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Round Two of the Jimmy Moore & David Duke Controversy

[For an update, please see: Lemons to Lemonade Documentary - Ed]

I'll open with a comment to my last post from Sean Abbott who blogs at Prague Stepchild.

I find it pretty hard to believe that Jimmy has never heard of David Duke. I’ve definitely heard of him and I’m not from the South, but I think I’m around the same age. I’m pretty sure it was when Duke was running for governor, and doing pretty well, that he hit national notoriety.

On the other hand, I’ve listened to a lot of Jimmy Moore podcasts, and corresponded with him in email, and he strikes me as a very straightforward guy. I simply don’t buy that he’s a devious crypto-nazi or that he does much in the way of lying in general. Unless my bullshit meter is seriously broken, and I have no reason to think it is, my gut feeling is to believe him.

To figure out who you were talking about I had to Google it and Melissa’s bile aggregator site came up first, where Jimmy’s already been convicted without a shadow of a doubt in the court of PC doublethink. I just looked briefly, but there were some Duke quotes that would be perfectly acceptable had they been said by someone like Sharpton, with the appropriate nouns changed.

I don’t know if Duke is a neo-Nazi or just a white supremacist, but talking to a Nazi doesn’t make you one, of course. Here in Europe it’s still fashionable to be a Maoist, never mind that he killed way more people than Hitler. I remember hearing an interview with the band Alabama 3, on the BBC, who style themselves as Maoist and have a song riffing Mao, “Mao Tse Tung Said”, on the same album as their hit song that got used for the Sopranos. The band was joking about how their tour of the American South was a failure because these rednecks weren’t interested in their Maoist rap/country/blues music. Neither the BBC, nor the producers of the Sopranos, were worried about any sort of stigma of chatting with and plugging these followers of a mass murderer, for as long as he’s a left wing mass murderer, there’s not going to be any stigma (not that Hitler was especially right-wing of course).

Not that I care, I have Cold Harbour Lane and it’s a great fucking album. Having lived in Hollywood, and spent a lot of time around musicians, they are the last people on Earth whose political opinions I give a shit about, by and large.

A3 is just one example of hundreds here in Europe. The amount of Maoists or semi-reformed Maoists in Sweden’s pseudo-intelligentsia is simply stunning. And here in the Czech Republic, a country that suffered under imperialist communism Nazism is way more taboo than Stalinism.

It is simply amazing the hypocrisy of the PC mainstream left-leaning culture which tells us which mass murderers it’s okay to adore, and which ones ought to be cast into the furthest pits of hell. As far as I’m concerned, they were all statist war-mongering assholes.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy a Che Guevara shirt.

Ha, I still get lots of Google hits over my post in 2005: Che Guevara, Murderer.

While Sean and I get into our kerfuffles now and then in comments, he's really pretty good at never being susceptible to what I was perhaps somewhat susceptible to in my last post: Thanks Jimmy and LLVLC Readers for Making My Book #3 In 2012, Even if You Are a Neo-NAZI.

Since that post and a good part of the roughly 100 comments so far, the plot has thickened. Besides Melissa McEwen's VictimSaga blog that's already been mentioned, CarbInsane put out a post right on the heels of mine that links here: JimKKKins: The Saga of Jimmy Moore and David Duke. In comments on a previous post she said she'd be doing this on Sunday (tomorrow). I guess she hurried up, wanting to catch my wave of unbridled controversy. Of course, it's only me who's into a bit of healthy controversy and the attention it attracts—certainly not someone devoted to the truth and only the truth like Evelyn. I'm all about traffic. She, all about public service. Her commenters are all dialed in on that.

I've linked up those other posts for only one reason, which is the basic object of this post and what goes to the lead-off comment by Sean. Go read those comments if you like, and especially CarbInsane. What you are going to find is the nicest example of bandwagon non-thinking, zero-distinction, collective mentality, binary thinking (good OR evil), political correctness (the biggie) groupthink imaginable.

It's an interesting study because I believe that not many people are going to care much that Jimmy, or Dr. William Davis, or Dr. Doug McGuff did an interview on David Duke's website in the context of health and nutrition.

Who cares? The Inquisition cares. And let's face it. That's what we're really dealing with.

They demand that you think in an approved way. That you come to the same conclusions they do, condemn what they condemn. That like them, you have a clear understanding of what's approved evil and what's approved virtue. But more than that, everyone is basically scared shitless to do anything other than a variation on a "me too" comment. Pathetic. I adore that they hate me, hate this blog. I want none of them. They can't handle the sort of wild discourse here, where it doesn't matter really that some commenter finds some value in a thing or other about what David Duke preaches. They want an echo chamber and nothing less will do. They're afraid!

But I got caught up a bit myself, into this sewer of knee-jerk, automatic, non-discerning condemnation and I'm indebted to Sean for making me consider that I perhaps wasted an opportunity to make a much better first post on the issue—because I only really care about open ended paradigms, and not narrow-context, damn the heretic catechism as preached by Melissa, CarbInsane and Wooo.

What do I think of Duke? Minimally from what I can tell, a racist / separatist, someone with an irrational, conspiratorial fear of a Jewish conspiracy to control everything. What does that mean? It means I have no sincere interest. There's no value there for me that I can detect. I don't give a shit in the world about the color of anyone's skin, I don't care about pristine whites being diluted with black, brown, red or yellow skin (we'll all be light brown in the end), and I don't care that an ethnic culture that has seemed to gain a prowess in business, entrepreneurism, and the arts reaps the benefits of that prowess and uses their influence as best they can. To put a perfectly practical and not moral spin on it: I'm never interested in those who preach putting cats back in bags. I'm just as uninterested in those who make a huge deal over those advocating same—because you can't put cats back in bags.

What if Jimmy even did know what Duke was about? I don't believe he did but what if? From reports of even those who are no Jimmy fans, he stuck with the topic. According to his latest post—If I’m A Neo-Nazi, Then I Guess Dr. William Davis And Dr. Doug McGuff Are Too?—so did Davis and McGuff. And according to that post, Jimmy declined an invitation to come back on and discuss things beyond diet.

Missionary? Or, is the fear over being tagged with anything Politically Incorrect so strong that everyone is paralyzed in fear over even thinking it? People used to fear the Gulag over wrong thinking. Now, they have the luxury of just getting to be in the in-crowd by spewing the party line.

You: Melissa, CarbInsanity, Wooo, and mostly all of your commenters....Priests of doctrine with a choir all singing the same tune backing you up. ...What a pathetic lot you and your sycophants are.

Open with Sean and close with Sean. Yea, isn't it amazing how the intelligentsia is still steeped in commie doctrine? I never tire of linking up Professor Rummel, whose life's work is in documenting the hundreds of millions killed by the sorts of regimes still heralded by our universities? Isn't it amazing?

DEATH BY GOVERNMENT, By R.J. Rummel

I BACKGROUND

2. The New Concept of Democide [Definition of Democide]
3. Over 133,147,000 Murdered: Pre-Twentieth Century Democide

II 128,168,000 VICTIMS: THE DEKA-MEGAMURDERERS

4. 61,911,000 Murdered: The Soviet Gulag State
5. 35,236,000 Murdered: The Communist Chinese Ant Hill
6. 20,946,000 Murdered: The Nazi Genocide State
7. 10,214,000 Murdered: The Depraved Nationalist Regime

III 19,178,000 VICTIMS: THE LESSER MEGA-MURDERERS

8. 5,964,000 Murdered: Japan's Savage Military
9. 2,035,000 Murdered: The Khmer Rouge Hell State
10. 1,883,000 Murdered: Turkey's Genocidal Purges
11. 1,670,000 Murdered: The Vietnamese War State
12. 1,585,000 Murdered: Poland's Ethnic Cleansing
13. 1,503,000 Murdered: The Pakistani Cutthroat State
14. 1,072,000 Murdered: Tito's Slaughterhouse

IV 4,145,000 VICTIMS: SUSPECTED MEGAMURDERERS

15. 1,663,000 Murdered? Orwellian North Korea
16. 1,417,000 Murdered? Barbarous Mexico
17. 1,066,000 Murdered? Feudal Russia

But let's get all up in arms over David Duke who, near as I can tell, irrationally wants to put the cat back in the bag, keep the races separate, and keep the Jews away. It's so awful by comparison.

Ouch!

In both the laptop and desktop showdowns, Apple’s computers were the winners. Oddly, the big difference didn’t come in our user ratings, where we expected the famously friendly Mac interface to shine. Our respondents liked the look and feel of both operating systems but had a slight preference toward OS X. In our speed trials, however, Leopard OS trounced Vista in all-important tasks such as boot-up, shutdown and program-launch times. We even tested Vista on the Macs using Apple’s platform-switching Boot Camp software—and found that both Apple computers ran Vista faster than our PCs did. (emphasis added)

Poor Bill. ...Cuz, y'know, if you need a fast machine to run Vista, you'll need to get a Mac; and if you get a Mac, then ya might as well run the Mac OS.

Another One Bites the Dust

And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, Im gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

Of course, that's not how Kyle sees it; nor should he. But Gates & Co. sure ought to be taking a look. Make no mistake: it's one thing for new and/or novice computer users to opt for a Mac, but when longtime power users like myself and Kyle begin dropping from the PC/Windows scene like flies, isn't it about time to seriously wonder? It's like this: I'm three months into this experience and I'm more convinced daily it was the right move.

Take a look at this. And Kyle has some integration notes here. I've been thinking about the same thing in terms of cable/dish vs. "total on demand" for months. As it is, I watch almost nothing live, anymore. I've been using DVR, watching when I want and sliding past the ads for a few years. This is the next step. Just pay for what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, all commercial free. This is perfect, in fact, for the cabin. We have no cable or dish, but we do have a substantial DVD library. But why bother with that, anymore? Why spend even $10 on a movie (or double) when you can rent it without going to the store, worrying about when to return it, paying late fees, or messing with movies by mail and getting them sent back. Plus, iTunes has most of the TV shows you like to watch, too. And, if you want to watch it again at some later date, then just rent it again. Simple. You're still under the cost of purchase. About the only thing I can see buying is all the classic kids movies and 'toons that get watched over and over and over.

What I think I'm going to do is get three Apple TV boxes, two for here, and one for the cabin. I'm paying $130 or so for cable, and I should be able to cut that down to basic, with HD, and save a ton. Comcast's On Demand is cool, so we'll keep that. Otherwise, just rent and watch.

Another thing: I actually watched my first rental via iTunes (Superbad, which was indeed as the name implies) this weekend on my iPhone, and it was a great way to watch. Go find a quiet spot, pop in the earphones, and watch. It took hardly any battery, and an 8gig phone will hold several movies for a plane trip (along with hundreds of songs). I will definitely do that next time I have a long flight.

I also had the misfortune of trying to get something working right on the in-laws relatively new Vista PC this weekend. What a god dammed mess. People had to flee the room, and then I realized it had been some time since I was shouting obscenities at a computer. No need to go into the details. It kind of reminded me of what a drug addicted person must feel like. When they're addicted, they often don't really feel that bad. Then they get off the stuff; but if they have a setback, now they understand how dreadfully bad it was. I wasn't even a Vista user, but it made me see just how deficient even XP is in terms of just simple use that ought to be obvious.

I hate to pile on Gates, because there's no doubt in my mind that he brought personal computing to the masses. I used to disregard all the Macsnootiness as just sour grapes. But have you been listening, lately? Where is the Macsnootiness now? The fact is, they barely need to care about PCs or Windows, anymore. Walk into any retail Apple outlet, and just see for yourself if they give a damn what Gates is up to.

Mac Update

Been busy with all things computing. It's actually going better than I expected, but I'm taking it very slow. Yesterday was mostly an exercise in sorting out solutions for my new Mac. (I got the 15.4" MacBook Pro at 2.4Ghz. Why? Well I considered the amazing MacPro, but the low end price for that was equal to the high end MacBook, and frankly, these things are so fast now that it just isn't necessary. Plus, the MacBook runs the Apple 30" Cinema Display at the full 2560 x 1600 pixels of resolution that required a high-end gamer's card for my PC. So, with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse paired with the MacBook, I'll have a 15.4" screen, plus a 30" screen right beside it. I would have even considered the Mac Mini, but it doesn't run the 30" monitor at full res. Otherwise it would have been fine, and simple. I set my wife up with the 1.66Ghz processor a bit over a year ago and it's easily as fast as my high-end PC for anything I need to do.)

So; solutions. Well, I still have a company and we run enterprise stuff there, including Exchange Server which is really a fabulous way to deal with email, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes in a collaborative environment. Outlook can be used as a stand-alone app, in which case it's not that much better, or worse, than a lot of stuff out there. But hook it up to Exchange and it's a whole different world. Turns out Microsoft has a product for the Mac -- Entourage -- that syncs with Exchange wherever one happens to be in the world; so that when you get back to the office, or head up to the cabin, or even log in from any computer with Outlook Web Access (check that out -- it's via a web browser), all is as you last left it.

So after a bit of klutzing around, I got Entourage to work. Then I went to work on the iPhone, and that's a much bigger problem. We use a 3rd party service that syncs our smart phones with Exchange via wireless (you never have to dock; it's real time, anywhere in the world). That way, when you deal with emails, contact, schedules or whatever on your phone, like on a trip, your Outlook clients on whatever machines (or via web access) reflects all the work or changes you've done; immediately. Funny thing is, the iPhone works amazingly well with both Yahoo and Gmail, which both offer IMAP, which is sorta like Exchange operates, but only for email folders. Moreover, the iPhone email client actually displays full html email and you can resize and reposition it by pinching and flicking, just like in the browser.

Unfortunately, there's just no good solution for that, so it looks like I'm going to have to retrieve email from Exchange via POP, such that anything I do with that email won't affect the server or what I'll later find in Outlook. There are a couple of services working on this issue, but nothing is ready for prime time.

Also got remote desktop working, so if I really need to work in a windows environment I can just log into my office box and work as though I'm there. It's just a screen scrape going over the net, so it's really thin. Even works pretty well over dialup in a pinch.

Well, lot's still to do. But I'll be back to regularly scheduled kicking up shit soon.

It’s Time

Let me show you a couple of charts, both covering the last five years. The first is from a company that was trading in the mid-20s five years ago, and is now trading in the mid-30s, so it's doing a reasonable, average, entrenched established 10% per year, on average. Gains are so modest that compounding isn't much of a factor.

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Now here's the second company, covering the same space of time. It was trading at under $10 five years ago, and is now closing in on $200, a 2000% gain averaging a doubling (100%) of your investment year to year (compounding is a ginormous factor).

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Perhaps you've already guessed: Apple vs. Microsoft. I trust I don't need to inform you which is which.

Now, unless you've already dismissed this -- as I used to do with bullish and enthusiastic claims about Apple (when it was trading at $65) -- perhaps it's time to rethink. It's no secret to those in the know that Microsoft's Vista has been an utter debacle, with online purchases of Windows XP now outstripping online sales of Vista. Many of these are people actually downgrading their new PCs to the former OS. I've worked with Vista just a bit, and frankly had no troubles at all. But I also know that consumer sentiment is what's driving this, and if my own sentiment about the whole thing is as it is -- being a very heavy power-user of PCs including enterprise-level client-server stuff going back many years -- then I can only imagine the sort of momentum that Apple might be building at Microsoft's expense.

And you know what I have to say about that? Good for Apple. Good for Steve Jobs. He has truly become a business hero to me.

Apple just came out with their sixth major release of OS X (Leopard) in as many years. Each one has been more successful than the last, and this newest one contains 300 significant improvements. Can you imagine them pulling a boner like MS has with Vista? Take a look, and I'm serious about that. Go ahead and take the 20 minutes to view this orientation.

Of course I know that PCs can do all this. It's the integration, the seamlessness (increasingly so) and now, even with your phone if you get that too. It's simple, beautiful, very well done and there's no denying it; and now, there's no more escaping it -- not for me.

We have two Macs in the house already (networked with the PCs), but they belong to Bea. I'm headed out to add a third which I'll call my own. We'll see how it goes from there.