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Previous review of Goodbye Columbus, the movie

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Philip Roth died yesterday.

I was reminded by a commenter that I previously reviewed a movie based on one of his books, Goodbye Columbus (1969).

Part 1 of the review.

Part 2 of the review.

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May 23, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

A comment from a reader about growing up prole

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“Red pill aspie” wrote an excellent comment about growing up prole.

My opinion, however, is that the Czech girls mentioned in the comment may have seemed more polite and feminine because they were out of their element and didn’t know the commenter’s social status in the United States, but they may have been total bitches to low-status boys back home in Czechoslovakia.

I also have a lower opinion of “salt-of-the-earth” types from Staten Island than the commenter does.

Also, Staten Island was not the least bit rural in the 1980s. Maybe in the 1950s. If you are looking for a specific date when Staten Island went to crap, that day is November 21, 1964.

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My parents are immigrants from the Czech Republic, who fled the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring in 1968. They settled first in Astoria, Queens, then in Staten Island (the Arden Heights area, which is not too far from where the SI dump used to be.). They were educated in gymnasiums (pre-college schools in the Czech Republic), but given the new environment, had to start their own businesses. They were sort of unlucky in the respect that their fellow Czech friends succeeded earlier than them and made it out to the suburbs in NJ, while they made do in Staten Island. Although incidentally, they moved there because SI was still very rural in the 1980’s. Our townhouse unit had a picturesque green scenery that was unfortunately ruined with more townhouse eyesores that were built there shortly after my parents moved in.

I grew up in what Lion would call a “high prole” environment, where parents worked as teachers, cops, firemen and had the working class ethic accompanying it. I was seen as the “nerd” of the neighborhood since I was very good in math and was at the top 1% of my class. Despite this, my parents didn’t focus on putting me to special schools as they wished for me to focus on practical applications (get a schooling good enough for a good job, think of basically getting a good enough schooling for Rutgers). While I was bullied, I was still friends with people in my neighborhood. It was not uncommon for me to be invited by my “gang” for baseball, basketball, swim pool meets, etc. While I wasn’t high social status, I was still seen as part of the “gang”.

Obviously, this group was more salt-of-the-earth and concentrated on popular culture, going-ons with the Yankees, etc. While it was easily accessible for us to take the subway to the SI ferry and go to Manhattan, our group only went for a few times and that was mainly to see the Yankees. Otherwise, our group never really went for cultural outings and the like. It was more movies, pool parties, neighborhood parties, etc.

I did get an inkling early on how upper middle class life was as my parents regularly visited their successful friends in NJ. I got along pretty ok with their sons on these playdates, but I could tell the environment was not as salt-of-the-earth as I was used to in SI. The living seemed more atomized and didn’t have the community vibe as I was used to in SI. I also could see the environment was more competitive in terms of academics, sports, etc. From my perception, people seemed to focus more on their track teams, academics, etc. than on a relaxed living I was used to.

One big thing that stood out were the suburban girls. My parents had two Czech friends who both had daughters. The talk of hypergamy about girls and such? I saw that very early on. There was a bitchiness, stuck-up quality to them that shocked me very much. True, there were bitchy girls in SI, but they seemed pretty rare. Girls in SI could be mean, but it was more of a salt-of-the-earth variety, not the entitled way I saw the NJ girls carry themselves.

What was even more shocking were the Czech girls my parents took in. My parents regularly hosted friends who came to visit from the Czech Republic when they wanted to travel in the US. Some of these had daughters. They were a real pleasure to interact with! They treated me very nicely and like an actual human being. There seemed a quality to them that they were natural while the suburban girls were very artificial. It mitigated the feeling that there was something wrong with me for the girls in the suburbs to act so stuck up.

Eventually my parents succeeded in their businesses and saved up money for a house in NJ. We actually rushed to move out as my townhouse neighborhood was starting to fill up with “low-proles” and NAMs. My parents were careful to select a neighborhood in NJ where the high school was one of the top 10 in all of NJ.

The move and high school years were some of the worst years of my life. I had been the top person in my school, but now I was in a high school with Indians, Chinese, and upper middle class whites. My grades suffered when I realized I was no longer the top student and I had to work hard to bring them up again. The new environment was very demotivating as everything was so atomized. The only way to make friends in such a suburban environment was with playdates, something my parents were not used to. I only managed to make friends from the tennis team I was part of and the quiz bowl team. I had thought of myself as a nerd, but the nerds outcasted me with their snark. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had brought my working class mentality which didn’t rub well with the upper middle class one. Everyone took poorly to the salt-of-the-earth humor I had.

I also noticed early on that people had all these “fake” personalities and were passive-aggressive. In NYC, we could mess with each other talking with PC humor, but in my new environment, it rubbed off poorly on people. The implication was that you were an uneducated boor with such talk. I didn’t realize how insular suburbs were because of such things as helicopter parenting, groupthink, cognitive bias, etc. I frankly didn’t know the extent of such insularity until I saw the SJW phenomenon starting in 2013 and realizing they were a product of it.

My time was miserable in the suburbs, but because of my high intelligence (my IQ is 152), I managed to get good grades and go to a prestigious STEM school. I was still miserable as I was still surrounded by upper middle class types. My friends were usually foreigners, intellectuals, or the odd working class person who like me was lucky to go to the school.

All of these experiences left me with a sour taste and confusion. It wasn’t until the rise of the red-pill and blogs like these that I could make sense out of this new class system, a system that Charles Murray wrote about years earlier and to which I’m kicking myself for not reading him soon enough. I now have been able to fit in with upper middle class/hipster types since I know how to fake the socializing, but to me it still doesn’t feel authentic. I still have 1-2 working class friends who I’m grateful for as I can drop my PC exterior and feel authentic around.

[ ] I feel that my working class background has given me unique insights and real world experience that people of the upper middle class are either unaware of or dismiss out of hand.

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May 23, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Proles

Yes, Trump can order DOJ to investigate stuff

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The fakestream media is saying that Trump can’t do that, and it’s totally false. The President is the boss of the executive branch, and Presidents have always ordered investigations. For example, Obama ordered investigation of George Zimmerman for the personal reason that Trayvon Martin looked like the son he never had.

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May 23, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law

Impressions of Jordan Peterson

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I haven’t finished his book 12 Rules for Life, and I haven’t watched any of his YouTube videos, and I could be completely wrong about everything, but here are my impressions.

Peterson is a secret believer in HBD and a not-secret believer in evolutionary psychology. Peterson is an atheist who sees Christianity as a good thing for providing people with a sense of community and with good moral values like the benefit of monogamous marriage.

Peterson grew up prole in a small town in Alberta (a place totally unlike Cicely Alaska, the fictional town in Northern Exposure), and his goal was to get out of his crappy small town with its stupid people and become an intellectual. But his proleness asserted itself and he was unable to join the groupthink of modern liberalism and believe in crazy SJW crap. Scott Adams and this blogger also come from prole backgrounds, it’s a very common background for independent thinkers of the new right.

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May 23, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Books

Northern Exposure S01E05 “Russian Flue”

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So far the best episode of the first season. It’s the funniest episode. And the first episode where the series gets a little bit fantastical, and you aren’t quite sure if the last scenes of the episode are real or not.

And we get to see Joel’s fiancée, Elaine, played by the incredibly cute Jessica Lundy who was 24 years old at the time the episode aired. She kind of looks like Susanna Hoffs (lead singer of The Bangles) but with less extreme eighties hair and a lot taller. And a cute New York accent that was probably fake given that she grew up in southern California. I certainly found her a lot more sexually desirable than the tomboyish Maggie, but unfortunately one of the purposes of this episode is to foreshadow that Maggie, and not Elaine, is the future woman for Joel, based on a dream in which Elaine is Joel’s sister and Maggie is his wife.

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May 23, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Television

30-year-old who won’t move out of parents’ house

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http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/05/judge_praises_adult_sons_legal_research_boots_him_from_parents_house_anyway.html

Looks like the judge, today, signed an eviction order.

What happens to this guy after the police forcibly remove him from his parents’ house?

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The guy was smart enough to do his own legal research. Although not very good research, it probably indicates an IQ above 100. Too bad the modern economy has no use for people like him. Or maybe’s just too lazy to work. Probably, at this stage of no work history, the only kind of job he can get is a minimum wage retail job.

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Lots more info here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5759301/Deadbeat-millennial-tells-parents-sought-evict-home.html

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May 22, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Law

Northern Exposure S01E04 “Dreams and Schemes and Putting Greens”

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This is the first episode that focuses on Shelly, the 18-year-old beauty pageant winner who was Maurice’s girlfriend before she dumped him for 62-year-old Holling. Given that she is supposed to have first met Maurice a year and half before, that means that she was only 17 at the time! Would this storyline still fly in the era of #metoo?

The actress who plays Shelly was 24 or 25 at the time, and that’s one of the things that’s so interesting in re-watching a 28-year-old series. Cynthia Geary who played Shelly, Rob Morrow who played Joel, Janine Turner who played Maggie, are all 2 to 5 years older than me, but now as they are frozen in time on screen, they are all young enough to be my children, and it’s a strangely different perspective. Now, I’m approximately the same age as the actor who plays Maurice (Barry Corbin) was at the time.

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May 22, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Television

What about the other college “professor”?

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That would be the mysterious Joseph Mifsud who brefriended the bozo George Papadopoulos. Joseph Mifsud has disappeared and no one knows where he is, not even his fiancée who since gave birth to his baby.

This article suggests that Mifsud was actually a U.K. intelligence asset and not a Russian asset, and he intentionally planted the story with Papadopoulos about Russia having the Clinton emails, so that the Australian guy who arranged a donation of $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, Alexander Downer, could then get it out of him and then report it to the United States government through an intermediary and thus set the stage for additional “investigation” into the Trump campaign.

Wow, what a conspiracy theory! And one that appears to have a good chance of being true!

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It looks more and more likely that there was a U.K. intelligence operation to provide probable cause to the U.S. FBI to allow them to get warrants to go fishing for stuff. Was it the U.K. deep state acting on its own, or did it come from the Prime Minister’s office? David Cameron publicly mad known his hatred of Trump and it would make sense that he would use his powers to help Clinton. Did Obama himself know about it?

It’s not conjecture, The Guardian reported that the U.K. was actively involved in spying against Trump: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

So maybe Trump was wrong that the FBI was spying on him, actually MI6 and GCHQ were spying on him.

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May 21, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Northern Exposure (1990)

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I watched the first three episodes of Northern Exposure this weekend. (Unfortunately, there’s no way to legally stream the show, but there’s a well-seeded torrent.)

In 1990, the people creating this show probably thought they were being progressive and edgy, but looking back there’s a lot that’s politically-incorrect and violates various taboos present in contemporary TV shows.

The main character (at least in the first season) is Jewish doctor Joel Fleischmann, who agreed to work for four years in Alaska as a stipulation for a scholarship that paid for his medical school. He thought he was going to work in a hospital in the Anchorage area, but instead is assigned to a small town of 800 residents in the boondocks. The small town is full of quirky characters.

The humor is heavily based on ethnic stereotypes, with the doctor being stereotypically Jewish in a very obnoxious sort of way, and the Indians (native-American Indians, not Hindu Indians) are all very slow, both mentally and in their pace of doing things. Or sometimes, the Indians have wise ancient-Indian wisdom, and when that happens mysterious Indian music plays in the background to key us in. This sort of ethnic stereotyping is no longer allowed.

The people behind the series probably thought they were being progressive by having a lot of Indian actors in the cast, but today an American TV series would never be allowed to happen with only white and Indian cast members. There would have to be a token black or someone who’s at least ethnically ambiguous but part-black in there somewhere. Even though it’s perfectly realistic that there wouldn’t be any black people in a tiny hamlet in the middle of nowhere in Alaska. (Although Girls managed to somehow get away with only being about white girls.)

The people behind the series probably thought they were being progressive by having a feminist character in the series (Maggie O’Connell, the local pilot), but today every female in a TV series is a feminist, not just one. Instead, the series would be condemned for its “virulently homophobic” second episode. And Joel would probably be accused of “toxic masculinity” for acting “entitled” to be an object of desire by Maggie, even though he has a girlfriend back in New York City.

The show does paint an unrealistically idealized view of a small town in the boondocks. In reality, half the Indians would be alcoholics, and half the whites would be meth addicts (meth was what rural white trash in the West were doing in the 1990s), and no one would be quirky in a good and charming kind of way.

So far I enjoyed it, and will continue to watch more episodes.

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Note that I did watch the show in it’s original run in the 1990s, but I barely remember it, and I think I stopped watching midway through its run, so it’s almost like discovering a new series.

I am told by commenters that a black character was eventually introduced, one who doesn’t at all make sense for the milieu of rural Alaska, but I guess they were pressured about the lack of a token black character.

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May 21, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Television

Monday morning comments on Trump

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This pro-Trump editorial at The Hill (worth reading) has some information I hadn’t realized, that the Australian diplomat who told on the low-level Trump staffer to the FBI had previously arranged a donation of $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.

The editorial suggests that it wasn’t an accidental conversation, but that the Australian diplomat was fishing for self-incriminating statements to help Clinton.

Actually, it was Clinton who was receiving dirt on the opposition from foreign powers, and not Trump.

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Also recommend yesterday’s op-ed, After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication.

In early 2017, President Trump was widely ridiculed for alleging that the Obama administration placed his campaign under surveillance. The response from experts on CNN and other sites was open mockery. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper came forward to assure the media that he could categorically deny the allegation and stated, “There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.” The range of media analysis seemed to run from whether Trump was a clinical paranoid or a delusional demagogue.

We now know there was, indeed, surveillance ordered repeatedly on Trump campaign figures before and after the election. …

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Dictionary definition of a spy: “a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.”

That sounds like what the Australian diplomat and the college professor were doing to the Trump campaign, but the fakestream media insists “no spying!”

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May 21, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

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