VOCABULARY: Thomasson — an object with no purpose

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2021/12/04/pointlessness-exalted/

Pointlessness Exalted

*** begin quote ***

Artist Akasegawa Genpei took a strange inspiration from this: He defined a “Thomasson” as “an object, part of a building, that was maintained in good condition, but with no purpose, to the point of becoming a work of art.” For example, in Tokyo he’d noticed a well-maintained stairway with a blank wall at its top, and a ticket window that had been boarded up but whose tray had been assiduously permitted still to function.

Akasegawa’s colleague Chikuma Shobo eventually published a whole taxonomy of Thomassons: useless doorways, useless staircases, useless windows, doors to nowhere, senseless signs. Just like art, these items have no purpose in society, but they’re preserved with care, to the point that they seem to be exhibits in themselves. “However, these objects do not appear to have a creator, making them even more art-like than regular art.”

*** end quote ***

An interesting concept.

—30—

VOCABULARY: A ‘brand tax’ on future job searches

https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-pays-brand-tax-hire-talent-fears-career-black-mark-2021-12

*** begin quote ***

Facebook’s reputation is so bad, the company must pay even more now to hire and retain talent. Some are calling it a ‘brand tax’ as tech workers fear a ‘black mark’ on their careers.

*** end quote ***

Like with those who worked at Enron, and their auditors Arthur Andersen, were stained in future job searches.

—30—

VOCABULARY: ‘Typical Rykozhop’ is Russian for Rube Goldberg, or worse

https://www.boredpanda.com/problematic-design-solutions-typicalrykozhop/

30 Construction Solutions That Don’t Solve Problems, Only Create Them, As Shared By This Instagram Account (New Pics)
Jonas Grinevičius and Mindaugas Balčiauskas
 
*** begin quote *** 
 
Many of us instinctively know whether a design is good and user-friendly or if it’s something clobbered together at the last minute without much thought for aesthetics, the future, or our poor artistic feelings. However, some home design ‘solutions’ are so problematic, they deserve to be named and shamed far and wide.

That’s where the Russian ‘Typical Rykozhop’ project on Instagram comes in. The account documents the most egregious design and construction decisions that would make any design major’s jaw drop (watch some of them faint, too!). Scroll down for the best of the truly worst (or is that the worst of the worst?) and upvote the design solutions that you simply love to hate, dear Pandas.

*** end quote ***

It’s definitely pretty funny to this fat old white guy injineer.  In a few cases, it is hard to figure out what they were trying to accomplish.  And, in one, I was befuddled.

Reminds me when I was working on a new building for a Wall Street datacenter.  Some SVP gave the “baby” electrician aka union apprentice for some trivial thing.  I think the fellow parked in the guy’s “space”; there were no markings or assignments I was aware of.  When the Unions heard about this, they had had enough of the this guy and that was the straw that broke their back.  It wasn’t the first time he’d <past tense synonym for urine output> them off. So they took advantage of a blanket order to work any overtime needed to get the building done ahead of schedule, and that Saturday EVERY TRADE came in to work putting up doors.  They put EVERY DOOR in a nine story building in one day just as it was drawn on the plans by the architect and signed off by everyone in the chain of command.  That Sunday morning, when I came it and did my daily walk thru for site security with my supervisory team, I immediately recognized what had been done.  I got the dubious pleasure of calling my SVP telling him that “I thought” (I knew) EVERY DOOR was installed backward (i.e., the holes were on the hinge side).  Since these were ALL special fire doors, they have to be ordered and remade from scratch. The union’s chief steward suggested that they might want to ask a certain SVP about who could park where and ALL the trades called in sick on Monday.  One of the few times I ever saw the CEO, CFO, and a bunch of other Chiefs was that Monday morning at 7AM walking through the building.  By lunch time, that SVP was fired and, on Tuesday, the doors began to come down very very slowly.  The building was delayed two months.  And, we were all verbally informed don’t mess with the unions.  

Laugh!

—30—

VOCABULARY: Sc3nius is communal genius — magical time-place combinations

https://www.notboring.co/p/sc3nius

Sc3nius We’re all gonna make it

To clear up some terms we’ll use here, “scenius” is the concept of communal genius, but we’ll use Scenius with a capital S to describe those magical time-place combinations. Scenius is the proper noun; scenius is the common one. Ancient Greece was a Scenius. The Renaissance was a Scenius. Silicon Valley was a Scenius. (Not Boring)

# – # – # – # – #

Interesting concept and going global due to the web.

—30—

 

VOCABULARY: ​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!

https://townhall.com/columnists/robjenkins/2021/09/26/this-new-peerreviewed-article-could-be-a-gamechanger-n2596486

This New Peer-Reviewed Article Could Be a Game-Changer
Rob Jenkins | Posted: Sep 26, 2021 12:01 AM

*** begin quote ***

About the “vaccines” themselves: “A vaccine is legally defined as any substance designed to be administered to a human being for the prevention of one or more diseases….A January 2000 patent application that defined vaccines as ‘compositions or mixtures that when introduced into the circulatory system of an animal will evoke a protective response to a pathogen’ was rejected by the U.S. Patent Office because ‘the immune response produced by a vaccine…must be protective….[It must be] a compound which prevents infection.’ In the remainder of this article, we use the term ‘inoculated’ rather than vaccinated, because the injected material in the present COVID-19 inoculations prevents neither viral infection nor transmission. Since its main function in practice appears to be symptom suppression, it is operationally a ‘treatment.’”

*** end quote ***

​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!

—30—

 

 

 

 

VOCABULARY: Zeigarnik Effect

https://www.lifesavvy.com/95122/what-is-the-zeigarnik-effect-and-can-it-boost-your-productivity/

What Is the Zeigarnik Effect, and Can It Boost Your Productivity?
SHEA SIMMONS @heysheashea SEP 22, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT 

*** begin quote ***

According to the Zeigarnik effect—coined in the early 20th century by Bluma Zeigarnik, a Russian psychologist—people intentionally leaving tasks unfinished to harness the motivation to return to them.

*** end quote ***

Interesting. I never heard of this.  Not sure if it would work for me?

—30—
 
  
 

VOCABULARY: A “spamouflage” network to muddy the waters

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3982675/posts

ENTER THE MATRIX Inside China’s chilling network of AI generated PEOPLE on Facebook & Twitter spreading anti-vaxx lies & Covid fake news
The US Sun ^ | August, 5th, 2021 | Henry Holloway
Posted on 8/6/2021, 12:11:45 PM by David Chase

CHINA has a sprawling creepy network of AI generated people who it uses to spread anti-vaxx lies and fake news about Covid.

Beijing is believed to use a massive “spamouflage” network to muddy the waters and promote its own interests to unwitting social media users – and its computer generated “people” are perhaps its most disturbing tactic.

# – # – # – # – #

Now that’s a an interesting twist.  Need more ways to authenticate “real people” from computer generated “people”, astroturf “groups”, and just plain old trolls.

—30—

VOCABULARY: “the pandemic virus industrial complex”

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/07/24/patents-prove-sars-cov-2-is-a-manufactured-virus.aspx

Patents Prove SARS-CoV-2 Is a Manufactured Virus by Dr. Mercola / 15h

*** begin quote ***

In a January 2021 lecture, Jonathan Latham, Ph.D., introduced the term “the pandemic virus industrial complex,” to describe the academic, military and commercial complexes that are driving the pandemic agenda and obscuring facts that indicate SARS-CoV-2 is a manmade virus.

In the video above, David E. Martin, Ph.D., introduces shocking evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a manmade bioweapon, and has been in the works for decades. Much of this research was funded by none other than the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

*** end quote ***

Certainly an interesting summarization of all the patent related to Covid.

And why is the CDC patenting things?

The article certainly defines a new “complex” conspiracy for “We, The Sheeple” to worry about!

—30—

 

VOCABULARY: Dismisinfoganda

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dismisinfoganda

“Dismisinfoganda”
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021 – 01:40 PM

*** begin quote ***

Misinformation, i.e., wrong claims innocently made

disinformation, i.e., wrong claims willfully made

*** and ***

dismisinfoganda is the politicized spreading or squelching of claims without, or counter to, adequate empirical evidence. 

*** and ***

Therein lies the true cost of runaway dismisinfoganda. Many Americans once believed government officials unless/until they had good reason to doubt them but increasingly they disbelieve officials unless/until they have reason to believe them. Maybe that is a good thing as it will eventually induce Americans to ask why they continue to pay the salaries of people they cannot implicitly trust to do their respective jobs. 

*** end quote ***

Remember EPA Christie Whitman: “Ground Zero Air Is Safe”?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/10/epa-head-wrong-911-air-safe-new-york-christine-todd-whitman 

NOTHING any politician and | or bureaucrat says can be taken for fact at face value.  Ditto for “news media” or “celebrities”!

Argh!

—30—

VOCABULARY: Meatspace is the opposite of Cyberspace

Meatspace and Cyberspace

The word “meatspace” refers to the real-life physical world that we inhabit. The term was invented as a contrast to the emergence of “cyberspace,” which is the interconnected virtual world of computers that we interact in. Within a modern context, cyberspace would be everything online, while meatspace would be everything offline.

# – # – # – #

VOCABULARY: The Cantillon Effect

https://buff.ly/2Pnn5AE

How The Nation’s Central Bank Is Covertly ‘Nudging’ Americans To Accept Digital Money & The Great Reset – LewRockwell 

*** begin quote ***

The Cantillon Effect explains that money is first distributed to the financial classes, bankers, government, etc., and then the masses. As money ripples through the economy, its value is inflated away. The first people to receive the money do not experience the inflationary (loss of purchasing power) that the last people to get the money do.

The wealthy benefit from inflation as the value of their assets (property, investments) rise.  The poor benefit from deflation because necessities are cheaper to buy, effectively giving them what they perceive as a pay raise.

Also, in periods of credit expansion, the poor borrow much like receiving a pay raise.  For the wealthy, the stock market is their playground; for the poor, lottery tickets may be their only opportunity to get ahead financially.

*** end quote ***

So why is the FED (Federal Reserve System) —

The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

—, the Gooferment. Its politicians, and its bureaucrats pushing for inflation?

Cui bono?

The Gooferment gets to repay the “national debt” or the interest on that debt with “dollars” that are worth less.

Argh!

—30—

VOCABULARY: Fleeceware

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-tell-if-youre-being-scammed-by-fleeceware-apps-1846574109

Fleeceware is one of the worst scams you can deal with on your device, because it has one, singular goal: extracting as much money from you as possible. It generally accomplishes this not by dropping malware on your device or otherwise forcing you to do something; instead, fleeceware hides in plain sight

—30—

VOCABULARY: “samfundssind” = “community spirit”

https://nypost.com/2020/10/24/danish-word-samfundssind-may-become-2020s-hottest-term/

Danish word ‘samfundssind’ may become 2020’s hottest new term
By Paula Froelich
October 24, 2020 | 4:09pm

*** begin quote ***

The country that introduced the world to “hygge” now has another term for us: “samfundssind.”

Last year Americans went wild for hygge, which encompasses all things cozy and comforting — but the likely 2020 “word of the year” in Denmark is “samfundssind — which the Danish Language Council defines as “putting the concern of society higher than one’s own interests.” More loosely translated as “community spirit” or “social mindedness” according to the BBC.

*** end quote ***

As long as it it’s a voluntary action, i think it’s admirable and we should imitate it.

—30—

VOCABULARY: A Bartender explains “tolerance”

https://www.boredpanda.com/bar-bartender-nazi-punk-iamragesparkle/?cexp_id=30519&cexp_var=35&_f=featured&utm_source=duckduckgo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic

In 1945, a philosopher named Karl Popper introduced a concept that he called the paradox of tolerance. “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance,” he wrote. “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.” In other words, if society is tolerant without any limits, the intolerant people will eventually destroy it. “We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant,” Karl Popper wrote.

Bartender Savagely Kicks A Polite Nazi Customer Out Of His Bar And Explains Why It’s Important To Do So

UntitledImage

—Bored Panda

# – # – # – # – #

Reminds me of @Stephen K. Trynosky’s tales about his Dad.

—30—

VOCABULARY: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

A Karen is a person, usually a woman, who is never satisfied with the service she’s receiving and demands to talk to the manager. It doesn’t matter if Karen’s complaints are valid or not.

Source: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

# – # – # – # – #

“KAREN”?

— 30 —

VOCABULARY: “Granny Farming”

You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

Here, the President enjoys broad agreement. Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined.  Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”

Source: Eric Eggers: You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

# – # – # – # – #

Great!  Now we have a word for a type of election fraud.

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” — Emma Goldman ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

— 30 —

VOCABULARY: OWI (Opining While Ignorant)

2019-Mar-08

Famed economist Murray Rothbard touched on the answer: “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” — Murray Rothbard

# – # – # – # – # 2019-Mar-08 @ 11:43

VOCABULARY: finger of honour — doigt d’honneur in French

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/03/24/weekend-links-95/

French driver faces jail time for “disrespecting” a speed camera. Hint: He disrespected in the classic way, which I now learn the French call the “digit of honor.” Must adopt that phrase.

# – # – # – # – # 

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180322/french-motorist-gets-jail-time-for-giving-the-finger-to-speed-cameras

French driver faces prison for giving middle finger to speed cameras
The Local
news.france@thelocal.com
@thelocalfrance
22 March 2018
10:49 CET+01:00

*** begin quote ***

A 46-year-old motorist in the Loire department of central France has been warned he faces two to four months in jail after sticking his middle finger up to two speed cameras back in May 2015.

However while the driver accepted that he was speeding and paid his fines, he denied giving the one-finger salute, known as the doigt d’honneur in French (finger of honour), to two speed cameras at Saint-Forgeux-Lespinasse and Bessay-sur-Allier.

“At that moment, I was talking to my girlfriend, and I was upset because she was talking about her ex-boyfriend. The finger was intended for her,” he said. 

The public prosecutor’s office said that even though the driver had already paid his fines for speeding they pressed charges against him for “insulting a person tasked with a public service mission”.

*** end quote ***

Laugh!

# – # – # – # – #

VOCABULARY: “FISK” — a point by point refutation

Fisk | Define Fisk at Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/fisk

/fɪsk/ verb. (slang) to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point. C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles. Word Origin and History for Fisk.

# – # – # – # – #

VOCABULARY: “backronym” — the word was picked first, then an acronym written to fit it

http://www.rd.com/culture/common-acronyms/

*** begin quote ***

The USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (seriously). Linguists call this a “backronym”—the word “Patriot” was likely picked first, then an acronym written to fit it.

*** end quote ***

# – # – # – # – # 

VOCABULARY: Fiancé vs. Fiancée?

http://blog.dictionary.com/fiance-vs-fiancee/

Fiancé vs. Fiancée
June 24, 2015 by: Dictionary.com

Much debate and change surrounds the terms fiancé and fiancée in the recent past. English speakers borrowed these gendered terms from the French in the mid-19th century, importing both the masculine (fiancé) and feminine (fiancée). This term ultimately derives from Latin, fidare literally meaning “to trust,” combined with the suffix -ance, which is used to form nouns from existing verbs.

# – # – # – # – # 

I became aware of this “controversy” when I tried to put “fiancée” in the “accented words” folder of my TextExpander utility. It wouldn’t even let me make my own. Hence I investigate this “error”.

So I am a “fiancé” and AMH is my “fiancée”.

Laugh!

# – # – # – # – # 

VOCABULARY: “doublethink”

Dictionary.com Word of the Day  JUNE 25, 2017 

doublethink [duhb-uh l-thingk] 1. the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.

QUOTES

Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies …

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four, 1949

ORIGIN

Doublesthink comes from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four (also 1984), published in 1949. It appears alongside Orwell’s other neologisms thoughtcrime and duckspeak. Doublethink, has a more sinister meaning than the relatively innocuous doubletalk, which appeared in the late 1930s and referred at first to the kind of speech that Casey Stengel (1891–1975) was famous for, and later to jargon or pompous language. Doublethink entered English in the second half of the 20th century.

# – # – # – # – # 

Hard to imagine that this is possible but we see it today in both “politics” and the “media”.

Current example is the D’s complaining to the TV about the R’s “secret healthcare plan”, while “conveniently forgetting” that they did the same thing to pass Obamacare!

Argh!

# – # – # – # – # 

VOCABULARY: “Stray Dog Attacks”

FROM THE WSJ

*** begin quote ***

The Lone Wolf and the Stray Dog 

Two botched attacks in Europe in recent days signal that Islamist terror has entered a new phase, security officials say, one that is more disorganized and less sophisticated but risks spawning more attackers determined to kill using any means at their disposal. Because of a lack of direct training and know-how, many of this new breed of assailant fail. Still, the absence of a connection to terror networks makes it difficult for intelligence services to track these individuals, and their often unsophisticated weapons—such as knives or cars—are easy to obtain. So authorities fear the attacks will increase. “We may be entering an era not of lone wolf, but stray dog attacks,” said one Western security official. The changing nature of the attacks also reflects improved security in Europe, but officials warn it would be reckless to underestimate the continuing threat of extremist groups.

*** end quote ***

An armed citizenry is need to defeat this particular type of attack.

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington quotes from BrainyQuote.com

The USA, in the Red States, is more likely to be secure.

# – # – # – # – #