Elon Musk graphic proves “left/right” depiction of politics is arbitrary

“Elon Musk is buying Twitter, blah, blah, yaddya yaddya.” I lead with this paragraph in case you think this article has anything to do with that.

For now I’m much more interested in this graphic that he posted on his soon-to-be playtoy

I don’t care what point he’s trying to make here, especially given he named one of his children “X Æ A-12” and chose to put a car into orbit. For me, this actually highlights two points he may not have intended.

  1. He clearly believes, like most uber rich probably do, that the world revolves around him. The entire human race is represented by three stick figures on each line and he is one of them.
  2. More importantly for this web page, these varying depictions of the “left/right” nature of political thought are completely different each time, which to me proves that it is completely arbitrary. If Elon is proclaiming that they have these definitions for these particular years, why can’t we attribute our own?

Which leads me conveniently back to the most important point I want to get across in this blog, and you will see me repeat it in several posts. If you come across FPP and don’t leave it at least knowing that I firmly believe this, then I will have failed.

In my humble opinion, no matter what year it is, the true centre of a line representing political ideology is one that contains people who want a democratically elected government to provide equal opportunities for all of its citizens. As you go to the right, you have people who are supporting increasing amounts of inequality. As you move to the left, you have people who are more interested in fighting/punishing those on the right than actually working to establish/maintain that equality. Any other depiction of what is defined by “left” and “right” is an attempt to distort, usually from the “right” because they represent a minority of people but currently have a lot of power which they use to influence the masses.

THIS is what I’d like to talk about when it comes to Elon Musk, not whether or not he wants to add an edit button,. JLP

The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre' The True Centre Podcast

A pod to go with this post from the FPP blog >  Elon Musk graphic proves “left/right” depiction of politics is arbitrary – First Person Plural (firperplu.com) — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thetruecentre/message
  1. The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre'
  2. The True Centre Podcast 007 – Happy 20th birthday TYT
  3. True Centre Podcast 006 – Succession and the Bridge Too Far
  4. The True Centre Podcast 005 – "Brave Fishermen & Ireland's Fluid Neutrality"
  5. The True Centre Podcast 004 – "Biden's First Year"

PS : It seems The Young Turks agree in this video and of course they put their own spin on it which is worth a listen. But sure what do we know, we’re just “woke progressives” right????

Maddow is back, she’s at her best, and now we all need to learn the phrase “Eliminationist Rhetoric”

Rachel Maddow has been on hiatus for quite a while now, working on other projects which is a good thing for her because while her 5-nights-a-week MSNBC show is must watch TV, the “corporate Democrat” nature of the network clearly holds her back.

What makes her presentations so compelling, for me anyway, is that whatever the topical news subject might be covering, she not only goes back several steps in the timeline while researching it, she also seems to bring you through her own process of learning as well. So while she might open her show talking about something like the presidency of Boris Yelstin, her verbal corkboard shows takes you from there to the Q Anon conspiracy.

But far be it from me to provide anything else that might act as a “spoiler” for the classic Maddow experience contained within the following two videos, all that is left is for me to strongly recommend just watch them, enjoy and learn. JLP

What People Before Profit really have to say about Russian sanctions

I am not a member of People Before Profit. In fact, if anything I am skeptical about the Irish left in general and would avoid committing myself to a particular party and instead wait until election campaigns to determine which individual candidates I consider to be worthy of my first preference.

But I am conscious of how the left leaning parties are portrayed in the Irish media. Take the framing this “story” on Extra .ie :

Just to be clear, the actual story featured in this article is meant to be the response of the PBP to President Zelenskyy’s address to the Dáil this week. But what the article actually does is present as news the reaction of other parties.

Apparently the PBP’s objection to further sanctions against the Russian economy is considered to be a “contradiction” given they recently proposed sanctions against Israel. On the surface, that seems a very straightforward way to characterise. However, the Russian sanctions have been widespread and increased gradually since the beginning of their occupation of Ukraine. Meanwhile Israel have no sanctions at all despite their actions against the people of Palestine.

So to summarize, the two situations are very, very different. For Russia, they condemn Putin’s actions but suggest that maybe continued sanctions will tend to hurt the people not those in charge. For Israel, they are calling for sanctions that will hurt the government.

I notice the article does not include this particular quote from the PBP statement on this matter

This is why the best hope for peace is not rowing in behind our own government in its efforts to use the Ukraine crisis to militarise our society. The Irish government’s main interest is using the conflict to hammer a final nail in Irish neutrality. If they were serious about the defence of human rights, they would have stopped the US army from using Shannon airport as a transit point for flights to torture centres. In reality, they have been turning a blind eye to Irish neutrality, and are now using the rhetoric of the conflict in Ukraine as an excuse to disband our neutral position entirely. They want to draw Ireland closer to NATO and increase military spending.

Maybe THIS is why the Irish media wants to focus on a disingenuous claim of contradiction? So that nobody sees the (actually obvious) threat to Irish neutrality?

Again, I am far from a spokesperson for PBP. But I do see how the left is portrayed in the media which is clearly trying to shape a particular narrative, which usually means it is hoping a different one will not take over. JLP

#IANWAE

The True Centre Podcast 005 – “Brave Fishermen & Ireland’s Fluid Neutrality”

The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre' The True Centre Podcast

A pod to go with this post from the FPP blog >  Elon Musk graphic proves “left/right” depiction of politics is arbitrary – First Person Plural (firperplu.com) — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thetruecentre/message
  1. The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre'
  2. The True Centre Podcast 007 – Happy 20th birthday TYT
  3. True Centre Podcast 006 – Succession and the Bridge Too Far
  4. The True Centre Podcast 005 – "Brave Fishermen & Ireland's Fluid Neutrality"
  5. The True Centre Podcast 004 – "Biden's First Year"

“Biden’s First Year” (The True Centre Podcast Ep 4)

The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre' The True Centre Podcast

A pod to go with this post from the FPP blog >  Elon Musk graphic proves “left/right” depiction of politics is arbitrary – First Person Plural (firperplu.com) — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thetruecentre/message
  1. The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre'
  2. The True Centre Podcast 007 – Happy 20th birthday TYT
  3. True Centre Podcast 006 – Succession and the Bridge Too Far
  4. The True Centre Podcast 005 – "Brave Fishermen & Ireland's Fluid Neutrality"
  5. The True Centre Podcast 004 – "Biden's First Year"

“My Brush With The Misinformation Nation” (The True Centre Podcast Ep 3)

I normally want these pods to be just 10 minutes but I go on a bit longer as I explain my side of the story after going down a COVID related twitter rabbit hole with Ewan McKenna on St Stephens’ Day.

Below you can see the tweet that got the “discussion” going.

The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre' The True Centre Podcast

A pod to go with this post from the FPP blog >  Elon Musk graphic proves “left/right” depiction of politics is arbitrary – First Person Plural (firperplu.com) — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thetruecentre/message
  1. The True Centre Podcast 008 – Elon Musk helps me define 'true centre'
  2. The True Centre Podcast 007 – Happy 20th birthday TYT
  3. True Centre Podcast 006 – Succession and the Bridge Too Far
  4. The True Centre Podcast 005 – "Brave Fishermen & Ireland's Fluid Neutrality"
  5. The True Centre Podcast 004 – "Biden's First Year"

HERE ARE SOME OF THE REPLIES I GOT FROM EWAN’S MINIONS…

“Listen to those who know what they’re talking about!” is the shittest advice of 2021. Who? The corrupt rats on pharmas payroll? Media? Restriction junkies? My mate knows all about heroin, but I don’t listen to him when he tells me it’s class. I can think for myself, always.

Virtue signalling gobshite.

Wonder would Dr Harold Shipman’s patients agree? And Dr Jack Kevorkian. Dr Carl Clauberg, Dr Josef Mengele and Dr John Bodkin Adams to name a few ‘health’ experts.

Keep taking the OxyContin. It’s not addictive if you keep doubling the dose.

I know the drill..never question an expert. Ever. Under any circumstances. Even on matters which over lap with social policy. Nope never. Just obey. [reply > Not what I said but hey, see what you want to see, whatever gets you angry.]

Jeff, your wee nappy wearing mate blocked me before I could tell him some scientists and medical professionals I listen to.Pensive face Let him know.
Robert Malone (Inventor on mRNA vaxx tech) : [His work has focused on mRNA technology, pharmaceuticals, and drug repurposing research. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been criticized for promoting misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.[
Mike Yeadon (Former VP at Pfizer) [Michael Yeadon is a British anti-vaccine activist[1][2] and retired pharmacologist who attracted media attention for making false or unfounded claims about the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.]
John Ioannidis
Sunetra Gupta

Martin Kulldorf
Luc Montagnier

Are we getting all of the information on the Martin Bashir/Princess Diana story?

There’s a lot more going on around the world to get my attention but whenever I see reports on this story they always seem to trash Bashir without any indication of his being given an opportunity to defend himself so I thought I’d share this piece. Yes, I know it’s on the BBC website which I suppose would call it into question but I found this passage, which was WAY down the page I might ad, interesting.

In a statement, Bashir apologised for mocking up the documents, but said he remained “immensely proud” of the interview.

He said: “The bank statements had no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview.

“Evidence handed to the inquiry in her own handwriting unequivocally confirms this, and other compelling evidence presented to Lord Dyson reinforces it.”

Martin Bashir: Inquiry criticises BBC over ‘deceitful’ Diana interview” by Francesca Gillett

Just to be clear this doesn’t necessarily mean that I am a defender or supporter of Bashir, I just find it ironic that when the topic under discussion involved reporter integrity I thought it would surely be the right thing to do to include his version of events. JLP