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what's been floating my boat lately:

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
-Hitler-
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-Albert Einstein-


6/10/24 (16:53)

  • Been out of the habit of writing here, but I need to get back into it. Plenty to write about.
  • Been watching a lot of the NBA playoffs. I had Boston winning it all from the beginning. That prediction is looking good right now. I also had MN facing them in the finals after seeing their first two games against the Nuggets. That turned out to be wrong. They went 2-7 in their last 9 playoff games, which is just nuts to think about.
  • Business has been very busy lately and I've brought on some temporary help as a result.
  • New house is chugging along. Insulation is done. Another inspection this week and then we can do drywall after that. Hopefully no more issues from here on out. This is the stuff we know better so I'm expecting it to be easier as we get towards the end. Biggest drag is that we're still waiting on EBMUD to give us a date for installation of the fire sprinkler main. It's a 4" line directly from the water main and it's going to cost an unknown amount of money. Basically a major pain in the ass with an unknown cost and timeline. We haven't even gotten a rep yet. Fucking horrible.
  • Maybe the most American thing I've seen. Sad.
  • One thing that's encouraging is that it seems like a lot of famous assholes are getting their comeuppance. Trump and P. Diddy are the most recent I can think of. For the record, I've never liked the Diddy or seen him as anything more than a joke. Turns out he's a world class piece of shit also. Maybe getting people killed and beating his girlfriends and paying people (Jonathan Oddi) to have sex with his girlfriend while he watches and all sorts of weird shit. Hopefully the accountability continues.
  • If you identify as a woman does your driving acumen instantly decrease? If you identify as a man do you get 30% more rapey?
  • I saw an advertisement for one of these online mental health companies recently and they advertised the fact that you can pick the race of your therapist. This is progress. This is progress?
  • If you're like me and want to see a multi-cultural society work then reality is pretty depressing. People would rather have a shrink of their same race. Blacks do better when taught by blacks. People self-segregate to be amongst their own race. Girls do better in all girls schools. Etc. The reality seems to be that people, when it comes to major interactions, would rather be with "their own kind." If you're going to a restaurant then the race of the server doesn't matter. If you're going to school or church or to a shrink, then people rather be in a monoculture. Sad.
  • One of the major foundations of modern progressivism is the idea that we should believe individuals. They speak in absolute terms about this and make no mistake about its importance. So, we get slogans like "believe all women" or "your truth" or, with trans identity, the messaging is about trusting the individual when they say they feel like whatever gender. Basically, you're not supposed to doubt what a person says because they know best what they are experiencing. Are there any limitations to this? The most radical progressives I think wouldn't put any limitations on it. But there has to be some limit. Society has to sort that out. In the old paradigm we would require evidence. But sometimes that isn't available, which complicates things like sexual assault. On the other hand, just trusting whatever a person says about everything doesn't seem all that practical either. Some percentage of people are mentally unwell, after all. It will be interesting to see where things land in the next few years.
  • Foster kids graduate college at a 3% rate vs. 11% for the bottom quintile of income earners vs. 35% for the average American. 60% of foster boys end up incarcerated at some point in their life. So, if you're a fostered boy, you're 20x more likely to go to jail than to graduate college. I just googled what percentage of black men graduate college. First hit said "As of 2022, 22% of Black men over the age of 25 had earned a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the Census' American Community Survey." So, there goes the race explanation. And the income explanation doesn't fly either (3% vs. 11%). Assuming these numbers are correct (got them from a Coleman Hughes podcast), it seems as though family might be important.
  • I don't like the word "deserve." To deserve a thing is to be entitled to it. I don't like entitlement. I think the opposite of entitlement is gratitude. We need more gratitude.

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