So, I just watched the following excellent SST by Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee and featuring Babbling Brooke, Alisha, Torq, Professor Platypus, the Dutch-Scottish gentleman whose name I keep forgetting and an Anglo-German guest.
I also watched the following highly interesting Internalised Misogyny Stream featuring Wooly and Brooke.
There are some odds and ends I want to address about the SST before I move on to my main topic of Behaviour over Demographics, a theme which straddles both streams.
First, I so love how Brooke said in the SST that the mere fact of being on it helped to relieve some of the worse ends of her cold. Babbling Brooke is simply amazing! She is funny as hell, incisive in her wit and undaunted in her defiance of the third wave social justice jihadists. She also truly practices what she says about valuing individuals over labels, and about being willing to dialogue and being cordial despite having differences. I say this because she has been nothing but kind to me on social media, shouting me out on video (which has me blushing as red as Mars, but whose kind intent I do appreciate), despite the fact that there are things in our cultural respective backgrounds that would have us on opposite sides of the divide. That is why you should support her Patreon.
Second, in the Internalised Misogyny stream, Wooly talks about how she actively sought out pictures of the situation in Syria because, unlike the third wave social justice jihadists, she does not want to deny reality, and then about how she cried at those pictures which showed her "how good she has it." This is very humane of Wooly. While what Wooly chooses to do is entirely up to her, I cannot say, however, that I would advocate her seeking out such horrific pictures. For one thing, Wooly is a mother with several small children, which is a full-time, 24-7 job. For another thing, there are the phenomena of vicarious traumatisation/compassion fatigue. Wooly, on top of currently being a mother to young children, was a social worker, and she has said that she has been through some very horrific actual experiences in her life. More to the point, Wooly, like Babbling Brooke, is a parent who makes time to fight the third wave social justice jihadists, just as Freya von Motlke was a mother who made time to resist the National-Socialists. Now, I do not know Wooly beyond social media. Given all that she does on social media, however, I would say that she is a passionate, compassionate person who goes out of her way to help others. It is merely my opinion based on her social media activity, but I do not think she needs to expose herself to pictures from Syria to remind her "how good" she has it, especially since she, being on-call 24-7, does not really have it all that "good." Being a responsible parent in 2016--in the face of economic uncertainty and in the face of dictatorial third wave social justice jihadist brainwashing of students--is a constant and exhausting struggle, one wherein the torture of worry never ceases.
-In the SST, Babbling Brooke, Alisha (I believe) and Mr. Bumblebee talked about publishing the pictures of major and minor offence suspects in the local paper. Mr. Bumblebee said that this would not be a deterrent. I agree with this. In Quebec, there once were two crime-focused tabloids, Allô Police (now defunct) and Photo Police (still in circulation) that published several pictures of various genres of miscreants, from ordinary robbers and simple killers to members of the various organised crime outfits in the Province. As far as I can tell, not a one of these miscreants ever became a dominee because his or her photo(s) appeared in these tabloids.
-I liked Mr. Bumblebee mocking the boyosphere's skull totem in the SST! Well done!
-I understand what Torq is saying about globalisation. It is just that the trend in America and Europe seems to be heading in exactly the opposite direction.
-If I understood correctly, the Anglo-German guest said something to the effect of not wanting to live in a security state. Britain is already a security state. In The Irish War, Para turned journalist Tony Geraghty recounts how IRA attacks on the Mainland led to security measures, such as widespread placement of CCTV cameras both on the Mainland and in Ulster, commenting that these security measures "cannot be undone." As well, the Official Secrets Act allowed MI-5 to frame Ulster Defence Regiment officer Colin Wallace for manslaughter without any MI-5 officer being charged for perverting the course of justice. Britain has been a security state for decades now.
-There was general agreement on the SST that "the war on drugs cannot be won" and that legalisation was the better option. As I said in this and other entries, I do not favour drug legalisation because of Yves Lavigne's point that half of drug violence comes, not from cartel shootouts, but from junkies assaulting the elderly to get money for their next high. That being said, as I detailed in the entry I linked to in the previous sentence, I believe that the narcotics problem should be targeted by multiple means, including drug courts and the Sir Frank Kitson/Ron Reid-Daly "turned terr" approach to addicts who double as low/intermediate-level dealers that is the Seattle PD's LEAD Programme, and exploring Professor Marc Lewis' theory that addicts can indeed stop when they choose to, which he supports with a book of anecdotes.
-I was particularly intrigued by the Anglo-German gentleman. I liked the fact that he pointed out that German municipal and state policing is decentralised, something also seen in America, but which is difficult for people from Canada (which has one uniform Criminal Code across the country), Britain (whose four countries each have their own patrol/detective forces) and France (which has the National Police for the cities and the National Gendarmerie for the countryside) to grasp. I also very much agree with him when he says that the continental definitions of the political "left" and "right" differ from those in the Anglosphere. In Germany, the "right," the CDU/CSU of Geli Merkel is basically the successor party to the pre-1933 Catholic Zentrum and Bavarian People's Parties which, although they were not leftists, were certainly not as far to the right as the DNVP (the German National People's Party, the conservative alternative to the National-Socialists, both of these parties disappearing after the war.) As well, although the CDU/CSU is of Catholic origin, it is not a Catholic fundamentalist party in the manner of Sinn Fein/IRA or the Catholic League in America. Furthermore, in 1919, Socialist (left-wing) German President Friedrich Ebert called upon the Freikorps (largely right-wing demobilised Veterans and youths who came of military age after 11, November 1918) to smash extreme Socialist and Communist coup attempts.
--That being said, I must disagree with the Anglo-German gentleman on a couple of points. He says that universal health insurance was founded "in Germany in the 1860's by the workers." There was no Germany in the 1860's, only a collection of German-speaking kingdoms, principalities, dukedoms and counties. Germany as a civilisation has been around since the time of Arminius, but Germany as a nation only came into being at Versailles in 1871 through the work of Otto Graf von Bismarck, who later promulgated the Sickness Insurance Act of 1883. It could be that individual German kingdoms, principalities, dukedoms and counties had sickness insurance acts in the 1860's, but it would be erroneous to refer to these acts as "German." A better term for these acts would be to name them for the kingdoms/principalities/dukedoms/counties that had them, such as "The Prussian Sickness Insurance Act," "The Brunswick Sickness Insurance Act," "The Waldeck-Pyrmont Sickness Insurance Act," or "The Heßen Sickness Insurance Act," if these kingdoms/principalities, dukedoms and counties did indeed have such acts. The Anglo-German gentleman did not specify where in the German lands these acts existed in 1860, so I am just guessing in the previous sentence, attributing the acts to the kingdoms, principalities, dukedoms and counties that spring most readily to mind.
---I must also disagree with the Anglo-German gentleman when he says that German socialists, unlike third wave social jihadist-fellating US Democrats, "try to approach the individuals in need and help them directly." SPD (Socialist) Kanzler (Chancellor/Prime Minister-equivalent) Gerhard Schröder initiated the widely unpopular Hartz IV austerity reforms. That being said, I have to confess that I respect Schröder (and CSU leader Horst Seehofer) for respecting Bismarck's Reinsurance Treaty with Russia, while Geli Merkel, like Wilhelm II and Adolf Hitler before her, lusts after war with Russia.
-I was also impressed with Mr. Bumblebee's magnanimously objective view of the American South as shown in his SST statement to the effect that not all of the South is as depicted in the 1980's filim Mississippi Burning. This is a perfect segue to my main topic, Behaviour Over Demographics.
Across both the SST and the Internalised Misogyny streams, the question of demographics, most specifically race and gender, but also including regions and pronunciations, was raised. Let me deal with the gender aspect first.
In the Internalised Misogyny stream, Wooly and Brooke spoke of how women tend to be "backstabbers," essentially. I have worked in a majority female environment. I was never accused of sexual misconduct because of, most likely, a combination of a) my view of professionalism, and b) Sulkowicz/Erdely/DeCoutere not being the Prada/Dolce&Gabbana du jour of that epoch. As to a), one of my few fellow male coworkers approached me several times during Feuerpause to complain about "women" as a whole. He did this several times. At one point, he tired of talking, and asked me what I thought. I told him, "When I come here, the only colour I see is field-gray." This male coworker was a new jack, so I had to explain to him that "field-gray" means "uniform colour." That ended his whinging. Long story short, my philosophy regarding coworkers has always been "I don't care who you are. I only care about how good you are." Mission/the job comes first, extraneous nora-nora is not even tertiary. As well, I practiced (and still practice) some sage advice I heard when I was young that goes along the lines of "do not defecate wherefore thou doth ingest." I do all my extracurricular activities a couple of jurisdictions away from where I have do my activities of daily living. Romance never entered my considerations, and I always carried myself with a look, a posture and a velocity that communicated without me opening my mouth that I was only there to do the job. That sent the strong signal to my majority female coworkers that I had zero romantic interest in them. That is why I was able to maintain thoroughly professional, even cordial, relations with my majority female coworkers.
That being said, I did notice that many of my female coworkers did as Wooly and Brooke say and talked bad about each other behind each other's back while looking out for number one. I did not see how, in this regard, my female coworkers were different from my few male coworkers, or from men in general. Women backstabbing other women to promote themselves is
-no different from Aaron Burr killing his rival Alexander Hamilton,
-no different from John C. Calhoun trying to sunder the country because his rival Andrew Jackson thwarted his personal ambitions,
-no different from Roscoe Conkling conducting a personal vendetta against President Garfield for thwarting his ambitions,
-no different from Martin Bormann subverting Heinrich Himmler and Eva Braun when they got in the way of his personal ambitions,
-no different from Westmoreland killing 58,000 Americans to get his next star,
-no different from Sanchez pulling a Westmoreland in Iraq,
-no different from McChrystal railroading Special Forces Major James Gant to get his next star,
Women are people. As people, they behave according to their own interests, as adherents of realpolitik such as Alexander Hamilton, August von Rochau, Otto Graf von Bismarck and I know and have been saying for some time. As I said in this entry, the truly gifted people are those who, like Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, Otto Graf von Bismarck and Robert. A Taft, can balance their personal interests with either the national interest or with interests more immediate to their environment. There are quite a few truly gifted people in this regard. In my place of work of the epoch, there were quite a few women who engaged in backstabbing talk while on Feuerpause and then were totally reliable thorough team players when the malodorous material hit the cooling device. Such is the nature of humanity. We, for the most part, are not Parsifal or Lohengrin or Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter or a Hobbit. We are, rather, a balance of interests.
Now, as to race and regions, in the SST, the subjects of Latinos/Mexico, Quebec and the American South were brought up. In the Internalised Misogyny stream, the subject of Blacks was brought up. Let me start with the subject of Latinos/Mexico.
There was a consensus among SSTers that Mexico is corrupt and rife with cartel violence. Mr. Bumblebee also said something about the power of the Catholic Church in Latin America. I have never been to Latin America. However there are plenty of Masonic lodges both in Latin America as a whole and in Mexico in particular. The Vatican has regarded Freemasonry as an enemy since, at least, when Garibaldi forced the Vatican out of most of Italy and into the tiny city-state it is today. As well, abortion is allowed in many Latin American countries for the purposes of saving the life of the woman, a restriction which is virtually identical to that kept in place by the fundamentalist (and fundamentally corrupt, but unquestionably Protestant) Democratic Unionist Party in Ulster. So, while the Catholic Church may be a major player in Latin America, there are powerful countervailing forces that prevent it from turning Latin America into another Vatican Protectorate like the Republic of Ireland. As well, Argentina's Claudio Caniggia, Chile's Sebastiàn Rozental and Honduras' Arnold Peralta all played for Glasgow Rangers, which the Vatican hates more than it hates Freemasonry, abortion and non-paedophile/non-pederast homosexuality combined.
Like I said, I have never been to Latin America. Fred Reed has, however, and he has been living in Mexico for over a decade now. Here is an column he wrote about Latin America in general, and here is what he says about Latin Americans in general. The latter article is no surprise to anyone who, curious enough after having read The Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine's article on the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, visited Atacama's website and had a look at who is the executive officer and at the names and faces of many of the scientists who work there.
Long story short, yes, the drug cartels do exist, corruption does exist, but neither tell the entire story of Latin America while both obscure the gifts Latin America has to offer. Have a look at Fred Reed's columns on Hispanics, and you will see a more complex picture than what you may have seen in Clear and Present Danger and in Sicario. Fred Reed, it should be noted, is no kumbaya, limp-wristed liberal, as is evinced by the fact that, when it comes to Blacks, his views are the polar opposite of his views on Hispanics. Fred Reed is also a Marine with a Purple Heart who, after DEROS, reported from various hotspots all over the world for decades. His views are more informed than are those of, say, Ann Coulter or Hilary Clinton.
As to the cartels, to be honest Mexico does have a violent history, of which the cartels are a part. Before, during and after World War I, Mexico had a violent revolution that saw over a million Mexicans killed. In one particularly bloody episode in 1915, Pancho Villa massacred 74 civilians in a manner that rivals the concurrent Armenian genocide and the Babi Yar massacre of just over a quarter of a century later. Twenty years ago, a partisan uprising left 118 Mexicans dead. Yet, Israel is also a violent country these days. Does this mean we should give in to the Boycott Divestment Sanctions social justice jihadists and ban Israeli scientists from coming to Europe, Britain or North America? Whatever his shortcomings, Justin Trudeau does not think so, and neither do the students and Principal of McGill University, Canada's Harvard. A more effective way of dealing with the cartels would be to fix their locations and then launch combined operations similar to Rhodesia's 1977 Operation Dingo to break them up.
I mentioned that Fred Reed takes a dim view of Blacks. In the Internalised Misogyny stream, Wooly and Brooke amicably disagreed, Wooly stating that she thought Blacks and other minorities are still discriminated against, Brooke citing encounters with Blacks who spouted racist garbage her way and citing an instance wherein someone she knew did not get a position because that position had to go to an affirmative action hire.
I am not quite clear what Wooly means by saying that Blacks and other minorities are still the recipients of discrimination. If she means the recipients of police brutality, I can see a case. In this context, I also see Brooke's point that President Obama has not helped race relations in America. Specifically, the President just made comments whenever police-Black incidents have occurred. He did not bother to examine the real problem, which is the bureaucratic, MBA-style of policing in North America. The problem in Canada, be it the RCMP, be it Canadian municipal police--including the Montreal Police Service-- and in America, be it the NYPD, be it the Ferguson, MO Police Department, is that "policing/law enforcement" is, in reality, a vehicle for the generation of revenue and for personal promotion that is masked and marketed as being genuinely policing and law enforcement. As Yves Lavigne said in his last book, the problem with detectives/federal agents is that they work on a "Red Ball" high profile case involving organised crime in order to get promoted to a desk job, leaving no institutional memory for subsequent generations of detectives/federal agents who are faced with the same gangsters. Gangsters, instead of having the bureaucratic 9-to-5 mentality of detectives/law enforcement agents, are entrepreneurs who think about their affairs 24-7 and are thus ineradicable if the ones trying to do the eradicating are 9-to-5 MBAs who happen to have revolvers, a point corroborated by Edward Lucas in Deception, wherein he points out that the FBI grossly exaggerates its capacities to keep foreign operatives under surveillance because it wants to meet the irreconcilable objectives of a) keeping foreign operatives under 24-7 surveillance and b) limiting overtime payouts.
The problem, which President Obama does not understand, is not blue-on-Black contacts. The problem is that the blue part of the contact is a bureaucrat with a revolver who is infinitely more comfortable with pen and summons book and with PowerPoint than with the revolver. The solution President Obama could have pushed, had he been curious enough to look into this situation in any depth, would be to abolish the FUDGESTAT system of law enforcement, signing an executive order cutting all federal funding for ANY law enforcement agency that uses FUDGESTAT and for ANY municipality/State that rakes in record profits from summonses revenue. Once FUDGESTAT is abolished, law enforcement can be converted into something resembling the British South Africa Police's PATU's (Police Anti-Terrorist Units) and Special Branch, Koevoet, The Royal Ulster Constabulary's E4A, and the Royal Hungarian Gendarmerie, i.e. a rifle-armed force that is serious about combating crime, the first step of which is observing and infiltrating the problem elements so as to develop a complete picture of Brand-X.
If by "discrimination," Wooly meant something other than violent contacts with the police, I am not clear as to what she means. All I can do is relate my personal experience.
I have been grabbed and screamed at by Black panhandlers. I have been grabbed and screamed at by French-Canadian and English-Canadian panhandlers and American panhandlers. I have been grabbed and screamed at by Chinese panhandlers and by panhandlers of indeterminate race. When grabbed, I sharply twisted out of it and walked on. When screamed at, I just walked on. Pretending the panhandlers are not there takes away any power they have.
I also know Black professionals. I also know French-Canadian professionals and English-Canadian professionals. I also know American professionals. None of them behave anything like the aggressive panhandlers that happen to share a demographic with them. Behaviour is what counts. Demographics is tertiary at best, if it is relevant at all.
That being said, let me say that, although I know quite a few Black people, the sample of Black people I know is most likely smaller, even significantly smaller than the samples that Brooke, as well as Tommy Sotomayor, are acquainted with. Brooke is a kind-hearted person. As for Tommy Sotomayor, I am neither in a position to contradict, nor to validate, what he says about the larger sample of Blacks that he knows.
There are plenty of Blacks were I am. But there are as many, if not more, Georgians, Tatars and Chechnyans. Of the Blacks I have had professional dealings with, my experience has been largely positive. I cannot say the same for the Georgians, Tatars and Chechnyans I have encountered.
I also know a lot of French-Canadians, particularly in the health care sector. One of the bright points of being where I am in life is that I have met French-Canadian neurologists, ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, vascular specialists, otorhinolaryngologists, pneumologists, urologists, dermatologists and orthopaedic surgeons--virtually all of who behave with a professionalism equal to that of the French Foreign Legion, the best, most efficient, most professional French-speaking organisation on the entirety of the planet.
I have never had my head shrunk by a psychiatrist. If I did, I suspect they would be on the DSM-M, and not the DSM-V, by now.
I also know a lot of French-Canadian orderlies, nurse's assistants, appoint-makers, medical secretaries and sundry other health care REMFs, as well as a couple of French-Canadian GP's. These, other than elements of a common written language, have nothing at all in common with the neurologists, ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, vascular specialists, ORLs, pneumologists, urologists, dermatologists and orthopaedic surgeons who happen to share their demographic. For one thing, they, like the public transit service workers and the Quebec civil service as a whole, are almost universally recruited from the Greater Gaspésie region of Quebec. The Quebec French word for "Deliverance country" is Gaspésie, the difference being, if we use a guitar analogy, the banjo boy of Deliverance is Lisa Kudrow's "Phoebe" from Friends, while the banjo boys of Gaspésie are George "Mr Scary" Lynch, Kirk Hammett, K.K. Downing, Glen Tipton, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith all rolled into one. Ask a Gaspésie banjo player, even a GP whose name ends in "MD," about the key moments of francophone history that are Bir Hakeim and Dien Bien Phu, and they will say, in their savage butchery of the French language, "Bir Hakeim is an optometrist and Dien Bien Phu is a pharmacist."
Let me illustrate the difference.
Below is a neurosurgeon who happens to be the current Premier of Quebec.
Below, from 0.25 onwards, are two Gaspésians speaking as they normally do
It is all about behaviour. One can choose to be civilised, as in the case of the neurosurgeon, or one can choose to remain an ape, as in the second video above. The exact same thing holds true for Canada outside of Quebec.
Below, from 2.20 onwards is an English-Canadian man who chose the path of civilisation
and below are English-Canadians who are content to remain Canada's answer to Council Estate Dwellers
Like I said, it is all about the behaviour and not the demographic. Demographic is not a choice. Behaviour is.
Accent is behaviour, since accent is a matter of choice. It is not just me who says this. This Harvard Business Review article on "Global Teams" specifically suggests "use fewer idioms, slang terms and cultural references"--i.e., do not go out of your way to sound like Dick Coughlan, Kevin Logan and the rest of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, do not go out of your way to sound like Larry the Cable Guy, do not go out of your way to sound like the Trailer Park Bhoys or Michael Hogan, do not go out of your way to sound like a Gaspésian--but do go out of your way to sound like Wooly and Brooke, Jordan Owen, JJ Talkz, Jonathan Frid, and Sir Kenneth Branagh--i.e. do go out of your way to speak without an accent. The Anglo-German gentleman in the SST demonstrates that this is entirely doable. This Anglo-German gentleman comes from the former DDR, better known as rump Prussia and Saxony. He is a North German. North Germans, unlike Bavarians, are notorious for being soft-spoken and difficult to understand. Geli Merkel is an egregious example (if it was not for the papers, I would not know of her lust for launching Generalplan Ost II against President Putin) as is Viktor Lutze. By contrast, the Anglo-German gentleman cited a bit of Kafka in the SST without being a Merkel/Lutze-like slob. He chose to speak so he could be understood, just as his fellow North German Thomas Kretschmann does in The Pianist and just like Mr. Kretschmann and fellow North German actors Christian Berkel and Justus von Dohnányi (grandson of the murdered anti-Hitler resister Hans von Dohnányi) do in Der Untergang. The Anglo-German gentleman of the SST and Messrs Kretschmann, Berkel and von Dohnányi respect their audience, and people as a whole, enough to make themselves generally understandable, unlike those disgusting slobs Merkel and Lutze. The former four gentlemen choose to behave in a civilised manner. Merkel does not and Lutze did not, despite sharing a demographic with the former four gentlemen.
Again, behaviour trumps demographics. You cannot do anything about the demographic you were born into. You absolutely can, however, control your behaviour so that you are seen as being more than your demographic.
A couple of final odds and ends regarding the Internalised Misogyny stream. Wooly said something to the effect that it is not worth voting in Federal elections in Quebec because most Quebec voters vote for the Parti Quebecois, which is a marginal party federally. The stated facts of this reasoning are in error. The federal-level separatist party is the Bloc Quebecois, and, of Quebec's 78 seats in the federal Parliament, they only hold 10 as of the last election, most of the Quebec seats (40) being held by the centrist Liberals. The Parti Quebecois is the provincial party, and they only hold 29 out of 125 seats in the Quebec National Assembly, the majority of the Assembly's seats (71) also being held by the centrist provincial Liberals. As a matter of interest, 20 of the Quebec National Assembly's seats are held by the pro-business CAQ led by Francois Legault who, like Canadian Donald Trump wannabe Kevin O'Leary, ripped off all his ideas from Ayn Rand, but pisses away any credibility he might have had by channeling Gordon Gecko whenever in front of a camera and/or microphone.
Speaking of Trump, I agree with Babbling Brooke's assessment of Ted Cruz as being the best current candidate. I am not a fan of Trump's association with Sinn Fein/IRA. More presently dangerously, both Hilary Clinton and Marco Rubio are taking their orders from the Wolfowitz/National Endowment For Democracy mob whose hobbyist war killed over 4,000 Americans in Iraq and that killed over 2,000 Americans in Afghanistan.
Wow! That was a mouthful! Then again, Wooly, Brooke and all the SSTers are such awesome people that they inspire.