Just amused myself for a few minutes speccing out a new Bentley Flying Spur V8. Bentley doesn't seem to give the prices on their configuration page - it's clearly too low brow. But they start at over 200 grand and go rapidly up from there.
Next, I decided to check out the pre-owned news at my downtown luxury dealer. A 2017 with less than 2000 miles on the clock has an asking price of 145 k. Go back to 2014 and one with 13000 miles is a mere 85 k.
So here's my pro tip. If you want a Bentley, go preowned. You'll save an easy hundred grand and can send me a 10% tithe of the difference to show your appreciation!
They knew what they were doing!
Or ... did they?
On January 6th, a mob of pro-Trump citizens stormed the Capitol and, unarguably, partook of insurrection against the United States of America. The actions were horrendous. Replacing the US flag with that of their leader - an individual, not a country. Breaking doors and windows, ransacking offices, stealing objects and documents, defecating in the hallowed halls. Clearly they all deserve punishment delivered with the heaviest hand possible.
Or ... do they?
When someone is rescued from the depths of a cult, or from the grasp of an enemy power, and their personalities and outlooks have profoundly shifted due to indoctrination and brain washing, do we blame them? Or do we blame their tormentors? Do we punish them for what they now are or do we try to help them back to normality and levy punishment on those that warped their mental outlook?
In this country it's been not infrequently said that the rioters were brainwashed. I suspect it's said hyperbolically rather than literally but I'm of the mind that the literal interpretation is the correct one.
NEVER before in history have people been faced with what they are confronted with today. An internet that actively feeds information to the viewer based on its internal algorithms. Just as rats, which, given a choice of a lever that offers food and one that offers drugs, will continue pulling the drug lever to its own ultimate detriment, so will people continue to read that which strokes and feeds their biases and expectations. Just as two tiny pebbles can start their fall down a steep slope side by side but ultimately end up in vastly different final resting places, so might two people, differing only slightly in outlook, find themselves traveling down wildly differing paths due to how those small differences are amplified by the relentless offering of "people who have liked that also like THIS".
It's a form of brainwashing that's remarkable in that it's self induced. Nobody withholds food or inflicts shock therapy in this type. Just that glowing screen that whispers "read this - you'll like it".
Once they've found their "true" source of news, it becomes difficult to credit anything offered from a "false" outlet. And when all one's information flows from a single source, with nothing to counter the steady and mutually reinforcing streams of information, how surprising is it that the recipient internalizes and believes the words?
Do I suggest forgive and forget? No. But just as an investigator is more interested in the crime boss than in his low level operatives, so do I suggest we should be most interested in those who maintained the brainwashing flow. The individuals and organizations which coldly created and nurtured the disinformation that led to the seditious rioting - they are the ones who most need capture and punishment. The ants in the cupboard are a symptom - the leaking sugar container is the cause.
We must as a nation address the cause.
Say what? This ad just appeared on my Instagram feed and it's a puzzler. First - it says this is a "new" chair. Yet that chair design has been around for decades. New on a geologic timescale, I guess. And ... anti-myopia? Myopia is near-sightedness. The chair fights near-sightedness? That'd be sweet but ... I don't think so.
An old design that died out because, although it seemed like a neat idea, it didn't really work out so well in the real world. I guess the people selling this figured it's been long enough that what's gone out of fashion can be reborn as the hot new thing.
Me? I'm going to keep reclining on the couch.
It drives me crazy. I wrote earlier about my deciding to save my art pieces natively as Procreate files because it was so much more efficient in terms of file size. Well, I just finished a new crowtoon and when I saved it I noticed it was 20 Mbytes as a Procreate file. Seemed larger than it should have been. So I saved as a Photoshop and then saved as a Clip Studio file. And, in a direct reversal, the Photoshop was a lot smaller than the Procreate file and the Clip Studio was the smallest of all. Around 20/13/11 was the comparison.
Grrrr, I say GRRRRRR! It's a pain to have different file types - efficiency says "just use one". And yet now I don't know which is "better" - it seems to vary. And to make life just that extra bit annoying, text doesn't save when you go from one to another - it gets flattened into an image itself, not an editable text layer. Which means it's then much more cumbersome to do any editing down the line - I'll have to retype everything. Which comes with its own probability of new typos jumping on board.
Once again. GRRRRRRR!!!!