October 31, 2013

None are Safe

I've had an office in Boulder County since 1988. I now work from home, but it is virtualized to Boulder space. I've seen a lot of nonsense. When the floor is opened for questions at a company meeting, and one can ask anything of any of the executive leadership team, a frequent choice of this valuable resource is to inquire as to "why the CEO was seen three weeks ago Tuesday throwing an aluminum can in the trash!"

I've inured to the zip code somewhat. But I sometimes let my mind slip to dream of what it would be like to work for the Koch Brothers or the Ayn Rand Institute, or AEI and ...

Oh. Wait: Et tu AEI?

Freedom. Free markets. Individual initiative. Independence. The pursuit of happiness unencumbered by the opinions and constraints of officials, "experts," and other such busybodies. Don't Tread On Me.

Those are the principles for which AEI stands, and I came to AEI precisely so that my work would promote them. Or. So. I. Thought. Until this morning, when upon entering my office--rested and ready for a productive day of work--I found... a recycling box. And not just any recycling box, but instead one listing on the sides in bold lettering "Acceptable" and "Not Acceptable" classes of trash respectively deemed kosher and treif for deposit in this equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant for the religious fads of modern political correctitude.

Gotta go, we always have the Tofu Chili contest every year on Hallowe'en...

Environment Posted by John Kranz at October 31, 2013 12:47 PM

Pedants: does the title bother you? I am helping a friend through a grammar book and was surprised to find that "'None' is always singular" is now considered archaic.

Modern usage is to consider it plural as a replacement for "not any" and singular as a replacement for "not one."

Archaic. I consider it more "old school..."

Posted by: jk at October 31, 2013 1:08 PM

We are all archaic now.

Posted by: johngalt at October 31, 2013 3:35 PM

And "archaic" is but one small step from "obsolete." Perhaps Rod Serling might share a bit of wisdom on that subject:

"... He was obsolete. But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete."


(From back in the days when television wasn't yet a vast, intellectual wasteland. How old-school is that?)

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 31, 2013 4:59 PM

I recall a few episodes of The Twilight Zone in re-runs during my youth. I never saw, and would not have understood at that tender age, this one. A hundred thanks, dear brother. It has been said before and I will echo: Rod Serling was a genius.

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