atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4749: For the lowest common denominator

Right now I'm installing some driver updates for a Sound Blaster, and there's a note on the screen in red text: "All detachable products (e.g. products using a USB connection) must be plugged to your PC and powered on to be detected...."

I have had enough contact with the computer using public to know that this warning is necessary. I have had to say things like that to people. "If I can't power on your computer, I can't figure out what's wrong with it," to the person who brought in a laptop with no AC adapter and NO BATTERY. "If I'm going to figure out why you can't print, I need the computer and the printer," to the person who brought in just the computer.


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WSJ doofus writes a letter to the American consumer and is surprised at the vehemence of the response. He claims the letter was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and ironic, but having read it I've got to say it sure doesn't read that way.

But the matter at hand is that the coastal elites don't understand what is happening to middle America because their wages are much higher than middle class, and they don't have to make hard choices about where their money goes. They look at their paychecks and their bonuses and think, "Well, what the fuck is wrong with those mouth breathing Jesus-clingling proles, anyway?" Or, worse, they--like our sitting Fed chairman--tell people they just need to have had the foresight to start a business or invest well or be born rich if they don't want to be poor.

I mean, it's not like it's difficult to arrange to receive a seven figure paycheck; after you graduate from Harvard or Yale, you go to an Ivy League business school (like Harvard or Yale). Then you move to Manhattan and join a firm there and work hard for five years. After that, you get made partner, and start to hobnob with politicians and movie stars. Then by the time you're forty you're in your seat at the big table. People who can't do that are just lazy, and they deserve to be bankrupted by government policies that favor banksters over everyone else. WTF, if you don't like it, why don't you proles pool your pennies and buy your own congressman?

Argh etc.

To write an open letter to people--tongue-in-cheek or not--and then be shocked and surprised at the response is the height of hubris. Wake up, asshats; the economic data is fake and useless, and the middle class knows it.

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Police corruption is a symptom of government overreach. I'd wager that the stories coming out of Broward County and Denver are merely the tip of the iceberg.

Cops have always protected other cops, even when those other cops commit felonies. Tampering with evidence is a big no-no but it happens an awful lot, and the more cameras there are around the more common it seems to be. I would wager, however, that evidence tampering has happened all along, and is now only becoming obvious as citizens now have ways to record encounters with the police.

Cops need to be overseen by people who have no connection to the police force or law enforcement industry. Having them police themselves is such a bad idea we use a phrase in Latin to point out how well that works, and as I've said before the Latin was probably a translation of some older language.

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Time for a palate cleanser:

...that would be terrifying if it wasn't so cute.

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