Keep your testosterone off my tail

There is a new blog post entitled, “Hoarding and hollowing out.”



Fig. 1. Sign designed by author for the old car. It doesn’t fit on the new one.

I had to quit early last night. Too many people driving far too aggressively. I need to get a new version of this sign (figure 1) made for the new car because, incredibly, there’s really nowhere to fit the ones I have on it.

I’m a little reluctant to do it because I think it needs to fit on the inside of the rear glass. My idea is that it should occupy that entire space so as to ameliorate the double image I sometimes get with the digital rear view mirror (I wasn’t expecting this but it came as part of one of the option packages I ordered) but I am required also to have Uber and Lyft stickers there and I desperately don’t want to make those permanent.


I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.[11]


The reality, however, is that the current bout of inflation has little to do with [Joe] Biden’s recovery program—and is actually the result of perverse policies that [Larry] Summers and his confreres foisted on America over three decades. As that Bolshevik, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, could explain to Summers, the current inflation has little to do with macro pressures and everything to do with bottlenecks resulting from the supply chain crisis.[12]

It’s worth noting here that Jerome Powell is a Republican, appointed by Donald Trump.



Saskatchewan

So you know I pay attention to secession movements.[13] But this[14] might not be the source of information I’m looking for. It’s pretty funny, though, and I have heard rumblings that there are indeed such movements in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The pattern should be familiar: Rural areas losing in the demographic race for control of the larger jurisdictions. I haven’t heard about but am wondering about Manitoba.

Steve Burgess, “Please Advise! Now Saskatchewan Wants to Split?” Tyee, November 11, 2021, https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2021/11/11/Please-Advise-Saskatchewan-Exit/


Pandemic

(Inter)national

Finally a politician dares to apply precisely the correct framing: “I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering.”[15]

Samantha Lock, “Austria province to place millions of unvaccinated people in Covid lockdown,” Guardian, November 11, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/12/austria-province-to-place-millions-of-unvaccinated-people-in-covid-lockdown


Climate crisis

Between Greta Thunberg’s apparently skillful profanity,[16] this tweet, and this article,[17] you really know all you need to about the Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow:


George Monbiot, “Wealth Curse,” November 12, 2021, https://www.monbiot.com/2021/11/12/wealth-curse/


White supremacist gangs

There are two accusations, neither to my knowledge confirmed: First, that Jim Rogers was stealing a bicycle; and second, that the white supremacist gangster hit him several times with a Taser. Apparently, the video evidence does not capture the entire incident.[18] This happened in October,[19] but the investigation—some will say coverup—is still ongoing.[20]

Patrick Varine, “Protesters block Grant Street, demand prosecution in Jim Rogers’ death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 12, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/protestors-block-grant-street-demand-prosecution-in-jim-rogers-death/


Donald Trump


Kyle Cheney et al., “Steve Bannon indicted for defying Jan. 6 committee investigation,” Politico, November 12, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/12/steve-bannon-indicted-for-defying-jan-6-committee-investigation-521177


  1. [11]Sun Bear, quoted in SmartBrief to Business Transformation SmartBrief list, “Does the metaverse feel like promise or hype to you?” SmartBrief, November 12, 2021, https://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=3DF05ACC-4A13-43BF-AF80-06BCDFC5085E&sid=ad3b5385-5e73-422b-b557-5bf68a7b31e6
  2. [12]Robert Kuttner to American Prospect list, “Is Summers Owed an Apology—or Does He Owe Us One?” American Prospect, November 12, 2021, http://americanprospect.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=c3e0c62ee91db8dc7382bde7419bb573.1189&s=1e9c8da033986e0d1f0baa630b5bb784
  3. [13]David Benfell, “What is the State of Jefferson?” Not Housebroken, October 3, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/09/19/what-is-the-state-of-jefferson/
  4. [14]Steve Burgess, “Please Advise! Now Saskatchewan Wants to Split?” Tyee, November 11, 2021, https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2021/11/11/Please-Advise-Saskatchewan-Exit/
  5. [15]Alexander Schallenberg, quoted in Samantha Lock, “Austria province to place millions of unvaccinated people in Covid lockdown,” Guardian, November 11, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/12/austria-province-to-place-millions-of-unvaccinated-people-in-covid-lockdown
  6. [16]Melanie Reid, “Cuss away, Greta — it’s not the end of the world,” Times, November 8, 2021, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cuss-away-greta-its-not-the-end-of-the-world-pkfb2dl6l
  7. [17]George Monbiot, “Wealth Curse,” November 12, 2021, https://www.monbiot.com/2021/11/12/wealth-curse/
  8. [18]Patrick Varine, “Protesters block Grant Street, demand prosecution in Jim Rogers’ death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 12, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/protestors-block-grant-street-demand-prosecution-in-jim-rogers-death/
  9. [19]Rick Earle and Amy Hudak, “Pittsburgh’s mayor wants police policy review after man dies following incident with taser,” WPXI, October 22, 2021, https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/news-conference-planned-mayor-wants-policy-review-after-man-dies-following-police-incident/65UF44HFSRAXPNBLDMKJHIVKP4/
  10. [20]Patrick Varine, “Protesters block Grant Street, demand prosecution in Jim Rogers’ death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 12, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/protestors-block-grant-street-demand-prosecution-in-jim-rogers-death/

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