Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Reparations become the most contentious issue in Detroit at Dem debates; CNN attacks Pakman during livestreaming

The debates in Detroit continue tonight.

David Pakman had a serious issue trying to livestream and getting “maliciously” taken down with a copyright strike.  I’ll let him explain.

As to the content, Beto O’Rourke got into the reparations issue.  The scuttlebutt is just to get discussions on reparations started. Although I think it is unlikely, it is conceivable that reparations could affect people with inherited trusts (even if there is no direct involvement with slave ownership in the past), depending on the “political” details.  This can actually matter as to how other aspects of my own “journalism” is interpreted.  Throwing in race on its own sake really diverts attention away from any community engagement from me.

Tonight there were demonstrators in the back of the hall in Detroit.  Some of the candidates are not leftist enough.

There are a lot of fireworks over the idea that the US must stop using fossil fuel, cold turkey, in ten years. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fox News host Tucker Carlson offers gratuitous support for Orban's pro-birth policy in Hungary (for the "right babies")

Last night Tucker Carson on Fox News made a favorable commentary on Hungarian president Viktor Orban’s pro-natalist policy, rewarding families with more children (white and ethnic) with no-payback loans and all kinds of benefits.

Some on the Left call Carlson a “white supremacist” for saying things like this and say such ideas should be banned online.  Vox calls Orban a “soft fascist”.  It’s true that Orban’s policies would potentially penalize and subjugate gay men particularly (and lesbians) for what they don’t do: have procreative intercourse and give him more (white) babies.  That seems to be the point of Putin’s anti-gay policies in Russia.

Of course, it's true that you need "replacement" births to pay older people's benefits. which is a valid concern everywhere with longer life spans (not racist unto itself). 

On the other hand, the Left is saying people have to learn to care about people with backgrounds other than their own (Don Lemon said that last week on CNN).  But you don’t learn to let people depend on you easily except starting in the family.   But if you don’t move beyond the nuclear family, you get conventional ethnic, religious, racial, and alt-right style identarianism.

Friday, July 26, 2019

David Pakman, in an unusually forceful segment, challenges Internet speakers to be morally responsible for mentally ill visitors whom they don't know

David Pakman presents a very challenging view to the morality of independent speakers online with his clip “MAGABomber Literally Blames Fox News for Radicalization”.  Pakman is referring to a series of incidents in 2018 where a 57-year-old man from Florida mailed pipe bombs to “Democrats” and was finally caught and arrested.  His lawyer seems to have, essentially, appealed to mental illness in defending him.

But we also recall that the Christchurch perpetrator referred to Pewdiepie in his manifesto, pretending Pewdiepie’s entertainment had somehow contributed to radicalizing him – and whatever you think of some gamer memes, any reasonable person would see this as ridiculous.

Pakman goes on to point out that when you speak on the Internet you have no idea who is receiving your message, compared to a Thanksgiving dinner table (where I have heard racist remarks in the past). He seems to hint that the speaker is partly responsible for radicalizing an unstable person.  (We saw the same problem with the Pittsburgh incident, the perpetrator, and Gab.)  Pakman's presentation does mention "stochastic terrorism", which Pakman had mentioned to Joe Rogan before, and which the NonCompete and ContraPoints YouTube channels (both far Left) have presented. 
It's quite a stretch to call Fox News responsible for radiclaization, when most of the troubling channels on YouTube are independent. 
I wrote a comment, that he is inviting a social credit system to screen people before they have 
 Internet accounts, and a culture to force people to join and be loyal to non-profits to have a voice at all.
There is also the “no spectators” and “skin in the game” issue with people who don’t protest but who talk about those who do. This is a very big deal for the far Left.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Mueller Show (it was like the Truman Show of the 90s)

I’ll pick CBS News as having the longest video on the Mueller testimony today, in front of the House Judiciary and then Intelligence Committees.

There is other news in this 9 hours, such as the serial teen killers in rural Canada (that is sure to make 48 Hrs, 20-20, and Dateline).

The overriding story is that Trump’s Nightbreed minions fell for the Russians and colluded big time.
And Nancy Pelosi won’t rule out impeachment.  Beto O’Rourke is demanding it.

Social media has made it easy to foreign interests (or maybe interplanetary ones) to play with our elections because we are divided between individualism and identarianism.

Harry Litman gives the Five Big Talking Points in a Washington Post op-ed.

In the mean time, Trump needs Economic Invincibility to become a new adult in the room.  (Somebody only 28 has to pay attention to what his own future will be if Trump misbehaves.) 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

John Fish talks about summer learning, has us guessing about his upcoming "announcement"

John Fish talks about how “Learning for Fun Could Change Your Life”.

This is a good video for summer break, and it sounds like a video that would go well with “Skillshare”.  Actually, John’s video has a sponsor of (which would not sound consistent with speed reading of volumes of books in college.  Has he read any of mine?
John says he will have a major announcement next week, and has us guessing on what it is about.  Will John, from his Harvard dorm room, prove he has as much power as Mark Zuckerberg (not a good thing, maybe;  John is from Canada so he can’t ever be president).  But David Pakman (across the Cambridge river from Harvard in Boston – hint for an interview) did a video today on a new cryptocurrency startup (Pukkamex, which seems to resembled Minds), so I would guess John’s thing might be related to something like this.  John has said he is writing a book (related to a class last year) on the attention economy, which relates to social credit (maybe) and logically to cryptocurrency (maybe).

John rarely takes up politics on this channel, but last spring he did talk about the book “Moral Tribes” by Josh Greene.  About a week later, Tim Pool started using examples or scenarios from the book in his own channel.  You can follow Jordan Peterson’s personal growth advice and retain your political independence.

In some of the recent videos it looks like he is using a GoPro and getting some distorted lines and geometric proportions among objects around him as he films himself. 

Update: July 24

A couple Harvard students (from China I think) say "What John Fish Doesn't Tell You."  Again, Fish echoes fellow Canadian Jordan Peterson's personal growth advice, without having to embrace Peterson's politics or theories about the boundaries on the Left and Right.

Update:  July 27

Fish announced he will take a gap year to work in Montreal in film and technology. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"No Filming on Farms": Stossel on Reason TV

I find myself having to return to Reason TV a lot, as John Stossel keeps having to cover more disconcerting situations.

A women was arrested for filming a farm in Utah from public land.  Later the charges were dropped.
Utah is one of several states that have “ag-gag” laws to prevent people from getting onto farms under false pretenses to film (for animal rights abuses).

It’s likely that these laws would violate the First Amendment, although possibly trespassing laws or other legal doctrines could prohibit journalists from pretending to take jobs to film.

Most workplaces don't allow the public to film their employees at work, that sounds reasonable enough. And even some bars and discos now don't allow photography inside as privacy concerns re-emerge after all the social media scandals;  ten years ago they did.  But thirty years ago people didn't want to appear on TV at gay churches or meetings. 
This happened with ABC and Food Lion in the 1990s.

Monday, July 15, 2019

CNN's "The Movies": "The 90's" brings back memories for me

CNN has started a new series, “The Movies”, on Sunday nights.  The 90s brought back good memories from the most interesting decade of my life.

A few of the movies discussed included Ebert favorites, many of them from Miramax.  These included “Pulp Fiction”, with its closed circle plot, “The English Patient” (a favorite of mine), and I have to remember “Fargo” (Coen Brothers).

In the 90s there was a lot of creativity, and the studios tended to be willing to try new plot ideas and new concepts rather than repeating formulas in franchises.  The decade ended, of course, with the three “Matrix” movies (WB).

There were a couple big disaster movies, “Deep Impact” (comet), and “Armageddon” (asteroid).  The comet movie had an unusual scene where people got phone calls (pre smart phone) if they were chosen to survive, a dangerous concept now. Armageddon had an odd scene where near the end Ben Affleck is driving what looks like a Hertz-rented jeep on an asteroid (very low gravity). 

Dreamworks was founded, and its first film, “The Peacemaker”, featured a collision of two trains with a nuclear explosion resulting.

Gay themes were treated with some subterfuge, as when Matt Damon appears in Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” set in Italy in the 50s. Damon’s character didn’t invite his companion to share a bathtub, at least. Jude Law’s character looks at him on the beach and says “You’re so white.”

Another weird one was “The Truman Show”, centering around making a whole bubble world around Jim Carrey.

Bill Pullman was laughable in "Independence Day" as a US President fighting alien hives. He demanded empathy for what happens to him in "Lost Highway", from David Lynch. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Libertarian Party candidate wins county election in CA, highest elected office for a Libertarian now in the country

Jeff Hewitt is apparently the highest elected official in the Riverside County seat, elected in 2018, in ide CA.

Reason TV explains his background in swimming pool business, and his opposition to licensing of small businesses like baking cookies for bake sales (John Stossel had reported on a similar situation in Charlotte NC).

He suggests picking winnable local races and stress being socially liberal and using common sense in reducing regulation under union or protectionist impulses.
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Reviewing Pakman's depiction of the alt-right

A couple years ago David Pakman did a good explanation of the alt-right, including its collectivist, authoritarian nature that in some way parallels the regressive Left.

It seems well worth viewing again.
This explanation came forth right after Donald Trump’s election.

Update: May 16

There is a humorous marketing video of Pakman "modeling" for a massage demonstration in 2008, when he would have been 24. It got noticed recently. How long can young men resist entropy?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fox covers the All Star game in Cleveland; boyhood memories of "The Mistake by the Lake"

I’ll note the MLB All Star game because it was played in Cleveland’s Progressive Field, main box score and writeup. The American League won, 4-3.  The only National there, Max Scherzer, did not pitch, and Anthony Rendon is letting some minor injuries heal a little more completely. 

I remember baseball games in the old Municipal Stadium by the Lake, with the symmetrical field and wire fence in center.

I didn't hear whether the extended protective netting has been placed in Progressive Field.
Father would be on sales trips, and mother and I would stay in Kipton (40 miles) with her mother and other relatives. So we usually went to a day game in Municipal Stadium if the Senators came to town (one time the Senators actually won when Pascual pitched a shutout, 4-0).
And we made cardboard or plywood stadiums and played pinball baseball in them (with wadded up aluminum foil as baseballs), at home.  We even built a real stadium with a wire fence in a farm yard (two miles from Kipton near US-20, toward Oberlin). I’ll have to relook at “Field of Dreams” and we had home run derbies and “buntorama”.

Kids learned to be creative with real life objects, making them into miniatures, before there was social media.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Reason TV reports on cities using homeowner fines and foreclosures as a major source of revenue

John Stossel on Reason TV reports a story of a man in Dunedin, FL (in the Tampa Bay area), whom the city has threatened with foreclosure for not paying massive fines associated with not mowing his lawn when called away for a death in the family.

The video suggests that some cities look at fines and foreclosures as a source of revenue.
These kinds of problems can occur with homeowner’s associations in townhomes and buildings. They might happen with home-based businesses that are not allowed by bylaws. For example, a woman in Austin TX was not allowed to keep a dog grooming business in her home.

Monday, July 08, 2019

"Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky" opens a new American Experience series on PBS

Today PBS American Experience has presented the first episode of “Chasing the Moon”, titled “A Place Beyond the Sky”. 

Much of the film goes back to the early days of the space race, when the Soviets were ahead with the launch of Sputnik in October 1957 (I was in Ninth Grade) and the failure of the first Viking Launch.

Many Kennedy speeches are shown about the early days of space.
There is a lot of material about hiring German scientists who had worked with the Nazis.

The episode ends with the Kennedy assassination in 1963. 

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Pakman explains fantasy soccer on blockchain

David Pakman did a broadcast on Football Coin, a crypto currency that supports fantasy soccer.

The entire game is on the blockchain, which right now has set up its own token currency.  It also offers a free wallet.

Players can be traded, and there are objects that represent stadiums.

That concept for stadiums could be even more interesting for baseball in the future because outfield dimensions can vary in baseball.  I don’t know how that would fit into a blockchain paradigm.
Pakman is drawn to soccer because he is originally from Argentina.

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

NBC Dateline: "Prairie Confidential": bizarre murder case in the corporate town of Minot, ND

Last night, July 5, NBC Dateline re-aired an episode “Prairie Confidential”, about a murder of a nursing student in Minot ND in 2015.

The student was the ex-wife of Richie Wilder, Jr. and second wife Cindy.  The stabbing murder seemed to be motivated by a custody battle.

Minot is in the northwestern part of the state. In 2000, ReliaStar (to become ING and then Voya), where I was working in Minneapolis at the time, opened a customer service center in Minot.  The company also had a location (a subsidiary company called PLI) in Bismarck, a town I did visit in 1998. Minot was viewed as a very stable community.
Richie got life without parole.  Cindy took an Alford plea in an attempt to get a lighter sentence but got a very strong lecture from the judge who also sentenced her to life without parole for her role.
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Thursday, July 04, 2019

"A Capitol Fourth" 2019 on PBS

After a day of Baby Trump in the rain on the Mall, I came back home, and monitored Communists v. Proud Boys as Ford Fischer transmitted a sequence of quick videos on Twitter.

So I watched the PBS Capitol Fourth on PBS, as hosted by John Stamos.

The best song was “This Is Me” from Wicked, as I recall. 

The 1812 Overture conclusion, with chorus, was rousing as usual, followed by the patriotic marches and “God Bless America”, the favorite of Reagan.
Earlier in the evening, the legacy media were all so preoccupied with Trump’s Lincoln Memorial Event and military flyovers that none of them filmed the fracas in front of the White House. They will probably buy some licensed footage from Ford and News2share, because they do need to cover it.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

ABC "The View" shows songs from LGBT musical "The Prom"

Several times in recent months, ABC’s “The View” has shown excerpts from the Broadway musical “The Prom”, such as this number “You Happened”.

The musical depicts a visit to a conservative Indiana town by past Broadway actors after a lesbian high school student is denied the opportunity to bring her girl friend to the senior prom.
The music is by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, book by Bob Martin.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

David Pakman analyze's Trump's ignorance over forced busing issue; his video gets demonetized

The David Pakman show has recently announced it is losing ad revenue from changes in YouTube previews shown to novice visitors and in terms of demonetization of some videos.

Yesterday, Pakman analyzed a video where Donald Trump seemed not to understand the point of the controversy in the past over forced bussing and school segregation. The tone of the video resembled his Feb. 11 video where he maintained that some voters are stupid (April 3 here). 

It did not have monetization, and this tweet shows Pakman’s exasperation over the changes at YouTube. 

Pakman is a typical “elitist” (intellectual) liberal, more or less sympathetic to a mixture of Clintonism and some of Bernie Sanders, perhaps Kamala and Pete; definitely not far Left and definitely not identarian. He does not play up his background (which he says is Jewish, as he was born in Argentina) as a source of group identity.  He likes capitalism.  He talks about business models and how you work with advertisers, and how you sell things. He also has talked about anti-intellecutalism and tribalism as infecting both the far Left and ethno-alt-right. 

But he talks (as like Pool) that suddenly is isn’t woke enough.  No, he says YouTube doesn’t want to support business models of independent creators any more, at least through the partner program.  They’ll have to attract their own sponsors (Skillshare in his case) or paid subscriptions.  I would suggest the idea of bundled subscriptions across multiple channels.

Pakman followed with a similar video, "Does YouTube Want Me to Quit?"