Monday, September 30, 2019

Is a person smart, but people dumb?

You know that saying… a person is smart but people are dumb?
I think that in almost all of the very important ways that matter, it’s the opposite.
A person is dumb. That’s why people believe there’s some magical thing about being smart. They look around them and it’s a wonder any given individual can even function. And if that’s true, and it sort of is, then how could people, in aggregate, be anything other than dumb-multiplied?
So we need that super smart person who somehow can assure us that even if life is messy and scary and chaotic, that someone does know better. We don’t have to be afraid.
Except that even a dumb person knows more about their own life, what they need, and what’s possible, than the smartest person who isn’t them. And the inability of that smart person to know more about any given person’s life than them… well, *that* is what multiplies.
People with the freedom to make and then change any number of sub-optimal choices, to try and then fail and try again, to respond to their own life as best they’re able, well, it might be *chaotic* but in aggregate it creates a robust and dynamic system that actually comes up with the best answers, the best use of resources, the speediest adaption to change, and all around better results than centralized planning by “smart” people.
A person is dumb. People are smart.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Children are our Future

 This one is so general purpose (and wow do people never stop trying to use kids for advocacy because then anyone who doesn't "respect" them is MEAN) that it almost doesn't need a note that the current events prompting this is Greta Thunberg's Tour of Scolding.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sounds like a hero to me

This teacher objected to the new policies in his school district (and indoctrination about why they were "good" policies) on the basis that it caused real harm to black students to be treated as if they were only capable of lower standards of behavior because of their race.
It's a toxic message to send.
And if it were voiced by anyone else, exact same meaning but with normal language instead of critical race theory jargon it would be just as shockingly racist as it really is. Because what it really is is this... morality and behavior is genetic, these children are less evolved.
It's disgusting, damaging, and repulsive.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Fighting History

Over and over in one context and another, it seems that people today haven't anything to fight or work for and so they choose to go after History, borrow their battles from the past.

It doesn't seem to matter who fought those battles and won them or that those battles have been won.  When your identity centers on activism you can't allow victories.  And so what we see is people borrowing oppression that doesn't belong to them and borrowing it from people in History.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Zoe Quinn

Well, it looks like Zoe Quinn wasn't getting enough attention lately (people who actually don't create anything worthwhile in the world often have this problem) and decided that she needed to find herself some victimhood to become important again. Which meant finding a person to destroy while her toadies and sycophants worshiped her bravery.

The fellow she destroyed killed himself.

You know... anyone with any understanding of human nature watched her during the early gamer-gate times and what they saw is someone who was self-aggrandizing to the extent that anyone working on inclusion and social justice who didn't *go through her first* was put on the list for destruction.

She was like the mafia don and you had to go to her first and get her blessing or she'd find some fault in your program to promote women and your plans to support trans people and she'd sic her mob on you.

She suffered no competition in her supreme righteousness.

I never thought that my sentiments were on the wrong side of those kerfuffles and the primary reason was that she was accepted as the standard bearer, the arbiter of who'd live and who'd die.

And she never actually created anything worthwhile or contributed anything to *anything* other than her own importance.

And it wasn't a secret. It was right out there in public, front and center. And she still collected that power and controlled that mob. I mean, any particular *person* can be understood to be ultimately self-interested. But what sort of garbage excuses for human beings *follow* her?


Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Other Guys

There was a couple of items in the news lately where someone who was a zealous woke warrior ended up on the wrong side of accusations which required apologies and even a demotion for something which the fellow (I did look, several times) never actually said.

And I always sort of wonder how disorienting and confusing that must be.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

I've got a problem. I can't make a comic about this because I can't make my earnest woke girl into someone that no one would like. Even if she's wrong, her heart is in the right place.
So tell me how I'd make a comic about YET ANOTHER elected Democrat making (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) calls to target people personally AT THEIR HOMES? Because that's standard these days... protesting at someone's home. Making the threats personal. And I have to ask... have any DEMOCRAT representatives been put in a hospital? Any? Permanently lost part of a lung? Become crippled from a gun shot wound?

Also, to Castro...   "Brown-skinned immigrants" are afraid because YOU TOLD THEM TO BE.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Code Talking

People almost always say what they mean. We've got people today that believe that half the country believes horrible, horrific, and evil things, half... and this half *still* bothers to speak in code, to hide what they really think? Why would anyone do that? You're going to be called a racist no matter what you do. Nazi even. You're going to be accused of wanting anyone you disapprove of to die, because disapproval is the same thing as wanting people to die. So why would anyone fake it? Why would anyone bother to fake it? They wouldn't. Someone introduced me to the "genetic fallacy." Genetic refers to the source, and the fallacy is in interpreting anything and everything based on its source. So two different people saying exactly the same thing have their words judged by the source, by them, or whatever group they belong to, the source rather than the words. And that explains about 90% of the "that's a false equivalency" rebuttals I get. It's false, not because it's not equivalent, but that the SOURCE is different. And they are judging by the source.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Not Funny

I don't like this one.  I couldn't figure out a way to make it funny.  Couldn't find the joke.  That people really are making this argument is also not funny.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Narrative is a Lie

“The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it.”
—Tweet by the New York Times, today.

How many times do we read something like this and because it has a certain internal logic and sounds rhetorically reasonable we just nod and accept that something intelligent has been said instead of something suited to a stark raving lunatic?
There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING to 'move past'. It's a false, contrived dilemma with no attachment to either the real world or to people as they exist upon it, or off of it either. History is not holding us back. The men and women of the space program built it well for us and we've long built upon what they made. Name a single thing, even one thing, about the space program that we've been unable to "move past". There's nothing.
In fact, in order to support such counter-factual assertions about the power of the past we modern folk have to cleanse the past of participation, of the women who did the computing by hand, of all the heroism and triumph, of everyone who *at the time* was involved in an active and lively conversation about who ought to be an astronaut. And worse, erase those who ultimately have *won* that argument.
Because it's not even appropriating for ourselves the struggles of the past, but appropriating a version of the past that is shallow and twisted for our purposes.
So don't just read a "reasonable" statement and nod. Actually think it through, identify each element, both the facts claimed AND the claimed significance of those facts and figure out if you're getting smoke blown up your *ss by people who absolutely refuse to just be HAPPY about one of the most amazing and unequivocal triumphs of our nation.
(And don't suggest that they're doing it because they hate America, even if it's true.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Brown Voices

"Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks at Netroots Nation conference on Saturday: "I don't want to bring a chair to an old table. This is the time to shake the table. This is the time to redefine that table. Because if you're going to come to this table, all of you who have aspirations of running for office. If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don't want to be a black voice. We don't need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don't want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don't even show up because we need you to represent that voice."

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Somehow missed these...

For your safety

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

But, Muh Patriotism!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Why didn't you vote for Hillary?

Cleaned this one up a little bit.