This is now dangerous
This is fascinating – check out the comments below the tweet from the Mayor of Dublin. From the media coverage, you would think that there is universal love for the protestors. While Twitter is hardly indicative of the real world, this is interesting. Click the tweet and read on:
I have opened an online Book of Condolence so Dubliners can express their sympathy to the family of George Floyd RIP and to give their support those who fight racial injustice worldwide. It can be signed at https://t.co/1gWQWbwZMz until 17th June. pic.twitter.com/Ei7FTaVfdb
— Lord Mayor of Dublin (@LordMayorDublin) June 3, 2020
This pussy should lose his badge. https://t.co/OhM6XxadOQ
— Jason 🇦🇺 (@Jasonau80) June 4, 2020
Virtue signalling takes off
— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) June 2, 2020
And this is the corporate statement the company put out:
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 2, 2020
You may be wondering what the reference to 1619 is. It’s a very specific reference, almost certainly referencing the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project was a New York Times project. As the paper explained:
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
There is a very political point to the 1619 Project as the paper goes on to explain:
1619 is not a year that most Americans know as a notable date in our country’s history. Those who do are at most a tiny fraction of those who can tell you that 1776 is the year of our nation’s birth. What if, however, we were to tell you that the moment that the country’s defining contradictions first came into the world was in late August of 1619? That was when a ship arrived at Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia, bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s very origin.
Out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, its diet and popular music, the inequities of its public health and education, its astonishing penchant for violence, its income inequality, the example it sets for the world as a land of freedom and equality, its slang, its legal system and the endemic racial fears and hatreds that continue to plague it to this day. The seeds of all that were planted long before our official birth date, in 1776, when the men known as our founders formally declared independence from Britain.
The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.
That last par is the most important one. The aim is to recast the United States as an evil country built on the backs of slaves. This goes to the “fruit of the poisonous tree” argument.
It’s a legal metaphor. The logic is that if the source (the “tree”) of the evidence or evidence itself is tainted, then anything gained (the “fruit”) from it is tainted as well.
For the US, the argument is that if the country was built on an evil then anything the country does is tainted as it is marked by a stain it can never remove.
Consider for a moment, not whether this is true (it bull crap) but what the next step is. Where can a country go?
This is not like Nazi Germany where the evildoers can be tried and hanged and the victors dish justice. The analogy would be if the Nazis won. What then? Then the ‘success’ of the Nazis would be built on the dead they murdered.
That’s what the 1619 Project is trying to project onto the US.
At the same time as the newspaper of record is trying to destroy the foundation of the country it records, this is what is happening in China: Beijing is considering handing out punishments to those who damage the reputation of traditional Chinese medicine, according to a new draft regulation issued Friday (29 May).
And the Chinese Communist Party is loving every minute:
"Black lives matter and their human rights should be guaranteed," said #China's FM spokesperson on Monday, urging U.S. to eliminate racial discrimination, protect minorities https://t.co/PEqmdpw2y2 pic.twitter.com/XW6FKjbM9I
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) June 2, 2020
That’s from the CCP, one of the worst human rights abusers on the planet.
Others have joined a cult to be humiliated:
You absolutely cannot convince me this is anything other than a quasi-sexual humiliation fetish. It’s obscene pic.twitter.com/ydcCzCBHdU
— Conor Fitzgerald (@fitzfromdublin) June 2, 2020
The best day on Facebook ever
Celebrities thought they were punishing us mere mortals by posting black squares. Like the image below from Jennifer Aniston – the whitest person ever.
The silence was beautiful. More please.
As reported in USA Today, a shocking anti-Trump rag:
Live Nation, one of the largest concert promoters, paused business as usual to “work together with our employees and colleagues on actionable next steps that will continue to engage and spark consistent action in fighting racism,” the company tweeted.
Universal Music Group’s Interscope Geffen A&M went a step further, saying that in addition to joining Black Out Tuesday, the label home to Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar would not release music this week — the first label to do so.
“While this is only one day, we are working on ways to actively fight for meaningful, systematic change against the injustices black people continue to face,” the post from the official @hamiltonmusical Instagram account read.
Spotify used black logos for more than a dozen of its flagship playlists and podcasts, including Today’s Top Hits and RapCaviar, as a symbol of solidarity, the streaming giant said on its blog. The company pledged to match “donations made by employees to organizations focused on the fight against racism; injustice; inequity.”
Apple Music helped amplify the effort, tweeting a message to its 9.7 million followers.
“In steadfast support of the Black voices that define music, creativity, and culture, we use ours,” the tweet said. “This calls upon us all to speak and act against racism and injustice of all kinds. We stand in solidarity with Black communities everywhere.”
Considering how the streaming services totally screw artists, it’s almost comical that the music companies are involved in this. Here’s an estimate from DittoMusic:
$0.019 per stream
$0.01284 per stream
$0.00783 per stream
Google Play Music
$0.00676 per stream
$0.0064 per stream
$0.00437 per stream
$0.00402 per stream
$0.00133 per stream
$0.000069 per view
To put the YouTube figure in perspective, as at 31 December 2019 the most popular music video of all time was Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy yankee with 6,581,761,502 views. Which paid a royalty from YouTube of $454,141.54.
That’s quite some racket.
Your COVID-19 update
This report was headlined: ‘Coronavirus infections slow down in Finland despite schools opening’.
It’s almost as though they’re disappointed that infections aren’t up to justify the fact that the media was spruiking lockdowns … until they started campaigning for us to protest.
Coronavirus infections have slowed in Finland over the last two weeks despite the reopening of schools in mid-May, the health ministry said on Thursday.
Schools closed for summer holidays at the end of May, but scientists warned there was still risk of the epidemic regaining strength without social distancing.
And this report on COVID-19 highlights just how awful the WHO has been in dealing with China (brown-nosing) and the rest of the world (lying).
Mel Torme (d 1999)
Torme was a noted singer (aka The Velvet Fog)but this clip highlights not only his drumming but also the forgotten piano skills of the great Nat King Cole.
And here he is with the always beautiful Lady Ella.
And performing the classic Stardust.