Encyclopedia of Cluelessness

Self-awareness is in such short supply that one can make a whole link encyclopedia out of articles illustrating cluelessness. I came across these links in under 10 minutes of multilingual browsing.

Bunches of clueless people are self-importantly making clueless pronouncements at Boise State

In Russian but priceless. Pseudo-psychological vocabulary is used to promote the value of a consumerist approach to love

I thought I’d seen too many pouty emails by clueless folks to be surprised by anything but this one is too much even for this popular genre. 

And the saddest of all is TNC’s new essay. 

Clueless people in Portugal accumulate useless stocks of gold without doing anything with it


15 thoughts on “Encyclopedia of Cluelessness”

  1. “And the saddest of all is TNC’s new essay.”

    I read his Atlantic essay all the way through, and Ta-Nehisi Coates always says the same thing over and over in all of his articles.

    Everything that Ta-Nehisi Coates writes is sad — not because he sees every issue in terms of race, but because he clearly believes that it’s impossible for any black person in America to EVER succeed against the eternally crushing, overwhelming burden of white racism.

    To him, Trump’s election following the first-ever black President is proof of that, but Coates’ racial nihilism didn’t start with Trump. I remember his famous letter to his son, in which he essentially told the boy that he was doomed to failure no matter how talented he was or how hard he tried, simply because the child was black in a white America.

    If Coates truly believes that the situation is utterly hopeless, what’s the point of saying so again and again and again?


  2. Freedom and Art
    What paintings from Lenin’s Russia and Depression America tell us about turbulent times

    To mark the centenary of Lenin’s revolution, the Royal Academy in London mounted an exhibition, Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932—probably the largest of its kind ever mounted in a foreign country. It overlapped for a time with another exhibition in the same institution that, in a way, took up the baton: America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. Whether intended or not, the juxtaposition was instructive, for it allowed a comparison of the artistic production of two fateful nations during some of their most turbulent years.



      1. Regarding Coates. I have the idea (he’s not the only one by any margin) that he’s displacing an intense anger towards US blacks toward whites. That might seem interesting the first time around or so, but it does not for a long career make.


  3. Interesting blog:

    А не обидеть ли мне феминисток?

    From another post:

    “Я проработал в американской университетской системе четверть века, из них шесть лет на полную ставку, остальные совместителем. И за это время ни разу не сталкивался с обвинениями в изнасиловании, ни облыжными, ни правдивыми.

    В самой Америке об опасности обвинения в изнасиловании (и никогда об опасности изнасилования) любят рассуждать альтернативно одаренные альтернативные правые. Я не знаю, где причина, а где следствие, но обычно сексуальный опыт альтов на кампусе (если не считать мастурбацию) равен нулю. То есть секс с девушкой для них штука неизведанная, а потому опасная. Рассказы про обвинения в изнасиловании после секса по согласию, это вариант хорошо известных легенд про vagina dentata: по сути, это воплощение страха перед сексом как таковым.”


    A напоследок обидим левых


  4. Two Breslov Hasidic Jews, including a 13-year-old boy, were lightly injured from shrapnel in a grenade explosion in Uman, Ukraine early Thursday.

    Another grenade as well as drugs were seized in a search of a nearby building, from which Israel Police representatives in the city believe the grenade was thrown.

    Tens of thousands of Hasidim descend upon Uman every year on Rosh Hashanah as part of a major pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

    The reasons for the attack are unclear, but police believe its perpetrators were likely criminals who grew tired of the noise the Hasidim make.


    In Israeli government’s case, I would’ve checked the possibility to rebury Rebbe Nachman in Israel. We have too many fanatical pilgrims to stop them from travelling to his grave in Ukraine otherwise, and I do not want fellow Jews to get hurt and/or create a spectacle in Ukraine which would please every antisemite.


  5. This may seem like good news at first glance:

    “Quietly, Israeli high-tech companies contract Gaza engineers

    It is not uncommon for high-tech companies from the West Bank, run by Hamas’s secular rival Fatah, to work directly with Israeli counterparts. But in Gaza, which has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, it is almost unheard of.”


    But then we learn that the number of those Gazans in almost nil:

    “Tech giant Mellanox — which makes technology that connects computers, databases and servers — employs 10 of the Gazan company’s staff and plans to double that.”

    AND that Israeli labor force is likely to get badly hurt if this cooperation increases:

    “Israeli firms meanwhile benefit from far cheaper labor. Hiring a Gazan engineer costs around a fifth of the price of hiring an Israeli once taxes and other costs are factored in, Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman told AFP.”


  6. Found a good, informative article about the general situation in Uman:

    In the Ukrainian city of Uman, businesses and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims.
    What began as a trickle of observant Jews has grown in recent years and diversified to include many secular tourists.


    I did not know secular Jews have also joined this grave-worshipping thing. 😦

    In another place I read about “during the year… hundreds of Chasidim visiting the sacred gravesite every week”

    Yet another article from August 31, 2017 reads “Ukraine readies for record pilgrimage of 40,000 Jews to Uman.”


    // Uman is located in central Ukraine, 150 miles south of Kiev and 200 miles south of Odessa.

    Amid an increase in the popularity of the pilgrimage, Uman has seen several far-right rallies against the presence of Jews there. Street brawls between visitors and locals are not uncommon. Local media report of provocative and disorderly conduct by some pilgrims, who are predominantly from Israel.

    Last year, a synagogue in Uman was sprayed with red paint and desecrated with a pig’s head with a swastika carved into its forehead. The synagogue is part of the Ohel complex built near the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman. //


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