Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"The Fatal Flaw in American Left Politics": as per Jordan Peterson



The “Big Think” channel presents Jordan Peterson explaining “The Fatal Flaw in American Left Politics


Peterson tries to explain where we should draw the line when we go too far on either the Left of the Right.

The Right seems to know where it is now – group racial superiority. 

But the Left doesn’t have a clear boundary, which led to Trump’s “both sides” problem with Charlottesville.
  
But Peterson (as has Tim Pool has done) proposes equality of outcomes (or “equity”) as the line. 
   
Then he dives into the maw of intersectionality. “Groups can be multiplied without limit.”

Sunday, January 13, 2019

CNN "American Style": first two episodes, cover 1940-1979



CNN offered the first two one-hour episodes of “American Style” on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019.  The series is produced by Vox (the website).

The first episode focused on the 1940s and 1950s.

During WWII rationing was in place and actually limited the number of flaps and buttons on shirts. Hollywood was the only center of fashion in the US, which tended to imitate Europe.  Writing about fashion in New York was corporatized and formal.

When the War ended, women returned to the home, and fashion “American Wife” focused on this idea, how a wife would enhance her husband’s career.


The second episode focused on the 1960s and 1970s. Youth rebellions started and yet workplace dress remained formal with coats and ties (and IBM and EDS suits, and stocking garters).  Women’s bodies were intended to be alluring;  maleness was to stay out of sight. Yet by the early 1970s some informality came into men’s dress, with flared trousers. 

Carson Kressley, from the Fab 5, often narrates.
  
When he had his “Blogtyrant” business, Ramsay Taplan often used fashion blogs as examples.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Robert Blake": 2-hour courtroom doc about the Beretta actor's trials over a wife's mysterious 2001 death


On Friday, January 11, 2019, ABC 20-20 aired a two-hour special “Robert Blake”. 
  
It starts of each hour by recalling the evening in L.A. in May 2001 when his wife was shot dead as he went back into a restaurant to retrieve a pistol he had left behind.


Then it interviews him extensively, about where his head was at.  The second hour covers the not-guilty trial verdict and then the civil trial in 2005, whose verdict was appealed but not reversed.
  
Particularly interesting was Blake’s (“Beretta”) characterization of Hollywood as a world of hidden moblike chains of connection. The show characterizes the Internet as barely developed in 2001.  That’s not really true. It was farther along, quite robust with search engines that could make amateurs famous.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Michael Rizzi (channel) looks at touch-up, cosmetic laser hair removal, but only very limited



Michael Rizzi, from Toronto, has an interesting (Patreon) youtube channel with gay and general issues, especially fashion.
   

This video is about something quirky: Laser Hair Removal, and is it Worth It?
  
Fortunately, this was only for his back. He likes the rest of his endowment.  And the comments below suggest his audience is more comfortable with sharp differences in how men and women should look, than with any notion of gender fluidity.  These expectations make relationships mean more. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

"Economic Invincibility" takes content creators to task with "The Internet Welfare Mentality" after the Patreon/payment processor problems



“Economic Invincibility” (aka Martin Goldberg, apparently) gave a blistering videocast today “The Internet Welfare Mentality”, and he took the idea of "content creation" as a dependable or sustainable career to task. 


I had suggested to him in a comment that he look at the Patreon / Payment Processor / “manifest observable behavior” problems. He sure did.

He seems critical of the idea of patronage, or expecting to make a living from it.  At some point, if you want to make policy, you need not view the world of politics as “beneath you” and run for office, or help candidates in a conventional way.   There are stories that EI does want to run for office soon.
  
He also is not very sympathetic to the idea of people (like Sargon of Akkad, etc) claiming they are “centrists” and lecturing people on meritocracy (which EI does himself), slighting the legitimate interests of minorities or specific groups (women especially) and expecting companies to be willing to carry them on forever as part of their “brands”.  According to EI, the people who want to hear a more identarian or collectivist message are much more numerous, and companies are responding to who they think makes up their consumer base.
  
“EI” would be very effective in office.  I hope he does a video on the “Wall” issue and the loss of pay for many federal workers.  Does he think people should crowdfund their salaries to show that libertarianis, works?
  
EI does not that “libertarianism”, as understood now, lets payment processors and platforms do what they want as to the political views they accept.  Of course, there is a question as to whether there is enough competition (the YouTuberLaw FTC anti-trust complaint).  EI compares this to employment at will, where discharge can happen with “no reason” (but not an illegal reason).
  
See also my Oct.15 video where he discussed similar concerns in 2017 and pretty much predicted today’s crisis with platforms and payment processors.
   
 My concern is the idea that you should not be allowed to speak for yourself, but ought to have your "skin in the game" with people who have specific needs and represent their need.  I don't like to let anyone be my voice or pretend that I am someone else's.  But I don't think EI does either.  Yet EI's post this time seems to hint that he feels his own column might not last forever.  But does anything? Our lives are finite, after all. 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Trump's address to the nation, and Democrat response; no declaration of emergency



Here is Trump’s address:


Some of it was more coherent than I expected.  He argues that individual Americans are put at unnecessary additional “Black Swan” risk, even if the overall rates of immigrant crime are lower than for native born Americans.
 
He did not declare a national emergency and made no mention of sponsorship.

He made an interesting point about gated communities (common for example in Dallas) and how they don't keep out people you hate, bur protect the people inside whom you love.
  
Here is the opposition response, Pelosi and Schumer.

Here is a detailed Fact Check from the New York Times. 
   
There will be another try for a deal Wednesday.  It may work this time.

Update: Jan. 9

No it didn't. It got worse.  Trumps stormed out of the meeting. So much for everyone's "manifest observable behavior". 

Monday, January 07, 2019

Anderson Cooper interviews Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on CBS 60 Minutes




Anderson Cooper interviews Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on CBS 60 Minutes., with transcript here. 

She says “call me a radical”


They discuss her proposal for a progressive income tax with marginal rates at 70% over $10 million income. Ann Coulter has actually supported this.
  
She also said that Donald Trump is a racist, partly based on his equivocal response on Charlottesville.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

"The Bobbitts: Love Hurts": ABC 2020 recalls a notorious case from 1993



Friday evening ABC 20-20 aired a two hour report “The Bobbitts: Love Hurts”, paywall link for viewing here
  
 I remember seeing the story in the Washington Times in 1993, a headline that a woman had cut off her husband’s private part. The documentary interviews John Bobbitt, who benefitted from a moderately successful re-attachment after police found the part after Lorena threw it away.
  

This story got attention from coworkers, and even my mother.

The narrative as to whether Lorena faces spousal abuse was a bit confusing.  But the documentary shows the trial where she was acquitted for insanity, and then released.  It helped start a women’s movement for marital abuse even then.
  
At the time of the story, I was focused on gays in the military.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Another video channel shows how invasive China's social credit system will be; planting microchips on employees' hands


The “What’s Trending Now” channel has a comprehensive report on several international trends, starting out with China’s social credit system, to be fully implemented by 2020.


The ability of China to track every citizen with facial recognition technology everywhere in public is quite striking.

In Sweden, some workers have microchips planted in their hands near their thumb.  The device would probably be disruptive for pianists. The video lead sheet shows a whole forearm replaced with device, but that doesn’t really happen.

More reports on this broadcast return to the subject of high tech surveillance of civilians in the UK.
  
There is another video from Russia Today on microchips, especially in the UK    Employers could monitor bathroom breaks and constipation.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Kevin Spacey: "Let Me Be Frank"



Kevin Spacey’s three-minute video “Let Me Be Frank” even has its own IMDB entry as a “short film”.  


Spacey returns as Frank Underwood (“House of Cards”, Netflix TV series) to rebut the allegations of his prior sexual abuses, particularly a groping incident reported in Massachusetts.  The other person was 18, so I am surprised there are charges.  It was apparently not in a gay bar.
  
The “Vulture” has more bad news on Spacey, and this is all very sad.  He had been one of my favortie actors, like in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (1997).

I do have a posting about conduct in bars on Nov. 4, 2018 on my GLBT Issues blog.