Yeah, now I’m in a vendetta kind of mood. I’m watching Prometheus try to bring fire to these fucking apes and they… these fucking monkeys who aren’t worthy of even being in his presence when he’s speaking… they’re going to fucking boo him? When he’s fucking right and they’re fucking retarded? They’re going to boo him? Who the fuck…? The “terrorists” hate you because of what you stand for? The only sense in which that could be considered true is if you fucking monkeys concede that what you stand for is murdering innocent people and sticking your nose in everyone’s business. Sure, then it could be said they hate you for what you stand for.But you apes (no offense meant to real apes and monkeys, who are actually also your betters) don’t mean it that way. You mean that they hate you because you’re some bastion of liberty in a chaotic world. You fucking rubes. You fucking mental cripples. You fucking backwoods, illiterate monkey shits. Most of you have never read a serious book in your lives. You couldn’t find your own city on a map of the world. You’re not even fucking free, turdfucks! You’re not. You’re living in a fucking police state! Cops kicking your doors in without warrants, shooting your families and pets, and then throwing you in jail if you resist. LOL! FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOM! You fucking clownfarts. Yeah, they hate you because you’re free. Your government spies on you, shitheads. They read your email and check your bank balances (nothing to see there, though, because you’re a nation of broke twats who live paycheck to paycheck because you have the high time preference of two-fucking-year-olds, you’re innumerate so you can’t keep track of how much is left when you buy shit [with borrowed money] you have no use for, and balancing a checkbook is right out). And the people of the Middle East who hate all your fucking freedoms? Those guys? They have more gun rights than you, you fucking… I’m running out of shit to call you. You’re the worst shit this planet has ever produced.
And Ron Fucking Paul. This dude. Jesus. I thought he was a student of history. You’re gonna get blamed, moron! These douchefucks are gonna blame you when the shit comes apart at the seams! Don’t you have any foresight? Yeah, you understand Austrian Economics, but you don’t understand shit about Americans. Dude, this is off the top of my head:
Bernanke: “Well, we could have fixed the economy, but much of what we’d have had to do requires secrecy. We can’t have the speculators and our enemies abroad front-running us! Ron Paul kept calling for audits and oversight and transparency — how were we supposed to do what needed to be done when everyone could see what our plans were? He undermined us from the get-go and that’s why everything collapsed. If we had been allowed to just do our jobs, we could have fixed the system that Ron Paul and the Austrian School broke in the first place. Let’s remember that it was deregulation of the banks and tax cuts for the rich which got us into this mess — policies they recommended and tricked GW Bush and the Republicans in Congress into enacting — that got us into this mess.”
See, stupid? And then he’ll go on to explain how you tricked people into taking their money out of the safest investment in the world — US treasuries — and move it all over to gold, having the doubly bad effect of hurting the Fed’s recovery plan and having people tie up what little wealth they had in a shiny rock. And then Austrian Schoolers get boxcar service to the concentration camps. You’re so fucking stupid, Ron Paul. These people don’t want you. They don’t give a fuck what you have to say, except as they can use it against you when they’ve fucked their shit up beyond all recognition. And what’s worse, what you’re doing is immoral.These ignorant apes don’t want to be educated. They don’t want to understand themselves or the world around them. As far as they’re concerned, Socrates (as if they’d have even a clue who the fuck that was without the first Bill & Ted movie) can go fuck himself. The unexamined life is not worth living for human beings? They’re not human beings. They want to lie around and smoke pot and play Xbox and watch Jersey Shore and whatever abortion of cinema Michael Bay squirts out his anus into movie theaters. It’s not just that they don’t want to use their brains and don’t know how — they find the very thought of it repulsive. Kids get beat the fuck up at school for being intellectual. It’s a vice in America. Literacy, numeracy, and education in general are loathed by the masses. They don’t want any part of it. And you’re trying to bring fire to these monkeys? Didn’t you see how that worked out for Prometheus? Jesus fucking Christ.
And yeah I fucking care. I still have friends and family back in the US. “Well isn’t that their fault, Mike? Either they didn’t know what’s coming, which means they’re no better than the rest of us, or they chose to ignore it which means they deserve what they get.” I’ll tell you like was said in Office Space:
Michael Bolton: Yeah, well, at least your name isn’t Michael Bolton.
Samir: You know, there’s nothing wrong with that name.
Michael Bolton: There *was* nothing wrong with it… until I was about twelve years old and that no-talent ass clown became famous and started winning Grammys.
Samir: Hmm… well, why don’t you just go by Mike instead of Michael?
Michael Bolton: No way! Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.
Do I wish my family and friends would get the fuck out and come over here? Of course I do. I left when I decided Americans weren’t worth wasting one more second of my time trying to help. Now I just pee on you from over here, rub your face in the shit of your own making, and laugh at you.
But here’s what gives me the most comfort when you piss me off like you do when you boo Ron Paul, you fucking rubes: you’re going bankrupt. You wont be able to support your military empire much longer. Your bankruptcy means your ability to defend yourselves is about to take a catastrophic blow. And you’ve made so many enemies around the world. I’ll be sitting over here, high and dry, snickering when you reap the whirlwind you’ve sown. I won’t shed a single tear for you, just like I don’t even blink when a pride of lions take down a wounded buffalo. I don’t consider most of you to be fully-formed human beings anyway. And the world will be better off when you’re gone.
I might even send money to the Perry, Romney, and Obama campaigns. I will definitely vote this time around, for whichever of them has the worst fiscal and monetary policies. Probably Obama, but I haven’t made that determination yet.
In closing, fuck you.
You can’t reason with stupid. Why is he wasting his time and all those donors’ money? Just let it go, old man. Let. It. Go. The good guys lost. Years ago. The whole shithouse is coming down and the truth is you couldn’t have stopped it anyway. So let it go. If Ron Paul is so deluded as to believe that these morons can be reasoned with or that they exist in small enough numbers for him to overcome in the Republican primaries, then he has no business being anywhere near the nuclear launch codes. Delusion is delusion. I’d rather have a self-serving sex-addict like Bill Clinton be President — someone who knows how stupid Americans are and takes advantage of them (“I feel your pain.”) — than some guy who sees some issues clearly but is so deluded he can’t even adequately discern the intellectual demographics of his own country.
Personally, I take a lot of satisfaction in watching witless American rubes impose financial disaster and a police state on themselves. It’s called schadenfreude, I suppose, but I just like seeing the universe operate a certain way. Dr. Paul should too. He’s got his gold. He’ll be fine. And no one can say he didn’t try. He’s been warning for 4 decades about what was coming and explaining why. He’s done more than any reasonable person, of which America has very few, could ask of him. So now let it go, Ron. Just let it go. Do as Fred Reed recommends and
…enjoy the onrushing atrophy. Is the United States going to hell, western civilization being subverted, knaves scuttling like fetid crabs through the corridors of power and nitwits ravaging the schools in the manner of monkeys in a fruit store? (Yes, actually.) Relish it for the splendid historical theater that it is. A better spectacle there cannot be.
I say this seriously. If you regard yourself as audience rather than participant, the accelerating collapse becomes entertainment. You read each morning’s headlines with zest to see what new and preposterous clownishness erupts from Washington. It is high comedy.
Just go away, dude. You tried, you failed. Now sit back and profit from the collapse. But for God’s sake, shut the hell up and stop trying to save these fools. They don’t want what you’re selling, and frankly, I don’t want you trying to sell it to them. I’m invested in the collapse of their civilization, too.
Here’s how it happened in my insignificant world. I was getting ready for work (Entergy) and while dressing, I flipped on the television and some reporteress was live in New York with a flaming tower in the background, talking about a plane crash. I’m sure I was thinking “tragic”…
SLAM! Second plane goes in and the other building is hit. I wonder if I just saw what I saw. I wasn’t sure at first if it was some messed up replay of the original footage or what. The reporteress and the news studio haven’t even acknowledged it yet (she’s facing the wrong direction and didn’t see it). With wide eyes and “OH SHIT” in my mind, I realize both towers are now burning. It’s an attack! The reporteress is confused. The studio people are confused. Bunch of mindless babble I’ll never remember. I call my parents at their offices (Loyola). Don’t get through to either of them. Mom was still commuting. Dad taught an 8am class so he was in class when the reporting really picked up.
I drove to work which was right smack dab in the CBD of New Orleans. A few of us had come in. It’s all anybody was talking about. Everyone was watching the television and searching the internet. Then we were getting buzzed by fighter jets. We had fighters patrolling over the city! We heard about the Pentagon and a crashed plane somewhere else. All kinds of stories about other targets and planes and what-have-you which turned out later not to be true. We heard Houston had fighters patrolling there too. And other cities. That Chicago’s skyscrapers were to be evacuated. And so on. We were told we could go home…
Went home, and parked myself in front of the TV/Internet and just watched. Saw the towers finally fall. It was more a spectacle to me — I wasn’t detached, but I certainly didn’t experience it in the way New Yorkers did. They were crying, distraught messes. In utter shock. Completely confused. I imagine that’s how it was for Hurricane Katrina — different for me and mine than for those watching from afar.
I really don’t remember much more. Later, when the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, I became one of those war junkies South Park made fun of — lying on the couch captivated by the live-on-television wars unfolding before my eyes — like a first person shooter I was watching instead of playing. I was in the 1st Gulf War, so I didn’t have any idea what it must have been like back home. I was a war addict for weeks.
Now, 10 years later and it’s mostly faded from my memory. I don’t know of anyone I knew personally who was killed on that day. My closest connection to the event at the time was a friend from LiveJournal who had visited New York and been to the towers a few days before. It’s something I really don’t think about except when the fallout (wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, TSA abuses, consequences of the Patriot Act) is in the news or affects me personally somehow.
I live on the other side of the planet now. Have a family now. Run a business now. September 11th has become something of a historical abstraction for me — a lesson about the possible repercussions of a very violent, schizophrenic and insidious foreign policy. A tutorial on how the government will use an event of that sort to ratchet up the police state and strip citizens of more and more of their money and liberty. So that’s about it. Not much more to say. My condolences to the families of all the innocent people killed that day and to all of those brave and dedicated people who are now suffering negative health effects from exposure while doing their jobs. Best wishes to all.
“America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon of freedom and opportunity in the world…” (1:20 in the following video)
So what was America’s response? America acquiesced to the terrorists out of cowardice. Since the terrorists hate America because America was so free, Americans decided to get rid of their freedoms in an effort to appease the terrorists. Here’s what the NYCLU has to say:
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WE HAVE NEEDLESSLY LOST IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY
Through the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent executive directives and regulations, essential rights and freedoms that were once guaranteed to all individuals have been substantially degraded. Many Americans still do not realize the significance of what we have lost. The resulting expansion of government powers, and the erosion of 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment rights and freedoms have transformed the United States.
1st AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF SPEECH
• The Patriot Act broadly expands the official definition of terrorism, so that many domestic groups that engage in nonviolent civil disobedience could very well find themselves labeled as terrorists.
• The Government may now prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they reveal that the government requested information on their clients or members in the course of an investigation. It has become a crime for these individuals to try to safeguard your privacy or to tell you that you are under investigation.
1st AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
• Government agents may now monitor the First Amendmentprotected activities of religious and political institutions, and then infiltrate these groups with no suspicion of criminal activity. This is a return to domestic spying on law-abiding religious and political groups.
• You may now be the subject of a government investigation simply because of the political, activist, or advocacy groups you are involved in, or the statements you make within these groups.
1st AMENDMENT RIGHT TO ACCESS GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
• A U.S. Department of Justice directive actively encourages federal, state, and local officials to resist and/or limit access to government records through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
• The Government has conducted immigration hearings in secret behind closed doors. Such proceedings were once open to the public. Hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrants have already been deported in secret.
4th AMENDMENT FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES & SEIZURES
• Law Enforcement authorities may now conduct secret searches and wiretaps in your home or office without showing “probable cause.” They need only to claim that intelligence gathering is “a significant purpose” of their intrusion, even when the primary goal is ordinary law enforcement. They may also monitor where and to whom you send and receive e-mail, or where you go on the Internet, recording every e-mail address and website you have been in contact with.
• Law Enforcement may now demand any personal records held by any source including your doctor,
employer, accountant, or library. All they have to do is claim that it is related to an investigation into “terrorism.” The record keepers may not reveal that your records were provided to the government.
• Judicial oversight of secret searches has been effectively minimized. The Patriot Act directs judges to consent to secret searches based only on the Government’s assertion that a “significant” purpose of an investigation is gathering information related to “terrorism,” as the government defines it.
5th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS & FREEDOM FROM BEING HELD WITHOUT CHARGE
• Americans can now be jailed without a formal charge & without the right to confront the witnesses or evidence against them. American citizens are now being held in military jails without charge and without a clear path of appeal for their indefinite confinement.
• Hundreds of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men were rounded up in the Ashcroft raids following September 11, and held for weeks without charges until all were cleared of terrorism charges.
6th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION
• Hundreds of U.S. residents have been detained for months at a time, and denied access to the advice and advocacy of an attorney. The Government may now monitor conversations between attorneys & clients in federal jails.
• The Bush Administration filed papers in court that arguing that an American citizen held in a military jail without charge should be denied access to legal counsel because such access would interfere with the process of his interrogation.
6th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL
• The U.S. Government may now jail its residents and citizens indefinitely without charge & without a public trial.
8th AMENDMENT FREEDOM FROM CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS
• The U.S. Government has taken into custody individuals they identify as “material witnesses,” transported them across the country, and held them for months in solitary confinement without charge or contact with their family.
• According to the Justice Department’s own Inspector General, immigrant men rounded up in the Ashcroft raids following September 11 and held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY were subjected to a pattern of “physical and verbal abuse.”
14th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION
• Over 82,000 men from Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries registered with the Government under the Special Registration program. Over 13,000 are now in deportation proceedings. None have been charged with terrorism.
This is a somewhat dated version, too. It’s much worse now, e.g. the security theater and sexual assaults perpetrated by the TSA, or the executive branch’s appropriation of the power to assassinate American citizens without trial, and so on. You’d have to have a population with an average IQ of about 98 for them to fall for a line like “America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon of freedom and opportunity in the world….”
How fucking dare he:
That’s fucking rich coming from a know-nothing cunt like him. The damage he and his kind have done is extraordinarily massive (even if unquantifiable, no offense Keynesian fucktards) and if there’s a hell, he’ll be burning in it for having the hubris to ignore Rothbard’s ethical proposition:
“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”
Fuck you, Krugman. Die in a fire.
So, as many of you know, my significant other is a fashion model. This provides me with endless ammunition for teasing her, as her profession is about 95% “Emperor’s New Clothes” farce (literally) and 5% contribution to the betterment of mankind. Just this week, I saw her flipping through the most recent version of Vogue Italia or Marie Claire, I forget which, when I saw something that made me do a double-take: a mostly-naked chick in exaggerated makeup wearing a leather(?) jacket, stripper boots, and a fur scarf-thingy on her neck. Oh yeah, and a titanium pirate skull covering her hoo-ha. You heard me. (OK, I made up the titanium part. At least, I think I did — who knows what it is?) See for yourself:
While I put Crys to work trying to hunt down that particular style of artifact to help spice up role-play Wednesdays here at Casa Barnett, I’ve been busy trying to imagine an appropriate public setting for that entire ensemble. Where would one wear that outfit? Job interview? Skiing? The US Open? I’m stumped. Or maybe I’m just being a judgmental snot. The thing is, I don’t find that outfit immoral — just ridiculous. But these people, on the other hand, are on a crusade against fashion:
A spokesman for the Fred Phelps-led “church” vowed yesterday to bring so much hate to Fashion Week that fashionistas will think John Galliano is in town. “The whole thing is vanity!” roared Westboro mouthpiece Steve Drain. “You’re going to teach the women, especially the young women of this country, to doll themselves up … All you are doing is teaching girls to be proud whores!”
He said the sect believes “the whole idea [of the] fashion industry is to make women look as whorish as possible and men look as effeminate at possible.”
Drain even offered up a little Bible-thumping fashion advice.
“Put some jeans on and fear God,” he told New Yorkers. “Forget about all this fashion nonsense.”
Quick, someone call the fashion police…
So it appears that just about everything I was taught in my grammar school physics classes was wrong. I was scanning the news online and came across this little article about architectural design failures. I figured the first one would be that bridge in Washington which collapsed due to “forced resonance” from the frequency of the wind. Remember that? We all learned about it. Here’s the video:
Except that’s not the actual physics behind the collapse. This is (pdf):
This reminds me of when, about a decade ago, I learned of the actual physics behind the wing (pdf). It’s not what you were taught in grammar school. I can hear my physicist friends snickering at me as they read this.