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Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailout Belayed

The real economy is temporarily spared. The stock market is down.

Fortunately, I sold all of my stock and started spending it on candy a while ago. I don't make market predictions much, because I don't have the data for it, but I'm expecting very high inflation over the next ten years.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Still not time for armed revolt

The Democrats whine about imaginary handouts to "corporations" and "Wall Street" for my entire adult life, and now that the government is actually going to give away US$700,000,000,000, they're complicit.

Bernanke seems to have drunk his own Kool-Aid(TM). I guess he does technically work for the banks who are getting the graft, but I couldn't support this atrocity with a straight face. And of course Paulson's job is to print scrip with no relation to any objective measure of value, so we shouldn't expect him to say anything.

The media are tripping over themselves to explain how wonderful corporatism is. It worked well under Hitler, and Bush=Hitler, so it'll work for us too.

Meanmhile, the dollar, stock market, oil prices and bond yields react the way I'd expect them to if Chicago was overrun by zombies, or perhaps the Russians invaded Alaska on a foggy day.

I feel zero pity, at this moment, for the millions of people who will lose their jobs and homes because of this. Most of them share the responsibility for what's going to happen next year. This is a republic, after all.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's beautiful.

"Rich Franklin used to spend his days teaching math to high school students. Today, he spends his evenings in an octagon-shaped cage grounding and pounding fighters into submission in front of thousands of screaming fans." - CNN

A real American success story.


"it doesn't in any way diminish my pride in the history of this nation, which has literally shed our blood in all four corners of the earth" - John McCain

ZOMG! McCain sez Earth is flat! Liar! Christianist! Out of touch!


Right now only Mrs. Palin can hurt Mrs. Palin. Messrs. Obama and Biden can't do it and shouldn't try. And the media can't, because more than half the country won't listen to them on this subject now, and for a while. The media could get videotape of Mrs. Palin saying, "We should invade Mars and it will be easy because Mars is hidden inside my hair!" and people would say, "Stop sliming Sarah!" - Peggy Noonan

I stand by my earlier assessment that no one knows what's going on. Sure, partisans from each party usually live in their own mutually exclusive fantasy worlds. Take Andrew Sullivan, who is calling Palin a pathological liar in between complaints about her not speaking to the press. Question: How can she lie without talking? Is she IMing the NYT? OMG, fyi that wd b k-rad.

Even so, the consensus just doesn't exist. It could be that this sense of bewilderment is a precursor to enlightenment. The world sheds its preconceptions and attains true knowledge. Or is it only this self perceiving the world? Let's say a prayer for my ingenuous absolutism.

Personally, I think the next move should be for one of the candidates to find an issue where he has majority support and make a brief issue campaign out of it. Maybe the whole financial industry mess, although neither candidate knows enough about it that I'd want them to try to fix it. Frankly, an economy less robust than ours would be collapsing by this point. It might even flourish if the pols stop kicking it.

Maybe socialised health care, or which country we should invade next. Obama says Pakistan. (We're fighting a limited war there. Viva realpolitik.) McCain might go for NoKo. Apparently, the public thinks we gave peace a chance, and it was boring.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Who is so wise as to have perfect knowledge of all things? Therefore trust not
too much to thine own opinion, but be ready also to hear the
opinions of others. - Thomas a Kempis