Friday, February 23, 2018

Overrated - Underrated

One of my favorite podcast segments is Tyler Cowen's overrated - underrated he does with guests.

How about this: the Olympics?

Underrated! I almost completely zoned out on the Olympics for at least a decade. I swear, I've totally and completely missed at least 4 of them. Like I didn't even remember they happened. But last night, caught some of the women's figure skating. Holy shit! What high drama! The two Russian girls....incredible. You have this frontrunner girl, having come back from injury, everybody unanimously thinks is the best in the world and then she gets upstaged completely by her 15 year old like protege. So this protege is just killing it and then in the final skate, the frontrunner who is just tense and you can just read on her face and body: ultra competitive, goes out and does the skate of her life. She's crying from emotion afterwards. Kills it. And then still loses by 1 point to the protege, who has the more natural talent and strength. I found it incredibly captivating. The frontrunner was like all soul and passion, the protege, all strength, grace, and talent. What a match up.

And this also...part of my prior dislike of the Olympic sports has to do with the stupidity of a lot of them. Luging? Biathlon? It's like who cares. And typically, I feel the same about ice skating. But my mind has flipped 180 degrees. I say, we ought to be embracing this absurd, and perhaps stupid pursuits of excellence. Because the pursuit of excellence is getting lost in our society today. With all the drumbeats of equality and diversity and metoo and victimhood, etc, what we need more of is beauty, aesthetics, tradition, and excellence. This is what the Olympics stands for and strange as it sounds, I think this thing that was getting lost is now needed much more than before.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Netflix is a Parasite

Watching Chris Rock's new special. Not his best material. My impression of Netflix: a rich star fucking machine. They just throw money at these stars, they don't get the best from them.

That said, I've loving Babylon Berlin. But then again, that's just German TV, not actually produced by Netflix.
Seen on a Blog

"How come the Russians knew to focus on the purple states and Hillary didn't?"

Exactly.

Foreign countries are going to try and mess with our elections. The outrage about Russia has nothing to do with what actually happened, but entirely to do with the coastal elite being horrified by Trump.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chart

A fairly clear chart why people are having fewer kids. Healthcare, college costs, daycare, and housing are all increasing in cost whereas TV, cell phones, clothes, and software are dropping in cost. Things cost more, you get less of it -- things cost less -- you get more of it.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MAGA

I don't remember the Taliban ever asking for peace talks before.  I take that as a good sign.
Sell Signal

McDonalds is taking cheeseburgers off their happy meal menu.

I have MCD stock and this, to me, is a major sell signal. What an idiotic idea.
School Shooting

What's striking about the debate that emerges about every school shooting is whether we should control guns (which has a small chance of working) or addressing mental health (which seems like a gargantuan task), but no one proposes limiting media coverage of these school shootings, which would almost certainly cause fewer people to copycat.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Good

Unilever threatening to pull ads from Facebook, Google, etc.

Seems to be these big tech firms deserve to be on the receiving end of lectures and condemnation vs. the giving end.

Monday, February 05, 2018

My Suggestion: Don't Move There

Edina public schools down the shithole due to "equality" and "racial consciousness."

The author asks at the end of the article:
I might be wrong, but I don’t believe that most liberals agree with this identity politics extremism in its various intersectional manifestations. Why don’t they stand up to it? Some do; the people who contribute to the 4thWaveNow site, where Sarah R.’s story appeared, aren’t all conservatives by any means. Where are the old-fashioned liberals? Do they really want to see their institutions radicalized? Do they honestly think this is going to work out for the common good? Where do they think this is going to end, anyway? I’m asking in all seriousness. `
The old fashioned liberal is right here, my friend.