While 2018 seems to be the year that Godwin’s law became synonymous with “normal political discourse” – the more apt comparison seems to be to East Germany, or Brezhnev’s Russia, i.e. expensive, low-functioning, wanting desperately to have a purpose but not finding one worth working for and substituting that with hollow displays of virtue. That and identification papers being a big deal.
I discovered an interesting tool breakdown/tool machining channel, called “Arduino vs Everything (or Evil, I’m not sure)” and it is a wonderful education on tools, and good filler noise for when I’m doing bookkeeping and what not (if nothing else). The creator is a skilled Canadian vulgarian (i.e. someone who uses profanity with grace and style). I discovered that profanity, when combined with an accent and regional phrasings (with which I’m not familiar) transforms into either all profanity, or all regional phrases, depending on tone.
The channel is worth trying.
I came across the phrase “Tyranny of the articulate” somewhere recently – something to consider as one ranks the online component of modern life.
And as I must quote Kevin Williamson at every opportunity –
As the Scots say: “The father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells, and his son begs.” A nation that is not building is on its way to begging.
From this Kevin Williamson column
I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said
I stumbled across this wikipedia timeline on the abolition of serfdom and slavery.
- The British really did go out of their way to rid the world of slavery
- The rest of the world did not get rid of slavery that much earlier than the US