Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Guardian Thinks Thomas the Train is Hitler Training

How can one parody progressives? They are upset over microaggressions, make up privileges yet want to start World War Three over gays? Wait, is it to boost GDP Professor Krugman? They are now calling Thomas the Tank Engine subversive.

Tracy Van Slyke (man or woman, could be either with the faggy way Brits are with naming boys) takes the quitting of the lead voice actor as an opportunity to slam Thomas for sexism, classism, colonialism, racism and the banquet of progressive shibboleths. All those complaints are retarded yet easily anticipated if one reduces progs to cartoon characters themselves. This is a kids' show, but if you're reading into it this much how about you get some facts straight.

If you're paying attention, you'd not call Sir Toppam Hatt a "Monopoly Dictator" who orders them around regardless of the trains' plans. He OWNS THE RAILWAY. It is his business. He is the CEO. The trains are capital equipment that he owns and can use as he sees fit. They still have human conductors. The man has made a lot of capital investments on that island: search + rescue center, reopening thordersel to Misty Island, the Steamworks refurbishing but nooooo Tracy sees a dictator. It's called being a long term thinking businessman. Not all of us can write idiotic articles for money from the Guardian. Didnt you pay attention that super parent? Too busy looking for gender stereotypes.

As far as colonialism elements, Sodor is a timeless place because the books were written decades ago and cover the period when steam locomotives were being replaced by diesels. Do you know history? Early 20th Century was when you Brits ran the world instead of being America's province for bad and/or gay guys in action films. Did you notice the plethora of black and Asian faces making up the citizens of Sodor? Nah, forget that anachronism. Diversity = good for fools like Tracy.

This type of writing is terrible. Not just for content but that someone writes it and os not embarrassed by it. Tracy should feel ashamed. Your brain was wasted on looking for the evil, subversive messages in a children's cartoon and THAT IS YOUR JOB. This blog is my fun release. The evil messages are teamwork, following orders, being productive and dependable, being normal and being a good friend. Let's scrap that for toddlers and just teach them to be unreliable selfish genderless fuckwits who don't listen to anyone. They'll be just the perfect type to take care of Tracy in a nursing home.

India the Weak BRIC Link, Worried for Modi

The BRICs have their development bank, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says it can grow into a political alliance to reform the international monetary system. I do agree with that. If they expect it to grow beyond that into a new political order, there might be problems simply due to leading members. I have no doubt Russia and China could link and act as anchors regionally to pull in clients. I do doubt the others, including India. Modi has his hands full creating a bureaucracy that matches what he wants to do. I wish him luck but warn him that Nixon ran into civil service problems. India is the most cabal or prog infected of the BRIC leadership.

Worrying signs for anyone who wants to see Modi succeed have to be the fact that while Modi and his party campaigned on massaging the gold import duty, it is untouched in the new budget. Another worrying sign has to be the gold announcement. See, India is going to exchange "old, impure gold" for newer, better gold.
When the standardization operation was over, the new gold acquired will be delivered to its overseas custodian, the Bank of England. The entire exercise will take place through book entry and without any cash exchanging hands, sources said.

This would mean the Indians are going to entrust their gold to the same cronies that the Germans have been trying to get their gold from. The Austrians are nervous enough about their gold in England that they are going to audit their holdings. The Austrians want to verify that is exists, while the Indians are going to send their gold over there without worries. That gold is going to disappear.

Did Modi have any control over that? Probably not. That's the problem. India is the world's biggest democracy. No one ever says most efficient, best run or least corrupt. India has a civil service known for mountains of old files and magnificent golf handicaps. India is not China and it is not Russia, and therein lies the systemic problem. Modi has to worry about elections and parliamentary methods. He has to deal with a free press and NGOs. If the state or political machinery were more like Russia or China, I'd have more faith that Modi will reform, renew and move things rightward. The British communist Harold Laski did not spend years influencing the men who would build the Indian system to see it not be a tremendous and enduring piece of socialist machinery. Good luck Modi.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The BRICs Bank + Dollar Decline

Brick by brick the Russia-China axis is building their non-dollar financial system. The announcement of a neutral rating agency was one such brick. Two much larger bricks are the recent moves to set into motion the BRICS Development Bank starting with the $100 billion dollar reserve arrangement. These are direct competitors to the dollar system's infrastructure and are signs of the Russian-Chinese wooing of the rest of the world away from the USG leviathan.

The BDB will act similar to the World Bank, offering financing for development deals around the globe. The bank could end up as jackal infested as the World Bank, but at present, only has to act incorruptible early on to wound the USG. Deals for infrastructure, energy, minerals and actual production not aligned with Wall Street or DC is non-casino capitalism. No political strings attached if Xi's prior speeches about respecting the different government systems of different nations is correct. As proof, Xi and China are not forcing democracy and the progressive buffet on Africa. This BDB starts small but is expected to grow to $350 billion in a few years. Those dollar hoards will go to work in something other than ZIRP T-bills.

The contingent reserve arrangement is more like the IMF and seems to involve currency swaps. Those are important as the FED's currency swaps in 2008 are what kept Europe from imploding. Currently, Argentina is in a fight with vulture funds over debt. How appealing does this BRIC system appear right now? I left off the 'S' for South Africa because South Africa is in such poor shape that the Russians are helping with electrical projects and the Chinese are coming with money because of all of the wonderful natural resources they still need. Loans and development aid with no questions asked about domestic policies, just keep the natural resources flowing. Potential client states will still have a patron, but the patron will not be those damn yanquis!

In a well timed move with these financial infrastructure pieces, Putin and Xi are both traveling around Latin America. Putin wrote off billions in Cuban debt, and talked to Uruguay's president about construction of a deep water port. Xi visited Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, which covers the big players and oil producers for South America. This is in the Monroe Doctrine backyard of the US, not the Middle East or Southeast Asia. It is also a receptive audience. Playing off of Uncle Sam has always benefited South American politicians in their home countries. Peron did this a bit too forcefully for Argentina decades ago. That was when the US ruled the global system at the peak of Empire. There are new rules to the game now.

Sticking it to the USG with a financial switch would be an approved jab in the eye. With the Middle East and Ukraine in flames due to US and its aligned clients meddling, leaving the USG orbit has to appear the safer choice. Be warned Latin leaders, the Ukrainians thought they could sign one economic deal and not feel the wrath. Before switching your financial patron, be sure to kick out all NGOs, US state department employees and anyone who cashes checks from George Soros.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Frozen Isn't Pro-gay, It's Pro-love

Finally got conned into watching Frozen. It had been such a delay from release to seeing it that the societal jibber jabber massaged my expectations. I expected it to be super gay. I expected it to be super girl power. Frozen was popcorn fluff, but enjoyable. My son liked it in the theater with his grandparents, but that might have had more to do with the theater experience, candy and popcorn. He was not as into it at home. It is just a slightly more musical Disney cartoon movie that focuses on the triumph of familial love, choosing love over logical lists for relationships and loving yourself. All you need is love. Love is the answer. What the world needs now is love. It's a cartoon, let's relax people.

If the gays saw into this as a coming out tale or the big song "Let It Go" being about coming out, holy shit have the gays taken over from the blacks the title for most narcissistic group in America. It is a song for kids and tweens about growing up and being your own person. All people go through this, not just gays wrestling with their sexuality and coming out. Gays relax. Christians relax, too. You fall right into the media's trap. One idiot pastor states it is a secret gay film, and that allows the media to discuss it as that and mention that Christians are crazy. Christians, my advice to you is the next time you suspect this, wait for the gays to move first. Then perform verbal jiu jitsu on them. "What? You think this is about being gay? It's a kids' movie. It's about two sisters. It's about growing up. Not everything is about you, grow up a bit. What kind of creep thinks a kids movie is secretly about lesbianism?" That really is the sad thing about 21st century America. We have a movie that turns a fairy tale into a movie about the strength of sisterly love, and the sides of the cultural war have to draw battle lines. If a teen got in any trouble, my money is on their sibling and parents desperately going to find them. Not a prince on horseback or loner, "walk the earth" kung fu master. I also saw Elsa work her walk as she embraced her Snow Queen abilities; no lesbian walks that hip-swingingly sexy.

Another blogger,
Jim, provided an interesting take on it, but really my sympathies align with comments made by "Handle". Hey Jim, the reindeer did not talk. Jim strikes the alpha-beta split straight out of the manosphere book. In reality, the movie sends the message "pick love". Wait for the intangible, and do not let other people make decisions for you. There is a bit of class battles here as the handsome prince with the well proportioned nose, strength and smarts is to be shunned, while the rough around the edges but fixer upper lone wolf of the tundra is to be chosen because he is a romantic match. The little male personality contrast reminded me more of the love triangle of Kirstie Alley with Sam Malone and Robin the rich Brit. Robin was a handsome alpha in the hard qualities with actual wealth, social status and traditional sense of manners, intelligence and properness. Sammy was a soft, charismatic handsome alpha; a smooth talking, suave ladies man. This is a modern day kids film so of course the rich guy is the evil one. The rich guy in Frozen has his minions to help brutally solve a problem while the lone wolf ice seller has an animal he treats like a human friend and has to think on his feet to solve crises. Rich people are evil!

I'm pro-Frozen and if for only one reason: it portrays familial bonds in a positive light. Look at Hollywood mock the nuclear family, forever pushing blended families and mish-mash families as more real. The concept of your friends being your family is something that really gained steam with the show Friends. They all came from dysfunctional families and found comfort and surrogate family members in that friend circle. Frozen focuses on the two sisters. It also ends an act reviews do not fully discuss. Anna does not just turn to ice to block an attack on her sister. To save a sister that has ruined the kingdom in eternal winter and exhibited irrational behavior unleashing evil winter powers randomly, Anna kills herself, smartly using her confused slightly mean sister by turning into ice. Anna acts in a way that your life is so precious to me that I will give up mine for you. That is the love that you wish for everyone who has a family. It is sacrifice. In a narcissistic society like ours, that is a message I can applaud.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NBA Take Note You Can't Run A Sport Like Hollywood

The music industry has been slowly dying. It is not just sales, but actual effects and stature. Fragmentation killed it. Sports on the other hand, besides football, are suffering as well. Baseball attendance is even down, and ratings are down. The NBA crows about a recent upswing yet is still not near the '90s peak. The story is the same for the NHL. Atomization, diversity and commercialization have hurt sports, but another problem was the attempt to market sports as entertainment in the manner of Hollywood.

Hollywood's system was built by Lew Wasserman. Connected to mobsters, he could get union help when needed, but he saw the importance of controlling the "talent". The talent drove box office receipts, which pre-VHS era was the means of making money. Wasserman's system lasted decades, but the idea still lives on that the star puts butts in the seats. Sports sadly copied this, but did not have the vision or experience of Hollywood. The star system can pull in marginal fans for ratings, but team loyalty is still the real driver. No sport has suffered from this more than the NBA. The NBA was the late comer to the sports media push with Finals games still on tape delay even in 1980 compared to mega World Series network ratings and the Super Bowl. The fatal flaw the NBA made was making the league all about Jordan in the '90s.

Jordan never losing a Finals hurt because he never had a rival or someone the league could market as an equal. Without that rival, the marketing was all about Jordan doing the amazing to win, again. The problem came when the music stopped. The search for the "next Jordan" became so pathetic that children could see the blatant pushing. The NBA has not reached Jordan ratings since his departure despite having the ESPN hype machine as its marketing arm for a decade and big market teams in Finals. The fact that the NBA has more publicity amd talk around where Lebron amd Carmelo will go in free agency than the actual playoffs (which had some great games) is a symptom of the league being a soap opera more than a sport.

Sports cannot be run like the movies and television. Different audiences, and sports fans will not tune in for a third rate product unlike "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" or the Bruckheimer-Bay movies. Whether the collegiate alma mater feeling, the family connections of who taught you how to play the game or simply hometown loyalty, sports are more tribal. Yes, fans cheer for the clothing as Jerry Seinfeld put it, but that laundry comes with history. Pittsburgh Steelers fans will always talk defense. Yankees fans believe in mystique and aura. The Packers are just a small town multimillion dollar business. That's what sports are built on. Building a sport on a handful semi-literate criminals is no way of running a sport, let alone a business.

*** If you dislike the sports posts, my apologies, but my Monday-Tuesday posts usually are linked by subject. Go back and see the pattern.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Soccer Will Grow Its Niche in America

Soccer is a niche sport in America. Always will be. That is okay because outside football, all sports are niche sports. College will always draw some fans from supporting the professionals because "it's not about the money" cliches. The size of the niche is what matters. Soccer can progress to a spot higher than even hockey and basketball. Baseball has a middle to upper white-asian and all hispanics niche. Basketball is a blacks and very few whites niche. Hockey is for whites on northern states. Tennis and golf are for upper middle and higher class Americans. Soccer can ride a nice wave to a larger niche.

If trends continue changes in American demographics will help soccer. A larger hispanic population will create new soccer viewers. Unlike the Democrats, soccer's hope is not all on hispanic wombs. Soccer can benefit from the current media scare about football related head injuries. Middle class white moms can guide their tots towards soccer and not football. Like all competitive endeavours, pro sports are a giant funnel with filters. More bodies helps regardless. The other benefit is a weird one. Soccer is a low equipment cost but large space needed sport. The suburbs and rural areas that are mostly white and hispanic and may soonbe filled with poor people will be fertile ground for soccer.

The massive draw for strategizing parents is that soccer stars do not look roided up nor are 300 pounds nor all over six feet tall. The premium for height in the NBA eliminates millions. Kid is not going to be 300 pounds? Forget being a lineman in football. A shorter guy like Lionel Messi or Wayne Rooney can be a megastar. Allen Iverson was short for the NBA, and he was still 6'0". These soccer players are gifted natural athletes but look human and are immensely skilled. It is appealing to parents and to fans. How many fans talk quietly about how X player wouldn't be on the court if he was not 7 feet tall or ran a 4.4 40? Plenty. Does that happen in soccer?

The fan piece gets a bump from normal looking players. The other big fan piece that never was a factor in decades of old is each match is ninety minutes without commercials. Modern sports have so many commercials that it is annoying and breaks up the game (baseball excluded because inning breaks). Soccer is commercial-less, which is appealing. There are no viagra advertisements to roll your eyes at nor truck ads to break up the game itself.

Trends have to hold, but the trends look good for soccer. Soccer is a darling of the SWPL set, so any growth will be trumpeted. The NHL sells more tickets to games than the NBA, but ESPN/ABC paid big money for NBA playoff broadcasting rights so you will never hear about it. Soccer may have a slow path to a perch in the basketball-hockey realm, but it's destiny is there. With the World Cup, soccer has an Olympics style plug every four years. Given a global promotional vehicle like that, the mandarins of marketing and American soccer can carve out a space in the American entertainment sphere for the game that thinks it should be called football.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Soothing Serax

What a wonderful advertisement. The image is fantastic. Geared to the therapist, look at that poor woman. Don't you want to help her??? She looks sad. Her hand is at her mouth possibly nibbling on nails. She has a lot of housework. The demands of motherhood are too much. She is a prisoner of her situation. Just look at those bars. You can't set her free, but you can get her high.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Turtledove is an Idiot, a Failed American Revolution

The Atlantic had a little blurb this last weekend about a historical what if. The what if involved the American Revolution, and they brought in Harry Turtledove to talk about what if the American Revolution had failed. It was a nice way for him to pimp his book, The Two Georges (and another crappy book), and speak in happy tones about the positives. His book, co-authored by Richard Dreyfuss, is quirky with an alternate timeline director of the North American Union of Martin Luther King. I will stop as it is popcorn film quality in paperback form. For a media entity so in touch with diversity, it is interesting that The Atlantic did not ponder the diversity of the colonies around 1776. What could have happened had the revolution failed and simply been a rebellion?

Let us leave out foreign consequences (French Revolution, Australia/New Zealand development, etc.) with one exception. The Louisiana Purchase would still have happened because while not as horribly in debt, the Bourbons would still have needed to raise cash to pay off their considerable debts to stave off the Revolution. Do readers honestly think the British would have treated every colony the same? Are modern people that ignorant of American history? I shouldn't ask that. Yes they are. We are 10 years from American children thinking Louie Armstrong was the first man on the moon, inspiring him to write "What a Wonderful World".

First and foremost, leading lights of the rebellion would have been hung from trees as a warning. Enough would have been killed to cower the others in fear. A redistribution of the land of leading rebels would have created a nice, new client class of leaders for the monarchy to use for local support in the colonial administration. It was a favorite of monarchs in feudal times: kill off or ruin 'other' elites and replace them with your hand picked elites. Tories and loyalists of all stripes would have enacted revenge on those patriots suddenly in the lurch who had been suppressing and harassing them in the run up and during the revolution. The merchant class that leaned loyalist would have stuck around, possibly leading to actual class split along the British system of high-middle-low.

To wonder if the US would have been like Canada is an insult to the colonies. They were not one unit. That would not be settled until the Civil War. The British handled different parts of the Empire in different ways, and the Atlantic coast would have been a hodgepodge of administration. The southern colonies had far more loyalists, the Cavalier effect, and would have been treated better than the north. The mid-Atlantic would have seen an elite house cleaning. New England probably would have been handled like another hot spot in the Empire: Ireland. Massachusetts would have been on lock down. If anything, Massachusetts would have served as a warning to the other colonies.

Development would be slightly different because without Alexander Hamilton there to reorganize finances and suppport stealing manufacturing technology, the US may have remained a commodities powerhouse for decades (think pre-1912 Argentina). Manifest Destiny still happens, Indians still die, the Brits do not stop immigration, and slavery ends with a massive buyout. Abolition itself may have progressed slower since the war and later competition with southern commodity input pricing helped push British policymakers down the abolition path.

Would refional identities harden if provinces developed out of the colonies? Most likely. Those identities are alive today. It would have also benefited the crown. No American colossus would rise. Eventually provinces would declare independence, but their money would display British monarchs. Without a doubt, the Crown would play regions off one another to ensure another rebellion never happened.