11
Oct 17

Beach profile


06
Oct 17

Russia’s bargaining position improves

Now that supporting North Korea has gotten too expensive for the Chinese (as judging by Russia taking over their internet connections), North Korea moves into the Russian orbit, and Putin now has several more bargaining chips he can use in his campaign to restore Eastern Europe to safe vassal states.  It’s a bad time to be Ukranian (yet again).


04
Oct 17

Well put from Williamson

From this article

We could do with a good deal less passion in our public life. The alt-right knuckleheads rallied behind Donald Trump not for reasons having to do with policy — they have no serious policy agenda at all — but because he gives voice to their passion, that passion being the desire to shock and annoy the politically correct busybodies and transnational economic elites by whom they feel condescended to.

 


03
Oct 17

Recursive and foreshadowing


27
Sep 17

The NFL and Trump

I’m amazed that my lack of interest in sports is now considered patriotic!  One thing to remember is that in the age of revenue sharing you can’t watch/participate in anything sports related without supporting the NFL.  Yay!  Let us read more books.


13
Sep 17

Quote of the day – podcast edition

From Kevin Williamson – one of my recent favorite pundits:

Congress can use a little less self-importance and a little more self-respect.


08
Sep 17

Quote of the day – Joni Mitchell edition

From her Wikipedia Entry

Despite her prominence among the young musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, and her writing of “Woodstock” (where she was prevented from performing because her manager thought it was more advantageous to appear on The Dick Cavett Show[74]), she did not align herself with the era’s protest movements or its cultural manifestations. She has said that the parents of the boomers were unhappy, and “out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we’re so free. And Woodstock was the culmination of it.” But “I was not a part of that,” she explained in an interview

Identities strike again I suppose.  Making one’s costless opinions (on Climate Change, Trump, the Vietnam War in this case)  of primary importance is perplexing, particularly when I do it.  Granted people do talk a lot about parenting, work, etc (i.e stuff they actually do every day) the opinions are useful proxies for something I suppose.


06
Sep 17

American in 2017, in one headline

Meet one of the couples getting married on the Mall in between a pro-Trump protest and a Juggalo rally

also

crimes were committed by people who identified as Juggalos


06
Sep 17

Quote of the day

From this documentary about Leonard Cohen

Poetry is not an occupation, but a verdict.

It’s odd – his relationship with the material world seems perfect, i.e. something to be consumed, not pursued or desired. The concepts aren’t diametrically opposed, but it does change the outlook.

He is a very good example of going through life as a tourist, like Hoffer, which I suppose is why I’m drawn to him.


28
Aug 17

Quote of the day for our modern, anxious times

From McArdle

Judge lest ye be judged

Which is putting it strongly.  The amount of time and effort put into posturing in the comment section is remarkable, and the more identifiable someone is, seemingly the more posturing.