Sunday
Jan292017

Ayn Rand's Take......Objectivism or just Fear?

      We are all "the hero of our own story", and as such we think that most of the people that we know "just don't get it".  All of us hold somewhere in our memory a kind of "friend assesment" notebook in which each of our recallable acquaintances have an "all-around quality ranking" determined by the dude called self".  Fortunately no individual or group of individuals is at the top, or bottom, of everyones list. Why not? 

My reading suggests that Ayn Rand, the 20th century anti-socialist/Xtreme rationalist/ fierce individualist/ worshiper of John Galt, really believed that, for any set of humans, all of their "friend quality rankings" should be identical.  For Ayn, it would be simple.  They would all use their perfectable capacity for reasoning to yield a single "most objective" concensus which would prevail at every possible decision.  Disputable conjectures like, Is it going to rain tomorrow, whose wife  is the prettiest, will Donald J. Trump serve out his term, etc., all would, if we are "rational animals", be perfectly synced. 

At face, such coherence is absurd, and presumably Rand did not literally think that such a utopian/dystopian reality was possible, she just thought that it was a good road on which to "go to church".  Well, this idealized creative subjectivity within the constrains of a self imposed objectivism, sure as hell has not gone viral since Rand left the game.  Ultra-Subjectivism with " a side of fake news" is what shows up in our in-box......and

Yes. many of us are so weary and confused by our ever more complex life cycles that free college, a GS14 job, a mediocre hospital, and funded Hospice seems sufficient.  Every day, when I ask those that I meet: "what's on your mind", they say: " nothing, leave me alone, I'm going to Sonic, I need my:

Abilify (ariprazole)
Adapin (doxepin)
Anafranil (clomipramine)
Aplenzin (bupropion)
Asendin (amoxapine)
Aventyl HCI (nortriptyline)
Brintellix (vortioxetine)
Celexa (citalopram)
Cymbalta (duloxetine)
Desyrel (trazodone)
Effexor XR (venlafaxine)
Emsam (selegiline)
Etrafon (perphenazine and amitriptyline)
Elavil (amitriptyline)
Endep (amitriptyline)
Fetzima (levomilnacipran)
Khedezla (desvenlafaxine)
Latuda (lurasidone)
Lamictal (lamotrigine) Lexapro (escitalopram)
Limbitrol (amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide)
Marplan (isocarboxazid)
Nardil (phenelzine)
Norpramin (desipramine)
Oleptro (trazodone)
Pamelor (nortriptyline)
Parnate (tranylcypromine)
Paxil (paroxetine)
Pexeva (paroxetine)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)
Remeron (mirtazapine)
Sarafem (fluoxetine)
Seroquel XR (quetiapine) Serzone (nefazodone)
Sinequan (doxepin)
Surmontil (trimipramine)
Symbyax (fluoxetine
Tofranil (imipramine)
Triavil (perphenazine and amitriptyline)
Viibryd (vilazodone)
Vivactil (protriptyline)
Wellbutrin (bupropion)
Zoloft (sertraline)
Zyprexa (olanzapine)

     Good Luck Donal J, the above current SSRI's are self-replicating "carnage generators" with guaranteed 16 year repeat cycles. Are the ostensible "hawks", really John Galt Objectivist or are they "low-energy/free riders" all feared up about loosing their cush lifestyles made possible by the people that actually passed calculus.   Are your scripts on the list?

 

 

Thursday
Jan262017

AMAZON..."TURNS 20@400B"

     Twenty years is forever if your an NFL Running Back.  Not so long if your a retailer selling books and socks.  I certainly remember 1997.  I knew Best Buy, Macy's, Target, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Walmart, Kohl's, and Sears.  I did not know Amazon and I believe I would not have believed than 20 years later, Amazon would be bigger than all of those high profile companies "COMBINED".

With a current market cap of $390 billion, the Seattle-based retail giant is now worth more than the top eight traditional brick-and-mortar retailers combined, as Credit Suisse analysts led by Eugene Klerk mentioned in a recent note.

    QUESTIONABLY HELPFUL FACT TO KNOW.  I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE JUST STAYED IN BED!

Sunday
Jan222017

The Perennial Divide

Socrates forward we've been feuding about "essence" and "no-essence" or existentialism vs. belief.  The clash is becoming more ominous.

Sunday
Jan222017

"Alternate Facts"

In a fully disclosed "speculative mode", it appears to me that Trump sent Spizer out to arbitarily declare that the Inagural Crowds were the largest ever.  This conclusion, regardless of the presumed context, was taken by the press to have been a "statement of non-fact" contradicted by indisputable data.  The press went wild at the presumed violation of their most sacred compass "credibility".  So, it would seem, Trump then sent out congenial, but tough as nails Kelly-Ann, to help "get past it".   For even Kelly-Ann this was damn near a ' Kobayashi Maru' task and under stress she retreated into an explanation that Spizer was using "ALTERNATE FACTS".

     This lintent to claim equal standing for a perception that violates sensory data has some pretty significant implications. The frightening imagery of a world conditioned to such "full monte" relativism, worries me a lot.  How will I know for certain that New England won the Superbowl!  

Saturday
Jan212017

Ozark Translate....."OMG, I've got the TNF"

 Here in "Baldknobber Land" we may not know much about Humira or Enberel or a dozen other "TNF Inhibitors", but we sure as hell know a lot about "inflamation".  Juist spending a few minutes watching the Walmart or McDonald parking lots will make it painfully clear that swollen joints, constricted mobility, stiff backs, aching knees, Irritable Bowel Syndrom, Asthma, and Arthritis, all flourish in our sore neck of the woods.   We do Ben Gay, Ibuprofin, TENS Gadgets, Hot Tubs, and Magnetic Bracelets.  What is causing all of this suffering?  Broadly speaking, we have no idea; we just accept that it's a part of life. Yes, you could ask your NP (we rarely see DR's accept for Cancer/Structural/Surgery causes), but she will most likely offer only some outdated antedotal nonsense and offer you a script for an expensive "new wonder drug" that she has no idea about t's path of action.
     So  who among us knows why so many of us feel like shit?   Probably no one with certainty, but the smart science kids working for Big Drug Companies believe they do.  They have found some pretty good evidence that a major cause is TNF. They are now getting rich because of this discovery. If your interested in the particulars.......... a simplified summary is that:
       Our bodies come equiped with "immune systems" that protect us from lots of things that can hurt us.  Our sub-conscious brain (operating system) detects when we are being attacked and send out various chemicals (medic-proteins) to neutralize the attackers.  One of the chemicals specializes in neutralizing Tumor Cells.  You see, our body is always making new cells and occasionally the copying process gets screwed up and a bad cell comes to be.  Our immune system detects this error and sends a protein to kill it before it harms the body.  Science guys have named this particular protein TNF, which stands for Tumor Necrosis Factor or Tumor Death Factor.  So far, so good, but as it turns out, this TNF chemical has a tough side effect; it causes inflamation.  This inflamation leads to all of the "we be sore and stiff"  symptoms refered to above.  Well you can probably guess what follows.  Yes, the smart science kids found, or made, another chemical that will neutralize the TNF.  They named this TNF Inhibitor, and of course it too has some ominous side-effects like increasing the chances of getting Cancer, and reducing the strength of your immune system, causing heart attacks, and on and on.
    So, do  you want to experiment with one of these synthetic protein cocktail like Humira or Enberal.   I guess, if your hurting badly enough, the answer is yes.  Americans, to the tune of $5 Billion a year, are saying yes.   However, if you do say yes,  please, don't be calling your Malpractice Lawyer when the class-action lawsuit ads starts showing up on cable.  Just accept that you understood and embraced the trade-off!