Have some personal business to take care of. Be back Monday.
Over the past decade or so, the biggest fines levied by the NBA have been against those who criticize the officiating. "Maverick" Dallas franchise owner Mark Cuban was once fined $250,000.00 for this infraction, which the NBA has always considered a step below child molestation and maybe a step above testing positive for cocaine.
Cuban has been surprisingly quiet during all of this, and one has to wonder how long that will last. Throughout the years, players like Charles Barkley have also receieved similar fines, and unlike Cuban, the referees directly affected the results of his performance instead of a team he simply owned.
At the very least, I hope the NBA backs off its zero-tolerance policy for criticism of the officials, and instead pay attention when the players, who have a better sense of court justice than anyone as they are on the front lines, complain that they are not getting a fair shake. As we are seeing now, something far more sinister might be at work than mere incompetence, something that evades even the deeply prying eyes of the NBA.
VH-1 is going to debut "The Pickup Artist" in a little more than two weeks. For the first time, the mainstream will get to see, up-close, the seduction techniques that have caught fire over the internet for the past ten years. One reason these methods caught fire, however, is that they worked so well, and one reason they worked well was that very few men learned them. Now everyone and his brother seems to have "game."
There's a saying in the stock market that if your cabdriver tells you to buy, it's time to sell all your holdings. I suspect the same is true if he thinks he can "game" women. The collective intelligence of men is about to increase sharply, and this will make it more difficult to stand out or to exploit the weaknesses of your rivals. That flower-sending, drooling AFC with money who could have gotten your girlfriend with even a modicum of game will now have that game.
The most interesting reaction to the VH-1 show will come from those PUAs who are in an LTR with a woman who watches the show with them and sees the lines he used played out on screen.
Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the PAP sheets for Belmont will be available free of charge through the Price And Probability website. Check that link for more information.
We will also be offering a special promotion for Saratoga in conjunction with the free sheets for the weekend.
Bill Goichberg, for reasons which remain unclear, but which likely include easier access by car and better parking, moved the World Open to King of Prussia this year, effectively shutting out area players who do not have a care from the entire tournament, as the only SEPTA bus that runs to the tournament location (the #125) does not run 24 hours on the weekdays, and stops running at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Compare this with the previous few years, where the tournament was held in Center City, or with prior years, when it was held on City Avenue, a few miles away, a less expensive taxi, and much better serviced by SEPTA.
I wanted to stop by the tournament once this year, but the trip was too daunting to justify it. I could have gone, but a trip to the suburbs is not the same thing as working the tournament into my daily activities in Center City. This affected not just Philadelphia residents, but anyone coming in on public transportation. While the bus to the tournament (the #125) did pass by 30th Street Station and is near the bus terminals at the start of its route, it's not the same thing to have to catch your ride every half hour, ride 30+ minutes each way, and then not even be sure the buses will still be running when you want to go back if your games run late.
Yes, the World Open is an international tournament, but it is also a Philadelphia tournament. Most years, anyway.
Many would say tomorrow is the most boring day of the year for sports fans. It is the day after the all-star game. The day the touts like the guy in Two For The Money give out "locks" for wrestling or gymnastics, or maybe the arena football playoffs. The day when literally NOTHING is going on in the world of major sports, but is it the most boring? No. That would be today, because in addition to there being nothing that matters going on, we have the All-Star game itself to add to the boredom.
I know they are "playing for something" (home field in the world series), but the game is still boring. The balloting is fan-driven and hardly a merit system, and the league grinds to a halt. Not that I'm a baseball fan anymore, ever since the sport threw Pete Rose under a bus, but even when I was I never paid much attention to this game, and the times I did were not memorable.
One nice thing about the All-Star game is that it's a sign that the NFL isn't too far on the horizon, and Saratoga is even closer!
The article on Pickup Artists from the feminist "Thinking Girl" blog has generated a record number of responses for that site. In it she discusses the feminist view of the typical PUA, which is predictably negative (though likely justifiable).
The article opens with "Sam sent me a link to this article, in Aussie online mag The Age, which is all about these men who earn their living teaching other men to be smarmy in bars and other social events. I post it as fair warning to women: men are willing to pay someone to teach them how to trick you into thinking they are charming so they can get into your pants. And some men are willing to take that money."
You can stop reading there to find the problem that women face when confronted by those "evil pickup artists" they claim to hate. The "thinking girl" acts like this is a new threat, even though the internet community she trashes has been online since 1998 and before. A nine-year reaction time is glacial on the internet, and just as the "thinking girl" is espousing counter-tactics for the women, a new breed of men will develop counter-counter measures, most likely involving disowning the community themselves. This will lead to another round of women being used, another round of books, websites, seminars, and so forth, and another article in ten years from another "thinking girl" about how the evil pickup artists are now being nice guys, to where we might see that famous commercial reworded: "If a man you've never met before suddenly gives you flowers, call the cops!"
I agree with a lot of what Thinking Girl says about the need for women to wise up to these men, but she should examine what took her so long to wise up herself. It seems that once she saw an article in the corporate media, she snapped to attention. Is she saying other men didn't try to warn her before? I've had anti-PUA books out since 1999, figuring women would find the information useful. I released Why Hotties Choose Losers in 2004, and that book is a blueprint for ripping apart the pickup artist's tactics. I suppose if I had gotten a writeup in The Age, she might have noticed, but if she waits for the media for her cues, she's going to be forever three steps behind the PUA men who find the information much earlier because they go out looking for it themselves and don't need "social proof" (another PUA tactic) from the media to take it seriously, instead judging it on its own merit.
The other problem Thinking Girl will have is explaining to men why they should give up sex with hot women in the name of doing the right thing. She says in the comments that it's "not her responsibility to offer alternatives" to the PUA, instead saying he should "do the right thing" or whatever and just not "trick" women into bed. That's a lovely fairy-tale thought, but unless everyone plays by the rules, the few who do will be eaten alive by those who don't. Thinking Girl and her fans have no difficulty understanding this when advocating feminism. They claim, perhaps correctly, that they can't play nice against their oppressors, yet ignore the nice guys who say the same thing about women.
The PUAs are usually guys who were told to "be themselves" and to be good men, and most of all, that women like decent men and choose them over the "badboys." The man who buys into this and lives his life by the rules, respecting women and treating them well, first gets walked on by the women who don't appreciate his good character or good intentions, and then gets walked on again by the Thinking Girls of the world, who tell him that he's not really a nice guy if he expects to get laid for it, and that his intentions are no different than the PUA. I strongly disagree, because the nice guy is usually looking for a WIFE, while the PUA is looking to use and discard one woman after another. The nice guy wants to build a family, and should not be made ashemed of displaying behavior that is conducive to raising children, such as being hard-working and law-abiding. Of course he wants sex with pretty women; he's biologically programmed to. It's a slap in the face to tell him that his good behavior is manipulative after telling him for years it was the key to finding that dream woman.
The feminists who attack the PUAs are going to run into a wall very quickly when they are forced to address that their advice to nice guys never works and never has worked, and that telling them to accept a life of celibacy or second-rate women is not going to encourage them to change their ways, nor should it. If men should play by the rules, so should women, and that means that the promise that the best man wins should be fulfilled, with the "best" women going to the "best" men. If you notice, however, the women already do this, calling the men who "can't get women" names like "bitter" or "loser," while describing other men as perfectly simply because they choose to have sex with them.
I can assure these women, the PUAs, and anyoen else, that God does not judge men based on their ability to get laid. As for the women, if they didn't reward the bad behavior they complain about, they would have the men they claim to want, which begs the question of how women can claim not to want these PUAs if they keep choosing them after the PUA playbook has been published by Neil Strauss (The Game), with more examples soon to follow on reality shows like VH-1's "The Pickup Artist."