Ask A Genius 298 – Universal Basic Income (8)
September 22, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What’s the source of this?
Rosner: You mean what makes me say that? Well, you go on social media, particularly Twitter and it’s a festival of rancor and bullying and ridicule and non-conciliatory speech. Then you go out in your car; just in LA or in a lot of cities and everybody is driving like a selfish dick wad often because they can’t bring themselves to get off…driving is people who just stop several car lengths short of where they should stop it at stop signs or when encountering a line of traffic because they just kind of are approximately barely paying attention to what’s going on in their driving environment.
So, they just kind of stop kind of over roughly, they know something’s coming up and don’t stop well behind where they should and just start looking at their phone and just sit there even when traffic starts moving again. It’s particularly annoying at traffic signals that are triggered by pulling up on the soft bar or the magnetic trigger is that says, “Oh, there’s somebody here who wants to trip left, who wants the light to change and the car that is waiting for light to change is 20 feet beyond the point where they could get the light to change and so it just doesn’t you’re stuck with them.”
That’s just one flavor of dickishness but the level of driving dickishness is it steadily increases, you hear about countries where almost all drivers are dicks; being a total dick is necessary for driving in that country like Italy is known for that. But that’s from the ‘60s and ‘70s where and it’s based on super aggressive driving in your tiny little four feet by eight feet Fiat, but now in America dickishness, while driving takes the form of not driving on roads.
And then you look at politicians where like Mitch McConnell, one of the most dick-ish politicians currently in power decides that you can get away with the Supreme Court, particularly since Supreme Court justices may not have to die very much anymore because medicine is going to get better and better. I don’t know how sophisticated his thinking is about that but people appointed the Supreme Court now could still be serving in 2016 or 2017, said she is in her 50s could as medicine improves he could keep working to age a 100 if the advances in medicine that are supposed to be coming actually come and you can bet if Kennedy who’s rumored to be retiring retires that the appointee Trump’s next nominee will be no older than in his early 50s after Trump can find a reliably conservative nominee who’s in his or her late 40s or mid-40s, he’ll nominate the hell out of that person and get somebody who’s still going to be on the court in 2050s and 60s at the very least.
So McConnel says we can’t let position on the court go to the person who under normal conditions would be nominated for it by Obama and we have to come up with some bullshit to deny that nomination and that’s just craven and it’s anti-democratic and I think it’s anti-American and that dickishness just pervades government at state national levels right now.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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