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By gzt (Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 01:47:29 PM EST) gzt, police, state, death, rich, debt, numerical analysis, john carter, beans, john ritter, latex (all tags)
garlic reminded me that the NATO/G8 protests coming up in May will likely be very annoying. Not only will there be anarchists, but there will be police as well. Not sure which I dislike more. Probably the police, since the police will shoot you if they have to, and their definition of "necessity" can sometimes be fairly lax. They can arrest you and charge you with a felony if you videotape them or record them without their consent (up to 15 years per count!). They can club you on the head and pepper spray you for almost any reason during what can be called a protest without any fear of recourse. Anarchists just smell bad and muck up traffic. Sometimes they might break a window.


In conclusion, don't talk to the police without a lawyer. Don't talk to the police with a lawyer, either. Let the lawyer do the talking. Do not let the police enter your house without a warrant. Do not open the door to the police without a warrant. You can hear each other just fine through the door.

I think I need a bigger desk at home or something. My computer desk is small - it essentially has room for my monitor and maybe a small pad of paper on top (if I cleared it off, but I typically have crap up there). I need a desk where I can work - a couple textbooks out, a couple notebooks or something, keyboard and such, etc. To do that, I need to steal the laptop from the wifing unit and move to the dining room table, but the laptop kind of sucks because it has a sucky screen and keyboard. I also don't have some of the software I use installed on it - that can be fixed, of course. The computer desk is great for simple web browsing and typing, though. Whatevs. I'll figure something out. It's inefficient to have things spread out on the dining room table, work on them, and then grab my notebook and head to the desktop to LaTeX it or program it. Maybe if I clean off the top of the computer desk I'll discover I have more room than I thought (I don't think I will have more room).

Apparently John Ritter was, in addition to being a decent actor, a decent human being.

The bean burritos were black beans with a bit of corn - a 2:1 ratio. I seasoned the beans heavily with various sorts of pepper, some curry powder, and a pinch of cinnamon. A+ would do again.

State and local taxes on my cell phone refills are absurd now. $25.00 ends up costing $29.13. That's a 16.52% tax. Srsly? I think $1 of it is for 911 emergency services stuff.

Still haven't heard back from any schools other than the two that have already accepted me. Which is fine. Just impatient.

Reading Princess of Mars. Good fun. If I were to get a dog, I suppose Woola would be a good name. But I am not getting a dog.

Need to get caught up on numerical analysis class. I really like the material, it's a pity the lectures are so bad.

I've been thinking about how I'd like to be financially independent and work for myself, mostly working on things that interest me. The financially independent part is necessary for the latter unless the latter is lucrative. Going for a PhD definitely supports the "working on things that interest me" line, but it temporarily disrupts the financially independent/working for myself line. Well, I do what I can. Am glad to be leaving this jorb.

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/02/deported_dad_begs_north_carolina_not_put_kids_into_adoption.html More reasons to be more annoyed at the state than anarchists. The state will steal your children if it feels like it. "In 2011, the federal government deported more noncitizens than any single year in generations, and approximately 22 percent of those deported were the parents of U.S. citizen children."

I bit down hard on the inside of my lip a few days ago. By the canines. It's healing, but still annoying. Bah.

As I am always fond of pointing out, the power of the state is the power of death. The source of the state's power over you is that it is willing and able to kill you. It typically doesn't get to that point in our quotidian interactions with the state, but underneath it all the state is willing and able to beat you into submission with the apparent approbation of the masses. Which is also related to debt and money: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/08/what-is-debt-%E2%80%93-an-interview-with-economic-anthropologist-david-graeber.html

further discussion: http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/zunguzungu/david-graebers-debt-my-first-5000-words/

Quote from above article (not by the author of the book, but a reviewer):

When Graeber puts it most simply, he argues that to even ask this question – why the wretched of the earth are and remain in lifetime debt to the strongest, richest, and most powerful – is both to beg the question and answer it. Debts become collectible – become so morally odious that violence can be used to enforce their collection – when men with guns enter the picture to collect them, and when the existence of violent force rearranges the moral universe around its own imperatives. It’s that simple. So the question, then, is how did that happen, how did that moral simplification happen such that we would all become such unreflexive moral simpletons?

I believe somebody else linked to those. I really will need to read that book when it becomes available for cheaper. Wifing unit, see if it's in the library.

These are, of course, radical ideas, but conventional ones haven't been working all that well lately, have they?

Annoyed at the Obama mandate about contraception coverage: they should really just socialize it. They can't because they can't get a tax to fund it passed in this environment. Forcing employers who provide insurance to include 100% funding for birth control in their insurance policy means that the complete cost just goes to the premium, which means it just comes out of the employees' checks, which means Obama is essentially dictating a tax, except for those people without employer-provided insurance, who don't get helped at all. Seriously, just socialize it. It's easier on all of us. These views in no way represent the views of my employer and in no way reflect the strategies of policies of my employer. They are my own and my own alone.

Today's Scripture reading: "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away."

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that's the worst. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 02:54:56 PM EST
lip bites are a common occurrence for me. my canines are longer than average and have a jagged, almost hooked barb at the end. damn things are like knives. so i frequently end up with bites that draw a surprising amount of blood. then you get a pretty bad canker sore type thing.  blah. 

also agreed re: police and numerical analysis.


The worst is when ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:40:31 PM EST
... the police mistake you for an anarchist because you're smelly, can barely walk straight, and are in dire need of seeing your doctor.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
If you're in that state by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 02:30:58 AM EST
...it's time to post a drunk diary!


Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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