Monthly Archives: May 2017

Right, right

By | May 31, 2017

i think most people who say the Handmaid's Tale could never happen here have basically no familiarity with the religious right — Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) May 30, 2017 Absolutely true. I grew up among the Religious Right. The Handmaid’s Tale is not dystopian to them. Again, not dystopian. It is their preferred world. Hell, I… Read More »

Tease the expertise

By | May 29, 2017

Experts are usually right. That is one of the things that makes them uncommonly dangerous at liminal or transitional times. Experts also usually do just fine in their own domain, but when outside forces impinge on their Lilliputian arena they are completely unable to see or conceptualize them. This is related to (but not the… Read More »


By | May 29, 2017

I live in a household that makes a lot of money. Not bragging. It’s just true. Somewhere over four times the median household income — not including all the extra non-wage income that I make. Sometimes, I find $70 or $100 in a coat pocket or pair of pants that I just forgot was there.… Read More »

On Debord with the idea

By | May 28, 2017

“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” -Guy Debord This quote reminds me of the recent assertion that neoliberalism does not exist, an idea which proliferated just as one of the world’s most preeminent neoliberals — Hillary Clinton — vied for the presidency. Was lectured by the likes of Vox… Read More »


By | May 27, 2017

Did I mention The Leftovers is just excellent, particularly the episodes that focus on Carrie Coon’s character? She’s one of the few actors who can make me feel what she’s feeling. It also does things constantly that surprise me where when I see what’s about to happen, I think That can never work. But it… Read More »


By | May 26, 2017

People of the working class in the US, France, and other countries vote for petty thugs and incompetents like le Pen and Trump not due to racism but rather because those are the choices on offer, and they understand they are marked as disposable. Oh, sure, racism exists among the white working class — just… Read More »

Git out

By | May 24, 2017

I understand why even programmers are wary of and use Git in a rote way: that damn thing is like using a chainsaw when you need a butter knife. Never know when that thing is going to sling back and slice your face off.

Back at it

By | May 24, 2017

Nowhere in this thought turd does Kevin Drum manage to explain why our health care is so much more expensive than the rest of the Western world for worse outcomes. But let’s avoid Drum’s obfuscation and calumny to look at the obscene costs of our current system. How much is good health care worth to… Read More »


By | May 24, 2017

Some dark facts about human nature: most men will sacrifice nearly every other personality quality especially over the short term for beauty in a partner, and will excuse any transgression of the pulchritudinous, no matter how heinous. And most women really are significantly more attracted to those men (bad boys) with the “dark triad” of… Read More »