"It's the end of the United States!" "Oh, we're screwed now!" "It's another civil war!" And so on. Whatever the current events are, it's always the worst it's ever been, and we're all doomed.
I don't know--I just don't feel it. I can't really explain it; I don't know if it's a case of being phlegmatic because there's absolutely nothing I can do about it, or apocalypse fatigue (since the news is nothing but these days) or what. But I feel like things aren't actually going into the shitter at Mach 9; I feel as if certain people are trying to drive things in that direction because they are desperate to retain power and avoid prosecution, and are so desperate that they've pulled out all the stops.
That much is manifest to me: the "community organizers" are out there, working up their communities in an effort to make things as bad as possible. The usual suspects have ceased to estivate in the pools of their own slime and have crawled out of their sewer holes to make trouble.
Plenty of folks are drawing parallels between this nonsense and 1969--and the horseshit that went on in 1969 was ginned up by leftists financed by the USSR, much the same way leftists today are finanaced by people like George Soros--and then shaking their heads ruefully, saying that it's different this time because our society's rules have changed.
Maybe they're right; maybe I'm just hiding my head in the sand. Perhaps there is no basis for my optimism. It's easily possible that I don't want to think about a severe disruption to our society and nation, so I'm just pretending it's not happening. I honestly don't know.
But I don't think there's anything wrong with having a little faith, either.
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The Germans is the funniest damned episode of Fawlty Towers so of course they're no longer going to show it.
...the box set that my wife got me for Christmas a few years ago has that ep, so fuck 'em.
In fact, I just watched that episode, BECAUSE I CAN! HA HA FUCKING HA BBC
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So, the marvelous world of CHAZ, which is the acronym of "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone".
"... they've planted enough crops to provide moderately large portions of salad to four people in about a month." I know nothing about gardening--
No, let me start that thought over. I thought I knew nothing about gardening, until these utter fools came along and demonstrated to me that I actually know more about it than I thought...because I understand that if you want to plant a garden, step one is get rid of the fucking sod.
"Rapes, robberies, and violence, but at least people aren't being shot by police."
And it's a thing of wonder to behold, let me tell you.
Regarding Raz the Exorter, Warlord of Chazistan:I have no doubt they can get his social media accounts deleted and do all the other things they usually do to people for having the wrong opinion--but none of that is going to keep him from running CHAZ as long as he can. The only way he stops, at this point, is by being killed. I suppose at that point that particular black life won't matter all that much to any of the goons in CHAZ. Eh?
Apparently he's being "cancelled," due to a prior history of "homophobic" tweets.
Wait, wait, wait: a black ganster and wannabe rapper who casually puts down fags? Well now I've heard everything.
Here's the thing, though: Cancellation only works on social media and with pussies.
I don't know if they'll be able to "cancel" a guy who's going around beating the shit out of people and threatening to kill them.
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"The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people."
There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.The way that the Democrat party--and the media, and the left in general--treats black people is indeed monstrously racist.
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"The legislature has abdicated its responsibility to the voters." The Illinois legislature is a Democrat feifdom; they want to wreck the economy in order to defeat Trump and get a huge federal bailout, so that Illinois doesn't have to start budgeting with anything even approaching responsibility.
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Cops denounced for "taking" coffee and popcorn may have been invited to do so. Short form, Bobby Rush is one of the most useless fucking politicians in Illinois history and he's a lying sack of shit way over and above what is required to be a politician in the first place. He complained that cops who were detailed to protect his offices were drinking coffee and eating popcorn.
...and they may have been invited to do so by one of the asshat's own employees. The first comment sums it up:
Bobby Rush is a petty little man. The police protect your office from being damaged from looters and rioters who would have burned it to the ground and you complain because they have a bag of popcorn and some coffee. You are an ass----. what a scumbag.He's an Illinois Democrat. What do you expect?
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Now let's scaremonger over plastic microparticles in the air and water. The greenies have to get rid of plastic somehow, damn it, because it's cheap and convenient and cleaner than anything reusable.
Okay: there isn't a single mode of delivering Pepsi to the drinker that gives a better taste than the old reusable glass bottles. A cold Pepsi from one of those is the absolute best. But they stopped using them, because cleaning the bottles between uses got too expensive. (Probably because of environmental regulation.)
The majority of my life now, has been lived with disposable, single-use soda containers. Cans, bottles, whatever, they're used once and then disposed of. Recycled or landfilled. And, interestingly enough, all of the cases of contamination of soda happened before this change was made, when they were still filling reusable bottles.
Okay: the one with the wad of cellophane. The one with the nice little disk of mold growing in it. The one with the glass chips at the bottom. And the most disgusting one--
...Christmas, 1977 (I think) I got a 8MM black-and-white silent print of a couple of scenes from Star Wars, mainly the big Tie Fighter shootout when the Millenium Falcon leaves the Death Star. I'd already seen it 2-3 times that day but I was watching it again, and had just opened a bottle of Pepsi to drink while I watched it.
And as I drank from it, I noticed that it tasted strange. It had an odd flavor, kind of like RC Cola rather than Pepsi. I drank perhaps half the bottle, though, watching the movie in the dark; and when the lights came up I looked at the bottle in my hand and nearly puked: there was a network of slime mold tendrils growing on the inside of the bottle! All over the inside, a thick layer in the bottom and reaching up the sides just to where they began to slope inward towards the neck.
Probably because I was ten years old I did not get sick at all, so whatever was in that bottle wasn't harmful to humans, but good gravy IT WAS DISGUSTING. It did put me off ever drinking RC Cola again, I can tell you that. Blech.
But since the switch to non-reusable containers? Not a-one. Sometimes I get a can or a bottle that wasn't filled completely, or one that leaked--but no contamination, at least.
What will microplastics do to humans? Look here: the stuff is in the air and the rain because it's not biodegradable, right? Well, what makes you think that it's suddenly going to magically turn into poison the instant it's inhaled or ingested by a person? And "Bits of plastic...have been known to transport microbes like viruses and bacteria"? So? The viruses and the bacteria don't become magically more potent just because they came in on a piece of plastic, and they can get into your body on their own just fine, too.
They show a magnified image of a piece of filter paper. The area encompassed by the image is a bit bigger than a square millimeter. They don't say how long that filter paper was collecting plastic, of course.
They do give a figure for the amount of microplastics deposited in "11 protected areas in the Western US", which encompass "6 percent of the total US area". How much?
...they calculated that over 1,000 metric tons of microplastic particles fall into 11 protected areas in the western US each year. That's the equivalent of over 120 million plastic water bottles.1,000 metric tons of plastic falling on six percent of the country's land mass per year. Why are we not ass-deep in plastic dust, then?
The simple fact is that we live in a world that is full of dirt and crud and bugs and bacteria and viruses and pollen and spores and a whole slew of things which are basically not at all good for us. Our bodies have systems designed to deal with foreign substances. Microplastics aren't going to do anything to humans that our bodies can't already handle.
What a load of shit.
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Well, it's Friday night, and at least I can relax a little.