Live Mice

Deng Xiaoping once quoted the old  proverb: “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, if it catches mice it is a good cat.”  He was endorsing what worked, capitalism in that case.

By 2020 standards, that is a profoundly un-American statement.  The only thing that matters is whether the cat is black or white.

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26 Responses to Live Mice

  1. Kilo 4/11 says:

    If this is a reference to a certain recent shooting, it can be said without doubt that race is all that matters, at least to the vast majority of American media. And to American blacks.

    • jb says:

      We are in the middle of a moral panic fueled by selective reporting. The people who run the mainstream media genuinely believe that America is a racist hell, and this determines what counts as news.

      The thing is, America is a big country. Until people stop being people, a lot of stupid violence is going to happen in a country that big. White people shooting white people; black people shooting black people (a lot!); black people shooting white people (yeah, that happens); and, every once in a while, white people shooting black people. The media has no interest in most of this routine violence, except for that every once in a while, except for those rare cases where it is possible to interpret the violence as white racism. Then it becomes news. More than that, it becomes a hugely meaningful story that demonstrates the truth about America. And we never hear the end of it.

      I sometimes fantasize about a parallel universe in which President Trump has two brain cells to rub together, and as a result is actually capable of educating the American people and making them understand concepts like “moral panic” and “selective reporting”. The president is the one person in America who can’t be shut down or ignored if he chooses to talk about things like that. But alas, Trump is an idiot who is totally incapable of doing this, and that makes his presidency a tragic missed opportunity, one that may never come again. (Excuse me, I think I’m going to retreat to my parallel universe again for a little while…).

      • shadow on the wall says:

        The thing is, America is a big country. Until people stop being people, a lot of stupid violence is going to happen in a country that big.

        This is nothing surprising – commonplace events are not newsworthy.
        Dog biting man or dog biting dog is not breaking news. Man biting dog is. This is journalism 101.

        Everyone knows that great majority of shootings are gang shootings in the hood.

        No one cares, why should they?
        These shootings do not frighten anyone, because they are easy to avoid by following few basic rules (do not join gang, do not deal drugs, do not hang around gang bangers and drug dealers, do not visit or live in gang and drug infested hood).

        Mass shooting are newsworthy because they are frightening. When you can be shot in school, store, restaurant, post office, cinema, concert, church, mall, street or any other public place at any time with no warning, this is frightening, even if you understand statistics and know that your chance to be killed by mass shooter is equal to be killed by lightning.

      • Glengarry says:

        Well, he’d have a whole lot of idiots to educate, with a whole lot of idiots counter-educating them at the same time. Don’t expect too much.

    • Woof says:

      Ok, correct me if I’m wrong but the point I think was being made is that outcomes and actions in modern America are not judged by objective standards but by what ‘tribe’ you belong to. Someone insults your heritage and you stab them? The media will have wildly different reactions depending on your race, creed or gender. Succeed or fail at life? Credit or blame will depend on who you are, not on what you did.

  2. I wasn’t thinking of the shooting, but of a white politician’s remarks today about who the real blacks are.

    So it’s even worse than you said, Greg.

  3. magusjanus says:

    Who Whom. Lenin understood this. Mainstream Americans are very slowly but surely coming to learn this too. Though arguably too late.

  4. Labayu says:

    Regarding previous comments, I’m pretty sure there’s no reference to race here, but rather I suspect it’s about what works in dealing with the COVID-19 situation and its subsequent fallout.

  5. j says:

    The Chinese value mice by their contribution to the GNP, while in America they are valued for what they are. Yes, only in America mice are truly alive and happy.

    • John Massey says:


      Well, I enjoyed it, J.

    • horvact says:

      Yes, the hukou system segregates people by contribution to GNP. They have ethnic discrimination, though. Non-Han ethnic groups such as the Uighurs and Tibetans are discriminated against. The system discriminates in favor of party members, some of whom are corrupt to have a negative effect on GNP.

      In the US, the alleles that bring the most discrimination aren’t the ones that code for darker skin color. Its the alleles whose phenotypes are stupidity and profound defects of character that society discriminates against most consistently, as well it should.

      Of the politically correct categories, I think that it isn’t the skin color genes that people discriminate against the most. It is the X chromosome that most significantly affects a person’s place in society. Pity the single mother whose husband has run off to be a transgender prostitute, for example.

      • Kilo 4/11 says:

        “Its the alleles whose phenotypes are stupidity and profound defects of character that society discriminates against most consistently, as well it should.”

        You don’t have a clue as to how the U.S. welfare system works.

  6. Henry Scrope says:

    As in the politicised response to SARS2?

    Certainly Taiwan restricted travel from China when here in the UK we did not because it would be ‘racist’

  7. gothamette says:

    “Never happen, baby.” Snake Plissken, Escape From New York.

  8. mapman says:

    If there is anything good about this crisis is that how it exposed the utter incompetence and stupidity of the West’s most esteemed institutions: political, academic, medical. Catching mice is no longer a priority for any of them. Just watch this:

    This is STEM professor in one of our best universities, with many professional awards and prizes to her name, and yet she is dumber than a brick and acts in less scientific manner than any random Amazon tribe ever would.

    • RG says:

      The stupid ideas people are spreading on the internet is breathtaking. A novel virus that spreads fairly easily and has only infected a tiny amount of the overall population is going to magically fade away. Sure it is.

    • Rosenmops says:

      Oh dear.

  9. Rosenmops says:

    I have no idea what sort of riddle Greg has set for us. But mice are cute no matter what colour they are. I had a pet white mouse when I was a child. She once escaped into the house and became pregnant by a brown house mouse. She had a litter of light brown babies. As they grew up I didn’t know what to do with them. Someone at school said they would take them –he knew someone who would find them homes, or something. So I gave him the babies after they weaned. Looking back, I worry that he might have had a snake.

    A couple of winters ago we had some mice move into our house. We caught them with live traps, but the weather was very cold so I wouldn’t let my husband put them outside. We ended up buying a cage and kept them and cared for them until the spring.

  10. Poolnet says:

    This comment thread reminds me of a scene in “The Death Of Stalin”. The dying Stalin points to a picture on the wall of a lamb and a girl and his sycophants all have interpretations of what he means. The difference here is that Mr Crochran is alive to explain, expand or not. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, the movie is both hilarious and true.

  11. dearieme says:

    What America needs is zebra mice.

    Since this thread seems to be dying away may I just say that we had a lovely young blue tit fly into our house today? Did the old murderer have any views on blue cats?

  12. gothamette says:

    ” “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, if it catches mice it is a good cat.”

    Just don’t eat the cat.

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