Jerking to music no one else can hear


In 1374, dozens of villages along the Rhine River were in the grips of a dancing plague called choreomania. By the hundreds, villagers took to the streets leaping, jerking, and hopping to music no one else could hear. They barely ate or slept, and just danced, sometimes for days on end, until their bloodied feet could support them no more.  The plague swept the countryside and, almost just as suddenly as it had come, disappeared.  (Source)

Mania: “mental illness marked by periods of great excitement or euphoria, delusions, and overactivity.”

This seems a very appropriate definition in the current era of Jacindamania, as gushingly espoused in the latest Vogue article

It’s always already tomorrow in New Zealand, where Jacinda Ardern, a 37-year-old with a beaming smile, recently rode a wave of enthusiasm—so-called Jacindamania—to become the world’s youngest female prime minister.


When a political columnist has nothing better to say about our Dear Leader than that someone else has invented a new catchphrase for her, one really wonders how bad this “mental illness” is going to get.

‘Meeting Arderned’: Has Jacinda’s next catchphrase just been born?

It began as a cheeky information request – but could end up becoming Jacinda Ardern’s next clever catchphrase.

New Zealand Initiative economist and researcher Sam Warburton fired off an Official Information Act request to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet asking whether the PM ended her meetings by declaring “meeting arderned”.

Rather than dismiss the request for the silliness it was, someone in DPMC clearly took it seriously enough to run past Ardern – and responded accordingly.

“The answer is no, but I have mentioned your inquiry to the Prime Minister who enjoyed hearing about it,” secretary Michael Webster said in his response.

So perhaps the politician who gave the country the slogan “Let’s do this” could be about to add a new phrase to the Kiwi lexicon.

Warburton conceded he had got the idea for the question from Twitter user Tim George.

And while politicians and their officials are notorious for game-playing and delaying answering OIAs, Warburton said he was impressed with the speed of the reply.

“I like that it’s the Secretary answering this question rather than the Prime Minister. He answers ‘no’, then informs the PM of the question. No stuffing around: ‘Do I know the answer? Yes. The answer is ‘no’.’

“Good public servicing.”

Really?  Is this what the MSM feels is important for us to know?

Someone sees a humorous Tweet, steals it, makes a time-wasting OIA request out of it which, is treated lightly (good on them) and then the whole thing is gushed over as “Good public servicing”

How is the public serviced by this, or any of the rest of the Jacindamania-media-gushing we are subjected to daily?

Why are the MSM not holding her feet to the fire over the lies and obfuscations; the tree planting and house building promises; the Charter Schools debacle; the meddling in Aussie politics and so forth?

Could it be that the Jacindamania bubble will burst like the Tulipmania Bubble of 1637?

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