Don’t Bunch Up!

Randal O’Toole, the Anti-Planner, points out the wrongheadedness of ever-increasing urban density, Now, we are getting another lesson. Due to a novel virus, we are told to “socially distance” ourselves. But no one is telling us to drive our cars instead of riding transit. Instead, the transit agencies are still operating and giving out platitudesContinue reading “Don’t Bunch Up!”

Jeez, it’s like it’s all a giant scam or something

Michael Moore has turned his documentary gaze towards alternative energy, and–surprise, surprise!–found that it’s not the Save the Planet Panacea everyone says it is. “It turned out the wakeup call was about our own side,” [Moore’s film director] Gibbs said in a phone interview. “It was kind of crushing to discover that the things IContinue reading “Jeez, it’s like it’s all a giant scam or something”

San Antonio City Council steps on a rake…

…and is surprised when it hits them in the face.  And the ass. Our lefty, virtue-signaling city council has decided to pick a fight on Chik-fil-A, one of America’s most successful fast-food companies. This doesn’t look like too smart a move, even for nanny-staters. Clearly this is viewpoint discrimination by a government entity, and putsContinue reading “San Antonio City Council steps on a rake…”

Hey, Hey, Hey! My school made the top 20!

UTSA does it again!  My school was recently reported as being #19 of 20 in sugar babies. And the term sugar baby indicates a young adult willing to become a compensated protege of an older patron in exchange for unspecified (but easily imagined) personal services. Somehow I suspect this new ranking for UTSA will notContinue reading “Hey, Hey, Hey! My school made the top 20!”

Amazon gets pushed back

Writing in The New Geography, Joel Kotkin gets close to one of the threats of commercial cyberfascism:  Amazon’s grab at oligarchic power by siting a new headquarters.  New York’s brush-off to Amazon was the right move, even if for a variety of wrong reasons.  Like constructing sports stadiums with taxpayer money, the exploitation of theContinue reading “Amazon gets pushed back”

Hot Girl Privilege

Thales at The Declination tells it like it is: When a hot girl says something stupid, people pay attention to her anyway. This has the effect of separating the hot chick from reality even more. She might think her stupid poems are beautiful art, because thirsty men will say anything to an attractive woman. Hot GirlContinue reading “Hot Girl Privilege”

Trash, White Trash, and REAL Trash

Writing in Oxford American, Chris Offutt’s Trash Food almost gets it right: My thoughts and feelings were completely irrational. I knew they made no sense. Most of what I owned had belonged to someone else—cars, clothes, shoes, furniture, dishware, cookbooks. I liked old and battered things. They reminded me of myself, still capable and functioningContinue reading “Trash, White Trash, and REAL Trash”

Maybe NOT every job will be automated

Turns out there may be an upper limit to automating retail businesses.  When confronted with self-serve checkouts, many folks turn into thieves: “There is NO MORAL ISSUE with stealing from a store that forces you to use self checkout, period. THEY ARE CHARGING YOU TO WORK AT THEIR STORE.” It’s so pervasive that it’s notContinue reading “Maybe NOT every job will be automated”