Well, it finally happened. The Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House and took pictures with President Trump.
My question for the champions: How do you feel about it now?
The team captain Sidney Crosby was at pains to reassure the press and public that this had nothing to do with politics. “It’s a shame people want to portray it that that way,” he said a few days earlier.
Well, sorry Cros, but your visit does make a political statement, whether you want it to or not. It says: It is an honor to have the regard of the President.
And is that really such an honor?
Continue reading NHL champions, here’s a simple way to avoid the White House visiting controversy: QUIT DOING IT.
Political thinking is some of the least clear thinking in our culture. This is where people really show off their irrationality and tribal loyalties, and spend the least time thinking through logic and consequences.
Most people, let’s face it, think of politics like a club: they just want to force someone else to give them something they want. But of course, this is not necessarily in the best interests of society.
Here’s some recurrent themes we see in political/social thinking all the time. In every case, with a little thinking we can drastically reframe the argument. On the left side are the prevailing beliefs that massive sections of the populace accept and spout without thinking too hard about them. On the right side are the reframed arguments.
Keep an open mind and see whether you can escape conventional thinking on these matters. Continue reading Politics: Conventional vs. Freethinking
Listen, you might find the sitting president to be a repugnant, appalling, knuckle-dragging buffoon making up for what can only be a clinical case of inferiority complex.
You’ll get no argument from me.
But he is just a symptom.
Cut him out and you still have the disease. And it has metastasized.
Continue reading Trump is Just a Symptom. Let’s Talk About the Disease.
The media loves to tell us that everything is great and getting better. After all, the numbers are going up, right?
Well, sometimes numbers go up because there is actual growth and business expansion and standard of living improvements.
But sometimes numbers go up because there is an artificial propping-up of a particular industry (like real estate c. 2006-2007). Or sometimes there is simply an artificial increase in the money supply (or in easily-available credit) which means things are worth more dollars, which looks great on paper, but each dollar is worth less things, which is… not so good. If that is the case, it would mean the standard of living and business growth are actually declining as a result.
So which is it? Continue reading A Bubble Economy… that’s about to burst again
The Inner Critic can be a real a-hole sometimes.
It prevents us from doing a lot of stuff.
Like speaking our mind about things. Sharing our thoughts with others.
There are always a thousand reasons not to, and the Inner Critic is a master of drawing on them. I picture him like an eight-armed robot whose tentacle arms shoot out to a complex filing system, riffle through a billion filing cards in about a second, and pull out the exact one (or several) that you need to hear to prevent you from taking action. Continue reading Quick and Dirty Posts (and Why You Should Do Them)