Twitter annoyance

I haven’t heard anyone specifically mention this, but it is quite an annoying issue I have noticed with twitter. I will be looking at a tweet I find interesting, and before I have a chance to commit to clicking on a link and/or retweeting the whole tweet (or right before/during the point when I am trying to interact with it), it just completely disappears off the screen. Ostensibly because the app has updated to more recent tweets. Sometimes I am able to locate it again, although this always takes a great deal of effort. Other times no amount of effort pays off and it apparently disappears into the ether. This happens all the time, at least when using the phone app. Clearly this updating nonsense that makes whatever you are actually trying to look at disappear is less than stellar for the user experience. Updating the displayed tweets should, in my opinion, require some sort of input from the user before taking place. It also seems like something ripe for abuse for things twitter decides shouldn’t be seen.

Today I was particularly annoyed because someone had made an intriguing image clearly demonstrating the hypocrisy of the Washington post and specifically a Chris Cilliza which disappeared when I tried to retweet. A few days ago this “journalist” wrote a column saying everyone needed to stop talking about Hillary’s health. Then today admits that maybe it is a real concern after all. I tried to find this image again by scrolling up and down the recent traffic but it was gone, gone, gone. I decided I would remake a very similar image myself just so I would have the opportunity to share some version of it:

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Even more strange was that instead of retweeting my intended target, this tweet by Benjamin Netanyahu got showed up and was retweeted instead. Nothing particularly outstanding about this tweet, but I must say it is a very, very odd thing for that particular thing to be retweeted instead of the one abut blatant hypocrisy of the Washington post with respect to Hillary’s health and candidacy. And to describe this in more detail, there was literally zero time between when I clicked the retweet button and the intended target was replaced by this. I tapped my finger down when it was the Washington post image, and by the time my finger was lifted it was the Netanyahu tweet.

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Hillary’s health and an update on the University of Missouri

A quick post for today. Hillary’s health has been a topic of some controversy over the last few weeks and wikileaks recently released an email showing research by Clinton staff into a drug used for parkinson’s disease. I suppose that could be a likely explanation for some of the odd behavior seen in some videos of her giving speeches or in other public appearances. Mike Cernovich gives a well researched timeline with links of the chatter on her health. Below is a video of Hillary’s head bobbing:

Here is a video of Michael J. Fox giving an interview and talking about his experience dealing with Parkingson’s

Seems pretty similar to me. In related news, CNN canceled the show of a doctor for conceding that Hillary probably is having health issues. That is no beuno at the Clinton News Network. I think he should be added to the pressured and purged list, although I don’t think handle is actually maintaining it anymore.  The ending of this show definitely seems like the cathedral in action.

I suppose it is possible that this drug was only for “decision fatigue,” or whatever other “illness” democrats want to make up, but it really doesn’t look good for Hillary, or the MSM for denying it for so long.

Moving on. Last year I wrote an article comparing the satirical movie PCU to the events unfolding at the University of Missouri. Thanks to its pandering to blacks then, the University of Missouri was hit pretty hard in the wallet this semester. The freshmen enrollment at their flagship campus went down by around 25% or 2600 students compared to the previous year which is expected to cause a 32 million dollar shortfall in lost tuition. Staying politically correct can be quite expensive it seems! I wonder if any other schools are taking note? I included the description of what supposedly started the protests below (spoiler alert, it is really stupid, and involves literal shitposting). You can read the full PCU article here.

There were supposedly two big triggers, although I have to admit it is convoluted and different articles say different things. In one that I have seen, some black guy got mad because allegedly someone yelled “nigger” at him while driving by in a truck. I actually sympathize with him. I really do. I once had some asshole in a truck pass as fast and as close as he could while I was riding a bike and the passenger screamed out his window right as they passed me. I nearly had a heart attack. That was, after all, extremely dangerous for me if I had fallen or he had hit me. As in real danger, unlike someone yelling nigger but doing nothing else otherwise… He then got stopped ahead at a light, though, and I broke his mirror off as I myself ran the light and went on a trail next to the road in some woods where they couldn’t follow in the truck and wouldn’t keep up without a bike of their own. It was a nice revenge, and I don’t feel bad about it. What I am trying to say here is that I know what it is like to be the recipient of grief from an obnoxious asshole in a truck and can even understand why this guy would be mad. However, I can tell the difference between a singular asshole in a truck who needs an ass-kicking (or just ignoring) from a society wide problem of discrimination warranting protests, hunger strikes, and university president resignations. [People do protest for more bike friendly regulations etc, and I have never taken part in such a demonstration]

The other important incident is something I would expect from the onion. Apparently an unknown person went into a unisex bathroom at one of the dorms, shat on the floor, smeared shit all over the walls and door handle, then as a cherry on top (poorly) drew a swastika with their own poop:

Mizzou shit swastika cropped

I am not going to lie. When I first read about this, I laughed. I don’t mean a mild chuckle either, I mean a deep gut laugh that carried on for some minutes. I find this hilarious. Not so much that poop was spread along the walls (which is pretty immature), but the fact that thousands of people have completely gone ape-shit (chimped-out?) over poop on the walls. Like, how is this the reality we live in? How is it people don’t just step back and think “we are talking about poop on the walls, maybe we shouldn’t take this or ourselves so seriously?”

Now, this could have been a false flag where some deranged SJW carries out crimes in an effort to stir up a hornet’s nest of other SJWS, like with the “black church burnings” also happening in Missouri and which probably has contributed to the current growing craziness. Or the fake “confirmed KKK presence” also part of the absurd events going on at Mizzou. As detailed in the previous church burning link, it turns out that a black man was pretending to be a racist white burning churches because he just wants to stir up shit I guess (that is, he wanted to generally increase racial animosity). Of course, I doubt there was any reflection to strike the burnings off the list of white “crimes” after the truth was revealed. That doesn’t fit the desired narrative after all.

As far as the poop swastika goes, this is what I believe happened assuming it wasn’t a false flag. Someone, probably male between the ages of 18 and 21, got drunk and/or high, came back to the dorms late and had to take a shit. He was feeling mad or mischievous or antisocial or something and decided to make a big mess. He then proceeded to shit on the floor. Or perhaps he was so messed up he just shit on the floor for drunk reasons with no particular purpose [it happens…] then decided “I went that far, might as well roll with it. It gives me some ‘good’ ideas….” He then proceeded to spread the shit everywhere and thought it would be funny to make a swastika while he was at it. The only purpose behind his actions were to make people mad and disgust them by breaking taboos so why not? (I seriously, seriously doubt a real Nazi would use shit as his artistic medium) He was after entertainment rather than interested in making a point, as most trolls are. Well, I doubt he expected his shit trolling to escalate into world wide media coverage. Who would? Somewhere there is a poop brigader going “oh shit, my shit really caused a shit storm.” No troll could possibly imagine their extremely intoxicated decision to draw a poop swastika would result in weeks of protests, a hunger strike, complete stifling of free speech, and high ranking university officials resigning. Who would expect that level of over-reaction to some poop spread on the walls of a dorm? As cynical as I am about leftists and how crazy they are, even I wouldn’t have guessed that.

 

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Kami, The HIV Muppet

I was recently browsing a subreddit I just discovered called /r/bertstrips. It seems that the focus is to have screen shots of sesame street and to caption them with racist, inappropriate, malicious, or otherwise mean intentions of the characters. Some of them are pretty funny. Well, I found one posted featuring Kami, the HIV muppet:

R1sEOLKNow, many of the characters are given perverse or otherwise degenerate attitudes, beliefs, and preferences in the comics which are not present in the show. I expected this to be just another example of artistic license on the part of comic makers. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Kami, the HIV Muppet is a real character that is really depicted on the show as having HIV and debuted way back in 2002. Not only that, but prominent celebrities and political leaders have made appearances with the HIV muppet including former president Bill Clinton, Laura Bush (ok, not a political leader but close enough), Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey. See previous link. Apparently Kami is a “bipartisan” supported character in that both cuckservatives and liberals are in favor and supportive of it and have made appearances with it. You can see a video clip of Bill Clinton with the HIV muppet below:

I found the concept of the HIV Muppet to be absolutely astounding. HIV is a serious disease and should never be taken lightly. While it is true that merely touching a HIV+ person will not result in a transfer of the disease, you would be at quite a high risk should they get injured and start bleeding. High enough that you need to take substantial precautions against becoming infected yourself. Young children (3-7) who would watch sesame street could not really be expected to suddenly recognize the extreme risk should a HIV positive person start bleeding and the risk of transmission experience a large spike. Normalizing and downplaying HIV to children is so irresponsible I can’t even fathom it. If you go back to that reddit comment thread, you will see that most of the commenters there had exactly the same reaction I did. First, complete surprise the character exists at all, then disgust and abhorrence at the sadistic irresponsibility of its creation and promotion. It takes a lot to disgust the kind of community which enjoys bertstrips; leave it to leftists.

Moreover, this character was originally and/or mainly intended for a South African audience where around 1 in 9 people is infected with the disease. I try to avoid conspiracies, but if my main concern was population control in Africa, Kami is exactly the kind of character I would create. Normalize and trivialize HIV to African children so that you can boost infection rates and subsequently lower the population. Of course, it could just be a typical example of the leftist tendency for feelz before realz. To them, the most important thing is people’s emotions. Legitimate and medically necessary precautions are, to them, invalidated if it happens to make someone feel bad.

Intentional or not, if I were a black South African (the target group with the highest HIV rate) I would be hopping mad that this propaganda is going on. Instead of advocating sensible precautions, that population (and very specifically children!) is being encouraged to increase contact with HIV infected persons as much as possible. If blacks still think that the liberal elite is their ally, the creation, use, and promotion by prominent personalities of this character should cure them of that delusion. It won’t, but it should.

Of course, this is not the first nor will it be the last time cultural Marxists attempt to normalize HIV to save the feelings of the few at the cost of increasing the risk to the many. Recently there was the controversy about allowing gay men to donate blood. In the west, gay men are the main carriers of the disease and have substantially greater infection rates than the rest of the population. Banning them from giving blood is a simple and straightforward precaution. Yet, that may hurt gay men’s feelings so leftists rally against it. Unsurprisingly, much of this nonsense protesting takes place at universities. (I didn’t make a big deal about Kami being female because the main audience is South Africa, where infection patterns are more gender balanced, mainly as a result of the African inclination for heterosexual anal sex. However, having her be female in the West makes little sense because it is very much a disease that mostly affects gay men.)

In addition, most states in the US have, in my opinion, a completely lax attitude to HIV+ health workers. Were I running things no one with HIV would be allowed to work in the health care field at all, and probably others as well. Health care workers and patients are both commonly exposed to sharp objects such as needles and scaples that can and do create wounds to facilitate transmission of the disease. In reality testing workers is on a voluntary basis and even knowing a worker is HIV positive is not grounds for dismissal. According to the CDC, there have been 58 confirmed and 150 possible cases of transmission of HIV from an infected health worker to a patient. It says in the last link that there has been only one confirmed case since 1999. Nice try, but reporting cases of HIV transmission from a healthcare worker to a patient is voluntary. Translation: Progs are almost certainly obfuscating the issue by not reporting it when they discover it has happened because they care more about the feelings of gays than they do about the general health of the population. The feds are encouraging them in this by intentionally keeping reporting voluntary. I would be willing to bet a million dollars that there have been quite a few more cases than 1 since 1999, but of course no sensible person would bet against me because that would just be stupid.

 

 

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The Silver Lining of the Ebola Outbreak

Before I begin with the main topic of this post, I want to write a disclaimer. The Ebola outbreak constitutes a horrible tragedy and I think it is in everyone’s interest that no expense be spared by wealthy governments around the world in attempting to contain the outbreak and reduce the number of casualties in Africa or elsewhere. As a rule, I am opposed to foreign aide for a variety of reasons, not least because it distorts the markets in the recipient countries and makes it harder for local workers. However, the Ebola outbreak is an exceptional case. The risk of a worldwide pandemic is not negligible and the consequences for it getting out of control are immense. Therefore it is actually in everyone’s interest to contain the outbreak and cooperation makes sense. Richer countries should spare no expense fighting it and should not expect for the recipient countries to give anything back for the help. After all, they would be spending the money to protect themselves as much as to help the afflicted countries.

That said, there is a cold logic that suggests the outbreak could in the long term have positive benefits to the afflicted countries, though obviously paid for at a terrible cost in human lives and suffering. For a variety of reasons, the disease will disproportionately affect the poor and uneducated relative to the rich and educated:

  1. The rich can afford better care if they do become ill.
  2. The rich can afford to isolate themselves from others both within cities but especially by moving to homes they own in isolated areas.
  3. The educated know how the virus is spread and can behave in ways that directly minimize risk.
  4. The educated will not fall prey to quack cures and preventions of the disease.
  5. The educated wouldn’t break into a quarantine facility and steal bloody blankets and other contagious material to bring back to their slum.

Since intelligence is heritable, and wealth roughly correlates with intelligence, then it can be surmised that a virus that selectively targets the least wealthy (and thus least intelligent) fraction of a population will have a profound positive impact on the average intelligence of the population once everything is said and done. The virus in effect acts as a genetic bottleneck which changes the overall constitution of the current and thus future population. Since the uneducated won’t be around to have more children, a greater percentage of future children must come from the rich and educated which for both genetic and environmental reasons will also be more prone to education and higher socioeconomic status. With a greater percentage of educated people, these countries will likely have greater potential for economic achievement in the future. The economic benefit will probably materialize at least several generations down the road after the direct negative impacts of the virus are overcome.

It has been proposed that this mechanism might be what made both the renaissance and the industrial revolution possible for Europeans. In the case of the renaissance, it was the black death that immediately predated it that selectively killed off the least capable people in European society. Other diseases served the same purpose in British slums for some generations prior to the industrial revolution. It is possible that Ebola could serve as the precursor for an African renaissance.

Beyond increasing the smart fraction of the population, the second effect would result from the overall decrease in the population. When population size suddenly contracts, you also drastically decrease the labor supply. With a smaller supply of labor (which coincidentally happens to be smarter and more productive on average), businesses must offer more competitive salaries and benefits to persuade good employees to work for them instead of someone else. Competition between businesses for good employees puts a lot of bargaining power on the side of labor. So not only do you have greater overall wealth thanks to the increased smart fraction, that wealth also has to be more evenly distributed amongst the population.

At this point, it is too early to tell how bad the epidemic will eventually get. As of writing this post, there is a total of around 3000 confirmed cases and an official death count numbered about 1900. However, it can be expected that the information available seriously underestimates how many cases there are both because of the poor organisation in the African countries and because of the desire of health officials to limit panic. It is my hope that health officials do manage to contain the outbreak and limit further infections and suffering. Achieving the benefits outlined above aren’t worth the tremendous human costs. However, like a hurricane this virus is a force of nature and once it gets out of control (and this seems likely now) there may not be much those officials can do. If so, then the only thing left to do is for individuals to educate themselves on how to avoid infection and look at the silver lining of an event we may have little control over.

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