atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#6857: It's Friday and my arms are tired.

The effect of Affirmative Action on white engineers. The requirement that a certain percentage of agency spending go to "minority-owned businesses" ends up hurting everyone involved to one extent or another.

In the case of aerospace projects, Affirmative Action is a solution in search of a problem. In general, blacks and hispanics aren't interested in the really difficult and useful engineering disciplines. It's not because they can't do it; it's because they come from subcultures which emphasize other things. This lack of interest means that when a hispanic or black person does come out of an engineering program in one of these difficult disciplines, the various aerospace companies and agencies fall all over themselves to recruit them. Whites and asians don't suffer from any kind of reverse discrimination but companies are always eager to show the EEOC that they really do not discriminate against applicants based on race, and the only way to do that is to make sure they have a diverse workforce.

The "minority-owned" requirement means that if for whatever reason a minority-owned business cannot be found to do X there must be examinations and verifications and certifications and explanations why. All of which takes time and money. And then we wonder why a project like SLS is years overdue and billions over budget? From the same agency that developed a Moon rocket in seven years?

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An honest sales pitch for climate change. That pretty well sums it up.

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Understand how machine power utterly obviates slave labor and you might start championing it, rather than demanding that it be curtailed.

If you think that fossil fueled engines are the root of all evil, it's because you don't understand the slightest damned thing about the economics of energy supply.

People who want to "decarbonize" the energy economy--particularly those who want to do it with solar and wind, and not nuclear--do not understand the magnitude of what they're saying, and they do not understand exactly how much money they are talking about spending to accomplish it. "The Green New Deal" that Representative Horseteeth tossed off represents THIRTY TRILLION DOLLARS of spending, over and above ALL OTHER SPENDING IN THE US. It's three years' worth of the entire economic output of the United States.

That makes it sound like a trivial amount. But understand, if the entire economic output of the US were bent towards accomplishing the GND--it's impossible to do, as you'll see, but bear with me--if the entire GDP were shunted into that project it means that there would be NO:
food production or distribution
energy production or distribution
welfare payments
wages or salaries paid
manufacturing
I could go on, but right there you see the problem, don't you? As I said, it's impossible to shift an entire national economy to handle one program, because some people won't be able to do anything related to the program's main thrust. (For example, a stage actor can't really wire a multiphase alternator, can he?)

So the program would take longer, maybe a decade--but that decade would represent the absolute worst economic depression this country (and maybe the world) has ever seen.

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You're not the only one. In order to laugh at Woody Allen's films you need to be a specific kind of person. In particular you need to be a coastal liberal, probably Jewish, certainly "progressive". And at that I don't believe the humor will garner anything other than a dry, "Heh. Heh. Heh," from the viewer in question.

So, no, Woody Allen is not funny.

But as noted in the comments, Sleeper is pretty hilarious. It's got a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments in it, and one of the things I liked best about it was how the doctors all pushed smoking and fatty foods and alcohol as healthy. A nice satire on how "knowledge and reason/change like the season". That movie is the one movie by Woody Allen that's actually funny. But then again, all rules have an exception.

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This is interesting. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a pretty entertaining movie, esp. with Michael Keaton playing the bad guy. That said, I have not watched the sequel to it, and am not particularly interested, either.

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The only real problem I have right now is that I'm hungry and dinner won't be for at least 3.5 hours. But since I'm nearly out of diet Pepsi, I need to go to the store anyway; so I think I'll see if I can pick up something. And then I'll eat and play WoW until Mrs. Fungus gets home. WIN.
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