Every Incentive to Settle

23 06 2017

Ferguson

Me, four days ago:

The reason Ferguson is going to settle is because the expense to the city of fighting this suit is more than the increased insurance premiums it will have to pay its carrier because of this $3 million claim that’s about to be filed.

Half that, as it turns out.

Which only further validates my contention that Ferguson settled rather than fight because the cost of fighting was more than the cost of settling.  A $1.5m claim against its insurance policy, and this does state that Ferguson’s insurance carrier will pay out, won’t result in a premium increase to the city that a $3 million claim would have.  Such as it is, Ferguson’s insurance carrier had a policy maximum of $3 million per individual claim in such matters.  Which is where the $3 million credible speculation came from to begin with.

 





It Takes a Worried Man, to Sing a Worried Song

23 06 2017

Columbus, Ohio

What this was all about.

It really was courageous of him, because, as we know, the Ohio State University football program is known far and wide for its antipathy toward black people.  Likewise, it takes a steel sack of balls to burn a Nazi flag inside of a synagogue.

Really, though, Sambo.  You probably won’t get killed just for being black, not today, and probably not any day.  If homicidal foul play gets you, it’ll be because some other dindu fancies your shoes.





Another Race to the Gold Star

23 06 2017

Yes, I’m sending you all on another wild goose chase, after none of you could figure out the last one.

A clickbait feminist website has this admittedly clickbait article with this extra clickbait-y paragraph:

White women: it is time to do your part! Your white children reinforce the white supremacist society that benefits you. If you claim to be progressive, and yet willingly birth white children by your own choice, you are a hypocrite. White women should be encouraged to abort their white children, and to use their freed-up time and resources to assist women of color who have no other choice but to raise their children. Women of color are in need of financial and humanitarian resources. As this white supremacist society continues to imprison black fathers, women of color are forced to stand alone in their plight to raise the next generation of Americans. White women: instead of devoting your time and energy to white children who will reinforce the struggles of women of color, how about asking women of color in what ways you can assist them in their self-liberation? How about adopting children of color who have lost their parents to the destructive white supremacist society that you have enabled and encouraged?

There is a massive epic contradiction of social justice here. It’s one that, if certain people make what I just did, it will cause an Antietam between white intersectional feminists and black intersectional feminists. Let’s see if you can find it.

The race to the gold star starts…NOW.





Chase the Brown Horse, Not the Golden Unicorn

23 06 2017

Washington, D.C.

More philosophical feed bag.  Free philosophical feed bag with the purchase of any fidget spinner.

John Lott, in FNC:  Political vitriol won’t get any better and will get worse, because its increase is nothing more than a function of both the growth of governments’ (all levels in the aggregate) spending as a percentage of GDP and its power.

A few points:

(1) Okay, then, Sweden is a country whose central government spends even more as a percentage of GDP than all levels of American government in the aggregate do.  In the last ten years, the range as been between 50% and 53%.  So, why aren’t Swedish politics that acrimonious and vitriolic?

(2) That points to how Lott is both right and wrong.  He’s right because he’s on the right track generally speaking, but wrong because he’s trying to find a golden unicorn to ride into town when there’s a perfectly good brown horse in front of his snoot.  The percentage-of-GDP argument is the golden unicorn.  The brown horse is that the American Federal government is both the largest spending institution in the world in terms of raw currency amounts, and the seat of what we all have to admit if we’re honest with ourselves is a global empire.  No, it’s not like the British Empire, one so neatly delineated and defined and you can see a map of the world circa 1900 or 1920 and London controls whatever is rose-colored, and a lot of it was rose-colored.  The American empire operates behind pretense and soft power manipulation, all backed up by the insurance policy of the world’s most powerful military.  For instance, a modern world map won’t indicate to you that the United Kingdom is an American client state, or that the Germany and Japan are somewhere between American protectorates and used to be imperial possessions in all but formal recognition, or that a panoply of American-sponsored NGOs and think tanks influence Presidential elections in France.  But it’s no less true even if it is tacit and not explicit.  Our non-formal empire operates entirely in the client/vassal/protectorate/softpower fashion, with occasional “police” response.

So, when you mash that up with the current reality that, at least superficially, the deep state notwithstanding, and I’ll get to that in a moment, those that run it are chosen by plebiscites organized around a partisan superficial duopoly, then it’s obvious that the partisan politics will sometimes extend to the hot lead level.

(3) In “the good ole days,” when American governments’ spending was a far lower percentage of GDP, there was often way more partisan acrimony.  The years of the John Adams and Thomas Jefferson presidencies made today look erudite.  The years and one to two decades leading up to the War Between the States — If you’re a St. Louisan, you’ve heard of Elijah Lovejoy, unless you haven’t.  If you want a really vitriolic election year, try 1884, not 2016.  The former year being the first in the era of mass print media.

(4) A lot of today’s vitriol isn’t conventionally partisan, it’s the domestic-foreign policy deep state circling the wagons around itself to try to repel what it thinks is an invading virus that has “Donald J. Trump” written on its birth certificate.  It’s just that, because Trump is a putative Republican, the deep state’s easiest route to trying expel this “virus” can be rooted through the other party.  However, it should be noted that the Congressional Republican establishment isn’t comporting itself well.

(5) Lott is kidding himself if he thinks that governments allow themselves to become weaker and spend less in a domestic tranquility sense, and he’s extra strength kidding himself if he thinks that today’s Federal government and state governments will just to satisfy his social science hypothesis.  Only after the conclusion of major wars has the Federal government’s percent-of-GDP spending decreased, but rarely and little the power it assumed for itself that it never had before to wage the wars.  This is one of many reasons why I’m #NRx — Under the current circumstances (racial diversity, empire, powerful/big spending central state), mated with the relevant range of reality (none of those three are practically going away other than a geopolitical calamity), the best (or least bad) option for white people is a nationalist-minded hereditary monarchy ideologically governing with some variant of national socialist ideology.





Burgeoning Inequality Has Consequences (For Everyone)

23 06 2017

Tempe, Arizona

It is my contention that the current substance abuse epidemic among lower SES whites is mostly a function of the bellcurvization of the socioeconomy.  On a related note, I just paid off the question I asked on Wednesday.

Now, reading between the lines, we have evidence that the same bellcurvization is also fueling substance abuse problems among high SES people.

This is why I get paid the big bucks: To fill in the blanks that the oblivious-to-the-obvious official media leave open.

More and more highly ambitious teenagers and tiger kids are competing against each other for a limited and never growing number of slots that are gateways to power and/or prosperity.  For instance, the number of people admitted to a given freshman class at Harvard every year has stayed virtually steady in spite of the massive population growth of the country and world.  And for good reason:  If in one year you’re x compared to a much larger y number, and next year you’re the same x compared to an even larger y number, by definition and in percentage terms, you’re more elite.  This is why Harvard preaches growth-uber-alles for everyone but Harvard.  Remember, if you’re an elite, elitist hypocrisy is a feature, not a bug.

What it means is that as time goes on, the competition among ambitious tiger teens to get into elite institutions gets even more fierce.  Which means the pressure to get high on amphetamines to out-study and out-hustle your classmates who are high on amphetamines is getting greater.  Not helping matters is that the ADD/ADHD overdiagnosis mania has pushed a lot of legal and quasi-legal Adderall and Ritalin into circulation.   Just as prescription opiates to treat pain were and are (or said to be) the legal prescription gateway to illicit heroin on the low SES end, script phents to treat the illness of boyhood seems to have fueled the illicit abuse of them and also seems to have been a gateway to illicit amphetamines on the high SES end.

Failing that, if the tiger pressure finally gets to you and your last nerve, you hit the sauce.  Hence the alcoholism.

However, just like on the low SES end of this issue, I predict that Official Amurrika will find it easier on the high SES end to muck around with ineffective irrelevant solutions rather than do the hard taboo thing and confront burgeoning and ossifying socioeconomic inequality, i.e. bellcurvization.  After all, these are the supposed beneficiaries of bellcurvization, and if a few of them are konkered out on phents or booze, then that’s just collateral damage.  Can’t spend too much time crying over them; these people have a world to rule and fortunes to accumulate.





Color Me Doubtful

23 06 2017

Maryland Heights

And by “color me doubtful,” I mean “wake me up when it’s proven to be a hoax.”

Yeah, “N-word” is the dead giveaway.

Something tells me mama’s way behind on rent and the (new) management company is about to start filing paperwork.





The Race to the Gold Star Stars…NOW

21 06 2017

Downtown

Oh yeah, I saw the massive epic irony here.

Did you?

Gold star awaits.