i am no longer at castar. i got to do the fun researchy things. and now other people have to do the grind it out to product work. win! i signed a severance agreement that has a non-disparagement clause. so if for example, i were to say hypothetically, the boss was a megalomaniac who couldn't find his ass with both hands, i could lose the benefits of the severance package. so i'll keep comments like that to myself. except as required by law. pretty sure i can say things like, i can't be micromanaged. so anywho. i've taken up a new sport - judo. i've survived all of one practice so far. years of wrestling makes the actual combat part kinda familiar. i'm gonna knock some things off my bucket list. like finish the chessboard woodworking project i started. i might make a custom bicycle. you'll love it! and i think i'll write a book - multi-threaded coding best practices c++, nsfw.
make america great again is a pretty awesome political slogan. there are a couple of problems with it of course. the 1% is confused. again? huh-whah? for them, american has never been greater. then there's the bottom 30% or so. for them, america has pretty much never really been all that great. but for a big chunk of the middle class, it resonates. it doesn't matter that trump's chances of actually making america great again are about the same as the chances that i steal fire from the sun and kiss the moon.
for decades the elite have been buying politicians. by funding their campaigns. and by other means of enrichment. in return laws have been passed that enrich the already rich elite. nothing major. just things like favorable tax rates. and wealth accumulation doesn't count as income. and therefor not taxable. no estate taxes. lucrative no-bid contracts. and like value trades. but only for the rich. imagine the chaos if everyone could trade their labor for a like value of cash. gods no! that wouldn't be right. this strategy is most definitely enriching. but it's not sustainable. so rise up serfs! gather your pitchforks. it's time to shake things up. go to your assigned polling place. cast your vote for trump. eliminate the middle man.