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Monday, January 26, 2009

My life could have meaning

but only if the stimulus bills don't hurt the economy too bad.

Of course, the intent is to "help" the economy, that great abstract conception of the sum of trillions of individual transactions, but it can't.

The problem is that macroeconomics- and hence the retarded Keynesian approach that perpetually f***s us all- relies on a fallacy that I'll call "macro-demand."

Demand for any given product is finite. The macroeconomic view seems to be that aggregate demand is the sum of all these lesser demand curves, but that's incorrect.

Total demand is... more or less infinite. It equals production, at all times, so long as we count totally useless production of crappy goods to be consumption.

The individual demand curves represent the desired allocation of society's productive capacity.

Fiscal policies that attempt to "boost demand" (which is already infinite in the relevant respect, ie in the amount of useless junk consumers want to purchase) simply results in a reallocation of production away from investment and "targeted" consumption to whatever random and usually stupid pork projects the politicians want.

This reduces output from a subjective standpoint and reduces economic growth.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

'Office Space' Sucked

Haha a red stapler lol.
WTF? It's a red stapler. It's not funny.

I imagine this post will be even less popular than the last. No matter; here are a few thingsAmericans love that actually suck.

The Black Eyed Peas, especially Fergie
Family Guy
American Idol
Surreal Humor
Barack Obama
Fiat Currency
SUVs
War
The 90s Batman Movies
Frank Miller
American Comics in General, except for The Watchmen
Beer
Arguing
Car chase videos
Stupid criminal videos
Lawyer, Doctor, and Cop shows
TV on average
MySpace
Starbucks
Toby Keith
Jazz
Comediennes
Stephen Colbert
iPhones
Halo (the video game)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Racism Banzai

Ever since the election, I've decided to take advantage of the new post-racial America by being racist. You see, I once had a communist bastard history professor (haven't we all) who said that racism by minorities didn't matter because they weren't in power. He was black himself, so you'd think he'd be more apologetic, but any way.

Now that "the man" keeping us down is a "black man," it seemed like I (as a pure-blooded Gaelic Nordo-Franco-Anglo-Saxon) could now express my latent inner racist. The Left always says that we're racist, after all. I proceeded to answer all of my quasi-liberal friend's complaints with "It's because we elected a nigger president." He laughed from pure shock, but he told me each time I was racist. Soon, he told me that I should seriously stop.

But "Jason," says I, "I can't help my racism. I was raised in a racist society."
"Your girlfriend is black!" he says, which is totally beside the point.
"She hates black people too." As a matter of fact, she's only 39% African and 10% European.

That settled the matter nicely. It reminds me of the time in college when I greeted a Persian co-worker with "wassup, my nigga?" He found it hysterical, though we both looked around in fear of thought-police.

So I was at a really ghetto Minit Mart last week (run by Pakistanis) with my homeboy Dave and I waited in the truck so terrorists wouldn't jack it. When he returned, I told him about the fly honey he'd missed. He disappeared for a moment in the direction I indicated and returned, disappointed that she was a Negro. I really don't see how colored girls can be excluded from the group "fly honies," considering the Urban Youth wink wink origin of the phrase.

I may rap about this experience later.

UPDATE: I realize this post sounds as if I've lost my touch for satire, but these are true stories.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

QFTD2

Myrna, you see, believed that all humans living south and west of the Hudson River were illiterate cowboys or -- even worse -- White Protestants, a class of humans who as a group specialized in ignorance, cruelty, and torture. (I don’t wish to especially defend White Protestants; I am not too fond of them myself.) - A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Toole

QFTD

"In spite of all to which they have been subjected, Negroes are nonetheless a rather pleasant folk for the most part. I really have had little to do with them, for I mingle with my peers or no one, and since I have no peers, I mingle with no one." - Vox Day A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Toole

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tea Party

This guy has the idea of protesting Congress's continuing disruption of the economy by mailing teabags to D.C. Eh. Do it if you're so inclined. The Republic will fall on schedule.

I would go for something more dramatic, in the vein of the original tea party.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Scientific Philosophy Rebuild

All theories are just a curve fit to the available data; experiments are merely an educated guess at the best way to acquire new data.

According to this view, a theory that has been experimentally verified hundreds of times with new evidence, like the theory of relativity, is no better than one constructed after the fact.

Chronology- prediction, backtesting, whatever- is completely irrelevant.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This post is PG13

"For example, many of the people who say they lost money in Madoff's alleged Ponzi scheme were celebrity actors, writers, wealthy people -- people with abundant smarts." - CNN

Are you f---ing kidding me?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Heh. Hehehe.

Glad to see that the new Congress is off to a good start.
-Blagojevich
--Burris
-Franken
-Richardson
-Panetta

And the depression that Obama is planning. When the next wave hits immediately after the next stimulus, will that be enough to end the quackery? I doubt it.