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“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” – T.S. Eliot  via daily timewaster

Why California Is In Trouble – 340,000 Public Employees With $100,000 Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $45 Billion

But here we have the best possible hell – a global one! Nobody is left out. It is literally everyone’s 15 minutes. Except that as the coronavirus sputtered along, the perpetually mediocre and eternally aggrieved masses started to realize, with a rising sense of panic, that they weren’t going to get sick. And neither was anyone in their families. Obviously, some did, but the numbers turned out to be disappointingly low and so full of asterisks and predictable concentrations in nursing homes that this global nightmare was starting to look like a date with fame that was going to leave us sitting alone at a fancy table and repeating to the waiter through stifled sobs that “she’ll be here any minute.” The PVP Diaries #48 – Andy Havens

Google’s Diversity Inquisition – WSJ It’s tempting to laugh at the spectacle of America’s leading tech companies re-enacting the dramas that have gripped liberal-arts colleges. Many have indulged activist employees for years. But the pandemic has underscored America’s reliance on technology. Google is backing coronavirus research and promoting testing sites in its search results. It’s not in anyone’s interest for Silicon Valley to become more distracted by ideological obsessions, especially with Chinese technology companies eager to surpass American competitors.

A new parasite that attaches to the genitals of its host has been discovered on Twitter

The Left Is What It Once Loathed

Biden Campaign Boots Reporters From Wall Street Donor Call

Gretchen Whitmer Loses Again to Barber: Judge Rules Shop Can Remain Open

Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order

Illinoisans Revolting Against Lockdowns as Chicago Mayor Orders Parking Bans Around Churches to Thwart Services

 

Government Announces Lockdown Of All Fast-Food Restaurants To Prevent Heart Disease

 

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Lawsuits Needn’t Block Recovery – Rather than permanently change liability standards based on incomplete information about the virus, it would be wiser to enact an immediate but temporary immunity. That would permit the economy to begin reopening while allowing time for federal regulators to promulgate standards on which long-term immunity could be conditioned.

How Tech and Biological Warfare Will Impact World War 3… Fifth, bioweapons, whether they‘re viruses or bacteria, not only offer plausible deniability, but the potential to blame a third party. You can launch an attack, and nobody can really be sure who did it, or even that an attack is, in fact, being launched.

It’s the paradox of activism: You define yourself by fighting injustice, but you can’t fight an injustice that you’ve eliminated. It hurts you to be successful. The activists gain far more from racism than any actual racist does. The PVP Diaries #47 – Andy Havens

If you wish to be a modern media star these days, you will have to endlessly talk about yourself. That’s probably why the space is so heavy with women and gay men. That’s the other thing I’ve noticed about the live stream world. It has a lot of girls and gay guys. At least I think they are girls and gays. You never can tell for sure, as some of them may be a man dressed as a woman claiming to be deer. Some claim to be hundreds of people trapped in a girl’s body.

 

Raconteur Report: In Case I Wasn’t Clear
People want to look at the wrong things.
They want to understand how WWI started.
Or our own Civil War.

This isn’t that.
It’s Germany in 1932, and France the day before they stormed the Bastille.

Tread carefully.
You’re abouta New York Minute fromgetting a doctoral dissertation lesson in the madness of crowds.
Right in front of you.

It doesn’t end well.
But there will be blood. And no end of tears.

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  • Lance de Boyle May 23, 2020, 4:18 PM

    That parasitic fungus just goes to show that Nature is a dick.

    And that Wordsworth was an ass.

    Poem. “I wandered lonely as a cloud” (and then I started passing a kidney stone and cheesed the pithy bull$*#@ sayings).

    For oft when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude,
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the Daffodils.
    And then I see that lady Mantis chewing off her husband’s head
    After he worked so hard to get her off.
    What a dunce.
    A soothing after-sex smoke wasn’t good enough for her, huh?
    Oh, nooo. “I’ve got to have me some head.”
    F’ing Karen.
    Next time I see you, Salome, you skank,
    I’ll feed you to Frankie, the ginger killer-cat.
    Then it’ll be Ha f’ing Ha on you!

  • Anonymous May 23, 2020, 5:06 PM
  • jwm May 23, 2020, 8:58 PM

    Aesop used to be one of my daily stops on the bookmark list. Vox Day, too.
    I dropped both of them. It has made my life just slightly better.
    Every little bit helps.

    JWM

  • jwm May 23, 2020, 9:14 PM

    OK, one more:
    I was just now looking at Ka-Ching. Ran into this picture:
    Maurice Evans preparing to play Falstaff in “Henry IV, Part 1” at the St. James Theater in New York City, 1939 [903×731]
    Before scrolling to the bottom of the pic I stopped, and thought, “What am I seeing here?” After studying the picture for a minute I decided it must be an actor getting made up to play Falstaff in a Shakespeare play.
    Whadoyaknow!
    Nailed it.

    JWM

  • rabbit tobacco May 23, 2020, 9:25 PM

    Lance before you give up on wordsworth,
    try his ode: intimations of immortality

  • Rob De Witt May 23, 2020, 9:55 PM

    Further C. S. Lewis…

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    I would also say that the Left has always been what it purports to loathe. Many of us – me, at least – could see through that bullshit even in the ’60s.

  • Lance de Boyle May 23, 2020, 10:22 PM

    rabbit tobacco,

    I’d love to read intimations of immortality, but I’m too busy piping and playing and feeling the gladness of the May….

  • ghostsniper May 24, 2020, 4:35 AM

    @JWM, I thought it was a munchkin for the wizard of oz.

  • Annie Rose May 24, 2020, 5:24 AM

    Hurrah! Once again my state of Illinois is #1! Worst lockdown restrictions of any state. Highest taxes overall. Murder capital of the world. Yes, we are still killing each other in record numbers in Chicago, even during a pandemic. Our gangs have a great work ethic and value their freedom to keep their businesses going.Thank goodness we’re also #1 at most restrictive laws on guns, because it’s making such a huge difference in lowering the death rate of all those shining stars. We’re almost #1 in lowest academic test scores. We’ll get that top spot soon, if Mississippi will just move over. We’re #1 for most governors sent to jail. If we could just get them all to room together at the big house, we could save some money. We are sure to win the #1 spot for best manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, because heaven knows we have nothing else to do in our comfy home prisons. I have never seen such green grass, overflowing flowerbeds, and serious victory gardens. My neighborhood is mulched to within an inch of its life. The symphony of power tools for gardening and home improvement is my daily Spotify selection. It’s great to be #1! Come one, come all. Plenty of housing for everyone, as we’re also #1 for most people moving out of a state. You can feel what it’s like to be #1 too!

  • John Venlet May 24, 2020, 5:38 AM

    It was the V12 boattail speedster that drew my eye at Ka-Ching. What a ride!

  • jwm May 24, 2020, 9:23 AM

    Hang on, Annie Rose. California is just warming up. We’ll have you in second place in no time.
    John Venlet. YES! That Auburn! Good heavens, what a beautiful machine.

    JWM

  • Vanderleun May 24, 2020, 12:54 PM

    “jwm May 23, 2020, 8:58 PM
    Aesop used to be one of my daily stops on the bookmark list. Vox Day, too.
    I dropped both of them. It has made my life just slightly better”

    Ditto here. Aesop peaked after the Vegas shootings, been in cognitive decline since… now just a rantburg clogging up his signal with trumpeting victories in comment streams, mostly his own. Ditto Vox Day whose shibboleth seems to be Jordan Peterson, a man whose feces Vox Day is unworthy to polish.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2020, 4:00 AM

    V sed: “Aesop peaked…”
    ===========
    This same convo is going on over at http://bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2020/05/making-policy-article-2-of-2-today.html

    I can do with a little less hysteria, thank you.
    Same with Denninger, https://market-ticker.org/
    Too maniacal at times.

    As far as that Boattail goes, I had to stare at it a bit.
    I’ve seen a few boattails in my day (even did the drawings on the museum restoration a few years ago) and had never seen one with that (nickle plated) metallic swoopy overlay on the highpoints of the curves. Wow. That knocks it out of the park. But. My favorite is still the woodgrain version where that deep clear coating almost sucks the eyeballz out of the sockets. Reminds me of my uncle’s 1940 Chris Craft boat. I likes old stuff.

  • John Venlet May 25, 2020, 6:42 AM

    Reminds me of my uncle’s 1940 Chris Craft boat.

    Ghostsniper, my uncle went to work for Chris Craft shortly after WWII, and remained with them til he retired. He worked at the Holland, MI plant, which, in 1968 when I was 8 years old, was, to me, a huge cavernous place of wonder. I remember quite well the first time Uncle Warren took my Dad, myself, and a couple of my brothers on a tour. At that time, Chris Craft was already big into fiberglass, and I was more enthralled with the cabin cruisers they were building, than the old and beautiful mahogany boats. There were rows and rows of them, it seemed, in that huge building. I was able to climb around on the ones close to the end of the line, and I was in heaven. It was quite the experience, and it ranked right up there with touring the GM plant where my Dad was a tool and die journeyman, of course the GM plant had alot more banging going on with presses running full bore in the 1960s as compared to the slathering of fiberglass occurring at Chris Craft. I’m more inclined to the old wooden boats, today, but a big ol’ cabin cruiser still has a great allure.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2020, 10:36 AM

    John, the more I know of you the more similar we become. My family’s history goes way back with Chris Craft. Here’s the short version. Back in the 40’s my dad and his 2 brothers built and toyed with everything that would float, usually on the Conodoguinet Creek outside Carlisle, PA. They had built a small boat and put an engine on it and launched it on the creek and commenced to terrorizing everyone from bank to bank. They flew past a place where expensive docks held even more expensive boats, not caring that their wake was causing turmoil to the boats. Now, zoom ahead to the late 1970’s and my uncle see’s a mint condition 1940’s Chris Craft 4 seater for sale by the original owner and he had to have it. He met with the owner and bought the boat. However, when going over the boat in dry dock he saw a ding in the hull of the otherwise pristine boat and he asked the owner about it. The owners eyes narrowed and his voice became short and he told him that not long after he purchased the boat in the 40’s some asshole kids came racing down the creek and their wake cause the boat to hit the dock piling. My uncle just said, “Oh, that’s a shame.”, and left.

    In the 60’s my dad bought a 30′ fiberglass Chris Craft cabin cruiser with a V8 engine and a flying bridge. Then he took another smaller CC cabin cruiser in trade for some remodeling work he had done, and finally he bought a brand new all fiberglass 16′ CC runabout that they only sold 1 year, 1964 I think. We also had 2 small 8′ hydroplanes and a couple Carolina skiff types. There were boats all over the place at our house. And motorcycles, scooters, go carts, mini bikes, and later, muscle cars, if it had a combustion engine we had it, and ran the hell out of all of them. Being a kid and teen was pretty fun back in the 60’s and early 70’s, my dad seen to that. And I have the scars to prove it.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2020, 10:39 AM

    BTW, my now 82 year old uncle still owns that Chris Craft and says he’ll never sell it, though I doubt it’s been in the water the past 20 years. I imagine it is now worth some serious coin.

  • Vanderleun May 25, 2020, 1:31 PM

    I don’t know, ghost. In my experience the only thing that depreciates faster than a boat on dry land for 20 years is the value of the repairs you put into it.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2020, 2:32 PM

    You know what they say, the 2 happiest days in a boat owners life is the day he bought it and the day he sold it.

    They’re fairly expensive hobbies. I used mine for some work projects (meeting with clients on the islands) which afforded me the option to write off the whole thing which I gladly did. I’ll prolly never have another one.

  • Chuckwalla May 26, 2020, 1:19 PM

    Ah the Chris Craft. When I was a young lad in the 80s, I went to Cleveland for a few weeks to stay with a friend’s family. My buddy’s Dad took us out on a Chris Craft that was owned by the Stouffer family. It was a thing of beauty. We also raced an R class sail boat on the weekends from the Cleveland Yacht Club. Buddy’s Dad is restoring that R class boat now. http://www.ladyvan.com/r-class/r-class-yachts/

    Thread drift. To get it back on point – I worked at one of the leading online market place companies and then the payment processor for same and best friend works for Google. I can attest to the fact that Silicon Valley companies are dominated by SJW culture. What I could never rap my mind around was how young guys/gals could side with the Marxist SJW viewpoints which are obviously promulgated by large business and media interests. This probably speaks to the total indoctrination of students by academia which continues via mainstream media.

    Aesop…. This is a personality type incapable of self reflection and incapable of course correction as new information is presented.

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