“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Tonight at the Elephant Bar


  1. Moooo-Lah!

    Dairy cow goes for a million bucks at auction.

  2. You got to admit, that Apple, one nice lookin' cow.

  3. Now I've posted the best looking dairy cow in America, and the best looking governor, too. :)

  4. That would be the move, bob.
    She's a winner, a real looker to boot.

    If he picks Romney, the fellow that never won outside his resident States ...
    Utah's a lock
    Massachusetts will not go GOP
    Maybe Michigan ...

    Strip the senior women from the Dems with Palin, more so than with with Romney.
    Palin "makes history", too

  5. Long, but worth it:

    Pat Lang:

    The US Government and "Afghan Man."

    ""The point is that Afghanistan has got to figure out how to get along as a nation, and there have been a lot of steps toward nation building," he said. "A lot of local warlord-type leaders have been marginalized - not all of them completely."

    Mr. Boucher, who is assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, also attributed some of the chatter to political jockeying ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in Afghanistan late next year.

    "That's bringing out a little more these days - resentments and alliances between groups and talk about ethnic politics, but I think there is a stronger movement toward creating a sense of nation."

    The Northern Alliance was founded by mostly Uzbek and Tajik warlords and took power after the Soviet pullout in 1989. The Taliban was formed later as a Pashtun resistance to the alliance and seized control of most of Afghanistan in 1996. The Bush administration relied on the Northern Alliance to capture northern Afghanistan in 2002. Washtimes


    This kind of policy formulation is derived from an excessive exposure to political science (PS) professors at an impressionable age.

    PS sells the idea that human society is evolving towards higher forms. The creed in this secular religion holds that human behavior is universal in nature in all important aspects and that apparent differences are fated to disappear as mankind and its societies develop toward higher and more general forms. The form sought by the more practical is that of national states. Some of the more visionary seek the emergence of a globalized world culture and state. PS is an idea system, that originated in the age of cultural, literary and scholarly romanticism of the 19th Century. European scholars like Durkheim and Weber reflected the same set of ideas that created romantic nationalism, marxism (a very romantic idea), belief in the "Golden Ages" of various peoples, Germans, Italians, Jews, etc. For minority group scholars like Durkheim and Weber, the notion of redefining societies within a new paradigm is always attractive. The Arab World was late to the European "Romantic Age" so the creation of paradigms like Baathism, Phalangism or the Syrian Social Party came along a bit later than the European copies of this phenomenon. For the minority member, a new paradigm that does not recognize the old one that considered you to be marginal is clearly a good thing.

    These State Department types are soaked in PS. It permeates their thinking as much as it does that of the Jacobins. The Defense Department is also infested with this kind of thinking since so many military area specialists and civilian policy people have been sent to graduate school in PS and/or International Relations, a related disorder and delusion.

    In the early years of the Iraq adventure, the PS outlook ruled supreme on the American side. The "enlightened" sought everywhere in Iraq for opportunities to advance the interests of a unitary Iraqi state in which central government ruled supreme and ethnic, tribal and other particularist interests were ignored or suppressed. "Iraqi Man" was the goal, as it had been for the Baath. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) merely wanted a different "Iraqi Man."

    It was only with the reluctant acceptance of the reality of Iraqi fractiousness and difference within the notion of Iraq, the state, that the situation in Iraq began to improve. More US troops helped, a maturation of the new Iraqi security forces helped, a willingness on the part of the Maliki government to see itself as needing Sunni Arab and Kurdish support helped. This last, of course, represented an acceptance on the part of the Maliki regime of the need to deal with the diversity of Iraqi COMMUNITIES, rather than individuals belonging to the "Iraqi Man" ethnicity. Most importantly, the acceptance by the US armed forces of the diversity of the human terrain they faced in Iraq and a newfound willingness to work with that diversity turned the tide in the struggle for Iraq. This change in US armed forces thinking occurred IN SPITE OF US national government policy, not because of it.

    Now we have this man, Boucher, either sincerely or in his role as successful bureaucrat, mouthing the same crap with regard to Afghanistan that his colleagues and fellow members of the Foreign Service "club" mouthed with regard to Iraq.

    There is no "Afghan Man." There will not be an "Afghan Man" in any time frame relevant to the US armed forces' efforts to pacify Afghanistan. Afghanistan was created by the Russian Empire and the British Indian Empire in an effort to build a buffer zone in a wild, high, incredibly diverse region in Central Asia that happened to be both ungovernable and located between their respective holdings. There IS NO AFGHAN PEOPLE. There are half a dozen peoples within the borders of the STATE OF AFGHANISTAN. They have never blended into one people and will not do so unless such a thing occurs at a glacial rate of evolutionary change.

    Bottom Line: The US armed forces should say, YES, YES to whatever nonsense political "scientists" say about Afghanistan. At the same time, apply what you have learned about the uses of diversity. Oh, yes. Political Science is science in the same way that Alchemy and Astrology are sciences."


    Bolded parts speak to my own experience, and I've said as much before. It is a major reason that educated foreign policy experts at even Conservative publications increasingly revert to social science gobbledy gook by default.

  6. I believe your're right, Rat. But I doubt McCain will do it. Haven't read anything about him having big discussions with her.

    Paris Hilton with a brain, there's the ticket.

  7. Not that these institutions are entirely useless. I wouldn't trade my own experience for anything. But separating the wheat from the chaff was a constant labor. As I saw it, the most common failing of my classmates and professors was exaggeration of their ability to reliably control complex events and social processes.

  8. Languages in Afghanistan

    Quite a stew from which to make a country. There's a lesson for us here too. Support the English language amendment.

  9. Bobal: Here You Can See Why
    (among other reasons)

    That's what I was talking about bobal!

  10. Sinless, I prepared the next post yesterday but never had the time to post it. It is a very similar theme to your Sun Aug 03, 12:06:00 AM EDT. I would be interested in your comment on the video clip and article.

  11. 2019.10.11 酒店上班類型多,酒店工作求職者尋職時不一定都能了解職務內容,台北知名酒店經紀公司為大學生、上班族酒店兼差就業通特別製作影片,邀請八大行業職場酒店小姐闡述工作甘苦並給予尋職建議,盼助酒店打工求職者找到適合工作。台灣社會有許多職業,許多求職者往往不瞭解酒店工作內容前往求職,才發現與想像中不同。知名酒店經紀梁小尊/梁曉尊指出,求職者常嚮往看似光鮮亮麗的工作,但其實這些工作背後,卻往往有著難以想像的辛苦。為了避免在學大學生以及上班族兩大族群渴望酒店兼職求職者對職務期待有所落差,八大行業酒店經紀公司特別規劃製作「框出陪睡(性交易)」職業介紹影片,透過拍攝各行各業職場酒店小姐一日的工作內容,讓對這些職業有興趣與志向的求職者及大學生新鮮人更了解八大行業酒店上班產業趨勢與職務工作內容,做好求職前的準備工作。

  12. 2019.12.11Googel搜尋找到可以信賴的酒店經紀人後,接下來就是約時間當面聊,把妳的需求告訴酒店經紀人,也讓酒店經紀人看看妳的條件適合哪種店家。同時也會依照小姐的不同條件列出10來家酒店名單最後由您自己選擇喜歡理想的酒店工作環境。
    1: 酒店打工小姐們如何判斷自己適合在什麼的店呢?誠懇面對自己外型條件吧(外表是可以調整的)這行是以外型取勝!(當然沒有人願意犧牲啊),任何一份工作都有它辛苦的面何況高收入的八大行業。
    2: 酒店兼差一週可以上幾天班? 能配合哪個時間打卡上班? 是否有門禁問題?
    3: 酒店工作和白天工作一樣!目標是一樣的就是【賺錢】都是要花固定的時間來上班(如:服裝、髮妝、談吐、氣質)把最好的展現出來。上班天數多寡,當然取決於妳的收入。
    4: 選擇酒店經紀很重要,小姐放在對的酒店一天酒店兼職可以賺個$5000~$8000不是問題。如果酒店小姐收入不如預期,而店裡生意也不差,妳就要思考是否繼續這份競爭力的環境!應該考慮換店或換跑道,(別等店家開口要妳離職)。
    2020不怕找不到酒店經紀 大數據Google搜尋:梁曉尊/梁小尊
    不擔心拿低薪 高水平 高標準 公開 透明 亞洲地區Google認證

  13. 2020.02.21新冠肺炎疫情打亂酒店工作謀職步調,也造成不少酒店上班的酒店小姐運衝擊。根據知名酒店經紀公司「酒店打工發展調查」,年前正在謀職比例從36.7%驟降至19.5%,大幅下滑13.7%;不考慮換工作的比例也從年前14.2%升高至22.1%。上班族酒店兼差所屬有16.8%延後開工、14.2%放無薪假。2019年後是上班族轉換酒店兼職高峰,但調查發現,近一個月有38.8%有計畫轉職,和年前2020年1月21日公布的的40.6%相比,降低6.7%。且年前就開始找工作的比例,也從31.8%驟降至14.7%;不考慮陪睡(性交易) 、顏射(精子射在臉上) 、口交口爆(精子射在嘴裡) 、戴套肛交進行交易專業精緻化等行為的比例則從年前的40.7%降低至22.1%。

  14. 2020.03.03八大行業酒店工作就業博覽會今(3號)開跑!因應武漢肺炎(COVID-19、新冠肺炎)疫情,知名酒店經紀公司暫緩原訂於4、5、6月份的酒店上班就業博覽會,先於線上辦理,自3月20日起至3月26日於梁曉尊/梁小尊酒店打工網站開跑,有包括制服店、便服店、禮服店、鋼琴酒吧、日式酒店、飯局、傳播等八大行業者,提供9千個酒店兼差酒店兼職的機會。

  15. 2020.03.14 台北酒店上班即時新聞:Google搜尋:梁曉尊/梁小尊---常問兼差兼職酒店工作的時段時間? 酒店S薪資怎麼領?
    一般為一星期為一個結算薪水的單位,班別以(週報班)可以上3~5天班 當然天數越多 節數錢越多 酒店S收入也跟著水漲船高。
    尤其特別族群大學生/上班族選擇酒店打工,可依照白天課業或工作因素來配合晚間的班別! (1週上1天班 也可以的)
    營業時間下午3點~早上6點 這期間上滿6~7個鐘頭 看各家店規定不一 時段都可自選。
    下午:3點班、4點班、5點班、6點班 (每個班次往後推7小時,就是妳的上班時間)
    晚間:7點班、8點班、9點班 (每個班次往後推7小時,就是妳的上班時間)
    因公平性原則: 大學生/上班族選擇酒店兼職 酒店兼差 1週上1天班 超值特別專案

  16. 2020.03.28酒店工作要在這當中賺大錢不是不可能,只是你要克服的就是所有消費者的人性,酒店上班簡單說:就是要讓消費者覺得你『物超所值』。所有的八大行業包含酒店經紀都是服務業,要踏進去要有把客人當成花錢大爺的心理準備。也就是說酒店打工要先把自尊、面子都放在家裡面再去上班。八大行業酒店PT裏頭都或多或少跟喝酒間扯上關係,酒喝下去原本斯文的變成野蠻不講理;可是他還是客人,你還是服務他的人,要做服務業請先做好酒店上班心理建設。

  17. 2020.04.04酒店工作印象中的和現實面有很大落差嗎?
    因為我們一般收到酒店打工訊息 大都是從電影報章雜誌而來
    而會有新聞報導價值的酒店PT新聞 通常是很特別很誇張的 這些新聞報導也許是有些接近酒店上班事實 但不是八大行業全部
    (就如同捷運上有電車痴漢 但不是每班車隨時隨地有色狼啊 我們也常安全到家啊)
    加上一般人的想法 這行總是只有負面 (當便利商店店員也會遇到砍人強劫)
    其實凡事都有負面啊 端看自己怎麼面對
    這行雖然不是賺錢最好的方式之一 但卻是最快的方式之一
    我們只建議多了解多比較 看完環境 再做決定
    別人只說這行的美好 但我們強調得失之間 去創造自己想要的生活
    給自己一次機會 跨出第一步 若自覺不適合這行 就盡早打消夢幻的念頭 趕緊找其他出路 不是嗎??

  18. 2020.04.11台北市1名酒店工作酒店女公關確診,中央流行疫情指揮中心宣布酒店上班新的防疫措施,要求全國酒店和舞廳即日起停止營業;對此,警方認為,酒店打工數量龐大的酒店小姐,迫於經濟壓力下,酒店上班除轉戰KTV陪酒外,還有可能被應召站吸收,進而酒店PT下海接客賣淫,不但一舉補足應召站小姐缺口,還會衍生新的治安問題。

  19. 2020.04.15酒店工作、舞廳停業,大量的酒店上班小姐瞬間失業,沒了八大行業該何去何從?我們也觀察到有「傳播經紀公司」趁機在網路上大舉酒店打工徵才,號召失業的陪酒小姐加入,誠徵「酒店PT」轉戰KTV、釣蝦場、熱炒店、居酒屋甚至是電影院,陪客人釣蝦唱歌看電影,提供桌邊服務也就是俗稱的「酒店上班跑單幫」,工作時間雖然自由但收入不穩定,更由於這些服務公主都是陪著客人進出公共場所,服務客群來來去去,會不會成為另一種防疫破口?值得觀察。八大行業網路PO影片,北中南號召年輕妹妹加入成為旗下小姐,舞廳、酒店配合防疫暫時停業,經紀公司卻在此時大喇喇臉書挖角找人。PO文配合政府政策,全國酒店舞廳暫時歇業,釣蝦場、自助KTV缺服務公主,號召暫時缺工作的小姐們,歡迎您的加入,最後一行「歡迎同行妹妹一起加入,渡過這次難關」。經紀公司口中說的「服務公主」到底做些什麼?說穿了就是得陪釣蝦場客人聊天、釣蝦,以及在附設包廂內唱歌、倒酒,價碼以時薪計算,只是每次出場得隨客人喜好,不見得接得了單。八大行業人士:「要看幾個小姐他們叫過來,然後看我們要不要讓他們挑選,不要,再換一批。」傳播公司拉攏酒店小姐轉換跑道,工作項目也很雜,像是釣蝦場陪釣、KTV陪唱、熱炒店、居酒屋幫倒酒、電影院陪看電影、提供桌邊服務又稱為「跑單幫」。八大行業人士:「有門路或是朋友有在跑這個,這叫跑單幫,有的話就會去跑。」酒店、舞廳小姐、女陪侍跟經紀公司旗下的傳播小姐兩者大不同,酒店小姐需要排班,工作穩定,客源的社經地位較高;反觀傳播小姐比較像是小蜜蜂,要到處尋找酒客,經紀公司要負責接送上下班確保安全。酒店被迫暫時關門,北中南大量酒小姐、舞小姐沒了工作,會不會轉換跑道成為另一種防疫缺口?值得關注。

  20. 2020.05.22酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容公關、陪侍乃至於性工作者通常不是酒店、舞廳、包廂KTV或養生館的直屬員工,他們我在酒店上班的日子在經紀人的帶領下,前往與經紀公司合作的酒店打工地點上班,比起雇傭更貼近承攬,沒店可以上工時就直接放無薪假,在政府勞動統計上他們等於是失業人口,申請失業救濟金是天方夜譚。酒店並無底薪保障,公關酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金要客人點選坐檯才有薪水,而且店家會在發薪時扣除稅金,卻不會幫忙投保勞健保。依照 八大行業是哪八種行業呢?業績高低,酒店從公關的薪資中扣除400元到1,000元不等的營業稅,檯費也不是公關全部收進口袋裡,必須與酒店和趴客幹部、經紀人分潤,以350元的節薪而言,常見酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境? 的配比是酒店與趴客幹部150元、小姐150元、經紀人50元,這個配比會依照小姐的外在條件、與經紀人和經紀公司的協議、是否有債務和借貸關係而有調整。錢的問題一向複雜,八大行業金流不患寡而患不均,事情每經過一個人的手,就必須給人抽成,如何打點每個關卡是極為細膩的功夫。客人的帳單上看不到公關們被扣款的部分,也看不到勞動權益被忽略的細節,更不要提酒店內物價奇幻,小姐們別在身上的名牌,一個要收500到1,000元的製作費,在公司休息室租用儲物櫃,也是以每星期千元為計價單位,小姐向公司團購質料粗劣的應景服飾,價格是網拍的十倍,並且每個星期收送洗費上千元,化妝、髮型與服裝不符合規定一項扣500元以上,店家也有各自的內規,例如遲到一分鐘扣50元,開會不到扣3,000元,遲到兩小時就要自己大框自己,也就是買下一整天60節的上班時間,立刻失血21,000元--要在這些條條框框後賺到錢,沒兩把刷子真難,八大也分三六九等,一張酒店收據不代表整個產業的全貌。

  21. 2020.08.24不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因雖然我不知道這篇貼文是否有人願意看但我們有義務表達我們在八大行業-酒店工作的想法與立場酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容許多人對八大行業-酒店都有所誤解,認為是偏門社會中不正派的人在做的工作但是你們有沒有想過?我們我在酒店上班的日子依然是服務業的一環,也是憑著自己的努力在賺錢,這當中一定也有些毒瘤在破壞我們的名聲,酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?在這行我們看了太多人在這花花世界沈淪,許多剛入行很乖巧的妹妹,入行後整個人變調了。開始吃藥、吸毒、每天開趴..活在EDM的世界裡當初的初心?忘了吧?