Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Social Matter - Weimerica Weekly - Travel As The New Identity

Weimerica Weekly is up at Social Matter. This one covers the electoral college shenanigans and how they failed miserably. I hope you all note how larry lessig caused panic and hysteria, but at the end of the day, 2 electors did not vote for Trump, not the 20 or more Lessig hinted at. I discuss travel. I wanted to go more in depth about Disney, but Disney seems like it would make a better episode on its own.


Alexandros HoMegas said...

Do you the USG was involved in the murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey?

Son of Brock Landers said...

Alex, Would not be surprised at all. One of those deals where it's layers of groups to separate USG from ground level. This guy was not acting on his own.

Random Dude on the Internet said...

I'd say there's a 99% chance the USG was involved. The US has been trying to prime the pump to have an actual war in Syria and not just arming and training "moderate rebels" aka ISIS or Al Nusra:

- The dead Syrian kid on the beach in Turkey
- Another Syrian kid who is in Aleppo and is Twitter verified:
- Obama's declaration of lines that Assad couldn't cross (and crossed them anyway)
- Stories about Russkies blowing up civilian sites
- Trying to set up no fly zones in hopes that Russia would violate them to we had an excuse to fight them in a war
- Various other incidents like the ambassador assassination where we will undoubtedly hear some lies about impropriety on the ambassador's part

It's only a testament to the fatigue of the squeezed out middle that they haven't expressed any interest in going to war in Syria. The USG has been trying for the better part of three years to whip up enough sentiment to go fight a proxy war with Russia.

Of course since it's a Democrat led war, the pacifists of the 2000s are the chickenhawks of the 2010s. So many Code Pink catladies I know who cried over dead Iraqi kids as a reason to get out of Iraq are now crying over dead Syrian kids as a reason to go invade Syria. The normies who got worked up to go fight a war in Iraq no longer buy the BS fortunately or else we would have been there by now and Hillary probably would have been elected President so she could "finish the job."

Portlander said...

What angers me is the govt & elite have destroyed all their own credibility. Not just on foreign affairs, but across the board: health, diet, vaccines, communicable disease, savings and debt, population, environment, NASA... you name it.

They have been caught in so many lies; so many cries of wolf, that nearly every conspiracy theory is now plausible. Nothing is surprising any more.

If there's going to be a singularity, I think it will occur for conspiracy theories. With so much rot and corruption anything goes from not just possible, but equally probable.

Anonymous said...

Is it just international travel? And just single people or childless couples?

I'd be curious to know if there has been a decline in attendance at American heritage sites. As a kid I went to lots of different places. Civil War battlefields. Houses of presidents. DC monuments. Colonial Williamsburg, and similar places. Disney too, but that was a one time thing. I get the feeling that for families travel is now Disney + international travel with very little exploration of America.

Bumbling American said...

SOBL, check out Walker Percy's essays on tourism, which cover much of the same ground you did about authenticity. He ties it into his broader theories of unhappiness and dislocation in the modern world. There's a couple chapters in Lost in Cosmos, those are probably the easiest to digest, and I think there's some in Message in the Bottle, which are tougher going.