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Archive for the day “June 15, 2017”


This is what happens when people start to use the word “racist” instead of “something I don’t particularly enjoy or find useful.” Now an effort by a very rich chef to sell overpriced restaurant meals is positioned as a fight against racism. 

This is what McGuigan has termed “cool capitalism.” The idea is to get people to spend as much as possible by positioning the spending as part of a virtuous, cool, caring and progressive lifestyle. Help the suffering Mexicans by buying a $100 dinner! No? What are you, a racist?


Which One Are You?

Hey, people, look what a reader sent in:

Rao postulates three groups in any organization: the Clueless, the Losers, and the Sociopaths. The Clueless mistakenly believe that the organization is actually supposed to do whatever it pretends to be for: selling widgets, saving endangered herons, or educating school-children, for instance. They are dedicated to this mission and work hard, and creatively, to further it. The Losers have a job because they need a paycheck; their motivation is to make work reasonably pleasant in exchange for minimal effort. The Sociopaths recognize the reality that the organization is just the setting for a power game played among themselves.

I’m a total Loser in this classification. I’d be glad to be somebody else but, unfortunately, my institution doesn’t have a mission I can support. Plus, my individual mission is at odds with that of the institution, as I only recently started to realize. 


Did you, folks, hear how Trump humiliated the congressional Republicans by berating them for passing the “very cruel” AHCA? And the poor dumb buggers only voted for it to support him. 


Where did all the dandelions go all of a sudden? Are they no longer in season or whatever? I have a child here who loves to pick dandelions and accepts nothing instead. 

She also loves to watch the bunnies we have in the back yard. The only problem is that when a bunny runs away, she wants me to pick her up and chase after it. Which is not very realistic. 

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