other M cousins.
They find that M33 is among the oldest female lines of India. It will, then, predate the Dravidians. However I've long known that it clusters to India's east. And then there's Watson's The Great Divide on deep-mythology, which argued for western Eurasia's flood legends originating from Sunda Strait. It turns out that the M lines prior to M33 are - also - not found west of India, but east of it: Q and M27 are Melanesian.
The east-to-west flow along the Indian Ocean seems atypical. (We do see it in Central Asia, but not here.) Since the Bronze Age the general push has been west-to-east.
Perhaps this was Toba too. Or maybe the much-later sinking of Sundaland?
The source - Marrero P, Abu-Amero KK, Larruga JM, Cabrera VM: "Carriers of human mitochondrial DNA macrohaplogroup M colonized India from southeastern Asia."
Through the 2000s, when the DNA revolution started getting going, the conventional-wisdom went that we were born in Africa and that, 70000 BC or so, we left. A lineage close to the founding non-African lineages was brought, the "L3", which is commonest in northeast Africa.
Around 2011 I started hearing of dissenters, like Dienekes. These mavericks proposed that humans had already left Africa long before, and that L3 was born in Arabia alongside M and N and then migrated to Africa. Adding to this is a drumbeat of modern genetics: Neander and Denisovan being cross-breedable; other examples of Arabian intrusion into Africa not least the Semitic Ethiopians; basal modern-human DNA found intruding into Neander / Denisovan genomes; and recently some modern human DNA in Iran.
On this topic a hobbyist wrote and published a book last year - Bruce Fenton, The Forgotten Exodus: The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution. Unfortunately the mainstream publishers didn't want it, and it ended up on the selfie route, like my stuff. Graham Hancock stuck a foreword on it but Hancock is... not highly regarded.
Recently the geneticists Vicente M Cabrera, Julia Patricia, Marrero Rodriguez, Khaled K Abu-Amero, and Jose M Larruga have done some serious work: "Carriers of mitochondrial DNA macrohaplogroup L3 basic lineages migrated back to Africa from Asia around 70,000 years ago." I expect that this ends the argument in favour of Dienekes and Mr Fenton. Score one for Mr Hancock.
We would then have to answer why L3 went "back home". Fenton thinks Toba. That's about as good a hypothesis as any other.
Additionally, if L3 is Arabian and not the base population of M and N, I'm interested in what African cousin populations can be associated with the base population of L3-M-N together. Cabrera et al. points to L4.
The Solutrean toolkit allowed, at last, the settlement of Scandinavia. Something can now be said on how this was done. To that, the geneticists are looking at corpses from 7500 to 4000 BC - all prior to the Indo-European intrusion.
These cadavers... don't much look like modern Scandinavians today. They also don't - even then - look much like each other.
One set has a founding population from Holstein-area European hunters around 9700 BC. That founding population at 9700 BC implies that, after this, there wasn't much cross-breeding between that population and the rest of the Continent. The geneticists deduce that this population had, at that time, ceased to cross the Baltic - so there was, then, a barrier. Their fathers in Europe were already Conanlikes with dark skin and blue eyes (blue eyes, last I read, developed after Solutrea, but still before 10000 BC). They liked to fish, like all good Swedes. So far, as expected. Mostly.
I question the century of the split, which looks late. I get that the Younger Dryas might have nuked whoever was in Scandinavia from - say - the Hamburg Culture. But what happened to the Ahrensburg Culture?
Perhaps the Ahrensburg remained where it was - but bifurcated. 9700 BC coincides with the Yoldia Sea with a barrier between the Continent and the Scandinavian mainland. Here's the fun part! - this strait didn't separate Denmark from Sweden; but a Danish-Swedish peninsula, still in Europe, against central Sweden and some islands. There wasn't a lot of coastline on that northern mainland - it was icecap.
Later on, the Yoldia closed off again and there was a Baltic lake (the "Ancylus"), not a sea anymore; until, finally, the new strait opened up at Denmark. To me it looks like the people this strait stranded north had, over centuries, become an ethnic group. Upon the lands' reunification, the people did not join in; the northerners defended their hunting ground and, perhaps, their lake from their estranged cousins back in the Continent.
The piece reports that, implicitly after the Yoldia closure, another crew came to Scandinavia. These didn't come through the Baltic at all - they came from northern Russia. Here around 8300 BC they invented a new toolkit, an improvement over Solutrea for the Arctic and North Seas. Thence the easterners skirted the polar edge of the peninsula, ending up along coastal Norway. These were the fair-skinned Norse; eye colours, variable.
We don't have the language for either of course. I don't think the latter were Finns or Lapps yet. Although they did take the Fenno-Lapp route.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
So, on that 26th Amendment...
Torygraph: adulthood begins at 24.
I escaped the Mumandad Caliphate at the age of 23 - a fairly late 23. This was to an apartment, not far from the family palace. I wasn't lord of mine own manor until cinco-de-mayo three years after that.
24 is, honestly, pretty damn generous for Americans. I'd kick the suffrage to 26 here, except for veterans of course. Older for citizens of Yurop nations. Like maybe never.
Why the West gave the suffrage to women
Dave from Indiana questions, on Twitter, why the Mountain West gave the vote to women first. He doubts it was to lure women over there.
To be blunt, women hate it up here. Every map of male/female ratios by county I've seen have these mountain states totally rockin' the cock. Brokeback Mountain and Gay Cowboys Eating Pudding - an actual thing. For the chicks, I'd need to head on down to Louisiana and Mississippi. (Of course, I'd mostly be picking up black chicks, but...) For non-Denisovans and (now) non-Tibetans, high altitudes mean difficult pregnancies; for vain white women, the desert and ultraviolet mean a swift aging process.
Historically women have come to the Rockies when their husbands and fathers dragged them here. Otherwise single women didn't come here - until economics lured them here. And by economics, in the period we're discussing which is the late nineteenth century, I mean whoring.
So when Suffrage was first mooted, women in the West were generally tied to a nuclear family and, because they were isolated, they followed that family. Many others were prostitutes, also tied to a master. So giving the vote to these women did not challenge the patriarchy (the word applies, to cite Inara from Firefly). Suffrage did, however, bolster the relevant states' population-figures; and it raised their profile in the Electoral College and in the House of Representatives.
The Huns were wiped out from Pannonia
Once upon a time, a Pannonian Sea covered parts of central Europe, and it dried up and left behind a plain - the westernmost steppe in Eurasia. It is now a state called "Hungary". I don't know whence "the Hungaria" gets its name. The people there speak a Finno-Ugric language, closest to Mansi and Khanty I recall, and they call themselves Magyars. They do have a folk tradition that the Huns had been there as well, off those steppes to the east. So today you'll often find Magyars who've accepted the German name "Attila" by which one of the more famous Huns was addressed.
Anyhoo, some graves in Pannonia have been exhumed. Tenth century AD. They are, indeed, steppe - a third central Asian (which they're saying is the purest "Xiongnu" like in Mulan, but I'd prefer the Hephthalites of "Late Antiquity"), two-thirds Ukraine ("Pontic Steppe"). They lived in the Ukraine for some time before getting up on their high horses. Men like this contributed to the Magyar genome as it exists today - but not many men; Hungarians are (much) more like Slovaks and Romanians than they are like Ukrainians. (UPDATE 8:30 PM MST: Razib (now) has more on that.) But I'm not really a mediaevalist so much as a Late Antique guy, so I'm more interested in how this finding can form a template for Pannonia under the Huns many centuries earlier.
So - for what Huns were like, before Attila: I invoke If It Happened In 900 AD, It Happened In 400 AD. I submit that the fifth-century Hunnic language, if Attila ever spoke it (his own name is, again, German) was probably not Hungarian, either.
The territory of the steppe from Ukraine on east circa 200 AD was Scythian (north Iranian, west edge: ancestor to Ossetic) - had been for thousands of years. Once the Huns got into Dacia I expect they'd have run into a lot of proto-Romanian Vlachs, Goths, Slavs, and maybe even the odd Gheg Albanian. To me it doesn't look like the Huns cared enough about Scythian to keep using that tongue, unless they just foisted, upon their new language, Scythian loanwords for horsework; like the Bronze-Age Mitanni came with Vedic when they slipped into the Hurrian palaces. Best I can tell, the Huns switched to Gothic.
And when the Avars and Slavs drove off the Goths, they drove off the Huns with them. Those Huns who landed amongst Germans (once more, they shared a language) regaled their new hosts with tales of Etzel. I dimly recall that early mediaeval Germanic has some Iranian words and features in it. Some Estonian / Finnic for Baltic needs. Don't recall it's got any Mansi / Khanty / Magyar, any at all.
The Pannonian plain wasn't easy to defend if you didn't have a cavalry. So when the first Magyars rode in, it's possible they booted out a complacent crew of Avars or Bulgars. Also possible they rode into an empty prairie because no Dark Age band wanted the hassle anymore.
The local Germans, though, have always remembered Uncle Etzel. As the Magyars settled in and forgot the Urals, they adopted the Germans' memories of Attila as their own. Perhaps in part because the Magyars' khagans were, distantly, related to Attila . . .
As for how and when the Mansi-Khanty speakers first got to Pannonia: I dunno.
UPDATE: Originally posted 4:20 PM, but botched it. So, reposting to now, 8:30.
Opposing homosexuality is Current Year!
Get with the times, brah. It's 2018. Nobody thinks homosexuality or other deviant behaviours are equal to a monogamous relationship with a different-sex spouse; that's soooo Clinton-era. At least, not in Russia.
Unless you're saying that our culture is superior to Russian culture. But that's cultural chauvinism and, like, not okay.
Rotten Tomatoes' narrative
Usually 'movies opening this week' has five movies lined up, with the others off to be clicked - so you won't see 'em at the site, and won't watch 'em at the cinema. This weekend: two. They're I, Tonya and some movie for paedos excuse me, for LGBTQIAP+, Call Me By Your Name (about an under-18 boy).
I got no complaints about I, Tonya. Angry Joe and his crew are right: it's an 8/10. And (to cite another youtuber, RLM) it's F@#$ You It's January, that time of year when high-revenue-projected movies are scarce on the ground. Still. As I look at movies opening, I see many that have 70% or higher, even among critics.
12 Strong (56%, war movie) and Phantom Thread (92%, period-drama romance) look like they'd belong on the top five in any other week.
I have seen 12 Strong, by the way, yesterday afternoon; and I'd rank that a 7/10, easy. I have Conjectures on how it didn't make the top fi - er, two. Oh yes indeedy.
Locked arms against Trump
Trump has tweeted about Korea and Iran. Since then, I read that Korea is to field a united team at the Olympics, despite that Goguryeo remains a plantation state (and, by some definitions, a "shithole"). Iran had anti-Guardian demonstrations but those seem to be dead now. The Palestinians meanwhile are now less eager to join with the Israelis. It all reminds me of what NFL teams did in response to Trump's tweets against them.
Maybe long-term there's a chess move that I haven't caught yet.
In the meantime Israel Shamir raises another possibility. Shamir suggests that Trump's comments push moderates over toward his enemies, who - since Trump is our Tribune - are our enemies. So instead of bringing Goguryeo down, Trump is aligning the southern Koreans toward it; instead of improving the lot of secular Iranians, he is reinforcing the Islamist side of the 1979 revolution.
Shamir as a reflexive Israel-hater and opponent of US moves overseas generally approves all these events, including the failure of Oslo; because (he thinks) they weaken the US abroad. Overall I scent that he's gloating.
Which isn't to say Shamir's wrong on the facts. On the short term.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Colorado's candidates for governor
I've been getting spam from Doug Robinson on my Youtube, and recently I've got a prospective (Turnpike / 36) employer who supports Jared Polis. So it's time.
One point I note is that, when a business sees growth under a given candidate, and puts real money down (i.e., bribes the process) it often signs on to the candidate's other positions, even if said positions do not affect that business directly. Sure, if a given candidate's policy promotes alcoholism or opiatism (if that be a word) or other such working-class pathologies, the business'll support immigration; if the policy lowers workers' salaries, ditto (more on the visa and outsourcing side, in my field). I expect all this. I don't - starting out - expect comments like "hey, Polis is going to make Colorado energy-independent as of 2040 through renewables!" because that is, by this thing called "physics", not scalable. By nuclear, sure. If Polis and his supporters aren't simply lying to voters, that's even scarier: the aim is to get just enough power to work the elites' own offices and the ski-slopes, with the rest of Colorado's servile workforce shivering in The Slums Of Aspen.
And I care not if that employer reads this post. I found out about their endorsements when they made that public, so it is only fair that I make my views public as well.
Moving on: the other guys. This post started with Doug Robinson. So: Robinson is a loser. His ad-spots are earnest and that is the problem. As a Tancredo Rightist, I already know I'm voting for some Republican or other. So I am looking at the identitarian voters - on the Left. Them'a the voters who say "what about the pandering to white nationalists" (As An Asian) or "they don't care about education" (As A Woman With A Master's). As commenter "To The Point" writes, earnest dialectic does not work. Identitarians will just dismiss your evidences out of hand because those evidences didn't come from their tribe.
On topic of identitarians - I repeat that I like Tancredo, and enough agree with us that he has a real constituency; but Tancredo cannot win, so he should find a candidate to endorse.
Of those on the October list I'd linked, treasurer Walker Stapleton and DA George Brauchler both look like real candidates. Stapleton has the more-professional webpage. Also I distrust "parental choice in education" from the latter. Usually that is code for vouchers, a loser in the Good Schools districts; and for charter schools, which tend toward the Little Red Schoolhouse model. Especially since State-level candidates don't have Common Core anymore as An Issue To Run On. On the other hand, Brauchler's twitter has a statement supporting the rule of law in immigration. Stapleton's site doesn't mention immigration at all!
So I recommend that Walker Stapleton lift Tancredo's core issue, as Brauchler has already done. Before Tancredo sends his endorsement to someone who will.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Reposted The Arabs and Their Qur'an
Over this week I've been trying to get The Arabs and Their Qur'an, Sixth(!) Edition, back up there.
This edition no longer has "The Turning", which had taken up a lot of pages; so the book's overall pagecount has fallen from 191 to 178. A loss of ten pages meant the spine was narrower such that I couldn't get the title (expanded for fifth-edition) to fit anymore. That is why it has taken so much darn time.
I am now convinced that "The Amirate for Saint John" - Mu'awiya, 40s/660s, already mooted by Volker Popp - is an actual thing; that makes for a new four-page publon here. Filling out the other pages are some references to "Joseph's Temptations" in newer Throne of Glass (as renumbered, so, offset if you have a Throne fourth-edition): here, on traditions of the 'Umarid codex. In more minor events I had to link to "A Garden for the Poets". And in "By The Age", I've learnt that Ubay didn't know sura 103 at all.
BACKDATING 1/19 8 AM MST: I'd posted the collection last night, just getting around to announcing it now. So, backdating.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The South remembers
Steve Sailer points out that Southern Democrats were the anti-Nazi party in America circa 1940. Partly because Dixie likes to kick ass. But also because Dixie Christendom has been philoSemitic, at least since Judah Benjamin. Sailer is arguing mainly against Philip Roth: who knows New York and sort-of knows the Mason/Dixon region but who doesn't know the South.
I did read Roth's Plot Against America. Roth didn't deal much with the Deep South; he dealt with Kentucky. Kentucky (belatedly) went Union during the Late Unpleasantness.Even in Roth, Kentucky wasn't nearly as antiSemitic as the New York / Joisey area - at least, if we all stay upland. Roth does have bad stuff happen in KY but that's Louisville, down river in the Confederate-curious part of the state.
If Roth had his own head in order, he'd wonder - if they hate Jews up north, and are mildly curious and friendly to Jews in upper Kentucky... why should they start hating Jews in Louisville, or further down the Mississippi? Maybe that's worth some research! And maybe his starting propositions need work.
The reformers' guilt trip
Jeremy C. Young cares about The Children, because somebody has to. And he would like you all to know how much he cares: he's even willing to post about it on Twitter. And if you object, you Don't Care and are a bad person. This particular topic is homeschooling.
You'll be unsurprised to learn that he's advocating Federal government interference. And that he's got a "fundamentalist" Christian bogeyman, here the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Young doesn't care about these kids either of course. Not that I blame him; he doesn't know them personally, and it's unnatural to care about those you don't know, beyond how much I cared when Robb Stark got killed on TV. But Young does want the pats on the back for making a public show of care. As is written in Matthew 23:27.
As far as "common sense" and "responsible" reforms go, such third-party language is better on the surface, but too often masks a passive-aggressive rhetorical trick that begs the question. And as a rule I'm not up for said third party "advocating for children" who aren't directly theirs by birth, relation, or adoption.
That said, I do agree with some of the proposals, at least that they're debatable. Any reforms done at the Federal level should be done on the basis of sober analysis. Not on emotion like Young, nor on rhetoric like the "responsible" would-be bureaucrats with "common sense".
Vanderbilt deals with an attention-whore
I've never tweeted the names of any resident or attending who bullied, discriminated against, or assaulted me. Yet behind the faceless Vanderbilt University Medical Center twitter account, they incessantly pin tweets and statements about me. Unacceptable.
Razib for one agrees with Dr Gu.
To that, I say to Dr Gu: If you didn't name names, then you'd said that the whole university gave you the "bullying" feelbadz. As long as the university is the aggrieved party, its administration has the onus of making the response.
Also, if you don't like the "supremacy" of the majority ethnic group in the country of current residence, you have to go back. I cannot trust you as a doctor to leave your (genocidal) opinions in the hospital parking-lot.
Reposted, er, two of them
I noted (or implied) yesterday that I was editing three of those books I've compiled / written / what have you. I am satisfied with what I have done for Throne of Glass and A Garden for the Poets, and have reposted them. I started at A Garden, almost as soon as I found out around 11 MST or so. Now after some back-and-forth I've reposted Throne as well.
The Arabs is still down, on account the title on the spine of the cover was offset.
To A Garden I did not add much content. I didn't even change pagecount. So I am not calling it a "second edition" - it qualifies as a mere 2018 correction. It was barely worth even announcing. If you already bought the 2016 version, you're good, except for the footnotes' pointers to my other projects.
Throne of Glass on the other hand is Edition Five. Sigh.
This version continues my retreat from the later Marwânids. There is, however, the same pagecount in the maintext: 124. This has been filled by a comment on the Minbar and by references to my Garden material. I also reshuffled some paragraphs for a clearer argument.
Where I do offer new content, and quite a bit of it, is in "Sura 32's Sources". I'm bolstering the 19>32 chain and adding (lower-priority) 34>32. "Shirts of David's Weaving", where it discussed a pseudo-David poem, takes account of pseudo-Samuel recently posted here. "Joseph's Temptation" brings in Geissenger's 2017 input. Also we got stuff from The Qur’an Seminar Commentary here and there.
And the illustration in its back is a seaside scene; there's a boat, like, right there. I didn't know back in 2014, so the ocean wasn't blue (and the fallen bottle wasn't red). It's been bugging me since. This is fixed.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
When life began it began with single cells: bacteria, and then single-cells with some bells-n'-whistles on them like paramecia. Eventually organisms began where two sorts of cell teamed up in symbiosis, and then - woohoo - plants, fungus, and animals.
Now the scientists have observed a reason: predation.
How 23andme gives us weird results
Razib Khan has been firehosing content into his twitter today, and among these is an article by Ameri-mutt Kristen Brown about how her results have skewed across genomic companies. In Brown's case, they marked swathes of her genome as "Italian" where she expected "Syrian". Razib credits Genetic drift for some of it. But...
I think with Syria today, many populations remained endogamous, such that they still have a lot of that Near Eastern Farmer(s') ancestry. But then Phoenicians took to the sea, and settled colonies in western Sicily. And then the Umayyads (near-Syrian western Arabs) took over (the rest of) Syria - whence they really invited the Sicilians to the Number Six Dance. First directly; then, more thoroughly, by way of newly-Syrianised central North Africa.
Guess where most Italian-Americans come from. That's right: from Sicily, and southern Italy generally. So when an American submits DNA, the company might be comparing it to Sicily and imagining it "Italy". And they're really comparing to the Umayyads.
My Anglo-Irish dad's genome has some "North African" in it. I've been assuming this is more the northwestern part of Africa, the Amazigh / Kabyle part; I wondered about the Spanish-Irish of 1588. But Brown is suggesting another possibility. Maybe the Berbers have taken on some recent European blood since the Umayyads showed up. Or more generally, since the Romans left - we're aware of lots of German Vandals over there.
When the segments of DNA are scarce, in my dad's case under 2% which I'd count as scarce, the plain chance in getting a non-Amazigh segment shared with a (modern!) "Berber" genome increases.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Upload #165: sing to the Lord
Whilst we await the new editions, I have some uploads to do. "Overwhelming the Yemen" has another 11>71 link. "ṬSM" takes into account a new essay by Gabriel Said Reynolds.
Mostly I needed to fix up "Song for the Resurrected Kingdom". I now think the poem's authorship to "Samuel" is significant - it is, in fact, to the prophetic Samuel.
Taken down 75% of my books
I have taken down Throne of Glass, The Arabs and Their Qur'an, and A Garden for the Poets until further notice. You can still get House of War though.
They have to go together in that they cross-reference each other. When the pagecount changes, as happened in the former two, the references go out of kilter.
As promised, this version of The Arabs no longer has "The Turning". But I added a new essay (which you haven't seen), into the "Vignettes" part. Won't say much more just yet.
Some feedback for Amazon / CreateSpace: hey yo, nobody uses Flash no more, not even 10.2, not unless they wanna get raped by pimply hackers (uh, ew). So your "Interior Reviewer" is busted. Hire someone to fix this!
Jeff Hays, head of the Colorado GOP
Colorado's Republicans, everyone:
This is why you fail.
UPDATE 5:30 MST: For a contrary opinion -
Sunday, January 14, 2018
The news is just going to make stuff up now
Roy Moore faced a lot of Allegations, and the Allegations sunk his candidacy. They seemed to be in character; they were truthy. Some of Moore's defenders worried that his loss would result in a media with no interest in truth at all.
Just last week we had a hadith about Trump saying a naughty word, from two links of isnad (disclosure: I didn't even care); and we have the Wall Street Journal, fresh off smearing PewdiePie as a Nazi, claiming stuff from 2006 about another woman which other woman denies it.
Of course Hollywood is going all in with The Post, like they did with Truth on Dan "Throbbing Memo" Rather.
People respond to rewards. In Current Year, we reward Her Truth - which means lying. It just has to look truthy and, like Michael King's Moral Arc, to bend to the greater good.
MGMT follows Primal Scream's road to hell
As one observes popular culture for long enough, one sees certain patterns repeat.
When I was a teenager, we were all listening to this band Primal Scream. They composed an album, Screamadelica, at the time considered a psychedelic answer to the Rolling Stones. But they followed this up with a crappy album - and then an album with stuff like this on it. In 1999, a decade after what made them famous, they came back with an album with stuff like this on it.
Primal Scream got high, got wrecked, and got Woke.
Lately, I've been listening to MGMT's latest tracks, which they've been floating for an upcoming album. I was never much of a fan - "Kids" did nothing for me, and there was plenty of other good material in the late 2000s - but I did and do quite enjoy "Electric Feel". I hadn't heard a peep from them until recently; although the fans assure me they'd put out albums in 2010 and 2013. I am told they were "trippy".
MGMT's "Little Dark Age", composed late 2016, comes with a making-of documentary describing how Trump's election affected the band like 9/11. Their new song, "Hand It Over", doesn't exactly have a video as yet; but it does have an official lyric-sheet incorporating Revolutionary-War font and the American flag. I interpret "Hand It Over" as a demand that we older white men surrender power to MGMT's generation, of Woke Millennials. (Singer VanWyngarden has slightly less than a decade under me, so you know.)
Same pattern. High, wrecked, Woke.
I am sure these ex-druggies would say that this means that they have Experienced Life, Man and come out the other side with great wisdom for us all.
Personally, I think they're brain-damaged. And I think they know it, and that is why they spent the intervening period cramming their heads with (cherrypicked) facts, or nonfacts, which make them look smart and with a theory that looks kind-of like they know where the facts lead. And I think that because they, like all druggies, are fundamentally selfish people they've picked an ideology by which they can project that selfishness onto someone else - Trump "deplorables", for instance.
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