Sunday, July 23, 2017

An Aircraft Carrier

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On July 22, POTUS dedicated an aircraft carrier, USS Gerald Ford, the final cost of which will exceed the entire military budget of Iran.  Yet we are in no legitimate wars at present.  We are in no legitimate wars where an aircraft carrier gives us any particular advantage over the passel of ground bases we maintain around the world.  What is happening here?  Have the merchants of death gathered at the water for one long, last draft at the trough?  Is the water without limit?  How long can we survive having our financial stability sucked away?

-- Kilgore Forelle

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Words Poorly Used #94 -- Excuses

Why is it that when there is a cop-involved killing that a 1000 experts and eyewitnesses, mostly incognito, are everywhere.  Make all the excuses, use all the hindsight -- this is still unacceptable.

-- Kilgore Forelle

But What About ... ?

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The purpose of citing past pecadillos is always to take the bloom off of good that someone did.  This is a composition fallacy.   After a human has died, the two steams must make their independent way.  Which will become the greater stream?  Will they have confluence again?  Which one will overwhelm the other?  Will Shakespeare wrote "the good is oft interrèd with their bones."  But the consequences of the good go on.  It is now apart from the deceased.  The Declaration of Independence stands whether its authors held slaves or not.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Dynamic Agreement

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The motto in the graphic, when two words are changed, makes a good approximation for Voluntaryism -- "voluntaryism" is the new subject, and substitute "anyone" for "someone."

The hope expressed, however, is likely impossible -- no one exists who can accept everything of what another really is.

This puts impossible pressure on the other person in a relationship.

The true goal is to find someone who values more of you than they reject, and that their expression of rejection is not toxic.

The responsibilities for maintaining this delicate balance lie with both partipants in any voluntary association.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Critical Thinking

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The nation, the USA, are getting dangerously close to the point that proof must be shown that it can save itself from a fatal machination of its own organization.  H. L. Mencken predicted the situation long ago when he wrote:
 All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
But he did not say what should be done to escape the consequence.  Several times before the USA have failed at this brink.  Surely it is not just a matter of going into hibernation until the next casting of lots.  One of these days, patience will fail, and the tin can may no longer be dribbled along the asphalt.

 -- Kilgore Forelle

VEEP -- A Rental

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The current VPOTUS, on his perpetual public relations tour, is coming today to the Bluegrass.  The irony is that he will be speaking at a local rental store, ... the ultimate human rental, VEEP, holding forth at a rental venue.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Words Poorly Used #93 -- Legal/Moral

The term "legal" is most often miscarried when it has not been put in the light of a moral origin.  This relationship is the first puzzle of humanity.  Morals are abstract and difficult to pin down.  Artificial laws (legislation) are more or less successful attempts to make instances of moral behavior concrete.  I make a distinction between "artificial" and "natural" law.  Morals and natural laws co-exist.  Workable morals arise from natural law.  For example, when A kills B, B no longer participates.  There is no natural law for deciding who "should" participate.  There is only natural law for determining who, what, where, when, and how.  Therefore, no person can, by artifice, determine who "should" kill whom.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Legality, Beside the Point

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The pundit cosmos queries, "Is it illegal?" A considerate homo sapiens counters, "Is it moral?"  A proper society, a nation of laws, arises because humans desire moral order.  A "legality" process, diverted to lesser uses, often confounds the only useful goal.  (NB -- Here, we define "useful" as  serving a distinct, unique purpose with a minimum of undesired consequences.  "Net usefulness" is not a useful notion.)  Restating Ockham's Razor -- the laws that most closely attain a true moral outcome are the laws that are most likely just.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

POTUS Medius Ocris

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I have opined for a very long time that there have been no above average POTUS'es.  The scorecard reads 45 incumbents, 45 ho-hummers.  Even great Americans, such as Jefferson, Cleveland, Coolidge, and Eisenhower barely got out of the office without serious repair work required on their reputations.  In 41 other cases, excellence never enters the picture.  Do you doubt that there are thousands of real estate minds, just in NYC, that exceed the wrestling promoter/reality show clown that serves as the current, most mediocre, resident of the Whitehouse.  Of course he is making the media look bad.  That's no extraordinary behavior.  That should be entertaining for a day or two, max.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Brand X

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Why is it that authoritarians, sycophants, and jingoists think that the only genuine brands of patriotism are authoritarianism, sycophantism, and jingoism.  Make mine Brand X.  And still if I were to list all the places and things I love about the USA, we would all be here until some 4th of July well beyond 2017.

 -- Kilgore Forelle


Paper Fail

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One of the oldest lawyer dodges is to hit somebody with a masive demand for a document dump.  It is obfuscation!  POTUS opened his mouth and inserted foot about voter fraud some time ago.  When asked to put up or shut up, the response was to appoint a commission to bury the inquiry (at taxpayer expense), then the commission made an onerous data request (which locally would cause 50-fold taxpayer expense).  The commission knew that most states would not, probably could not, comply with the demand.  Therefore, they have a perfect set of excuses for all the politicos involved -- others failed to cooperate.

-- Kilgore Forelle

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Save Us from the Voters

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Even worse than the if-you-don't-vote crowd are the it's-your-duty bunch.  And then you have the voting-should-be-compulsory mavens (and what a fine premise for the land of the free [irony alert]!)  Acknowledging that any state or local vote is irrelevent to countrywide representation, here is what you get:
-- 1 vote every 4 years for POTUS,
-- 1 vote every 2 years for HOROTUS, and
-- 2 votes every 6 years for SOTUS.
That's it!  As POTUS may say, "that's a bad deal for us."  People say that voters are ignorant.  The above calculus confirms that, but what kind of education would fix this stupidity?

-- Kilgore Forelle

Explanations

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Almost any idiosyncrasy can be explained by knowing markets.  Any bad consequences can be explained by knowing about statism.

-- Kilgore Forelle