Monday, September 13, 2021

Cracked: The Masculinity Industry

It's more guns adgacne in the end.  And has some good points but Cracked's article about the "Masculinity Industry" is goes in some 'interesting' places.

Such as a few sexist comments implying how women who buy guns for self defense might as well be men.

"Strong overlap between guys who love cops and the military, and guys with zero trust in them to keep us safe. "

Which....   turn that over the head.  What about the overlap between those who think the cops are structurally racist and will use prohibitionist laws disproportionaly against minorities annd then want to give the cops more power by banning more things.

If you think the War on Drugs was a racist assault on civil liberties, imagine a War on Guns.

Or this

If you browse, say, Reddit’s concealed carry group, the average gun owner sounds responsible and happy to chastise dinguses with Rambo fantasies. But concealed carry, despite sounding so American that George Washington probably walked around with a little flintlock shoved under his wig, is yet another aberration. 2.7 million Americans had concealed carry permits in 1999 but, after intense lobbying by the NRA and other advocates to loosen laws, that number’s now almost 20 million. 

It's not good enough to be responsible.  And note that they complain about how gun laws were loosened,  you know from the racist way they were in the past when Police could ban people they con't like from carrying guns even though they passed a background check and took the required training. 

A racist history Cracked has pointed out.

But … why? A majority of Americans have, for decades, believed that crime rates are rising. And, for decades, they’ve been wrong. Media and politicians mislead us about how dangerous America is, petty crimes like vandalism lead to the mistaken assumption that serious crimes are also rampant, a high-profile crime across the country can convince us that we’re next, and all while the actual statistics keep improving. 

Hmm, it's not just the "masculinity industry" that  uses a single high profile crime to convince people that they're next.

Between 2019 and 2021 the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, which teaches self-defense and trauma care, saw its membership jump from 300,000 to 600,000. Their success came from their focus on family protection. The USCCA is far less combative than the NRA, and they emphasize that part of being safe is avoiding fighting. But they still talk about America as a place where you’re perpetually on the verge of fending for yourself a gunfight. 

Note how they slip into "training is bad".

The USCAA says 40% of their members are Democrats. If that’s not conservative enough, you can join one of America’s growing militias, but if that’s still too conservative then you can check out the John Brown Gun Club, the Socialist Rifle Association, or another rapidly growing leftie gun group. The language they use is different, but it’s still the same message: learn to protect yourself before things go to hell. Did I mention the study that suggests gun ownership for personal defense is driven by fear?  

So.... the acknowledged that gun rights groups are all political stripes and there are minority groups.... and then immediately dismisses them as "driven by fear"  that seems.... a bit racist. 

Now to give the article credit they don't go for cheap solutions.  They don't even demand gun control, though the implication is there.  They even talk about the problem of suicide.

And the solution isn’t to continue the endless churn of videos that tell guys to bury all emotion, barricade themselves against the imaginary wolves at the door, and become the kind of man that never really existed. 

The problem with this advice.  It's not just the "Masculinity" folks who tell men to bury all emotions.  The stigma that mocks men for being weak for opening up, or for dismissing the problems of others, is very broad in today's society.

Heck, even this article itself is framed as "stupid men with their stupid fears and stupid feelings".

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cracked Bad Neighborhood myth

Numerous policing initiatives have come and gone over the years, one failing right after the other, like the infamous stop-and-frisk program implemented by then New York mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2003 that gave cops the power to search random "suspicious" people on the assumption that they might carry drugs or guns. As you could probably tell, most of these initiatives were steeped in racism, as critics often attacked programs like stop-and-frisk as unfairly punishing non-white people.

But surely, some of these programs had to be good, right? Not exactly. The controversial stop-and-frisk program actually did not result in much, if any, crime reduction. When the program expired, crime rates actually dropped, which sounds almost contradictory if you don't consider the fact that crime naturally decreases over time. Second off, a fair amount of arrests made by cops don't actually reduce crime that much or are actually false arrests. 

Now will other gun control programs and policies  result in racist enforcement by police?

If you think Bloomberg's Stop and Frisk is surely an Anomaly. Well... Bloomberg is a major donor and defacto boss of most of the Gun Control orgs in the US.  Or that his legal team helps write most of these laws

And it's not like the the last Federal Assault Weapon Ban was packaged with a mandatory minimum tough on crime law.

This is by the same Michael Dawson who nearly a month ago wrote Gun Control's Massively Racist History    Who made a credible case that Gun Control in the US is a racist, not just in it's far history but that the majority of current laws were made with a racist animus.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Cracked: Gun Control's Massively Racist History.

Wow  this is acutally a really good article that points out the whole racist history of gun control with plenty of examples:  The Milford Act, Slavery, how Gun Control was used by the state to go after minorities, and that Gun Control was selectively enforced just to punish people the state didn't like

I mean when this is in the opening section: 

For starters, much of America's gun control today was precisely informed in response to Black activists arming themselves against white supremacists, like ...

Now it does get a bit... well part of what it says about the NRA's history and dumpsterfire is correct but the way it ends...

It wasn't until 1971 when the feds raided Kenyon Ballew, a lifelong NRA member, on suspicion of hoarding a bunch of illegal guns and shot him, making him paralyzed for life, that the NRA finally decided that this whole "let the government take our guns'' thing maybe wasn't in their best interests after all. Shocker. The proceeding outrage led to a striking change in the group's attitude, helping form the modern "gubbermint tyranny!" NRA that you see to this day.

The funny thing is, the Black Panthers basically said the same thing about needing guns to protect from government brutality, which the NRA cribbed completely, pretending that they had always been pro-gun rights. Seems like the second amendment only matters for white people.

And then the article goes on about how goverment tyranny and gun bans aren't... paranoia.  They are things that have happened.

Now... what keeps current gun control laws from being racist?

Cracked has pointed out numerous times issues with law enforcement in the US.  And we've seen how relatively recent Gun Control policies like "stop and frisk" are basically "walking while black."

Or what about May Issue Laws,  where for a citizen to get a gun permit they have to convince the Police that they have a justifiable need?  Does anyone see how that might be abused for racial ends?

Or what of an  expensive registration plan where say someone has to pay 200 dollars per Assault Weapon to have them registered with the government?  That puts a class basis right in there where guns are priced out of poor people's hands.

Also ironic that this article drops right as Biden is inaugurated.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Cracked: The police are Horrible Racists: Let's give them more power!

Remember how yesterday Cracked was hoping that Congress would pass some strong gun control in reaction the Sacking of the Capitol (where the only person shot was by a cop...)

Well today Dan Duddly (who you've seen before) is comparing a bad action flick of taking over (and holding hostages) in the Whitehouse, versus a mob in the Capital that didn't capture anyone and was chased out

But it gets better, when talking on how they rioters get in:

Armored assault vehicles? Who needs em? Just ask the police nicely, and they'll let you through the gates.


Of course, maybe that wouldn't have worked since the terrorists in Olympus Has Fallen were North Korean, and the ones attacking the Capitol on Wednesday were um ... well, look at the videos and see if you can pick out a common theme. 

So they're gonna mainstream that theory? There it is. 

Given yesterday's plea for gun control Cracked thinks that racist cops who (in this specific case worked with literal pillaging vandals), and Cracked has have at many many times exposed US law enforcement institutional corruption,  sympathized with BLM.... shoudl have more police power. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Cracked: Look to the Wisdom of Tick Tock Teens

 So.... in a violent riot on the Nation's Capit0l where the only person shot was a rioter so by a cop...   And no one else who died got shot... Cracked had to find a way to make it about gun control.

And boy did they.   They went to the Students Demand Action style well by trying to get the Congress folks to think of their fear and how it would be for students.  Of course the difference is Congress had armed security that drove off the rioters, in one case with lethal force.

With their help, they can build a nation where no student, teacher or Congressperson ever experiences this horror again. 

Note the universality. How in a country of 300 million people, and 100 million guns could even the most draconian law ensure that?

Do you want the police, you know the folks Cracked has been rightly pointing out their abuses to have even more power?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Cracked: Ignorant Fear-mongering spawns Racist and Easily-circumvented Weapon Bans

Only for Martial Arts weapons of course.

Cracked has an article about how bans on martial arts weapons are  spun up by fear-mongering media,  racism, and other absurdities (like what is the point of banning something that a person could easily make in their garage), and actually don't make any increase in safety....  

And despite talking about how guns and knives are common.  They make no connection... not even to gun laws, but no connection to knife laws either.

Because it's not like gun or knife laws might have a similar racist motivation to passing them or enforcing them.  Wonder why switchblades and butterfly knives are illegal in some areas?

For a bonus about a week ago, Cracked was gushing about how cool flamethrowers were....  after a guy got on a bus and started randomly shooting fire into the air,  and then talked about how it was cool that they were legal, and were only banned in 2 states.  They then proceeded to implore their readers to buy them.

There is no requirement for people to be consistent.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

So.... Cracked is back to gun control...

And doing so in a article that....  questions if free speech and representative governance is good.

Buckle up.

After a part decrying free speech for the commoners we get this part:

For example, after every mass shooting, my feed is full of celebrities saying "Get rid of the guns" and columns about how it's time to repeal the 2nd Amendment, pointing out that half-measures like background checks and mental health interventions won't stop similar attacks. The problem is that, even without looking at polls, you have to know that Americans really, really like guns. If you do look at the polls, you'll find that only one in five Americans want to repeal the 2nd Amendment and only one in nine feel strongly about it. Yet, when we see a video of sprawled corpses in a shopping center, millions of well-meaning people think, "It'd be nice if we could just, you know, do it anyway."

This is coming to a head sooner than you think. What happens when those exact same voters stand in the way of fixing global warming, aka, the thing that could collapse civilization? In order to curb emissions in time, we apparently have to ban new gasoline cars within 15 years or so, and beef consumption has to drop dramatically even sooner than that. But Americans love their gasoline cars even more than guns (more than 97% of new car buyers still choose gas over electric, with huge gas-guzzling trucks being the fastest-growing market), and they love their hamburgers and steaks even more (Americans average more than a pound of beef a week, only 5% of us are vegetarians).

So....  the whole "background checks and red flaws" are just half measures?    And the mentioning of Celebrities filling my twitter feed, right after decrying free speech....

So much for "nobody wants to take your guns" or... nobody wants to take your cars or meat...
And note this is *AFTER* the item where the writer muses that most of the populace just can't handle free speech.

That's actually the unspoken tension behind every argument about censorship or "cancel culture." Speech only exists in human brains, so the problem isn't the comedian's bigoted joke; it's the assumption that some segment of the audience will not have the brainpower to know what to do with it. You're giving a blowtorch to a toddler. 

Blow-torch toddler.  But guns should be banned because Celebrities want it.

If society can't be saved without a strong majority of citizens on board, and we secretly believe that most of them are immune to both reason and empathy, then what are we suggesting be done? This isn't a rhetorical question! We literally will have to answer it! Shit!

So....  what is the answer?

If right after complaining about people having free speech....  one complains about what to do to with a majority of voters who "are immune to both reason and empathy",  what conclusion would you come to?

Followed by an item about.... dropping testosterone?  And bemoaning some culture war: 

That is, in fact, the larger problem -- our addiction to antagonism has made us even worse at processing information than we already were. When every spoken word is seen as a shot fired in some goddamned culture war, then facts are useful only as ammunition.

Yeah shame that.

ANd then gets into a neo-luddite rant about automation.  Which then goes to "twitter feed solutions"

The obvious solution, among the people in my Twitter feed, is a Universal Basic Income. To make up for paychecks lost to automation, the government taxes the corporations and gives us a monthly check just for existing. This would apparently mean that a skilled and ambitious minority will continue to do the tasks too advanced for robots, but the hundreds of millions displaced by self-driving cars, delivery drones, and retail kiosks will just become full-time consumers, I guess? Planted on the sofa, staring at a screen and getting zombified by social media dopamine drips?

That's the positive solution!

But what about people who still have to work?

He or she then passes by a porch full of stoned, giggling UBI neighbors, still up from an all-night gaming session (it doesn't matter if this characterization of the neighbors is unfair -- what matters is the perception). You're saying this person won't feel any resentment toward them? That they won't feel like their own vote should count for more, that the system shouldn't be geared more toward the needs of the "producers?"

Well....  given earlier you proposed that some people can't handle free speech, and that people who like such icky things as guns.... meat... or cars.... can still vote is "problematic".....

Again, what solution comes to mind?

And to be clear, I'm not pointing the finger at anyone but myself here. I don't have children, even though I have a yard, a spare bedroom, and a penis that almost works too well. Shouldn't I be forced to raise at least two replacement kids and train them in some high-value task? Shit, am I even doing a high-value task? I make a good living writing escapist novels with increasingly stupid titles. Isn't that a frivolous inefficiency in the system? Shouldn't somebody be forcing me to write patriotic propaganda or cautionary tales about climate change?

Umm....  doesn't that sound pretty fascist?  So much for, I can do what I want as long as I'm not hurting anyone else....

But it gets better

I spent thousands of dollars on vet bills when my dog got cancer; would that be allowed in a perfectly just and efficient society? In fact, should people capable of treating cancer even be allowed to waste their talents on dogs?

Should. Be. Allowed.   We have a man who literally is bemoaning not just that people are allowed to care for pets, but that veterinary workers are ALLOWED to provide such care.

Nobody is taking your veterinary oncologists.

If you want to know how compassionate, caring, eco-woke people can end up oh-so-reluctantly endorsing fascism? Here you go.  (And for more examples the comments can be pretty chilling)

And this shows why a grounding in what was once called Classical Liberalism is so *vital*  because without a foundation of: "Yeah individuals for all their flaws have rights in what they can say and do"  you end up with....

"Well, maybe for the good of all free speech, universal suffrage,  self defense, vehicular mobility should be replaced by food rationing,  assigned labor serfdom,  censorship of books,  full rationing of medical care"  And not one wiff or worry about the corruption or /who/ would be running such a state?

I mean going "*We* need to take away all the freedoms and inefficiencies of liberal democracy, for the duration of the emergency" sounds a /bit/ familiar no