Random Thoughts

Dear Awareness People:

Shut the F......... (1) I'm begging you.

I already have more than enough to be aware of. Even more than I'm aware of. 

You try walking around Manhattan unaware. You won't be walking for long. Nope, there will be the usual horde of coked-up delivery guy lunatics whizzing around on bikes (sidewalks only, please) just praying for the opportunity to be the first to run you over. 

The Pitch and the Pendulum

(Pace1 Edgar Allan Poe)
Some people take comfort in the back-and-forth sway of the political pendulum. It is part of the greatness of our ‘two-party system’, they contend; it reflects the American aversion to extremism on ‘either side’. For the mainstream media, charting each degree of the pendulum’s swing is the essence of the 24-hour news cycle.
New Internationalist Magazine, November 2010

Putin must be laughing his a** off after a Milwaukee Country sheriff (who is supposedly under consideration to lead Homeland Security) Tweeted on how to shut down “anti-constitutional” protestors.

Did Donald Trump Really Win Bigly?

Did President-elect Donald Trump Win Bigly, or did he suffer an attack of the mumpsimus?

We all know that the Donald loves to use superlatives, but 'bigly'?  Really?  Well, no not at all really.

We are all subject to preconceptions about our environment.  A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest, right?  But we often miss-hear words and are puzzled by what we think we heard.  As Earwig O1 would say, "sailor vee"2.

Allegation - a new -ism

Having marked my return to blogging with one new word - egestatism - I thought I may as well invent another.

We already have handwaving and whataboutery which appear to be de rigeur in any scientific or political discussion.  And now, may I present - roll of drums - allegationism.
The Neglected Majority

In every nation, state or county that I am aware of there is a tendency for lawmakers to discriminate against the poor, whether directly or indirectly.

Some politicians favour tax reductions for the wealthy.  The flip side of that coin appears to be a belief that everyone else should pay for the nation's needs.

This is a warning especially to East Asians, most of which have never seen anything like this, because in China for example, there is no such thing and it is unheard of. Now they are warned to avoid Western European cities such as Berlin, London, and Paris. There are No Go Areas in those cities, but the authorities deny this, and so there are for example no warning signs posted around such areas!

As an old time chessplayer who's stopped competing in tournaments, I often entertain myself with the odd blitz game in some internet chess server. And more often than not, I play rather crappy chess. So nothing to report there... However fluctuations do occur.
I just played a combinative-style game which I wish to share, although I did not have the time yet (and I think I won't have time in the near future) to check the moves with a computer program. So my moves might well be flawed. Regardless, I enjoyed playing the game so that's enough motivation to report it here.
In an essay for The New York Times, (September 28, 2002) Joseph Epstein wrote: "According to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them -- and that they should write it. As the author of 14 books, with a 15th to be published next spring, I'd like to use this space to do what I can to discourage them."    

Christopher Hitchens had a similar sentiment: “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.”  
I am truly sorry about certain things that I wrote. For example, I have previously written about "mass incarceration" of blacks and guns in the US. I have done so also with the feeling that such would give me more traction with "liberal" readers - yes, I often cannot stop myself from being an asshole - I am truly sorry about this and hang my head in shame!