It’s a cool and windy day–something about the wind makes me tired–and having scanned the daily nooze for some hours, I find myself with a bad case of the blahs.
It seems to be the same nooze every day: the virus is king, our economy is all but wrecked, Democrats and all their little toadies in the media are running wild, and it sure looks like the bad guys everywhere are all going to get away with what they’ve done (I was afraid of that). So they tried to overturn a presidential election–big deal. Not that the rest of the world is any better off. And listening to my cats snore is not exactly invigorating.
With all the globalists and liberals and noozies running interference for the Chinese Communist Party, it seems most unlikely, maybe even impossible, that any of these malefactors will ever be brought to justice. We might settle for some justice, but “no justice”–that’s hard to bear. And forget about getting any straight answers to our many questions about the Wuhan virus. We’re all gonna die! No, it’s just a hoax! And every conceivable position between those polar opposites. How do you decide which one to believe?
Maybe a shampoo will perk me up. And after that, some prayer.
Granted, this is a fallen world inhabited by sinners. There are going to be problems with anything we do. But communism is way below even this world’s standards, and people only put up with it because they’re afraid their commie government will kill them if they don’t. I wonder if that’s what Western liberals like about it.
The legacy of Mao’s Great Leap Forward is lying, cheating, pretending, slipshod procedures and shabby workmanship–and the government knows no problem that a little creative violence won’t solve. It’s long past time this evil regime passed away: surely the Chinese people deserve much better than what they’ve got.
But we were so happy when Nixon and Kissinger opened our doors to Red China!
Is your score high enough to allow you to eat at decent restaurant?
How would you like to be punished for something without even knowing what it was, without a trial, without a chance to defend yourself, without even a chance to say anything about it? And because the punishment is not administered by the legal system, there’s no way to appeal it, no way to get it lifted.
Welcome to Red China’s “social credit” system. There, Big Tech closely monitors everything that everybody says and does and helps the government “rate” citizens according to their “trustworthiness”… as defined by the government. You run up points for doing things the government likes for you to do; and if your score is too low, you can’t shop at the nicer stores, can’t sent your kids to a nice school, can’t hold a good job, can’t travel on a plane, can’t ride the choo-choo train.
Some of the big corporations–banks, insurance companies, Facebook, Uber, and Lyft, and even Amazon–are already rating their customers, and some are banning people for having “wrong” opinions. (Note: I got banned by Facebook yesterday.) Say the wrong thing on the social media, and maybe next time you need a ride from Uber, the algorithm will say you can’t have one.
This is a liberal’s dream come true. Why go to all the trouble of passing a law against Climbit Change Denial, and maybe have a judge just strike it down, when Big Tech is ready, willing, and able to do your dirty work for you? And your victim won’t be able to go to court and get his punishment lifted. You don’t even have to tell him why he’s being punished.
Remember a book called Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner, vintage 1971? Freedom and dignity, argued the father of behavior modification theory, are outdated and “unscientific,” obstacles to a utopia designed by Scientists and the kind of government that’ll kill you as soon as look at you.
“Social credit” is behavior mod for the entire country, administered by private entities without the consent of the governed–but certainly with a sly wink from the Democrats.
Please! Do not, under any circumstances, vote for any Democrat anywhere! Next year is our chance to put them out of business… before they put our country out of business.
You think you’ve got a bad job? Hah. You’ve got to go to Red China to find out what a bad job really is.
A Chinese home renovation company “punishes” workers–remember, this is an official Workers’ Paradise–for unsatisfactory performance by making them drink urine and eat cockroaches… or get whipped with a belt… or have your head shaved… or be made to drink toilet water… or get docked a whole month’s wages (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-society-punishment-idUSKCN1ND0MM). These punishments are executed in front of the other employees. Keeps ’em on their toes, I guess.
Oddly enough, very few people quit after these things are done to them. Maybe in China jobs are that hard to come by. Or maybe all the other jobs are worse. The Reuters news story doesn’t tell us. They just seem to “accept their fate.”
This is the Red China whose culture and form of government American liberals wish to emulate. I can just see Joe Biden grinning as he watches some poor peon try to scarf down a handful of roaches. Tom Friedman’s out front selling tickets.
How about that? The world’s largest remaining communist country–in fact, China’s more fascist than communist, anymore, but they do still have that hammer and sickle on their stationery–has warned the American people not to elect Donald Trump as president, or else.
An editorial in the Chinese government-controlled Global News compares Trump to Mussolini and Hitler–but Chairman Mao was worse than either of those two–calls him “racist and extremist,” is really, really mad at him for promising to retaliate against China’s currency manipulating practices, and wraps it up by calling him a “rich narcissist.” Well, we’re sorry, comrades, but we can’t seem to get any poor narcissists to run for president. But you don’t seem to mind the narcissist we’ve got right now.
Now, does all this work out to a roundabout Red Chinese endorsement of some other candidate? Which one do they want to be president, and why don’t they just come right out and say so? Come on–which of the other candidates gets that coveted Communist Chinese endorsement?
What? We don’t need a Red Chinese endorsement, when we’ve already got the New York Times?
Hey, maybe we could whip up a quick treaty that says no future president of the United States can be inaugurated without Red Chinese approval.