May 31, 2020

Sunday verse


May 29, 2020

President Trump 1 - W.H.O. 0

President Trump terminates the U.S.A.'s relationship with the World Health Organization over China.  Deservedly so.  But while this is a good step, the real issue is China and their mobster tactics on the world stage.  Hopefully there is more to come.

Kayleigh McEnany 1 - Jim Acosta 0

Jim Acosta, making it personal, gets schooled by Kayleigh McEnany.  She's a beast.

Joe Biden is full of hot air.

Literally.  And live on air too.



Hong Kong is just China now

Hong Kong is no longer recognized as autonomous by America.  That will have a dramatic impact on US-China trade, and unfortunately also on the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.  Hopefully China sees that and backs off, but it's not likely.  The underpinning of the Chinese communist government is the ability to take advantage of easy trade terms with the rest of the world and cheap Chinese labor to continue it's totalitarian regime.


The only way out for the world, and the people of China, particularly Hong Kong at this moment, is to remove that underpinning that is enabling China.  It's tough but necessary.  This would have been easier for everyone if it had been done 5, 10 or 15 years ago. Doing business with China, is enabling a repressive and yes brutal, communist regime.

Social Media is not free from scrutiny

Bill Barr says so.  Good for him. You cannot be both a platform and a censor/editor.

CNN is about CNN, always.

CNN reporter gets arrested live on CNN.  It almost seems staged to me.  I agree with Tim in this video reporting should not lead to arrests - that's a terrible precedent.  But I do have some questions.


Firstly the arrest looks like a primer on how to get arrested - as in instruction for protesters. I'm not saying CNN is creating an instructional video for protesters but it sure could be taken that way.  

Secondly there's a political aspect to the arrest - see how bad president Trump is?  Orange Man Bad.  He's having protesters arrested.  Never mind the fact that the president has nothing to do with the arrest.  Never mind that it's CNN making the story about CNN.  Never mind that it's sensationalism.  That's not to say the arrest is not newsworthy but this is CNN being about CNN and CNN trying to make it about social justice warrior, to serve CNN.

Friday Musical Interlude, except it's not music

I often listen to nature sounds when I'm relaxing, and my wife used to really enjoy them for falling asleep as well.  Today, instead of some music I thought I'd share one of the nature sounds videos I found on YoutTube recently.

May 28, 2020

China is a goon state

Communists are thugs.  They use violence - the are thugs.  They are goons. Don't believe me?

Karl Marx himself wrote:
there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.
It's clearly just a tool they employ.  Communist China is no different.  They are passing new laws intended to allow for brutal suppression in Hing Kong.  It's coming, and likely this year. It's coming because a one-country, two systems approach to Hong Kong has been a thorn in communist China's side ever since the British mistakenly terminate their lease of the city from China in July 1997.  They want one country, one system - and that system is communism.  The new laws foreshadow a coming dark period for the city.

Brutal suppression is as much a standard tool for communists as it is for mobsters.  History shows us this if you are willing to look at the unvarnished truth of Stalin, Mao, Castro, Guevara, and even modern day equivalents like Maduro or Xi Jinping.

Why American business make excuses for the Chinese government is baffling.  Yes there are short term profits but the Chinese government is not only exploiting it's own people, if they had their way, they would ultimately eradicate the businesses that seek to do business in China, after they have ceased to be useful tools for the state.

May 26, 2020

Democrats don't want to hold Biden accountable

The cancel culture on the left, clearly does not extend all the way up to their nominee.

May 25, 2020

Answering questions from a progressive

Not that she needs my modest ability to help, but this great video from Dr. Karlyn Borysenko deserves as much of a platform as possible.

Memorial Day wishes

Wishing all those who served and their families a happy, peaceful Memorial Day.  Thank you for your selfless service in the cause of freedom.


May 23, 2020

May 22, 2020

Friday Musical Interlude - Something To Believe In

Back in the 1980's I didn't much care for Poison's music, but I've grown to like a number of their songs.  They were a pretty good band.  Parts of Something To Believe In, actually from 1990, have a slightly dated sound, but another way to put that is classic.


May 21, 2020

TikTok is a Communist China tool

Do not use TikTok, and let your friends know too.  Here's why:

Bidengate

These two videos show everything you need to know about Joe Biden's corruption (yes the first video is from Russia Television, maybe because American mainstream media thinks its job is to defeat Trump and not report the truth):



And this week, a previously classified phone call was released, proving that Biden was not lying.



Now imagine if Hunter Biden were Donald Trump Jr. and Joe Biden were Donald Trump - there would be howls of outrage from the media.  Instead we have crickets.  These two videos are as much an indictment of the mainstream media as they are of Bidengate and Joe Biden's corruption.

Media Darling Andrew Cuomo, actually is doing a terrible job.

I had to share this video.  Andrew Cuomo is not a good leader, he's just another liberal with no different ideas, and a failing state that he happens to manage.

Supreme Court 1 - Congressional Democrats 0

Democrats want more impeachment.  They want the Mueller Grand Jury documents to try again. By a 9-0 vote the Supreme Court said NO.


More Obamagate stuff

How deep this might go is pretty frightening. 


With Attorney General Barr saying he doesn't expect an investigation into Obama or Biden to come out of this, I have to wonder if he's lying about that. Or maybe he was not fully aware at the time of his statement.


Or maybe, he's part of the deep state, anti-Trump cabal and just happens to be a better actor that Peter Strzok, who could not have looked more the part of a sinister insider.

In either case, this does not look good for Joe Biden, and potentially it could give a re-elected president Trump more political capital to go after this swamp in 2021, either with or without Barr.

May 18, 2020

Obamagate crimes

President Obama and criminal activity explained by Kayleigh McEnany.

Whoa Wait! AOC refusing to pay taxes?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is refusing to pay her taxes?  How un-socialistic of her.  Hypocrisy has never been funnier.

May 16, 2020

Saturday Learning Series - Philosophy crash course 6 (empiricism)

Locke, Berkeley and Empiricism explained in this continuation of the crash course in philosophy.

May 15, 2020

Friday Musical Interlude - Empire State

Fleetwood Mac's Empire State from the underappreciated 1982 Mirage album:

Where is the China Exit Strategy?

China has become a global problem as well as an American problem.  They have moved down the path towards being a global military threat.  They have embarked on a predatory mercantilist style of economic imperialism not just in Africa, but also Europe, the Americas and the rest of Asia.  They conduct espionage on a grand scale as well regularly manipulate their currency and steal intellectual property on a similarly massive scale.  Not to mention they have suppressed their own people with both propaganda and physical force. All of this is done by various Chinese entities in thrall of the oppressive, imperialist, expansionist communist regime or by the communist party itself.

Make no mistake, China has become a menace on global scale in the last 20 years in particular.  It has become more evident to some due to the at-a-minimum secretiveness around COVID-19. But it has not opened the eyes of enough people.  Because all the while this has become more and more evident both Republicans and Democrats in America as well as leaders in other nations around the world have shortsightedly chosen to enable China rather than thwart their evil global ambitions. No one seems to look beyond their own short term interest enough to see China as the bad actor that they are on the global stage.

How much do we need to see before we wake up?  If you are not "woke" to this you are part of the problem.

A holistic China Exit Strategy is needed.  With president Trump leading it has been apparent that European countries are willing to join American leadership on some issues.  Not only does the world need a military containment strategy, removing economic and intellectual ties or at least returning them to a balanced reasonable level is necessary and should be the objective. 

Supply chains cannot be moved overnight but they must be moved.  Not everything needs to come back home, there are other countries willing to trade with the U.S. fairly. 

While it's necessary, it won't be easy.



But that's only part of the solution.  A robust policy of trade in high technology goods is need.  Immigration, employment, and education all need monitoring, restrictions and controls put in place.  Chinese hacking needs to be aggressively countered, worldwide.  Chinese immigrants require a different level and type of scrutiny than others.  Embargos may be necessary.  COVID reparations should be provided to affected countries.  World Trade Organization membership needs to be reviewed.  And a pacific counter-alliance between America, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and potentially other regional nations would be timely.  An alliance of both an economic and military nature would be best.   A jointly funded and managed alliance unlike NATO would provide a level of military and economic security long overdue. 

It's become crucial that president Trump wins the 2020 election because he is the first president since before Richard Nixon to recognize the threat and to want to do something about it rather than have America be the frog in the slowly boiling pot of water as communist China rises at the expense of the rest of the world.  American leadership, and the provision of a liberty and fair, capitalist alternative to free stuff from China are critical now.  It cannot be ignored any longer, we do so at our own peril. 

May 12, 2020

May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Family is so important to a society, and mothers are so important to families.


Sunday verse


May 9, 2020

Adam Schiff, you must resign.

Adam Schiff must resign.  Build the momentum by adding to the outcry.  Seriously.  He has to go.  But this goes even higher than him.



Saturday Learning Series - Philosophy crash course 5 (skepticism)

Philosophy. Today it's Cartesian skepticism, and Neo from The Matrix:

May 8, 2020

Did Wuhan lab create the COVID-19 virus

Maybe.

In what universe is 14.7% U3 unemployment good news?

Apparently, this one.  Fox Business shared the news earlier today, as Dow futures climbed.  Yes, 14.7% unemployment, considering how much has been shut down for social distancing purposes, is actually quite good.  The U6, the fuller picture of unemployment was 22%, also surprisingly low.

Looks like the president, and Americans are doing a good job helping America weather this COVID-19 storm.

Friday Musical Interlude - Sundown

Gordon Lightfoot's 1974 hit Sundown.  Despite a number of hits, this was his only #1 song in America.

Wrong again honey

When you talk about Canada, know your facts.  Canada is not an immigration Utopia.



[Language warning]

May 7, 2020

Kayleigh McEnany exhibits pure brilliance in 90 seconds

A reporter tried to have a "Gotcha" moment with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday. Except her response was pure brilliance. It was a mic drop moment that shamed the mainstream media in what is possibly the perfect sound byte. The assembled press should have walked out of there with their tails between their legs.

YouTube advertising, like creator policy, has gone haywire

The pathetic state of YouTube advertising is as bad as censorship and de-platforming at everything else at YouTube:



YouTube, like the rest of Google, needs a wake up call.

Maybe the judge should apologize

A Texas hair salon owner got sentenced to 7 days in jail and fined $7,000 not for not shutting down her salon during the COVID-19 lockdown, but for refusing to apologize per the judge's sentencing demand.


I get the importance of the rule of law. I get her position  as well.  But this is not a cut and dry, back and white situation.  What is clear, is that the judge was overly harsh in his sentencing.  This is especially true in a county where felons were being released due to coronavirus concerns.  That's not justice.  

The judge may have believed he was trying to do the right thing, but seeing the fallout, perhaps the judge needs to be the one to apologize.

May 4, 2020

Keep talking Joe, keep talking

The more Joe Biden talks, the less electable he becomes.

YouTube, Suzy Lu, content and free speech

YouTube has managed a particular situation poorly.  The details of the case itself are important only insofar as they are indicative of how YouTube will interact with any content publisher as well as complainant when it comes to copyright and cyberbullying or harassment.  The best way to put it is inconsistent.

A redacted (yes, redacted) background video on the Suzy Lu YouTube copyright situation.  Keep in mind this is not about her, it's about how YouTube reacted to the situation (which is past half way into the video but the prior parts provide context, albeit in an anti-Suzy-Lu way (no judgement either way, that's not my point here)).



YouTube's reversal of the channel termination is odd.  It would seem as though the views matter to YouTube more than copyright violation - in this case at least.

Free speech is being impacted and YouTube is slowly, continuously sliding into the realm of publisher instead of a platform:

This could have been your president America

To think that so many people wanted her to win is a frightening thought.  The lack of self awareness is indicative of a lack of general awareness.  She was like that during the campaign, combined with moments of physical issues.  In a similar vein,  the current Democrat nominee-apparent Joe Biden has a lot of moments of lack of clarity and a lack of awareness of his own history of wrong-doing with women. 

Also similarly his supporters seem to be willing to overlook his malfeasance and deny his cognitive issues.  Those who would put both of these ersatz nominees in charge of America would have gotten what they deserved - a weakened America.  Or perhaps that what they really want.


May 1, 2020

Friday Musical Interlude - No More Pennies

This song sounds like it was influenced by a mix of the Rolling Stones and perhaps Hole.  Starcrawler's No More Pennies from 2019.  Bands like this give me hope that music has not degenerated into completely bland, repetitive, sans-melody garbage.

April 30, 2020

FBI was out to get Flynn

This was, and is reprehensible.  Heads at the FBI should roll.

April 28, 2020

Democrat operatives abused Project Veritas journalist

Watch how this unfolded and the depositions that resulted.  Project Veritas is assaulted constantly, often in abusive manner, by the left for their efforts to expose malfeasance from organizations on the left. 

Netflix + Michelle Obama = stinks

I saw recently that Netflix is doing a 'documentary' on Michelle Obama.  The timing is to say the least, odd.  Yes, Netflix has a deal with the Obama's (which Newsweek fawned over last year). Michelle Obama has been mentioned in not-so-hushed tones as a possible replacement for the faltering Joe Biden.  So the timing of her documentary release in Biden's season of faltering does not hurt the Michelle-for-Democratic-nominee narrative at all.  Neither doe the Netflix documentary on former president Obama to be released later this year apparently.

If Michelle decides to step into the ring, does Netflix pull the video during teh run-up to the election. I HIGHLY doubt it.

Ben Shapiro has some thoughts on the documentary too.


Media in full on panic over Joe Biden

Joe Biden is looking weaker and weaker as a candidate.

Joe Rogan and Tim Pool discuss China, socialism, Trump

Joe Rogan talked with Tim Pool about several topics recently, all interesting stuff.

On the potential for war with China:



On the the problems with socialism:



On the the chances of Trump's re-election:

Video Game so woke 70% of programmers have quit

A video game in development has gotten so bad as far as it's wokeness, 70% of its programmers quit during the development process.

Not sure how this is gonna work...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discusses a strong recovery in the summer, something some analysts see as well.  But he also mentions that states that were mismanaged will not be getting a bailout. That's a laudable goal but how will mismanagement be ascertained?

 

April 26, 2020

Taiwan did warn the WHO about COVID-19

Dave Rubin digs into how Taiwan warned the WHO and everyone else about the dangers of the COVID-19 virus.

The China crisis in entertainment

This is from 5 months ago, and it extends beyond entertainment into COVID-19 reporting, and frankly everything else too. China's government hates free speech:

Is 50 Cent supporting president Trump now?

50 Cent: Possibly trolling, possibly awakening to the dystopia of progressive liberalism.  You decide.

Sunday verse


April 25, 2020

Democrats now: Trump colluding with...China

As transparent as it is destined to fail, Democrats are going to go after president Trump for collusion with China.  Wow.  Democrats do not know how to be out of power, which shows that they need to be exactly that.


Saturday Learning Series - Philosophy crash course 3 (How to argue, continued)

Continuing the series on philosophy from last weekend, specifically the section on how to argue.


April 24, 2020

Las Vegas Mayor vs. Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is so sure he's right, he's obnoxious.  The mayor of Las Vegas handled this about as well as was possible. Well managed.

No, Trump didn't say to drink bleach or Lysol

Fake news yet again (and Tim Pool admits an error on his part):


Unlike the mainstream media, Tim Pool will admit it when he jumps the gun or gets something wrong.  You have to respect that.

Friday Musical Interlude - Miley Cyrus but done well

Postmodern Jukebox does a cover of a song so well, it blows away the original and actually makes it into a good song>  We Can't Stop, originally by Miley Cyrus:



I may have shared this one before but it is the song that turned me into a fan of Postmodern Jukebox.  Last April I was in Las Vegas and missed a chance to see them in concert unfortunately.

April 23, 2020

Sweden - Herd Immunity is in sight

In Sweden, they are not shutting down.  With a population half of New York City, they have a death toll that is 1/10th of NYC.  Herd immunity is a risk, but it is working for Sweden.


This approach is not a panacea but could easily work in a lot of places in the U.S.

April 22, 2020

Nancy Pelosi = Marie Antoinette

Thanks to COVID-19, I am very busy at work and unable to blog as often as I would like.  I'm missing out on adding my commentary to the political dialogue, even though there is a lot on which to comment these days.

But sometimes you cannot say it better than the original.  Nancy Pelosi = Marie Antoinette.

April 21, 2020

Conservatives Against Models - a really bad idea

I work in data and analytics in my daily life.  I've seen the power of models, and while they are not perfect, they are truly powerful tools.  I've also heard on shows like Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits (for example on Patriot Radio on SiriusXM),  decrying models.  As a conservative I will state unequivocally, we ignore and discount models at our political peril.

While it is true that statistical models can provide wildly inaccurate results (for example millions of COVID-19 deaths, hurricane paths that make no sense, etc), that is because not the model, but of the assumptions baked into the model by the creator(s) of that model.  Garbage in, garbage out. 

But models have also successfully predicted what vintage of wine and from what region will be a particularly good vintage, or bad.  Models have extremely accurately predicted consumer behaviors to an alarmingly amazing degree.  In the latter case I know personally as I have both used and created models with stunning predictive ability.  Groups like Camebridge Analytica have thrived on the amazing amount of data available in public to predict behaviors.

Models are used for a startling amount of things.  Just because models often lead to incorrect results do not discount them - if a model is set up to predict a specific outcome in a specific way, it will do exactly that.  Garbage in, garbage out.  But to discount and denigrate models as a whole is to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Models can predict election outcomes with razor precision if they are built properly. Now it is especially true since machine learning can lead models to self-improve over time. If we turn conservatives against models holistically, we are dooming ourselves to being out-campaigned by Democrats who understand the power of smart-campaigning leveraging model-driven insights.

This is no I'm-trying-to-keep-my-job warning.  Models are the future of everything; from airline safety to stock price predictions, to pandemics, to human health and genetics, o music popularity to farming and beyond.  I work in the industry and see how over time, people are learning to better set models up for success and the models are teaching themselves to get better over time.  That is not to suggest that they will replace humans, but that they can be leveraged as truly useful tools, if they are properly trained (and yes training models is a real thing).

Here's an example of Artificial Intelligence, leveraging modeling of behavior, learning to play hide and seek, and then, even to break the rules:

April 17, 2020

April 16, 2020

Leaving China, a brief status primer

Japanese companies are leaving China.  President Trump understands it, but it's time American companies face reality - communist China is toxic for America, and the world at large.




It's not just reliance on China,   the problem is that any economy needs to produce things.  Manufacturing strength is a vital pillar of a strong economy.  It's not the only one, but you can't outsource everything for the sake of cheap products because it just won't work.  It never has, it never will.

April 13, 2020

Adam Schiff - Hey, let's impeach Trump

Facepalm.

Media panic over COVID-19 narrative

The contra-media narrative is being suppressed by the media.  And the media are panicking as their narrative continues to unravel.

Media keeps censoring anyone who disagrees with them (COVID-19 edition)

Surprising no one, the mainstream media and social media are co-conspirators once again.

April 11, 2020

Saturday Learning Series - Philosophy crash course 1

Taking a break from geography to take a look at the fundamental must know parts of philosophy.

April 9, 2020

Sky News Australia: Biden's cognitive issues can no longer be ignored

Now that Sander's is out, Biden's the guy for Democrats.  Except..bad brains.  Foreign news agencies have already admitted what liberal mainstream media in America can't.  Biden's not up to the job.


He even got the name of his Make It Work Checklist wrong in his own, controlled virtual town hall:


But the Democratic National Committee seems as blinkered on nominating Joe, as they were in nominating not altogether together Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite obvious physical issues:


This is not going to end well for Democrats.

April 8, 2020

Bernie Sanders out. Okay, it's a non-event.

Did anyone really think the nominee was going to be Sanders at this point? Only die hard Bernie Bros.

Hannity holds extended talk with president Trump

President Trump sounds rationale when not having to combat a biased media. This is the president Trump the mainstream media do not want you to see:


You also get to see how the president was on top of this while Democrats were busy ignoring it.

April 7, 2020

Ricky Gervais goes off on celebrities, again.

Ricky Gervais, keeping it real.  I hate that expression too, but he really is keeping it real during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 6, 2020

National Pharmaceutical Stockpile was depleted by Obama

President Obama allowed the National Stockpile of surgical type personal protective masks, which is a real thing, to be dramatically depleted according to a USA Today investigative report:
During the presidency of Barack Obama, the national stockpile was seriously taxed as the administration addressed multiple crises over eight years. About "75 percent of N95 respirators and 25 percent of face masks contained in the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile (∼100 million products) were deployed for use in health care settings over the course of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response," according to a 2017 study in the journal Health Security.

Again according to NIH, the stockpile's resources were also used during hurricanes Alex, Irene, Isaac and Sandy. Flooding in 2010 in North Dakota also called for stockpile funds to be deployed. The 2014 outbreaks of the ebola virus and botulism, as well as the 2016 outbreak of the zika virus, continued to significantly tax the stockpile with no serious effort from the Obama administration to replenish the fund.

ProPublica reported on April 3 that congressional budget battles in the early years of the Obama administration contributed to stockpile shortages. But the article notes available funds were used not to replenish masks: "With limited resources, officials in charge of the stockpile tend to focus on buying lifesaving drugs from small biotechnology firms that would, in the absence of a government buyer, have no other market for their products, experts said. Masks and other protective equipment are in normal times widely available and thus may not have been prioritized for purchase, they said."
While USA Today goes on to say that the Trump administration has not take significant steps to replenish the stockpile, they rate the claim about the Obama administration as true.

The real takeaway here is that no nation seems prepared for a pandemic, and at both a national and state level, preparedness for this type of scenario should take priority over things like funding of the arts or even within medical funding for things like abortions. 

April 4, 2020

Saturday Learning Series - Geogrpahy (Morocco)

Thanks to the coronavirus panic, I'm busy hunting for toilet paper these days.  As a result, I'm reverting to geography as a standby learning opportunity.  This week - Morocco.



And the flag:

April 2, 2020

China bioterrorism not front page news?

Yet more Tim Pool sharing info that the mainstream media are ignoring:

More from Tim Pool: China's nefariousness on the cornoavirus

China's lies on the coronavirus are harming the world, but I would add that it is proof that they are an untrustworthy nation in general.

April 1, 2020

Tim Pool exposes Democrats' self-own on coronavirus

Tim Pool is a fair guy and an honest guy. Also a left-leaning guy.  But most of the time, he's right about Democrats.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 different graphs show different things

In Canada, the government has been providing daily updates and two graphs show different parts of the COVID-19 story.  The first graph shows the total infections curve.  


This shows that the infections curve may be peaking.   This is the curve that they talk about flattening.  To be clear this number will only go up unless one of three situations arise:
  1. Infected people go into remission (i.e. are 'cured')
  2. Infected people die
  3. No new infections occur

This is different from the curve below, which shows even more positive results for the number of newly reported cases by day:


The daily new infections appear to have already peaked in Canada. This shows that newly reported infections have dropped off considerably.  That means either social distancing is working, Canadians are not testing enough, or are reporting less due to social distancing.  The latter two scenarios seem less likely, although there may be a combination of effects in play.

In any case, my main point is that the same data can be interpreted in different ways.  That's important to keep in mind.

March 27, 2020

Duplicity for me but not for thee

Joe Biden's on-going #MeToo issues get the duplicitous yawn from the mainstream media:

Friday Musical Interlude - Sirius

Alan Parsons Project's epic sounding instrumental Sirius.

March 26, 2020

This is not a conspiracy theory, it's proof

You get 1 shot, we get 50.
A lot of people both left and right have been claiming that the coronavirus is a trial run for martial law.  That's crazy, it's an existential threat and proper precautions need to be taken.  What the coronavirus actually is, is proof that decentralization works better than centralization.  It's proof of the argument against totalitarianism.  And the proof has nothing to do directly with China.

With Democrats arguing that president Trump needs to take radical action, evidence suggests otherwise.  Take centralization to the point of absurdity - one world government.  If there was a centrally planned response, in that scenario the world would have to pray that the response was the correct one.  Otherwise the fatalities and other impacts could be catastrophic to an epic degree.  Imagine that the world was run by Italy instead of South Korea.  The infection rate and fatalities would be far worse.

Years ago I was arguing what I called the 50 Experiments Theorem.  50 states trying 50 different approaches to combat the virus is better than the federal government mandating one approach for all - one approach that could very well be quite a bad approach. The idea is that the more things that are tried the more chances you have one of your experiments being successful, and everyone else having the opportunity to copy the successful approach and learn from the failed approaches too.   More broadly there are over 170 countries, so that offers a lot more experiments.  Those who are in favor of globalism and opposed to decentralization argue for political homogeneity (whether purposefully or accidentally).  They argue for one experiment in times of crisis.  That is an extremely high risk approach.  

Five years from now, scientist and planners will have learned what countries reacted smartly and which ones did not.  Those learnings can be applied more universally to the inevitable next outbreak.  That's a good thing, isn't it?

Decentralization means more chances to solve problems because it means more people trying more things and offers a higher chance of a successful result.  By extension, that is proof that capitalism will always work better than socialism to solve society's problems.  It always allows for more people trying more things because they have the freedom to try.  

March 21, 2020

Some good news on the coronavirus curve flattening and a possible solution

First it looks like Washington state is seeing the infection curve possibly peaking:



I firmly believe there's perhaps as few of 30 days left of intensity in the disease impacts before things head back to normal. Secondly it looks like there's some reason to be optimistic about treating the disease.

Saturday Learning Series - Ayn Rand on socialism's motivation

Ayn Rand knew socialism and had real reason to reject it.  She explains why people support socialism and reject capitalism through lies.  This is even more pertinent today than when she explained this.

March 20, 2020

Longer term implications of the Wuhan coronavirus

I don't believe this will have any long-lasting implications mentioned in the video below in and of itself but it could impact immigration in the United States for some time to come IF it impacts attitudes.  And it might.



However, the virus does point out that president Trump was right about immigration and right about China in more ways than one.

It's a Chinese virus media people. Why don't you get it?



I have nothing to add to this.  Journalists are so lost in their Trump hatred they cannot face facts.

March 18, 2020

Stimulus fiscal profligate spending instead of planning.

Seems about accurate
What a difference 2 weeks makes.On March 2nd the Dow Jones (DJIA) was at 26,703.  Right now it's at 19,856 as I write.  On March 1st Bernie Sanders was a 53.2% favorite in the RCP Betting Odds tracking to win the Democratic nomination for president while Joe Biden was at 33% and Bloomberg was at 15%.  Now Biden is over 90%, Hillary Clinton is in 2nd place at 6%, and Sanders is barely above Bloomberg's 0% at 3.7%.  Only 2 weeks ago the United States wasn't on lock down and it was not panicked, not closed for business and the government had a lot less debt than it will have after today's more than $1 trillion stimulus bill passes.  

I get the situation, Republicans don't want to be seen as doing nothing and unresponsive.  So too it is true for president Trump.  Democrats have seized the opportunity to stuff irrelevant things into the bill.  And it's going to pass.

Money for nothing and your handouts for free.  As a fiscal conservative, I hated the bailout in 2008/2009 and I'm not a fan of this one either. I get that there is a need to do something because a national lock down will have negative financial impacts.  It already has.  But have we learned nothing from 2008?  We did not have a plan for this?  No contingencies?  I am not bashing president Trump here, he's had plenty of B.S. on his plate to deal with thanks to the Democrats over the past 3+ years.

No, I'm talking about the bureaucracy that employs hundreds of thousands of people and yet had no plan, by department for various types of national emergencies.  Ridiculous does not cover it.  Throwing money at the problem is a mere political expediency, not a solution.  Where is the NTSB plan? Homeland Security plan? DoD plan? Department of Commerce plan?  You get the idea.  These departments have not shown anything productive to address the situation.  Even the CDC seems to have been mostly reactionary.  

Twice in just over a decade the United States has been caught flat footed and unprepared.  It does not auger well for war planning or a terror attack. Prevention is only half the battle, preparedness and contingency planning are important too. Let's hope there is some learning this time and the next disaster is handled far better than this one and the last one.  

Social Distancing is really, really stupid


Let me be clear,  I think like Survivorman Les Stroud, that following guidelines on behavioral changes are a good idea. Cover your moth with the crook of your elbow when you cough.  Wash your hands.  Do not congregate and avoid interacting.  All good ideas.  But social distancing is a stupid term.  It sounds like it was fabricated by the same people who fabricated the term social justice.


Anything with the word social in front of it is virtue signalling.  Justice is justice, social as an adjective is meaningless.  Distancing is distancing, social as an adjective adds no value to the term. Social responsibility is just responsibility.  Notice there's no term "social common sense"? That's because the people coming up with these terms are SJW types and they are co-opting the language to both feel important and innovative and to hijack the national conversation to serve their own ends.

What's ironic is that the term was probably invented by a millennial type who is part of a generation that through the likes of Facebook and Twitter have been inadvertently socially distancing themselves for a decade already.

I for one refuse to use the term. 

Canada's Coronavirus infection curve has peaked

Similar to U.S. data from yesterday, Canada's infection curve is already looking past-peak.  This is important because Canada and the U.S. are following similar containment strategies and the U.S. was quicker to act, so I would expect to see a similar path in the U.S. in the coming days - provided people follow instructions in the U.S. as they are so wont to do in Canada.

The data below are from the Government of Canada website.


March 17, 2020

Covid-19 (Wuhan virus) infection curve in America

I downloaded the data from Visual Capitalist and mapped out the infection curve for daily number of infections since the 100th case was reported.  It looks like we've already reached the peak of the curve.  If that's the case the panic has been massively overblown.


March 16, 2020

The perversion of exporting liberty

Yesterday I shared, without comment, a Bill Whittle video about the jobs boom going on in Dallas.  But it got me thinking.  If you go back to the Cold War, there was on both sides of the political aisle (for the most part) a fundamental belief that America's core values, America's system, and America's approach to things was the best approach ever conceived by man to providing liberty and prosperity for people.  And it was (and still is).  But accompanying that belief was also an approach to sharing that method with the rest of the world.  The idea was that others would see or be shown the American way and try to emulate it for themselves.  There was an idea that we did not need to force freedom on other countries just offer them a taste of it and they would want it because underlying human nature was the desire for independence, liberty and prosperity.

I recall as a youth people arguing that we The West should be flooding the Soviet Union with Pepsi, or Coca Cola and other products that they could not possibly produce within their communist system and they would yearn for it rather than lining up for hours to buy a pair of shoes that were not the right size because it was all they could get.

When the United States won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, it came about because of combination of factors.  Of course president Reagan's effort to spend them into submission militarily was the single biggest factor but it did not occur in isolation.  The U.S.S.R. in trying to match that spending was using so much of it's GDP on military spending that things only got worse for its citizens.  But the combination of Perestroika and Glasnost that allowed citizens to see a little more what was going on in the West, what was available, proved to the people that they were being oppressed.  They wanted the freedoms and abundances that capitalism and liberty offered.  

The exporting of ideals and liberty that Americans had, and truthfully could be had elsewhere if the people were willing, helped win the Cold War.

But somewhere along the way a perversion of that idea occurred, and it has been twisted into a horrible reality. Take a look at today's Left in America who argue that everyone wanting freedom should be granted unfettered access to America and granted all of her protections reserved for the weakest and most vulnerable among her citizens.  The notion that we should empower those from other countries to copy the American experiment for themselves into the notion that they can't do it and we should absorb them all into America.

How sinister.  Firstly it is a politi-centric or maybe ethnocentric notion that only Americans can do what Americans have done.  That is to suggest that no other nation has people who can be industrious, inventive, creative, productive or even open to freedom.  That is patently absurd.  Maybe not every nation can do it to the same extent as America because there are other factors like population, demographics and natural resources that have an impact.  But improvement is possible everywhere and using a proven method - the American experiment way - is the surest approach known to achieve that.

Secondly, the notion of exporting the American method of prosperity disappearing in favor of importing all of the downtrodden is a sure fire way to snuff out the flame that is the American way.  Insolvency is the opposite of prosperity and supporting unfettered immigration is a sure fire way to ensure insolvency.  So those behind that approach are either gullible, or socialists wanting to end the American experiment almost as if it were some sort of revenge last strike of the Soviet Union.

The contrast of the two approaches is stark.  While exporting liberty and capitalism has no guarantee of success, at least not quickly, the inverse, importing the impoverished does come with a guarantee - of complete and total failure for America, and therefore those it's proponents are claiming to want to help.

Why the perversion happened is no longer of consequence except in that it needs to be reversed and in order to reverse it completely, we need to understand why and how the perversion of the idea of exporting the American approach to liberty and prosperity occurred.  This coming weekend my Saturday Learning Series will feature some thoughts on the motivations of the socialist mindset by Ayn Rand with respect to the socialist thinkers (as opposed to those fooled by the socialist lies).  It's not the whole answer, but it is a truly good jumping off point to try to understand how to combat the lies that Americans have been taught about their system, and themselves.

March 14, 2020

Saturday Learning Series - Time

From a philosophical perspective, with respect to the physics.

Making roller coasters out of speed bumps

 On a week when the Dow Jones had it's biggest single day crash percentage-wise, since Black Monday in 1987, and followed by the biggest single day gain in history panic seemed to permeate the collective conscious of North Americans.  At my local Walmart and other stores I visited for my weekly grocery shopping I witnessed it personally.  No bottled water was left on the shelves. Toilet paper was gone.  Who knew toilet paper was critical for the apocalypse?  Canned goods were in short supply.  The meat department was running on empty, except for the ham.  The stores were crowded.  Parking lots were crazy.  This all on the same day that president Trump declared a national state of emergency and the stock market was in the midst of its rebound day.

People panic.  There is a herd mentality to it.  This is definitely something of which people can take advantage if they are less than scrupulous.  My wife saw on Amazon someone selling 6 rolls of toilet paper for $36.  What's interesting is that if you separate yourself from it you are not immune to it.  We happen to be low on toilet paper right now, so we end up swept up in the panic (to an extent) and thereby adding to the chaos (to an extent).

The danger from the coronavirus while real, is clearly over-projected as a crisis.  It is not - it is a problem.   Problems can be managed, crisis need to be avoided or escaped.  People are making roller coasters out of speed bumps. This will pass.  Your 401K, like mine, has probably suffered a material setback, but it is of a transient nature.  The value will return.  You have probably lost 3 to 12 months of growth from this, just like most everyone else. 

Be this guy.
This is no time to panic.  In fact there is never a time to panic. Panic rarely helps, in fact probably never.  If you have extra cash, now would be the time to invest it.  I was saying that to my friends after the 2000 point DJIA loss, before the bounce back yesterday.  Calm and rational assessment leads to smarter decisions.

As of yesterday I believe there were 40 coronavirus deaths in total.  In the U.S. about 10 people a day die from drowning.  Since January 1st that would be 740 deaths.  But I bet I can still go buy a life jacket.  Why?  Because there is no panic over it, it is not a splashy headline.  More importantly I suppose is that my chances of drowning in a boating accident are about zero right now.  That's probably true for you too.  Look beyond the headlines.  Think.  Be rational.  Freaking out is beyond foolish, it's dangerous. 

This will pass.  It will not lead to a recession if people do not panic, and even if it does lead to a downturn it won't last more than one quarter.  President Trump will not suffer electorally from this, and if he is shrewd, he will even benefit from it. I suspect he will.  He is thinking and being rational.  That will never be acknowledged by the mainstream media but if you think about it, their reaction not only doesn't affect him negatively, it's actually a benefit.

March 11, 2020

Biden won Michigan?

Why?


The focus of the video above is on Second Amendment rights, but Biden talking to an auto worker that way is the 'shocking' thing to me. I put shocking in quotes because he has been absolutely atrocious on the campaign trail this election cycle. It's not the first time he's done or said something foolish. This is the first cycle he's won any primary though. It's almost as if Democrat voters, so anxious to beat president Trump, are settling for someone they know can't win just because everyone else was worse.

March 10, 2020

It's every day now

Every day that Biden messes up sure, but also every day that Digital Media serves the Democrats.

Via Mark Dice:

March 9, 2020

Biden Blooper Reel

This gaffe-tastic man is trying to be president.



Today Twitter claimed a video that clearly shows Biden stumbling over his re-election quote twice, before recovering as deceptive.  But if you watch the video below, he clearly does stumble and err, before recovering.  Watch at 10 minutes for yourself.


If that doesn't scare you out of reconsidering a vote for Biden, watch the rest of the speech. The policies themselves are asinine.

March 7, 2020

Saturday Learning Series - Geography (Montenegro)

To be perfectly honest before this video I knew pretty much nothing about Montenegro, other than it's location and it's existence.


And some info about the flag:

March 6, 2020

Proof media liberals are uneducated

Basic math people, come on!  I now get why media liberals support impossible Medicare for all proposals - basic math escapes them.


This is as dangerous as it is sad and pathetic.

Friday Musical Interlude - Creep cover

Postmodern Jukebox featuring Haley Reinhart on vocals covering Radiohead's song Creep.

Elizabeth Warren needs time to think?

Either she doesn't or can't think ahead or else she is being political, in which case her response about needing time to think is a lie:

March 5, 2020

What good is free speech if no one can hear you?

The question, while rhetorical, is directed at the likes of Twitter, Facebook and of course YouTube:

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