Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Family News: Earthquake nearby

There was an earthquake SW of here. We felt it but the shaking was not bad here and we had no damage.

A market fell down in Pampanga and some people were killed when a supermarket collapsed/
There were some power outages west of here, and Clark Airport was shut down for awhile to check for damage of the terminal building.

Remembering the Aztec Eagles

remembering the Aztec Eagles, the 201st Fighter Squadron: when the Mexican Air Force helped to liberate the Philippines.

the flew support missions in the dangerous mountains of northern Luzon, to help the guerrillas and regular troops who were fighting the Japanese soldiers who had fled there.


"Only 10 of us are still alive," Garduno said sadly during an interview at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel here during DoD's Hispanic American Heritage Month observance (in 2003)
 The Mexican war hero said the Mexican Fighter Squadron 201, "El Escuadron 201," was composed of more than 300 volunteers – 36 experienced pilots and the rest ground crewmen. The ground crewmen were electricians, mechanics, radiomen, and armament – "all the specialties that are required for a typical fighter squadron," the colonel said.
The Aztec Eagles were attached to the U.S. Army Air Forces 5th Air Force's 58th Fighter Group during the liberation of the main Philippine island of Luzon in the summer of 1945.
The pilots flew P-47D "Thunderbolt" single-seat fighter aircraft carrying out tactical air support missions. "We flew close air support missions for American and Filipino infantry troops on the ground, and had to hit where we saw a smoke bomb go off," Garduno said. "Otherwise, we could have hit friendly troops, because the difference in distance was about 300 yards between the enemy and the friendly troops. 

Wikipedia link



Monday, April 22, 2019

In our prayers: Iran's massive floods

AlJ has a report on the recent flooding in Iran.

which hasn't gotten a lot of headlines in the west.

the BBC report on flooding started on March 25; an April 2 report discusses evacuation from a "third flood".

The environmentalists blame "global warming", as does the Iranian government, which of course can blame the US for climate change so their neglect of the environment can be ignored. And of course "US Sanctions" are being blamed for problems in getting relief supplies.

the problem seems to be the sanctions stopping the banking system from allowing them to get aid money or to buy medicine... but of course I suspect that if the sanctions are lifted, a lot of this "aid" will go to Iranian war terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, not to mention being diverted into their nuclear program. 

StrategyPage has a long essay about the problem here.

But the NYTimes admits that foreign journalists aren't allowed in to assess the damage, maybe because they might notice folks mad at the bungled gov't response.

It should be noted that Saudi and the UAE have sent aid to help flood victims, as are other countries.

In the midst of the spat, Iran has received aid from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Kuwait, as well as from Germany, France and Japan. The move by Saudi Arabia and the UAE came despite the long-standing rivalry with Shia-majority Iran, which is based as much on geostrategic interests as religious differences.
 Facing off across the Gulf, the major oil producers have taken opposing sides for decades in conflicts across the Middle East.
Iran, like Syria, is in the midst of a dry spell (blamed on "global warming" of course: which is why President Obama blame global warming for the civil war in Syria).

Long analysis at Futuredirections website.

The Islamic Republic’s approach to water management has been less than successful, dismissing proposed sustainable water management policies, in favour of building infrastructure, including wells and dams. This approach has led to the over-exploitation of aquifers and has prevented water from reaching lakes and rivers.
Flood management policies are significantly lacking and there is little to mitigate the impact of rural land use, which contribute significantly to flooding. Over 2,000 hectares of forest has been cut down in a 25-year period in northern Iran, which has increased surface runoff and, in turn, increased its susceptibility to flooding.
Although building dams had mitigated flooding to some degree, the extent of the rainfall Iran has received has meant that the dams are no longer able to prevent floods. Currently, many dams are more than 95 per cent full, risking more downstream flooding.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

In our prayers: Church bombings in SriLanka

three churches (two Catholic and one Protestant) and two hotels were bombed by terrorists in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The churches were targeted during Easter Services. Over 200 dead, including a few foreigners (but no Filipinos).

BBC report talks with locals and witnesses.

There had been a wicked civil war between ethnic groups (locals, who are mainly Buddhists, vs Tamils, who are Hindu, Christian, and Muslim) until about ten years ago, but things have been peaceful since then.

UKMail has the background of religious tensions there, including that there were warnings of a coming attack from Islamic extremist groups, but apparently no security was done.

of course, with the large crowds, security is difficult.

more at AlJ, including the story that last year there were anti Muslim attacks after rumors on social media reported Buddhist shrines being attacked.

wikipedia has more on the anti Muslim riots by militant Buddhists/

If this was payback for the anti Muslim attacks, then why were churches and tourism centers/hotels attacked? 

and if this was related to the ethnic civil war of the past, then why target Christian churches, which include both ethnic groups? (or do they have separate services with different languages, as we had in the USA for immigrants, allowing them to target a certain ethnic group of Christians?)

One suspects this is more metastases from the ISIS types in the Middle east coming home to spread terror, but I have no evidence for this: however, we are worried about these types here in the Philippines causing problems and paying local militants to do their dirty work.

Here in the Philippines, when you enter the mall, you are screened: wanded down with a metal detectors, and sometimes even frisked, and your bags are checked. But protecting crowds at church is more difficult.

We had a cathedral bombed in the Southern Philippines awhile back,

but locally the main reason we have cops or security personnel, including the military, in our churches or on the street is because of threats of violence between political clans in election year.

update: The UK SUN (tabloid) also suspects returning ISIS types behind the bombing

Fighters from Sri Lanka have been mentioned in ISIS ranks and the country would be “easily accessible” for its supporters in the region, Ms Katz said. Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines and Indonesia, have “seen a surge of central-coordinated ISIS activity” in what it dubs its “East Asia Province.”

Notre Dame Bees are okay

The bees seem to be okay.

 PARIS - Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame’s smallest official residents - some 180,000 bees - somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral’s ancient wooden roof.... Notre Dame officials saw the bees on top of the sacristy Friday, buzzing in and out of their hives. “I wouldn’t call it a miracle, but I’m very, very happy,” Geant added.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

The French reaction to the fire of Notre Dame: Singing hymns

The intellectuals don't seem to be mourning: indeed, some hated the cathedral and seem to be happy it was destroyed; others want to rebuild it as a multicultural shrine, bringing to mind the time when the French revolution remade it into a Temple of Reason with a harlot on the altar, presaging not a utopia of reason but the reign of terror and religious persecution, including the first modern genocide of the Vendee.

the assumption seemed to assume the French people were now secular and didn't care to rebuild a church as a church, i.e. a place to worship God.

But the spontaneous reaction of the French people was different: They sang hymns in mourning. And most of those singing the hymns were young people.

....and later, there was this gathering
: ......

history lesson:===============

This made the news, but it is not the first Cathedral that has been destroyed by fire. And yes, these churches can be restored.

this old film is about the restoration of Reims cathedral, destroyed by a war related fire during WWI...

and the Cologne cathedral, located near the rail yards, was similarly destroyed during World War II.

so people managed to repair and restore these cathedrals, so there is hope that Notre Dame could quickly be restored.

This BBC article discusses the technical details of restoration with one man who helped rebuild York Cathedral, which was destroyed in a 1984 fire.

and a voice from the past reminds us:

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Chinook in the Shogun's Japan

I ran across this book, about a Metis Chinook who became curious about Japan after some Japanese fishermen landed in Washington State, and later arranged to go there (which was illegal), and taught English to the Samurai before he left. Those Samurai were able to translate when Admiral Perry forced Japan to open their ports to foreigners.

Amazon link

the book is a bit disjointed: the author is so busy checking the "facts" and dates that the actual story is hard to pick out of these superficial details.

Wikipedia page on Ranald MacDonald.

what I found interesting was that part about stranded fishermen. Apparently both Chinese and Japanese fishermen were known to have been stranded in that area in the past. 

There is a lot of stuff about Chinese "discovering" the Americas, but the dirty little secret is that a lot of people went back and forth, and ended up stranded in the western hemisphere, from the Vikings to the Basque fishermen, to the Mali naval ships, to the Chinese and Japanese fishermen whose boats were taken there by winds and currents. The book even mentions medieval Japanese pottery in a ruined village in that area, suggesting some had landed a couple centuries earlier.

The reason I bring up the Basque fishermen was that this is probably why England had a "syphilis" epidemic before the time when Columbus brought that disease to Europe, and is the probable origin of the Maine Coon Cats too...

LOL the book sounds familiar


1900 or The Last President Ingersoll LOCKWOOD (1841 - 1918)
The year is 1896. The United States is rocked by the election of an unlikely president. On election night, riots broke out in the streets of New York. The city was paralyzed with dread. Mobs organized under the lead of Anarchists and Socialists. Farther South, people celebrated.
This was a President elected by the working class and he was a President who followed through with his commitment to fight for the rights of the people. This president would fight to end the enslavement of the people by money lenders, big bankers, corporations and government overtax. But can he be successful in a society that is rapidly absorbing socialist ideologies? -
and also by the same author:
Baron Trump's Marvellous Underground Journey Ingersoll LOCKWOOD (1841 - 1918)

Latina values

so anyone who thinks traditional marriage is good and that we need to protect the idea is a bigot according to the MSM and their latest hearthrob running for the presidency.

but people who come from traditional cultures are more likely to know that a strong family life is important, not just for children but for the well being of society.

and the problem of "gay marriage" and "transgender rights" is not that this is about accepting such people: heck, we don't have a problem with them here in the Philippines: they are part of the extended family and accepted because of the strong family ties in the Philippine family.

But even here, in Manila, we are seeing the "gay lifestyle" of promiscuity, drug abuse, and sex tourism that is foreign to our culture. This is fueling the HIV epidemic, and the increase in HIV is being used by international agencies to push promiscuity as sex ed in our schools (an agenda that is also pushed in the movies and TV programs).

But in the USA it is worse: What is going on in the USA is not about acceptance, but about pushing a aggressive agenda of free love and destruction of the family that has roots in Marxism.

Nor is this about "multiculturalism", since the emphasis on strong family ties is found in most non PC cultures. This is by a Latina mother, but it could have been written by an Arab, Filipino, or Chinese.


Mayor Pete, it cuts both ways. As a Latina mama in touch with a number of other Latinas with traditional family values, I can tell you we are faced every day with people who are "polite to us in person" but who advance and execute policies that assault our values, harm our families, and hurt our children.
Enough Is Enough
I'm talking about policies that undermine our parental rights and duties by seeking to indoctrinate our children in progressive sexual ideology without our consent and sometimes in spite of our explicit protest. Consider just a few examples:
• The public schools in my area where reading assignments from the Language Arts curriculum ask: "What is heteronormativity and how is it harmful?" (Mind you: this is a question from the school district's recommended language arts curriculum for eighth graders, not from a single health teacher or counselor. It is not unusual for the LGBT theme to find its way into history classes, foreign language studies, and even STEM courses. The explicit goal is to normalize LGBT lifestyles throughout curricula).
• Pediatricians who ask to see our teenagers alone and then push to prescribe them contraceptives or ask them about sexual behaviors that we find offensive. Our teens themselves bring these pediatricians' inappropriate behavior to our attention. (One OBGYN slipped a prescription for oral contraceptives stealthily to a 14-year-old daughter of a Mexican friend of mine, after she had explicitly stated to his face that she did not wish to see her daughter on oral contraceptives.)
• Sex education classes in which our kids are taught unproven Freudian-Kinseyan doctrines that "sexual repression" will cause neuroses ("express yourself, don't suppress yourself"), and which preach about topics like abortion, masturbation, condom use, sex toys, "outercourse," oral stimulation, and rectal intercourse, with all the humor and scientific grounding of a Saturday Night Live sketch, while refusing to seriously address the short and long-term medical and psychological health risks of those actions.
• Public library programming where unicorns, rainbows, gingerbread persons, drag-queen story hours, and other symbols of progressive sexual ideology make an appearance, so that we must regularly steer our toddlers clear of the propaganda. With our middle-school children, it's much harder to opt out. Trendy middle-school books (published after 2014) that appear to have fairly innocuous plots frequently feature an LGBT teen or gay couple, ever-so-gently normalizing the ideas that are so conflicting to our consciences. (Avoiding these storylines isn't easy, since book-review websites regularly delete or block parents' reviews that warn of LGBT elements, so we cannot even alert other parents of the real content within these books.)
• And last but not least, the latest round of violence against children: efforts to entice children to question the reality of their sex through school gender-transitioning ceremonies, pronoun-sensitivity training, and other transgender propaganda. Parents have historically enjoyed the right to direct the education and upbringing of their children, under the correct presumption that parents--rather than school counselors, psychiatrists, teachers, government bureaucrats, or any other persons--are best able to act in their children's best interests. Now, activists are pushing courts to allow minors to receive puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones against their parents' objections.
• Mr. Mayor, it is hypocritical for you to cry foul about policies that "harm you and your family" while your side pushes for government intrusions into the parent-child relationship at the most fundamental levels.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Under reported history of US Eugenics

from the website:

It is a story with many villains, from the superintendent of the Dickensian Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded who chose Carrie for sterilization to the former Missouri agriculture professor and Nazi sympathizer who was the nation's leading advocate for eugenic sterilization. But the most troubling actors of all were the eight Supreme Court justices who were in the majority - including William Howard Taft, the former president; Louis Brandeis, the legendary progressive; and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., America's most esteemed justice, who wrote the decision urging the nation to embark on a program of mass eugenic sterilization. Exposing this tremendous injustice - which led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans ...


Audiobook of the week


part 2 part 3 part 4

full of bodice ripping sex, naked ambition, and melodrama. Usually I don't enjoy this type of book/ film (e.g. Game of Thrones, the White Queen) because everyone is nasty and hateful. 

But here, the character of the older sister, Mary, is sympathetic: and despite rumors in history that she did more sleeping around than her younger sister, nevertheless, she did make a love match and stood up to her family's ambitions after Anne became queen....and was essentially exiled from court for doing so (you go, girl)... which is ironically one reason she survived the blood bath of her sister and her brother and many of Anne's friends...

yes, the historians said the author got it all wrong: Anne Boleyn was a nice girl, and a virgin. But unlike the stories she "never had sex" before she married Henry, this book brings up that this is true if you accept the Clinton definition of sex, which is a lot more believable than earlier books.

Another controversial point is that their family was using the girls to get power by pressuring them to become mistresses or wives of important men. But this was the way a lot of families manipulated their girls back then, so it is believable. So again it is about raw power.

And of course the ending is sad, but hints that Anne was reaping what she had sowed:
One reason Anne couldn't get justice in court was because during her quest to become queen, she encouraged the king to destroy the civil law and the church's power, both of which stood in the way of the king's divorce and being able to marry her. And the result was that Henry became power hungry and a tyrant who thought his desire was God's will, so those who stood in the way could just be killed (and not just of VIP's, but of ordinary folk including those who protested the destruction of their churches and the monasteries that helped the poor: Things usually left out of the history books of course).

So when Anne was the innocent victim of a absurd and unproven crime, because of the king's whim that he needed to marry again, she could not rely on the law to protect her.

which reminds me of this warning by Thomas More: (go to minute 6.00)

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast- man's laws, not God's- and if you cut them down-and you're just the man to do it-do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.

hmm... sound familiar?

No news and bad news

Dilbert a couple days ago noted there was no "new" news, and in politics, he's right.

The political hysteria in the USA is now a broken record.
So Muller said no collusion and now the big question if the FBI did "Watergate 2", i.e. using federal government to spy on the opposition party for political reasons. So now the call is to drop the subject, even though this has "yuge" political ramifications about "big brother" being able to get you convicted for anything by snooping on you and finding a crime.

The response of the Democrats, however, is not to call for an investigation of illegal snooping, but to double down and ask for Trumpieboy's complicated tax records: which looks like another way to try to find a crime.

Isn't there an amendment in the Bill of Rights about the right to privacy? (it's the 4th one).

Senator Markey introduced a bill about social media privacy, and he's a Democrat, but it's a bit late.

it won't do us much good if a political justice department weaponize the IRS against groups representing the party out of power but no one holds the employees who did this to account.

and of course, that won't stop Chinese hackers from using the information of our personnel files that they hacked a couple years back. and I suspect they have a data base on those who interest them by simply checking out their Facebook information.

However it hasn't stopped the anti Trumpieboy hysteria, with a Boston Globe columnist encouraging waiters to contaminate the food of anyone who worked for the present US administration, and subtle calls for assassination continue.

the latest hate wave against Trumpieboy tweets is because he dared to remind a beautiful Muslim congresslady that it wasn't "someone who did something" but that it was terrorists deliberately killing Americans under the guise of a rabid form of their religion.

Shouldn't she be doing the opposite? Stressing the good Muslims fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with the help of the US?

During World War I, Germans like my grandfather, were under suspicion because the family would sang German songs, so were investigated by the cops. (this was not an over reach by the cops: the only successful modern biowarfare incident happened during that war so embedded agents were a worry: LINK ). But it didn't mean he ridiculed the war effort: Indeed, his oldest son joined the military.

During World War II, the Japanese Americans fought for their adopted country.

So one would expect that the Muslim Congressladies would be defending America and their own communities against the crazies who hide behind religion, but no: instead they hate Israel and America and are acting to take over the party to push this agenda.

And it gets worse:

When a Navy Seal who was wounded and now is in Congress criticized her remark, he was ridiculed because he wears an eyepatch (he lost the eye from an explosive device).

And when Trumpie boy pointed out a lot of innocent people died from a terrorist attack, and that it was wrong to minimize that problem, he was also criticized by the Democrats and the MSM, in almost identical terms, i.e. that criticizing a person is inciting violence.

and I thought that Journolist coordination was a thing of the past. /s

The reason the Democrats won back Congress in the last election is because they ran moderates: From the Clinton/BlueDog wing of the party, many of whom are veterans. Yet we don't hear of them, for some reason.

Unless they are given a voice in the party, Trumpie boy will win, and bring a lot of new Congress folk with him.

so who will oppose him? The geriatric set or the metrosexual candidates, or the women who slept their way into power?

Biden would be a good choice, and Biden's son fought for the USA in Iraq, but hey, the PC in the party are trying to destroy him by pushing the fact that he is touchy feely and sympathetic, something that was considered "good" until a few years ago.

and the "Bernie boys" are in the media, but one of these days someone will notice that a lot of ordinary folks are not Bernie boys either, and that Bernie is... old....(and rich).

another Democratic problem no one in the MSM wants to talk about:

the "abortion until full term birth" is not really a popular item for ordinary folks, and could backfire, except of course the MSM and the wimpy churches won't make an issue about it, or note that most of the Democrats in Congress voted against a bill that mandated giving medical care to the babies who survived. Sigh.

This resembles how the radicals tried to take over the party in the past, and ended up losing elections.

I'm too lazy to post links, but never mind.

the tax reform meant we paid fewer taxes, but since this meant less estimated money was taken from the paycheck, the NYTimes is echoing the Democratic meme that people are paying more taxes.

Isn't politics wonderful?

By the way, I go my refund already: Thank you Turbotax. I used to file with Lolo's accountant, but since I started Social Security and after Lolo got too sick and his son took over his money (our finances were separate), I started filing on my own, using the on line program.


In the meanwhile, China is busy manipulating genes, first in making superkids, and now there are reports about putting human genes into monkeys to make them smarter.

ethics? Anyone? Anyone?

this has huge implications.

Putting a gene or two into an animal is not a problem, but if a preponderance of genes are put into the animal, or the ones that control the growth of the brain are manipulated, it brings up dystopian sci fi scenerios like HGWells Island of Dr Moreau or Cordwainer Smith's "underpeople", who are used as slaves by the "real" humans. One of the themes of the "underpeople" series is their quest for full human rights.

Indeed, when the Brits were threatening to do this a couple years ago, the Catholic bishops said that if this happens, the offspring should be considered human and cared for, not discarded as animals.

Finally, there are reports that the ancient cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is burning down: initial reports say it was due to an accident by those repairing the roof.

The entire structure is destroyed, but some of the art and relics inside were rescued. This is a major disaster for not just the Catholic world but for the world because of it's place in history.

if one is superstitious, this is a bad omen for France.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Brits fired this guy: PC madness

his comments were taken out of context of course

he blasted the rise of China, saying: “They’re creating robots out of their own people. Each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one and that is a very frightening thing.”

uh, he was talking about Chinese increased pressure on people to conform, which is getting worse, not better, in recent years.

and then there is this: Criticizing Soros is anti Semitic.

He also repeated an anti-Semitic trope by accusing Jewish billionaire George Soros of running a “Soros empire” in Hungary.

Uh,  Soros broke the Bank of England awhile back and almost bankrupted some countries in Asia, not to mention he worked for the Nazis as a kid, so why is criticizing him considered "anti Semitic"?

but his main sin was denying "Islamophobia" is a problem. 

well, Islamophobia is a problem (England is full of prejudice, not just against Islam and "Asians" but against those from the lower classes, and against Christians, Africans, the Irish, and the Jews) but too often this word is used to silence anyone trying to criticize the aggressive radicals who recruit terrorists or criminals who terrorize the innocent, especially women, in their own communities. 

It was fear of being called "Islamophobic" stops police from enforcing laws against abuse of women if the perpetrator is of a protected class, the worst case being the Rotherham gang LINK LINK2

so who is being protected, and from what?

Last time I looked, the good Muslims (and Hindus, and Pinoys, and Polish, and Irish and West Indians) tend to love beauty in the environment rather than the ugly but politically correct death towers they are forced to live in by mindless mindless city planners.

Yet one suspects that Scuton's main "sin" is defending Western Civilization. Or maybe I should say "All traditional Civilizations", since his insistence on beauty being important is not just limited to pre modern Europe but is part of Asian, South Asian, and other great cultures.

the ultimate result of removing a voice that insists that beauty is important in housing will not make things better, because this will mean the proponents of "modern" design will have a monopoly in civil planning... 

======= and here is Sister Wendy discussing Islamic art:


Roger Scruton's defense of the accusations at the Spectator:

I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine’s former wine critic I would be treated with respect, and that the journalist, George Eaton, was sincere in wanting to talk to me about my intellectual life. Not for the first time I am forced to acknowledge what a mistake it is to address young leftists as though they were responsible human beings. Here is my brief response to an unscrupulous collection of out of context remarks, some of them merely words designed to accuse me of thought-crimes, and to persuade the government that I am not fit to be chairman of the commission recently entrusted to me.
he goes into details: here he defends himself against accusations of anti Semitism:

,,,, In retrospect I could have chosen the words more carefully. But my purpose was to point out that anti-Semitism has become an issue in Hungary, and an obstacle to a shared national identity. As for the Soros Empire, I am the only person I know who has actually tried to persuade Viktor Orbán to accept its presence, and that of the Central European University in particular, in Hungary. I did not succeed, but that is another matter. I should add that I am neither a friend nor an enemy of Orbán, but know him from the days when I helped him and his colleagues to set up a free university under the communists. What Orbán did then was the first step towards the liberation of his country, and George Soros was one of those who helped him too. It is sad for Hungary that the two have fallen out, and that the old spectre of anti-Semitism has been reborn from their clash....
and what about that "islamophobia"?

Then there is Islamophobia. It seems that by questioning this word and pointing to its origin in the Muslim Brotherhood’s propaganda campaigns I am somehow showing myself to be guilty of the offence that it describes. I deplore the current use of this word, since it implies that there is some peculiar and irrational state of mind from which all objections to Islam proceed. I myself distinguish Islam, as a faith and a way of life, from the radicals who commit crimes in its name. I have a respect and tenderness towards the first of those, and a hatred of the second. But it is increasingly difficult, with the current abuse of language, to make this point, or to encourage Muslims to make it too.
at the end of the essay he warns:

We in Britain are entering a dangerous social condition in which the direct expression of opinions that conflict – or merely seem to conflict – with a narrow set of orthodoxies is instantly punished by a band of self-appointed vigilantes. We are being cowed into abject conformity around a dubious set of official doctrines and told to adopt a world view that we cannot examine for fear of being publicly humiliated by the censors. This world view might lead to a new and liberated social order; or it might lead to the social and spiritual destruction of our country. How shall we know, if we are too afraid to discuss it?

The future is here

Trumpieboy just announced he is supporting 5 G, something China has recently pushed too.

What is 5 G?

Gizmodo article (for later reading)


Scott Adams (Dilbert) discusses why it is good at the end of this podcast including it's ability to enable education.

he also has been pushing these newfangled and safe nuclear reactors, which could revolutionize the way we obtain energy.

more at MIT review: safe nuclear power, half the price.

Dilbert also discusses Trumpieboy's trolling of the Democrats by saying he's going to move immigrants to their "safe" cities instead of settling them in the poorer regions of the south and Southwest.

Heads explode. But why? Don't they want cheap nannies/maids/gardeners/construction workers? (yes, I'm being sarcastic. My immigrant family members work at these jobs, but it is also well known that affluent areas of the country frequently hire illegals to do these jobs because they don't have to pay as much: For example, no workman's comp or social security taxes for them and you can threaten to fire them if they complain about working overtime or in dangerous areas...when a boss made a threat against my son that he'd call "la migra", my son laughed at him...he is a US Citizen, but what about the other workers?).

one more comment on his discussion of immigration:

What no one is discussing is that maybe the "solution" is not just to build a wall or stop the funding of the caravans by people who have an agenda to change the demographics of the USA (not to actually help poor people) but to cut crime and corruption in these countries.

This can be done: but when someone tries to do it, the SJW/human rights types oppose this solution.

For example, Duterte has cut crime here, but the SJW (and the Catholic bishops) are busy demonizing him (often by taking his jokes/irony out of context) because hey, stopping criminals by rough justice is evil....

my answer: Yes, it is evil: better to convert the criminals to embrace Jesus. 

But from a pragmatic standpoint, rough justice works. Here the "carrot and stick" approach to drug gangs and drug addicts who were fueling the crime wave enabled the ordinary folks to live in safety. But alas too many of the politicians are using the corrupt and inefficient court system to get away with their crimes, and even when they are arrested, the international human rights types take their part and pressure the courts to let them go.

Yes, Mrs. George Clooney, I am talking about you.