Posted On: Tuesday - September 7th 2021 6:28PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Political Correctness  Race/Genetics
First, get your English* straight** and then your handwriting!***.
This is a new flavor of Political Correctness stupidity, but it's part of a larger class. The deal is now that everyone is to cater to the whims of everyone who wants to be different. The common-sensical iSteve commenter "Another Dad" dubs this Minoritarianism.
The picture above is from a website run by the county government. I suppose the roads are all smooth as can be, so they have this money and time to spend on a program telling people to learn how to pronounce odd-ass names. Somewhat coincidentally, I was recently working with a Oriental lady with a name that I had to keep looking up (probably 10 times) to keep straight. This one was not a very hard one to pronounce. I just kept mixing it up in my head, and she was a nice enough woman that I'd have felt bad getting it wrong, at least by the 3rd time. (She actually had a name tag on, but it had only her last name, which was too easy.)
Well, I'm just sorry as all get-out for wasting the time of those government employees running this important program, but I simply don't feel like it's my responsibility to learn how to pronounce foreign and other weird-ass names. Two main groups have the problem. (Well, according to these nut cases, I'm supposed to be the problem.) That would be the usually single-Mom-run black "families" and the many foreigners.
The black people have the ridiculous fancy French-sounding first names. Hey, most White Americans have always had a problem pronouncing French words. How, about y'all, black folk? I didn't see many of you in French class, actually none of you, come to think back. Did y'alls Mamas teach dat? It's even harder for me when the spelling is jacked up.
As for the foreigners, yeah, with languages that don't resemble anything in the Romance, Germanic, and often even the Expectoration-based languages, it doesn't come easy for us. Not all of us regular Americans are cunning liguists.
Might the answer to this stressful "hard to pronounce" problem for the black Americans be as simple as "Don't pick stupid idiotic-sounding names out of your ass in the delivery room! There are books." It's really about ditching all culture of White America, though. OK, you want to do that? I'm not gonna make ANY effort to pronounce Shitavious' and Shaniqua's right!
What new immigrants to America used to do was either shorten up, or simplify in some way, their family names to fit in with Americans' ability to pronounce them. For their first names, and occasionally their last names, they might even pick new ones entirely, often regular Christian names. (Occasionally, that would work out pretty nicely, as when the Vietnamese Ahn became Anne, for example.)
As a quick aside, with so many •Indians being imported and importing their kin, - - caste members, and slaves, we are supposed to, per the scolds of programs like that mentioned above, learn how to pronounce their names too. •Indian syllables are not hard for us to pronounce at all, it turns out. The problem is the great number of syllables. Get up to 2, maybe 3, and freaking STOP. Just end it already!
As an immigrant, you could teach everyone how to pronounce your name over and over again, and bich about it your whole life, maybe even in The New Yorker. Or, now here's an idea... you could just assimilate, as was greatly encouraged before multiculturalism emerged as a new form of stupidity. Your name might be easy for you to say, but could you try to fit into our culture in which it isn't easy for us?
Per the blurb above, my mispronouncing of your name could "lead you to shy away from your own culture and family". Do they mean that as in "assimilate"? What's wrong with that? Is it that it might not lead to multiculturalism? Man, the people that made that graphic have a lot of damn gall. If you want people to pronounce your name right, you can stay where you came from - they know how to say it - or you can make it pronounceable. Either way, NOT! MY! PROBLEM!
* Yeah, using "theirs" twice is the mistake. I read this and go "pronounce whose names and whose cultures?" I've seen this gender PC writing get downright dangerous, as it's written in manuals with safety information in them. It hurts communication, but not as much as the face diapers. BTW, to simply avoid having to write the default male gendered "his", the writer could have just put "children", plural, at the beginning of the "statement".
** OK, second. First, kill all the lawyers.
*** "Pronovnce"? I'm pretty sure the people involved in this program are not un-spelling-reformed Early American Colonist types.
Modern Russia under Putin: An alternative to Globalism?
Posted On: Monday - September 6th 2021 11:29AM MST
In Topics:   Commies  The Russians  Globalists
Peak Stupidity promised many moons ago to write something (a post or two) about the recent history of Russia. By "recent history", I mean, a time when I was around and aware of world politics. After the end of the Cold War, I, and, I'm guessing, most Americans, paid no more attention to the Russians, especially during that awful*1990s period of uncertainty, despair, and mass-scale financial looting by the American Globalists.
It was like this, to me: Hey, we finally ended the Cold War and the massive threat** of Communism. We had had to put up with that threat from those bastards for over 40 years. Fuck those people. I realized during the Cold War period that, no, not all the Russians themselves were Communists. They just lived with it. The Russians put up with that Communist government, though, and they should have done something themselves about it. In the end, I didn't care what happened to them.
Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin may not now have the prestige, or even the (purported) economic status, it had during its Soviet Union Empire era. How important is that to the Russian people though? They have seen lots of improvement since the 1990s. They've done much better than America since WE won the Cold War in a major respect. They and President Putin have not let their nation be ruined by the Globalists as the Americans have and as their Government has been an active part of!
Last week VDare published an article by writer Wayne Allensworth (he appears only very occasionally there) titled 30 Years After Communism Fell, Putin Offers Alternative To Globalism. That's Why Our Ruling Class Hates Him.
Per this well-written and interesting article, Mr. Allensworth was there, during the bleak period of the 1990s. That is what he writes about in the first section . He mentions what he saw in Vladivostok in the beginning of the 1990s:
A week later I was in Moscow. Beggars were quite common: amputees, destitute pensioners, old war veterans wearing their threadbare uniforms and tarnished medals, the very old and the very young, as armies of orphans took to the streets of Russian cities. Street vendors, often educated people who had worked in industry or for the state apparatus, hawked all sorts of cheap goods, often Chinese in origin, on the sidewalks of the dingy capital's streets.Will Americans have this good well after our fall? I mean, diversity is our strength, right, so ...? In Russia, the worst of it all was during that even calendar decade right up to the last day. Boris Yeltsin resigned on New Years Eve of 1999. Again, I would like to read more about this period in Russia. Per Mr. Allensworth:
Through it all, I noted the good will of many of the Russians I met, people who seemed glad that the Cold War was behind us.
That emotional warmth would not survive the "shock therapy" economic policies of the Russian government that, on the recommendation of Western advisors, had gone all in on neo-liberal reforms, lifting price controls and beginning the massive selloff of Soviet era assets. Gradualists had warned that the country might collapse under the strain, and it nearly did. The political and economic dislocations that followed the Soviet collapse, along with the unpopular economic policies ("shock without therapy") helped ignite a political conflict between President Boris Yeltsin and the legislature, the Russian Supreme Soviet, that would end with a mini-civil war in Moscow, when tanks commanded by Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (the tank crews were reluctant to take such orders from lower ranking officers) blasted the parliament into submission in October,1993.I remember at the time wondering why the American military and Deep State thought it was a good idea to push the Bear into a corner like this. Why did we need these countries in Russia's front yard in NATO? Why did we need NATO? Were we just trying to rub it in? I hate Communists as much as the next guy, and more, but the Russians weren't Communists anymore, and we had beat them, already.
The "Wild 90s" traumatized the Russian people in ways Westerners failed to fully understand at the time. And they also failed to account for historic Russian distrust of the West—the flipside of the good will I had seen so much of early on in Yeltsin-era Russia. By the end of the 90s, with NATO intervening in the ruins of Yugoslavia, bombing, among other sites, targets in Serbia, a traditional Russian ally, even Yeltsin had had enough and made his displeasure known to "friend Bill," as he called President Clinton, to no avail.
The Globalists were the ones that wanted to loot the Russian economy of its assets and rub the people's noses in the dirt. Wayne Allensworth's next section is an enlightening discussion of the real idealogical battle during the Cold War era. Please read this whole article, but I'll excerpt one part from the middle of the 2nd section of it:
The passage of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 was a key point in the evolution of the Left-Liberal managerial regime during the Cold War. Opening the immigration flood gates was part of the Cold War architecture of the era. The propaganda aspect of the Cold War was fought in ideological terms as a clash between Communism and Capitalism (“the Free World”), a war of ideas, not of countries with concrete national interests and distinct peoples. Hart-Celler, which opened the door to non-European immigration, was an ideological extension of the Civil Rights legislation of the era, which was used in Cold War information campaigns to counter Soviet anti-capitalist and anti-U.S. propaganda.That's a very interesting take for those of us who reckoned the Cold War was a simple ideological struggle that we'd won in 1989. Mr. Allensworth doesn't argue that it wasn't, in the early part, but sees it as having morphed into a Globalist triumph by the end of it.
Discrimination of any kind was viewed by U.S. elites as arming the Communists with useful propaganda points—a Western democracy discriminating against the colored peoples of the earth undermined the global anti-Communist line.
Universalist language in American political discourse wasn’t anything new, but the Cold War went a long way toward promoting America as an idea, not a real place or a people with national interests to defend.
Thus, a global elite spawned during the Cold War, bolstered by Cold War era ideological abstractions, had consolidated its stranglehold on power in the Western world. The United States wasn’t exactly the leader of “the Free World,” but, rather, had become the seat of an expansive globalist project.
The last section, "'Putinism' as an alternative developmental model ("Cold War II")" has a description of Russian politics and the great improvements in that country since the lost years of the 1990s. As a ruler, Vladimir Putin has been no Thomas Jefferson. (OK, Thomas Jefferson did not believe in "rulers" in this sense to begin with.) However, after 7 decades of Communism and then another of massive economic hardship, the state of society in Russia was in no condition for a Thomas Jefferson to be able to help. Putin has done a lot more for his country than the US Congress has for its.*** He's had a positive effect while our Feral Government has had a large NEGATIVE effect.
At the top of this post, I gave my feelings of 25 years back about the Russians and about how little I gave a damn about the place then. After seeing what Communists and Globalists can do to a place, I have a lot more sympathy. In 10 years, it may be the Russians laughing at us, with even more a reason to not care what happens to the place and the people. We should make sure we don't succumb to the bastards the way the Russians did a century back.
PS: I don't think it'll be the Russians looting what assets remain of this place. The Chinese have a lot more money. The possible future looting of America by the Chinese has been speculated on in a six-part series:
Part 1: Intro.
Part 2: Housing
Part 3: Big Biz
Part 4: The Fruited Plain
Part 5: The Wilderness
Part 6: Conclusion - The Golden Rule
* Though I don't say it was anything more awful than most of the years of the USSR.
** The EXTERNAL threat, that is. The INTERNAL one was on the rise, but most did not pay attention.
*** That's the problem. As Globalists, they have not seen it as "their" country.
The Four Corners - Utah
Posted On: Saturday - September 4th 2021 4:44PM MST
In Topics:   Geography  Race/Genetics  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
Earlier: Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado
Let's continue on counter-clockwise to the 4th of the 4 States that meet at the unique quadripoint Four Corners monument in Navajo country. That would be Utah. Now, I'm not positive that the plaque above is in Utah, but I have only one State left here, and dammit, I remember it probably MIGHT BE in Utah.*
The sun made it hard to get a good picture, so I'll repeat the first paragraph of the two here:
Prior to surveyors setting the Four Corners Monument, this boundless land was inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans, followed by the Dine, Ute, and other indigenous people. Over time this land was colonized by Spain, taken in war by Mexico, ceded to the US by treaty [ ]** and organized into territories.Really, so the land was inhabited by one set of indigenous people after another, well, till those White people came? It even says that "other indigenous people" followed, as in moved in. Was it just for sale for cheap, with some peaceful deals being made under influence of many peace pipe?
Who exactly are indigenous people? Merriam Webster, hopefully not edited regularly by the woke, says:
Full Definition of indigenous:What follows is pretty much Steve Sailer material. How do certain "peoples" happen exist in one area of the world? Did they really originate there from the get go, like Adam and Eve? (For the indigenous peoples of San Francisco, I suppose that'd be Adam and Steve.) The anthropologists say we all came outta Compton, errr, Africa... sorry, easy to make that error. There are lots of tribes still in Africa. I don't believe that the tribe that is the precursor to all humans, if it still exists, would have special claim to Jack Squat.
1 a : produced, growing, living, or occurring natively or naturally in a particular region or environment
the indigenous culture
b Indigenous or less commonly indigenous : of or relating to the earliest known inhabitants of a place and especially of a place that was colonized by a now-dominant group.
No, it's power and violence that has determined who lives where throughout history. The Old Testament has thousands of anecdotes for you. Then there's European history. In North America, what the plaque described nicely as "followed by" would have been savage tribe-on-tribe war. The powerful Comanche tribe that rode amok around Texas and Oklahoma in the 17-1800s started out as a tribe of miserable Wyoming mountain people before they got horses (brought to the continent by the Spanish).*** They beat all hell out of most (the Kiowa were number 2) of the other "indigenous" peoples in the area, with lots of torture and kidnapping.
Then, thanks to Sam Colt, the Texas Rangers, and the US Army, the White Man became what ought to then be called "indigenous" in all of Texas, Oklahoma, and then points west. Yet somehow White people have never been called indigenous. Their usurpation of these lands wasn't pretty but was not any worse than the same when tribes or nations throughout history took over from other peoples. Often it was more humane, more so in North America as accomplished by the northern Europeans than as with the job done by the Spanish in Mexico and points south. Try to think of another big territorial usurpation, other than in Europe, that was done more nicely.
The White Man spent over 400 years building up North America. It started slowly, but by the mid-1770s or so, some brave settlers found the east coast to be already too crowded. ("We gotta get outta Charlestown", or Boston ..) They headed to what was "The West" then, across the Appalachians to Tennessee. A century later, and "The West" was more like Oklahoma or Minnesota. Within half a century, the White Man had taken control of all the land from sea to shining sea. Compared to the Utes taking over from the Dines, this was a hell of an accomplishment and many thousands of times the effort.
What does a people have to do to be indigenous around here anyway?
PS: Does anyone even term White People as indigenous to Europe, or does the word only apply to the other-colored?
* If not, then it'd have been Colorado - it was definitely on the north side, but, let's see, the sun was almost straight on the other side, and I think it was already afternoon, but just barely. Fun geographic/astronomical activity - if I had gotten something else in the picture with a good shadow, I could look on the map for the place we had lunch down the road, which was around 2-3P, then backtrack. True north/south are easy to determine - that's for sure! We know the longitude very accurately for determining when the sun was due south.
** Hey, no Oxford, or "serial" comma. Was that the American style when this plaque/monument was made?
*** A great book about the Comanche tribe is Empire of the Summer Moon by Sam Gwynne, reviewed here on Peak Stupidity in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 .
The Four Corners - Colorado
Posted On: Thursday - September 2nd 2021 4:50PM MST
In Topics:   Geography  Peak Stupidity Roadshow  Kung Flu Stupidity
Earlier: Arizona and New Mexico
We walked over to Colorado. It's an easy hike, I'm telling you. Surprisingly, we didn't see any 14,000 ft snowy mountain peaks. We didn't feel Rocky Mountain High* either. We were up at 1,480, if that helps, feeling like high plains drifters, but with better transportation, no face masks, but still, yeah, no cell service. Out there, in the bright semi-high-desert sunshine stood this hand sanitizer dispenser in the Colorado sector of the monument property.
Really, I don't have much more to say this time. The stupidity sort of speaks for itself. Oh, and the dispenser was clean out. Whaddya' do? Were I the panicky type, I guess we could have waited a day for the resupply from the stagecoach out of Tuba City.
* Long ago, I went west on a train, out of Chicago. On the 2nd morning I woke up in the club car and asked someone where we were. "Colorado? It looks just like Kansas!" Yeah, there's over a hundred miles of plains still from the Kansas border. By lunchtime we could see the front range, and that afternoon we had great viewing as we wound around and through the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City bound.
Artificial Stupidity - Stuff Stays On!
Posted On: Thursday - September 2nd 2021 3:30PM MST
In Topics:   Cars  Curmudgeonry  Artificial Stupidity
The Curmudgeonry here is that maybe I'm tired of learning to deal with newfangled stuff when the old stuff was fine. The Artificial Stupidity here is that this newfangled stuff is often not just newfangled, but stupid, and in the case I bring up here, downright dangerous.
Membrane switches are big now, at least up to the point of their being glass touch screens. It makes sense for the hot plate shown above. Pushbutton, toggle, or any other type of mechanical switches are a place for dirt, in this case, hot soup or food particles of any sort to infiltrate down into the device. It would then be hard to clean and these switches may even jam up. This thing has one flat seamless surface at the top, so it can be wiped off clean.
However, I think the surface of this thing has something approaching a touch screen, at least for the areas with the switches, as I feel no movement at all, and they switch seemingly based on any light touch.* That's the problem. While moving the thing a few inches, it turned on, ready to cook. It was about to get hot. Turning it off at that surface was harder than turning it on. It took a certain touch, or that red LED you can see in the picture would end up back on again.
Besides my being pissed about even having to screw around to turn this thing off, I realized that this is a real safety hazard. This thing is outside - whether that's better or not, even the cat could accidentally turn this burner on. Any fire started would have less to go on outside, but the thing is made for the kitchen. Are the marketers who specified this interface and the engineers who designed it plain stupid? When you turn an electric burner off, you want it to really be OFF. You don't want it to come on again by accident.
Listen, you young marketing geniuses and (maybe) engineers: It's not like we are mice and can only push with a few milliNewtons. We have muscles. We can flip a switch. You absolutely NEED a real solid ON/OFF switch on something that gets red hot when on!
There's no switch built into the cord, which would be a simple solution. So, of course, we need to plug/unplug this device, but it's a hassle - I'm hoping my wife doesn't forget with this piece of shit.
That's the dangerous one, but I have a noise-reduction headset (Lightspeed brand) with a different on/off problem - it's not a danger, just a possible waste of batteries and another example of this stupidity.
I really like this headset, and I got it in great condition used. There are slider switches for volume and a few other options, along with a momentary-push on/off button that takes a pretty light touch and not much movement either. One has to hold that button for 3 seconds to turn off the noise reduction. You press that button till you hear much more outside noise**, the green LED goes dark, and you know it's off.
That's fine - it's off. Well, that is, until you put it away and it bumps into any little thing in the case. Then it turns on again, because "on" requires just a momentary push. Now, according to the Lightspeed website, there IS an auto shutoff feature for when the headset is "not in use". I don't know how that works, but I'll take their word. However, it's irksome to see that the thing has turned back on in the case due to the action of, and programming behind, that switch.
This reminds me of the delayed shutoff action of dome lights in modern cars. Are you like me, doing one of these 2 options:
a) Staying on the porch once you get home at night to make sure the lights go out after a while, so you'll not have a dead battery in the morning. (It could have been on "on", not "door" somehow, if you think, well, worry about that.)
b) Not use the dome lights, leaving them in the "off" position, to avoid this "feature".
It's been many years of progress, but even the non-AI smart devices are getting out of our control. How do we get control of them? We can just go to the source of their power (over us). I like to pull plugs on TVs, now this burner, and computers, to let them know who the hell is boss here.
Speaking of the latter, I do understand why the hardware/software developers would like an organized shutdown of a computer. There are many pieces of memory to keep, to save the state of programs and the data. They would like me to wait until it all gets done, and in due time, owner, "I will turn myself off. Please don't mess with me in the meantime."
"Sorry, computer, I've seen you get locked up before. I'm tired of your bullshit. There goes your A/C power supply. Here goes your battery. Now, tell me who's boss?!"
* It possibly uses laser or light sensors from below, through the glass. (?)
** The active noise reduction is an amazing invention, IMO.
The Four Corners - New Mexico
Posted On: Wednesday - September 1st 2021 8:45PM MST
In Topics:   Geography  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
"Honey, we need to buy more data - we're lost!"
Within 100 yards of the Four Corners quadripoint are rows of sales booths, one row in each State, set at 45 degree angles to the lat/long lines. Due to the Flu Manchu (but, of course), these outdoor booths (just concrete walls and a roof but open in the front and back with lots of air flow) were 2/3 empty by my estimate. They are manned, OK, "squawed", for the most part, by Navajo Indians. As I wrote in the previous post, all this is within the Navajo lands, and good on 'em - hey, at least there was no Pride flag, just the 4 State flags and 4 others (wish I could tell you).
Here we were though, with me a Geography lover, and I knew neither the latitude of the Utah/Arizona (western portion) and Colorado/New Mexico (eastern portion) nor the longitude of the Utah/Colorado (northern portion) and Arizona/New Mexico (southern portion). These lines were right there on the ground, in nice polished granite.* Since my boy asked about this, I needed to tell him. Well, one usually goes to the phones now for anything like this. Nope, no service. Haha. Whatdya' want, out in the corner of four Western States in the desert, endless wifi? I am just fine with having no cell service around - it lets people spend more time interacting with one another, which they were. However, a small sample of them didn't know our latitude or longitude.
Here's where I feel good about my Geography foo. I guessed 38° North for latitude, and just knowing the "dry line" is 100° West going through the middle of Texas (with each degree being ~ 50 statute miles at that latitude), I guessed 110° West. How were we going to find out?
Why not ask an Indian who works at one of the booths selling hand-made jewelry and stuff? They are there all day long most days, you gotta figure. This is a tourist attraction, so yeah....
(To be nice to the Indians, I asked my wife if she wanted me to buy her any of this stuff, but she declined on a $25 necklace.)
I went to New Mexico to do this, as that got me to the closest squawed booth. This Indian had no damn idea where we were! OK, I don't expect the average White
It turned out that there is a plaque that we hadn't seen with this information. It was way over in Arizona or Utah, can't remember. (Now, I don't know why the lady couldn't have at least pointed me toward that plaque - what is that, all White man stuff?)
I would have thought for sure that both the latitude of the East-to-West double-border and the longitude of the North-to-South double-border were round numbers, to the degree, that is. The latitude of the E-W border is 37° North. I was pretty close! The longitude of the N-S border is 109° 2' 59.25" West. I was close on this too, but why the non-round number? This NOAA** page explains and exonerates the NOAA from some claim of reports of errors. Here's the key to the odd number:
It is interesting to note that, upon completion of his Arizona-New Mexico boundary survey, Chandler Robbins went to the effort to write a letter to the editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican (still today’s daily newspaper) explaining the very issue of the difference between longitude values referenced to the Greenwich Meridian and those referenced to the Washington Meridian. In this letter of November 1, 1875, Robbins included the following explanation:I noted to my son when we were there that each minute of longitude at this rough latitude is a little under a mile - the math says, 1 nm x cos(latitude) = 6076 ft x cos(37°) = 4,852 ft, So 0.75" under 3' = 3(6,076ft)cos(37°) - (0.75)(6076ft/60) = 14,558 ft - (0.75)(81ft) = 14,497 ft. = 2.746 statute miles. So the spot where everyone took their selfies and families is 2 3/4 miles west of the 109° W longitude line. It IS the Four Corners.It seems to have been the general impression that the line was the 109 degrees of longitude west of Greenwich. Such is not the case, as the law makes it 32 degrees of longitude west from Washington, which corresponds to 109 degrees 02 minutes 59.25 seconds west from Greenwich, and which places the line a small fraction less than three miles farther west than would have been the case if it had been run as the 109 degrees of longitude.
I am kinda glad I didn't try to get that explanation off an Indian squaw. I trust the White Men at NOAA and the other White Men who wrote the text for that plaque, more than the Red Lady, no offense intended. The bead necklaces are pretty, if that helps..
* I wrote that they were marble yesterday and 6" wide, but they were probably just polished granite and the width was a foot at some distance and 6" closer to the quadrapoint.
** It's one of the VERY few US Government agencies I've got respect for. I'd even work for them.
Where are the beautiful yellow steel trash cans?!
Posted On: Wednesday - September 1st 2021 11:13AM MST
In Topics:   Kung Flu Stupidity
We have all been seeing the face diapers being donned again for Season 3 of the Kung Flu PanicFest. All the fashion magazines recommend we accessorize in order to round out our appearances. Seeing as Cosmo magazine hasn't come to the house in about 25 years - accidentally, but we didn't want to stop the bikini pictures from coming to the mailbox - I don't know if these face diapers are part of "the look" now.
I do know that if some SCIENTIFIC EXPERT, perhaps our beloved Dr. Fauci, has again recommended we don the masks, well who am I to argue, especially through a stack of them, as it comes out broken and unreadable anyway? If Dr. Fauci told me ... (Ahh, crap, I got Aerosmith in my head again.)
The thing is, this new Delta brand virus, as opposed to COVID CLASSIC, is said to be a couple of thousand times more contagious in terms of spreading viral load through our orifices. (I'll just stick with one orifice for now - no, I mean for this post too, dammit.) I would figure it's not linear, but we should probably be stacking up a few masks, maybe 5 or 10 thick, at this point, to get that same protection we had before for the Classic. (I mean, nobody with a mask on got sick, right?) As Peak Stupidity has admonished you all before, C'mon non-experts! It's ALL layering these days!
These face masks get contaminated with the Kung Flu,
If we are to take this new Delta brand virus seriously, we'd better start properly disposing of these things. I just don't see these $133 + tax and shipping cans where I need them, that is, everywhere. Please don't get me wrong. I don't want to argue with the EXPERTS. I'm just curious. I may find myself sneezing behind the wheel of a large automobile. Where is my beautiful yellow steel trash can? You may ask yourself, "how did we get here?"
PS: The reader may want to read our "March Mask Madness" series of posts:
I just noticed that Peak Stupidity had a metric shit-ton of mask posts back last Spring and late Winter. They are all have this same Kung Flu Stupidity topic key.
The Four Corners - Arizona
Posted On: Tuesday - August 31st 2021 7:43PM MST
In Topics:   Geography  Peak Stupidity Roadshow  Kung Flu Stupidity
(This will be a series of, you guessed it, 4 posts, from our recent Peak Stupidity roadshow.)
We parked past (of course) and to well the left of that booth - in Arizona.
The term that I just learned for a point at which 4 distinct political regions join is quadripoint. Per wiki, who you hopefully can trust for at least geographical knowledge, there are many such points in/at 29 countries or intersections of countries (there is overlap in that 29). Many are intersections of municipality boundaries, which is no damn big deal. I also had no idea before about this: There is one quadripoint of nations at the intersection of borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. I would think tickets would be sold out years in advance*.
The United States has many non-natural borders in the western States, due to the way these territories (at the time) were created. It turned out that the borders of 4 States meet at the quadripoint known as the "Four Corners", and this one is possibly unique in that the borders go due (true) north/south and east/west. The states involved are, going CCW, Arizona to the SW, New Mexico to the SE, Colorado to the NE, and Utah to the NW. All that said, this point is within the Navajo Indian lands that are a large chunk of northeastern Arizona (but overlap a bit into N. Mexico, Utah, and Colorado).
On the recent road trip of ours, since none of us had ever been there, we made the Four Corners a short stopping point. I expected possibly a little less fanfare than what we came upon, but it was no big tourist attraction with stops by big-ass Chinese tourist-filled busses either.**
We came in from New Mexico, as the US-160 had the entrance to this spot on the west side of the road. However, we walked into the monument from our parking spot in Arizona, I'd say less than 100 ft west of New Mexico - this is clear from the 6" wide marble State border/ lat-long lines one sees once he get in past though a gap in the sales stalls. Therefore, this first post is labelled "Arizona".
10 bucks for an adult and free entry for kids under 6 is not too bad. I'm glad the Navajo can make some money from this, but that they don't scalp you with the fee either. (What? What'd I write?) However, the Kung Flu PanicFest Season 3, or maybe even one long season, is still in full swing there.*** The little booth for payment was so covered up with anti-COVID material that I don't think the Indian squaw inside could see anyone else in the car, much less one (yeah, that's the ticket) under-6 kid. Did I mention this is out in the desert in the bright sunshine? It was a nice cool 90 degrees F that day. There were signs all over about wearing face masks, outside, in the desert, in the sunshine (kinda redundant), there in Indian country.
I told my wife I "ain't agonna
Not only did nobody bother us about the lack of face masks (though my wife complied), but with ours off, I noticed a few people that were wearing them in the parking lot yank them off. On that latitude line due east of the point, people maintained normal sane social distances of whatever it took to maintain nice conversations, without face diapers**** making it harder. People handed each other their phones for pictures back and forth, and I saw nobody using wipes with paranoia. It would have been embarrassing to do so. What a great crowd in a cool spot for those who like Geography!
* [Peak Stupidity and our agents provide only geographical learning services here. We cannot guarantee your safety if you plan to take a selfie lying down on top of these four African countries at one time - Disclaimer from Peak Stupidity International Legal Department.)
** That was kind of a nice change. All the people we saw seemed to be Americans, even the Indians.
*** Peak Stupidity already covered the worst of our experience with this in Showdown in Tuba City.
**** Maybe one in 10 people still wore them. Some wore that bandana style covering I think just for that western look - the wind was calm though.
The start of the generation-long American war in Afghanistan
Posted On: Tuesday - August 31st 2021 5:45PM MST
In Topics:   US Feral Government  The Neocons  World Political Stupidity
I'm really not that excited about writing this post. It's over with over there, except for the remainder of the highly-botched exit of Americans from the country.* When writing a post about Ann Coulter and that old Neocon attitude of 20 years ago, I put off any opinion on the war in Afghanistan (as opposed to Iraq). Additionally, I'll put this down before I get to the post coming on 9/11.
I can remember the day. Probably our readers can too, just as they say about the day John Kennedy was assassinated (nah, for me, more like the day John Bonham died of vomit inhalation while trying to sleep off 40 shots of vodka, a generation later**). No American under ~ 60 y/o in 2001 could remember Pearl Harbor, an attack on a US territory, which means most of us hadn't.*** This was a blow like most had never seen. People were angry and depended still mostly on the TV news to tell them who to be angry at. People such as Ann Coulter vented their anger. Whoever was responsible had to be punished and we had to change our ways so nothing like this could happen again.
I heard that name Osama bin Laden for the first time then, as I hadn't been following any of the on-going Middle East and Moslem nation political stupidity. Then I heard more about this Taliban, my only previous knowledge being of their shooting up a bunch of big Buddha statues in the hills a few years earlier. Next, we heard about this Al Qaeda gang. This was a time in my life in which I didn't follow a lot of politics, except for a short bit during that 2000 election. I was no Neocon at this point, having already wondered what that Bosnia interventionist stupidity and that no-fly-zone crap STILL going on in Iraq was all about. Like most Americans, though, I believed the official story.
Yeah, most of those terrorists were Saudis. All of them were Moslems, and Moslems, including the one big culprit bin Laden, were behind it. So, it was time to punish the Moslem culprits over there in Moslem land.
The thing is, this was no declared war by a nation-state. What do you do when some rogue bastards just come over and attack? Let's do a thought experiment. It's hard to make this thought experiment wrt the US just because our military has been by far the strongest in the world for 30 years. So, lets just imagine some terrorist group in Germany, that old Baader-Meinhof Gang, say, had blown up a soccer stadium in Jolly Old England. Would the English have been justified in invading Germany? Well, see, this is not a great analogy, because the German government would work hard to root out and prosecute the terrorists. Therefore, the talk was about nations that harbored terrorists. The Moslem nations wouldn't control their own, so we'd have to take care of this ourselves.
At this point, one could look at the situation more calmly and ask why we should not just get ourselves out of the Middle East in general, take some serious control of our already broken immigration system so we could keep the wrong people from entering, and perhaps just send a small special forces retaliatory mission to find the few responsible over there? Those first two points are about stopping anything like 9/11 from happening again. Isn't that what we wanted?
No, we were told that we had to change a few regimes out. It was a mystery to some of us how Iraq was a part of this, but the Taliban, this bin Laden guy, the Al Qaeda group, well, we figured these people in Washington knew how to handle this. Why Saudi Arabia was left out is not a mystery if you noticed how friendly relations were at the top level. For some reason George Bush's "Axis of Evil" went from Iraq through Afghanistan over to North Korea, consisting of just those 3. It was a nice gentle arc, skipping over Iran (to save for later) and then China. Likely, there was just Deep State interest in each of the 3, and you could tell the people anything at that point. Who was going to stop us?
Therefore, the military and their equipment were shipped over to Afghanistan over many months, and this war was prosecuted. The idea was to get rid of these Taliban guys, the Al Qaeda, all of them, fighting them there "so we wouldn't have to fight them over here." That sounded good for a moment, but wait, if we don't let them in over here, how exactly can they fight us over here anyway? Never mind. After changing out the government in Afghanistan, we'd have to build them up and teach them how to run a nice non-violent democracy****, and then Whallah, we can go home and all be in peace. Well, we might have to do that for a few other countries too of course, but one, no, two at a time. It might take some time... It might take some more money than was first allocated ...
Mind you, all this is just the official story of what this was all about. I'd say it's the one most Americans believed, at least through the first few years. After a 20 years = 2 decades = 1 generation, we know it was a waste of 2 1/2 TRILLION dollars, a waste of many thousands of just the American lives, and a tremendous loss of respect and goodwill for this nation. We just don't all know what the real reasons were*****.
* I should add here, that is also excepting the next does of blatant population replacement, as James Kirkpatrick just told us more about in The Afghan “Refugee” Racket—Latest Excuse To Dispossess The Historic American Nation on VDare. (It's not fun reading.)
** I guess muh muh muh generation cared more about real Rock & Roll than the dead Kennedies... wait ...
** Pearl Harbor was an attack on the US military, really, while the ~ 3,000 dead in NY City were civilians. Since not a big proportion of Americans have been involved with the military since the winding down of Vietnam, I would guess an attack on civilians was seen as much worse by most of us, and our military had seemed omnipotent since the end of the Cold War anyway.
**** Pretty much everyone has forgotten that a democracy is not what we were supposed to have here either, but I'll let that slide for this one.
***** I read speculation in some possible reasons in the comments section under the recent Ann Coulter post. They sound like very reasonable guesses.
Ron Unz comments with some comment-sense
Posted On: Monday - August 30th 2021 8:31PM MST
In Topics:   Websites  Pundits  Kung Flu Stupidity
First, just a note here to say that Peak Stupidity will be including quite a bit more of the Kung Flu stupidity now that Season 3 is in full swing. I have so much other stuff backed up, but maybe, on the COVID-one-niner, a Peak Stupidity post a day keeps Doctor Fauci away... far, far away, I hope! I believe our readers want to read this stuff because it's happening now. We like to write about it too, because, though many flavors of stupidity abound, the Kung Flu PanicFest is a novel form of stupidity. We are both the Woodward & the Bernstein of the Kung Flu PanicFest story. Where are our Pulitzers?
I noticed just today that Ron Unz has a 3rd in a series of posts of his under his "Announcements" section specifically set up for commenter to debate the Kung Flu vaccination controversy. I had not gotten into the 1st two, mostly due to my disagreement, or so I thought, with Mr. Unz's stance on the Kung Flu in general*. I have neither the heart nor time to go through the previous comment threads as Are the Opponents of the Covid Injections “Anti-Vaxx Crackpots”? (Mr. Unz is interviewed by Mike Whitney, who has been on the anti-panic side of this thing.) and The Covid Debate: To Vaxx or Not to Vaxx have 1,681 and 1,589 comments in them, respectively! (The commenters are nothing if not consistent in output.). Good on The Unz Review for this, but a 3rd drawback of getting into them is who in hell would read a comment that old and that is one in 1,500?!
The 3rd post is simply called A Continuation of the Covid Vaxxing Debate. I have read through just over 300 of the comments in about 2 hours. (I was traveling.)
I know this is a digression, but just to back up my claim of 2 hours, let me put it this way. I don't think I read nearly as fast as Ron Unz claims to (and very likely does!) I can move along like most of the best of them, though, as I know when to skip the last part of an occasional uninteresting one, and I usually recognize the ones I've already read via clicking around on replies to others. I'll say this specifically for this thread. Corvinus wasn't on there, or it'd have been even faster - I skip not only his comments but almost all replies to his. There was a guy named "Rasche" who wrote some amazingly long-winded comments, and was as full of himself as I could even imagine someone being**. Mr. Unz seems to really like the guy.
Commenter Adam Smith wrote in a quick good one. (Let me know if/when you've read that whole thing, Adam. Or, are you not as obsessive as me about it?) The thread is up to well over 400 posts now.
Again, this one is specifically about the jab. I read a good debate there. I don't mean any of the not just pro-vax but mandatory-vaxxers*** had any points that changed my mind. The guy "That Would be Telling" had his usual bit, but IMO got reamed pretty badly to the point that he was just putting Troll tags on comments as his argument. Maybe "debate" isn't the best term, but the anti-mandatory-vax commenters really did well. Any point I would have made was already made well, including my question about Mr. Unz himself.
Last winter, in Where have you gone, Ronald Unzio, ... we wondered how an extremely intelligent guy like that could write about all kinds of big lies in history (not that I agree with every single one of his revisions), yet fail to see the big lie going on all around us "right here, right now"? Here's an excerpt from that long post:
If ever there were a big story that could rival that of WWI and WWII being instigated by certain people or the people behind the implementation of Communism in Russia, who shot JFK (or JR, for that matter) or. any one of Ron’s areas of historical research that many appreciate, woudn’t this Kung Flu PanicFest be it? Yet, Mr. Unz is so into his “who started it?” conspiracy theory instead. I’m just wondering if that’s just an anti-Americans and pro-Chinese attitude coming though. Be that as it may, this is the biggest story of the century, with huge amounts of political implications. Wake up, Ron Unz! This is happening NOW, Ron, Right Here, Right Now (Unfortunately, it's not as bright a happening as the fall of the Commies in Europe, the subject of that Jesus Jones' song.)Now, of all things, among a few other comments of his on this Vax thread Part 3, Mr. Unz has a really common-sensical comment that could have written by one of us Peakers... only, yeah, we'd have written it about a year and a half earlier, but who's counting? Here you go - the whole thing:
@nicelandI would not have expected this common sense comment out of the man, but I feel bad writing that now. Bravo, Ron Unz!With vaccine protection falling with time, perhaps recently vaccinated should seek infection as “booster” against future variants? I have seen this speculation floating around and for lower risk groups this might make sense.As everyone here knows, I’m absolutely no Covid expert so take this with a huge grain of salt, but I’ve been wondering the same thing for the last few weeks. Consider:
(1) From what I’ve read, getting infected gives you very long-term, perhaps almost permanent near-immunity. There seem to be extremely few second infections that are at all serious.
(2) Covid vaccines don’t seem to provide long-term immunity, though they greatly reduce the seriousness of the infection, perhaps by 95% or more. For vaccinated people, Covid really is “just the flu.”
(3) Since vaxxed people can still get infected and infect others, and the Delta strain is so extremely contagious, I’d think that sooner or later, almost everyone will get infected. Based upon excess deaths, probably something like 1/3 to 1/2 of all American adults have already been infected.
(4) Wouldn’t it make sense for vaxxed people to deliberately get infected while their vaccine-protection is still relatively strong? That way we essentially get herd immunity, but with minimal severe illnesses, loss of life, or overwhelmed ICUs. The exceptions might be those people who are so vulnerable due to age or other factors that even the vaccine might not be enough to protect them.
(5) The big unknown in this analysis is whether vaxxed people who get infected develop “infection immunity” or not, or at least what the percentages would be.
(6) Similarly, since children seem almost invulnerable to Covid, wouldn’t it make sense for them to get infected and develop permanent immunity against later reinfection? Obviously, a year or two doesn’t make any difference, so there’s no rush and probably Covid should be better understood before this decision is made. But offhand, I think it probably makes more sense to deliberately infect children than to vaxx them.
PS: I took slight issue with Mr. Unz's point (6). I'm fine with the health aspect of it, but asking even the least hysterical of parents to purposefully infect their child is a non-starter. OTOH, if you tell them it's a vaccine, ... and it IS nearly the same as using an old-fashioned vaccine!
* He seems much too involved in his pet theory about the origins of the Kung Flu (not much of a spoiler, but "it's the Americans!"), a year ago was predicting millions of deaths FROM this virus, and lastly, used to denigrate as a "hoaxer" anyone who didn't sound hysterical enough about it. Maybe the last two opinions may have changed ...?
** It's almost to where it reads like satire, as far as his "full-of-himselfness".
*** They are the real problem. If you want to promote the vaccine and get more people to take it, fine. Our problem is those who want to force it. They are trying hard, a subject for numerous posts to come.
Doolin Dalton reprise post
Posted On: Saturday - August 28th 2021 6:33PM MST
In Topics:   Music
In yesterday's post Showdown in Tuba City, we included an Eagles song from their country-western-rock days. As I mentioned, that album, the 2nd of theirs, Desparado was a concept album. Though not all the songs fit some Western story, one can imagine they do, as I had, when listening to the album through.
Peak Stupidity readers may have more suggestions, but the other two in that concept album post, the Moody Blues' Days of Future Past and ELO's Time stuck even more to their themes. Days of Future Past tells the story of a lifetime as if it were a day, with each song being a part of it. Time is the story of man who traveled forward in time ("wish I was back in the 1980s..." - which was almost all in the future still!) with each song on the theme but (arguably) two - The Lights go Down and Hold on Tight, the latter being a hit song. Both of these are superb albums.
Back to Desperado, the Eagles liked the Western theme started with Doolin Dalton so much, that they had both an under 1 minute bluegrassy instrumental and a reprise. This reprise is followed, with no pause, by a reprise of the much more well-known song Desperado - the title song.
I've got to include these two now:
Doolin Dalton instrumental:
(That's the appropriate album cover.)
It then leads into Bitter Creek.
Doolin Dalton reprise:
(Note: I made the Doolin Dalton reprise end before the Desperado reprise starts, but you can keep that playing. It's just as good.)
"Then Jill Biden,
met Joe Biden.
He was workin' cheap,
just biden time....
If they're fast,
and if they're lucky,
they may never
see that hangin' tree ...
It was band member Bernie Leadon who was the big country/western influence on the Eagles. He played banjo, mandolin, and dobro and wrote and sang lead vocals on two tracks, Twenty-one and Bitter Creek. His influence extended through the band's next album On the Border on which he wrote and sang My Man and parts of On the Border, but surprisingly not Midnight Flyer, one of my favorites. He has partial writing credit for Hollywood Waltz on the band's 4th album, One Of These Nights and wrote and sang the final track, the slow ballad I Wish You Peace.
The Eagles had already become more hard-rocking with the guitar of Dan Felder who joined the band for a little bit of On the Border and played on One Of These Nights. By the time of Hotel California Bernie Leadon had left the group, and the country/western sound was long gone.
PS: I had two suggestions for other Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) songs that could have better gone with the previous post. Alarmist suggested Laredo Tornado and Al Corrupt suggested Wild West Hero. Check those out. I did, but I still like the Eagles for the post. I thank you both for the musical suggestions.
Showdown in Tuba City
Posted On: Friday - August 27th 2021 7:44PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Geography  Peak Stupidity Roadshow  Kung Flu Stupidity
No, it's not Yuma, Arizona, a town you might know from a modern Western Movie*, way at the opposite corner of the State of Arizona. It's not even Yuba City, up in the Sacramento Valley, half way up the California-99 from Sacramento to Chico, on the way north to Weed. (I mean, where else would you be going?) We're talking Tuba City, with a "T", in the northeast of Arizona within Injun country, the Navajo lands, to be specific.
We needed gas, a few snacks, and a pit stop to pee on our recent road trip, and Tuba City, Arizona was the pit stop I selected. I'd been through there long before, on a long road trip, and I like to see if anything has changed. Many moons ago, back before the Tatanka, that is the COVID-19 virus, roamed the land of the Red Man, I had slept in the truck in this town, right outside the Indian police station, as all the hotels were booked up. Well, the hotels are another story, to be discussed in another post, but we just wanted to go into the gas station. We found that the doors were locked up. I first thought that the town of Tuba City had been abandoned due to the recurrent deadly shoot outs that had occurred after the Coconino County Sheriff high-tailed it down to Winslow to take it easier.
Nope, Tuba City wasn't abandoned. Instead, a masked Indian squaw stood behind the glass door of the entranceway. I am no codetalker myself, but I distinctly heard the muffled sound of "you n__d to we__ mask, Wh__ Man."
It turned out we had to wear face masks or we could not come in. A tumbleweed rolled across the dusty plain, well, the parking lot, as we headed back to our steed. Actually, it may have been a Circle-K bag. We
With the door now unlocked for us by the one I now call "shoots-with-thermometer", we were told we must have our temperatures taken. My temperature shot up a few degrees F right then and there. Words flew, such as "you've gotta be kidding me - this crap again?", "you're not gonna die today, lady", along with "hysterical" and "retarded". It got pretty heated, long after I should have just walked away. Apparently, the words "hysteria" and "retarded" mean something worse in Navajo, I dunno. Luckily all guns stayed holstered,.
We headed about 200 yards up the dusty trail to an Exxon station, in which the young brave behind the plexiglas didn't care much about our attire. Gas pumped, gummies purchased for the boy, bladders relieved, and no longer desperate, we high-tailed it out of Tuba City. Hoping the law would not be on our tail, I kept it under 75 mph.
Next time if ever we are in Tuba City, I intend to come in peace. As an offering of good will, I think we will enter the gas station bringing our slightly soiled, but still very nice, blankets with the Washington Redskins logo. Hopefully that will go over well...
OK, I know we are going to get emails galore** after this 2nd instance of putting what may not be the readers' choice in music here. Let the vitriol fly folks, because, I'm sorry, I'm just not agonna embed an ELO song for this post. I won't do it, I tell you! Don't get me wrong - they were a great band among many*** great mid-1970s bands. Jeff Lynne was creative as all get-out. However that style of music doesn't fit with the Western theme of this post. Look at the scene up above again - you're thinking Eagles now, right?
Desperado, the Eagles 2nd album from 1973, is my favorite. I got this one as a cut-out**** in the 1980s. It is what people and Peak Stupidity called a concept album. This one is a great example, with its Western theme that all of the songs could fit. In our link about concept albums, the 3 examples I give include this one, along with albums by the Moody Blues, and, yes, ELO.
It's called Doolin Dalton. Enjoy! Thank you for reading, listening, and/or writing. I may put some more songs up tomorrow, but we won't provide any more stupidity "solutions" until next week. Have a great weekend.
* I thought 3:10 to Yuma was pretty good.
** Though I don't see exactly how.
*** There were so many great British acts. Think about it. Elton John, Queen, Jethro Tull, Al Stewart, Rod Stewart, along with bands that had already been big in the 1960's, like the Stones, the Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin.
**** For those who don't know about the old vinyl records, the stores would put a 1/4" wide by 3/4" or so cut in the cover to indicate they were used or just on sale, I guess. That meant $3 for an album vs. $8.
Ann Coulter with a Neocon flashback
Posted On: Friday - August 27th 2021 10:40AM MST
In Topics:   Pundits  The Neocons  World Political Stupidity
It happens. You can agree with 98% of the writing or speech of some pundit, politician, even friend, but occasionally stuff that you just plain can't agree with comes out. How can they be like that, you wonder. Ann Coulter has been Peak Stupidity's #1 literary pundit for a long time. It's not just her opinions but her writing style and humor that put her at numero uno.
I would say I agree with 98% of what she writes. I have disagreed on her about the pot (a minor issue, IMO) and about her support for Affirmative Action. The latter stance is not libertarian. It's not conservative. In this day and age, after 1/2 a century of proscribed discrimination against the White Man, not to mention that the shit hasn't helped matters, that stance is plain stupid. Like I wrote though, there's that 98%.
Therefore, while reading what started off and ended as another good common-sense column that any real Conservative, Libertarian, Constitutionalist, and alt-righters, even, would agree with, I came across a Neocon flashback from Miss Coulter. In her latest column, Teaching Psycho Flintstones About Women’s Equality Didn't Work. (Duh!), there's this one small paragraph in the middle:
I was, and remain, more pro-Afghanistan war and Iraq war than Donald Rumsfeld, but not so we could hang out for 20 years and teach them to respect transgenders.Please note that I kept the link there that either Miss Coulter or VDare had included, pointing to her column on the TownHall site from September 14th, 2001. Yes, it's important to first read her writing from 3 days after the NYC attack. I have a memory of Miss Coulter being a Neocon but forgave her for that emotional writing during that time.
I ask the reader to click that link, because it's not all Neocon vitriol. There's a lot of great libertarian writing about the airport security stupidity. I didn't mean to write a long post here, but.. anyway, here:
"All of our lives" don't need to change, as they keep prattling on TV. Every single time there is a terrorist attack -- or a plane crashes because of pilot error -- Americans allow their rights to be contracted for no purpose whatsoever.Great stuff! Now, I read further, and I got to part I specifically remember, 20 years later! You may too:
The airport kabuki theater of magnetometers, asinine questions about whether passengers "packed their own bags," and the hostile, lumpen mesomorphs ripping open our luggage somehow allowed over a dozen armed hijackers to board four American planes almost simultaneously on Bloody Tuesday. (Did those fabulous security procedures stop a single hijacker anyplace in America that day?)
Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.That was pure emotion, that's all. People read it though. Perhaps the Neocons took great advantage of that.
The 2nd clause in that one sentence paragraph in her recent column has Miss Coulter's point that the wars were OK, but only to punish people and get out. Well, I'll write more with my view of the purpose of the Afghanistan war in another post. Regarding Iraq though, does Miss Coulter just not want to admit she was wrong? Lots of people have. I'd forgive her. Does she still see some purpose for America having waged war on a country that had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack, even as alleged?*
Steve Sailer had a recent post in which he excerpted his writing from a blog post written at the time of the build-up to Iraq War II and the Afghan war.. I give him a lot of credit for his anti-war position back then. As I wrote on that thread, I also saw no rhyme or reason for the Iraq war. However, I remember now that 20 years ago I still had a small amount of respect for these high-up policy makers. My thoughts leaned toward "maybe they know something we don't and can't divulge it... for reasons." I now know that they have plenty of reasons not to tell us their intentions, but it's not because they know better than us.
* Peak Stupidity will publish a post on why we don't argue about 9/11 on 9/11, this year.
As the Raven flies ...
Posted On: Thursday - August 26th 2021 10:00AM MST
In Topics:   Music  Humor  Environmental Stupidity  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
...wooo hoo hoo hooo... ♫ ♪ ♬🎵 ... well, or tries to.
"Don't feed the animals" is a sign we saw at a lot of the viewpoint type places* at the National Parks. I get the idea. The bigger the animals, the worse an idea it is too. You know when you see friendly little odd-colored squirrels that, no, they aren't just a friendlier species of bushy-tailed rat, excuse me, squirrel, but that people have been feeding them.
There were ravens flying around Bryce Canyon that would land on a rock pillar "coincidentally" right at the view point, where people could take close-up pictures. It's one thing to feed one of them a peanut, but I saw someone feed the guy above a whole sandwich! I don't think he could even get airborne with that thing, so he had to jump into the brush and deal with it.
Crows are pretty smart birds, and these ravens are nothing but big crows. I don't believe they are as smart as the one in the Edgar Allan Poe - m, but they seemed to stay away from the tourists until another one, such as my son, comes up with a flavor blaster Gold Fish™ or something (yeah, all that salt made me worried too - and the trans fats, what's the recommended daily requirement for a Corvus?)
With all that added weight, I wonder if they flew down below the rim of the canyon just for the thicker air, to stay aloft at that extra gross weight. OK, seriously, though, they do all that flying to look for prey down there, your ground
OK, listen, I know a bunch of our readers will be expecting The Alan Parsons Project at this point. I'm sorry. I like that band. I just think that stuff is a little bit out there for this blog. I know, this is cough, bullshit, cough, cough. I! GET! THAT! We're (OK, I'm) the blogger here, and we're going with Dan Fogelberg. Dan Fogelberg it is, from the excellent album Souvenirs, with As the Raven Flies.
This one is not NEARLY the best song from that classic 1974 album.
* Shamefully, we didn't do any real hiking on our trip this time, just the driving-around touristy thing for the most part. Well, my boy and I did climb around a lot of the red rock formations at The Arches.
Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?
Posted On: Wednesday - August 25th 2021 9:49AM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Globalists  Geography  Big-Biz Stupidity  Customer Care
... well, as I imagined her anyway.
I think it was 30 years ago when "Carmen SanDiego" was the imaginary character who taught classes that were on the new CDs!, and maybe still on 3 1/2 inch floppy disks. Well it's not her of whom I'm worried about the whereabouts today. As an afterthought to yesterday's post Has "Customer Care" just been fully outsourced?, I really do wonder where these outsource workers are "working" from. ("Working" is in quotes simply because it has been a real shitshow dealing with these people lately - that ain't workin' ....)
As I wrote yesterday, the accents of a couple of them were very similar and Eastern European sounding. Perhaps that E. Euro. is something I got in my head that is just wrong. However, the accents definitely were neither the normal •Indian one nor the normal Filipina/o* one. Where in the world are "our" customer care associates? They are trained not to divulge that information now - it probably brings on even more vitriol from American customers who are rightfully sick of the misunderstanding, confusion, and waste of time. "Why you... you foreigner!" Who knows now? I have talked to foreign-sounding shady-sounding "representatives" who told me they are right in Georgia - the one on the North American continent too.**
Are the normal •Indians and Filipinae that speak English very clearly with occasionally a very good understanding too, getting just too costly for Big Biz now.? "Continual cost savings", CCS, has got to keep moving, to keep the company stock and the GDP rising. Maybe the equivalent of 3 bucks an hour, with 1/2 hour lunch breaks and free electricity for curry and rice cookers, is just a big piece of low-hanging cost-saving fruit that has had to be picked. Are these new customer care people inner •Indians, from the interior jungles, or outer island Filipinae, from the islands under Moslem and Communist threat? With the lower cost of living and lower building costs, a high-speed wifi-enabled row of huts could be feasibly built, as part of the Global support network. These people don't demand air conditioning either.
You could be talking to any one of 6 continents in the world, Antarctica being just too pricey, what with having to heat the cubicles and all. It's so global and small-world-after-all-ey that it gives you a nice warm feeling when you are on the call for an hour and a half to find out what you need to know from this nice probably hot, probably skimpy-business-attire-wearing young lady who could indeed be named Carmen SanDiego.
Is she Bangladeshi? How about Malian? Burkina Fasolian? Let's try some other continents here. Maybe the young hottie on the other end is a Yucatan Peninsularian. She's probably not a 38th Parallel Asian (see same link), as costs are high there, at least on the south side. She could be French Guianian, working out of the newly renovated old solitary confinement cells in Saint Laurent de Maroni (still no air conditioning though...). How about Micronesian? I kinda doubt it - from the size of those hooters in the picture, I'd guess more likely Macronesian or a Bolivian working from the shores of Lake Titicaca, her English having been taught to her by the ancestors of Los Bandidos Yanquis. Was I speaking to a Bikini Atollian? That'd be nice to think about. It's been quite a few 1/2 lives already of most of the material, and she didn't mention anything about having extra eyes or a 3rd mammary gland or anything. (Of course, they are trained rigorously not to divulge location, so she may have been just being coy.)
She could be Romanian, ... she could be Bulgarian, she could be Albanian, she could be Hungarian, she might be Ukranian, she could be Australian, she could be an alien, send her to me!
* Here's a situation in which maybe the woke Filipinax term may be actually easier. Or, should it be Filipinox, though?
** Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure that one WAS a scam. I forgot to look into it further, and I forgot to report on it here.