Month: December 2014

New Years Eve

It’ll be curious to see how this plays out on New Years Eve. I might have to sober up a bit before the ball drops:

[T]hose tasked to protect and to serve the Big Apple, appear to have decided to turn their back on their job entirely, and in what is shaping up to be a long vendetta with the mayor, have succumbed to what the NY Post calls “a virtual work stoppage.”

This implicit strike by the NYPD is manifesting as follows: “traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety.”

Link.

It sounds like they’re still tackling serious crime, so there probably won’t be much good viewing tonight in Times Square. In fact, now that the NYPD aren’t screwing around with petty crimes, maybe they can dedicate more hours to fighting serious crime. But then again, that would violate the broken window theory that drastically reduced crime in NYC in the first place.

We’ll see. A good story regardless.

Everyone have a safe and wonderful NY Eve. … Read the rest

H.I.F: Frustrating

Why do we believe anything from anyone in the upper echelons anymore? “First it was, with ‘absolute certainly’, North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony’s own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator.” Link. … Read the rest

Tuesday

H.I.F: Humorous

Why I support my local newspaper: “Local TV newsrooms ostensibly cover hundreds of towns in their broadcast area and rarely dedicate even more than a few seconds – if that — to local government or school news. Unless your school district is going on strike or your band teacher has molested a trumpet player, your town is not going to make the TV news.” Link. … Read the rest

Monday

Miscellaneous Rambling

Whew, the Christmas frenzy is over. Every year it’s the same thing: High energy and expectations going in, utter exhaustion coming out, but with expectations more or less met. I was so tired last night, I was concerned that I was coming down with something, but it was a nice five-day celebration. * * * * * * * And as a UM graduate and Wolverine fan, I got an unexpected Christmas present: Jim Harbaugh. At least, that’s what it looks like. We’ll see. The UM football program is in a death spiral. They need a Harbaugh or similar big name to staunch the bleeding fast. We’ll see, but I’m optimistic. * * * * * * * Not so much hope for my Detroit Lions. Horrible game yesterday with horrible referee calls. I’m reasonably certain the Packers would’ve won anyway, but I hate to see the Michael Jordan rules in action. Granted, my Lions are pretty dirty and don’t deserve many breaks, but geeeesh. Be subtle about it next time. * * * * * * * While driving back from my in-laws in the eastern suburbs of Detroit, I marvelled at the total wreckage of homes along I-94 and I-96. At one point, I think I counted ten straight houses that were either burned out or obviously too dilapidated for occupation. Marie later sent me this link: A stark, unsentimental look at Detroit’s rapid slide. Startling pics. When you flip through them, take note of the way nature is taking over, swamping everything with its vegetation. It’s ugly, but in a few more years, it won’t be much more ugly … Read the rest

Sunday

A Random Passage

Humorous anecdote about Albert Jay Nock: “He left the American in 1914 after claiming he wrote a deliberately bad article about Edison that was accepted and published.” Brian Doherty, Radicals for Capitalism.… Read the rest

Saturday


If you’ve never read Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s Menace of the Herd or Procrustes at Large, consider giving it a shot. It’s a work of a bygone era, written by a man who lived in our era (died in 1999). When I read him, I can practically feel the grey matter in my head shifting. Also: He’s not afraid to make broad, sweeping statements (often intolerant) that could open him up to buckshot criticism because of exceptions, but that are, nonetheless, true. I find it refreshing. Sample:

Apart from a few poets we see these followers of Calvin contributing very little to the arts and letters. They lacked painters, musicians, architects of originality; hilarity was for them suspect and their humor was limited. In their political activities they displayed strange and disquieting tendencies; in North America they brought the Indians, with the help of bullets, whisky, and infected blankets, almost to a vanishing point. In England they led the first great attack against the institution of monarchy in Christian history, in Ireland they displayed their homicidal talents in the most brutal type of warfare, in South Africa they established republics in which the institution of slavery survived till the threshold of the twentieth century, in Hungary they allied themselves with the pagan Turks and in Japan with the Shintoists against the Catholics.

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