The Logic Of Life

Today’s post title is also the title of one of my favorite books and it was written by English economist Tim Harford. Here is a paragraph that seems temporally relevant:


“Another reason that political institutions often last is that many people in society invest in a particular way of doing things. A democracy contains pressure groups and political parties; a dictatorship contains cliques and private armies. Either one will tend to last because powerful people have made their decisions expecting that it will. [emphasis mine] In both respects, political institutions are all in the mind: People rationally invest in them if they expect them to last and do if they do not. They will rationally defend them only if they expect others to do likewise. Confidence in the permanence of political institutions, whether democratic or dictatorial, is self-justifying.”


By the way, the sub-title for the book is “The Rational Economics Of An Irrational World.” Anyway…this opinion as expressed by Harford rings very true to me and is a reason why I think the only solution to American social and political dissonance is dissolution. I know such a move would have many obstacles, but I don’t think a country can survive as the US is currently constituted. The notion that new political parties will evolve is pie in the sky thinking to me because the two ruling parties have a stranglehold on the political machinery.

However, I do not believe that each state should just secede on its own. As I have written before, I think each state–maybe even each county–should be given an opportunity to align itself with other jurisdictions.

Speaking for myself, I really don’t want to live anywhere with either the Lunatic Left or the Ridiculous Right being in charge. I believe in empiricism over ideology.



A sad “truth” has emerged for me: I just don’t enjoy watching “car” auctions that much, anymore. When Charlie Brown cartoons were adapted for TV, on those rare occasions when adults spoke such speech was represented audibly by “Wah Wah Wah, Wah Wah.” When I try to watch automobile auctions all I see are “Pickup Truck, Pickup Truck, Bronco, Pickup Truck, Pickup Truck.”

I fully understand that auction companies are at the mercy of consignors and buyers. However, Mecum made its own niche in the late 1980s by emphasizing American muscle cars when other auction houses were, in the words of Dana Mecum, selling Packards and Model As.

I can’t possibly be the only car aficionado with no interest in pickup trucks and SUVs, can I? I can reveal now that the trip my wonderful wife and I were supposed to take but didn’t was to go to Las Vegas to attend the current Mecum auction. Between the never-ending crime headlines from Las Vegas and the never-ending parade of undesirable vehicles, we decided not to go, even though we had already purchased Gold passes and made rental car and hotel reservations.

One of the appeals of online auctions to me is that I can narrow my search to CARS in which I have interest. One of the appeals of sites like AutoTrader is that I can also just look for CARS I might want to buy.

If you’re interested in pickup trucks and SUVs, then go for it. To me, all pickup trucks and almost all SUVs look like nothing more than boxes on wheels. I also have no need to haul anything anywhere. When the time comes that I buy a companion for the Mustang, it absolutely will not be a pickup truck or SUV, but something like this:


Some Envious Green Pics?? - Pontiac Solstice Forum


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, different strokes for different folks; you get the idea.








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Fack Fucebook Friday

My contempt for Facebook and for Zark Muckerberg is well-known to regular readers of Disaffected Musings. The company has a de facto monopoly on “social media” and along with the Evil Empire (aka Google) has a de facto duopoly on digital advertising.

Muckerberg has been quoted as saying, “You can be unethical and still be legal; that’s the way I live my life.” I just don’t understand why people share so much of their lives so willingly just so that Facebook can profit from your information.

Anyway…I didn’t save the link to the source of what I am about to share, but I’m sure almost anyone could find it quickly in an Internet search. This was the most compelling, to me, of the “66 Reasons To Hate Facebook.”


26. I didn’t like the idea that I was putting my life on display for the entire world.

“Privacy: I didn’t like the idea that I was putting my life on display for the entire world, nor did I like the idea that weirdos and exes could just idly stalk me and my family whenever they felt like it.

Manipulation: I don’t like the power Facebook has over its users. It’s a simple matter of steering emotionally charged imagery and opinion towards people to manipulate how they think, act, and believe. I also see it as extremely polarizing; it’s very easy to get caught up in believing you and all these strangers know THE TRUTH, while the shadowy others that disagree with you are TERRIBLE HITLERS. You never talk to someone who disagrees with you, you simply preach to the choir and circle-jerk each other’s likes. I half-joke that I got rid of FB because I got tired of hating my friends and family.

Isolation: Social media gives the appearance of social interaction, while eliminating as much social interaction as possible. I found myself viewing friends’ pages, liking their pictures, but rarely actually visiting them or calling them up. At a certain point, lifelong friends were as real to me as celebrities or memes. That’s bizarre and horrifying.

Shady business practices: Even though I know that it was laid out to me in the contract, etc. I got more and more uncomfortable with the fact that my thoughts, communications, and images were legally owned by FB and whoever FB decided to sell them to. I didn’t like the idea that my life experiences were commodified, and I started thinking how weird it was that this is so normalized. Tell any mother to leave a box of her baby’s pictures on a park bench for anyone to take and she’d likely be horrified…but she’ll post every baby pic she ever takes on FB.

Balanced against the things I hate about FB, there’s…what, exactly? I tried to think about what I actually gained from FB and I came up short. Keeping in touch with people? Email, phones and meeting up did that better. Status signaling? I don’t think surrendering all privacy for a minor ego stroke was a good deal.

There’s nothing for me in that f*cking trap. I’m willing to bet there’s nothing there for you, either.”


I do not have a Facebook account and never will. I think these comments are an excellent summation of all that is wrong with the “service” and why it should not be used.

Delete Facebook! Fack Fucebook!


I ask for your indulgence. I am probably going to be posting pictures of the scenery around here on a regular basis.

When my wonderful wife and I decided to move to Arizona one thing I insisted upon was a house with views. Well, we have views to spare.



In our neighborhood, and I guess in much of this area, the mailboxes for a given street/development are in one place. This is the view walking to our “communal” mailbox, which can be seen in the left of the picture. Hey, I might have to check the mail 2-3 times a day.  🙂


A picture of one of my favorite cars from the car show we attended last weekend.



This is a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 better known as the Ferrari Daytona. That name, by the way, was never used by Ferrari but was bestowed upon the car after a 1-2-3 finish by the company in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona race.

This car was among those that just missed the cut for my Ultimate Garage 2.0. As I wrote then and still feel now, I have not driven a car with a traditional manual transmission in more than 40 years and have no desire to re-acquaint myself with such an automobile. The Daytona was not available with an automatic and, frankly, a 1960s-1970s era automatic probably would have been a detriment to the car. Obviously, I would not retrofit a modern automatic to such a rare and valuable car. My net worth would have to be in ten figures-plus for me to do something like that.

I can say in all honesty that the only unpleasant people I’ve met in my many years as an automobile enthusiast are the manual transmission “snobs” who think everyone has to drive a car with a stick. Sorry, but I believe in different strokes for different folks. Besides, modern automatics are far superior to manual transmissions. No human being can shift as quickly or as optimally as an 8L90E. Besides, if you want to shift you can with the paddles.

Yes, my position on this debate has been enunciated here before. Even if I didn’t have arthritis in my left foot and left knee and a very painful bunion on the same foot, I would not want to drive a car with a stick. Different strokes for different folks (DSFDF)…









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