Archive for August, 2017

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.