Some Saturday Notes with Hot Chicks and Metal

Some stuff from around the Web and possible previews of things to come, brought to you by Volbeat.

This Week in ObamaCare

Here’s a classic paragraph that applies to many things, and explains so many of our government’s failures.

The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye; the good economist also looks beyond. The bad economist sees only the direct consequences of a proposed course; the good economist looks also at the longer and indirect consequences. The bad economist sees only what the effect of a given policy has been or will be on one particular group; the good economist inquires also what the effect of the policy will be on all groups.

– Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson

This book was written in 1946 and predicts just about everything that has gone wrong in terms of economic policy since. Perhaps one day it will be the inscription on ObamaCare’s tombstone.

ObamaCare’s website is still a flop, and Kathleen Sebelius refuses to testify about what went wrong with the rollout. Now tech “insiders” are saying that the only option might be to do what Republicans wanted in the first place.

Marxists thought that capitalism would collapse under the weight of its own internal contradictions. Socialism will collapse under the weight of reality.

Non-epistemic juxtaposition

Non-epistemic juxtaposition

Some Notes on Critical Theory

I’m trying to figure out a way to write a quick primer on structural linguistics that won’t have readers running for the exits. Ferdinand de Saussure’s linguistic theory is at the root of all of the academic gobbledygook that has been infecting higher education since the 1960s. Basically, the idea is that all linguistic units derive meaning from what they are not. Jacques Derrida exploited a logical flaw in structural linguistics and structuralist anthropology that became deconstruction. And don’t even get me started on Michel Foucault.

People on the Right often treat Cultural Marxism, deconstruction and postmodernism as synonyms. All three are used to advance interests on the Left, but they’re distinct schools of thought.

Check Out Any Time You Like

In October of 2011, the ironically named Savory Lodge in Calgary’s Motel Village was shut down by authorities after surveillance video surfaced showing motel staff refusing to assist a woman fleeing from a man who had just sexually assaulted her. In its last five years, the Savory Lodge was targeted in two undercover drug stings where police conducted drug deals in direct view of motel staff, and emergency personnel had been called to the motel 1600 times in those years.

In 2004, 29 year old Jennifer Renn was tortured and murdered in the motel. Her body was found in a car impounded from a local lot. Her killer, Elizabeth Laverne Roberts, was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to life. Roberts told authorities that the murder was “better than sex, better than any kind of drug, the ultimate rush” and “I’d do it again.”

Sorry, I’m fascinated by seedy lodging places.

The center is not the center

The center is not the center

Some Other Stuff

The first thing I read this morning was Goodstuff’s Cyber World. This post is sort of an homage.

Trust in government is near an all-time low. At least something is on the right track.

It just popped up on my radar that Chris Noth from Law and Order is a colossal jackass. Yes Chris, the government shutdown happened because President Jesus is black. Now go away.

Collection agencies are hiring ninjas to collect outstanding debts.

Speaking of Critical Theory, here’s some timeless stupidity from Salon.

And it’s lunch time. Have a great day.

Give 'em what they want

Give ’em what they want

Update: Linked at American Power. Good day for traffic.

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