Musings about Sundays and galaxies

November 11th, 2018

We’ve meditated on the perhaps 2 trillion galaxies (yikes it’s the NYT) in our 14 billion year old universe and the very very small number of 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets. Too much to think about. The vast numbers, whatever they are, certainly call into question the idea of a Blessed Trinity ruling a universe with earth as its center, with earth-man Jesus as a member of the three god Board of Directors. Indeed, we’ve come to think that the creation and populating of the planets was a teaching assignment from the real God to some intergalactic high school students possessing the same wisdom found in our schools today. But we have to tell you that in our reading, Moses, the Book of Exodus, and the wisdom and simplicity of the Ten Commandments appear at odds with the big numbers above. As an oldster, we’re not too far from finding out what the answers are, and we’ll be sure to post our findings on this website. Stay tuned and thanks!

14,000

November 11th, 2018

We mentioned law professor Amy Wax recently and her incredibly commonsensical advice to young people that produced OUTRAGE! Now she may have to sue her employer because it says she just makes true things up. She also said – gasp – that Kavanaugh deserved due process and 14,000 signed a petition to get her fired. We’re all doomed if young don’t recover from their indoctrination. Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone.

Arsonists, political and otherwise – what’s the right punishment?

November 10th, 2018

First, some fun. The DNC chair says that dumping Sessions is worse than Watergate. Huh? Funny stuff or just pathetic, having watched or listened to most of the Ervin hearings.

However, the obvious and traditional vote fraud in Broward County is not funny. Neither is the repetitive arson that triggers CA fires. The latter is murder – full stop. The former is attempted murder of a republic, to turn it into some disgusting and often lethal banana republic on a par with Cuba, Venezuela, etc. We support capital punishment for the above crimes, but if that’s too tough, life without parole might be an acceptable sentence. Nothing less.

More charming stuff

November 9th, 2018

Foreign Affairs:

The voters who were won over by his antiglobalist message were not legitimate victims of globalization. Many, if not most, were and are older white supporters of patriarchy who resent people with dark skin, especially those from other countries. Although it might be inexpedient to call this group deplorable, a program of appeasement toward their views is wrong—economically, politically, and morally. Globalization has been an overwhelmingly positive force for the United States and the rest of the world. Instead of apologizing for themselves, it is time for internationalists to take the fight to an aging minority of nativists and wall builders.

Fellow writes for the Economist too. His rule when driving is left turns only. Meanwhile, HMD, whom we typically agree with, has a piece on Sessions that we found odd. Oh well.

Competing narratives

November 8th, 2018

Normally we’d really enjoy the previews of coming attractions like the Nadler business. We’re sure that, cheered on by the profound professionals at places like CNN, they are going to wildly overplay their hands. Good fun! Mr. Walsh is pretty upbeat. But we’re haunted by the knowledge that almost two generations of younger Americans have been so poorly educated that they have no knowledge like us oldsters do of America’s past and even simple things like gerrymandering, etc. You will recall that the fellow professors of Amy Wax wanted her fired for saying the simplest, most commonsensical things. If the younger folks can’t get up the curve in time, the country is screwed, even given the nuttiness of the other side of the aisle.

The Jeopardy teen tournament is airing, and if they were 25% of the population instead of 0.0025%, there would be hope.

Bonus fun

November 7th, 2018

What is the probability that this reporter would ask Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping a question in the tone he just exhibited?

Vlad the Impaler and the new Chairman Mao would be restrained of course in their responses.

Charming

November 7th, 2018

AG:

“Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” Farrakhan said. So like Barack Obama, who relaxed sanctions and shipped the regime plane loads of cash, the Nation of Islam leader believes mullahs know best. His speech came just before the U.S. midterm elections, but Farrakhan told law students at Tehran University that “America has never been a democracy.” He even led the students in chants of “Death to America,” and “Death to Israel”

He says he never said those things. What’s going on?

Numbers again

November 6th, 2018

BI:

Gross domestic product in China expanded at its weakest pace in nearly a decade from July through September, with growth in the manufacturing sector slowing to a near standstill. The Shanghai Composite is down about 25% this year. China shipped 11% more products out of the country in October than it did a year earlier, according to a Reuters poll, slower than the previous month’s 14.5% export growth but faster than August’s 9.8% rise. China sold about $506 billion worth in goods and services to the US in 2017, while the US sold roughly $130 billion worth to the Chinese.

“We’re building a platform where all voices can be heard.” Hmmm, apparently not. Speaking of exports, we’d like to export clowns like this.

Way Way Beyond Weird

November 5th, 2018

So if you’re a convicted killer of two policemen and twice deported, and you want to enter the US illegally again, you get something of a pass from the networks and the elite print media. BTW, he’s a serious mental case, as demonstrated by his broad smile as the murder verdict was read. Decades ago, before information was digital and broadly and almost instantly accessible, there was a very disturbed guy who had been locked up on multiple occasions, and he also went on to murder two people. It would have been nice to figure out a way to keep him out of Texas.

Not a spontaneous remark

November 4th, 2018

It’s Sunday, so we tune into Pacifica on our jog:

We begin with President Trump’s plan to deploy as many as 15,000 troops on the Southern border before the midterm elections even though what he calls an “invasion” of a dwindling number of destitute migrants, mostly women and children from Central America travelling as a group for protection, is about a month away from reaching the border. Joining us is Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan Administration in charge of manpower and personnel where he administered about 70% of the defense budget. We discuss Trump’s unabashed racist campaign commercial blaming Democrats for an alien invasion and the extent to which the U.S. military are being used as props to support dog-whistle propaganda aimed at demonizing unarmed impoverished migrants as a national security threat. And since 2,000 troops were already deployed on the border back in April and Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have spent hundreds of millions hiring more personnel, we will assess the opportunity costs of more troops than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan dragooned away from their families to fight a non-existent threat. Then we speak with Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America about her article at CNN “We see President Trump for what he is” and make the obvious connection between Trump’s cynical fear-mongering against the “caravan” of Central American migrants he claims is full of terrorists from the Middle East and what triggered the massacre in the Pittsburgh synagogue since the anti-Semitic shooter’s last message was a racist attack blaming a Jewish refugee agency for bringing in “invaders that kill our people”. We analyze whether a shift is underway in America as the curtain is pulled back on a small hateful man who only cares about himself but, having legitimized and emboldened hate groups, now has blood on his hands.

Goodness, half the country is nasty, nasty, nasty. As you can see from the paragraph above, they really believe this. That in turn led us to consider the phrase basket of deplorables. It seems obvious to us that the phrase was not an extemporaneous utterance, since it came from a speech. Oddly enough, it might be the most honest thing that the speaker ever said. It is very peculiar that we see the inhabitants of that other universe as wrong, but they truly think their opponents are evil. Interesting times indeed.

America Trek TNG

November 4th, 2018

A prof writes criticisms of stuff like this: “‘Stay Healthy, Stay Woke,’ ‘Microaggressions’, ‘Understanding White Privilege.’ The 12-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative college administrators makes them the most left-leaning group on campus.”

Here’s the entirely predictable response: “after penning an op-ed for The New York Times decrying the ideological homogeneity of his campus administration, a conservative-leaning professor at Sarah Lawrence College discovered intimidating messages — including demands that he quit his job — on the door of his office. The perpetrators had torn down the door’s decorations, which had included pictures of the professor’s family.”

So much of the country’s future depends on whether and how quickly the young can be rescued from the idiotic blather coming from people in the academy, who, for the most part, have never done serious work for a real private sector company, leaving aside the FAANG stocks – but don’t try looking that up on Google.

BTW, it’s a big mistake to call the critics liberal. JFK was a liberal and these dangerous and destructive clowns are leftists.

The wisdom of Hanoi Jane

November 3rd, 2018

We won’t even bother to quote her. Here’s a nice picture.

More soundtrack stuff

November 2nd, 2018

We were just talking about music, and we actually did a little soundtrack research a couple of years ago. Now with that oldies station available on our jog, we often experience something weird. Music we haven’t heard since childhood comes on, and somehow we know all the words. Alvin wanted a hula hoop in 1958, for example. There are a lot of pretty obscure references in Creeque Alley. Very pleasant.

A “news” story

November 2nd, 2018

NYT, not an opinion piece but front page “news”:

As Midterm Vote Nears, Trump Reprises a Favorite Message: Fear Immigrants – President Trump’s closing argument is now clear: Build tent cities for migrants. End birthright citizenship. Fear the caravan. Send active-duty troops to the border. Refuse asylum. Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans could face significant losses in the midterm elections on Tuesday — the president has fully embraced a dark, anti-immigrant message in the hope that stoking fear will motivate voters to reject Democrats. In a rambling speech on Thursday afternoon that was riddled with falsehoods and vague promises to confront a “crisis” at the border, Mr. Trump used the official backdrop of the White House to step up his efforts to demonize a caravan of Central Americans that has been making its way through Mexico, assail Democrats, and promote a vision of a United States that would be better off with fewer immigrants. The president also played fast and loose with the truth. At one point, he said that 97 percent of immigrants apprehended at the border and released into the United States do not show up for their trials; the number is closer to 28 percent.

Hey, only 270 of the 14,000 are a problem. Calm down.

Musical diversions from the madness

November 2nd, 2018

How about David Bowie and Annie Lennox doing Under Pressure? Or the unbelievably great Brahms works as performed by the Emerson String Quartet? We’ll add many recommendations from time to time. Good fun.

Once more, with feeling

November 2nd, 2018

We refer again to the Lifson piece. Let’s say it again, and simply. 11/8/16 was a date of revolution, and more, if that’s possible. As the Lifson piece says over and over again, the media lost its collective mind, not merely because their team lost, but because they, the media leftists, lost control of the narrative that was so comfortable for them and their companies, like a canoe heading downstream. They were in the canoe, but, oops, it went over Niagara Falls — like Moe! Not slowly they turned, step by step, inch by inch, til suddenly, 92% of all stories about Darth Tweeter were horribly negative. How will this be fixed? Frankly we don’t know. But GE is on the ropes and the Village Voice is gone, so big-time changes happen. We’ll see.

That’s Entertainment

November 1st, 2018

Thomas Lifson links to a very entertaining video. Funny stuff. You can see why the media’s nervous breakdown isn’t getting any better. Meanwhile, over at Powerline, apparently Veritas has a new meaning. Ugh. More Harvard here. These people are so awful and so boring.

Update without link: the late great Brian Williams is cackling about some new bombshell involving Stone and Mueller. Again, again, again after 2 years? Do these people have anything approaching a life? Of course it’s a destiny changing event, like the Titanic sinking, because after all, the miscreants are pale.

It’s pathetic how dumbed-down this country has become.

Brief madness report

October 31st, 2018

Years ago we used to periodically attend luncheons hosted by David Horowitz, and they were pretty interesting. We don’t remember much about them now, though we had lunch with Gimli one day which was nice. Now we see that a now-former friend of David’s, whom we’ve cited from time to time, has gone off the deep end. We really don’t understand these things, except that Darth Tweeter always seems to be involved to some extent. We may be one of the few people on the planet who enthusiastically endorses all his tweeting, all of it! It’s a great thing for the republic. Does anyone really think that McConnell, Graham, etc., would have become as assertive and vocal as they recently have without a real fighter leading the charge?

Suddenly a light bulb went off

October 30th, 2018

Actually it took more than a decade. WSJ:

The power business is effectively collapsing with revenue declining by a third from a year earlier while orders were 18% lower. For an industry with such long sales processes and construction times, the rapid decline calls into question the fundamentals of GE’s power business. The company says that the division’s challenges will last longer-than-expected—a turnaround had been expected by 2020.

GE’s third-quarter loss came to $22.8 billion and executives cautioned the company would fall far short of its previous targets. Not discussed, but lingering in the background, are concerns that the company’s long-term care insurance portfolio could take another hit beyond a $6.2 billion charge taken earlier this year.

GE, America’s most valuable company in 2001, the year that Jeffrey Immelt took the helm, now has a market value below $100 billion, ranking 52nd as of Monday. GE’s shares rose 20% in the six sessions following Mr. Culp’s ascension, but that honeymoon was short-lived. His focus now has to be on staving off the legal and financial threats to the company long enough to be able to fix it.

We consulted with 3 PhD’s in physics and finally got the dishwasher to work.

You have to admit that at a minimum it was very odd

October 29th, 2018

Here’s a piece mocking all the false flag theorists. Okay. But you have to admit the oddness of a narcissistic drug dealer with a long rap sheet and the brains of a turnip sending around a dozen non-exploding “bombs” with his DNA all over them to people who don’t open their own mail. The strangeness invites conspiracy theories, and there’s a nice one in the comments section of this post.