Thursday, April 30, 2015

Golf Caught Up With Tiger

The Masters came and went over the weekend. The golf world was swept up in a tournament packed with big names on the leaderboard on the weekend and a 21 year old setting records daily. After a two month break, Tiger Woods played at Augusta National and performed admirably for a rusty guy. One more major slipped by though with him not winning. That Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors looks tougher to crack since 2008, which was when Tiger last won a major. It is going to get tougher for Tiger and better for golf, but the thing is golf has caught up with Tiger.

Tiger last won a major in June of 2008, which coincidentally was the last major before the PGA tour started drug testing. Sure, Tiger was connected to Canadian PED guru Dr. Galea, has had a series of tendon, ligament and knee injuries, and saw his body weight shift on his 6'1" frame from 175 to 220 to 180, but no one says he did steroids? Sports fans recall sports writers insinuating plenty about players like Nomar Garciaparra who added muscle, lost in and then had tendon and ligament injuries, but Tiger remains untouched. Besides the possibility of Tiger not using the juice anymore, the game itself has changed in ways that remove his former advantages. He is not the oddball who comes in doing things no one else is doing, but instead is one of the many and now 15 years older.

Tiger training hard with weights makes sense from an athletics part, but for the world of golf, was a bit odd for 1997. It is hard to think of it now with how technical many athletes and amateur fitness enthusiasts have become, but even in the late '90s, sports media churned out articles on baseball players starting to lift regularly and using creatine by the truckload. Michael Jordan was secretive about his weight lifting regimen so others would not know, and he would retain an edge. That was in the early '90s. Tiger was playing a game where it was laughable about the physical effort, and the old man's game often had middle aged and even 30 year old professionals who looked soft. It was a skill sport. People looked at the Casey Martin case, and many saw Casey's side because "Golf, heh, like they exert themselves." When Tiger burst onto the scene, he was playing guys like Davis Love III and a young Phil Mickleson who did not look like they had touched a weight in years. Look around golf today. Many of the younger guys now have what appears to be muscle on their frames. They look like regular athletes, not golfers, but also not 'roided up NFL players. Even Phil Mickelson looks more fit than he was 30. If it allows for them an extra 10-15 yards on their drives, Tiger's famous drives from 1997, are no longer ahead of the pack. They all have better endurance to power through Sunday.

Another item, that I have mentioned about Tiger is along the lines of the hyperfocused sports parent becoming more widespread now. The guys who make it professionally are genetically blessed in many ways, but it also comes down to practice and time invested. Leaning on an old New York media canard, saying Keyshawn Johnson was athletically gifted and Wayne Chrebet was a hard worker denigrated both the hard work Johnson put into his craft and the genetic gifsts that Chrebet had. Tiger's own success actually encouraged this odd parental investment, as people saw how Papa Woods was abusing molding a little golfer at 2. People forgot the misery of Todd Marinovich, and focused on the one in a million success of Woods. Do some of these younger golfers have stories like Woods now where mom and dad encouraged, invested resources in and made the sport a job for little John? Maybe, but a 25 year old playing today was a first grader when Woods was splashing onto the scene. A 21 year old might have been in diapers when Woods won his first Masters.

This is the golf world that Tiger plays in now. It is not a staid sport that had little shake ups in approach for years, and Tiger walks in as a 21 year old physical phenom. Tiger is now a 40 year old that looks at his competition and sees many younger men, all working out, who are not afraid of the possible 300 yard Tiger drive (if he can anymore) because they can unleash one as well. This is great for golf fans whether they like Tiger or not. For Tiger haters, the twilight of Tiger's career will be full of him throwing clubs, swearing and stomping around frustrated. For those neutral like me, the sport will see a new wave of well rounded players, and hopefully because more of them are taking advantage of new sport science, the majors will be more competitive. For fans of Tiger, he will win another major. When it happens, it won't be a boring Tiger wins by 10 over a overwhelmed field. He will have to claw, fight and beat back the hungry youngsters who have what it takes to win.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Need a Timekiller, Give Tumblr a Chance

Tumblr is the Mos Eisley of the Internet. You will not find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the crowd that is on Tumblr. It is where SJWs go to shout about their false triumphs, their false rapes, microagressions, their feels and boring little lives. It is also the greatest way to view still photography pornography without making your Internet history look suspicious. Along a similar route, it is a great image depository. Some of the old advertisement pictures I have posted here I found on Tumblr. Tumblr is terrible as a culture, but Tumblr itself is a tool. Deny it, but what is Twitter but an Internet version of the CB radio? Like all tools, it comes down to how you use it.

The hashtag search function can find what you are looking for quickest. It would be a great place to start.

If you are looking for beautiful images, there are plenty of Tumblrs to follow. Just use the search feature, follow a blog or two, and then click on recommendations on the sidebar to amass a stream of European cathedral images or forest and wildlife images. I've been grabbing WW1 images from there to share with you all. Tumblr is far superior to Twitter in this regard.

If you want to check out smut, I'm not going to make recommendations but it is on there. After the purchase by Yahoo!, they blocked uploads of videos, but it looks like the wiz kids have found a way around that.

"I can do that anywhere, so why use Tumblr, 28Sherman?"

If you really want to have fun, use that hashtag to find some psychopaths to follow. It's "Human Zoo Internet". There are plenty of nutjobs. These people get boring after a while, so you need new replacements for a steady rotation. It is like a psychology class on "Modern Western narcissism crossed with Millenial faux sincerity, self esteem issues and SJW vibes". These people use a bunch of other's artwork, photography or quotes to create their digital representation. It is fun because these people are all timestamped 2015.

For several months now, I've followed an incredibly entertaining young British woman here. She's a strong woman of color (WoC) with massive mental issues. Her first Tumblr name was she's got issues. I'm not making it up. She changed it for some reason. By following her, I discovered Indians and whatnot are "taking back the Bindi" because white girls be wearing it for decoration. She posts some "white people steal shit" posts but then defending white people stuff. The most fun besides trolling was when a half black-half white girl called her out for being an attention whore who is dumb enough to post nudes for free. There are social issues to read for yucks from her. Guys, WoC want you to ask them about their background to show interest because we all know how much WoC ask white guys about their heritage (eye roll, dismissive wanking motion). I learned that WoC are strong women until they tell you every fourth post about the time they cried when they did not feel pretty for being a WoC. Besides her nudes and selfies, her photo posts are pretty standard issue for a part Indian-part white woman: many handsome white men, NSFW sex stuff to be edgy, food and rural European scenery with a smattering of ethnic stuff to keep it real. Her posts are now a regular rotation of crap, and I will stop following her shortly (after some trolling). It's not like I can't find nude photos of young WoC anywhere else. I would not post a nude of hers, but I'll post a pic she shared so you all can see this strong WoC, but I've tipped my hand already so you know what is coming.


Strong Woman of Color! "My hair gets frizzy when it is humid! I am not alabaster white! My eyebrows are bushy! Only 90% of the white guys I meet want me! I'm oppressed and carry a burden of being overlooked by white society even though I am part white!" This is why Tumblr is beyond parody.

Middle East Turning to China

Someone noticed the Middle East is pivoting to Asia, with considerable focus on China. This is a fantastic piece about how everyone in the Middle East is figuring out how to deal with American disengagement. I have little to add, as it is pretty thorough, bouncing from nation to nation.

This will not stop in the Middle East. The formula is the same here though as elsewhere with Chinese involvement: trade and economic deals as the US bombs, invades or bullies the nations diplomatically. There is much praise for Chinese handling of the situation, and this all reinforces the message, "China will respect different forms of government". Did the US withhold help for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria due to treatment of gays? Sounds like it, but I doubt China would do the same. China's message: no progressive strings attached, just keep the natural resources and consumer purchases going.

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If the Rothkopf name sounds familiar, it is because he is the star subject of this Mondoweiss essay that might as well mark the death of the blue state Jews standing in support of their red state Israeli cousins. Note the two pics used for the Israeli and the Jew who stayed in the US to enjoy the gravy train as the essay explains it. You can spot the traitor to his people. Whites have these contrasts too. That essay explained his declaration of love for the US universalism buffet over his people.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Financial Blogs Worth Reading

The regime's propaganda is pretty thorough and infiltrates all realms of the land. News, culture, sports and even money. We have a FIRE economy, and if you track things, consumer confidence switched from tracking the unemployment number to tracking the financial markets sometime in the '90s. Managing that focus matters. Where do I go to try to read some reality.

First stop is Zero Hedge. I don't stop there now as much as follow ZH on twitter and then click links that look appealing. Some of their contributors are batshit insane, but some are great. The last four years, they have been more right about the Arab Spring, Syria, ISIS and Ukrainian issues than the mainstream media.

Another good catch all stop is David Stockman's Corner. Stockman is like a leftover of the Old Right that finally had enough with the neocon garbage and now later in life is going scorched earth.

One problem is that bears get so bearish that they just look for whatever things feed into their bias. A good bear who does not do that is Lee Adler. He is a self-proclaimed permabear but he will look at flow data and say, "markets going up" due to the reality of liquidity needing to find somewhere to flow to regardless of value. He has a subscription site, so I check his free stuff; he writes elsewhere as well.

Calculated Risk is fun for charts, but that is all I go to him for now. His heyday of tracking, explaining and digging deep on the housing bubble, the bubble's pop and the bubble's residue is now years in the past. When Tanta died, it was the big change in the blog.

For housing, I check Dr. Housing Bubble. I was an old reader from when he started that blog (and commenter), and the guy is top notch. The California bubble is back, using foreign money to sustain US FIRE elites. Another great way to see how the California bubble restarted is watching Jim the Realtor videos of homes for sale. He is ruthless and offers narration of why people get sucked in to "California". Like Jim, Dr. Housing Bubble ties in societal trends too (Millenial woes and college debt), so he is not just a one trick pony. For one trick, Patrick's step by step by step argument against the real estate industry and buying a home is awesome (especially for blue state residents).

Michael Shedlock (Mish) is a good spot to check out, as he mixes anger with logic and reason in a decent dose so that he sounds like Archie Bunker's son if he went to college but came home every weekend. Years ago, he approached California's fiscal crisis with a knife and ran through their budget just using the health and human services spending to close the budget gap, and then reminded everyone that this was just one piece of their budget.

Bruce Krasting is back, but is off and on now with posting. His analysis of the situation with Social Security is the best out there.

Now and Futures has great charts, trends, quotations and '90s web design. Simple check in as they track a lot of different things and use CPI and some site specific CPI adjustments.

Comerica Economic Insights is about the fairest of the data collectors and bloggers out there. They are not doomers, they are not pollyannas, they just collect the numbers and try to make sense of them. One way of viewing them is the idea that a depression might lower 10-15% of your economic potential, but how much of America does that truly hurt and where does it hurt? Can the economy get by and how does it get by at those levels of recession?

A lot of these writers write on each other's sites because the dissident financial web is excluded from the mainstream organs. You will find people on all spots of the political spectrum from left to right to whatever the anti-authoritarian Tyler crowd is.

Monday, April 27, 2015

My Weekly Neoreaction Reads

WELCOME MANBOOBZ READERS! THIS IS A LIST OF THE BEST OF NEOREACTION. WE'RE NOT SILLY DAILY STORMERS, BUT BE CAREFUL READING THESE RECOMMENDED WEBSITES, YOU MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING MANBOOBZ DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW.

People sometimes ask me who to read in neoreaction world. What better to do than to make a list of where I check in and what is the image in my head that goes with the narration voice that reels off the words. This is just active spots, but I do check out old Moldbug and Foseti posts. Last year, most of my Nixon, Watergate and Mockingbird posts linked back to something Foseti wrote. Read the archives.

A great place to start your week off on Sunday evening with reading is Mr. Land's Xenosystems. The Chaos Patch is a great round up, and I feel honored when included of things NRX, non-NRX but dark, and just interesting. He has a great habit of picking a prog essay and just pointing out both the thoughtcrime in it and the automatic revulsion the author has to their own thought. His posts are often of a blurb length but thought provoking. I'll put it here because he dodged my question of him but it seems the horror focus is not just on what may yet come but what you may be asked to do for order. I've heard his voice from a video, but I still hear that Tron MCP voice.

Techcomm crossed with horror

Absolutely have to check out Social Matter. My version of MAXIM would definitely have gender focused things that Social Matter has published in it. Their writing is sharp, but you can share the links with normies. The gentrification essay from last year was my pick for best thing I read in '14, and they already published something I'm setting on ice as best of '15 so far. They are pretty polished. Sounds like the original Mad Men crew of young up and coming guys.

Classy, young NRX

The man, Henry Dampier, who churns out more than this humble blog, so I either think he is one guy who does a lot of cocaine drinks a lot of caffeinated beverages or is a team of guys. Either way, great stuff. Smart avatar selection as it is exactly as matter of fact and kind of gruff looking how I imagine the narrator, who would be a privateer or administrator in the British East India Company, reading.

I will ice you with my stare

The guys at More Right not named Mike Anissimov. Much more sporadic, but the quality is exceptionally high. Old school European salon type voices.



More Right when Anissimov posts something that is not just an Evola quote. If there is one thing you need Mike for, it is to find Evola quotes so a smart European can bash modernity for you. Fredo.



Nydwracu, where are you? You write well, and don't blame it on now working. When he writes, definitely read it. No pic. He's a ghost.

Scharlach and Spandrell, I always get them mixed up. Sharp, polished, and you won't think they are writing down to you. This Chinese mango post by Spandrell is just magnificent. I know they are different and unique, but I always view them as Tomax and Xamot.



The linkers who are also thinkers, and not just the best round up guys in town. They create the most complete list for alt-right and neoreaction, Mr. Free Northerner and Mr. Nick Steves. Hearing Free Northerner, I always think of the northern Highland Scots who were the last to be cleared out and some hard ass motherfuckers. Nick, I can't shake that image of Inigo Montoya he used years ago.






Hopefully, when you guys read this, you picture this little blog with the smooth delivery of....


Have a drink, read the posts, check out the random chicks, and adjust to the normal commenters that make up Norm, Cliff, Frasier and the rest of the gang.

Space for Rioters Starts Young

At this location roughly ten years ago. "United Way "Day of Caring" volunteers sit on a pre-school floor, listening to Head Start instructors explain their program. Statistics are grim, and the stories even worse. "Juvenile incarceration rates are lowered but still in double digits", "We have a van that picks the kids up, but only if a parent walks them to the van and buckles them in" and grim but incredibly funny after a teacher explained the pet bird died, a little boy asked "waz he shot?". The crowd of volunteers there was already visibly bothered by the underclass stories and a couple of working moms were bug eyed over the idea of women voluntarily sending their little kids to Head Start when they did not work and stayed at home. We then heard about the "anger room". Not all quotes exact, but the memory is stuck in my mind's filing cabinet.

Instructor: "We'll need one of you to wash and paint the walls of the anger room. Removing furniture and toys shouldn't take long."

28Sherman: "What's the anger room? Is it like a time out room if the kids are bad in class?"

Instructor: "It's a room where kids can express themselves."

28Sherman: "But you called it the anger room."

Instructor: "Because it's a kind of therapy room."

28Sherman: "Then why not call it the therapy room?"

Instructor: "Because kids go there when they are really stressed and we let them act out their anger and frustration."

>keep in mind this is a Head Start, now I had to ask<

28Sherman: "Do they have stuffed animals to hug?"

Instructor: "No, not quite, there are stuffed animals. They have sticks and equipment they can be rougher with in there, so they aren't rough outside the anger room."

>The room was silent. Awkward. I needed an out, and I like to paint<

28Sherman: "I'll volunteer to do that first thing."

Another volunteer and I found a room full of stuffed animals that looked like they were beaten to shit by years worth of weak little kids. The kids had small little carboard tubes, hollow plastic tubes that were collected from other toys that probably had broken down and some toy drum sticks. The Head Start did not want the little kids to think or learn to feel and process their anger. They just wanted them to beat the shit out of a stuffed tiger and get it out of their system. What we never asked was, "what does a kid do to get put into the anger room?" or "how is a 3 year old already this beserk?" I had not thought of the dysfunctional and wasteful Head Start since the last time I told the "Waz he Shot?" perfect punchline a while back.

I thought of it today after reading about the Mayor of Baltimore saying she ordered police to give space for the rioters to destroy, loot and harm citizens and businesses in the city.

I never donated to the United Way ever again.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

When Adelson Buys Me Maxim

In the spirit of writing on the media, I had been kicking around how I would reconfigure MAXIM if I ever purchased it. Why not bring two people together, myself and Sheldon Adelson. Look Sheldon, Shelly, this funding campaigns on the right is not helping you since the real voting is done in the press. You front the cash, and it would be very little cash, and give me full editorial control of MAXIM and other young male media properties, and I'll help in the "single male" voting demo since your GOP guys do poorly with unmarried voters. If I push enough unmarried men one way voting or encourage them not to, they'll drag along their baby mammas or at least the single women they sleep with to do the same. Shelly, I won't bring up Israel and uhhh, the weird relationship i has with America, and you don't stop me from mentioning anything else.

MAXIM sold for roughly $20 mil a short while back, so when circulation declines further, I'll scarf it up even cheaper, but what if I had the Newsweek $1 deal for MAXIM. How would I reorg MAXIM to be subversive and be a men's magazine? There are ten issues a year, a heavy military readership, and a website to supply with content, so let me have some fun with this. With or without Adelson's green, 28 Sherman Inc takes out debt heroin debt sugar friendly financing to run Maxim with no intent on turning a profit, but we can bust the MAXIM name out for our gain and mock the world around us. How many moves do we make and how do we reorg it?

1. Fire everyone writing for them whether full time or contract.

2. Reach out to readers for participation like a giant fishing net for dysfunctional content. Set up the website so that monthly content is showcased but each day of the week has a specific new content comedic skewering of the way we live now:

Single Mom Mondays - A post, including pics of any single mom arrested or acting a fool wherever she can be found. This goes for "reality" television, celebrities, Dr. Phil, Steve Wilkos, Facebook Insanity. If you find her, send her in for us and we will mock her.
Twitter/Tumblr Attention Whore Tuesdays - Send us the twitter feeds of the biggest attention whores you know. Men, women, it does not matter. Their Instagram accounts would help so we can mock their food pictures.
Wall Wednesdays - As it sounds, photos of women who have hit the wall. Celebrities, models, regular women. It does not matter. The closer the before after so we can pinpoint the wall contact, the better. If some starlet who was hot 8-10 years ago has hit the wall and has not made films in years, tell us. We want the impact documented. I've seen examples of this on Twitter. See below. Christ.
 
Thirsty Thursdays - A drink review, a bar review or a obscure alcohol type review.
or
Touchy Teacher Thursdays - Spotlight one teacher who molested a male student and the lack of jail time or odd behavior by the school.
Fantastic Fridays - Reader submitted, but edited, review of their last weekend and why it was the best weekend experience in the nation as inspiration for the coming weekend. Winner gets the party pack from whatever terrible alcohol we have an advertising buy from for the online ads.
or
Facebook Cat Lady Fridays - Send me the profiles of Facebook cat ladies.
or
Fattie Fridays - Photos of fatties who think they're hot. The Internet is full of these women.
Sexy Saturday - Anything involving the realm of sex. 
What if people catch on and the well runs dry of people being idiots online? Good. If women think before attention whoring online, we changed wider society. The magazine does not need to succeed. We just want to nudge conversations in a different direction.

3. That is nice and all but what of content? I fired the writers, so I need people to write about stuff for guys and not as geldings who surf the web for cat pictures.

Money - A writer like the Captain, as well as others, to help men navigate the world of money. Might also be good to discuss the going or not going college debate. In the back to school issue in the late summer or early fall, have a roundtable on the merits of college. Bring up the different paths to a BA to minimize cost. Who knows how many high school guys we might save from applying to college a couple of months later?

Travel - Country reviews. Guy like Roosh to give the ins and outs of a nation for a fun male trip. Maybe steady non-e-book income would allow him to not be so touchy with the forum banning and block list. The issue prior to Brazil's Carnivale can have a roundtable of men who have been multiple times and give insight beyond "it's crazy and full of hot bitches". Not just fun. I also want horror stories. I want SWPL trips to the Congo gone wrong (hypothetical)."I was buying liquor in the cutest, undiscovered by travel agents Honduran town between rain forest hikes when the federales left upset they didn't get their weekly bribe. Next thing I know I was bleeding through my Outkast '98 College Tour Tee, holding a shattered bottle of tequila as masked men machine gunned the store. The alcohol in my system slowed my pulse down enough for me to not bleed out," Stefan Dobber, Vassar '08. Ten issues a year for ten reports on nations.

Health - Lifting and diet. Let Mangan run with his non-PC medical approach to fitness. Open minded approach of different things. Maybe a juicebro or two? One rule: no abs specials. I will take a Singapore cane to your abs if you suggest an abs special. This is not a gay men's magazine.

Game/Sex - A sharpened sword like Heartiste (he could find a new male pseudonym from "The Story of O" to write under) with several thousand words at play for a huge audience may save a man from divorce theft. Make a mockery of relationship therapy Q&A columns by having a dark Q&A column. We can make up the questions just like Dear Prudie does. Follow up a column with a science blurb or graphic that offers help or refutes standard dating advice found elsewhere.

Marriage - Between the writers in the realm of Dalrock or Hawaiian Libertarian as well as divorced guys, an "ins and outs of marriage" column could be appreciated by the readers. Readers are single guys, but if they have an eye on marriage an article on "profile of a good wife" or "what to look for" in a roundtable setting would be appealing. Could we have a "You found her but how to talk her into a family but without getting officially married" special article?

Divorce/Family Court - Discuss the law. Discuss wrapping it up. Pre-nups that somehow don't stick. Discuss the 2nd set of books that say things are fair but the judges are instructed to preserve the mother-child bond if at all possible. Horror stories. Not just celebrities, which would be marvelous to report on, but regular joes. The Johnny Carson divorce alone would be a great report. Michael Strahan's divorce is another where she left and got 90%, plus insinuated gay accusations without any proof. We live in a media world that tries to portray "trapping" people with kids as men forcing women to have children when we all know a friend who has been trapped by a woman.

Which leads to politics...

Politics/Society - Dripping liquified redpillery into the tonic of reporting. Be outside the fake two sided political spectrum by pointing out, for example, the left's naked power grabs with gimmedats but also the right's white knighting and fairy tale view of women. Push the single guys rightward or push them out of voting entirely in a system that is legally stacked against them. Write an article just on the messaging for young girls vs. young boys. Hype headlines like "Public Schools Are Child Abuse for Boys". Your audience is men who just left that system and may have been doped up to keep them "compliant". Think a guy like Chuck Ross with an extended deadline could cook up a great story like the "The Kangaroo Courts of Campus Rape". Matt Forney reporting with a faux undercover gimmick on the latest insane trend in the SJW or SWPL set.

This is all a pipe dream, and advertisers would run and hide. Could receptive minds take a fresh look at the world if the articles in between the photoshopped pictorials were razor sharp and red pilled? Possibly. A man can dream. As time marches on and advertising revenue dwindles, I'll only need about $2 million to purchase the entity in a few years. There has to be enough start up scratch for that. One deal generation team at a private equity firm could pitch this to some gullible college endowment. Come on Sheldon, don't let someone else beat you to this new venture. If you kick in some extra coin, we can set up a few women I know to run Redbook and Cosmo.


*Some people do links or recommendations posts. I try to be creative about it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Military Progging in 3 Pictures




Second, there is the news that the progressive political commissars made a voluntary Army cadet exercise mandatory, and by golly, it was having men walk in red heels to understand the plight of women.



Third, unreported but most likely true per seismic activity detected from the laughter, America’s geopolitical rivals in Russia and China had a good chuckle and made a toast.



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This last picture was from 2005. 10 years. Feels like a generation ago. Could have been an Air Force recruiting image. This image released now would be shouted down 10x more than it was in 2005. 'Merica.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bloomberg Nearly Forgets Russia's Near Catastrophe as Russia Buys 1 Million Ounces of Gold

Rarely does one get a chance to expand upon criticism of the media for an even sadder act of inaccuracy and irresponsibility in one week, but the American media never stops dig for new lows. While critical of the American coverage of the attack on Russia and now the subsequent silence about their recovery, I never thought the American media could treat the “near collapse and financial ruin and destruction of the ruble” as a non-event. Bloomberg has proven me wrong. On Monday, the folks at Bloomberg reported Russia’s purchase of 1 million ounces of gold in March. This puts another nail in the “Russia’s Economy is Dead” coffin.

The purchase is interesting because it adds another 30 tons of gold to their stockpile within 90 days of the Western media incorrectly proclaiming that the Russians were selling gold to stabilize the ruble. After the January and February hiatus to get things in order, the Russian are right back to their purchasing rate of 2014. The purchase is not much in the grand scheme of things, and to show how little the purchase is and how much fiat we are swimming in, check out the TIC data from this spring. The purchase of that gold cost them over a billion dollars, but did not even make up 10% of the reserve reduction in Russian Treasury holdings in February (March’s data is not yet available). These big moves are drops in the bucket for all the paper dollars swimming out there in the hands of anyone with a trade surplus. These purchases scare the US elite? What happens if mass defection catches on?

The fun thing to laugh at is how the Bloomberg plays down the ruble collapse to one sentence, and not even that, just a fragment of a sentence. This is not even 90 days after stating the ruble may collapse, protests might erupt and Putin might be on the way out. Putin spent a week sick, and pundits were spinning anything from coup to love child to sudden, life threatening illness. The entire American media machine sets up the story to make every American believe the ruble will collapse and Putin will be weakened and not three months later, it is a small foot note in the news blurb. Back to buying gold, forget we dug their grave, move along plebians.

There is no media watchdog, and no one empowered to punish it when it is wrong and malicious. This is not too different from the shooting of Mike Brown being trumped up to most important thing in America to becoming a footnote as facts prove the media’s narrative wrong. Even the DOJ report that showed Officer Wilson was in the right for his actions, and that “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” is a lie, the DOJ report was then spun to show systemic >sniff sniff< racism >sniff< is prevalent in Ferguson, Missouri because of a few insensitive jokes and arrest records. Whether small town cops or geopolitical opponents, the media guns are always pointed at you. When they shoot, maim and are wrong, well it was just a rush to get a story out, blurred by the fog of incomplete information. I tweeted to Jacob Weissman about his incorrect Ruble collapse predictions in print, and he admitted to being partially wrong. That means he is 100% wrong. It also means that when enough people see how consistently wrong Western media is on all subjects, often with malicious intent, there will be a cleansing media fire and re-evaluation of the exact powers and freedoms of any society’s media.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The NY Times Can't Fix Venezuela

A improper basket case is never seen as legitimate by the American media. There is always some righteous, and leftist, opposition, no matter how small that truly speaks for the people. If this illegitimate government was seen as rigging elections, it will be attacked at any sign of weakness. Now a proper basket case is Venezuela. Venezuela is a socialist paradise, or at least was portrayed as a populist, socialist uprising of support for Hugo Chavez. His crew of gangsters has wrecked Venezuela’s economy and society. The NY Times is on the case for how to fix it, but will not say anything about political reform or removal of the cronies in charge. No enemies to the left in the pages of the NY Times.

The Times enlists left wing Alejandro Toledo to chip in an op-ed, or at least sign his name to their writing, to add prestige and gravitas to his words since he was the president of Peru in the ‘00s. Toledo has been there as a leader of a South American nation, so he digs the problems, man. Some very clever sleights of hand that happen are calling into question income inequality and how the elite are separated from the rest in near economic apartheid but never admitting that the elite are Chavez’s gang of pals. The other deft side stepping is citing Chavez’s moves for redistribution but never painting Chavez’s economic policies as the reason that the nation is running out of toilet paper.

The answer to fixing Venezuela’s problems are more redistribution as social welfare programs should be enhanced. More “direct support” for pensions and unemployment insurance. Slow down, but Chavez did things like that while in power leading to this crisis. There is an odd mention of following the lead of “other Latin American nations and reorient its economy away from dependence on the volatile oil export market”. This is a bit confusing as how many OPEC members are there in Latin America? How many oil exporters in general? Speaking of the oil market, why not have the government remove the forced oaths of loyalty for oil workers that Chavez required, which created a brain drain and subsequent drop in oil production? Moving to more manufacturing and food production would allow union creation and Peronism to solidify the Chavez clique’s hold on power.

Toledo cites something he did, and it was called “conditional cash transfers”. This is where the government pays out welfare but only is certain conditions are met by the recipient and their family. Sounds like a child’s allowance but there are plenty of adults with the sense and impulse control of children. Sounds a bit like a modest proposal that some in our community would love to apply. Maybe this is the solution for Detroit, but why stop at a conditional additional benefit? Let us set up any government assistance to civilization building behavior. The World Bank even studied the program and found a true blue positive effect to those policies. Now when can we apply this to parts of our cities where the ruin is at Dresden in ’45 levels?

The other weird suggestion is that Mr. Maduro the stand-in “face” for the “Venezuelan Communist Regime” should open up political freedoms and allow for the opposition to exist peacefully and outside of jail cells. Toledo goes into a kumbaya mode as he raps on how the wider a democracy is the better the economy and then the better democracy is in a virtuous cycle. Wonderful way to conflate the joys of economic expansion with voting. More democracy put the Venezuelans into this current state of disorder and ruin. The Chinese have taken a gigantic jump in living standards all the while lacking this democracy that Toledo loves. Any suggestion to suspend elections and go on a massive reorganization of the entire Venezuelan sociopolitical world? No. The left wants Venezuela to stay far left just with running water, working electricity and toilet paper.

The op-ed ends with Venezuela deserves better. Does it? Even with the rigging of elections, there were plenty of Venezuelans who supported Chavez and his gang. The ones I feel sorry for and who deserve better are those who never wanted the Chavez routine, those who hopelessly but honestly believed in the rules of the game, and those who wanted out but couldn’t flee. The corrupt elite who set Venezuela on this path and those who gleefully chanted for Hugo deserve what they get. After all, they voted for it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yemen, the Islamic Vortex, and Differences

Yemen is in the news. It is a nice way for the right to crow about a failed Obama policy. Har har, he called Yemen a success. It is a way for those of us on the outer edge to talk about the Islamic vortex. it is a way for Iran hawks to warn about the dangerous broadening of the Saudi-Iranian proxy war with those bad Iranians supporting those evil Houthis. The War Nerd has a great post and comes close. With the War Nerd, when in doubt, blame Western interests that you call domestic opponents. What if everyone is a little bit right, but also wrong. The Yemeni struggle is a domestic fight with domestic causes and motivations that everyone is pulling at to fit their view.

The airstrikes in Yemen were destroying the Al-Qaeda elements, but this is not blowback. Yemen is another piece of Muslim on Muslim violence because after the 20th century baby boom and polygamy locking out many men from life fulfillment, what were people going to do with surplus young men? This is not vortexy, more specific to Yemen. Yes, the Iranians are now helping the Houthis, but how much, with what, and how exactly? No one ever answers except for saying "training". The War Nerd does his normal devotional to rural tribes for fighting while desperately searching for a way to blame it on the American right. He is right the Saudis are scared, but wading through 5000 words of praise for rednecks because they happen to not be American rednecks is lame. Did anyone bother to read up on these guys? Frontline even did a documentary on them.




Their leader: your 8th grade math teacher

That is just the first two minutes, but note something in it. This is a homegrown group fusing Shia Islam with an anti-globalist agenda. Tell me who the drone strikes were on? Al-qaeda and the Sunni tribes they swam among in the general population. Here's the map of air strikes. Here is a map of areas of control. The airstrikes are not in Houthi held lands. The Houthi are not revolting due to the air strikes exactly, but foreign meddling in general when combined with who has political power in the capital. On a broader scope, the Houthi dislike the corruption of the Sunnis that we put in charge, and dislike the US global war on terror. This might sound shocking but the split of control right now looks a lot like the split during the Cold War, when Yemen was split into two separate states. The geopolitical quirk that makes unification desirable yet a problem due to the tribal and religious split is the Bab-el-Mandeb and the fantastic port of Aden being so close together. The empire would want one local warlord to rule over both spots so imperial bribes only have to go to one man. The geopolitical value is why the USS Cole was in Aden when bombed.


There was another conflict that was similar but viewed incorrectly as it fit into a broader ideological battle. Vietnam. Vietnam is the go to for US military intervention no matter the different scenarios, but for once, Vietnam is similar to the situation in Yemen not militarily but in how it is viewed. Vietnam was not another Chinese civil war or Korean war. Vietnam was an independence movement that had been fighting an outside force for decades before the US came along. Woodrow Wilson patted Ho Chi Minh on the head and sent him packing when he wanted support for self determination in the 1910s. The fight was against the French, the Japanese, the French again, and then the US. The terrible communists under Ho were smart to make their umbrella incredibly wide and use the call of "independence" to their gain. The American establishment incorrectly viewed this as a Domino theory problem, where the commie plague would spread as countries fell like dominoes. Vietnam was different. They did not see that in '54... nor in '64. No one wanted to "lose" another country even if the rest of Asia looked stable in the mid-'60s.

Yemen is a local fight, over local issues. The UN just voted to ban arm sales too the Houthi. No veto by Russia, and even the Saudis were okay with humanitarian provisions in the agreement. These are areas that have been based on tribal leadership and loose confederation for ages. These are distinct tribes, so bringing everyone together into arbitrarily drawn states from early in the 20th century looks like a bad idea right now. The Houthis have the numbers to say no more to Sunni puppets, and they can make it rough enough for the puppet masters to relent. Sykes-Picot is being blown up, and this will not stop in Mesopotamia. Arbitrary lines around the globe have been drawn up for different contemporary populations than the original inhabitants. We can all pray that reasonable accommodations and separations can be made so little Yemens do not pop up all over the globe. A fusion of Shia and anti-globalist efforts... replace the Shia beliefs with nationalism, ethnic rights or whatever rallying point, and this is just another piece in the anti-globalization push worldwide.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

US Media Silent Now About Russian Finances

A few months ago, the media stepped in to push the Russian financial collapse idea along with the orchestrated attack by big finance. They have been relatively silent on stabilization of the ruble and now its rally. I stand corrected, The Economist writes that the rally is "Unfair". They generally must stay silent because discussing what and how things happened would boost moves by "their" experts versus our experts who watch a crash and yell "whoocoodanode". Part of avoiding the actions is to hide that our elite could do the same but do not in moments of crisis. To give attention now would also set up a tricky situation coming up later this spring. Our media's job is not to inform but to entertain and persuade support for the machinations of our progressive elite.

Fun was reading Western sources write that aw shucks the Russkis won't be able to save their currency, and then see the ruble stabilize and now recover due to actions taken by the Russians. That Forbes writer talked of a desperate 150 basis point move, and had no clue that a central banker in 2014 would move rates up from 10% to 17%. Oh my God, a central banker who acts like days of yore. Russia's central bank head is a woman like Janet Yellen but much younger and on a mission to protect the ruble. The Chinese did help the Russians out, but the success to their moves were facing down speculators. The FED's mission is not to protect the dollar. The FED could pop bubbles before they become large and disastrous, but they do not. The "measured" interest rate hikes through the years by both Greenspan and Bernanke were to keep the debt expansion going for as long as possible and allow for more marginal borrowers to get pulled into the system. Sharper rate hikes at good moments in the mid-'00s might have prevented top of the bubble speculation and made the collateral damage not as horrendous. That is not our style though, as we just clean up after the bubble pops and the middlemen collect their fees. It was not always the case as we did rate hikes like that in the early '80s.

The ruble's recovery is based on many different factors. Oil's stabilization helped, but their central bank held firm in the face of the attack. The recovery might continue and even pick up steam as the spring rolls on. Why? The sanctions on Russia expire in June. They cannot be extended without Greece's vote. This makes those meetings between the Greeks and Russians make more sense now as besides some cash for the Greeks, the Greeks actually have something to offer the Russians besides Spring Break destinations. The entire euro experiment hits weird snags as sanctions, the euro, debt and a whole host of related items come to a head. The Greeks could take bailout money, but veto the sanctions if the deal if less than they need and the Russians can supplement. Shhh, but the Russians are already dangling 5 billion euros to Greece in exchange for a gas pipeline. Anyone look at who picks up most of that Greek debt? The EFSF owns over 60%, and individual nations like Spain and Italy own, roughly, a combined $60 billion. Think Italy and Spain can handle that hair cut? How much could Russia supplement? How fast does Greece veto those sanctions? How much does the ruble recover afterwards?

The media can report on the event. It will go into hysterics for Greek default monthly (we've witnessed this for years), and it can go into rage if the Greeks help the Russians for one moment. Will we get an analysis of whether those sanctions were justifiable? Probably not, as that would create a curiosity about why or when exactly did everything start in Ukraine? Why does no one place sanctions on us? Wait, we're the global empire? Hold on, how can that be, the US is the underdog helping the little guy find freedom!?!?!??! Russia is no angel, but Americans cannot have that conversation about the ethics of the empire. The regime cannot have plebs evaluating the ethics of policies in the name of progressivism. They may start to question the ethics of domestic policies. Forget ethics, we cannot talk about how Russia weathered a financial panic, and what they did that our policymakers are so afraid to do.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How the Hell Would They Remake Scarface

On Twitter, I was discussing the ridiculousness of remakes and sequels. We now have Star Wars, Mad Max, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner and even Scarface in the works. Just Nuke Hollywood. Not for the filth and propaganda but for lack of creativity in doing so. The Scarface idea blows my mind because Scarface itself was a remake of an old gangster film but set in the Miami 'Cocaine Cowboys' era. Oliver Stone being a coke guy helped when he wrote the script, but Miami itself is a star. If they remake it, do they do it retro? If they do that, it will be in the shadow of the original and fail. There is no specific location tied to our current problem drugs. Portland, Oregon for heroin? A flyover country town for meth? Meth peaked years ago. Here's a pitch.

Asian-American student grows up on the west coast. Not stereotypical math genius Chinese kid. Regular American kid listening to '80s/'90s music. Ends up in armed forces. Finds it weird how the US runs security on poppy fields in Afghanistan. Comes back after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and goes to mandatory counseling BS courses. Thinks it is a joke. While in those sessions, finds out buddies have been popping oxys like candy and some go to narcotics anonymous. Finds out more have been dipping into heroin. He won't do drugs, good Asian kid, family pressure to make some cash and strive.

What does he do? Works way into heroin distribution network. Calls the shit they are getting terrible quality, screwing up customers. He has that striver in him. Uses fact he can speak Chinese to work as the import-export expert for the heroin infrastructure. Surfer buddy acts as Anglo face. Start importing heroin from Chinese through Western ports. Sets up base in Portland for more central location on West coast. Need montage of skrillex sounding shit over shots of importing with legit looking business up front. Has harem of heroin junkies. Tatted up white girls, vegans, some tiny Asians, he's swimming in it. Starts using. Gets relationship with hot blonde played by Amber Heard, but her womb is so polluted she cannot provide him with a hapa son. Sets up money laundering scheme for Chinese to buy property with their illicit gains. All goes well until heroin overdoses trigger the hippy Oregon governor to go after them if the feds won't do it. Chinese (do we make it the triads?) order a hit. Doesn't do it because "Greg Chen doesn't kill kids!!!" Starts using heroin heavily. Finds his sister is now waifu of Surfer buddy. Kills him. Eventually is hunted down by Chinese using former American vets who now work private security.

*Will never happen. Asian lead required.

The Mad Men Mistresses

"Why are they introducing a new character? Why is Don's new mistress worse looking than random retail workers? Wrap it up Mad Men, wrap it all up!"

That may or may not have been said in the middle of the second episode in the second half of Mad Men's final season. Mad Men peaked a few years ago, but it is still a fun ride. Joking on the plain appearance of Don's latest sexual play, my wife and I debated the women they have had walk through Don's life. This might be a theme throughout the last few episodes as they showed Don obsessed with the memory of Rachel Katz (season 1 + 2) and then bump into Sylvia Rosen (season 6). Combined with Mad Men's Creator, Matthew Weiner, fueling his creation with resentment from a youth that does not match reality and some small picture, we can evaluate his trysts. Each season, Don ran through a lot of skirts but would normally have one BIG mistress (the Sopranos series formula). Let's have some fun with a walk through side pieces.

I'm an artist, look at how I tied my shirt!
Midge Daniels - Beatnik artist who eventually turns to heroin. She is Don's mistress but more fun than anything since she is in love with someone else. This was when Mad Men was brand new so they could not pull in hotter actresses or bigger names. Midge is cute and fun, so it makes her a good mistress, but no one is leaving their wife for her.

We own retail in NYC
Rachel Menken Katz - Client that Don has deeper affair with in season 1. At a critical moment, Don asks her to run away with him. I'm sure handsome wealthy Don was going to be deeply obsessed with Rachel. His delusions with regards to Rachel run so deep he thinks she would leave her comfortable, rich life in NYC for and with him, because Rachel sets Don's mind and soul wild with desire and passion. Sorry, need to stop laughing at Matthew Weiner's writing. Rachel was first in a series of Jewish women that attractive goys fall for, none worse than Jane Siegel played by the amazingly beautiful shiksa Peyton List, that Roger leaves his wife for early in the series. No projection there Mr. Weiner. She cleans up well but resembles the mom from Malcolm in the Middle when not glammed up.
She aged well
Bobbie Barrett - Season two brought the hard charging redhead that is a wife of a comedian that does advertisements played by that ugly dude with gigantic eyebrows from Mulholland Drive and LOST. This is the "fingerbang"gal. The actress was that cute redhead that was on The Commish about 25 years ago. No threat to leave Betty, and this feels like one of those flings to make the ladies at home think men find ball busting, middle aged women sexy.

Naked pictures of her leaked in one of the celeb hacks

Suzanne Farrell - This was the cute dish who was a teacher that Don messed with for a summer. Pretty girl with a slim bod that was a bit crazy. She had a legit crazy brother and then had stalkerish tendencies with Don. She is the mistress Don was going to take away for the weekend, but when he ran back home quickly in his car, Betty confronted him about "the box". She stayed hiding in his car until she slunk out late in the night and walked home. No threat he'd leave Betty, and seriously, how much fun would it be for a crazy ex-mistress to come back and kill Don at the end? I vote for this one. This is probably Don's first mistress a majority of men would sleep with.

Beauty and brains
Dr. Faye Miller - "Oy, let's make a supah smaht Ayn Rand type who can be an all around catch, go get 'em buziness gurl but it doesn't work. She's gotta be a supah Noo Yawkah, but let's make her blonde. Oy vey, I uhh can't make this one Jewish too, so let's still have mob connections. Oy, but an Italian Ayn Rand type doesn't work, so let's give her the last name Miller. Gold team!" Faye is a good working girl who is smart but Don passes her up. technically, she is just a girlfriend since Don was divorced. I do think Faye was originally going to be Jewish due to the psych work, the libertarian stuff and she says the phrase "go shit in the ocean", which is a Yiddish curse. Why the fuck would Dr. Miller use a Yiddish curse? She is a hodge podge of NY big city working woman. She was important for the "season of vaginas" where Mad Men explored the oppression of white collar women in NYC in the '60s. Definitely a hot little dish played by Cara Buono.

Yes please
Megan - Hot thing that Don does marry, so technically in the girlfriend season but wifed up. Pretty good package all around. I saw this one coming a mile away because of her number of lines early in the season despite being a bit character. I always liked how the generational gap, and Don's gap from the changing times, was played with through his disconnect at times with Boomer Megan.



Betty Draper - Yes, remember he cheats on Megan with Betty. Hilarious inversion of things. While watching fat Betty waddle around for a season was fun, having harpie Betty be back to thin puts the Mad Men world in order. They write Betty so terrible that despite Don's bad behavior you still dislike Betty more.

Season 6: Don could not stay legit

Sylvia Rosen - Would Don stay faithful was the question many wondered going into season 6? No. Above is the stunning Italian they set Don up with as the mistress downstairs in season 6. We got to see her dressed classy, dressed in home fear, dressed in her lingerie, and rocking the mid-20th century classy MILF fashions. Funny fact, they cast 37 year old Linda Cardellini to play some middle aged MILF with a son in college. You might recognize her from Freaks and Geeks or Velma in the Scooby Doo movie. She was a nice foil to Boomer Megan who could not relate to Don as well nor really understand his problems (if even aware of them), unlike fellow Silent generation Sylvia. This is something most Mad Men reviewers missed, and instead the stupid SWPLs focused on Don banging a woman who looked like Betty Rubble. Huffpo and Grantland both mentioned this. I guess reviewers missed that this is fiction, and that also in the real world plenty of men cheat on their wives with women who look far different from them (see Tiger Woods).

I'm down
The other burning question going into season 6 would be if stories would wrap up. Not really. Weiner pushed more of that black secretary, introduce the new conflicted gay guy (I liked the old one better), and meander. Similar stuff in season 7. Very early in the show, Weiner mentioned the show would track the '60s and Don's downfall. He also said how things would shift to California as California was seen as new and where the action was compared to crumbling New York. We definitely have seen the '60s pass, but where is Don's downfall? Where is the shift to California? Don always manages to land on his feet and usually saving the company and richer on his part. I actually thought a fitting end would be a drunken Don lounging on California beaches, writing nonsensical fiction that never sells as Megan developed her career in Hollywood which was more a favor to Don by connections in television. The shift to California kind of materialized temporarily. Seeing shows like Mad Men and LOST end after taking a terrible turn or two should make us all appreciate the wonderful ending and storytelling of another AMC show, Breaking Bad.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Not Telling the Whole Truth on Paid Leave

Roughly a year ago, I noticed the whining over no paid leave for family medical reasons with the strong focus on maternity leave. As I wrote, the media is skipping over the fact that several states have state mandated disability leave programs that pay for maternity and other disabilities that are off the job (not worker's comp). The media is at it again with a weepy article in The New Republic. This is all about maternity leave and helping working moms out. Something needs to be done for working moms! Working moms are trampled upon! No one gets any benefit unless they fight! The government needs to do something! Media bias is wonderful when you consider they can lie simply by omission.

What quantifies as paid time off for maternity? How is it defined by this reporter? Many women work in professions where a long term paternalistic view of the employees allowed for massive sick day accumulation to anticipate births. Your tax dollars pay for those employee benefits for all of those school teachers racking up the sick days. That is not a formal maternity leave program, but it is 100% of pay for as many days as one accrues. Some schools allow teachers to use half pay and extend the time they are out. Hospitals are in a similar position. Because of the prohibitive cost of these programs, many of them are moving to short term disability insurance whether employer or employee paid. Sick leave still exists even if it has been cut back dramatically through the years (hurts men, too).

This is the biggest statement in the article that confuses me, "Eighty-eight percent of American women do not get paid for a single day or single hour after they give birth". Something feels super phony about this. Is the number taking into account stay at home moms and the unemployed? it is a shock number meant to generate feelings of "that's unfair". Where's the proof? First, there is the sick time structure at many firms. They at least have a few days if they do not have the rich school programs. There also is the private insurance short term disability market that treats a pregnancy and delivery like a normal illness, paying between 6-8 weeks (depending on natural of Cesarean delivery). This market is rather mature, and whether through a group policy from companies like Hartford or MET Life or an individual policy like AFLAC, this market has reached half of all employers. Last I knew, group insurance had over a 33% market penetration figure. Many of the employers that do not have them already have a rich in-house program that pays for maternity leave. Angie's List has an private insurance program and has over 1200 employees. Other giant employers have in-house programs that are even richer than Angie's List's program, and I would state that firms over 500 lives have in-house programs more often than private insurance. Those 500+ employee firms employ half of American workers. Where is the proof that 88% of women never receive any paid leave after delivering a baby? Where is that number from? Is this a twist of the reality where because the employee gets paid by an insurance company, the media can say it is not paid leave, but a use of a private service?

Sorry small firm employees
Now we all hear about the US gender pay gap, but we also know that it is a bit of trickery with how that number is calculated. Even with luxurious maternity (and even paternity) leaves for working parents, Europe still has many nations with gender pay gaps around 20%. If European socialism in its debt death rattle is not enough to close the gap, the gap just might be there for good. What do you think the euros are going to cut back when they have to pay the debt piper? Maybe the Chinese will let them keep it since it will make Europe less competitive. Is that gap also calculated with the same prog trickery? I do not know, but I am a cautious media skeptic. Whatever reality, the gap still exists so after watching decades of European socialism fail to close the gap, why would the American media call for a dose of it here?

Europe's gender pay gap

This is coming. Obama already used an executive order to set some of the federal employees up for it. Look who added paid leave to her agenda. This is just the bloat of the government bureaucracy and a new program to employ more of the leftist coalition in safe government jobs. A federal program will run as profitable as the state government mandated programs do, which is not at all. The government will wiggle its way into a new sphere of the employee-employer relationship. Here is one thing these progs never consider, and those dear, oppressed moms may be adversely affected. Small firms will more and more slide to employee people as 1099 contract workers to get around the rules. Many small employers will go this route and create a new, weirder relationship with their employees just to avoid the burden of government regulation. By why even bring that up? Look at the essay by Reecca Traister (editor) and the multiple "project manager", "communications director", etc. working in the big cities used in the essay. This is not to help all women, but to help those Lean In ladies self-actualize. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hillary is Perfect For Today's America

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the presidency. We all knew this was coming. Her path looks very clear. She should have the advantage for the general. A Clinton presidency would be the favorite in Vegas if they set up futures on politicians. In a perfect world, she would be nowhere near the nuclear launch codes, but we are probably twenty months away from her blod clotted brain being on the nuclear button. Think of how perfect Hillary Clinton's campaign and ascension to the presidency is in 2016. Even more than Obama because of the feminism angle, Clinton, her personality, her looks, and what she is embody America perfectly.

Wendy Davis embodied the political left's zeitgeist in 2014. Clinton represents so much more. The feminism angle plays so well for right now because of Clinton herself. This will be the "it's women's turn now" like the Economist cover messaging for Obama that "It's time" in late 2008. What a woman, too. Here is a woman you only know due to her husband. She was in a toxic marriage where she was repeatedly humiliated on a state, national and global stage by her husband, but unlike the Lifetime movie, never left him. Wasn't feminism about escaping those bad Silent or GI generation loveless marriages of convenience? She did not divorce and run on her own. She stood by Bill and received the NY US Senate seat as political alimony. She ducked out of running for president in '04, did nothing really in the Senate but vote for the Iraq War, blew '08, and then was Secretary of State as the US saw influence and power recede globally. Her resume is "Libya", and if we ever evaluate Libya 2010 vs. 2015, that one thing looks awful. Hillary running is like the rapidly advancing female executive who is getting promotions because she is the only woman in the division.

Images from Obama's win in 2008 did echo those Hollywood movies where the good whites and some minorities would cheer the integrated, open minded dance crew that saved the rec center. The skeptic would do that handshake and head nod "good job, kid" move. Yahhhh, the cool black guy won! If we get anything like that with Hillary, it will be the image Gen Xers and Millenials know well about Boomer moms demanding applause. "Alright everyone clap for Mrs. So-and-So, this is a big deal, look, Jimmy get back over into that voting booth and you pull that lever or I'm going to ground you." America will get nagged into voting for her. This is 69 year old Hillary doing campaign stops. Look America, you owe it to her. She's acted as your awful mother-in-law for 25 years now. Show some respect. Hillary can claim one for the victims of America despite being a millionaire that rakes in $200,000 or more per speaking appearance. It is 2015, women get everything on the feminist wish list from 1965, and are still unhappy. Let's tack on a Hillary campaign for the hammering away at the patriarchy charade to continue.

Hillary's personality is just so perfect for today. The Clintons have been grifting the world since Bill left the Oval Office, so this is another way to rake in the speaking fees until old Hillary has one blood clot too many. The fake concern for the little guy, the sniping at big money making advances and the lack of any charm reflect what our elites have become. A steady dose of lies that enough of the low information voters will believe from elites who just need to distract enough of the people to loot before it all blows up. Her emails being off limits and deleting four years worth while under subpoena. We forced Nixon out and considered 18 minutes of erased tape as a "smoking gun". Four years of emails. Honey badger don't care. That is our political class. That is our overclass. The law does not apply to them.

Look at her. Did you see her presser? Her wobbling head that looked dizzy at times when fielding questions? She has definitely had some touching up since she last was in the public's eye, and I have not talked about her bloat. A wobbling, bigger girl with a woozy head who likes to drink is perfect for what the USG leviathan has become. America's foreign policy is the unpredictable and huge menace that other countries just hope passes them by unscathed. Forget the federal government, it is what we have become. We pop pills, drink, dope and stuff our faces to avoid dealing with reality. We're fatter than ever. We have delusions that we are what we were in 1946. We do not need competency, we just need the symbol up there. That symbol will show them how far we've come. Progress, yeah, we're progressing and progressive!

Hillary should have run in 2004. It would have been close, but I think she would have won. It would have benefited everyone. She would have been trounced in 2008, so it would be better for everyone. Missed from analysis... Imagine her replacing the deceased Chief Justice Rehnquist with a liberal, and all of those recent 5-4 Justice Kennedy swing wins on the Supreme Court are 5-4 liberal bloc, hive mind wins. Maybe, just maybe, the right would catch on. Maybe 2009 President Romney could have allowed for a decentralization shift, but probably not. Either way, we would be closer to the end game than we are now.

A Clinton presidency gets us closer to that moment. There is a hollowness to this all that would not be present had she run and won in 2004 or even 2008. One has to read half the articles claiming the presidency is the only power base with credibility or the other half, excusing Obama's lack of change, where the presidency is ornamentation and lacking power. Maybe that's why we'll see through those "You've come a long way, baby" political advertisements in 2016, and recognize that the power brokers finally let a lady into the Oval Office because they removed all of its power. Either way, a slightly tipsy, fat and phony careerist Boomer woman well beyond her "use by" date, lumbering side to side and barking orders that may or may not just be for the cameras, is the perfect embodiment of contemporary America.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Stay at Home Mom Advantage

Today I will sell you on the idea of a Stay at Home Mom for a wife. I'm preaching to the choir, but let me ramble on about it. Let me also sell it for the ladies out there, as I have a small female readership. I'm just offering one post of counter-programming as a howl at the progressive hurricane. I am fortunate to live in a low cost, flyover area. This was part of our plan as we could not afford to live in a short commute zone in Boston, for my wife to follow the career path we both wanted for her, and to have multiple kids. My wife teaches ballet and modern dance, and has ratcheted down her teaching to now only two evenings a week. I bring in 90% of our household income. The pressure is on me. My wife knows this. This is not too different from some of my peers, but the difference is my wife is mostly a stay at home mom while my peers make 65% of their household income and their wives work in shitty 9-5 jobs making 25-35K year. I found out in 2014 what an advantage having my wife be a stay at home mom was.

1. She doesn't have her own bag of work bullshit to dump on me. My wife has small stuff as she runs the business side of the studio from our home, but my friends' wives do the "work drama is horrible" routine on them for what appears to be hours. Coworker had a wife that worked at Wal-Mart. Said he'd let her run through her Wally-World stories and zone out, repeatedly responding with 'wow honey". My carpool regularly retells these wife work stories for amusement, but it's at a minimum the first 20 minutes of their wives' time at home from work. I don't talk work drama at home. I leave it there since I heard my parents bitch about work all growing up. Our time at home is spent focused on us.

2. No drama about WHO IS PICKING THE KIDS UP TONIGHT!?!??!!? IT'S YOUR TURN GARY! HOW COULD YOU FORGET???? >legit work phone conversation overheard monthly<

3. My kids spend time with their mom during the day, and no worries they are in a day care Fight Club.

4. Those small errands that take up my peers' weekends are done during the week by my wife. This allows me to enjoy my weekends with my family instead of sitting at Midas or running to Home Depot to grab paint.

5. She cooks meals so it's another thing off my plate that some of my peers have to do. If she worked, I imagine the meal thing would be handled differently.

6. If something serious family related comes up for me, I have a partner at the house to contact to take care of things like organizing a trip. Family emergencies that may require travel arrangements or figuring out what hospital to go to, I can farm out to her as she is at home, and move it out of my hands at work.

7. Martyr Moms. Yes, being a mom is "tough" but a "working mom" adds in a whole other layer of bullshit that society allows women to use as Martyr Moms. You know the moms who lie and spread Faceborg myths, like "A mom can't use the bathroom in peace for 5 years, snarf snarf". So that Martyr Mom never uses the bathroom when he kids nap, are asleep for the night, are gone at an activity, are home with her husband? Logic. My friends with wives who work end up getting sucked into things at home because just like those men getting stressed and worn out, women do too. Sometimes the working dads become the "working mom" hardship story, but they don't bitch about it or get media coverage.

8. Friends who have wives that work have to play the "sick kid" or "sick day care provider" missed day from work game. Which parent leaves work or takes the day off to deal with a sick kid? My last boss would do this once a month (he called it "daddy day care"), but in the four years my son has been around, I've never missed a day for a "sick kid". This applies to children's doctors appointments, too. I hope my boss and his wife's Toyota Avalons are worth it.

9. When shit goes bad at a working mom's job, the stress and job search drama bleeds into dad's life. It's a natural partnership empathy thing. Stay at home moms don't have that baggage.

10. If your kids are school age, primary interface between school and your household becomes your wife. Like a lion on the savanna, you are only called in if shit gets very real.

This advantage crossed my mind all through 2014 as my specific department in my division went through a horrible period. I had peers suffering insomnia, anxiety attacks, massive weight gain or loss and whatnot. I had some nights of waking up at 2am and being unable to go back to sleep. I just wrote for you all down at the desktop those nights. My bad sleep was due to knowing some behind the scenes political drama at work, not just simple work stress, as I knew of the potential downsizings being debated and negotiated. Debating working until 8pm or just coming in on Saturday boiled down to who else would be there, and if you could stand them?

The thing that I had as an advantage was a wife being a great partner focused on our home 100% because she did not have work damage of her own. During a high stress year at work, I did not have to come home to most of the bullshit my coworkers endured. My peers at work were not so lucky. I cannot recommend this lifestyle decision enough. Think about it. I know some cities make a single income difficult, so think about relocating if your job is transferable. There are plenty of affordable cities under 500,000 in population and away from the coasts. Take one road trip outside the Acela Corridor, and you'll be pleasantly surprised about what you can find. Just think about what you really want in life, and make it happen.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Where Successful Lean In Ladies End Up

Lean In, Ban Bossy, brogrammer culture, Ellen Pao, German board rooms creating quotas for women, am I missing any progressive women in the workforce memes? Work ladies. It's the only good way to live. Don't betray what those feminists fought for, but don't worry, a man and a kid will be waiting for you at 37. exactly what is the drive here? What is the end result? The average American household earns +/- $50,000 a year, but the average American salary is closer to $37,000. Say it is a decent job, so it is $50,000 per year, but what is it? What is the sacrifice for? I have pointed to the end result for selfish carousel riders before, so now let's look where those readers of Lean In will end up.

It is very obvious women do not want high paying jobs or else they would gravitate towards IT, oil, gas and even mining, and when they go into medicine, would work over 30 hours per week >eyeroll<. What women truly want is to work jobs where they can wear a suit, give presentations and lead meetings while they recount numbers or spit out buzzwords, earn 75K or more and maybe get the brass ring of an executive position that they think means huge money but less work with occasional business trips to sexy cities like NYC, LA, Miami and Chicago. Maximize compensation, feel strong and independent and minimize grunt work. Being able to dress snazzy when they want is a key because just doing white collar production work would mean they couldn't peacock. This is the Lean In crowd. They want the COO of Facebook job, but have zero chance at it. What they will still shoot for is 75K and above, doing scheduling, training, marketing, coordinating and other vague jobs that someone else builds the basics for and they just find a way to pretty up and deliver.

Lean In girls are not ready for it. They can work their way, if competent and especially if cute, to the 75K job, but an incredibly small sliver will hit meaningful six figures. It is not sexism, that is a small sliver for all Americans. The annual income 1% line starts at $250,000, and a lot of value transference sales people are in that 1%, but sales involves hustle so fewer women go into it. Many that do are cute, marry and opt out. Who stays? The flakes will fall off, the women who balance work and home will make it in incredibly small numbers, the fashionable grrl power types will opt out, but the steady Peggy Olsen types can make it. They might marry. If they do, kids won't enter the picture. They can be competent, great workers, but they hollow out emotionally. Their career death rattle is a death screech.

I resigned last week, as I prepared for my new job. I worked for ten years under an end result that the Lean In types would love: a woman with vice president in her title, who spent the last decade earning 1% annual income. No kids. Business trips were to second tier cities. Long hours. No kids, so not taking vacation days due to how stressful work is hurts no one but the cat. The competition got intense for her because at a certain level politics enters managing your job, and self-preservation kicks in. No kids, so the department she built is all she has. People have been leaving and complaining when they go, so will they yank her? Will they take away her baby? No kids, so employees became her surrogate children, adding an emotional element to any changes at work. Work becomes the family, and that can be dangerous. You're leaving, why are you rejecting me? I resigned and watched a 61 year old act like a 16 year old in her office. No kids, so she never learned that sometimes you don't have an answer and there are things more important than work.

The employees who had the worst relationship with the childless Boomer female boss were working moms. While the childless boss could not comprehend an employee not being as invested in something as her or leaving early for family reasons, the friction with working moms was palpable. There was that unspoken intra-female "the cause" argument being lived out in real time. Her favorite female underlings were those without kids and those married who kept their name. A working mom asking for help with work-life balance? "Go back to your desk, figure it out and cry in a stairwell if you have to." You hear that story when you take the stairs to sneak out to lunch early and catch a peer crying. Once you see it in one, you see it in others. The best thing kids do for your career is that reminder that it... is... just... work. Not all childless employees or managers are like that, but there are enough that like a SWPL dressing a cat and putting it in a stroller, these people have turned work into their everything.

This is where you end up if professionally successful Lean In girls. You're working on your career hard in your 20s? If things go well, you'll be making 50K a year not 200K a year, so don't wait until 35 for a husband to show up. The unsuccessful or average don't even get the big bucks to buy trinkets and provide cover for emptiness later in life. Blowing small work related things up into the most important focus of the week only to be replaced by another come Wednesday. No family at home. Eventually evaluating every working relationship as to how people may challenge or usurp you. No family to see you in old age. I'm sure >eyeroll< your subordinates who you favored will visit you in the nursing home. No woman can have it all. Even getting success in that work realm is a materialistic success and fraught with dangers. Think of where the road ends. Choose wisely.