Monthly Archives: November 2008

Come see the violence inherent in the system.. Sadly not a funny sketch

Filed under JBT, political, You have nothing to fear

Having seen too many  cases  of “if you don’t do anything wrong you have nothing to worry about”  I   encourage you to read this. Law enforcement has over taken the concept of peace officer.  Any interaction can quickly go wrong  if you forget  whose really the boss so disgression being the better part of valor and all there’s practically nothing to do about it but stay inside  keep the yard tidy:)

Unwarranted Violence by William Norman Grigg

Under existing judicial precedents, a police officer cannot be held criminally or civilly liable for failing to come to the aid of an individual citizen whose person and property are under criminal attack. However, police agencies across the country routinely discipline police officers who fail to fill their quota of traffic citations.

This may at first glance seem to be a spurious comparison. But consider it in light of the principle of opportunity cost as applied to the time budget of the typical patrol officer: Should he organize his time in such a way that he can be available to help a victim of violent crime, or in the best way to take advantage of “hot spots” for traffic violators, thereby making his quota and enhancing his prospects for lucrative overtime?

A given officer can be in only one place at a given time, after all, and each hour spent trolling for inattentive drivers represents an hour taken away from the task of “serving and protecting” the local population.

This is not innovative or original. Why build infrastructure from 20C with 21C future debt?

Filed under political, state gone wild, You have nothing to fear

“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads”

The industrial revolution is still spinning.  We’re stuck  for the most part with a  work week, physically showing up  and  covering the costs of maintaining ourselves in food and transport outside of the house.  For many of us it makes little to no sense given that our jobs are hunting  ideas on the antipodes of our mental planes  ( oh  I just won a Private Eye Pseud  award:P) 

So the big plans  from our new Saviour in chief?   Newer versions of the same old ways.   Much as I dislike state  mandated jobs I can at lease express a preference for the kind of boondoggles that I like. Where’s a decent broadband plan?   Where’s the “iPhone in each pocket”  speech?   We’re so in love with tangible structures that  even if you could prove 100% that schools could be run remotely , cheaper  with higher grades and none of the lose of their precious  “socialization  I doubt we’d ever see such a thing.     This looks more like a way to keep on living as we have rather than looking forward to something that may  look like change:) 

  My usual  reservations about the  energy issue is that mandating  technology or favoring it with tax policy can kill off truly innovative stuff. There’s a reason we have ethanol in gas and it’s not because it’s good for anything other than those that happen to grow the raw material.  

How about getting rid of all the regulatory crap that has us  traveling to  “beg” permission to modify or uses the items as a trip reduction method? 

Now were did we put all those engineering graduates?

AUto reaction. People want to be saved while not doing much in the way of saving.

Filed under political, state gone wild, You have nothing to fear

 Who is always in charge?

Why is that entity never to blame? 

Why is the cure for the failure of of that entity an excuse to give them more money and power?  Really really puzzling. The reason I need to write things like this is I’m  getting worse at discussing them because it’s hard , really hard to get it across in person.  I’m tired of being in  MPG or environmental  debates with people whose cars are less efficient than mine. 

It’s a bS argument because it’s nowhere near as simple as they make it out to be.   Let’s tax fuel more so people will use less of it.  After all poor people don’t have cars ,fuck em.  That’s not my experience with  my less well off  rural friends that can’t afford much in the way of efficient cars  and end up driving the  motoring dregs. Still  it beats  walking  four miles  to store or taking kid to sitter, dr etc.  

 Person is on min wage/  tips.  Fuel prices =  higher food prices   say another 10-12  a week.  That’s a couple of meals , few hours sitting or something useful that a person working 40-60 hours a week may want.  Only ear thhis shit from people with jobs that could readily afford it.. you know  I wouldn’t mind paying.. well  fucking do so.     Save $1 a gallon each time you fuel and donate it to something tangible to help the people ,you’re so eager  to take money out their pockets , rather than  hurting others to feel good about yourself.  Sadly no  we’ll take that money and give it to  state to make the Soylent Wheels for our slow  backslide into steam.  I’ve driven a lot of cars made by nations rather than private companies and boy  do they suck!   Put it this way I’d not  be surprised if  they added in flotation devices  as a requirement from the Senator from Massachusets. Blog: That Private Jet Non-Issue, and Political Thinking

I am sure that Henry Waxman truly believes he can run an auto company or any other company when, in truth, he only can run his mouth. One reason that Congress really wants this bailout is that people like Chris Dodd and Waxman want their chance to be acting CEOs and show everyone how to build “green cars.” Of course, anything which is built under their direction will be horrible, an overpriced and heavily subsidized piece of garbage that no people in their right minds would buy.

Part 3. Further annoyance with "it is what it is"

Filed under blogging, Culture-internet, Work


I posted on the phrase on my other blog that I would like to extirpate this phrase  from the English language or at least the workplace. Rather than do an original one I’m running a semi ok off  post.  I’d prefer people would say ” it’s this way because”  which gives an indication that they’ve looked at the issue rather than just accepted it on a prima facie interest.

“it is what is is” 

Today I heard it several more times and  it didn’t have a calming effect , quel surprise? I needed to look further into what irks me so much about this new catch all.

It is what it is” means what it means. Depending on context, it can be a statement of resignation or of defiance, but in neither case does it connote the optimistic good humor of “It’s all good.” If anything, it expresses the absence of emotion, the abdication of feeling. Although it seems to imply value-neutrality, that misses the point; it’s not so much that something is neither good nor bad, but rather that its quality simply isn’t relevant, that it’s not worth the energy to make a value judgment.

To put it another way ‚ÄĒ it doesn’t matter what you think about it because you can’t do anything about it anyway. It was in this spirit that Al Gore invoked the phrase after winning the popular vote and possibly the electoral tally as well: “I strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court decision and the way in which they interpreted and applied the law. But I respect the rule of law, so it is what it is.”

Flak Magazine: It’s All Good vs. It Is What It Is, 06.11.03


Radar, Oh really ? It is what it is… Welcome to tautology Thursday.

One of the colloquial phrases, ok  maybe it’s not just AZ but I hear it more here, that’s been annoying me is the Popeye school of    “it is  what it is” as a cover all for  ill conceived, poorly implemented or ineffable solutions that have wandered onto the radar.This verbal chaff that’s tossed up in the air , rather than  fixing a location onto the problem , obscures the problem and by the time all the flakes have landed , or given up and go home,  there’s still the small matter of a  missile  bearing down on you. As a bonus there’s now less time and fewer options to react with.  

tautology – Definitions from
1. (logic) a statement that is necessarily true; “the statement ‘he is brave or he is not brave’ is a tautology”

For a “news” media they certainly like to live in the past.

Filed under political, rants, You have nothing to fear

Yeah we really need another  President that believes any means necessary to hold onto central power is justifiable.  ūüôĀ  That protectionist  tariffs are a good thing and that  arresting people that oppose you peacefully was valid.  How can one get such a great reputation in history for just the words and not the actions? 
Can Lincoln’s playbook help Obama in the years ahead? –

# There are several similarities between the two politicians
# Historians say Obama can use Lincoln’s strategies to help him lead the country

If you don’t want to drive what GM and Ford are putting out now just wait till you see the states new models:)

Filed under rants, state gone wild, You have nothing to fear

I hate the cars that states make.  Think about it  Yugo, Lada, Skoda , Trabant   and anything British Leyland, Austin put out are not known for anything other than their  abject crapness. Some of these have gone onto great things after being privatised though. To be told that by people that have probably flown more carbon unhappy miles in their campaign than most of us will in our lives is equally frustrating.

Here’s what annoys me.  These companies   DO already make efficient cars  but people will not BUY  them.  They don’t need to retool  much. They make  world cars,  GM and FORD make successful small vehicles that work quite well in every other country  apart from the US because we all know that a good anti pollution measure in CA , in one big town in CA ,is  valid for the rest of the nation ūüôĀ    We had that crap in the UK were the short distances we traveled and the ambient temperatures made our cars pollute more with the early catalytic converters  but it’s the thought that counts.


Transcript: ‘I’m going to confront this economic crisis,’ Obama says –

I would like to see the administration do everything it can to accelerate the retooling assistance that Congress has already enacted. In addition, I have made it a high priority for my transition team to work on additional policy options to help the auto industry adjust, weather the financial crisis, and succeed in producing fuel-efficient cars here in the United States of America.

If it’s really that simple, that singular, and involves the environment. It’s arguably wrong. Time to piss off the loco vores

Filed under General, science

There’s an inverse relationship between technology, modern society and¬† return to a time that exists in Disney movies. Happy serfs one and all:)¬†¬† What is it that drives those with the¬† least practical skills to want to go back to a lifestyle were they would be necessary for survival?¬†¬†¬† They planning on taking up the yoke as it were?

Anyway¬† nearly all attempts to take a massively complex system and put an apparently “common sense” reading on it¬† doesn’t quite¬† work.¬†¬†¬† Yes transit does use up resources but if you take the examples in this piece it’s ofter less than¬† forcing the local climate to support it. E.g if you could only eat that which¬† grows native to your locale it would totally suck. Suck as¬† in the malnutrition , scurvy and other fun¬† atavistic maladies sense.

The Food Miles Mistake: Saving the planet by eating New Zealand apples – Reason Magazine

Food miles are supposed to be a simple way to gauge food’s impact on climate change.

…Local food production does not always produce fewer greenhouse gas
emissions. For example, the 2005 DEFRA study found that British tomato
growers emit 2.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide for each ton of tomatoes
grown compared to 0.6 tons of carbon dioxide for each ton of Spanish

The 2008 US Elections .The Fu part :) No I’m not being rude just trying to catch my balance.

Filed under political, state gone wild, You have nothing to fear

I’m lucky that I never had a horse in this race I find both sides odious. I find the propositions can be even worse. People that claim to be religious¬† would rather spend 73 million dollars on making sure other people have less rights than they want to enjoy.

Preachers¬† that get up daily and tell us that $20¬† a month saves a life , you know that life is life¬† one could go as far to call them pro-life¬† crowd?¬†¬† Yep rather than having two men¬† or women¬† be recognised by the state¬† ( big problems with that but going to ignore that for now;) )¬† they would condemn¬† 3.65 million people to an early death just to stop two people expressing a civil commitment.¬†¬† What the fuck is wrong with you sick bastards?¬†¬†¬† That 73 million¬† was just for the CA marriage amendment by the time you add in the other states it’s quite a bit higher.¬† That’s pretty much evil right there.¬† In some ways it’s a good thing we substituted naked aggression for the paper substitute because¬† they really would act out their malevolent fantasies again and again as they have done throughout history.¬† We call this progress;)¬† Anyway¬† to a post from a¬† rather good UK¬† blog that captures in many more words than¬† Mencken did.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

Now over to.

Many will find the glee of the statist left over the next few days and weeks hard to endure, but to be honest I have been walking around with a grin all day. Finally the era of gradualism is over and the masks are going to come off. The USA has voted for statism and it is going to get exactly what it voted for at a juncture in history where it will very quickly be impossible to hide the cost of those votes.

Obama is not the start of a new era, he is the death knell for the old one.

Someone with Brainnns tackles the problem of sprinting zombies

Filed under Culture-internet, Media mayhem

I really enjoyed Sean of the Dead and wasn’t disappointed by hot fuzz either   so it’s nice to see that a pretty good case is made for those lacking in  “dead cred”    a la Michael Jackson  leaving   zombies the hell alone.     Tis a fun read. No mention of Joco though..

Simon Pegg on why the undead should never be allowed to run | Media | The Guardian

I know it is absurd to debate the rules of a reality that does not exist, but this genuinely irks me. You cannot kill a vampire with an MDF stake; werewolves can’t fly; zombies do not run. It’s a misconception, a bastardisation that diminishes a classic movie monster.

Didn’t Eris warn you ? This time she’s taking the Mickey

Filed under discordian, Media mayhem



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Feeling Chipper vicar? I’d a ho smash my butt ( Uk Humor only;) )

Filed under Anarchy from the UK, humor

Vicar in casualty with spud stuck in backside | The Sun |News

The clergyman told stunned casualty nurses he fell backwards on to his kitchen table while hanging curtains.

He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap.