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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Best of Brainstorm

I received this email today:
The webinar “Open Brainstorm with Steve Keen” you ran on our GoToWebinar platform made it to our Top 100 PERSONAL_DEVELOPMENT webinars in 2017. Congratulations on a webinar job well done! :-)
So, that's nice, I suppose. We're all about the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT here, right? In more important news, I've just about resolved our issues with the webinar provider and will be able to start doing Brainstorms again. The short version is that their company was bought or otherwise reorganized, somewhere along the way a billing mistake was made, and it took an impressively long time to convince someone with sufficient authority there to fix the issue. It was almost amusing when an account representative called today to ask about finally settling the unpaid invoice, I explained that I still had not received any corrected invoice nor did I even know what amount would settle it, to which the woman cheerfully responded she had it right there before promptly producing one with the original incorrect amount.

You know it's bad when you don't even get irritated any more, let alone angry, but simply chuckle a little as it gradually begins to dawn on the person on the other side of the line that you have, in fact, been telling them the simple truth all along.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum November 01, 2017 10:15 PM  

Well, that explains a fair bit. Although with the epic Alt-Hero thing, I frankly didn't care whether I got my Brainstorm fix or not. Didn't even think to ask.

Blogger SirHamster November 01, 2017 10:36 PM  

E Deploribus Unum wrote:Well, that explains a fair bit. Although with the epic Alt-Hero thing, I frankly didn't care whether I got my Brainstorm fix or not. Didn't even think to ask.

I get a lot of my Brainstorm fix from the regular periscopes. Even better, they're available after the fact, whereas I've missed a fair number of Brainstorms due to schedule.

Blogger Longtime Lurker November 01, 2017 10:46 PM  

Cash flow? Who needs cash flow?

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum November 01, 2017 10:53 PM  

I've missed a fair number of Brainstorms due to schedule.

Exactly. The Monday nights kill me. On my way to work 15 minutes in ...

Blogger Revelation Means Hope November 01, 2017 11:38 PM  

Remembering the acronym that I learned from Vox on this blog, MPAI, helps immensely.

Also, remembering that God's still God, and that He and His win all the important stakes in the end, helps a lot.

Between the two thoughts, peace. Praying for your enemies, while never backing down or compromising with them, peace.

Blogger Doom November 02, 2017 12:11 AM  

Many employees have zero capacity to see beyond the screen in front of them. That is their personal, intellectual, and business reality. Wikipedia, or the web in general, would not lie, how could it, it's a machine. Though I have some doubt all of your problem there is that. How many of those employees simply know you are evil and should be resisted? They don't believe in good or evil, except you are evil. That notion may run right to the top these days. Then again how many tea party groups finally got their status approved if impossibly late for it to do any good?

Cheers, grats, and all.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable November 02, 2017 12:43 AM  

It never ceases to amaze me how much people can suck at requesting money. So much frictional cost, just because people are bad at calculating numbers and communicating through documents. And computers help, but GIGO.

Blogger LP9 November 02, 2017 1:27 AM  

Awesome.

The Bank of LP will help in anyway even though I'm a glutton for books and shirts :)

Blogger LP9 November 02, 2017 1:31 AM  

I so wish I could listen in but not speak in brainstorm events, those are awesome, I was sad I missed Keen to other guests, IIRC.

Whatever, proud of everyone!! Carry on!!

If a (solid) or professional proposal is provided with stats, goals, deadlines, what impact funds will make, people will give $ to support that which shares our values.

Blogger The Kurgan November 02, 2017 2:03 AM  

I think I need an intervention then. For the life of me I can't stop resenting the loss of time stupid people cause me.
Nuclear death from orbit would seem to be the most reasonable way to deal with such things.
I could chuckle to myself warmly then.
Just a leeeeetle directed nuclear death from above. Is that too much to ask?

Blogger artensoll November 02, 2017 3:27 AM  

Every beaurocracy, everywhere, ever:

*tap tap tap tap tap*

"Computer says no"

Anonymous Anonymous November 02, 2017 4:51 AM  

Over and over I see accounts of raw stupidity on the part of seemingly normal people. The mental abilities of Americans is falling. That is just a fact. We can argue all day over the cause of that, but it is an observable fact that stupid is taking over.

I think all people were better able to see reality back in the Great Depression days. (ain't no such thing as a free lunch they would say)

I wonder if the "normal people" in other countries have become ever more stupid as the American public or if is just us. Anyone have thoughts on that?

Anonymous MawBTS November 02, 2017 5:18 AM  

We're all about the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT here, right?

We were one better, we got on the PERSONAL_DEVELOPMENT list.

If we keep striving hard and minding our p's and q's, some day we will be admitted to the $PERSONAL_DEVELOPMENT list. It has a real personal touch.

Blogger dadofhomeschoolers November 02, 2017 5:33 AM  

"There's six of them on the shelf, but the computer says there isn't any, so I can't sell you one."

Blogger dc.sunsets November 02, 2017 8:11 AM  

markstoval wrote:Over and over I see accounts of raw stupidity on the part of seemingly normal people. The mental abilities of Americans is falling. That is just a fact. We can argue all day over the cause of that, but it is an observable fact that stupid is taking over.

I think all people were better able to see reality back in the Great Depression days. (ain't no such thing as a free lunch they would say)

I wonder if the "normal people" in other countries have become ever more stupid as the American public or if is just us. Anyone have thoughts on that?


Good question.

The population frequency of even rudimentary problem-solving skills appears to be in free-fall, given my (4th grade teacher) wife's experiences. If you think it's bad now...just wait 10 years for these 9-year-olds to reach the bottom run of the working world. (Assuming that those jobs will not have been eliminated out of necessity, as putting pictures on the input terminals will prove to be a stop-gap measure.)

It's not just IQ. Problem-solving involves a desire to overcome frustrations, and we're increasingly surrounded by people who just don't give a damn about frustrations, yours or even their own.

When the cataclysm arrives, the stench of rotting corpses left by people who just sat down and expired will fill the air for years.

Blogger dc.sunsets November 02, 2017 8:13 AM  

Rome wasn't sacked by barbarians. There wasn't any vigor left in the population ahead of time, and the invasion(s) simply were filling a pre-existing void.

Sound familiar?

Anonymous Avalanche November 02, 2017 9:15 AM  

@15 "When the cataclysm arrives, the stench of rotting corpses left by people who just sat down and expired will fill the air for years. "

Nah, that's what fire is for -- and throwing corpses ON the fire will be a fantastic make-work job for the MPAI who still survive!

Blogger tz November 02, 2017 11:45 AM  

You know it's bad when you don't even get irritated any more, let alone angry, but simply chuckle a little as it gradually begins to dawn on the person on the other side of the line that you have, in fact, been telling them the simple truth all along.

Darkness before the dawn. But in Customer Support Hell the dawn never comes.

It went from the Customer is always right (or at least would have to get the benefit of the doubt), now it is the Computer is always right.

The company I work for has a simple advantage - we have a great and not very vibrant customer support department.

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