Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bourgeois Aspirations

Catching up with posts. These items date from October 2017 but are still just as relevant.

Deep State - Golden Shower Dossier

Daily 2017/10/15/wsj editorial board accuses beltway media and democrats of trump dossier coverup

Salient points....

Fusion GPS was founded by three former WSJ reporters:
  • Glenn Simpson
  • Peter Fritsch
  • Tom Catan
Fusion GPS paid former spook Christopher Steele to produce it.

The Justice Department covered up sourcing of dossier abetted by Glenn Simpson's media buddies who chose to ignore the story.

The dossier is the centerpiece of the ongoing Trump/Russia collusion investigation

Fusion gps was working for a hillary ally when it produced the dossier.

The US Government cited in application for surveillance of trump campaign chair carter page FBI paid steele 50k to continue investigation

Glenn Simpson has ties to russia. He worked to roll back magnitsky act under which the US punished Russian Oligarchs for the death of a Russian whistle blower.

Two russian partners of Fusion GPS were sent to meet with trump on 6/9/16 to try and entrap campaign.


99% Invisible had a great podcast about the long running plan by Los Angeles to contain homelessness to the skidrow section of downtown:

99 Percent Invisible - The Containment Plan

An interesting aspect of the show was the review of the origins of the term, "skid row."

Wikipedia - Skid Row

It comes from an area in Seattle, current Pioneer Square, where loggers used to skid (slide) logs up the skid road (log road), current  Yessler Way. This area in Seattle became notorious for as a den of squalor where lumber jacks would go blow their hard earned wages on booze, gambling and prostitutes.

Nowadays, Skid Row means an impoverished area where bums congregate full of drug dens, liquor stores and red light districts.

For many years, Los Angeles had its own skid row area downtown where there was an unofficial agreement to coerce homeless people to go in order to keep them away from other areas. It seems that this agreement is breaking down and the homeless are now gradually being driven away.

Crystal Nights - The Nazi Public Relations Machine

Mike Rowe had an interesting podcast on how sophisticated public relations techniques developed by Edward Bernaise, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, both Jews, were put to use by the Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels:

Mike Rowe Podcast - Episode 78 Give that Man a Cigar

It turns out that Goebbels was highly influenced by of book by Bernaise that dealt with Public Relations, a new field created by Bernaise with ideas taken from his uncle Freud:

Crystallizing Public Opinion

Terror Dactyl

Interesting Joe Rogan podcast with fellow stand up comedian Bert Kreischer:

Joe Rogan #1024 - Bert Kreischer

Bert talks about riding the Terror Dactyl ride when he worked on a Travel Channel show:

They also discuss Cameron Hanes finishing the Moab 200 Ultra Marathon:

They also discuss lucid dreaming:

lifehacker - Lucid Dream Workshop

I thought the Sensory Deprivation tanks were a long forgotten fad but, apparently they are making  a comeback. There is even a place nearby where I may even go check it out:

Mental Illness Myths

The Sword and Scale podcasts had an excellent episode on the Scrivo Murder:

Sword and Scale, Episode #100 - The Scrivo Murder

Most interesting is the interview with Sarah L Desmarais. Sarah is an Associate Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. One of her specialties violence risk assessments.

According to Sarah, surprisingly, mental illness only accounts for a small increased risk, 3 to 5%,  of violence. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, the mentally ill are more prone to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.

Professionals currently use the risk eight most powerful risk factors identified by Andrews, Bonta and Wormith  in a 2006 paper and mental illness does not make the list:

1. History of antisocial behavior
2. Antisocial personality pattern
3. Antisocial cognition
4. Antisocial associates
5. Family and/or marital problems
6. School and/or work problems
7. Leisure and/or recreation problems
8. Substance abuse

Identity Politics and the Death of Progressisism

Sam Harris at Waking Up continues to cry salty progressive tears over the loss by Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Here is actually gets over his ranting and tries to understand what really happened:

Sam Harris, Waking Up, What Happened to Liberalism?

Sam interviews Mark Lilla who recently wrote The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.

It must gall Steve Harris to have Lilla quote Bannon on the fact that politics requires persuasion and a unified message, not self expression.

Unfortunately for progressives the more they fall under the spell of identity politics, the less unified is their message and the less others are able to identify with it.

Further, Lilla posits that non college educated people care much more about basic issues like wage, schools and economic problems than identity.

The question is why the Democrats are unable to focus on those items that the vast majority of people care about. Lilla posits that they live in a bubble and do not understand how much things like class and religion matter. Part of the problem is that Americans are less upwardly mobile than before so many liberals do not have any experience with people less fortunate than themselves.

Democrats move to the Left presents fundamental issues because the US has never favored socialism:

NYT Review Of Books - It Didn't Happen Here Why Socialism Failed in the United States

Werner Sombart wrote a book about this in 1906 entitled, Why is there no socialism in the United States. He stated that the US was not inclined to Socialism because we are are a country of Bourgeois aspirations. Our elites up have not tended to be hereditary.

Democrat's like Hillary push the wrong buttons with these types of voters. They do not talk or dress in a way that falls within this groups comfort zone. Trump, on the other hand, is aspirational since he matches a poor man's idea of a rich man.

Lilla notes that  male french politicians put on suit and tie when they speak but American presidents roll up sleeves. American politicians need to appear to be like regular people.

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