Wednesday, September 21, 2022

New Rule: A Unified Theory of Wokeness | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)



I'm bothered when people distort history.  The film, "The Aeronauts" changes a historical person from male to female.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Everything wrong with Woke Culture (and the impact on feminism)

The problem with Woke culture is its origins and agenda.  Forms of Marxism or Socialism, defined as the state controlling the means of production, have been such a disaster that people only will move in that direction if they think that the current system is somehow bad.  Therefore the far left, which has become more the mainstream left, tries to tell every interest group that they are victims of an oppressive system.   How they get away with this in a freedom-loving country like the United States is hard to understand, but it has become standard politics.  This appeared to start with the election of Barak Obama, who also liked to push this victim narrative.

When these ideas are applied to entertainment it feels like a lecture, but even worse it never allows Woke characters to grow, treating them as perfect to begin with, and their only growth is to overcome the inherent oppression in the system.  That sounds like Marxist propaganda.  There is no doubt an audience that likes this kind of story, but it tends to alienate everyone else, hence the expression, "Go Woke, go broke."  Despite the repeated massive failure of Woke entertainment, many in the entertainment industry keep pushing this agenda.

 Well-written characters experience some sort of growth, learning from their failures.  Although classical heroes were traditionally men, and for good reason, since men biologically and culturally were protectors and warriors, we also loved strong female heroes who were well written, such as Princess Leia, Sarah Connor, Laurie Strode, and Ellen Ripley.  The problem is that modern entertainment doesn't give us well-written characters but an agenda that is a skewed perspective on reality.



On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 12:04 AM John  wrote:

Friday, September 16, 2022

Don't Worry Darling

This trailer looks interesting. If it is good, I want to see this movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW9aRVXIwaY

I liked the director Olivia Wilde as an actress on the TV show "House."

According to Wilde, the sinister character Frank was inspired by psychologist and author Jordan Peterson who she described as a "pseudo-intellectual hero to the incel community." Peterson rejected the characterization, calling it "the latest bit of propaganda disseminated by the woke, self-righteous bores and bullies who now dominate Hollywood."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Worry_Darling

I am highly annoyed at those who slander people they disagree with, often in the vilest way. What makes it worse is that their accusations have no connection to reality, but I don't think that bothers them. It seems like people let their feelings determine what is true.



https://www.newsweek.com/jordan-peterson-daughter-mikhaila-denies-king-incels-olivia-wilde-jab-1740596

Whenever you feel like giving up, just remember this!! - Jordan Peterson

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Although I agree, I think that some things get slightly exaggerated for political purposes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Victor Davis Hanson

Travel abroad and or talk to pro-American foreigners here, and you will be surprised at what they say. It is not boilerplate anti-Americanism of the usual cheap Euro style. And their keen criticism is not just that we are $30 trillion in debt, dependent on China, with a corrupt elite, or have gone insane inventing the most lurid crimes to put away the supposedly predetermined guilty Donald Trump.

Instead, they express disbelief, worry, lamentation even, that the one solid referent in the world has gone, well, completely rabid. They are terrified after the Afghanistan debacle that their old ally or new homeland, the once constant America, is delirious, incompetent, and self-loathing, and now there is no plausible alternative to the old American deterrence. 

So, they wonder who will resist China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea—and are silently petrified to go it alone without the United States.

They seem staggered by the very ideas that now emanate from the United States: that nonexistent borders are desirable; that once rarified institutions like the FBI or CIA now function like the Stasi of old; that the very idea of meritocracy is considered racist; that one incorrect word can destroy a life-long career; that there are three or more sexes, not two; that biological men with male genitalia and physiology can compete, and destroy decades of advances, in women's sports; that race is the sole mode of self-identification; and that half of America dislikes American customs, history—and the other 50 percent of the population—as much as do its enemies.

Onlookers no longer see American universities as free-wheeling bastions of unfettered research and expression. Rather they watch dreary (and sometimes scary) places where conformity to the old Soviet-style is enforced—or else. 

Much more to read...

America Delira › American Greatness (amgreatness.com)

The Spoiled Affluent

But how did these pathologies take root in America so easily? 

It was not because of endemic poverty and the 14-hour drudgery of hard work to live one more day on a farm. But just the opposite. 

An affluent, bored, and leisured society had long decided that poverty was not an absolute but relative—to be gauged not by mass access to air conditioning, plentiful food, a car, and electronic entertainment—but to the degree all of that was not divided up proportionally. And thus, someone or something must be found culpable for the asymmetry in satisfying the appetites. Presto! Government, the media, the university, and the popular culture went after the culprits.

We went mad then because we easily could. And we could not because we were poor and oppressed, but because we were rich and bored.

What will end wokeness? The reversal of the leisure and affluence that were the bounties of 233 years of what birthed it—free-market capitalism, constitutional government, meritocracy, human rights, tolerance, and free expression. 

We are already destroying meritocracy. We are reverting to tribal racial branding. We are strangling energy and food production because of green superstition.

We are unleashing the criminal upon the weak and innocent.

Destroy the bounty that produced and empowered the woke decadence, and we won't have anything—the woke included. Wokeism is, for now, an affordable irrelevancy that rests on the wealth and lessons produced by those long dead and now much rebuked. But it won't remain affordable.

Instead, we will learn what woke itself produces—barbarism, chaos, poverty, and civilization in reverse. 

That is precisely what we are now witnessing on a Saturday night in Chicago, a day on the southern border, a sidewalk of urine and feces in Los Angeles, with strapping athletes in the pool with male genitalia breaking women's swim records, parking your unlocked car in San Francisco, a trip to the gas pump, blackouts and brownouts in California, jogging in Memphis—all with a dash of monkeypox, FBI hooliganism, and Twitter lynching


Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Old World Order Is About To Collapse - Peter Zeihan | Modern Wisdom Podcast 514

I find this Peter Zeihan hyperbolic.  One way to get attention is to say the world is going to end.


He is predicting the collapse of globalization.  No way this can happen.  Maybe if current trends continue then his doomsday scenario would play out, but humans are very adaptable.  If nations need world trade then they will find a way to keep it going.  The incentives are too strong.

World War could disrupt everything, but what incentive is there for a World War?

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Re: Ukraine makes progress

Although I sympathize with the plight of Ukraine, I never thought that this is a war that they can win.  I assumed that it all would be over in a couple of months.

We are depleting our national treasure over a war that is little in our national interest.  

It is like the Domino Theory all over again.  I remember in the 1960s when the politicians were talking about the Domino Theory.


On Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 10:50 AM Larry wrote:


Friday, September 9, 2022

Jordan Peterson Comments on the Queen's Passing

"We stumbled plenty but we still walked uphill. And you in your country can say that more than most."

Thursday, September 8, 2022

The Man Who Saved 200,000,000 Lives

Speech


Biden's speech got me thinking about the kind of speech that I would want a President to make...

"A nation is a collection of individuals and is only as strong as the people within it.  People of good moral character make a moral nation, but corrupt nations corrode from within.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, if our country is ever destroyed, it will not be from an enemy in a faraway land, but it will be our own doing.

Who determines the fate of a nation?  You do.  The actions and choices you make can affect dozens or even hundreds of people, and also influence the choices that others make.  Acts of kindness can lead to more acts of kindness, but the same thing can be said about violence, crime, and hate.  Whatever you do, don't let hate win.

If you are a father, mother, student, teacher, doctor, nurse, firefighter, policeman, laborer, or the leader of a great nation, you have a job to do.  Do it well. Do it with honesty, integrity, and compassion.  Be the person that you should be.  Let your actions uplift the nation and not tear it down.

This is a call to action.  We are frequently at crossroads that could lead to our eventual destruction, but if enough of us make the right choices and pass those values to the generations to come then this wonderful freedom-loving nation will persevere forever."


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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

China's Foreign Debt Crisis, Why Belt & Road Initiative is failing? Financial Crisis is Here

Bank of America Launching Community Affordable Loan Solution

While the goal of the program is to bring Black and Hispanic borrowers closer to homeownership, people of all races can qualify for the Community Affordable Loan Solution.

Eligibility will be based on income and the location of the property. It will also use credit guidelines based on factors such as timely rent, utility bill, phone and auto insurance payments to determine creditworthiness, though, there is no minimum credit score requirement.

From the Nextdoor app

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Memphis TN

My brief stays in both Memphis, Tennessee, and Oakland, CA were essentially the same.  The people at the hotel desk told me to not walk to my car unless I was being escorted.  My cab driver in Memphis told me that the city was the murder capital of the United States, surpassing Washington D.C.  He said that he was trying to save up enough money to go somewhere else.

This is why I like small cities.

How Many Fossils to Go an Inch? (ft. Robert Krulwich)

How to lose all your friends in life

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Do You Have To Show Your Receipt?

I wondered about this since businesses asking to see your receipt feels a little intrusive.





Sunday, August 21, 2022

Future Teacher FIGHTS a Cop’s UNFAIR Stop

Utah is the weird one ...

New Rule: Make the Mall Great Again | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Effect of mRNA Vaccine Boosters against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Infection in Qatar | NEJM

Compared to the primary series, booster effectiveness against symptomatic omicron infection was 49.4%, with the primary series 76.5%.

Study shows probability of getting COVID for mask wearers vs. non-mask wearers

In the healthcare setting, 9% of the mask wearers and 33% of the non-mask wearers tested COVID-19 positive. 

 Additionally, in community settings, the team noted that 6% of mask wearers and 83% of non-maks wearers tested SARS-CoV-2 positive.

China's Taiwan Crisis, CCP Will Never Invade, Protests Everywhere. China's financial crisis is Here


Good video.



Friday, August 19, 2022

Brian Stelter dropped by CNN: Why the 'Reliable Sources' host was shown the door | Fox News

truth

It is my casual observation, not that I have done any kind of study on this, that people are more likely now to believe in things that are not true.  I could be wrong because maybe people have always believed in untrue things, but it feels like now we are in an epidemic of delusional thinking.  I have a few theories about why this is, which I will get to below.

I am not going to get much into specifics, because there is a wide range of opinions about what is true.  However, the pandemic seemed to bring out the craziness in some people. Regarding the pandemic, I hear questionable claims, if not outright lies frequently.  

If we want to know the truth, we have to try very hard to remain objective.  There is a difference between opinion and fact, and likewise a difference between anecdotal evidence and fact.  Whenever possible, I try to find the relevant scientific studies, which are often available on the Internet.  I am more likely to find articles talking about scientific studies, and sometimes these contain links to the actual studies, but if not, usually the studies can be found with a Google search.

I think that most people have a need to feel special.  A person could be a fireman and that would be something that makes that person special.  For this reason, I think that people get very emotionally tied to their belief systems because those beliefs help make people who they are.  Then we get into confirmation bias, where people have a natural tendency to accept things as true that already agree with their opinion.  Therefore, it is very hard to change someone's opinion because their belief is closely tied to their identity.

Social media may have hindered normal human social interaction, which tends to naturally correct aberrant behavior and thought.  People interact less than they did before in person, and more online.  If you have weird beliefs, you can find plenty of people on the Internet who agree with you and support your way of thinking.  

Some social media places like Twitter seem inherently toxic with many bad actors on those platforms.

Having a worldwide existential threat puts a strain on people's ability to think rationally.  There is a strong tendency to demonize other people, which is worse now than it has ever been in my lifetime.  People on all sides are calling for the imprisonment of their political enemies, if not threats of violence and murder.  This is where people need to step back and try to have some perspective.  Things may be difficult now, but we have it far better than the generations that came before us.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Thursday, August 18, 2022

What is modern monetary theory? | John Hancock Investment Mgt

https://www.jhinvestments.com/viewpoints/investing-basics/what-is-modern-monetary-theory

Money is not wealth. It is a placeholder for wealth. If you create more of it, then by definition each unit of money is worth less, unless somehow you created an equivalent amount of wealth.

I am a bit worried about the 40% increase in the money supply that happened over the last two calendar years and what this means for my retirement.

So increasing the money supply can be a form of theft. It is transferring value to those people who receive the new currency at the expense of the people holding the existing currency.

If we count precious metals as a form of wealth, then having a backed currency would make money a form of wealth.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

China and EV batteries

That's because most EVs run on lithium-ion batteries that are mostly made in China. The nation has a lock on some 76 percent of the battery market today (the US only represents 8 percent). And to get a deal passed in a deadlocked Senate, Democrats agreed to provisions that would require eligible vehicles to use batteries that are made in North America.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which passed the Senate this weekend in a party-line vote, would require batteries to have at least 40 percent of materials sourced from North America or a US trading partner by 2024 in order to be eligible for a $7,500 tax break. By 2029, battery components would have to be 100 percent made in North America.

Batteries that contain minerals that "were extracted, processed, or recycled by a foreign entity of concern," which is defined as a state sponsoring terrorism or countries blocked by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, would be ineligible for the credit. China is listed as a "foreign entity of concern" by the federal government.

Democrats, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who negotiated the deal in secret with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are running on a tough-on-China message this year. But the auto industry says that the new requirements would basically disqualify every EV on the market today.

According to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the auto industry's main lobbying group, there are currently 72 EV models available for purchase in the United States, including battery, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles. Of those models, 70 percent are ineligible for the tax credit when the bill passes. And by 2029, when the additional sourcing requirements go into effect, none would qualify for the full credit.

No electric vehicles on the market today qualify for the new EV tax credit - The Verge

Saturday, August 6, 2022

"Freedom" in Calgary - Bill Burr

Inflation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

People tend to blame everything except the fiat currency.  The technical definition of inflation is an increase in the money supply, not price increases.  From January 2020 to December 2021, the Money Supply went up 40%.  Although the effect is not immediate, we should be looking for a 40% increase in prices as a result, or at least close to it.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

"People’s Rights are Disappearing," 'Star Wars' Show Introducing "Trumpian World" - Inside the Magic

Those who are more likely to favor government control complain about those who are less likely to favor centralized power as being like an Evil Empire?  Somehow the analogy doesn't quite fit, and I wonder if their wrong headed analogy might backfire?

A few people regard the political right as no more freedom loving than the political left, and even though some people on the right don't always side with freedom, I think that the overall difference is huge. 

 BTW, the Andor series suddenly has been delayed a month pushing it back to late September.  I wonder if last minute editing or reshoots are taking place?  I wonder if Disney learned its lesson from the colossal failure of Lightyear?  Go woke, go broke. 

I am actually looking forward to the Andor series, as I do all Star Wars series.  They all may not be perfect, and they might have an occasional thinly disguised political message, but on average the quality of these shows have been really good. 

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Begin forwarded message:

On Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 5:11 PM John Coffey wrote:
Fiona Shaw shared with Empire that series writer Tony Gilroy has infused a "Trumpian" theme into the show:

"Tony has written a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world. Our world is exploding in different places right now, people's rights are disappearing, and Andor reflects that. [In the show] the Empire is taking over, and it feels like the same thing is happening in reality, too."

"People’s Rights are Disappearing," 'Star Wars' Show Introducing "Trumpian World" - Inside the Magic

Fiona Shaw shared with Empire that series writer Tony Gilroy has infused a "Trumpian" theme into the show:

"Tony has written a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world. Our world is exploding in different places right now, people's rights are disappearing, and Andor reflects that. [In the show] the Empire is taking over, and it feels like the same thing is happening in reality, too."

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

San Francisco beating of Elderly

I assume that the attack was racially motivated.  Anyone who conducts such a violent racial attack doesn't deserve to be called an American.  If it were up to me, people who perpetrate heinous racially motivated attacks, regardless of the race of the people involved, should lose their citizenship.  That's probably unconstitutional, but I think that we should draw a line that you cannot cross.

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Governments Hidden Plan To Raise Gas Prices | Not About Oil

About 2/3 of the points made by Mark Moss about the current energy crisis are things I have heard before.  However, his other points contain a great deal of good information on how government regulation is messing up the energy sector.

He gets a little conspiratorial by suggesting that the government wants to nationalize the oil industry, without definitely coming to this conclusion.  However, his support for this idea is extremely weak, and I have little reason to believe it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY46elZFKmc

Friday, July 15, 2022

Dave Chappelle Narrates the Sad Story of His Trans Friend

This is very interesting...


If I identified as a dog, and surgically altered myself to look like a dog, that would not make me a dog, no matter how much I wanted to be a dog.  (If I identified as a Chess Grandmaster....)

I realize that around half a percent of the population feel like they should be of the opposite sex.  One's mental state nor desire causes something to be real.  People should deal with their mental health issues as best as they are able...

"Transsexuals and sex-change operations are receiving a great deal of attention. Young people may seek treatment for transsexual attractions at an early age even though these attractions may go away on their own. Psychological conflicts have been identified in these patients and their parents and may be successfully treated. There are serious risks associated with sex change. They include the risk of depressive illness and suicide. Physicians and mental-health professionals should know these risks and the regrets of those who have been through sex-change operations. These patients and their families also should be informed of other treatment options...

In a 2015, Boston study of 180 transsexual youth who had undergone SRS (106 female-to-male; 74 male-to-female), these youth had a twofold to threefold increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment compared to a control group of youth"


This would not normally be an issue, except they have tried to force the issue on us.  I personally have refused to call a male a female because that would be a lie.  They want me to lie to protect someone's feelings.  Jordan Peterson became famous for campaigning against compelled speech laws in Canada.   His job was threatened.  An actress that I very much like, Gina Carano, had her career almost completely ruined for refusing to use preferred pronouns.  There was a several month long campaign to get her fired and subsequently she was fired from a show that I like, and her talent agency dropped her.

In England, police penalize people for what they call "non-crimes", which can include statements interpreted as transphobic.

There is a much broader campaign of "divide and conquer."   You can see this in every single issue that is controversial right now.  Marxists invented "Critical Race Theory" in 1960 because the old class divisions no longer worked.  As long as they can divide people into groups opposed to each other, it becomes possible for 10% of the population to control the political agenda.

Part of this strategy is faux outrage.  The political left will do something outrageous, and then play the victim when we object to it.  This appeals to our empathy because we don't want to victimize anyone, so we are more likely to go along.  This includes attacks on free speech, which the far left is completely against.


Fact-Checking The Media On Critical Race Theory



Given that race is just an arbitrary concept that we made up to build walls between us, we need to stop looking at everything through the lens of race, and treat people as individuals.

Why Twitter Is Insane - YouTube

This entire video could be summarized by four words, "Twitter is a cesspool."  Of course, Twitter is just a tool, and it is up to you how you use it.  It tends to lead to mob psychology and slander.  I would like to have the ability to ban people from my posts, and maybe this is possible, but I don't know since I have deleted my Twitter account.   I never found it very appealing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg0qlnh5I38

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Climate activists step up tire-slashing operation

https://youtu.be/V08tNp5PNI4

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Spinal cord repair

Eventually, this may be very useful.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Larry 

A drug under investigation as a cancer treatment has shown exciting promise in a rather different branch of medical research, with scientists demonstrating how it can promote nerve repair following spinal injury. The breakthrough shows how the drug acts on a DNA damage response mechanism at play in both these unrelated conditions, and triggers a "remarkable" recovery in mice with injured spinal cords.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Intellectual Roots Of 'Wokeness'

J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues - J.K. Rowling

On Saturday morning, I read that the Scottish government is proceeding with its controversial gender recognition plans, which will in effect mean that all a man needs to 'become a woman' is to say he's one. To use a very contemporary word, I was 'triggered'. Ground down by the relentless attacks from trans activists on social media, when I was only there to give children feedback about pictures they'd drawn for my book under lockdown, I spent much of Saturday in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties recurred on a loop. That assault happened at a time and in a space where I was vulnerable, and a man capitalised on an opportunity.  I couldn't shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls' safety.

Late on Saturday evening, scrolling through children's pictures before I went to bed, I forgot the first rule of Twitter – never, ever expect a nuanced conversation – and reacted to what I felt was degrading language about women. I spoke up about the importance of sex and have been paying the price ever since. I was transphobic, I was a cunt, a bitch, a TERF, I deserved cancelling, punching and death. You are Voldemort said one person, clearly feeling this was the only language I'd understand.

It would be so much easier to tweet the approved hashtags – because of course trans rights are human rights and of course trans lives matter – scoop up the woke cookies and bask in a virtue-signalling afterglow. There's joy, relief and safety in conformity. As Simone de Beauvoir also wrote, "… without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one's liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living."

Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists; I know this because so many have got in touch with me to tell their stories. They're afraid of doxxing, of losing their jobs or their livelihoods, and of violence.

But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode 'woman' as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it. I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who're standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who're reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. Polls show those women are in the vast majority, and exclude only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who've never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is.

The one thing that gives me hope is that the women who can protest and organise, are doing so, and they have some truly decent men and trans people alongside them. Political parties seeking to appease the loudest voices in this debate are ignoring women's concerns at their peril. In the UK, women are reaching out to each other across party lines, concerned about the erosion of their hard-won rights and widespread intimidation. None of the gender critical women I've talked to hates trans people; on the contrary. Many of them became interested in this issue in the first place out of concern for trans youth, and they're hugely sympathetic towards trans adults who simply want to live their lives, but who're facing a backlash for a brand of activism they don't endorse.

Why Fixating on Race Is Harmful

"Your line of questioning is transphobic"


The same person defines Critical Race Theory:


Another explanation of Critical Race Theory:


Critical Race theory comes from Marxist Critical Theory:


Anyone regardless of race, who integrate into main society is "White".


Capitalism is racism.




Tuesday, July 12, 2022

There are two types of smoke alarm. One of 'em ain't so good

Re: Opposing Evil

Sometimes you have to take a stand or nothing gets fixed.  People continue to suffer.

I have advocated a slowly increasing tariff on Chinese goods until they are willing to respect some human rights.  We can adapt.  The only value China has to us is cheap labor.  We can find other countries with cheap labor, for example, Mexico, or rely more on automation.  Besides, China would probably cave eventually.


On Mon, Jul 11, 2022 at 5:24 PM Albert wrote:
Most people agree in principle. However, not enough are willing to put any "skin in the game". I agree that China (as well as many other countries) have atrocious records concerning human rights. Nevertheless, I continue to buy consumer products from these countries. If we try too hurt China by no longer buying their products we hurt everyone involved in manufacturing, logistics and sales of these products. Cut China and we all bleed.

On Mon, Jul 11, 2022 at 2:40 PM John wrote:
It should be obvious that evil exists in the world. However, there is a tendency to dismiss this notion in the name of mutual understanding. Whether it is a famous entertainer where people make excuses for bad behavior or the sociopaths who cruelly rule many countries.

China comes to mind.

The one and possibly only thing that I agree with Jimmy Carter on is that we should insist on Human Rights when dealing with other countries. There is too much human suffering, and too many people willing to inflict that suffering.



Monday, July 11, 2022

Watch "Science Proves What We Suspected Was True About Them" on YouTube

It is easy to say that something is wrong with the Political Left if they don't have the same level of disgust that we do, but what if that were the norm?   My tendency toward disgust is pretty high, which is probably why I am the way I am.  However, I might be the abnormal one.

I think that there is a big range of human tendencies.  Everyone feels a little bit of anxiety, depression, fear, neuroticism, and compulsiveness.  It is when one of these normal human traits becomes exaggerated to the point of being a problem that it becomes a mental illness.

On Sat, Jul 9, 2022 at 9:27 PM  wrote:

Science can be amazing !!!

 

Watch 4  min11 sec. video below until Google censorship takes it down.

 

-Beesley-

 

From: John Coffey
Subject: Re: Watch "Science Proves What We Suspected Was True About Them" on YouTube

 

When I lived in Indianapolis from 1991 to 1992, I made friends with a chess player who was an extreme liberal, likely a Marxist.  He said that he had a very permissive father whereas I had a very restrictive father.  So I valued freedom and he valued government control.

 

On Fri, Jul 8, 2022 at 11:30 AM Albert  wrote:

Scientist say a brain scan can reveal whether you are a liberal or a conservative. I'm not sure how they tell if you're a libertarian. Lol

 


 

Opposing Evil

It should be obvious that evil exists in the world. However, there is a tendency to dismiss this notion in the name of mutual understanding. Whether it is a famous entertainer where people make excuses for bad behavior or the sociopaths who cruelly rule many countries.

China comes to mind.

The one and possibly only thing that I agree with Jimmy Carter on is that we should insist on Human Rights when dealing with other countries. There is too much human suffering, and too many people willing to inflict that suffering.

What We Love About America - by Bari Weiss - Common Sense

https://www.commonsense.news/p/what-we-love-about-america

It is hard to imagine living anywhere else, but I have imagined where I would go if the socialists took over the United States.  First I would go to Canada, but then maybe someplace better.  Some of the freest countries in the world include New Zealand, Australia, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and the Isle of Man.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Re: Watch "Science Proves What We Suspected Was True About Them" on YouTube

When I lived in Indianapolis from 1991 to 1992, I made friends with a chess player who was an extreme liberal, likely a Marxist.  He said that he had a very permissive father whereas I had a very restrictive father.  So I valued freedom and he valued government control.

On Fri, Jul 8, 2022 at 11:30 AM Albert  wrote:
Scientist say a brain scan can reveal whether you are a liberal or a conservative. I'm not sure how they tell if you're a libertarian. Lol



Thursday, July 7, 2022

What the BA.5 Subvariant Could Mean for the United States - The New York Times

The most transmissible variant yet of the coronavirus is threatening a fresh wave of infections in the United States, even among those who have recovered from the virus fairly recently.

The subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 is now dominant, according to federal estimates released Tuesday, and together with BA.4, another subvariant, it is fueling an outbreak of cases and hospitalizations.

"I think there's an underappreciation of what it's going to do to the country, and it already is exerting its effect," said Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research, who has written about the subvariant.

BA.5 and BA.4, both subvariants of the Omicron variant that swept the world during the winter, are the most capable versions of the virus yet at evading immunity from previous infections and vaccines. Both variants have mutations in their spike proteins that are different enough from earlier versions of the virus that they are able to dodge some antibodies.

Waves of infection — and the subsequent immunity that comes with them — vary across countries and make for imperfect comparisons. Vaccination rates also vary. But in places where BA.4 and BA.5 have been dominant for weeks or months, the subvariants have caused increases in cases and hospitalizations, despite some population immunity from previous waves

BA.5 causes more severe disease

Jim Belushi, cannabis farmer


I am personally against using intoxicating substances.  I am for freedom. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Are You Proud To Be An American?

Great Reset - Wikipedia

three core components of the Great Reset: the first involves creating conditions for a "stakeholder economy"; the second component includes building in a more "resilient, equitable, and sustainable" way—based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics which would incorporate more green public infrastructure projects; the third component is to "harness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" for public good.[2][3] In her keynote speech opening the dialogues, International Monetary Fund director Kristalina Georgieva listed three key aspects of the sustainable response: green growth, smarter growth, and fairer growth.[4][1]

At the launch event for the Great Reset, Prince Charles listed key areas for action, similar to those listed in his Sustainable Markets Initiative, introduced in January 2020. These included the re-invigoration of science, technology and innovation, a move towards net zero emissions globally, the introduction of carbon pricing, re-inventing longstanding incentive structures, rebalancing investments to include more (though not all) green investments, and encouraging green public infrastructure projects

Roger Scruton: Why Intellectuals are Mostly Left

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Heroes

As far back as history has recorded, human beings for the most part have had to struggle every day just to get barely enough to eat and survive.  People led uncomfortable and difficult lives.  Mortality was high.  Things started changing in the late 1700s thanks to the Industrial Revolution, first in England and then in the United States.

People now think that crises happen on Twitter and Tik-Tok.  They make heroes out of movie stars and pop singers for singing controversial lyrics.  The real heroes stormed the beaches of Normandy and ran into the Twin Towers never to be seen again.

We are so pampered that we fret over things that would seem insane even to my parent's generation, who came out of The Great Depression and World War II.

It is time to have some perspective.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act: What it Does and What it Means | Bipartisan Policy Center

I keep hearing radio commercials on conservative talk shows saying that this will destroy innovation and that people should call their senators to oppose the bill.  I have no idea.

https://bipartisanpolicy.org/explainer/s2992/

Thursday, June 23, 2022

This is why Asians are smarter than you!


I would not want to live in a society where my entire waking existence must follow the demands imposed on me.  I had a similar experience in medical school, which I found exhausting, and which is partly why I dropped out.  The other reason was that I didn't like it very much.

I'm going to assume that some societies have greater competition for fewer resources, leading to extreme situations like this.  What happens if you are one of the people who don't measure up?   Surely, not everyone passes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Re: Watch "White House Admits It Lied About Vaccines; Study Shows 49% of Biden’s Followers are “Fake Accounts”" on YouTube

It is my understanding that the Trump administration was leaving some distribution details up to the states.   If true, this is probably a good thing.   I only think this because I heard all sorts of cries from the political left to federalize the distribution plan.  When I heard Biden say there was no plan, I assumed that this is what he meant.   However, I think that his statement is highly misleading.

In terms of the public not respecting a liar, I think that all politicians engage in a large amount of spin.  However, the Biden Administration seems to frequently make statements that are either demonstrably false or extremely misleading.  

On Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 5:18 AM Albert twrote:
The democrats can't stop lying, but what else have the got? Unfortunately, when politicians are willing to lie, they have no honor and your well being as a citizen means little to them. Citizens simple become part of the voter plantation, a tool to keep and stay in power.

It's hard to respect a government which is willing to lie and deceive their citizens. People feel it deep in their core. No one with a reasonable mind respects a liar.



Monday, June 20, 2022

Fredrick Douglas



Re: Transgender Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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From: John

I should clarify my position.

If men want to dress like women, it is a free country, but I think that this is some type of mental illness.  I do not believe that men can become women.  It is pretty clear what a woman is in regard to reproduction.   If I were to surgically alter myself to look like a dog, that would not make me a dog, no matter how much I wanted to be a dog.

There are slight differences between the brains of men and women.  I have heard that transgender people are more likely to have brains that resemble the opposite sex.  There are effeminate males and masculine women.  There is a normal range of human behavior.  However, one's mental state or preference does not make someone the opposite sex.  

However, my issue is not with human behavior but with coerced speech.  If I don't call a 'he' a 'she' then I am labeled as a bigot.  The actress Gina Carano had her career ruined for not using preferred pronouns. Jordan Peterson became famous for opposing speech laws in Canada that would force him to use preferred pronouns.  They want to force us to lie to protect people's feelings.  However, I am not going along with this insanity.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com


On Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 9:55 AM Steve wrote:
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> 9:35 I missed the use of the plural "them" and the whole transgender subplot, or that this was a transgender actor. I liked the episode quite a bit regardless. I didn't feel like I was being lectured to in order to push an agenda, which happened all the time on Discovery, and would be a negative for me. Speaking of which, I don't like being lectured to that I must distort the English language to conform to a leftist agenda.