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 retarded 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, untreated, uncured, and probably uncurable, 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 did a never-ending hand-wringing performance of 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 missed a meal. Despite a run on toilet paper in March/April of 2020, one of the most retarded events I've ever witnessed, I was always able to wipe my ass. 

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. 

What I noticed was stupidity and retarded rules and lots of it. 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, Best Buy, 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. A mask, then, became a symbol of basic human decency and goodness. 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. Now, masks do not work to filter a virus out of the air. That's impossible. By the end of the "pandemic", it was also entirely irrelevant.  
  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  would easily spread it to everyone in the big box store. 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, 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?
  8. Alcohol-based disinfectants were 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 like it, but I suppose it is useful to know that this programming is there and it is easily activated. Maybe that gives you the cue down the road that it is time to GTFO. 
  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. No one of consequence even talked about these shifts and how they exposed the covid as mere propaganda. 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 that never happened. The media merely pivoted. Everything, then, seemed as if it was geared toward getting Donald Trump out of office, a double whammy of lawlessness and unrestrained disease. 
  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.
It became a monster, a moral panic, a runaway train. Nothing could stop it. It was a parade of stupid, day in, day out. No one could simply point out that the Emperor wore no clothes. Nope. The covid had to run out of the gas that had been filled by cowardly leadership and corrupt media and censorious big tech. It ended simply because it could not go on forever, and 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 I've learned a lot that I do not want to forget. 

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. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

What's Coming? Some Thoughts

 I explained it to my teenager that it was a ripple. Some thing happens. In this case, let's just call it the covid. That generates a ripple, and those ripples generate their own ripples as they smash into things. Chain reactions. 

Ripple over here: Fast food workers ain't clocking in. I don't understand it, really. The stimulus money was just a few thousand dollars, and Shan'Tisha and Da'Barry at Wendy's became world-class money managers? They are telling me the fast food workers ain't clocking in, and I believe it; I just don't understand the economics. I've never understood them. High schoolers earning a few bucks for gasoline and rubbers I understand. Adults working at Arby's to pay rent? How does that work? And yet people seem to do it. But now we're hearing they ain't showing up for work. 

Ripple over here: Gasoline pipeline hacks? Lots of people want to conspiracy theorize about this one, but if you understood the state of affairs in IT you'd know that it is shocking we don't see this sort of thing every single day. These guys don't know their ass from their elbows. Add to it that you are, in many instances, trying to secure Microsoft products, an exercise in futility if ever there was one, and yeah, you can see a gasoline pipeline company like Colonial getting hacked to pieces. Honestly, if we don't see more hacks that target vulnerable nodes in our infrastructure I'll be surprised. 

Ripple over there: The Housing Market. People didn't pay mortgages. People didn't pay rent. My guess is, and it is a complete guess because I haven't looked into it at all, that the housing market is hanging by a thread and some duct tape. That shit is going to crash.  

All over NOTHING. Evidence is starting to mount that the covid was a lab-created experiment, so that's interesting and it is going to be fascinating to see how this all sorts out in a media culture based on censorship. That said, I faulted President Trump's approach to the covid at the time, and I fault him now: He should have done this:

My fellow Americans, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Now is the time to be brave. The FAKE news media wants you to be scared and it wants you to hide and to forget that you are Americans. As your president, I'm here to remind you that Americans have never cowered nor shrank from a challenge, and we will not start now. No lockdowns. No calling off school. Not hiding. None of this pussy shit. Bulldogs. We are bulldogs now. Tenacity. Ferocity. Bravery. We are not going to stop. We are not letting go. 

He didn't do anything like this. I don't think he knew exactly what to do. He trotted out the evil gremlin Tony Fauci (who ought to be jailed). Anyway. Point being, covid did not reconfigure reality in any appreciable way. All the damage was self-inflicted by an over-reaction to a scare-mongering media. Trump should have set a tone, used war rhetoric, and we'd be sitting pretty right now. It was a golden opportunity and it was completely squandered. 

Understand this: Another lesson of the Covid is that Americans are coddled and weak (in addition to cowardly and stupid). Almost everybody is going to starve to death if the shit gets real. All things being equal, everybody is coddled, and no one is going to know what is happening if cold hard Nature takes a 2x4 to your face. People are going to kill each other and then starve. You're going to want to stay at home while they do this. 

All I can say is, I recommend stocking up on cans of protein like tuna and sardines, dried beans, rice, salt and lard. A good multi-vitamin. Bottles of high proof whiskey or rum. Fill gallon water jugs and store them in a cool dark place. Ammunition is a good idea always. The economy and utility of a good old 12 ga. shotgun cannot be overstated. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Why Thanos Was Right

Oftentimes I find myself thinking about the quantities of things, and I'll give you an example. Tabasco sauce. It is my favorite of the hot sauces. Nothing wild or crazy there. It is the one on every table where I am from, and eggs go with Tabasco in the same way that peanut butter seems to go with a banana and a cold glass of milk. It is right in the soul of things, right down in the belly of it. 

I've had them all. Texas Pete is the favorite around here in Middle Georgia. I find it one dimensional, and I don't particularly care for the addition of xanthan gum to give it body. I'm not looking for body in a Louisiana-style hot sauce; quite the opposite. I'm looking for three things: Peppers, vinegar, and salt. So no Texas Pete. No Franks. Tabasco. Louisiana brand. Crystal. It always ends up coming down to those three. 

Tabasco does it all for me, takes those basic three ingredients and turns them into something much much greater. It has the heat I want, but then some fruity complexity. Crystal is so close, but it lacks the heat. You have to get hot Crystal, and it is so close to Tabasco, well, it just reminds me that I love Tabasco. Lousiana brand is something different. Whereas Tabasco goes in the fruity direction, Louisiana goes smoky and salty. I enjoy it. It is its own thing, and I respect that. 

I really dislike Texas Pete, but that's relative. I mean, if that's all you have, I'll take it. It's relative. Likewise with Franks. It is probably better than nothing, but to me, the distance between Franks and Tabasco might as well be separate universes. It isn't even close. 

But back to the quantities of things. I can't comprehend the scale of Tabasco sauce. I can't comprehend the zillions of peppers, the labor, the gasoline, all the things that it takes to make one single bottle of Tabasco. I can't comprehend it at all. 

So a little humility in all things . . . 

But I think Thanos was right.

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.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Knee-Jerk Conservatives

All across the country in the red states legislatures are outlawing transgender treatments for kids, and while on one hand I completely understand where they are coming from with the desire to protect kids from this abject weirdness and experimentation, we are talking about political opponents with a vile strain of mutant DNA voluntarily removing that mutant DNA from the gene pool forever. At least, in many cases, that seems to be the outcome of these treatments. Put simply, radical leftists are voluntarily sterilizing their own children.  


You can't make this shit up, but if they're willingly doing it, why in God's holy name would a conservative oppose it? Stuff yourself full of hormones and puberty blockers, you freaks. It has no impact on me, and it literally removes your line from human evolution forever. Why would anyone oppose this? This is an auto-fix. 

I mean and furthermore, why would they care if a natural-born male wants to compete against natural-born females in sports ball? That would make women's sports about 100% more interesting. Take those athletes, add some jugglers, maybe an elephant or two, and baby, you've got a circus going. 

People need to chill and let the transgenders live their best lives. All the more power to it. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Covid Lesson #3 - The Media is the Enemy of the People

It wasn't all that long ago that I taught students that the New York Times was a reliable source of news, the gold standard of newspapers in the U.S. Today, I teach the opposite, that the New York Times is a source of Wokist propaganda, so if you want to get the current narrative being pushed by the elites, the New York Times is a great source. Bari Weiss confirmed this in her resignation letter, which at the time I took as a significant development, yet in the months hence it doesn't seem to have had an impact on the direction of the Times. Weiss makes it clear that the Times is converged by the Wokist religion, though she doesn't name it Wokism. As put by Weiss: 

[T]ruth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

That's Wokism. It is rigid and will tolerate no discussion or debate. The truths are handed down from on high, and if you don't accept them at face value, you are a heretic and a nazi. Put simply, no American should believe anything reported in the mainstream media, and I don't care about the source. Fox, CNN, the Post Times, etc., all are junk. The media is the enemy of the people. 

If the media had never reported on the covid, as in, imagine in some parallel universe the media didn't endlessly propagandize and fear monger and operated as an agent of the public interest, no one would have even noticed a difference. The covid is 100% a media creation, and by that I mean I never noticed a difference in reality. I would have noticed a global pandemic. 

What's especially galling, though, is that no one will pay; no one will be punished when actual real heads ought to roll. I mean that quite literally. The media covid propaganda killed people, and responsible parties ought to be executed. This is probably America's Achilles's heel, the thing that will end up bringing it all down, that there is no corrective or penalty for propagandizing and spreading lies.

The Covid Rules