Charting the Narrative

“White Privilege” in New York Times articlesIn a number of comments on various posts here over the last year or so, and asides in main posts, I have discussed my conclusion that there is an organised mechanism, akin to a public relations firm, which is generating the “narrative” that seems to occupy the minds of the legacy media and politicians associated with them at any given moment.  I have no concrete evidence to back up this belief, but the existence of JournoList between 2007 and 2010 (which was shut down after its public exposure) indicates that prominent media figures are interested in and willing to co-ordinate their efforts in favour of the causes they advocate.

My conviction that the narrative of the moment is actively manufactured, disseminated among top-level figures in the media and “progressive” politics, and then passed down through the ranks by a mechanism akin to an old-time “phone tree” (in which most of the ultimate recipients are unaware of the origin of the themes and specific phrases they parrot), is that the way each new obsession simultaneously appears within hours to days on the lips and in the printed works of hundreds of supposedly independent players simply doesn’t fit the model of the organic diffusion of information.  Further, when precisely the same phrases are used by widely-separated speakers, and a neatly packaged interpretation of an unexpected event is presented a day or two after it happens, that doesn’t look like a bottom-up process.  And finally, when you observe this phenomenon again and again, with precisely the same pattern, that reinforces the suspicion that something is going on to make it happen.  As Ian Fleming had his supervillain Auric Goldfinger say, “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”... [Read More]

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Decompressing…and a Volcano

In these times of frenzy, whimsey and complete lack of serious thought by our betters, a serious person who takes responsibility and soldiers on despite regret for being so stupid in such an age, must decompress now and then.

The Red Headed Irish Wisecracker and I paid a visit to the northern grandchildren last weekend, and decided to do a minimum vacation on the drive home. We drove the circuit at Mount Rainer National Park , stayed at a friendly motel off the interstate and then paid a long overdue visit to Mount Saint Helens.... [Read More]

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Conservatism is Progressivism Driving the Speed Limit

In his essay from 1960 entitled Why I Am Not a Conservative, Friedrich Hayek wrote

…by its very nature it [conservatism] cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance. It has, for this reason, invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing. The tug of war between conservatives and progressives can only affect the speed, not the direction, of contemporary developments.

…conservatives have been guided by the belief that the truth must lie somewhere between the extremes with the result that they have shifted their position every time a more extreme movement appeared on either wing.... [Read More]

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An Epstein suicide…

No, not the alleged pedophile.  There was another Epstein in the news recently – a Prof. Robert Epstein – and he very well may have ended his career as a behavioral scientist by telling the truth a little too bluntly.

Professor Epstein testified that, based on his research, Google shifted a minimum of 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election through search manipulations.  He stated that as a public Hillary supporter.... [Read More]

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Angelo Codevilla

Historical references and sound analysis justify the title to his latest essay: Igniting Civil War.  For those of us who’ve been assiduously reading the tea leaves since 2009, have actually studied history, and who care about the USA, this article provides a chill up the spine.  Buy more ammo.

https://www.printfriendly.com/p/g/rfV9Zk

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What the … Flix?

“Another Life” (Netflix series)On July 25, 2019, a new science fiction television series, Another Life, was released on the Netflix streaming video service.  As Netflix often does with their own productions, the entire series was released at once, as opposed to one episode per week as on broadcast television.  I get most of my news about events in science fiction from Twitter, where I follow a collection of independent science fiction authors and fans whose opinions I have come to respect.  There have been relatively few comments about the new series, but they have been curiously bimodal: some people like it and others hate it, with very few in the middle.  A couple of nights ago I had a pile of tedious system administration tasks to do which took a lot of time but relatively little concentration, so I put it on to have a look for myself.  I was astonished by what I saw…or rather heard.

The story is, from what I’ve seen, banal, and although they seem to have science advisors on tap which keep them from tripping over pesky things like confusing planetary systems with galaxies and the like, there are other inanities such as instantaneous communication over light-year distances and the need for suspended animation on a faster than light ship.  Almost every male (including a computer-emulated hologram) with the exception of one political twit seems to have a dumbeard™, and nobody on this ship sent for first contact with mysterious aliens seems to have a rank or title.... [Read More]

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Mollie on the Podcast

Mollie Hemingway is a guest on the most recent Ricochet flagship podcast. I know a lot of you guys aren’t necessarily fans of this podcast but I think most of you are fans of Mrs. Hemingway. Her part of the podcast starts at about 16:30. She discusses her new book Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. She and her coauthor interviewed many people involved in the nomination and confirmation hearings. You will learn new things by listening to this.

I don’t consume the podcast via the website but that’s one way to get it:... [Read More]

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The Left Discovers Human Biodiversity

Blank-slatism is a cornerstone of leftist orthodoxy: all humans are the same and race is a social construct. Even though Diversity is Our Strength™ anyone can be anything, do anything. Imagine my shock at coming across an article in a leftist publication endorsing human biodiversity:

The scientific research hits on some of the most sensitive racial anxieties of Western-African relations, but it’s also an amazing story of human biodiversity.... [Read More]

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Gloves Are Coming Off

The reaction to POTUS going on the offensive against his enemies has been predictable. (Note: I use the word “enemies” as the Democrats, Media, Globalist Donors and the embedded Deep State long ago gave up any pretense of being ‘the loyal opposition”)

The “Mueller” report hearings had their effect, they turned the tide from defense to offense. (If someone tells me their theory is that Mueller got a deal from Barr that if he made himself to be a doddering old fool in public , he would keep his freedom and get a get out of jail free card, I would not dispute it. It was a great performance. If Alec Guinness was alive, he could take the role)... [Read More]

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Boris Comes Out Swinging

There’s a slight change of tone in evidence on the Conservative side of the House of Commons today.

Mueller Hearings- A Theory

I usually look at any organization as a business. It works for me, as cash flow drives all organizations’ behavior. If they have aberrant behavior, it drives them to extinction.

Political parties are vote harvesting enterprises. They operate the machinery of getting votes to deliver officeholders who can use influence.... [Read More]

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Play Now Don’t Pay Later

I have been reading “Change.edu: rebooting for the new talent economy” by  Andrew S. Rosen. It is about the craziness of higher education. Students were able to go to four year resorts masquerading as colleges with student loans. They got to live in nice places with great food and wonderful recreational facilities but they couldn’t afford them. They couldn’t opt out of the frills to get just the education so they overpaid. The axis of evil of admissions departments, “will give a loan to anyone” government, and “can’t live in the real world” educators have brought back a form of slavery know as “indentured servitude”.  Sad.

Of course, the Democratic candidates have as their motto “When responsibility is needed make the innocent pay.” They want the people who didn’t go to college to pay the student loans of those who did. Giving away “free” is what they think is “fair”. For it is unfair for “Sally or Johnny” to ever face the cost of their actions. Maybe they can call the program “Planned Payback” or they can say they are “Pro-choice” which means not paying.... [Read More]

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