Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Covid Rules

On Friday the CDC waved its magic wand and proclaimed that people who took the covid shots can now go without a mask. Boom! Back in January, I predicted that May would be the magic month. My thinking was that the Biden administration would want some time to make it seem like it actually did something to defeat the covid. 

Now that it is over, most of the nonsensical rules we used during the covid are going to slide down the memory hole, but the greater diseases that the covid brought to light, human poltroonery and stupidity, are still with us, so I want to make this crystal clear for posterity: I lived through the covid "pandemic" of 2020, yet I never noticed it. 

The media performed a never-ending hand-wringing and scare-mongering. To what end, I still do not know. (As of this writing, my best guess is that it has something to do with a longer game being played on the zoomers, the school-age generation, a sort of social engineering groundwork being laid with them. I digress.) In response to the propaganda, institutions reacted not bravely but cowardly by closing down and instituting stupid and nonsensical rules, but again, this was in reaction to the scare-mongering media, not to actual people dropping dead. 

Throughout the year, I'd heard about people catching it here and there, and it was universally described as a mild to moderate cold. A former student I ran into at TJ Maxx described a bad headache and a loss of her sense of smell. My fiance's sister felt lethargic for a couple of days. I know no one who died from it. Not one single person. My university has 8500 students and not one died from the covid. 

I never got sick. I never even missed a meal. Despite a run on toilet paper in March/April of 2020 that cleared store shelves, (one of the most retarded events I've ever witnessed), my ass remained wiped clean. 

As far as I can tell, the covid "pandemic" was 100% a manufactured media narrative. Maybe it had a reality-based viral component, I am actually not certain about that since I never saw it nor experienced it, and since there has been so much propagandizing in the media, my default position is skepticism. I can only know what I know. I am 100% certain, though, that the "pandemic" itself was a media creation. That's because while media reported the world was being ravaged by a deadly disease, I never even noticed. 

I would have noticed a global pandemic. 

Instead, I observed a load of media propaganda and weird nonsensical rules. The following are the rules that emerged during the "pandemic", in no particular order, recorded for posterity, because I do not want to forget how stupid things really were.

  1. You could never catch covid at big-box stores, at Kroger or Wal-Mart, but you could certainly catch it at a small store, such as the music store where your daughter takes guitar lessons, or the cute little boutique where you got your towels monogrammed. Pretty much universal, across the country, small businesses were forced to close, but big box stores never closed. Question: Was the rate of covid infection higher for big-box workers compared against the general population? I would predict it ought to be since they were always open and were essentially the public square. Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, and so forth, ought to have had a difficult time indeed keeping workers on hand, and they ought to have had a lot of the covid deaths, but somehow I doubt this was the case. 
  2. Collectively, we pretended that the covid could be filtered out of the air by a cloth mask of any type. Material, construction technique, or any factor at all, really, were irrelevant. It never mattered what the mask was made of. The pattern didn't matter. It only mattered that you wore one. 
  3. But at first, masks were, rightly, recognized to be ineffective at filtering a virus out of the air, but then for whatever reason that pivoted 180 degrees to they absolutely do filter a virus out of the air, then that pivoted to two masks are better than one. That all of this was inconsistent was never questioned by the in the mainstream media narratives. Nothing to see here. Masks never made any sense at all, ever, and were never based on anything resembling logic or reason. 
  4. In a weird perversion/inversion, the media narrative marketed masks as something you do out of a sense of altruism, something you do for other people. So, the old default when I wear a mask when I use my sander is that I don't want the wood particles junking up my lungs. In covid rules, you wore a mask to prevent your covid virus from infecting other people; however, If you had a negative covid test that indicated you had no covid to spread, FUCK YOU YOU STILL HAVE TO PUT ON A MASK, BIGOT. A mask, then, became a symbol of basic human decency and goodness. It transcended physical reality. LOL. That, dear reader, is what we call a virtue signal. Bleeding-heart liberals wore them. Selfish-prick conservatives did not. I attended a Trump rally in October of 2020 and no one wore the stupid mask. LOOK AT ME! I'm wearing a mask and I'm definitely a good person! Look at those maskless MAGA assholes over there, though. They are literal Hitlers. Of course, masks do not work to filter a virus out of the air. That's impossible because the virus is far too tiny to be filtered by the cloth fibers of a mask. By the end of the "pandemic", physical function was entirely irrelevant.  In other words, whether or not masks work to filter a virus out of the air was beside the point of wearing them. 
  5. We collectively IGNORED ventilation systems. Covid was airborn, so one would think we'd talk a lot about how to filter the air and how the air circulated, and lots of conversations like that. Do you remember anyone talking about ventilation systems ever? Media reports about ventilation? I never caught a word about it. Heat. Air conditioning. Never mentioned. In any indoor situation, the air is being circulated across the entirety of the store via the air ventilation system. A dude with covid could easily spread it to everyone in the big box store via the ventilation system. What sorts of air filters were being used in these stores? We're they small enough to filter out viruses? Never discussed. LOL. 
  6. Despite air circulation indoors, we pretended that plexi-glass barriers between people, like between a cashier and a customer, could block covid. Of course, it literally could block covid, snot, paper airplanes, but that cagey fucking virus could just go around no problem. These barriers went up quickly, and I imagine they'll be up long after this is over in the years to come as a testament to our retardation.
  7. In restaurants, the covid could only get to you on your way to the table, but not when you were sitting down at the table. Sir, can you please put on a mask so we can seat you? Sir, can you please jump through this hoop on your way to the table? Thank you. 
  8. Alcohol-based disinfectants are okay again. The media used to run reports about the dangers of using alcohol-based disinfectants to kill bacteria because of the danger of creating resistant superbugs. Soap and water is all you need, they said. That went out the window with covid as alcohol-based sanitizers were encouraged and EVERYWHERE. This is despite the fact that covid is airborn. Didn't matter.
  9. We did a lot of pretending. Loads of it. Physical reality was discarded for how we felt about things. This was the hardest part for me to tolerate. If you weren't keen on playing along with all the pretending, which was my problem, no one really wanted to hear about it. Most people gladly just played the game. It is easy to see how all the Jews got gassed and no one would stand up for them. Before covid, I always wondered how the Germans allowed the Holocaust to happen. Post-covid, I know exactly how it happened. People are cowards and they just go along and those who don't go along are silenced. That's all it takes. It isn't even that complex, and it happens almost naturally, like people are pre-programmed to execute this plan. I've never seen anything like it, but I suppose it is useful to know that this programming is there and it is easily activated. 
  10. When George Floyd died of his fentanyl overdose, the media pivoted and the narrative became that racial justice was more deadly than the covid, so gathering to protest and riot were hunky dory. LOL. If you didn't follow it, you might think I'm goosing up that narrative a bit, but I promise you I am not. People absolutely stopped giving one shit about the covid in May and June. This was particularly weird because the media actually was able to shift its narrative from covid 24/7 to poor mistreated black people and George Floyd/Black Lives Matter 24/7 and then back to covid 24/7. This is when I knew something different was happening. Under normal circumstances, George Floyd and 2020 race riots would have exposed the covid as fake and killed it, but the media simply shifted back to covid, and I mean they did it hard.  I remember, I don't know, during the first or second week of July give or take, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things and almost nobody had on a mask, and it was remarkable to me because I called by fiance to tell her about it, that it looks like the covid was petering out.  It wasn't a week later that the media snapped back and snapped back hard. It was remarkable, and I am highlighting it here. The media merely pivoted. It went just like this in terms of the over-arching narratives: 1. Covid is the worst thing ever. 2. Racism is the worst thing ever and protests and riots are awesome 3.Covid is the triple-worst thing ever. 
  11. The CDC NEVER adjusted when the death/survival rates became clear, no adjustments were made. The sky was always falling. When it was clear that school kids were not at risk, the CDC didn't adjust. When it was clear that college-aged adults were at a greater risk of dying in a car wreck on the way to class than from catching covid in class, my university DID NOT adjust and stop requiring the stupid masks because they followed the USG, and the USG followed the CDC, so we've got this long line of cowards in leadership going all the way to top, or something. I don't know how else to explain it. The CDC NEVER adjusted, until yesterday, when it waved its magic wand, and we can all go back to normal now, if, that is, we take a shot to prevent a virus from killing us that was never going to kill us in the first place.
  12. One Master Narrative - All throughout, only one master narrative was supported across all platforms government to legacy media to social media. Any notion that the press is there to root out objective truth and faithfully report it irrespective of political power is over. The press is in on it. All of the logic twists I'm talking about are due to this master narrative and how it shifted but the "truth" of it, as in, this is the only sponsored telling of things, was always insisted upon Prima facie. All information outside the master narrative was viciously suppressed and censored. The "truth" of the true narrative is that it never questions its own truth. It just is. 
It became a monster, a moral panic, a runaway train. I suspect Rand Paul's pointed questioning of shitbag Tony Fauci's connections to the Wuhan lab had something to do with it, too. At any rate, it is, officially, over, and the narrative is slowly starting to shift to come in line with what I have been saying all along.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Louisiana-Style Hot Sauces

Louisiana-style hot sauces ought to have only three ingredients: Peppers, vinegar, and salt. No thickeners. No preservatives. 

Of those you'll find on the shelf at the supermarket, my favorite is Tabasco. It has the fermented fruity complexity and the just-right level of heat. Nothing tastes quite like Tabasco.

Crystal is very good, too. It has the fruity character of Tabasco, but it isn't aged as long, and it lacks the oak-barrel complexity. It is also significantly milder than Tabasco. For this reason, lots of people swear by it, and I understand that. Crystal is very good indeed. In a universe in which Tabasco never happened, Crystal is my #1. In this universe, it is my #2. 

Interestingly, I'm a fan of more heat than offered by regular Crystal, so you'd think I'd prefer the hotter flanker. Inexplicably, the hotter flanker has xanthan gum, immediately disqualifying it. Despite this, it is only a step or two hotter and hardly worth the effort. Stick with regular Crystal. You can't go wrong. 

Lousiana brand is different and distinctive. It is more smoky and salty and completely without the  fruitiness that marks Tabasco and Crystal. I know of no other Lousiana-style sauce that has this anything approaching this flavor profile, and I'd be very interested to know how it is achieved. I find the hotter version of it quite lovely. I think it is just a hint too salty, though, which is why I don't use it more often. I think this one is severely under-rated. 

Frank's Red Hot. It has garlic in the recipe, so it doesn't meet my standard for ingredients. Nevertheless, it is the world's best-seller. It isn't bad. It isn't good. It has none of the aged character of the above sauces. It is just boring.  

I like Texas Pete better than Frank's, but it has xanthan gum, so it has an unnatural thickness that I find off-putting. If it get past that, Texas Pete has one single note, the earthy pepper note. It is really good at that one note. It is delicious, and when I think about it, it is kind of remarkable. You'd think another note might creep in there. Nope. One note. That's all you get.  

Texas Pete's hotter flanker is fun because it's so fucking hot. I really want to point it out because it is significantly hotter. A lot of the time these flankers claim to be hotter but you try them and you're all like, that was pretty weak for something claiming to be hot. Not a problem here. Hot Texas Pete is hot. It has the one-note Texas Pete with the heat jimmied up to eleven. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mike Adams 1964-2020

When you hear about someone famous getting cancelled, like JK Rowling, understand that the mob's goal is suicide. Suicide is the subtext. They know that she has enough money to withstand cancellation. They want Rowling to kill herself. 

Examples abound. One that leaps to mind is how wokist programmers are trying really hard to push Richard Stallman to suicide. It was Richard Meyer, a comic book review guy on youtube, who I first heard make the case. At the time I though he was using hyperbole. I was wrong and I wasn't reading between the lines. Meyer was talking about it from experience. He was talking about how the cancellation process made him feel. It made him feel suicidal. The woke mob wants its target to kill himself or herself. That's the big golden prize. Of course, they aren't going to be all that successful at it, so when they are, it is something worth noticing. 

Combine the woke cybermob's social tactics with the poltroonery, or spineless leadership, of our institutions . . . and you end up with Mike Adams, who killed himself last July. He was a perennial cybermob target, and at 55 years old, he had at least ten more solid teaching years. He opted out when his University, UNC-Wilmington, forced him into retirement rather than simply tell the mob to fuck off. I imagine it was the last indignity he could bear after enduring years and years of them. The administration at his University could have simply told the mob to fuck off. Why didn't they? 

Well, because the administration was full of cowards, because people in leadership roles get promoted based on their ability to fit in and go along, and because the University itself had bit-by-bit been converged by wokeness. When Adams started his teaching there, it was probably a pretty nice place. The people had a leftist bent, sure, but in academia it has always been that way, and it was benign. I remember a professor who used to extol the virtues of using only organic half-and-half in coffee to save the cows on the factory farm. All right, you kooky old fuck, I've got 1000 items vying for my attention and you want me to give a fuck about cows, but okay. 

But the Earth shifted under Mike Adams' very feet. The academy he once knew, that valued freedom of expression, academic freedom, Socratic questioning, fearless truth-seeking, had, as if over night, become something different, something unrecognizable. Automatically, straight white males found themselves behind the 8-ball. Add to that Christian and conservative and outspoken and you are fucked. Mike Adams found all of his characteristics to be anathema. You better keep your head down and be a good "ally". Expression can only come in the form of the narrowest Wokist orthodoxy (black people always good; trans people very good indeed; gay people triple good; women always right, etc.) and anything outside of that, well, Adams was on his own, something UNC-Wilmington made clear time and time again.  

I, myself, find my own discipline of composition studies almost completely unrecognizable from when I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2012. I call it the activist turn in composition studies. No one is doing scholarship anymore, just activism. No one is sounding the alarm for fear of being cancelled. Woke papers are published, but anything non-woke that comes to the wrong conclusions? Forget about it. 

Mike Adams was a conservative Christian in a sea of leftists who are scared to speak one word against the Wokist company line. I ran across Adams precisely because he was someone to look up to here, that he spoke his mind in a climate of wokist censorship. Tenured professors ought to be speaking out the loudest, and yet they are the most cowardly, and certainly the most woke.  They all just fall in line. It doesn't make any sense until you realize that no one in leadership has a spine. The instant the mob comes they turn you over. 

Why are our leaders such awful cowards? 

I've asked myself this question zillions of times. It is a cybermob. Quite literally, it is a faceless cybermob that goes away if you walk away from the computer. It isn't even outside your door threatening to burn shit down. Turn off the computer and it goes away. So, why the hell don't they just stand up to the mob? It would take nothing, and I mean nothing. Simply tell the mob to fuck off, and that is it. They have no more power than that. Turn off computer. Put the cell phone down. So, why doesn't anyone in leadership actually do that? No one ever does. 


If I was the president of a university, I cannot imagine folding like this. I mean it. I am certain I would tell the woke mob to fuck off. And if worst came to worst, I'd take my six-figure severance and purchase an RV. 

So, what am I missing? On this question, I would very much like to hear from people in high-up administration, deans and provosts and the like. What are they scared of? Because I don't understand surrendering to a woke cybermob. I especially don't understand surrendering the principles of academic freedom to the woke cybermob. For me, it would be a matter of personal pride and dignity. I'm just not going to do it. Why are our leaders such huge cowards?

At any rate, Mike Young (Wokal Distance) was the source of insight this week when he wrote: 

To put the strategy into simple terms: CSJ advocates are not trying to defeat you intellectually with evidence and arguments, they are trying to defeat you socially using power moves and social maneuvering. That sentence is worth reading again.

That's it. Read it again and again until you understand. We aren't making arguments anymore. Those days are over. We are trying to get our opponents to commit suicide.  That's the goal.

I really, really hate they got Mike Adams.

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