Good news everybody! Our long national nightmare is over. For the first time in almost a decade, we can say “Merry Christmas” to each other again! Thanks to our Glorious Leader! What’s that? You are one of the 76% of Americans who think that the whole “War on Christmas” thing is a lie “made up for political reasons?” Yeah, me too. So, from Santa and me, Merry Christmas!
So, here on Christmas Eve, here are some Alt-Right-free tidbits for you!
Martin Shkreli, the infamous “pharma-bro” who first came to attention by endangering people’s lives by raising the cost of an Aids drug by 800% is back in the news. Shkreli, who obviously wasn’t hugged enough as a child, was convicted of securities fraud and is now being forced to part with some of his one-of-kind possessions. The one that is getting the most headlines is the single copy of the Wu Tang album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Shkreli bought the album just so no one else could hear it because he’s that kind of guy. I hope his prison stay is unpleasant.
Also among those possessions is an Enigma machine, a cryptography device most famous for Alan Turing’s work with it that help break Nazi codes during World War II. Today’s Alt Right also likes to use codes, but rather than hiding troop movements they do so in order to enjoy a smirking frat-boy (and I do mean boy) “joke” at the expense of the rest of us. And the codes change all the time; Pepe the Frog is out, Groyper is in. A “reporter” for the Gateway Pundit (aka Jim Hoft, aka “the stupidest man on the internet”) recently gave a speech entitled “Its OK to Be White” that was chock full of such coded language to signal to the Alt Right that he was one of the cool kidz. This included drinking milk during the speech as a way of showing off his superior Nordic genes. Then he allegedly attacked a woman. Like I said, the Alt Right has a problem with women.
How about some treats from recent news?
I’ve been neglecting this blog. I went on a research trip in New York to
lookit all them tall buildings! go through some of the records of Group Research, Inc. Since then I’ve been working hard on a book proposal, hoping to get it out the door by the end of the year. So I’ve had my head down and nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel. Maybe that is why I have this back ache….
As some recompense, I thought I’d share some interesting stories that you may have missed.
I suppose I could post bits of the book proposal here. Let me know if that would be interesting to you.
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“I have one job on this lousy ship! It’s stupid, but I’m gonna do it, OK?!”
The machine has taken over, I’ve set up a series of reading assignments for you to be released at timed intervals by computer itself. This is the fourth:
The machine has taken over, I’ve set up a series of reading assignments for you to be released at timed intervals by computer itself. This is the third:
I’m taking a break until September. On a several-state tour of some of our several states. When I come back, my mind will be a raging torrent of ideas, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
In the meantime, your homework is:
Once you’ve done your homework, you may:
See you in September!
Yes, I know this is my second post in a row about Gorsuch. I figure, when a guy is going to spend four decades on the Supreme Court, he’s worth talking about.
Let’s talk verbs for a minute: action words! Think about the difference between “inventing” and “discovering” If you’ve invented something, then you’ve created something new: something that did not exist before: so before J.K. Rowling invented it, Hogwarts did not exist. Whereas we say that Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin: that mold was there before, all he did was find it. Novelists, painters, sculptors, architects, and even engineers create things. Scientists discover things.We talk about our branches of government with the same words: Legislatures make policy. Judges find the law.
We run into problems however, when someone is inventing/creating something but claim to be discovering it. This is the problem with originalist jurisprudence. They think they are finding something but they are really creating something.