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Cuomo And His Admirers: Bully Lovers

April 5, 2021

Too much power into too few hands.

We need to be controlled by superior ideas, not highly successful bullies. To change this requires changing the nature of politics and “leadership”: instead of trying to elect miracle leaders, we need to find out what the better ideas are, and accept to be ruled by them, the better angels of logic and compassion. So we need to learn to aspire to be led by debates, not by bullies. 

Representative democracy, as we have it now, disingenuously represents that a few individuals represent all of us. They can’t. It’s a lie to pretend they can. Democracy should not be about the one replacing the many. Democracy should be about people power (what demos-kratia means), and the power of the people is what comes out of the debates of the people: suggesting ideas, adjudicating them, modifying them, and accepting them. As long as we look for brutish “controlling” autocrats, to “lead” us, we will get them. Cuomo is just the latest blatant example. It is the aspirations of the political system, what the “demos” wants, which need to be changed. As long as we prefer to listen to lies rather than finding the truth, we will be the victims of pseudo-progressives and pseudo-democrats.  

New York Times: “You can’t call yourself a progressive champion while cutting school funding and Medicaid. You can’t call yourself a progressive champion while fondling young women and making them feel as if they are only valued for their high heels and short skirts. You can’t call yourself a progressive champion when your quest to assert your dominance leads to needless death. But Mr. Cuomo has tried to pull it off by using his political might to divert our attention.

The unmasking of Mr. Cuomo’s aggressive and abusive tactics offers a moment for us to reflect on the kinds of leaders we want and the best ways for them to pursue change. “I am a controlling personality,” he writes of himself in his new book. “But you show me a person who is not controlling and I’ll show you a person who is probably not highly successful.”

This is wrong. Requiring our leaders to be ruthless makes it harder for women and people of color to enter the halls of power. It associates competence with cruelty, which is something white men are allowed to brandish but other leaders are not.

The NYT says that we should have known about Cuomo long ago. Yes, starting with the fact his dad was NY governor too, so he inherited the job. But not just that: democrats should know they don’t have democracy, as it is, and structural reforms are needed.

Patrice Ayme

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More NYT on Cuomo: “For Mr. Cuomo, government has always been a show, and that was the case long before he won an Emmy for appearing on TV with PowerPoint slides. His flashy policy actions were paper thin, a veil for his pointed attacks on the most vulnerable.

In truth, he has long championed deep austerity even as he has touted high-profile progressive social issues. As early as his first year in office, he crowed about a “historic and transformational” state budget that reduced spending by more than 2 percent, in particular through reductions for Medicaid and education. The budget also eliminated some services for domestic violence victims and the homeless.

He has been at it ever since. In 2019, he clashed with newly empowered leaders of his own party in the Legislature when he resisted an increase in spending on education and other social programs. The next year, as a health crisis hit, he was still insisting that he couldn’t complete a state budget without cutting Medicaid. He has long opposed education increases, even for the neediest schools. When Congress sent coronavirus relief funding to the country’s highest-poverty schools in March 2020, including those in New York City, Mr. Cuomo cut the exact same amount from the state budget that the city would normally receive, wiping out the new money with a stroke of his pen. (This came after he had the gall to accuse Democrats in the State Legislature of failing to increase funding for poor school districts in 2019.)

All along, before the pandemic and during it, he has refused to consider raising taxes on the wealthy (until very recently),

His focus on his own image over and above improving life for New Yorkers has bordered on the absurd. Beginning in 2014, Mr. Cuomo installed more than 500 “I Love NY” signs along our highways as a PR move, despite being told that the Federal Highway Administration wouldn’t allow them, costing the state a $14 million fine. (The signs themselves had already cost $8.1 million.)

We still don’t know if, or when, Mr. Cuomo’s many scandals will ultimately depose him. But whenever he leaves power, New York should be ready to pick a different kind of leader. It would be a mistake to replace Mr. Cuomo with someone who pursues actual progressive policies with the same brutal aggression. We need someone who can get things done without leaving a path of abuse in his or her wake.

Sexism Promotes Inequality, Feudalism, War: Why Cuomo Must Go

March 20, 2021

Work relationships have to be just that, work relationships. In the human species, males and females are not very different in physical capabilities, and not at all in mental capability. Thus societies run by men only is a phenomenon tied to the sort of war-like societies which have characterized civilizations for the last few millennia.

Now, just as war should take a neglectable position, so should demonic males who refine their brutal skills by predation and raw dominance of females. Up to the Middle Ages, women have always been the prime status symbols of domineering males. Fighting for Helen (who had willingly followed a prince of Troy) launched a thousand ships. 

Keeping women in a submissive and subjugated role is a form of training for a society full of inequality and war. 

Beyond the sexual harassment and the gender discrimination looms the principle of the demonic male in command, instituting inequality. Thus, it is not just direct sexual attacks of the grossest sort which was to be proscribed, but also the light and subtle sort. To try to run civilization without females participating is worse than just oppressing half of humanity, and it is even worse than cutting humanity in half. Indeed mothers are on the frontline with infants and an oppressed mother will transmit to a child a submissive epigenetic, thus abating the creativity and freedom of the human species. So this is not just about one man, Cuomo. It is about freeing humanity from a feudal past.

Patrice Ayme

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[Submitted to NYT as a comment to a Cuomo article; published 24 hours later, after 1,500 more presumably more worthy comments, after making sure nobody would read it.]

Serena Williams Not Serene. Sometimes it’s more moral to get very angry. Serena knew very well she was treated rough because she is a woman

Serena Willams: It’s the final of the US Open, and I’m competing to win my 24th Grand Slam against Naomi Osaka. It’s the beginning of the second set, and the umpire thinks he spots my coach signaling me from the stands. He issues a violation—a warning. I approach him and emphatically state the truth: that I wasn’t looking at my coach. “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose,” I said. I walk back to the court and lose the next point. I smash my racket in frustration; he issues another violation and gives a point to my opponent. I feel passionately compelled to stand up for myself. I call him a thief; I again demand an apology. I tell him he is penalizing me for being a woman. He responds by issuing a third violation and takes a game from me. In the end, my opponent simply played better than me that day and ended up winning her first Grand Slam title. I could not have been happier for her. As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected…

“What could I have done better? Was I wrong to stand up? Why is it that when women get passionate, they’re labeled emotional, crazy, and irrational, but when men do they’re seen as passionate and strong?”

So often, in situations similar to mine, when men fight back against the referees, they’re met with a smile or even a laugh from the umpire, as if they’re sharing an inside joke. I’m not asking to avoid being penalized. I am asking to be treated the same way as everyone else. Sadly, that’s simply not the world we currently live in…

This incident—though excruciating for us to endure—exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day. We are not allowed to have emotions, we are not allowed to be passionate. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I’m okay with. It’s shameful that our society penalizes women just for being themselves.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve felt a need to voice my opinion and be heard. Some may not like it, and to be honest, that’s their prerogative. I respect it. Growing up as the youngest of five girls, I learned that I had to fight for everything I wanted. And I won’t ever stop raising my voice against injustice.

As a teenager, I was booed by an entire stadium (I took the high road and even thanked those who didn’t want to see me win). I’ve been called every name in the book. I’ve been shamed because of my body shape. I’ve been paid unequally because of my sex. I’ve been penalized a game in the final of a major because I expressed my opinion or grunted too loudly. I’ve been blatantly cheated against to the point where the Hawk-Eye rules were introduced so that something like that would not happen again. And these are only the things that are seen by the public. In short, it’s never been easy. But then I think of the next girl who is going to come along who looks like me, and I hope, “Maybe, just maybe, my voice will help her.”

From: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a28209579/serena-williams-us-open-2018-essay/

New Pork Times, etc: Lack Of Critical Education Brought Up A Population Of Naïve Idiots, As Intended

December 6, 2020

Furry on the Internet among the hateful lemmings because I pointed at the PUBLIC MASQUERADE as the main cause of the worsening of the pandemic in Europe and the USA. Believing masks was a panacea has fostered up an aggressive ignorance so great, that effective anti-COVID measures were forsaken: distanciation, filtration, ventilation, UV disinfection… while mask wearing encouraged bathing in infected air with masks, the best way to catch the virus… in part because mask exhibitionism fosters unwarranted overconfidence turning masks into COVID emitters, in all too many cases. Yes, as has been shown in many scientific articles, some masks can augment dissemination by up to 5 times relative to no mask. That was one the claims I reported, and people found it outrageous. But, I didn’t do the research myself, I was just quoting. Now haters are enraged against me, and call me unscientific for quoting peer reviewed publications, in journals such as Nature… just because they can’t read the whole thing… let alone understand it. All they know is what Doctor Fauci allegedly said, like all their forebears knew was what Jesus the crucified allegedly said… lemmings do best, when all enraged.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72798-7

for the homemade cotton masks, the measured particle emission rate either remained unchanged (DL-T) or increased by as much as 492% (SL-T) compared to no mask for all of the expiratory activities.

Here is another good one, same article:

Our work does raise the possibility, however, that virus-contaminated masks could release aerosolized fomites into the air by shedding fiber particulates from the mask fabric.

What is going on? The Nature article explains:

For jaw movement, the particle emission rates for homemade paper and cloth masks were an order of magnitude larger than that of no mask (Fig. 2d). These observations, along with our results from manual mask rubbing experiments (Fig. 5), provide strong evidence of substantial shedding of non-expiratory micron-scale particulates from friable cellulosic fibers of the paper and cloth masks owing to mechanical action40.

Now what I did personally, in Patrice Ayme’s own essay, which brought up the fury of nasty idiots, was to make a few simple computations and observations, comparing and thinking about HEPA filters, KN95 masks (supposedly most efficient), and the size of the virus, and its ability to stay suspended in the air apparently indefinitely (as CDC published Tulane university research showed). This personal thinking and computing made clear how the mask masquerade augmented the pandemic. Masks are useless outdoors, and also indoors (if NOT used by medical personnel, in medical settings: fresh, clean, non shedding masks, etc.) I added to this broader philosophical remarks pertaining to the sad state in which collective thinking has decayed, and why.

Insults and threats were my reward.

Insults are not reason. Reason, well, reasons, it does not just label a person’s activity with just a derogatory term, and leaves it at that. Only haters do this.

The lack of education enforced by plutocracy (contemplate the closed public schools, while California private schools, in person, remain open) brought the result of a citizenry incapable of reading. All they know is hatred. And obeying orders from their masters, expressing themselves through the media, the plutocratically owned media. We saw this before, in Sixth Century Constantinople.

Cuomo refused to use Trump’s Hospital ship. The most interesting question is this: would he do it again, knowing it killed 10,000, but helped win the presidential election? I don’t know. I can’t guess. Maybe I could, if I read enough. But is a life spent reading about garbage people all day long, worth living? Meanwhile Cuomo joked to Dr, Fauci that he, Cuomo, and he, Fauci, were the modern De Niro and Al Pacino… Famous for fictionally killing many in gangster movies. Many who look at the situation critically, like yours truly, will not amused, because it is easy to make a case that idiotic orders or advice from Cuomo and Fauci killed thousands.

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Maybe we enlist you [Fauci], do it with you, we’ll do an ad telling New Yorkers it’s safe to take the vaccine, to, you know put us together, we’re like the modern day De Niro and Pacino. You can be which one ever, whichever you want. You can be the De Niro or Pacino. Fauci and Cuomo,” Cuomo said.

Compare with what is serious and spectacular: Operation Warp Speed officials said to reporters in late November that around 6.4 million Pfizer RNA vaccine doses are going to be sent to states and territories by the middle of December if by then, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants authorization. Meanwhile the husband of Democratic Congresswoman Omar, the famous headscarf wearing Muslim, received $500,000 in COVID stimulus money. More than 100 law firms received loans ranging from $1 million to $10 million. Including Boies Schiller Flexner, the high-priced law firm run by David Boies, which received between $5 million and $10 million. Seven top law firms, with partners making several million dollars a year, got more than ten million each in stimulus money. I have said this earlier, including one of this multimillionaire lawyers joking to me:”it’s free money!” It’s the new pork. The New York Times concentrates on other things, thus enabling it some more.

New Pork Times Latest:

Meanwhile the New York Times ran a rabid article: “Death Came for the Dakotas“. General ideas: those savages wear no masks, and do not socially distance (I am a strong proponent of social distancing: I have seen friends only outside with a wind, at a distance, since last January, and stop breathing when I pass people, until obviously fresh air is disponible…) It helped the NYT thinking that the governors there are republicans, a species the NYT loves to hate officially… while being not so secretly, somewhat to the right of the Trump crowd, in socio-economic engineering, Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism, and US imperialism… the Trump hating acting as a cover for the latter, and partly explaining it…)

Well… Based on the New York Times coronavirus case count, the current deaths per capita are:

133/100K in North Dakota

123/100K in South Dakota

177/100K in New York state

288/100K in New York City

Understanding that the virus is airborne, and that masks do not stop enough airborne viruses, in most confined air situations, would have prevented this.

The death rate in NYC is greater than double that in the Dakotas. For the “horror story” the New York Times say is happening in those plain states, they still are much better off than the New Pork Times‘ own backyard.

Is the excuse going to be that New York State had to have a tremendous epidemic so that its manslaughtering governor could get a Grammy Award for his clownish stories about how he preferred to kill 10,000 Senior Citizens, rather than using Trump’s ship, the Mercy? Cuomo, the much admired murderer, sent back infected residents to nursing homes, rather than to the Mercy.  

New York City was hit earlier so a deadlier outbreak was inevitable, it had nothing to do with an incompetent mayor and an incompetent governor? China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea were hit even earlier. Taiwan has seven dead from COVID, that’s it. South  Korea was hit before NYC and its death rate is around 1/100,000. 

It would be interesting to read in the New Pork Times an article explaining why NYC’s death rate is over 250 times greater than that of Seoul, a larger metropolis. Or why Cuomo, the mafioso looking governor of New York State, refused to use the Mercy, and preferred to send thousands of seniors to their death. Even better: why is Cuomo lauded? Is it, because, like Obama, he did the opposite of what he claimed to have done? Part of the essence of the god of Evil, Pluto, is that it can make itself invisible. So Obama was a naked supporter of fossil fuels, and is still celebrated as a tremendous ecologist… Although he yanked to zero hydrogen research on day one of his presidency (Obama saw no such urgency with the minimum wage… Actually he did not change it during his presidency, leaving it at eight dollars an hour. Obama can earn 100,000 times that, in an hour, so superior is he to the common animals…) 

If one wants to understand the pathologies that made America’s affair with the coronavirus so deadly, one should ponder what so many “Democrats” and other authorities did (not just Trump and the incompetent CDC). Visit New York City, read the New Pork Times, with a critical mind… And then understand Obamacare in detail, and its practical effect on getting healthcare, and the for-profit US healthcare industry. Hint: advanced countries do not confuse healthcare and health profiteering

And that Grammy Award to Cuomo? Those who gave it to him knew all too well Cuomo killed 10,000 seniors rather than using the Trump ship. This is precisely why they offered him the award, to be able to turn around and snap: “Cuomo got a Grammy for his coronavirus action, he is a hero and martyr!” Yes, a Grammy, for turning the death of 10,000 into an hilarious performance… making the captive audience of the New Pork applaud… their own demise.    

Patrice Ayme


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