Sunday, March 22, 2020

My love of university academics knows no bounds.

Well looky there university acadmics, I just landed my first job with a six figure salary:  as a Senior Test Engineer at a large electronics engineering company. We're going to be doing research and development on that 5G thingy that will be going into those new-fangled micro-computers you have in your pockets. 

Meanwhile I'm still waiting for the day when I might get a job in academia in Australia. Almost 30 years later and still waiting for the career that goes nowhere to go somewhere. Like waiting for a train that never comes:  standing on a drab empty railway platform, looking at the clock apprehensively while your life ebbs away. 

Imagine if I was still back there in Canberra, Australia, the city with no industries or reason for existing, other than the indecisiveness of some aristocrats who couldn't decide on Sydney or Melbourne as the capital.  I'd probably be volunteering at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, hopeful that some day someone might notice me and throw me a dollar. I'd probably still be a poor, ignorant, smelly, working-class yobbo with long hair, dirty clothes, and an Australian drawl - I'd still be the same Dave that I was 20 years ago. I might still be living with my mum and dad, except that my dad's been dead for more than a decade and my mum moved away years ago.

Do you know why California is the industrial powerhouse of America and one of the wealthiest places in the world? Because they don't futz around at their universities making bits of paper in obscure academic journals that hardly anyone reads. They apply science and they commercialize it.  I know, it must seem incredible to you.

Well don't worry if those fires didn't take you out, there's still hope that this Coronavirus might do the job. In the meantime maybe you can make a difference by writing some journal articles, because we're going to need more toilet paper.

- Dave Bad Person

Friday, March 20, 2020

Hindsight is 2020

Don't worry kids, here comes.....


"Captain Hindsight here. See that outbreak kids, we should have seen that coming sooner, and we should have done more about it, and..... and of course it's the Big Bad Orange Man's fault, I was writing to the Whitehouse and calling my representative in congress long before anyone else saw this coming, that's how smart I am, but no one wouldn't listen to me...."

That's all for today's episode kids. Tune in again tomorrow when we'll find out if Captain Hindsight is actually Dave Trollpants in disguise, or if he's an entirely new online alter-ego of Dave Bad Person. Until then, remember that Hindsight is 2020, especially in the year 2020!


This particular Coronavirus can be genetically traced to a population of cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan province. However, it's now believed the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan is where the epidemic started. Around the time the outbreak began the market was seen selling wild, exotic, and farmed animals in cages, and all in close proximity to each other. Such conditions are known to cause recombination of viruses and allows them to hop between species and eventually to humans. This is exactly how the closely related SARS virus started in Guangdong province back in 2002. Among the live animals photographed for sale at Huanan Market just before its closure were:  rats, snakes, wolf puppies, porcupines, foxes, crocodiles, giant salamanders, beavers, deer, pangolins, and badgers, as well as the usual poultry and pigs.

We should have seen this coming and we should have done something about it sooner.


- Dave Bad Person

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

This is the best stock buying opportunity since the crash of 2008

Holy crap, this virus idiocy is looking to be the best stock market buying opportunity since the big crash of 2008. I'm in the hiring process for a new job and I can't wait to start so I can get paid and start buying stocks. The DOW is down a almost a third in a month, S&P is down over 20%, Kimberly Clark paper company is all over the place like a mad woman's breakfast! The only stock I have left these days is a REIT and I've lost my shirt on it, down 97%. It's not even worth selling it, I just gotta hold it until it goes back up. This new job will hopefully also have some stock options coming with it when I start, so I'll be getting those at a good time. 

I'm loving this social distancing thing too, I don't even have to show up for my current half-job!

If there's one thing I learned from the stock market crash of 2008, it's that you buy and hold. Buy buy buy, hold hold hold. My wife has been telling me this for years and she was right, just like she is 97% of the time, even when I won't admit it.
Thanks Wife! ❤️💜😱

Yup, I've had enough of slacking off and it's time to get back to work.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Evidence that the media hysteria about Coronavirus is politically motivated

Here's a little lesson for you in how powerful the media is for controlling public opinion and manipulating crowd psychology.... 

Obama era, June 2009 to August 2010:  the CDC estimates that about 61 million people in the US were infected by H1N1, also known as Swine flu, resulting in 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,500 deaths.

Media response:  pretty chill. A Google search for "H1N1 toilet paper" finds no past articles about bulk toilet paper purchases or shelves emptied of toilet paper. A Google image search for the same words returns no images of bulk toilet paper purchases or shelves emptied of toilet paper. 

Trump era, 2020:  as of 4pm EST yesterday, the CDC has confirmed 1215 cases of Coronavirus and 36 deaths in the US.

Media response:  attempt to induce public mass hysteria. A Google search for "Coronavirus toilet paper" yields dozens if not hundreds of articles about bulk toilet paper purchases and shelves emptied of toilet paper. A Google image search for the same words reveals similar coverage of the topic.

If you're you think this epidemic isn't being politicized because this is an election year, I would say that based on that data alone, you're wrong. Is the liberal media pushing an agenda because they've decided who they want (or don't want) for president? I'll leave that up to you to decide. We've already seen what they've done with trying to suppress Bernie. Do you really think the liberal media works for you? 

- Dave Bad Person

Epilogue:  after talking to friends overseas whose countries are not having election years, but still have media hysteria and mass toilet paper buying, I have to conclude that the news coverage of the virus isn't entirely political at all. So there you go.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Why we need to completely abandon usage of the Latin language

I wish we'd give up on Latin. Other than its use by monks and nuns in monastic and cathedral schools during the Middle Ages, it's a language that's been dead for 1500 years.

When these religious schools eventually evolved into the first universities around the time of the Renaissance, Latin continued to be used because it was a common language of learning that allowed communication between people from different regions of Europe.  So that's why we have this dead language clinging to existence more than 1500 years after the fall of Rome.

Let's look a little deeper into how pointless it is to continue using this dead language that hardly anyone in the world is able to write, understand, or speak.

Singulars and Plurals
It used to be annoying having to remember obscure Latin singulars and plurals like antennae, vortices, criterion, matrices, addenda, cacti, and so on. As if English spelling isn't enough of a disaster already, then we had these plurals from a dead language to deal with as well.  Fortunately these have now been largely abandoned in favor of simple English plurals with an '-s' or '-es' on the end of the word.

Every body part of every animal is named in Latin. The 16th century scholar Andreas Vesalius is considered the father of modern anatomy and can be credited for expanding the use of Latin in naming body parts. Vesalius was actually born in Brussels and spoke Flemish, a dialect of Dutch, and his name was actually Andries van Wesel. However it was common and often necessary for scholars of his time to Latinize their names so they would be seen as recognized university academics, and could publish in scholarly journals, and cite the works of other people who had also Latinized their names.

As a former neuroscientist and someone who knows a little Latin, I know that the parts of the brain are given Latin names. Some examples of brain anatomical structures are:

  • amygdala
  • caudate
  • putamen
  • hippocampus
  • cortex
  • corpus striatum
  • locus coeruleus

Why did early anatomists give these parts those names?  Well the simple answer is they did it because they had no idea what these structures were for or what they did, so they simply named them after their shape or appearance. That's right!  Those Latin names are actually just names for the shape or appearance of the parts they describe.  Here are those words again in English:

  • almond
  • tail
  • husk
  • sea horse
  • bark
  • striped body
  • blue spot

Clearly the people who named these parts didn't have the faintest clue about them, so to hide their ignorance from ordinary people, they named them in Latin so they could appear intelligent and knowledgeable when talking about them. Like I said earlier, universities are derived from monastic and cathedral schools, and if you've ever spent even the smallest amount of time talking to people in a monastery, convent, or purely academic research, you'll know that they're extremely ignorant, mostly because of the isolated life they lead, which shelters them from the general population and the dynamic world of culture, industry, and commerce going on around them. If you want to appear intelligent and educated, it helps to use words that ordinary people can't understand.

Binomial Nomenclature
The term "binomial nomenclature" is another Latin term which literally means "two-name name-calling".  Binomial nomenclature is the system of naming all living things using two Latin words to uniquely identify that living thing.  It was invented by an 18th century Swedish professor with a German name called Karl von Linne.  Linne was like other scholars of his time in that he Latinized his name. Thus he's always referred to as Carolus Linnaeus. He was the first and most well known taxonomist:  a classifier and namer of biological organisms.  Most biologists don't even know that his real name was not Linnaeus.

Why not English?
Today in the early 21st century the language of learning and science is English. It's certainly not stupid old Latin.  So why are we still using this old Latin crap?  Well obviously the main reason is historical. The other reason is that university academics are actually not the forefront of all that's new and great in the world, and due to their isolation from society, and the traditionalist system in which they're embedded, they're stuck in these old ways.  Like I've said earlier, if you've ever talked to monks or nuns you'll quickly find they're very ignorant people due to their sheltered life and isolation from the outside world.  From my 17 years experience in academia, I found that the same thing can be said of university academics, and it's true that I myself was kept ignorant by the isolation of academic life.  Academics like to think they're at the forefront of change and progress, but in reality the sheltered academic lifestyle has coddled them and turned them into ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?). Their academic freedom means they aren't required to adapt and compete in response to external cultural and economic forces. So progress at universities tends to happen only at glacial speeds:  for example, they're still using Latin from the Renaissance period for fuck's sake!  Most of the research that happens in the world today doesn't happen in universities, even though most academics seem to think that universities have the monopoly on research, but that's only because most of them have never worked outside of one.

The solution?
The solution is simple.  Stop using Latin altogether.  Abandon Latin plurals. Make a new binomial system using English words.  Start naming parts of anatomy using English words.  Once we do this, the names of things will actually make sense, rather than being some jargon in a dead language that no one understands, and that people simply repeat like parrots with no idea what they really mean. Stop this idiotic monopoly of university academics naming things in Latin.  In fact, most academics don't even know any Latin, they just mouth the words, often mispronouncing them, just so they can fit in and give the appearance of being intelligent and educated, when in fact the opposite is more likely to be true.  Often they take Greek words, or words from other languages, or even the names of their research buddies that they want to impress, and they Latinize them for use in naming things, such is the ongoing insanity of this academic Latin craze. 

It's time to let Latin die for good. The sooner we can wrench education and scholarship out of the restrictive hands of university academics, the sooner we can get rid of Latin, and the sooner we can make better and more meaningful progress in the world.

- Dave Bad Person

Why we need English spelling reform?


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Why doesn't California have the permanent daylight savings we voted for?

So how come California still has the switch to daylight savings if we voted back in the 2018 midterm election to stay on daylight savings permanently? 
Because the bill stalled in the state senate because they were concerned over how it would be implemented.

Well I have a fucking clue about that implementation for you, you worthless procrastinating masturbating state senate knob-jockeys:  you spring forward an hour and then you never change your clocks back ever again!  It's called "change" and it requires you to hop off that dick that's up your ass for a moment and actually do something.

- Dave Bad Person