Over the past couple of days I’ve been fixatedly watching this scary story unfold.
It’s a story about a bloodthirsty id-like psychological force that employs imagery of our greatest phobias but for some reason most commonly takes the form of a toxic, horrifying clown, and surfaces periodically to feed off our hatred and fear, slaughters a bunch of innocent children and then creeps back into the sewers to rest until everyone has forgotten about it again, and the only people who can see it and fight it are powerless dreamers, losers whose warnings are ignored by the jaded and arrogant populace, and who are berated as being little hooligans when they are forced to take matters into their own hands, as if they’re the problem rather than the timeless and demonic murder-force that’s poisoning the world.
CLASSIC SWITCHEROO! Turns out I’m not actually talking about Stephen King’s It.
Did you think I was talking about Pennywise? Maybe for a couple of seconds you did, but you probably figured it out fast. No, I’m talking about US and US-style McFascism, the latest reincarnation of a human ideology that basically leads to genocidal war. And ably represented as it apparently is by a gestalt figure I would like to call Pennydumbass.
I’m so glad I’ve been plunged down the rabbit hole of socio-political conflict and the oh-so-fluid and oh-so-irreconcilable definitions of left-wing, right-wing, liberal and conservative. It’s been so much fun and I can’t wait until my children have to do it all over again because we fucking failed.
I love how “Red Pill Black” and her white male billionaire authoritarian handlers have declared oppression and police-on-minority crime in the US to be a thing of the past. I’m so relieved!
I love how much I’ve been obliged to learn about Dave Rubin and the Rubin Report, and how narrow-minded and diverse-thought-stifling universities are. Spoiler: Turns out they’re not, not even in the US. Not even Berkeley. That’s a hysterically overblown bit of red pill propaganda, and oh yeah, I love having these new terms in my lexicon now. “Classical liberal”, that’s another great one. Thanks, Pennydumbass.
I love how much I now know about how bigoted and outmoded viewpoints are being smuggled back into the cultural consciousness in the guise of “diversity of ideas”. It’s so fucking great that that happens, and that we’re allowing it – not because it’s right, but because we’re apparently too craven to actually challenge bad ideas anymore, so we pretend that just sitting and listening to them is a righteous intellectual alternative. How perfectly that plays into our lazy armchair-commentator mentality and Internet culture, I love that too.
And Prager University! I love it! I love that its manifesto mentions that it was too difficult to build a physical working school (also probably illegal, when you look at what they’re “teaching”), so they are undermining actual education (“undoing the damage of the university”) one five-minute YouTube video at a time.
I love that Dave Rubin hosted this Prager fucker, and when Prager said that defeating the left is as important as defeating Islamism, Rubin just said “hm.” Because that’s how being an intelligent human works. I love that my species is sliding slowly and gracelessly down, its clumsy passage lubricated by the wet fecal matter as human spirit and intellect shits itself and dies, to a point where simply sitting and listening to an idea, giving it space in your brain and in your own ideology – no matter how small or innocuous a space – is considered as valuable as actually engaging and challenging an idea with knowledge and facts. I fucking love it. Ignore the stink of that carcass, it’s all good.
I love that PC culture, the oppression olympics, triggering and other hilariously minor non-issues are apparently intellectually justifiable reasons for planting your flag next to the Koch brothers, Crowder, Yiannopoulos, and other (among other things) climate change denying monsters who are quite literally going to destroy the human race. Great stuff, Rubin. Look out for yourself, you classical liberal you.
On that topic, I just want to say I love Ben Shapiro and the Daily Wire. I love how much I’ve had to see of Ben Shapiro’s toxic and irretrievably becunted views on victim mentality. In fact, I love the whole phenomenon of this circus-full of murderous fanged clowns being incapable of defending their ideologies in an actual marketplace of ideas, so they’re stacking the deck with – yes – collaborators who are trying to make “just hear them out like a classical liberal would” into a thing, with all the desperation of someone getting a great big pile of cash for doing so.
I just love it. Fuckers should be getting paid in silver.
Watch the video.
Also, It was pretty good. Looking forward to seeing chapter two.
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus.
And inB4 anyone feels personally attacked by this relatable content:
Yes, I was thrust into this rabbit hole by dreameling and Aaron so I absolutely blame them. But I’m not calling either of them out as offenders here.
dreameling might be more accepting of ideas I dislike than I feel comfortable with, but I also trust him to challenge bad thinking and harmful ideologies. And Aaron is an intense fellow, but his intent and honesty is beyond platinum.
I’m mostly venting at these shitty pundits and their dishonest and disingenuous discourse at this point, after a week of high temperatures, killer humidity and long, long days of researching these shitbags. So. Vent complete.
Oh as soon as I saw clown I immediately knew it was about us. Or, US. And hey, don’t drag me into this damnit!
I agree with you, by-and-large, and this was a brilliant and descriptive list of much of what is wrong with my country. But you seem to say you love all these things! I can’t agree with that!
Hahaha honestly! But I’m sure you did your best!
I’m really enjoying this (mostly) calm “Rational National” guy who just did a really good dissection of Dave “Nothing about the Neo-Nazi MURDER in Charlottesville due to right-wing rhetoric but let me whine about how left-wing rhetoric might one day lead to violence” Rubin in this here video:
Tucker Carlson’s near-constant puzzled look is interesting too. Is he trying to appear thoughtful?
And Tucker Carlson is a fucking knucklehead.
LMAO yeah, he is at that. And cheers, RN needs subs! He only does about 1 video a day, not that taxing to follow. Probably has a real job unlike the alt-right trolls.
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This is just beautiful, I love seeing everyday people stand up to the hatred we see today. If I wasn’t married I’d be asking this woman out on a date, if she’d have me. Surely she has her pick.
I hope this isn’t seen as an example of extreme leftism that is scary and wrong…. I’d say that British jerkwad is the extreme one.
I just saw this on Facebook! That is true strength and heart right there. Well done, young human. Well done.
Damn, that’s brave.
Follow-up: Same thing was just attempted in Finland. The standing woman with the live-streaming phone was marched promptly the fuck off the plane and involuntary deportations continued as normal. So … that’s also an approach I guess?
Wow, yeah I guess you could also completely ignore the concerns and carry on with the fear of immigrants and whatnot.
Although I guess details are important. Marched off by whom, was the person being deported also Muslim in this case, and was he (or she?) also being sent back to a country where death was pretty certain?
I ask the first part of the question because for a minute there with the Swedish lass, that British asshole sounded like he was about to “take matters into his own hands”.
From what I’ve read it was a similar case, a guy being deported to Afghanistan. The woman was a green politician of some kind, and the airline captain called the cops into the plane to escort her off. Wasn’t quite a US level beating, but that’s a low bar.
The issue here is that it would be nice if airlines refused to take part in involuntary deportation. I read that Virgin airlines has done just that. Sadly, Finnair is majority controlled by the state, so if they want to use it for gulag transportation, they can.
I’m conflicted about this, as I was discussing with BRKN yesterday. I still feel very much that doing anything, no matter how small and pointless, to resist an inhumane law is the right thing to do. Involuntary deportation to war zones must be stopped, and the Nordic countries have more than enough resources to handle asylum seekers without suffering a drop in quality of life. The question of “asylum tourists”, coming to our countries under false pretenses, is a murkier one. I would still think the priority would be getting my family out of a war zone, not stealing someone’s job or sponging off welfare. But … those are the alternatives.
So. As an immigrant who was legally deported for not following the regulations on immigration, I’m in favour of asylum for refugees but deportation for phoneys. I wish there were better systems in place for telling the difference, and dealing with both in a civilised manner.
I’m disgusted all over again at the way this has been leveraged into an anti-green “green = anarchist” outrage by the perussuomalaiset bigot party. I’d be in favour of further disruptions to Finnair service just to give the perssut the finger at this point.
I also think Ersson did a brave and good thing, however futile. It got us talking about this. But … maybe before trying it on a Finnish or USian plane, do a bit of research into how they will fuck you right off.
Frankly I’m amazed there was a Finn out there williing to go against regulations. But there you go.
Well said all around, I don’t really have much to add. I totally agree about the futility of the gesture being unimportant. So many protests and other similar actions are futile or seem futile, but the fact of the matter is they are NOT in reality. I got another chuckle reviewing the facebook thread you shared, that first post where the guy seemed to imply it wasn’t brave to stand up like that when the result was only an hour or two reprieve for the deportee. How on Earth does that make it less brave?
If anything it makes it more brave. As always, the stupid are the enemy.
Here’s one of several Facebook threads, a petri dish of irrational fear and hatred and toxic selfish ignorance. I did what I could to provide some actual information, since I am literate.
Not quite capable of preventing the “8)” from becoming a goddamn sunglasses emoji, no matter how many times I edited it … but at least I can google.
I normally edit out the names of Facebook posters but this was a public thread and I do not care about any of them enough to edit out their names. Fuck their names and fuck them.
And while there are still plenty of poisonous pieces of crap out there, I’m going to chalk this one up to the power of civil discourse. It’s not only right-wing bigots who can be emboldened to speak up.
(again, left the names intact because this is public – although I do care somewhat about some of them)
Great responses from you and a couple of others, Hatboy! Injecting some truth into it is always nice. As polite as Joseph was, I gotta say it just sounded like the polite bigot you encounter on youtube and elsewhere, maybe like Zared but a little nicer yet. Defaulting back to “the law is the law” and “I’m sure they had their reasons” is not helpful. Why not apply the latter to the individual instead of the government, aren’t we supposed to hate and distrust the government?
I guess not when it’s harming people we don’t like anyway? This is all very familiar to me. I see the same talking points used against our asylum seekers here. They just make up a bunch of bullshit, chatter on about rule of law and ignorant bleeding hearts, and appeal to the futility of the gesture.
Don’t care. They don’t care about anyone outside their circle, so I don’t care about their “thoughts”. This is one example of the bad results of the internet, where these assholes can come together from many countries and hone their bigoted arguments and decide upon what lies they think are most effective at tricking the open-minded among us into at least partial agreement.
And then when I come along in a clear cut case (and I’m not saying this one was, I’m referring to a police MURDER here in the US) and say if you troll this issue, this video, if you disagree this time you really are a racist and should just fuck off and your opinion doesn’t matter, I get a lot of likes but I also get whining that I’m not “open-minded” and am not being very “progressive”.
Yeah. I’ll be open-minded if you will, bubba. You won’t get your shitty ideas into my consideration just by reminding me I’m a better human than you are. You also need an idea that has SOME merit.
Absolutely agreed. I do see his point, that if you try even harder than I did to extract all sentiment and personal opinion from the case what you end up with is a legally failed request for asylum, and a legal deportation that, while is sending a person into an unstable country, is not confirmed as a death sentence.
That’s all true. And yet, I don’t agree that an adherence to the word of the law, divorced from heart and humanity, is any sort of way forward. The laws can become steadily more and more brutal over time and by that “logic” there is no way to do anything about that. And we’re not there yet, but as soon as people with humanity stop speaking up, only the hate-filled and the fearful will have a voice, and politicians and governments are nothing more or less than a reflection of the loudest voices. We know this.
So if a law is unjust, or unfeeling, or simply feels wrong, then like Ersson was saying, we can change the law. Because we live in an enlightened civilisation.
Until we don’t.
It’s also worth noting that as of press time, another person has spoken up to tell Fredrik Gustavsson that he’s just making shit up with no evidence and seems to be doing it a lot elsewhere in the thread too. There is no evidence that these asylum seekers committed any crime beyond “being in the country with neither legal residency or legally granted asylum”. Which does not make them criminals, except in the most tremendously technical way.
Also worth noting (although I didn’t bother making an issue of it) that Jerich Datu guy? He lives in Saudi Arabia. Gee, it’d be nice if your country’s government did literally fucking anything to provide humanitarian aid or stabilise the region, so the civilised world didn’t have to pick up your slack and take care of our fellow humans. You sanctimonious cunt and a half.
Yeah fuck you Saudi Arabia, get the fuck off the human rights council. You have only slightly less business on there than my country does. LOL
Nothing else to add but to pluswon your additional comments. When I said BS, I most especially meant the calling of improper asylum seekers and improper immigration “criminal”. In our system, the first offense of the latter is equivalent to a traffic ticket, and the former **isn’t a thing**
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/looks at watch
Yeah the internet is still a depressing place.
I went through a bit of a jaded and lethargic slump after the collapse of Usenet, but now I have turned 40 I’ve rediscovered my inner opinionated jerk. Turns out he wasn’t buried very deep.
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