Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Things not to do  §

First among them is the using of a single asterisk (*) as the entire field in a greymatter entry. Result: hung processes and the need to edit control files to remove the offending entry or entries. Also, several days worth of lost blogging due to being too fscking lazy to fix it.

One of “the majors” has agreed to carry my work. Now I need to figure out what to do. I have far too much to think about these days. Far too much on my plate.

She has just stopped talking to me altogether. I don’t even want to think about it right now, it gets me down and makes everything complicated. I still don’t know what happened. But from all appearances right now she seems to hate my guts.

Every now and then I realize just how unhappy a certain portion of the population will be in a growing world that increasingly denounces (and indeed, seeks to destroy) capitalism, rational instrumentalism, and the West. But of course it will be the right portion of the population that will be unhappy, so I don’t have particular ethical qualms with it.

There is a rude awakening to come amongst the countless millions of Americans busy out there day by day watching MSNBC and Fox News and believing—truly believing—that “the cold war is over” and that “free markets have triumphed.”

In the meantime, the New Chinese Wall goes up, anti-western governments are elected across the east, terrorism is at an all-time high, as is the obligation of the U.S. treasury (with China holding the bulk of the assets), and no-one in the U.S. seems to make the connection.

Americans had a stroke when Reagan got elected and they haven’t regained consciousness yet. By the time they do, it’ll be too late, and they’ll find themselves in the buried box, most likely interred there by a “paper tigeter” that turned out to have real teeth.

Required reading:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060710/cohen
http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney07052006.html
http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/02/when-the-bough-breaks and http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/16/juggling-oranges