Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Keeping the Family Grifting Tradition Going

I thought that I had written a blog post about Jordan Peterson, the stupid person's idea of a smart person, but it seems I haven't... oh, well, the best characterization of Peterson I've ever read is Emma's comment at Smut's Place:

Maaaaan, but somebody needs to bring down the wrath of god on that irritating motherfucker like yesterday. I actually tried to read his awful Theory of Everything book last month! It was like Joseph Campbell got hit by a bus and no one noticed, and he staggered across the street to the public library with blood running down his head, and he read nineteen pages of The White Goddess, and three chapters of The Golden Bough, and then the last two-thirds of Émile Durkheim's Wikipedia page, and suddenly he understood the shape of the world beneath its shroud of falsehoods and deceits. And also he lost about 50 I.Q. points. And Peterson's fans are all so dumb they're unable to notice that not only is their Emperor naked, he's actually a horse. I don't know how that anthropomorphized clownshoe has been able to pass himself off as an intellectual for all these years. Are the hiring standards at Canadian universities a lot different than ours, or what?

Besides being an alt-right darling and a devotee of evil evo-psych bafflegab, Peterson is a scam artist, selling silly self-help platitudes to gormless nitwits. Now, it seems, his daughter has found a scam of her own:

It’s the “carnivore diet,” the latest food trend to sweep the internet, and the 26-year-old swears that it cured her depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Yes, she admits, it “sounds absolutely insane,” there is no research to back it up, and she isn’t qualified to give medical diagnoses. But now she’s offering Skype “consultations” about the diet for about $90 an hour, following in her famous dad’s financial footsteps.

Oh, dear, this is some really dubious lifestyle advice, though the thought of a bunch of incels and alt-righters paying for the privilege of contracting scurvy and arteriosclerosis doesn't seem to bother me for some reason.


M. Bouffant said...

Note to dimbulb: Humans are omnivores, & the chances of most pre-agricultural humans eating an exclusively meat diet are pretty low. The chances of their drinking much cow milk are zero.

StringOnAStick said...

I have a friend in Canada (really!) who had a college roommate that ate nothing but hotdogs and ramen for every meal. He claims the guy ended up being the last known case of scurvy in Alberta

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