Wars and rumors of wars….earthquakes in diverse places. I’ve always wondered if there was a town in Nevada or West Texas somewhere named “Diverse Places.”
In my last missive, I revealed a bit of my view on genetics and DNA and human generations and interconnectedness. Quite intertwined – the topic of war. And I’ve long puzzled on why we have them.
If we comb through recorded human history, it’s a herculean task to find 10 generations absent of a major war between significant humanoid groups. We just fight and squabble all the time. It is a rawly competitive world among all life on earth – a 24×7 quest to both have a lunch and not be featured on the menu. All life must eat and almost all life on earth is potential prey to something. But human wars are not really an individual sport. Large masses of people are engaged both as participants and innocent bystanders and oddly, in this case, we don’t eat what we kill.
Because of the large scale destruction of buildings and crops and property, never mind the wanton slaughter of thousands or in some cases millions of people, it should be evident that war is a very rare event. But it isn’t. Indeed, it is so common a case could be made that the normal state of man is to be more or less continously at war with the rare odd year of exhaustion simply causing a natural lull in activity.
As I said, there are huge motivators simply not to have it at all and you would think that millenia ago we would all have pretty much bred the urge to war out of the species – if nothing else, by killing off at a young age all who participated.
We didn’t. We do it now. And we appear to intend to do it forever.
All things in motion owe that to some force causing them to be in motion. There really are no irrational exceptions. So what is the force or “purpose” for war.
The question always stirs up various explanations of specific purported “reasons” for specific wars. But they are irrationally varied. A quest for scarce resources, religion, ideas, to end slavery? Land? Power? Gold? The excuses for slaughtering large numbers of people are so varied it implies that a ham sandwich would qualify. Indeed a case could be made that the commonalities were simply CLASSES of reasons for war and every war has a unique cause in reality. In examining the causes of wars, we might well be simply reading messages from God in cloud formations.
There is such a thing as thinking too deeply. Why do we really have wars? Instead of reasons, let’s look at what all wars FEATURE. It is very simple and we’ve known it for many generations. Rape, Pillage and Plunder. That is what all wars have in common. No real exceptions to rape, pillage and plunder. So let’s talk about what all wars have in common and ignore for the moment the advertised motivations.
First, who fight wars? Well, if you are to have any chance of success, you need large numbers of strong humanoids at the peak of their physical health and prowess. And that means young males. Eight year-olds are curiously ineffective but 20-year-olds server very well. Males are larger, stronger, and by hormone more aggressive than females. That is post adolescent or more to the point post pubescent males. After about age 35, not so much. Waning testosterone and endurance make quarterbacks and major league pitchers a rarity after age 35.
Second, where do we fight wars? Well ideally, somewhere else. You see if you fight them here, we might lose some buildings and some innocent civilians. So to go to war, we want to assemble a LARGE number of strong young virile men and immediately march them SOMEWHERE ELSE to attack a prospective enemy for whatever “reason” the leader effectively communicates as being an excellent or at least salable idea.
Third, who wins? It is actually rare for anyone to assemble a group of 300 virile young men and march them 20 miles across the valley to attack a peaceful hamlet of 200,000 virile young men encamped there. I don’t know that its never happened, but if it did happen we would likely not hear much about it as all the attackers would be dead and very few of the attacked would have noticed or thought it otherwise a story to pass on.
And finally, what is the aftermath of victory? Rape, Pillage and Plunder.
Rape is the propensity for a hundred thousand or so young virile 20-something males running out of men to slaughter and noticing the large number of women in the area. We revere women and so rather than slaughter them we simply throw them face first to the ground and rape them with as much enthusiasm as a twenty-year-old in the throes of a testosterone storm can muster.
Pillaging is of course redundant with plunder. But I think of pillage as more about property destruction. We like to set victory fires after a good battle and buildings are just really good at creating very large fires to celebrate victory and to prevent any near term response by an enemy who has no shelter now.
And then of course the best part – plunder – really a part or extension of pillage. We gather up all the gold, money, nice fabrics, weapons, and STUFF to the extent that a person can carry it, which pretty much limits us to the gold, and march back home with the booty. Take a few slaves – children and the more comely women perhaps.
And the poor vanquished tribe is left with the ruins. All their old decrepit rotting disease and vermin riddled buildings have been burned to the ground. They will over the course of time rebuild with brand NEW buildings and streets and so forth, FEMA or no.
They will have to work hard because if they are to eat, all their food and money have been taken.
And of course, they are mostly women left and they are essentially all pregnant.
And so this inbred little tribe of dwarf cross-eyed peace lovers, squatting in their rat infested disease riddled buildings, suddenly have a huge infusion of new genetic material, build all new buildings and infrastructure, and of course unemployment hits a new low particularly among blacks and Latinos. And of course haunted by the defeat, they start fashioning shiny new weapons using the latest technology and building walls to defend their hovels from future attacks. Never again.
And what do the victors get? Well they get the gold. And the old hacked up weapons. And a little bit of genetic material in the form of quite attractive slaves really that they just couldn’t bear to leave behind.
Recall that I said that it is unquestionable that in almost ALL cases genetic cross-hybridization is inherently healthy, producing bigger, stronger, longer-lived and smarter disease-resistant offspring. And genetic inbreeding fosters diabetes, dwarfism, hip displasia, vision problems, and cleft palates. Ultimately insanity. What’s better than winning the special olympics? Not being retarded in the first place.
And so in a generation or so, the vanquished become a race of relative super humans, and the victors become increasingly dwarfish and cross-eyed. Until one day…
And the vanquished then march thousands of very healthy young virile men BACK across the valley to attack the victors and celebrate their victory with, of course Rape, Pillage, and Plunder.
I haven’t even yet introduced the concept of a Navy. But that is of course where the highest concentrations of seamen are quartered.
And so we see that regardless of what REASONS are given for having wars, the outcomes are not nearly as varied. Rape, Pillage and Plunder. And in this way the human race continuously renews the paint and carpet in their accommodations, but more importantly the genetic DNA material used to produce varied and adaptive humanoids. Given sufficient clans, and sufficient wars and sufficient means to cover ever greater distances, we wind up with a global weather pattern for DNA. Everybody is “getting their share” as famed philosopher Bob Seeger so cogently pointed out in his classic thesis “Night Moves.”
And so the fascination with heroic young men. They really are the heroes but lest we forget the vestal virgins, they play a key role as well. Any remaining wonder why war is our most popular contact sport?
The postgame contact is of course the more important. An excellent example of all this gets really bizarre – check out the mythology surrounding Rome’s Rape of the Sabine women. They abducted women from a neighboring tribe and a war ensued when the furious fathers and brothers attacked Rome. By the time all this really got underway, the abducted women were mostly pregnant, and threw themselves INTO the melee to stop it imploring all that they either lost their new husbands or their fathers and the two groups should live in peace. Indeed, they wound up jointly ruling Rome for about 5 years and the Sabines simply assimilated into Roman society.
Americans of course have always been excellent at this – spawning blue-eyed darlings by the millions across Asia in the previous century. We have simply gotten very good at doing much with even a small group of young men and of course our ability to “project” on a global basis using ships and planes has emerged as even more successful than the British, upon whose’ Navy and seamen the sun simply never set.
But the modern age has brought air travel to the masses and cruise ships are available at even bargain basement rates to the deplorables. While the geriatrics were the first to be able to afford such things it has gradually worked the availability down to younger and younger peoples over the decades. With all this global travel and romance, is war really necessary any longer?
I see signs of its demise. The biological imperative to rape, pillage and plunder just isn’t what it once was. It’s possible that war has outlived its utility. Today anyone can travel anywhere in the world at really quite trivial expense and exchange body fluids at will with little difficulty.
My wife celebrates her birthday on September 11th and can vouch for the truth of my narrative. On that morning in 2001, we watched in fascination the attack on the twin towers in New York. Her with horror, me more with fascination. In response to her exclamation, I turned to her at 10:30 that morning and replied “Yes, my dear. It IS a shame what they’ve done to us here. But you’ve seen nothing yet. Wait till you see what we are about to do to ourselves. It will be a shitshow beyond belief.”
It may surprise you that I am not only a big fan of Donald Trump, but share very little of his idealogy, which I rather detect he’s not too wed to either. And I DID share all the espoused ideology of both Presidents Bush but really deplored them both as only a true deplorable can. I found them both stupid, servile, and craven. But I will acknowledge that Bush W did rather invent the first really NEW variant on war in a thousand years. Maybe more.
Knowing that the attack eminated from Afghanistan, he cunningly devised a counterattack on Iraq. Kind of a counterintuitive counterattack. And the reasons for this remain classified apparently. They are certainly mystifying.
And so the Iraq war. But he introduced some truly disruptive new innovations he’s never been correctly credited with.
First, we took OUR women to the battlefield WITH US. Claire McCaskill’s war on women started by insisting they be INCLUDED in the army. No testosterone. Not virile. Not strong. But somehow equal and really should be part of the group of virile young men sent to wage war. Like men. But female. A kinder gentler army. Be all you can be.
And the second innovation was that we took OUR GOLD with us too, transporting it to the battlefield.
And on arrival, we immediately began raping OUR OWN women, and rebuilding the enemies buildings with OUR gold. Indeed we built power plants and roads, oil infrastructure, schools, hospitals, airports, all the things going curiously into decay in the U.S.A. We completely rebuilt THEIR infrastructure with all new. The very best and the very latest.
In this war there is no recorded incident of a single Iraqi woman even being insulted. The MeToo crowd would have been completely comfortable there as Iraqis. No harrassment. No leering comments. Nada.
But about 90% of the American female “warriors” we took with us lost the battle to keep the American military out of their pants. The estimates of the percentages of female warriors “raped” by their comrades in arms has no apparent limit but is also dreadfully confused by the propensity for consensual sex to also delay military activities – often. McCaskill was duly shocked and outraged and held numerous Senate hearings to draw attention to the scope of the problem right up to the point where they realized the scope of the problem, at which point the entire topic was dropped and simply disappeared from the news narrative.
And then, without really declaring victory, or in the alternative surrendering, we simply went home – $6 Trillion freaking dollars later.
What kind of war is that? We had 4,424 total American deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded. But no pregnancies. And we deposited $6 TRILLION of OUR gold in Iraq.
And through a cunning combination of birth control and abortion, our women didn’t even generally go full term – lost opportunity of for example a female warrior from Indiana at least picking up some DNA from Queens. We actually went home entirely empty handed.
An interviewer once asked George W what he did to relieve the unbearable stress of being a war time president. His answer surprised the Interviewer when he replied that he liked to listen to opera in the afternoon. “What kind of opera?” was the follow-on question of course. “Oprah Winfrey at 3:00 – like everybody else…” And so now you know the rest of the story. He did not consciously refashion war into idiocy. He was able and equipped to do it naturally and without effort.
And so while I do think some change is in order in the nature, process and approach to war in the modern age, I’m not sure George’s vision is going to get us there. To misparaphrase if not malign Churchill, “Never have so few, owed so much, to so many American taxpayers, to accomplish so little, in the history of war…”
I suppose Obama’s approach of signing a peace treaty with a neighboring Iran that we never were quite at war with to begin with might provide a contretemps?? I’m not sure. Our payment of reparations really confuses the issue. Was it technically a surrender or simply an armistice? Were we allowed to keep our sword? Since we had no wounded it is a little murky if we were allowed to remove them from the field.
As I like Mexicans and think we need more of them, love free trade, and think we should give Detroit back to the Native Americans such as Elizabeth Warren, and of course eschew pipelines, coal, oil, and other toxic substances, you would think Trump and I would just be like oil and water, or at least oil and sunshine. Rather not. I deeply admire the guy. In circular and poetic fashion we have numerous people accusing him of being an idiot, a form of self confession and admission of idiocy. I call it the “Catch 85”. If you think Trump is an idiot, you are probably about 85 or lower on the IQ scale.
He has process, style, and a brilliant mind. He doesn’t let ideology get in the way of any of that. And he has a truly new fresh approach to war that I find deeply original, peculiarly effective and elegantly artistic. And as always, it is because he has a visceral grasp, a gut feel for America and Americans and what makes America great. He SHOULD get a Nobel Prize. But not for peace. For war.
Americans are and always have been a war loving country, but not deeply so. We are outraged by injustice and misbehaviour and evil around the world and at every evidence of cowardly wrong doing, our immediate reaction is to play Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A” pound our chests, and threaten to go kick some ass. A good ol American ass whoopin to show those who’s boss.
Lot’s of huffing and puffing and braggadocio. But long drawn out affairs resulting in children being maimed and crippled and having to endure family separations for weeks or even months or years is not our style. Body bags just don’t work for Americans. John Wayne never used body bags. Zorro got in, made his Z, and got to hell out.
And so the whole concept of massing up a few hundred thousand virile young men and sending them overseas to rape our own women for years on end just doesn’t work any more.
The new war is Video. Youtube. Prime Time. Pay-Per-View. And Trump is with it. Indeed, it could be said he invented it, credit to the Bush dynasty notwithstanding. George H.W. kind of got it. George W definitely did not.
You see we really CAN keep the good parts and command eject the bad parts of war. In this new video war scenario, we reduce the whole thing to the necessary basics.
1. Announce you are offended and do a lot of breast beating and playing of Lee Greenwood and how we are going to kick some ass here. Allow this to crescendo to a peak.
2. Alert the media and give them locations and times so they can correctly position their cameras.
3. Get our own military satellite observation equipment set up for the event.
4. Let a lot of young guys fly around in helicopters and blow shit up for a few hours. They really enjoy that.
5. Then use drones and cruise missiles to deliver a massive amount of incendiary ordnance on the announced evil target. Huge explosions. Smoke. Fire. Noise.
6. Run the whole thing in prime time.
7. We’re done. Declare victory. Go home, Prepare for the next war.
Now if you want to hone this thing to a fine art, you need to add some powdered aluminum and copper and manganese to the cruise missile ordnance pack to get a little more color into the explosions. That’s how all the New York Italian fireworks families do it. They may be a little leery of a consulting gig after Hillerary stiffed them on her victory celebration event contract. But Trump knows people. How yous doing.
We obviously need 8k video. I don’t think 4k does it justice. That means bandwidth. Musk’s SkyNet shows up just in time for this new age of war. Approved by the FCC two weeks ago.
And we need to more carefully schedule the attacks for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (American Idol days excepted of course). Prime time is the rule. Americans need to work during the day and we don’t really want to entirely ruin the weekend. Show the strikes Thursday and Friday evenings and show the damage and have talking head opinions on what it all means Saturday evening.
The whole concept here is to sell more MyPillow and OxyClean and give Flo a bit of badly needed exposure for her new and never boring Progressive Insurance message. I know I never tire of it. Think FlexiSeal.
Imagine drone cameras ALL around the strike zone. Multiple drone cameras around every ship. GoPro’s on F-18’s and F-35s. Surround sound. Teach them freakin ISIS Jihadists a thing or too about MyPillow and the various insurance products available to them. They can get FULL replacement value you know. No wait, that’s LIBERTY insurance – how appropriate.
In the end, the mission is not a single American wounded. Nobody even pregnant beyond those who stayed at home that night to watch on television. And CNN, the born of war built by war network, pretty much HAS to support Trump at that point.
Well what about signaling the enemy of our intentions?
What are they going to do about it? Evacuate? Who cares? We don’t really need to KILL people for this to work. We want to blow shit up. Kick some ass. You know. Muraga bah gawd. We don’t really care about the enemy and whether or not they are wounded or even if any of their “innocent” civilians get killed. But if they have sense enough to get to hell out of town after we’ve TOLD them what town and time in advance, what do we care? The town is still leveled. Plenty of smoke and noise. We’ve made our point. Hell we can even claim to have WON the war. Who’s to question it? If they do, we’ll whack them too.
It is well known truism that you cannot win a war by bombing – you must occupy the ground. But we don’t want the ground. We don’t want regime change, nation building, or a 51st state. We just want to vent our displeasure and offer motivation toward the “No better friend, no worse enemy” view of the United States.
If you notice on the latest Syrian missiledrama, the Soviet Union and the bully “strongman” Putin blustered and threatened World War III. But when the shooting started, they slithered quietly out of town and we’ve not heard a word since. Who’s going to go head-to-head in a shooting war with the United States of America? They just don’t have the video cameras and audio firepower to even think of going against us. No real distribution and really no monetization of video at all. And their ad rates are comical. You can get a 2 minute commercial on the Russian superbowl for a little over $35. Their “state run” TV can’t even pay for itself, much less fund video war.
WE are the video superpower of the planet. We can swap DNA on the weekends with booked trips and political junkets and international conferences. We no longer need war to do that OR to blow up rat infested buildings. But NOBODY does Video the way America does Video. Even our SONGS, which could easily be audio, are now video. We’ve got 14-year-olds making a living on YouTube.
I believe that is what “the dear respected supreme leader” Kim Jong Un of North Korea suddenly and viscerally came to understand during the winter olympics, particularly after his little sister boxed his ears and told him to smarten the f*** up.
And that IS what all the SMILING is about with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in – president of the country that IS the single largest manufacturer of big-screen flat-screen television sets IN THE WORLD.
And that IS what the President Xi Jinping of China summoned him to Beijing to personally deliver the message that the Americans actually believe they can pull a larger prime time viewer share with a launch on North Korea THAN COUPLES FREE STYLE FIGURE SKATING. I’m not saying it would but it has a shot. And the important part is THEY think it might – particularly among that very valuable 25-54 year-old viewer demographic.
The United States and the Soviet Union partitioned Korea at the 38th parallel in 1946. North Korea was the industrial manufacturing portion of the country and South Korea was the relatively impoverished agricultural portion.
In 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea in a Soviet backed attempt to “reunify” the peninsula. We responded.
What a difference a scant 68 years makes. Today, South Korea enjoys the highest standard of living in Asia with an average per capita income of some $33,500 and a penchant for luxury condos and elegant automobiles. North Korea features an average annual per capita income of $1800 and they eat sticks. You can have stick soup, stick stew, baked stick, broiled stick, barbecued stick, planked stick, stir fried stick or even stick on a stick. But you get sticks to eat. The SOUTH is now the industrial power of all Asia and the North is reduced to an agricultural backwater so impoverished that their main crop is sticks. And so that’s what they eat. There is no finer example of the contrast between capitalism and communism. The “unintended consequence” of communism is that you get sticks for dinner.
This means WAR!!! 8:00 Eastern. 7:00 Central. Be there. Don’t touch that dial! Actually we don’t have dials anymore but you get the intended meaning….
Do not misunderstand, you do STILL have a biological obligation as a young virile male to travel the world and spread that DNA as widely as possible. But you need not cough up a limb for the privilege. There are modern human peaceful means to spawn little half breed darlings without spending years in exile from your family and loved ones. Golf trips spring to mind.
And in this light you start to see the genius of Donald Trump. He gets it all. The DNA, the gorgeous women, the golf, the video war, the whole thing. He’s a visionary modernist with a plan for the future. And certainly an example worth emulating. I would nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize, or perhaps the Nobel War Prize, or …….something….
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Thanks for the exposition Jack. Though I’m still at a loss to understand how you can support someone whose principles are so at odds with yours. I suppose I agree that he really doesn’t believe the things he says, but that’s thin comfort as I can’t tell what, if anything, he really believes in. I wouldn’t put anything past him.
FINALLY. A comment. After six days. I have been utterly at a loss as to whether there was some breakdown with Amazon AWS or what. I’ve never written anything that landed with such a dull thud. No reaction whatsoever. No comments. Nada. My wife read it and never cracked a smile while I think it is the most hilarious thing I’ve ever crafted. I’m having a serious disconnect moment here.
I”m still at a loss at your loss. But it is becoming a little bit clear as you give a hint with the child-mind focus on “principles” and “what he believes in.” I’m afraid you will never be a Trump fan or even have a clue. Welcome to the lower half of George Carlins theory. No equipment to work with here.
Trump has some curious and quite strong “principles” by which he apparently lives. I find them mildly curious. But that is just far too an advanced topic for you and I to ever discuss. You are confusing “principles” with political ideology regarding fixes and outcomes. They are not even vaguely related nor should they be.
My idealogies are fully formed, but not strongly held. Indeed, I am the last man left on the Internet who actually COULD be wrong. Trump has very different political ideologies, and I detect none of those are very strongly held either.
His overarching “goals” are to reverse the almost irreparable damage that simple minded good intentions, married with moronism, have wrought on our society and to “Make America Great Again.” He has selected a series of quite definable, quite achievable objectives that would have the greatest impact in his estimation. And his process of obtaining them is really quite excellent, actually I would term them brilliant. And indeed, in less than 16 months the results have been nothing short of shockingly good.
I struggle to find an example that can be summarized in brief text form. A Wall. We have had the ridiculous situation where millions or residents are technically “illegal” to be here. Ronald Reagan sought to address this by “legalizing” 2.8 million of these in return for a vastly increased security on the southern border. But due to simple betrayal and dishonesty among the opposition Democratic Party, he never got the security or “wall”. The result was in influx of not 11 million, but really more like 20 million Mexican immigrants into the U.S., all with the expectation that at some point they too would be granted “amnesty”.
The result was “never again” on the part of the majority of Republicans in Congress. They simply will not vote for ANY form of immigration reform because of the craven dishonesty of the Democrats. Few noticed, but one of the Republican debates was actually cancelled on this issue. Oh, they held it. But one Republican attacked Jeb Bush for being in what they refer to as the “Gang of Eight” who formed a late night coalition with Democrats to actually negotiate an immigration reform bill. The plot was leaked, Republican base went into apoplexy, and it was aborted. But during this debate, no matter what the moderator posed as a question, the NEXT of the 12 or so on stage responded to the off question comment made in the opening moments about supporting immigration reform, with a scorching denunciations and denial that they had EVER been in favor of ANY form of immigration reform, but accusing several others of backing it. And ALL candidates responded in the same furious fashion on the same topic no matter what the poor moderator attempted to bring the discussion back to other topics.
Trump was kind of the lone non-participant. He had no legislative history or any history on any of it. But he did put in a thing on The Wall. Nobody was listening.
Our immigration policies and laws are hopelessly antiquated and comically out of place and ineffectual. And there is NO POSSIBILITY of any Congressional action, which is where the entire responsibility lies, EVER. Obama actually declared himself defacto immigration Emperor in direct recognition of this. There was no other option in his mind. Overturned entirely by the courts of course. The president cannot enact legislation as a political party of ONE.
Trump’s core competency is building things and he has a brilliant understanding of the power of symbology and design on human psyche. Every aspect of his buildings and towers and casinos and golf clubs are designed to achieve precisely the effect he wants on humanoids that view, visit, or buy.
And he has very astutely determined that by building a wall, a symbolic monument to America having control over who comes and goes across our southern border, that that is the ONLY way the logjam on immigration policy and law can be affected, or really even addressed. You have to have the wall to have the CONVERSATION in any productive manner.
Examples of criminal activities by illegal immigrants, the cost of caring for illegal immigrants, and the flow of drugs across the border are handy TOOLS to enlist a large body of the American people behind the concept of building a wall.
The press and world writ large keep pressing him on what he would then do about the illegal immigrants already here? And what his “position” on Mexicans is. And really an entire series of moronic subhumanoid questions that have little to do with building a wall.
His “principles” and personal ethics are quite clear. He gets along great with Mexicans and Latinos, employs thousands of them, and I remain mystified at the press and Democrats ever BEING mystified by what happened in Florida. ALL the immigrants and Latinos were supposed to vote for Hillerary. Instead, virtually to a man, they ALL voted for Trump. And Florida was actually the key to the election – not Michigan. Sorry.
And so his personal principles and ethics are entirely irrelevant, but also demonstrably positive with regards to Latino immigrants of all varieties. Entirely irrelvant. He correctly understands we need immigration reform, it must be enacted by Congress, and it is utterly impossible without the Wall coming first.
And so he will say whatever is necessary to build the wall. It will be the greatest Mexican American jobs program in history. In the scale of what we spend now it is a truly trivial cost. And hopefully it will be gorgeous in white alabaster marble, crystal lighting, solar panels, drones, high technology, sidelooking radar, siesmic sensors, and of course gorgeous views of the Rio Grande. I can’t wait to see the lobby.
Once THAT is done, he will turn it over to Congress to revamp the ENTIRE immigration policy, including H1 visas, student visas and a host of things really quite necessary to our economy. And he doesn’t have any particularly strongly held views on the outcome. He broadly thinks the lottery is a bizarre idea. The chain migration of family relationships is a curiously damaging policy. And what becomes of 11 million already here he doesn’t precisely know and largely doesn’t precisely care. That’s not what any of this is about. If he can get the WALL built, the system is more or less “fixed” as well as it can be fixed, and the normal process of Congressional debate and lawmaking restored. As it stands now, the Republicans BY THEMSELVES can’t have the debate at all, much less agree on legislation, and that true if ALL THE DEMOCRATS WENT HOME.
The Democrats meanwhile are kind of like the Utility companies, they don’t know what they want, but they do know they don’t want whatever Trump wants. So they demanded he legalize 750,000 “dreamers” in a cynically political manipulation. Trump responded that he would legalize 1.7 MILLION of them if they would fund the wall. No way was the irrational and mentally deranged response. Proving that Trump has no strongly held beliefs on “Dreamers” and the Democrats don’t either. They’ll throw 1.8 million of them under the bus as long as it even mildly inconveniences Trump.
I have a little problem at the 30,000 foot level. Person A on one side of the line can hold a job, rent a house, eat well, drink clear water, and drive a car. Person B on the other side of the line gets to eat sticks. And if you go to the actual location of this debate, it is demonstrably clear to a mongoloid idiot that there is no line on the ground at all. You’re standing in the middle of an unmarked desert. And it takes quite a bit of equipment to determine where the line WOULD be if there actually WAS a line. On my planet, this is not considered rational.
So while the actual ideology of Trump on Mexicans and immigration, and my own don’t align or even compare very well, as a practical matter I find his process and approach not just rational but pretty much dead on. Nothing gets done without the wall, so build the wall.
And his position and mine are not quite “opposites” they just don’t align much. I take it from a 1st principles let’s go to the basics thing, and he views it from the perspective of an Employer of many Mexicans and Latinos and what can be done for the ECONOMY to MAKE AMERICA great again and “fix” the root problem.
That you see this as being at odds is pretty much a litmus test that neither of us should ever under any circumstances look to YOU for answers. it’s not just that you don’t know, and do bizarrely think you DO know, but you are criminally oblivious to even the most basic parts of what the QUESTION IS…. You are unconscious to and cannot hear see or discern ANY of the important parts.
But you can chant mindlessly yowling like a cat that “you don’t like Trump.” And that HE is somehow an idiot. If you were even vaguely aware of how you appear to sentients, you would DIE of embarrassment.
Indeed I agree that the wall could be symbolically of HUGE importance in a dozen directions simultaneously, represents a trivial cost in the comparison with the potential benefits, is economically stimulative, and of course who ultimately pays for it is literally MEXICO of course. And the ways and means to make that at true are so obvious and trivial to implement it doesn’t even bear discussion. Tax Escalades and you have it. A processing fee surcharge for immigration applications. A “per tire” fee for trucks rolling across the border. It is endless and truly trivial.
And mark my words, when it is time to pour concrete in Arizona, the guy with the shovel is going to be raking in $18 an hour and he will look remarkably like a Mexican American.
I can diagram all of this with regards to trade, war, taxes, regulations, and a myriad of other things including electric cars and solar installations. But yous guys aren’t providing a lot of motivation. I simply cannot stand with you screeching nonsense as loudly as I can muster. It’s not becoming.
I don’t know Jack. You’re not making a whole lot of sense here. A processing fee surcharge for immigration applications. That already exists. A “per tire” fee for trucks rolling across the border. I assume you mean commercial trucks? Such fees (although not “per tire”) already exist. Not sure what you are on about Escalades, but its clear that border taxes tend to have off-target effects if your target is the importer.
Additionally, the thing about your throwing “them” under the bus is a base mischaracterization. Please understand that the President has offered several “deals” with respect to immigration and reneged on every single one of them. Moreover, the deal I believe you are referring to also sharply curtailed legal immigration and the new canard: “chain migration.” Thus, the deal was no deal at all.
Furthermore, you insist that “ALL the immigrants and Latinos were supposed to vote for Hillerary. Instead, virtually to a man, they ALL voted for Trump.” Ummm, this is a little embarrasing, but where the heck do you get your incredibly flawed information? I mean, the census bureau will release the most reliable information, but it will be a few years, the Pew foundation will come out with something in about a year. Right now, I think that the Edison center is the only reliable source for information, which information thoroughly debunks your assertion. https://edition.cnn.com/election/2016/results/exit-polls/national/president . 66% of latinos voted against Trump. 64% of voting eligible immigrants voted against Trump.
Poor Jack’s ancestors were allowed into this country when “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” was the motto. Now that he’s got his, close the door.
I agree actually. To a certain segment of the population, I will never quite make a whole lot of sense. You are clearly in that segment. I am often entertained to consider just what I must look like to you.
I can’t really get there, but it is fun to contemplate. Much as I wonder what I look like to shop kitty. What does she really see? And what does she really think?
I’m unaware of any immigration agreement that Trump “reneged” on. He did offer 1.7 million dreamers not only resident status, but apparently a path to citizenship. The Democrats did decline it. The “canard” of chain migration is very real and ample historical data to support it. What possible rationale would support it? A lottery? Our immigration policies are a mess. I went through a bit of that after marrying a Pilipino National, as a U.S.serviceman, and it was a total shitshow then in 1975.
Ok, yes, you got me. There were two guys in Naples that were technically Latino and did NOT vote for Trump. They were afraid they might commit “suicide” if they didn’t vote for Hillerary.
The Pew foundation? Were you HERE for the election? EVERY single “pollster” had Hillerary winning Florida. But in an act of mental gravity defiance, you apparently still think she did. News flash. The vote is in. She LOST Florida. And inescapably, Trump then must have won it. No hanging chad necessary. And yes, a significant percentage of the Florida electorate are “Latino” though in Florida, that is a somewhat more complex demographic.
Poor Jack isn’t quite poor. You obviously know nothing of immigration requirements of 1705. But your “motto” is a French inscription on a statue erected in 1886 – 181 years later. I like the intent. But it’s a bit short of a national policy and it never was one.
And so we see that just all the way around, you live in a fantasy world suffering violently from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Where history and facts and outcomes don’t matter, as long as you get your way. And you’re pathologically unsure what the “way” really is.
This is what I abhor. Letting children learn to run nuclear power plants by playing with the controls, continuously bleating piteously about unintended consequences and why it is all the fault of the adults who wouldn’t let them FULLY implement their madness. Ergo why it came out so badly.
Basically, until you grow up and become an adult, you’re grounded and you can’t use the car for a month. Make that 32 months.
Get over it. We have presidential elections every four years here. And if it is so terrible, maybe you’ll get lucky in 2020. From what I’m seeing of actual hard OUTCOMES, I kind of doubt it. But that’s why they play Football every Sunday. Anyone might win on any given Sunday.
Thanks for demonstrating your view of principles Jack; it completely resolved the paradox.
Jack, I’ll expand my reply even at the risk that your ponderous intelligence makes it impossible for us to have a discussion. Maybe tie half your brain behind your back or somethin’. Have a drink. Level the playing field.
I don’t know how you managed to draw such a detailed profile of me from my question — a question prompted by your very own statement “…you would think Trump and I would just be like oil and water…”. You seem to have fallen into the pervasive national habit that when anyone expresses a thought in opposition to the “team” we’re on, we immediately view them as the personification of every negative trait we despise and suffering from an incurable mental illness that (conveniently) makes discourse “impossible”. If you’re not for Trump you’re a “Libtard”. If you’re not for Bernie you’re a “Wingnut”. Battle Stations! … Boooooring! The whole political trolling phenomenon, our current National Pastime for a generation, has jumped the shark, in my opinion. We need a new schtick. Maybe schtick soup.
For what it’s worth I’ve been a registered Libertarian for over 25 years. I see the BS on both sides as I’m sure you do. And their “good cop/bad cop” routine has been boring me to tears for most of my adult life.
So as to “The Wall”, designed with precision to “make liberal heads explode”… Doesn’t really bother me. Sovereign nations have the right to enforce their borders and ours has been leaking badly. And we both seem to recognize the inherent irrationality of a human being’s entire life trajectory being heavily based on the spatial coordinates of a vagina as of a certain date and time. But that’s the way nations work in this day and age. As to whether we need a physical wall from sea to shining sea I have my doubts, but let the security experts deal with that.
Your notion that The Wall is the necessary catalyst to break the longstanding logjam on legislative reform is interesting and I see your point. Whether or not that’s the President’s reasoning is, it appears to me, mostly conjecture. As you say “he will say whatever is necessary to build the wall”. His actual objectives always seem obscured. No doubt from a lifetime’s discipline of never letting his opponents know what he really wants, for fear of spoiling The Deal.
Do I think he’s an idiot? No, in some ways he’s exceptionally cunning. A master manipulator to be sure; an expert on human motivation. Do I think he’s a racist? No, I think race probably matters little to him, as he seems to evaluate all people on 2 factors alone: Their status in terms of Power, and Pussy.
Am I ever going to be a “Trump Guy”? No. I do think principles matter. Philosophy, ideology, or even simple goals, without Principle, are confusing at best and dangerous at worst. High intelligence combined with a lack of concern for morals and a willingness to say or do anything to manipulate others, is a worrisome combination of traits. I have known people like this. Chaos and bad outcomes surround them. People get hurt. I’m not “confusing principles with political ideology regarding fixes and outcomes”. I’m saying without principles the outcomes are unpredictable and possibly dire.
This is your house so it’s up to you if you want to continue with the ad hominem. But it’s not your best stuff.
I think your evaluation of his “principles” is in error, and have to ask where you get them. Of course, I already know the answer so yes, the conversation is a little ridiculous. An extension of this that I do value is “character matters” and I actually particularly like his. It’s kind of evidenced in wives, children, associates, coworkers, and employees. And I fear the opinions of those similarly close to me would not be nearly as favorable as his is on all fronts. Apparently, he’ s a paragon of moral virtue and integrity – with a penchant for pussy of course, though none of his ex wives or girlfriends quite fault him for, which I find astounding.
Speaking much louder than that is a press that simply cannot believe they can REPEATEDLY bring up serious sexual piccadilos from at LEAST a decade earlier, and have nobody care. Let me explain it briefly. Nobody cares. I don’t care what he did in bed last night. Why should I care what he did 10 years ago. What I do care about is a media that has forfeited their privileged position by using it to constitute the opposition party as shrill advocates and militants. Line em up. Shoot em. Ask for volunteers to take their place. Rinse and repeat on a regular schedule.
The wall is entirely symbolic. I hope it is sea to shining sea, impenetrable, and 180 feet high of white marble with huge lighting all around. Like I say, I can’t wait to see the lobby. And I don’t care if we ever use it in anger to control anything at all. That countries have the right to control their borders is neither something I can argue against, or have any particular interest in one way or another. I don’t fear Mexicans. Muslim Jihadists more would prefer to avoid rather than fear. Alt left libtards suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome are terrifying. What if it is viral and contagious? Caused by impure water? It’s not that I disagree with them. I don’t understand why they EXIST.
And so my thesis that while Trump’s “ideology” and mine are quite different, neither of us appear to be particularly wed to either set at all. I truly believe with a 30 minute conversation, he would wind up adopting my view and me his, and we could then go forth arguing the other side entirely without any sense of mayhem at all. Fully formed, but not strongly held.
And yes, for him it is a tool in a deal. And he’s dealing for what he thinks is best for America and I probably broadly agree with him on all of that. The end “win” is to get our legislative body in order to handle the business of the people to modernize and rationalize our immigration policy. And there are plenty of people to care about what that winds up as in the end without Trump or I either one really getting sweaty and breathy over it. But right now it is dysfunctional and unhealthy and a modest danger to the Republic.
Obvious absurdities of treating Muslim and Mexican immigrants better in all ways than our own excepted. Criminy. Sort that out. But a new hire GS9 should be able to handle that without supervision.
Perfect world? I think we should love all people worldwide, welcome them all to Missouri to live and play, and do anything we can to welcome them and make them happy, healthy, and productive. I’m doing what I can. Trump just hired 70 to work at Mira Largo.
I think you’ve bought into a narrative you have been spoon fed and eaten it without question., and true LIbertarians are just too skeptical of authority structures to do that. Ergo, I don’t believe you and I don’t believe you are sincere.
As you wish, but thanks for sharing more of your reasoning regardless. I appreciate it. Though I am curious that you’d wax poetic about yourself and Trump fluidly and comfortably changing sides, and then find me dishonest for not seeming to be a True Believer. You’re a tough one to figure, but entertaining and thought-provoking. I shall return to lurking and enjoying your videos. Thanks for your time.
As I recall John, this started with “Though I’m still at a loss to understand how you can support someone whose principles are so at odds with yours. I suppose I agree that he really doesn’t believe the things he says, but that’s thin comfort as I can’t tell what, if anything, he really believes in. I wouldn’t put anything past him.”
Now maybe I have overreacted here. It appeared to me a very damning condemnation of Trump, and an even more damning condemnation of me, over a vague notion of “principles” when you apparently had no idea what his were, and no idea what mine were either. And as you wouldn’t put anything past him, you obviously wouldn’t put anything past me as well.
You then retreated horribly offended that I would resort to “ad hominem” attacks???
I did attempt to illustrate that were larger games involved that you were apparently oblivious to. That didn’t seem to get through either.
So the bottom line is you are DETERMINED to be the injured party, no matter what issues from your fingers on the keyboard. I got it.
Sorry I bothered to respond. Obviously a thorough waste of time. My apologies. Didn’t mean to poke through your ideological filter and cause any discomfort at all. Nothing for me there. It upset you and I never did have a thing to gain either way.
In all honesty Jack, I did not intend my initial question to be critical of you. The opposite is in fact true, as I felt I had some insight to your principles from watching your videos over the years and also doing business with you where you went above and beyond what was needed for a square deal. Sorry this went sideways.
Not a problem John. I’m just a crabby old man these days.
I have to disagree with you Jack. You wrote “And we need to more carefully schedule the attacks for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights…”; but with DVR’s, various over the top streaming options and related mobile apps prime time video viewing is whenever we choose to watch it. So the attacks can be scheduled whenever conditions provide the best video and viewers can watch when, where and on what device they want to.
So why do I want to watch the Kentucky Derby and the SuperBowl “live”.
I prefer watching Stormy Daniels videos. Nice picture of the Israeli airforce in action
somehow your writing about war and even your comment about the Wall, makes perfect sense in my Goldebesque brain. no nonsense comes to mind. please deconvolute how to fix our broken health system and opiate addiction next, while Tesla fixes its robots and gets out of the Wall Street hole they are in.
You don’t ask much eh? The health system is extremely complex and starts with socialism via insurance, and gets complicated by lawyers and lawsuits. At this point the costs are absurd. I kind of have an idea how to fix it, but who doesn’t? And it would never be accepted by almost anyone.
Opiates are another kettle of fish. There is a way to fix it and it was tried once and succeeded. Took nearly a century, but it worked. They simply shot anyone using opiates and after about 100 years kind of genetically weened it out of the race – China actually and almost all illegal drug use still carries the death penalty today..
MOst of our probably unconstitutional drug laws derive from the Harrison Act of the 1920’s that was part of a treaty with China specifically on opiates. The reasoning of the courts as to how that was constitutional are extremely interesting, if you don’t mind forfeiting our form of government.
I’m DESTROYED by the reaction to my blog on war. It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever crafted, in my humble opinion and we have recieved NO comments on it and NO ONE THINKS IT IS FUNNY AT ALL. I’m now chasing down people in the street, dragging them into the shop and FORCING them to read it. They never even smile. Grim all the way through. So it can’t be a “what’s wrong with you people” thing. Has to be a “what’s wrong with ME thing.” I just don’t get it. I howl every time I reread it.
It’d be absurd if it weren’t all true!
I make it a personal rule never to comment on the political stuff that seems to be all over the web. But I make an exception here to point out that all good humor contains a nugget of truth, and Jack, you’ve dropped a truth boulder in this commentary. You’ve established the link between testosterone, DNA, and the unholy but productive trio of rape, plunder, and pillage. You’ve projected that with modern communications, technology and global markets, DNA and booty (all kinds) can be distributed without the messy business of marching armies of youngsters halfway around the world to accomplish the genetic and material freshening-up that keeps society from stagnating. Kind of like the notion that human conflict should be decided by a dance-off between world leaders: https://youtu.be/g2PC_7JwbA0. Picture Kim Jong Un squaring off with the Donald. Now picture both with waxed chests, tight leather pants, and high heeled tap shoes. OK don’t, but Putin might carry it off little better. Add a little fairy dust and the picture is complete.
I was raised without benefit of a good Catholic education, but, I’ve always wondered if execution of Christians really grew legs when St. Augustine swore celibacy. Did Christian women converts of the day then throw off the concept of being sexual property and invent migranes? Do the Muslims world wide despise us because our western values and liberty concepts cause migraines in their harems? My premise is this: Anytime your actions, lifestyle, or media content reduce the quantity of sexal availability in another culture, you will inevitably, have war.
Well then you thoroughly understand it Fred. But you don’t find it comical. I must truly be a genetic variant.
Yes, the purpose of war as a biological imperative has to be genetic weather patterns on a global basis. That effect is what all wars have in common. And it is so continuous it has to be a biologic imperative. It can’t really be reasons or resources really. Often it takes more resource to host one than anyone gains.
Do we still need that to achieve genetic diversity (quite different from political “Diversity”)??? We absolutely DO need genetic cross hybridization and it has to be more or less continuous. But with today’s international travel, the Internet, et al, we may not need war to achieve it. I know I’ve done my part. Both in war and peace. I’ve bred widely and with some enthusiasm.
So if we don’t need it, why don’t we at least experiment with ditching it. A good first step would be to convert it to video entertainment. I don’t really want to give up my country, representing half the economy and military of the world, on the hope that Trump can learn how to break dance. But we could blow shit up pretty well beyond anyone’s hope of competing. And if we provide proper notice of televised scheduling, the loss of human life could be limited somewhat. And all those who advocate war can have one. Bombs, missiles, explosions, helicopters, ships, the whole thing but brought directly into the living room in glorious technicolor, better 8K OLED and surround sound.
We could have war parties, but with Jalapeno Fritos and Dr. Pepper. Get some friends to come over Thursday night, throw together a little guacamole, and go to war. An Annheiser Busch event. Brought to you by Inbev.
I will never get over how THOROUGHLY CNN held the nation in thrall during George H Bush’s battle for Kuwait in 1990. EVERYONE was tuned in 24×7. It made a big impression on me. I don’t think I was seeing the same thing the other people on the couch were seeing. But it was enthralling all around true enough. I had as much fun watching them watch it, as they were having watching the war.
Very oddly, I felt violated. Somehow, it seemed to me that war should be a private matter for just a few million soldiers and sailors who participated. Your women and young people shouldn’t see this shit. They should be safe at home and shielded from this.
But if you zoom out and just show the explosions, and avoid having friends and comrades blown up or mentally breakdown next to you, it really isn’t so bad. You don’t need gore. Just loud noises and and fiery explosions. And if they don’t blow your arm off, the worst that can happen is you spill a few Fritos on the carpet.
Much to be gained there, but going back to the PREVIOUS blog it only works if you drop this racism paranoia and truly mix it up a bit with regards to not marrying your cousin.
Maybe others lack of amusement is because you hit a little too hard and close too the truth on subjects that most people are overly sensitive to; or maybe it is simply your genetic variation.
Maybe the reason I did not comment was “Yeah, duh”, its so obvious…. and it just goes to show you that career politicians are the problem with world politics…. one smart businessman is making fools of silverback politicos….. Go Trump!
Just a comment on your model 3 pack disassembly video. I thought it was exciting. No one else is doing model 3 disassembly videos. Don’t stop. It’s gold dust…….well for the people that really care about the topic.
It appears designing an electric vehicle while working for an ICE car management has severe limitations. Better to not even see the box than try to think outside it. After a peek inside the model 3 battery a lot of little reverse engineering brains are lying awake at night now.
Switched reluctance partial permanent magnet? Elon just confirmed
Cracker Jack motor. There’s a surprise inside. I suspect another RE vid on the way.
I guess this blows my theory of using the same motor front and rear.
Seemed like such a good way to save parts count and money though…
A full induction motor in the front will simplify getting decent regen numbers. The braking torque via regen will be about right. Half the rear motor (the PM half) will give a fair regen while the front absorbs the bulk of the kinetic energy.
Jack, many a true word was spoken in jest! As you wrote this blog entry I happened to be reading a new book on the very fast developments in human DNA research called “Who we are and how we got here” by David Reich. Yes, from this research it is evident that war, rape and pillage are and were the normal for the human race.
I just came across your blog. I enjoy it, it seems from your comments and turn of phrases, that you were canalized by Robert A. Heinlein at an early age, much like I was. Forgive me if I’m wrong. I loved your take on war, but how can you communicate with your fellow humans verbally with your tongue so firmly stuck in your cheek? Hilarious, but so true in many ways.
BTW, I remember RAH’s comment that if you look at weapons as a class, they are an energy delivery system. This seems to be true in high density energy storage systems i.e. Li-ion , but don’t hit the detonator with a hammer as many are wont to do.
Guilty as charged. Read every word Heinlein ever wrote by age 10. And yes, a great deal of what I say is to suit my whimsey and largely not noticed by the world, which suits my sense of whimsey.