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WhiteWhine.com

Posted on Sep.8.2011 at 6:56
What does "White" have to do with "Whiney"? Nothing, of course (it's the whiney people who are whiney), unless you're a racist. 
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Now let me whine about this for a little bit and take a flippant phrase far more seriously than it was ever intended to be.
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I'll begin.
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What actually tweaks me about sites like this is the enthusiastic embrace of group identity by race. And then the conflation of natural-but-distasteful mental states with said racial group. StuffWhitePeopleLike, for example, is really Stuff-Yuppies-Like, or Stuff-Snobs-Like, or perhaps most accurately Stuff-Liberals-Like. Granted, many liberals are white, but most white people are not liberals (and I, for one, resent being lumped in with them).
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WhiteWhine is likewise more accurately described as first-world-problems (as the site in fact describes itself). So why go with "white"? [because it rhymes, stupid]. The reason is this: the person who made the site subscribes to a primarily racial view of the divisions in society, rather than a more accurate "cultural" view ("culture" here being the collection of behaviors and patterns of thought and action that one adopts from those around them and expects to see from those around them). The person apparently believes that "White" is synonymous with "Wealthy".
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It isn't. 

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Xtranormal free text-to-movie website

Posted on Jan.18.2010 at 5:54
Xtranormal.com allows you to create rough "robot theater" videos from text you type for the characters. Pretty cool. Here's one I made about the Martha Coakley campaign.



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Youtube Music

Posted on Dec.20.2009 at 3:49
A good list of Youtube videos of mostly orchestral music mostly from the movies that I like to have playing in the background as I browse the internet.

Randy Edelman - To the Stars

Vangelis - Last of the Mohicans

The Carnival of the Animals: The Aquarium


Rudy - The Final Game


E.S. Posthumus - Nara

Gladiator - Now We Are Free

Vangelis - Chariots of Fire

LotR - May it Be


Requiem for a Dream

Veigar - Revelations


Dune Messiah


Jurassic Park theme


E.S. Posthumus - Unstoppable


Stargate theme


Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings


Globus - Preliator

Orff - O Fortuna

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Excellent, Excellent Article

Posted on Dec.7.2009 at 9:46
Jeffrey Friedman writes an outstanding article about the regulatory causes of the financial crisis and the nature - and misconception by both conservatives and liberals - of capitalism itself. It's worth your time to read the whole thing, no matter who you are.

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Orwell

Posted on Dec.7.2009 at 8:03
"Once we grant that conventional patriotism is real, even if artifice went into its construction, however, is it also virtuous? Orwell comes near to conceding that it is. Describing the nationalism of power-worship that he despises, Orwell remarks in passing that "Its worst follies have been made possible by the breakdown of patriotism and religious belief." He hesitates almost immediately, warning that "if one follows this train of thought, one is in danger of being led into a species of conservatism." But the damage has been done. He has conceded what conservatives have long contended. When patriotic sentiments have been expelled from polite discourse, all manner of brutish ideologies rush in to occupy the vacant space--whether that space is the public square or the human heart."


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What was Obama thinking?

Posted on Nov.15.2009 at 1:12
Here's a series of photos showing world leaders greeting the emperor of Japan over the years, ending in one of Obama bowing.

Why did he do it?

Clearly it has nothing to do with protocol. And it was obviously deliberate. But after the criticism he came under with his bow to the Saudi king, and his administration's subsequent recognition of the gaffe and denial that it had even happened, I can only come to one conclusion: he has concluded that the denial of that earlier bow didn't work and is now just trying to dilute it's noteworthiness.

Lord of the Flies

Fascism for Dummies

Posted on Sep.29.2009 at 8:54
If it's too awkward to defend something, just re-define it away. Like Stalin did with "genocide"!

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PJTV - The Power of Iconography

Posted on Aug.17.2009 at 4:08
PJTV video from Bill Whittle: The Power & Danger of Iconography: The Resistance Steals Obama's Weapons (8 min.)

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The Global Museum of Communism

Posted on Jun.23.2009 at 8:13
The Global Museum of Communism website is finally up. It's a good start.

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Reagan's "A Time for Choosing"

Posted on Jun.5.2009 at 4:38
A good speech. Also known as The Speech. Titled, A Time for Choosing, it launched Reagan's political career. In it, he lays out his case against the Johnson administration's economic policies. And yet, though it may be a dry topic, the speech itself is anything but.

It's pretty amazing that Reagan's critics insisted in calling him an "amiable dunce" while he was president. Fortunately, thanks to recent publications like Reagan: In His Own Hand, such criticism is now impossible to sustain in public. It's reassuring to hear this speech now, and remember that leftist economic theories have been pushed and implemented far more extensively in the past than today. If anything, we may need such pushes in order to muster the enthusiasm to reform policy. Radical changes are the least stable. It's the slow steady encroachments that are the real threat.






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What a time to be alive!

Posted on Jun.2.2009 at 2:19



Lord of the Flies

Just Incredible

Posted on Feb.14.2009 at 12:23

 Look at the size of that thing.

 

 


 


 

Che was an evil man.

Lord of the Flies

The Dark Knight is Deep

Posted on Dec.10.2008 at 10:24

I just watched The Dark Knight on DVD, and it occurred to me that it was very appropriate that the the movie's crime spree begins with a broken window.

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Obama as Lincoln?

Posted on Nov.22.2008 at 9:26

From Jonah Goldberg's column:

According to the various Obama-as-Lincoln narratives, including those from the president-elect himself, Obama is a new Lincoln because he is a “uniter.” In several of his most famous speeches, Obama insinuates that he wants to bring the country together the way Honest Abe did. Newsweek and others tout his fondness for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals, in which Goodwin argues that Lincoln displayed his political genius by inviting adversaries into his Cabinet.

There are real problems with this model; it didn’t work too well for Lincoln. Moreover, who looks at how Lincoln staffed his Cabinet as the defining feature of his presidency? Saying Obama is the next Lincoln because the two men share staffing styles is like saying George Bush is Thomas Jefferson because they both liked chicken soup. If I wear a pointy hat, can I call myself John Paul II?

Lincoln was Lincoln because he fought and won the Civil War and freed the slaves. News flash: That ain’t what America is like today — and thank God for it.

I think Lincoln was just about the greatest president in American history, but I sure don’t want to need another Lincoln. Six hundred thousand Americans died at the hands of other Americans during Lincoln’s presidency. Lincoln unified the country at gunpoint and curtailed civil liberties in a way that makes President Bush look like an ACLU zealot. The partisan success of the GOP in the aftermath of the war Obama thinks so highly of was forged in blood.

Likewise with FDR. Listening to liberals gush over a “new New Deal” and Obama’s call for us to emulate the “Greatest Generation,” you’d think they want another Great Depression and World War.


Indeed, liberals have long idolized the 1930s as a decade of great unity. It wasn’t. The 1930s was a miserable decade of poverty, domestic unrest, labor strife, violations of civil liberties and widespread fear. If liberals really loved peace, prosperity and national cohesion, they’d remember the 1920s or 1950s more fondly. And yet they don’t. Why? Because liberals didn’t get to impose their schemes and dreams on the country in those decades. Behind all the talk of unity and bipartisanship and shared sacrifice lies an uglier ambition: power. The audacity of hope behind all this Lincoln-FDR-Obama blather is the dream of riding roughshod over the opposition, of having their way, of total victory.

The Chinese curse and cliche “may you live in interesting times” is on point. Liberals (and a few conservatives as well, alas) seem desperate to live in interesting times. Not me.

You know what I hope? I hope Obama is another Coolidge or Eisenhower. But I’m not holding my breath.
 



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On Global Warming

Posted on Nov.16.2008 at 1:57
More and more, global warming alarmism is looking like outright fraud. This Telegraph article reports on the latest revealing revision of the data released by NASA's Dr. Hansen, who is becoming an embarrassment to his organization.

An excerpt:

 
"GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

"The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs - run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious "hockey stick" graph - GISS began hastily revising its figures. This only made the confusion worse because, to compensate for the lowered temperatures in Russia, GISS claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic - in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice recovering so fast from its summer melt that three weeks ago it was 30 per cent more extensive than at the same time last year."


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Some people...

Posted on Oct.1.2008 at 10:21
Some people... are loons.









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Excellent, Excellent Article

Posted on Aug.22.2008 at 11:47

This article in the International Herald Tribune about the "Pax Romana" reign of the Emperor Hadrian punctures one of the more annoying popular misconceptions about ancient history (and modern history, as well): that governance through naked force works. Some choice excerpts:


"Few political commentators ask what lies behind the thinking of those expressing boundless admiration for the Roman Empire in almost every quarter of present-day Western society..."

"Coming to Hadrian, the author goes on: "The empire needed to gain strength and cohesion in order to be able to face the many threats to its prosperity and peaceful existence [my italics]. Hadrian's achievements in these areas were outstanding, his legacy immense." Exactly what was peaceful about this empire bent on constant expansion is not specified. The historian then proceeds to recount in some detail a story of genocide and ethnic cleansing on a grand scale..."

"Permanent aspiration to domination over unwilling populations meant permanently perceived threats. In the westernmost "province" of the empire (roughly corresponding to modern England and Wales), which had been finally occupied in 43, the situation was shaky. Hadrian appears to have waged not just one war, but two. In 122, the construction of Hadrian's Wall, running from east to west, was undertaken to keep out the "Barbarians" farther north..."

"Statues of the emperor were erected across the empire. A marble head from a figure that must have been 4.5 to 5 meters high, or about 16 feet, was discovered last year in ancient Pisidia, in what today is southwestern Turkey. Technically impeccable, it uncannily heralds the hollow art of 20th-century totalitarian states..."


That last point hits the nail on the head.  And explains the distortion, I think. Some people will always believe the hype.


Good article on conservatism in Hollywood. Read the whole thing. An excerpt:

"Whenever I raise these issues in public, someone says, "Well, Hollywood's all about money. They just make what sells." That sounds like cynical wisdom, but it's only half true. Artists want love, praise and respect, which money represents but which can also be found in reviews, awards and good publicity, almost all of which encourage leftist distortions and teach us to respond to plain speaking with outrage."

 

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