Nov 20

Mal ten

We live in a sick culture and to some extent or other all of us are mentally ill as a result. This is not hyperbole. The void where our souls should be is apparent. That this horrible piece of human excrement is only one of the more extreme examples is beside the point; we all live in this culture and are shaped by it, worsened by it, corrupted by it.

Nov 19


One of the reasons I continue to read Clarissa’s Blog is that she’s one of the few who contemplates the new sexual and social norms other than reactively.

What I mean is that she analyzes what is occurring and its likely causes and effects as opposed to what people believe they are achieving. For instance, the good-intentioned #metoo movement is opposed to sexual harassment and exploitation. Good intentions, though, are not enough. Because it, like most everything else, is infected with and inflected with notions of neoliberal fluidity, it does more to enforce assortative mating and atomization than it does to combat actual harassment. Due to the cultural moment and weltanschauung in which it is embedded, it could hardly do anything else.

The new sexual mores and beliefs are leading to consumerism and consumer “choice” cannibalizing all else. Liberals use the excuse of “protection from harm” to enforce such strict sexual norms that the Victorians would’ve been shocked by their rigidity. Meanwhile, there is no place for a natural interaction as these are by default seen as déclassé, unconventional, or outright harassment no matter their harmlessness or intent.

The future is likely mediated interactions where you essentially choose mates from a serial list of algorithmically-collated choices and dating outside of this will be seen as extremely risky and very harmful in particular to women. I expect it to also lead to much stricter dress codes for both sexes, but of course being worse by far for women.

Nov 18


What are you talking about, Putin set those fires! I saw him running about the state with a flamethrower and cackling madly, as all super-villains must do by contract and custom.

Earlier, my partner reminded me of a quote from a book I read long ago, Neal Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. Writing well before the public internet, it still managed to presage much about our current situation.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that our fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.

Huxley was on the right side of his prognostication, except that we’ve become too prudish and isolated for “orgy porgies” to be something likely to occur. About distractions, though, he (and Postman) were completely on target.

Nov 17


I don’t care what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s drawbacks might be. She’s the only legislator even attempting to put climate change in the forefront, thus she’s the only one doing anything that matters.

Nearly everything else we do is irrelevant now compared to that vast cataclysm ahead of us. Part of her impetus is that she’s young — which is why we need far more young people as leaders. The 70-year-olds don’t care about climate change because they won’t have to live through it. They’ll be dead.

But she’s 29. She will have to suffer through it so it just matters more to her.

Regardless, she’s the only one working on what really matters. Relatively, everything else is nearly irrelevant compared to climate change.

Nov 16

WMT cookies

I don’t understand how Walmart can sell three medium-size chocolate chip cookies for 98 cents that taste 80% as good as the cookies from Whole Foods that are $2.00 each. It’s almost three times as much cookie for half the price. It’s not like Whole Foods pays their people all that much more.

How is this possible? (Seriously, WMT’s “marketplace” chocolate chip cookies are pretty good.)

Nov 16

Terrible Advice

I just want to say unequivocally that the advice I see from feminists to “treat women just like you’d treat men” at work or to “treat women like you’d treat The Rock” is terrible, worthless advice. If I did that, if any man did that, we’d be fired, in jail, or likely both within the week.

I don’t think women have any real insight into how men relate to and treat each other. It’s much, much harsher than most men ever treat most women. Really, I think women have no idea here. Something I’d say (jokingly-ish) to a male colleague: “Hey, numbnuts, why’d you screw up that route? Where’d you learn IT, Trump University?”

Can you imagine saying that to a woman in the workplace? Unless I knew her very well indeed, I simply can’t. And if someone said that to me, if I screwed up the route, whatever.

And even if you use The Rock as an example, I’d joke around with him in ways (no, not about women, etc.) that no women would tolerate or would expect.

Perhaps men should be meeker or kinder or however you want to term it — but all I am saying is that right now admonishing men to treat women like they treat other men would leave most women running out of the workplace at a high rate of speed.

Nov 16

Hoot Suite

The only noise that doesn’t bother me is the owls that hoot and call near our house fairly frequently. They can hoot and carry on 24 hours a day. Go for it. No restrictions. Actually, most nature sounds don’t get on my nerves but owls are the best.

Human noise, though, can go right into the abyss. I’d really like people if it weren’t for…everything. Owls, though, are owlright with me.

Nov 16


I am thinking about buying a spare iPhone SE since that appears it’ll be the last usable phone ever made. I am worried about mine breaking and not having a phone I am able to use. You know, a real phone with headphone jack and not the size of Montana.

Nov 16

Alone Own

To Enjoy Exercise More, Join a Team.

Don’t you mean, to enjoy exercise less? This is some extrovert shit right here. I enjoy exercising with my partner or by myself. I already spend too much time with people all day. Working out is when I can zone out, do my own thing, get stronger without competing with anyone or worrying about what they think.