2 + 2 = 5

“I love Big Brother.”


“He picked up the children’s history book and looked at the portrait of Big Brother which formed its frontispiece. The hypnotic eyes gazed into his own. It was as though some huge force were pressing down upon you — something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses. In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four?”

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Science and not science, and how to tell the difference

Matt Ridley:

“[T]he huge green pressure groups have grown fat on a diet of constant but ever-changing alarm about the future. That these alarms—over population growth, pesticides, rain forests, acid rain, ozone holes, sperm counts, genetically modified crops—have often proved wildly exaggerated does not matter: the organisations that did the most exaggeration trousered the most money. In the case of climate, the alarm is always in the distant future, so can never be debunked.

“These huge green multinationals, with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, have now systematically infiltrated science, as well as industry and media, with the result that many high-profile climate scientists and the journalists who cover them have become one-sided cheerleaders for alarm, while a hit squad of increasingly vicious bloggers polices the debate to ensure that anybody who steps out of line is punished. They insist on stamping out all mention of the heresy that climate change might not be lethally dangerous.”

I love that phrase, “trousered the most money.” Matt Ridley is a “lukewarmer.” He accepts that there has been some warming — there has been, of course, since the end of the Little Ice Age in roughly 1850 — but doesn’t buy that it’s catastrophic or that the human contribution comes to that much. I’ve been following this for a long time, and I have always found that the sceptics make by far the better case. They are treated, always have been, exactly as Ridley describes.

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The opportunist

I have always taken Obama very seriously. I used to take issue with people who insist that he’s stupid but don’t bother arguing about it very often at this point. (He knows precisely what he is doing and prosecutes his agenda with great deliberation. He’s a little bit past his ‘provocation a day’ method, but not that far past it.)

Almost a year before he was elected I did what the media refused to do, go into the teachings of Wright’s church, which is based on “black liberation theology.” I warned about it, and that no one who had carefully chosen and voluntarily sat in that kind of church (it is not a typical black church, not even close; it is in fact roughly the black equivalent of a white racist “Christian Identity” congregation) had any business being in the Senate, let alone running for president.

I won’t go again here into my analysis of Obama as a Marxist, his long background of being mentored by and allied with hardcore Marxists (like Frank Davis, a CPUSA member when that meant you were a Stalinist) stretching back to his young teenage years.

What you saw yesterday, when he jumped right out on his gun control theme, is a key element of the Leftist doctrine for dealing with American society, which the Left detests for both its freedom and complexity (the Left hates complexity and wants uniform “diversity,” and of course despises freedom and champions the state as the state religion).

Again, Obama is not stupid. His failures are perfectly consistent with “the worse, the better” dictum of a Marxist-Leninist. He has no interest in the truth and would never consider what it might be before he opened his mouth on any topic. The “truth” is what the Party says it is, and right now he is in power and he speaks for the Party and he will tell you what the “truth” is, but as you have probably noted, that changes as required.

You’ll note that while the people of Charleston were struggling to transcend those murders, to achieve exactly the opposite of the effect the murderer claimed he wanted, Obama was right on his political message. It was an opportunity.

“He is a character out of a novel that Orwell did not live to write.”

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Jane St. Onge

Jane will be dead a year this August. I was very lucky to get back in touch with her seven years ago. We talked a lot on the phone. We exchanged several letters. She was at once in bad shape, physically and mentally, but still her perfect self, contentious, skeptical, funny, smart. We were a couple of nuts together back when.

The first time I saw her, in New Paltz, she was leaning late at night against a pillar in a bar. Her hair chopped off, she was dragging on a cigarette, and looking too cool for words. God only knows what she saw in me.

We loved each other. She saw me through the worst of my bad times and I repaid her by being the absolutely worst boyfriend I could be.

She was among the great people I’ve ever known. Even in her terrible moments she found more joy in her life than most people will know. She could take perfect delight in the simplest things. She gardened as though she had discovered it. She made pictures. She made dresses. She was a math wizard.

Jane read books like some people have fevers. She had been a compulsive diarist. She could outthink me, most days, and got the jokes of life that I couldn’t get.

That sly look on her face, and the way she could turn toward a person and smile, were so real I can see and feel them right now.

She liked to smoke and drink, and that’s what killed her. The week she died I was thinking, “you know, she’s going to live forever, that woman,” and then the news came. She was gone. There were only a few people I knew around town who remembered her and I made sure to tell them.

In fact, in my life only Madam Vandam, who once had been Jane’s close friend, understood what a loss it was. Here we are almost a year later. I note her passing here, now, because this is the New Paltz Journal, and anyone who walks down Main Street in New Paltz is walking a path she once illuminated with her great spirit. We miss her, terribly.

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“Beyond the Brave New World”

George Neumayr:

“The speed with which the West has embraced all things perverse makes Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World look almost quaint. The moral anomalies of the West have far surpassed his imagination. The intensely reverential reaction to Bruce Jenner’s narcissistic self-mutilation would probably have struck Huxley as too improbable for fiction.”

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Ah, yeah, you should probably read my book

Yes, that’s what I would advise. Read it right now, today.

It’s right here.

Pay close attention.

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Bruce Jenner

Haven’t seen a sex change this big since Norman Bates turned into his mother.

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“Summer Vacation”

George Will:

“Progressives frequently disparage this or that person or idea as “on the wrong side of history.” They regard history as an autonomous force with its own laws of unfolding development: Progress is wherever history goes. This belief entails disparagement of human agency — or at least that of most people, who do not understand history’s implacable logic and hence do not get on history’s “right side.” Such people are crippled by “false consciousness.” Fortunately, a saving clerisy, a vanguard composed of the understanding few, know where history is going and how to help it get there.”

Will is writing, mainly, about things happening on college campuses, like the attacks on free speech. I quibble with his use of the term “progressive” to describe these people, but not too much. Progressives are more vanguardist than liberals, but the terms have an essential interchangeability to them. The source of this particular river of evil, however, is Marxism. Will avoids that term, probably finding it a potato too hot for his hands. Marxists, after all, love to attack anyone who calls them Marxists, and the same goes for progressives who are sponges for Marxist constructs without any real conscious understanding that they are sponges for Marxist constructs. (Although, some Marxists insist on calling themselves progressives because only college professors and those who belong to fringe political parties are usually willing to identify as Marxists. The real progressive is watery, in the progressive/liberal way, and does not operate on the level of through-the-looking-glass Marxist analysis.)

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New Paltz: Prospect Street rises!

Big front page story in this week’s Fidelpaltz Buzzkill-Trivializer* about the neighbors on Prospect Street objecting to the Ulster County transportation bull being let loose in their china shop. Good for them.

It doesn’t stop with Prospect Street, however, and the neighbors there, in order to keep this travail short and sweet, should be able to envision how the Trailways bus infrastructure in New Paltz is already sufficient for the long term.

Once again, there are already three active and important bus stops on the Trailways route through New Paltz.

Taking them from the Thruway:

First stop: The Thruway plaza Park & Ride. Lots of parking. Very convenient.

Second stop: Limited now to the occasional bus, the SUNY New Paltz stop on South Manheim (Rt. 32 South). Can easily be used for stops on days when student travel is expected to be heavy.

Third stop (though usually the second stop): The New Paltz bus station itself. Discreet, convenient, sufficient, and requiring no adjustments to the downtown china shop, Prospect Street or beyond.

Then, keeping it as simple as it gets, there is already a fourth stop ready to be used by Trailways pending whatever approvals are required. That is the second Park & Ride on North Chestnut (Rt. 32 North) across from Stewart’s.

It is a good question as to why that second Park & Ride is not already an active stop for Trailways, but we can fly right by the implications of some sort of bad faith on someone’s part if it becomes active in short order.

Trailways infrastructure problem solved.

Leave the bus station alone.

* aka the New Paltz Times

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“The Rise of House Clinton”

Jonah Goldberg summarizes the crime family aura of the Clintons.

One of his best, actually.

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Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Elizabeth Scalia: “85 years ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers.”

“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young.

And a generation now broadminded enough for a Boeing 757 to fly through its forehead without clipping the sides. Called “thinking” at fashionable gatherings of inflamed brain stems.

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Memorial Day weekend murders in Baltimore

Twenty-eight shootings, nine fatal.

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responds to minimum wage protests.

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Memorial Day 2015

As always, I remember Bobby Bates, my neighbor several houses down Wayne Avenue as a boy growing up in Suffern, New York. He died in the Vietnam War at the age of 19. I’ve discussed him and his family here before. I can still sense the agony of his mother when word came.

The essence of duty is higher than any particular cause. It should never be taken for granted. Freedom should never be taken for granted.

And enemies should never be taken lightly, whether they are abroad or within.

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New Paltz: The bus station isn’t broken, and does not need to be fixed

I was shocked, I tell you, to see not one, not two, but six letters to the editor in the 5/21/15 edition of the Fidelpaltz Blundergas-Assassin,* saying “hold on a second” about the latest local civic fad, which is to invite the Ulster County transportation bureaucrats to “fix” the bus station.

I urge those letter writers to get together and be ready for a little fighting. Why? Because once an idea gets into the heads of the local civic fad mongers, you can’t get it out with a crowbar. It’s like that, I assume, in any “progressive community,” with the common epistemological catastrophe where government is not only the normative answer to most questions, but government also poses most of the questions in the first place. Once that happens, “thinking” consists of the braniacs simply making referrals to the governing class and its slavering enthusiasts.

The “movers and shakers” will argue among themselves, of course, but always in the context of “what will government do?”

There are already four Trailways compatible bus stops in New Paltz, only three of which, I believe, are being used by that bus company. If Trailways wants to use the fourth, I assume they need some change in policy either at their corporate level or from some transportation authority or both.

Right now, Trailways buses use the Park & Ride in the Thruway plaza when they get on or off the Thruway. It’s either the first or last stop in town. For a limited number of buses coming from the Thruway, the next stop is the SUNY New Paltz campus station on South Manheim (Route 32 South). But the usual next stop is the bus station on Main Street. So that’s three stops in service already. The fourth stop (or the first stop coming in from Kingston) is the other Park & Ride on North Chestnut (Route 32 North) across from Stewart’s. Trailways is not using it now, but they should, and that means more parking right there.

And with that setup fully active, the Trailways infrastructure in New Paltz is good to go for a good long time. There’s going to be an obvious way to make that North Chestnut (32 North) Park & Ride stop work, so put the focus on that.

Leave the bus station alone.

* aka the New Paltz Times

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Obama vs. Reagan on jobs

Deroy Murdock:

“’Eliminating the Obama recovery’s private-sector jobs gap compared with the average of post-1960 recoveries by the end of 2016 would require the addition of 431,000 private-sector jobs in each of the next 20 months,’ Brady calculates. ‘Closing the gap compared with the Reagan recovery would require 817,000 private-sector jobs in each of the next 20 months.’”

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