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Friday, February 16. 2018
What a charming and inspirational message.
I'm sorry, I was being pretending to be pleasant. As you know, I'm no good at it. Let's start over: Keerist, what drivel. But it's unexceptional drivel. No need to comment on how trite and meaningless the message is. Let's look at the spelling. I guarantee it was written, and shared quite a bit on social media, by college graduates. "You body"? Really? However, I'd like to point out that the word isn't misspelled. It's not a typo, either. The person who wrote it, and apparently a lot of people who read it, are blind to the fact that it's the wrong word. They have a condition I hereby christen Facebook Aphasia. They no longer have the mental ability to tell one word from another. It's not that they don't have the innate intellectual horsepower to learn the difference between you and your and you're. After all, they probably learned Klingon for their cosplay wedding ceremony. They're broken, not dumb.
I think, technically, I'm talking about semantic anomia, but I'm just a blowhard on the Internet, so Facebook Aphasia is good enough for me.
Of course proper doctor-type persons know you generally need brain damage from a shovel to the parietal or a tumor that makes tempura of your temporal lobe to give you a proper dose of semantic anomia. I hereby posit that a contemporary public school education followed by a trip to the academy is on par with a severe blow to the head. People have become brain damaged by a refusal to enforce abstract standards of right and wrong for grammar, or anything else for that matter. Through a continual process of calling anyone who notices you're in error a Nazi, and exposure to a continuous stream of word salad on electronic devices, there are entire generations who are literally unable to tell one word from another. They've been taught from the cradle to simply take a stab at all things grammatical. They've been conditioned to rely on hunches, and they're blissfully ignorant of where the knee-jerk reactions they call hunches are spawned.
So, welcome to the Facebook Aphasia world, where every voice is passive, every sentence starts with an adverb, and to, too, two is just the sound a Sesame Street train makes. There's no use whining about it, when wining about it works better. And dismember, never leaf anyone who touches your sole more than you body.
On to the links!
The horror! Pornography will not be immediately displayed by default on your computer screen? What do I need one for, then? And remember, never leave anyone who touches your soul more than his own winkie with safe search turned off
Remember kids, Tesla's taxpayer-subsidized piece of automotive space junk is brilliant, and Donald Trump is a doodyhead for wondering if a space station could be useful to anyone. It's just a hunch you have, but you hunches is always wright.
I hereby support research that may, one day, after millions in grants, allow humans to live to be 41, too. I sleep by hanging upside down in the closet already, so I've got a head start.
I bet conditional cash transfers break the poverty cycle from the moment the recipients get the dough until the moment their boyfriends make it to the strip joint.
Hmm. Maybe brain damage from Pokemon-induced car crashes is the reason no one can spell "definitely" anymore.
I dunno. Screaming, "No raises for anyone, NOW GET BACK TO WORK," always works great for me. I find this saves the employees the embarrassment of hearing how worthless and lazy they are during formal reviews. See, I worry about other people's feelings too much. It's a curse, really.
In the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
By definition, a parent who wants their minor child to get a Facebook page is unfit, so wangling clear consent from them shouldn't be too difficult.
I thought Mark Zuckerberg's mentor's name was spelled "Beelzebub."
Yes, I'll be glad to give a screenshot of my driver's license to "Bongo International." Sounds as buttoned-down as the Bank of England.
Everyone have a great Friday. I hope today's links touched your soul more than you body!
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Re: Conditional Cash Payments
Did the researchers count in their study the number of government employees with otherwise useless sociology degrees provided with good jobs? That seems to be the largest impact of anti-poverty programs - as a wise man once said, the best way to help the poor is not to be one and government jobs don't tend to be minimum-wage.
Actually, they did. They pointed out in the study that only 48% of the expense actually reached the recipients.
"...not doing enough to protect children from the negative aspects of smartphones and social media."
Isn't this the parents' job?
Oh, I forgot -- it's 2018.
When I see a person use a word that sounds like another word incorrectly, I generally assume that person is not a reader.
to VS too VS two?
your VS you're VS yore?
If you read, you know the difference, if the only book you ever read were those you were forced to read in high school, you may have no reason to know the difference.
It had been my hope that Facebook and other text based social media apps would help fix that. So far not. So far it's only illuminated the problem.
Cash to break the poverty cycle.
Every year right about now millions of people, mostly single moms, get thousands of dollars from Uncle Sam through the EITC. This would seem "ripe" for study but I have never seen one. Where is that money spent? Do they pay off bills, buy a months supply of food, go to Disney Land?
I know people who get $7,000 or so every year from EITC and go buy a car they cannot afford. They buy a $20,000 car and then spend about 5-6 months trying to make the payments and eventually it gets repossessed. They don't get insurance on their cars because they spend all their money on too much car that they cannot afford. They spend 4-5 months begging for help/donations in face book before the car is finally taken back by the finance company. Because their credit is so bad they pay outrageous interest rates which doesn't help. IMHO the cash hurt them and made them temporally stupider (then they normally are) and seems to do more harm than good.
GOOD MORNING ...ROGER!
Nice piece of work. You get a strong A- from me and a C+ from DH. Or, to put it another way:
Nice piece of job. You get an A- from the nazi and a C+ from the white guy.
Oh no. I always thought that sale, sell, cell and sail could be used interchangeably and it didn't matter. But then I also thought that homophones were Obama phones for gays.
Roger, YOU have touched my funnybone. DANG YOU!!!! I did NOT give...well, since I read it, I guess I did.
Imagine if Sky Broadband had decided to block all mention of gun control? Why not? How about they block everything every former president and former politicians says. Why not? Let's not stop there, let's block everything said on The View. No that's actually a great idea. Let's block all the anti-vaxers. Block alll the fad dieters and exercise advocates. Why not block the Oscars and all the other virtue signaling self congratulating from Hollywood. Why not? Where do you stop?
"Never leave anyone who touches your soul more than you body"
Deep! Don't now what it means but it must be deep.
This sounds like a thousand other things posted on social media by people who are unattractive and unhappy that attractive people are getting dates and they are not. It's kind of a plea that "if you were really a good person you would see them for the good person that they are and not notice that they are 200 lbs over weight. How can you be so shallow?"