As an add-on to the monster truck part of it (which was spectacular), there were two quad teams which ran the course.
One was billed as the ‘Nevada’ team and the other California, and this whole heel vs. hometown kayfabe was spun out by the announcer….
May 15 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Taking La Petite to the real America to see a monster truck rally. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
It’s kind of incredible how much air these rigs catch and still land it.
May 7 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Native petroglyphs that we had to do lots of offroading to reach and whose location is officially secret.
There were thousands of these all over the site.
May 4 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Broadly, this isn't true in the US, where conservatism is typically a revolt against what's seen as a decayed and disordered present which must be rolled back to some idealized past.
More than the car's brakes, American conservatism is the search for a non-existent reverse gear.
I can point at the 12th-cent. Spanish church where my grandmother was baptized and say: everything this represents--Catholicism, the Galician language, 'caldo galego', whatever--I wish to configure our politics to maintain forever.
What do American conservatives point at?
May 1 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
TikTok is the fentanyl of social media.
Same country of origin, should probably be banned, and if you dabble in it you're going to come to hours later utterly wrecked.
Apr 30 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Now that Twitter has been 'liberated' (somewhat) I'm starting to realize that the elite conception of 'free speech' has been utterly warped by the past few years of 'content moderation,' plus an American journalist tradition of (nominal) viewpoint neutrality and both-sides-ism.
The past few decades of US journalism have been unusual: mostly an artifact of the advertising business model that needed relatively inoffensive content and wide audiences, it's grown into idea that mass media need be 'balanced' and 'fact checked'.
Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock has come across Muslims praying. In NYC, it happens all the time (I frequented a kiosk whose owner could be regularly found on his prayer rug outside…nobody even raises an eyebrow). Just last week, came across an Uber driver doing the same.
Apr 14 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
As is now likely clear, I think many American conservatives and alt-whatever commenters have thoroughly embarrassed themselves with the Ukraine war.
Some, it would seem, continue to double-down on their delusional positions.
We need a word for the right-wing version of tankies.
This post started as a thread where I noted the similarities between the 'New Right' and the old left: both bear a simmering disdain for what the US represents, and both hold the country responsible for (waves hands at everything).
My first of several Pull Request pieces on the Ukraine conflict, drawn from my time there.
First up: The oddest thing I experienced there was the reality of a nation at total war, something most of us know only from history books.
Wikipedia defines total war as ‘warfare that includes any and all civilian-associated resources and infrastructure as legitimate military targets, and mobilizes all of the resources of society to fight the war.'
The reality is strange to experience.
(Boarded up Lviv basilica)
Mar 20 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
It's intriguing how the New Right shares the same underlying precepts of the old hippie left:
1. The US is incapable of doing good in the world, and historically has been a force for evil
2. Everything that happens in the world is the direct result or responsibility of the US
The Ukraine situation makes this even more explicit.
The Putin fans (in temporary retreat, sublimating their views via Ukraine criticism) really think Russia some anti-woke example, despite having lower birthrates and suffering even more from postmodern ills than the West.
Mar 3 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Even as someone who's been on the shit end of 'cancel culture', calling the sanctions against a country that unleashed an unprovoked total war against a civilian population 'cancel culture' is more than a bit perverse.
This isn't some old tweet or a book passage in play here.
Yes, the canceling Dostoyevsky stuff, or banning Russian cats from cat shows, is absurd. But that's classic strawmanning, attacking the dumbest form of an argument because you're unwilling to take on the real one.
Mar 2 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
It's fascinating to see the term 'cancel culture' applied to the various degrees of isolation or boycott being applied to Russian businesses, athletes, or performers.
Not sure that's what I'd call it.
Everything happening now, for better or worse, was all done before in the form of embargoes, boycotts, and protests during the Cold War, particularly after analogous events like the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
It's odd that rebooting those measures somehow maps to woke drama.
Feb 25 • 25 tweets • 8 min read
My latest for Pull Request!
A critical piece of Web3 infrastructure, ENS, suffered a cancellation drama recently, much like Joe Rogan's (or mine at Apple).
Some Machiavellian lessons to draw from what's now a consistent playbook: the cancellation coup. thepullrequest.com/p/anatomy-of-a…
As with many such scandals, the cause was an old series of tweets by ENS contributor, @BrantlyMillegan. An avowed Catholic, brantly.eth was not shy about announcing support for many Church doctrines that would be seen as backwards or reactionary by secular liberalism today.
Feb 15 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
The flight I'm on just put out a call for 'any doctors on board' after someone passed out in business class, and this is the first time I've ever seen this actually happen.
Someone has come up from economy to handle it. It's about as dramatic as you'd imagine.
Something about sudden infirmity while in transit, on a ship or airplane, just makes the dramatic stakes higher as it seems you're in some weirdly primordial state where civilization is gone and only you and the people around you can fix a dire problem.