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kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hunting The Caspian Sea Monster

I am freshly surprised every time by the uncanny resemblance "places I don't want to visit in the former USSR" have with "places I have lived in the American Southwest."

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

Come now, Ben. That's not what disgusts you at all. This is an ambivalent article about which most of us, when we've expressed an opinion at all, have expressed ambivalence. You've chosen to not just blaze through that ambivalence but to pretend the article says something it doesn't so you can be offended - your viewpoint is "Stop. Breeding. Sick. Kids. End of story" about an article that says in three different places that there were 19 children born with Downs Syndrome in Denmark in 2019. Based on birth rates, that's 0.03%. In the US it's 0.14% so really - you're pretending to be mad at people doing what you want them to do so well that they've reduced the prevalence of one form of birth defect by 80%.

I'm going to guess you've lashed out and blamed your parents for having you. I'm also going to guess that they've used some form of the phrase "god's will" in order to imply that the struggles you deal with every day are somehow good rather than terrible. I'll even go one further and hypothesize that the original schism between you and your faith was your condition, and that if you'd been born normal and happy and unafflicted you'd be going to church every Sunday and the star of the choir.

If you want to make this all about you I totally can: you are an atheist because God let you down. Your vehemence against the religious is due to their acceptance of your affliction and their lack of helpful support beyond encouraging you to do the same. The more health issues you're dealing with, the angrier you get; I mean you telegraph this stuff like an amateur boxer.

What's really telling is your insistence that the rest of us address and humor your obsession. You're like a 911Truther in that somehow, no matter the discussion, it all ties back to Building 7 and the Jews. Funny thing about conspiracy theorists is they tend to insist on imposing a twisted sense of order on the external world in order to avoid unresolved internal turmoil. I think fundamentally you don't disbelieve in God, you're just angry at him and whenever any of your taboo subjects come up tangentially you start barking like a kicked dog. You clearly wanna lash out and since the guy you really want to lash out at is the Invisible Cloud Being, the rest of us will have to do.

I mean, I went as Jesus for Halloween once (girlfriend went as the devil; she was hawt) so I can't even be offended. But I think it's helpful for the rest of us to keep in mind that we're just involuntary stand-ins for your shouting match with The Big Guy.

Lemme know if he ever listens.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome  ·  

I'm curious as to why we need to augment your self-loathing on this one, Ben. The article is a nuanced, long-form investigation of "velvet eugenics" and the impact of prenatal testing on parents, children and society. By your own admission you've undergone professional and voluntary education and training on medical ethics, so this is likely something you've grappled with your entire adult life. You're an intelligent man, capable of distinction and compartmentalization but lately you've eschewed all that to get people to yell at you. It seems to be a form of "the religious shouldn't breed" and no amount of discussion around "this isn't a religious discussion" or "this isn't a people shouldn't breed discussion" dissuades you from your monolithic pursuit of castigation.

It's a shame because clearly you could add to this discussion but you're instead choosing to obfuscate it with inflammatory language so the discussion can be all about you. What are you worried about us discussing? What are you trying to distract us from? As someone whose life has been shaped by congenital defects I would value your input if you chose to share it. Speaking for myself, we went out of our way to get our kid genetically tested. We absolutely would have aborted if we'd popped Trisomy 21 because yeah - that's an 80% mortality rate with profound lifestyle impacts. Some of the other stuff? We didn't plan. Fortunately it didn't matter. So I have a perspective on this, and appreciate the perspectives of others. And I'm curious what you're so afraid of.

I'm guessing there's an outward "I wish I was never born" performative dance that supports you socially, combined with an inner "but I love my fiancee and am actively planning a future" hopefulness that can't be reconciled, so you go through this "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" Kabuki because if you have to admit that you actually hope you wake up every morning you'll be forced to address that you have something to lose now and you're just too spiritually weak to accept that the world would regret your passing. After all, if you value the world and the world values you, you might just have to press pause on your wholesale outward rejection of your entire inherited value system. You might have to examine your core beliefs and attempt to mature as a man. And it's so much easier being the angry product of arrested development.

You're getting lazy with it though. It's transparent. It also demonstrates how uncomfortable you are with yourself and your self image, which is usually a sign of readiness for growth.

I, for one, am here to help. Happy Holidays!

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

This entire event would not exist if JD had backed off when asked. You know this, it's just inconvenient to your narrative. The rest of your prevarications are an attempt to mask the fact that a thug lost his job for thugging in public.

    Recording people in public places makes people very uncomfortable for a reason. They don't know where that's going to end up.

Anyone who flies across the country for a parade must assume a basic level of exposure, I don't care if it's Macy's. The exposure is the point.

You will gleefully bend your morality past the snapping point to win an argument. That's bitten you in the ass before, and will continue to do so. All it does is demonstrate that you care more about winning than about being correct.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Pynchon: Is It O.K. To Be A Luddite?

I mean it's a lovely little fantasy but the Luddites were against the unfair labor practices of mechanized Victorian England. Yeah - a lot of the tools had been around but they hadn't been concentrated through mercantilism in the hands of factory owners who were able to annihilate the artisan class. THAT was the beef of the Luddites: not that stocking machines should be destroyed, but that stocking machines should belong to tailors who would make you two pairs by Thursday as opposed to rich House of Lords dwellers who owned 200 of them in an unsafe warehouse where unskilled labor churned out fifty a day for tuppence.

In 1984 it makes sense to argue that technology is inescapable. in 2020 we should remember what the Luddites were actually about: how unrestrained capitalism destroys the middle class.

It's a timeframe thing. A church service has the potential for more spread than going to walmart because people spend longer in church than they do in Walmart. There's ample evidence that singing is a bigger spreader than talking. Can church services be held safely? Certainly. Where I am - Washington State - services are fine if they're at 25% capacity and social distancing is observed. However, the culture war take is that church services cannot be limited because it's church. It's not a pragmatic or empathetic approach.

Sturgis? That's a notoriously rowdy party with a fair amount of shenanigans. Family gatherings? That has a lot more to do with the fact that cases are rising, emergency rooms are full and it's going to be the mixing of a bunch of people who aren't already mixed.

You're absolutely right: there's way too many culture warriors on both sides. But the left has the advantage of excess caution while the right has the disadvantage of proven epidemiological disadvantage.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

We're arguing over the definition of "solution." You haven't made a compelling argument that MAGA offers one. They offer something - on that we can agree. But I don't think even the most hard-core MAGAt would describe their cosmology as a "solution."

    End stage capitalism is an opportunity to shape what comes next.

Not while the collapse is still ongoing. You cannot build a foundation on shifting sands. The trick is to know when the ground will hold and I don't think anyone of any credibility would say the dust is settling yet.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

    Does this sound like someone who has ever had a genuine fear of where their next meal might be coming from?

Scarcity is not morality.

    But Christ, she went out of her own way to buy a plane ticket to confront what is essentially an angry mob.

When you are saying "she" you are referring to Laura Jedeed? Who you are criticizing for confronting an angry mob? You are... arguing that fascism should flow unchecked? That racism should not be confronted? It is better, after all, to let destructive, antisocial behavior to celebrate itself unwitnessed because the problem here is the confrontation?

Elaborate on that. I dare you. Take it to its logical conclusion.

    We never aired it because we thought it was unethical to show hundreds of possibly inebriated people without consent.

And that is your choice. You made a personal decision on your personal content based on your personal ethics. Your personal ethics are incorrect, by the way: recording a person in a public place is entirely legal and entirely ethical. There is nothing obligating you from sharing your content but not doing so doesn't make you morally superior.

    This is why legitimate news organizations exist, and why they clear these things.

The argument has long been that "legitimate" news organizations are not accurately reflecting the facts on the ground. Thus the "activist" in "activist journalism." Your argument here is again one of poverty: if you don't make money at it you can't be an authority. Now, granted: there's an inertia to professional newscasting that sets a threshold. But that threshold is very much in flux, especially when a million dollars worth of broadcast gear is suddenly in jeopardy of this shit:

"chilling effect" is a term of art in US and Canadian law. This is an example. Thus, activist journalism becomes more important, not less.

    And let me tell you, the only reason me and my college buddies got up to that was because we clearly had way too much free time on our hands.

Just because your heart isn't in it doesn't mean others' aren't. And you just finished telling me that your three-months-ago heart was in it entirely too much.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

It wasn't stupid, it was an exploration of motivation and fulfillment. I viewed it as such. If anything, I think you hurt yourself by insisting in right vs. wrong in discussions of motivation. It's like you're either a sell-out or a martyr in your cosmology and you either need to embrace the selling or smile while sacrificing yourself and anything less than 100% pure acceptance reflects spiritual weakness or some shit.

You also practice a peculiarly transparent form of relative morality: the purity test doesn't matter, it's whether the subject did better or worse than you. Not only that, but your standards are where you are now, how you feel now, not where you were nine months ago. Because nine-months-ago you totally slagged on anyone who had to "get a job" while yesterday you is totally slagging on anyone who hasn't.

Break this down to the facts: an activist went to a rally and posted the threatening interaction she had with multiple people. The knowledge of those threatening interactions cost a family their livelihood. The only thing this "journalist", to use your implied scare quotes, did was reflect on her place in the event.

    There’s a path forward for me here — something a friend describes as “Kabuki politics.” I could keep this going forever. My face will increasingly provoke reaction at these events, whether I want it to or not. This could easily become the only thing I’m known for.

    I could make a career of this.

Go check what Andy Ngo's Wikipedia page says and report back about "jobs". Keep in mind that Jadeed didn't even write his name.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ACB is ALREADY enforcing christian morality over the rest of us.

    A theocrat, installed by a president brought to power by theocrats, is installed to push theocracy and somehow its' MY responsibility to prove that it's a religious motive that drives her to keep churches packed to the brim every sunday and legally protect plague rats who continue to do so?

No, your responsibility is to attempt to have a meaningful discussion.

I'm no fan of ACB, nor how she got there, nor the people who put her there, nor the climate that let them. I am deeply sympathetic to your health, and I agree that there's a direct line of responsibility between ACB's ruling and the very threats to your life. I'm sorry. I truly am. I understand your viewpoint 100%. I empathize with it completely.

But there flavors of evil here other than "evangelical christian." Here's a script:

BEN: I hate sushi. Sushi is disgusting.

KB: There's definitely some gross sushi out there but I actually kinda like alaska rolls -

BEN: All sushi is disgusting and anyone who defends sushi is a traitor to cuisine.

KB: There are plenty of people who eat sushi who aren't terrible humans-

BEN: and plenty of people that eat sea urchin which is proof positive that sushi is fundamentally disgusting!

KB: Dude I'm no fan of uni and never will be but I mean, I've met people who eat uni and they aren't terrible. Terrible people eat uni, good people eat uni, plenty of people eat uni without becoming terrible people-

BEN: I WAS FORCED TO EAT UNI AS A CHILD THEREFORE ALL SUSHI IS AN ABOMINATION IN THE EYES OF GOD

EVERYONE: (why does KB keep engaging Ben in discussions of sushi)

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ACB is ALREADY enforcing christian morality over the rest of us.

Here's your title, 21 days ago, Ben:

"ACB is ALREADY enforcing christian morality over the rest of us"

(emphasis yours)

What you wrote three weeks ago was untrue. If you wrote it today it would still be untrue: what ACB is doing is asserting that religious freedom trumps safety. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to argue how ACB's position represents "christian morality" particularly when the plaintiffs in the case were "Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America."

You might also want to take a flyer at the fact that Amy Coney Barrett rejects the Ninety Five Theses, so whatever version of "Christian" she represents predates your particularly-loathed version of charismatic evangelical Christianity by a good 400 years. In ACB's universe the Anglicans are heretics. Religiously speaking she's closer to the Copts than to your family.

Doesn't mean she isn't a religious conservative. Does mean that your sloppy imprecision undermines your arguments, which only those of us who love you are even humoring at this point.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

Can you honestly say the nationalism and authoritarianism of the right is being presented as a solution, though? Their solution-space is basically "tax breaks for the rich" and "owning the libs." We're talking "creation and hope" here - the border wall was always far more of a totem than a solution and the only other thing the Trump administration created was Space Force. Which is literally AFSOC. Hope? Has the right offered anything resembling hope? More than that, what comfort is it providing, exactly? Do these guys look comfortable?

A fundamental part of building up is stopping others from tearing down. That's been impossible for the past four years. This is not a failing of the left.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 409th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

    I don't understand how Behringer is able to get a sound anywhere close to Moog or whoever for the amount of money they're not taking in.

They don't. They sound like thin piss. Everything Behringer has ever made leaves your mix sounding like you spilled vinegar in it.

    You're a logistics guy, is it something to do with inventory, process, etc.

Pure process. Take someone else's design, reverse engineer it, get the cheapest factory in China to rip it off, wait to get sued, settle out of court, rinse and repeat. There was a time when you weren't considered a proper audio company until you'd sued Behringer.

A little background:

This is a Mackie 8Bus. It legitimately made your entire computer garage band world possible. Prior to the Mackie 8Bus if you wanted to mix something, you mixed at a studio on some piece of shit like a TAC Scorpion which cost $28k and sounded abominable. You could buy a fuckin' 8Bus for $5k and it sounded... okay. It didn't sound like an SSL but it sounded better than a frickin' TAC Matchless or an Allen & Heath Sabre or any wretched ancient monster like that all of which cost between $30k and $40k. Mackie made some real coin with them. Sam Ash sold a lot of them.

So Sam Ash paid Behringer to rip it off.

And I don't mean "copied it." I mean they literally took a Mackie 8Bus, took the knobs off, wiped it down with MEK to get the silkscreening off it, RE-SCREENED IT TO SAY BEHRINGER, and showed it off at NAMM '97. They couldn't get their version done in time for the show, see, so they fucking painted up a Mackie to look like a Behringer and claimed it as their own.

And then when they settled out of court for enough for Mackie to be satisfied, they opened their US headquarters less than a quarter mile up the road from Mackie.

I know y'all think that I'm funny with my abject hatred of Behringer but they are truly the shittiest company in audio. They are deceitful, they are dishonest, they make impossibly shitty product and when you buy their shit you get what you deserve.

They're still at it.

Behringer is fucking bullshit and it all sounds like ass. Not only that but when you buy Behringer (or Samson, or anything from Sam Ash) you are actively accelerating the destruction of the music industry.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 409th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

One of the things the Muppet Show used to do was build a song from like one random muppet banging on a rock then another one would twang on a vine then another would hump a vacuum cleaner then another one would play his tonsils and before too long they had a jam going and then one by one by one they'd all drop off until it's a random muppet banging on a rock. It was fuckin' awesome.

Toby Marks thought so, too, I guess, because that's pretty much every Banco de Gaia song.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

Something I've noticed about Twitter is that it's a bunch of snarkpugilists eager to slag the other side for any reason whatsoever and yeah, the Red Rose Mafia are the worst I've seen. At least the Tankies try for ideology from time to time.

    I know she's a writer or whatever but generally successful writers don't need to beg for donations.

We've had that discussion before. I've been following Linda Tirado since she was shot in the face with a beanbag during BLM protests and despite that book spending serious time on the bestsellers' list, she's still on food stamps.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Interview: Stephanie Kelton Talks MMT and More

    The second point is that you’re absolutely right. [Recognizing] that governments that are issuers of a sovereign currency face no hard financial constraint is not the same as saying governments that issue their own currency face no constraints. There are limits.

This viewpoint is new to Kelton and the exact opposite of what she says in her book. In her book, she explicitly states that any government with a reserve currency (IE the United States) faces no constraints whatsoever on spending. She puts it in as many words.

    [The] limit that you’re asking about is our economy’s real resource capacity. We have the people we have, we have the machines we have, we have the factories we have, we have the technology we have, we have the raw materials. Those are our means of production.

This is also entirely new. Again, in her book, Ms. Kelton specifically states that the economy is unrelated to resources. In as many words.

    Once we exhaust them, once they’re all used and being put to use, then any additional attempt to spend into an economy that is maxed out is going to produce bottlenecks in production and inflationary pressures.

Ms. Kelton states in her book that inflationary pressures are a consequence of monetary policy and that by entitling congress to set interest rates on the fly, inflation can be controlled 100%. She expends no effort to describe how the organization that locked up the country for two weeks to talk about Terry Schiavo or two years to talk about Benghazi will manage to set interest rates on the fly, or even how frequently they should be set.

    The economy is not like that. We can’t see the economy’s full capacity. What we can do is attempt to get measurements. You’re trying to take a temperature for the economy’s heating up. How hot is it getting in here, right? What do you look at? You look at unemployment. You look at capacity utilization rates. We have the data for things like this. People go out and actually survey businesses and say, “How much of your total capacity right now are you using?” They say, “We’re using about 68 percent.” Okay, well I know that there’s a lot of spare capacity.

This is also new. Ms. Kelton stated in her book that money should simply flow to municipalities who should spend it as they see fit. There was no measurement suggested or required.

    What I’m saying is we have been here before. We did this in World War II. We massively ramped up government spending and we did it without a whole lot of forethought because it was war so you’ve got to act fast. We had workers working double and triple overtime, wage pressure, price pressures, but we managed it pretty well. We didn’t have a hyperinflation episode or anything like that. We won the war and then we ended up with the longest period of peacetime prosperity in our nation’s history to that point.

Ms. Kelton has had approximately 24 months to research the actual economic impacts of WWII, such as gas rationing, benefits rationing, metals rationing, oil rationing, or the massive sacrifices experienced in order to rebuild. The UK did not leave rationing until 1954, for example.

    Exactly. That’s what they did during and after the war. There was something called [the] National Resources Planning Board or Bureau or something.

This is the level of intellectual rigor Ms. Kelton brings to all of her theories.

    But what’s interesting about the book is actually how much you talk about inflation. You say, in fact, that’s what matters. [What] you should be concerned about is not revenue but the effects of spending on the economy.

[citation needed]

    So if the deficit is $10, the government will sell a $10 government bond. What happens is that it takes the $10 away from someone and replaces that with a government bond. All the government bonds that exist are what we call the national debt. I think it’s awful that we use that word to describe the outstanding stockpile of U.S. Treasuries because those are people’s assets.

So awful, in fact, that in her book she calls them "red dollars" and "green dollars" because she doesn't think you're smart enough to understand the word "bond." Probably because if you did, you would understand that you buy "bonds" because they cost less initially which means someone is paying you to buy them and it's a short step from there to realize that this "debt service" we're always hearing about is the government paying interest on those bonds, because they're debts. They are promissory notes. They are a legally binding contract to pay more money in the future for less money in the present.

    So here’s the Australian government running budget surpluses, paying down Australian government debt, and investors went crazy. They started clamoring for government bonds. “Hey, where’s our risk-free reward?” Because these are safe, risk-free assets that pay interest. You get return without risk. It’s a sweet, sweet deal if you can get it.

Some might even say that "sweet, sweet deal" is what props up the whole of capitalism, and why people tend to be upset when Ms. Kelton says that deficits don't matter.

    It actually puts more money in. If the government ran the deficit without selling the bond, what would happen? It would spend $100 into the economy, tax $90 out, [and] leave $10 sitting on balance sheets. Now the [Federal Reserve] can choose to pay interest on those reserve balances, but they’re just trapped in the economy, they’re trapped in the banking system, they’re trapped in the financial system. But the Fed could pay the interest if it wants to.

what eldritch fucking witchcraft is this

    No, the conversation that we’ve had so far is equally applicable [to other governments]. We talked a little bit about Japan, right? Japan is another example of a currency-issuing government, that has, if you like, infinite fiscal capacity where the relevant constraint is inflation.

Tell that to the Japanese, whose Lost Decade is currently celebrating its third decade.

    The U.K. is one. Canada is one. Australia is one. New Zealand is one. China has an extremely high degree of monetary sovereignty. You don’t have to be the global reserve currency issuer to enjoy the policy space to run your macroeconomic policy in a way that’s aimed at maximizing full employment domestically, which is what we’ve been talking about.

George Soros is no doubt delighted to hear about the UK's monetary sovereignty.

    I want to ask the question that was posed to you in this article. It said sometimes it’s hard to figure out what modern monetary theorists believe

It's almost like they're making shit up on the fly

    I don’t know the piece you’re referring to, but it sounds like it was written by someone who hasn’t read the MMT scholarship, or the literature. Because every single point that you just raised is, I would say, omnipresent across two and a half decades of MMT scholarship, videos, and lectures. It’s all readily available to anyone with a Google machine.

Whelp, you sure didn't put it in your book, Steph.

    You and I just sitting here have talked about debt to GDP ratios and what the real limits are. I’ve answered that question already. I can’t remember what some of the others were that you just raised.

"I'm just gonna go ahead and not answer that question if you don't mind"

    Really what that means is we need to find somewhere else to spend that money if we’re still below capacity. If we were to reduce military spending, you’d want to increase spending somewhere else. Is that right?

Current Affairs discovers budgeting

    I don’t think you need any justification for cutting the military budget apart from the obvious [fact it’s] a bloated, $700+ billion annually war machine, right?

I dunno... JOBS?

    So MMT is not cover for the wealthy. It’s just … let’s be real. We don’t need to depend [on billionaires’ taxes] to feed a hungry kid, or fix a crumbling bridge. I don’t like that. That idea that we can’t move forward without them. We hold hostage the entire progressive agenda or whatever public policy because unless we can tax the rich, we can’t pay for it so we can’t have it. I’m saying no to that.

So remember, kids, you can feed children and build bridges without taxes, but all the money in the world won't buy you a ventilator. Any questions?

    But I don’t think that a 2 percent tax—I’m using this as an example—on the wealth of 75-78,000 people shakes free enough real resource space to allow us to do big, ambitious things. You see what I’m saying? They’re savers rather than spenders, so they’re not actually gobbling up a lot of the real resource space.

No, no. If you truly want Albanian mushrooms you must spend the money without raising any taxes.

    Yes. So if you reach the point where your resource capacity is exhausted, but you still think there’s something that is of such high priority that government ought to pursue it, even in a full employment environment, you say, “Well, we don’t have healthcare for every American” or “we don’t have the education system that we want.” [And] whatever the case is, [I] need to commit another half trillion or $200 billion or whatever.

    But if I do that in this evaluation, I risk pushing inflation above a level that people are going to be comfortable with, so I need to create some offsets. I need to be able to add. Now I’ve taken my 12 oz. can and my glass is full, and I want to pour some more spending in. I’ve got to get a spoon and I need to make room for that. That’s what taxes do. They take some purchasing power away from some people, create that safe space for additional spending to come in.

MMT in a nutshell: your money is worth what the government says it's worth.

    It’s funny because people talk about taxes as a redistributionary system, and it seems like in that circumstance they [become a redistributionaryl system], but it’s not direct. You’re not taking money from some people and giving that money to other people. It’s a little bit more complicated.

Yes, you're taking that money and saying "It'll buy a dozen eggs today but eight eggs tomorrow. Enjoy your unshackled financial future!"

    One reason I like your work so much is you’re the first economist I’ve ever heard who talks about just [how insane] it is that we accept millions of unemployed people as somehow a good or natural thing, when it’s such a squandering. [You] have all these people who could be productive and want to work and…

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

I don't think it's fair to criticize the Left for fatalism when the best they've been able to do is attempt to preserve the globalist dystopia created by 40 years of neoliberalism. I also think it's fatuously obtuse to observe that the right has a "solution" when they're literally deporting US citizens, throwing kids in cages and withdrawing from every international cooperative and regulatory agreement of the past 40 years.

Creation and hope is where the Left ought to be but you're talking about a group whose political party has failed to secure (1) the Equal Rights Amendment (2) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (3) any reasonable minimum wage reform (4) any comprehensive healthcare reform (5) electoral protections for citizens (6) minority protections (7) indigenous protections (8) environmental protections or (9) any other "liberal" reform other than gay marriage for as long or longer than any of them have been alive.

The Left lost the South to racism in 1966. For anyone under 30, that was two generations ago. Where, exactly, is this hope supposed to come from?

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The WSJ's grinning apocalypse of post-COVID retirement

LOL and people are worried about Yellen

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The WSJ's grinning apocalypse of post-COVID retirement

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GSA Ascertains (finally)

Fiscal conservative Twitter is super-salty about it because she presided over asset inflation. As far as I'm concerned, that's like worrying about the fact that Joe-bob doesn't always lock the stables when your horses are halfway to Utah by now.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GSA Ascertains (finally)

Fanx. I invariably catch the first eight only to be screwed by the ninth.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GSA Ascertains (finally)

    kleinbl00,

    I’ve never seen anything like this before.

    Right now, as you read this email, millions of Americans across the Nation are coming together to show their support for OUR President and his FIGHT to DEFEND the Election.

    It’s clear the American People stand with President Trump - no matter what the Fake News media says - and it’s up to us to take action and SAVE AMERICA from the Left.

    It is time for EVERY PATRIOT, like YOU, to step up and DEMAND that every single LEGAL vote is counted. We cannot allow the Democrats to undermine the Election and try to STEAL the White House.

    The President has legal teams in each critical state that are working around the clock to ensure a fair and transparent Election. All he needs now is YOU, kleinbl00.

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