“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."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spot on!

Not all chalk on a blackboard is irritating.

The Telegraph's top ten most irritating phrases:

  1. At the end of the day
  2. Fairly unique
  3. I personally
  4. At this moment in time
  5. With all due respect
  6. Absolutely
  7. It's a nightmare
  8. Shouldn't of
  9. 24/7
  10. It's not rocket science
Absolutely, it's not rocket science nor fairly unique at this moment in time running a blog 24/7. At the end of the day, with all due respect, it's a nightmare. I personally shouldn't of started.


  1. Whomever started "spot on" should be assassinated, or is it who ever?

    What ever.

  2. Blackwater: We'll Fight Somalia's Pirates

    "As a company founded and run by former Navy SEALs, with a 50,000-person database of former military and law enforcement professionals, Blackwater is uniquely positioned to assist the shipping industry."


    What's all the fuss about?

  3. With all due respect, you must be tired. Maybe you could put it on standby like a computer until something noteworthy happens, not that something does not happen somewhere sometime each day that is noteworthy. I get a kick out of your artwork which has never felt like any chalk on any chalkboard to me.

    I actually knew a person that liked the sound of scratching on a chalkboard. This was both a first and last in my life.

  4. I was listening to a leaned discussion about nuclear power in China on one of the high faluttin' stations.

    They are in the process of building about 30 in the next few years, while we haven't bult one in 30 or so. For them, it's the answer to clean up their dirty air, from the coal fired plants, and mom and dad bring the kids on tours to see how things are going, like to a park.

    That one thing about authoritarianism. You don't have to put up with the juevniles over at the Snake River Alliance.

    China is hardly communist anymore, but are authoritarian. What I wish is that our Congress would pass an emergency bill giving some agency the authority to cut through all the fog, like the Chinese are able to do, on that issue, and that issue alone.

    So the Chinese build 30 while we haven't built one in 30

    Call it the 30/30 Dem, not Rem---a new kind of 'equalizer'.

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  6. Since you've come out in support for eugenics, here in America, bob ...

    Why not China, too?

    There are loads of undesirable breeders, there.

    If it is acceptable to terminate the lives of 400,000 premature black US citizens, we may as well finance terminating Chi-coms, before they can wear boots.

    If it is good enough for domestic US polcy, we gotta export it!

    Or do you put more value on Chinese fetuses than US bred ones?

  7. Call me goofy but....

    From the NYTimes: Britain Grapples with role for Islamic Justice

    The conflict over British Shariah courts comes at a time when Islamic principles are being extended to other areas of daily life in Britain.

    There are now five wholly Islamic banks in the country and a score more that comply with Shariah.

    An insurance company last summer began British advertising for “car insurance that’s right for your faith” because it does not violate certain Islamic prohibitions, like the one against gambling.

    Britain’s first Shariah-compliant prepaid MasterCard was begun in August.

    Britain, paying the price for empire.

  8. Temperature is down to about 26 in my neck of the woods this morning. The high is expected to top out at 58.

    How's the weather where you live?

    Trish, did you go to the Duran Duran concert?

  9. I've never been for eugenics in the United States or anywhere else. My support of Palin would argue strongly otherwise, as would my wife's work. What's I've argued for is birth control, then you said why then you support Planned Parenthood, which aborts x numbers of black babies etc. I do support PP in prevention, not extermination. You've got some kind of imp in you Rat. At any rate I wouldn't be around much for awhile as we are on the road again.

    Another thing someone pointed out was the problem Obama will have getting rid of 'doen't ask don't tell' in the military, a Clinton idea. If he does, it's back to the old days of no gays at all unless the entire law is redone, which it may be. In an all volunteer force, this doesn't look good for the military. An all gay force? Just aski'

    Take care. Cold here too.

  10. We are family, here in America, bob.

    bobal said...
    If the blacks in Ameria were sincere, and didn't want to just live off the dole, they'd do something about Rhodesia/Zimbabwew.

    They'd make a stink. But they don't.

    Let the black cousin die.

    Wed Nov 05, 10:43:00 PM EST

  11. Bobal: If he does, it's back to the old days of no gays at all unless the entire law is redone, which it may be.

    Bobal, you shouldn't have said that. With all due respect I personally served in the Reagan Navy before "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and it would be absolutely wrong to say I'm fairly unique. At this moment in time I can't tell you how absolutely humiliating it was to hide my sexual orientation 24/7. It was a nightmare. But it's not rocket science to guess that the Democratic Congress and the President will change the UCMJ to eliminate the article forbidding sodomy (which is written to cover both sexes, by the way).

  12. Here you go, in bobal's own words, calling for an Eugenics Program, for black citizens of the United States.

    bobal said...
    ah, hell, after having thought it over, and considerging that my brother was a doctor, and my sis a med tech, who almost got roughed up by some niggers in Oakland, California, maybe the best thing to do is let the niggers abort, abort, abort themselves.

    They do a good job of that.

    Thu Nov 13, 01:29:00 AM EST

    ... the best thing to do is let the niggers abort, abort, abort themselves.

    They do a good job of that.

  13. Even Dick Morris begins to see the Federal Socialists for what they are ...

    Bush's Legacy:
    European Socialism

    By Dick Morris

    The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy. In one month of legislation and one diplomatic meeting, the United States has unilaterally abdicated all the gains for the concept of free markets won by the Reagan administration and surrendered, in toto, to the Western European model of socialism, stagnation and excessive government regulation. Sovereignty is out the window. Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union. Given the dismal record of those nations at creating jobs and sustaining growth, merger with the Europeans is like a partnership with death.

  14. The Bush legacy?
    European socialism.
    Who needs enemies with friends like Bush?

  15. Debt Man Walking
    Economists know the fatal flaw in our system--but they can't agree how to fix it

    by John B. Judis

    As American demand for Chinese exports has stopped growing, China's economy has begun to suffer. Roubini has argued that, if China's export-dependent growth drops from 12 percent to 5 or 6 percent per year, China will be unable to provide jobs to the 24 million new workers that join the labor force each year. China would experience the equivalent of a recession, with repercussions throughout Asia. More importantly for the United States, China would no longer have the surplus dollars to prop up the market for U.S. Treasury bills. The Obama administration could, of course, reduce its dependence on China by reducing the budget deficit, but doing that now would deepen the recession, as well as preventing the new president from pursuing many of his domestic initiatives.

    The consequences could be even more dire. In the past, countries in recession could count on countries with growing economies to provide outlets for their exports and investments. The hope this time is that economic growth in Asia and particularly China can backstop a U.S. and European recession. But, as a result of Bretton Woods II, prosperity in the United States is intertwined with prosperity in Asia. China depends on exports to the United States, and the United States depends on capital from China. If that special economic relationship breaks down, as it seems to be doing, it could lead to a global recession that could morph into the first depression since the 1930s.

  16. former Treasury secretary Larry Summers ... "The next administration faces the prospect of having to make the most consequential international economic policy choices in a generation at a time when the confidence of governments in free markets is being increasingly questioned."

  17. When I was in the Air Force and assigned to the Army, there were always homosexuals who served with honor. We did not have it spelled out as a policy. If there was one it was closer to a broader directive of "Don't get caught." I never intentionally served in a combat unit, but in an incident where holy hell broke out, I can assure you no one cared about race, gender, or sexual peccadilloes.

  18. The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Mr. Emanuel said that when Mr. Obama and his former White House rival, Republican John McCain, met in Chicago Monday, they discussed making a market-based system to control global warning "a top priority" of the new administration.

    Mr. Emanuel promised that a major economic stimulus would be "the first order of business" for Mr. Obama when he takes office Jan. 20. The focus of spending will be on infrastructure, specifically "green infrastructure," which he said would include mass transit, upgraded electricity transmission lines, "smart" electrical meters that allow consumers to save money by using electricity at off-peak hours, and universal broadband Internet access, which he said would encourage telecommuting.

    Emanuel Speaks of 'Era of Reform' He stressed that the new administration would "throw long and deep," taking advantage of the economic crisis to push wholesale changes in health care, taxes, financial re-regulation and energy.

    "The American people in two successive elections have voted for change, and change cannot be allowed to die on the doorsteps of Washington," Mr. Emanuel said.

    Really, the telling lines in the article, were not the rumblings of 'Thunder', but the editorializing by the WSJ's writer

    ... taking advantage of the economic crisis to push wholesale changes in health care, taxes, financial re-regulation and energy.

    Which we can be sure they will.
    With the felon, Ted Stevens defeated, thrown ounder the bus by the voters of Alaska, the GOP's Senate minority shrinks ever more.

    The runoff election in GA and the recount in MN. The results of those yet to come.

    Little chance of more than 42 loyal and true, or will it be 43?

  19. Seems as if the GOP is turning into the GM of political parties. Neither can find their G spot.

  20. Back in the day, while partying in Panama's "Triangle of Bars", starting at the Ancon Inn and encompassing four or five square blocks, a dozen bars and brothels and a low rent casino.

    The door to the street would open and a call could be heard
    "Engineers to the Ovalo!"

    And out the door they'd go, alone or in small groups. Ten to upwards of thirty guys, depending on the night, converging down the street at the Bar Overlo, ready to rumble.
    Without regard to reason, but to have their buddy's back. Black or white didn't matter, dumb or smart, straight or gay, played the same.
    Stand by your guys, right or wrong.

    The Airborne infantry, housed next door to us on Fort Kobbe, they played the same, but the PTB kept them on a tight rein, where as we flew free.

    The Cannoneers, the other Unit on our little Fort, did not display the same spirit.

    We maintained a lot of espirit de corps, in being Engineers, put up a flagpole and flew the Corps colors from it.

    Slept in the mud, alot, too.

  21. This, part of a story in the LATimes:

    How were the main issues resolved?

    U.S. officials made a major concession on the timing question. They originally rejected a firm withdrawal date and suggested a vague "time horizon" for the U.S. pullout, based on conditions on the ground. They also spoke of extending the U.S. presence until 2015.

    The final plan calls for U.S. combat troops to pull out of Iraqi cities, towns and villages by next July, and for all U.S. troops to be gone from the country by Dec. 31, 2011. The dates are not "conditions-based."

    Iraq gave way on jurisdiction, dropping its demand for the right to try American troops for alleged crimes committed against Iraqis. Instead, a joint U.S.-Iraqi committee will examine individual cases involving Americans accused of committing such crimes while off base, and decide who has jurisdiction.

    The Americans agreed to relinquish control to Iraqi authorities of about 16,000 Iraqis held in U.S. custody in the country; and Iraq won the right to inspect incoming packages.

  22. No mention of immunity for "contract workers"

    Wonder if they are left twisting in the winds of Iraqi Courts?

  23. National Review answers the question, about those contractors.

    Caught in the risers, they are ...

    Maliki drove a tough bargain with us, and the agreement is far from ideal. We protected our troops from falling under the jurisdiction of Iraqi law, but we didn’t protect contractors. And we gave in to two ill-advised hard deadlines.

    U.S. troops are scheduled to cease combat operations in Iraqi cities by June 2009. This kind of deadline is unwelcome, since conditions can change, but at the moment it looks as though it may be practical. We are only conducting major combat operations in Mosul right now, and central Iraq is mostly quiet, so we have already effectively been shifting to peacekeeping operations.

    The agreement also calls for all U.S. forces to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011, another unconditional deadline. But there’s nothing keeping a future Iraqi government from negotiating a new pact with the U.S. that is less categorical.

    After all that's gone on, at home and in Iraq, after all the rhetorical hotair, for GWBush to agree to "Hard deadlines" for withdrawl from Iraq and combat patrols by June, in his last 60 days in office.

    Why, betcha it makes habu just want to hurl.

    Me, proves I was right about Mr Bush, after all. I've already had my bout with hurling.

  24. Hells, Bells, there were always gays. Everyone knew who everyone was. Nobody gave a damn. We were Buddies, and we had to depend on each other.

    Maybe they could just pass a reg against "sodomy in public," or something. Ye Gads, what an idiotic thing to become preoccupied about. That's the only good thing about a "Credit Crisis;" it keeps silliness like this off the front burner.

  25. They could have agreed to those same targeted dates of withdrawl, while claiming victory last Spring or early Summer.

    Instead what was plainly foreseen reality was played poorly. Instead of victory, we get debate about speed of withdrawal.

    On the "others" timeline, not ours.

    When we could have declared victory and success, getting a head of the propaganda curve, Team43 played like saps.

    Losing it all, in their final days.

  26. 2019.10.07台北知名酒店經紀觀察家分析:在如今的八大行業酒店上班職場上,居然只有4%員工渴望包養框出接S(性交易)嗎?這是酒店經紀公司在九月底發布的最新酒店兼差調查結果。這份酒店打工報告,一共訪問了6千名酒店兼職的酒店小姐分別來自制服店、禮服店、便服店、飯局、直播網紅等不同領域職場工作者,其中僅有4%期待在未來五年到十年可以賺到新台幣3千萬。事實上,這股「性交易」趨勢,早已在亞洲各地悄悄崛起。從暴紅的網紅金句:「趁年輕能撈就撈!」不然青春就白混了。接S(性交易)頻繁的討論相關議題,都可見其嚴重的落差性,台灣也不例外。換言之,表現優秀等於獲得機會、鼓勵酒店小姐從基層一路到被企業界大老闆包養的公式,已經出現了新的可能。

  27. 2019.11.26知名酒店經紀公司數據統計調查顯示,有39.6%酒店上班族認為本身工時過長。但也有52.4%大學生酒店打工認為工時剛好,滿意目前酒店兼差工作狀態。而調查對象中的制服店、便服店、禮服店、鋼琴酒吧、日式酒店、飯局、傳播等八大行業工作人員每天平均工時落在8.7小時,與目前勞基法規定的每周工作總時數不得超過49小時相去不遠。知名酒店經紀指出,有29.2%酒店兼職受訪者每個月「不用加班」,另有61.8%則每個月都要加班,而平均加班時數為20.6小時。又從「坐檯陪酒或色情之伴遊、伴唱、伴舞、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」交叉分析可以發現,擔任「酒店小姐」最難為,加班的頻率及時數,高居之冠,成為最辛苦的職場族群。

  28. 2020.01.15酒店工作環境與酒店小姐酒店兼差滿意度息息相關,根據知名酒店經紀調查顯示,2019整體酒店上班感到滿意的比率為74.3%,而近一年中有加班者占48.3%,平均每月加班17.9小時。為了解在八大行業就業酒店打工的工作狀況、對工作環境滿意度及職涯規劃等情形,酒店經紀公司辦理「制服店、便服店、禮服店、鋼琴酒吧、日式酒店、飯局、傳播就業狀況調查」,以大學生/上班族/單親媽媽設定調查對象,總計回收有效酒店兼職樣本5000份,並於今天公布調查結果。酒店經紀調查顯示,2019年酒店小姐對整體酒店工作感到滿意的比率為76.3%,較去年上升0.4個百分點,感到不滿意者則占2.4%。其中,對整體感到滿意者,以性別工作平等、同事間的相處與友誼滿意比率都逾9成6最高,其次為行政對公關的關切與照顧占96.8%;而不滿意者中,以明配(性交易)不滿意比率占76.7%居首,其次為酒店工作負荷量占68.0%。

  29. 2020.04.29全國酒店工作舞廳停業迄今,最初不少名嘴,都口沫橫飛形容確診女公關酒店S的外貌、酒店多高檔、恩客遍及政商名流,還有人語帶曖昧,結果酒店上班接觸123人監測期滿全陰性結案,反觀,中央流行疫情指揮中心輕忽八大行業,卻因唯利全關消防系統造成5人枉死;錯誤的政策,比貪汙更可怕,亡羊補牢,政府應讓合法的八大行業復業,以拯救酒店PT25萬人生計。獨厚KTV 是為哪樁
    指揮官陳時中防疫有功,但並非所有決策都沒批評空間。光是八大行業酒店打工停業標準不一,政策無法說服人,卻獨厚KTV、電子遊戲場業等,就不免讓人聯想是跟錢櫃老闆親綠媒體大亨的身分有關。錢櫃大火燒出長期的消防安檢積弊,造成5人枉死,更讓人質疑政府當初堅信KTV業者能自主管理的自信何在?消費者的人身安全都無法保障了,別奢談能確保防疫不會有漏洞。陳時中昨大談科學防疫,精準分析,台灣即便社區傳播的漏網之魚,傷害規模僅27人。台灣防疫成果贏得國際讚譽,但已有學者認為防疫政策應兼顧法律與人權。長期歧視 逼上梁山錯誤的政策,比貪汙更可怕。八大行業為防疫要嘛全面禁,卻獨酒店舞廳無限期停業,以確診女公關疫調結果論,就是錯誤的政策,但政府不願面對,社會大眾也沒多少同情。明明合法申請執照,繳了很重的稅賦,卻成不能公開討論的議題,因此大眾噤聲,私下卻議論紛紛。殊不知,這種難言之隱的歧視,害得「寄生」酒店的25萬從業人員三餐不繼、流落街頭,合法的錢賺不到,只好被逼上梁山,偷拐搶騙,導致犯罪率上升。讓基層員警為了防疫、治安忙翻天,也間接造成錢櫃大火悲劇。昨日傳出,有兩名男女酒店公關,在錢櫃火警嗆傷,目前仍住院中。按理他們應該在原本的酒店上班,就是因為酒店停業,他們才會到錢櫃兼差傳播討生活,連周日的上午都還在坐檯上班,經濟壓力一定不小。社會治安 恐付代價防疫不能有破口,酒店舞廳須關門,錢櫃KTV卻能視實名制為無物而笙歌達旦,說無雙標實在騙人;陳時中宣稱,依科學防疫數據,疫情防控要到6月底才能放鬆,若酒店等相關八大行業不能提前復業,寧讓25萬相關從業人員為餬口流竄全台,令人擔憂,社會治安恐怕還得付出代價。

  30. 2020.05.14酒店舞廳可不可復業?酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容台北市長柯文哲今天在議會表示,他還是等陳時中,「他(陳時中)不宣布,我(柯文哲)就來宣布」。柯又提到,市府正在評估5月25日第二波要解封的部分。對於我在酒店上班的日子有媒體解讀,北市府25日將解封酒店小姐一定有S?酒店舞廳?梁小尊表示 八大行業是哪八種行業呢?,柯文哲今天上午至議會專案報告職場須知 【酒店PT 】答詢時,從未提及5月25日將解封酒店、舞廳等地點。梁曉尊強調,5月25日起將啟動酒店打工第二波解封場館名單,至於八大行業解封日期仍在討論中,對於如何落實防疫新生活運動四原則,本府已正式行文衛福部,盼中央能給予執行方式與裁罰規定。

  31. 2020.07.30不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因日本鑑於東京酒店區染疫人數快速竄升,政府衛生單位週一推出系列影片,邀請酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容招待拍攝防疫教育影片,過程以Q&A方式進行,主題我在酒店上班的日子圍繞在必知新冠肺炎資訊,酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?以期能防止疫情持續擴大。Alarmed by a spike in infections in Tokyo’s nightlife districts, the metropolitan government has released educational videos in the form of a Q&A between nightclub hosts, a hostess and a doctor, hoping to stem the spread of the coronavirus.「你覺得年輕的新冠肺炎患者會出現什麼樣的病症?」
    “What kind of symptoms can a young COVID-19 patient expect?”
    “What are medical costs like?”
    酒店小姐去酒店上班都一定要出場接s嗎?」“How often should we sanitize our hands?”三支影片中邀請在紅燈區工作的年輕酒店接待。自從、五月底日本政府解除緊急狀態,東京紅燈區爆出多人確診新冠肺炎案例。Those are some of the questions posed in the three videos that feature young workers from nightclubs in the city’s red-light districts where infections have crept up since the government lifted a state of emergency in late May.第一則約7至8分鐘的影片邀請到知名酒店男公關平良翔太,他向醫生詢問一些基本,像是無症狀患者確診後是否有可能傳染給他人。In the first of the 7-8 minute videos, a nightclub host Shota Taira asks the doctor general questions such as whether an asymptomatic person who has tested positive could infect others. 得到解答後,平良翔太把心型抱枕拋出,象徵交棒給下一位受訪酒店小姐一条響。

  32. 八大行業陸續開放解禁,許多酒店、酒吧以及娛樂場所紛紛重新開始營業,但酒店卻面臨「酒店打工缺妹」窘境,幾乎每家酒店都只有4至6成的酒店上班公關回流,有的跑去接飯局,另外也有公關接觸白天班後轉行,所以各家酒店幾乎「漲聲響起」。