Monday, January 28, 2013

Read the part about Thailand regardless of your opinion of Acrackedmoon

In the comments at Spool Pidgin: Requires Hate: Final Thoughts (I promise), James Worrad offered a postscript that includes an observation that applies to SJWs in general:
Requires Hate detests the oppressor, but has no love for the oppressed.
That inspired a comment from John the Scientist that includes this:
I've seen speculation that RH is an ethnic Chinese Thai, and her emphasis on Chinese culture and current writers provides some circumstantial evidence for this. Your observation of her distinct lack of demonstrated pride in Thailand per se is another piece of evidence for that.

If so, then some potential insight into her personality emerges - at least enough to construct a strawman and sift through her writing for confirmatory or contradicting evidence.

A Thai Chinese, educated in the UK, would belong to one of the richest subcultures on the planet. Drop that kind if privilege into the toxic soup of postmodernism that was Western lit crit in the 90s, and you get someone who desperately wanted to be a victim because of the political cachet. The only way she was going to be accepted in the identity politics of a post-modernist lit crit program of the 90s was to be the most strident voice in the room, otherwise someone was going to comment on the rich girl playing to the proletariat.

She doesn't care about Thailand because she sees herself as above the real Thais. She doesn't care about the oppressed because she is part of an oppressive class, one that affords her, in a country with the worst income and wealth inequality outside of Africa, the luxury of getting angry about what some midlist First World authors write. She knows she'll always lose the "who's got it worst" one-upmanship of victimhood in her crowd if she isn't leading the show.
John the Scientist links to Thailand's wealthy untouchables, which includes this:
Thailand has one of the most unequal distributions of wealth anywhere on the planet, despite some recent improvements.

And that yawning gap between rich and poor is most openly on view in Bangkok, where ostentatious displays of wealth are commonplace alongside the grinding poverty experienced by millions of migrant workers who have come from the countryside.

Luxury cars costing more than the entire annual income of a village rub up against the battered carts of street vendors.

New shopping centres and apartment blocks are crowding out what little open space remains in the city, projects that help the rich get even richer.

It should come as no surprise that it is in Bangkok that a five-star hotel is offering its 50 highest-spending guests what it calls the meal of a lifetime, prepared by a team of Michelin-starred chefs and preceded by the guests being flown by executive jet to a village in eastern Thailand to witness a little poverty before tucking into their 10-course feast.

Total cost: around US$300,000 (£150,000). The event has barely raised an eyebrow in Thailand, but caused such an uproar elsewhere over its questionable taste that many top chefs in France have decided to boycott it.
So it's possible Acrackedmoon is exactly what she claims to be,  a rich Chinese woman living in Thailand, where life is sweet for the exploiting class.

Friday, January 25, 2013

the Irish are the niggers of Europe

"Your music should be abou' where you're from an' the sort o' people yeh come from.—Say it once, say it loud, I'm black an' I'm proud ...—The Irish are the niggers of Europe, lads." —Roddy Doyle, The Commitments

There are claims on the internet that Malcolm X said, "The Irish are the blacks of Europe!" or "The Irish are the blackest of the Europeans." I haven't been able to verify that—he talks about the Irish in "The Bullet or the Ballot", but there, he's talking about the Irish genetic connection to the Moors via Spain.

But if you know anything about the history of Ireland, you know the analogy's valid. The last large group of "white" people to be sold before European slavers confined their trade to Europe were the Irish. As many as 130,000 were sold in the 1600s.

"White" is in quotes in the previous paragraph because the first "white" people show up in the historical record around 1580. When English traders sold Irish slaves, they did think of them as another race, but their meaning for "race" was more like "tribe", a reference to culture primarily.

This post was inspired by the astonishing stupidity exhibited at why tone doesn’t matter – the white tears burden « Requires Only That You Hate. Acrackedmoon has been nominated for best fan writer, but I think she should be up for one of the fiction prizes, because she has to be doing her shtick purely for the lulz, to see how many social justice warriors she can get to agree with her.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Is A Cracked Moon (aka RequiresHate) Kynn Bartlett?

I entered some of Kynn's LJ into this Reading Level Analysis tool. The result:
Flesch-Kincaid (FK) Score: 14.7
Flesch Reading Ease (FRE) Score: 42
Average Words per Sentence: 29.3
Average Syllables per Word: 1.6
Then I entered some of Cracked's blog:
Flesch-Kincaid (FK) Score: 13.3
Flesch Reading Ease (FRE) Score: 45
Average Words per Sentence: 25.7
Average Syllables per Word: 1.6
And then, for comparison's sake, some text from my blog:
Flesch-Kincaid (FK) Score: 11.4
Flesch Reading Ease (FRE) Score: 45
Average Words per Sentence: 17.7
Average Syllables per Word: 1.7
Now let me put in a pre-emptive strike: similarity does not imply identity. Kynn and Cracked may write similarly because they come from similar backgrounds; both Kynn and Cracked are privileged folks in the traditional sense of the word. The most likely explanation for their scores is they're both Social Justice Warriors. Members of cults often sound alike.

Comparing my results with theirs is interesting for me: The FK Score suggests I write for 11th-grade readers and they write for college kids. That's probably because I hate academic-speech as much as I hate corporate-speech. The biggest difference between us seems to be in the average number of words per sentence. I suspect ranters hate periods.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

on sharing the world's wealth and income, part 1

• What is wealth?

The word's Middle English, from the 13th century: welthe, from wele. Welfare comes from wele, too; wel faren means "fare well." To "have wealth" is to be well, happy and healthy and untroubled by need.

At least, that's what it should be. What it is for greedy people is the financial value of all they own.

• Is there enough for everyone?

Food and Water: Enough for Everyone?
...we grow enough to give each person 3,500 calories a day, more than most people need, depending on how active they are. Even many developing nations produce more than enough food for their people. Yet, three-quarters of the youngest (0-5 years) victims of hunger live in countries with food surpluses.
World Bank’s 2007 World Development Indicators (pdf)
Globally, there is more than enough water for domestic purposes, for agriculture, and for industry. But access to water is very uneven across and within countries. Poor people have limited access, not so much because of physical water scarcity, but because of their lack of purchasing power and because of inappropriate policies that limit their access to infrastructure.
• If we shared the world's wealth

Working Group on Extreme Inequality » The Difference More Global Equality Could Make:
The world’s 4.4 billion adults, notes the new Credit Suisse research, now hold $194.5 trillion in wealth. That’s enough, if shared evenly across the globe, to guarantee every adult in the world a $43,800 net worth.

...The world’s richest 1 percent, adults with at least $588,000 to call their own, hold 43 percent of the world’s wealth, all by themselves.

...if you live in a society with a robust safety net — a nation that boasts “good public health care, high quality public education, generous state pensions,” and the like — the size of your personal fortune matters considerably less.

Everyday people in the United States — a society with a inadequate social safety net — need, this Credit Suisse insight suggests, more personal net worth than everyday people who live in nations with healthier social service networks. But everyday people in many nations with stronger social safety nets than the United States are actually holding more net worth than their American counterparts.

Consider Canada, a nation with national public health insurance. Credit Suisse calculates the 2010 median wealth in Canada — the wealth of the typical Canadian family — at $94,700, about double the $47,771 U.S. median net worth. 
Global wealth

• If we shared the world's income

If we shared the world's income, according to World economy, every person would get $10,500 per year.

• If we shared both

A two-adult household would have a net worth of $87,600 and get $20,500 a year. Each child would bring in another $10,500 per year. Assume universal health care and good public transportation, and life would be sweet.

• Bonus facts about wealth

From Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power
As of 2004, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 34.3% of all privately held wealth, and the next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 50.3%, which means that just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 85%, leaving only 15% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers). In terms of financial wealth (total net worth minus the value of one's home), the top 1% of households had an even greater share: 42.2%.
From Too Much weekly
Back in the late 1960s...women made up nearly half of America’s richest 0.01 percent. Their share has now dropped to one third. The prime reason? With the explosion of pay at the top of the corporate ladder, executives can now “work” their way into the ranks of America’s richest. In the process, points out the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, “the older road of direct inheritance has accordingly been superseded.” Adds the Center: “Until women crack the uppermost echelons of the labor market, we can therefore expect gender inequality in wealth to persist.”