If I were in charge

Someone is complaining that people trying to cross the US southern border illegally are being denied flu shots. If I were in charge, they’d be required to take flu shots. If anyone approached the border with intent to cross, they’d be hustled into a tent and given the full series of vaccinations a basic trainee gets, and then they’d have to drink a Dixie cup half full of warm green Koolaid on the way out.

Capitalists and conservatives 2019

This video essay from Tucker Carlson has been getting some attention: Death to My Hometown: How a Hedge Fund Baron Is Destroying Middle America. Here’s something from yesterday on “How ‘Vulture Capitalists’ Get Rich By Destroying American Jobs.”

Conservatives worried about the economic collapse of small-town America, the shrinking middle class, and the epidemic of deaths from overdose will need to balance those concerns with others. After all, no one is a mono-dimensional stereotype. According to his page on Wikipedia the businessman Paul Singer gives generously to advance LGBTQ rights; he opposes higher taxes; and he’s been active in Republican party politics.

We need to be careful about maligning financial capitalism. It’s the public-spirited businessman who makes it possible for our Republican lawmakers to get and keep their positions without the support of unsavory special interests. If the town of Sidney, Nebraska is suffering a little short-term pain from the forces of creative destruction that have made American what it is today, maybe a philanthropic businessman like Paul Singer could be approached for a grant. A few thousand dollars to the local library might fund an innovative story hour for the local children, for example.

Reconnaissance task

Spear Phishing: “…threat actors that operate this type of campaigns, would first run reconnaissance tasks in an effort to identify potential targets within an organization and a sender that would trick the potential victims into acting first and thinking later.”

Credit where due

I had to go to Walmart Thursday evening (the only alternative would have been to do without something I wanted), and the shopping trip went pretty well — in about 7:00, out in ten or fifteen minutes with a bottle of 7 Crown (okay over ice, or with soda.)

Walmart was a (not un)pleasant surprise. The place was very crowded, but everything was moving along in good order. There were lots of employees walking around. One saw me and lead me through some special route (he’d probably been warned in the pre-shift briefing about sketchy-looking old men with bottles) to a staging point where three or four people were waiting for the next register. A lady with a full cart invited me to go ahead of her. Everyone was at least polite, and most were friendly. People were smiling and saying “Happy Thanksgiving.” Maybe by this morning people are tired and tempers frayed. There will probably be appalling reports in the news later. But at least last night things were okay here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

People are fascists

“…most people are obviously far more anxious to express their approval and disapproval of things than to describe them. Hence the tendency of words to become less descriptive and more evaluative; then to become evaluative, while still retaining some hint of the sort of goodness or badness implied; and to end up by being purely evaluative—useless synonyms for good or for bad.” — Studies in Words, by C.S. Lewis, 1960