we weren't *great* students in college. we maybe got as many Fs as As, if not more. we failed out of @Caltech completely! still we struggled and pushed our way towards our degrees. here's two of them.

as a result, we've seen a lot of people like @NateSilver538. *fakers*.

while we were at @SDSU especially, which was a very big and crowded school full of people studying every conceivable subject, it was impossible not to run into people like @NateSilver538, @mattyglesias, @mtaibbi, &c.—people who thought that "higher learning" was a crock.

likely they were there mostly out of a sense of family obligation: their parents had money and power over them and pushed them to get a degree chiefly because college degrees are vital to social status in "the West". #capitalism may hate education but it loves *degrees*.

and because the @NateSilver538 / @mattyglesias crowd seems to regard schooling chiefly as a matter of social climbing, they clearly never bothered to learn anything while they were there. probably Silver thought he was a "math genius" already, even though he's clearly not.

one of the most reliable signs that you're dealing with a total faker, like @NateSilver538, is that whenever he talks about something that he's read, he *never actually talks about it*. instead, he tells us how he _felt_ about the thing he read. that's the important thing.

"Love the title of the paper and while I don't necessarily agree with every last claim it makes" is probably something that the @NateSilver538 / @jonathanchait / @jbarro crowd mumble about literally every vaguely academic or sciency thing they bring up in conversation.

could @NateSilver538 give any sort of logical or coherent account of "every last claim" made in any paper that he wants to brag about pushing in front of his eyes, in public? (whether Nate Silver truly ever READS anything is to be doubted; looking at a page isn't reading.)

maybe @NateSilver538 would surprise us all but in all probability, Silver feels that he needs to show no such grasp of anything he's "studied".

he probably thinks of himself as an "effective reader", i.e. someone who picks a few memetic bits from his reading material.

this is very common in #business and #entrepreneur circles—the bookshelves of the United States are bursting with volumes aimed at go-getting men who crave #confidence and #success and winning #sales methods, and one such reliable method is pretending to be well-read.

hence @NateSilver538, faker, is in very good company. all the leadership roles in #capitalism are jam-packed with fakers like him—people who have learned and practiced a line of pseudointellectual patter that makes them sound much more knowledgeable than they really are.

"Love the title of the paper and while I don't necessarily agree with every last claim it makes" is @NateSilver538 doing something silly: he's *pretending to be superior* to the thing he's bragging about reading. the point is acting like he's ABOVE his reading material.

because @NateSilver538 has only a pack of other superficial bigots to impress, his line of semi-coherent blather is sufficiently impressive. it's other racist dullards he's jockeying with—he runs away from all real intellectual challenges, because they're *beneath him*.

because no matter how many scraps of scientific or statistical jargon @NateSilver538 or @mtaibbi or @jonathanchait have memorized in order to trot them out in conversation so they can sound like the grownups in the room, these people are children; they *resent* learning.

they think it's all fake and flim-flam—people saying big words in order to make them feel bad about themselves, and because @NateSilver538 is a bigot, he prioritizes his hurt feelings above just about all other entities in the Cosmos.

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Mar 5
argh! I forgot the most important bit! because it's about Baldr and Hoðr and Loki—and a very *particular* version of their story, the one that most people know, which comes from Snorri Sturluson and the "Prose Edda" and which then got picked up by English poets.

#CSLewis cites Matthew Arnold's "Balder Dead", a retelling of the story of Baldr's death from the "Prose Edda", as one of his early influences in his semi-autobiographical work "Surprised by Joy".

now I speculate: Jack Lewis probably had Baldr in mind when he converted.

for it's been *noted* that the narrative about Baldr's death from Sturluson's "Prose Edda" is *almost* like the Christian narrative. Baldr is impossibly beautiful and impossibly pure, with amazing powers, then treachery lays him low—but he'll be coming back after Ragnarok!

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we still love @JRRTolkien, which is why we detest Peter Jackson so very much—we think he turned one our favorite childhood works of art into coarse crass (and racist) action trash, and for some reason hardly anyone's noticed. I suppose it's a sign we're in the Bad Place™.

it's one of the ill-kept secrets of the modern-day fascıst movement, by the way, that they *adore* the Peter Jackson #LOTR films—people like @MattWalshBlog and @Timcast and @benshapiro have probably watched those trashy movies a thousand times. they're big hits, after all.

and if someone like @benshapiro adores your movie, then you've done something dreadfully wrong—and I earnestly hope that Peter Jackson's treatment of #Tolkien one day gets a very thorough critical laceration. Jackson's a hacky director, and he made polished hackwork.

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it suddenly occurred to me: the amusing realization that the mere existence of *Caligula* confers a teensy bit of credibility to the Christian idea of the Incarnation. it's more credible that a human being might have claimed to have fully divine nature, that is to say.

we can guess that someone *like* Jesus may have existed, because a historical figure with much better attestation—namely Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, also known as "Little Boots" or _Caligula_ because as a child he dressed as a soldier—thought he was a god.

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hence *that* much of the Jesus story is plausible anyway: it's plausible to imagine, at least, someone _claiming_ to be the one and only Son of God, authorized to tell us all how wonderful Heaven was and drive out "demons" and all that. questionable activities, perhaps.

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I'm going to talk about something very painful now, but it must be discussed. it's a specific antisemitic trope. let these words serve as a content warning for the material I'm about to discuss:

the Jewish Problem™. @mtaibbi and @elonmusk and @joerogan know what I mean.

I won't discuss this painful subject in too much detail—if you want to learn about the origins of the antisemitic trope of the Jewish Problem™ in Western culture, read up on the NSDAP and the Third Reich—but take care that you read *good* books about the Third Reich.

that's the problem, isn't it? people like @NateSilver538 and @mtaibbi don't read the *good* books about the Third Reich, but you can be pretty certain they've read a lot of bad ones. that's especially likely if they're the sort of people who think "history" means battles.

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if you're a bigot, you're a loser.

that's not some simple *insult*. it's in the nature of bigotry—it's the universal psychological defence mechanism, the escape-valve from any social awkwardness or personal failure. @charlesmurray is a bigot, and therefore he's a loser.

he's a mediocre, muddled man who feels like he's entitled to a permanent position in American scholarship even though he's muddled and mediocre. @AEI gave @charlesmurray some *illusion* of success but Murray dreamed bigger than an AEI propaganda job—you can bank on that.

a genuine biologist, a man who made fundamental contributions to evolutionary theory—Stephen Jay Gould—took @charlesmurray to pieces, and his response was to swallow his humiliation and double and treble down on bigotry, because that's how bigots deal with being failures.

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*bigotry* is a subject that right-wing (and "independent") bigots—@NateSilver538, @DavidAFrench, @DKThomp, whoever, there's so many of these clowns—have attempted to keep as confused as possible. they want to pretend "bigot" is merely a slur, not a meaningful word.

but as I've pointed out before, bigotry is really just overdeveloped snobbery. the snob—the person who has very definite ideas about their personal superiority, and the superiority of their own intellect and tastes and everything else—is already showing "bigoted" behavior.

just as one may exhibit abusive behaviors from time to time without necessarily being "an abuser" (i.e. someone whose whole personality is abusive behavior), a snobbish person may say bigoted things without necessarily being "a bigot", i.e. someone who does nothing else.

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