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Via Captain Capitalism,* A Reader discovers how low universities have descended:

You will spend a lot of time on the Internet for this course, studying blogs, commenting on them, producing your own. We will also examine a number of print genres that might be considered precursors to blogs, including newspaper columns, diaries, journals, essays, pamphlets, miscellanies, and war reporting.  — ENGL 488B – Spring 2012 | English Department, University of Maryland.

How much do these kids pay to browse the web and blog? (These kids? Ha! The taxpayer will be on the hook for their student loans.) Perhaps this course should have a module on bussing tables and mopping floors, because that’s the job this education is preparing them for. But these kids will end up in the Occupy movement, complaining about the “system.”

Hey, geniuses, A Reader was repairing small electronics and appliances by 15; that’s called a trade, and it pays bills. A Reader got an engineering degree and went to work even before graduation, because that’s what people who know how to do things that create value in a productive economy do. And when A Reader decided to start blogging, it took 10 minutes to learn the basics of WordPress and set up everything necessary.

Learn something useful that can’t be picked up in ten minutes by a moderately smart kid (like A Reader’s colleagues’ children), or save yourself the money and start your MickeyD’s or Starbucks career today.

We will read around in new media studies (e.g., Jaron Lanier, Clay Shirky, Cass Sunstein) to help get a handle on where blogs fit into the mediascape of Web 2.0.

Yes, all those people blogging first had to read  Jaron Lanier (Who?), Clay Shirky (he’s ok, I guess), and commie centralist Cass “dogs should have the same rights as humans, but humans shouldn’t have any freedoms that I disagree with” Sunstein.

(* Captain Capitalism may be an economist, but  he’s not an idiot like the typical economist. Get his book to enjoy the decline. Another good economist to follow, despite being a finance guy and therefore parasitical on the productive system, is Peter Schiff.)

Women make better decisions than men? WTF?

A Reader saw this on some discussion boards, but he thought it was an April Fools joke. Apparently not: Captain Capitalism posted it yesterday.

We’ve known for some time that companies that have more women on their boards have better results,” explains Bart. “Our findings show that having women on the board is no longer just the right thing but also the smart thing to do. Companies with few female directors may actually be shortchanging their investors. —Women make better decisions than men – DeGroote School of Business.

A Reader has always known that people in B-school are three types of retarded: seriously retarded students, terminally retarded teachers, and hopelessly retarded management. But apparently their “journals” are also retarded.

(B-Schools are like cargo cults: they copy the visible elements of scientific and technical fields— like statistics, mathematical models, technical-looking diagrams, and [what they call] experiments — but there is nothing solid at the bottom of it. Easy to prove: what would have happened if that same study had shown men to be superior to women in all managerial tasks? First, it would never be published; second, the authors would be fired and forever unemployable; third, more money would be given to women’s groups to apologize for the study. So the conclusion could only be one, even before the “research” started.)

Of course more successful companies have more women on the board. They also spend more on interior decorating, have more perks, more private jets, and managerial “retreats” at five-star resorts. The causality is they get successful first, then they start spending money on fashionable items. Women on boards are very fashionable, and good PR.

This bullshit continues:

Bart and McQueen found that male directors, who made up 75% of the survey sample, prefer to make decisions using rules, regulations and traditional ways of doing business or getting along. Female directors, in contrast, are less constrained by these parameters and are more prepared to rock the boat than their male counterparts.

These are the directors, who basically aren’t making decisions, they are laying down guidelines for the management. (You’d think these learned business professors would know the difference, but these idiots have never held a real job in their lives.) Men stick to rules and regulations, so they set guidelines that managers can rely on; women make arbitrary judgments, so the managers cannot trust the guidelines and must try to guess what women directors will like and hope they don’t rock the boat in the middle of some critical project.

Contact information is for a Julia Thomson, “manager of marketing.” No surprise there, women in business flock to marketing (lying and bullshit) and HR (HaRassing men), because finance needs math that they by and large can’t do (finance is evil and parasitical, but it’s all numbers) and operations is for serious people who usually have real experience in production under their belts, aka men.

Roosh interviews Captain Capitalism

Read The Whole Thing.  A Reader especially likes the end:

I will continue to point out the absurdity of both religions (leftism and feminism) not just to increase the blood pressure of their adherents, but do what I can to help the younger generations avoid the fate that most leftists and feminists suffer. I also plan on living my life to it’s maximum level of enjoyment and fun. Not just for my sake, but to lead by example and provide people not so much “hope” as much as it is some general guidelines or advice that will make their lives easier. Besides, nothing angers a feminist or a socialist more than a bachelor who refuses to work, refuses to pay taxes, refuses to have children, refuses to “work for the commune,” and instead lives life solely for himself, achieving things they never will. —via 5 Questions With Captain Capitalism.

A Reader keeps declining “consulting” gigs (on top of his job), since he’d keep only half of the pay, he doesn’t need much money for the same reason as the Captain, and he’d rather spend his free time building stuff in his workshop and learning new skills.

Potemkin Women, by Captain Capitalism

The author of Enjoy The Decline, Aaron Clarey, better known as Captain Capitalism, on American women:

[A]fter getting married, divorced, and having no real skills to fall back on, not to mention, they’re getting older, the 30 something Potemkin Woman puts on her best act.  She wears the clothes she can’t afford, starts the business that has no hope, parades a reputation that has no truth, all in the hopes of being given one more chance at attention, money, love, and/or status.

In the coasts, particularly in big cities like NYC, Boston, and San Francisco, the Captain is off by a decade. It’s not uncommon to find women in their “late forties,” also known as mid-fifties for those of us who know rudimentary math, behaving as if they were still twenty-five.

Hint, ladies (never a word was so incorrectly applied): acting like a twenty-year-old airhead at forty-plus doesn’t make you look young and vibrant; it makes you look pathetic and desperate.

The Captain again:

There was 29 year old lawyer who made junior partner in record time and wouldn’t even consider dating men who made less than her (including yours truly), only to end up alone at a bar a decade later with a mean scowl on her face that would scare away any man.

In A Reader’s most considered opinion, any man willing to date a female lawyer in the US is taking an enormous risk, usually with minimal potential reward.

RTWT.