Thursday, October 18, 2012

Buzzwords dumb people use to sound important, and more links


  • 10 expressions that should be banned from church. The difference between stilted and elegant, which of course goes beyond church.
  • From RR: who is plotting to steal your pension?
  • Hell is paved with Obama’s intentions.
  • It seems to me after long experience that people in general don’t really want the truth. They only want that which comforts them. They have no desire to actually be right – only to feel right. And this is, after all, the only reason government and politics exist in the first place.
  • From LRC: the cops can’t really help you; you have to protect yourself. An idea here: private police would be better because they answer to you, a customer, like insurance, not the state. (What about people who can’t afford it? Save up and buy a gun; good advice anyway.) Most people don’t care about you but a company cares about your money so it has an incentive to try to help you. Still, all police can do when deterrence (I’m happy to see patrol cars stationed at town borders at 1am; unlike pure libertarians I don’t hate the police) doesn’t work is try to catch the person after he’s hurt you. (Philly cops have been nothing but good to me in nearly 30 years living here. They deal with real problems.)
  • The future of old age security in the United States has been lost, because the job base has been given away to foreigners in order to maximize incomes in the short-run for the few decision-makers. Paul Craig Roberts criticizes both the right and the left. Some libertarian rebuttal ideas: mercantilism and crony capitalism aren’t really capitalism.
  • Government debt burdens our grandkids.
  • Got to give the mainline Protestants credit, trying to stand up for Palestine. Israel’s overreach might break up an alliance that defined liberal elite America, mainliners and Reform Jews. But the Jewish neocons probably have long known the mainliners are through so they disdainfully use the evangelicals instead. Sidebar: before Kennedy, Catholics went from being persecuted to accepted (Jewish family-owned Hollywood made pro-Catholic movies because they sold, reflecting the country’s good attitude by then). With Kennedy, Catholics were welcome as long as they sold out and did what the mainliners and Jewish liberals said. Vatican II was like pouring gasoline on a fire. Now we’ve got most Catholics indistinguishable from other peer-pressure liberals, and the minority sound (orthodox) Catholics who, like the evangelicals, are pretty much owned by the neocon Republican Party. (The religious across the board vote R, thinking they have nowhere else to go.)
  • An exhortation. These have their place because they have a point. But the church as a relatively easygoing big tent (Mediterranean; strict rules lightly enforced), not a perfectionistic cult (what happens when northern Europeans get religion?), has had a lot of staying power and power to gently do good, plus now there’s reason to be discreet in an increasingly hostile culture as those who’ve lived under Islam and Communism can tell you. (Does the Irish Legion of Mary’s door-to-door evangelism, like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, really help? I understand Mormon missions don’t work; they just keep the troops too busy to realize the religion makes no sense.) That said... Thank God our Pope means business; he’s cleaning up some big problems (who’d have thought back under John Paul the Overrated that a future Pope would fix the Novus Ordo in English, which the annoying charismatic neocons, like the liberals, were insisting there was nothing wrong with?). So does the crew now running our country (turncoat Catholic Sebelius and the HHS mandate; there are Bad Catholics and then there are people who know what they’re doing, turning on the church). Choose your side. God will spit out the lukewarm. (Easygoing Latin Catholicism ≠ lukewarm.) By the way the big tent is probably also true of cultural Orthodoxy (at heart a folk Catholicism) in its homelands (Greece and Russia) and small ethnic bases here.
  • From Takimag: Derb on the one-party state. Of course Barry Commoner and I had little in common but the media coverage of his Citizens Party taught me the libertarian idea (before I learned about libertarianism) that the Dems and GOP are really the same.
  • I didn’t watch the debate yet. Busy getting Life After Newspapers™ under way. Latest: proofreading Web content for a European computer company, which means early-morning Skyping because of the time difference.

3 comments:

  1. My personal most hated neologism in the office is "going forward", used not to mean forward in physical direction, but to mean "beginning at the present and continuing into the indefinite future".

    There's already a handy two-syllable word that means exactly the same thing as the ungainly "going forward". That word is "henceforth". I wish people around me would learn to use it.

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  2. I was just going to say that I thought "ongoing" was passe, and had been replaced by "going forward" and see someone beat me to it.

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  3. But when talking about specifically Catholic buzzwords, I think "animator" deserves to be included. Protestants used to use "facilitator", but that one migrated to academia and became deracinated, so people used it without realising what it was originally meant to mean. At the university where I used to work, the editorial department (some of whose more pompous members liked to describe themselves as "language practitioners", so we were not immune from this disease) was in fits of giggles when the university administration sent a "task team" to us, and they explained that their task was to "facilitate conflict".

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