CARNE ROSS ~ THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION ~ 2011

~ ACIAPSC ~ Anyone Can Initiate A Profound Social Change

~ TVCIW-NA-FMOU-PIASS-WO-TD ~ The Vast Crowd Is Watching – Not Acting – For Most Of Us – Politics Is A Spectator Sport – We Observe – They Do

~ TDCBVATR ~ The Deepening Chasm Between Voters And Their Representatives

~ TPSIOMAMNBC-BBBBATW ~ The Political Space Is Occupied More And More Not By Citizens – But By Big Business And The Wealthy

~ WPUTF-AFP-TPTPP ~ Wealthy Philanthropists Use Their Foundations – And Financial Pull – To Promote Their Political Preferences

~ IGCPF-TSSAJAOOCA-WC? ~ If Government Cannot Provide For – The Stability, Safety And Just Arbitration Of Our Common Affairs – Who Can?

~ SOG-IOT-A-RMLT-I-A ~ Self-Organized Government – Is One Term – Another – Rather More Loaded Term – Is – Anarchism

~ TMAOVILLALAAAS ~ The Minimalist Act Of Voting Is Looking Less And Less Adequate As A Solution

~ SUFPDP-AATWSU-PATNT-S ~ Setting Up Fake Pro-Democracy Pages – Arresting All Those Who Showed Up – Power Adapts To New Technology – Swiftly

~ IOED-TW-OMLTFTOAW-ATATOD-‘TDM’ ~ Instead Of Encouraging Debate – The Web – Offers Multiple Locations To Find Those One Agrees With – And To Avoid Those One Doesn’t – “The Daily Me”

~ ‘DD’-MP ~ “Deliberative Democracy” – Meeting People

~ IPATTDSABSWICIA-ATOTDI ~ If People Are Told To Do Something Awful By Someone Who Is Clearly In Authority – All Too Often They Do It

~ WPFNAANRFTA-TCCHC ~ When People Feel No Agency And No Responsibility For Their Actions – They Can Commit Horrific Crimes

~ AIAIUFO-THO-‘G’-WAFOUOLGOPM ~ As In All Institutions Unscrutinized From Outside – The Hold Of – “Groupthink” – Was A Firm One Upon Our Little Group Of Policy Makers

~ TAIO-CIWTCOTA-RTMUT-

~ HCATGOPPKWIBFTCOM? ~ How Can A Tiny Group Of People Possibly Know What Is Best For Their Country Of Millions?

~ TMEOA-‘P’-CTEITSIBD-WIIN ~ The Mere Existence Of A – “Process” – Created The Erroneous Impression That Something Is Being Done – When It Is Not

~ TMDEOTSINTIDW-IITW-IWNIISTF-

~ CTCA-IACHAFGPTCTC-AITOTWW-TGP ~ Contrary To Common Assumptions – Individuals Acting Collectively Have A Far Greater Power To Control Their Circumstances – And Indeed Those Of The Whole World – Than Governments Pretend

~ TMATE ~ The Means Are The Ends

~ PCMRTW-WRIBTA-IFEOT-EWC-CRMWA-

~ LYC-AIDOWYCMA-DNLOTYWTCA-MUYOM ~ Locate Your Convictions – An Individual Discovery Of What You Care Most About – Do Not Let Others Tell You What To Care About – Make Up Your Own Mind

~ AAITMATE-IAH-AIAN ~ Act As If The Means Are The End – It’s All Here – And It’s All Now

~ GCTTNOO-BUWTSATN-NWWTTNA-APWTW ~ Give Consideration To The Needs Of Others – Based Upon What They Say Are Their Needs – Not What We Think Their Needs Are – Ask People What They Want

~ ATSTM-H-YCMTMD ~ Address Those Suffering The Most – Here – You Can Make The Most Difference

~ C&N ~ Consult And Negotiate

~ ‘BP-SD’ ~ “Big Picture – Small Deeds”

~ UN ~ Use Nonviolence

~ DNBSWP-OWR ~ Do Not Be Satisfied With Process – Only With Results

~ IITATBOTPWMH-EITDNKI ~ It Is Those At The Base Of The Pyramid Who Make History – Even If They Do Not Know It

~ EFIBTA ~ Even Failure Is Better Than Acquiescence

ABIGAIL SELLEN + RICHARD HARPER ~ THE MYTH OF THE PAPERLESS OFFICE ~ 2002

~ ISTTMIPRAHAT-TMPNTPI ~ It Seems That The More Information People Receive And Have Access To – The More People Need To Print It

~ SOPIAEBCIFMO ~ Storage Of Paper Is An Even Bigger Cost Issue For Many Organizations

~ TRIFO-H-INTGROPFIOS-BTHSMTUTOWP-ATWIWPPAR ~ The Real Issue For Organizations – However – Is Not To Get Rid Of Paper For Its Own Sake – But – To Have Sufficient Motivation To Understand Their Own Work Processes – And The Ways In Which Paper Plays A Role

~ PE ~ Paper Everywhere

~ KWRSAFPDORBTTITDK-R-IITPOTNTIIIHTTCAOTT ~ Knowledge Workers Rarely Store And File Paper Documents Or Refer Back To The Information They Do Keep – Rather – It Is The Process Of Taking Notes That Is Important In Helping Them To Construct And Organize Their Thoughts

~ DOAPD-AWO-’MSIGT’ ~ Delivery Of A Paper Document – A Way Of – “Making Sure It Gets There”

~ RFP ~ Reading From Paper

~ WTOMPWGT-PWP-TMITMOD-TMPOP-O-DCTFAW ~ Wherever Two Or More People Were Gathered Together – Paper Was Present – The More Intensive The Meeting Or Discussion – The More Bits Of Paper – On – Desks, Coffee Tables, Floors, And Walls

~ TROPIMMCADIWWPTMA ~ The Role Of Paper Is Much More Complex And Deeply Interwoven With Work Practice Than Might Appear

~ TIALTBGIONLLAPAAPIOL-IOCTIUAAIOAWOLAHTMBDD ~ There Is A Lot To Be Gained If One No Longer Looks At Paper As A Problem In Organizational Life – Instead One Can Treat Its Use As An Indication Or A Way Of Learning About How Things Might Be Done Differently

~ PCABUAAFBOWAFPTAMHTF ~ Paper Can Also Be Used As A Fall-Back Or Work-Around For Problems That Are Much Harder To Fix

~ HMPWTBITOOTF? ~ How Much Paper Will There Be In The Office Of The Future?

~ PAWPHCOTY-A-CTLSWP-WESTACI-ID ~ Paper And Work Practices Have Coevolved Over The Years – And – Changing These Long-Standing Work Patterns – Within Existing Social, Technological, And Cultural Infrastructures – Is Difficult

~ MDATPAIDFTTAH ~ Many Digital Alternatives To Paper Are Inadequately Designed For The Tasks At Hand

~ PHPATMITBCFSTAH-A-TWLCTMITPMFCWTITFF ~ Paper Has Particular Affordances That Make It The Best Choice For Some Tasks At Hand – And – That Will Likely Continue To Make It The Preferred Medium For Certain Work Tasks In The Foreseeable Future

~ GROPOAASRIOL-OTCGITWOUTRUPTME ~ Getting Rid Of Paper Often Assumes A Symbolic Role In Office Life – One That Can Get In The Way Of Understanding The Real Underlying Problems That May Exist

~ TROPIOLNTBUAHCWWPATABHTDAA ~ The Role Of Paper In Office Life Needs To Be Understood As Having Coevolved With Work Practices And Thus As Being Hard To Disentangle And Alter

~ DTM-TITTAABTGPIOSM-TNTBCCRFMC-BOAGUOTE-SPATIAIP ~ Dispel The Myths – The Idea That There Are Always Benefits To Going Paperless Is One Such Myth – There Need To Be Clear-Cut Reasons For Making Changes – Based On A Good Understanding Of The Existing – Social, Physical, And Technological Infrastructures Already In Place

~ CFTSOCIHP-GPFTSO-’OWTO-IWTN’-IDTEIF ~ Change For The Sake Of Change Is Hugely Problematic – Going Paperless For The Sake Of – “Out With The Old – In With The New” – Is Destined To End In Failure

~ TNTBBRTOEANJAOANT-OERAPATWPSIAAKH-OAE-OTIAFTRTIOLATBP ~ There Needs To Be Better Recognition That Office Environments Are Not Just About Old And New Technologies – Office Environments Revolve Around People And The Ways People Share Informational Artifacts And Know-How – Offices Are Ecologies – Often There Is A Failure To Recognize The Importance Of Looking At This Broader Picture

~ COP-IHNOIEAC-TPOCTTCSANACISTAPCOFDOWR ~ Communities of Practice – Informal Human Networks Of Information Exchange And Collaboration – The Patterns Of Collaboration That These Communities Support Are Not Adequately Captured In Such Things As Process Charts Or Formal Descriptions Of Work Responsibilities

~ NTWUSTROPRTRI-TNWNRTOBWC-W-IWEOIDW ~ New Technologies Will Usually Shift The Role Of Paper Rather Than Replace It – The New Will Not Replace The Old But Will Coexist – Will – Interact With Each Other In Different Ways

~ DTF ~ Designing The Future

~ MKWMMPC ~ More Knowledge Work Means More Paper Consumed

~ MIMIDFTMOSIOAMSOI-TIODTPOP ~ More Information Means Increased Demand For The Means Of Sorting It Out And Making Sense Of It – This Is Often Done Through Printing On Paper

~ TPO-IAM-NBPFTATG-BBTKTWTTGCBAWP ~ The Paperless Office – Is A Myth – Not Because People Fail To Achieve Their Goals – But Because They Know Too Well That Their Goals Cannot Be Achieved Without Paper

CHRISTOPHER STEINER ~ AUTOMATE THIS

~ BLU-ACAWDST-AWPMAMOOWUTCOAWCLTOW-OWIPTS ~ But Left Unsupervised – Algorithms Can And Will Do Strange Things – As We Put More And More Of Our World Under The Control Of Algorithms We Can Lose Track Of Who – Or What – Is Pulling The Strings

~ JWOBOCFSANBSABFPOCC ~ Jobs We Once Blamed Other Countries For Stealing Are Now Being Snatched Away By Faceless Piles Of Computer Code

~ ITSM-HHLBRTIO-TAOTMN ~ In Today’s Stock Market – Humans Have Largely Been Reduced To Interested Observers – The Algorithms Own The Market Now

~ NSTAWSFTTB ~ News Services That Are Written Specifically For The Trading Bots

~ TINWTUTIOGATFCTTNH-TSAWSCBWIF ~ There Is No Way To Understand The Implications Of Giving Algorithms The Full Control That They Now Have – The Speed At Which Something Can Go Wrong Is Frightening

~ SADTOYASPVRR-AOTCCHI-ITCWOT ~ Some Algorithms Developed Thousands Of Years Ago Still Play Very Real Roles – Albeit Ones Their Creators Couldn’t Have Imagined – In The Computerized World Of Today

~ AOWWWKTEFTNTBEOM ~ Algorithms Only Work When We Know The Exact Factors That Need To Be Examined Or Manipulated

~ TWP-PANITATTITN-A-SIOTFTM ~ To Work Properly – Predictive Algorithms Need Instructions That Allow Them To Ignore The Noise – And – Zero In On The Factors That Mater

~ TWI-A-I-W-NSFC-P0TCTW-TJHABCOTROA ~ Those Who Imagine – Art – Innovations – Words – Novel Strategies For Companies – Products That Change The World – Their Jobs Have Always Been Considered Outside The Reach Of Algorithms

~ SPATTCROBWCTT-TNITACI-TABCC-WNL-H-TTADA ~ Smart People Assume That This Creeping Revolution Of Bot Workers Can’t Touch Them – The Notion Is That Algorithms Can’t Innovate – That A Bot Can’t Create – We’re Now Learning – However – That These Are Dangerous Assumptions

~ ACBTTETQAOOOC ~ Algorithms Can Be Taught To Evaluate The Quality And Originality Of Others’ Creations

~ AWPDAABAA? ~ At What Point Does An Algorithm Become An Artist?

~ TVOAIAITS-AAUTSMAMIOD-DMILT-IKA-RL ~ The Value Of Algorithms Is All In Their Speed – Algorithms Allow Us To Squeeze More And More Into Our Days – Doing More In Less Time – Is Known As – Removing Latency

~ M-S-T-HAGT-FBOW ~ Money – Speed – Technology – Have Always Gone Together – For Better Or Worse

~ THABITHOAPF-SOPTWMTGF-H-ATPWDT ~ Technology Has Always Been In The Hands Of A Privileged Few – Some Of Those Who Make The Greatest Fortunes – However – Are The People Who Democratize Technology

~ GTS ~ Gaming The System

~ AWCTIPASATWHAAWRIH ~ Algorithms Will Continue To Invade Professions And Skill Areas That We Have Always Assumed Will Remain Inherently Human

~ TPMBHEWNBTTGR ~ The Predictions Made By Human Experts Were No Better Than Those Generated Randomly

~ TACT ~ Technical Automated Compatibility Testing

~ PDB ~ Paging Dr. Bot

~ WMSTBRUOIF-TTITIABSBA-ATRCAYTC ~ While Medicine Seems To Be Rather Unhackable On Its Face – The Truth Is That It’s Already Been Shaken By Algorithms – And The Real Changes Are Yet To Come

~ IASBGNOH-CAAITNOWDAAP ~ In A Small But Growing Number Of Hospitals – Consulting An Algorithm Is Task Number One When Diagnosing Any Admitted Patients

~ TJFPRSTAPMACE ~ The Jobs For People Reading Scans, Tests, And Patient Metadata Are Certainly Endangered

~ T-C-A-A-TGSED ~ They’re – Cheap – Accurate – And – They Get Smarter Every Day

~ AOU-WOBATE-CB-C-T-A-CLAAIAZ ~ All Of Us – When Observed By A True Expert – Can Be – Categorized – Tagged – And – Catalogued Like An Animal In A Zoo

~ PCPRC-EHWAPIETLTAAS ~ People’s Core Personalities Rarely Change – Exceptions Happen When A Person Is Exposed To Long-Term Abuse And Stress

~ AWGO-OVMGVAD-BTWIWWS-TSWLTOS-RTS-TSGAACATHAOUPLAAUP ~ As We Get Older – Our Vocabulary May Grow Varied And Dense – But The Way In Which We Speak – The Structures We Lend To Our Sentences – Remains The Same – Those Structures Give Away Amazing Clues As To How Any Of Us Process Logic And Act Under Pressure

~ HTSRAAUITMIEK ~ How The Speech Recognition Algorithms Are Used In The Markets Isn’t Exactly Known

~ TPFBI-B-S-AE-P(TR)-ICH ~ The Potential For Bots In – Business – Service – And Even – Politics (Think Robocalls) – Is Clearly Huge

~ WLCPTTFTOTFH-WBCSM-S-LC-A-HC? ~ Why Leave Customers Prone To The Fickle Treatment Of Their Fellow Humans – When Bots Can Secure More – Satisfaction – Lower Costs – And – Happier Customers?

~ AOT-CEAC-D-G-S-S-A-E ~ All Of This – Click, Eyeball And Cursor – Data – Gets – Strained – Sifted – And – Examined

~ HWSIWSWOITPO-TIRCTSP-TBI-H-OATSTBCTTOTI-TSATWCSAE ~ How We Speak Indicates What Spot We Occupy In The Pecking Order – The Influencers Rarely Change Their Speech Patterns – Those Being Influenced – However – Often Alter Their Speech To Be Closer To That Of The Influencer – The Same Applies To Written Communication Such As E-Mail

~ WBOI-OLT ~ Words Betray One’s Influence – Or Lack Thereof

~ BATIPOTDAOAWSCLTNAI-P-M-S-M-TTMMTBM-FTNTH ~ Being Able To Identify Pecking-Order Top Dogs Automatically On A Wide Scale Could Led To New Approaches In – Politics – Management – Sales – Marketing – There’s Too Much Money To Be Made – For This Not To Happen

~ HE-WLTAAOTTTTDOUSREY-CBAEIAWTD ~ Human Error – Which Leads To Almost All Of The Thirty-Three Thousand Deaths On U.S. Roads Every Year – Could Be Almost Eliminated If Algorithms Were The Drivers

~ LAASAATAAI-TADNRHIOTPTICMPL ~ Lawyers Are As Susceptible As Anybody To An Algorithm Invasion – The Algorithm Does Not Require Health Insurance Or The Promise That It Could Make Partner Later

IAN ANGUS ~ FACING THE ANTHROPOCENE

~ TGA ~ The Great Acceleration

~ TP-CC-A-PB ~ Tipping Points – Climate Chaos – And – Planetary Boundaries

~ EA ~ Environmental Apartheid

~ D:GHS ~ Destination: Global Human Solidarity

~ THIO-TAHB ~ The Holocene Is Over – The Anthropocene Has Begun

~ C ~ Capitalocene

SIMON HEAD ~ MINDLESS ~ 2014

~ SMAMDH ~ Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans

~ CBS ~ Computer Business Systems

~ ES ~ Enterprise Systems

~ BPR ~ Business Process Reengineering

~ ERP ~ Enterprise Resource Planning

~ BS ~ Balanced Scorecard

~ ‘DW’ ~ “Data Warehouses”

~ ‘DM’ ~ “Data Marts”

~ CP ~ Corporate Panoptics

~ TOOMANLFABH-BTER ~ The Objects Of Management Are No Longer Flesh-And-Blood Humans – But Their Electronic Representations

~ WHB-TNCWCSAT-TRUODS ~ We Have Become – The Numbers, Coded Words, Cones, Squares, And Triangles – That Represent Us On Digital Screens

~ KPI-TINLTTN-TMCATAP ~ Key Performance Indicators – There Is No Limit To The Number – That Management Can Attach To A Process

~ TRSOTEOE-I-TCDON ~ The Reverse Side Of The Empowerment Of Experts – Is The Complete Disempowerment Of Nonexperts

~ TLOGW-C-A-T-TMASUTMOG-AAUT-MATTWOESTG ~ The Labeling Of Goods With – Chips – And – Tags – To Monitor And Speed Up The Movement Of Goods – Are Also Used To – Monitor And Time The Work Of Employees Shifting The Goods

~ MIS ~ Management Information Systems

~ RAE ~ Research Assessment Exercise

~ EL ~ Emotional Labor

~ SABRE ~ Semi-Automatic Business Research Environment

~ AEASE ~ Abstracted Electronic And Statistical Entities

~ ATSRAC-IF-HHOIT-SEOTTME-WWIBITS ~ All The Systems Rules And Commands – In Fact – Have Human Origins In The – Superior Expertise Of The Technical, Managerial Elite – Whose Wisdom Is Baked Into The System

WILLIAM BONNER ~ HORMEGEDDON ~ 2014

~ TMOAGTLTD ~ Too Much Of A Good Thing Leads To Disaster

~ TMI ~ Too Much Information

~ SK-PM ~ Servi Kaffe – Pereat Mundis

~ GS-PPDAWYGWYA-RSSPSL-TAIBS ~ Generally Speaking – Public Policy Disasters Are What You Get When You Apply – Rational, Small-Scale Problem-Solving Logic – To An Inappropriately Broad Situation

~ TFLIT-LTWMTOBC-FOC-A-FTCTBB ~ The Feedback Loop Is Twisted – Leaving Those Who Made The Original Bad Choices – Free Of Consequences – And – Free To Continue Their Bad Behavior

~ ‘H’-TMOAGTIAPPC ~ “Hormegeddon” – Too Much Of A Good Thing In A Public Policy Context

~ EDT-‘TMOAGT’-A-‘DMU’ ~ Economists Describe – The ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ – As –  ‘Declining Marginal Utility’

~ FPCSTITPLIOOTCCOTAIWTHPSMF-I-TBITAORTET-‘DS’ ~ Few People Can Stomach The Idea That Public Life Is Out Of The Conscious Control Of The Authorities In Whom They Have Placed So Much Faith – Instead – They Believe In The Ability Of Right Thinking Experts To – ‘Do Something’

~ JSHADS-‘CD’-TABOBZ-LNTIC-TITITITP-AASTBSAN-TMCI ~ Josef Schumpeter Had A Different Solution – ‘Creative Destruction’ – To Avoid Being Overrun By Zombies – Let Nature Take Its Course – The Inefficient, The Incompetent, The Imprudent, The Passé – All Are Supposed To Be Swept Aside Naturally – The Market Cleanses Itself

~ BTDAHTWIIST-TZEBTPTPCASTS-TUTPOGTHOWTGAGM ~ But This Doesn’t Always Happen The Way It Is Supposed To – The Zombies Erect Barriers To Protect Themselves, Prevent Change And Stabilise The System – They Use The Power Of Government To Hold Onto What They’ve Got And Get More

~ EAO-BAG-CAA-BG-WIASFC-WCOSAGSP ~ Entitlements Are Offered – Bailouts Are Given – Contracts Are Awarded – Bureaucracies Grow – Whole Industries Are Shielded From Competition – Whole Classes Of Society Are Given Special Privileges

~ TME ~ Too Much Economics

~ SEM ~ Simpleton’s Economic Model

~ TWATWEWNSC-NSBAA-NSA-A-NSD ~ There Was A Time When Economists Were Not So Conceited – Not So Bold And Arrogant – Not So Ambitious – And – Not Such Dumbbells

~ IEWRTPODRWNVQ-TGBU-L-WTAUTDPAM-TBD-HBTN ~ In Economics We Reach The Point Of Diminishing Returns With Numbers Very Quickly – They Gradually Become Useless – Later – When They Are Used To Disguise, Pervert And Manipulate – They Become Disastrous – Hormegeddon By The Numbers

~ NHPNOS-NAPSAA ~ Numbers Help Put Nonsense On Stilts – Numbers Appear Precise, Scientific, And Accurate

~ BATNAS-NISAD-NASSCBT-YEBWTATTWB-AUTSSMTETCPP ~ But All The Numbers Are Squishy – Nothing Is Stiff And Dry – Not A Single Statistic Can Be Trusted – Yet Economists Build With Them As Though They Were Bricks – And Upon Their Squirming , Shimmying Mound They Erect Their Central Planning Policies

~ METTTWIABOHS-NABOP ~ Most Economists Today Think They Work In A Branch Of Hard Science – Not A Branch Of Philosophy

~ IOSUGITFY-TFAI ~ Instead Of Storing Up Grain In The Fat Years – The Feds Ate It

~ BMEHDETAMPTATTFTLOTRW-TGMBDIDBICGFIDDTLY ~ But Modern Economists Have Developed Elaborate Theories And Mathematical Proofs That Allow Them To Flout The Limitations Of The Real World – The Government May Be Deeply In Debt But It Can Go Further Into Debt During The Lean Years

~ TITNOH-OYAII-YTTSII-UYRTBE ~ This Is The Nature Of Hormegeddon – Once You Are In It – You Tend To Stay In It – Until You Reach The Bitter End

~ ADGOTLTTST-TDOMV-BOFRBDL ~ All Democratic Governments Owe Their Legitimacy To The Same Thing – The Decisions Of Misled Voters – Based On Fraudulent Representations By Dishonest Leaders

~ TITGMITMTBIF-GIBUAANOSBTOATI ~ The Idea That Government’s Mission Is To Make Things Better Is False – Government Its Best Understood As A Naturally Occurring Struggle Between The Outsiders And The Insiders

~ T –‘SC’-IAF-YCHACUYHTWAAP-TDWFOTP-ITYWO-WKOCIITYDATACGOO? ~ The – “Social Contract” – Is A Fraud – You Can’t Have A Contract Unless You Have Two Willing And Able Parties – The Deal Was Forced On The Public – Imagine That You Want Out – What Kind Of Contract Is It That You Don’t Agree To And Can’t Get Out Of?

~ TIDNRGAAC-TNTGSOOI ~ The Insiders Do Not Run Government As A Charity – They Need To Get Something Out Of It

~ ‘TM’-INAB-IIAC ~ “Too Much” Is Not A Blessing – It Is A Curse

~ WFWTAH-NWTAE-WTINRC-WIT ~ We Flourish When Things Are Hard – Not When They Are Easy – When There Is No Real Challenges – We Invent Them

~ YLNFS-LSMT-GLRTPODMUQ-SWBLIMMB-BIFTTTIL ~ You Learn Nothing From Success – Like So Many Things – Good Luck Reaches The Point Of Declining Marginal Utility Quickly – Starting With Bad Luck Is Much, Much Better – Because It’s Failure That Teaches The Important Lessons

~ BWHWMOPFTIFTATST? – A–A ‘LT’-O-‘DT’ ~ But What Happens When Millions Of People Find Themselves In Financial Trouble At The Same Time? – A – “Liquidity Trap” – or – “Debt Trap”

~ RTLTBGTCTD-TGWTAC-IWTBBIH-TBWSTUTMTIL-I-TBHRC-BPOLTEO ~ Rather Than Let The Banks Get The Comeuppance They Deserved – The Government Wrote Them A Check – It Was The Biggest Bailout In History – The Banks Were Supposed To Use The Money To Increase Lending – Instead – The Banks Had Reduced Credit – By Paying Off Loans To Each Other

~ CW-TAHWL-TAHTFH-BCEABOOEDA ~ Corrections Work – They Are How We Learn – They Are How The Future Happens – By Culling Error And Backing Out Of Dead-End Alleyways

~ CCNBE-CAHWA-‘TMOAGT’-ATLTA-PDAD-TWTCWB ~ Corrections Can Never Be Eliminated – Corrections Are How We Avoid – ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ – And The Longer They Are – Prevented, Delayed And Dodged – The Worse The Corrections Will Be

~ M-ITWC ~ Methane – Is The Wild Card

~ TI-FAIISP-STALTOW ~ The Internet – For All Its Information Shovelling Power – Seems To Add Little To Our Wealth

~ ME-HGVR-B-TIDNSTHLTAGUIP ~ Many Entrepreneurs – Have Gotten Very Rich – But – The Internet Does Not Seem To Have Led To A General Uptick In Prosperity

~ WUTWWHEEASM-N-TMIMBPWNBAS ~ What Used To Work Was Hard Effort, Education, And Saving Money – Now – The Money Is Made By People Who Never Break A Sweat

~ TFWF-Z-I-R~ The French Word For – Zombie – Is – Rentier

~ TZBI ~ The Zombie Banking Industry

~ AFE-I-TC-TU-A-TU-TNLF-NWSFPAFOI ~ A Free Economy Is – Too Chancy – Too Unforgiving – And – Too Uncontrollable – To Nurture Lifelong Friendships – No Wonder So Few People Are Fond Of It

~ TZLOFEO-WSNASD-TMTRCASTRT-AHEOTOHONSRTS~ The Zombies Look Out For Each Other – With Safety Nets And Sweetheart Deals – They Make The Right Connections And Say The Right Things – A Healthy Economy On The Other Hand Offers No Sure Route To Success

~ GP&RD ~ Greasy Palms & Revolving Doors

~ VFV-TPCGBBMCTTR ~ Vote For Vote – The Poor Can Generally Be Bought More Cheaply Than The Rich

~ TWBZ ~ The World’s Biggest Zombie

~ MIAMP-WTM-TANMM-NMD-NMR-NME ~ Hormegeddon Is A Modern Phenomenon – Without The Masses – There Are No Mass Movements – No Mass Delusions – No Mass Revolts – No Mass Epidemics

~ GIAAEARI-FTIOT(VCB)PAP-O-T(UUHAH)F ~ Government Is Always And Everywhere A Reactionary Institution – Favoring The Interests Of The (Voting, Contributing, Backstabbing) Past And Present – Over – The (Unborn, Unknown, Helpless And Harmless) Future

~ GHCTRLCISWVLFS ~ Governments Have Come To Resemble Large, Coercive Insurance Schemes With Very Lax Financial Standards

~ C-ACOCRTV-WAATTPOM-IINBBIETPTAFI-IIBIIU-TVOCITIP ~ Civilization – A Culture Of Cooperation Rather Than Violence – Was An Adaptation That Took Place Over Millennia – It Is Not Because Barbarism Is Evil That People Turned Away From It – It Is Because It Is Unprofitable – The Virtue Of Cooperation Is That It Pays

~ ACI-TSRWI ~ As Civilization Increases – The Stakes Rise With It

MATT TAIBBI ~ THE DIVIDE

~ TCOTCITCDS-OASAOHU-TOAVGOEWOTR-HBITWALT ~ The Cleaving Of The Country Into Two Completely Different States – One A Small Archipelago Of Hyperacquisitive Untouchables – The Other A Vast Ghetto Of Expendables With Only Theoretical Rights – Has Been In The Works A Long Time

~ DWCCITNCWRANSOPART-I-CWGISBTORP ~ Dealing With Corporate Crime In The New Century Would Require A New Set Of Persecutorial And Regulatory Tools – Increasingly – Companies Were Growing, In Size, Beyond The Old Regulatory Parameters

~ ATBWSCSTWTOCSAAWFCIOECIAI-IWOTTNLEOHUSKORT-CAHCWBC-ANWGA-THTBAPH-TPEUB-CC~ As The Biggest Wall Street Companies Screamed Their Way Through One Criminal Scandal After Another Without Facing Corporate Indictments Or Even Criminal Indictments Against Individuals – It Was Obvious That The Nation’s Law Enforcement Officials Had Undergone Some Kind Of Radical Transformation – Crime After Heinous Crime Was Being Committed – And Nobody Was Getting Arrested – There Had To Be A Plan Here – That Plan Ended Up Being – Collateral Consequences

~ BTSFTUTBCUWACTDWWBETCJM-TWSMACAWWSEAUENTQ ~ But They Somehow Failed To Understand That By Coming Up With A Calculus To Determine Who Was Big Enough And Important Enough To Command Jurisprudential Mercy – They Were Simultaneously Making A Calculation About Who Was Small Enough And Unimportant Enough Not To Qualify

~ TFOPBTPDAECW-AMCFS-IWBMPERLQSM-A-STOTISIAHRAAAB ~ This Failure Of Prosecuturial Backbone Took Place During An Epic Crime Wave – A Massive Criminal Fraud Scheme – In Which Banks Mass-Produced Extremely Risky, Low-Quality Subprime Mortgages – And – Sold Them Off To Institutional Sucker-Investors As Highly Rated AAA Bonds

~ TSWTSLAHPKRATTNPOHBCKTHAW-BTITABTD-TREDBOPREVIHT-AD-E ~ The Situation Was Tenable So Long As Housing Prices Kept Rising And These Teeming New Populations Of Home Borrowers Could Keep Their Heads Above Water – But The Instant The Arrow Began Tilting Downward – This Rapidly Expanding Death-Balloon Of Phony Real Estate Value Inevitably Had To – And Did – Explode

~ OTBB-WBE-NEMFCIAHCTPITEF-TWTVDOSC ~ Once The Bubble Burst – Whistle-Blowers Emerged – Nearly Every Major Financial Company In America Had Chosen To Participate In This Enormous Fraud – It Was The Very Definition Of Systemic Corruption

~ DWLLMOE-ANWACTTCWETWCP-WWLMSOW-BTOFISP-AICTLROTNFPTPTSOSFOTRFNO ~ Despite What Looked Like Mountains Of Evidence – Almost Nobody With Any Connection To The Crisis Was Even Threatened With Criminal Prosecution – We Were Letting Major Systemic Offenders Walk – Bypassing The Opportunity For Important Symbolic Prosecutions – And Instead Committing The Limited Resources Of The Nation’s Financial Police To Putting The Smallest Of Small Fry On The Rack For Negligible Offenses

~ TAO-CC-SDRTWSAR-TWAAGSSOTEPIAANC ~ The Architects Of – Collateral Consequences – Seemingly Didn’t Realize They Were Starting A Revolution – They Were Accelerating A Government-Sponsored Sorting Of The Entire Population Into Arrestable And Nonarrestable Classes

~ TBAT-LBODFDC-WMFTCO-ARS-TMMFBTTOB-LRMWMOAGS-HTCAOC-TOPWAS-ABF~ The Bank Admitted To – Laundering Billions Of Dollars For Drug Cartels – Washing Money For Terrorist-Connected Organizations – Allowing Rogue States – To Move Money Freely By The The Tens Of Billions – Letting Russian Mobsters Wash Money On A Grand Scale – Helping Tax Cheats And Other Crooks – The Only Penalty Was A Settlement – A Big Fine

~ PTBFSE-WTTRGIR-T-LIBOR-CFNEPITWWHMOBOSA ~ Probably The Biggest Financial Scandal Ever – Working Together To Rig Global Interest Rates – Through – London Interbank Offered Rate – Consequences For Nearly Every Person In The World Who Has Money Or Buys Or Sells Anything – A $1.5 Billion Fine

~ TLISTBAUEAB-T-SC ~ The Law Isn’t Supposed To Be About Unspoken Excuses And Behind-The-Scenes Calculations

~ TUPDL-‘U’&’I’-DRA-IML-ABIM ~ The Usual Political Descriptors Like – “Unfairness” And “Injustice” – Don’t Really Apply – It’s More Like A Breakdown Into Madness

~ ‘OPT’-AFSOTS-LMWP-IHNIYCBAFSAT ~ “Obstructing Pedestrian Traffic” – Arrested For Standing On The Sidewalk – Like Most White People – I Had No Idea You Could Be Arrested For Such A Thing

~ UTACDTD-ITW-TPCAYFJAA ~ Ultimately This All Comes Down To Discretion – If They Want – The Police Can Arrest You For Just About Anything

~ TGBRYNHO ~ The Greatest Bank Robbery You Never Heard Of

~ IWTPTFCC-SBISTIWPITTNE ~ It Was The Perfect Twenty-First-Century Crime – So Broad In Scale That It Was Practically Invisible To The Naked Eye

~ F-HBOTWOTD-T-STTABB-BODWQM-OOTRO-C ~ First – Hefty Bonuses On The Way Out The Door – Then – Sold Themselves To Another Big Bank – Billions Of Dollars Were Quietly Moved – Out Of The Reach Of – Creditors

~ TODWBGATPKGBABED ~ Trillions Of Dollars Were Being Gambled And The Pots Kept Getting Bigger And Bigger Every Day

~ TDTGAWSWOTW-WUITRAPC-TAIAPOBS-E-AFMOWSATUSG ~ The Deals The Government And Wall Street Worked Out That Weekend – Were Unprecedented In Their Reach And Political Consequence – Transforming America Into A Permanent Oligarchical Bailout State – Essentially – A Formal Merger Of Wall Street And The U.S. Government

~ EDOWSMI-SEB&R-BTOTTAOSAAITTDFNITCC ~ Every Day On Wall Street Money Is – Stolen, Embezzled, Burgled, And Robbed – But The Mechanism Of These Thefts Are Often So Arcane And Idiosyncratic That They Don’t Fit Neatly Into The Criminal Code

~ WKTPP-APTMU-ITCOTB-AMSCADAITICPEVM ~ What Keeps The Poor Poor – And Pushes The Money Upward – Is The Complexity Of The Bureaucracy – A Maze So Complex And Dispiriting And Irrational That It Can’t Possibly Even Be Mapped

~ ATFC-ALOLLTT-O&O-Y-BTH-B-NOTBTWC-NTSH-MA ~ About The Financial Crisis – A Legend Our Leaders Like To Tell – Over And Over – Yes – Bad Things Happened – But – None Of Those Bad Things Were Crimes – Nothing To See Here – Move Along

~ ITLIAUE-OALEPOT-ASP-LEBPI-WCOAB-IIMU-WHTBRCTTPN ~ If The Law Is Applied Unequally Enough – Over A Long Enough Period Of Time – At Some Point – Law Enforcement Becomes Politically Illegitimate – Whole Classes Of Arrests Become – Illegal, Improper, Morally Unenforceable – We Have To Be Really Close To That Point Now

~ TISJEETEHOMOEBODIP-B-SNQEETFAITDSMASDIJ ~ There Is Somehow Just Enough Evidence To Extract Hundreds Of Millions Or Even Billions Of Dollars In Penalties – But – Somehow Not Quite Enough Evidence To Force Any Individual To Do So Much As A Day In Jail

~ RPWGATBG-NM-HWP-IF-TBOTWTOAVEWWIALS ~ Real Police Will Go After The Bad Guy – No Matter – How Well Protected – In Fact – The Best Of Them Will Take On A Villain Even When Winning Is A Long Shot

~ TVEITALS-INATAABD-BIRE ~ There’s Value Even In Trying And Losing Sometimes – It’s Not As Tangible As A Billion Dollars But It’s Real Enough