Babies Are Kind of a Big Deal

“I’m Kind of a Big Deal” is a slogan you see sometimes on baby T-shirts. And babies are indeed kind of a big deal these days.

I was born at the very end of the Baby Boom, but my life experience matches Generation X more. I was growing up in southern California, and things hit there first. By the time I came along I think my parents were tired of kids, and America was tired of kids. By the time I was no longer cute the adults were pretty much checked out. The people who spent the 50’s and early 60’s having kids and the mid to late 60’s taking care of them were a little pissed they missed out on all the fun. Some decided they were going to catch up, and they got divorced and started screwing around and using drugs, or they just started screwing around and using drugs.

Babies these days are quite rare. Getting in position where you can have one is pretty difficult. I live near Los Angeles now, and the cost of living and the lifestyle seem to make children an option people don’t even think about much.

In the US, roughly people went from four child families to two or one child families, and often none. Family life is rough sometimes, and in the city there are more fun things to do. I can see why the Romans had trouble reproducing- they didn’t even have electricity but there were still lots of diversions in the city.

But new life is something people crave, even when the child is not a direct descendant. One of the best things about our baby is he makes people so happy. They of course only experience the cute fun part, not the incredible pain in the ass part, but still it’s wonderful to see.

As long as we survive, the battle continues. We don’t survive in the long run, of course, but our descendants do. Having kids is the most important thing we can do.

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The Mystery of Life

Reblogged from my religion site-

https://acryinthedarkblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/the-mystery-of-life/

 

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Art Appreciation Day- “Las Meninas”

In this sad, ugly world we should stop and appreciate the beauty that people create. Poetry is a mostly unappreciated art form these days, and yet we can enjoy it and learn from it, even if most people fucking hate it.

Painting is another art form people don’t really appreciate much. People go to museums because they think they should, or it’s something to do with visiting relatives, or it’s on the tourist itinerary. But you can just look at and enjoy paintings, and while most aren’t great, you will find a few gems you can enjoy the beauty and expression of.

“Las Meninas” (“The Ladies-in-Waiting”) was painted by Diego Velazquez in 1656. It’s a scene from the royal household of King Philip IV of Spain. The king liked dwarves, and invited dwarves from all over Europe to come live with him, and two are seen at the right side of the painting. This particular painting has been written about exhaustively by art scholars, but a few of my own unlettered observations follow.

It’s 350 years old, and yet it’s somehow modern- a painting of a painter painting a painting. Self-reference is not new. One thing I just thought of was its humorous aspect- it’s a pretty wacky bunch. The dwarf on the right is bugging the dog, who wants to sleep but is too tired to get up and move. The ladies-in-waiting have the harried, distracted look of those busy sucking up to rich people. The little princess is little-princessing serenely in the center of it all. The painter looks at us, and the subjects of his painting, the king and queen. (The painting that he is painting himself painting, not the painting he is painting.) Everybody is busy doing something or being something. The only person who seems to be in the here and now is the dwarf woman, second from the right, who is fully engaged with the painter.

Velazquez made a number of paintings of the dwarves in the king’s household, and these reflect a deep humanity. I think Velazquez had a special connection with these people, that allowed him to show them intimately as individuals.

Beauty is truth- people like that one- and truth is beauty- people hate that one like a demon hates holy water. Enjoy beauty where you find it, it’s a unique gift of being human.

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Horror In Biology- Part II In a Series on Horror

As we know life is nasty, brutish and short, regardless of or in regard to Leviathan, and our fleeting and fragile happiness and joy will be ended permanently by death. Atheists such as epicureans expect non-existence like a dreamless sleep; people with a belief in the afterlife expect something better or worse. If our happiness, pleasure, and enjoyment end, so will our suffering. For many death is sweet release.

For some creatures however there is a fate worse than death. Their own biology is hijacked, and they are alive, but their body and mind serve another, and they may as well be dead, and would be better off dead.

The term “cuck” as in cuckold is a now-common insult for conservatives. The term comes from the cuckoo bird, which like the cowbird is a “brood parasite”, that is it tricks other birds into raising its offspring. The cuckoo or cowbird lays its egg in another bird’s nest. It may puncture the other bird’s eggs to kill them. If not, the larger cuckoo chick pushes the other chicks out of the nest so it gets all the food. Targeted birds have some ability to distinguish their own eggs, but once the cuckoo hatches it takes all the food through a combination of aural and visual stimulation.

Greg Cochran posted on a crab parasite, called Sacculina, that invades the crab through it joints and stops its reproductive system. It then forms an egg sac on the bottom of the crab, and forces the crab to care for its eggs and larvae. If the crab is male it makes the male’s body grow wider, like a female crab’s body, to make more room for the egg sac. The crab’s behavior becomes female as well.

Neither the bird nor the crab can understand or prevent it, but they have been harnessed by hostile forces and seriously harmed or destroyed. Being animals they have no mind to understand, fortunately for them, but with humans this is not true and should not happen. And yet we have white evangelicals “adopting” black embryos, and not simply raising a parasitic brood, but actually gestating them.

Parasitic peoples- particularly Africans and Moslems- hijack resources by stimulating a need to care in vulnerable people. The parasite appears helpless, and when advantageous makes a presentation or show of helplessness to stimulate resource provision. People totally helpless before this phenomenon even interpret aggressive behavior as helplessness.

Whether progressive charity is cynical or not is debatable. We hear a lot about “signaling” and certainly preaching the necessity for others to provide charity while not providing it yourself or profiting from it is cynical. But too many people profess this belief for it to be solely cynical, and vast numbers who sincerely believe these things are harmed by them.

I argued to Bruce Charlton once that progressives really want to harm others, but he said they are often harmed directly- according to him young progressive women from Britain who go on aid tours are frequently raped. The lower-class white neighborhood being destroyed while the progressive neighborhood remains intact is an old story, but these people are frequently harmed by minority crime also.

Having your resources taken is the way of the world, but having your body and mind taken over and drained is the stuff of horror movies. If only it were only a movie……..

 

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Moldbug’s Climbdown, Part II- My Life As a Thought Criminal

Moldbug has gone to further justify himself but seems to not understand the situation. He has always been the right kind of person, whose thoughts are good by definition, and does not see he has been excommunicated.

I myself have always been a bad person whose thoughts were bad, from an early age. My parents were intelligent, educated people but as such they took on the ideas of the powerful. On one hand they were very keen on questioning authority and mocking stupidity, but they accepted without any question other things, and I couldn’t understand why.

Anything that Republicans or small-town conservatives believed was ripe for attack, but the doctrines of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the Catholic Church were accepted without question, and not challenged. Once, I think I was four, I asked my dad why we had to go to church. He certainly could have explained it to me, but instead he stepped towards me, clenching his fists at his side. That was the only time he ever acted physically threatening towards me.

OK. So some things we mock dismissively, and other things we do just because, and even asking is very bad. I seem to have had an affinity for conservative ideas since I was very small, but mostly I just looked at things and saw how they were.

My mother loved poor people, especially Mexicans, who were supposed to be very sweet, docile and traditional. But the actual Mexicans I knew and interacted with were dumb, mean, violent, and had no interest in any rules or any of that Catholic crap.

Poor white people weren’t as high in her estimation, but still pretty high, especially if they were Catholic. But poor white people weren’t much better, and Catholic kids seemed to behave worse than others.

My older brother and sister were good kids and didn’t seem to have any desire to question this, and while I did, it was clear I needed to keep my mouth shut. Eventually things came to a head and I formally rejected the Catholic Church.

Moldbug doesn’t understand that with his Jewish Communist grandfather’s bona fides, he still can’t question certain things. The system collects scalps because it needs to keep people in line, but also because that’s just what it does.

He tries to go anti-Trump to show his goodthink. To quote the Reddit- “My daughter informs me that Trump is going to kill all the Muslims. I don’t think she’s right, but she’s very smart and I hesitate to contradict her.” No, she is not very smart, she is about 7 or so, and is repeating what some ridiculous adult said. As a parent, and a person who supposedly values rationality, he has a responsibility to correct this blood libel, but it reflects his feels so he lets it stand. I’m sure no kid in her social environment has parents who are Trump supporters, but if some kid did and said something good about Trump, he would be in big trouble, and no one would care about his free speech rights.

Countless people- lots of them with Moldbug’s ethnc background- went to the camps protesting “But I’m orthodox!” (orthodox Communist, not Christian). But it didn’t matter for them, and it doesn’t matter for him. Moldbug is orthodox in almost every way possible or necessary, but in a Stalinist environment one slip of the tongue is enough.

I think he has a lot of family money that he lives on, I don’t see how he lives in San Francisco otherwise working for years on a project not providing any revenue. He is not on the street, like any normal person would be. Getting disinvited from conferences is about all he will suffer, so he will probably not learn his lesson.

But for the rest of us- keep your fool mouth shut.

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Mizzou, OSU, and Bernie

The University of Missouri is in trouble from declining enrollment. The recent SJW kerfuffle is blamed, but people have pointed out potential students may be avoiding college because of the cost.

OSU had an SJW kerfuffle, but put the kibosh on it by threatening to expel protestors occupying the admin building. Speculation is the administration didn’t want the same thing that happened at Mizzou (it’s lame to use the SEC slang name but Mizzou is a lame SEC school).

The reason given was the people working in the building did not feel safe. The protestors apparently crossed an invisible line, where other students and police officers can be bothered but not the people running the place.

The bulk of the potential student population doesn’t want to deal with crazy white nerds and angry negroes, and while they can’t say that they can go elsewhere. The value of a liberal arts degree from a state college hasn’t been much since around 1970 and has gone down a lot so not going is a real option. The typical student is better off going to a community college, staying at home and transferring if they are doing well.

Mandatory education is supposed to provide something useful, and realistically most people don’t need to go beyond 8th grade. “Liberal” college education does not, and has probably for most people for most of history been about acquiring the correct attitudes.

But if people don’t go, they won’t acquire the correct attitudes. They won’t go if it doesn’t have a positive cost/benefit analysis. In a no-jobs environment, paying a lot cannot be justified, so to keep people coming you need free college.

Bernie represents the good-think portion of the Democratic alliance, and a lot of these people work in education. Education used to be a growth industry, and provided lots of jobs for bright people without social polish- like Bernie himself. Free college keeps the students coming and keeps the teaching and administration jobs alive.

I think the universities know they need to keep a lid on the SJW crazies, but also need to make it viable for people to come.

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Moldbug Attempts A Climbdown

Moldbug hasn’t been around for a long time, but his secret identity has, trying to transform tech with some software thing people like me don’t understand. Unfortunately his love of Carlyle and 19th century governance has not been forgiven and forgotten, and he wants to explain why he isn’t an evil racist after all.

Short answer- he really is an evil racist. Moldbug wants a narrow definition of racist, in which racism is only holding one race to be morally superior to another. But Moldbug does not get to define words himself. He has to use the meaning everyone else uses, or use a different word.

Note on names- Moldbug writes here under his “real” name which he was careless about concealing. I will not use it since I won’t doxx someone even if they have been already been doxxed, even by themselves. And while he claims he is not Moldbug here, as long as he writes on this subject he will remain Moldbug.

Racism is the belief that non-whites are different in ways progressives don’t think they should be different. Non-whites can be superior, but not inferior to whites in any way. Racism is not the belief that the races are the same or equal, because obviously whites, or a large portion of whites, are inferior.

Believing the races are equal is a kind of racism, because the races are obviously not equal- whites are inferior. Believing the races are not the same or equal in ways which are empirically obvious- like intelligence or behavior- is racism, and if you generously and heroically don’t assign any moral value to these, as Moldbug claims he doesn’t, you are still a racist.

Moldbug roughly believes in techno-capitalism, which if you have been reading here, you know is already pretty much the form of rule we have. He sees the world broken down into naturally occurring castes, and sees the struggle for power as alliances between different castes. He, like George W. Bush, believes in an “ownership society” but one where society itself is owned by shareholders. Primarily what he would like is for people in Silicon Valley not to be troubled by calls for affirmative action, but aside from a few Times articles, I don’t think they are.

He claims here what he opposes is “IQism” or the belief people with superior intelligence are superior. White people are smarter than black people, but that does not make them better.

Moldbug is smart enough to know this still makes him a racist, but he pretends it doesn’t. Furthermore while the correlation is not exact, IQ does in fact make you a better person. Smarter people are generally nicer, better behaved, more cooperative, and more honest. There are exceptions- one of the scariest kids in my middle school was in the gifted program with me. But in general this is true.

Holding constant for IQ, blacks are still worse people than whites. A black of any given IQ will have worse behavior than the equivalent white.

Next he reasserts the concept, or non-concept as he would have it, of human neurological uniformity. The problem is races are actually pretty uniform, that is part of why they are called races. The race of any given individual gives you a lot of useful information about them.

Measuring a person’s IQ further gives you a lot more useful information about what they can do. He then goes on to assert we are ruled by IQism, the rule of the intelligent.

Elite schools certainly do select by IQ- they are schools after all, they can hardly avoid it. But the elite schools that produce our rulers select by much, much more. They are looking for people of certain moral qualities, and also the ability to be molded and formed into the kind of person the school wants to produce. A 4.0 and a 1500 SAT will not get you into an Ivy League school- you have to be the right kind of person. A great deal of Moldbug’s output was about the moral ideas of the elite and how they promoted them.

He gratuitously trashes the Nazis, which he did not do on the blog. I have said my piece on what German National Socialism was and will not repeat myself. But he’s trying to get back into the cool kids’ club. Then he nails Trump. “Why are sh*t-tier whites voting for Trump, a barbarian who can’t even write a grammatical tweet in fourth-grade English?” Why thank you Moldbug! I didn’t know I was a “sh*t-tier white” until you so graciously informed me! I though I was a lower middle-class technical professional with a bad attitude. But when you when to Brown I guess state university is “sh*t-tier”.

Moldbug actually had a name for what Trump is doing, he called it the “Vaisya-Optimate” alliance I think. I can appreciate Trump is not his kind of person, but he knows Trump is not stupid and saying he is to curry favor with SJW computer people is weak.

He ought to know from the old books that aristocrats weren’t necessarily from old families, that a swashbuckler who could get a crowd of illiterate peasants riled up from the back of a horse or a quarterdeck could make quite a name for himself, and while his lack of a notable grandfather would raise eyebrows among the quality, this would be overlooked after the victory. He also holds the conservative belief that human nature does not change, so he ought to know something that happened a few hundred years ago can happen again.

Moldbug would have done better with some basic “game” ideas, roughly  “never apologize, never explain”. He could have said “Yes I wrote a bunch of stuff and put it on the internet a few years ago. Before you trash me on it at least do me the courtesy of reading it. Short version- I don’t believe people are equal. You don’t either, although I won’t ask you to say it out loud. I don’t believe in democracy, and I’m pretty sure if you thought about it for a few minutes you wouldn’t either. The majority of people tell us what to do? Seriously? Do you have any idea how stupid the average person is? No, you don’t, because the stupidest person you deal with is the guy from marketing, and believe it or not he’s quite a bit smarter than average. Again, please read my stuff before you beef with me. OK let’s talk about software.”

I think he got sloppy with his identity because he assumed that a person of his background could never be thought of as one of them. And he isn’t, of course. He is making a living and not living in a cardboard box, like a white nationalist would be. I don’t know how he is received in Bay Area society, but I don’t think he suffers.

What protects Moldbug and Justine Tunney is they are really about keeping all the lower classes under control, including whites, and this is something the elites can agree on. Lower class non-whites do not threaten the system; lower class whites may, so they are the issue. But certain things will not go unremarked upon, even if they are said by the right people.

And so it goes. I think Moldbug should come back and write anti-Trump stuff, that would make him popular and help people forget.

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