Friday, January 13, 2006

Round the Horn. An Irwin J. McIckleson Production

Greetings all. This is Irwin J. McIckleson, fictional 1910's plutocrat, with another journey through the internet.

Sometimes I am asked how I go on being a plutocrat, despite seeming sensible. It's very simple, and evolves from a correct understanding of human nature.

There are exactly two kinds of people that you knows. People who have betrayed you and people who have not betrayed you yet. Once you recognize human nature it becomes a lot easier to do what you need to protect yourself.

I've criticized the Bush Administration in side comments for their handling of the Iraq war; but it is not because I am opposed to war or to conquering and subjecting other people. If the Bush Administration were competent and some profit could be made by conquering Iraq or Iran, why not? The flat truth is the people of those countries would do the same to us in a moment, if we allowed them too.

No, my objections to the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq war is how poorly they have handled it. It's one thing to conquer another people, it's quite another to botch conquering another person. It's like one of my competitors, Harold Jafforwitz. He heard that I was making my men work 11 hours a day, so naturally he tried to do me one better. He made his people work 15 hours a day. If he could have pulled it off, I would have saluted him (while finding another way to destroy his company). But of course he couldn't. You push people that hard, they will push back, and his plant became a fertile field for Socialist seeds. And, at an opportune moment, I hired his security force away from him (he was using a pinkerton knock off). His plant was ruined. I purchased it, and reopened it, going back to a 10 hour day (practically decadent state for the workers), and was hailed as a warm kind hearted man.

What's the lesson here? Do things effectively, and when the moment comes to stab someone in the back, strike hard and true.

And on that note, let us turn to the links for the week (people who are safe from my particular blades coming as they do nearly a hundred years after my heyday).

Our first post is from Pen-Elayne on the Web and it is in the
form of a question about woman and their depiction in various types of art.

First Draft
reveals that support for President Bush having extrodinary powers may be not as solid as it was previously. I am not surprised.

Bloggg has a
list of ten reasons why Judge Alito must not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. I have noted before that the Courts role has grown considerably since my time (when it was known mostly for its failures).

Dihiyi Mir has
some thoughts on his favorite constellation, which is Orion. My favorite constellation is Libra, the Scales.

LeftyBrown's Corner has a
selection of items related to the new year and to other thing that is going on for that gentleman. Apparently he is a not a well-known singer or dancer, but has gotten fan mail as if he were.

And that is it for another week. Have a productive weekend.

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