Updates/corrections for 4 posts

Posted On: Thursday - March 23rd 2023 9:36AM MST
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First of all, let me say that something political is going on with me right now, which may distract me from any more blogging for this week. That's even with the handful (at least) of posts that are on deck. What's going on may or may not turn into something that will be covered on Peak Stupidity. We'll see.

Regarding 4 of our fairly recent posts, let me add or explain more:

The Religion of Recycling:

In this post, we added an even more gloomy view of the economics of recycling than had been our contention in the old post (with the favorite title of mine) Toward Sustainable Stupidity. We referred the reader to this old post, but I'd completely forgotten an intermediate post on this, which was Make Stupidity Sustainable Again. Luckily there's not that much overlap.

The middle post contains discussion of an article from a writer from The Manhattan Institute. He discussed the economics of recycling, though still mixing in the Global Climate Calamity™ garbage, the latter for which there is NO landfill deep enough!

Trump v DeSantis: Round 5 - The Ukraine/Russia War(mongering):

In that post of a week back in praise of hopefully-soon-to-be-President Ron DeSantis, we included both his and Trump's* responses to Tucker Carlson about the war-mongering that America is yet again involved in. At then end of an excerpt from Neocon Extraordinaire David Frum, I wrote (in bold there too): "This is a Neocon Red Alert: Someone important cares about Americans more than Israel!"

That doesn't really fit, in the case of this particular war. I should have just stated that someone important cares more about Americans than the Deep State and Globohomo wants him to. The Neocons, lots of them Jewish, have this big centuries-long problem with Russia, so that is part of their motivation for having instigated this mess back in '14. Then, the MIC too is also loving it.

Starbucks Wokeness Backfire:

The say, "Go woke, go broke". That's only the case if the taxpayers don't errrr, Government doesn't have your back. The Corporate Starbucks wokeness program, including that "successful" Nationwide 10,000-Store Barista-Based Synchronized Struggle Session started 2 years before the BLM rioting of '20. Corporate may be doing alright, but on the local level, this wokeness has at least caused brokeness at now a 2nd location. (That's just that I know about.)

Per the post linked to here, what would be the nicest location near me took out the outdoor seating due to what some may call Typical Teen Behavior. I haven't been back. Our speculation in that previous post was that maybe the drive-up pick-up business is all they need. Nope. I just heard they're closing within a month. Heckuva job, Shultzie!

Potentially lethal combination of Cheap China(?)-made crap and low competence:

Finally, we refer to this non-political post from mid-March. What a relief that is, too. That post was about burned-out red-light bulbs and the hazards there-from. I looked at one of the few intersections that were the subject of this post. In this case, the one at the intersection at the bottom of a hill, with bad sight-lines, the stoplights there ARE LED types.

Yes, one of the red lights is STILL out. It's in the direction of the worst sight-line (to the left, anyway), at the bottom of the hill, in the direction in which the other side with faster traffic as the default green. Watch out! I had thought one of many great advantages of LEDs is that individual LEDs could burn out, leaving plenty to remain, with the unit being replaced when total brightness get below a certain level. Nope, but this one is black. I suppose it's the circuit board, or connection to it, for this one out of 3 in the fixture that is the problem.

I wonder if the LED units last much longer than the old incandescents, as they normally do in other applications.

* From Trump, we got much more the next day.

[UPDATED 03/24:]
Added 3rd item, bumping red-light update to 4.

Saturday - March 25th 2023 5:05AM MST
PS: Adam, my comment didn't make it last night. Thank you, as always for the on-line book link. I am glad you label your comment this way. I know you have inserted these links under your own handle, but I should see about having an organized collection here.

I like Heather MacDonald, Dieter. I'll check that out after finishing a post shortly.
Dieter Kief
Saturday - March 25th 2023 3:03AM MST

The mother of lots of the current öh - turbulences

Heather Mac Donald on the intellectual costs of university feminization - increasingly dominating society:

By-bye free speech! / Bye-bye being reasonable & principled!

The most far-reaching effects of the feminized university are the intolerance of dissent from political orthodoxy and the attempt to require conformity to that orthodoxy. This intolerance is justified in the name of safety and “inclusivity.” It turns out that females and males assess the value of debate and the legitimacy of speech restrictions unequally.
The Great Feminization of the American University | City Journal (city-journal.org)
Friday - March 24th 2023 5:20PM MST
PS: Thanks for the interesting and hopeful (at the end?) comment, GSV.

"The quality of everything is down in Peter Principle world." Indeed, even "Made in the USA" I got a staple gun that says it's made here. I had staple get stuck at the application end after the first set of staples. It took a couple of hand tools to undo. Luckily those hand tools didn't break in the process.

SafeNow wrote: "The straw that broke the camel’s back occurred during a Covid-era zoom call, when I suggested Covid might not have evolved in the wild, but rather, might well have been a lab leak." Well, now that that is the full-on narrative at this point, do they have anything different to say to you about it? No, I wouldn't expect an apology or even admittance of being wrong, but could they give you some credit?

Thanks for the wished, SafeNow.
Friday - March 24th 2023 4:19PM MST
There are generally two “something political” possibilities. The first is an ostracizing by friends and family. (That’s what happened to me about two years ago. The straw that broke the camel’s back occurred during a Covid-era zoom call, when I suggested Covid might not have evolved in the wild, but rather, might well have been a lab leak.). The second is that an idiotic external entity deems you a monster. Better, of course, if it is the latter. I know you cannot comment upon this Mr. Moderator, or you would have done so. But I will sincerely wish you fair winds and following seas.
Peak Stupidity Book Club
Friday - March 24th 2023 11:53AM MST
PS: All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays


Garden Salad Variety
Friday - March 24th 2023 11:33AM MST
PS DeSantis is part of the Bush circle so peace isn't on the menu and he walked back the Ukraine comments while calling Putin a war criminal.
Read about some preservative free OTC eyedrops that killed and maimed people and thought of the hecho en everywhere but America mania but at least the profit margins are good.
The makers address is the glorious peoples republic of New Jersey but that doesn't mean it isn't CCP.
The quality of everything is down in Peter Principle world.
Politics is everywhere because that is how internal quislings want it.
Hood politics going on here locally and that all started back in Year Zero of Fundamental Transformation.
No one asked if this transformation is going to work on the ground or if it is an improvement.
It isn't meant to work and maximum disruption fits in with divide and conquer along with order of out Anarchotyranny chaos.
Hang tough and keep morale up by any means necessary.

“In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. I should expect to find--this is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify--that the German, Russian, and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship.”

― George Orwell, All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays
Friday - March 24th 2023 6:23AM MST
Re: Naomi Wolfe, I suspect there's only so much cognitive dissonance you can undergo at one time.
I think she'll get there eventually, she just needs to be hit over the head with reality a few more times.
Friday - March 24th 2023 5:58AM MST
PS: Oops, that should be "... would rather have Trump in versus DeSantis in there"
Friday - March 24th 2023 5:58AM MST
PS: This one is as good as any, I guess:


Traitor NIkki says, like a little schoolgirl, that she backs Trump because he's right that "DeSantis is copying him". (Sounds like 3rd grade.) Miss Lindsey says that being against our being involved in war means being pro-China. The rest of the Senators agree that Ron DeSantis is out of his depth regarding foreign policy, as he is only an executive of the Florida government, while THEY, as a committee, have done just a bang-up job with foreign policy over the years.

"Democrats have also seized on DeSantis’ apparent shifting stance, blasting out emails rounding up the GOP criticism and saying DeSantis’ “stumbling over this answer makes clear he is out of his depth.”" I really think the D's would rather have Trump in, as much as they hate him personally. The know they can distract him from getting anything done for another 4 years, if worse comes to worse, and the cheating doesn't take.
Friday - March 24th 2023 5:47AM MST
PS: Yep, I've seen that about Naomi Wolfe, Dieter. When I looked her up for biographical info. to write that post on her take on the Kung Flu PanicFest, I just can't seem to like her very much anyway due to her hard-core feminism. I wonder when she'll ever apologize for that - to me a more damaging ideology than an opinion about Trump or even the PanicFest. (Gonna hear from Mr. Hail on this one!)

Alarmist, I did not know about this backtracking by DeSantis. I'll check it out, but if you have a link to your source, I'd appreciate it.
The Alarmist
Friday - March 24th 2023 3:29AM MST

The way that DeSantis backed away from his original comments on The Ukraine suggests he is either a Deep-State tool or they got to him some way. As hopeless and feckless as Trump was as POTUS, I’d rather vote for him ... as if voting for any Republican for POTUS is going to matter in future elections.
Dieter Kief
Friday - March 24th 2023 12:12AM MST

Leftist Naomi Wolf apologizes to the Trumpers - says she's been taken in by fake official of version Jan 6: "Dear conservatves, I'm sorry!"

Thursday - March 23rd 2023 10:53AM MST
PS: Thanks, Mr. Hail. Ecclesiastes says there's a time for raising hell somewhere in there, doesn't it? (Or was that in The Byrd's version?)
Thursday - March 23rd 2023 9:59AM MST

"something political is going on with me right now"



Don't give up the ship
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