Passenger Pigeons of Amerika

Once more to week out, and the nastiness of the weather seems to be on the increase. So FD SCP and I are doing the we-hate-dripping angst in preparation.

I have noticed lately an increase in disagreements among different "professional" "types". I put both those in quotes because, in the first case, everyone in the Yankee republic, including garbage gatherers and used motorcar retailers consider themselves to have a professional aspect, and, in the second, that the taxonomy is popular rather than exact. Anyway, there is a interdisciplinary board that is supposed to arbitrate differences between "professions" and their workload of late has been increasing, mostly between physicians and other folks with doctorates. So I got interested in demographics and did some looking up on the internet.

By professional I essentially mean a traditional knowledge worker, someone who is paid for their knowledge as well as their skills. This eliminates the garbage gatherers and used motorcar retailers from consideration.

I should also preface by saying that I could not find any demographic data on the total numbers of either MBAs or men-of-the-cloth.

Excepting that, I found the populations of the Yankee republic is approximately 324 Megapeople (Mp). Of these 1.8 (also approximately but I am dropping the explicit statement as now implied,) Mp. That’s about 0.056 of the total population. Slightly more than 1 in 20 on a sampling basis.

There are about 1.5 Mp engineers, 1.2 Mp lawyers, and 0.9 Mp physicians.

Within STEMs, and I don’t include physicians in that "type", there are also 85 Kp chemists, 18 Kp physicists, and 3 Kp mathematicians.

I couldn’t get good data on how many doctorates there were by "type" but it seems that what we have here is a bunch of rare birds fighting over worms.

But it still grates me when physicians can’t call other "doctors" by their degree.

Life in Alabama 3

The customer is something less than pond scum.

That’s business in Alibam. We have two types of businesses in Alibam: big and small. I don’t have any problem calling them big box stores and small box stores so long as we realize the sizing adjectives refer to the stores and not the boxes. The boxes are what they sell. And how you have to buy. No trying on clothes. No feeling of the contents. No pre-test or inspection.

There is no customer service. The big stores, like MalWart and such don’t care about customers because they are always going to have customers for the simple reason that you buy from them or go without. All they care about is maximizing the amount of money that they get to keep. The small stores also don’t care. The less marginal money they get to keep on some transaction, the less they care. And they don’t care about customers because all of them have the same attitude so if a customer leaves to go somewhere else they get the mirror in return. And because they have a constant flux of customers, they can avoid any emotional association.

You can buy a large appliance in Alibam; you can’t get it serviced.

There are some notable exceptions to this that prove the rule. High end good stores usually have better customer service, but it always has an eye to the mode and not the wings. If you’re a customer in the wings of the distribution, you won;t get positive service. They’ll try to run you off. Inadequate Return On Cost. There are small stores that have good service but almost only if the owners are “retired”. That is, folks who retired from whatever they were doing, had bupkus drek for a pension and invested their savings in a small business. The problem is that these tend to be specialty places selling semi-luxuries and so you get your ego salved but not necessary goods. Not a thing to be spurned but it doesn’t solve the problems of life.

Government if the same way. When politicians are running for office, they give a lot of appearance of caring but no result – that’s forbidden by the election laws. And once elected all they care about was the big donors and sponsors. So representation is vacuous.

They haven’t completely ruined the air yet but give them time. And the weather is drek since they are all climate change denialists because that’s what their corporate masters want them to be.

Even local government is this way. It’s composed of real estate agents and all they are interested in are people who don’t live here.

And they all wonder why the internet is ruining them?

Slime Mold Stercus

Having to make mods to FD SCP’s Winders box. Had forgotten what a proctoscopy it is. Where’s the five pound sledge?

Can’t do anything without having to reboot after.

I now have considerable insight into why some humans want to hurt themselves. Winders gives you that perspective.

And how slow Winders downloads. Like paint drying. In a rainstorm

Life in Alabama 2

I note that the Chief Bigot of the Alabama Supreme Court has been outed once more for ethics deficiencies. Does the guy think he is a Legume? (Yes, I know its a bad pun, and not even punday.)

The problem isn’t his ethics, it’s his morals which are a relative endorsement of any religious or philosophical organization other than his. In fact, he seems almost a poster child for the folks that hate crime laws were intended for.

It is almost livable for a state legislator or even the guvnuh to be a bigot and a hater, but a judge. Totally negates any trust in the system.

Perhaps his next activity will be to endorse the return of Jim Crow lynchings?

BOGs and GOBs

I was reminded this morning that the old Confederacy is, in many ways, different from the rest of the Yankee republic. This despite 1.5 century since the rebellion and the apparent elimination of slavery.

When I arrived at gym this morning there were three vehicles worth of maintenance people who had been doing something overnight. I was grateful that they did their work while the gym was closed. Usually such things are done instead of what the organization is intended for. Up Nawth they do street repairs at night; in Alibam they do them during rush hours.

I should mention that I only saw a few of the crew but every one was obese and short. The latter is common in Southron hill country where inbreeding is anecdotally common. The former is common in Alibam (and much of the old Confederacy,) but not obvious, especially in Nawth Alibam.

Also, the gym was highly strewn about. Evidently maintenance people do not have to restore things to their original locations and state, or, more likely, lack the cognitive capacity to do so. The combination of these two brings us to some comments on Southron bogs.

A subset of Southron bog is the ‘Good Ole Boy’. Ole is pronounced with an almost silent ‘e’. Definitely not an Hispanic ‘ole’ For convenience, the acronym of Good Ole Boy is GOB which is helpful. GOBs are not quite illiterate but they do take not reading or being intellectual as a point of pride and macho. The latter insures their high level of animosity to Hispanics, also competition for jobs. The term ‘blue collar’ seems almost invented for GOBs except that they almost never wear shirts with collars. Their vehicle of choice is an antediluvian pickup truck. It is a matter of pride that they violate the law by having no insurance on their vehicles, knowing their poverty will assure they are never litigated for the damage they do.

Poverty is also a matter of pride. GOBs are highly independent in some matters and almost communal in others. They have no objection to either money or labor except when the two are combined. The work they want to do is supremely important; that someone would pay them for supremely irrelevant and fatuous. Hence they build wonderfully for themselves but abysmally for pay. They are, in a sense, the last vestiges of the Jeffersonian independent farmer, but sadly almost always lacking the dignity.

They detest any authority other than their own. But they will be swayed to any political position by politicians with flattery and ethanol. They are opposed to any form of change, even that which they think of themselves on the rare occasions when they think. Most of their activities are geared to an avoidance of cognition. They are horribly naive about any greater reality than their own familial/social community. And are perfectly happy to kill anyone who tries to intrude on their reality.

The extreme individuals of this genre are sometimes referred to as GOB Schmucks by non-GOBs who know what a schmuck is. This situation is definitive.