A Rebuttable Presumption

From Keith Olbermann’s esteemed alma mater.

Even for agencies where the Civil Rights Acts apply, a bias against any students who attended any of the pro-Hamas universities wouldn’t be, I think, illegal.

Columbia

UT Austin

UNC

WUSL

and on and on…

If you wear your association on your sleeve, I’d just assume never do business with you. I would urge people I know not to hire you.

I’m missing where youthful stupidity is covered.

You reap what you sow. If that means you get none of my money, oh well.

Free Saturday

Reflexively I was going to type “Good Morning,” which is my usual multiple-location check-in for work.

But I’m really settling in after I made my changes early in the week.

Though I’d been leaning that way for a while, this BAR Pod ep. pushed me over the edge.

Whatever’s happening, there’s sources who won’ t ever admit they were wring about anything.

The totes-didn’t-used-to-do-evil company did the right thing, and fired the pro-Hamas employees.

So. What have I cut this weeks?

I could do a catalog, but what’s the point? Nobody’s ever going to reconsider their priors.

Not, a free month isn’t going to change my mind.

Show that you’ve got something worth me spending my money on, and I’ll buy it if I like it.

I apologize, but my brain’s more scattered than normal today.

Busy week ahead.

Part of that will be continuing to ignore the neoHips.

End of the week

Some things came to a resolution with the iran-Israel exchange this past week.

What’s coming out of academia in support of Hamas and Hezbollah is absolutely disgusting.

But it’s not unsurprising in the least.

Listening to Reason’s Just Asking Questions, they interviewed Elice Le Bon, someone with whom I was unfamiliar following her video on TwiX.

She made many points that align with what I’ve suspected about the NeoHippies who have taken over whatever Libertarian movement there is.

I guess she’d had a “debate” with Jersey Dave Smith, who is really just reciting the stuff that comes out of Scott Horton’s mouth.

I went to high school with someone who was actually born in Tehran as a military brat. I knew people who were on the ground during the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

One of my teachers was married to a Persian. He insisted that he be called “Persian,” not Iranian probably because of what the cabal running the country had done worldwide.

(Aside: she was a last-minute replacement Spanish teacher at Osterholz during the last year…..very much a Peggy Hill situation, not so much because she was from Texas, though that might be a part of it, but because she was teaching Spanish kind of as a second option. If memory serves, she was primarily a Home Economics. teacher….and certainly showed how to make tacos a lot better than the ones I was accustomed to.)

I worked for the shouldering remains of EDS. I remember seeing names of people listed in On Wings Of Eagles.

Iran isn’t the terrorist mess that it is because of the US, no matter how hard the Libertarian Institute Institiute insist it’s true.

This does flow from the radicals of the 60s, and what they’ve put up on campus.

Ms. Le Bon mentions Edward S. Herman in her video.

I remember hearing him say on Andrew Heaton’s podcast that the US was behind what happened in Rwanda in 1993.

What the actual fuck?

No, there’s people who believed that. and they’re the Foreign Policy ExpertsTM advising the modern Libertarian movement.

It’s disgusting.

That the Shah was a tyrant is without question.

That doesn’t make what the mullahs have done, and continue to do, okay.

Hamas and Hezbollah have been terrorizing Israel for decades. Certainly there’s a lot to criticize about the Israeli government. I would really criticize some of the COVID measures it took.

Some of their other medical stuff I really take issue with. Obviously, I do pay a lot of attention to what’s going on with things like stem cell research as a potential treatment for MS. I can’t find it right at this moment, but I seem to remember them cancelling a large-scale study using embryonic stem cells for remyelination, because it gave a bunch of the subjects some pretty bad cancers.

Magically, the focus shifted to doing the same thing cultured cells from you, not from a zygote with different DNA.

But, far too often in my experience, you’ll get the normal progression from Chomsky to Herman to Zinn.

If I’m feeling garrulous that day, i might continue the conversation for a bit. Usually it’s not tough to get to the USS Liberty, then fine research from Davide Irving.

It was really awful what we did in Dresden, an dit was all to support American Imperialism.


So, what else?

Basically no feedback on all the urgent work with which I was saddled upon my return from the Gulf Coast.

Despite a water moccasin that’s taken up residence in the ditch behind, seems like my mother’s house is doing well. She, on the other hand, less so. I was starting to piece together my July trip down to see her, but I’m worried that that’ll have to happen earlier.

Not really thrilled with the prospect of flying with a layover in Charlotte or Atlanta, but it might be too much of a pain to get to/from New Orleans this time.

So Much Saturday

I haven’t slept well. There’s myriad reasons for that, but….

I was looking over my list of things for the past week.

Crossing off the only thing on the list I hadn’t done. I finished up major task I had to do for work. Last weekend’s Saturday rant was with my refusal to do anything over the weekend.

I had Thursday and Friday off, though I did have something scheduled for Thursday night, but I wasn’t going to work at all, otherwise.

Did I stick to that?

Uh, no, of course not.

Discussions with people are on tap, but I’m going to listen to the MeSsy podcast.

Drawing The Line

Something like this:


Kind of everything I’ve been talking about work-wise for years coming to the surface. Yes, I understand what to do. Yes, I’m willing to show people what they’re supposed to be doing, but it’s really difficult to be assigned a monumental chunk of work just because I’m the one who understands it.

I’ve made a lot of progress. But I’m probably not going to finish it on someone else’s ad hoc schedule.

Your lack of planning does not constitute my emergency. But, more than that, it’s something I’d tipped them off to before.

I really don’t doubt that someone else could do it more quickly than I. I don’t see well. I get distracted. My typing certainly isn’t what it once was. (Though I am enjoying this gaming keyboard I bought…..I was tired of crappy reception and/or dying batteries ending up with me locking a system because my PIN didn’t come across….) But I did make a stand; I’m not working this weekend.

I’ve gone way above and beyond. My docs are not happy with the amount of stress I’m taking on.

I should really not be thinking about it, and just relax.

So do I have other stuff? Yep. Podcasts. The MeSsy pod.

Normal World, and the Dave landau special I bought on Amazon.

The Coddling of the American Mind

Finish up the docs on the AMIA Bombing.

But I did get some sleep, finally.

Resurrection Way

The Baptist Church across from my final high school used to put up a sign on their lawn the week before Easter.

Naturally, with a high school several letters from the sign would suspiciously get knocked over giving the sign a completely different meaning.

There’s things young guys do that could cause a lot of anxiety for someone who’s very sensitive.

Sorry.

We do grow up. Deal With It. We don’t stay that way forever.

You take in information as it comes, and you make adjustments.

People age. Desires change. Nothing is going to be exactly the same way again.

That really doesn’t fit well with politicians, however. Especially not with the ones hellbent on resurrecting something from the past.

The former and current administration keep trying to do things to resurrect something they found.

Whatever.

Just stop trying to rebuild the rust belt where you have to buy everything from the company store at union prices, or make America great again.

But, I know, liberal values are all based on racism and privilege.

What do you do? What do you like? I want to avoid participating in any of it.


Did stumble across something interesting the other day related to what I wrote about in the You’re Wrong entry.

CNN on the NAR thing.

So your agent and Suzanne are going to have to figure out what their fees are going to be, and you can walk away if you think Suzanne is being unreasonable.

Oh well.

Move along.


Fun night last night at DC Comedy Loft for my wife’s birthday.

Again, that sort of access is what I was excited about coming up here. The difference in my QoL is immeasurable.

Shit’s really expensive, though, and a lot of that is attributable to the stupid suff politicians have don, and continue to do.


Started in on Agua Donkeys on BlazeTV. While I get through the other original thing they were pitching, I’m not going to do the same for this.

I’m not going to make a pronouncement about where or not it’s funny. That’s irrelevant. It’s not something I’m enjoying watching, so I’m not spending any more time on it.

Sunday Funday

Yeah, no writing yesterday because I was working to fix a problem that someone else should have been following while I was away, and really isn’t my responsibility, either. So it goes. I’ll keep doing what I can to help even if I’m really frustrated.

Best friend from high school turned me on to this.

My responses to this, especially with the first few episodes…

  1. I wonder if some of the neuroscience stuff might of be interest the docs at Georgetown. A lot of the research cited is involving how a child’s brain synchronizes the various elements of language to learn to read. I’m wondering how the decline of my vision is affecting my language. It’s very difficult for me to read at this point. I do listen to lots of things, but reading something is often just an exercise in frustration. (Aside — The Substack app would need to improve to suck when it comes to reading on an iPhone SE screen. I can enable zoom to help some, but it’s still frustrating. So, too, are the things I’m trying to consume as a freeloader that don’t allow you to listen to an ep unless you’re a paying subscriber. Cluestick — I might wanna read your stuff, but that doesn’t mean I’m sure I wanna pay for it. If I like it, I will, of course, but…) In some ways, this would be of more interest to me than whatever effects the various psychotropic substances would have on me.
  2. The podcast would (have been?) of great interstress to my mother when she was completely cogent. (That’s where I was end of last week, and early this week. I did send the podcast to her, but I’m not sure if she’ll be able to listen to it. Kind of wondering whether digging into something she was working on when she was healthy. The Bush Derangement Syndrome afflicting one of the teachers who was completely against My Pet Goat until her kid was diagnosed with Dyslexia. I don’t know if she’ll get a chance to listen to it, but I’m wondering if something like that might spark something.

Had other interesting discussions about current events. Even more is coming about the disaster that is the Libertarian Party.

Just turn it off, and you’ll be more content.

I still have no idea what I’m going to do when it comes to November. At this point, I think I’ll probably end up writing in someone for President. Vice President isn’t something I can really split on the Virginia ballot, but voting against the Vice President would be very high on my priority list after seeing this.

It ties back to the suspicion I’d said a few weeks ago — that there’d be people who will find some way to pin what’s going on in Haiti on the US.

Um.

But it’ll fit in with what I wrote about recently; right about everything all the time. All along.

You’re Wrong

Yes, it’s one of the podcasts I frequently consume. But the impossibility of being wrong was something that the RON PAUL crowd would eagerly proclaim about their political prognostications.

Right. About everything. All of the time.

Like Russia wasn’t going to invade Ukraine.

That Russia would win quickly.

That it’d steer people away from joining NATO.

That the Petrodollar would collapse because of BRICS, and they’d be able to make up the difference because of global demand.

Right. About everything. All of the time. RON PAUL

Similarly, there was a new story as I was languishing in a hotel room in Biloxi that gave me a lot of pause.

To hear the explanations for the “housing bubble,” it was all about either the Federal Reserve, or the big banks.

NAR agreed to a settlement of early a half-billion dollars about the things they’ve done.

That’s not the big banks. It’s not the Fed. Both the buyers’ and sellers’ agents were making a 3% commission on every house they sold.

How many of those people suffered anything for their part in creating the crisis.

I think I’ve written about how the radio where I was working in 1999 had twelve separate mortgage br0kers advertising on two AM talk stations at the same time. Most of them were arm-in-arm with a Realtor. Only a Realtor is a Realtor.

The agent gets his/her 3% for the sale. The mortgage broker gets a cut on the initial sale, a fee when it’s refinanced, then bundles them to sell off to Fannie or Freddie.

The Realtor has a fancy new car to show off properties and further perpetuate the scheme.

What do the Millenia’s do in response? Elect Obama who reinflated the housing and stock markets.

Trump, armed with still-depressed interest rates, continued the inflation.

Sally the Realtor, and Bill the mortgage broker, yeah, they had to surrender their leased vehicles, but never faced anything more in penalties.

And, while they head towards retirement, are taking tax deductions for whatever mortgage interest they’ve got left.

And they’ll do that forever.

103 days.

That’s how long until every single Boomer can start taking pre-tax withholdings without penalty.

Green St. Patrick’s Day

Nobody else here in the hotel restaurant I swearing green, also I’m less concerned about getting pinched.

Is my laptop bag a little green? Does that count as apparel?

It doesn’t matter. You shouldn’t be pinching strangers. Or even people you know.

Mind is racing at this point following more disunion of the Just Asking Questions ep w/ Radley Blake and Coleman Hughes. The criticism of the “debate” was flowing back to The Fifth Column. Why would they be “platforming” someone who denies Chauvin’s judgement as a murderer?

Um. Because free people can believe whatever they’d like about anything, and there’s no danger in having someone on who arrives at a different conclusion than the prevailing narrative.

I mean, there’s people who ardently believe that the Earth is hollow, and people’s souls are stored inside that hollow core.

Um. Okay, then. Nice to meet you. I’d be okay never speaking to you again. And there’s nothing wrong with me having that opinion.

I think I wrote a bit about the documentary that pretty proclaimed Chauvin’s innocence in George Floyd’s death.

While I don’t believe that, I would say that on balance, Chauvin nad ht either officers probably harmed society less than a lot of the people who burned the city in the aftermath.


Upstairs for more coffee consumption…


Okay. The whole thing kind of speaks to the whole there’s one-right-way-to-think-about anything. The talk with the president of the University of Austin also touched on this. You are free to reach whatever conclusions you like about just about anything.

Why his that controversial?

Why do you deserve the worst ham the state can bring down if you do the wrong thing?

Don’t platform people.

Did Michael Cohen explain this to you from what he saw in Prague, Sister Rachel?


Forgot to upload this:

View out the back of the hotel from the breakfast room.