CCPV — JUST A THOUGHT

July 31, 2020

YOU, THERE! Where are your GOGGLES??

Let’s review. We are all supposed to be wearing masks and if we did, almost nobody would have COVID-19. Fauci said so.

Places that had very low infection rates owe their success to having worn masks, we are told by mask zealots. Japan is an oft-cited, but false example.

Anyone with a little experience in dealing with infectious disease knows that proper attire in the infectious disease “hot zone” includes not just a mask (the RIGHT KIND, WORN CORRECTLY), but also a face shield or goggles, a head covering, a gown, and gloves, along with rigorous handwashing, and the scrupulous handling of all that “PPE,” before, during and after use.

Fauci isn’t quite there — yet — but give it time. For now, he says we should wear a mask AND GOGGLES. He correctly states that an infectious virus or organism can enter the body through the mucous membranes around the eyes.

So now, Il Dottore Fauci is saying we need to wear goggles, along with our face masks. But wait. Did goggles just become necessary, or were they necessary all along? Did the Chinese Communist Party Virus just realize it could invade our bodies through our eyes? Seems unlikely.

If they needed goggles with their masks, how did the Japanese, or — pick your favorite, low-COVID, high-mask population — avoid the infection so successfully? One sees photos of Japanese in public wearing masks, but one rarely sees photos of them also wearing goggles or face shields with their face masks.

Not to run afoul of the FaceNazis, but is it possible that it isn’t the masks, OR the goggles that keep people from being infected with the CCPV, but some other, yet to be discovered factor?

Is it just possible that (Brace yourself!) we don’t actually know everything about how this virus, or any virus, is transmitted? Is it not possible that some or a lot of what we THINK we know about the CCPV is WRONG? Isn’t science the process of proposing, examining, and then confirming or discarding theories, based on objective observation?

Why don’t we know how many people who contracted CCPV WERE wearing masks, versus the ones NOT wearing masks? Where are the numbers on that? How many were wearing masks and goggles? How many were wearing masks, goggles and shower curtains?

Why, after the usual, somber media reports on today’s number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, do we not hear how many in all categories were wearers of masks, goggles, shower curtains, ear buds and a certain brand of cologne? Maybe it’s because we don’t actually know whether what we know about CCPV is true or important, or even relevant.

Does it not strike you as strange that the list of potential symptoms of CCPV is so long, so vague, and so varied?

This is from a CDC document issued in May:

“People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

“This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.”

A later document doesn’t add any new symptoms to this list, but adds the following warning:

“This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.”

Since this list of symptoms could cover any of a thousand or so infectious diseases, we should not be surprised if our public health bureaucracies offer up “infection rates” that may, with the proper incentives, include reports of any of these symptoms as “probable CCPV cases”.

Yes, of course, they could be symptoms of black plague, diphtheria, malaria, tuberculosis, measles, scabies, syphilis, snakebite, Lyme Disease or hypochondriasis, but, just to be safe, let’s assume CCPV.

Isn’t it a shame all these people weren’t wearing masks AND goggles? They’d all be fine, right?

Or maybe not. Maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t be crushing our society, putting millions under effective house arrest, and shoving our civil rights and our economy into a volcano as a sacrifice to the CCPV gods, without knowing what the hell we’re doing.

Just a thought.

No More Gracious Losers, Please!

September 17, 2019

People who honestly think they are conservatives, but find Trump icky (“#NeverTrumpers”), tell us they prefer their political leaders to be gracious, genteel LOSERS and not blunt, stubborn, sweaty, serious, self-confident WINNERS.

Gracious losers don’t have to explain to voters why they have forsaken their commitment to fight for the middle class, because, well — they lose — and they can graciously retreat to their think tanks, lobbying firms, failing magazines, or comfortable retirements.

Gracious losers don’t have to apologize to skilled laborers and assembly line workers because they folded against open-borders, cheap-labor advocates and anti-business environmentalists.They don’t have to cave to those interests because they lose. But graciously.

Middle-class people lose their jobs and homes, but gracious losers still have multiple homes, cushy jobs, trust funds for the kids, and very nice cars, so they’re good.

Stubborn winners know they will have to account for their failures, and that the explanation better be reasonable and verifiable, and it better include strong indications that other means of reaching the stated goal are being tested for deployment. Winning, of course, is always preferable, because it doesn’t have to be explained. Just celebrated.

Gracious losers lose graciously. It’s the one thing they do well.

Winners WIN, and an ugly win is still a win — especially if winning makes life better for the people who work for a living.

Gracious losers go on a cruise, go back to their magazines, think tanks and lobbying outfits, or go hang out at their seasonally-appropriate vacation homes. Graciously, of course.

Winners move on to the next fight.

We prefer winners. We prefer Donald Trump.

5G and the Internet of Things — Connectedness We Can Do Without

December 5, 2018

The “5G” hype is getting feverish, which always should inspire caution and skepticism. One of the great “advantages” of 5G is supposed to be improved connection in the “Internet of Things,” itself another buzzphrase with dark corners. Do I want a “connected” refrigerator with a backdoor to China (or to NSA, for that matter)? From an article on CNET:

“5G ‘will lay the foundation for smartphones, later cars and virtually every electronic device that will be connected,’ Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said during a keynote. ‘That first step (smartphones) is getting to us in the first half of 2019.'”

Maybe it’s because I’m an old, retired IT curmudgeon, but I really don’t WANT my “every electronic device” connecting to China and the NSA, without my knowledge and consent.

Thanks, but no thanks.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-qualcomm-phone-prototypes-tease-our-5g-future/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=19125763813015544758985853634092

Why I Don’t Trust Pre-Election Voter Surveys

October 29, 2018

Models and history no longer work, any more than weather forecasts after a huge volcanic eruption, because the assumptions under which they work no longer apply. (Yes, Trump IS the volcanic eruption.)

Surveys no longer can be relied on because the samples they pull are no longer representative.

Random telephone book samples no longer work, because too many potential respondents no longer have landline phones, and those that do have caller ID and don’t answer calls from unknown numbers.

Cellular phones are not reliably listed anywhere in numbers sufficient to produce answers that are statistically valid, and users also tend not to answer unknown numbers, further reducing the respondent pool.

The geographic confines of a cellular number sample are no longer valid, because cellular users can retain their phone numbers across area codes and can’t be used to reflect opinions in a given Congressional district, county or even state.

Until representative samples can be found that are large enough to be statistically valid (1,000, at a bare minimum, for a geographic area or demographic group), voter preference surveys cannot be trusted. As of now, the only way to get that kind of sample is to send teams out into the field, knocking on doors. That process is so time-consuming and expensive that a sample may have changed based on events or publicity.

I would rather bet on my instincts than rely on the results of any pre-election survey.

Oh, and I did take a Stats class in grad school. Passed it. Not by a lot, but I passed it.

If We Can’t Identify This Enemy, They Will Win

September 19, 2018

 

Seventeen years, millions of lives, and trillions of dollars later, and far too many people can’t even identify the enemy, or the enemy’s strategy. It’s not “Terror;” it’s Jihad. And it’s not some tiny minority of Mohammedans, it’s a core tenet of that poisonous ideology, that drives it.

Until we can make followers of that ideology understand that following it to the letter will result in their own deaths, as well as the deaths of their families and friends, and even of innocents nearby, and the obliteration of their cherished architecture, and all physical evidence of their heritage and culture, Jihad will continue.

Don’t tell me this strategy will not work, because the Mohammedans themselves have visited it on every culture they have conquered and destroyed, and they know from 1400 years of history that it works.

When a Jihadi’s own neighbors take him out in front of his house and kill him, and tell his family no such activity will be tolerated, because it means death and destruction will rain down on them and their neighborhood from the sky without mercy, Jihad will go out of fashion with the Seventh-Century savages, and they will go back to living their impoverished, miserable lives without thinking of inflicting their misery and poverty on others.

If you have a better plan, I want to hear it.

Socialism, Or Sustainability? Pick One.

August 6, 2018

You can’t have both, Progressives, Socialists, SJWs, Socialist Democrats, or whatever else you followers of that fraudulent 19th Century dogma are calling yourselves, today.

Sustainability is one of the favored warm and fuzzy, smokescreen terms used by Progressives to justify population control, wiping out private property rights and — ultimately — controlling every waking or sleeping moment of every member of the proletariat.

““Sustainability in a general sense is the capacity to support, maintain or endure.” —
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability

You do know that Socialism is NOT SUSTAINABLE, don’t you?

Once you confiscate and re-distribute the wealth, there is no more wealth. Then, you have to start confiscating income, but a growing Taker Class and a shrinking Maker Class makes income shrink and disappear, as well.

What else are the Makers supposed to do, when they see the fruit of their efforts taken by force and given to Takers? More and more of them become Takers, too. They would be insane not to, wouldn’t they?

Sooner or later, it always happens in Socialism. Heard of Margaret Thatcher, SJWs? Does she come up in your politically-correct history books? She identified the fatal flaw in Socialism, the flaw that always brings about Socialist countries’ collapse:

“Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”

When the money runs out, things get nasty. Empty shelves. Food riots. Fuel shortages. Labor camps. Mass graves. In other words, Socialism, which promises free stuff for all, only serves up poverty, oppression and death.

Not for the wealthy “leadership” of course. They live in sheltered compounds, on smuggled goods and offshore accounts, and life goes on — for them. For you Useful Idiots who put them in power, not so much.

It always ends that way, in Socialism. There is no “doing it right.” There is no such thing as an endless source of “other people’s money.” No one will ever change that, with all the grand rhetoric and glowing promises in the world.

Socialism is not sustainable.

Don’t Blame Technology. Blame the Way It’s Used.

July 18, 2018

Well, maybe not.

When I was five or six, I thought our table-model radio from the late ’40s was about the coolest thing around… glowing tubes and room-filling sound from around the world (it had AM and two short-wave bands). It was on that device I heard my first foreign languages, and tuning around on AM at night, I was amazed to hear — from my Indiana kitchen — WLS, Chicago, WWL, New Orleans, WSB, Atlanta, WABC, New York, WFAA, Dallas… and a thousand weaker stations, some in foreign languages, fading in and out of the noise. I had begun my life-long fascination with the magic of radio.

On short wave, I got my first good sampling of languages other than English, beginning with Spanish (Havana, Madrid, Mexico City), and eventually, Russian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese, Polish… and a dozen other language my parents couldn’t even guess at.

Besides hearing the languages, I learned there was a big, wide world, out there. Even at five or six, I understood there was a battle of ideas around that world. Back then, the Voice of America and the BBC were still proud defenders of Western Civilization, freedom, and other quaint concepts. I heard the English language service from Moscow and Havana, spilling their Anti-American vitriol, and I understood they were talking about me and my family.

That RCA table-model radio gave me the picture of the world I carry around today, for the most part, and the ability to make my own pictures to go with the sounds of Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Abbot and Costello, The Grand Ole’ Opry, The Shadow, and Gangbusters.

Technology in the form of radio made my childhood better. Technology is neutral. It is what is done with it that makes all the difference.

“Hacking” The DNC — That’s Not Saying Much.

July 18, 2018

What with idiots using passwords like “password,” gullible insiders responding helpfully to phishing emails, and disgruntled employees loading data onto a thumb drive and walking out with it, who needs “hacking”?

The Democrats are like some twit parking his Rolls Royce at the curb unlocked, with the motor running and the keys in it, and then being surprised when it’s stolen.

The Russian Collusion Delusion — Why Should We Believe It, Again?

July 18, 2018

Why are we supposed to believe the “Russian hacking and collusion” story, in the first place?

Well, all 17 members of the “intelligence community” made dozens of unsubstantiated assertions to that effect, and they all repeated each other’s unsubstantiated assertions, and the media repeated those unsubstantiated assertions, and then individual media outlets repeated other media outlets’ unsubstantiated assertions, and politicians repeated the media’s unsubstantiated assertions, and politicians repeated other politicians’ unsubstantiated assertions… so those unsubstantiated assertions must be true.

(It’s also called, “The Big Lie.”)

Watching The Media/Marxist/RINO Volcano Eruption Over Helsinki

July 18, 2018

Listening to the establishment types on Fox and the Marxist Useful Idiots on the other networks agree on the falsehood that Trump, in his meeting with Putin, made some terrible faux pas or other, and didn’t deal with topics they wanted him to, just enhances my respect for him, and confirms my disregard for them.

At best, they continue to be baffled by him because he doesn’t fit their model of the typical, colorless, spineless hack we have become used to as president. At worst, they think he is The Enemy, and want him keelhauled.

This peculiar alliance between Neo-Con/Geritaric Oligarch Party Trump-haters and Marxist/Mohammedan Trump-haters at least helps us identify who the real enemies are in this sub-critical civil war currently brewing. Maybe the Republican-Democrat dichotomy was never real; just a convenient way to split the rest of us apart and keep us weak and quarrelsome.

Those of us who want the republic described in the Declaration and Constitution are being delineated from those who want an authoritarian world order, powered by slaves (‘Human Resources’) and run by grand strategists in a scheme that reminds one of The Matrix.

Some of us are willing to face the dangers of freedom. We have already taken the Red Pill. We are a threat to the machine.