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Bailout and friends

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

You know, I’ve been meaning to type something up about the bailout for a while, but the idea just really hasn’t gelled properly until now. I know I disliked the idea of it, but putting it to words was slightly harder.

It really cheeses me off that my tax money is going to bail out banks who didn’t care enough about their own finances to pay attention to what they’re buying. Wasn’t Sarbanes-Oxley supposed to fix some of that lack of openness and prevent financial scandals? And then on top of the banks that are “too big to fail”, the President goes and unilaterally allocates funds for the automaker bailout, with absolutely no accountability brought into the deal. Why in the hell is my tax money going to pay for lazy union workers getting paid insanely more than I am for running a damned air wrench or forklift? It’s not rocket science… I could learn any job they do in a week, and probably do it better. But the union structure doesn’t reward hard work… it rewards time served, as long as you don’t do anything that’s a termination-worthy offense (such as show up late). A Mr. Knox of Knox Machinery actually summed it up fairly succinctly.

We’ve been riding a social wave since the 80’s (and possibly earlier) of decreased personal responsibility, and more dependence on the government. Socialism, if you will. No Child Left Behind, asinine lawsuits, a culture of fear and distrust, child abusers… the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket. But if you look at the actual data, violent crime has taken a severe downturn since the early 90’s.

On top of that, we have a nationalistic fervor sweeping the nation, never questioning what the government does as it enacted The USA PATRIOT Act, or when Bush seized sweeping new executive powers to fight against terrorism, the FBI’s (ab)use of national security letters, and other things, all in the name of national security.

So we have a great combination of rising socialism with expanding nationalism. I have an idea… let’s call it nationalist socialism. I’ll bet we could abbreviate that… I know! Let’s call the movement Nazism!

New toys

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Just picked up a pretty slick Canon HF100 on a Black Friday deal (yeah, so “just” is a bit of an understatement). Now I just need a proper SDHC reader and I can see if I can get the AVCHD file format working under Linux.

Gotta figure that out before Charlie gets here 🙂