Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's Science (For Some Values Of Science)

Showing exactly the kind of savvy political judgement that secured their massive landslide in 2017, the Tory Party is staying well clear of the John Worboys fiasco. I'm guessing their computer models of the electorate warned them to avoid alienating the key 'serial rapist' demographic.

Meanwhile, in the real world, this case is reinforcing everything we ever suspected about the rehab industry. Consider for instance their strange definition of 'independent expert'.

Personally, I’m just shocked – shocked – to find that an ‘independent expert’ producing reports for the Parole Board turns out to a True Believer in the Cult of Rehab... and she’d have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids reading the stuff she’s published openly for years!

As Britain's most brilliant blogger once said, the rehab industry is the Rosetta Stone for understanding how the left gets away with it. For years the left has tried to claim that if you oppose the rehab industry then you, sir, hate The Science. Now it turns out that these scientists sound a heck of a lot like a Guardian editorial.

Hey, can we at least get some ground rules so we can tell when they're being scientists and when they're being activists? Maybe something like lab coat on equals expert, lab coat off equals campaigner?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Difference Between Barnes Wallis And Disney

When Barnes Wallis made a bomb, at least it bounced. Disney: not so much. 

Yes, $464 million is serious money - although that's the gross and it has to be compared to the $4.2 billion they paid for the rights in the first place - but under performance of $187 million is a lot to pay for virtue signalling. Assuming a similar percentage drop off in DVD sales and merchandising, it looks like Disney have just paid a self-inflicted SJW tax of $200 million, or enough to make a whole other movie.

All of which is by way of saying that when the Smart Set tell us that 'people' are too sophisticated to want the supposedly simplistic narratives of the original Star Wars trilogy, they actually mean a very specific sub-set of people, namely themselves. 

Meanwhile, normal people just want to see a decent movie, same as they ever did. Hence why one of the few non-disastrous DC movies was helmed by a woman who explicitly rejected the kind of smirking cynicism exemplified by 'The Last Jedi'.

The point is not only that movie journalists turned out to be hideously out of touch with the public, but in so far as politics is downstream of culture, the implosion of Star Wars might shed some light on another failing franchise, namely the Tory Party.

Just like 'The Last Jedi', the Tory Party has embraced empty virtue signalling combined with a sneering attitude to actual virtue and it's having about as much success in terms of garnering support from normal people. It turns out that, MSM to the contrary,  the jaded hipster demographic isn't actually a barometer of where the country is going after all. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

The MSM: Speaking Truth From Power

It's not 'technology' or 'unfair competition from fake news' that's killing the MSM. If you want to know the real reason why the MSM is dying, consider the latest scores for 'The Last Jedi' on Rotten Tomatoes:

Critics: 93%

Real people: 56%

Naturally, such a huge chasm between the MSM's collective opinion and actual, normal people has caused a lot of soul-searching amongst the folks in the media who like to claim they're the voice of the people.

No, not really!

Instead, they've doubled down. It's all a conspiracy I tells you!

It's probably those Macedonia content farmers again. There is no better proof of the bogus nature of the left's anti-establishment posturing than that we now have the MSM circling the wagons round a huge corporation. They're not standing up for the little guy, they're standing up to the little guy, slapping him about the chops shouting 'you will like this garbage'.

Yes, it's only a movie. On the other hand, it's only a movie, yet even here the MSM can't resist the temptation to push its deary, nihilistic agenda. If they're like this with a film, who could possibly trust them to deal honestly with serious issues?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Govt Minister Tests Positive For Banned Substance

Namely, testosterone.

Needless to say, the Usual Suspects have taken it calmly and rationally: 
But his comments have sparked a row after the former director of public prosecutions Lord MacDonald branded the remarks 'juvenile'.
Uh oh...I understand that if Gavin Williams doesn't withdraw his comments, His Lordship might escalate to calling him 'dreadfully suburban' or 'frightfully common'.

But it's not just lords calling out this guy. Nope, there's also a ladyship too. That's what counts as egalitarian in the modern Labour Party: nobles of both sexes (I guess we'll have to wait to hear from the other 72 genders).

Apparently, these comments are outrageously outrageous but the only people the MSM can find to denounce them have never been elected dog catcher. Meanwhile, people with the need for actual votes are strangely unavailable for comment.

That's why this is important. Obviously, a policy of killing the fox before it gets in the hen house is the right thing to do, and also a certain vote winner, but it also exposes the central myth of cuckservatism. We're told that professional conservatives have to pander to freaks like Shameless Shami for the sake of electability but when a conservative finally tells these people to shove it, Labour MPs suddenly remember they've left the gas on at home. The extreme position turns out to be the one that no one who wants to be elected will argue against.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Mel Brooks On Brexit

I knew Theresa May's Brexit (non)negotiating strategy seemed familiar:


It can only be a matter of time before she's seen in 10 Downing Street shouting 'Oh, lo'dy, lo'd, Barnier's desp'it! Do what he sayyyy, do what he sayyyy!'