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Why Modern Art is Absolute Crap This guy articulates what I have been thinking for decades. I think my first tip-off came from Ayn Rand. Something about someone vomiting on a canvas and passing it off as a form of art. Then there was that thing, about ten years ago, about the shit machine. About thirty-five years ago, a guy I knew decided he was going to be an artist. He threw together a series of paintings that looked to me like the creations had been stolen from some first grade classroom. One of the "paintings" featured a human figure, it was impossible to determine gender, smelling his (or her) own fingers. The "artist" explained the painting to me. It was a guy smelling his fingers after he had just explored a woman's vagina. And he was savoring the aroma. The name of the painting was, "An Intimate Moment." Not being an artist myself, I just accepted what was said. The funny part came when this guy managed to finagle his collection i…
Finally, Proof of Uber/Government Cronyism All along, I have been saying that Uber's success comes not from it's over-rated app, but upon its ability to manipulate slimy politicians into accommodating its "business model," regardless of how many innocent lives are ruined. I remain confident, that Uber's methods, as documented in the following Daily Mail report, are the same ones that allowed Uber to overturn, and rewrite the taxi bylaws in just about all Ontario jurisdictions, including Hamilton and Toronto. One of the first, obvious tip-offs, came when local politicians promised to "level the playing field" between Uber and non-Uber taxicabs. Perhaps it is because I have spent so much time observing the political trade that I was able to spot it, and call it out, right from the beginning. It was a bald-faced lie. The resulting re-writes of the taxicab bylaws in Hamilton and Toronto, most likely cut and pasted from Uber communications with local po…
Higher Education Rant When I enrolled in Mohawk College's Chemical Engineering Technology program in 1981 I had already been heavily influenced by free market advocates like Milton Friedman, FEE, Frederic Bastiat, etc. The relevant thesis, in this case, is that government economic intervention causes economic distortions that lead to mis-allocation and wasted resources. On the first day of the course, in September, 1981, there were over 40 students in the class. Part of the reason there were so many students was because of the politically contrived incentives to be there. Artificially low tuition, government backed loans, and outright grants all made the program more attractive than it would have been in the absence of government intervention. (Does the word, "bubble" come to mind?) Within a few short months a lot of the students had already dropped out, having no real interest in the subject, and having spent their grant and loan money on booze and partying. By the …
Fun with acronyms. Is anyone else losing track of the revisions to the LGBT acronym? I found LGBTQQIP2SAA. I expect the list to keep on growing. The Burlington pig lady says, “This is the fight of my life. I am going to spend the rest of my life fighting for the rights of animals ’til they are considered equal just like the rest of us.” What letter will they use to cover pigs? They can't use "P" for "pig," or "porker," because that letter is already taken. "B" for "boar," is already taken. So is "S" for "swine." Oh, I've got it! "H" for "hog." LGBTQQIP2SAAH. There is a lot of potential, right there, for a massive expansion of the acronym. There is no "C" in there, so cows are easily included. But that leaves out cats. Let's use "F" for felines. There is no "D" for dog, but what about donkeys? I forget, is "donkey" synonymous with &q…
Survival Techniques for Uber Cab Drivers in the Contrived Sharing Economy. As the amazingly powerful political corporation, Uber, has demonstrated, given sufficient financial backing, politicians and fake news media outlets can easily be fooled, intimidated and/or bought off by the notorious one percenters. Even MADD Canada has apparently decided to turn a blind eye to Uber's dangerous distractive technology by partnering with the $70 Billion taxi brokerage. One can only guess at whether MADD is receiving cash from Uber in return for its endorsements. In the taxi industry, this has led to a bastardized form of deregulation. The traditional cap on taxi licenses in most jurisdictions has been removed by stealth, as Uber has been granted the equivalent of unlimited taxi licenses. To make matters worse, Uber's taxi licenses enjoy a flexibility that is unavailable to its competition. Predictably, taxi history is starting to repeat itself. The streets are becoming flooded with hu…