Category Archives: Smarty Pants

That’s Not Really the Choice, Is It?


Source.

(I really can’t figure out the artist’s name, and the site is ‘armycorpsofengineers.com’  They have an art site?)

It you create art which angers, and you are not already dead…you can thank those who with strength and resolve defend your rights. Those who would make war on your behalf don’t do so because they really think art is unimportant. They know that the full range of human activity would be threatened if those who want to kill or subjugate you were allowed free rein.  

You make art, literature, science and music only because you are not actively defending your country. Be grateful. 

Oh, and the subliminal “obey” symbol on her neck…

Not likely.

The Intellectual Yet Idiot


 Nassim Nicholas Taleb has identified a well-known class of person, who my dad would have called an educated idiot. The only folks who can’t actually see the Intellectual Yet Idiot would be the IYI. (h/t Instapundit)

The IYI has been wrong, historically, on Stalinism, Maoism, GMOs, Iraq, Libya, Syria, lobotomies, urban planning, low carbohydrate diets, gym machines, behaviorism, transfats, freudianism, portfolio theory, linear regression, Gaussianism, Salafism, dynamic stochastic equilibrium modeling, housing projects, selfish gene, election forecasting models, Bernie Madoff (pre-blowup) and p-values. But he is convinced that his current position is right.

I dunno what some of those things on the list really are, but can we add Global Climate Change, the Population Bomb and the Welfare State to the mix.  Oh, and Trump’s chances of being elected.