Monday, September 18, 2017

Atmospheric Alchemists Stir the Cauldron

Even marginal weather observers admit that "climate change" cannot necessarily be associated with current hurricane activity, the destructive forces of which are really nothing new.  Yet -- WTF? -- the Trump administration appears to be giving opposing views on joining or leaving the Paris Climate Accord nonsense.  One gets a very uncomfy feeling that, following the dismissal and resignation of key conservative White House personnel, progressive insects left over from the Obama bunch have crept out of the woodwork in the dark of night in a veiled attempt to reinvigorate the good old days of taxpayer-funded excess.  We hope, at least, there's nothing more sinister than that occurring.  As long as scientists studying climate change continue to express different opinions, nobody can comfortably assure us that the science is "settled."  And the climate?  Far from settled, it always changes, and United Nations criminals and hoaxers are all too happy to implement extortion and highway robbery of nations (especially the U.S.) using fallible computerized instrumentation built in their own image.  I say, might as well bring back the crystal ball.

Beat me in St. Louis, Louis, beat me in St. Lou:  Riots (yawn. . .) in St. Louis, MO over the death of an apparent professional thug via a police shooting. How does one not sound racist when describing the rioters?  I guess we could just reduce them to what they are, which is illiterates and ignoramuses who are too stupid or agenda-ridden to check out the facts of the case -- and the very fact that this drug dealer took off in a car, endangering everybody around him as he eluded police makes him eligible for the instant death penalty.  Which he received.  Other information coming to light paints this dude as one really bad man.  I long for the day when these black suspect vs. white cop encounters actually begin with the suspect NOT doing something wrong or criminal to begin with (as videos show).  When Black Lives Matter and its organized co-conspirators ever get around to judging facts and not some hoodoo veiled in "social justice" as defined by terror and lies, maybe they'll have something worth compassion.

Immigration reform?  Yeah, right.  Again, WTF?  If I wanted Schumer, Pelosi and others of a similar mental view to run the White House, I'd have voted them in.  At the very least, can't everybody get together real quick and vote out the very concept of anchor babies?  This can be done in one day-- so why is it not on the Republican agenda (like so many other things that seem to have fallen off the cliff)?

United Nations:  Are they still around?  We hadn't noticed until news surfaced of Trump's UN visit.  Let's throw this gaggle of phonies out and make them get real jobs in their respective countries (or excuses for countries) instead of forcing us to pay most of their rent.  They may have suits and ties and look pretty as they convene useless party conferences, but at the end of each day they're almost as worthless as Congress.  Apparently, Kim Jong-un has something better than the UN in his country -- nukes, and they do a lot of talking on the international stage for better or worse.  Really, really worse.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Equifax: More Terrifying than "It"

What's more frightening than a killer clown chopping off a child's arm in a movie inspired by a Stephen King book?  The choice is tough, but I'll say. . .Equifax.  Should you happen to be an American adult, chances are your personal information is now in the not so loving hands of computer hackers who probably reside in places we've never even thought of visiting.

Ha, some credit-reporting organization.  Here's a major corporation which keeps extensive files of our personal history -- of which they never elicited or were required to elicit our permission -- and they couldn't even keep our data safe in the golden and well-known era of computer hacks.

We suppose Equifax officers consider themselves big-hearted for offering to gift us all with free credit monitoring for one year, but I assume the public appetite following outrage tends more toward something more like free lifetime monitoring for this situation over which we had absolutely no say from the start.  I don't recall asking a credit bureau to store my personal information, do you?

As if this truly overwhelming and dire predicament couldn't get worse, the monitoring corporation Lifelock took immediate advantage of this mass public misfortune by running ads bolstering their services, for which one must pay.  Nice try., but if anybody should pay for secure monitoring, it's Equifax.

Anyway, the class action lawsuits have already started to emerge, so we'll see who benefits the most -- "them" or us.

TV telethon for hurricane victims:  Whatever that was on the TV screens Tuesday evening, my impression of this supposedly charitable event hosted by famous people from the entertainment industry is that it turned out significantly to be just another way to bash and blame the right wing and Trump for anything that comes to mind.

Hillary Clinton blames the world and, yep, Trump, too.  Because even the Democrats are whispering that they wish she would just go away, we don't see a lot of cash emanating from the publication of her new book.  However, as eventual combustible material for high school bonfires?  The book is perfection.

Hurricane Irma:  Ditto, ditto, ditto our previous blog entry on the Texas hurricane, regarding too much and too many.  A big, lovely world full of people and more people seems just great until one massive disaster after another strikes.  Nature's balance is way out of control, and emergency responders can be worn to the bone in short order trying to handle catastrophic events in Texas and now Florida..  Meanwhile, we party on and rebuild the same old ways, awaiting the next atmospheric or terrestrial disturbance to turn lives upside-down, literally.  These are the dreams of madmen come true.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Involving Devolving

 Haven't we more than enough trouble with hurricanes, fires and North Korea?  Have we gone absolutely bonkers enough so that a cop can arrest a hospital ward nurse for doing her job?

Sometimes it's worthwhile to go back in time, to escape, to explore old newspaper clippings which reflect a grip on the future.  Such retreats can be so much more satisfying than discovering that certain things we have been told in recent times simply are not so.  For instance, we've been warned repeatedly that the salt-shaker and sodium in general will kill healthy users.  Not true, science now informs us.  And especially for the exercise-rabid segment of society, where folks have been assured over and over that strenuous military-style workouts for older adults are the key to longevity, medical reports list a growing number of cases where serious medical conditions (such as rhabdomyolysis), not physical fitness, culminate.  (I feel somewhat vindicated, having assured myself every time I traded a brisk walk for the comfort of the sofa, that exercise will kill you.)

So there's this newspaper clipping from the last week of July, 1984, published in the Chicago Tribune.  Yes, 33 years is a long time, but a little meeting conducted in Bar Harbor, Maine seems relevant to modern day trappings and predicaments.

"Mankind Evolving Backward, Theorist Says," reads the headline. How did they know, I wondered?

"I'm afraid we've reached a peak and that Homo sapiens is in a nose dive," warned Allan Wilson of the University of California at Berkeley.

The meeting, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and the March of Dimes, apparently unleashed a cavalcade of negativity regarding the human brain's future, essentially espousing how humans have outsmarted their own mental development merely by being clever and finding solutions to problems before brains can evolve in natural terms, thereby short-sheeting problem-solving necessities essential for brain growth in the species overall.

Our ability to override natural selection has also allowed genetic defects to thrive and remain instead of dying out, thus providing people with eyesight problems eyeglasses and those with hearing difficulties hearing aids.  By accommodating birth defects and genetic flaws, humans have become "imitators instead of innovators," stated Wilson, copying one another rather than allowing gray matter to ascend to solutions over time.  The genes which cause defects, rather than disappearing through evolution, go on to continue through successive generations of human births.

Forget the science -- the article had me at the headline, "Mankind Evolving Backward."  My point is, just look around you:  Antifa, BLM, semi-humans and masked savages raising hell in the streets in some nebulous quest for "social justice," etc.  Oh yes, dear reader, that 33-year-old prediction came true, though in a much different way than anticipated.

Trump's DACA decision:  Forget Paul Ryan and his band of Republican milksops.  Obama's illegal DACA was little more than a way for parents to drop their kids off to a United States government day care center -- and leave them here for the rest of us to take care of their needs and expenses forever.  If we don't start taking seriously the concept of "illegal" real soon and fighting for American laws, maybe we'll be ripe for gut-punches like Kim Jong-un's basket of deplorable nukes.  How long will we be stupid?  How long will the GOP continue kissing up to Democrats with decisions explicitly serving the donkey party?  How long with the Republicans do everything in their power to defeat President Trump's agenda, the one on which he was elected handily?  One more outrage for the stack -- and watch Republicans keep Obama's DACA monstrosity intact, even if disguised as something else.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Too Much, Too Many

Hurricane devastation can reach several levels of incomprehensibility, and the latest invader known as "Harvey" exceeds anything the rational mind can easily sort out.  The human toll in lives lost, emotions scrambled and dreams shattered won't be fully tallied for months or years to come, but the end result, no matter the form it takes, won't be pretty because everybody will wonder when a hell reinforced with wind, water and flood will return to do it all over again.

I've lived in Texas, and drove as far south as San Antonio, but currently have the pleasure of existing with bouts of snow and ice, not hurricanes or tornadoes.

But you wonder.  Or rather, I do.  I've never won a popularity contest for compassionate writing, so anything I tap out next will probably just urinate off a lot of folk.  It all starts with the men and women who say. . .

"Nobody is going to tell me how many children I can have!"

And that's correct, nobody can.  Well, unless you live in China, but even there the human numbers amaze.

Nevertheless, collectively parents or, more likely, people who just grind out human births because they can, produce one hell of a mountain of humans who need resources to survive and thrive:  More infrastructure, more superstructure, more crops, etc., etc.  In the process, we create societies which may as well look like targets as natural disasters go on the hunt for victims.  With so many of us scattered about in growing, expanding communities, the odds are not with us because nature's nasty surprises can no longer avoid the populated areas dotting a planet of finite land space.

"Nobody is going to tell me how many children I can have!"

True enough, and so the risks for natural disasters will increase and potential victims will be ever more in danger.  It's all in the numbers and, sadly, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, floods, disease and a ghoulish plate of other threats to life on the planet have nothing to do but "go forth and multiply."  Just like humans, who thought those words applied only to us.

Mind you, we're not addressing human-caused "climate change," merely the effects of our numbers on Earth, period.  This is not brain surgery, I'm no brain surgeon and there is no space here for an Al Gore error-sprinkled global warming love fest.

A further word about tearing down statues:  Well, once they finish ripping down Robert E. Lee (we assume that'll make ESPN feel better, too, since the jock network apparently has a problem with some "L" words), I expect they'll be coming for everybody named Robert, and I'll have to change my name to something leftist-safe, something like Chelsea Manning or Woodrow Wilson.  Idea:  What to do with all that empty space once the statues are gone?  How about erecting statues of Sheriff Joe Arpaio?!  Since the Democrats are so wrapped up in destroying statues (and public memories?) of THEIR OWN historical figures, maybe it's time for the other side to get in on the fun by replacing them with something a little different.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Riding the Down Elevator

Another Navy destroyer tragedy:  The USS John S. McCain's fate invites thoughts of possibilities, none of them palatable.  The last thing we want to believe is that (1) incompetence or enemy activity aboard ship is the cause.  The theory that (2) navigation electronics were hacked by ???, leading to abject failure resulting in multiple deaths and injuries is a terrifying prospect.  The (3) hypothesis that bad actors aboard the tanker somehow caused the encounter, assisted by forces unknown, could predict a future of more collisions.  Whatever the eventual cause -- should we "out here" ever learn the truth -- high-ranking military minds will not sleep easy this week.

Jerry Lewis dies at age 91:  Beyond the comedy, beyond the acting and directing, he contributed substantially to the world of Hollywood film production, having invented new techniques to broaden a cinematic reach around the world.  Anybody familiar with his brilliance and quick-on-the-draw wit might have been lucky enough to catch one of his appearances on Steve Allen's sixties TV show, where Lewis anonymously phoned an unsuspecting food shop owner, and in the course of several minutes subjected the man to an uproarious question and answer session.  So commanding was Lewis's comedic approach, the bit ended up on one of Steve Allen's "Funny Fone Call" LP albums.  All those years with Dean Martin (who lost an Air Force Reserve son in a plane crash), his decades with the muscular dystrophy telethon and the fact that his son and performer Gary served honorably in Vietnam instead of somehow attempting to trade in on his father's influence and status -- well, this is a little bit of Hollywood we can respect and feel good about, and we don't often say that.  We'll miss him.

Charlottesville redux:  Eagle-eyed folk reviewing videos of the event say its indisputable that members of the "other" side (the side opposing white supremacists who actually had legal permits to organize and march, unlike the opposition) did indeed contribute heavily to the violence, going on the attack quickly.  The Antifa people allegedly, as the story goes, stand against fascism, but may actually be classified as violent fascists themselves, so beware of these folks at every opportunity.  Is anything what it appears anymore? 

It's not about statues:  The U.S. strangles upon hordes -- small in number nationally, but hordes nonetheless -- interested only in destroying the country.  Yesterday it was burning the American flag, today's it's taking down statues and obliterating history, tomorrow it's anything else the leftists and anarchists can do to destroy freedom while pretending to be freedom's friend.  We must ask perpetually -- why now?

Sick to death, we should be, of the extreme leftists, communists, Nazi-wannabees, fascists and every other evil group of dangerous bastards dedicated to changing our lives, not theirs.

The statues?  First of all, monuments serve a real purpose, since high schools barely teach anything about American history anymore -- and colleges and universities?  Forget it!  Second, any minority member who believes statue-goodbyes are a good thing might feel otherwise, should easily accessible history become hard to find and dependence upon images struck in bronze, cement or various other substances becomes almost essential to remember what used to be, good or bad.

However, there is something ironic and humorous about the statue take-down craze -- it's almost totally an activity of leftists taking down memorials to Democrats -- the same side demolishing its own!  This, of course, begs the question of whether these ate Democrat sympathizers attempting to hide their own nasty history from young folk who have no idea that Democrats were significantly the racists, slave owners and -- exclusively -- KKK members in American history.

The biggest take-down of all?  Oh, that's a no-brainer.  This bunch wants President Trump out, and they have plenty of supporters, both within and outside of the government.  Me?  I'll keep Trump, thank you, especially because there's no way I want any possibility of re-Obama-izing the Executive Branch.

I am not Albert Einstein.  However, I do have enough of a functioning brain to know what Trump meant when he spoke about Charlottesville.  He did not say the words others wanted him to say because, despite his strengths, being a great orator is not among them.  Once he uses up words like "great" and "win" and "very, very" in a speech, word-finding appears difficult for him.  This is not a criticism, just an observation, and in that vein I believe he MEANT what others wanted him to say against white supremacists by using the terms available to his way of thinking as he spoke.  Get over it.

Say what you will, but Obama and the Obama bunch are the monsters who mucked up any chances of racial harmony, as they constantly did things destined to be divisive.  Diversity and divisive were the same word to that motley crew of jackals, who put into effect damned nearly any orders they wished because Obama's race -- yes, his race, and he used it -- gave him a free pass.

If the current Republican Congress knows what's good for its chances of re-election, its members need to stop avoiding, crying and experiencing nervous urination and work with Trump to get his agenda passed.  The media, teetering upon mania and pure emotional collapse as Trump continues to do the unexpected, deserves what it gets, having been all in for everything the Obama Bunch perpetrated upon the nation, and large media entities should have little to no expectation of being believed or respected by now.