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Fake Jobs Hurt The Real Economy

April 30, 2011 7 comments

I am making this old post sticky, for a day or two, because it is relevant to an upcoming post about the dangerous synergy of fake jobs and metrics.

The vast majority of people cannot seem to separate the concept of having a job from income, even in high productivity systems, thereby creating a multitude of problems and perverse incentives.

One of them is the negative impact of fake jobs on the real economy.

So what are ‘fake jobs’ anyway? In my opinion, a jobs is useless if the sudden death of people performing that job would not adversely affect activity necessary for the continuation of human civilization?

Examples of useless jobs include naturopathic and chiropractic doctors, realtors, environmental designers, the vast majority of government employees, the vast majority of private sector workers, cupcake makers, MBAs, most accountants, most architects, flower shops, the majority of lawyers, CEOs and banksters. Their jobs, professions and businesses are not necessary for the maintenance or progress of human civilization.

Their only contribution to humanity comes from their ability to consume products and services, and is the main reason behind my idea of a Minimum Consumption Entitlement.

So, how do fake jobs hurt the real economy?

They do so in two ways.-

1. They divert resources and talent away for areas that are actually useful.

Would you become a scientist or an engineer if it was possible to make far more money in areas like banking, law or management? What percentage of our economy is based on financial bullshit, legal scams and other assorted nonsense? Do you really think that this shift has no adverse consequences?

2. They hinder and disrupt the progress of those who do productive and innovative things.

We have entire industries based around stealing from the productive (corporate law), abusing them (MBAs) and fucking the over (banksters). These scumbags work in concert with a government which is captive to their interests and a bureaucracy which is filled with greedy, short-sighted, power-hungry morons.

In my opinion, paying people who currently have fake jobs to not do them would lead to a better, and less fucked up, world.

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How 30 Became The New 20

April 30, 2011 21 comments

You might have heard people say that 30 is the new 20. In my opinion, this statement is mostly true- if in a somewhat undesirable way. Let me explain..

You see, from the dawn of civilization to the 1980s most people starting living fully adult lives sometimes between their late teens and early 20s. So they had reasonably stable “careers”, wives, kids etc by the time they were in their mid-20s. Of course, there were wars, famines etc- however for the most part adulthood started at sometime from 17-24.

Adulthood does not start until your early 30s in developed countries, and is increasingly so for developing countries.

Today people finish high school at 18-19, do an undergrad or multiple years of community college, start a few shitty job in their mid-20s, reevaluate their career choice, do some further training etc and IF they lucky.. find something worthwhile by their early to mid-30s.

To put it another way- we have delayed adulthood by a decade, if not more.

While there are a host of popular reasons to explain this shift, most people miss the obvious one.

There are simply not enough well-paying jobs for everybody.

Technological advances have increased productivity to levels where we can make and service more with fewer people. This trend is not new. Prior to the second phase of the industrial revolution, child and adolescent labor was essential in many industries because of their low productivity. Indeed, compulsory education for children was meant to reduce the available workforce rather than educate kids. Laws against child labor were also motivated by economic considerations.

The third phase of the industrial revolution increased productivity still further giving us the, now universal, 40 hour work week. Western Europe went one step further with 6 week vacations, work sharing arrangements etc. There is, however one catch, with making 30 the new 20.

It is far more disruptive that banning child labor, introducing 40 hour work weeks or giving 6 weeks of paid vacations.

Most human cultures did not expect 14-15 year olds to be adults, nor was working only 8 hours per day undesirable. If anything, the results were largely positive and increased consumption of goods and services. Delaying family formation till your 30s does however introduce a whole host of problems, and then some more.

For starters, many men are pretty jaded with women by their late 20s. Combine that with feminism, job instability, sexual promiscuity and easy divorce make family formation a losing proposition. However a significant part of the economy, and economic predictions, depend on the continuation of family formation patterns which are now essentially dead.

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Another Dance Performance: April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Isn’t it odd that the mothers of these talented dancers are their biggest promoters.

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LOL: April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011 2 comments

An interesting take on royal wedding memorabilia.

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Categories: Current Affairs

NSFW Links: April 28, 2011

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Things Worth Remembering: April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 4 comments

CONservatives often forget that-

The path to slaughter, torture and generalized destruction of older CONservative men starts at the door of poor, educated and marginally employed/ unemployed younger men.

Ideological movements from communism, nazism and various forms of nationalism were just self-justifications for actively destroying the old order. Even phenomena like “herbivores” in japan or “boomerang” kids in the west are also partially driven by a wish to see the old system fail. Behind every herbivore, freeter or slacker is a guy (usually) who has no interest in playing rigged games and despises the existent system.

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Is Rejection By Average Women Worth It?

April 27, 2011 11 comments

One of my issues with the whole idea of ‘game’ is linked to it being essentially a numbers game. Your success with women largely depends on how many new women you approach, confidently, each and every day.

It does not take a genius to figure that most approaches will end in rejection, flakiness or bullshit. So here is my real question-

Are very high levels of rejection by average women worth it?

Being deliberately ignored by a hot young piece of ass is not that bad. But rejection, flakiness or bullshit by average looking women is much harder to rationalize. It gets even worser when you realize that most average looking women are mediocre in bed. A combination of inflated costs, mediocre service and princessy attitude are the biggest disincentives to practicing game.

Do you want to build a lifestyle based on obsessing over mediocre shit, when you can rent the amazing stuff by the hour with less hassle and effort?

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NSFW Links: April 26, 2011

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Hubris Requires A Lack of Consequences

April 24, 2011 13 comments

Have you noticed that hubris, sociopathy, scams etc requires a lack of consequences. Don’t believe me?

Consider the rest of this post as a thought experiment.

Would lawyers be so willing to be what they are if there was a real chance that injured parties would torture and kill their lawyers and their kids. Would district attorneys be so enthusiastic about imprisoning innocent men if there was a real chance that they would be force fed meat stews made out of their kids and their own body parts. Would law enforcement be so cavalier if they knew that there was a real chance of a rifle bullet interrupting their breakfast forever?

Would physicians be so willing to indulge in generic carelessness if there was a chance that affected parties might burn them alive? Would government or insurance bureaucrats be so blase about human suffering caused by their actions if they knew that there was a realistic chance of being beaten to death and left to die. Would government bureaucrats be more careful if they knew that their actions might result in their lynching?

Would politicians scam and lie so much if they knew that victims of their callousness might execute them in public? Would companies fire people so easily if the management knew that there was a real chance of the affected person killing them in some fucked up manner? Would banksters speculate on the prices of food and oil if they knew that they would get a Louis XVI treatment?

I believe that a feedback loop incorporating the realistic possibility of blowback from your actions is necessary to prevent people from acting on their sociopathic desires.

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Interesting Links: April 23, 2011

April 23, 2011 2 comments

Just a few links to interesting TV and Web shows:

Cities of the Underworld

Cities of the Underworld was an American documentary television series that premiered on March 2, 2007 on History. The program explored the subterranean environment and culture beneath various civilizations. The series was hosted and narrated by Eric Geller for a short time in season one with Don Wildman taking over for the rest of the series. The show employed a quick-paced editing and shooting style along with extensive use of 3D computer graphics.

Really cool stuff about what people built in ancient times. It is apparent that people in earlier eras were no less sophisticated than us and did amazing things with available technology.

In my opinion, every single episode of this show is amazing.

Cooking with Dog (Japanese Style Cooking)

Cooking with Dog is a Japanese cooking show on YouTube – but don’t worry, they don’t actually cook dogs. It’s an internet cooking show comprised of short videos of simple Japanese recipes just wouldn’t be interesting unless it was narrated by a talking poodle.

Tells you more about average Japanese cuisine in a few clips than you could read in a whole book.

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (DDD, The Triple D) is an American food television series that premiered in November 2006 on the Food Network. Produced by Page Productions, the program stars and is hosted by Guy Fieri.

I find this one interesting because of the sheer variety of restaurateurs and their signature dishes.

Do you have any suggestions? Comments?

Categories: Linkfest

Humans Could Use More Violence

April 22, 2011 7 comments

Have you ever wondered how things would be if humans were a more violent species? While conventional thinking might suggest that things would be worse, I think otherwise. Here is why..

Animals indulge in intra-species violence for reasons that are quite different from those for inter-species violence.

There is a fundamental difference between a lion hunting a gazelle, and two or more lions fighting each other. A prey-predator conflict is not the same as one between two adversaries. Humans add another layer of complexity to adversarial conflicts.

They are much more likely to kill, murder or slay adversaries for highly questionable reasons.

Don’t believe me? Ask yourself- how many crusaders became rich from the crusades? how many Mongolians benefited from being in Genghis khan’s army? How many soldiers or grunts in any armed force benefit from the ultimate outcome of a war? You might think that such questionable behavior by soldiers implies that humans are already too violent. But is that the case?

Slavery, the Jewish holocaust, Armenian genocide, the Ukrainian famine, various Indian famines, the Cambodian genocide, the Irish famine etc were ALL possible because the affected people did not resist sociopaths with lethal force when they could have done so. They let cowardice and optimism overrule their rationality.

While resisting people by killing them and their kids is risky- it is worth it, especially if not resisting does not improve the outcome.

That is why I have, a sometimes grudging, respect for people who will do that. It is hard to argue that kamikaze pilots or their modern equivalents were not effective- irrespective of the cause they were fighting for. You might remember that Bill Maher got into trouble for saying something along those lines in the early 2000s.

Extensive unfairness, sociopathy, bullshit and scams cannot be reformed by peaceful or legal means.

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NSFW Links: April 20, 2011

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These links are NSFW.

Self Shots: April 20, 2011 NekkidCuties

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Ebony Cuties: April 20, 2011 Nudie Cuties

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Enjoy!

Categories: Musings

Cannot Stop with One or a Few

April 20, 2011 2 comments

One you have one, you want a few more and it is hard to stop..

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Categories: Escorts, Musings

Has Mexico Become A Failed State?

April 20, 2011 11 comments

I am certainly not the first to suggest that Mexico is on the path to becoming a failed state. In fact some regions inside mexico already fit that description- nor is the problem simply due to drug trafficking.

Mexican oil production, a major source of government revenue, has been declining due to a host of reasons. Remittances from Mexicans in the US have not quite recovered from global economic problems which started towards the end of 2008.

You also might have heard that the US-backed war on drugs in Mexico (since 2006) is not going well- to put it mildly. The US-backed morons seem to be oblivious or deliberately ignorant of ground realities. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in this futile war, and the authorities are not winning by any objective measure.

Mass graves containing dozens to hundreds of tortured and mutilated bodies are commonplace. Finding severed human heads in coolers is apparently common in mexico- link 1, link 2 and link 3.

To put it another way.. the level of violence, killings and lawlessness in Mexico rivals places in the Middle-East.

It is obvious that the Mexican government can no longer maintain and enforce civil law in a significant part of the country. Between that and loss of revenue from oil, remittances and decreased economic activity due to drug war- it is likely that things won’t end well.

Do you really think that the consequences of state failure in Mexico will not spill outside Mexico?

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How The “War On Drugs” Looks in Mexico

April 19, 2011 11 comments

WARNING: Pictures are GORY!

You might have heard about some “problems” and “lawlessness” caused by the US-backed drug war in Mexico. Have a look at the pictures in this gallery and ask yourself-

Is keeping drugs illegal really worth it?

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