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Tim Moore’s MIND MUSINGS June 12, 2021
Regular readers of these MUSINGS might be surprised to see me recommend a rap song, but isn’t that one of the things that makes America great?! Diversity.
I found out about this video (weeks after the rest of the world, apparently) from one of the 3 or 4 dozen daily newsletters I get on my desktop. Apparently the song is near or at the top of iTunes and it was listed as the #6 ranked music video on YouTube when I watched it.
The artist is a fellow named Tom MacDonald, and the song is: Snowflakes.
To say the least, Tom does not like them or what they represent—and he has had enough of them.
Yes, ever since the French Revolution the Jacobins and their historical children over-reach and either destroy the society at large (The Terror in France) or provoke a (sometimes catastrophic) backlash (Napoleon following The Terror). Tom is working on his own pushback, it seems.
As the philosopher, George Santayana, once said: Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.
And as Mark Twain (I think) said, and I paraphrase: History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
Here is a snippet of MacDonald’s lyric:
There’s a race war here, elections based on fear
Black lives only matter once every four years
Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits
Give welfare to the bums and forget about the veterans
Black folks and white folks divided by the news
But we’re all the same, we are red, white, and blue
Ashamed to be American? Okay, that’s cool
‘Cause honestly, we are all ashamed of you too
And for those who want to hear the song and see the video (which is really well produced), it is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCMwlorNEZk
A Flurry of Factoids
May inflation came in at 5+%, the highest monthly figure since August 2008. April was a record now superseded by May. Will there be a return to the Carter Misery Index? We shall see. Let’s hope not.
180,000 people crossed the US southern border in May, a record going back 21 years. April and March’s crossings of 178,000 and 172,000 respectively were records now superseded by May. (Source: CBP)
Since 2000 the US has reduced its carbon emissions by 22%, the only country on earth that met the Kyoto Agreements 17% reduction goal. We did it by replacing coal with natural gas. (Source: M. Shellenberger)
China currently makes the cheapest solar panels in the world and—depending on the month—produces 71-97% of the panels in the world. They are produced more cheaply for two principal reasons: use of cheap polluting coal and slave labor in western China. Hey, but they’re green!? (Source: M. Shellenberger)
Ever been to McSorley’s Tavern on 7th Street in lower Manhattan? Great place. Known as the country’s oldest CONTINUOUSLY operating saloon. How so? How did they stay operating during Prohibition? In fact, they didn’t close a day and were NEVER raided by police.