Alabama Election Insights 3

Earlier this week, I ran across this statement:

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle privately complained to one of his GOP primary opponents that their race for governor had become about “who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck and who could be the craziest.”

and several things struck me.

The most obvious, and perhaps worst, was that the construction “biggest gun” might be interpreted in a connotational rather than a denotational sense. That is, when the noun “gun” is used as a substitution slang for a male human organ.

The more I cogitated on this quote, the more I entertained it as also applying to the political election propaganda here in Alibam. Certainly the male candidates are engaging in a length-or-organ competition. They are all claiming that their opponents not only have diminutive organs but that they are riddled with pustulent venereal diseases that they contracted in the womb. 

Of course, based on the symmetry of the claims, it can readily be inferred that all the male candidates are so afflicted.

What is intriguing is that the women candidates seem relatively immune to this preening. Except for the few who have men opponents. These competitions make for some graphical considerations that makes one wonder about GMO among politicians. 

What is not intriguing is that the competition is indeed shaping up to be a case of which candidate is the greater “crazy”? Of course, the election is still prior to the party run-offs and so thus far the only mind slime displayed has been purely partisan. There is still hope for some independent or third party candidate who is actually sane. 

But not much. 

Along that line, some other thoughts have surfaced:

Q: How many campaigns does it take for a candidate to become a “career politician”?

A: One

Q: What are these candidates trying to conserve?

A: we don’t know but it has been suggested that since the CERN LHC has been able to find the Higgs Boson, perhaps they can be funded to find out what Alibam (Amerikan) politicians are conserving.

Q: All of these candidates claim to be Christians? 

A: ????????????????????????????????????????????

I shall leave the truck aspect a sleeping bandersnatch.

 

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Friday Feedly

Those few, those valiant, foolish few, who regularly read this blog are aware that I make my hours at the gym less difficult by listening to podcasts. Some months ago the Guardian – a British newspaper – offered me a new service, strangely absent of their usual palm displays, named “Hear Here”.[Link] The purpose of the service, manifested in a weekly email, is to offer me alternative, supposedly good, choices in podcasts. 

In effect, a bit of a podcast gossip column.

I have now received the weekly email for more than ten times and I was, this morning, struck by something: none of the suggested podcasts have gotten beyond the mildly nauseating level. At least one in each offering set is a “run away throwing the nuclear hand grenade over your shoulder” also known as a Monte Python “RUN AWAY!” Or as a young Major who used to work for me would say: “Seen the Bunny Rabbit.”

Of course, all majors are young by definition because only the most inexperienced would ever take the job of being too senior to command a few troops and too junior to command any more. Some do advance beyond by surviving the jobs they are given. Like working for SCP.

Anyway, after realizing the statistics on the Guardian’s offerings, I mused a bit. I regularly – Tuesday mornings – listen to their science podcast. The SCIENCE (magazine) podcast [Link] used to be the best podcast but then they dined with it, cutting its duration in half and lowering the tone down to Bog level and it not only dropped off the rankings charts for science podcasts but out of my MP3 player. Now the Guardian science podcast is ranked best by SCP. 

There are some good American science podcasts. But they are all very not-Bog. Most are not-Geek. And very single channel. Which probably reflects how apathetic the Bogs are to podcasts in general and science in particular. They seem much happier with their mysticism and superstition. And dementia.

Perhaps we can invite the Brits to take the country back? Trade one tyrant for another?

 

Alabama Election Insights 2

Yesterday I had occasion to talk with a couple of candidates for elected office here in Alibam.

One of the questions I asked was “what is an atheist?” The answers I got can be pretty well consolidated as:

“Anyone who doesn’t belong to my church.”

So now we know what a “Conservative Christian” is.

By extension:

  • Muslims are Atheists;
  • Catholics are Atheists;
  • LDS are Atheists;
  • Most Protestants are Atheists.

Sprague de Camp was right.

No Hill Kings

Seven Day and a bit of tab hawgin’. Which brought me back to an article [Link] entitled “How 250 Siberians Became the First Native Americans.” which is the sort of horrible composition that rather rubs my pelt in the wrong direction – mental or physical.

Point being is that humans are NOT native to the Americas. So calling people who got here before Western Europeans “Native” is bad composition. Ignorance. Prevarication. Politics, maybe. Definitely from the sense of politicians being evil and mean and greedy and nasty.

But over and above the penchant for thieves to want to be elected to government, we have the popular lie that there are “Native Americans.”

Ain’t no such animal.At least, human animal. There are some animals that seem to be native but that’s because they evolved here. And humans didn’t. We all trace back to Africa. Although there is some evidence that some humans did evolve elsewhere, like Neandertals and Denisovians. Maybe. 

But not in the Americas. That’s why they were so pristine. Until the humans of this article, maybe, arrived, the Americas were unspoilt, unpolluted by humans. It’s hard to even conceive but there was a time when Mesopotamia was a garden and not a desert.

My point of this natter is that not only is it stupid to talk about Native Americans – and certainly we humans have a strong claim to being stupid – buy we may also be the enders of life on the planet.

Gee, isn’t that a cheery thought?

So why can’t we plagiarize the Canadians and call them “First Peoples?” Then we can refer to a generation or so from now as “Last Peoples.”

If there is anyone left to write it down.

Degree Delusion

Last evening I was watching the “news” with FD SCP and was exposed to the high schule student – woman – who wasn’t going to college but to trade schule to become a grease monkey.[Link] Ostensibly the reason for this was debt avoidance.

I sincerely hope this is an instance of “good” sense. But given the media attention, I have my doubts. Nonetheless, it did give me occasion to consider the matter of college.

First of all, a larger fraction of adolescents/YAs go to college than in my day. And my day was more populated than my parents’ day. And most of these students incur a stercus load of debt. Which cripples them for years if not forever.

So why college indeed?

Going back to my day, most of the people who attended college did so poorly and wastefully. You had women who were attending college to find a husband with “good prospects”. You had Greeks who were attending college prior to joining the family business. And you had rich kids attending college to avoid the draft.

And you had kids attending college to major in what they “loved”. 

And you had a few kids who majored in something useful. 

I realize that women don’t go to college to “mine” a husband any more so I’ll try to back off on offending the asentient and aintelligent who don’t recognize analysis from insult. But I won’t back off on people who go to college and end up not using what they studied. That includes those who can’t get a job in their discipline and those who find they can’t make a living with their discipline. Part of this is people paying attention to what their parents want or what they want but don’t recognize those as poor choices. My parents wanted me to go to business schule and become a physician, both of which would have been failure states for me. I may not be a very good physicist… but I am better than average. And I was moderately successful.

I know a few people who are in the same state, mostly STEM NERDs and business Geeks. What they have in common is they like/enjoy their discipline and they found someone who would pay them to do stuff they like. In my cosmos, that’s called success.

I know a lot of people who have done moderately to extremely well doing stuff that has nothing to do with what they studied in college. They had the good sense to find something they could do that paid and they did well by working hard in that thing. Some have returned to their disciplines in retirement, especially the ones who studied arts, and they are uplifted in retirement with that.

Just like I still do physics. 

But I come into contact with more people who had to do things that had nothing to do with their disciplines and they did poorly. Part of that was that they had no discipline and drive and part was the opposite of enjoyment in doing. I don’t have any friends like this because there seems to be some sort of forbidden-ness to these people socializing with people who had enjoyment of what they did. They do clump with other people who disliked their work. 

That seems to be covered by the social nature of humans. 

My point being that the latter folks would have benefited by not going to college. Or by competent counseling in high schule. In mu experience most of the adult unhappiness in Amerika is due to incompetent high schule counseling. And parent stupidity. Both of which are strong arguments for education standards and licensing. Especially for parents.

But bottom line. We need to take a stiffer stance on college. If someone wants to go to college to get i career ticket punch they need to have their nose rubbed in the likelihood of failure. If someone wants to go to college in some discipline that they can’t get employment or survival pay, we need to make it hard for them to get in.

I’m of mixed mind on the current system of telling people they will likely fail because of aptitude or grades. That argument would have kept Einstein out of college. The most successful people I know are the ones who overcame the academic instrumentality’s foretelling of damnation. 

And we need to offset the crap espoused by parents who want to live through their children or have a whacked view of reality. 

Which boils down to fewer people need to go to college.

Political Sexuality

I observe this morning that the Most Humongous Bigot and Pedophile of Alibam has launched a litigation against one of the women who outed him as a child diddler.

Somehow this makes sense given his previous behavior. Evidently he is one of those politicians who think they cannot be held accountable for their evil.

Can we ship him to the Pennsylvania? Or, at least, swap him for Bill Cosby who has some other value to society?

Alabama Political Terms

Campaigning in Alibam is ramping up and I thought it might be a good occasion to elaborate and explain some of the politicians’ catch phrases:

  • Conservative – this is an ubiquitous emptiness, mostly because the politicians never talk about what they are going to conserve. Based on their history and universal behavior, the only things Alibam politicians work to conserve is their continuance in office and the flow of money from the state’s poor to the state’s rich. What is never said is that they are Liberal or Progressive, which almost none of whom are, or Fascist or Nazi, almost all of whom are.
  • Christian Values – this is ubiquitous but not an emptiness. What it means is that they are (almost always) members of a Male Caucasian Supremacist cult that masquerades as Christian but is actually perpetrating a tyrannical social order that suppresses, dis-empowers, and persecutes women, non-Caucasians, Catholics, Jews, everyone who isn’t a member of their cult, geeks, nerds, and intellectuals. They do, however, support pedophiles, sociopaths, and psychopaths.
  • Protects Gun Rights – another diversion. Actually, gun sales are directly proportional to the difficulty of purchasing a weapon and since the gun manufacturers are struggling to avoid bankruptcy, the politicians will probably up the paperwork on purchase to enrich the manufacturers. Also, what they don’t mention is that the real gun laws are made at the national level over which they have scant influence and no control.
  • Increase Employment (Grow Jobs) – another blatant prevarication. The only way that politicians can increase employment is by spending taxpayer money to either bribe some capitalist to move his business from another state to Alibam, or expand the Alibam civil service. And where does the taxpayer money come from? Not them. From the folks who want the jobs? Of course.
  • Telling Lies – none of them say this but I include it because they all do. In fact, when a politicians tells you he is being honest or telling the truth, he/she isn’t with absolute certainty.

None of this will make any difference since the elections are controlled by the political parties who have ceased answering to the electorate but it makes for bemusing reading nonetheless.