CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THERE’S A WAR GOING ON: learning from LBJ

I’m almost ready to say that when it comes to achieving a goal — especially an ambitious one — I believe your outcome isn’t so much determined by what you do, but who you do it with. Outcomes, like math problems, are determined by a factorization of known quantities. Math is never magic. There is an inescapable fatalism in it. Embrace it, because you cannot outwit it or outrun it. Make the absolute most of every piece you’ve got on the board, and remember what every good chess player knows: pawns win games. Spend no time mourning the weakness of your fellow cast. Improve it whenever you can, but if you make an enemy, never let it be by accident. After all, in real life pawns don’t wear pawn costumes and queens wear no crowns.

How to maximize your war machine*

Lesson: Except where absolutely necessary never ever let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. In fact, chop off every hand you can and move as rapidly as possible to eliminate hands attached to humans altogether.

Putin and Trump: they agree on so much. Especially on the particulars of their opinion of McCain… and its very Vietnam-centric core. (I would at least re-record my awful intro reading if I had saved the original)

Unnecessary update: One reason this is so awful is that it was hell trying to fit the translations into such narrow spaces. Until I made this, which pinned me into tight clips, time-wise, it never occurred to me that compared to Russian, English is incredibly roomy. (And Putin does not speak particularly fast. I wouldn’t…