Lion of the Blogosphere

Chinese food for Christmas

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This music video makes it look a lot more fun than it is.

This Chinese food meme keeps coming up in the comments. For starters, Orthodox Jews would never eat Chinese food because it’s not kosher.

It has been said that for less religious Jews in New York City, going back to the 1940s, Chinese food was their first gateway to eating non-kosher food, I guess because it was cheap. As a kid, I remember thinking how Chinese food tasted so much better than anything my mother would cook.

With Christmas being a day when Jews had nothing to do, and Chinese restaurants were the only restaurants open (because Chinese people are not Christian so they also don’t celebrate Christmas), and Jews trying to maintain their Jewish identity by NOT doing anything that Christians would do on Christmas such as cooking a big festive meal, that’s how the Chinese food tradition took off.

Jews have a tendency to maintain dumb traditions like this even when they no longer make sense. Probably because assimilated Jews don’t really believe in their religion, so the only thing they have is dumb traditions like eating Chinese food on Christmas instead of exchanging presents and cooking a meal.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 5, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Religion

Rabbi Meir Kahane on the true meaning of Hannaukah

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http://www.freeman.org/m_online/jan01/kahane.htm

Here’s a sample:

The Chanukah that has erupted unto the world Jewish scene in all its childishness, asininity, shallowness, ignorance and fraud is not the Chanukah of reality. The Hanukah that came into vogue because Jewish parents – in their vapidness needed something to counteract Christmas; that exploded in a show of “we-have-lights-just-as-our-goyisha-neighbors” and in an effort to reward our spoiled children with eight gifts instead of the poor Christian one; the Chanukah that the Temple, under its captive Rabbi, turned into a school pageant so that the beaming parents might think that the Religious School is really successful instead of the tragic oke and waste that it really is; the Chanukah that speaks of Jewish Patrick Henrys giving-me-liberty-or-death and that pictures the Maccabees as great liberal saviors who fought so that the kibbutzim might continue to be free to preach their Marx and eat their ham, that the split-level dwellers of suburbia might be allowed to violate their Sabbath in perfect freedom and the Reform and Conservative Temples continue to fight for civil rights for Blacks, Puerto Ricans and Jane Fonda, is not remotely connected with reality.

I agree with Rabbi Kahane, but in the opposite direction. If Jews want to celebrate a holiday that has nothing to do with the actual meaning of Hanukkah so they can have Christmas-lite, they should just celebrate the real thing, celebrate Christmas, and properly relegate Hanukkah to those other ignored Jewish holidays like the Fast of Gedaliah or Lag BaOmer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 4, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Religion

7-year-old kid makes $22 million/year

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2018/12/03/how-this-seven-year-old-made-22-million-playing-with-toys-2/#54a2c6e04459

This is why you want to start your kids out early on the road to being a social media influencer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 4, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Technology

What Clinton said about Bush in 1992

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Queen – Killer Queen

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Freddie Mercury looks very flamingly gay. But in 1970s, people were naive and didn’t know.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Music videos

Upcoming Star Trek review

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Will review This Side of Paradise from the first season of TOS. Great episode! I highly recommend watching it.

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December 3, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Uncategorized

War against THOTs

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https://www.wired.com/story/quiet-war-rages-who-can-make-money-online/

Didn’t know this was happening until I read the article in Wired.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST pm

Did George H.W. Bush become president by being nice?

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The media has been pushing this meme.

When he ran against Reagan for the Republican nomination, he called Reagan’s economic plan “voodoo economics.” That doesn’t sound that nice to me. It sounds negative.

Bush won the election in 1988 because people were really voting for Reagan.

In 1992, running as himself rather than as a continuation of Reagan, he lost to Bill Clinton.

Obviously, the point of this meme is that the media hates Trump because he’s not nice (which is true), but it’s the mainstream media that created the environment for someone like Trump to be successful. The mainstream media just takes advantage of nice Republicans. The only way to be successful against the left-wing mainstream media and its immense bias against conservatives is to be like Trump.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics

Do you need to be a pretty woman to be successful on Instagram?

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Some of the comments to the last post said something like, “be a pretty woman, duh!”

I think the answer is more nuanced than that.

There are many niches on Instagram where people are successful that don’t require any humans to be in the photos (food, pets, art, etc.), and the sex and physical appearance of the photographer doesn’t matter for those niches.

I have seen some accounts on Instagram that have lots of followers and engagement and the only thing going for the account is that the young woman is astoundingly beautiful. Not just above average, but more like top 1% hotness. But that doesn’t mean it’s a profitable niche to be in. Having a bunch of horny male followers is the worst thing for making money on Instagram, because men don’t look to Instagram to figure out how to spend their money, it is women who do that.

An example of a very profitable account is @gypsea_lust, owned by Lauren Bullen. She’s certainly not ugly, but she’s not the hottest woman on the planet either.

She does have blonde hair, and it’s my impression that blonde hair does better on Instagram (although not 100% sure that’s not my own bias), but pretty blonde hair something that can be obtained by paying a hair stylist. I don’t think that Ms. Bullen is a natural blonde. She’s quite slim, but I’ve seen some women on the chunkier side also do quite well on Instagram.

I think that in order to succeed in the most profitable lifestyle/travel niche, all that’s required is for a woman to be under the age of 40 and not be in the bottom 50% looks-wise. The rest can be made up for with good hair, fashionable clothes, and most importantly the right photography. Remember that most of the followers will be women, and women don’t necessarily want to look at top 1% hotness, they want to follow a woman whose style they can more realistically aspire to.

Most notably, Ms. Bullen’s boyfriend is a photographer (with his own highly followed Instagram account), and that’s one of the keys to success. I think that behind most successful women on Instagram there’s a boyfriend/husband photographer.

I believe that #fitness is an underserved niche. The quality of photography in this niche is pretty dismal. My theory is that women into fitness have musclehead boyfriends, and there’s truth in the stereotype about muscleheads being stupid. They obviously make dismal photographers. I think that an account featuring a fit woman with the same quality of photography as @gypsea_lust would really take off.

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Of course it goes without saying that an account featuring a male influencer has a much harder time taking off. Heterosexual men don’t want to follow other men, at least not other men who feature themselves the way that female influencers do. Men will follow other men who take pictures they are interested in; for example, men who are into fishing will follow men who take fishing-related photos.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Technology

Who are the guys in the yellow vests?

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And how did they become so organized and so devoted to whatever they are protesting about?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST am

Posted in International

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