Aug 03

Morality

This is liberal religion. It goes along with their prudishness, or that’s the well from which this weird moralizing springs. They really believe that “if it’s fun, it must spread the virus.” This is why all the shit-for-brains whining about people being outside without masks and the beach photos and the like.

The virus has no morality, though. It just is.

Aug 03

How Much Better?

Trump is certainly to blame for a lot of the botched pandemic response. No argument here. I am by no means a Trump supporter nor have I ever or will I ever vote for that clown.

However, blaming all that’s gone wrong on Trump — as so many do, especially “liberals” — just seems utterly wrong to me. We’d already spent the last 40 years gutting our most important agencies, undermining confidence in government, and slashing budgets wherever we could. Much of that was done by Democrats, or allowed by them. Trump didn’t have anything to do with any of that except the last few years where he cut just a bit more.

I think a lot of the Trump blame stems from the desire not to point fingers at the DNC and for liberals to avoid casting blame on themselves for the vast failures of liberalism. After all, 99% of them bought into the neoliberal swill and hogwash about free markets, were ardent advocates of bootstrapism, and most of them believed and probably still believe that lack of good fortune is one’s own fault.

Trump, then, is just a mild symptom of a disease they actively spread for almost two generations now. How much better would Clinton have done? Some, sure, but in the face of all that’s already been destroyed, and the intransigence and misogyny she would’ve been confronted with, how much better?

Aug 02

Please Mansplain

I wish someone would mansplain this stuff to me, as I am terrible with directions.

I have literally driven past my own house before (many times) because, as I said, I am fucking terrible with directions.

Please always mansplain to me where I need to turn, because if you don’t tell me I will probably miss it.

Aug 02

Things Past

What this post is discussing is related to (though not quite the same) as something I’ve thought about a lot in the last few years — and that is how very readily people forget events and stats of affairs that occurred in their own lifetimes.

They remembered when people could easily find a local job if they wanted one, even without a staggeringly expensive degree and massive debt. When you didn’t have to move far away from your family if you didn’t want to. When you could afford to raise family on a single breadwinner’s salary. When you could buy a house in your 20s. A time when there weren’t quite so many boarded up storefronts, panhandlers, food banks, or people living in their cars. When small local businesses thrived instead of just Wal-Mart and Amazon. They told these stories to their children as if they were describing some sort of long-vanished and forgotten culture, even though it had existed within their own lifetimes.

This is puzzling to me. Extremely so. I’m 44, and I recall things and ways we used to be that people who were also there claim “never happened.” I know they are wrong, very much so, but how do people forget so much so easily? I need to understand this and just don’t.

Aug 01

Control For What

I see and note this. I haven’t read the paper and probably won’t soon (too much else to read).

I am very suspicious, though, of studies where factors are “controlled” out. It’d take more time to examine than I have, however. Just all too often scientists “control” for the very thing they should be examining, befitting the biases of the time. I do think there is anti-obesity bias in health care. I’m not saying it’s there for a good reason, but I understand why it’s present: obese people have worse outcomes across a wide range of diseases and conditions, and many conditions could be vastly improved and sometimes eliminated by just losing weight (examples: diabetes, PCOS, asthma, etc.)

I know to the fat acceptance types all of this can be explained somehow by bias, but that seems just excuse-making, considering The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity.

All that said, obese people should get equitable treatment in health care and elsewhere, too. But I don’t want it to become a “dangerous truth” that there are risks to obesity. We already pretend that too much that is the case is not — let’s not allow this to become yet another area of absurd pantomime.

Aug 01

W.E.B.

Great writing. That is how you do a takedown, in today’s parlance.

Jul 31

No Wait

He’s talking about the monetary aspect mostly I think, but there’s also a class-based resentment angle there. Think about it this way: you’re raised middle class or upper middle class, you take out student loans to go to college for four years, emerge $80,000 in debt, and then some “deplorable” who attended a trade school for a year is making twice what you make with little to no debt. You were inculcated with the idea that you were no one and nothing if you didn’t go to university, and now you can only find a job at the Starbucks part-time.

Feels bad, man.

A whole generation is realizing they’ve been lied to and exploited — and mostly by people who profess to love them. This combined with the pandemic, climate change, and ever-heightening inequality is going to make for some crazy times in the near future. Just wait. But you won’t have to wait long.

Jul 31

Enclosed

Me too. California Pizza Kitchen was not bad. Better than Pizza Hut.

We’ll be seeing a lot more vulture capital-related failures in the near future. A lot more. It’s the modern equivalent of the Enclosure movement, and the results will be about the same.