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  1. Jorge
    Jorge December 30, 2018 4:46 am

    “But what is it with the powerful always wanting their own privacy while thinking the hoi palloi deserve none? How do they live with themselves?”

    It really is very simple. They do not see us as people. From the founding of the very first states the elites have viewed all the populations under their control be they grains, livestock or human, as property for them to use and dispose of as they see fit.

    We and the other things they own are supposed to serve them. Not cause inconvenience.

  2. Joel
    Joel December 30, 2018 4:55 am

    “We’re too white to be outraged over anything “ is perhaps the most hilarious thing I’ll read today, as well as possibly the most self-aware thing these pampered idiots have ever done. So kudos to them, I guess.

    In regard to Kerry’s imperiled estates in France, do you suppose it’s possible that they can genuinely convince themselves that they’re so special, superior and important to the welfare of the world that separate rules should apply? Or is it as cynical as it appears? “Terrorism concerns,” forsooth. Even here in the American desert it’s been clear for years that the French hoi polloi have plenty of legitimate terrorism concerns, but the powers that be think it best to leave them helpless. Why is Kerry’s cousin so much more important?

  3. James
    James December 30, 2018 5:26 am

    Why is Kerry’s cousin so much more important?

    Joel, I think you answered your own question, in your previous comment. He’s a people; we’re not. QED.

  4. MacGhil
    MacGhil December 30, 2018 11:15 am

    The Science of Dreaming was fascinating. Always enjoy your links, thanks!

    Related, hope you like Cormac McCarthy’s first non-fiction piece, “The Kekulé Problem.”

    “Of the known characteristics of the unconscious its persistence is among the most notable. Everyone is familiar with repetitive dreams. Here the unconscious may well be imagined to have more than one voice: He’s not getting it, is he? No. He’s pretty thick. What do you want to do? I dont know. Do you want to try using his mother? His mother is dead. What difference does that make?

    What is at work here? And how does the unconscious know we’re not getting it? What doesnt it know? It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the unconscious is laboring under a moral compulsion to educate us. (Moral compulsion? Is he serious?)”


    (We have literally been waiting for years for his Sci-Fi novel The Passenger to be done – .)

    Happy New Year to all!

  5. Claire
    Claire December 30, 2018 1:16 pm

    MacGhil — “the unconscious is a machine for operating an animal.”

    I love it! That’s an article to read at leisure.

    Happy New Year to you, too!

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 31, 2018 9:54 am

    ……What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of “Dr. Pimple Popper.”

    This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo closeup videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, “Who on Earth would voluntarily watch that?” The answer, in 2018, was: MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. That is the state of our culture. We can only imagine what new reality shows lie ahead. We would not rule out “Dr. Butt Wiper,” or “People Blow Their Noses Directly Onto The Camera Lens.”

    Is there anything good we can say about 2018? Only this: It got us out of 2017…..

    IMHO 2019 may make 2018 look pretty good, Happy New Years everyone!

  7. Claire
    Claire December 31, 2018 11:02 am

    We would not rule out “Dr. Butt Wiper,” or “People Blow Their Noses Directly Onto The Camera Lens.”

    And let’s not forget the eventual grand premier of “Ow, My Balls!”

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