Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
It sees occasional violence as a necessary stimulant of long-overdue change. It argues that the American founding focus on liberty and freedom as increasingly selfish and incompatible with social justice and equality.
Racism, the protesting left says, is in the American DNA. It finally requires massive cutting, chemotherapy and radiation — treatment that deservedly will sicken and may even kill the host.
The other half of the country will vote to preserve what is under attack. They feel that the dreamy world of the demonstrators and rioters is an Orwellian vision far worse than the present reality that they are protesting.
America in their view is the world's only large, successful multiracial democracy. It is the dream destination of the world's immigrants — precisely because its ancient institutions adapt and change for the better, but only if they are preserved and allowed to work.
The angry and the demonstrating are loud and visible; their opponents are angry and quiet.
The election will reveal not just who is more numerous — but sadly also who is the angriest.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
My problem is that I don't want to go back to the movie theater any time soon, if ever. AMC, the nation's largest movie chain, is reopening on July 15th, and by all accounts, they are on the brink of bankruptcy. How many people are going to rush back to the movie theaters on July 15th?
This crisis has made me think that movie theaters are now redundant. They were in trouble before the pandemic. They should give as a way to stream all movies at home.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Near the end of World War II, from late 1944 until early 1945 the Japanese Fu-Go balloon bomb a type of fire balloon was designed as a cheap weapon intended to make use of the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean to reach the west coast of Canada and the United States. They were relatively ineffective as weapons, but they were used in one of the few attacks on North America during World War II, causing six deaths and a small amount of damage. However, the Japanese were world leaders in biological weapons research at this time. Unit 731 had killed many hundreds of thousands of people in China with biological weapons, developed by conducting experiments on live human subjects that were as appalling as those conducted by Nazi Germany in Jewish concentration camps. The Japanese Imperial Army's Noborito Institute cultivated anthrax and plague Yersinia pestis; furthermore, it produced enough cowpox viruses to infect the entire United States. The deployment of these biological weapons on fire balloons was planned in 1944. The Emperor Hirohito did not permit deployment of biological weapons on the basis of a report of President Staff Officer Umezu on October 25, 1944. Consequently, biological warfare using Fu-Go balloons was not implemented.
Between November 1944 and April 1945, the Japanese Navy launched over 9,000 fire balloons toward North America. Carried by the recently discovered Pacific jet stream, they were to sail over the Pacific Ocean and land in North America, where the Japanese hoped they would start forest fires and cause other damage. About three hundred were reported as reaching North America, but little damage was caused.
Near Bly, Oregon, six people (five children and a woman) became the only deaths due to an enemy balloon bomb attack in the United States when a balloon bomb exploded. The site is marked by a stone monument at the Mitchell Recreation Area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
A fire balloon is also considered to be a possible cause of the third fire in the Tillamook Burn in Oregon. One member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion died while responding to a fire in the Umpqua National Forest near Roseburg, Oregon, on August 6, 1945; other casualties of the 555th were two fractures and 20 other injuries.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Imagine a science fiction novel written 20 years ago, where every person infected with a deadly virus infects two other people, and the carriers are asymptomatic, and up to 5% of the known cases die. Imagine a story where people can't interact with each other. People can't visit their parents. Movie theaters and other public events are canceled. The economy shuts down. And people get so agitated that there are riots in the streets.
It certainly would have seemed like science fiction.
Actually, the 2011 movie Contagion had every detail spot on except for the deadliness of the disease.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Human beings are complex creatures with complex needs. Just being self-sacrificing all the time isn't necessarily the best path for a person. We get some satisfaction from giving because we are social animals that form bonds with other people. Even if we give to someone who we don't know and will never meet, we get some satisfaction knowing that we helped another person.
On the other hand, our lives are made better by owning things and making attachments, and these are necessary for our survival. Humans labor to provide for their own needs, and to be productive people need incentives that they are benefiting themselves.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Monday, June 8, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
After thousands of false tweets, print stories, and broadcast stories to the contrary, local journalist Neal Augenstein of WTOP reported that a Park Police source said "tear gas was never used — instead smoke canisters were deployed, which don't have an uncomfortable irritant in them." Further, the source said the crowd was dispersed because of projectiles being thrown by the "peaceful protesters" at the Park Police and because "peaceful protesters" had climbed on top of a structure in Lafayette Park that had been burned the prior night.
Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, the public information officer for the Park Police, confirmed the agency did not use tear gas. And later this afternoon, United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan exploded the entire false narrative:
On Monday, June 1, the USPP worked with the United States Secret Service to have temporary fencing installed inside Lafayette Park. At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.
I'm sorry that you have drunk the liberal socialist Kool-Aid. The old socialism failed both economically and to catch the imagination of the public. The new socialism only had one resource remaining to promote its agenda, which was to divide people by ethnicity and to convince them that they are victims. As long as you think that you are a victim then you lose at least some control of your life because you think that others are responsible for what happens to you. Consequently, you will look to politicians, mostly radicals, to save you from your grievances.
The tools of the radicals are violence or the threat of violence. On the surface, they want to burn it all down. They sponsor thugs to go from city to city and from state to state to incite the mobs and to commit acts of violence. This is why shop owners, men and women, are being beaten. This is why Molotov cocktails are being thrown. This is why buildings are being burned. This is why police cars are being overturned and burned.
The socialist left is not about helping people. It never has been because the results of socialism have always been the opposite of its goals. The socialist left is about Power and making sure that they are in control. Although they claim to give power to the people, it never turns out that way. The purpose of Power is to secure it for a small group of people.
The United States is one of the most diverse and racially harmonious places on the planet. Try going to Japan, Korea, or China, and see how racially tolerant they are.
The most prosperous and stable societies are the ones where people respect each other and the rule of law. The more we diverge from that then the more we degrade society and our common interests.
What we are seeing can bring down a society and lead to radical extremists rising up. I don't think that it will happen here, but the violence hurts the cause of the peaceful protestors who have legitimate grievances. And almost everyone wants to see justice done. We are with you in this!