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Because My Head Is Thick

I keep referring to the Buying Advice! page.

But as I’ve tooled around the Net, I keep seeing tablet bargains that continue to tempt me.

So I’ve had to create a new thing to refer to:

If I buy a cheap tablet, I’ll wonder what a faster tablet is like.

Meanwhile, I’ll have spent money that could’ve gone to a faster tablet.

And I’d have to spend more money for a faster tablet.

If I have the fastest tablet, I won’t wonder what a slower tablet is like.

And I’ll have the fastest tablet and no need to spend more money.

It’s not like I have the money to spend right now anyway. But still.

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The Fourth Level

Two scenes from the movie The Trial of Billy Jack have stuck with me throughout the years.

Recently this movie ran on cable and I was again impressed by these scenes.

Not being able to find anything about them on the Net — including video clips — I decided to do my own post.

Since I’m not confident YouTube will defend my Fair Use, aside from the video clips I’ve taken the precaution of doing a virtual storyboard of the scenes that can never be DMCAed away. There are over one hundred snaps and two video clips after the break.

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Today’s Must-Read

The Logic of Stupid Poor People

You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor.

This was brutal:

When she left my VP turned to me and said, “did you see that tank top she had on under her blouse?! OMG, you wear a silk shell, not a tank top!”

A minor error of not knowing can keep you down.

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Gems Of Genius 2

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Gems of genius; or, Words of the wise: a collection of the most pointed sentences, remarks and apophthegms of the greatest geniuses of ancient and modern times. To which are added, Thoughts, from the diary of a young man, edited by Andrew Steinmetz.

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Gems Of Genius

GemsOfGenius18388

Gems of genius; or, Words of the wise: a collection of the most pointed sentences, remarks and apophthegms of the greatest geniuses of ancient and modern times. To which are added, Thoughts, from the diary of a young man, edited by Andrew Steinmetz.

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Dissatisfaction

From the May 1917 issue of Ambition magazine:

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Previously here:

Our Founding Malcontents

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“Brainwidth”

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

In a series of experiments run by researchers at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Warwick, low-income people who were primed to think about financial problems performed poorly on a series of cognition tests, saddled with a mental load that was the equivalent of losing an entire night’s sleep. Put another way, the condition of poverty imposed a mental burden akin to losing 13 IQ points, or comparable to the cognitive difference that’s been observed between chronic alcoholics and normal adults.

The finding further undercuts the theory that poor people, through inherent weakness, are responsible for their own poverty — or that they ought to be able to lift themselves out of it with enough effort. This research suggests that the reality of poverty actually makes it harder to execute fundamental life skills. Being poor means, as the authors write, “coping with not just a shortfall of money, but also with a concurrent shortfall of cognitive resources.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

It takes science to explain what any person with sufficient verbal skills touched by poverty could have told them.

This is a fundamental flaw of some science. How many damn “anecdotes” does it take to make something rise to the level of requiring actual study?

And they’re not done yet. There are types of poverty too. This nation wasn’t founded by millionaires. The majority of people were literally “dirt poor” (didn’t even own dirt!). Yet they rose. Why? That’s what they need to study next. And as soon as possible.

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Refuse The Invitation

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BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice

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A Line Has Been Crossed

Forced Exposure ~pj

You’ll find all the laws in the US related to privacy and surveillance there. Not that anyone seems to follow any laws that get in their way these days. Or if they find they need a law to make conduct lawful, they just write a new law or reinterpret an old one and keep on going. That’s not the rule of law as I understood the term.

Bold and redfacing added by me.

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Our Founding Malcontents

Ages of Revolution: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

It’s a simple question — perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution? And not just the Founding Fathers. Authors often reveal the age of a soldier, politician or other main character in books about the American Revolution, but I always find myself wondering about their peers at the same time.

That’s a question I had several months ago and I couldn’t find such a list. Now the list exists.

I’ll no longer refer to them as our Founding “Fathers.” That makes them seem sedate.

They were malcontents. They would not submit to the way things were. They hated the way things were. They risked death rather than submit. There’s nothing at all “fatherly” about that.

They were malcontents. And as malcontents they drafted a legal document that would protect other malcontents: The U.S. Constitution.

You owe your freedom to people who complained. Remember that the next time you dare open your yap about others who complain.

If you can’t see anything to complain about, you’re not aware, not alive.

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