The kindness market.

Any collective endeavor designed to facilitate human life is a market. A market is not only an economic market - the exchange of goods, services, and currency - but the exchange of anything of value. Human interactions are a market; kindness is a market. And a market depends on local knowledge.

[to be continued]

2021-02-17 Wednesday night

It was only this afternoon that I learned, via Instapundit, that large parts of the Portland area have been experiencing a prolonged power outage.

I'm fortunate that my area in Hillsboro seems to have been entirely spared.

The new job is going well, one month on. More money and less stress than my last gig, I could get used to this.

I've been carless for the last two years or so now, but that might change in the near future. I'm filling out financing applications and making appointments for test drives.

In the news, Rush Limbaugh has left us. Tammy Bruce's tribute is here:


Conspiracies exist. To believe otherwise is irrational. A claim regarding a particular conspiracy may be plausible or otherwise according to the available facts and evidence; but the whole business of dismissing "conspiracy theories" as inherently ridiculous, serves only to protect conspirators from scrutiny.



'So while perfectly uncorrupted markets are impossible, completely corrupted markets — those in which the consumer of apples, books or governance has no say — are things of absolute and total horror. In the case of apples and books they fail very hard, and if you’re lucky a new market develops and explodes. Well, in the case of governance, too. But before that happens utterly corrupt market for governance has a case of the mass murders, and most of the consumers end up in mass graves for failing to be the right market for the supply that those in power are SURE is the right one.

One of the first tells of a corrupt market is that the supplier couldn’t care less what the consumer wants. ...'


'For the upper caste of an Athenian elite already contemptuous of democracy, the city’s defeat in the Peloponnesian War confirmed that Sparta’s system was preferable. It was a high-spirited military aristocracy ruling over a permanent servant class, the helots, who were periodically slaughtered to condition them to accept their subhuman status. Athenian democracy by contrast gave too much power to the low-born. The pro-Sparta oligarchy used their patrons’ victory to undo the rights of citizens, and settle scores with their domestic rivals, exiling and executing them and confiscating their wealth.

The Athenian government disloyal to Athens’ laws and contemptuous of its traditions was known as the Thirty Tyrants, and understanding its role and function helps explain what is happening in America today. ...'

So far, so fast.

'At Jan. 5 budget meeting for the city's Bureau of Development Services, economists advising the bureau on the outlook for new construction presented dismal news: Portland has gone from one of the most desirable locations in the country just four years ago to near the bottom of an 80-city ranking.

That ranking was compiled by the Urban Land Institute in a report titled "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021." It shows that a survey of more than 1,300 lenders, investors, developers and other national real estate experts found Portland the third-most desirable real estate market in the nation in 2017. For 2021, it now ranks 66th of 80 cities on the list ...'

The article explains that Portland's fall may be attributable to 'factors that include widely broadcast images of protests and nearby wildfires. It may be exacerbated by the documented flight of businesses from the city's core and factors such as the cost of property insurance rising 30% to 50% amid repeated vandalism.'

I feel like I'm 29 all over again ...

... and actually, I am 29 "all over again"!

So I spent natal anniversary number fifty-eight quietly at home. First paycheck from the new gig hit the bank yesterday morning, putting me in an appropriately celebratory mood.

On a more somber note, my birthday falls - as it has every year since 1991 - on the anniversary of the Battle of Khafji, which began on the night of January 29. My unit, the 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion, 1st Marine Division, lost several men in two fratricide incidents on that night.

More recently and closer to home, I learned Friday morning that Rabbi Mordechai, whom I'd known for many years (since around 1988) and who presided over my marriage to TNG's mom, has passed away. He was a well-known and loved figure in the San Francisco orthodox community, and later moved to Israel. In 2016 he lost his son Shlomo - one of ten children - who was serving in the IDF.

Life is a battle, and we, the living, are the survivors. Every birthday is another stripe earned, another hashmark on the sleeve.

Hoyt: When they come for you.

Sarah Hoyt on the arrest of Brandon Straka.

'... The “crime” so far as there was one on the sixth was putting up barriers and locking the doors to the people wanting to watch their representatives selling them down the river into dictatorship by certifying votes in a fraudulent election. Of note, leftists have “stormed” the capitol on the regular, because of a vote they don’t like, or because they took it in their bizarre, deformed minds that some representative had said something they didn’t like. Not a single one of those people, who have stormed the capitol with signs, with costumes, with papire mache puppets have ever been arrested.

Not a single one of them was also shot through the neck, as was Ashli Babbit (#sayhername) for reasons no one understands, in a crime no one is investigating, and by someone who will never be arrested for her cold blooded murder.

Which brings us to Brandon Straka, again. Arrested by the FBI. For what amounts to “crossed the street at the wrong place.” ...

... First they silence you. Then they arrest you on charges so laughable that you don’t think of defending yourself. And then you disappear.

Like the evidence of fraud in the elections, the courts will find reasons to dismiss the case — no matter how ridiculous — so that the actual lack of evidence of your alleged crimes is never examined. And if needed the press will demonize you, just as they exculpated the (caught on camera) merry fraudsters of November.'
I saw Brandon when he spoke in Portland in late 2019, along with Andy Ngo and Dinesh D'Souza. He's a likeable, charismatic speaker and his enthusiasm is contagious.

I am disgusted by his arbitrary arrest. But I can't say I'm surprised.

On Proverbs.

Wisdom is an individual pursuit, but it depends on other people. It is a communal enterprise, and is both acquired and exercised by selecting one's company carefully. The various epigrams in Proverbs are often classified into "ethical sayings" (things you should not do to others) and "prudential sayings" (things you should not let others do to you). But what ties it all together is the single theme: Keep good company. This includes teachers, companions, business associates, and your intimate partner. Keep good company. This is the thread that runs through the Book of Proverbs from beginning to end.