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Posted by V the K at 5:18 pm - November 4, 2017.
Filed under: Random Thoughts
  1. Buzzfeed opinionist opines that in light of the terror attack in NYC last week, we should ban automobiles. (Also, she says a friend of hers died when struck by a car. It gave her sadfeels, so cars should be banned.) This is a lot like gun control; a terrorist illegal used something as a weapon to kill innocent people, so all of the law-abiding people who have never used their cars as murder weapons should be denied the freedom to own them. Not to mention, the same truck that probably had been rented hundreds of times before by people who did not use it to kill people. Which suggests that it isn’t trucks that should be banned.
  2. Modern architecture is aggressively hideous. And it’s hideous for the same reasons progressive Government is aggressively authoritarian and Progressive social mores are aggressively obnoxious. As with all things progressive, an inbred and deeply incestuous group of people who fancy themselves “elites” express their contempt for all thing good and decent by replacing them with hideous dysfunctional forms. Modern progressive architects hate beauty, they consider it bourgeois. So, instead of the grand edifices of the past, they are designing and building lumps of crap that all normal people hate, and then handing out awards to each other for breaking down social norms.
  3. The Government is stepping into the practice of medicine and doing what Government usually does when it sticks its jackboots into areas it has no business being in. Under a law passed in 2015, Government will now financially reward some doctors and penalize others according to a set of metrics known as Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). One metric will be the percentages of patients that get better after treatment. In order to game the system, some doctors are refusing to treat seriously ill patients because they will penalized if the patients don’t get better. There is also this.

“The cost category, formerly known as Resource Use, is beyond worrisome. The sample grade chart itself shows that physicians who spend the most on their patients get 0 to 2 points while those that spend the least get 8 to 10 points. In other words, doctors get more money for withholding care and resources from patients and are penalized for delivering care.”

Were it up to me, Government would just keep its greedy hands out of health care entirely; let doctors and patients make decision without intervening layers of bureaucrats. But then, I’m a crazed radical, don’tcha know.

And Finally, 4. Here’s a black guy calling out some white Antifags, who respond by calling him an Uncle Tom.

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  1. While some might criticize Frank Lloyd Wright for approaching Modernist elements in his design, the man loathed Brutalism: however angular and sparse his designs might be, the colors of his houses are always deep earthy tones. They have an organic feel to them that Modernist architecture seems determined to defy: asymmetric slabs of concrete, steel, and glass as far as the eye can see.

    There’s a difference between having a simplistic aesthetic and just having boxes. A mostly-white decor works if you through in some dimensionality and geometry, some accent colors. Honestly, if interior designers want to keep their uncomplicated motifs, they should look at classical Arabic and Byzantine/Orthodox architecture. Polygons and stars for days, but damn if it isn’t pretty.

    Comment by Sean L — November 4, 2017 @ 6:02 pm - November 4, 2017

  2. Hi V the K,
    Two comments.
    1. The article did a nice job of at least putting forward the author’s case–your caricature does not do justice to it. So, she does use the terror attack as a way to ask for getting rid of cars–eventually–it will take time she says. She points out that 6000 pedestrians die in US cities every year. That has costs. Is there a way to cut that down? Should cities be people friendly or car friendly? Or both? She further argues that there are cities planning to ban cars from central city areas. They have small city centers to be sure, but the idea of making a part of NYC off limits to cars has merits. Healthy exercise, cleaner air, increased community awareness and cohesion–these are ideas conservatives can get behind! You don’t have to take the idea all the way that the author wants, but London charges people to come into the city, and public transport use has shot up. Its streets are far less congested. Who would have guessed? Copenhagen has very little car traffic in a significant chunk of the central city area. Bicycles are the norm. The main car type? Trucks–for loading and off-loading things. We are beholden to cars. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

    2. Modernist architecture is ugly. It most certainly can be. And it can be beautiful and meld into nature very well, thank you very much–just one example… The examples offered were quite ugly! The Tour M building is a case in point, though the view from up there is quite breath-taking. However, the author sounds like Marx, at least to the extent that he laments the power of modernity to crush venerable institutions and relationships, to whit:

    Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.

    That is Capitalism for you–marching hand in hand with modernity …

    Comment by Cas — November 4, 2017 @ 6:35 pm - November 4, 2017

  3. Agreed, Sean L …

    Comment by Cas — November 4, 2017 @ 6:35 pm - November 4, 2017

  4. One of the architects profiled in the story designed a college dormitory where all of the interior walls sloped inward and all of the windows were at floor level. The architect didn’t care about creating a comfortable space for people to live in, he just wanted to show off how avant garde he could be.

    Comment by V the K — November 4, 2017 @ 6:49 pm - November 4, 2017

  5. Regarding the first point, we can’t wait around forever until all private vehicles are impounded, we need Common Sense Automobile Control now! Just imagine how much higher the death count in this recent incident could have been if the Religious Peace Envoy had rented a Tesla — something anyone could do without any sort of criminal check whatsoever!

    We need the BAATFE to immediately enact regulations to prevent these silent death machines from falling into the hands of ordinary citizens. For starters, all electric cars will need to be fitted with some sort of noisificator to bring their sound level up to that of a typical of a standard diesel freight truck.

    Comment by Sathar — November 4, 2017 @ 7:20 pm - November 4, 2017

  6. A couple of months ago, I had some work done on a coronary artery. The insurance statements were a work of art: close to $100,000 (spent in 36 hours) distilled down to a few thousand after insurance price adjustments and other magic.

    Since then, I’ve had a couple of blood draws where I stop by the lab on the way to work and spend about five minutes.

    The latest billed about $200. After insurance magic (and a 3-page explanation of benefits), the insurance paid $12; I owe nothing.

    Wouldn’t be a lot easier and cheaper if I just paid the lab $20 in cash – and that’s that?

    As far as architecture – I wonder if the likelihood of a building being hideous is greater for gov’t buildings – or private buildings? Some of the most awful building seem to be government or non-profits (although I can think of a couple of examples of private eyesores).

    Comment by KCRob — November 4, 2017 @ 8:47 pm - November 4, 2017

  7. “It’s OK to be white” is now an offensive, racist statement

    http://wjla.com/news/local/its-okay-to-be-white-sign-posted-on-doors-of-montgomery-blair-hs-in-md

    Comment by V the K — November 4, 2017 @ 11:19 pm - November 4, 2017

  8. Since overeating causes heart disease, diabetes, and strokes, we should ban food.

    Comment by davinci38 — November 5, 2017 @ 9:51 am - November 5, 2017

  9. V the K, that has been the norm in high schools across the country for at least 25+ years, back when I was high school. Being white, or an ethnicity that is of Caucasian origin other than Hispanic cannot be expressed in any way, shape, or form. If a white person has any pride at all in his or her heritage, as long as it’s anything BUT Hispanic, expressing it in any way is racist and will be punished accordingly. Hence, Mexican-American clubs, Black-American clubs, but no Irish-American or Swedish-American clubs. No celebration or pride of that is allowed. If the signs had said, “It’s okay to be black(or Brown or Red or Yellow) they would have been applauded and no investigations would have been made. I am surprised anyone still celebrates St. Patrick’s Day or Oktoberfest at all anymore, except that both events allow for drinking mass quantities of alcohol. Being white means oppression, because whites are the only race that have ever oppressed anyone or treated anyone wrong. So, of course being white is not okay.

    Comment by TAD — November 5, 2017 @ 9:56 am - November 5, 2017

  10. V the K, thanks for the architectural links. I found them interesting as I have lamented modern architecture for years. I was in Sarajevo just after the war that broke up Yugoslavia. There was one destroyed building that was so ugly that so long as no one died or was seriously injured in the process, the building deserved killing.

    I’m glad the Gehry design for the Eisenhower Memorial is no longer. (The last I was aware of it was merely being reworked.) It was a design to celebrate the architect, not the alleged honoree. I also note that he designed an addition to the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now officially dead, but the art belongs to the National Gallery of Art, and the George Washington University runs the art school and galleries) in Washington, DC. The design was not accepted, maybe because it cost too much for an institution on hard financial times, but it was typical Gehry–VERY flashy and modern and not fitting in its neighborhood (or even very fit for its task).

    Re medical (KCRob #6). I agree with your thought of simpler to pay a straightforward fee, probably in cash, than dealing with all the paperwork stuff. Back when I was earlier in my employment life and did not have medical insurance and needed medical attention, I would explain my position, but that I would pay what they wanted to charge, and asked for mercy in the expenses. Seemed to work.

    Comment by TheQuietMan — November 5, 2017 @ 10:18 am - November 5, 2017

  11. TAD @9 – after 50 years of saturation identify politics, they’re shocked, Shocked! I tell you, that it’s seeping into the white population.

    A colorblind society has never been so remote.

    Comment by KCRob — November 5, 2017 @ 11:48 am - November 5, 2017

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