Sunday, December 31, 2023

Temu Is a Chinese Scam

What happens if we stop buying products reportedly made with slave labor?  What happens to the slaves?  Does the CCP set them free?   Not likely.  Maybe they would kill them.

Likewise, what happens to children if people don't buy products made with child labor?  Children likely work these jobs to survive.

We only have second-hand information about the bad labor practices in other countries.  Claiming the moral high ground by not buying products from countries could create unintended consequences.  On what basis can people claim that the result will be positive?

Countries are poor because they have bad economic systems along with authoritarian governments that create those systems.  Refusing to trade with these countries doesn't help impoverished people unless you are trying to create a revolution by making people suffer more.  However, more often than not, revolutions lead to a different authoritarian in power.

Free trade can help impoverished people, although that depends on how repressive the government is.  Free trade also can lead to political change by helping people rise out of poverty.

China is a military threat and that would have to factor in our decision on whether to trade with them.  Economic interdependence could prevent war, but it also bolsters an authoritarian regime,   That regime is not likely to go away just because we reduce trade with China.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Watch "This is bad— American kids CAN'T READ 🍎📚" on YouTube

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From: Albert 

If you can't read, you can't compete. The inability to read in this country is getting worse and worse. I noticed a year or so ago that Kroger placed identifying your vegetable or fruit choice by pictures ahead of spelling it at the self-checkout. If you can't read, now what?

Do you remember this?

Friday, December 29, 2023

The single greatest failing of the human species

The single greatest failing of the human species is the tendency to believe almost anything without good evidence.  There are many cults where you can see this.  People lack the ability or are unwilling to step back and look at things objectively.  People don't question what they hear.  Humans have a strong tendency toward Confirmation Bias, where if something supports their narrative, they will take it as gospel.

Things have been said about the COVID pandemic and vaccines that are not supported by the evidence.  I see many sources claiming that it has been proven that the vaccines don't work and are dangerous.  However, the data shows a much lower rate of death among the vaccinated.  It doesn't mean that the vaccines are perfectly safe or effective, but the evidence shows that you are much safer taking the vaccines.

I have multiple friends who think that vaccines are part of a conspiracy to kill off the human race.  One of my doctors has encountered this and called these people paranoid.  

Fear is the most powerful emotion and our greatest motivator.  It is normal for people to have fears and be wary.   However, this makes them susceptible to fearmongers.  Many sources claiming to be scientific and objective are really just playing to people's fears.


Wednesday, December 27, 2023

T-Mobile is not going to fine anyone.

$500 Fines For Texting Hate Speech Are HERE!

A Film Depiction of a Coming Civil War...

There used to be common ground, that despite disagreements over policy, we were mostly united in the belief that the United States is a good thing, was founded on good principles, and is a force for good in the world.  In the last decade or so, we have seen the rise of a significant number of people, including the majority of young people, who do not believe this and want to tear it all down.

If we do not have some common shared beliefs, then we will be at each other's throats.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Five Lessons For 2024

The Global Empire of Palestine - Tablet Magazine

The salient fact is that the crushing military defeat suffered by the Palestinians will hardly matter, as long as the world's one superpower—alongside Europe and the Gulf Arab states—stand ready to rebuild whatever Israel destroys. By continually revitalizingthe Palestinians, by giving them new life, the stewards of global affairs have engendered something that by definition cannot survive in nature on its own: a society that celebrates death as its highest value. The Palestinians claim that it is their perseverance and faith, their willingness to suffer great losses, that ensures their ultimate victory. But the source of their steadfastness—their ability to replenish their arsenal and refurnish their tunnels and other military infrastructure—is, in fact, a luxury repeatedly afforded them by the U.S. and its European partners. Had world powers simply allowed Israelis and Palestinians to make war, the party of permanent resistance would have had two choices—change radically or perish entirely.

Friday, December 1, 2023

What Gives Dr. Peterson Hope?

Archie Bunker on Democrats

I like it when Archie Bunker actually has a point.

Who won DeSantis, Newsom debate? Freedom – and Florida

All the YouTube videos I saw this morning claimed that Newsom won the debate and it was bad for Desantis' political career.

Conservative sources are saying the exact opposite.

Can Trump win in 2024? Biden is doing his best to make it happen

‘They Can Go to Hell and Hide There’ | The Free Press

Where Have All the Democrats Gone? | The Free Press

They're Not Well-Meaning

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Who Is Yasmin Finney? Doctor Who's Rose Noble Explained

As much as I enjoyed the new Doctor Who Special, I didn't realize that the daughter character is played by a dude. There is a hint in the show that this character is transgender, but the hint goes by so fast I missed it.

Friday, November 24, 2023

The M3 iMac Isn't for me (or you...)

Apple's iMac strategy doesn't make sense.  The iMac used to be a top-of-the-line computer, but now they want you to buy a Mac Studio with a separate display that costs as much as an iMac.

As far as the iMac is concerned, there is no way I would go from a gorgeous 27-inch 5K display to a 24-inch 4K display.  The smaller iMac is not intended for pro users.  It would make a good family computer, but the lack of x86 compatibility is a serious drawback.

The M3 Pro chip benchmarks are almost the same as the Ryzen 9 7940hs computer I paid just $640 for.  The base model M3 iMac starts at $1299.

Apple can only charge so much because, for some unfathomable reason, people are still buying their products.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Why Socialism Always Fails

A pyramid scheme is ultimately unsustainable because it is based on faulty principles. Likewise, collectivism is unsustainable in the long run because it is a flawed theory. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.

Socialists point to a false sense of victimhood.

Yet, nobody starves to death under a free market.  There are many programs, public and private, to help the poor and there is an abundance of food.

Meanwhile,  you have food lines under socialism.

Elbert Hubbard

"Prison is an example of a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated."

Douglas Murray vs audience member on religion

Gaza and the Rule of Hamas | Niall Ferguson

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Maoist Struggle Session

Biden promised China to kill our fossil fuels

U.S. energy experts are warning of the economic and national security implications of President Biden's pact with China this week to move towards shutting down fossil fuel production in favor of green energy.

The State Department announced this week it had struck a deal with its Chinese counterparts pledging to "accelerate the substitution for coal, oil and gas generation" with green energy sources like wind and solar power. The nations, which account for nearly half of global greenhouse gas emissions, also agreed to "deepen policy exchanges" on reducing carbon emissions in various sectors, like power, industry, buildings and transportation, across their economies.

But the agreement — in which the nations further pledged to "sufficiently accelerate renewable energy deployment in their respective economies through 2030" — was criticized over its potential impact on U.S. consumers. Experts also noted that China has rarely followed through on international accords and stands to financially benefit from such an agreement since it controls much of the world's green energy supply chain.

"The agreement speaks heavily about advancing — doubling down and tripling down on renewables, wind and solar. The majority of them are made in China," Daniel Turner, the founder and executive director of Power The Future, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

"The agreement speaks heavily about advancing — doubling down and tripling down on renewables, wind and solar. The majority of them are made in China," Daniel Turner, the founder and executive director of Power The Future, told Fox News Digital in an interview

"So, you're basically writing an agreement that guarantees China a customer and guarantees their manufacturing sector decades of purchasing. Of course China would love this agreement. And their obligations — they'll just ignore that. They've ignored every other obligation," Turner added. "It is basically guaranteeing China decades of wealth, guaranteeing America is going to buy their products."

The agreement was finalized during Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's meeting with Chinese Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua in Sunnylands, California, last week. And it came shortly before Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco.

"The cooperative initiatives outlined by State Department will create make-work for bureaucrats, subsidies for rent-seekers, photo ops for local politicians, and new opportunities for Chinese agents of influence and industrial spies," Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marlo Lewis told Fox News Digital.

Experts warn Biden's agreement with China to shut down fossil fuels will harm Americans | Fox News

One Day the Barbarians will be at the gate

The double standards of Gazan refugees

How To Know if You’re a Republican

The Ethnic Cleansing of Jews within Muslim Countries

Ben Reacts to South Park: Joining the Panderverse

Friday, November 17, 2023

What I Saw at London's Palestine Rally Frightened Me

The Barbarians Are In The Gates

Why Isn't There a Palestinian State?

Ben Shapiro EXPOSES Hamas's true agenda

Protesters Block Baby From Hospital

The Left & the Arab world Hypocrisy in Demonstrations

Assault on open speech is an attack on America | Washington Examiner

Why Freedom of Speech Is Necessary | Jordan B Peterson

This Is Easily the Most Important Speech Jordan Peterson Has Ever Done

I differ from Peterson in that we cannot reliably assume the supernatural.  There are many different opinions on what the divine means, so we cannot reliably assume that a higher power has expectations of us.

We live in a society where we think that people should be good, but not all cultures share this view, or they disagree on what good means.  However, we think that societies work better when people aren't cruel, cooperate with each other, and show compassion.

I don't think that humans should necessarily be sacrificial animals for others.  Taken to the extreme, the individual becomes a slave to power structures.  However, voluntarily caring for others seems to make us better and stronger people.


There are different ways to interpret Jordan Peterson's comments.

People often associate Perterson with the political right because he tells people to take responsibility for their lives, which is part of the point of his speech.  He rose to fame by arguing against more extreme leftist ideology.

However, he describes himself as leaning liberal, although I am not sure of what he means by that.

To some extent, his speech sounds like a far-left utopian ideal, because he says if we just sacrifice our lives for others then there is no goal that we can't achieve.  We can end absolute poverty, have a shining city on a hill, and achieve our personal pinnacle.

I'm sure that the path to Utopia is a little more complicated than that.


The best speech I have heard Jordan Peterson give is this one...

He speaks at such a high level, it forces me to pay close attention to keep up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Full Rand Paul: On Covid, the Lab Leak, and Anthony Fauci

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This comes across as a conspiracy theory.  If there was something to this then there would be indictments already.

I see a problem in Rand Paul's logic.  If I am wrong I would like to know because this is such an important issue.  The NIH gave the Eco Health Alliance $3.4 million to study the risk of coronaviruses from bats.  The Eco Health Alliance gave $600,000 to the Wuhan lab, reportedly to catalog bat viruses.  I read everything I could about this, and the grant had nothing to do with gain of function.

However, the Wuhan lab may have been doing Gain of Function Research, so Rand Paul claims that the NIH funded Gain of Function Research at Wuhan.  Apparently, it wasn't on our dime, so I don't think that you can blame Fauci for it.

Friday, November 10, 2023

My biggest fear for Star Wars... and it seems likely to happen

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To put Star Wars in context, in 1977 I was 17 years old.  We were living during the Cold War, where the Soviet Union could be viewed as the Evil Empire, while the fight against the Nazis during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War didn't seem like ancient history, but were still relevant in our minds.  The thought of nuclear annihilation also felt like a very real possibility.

We were going through the worst economic decade of my lifetime.  Some people might look at the events that followed 2008 as being the worst, but the American economy was much more robust in 2008 and able to eventually rebound.  However, the 1970s was just one piece of bad news after another.  The country felt like it was in a giant malaise.

Then came Star Wars in 1977, which to my 17-year-old mind felt like a godsend.  It was a metaphor for a hopeful battle against all the evils that plagued us.

Star Wars became an important part of my life, and it influenced my career toward computers and video game development.  To this day, Star Wars feels like a part of my personality.

At my more advanced age of 63, I notice how violent Star Wars is.  This didn't seem like much of an issue in 1977 when the characters were fighting Space Nazis, because the 1970s felt like an existential struggle against the forces of evil.  For example, Star Wars calls light sabers an elegant weapon, but how elegant is cutting people in half or cutting their heads off?  It would be like calling a battle axe an elegant weapon.

All this makes me wonder how relevant Star Wars is to our current time?  The 20th century was by far the most violent in history, which made mechanized murder on a mass scale feel more normal.  I think that there was less regard for the individual, which is something we take to extreme levels today.

I feel far less threatened by outside forces today than I did after 9-11, or in the 60s, the 70s, and the 80s.

We can still fantasize about a struggle for survival between good and evil, but good and evil in the modern world are less distinct from one another.

This makes me think that Star Wars has to change to remain relevant.  The original movie gave us 1970s characters in a futuristic setting.  The recent series Andor did a great job of giving us modern characters in the same setting and feels more relevant to the time we live in.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Australian Kmart drops ‘Merry Ham-mas’ Christmas ham bags | The Times of Israel

Wednesday, November 8, 2023


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Trump ballot decision: Expert weighs in

7 Things pro-Palestinians Forgot to Tell You (...this war is not about land...)

The Hostility of the Left and the Arab World Toward Israel (and Why You Should Care)

It is a mistake to say that Hitler and other Fascists were far-right.  The Nazis were socialist at least in name.  Mussolini started as a Communist and a Marxist.  Mussolini's slogan: "Everything in the state nothing outside of the state."  American leftists adored Mussolini before the war.  After the war, the big lie was that these people were somehow associated with the right.

In the United States, there are hate groups that call themselves right-wing.  These people are few in number and don't represent the political right.    

Abortion Rights Fuel Big Democratic Wins, and Hopes for 2024 - The New York Times

'Historically, re-elections have been referendums on the incumbent president and his leadership. Democrats are hoping to transform the 2024 contest into something different — an election that revolves not around the present occupant of the White House but around the previous one, Mr. Trump, and his party's embrace of abortion bans that are out of step with a majority of voters.

Already, Democrats have launched plans to use referendums, like the one that passed in Ohio, as a way to energize their base in 2024. There are efforts underway to get such measures on the ballot in swing states including Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania. For his part, Mr. Biden's campaign released an early ad highlighting Mr. Trump's support for overturning Roe.

"Abortion is the No. 1 issue in the 2024 campaign," Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, a Democrat who gave money to support both the Ohio ballot measure and the Virginia legislative contests, said in an interview on Tuesday. "If you're not talking about protecting women's reproductive rights as a Democrat, you're not doing it right."'

If this is a big issue for the Democrats, then it is also a big issue for the Republicans.  However, if this is true, then the left can make the election about something other than Biden's performance in office.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Civilization in Decline

I think that we are a civilization in decline.  Do I need to explain why?  You could think of a dozen reasons.

The biggest problem is our National Debt, exceeding our capacity to repay.  This has led to a debasement of our currency, making everyone poorer.

Culturally we have been destroying ourselves from within over petty squabbles.

The political class appears to be very corrupt.

We are involved in conflicts that could, although unlikely, lead to World War III.  Multiple countries oppose us.


Thursday, October 26, 2023

EV subsidies

  • The cost of producing electric vehicles (EVs) is far higher than the prices they are being sold for. Nearly $22 billion in federal and state subsidies and regulatory credits suppressed the retail price of EVs in 2021 by an average of almost $50,000.
  • Thanks to an unlawful multiplier, EVs receive nearly seven times more credits under federal fuel efficiency programs than they provide in actual fuel economy benefits.
  • Regulatory credits with bonus EV multipliers from federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards and state EV sales mandates provide an average of $27,881 in benefits per vehicle for producers of EVs.
  • Home and public charging stations used by EVs put a significant strain on the electric grid, resulting in an average of $11,833 in socialized costs per EV over 10 years, which are shouldered by utility ratepayers and taxpayers.
  • Direct state and federal subsidies for EVs average $8,984 per vehicle over 10 years.
  • TPPF Releases Study Exposing the True Cost of Electric Vehicles (

Genocidal Youth

Overall, Americans overwhelmingly support Israel over Hamas. A whopping 84 percent of respondents told pollsters they favored Israel, while just 16 percent favored Hamas. Among older Americans over 65, an astounding 95 percent supported Israel, and just 5 percent said their sympathies lie with Hamas. But among young people age 18 to 24, things looked quite differently.

Just 52 percent of this group said they supported Israel, while 48 percent said they supported Hamas. Yes, that's right: Nearly half of young respondents said they side with the terrorist group that just earlier this month purposefully targeted and slaughtered innocent civilians, including women, children, and infants, in a chilling and sadistic manner.

You'd hope for the sake of the future of our country that these young people are somehow supporting Hamas despite the group's violent actions. But you'd be wrong. In an even more shocking finding, the Harvard-Harris poll revealed that 51 percent of 18 to 24 year olds said Hamas's violence against Israeli civilians was justified, while just 49 percent don't think so

Here's where things get... strange. In the same poll, 62 percent of young respondents agree that what Hamas did to Israel was "genocidal." So, a hefty chunk of young people in this country believe that genocide against Israeli civilians is justified. What the hell?

This is not normal. Such a moral perversion is not an organic belief that naturally emerges among decent people. On the contrary, it's in large part the consequence of a corrosive and malevolent "social justice" ideology that's being spoon-fed to young Americans on college campuses.

In this depraved worldview, which Elon Musk has dubbed the "woke mind virus," the world is divided into two groups of people: oppressors and oppressed. Black people, for example, are oppressed in America. So, under this lens, Black Americans cannot be racist: They can only be victims of racism.

Meanwhile, "misgendering" someone is violence, even though it doesn't actually involve any violence. Actual violence in response to this speech is justified as "self-defense."

Truth, and therefore morality, is subjective, in this worldview. Hence the normalization of the innocuous-sounding but actually Orwellian phrase "my truth," "your truth," or "his truth."

This heierarchy-obssessed perspective does not actually describe reality. In the real world, there are shades of grey. 

Socialism Does NOT Work | Daniel Hannan | Oxford Union

The History of Police in America and the First Force

The first publicly funded, organized police force with officers on duty full-time was created in Boston in 1838. Boston was a large shipping commercial center, and businesses had been hiring people to protect their property and safeguard the transport of goods from the port of Boston to other places, says Potter. These merchants came up with a way to save money by transferring to the cost of maintaining a police force to citizens by arguing that it was for the "collective good."

Jordan Peterson Makes the Case for Capitalism

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

What Can You Do If a Mob Surrounds Your Car?

Re: Bet NO ONE told you this about Canola Oil

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From: John

I have seen much that I would regard as paranoia about "seed oils".  I wanted to present research that counters all the negativity about Canola Oil.  It claims that Canola Oil has health benefits similar to Olive Oil.  I use both.  This is interesting because Canola Oil is much cheaper.

I am always open to new research.  One problem with Internet articles and videos is that most of it is hearsay and opinion presented as fact.  I have to be careful with videos like this because they could be misinterpreting the studies.  When possible, I try to find actual scientific papers.

On Tue, Oct 24, 2023 at 7:55 PM Albert wrote:
> I've read and viewed exactly the opposite regarding canola oil. Many researchers say the mere fact that canola oils is a manufactured oil made from the canola plants (seeds) is reason enough not use it.
> On Tue, Oct 24, 2023 at 6:01 PM John wrote:

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Shapiro Explains Why Communism Is EVIL

FIX YOUR ATTITUDE! - Jordan Peterson

The New George Floyd?

Jordan Peterson: Why Communism Doesn't Work

Jordan Peterson doesn't actually answer the question except to say that it doesn't work.

The way he describes the system is unintentionally misleading. It is not true that 5% of the poeple generate all the wealth. The vast majority of people can be productive and earn a decent living, and some of them can even accumulate wealth by a slow process. 

 Some of the inequality that often gets quoted by the Marxists doesn't take into account people building up wealth for their retirement. Most of us start with nothing and work for decades to live comfortably in our old age, which is what happened to me. The Marxists will include this in their statistics about inequality.

FBI: Thousands of remote IT workers sent wages to North Korea | AP News

The Justice Department said Wednesday that IT workers dispatched and contracted by North Korea to work remotely with companies in St. Louis and elsewhere in the U.S. have been using false identities to get the jobs. The money they earned was funneled to the North Korean weapons program

Let's Talk About American Social Etiquette

Friday, October 20, 2023

HP is scraping the bottom of the barrel

Re: One day, a computer will fit on a desk (1974) | RetroFocus

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From: Albert

It's interesting how he thought we would have a workstation at home that would connect to the mainframe. A desktop/laptop PC can do this using the internet, but operate independently using software. Imagine if someone told him, the workstation idea would fit in your pocket and be taken for granted as your phone because it would be part of your mobile smartphone.

It was a good statement about the future. Are we better off as a society? We should be, but are we?

On Thu, Oct 19, 2023 at 8:48 PM John wrote:

Thursday, October 19, 2023

We can't ignore this anymore

The Take: Will the Gaza hospital attack be a turning point for the world? | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

Israel didn't do this but got the blame. The Hamas errant missile hit a hospital parking lot and not the hospital, and hundreds weren't killed as reported.

Why Google News links to Al Jazeera is a mystery. It is full of the lies. This isn't the first time they blamed a Hamas attack on Israel.

"The first casualty of war is the truth."

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Monday, October 16, 2023

Human Rights Don’t Require The West To Commit Suicide

The Truth About Communism

Why Isn't There a Palestinian State?

The Absurdity of Socialism | Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin

The Left's Long War on Israel

It Doesn’t Matter Where You Put Communist Polices Into Play, the Same Outcome Occurs

Re: Israel, NO APOLOGIES for What Happens to Gaza

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From: Albert 

Most Americans can't understand why Israel has decided to conduct such a ferocious counterattack to Hamas' attack on them. This doesn't show American's concern Hamas or the Muslim world. It shows our naivety about the Arab world. While we worry about the next "critical" social issue such as personal pronouns, safe spaces, nose rings, hair dye, climate change and Trump; the rest of the world thinks in terms of live or die. Americans fail to realize 1/3 of the world's population search for animal dung and flammable items to heat their homes and water. We have carried complaining to a fine art and the rest of the world is tired of hearing our whining/whimpering over every little thing.

The Sin of Moral Equivalence (Episode #338)

Friday, September 22, 2023

Comedian Louis CK is not joking about why we should open the border

There is a small possibility that Louis C.K. just changed the outcome of the 2024 election.  This could be the tipping point.  People could wake up and see what the extreme left stands for.  Someone might ask, "What do they stand for?"  It is about giving away everything you have earned.

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From: Larry

A clip of comedian Louis C.K. on the Joe Rogan show has been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) this week in which he goes on and on about how opening up the southern border would be a good thing because Americans shouldn't have such a high standard of living compared to the rest of the world, how poor people in other countries just want what Americans have, and how it's not fair that we have so much. "It shouldn't be so great here," he says. So open the border and let them pour in.

It's possible he's joking, that it's just a comedy bit he's practicing. That's what my friend Inez Stepman thinks. Get liberals to nod along in agreement and then expose the consequences of such an insane idea. You can judge for yourself:

I don't think it comes off as a joke but as an almost perfect distillation of globalist liberalism. Louis C.K. cannot fathom why Americans should have a say about who comes into their country and who does not. He clearly has no real allegiance to his country or countrymen, and is actually embarrassed by their prosperity — and presumably his own as well.

There is nothing special about America, according to this view, and no reason the rest of the world should not enjoy her ill-gotten riches. Opening the border is the least we could do for the cause of justice.

Whether it's a joke or not, the substance of what Louis C.K. articulates is the logical endpoint of leftist ideology. It's what the mainstream left believes — and the Biden administration has been actively working to accomplish at the southern border.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Suit Accusing Burger King of Undersized Whoppers Proceeds

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Something is wrong with society when massive and expensive lawsuits happen over the size of a hamburger.  I like Burger King.  If I were unhappy with the size of their burgers, I could go somewhere else.  Let the free market decide.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Eric Weinstein Reacts To Sam Harris On Modern Wisdom

I don't know this person, but he is interesting to listen to.  He sounds like a conspiracy theorist but also plausible.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Jurassic Raccoon

My father used to say that you should never feed a wild animal. I didn't understand at first, but the problem is that many animals can have rabies and not show symptoms. This includes raccoons.

Wild animals are not pets.

Migratory birds only fly south when the food runs out. I noticed that people would feed ducks who then stuck around till winter. This can't be good for the birds.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


KKK Member speaks

This does not represent 98% of whites nor conservatives. Conservatives are the most accepting people I know. Unlike the political left, we don't try to divide people into (arbitrary) categories.

Cryptocurrency Scam - Pig Butchering

Montana broadband build-out costs $300,000 per home

When did the name United States of America originate?

September 9, 1776

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called the "United Colonies." The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Controversial Statues Are Nothing New

Doctor Who

I am concerned about the next version of Doctor Who starting around November, which is the 60th anniversary of the show.

They hired a gay actor to play possibly a gay Doctor Who.

The previous versions of Doctor Who had some relationships which clearly identified the character as heterosexual.  If they decide to change the character without a good explanation, then it seems to me that this would destroy the character.

They retconned the previous version of Doctor Who in a way that completely rewrote the history of the character.  For the most part, the fans aren't happy about the change.

The Doctor Who series was extremely good about 13 years ago, which is why I am still interested in the show, but it went slowly downhill after that.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Statement on 'Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses' review | Cochrane

Many commentators have claimed that a recently-updated Cochrane Review shows that 'masks don't work', which is an inaccurate and misleading interpretation.

It would be accurate to say that the review examined whether interventions to promote mask wearing help to slow the spread of respiratory viruses, and that the results were inconclusive. Given the limitations in the primary evidence, the review is not able to address the question of whether mask-wearing itself reduces people's risk of contracting or spreading respiratory viruses. 

The review authors are clear on the limitations in the abstract: 'The high risk of bias in the trials, variation in outcome measurement, and relatively low adherence with the interventions during the studies hampers drawing firm conclusions.'

California Wants to Make it Illegal to Confront Shoplifters