“Blacks Are Not Closer to Apes,” by Nominay

Excellent piece by Nominay, one of my finest commenters. I enjoyed this post a lot.

Blacks Are Not Closer to Apes

by Nominay

About two years ago, I left an almost troll-like question, in the guise of thoughtful speculation, on Robert’s blog. It was based on the stereotype of Blacks looking more simian than the other races. In short, it was an invitation to compare Blacks with apes, the silly excuse being that as the first modern people, maybe they had “more of a connection” to the apes than the other races do.

This triggered a number of responses, and I went further to antagonize and offend Blacks and equality lovers with more stereotypes involving watermelons, chicken, and white envy. I did this the same way Andy Kaufman would be an outrageous character and not let others know that it was a put-on. Not enough people got that I was joking.

What I came to see is that the “Blacks/apes?” post was inviting racist vermin out of the woodwork, where they would release their bile of “niggers” and worse onto Robert’s page. I also found myself taking it further as well, arguing with Blacks about how they weren’t equal, by pulling shit out of thin air like that they didn’t advance technology like Europeans did.

Nearly 500 comments and 2 years later, the Blacks-apes post continues to be commented on regularly and has been one of the most popular on Robert’s blog ever. I couldn’t have imagined that something so stupid would have been given so much prolonged, serious thought.

And yet by the end of it, in my ongoing debates with Blacks and those familiar with genetics and basic science, I found myself, to my horror, actually beginning to believe my own bullshit. I was becoming this character that I had created. I had to remind myself that I didn’t actually believe in all my rhetoric, and I felt confused.

I realized that I had been programming myself to become a racist. What I’ve taken away from all this is that racism is even more dangerous than I thought. For a long time I thought racism was funny because of how absurd it was. So, like Andy Kaufman with Tony Clifton, I created this absurd character out of it that would rant about trees, bananas, and Blacks. I look back now, and it’s not funny to me anymore. From now on, I’m not going to promote beliefs that I am diametrically opposed to.

I have never, ever believed that Blacks are not equal as human beings to Whites and other races. I grew up in a liberal household and an uncle of mine even worked with Martin Luther King. MLK is one of my heroes. So are Malcolm X and Frederick Douglas. I look at John Lewis, who continues to serve in Congress 50 years after his time as a radical civil rights activist, and he’s a hero too.

Robert Kennedy is my favorite American ever, and he was passionate about standing with Black Americans for progress. All this helped define how I see humanity and American life. I care a lot about the African American community and am pissed off that they don’t have an advocate of powerful prestige on the national stage.

I see a resurgence of racism in America today, and that pisses me off too. That racism is still seriously defended in the 21st century, 50 years after hoses and dogs, is repugnant. Basically, 95% of white racists are cretins who vote Republican. The other 5% have issues and need psychiatric treatment. But 100% of them contribute to the “reverse racism” that we see from Blacks today.

None of these issues are going to go away in my lifetime. The human race is too retarded for that. Real life versions of the character I played will remain looking for any leverage they can to flex their prejudice. They have an easy target with regard to Black culture and the cycle of poverty and crime Blacks live in. These issues will be used against them.

And I will be speaking out against that.

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How Socialism Can Save the Publishing Industry

Here.

Amazon is destroying the bookselling and publishing industry as we know it. It is now an effective monopoly and is using its monopoly power the same way all monopolies do.

I like this idea a lot. Amazon needs to burn.

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Julie Covington, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”

The best version ever, from the play Evita from 1977. There have been many covers of this song including a famous one by Madonna. None of them really come anywhere close to the original, which still reigns. Sarah Brightman and Madonna’s versions are simply not as good, though they have their fans. Better than Karen Carpenter’s too, and Karen is one of the finest female singer-songwriters of the modern era.

The only version that nearly matches this one is by Elaine Paige. It is the one good cover of this song, but even it does not quite match the original.

This is the Elaine Page version. Very beautiful, and her theatrics are the best of all. Very nearly as good as the original. Versions by Nicolle Scherzinger, Madelena Alberto, Babara Streisand, Patti Lu Pone, and Suzann Eren and Lea Salonga all have their fans, particularly those by Eren and Scherzinger.

This really is an operatic song, but it is nevertheless perfectly suitable for pop as Madonna showed us two decades later to great success.

Reactive in death, polarizing in life, for better or worse, Eva Person continues to define modern Argentine politics and culture.

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Patsy Cline, “I Fall to Pieces”

Patsy Cline was one of the greatest female country singer-songwriters of all time. Cline and greatness go hand in hand. Just think of her as the female Hank Williams. She really was the queen of what I would call country-pop in the 1950′s.

This song has a very creepy sound to it, as does a lot of her haunting music. Why does this song always remind me of a creepy David Lynch movie?

Two years after she wrote this song, fate played its hand. For months prior to the incident, Cline had been plagued with premonitions of doom. She started to give away her possessions to her friends. On March 3, 1963, Patsy  performed three shows in Kansas City for a memorial tribute for a man who recently died. Her final song for the 8 PM third and final show was I’ll Sail My Ship Alone. She wore a white chiffon dress and walked off to a thundering ovation. She stayed the night in a motel. Her friends urged her to go back to her home in Nashville (‘natch) with them in their car. She turned them down, saying, “When it’s my time to go, it’s my time.”

Two days later, she flew out of Fairfax Airport in a Piper A-24 Comanche private plane, after first phoning her mother and telling her of her plans. Around dinnertime, the plane landed at the Dyersburg, Tennessee airport. The airport owner advised them not to fly after telling them of wind and rain ahead, even offering them free room and board to spend the night. The pilot turned him down, saying, “We’ve already come this far. We’ll be there before you know it.” 13 minutes later, amid driving rain and howling winds, the plane crashed into a still-remote forested hillshide in Camden, Tennessee.

This time, Patty literally fell to pieces. All aboard were killed instantly. The bodies were quickly removed and then mobs of looters cleaned out the site, making off with many of her personal belongings.

Now here she is in this video, a haunted, tinny, remote voice amid the buried debris in the crowded trees, singing to us from beyond the grave.

Forever and for all of time.

Patsy Cline.

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Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden”

This topped the country charts in 1970. It’s a great song.

Country music! The only real pure American music is country music.

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Brian Hyland, “Sealed with a Kiss”

I always loved this song, but I never knew the name of it, who the artist was or when it was published. Well, now I just found out.

Brian Hyland released this all-time great in 1962! Early days of rock!

I cannot help but think the Sex Pistols were referencing this song in the New York Dolls send-up, New York:

Sealed with a kissssssssssss!

Sealed with a kissssssssssss!

Sealed with a kissssssssssss!

Oh! Kiss this!

Sex Pistols, New York (1977)

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Mary Hopkins “Those Were the Days”

One of the greatest songs ever! The singer and author is little known. The song came out in 1967. Hopkins was part of the first wave of what is known as “The British Invasion.”

I love this song!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Abstract of an Upcoming Publication of Mine

The following is an abstract of a long paper that will be published in one of three or four books of the series The Handbook of Endangered Turkic Languages which will be published in late September by the Turkish-Kazakh Joint University in Ankara, Turkey. The article is 88 pages along and is one of the most important articles in the series. I will also be the official English editor for all of the English articles in the series which total ~500 pages.

Mutual Intelligibility Among the Turkic Languages

By Robert Lindsay

Abstract: The Turkic family of languages with all important related dialects was analyzed on the basis of mutual intelligibility: to determine (1) To determine the extent to which various Turkic lects can understand each other (2) To ascertain whether various Turkic lects are better characterized as full languages in the own right in need of ISO codes from SIL or rather as dialects of another language. (3) The history of various Turkic lects was analyzed in an attempt to write a proper history of the important lects. (4) An attempt was made at categorizing the Turkic languages in terms of subfamilies, sub-sub families, etc. The results were: (1) Rough intelligibility figures for various Turkic lects, related lects and Turkish itself were determined. Surprisingly, it was not difficult to arrive at these rough estimates. (2) The Turkic family was expanded from Ethnologue’s 40 languages to 53 languages. A few existing languages were re-analyzed as dialects of another language. (3) Full and detailed histories for many Turkic lects were written up in a coherent, easy to understand way, a task sorely needed in Turkic as histories of Turkic lects are often confused, inaccurate, controversial, and incomplete. (4) A new attempt was made at categorizing the Turkic family that rejects and rewrites some of the better-known characterizations.

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Van Morrison, “It’s All over Now, Baby Blue”

This is one of my all-time favorite songs. Van covered this both as a solo artist and when he was with the seminal but little known band called The Them (1964-66). Van doesn’t do many covers and it’s hard to surpass a Dylan version with a cover of Dylan, but this sure is a great cover.

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The Burning of the Reichstag

James Schipper wrote:

The fire in the Reichstag was NOT a false-flag operation, although the Nazis exploited it as much as they could.

No, the Nazis knew that the Communist was going to try to burn down the Reichstag and they let him do it. They saw him go in a set a number of little fires all around the inside of the building. Then the Nazis arrested him and went in with extremely flammable materials like some sort of kerosene, sprayed it around the place and created an inferno. The multiple small fires set by the Communist would have caused only trivial damage to the building.

Some sort of accelerant had been used in very large quantities, and the Communist did not bring any accelerant with him and did not use to set his fires.

The Communist was taken away, tortured, imprisoned and quickly executed.

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