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Bits and Pieces – 20190217, Sunday – The Standard Model Part III

Commentary

I have often referenced John Mauldin, a writer who is vastly connected among key economic thinkers and money managers. I would describe him as an incurable optimist, particularly in the areas of medical and anti-aging research. I have a more pessimistic view – that our darkside and the systemic boundaries of a species growing uncontrollably will overtake the good stuff. Maybe. But the following TED talk is even more disturbing if only because it is at hand. Pandora’s box is wide open. Your standard model is about to be blown away.

(sorry for the format issue. Click on the diagonal arrows that appear at the bottom right of the video panel after you click on it, to make it full screen for better viewing.)

We have become as gods. I’ll leave aliens for another time.

Bits and Pieces – 20181231, Monday

Commentary

I have had my new system for several days and am still cleaning up issues around the transfer of operations from my old system. Some of the software that I was running is so old it either will not install on the new system running Windows 10 or problems exist with the re-installation. For example, I have a purchased copy of Adobe Reader 7.0 (yes that’s old). The procedure to move it would be to uninstall it on the old system and reinstall it on the new system. Except that the uninstall/reinstall process is controlled by a server run by Adobe for this purpose but they recently shut the server down (surely it doesn’t cost that much to leave a computer running in a closet somewhere) so the transfer can’t be done. Like many big companies such as Microsoft you cannot speak to a live support person unless you buy a support plan. So it is an issue I am still working on.

There is a problem with the mail system that keeps triggering a block on my ISP server account and I’ve spent an hour or two trying to get the new system on the same home network as Mary’s two laptops and my old system with no luck yet. There are a few minor issues that remain which I can live with until I find the fix such as every hour my new system suddenly announces the time. Try figuring out where in the Windows 10 interface the control for that feature lies.

As a final comment I am introducing a new heading – “Spotlight”. Almost every week some story stands out for me and I usually talk about it in this section, but it doesn’t feel like a perfect fit.

Here’s wishing you a happy, prosperous and joy-filled new year. I hope to get things back on track. Ian.

Bits and Pieces – 20180916, Sunday

Commentary

Your lesson in socialism for today (2:22 minutes) from the economist Milton Friedman:

If, you were engaged by Friedman and want a bit more, watch this one.

Bits and Pieces – 20170824, Thursday

Civil Unrest: I like the following article by Gregory R. Copley as it presents some thoughtful ideas on civil war that are thought-provoking: What Would A U.S. Civil War Look Like? We probably use the term “civil war” without any clear understanding of how we hold the idea. The following should provide some clarity.

In this article Copley sees “a gradual breakdown of law and order” that creates “a massive dislocation of the economy and currency” that in turn causes global economic and social disruption. He identifies the rise of  “urban super-oligarchies” and an”urban-based globalism” as one side in the war. He notes the formidable entrenched powers of this side that are destroying the nation-state:

urban globalists control most of the means of communications [is this new “means of production”; the 21st Century marxian dialectic?] and therefore control “information” and the perception of events. 

On the other side are  “nationalists … operating instinctively, and in darkness”.

From this viewpoint, the infighting that has been going on in the White House suddenly falls into perspective: Why Bannon Lost and the Globalists Won. The 2016 election might be considered to be one of the opening battles of this war. As Steve Bannon notes, the nationalists have lost this battle: Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over. But as he also notes, many more battles remain.

As a second characteristic dividing the sides in the war he sees the polarization of a fundamentally urban, abstract society against a fundamentally regional, traditional society.

a conflict between people with long memories (even if those memories are flawed and selective) and people to whom memories and history are irrelevant.

The former in turn is characterized by zzz. In other words, it is a conflict between identity and materialism, with the abstract social groups (the urban populations) the most preoccupied with short-term material gain.

At the level of the individual, the divide is between individuals with long memories – national identity – and people to whom memories and history are irrelevant. It is a conflict between identity and materialism, with the abstract social groups (the urban populations) the most preoccupied with short-term material gain.

Trump’s “Make America Great Again” is a nationalist ideal that is pitted against the materialism of an urban society that is fed by the low economic costs of industry controlled by globalists. That the Washington Post owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is so virulently anti-Trump is no accident.

In short, urban globalism sees nations and nationalism as the enemy, and vice-versa.

As for the violence of Charlottesville: “Fear The Majoritarian Mob” – WSJ On The Left’s “Great Nazi Scare Of 2017”.

Bits and Pieces – 20170126, Thursday

Commentary: The next time someone you know complains that Hillary won the popular vote and should be president, show them this map (red is a Republican majority and blue is Democrat):

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