Cosmopolitan Bandits

I’m reading an FB page where Russian nouveau riche are discussing how to weasel their way into having a collection of passports from idiot countries that can be saddled with paying medical expenses and providing prestige and legitimacy to them and their equally evil family members. You can be a millionaire but that’s no reason to pay for grandma’s healthcare, is it?

Right now, the bandits are in a panic because if Brexit happens (and they are so stupid they think it will happen), their favorite way of getting UK passports will be closed to them.

I don’t know what the Leavers are thinking, trying to deprive the country of this extremely valuable group of dirty rotten bastards experiment in diversity.

Not a Good Argument

I’ve already had my fill of these inane discussions back when we were unionizing.

“But we never had a union, so why should we have one now? But it’s always been this way. But won’t having a union mean too much change? Wouldn’t it just be a lot of work for everybody?, etc, etc.”

Now we have a union, everybody’s got a sizeable raise, and everybody is happy as a clam because guess what? Things change. And we have to change the way we respond to the changing reality.

Now the university is considering a move to R2. And it’s the same old thing. “But it’s always been this way. But wouldn’t that mean a lot of change? Blah, blah, blah.”

I’m obviously not saying that any change should be embraced maniacally. There are tons of idiotic initiatives that should not be adopted. What I am saying is that “it’s always been this way” is not a good argument.

Not Ageism

I detest ageism and absolutely do not think that academics should be pushed to retire when they reach a certain age.

I do, however, believe it’s time to retire once you begin saying things like, “this is how things have been since I was hired in 1974, and I don’t see why anything should change.”

It definitely becomes necessary to consider retiring once you start suggesting that the colleagues who weren’t yet born in 1974 should leave the university to accommodate your stagnation.

Intellectual aphoria can strike at any age but once it’s there, it’s almost impossible to reverse because a brain that stopped processing new information won’t be able to recognize its own change in cognitive ability.

Keto

So I’ve been trying keto (on advice of my physician), and it’s not horrible. I thought it would be because I already did low-carb when I was pregnant with Klara. And I really suffered. What I didn’t take into consideration, though, that during pregnancy I had an extremely aggressive form of gestational diabetes, which made me crazy for sweets. And now I don’t have diabetes so I barely notice the absence of carbs.

This goes to show that our brains are less adapted to change than our bodies. The body moved on a long time ago while the brain still lives in the reality of 4 years ago.

The only problem with keto is how expensive it is. Of course, there are people who do it on canned sardines and bacon but that’s masochistic. If you do it right, it’s ruinous because seafood, olives, nuts, good cheese, and good oils are expensive. Carbs are junk so they are extremely cheap.

One thing I really miss is artificial sweetener. Coffee lost all meaning without it.

In any case, the point of the post is how impossible our brains find it to process change.

Begging for Discipline

More than 60 percent of Americans agree on restricting speech in some way, while a slim majority, 51 percent, want to see the First Amendment rewritten to “reflect the cultural norms of today.” The Campaign for Free Speech, which conducted the survey, said the results “indicate free speech is under more threat than previously believed.”

The desire to live in a totalitarian regime is shared by all generations but is the worst among the young:

Nearly 60 percent of Millennials—respondents between the ages of 21 and 38—agreed that the Constitution “goes too far in allowing hate speech in modern America” and should be rewritten, compared to 48 percent of Gen Xers and 47 percent of Baby Boomers. A majority of Millennials also supported laws that would make “hate speech” a crime—of those supporters, 54 percent said violators should face jail time.

How sad is it that people have so devolved and have become so stupefied in a mere 200 years since freedom of speech became possible. It’s hard to imagine a young generation clamoring to be punished and dragged off to jail for saying things but here it is.

People always ultimately get the government they want, so they will get their totalitarianism and feel extremely happy.