Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Remember the War in Afghanistan?

American combat troops leave Afghanistan for good by the end of 2014. Combat troops. Supposedly 10,000 troops will stay behind to train the army and occupy some bases. They aren't designated combat, so liberal Obama has cover. Afghanistan does not get much press, and has not since the Hamlet inspired delay on the Afghanistan Surge. It wonderfully reveals just how biased our media is as the death toll rolled through 2011 and 2012 at peak levels for our 13 year engagement in Afghanistan, and not a peep was heard from our media about the war in Afghanistan. The entire NatSec debate in 2012 was Obama killed OBL and that he ended the war. Messy details about Afghanistan would hurt the progressive system of win elections at all costs.

The progressives do not have anything set up well except for increasing voter numbers to win elections. Nothing really works besides that. The left needed to place Afghanistan on the backburner for 2012. Not helpful with close elections in play, and a peacemaker Obama image to sell. He ended the war in Iraq. How idiotic is that? We signed a SOFA before he even took office that had a schedule for withdrawal. The only thing he changed was taking the fastest way out, and then not leaving behind a force for any contingencies (like the war they're selling now). Ending a war, what a lame, progressive phrase. I ended a war. Will we admit victory or defeat? Will we learn from ending it? Does it count as ending it when the SOFA was signed prior to a person taking office? These are all things the mainstream media would not want to tackle.

It is also useful to keep it off the front pages as the media and our War Party had to sell Americans on new involvements possibly in Syria and now again in Iraq. How many countries do we have troops actively fighting today? How many thousands are still in Afghanistan? How many are still dying? There are counters out there, and there are people who care. There are also many Americans who view themselves as hawks, willing to fight and use our military anywhere. The military is the last institution that enjoys high levels of confidence from the citizenry. It is the last thing we can hang our hat on: we will destroy your nation. We cannot afford an outright loss, and Putin and the Chinese know this. We need to suffer those murky endings where we definitely did not triumph decisively so the progressives can win politically at home but we did not lose a "fair fight" so the red staters can crow about kickin' ass. Afghanistan hits just enough notes to appease everyone. Good War. Hearts and Minds. We're blowing stuff up! Fightin' cheatin' terrorists! What did we accomplish? >progressive tears<

The War Party keeps its spending a bit longer. Once again, everyone is reminded that the Nobel Peace Prize winner increased our war effort. "Nothing is going to change people, bwahaha, we'll have a government shutdown, but did the bombs stop dropping in Afghanistan during it?" Afghanistan was "the good war" as the left kept yelling for years that we were diverting resources that should go there by wasting time and effort in Iraq. As soon as Iraq wound down, they were disappointed Obama ordered the surge. Progressives always want to fight the fight you're not fighting, but the moment they talk you into it or you choose to engage, they walk away and claim it was not their desire. This is all spending, bombing and now, years after Al Qaeda has lost it's brain trust, for what are we doing it all? If we discussed that and cited the dead, we would be gone and not jumping into the Middle East fray again right now. All we get are more dead and maimed boys from the heartland, but you won't read about it on the front pages. Those men and the families they left behind have outlived their political use.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Nobel Puppet

Seems America has an open engagement with bombing nations now. It is not if we are bombing, just where. We are still in Afghanistan, but that only receives coverage on page 17. The War Party gets what it wants, and military industrial complex spending stays high. Bombing and no boots on the ground gives us that fake feeling of not really being at war, just dropping bombs. With what we are doing with air power and supplying people to now fight ISIS (which we supplied the last few years), we revisit the old Nixon doctrine. It is just so fantastic hearing it from Obama. This is Nobel Peace Prize winning President Obama. This is a great way to hammer despair and a feeling of helplessness in the low information crowd. Your sainted peace prize winner is a warlord just like all the rest.

Who is this young guy?

It is actually brilliant and devious on the part of the powers that be. If we truly believe in a presidency with little true power, we have to admit there are elites in control using the president as a symbol. This is wonderful watching low information voters see the Chosen One go from Nobel Peace Prize winner (Daay-um, just like MLK. He be peaceful 'n' cool!) to a tan Bush. It drives in the notion to people that no matter what the control grid is in place and will not change. Give up hope. Nothing's going to go differently than what we, your overlords who are a global elite divorced from your traditions, want. Give up. Go back to Internet porn, NFL and the Kardashians. Bwahaha! I tip my hat to these psychopaths. Well played. No one should expect change ever again. People will also not think to change the entire system as human bias is to stay within the current box, so bwahaha, continued control for the puppet masters.

I found Obama's dad.
They also knew right from the start what type of narcissistic, thin skinned baby they were selecting. Obama has such a desperate need for validation and adulation that there was no way he was going to reject that Nobel Peace Prize. A wise man would have given the "I'm humbled" speech and rejected the award out of the insanity of it being given to him. Everyone knew it was a joke, and even the progressives were framing it as and award "that he will grow into and earn". Like a parent defending the contest they rigged, they will grab at any reason to defend Barry. How much better would it look had he said "No thanks" back in 2009. The press would have lavished even more praise on him. He could not do it though. His ego needed that rush. He needed another award to feel good. This is his mode of operation, his life story and "they" knew it right at the start. My one hope is that Obama is aware enough and honest enough with himself to be ashamed of the award, and that medal haunts him whenever he turns his face and it enters his field of vision.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


We may live in a degenerate age but we are told by the media that it is progress. Even the outright disgusting is celebrated as a renaissance. Divorce, illegitimacy, gays, gay marriage, transgender people, soon to be followed by polygamy, bestiality (transspecies romance?) and loosening of age of consent laws (probably for gays + horny female teachers only). This is not progress, only change. This is not new, just located on our shores. We live in the United States of Weimerica.

On the internet, you can find escorts (any shape or color) on Backpages, Seeking Arrangement will get you college girls, Chaturbate and webcam performers do anything for the right donation, Tumblr is full of naked amateur selfies, and pornography (filmed whores) takes up one third of internet traffic. Rule 34 = if you can think there is porn made of it. An S&M book is a wildly successful best seller. Gay bars pop up even in smaller US towns. What a free wheeling time! Not quite. The Germans of the Weimar Republic did this all with cruder technology. Gay and lesbian bars were in bigger German cities. Marlene Dietrich, bisexual movie star, stole her gender bending style from a hideously ugly lesbian radio personality. Germany was full of burlesque lounges, tawdry films, and had a spectacular variety of prostitutes available by phone and on the streets.

How wide was the selection of whores? Let's check out the seventeen categories for different prostitutes available.

1. Kontroll Girls - legal whores regularly checked for VD.
2. Half-Silks - part timers who worked day jobs.
3. Grasshoppers - street walkers that worked the back alleys.
4. Nuttes - boyish schoolgirls who worked for pocket money after school (Hey, Seeking Arrangement?).
5. Boot-girls - Dominatrix types that stomped on men.
6. Tauentzien Girls - Mother-daughter teams that specialized in threesomes. Daughter ages did go low.
7. Munzis - Pregnant women. They demanded good money as it was a weird kink.
8. Gravelstones - Deformed women who worked for little money and often had missing limbs.
9. Chontes - Cheap hookers from Poland who picked up clients at train stations.
10. Fohses - High end women who advertised in papers as masseuses (hi, alternative weekly girls).
11. Demi-castors - Girls from respectable families that worked in brothels part time.
12. Table-ladies - High end hookers who worked tables at night clubs (bottle service anyone?).
13. Dominas - They were the domes in S&M fantasy acts.
14. Minettes - These girls specialized in odd fetish play.
15. Race-horses - Women who were the subs in S&M acts.
16. Medicine - Child prostitutes. Yes, Weimar reached that low.
17. Telephone-girls - Child prostitutes. So low they had two types of child hookers.

There is something for everyone. I may be infering too much, but using young Russian expatriates for whores and poor Polish girls sounds a lot like our modern human trafficking for sex slavery concerns. The BDSM crowd had representation in Weimar, too. Same sickness. They were only limited by the telephone.

How did we get here? How did Weimar get there? The Weimar period saw a surplus of women by the millions and hyperinflation combined with mass unemployment. The economic problems were not permanent but a lingering concern. Sell yourself to eat right? The gender imbalance was caused by millions of dead and maimed men from the Great War. A surplus of women will lower their price. It might be a reach, but consider the mass media conditioning in modern America. Dalrock and Heartiste focus on the media's lies and divorce fantasy for a reason. When the media deems large swaths of men uncool or unworthy, they are effectively removing them from the dating pool. A gender imbalance ensues, creating a need for women to one up in degeneracy to keep a man. Combine this with toxic "you go girl" sex positivism, and we have the sexual olympics of the modern college and night club scene. Weimar Germany had hocus pocus sexologists pushing for transgender rights nearly a century before America had hocus pocus fake degreed sexologists going to US campuses saying the same thing.

Women are incredibly important outside the sexual realm, and the US and Weimar media both were aware. Females were new voters in Weimar Germany, and due to outnumbering male voters by one million, swung elections even with their pell mell small party parliamentary system. Since 1980, women have been a bigger voting bloc than men in America. Our media pushes birth control, gay rights and abortion on demand as the most important issues for female voters (#waronwomen). Hollywood productions continuously bring up ludicrous white women health situations and perfect gay male characters to nudge voting in the right direction. The media elite in Weimar Germany did the same.  The film Sundige Mütter portrayed the old order's abortion and illegitimate child policies in a negative light in the fall of 1918. This is akin to every Hollywood movie portraying the 1950s as a stifling US Nazi patriarchy. The 1926 film Women's Crusade cast a heart throb as an abortion doctor and stressed the need for abortion reform (pretty prosecutor's fiancée is raped, creating need for abortion). That film was heavy handed with every example of a snowflake abortion seeker, similar to every gay man in a Hollywood production just wanting to get married and adopt an Asian baby.

This molding did have an effect on Weimar Germany as it does on American citizens. Surprise surprise, abortion reform followed thereafter. The decriminalization of prostitution followed as well in 1927, with the break up of state brothels and anything goes hit hyperspeed. Exactly who gets busted for prostitution today? It is de facto decriminalized. Earlier, in 1922, Germany's Youth Welfare Law expanded social safety net programs for illegitimate children. Socialize the costs while providing income to the offender. That link also points to a problem the welfare programs created: massive class conflict where the upper end and lower end were helped to the detriment to the middle. Now I know you have heard that in modern American. It is better now to have the child out of wedlock to collect all the benefits rather than do the right, traditional thing and have the child within a marriage. Financial incentives matter, and financial rewards will anger the group that feels they are doing the right thing but the wrong thing is rewarded.

The Weimar hyperinflation was early in the republic's days and solved by the end of 1923. This took the international community restructuring loans and admitting the Germans back into international normal standing status (multiple Peace Prize winners from this process). The hyperinflation was a boon to debtors as all debts were basically torn up. The large corporations that earned foreign currency fared far better than smaller producers (similar to post-2000 foreign earnings for US based multinationals today). Blue collar and lower wage earners saw increases through negotiating power versus salaried employees. Salaried employees also could not qualify for the new social welfare programs (sounds eerily familiar now). The middle class also saw their savings wiped away through the inflation while lower class Germans had no savings to lose. It was a middle class squeeze that when the recovery came, saw the middle class sink closer to the level of the lower class. All the US needs to complete this cycle is a good hyperinflation or with our debt loads, multiple years of 15-20% inflation. It would not be hard to recreate today. Even in the golder Weimar years, things were so unstable that The New York Times in October of 1926 was noting the push for a restoration of the monarchy in Germany. The major German newspapers looked at that a bit different.

The media itself was far to the left of Weimar Germany just like America today. The publishing house of Mosse and Ullstein sold 50% of all papers, and the Jewish publishing house proudly supported liberal policies even as the German people rejected them. Right up to Hitler's electoral victories, the Berlin papers were shouting the same progressive line. Karl Kraus, Edward Bernays and Wyndham Lewis all knew that the media held the invisible power then as it does now, except they openly discussed it and found publishers willing to provide an outlet. The entire intellectual elite of Weimar Germany was said to live in a bubble, separated from the common man. Funny how the period was not appreciated until decades had passed and the American '60s happened and another similarly Jewish elite rose. One wonders how many post-68 taste makers were cousins of the Weimar degenerates. This bubble was not a major problem until the late '20s crash and political fragmentation posed problems beyond their capabilities. Sounds too familiar and depressing as a modern American.

There is a major difference between Weimar Germany and modern America that can give the disconnected elite hope. Weimar Germany was overwhelmingly German. Weimerica is 65% native stock. The remaining 35% have been bought with economic transfers and class protection that will secure their allegiance to the left no matter how degenerate or nonsensical the policy is that pours from the pages of the New York Times. That divergence is important because it guarantees that there will be no Cornbread Hitler or strong man to clean up the Weimerican elite's mess. There is another historical entity from the early 20th century that lines up much better. Mixed ethnicities, multiple languages, sluggish economic growth, stagnation, lost pride, an empire, dysfunctional government, secession movements (real and fake), corruption and on far too big of a scale than could ever be efficient... and that entity once looked to yhe American model of federalism as a possible savior. It did not work, and the United States of Austria-Hungary never was born because the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved from too many centrifugal forces. For now, we can delight in the hedonism and sink in the despair that is Weimerica.

Despair is real. The tone is between the lines of even those who gleefully enjoy the hedonism offered by Weimerica. The libertines secretly wished for order to return. The boys of Return of Kings love the cheap sex era but long for good women to wife up and fair family laws. There was the same echo in Weimer Germany. I'll let Stefan Zweig explain it eloquently in "The World of Yesterday".

Berlin was transformed into the Babylon of the world. Bars, amusement parks, honky-tonks sprang up like mushrooms. What we had seen in Austria proved to be just a mild and shy prologue to this witches' Sabbath; for the Germans introduced all their vehemence and methodical organization into the perversion. Along the entire Kurfurstendamm powdered and rouged young men sauntered and they were not all professionals; every high school boy wanted to earn some money and in the dimly lit bars one might see government officials and men of the world of finance tenderly courting drunken sailors without shame Even the Rome of Suetonius had never known such orgies as the pervert balls of Berlin, where hundreds of men costumed as women and hundreds of women as men danced under the benevolent eyes of the police. In the collapse of all values a kind of madness gained hold particularly in the bourgeois circles which until then had been unshakeable in their probity. Young girls bragged proudly of their perversion, to be sixteen and still under suspicion of virginity would have been considered a disgrace in any school of Berlin at the time, every girl wanted to tell of her adventures and the more exotic, the better.

This all feels like our modern era, and Zweig goes on to discuss the lame, hollow feeling to it all, much like our time.

But the most revolting thing about this pathetic eroticism was its spuriousness. At bottom the orgiastic period which broke out in Germany simultaneously with the inflation was nothing more than feverish imitation; one could see that these girls of the decent middle class families much rather would have worn their hair in a simple arrangement than in a sleek man's haircut, that they would much rather have eaten apple pie with whipped cream than drink strong liquor; everywhere it was unmistakable that this over-excitation was unbearable for the people, this being stretched daily on the rack of inflation and the whole nation, tired of war, actually longed for order, quiet and a little security and bourgeois life. And, secretly it hated the republic, not because it suppressed this wild freedom, but on the contrary, because it held the reins too loosely.

Weimar's decadent culture lived a short Gotterdammerung. Ours will too. Weimerica will come to an end, and when it does, someone must be there to restore order.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Emma Watson, Feminist

Emma Watson, Feminist, is asking men to help women achieve equality. This is the best they can do? Asking an actress. What deep, dramatic roles has she played that exemplify the plight of the modern, oppressed woman. Wait, I know one. Super strong feminist here...

I award 10,000 points to the house of Gryffindor!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cold Summer

I'm in the Midwest so maybe this is a local bias, but it has been a cold summer.

Indianapolis had a record cold July. Fluke, fluke fluke.

One of the coldest Julys in Cleveland. Weather, not climate.

Record cold July is changing the leaves in the Pittsburgh area. Whocoodanode?

That is a summer after the Global Warming expedition was stuck in the ice in Antarctica. Shhh, miles further out to sea than the Scott expedition in the footsteps they were following.

This summer Antarctic ice set a new record for square miles. Global warming to blame of course.

Must be why they sent in the clowns for the Climate Justice March.

"And where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns..."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Fall Feminine TV Schedule

Watching college football and the NFL has brought me in contact with promotional advertisements for the networks' new shows. These are terrible shows. Horrendous looking, cliché after cliché in the thirty second ads and almost always with a lady at the center of some wacky situation. It is terrible.

There is a show called Selfie. Young hot chick who loves technology is the center of this show. She is uber connected to social media and will be the celluloid version of the #LookUpBitch type. I guess Mary Tyler Moore made it after all for her successors to be Faceborg zombies on the job.

A woman in year six of law school has to balance her wacky family with the demands of making it in America. The networks are so desperate for Hispanic television shows that they sped this one to production, Per Grantland,

The story behind Cristela is almost better than the series itself. A year ago, up-and-coming Mexican American comedian Cristela Alonzo was asked to put together a “pilot presentation” for the suits at ABC. Not a full pilot, mind you. Just a few ideas as to what that pilot, should it eventually be ordered, might be. It was a courtesy and an investment, maybe, in the future.

That future came much sooner than anyone expected, Alonzo included. After delighting the network, the pilot presentation became a pilot, the budget for which was so small that it was actually shot on the set of another ABC show, Last Man Standing. The recycling worked: Cristela quite unexpectedly made ABC’s final schedule ahead of some higher-profile projects and names.

Do you know how hard it is to get a done deal? How long it takes? I have a friend in development hell because Lionsgate does not want to incur over 30% of production costs so they have to wait out for the proper tax breaks. Cristela has no kids, and mama wants her to settle down, but she is going to make it into that law firm.

Bad Judge
Oh yeah, legal comedy with some raunch from a lady. She's got attitude. She asks bailiffs to throw out pregnancy tests because 47 year olds are always getting pregnant, and she don't mind getting frisky in the judge's chambers. Ow! Honestly, Kate Walsh has great legs, which were always on display on Grey's Anatomy in pencil skirts. Walsh was also the real life inspiration for Christina Applegate's character in The Sweetest Thing. Walsh's judge is childless and unmarried, but then finds some inspiration in adopting the little black orphan.

How to Get Away With Murder
Shonda Rhimes' latest genius blacks doing smart people things and acting virtuous show. My guess is at this prestigious law school, there will be more black students than Asian or Hispanic students combined. Shonda has to dream doesn't she? My guess is she is childless and single.

Madam Secretary
"Okay, Isaac, put down the pastrami, remembah that show "Commander in Chief" that we used to try to prime people to vote for Hillary?"

"Oy vey, what a flop. We looked like schmucks."

"I got a bettah idea. How about Tea Leoni, right right, playing Secretary of State, right right, and she's supah hot and supah effective!"

"Gold, Avi, gold!"

This will be cancelled within a season because Tea Leoni cannot be in any successful television show.

The Mysteries of Laura
Soon to be single mom of twin boys is a lady cop. She also is so sexy to the men of NYC that they just can't stop complimenting her. Why are they on Seeking Arrangement??? Messing, weighing in at 90 lbs, plays a cop that will shoot the bad guy, and come home to hug her boys.

Looking at this stable of ladies, we have a bunch of single women working their jobs in a man's world while still trying to do something that resembles normal feminine roles: part time mom, part time daughter, part time wife. If this repetition sounds familiar, it's because it is old news. Here's a quote from Network, the fabulous film from 1976 that parodied television. About the upcoming fall line up:

Barbara: These are those four outlines submitted by Universal for an hour series. You needn't bother to read them; I'll tell them to you. The first one is set at a large Eastern law school, presumably Harvard. The series is irresistibly entitled "The New Lawyers." The running characters are a crusty-but-benign ex-Supreme Court justice, presumably Oliver Wendell Holmes by way of Dr. Zorba; there's a beautiful girl graduate student; and the local district attorney who is brilliant and sometimes cuts corners. The second one is called "The Amazon Squad." The running characters include a crusty-but-benign police lieutenant who's always getting heat from the commissioner; a hard-nosed, hard-drinking detective who thinks women belong in the kitchen; and the brilliant and beautiful young girl cop who's fighting the feminist battle on the force. Up next is another one of those investigative reporter shows. A crusty-but-benign managing editor who's always gett...

I love the stock crusty-but-benign older man archetype. It's the good grandfather role. They are gone from television today. You get the gist, though, this is the same schlock. Same story. Not quite.

Besides Selfie, most of the lead characters are older. Those fake shows from Network featured young women breaking into the patriarchy full of energy. What about these shows? The law student is in year six (so maybe age 28), the judge 40-ish, Secretary of State is over 40, Mysteries of Laura is over 40, and the legal genius professor will be over 40. No man in the picture for many of them, but they'll have romantic interests. Maybe they are frazzled by their lives, tired or jaded. Who does not have a social life? Who isn't watching sports? Who would be watching network television to zone out or even fantasize? A tired, frazzled and most likely lonely woman. Stare at the screen long and close enough, and you'll see your reflection.

Head in the Sand Boomers

It is a bit too easy to make fun of Boomers. The Boomers were enabled by the Silents, who do not forget were a bit Boomer-ish in behavior, into destroying what our forefathers built and replacing it with garbage. Part of the frustration with Boomers is their destruction of something and lack of awareness that they have destroyed anything. Family? Screw you dad! Their own family? I gotta be me, sorry kids and spouse, I need to explore the space and leave you growing up in broken homes. Parenting? Latch key. Manufacturing base? Gotta offshore that for my equity options. They do these acts and are completely oblivious to the wreckage they leave behind. If you don't believe me, if you have a friend with a Boomer parent who did these aforementioned things, befriend them on Faceborg. Watch the avoidance of reality. I mention this as a reader (nikcrit) brought David Brooks latest missive to my attention.

"Snap Out of It" is the title. Stop looking at all the bad real things around you. Life is good! Forget all the bad stories this summer, and let's be honest, this summer was a treasure chest of bad stories. Things are much better now! This is one of the most head in the sand Boomer takes on the world I have seen. It contains gems like the following.

"I suppose New York isn’t as artistically or intellectually rich as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, but daily life is immeasurably better... Compared with all past periods, American cities and suburbs are sweeter and more interesting places. (ed: How about Detroit?) ... Even next to the 1970s — which witnessed Watergate, stagflation, social decay and rising crime — we are living in a golden age. (ed: Great Depression 2.0, Obama Scandals, social decay now don't count) ... This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. (ed: what's different ethnically about our new elite mix?)"

Brooks was born in 1961, tail end of the Boom. He wants you to think of all those international problems or domestic problems as small potatoes in perspective. Forget about the BRICs trying to establish a separate world order. Forget about failures in the Middle East or Ukraine. Forget about problems here at home. There's a new Iphone.

Life is good... as long as you avoid that growing underclass. Watergate is a drop in the bucket compared to any current government scandal (forget Obama, just government in general). This is hope and well wishing from a man inside a very thick bubble. His bubble is NY Times pundit bubble, but it is not so different from comfortable Boomer. The worry is there. The feeling in their expanded stomachs is growing. There must be that fact gnawing at Brooks and his brethren in the Boomer cohort. The fact that the world they built and crafted is a nightmare and sinking compared to the old world that they so righteously fought to change, dismantle and impose progress upon for the better.

My retort to David Brooks is, "Sir, please, you be the first to snap out of it".

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Whitewashing Seeking Arrangement

The Internet has shown the perfect market that the sex trade is. It's a filthy market, but people can seek what they want and the price is set by supply and demand. Craigslist, Backpages, Chaturbate, escort sites, you name it, it is out there. The media reports on these issues, as well as prostitution in general, and has to wear their progressive blinders. They recently took a stab at reporting on Seeking Arrangement. Seeking Arrangement puts together young women (mostly) with older men (mostly) for a mutually beneficial relationship where money can find hotties for whatever they are looking for. This is the most dressed up, glorified version of Seeking Arrangement possible, and still it is just a website that enables whoring.

The articles kicks off with how it is going to sell you on this site being more than whoring. A man over 60 years old on Wall Street sends a limo to Princeton to call her in for a night cap. That is a 100 mile round trip journey for sex, "apartment decorating" and a send off with some cash. This is to help pay for schooling, as we are clued in on this by the articles title how sugar daddies are financing college.

Things not discussed:
1. Loans doing nothing good for school costs
2. Tuition increases being the problem, yet no politician mentioning this.
3. Loans being pumped out at absurd levels with forced payback.
4. Why do we have a job market that requires degrees when degrees are increasingly useless or unnecessary?

Those are big picture system issues the article cannot touch, and remember this article is to explain how it is NOT simply prostitution. The article's choice of lead example "Princeton senior" is to further push that point. See, even the smart girls are doing it! Let's discuss the problems there. Check out Princeton's incoming freshman profile (could be any year, always the same kids). Everyone is getting 100% of tuition covered if your family makes up to $120,000 annually. If your parents are making over 60K annually, you get less 100% of tuition, room and board as aid, but by that point, do you think they are whoring to cover costs or for something else? Stafford loans, family savings and some budgeting could cover the remainder considering the income needed to not receive aid. This escort money is for other things. Spending money? Use her looks for a quick buck? The media would never entertain that thought.

Their example becomes a symbol. throughout this article, the focus is on intellect. Men want a smart girl who will understand their lives. Men want more than sex. Men constantly bring up a girl being smart. Newsflash media, men will talk about a girl's brains before sex for an envelope of cash so she thinks we respect her for her mind and don't consider her a cheap whore. "I totally respect you even if we get busy" was the theme to many '70s rock ballads. Hold onto that illusion that you're still a smart, good girl. These women get attention because the profile picture. If they were ugly women from Princeton or in a masters program, they would not get hits. Has Tinder taught us nothing? Swipe left. The entry into the lobby is good looks, maybe how high you go depends on smarts, nah, stick to looks. 

Even the guy doing the documentary shills for the brains idea. "Dating a college woman fulfills these guys' wildest dreams. They want someone highly educated who is eager to learn," says Parinda Waniwat. No. They want someone highly attractive who is a sure thing to bang that might not come with normal escort risk. The fantasy is that these guys can have an 18-25 year old beautiful woman in bed, have as wild of a session of sex as they desire, and she'll listen to their life instead of running out for meth, coke or crack. The fantasy is not a smart girl, but Atlantic readers, especially women, want to think these Wall Street rich guys want a smart woman who knows what these rich men are talking about. The article mentions men wanting someone who can come on trips or business dinners with them as if this is something new. Raise your hand if you've been to a banquet or business dinner and were certain someone brought a hooker. I've seen this happen at charity events, and heard a lie about graduating from Vassar get sniffed out by another date who actually went to Vassar.

This is awfully similar to the article on men looking for companionship, not just sex, from their hookers. I went to this site. They claim just under 50% of the women are in college. College or no college, selling your body still makes you a whore. She might just be one that can use a slightly better vocabulary and have fewer tattoos. Even so, the college student number does not specify college student at brick and mortar institution under age 25. How many of these colleges students are online university girls signing up for the free premium account? I browsed Seeking Arrangement and saw a bunch of 25-30 year old women. We can dress this up as men wanting women who they can talk to (somehow it's impossible for rich men to find girlfriends in NYC). We can say that these are college girls trying to pay for school (flimsy evidence as examples of comp include credit cards and gifts). We can end the essay with "it can't really be prostitution". We can say all of these things over and over again, but it doesn't make them true.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Japanese are Positioning for Yen Endgame

The Ponzi goes on, and those aware of the Ponzi wonder when it will end. It is not just America, but the entire US monetary system. The reason why the financial crisis of 2008 was different from '80s and '90s crisis moments is that it was to the core of the system. The dollar and US economy was where the shock happened, not the periphery like Latin America or Southeast Asia. The loss of confidence in the system or even questioning the validity of the fiat dollar system would cause weaker partners to be affected earlier. Japan and the yen is one such partner. While many have bet against the yen and Japanese bonds and been burned, there are signs that the Japanese themselves are preparing for the endgame.

The Japanese had their forty-first straight month of trade deficits. This is the problem when a nation imports raw materials and energy and exports finished goods in a world of sluggish demand. The Japanese are one of the export dollar recyclers. They are not reliable anymore, which might be why tiny Belgium holds hundreds of billions of US Treasuries now. The Japanese are now moving to invest more abroad, but curiously, they are not investing in hot spots like China but instead in America. The Japanese are investing in US insurance companies as a proxy for investing directly in the US. They want to use insurance companies as a way to learn about the US market more before digging in deeper. This is beyond direct purchases of manufacturing firms and what not. They did this in the '80s when Japanese automakers partnered with US firms to learn the psychology of the US worker as they then invested in US sitused plants.

At the core of all of this is finding ways to earn non-yen denominated revenue. Currency diversification to prepare for a domestic shock. They are preparing for the devaluing of the yen, and they expect it to happen to the yen first and the dollar later. Many have bet against the yen and lost, including recently Kyle Bass, but if the Japanese themselves are starting to bail, the end must be approaching. It is an interesting island culture shaping up. Greying and shrinking population, growing robotics industry, worlds' largest creditor nation with trillions in net assets, "xenophobic" immigration policy, shrinking working population... it is like they are setting up an island of a homogenous, rentier class.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Fat Acceptance Song of the Summer

The song of the summer. Every year has one. This year it seems a battle between terrible pop songs. There is one entry that intrigued me, "All About That Bass". It might not be the song of the summer, but it is the Fat Acceptance Song of the Year. It is performed by heavyweight Meghan Trainor from Massachusetts. She looks wicked Mass, right down to the jawline and facial bone structure. She's a bigger girl, and not by 10 pounds. The song is annoying, repetitive, kind of a '50s echo (10s-90s-70s-50s nostalgia cycle), and has very few words, so it is easy to put under the microscope. Check the video out too as you read along, kind of a wider set in the video. Side note: The key is that the singer always has to be the thinnest woman on the screen so if she's a bit bigger, her back up dancers have to be even bigger.

The "all about the bass" section is gibberish. It is annoying and meant to get in your head and not leave.

The first verse is her declaration that she ain't a size 2, but she got junk in the trunk where it doesn't fake the funk. She also shakes it like she is suppose to do. Cool endorsement of self objectification you got there. Good message. Empowerment! She smears photoshop as awful and unreal (true), and that "every inch of you is beautiful from the bottom to the top". She switched from declaring herself chunky but a shaking big girl in the right places to affirming the listener that you are beautiful no matter what. Did you start the video? She's just chunky. She is not curvy.

We then hear the "Que Sera Sera" styled refrain where tubbs talks to momma, and momma says you gotta be packing a booty for the men as they like it. mom affirms her being chunky. That then is followed by Meghan switching the refrain up to be about herself again that she will not be a stick figure silicone Barbie doll (Sir Mix-A-Lot, call your lawyer). So if you don't like it boy, get out. Once again, a woman can do no wrong no matter what she does and what she looks like. You the unreasonable world must adjust to her. She will not change, even if it leads to greater risk for breast cancer, heart disease and shorten her life span.

The next verse starts off with "I'm bringing booty back". First, this is a booty. You are just chunky. Second, bitch where have you been? Booty has basically entered the mainstream with the arrival of Jennifer Lopez and has not left since. While there were women known for their rear ends throughout Hollywood or the music industry, the steady focus arrived with J-Lo. This line must be to rip off Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback". At this point just copy and paste a pop song. The next line tells skinny bitches to step back, but then oh nope, she is just joking because she then mocks how thin girls still think they're fat. This is the great irony in America: skinny women get skinny shamed and have lower self esteem than the tubbahs. Is it all a front by the tubbahs? Somewhat. The verse ends with her repeating the beautiful from bottom tot he top line. In verse one, she affirms fatties; verse two self doubting skinny women.

The song ends with the annoying "Que Sera" and "all about that bass" bits. This song is terrible and part of the fat acceptance push. The Mindy Show, Mike and Molly, American Horror Story Season 2, and other pop culture bits. I actually wish Hollywood would cast TV and commercials that reflected our weight WITHOUT the fat acceptance. If Americans regularly saw 1/3 of people on television as obese and another 1/3 as overweight, it might shake some people up. Just don't tell me it's healthy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Daddy Peterson

Adrian Peterson will end up one of the best 10 running backs in NFL history. Peterson was so gifted in physical talents as well as vision that he could have made the jump from high school to the NFL. Peterson is fun to watch on the field. I will tell my grandkids about how he looked like a man running around boys on the field. He is a multimillionaire. He has endorsement deals. He has a wife who was in Playboy. He has it made. Many guys would kill for his life. Peterson is too good for the league to sacrifice to the altar of the outrage mob; he is a treasure for the NFL. He's also not the primary dad to his kids.

A little detail buried in every report on Peterson's whupping of his 4 year old son is this quote from the boy, "Daddy Peterson hit me on my face". Not dad, not daddy, not father, but Daddy Peterson. Peterson has like 7 kids to 5 women, and that might not include the kid he had that he just discovered last year right before the boy was murdered by the baby momma's male friend. What number of them call him dad or daddy? How many call another guy dad? Alpha fucks, beta bucks. Not really in this case since Adrian is paying for these guys as baby momma's live off the ample child support. He better settle with the moms or else he'll face the Travis Henry future of child support payments that do not decrease when the pro football career is over (dumb judges).

Daddy Peterson. It sticks out because here is a kid who is just 4. I won't touch the overboard whupping on a 4 year old, which involved stuffing leaves in the kids mouth, beating him with a stick, and leaving cuts and bruises that still showed a week later when the kid returned home to Minnesota... or the outrage cycle going after him. Peterson has it made, and this kid is like "you're not primary dad, you're daddy X". It probably doesn't matter to Peterson but ever talk to a guy who has a kid that calls him "Steve" and the mom's new guy "dad". I've been there the first time it has happened to a guy. Crushed him. You're not the dad. You're another guy, with a different relationship and you're never getting that dad relationship back. Not the real father-son relationship with ups and downs but the perfect dad image that you build up and maybe lie to yourself about being to your kids. Even when the family broke down, you lied to yourself that you could still be the same dad, and then your kid hit you with it. "Jim", "Mike", "Scott" whatever your name is, it leaves that 10 year old's mouth and destroys that perfectly constructed, eggshell thin shield.

It sucks. It's reality. This might bother you, but hey, you can be the best running back of your generation and it won't matter.

*Clarification: It's Peterson's biological son but not psychologically a deep connection

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Note on ISIS Beheading Videos

The ISIS beheading videos were interesting. No blood. No actual beheadings. One reporters speech was gelded SWPL approved blaming America and wishing he wasn't American. That's the spirit. Way to go out on top! This is the exact opposite of Jeremiah Denton who blinked MORSE code to people back home to reveal the Vietnamese were torturing him. The videos have done their job as public opinion is attuned to ISIS and the problems ISIS might send our way. How did we get those videos? A little group called SITE released the videos.

SITE is an acronym for the Search for International Terrorist Entities as a play on words with the SETI science program (they also now track white supremacist groups). The SITE Institute is a terrorist tracking organization that has provided some scoops like the 2007 video of Osama Bin Laden looking tan, without any greys and kind of CGI-ish. A site with amore critical eye on them is Source Watch, which reveals that this is basically a front for the NatSec Deep State. SITE is a 501c3 which multiple years received over $500,000 from the federal government. The founder of their organization has briefed different security agencies, and they run a subscription service to keep tabs on terrorists. How many dummy accounts are paying for subscriptions in that boondoggle?

It is amazing how they get the videos and information even before big media entities. How do they infiltrate? Looking at tanned and rested founder Rita Katz, an Iraqi Jew and IDF veteran, has gone undercover in the past and has deep contacts within multiple organizations. Please read the Wikipedia entry for Katz to learn the horror story of her father's death (true, false, who knows). In the CNN video I linked two sentences ago she lies that Sotloff was beheaded in the video. No beheadings in these videos. Katz is a bit of a self promoter, and plays well with the national security team. This institute was founded right after September 11th to help track terrorists and gin up support when the powers that be need it. She is at that weird nexus of a "mediapolitics" and power.

ISIS is a group the US and its allies have given support to since 2011. ISIS is a convenient danger to rouse people to more action in the Middle East, more arms spending (haha budget cuts), and more meddling with those designated villains we have not dealt with (Assad and Iran). SITE comes along with videos of beheadings. SITE is a designated non-profit (lay people incorrectly think nonpartisan) that acts as an expert for talking head shows. The talking heads scare just enough of the population and then, bang, we have an urgent need for intervention from just enough people. I am not saying these videos are fake or that the reporters are alive. The links just stink to high heaven.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Media has True Power

It might sound repetitive, but our media is the most powerful piece of the American power structure. We live in an information age so their ability to soft censor, hard censor, edit, and share information is extremely powerful. Banks could buy media entities, but the media still has the power. The fear that the NSA program, and therefore defense contractors, could have all your secrets at their fingertips is the potential blackmail or coercion force that the media (and the Mob) formerly only enjoyed. A weird example of the power was on display when the CIA asked Simon and Schuster to not print James Risen's State of War. The book was published, and revealed who has real power in America.

Edward Bernays discussed the invisible government in his book Propaganda.

Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of the country... It remains a fact in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by this relatively small number of persons.

The invisible government is in play here as sources leak information to fill a best seller. We find out here the goofs by the CIA with regards to Iraq, the bull charge to go to Iraq and the underestimating of the Iraq insurgency. We hear from these sources that the Bush team never contemplated them or even had them discussed as a possible problem. We don't know if that is 100% true as we do not hear the other side, but the goal is to get you thinking these cowboys ran into an invasion without thinking. That concept of mindless warmongering is so important to the left that Zero Dark Thirty has an exchange of dialogue about the OBL raid and there is the explicit mention of not wanting to jump on a rumor too fast. Message NY Times bestseller readers: the left is deliberate about war and would never have gone into Iraq.

The CIA attempted to stop publication officially for the botched Iranian operation that would risk exposing current operations or secrets with what was going on in Iran. Unofficially, stopping publication of embarrassing details and discussion of Afghanistan being a heroin narcostate would be helpful as well. This was not CIA coordinated leaks and story filtration. The CIA wanted to get CEO Sumner Redstone to stop publication. Whoops, Sumner could not stop it as it had been published. Contrasted with the treatment of Deborah Davis' book on Katherine Graham, we know that is garbage. Simon and Schuster could have compensated Risen, pulled the book and pulped all printed copies unsold just as the publisher had done to Davis. Davis was truly printing what the system did not want out while Risen's book was something the system was fine with seeing printed. Specific elements within the system that the media deemed acceptable. Risen protected his sources for years, and in the end, it was revealed one of his sources was a disgruntled former CIA agent who was let go when the CIA and the employee could not settle a racial discrimination lawsuit.

This is why I harp on the media as sovereign. They shape opinion and do so by any means, all of which are protected. Risen's source eventually was punished for leaking security data, but Risen continues working. This book most likely put operations at risk or at a minimum damaged effort in meddling with Iran's nuclear program. The push to get it published also was to properly vet and debate the situation with Iran before we rushed into war with them like we did with Iraq. The Iraq war plan was actually formulated over years. It was debated for months if not years. It was the elite's idea. Look at 2000 presidential debates and guess which candidate was the bigger hawk on Iraq. This book was released to cripple our efforts in stopping an Iranian nuclear program. This book was to make the current administration look bad. This book was written by a NY Times journalist, approved by a Simon and Schuster editor and marketed by their marketing department. The CIA could not stop them, and the CEO of their parent company could not stop them. So I ask once again, who besides our media is the sovereign in America?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fellow Traveler Drew Pearson

It is easy to mock Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias in the new journalism game for their obvious bias, the Journolist coordination, their femininity, and the visible steps to progressive punditry. They are anointed as policy brains by the media with no actual policy innovation. They are just spokesmen meant to guide the public for academic and lobbyist policy makers. A minion of theirs, Dylan Matthews, went from Harvard (writing in the Crimson while there) to WaPo (added to Journolist) and now to Vox. He is 24 and a tool for the progressives. We see this now, but has it always been this way? This college commie to media commie move is old, and just more overt and in the open now. If you read about the intrigues of Congressional investigations into subversion, the career arc of Drew Pearson reads similar to our modern journalists.

The son of a professor, Drew Pearson went to Swarthmore College after attending Phillips Exeter. After leaving Swarthmore, he served in the Quaker organization the American Friends Service Committee, which has often been investigated or generally accused of being a communist front. Pearson was an FDR fan and was a foreign interventionist, arguing against isolationism. Pearson was critical of the US not creating a second front to relieve the USSR, he attacked Douglas MacArthur whenever possible, he made up stories on Patton, he attacked anti-Soviet Secretary of Defense James Forrestal (some blamed Pearson for Forrestal's suicide) and most odd, hired David Karr as his chief aide. We will get back to Karr.

Pearson was an effective attack dog for the internal commie interests. When the Truman State Department was shaping up, Pearson attacked Undersecretary Joseph Grew relentlessly over his comments on Japan or his lack of unwavering adulation for the USSR. Grew was asked to resign, and Dean Acheson took his spot. With the early post-war era forcing the Secretary of State into an international nation hopping job, the Undersecretary role was critical with setting up methods, departments and simple operations. This all happened as the war wound down and the State absorbed many individuals from OSS and OWI; many who were suspected communists or would be revealed as such or other security threats.

David Karr was originally David Katz. David Karr was also a KBG source for decades. Karr made good money through his connections to Armand Hammer. Karr also acted as a go between for years for Senator Ted Kennedy and Soviet leadership. Karr was supposedly cleared (this is even noted years later in Jack Anderson's memoir) despite being kicked out of government service, yet we know now that all the suspicions were correct. Karr replaced Andrew Older as Pearson's chief aide and leg man. Older was named a Communist Party member in HUAC testimony. Karr was a verified commie. This was one of McCarthy's charges at Pearson. Why is this journalist defending communists at every turn, attacking those who point out communist subversion and has commies as  sidekicks? McCarthy died in 1957. Pearson worked decades more.

Pearson was very active in his attacks on McCarthy. Unlike other media members, he did it from day one. Pearson had a history of this as he had attacked Congressman Martin Dies who started up the HUAC and Congressman John Parnell Thomas who was chairman of HUAC, who dared try to face communist subversion. Pearson would scrape up dirt on the figure to smear the accuser. Pearson went after Secretary of Defense Forrestal because he was anti-communist and in Pearson's words, "the most dangerous man in America". Pearson used personal attacks. Forrestal committed suicide; Pearson lived for decades. The best defense for his fellow travelers was a steady offense of attacking McCarthy. McCarthy whipped up the public to boycott Pearson's radio show (sounds familiar), and Pearson eventually dropped off radio. He won in the end though as the rest of the Operation Mockingbird figures chipped in and Ike leaked information to help submarine McCarthy. Weird that the CIA's program Mockingbird would allow such a fellow into its circle. Jack Anderson, a Pearson partner, had worked for the OSS and then was part of the CIA's Mockingbird program. He had been a McCarthy friend and used McCarthy as a source, but Pearson hated McCarthy from day one. Anderson brought stories of reported communists to Pearson, using McCarthy's information. Pearson would not print the stories because he did not trust McCarthy's motives. Eventually, Pearson, with his communist aide, would convince Anderson of the need to stop McCarthy. The rest of the Mockingbird crew followed.

Is it better that these types are out in the open now or cloaked in false objectivity like then? They can be open now because they rule completely. The media claims objectivity but only the most naïve or dumbest amongst us believe this. Pearson is the perfect example of the ideological fellow traveler bias that goes unreported everywhere but extreme examples like MSNBC and Fox News. "What liberal media" the progressives cry out, but how can one avoid the biases of every individual who forms our media corps. We all have biases. The social justice warriors tell us that we have privileges and constructs that I could never have dreamed of, yet they affect us in everything we do. There might be more honesty today, which is an improvement.

Was Pearson a Soviet Agent of influence? No. He was a homegrown and fostered commie working for the home team of communists that took over with the New Deal. Pearson has too many ties to the communists and too much fellow traveler behavior to not raise eyebrows and cause all Americans to question the official McCarthy story. It is not a matter of McCarthy being right, but of how horrible the first draft of history was due to the bias of the men holding the pen. Pearson was not an open communist, but defended them at every step. Pearson did not just do it to him but to everyone who went after communist security risks. Those were Pearson's friends, and McCarthy was his enemy. To schoolchildren and the paper reading public, those called to answer questions became the good guys while McCarthy the villain because as Pearson told Jack Anderson, McCarthy "was a bad man". McCarthy's motives are pure evil and not to be trusted because Pearson and his ilk say so, yet no one ever questioned Pearson.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Before Prozac

A small child does not want to play with the other kids. He is thin and not full of energy. Just doesn't have the zest of other kids. Mom is worried about her sad, nervous child. Junior, because dad was in the home and gave his son his name. Odd that the little boy just is a chill guy with his hands in his pockets. Nowadays, this would be a cause for a lifetime supply of Prozac. Back in the 1940s, you just gave your kid Ovaltine.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why I Stayed

Social Media can lead to digital maoism. It is the eprfect vehicle for modern democracy as it is purely about the retweet count, an account's reach and spread of memes. It can be scammed as well with countless fake accounts. It is a tool for the narcissists and for modern day half-hearted care. Hashtag activism does not change anything but can become a talking point for the media to push something they like as trend. Earlier this week, the hashtag #WhyIStayed was a top trend all day in response to the Ray + Janay Rice elevator punch video release. While seemingly supporting a feminist narrative, battered women, it revealed the darkness to modern women's nature.

#WhyIStayed had countless 140 character tweets of women rationalizing away why they slept with, dated and had kids with scum bags. Are the tweets real? It's the Internet, this could be fake in an effort to receive sympathy. The tweets become performance art of the modern victim. Look at me I am a victim, feel bad for me, I am righteous. There is also the rationalization wing of the tweet crowd. "Yes his name is tattooed on my arm but he beat me". Lot of single mommas on Twitter tweeting about the awful, no good horrible men that they just stuck with. Mrs. Janay Rice married Ray because he had a lot of green that she wanted a piece of. That is why she stayed. I won't touch the overinflated sense of strength and ego courage a slender woman has to charge a 200 lb NFL player in a small elevator, running straight into a left hook. That is between them to work out, and probably settle with cash in a few years (probably after one more kid). What is amazing is how these women stay with these guys in an age of no fault divorce, ample female selection and widespread encouragement from the media to go girl and be a strong independent woman. Wasn't that the lesson everyone trumpeted when Rihanna first left Chris Brown after he hit her, and then forgot when she went back to him?

There is another darker thing. There was an accompanying hashtag, #WhyILeft. It did not trend in the top ten on Twitter that day. Guess those stories were not good enough to share or numerous enough to trend. Maybe the last straw was too dark to share on Twitter or too bad to generate the proper feeling of sympathy from the faceless Twitter maw. It also reveals the fraudulent call for guys who treat a woman like a lady. Store #WhyILeft in your heart the next time a woman says she wants a great guy who treats her well. People will treat you how you let them treat you, and this culture promotes disposable relationships. These women willingly put up with this garbage because the guy has them believing they are the loser in the relationship. Both are, but she feels she is the loser who cannot find better. I cannot imagine the lonely men just hoping that cute gal working at New York and Co would reciprocate his feelings. He is probably struck too hard by her cute facial features to notice the make up covering her bruises.

This trend was not a feminist slam dunk but a mirror for the broken state of modern relationships. Little girls' toys can tell them they are awesome from day one, but it does not seem to work. Half of Beyonce's music is about being so awesomely independent and strong that it is shocking the repetitive messaging does not work (Mr. Huxley, you were wrong). Our media does not let women have agency, except when it's cool, empowering decision making, but we live in an age of blue light phones, domestic violence laws, no fault divorce, child support, women and children's shelters, and other safety nets for such an escape. How broken or damaged is someone to stay? This is the dating pool. Approach it with this hashtag in mind, men.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Was American Beauty a Classic?

There are classics like The Godfather (or Godfather 2). "Dad, that was awesome but why did Sonny get out of the car?" There are great films that age horribly like Philadelphia. "Dad, people went to see a film about a gay guy who died from AIDS and was discriminated against?" I like to think about the movies I will want to show or recommend to my kids as classics. Where does American Beauty fall on the spectrum? A classic? You probably liked it, as it did well in theaters and received awards. It's Wikipedia page is lengthy with citations of the academic analysis of it. Have those academics or reviewers watched it recently? Time has not been kind to the movie. American Beauty is a clinic for acting but is not a classic.

Beauty was released September 8th, 1999 to critical praise and enjoyed commercial success. In Beauty, Lester Burnham has a midlife crisis or awakening, his wife cheats on him, his daughter falls in love, he blackmails his employer, retreats emotionally to his teen years even getting his teen job and teen dream car, he nearly sleeps with his daughter's hot friend and then is shot by his next door retired Marine neighbor who had kissed him minutes earlier. Watch the film, and if possible, watch it with the director and writer commentary on for a followup.

The film is beautifully shot with a score that was ripped off in other film previews and commercials. remember that stretch of time when every other commercial had a xylophone. The script is clichéd, bitter, cynical and shallow. There is little joy to it. It is not a "the suburbs might have somethong dark present" film like Blue Velvet. It is a "suburbs are full of perverts" product that Hollywood cranks out annually. The kid who went to the institution is the deep, balanced one. The hot girl is a catty liar. The Marine is a gung-ho macho guy. The only normal-ish people are the two gay guys who welcome in the new Marine family and give fitness advice to Lester. It was written by a *gasp* gay man. The stereotypes make sense now.

The thing that carries the film is the acting. Spacey fully fleshes out the normal dad who is mad he wasn't a rock star or even the star in his family. This is a role that he first tried out in The Ref. He is tremendous embodying the devoted family man who is marginalzed by his wife and considered lame and an annoyance by his daughter. Listen to her criticism of her father in contrast to his behavior in front of her cute friend; it's a gross exaggeration. His cubicle drone, wearing a mask, is wonderful with deliveries like "for you Brad, I got five". Look at his dead eyes as he states what should be a cheery line. Everyone works with one guy like this. The "divorce" threat serve and volley is great as it is an argument the growing number of breadwinner women may soon face. What happens when a man has nothing to lose... and possibly something to gain? Spacey's Burnham references the nothing to lose idea multiple times in the movie. He is actually declaring his wife, his job and family have no value. They don't need or want him, so screw it. The other side to it is a man told when younger he'd reach a certain spot, and it would be a dream life, only to wake up and recognize the nightmare that it is. Did Boomers cry in the theater when they watched this?

As for women, Annette Benning should have won an Oscar for her role as materialistic and obsessed with the perfect image mom Carolyn Burnham. She's gardening in perfect clothing before work and looking peak-MILF. She'd love social media to show everyone the perfect life she wanted others to think she had. She even has the perfect empty, moneymaking job: realtor. The sequence of pre-sale ritual ("I will sell this house today"), bad showings and then face slapping meltdown pulled me in because it was not just Lester's biased narration saying she is a bitch. She revealed she was a bit loony. Nowadays, she'd be a pill popper. Here she pulled it together, no drinking, no drugs, just her. Benning was playing the true product of our competitive economic with feminism. How many moms did you know like this? Not many, but probably one or two. Benning brought that mom to the big screen. Looking back on it, was Benning just playing Martha Stewart? She lost the Oscar to Hillary Swank's performance in Boys Don't Cry as the girl who posed as a guy to get girls, facing intolerance from hicks (wow, Wikipedia's entry is trans-ed out). In other words, Benning stood no chance.

Other actors perform their roles well. Chris Cooper, a fantastic supporting actor in many flicks, plays a cookie cutter Marine. The boy next door filming everything feels totally forced now but the injection of the digital cam footage was already okay for audiences that just saw The Blair Witch Project. In 2014, we would expect young women to pose for his camera and everyone else to yell at him to shut it off. In hall of fame bad casting, the daughter with D cups wanted to save up for breast implants. Who cast her? The actress had porn star parents (seriously), so you can search and see where she got her talents. The rest are stock, cliche characters but complete a strong ensemble. The catty hot chick still has moments where she sounds like a little girl (how did Mena Suvari's career die?). The medicated, imprisoned mom (an unrecognizable Alison Janney). The married, real estate king (Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows) who makes Benning take the hypergamous jump into bed.

To date myself, I first saw the film after downloading it off Scour Media Exchange. It was a bootleg that stopped right when Spacey gets shot. We then HAD to download another version. We waited an hour to download it, and in that hour guessed who did it. A friend thought Jane (overhearing or seeing her friend with her dad), another the Marine neighbor. I predicted wife Carolyn as so much pointed to her. Was not their tension the chief conflict of the movie? Neither was happy with their perfectly cultivated family. Deep down, at the actor level, while the story is about Lester's journey, Benning stands out so strongly that she can make the film hers. Had I known the screenwriter was gay, I would've changed my answer because ding ding ding it's the antigay Marine, that just beat his kid on suspicions of homo-activity and kissed Spacey. Ah yes, every red state male is a closet case but also hates gays.

Does anyone learn anything? Sure, Lester doesn't sleep with his daughter's friend but when she asks him how he feels, he doesn't just answer but he stops to complain about no one asking him that in a long time. He still needs to bitch to a near stranger about his family. His post-death acceptance of life feels phony even with that. His wife? She hugs his clothes after seeing him shot. Hugs his clothes. Jane was running away with a teenage drug dealer that spent time in an institution because "love". The real secret: these jerks all have great lives that they could enjoy yet life is empty. Material success is not enough. Their situation as upper-middle class is a great baseline for life yet it is not enough. Married to a nice family man with a job or a sexy wife is not enough. Life is oh so bad for these unlikeable shits (okay, Lester is likeable). There is no lesson, which hurts the movie. There is no emotional core. It is hollow.

Beauty swept through the Academy Awards, but it is not a classic in a year with memorable movies. The Matrix is the classic "what is real" genre that was everywhere for a period. I have written already about American Piece and Blair Witch influencing their genres and film in general as well as marking film and cultural turns. Fight Club is more of a classic than Beauty and has aged better; this is despite containing many similarities to Beauty. Is the movie rewatchable? Yes, to see Spacey and Benning at top form. Is it dated? Yes. Ball came up with the script in '92 probably looking to smear '80s Reaganite America. By release in '99, this felt real or believable but with each year it looks more cartoonish. The movie will continue to age poorly as it has done so far just fifteen years later. It won't stop people cruising channels. It's not a "hey American Beauty is on" type of movie. Not many are like that, but that is why this is not a classic. Yet, it is still a great watch that has some beautiful shots and great performances. If the right scene is on and Benning and Spacey are trading barbs, you should stop just to see two skilled craftsmen rising to best one another and make it their film.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Shale Gas Plays Into the Dollar Dance

CNBC continues to pump those all time high announcements to its dwindling audience. Men on the street are not feeling the joy. It feels weird. Anyone out there 100 years old? Is this what the Interwar Period felt like? We have enough similarities. This fourth turning crisis period is taking time for our modern, ADD audience. I anticipate a dollar crisis. it will come from an external shock of some sort, but with the way the system is now, those exporters who stockpile or recycle dollars can keep stockpiling gold and tangible items (even land). The current garbage dollar regime suits them as long as they can amass money. Eventually, the primary reserve currency crown will be taken away and the petrodollar retired. One thing missing from my estimates and from some analysis is the role of shale oil production.

The shale oil revolution has boosted American oil production to decade highs. That supply expansion combined with our economically depressed consumption (demand destruction), it has caused our daily import number to shrink drastically. Crude oil imports are down 28% from 2005-2006. That is huge on the global market for oil with regards to price as Asian demand has steadily grown since then. A bidding war would push prices up, pushing prices up would increase our oil import bill. If the US oil import bill were to reach 2005 levels in dollar terms, we would have problems. Our trade deficit has the non-petroleum component and the petrol component since we are a major oil importer. Shale production is keeping that number down. Shale production right now is dependent on expanding debt, and the wells have a quick depletion rate. Forbes had a great article on the shale gas play running on cheap debt and fumes. The FED's ZIRP mindset causes malinvestment, and the wizards of Wall Street just pick which idea to boost (telecom, internet, housing, internet 2.0, shale gas). Following the last two links, unserviceable debt will lead to shut downs of wells, which will drop production, which will cause our oil import bill to rise due to physical needs. If we were blowing our trade deficit out further while running huge federal deficits, the other players in the dollar system might revolt.

It is what happened in the early '70s. The shift away from dollars through the 2000s was an echo of that. Kissinger had to create the petrodollar to maintain US supremacy of the system. What is there for a next step? What is the replacement to the petrodollar that was a replacement to gold exchangeability that was a replacement to the gold standard? The Anglo-American bankers do not seem to want a gold standard. The bankers and their crony puppets in the USG, World Bank and IMF are trying to maintain their spot on top of the global hierarchy, but it does not look good for them. If the shale miracle or revolution peters out, watch those annual oil production numbers. Scientists might answer the debate topic of the shale technology change just pulled future supply forward or if it unlocked entirely new production. If the oil import bill climbs in size, the game could be nearing a new phase.

Monday, September 08, 2014

BRICs Separate World System

The New World Order. What a fantastic phrase dreamed up by Rockefeller or whatever fellow Bildeberger attendee. It rolls off the tongue. We have lived in it for decades now. It looks a bit old, gray, dangerous and fragile. American military and economic power kept it together whether first phase gold linked or second phase oil linked. Whether you lean on the Strauss and Howe Generations theory, Kondratiev wave cycles, Empire models or other long term historical views, the post-WW2 world order is long in the tooth. The established order looks weaker for a rival. The talk of the BRICs building a new monetary system, and by doing so, building an anti-dollar alliance is also dancing around the idea of the BRICs anchoring a separate world system.

Speeches, monetary moves and non-financial events point to small steps towards a separate set up. The pitch of "end US aggression" is a great one. After witnessing the destruction of random Middle East nations, little clients would have reason to be wary of US patronage. How many of them have suffered coups, invasions, bombing and the humming of drones in the US guided world order? They will trade one big brother for another, but it just has to appear better to make the move. The big players have their particular friction points, but one can check the points where they come together. It might be better to not view the BRICs as anchors and more like tent-poles for their regions.

India and Russia participated in joint military exercises recently. India is now interested in Russian missile systems. Wonder when the American media will ask what foe is the cause for these big nations are buying equipment from each other and being friendly? India and Russia had an interesting tie during the Cold War as India led the non-aligned movement. As America played up to China to exploit the Sino-Soviet split, we made friends with Pakistan and China in opposition to India. President Bush's administration made overtures to and improved relations with India, yet the Obama administration has not handled that relationship as well. Joint military exercises do not mean everything, but China and Russia just had a giant military exercise; the largest ever to be exact. Maybe no one nation can become the hyperpower or global hegemon, but a collection of big boys can work together.

The BRICs have already discussed setting up their own internet pathways, which must only be bumped up the priority list with the Snowden revelations. China is going for an operating system. These are all small steps, but they start to add up to a picture of a world system outside of American reach or offering a choice of contact with America. Could simply be coincidence or joint moves to help buying power, but India, Russia, Brazil and China are all slated to expand their nuclear energy capabilities. Meanwhile, "green" America and Europe will shutter plants or maintain rather than expand the best non-CO2 baseline source for electricity. Of the nuclear plants under construction, sixty-five percent are in BRICS nations and Argentina, with the rest of the world the remainder. It is not just the building of plants but sharing of technical expertise between these nations.

If one wanted to play the long term game and view the Russians-Chinese as an aligned axis against the USG system from the start of Mao's victory, maybe there is something to Golitsyn's theory of the Russians and Chinese faking a split to weaken America, faking the end of Communism, isolating America diplomatically and then aligning nationalist leaders to end American hegemony. Much of what Golitsyn wrote in 1984 has come to pass, from the end of Communism, to the phony liberalization to the rise of nationalist Russian behavior with KGB leadership. That might give the KGB too much credit, but one of their own is in charge of Russia today.

Whether you dislike the domestic USG situation or the foreign USG situation, it is wise to pay attention to how these other players are moving the pieces across the board. Important pieces of the USG system, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Israel, are all players that could switch and by doing so inspire others to switch. Starting a separate or new world system is hard, and can fail completely. These are not changes that come quickly, and there are many pieces to assemble. Our media will not talk about it because it would upset the public. The media already has a hard enough job getting Americans excited to bomb ISIS and the Russians in Ukraine while simultaneously avoiding the fact that without US meddling, Ukraine would be peaceful right now and ISIS would not have built up its base in war torn Syria. The American brand is pretty toxic, and not even electing the light giver changed things. If anything, electing world citizen, President Obama revealed to the rest of the world that whether blue America or Red America, the bombs will be dropped or the money will be stopped if you do not play along with Uncle Sam.

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Randall Wulff-Lewis Mystery

In our social media age, how much mystery is there? Everyone knows a bit too much about each other. There are also things off limits from conversation and soft censorship for acceptable things. There is a little music mystery going on right now, Randy Wulff/Lewis Baloue. My hipster cousin was up to speed on it and explained this to me, causing me to go on an internet search quest. We know way too much about musicians and actors now, so a bit of a black hole is interesting.

Wulff completed at a minimum, two albums back in the '80s. These albums were discovered by the curators at Light in the Attic records and have since been released. It is super '80s synth. The vocals are mediocre, and it is a really weird juxtaposition to hear him plucking an acoustic guitar over a synth background. The second album, Romantic Times, is all synth. In a nutshell, listen to "Bringing You a Rose" (embedded below) and you will grok. It's the soundtrack to every slow motion make out session between a guy in a Don Johnson knock off suit with the sleeves rolled up and a girl in a short dress with some sequins on it, having done a few lines at the club. The light might be spilling in through the blinds, leaving shadows on their bodies. The film wouldn't have to play it in slo-mo as they would be moving in slo-mo. Scratch that. This is the soundtrack to "a deleted sex scene from "Wild Palms". It is totally time-stamped for the '80s, but that is precisely why the hipsters are digging it.

Is it real? it seems too tailor made for the hipsters. The hipsters of course cannot just let it be, and a few tracked the guy down to talk to him. They probably did it to try to verify they are not being fooled. It would not be a first for creating a hoax into a phenomenon by playing on a crowd's tastes and air of sophistication. Jean Shepherd did something similar with I, Libertine, but he was overt in messing with the system. I doubt a hipster friendly music curator would do this to their fan base. It would be a bigger slap in a fan base's collective face than Wall-E.

Still, something feels off about the synth on the first album. The photo to the second album looks like a stock '80s rich guy photo. He has a jet, a Mercedes 450 SL and the white suit with a cigarillo in hand. Does it matter? No. It is a small potatoes, weird music story. The hipsters just don't want to admit that he disappeared from music because he music sucks, therefore what they like sucks.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Tales From Teaching's Front Lines

My sample size is small, but I just cannot find a happy teacher. They are happy with their private lives, but their job satisfaction and enjoyment levels are in the gutter. A recent survey supports this hunch and the anecdotal evidence as teacher happiness is at generational lows. The job is stressful and the challenges are high. I got some dirt from a new teacher in an Indianapolis township grade school (or did I, this could all be made up). This teacher teaches first graders. How bad can it be? Pretty bad, so let's roll on. This is a teacher at a Township school; not the awful IPS system.

1. How big is the class? 30 kids.

2. Does the teacher have a teacher's aide? No.

3. How many people showed up at PTA meetings? 7 people total, including grandparents.

4. Does the class have desks? No. Chairs only. Chairs can have a cloth bag that hangs off the back so the kid can have their stuff in said bag.

5. Do kids have to stay seated during class? No, kids are allowed to wonder off whenever.

6. Can the teacher discipline kids? No.

7. Can the teacher give negative messages to students? No, only positive statements can be made to students.

8. Come on, if the kid acts up enough she can tell him? No, if the kid acts up enough the teacher can invite the parent to the class to sit with their child.

9. Won't that lead to out of control kids? Yes, a kid was expelled in the first week for fighting.

10. No desks, but they have everything else, right? Wrong. Teachers buy books to send home with the kids to read on assignment.

11. Come on, haven't schools been getting more funding? Yes, this school system won a Race to the Top grant.

12. See, that should pay for supplies, doesn't it? Wrong, it does pay for Chromebooks though.

If this isn't a poor school, where does all the money go? That is a great question.

An article by a black pastor or radio personality bemoaned the white flight in township schools. In his mind, the white flight is wrong and racist. Remember, there is NO DIFFERENCE between any child in any trait, so why would those white kids leave??? Parents are fleeing to private schools and other suburbs because of the above. He conveniently skips over the middle class blacks of Lawrence Township who added a new requirement for students: prove your residency. By doing this, they hoped to place a velvet rope around their schools from lower class kids spilling over from the IPS schools. Did not work. Lawrence also instituted magnet schools, which started out as magnet, then forced all elementary kids to go to one magnet or the other. This also coincidentally pushed the growing Hispanic population into the Spanish immersion magnet school. Lawrence Township is now a school where your 16 year old will graduate from the high school, but no way is your 8 year old staying in the system. The question and answer section above is from another township, but it is the same in any of the townships. The IPS schools turned bad, but the Townships were good. The Townships are turning bad, but the next ring of suburbs are good (and brand spanking new).

The Chromebooks, Ipads, laptops and what not are key. The school might be empty and be a zoo, but they have a Chromebook, so with
Mastery Learning methods, these six year olds can get a direct education customized to them. In reality, Mastery Learning is meant to limit what is taught. This way all students engage with say six topics, and due to limited breadth of thinking or needed aptitude, you can hammer away at kids so that everyone scores relatively close (close the gap!), and equality is achieved. At a functional level, this really destroys the role of the teacher. Everyone has at least one teacher that helped them, that pushed them or believed in them. What is the teacher for if the Chromebook is going to teach them and a parent has to read to them their assigned books? maybe Google can give kids pep talks. Teaching was once a profession that had a long tenure, building institutional knowledge for the school as a unit. I cannot hear the stories, see the surveys and think teaching, in the future, will exist beyond churn and burn.