Oh aye

PJ O’Rourke is looking forward to the Scottish independence for a variety of mildly amusing, colorful and colloquial reasons.

Ah, there’s nothing like a primitive, quarrel-torn, disastrous Third World country. And Scotland has everything it needs to be what old-school foreign correspondents fondly call a “****-hole.”

That is certainly the impression I get from the British TV and Craig Fergusons I watch. The Doctor is the only one that seems to like the area. Near as I can tell everyone else thinks it’s full of obese, welfare-dependent drunkards that’ll fry anything and then fight you for it.

I find the political wranglings of these tiny areas quaint and don’t know why they don’t just set up a state system like the US. They manage to have some economic clout with the 60 million on the island. Start chopping that up and it’s going to get ugly. It’s a numbers game, people, keep dividing that pie up and soon you’re only getting some crumbs and a glop of cherry filling and no one gets a nice slice of pie.

Useful for your next audit

Whenever we can, we follow the law,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday.

Me too, Mr. IRS guy, me too.

Salami tactics

As we try to tiptoe away from a massive war in the Middle East and Eastern Europe we don’t dare draw a line in the sand against either radical Islam or Russia. And by “we” I mean NATO, basically. It will be tricky putting out these regional flare-ups without them turning into WWIII. Putin counts on that.

Yes, Minister, full of timeless truths.

Literally, it just gets better and better

The outtakes are awesome too:

And it’s pronounced “guh-ifs”. “Jifs” are a peanut butter.

Delusions of grandeur

These legal things are always more nuanced and complicated than the reporting makes them out to be, but geez it sounds like a maniacal power/data grab. Is the government deliberately trying to drive every company from our borders? Maybe if you stop with the massive sweeps of data that destroy tech companies reputations, tech companies would stop trying to run away from you. Just throwing that out there.

Who knew?

I don’t doubt that there’s a bro vibe at many tech companies but are these women aware of how computers are programmed?

And so you can see the favoring of the analytic, the favoring of breaking things down into their parts, the favoring of thought versus feeling, and women will tend to look at problems in a more holistic manner. They’ll look at not just the goal but the journey to get there. They’ll look at the feeling state and the experience of the work itself as being important variables.

Although, it’s nice to hear someone say that just because a solution sounds nice doesn’t mean it’s doing good. Sometimes actual results do matter.

You think it’s a long way down to the chemists

Did you need a life size picture of the Andromeda galaxy?