Friday, September 18, 2020

Linky Links

 Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- China to launch space mining bot. Which led me to wonder - which enterprising nation will launch the first space piracy bot? Honestly - that how my brain thinks.

- New stealth fighter 6th gen prototype flies in record time, invisible and deadly

- Not as sexy or newsworthy as stability in the Middle East but the Trump Administration is also making strides to bring stability and prosperity to South and Central America.

- The Russia Bounties story turns out to be trash journalism. Why the White House and Pentagon haven't revoke the New York Times press credentials over this is beyond me.

- Van the Man! Van Morrison rails against the lockdowns in new songs.

- The new Tesla battery that will give even more scale to the EV market?

Flotsam and Jetsam

 Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

If there is a Presidential debate and Donald Trump showed up without a necktie while Joe Biden failed to string two consecutive coherent thoughts together the whole night - in the post debate commentary by the main stream media all that would be talked about is Trump's lack of a tie... Some Beatnik Slang some of which is pretty cool but other are just "off the cob"... Thomas Jefferson said, "The American people won't make a mistake if they are given all the facts." The main stream media seems determined to make sure the American people never get all the facts... This is in a nutshell why I stopped eating bananas. Don't be a monkey... If I'm ever in a relationship with a woman who keeps Moet et Chandon in a cabinet - I'm pretty sure I'm going to bail. Thanks Queen's lyrics for the dating advice... People wondering why Barack Obama hasn't spoken out about Netflix's film that blatantly sexualized 11-year olds should remember that this is the guy who got his own daughter an internship with Harvey Weinstein... 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Triple Rainbow


If you believe in symbolism the three rainbows in this recent photo taken in Israel could easily represent; the UAE-Israel Peace Deal, the Bahrain-Israel Peace Deal, and the Kosovo-Serbia Peace deal where both nations agreed to recognize Israel and place diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. 

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. Genesis 9:16

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Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Chicago is in big trouble as a city. And underfunded pensions weren't even mentioned. A financial disaster is looming... Wonder when trans-activists will schedule their first JK Rowling book-burning event. You know its coming. And book-burning is always a sign of the most tolerant of folks... This Ben Affleck story is 100% accurate... Ilhan Omar on Tuesday's historic Middle East Peace deals, "Some people did something" (probably)... Judd Apatow on Hollywood "China has bought our silence"... Someday I'd like to compare where Venezuela stood in comparison to other nations based on GDP when Socialists were first elected to office and where it stands now. And then do the same thing for California starting in 2008... 

EDIT: I was only joking about the JK Rowling book-burning but evidently they're already happening.

Quotes for Today

 Some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"You're not going to get very far in life based on what you already know." - Charlie Munger

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it." - Albert Einstein

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Seneca

"Peace doesn't require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there." - Byron Katie

"Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than how you think it should be." - Wayne Dyer

"Indifference to external events. And a commitment to justice in your own acts." - Marcus Aurelius

"Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well." - Jack London

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Sweden's Covid-19 Deaths

Chart may be tough to read but basically Sweden, which did not lockdown the country or economy, is experiencing basically a single Covid-19 death per day.  The population of Sweden is roughly 10.23 million.  That's a little smaller than North Carolina and a little larger than Michigan. 

Flotsam and Jetsam

 Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Remember wondering how the fact that FDR was crippled and for the most part confined to a wheelchair could be kept hidden from the American people by a willing and complicit US press? Well future generations will wonder the same thing about Joe Biden's cognitive decline... If I played in the NBA I would try to make my "social justice" message on my jersey "Flat Tax Now!" That certainly qualifies as social justice - right? Doubt the NBA would allow it though... Yesterday I posted the Thomas Jefferson quote, "Liberty is the parent of science and virtue, and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free." I mentioned that political correctness was stifling true science. Also yesterday Scientific American came out and endorsed Joe Biden. "We've never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history - until now." It would take Scientific American another 175-years to get their credibility back but my guess is the magazine now won't last another decade... Tim Ferriss mentioned that one of the underrated things about Joe Rogan's Spotify deal is that it is exclusive. That probably means for video too. Ferriss points out that this is a big deal as Rogan's videos of his podcasts pull in huge numbers on YouTube. All of those views would now be going to whatever Spotify's new video offering is. Just something to keep in mind... 

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Chinese virologist claims she has proof COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab. Many scientists have been pointing at this very thing for a while now.

- How Trump defied the experts and forged a breakthrough in the Middle East. Making the US energy independent also played a large role.

- More than 20 Belgian doctors against Corona hysteria. (PDF) "We argue that the measures to get the coronavirus under control are disproportionate and do more harm than good." There were also another 200 Irish doctors voicing the same concerns. 

- Daylight Savings should be permanent. I've been in favor of this for as long as I've had this blog.

- The Sturgis biker rally did not cause 266,796 cases of COVID-19. I read the first dozen pages of the study when it came out and it was immediately clear that it was crap. The same sort of modeling that projected 2.2 million Wuhan virus deaths in the US. Pure crap!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Heartbreak Beat - Psychedelic Furs

Linky Links

 Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- VDH - Joe Biden "The Great and Powerful" [Oz]

- Report: MLB to ban alcohol from postseason celebrations in 2020. Let's take a sport that's boring to begin with and suck even more joy out of it. You be you MLB.

- Why study the warrior archetype

- Orcas seem to be purposefully targeting boats off of Spain

- I'm an awful person for laughing at this

Flotsam and Jetsam

 Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

President Trump agreeing via Twitter to a 4-hour debate with Joe Biden to be moderated by Joe Rogan is a perfect example of what Scott Adams calls "free money." There was free money on the table and Trump took it. There's no down side for Trump to agree to the debate because he knows that Biden's team will never agree to it and by agreeing to it he looks good to a large portion of Joe Rogan's 190 million fans... Many Patriots fans wanted to show their support of Tom Brady for all he's done for New England over the years by betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those fans will be paying their bookies today... Confession - I am 100% Irish but am much more likely to get drunk the first Sunday of NFL football than I am on Saint Patrick's Day. This year was no exception... Meanwhile Cam Newton led the New England Patriots to both a win and a cover. Few more games like that and you'll see fewer and fewer number 12 jerseys around Boston (sorry but that's the way sports works)... "Liberty is the parent of science and virtue, and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free." - Thomas Jefferson. This quote makes me think of how the political climate is actually stifling science today because scientists have to be careful to toe the PC line or get cancelled for their "science." That's not a healthy situation... All these years later and I still can't shake the feeling that Anthony Weiner was some sort of elaborate long-con Borat-like prank from the folks at The Daily Show all along. Weiner was Jon Stewart's roommate in college... 

Quotes for Today

 Here are some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"A permanent solution to a temporary problem becomes a permanent problem." - Naval Ravikant

"Self education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." - Isaac Asimov

"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom." - Herman Hesse

"True love is when both people think they have the better half of the deal." - Simon Sinek

"Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." - Ernest Hemingway

"A life dragged slowly on amidst laments, becomes a kind of death." - Seneca

"The measure of a man is what he does with power." - Plato

Monday, September 14, 2020

Linky Links

 Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- What Bahrain's deal with Israel really means

- Climate change and nuclear power explained

- Please let this happen - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.  Also if you have't listened to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Tim Kennedy it's well worth your time

- Your Brain's Role - Lisa Feldman Barnett

- SNF ratings down 28%. Some will argue that part of the decline is due to people streaming the game (like I did). Other will say this is another example of "Go Woke Go Broke." I think history will show the Go Woke Go Broke explanation was the correct one.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Watched the first half of the Patriots game yesterday at a friend's restaurant. He used to be a huge Patriots fan but now because the embrace of BLM by the NFL and the protesting of police and the flag - he won't allow the audio of any game be played in his restaurant - even Patriots games. The NFL really has alienated a lot of former life-long fans... Wait Canadian wildfires are 36% less than normal? So why is California so out of control? Is there no "climate change" in Canada. Is Mother Gaia happy with Canadians?... Speaking of Canadians - yesterday would have been Neil Peart's birthday. He's gone way too young... With Amazon basically moving out of Seattle coupled with the riots - the chances of Seattle getting another NBA franchise are zero. This is a perfect demonstration of the phrase "Why you can't have nice things"... Beach and Pina Colada season is officially over. It is now beer and football season... Thinking of having business cards made up - "Chris Lynch Professional Enthusiast" because it sounds cool and because why not?... 

Quotes for Today

 Here are some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"You make your own luck. If you stay at it long enough." - Naval Ravikant

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

"Remember this - that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life." - Marcus Aurelius 

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents." - John F. Kennedy

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." - Bruce Lee

"The most dangerous employee you can have around is an articulate incompetent." - Roberto Goizueta

"The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate." - Doug Larson

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Go Pats!


Linky Links

 Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Why Biden will withdraw from the debates. I agree - it is only a matter of time before they make the announcement.

- Wrestling champion Navid Afkari executed in Iran despite international outcries. The Regime in Iran is evil pure and simple.

- How lack of college football is devastating to college towns.

- Disney's Mulan disaster highlights the dangers of China deals

- Amazon is moving out of Seattle - and who can blame them?

Flotsam and Jetsam

 Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Yesterday I posted the letter from independent restaurant owners who were forced to close their business. They mentioned the Restaurant Revitalization Bill which on first glance seems to make a lot of sense... For those waiting on a Covid-19 vaccine - a reminder that we still don't have a vaccine for Ebola after decades of trying... When did people first start involving God in an act of sternutation?... If there was a Church of Bacon - I'd be a parishioner. Maybe even a priest... Back in the day businesses could write off lunches and dinners as a business expense. They should bring that back as an additional way to help restaurants recover. President Trump has mentioned this before so I'm assuming he'd sign such a bill...  Sternutation by the way is sneezing. Saved you from having to look that up... "It would not have been possible for us to take power or to use it in the ways we have without the radio." - Joseph Goebbels in August 1933 when the radio was the hot new technology. Many on both sides are trying to use the Internet in a similar manner today... 

Good Morning America


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Matt Taibbi - Tapes Show: ethically, CNN chief a little shaky

- Israel: Peace Deals, Ceasefires and Stalemates. Good analysis.

- Farewell letter from an independent restaurant owner. "There's a restaurant-closing tsunami on the way."  

- This made me laugh

- Interesting - Iran's secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

- Nashville allows bars to stay open until 30 minutes after end of Tennessee Titans game. Proving once again that the Covid-19 rules are arbitrary and stupid.

- Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel. How can Trump bring peace to the Middle East and not win a Nobel prize.

September 12th Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations on the day after September 11th.

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Is it to much to ask that the day gets its proper due? Is it too much to hope that with the election behind us and people waking up to the toxic effects of social media that the country will be more united once again?... Mark Cuban is obviously in the first stage - denial. Will the next stage of anger get him kicked off Twitter?... My hope is next year the nation will be more united but in the age of "Social Justice" even September 11th can be divisive - as the NFL found out (look at the comments)... One of the things that always comes to mind on September 11th is Wells Crowther - The Man in the Red Bandanna. Boston College has a red bandanna game every fall in his memory. Never bet against BC in that game because the emotions are just off the charts...