Monday, January 14, 2019

On Dr. Jordan Peterson: The True And Real Story

He's a con artist.  He's got a book, he's got a speaking tour, and when's he's not flogging the book he's flogging his daughter's all meat diet to get his army of fan-boys Manly for the next battle in the Culture Wars.  Real intellectuals don't do that kind of thing. Yes Ben Shapiro sells diet supplements, but it's not a good look on him either.  He's a con artist too.

And yes Peterson is Far Right as anything,  misogynistic but with other dark stuff thrown in for good measure.  Climate change denial, for example.

But mostly the guy is off-the-hook bonkers.  For example, look at this illustration from Maps of Meaning, his first book:

I mean WTF?  I knew a guy on Vancouver Island who drew shit like this, long ago, usually pictures of the Universe with Him at its center.  You'd see him sometimes walking along the Trans-Canada highway barefoot collecting beer-cans in a sack and yelling at the demon perched on his shoulder.  But these days he could probably score a gig opening for Peterson on a Teenage Republican sponsored tour of U.S. campuses.

And there's more!  Peterson wants everyone to act like Lobsters.  In fact he really, really, really digs lobsters, which are admittedly a most noble crustacean, but he takes it to the point where you gotta wonder.  And he once advocated for "enforced monogamy", which is making woman have sex with men they don't like.  Although this may be less a sign of a mental disturbance than an attempt to advocate on behalf of his fans.

Because his fans tend to be what I call Incel-bertarians.  Libertarians are young men who attempt to ground Conservative political beliefs in Rational Theory; Incels are young men who have given up on relationships and are saving to buy a Sexbot.  Therefore: Incel-bertarian.  See?  So Peterson fans are typically young men who aren't getting laid.  Think college Conservative Club members, or that pysch major who would wander around the University cafeteria with a clip-board trying to get people to take his dumb survey.  I suspect Peterson is just trying to show these guys that he is on their side, maybe score them some nooky.

Anyway, he's nuts.  Its hard to spot from the youtube videos sometimes because he drones on endlessly, and the really far-out bits are hidden in a thick fog of Jungian hoo-hah and exhortations to clean your room and floss.  There is also a cottage industry among his followers devoted to reinterpreting his crazy talk to make it sound normal.  Sometimes he loses a few of them; he did over the enforced monogamy thing.  One or two of his people finally said "Fuck it ole Doc Lobster has gone round the bend this time!".  But there seems to be an endless supply of youthful suckers out there willing to step in and "offer context" (ie blow smoke) whenever their guru spouts off like a loon and then needs a rhetorical smoke screen to retreat behind.

And as for the intellectual underpinnings of the stuff he's peddling...the guy's a fucking psychoanalyst!  I didn't know they still existed!  And its old-school psychoanalysis he's talking, not even the hip kind that Frenchy POMOs like Jacques Lacan spun!  Not that Lacan made it any less Bullshit; never take Life Lessons from people who eat snails.  But the point is when I was young that kind of crap was on its way out! Karl Popper had kicked its ass down the stairs!  But now  I wake up and its like they're playing Grand Funk on the radio again.  I get flashbacks, and not the happy trippy kind either. And I also feel a certain amount of guilt from the situation.  Jordan Peterson is a creature from my time!  Or at least his ideas are.

But he's also got me feeling down in regards to today's youth.  Does nobody read Conjectures and Refutations anymore?  How are these young people falling for such ancient rubbish?  Its a bit like Disco.  My generation fought and bled to destroy Disco and now the Millennials are back listening to Disco, flailing about like fools on the dance floor!

So my feelings are ambiguous.

But probably the worst thing about Peterson is he's a Beardist ...

...meaning he has grown beards and has a favorable opinion of beards and, consciously or not, encourages the maintaining of this disgusting facial hair among his followers.  If I were offering any advice to Peterson fans I would say forget the Feminists, The Cultural Marxists, or cleaning your room.  The worst problem you have is your beard.  Shave the fucking thing.  It doesn't make you manly, it makes you unsanitary.  Scrofulous, in fact.  You don't need one unless you lack a proper chin.  And you're never going to be a Viking; you're going to work for minimum wage in a job that has been deemed too unsafe for the company robots.  That beard might get caught in something and your whole face could get sucked into the machinery. Furthermore,  beards drain testosterone from your nads and blood from your brain, and,  as my mom used to say, beards are what escaped convicts grow to cover identifying facial scars.

It is always correct to despise a bearded man.  We should all face the future clean shaven.

Monday, October 15, 2018

On Stephen Miller and Glue Eating

There has been much ridicule directed at Trump adviser Stephen Miller for an alleged childhood habit of drying glue on his arm, and then eating it .  Obviously, I disagree with the guy's politics but many people don't realize that glue is just full of glucose (sugar), and therefore mildly sweet in flavor.  As for the arm thing, well, it can be prepared in many different ways.

And there is a certain amount of class hate in the criticism.  Most people have no idea what its like to hear their mom say, "The horses didn't pay off this week, kid, so there's no money for noodles.  Here's a bottle of Elmer's multi-purpose.  Just take tiny sips." 

Mind you I hear Miller's folks were loaded, so he clearly has other problems.  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Doug Ford Shits The Bed

And its not just the nation as a whole that thinks he's a right douche-bag.  It's here in Ontario:

Once a star, Doug Ford is now a case.  It happens to all leaders, but as it ever happened as fast??

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Corbella Column Pulled

This morning The Calgary Herald published a story by  Licia Corbella, entitled "Family of jailed Saudi blogger angry over Trudeau".  In it Corbella criticized government's twitter diplomacy efforts in the Raif Badawi case, directly quoting members of the man's family.  As you will note by clicking through the link above, that column is now gone.  Mr. Badawi's wife, in  a series of tweets early this afternoon, called the story "fake news".  Those tweets are also gone, as is all reference to the story in Ms. Corbella's twitter feed.  I contacted The Herald and asked if they had yanked the piece, and they responded as below:

So there appears to have been a severe cock-up on the journalism front by Ms. Corbella, the precise details of which remain obscure.  It wouldn't be the first time.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Life In Scarborough: Gulls Before A Storm

So the wife and I spent our evening  on the balcony of our condo unit drinking a bottle of wine.  We noticed a flock of  gulls in the air, surfing the turbulence in advance of a line of storm clouds.  These were  the same gulls that usually inhabit the roof of a Metro across the parking lot from us, standing in their 100s in the shallow puddles that form after a rain.  Normally you imagine them groundlings, begging for a wedge fry from people going to and from their cars.

But tonight they had all taken to the air. And they were like a mob of kids on their skate-boards.  This was not about looking for a meal.  It was all about skidding sideways like the guys in Tokyo Drift, but through the sky, and diving and darting and pulling a rivals tail-feathers in full flight and swooping low and then sailing 100% vertical on a hot  current.

And their squawking seemed exultant, not at all like the sound they make fighting over the spilled guts of a squirrel someone has run over with their car.

Its nice to watch animals "having fun".  They are always so into it.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Ontario Election Leadership Debate Analysis

I didn't watch it.  I was eating wings in my favorite wings place watching a hockey game.  But I was checking my twitter feed occasionally, and this is what I gleaned from it.

1) Kathleen Wynne's opening pitch speech was good.  Something about yeah you hate me but you like my policies sorry sorry sorry yada yada.  She got a few good jabs in later against Doug Ford.

2) Doug Ford fumbled the Nazi meme thing.  "You are all motherfuckin' Nazis," he said of the NDP.  He also looked "stiff".  Which, if you've ever met the can mistake him for a cardboard cutout of himself.

3) Andrea Horwath didn't say anything worth noting, as far as I can tell.  But she didn't get trapped into anything either.  So for her that's a win.

So maybe a 0-0-0 draw, or  0-0 negative 1 score for Mr. Ford for misplaying the Nazi card.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Doug Ford Shouldn't Let Andrew Lawton Run For PCPO Nomination in London

Andrew Lawton is running for  the Ontario PC party’s nomination in London West.  Doug Ford should not let him.

For many reasons, but this one is my favorite.  Back in 2010 Andrew and some buddies wanted to bring alt-right notable Mark Steyn to London (Ontario).  First to the  University of Western Ontario and then, when that fell through, to the London  Convention Center.  But it all went South on them at the LCC as well, and they blamed Islam.  From Andrew's old blog, which doesn't appear to exist anymore:

“The reason offered by the LCC [in a Tuesday morning phone call] was that they had received pressure from local Islamic groups, and they didn’t want to alienate their Muslim clients. It’s interesting to note that the LCC is owned by the City of London, and is therefore a government operation,” wrote Strictly Right’s Andrew Lawton at the website.

But as I argue here, Andrew's explanation doesn't work.  Basically, the site for Steyn's speech had already changed once, and it would have been impossible for any of these "Islamic groups" to have known which new potential venue to threaten.

Andrew actually responded to my argument in the comments, and pretty much admitted the major points of it.  As I wrote at the time:


So will you acknowledge that, whatever you might have been told by the LCC, it would have been impossible for local "Islamic Groups" to have had any real influence on their decision. This is not to say anything about the LCCs decision making processes, which may well have involved considerations about what how their Muslim clients might have reacted to Steyn's appearance.

So, in short, Andrew Lawton tried to arrange to have an alt-right lunatic speak at the LCC, bunged it up, and blamed Muslims.  If Doug Ford wants to convince Ontarians he isn't a Trump clone, one way to do it  would be to kibosh this nomination run.