Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dune quotations

"Is it defeatist or treacherous for a doctor to diagnose a disease correctly? My only intention is to cure the disease." - Lady Jessica, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 150

"A pity to waste such fighting men as the Duke's, he thought. He smiled more broadly, laughing at himself. Pity should be cruel! He nodded. Failure was, by definition, expendable. The whole universe sat there, open to the man who could make the right decisions. The uncertain rabbits had to be exposed, made to run for their burrows. Else how could you control them and breed them? He pictured his fighting men as bees routing the rabbits. And he thought: The day hums sweetly when you have enough bees working for you." - The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 172

"My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. 'Something cannot emerge from nothing,' he said. This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable 'the truth' can be." - from "Conversations with Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 204

"What do you despise? By this are you truly known." - from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 226

"We came from Caladan--a paradise world for our form of life. There existed no need on Caladan to build a physical paradise or a paradise of the mind--we could see the actuality all around us. And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life--we went soft, we lost our edge." - from "Muad'Dib: Conversations" by the Princess Irulan, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 249

"Men and their works have been a disease on the surface of their planets before now," his father said. "Nature tends to compensate for diseases, to remove or encapsulate them, to incorporate them into the system in her own way." - Hallucination of Liet-Kynes, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 268

"Arrakis is a one-crop planet," his father said. "One crop. It supports a ruling class that lives as ruling classes have lived in all times while, beneath them, a semihuman mass of semislaves exists on the leavings. It's the masses and the leavings that occupy our attention. These are far more valuable than has ever been suspected." - Hallucination of Liet-Kynes, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 268

"Religion and law among our masses must be one and the same," his father said. "An act of disobedience must be a sin and require religious penalties. This will have the dual benefit of bringing both greater obedience and greater bravery. We must depend not so much on the bravery of individuals, you see, as upon the bravery of a whole population." - Hallucination of Liet-Kynes, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 269

"Paradise on my right, Hell on my left and the Angel of Death behind." - Orange Catholic Bible quotation from Frank Herbert's Dune, page 281

"Give as few orders as possible," his father had told him ... once ... long ago. "Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject." - thought of Paul Atreides, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 377

"How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him." - "The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 412

"They'd never known anything but victory which, Paul realized, could be a weakness in itself." - thought of Paul Atreides, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 455

"The Guild navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they'd chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation." - thought of Paul Atreides, Frank Herbert's Dune, page 458

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Why I laugh every time I hear about women's "oppression"

Man says to woman: "I just lost everything. My family, my house, my job, and now I'm headed overseas to die in war."

Woman responds: "Quit whining you little bitch. I dressed like a hooker and got wasted last night on men's dime. And as I left the bar without so much as a thank you, one of them had the nerve to call me a slut!"

Man responds: "Yeah, that's terrible. Go women's rights."

Just remember, it's not a zero-sum game guys! Even though men and boys are discriminated against in countless social and legal ways, and the only thing women have to complain about is being called a slut when they sleep around, because they face little to no real discrimination and have plenty of legal and social privileges without the same responsibilities as men, the appropriate response to a comment about men's rights is:

"What about the women? This is not a zero-sum game!"

I'm kidding, of course. Women really have just about no unique sexism to complain about. And so when I see someone respond to a men's issue with some form of "but what about the wimminz", such as "oh, but that happens to women too (I won't mention that it's extremely rare in women's case)", or "but what about this other miniscule issue women face", or even "but what about women in other countries", I can't help but laugh at the stupidity of it.

My real point is shut up about women's issues when I'm talking about men's. I won't waste time on women's issues when men have so many more serious issues that must be dealt with, anymore than I would waste time consoling the woman in the above story about being called a slut, when the man is the one who is really in need of help. Misandry is rampant in the western world, while true misogyny, true discrimination against or hatred of women, pales in comparison.

See also the following quotation at Reddit:

"Yeah, or as I mentioned in the AskFeminists circumcision thread, the response seems to be, 'Well, of course it's wrong that babies are being mutilated, but what do you expect us to do about it? We're too busy debating whether Summer's Eve's new ad campaign objectifies women.'"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I guess America's not entirely full of morons

Sad to say I have actually been following one of the worst shows on television, America's Got Talent.

The four finalists came down to 1) PopLyfe, a young band that started out well during the competition but totally butchered two Queen songs in the finale, 2) iLuminate, group of "dancers" who run around like idiots with glowing strips on their bodies in the dark 3) Silhouette, group of youths who create silhouettes with their bodies to the most cliche music and gimmicky slideshows imaginable, and 4) Landau Murphy Jr, a male singer who mimics Frank Sinatra.

PopLyfe was a fairly entertaining performance until they totally butchered Queen in the finale, where their singer couldn't hold a note for shit, so they didn't deserve to win.

iLuminate was an idiotic gimmick from the beginning, but for some reason the judges loved them. It was like watching a bunch of potheads run around with glowy sticks playing at Kung Fu.

Silhouette actually wouldn't have been that bad if their choreographer, an old crone, hadn't made sure that every performance was as cliche as possible. During one of their performances, they formed the words, "Create" and "Imagine", and I correctly predicted the next word would be "Believe". That's how cliche the group is. Not only that, but their choreographer actually tried to manipulate the audience by going on about how some of the kids in the troupe had survived cancer, with your stereotypical "sad story" music in the background.

With all this and the stupid cheesy messages including a superficial attempt at promoting patriotism for this fucked up country, I thought for sure the American public would choose Silhouette, if the pretty colors and flashy lights of iLuminate weren't enough to grab their short attention spans.

Landau is not a great singer. But he mimics Frank Sinatra well enough, he is a kind, genuine man, he isn't a total gimmick begging on his knees for votes, he's got great stage presence, and he doesn't flake out when the pressure is on. He deserved the title.

And somehow, Landau won. I honestly can't believe America didn't vote for one of the flashy, cheap performances to win it. But it does please me that at least one genuine person in this world who's doing it for the right reasons actually got rewarded.

And although the America's Got Talent big wigs like Simon Cowell will surely rape most of Landau's proceeds, at least he won't have to work at a car wash any longer, and his family and children will surely be better off.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jessica Valenti on the offender's registry

If you weren't already aware, Jessica Valenti has been placed on the offender's registry under the category bigot:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dr. Marianne Legato, MD, on the unique challenges adolescent boys face

At the Male Studies conference 2011, Dr. Marianne Legato, MD, spoke on adolescent boys. She is the founder and director of Columbia College of Medicine’s Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine, editor of the first text on gender medicine, and founder of the journal, Gender Medicine. Her most recent book is Why Men Die First.

The problem with the adolescent male navigating that difficult transition from puberty to young adulthood is a disconnect in the timing of an abrupt increase in gonadal hormones that occurs in both sexes at the time of puberty, but which for boys produces intense emotional lability, and high intensity feelings, while the part of the brain that develops risk assessment and emotional control and stability, lags well behind. Girls do not have a similar retardation of that center of the brain and therefore are much less likely to incur the kinds of disasters that face adolescent boys until they are 20.

Remember that the next time an adolescent boy is charged with a crime for dating an adolescent girl who is likely at least as physically developed as he is, and more emotionally developed.

Links to part 1 & 2 of the conference where Dr. Legato spoke (she speaks in part 2):

Part 1:

Part 2:

Discussion at Reddit.

Link: The Child Support Catastrophe by Dalrock

An excellent piece on why "child support" is really all about eliminating fathers from children's lives, and not about the welfare of the children:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Male rape scene in the movie "Super" and why merely verbalizing the word "no" would not have been enough to make it rape

As mentioned at Reddit, here is the clip.

Some people out there seem to doubt that this is rape. It is of course rape because he made it completely clear verbally, through body language, and with his resistance that he did not consent.

Some people still think that just saying "no" verbally is enough to make it rape, but this is false.

A mere verbal "no" is insufficient to prove rape- because sometimes people say "no" when they mean "yes", sometimes people say "no" at first, then change their minds. Sometimes, someone says "no" when their body language clearly says "yes".

Further information at AVfM.

When it comes to how most women communicate sexual interest, no often means yes, or it means maybe, or it means try harder, or it means not now, or it means a veritable grab bag of possible realities other than just a simple and honest “no.”

And here's a video demonstration of the concept, where Han "rapes" Leia.

Of course, if Empire Strikes Back were filmed today, Han would have been castrated and imprisoned for his actions here, and Leia would have spent her remaining years as a "survivor" lecturing stormtroopers - all men - on how they are all rapists.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A comment of mine at Zeta Male

Giving money that people who actually contribute to society earn to people who don't contribute to society is stupid, no matter how you color it.

Big government does equal bad. Small government doesn't equal good but it does equal better.

There is a difference between attempting to correct problems downstream vs. actually solving them. For example, affirmative action in college doesn't correct shit, because by the time people are in college it's too late to help them. Instead, it would be better to provide children good role models - hm, how to do this? Perhaps with policies that promote fathers in children's lives?

The problem is that you are living in a dream world. You don't solve women sleeping around and having children out of wedlock by making men pay for their at-will contraceptives. You solve it by making it shameful for women to sleep around in the first place, and you STOP fucking subsidizing it.

If you think unrestrained female sexuality is good for society, why don't you look at the world we live in and tell me how? How does women having children with "bad boy" men while having the child paid for by the rest of us help society? It doesn't. It ruins us.

And what you've got to understand is, it doesn't matter if it's mean, it doesn't mean it's "misogyny" or that it's not true. We live in a world where facts are facts, whether we like them or not. And the fact is, subsidizing single motherhood is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE for society.

On misogyny:

One last thing Zeta. You've still got some false notions about how people really are. I used to call myself a liberal, I know. Everyone's lovey dovey and people are good, right?

Wrong. People fucking suck, for the most part. And most people aren't downtrodden victims, they're people who got themselves where they are. People need personal responsibility, not handouts. The politicians who say otherwise are liars. The feminists are liars. They are doing it to line their own pockets - as always. You are probably a good person, so it's hard to understand this: there are a large number of people out there who are not. They don't care about anyone else, but they certainly claim to. These politicians and bigots who claim to be egalitarians and to want justice are lying. If you are a man like me, who truly seeks justice, and I think you are, you will see through their lies and try to do what's right. And what's right is NOT what these bastard politicians want to fool you into believing. Don't fall for it, man.

I think it's really hard for genuinely good people to realize that others are not so good. We project. And that's your mistake, Zeta. You think that people taking advantage of others by gaming the system are noble like you.

They're not.

And they play upon your good graces.

Also a great thread at Reddit where wavevector, a rather genius MRA, expresses his views:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

If you have any doubt that our society is in the shitter...

Just watch a women's talk show sometime. Watch The Tyra Show. It's pathetic, yet comical in a way.