Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Johnny Appleseed

 

You don't hear this song nearly enough. Still miss Joe Strummer.

Linky Links

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

- Interesting

VDH: Incompetence + Arrogance = Woke

- Right-leaning social media platform gets 1.5 million users in just 11 days. Intrigued by the proposed "tip" function. Also Parler seems to be rising from the ashes after the attempts by Big Tech to kill it.

- One does have to wonder if White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is really running things.

- This is an important story that isn't going away. Although to be honest - I was distracted by the vaccinated Ted Cruz wearing a mask. What's up with that?

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The Democratic Party really seems to be in a pickle. It is becoming increasingly clear that Joe Biden is cognitively not up for the job but also clear that Kamala Harris is so unpopular that she might become a boat anchor for the entire party. What to do? What to do?...  And I wrote the above before reading this article from Victor Davis Hanson. Perhaps great minds think alike (or maybe the problem is just that glaringly obvious despite what the media is not telling us)... I always wanted to visit Australia but after the latest lockdown - not so much anymore... McDonalds says all CUSTOMERS and employees in high COVID areas must wear masks no matter vaccination status. McDonalds stock down $8 since announcement ($244.69 on 8/2 and $236.00 on 8/3). Sure it's unrelated... Celebrity Death Match used to be a big show on MTV. I enjoyed it but today I'd really like to see a Celebrity Rascal Scooters Racing with the first match between Rob Reiner and Rosie O'Donnell. You'd watch that - wouldn't you?... I predicted a couple of weeks ago that failing or struggling brands would try to boost exposure or revenues by simply rebranding themselves by adding a "+" sign or the word "Plus" to the end of their name and shortly thereafter we saw Outside+ and the joke that is CNN+. Now we see the media trying to rebrand the Delta variant as the Delta Plus variant. What does that say about the seriousness of the variant and the lack of the public buying into new lockdowns?... 

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

More Linky Links

More stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

Why the CDC's PCR tests were bullshit all along

- Alberta, Canada shows courage and common sense. Alberta for the 51st state!

CDC to drop "gold standard" COVID test: PCR risks false positives. This should be bigger news but it also begs the questions like "if a job site had to be closed down due to a false positive - is anyone liable for that?" Or "if an athlete has to withdraw from a competition due to a false positive what's their recourse?" Guessing the answer is nobody is responsible for anything so sorry better luck next time

So very true and so very important to remember.

Linky Links

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

- Joe Biden has gone beyond parody. I thought this report was a joke at first but it's real. Starting to feel like elder abuse at this point.

- CDC Mask Guidance Assessment Go Under the Microscope and are Found Devoid of Science and Reason. Lies, damn lies, and COVID statistics. 

- How we got to where we are. Excellent summation thread on why people are no longer trusting of those "in charge" or in the media.

- The coronavirus is rife in common US white tail deer. Was reading the article thinking "if they really want a rebellion on their hands - try cancelling deer season."

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Which politician will emerge as the American Moses with a simple slogan of "Let my people go (out of COVID lockdowns)" - that's a powerful political message... On the spot marriage proposal... Kind of miss the giant paper mache heads protesters used to wear in the 80's... Actor Scott Baio did not act in Hollywood from 2015 to 2021. Was he "cancelled" by Hollywood during those years due to his vocal Trump support? Was he secretly part of the Trump Administration and too busy to work? Or was he not getting any work because he has the acting skills of a Scott Baio? Inquiring Minds want to know... If they started calling them "the Trump vaccines" (he did institute Operation Warp Speed after all) - would that make some vaccine hesitant people more likely to get them? And would it make some others instantly regret getting their shots?... 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Without the first amendment, there's no freedom. Without the second, there's no first." - Naval Ravikant

"Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem." - Shane Parrish

"More the knowledge lesser the ego, lesser the knowledge more the ego." - Albert Einstein

"Relationships are like farts. If you have to force it, it's probably shit." - Unknown

"Devote the rest of your life to making progress." - Epictetus

"Crackheads were taking cold showers and doing intermittent fasting way before it was cool." - Ed Latimore 

"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth." - Plato

Teddy Roosevelt

 


Monday, August 02, 2021

Linky Links

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

- Micro Habits of High Impact Managers

- Evander Kane responds to allegations from his soon to be ex-wife that he bet on hockey games and may have thrown games. I'm giving Evander and the Sharks the benefit of the doubt in this case. I've seen too many divorces get beyond ugly to be surprised by the lengths some spouses will go to to hurt the other.

- How science lost the public's trust. An interview with Matt Ridley.

- Called it a year ago that disposable masks were going to be a huge environmental problem.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away." - Linus Pauling

"For the classics, philosophical insight was the product of a life of leisure; for me, a life of leisure is the product of philosophical insight." - Nassim Taleb

"Life isn't about Finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw

"As I know more about mankind, I expect less of them." - Samuel Johnson

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." - Douglas Adams

"The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks." - Mortimer Adler

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." - Soren Kierkegaard

This Was Amusing Once (Now Not So Much)


 

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Can we stop describing something as a "War on" (Drugs, Terror, etc.) or describing something as an "Apocalypse"  (remember the recent Bee Apocalypse?). Things described thusly always seem misguided or flat out wrong... In the Seven Years War, for every man who died in battle for England, an incredible 87 died of disease. If only General Fauci had been there and ordered them to wear masks!... Who had Mexico emerging as the voice of reason?... People tend to forget that India is a nuclear power and Beijing is well within range of New Delhi's missiles... It's been a year - wonder how Jeremy Roenick's lawsuit against NBC for wrongful termination is progressing?...  North Carolina also has a voice of reason... Analysis true: "It started out as a virus and mutated into an IQ test"...  

Knowledge from Naval Ravikant


 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Linky Links

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

- Get Ready for the "No-Buy" List.  "First Big Tech censored speech. Now they want to shut deplorables out of the financial system."

- Matt Taibbi - Meet the Censored: Hitler

- Steven Pressfield: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be, #2

- Interesting

- Analysis True!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I'm curious to see if major unions like the NFLPA or the government workers unions cave to vaccine mandates or if they stand up for their members who do not want to be forced to get a vaccine to save their jobs... Gourmand Winos would be a good name for a band... Perhaps the trade of Russell Westbrook to the Lakers was a distraction tactic by LeBron James to make people look away from how much of a dumpster fire Space Jam II is. Plausible theory... If the NFL in effect bans non-vaccinated players could they also ban vegan players while they're at it? That might get my support... Really random thought; in old western movies you'd never see John Wayne or Gary Cooper in a whorehouse. Henry Fonda? Sure. Jimmy Stewart? Maybe (he did run one in The Cheyenne Social Club)...  

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can't fathom." - Naval Ravikant

"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." - Richard Feynman

"'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded. And once they are suspended it is not difficult for anyone who has assumed emergency powers to see to it that the emergency will persist." - Freidrich Hayek 

"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness." - Abraham Maslow

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man." - Heraclitis

"The groove is in the heart." - Dee-Lite

"Nothing matters! Nothing has any consequences! Dance while you still can!" - Loki

Harry Potter

According to the books, Harry Potter would have turned 41-years old today. Happy birthday Harry! 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Linky Links

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

- No more masks or lockdowns is a winning political message.

- On a related note - Matt Taibbi: The Vaccine Aristocrats 

- Electric buses are basically wasting taxpayer dollars so certain people can virtue signal how pure of heart they are.

- VDH: What is Woke Really About? "Wokeness is many things. But increasingly it seems a cover for careerism, profiteering - and utter incompetence."

- Wine-tasting: It's Junk Science. "Even trained, professional palates are terrible at judging wine." Experts of all stripes really getting hammered these past two-years.

EDIT: Just noticed that the links are from two left-leaning sources, two right-leaning sources and a libertarian. Talk about "fair and balanced!"

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Everyone on social media should remember this quote from Suraj Parmar, "Not your server, not your posts or videos." This is so true and you are foolish to think otherwise... Here's an idea for Hollywood; a re-make of Oh! Calcutta! but starring characters from Avatar. Admit it - you'd check that out just out of curiosity if nothing else. I would and that's coming from someone who has never seen either of those movies... Funny because it's true!... Remember - there is a difference between civility and conformity... Business idea - a version of Twitter but just for posts about politics. I'd suggest calling it the Manure Bank... The Dancing Turtle would be a good name for a bar... Get well Tito! Terry Francona is by far my favorite Red Sox manager in my lifetime. He was treated badly on the way out the door in Boston which has not been forgotten by many fans...  

Well Played Sarcastic Guy - Well Played

Via 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Trust Us


Via 

Linky Links

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

Walmart to pay college tuition and book costs for full and part-time employees. Your move Amazon.

- Despite "Delta" alarmism, US COVID deaths at lowest level since March 2020 - "despite all the alarmism and clamor for renewed restrictions on our liberty, there's not really been a resurgence in the state of the COVID-19 crisis itself." 

- Interesting - Are we finally getting cold feet about Net Zero (the UK's version of the Green New Deal)? "The green agenda has been hastily advanced by lobbyists, academics and politicians, who have few realistic ideas as to how to achieve any of it - technically, economically or politically."

- Jeez - Medical Schools are Now Denying Biological Sex. Enough is enough with this woke culture crap!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

If I were a billionaire I'd hire the actor from Game of Thrones to follow Nancy Pelosi around at all public appearances, ringing her bell and saying, "Shame! Shame!"... I may be an awful person but I thought this was hilarious... Have you ever noticed that the same people who say they would never step foot in a Walmart because of how Walmart treats their employees, "the people of Walmart" or what Walmart did to small businesses in small towns also seem to be the same ones who get almost daily deliveries from Amazon Prime? Some serious cognitive dissonance... Sacred Drunkenness would be a good name for a band (or a new religion)... Here's a business idea for Big Pharma - why not just combine the COVID vaccines with heroin? Really get people addicted to "booster shots." Imagine what that would do for the bottom line... Random admission from a middle-aged guy: all my FaceTime calls from my iPhone are either butt dials or calls with tech support... BTW I have nothing against either Walmart or Amazon - just not a fan of hypocrisy 

Truth