Category: Politics & economics

current state of the world, economic theory

A philosophical conundrum

Douglas Adams’s conundrum:

Due to the dust cloud, the sky above Krikkit was completely black, and thus the people of Krikkit led insular lives and never realised the existence of the Universe at large. With the population thus prepared, Hactar, disintegrated but still functional, built and crashed a model spaceship onto Krikkit in order to introduce its inhabitants to the concept of the Universe.

Secretly guided by Hactar, the Krikkiters built their first spaceship, Krikkit One, penetrated the dust cloud, and surveyed the Universe before them. Unbeknownst to the Krikkiters, Hactar had been subliminally conditioning their minds to the point where they could not accept a Universe into their world view, with the intention of putting them into a similar mindset to that of the Silastic Armorfiends.

Sooner or later, they would require an Ultimate Weapon, and this would allow Hactar to finally complete his purpose, something he had felt considerable guilt about not doing before.

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Walmart out Amazoning Amazon

Interesting situation over there:

Walmart has said they expect a 40% e-commerce increase (in dollar terms) over the next 12 months.

Here’s my view on them vis-a-vis Out-Amazoning Amazon: Amazon is in trouble. Serious trouble.

WalMart has done a lot with their online presence of late. Further, and far more importantly, they do not charge a “subscription fee” for some “premium” tier such as Amazon does with Prime.

Why is this important? Several reasons:

1. Walmart now handily beats Amazon for a lot of products when it comes to price. In fact if you don’t check Walmart’s online listing before ordering from Amazon you are a fool and almost-certain to overpay. It’s that blatant now, and has been getting more-so over the last few months.

2. You need buy no special plan to get free delivery. You can, as with Amazon, get free delivery to your house if you have a modest amount spent in one transaction.More here ...

Multiple gunmen in Vegas

Now this is most interesting.  Sackerson sent this:

… with the note:

Weird – as you know I’m very cautious about conspiracy theories but …

It’s about the Vegas massacre and she goes into quite some detail, concluding there was more than one gunman:

Suchomel posted key details about the shooting to Facebook contradicting the official narrative that Stephen Paddock is a lone gunman.

“From about 50 feet in front of us, and a little to the right, fire crackers were set off. Let me repeat that… FIRE CRACKERS WERE SET OFF. I verbally stated “some asshole just shot of fire crackers in close proximity to so many people”. I was literally pissed off. You could see Jason Aldean look to his left kind of startled by it, but he was also clearly irritated. I would say about 15 seconds later, the first volley of gunfire was released,” the eyewitness wrote.

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The narrative cake

On how it’s baked:

Strange contracts pre-dating us would suddenly surface, book deals with no deadline attached authored by attractive or nearly famous women, one I recall was by the stewardess on a private plane. It was startling — and professionally mortifying — to discover how many hacks writing gossip columns or entertainment coverage were on the Miramax payroll with a “consultancy” or a “development deal” (one even at The New York Times).

It’s interesting to speculate what percentage of tendentious liberal media projects exist mainly to pay off insiders who know too much. On top of that, what percentage of the projects that never come fully to fruition but for which somebody got paid are, basically, bribes/rewards for staying on Team Liberal despite learning about your teammates?

So much energy and effort expensed on what is wrong.  For money.  And predictably:

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These are a few things in the MSM this morning, in no particular order:

1. The master economist Jezza:

Labour is developing a new consensus of how to run an economy for the many, that will reward the real wealth creators – that means all of us.

a) New consensus – among whom?
b) How to run an economy – wot, Labour?
c) For the many – just as 74% for Brexit is the many?
d) Real wealth creators – who would they be, Jezza?
e) Who’s us?

2. Knowing if your predilection is sodomy will help them know where to look:… More here ...


Preface: This, sent by Rossa’s mother, concerns standards in the military, in this case the US’s. It also touches on blog editing.

The blogger wrote:

(This was written by LTC (USA, ret.) Robert M. Heffington, as an open letter to graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. It has only been edited for format, and may differ in that respect from the original. My apologies to Lt. Colonel Heffington if this has been misrepresented in any way)

For me, that’s fine.  It attributes well but when he says it has only been edited in format, there a certain amount of trust which then necessarily comes in.  What does he mean by format? … More here ...


As it all comes out, like a dam wall busting, questions are asked why these women said nothing.

Sorry, but that’s a bourgeois attitude – the point is that they’re coming out with it now and even now there are way too many on Twitter who still interpret it through the bourgeois concept of manners and essential decency deep down.

And this is what has stymied any sort of rational debate on these animals, and the fear they induce is precisely what the oft-quoted Woodrow Wilson here was about.  The number of readers who still seriously believe the people behind the US govt could not have done 911 utterly without conscience has the head shaking.  This is the issue – the decent project their decency onto others and want to believe those people are decent deep down.

Easy to see the jihadis aren’t, the hysterical nutters who march, there was just a window for a brief time which then slammed shut – the window of DSK, everyone saw just how bestial he really was.… More here ...