Tuesday assorted links


#4: now they get to learn that the premise of The Patty Duke Show was nonsense.

Also... it's just creepy weird.

No kidding. Ish.

Identical twins are kind of creepy/weird in and of themselves, in a cloning/doppelganger kind of way

Agree, unless they're hot. Then it's awesome.

Well, yeah!

It's an important exception!

Creepiest part:
"Jeremy and Josh had long made a vow that they would only get married if they fell in love with identical twin sisters"

At what point do movie studios hire hackers to pose as Chinese dissidents for the purpose of associating movies from rival studios with criticism of the government, thus getting them banned?

"Solve for the equilibrium", as they say.

#5: Oh, hey, shrikanth, hi!

Yet, America keepes supporting Satan...

No silly, America IS Satan!

Those living in a country that is one giant pooh favela should not be casting any stones.

Amusing that the possibility that some journalist's driver might have been a spy seems to be of more interest to the press than the documented fact that Sen. Feinstein's longtime driver was.

Even more amusing is the blogger seems to imply that allowing average people the opportunity to be driver-for-hire is a bad thing because some might be a spy.

#5: democracy flawed; news at 11.

Strange article about Botswana. The assertion that Britain and the US were not democracies during industrialization because the franchise was not universal is unique and not terribly helpful. The suggestion that what Africa needs is less turnover among national leaders, though, just seems bizarrely blind to the last fifty years of African history.

Re: #5 I read it as a hatchet job by a Hindu nationalist who's exceptionally touchy about comparisons of his homeland to Botswana.

Hindus like to crap in the open street

I can see the appeal.

you guys are talking about different things. One about the article, one about the twitter thread

A member of my extended family spent some time in Botswana 18 months ago. He gave it a thumbs up - after being exposed to the atmosphere of louring violence in South Africa, he found Botswana liberating.

The Republicans of Africa?


Calling SA the democrats of Africa is such a huge insult to democrats although the points made are true.

More accurately, I would say SA is Argentina in Africa governed by the democrats.

#5: if we say India is much better than any other country will he be happy?

The Chinese are right. Pooh is an abomination; a hideous golem of foam rubber and cloth.

All stuffed teddy bears? Or Pooh in particular?

Incidentally, I have always liked "The Pooh Perplex" by noted anti-Freudian Frederick Crews. Amusing, clever and spot on.


4. This reminds me of the adoration Trump's followers have for Trump. Sometimes the adoration is creepy, as when followers wear Trump masks or repeat verbatim Trump's verbal abuse of others or threaten attacks on those Trump identifies as the enemy. One has to wonder if the adoration would end if the followers got to know Trump, living in the same household as Trump. Would the adoration become stronger or turn into contempt. The risk to the twin couples living in the same house seems likely to be fatal. The flaws married couples come to see in each other will be magnified at least twofold. I could tolerate one spouse, but two identical spouses is more than any spouse can bear. Something odd about human behavior is how easy it is to demonize those one does not know or to feel contempt for those one knows best.

I bet if the couples had sex changes and married each other you'd be swooning.

And since this is apparently, in rayward-world, all about Trump, here's a pic of Obama supporters watching a video of the Half-Blood Prince:


And, in fairness, there's a definite tribal/strongman vibe to Trump's rallies.


As John Podhoretz observed, after 40 years of the Left disaggregating the US, whites are voting like they're an actual ethnic group. Now, effete conservatives are shocked, shocked that people are tuning out their exquisitely worded arguments for fiscal prudence and Constitutional originalism and just voting for the strongman who says he'll protect them from their enemies.

It's the future you chose.

It's not that you are particularly unstable, rayward, it's just that you are so inconsistent in your application of rationality that people here have joked that you are drunk, soused, pickled etc.

In my experience, all politicos have followers. Even straight up no-hopers and various vanity candidates (I mean, Patrick Buchanan had supporters and so did Howard Dean).

But let's be clear, most Trump supporters who aren't utter morons tolerate him rather than venerate him. You surely must know that. Just as you must know that he won because of who he was running against. The man is borderline repugnant, but at least he fires back.

The Obama worship ... now that was adoration. Pure out-and-out puppy love adoration.

Some of these points are good but there are just as many Trump worshippers as there were Obama worshippers (well, fewer actually as he got fewer votes). And there were just as many Obama voters who tolerated him or just supported him normally, just as there are Trump voters who do the same.

Don't make the tired mistake of thinking only the other team does it.

Fair enough. I guess there are those who adore Trump. But in academe and the media? It might be 2%.

I voted for both Obama AND Trump, as did many of my fellow citizens. Is there room in your worldview to acknowledge this?

Of course, where did I imply otherwise? I was just noting Obama is not the only president with some following him as the leader of a personality cult. Trump is definitely that as well.

#5: If you want to know exactly what's wrong with India, Indians celebrating as a virtue that their dirt-poor country's GDP is mostly services is exactly where to start. "We're poor, but at least we don't produce anything of lasting value."

Incidentally, note how he rarely gives directly comparable figures between India and Botswana? You get India's 59% service sector, sure, but not Botswana's 52% service sector.

Anyway, according to the World Bank figures, 1.0% of Botswana's GDP is from natural resource rents (0.3% from mineral rents), versus India's 1.9% (0.4%).

According to wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_sector_composition) Botswana has 4.7% of GDP from natural resources. India is 7.4%. So yeah, claiming that Botswana is richer than India because it got lucky drawn in diamonds might not be a valid line of argument. Lots of countries have plenty of natural resources and still are dirty poor (see: all of Africa except Botswana, all Latin America).

#1) If Xi asserted that comparing him to Winnie the Pooh made him feel unwelcome and excluded, would that be sufficient reason to ban such speech as "hate speech" and to foster a more inclusive environment? Or, is there just something fundamentally flawed about the notion that self-perception of exclusion is sufficient cause for censorship?

Aside: the article repeatedly shortens "Xi Jinping" to "Xinping". Is that a thing? It's clever as "Xinping" could also be an alternative romanization to "Jinping", but why not just use the already very short surname "Xi"? Isn't this like referring to "Obarack" or "Tronald" instead of "Obama" or "Trump"?

Think of it as Chinese Drumpf.

2. I had a similar experience with an Uber driver who picked me and some colleagues up from our corporate HQ. He started with some innocuous questions but then it became clear he was trying to pump us for information on the workings of our firm. I assume it was corporate espionage rather than state sponsored.

We work for a secretive asset manager, and I am a portfolio manager. Nothing similar has happened to me since.

I hope you made up some complete disinformation like I always do. I think we actually sent some people to one of those conferences after we acquired a major security firm, but only the incompetent ones who didn't know anything, everyone else had to stick around to do real work.

Also Vegas is a very walkable city, they have pedestrians and stuff to look at and people handing out flyers to insult. The only time I took a cab was to get to the airport and that was just because I didn't want to climb over the fence with my bags.

When I first saw #1 I thought it was about installing latrines and toilets in China to avoid open defecation

Might not always help. At a Beijing Opera performance in Beijing in 2011, there was feces on the floor next to the toilet. This was a performance where the tickets cost USD40.

Actually China has begun a toilet situation improvement campaign. Singapore led the way years ago. Every week the national newspaper would should a photo of that week's "toilet of shame" with details. No kidding.

I grew up in some developing countries. I'm a little ptsd bathroom-wise. You won't find me roaming the back streets of any asian mega-city (save Japan).

Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Osaka, etc. are all fantastic place to poop. Self-recommending.

You forgot to include the MR comment section. Isn't it great that comments are back on?

1: I wonder if other children's books characters have created such a ruckus in China? The book "The Tao of Pooh" seems not to have disturbed the Chinese authorities. But it turns out that Winnie the Pooh has at various times been banned or at least restricted in towns in Poland, the UK, Turkey, and the USA:

Banned books in the USA? Typically, these claims are nonsense, and just mean some library chose not to use public money to buy the book.

In this case, it's not even that: a fringe parent group objects to talking animals for religious reasons, but there is no indication that they succeeded in doing anything about it.

2: You'd think that Tyler would have picked up on the fact that Diane Feinstein's driver of 20 years is... a Chinese spy.

But no. Doesn't fit his preferred narrative.

I always assumed her communism stemmed from one of her handlers reading Sparknotes’ Marx’s Kapital aloud to her but it perhaps she got it from her driver.

Feinstein =communist? Dude, you're better than that. Aren't you?

3: And Willem Holleeder's sister is about to have a book about him translated into English:

Holleeder sounds like a Dutch version of Whitey Bulger, except Bulger never put a contract out on his sibling as Holleeder seems to have done.

4. Identical twin sisters marry identical twin brothers and live in the same house.

Yeah, not hard to see where this is gonna go.

#5: "But one that grows steadily and whose economic growth reflects the growth in public virtue."


5. Thanks for linking!

4. This was actually anticipated by Hollywood and Preston Sturges over 70 years ago in "The Palm Beach Story" starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea (1942 I think)

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