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Say you wanna have a revolution?

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Surfing the web the other day, the Redneck Stumbled upon  an anarchist marxist   blog site that was actually readable, as in literate, enjoyable, and lacking the uh, earnest turgidity, that usually characterises these sites.   The Redneck has always had a soft spot for anarchists, marxists, and their relations.   The Redneck was a young man in the late 60's and early 70's when many of his peers were marching, protesting, and occupying the President's office of every institute of higher learning.  It was a fun time to be young.  Did the Redneck participate?  Sort of, but hampered by crippling commitment phobia, the Redneck never joined the Hippies, Yippies, Students for a Democratic Society, Communist Party, Black Panthers, Feminists (not being black or feminine was also a factor) or any of the other radical outfits of the day.  One of the Redneck's friends was a communist, he also coveted bourgeois sports cars, but this was not a problem for him ideologically, as th

The three kinds of stupid

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Statistically one out of every two people is stupid (ie in the dumber 50th percentile), and even those that occupy the smarter half of the population will  find that still others are smarter* and so on.  So stupidity is ordinal, and relative, like velocity it depends on the viewpoint of the observer.   Regardless of point of view, stupid people can be broadly classified as one of three types, Type One, Type Two and Type Three. Type One Stupid people are your regular stupid people.  They know and we know they are stupid.   Found everywhere, usually in the way, doing stupid things such as buying 20 bucks worth of lottery tickets and scratch and wins daily, cruising along at five under in the fast lane while yakking on their cell phone,  those big box store employees that can't tell you where anything is, the ones who  get their 15 minutes of fame 30 seconds at a time guest starring on COPS...  In other words they are you and me.  Type Ones, like most of us, are not evil, but t

How to stop anthropogenic climate change

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There is growing consensus that human activity is causing climate change.  I remain skeptical, but having said that, it cannot be denied that human activity does impact the environment and the more humans the greater the impact.  Regardless of where people stand regarding the environment,  surely at some point everyone must agree that turning the world into either, a Walmart store, or a parking lot for a Walmart store, has to stop somewhere. So what do we do about it?  We could stop making babies. This is already happening as people realize that a kid costs as much as a Ferrari, and  a growing percentage of the population would rather have a Ferrari than a kid.  That is all well and good, but the population boffins are predicting that the effects of the coming unbaby boom will not be seen until 2050.  I am leaning to adopting a more proactive approach, therefore, as a public service, I am making a list of all the people we don't need anymore. Such as; People who do long

How to make your Hummer cool.

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Coolness is undefinable, it's one of those, 'If you have to ask, I can't explain it.' things. Hint, A brand new new Lamorghini Gallardo  is totally uncool, but a pristine four door Chevette  is ultra cool.  One thing that most of us can agree on is that the now (mercifully) defunct General Motors built Hummers (not the original AMG versions) are seriously coolness impaired.  But there is coolness redemption for Hummers.   Check this out.   This has to be the coolest thing anyone could ever do with a Hummer.   Even cooler than this.

The true difference between Canada and the USA

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Fully 54% of my 11 site visitors readership is from the USA, so it is time for the left wing redneck to explain the difference between the USA and Canada.  The redneck knows that most USians know little about what goes on up here (and could care less), but this will be offset by Canadians loving to read self serving comparisons between themselves and their southern neighbors. It is little understood that Canada is (and always was) conservative and the USA is (and always was) liberal.   I am sure that my southern neighbors will be as surprised to hear this as my fellow country persons, but it is true.  The redneck has heard the vicious anti-Canuckian commentary by  'conservatives' Ann Coulter and fellow travellers that  liberal  Canadians,  i.e. socialists, kowtow to a nanny government which has taken away their guns and forces them to stand in line for medical treatment. All true.   Except that political commentators have cunningly redefined the meaning of conservative a

gun control ~ or not

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As a Canucklehead, the left wing redneck is often  bemused and  amused by his southern cousins.    Walt Wawra, a Kalamazoo cop holidaying in Calgary Alberta,  complained about feeling threatened during an encounter with local youths. Due to Canada's repressive gun laws, Walt was unarmed, so he was forced to end the confrontation peaceably instead of inviting the punks to make his day, or querying them if they felt lucky.  Shortly thereafter came the Dark Knight shoot em up in Colorado, followed by the attempted ethnic cleansing of the Sikh temple by a lone gunman in Wisconsin. So I am thinking, this cop on a holiday in Canada doesn't feel safe without a gun in his pocket, but after Walt is back home, everywhere is getting shot up by crazies with guns.  WTF!! Why didn't the Colorado nut job go down in a hail of return fire from the Batman audience? Where were the off duty policemen with their off duty guns, where was the citizenry exercising the constitutional 'righ

Dewey beat Truman again

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thanks to wikipedia Everyone who has ever had anything to do with the social research or polling industry will have heard the story about how all the opinion polls were so positive that Thomas Dewey was going to defeat Harry Truman in the 1948 US presidential election that the Chicago Tribune declared Dewey the winner the morning after the election.   The reason this happened, say opinion pollsters, is that the polls predicting a republican victory were done by telephone, and failed to account for democratic voters being less likely to  have telephones than republicans, telephones still being a luxury in 1948.   This is not necessarily a problem if  pollsters know that say, 90% of the  republican voters have telephones vs 80% of the population that vote democrat.  If this is known, mathematical adjustments are applied, and the poll becomes more accurate.  Because the results were so embarrassing, they figured out what they did wrong, and opinion polling has been fairly accurate