State Budget Drama

The most farcical thing about the Alibam state budget soap opera is the political fairy tale that the state educates its children.

This has always been a farce, at best. In my day the only education imparted was by teachers who lacked certification, and this was transitory. Either they became certified and quit educating or they did not and were expelled by the guild. Now that all teachers are certified, the schules are nothing more than day care centers and welfare programs for incompetent educationalists. Those teachers who do try to teach anything other than to the standardized tests are harassed, disciplined, and discharged. 

The problem is that the populace recognize this and seem to begrudge the ever increasing cost of baby sitting. Sadly the elected thieves find themselves unable to fix what cannot be fixed and instead dispose of all successful and necessary government programs in the guise of avoiding unfair taxation. Fair, of course, is the operant term since it means something different to every person but is spoken of as some form of shared epiphany. What is shared, at least among the elected, is pork programs for their lords and masters, not any loyalty to the electorate.


Ear Stercus

It raineth! No complaint, just appreciation. And due to continue through much of the week. Probably a nuisance – at least – for others but I enjoy the stuff, at least intellectually. Mentally. My sinuses do not. 

The Guardian is still on holiday, so I had to find other listening for Two day and after last week’s disappointment with the decrepitude that the SCIENCE podcast has rotted into, I tried the Big Think [Link] podcast again. It was marginally better than my experience with the Science Guy episode that gave boredom new meaning. 

Evidently these people make a special effort to have really unengaging, off-putting even, people on their podcasts. I can’t recall who the fellow was this morning, he was announced as famous which meant I had never heard of him and his babblings did little to endear him to me. Not a STEM nor nerd, nor even geek, I fear.

His topic was genius and it was mediocrely done. By that I mean that half of it was utter stinking stercus and half was moderately accurate. That’s better than Sturgeon’s rule but then this is supposed to be. But it didn’t rise above average boggery. 

Of course, it is hard to do genius, especially when the speaker obviously isn’t. Some parts of the descriptions were accurate but much of the added commentary was smelly and unpleasantly yuck. It amazes me how well funded organizations can’t do decent podcasts but two good old geeks in a garage can. Is it something about success that spoils the art? 

The sole virtue of this was it diverted me for a few minutes. But I can only hope the Guardian mob returns soon. Or I find another fill-in that isn’t better unheard.

Prime Flop

Think Cow Flop. Also known as Cow Pattie. A cake of cow stercus. Exceeds Sturgeon’s rule. 1.0 crap. Except for microbial and maggot impurities. Leave it alone and it’s innocuous. Touch it and get covered with flies and their offspring. Stomp on it and you get covered with a stench that makes a skunk gag.

That’s Amazing and MalWart yesterday. And I successfully did no more than poke the former. And discovered among all their marvelous (?) offerings nothing I would purchase. In the few – very few – cases when an offering was of interest, the price was too high. In the one case of an item on my wish list, the price on wish list was less than the sale price. 

So I baked off and swept the maggots off my hands. And I never even tried MalWart. Their stuff is always too expensive. Not only are they slave keepers, they’re greedy too. Very Amerikan.

And I noted that NASA made it to Pluto. I keep thinking that when the craft left Pluto was still a planet. After all, it wanders doesn’t it? So it’s a planetes. But you can’t see it without a real telescope so why bother. That which we cannot see does not exist. Except during religious services. 

Anyway it’s a goodly accomplishment for an engineering project. But it doesn’t impress me as much as the LHC coming up with a pentaquark. Horrible name. How about if a hadron is a triquark than a haveron is a pentaquark? Or is that too Friday? 

Anyway, an F– to the media for coverage. I had to go through a half-dozen press articles to find out which quarks were involved. And none of them got around to actually telling me whether it’s a Fermion or not. So another flop.

And the weather. And climate denial. Air is too hot for me. And it’s all because of humans. Mostly politicians. What we need is a president who doesn’t make more than a hundred K a year. None of these millionaires and billionaires. The idea that a 1% rick guy can run the country better is somewhere between delusion and insanity. 

And the podcast was urine ugly. 


Cinema of Nonsense

Lots of grrr brrr over the Sony hack and the movie theater chains punching out.

First, the hack may be news but it’s more-of-the-same. Computer security in the Yankee republic is a joke. If we’re going to get upset about a hack, get upset about Target, not Sony.

Second, I hear that we have lost this cyberwar. Good! We lost a war over a movie? And not a very good one from what I have seen. So don’t cry over bombs in the sand. But do learn and improve so we can win the next. Russel Weigley told us all about it. It’s an American thing. Let’s make sure we keep it.

Second Day Seconds

The situation is deteriorating. Temperature situation that is. Which is not enjoying or whatever the word is for improving my outlook. Also the day of horror is approaching and the anticipation is grinding me down. Is there a country anywhere that has no holidays? Nor bogs, nor religionists, nor worthless political office holders? I doubt it. Just because the majority of humanity are bogs. So much for the wisdom of calling ourselves "sapiens".

I have come to the conjecture that the primary punishment for intelligence is that we consistently misuse it. We know that humans have an evil side and are greedy and mean and nasty and instead of trying to find effective ways of dealing with that we invented religion and government and law. All metastable failures. And that evidently is the best that we can do because we don’t seem able to even try to do better. Perhaps going quietly into the night would be the best thing?

Perhaps Black Friday is the better side of Thanksgiving? And the commercial aspect of Christmas?

And I’m not about to get into l’affaire Ferguson.