Archive for January, 2009

Obama with a hard hat

January 27, 2009

Wow, our new president is moving fast!

He is actually doing exactly what he said he would  do

during the campaign.

Weird. Who is this guy?

Anyhow, i was thinking…

He has said he wants to rebuild  America’s creaky infrastructure , invest in new

tech, and  put people to work in a massive program that is frequently compared

to the “new deal” programs from  1930s.

Then, as now, the country was in a huge financial mess and Roosevelt was trying new ideas to 

try and stop the bleeding. 

This idea actually worked pretty well and paid  off indirectly for years afterwords.

Will this work again?

Well one problem i see;

In the 1930s most americans either lived on a farm, had grown up on a farm, or had worked in a factory.

They knew how to cook, sew, fix their own cars and radios, and which end of a shovel to hold.

After years of exporting manufacturing and importing local labor, most non immigrant  americans i see  today are totally


And Lazy?

Young people from every economic class would rather stare at a screen and dream of having their

own line of hip hop clothing than  break a sweat doing physical labor.

Human beings are resilient and adaptable  and americans used to have a lot of get up and go.

I hope it hasn’t got up and left for good.


I Hate Dogs

January 26, 2009

Actually, i dont hate dogs. They cant help it.

And I was attached to my dog when i was a kid.

I’m just annoyed by dog people.

You know, using the dogs as a kid substitute.

In fact where i live there are more dogs than kids. People round here have Birthday parties for their dogs, take them to therapists, knit sweaters for them, etc.

The recent immigrants i work with are appalled that someone  would allow a smelly animal in the house to shed

and even sleep in the bed with it’s ” parent”.

I find the “showing” of dogs to be kind of weird and perverse, also.

The thing is, people invented dogs. Through a combination of active breeding and co- evolving dogs went from wolfs

to the confused  creatures they are today.  People have selected and rewarded dogs that have childlike qualities.

Mimic a human child- get a piece of meat.

So what’s wrong with that?

Nothing, I suppose. It’s just that I find the belief that the dog ” loves” you and is part of your ” family” delusional.

If you go away for a day and i control  Fido’s food and establish alpha status,

he will “love” me just as much.

I find the simplistic fawning dog behavior  that people mistake for “love” kind of insipid.

Also. if you don’t mind, i’ll pass on the face licking from an animal that just ate some of its own feces.

I hate to say this, but i find the people who need to ” rescue” dogs kind of sad.

Although wolfs may be endangered,  there are plenty of dogs on the planet thanks to humans.

They are not going anywhere soon. They dont need to be “rescued”.

In fact there are probably too many of them.

There is nothing more  precious about them than other life forms on this planet.

Or course  I can say the same about humans, for that matter

. We have been entirely too successful as a species to the detriment of the planet.

Why don’t you rescue bees? Apparantly they play a huge role in our world and they are dissapearing.

Oh, i forgot, they are not cuddly  mammals. we can anthro project onto.

I read that if a meeting has reached an impasse and ground to a halt, just mention the word :dogs”

and people will instantly line up into two passionate and opposing camps.

Dogs are kind of the third rail, conversationally and i had second thoughts about posting this

but that’s  why the nom de poop.



I Hate Music

January 26, 2009

Actually i love music, I just can’t stand ” music”.

Music used to be shared and made by everyone in the tribe or family. 

Now its a product that is fabricated,  packaged and consumed like a candy bar.

It’s just a commercial for itself.

Oh sure, I have my guilty pleasures and it is pointless to say one kind of music is ” good” or not.

 Pop music styles are fun in a junk food way. And in a bigger sense it’s all good. 

It’s just that ” music”  has  squeezed out almost all  the other ways we regard music.

In fact ” music” has become such a cheap common commodity  that it has almost no value anymore.

It’s everywhere and yet nowhere as we no longer actively  listen.

I’m so over   “music” that i never intentionaly listen to it.  I don’t listen to it in my house or car.

I feel  like i ‘ve already  listened to a lifetime’s worth already and i still get blasted with it everywhere i go.

I wish there was some way to purge my brain and do a data dump.

Private School

January 26, 2009

Whenever a parent with kids just  entering school tells me they are looking at both public and private school,

I always say : ” go private, no question”.

I don’t say that because a private school is likely to be ” better” in any way that makes a difference.

It’s just that i have noticed that the kind of folks that can afford and would even consider an isolationist snob factory

like  private school, make terrible public school parents.

They bring a pushy, neurotic sense of entitlement that makes it hard on everybody.

I don’t want them  at my kid’s funky ghetto school.

Go private.

Best President Ever?

January 11, 2009

There’s been a lot of talk lately  that George W. Bush might be the worst president ever.

I just read a book called ” The Wrecking Crew” by Thomas Frank.

The basic premise is that conservatives , who have been in charge of the united states for most of

the last 30 years, have been intentionally undermining government.

They have been doing this so that government will be less able to  monitor and regulate  big business.

This  (according to the book) is the primary mission of conservatives. Any other issues are just anger bait

to agitate and  mobilize the population. These issues  are  abandoned when  no longer needed.

Typical strategies include appointing incompetent people to head regulatory agencies and then underfunding them.

EPA, OSHA, BLM,  etc.  Almost every  non military department.

Anything that might get in  the way of Corporate profit.

Even running up the deficit to huge levels has the ( intended) effect of hamstringing  government.

Anyhow the book makes sense to me.

And if we accept the premise of the book, we should have to say that George W. Bush wa one of the most effective

Presidents ever at advancing the agenda of his party.

He unleashed an unprecedented war against education, civil rights, the environment, workplace safety, consumer protections, etc.

He started 2 wars to simultaneously  maximize oil profits, set up profiteering contracts, and distract the public.

And his buddies pilaged and looted the markets with no oversight.

All the while coming off as a dull buffoon. Brilliant.