Thursday, August 6, 2020

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2019: If you want a pretentious name for bullshit jobs, use Sisyphean jobs. Sisyphus was not condemned to an impossible job—he was condemned to an unending, meaningless one. I've long been frustrated by the way Americans use one word, class, to describe both social and economic class. I just learned that Max Weber used status for the first and class for the second. I should adopt that. Old labor joke: Kid: Why is our house cold? Dad: Because there's no coal. Kid: Why? Dad: I got fired. Kid: Why? Dad: Because there's too much coal. 2017: Socialist jokes are only funny if everyone gets them. Regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki: I periodically wonder about the people who said, "We're winning this war, the Japanese have indicated they would be willing to surrender if the Emperor can continue to be Emperor, but we've got these two bombs we want to show off."

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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2019: Just rewatched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It's not a perfect movie—I'd love to see someone like the Coen Bros remake it—but it is a great movie because it asks questions that don't have easy answers.

The First and Second Amendments are very different. The First has no context for the rights it covers. The Second does: "well-regulated militias".
That means we have the right to be vocal assholes, but we don't have the right to be assholes with a gun.

2018: I am always a bit amused when people who do not support free speech complain about being censored. But I still support them.

2017: How the two-party system works: if the right fist doesn't get you, the left one will.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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2019: ‪If the US had Basic Income, the only beggars would be non-citizens. As a universalist, I wish that wasn’t so, but I see no way around it. Xenophobes and nationalists should like that.‬

2018: Neoliberalism: the ideology that dare not speak its name.

I'm constantly surprised by atheists who assume all religious people are as literal-minded as they are.

2017: Young people today are safer and more afraid than their parents were, and their parents have more to do with the second fact than the first.

Two types to follow online:
1. Guides take you where they've been.
2. Explorers take you where they haven't.
Warning: I find guides boring.

2016: Coffee first, internet later.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

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2019: If you're tempted to donate to some of the obscure candidates, just send that money to me. I also don't have the slightest chance of winning.

I've been thinking about why there are Warren supporters who despise Sanders. My current theory is it's because her manners and accent are like those of the elite, while his working-class background can be heard in every word he speaks.

2018: When Malcolm X and St. Peter said we should respect everyone, they were only endorsing the Golden Rule in its negative form: Do not treat others as you would not want them to treat you.

Jews should feel no more responsibility for Israel than Christians should feel for the Jim Crow US or apartheid South Africa. All good religions are abused by bad governments.

2017: Ad Hominem assumes you are wrong because of your identity. The Lived Experience Fallacy assumes you are right because of your identity

I rarely find story ideas on Twitter or Facebook, but I often find them on my bicycle.

2016: It's odd hearing people say they "believe in" science as though science was no different than the Easter Bunny.