Holy hell:

Evidently, Karl has (somehow) managed to stumble his way to survival, once again:

Turns out, York didn’t get back to him because they had been having “E-mail issues”

As a result, he has (somehow) managed to score an interview – at some indeterminate point in the future.

There are several possibilities, here:

  1. Either he is llying to me for some reason
  2. They are Lying to him
  3. He actually has an “interview

At any rate, he evidently believes that the “interview” is merely a formality, and that he is more or less guaranteed to get the job.

On another note, he has at least started claiming that he will begin selling some of his E-hoard off “at some point”.

I honestly have no idea if he’s lying to me about any of this stuff, or not.

On another note: my wife has bronchitis and is on anti-biotics.  *I* have some sort of bug and feel like warmed-over ass.  (I thought Florida was supposed to be less prone to this kind of bullshit)..

Yes, well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Same idiot, different day:

Last night, Karl was supposedly “on the verge of an anxiety attack”, over the fact that he has failed to simply “walk into” the various jobs which he had been “assured” would be trivial to acquire.

Both county jobs are off the table: Lancaster evidently hired someone else, and York has simply failed to respond at all.
Another (unnamed) place evidently shot him down by simply stating “we’re not hiring”, and hanging up on him.

Quite honestly, the most likely explanation is the fact that he has become rather infamous – both for being a petulant little shit, and for the fact that he tends to be fired from most of his jobs.

As of this writing (November 2017) the pattern is clear:

1. He (somehow) manages to lie his way into a job (either by strategically “failing to mention” the other employers who fired him, or by managing to appear at least semi-human during the interview process – or both).
2. Initially, he appears at least semi-competent and likable – until his co-workers/employers discover that he tends to be slow, recalcitrant, and bellicose when he believes that the task they’ve assigned him is “beheath” his dignity, and/or the project itself is being done “incorrectly”.
See, Karl fancies himself to esentially be the reincarnation of Nikola Tesla. As such, he is always and impeccably correct – regardless of what the customer (or the bosses) want done.
If their instructions strike him as the “wrong” way of doing something, he’ll simply do it his way (whether that’s what the customers/bosses wanted, or not). Likewise, if he finds the alloted time-frame too “stressfull” – he’ll “get around to it”, when he damned well pleases.

In other words, Karl is either unable (or more likely, unwilling), to comprehend the fact that his employers have hired him to perform specific task(s), in a specific manner, over an equally-specific time-period. Being terminated for repeated failure to do any (or all) of the above is NOT any sort of “evidence” that “the Cosmos” is persecuting him.

At any rate, he is now back at the point in his standard pattern where his usual facade of arrogance slips, and his (vanishingly-few) “friends” get a glimps of his authentic personality (a whiny, self-pitying neurotic who blames anyone-and-everyone else (up to and including “the Cosmos” itself) for his unbroken, decades-long span of failures, but who is simply too stupid to be able to refrain from making exactly the same mistakes, yet again.

His latest “plan” is substantively identical to a “plan” he devised during his last cycle of self-pity/panic:

1. Dump (yet more) of his poorly-sorted junk into the existing storage-units (snsuring that they are crammed even more tightly – yet haphazardly – with detritus).
2. Relocate to Arizona (despite having no funds, no prospects, a mountain of unpaid medical bills, and a ‘credit history” which is irremediably fucked).
3. “Walk into” any of the myriads of tech-jobs which will just magically fall into his lap.
4. Become “successful” enough to rent/buy a “big enough house” to contain all of the hoarded E-waste.
5. Somehow bullshit his employer into allowing him to return to PA for however long it takes to sort/load up the E-waste.
6. Transport the E-waste hoard to Arizona.
7. Cram the E-waste hoard into his house.

At this point, I’m bored.
I don’t give a shit either way.

Either he manages to (somehow) weasel his way into another job (from which he will inevitably end up being fired), and then manages to stumble through his sad parody of a “lifestyle” for another few years – or he ends up being evicted from his trailer, and having to crash on somebody’s couch.

He has straight-out told me that – if faced with the choice – he will chose non-payment of rent (and resultant eviction) over the “loss” of the E-waste hoard, primarily because if he gave up on the hoard, he would have “nothing to show” for a “lifetime” of “collecting”.

The whole pattern has become completely predictable, and – worse – boring to me.

He is either too stupid – or too arrogant – to ever learn from his mistakes.
As a result, his pattern of (self-inflicted) failure will either continue as-is, or worsen.

Either way, I’m done trying to help him, or give him advice.

How does he get away with it all?

So, I (stupidly) communicated with Karl:

1. He has been “laid off” (IE: FIRED – in all but name).
The basic gimmick behind “layoffs” is: you no longer work for that particular employer (for whatever reason)….but you’re never quite sure whether you should ‘risk” attempting to hire on somewhere else.
Now, the thing which strongly indicates the real nature of this “layoff” is: they actually came by karl’s place, to get the work-van. Result? He actually has to sink vast amounts of money into getting his rickety shit-bucket of a Jeep repaired enough to pass inspection.

2. Based exclusively on what sounds suspiciously like idle chit-chat at the local vape shop, Karl now m (mistakenly) believes that he can “just walk into” any of several jobs, with any of several counties.
Except, of course, that (since this is Karl we’re talking about), he neglected to even apply for the Lancaster job until the DAY of the deadline (IE: bottom of the list).
As to the York job? NO response, but he (mistakenly) believes that they either won’t check his references at all, or that his former employers will all give glowing reviews merely because he happens to be a technological genius on par tiwh Nikola Tesla.
Conveniently, Karl is ignoring the fact that his co-workers and employers tend to HATE HIM, after a remarkably short time at any given job.
(That’s the thing about Karl: he can manage to be tolerable – for extremely short time-periods.)

3. Dumping shit-tons of money into repairing his jeep has placed him in a position where he is unlikely to be able to both pay his rent *and* keep paying on the storage units full of hoarded E-waste, next month.
By his own admission, things could get “really bad”. (One can only hope so, given Karl’s eerie ability to never actually face the consequences of his bad decisions).

Alas, since this is Karl, he will most likely manage to weasel his way into another job (where his co-workers and employers will eventually come to hate him), at which point he will continue stumbling along in his current “lifestyle” for an indeterminate period of time – before some variant of this scenario happens again.

I honestly don’t understand how it is possible for somone to repeat the same basic error(s) repeatedly – without ever managing to learn anything from the successive iterations, and – more importantly – without ever facing any sort of consequences related to stupidity/negligence/compulsive hoarding, etc.

 

Hahahahaha!

So, post-maria, Puerto Rico has been reduced to some sort of “The Day after” hell-scape.

TH vast majority of the island isn’t expected to have the electrical grid back up until sometime around next February.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/without-power-until-next-year-puerto-ricans-are-leavingmaybe-forever

So, yeah – there is already the beginnings of some sort of mass exodus from the island.

The amazing part of this is: These people are already American citizens, so this influx of “brown people” onto the U.S. Mainland can’t be blamed on “border jumpers”, or suchlike other xenophobic bullshit.

This is only going to accelerate the ongoing  demographic shift toward increasing Non-“White” populations in the U.S. – which is going to seriously fuck over”White” Conservatives, in particular, long-term.

So, yeah: Puerto Rico sucks, and is most likely going to continue sucking for a long, long while.  Just like what happens with all of the other shitty and hopeless parts of the U.S., this has resulted in a mass exodus away fro the shitholes, toward better regions.

 

 

Somebody else “gets it”:

This has to be the best summation of the total ineptitude and self-sabotage of the so-called “Objectivist movement” over the past 50 years (other than what I wrote about it, of course)) 🙂

 

The flagging of momentum, the loss of people, the loss of a systematic educational “pipeline” for Objectivism was caused by a series of unfortunate decisions taken by Objectivist leaders (and by their followers who imitated them) over the last forty years. It can also be seen by contrasting the stagnation or lack of growth of the movement to the growth of conservatism over the same period.

The movement really started with a small circle of people in Ayn Rand’s living room around fifty years ago when Atlas was published and the idea of writing about and then teaching the philosophy came to life.

Forty years ago, Objectivism *the philosophy* (not merely casual readership of the novels) was growing rapidly under the aegis of the NBI courses and the Objectivist magazine, which together were training Objectivists by the tens of thousands. When a movement produces well-trained, confident, assertive, well-rounded intellectuals in their twenties, in another generation they will begin to have an impact. That is exactly what happened about twenty years later, in the 1980’s with the Reagan Revolution and all its eager activists and with the Thatcher Revolution and with people like Martin Anderson (who helped destroy military conscription) and Alan Greenspan. A movement like that can have an influence on related movements such as on prominent conservatives, even if they are not total converts to Objectivism.

Fast forward forty years (from the late sixties) and there are no longer tens of thousands of Objectivists emerging from courses and training in the ideas as there were when NBI produced them nationwide and even overseas. And one ‘proof’ of the absence of thousands of these enthusiastic ‘graduates’ is the backsliding of the conservatives. Into religiosity, appeasement, big government, corruption, and religiosity. As witness the post-Reagan administrations, the two Bushes, father and son, and the post-Thatcher administrations in England.

The timing matches up. Here are the ‘pratfalls’ of the Objectivist movement from ’67 on:

1. ’67-’68 Split into two warring camps. Demoralization. Closing of NBI.
2. Slow regaining thru the seventies of education for the half that remained with Peikoff’s slowly developing one course after another. And the tape lessee system. But, far from increasing, the number of students was a *small fraction* of those from the previous era.
3. Shutting down of the tape lessee system and instead selling the course as taped lectures at *extremely high cost* to individual purchases one on one. A still greater drop in people being educated in the philosophy and related subjects and in applying the philosophy.
4. Resulting loss in understanding the ideas for the last twenty years (I witnessed a steady shrinkage on both coasts and in several states and at annual conferences — how fewer people I would meet completely understand the system).
5. Slow regaining in the ’80s of beginnings of some movement momentum. This was tiny compared to NBI…hundreds rather than thousands…but was facilitated by the Thomas Jefferson Institute and its summer conferences beginning in ’83. By ’89, thing were just starting to improve, and the feeling of their being an actual ‘movement’ could begin to be felt…and joint projects (like ARI, campus clubs, lecture tours) were getting off the ground.
6. ’89 Split into two warring camps. Demoralization. Breaking away of David Kelley and his followers. ARI loses half its support and its momentum…which takes years to recover. The Jefferson School loses momentum and ultimately collapses. IOS starts very small. Some momentum but excruciatingly tiny–less than a thousand people, years later.
7. Neither faction or group has the good sense (or perhaps the manpower and intellectual resources) to restart the education and training program of the NBI or Peikoff courses eras.
8. Fast forward nearly twenty years to 2007: IOS->TOC->TAS has begun to shrink (it was never very large). ARI has been growing, but is still a fraction the size and impact of NBI from nearly forty years ago. The clearest evidence of that is the complaint by its executive director that there are not enough trained Objectivist intellectuals to fill a dozen or two opportunities for them to fill academic or activist slots. They have the good sense to have restarted education and training with the Objectivist Academic Center, but the many thousands of prospects who enter the essay contests or read the fiction in the schools are still producing only on the order of a hundred (or less) people a year, not all of whom will do anything….compared to the tens of thousands taking comparable courses undere NBI.
9. At the same time, ARI has alienated itself from natural allies and converts among the classical liberals and conservatives by insulting them, and refusing to deal with them…or in the former case expelling people who even go to meetings of them or book signings to -even speak- to them. Even if it’s to try to convert them. Movements only grow by having an influence on more diffuse but larger groups in other more ‘lukewarm’ or untrained movements…or in the sympathetic but uninformed groups which are the wider concentric circles around them. ARI loses in goodwill and openness to listening from these groups and individuals by this policy. TOC has tried to build bridges rather than alienate, but they have shrunk to a handful of people and are viewed as ineffectual (perhaps even by those potential allies?), so their impact is negligible. While ARI has been graduating a small number of the next generation or Objectivist intellectuals, skilled, confident, polished, knowledgeable, TOC has been graduating approximately zero. ARI has succeeded in planting a few Objectivist professors in academic philosophy departments but the number is ludicrously tiny…and their impact in terms of graduating classes full of Objectivists or gaining Objectivism respect in academic philosophy is still more a dream than a reality.
10. ’07 Once there is any sign of momentum or growth in the movement, there will usually be an opportunity for differences to show in how to apply the ideas or in concrete issues or personalities. And those differences are always handled by purges, factions, schisms, and loss of momentum as disillusioned people in large percentages leave Objectivism or intellectual activism permanently. They crawl into a hole, lick their wounds, and pull the hole shut after them…or they write document or blogs opposing Objectivism and blaming it for ruining their lives. Hardly likely to cause the movement or the ideas to appear attractive to outsiders.

The more recent glimmerings of possible future factionalism and bloodletting have come with several bloggers or website owners who spend most of their time castigating the purity of anyone who doesn’t completely understand and apply Objectivism correctly. The most recent example was castigating the purity of those who did not choose correctly on a concrete issue: which of the two very flawed political parties in the U.S. is worse and will do most harm.

Conclusion: Objectivists have been better at quarreling among themselves, arguing over second-order issues, than in investing always rare time in learning the ideas, applying them, and changing the world.

http://www.solopassion.com/node/2600

Quite frankly, the problem with the guy who wrote this post, is that he actually (mstakenly) believes “Objectivism” to be a system of ideas to serve as a guide to living one’s life”, as opposed to an overblown PR-stunt designed specifically to funnel money into Ayn Rand’s (and later Leonard Peikoff’s)  pockets.

It was N#EVER about “spreading the philosophy”, let alone “changing the world”:

  1. If the philosophy (or anything even remotely similar) were to become “widespread”, it would lose it’s “shock value”.  For example, cookbooks typically aren’t that “edgy” – unless you’re talking about a cookbook about grilling meat, among a society of vegetarians/vegans.  THAT would be the sort of “radical” cookbook which would thrive on “controversy”.

    And, let’s be honest:  Ayn Rand was all about generating controversy and “hype”.  She COULD HAVE positioned “her” philosophy as a “radical defense of individualism” (because “individualism” isn’t nearly as controversial a topic as “selfishness”) — but she explicitly chose “selfishness” (as opposed to mere ‘self-interest”) – specifically for the “shock” value – as a mareting-stunt.

  2. This is *also* why Peikoff & Pals are so prickly about what they perceive to be “counterfeit” Objectivist organizations  – even when those organizations end up funneling royalties into Peikoff’ pocket by generating first-sales on copies of Rand/Peikoff schlock.

Either it’s “about” reality (and the attempt to more correctly align oneself to it) – or it’s “about” whatever Ayn Rand happens to have scrawled down in something that was eventually “published”.  You cannot have it both ways.

3. The obsession with “academia” is laughable, given the fact that the “humanities” departments of “academia” tend to be infested with Marxists/Neo-Kantians/multi-colturalist/”postmodern” bullshit-artists, etc. — “academia” is, at mest, (almost) irremediably corrupt.

Thus, the most rational course would be to route around the existing version of “academia” (in the same way Blacks did, in the pre-Civil Rights era, by creating what is now known as “historically black” colleges):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historically_black_colleges_and_universities

Have either of the Objectivist “flagship” organizations done this?

No.

Instead, they’ve managed to score a (vanishingly few) positions at a (vanishingly few) – and mostly hostile – colleges.

Worse yet, they’ve BOTH fucked up irremediably by failing to concentrate “outreach” toward self-described “libertarians”  and “classical” Liberals (most of whom are at least broadly sympathetic to at least the “broad outlines”).

More in a later post.

 

 

The secret to religion: defining the “miraculous” down to genuinely absurd levels

Some while back, one of my wife’s vaguely “Baptist” friends recounted something which she claimed was definitely a “god thing” (IE: miracle).

Evidently, she had “butt-dialed” some former acquaintance, who just happened to have recently moved back to town, after having been gone for some while.

Now, here’s the thing:

“Dialing back” the miraculous to this level is, quite frankly, an insult BOTH to the intelligence of anyone hearing stories like this, AND a “slap in the face” to the (purportedly omnipotent) imaginary deity they claim to “worship”.

Let’s examine how utterly mundane this event actually was, and worse – exactly how much of this supposed “God thing” involved her own NEGLIGENCE:

  1. That particular woman’s contact information was “still” in the phone
  2. The woman had neglected to lock her phone.

Now, Here’s the sort of thing which I cannot help but wonder about when I hear “miraculous” stories of this kind:

  1. How many contacts does she have on her phone?
  2. How sensitive is the interface? (IE: how easy is it for “pocket calls”/butt-dialing to happen?
  3. Would she have even bothered to recognize this as a “God thing” if she had “butt-dialed” any of her other contacts?

    Now, what would be a (somewhat) more interesting story?

    If the equivalent of this story had happened forty years ago, with one of those old rotary-dial telephones.

See, those phones didn’t have “contacts” stored on them, and available at the push of a single button.

Actually dialing people’s numbers involved the expenditure of a vanishingly small amount of) effort, and the investment of at least a few seconds.

This story would ALMOST be (somewhat) interesting if this woman had dropped one of those dial telephones, and that phone had somehow spontaneously happened to dial the other woman’s (full) telephone number (7 digits).

Bonus points if the woman in question had lived in another area-code (3 more digits, for a total of ten).

This story  – coupled with the fact that everyone else where we heard it appeared to consider it “evidence” for their particular socially-sanctioned delusion – made me lose any further respect for the intelligence or critical-thinking skills of EVERYONE ELSE in that room – especially the “butt-dialer”, herself.

Quite frankly, this is how “organized” religion continues to exist.  What they call “unbelief”, any even semi-sane person regards as merely the most basic level of “critical thinking” skills, and what they denigrate as “walking by sight”, a genuinely sane person regards as having an evidentiary justification for one’s (purported) “beliefs”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predators, prey, and “love”

I honestly can’t fathom why victims are (relentlessly) counseled to “love”, “understand” or “forgive” their victimizers.

  1. Such “forgiveness” ensures that the victimizers continue their antics.  (“Battered spouse” syndrome, anyone?)
  2. It destroys any trace of self-respect in the victim.
  3. (When tied to mere consanguinity (IE: “blood”-kinship), it ensures the victimizer a constant pool of victims to continue victimizing.
  4. It breeds contempt for the victim – both in his/her own eyes, and in the eyes of the victimizer.  (Abject belly-crawling is never attractive to anyone.)

Ironically enough, most of us understand (tactily) that the shiny-happy “forgiveness” bullshit is utterly wrong.  (This is why even the most purportedly devout “Christian” typically approves – at least in principle -f such things as police apprehending criminals).

Exhortations to principled injustice ring hollow, when the rest of the culture actively attempts to contain (or rectify) such injustices.