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Looting Season

Pre-riots have started in Minneapolis in anticipation of the big event mother-of-all-riots. I like the idea of pre-riots, a practice-run riot, a bit of lubrication in preparation for the real deal.  I like the idea of peaceful riots and arson. Stores can be burned and looted and it be an entirely peaceful affair. I can't wait. Literally (not figuratively) I CANNOT WAIT. Minneapolis is going to burn, burn, burn. I don't think it matters what the verdict turns out to be; peaceful looting and peaceful arsons and peaceful murders are all on the agenda for the looting season of 2021. Get on board, bigot.

Chicken Little

Something is coming, and I can feel it.  Grandpa Joe is clear that the covid is worse than all the wars. Corpses everywhere. It is a bloodbath.  Grandpa Joe takes care of us and sends us checks.  Corporate America cares about us and requires masks. The disease-bags at Chick-Fil-A cannot infect me with their covid because they wear masks, even outdoors, JIC.  The stock market is a perpetual bubble that will not pop.  But I feel something coming. Bone-deep.

Boomer Cleaner

Explain to me this: Why has the year been an over-reaction to everything? Examples: Covid. This time last year, I understand erring on the side of caution. We'd just seen viral footage of the Chinese stocking their morgues and these huge tanker-trucks hosing down the streets with some kind of vapor, and surely it looked like the zombie apocalypse had been made real. Hunker down. So while surely it seemed like the Chad-level alpha-male pandemic had its massive pythons trained on us and ready to choke hold, when it turned out that this pandemic's might was thoroughly soy-boy beta and it killed almost nobody, the course never changed. It was all a run-away train of fear and five-alarm. In other words, when the CDC's data started to emerge in May that this thing wasn't a bleeding-out-your-ass-and-eyeballs apocalypse, why did we continue to pretend it was? I have no answer other than my theory that covid is boomer cleaner.  The boomers, who have all the money, and who are kn

On Saint George

 Thought of the past week: In America, culturally, we are greatly disturbed by Dr. Seuss books that depict people in a racial context and so we censor them, yet the most hardcore pornography is available to anyone with a pulse, to a savvy five-year-old, with one click of a mouse or a couple of screen taps. No one seems to notice this as I can hear no one talking about it. Children's books bad. Children watching hardcore pornography? Not bad, or at least, ignored.  I'm not sure what that means. I just wanted to point it out.  George Floyd, though, is probably the greatest American who ever lived. And I don't mean for his accomplishments. Who gives a damn about accomplishments? Though he does have some pornography out there that isn't too hard to find, and that's an accomplishment because 100 years hence people will surely study George's sexual technique. I mean, that's not nothing. But I'm not celebrating George for that despite its bragability; no, I'

On the Nature of Filtration

I want to believe in masks, as in, not as prescientific talismans to ward off the invisible spirits intent on doing me in, as in, not as political symbols which declare me in one tribe or another, but as a reality altering device that really does filter out the airborne virus that will surely make me get sick.  My problem is filtration, or at least my understanding when it comes to how filtration works. I made coffee this morning. The filtering medium that works with my drip coffee maker is made of paper, the fibers of which are sufficient to block the passage of coffee grounds but allow the molecules of the water to pass through. I also have a water filter that I take on hiking trips, and I was careful to buy one that was based on a medium that could block the microscopic bacteria that I don't want to drink. When I bought it I paid attention to microns. Given my understanding that the thing being filtered must be larger than the filtration medium, I find myself having thoughts lik