Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Donald Trump is a Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, utterly Incompetent Man,"

Said Cenk Uygur, Young Turk, anent the Donald's pitiful belated speech about the Charlottesville riot--nailing it, I think we must all agree.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Venezuela: ‘We are ready to fight’ – Venezuelans march against Trump

The reach of the CIA is long and their pockets are deep, but they've apparently lost this one.  The referendum for the election of the Constitutional Assembly was immensely popular and was approved by the Venezuelan people almost unanimously.  Apparently the gallant, Bolivarian spirit of Hugo Chavez (whom I liked better than any other politician in the world) is still strong in them.  Lord love 'em.

Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO--Thank God for the Internet!

This video clip from YouTube is a very fair summation of what purports to be a major confrontation in "America" between the "Alt-Right" and the "Alt-Left"--Incredible as these essentially fictive entities seem to be to my Far Western Sensibilities.    

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This LIBERAL Woman in Tech Salutes James Damore!

This lady has it all down, along with a fair understanding of the psychology of the Big Five Personality Traits, which of course is what James Damore was referring to throughout his essay.  Faithful readers of The View from the Quai Voltaire will kindly refer to my blog of the 10th of September, 2008, entitled "Science in the News," after the sub-heading Social Constructionism Takes another Hit, which deals with the same interesting difference between the sexes in First World (or Developed) Societies.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Long talk with Phil last night

Rambling over our usual many topics.  and not failing, as is our wont, to enumerate the women and children butchered this past week in Afghanistan by NATO air-strikes (16)--though we but barely touched on the horrific, Nazi-like genocide being relentlessly prosecuted in the Yemen by US-armed Saudi forces--and spoke (blathered or prattled) blithely instead about the recent celebration of Phil's (55th, I believe) birthday, a somewhat grand affair (I take it--with lots of food and drink), whereat, for the second time (the first being with me as his acompanist, twenty-two long years ago) in public, Phil sang a couple of the four Brahms Serious Songs, including the ever-marvelous O Tod.  And a nice conversation we did have about how Brahms mellows and deepens with age.  Then we grazed briefly over the Bach French suites: Phil saying that he's been working at the D minor; me saying, well, yes, it's very nice, but for sheer elegant prettiness I favor the sharp-key suites, specifically the G Major, B minor and E Major.  Phil says he has not got my knack of playing through them as if they were light, frivolous entertainment; but that, as he grows older, he is acquiring it. Then we passed to the topic of Phil's major public musical endeavour, which is (not, as you might suppose, his singing Bach cantatas in church on Sundays--which of course he does do--but) his participation, as lead singer and (I think he said) rhythm guitarist in a five-piece country-western band, performing his own songs and those of Woodie Guthrie and Willy Nelson. And he's good.  Really good.  With a Western drawl and a Texan twang in his voice that is absolutely authentic-sounding, and, you would think, impossible in anyone as well-educated as he is. At any rate, such Amerikanische music is wildly popular in alt Deutschland, and Phil and his group (whose made-up name I forget) are likely contenders for winning a big upcoming competition in Cologne on the 25th of this month (St. Louis' Day), among some twenty-five bands.  It would be such a hoot if Phil's group won--and, I daresay, very remunerative.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Citizen kills 2 armed robbers. Family wants to sue citizen.

Shoot this woman before she breeds again!

Ah, Sylvia

What keeps me from ever--ever--fetching The Bell Jar down from the shelf of popular favorites? Partly, to be honest, the fact that so many women, and literary critics, adore it, and profess to've found beauty and truth in it.  Myself, I've never read a line of Sylvia Plath's poetry that I liked, admired or found beautiful.  Is it just me?  Or is it the undoubted fact that depressed women who kill themselves annoy the hell out of me.  

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

What I like about this System of Argumentation (using other peoples' blogs)

is how much objective reasoning it gets me through in how brief a space.  Especially when I'm using a left-brain, right-wing, perhaps somewhat sexist argufier like Stefan Molyneux as my spokesman. He does such a wonderfully thorough, satisfyingly contemptuous job of eviscerating feminism and doctrinaire political correctness.  I particularly love the borderline rudeness of his referring to Danielle Brown only by her first name--precisely as the insufferable arrogance of her "incorrect assumptions about gender" deserves.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Google Memo: Fired Employee Speaks Out! | James Damore and Stefan Molyneux

What Pisses Me Off About The Google "Anti-Diversity" Memo