"Tell Them Secrets:" An Unlikely Story With A Non-normal Moral

July 29, 2011

July 28, 2011

Today, we take a break from attempting to fix the world’s frustrations with a few carefully crafted words, and instead depart into moderate insanity.

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The Secret, Bigger Bail Out

July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011


The Fed secretly gave out over $16 trillion to banks during the bailout.

The previously reported figure was closer to 1 or 2 trillion.  US gdp in 2010 was $14.7 trillion.  This is like a guy making $50k a year giving a $40k, 0% interest loan to his gambling addict brother-in-law, but hiding it from his wife.

Conflicts of interest abound, for example, “the CEO of JP Morgan Chase served on the New York Fed’s board of directors at the same time that his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed.”

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Bait and switch law school

July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

Self storage, first month free!

Giving away storage free for a month may seem like a bad business practice.  Why would you ever give away the only thing you sell when you’re a for-profit business?  How many gas stations or grocery stores do you see doing this?

It’s actually a very clever technique, and it works well anytime a customer makes a long term commitment to a vendor.  It’s the same reason law schools give away so many merit-based scholarships to incoming students.

They get you in the door, using their services, and then poof!  You have to start paying huge cash – or change your lifestyle.  Whether it’s a lifestyle change that involves spending a weekend or two emptying out a storage unit, or dropping out of law school – which I did recently – it’s not something anyone would really prefer to do.

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Sir, I challenge you to a duel!

July 10, 2011

July 10, 2011


Andrew Spillane, I slap you with my white glove and throw it down at your feet – you have been challenged to a duel!

Spillane’s article came out a few days ago.  This was his “Hello world” article, having never posted before on the anonymous, public walls of the blogosphere, and by his own account, he seems to have things pretty well figured out.  Presumably, he’s being paid to write this, which, I gather, is the source of his apparent confidence, evidenced by his commands and orders to the rest of the blogging community, with which he has not once previously interacted.

Both sides of this debate admit that law schools inflate employment statistics of their alumni networks, by doing things like counting a barista at a cafe as an employed juris doctor.  This is standard practice.

Apparently, swear words in the blogosphere are a bigger threat to his precious “professionalism” than things like honesty or fraud prevention.

Spillane thinks the blogging world is a courtroom, where no one swears, where things are civilized, sensible, and professional, and whatever else this clown thinks he’s talking about.

Spillane, if you’re such an expert on blogging, dealing out advice right and left, then why don’t you answer some of this smacktalk with a rebuttal of your own?  Come on down and brawl with the rest of us, my friend!  Isn’t that what lawyers are best at?  Or are you just a cute little lap dog barking from the porch of the establishment at normal people going about their daily activities?

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Ideas, events, people

July 3, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

“Simple minds think about people.  Smart minds think about events.  Brilliant minds think about ideas.” – Elanor Roosevelt.

However…

The most truly brilliant of us all understand that people and events are, ultimately, nothing more than ideas.  I’ve made the everyday discovery that humans are the origin of free will in our world, where everything else is simply a blunt causal domino effect, and therefore less interesting.  Conscious beings create ideas over which they have no ownership, existing as independently as they are true.  Abstract human creativity, in my opinion, is the sandbox for the most brilliant genius of our world.

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