Monday, July 10, 2017

In which the pond visits the Oreo to learn about amateur hour clowns diagnosing the Donald ...

Whether taste inclines to a fruity punch, or a cookie dough, Monday is the day for a blast of pure Oreo pleasure...

Now forget the official reptile splash, which is quite misleading.

The Oreo this day is banging on about amateur hour as clowns diagnose the Donald...

This is perhaps a tad harsh, but extremely fair, because elsewhere in the rag there was a clown diagnosing Trump's recent triumphs ...

Even worse, the news of a joint cyber security venture with Vlad the impaler brought all sorts of impudent clowns out of the woodwork ...

Three Republican senators - Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Mario Rubio of Florida - blasted the idea. "It's not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it's pretty close," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program, saying that Trump's apparent willingness to "forgive and forget" stiffened his resolve to pass legislation imposing sanctions on Russia. "There has been no penalty," McCain, who chairs the Senate armed services committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" program according to a CBS transcript. "Vladimir Putin ... got away with literally trying to change the outcome ... of our election." "Yes, it's time to move forward. But there has to be a price to pay," he added. Rubio, on Twitter, said: "Partnering with Putin on a 'Cyber Security Unit' is akin to partnering with (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad on a 'Chemical Weapons Unit'." (Reuters here).

And there have been other clowns out and about ...

Dammit, News Corp recyling the ABC here:

“He has a particular skill set: he’s identified an illness in Western democracies, but he has no cure for it and seems intent on exploiting it,” the veteran journalist said. And according to Uhlmann, we all need to give up on any hope that the speeches written for Trump and delivered by the man himself are any reflection of his true thoughts. “It’s the unscripted Trump that’s real: a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies, and the free press.” The reporter added: “Mr Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters... and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what is said one day can be discarded the next.”

With these recent Donald successes behind him, no wonder the Oreo was ready to turn her guns on the clowns:

Now as an aside, the pond should mention that Monday is the pond's favourite day of the week. There's nothing like the expectation of a treat, and then the treat delivering ...and it seems others enjoy the same treat ...

The pond recently stumbled across this appreciation of all the Oreo has to offer ...

The good professor clearly can't get enough of the Oreo, and ended his piece demanding yet another treat or three ...

Rather than invite university experts on the subject to share their insights, however, the editors allow ill-informed columnists to dine out on cliches in prosecuting the dreary culture war with which they have been obsessed for decades. The public would be better served by genuine debate rather than relentless campaigning under the guise of journalism.

The good prof's prayers have been answered, and so we must continue with further Oreo insights into the clowns and the Donald, up there with some other great showbiz hits ...

Here the pond must request that anyone inclined to make a comment such as "sigh, another Monday, and further evidence that the Oreo is a barking mad howler at the full moon" please refrain, unless they've conducted a due and proper examination, and been granted proper authorisation for such a statement ... though the pond can at least report that "barking mad" doesn't seem to be a defamation of the good citizens of Barking, London ...

The pond will acknowledge that eating at least two Oreos is a sufficient ethical basis for offering a professional opinion.

And so to the last cookie in this Monday jar of delights ...

It's hard not to read this latest outing as a poignant cry for help from the Oreo ... certainly an unelected expert shielded from public scrutiny about her possible political bias ... and quite possibly an amateur hour clown given to diagnosing critics of the Donald ... 

The Oreo is given to all sorts of idle self-serving promotional guff of the most mealy mouthed kind, done in the style and manner of the Donald ...

The pond certainly wouldn't want to create a barrier between mental health professionals and people of politically incorrect persuasion who might one day need their help, especially the ones given to Napoleonic grandiose claims about being in the top ten, no matter that such claims were later stricken from the record ...


Acclaimed as one of the top ten smartest people in Australian universities?

Is there a shrink in the house?

And so after the richness of a cookie dough Oreo, and if a little drunk on the spiked fruit punch Oreo, the pond always recommends a cleansing Rowe sorbet, and by sheer good fortune, the Rowe of the day is on topic, with more topical punch Rowes here ...


  1. Enjoyed the link to Moses. That the Oreo sees Orban as a visionary is deserving of a session on a couch.
    Being a thought leader of the corporate cookie cutter school, a side bar article from your link also throws some light on the Oreo as a 'thought leader'.

    To quote Mirowski, on the ongoing Culture War... You can't have a thought, without a market, in Neo-liberal thinking.

    1. But Anony, Orban, like Kim Jong-Un, is a visionary: he can clearly envisage his power and authority lasting for a very long time.

      But as to "public intellectuals", what would we call Jean-Paul Sartre ? Does anybody call him anything at all these days, or has existentialism gone the way of all flesh (ie that which is grass) ?

      But perhaps we could look at a historical example: Gottfried Leibniz of whom Bertrand Russell (in his magnum opus 'The History of Western Philosophy') described thuswise:
      "Leibniz' published, optimistic philosophy was intended as pandering to attract noble and rich patrons (with great success); his sincere and less-optimistic philosophy remaining hidden in a drawer until after his death."
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      So is Leibniz a "public intellectual" - at least some time after his death - or is he just "As Drezner notes, some of the marquee names in thought leadership are distinguished by their facile thinking and transparent servility to the wealthy."
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    2. Jeez GB, they are big questions for a high school drop-out who did most of his philosophical musings (between random reading)on the wrong end of a pick and shovel.
      Regards Sartre, you may be right...we appear to be living in the days of time for philosophical thinking.

      Thanks for the introduction to Leibniz. Certainly a great intellect and well ahead of his time, but just as then, today we all, including philosophical theorists and intellectuals make the best of the world through through varying forms of patronage to a degree, I guess.

      In terms of the "public intellectual" Leibniz may well have been, but at least he left a body of work that is still being studied, whereas in terms of Jennifer Oriel, she is more a "public nuisance" who will leave nothing to public discourse but a universal face-palm.

      Voltaire was obviously acutely acquainted with facile thinking and transparent servility, but I suspect the Oreo would have even had him doing a face-palm.

      P.S. One could wonder....what if Leibniz had been born in 1946 instead of 1646.

    3. If Leibniz hadn't been born untill 1946, then we'd probably still be using Newton's inelegant symbolism for the calculus. Which is where I first encountered Leibniz, as a major (possibly the major) contributing founder along with Newton of the differential and integral calculus.

      It wasn't until a few years later when I read (some of) Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy' that I encountered him as a lifetime "thought leader" who metamorphosed with the after death publication of his hidden works into a philsophical "public intellectual". And then a few more years before I encountered his in his guise as Dr Pangloss in Voltaire's Candide. All in all an entertaining progression both for him and for me :-)

      As for Sartre, in my much younger years considering the 'intellectual public' (ie the receptive audience for all those 'public intellectuals') you just couldn't get away from Sartre and, to a lesser extent, Simone de Beauvoir (who at least has her feminism - via 'The Second Sex' - to be fondly remembered for).

      But Sartre ? Vanished without trace, which, as far as I can see, is the common fate of both "thought leaders" and "public intellectuals" over time - who is paying much attention to Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida now ?

  2. Mental health has been weaponised!!!

    The Oreo has turned into a farken' snowflake!


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