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Showing posts from August 28, 2022

The Creepy Times

  You know that the newspapers have passed the creepy point when the NYT devotes a frontpage story to how Sarah Palin's loss is only "temporary" - don't loose heart, rightwing wankers! - and demotes a story about how the largely black city of Jackson, Mississippi, has run out of drinking water to the U.S. section of the digital edition. But at least it shows the editors have overcome that pesky wokeness.

The mythical trucker: american psychopathology, lesson one million

  T he immediate centrist-right wing response to the limited student loan forgiveness has been diagnostically fascinating. What Governor Rick DeSantis said about truck drivers not liking their "bosses" getting loan forgiveness sort of sums it up. Truck drivers, in this country club view, aren't like country clubbers and trust funders. The latter are so concerned with their families that they put enormous pressure on Congress to lower inheritance taxes, and have succeeded. But truckers - truckers are abstract Ayn Randian beings. Their parents have no college loan debt, their spouses have no college loan debt, their children and grandchildren don't - or maybe they do, but the proud individual, socially blank trucker (who often him or herself has college debt) doesn't care. This individual without any social ties, this immaculate conception of a trucker, cares only, egotistically, about its own self - how much it can eat, how much it can wank, how much it can shit.