Friday, September 30, 2022

Spooking the Voters

The whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

- H. L. Mencken

Worth Reading

 The New Criterion: "The American affirmative-action regime" by Frank Resartus.



Which Are We In?

If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society.

- Natan Sharansky

The Game of Thugs and Wimps

Jewish Journal: Berkeley law school groups walk down a path we've seen before.

Unfortunately, we've also seen weak responses before.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Getting Raymond Chandler Vibes


Back By Popular Demand

There is a story about a wily bandit who was finally captured by the king's troopers. The king, a man fond of games and riddles, made the bandit a proposition. He told the bandit that he was allowed to make one statement. If that statement contained the truth he would be shot, if it contained a lie, hanged. The bandit, after some thought, said: 'I am going to be hanged'.

- Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, Organizational Paradoxes

Plans B and C

 A survivalist in Florida was well-prepared for the hurricane.

What the Greeks and the Romans Can Teach Us


Perhaps the Robots We Are Creating Are in the Mirror

 The hacker culture is a culture of loners who are never alone.

- Sherry Turkle, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit