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  1. It's anti-anti-Semitism. Have you actually read it? Sure, it features anti-Semitic people saying anti-Semitic things, just as Uncle Tom's Cabin is amply populated with pro-slavery characters. It's spelled Ellsworth Toohey. Try to calm down.
  2. The concept (or quote) from Gell-Mann I occasionally cite has little (or nothing) to do with science: Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know. Very important insight in these days of Fake News. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Gell-Mann https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Murray_Gell-Mann
  3. Kneel before Zod! Everything? No, they haven't yet tied in the Freemasons, the Elders of Zion, or most vitally, the Knights Templar. It's "a fundamental axiom: The Templars have something to do with everything." See Foucault's Pendulum, chapter 65.
  4. How’s that for a click-bait thread title! The topic at hand is the recent reappraisal of Kate Smith, who recorded the most famous version of “God Bless America”. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/21/us/philadelphia-flyers-kate-smith-statue/index.html A couple other recordings she made in the 1930’s are now deemed racist, so it’s the down the memory hole with her. I sought them out, they are readily available, and suggest you give them a listen before reading my commentary, which will be below the lyrics. Brother, sister, ever since the world began, There was work to be done. Always seems that someone Left it to the colored man. Brother, sister, what must be must be. Though the balance is wrong, Still our faith must be strong. Accept your destiny. Brother, listen to me: Someone had to pick the cotton. Someone had to plant the corn. Someone had to toil and be able to sing. That’s why darkies were born. Someone had to laugh at trouble, Though they were tired and worn. Had to be contented with any old thing, That’s why darkies were born. Sing, sing, Sing when you’re weary and sing when you’re blue. Sing, sing, That’s what you taught all the white folks to do. Someone had to fight the devil, Shout about Gabriel’s horn. Someone had to stroke the train that would bring God’s children to green pastures; That’s why darkies were born. To me it’s obvious this is a protest song, it’s satire. If you feel doubtful, seek out Paul Robeson’s version of it. Her other racist song (mind you, she didn’t write them, only performed them) is quite cringe-worthy, but I’m ready to extend the benefit of the doubt that it was for children and well-meaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq0HH9d_lHk Pickaninnies feasting on watermelon when they go to heaven…well, those were very different times. Which all calls to mind this recent interview with John McWhorter. He doesn’t mention it here, but he earned extra points with me (I’ve read a few of his books) for his piece on the Virginia Governor black-face imbroglio. He wrote that in the early ‘80’s, when he was in grad school, he went to a Halloween party with a white friend, and they went as the Jeffersons. He went as Louise Jefferson (in drag), and his friend went in black-face as George. Top that.
  5. Is your fiction debut about ready to go? Scott Adams did a show on this topic today: Nothing to do with Rand of course.
  6. Now that both 1st and 2nd in line are tainted, the occupant of 3rd place, the Speaker of the House, who is a Republican, is being thrust into the spotlight. His name is Kirk Cox, and he came to office after beating John Dicks. This remake of Sophie's Choice is going to be a slasher movie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirk_Cox
  7. http://reason.com/blog/2019/02/07/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal "The Green New Deal reads like word vomit from a 13-year-old child asked to scribble out their bold new thoughts for a radically different America than we have today," Blair said in a email to Reason. "This includes the phasing out of American air travel." Funny how this matches the setup for the first of the Atlas Shrugged films. So that trains would be important again and they could stick to Rand's plot.
  8. NPR loves her. Check out the Green New Deal! https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/691997301/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-releases-green-new-deal-outline "10-year national mobilizations" sounds rather like 5 Year Plan, eh? Ironically, the stated goals are pretty much the opposite. The results wouldn't be.
  9. 9thdoctor

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    Hell yeah! Can I order that as a bumper sticker?!?!
  10. "Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU? Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact," she wrote. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/u-s-rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-responds-to-criticism-she-wasnt-warm-and-spirited-during-trump-address More like he's flying in an opposite direction of where she wants to go. But at least no one yelled out "you lie"; the worst I saw were smirks and eye rolls from Kamala Harris. What was with all the women in white? I kept thinking it's the Wilkie Collins brigade. Rather anachronistic I know.
  11. While we're doing music humor and bringing up bad memories for you, there's a channel on YouTube that's all about combining wildly different songs and old time music videos with hilarious results. The first one is selected to keep those bad memories flowing, plus the dancing might be something Soapyish. The second one is rather more clever, musically speaking. The whole thing calls to mind Charles Ives. Like the end of the 2nd Symphony, when Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean gets mashed up with Camptown Races. There are a bunch more of these, some great, some just ok. Worth checking out.
  12. Recall that Rand wanted to see a hybrid of ballet and tap dancing. The trouble being that different shoes are needed (I think). How about having Soapy tap dance? And make sure the arresting officer looks like Kant. Then you'll have a shot at getting it premiered at OCON.
  13. Which direction would that have been? Not sold on extended atonality? Find it too hard to extract the ear-worm of Stravinsky's uber-catchy adaptation of The Owl and the Pussycat? Nothing tops the "beautiful Pussy" part for getting unintended laughs from a college recital audience.
  14. The Lt. Gov. now has a rape accusation hanging over him. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/washpost-pushes-back-against-justin-fairfax-statement-on-sexual-assault-allegation http://reason.com/blog/2019/02/04/justin-fairfax-virginia-sexual-misconduc This leaves the SJW crowd with something like a Sophie's Choice in reverse. We believe accusers, right? With the sole exception of a Clinton accuser. They were hoping to groom this fellow as the next Obama. He was going to be able to skirt Virginia's term limits by serving most of Northam's term, then running for reelection. After that, next stop, White House in 2024. Or 2028, if whoever beats Trump in 2020 is a two-termer. Probably a partial Senate term to fill the gap in that case.