Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cultural Appropriation

I wrote recently about White Privilege and explained what I think it is and why I think it exists. A parallel lament from our perennial whiners is "Cultural Appropriation", a phenomenon that posits that a person should not use the foods, clothing or other things from cultures he is not a part of. For example, not long ago a free yoga class at University of Ottawa was cancelled by the administration after complaints were received that the instructor was white, not Indian. http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2015/11/23/university-distances-itself-from-yoga-controversy.html

So it goes with any number of things. White people wearing dreadlocks? Sorry, no. White people owning restaurants selling non-white ethnic foods, er, no.

What progressives (white and non-white) seem to be doing is rebuilding walls between identifiable groups and promoting de-facto segregation. There are now "safe spaces" on university campuses where whites are not welcome. Yes, really. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/3xhafz/oberlin_student_radicals_demand_racially/

I find all this very confusing. The same people who have promoted multiculturalism now seem to want to segregate cultures. I thought we were supposed to learn from our exposure to other cultures. After all, every culture is of at least equal value and people, particularly white people, need to learn from all the other much more enlightened cultures that abound on earth. I will confess that I have never understood what I was supposed to learn from an ill-educated Somali shepherd other than how to be a shepherd. Not one of my goals. Oh well.

Bill Whittle is, in my opinion, a brilliant and enormously talented man who has done us all the good turn of producing a video on the subject of cultural appropriation.

Enjoy.
https://www.billwhittle.com/firewall/appropriate

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Choose Your Gender Age

Watching the developing insanity with respect to inviting individuals to disengage from their randomly assigned gender and race has been at once horrifying and mesmerizing.

Apparently modern man has undiscovered humanity. I have written before that if Bruce Jenner wants to pretend to be a woman that is fine with me. If Rachel Dozier wants to pretend to be black that is also Ok with me. Gay and want to pretend to be married, no problem. Do as you wish up to the point that you demand my participation in your fantasy.

The "Bathroom Wars" are now underway. Otherwise apparently intelligent people, mostly "progressives", have decided that anyone who claims to identify as one gender or another, despite their physiology, is entitled to use the gender identified public bathroom of their choice. All but the most willfully blind among us can predict the outcome of this nonsense.

There will be a lot of men using ladies' rooms, not, by the way, because we identify as female but for the much more mundane and predictable reason that we are men, more than a few of us with poor impulse control (particularly under the influence of drugs or alcohol), and an opportunity to share intimate spaces with women has been offered free of consequence.

It is entirely predictable that instances of rape and lesser sexual assault will multiply exponentially if this ridiculous policy is allowed to continue.

For those of you who are confused about your gender, I have a solution:


(Hat tip, Powerlineblog.com)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Minimum Wage

Stephen Green is one of several guest posters at http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/. I have encountered his work many times over the years and have often found him to have very useful insights.

Yesterday he offered another useful insight. He made the point on Instapundit that the real minimum wage is zero.

The context was the discussion of restaurant owners' plans to adapt to increases in the California minimum wage. They boiled down to massaging menus to be as labor unintensive as possible and using fewer busboys and low level staff.

So, the result of a raise in the minimum wage, will, as always, be the killing of jobs. The minimum wage for those cooks, busboys and dishwashers now?  Zero.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

White Privilege

I have been reading a lot about "White Privilege"(WP) lately. Apparently the perception has arisen that there is an inherent advantage deployed in favor of white people in Western society.

Humans have been on earth for tens of thousands of years; Black, Brown, Red, White and Yellow. All five color groups have developed their various cultures more or less continuously throughout those tens of thousands of years. For all but a fraction of that time they have developed their cultures in isolation, in parallel.

A number of those cultures are very well known. The Chinese Dynasties, Japanese Empires, The Caliphate, The Incas, The Aztecs, The Romans, and The Greeks were all very powerful at one time or another. However powerful they all were they never allowed wealth and comfort to inure to the benefit of the vast majority of the people living in those cultures. Life for a huge majority of their citizens was one of subsistence. Abject poverty on a scale we would not recognize as a life worth living.

There was another culture developing in parallel with those I have mentioned. Judeo-Christian (JC) culture. For thousands of years, as the culture developed, the lives of most people living in it were lives we would not consider worth living.

As the culture evolved it became less feudal. Human rights began to be recognized and the trajectory of the culture became one with a goal of human dignity.

From pre-history until the 18th century the economic lives of the vast majority of humanity remained much as it always had been. Humans spent almost all of their time providing for their next meal. We bred like animals, hoping to stay ahead of infant mortality and raise enough children to tend our meager farms and take care of us in our dotage at the ripe old age of 40, if we made it that far.

Two  events occurred in the 18th century which proved to be entirely miraculous. The Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution completely changed the economic trajectory of ordinary people.


Both events are the result of the manifestations of JC culture. As is obvious from the chart above, the benefits of this pair of miracles are by no means limited to those who participate in the JC culture.

The JC culture is an overwhelmingly white one. It was white people who created the Industrial Revolution. It was white people who created the American Revolution. White people deeply immersed in the JC culture.

Of all the cultures ever developed during the tens of thousands of years of human existence only one has produced such prosperity for so many. Over the past 400 years or so, the nature of human existence has been fundamentally transformed to such an extent that billions of us alive now could not begin to understand what life was like for our ancestors.

All of this was created by white people functioning in a culture that has proven itself to be, by far, the most successful ever conceived. Therein lies the provenance of WP, as a conscious matter or not. Members of all the other cultures and colors still in existence have watched the miracle happen and, happily, have participated in it. Nonetheless, they are only human and are jealous of our success and defensive about their own lack of success. Thus the cultural contempt for white people manifested by the Chinese and Japanese, the murderous aggression against Christians and Jews by Muslims, and the unfortunately misplaced antipathy toward us manifested by so many black people.

WP is not White Supremacy. Thanks to the amazing success of the JC culture we have more and more interaction with humans of all creeds and colors all over the earth. It is entirely obvious to me that the difference in outcomes has nothing to do with inherent intelligence or abilities and everything to do with the culture within which human intelligence and ability operates. JC culture is, by far, the most productive incubator for humanity in its very long and varied history.

So yes, WP exists although I don't think white people ever think about it. It is simply our legacy in much the same way that the heirs of Joseph Kennedy benefit from his incredible success even though they did not create it. It remains theirs to nurture and develop.

From the perspective of this white person, the privilege is not deployed by white people for their own benefit. It is experienced in the negative by non-whites who are, quite naturally, jealous of accomplishments they cannot call their own.

UPDATE: I wrote tangentially on this subject in an October 2006 post titled

You're either with us or against us... 

 

 



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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Clinton experiencing life as a Republican



It is with no small amount of glee that I am watching Clinton experience a significant part of what it is like to be a Republican.

There is a quite famous cartoon which shows an elephant and a donkey pitching their platforms:
 



 The cartoon perfectly, in my opinion, points out the handicap Republicans operate under given the nature of humans.

Now Clinton is competing with the "Free Stuff" narrative and is getting creamed for the time being.

She does have the advantage of being able to persuade notable (to the left) economists to point out the idiocy of Bernie's assertions in the MSM. So at least she has that going for her.




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Friday, January 08, 2016

Why we shouldn't believe in man made "Climate Change"

The first part of the post below was originally published  on 11/20/2008. The UPDATE below it is new.

Because the UN is telling us it is so.

The UN, the promoter of the worldwide Aids epidemic will shortly be reporting that their numbers are wildly wrong, according to the Washington Post today.

One of the reasons the numbers are so far off is:

"There was a tendency toward alarmism, and that fit perhaps a certain fundraising agenda," said Helen Epstein, author of "The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS." "I hope these new numbers will help refocus the response in a more pragmatic way." (emphasis added).

The same money driven agenda will be shown to be at work in the Global Warming Industry. It won't be long now. As Radar used to say in M.A.S.H. "Wait for it".

UPDATE 1/8/2016

A little more than 8 years later the hoax is both more and less effective.

More because so many people are making a good living from it. It has spawned entire new industries. Electric cars (subsidized by the government), solar panels (subsidized by the government), wind farms (subsidized by the government). Notice a trend there?

The bureaucrats and "scientists" employed in the effort to perpetuate the hoax are having a ball. Every year they have a global conference with themselves and various politicians and celebrities flying their private, gas guzzling, CO2 emitting airplanes to various exotic spots to eat, drink and play lavishly, all the while exhorting the rest of us to reduce our carbon footprints. The cognitive dissonance is lost on them, but not on us. "Climate change" is now very low on the priority list of most Americans, so low in fact, that it doesn't appear at all on this list http://www.gallup.com/poll/1675/most-important-problem.aspx .



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Fundamental Matters

It seems that much of the problem in finding a way to peace in the Middle East is that both sides are telling the truth but only one side is being listened to.

Israel really wants to live in peace, in reasonable security and has no abiding antipathy towards Arabs.

The Arabs do not accept the legitimacy of the State of Israel and have a very vocal, visceral antipathy towards Jews.

For reasons best known to the non-Arab peace negotiators, including the Israelis, and most of the non-Arab public of the world they refuse to accept the Arabs at their vociferous word: We intend to destroy Israel and we intend to destroy the Jews.

They shout this from the rooftops of thousands of Mosques the world over. They shout this from every Arab Capitol . They shout this from every state run newspaper in the middle-east.

They don't just shout this occasionally. They shout it constantly. How is it that such a huge din goes unheard by so many?

Could it be the reluctance of so many to have the discussion that has to be had? Are we afraid to debate the legitimacy of the State of Israel? Are we afraid to point out, clearly, that the Arabs are a civilization bent on genocide?

That Israel is happy to live side by side in secure states isn't surprising. From the Arab point of view it is the same as having someone break into your house and offer to split it with you. A ridiculous proposition of course.

Until the Arabs are able to acknowledge that Jews have had a continuous presence in Israel from biblical times; that the Zionists bought and paid for their land and have a legitimate claim to it; and, that the 1948 partition was a legitimate exercise of political power by the Jews, there is little point to "peace talks".

If they can't acknowledge any or all of the above assertions the result will be perpetual war.

When the Zionist movement was slowly filling much of pre-Israel Palestine with Jews the Arabs demanded the British do something about it. They did but the Jews kept coming anyway. Here in the USA we are watching the Southwest fill up with illegal immigrants. We understand what the Arabs felt like.




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Refugee "Women and Children"


Mr. Obama assures us in his customary condescending manner that we are ridiculous, not to mention cowardly, for expressing concern about these "women and children".

Migrants queue on a street to enter the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) for their registration process in Berlin, Germany
Migrants queue on a street to enter the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) for their registration process in Berlin, Germany Photo: REUTERS
Hmm. I have noticed that our language has deteriorated in the recent past although I doubt it has descended to such depths that even the most progressive of newspeak language architects would apply the description of "women and children" to those in the photo above.
Meanwhile, it seems a few "women and children" are unaccounted for in Germany.
"German authorities are reportedly searching for 12 people who entered the country illegally as refugees using fake Syrian passports and then disappeared."
 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/12064943/Germany-searching-for-migrants-who-entered-Germany-using-same-passports-as-Paris-attackers.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The story never does get around to declaring the genders and/or age of the missing.




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