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Monday, August 15. 2022
Monday morning links
What do Americans hold as sacred?
Besides coffee and beer?
Back to the office
Breakthrough: Ignition confirmed at California fusion reactor
San Francisco's $20K trash cans
Now it's 'mega-floods' that will destroy the whole world
Episcopal Church Endorses Sex Change for Children
Boston Children’s Hospital Creates Bizarre Video Promoting ‘Gender Affirming’ Hysterectomies for Kids
Monkeypox is getting a new name because the WHO says the name is racist
AG Merrick Garland’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is a farce of law
Thomas Piketty Wants To Bring Back Communism In The Guise Of Democratic Socialism
Great Barrington Declaration Scientists Join Missouri, Louisiana in Lawsuit Against Biden Administration For Censoring Covid Facts
Go Woke, Go Broke: Fitness Company Peloton Announces Massive Layoffs Amid Cratering Stock Price
Education System Produces Staggering Ignorance
Pelosi and Democrats Cheer After They Pass Massive ‘Bidenflation’ Bill – Will Raise Taxes on Middle Class During Recession – Create 87,000 IRS Jobs to Harass American Families
I once hated America, but now I can’t wait to be an American
The FBI and its media allies scramble to justify the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid
Nancy Pelosi's Son a Major Investor in Chinese Telecoms Company
An Education in Price Discrimination- colleges charge more to those most willing to pay
Atlantic: Trump’s Scandals Are Never Done
But aren't they all hoaxes and smears?
FBI Agents Involved in Trump Raid are Under Criminal Investigation by Durham For Abusing Their Power in Trump-Russia Probe
Salman Rushdie Off Ventilator and Condition Improving, Agent Says
The Rushdie Attack. He was assaulted by an enemy of free speech while about to speak in defense of free speech, a principle of which he has been a staunch and brave supporter.
We Ignored Salman Rushdie's Warning. Words are not violence. Violence is violence.
Liberté, égalité, nudité: France’s new sexual politics. Are perverts ruining the country’s proud tradition of naturism?
"Nothing Left In Pipes": French Towns Rely on Water Truck Deliveries For Survival
German Shipper To Halt Rhine Operations As Water Level Drops Below Critical
UN official fired after condemning Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians
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My comment to most if not all of the above is, this country and the rest of the world have gone absolutely insane in the last decade or less. Things really are going down hill quickly. What they ae doing to children is perhaps the worst in a string of insanities. Sad.
I would say that the West has gone insane. The communists have always been insane. The West quit believing in in all the principles and ideals that made us great. Sad and infuriating.
What do Americans hold as sacred. At one time it was God, family, and country, but no more.
It should surprise no one that on our secular humanist march to self fulfilment that the priorities changed and with that change came the chaos of dis-civilization that we recognize after the fact.
The authoritarian experts have been taking over for decades and we have finally reached the Rubicon. The "now what" beckons and we struggle with that reality. Right now, insanity seems to rule the day.
I wouldn’t put to much concern into this. Did you follow the links from overcomingbias? They go to Twitter. These were Twitter polls. Looks like they had groups of four, for the poll.
It is concerning that many no longer hold God as sacred, and that even in these very unscientific Twitter polls, nature is held up as mor sacred than God. Nearly two to one.
Sacred? Grill and chill, lowest common denominator egalitarian equity, fantasy chutes and leaders prolonged adolescence, sportsball, muh teevee, escaping from reality and who can blame them because reality isn't for everyone.
Some are covidiots and don't you dare question their cult because the "experts" love them and will lead them to safety in the soviet bugs and pods world ruled by unelected councils.
The Mar-A-Lago raid was set up by David S. Ferriero of the National Archives and Records Administration. He was biased against Trump and concocted the theory that Trump took records with him from the White House that were classified and even concerned nuclear weapons. The DOJ jumped at the opportunity for a high profile raid with full auto weapons and excessive agents in the hopes that defaming Trump on the national stage would hurt the GOP chances in the coming election. This was never about the records it was always about Trump and destroying him.
First--they began to destroy our schools (1970 +/-) by joining up with the teamsters. Funny--can't quite find that in wikipedia--maybe you can find it. I think it was sometime late 70's early80's
Second: They destroyed the Episcopal Church and all other Protestant sects followed (2000--)
Third: Seattle has not had an open election for many years--laying the foundation for corrupted elections. Dominated by the local powers: Boeing, Microsoft, Costco, Amazon, and their unions, etc.
Fourth: Beginning in the mid 1990's one local Seattle newspaper changed from a policy of seeking accurate information to that of "bringing together the community" changing it's intent from reporting to creating obedient docility among the public. The School of Journalism at Berkeley fell in the early 2000's to the same creed, as did Stanford's School of Journalism just a few years ago.
Fifth: Our universities are no longer using a merit system to motivate excellence. Their purpose has been made clear in the past 10 years--obedience to the community socialist (?) organizers. Surrender white dominance.
Sixth: Use the now totally controlled news media to destroy elected officials without cause. (2006- present)
Seventh: Create a narrative that cannot be shouted down with facts.
Eighth: Current work in progress--destroy the family structure of one man and one woman.
Ninth: Demand total control of all children from 3 years old on.
Would you care to add anything to this clear picture of Red shirted communism on the Chinese model? Do a web search of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. You will be stunned how closely our current leadership group has followed this path!
Ten) Create a police state (87,000 armed IRS agents)
Eleven) Social credit: woke, CRT through DEI indoctrination. Pledge undying support, or you won’t be employed.
Go Bless America. Oh. We don’t believe in Him. Or, we kind of believe in Him, but we don’t believe we need to follow His commandments. Especially the ones about coveting and adulatory. And our elected ‘representatives’ despise the the one about stealing. Explains a lot.
"mega floods" followed by godzilla awakening again, according to experts.
I have been wondering where those 5 million missing workers are. It doesn't make sense, there are jobs advertised everywhere and the pay scales have increased since covid. I was visiting "back home" talking with friends and suddenly it became clear. Almost everyone of my friends has an adult kid or a friend of their adult kid who is out of work and still collecting benefits to include paying of their rent all left over from the covid shutdowns. If they get a job these benefits disappear. So they aren't looking for work.
I offered the WHO "Gay Orgy Disease" to replace Monkey Pox. Haven't heard back if I won.
Got to laugh at the idiot at the UN who got fired for speaking out in support of Israel. Might as well go to Tehran and call Mohammed an idiot.
Actually, that would be rather unkind to idiots who after all don't have the capacity to realize how stupid they are. Rather, Mohammed should be described as a pedophile, murderer, liar, and psychopath.
Fusion article is a bit confused, moon is loaded (we think) with He3, NOT tritium. At present He3 fusion is more theoretical than the usual D2-T3 fusion and requires a higher temperature. Tritium is a 'short' life span isotope that is manufactured on a continuing basis in special reactors optimized for the purpose. Fission/fusion bombs require periodic replacements of the tritium used in their ignition. D2 is relatively common, tritium is not but can be made readily.
Thank you for posting this article. It is an example of why I check out Maggie's farm on. a regular basis!
Thank you for posting this article. Ignition confirmed at California fusion reactor.
It is an example of why I check out Maggie's farm on. a regular basis!
Back to the office? Not Likely.
Shorter version of these articles:
Shallow single self-absorbed millennials - often 2nd generation dysfunctional narcissists with poor role models - find it hard to live with themselves without outside distractions and markers of identity.
Few of these people were star performers and creative synergizers when we all were in the office. Most didn't have the traits of character and social skills.
Everyone else I know - and I work in Israeli hitech - loves working from home. Especially now that daycare and schools are back to full time after Covid.
The only exceptions - the only ones coming in to the office more than 1 or 2 days a week - are people who have no physical space to accommodate work, such as recent grads doing the roommate thing in Tel Aviv, or parents on deadline during school vacation.
Here in Israel even the hitech nerds have deep social networks: family, friends, neighbors, school, youth groups, army buddies, college pals. The recent trend for young Israelis to travel abroad after army service has added another circle of friends.
Between half and 2/3 of Israeli society are religious enough to attend Sabbath services and around 1/3 of the men attend morning prayers. Many more have Sabbath meals with friends and family. That is built-in social interaction.
Nobody needs work for basic human relationship needs, as described in articles like these. And a few ruthless boom-and-bust cycles have underscored to Israeli techies that our sector does not operate according to old socialist cradle-to-grave employment models.
Before Covid one-way commutes into the Tel Aviv metro area were at or over 1 hour. Work from home gives people back 2 hours of each day, and removes a major source of stress. Working mothers no longer have that mad dash to the school/daycare before it closes. We have the flexibility to handle countless small chores as is convenient.
Everyone who actually has a life loves this new "work-life balance".
...Since two staple comments of this blog are
(A) the lionization of self-employed tradesmen as bulwarks against socialism, and
(B) the corporate geezer who is, or dreams of, retiring their position due to rising wokeness and becoming a consultant
- it is worth noting that work from home is encouraging large numbers of people to think of themselves as free agents.
Like the unexpected awakening of many parents during Covid-imposed remote learning - work from home is cultivating a generation of free market liberals, which is probably not what the left intended when it launched the Covid scare.