Monday, May 26, 2014

“Borrowing to attend an American college may be hazardous to your dreams.”

From The trigger warning we need: “College is a scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent” by Thomas Frank:
 Yes! Elite university students must be warned about “classism”! Not on course syllabi or the cover of a book as though it’s comsymp lit or something. No, they need to see it in big red letters inscribed on those elite universities themselves — stamped on every tuition bill and financial aid form and diploma they produce, spelled out in the quadrangle pavement, flashing from a neon sign above every dormitory so no one can miss it:

“Warning: This place exists to enforce class distinctions.”
[...]
 This power over admission to the bourgeoisie is the reason why tuition goes up constantly even as the university successfully transforms professors into low-wage freelancers (the subject of last week’s column)—because what those professors teach doesn’t matter. This is also why people who fake their college degrees often lead long and successful corporate lives without being detected—because the stuff you actually learn to get a liberal arts degree isn’t important in the corporate world. Only the diploma itself has real meaning in the marketplace, and only the marketplace has real meaning in America. This is a situation that clearly requires highly visible warnings, and lots of them.
 Buyer beware.  If you can't pay for college without a loan, then get a trade, save your money and go (or not).  Otherwise you risk being an indentured servant to a bank.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Philosophy

A philosophy can be a stage of life that by-passes living.

Happy 4.20

Friday, March 07, 2014

"Forty thousand rats placed end to end..."


“Let's see,” the doctor murmured to himself, “supposing the length of a rat to be ten inches, forty thousand rats placed end to end would make a line of...”
           
He pulled himself up sharply. He was letting his imagination play pranks, the last thing wanted just now. A few cases, he told himself, don't make an epidemic; they merely call for serious precautions.

Albert Camus
The Plague

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Values

Values are less obvious to those with none.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moochers

Although I generally feel the author to be full of a stinky substance, he pretty much hit the nail on the head with Eastern Washington: Feeding from — and biting — government’s hand.*  As the chart below shows the counties of Eastern Washington, with the exception of Kittitas County, and most counties of Southwestern Washington, are basically a bunch of moochers.
I've often said that if there was a statewide initiative that would require tax money collected to be only spent in the county it was collected, the eastern side of the state would overwhelmingly vote for it.  As their infrastructure decayed, the result would be a third world country, and they would deserve it.

*(Of course, Democrats suck as well, but that is besides the point here.)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Neither the Government Nor The Population - 7th Draft (EPUB)

I've been neglecting this blog as I have been busy compiling my writing for a definitive (and editing--it's not my favorite task).  I have also created an EPUB for Neither the Government Nor The Population - 7th Draft (EPUB).

Download EPUB.

I have also converted it to AZW3 for Kindle but I don't know how it work since I do not own one.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Beautiful-and Deadly-Decadence

Webster sat at the desk and held his hands in front of him, staring at them. Hands that had skill, held knowledge. Hands that could save a life if he could get them to Mars. Hands that could save for the solar system, for mankind, for the Martians an idea-a new idea-that would advance them a hundred thousand years in the next two generations. But hands chained by a phobia that grew out of this quiet life. Decadence-a strangely beautiful-and deadly-decadence.

-Clifford D. Simak
City

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Social Conditioning

Social conditioning fosters propaganda susceptibility. Any image must mirror the original for greatest acceptance. New notions or fads are required to overcome societal inertia and inevitable drag forces. Familiarity is the most efficient appeal as it will receive less critical attention, and may be unconsciously absorbed—but only if one has the resources to ensure media saturation (including bad press directed at the effort by its opponents). The herd will rally and defend its flags. Critical thought is not a herd virtue. Cosmetic window dressing and directed semantics are crucial elements in to achieving a successful saturation propaganda campaign. Short attention spans increase the likelihood. Ideally, the idea is regarded eternal. A seed of doubt may be planted to weaken both state and herd. Popular ideals can be vivisected in the same manner the opposition was refuted. Glass may prove more valuable whole than smashing it. Destruction can be satisfying. Decadent Morality smothers. You chose your values.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New God

The new God is not necessarily an improvement.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Systemic Mediocrity

Systemic mediocrity is a trap where nothing is real and everything is the same. Only the determined may overcome its perils. Nobody else has the stamina. The path of least resistance is to go along to get along. Money is made selling crutches.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Limits

Maximum Advantage represents limit upon thought and action. When every action must be justified by efficient gain, very little humanity remains in the process of decision making. Real choices disappear in favor of essentially predetermined response. Humanity is discarded; the culture becomes base and stagnated under general apathy. Society is poisoned by the cultural decadence "Decadence" spawned when the population, as a whole, becomes so disconnected that it no longer cares. Pointlessness rots the spirit all the quicker. Eventually, Things Fall Apart on their Own. Maximum Advantage can only be abandoned by letting go of intangibles. (Of what?)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Shortest Path

Business destroys nations through total reliance on efficiency.  The  race to the bottom always takes the shortest path.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Loyaly

Loyalty is inefficient.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Delusion & Self-deception

  1. Delusion is an individual art, and a mass science.
  2. Self-deception is an enabler.
  3. The gap is bridged by social conditioning.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Self Knowledge

Self knowledge is a distraction.