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What's That Smell?

by baldilocks

It’s com­fort­ing to know that I’m not the only one whose “sur­re­al­ism” detec­tor is ping­ing off the scale. In fact, I’m in good company.

Vic­tor Davis Hansen:

There is now some­thing called the “Resis­tance,” which by its nomen­cla­ture poses that its oppo­si­tion to Trump is rem­i­nis­cent of Euro­pean par­ti­san resis­tance to Hitler: Afflu­ent pro­gres­sives are now on the bar­ri­cades to stop another Holo­caust? Cities now nul­lify fed­eral law in the spirit of the Old Con­fed­er­acy. A fed­eral judge doesn’t enforce fed­eral law because he says he does not like what the pres­i­dent and his asso­ciates said in the past, dur­ing the cam­paign. Op-​ed writ­ers over­seas wait eagerly for the president’s assas­si­na­tion. At CNN, Fareed Zakaria, wrist-​slapped for past pla­gia­rism, melts down while scream­ing of Trump’s “bullsh**.” Madonna says she has “thought an awful lot about blow­ing up the White House.”

Pro­fes­sor Hansen also out­lines the Snoop Dogg/​Bow-​Wow saga, wherein both rap­pers bring atten­tion to them­selves by using, respec­tively, their “artistry” and words to express their desire to do harm to both Pres­i­dent and Mrs. Trump.

I’m old enough to remem­ber when such peo­ple would need to be bailed out of jail for such things. But, any­one who is old enough to remem­ber the polit­i­cal, media, and social cli­mate dur­ing the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion can do that, so I guess that’s noth­ing to brag about. More from Hansen:

Bad fil­i­busters are now good ones. Vow­ing to kill, hurt, or remove the pres­i­dent and first fam­ily is hip, when it used to be felo­nious. States’ rights and nul­li­fi­ca­tion are now Confederate-​cool. Free speech is hate speech. Cen­sor­ship is a mere trig­ger warn­ing. Assim­i­la­tion is cul­tural appropriation. (…)

More and more Amer­i­cans today are becom­ing Stoic dropouts. They are not illib­eral, and cer­tainly not reac­tionar­ies, racists, xeno­phobes, or homo­phobes. They’re sim­ply exhausted by our fren­zied culture.

More and more Amer­i­cans don’t like lec­tures from the priv­i­leged and the wealthy on the pit­falls of priv­i­lege and wealth. They don’t like lec­tures from the priv­i­leged and the wealthy on the pit­falls of priv­i­lege and wealth. In response, they don’t hike out to monas­ter­ies, fall into fetal posi­tions, or write Med­i­ta­tions. Instead, they have checked out men­tally from Amer­i­can pop­u­lar enter­tain­ment, sports, and the pro­gres­sive cul­tural project in general.

He gives more examples.

A few days ago, I voiced my sus­pi­cions that nearly every­thing pop­u­larly believed is Bravo Sierra. This isn’t a new sus­pi­cion for me. It began in 2008 and has been buoyed over the years by things like this. Infor­ma­tion over­load, con­fir­ma­tion bias, lack of analy­sis skills, ego blind­ness, and plain old lazi­ness helps the belief in false­hood along. But, as Hansen points out, a lot of peo­ple are tired of the BS avalanche and are choos­ing to remove them­selves from its path.

I’m tempted to do it myself, some­times. But I’m a com­mu­ni­ca­tor and an opti­mist. So, I’ll keep on plug­ging, buy a metaphor­i­cal umbrella against the brown, smelly rain, and wear my waders.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one whose “surrealism” detector is pinging off the scale. In fact, I’m in good company.

Victor Davis Hansen:

There is now something called the “Resistance,” which by its nomenclature poses that its opposition to Trump is reminiscent of European partisan resistance to Hitler: Affluent progressives are now on the barricades to stop another Holocaust? Cities now nullify federal law in the spirit of the Old Confederacy. A federal judge doesn’t enforce federal law because he says he does not like what the president and his associates said in the past, during the campaign. Op-ed writers overseas wait eagerly for the president’s assassination. At CNN, Fareed Zakaria, wrist-slapped for past plagiarism, melts down while screaming of Trump’s “bullsh**.” Madonna says she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Professor Hansen also outlines the Snoop Dogg/Bow-Wow saga, wherein both rappers bring attention to themselves by using, respectively, their “artistry” and words to express their desire to do harm to both President and Mrs. Trump.

I’m old enough to remember when such people would need to be bailed out of jail for such things. But, anyone who is old enough to remember the political, media, and social climate during the Obama Administration can do that, so I guess that’s nothing to brag about. More from Hansen:

Bad filibusters are now good ones. Vowing to kill, hurt, or remove the president and first family is hip, when it used to be felonious. States’ rights and nullification are now Confederate-cool. Free speech is hate speech. Censorship is a mere trigger warning. Assimilation is cultural appropriation. (…)

More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They’re simply exhausted by our frenzied culture.

More and more Americans don’t like lectures from the privileged and the wealthy on the pitfalls of privilege and wealth. They don’t like lectures from the privileged and the wealthy on the pitfalls of privilege and wealth. In response, they don’t hike out to monasteries, fall into fetal positions, or write Meditations. Instead, they have checked out mentally from American popular entertainment, sports, and the progressive cultural project in general.

He gives more examples.

A few days ago, I voiced my suspicions that nearly everything popularly believed is Bravo Sierra. This isn’t a new suspicion for me. It began in 2008 and has been buoyed over the years by things like this. Information overload, confirmation bias, lack of analysis skills, ego blindness, and plain old laziness helps the belief in falsehood along. But, as Hansen points out, a lot of people are tired of the BS avalanche and are choosing to remove themselves from its path.

I’m tempted to do it myself, sometimes. But I’m a communicator and an optimist. So, I’ll keep on plugging, buy a metaphorical umbrella against the brown, smelly rain, and wear my waders.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!