When I pushed back against Team Kimberlin with the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit, Bill Schmalfeldt (in particular) threatened that I would face the direst of dire direness if I persisted. When I responded that I had made extensive preparations and cited SunTzu (“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”), the Cabin Boy™ tweeted a snide remark that led me to respond six years ago today with this post about Comparisons.
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Indeed, Larry Fine was a much better violinist than Albert Einstein.
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These comments are from the original post—And the members of Team Kimberlin are pretty much failures in their fields.
I’ve been drinking my second cup of coffee and pondering what to blog about this morning. I decided to write about the Xiden Administration’s failure at … um … hmmm … there are too many possible topics.
I think I’ll wait a bit and pick a topic later in the day.
One of the reasons that Bill Schmalfeldt has been such an ineffective PR flack for Team Kimberlin is that he has never been able to keep any of his multitudinous web identities in place long enough to establish any real brand identity or following outside of a few members of Team Kimberlin and a larger group of people he has harassed and who keep an eye on him. The TKPOTD from four years ago today dealt with one of the many times the Cabin Boy™ has run back under the porch when confronted by Reality.
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Yesterday evening, the Cabin Boy™ took his YouGetNoQuarter Twitter account private again. I’ve lost track of the number of times that he’s run away and hidden from public view.
It must be depressing to believe one must conduct so much of one’s affairs skulking away from the light. OTOH, the urge to hide such a blatantly misleading tweet as the one on the left must be overwhelming.
Of course, the Cabin Boy™ hasn’t completely disappeared from the Internet. He was wasting Dave Alexander’s bandwidth by commenting over at the Craft Blog yesterday evening.
One of the things he was going on about over there was his incorrect notion that he has grounds sue Roy Schmalfeldt over allegations Roy has made about Bill being a rapist. The Cabin Boy™ sued Roy about that last summer, and his suit was dismissed with prejudice. That means that he can’t sue Roy about those allegations again because the dismissal counts as a finding on the merits that what Roy said was not false. IANAL, but if the statements weren’t false before the Cabin Boy™ sued, they still shouldn’t be false if they are repeated now. Res judicata and all that. More important, res judicata applies to any claim that Schmalfeldt might have been able to bring against any of the defendants he named in his Grady, et al. (I) LOLsuit. Again, IANAl, but it seems that the Cabin Boy™ is barred from suing any of those individuals again for repeating anything they said about him before 19 August, 2015, when the suit was dismissed.
The Cabin Boy™ had a right to a day in court with them over those issues, but he waived it by dismissing his suit with prejudice.
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Meanwhile, the Cabin Boy’s™ (at)BayCountryCafe and (at)ThePortlyPundit Twitter accounts have been quiet since 23 December and 3 January, respectively.
I’ve been informed that Bill Schmalfeldt has yet another Twitter account going under his Bill Matthews persona. He also has another waste-of-bandwidth website promoting his radio career and apparently soliciting more on-air work. That website has been up for over a week, and when I checked yesterday, the site’s hit counter read 43. While that’s one more than the correct answer related to a radio classic, it doesn’t represent a lot of interest in the Cabin Boy™ or his “radio stylings.”
Over the past day or so, there have been rumblings on the Interwebz of financial distress at certain websites. It appears that the Weekly Standard is on the chopping block and that sites such as BuzzFeed and Vice are struggling. TWS was doing OK until it devolved into the premier Never Trump outlet on the web, alienating a significant portion of its readers. BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox Media, Group Nine Media, Refinery29, and the like have failed to find a way to build viable business models which target SJWs who believe that they are entitled to stuff for free.
Wokeness may feel good. It may even have merit in some virtue signaling sense. But it doesn’t seem to have value in the marketplace, and … what’s the socially just newspeak word for the sexist oldspeak word attaboys? Goodfeels? I’ll try that … and goodfeels can’t be used to pay the rent. Meanwhile, sites that develop are relationship with readers and work to provide them with content worth paying for are making a living for their operators. (See, eg., The Other McCain.) And while many of these successful sites have some sort of presence on social media, their main emphasis is a stand-alone entities in the manner of the early-21st-century blogosphere. They may use Facebook or Twitter to opportunistically promote themselves, but their focus is on creating content for themselves to bring readers to their own sites rather than letting main stream social media have it for free. It’s hard to make a living when you give everything away for free.
15 years ago, an independent blogosphere seemed to the be the future of the Internet. As people begin to understand what “free” social media costs, we may find ourselves going back to that future..
The version of Obamacare that was rolled out on 1 October was clearly not ready for prime time. It wasn’t even ready for beta release. It was simply a failure.
Good engineers design for failure. That’s not to say that we (I’m an engineer) design products to fail, but we know that they will. That’s why the load panel in your house has circuit breakers. In the real world, failure is always an option, and it becomes exponentially more likely when a project is managed by someone who doesn’t understand the endeavor’s practical constraints. Clay Shirky offers an analysis of the probable managerially-driven problems with Obamacare here.
Recently, much has been made about the Administration’s ignoring the law when dealing with Obamacare and any possible workarounds for its present problems, and it’s true that those responsible for the current mess have acted lawlessly. However, the law that will do the project in was not passed by Congress. It stems from a higher authority. Those who ignore it are fools.
If anything can go wrong, it will.
Let it burn.
UPDATE—This insightful observation is also on point: