Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Psst, Hot Info

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Listening to NPR (Commie radio) on the way to pick up a bottle of wine. They’re talking about the resurgence of tuberculosis in the U.S. They talk about the large number of people who are TB carriers but don’t exhibit any symptoms.

The piece goes on and I’m waiting for the punch line. Finally, at the very end of a list of possible causes, they barely, grudgingly, mention “people from other countries.”

Of course that is the whole story. There are the beginnings of a TB epidemic in the U.S. because of the large number of immigrants, illegal and legal, from countries where being a TB carrier is more common than not. I’ve been to China. In China most people are TB carriers.

They buried the lede because they are afraid of, and agree with, political correctness. Immigrants cannot possibly be a problem. The news dispensed from the major news outlets has become so distorted that it is of almost no use for getting actual information about what is really going on.

And so we are forced to seek out disreputable sources of information in dark alleys. Twitter, Conspiracy theorists, Alt (gasp) Right, Black Lives Matter, Scientology, the President of the United States. You can’t trust anyone, but if you’re thirsting for knowledge, the real skinny, you may have to associate with some pretty sketchy characters.

Nobody is going to filter it for you. Walter Cronkite is dead. You are on your own.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

As the old morality recedes, the new PC morality replaces it, with a vengeance.

Gone are any serious concerns about pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. In the current Presidential election, both contenders each exhibited at least four of the seven deadly sins. Nobody cares.

Today the seven deadly sins are racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, transphobia, climate change denial, and fat shaming.

The penalties for transgression are pretty much the same as ever: ostracism, loss of livelihood, expulsion from polite society, loss of friends, etc. Fortunately, burning at the stake has not yet been brought back into vogue.

Crazy/Incompetent/Hitler/Racist/Treasonous

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

It very well may be that Trump is crazy/incompetent/Hitler/racist/treasonous as they say. There is no way for you and I to know for sure really. You just have to play the odds. Myself, I am heartened. He is doing even better than I had hoped for, near as I can tell.

Keep the Faith

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

You have to understand that the media will never, under any circumstances, ever, say that President Trump has done something right. No matter what. Ever.

Given that, you have to calibrate how this unceasing barrage of negative propaganda affects you, and everybody else.

Trump is accomplishing a lot, and this is just the beginning. There is much more to come. He is not going to be impeached. He is not going to resign. There is no Russian collusion. The Republicans will do just fine in the 2018 elections.

As Richard Nixon would say, keep the faith.

Free Health Care

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Formula for providing universal health care:

1. Be a free rider on American innovation in medical technology and drugs.

2. Have America provide for your defense so you don’t have to spend money on that.

3. Take over 50% of people’s income in taxes.

4. Ration care. Have the government decide who gets what treatments when.

Voila! “Free” health care for everyone!

The Dark Side

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The pull of the dark side, death, evil, whatever you call it, is strong. I was listening on Apple Music, for old time’s sake, to the Jerry Garcia solo albums. Beautiful and dark. Jerry was drawn towards the dark. He sang about his own coming death. Not just Jerry, but the Stones, even the Beatles and Dylan, from time to time, couldn’t help being seduced.

We are all so drawn, I think. There is something seductive, beautiful in its own way, of the rebellion against the light. It is difficult to resist. It is the original sin. It is ISIS.

On my one and only ayahuasca journey, I experienced a vision of ultimate evil. It was like an infinite wall of images of absolute horror, death, and evil. My immediate reaction was shock and fear.

When I was able to gather myself and draw back, I was suddenly struck by how incredibly beautiful the vision was, in spite of being an avalanche of horror. As soon as that happened, it all changed, to the most heavenly vision imaginable. Beauty and love without end.

There is a raging cosmic war being waged for possession of our human souls. We ignore the reality of this war at our ultimate peril.

The Sea of Disinformation

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

No one knows the #realnews. We’re lucky if we even know who our real friends are & who we’re married to. We swim in a sea of #disinformation.

Welcome to the Information Age

Monday, March 20th, 2017

More and more I can’t watch the news/commentary shows anymore. I, and I think many others, have been alerted, and can now see that it is mostly fake news.

It always was, but now it is much worse because of President Trump. The President is not shy about pointing it out, but it is so over the top, he almost doesn’t need to.

These people aren’t telling me anything. it’s all a bunch of crap. Why am I wasting my time watching this? These are the unanswerable thoughts that begin to intrude.

The scary part is, if it’s all fake news, that means we don’t have any reliable source of information about what is really going on. We may have opinions about this or that, but we have no idea what is going on, and even if we did, there is nothing we could do about it.

What we do have is our common sense, and our ability, based on individual experience, to judge a person’s character based on their public appearances. Thin reeds.

Everything else is just somebody selling something. Welcome to the information age.

The Brave Resistance

Friday, March 17th, 2017

This is what I think. There are a significant number of members of the Democratic Party, the MSM, and even the judiciary, who are actually trying to engineer a coup to overthrow the elected government of the United States. They believe they are the brave #resistance to the Nazi takeover.

They are crazy. It’s not going to happen, but there are enough people suffering from this delusion that leaders like Schumer and Pelosi feel the need to pander to them to maintain their own positions.

I am pretty optimistic that this insanity will backfire. Trump is gong to be able to keep his connection to the people, he’s gonna get a lot of stuff done, things are going to improve at home and abroad.

And It’ll be a long time before the Democrats recover, if they ever do. They might just disappear, and the Republicans split into two new parties, the Rockers and Mods.

If all that comes true, even I will start believing in my powers of prognostication.

The Wretched of the Earth

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

I’ve lived in a used army tent, with a wife and three kids and a half dozen other people, in a Tennessee winter when the temperature was below zero, no electricity, no insulation, heat from a wood stove. There was no hot water. In fact there wasn’t even cold water until we thawed out the black plastic pipe on the ground that brought us our water, by bringing it into the tent by the stove.

So, even though I am not one of them, I know a little something about the people in the world who are getting the shitty end of the stick, the wretched of the Earth. Not much maybe, but a little something.

It’s not their fault. It’s really not anyone’s fault. And I know that things are better on Earth now for everyone than has ever been the case, but that’s not saying much.

What improvement there has been has been due to the free market and technology, both created, primarily, in Western Europe and the United States.

There is now enough science and technology to eliminate material want for everyone. But, as has always been true, the vast majority of the people in the world are, literally, delusional. Their minds are captives of bad ideas, like Communism, Jihadism, Sharia law, the Caste system, Scientology, and a million more.

There is of course a great deal of disagreement about what are bad ideas and what are good ideas, but I think we can all agree, no matter one’s point of view, that so far the bad ideas are winning. They are winning, and their fruits are war and disease and starvation and suffering.

I believe that Jesus Christ is our salvation, and that Satan, the Father of Lies, is the source of bad ideas. Others believe Buddha or Mohammed or Marx or Eckhart Tolle or Beyoncé have the answers. They are not all the same. One is true. The others are not.