Wednesday, December 5, 2018

And then what (an amplification/response to the Writer in Black)

I posted up this response to his well written article asking whether the proponents of violent revolution (on the right or the left of the political spectrum) had given much thought to what came after.  You can read his article here 

Then I figured that I might as well post my response here, since it is blog post length for me.  So here you go.

A revolution is far more likely to end up like the French Revolution than the American Revolution. Probably not the road most people want to go down if they actually have the historical background and intelligence to think it through. You can see the obvious problem there.

I would not support a revolution but I would oppose one that sought to take away my freedoms. Violently. What, however, can we do to prevent the loss of freedom? An intellectual revolution. For sixty years the left has taught their version as dogma in every institution. The average person needs to step up and teach the freedom version of history and philosophy. It is not going to be a speedy process. I see around me people who want immediate results in everything they do. “I came in for extra math help yesterday, why am I still failing today”, “I told my friends the truth yesterday, why do they still think socialism works today”, “The Writer in Black put up this great post about how to fix anything, how come Antifa is still rioting in the streets?”. Our society has been deliberately (imo) educated to be a shallow, ignorant, left leaning body politic.

The way to bring them back is not through violent revolution (although it might feel good for a while) but through steady and slow changes to our system. It must include education (an area where conservatives tend to struggle because our philosophical ideas don’t lend themselves well to bumper sticker slogans), and it must include publication of positive results. The R Congress fell down on the job for two years concerning the ACA (Obamacare) as the D party falsely hyped the evils of not-Obamacare and the R party never mentioned the problems with Obamacare, while simultaneously not putting forward a coherent alternative. This is one small example of why we are losing our country and our culture, and why some feel that violent revolution is the only answer.

Meanwhile, “and then what” is the perfect response to almost any question regarding policy and politics. Free college (and then what?). Abolish ICE (and then what?). Kill all the lawyers (and then what?). That is now my standard response to any political discussion. Make your opponent do the hard thinking since they are just going to tune out your counter-arguments anyway.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Not an urban myth


Wondering whether Google has a political agenda?  Maybe there's a perfectly reasonable explanation.  I'll wait.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Free two day shipping

but we won't ship it for two weeks.  After that, though, you'll get free two day shipping.

Anyone else noticed this pattern?

I ordered some replacement trays for my self cleaning cat litter-box. 

Amazon: "Free two day shipping. Your order should be delivered between December 17 and December 27."
 What?  That's a month from now!

I ordered a new cell phone because mine has started to randomly power cycle.  Used to happen under 25% power but over the last week it's done it twice at over 75% power.  Time for a new one.  I bought this one used (Samsung Galaxy S4) and I think I've had it for four or five years so no big deal.

Verizon Wireless: "Free two day shipping.  Your order should be delivered by  Tuesday December 4."

What?  That's almost two weeks from now.  That's when it clicked.  Free two day shipping from whenever we get around to shipping it.  Not really as exciting as it used to be, back when free two day shipping actually meant you would get it in two days.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ruled by my obsession

Here I sit, obsessively deleting extra carriage returns in a document, just because they offend my sense of neatness and order.  I wouldn't even see them if I would just click the little button at the top of Word that hides them.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Did I miss something?

From Investor's Business Daily:
next year the House will become a very hostile place for any Republican nominee facing hearings by Democrats.
Nominees now have to undergo hearings and approval in the House as well as the Senate?

What am I missing?

Update: Joy Behar, of the The View, announced that Republican gerrymandering is what kept the Democrats from taking the Senate.

So apparently states are now being gerrymandered as well.

Are these people really that stupid or am I really missing something?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Unconscious biases?

I work with a teacher who will only negatively mention the school from which a student transferred if it is a parochial school.
"So and so can't do such and such and so and so transferred from X Christian School."
 The school is never mentioned if it is one of the other public schools in the county.

Another teacher only mentions politicians if he has a particular dislike for them (and always from a particular party), even if other politicians (on the other side of the political aisle) are doing the same thing.

Just finished reading a book on mathematical innumeracy, written in the late 80s, in which President Reagan is mentioned four times negatively (five if you count one joke about the President's 1980 victory which was quoted from another mathematician).

I wonder if these people even know they are doing it.  Do they make negative comments because in their minds the negative consequence is associated with something they dislike?

I wonder if I do the same thing, without realizing it?

Or maybe I only notice them doing it because my biases are different.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Repeat a lie often enough

Wrote this a while ago and then it sat here as a draft.  I was going to write more but the hell with it.  Here it is.

From CNN:

the need for parents and their kids to stay in touch in these uncertain times -- especially in the US with frequent school shootings -- make all-school-day bans intolerable.

From NPR: Education Department errs badly on numbers of school shootings

From the FBI: Only 39 shootings in an "educational environment" between 2000 and 2013.

From Wikipedia: 42 school "massacres" going back to the 60s.  To the writers at Wikipedia, apparently a "massacre" includes anything where two or more people die.  What is not clear is if their death toll counts include the shooter if he was killed or committed suicide.  Many anti-gun websites include the dead shooter to make the death toll seem worse.  If you don't count two dead as a massacre, the total is  30, less than one a year.

While it is pretty horrific that sick people shoot up defenseless children at a school, it is also safe to say that 30 actual school shootings in fifty years is not really "frequent".  CNN wants you to think it is, however, as it advances their agenda to curtail the Second Amendment.

The reality is that we don't have "frequent" school shootings and the number is not on the rise.