Category Archives: News

The Exterminator

“If you’ve got an infestation of rats, you call the guy to come in,” she says.
“You don’t care if his crack’s showing. You don’t care if he’s swearing.
“You don’t care if he’s got tobacco-stained teeth. You want the rats taken out.” — from BBC’s take on why Michigan flipped for Trump in 2016.

Politics

“A state cannot be constituted from any chance body of persons, or in any chance period of time. Most of the states which have admitted persons of another stock, either at the time of their foundation or later, have been troubled by sedition.” — Aristotle, Politics

Hiding from the mission

We do this in two ways:

The first is refusing to be clear and precise about what the mission is. Avoiding specifics about what we hope to accomplish and for whom. Being vague about success and (thus about failure).

After all, if no one knows exactly what the mission is, it’s hard feel like a failure if it doesn’t succeed.

The second is even more insidious. We degrade the urgency of the mission. We become diffuse. We get distracted. Anything to avoid planting a stake and saying, “I made this.”

It’s possible to spend 7 hours and 52 minutes out of an eight-hour day in doing nothing but hiding from the mission. And it’s exhausting.

Seth Godin

Not learning to Program

“CS programs have, in the main, not decided that the primary path to becoming a programmer should involve doing material actual programming. There are some exceptions: Waterloo, for example. This is the point where I joke “That’s an exhaustive list” but not sure that a joke.” — from “Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already” by Patrick McKenzie

“Senior”

“The explosive growth of the tech sector keeps average age down and depresses average wages. Compared to industries which existed in materially the same form in 1970, we have a stupidly compressed experience spectrum: 5+ years rounds to “senior.” This is not a joke.” — from “Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already” by Patrick McKenzie

Lossy Press

“The press is a lossy and biased compression of events in the actual world, and is singularly consumed with its own rituals, status games, and incentives. The news necessarily fails to capture almost everything which happened yesterday. What it says is important usually isn’t.” — from “Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already” by Patrick McKenzie

As the Pervnado Turns

“Maybe Trump’s voters aren’t angry enough yet. It’s not just a large number of women our elites have raped and victimized, it’s our entire country. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our debt is astronomical, our universities increasingly resemble insane asylums, our largest inner cities are free-fire zones terrorized by a permanent criminal underclass. And what’s the elite response? Oh, look, a squirrel – where the squirrel of the week is carbon emissions, or transgender rights, or railing at “white privilege”, or whatever other form of virtue signaling might serve to hide the fact that, oh, look, they put remote-controlled locks on their rape dungeons.” — Eric Raymond

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