Human Irrelevancy

Two day and off to a bad start. Overslept. Too much stress, I suppose. And I don’t just mean heat.

Noted this morning in eMail that both the EU and the UN have upheld the nuke deal with Iran. Neat. One stroke and the Yankee Congress has become irrelevant. At least for this matter. Look for all sorts of childish nastiness from the Congress Critters at being reduced to the slime mold parasites that they have become. All, I fear, due to Partisan Overweening.

I also note a study out of U Michigan that indicates most folks don’t want driverless motorcars. At least for them. This is not surprising. It’s about the only expression of control most of them have. Amazes me we don;t have more kamikaze drivers. 

I am not sure this really matters. First of all, so far as I can tell there are only two stable solutions for intermixing of driven and driverless motorcars: the end points. All one or the other. And given that most transit companies will go to driverless lorries as a cost saving necessity, the rest will follow. After all, this is now a nation where corporations come first, second, and always. 

The coming robot masters will be motorcars.

Paper and Flags

Ice Cream day. And the park was darker and stiller than yesterday. Not a fun walk. And the park cats were occupying the car park. Maybe because the macadam is lower temperature than the grass? Not aggressive but definitely defiant. 

Finished the podcast episode of the Pen Addict [Link] on constitutional and have to rate it a D- to F+. Diversion value only, I fear. Too much blather about things I find uninteresting to distressing, especially those little Field Notes “notebooks”. For the blissfully ignorant these are pocket (maybe) sized stapled notebooks with cardboard covers and mediocre paper. Of course almost all paper is mediocre at best these days, and mostly reprocessed toilet paper. And the notebook geeks puddle their underwear over these notebooks. Sexual experience. 

I don’t get it. It’s a rather inconvenient notebook in a not very useful format with not quite good enough paper. I suppose it’s passable if one uses a mediocre pen to go with because any decent fountain pen is orthogonal to these notebooks. I admit that I do use them but only to keep a log of my purchases. They are definitely not for any form of serious writing/ Too small. One can’t do much more than scrawl in them and equations are a non-starter.

Which is not to say that small notebooks don’t serve a purpose but not in a side binding format. Top bound and preferably spiral. And then only for to-do note sort of thing. 

Not that I begrudge other people doing their thing, but their evangelism hurts. It violate the “so long as they don’t harm me” rule. 

Which brings us to the noisome matter of the Confederate States of America battle flag. Is it harmful? Back in the early part of the last century when Afro-Americans were getting lynched by sheet wearers on a regular basis (and not documented, much less prosecuted by the legal authorities,) the answer would be a resounding “YES”. But now? I am not sure. 

I commented earlier on the matter of “the more diversity, the less tolerance”. Is this simply a case of inadequate tolerance? And of what? One of the covenants of civilization is that we don’t harass the sleeping dogs. If we do, we not only get bitten but find out the dog has hydrophobia. So is the sight of an occasional flag worth getting bitten? 

You can’t make something go away until everyone ignores it. 

Book Extinction

I just ran across an article [Link] bemoaning the disappearance – cost cutting – of public schule libraries. I can’t say that I am surprised.

Back when I was in public schule, every schule had a library. Never saw one used until I got to high schule. And I am not sure they were used except to lecture/demonstrate kids the basics of library.

In theory you could get permission in study hall to go to library but I only had one study hall in high schule and it was constantly interrupted by pep rallies. Attendance at such EMO time wasters was more strictly required than breathing. So even though I thought of I knew I would not get to go to library. 

I did scan the library stacks when I was there on indoctrination(?) but being used to Saturdays at RSIC and Sundae afternoons at the Carnegie library I was so underwhelmed that the only thing interesting was the sexual gymnnastics by cheer leaders and jocks in the deep (?) stacks. My hypothesis was that such behavior was not only permitted by the administration but encouraged. 

And when I walked by the library on the way to luncheon – glass walls – I always noted that the bulk of the population in the library was librarians (staff) and stident aides. 

So is there benefit to schule libraries? I suppose that some – not those in Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill – might be useful. But I also recall that my age cohort were readers. Yes, we watched television but ennui set in quickly with only three or so channels. So reading was a default state. I usually read a book a day in high schule, more when they were assigned and not mind rotting boredom. 

If my daughter read a book a year in high schule it was because she needed the grade. Recreation and reading were orthogonal in her universe. And much the same for those of her age cohort I could observe.

So if no one gets to go to library and no one wants to read, why bother to have a schule library?