Posts tagged ‘satire’

Trump Acting Like a Showbiz Type


Trump has shown a complete, repeated inability to anticipate others’ reactions.  Negative reactions do tend to spread more rapidly than positive ones; he has publicly repeated that “Any attention is good attention.”  That’s a ‘showbizness’ strategy and tactic that has always eventually backfired according to my memory, although Rush Limbaugh has had quite a run. The National Enquirer claims Trump’s IQ is 156.  Since IQ tests are based on pattern recognition and manipulation, we have considerable divergence between two views.  We also–no matter whether Trump is a clown or not–have a sizable segment of the population [I’m one, remember] which has declared itself unbelievably stupid.  Either it’s the ones supporting Trump or the ones against it.  I mean him.  Trust me, I’m not calling him a complete idiot.  Really I’m not.

[reaction to a comment at https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-again-criticizes-sessions-this-time-over-fbi-leadership-1501084563 .  I’m showing the link because it is Wall Street Journal and it may be a subscribers-only article.  Trump lining up another symbolic sacrifice has been variously covered in other publications and the bare news itself can be obtained.  After, mind you, reading as much about the subject as possible and then attempting to discard inconsistencies which were because of the accuracy/inaccuracy of an inevitably biased ‘reporter’.

 

What Trump frankly reminds me of most is a bad (as in poor) actor becoming a bad (as in morally and in performance and in credibility and consistency) politician who is frankly interested (to my eyes) in only himself, his experience and what pleases him.  Anyone who disagrees with him is automatically, obviously wrong.

 

This brings to rise the notion of a head of government who not only cannot take criticism but cannot tolerate advice, whose ego is so fragile he must assure himself each morning that he is “The Donald” in front of the mirror.  A man whose advisors and assistants have repeatedly announced “doesn’t drink or use (recreational) drugs” but has shown up on more than one recording very obviously very, very drunk (once was with the Patriots, no less, with him obviously using the podium to maintain his balance).

 

And then let us note his supporters, who instantaneously label anything that might even be interpreted (The Declaration of Independence being the latest example) as critical of him, let alone removing him from office.  Most don’t even remember that most of the Republican party was extremely not in his favor, although all of them “won the election” now.

 

Alternative truths, indeed.  “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

July 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

The Customer As An Idiot


I’ve been thinking about this off and on for weeks, under various titles.  For now, we’ll confine it to this.

 

I seem to remember a time, not too long past, when I was actually treated as a valuable resource.  I’m scruffy, although I do have a tendency to bathe quite regularly (by scruffy I mean I resent having to dress beyond jeans and I will occasionally wear shirts with holes.  they are perfectly good shirts, after all).  I actually don’t dress that differently from most of the residents of the Rogue Valley.  More than that, the people behind the counters live in the Rogue Valley.  You don’t make twelve bucks an hour and commute forty miles one way too handily.  Especially when it’s a valley, so beyond a certain distance it’s up.  It’s like the SUV drivers confronted with pedestrians.  Those bastards walk too.

 

Then there was this strange trend that began pretty quickly and then infected everything.  At work, we were supposed to be polite but impersonal to the customers; it was quite analagous to the non-transference dictum of various disciplines.  The checker became a little more distant; it was a little more common to bag things yourself.  The ridiculous (at first) commercials about cash disturbing the flow of credit cards became more numerous.  The other person in the store, for that matter, became less possibly a source of anything but impedance and irritation.

 

And now it’s today.  The customer has become the necessary irritation (if only they could be dispensed with! think of the profits!)–or the fellow idiot in the aisles, blocking the way.  Which occasionally turns out to be my reflection, by the way.  At the checkout, you get nervous if you hit a wrong number on the PIN or god forbid pick the wrong option.  That last might back up the whole U.S. for days, you know.

–Glenn

July 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

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Have you ever noticed that when someone goes on television to tell us to tighten their belts you know for sure they don’t have to do it?

If the Brits are so great how come they have to have directions for dressing?

Before you make absolutely sure you have the most beautiful teapot in the world, it might be wise to ensure it doesn’t leak.  However, I doubt Microsoft or Apple can ever learn that.

I’m just as disturbed as John Brunner was by the constant misuse of the name Art.  Personally, I’ve just gone back to calling him Arthur.

Nothing can prove causation, either in a single instance or as an operative concept.  It looks fairly likely.  Levels of causation cube the uncertainty factor.  Predictivity based on the model is poor except in mechanical applications.

There is a necessary factor of uncertainty, or error, in any representation of anything.  This is due to the fact that the one doing the representing has to decide what’s important.  Generally she doesn’t bother to take notes on the unimportant stuff.  The one who (poorly) explained what’s important, having had that explained to him by the boss, who nearly listened while the boss of the guy who had the person decide to have someone else do the actual study to determine what’s important…having had the assignment of definition handed to him by someone who had the need explained by a server-side-oriented-consultant…will be the one who’s expected to handle the data for a project which probably never is explained until it’s already underway.  I don’t understand why most people say I have a dour outlook on life.  Maybe it’s because I use Outlook.

It’s been proven as far as it can be that being constipated gives you a shitty outlook on life.  So using Microsoft Office…?

Offhand=someone who’s right-handed trying to masturbate with his left.  Then again, I had someone trying to convince me it stood for military intelligence.

If there was a society that had an observable tendency to increase in population and the society generally tried to defend the tendency in a variety of forms of languages, that could be taken as an indication that there was a disaster a long time ago.  The disaster would probably have come fairly close to wiping out the society, and there would probably be a fairly high childhood mortality rate as it began recovering from it.  Among other things, that society (as it survived) would probably be fairly aggressive.  [In all gamed situations, the first to adopt aggressive tactics AND the best at their tactics wins.  I would assume there are other possible situations.]  Both the aggression and the need to increase population would be at a level where it would be difficult for the individual to manipulate their own feelings.  Basic feelings which form the underpinnings of a society are not easily manipulable by experiential language, and language which sacrifices accuracy for the sake of consistency becomes a statement of religious belief and practice.*

Language first of all presents a set of protocols for described situations.  Secondly, it presents a set of valorizational statements which defend the protocols.  Thirdly, it attempts to thus present a framework of positive and negative motivation, as well as statements as to the “good” of the ruling structure.  There is no possible statement of value which is not relativistically based.

*Restated, that’s something like this.  We’re horny little bastards, but it looks like it’s not instinct.  It’s memories in the forms of values we hardly know how to say.  Most likely, the human race just about got wiped out by a glacial age that came on suddenly, and then there was global warming that occurred suddenly and drastically (it looks right now) about 50,000 years ago.  There was a lot of disease and there was a lot of incest.  More than that, population expanded faster than arable land or easy prey did.  The catastrophe had wiped out the knowledge the human race had except for language and especially chants.

I have never attempted to make any statements about Cro-Magnon humans and their appearance, other than that all transitional skeletal elements thus far are either fakes or vast stretches.

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Glenn

July 22, 2008 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment