Life in Alabama 2

Lovely fog this morning. Nice rosettes of light around the street lamps. Mie Scattering Radiative Transfer. Physics!

But a question does arise:

Q: What do you call a driver who uses his high beams in fog?

A: An Alibama Shmuck – stupid AND evil!

Happily such people often discorporate themselves early and thus tend to somewhat cleanse the gene pool.

If only this would happen with our politicians who seem intent on enslaving everyone but the pink evilgelicals.

Fake Aristocracy

Why is it that I have three Congress Critters who represent me and neither of the Repulsians bother to respond to anything?

Just who are they representing? 

And whose well-fare are they concerned with? Not mine I think.

Fair Rent

This morning I ran across a PEW article [Link] entitled “Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness of the Nation’s Tax System.” As indicated there seems to be some major disconnect between Repulsians and Democruds over how taxes should be.

Before proceeding, let me state that taxes are the rent you pay for being a citizen and living where you do. Eviction will consist of some form of punishment whether it be incarceration or loss of property. 

But what I was intrigued by was the question of “fairness.” So I started with my dictionary: the definition of fairness was useless, being the state of being fair; fair itself was more productive:

Fair    1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.   [1913 Webster]

This clearly implies that fair is subjective but implies uniformity. So let’s consider some “fair” tax schemes:

  1. Everyone pays the same amount; anyone who can’t pay that amount is punished;
  2. Everyone pays the same fraction of total money change over some interval
  3. Everyone is allowed the same amount of money change per year: rich people have the difference confiscated; poor people are donated the difference from the confiscation (less the government’s keepage;) or
  4. Everyone’s money change per year is confiscated and a uniform amount is donated back by the government.

I could come up with some others but this seems enough to pretty well span the space. That is, this list probably manages to offend everyone, which the Kingston Trio considered useful. 

The problem is that we aren’t communicating. There is a lot of talk, but little listening and less concern for the good of the nation. 

Biden Time

I am not a fan of politicals. Few of them demonstrate either ethics or morality or even honesty. But I do feel moved to offer some potential insights into the behavior of the former deputy chief executive.

When I became a supervisor in the ’80’s, the rule was no physical contact with employees except handshaking and the employee had to offer.

In the ’90’s, I had, along with zillions of other USG supervisors and managers, to attend ‘Hugging School.” Evidently the powers-that-be decided that the Civil Service was too stuffy and unfriendly and we had to learn how to be “intimate” with each other. Happily, “intimate” did not have a sexual connotation, at least to the bureaucrats who were making everyone take this training. 

In the ’00’s, we had to take personality training, mostly based on Meyers-Briggs temperament taxonomy, so that we could understand different people. This was useful training because it provided a powerful management tool that transcended the usual New Age/Fascist/Woo-Woo management crap that got sold to the political appointees – who never got near the training – who forced us to take the training and at least pretend to use it in our day-to-day management. Which seems to prove that occasionally even the most incompetent of leaders can vertically copulate and get something right.

In the ’10’s, we went back to the no physical contact thing since too much time and resources was being spent on workers complaints about prejudice and harassment and negative performance appraisals because the workers were spending too much time on non-work stuff. 

I know very few managers who are not totally confused and not a small bit frightened. Many are giving all their workers the same performance appraisal grade and the awards kitty is evenly sliced. Which makes all the workers unhappy except the ones who are waiting to be fired. But now no one can protest favoratism or bias. 

And the morale is fecal. 

Reminds me of the mill kids who had to eat lard sandwiches at schule. 

Social Entropy of Mixing

The New Zealand massacre provoked my cognition. Once more I come to the hypothesis that humans are whacked.

Consider:

Some humans call themselves white when they are actually pink. There are white humans – albinos – but somehow they are not quite right. (Indeed, the health of many albinos is frail or compromised because….) 

Some humans call themselves black but most are brown and even the ones who are dark aren’t really black. They have a shine to their coloration that negates the contention of black. 

But we can’t expect bogs to do much correctly and coloration is evidently one of those things.

We have “white” supremacists killing muslims. One has to wonder how much of this is envy and how much insecurity. After all, even a moderately observant muslim makes an evangelical look like a religionist wuss. Especially when it comes to women. Perhaps white supremacists really want to be muslims but can’t because muslims aren’t white?

Hence the conflict: skin coloration or religionist dogma?