Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Legalities of the College Homework Industry

I proudly allow Academic Composition to be a sponsor on my little Internet media empire because I not only believe in the business, but I also believe students should not have to pay, let alone, jump through all the hoops Big Education makes them while raping them for their tuition money for a degree that more often than not isn't worth it.

Still...

It has recently come to my attention that paying other people to do your homework is actually ILLEGAL is several states.

In the effort to remain above board and full disclose I present...a...um....full disclosure:

Selling and falsifying student homework and fraudulently taking online courses on behalf of students is illegal in New York and 17 other states. It is also a violation of CL rules. Violating NYS laws on Craigslist puts the site and the founder, Craig Newmark, in jeopardy. The NY County DA's office is currently monitoring this listing category and will prosecute those selling homework to the full extent of the law. You would be advised to remove your ad or rewrite it to remain in accordance with NY State law. FYI -NEW YORK STATE LAW: New York: Section 213-B of the New York Education Law criminalizes the unlawful sale of "a dissertation, thesis, term paper, essay, report or other written assignment" as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by incarceration of up to three months. Local district attorneys or the state Attorney General can initiate investigations into this misconduct. Academic tutoring and counseling services are exempt from prosecution. In 2013 the NYS legislature amended the bill to include any sale of student papers on the internet. Selling homework and student papers is also illegal in Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Florida,Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina,Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

It is my personal opinion these people may kindly go fuck themselves because as far as I can tell it is nearly impossible to determine whether or not somebody is writing papers for another person and their "punishment" seems to be nebulous or (at worst) a "class B" misdemeanor (so you know, you'll probably get a government check and some counseling or something).

Regardless, when using the services of Academic Composition realize you are taking on the full legal consequences of doing so and that neither I nor Academic Composition are responsible for whatever consequences befall you.

YOu have been warned.

A Canadian Alpha Male

George Beurling

The girls' faces just belie how much women like a tall, dominant man.

First Movie I WANT To See in About 5 Years

The untold story of undercover WWII American fighter pilots who went to Israel to defend Israel in 1948.

How to Tell a Person is Worthless

An excerpt from the latest podcast, but one that is important as it explains it is not the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, or your gender that matters because you did NOTHING to earn said traits.  You were born with them.  It is what you've achieved in your life that defines your worth:


.1% Economic Growth

Right, blame the weather not the

idiot socialist we have for president
the moronic people that populate this country
the terabytes of regulation
and the anti-business and anti-success mentality in this country.

Nope, it's the f*cking weather.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Clarey Podcast - "College Students Walking in the Desert" Episode

Aaron tells is "Hippie Chick With a Staph Infection in Idaho" story, gives the most valuable advice in a long time to people "lost" after graduating from college, doesn't understand "Tinder," responds to the "live in your mother's basement" accusations, and asks, given Dartmouth's recent caving to an spoiled brat college student, if college is for education or indoctrination

AND MORE

in this latest episode of The Clarey Podcast.

Language warning.

A Location-Independent Job Posting for Cappy Cappites

Howdy All,

Alex over at Academic Composition is expanding his hiring to other cities.  Again, this is NOT going to pay $80,000 a year, but if you're currently out of college, can't find a job, and don't want to work minimum wage, well, here you go.  It has the added bonus of sticking it back to the man because this company does college students' homework for them.

Here are the specifics he's provided me:

If you reside in one of the below listed regions, you can seize this opportunity by posting ads on craigslist.


1. Honolulu, HI
2. Houston, TX
3. Dallas, TX
4. Denver, CO
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. San Franciso, CA
7. New York, NY
8. Hartford, CT
9. Philadelphia, PA
10. Pittsburgh, PA
11. Atlanta, GA
12. Raleigh, NC
13. Chicago, IL
14. Phoenix, AZ
15. St. Louis, MO
16. Minneapolis, MN
17. Boston, MA
18. Toronto, ON
19. Vancouver, BC
20. Ann Arbor, MI

Next, all you'd need to do is follow this simple four step process to receive a $25 start-up compensation.

A. Create a new gmail account
B. Set up the forwarding features to ensure that all of their incoming emails are automatically re-directed to me (sounds more complicated than it really is, most people will be able to figure out how to do this within 3 minutes)
C. Use the new GMAIL account to set up a Craigslist account
D. Receive my ads and prepare to post them in the city where they reside


If you post the ad specifically as you were instructed to, it will not be flagged and removed by craigslist. If your ad stays live on the forum for one full week, you will be paid $20. If it stays for a full 12 hours, a $15 compensation is in order. If it only lasts three days, I'll pay you $10. If it survives for a mere 3 hours, you'll be paid $5.
Contact Alex at academiccomposition@gmail.com

Again, I know it's not an investment banking position, but it beats delivering pizzas.

Everybody Needs An Asshole in Their Life

Because assholes are the only ones who will tell you the truth.

Ergo, consider hiring an asshole to consult you about;

your career
your education
your dating
your business, and
your life

Cheaper than a "real" consultant, and infinitely more honest.

Asshole Consulting, because we plain don't give a fuck about you...

which ironically means...

we care more than anybody else.

QOTD

"In my dream the Koch brothers buy a bankrupt Harvard"

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why Dennis Prager is Dangerous to Young Conservatives

Dennis Prager often trades with Joe Soucheray as my 2nd favorite talk show host.  He is incredibly intelligent, goes way further into the rabbit hole than the superficial skimming Sean Hannity does, and crafts his shows meticulously.

He is also incredibly dangerous. 

The reason I say Dennis is incredibly dangerous is because he (albeit unintentionally) conveys hope to people where there is none. Specifically when he references his book "Still the Best Hope - Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph" during his show where he is typically suggesting people still have hope for America, invest in America, and believe in America.  And while this is nice and what many of us would like to believe, it unfortunately just isn't true.

America and to a larger extent, Western Civilization, has seen it's zenith and is now barreling its way down to 2nd and 3rd world status.  With government debt approaching 110% GDP, economic growth half of what it used to be, and with unfunded commitments and liabilities running at 10x's our annual economic production, it is economically and mathematically impossible for this debt-ridden sloth of a country to ever achieve, let alone deliver on whatever hopes Mr. Prager claims it has the potential for.

But the real reason there is no hope in America is not so much its already-handicapped economy; it's what has always determined whether a country is great or pathetic - it's people.

In nearly every aspect of the country you see a decay in the quality and caliber of the people that make up the US.

A younger generation so steeped in leftist indoctrination they voted in a guy who has done nothing more than mortgage their futures.  These same kids also naively believe majoring in philosophy or Hate-White-Male-Studies is going to land them a job.  And they're so unforgivably ignorant in terms of economics NONE of them are capable of supporting themselves financially, let alone know the basics of public finance (oh, and BTW, this is the generation Prager is pinning his hopes on to "save" the country).

The youth are not the only culprits.  Gen X, now thoroughly in what could be considered "parenting age" are failing miserably at that.  With divorce rates no different than their parents' generation, we are ensuring the young are dropped off in daycare, raised by the state, alienated from their parents, and are even going to be more inept and incompetent than the adult children that populate our colleges today.  But at least Gen X women are empowered.

Of course, who can forget the parasite generation known as the baby boomers? Not only are they parasitical in terms of the resources they will consume via social security and medicare, but the also in their absolute abysmal failure to lead the country.  Be it the housing bubble, the government debt crisis, the education bubble, you name it, every major financial and economic problem we have today was done under the reign and leadership of baby boomers.

And hey, let's not forget the newcomers to this country.  Why we'll let anybody in.  Don't want to learn the language?  Sure, come on in!  Don't want to work for a living?  Sure!  Come on in!  Want to leave your crappy country, but continue practicing your crappy traditions that made your country crappy in the first place, foolishly thinking just because you're located on a different part of the globe everything will be better?  Come on in!  And make sure to out-breed the productive members of society because you still haven't learned the concept of income per capita.

Naturally, the result has been predictable.  As the quality of humans drops, so does the culture.

Miley Ray Syphilis is on the stage and not Doris Day.

"Black Box" and "Sex and the City" is on TV and not Hogan's Heroes.

"Figgityfoe and His Two Bitch Ho" album outsells Duke Ellington.

And any inferior culture is deemed superior to American Culture simply because it is not American.

Success is failure.

Beauty is ugly.

Excellence is criminal.

Now, are you going to tell me, with all of the decay, all of the corruption, all of the idiots, and all of the just plain evil, you're going to invest in this kind of country?

While Dennis' intention is absolutely noble, honorable, and well-intentioned, unfortunately anybody who follows his advice and decides to tie their anchor to America is going to ruin their one and finite lives.  And thus nearly every channel of investing in America is pointless.

Want an education in the US?  You're nuts.  50% of your tuition money goes to unnecessary pre-req classes to keep worthless professors employed.  And what classes remain will still have a leftist slant berating you for daring to be white, male, or aspiring to succeed.  That's when they're not too busy shoving bogus sexual assault statistics down your throat and accusing you of whatever variant of privilege you're unaware you have.  And the final parting gift is a crippling level of debt sure to ruin the rest of your life.

Want a career in the US?  You're foolish.  There are no jobs here, and there CERTAINLY is not the economic growth needed to provide something as unicorny and mythical as a "career."  And heaven help you if you dared to exercise your freedom of speech in the past, as your employer (now thoroughly corrupted into totalitarian leftist thought) will fire you with impunity.

Want a family in the US?  You are insane, especially if you're a man.  The women are spoiled, entitled, obese and divorce-prone.  The schools are there to separate you from your children.  And if you have the intellectual temerity and honor that most Pragerites have, you will likely raise your child with a decent work ethic, which will only serve to make them hosts for the parasites of lesser parents they will suffer and serve under.

Want a house in the US?  Too bad, you can't own a house. OH sure, they'll say it's yours and give you a deed.  But in the end all you've managed to do was buy a perpetuity liability where you promise to pay (ever increasing) property taxes to the state.

And all of this under an ever-increasing public debt, declining economic growth, and increasing hostility towards conservatives, libertarians, and otherwise noble and successful people.

No, for anybody with an ounce of temerity or a desire to enjoy a happy and successful life, you'd be wise to ignore Prager's advice and look for greener pastures.  Not that he's a bad man, he's just a man from a bygone era hopelessly in love with an idea that is no longer tenable for younger generations.

Enjoy the decline.

As the State Further Steals Your Children

A friend of mine said her kid was in "4K"

I said, "4K?  What's that?"

"It's kindergarten for 4 year olds."

I didn't even flinch because it's what's to be expected.  The state making further inroads into destroying the family, replacing parents, hiring worthless teachers union ditzes, indoctrinating your children to become future democrat voters, all while using what amounts to nothing more than "free baby-sitting" to sell this totalitarianism to the naive suburbanites.

You've Been "Mozilla'ed!"

I will be putting together the petition shortly:


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Uplift X Now Available in Canada

Sponsor wanted to let me know you Canucks can buy Uplift X if you so desire!

Free Northerner Joins the Bachelor Pad

Many thanks for the kind plug

You can read Free Northerner here.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Captain on Alimony

This turned out a little better than I thought it would:


Weekend Listening

Greetings all,

Returned early in the morning from a funeral from Milwaukee and have been playing catch up with spring cleaning, motorcycle prep, and the like.  unfortunately I had to do a video from the road and it is duly noted the audio and video quality suffers when I'm not in my "mother's basement."

Regardless, next week shall be more normal as I catch up on my chores.  In the meantime I present to you some podcasts I've been listening to over the past three weeks that I also found enjoyable.

Black Brigade's latest podcast.

Honey Badger Radio

Victory Unlimited's latest podcast on avoiding gold diggers.

Kerry Lutz's podcast on Japan's economy which proves interesting because we're basically Japan 15 years ago.


Follow The Money's podcast archive.

DIE, Higher Education Industry, DIE!!!!

Ahhhh....warm fuzzies!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Government Workers Have No Clue How Spoiled They Are

And MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) is just the latest proof of just what clueless and spoiled children they are.

The Most Balless Sheriff - Chris Nocco

What an utter fucking pathetic excuse for a lawman.  "We can't do anything."

OH REALLY???  Then what was this from two years ago?

What this boils down to is that property rights aren't protected in Pasco County because the sheriff is not a sheriff and you are an idiot to live there.

The Latest Podcast - Why Do Haters Hate?

Actually, to be honest, I was on Aurini's "The Podcast" as he was gracious enough to host me.


Countries that Wish to Secede

An interesting post about all the different countries/regions that wish to secede. 

The Night Dad Went to Jail

I saw this on my Facebook feed and after an unthinking and visceral reaction against it, with further thought I think it's actually quite brilliant and a sad testament that such a book is needed in society.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the Mail - MissLed

Got this in the mail.

Municipal Bike Coordinator

For the Patron Saints Name of Frick.

Honest to god, a god damned "bike coordinator."

Boys, are you paying attention?  What did Uncle Cappy tell you about owning property in major metro areas?

That's right, DON'T!  You rent and spend your youth there, you do NOT invest or live your productive lives there.

At Least Russia's President is for Russia

Getting hard not to be pro-Putin.

Conservative Female Porn

At any time, you men have it within your ability to turn this around.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Antonia Ayres-Brown

It is April 22nd, 2014.

I want you to remember this girl's name:

Antonia Ayres-Brown.

The reason I want you to remember her name and this date is because I am making the prediction you will see this person in the news again in the future.  And it is nearly guaranteed that it will not be good news, but rather of the "crusader/narcissist telling others how to live life" variety.  She got a taste of success.  MacDonald's "diversity officer" caved.  And she will now and forever be addicted to the powertrip that ensued.

Ram Z Paul

New blogroll addition.

Ram Z Paul.

Pretty funny guy.

Best Economics Cartoon EVER

An outstanding cartoon that explains money, banking, and economics better than I've ever seen.  Mandatory viewing for people of all ages.

How Andrew Norlen Destroyed Sweden

It's not even the fact that immigration will destroy Sweden.  It's the blatant ending of the freedom of speech

“I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the internet is not a lawless country, the sheriff is back in town” 

No Arlen, Stalin is back.

Another Product of the Boomer Generation

I love it.  They carry the 60's leftist crap shoved down our throats to it's logical end - kill yourself.

The New Style of Debate

Hi-freaking-larious.

The video he is referencing is here.

Bernard Chapin also addresses debating in the past and how it's gone down the toilet.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Why Nazis Make Better Super Villains Than Communists

An outstanding observation by The Bechtloff.

Nazis make for better super-villains because at least they aim to be super or superior.  Communists (and by "communist" I also mean American democrats) are so unmentionable and unimpressive as individuals they by their own nature are not unique and thusly need to define themselves through others.  They aren't Lex Luther or The Joker hatching brilliant schemes as much as they are boring, common, petty thieves rationalizing their parasitism.

Ergo, evil aside, think about what villain you'd rather hang out with:

The Borg or Professor Moriarty
Your average women's studies professor or Bernie Madoff
Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin

Now that's telling.  Which comic book series would have better success?

One where the villain is Obama

or

One where Vladimir Putin is the arch-nemesis?

Just Once, Some Intelligent Shit

I have only one request before I die and pass on in this world.

That Davis Aurini would for once write a quality, thought-provoking intelligent piece of shit.

Of course he can't because, well, in an affirmative action sort of way he is a Canadian, so what do you expect.

But still

Just once

I beg

I plead

Could the man just write one intelligent piece of shit?

Bail Me Out of My "Music Education" Degree

Boo-freaking-hoo.

Tourism - The Zero Sum Game That Should Be Played

Let me succinctly and briefly explain "tourism" from an economic perspective so that you all may understand why local governments are all about it, even to a level that said local governments don't even understand (but do on an intuitive level).

"Tourism" is very Keynesian in that it is short sighted.

For example, Obama, all of economic academia, the council of economic advisors, and the entire management of the federal reserve really do believe, like Christians do a guy nailed to a plank of wood, that government stimulus will "increase aggregate demand" and with a "multiplier effect," blabbity blah blah blah.

Is it working?

No, of course not.  Average economic growth is the lowest it's been ever, especially considering the INSANE Keynesian-wet-dream-of-a-deficit we've been running these past 6 affirmative action years.

But the reason it isn't working is because the smart money sees what's going on.  The government is merely borrowing money from future producers to pay for current day parasites. Who would invest in such a system, even with (I know, *giggle* for the idiot naive Keynesians) "low interest rates" and "low taxes?"

But that is PRECISELY the same concept of tourism.

You are taking money from one group of people and moving it to another group of people. 

However, instead of Obama's KWD (Keynesian Wet Dream) where we take money from the future and give it to the parasites present, tourism is merely the same thing taking money from one area of the country and giving it to another.

For example, when I lived in Wyoming, there was no shortage of middle aged men motorcycling through town living their motorcycle dream of driving cross-country.  Certainly admirable, certainly something I'd recommend, but whereas Krugman and his Fucktard Keynesians (it's a band of government-quality music) would claim this is "economic growth" or "economic stimulus" in the end it is nothing more than taking money from one area of the country and placing it in another.

The money those motorcycling men spent on gas did indeed go to local economy in Wyoming, but that by mathematical necessity withdrew money that would have gone to their hometown economy in Pennsylvania.

The money those mid-life crisis men spent on booze at the Occidental Hotel (which I highly recommend) did in fact benefit the local economy in Buffalo, Wyoming, but at the expense of Saskanoose, Michigan. 

In other words, the overall economic impact of "tourism" is a zero sum game.  You are merely taking dollars from one area of the country to spend on another. 

This then presents an interesting local-economy-war game where different localities and municipalities must advertise and duke it out for tourism dollars.  This is why you see advertisements to come visit some place or another.  Advertisements to live your dream.  Advertisements where *SNARK* the parasite state of California wants outside money constantly to bail their pathetic asses out (hey California was cool in the 80's! Come visit us, please...we're umm...totally relevant dude!)  It also explains why local taxpayers spend billions every year subsidizing professional sports and marginal teams by building them palaces to throw the spheres into hoops or hit spheres with sticks, or are stupid enough to vie for the Olympics. 

Regardless, in the end you have what is invariably leftist local politicians fighting against other local leftist politicians for other people's disposable income in the form of out of state tourism dollars.  The next national gain is zero, but the local gain can be enormous.  But something tells me the leftist politicians and economists we have in our institutions of leadership can't tell the difference.

How Black Boys' Desire to Become Athletes and Rappers Destroy Their Lives and the Black Community


Chicago, The Next Detroit

The stupid!  It burns, it burns!!!!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

College as a Leftist Cult

Which it is and which is why the Zombie Liberal is a genuine and real threat.

"The Job Market for Law Grads is So Bad..."

HOW BAD IS IT!?

It's so bad employers actually have the balls to post a want ad for VOLUNTEER LAWYERS!

The Weakest Generation

WWII was the Greatest Generation.

Baby Boomers were the Lamest Generation.

Gen X, good lord, the most "Pathetic" Generation I suppose.

But there is no doubt the Millineals are the Weakest Generation.

A Podcasty Weekend

Davis has (in all seriousness) one of his best podcasts.  Download it and listen to it.

He also has a post about Tinder, which invariably I'm going to have to figure out what's going on.

The Bechtloff also has the 4th episode of his podcast released.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Blogroll Addition - James Altucher

Many of you guys have recommended for some time now I look into James Altucher.  I metaphorically said in my mind, "yeah yeah, I will" as if I was promising my mom I would read Atlas Shrugged or something.

Finally, I checked out his site and, frankly I am ashamed I did not heed the words of my readers earlier.

My thanks, and apologies, but James Altucher is now officially on the blogroll.  You may visit him here.

I also intend on reviewing some of his books.  Namely Choose Yourself and 40 Alternatives to College.

Dude Bro Inc

Let's just say I know "a guy."

And when hanging out with this "guy" one time I met his co-workers.  These co-workers were the epitome of the fratboy-douchebags that, like Wyoming, should eliminate any concern on your part that the decline in America is relegated to just "women  and minorities."  No, they were proof positive that the decline is truly unbiased, unbigoted, and is infecting all people of all kinds.

But something was different about these dude bros.  They were extra-special douchey the night I met them.

Sure they all had the signs of dude-bro-ness:

Wearing sunglasses indoors at night.
Having floozies on their arms that had the face "don't dare talk to me."
Doing shots shots shots shotshotshots shots shots shots shots.
Telling stories and giving speeches that were neither funny, nor witty, and completely based on inside jokes.
Bragging about their careers.
Taking selfies even though they're males.

But then two things caught my eye.

One, they all drove cars that I knew by their age they couldn't mathematically afford.  Oh sure, it was possible.  Anything was possible.  But they'd have to be bringing down around $250,000 per year to make all their stories true and hold the deeds to those cars.  And I knew from banking the percentage of middle-aged fratboy douches who owned their car was around 2%.  Their younger, less experienced counterparts, had to be leasing or borrowed to the hilt.

Two, they were in sales.  "Sales" if you don't know is where many douchey dude bros work because they are completely untrained, unskilled, and too lazy to do anything else.

Frame this house?
"Dude, that's like what my old man did."

Program this router?
"Dude, that's for nerds!"

Weld this car?
"DUDE!  THAT GAME IS ON!!!  GO LEBRON!!!!!  He's my man!!!!!"

No, they were "big idea guys" and any real work was beneath them.

This also caught my economist eye because I knew all "idea guys" were ego maniacs who wanted the benefits of hard work, but used sleaze, ass-kissing, politicking, and networking to attain said benefits without hard work.

So faster forward several years and I don't know why it comes up, but my economic spidey senses start tingling and saying, "you know, there's no way to tell how those dude bros turned out, let alone prove with 100% certainty that they were indeed posers, but I wonder if their company is publicly traded."

And by golly it is.

And by golly will you look at those bottom lines.

Again, there is no guarantee that the dude bros were faking it.  Who knows, the company could have been spending all of their money on sales teams making those dude bros the only dude bros in the country that weren't faux $30,000 millionaires.  But based on my experience in banking, not to mention knowing precisely what it would take to present and keep up such a lifestyle/image, I think I can safely tell you this very important lesson:

Nearly 100% of the people you see dude-bro-ing it up, or fratboying it up, or (on the female side) "partaaaayyyying" it up, are fake and putting on a show.

Mathematically
Economically
and psychologically

it is just impossible for so many young people in today's economy to all be acting like Paris Hilton AND have the money to back it up.  There just isn't the money, there just isn't the economic growth, and truthfully, most young people today are just too freaking stupid to manage their finances, let alone to the level they are in the top 1% of income earners.

Ergo, when you see them in the nightclubs, partying it up at a bar, ordering a round of shots, driving a fancy import, do not feel jealous or that you are somehow underperforming.  I can guarantee you with 99.9% accuracy the party is going to end rather quickly for them and the remaining 20 years of their lives consist of avoiding bankruptcy, living paycheck to paycheck, and the constant fear of having to make ends meet.  Worse for them, they will have to keep up the lie to save face which will only condemn their entire financial lives to hell.

You just need to realize this, practice minimalism, find non-douchey friends, and both your personal lives and financial lives will be forever better and genuinely richer than the dude bros'.

Another Cappy Cap Job Posting

Howdy All,

Alex over at Academic Composition is looking to hire some people again and since I know a lot of you are either in college or fresh out of college and looking for some cash, thought this might be up some of your alleys.  Of course, nothing glamorous or glorious, but it will pay some bills.  Basically he's looking to expand his homework-writing business and needs people to post ads on Craigslist.

Here are the specifics he's provided me:

If you reside in one of the below listed regions, you can seize this opportunity by posting ads on craigslist.
1. Los Angeles
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Houston
5. Dallas
6. Denver
7. Vancouver
8. Chicago
Next, all you'd need to do is follow this simple four step process to receive a $25 start-up compensation.

A. Create a new gmail account
B. Set up the forwarding features to ensure that all of their incoming emails are automatically re-directed to me (sounds more complicated than it really is, most people will be able to figure out how to do this within 3 minutes)
C. Use the new GMAIL account to set up a Craigslist account
D. Receive my ads and prepare to post them in the city where they reside


If you post the ad specifically as you were instructed to, it will not be flagged and removed by craigslist. If your ad stays live on the forum for one full week, you will be paid $20. If it stays for a full 12 hours, a $15 compensation is in order. If it only lasts three days, I'll pay you $10. If it survives for a mere 3 hours, you'll be paid $5.
Contact Alex at academiccomposition@gmail.com

Again, I know it's not an investment banking position, but it beats delivering pizzas.

Friday, April 18, 2014

When the Left Co-opts the Word "Bullying"

Permit me to make a prediction young lieutenants.

My experience has told me that the left hates and loathes more than anything else the following things:

Being accused of lying
Being shamed
Being exposed as a hypocrite
Being accused of/shown to be stupid
Being criticized
Being ridiculed
and
Being mocked

They can dance in the boxing ring with you all day if you try to argue facts, statistics, and logic, because they will simply ignore what you say and call you a racist or a sexist.  But if you stoop to their level and take them on in a personal way, shaming them and exposing them for the idiots they truly are, then they get mad.  Because in going after them personally, you reframe the argument to be personal and about them.  They (very much like conservatives frantically scramble to deny an accusation of racism) get livid, see red, and muster the entirety of their energies to protect the thing that means the most in their lives - their egos

Does it solve the debate?
No.

Does it advance the national dialogue about the economy and government?
No.

But it's the most progress I've ever had whilst engaging leftists.

However, an interesting little phenomenon is developing and I can see it happening a mile away.  And that is the left is quickly drafting on its drafting board in academia the perfect weapon to deflect, deny, and even criminalize any mockery, ridicule, outing, shaming or any other form of one-upmanship.  And that perfect weapon is to take all of the above, define it as "bullying" and make it an illegal act a la "harassment" or some other such act of intellectual dishonesty.

Whether they will be successful or not is another debate, but already you can see the word "bullying" being used in leftist parlance with the context that suggests when you

call a feminist on her bullshit
you're a bully

make fun of a socialist's inability to do basic 4th grade math
you're a bully

dare to hold minorities up to white standards, thereby treating them as genuine equals
you're a bully

laugh at middle aged women who think they can "have it all" as they divorce and find out no men want them,
you're a bully

The ultimate aim of this cowardice is to shut down debate.  And like other words (racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, close-minded, fascist, redneck, hick, privilege, etc.) once accused of the criminal act of "bullying" most spineless conservatives, libertarians, etc., will abandon their post, abandon the argument and rush to defend against the accusation out of fear of social ostracization, fear their career would be ruined, or fear of criminal charges being brought against them.

Of course, "bullying" ending up becoming a crime may sound a bit outlandish, but how far of a jump is an accusation of "bullying" from "harassment?"  Also, have you seen just how thin-skinned, cowardly and pathetic the up-coming generation is?  Just a quick perusal of our college culture with their obsession to find new forms of "privilege," their hyperbole of "rape culture," and their addiction to becoming some kind of a victim (ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, my sex, my color, my multigenderedness, depression, bipolar, the list is endless as it is pathetic) shows our "future" is a bunch of adult children professionally trained to look for and be insulted.  Their inferiority in this regard almost guarantees the definition and illegality of "bullying" will be expanded.

But, as you know, I always like to point out the bright side or at least the solution.

These veritable Nazis, these haters of freedom, these whiny, snively parasites who constantly fake being a victim so they can rationalize living off of others just aren't terribly savvy about economics.  And what they don't realize is that the economy is so poor and entire underclass (namely comprised of men) have no

future
career
hopes
family
or
money

And since the teeth of left's "victimization strategy" ultimately lies in the threat that if a conservative or libertarian speaks their mind they might lose their

career
job
money
future
hopes
and/or
family

for at least the future generation this tactic is ineffective.  An entire generation of (again, primarily men) have nothing left to lose.  And when it comes time to telling a

fat acceptance feminist she's fat
a minority to get off his ass and stop blaming his skin color for his failure, but rather his 5 illegitimate children
or a spoiled brat suburbanite that her degree in sociology is a waste of taxpayers resources and proof she can't do math

no amount of a legal threat of "bullying" is going to stop them.  Because at least there's sanity in pointing out the truth, no matter how much and how many whinny, spineless, cry-baby victim leftists cry bloody murder.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Part Two of Soul Smithy's "Enjoy the Decline"

Admittedly it is very crass and ridden with foul language, but I like the flow and the Sam Spade kind of narration of it.

"Confessions of a Failed Slut" - A Review

Confessions of a Failed Slut is the latest work from Kathy Shaidle of Fivefeetoffury Fame. And I would like to start out by pointing out it is an ESSAY, not a book!

Not that there's anything wrong with that.  I am a big fan of essays if for any other reason than that many ideas do not need 300 pages to convey.  But I wanted to be a stickler to this point because Kathy readily admits it is an essay and not a book by offering it only in Kindle format.  She did not write 35 pages and call it a "book."  Ergo, I tip my hat to her in this pet peeve regard of mine.

That being said "Confessions of a Failed Slut" covers Kathy's life through the 70's, 80's and 90's, primarily recording her observations of dating, courting, sex, and society during that time.  However, unlike her slutty counterparts or contemporaries writing for Cosmo or aging like Maureen Dowd, she is nowhere near as vapid or vain.  She is a woman with a sharp mind, self-respecting impatience, and an cynical eagle eye making her observations prove correct overtime and clairvoyant in the past.  Therefore instead of Harlequin romance tripe, you get a straight shot, no dope, Brooklyn east-coast accented talking story (except for the fact Kathy hails from Canada).

The essay takes on basically a rant/screed feel as she effortless transitions from one topic to the next, never requiring chapters or even subheadings.  One minute she's talking about being in AA, the next minute she's talking about the Love Boat, and the third about Penthouse Magazine.  While this would have normally made my linear economist mind explode, it doesn't matter because there is a logic and a flow, and above all else a lesson - generations of young men and women have been lied to so much that what we are witnessing is not only sad, but sadistically entertaining and utterly predictable.  Normally such a dire and macabre topic would beget frowns and heads shaking, but Kathy's realism, indifference, bluntness, and ability to make hilarious analogies on par with Dennis Miller will have you laughing your ass off every 2nd page. 

Will this book revolutionize your thinking?

No, probably not.

Will this book convince any one of the hundreds of millions of young westerners to convert back to their traditional 1940's societal roles?

Oh good lord no.

But it is nice to see, from the perspective of a "slightly" older than me type "older sister" who had been through it before explain what she saw, how outlandish it was back then, and that no, you weren't insane for thinking what you did back in 1988.

You can find "Confessions of a Failed Slut" on Kindle.

(Note, "slightly older" means like 3-4 months older than me putting her squarely in her mid 30's)

Until the Government Bails Out the Higher Education Industry

An estimate going around that half of the US universities could be out of business in 15 years.

That is until the government bails them out.

A "Sane" Horse Woman Speaks Out!

I got this comment from this video that I just couldn't pass up.





Remember boys, women with horses are *AHEM* "sane."  Don't all rush out there and marry all of them up now, you hear.  Leave some for the rest of us!

Why Liberals and Leftists Are Impervious to Logic, Math, and Reason


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Michael Bloomberg is Precisely the Reason the 2nd Amendment Was Written

You would think he'd just retire, but alas, the only thing tyrants have in their lives is to control other people.

Rewarding Paul Krugman

for being the government's lapdog bitch.

When I am king there will be no government money going to anybody to espouse any political views of any kind.

But remember, I'm the "right wing fascist" and Krugman is a caring liberal.

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The Worst Advice My Father Ever Gave Me

"just because somebody CAN do something doesn't mean they ever will."

Amen brother.  A-freaking-men.

I will merely add my favorite quote of all time:

"When you come from, it's gone.  Where you thought you were going to?  Weren't never there.  And where you are ain't not good unless you can get away from it."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Unrelenting Ego of Leftists

Permit me to cite four stories/examples.

First, R22.

If you didn't know what R22 is, it's a refrigerant that is used in airconditioning units.  It's been banned by the EPA and the EU because it "harms the ozone layer."  Its replacement is much more costly and has resulted in some entities (smaller sports arenas namely) having to shut down or go without airconditioning.

Second, azodicarbonamide.

You may remember this more as the "yoga mat chemical" that was used to make Subway bread chewier.  It wasn't until a "food blogger" Vani Hari went on her little crusade and "exposed" Subway for using this chemical did most of anybody care.

Third, earplugs.

Not that there's anything interesting or newsworthy of earplugs unto themselves, but when a city councilman like Jacob Frey wants to force music establishments in Minneapolis to provide their patrons with earplugs and considers such an idea "good government" you can see why such an idiotic idea and man might make the news.

Finally, the cancer-ridden woman in Rapid City.

Some of you may know the story, but the short version was this 60 something woman who obviously had gone through chemo (she had no hair) was talking with her friends about how they stopped the Keystone pipeline at a cigar lounge I like to attend.  They were patting themselves on the back and then said, "ONTO STOP THE BAKKEN!"  When I got up to leave she thought I was her friend and asked for a hug "goodbye."  I then ripped into her about how she was scum, the reason the country and my generation had no hope, and that her little crusade was just to feed her ego and she didn't give a damn about the environment.  I may have said something about her not living long enough to see the Bakken shut down. 

So what do all four of these anecdotes/stories have in common?

They all highlight what is arguably the most dangerous aspect of leftists and socialists:

They won't stop.

Understand that there is a theoretical "optimal" amount of legislation.  Too little legislation and there's bound to be a lot of crime.  Too much legislation and you cripple and choke off your private sector.  But leftists don't care about this because to them MORE legislation is ALWAYS better.  It makes up for the fact they really don't have good ideas of governance, they have no game plan, and they make for miserable statesmen.  I termed this "disease" or phenomenon "Chronic Regulation Addiction" or CRA.

The problem for leftists and politicians in general suffering from CRA is that they fail to realize that there's nothing wrong with doing NOTHING.  That maybe over the past 250 years an adequate amount of laws and regulations were already passed and this body of legislation needs only mere and occasional tweaking.  No they "must do something" and so they're always on the hunt, always on a crusade to right and imaginary or made-up wrong. 

The problem this presents for society, however, is that as the laws become progressively petty they also become progressively invasive.  Admitted Nazi, Hater of Humanity, and All-Around Douchebag Extra-Ordinaire, Michael Bloomberg is the perfect example of this.  So complete was the legal system of NYC he had nothing better to do than to tell people how much soda they were going to drink.  And Jacob Frey, though not in the same league as Bloomberg, is doing his best to make people's hearing health the responsibility of the city government.  You take these two and multiply them by the tens of thousands of bureaucrats, politicians, and other participants that populate and lead our legal and regulatory agencies and you can see the threat to personal freedoms CRA infected leftists presents.

Perhaps, however, if we find out what drives leftists and socialists to constantly push for more as opposed to less regulation we can stop the perpetual encroachment upon our personal freedoms? And while that may sound great, unfortunately it's impossible, for what is truly driving leftists and socialist is ultimately their lack of any worth as a human being.

Though not a 100% correlation, if you look at the majority of leftist (and rightist) politicians, crusaders, "activists" and other people suffering from CRA their lives usually have no purpose, no core, and no meaning. 

They rarely work real jobs.
They rarely tried hard in life choosing the path of least resistance.
They produce nothing of genuine economic value.
And usually hail from academia, law, government, non-profit and 9 out of 10 times have a worthless liberal arts degree.

Because of this they need something to fill the void and give them some kind of "faux" point or purpose in life, but nothing that would require rigor or hard work.  And thus they not only champion leftist causes (because "other people's money" is a popular and easy platform to run on), but constantly hunt down those progressively smaller morsels of "societal ills" that "demand action be taken to solve!"  But worse, it's nearly impossible for them to ever stop feeding their egos with never-ending "do-gooderism" because in order for them to stop at the "optimal level of law" they would be forced to look in the mirror and accept two things:

1.  They are in fact worthless people and their lives not only meaningless, but damaging to society
2.  They would have to get real jobs

And that the ego of a leftist cannot abide.

Ergo, the ego of leftists is never ending.  It will not stop.  It will not relent.  And it will run-ramshod over your personal freedoms as long as it feeds its host.  Because after all, it's more important that politicians and bureaucrats make up new laws and regulations to feel good about their worthless-selves than you have the right to drive the car you want, eat what you want, and do what you want in this country.

Enjoy the decline!

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The Pale Moon browser is gaining traction against it:


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Importance of Controlling Your Micro-environment

A funny thing happened to me whilst driving both ways through Utah.  While listening to the radio or my podcasts about the outside world and how liberals in DC were doing X, the socialists at the UN were doing Y, and feminists in academia were doing Z, right there in front of me was the most beautiful scenery on the planet.



And while Michelle Obama was spending millions of our tax dollars taking her and her daughters on a whirlwind trip to China, there I was talking to Alvin, the proprietor of my favorite fossil and rock shop in South Dakota. 

And while more accusations in North Minneapolis were made about white privilege and economic justice, I was sitting with two of my best friends in Vegas smoking a very smooth and tasty cigar.

Slowly, but surely, over the course of my 2 week wild-west road trip, this juxtaposition between what I heard on the radio/podcasts versus what my eyes saw and what I was actually experiencing brought forth to my frontal lobes another important epiphany:

The importance of controlling your micro-environment.

Understand that although your "macro" environment (the government we live under, the economy we endure, the culture we're born into etc) has a profound effect on your life, your "micro-environment" has a much larger and determining effect on you, your life, and your happiness.  And the reason why is simple - you personally interact with your micro-environment more than you do you macro environment.  Thankfully, your micro-environment has an additional advantage over your macro-environment - it is nearly 100% under your control.  Ergo, while there isn't much you can do to about the idiot Millineals voting in an anti-American socialist into the presidency, there is a lot you can do to ensure such idiots play no role in your personal life whatsoever.

These facts about the micro-environment (let alone realizing there is one) is often underappreciated, and therefore, undercapitalized by most Real Americans.  They, naturally and logically, focus on the general decline of the US, the destruction of their culture and the demise of the former-greatest country on the planet.  However, if people were to step back, clear their eyes, and take a look at their lives, they'd soon realize that for all the dire news they hear in the media, practically none of it affects their daily lives.

All the Marxist hyperbole of "privilege" does nothing to change the fact you're still employed and current on your mortgage, while those who constantly invoke "privilege" are still dead-last place in society with student loans, a worthless degree, and no future prospects.

All propaganda about "global warming" may drive up your taxes and costs, but in the end you can still afford infinitely more sushi and martinis than the unshaven, dirty, and impoverished "professional" environmental activists.

All all the whining about race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc., will not change the fact that regardless of your color, you made the right choices in life, didn't get/get somebody pregnant before marriage, majored in the right thing, and never have to live in the ghetto, section 8 housing, or send your kids to some crappy inner city schools.

There is certainly more, but if you take inventory of your personal life and your micro-environment you'll soon see that no matter what happens at a national level and what leftist, hate-filled vitriol is spewed by the media or academia, in the end your life is infinitely better than most others simply because you are better than most others and you surround yourself with people who are also better than most others.

Your friends, for example, increase your standards of living more than most tax cuts because they provide engaging conversation, safe reliable friendship, don't deal drugs, and genuinely hold your friendship in high esteem.  The same cannot  be said for "friends" dealing meth in the trailer park or crack in the ghetto, constantly landing you in trouble with the law.

Your neighbors, again, higher quality people who keep their yards tidy, respect your property rights, and keep quiet at night.  They also are likely to vote to keep local taxes low and the majority of money in private citizens' hands.  The same cannot be said for denizens of leftists communities who are looking for more bike paths, community centers, and other forms of wealth transfers while keying your cars, graffiting up the hood, and rioting like feral animals.

Your lovers play a vital role in a superior micro-environment.  Always hotter and sexier that what most leftists tend to offer, not to mention they tend to be more mentally and financially stable.

The proprietors and businesses you patronize are part of your micro-environment providing you superior products, superior food, superior entertainment, and superior service.

And while "society" may demand the likes of Miley Ray Syphilis, nobody says you have to listen to her or her subhuman musical filth, permitting you to listen to jazz, engaging talk radio, or the(*COUGH COUGH AHEM AHEM*) world's greatest podcast.

In short, bar fiscal and monetary policy, nearly every other aspect of your life is within your control.  And as long as you don't majorly screw up, insist on making the right decisions, and surround yourself with quality people, your life will forever be superior to those on the left no matter how much they try to improve theirs at the expense of yours.  Better yet, your life will be your ultimate revenge as it will forever burn a hole of envy in most leftists' hearts.  They'll never be able to attain what you have, thereby relegating them to villainizing and mocking it.

Enjoy the decline.

Asshole Consulting Now Official

Greetings All!

Like the rest of my life, the things I tried to be successful at I failed at miserably.

And the things I scoffed at and merely tried as hobbies or recreational activities...

I succeeded at incomprehensibly.

Enter in Asshole Consulting.

The problem I faced was I was receiving a ton of e-mails requesting advice that I just plain did not have the time to answer.  Out of controlled, but polite frustration, I started telling the seekers-of-free-wisdom that it would not be free.  And that though I would love to help them, I personally did not have the time to answer all of their questions without being compensated.

And so what I thought would end up being a polite financial disincentive to turn people down for free advice ended up becoming a genuine and actual market to capitalize on.

People are willing to fork over a couple bucks for some quick and dirty advice.

And thus Asshole Consulting was born.

Many of you have already contracted my services, but for those of you who haven't I'll explain it very simply:

You have two choices when seeking advice.

1.  Pay for a professional consultant to lie to you because their goal is to extract as much money from you as possible and will therefore NEVER solve your problem, but merely perpetuate it as long as possible

OR

2.  hire an asshole who doesn't give a damn about your feelings, already makes enough money on the side that he doesn't need your money, which means he doesn't have any incentive to lie to you, and therefore will tell you the honest truth...which ultimately means a cheaper and more effective solution to your problems.

And Asshole Consulting is option #2.

Most of the people who have hired me are looking for a TIDBIT of advice.  Not a ton.  And after what usually amounts to a 5 minute e-mail and a $20 tab, I slightly correct their path in life to a path that is much more profitable and happy.  So consider the ole Captain when you have a question in life.  A $20 consultancy may be just the nudge or epiphany you need to make the remaining 50 years of your life easier, happier, and financially more profitable.

That's ASSHOLE CONSULTING.

Because only assholes will tell you the truth to your face.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good News for Somali Women

and other female participants in the more extreme sects of the "religion of peace."

I Am Not Sisyphus

Though I humbly and with great gratitude appreciate the comparison.

On a horribly off color note I present this crass and tangentially related music video.

Podcast Corner

Three podcasts.

OK, well, in reality ONE REAL podcast and then two guys who use Youtube as the medium to record and publish their podcasts thereby forcing me to convert it into an audio format by which I can listen to on my MP3 player

Just kidding guys, just kidding.

Podcast 1 - Ed Driscoll interviews Kathy Shaidle about her new book "Confessions of a Failed Slut"

Podcast 2 - Two episodes I missed from Aurini while travelling.  #1 and #2.

Podcast 3 - The Bechtloff's second foray into podcast world.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Night Linkage

Predatory cultures taking advantage of empathetic cultures.  How much you want to bet the UK was all affirmative actiony with this guy?

Is it possible to enjoy the decline, part 1.

Precious.  A worthless academian who never worked in the real world rues the trend of companies getting rid of HR departments.

What You Can Learn from Matt Forney

Congratulations are in order for Matt Forney who because of a recently acquired independent gig, is now 100% completely independent from all forms of employment.

However, Matt's recent success has a lesson for all men in it and I wanted to highlight it.

I personally like Matt but am lukewarm about the material he puts out.  It's a bit too crass for me and I like books more than I do what amounts to essays (ergo why I liked his hitchhiking book and not much of his other stuff).  This isn't to say that he material is bad, it's just not for me.

But here is the point:

Matt didn't start out a great writer (he is) and a good podcaster (he's improving).  Like you, like me, like every other person out there, he started out sucking.  But persistence pays off.  And just like I had 5 women walk off the dance floor from me whilst learning dance, over time, I ended up becoming an accomplished dancer.

Matt has achieved the same success.

Of course, there is no doubt in my mind that Matt received a lot of guff and flak. Both for his choice of material, opinions, and daring to aim to become an independent writer/blogger/podcaster.  But who is laughing now?

Matt is now 100% his own man.  He answers to no one and now has his entire life ahead of him ALONG with the right to spend it however he damn well pleases.  And he did so not by starting a billion dollar company or even getting a one hit wonder book.  He did it with multiple lines of revenue, pursuing minimalism, persistence AND ignoring the naysayers.

It is a feat many young men should emulate.

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Triggers" - The Latest Display of American Weakness

"triggers"  cripes.

It is stuff like this that makes me want to cheer for Putin.

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Viewing Cities as HOA's

Whilst adventuring out west I was able to download podcasts from my favorite talk show, Garage Logic.  And so, though 2,000 miles away and in the most remote regions of the US, I was still able to hear about the latest stupidity of Minneapolis, this time our newest mayor's desire for Minneapolis to go "zero waste."

Naturally some standard observations and criticism can be made:

1.  the municipal left's propensity to blow money on consultants.
2.  the blindingly obvious fact that the left has ran out of genuinely good ideas on governance and are instead pursuing the political religion of going green
3.  the lack of funds needed to do basic things like pave streets
4.  and the poetic justice of the idiot citizens who vote for such idiocy, but get to suffer it

There is more, but the important lesson to take from this is not one of leftists policies turning every major metro into Detroit, but rather one where it pays every potential home owner to step back, clear their eyes and look at cities for what they really are:

Large home owners associations.

I never liked the idea of HOA's because to me it seemed like another layer of unnecessary government.  But if you're going to live in a development or a condoplex, HOA's are a necessary evil.  However, cities or municipal government are EXACTLY THE SAME THING, just on a larger scale.  And just like you would want to investigate who is in charge of the HOA's, what kind of people live in the association, etc., etc., so to do you want to investigate the city you're about to drop $300,000 purchasing a home in.

First, who are your neighbors?  Most regular HOA's are filled with boring, law-abiding citizens who live in the burbs or are professionals in the city.  Sure they may play music a little loud or perhaps they don't tidy their yard, but in general they are people you can get along with.  Contrast that with a major metro area where it is practically guaranteed you have criminals, drugs, racists, dumbass drunkard youth, graffiti artists, all of who are practically guaranteed to be leftists.

Second, because of the city-HOA's populus' propensity to be leftists, you can expect a city council of unimaginable ineptitude to be voted in.  All they have to say is the right thing, advocate the rich pay their fair share, beg the state for more money, and spend money on bike trails, art, community centers, and light rail trains.  Consequently...

Third, what are your association dues aka "property taxes" like and what is their trend?  Again, it is no secret that while living in Minneapolis my property taxes went up 400% in 8 years.  If I remember the math right, I was shelling out around $350 a month, up from $90 a month when I first purchased the home.  Not only did I not enjoy an increase of 400% in city services, the perpetually increasing property taxes made it so my rental property no longer cash flowed AND consequently drove its value down.  I could only imagine what $350 per month would get me in one of the posher suburban developments.

and finally

Fourth, if the HOA posing as a city is so poorly managed, are you even going to be able to sell your property if you decide you no longer wish to be a part of that HOA?  Ask anybody who had a significant real estate investment in Detroit during the 60's if they got their money back or lost money on their property.  The problem people face, especially in large metros, is that home ownership really isn't a benefit, but rather a liability.

The larger point is that no matter how big a city is, when you decide to purchase property within those city limits you are consciously or not joining a "club" or an "association" the members of which consist of the entire city's population.  This population, like a HOA out in the burbs, will determine the quality of life you have, not to mention the ultimate financial cost associated with owning a home in that municipality.  If the people are high quality people, you can expect quality services, a quality standard of living and low HOA's fees.  But if it's the typical vermin that populate our major metros you can expect to pay through the nose for bad roads, crime, people bigoted against conservatives/libertarians, and a perpetuity financial liability that forever will increase, rendering your home worthless.  The choice is yours.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OK Cupid and Mozilla's Anti-Free Speech Idiocy

I liked Mozilla's Firefox.  I really did.  But when they showed they were not real Americans and kowtowed to the slightest bit of criticism from some Nazi anti-free speech assholes, I have no respect for them

This, then begets the standard request of dumbass, oblivious SWPL republican Americans to actually inconvenience themselves from their posh lives and boycott the evil that plots against them. But I know, I know, that's too much to ask from the sedated class.

They will still attend Leondardo DeCaprio movies.

They will still buy Starbucks coffee.

They will still use Firefox.

They are so stupid, ignorant and lazy they are the real reason the US will collapse.

Still, I insist on making my little commentary here for posterity so that I may die with a clean conscience 30-40 years from now.

So here's the basics:

Boycott OK Cupid if (for some reason) you have an account with them.

Also:

Get rid and uninstall Firefox if you're using it and replace it with Chrome, Explorer or some other browser.

Late Night Aurini

Well actually it's early morning and I just woke up, so whether you're a late night night clubber or an early to rise farmer, I present you with Aurini's latest.

Making the final leg of the journey home.  Posts/material will return to normal starting tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

We Are All Sheep

Reluctant, but still sheep nonetheless.

Spoiled American College Students

From a reader in the field:

Dear Aaron,

     I agree with you about the college cost bubble.  IIRC, we both graduated in three years of cheap in-state tuition.  

     But you seem to be missing the demand side.  Students want luxury dorms. I remember when we had phones in the hall that only called campus numbers. Students want trips abroad.  They want the five-year college experience with easy majors.  And they want athletics.


Much of the inflation comes from administrative salaries, including fundraising and all these new customized extras.  I guess students are rich and lazy.  Seriously, in 1960, students attended class around 15 hours per week and studied around 25.  Now they study (or do homework) around 12 hours.  It's like high school or an executive education conference where you just show up and get baby-sat/entertained.


Enjoy your trip out west.

Agent in the Field #47

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tuesday Day Linkage

What did I tell you about Warren Buffett oh....about 3-5 years ago?

Glorious Karl reviews "Nixon's Guide to the Multiverse."  It is that good, you can buy it here.

Lipstick on a financial pig. Lipstick on a pig.  It's about as wise as printing off more money to solve all problems.

This is the natural consequence of governments intervening in social policy.

I loathe the boomers I "interned" under who lied about the job duties and the lack of pay.  But when they steal ideas from youth ESPECIALLY WHEN TELLING THEM THE IDEA WAS STUPID, I get furious.

The Captain's Las Vegas Stripper Story

the Born Again Christian/Churchianity version of "Jesus Loves Me This I Know"
why Aaron and his brother are ending the Clarey line forever
the saddest stripper in the world
reminiscing about Grandpa and what the 50's must have been like

AND MORE!

On this episode of The Clarey Podcast!

And remember kids, you can get all the archived shows here for your listening pleasure!

Why Scandinavians (and Naive SWPL Americans) are Suckers

I am always amazed how Scandinavians (and many Americans) allow people in from other countries (as well as people within the country already) who have no intention but to take their charity for granted and parasitically live off of the taxpayer.  However, Molyneux has an OUTSTANDING and MUST LISTEN rant in this podcast about why that is.  It's around the 51:00 minute mark and it goes for about 25 minutes of non-stop rant.

Canyonlands Day 2 - Needles District

Some more pics from my adventures:








Sunday, April 06, 2014

Day One Canyonlands

Instead of just driving around, ended up hiking AND drove down the most terrifying stretch of road I've ever been on:







Prof. Fritz McDonald, Meet David Lereah

David Lereah, if you don't know, was the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors and his claim to fame was swearing up and down that there was no housing bubble until it invariably popped.  His outlandishly optimistic and naive predictions and arguments showed how an association like the NAAR was a biased entity and should have been hiring real economists like me instead.

However, there is a new bubble about and it is the education bubble.  And while there is no forefront media spokesperson type of guy like David Lereah for academia, an agent in the field sent me this article written by one Fritz McDonald.  An excerpt:

 I understand that many of you work full time, sometime many jobs. Here is my advice to you: do as little work as you possibly can outside of college. College is a full-time job. It might be the best full-time job you ever have. Go ask your parents for more money, if they have it. Spend less money on your car or clothes. Don't waste your time working at Abercrombie and Fitch or Taco Bell. Spend more time at OU.

The entire article is not so much the standard propaganda of "follow your heart and the money will follow" or "you can't put a price on education," but has taken a new twist of highlighting the social and cultural benefits of attending Oakland University.  This is a new twist to the strategy of getting naive children to part with their (or their parents') money in that it suggests that you cannot have a social life nor be cultured outside of that precious and necessary academia.

You know that college experience of drinking at an underage party?

Nope, can't enjoy that unless you're in college.

Road tripping out west?

Nope, can't do that unless you're in college.

See a play at the local theater?

Nope, can't do that unless you're in college.

My agent in the field wrote a response to Prof. McDonald here, but I'm going to be a bit more succinct:

Fritz is nothing more than one of thousands of academians, unionized workers, support staff, TA's, and all the other people that make up the nearly trillion dollar per year education industry.  And like most of his peers, he realizes there's a bubble and it's about to burst. 

However, this would force him, and nearly everybody else in academia to live their worst nightmare:

LEAVING ACADEMIA AND GETTING (GASP!!!! NO!!!) A REAL JOB!!!!!

This is what's behind the increasing number of academian-originated pieces out there advocating the "benefits" of a college education.

And just like it was wise to know David Lereah was biased, so too should you know all academians and professors are biased too.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Scouting Canyonland

Did some reconnaissance today to scope out a hike in Canyonland National Park.  The sad truth is that there's just way too many options:







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Friday, April 04, 2014

Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks

Climbed "Angel's Landing" which consists of a harrowing scaling of the "spine" of a very narrow butte with about 2,000 foot drops on each side.  I will be uploading "360 panorama" pictures once I compile them.