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A Problem

Well, the mathematical community doesn’t seem to have a problem with this, but I do. Here it is:

0! = 1! = 1

(For those readers who aren’t mathematically-inclined, the ! symbol indicates the factorial function.)

Discarding the third part of our equation, we have:

0! = 1!

Now, we discard the factorial symbol:

0 = 1

I’ll leave it to the reader to explore the reasons given for this apparent absurdity, but I have to say that I find the arguments for this to be unconvincing.

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Heartache Over Elton John

I was poking about in The Reject Shop the other day, when a familiar tune from my childhood burst onto the in-store speakers. This song was Heartache All Over the World by Elton John. According to Wikipedia, Elton has described the song as ‘the worst he has ever recorded,’ which I felt to be unfair. Here, then, is an analysis of the lyrics:

Well I’m running away
From this house on the hill
There’s a devil inside
Sitting on the window sill

This first verse is somewhat Poe-esque, but only makes sense in light of subsequent verses.

And it’s a wild Friday night
And I’m all on my own
I knocked on every door in town
There ain’t one little girl that’s home

Here the subject is revealed as an incel. This second verse explains the first: the devil sitting on the window sill turns out to be unfulfilled sexual desires.

And everybody’s got a date
And the ones that ain’t are tired
What the hell do you do on a weekend honey
When your heart’s on fire

A lament over the sexual success of the subject’s rivals.

And you can go from Tokyo to Rome
Looking for a girl
But it looks to me like the weekend means
Heartache all over the world

Here we see a dramatic escalation of the subject’s anguish. Having already taken the extreme step of knocking on every door in town in search of gratification, the subject takes the search global. This is true desperation.

Girls, girls, girls
Have pity on me
Oh it looks to me like the weekend means
Heartache, heartache all over the world

Now things are going from slightly scary to pathetic. Asking for a “pity root” — SAD!

He’s got lipstick on his collar
She’s got fishnets on her legs
I’m at home and I’ve got nothing
Just a cold and aching head

More resentment at the sexual success of others. This bloke would be all over the Manosphere today.

There must be something dirty
Just blame it on the magazines
Don’t read that trash it’ll drive you crazy
`Cause the cops invade your dreams

Here we find our subject has given up on the idea of three-dimensional satisfaction, and has decided to honk the pud instead. But our subject is burdened by the possibility that the cops are going to burst in and take a truncheon to bis boner. The devil on the window sill wins.


Thus ends our lyrical analysis of Heartache All Over The World.

Musically, Heartache is a fairly standard 1980s pop tune, with some amiable guitar riffs and keyboard work. Elton’s vocal performance is solid, gradually gaining momentum throughout each verse. Overall, it’s a nicely-crafted track, which certainly doesn’t deserve the opprobrium from it has received from critics, or Elton himself.

Ⓒ Universal Music Publishing Group

Michael Jackson Was Right

Twenty years ago, Jackson released a song called ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. Exactly who Jackson — an African-American who had infamously bleached his skin white — meant by “us” seemed something of a mystery at the time, given that Jackson himself was a mega-rich celebrity living in the fantasy world of the Neverland ranch, far removed from the everyday struggles of Black America.

Last year, however, I discovered who Jackson was talking about: me.

On 26 July, a eugenicist psychopath murdered 19 disabled people in a care home in Sagamihara, Japan. The reaction to this around the globe to this was…nothing. Nobody gave a shit. Social media was silent. Japanese authorities didn’t release the names of the victims. 

Now, this universe is a cold, dark, empty, and lonely place; but at least we have some sense of being-ness, a sense that our bodies and minds are a tiny bit of something-ness amongst the void. These people were denied that.

This episode is a disturbing one for people with disabilities, a reminder that the “normal” are utterly indifferent to our fate. We are nothing.

Sorry Folks, But Matt Bruenig Is Actually A Fascist

OK, maybe I’m indulging in a little hypabowl. But the term ‘anticapitalist, but socially conservative Catholic’ is a descriptor that fits nicely with historical figures such as Franco and Salazar.

We have been informed by several dudebros and weirdos that the Bruenig family’s hostility toward women’s reproductive rights is no big deal, because Liz Bruenig is a “nice person”. Now I’m not one to take the opinions of podcast clowns and internet fucktards seriously, but this has to be one of the lamest arguments ever put forward by anyone. I have little doubt that most of the reactionary housewives in Alabama will happily bake you a pumpkin pie, but THAT IS NOT THE POINT.

I would suggest that Americans who believe in reproductive rights steer well clear of these Papists. 

Neoliberalism: A History

1970s: It’ll be great!

1980s: Look, just give it more time.

1990s: SEE!?!

2008: Governments ruined it.

2017: Neoliberalism? Never heard of it…

 

The Tribal Instinct

Why are some “socialist” or “anarchist” Jews upset by attacks on the Jewish Establishment? This is a puzzle to me. Some examples:

  • Mark Ames once lavished praise on bigoted Jewish ethnic activist Deborah Lipstadt. When I called him out on this, he made vague references on social media about “holocaust deniers” making comments at his site. I made no comments about the holocaust, I merely embarrassed him for his hypocrisy (Ames frequently calls others “racist”).
  • Occupy Wall Street activist Daniel Sieradski got upset with me for being mean to Jewish billionaires.
  • Why does Corey Robin consider “white privilege” to be a legitimate subject of discussion but not “Jewish privilege”?

I find it strange that these men are so attached to their ethnic identity that they consider attacks on Jewish elites as attacks on themselves. I don’t have any delusions that wealthy and powerful people of Western European backgrounds are one of my kind — I could drop dead tomorrow, and Kerry Stokes wouldn’t give a shit. So why does the tribalist mindset still motivate these people?  

 

Who Is Greg Palast?

If you ask Greg himself, he might say ‘fearless investigative reporter, grassroots progressive activist, enemy of the Koch brothers’; and if you were to read Palast’s articles, this sounds about right.

But there’s a problem.

Greg Palast is not merely the sum of his written works — he appears on other media, and those other media have a rather dubious background.

Palast has made numerous appearances on Infowars, home of fat-faced right-wing freak Alex Jones. Why? My answer would be the Stratfor connection. I’ve long suspected that Jones’ kooky performances are a kind of online Venus flytrap created to lure internet wackos into a single, easy-to-monitor cyberspace — but that’s just a theory.

What is not a theory is Palast’s connections to Mossad. These have been exposed by none other than Christopher Bollyn, whose controversial appearance at Brookln Commons was the subject of a previous post here. Palast being a relative of David Kimche could actually be disregarded, if Palast’s views on Middle Eastern affairs weren’t aligned with the those of the Israeli government.

When America’s Mongo-in-Chief bombed a Syrian airbase after an alleged sarin attack, you might have thought that erstwhile “progressive” Palast would be none too thrilled with this act of US imperial aggression.

Think again.

Not only does he support the military action against a long-time enemy of Israel, Palast even managed to crack a boner over Hillary Clinton! Whatever gets you through the night, Greg.

Sadly, a lot of wide-eyed young people will turn up to public events to watch this bloke speak, without knowing the full story. If they knew the truth, maybe they’d find someone better to listen to.