Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2018.03.22
Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you
hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor
is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In
practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'. The idea that you can somehow
remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which
British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion
bred of money and security.

		George Orwell, 1942


Urban Scare Crow

I believe I’ve hit on a solution for the incessant door-to-door solicitations at my home. There used to be a sign on my front door that said, in bold, “NO SOLICITORS“. Except for a few self-rightious bible thumpers and the occasional butthole, the sign was honored. But someone, probably one of the more aggressive solicitors, pulled the sign down – screws and all. Frustrated after being hit three times within an hour one evening, I ordered the following placard from one of those custom on-line sign shops:

Violators will be charged a

This is taped next to the doorbell and on the inside glass of the storm door where it cannot be removed without serious damage to the door. Since posting this, there hasn’t been a single violation and summer is typically prime door-to-door sales time.

Apparently, the bastards don’t give a crap about respecting a homeowner’s wishes. But they sure as hell are sensitive to hits on their wallets.


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