Part 3—Also, creates current chaos: Forget about yesterday's ten thousand talkers, the ones whose tongues were all broken. What's it like to see a whole nation misfiring wildly, despite its alleged "massive brains?"
For starters, consider the latest in-house attack on the New York Times' many readers. On this morning's page A3, an unnamed editor leaks the identity of yesterday's most read article:
The ConversationIt was yesterday's most read article! Just for the record, the third post on today's "The Conversation" list involves a photo of a mother duck swimming with fifty ducklings.
FOUR OF THE MOST READ, SHARED AND DISCUSSED POSTS FROM ACROSS NYTIMES.COM
1. Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Fights Against Reality
Wednesday's most read article opens with an anecdote describing "a bit of a stir" aboard Air Force One caused by President Trump's insistence that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox.
The fourth item on today's list concerns a review of a book "that explains how eating patterns that disrupt circadian rhythms may be detrimental to health." That was "[yesterday's] most emailed" article.
When we use our "massive brains" in the pursuit of topics like these, is it any surprise that Donald J. Trump currently sits in the White House? That said, it's important to note the real reason why that piece about Air Force One gained so much attention yesterday.
That "anecdote" about Air Force One—the one which starts the libretto by Rogers and Haberman—involved first lady Melania Trump! Attendant schadenfreude apparently set our big pseudoliberal brains whirring.
Last night, Lawrence moved in on the topic. He offered a long and slimy opening monologue built around garbage like this:
LAWRENCE (7/25/18): You are not alone tonight if you believe Stormy Daniels' story about her having sex with Donald Trump a few months after Donald Trump's third wife gave birth to his fifth child.Lawrence is one of those men who can't stay out of the bedrooms of other men and women. He likes to go on TV and discuss other people having sex, especially when they've done this without his permission.
And you are not alone if you believe former Playboy model Karen McDougal is telling the truth when she says she had a yearlong sexual affair with Donald Trump around the same time.
If you believe Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, you are part of an overwhelming majority of the American people. A CNN poll shows that 63 percent of Americans believe the women, and only 21 percent believe that did not have sex with those women...
Now, we don't know if first lady Melania Trump was in the 21 percent who believed Donald Trump. And we don't know if her mind was changed by hearing her husband talking to Michael Cohen on an audio recording that made its worldwide debut last night on what is reportedly Melania Trump's favorite cable news network.
Under the headline "Trump rages against reality," the New York Times reported Monday night, "On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Trump was not pleased. He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox."
That same New York Times report says the White House is ordering additional television equipment so that Mr. and Mrs. Trump can watch the TV shows of their choice while traveling.
The new equipment is, quote, "to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV [PAUSE] in their separate hotel rooms when they travel."
Now, "separate hotel rooms" might be an indicator of whether Melania Trump believed that Donald Trump had sexual adventures with at least two other women shortly after Melania Trump gave birth. But we have no idea what the first lady of the United States actually thinks about the president of the United States being caught on tape discussing a payoff to one of those two women, because the first ladt of the United States has said absolutely nothing about her husband today.
She has not rushed to his defense. She has not denied creating tension for the president and his staff on Aur Force One by refusing to watch Fox News.
It would seem, among the people least likely to believe Donald Trump's denials are the three Mrs. Trumps, who know him so well.
He kicks sand in the face of the wretched of the earth as he pleasures himself in this way. And as he pleasures Us.
Sure enough! For the second straight night, Lawrence skipped this astonishing news report about the Trump Admin's new admission that "more than 450 immigrant parents"—not the previously cited twelve—"whose children were separated from them are no longer in the United States," raising questions about whether they'll ever see their children again.
Yesterday, New York Times readers blew past that report to examine Melania's TV set, along with her separate bedroom. Last night, Lawrence rewarded pseudoliberal viewers with intrusive, antique schadenfreude as his corporate owners smiled.
Last evening, Chris Hayes did a full segment on the "more than 450 immigrant parents," explicitly saying that their children had been "kidnapped" by the United States government.
By way of contrast, Lawrence has avoided the topic for two straight nights; Rachel got to it last night for roughly one minute, at 9:56 PM, having blown all sorts of time on her latest bizarre dramatic reading of absurdly pointless court transcripts concerning the sexy-time adventures of Maria Butina, the super-sexy post-Soviet extremely sexy sex spy.
Lawrence and Rachel are badly disordered, fallen. At the same time, New York Times readers are emailing pictures of a large number of ducks. In these ways, we modern members of Homo sapiens are employing our "massive brains"—but then, we liberals have been behaving like this for the past three decades.
Is it really any wonder that Donald Trump sits where he does?
(In mid-October 2000, Lawrence went on the widely-viewed McLaughlin Report and offered the latest claim designed to show that Candidate Gore was the world's biggest liar. To do so, he baldly mischaracterized an 11-month-old statement by Gore about the proposed expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
(Back then, Lawrence behaved that way because he didn't like the fact that Bill Clinton had engaged in sex without prior written permission. As punishment, Lawrence and a cast of thousands took his chosen successor down.
(Today, Lawrence is one of our favorite corporate stars! These are the ways we modern liberals have been using our massive brains during the era which—or so we've been told—will eventually lead to Mister Trump's Fully Dispositive War.)
Given the size of our "massive brains," how can our "highly intelligent" species possibly be so small-minded, so venal? Let's return to Professor Harari's story, which we left after Tuesday's report, about 100,000 years ago.
At that time, various human species lived in different parts of the Earth. Our own species. Homo sapiens, tried to venture outside our neighborhood, but that first attempt failed:
HARARI (page 20): In fact, in the first recorded encounter between Sapiens and Neanderthals, the Neanderthals won. About 100,000 years ago, some Sapiens groups migrated north to the Levant, which was Neanderthal territory, but failed to secure a firm footing. It might have been due to nasty natives, an inclement climate, or unfamiliar local parasites. Whatever the reason, the Sapiens eventually retreated, leaving the Neanderthals as masters of the Middle East.It may not seem all that surprising that the Neanderthals won. As we've seen Harari explain, the Neanderthals were more muscular than Homo sapiens, and they had bigger brains!
According to Harari's account, thirty thousand years went by, and then our team tried it again. This time around, we were better equipped in a certain way—and this time around, we won:
HARARI (page 14): [M]ost scientists agree that by 150,000 years ago, East Africa was populated by Sapiens that looked just like us...[T]hey had smaller teeth and jaws than their ancestors, whereas they had massive brains, equal in size to ours.We'll touch on those conflicting theories tomorrow.
Scientists also agree that about 70,000 years ago, Sapiens from East Africa spread into the Arabian peninsula, and from there they quickly overran the entire Eurasian landmass.
When Homo sapiens landed in Arabia, most of Eurasia was already settled by other humans. What happened to them? There are two conflicting theories...
For today, we'll only note that, despite the earlier failure to expand, our brilliant species, Homo sapiens, would now prove to be hard to stop. All those other human species were on their way to extinction:
HARARI (page 18): Whether Sapiens are to blame or not, no sooner had they arrived at a new location than the native population became extinct. The last remains of Homo soloensis are dated to about 50,000 years ago. Homo denisova disappeared shortly thereafter. Neanderthals made their exit roughly 30,000 years ago. The last dwarflike humans vanished from Flores Island about 12,000 years ago. They left behind some bones, stone tools, a few genes in our DNA and a lot of unanswered questions. They also left behind us, Homo sapiens, the last human species.How did it happen? How did our expansionist ancestors manage to drive all other human species to extinction? That includes the Neanderthals, whose brains were larger than ours and who were also more muscular!
What was the Sapiens’ secret of success? How did we manage to settle so rapidly in so many distant and ecologically different habitats? How did we push all other human species into oblivion? Why couldn’t even the strong, brainy, coldproof Neanderthals survive our onslaught? The debate continues to rage.
At this point, Harari lays out "the most likely answer." We'll explore that answer tomorrow; it involves a chance mutation affecting certain aspects of language.
We'll explore that answer tomorrow. Having said that, let us also say this—we won't be painting a pretty picture of our big-brained species, which was hard at work, dishing the slime, on "cable news" last night.
"Tolerance is not a Sapiens trademark," Harari mordantly says at one point. Not long after, he even mordantly says this:
"It may well be that when Sapiens encountered Neanderthals, the result was the first and most significant ethnic-cleansing campaign in history."
How did it happen? A chance mutation have us the ability to "gossip," Harari says. It also gave us the ability to adopt potent types of group "fictions." These new abilities were the fuel which let us overcome the Others, despite their larger brains.
We'll visit that theory tomorrow. For now, we'll only note that Harari's book is endorsed by Bill Gates on the front, and by Obama on the back! Meanwhile, to see the gossip and the lack of tolerance to which Harari refers, you need only have watched Lawrence last night, or in October 2000. People are dead all over the world because of his conduct back then.
The One True Channel is deeply invested in delivering "gossip" and "fictions" of the type Harari describes. Last night, Lawrence was pleasingly fingering Mrs. Trump, while Rachel was lost in sexy-time play with her Butina, her favorite new toy.
How did it ever get this far? Did you see Lawrence in October 2000? Did you take in his garbage last night?
Tomorrow: A chance mutation—and Us