A Ban on Smartphones for Kids

Tucker proposed banning smartphone use for kids by federal law. I don’t want to like this guy but he’s literally the only person in the public space who talks about things I find extremely important.

If a politician proposed this, I’d be voting for that politician irrespective of any other issue. Any other issue. He could proclaim Putin the emperor of the world for all I’d care.

And it’s not an extraordinary or unusual thing. There is a ban on kids smoking or drinking alcohol. Recently, a ban on vaping for kids started to get enforced. These bans work extremely well. When was the last time you saw a 6-year-old with a cigarette and a beer bottle, even in families where parents smoke and drink?

Tucker says that about a quarter of children under the age of six have smartphones. These are the children whose language skills, emotional coping skills, and sociability skills will be thwarted for life. They will be part of an underclass, socially engineered into this position by people who’d never do that to their own kids.

I recorded this segment and will keep rewatching it. My analyst does research on this, and the findings are absolutely horrific. I’m sure that this will go the way of smoking where everybody will suddenly realize it’s dangerous. But it will take time and do a ton of damage before then. I believe that this is the most important issue of our times.


The Democratic party used to stand for decidedly good things I could wholeheartedly support: abortion rights, gay rights, racial justice, labor rights. These are all great things, and I’m very much for them.

And then abortion rights transformed into a right to kill an inconvenient child who, after being born, doesn’t rise to high enough consumer standards.

Gay rights turned into a fight to mutilate kids when consumers are too bored to parent them and to put 10-year-olds on the stage of drag clubs for adult pervs to ogle.

Racial justice turned into proposals to ban white people from being hired in academia or getting published in academic journals. [I can give links if needed.]

Labor rights turned into a defence of the big business’s sacred right to access a pool of easily exploitable and terrified illegal workers.

Im not attracted by any of these goals. They actually scare me.

But, but, but, we keep hearing. The planet will die next Sunday, and we are the only ones who can stop it.

It all sounds like an attempt to distract us from this massive betrayal of what Democrats are supposed to stand for. Oh, forget about how we are trying to make sure you can’t get hired or published because of your appearance. At least, it’s better than being dead as a result of global warming. Would you rather be unemployed or dead?

And yes, the other side isn’t any better. If you smell two piles of shit long enough, you might start perceiving one of them as stinking slightly less. But that’s not much of a consolation.

More on Drugs

This week 114 kg of fentanyl were caught in an attempt to snuggle them through the US border. This single shipment could kill several million people. There was also a shitload of amphetamines in the same shipment. Mexico is now filled with labs that produce every possible synthetic drug in existence.

Folks, shouldn’t this story have been reported at least at the rate of the inane Covington confrontation? Almost nobody is even mentioning it. There is zero discussion. There is something seriously wrong with spending days on parsing a teenage smirk and paying zero attention to this story.

Is the Governor of Virginia Nuts?

OK, is Northam trying to destroy abortion rights? Or did he recently experience a severe stroke? What the fuck is wrong with this mega-dick?

This is literally the argument that every manosphere creep threw at me back when I had discussions about abortion rights with them. (There are many examples here on the blog). “Post-birth abortion” was their favorite line. And now a prominent Democrat proves the point of those darn fuckers by openly and calmly stating that we are in favor of killing children who have been born.

Do Democrats have some sort of a bizarre death wish for the party?

History Lesson

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by 15+% more representatives both in congress and senate of which of the US political parties?

Under which US president did the percentage of African American students attending segregated schools decline by over 50% (from 70% to 18,5%)?

Who is the US president who campaigned and won under a call for a form of reparations for African Americans? This same president instituted affirmative action in hiring for black workers for the first time in history.

Maybe everybody here already knows all this but I just discovered it, so I’m sharing the joy. Chalk it up to an immigrant’s ignorance of the political history of the new country. I’m learning, though.

Weather Bitching

Yes, it’s very cold here today. But on Sunday and Monday it will be +68°F, which is basically summer. I don’t mind the cold nearly as much as I do these constant insane jumps in temperature. It’s -12°F right now (without the wind chill factor.) How is it normal to go to summer weather (and then back) by the end of the week?

Book Notes: Imperialism, Neoliberalism and Social Struggles in Latin America

This book is very good at describing the very negative effects of neoliberal globalization on Latin America. There is a ton of useful data on the subject in this volume. But. . . it’s an edited collection, and one of the editors is writing from Havana. This means that the book gives these endless, breathy predictions as to how Latin Americans are on the verge of organizing a wave of massive popular revolutions that will put an end to capitalism in Latin America and turn every country into Cuba, which, of course, is paradise on Earth.

So I recommend it for a thoughtful discussion of the imperialism and neoliberalism part but I don’t recommend it at all for the social struggles part because it’s plain silly.

Fat Acceptance and Medical Care

And just one more thing and then I’ll leave everybody alone on this subject.

It’s not feasible to have a public health insurance system in a country that invented and normalized things like the fat acceptance movement. When people insist on leading aggressively and unapologetically unhealthy lifestyles, it’s unrealistic to ask those who don’t to subsidize the treatment of the consequences of these lifestyles.

Yes, the movement is small and marginal. But obesity rates aren’t. “Every industrialized country but the US”, which is a cliche that dominates these discussions, doesn’t have anything like this. I’m sure there are folks who have the godlike magnanimity to be happy to pay Scandinavian tax rates while seeing their next-door neighbor who weighs 350 lbs, smokes, and has 5 chronic health conditions by the age of 30.

Right now the grants and the publications of the FAM look funny. But they would look a lot less funny if my tax rates went up to 50% (that’s the Canadian rates. It’s worse in Sweden)