American Elephants


Planning for A Self-Driving Future? by The Elephant's Child

Our local throwaway newspaper arrived today with an article about our city and autonomous vehicles. Traffic is a major problem in most cities, and governments have no idea how to solve it. So of course they are planning.

Experts in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology say the path forward requires city and state leaders to be proactive, making changes to local roadways, infrastructure, and legislation.

Our city, it seems is right on top of the question, and paving the way to accommodate the impact of replacing human drivers. The governor has signed an executive order allowing for easier testing and operation of self-driving cars. Our city is very technology friendly, it seems. Without going into all the radar system, detecting of objects, fiber optic stuff, I find that they are looking down the road and noticing that we have major transportation problems right now, mostly caused by big ideas from local and state governments.

They are looking down the road to a day when nobody will own a car. This seems to be an interim step to the flying car stage. There are shuttles now that are fully autonomous and will carry six people seated and six people standing. (See, we just got rid of six to 12 cars). They are envisioning a city  of solely ACES technology (Autonomous, Connected Electric and Shared) vehicles. This, they believe will allow all those parking lots and parking garages to become residential. When you need a vehicle, you will just summon one and it will pop over and take you where you want to go. Amazon, I guess, will deliver whatever else you need.

I’m leaving out six columns of excitement for the future, but this is what the Left has been talking about for years. Stuff all the people into high rise cities, and turn the rest of the country into wilderness parkland, saving the environment you know. It would seem that there is to be not much freedom in the future. They always ignore the real people out there. People who work have errands. We even have a new and apparently thriving doggy day care center where you can drop your dogs off for the day, but have to be picked up on the way home. One kid at daycare, another in elementary school, need groceries, have to get to the hardware store sometime soon, books to return to the library, pick up the dry cleaning. That sort of thing.

How does a small fleet of city-owned AV cars deal with a city full of people who want to go somewhere on the weekend? Do you have to reserve a car months ahead? If you like to hike or fish? If population growth is a problem, why are they not talking about building up some of the small cities or dying towns that could use more business and jobs and growth? Cities don’t want to get smaller or even stay the same. Growth is hardwired in. Every legislator wants to be in charge of more and become more important. We don’t do a very good job of planning for the future, and we aren’t much good at learning from history. Look at all the millennials out there trying to erase the parts of history they don’t like. Some high school just banned (once again) Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.

So what happens when Amazon delivers everything and we have an EMP attack frying the grid, electric vehicles don’t run, and America starves to death in a massive famine? I think I read some science fiction novels along those lines a while back. This is all idle speculation of course, very idle. Do you worry about stuff like this?

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Are You Missing the Elephant in the Room? by The Elephant's Child

The left-wing media is frantically busy fact-checking every word of the State of the Union Speech, defiantly positive that it was all a pack of lies. Yet the American people not only approved of the speech, they really liked it. Trump’s approval rating is up significantly, and that will not do.

Interest in the Super Bowl was way down, many people simply turned it off, extending their rejection of professional football throughout the season. At the Emmys, host Stephen Colbert promised an all-out assault on Trump, and the ratings came in at an all time low. The Grammys took an all-time 24% nosedive to 10 million fewer viewers. CNN, the noted fake news network, has had a ratings disaster, not one program  ranked in the top 23. Movie attendance for Hollywood movies has reached a 24 year low.

Is it possible that there is a message here in all these collapsing ratings? What could it be? How come everything seems to be going down just as things are looking so decisively up? Taxes are way down, and the incomes of ordinary people are way up. Businesses are hiring, employment is up, unemployment is way down. Business is busy passing out bonuses, which on top of a tax cut is very good news for a lot of families.

The left-wing media is apparently so busy fact-checking the State of the Union speech and the Nunes memo, and their general fury at all things Trump, that they simply  haven’t noticed these statistical details in the news.



Jordan Peterson: A Speech for Every College Student by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a speech every college student should hear. I wish someone had made that speech when I was in college. It seems like much of the world has slipped a cog. Minds are in disarray. Obvious signs are ignored. The unimportant and minor takes center stage and important things rouse no interest.

I think Jordan Peterson is one of our most interesting intellectuals trying to get people to pay attention. He’s pushing basic common sense and that is so rare in today’s world that people don’t know what to do with it.



Alienating Young Men: Jordan Peterson by The Elephant's Child

This one is important, and short. All this gender nonsense has been growing and is purely evil. It’s all trying to tear our society apart in the name of politics: feminism, white supremacy, race, diversity, and so on. I don’t understand what they are trying to do. We’ve had a celebration of gender dysphoria, which is a mental illness related to other kinds of dysphorias. They are teaching little children that changing genders is normal and real. There are even people who have come to believe that one of their limbs is bad and must be removed. Some few attempt the removal themselves, with unfortunate results.

The American people come in a wide variety of colors. The majority are more or less white, but that does not become “white supremacy.” Feminism had some reality when women wanted to be recognized as individuals and to have the right to vote. Congress passed the law in 1919 and it became a reality in 1920. Do we have to have some kind of young men’s liberation movement to get the trendy people to stop beating up on them?

There is something deeply, oddly, wrong in our country at present. In universities we have young people demanding that they should not have to hear ideas with which they do not agree—and what is a university and why are you there? Women are marching around with vulgar signs in vagina costumes. A teacher in public school announces that any young men who go into the military are dummies, lacking in intelligence and ability. Female teachers are having sex with their young male students, and getting sent to prison for it. Think about the protests and demonstrations you can remember from the past year or so. They make no sense. Where does this come from?



The Trials and Tribulations of Technology Gone Haywire by The Elephant's Child

People who run big companies are only human, like the rest of us. Some are not as bright as they think they are, they are subject to fashion and fads, and very much influenced by what other companies are doing—because they might know something that their own company does not. It’s not easy running a big company, that’s why they make big salaries, and why the Democrats always want to raise their taxes.

One of the very BIG words floating around in our society at present is “Diversity.” An organization must be diverse or they will be accused of being racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-another underrepresented minority or another of those words, and held up to censure, ridicule, bad publicity or even attacks from the more enlightened. Womyn are particularly interested in diversity, as they know that all women are paid 9% less than men for doing the same job, even though equal pay has been the law since 1963. Group pictures will be scanned for the correct mixture of skin colors and ethnicity. It is a very big deal, and utterly meaningless.

James Damore, a software engineer at Google, was attempting to help to alleviate the problem, which Google apparently considers to be a very major problem indeed.  J. Christian Adams wrote about Mr. Damore and his lawsuit against Google at PJ Media.

I met James Damore at a conference last November after he received an award for speaking out against Google’s race obsession and cultish orthodoxy. The poor fellow seemed bewildered, still stuck in those good old-fashioned American notions of free speech, tolerance, and color-blindness toward other people. Damore didn’t seem to understand the Left has big plans for America. His experience at Google should make clear to every American that this gang is playing for keeps.

This article cannot possibly capture all of the rancid, racialist, thuggish things going on at Google, so I’d urge you to take time to read the whole complaint. It’s like reading Solzhenitsyn’s travel log from Ekibastuze. It reveals nothing short of the psychologies of totalitarianism in their timeless forms. The purges. The moral relativism. The threats. The lists of enemies.  The upside-down world of the wicked justifying their wickedness.

Do read Mr. Adams’ short article, and then follow the above link, to the whole complaint. I read it last night, and had a hard time getting to sleep.

Google is so wrongheaded, so foolish. They have fallen for a racist meme and are criticizing the most valuable thing they might have in their employees which is diversity of ideas. Real advances come about when someone thinks differently, follows up on a moment of inspiration, refuses to accept the standard idea as the standard.  Neither Orville nor Wilbur Wright had a pilot’s license.

Back in 1852, “Joseph Lister was a young house surgeon at London’s University College Hospital. While dealing with an outbreak of gangrene, he noticed that when he cleaned his patients’ ulcers—an unusual practice at the time—they had a much higher incidence of recovery. ”

He kept following up on his unorthodox idea, and learned of Louis Pasteur’s work, and eventually was able to decide that it wasn’t bad air, but “its constituent of microbial life” that was the source of hospital infection. Generations of people are alive today because Joseph Lister pursued his own diversity of thought. You can quickly come up with dozens if not hundreds of advances in our world that came about because someone had the fortitude to think differently, even in the face of taunts and condemnation.

It is, of course, much more comfortable when no one ruffles the feathers of anyone else, goes along to get along, does not rock the foundations. But thinking a little differently is what allows us to advance. It will take a courageous court in Santa Clara County to deal properly with Mr. Damore’s complaint, and conventional thinking would take note of the fact that Google is a very large and prosperous employer in the county. Think differently.



The State of the Union 2018 by The Elephant's Child

Terrific speech. Uniting, caring, forward looking. Of course the Democrats are not interested in uniting. I cannot remember a year when the opposing party behaved so badly. They went to great lengths to make clear their hatred for our country and this president.

Progressives’ plain rudeness was on national display. Leftist comments on the speech were startlingly notable for the total absence of any sense whatsoever and their plain fuming hate. Calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome” doesn’t even begin to describe their problem. It’s not interested in our country,our future, our people — just blind fury at being out of power.

The accomplishments of this administration are clear and remarkable. No bragging there, just statement of fact. Senator Schumer remarked yesterday that President Trump should thank President Obama for repairing the economy so that it should show such improvement. Obama had no understanding of how an economy works, but that’s why the record of socialists is so dismal.

The most powerful rebuke in the speech was the line “Americans are Dreamers too.” Good reminder. The illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have shown no particular effort to adapt to or participate in this country. The few who have served in the military should be on a path to citizenship, but the ones who are out demonstrating, screaming, carrying pre-printed signs—demanding citizenship seem to have the illusion that they have fulfilled all the requirements for citizenship by simply being here at taxpayer expense. Many have dropped out of high school, contemptuous of the generosity of the country. We are not a “nation of immigrants.”  We are a nation of Citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson had a column a week ago clarifying the issue, entitled “The Mythologies of Illegal Immigration.” It is well worth your time for a straightforward view of reality. An earlier column this month was “What the ‘Dreamer’ fight is really about.” Professor Hanson’s home is in California’s Central Valley, and he grew up with Mexican immigrants and Mexican illegal immigrants, Some are members of his family. He simply explains the problems in a straightforward manner. He also wrote, with Heather MacDonald and Steve Malanga “The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s” for those who are actually interested in a solution.

One thing Dr. Hanson has often called to our attention is President Trump’s use of the word “our.” He always refers to our workers, our miners, our police officers, our military, and our people. No other president has done that.

Efforts at Unity for the good of the country, will, of course, amount to nothing. Democrats will stand ready to punish any of their fellows who do not understand that our Constitutional Republic is not meant to have anyone but Democrats in charge. It’s entirely about the power of the Ruling class, and what they can do with that power.

 



For Your Notebook of Quotations by The Elephant's Child

 

“This willingness to accept present discomfort and risk for the hope of future riches that so characterized these immigrants, and the millions who would follow over the next two centuries, has had a profound, if immeasurable effect on the history of the American economy. Just as those who saw no conflict between worshiping God and seeking earthly success in the seventeenth century, those who sought economic independence in the eighteenth had a profound impact on the emerging American culture.”
……………………………………………………………………An Empire of Wealth
……………………………………………………………………John Steele Gordon

“None of this should surprise anyone. Contrary to what they tell you (and tell you, and tell you) Progressives don’t have principles. Rather they have faddish opinions that are highly unstable and often contradictory.”
……………………………………………………………………Kathryn Shaidle
……………………………………………………………………Taki’s Magazine

“I have struggled for years to explain that politicians who cant about fairness don’t mean equal treatment or justice, or indeed, any practical outcome whatsoever, What they really mean is that they’re nice people and they’re prepared to prove how nice they are with your money.”
…………………………………………………………………….Daniel Hannan
…………………………………………………………………….MEP for East Anglia

“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before, and it does not work….We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started…and an enormous debt to boot.”
……………………………………………………………………..Henry Morgenthau Jr.
……………………………………………………………………..FDR’s Treasury Secretary
……………………………………………………………………..Architect of the New Deal

The Liberal project makes no sense. Liberals cannot articulate basic principles such as conservatives do. Conservatives talk about the rights enumerated in the Declaration and argue about freedom and liberty. Liberals, even when requested to come up with principle—cannot. The lesson is simple. Their principles are all negatives: things that are not fair: slavery—race—women as chattel, who could not vote.
……………………………………………………………………..Never Enough
……………………………………………………………………..William Voegeli

You do have a notebook of quotations, don’t you?




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