Greetings, my fellow worthless deplorables, cretins, and insufferables. After a short break due to holidaying on the sunny Amalfi coast, the weekly Friday links returns to you in full and uncontrolled throttle, which is just how we like it.
Apparently there has been a hurricane this week, but I’m not really interested in that. Apparently little young Kim over in North Korea has been firing his missiles over Japan, but that don’t interest me either. Apparently everyone is getting thrown off the internet because it’s owned by Google and Facebook, but I’m still here so what do I care?
I care naught, I care zilch, I care in a zero fucks kind of way. Just so long as I have me cigars, a good kitchen to cook in, a bottle of wine at my head and feet, and my good wife to pat me on the arm as I shake my fist at them there young people on my front lawn, then all will be fine and dandy in my little world, yes-sir me.
So with that in mind, let us turn our collective fearful yellow eye to what outrages saw fit to remain in an opened tab on my browser over the past week.
Some art for you. While on holiday, a Dutchman challenged me to come up with three Dutch painters. I could only reply with a lousy pair, to my frustration. So with that in mind, here is View of the Defltse Vaart and St Laurens church 1840 by Cornelis Springer. I think it’s quite nice.
Post of the week goes to this one titled, Paying the price for the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.
That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
The theory of diversity explained for us ignorant and uncaring folk.
Men and women are not different, which is why we need quotas to ensure in this position there are equal numbers of men and women. The outcome of the position will not be changed if we have enforced equal numbers of men and women, because men and women are not inherently different. But since Diversity is our strength, the outcome under mandatory quotas will be better, because there are no differences in performance between men and women.
The preach diversity but what they really want is for all of us to be the same and interchangeable. They want us to be ants or bees.
The logic of risk taking by his great worthiness, Mr Taleb.
We saw with the earlier comment by Warren Buffett that, literally, anyone who survived in the risk taking business has a version of “in order to succeed, you must first survive.” My own version has been: “never cross a river if it is on average four feet deep.” I effectively organized all my life around the point that sequence matters and the presence of ruin does not allow cost-benefit analyses; but it never hit me that the flaw in decision theory was so deep.
A very worthy piece. I found myself nodding in agreement throughout which meant that I already knew this stuff but hadn’t seen it articulated. So where did I learn it from? Playing poker, of course.
Richard Florida is sorry that he was so wrong about hipsters making cities a better place to live.
His observations quickly formed the basis of a set of breezy technical solutions. If decaying cities wanted to survive, they had to open cool bars, shabby-chic coffee shops, and art venues that attract young, educated, and tolerant residents. Eventually, the mysterious alchemy of the creative economy would build a new and prosperous urban core.
Today, even Florida recognizes that he was wrong. The rise of the creative class in places like New York, London, and San Francisco created economic growth only for the already rich, displacing the poor and working classes. The problems that once plagued inner cities have moved to the suburbs.
The worst thing about him isn’t that he was wrong. It was that he assumed from the beginning that he was so right without any evidence to back up his mad proselytizing. The important thing now is to never ever listen to him on anything ever again. You had your chance buddy, now piss off.
Whistling is alpha. How to whistle with your fingers.
Your weekly Woodpile awesomeness.
Using gumballs, Roy Beck demonstrates why immigration does not work at all.
Using his mouth, Gavin McInnes demonstrates why he is a complete and utter moron.
The college professor who attacked a Trump supporter with a bike lock now faces up to 40 years in jail.
In an online statement, Clanton wrote “Dealing with an unintelligible internet force smearing and threatening me online was not easy, and created stress to say the least, but I had every expectation that very few people would take them seriously, especially considering the character and credibility of their sources.
Which is why he was hitting people with bike locks to begin with.
The Friday links musical interlude. This is the opening track from Amorica the third album from The Black Crowes. The album stalled on release due to its risque cover with stores like Walmart refusing to stock it. I consider it their best album by a very long margin. Every track is a winner, particularly the closing track, Descending. But lets go with Gone, the opening track as I said. It sets the mood. No video here so just put on your headphones and enjoy.
And while you’re listening to that musical greatness, why not peruse a young lady who has reached the coveted heights of the hawt chick of the week? Thanks for watching, it’s been real, I mean that, trust me, I’m a social worker.