been floating my boat lately:
"How fortunate for governments
that the people they administer don't think."
"Only two things are
infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the
CA recall for governor
Newsom is tomorrow. When we did the recall the last time I was against
it. I thought Davis was getting a raw deal (still think so) and I thought
it was a slippery slope to recalling every governor any time they messed
up on something. Now, though, I think we're in such a crisis in our society
that we need to restore accountability at every turn at the cost of most
of our other priorities. Of course, I think this needs to be equally applied
(that's the real definition of accountability after all). The fuck ups
from Newsom on: COVID overreach, EDD abuse/ineptitude, wildfire/forest
mismanagement, homelessness, water issues, exodus of people for other states,
general lack of business friendly environment, his douchey haircut, his
French Laundry dinner without following his own guidance, etc. all have
lead me to vote yes on the recall. He needs to be held accountable for
all that and more.
A couple things...I
don't think he'll be recalled. If I were betting on it then I'd bet he'd
survive. The ruling class types often talk about how much better a Parliamentary
Government is than our system. One of the hallmarks of such a system is
the ability to call an election at any time. Well, that's what the recall
is, but it's done by the citizens, not by those in charge. These same people
also often lament the lack of democratic rule in this country. Well, here's
democracy at work. The people getting an extra chance to decide whether
or not the governor is working for them or not.
Now, I'll be the
first to admit that what happens after the question of a recall is flawed.
For those who don't know, the vote is yes/no to recall the governor. After
that you get to vote on his replacement should the recall pass. The winner
of the most votes in that second portion of the ballot becomes the governor.
Since there are 40+ people on the ballot, it's very possible that the new
governor would have only 15% of the vote. This is even more true since
many followed Newsom's selfish advice to not vote for anyone as a replacement.
So, there will be many Newsom sheep who vote "no" to recalling him and
then leave the second part blank. You know, because they love democracy
so much. The same people who constantly complain about the Senate not being
democratic enough. You can't make this shit up.
The process issue
is particularly annoying for me because it comes up every time a Democrat
loses, but hardly ever when a Democrat is in charge. I've written about
this before in an effort to not be one of those people. After Biden won,
I laid out what his ambitious agenda should include and it was largely
(and primarily) focused on process and voting reform. Things like some
federalization of voting standards, DC statehood or representation under
Maryland, representation for Puerto Rico, etc. Of course, here we are 9
months into his presidency and none of that has really been tried. Vaccine
mandates, free stuff, infrastructure, but nothing that would fix the more
fundamental issues. It's almost as if Democrats like having excuses.
At any rate, Democrats
in this state have been in charge at every level for 10 years and I haven't
heard a single word on reforming the recall process. They complain about
it now, but did nothing about it before. If you're in charge of Congress
and the governor's seat and you don't at least try to change a thing then
you are implicitly saying that you are fine with that thing as it is.
So, I voted to
kick Newsom to the curb for the aforementioned reasons. I tried hard to
find a Republican I could stomach voting for. I wanted to mix things up
and send a message. But I honestly couldn't find anyone I agreed with on
enough stuff so I ended up voting for the Democrat who is most likely to
get the most votes. I'm not very proud of this vote.
Just wanted to
get that on record before tomorrow. Work is super busy but I see a light
at the end of the tunnel. Have 6 guys working for me most days now and
hopefully will get that down to 4 soon and then back up to 6 if we get
the new house. I'm hoping to hire a really skilled person who can help
renovate the new house if we are able to make the funding for that work.
We're doing all
sorts of loan paperwork the last year. Refi the house, SBA loan for the
warehouse, loan for the new house. Super tedious and annoying.
The last couple
days have been eventful. Yesterday I was trying to wrap up a job where
we were painting a 2500 sf house on Anza in SF...along with replacing lights,
new counters, etc. prepping for sale. I tried to get another painter to
do the paint, but he ghosted me. I worked with him once before and he was
okay. I didn't really want to do this job so I tried to give it to someone
else, but it didn't work out. Yesterday was our last real day there and
so I had the trailer there loading the old counters and trash the owners
left behind, etc. Of course it's in SF so I had to double park to load
things up so I had my blinkers on for a while and then I figured I'd just
turn them off. Well, the battery died so that was great, but I have a jumper
pack so I tried that out and it didn't work. Bad connection on the terminals.
Meanwhile the neighbor is trying to leave her driveway and I've pinned
her in. Got her to drive on the sidewalk and she got out. She was nice
I'm supposed to
be helping Meryl at another job right now, but obviously can't make it
so I send Antonio. Finally charged up the jumper pack and Jesus cleaned
the terminals on the battery for a better connection and we got it started.
Meryl texts me
that she got a parking ticket. Second one in two days.
Took the trailer
to another job and double parked again. Left it running while Victor and
I unloaded building materials from the truck and loaded more trash into
Then I go to another
job where we're supposed to replace some lights, hang a mirror and troubleshoot
a non-functioning light. I figure out that the switch is bad and luckily
(actually I'm just well-prepared) I had an extra switch - 1 with dimmer
and 1 without. Unfortunately I have to unhitch the trailer to get to the
drawers in the bed of the truck to access the extra switches.
Then we figure
out that Meryl didn't bring the swag hook for the light I was troubleshooting.
Luckily I have one with me in the truck at all times. Cut my thumb while
trying to fish it out of the back of the truck (it was super full from
the last job). Bleeding everywhere. Tape it up with electrical tape and
The mirror was
supposed to be removed by the painter and patched since it is glued to
the wall, but of course he didn't do his job so now we have to do it for
him. Use some picture hanging wire (always in our staging kit) to saw back
and forth behind the mirror through the mastic to get it off. Worked like
Then I get a call
from the internet company ready to setup internet at the warehouse. I drop
by there and they say it will take 2.5 hours and I need to be there the
entire time - company policy. I can't convince them that I don't care...
if they just lock the door on their way out it's fine with me. So I reschedule
for a Sunday so I can sit there watching them work on my day off.
Then I have to
deliver a check to the countertop guy because he can't wait 3 days for
the check to come in the mail.
Then I go to the
dump to unload the trailer. Dump trailer is great because I can just press
a button and it raises up to unload everything and then the hydraulic piston
lowers back down to get ready for the next load. Only it doesn't lower
back down because it's out of batteries. I google "is mercury in retrograde"
and it turns out it isn't so Astrology (oddly) doesn't explain this shitty
day. Luckily (or maybe not) I was charging the jumper pack while the truck
was running since it was depleted a bit from having to start it last time
so it was at 100%. I hook it up to the trailer battery this time and get
the trailer lowered. Uses almost 70% of the pack's charge doing it, but
we're all good again and back on the road.
Go home, unload
the trailer and the truck (it's about as full as it gets with paint supplies,
tools, drop cloths, primer, mud, etc.) and then drive to the smog test
station since I'm due for that.
Then I drive to
get the girls and then to the auto parts store to buy a new battery. Get
home and all is fine.
The number of times
my day could have been majorly derailed is crazy. This is an atypical day,
but it's the kind of thing that happens every couple weeks. There are just
so many moving parts to what I do. 5-6 people working for me. 4-12 jobs
running or pending at any given time...it's just a matter of numbers. Someone
is going to get COVID. Something is going to break. We're going to run
out of something, etc. I could have been at the first job waiting for roadside
rescue to come for a couple hours. It would have cost me a lot of time
and money. Luckily I was able to send Antonio to take care of the other
job. Luckily I charged the pack while driving so it was ready for the trailer
This morning the
truck started okay and I had Jesus replace the battery. Other crew is in
SF working on a small framing and drywall project, we're in Oakland trying
to finish some molding and paint for a woman while she's out of town. Run
out of molding so I have to run and get some more.
Along the way I
check out a job for the property management company. Woman complains that
her blinds are too dirty. She spent 4+ hours cleaning 2 of them and they
are still dirty. There are 9 in the 120 year old apartment she's renting.
The ones she cleaned looks fine to me. I tell her if that's not clean enough
then they will need to be replaced. It's a shame because they are nice
blinds and I don't really want to send them to a landfill and spend $1,000
on new ones (though I add that the property manager would most likely be
willing to do it). She agrees that it's a shame, but doesn't seem to understand
that she holds 100% of the power in her hands. If she says getting a cleaning
crew there will suffice then they remain in the apartment, not in the landfill.
Instead she continues to complain about how dirty they are. "You can't
see it as much right now, but at night it looks like the yellow stains
are moving." At this point I pretty much just shut down and take measurements
for new blinds. Then she mentions that the air quality is really bad with
the fires and that she can hear everything going on outside and both these
problems come back to her windows. They rattle and aren't air tight. That's
because she's renting a room in a 120 year old building. I try to say this
nicely. I try to point out that we can seal up the windows with foam gaskets,
but that the house itself is leaking air everywhere. This all goes in one
ear and out the other. People have no clue how leaky old homes are. People
have no idea how much old dust is in their walls being carried with the
air that's leaking through the baseboard and outlets and shower escutcheon
and plumbing penetrations and cabinets and attic access ladder and everywhere
else. So they get all worried about the little bits that they see as if
shoring that up will do anything. You're plugging up the hole in the Titanic
with your finger as if you're doing something meaningful.
I was supposed
to go to another little job, but the customer texted that she couldn't
be there after all.
We finished up
the molding/paint project and started taking up all the paper we put down
to protect the floors. Unfortunately the floor guy didn't do a good job
so the tape took up some of the finish. Should have been a clean exit,
but now I have to go back tomorrow to refinish 3 spots. We used delicate
surfaces tape and it still took up spots. I can't imagine how bad it would
have been if we hadn't done that. I carry wipe on poly with me in the truck
so I tried to touch up with that, but the color match wasn't good so I'll
try again tomorrow.
Then I get a call
from Meryl who is at the Anza paint job and the garage door won't close.
We do a video call and I tell her how to fix the issue. Cleaners probably
hit the garage door sensor on their way out or something so it wouldn't
Then I get an email
tonight that there's a gas leak on a job we worked out. Turned out it was
actually a job where we coordinated Home Depot replacing the range. According
to the tenant PG&E turned off her gas because the install wasn't done
properly. So, now I have to go there tomorrow morning to fix that.
No one does their
job so I have to pick up the pieces. HD, cleaners, painter, floor guy,
etc. This is basically a constant issue for me. It's the kind of thing
that drives some builders and remodelers to keep everything in house and
be extremely picky about the jobs they take. As soon as someone else is
in the picture there's an opportunity for failure. It's hard enough to
rely on yourself, but relying on others is a losing venture. That said,
there's truth to the adage that if you want to go fast you go alone, but
if you want to go far you go with others. I value getting shit done and
the only way that happens is with help. That means you have to put up with
all that comes with it, but you get more done that way in the long run.
Customers are the
worst part of the job. We have a big job we've been working on for about
two months now. They keep adding more things and also want it to be done
faster. I'm not sure how those things go together. In the contract we stated
that it would be 8-11 weeks if the house was vacant. The week the project
is supposed to start they ask if we'll be done in 6 weeks. Huh? The timeline
is literally in the first paragraph of the contract. These are people who
made notes/amendments about stuff on page 9 of the contract so it's not
like they didn't at least look at it. The first day I went there I told
Meryl they were going to be trouble. How
did I know? Because my little man told me. Actually, the real clincher
was the Volvo in the driveway. Volvo drivers are trouble. He's an engineer
and she's a doctor. Triple Trouble.
Once did a couple jobs for a shrink who owned a Volvo and lived in Berkeley.
That was also triple trouble. Three strikes and you're out.
Never lost money
on a job I didn't take. Need to remember that more often.
So, this is pretty
much my life on a daily basis.
"Plans are useless,
but planning is indispensable." -Eisenhower. I live this daily as well.
At noon my plan for Friday was one thing and then at 8p tonight it was
totally different. Sometimes I wonder if I just shouldn't plan at all.
It's basically pointless since shit comes up all the time. Someone calls
in sick. Customer cancels a job. Materials not available. Shipment delayed.
Emergency job comes up. Every day it's something new. Adapt and overcome
After you workout
you feel sore the next day, but that soreness is usually a "good" sore.
Is it actually a different physiological soreness or is it just your interpretation
of the same feeling? I think it's the latter. Framing and how we interpret
things is so important and we know this in so many ways and yet we insist
on framing things in damaging and unproductive ways all the time. Just
think about that with all the crap we're going through and talking about
Is it possible
to have a similar feeling about the stress you go through? Stress is something
similar to a mental workout so is it possible to interpret that mental
exhaustion as a good soreness? Definitely more difficult. Can't workout
24/7 either, but you can be stressed out 24/7.
A business' value
is the sum of all the problems it has solved. We're a pretty valuable business
by that definition.
"My World Is Empty
Without You" may be the best song ever. Holland-Dossier-Holland and Diana
Ross. Doesn't get much better.
We have 5 guys
and 1 assistant working for us now and we're busier than we've ever been.
2 guys are out with COVID right now so that's slowing things down a bit.
Part of the issue is that a lot of stuff we do people want done right away
so they can put the house on the market or move in or just have the project
over with. Everyone wants things done ASAP. If it were just me then, theoretically,
I would have months worth of work in the pipeline, but the reality is that
much of this work has an expiration date. If I can't get something done
in the next couple weeks then they'll go to someone else. So, I either
need to pass on it or mobilize enough help to gather that money. This is
the current status quo, but who knows what will happen in a year. In the
meantime I've been thinking of employees as tools. I want to have the best
tools in place to accomplish any given task. Invest in the right tools
and your life is easier or you can do more. Part of the implicit deal I
have with my guys is that I keep them busy 40 hours a week and they take
less than they would take if they were trying to hustle for one job at
a time. During COVID that meant that I had them work on my house to fill
in gaps in the schedule. But I pretty much always kept them busy (there
were just a few days that Moises had other jobs that he did) because I
think of that as my responsibility.
continue to be a thing. I guess there's a real problem with the supply
chain - things backed up at port, not enough truck drivers, etc. And everything
compounds because we're so interconnected. My own theory is that most people
are slacking off to some extent during this BS. They're working from home
and I just don't believe the studies that find that people are more productive
at home. I believe it's true for high achieving people with high trait
conscientiousness, but the majority of people aren't conscientious enough
to be left at home and get a full 8 hours done. When the cat's away the
mice will play. So, pre-COVID, people worked 8 hours and actually got 6
hours of work done. Now they work 7 hours and get 5.5 hours of work done.
Each person in the supply chain is working 2.5 hours a week less, some
people aren't working at all because they've discovered they don't like
working or whatever, some people are sick, etc. All that together equals
shortages and general annoyance.
I think we need
to go for a moon shot on the power issue. Electrical generation is a huge
issue, though it is kind of in the background most of the time. With more
electric cars we'll need more electrical generation. With more warming
more people will get AC units and we'll need more electrical generation.
In CA we're going to be decommissioning Diablo Canyon soon and that provides
something like 9% of CA's total electrical generation even though it runs
all the time and produces energy at something like 60% of the cost of the
average kWh in CA. If people really cared about global warming and thought
it was going to be the end of the world (as many people say without exaggeration)
I think nuclear would be the obvious choice. I have historically been reluctant
on nuclear and still think it comes with a lot of potential downside, but
I think it's got to be part of the mix going forward.
Back to the original
point, though...we need to shoot for fusion or some other kind of game
changer in the energy sector. Something that addresses global warming and
gives us cheap and abundant/scalable power would solve a lot of issues.
Not just global warming or pollution, but also clean water, which is poised
to be another big issue in the future. With abundant, cheap power we could
go fully into desalination like Israel or at least like San Diego which
gets 10% of its drinking water from desal. With cheap power we could then
pump that water to wherever we need. Unlocking cheap, clean power would
be a huge game changer. Fusion is always 50 years away so maybe that's
not the way to go. Maybe the answer is battery technology and solar/wind.
Whatever the answer...we need to put a lot of effort into the unsexy pursuit
of clean/cheap energy.
The CDC is now
recommending a third shot for some when the first shot hasn't even been
approved by the usual standard. So, is the usual standard total bullshit
or are we cutting corners or what?
Trying to get anything
done on almost any government webpage is an exercise in futility. I think
it's a pretty weedsy problem having to do with the government procurement
process, but the bottom line is that government websites almost always
suck. I deal mostly with CA sites so my experience is limited to that.
But we brag about how we're the #6 economy in the world and the hub of
technology and all the rest, but we can't put together sites that are designed
intuitively or function as intended. Get 1,000 CSU and UC students to intern
and they could solve most of these problems in a year. The brain power
is there, the political will to make it happen isn't.
The olympics in
track and field saw a 36% increase in national records and 45% decrease
in testing from WADA. This from the more or less podcast. So, I'm going
to go out on a limb and say that my theory and prediction on this was correct.
More records, more doping, less oversight.
Michael Lewis has
a book out about the pandemic and in one of his interviews he agreed with
me and said that blaming the pandemic on Trump is really a mistake. The
pandemic is about a lot more than Trump, and blaming his actions/inaction
is a distraction from the larger issues. This may be the way in which Trump
is the most damaging...like many bad things, it's often the outsized response
that can do more damage than the bad thing itself. Trump was a POS, but
blaming everything on him and not learning the right lessons really stunts
our collective growth. In this way, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real
(and damaging) thing.
down pretty recently. It's too bad because this was one of the places online
you could go for the stories that the regular media wouldn't touch. Of
course, in true internet style, this meant it had a lot of unsavory stuff
on there, but being able to see unedited/uncensored dashcam video or citizen
video of stuff was really helpful when trying to get the real story. Then
again, you were pretty much guaranteed to see someone die any time you
went there so there's that.
What's wrong with
"eh" as a word indicating indifference or dissatisfaction? Why did we need
to turn it into "meh?" If it ain't broke why fix it?
First day back
to school for the girls. Pickup and drop off were a disaster so tonight
we got an 800 word essay on the new policies for pickup and drop off. Signed
by the principal "In partnership, (Principal's Name)" I just don't understand
the world or other people.
owners of a warehouse now. Got all our stuff moved out of 5 storage units
a couple weeks ago. More inventory coming in means we would have had to
rent probably 2 more units, so we got it just in time. Been working on
sorting all the stuff, getting utilities set up, planning on upgrading
electrical panels, putting in a bunch of shelving, etc. Luckily lumber
prices are coming back to earth so we're not paying an arm and a leg for
Biden had an amazing
flip flop the other week. On Monday the NYT reported, and Jen Psaki said,
that Biden didn't think it was the federal government's place to mandate
vaccines for its employees. Come Wednesday of the same week the NYT reported
that they were reconsidering their position...on Thursday they decided
that vaccines would be mandatory. I mean, this is kind of a big thing to
change your mind on in a few days. Maybe you think they made the right
decision, but to go from it's not within the purview of the federal government
to do such and such to then doing that thing within a few days seems like
a large reversal. Obama was also infamous for this on the immigration issue.
Early in his administration he said he couldn't unilaterally change immigration
policy and then, later in his administration, he issued executive orders
doing exactly what he said he couldn't do. This from a professor of Constitutional
Law. The expansion of presidential power continues as the shirking of responsibility
from Congress continues. It's pathetic and without bounds. Both sides do
it and then complain when the other side does it.
Simone Biles got
a lot of hype come this olympics. It got me looking into who the actual
G.O.A.T. in gymnastics might be and I found that, in my opinion, it has
to be Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union. She had 18 total medals and
14 world championship medals (back when they only held the events every
four years, compared to every year today). She's undoubtedly the greatest
gymnast of all time in terms of hardware relative to her era. She was also
raised by her illiterate single mother (a cleaner) after her father left
when she was a baby and then died at the battle of Stalingrad. Not only
is she the better gymnast, but she's a greater inspiration.
Regarding the Biles
controversy, which came after I decided that Latynina is the actual GOAT...I
think she let a lot of people down and she damaged her legacy. There are
a lot of people who have as much pressure as she does and they don't quit
on their teams. In fact, I can't think of another person who is called
the best of all time or embraces that title, who walked away from a major
competition in that manner. The closest one that comes to mind was when
Scottie Pippen took off his shoes in the playoffs - and that is a pretty
infamous moment in NBA history and it hurt his legacy as well. Though no
one would ever call him the best ever.
On the other hand,
I think our culture is pretty epically flawed in the way it deals with
celebrities. We lift them up far too easily and for many of the wrong reasons.
And then we capriciously tear them down at the slightest provocation. It's
a double edged sword and it turns many average and below average people
into famous, rich, insane idiots. Britney Spears is a perfect example of
this. She's probably of average intelligence and she is praised and hated
for all sorts of mostly dumb reasons. She's put on a pedestal far too easily,
driven to insanity, given way too much of a platform, way too much money
and then it all crumbles around her because she's not super human. We almost
did the same thing to Dave Chappelle, but he's above average and he got
out just in time.
South Park did
an episode about the modern day human sacrifice aspect of our culture and
it captured things pretty well...per the usual for them.
Is it appropriate
to point out that toxic femininity is at play here? Gossip can be a very
useful social mechanism. It's an extra judicial, informal social accountability
mechanism that can warn other women (or anyone) about guys who are shady
or business people who cheat or any number of things. It's mostly a female
thing the way that many of the things that are ascribed toxic masculinity
are mostly a male thing. Unfortunately, if taken too far, gossip and the
desire for it can also throw innocent people under the bus, ruin reputations,
lead to paparazzi, etc. I don't think a lot of guys are the ones clicking
on the stories about Simone Biles' meltdown or buying her book or creating
a demand for pictures of her going to the grocery store. Just saying.
Re: the free Britney
stuff...this is a classic example of government overreach. When taking
away a person's freedom the bar has to be higher than it apparently was
in this case. She's not entirely there mentally. She's not the sharpest
tool in the shed. She should also have full control over the money she
earned with her labor. From the information I've gathered (without looking
into it independently), she appears to be in good enough condition to determine
her own fate. The State and her father have the burden of proof to prove
that she's not capable of taking care of herself, and that bar should be
set very high.
Athing Mu was a
highlight of the Olympics. She ran the 800m and led wire to wire. She's
so smooth and a great runner. Hard to believe she's only 19. Great runner.
Grant Fisher got
#5 in the 10k and I thought ran a good race. That's a good finish for a
US runner. Centrowitz didn't qualify for the 1500m final and that was a
disappointment. There was a US BMX biker who was in silver medal position
with one run to go. Instead of going hard for it she did two jumps and
sat out the last 40 seconds of her run. I'm not sure I understand that.
been going around lately is that the police started with slave patrols.
The implication here is that since that's their history it explains their
present, or it demonstrates the true purpose of the police is to keep black
people in check. I think I've touched on this before, but this is just
a really bad argument. It's like saying that Planned Parenthood is fundamentally
about eugenics since Margaret Sanger was the founder of PP and also a Eugenicist.
The next step of the argument is to point out that Blacks are disproportionately
represented in abortions. Evidently
the modern environmental movement also has racist and eugencist roots.
So, do we not trust PP or environmentalism any more?
is a thing now. Hopefully you're keeping up with the growing list. Einstein
was right to change his mind...the universe definitely is expanding.
is a threat to intelligence everywhere. Is that how that quote goes? Something
99% invisible had
a podcast episode a while back talking about the design of flags so of
course there was a racial angle and they had a black guy on who said that
he feels safe when he sees a red, green, and black flag. There's also been
some talk lately about how the American flag is triggering and threatening
for some people. This is a sad state of affairs. Regarding the red, green,
and black flag maybe Tupac should weigh in here...
trapped since birth, cautious, 'cause I'm cursed
of my family, in a hearse
And they say
it's the white man I should fear
But, it's my
own kind doin' all the killin' here
I can't lie,
ain't no love for the other side
make 'em wish I died
Oh my Lord,
tell me what I'm livin' for
droppin' got me knockin' on heaven's door"
four capitol police officers have committed suicide since the 1/6/21 insurrection.
There's a lot here...1. This seems like a very high number of people to
commit suicide because some idiots broke into a building you were supposed
to be guarding. What drives that many people to kill themselves over that?
I'm having trouble understanding why that would be your response to a stressful
time. PTSD? How many officers responded to this? 4 out of X kill themselves?
This seems a lot less stressful and a lot higher suicide rate than, say,
WW2 infantrymen. What's going on here? Does this have any precedence? Rodney
King riots....how many police officers killed themselves after that? 9/11
responders? I haven't found any context from the media on this. Another
2. This "death
by suicide" term is part of a larger change in language that has been going
on the last several year and I can't say I'm a fan. Death by suicide implies
it just happened to you. Conspiracy theories aside, suicide doesn't happen
to a person. It's something you choose to do. If we want to eliminate the
idea of free will altogether (some do) then this seems like a step in the
right direction, but count me out.
Overall there seems
to be a linguistic shift towards language that removes agency. You're not
a bum anymore. You're not even homeless. You're "experiencing houselessness."
You don't commit suicide, you "died by suicide." There are many more examples
of people changing culture with language. Sometimes it's in ways that are
supposed to be kinder and gentler, but often it's just sissy shit that
treats people like a leaf in the wind. It's called learned helplessness.
It's real and and it's rampant. It's not reality and, even if it were,
it's not helpful. People who feel like they have no control shoot up schools,
cry about every little slight, and can't handle the realities of the world.
The world isn't easy. Get tougher. What kind of weaklings are creating
the manual of style and usage books these days?
Speaking of being
tough. I see prostitutes walking the streets pretty regularly and so I
think about their lives pretty regularly. I recently heard a podcast with
an ex-prostitute and she was talking about dealing with her customers and
her pimp and the usual stuff. It occurred to me that they would make great
employees. A reformed (clean) prostitute would probably be a great worker.
She can handle herself. She's confident. She's tough. She won't put up
with any bullshit. She won't complain about working hard for 8 hours. Someone
who has been a drug addict and had to deal with all the shit that most
of the street walking type have to deal with is definitely going to be
a better, tougher worker than most of the people in the general employment
pool. I'd hire one in a second if she was clean and wanted to learn the
In the attention
economy your attention is like a vote. And yet people who hate the guy
are still paying attention to Trump. Notice that you're "paying" attention.
This is fitting. Stop paying attention to him. He's a dumb ass.
a group or sector, are arguably more powerful than tech. Harder to group
them together since an advertiser could be anyone from Budweiser down to
me advertising my business. But just remember that all the shit that tech
does for eyeballs and tracking your every move is so that they have more
to give to advertisers.
apparently can track moods of their viewers and gives advertisers the
option to choose what mood they want to advertise to. So, maybe they have
the ACLU as an advertiser and the ACLU can say that we only want to show
our ad when someone is feeling outrage or anger. This is crazy.
If you've seen
enough documentaries on the subject you've seen what women generally choose
their birth environment to be like. I wonder what the average birth environment
would look like if guys gave birth. Would it generally be dark with people
around telling them how great they're doing? If I were giving birth I'd
probably want to do it alone. Just leave me alone. This sucks and you talking
Have you noticed
how the media doesn't talk much anymore about political spending? 10 years
ago this was one of the biggest issues that the media covered. They talked
as much about the Koch brothers and Mercers and Citizens United as anything
else at the time. So, has the problem been solved? Well, in a sense, yes
it has. See, the Democrats
now outspend the Republicans (2)
(3) so it's no longer
an issue for the media. Because they are partisan, not ideological. They
don't care about the ideas, they care about the parties.
Gun ownership rates
are falling and may be at the lowest rate in our country's history. At
the same time, the number of guns is at its highest. I wish we had fewer
guns and more people owning them. Part of the problem we have is one of
understanding. I know plenty of people who are scared just at the sight
of guns. They know almost nothing about them. They think that the only
thing a gun does is kill people. Some people are a little more nuanced
and say that a gun only kills (I guess they include hunting animals in
their calculus). Maybe I've drunk the kool-aid, but I believe the adage
that guns don't kill people, people kill people. I wish people knew how
to handle a weapon so there wasn't an irrational fear of it. Same goes
for electricity or power tools. But in modern society people are disconnected
from many of the things in their life. Most people don't need a gun like
they did on the prairie and so they know nothing about them. Most people
(city dwellers any way) just pull up an app to have an electrician fix
their broken outlet instead of trying to fix it themselves. People have
less and less connection with their own existence. Pretty sad, really.
In keeping with
a more Libertarian/Anarchist bent I think the idea of Restorative Justice
makes a lot of sense from a purely hypothetical point of view. The logistics
of it might not make it practical, but the idea is a good one. Instead
of getting 5-10 years (or whatever) for felony assault, RJ would have the
victim of the crime engage with the perpetrator of the crime to come up
with a suitable punishment/method of atonement. In practice, this requires
a lot of work and some sort of middle man or facilitator to help things
along. But this seems like a much better ideal to strive towards than a
judge or mandatory minimums or the rest. True, the victim of the crime
isn't the only victim - even of a simple assault, but the idea holds that
those most directly harmed by the criminal action ought to have the greatest
say in what happens to the perpetrator. I think simply locking a person
up does a lot less for society, the victim, and the perpetrator than RJ
could. If you steal all my tools, for example, maybe I would want you to
do 1 year in jail or maybe I would prefer that you work for me to work
off the harm you did. Maybe an apology. Maybe I'd want you to go to the
flea market where you sold my tools with a sign that reads "I'm sorry for
stealing tools. Learn the lesson from me - stealing tools hurts people."
This kind of thing is almost impossible with a society our size, but moving
in that direction is a lot better than what we have now - which is almost
the worst possible thing I can imagine.
Heard this break
down the other day...average door dash order is $35.55. Driver gets $8.91.
Restaurant gets $19.97. Door dash gets $4.85, which comes to $.90 after
Heard a podcast
(I think it was the NYT Daily) the other day and they were talking about
Cuba and the problems they're having now. They gave 3 reasons for the current
troubles - Trump, Venezuela collapse, and COVID. In other words, it's never
their fault. It's not the failures of communism in Venezuela or Cuba. It's
not Cuban culture or leadership. It's everybody else. Interesting.
We have friends
who own a small cafe and music venue. They were updating their insurance
and were asked if they wanted shooter coverage.
& 2021 by me.
on here is my opinion, so don't sue me.