Monthly Archives: May 2016

Basic point

By | May 31, 2016

This is a terrible article, made all the more terrible by the fact that the basic conclusion is unimpeachable — that capitalism itself is prone to boom/bust cycles — while the rest of the piece is utter unalloyed bullshit. This reads like some contrarian Slate piece so eager to parry the conventional wisdom that it… Read More »


By | May 31, 2016

I can’t understand people. Men. Doing this to someone is inconceivable to me. “He’s one of my best friends.” That’s what gets me. Doing it to anyone is beyond my comprehension. But doing it to a best friend…how is that possible? I’d sooner harm myself than I’d harm any of my friends. There’s a great,… Read More »

Some perspective

By | May 30, 2016

A simple fact: I was in the military, and if I’d done what Hillary Clinton did with her private email server, I would’ve gone to military prison very likely. Not saying that’s what should happen to her, but that’s just how it is. I wonder if Bernie isn’t staying in because he suspects she’ll be… Read More »

Oppression of tomorrow

By | May 30, 2016

It’s no secret that I despise the Fat Acceptance movement. Bunch of spoiled loons with puerile ideas who harm themselves and (unforgivably) children who are too young to defend easily against bad ideas. Was just thinking today about how they take it as oppression on the level of slavery (no, really, many of them say… Read More »

Shape of things

By | May 29, 2016

To change the future, you have to understand the past. Also, Waldman makes the same point I’ve been railing about for the last couple of years. The “stay in your lane” mentality that seems to undergird so much progressive discourse—only polyamorous green people really “get” the “polyamorous green experience,” and therefore only polyamorous greens should… Read More »

Don’t do

By | May 29, 2016

This also has never made sense to me. Proudly declaring that they “Don’t do computers” as if somehow the tool that’s ubiquitous in every workplace to enable their efficiency, is beneath them. As a later comment points out if you treated any other standard office tool necessary for your job like that, you’d be fired.… Read More »


By | May 28, 2016

If I weren’t addicted to 5K and having it work correctly, I’d switch to XFCE. While MacOS isn’t a bad environment, it’s pretty limited and sometimes very annoying. I like XFCE a whole lot better. It’s the last truly productive desktop environment left and it just gets out of the way and allows you to… Read More »

Another example

By | May 27, 2016

Here is another example of how to lie with statistics. The article uses fairly-solid social science research in inappropriate ways and meanwhile mostly ignores and minimizes the real reasons why people support Sanders and not Clinton — Sanders is the only person in the race actually addressing a core issue of our time, which is… Read More »

Standards change

By | May 26, 2016

Someone from 1,000 years ago would see Google as an intelligence god-like in its powers, better even than an AI of the popular imagination. Because we know how it works — or at least people think they do — it appears not that impressive to our modern minds. The same with Siri, Cortana and the… Read More »


By | May 25, 2016

Lots of stupidity in the housing debate. One thing I’ve noticed from multiple cities: it’s not racist to desire people who have no connection to your city not to buy houses there, live there only two days a year, and make neighborhoods expensive, desolate hellholes. If that’s racist, put me in the firmly racist category.… Read More »