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Wednesday, August 21. 2019
The internet used to be sort of useful. I don't think it is anymore.
Maggie's Farm is like the old internet. I loved it. People bored with the usual tripe on TV and the radio could find all sorts of new and interesting viewpoints and useful information on the web. There were a lot of blogs, many of them superb. Politics was way in the back. It's weird, because at this point you can watch a livestream of a skanky girl getting her bumhole tattooed on the internet, but I am here to testify that no one reveals much of anything anymore. People are really guarded about saying anything about themselves. Well, pleasant, sane people are. If you look at an Instagram "influencer" account, there are pictures posted every few minutes, but they're all a put-on. The pictures are ads for a life that isn't being lived, i.e., fake. Everything is search engine optimized, not written. Social media is a list of what other people want you to think they think, like virtual coffee table books no one actually reads.
The internet died when it shifted from desktop computers to phones. Well, that put it on life support. Google killed it dead when they said the only search engine that matters wouldn't rank anything but the mobile version of a website. So the internet became a television broadcast with innumerable bad cable stations, projected on the same porthole-sized screen my grandmother had to watch Uncle Miltie. Ads took the place of all the entertainment, and cradle to grave stalking of the users took the place of ads. And since everyone brings their phone in the bathroom with them, you're even being spied on in there now. Even Nielson families didn't put up with that.
Bird Dog is away at doggie daycare, getting his nails clipped, so you're stuck with me. I hope you all appreciate him when he returns, because he's guarded this friendly little oasis of the old web from all comers, and that is quite an undertaking.
On to the news!
That quote is from a very detailed and incisive analysis of the possible upside of the WeWork IPO. Newsgathering outlets suck at this sort of reporting and analysis now, if they were ever good at it. The linked blog is like the old internet. Filled with useful information and savvy analysis.
My friends and I had an underwater exploration kit. We went out on a skiff, and we shined a high intensity light on the ocean floor as we puttered along. I've heard rumors that you can find lobsters that way, and net them. Of course they would be undersized for the catch regulations, so you would never do such a thing, and then boil them on the beach and eat them. Say, what is the statute of limitations on fishery infractions? I'm asking for a friend.
Scroll down the list. Keep scrolling. Software, nurses, physical therapists, software, nurses, physical therapists. Keep scrolling. Keep scrolling. Ah, Oklahoma. Rotary drill operators. Then back at it; software, nurses, physical therapists, software, nurses, physical therapists...
I was surveyed for this report, but my answer was misconstrued. They asked me if I liked working remotely, and I told them I wasn't remotely working. English is hard.
I'd rather watch old football games than new ones anyway. Football players have gotten tiresome.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is leadership. He lost his job, by the way. Bet he finds another one.
Minorly fascinating story about the perils of coincidence. I'm trying to picture what would happen to the crossword author nowadays. What's a ten-letter word for a detention camp, starting with "G" ?
You know, if keep writing articles about persistent Lyme disease, it might eventually be more popular with internet hypochondriacs than Morgellons, vaccine-induced autism, and fibromyalgia put together.
Tesla builds cars in a tent. You bought solar panels from them. Negligence? A pointed finger often identifies two malefactors.
If you stand on a spot on the Equator for one year, you're the one doing something weird. Leave the Earth out of it
With this many people involved, under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, I believe Larry needs to provide a 60 calendar-day notice of any layoffs.
So, prices are too low, because there's a coffee glut. But coffee rust will ruin harvests, which will lower supply, so prices will rise. Well, I've solved that problem. I'm going to use my great big invisible hand to make a pot of joe now.
Enjoy your Wednesday everyone!
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...highest-paid, fastest-growing job in every U.S. state Nobody on that list who actually designs or builds anything? If that list is accurate, then America is doomed. But I don't think it's accurate.
A brilliant and probably accurate explanation of PC virtue signaling. And as always capitalism is to blame - for succeeding:
the "Welcome to Cleveland" dates back at lest to the late 1970s. Both cities were Midwest industrial build where rivers entered one of the Great Lakes. Now that Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Milwaukee has the Calatrava, the downtown areas are more distinctive.
The Coffee Research Center at Texas A&M helped battle coffee rust disease: https://research.tamu.edu/coffee-rust.
I would be a little skeptical of the "projected" high-demand, high-pay jobs available in the health care field. Are they projecting the government take-over of health care and the subsequent collapse of the health care industry? I might suggest that if you're interested in making money in the health care field, you'd be better off learning to code because once the government takes over and the paperwork requirements increase a thousandfold, the demand for paperwork filler-outers is going to explode.
Actually, that's largely the reason for the increase in demand for Medical paraprofessionals. With many of these people spending more time with computers than with patients, you need more bodies to provide the patient contacts.
Ain't that the truth! It is already happening. I now see a PA as my primary doctor. She spends about half our time entering results on the computer during a routine office visit. Then add in the receptionists, the nurse to take temp, blood pressure, etc. (both of whom are also entering info into a computer. Then there is the appointment scheduler after the visit. If there is blood work, add a couple more layers of computer entries. Then, I am assuming here, that is overseen by a doctor, on a computer. Any prescription is sent electronically to the pharmacist and requires computer entries to the government and any insurance. It's a wonder anything gets done at all.
THis is why your office exam costs $600.
Well that, and you are also paying for 10 other people who can't afford to.
Pro football is dead to me. It gave in to and was taken over by the race baiters.
The Crossword Panic reminded me of the great show Rubicon (on AMC). It only lasted one season: intelligent and thoughtful doesn't play well in modern-America.
That underwater drone is very cool! Even the sharks like it. Yum!
As long as huge sums of money flow into healthcare there will be continued emphasis on red tape and control and much less emphasis on actual care and accountability of employees. The VA and indian health system are the future...and if government revenue gets diverted to interest on the debt, well...…..
re well . . .
We'll just have to print up some more money to make up for the shortfall.
After all, what could possibly go wrong??
I love remote work, Being retired, work is very remote from me. The remoter, the better.
"Maggie's Farm is like the old internet. I loved it."
I still do. I hit Maggie's Farm, Chicago Boyz, and Coyote Blog every day, without fail. If I have time I'll hit Instapundit, Althouse, and Steve Sailer. Sometimes RealClearPolitics. And once or twice a week Antiplanner.
I miss the old internet, too. The Urinal Etiquette Page, The Smoking Head of Bob, and Foreign Objects in Rectum. We don't get quality sites like that any more /sarc