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Friday, March 6, 2020

epidemic of stupidity


EPIDEMIC OF STUPIDITY
It is all very well and good to observe institutional stupidity, point out the glaringly moronic imbeciles at the helm of the USS Titanic, and chuckle in amusement, congratulating ourselves on our own intelligence. It is a nice coping mechanism. After all, if you are smart enough to figure out a solution, and you know you are well placed on the bell curve but you ain't THAT smart, well then, surely someone else in the organization will stumble onto the solution as well. In the end, after some minor disruption, all will be well.
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And it has worked like that, somewhat, for a long time. Organizations, like mobs, have the collective IQ of the average. Well, I mean, obviously you don't count the retard janitor who was a diversity hire. And a nice public relations move that was, giving someone a chance at a semi-normal life that would otherwise be institutionalized. But he isn't involved in any decisions that would alter the organization, unless a spill was left on the floor and the smartest guy slipped on it and hit his melon and went into a coma, which would lower the collective intelligence. But that is an outlier.
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Organizations act in a mildly stupid manner but somehow manage to usually get things done in a passable manner. Until one day all the past marginal decisions rope them into a corner and there is no way out. Only the least worst choices are available. Let's look at the clown show Aesop pointed out not too long ago, with the CDC and like minions involved in the Pass The Plague fiasco in California. How many weak points do you think were involved there? First, you have to go back to the 1960's. The years minorities were given official victim status and prioritized for special treatment.
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That eventually morphed into Political Correctness. Which lead to diversity hires. This drastically reduced the collective IQ of most organizations. Not because “Blacks are less intelligent”, although they might be ( but is irrelevant ), but because ability and skill were no longer tested or rewarded but penalized and rejected. It was a death by a thousand cuts, decades of one very poor decision ( although small at the time ) after another until the entire culture was changed to lower the organizations intelligence AND problem solving ability.
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Darwin Awards started to be viewed as a good thing, and Dog help us all. Whatever behavior you reward, you'll get more of. The WHO might be made up of doctors, but those are political appointees where medicine is far down a long list of priorities, way below money, power, institutional survival, politics and any other evil that can be thought of. The CDC was probably decades behind the WHO, in disfunctionality, but they seem to have caught up nicely. Now add in the financial system. It isn't the same as simple greed or fear of loss of job stability. It corrupts good judgment.
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When a country is run by engineers, things get built to solve problems. When a country is run by lawyers, laws get passed to solve problems. And when bankers are in charge of countries, more loans are issued to solve problems. Yet, sound finances are necessary to run a country. And indebtedness is NOT a sound financial state. Put lawyers appointed by bankers in charge, and nothing good happens. Oh, at first it does. A sound system can take a lot of abuse before breaking. You are drawing down the capital built up. The problems are hidden, or solved with a minor cost. But the costs add up and eventually all skeletons in the closet are revealed.
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None of these issues were necessarily caused by outright stupidity. Lesser intelligence might have been at work behind the less stellar decisions. The stupidity only comes out in crisis, and crisis is only lasting when an organization is unable to solve a problem with its limited tools. Since the US economy has been generating short term wealth since the end of its manufacturing economy ( not that manufacturing doesn't sow its own seeds of eventual destruction ), banker manipulation has usually solved the problems, even if it made the eventual collapse worse. We might now be at the collapse. Before, demand was always the problem.
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Lower interest rates and create more credit. With wages stagnating and then falling, demand was the issue. The Federal Reserve just kept blowing bubbles. It got us through many embryonic Derivatives implosions, Tech Wrecks, Kuwaiti oil disruptions, larger derivatives issues and etcetera. But suddenly, supply is now becoming the issue. Without supply, no demands can be met. You cannot print supply chains. The Fed is powerless. Just as the CDC cannot actually handle an emergency when all it had been doing to survive was to become a propaganda arm of the Politically Correct Economy.
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You don't think PC is a financial scam? You don't think it is a growing and well funded industry? Take its smallest component, OtherColor Disadvantaged Youth, terrorizing Honky's for shake down money ( the mayors of similar demographic group cities acting in the exact same manner ). To its largest component in carbon taxes and restricted college/jobs and reproduction for White males, a civilization scale theft of assets.
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The CDC ( and its state equivalents ) have no test kits. Since the kits are probably made in China, they are not getting any. It isn't a great loss, as they work for absolute crap, but that isn't the point. The point is how that particular problem is solved. They restrict the tests to only the most obvious cases, those having returned from China or swapping fluids with someone who was just in China. Then, they write memos in triplicate up and down the chain of command deeming if the patient is “test worthy” ( shades of “Seinfeld” ). Only then is one of the remaining 83 tests flown under high security to the hospital.
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After all, the CDC only gets double digit billions a year in budget. How can they be expected to find another way to test people? People are paid to push paper, not look under microscopes. Most of the research is into how guns are a disease, or how sickle cell anemia is racist. Like the military, decades of religious political correctness ruin an organization of most effectiveness. The organization still works, but not at what it was originally intended as ( such as March Of Dimes works to fund raise its operating expenses, not to cure the disease it was organized to eradicate. Which has already happened ).
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When an organization has cultural problems, an inability to perform its function after its workforce was replaced by a diverse rainbow, when politics are its mission statement, when it is a fundraiser for profiteering, the people running it are not necessary stupid. But their employer sure is. Their organization isn't even necessarily stupid. Just evolved into something else. Now, apply this across the entirety of our society. Rinse and repeat. Now watch cascading failure.
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note: rather bizarre.  Extreme traffic reduction here locally ( the idiots driving about for no purpose, other than to irritate me.  This has nothing to do with the workers going to the mines, or with the freeway traffic ).  I haven't heard anything about school closings or anything else that might explain it. 
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31 comments:

  1. I once worked for a really smart guy in the defense industry. He hired me after all. I was disgusted with one of the government inspectors that had no idea how a pert was supposed to work, all he cared about was covering his butt, so the paperwork was perfect. My boss said"they may not know anything about how stuff works but they can all read"

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    1. Anyone who doesn't work up through the ranks is equally clueless. And they are the majority

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    2. Exactly why , after getting out of college and working my way through. I realized most engineers don't have much practical experience. So basically , I apprenticed in each of the mechanical trades until certified competent with each...well mostly competent lol.
      Not a good way to get rich , but never found it hard to get work...

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  2. One thing that gets me about the test kits, aren't they just a sterile cotton swab and jar to put it in? It doesn't sound hard to produce, probably more of a lab availability problem. More profitable to run those Ancestry test kits

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    1. Stupid is easy, problems even that simple are not

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  3. Free book -- JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR by Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders).

    Famous brit old-timey writer describes weekly decimations and re-decimations of his friends, family, and neighbors in old-timey brit city.
    (Apparently, the narrator didn't get the ol' Remus memo -- avoid crowds.)
    Although infuriating adjective with its language and writing style of the 1700s, this shows potential.

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  4. I have a minor issue with the common 'CDC'.
    The joint is called 'Center For Disease Control And Prevention'.
    'CDC and P', 'CDC/P'.
    We give them one job, they can't do that right.

    Does their incompetence represent all government agents at all levels?
    [Adjectives preceding 'incompetence' could include 'gross' and 'institutionalized'.]

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    1. At a minimum, they represent all gov agencies. At BEST, they are better than the rest. Which is even scarier.

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    2. As is usually the case , admin sucks the funding from the competent. Give me someone with a MBA , and I'll show you a fat fucking leach...

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    3. And we thought Lesbian Basket Weaving was bad

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  5. Jump in your time machine for today's trivia.
    So way back on mid 1300's the bubonic plague struck Europe. Very high fatality rate and pretty virulent too. So in the face of so much suffering and death you would think the biggest employment gains would be among 'doctors' & nurses (& grave diggers), right?Well you would be wrong.
    Care to guess what 'job descriptions' flourished during and after plague entered a district? Clerks & lawyers.
    According to property and legal documents it appears the number & percent of 'clerks' rose dramatically. It seems the speed with which people died left many 'intestaste". They died before writing and filing a will. To compound situation many beneficiaries died just before their benefactors. The rest died so soon after receiving bequest they didn't update their wills thus repeating the cycle.
    The confusion resulting from intestaste and disputed wills created serious legal problems, hence growth of 'clerks' & lawyers to straighten things out.

    Might be the time to steer a young person toward paralegal training right about now; after all it beats grave digging.

    CoronaChan reminds minions,"history sure do rhyme".

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    1. CoronaChan say, death to ALL lawyers! Let god sort them out. Contested estates are a small price to pay. Perhaps the Thunderdome will sort it out

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    2. I've always wanted a Lee-Enfield so if you're pondering to whom to bequeath one of your little darlins' (& 500 rounds!) in the event of your untimely demise I would be so honored.

      Might even cobble together a reliquary to hold a lock of your sainted hair. I could even stage a yearly processional through the streets. A guy needs add'l revenue streams to survive the post apoc world, right?

      Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

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    3. Sweet, sweet Smelly, how I love thee. No finer rifle. The best gift from the British empire.

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  6. Off topic just a follow up Field Report RE: Wally's Wheat. Ordered 10 days ago, expected delivery today. Checked the tracking yesterday and it still said "processing". Then I get an email TODAY saying my order is delayed, the day it was expected to arrive. No specifics, just "your order has been delayed"... Good thing I didn't actually need it. My takeaway is a bird in the hand beats two birds being shipped from whoknowswhere! Stack deep fellow Minions!

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    1. Disappointing. Thank you for the cautionary tale. I really hope you all have a feed store near you. If you must get rice and beans, go to a local restaurant supply. Or Ornamental grocery.

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    2. Nearest feed store to me is a 40 minute drive (each way), and I gotta traverse "da 'hood" to get there. Sad Panda... Hence the mail order.

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  7. James Howard Kunstlers' new release Living in the Long Emergency is good.
    His command of language and style make him a pleasure to read. This is kind of a "where are we now" update concerning peak oil of course. But contains more than peak oil. Subtitle is Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists and the Early Adapters Who are Showing Us the Way Foward.

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    1. Is it full of good info on examples of those collapsing now to avoid the rush? Does it avoid politics ( too much of that in his blog )? Is it worth having as a practical How-To, or is it more academic? Is it motivational, or good ideas by example? I'm hesitant to spend the $20, so I hope you can help

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    2. No he is still bashing the Dems and sucking on tRumps mushroom.
      I wouldn't mind the bashing , if it were delivered equally ,to all in government.

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    3. Well, he IS a Democrat, and is judging them harshly as one betrayed by his own people. I never knew him to have that much good to say of Trump. So, he jumped the shark in this book? I normally buy his books regardless, but I can't see spending the money at this point unless the advice is practical rather than preachy.

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    4. Naw , I meant his blog is still bad mouth the Dems and say nothing or little about the other side being equally inept.
      Haven't read his new book yet , just can't pay premium prices for any fiction book. I can wait till I can read a copy for nothing then decide if it's worthy of paying for. Don't mind paying , but its gotta be a keeper that I'll read again.

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    5. Okay, got it. Thanks. It is non-fiction, the new one. I don't care much for his fiction.

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  8. Things are still crazy at the shops here in Dingoland. My brother thought I was fearmongering. Guess who ran out of TP. I made him mow my lawn for a pack. LOL

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    1. I have to admit, I'm gloating right about now. No, I'm not a better person than that.

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  9. Good piece of writing. I could only think that the goal was never to solve problems by well intentioned competent people, but to purposely wreck the whole damn system with the usual megalomaniacs outlasting the dreaded scourge of humanity. The repeated charge that Obama, for example, was INCOMPETENT, missed the point entirely as incompetence implies good intentions without malice afore thought.

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    1. Which President since Bush Sr hasn't been Obammy In Whiteface? The whole thing is embarrassing

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  10. Criminal. Fixed it for you.

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    1. Did I misspell something? Dammit, Jim, I'm a writer not an editor!

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  11. Instead of it being embarrassing I thought it was more to the level of criminal.

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    1. Oh, okay. Sorry, my attention wandered. SQUIRREL! Well, we all pretty much grew up with criminal being normal, right? I have a hard time getting excessively worked up anymore. But I am embarrassed that anyone else notices :)

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