Category: The Culture

Reminder: Punching Nazis is okay

A lot of debate surrounds the ethics of punching Nazis. To me, there is no debate. If the Nazis are low enough for Captain America to punch, then they are low enough for me to punch.

Punching Nazis is still okay today because we suppressed Nazism with violence in the past and it worked out pretty well. In Germany, they just arrest people who promote Neo-Nazism in any form, so I don’t see why the US feels such qualms about it. You should see how the polizei operate, too. It’s a thing of beauty. So if I saw someone wearing a swastika in public, I’d be sure to kick their ass too.

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“Hey man, I have the freedom of speech okay let’s just talk about it”
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I’ve never seen someone so peacefully asleep.
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“Ain’t nothin’ to talk about.” – Actual quote from the puncher.

Let me give you a few reminders:

On September 1, 1939 the leader of then-Nazi Germany launched an invasion and attack on Europe that would throw the world into hard, bloody chaos for the next 6 years, millions dead, countries and families torn apart.

On December 7, 1941 the US entered the war after Germany’s ally Japan launched an unprovoked attack on American soil: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA.

When news of the Holocaust broke loose in Europe, and more and more atrocities committed by the Nazis became apparent, the US adopted a staunchly violent view against Nazis. Why? Because using the plight of the people in conjunction with blatant racism and homophobia to gain power and justify war is a vile and broken act that deserves no reprieve. Only swift and violent justice is the answer for these people.

Today, there are people who admire the same people who slaughtered countless humans and threw Europe into irreversible chaos and set the stage for the Cold War. There are even those who deny that the Holocaust even happened.

Many of such filth admire the Nazis because to them, they represent power, something usually lacking in the lives of Neo-Nazis. Really, they are a symptom of the system breaking down at every level to produce such dysfunctional human beings. I feel sorry for many because I’m sure bullying had a lot to do with it. But turning to Neo-Nazism to cope and feel empowered is not the answer; turning to hate and encouraging violence and race purging is not the answer.

And because I remember what the Nazis managed to do the first time around, I don’t want any of them to feel encouraged to feel the way they do. People who are incapable of realizing why they are getting punched deserve to continue to get punched then given a lengthy lecture about it. Anyone who wears the German swastika or the Iron Cross or any Nazi symbols/regalia should be considered traitors to the US. And summarily punched by the nearest US citizen.

Because remember, if Captain America can feel justified punching Nazis, so can you.

If you know anybody that promotes Neo-Nazism, or you are a Neo-Nazi, let me know. I’d be glad to sit down and have a talk with you.

Alex Jones is the greatest face of the Internet 2.0

Did you know that Alex Jones is one of the only fighters in the resistance against Google and their plans for world domination?

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Good god this man is capable of doing anything isn’t he

If you don’t know who Alex Jones is, he’s a radio show host and a pretty (in)famous conspiracy theorist. He has all kinds of zany theories, and has in recent years appeared on Joe Rogan’s radio show (among many, many others) and CNN. He’s convinced chemtrails (condensation trails from airplanes) are turning our frogs gay.

Recently, this happened:

David Hogg is that high schooler who stepped up into the national spotlight after his high school got shot up by a loser with no friends with guns. He’s seriously giving Alex Jones the time of day about this, which is outrageous and ridiculous to me.

This really confirms it, Alex Jones is the greatest pot stirrer ever. Ever since he got national media attention, people continue to feed into his bullshit at every turn. It’s quite amazing what he’s managed to do, honestly. I was really mesmerized by his explanation of Google’s plans for world domination.

I mean this guy really sounds like he’s serious, you couldn’t make up the stuff he’s saying:

So now this is the person that this David Hogg kid has to go on his show and act like Alex Jones is a sane person who is totally serious.

I don’t understand. Either Alex Jones is psycho, or he’s making all of this up and we’re all buying that he really believes it. If he doesn’t believe it, does that make him the fool? I don’t think so, I think he’s playing us either way. He’s getting paid either way.

Alex Jones is an entrepreneur and a true bearer of the American way, in my opinion. Nobody masters and synergizes free speech with capitalism, entrepeneurship as well as Alex Jones has in the last century. He’s also an expert fighter and will beat you up if you challenge him; that’s right, he’s not just a master in the debate room, he’s a master in the dojo.

I love Alex Jones.

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The SpaceX Launch freaked some morons out; Trump aims sights at FBI director; a drug dealing moron; and more stories

A few interesting things happened in the past few days. Here is a small collection of stories to read on your Christmas Eve.

NPR: SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents

The contrail from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen from Long Beach, Calif., more than 100 miles southeast from its launch site, the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday. Javier Mendoza/AP

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had a successful launch on Friday, December 21st. The resulting gas and contrails from the rockets created a beautiful mark on the sky – or an alien UFO, according to some people.

In a bid to ease the minds of worried witnesses, the Los Angeles Fire Department released a statement saying the “mysterious light in the sky is reported to be the result of [Vandenberg] Air Force Base launching rocket to put satellite into space.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn’t help matters when he tweeted, “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”

“People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO,” Jimmy Golen, who was touring the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank at the time, told the wire service.

NPR: Trump Seizes On Reports FBI’s Deputy Director Plans To Retire In Early 2018

President Trump used Twitter Saturday to suggest that Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s increasingly embattled deputy director, was holding onto his position in a race against time to claim full pension benefits.

Trump said McCabe was “racing the clock” in one tweet Saturday:

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!”

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Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died; Silicon Valley’s homeless; an autistic stage actor; and more stories

Just sharing some articles I read today that I thought others might enjoy. Click the links to read the full stories.

Los Angeles Times Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died in Texas shooting if there was more vetting for gun buyers

Donald Trump speaking in Korea (AFP)

Los Angeles Times: Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died in Texas shooting if there was more vetting for gun buyers

President Trump said that even with tighter vetting of gun buyers, “there would have been no difference” for those killed in the mass shooting at a South Texas church on Sunday.

Trump made the comments during a news conference in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in response to a question about why his promised “extreme vetting” for visa applicants shouldn’t also be applied to gun purchases.

The New York Times: Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Television Academy Over Abuse Claims

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women, has been banned for life from the Television Academy because of “widespread examples of this horrific behavior.”

His ouster from the Television Academy is the latest in a series of professional condemnations since widespread accusations about his treatment of women were published last month. Since the accusations surfaced, he has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded.

Associated Press: In Silicon Valley, the homeless illustrate a growing divide

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You’re too stupid and poor to get rich from bitcoin.

I’ve known plenty of seemingly smart people who have said things like “My holographic Charizard 1st edition will be worth hundreds of dollars in a few years.” Everyone’s got one of those. Shut up.

Buy and hold, baby.

Working in the FX and Equity Trading industry, I get a lot of investment questions from friends of mine. I used to be bothered that they’d ask me things like, “I’ve got 50 bucks to invest, can you help me make the right stock plays to become a millionaire?” But what has really annoyed me even more lately are basically any questions about whether they should invest money into bitcoins or not. And that’s mostly because if they’re asking me, it’s not even a question anymore. They’ve already decided that they’re gonna buy some, and also want my validation that it’s a good idea.

I usually answer with something like,

“I don’t trust cryptocurrencies because it’s hard to determine the real underlying value behind it. Blockchain technology is interesting, but most people are just trying to get rich off of it, and it’s heavily inflating the value.”

Which always gets a response like,

“You make a good point, but I still think there’s money to be made. The price went up 200% in the last month! I think I can get into bitcoin before it pops.”

And I don’t disagree that the price of bitcoin will keep going up for a while. It started off as a toy used by tech savvy nerds and online drug kingpins, but now cryptocurrency has begun to reach the market of speculative beanie baby and tulip bulb buyers. You know, people who have received large inheritances from a Nigerian prince.

Hello sir you have been named for receive inheritance of 200 btc. Please provide your coinbase wallet details.

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No, Ann Coulter does not believe Houston is being punished for a lesbian mayor.

POTUS Donald Trump accidentally called to attention a phenomenon that has infuriated matt for years now. Ann Coulter is the latest victim of fake news. These are matt’s opinions and don’t reflect those of the other authors affiliated with FactsB.

**Let me first make it clear that I do not agree with this tweet at all and think Ann Coulter is a crazy person.

Below is a tweet from conservative pundit Ann Coulter from August 28, 2017:

For the uninformed reader, Ann Coulter is a popular conservative pundit, television personality, and author of several books. She’s renowned, perhaps infamous, for her political insights and is a frequent guest on political talk shows. She’s a Presbyterian with a traditional, conservative sense of American politics and society, and honestly is often reviled by many moderates and left-wingers alike.

One should also understand that pro-conservative parties in the United States are currently pushing the idea that the idea of climate change due to human activity is false and should be disregarded as a serious threat to our earth. This is something that they are believing, whether by choice or by political agenda. Ann Coulter is one of mind with these very people.

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Post-midnight thoughts 8.23.2017: Some angry writing about Buzzfeed

I just wanted to angry write about Buzzfeed and how much I despise the website’s success despite its poor quality writing.

This is from an article (click to view) about duck penises and how ducks have sex from Buzzfeed, the young millenials’ choice for entertainment, news and biology:

Kelly Oakes (BuzzFeed Staff, UK)

Meanwhile there is literally more text in the first half of this screenshot (click to see entry) of Discover magazine’s blog entry from 2009 than there is in the Buzzfeed article’s actual text:

Ed Yong (Discover Magazine Blog 2009)

My point isn’t to rag on Buzzfeed for having a short and sweet, cute article on duck penises. My point isn’t to somehow demean the author of the article by comparing it to what was clearly a researched and verbose article about duck genitalia. But I just want everyone to see the difference in the quality of writing, and quietly wonder to themselves “Why have we decided that less reading is good?”Continue reading “Post-midnight thoughts 8.23.2017: Some angry writing about Buzzfeed” »

Post-midnight thoughts 8.17.2017

A random assortment of thoughts spilled out stream-of-consciousness style. I touch on controversial subjects tonight. Opinions in no way represent FactsB or other affiliated authors.

On Charlottesville, news media:
The damage being dealt to the left-wing and left-biased media outlets by the ultraconservative agenda almost seems intentional in how, as a collective, news outlets and entertainment figures are acting about and reacting to Donald Trump and various current events. Nobody seems to think before they speak, and speaking in hyperbole has become the norm. Diction matters for a reason, and consistently the staunchest critics of Donald Trump sidestep the right points by over-exaggerating certain issues that many White Americans simply don’t care about or cannot relate to yet (Except Charlottesville, that’s quite clearly a white supremacist rally and I think most people are at least concerned about it).

White nationalists march in Charlottesville. Alejandro Alvarez/News2Share/Via Reuters

They consistently give Donald Trump fuel to use in order to sway his very vocal supporters, who in turn give the news MORE fuel to exaggerate. When you make conservative pundits and outlets seem relatively sane in comparison, you might be doing something wrong. I don’t think they’re necessarily wrong nor do I feel like they should have to change. The truth of the matter is that Americans have to become smarter media consumers or else no amount of changing our tone will get through to people.

There needs to be a culture change. A popular myth states that Americans will take one year to build a bridge that lasts 10 years, but the Germans will take 10 years to build a bridge that lasts forever (one version I’ve heard). We’ve got to change our minds and the way we consume our media (and our food).
We’ve turned into a country of extremes, and I hope we can find that middle ground again.

That being said, nobody is the winner here when the US government clearly has an agenda to run this country into the ground by continuing to sabotage our education, overspend on defense, diminish healthcare, and halt social progress. But that’s just me.

On sports:
Football preseason has started, and that means everybody is out making wild assumptions about their teams record this year. Me? I predict the Broncos will have a more outstanding season than last, hopefully with a rejuvenated offense with some juice behind it. A 10-6 record would be their best record this season, I think, and they’ll probably one and done it in the post-season. Look how far ahead I am predicting this unpredictable game. Super Bowl winners? Probably the Steelers or Patriots versus the Giants or the Packers. Safe bets!

It’s going to be a good season of football as parity in the league has been restored for the most part (at first glance) with only a few outliers remaining. The Patriots dynasty is probably one of the most dominant in the history of the league, and I doubt it gets challenged by someone in the near future. The stranglehold they’ve kept on the AFC will continue to hold as Tom Brady reaches his 40th birthday while still paying in the NFL. For reference, he’s only the 33rd player to play after 40.

Tom Brady looks on as an errant pass is taken to the house for 6. The Patriots would end up winning the Super Bowl, overcoming the score of 28-3 against the Atlanta Falcons. (Getty Images via SportingNews)

 

My favorite draft pick this year is probably Mitch Trubisky. I think the Bears caught people by surprise with this one (because they either traded up too much or didn’t? i forget and i’m too lazy to look it up now!), and based on one preseason game I’ve seen him in I can say that I think he’ll do well in the NFL. Granted it was against 2nd and 3rd stringers, but give the guy credit where its due, yeah? That Mike Glennon looks as awful as the former starter of the Tampa Bay Bucs should, by the way.

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Vintage Youtube: Saul “Tre” Cohen

Once upon a time, “YouTuber” wasn’t a career option, and the best videos on youtube were made by kids who wanted to have some fun. No overproduced intros, no constant reminders to, “Like, comment, subscribe, down below.” I miss this era of  internet media where people were creating content without thinking about engagement ratings or adsense money.

I thought of this Bay Life series the other night about this Jewish guy “Saul Cohen” who decides to change his name to “Tre” and embrace Bay Life Culture.

Thizz.

And a Bonus Parody: