There has been some crazy shit this week.  We’ve seen some prominent people doing and saying silly things and suffering for it.  Personally, I like it.  Let’s run through some of them.

First, the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened has been utterly hilarious.  In it, she compared herself sympathetically to Cersei Lannister, made a strange argument that 1984 should have taught us to trust the government and media, and described in detail how she still doesn’t understand why so many of you stupid idiots voted against her.

Her book received so many negative reviews on Amazon, many from people who hadn’t bought it, that Amazon started deleting virtually all of them.  At the time of this writing, What Happened is standing at 92% 5-star ratings.  It’s apparently a greater literary work than Old Man and the Sea (63% 5 star ratings), Murder on the Orient Express (70%), Profiles in Courage (63%), and The Hobbit (82%).   It may be the most beloved book of all time, if those ratings are to be believed.  It’s even higher rated than the King James Bible.   Of course it’s laughable.  This is an embarrassment both to Amazon and to Clinton herself.  Every day that the rating is artificially inflated it is reinforcing the old accusation that Clinton has to have the system rigged in her favor to achieve any sort of success.  The Streisand Effect: it’s a real thing, guys.

Also laughable is that Clinton has been getting harassed at her book signings.  Her lack of self-awareness is now obvious to everyone but her.  Even she might eventually get the hint and do right by herself by disappearing from the public eye for a few years.

Jennifer Lawrence may have sunk mother! on its opening weekend with her unhinged hatred of Trump.  It brought in only $8 million, coming in below expectations.  She may well have crippled her career, though nobody can say for sure that her politics did it.  Couldn’t have helped though.  How much more money will Hollywood hemorrhage before it realizes that attacking the beliefs and values of the public is bad for business?

Clay Travis loves the First Amendment and boobs.  This shocked CNN, which once featured Kathy Griffin stripping on camera while Anderson Cooper complimented her “rockin’ body”.  I don’t get the Puritanism in this country at all.  Is there anyone among us who doesn’t like boobs?  Even women like their boobs, right?  Appreciating the physical features of women and saying so isn’t worthy of condemnation in my book.

Honorable mention goes to Donald Trump, who is clearly maneuvering on certain issues in a direction his base might not like such as amnesty for Dreamers and staying in the Paris climate accord.  I’m certain that the Dreamers aren’t going to be deported.  The only question I have is whether or not Trump will get anything valuable in return for letting them stay with legal status.  Seriously, I’ll be annoyed if the Dreamers get amnesty and all we get in return is that stupid wall.  But the shrieking and blowback from Trump’s supporters make me wonder if any negotiation at all is even possible.

What have you seen this week?  It’s an open thread.  What should we talk about?

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Santino

At the time of this writing, What Happened is standing at 92% 5-star ratings.

A stat even Kim Jong Un would admire.

Zurvan

There’s a bigger story about illegal immigration than Dreamers or the wall. There are efforts in towns, and even states that are moving to let illegal aliens vote in local elections. This is just a stepping stone to allowing them to vote in federal elections (because “where’s the harm? They already vote in local elections”).

I don’t think the failure of mother! had as much to do with Lawrence’s politics as the fact that the movie apparently sucks donkey balls.

And then there’s the Emmys.

I’m guessing the real Donald Trump is the one we saw making deals with Democrats-in other words, behaving pretty much like a moderate Republican. So he’s really Jeb Bush with a bigger ego and no filter, but his audience demands a performance.

kevinmkr

Older news that’s just making the rounds. It’s being reported that Stanislav Petrov passed away last May.

One of two Russians that are generally credited with allowing all of us to have been born by trusting their instincts and their faith in humanity over their training. Worthy of a moment of consideration and reflection, methinks.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/18/551792129/stanislav-petrov-the-man-who-saved-the-world-dies-at-77

The other man, for anyone who may be interested…

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/you-and-almost-everyone-you-know-owe-your-life-to-this-man/

kevinmkr

Thrill, I think there are a lot more people who would do the right thing than the wrong thing. Based on those 2 stories above, however, it demonstrates just how important it is that the right person is in the right place at the right time. Shift that event by 8 hours and a different decision may have been made by a different person. Here’s a thought — one I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last 24 hours: What’s the point in a retaliatory strike? I mean, I know the obvious reason. But that reason seems petty and… Read more »

kevinmkr

We are in agreement.

Would a North Korean missile commander be as willing as Petrov to disregard evidence of an American first strike? I can’t say that confidently.

This is a valid concern — I often wonder just how indoctrinated the citizens (and, to the point, the military) are to hate us. Do they think we really are as bad as KJU says?

kevinmkr

Great video, Thrill. I watched both. You could sense some apprehension coupled with a desire to be part of something uniting. The speaker overstepped once or twice and the audience was unfair a couple of times but, for an unscripted speech in front of an opposing crowd, I think both sides took steps forward.

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