Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Life In Scarborough: The Fried Pork Rinds of Scarborough

Was inside the Jian Hing market at Markham and Lawrence on Family Day, looking for Filipino  Pork Rinds.  They have about 40 different varieties at Jian Hing.  I'm not kidding, there's a whole aisle devoted to nothing but.  Filipino  Pork Rinds are basically deep-fried pig-skin; you can get them either  "fat on" or "fat off", which means there's chunks of deep-fried pork-fat still stuck to them, or not.  I usually buy the "fat off" kind.  I prefer  the "fat on" version, but if I eat too much my sodium level spikes and the water in my inner ear backs up and I get the bed-spins for a week.

So I'm in the cash-line behind this old Filipino guy.  He looks at my 2 big bags of Chicharron Old Fashioned Fat Off Flavor and asks.  "You like those?"

I say: "Yes.  They're good, not good for you.  I know that."

And he laughs and tells me how they eat them back home.  Apparently, they dip them in vinegar, which seems redundant to me, like stuffing an H-Bomb full of gunpowder.  And  they also dip them in some kind of red or black pepper sauce.

When we have both gone through the line  I say "take care" and he says "stay healthy" the way Stanley Tucchi says "be careful" to Zach Quinto in that scene from Margin Call.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Toronto The Unready

WTF happened?  Did the dispatcher pass out just before the storm hit?  Did the plow-guy bust a leg trying to smuggle a hooker into the barracks through a back window?  Or did they stop at VP and say Fuck it its Scarborough lets turn around and plow The Bridle Path twice?  The city's East-end this morning is a snowy hell-scape with near impassable roads!  But the thing is, as soon as you get North of Steeles the streets are bare, even the side-streets...even the arena parking lots.  So it can be done.  And yet Markham Road, the main drag out this way, is like the trail out of Zeballos.  If I wanted to live in the countryside, I would move there. 

Scarborough should secede and join Markham, or maybe Pickering, whoever gives the best deal on snow-plow services.  I hear there's always something exciting going on in Pickering.

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.