Robert Young's Blog – April 2017 Archive (9)

Thought For The Day - 21 April 2017

The Right Wingnuts are forever pointing at Unicorns to justify all manner of divide-and-conquer manuevers. Chief among such is that "college doesn't matter, just look at Bill Gates!" The Unicorn Theory of Success. Is and always was nonsense, but even most of the Unicorns find it useful to justify both their paths and also the constriction of access to various paths for the less fortunate. Gates was born with millions in trust funds. Not exactly a…


Added by Robert Young on April 21, 2017 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Thought For The Day - 18 April 2017

Does anyone else find the new Old El Paso "taco party" commercials just this side of porn? I mean, in the usual context, I prefer tacos over hotdogs. But not as food.

Added by Robert Young on April 18, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

See The Dots, Connect The Dots

Work with me on this one.

We know that Empty Counties are Red just because they're white, uneducated, unskilled, and unemployed. Incestuous hollers. Enough Empty Counties in a state, and it runs Red.

We know that cities are Blue just because they're polyglot, educated, skilled, and employed. Enough cities in a state, it's true Blue. Have you noticed that mongrel mutts are almost always tractable and smart? Same with people. Thoroughbred horses are a nightmare. Same with…


Added by Robert Young on April 18, 2017 at 9:24am — 5 Comments

Thought For The (Good Fri)Day - 14 April 2017

Just when you thought Orange Julius Caesar was going to Make America Great Again (whenever, and for whomever, that might be), we get the CPI summary that can, reasonably, be his alone.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.3 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Some of that was gas went down (it's been…


Added by Robert Young on April 14, 2017 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

It's the DNA

Here's the reason Hillary, or any Democrat, can't co-opt the shit kickers in the Empty States:

The idea that moral hypocrisy hurts you among evangelical voters is not true, if you're sound on all of the fundamentals. Being sound on the fundamentals depends on what the evangelical community has decided the fundamentals have become. At this time, what is fundamental is hating liberals, hating Obama, hating abortion and hating same-sex marriage.

-- Wayne Flynt/2017 (reported by…


Added by Robert Young on April 12, 2017 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

Thought For The Day - 11 April 2017

The [more than $1.3 billion to upgrade its assembly plant] investment will not add jobs at Toyota's plant in Georgetown, Ky., but a company spokesman, Scott Vazin, said the investment "solidifies its commitment" to manufacturing vehicles in the United States.
-- Bill Vlasic/2017

Added by Robert Young on April 11, 2017 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

Times A Wastin'

Have many stopped to consider why Orange Julius Caesar is so hot to trot with his "disruptive initiatives"? You might notice that most of the damage is coming from his anti-American agency heads. Pruitt (yeah, it's a tort law firm link, but it was the first one that came up with a money quote, which is what matters) declaring asbestos benign.

Hon. Mr. Pruitt: Asbestos has been…

Added by Robert Young on April 10, 2017 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Who Was That Masked Man?

In a NYT interview published yesterday, Kim Jong-Don had this to say about Susan Rice:

I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story. I think it's a massive, massive story. All over the world. It's a bigger story than you know in terms of what other people have done also. The Russia story is a total hoax. There has been absolutely nothing coming out of…

Added by Robert Young on April 6, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Orwell Got It Wrong

Two ways of using quant have been, to my mind, wrong: financial engineering because it's been the source of collapse since the beginning of the Nation, and psychoquant which uses data to manipulate the rest of us to the advantage of the few. Well, Noam Scheiber goes long in today's NYT with a detailed expose` of how Uber does it. It should give you the willies. May be not. What the…


Added by Robert Young on April 3, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments


Canned Heat, Canned Laughter

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 2:52pm 2 Comments

4th of July 1963 3 of 3

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 10:01am 3 Comments

Remembering Julie Johnson

Posted by Julie Johnson on June 25, 2019 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

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