BLOG ON SEMI-HIATUS (Sticky Post)

3 09 2018

I have left St. Louis for job in the Rhine-Ruhr Region of Germany.

This blog is in a state of semi-hiatus, as of September 4, 2018.

I’ll write posts here every once in awhile, just to update you all on how I’m doing, and my thoughts on whatever big news breaks. Our favorite doggy will chime in every once in awhile with his own guest posts. Other than that, expect posting around here to be sparse going forward.

Reading material:

My Labor Day 2018 farewell post — My final post from St. Louis for awhile, perhaps ever.

My post from July 26, 2018, announcing my departure.

The preview of my Summer 2018 travelogue that I’ll probably never get to write in full.

My long and frequently updated post on my condition and recovery — If I experience any significant progression or regression in my recovery, I or our favorite doggy will let you know, and this post will be appendaged. As of the time of my moving, my cognitive functioning has mostly recovered in full, but my physical functioning is still far from it, I’m still in a wheelchair during waking hours more often than not, and if I can stay upright on two feet, it’s for an hour at the longest, usually less.

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Dear Eric Swalwell

17 11 2018

Dublin, California

Whose fingers are the closest to the nuclear button?

Thatisall.  Kthxbi.





Look See.

15 11 2018

Guest post by Puggg

This gym teacher can’t win for losing.

He’s in trouble for not looking.

If he would have looked, the outrage would have gone like this:

“What are you doing looking at naked girls, you pervert?”





The Daily Beastly.

14 11 2018

Guest post by Puggg

I see that Daily Beast website is trying to turn an antique shop in Washington, the one in Franklin County, not DC, into the new Indiana pizza restaurant.





Bell Curve

14 11 2018

New York;  Washington, D.C.

All this hubbub about Amazon’s HQ2 started during my involuntary sojourn, so it was one of the many things I had to catch up on once I returned to functional coherence, in fact, that was precisely a year ago.  If you want, you can read the many items of my posting storm one year ago today, if you want to stroll down memory lane.  Needless to say, I’ve come a long way in the past year.  A really long way.  Literally.

But once I caught up on this Amazon news, I figured right away that the whole jockeying and competition was pointless, that Bezos was only holding a supposed open competition so that he could stroke his own ego by watching civic officials from all over the country pay tribute to him and offer blood sacrifices at the altar, when in reality, Bezos knew all along that HQ2 was going to be placed in an important “winner city” like New York or D.C.

My only mistake was “or.”

Cognitive stratification is one side of the Bell Curve coin;  Geographical stratification is the other.





Rubbing the Dog’s Nose In His Own Poo

13 11 2018

Washington, D.C.

If you didn’t hate me after yesterday, what you’re about to read in this post will clinch it.

I’ve heard it stated often in our sector that, presuming that the farces known as “elections” as part of the farce known as the “democratic republican system” are desirable things at all, that the franchise should have property and/or income delimiters of some sort.

Those of you who think that are like the dogs in housebreaking training that just shit on the carpet.  And with that, I’m rubbing your noses in your own shit turds by presenting you this article and infographic.

Long and short here is that the same kind of people that were cool with Romney style Republicanism in 2012 but not with Trump style Republicanism in 2016, well to do white (and even some non-white) suburban voters, became even less cool with Trump style Republicanism in 2018, enough to swing control of the House.

Property and/or income delimiters for the franchise would only mean even more power for these kind of people.  And for the ownership, capital and rentier class in general, a group that has too much power already.

Now here’s where I floor you all and make the scant few of you that haven’t started hating my guts yet start doing so:

Just as public policy should put labor and production on an equitable footing with the ownership class, I think the power of the franchise should be inversely commensurate with socioeconomic status.  Instead of taking the franchise away from people that don’t own land, it would be better for our cause and the better Hobson’s Choice that we take the franchise away from people that do.

 

originalequityvsequality





The Interesting Thing About Google Germany

12 11 2018

Berlin;  Hamburg

The story that Hard Right linked to as a comment.

I saw it earlier today, but didn’t think much about it.

But the more I think about it, the more I think of it.

Not so much for the content of this story.

Here’s the interesting thing about Google Germany:

It believes itself to be way more of a media business than a CSIT-STEM business.  The reason I can tell is that Google Germany overall is based in Hamburg, which is, among other things, a media town.  If it thought itself a CSIT-STEM business, it would have planted itself in a CSIT-STEM town, such as Dresden, Nuremberg or Aachen.





You’re All Going to Hate Me After This

12 11 2018

Berlin

To commemorate the upcoming centennial of women’s suffrage and women receiving the franchise in Germany, Mama Merkel wants affirmative action for women in the Bundestag.

I’m about to floor you all:

In democratic republics, there would be significantly more women elected officials if women weren’t allowed to vote.

That’s because women have a really keen way of finding flimsy hen house reasons not to like other women in their domestic and personal lives.  In the business and political world, the main impediment to women climbing the ladder are other women exerting either queen bee syndrome or reverse queen bee syndrome.  Those things scale well to electoral politics.

There would be many more reasonable and rational women in elected offices, except what holds them back are enough women voters who won’t vote for them for some catty reason.