For those of us in the Dust

“I’m sick of how people have totally distorted what this is,” Colter had said a day before the vote. “For guys on the team, it’s no longer about having a voice. They’re not going to vote yes because they don’t want to tarnish their relationship with the school. I’ve heard concerns from the guys like we won’t get jobs, alumni won’t donate, coach Fitz might leave. None of that has to do with having a voice. It’s become about a fear. It’s saddening because that’s not what it’s about. There’s been so many variables added to the puzzle that shouldn’t be.”

Deadspin: Kain Colter’s Union Battle Cost Him More Than He Ever Expected

I’ve lived through 10 recessions (or at least it feels like that) periods where speculators and money people go into panics and just tank the economy and the rest of the world, the people that buy things and make things and shift the dust around are left holding the bag.  Over and over again.  In the 80s when our Parents and Grandparents were getting on in age and had spent 30 years getting comfortable and being able to afford things like College and 2 Cars and so on the party came to an end for “Those of us in the Dust” as it were.

The Speculators were firmly in control again, the lessons from the 30s (the easy money, the universal speculation) had faded, the people who lived through that era were old, our Parents and Grandparents had been born in the Post World War 2 era boom that was never, ever going to end.  Right?

Who needed Unions and Labor organizations?  They were just keeping people from making as much money as possible; as much as they were worth.  If you were worth more, why rely on a Union full of lazy, corrupt people to take care of what you could easily do o your own; right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8BXH3SJn0http://

That’s you Projecting…

Angry and practically anonymous

Think of it from the Mill Street owners’ perspective. You can continue working your butt off to hopefully make a living, or you can take a big fat cheque and run. If you were in that situation, what would you do?

I love that a small business owner created a great product and reap the rewards of selling his brand. That’s the whole purpose of starting a small business: so you can one day sell it and retire.

HugoTriptoph 1 hour ago

The student loan thing is interesting.

I’m 43 and have been working at a high paying job for 19 years. I have large amounts of money saved up. ($300,000 ish)

So, I guess I could quit my job so I have zero income, get some student loans, and then putter around keeping my income below $25,000 until I retire with a great CPP plan that they’re going to create.

This is what Canadians voted for. Free ride off the backs of others.

Oh, and I’ll legally smoke weed the whole time, I guess. He promised, right?

EvanOttawa 38 minutes ago

The problem is: too many students go to university to party and delay working for 4 years, without any thought about building the prerequisites for a career. Then when they can’t get a job they blame “the system” instead of their lack of foresight. And now we want to reward those who waste their university education?

BA Campbell

Canada wasn’t in a hole to begin with, anymore than the middle class was being left behind, but a strong, vibrant country with a stable economy. Too bad Trudeau chose to lie, fear monger and speak half-truths to get elected, and now is showing his arrogance in suggesting that this country only now has a chance to be great, just because he and the liberals have been chosen to run the government of this country. Expect to see more of this arrogance and credit taking in the near future.

Clifford Noseworthy ·

I wonder if she well still fell this way when her daughters have been gang raped by “refugees” and nothing well be done by the cops and the legal system for fear of been label a racist.

 

That is just you Projecting

Read the comments section on any website and you’ll eventually come to someone telling us about the future and what other people’s motives are.  This is fine, we all do it:  we look at someone else and say “I bet they like to smell their own farts” or something to that effect.  Perhaps not about their farts.  Let’s put anything about the anus behind us and say that we speculate about the intents and habits of others, sometimes to be complementary “I bet you leave thank-you cards for the Refuse collectors!” to the insulting “I wouldn’t trust you to sit straight on the toilet”

Sometimes, though we look at someone else and say “given free reign, that asshole would run roughshod over the future of every man, woman and child in [ your country here] ”

Meeting the libertarian

Let me tell you about my first exposure to Libertarians and my bewildered response to the hate he received:

We had an all candidates debate at my school when I was 18, it was my first opportunity to vote and I was EAGER to get in on that. I loved politics and was an avowed liberal (not a hippy)

So each of the candidates came up and said their piece and debated some of the issues of the day; the Libertarian candidate was a nebbish, bookish fellow who extolled the value of simply being in charge of your own life and the role of the government as a means to enforce contracts and keep society safe and thats about it.

I was wowed; I think I identified with him (being bookish myself) but when it came time for questions people sort of forgot who else was there and took the opportunity to tear this man a new hole to crap from. He left bruised and I left confused. Why had so many people just attacked him?

This predates the Internet and it might shock some; but in some schools they didn’t push Ayn Rand on you. So my exposure to his ideas was well, non-existent up until that point. I was a devoted liberal and pretty much a hard core socialist; but the idea of “owning myself” was interesting.

So I had decided to vote Libertarian if only because I felt bad for that guy who I identified with more than anything else.

It wasn’t until later when I read more of his written stances that I came to understand him better. First and foremost he believed that Abortion should be illegal (which I suspect is why he got in the door of my school in the first place, but I digress) and that women were as much a part of a mans property as his farm equipment and so on.

Now. I understood why he was disliked; he was some kind of kook. Fair enough.

In the 21 years since I haven’t actually come across a Libertarian who wasn’t also the same kind of kook; mostly they were “rugged individuals” who had some sort of hobby horse grudge against society (be it taxes, drug laws, tort law, regulation, abortion, race, fees, the cost of tickets online, what have you) and so they decide that the best way to approach this complaint is to secede from society in some way. To realize their own vision of freedom, away from “the thing that makes society terrible”

It’s dressed up as “freedom from coercion” sure. In ways it is. There is a belief that the tyranny of the greater group will trample those of the individual or the minority; this of course excepts that in the Western world at least, minority protections exist. If someone is a genuine minority through no fault of their own, they are protected. What is misunderstood is that Minority Opinions are protected; but not necessarily supported or applied. And for some people. this is unacceptable. So they become a “Libertarian” but since (by definition) to be a Libertarian is to be a Dilettante and an “Individual” there is no one single definition of a Libertarian that fits.

There are Libertarian Hippies

Libertarian Gun Nut Survivalists

Libertarian Republicans

Libertarian Democrats

and it all boils down to one thing

“I can do it on my own, leave me alone”

Trying to understand the Garbage Path – a metaphor for you

Imagine for a moment a white plastic spoon in the middle of your living room floor, now imagine for every square meter of your home there is one plastic spoon. Now, alone, not so many spoons, one per meter, no big deal. Now imagine that for every spoon you see there is a dust pile made up of that same plastic, just under the carpet or in a corner.

So your house, with it’s spoons and its plastic dust is constantly accepting new spoons and plastic dust at a rate of 1 spoon a day and one pile of dust per day. You can’t stop that , it keeps happening because the people outside of the home only see the one spoon in the middle of the floor or the one little pile of dust in the corner, but they don’t see the one int he landing or the one under your bed, etc

It’s dispersed, it accrues in the animals and on the coasts, there is a VAST dispersed web of plastic and it hangs down into the largest area of our world that spreads over 70% of the surface.

But if it helps, imagine constantly finding dirty plastic spoons in your living room; and you can’t stop them from appearing.

America is the source of its own troubles

It’s far past time that North America looked at itself and said “why have there been more civilian shootings here than in Europe”

If we believe the news out of Europe it’s crawling with insane Jihadists with bombs, knives and guns who are killing with impunity.  The UK is a desolate wasteland full of bullet-holes and France was burned to give glory to Allah.

That’s what we’re being told.  So North Americas gun issues are like nothing compared to the savage times in the Old World.

But that’s not true, is it?

The Guns come from the ‘States and spread out, like a pandemic.  They are everywhere, and always nearby.  Like Spiders or Rats, infesting the Western World, a social disease that gives only the infected any pleasure and makes the rest of the world walk on eggshells, less they get shot by an open carrier of the condition.

Europe is less than 2000 miles from war-zones, but doesn’t find itself dealing with nigh weekly mass shootings.  What excuse does North America have?

Teleporting Underpants killed the Toilet Paper Industry

I found this on Linkedin

This list annoyed me, mostly because it takes a conceit, then makes a list then makes the conceit fit.  The Conceit being people value customer service over other things (or at least it appears to, I’ll not try to determine if that was where things started, but it appears to be the case)

  1. Amazon didn’t win because of customer service.  Amazon is difficult to use if you aren’t already familiar with how the Internet works.  There are no sales people and no experts to tell you which is better when comparing things.  You have to seek that out.  Amazon is CHEAPER.  That’s where Amazon won.  It was cheaper than the store for pricey items and it’s fun to get things in the mail.
  2.  Netflix did kill Blockbuster; because it was more convenient to get DVDs in the mail and watch things online than it was to go to the store.  Notice that online game rental services aren’t really tearing up the charts though?  Yeah. but STEAM?  BUCKETS OF MONEY.  People like convenience, the late fees didn’t enter into it.  If Blockbuster wanted to win, they would have opened mini stores in theaters and sold downloads of the movies that people had just watched and upsold Physical copies with special features.- Also DOWNLOADING killed Blockbuster, free and convenient?  YES!
  3. Uber makes money by not having to pay for licensing and maintenance.  There.  That’s not success, that’s piracy.
  4. Apple didn’t invent singles, they negotiated the ability to sell them in a way that was convenient to people.  Again, being able to buy things without leaving the spot where you are is always going to be better than having to go to a store.  Had HMV made the same deal or better then Apple might still be the also ran they are.
  5. Air BnB is Uber for houses.  They sell you and make money from your property and you get some too.  Yay!

All of these things have the same thing in common, someone is able to achieve their goal without having to leave the spot they are sitting in.  When someone invents a viable teleporter you can wear as underwear people will buy it so they don’t have to leave the couch to drop a deuce.  You get me?

It’s not customer service that killed the toilet paper industry, it was teleporting underpants.