"So what are the lies for, if not to persuade? They are meant to give the already-convinced – the Democratic rank-and-file voter – their ready-made excuses for not paying attention to whatever objections the right may make or point out. The Democratic voter can shrug off any concerns they themselves may have, too, in a shallow and facile way. They also give the many pundits on the left their talking points, and if the talking heads on TV and the columnists hammer them home enough, the repetition makes the lies sound more like truths. After all, if all these smart people agree, who is the listener to differ?"
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Got up today, had no work scheduled, decided it was a good time to process some apples. Sauce and cider.
Using the Instant Pot for the first time to process the apples. It's a bit smaller than my stock pot but it takes about 25 minutes to process a batch of apples including heat up, pressure cook, pressure relief, so there's that. Also more efficient as I don't have to stir and it beeps at me when it's done.
Two full Instant Pots made not quite 5 quarts (the fifth is about an inch shy)
From Charlie Cooke, over at National Review. For the record I am pretty disappointed with NR's general direction over the past few years. I think they have gone mushy and don't do nearly as much as they could to actually promote conservative policies. However Cooke is a shining beacon in the darkness. I don't agree with him on everything but enough, and he writes informatively and entertainingly.
At first, the line was that Regeneron’s treatment didn’t work. Then, it was that Regeneron’s treatment worked fine, but represented a dangerous distraction from the vaccine. And, finally, it was that Regeneron’s treatment was part of a corrupt plot to enrich DeSantis’s donors.Today, we learn from the Washington Post that, actually, none of that was the problem. Instead, DeSantis’s sin is that he has been relying upon monoclonal-antibody treatment too much, and that this is unfair to other states that now need it.
The constant changes of direction based purely on politics has been bewildering and frustrating. Given the attacks against any possibility of studying any alternative treatments other than the vaccine, one starts to wonder if the agenda is the vaccine, rather than mitigating the effects of the Wuhan flu. Hydrocholorquine, Ivermectin, Regeneron, etc have all been attacked rather than studied and any studies are dismissed out of hand. Sample Ivermectin headline: "2 fringe doctors created myth...", ignoring actual scientific studies that suggested otherwise. The list seems to be endless. The fact that they are actually admitting now that Regneron's treatment seems to work is a step in the right direction; the fact that they are now preventing Florida from getting as much as they want is one in the wrong.
Anyway, if you want to read the whole article, here you go.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
You get up in the morning.
You have your coffee, tea, breakfast, whatever it is you do.
You go to work for someone else and they pay you OR
You go to work for yourself doing stuff around the house or shop.
Somewhere between 3:30 and 5:00 you wrap it up, go home (or back inside) and have a glass of wine and/or an appetizer while you think about what to have for dinner.
You cook dinner, watch some TV or read a book, go to bed.
Get up and do it again.
Thirty four years this has been what I have been doing.
Assuming I live to ninety (my family is generally long lived and I am very healthy) I have another thirty four years to go.
Good grief. I'm already bored! Get a hobby you say. I ride motorcycles (getting tiresome to go long distance), I fix motorcycles (fixed more motorcycles than I care to count and am running out of enthusiasm for more), I read (thousands of books. They are starting to run together), I watch movies (see books), I tinker with clocks and sewing machines (fixing stuff is fixing stuff. Eventually it is all the same but then you end up with multiple motorcycles, clocks everywhere, sewing machines littering the property even though I have sewn something exactly once in the past twenty years). I play RPGs (have to find other people and fit it to their schedules). I'm involved in veteran's organizations (the phrase herding cats comes to mind) and local freedom associations (which means listening to nutty conspiracy theories some fraction of the time). I'm running for political office because I want to be left alone (oh god, please leave me alone so I don't have to run for office).
Thirty four more years. Seriously? That is a long time. And it isn't getting easier. I need a more comfortable bed to sleep properly. I used to sleep wrapped up in a tarp and a wool poncho on the ground next to my Harley and, by the way, I slept great. I am sore for about the first hour of every day and then about 5 pm things start to ache. I go to bed at nine and sometimes I think about going to bed at six, but I know I will wake up in the middle of the night and then the next day will suck. If I go to bed at 11 I wake up at 6, a whole extra hour, which is still an hour less than I need. Can't sleep longer so don't suggest it. What on earth am I going to do for the next thirty four years? Honestly, I have no idea, I'm not that interested, and it doesn't sound that fun.
Maybe this whole longevity thing isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
In case you didn't know, he used to write over at Delenda Est Carthago. Interesting and insightful. He stopped writing some time ago for personal reasons (outlined on the blog) but has started up again recently. Worth a look.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
I have a memory like a ... what are those things you put rice in?
OK, that's not the forgotten quote, that's one from Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
This one came from a comment over at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise. A C.S. Lewis quote:
I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.
Which I love.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
(or "Wish I had better recall of facts so I could rebut her")
Camping with friends.
14 year old girl: I wrote a paper on "insert random math woman here" who had all her work stolen and published under her husband's name because patriarchy. Women never got credit for anything they did.
Me: What about Marie Curie
14 yog: she had privilege
Not me cause I didn't remember: Marie Curie was the Polish child of two school teachers who had their property taken by the Tzar for speaking out against him, and then her mother died when she was ten leaving her to grow up in relative poverty.
Not 14yog cause I didn't say that: Oh, I was unaware of that. Maybe I should rethink my hypothesis
LOL, just kidding. Of course a 14 year old girl wouldn't acknowledge that her hypothesis about the patriarchy had holes you could drive a truck through. Cause that's what she is being taught at her fancy middle school, and that's presumably what she will be taught at her fancy high school.
That being said, I at least pushed back in a rational manner, suggesting that judging people of the past on today's standards might not be a great first step. But I wish I'd known more about Mme Curie before the discussion.
The night before, of course, the topic turned to transgenderism. (I love camping with people I don't know well but it was a fun weekend anyway). Same 14 yog tried to explain to me that two-spirited (the 2 in LGBTQWERTY) was for Native Americans only. I asked about a category for Germans (no, because only oppressed people get categories) at which point other guy sitting at table asked about Irish. Conversation quickly was turned to other subjects but I laughed inside for about an hour. Now I'm doing it again.