In the Bow-Wave 17 bis

OK. Now the down side intrudes. Seems that one of those ‘damn the rationality’ churches has been torched.[Link] And – perhaps naturally – it’s a church in Mississippi. 

Which, as we all know, is in a to-the-death competition with Alibam for stupidest state in the Yankee Republic. 

The most intriguing thing about this is that  a message was left on the church’s car park that included an “atheist” symbol. And typical Southron Bubba spelling and syntax errors. 

Which leads us to speculate this is either a rational Bubba or someone who is deeply troubled by this “sinful” act of survival. Possibly a member of the congregation who isn’t ready to go-to-heaven courtesy of his fellow parishioners? 

I have to admit to having known (and know) several atheists. Of both meanings of the word; that is, people who don’t believe in a deity; and those who believe in a deity but aren’t theists. The latter is the literal meaning of the word.

And none of these people would feel threatened by a small town congregation. Unless they had been given good reason to believe they were actual targets of violence. After all, violence is a hallmark of many religions. 

I also seem to recall – courtesy of Norman Cantor perhaps? – that during the Black Death in Europe several schismatic (?) places of worship, both full and empty, were torched. 

Ostensibly to rid the Earth of “sinners” causing the plague by their evil ways. 

Sometimes, the species is more demonstrative of its stupidity than its wisdom.

In the Bow-Wave 16

I am told by psychologist colleagues that EXTRO/INTRO temperament doesn’t “set” until late adolescence. Since the state “opened up” – more like watching a slow motion video of a balloon popping – I have been able to observe a different form of temperament: the suicidal (?) maniacs who seem intent on spreading the plague as far and fast as possible with no concern for anyone’s safety – including their own – and people who are perfectly happy to be cloistered indefinitely so long as they can acquire rectal scraping paper and foodstuffs. 

So now we have two dimensions of conflict instead of one.

Meanwhile, the politicals seem awed at the malmstrom they have created. In many ways it’s galgenhumor between the Repulsians who have suddenly become aware that their incompetence in handling the plague – one of the places where feudalism has a slight advantage – has alienated everyone except the most acognitive, and the Democruds who can’t seem to figure out how to obtain any solidarity. I am beginning to suspect that Independents will have a strong showing. 

Meanwhile, Fartus Maximus Prevaricator is trying very hard to hide his incompetence by stepping up his dishonesty. Evidently he is returning to his old tactic of firing officials who have evidence of his evil-doing and blaming them for his crimes. 

Meanwhile, I see in the news that J Crew and J. C. Penny have filed for bankruptcy. I mention this because it is a bit alien. I have no idea what J Crew is but the media has given it a lot of attention. Evidently it was a HOT (?) clothing manufacturer years ago whose embers have been steadily ebbing? I do know who J. C. Penny is. I actually bough clothes from them back when I was an undergraduate. That seems the best I can come up with. They had more engaging clothes than Sears Roebuck. But not as durable, as I found out when I moved Nawth to the Campus of the BoneYard. Sears definitely made better low temperature clothes. But they only sold them up Nawth. Both J. C. Penny and Sears were stercus for clothes in the Sowth. And I haven’t been in a store of either company in lots of years. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever even seem a J Crew store and I know I haven’t seen a J. C. Penny store in twenty years or more. Since the heart attack and my disillusionment with suits – and the collapse of small town men’s stores – my clothing needs have been satisfied via catalogs and the CapitalistNET. If it wasn’t for Bean, Bauer, and End I should probably be walking about in a toga. 

Evidently these two dinosaurs clothiers have been hanging on by their fingernails and their grip has fractured. That’s happened a lot in my adulthood. I can’t recall any major store chains discorporating in my childhood. Except perhaps, cinema theater chains. They went away while I was in grad schule and only aware of work and work. That is, daytime work for the Yankee Army and nighttime work on the degree. If I can trust my memory, I only saw one movie during my grad schule years – Disney’s “The Black Hole” and I was ejected from it for rolling in the aisle laughing at the inaccuracies. 

But since then, too many good companies have gone away. Notably Willis and Geiger who used to make leather jackets for our military aviators (and the best trousers on Tellus,) and Atlantic Rancher who made the best jackets. And we have entirely too much MalWart, which I am proud to say I haven’t entered in over six months. When did quality get replaced by used potty paper? Rather like our elected officials. Of both denominations. 

I keep thinking of what happened in Europe after the Y. Pestis plague. Things got a whole lot better for the serfs and slaves. I just hope the same happens here. And that a lot of elected officials get free vacations at state facilities. We need to reinvent democracy and dissolve partisan supremacy.

In the Bow-Wave 14

It’s been a FUN week thus far. 

Not only is Fartus Maximus Prevaricator a dispenser of falseness we also learned yesterday that he directs PPE contracts to his cronies for false equipment. Rather reminds me of those cardboard shoes the Yankee Army had to buy just before Bull Run. 

Instant disintegration running across the creek.

And the White House plague task force is being disbanded, “Black” Pence claims they have done “tremendous” things which is evidently his pronunciation of “microscopic.” 

I suspect the disbanding is more an acknowledgment of the inability of the pols on the task force to read (or understand) graphs. And handling numbers bigger than twenty-three. 

As I was returning from my provisioning raid on Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill yesterday – since you can’t but artificial meat in Marshall County, there’no meat in the County – I listened to a sob sister episode about High Schule graduations this year. This set me rather to thinking more than the cancerous shenanigans of Fartus Maximus and “Black” Pence.

The Sob Sister droned on and on about how damaged and pained the high schule seniors were for not having a graduation ceremony this year. And I kept trying to figure out whether today’s high schule students are really that broken or is this more news drek?

I hated all of my graduations. Except the one at the Campus of the Boneyard. And that was because no one else could attend and I didn’t have to go.

Graduations are primarily for mothers. Maybe a little for fathers. But I doubt that.

My high schule graduation was a nightmare and the pain intensified when I got home because my mother disapproved of my “behavior.” Evidently I wasn’t respectful enough of the process.

Stercus Tauri!

The lesson I learned from that was that graduations are creamed crap. That means they are twice as nasty smelling as regular crap and only seem to be smooth. 

So my baccalaureate graduation was endurable, mostly because I took a book with me. And I ignored everything my parents had to say. I managed to evade my master’s graduation but the doctoral was a mandatory – no attendance, no degree. But by that time I had scant respect for false authority and spent the ceremony sitting in the front row playing paper-scissors-rock with the token medical schule graduate – he lost at the game to decide the sacrificial student. 

And by that time I knew how to have fun while enduring meaningless, boring ritual. But I came to understand why education is the bane of religion.

And by the time I got kicked out of the Yankee Army Woe College, there was only personal respect left and all the students were misbehaving. As was the Commandant. And no parents, just wife and daughter. Who also had scant patience with false authority’s pretenses.

So what the Tartarus gives with these high schule students. Are they all precious extroverts who are mentally damaged by stay-at-home rules? Let them out. If we’ve got to lose people to learn to respect Nature, let’s lose some EXTROs who can’t learn anyway. That’s what evolution is all about.

And maybe it will reduce the population of POLs in the process.

In the Bow-Wave 11

After the liberation yesterday, I heard a few comments that provoked some cogitation. Specifically I overheard one of our Alibam Bubbas talking about why the Mayor of New Yawk didn’t just let the “Jews” discorporate. That’s not the words actually used, of course. I decline to reproduce them exactly; these words are accurate enough.

As a physicist, I have a high regard for Natural “Laws.” I have low regard for Social and Religion “Laws,: partly because the latter are made up and the former are untested. But another part of that low regard is the arbitrariness of these laws. Social “Law” says that if you do a particular thing then you have a particular punishment. Except that the lawyers get together and decide on not applying that particular punishment.

Which makes Social “Law” arbitrary.

Similarly, Religion “Law” is on again/off again applied. Sometimes the Deity smites the miscreant and sometimes the Deity doesn’t. And it ain’t obvious to us why, and why it isn’t obvious.

Which makes Religion “Law” arbitrary.

Which means the latter two aren’t really laws. They’re just excuses for abuse of authority.

Case in point. There is a thing in Social “Law” called “Criminal Negligence.”  One definition of this is “Criminal negligence refers to conduct in which a person ignores a known or obvious risk, or disregards the life and safety of others.” So if a group of people congregate during the plague, and they spread the plague among themselves and others (Nature in action with human “direction”) which results in deaths, they have been criminally negligent and absent the arbitrariness of Social “Law” should be punished accordingly.

And it should matter what their gender or religion or skin hue is. All that should matter is that they are humans. And that they have violated the “Law.”

And I’m going to save the discussion of whether a broken legal system actually has merit or not for another time.

Because if we let humans excuse their behavior based on any characteristic, then we have to excuse any behavior based on any characteristic.

Or be tyrants and bullies and every other nasty human perversion.

In the Bow-Wave 9

We seem to be nearing a turning point. Yesterday, the Guvnuh announced some loosening of the strictures on social gatherings. The relevant word here is “some.” Briefly put, the Guvnuh demonstrated her competence and intelligence, and perhaps, even integrity. That in itself makes her worthy of the trust invested in her by (some of) the citizenry.

If nothing else, it is noteworthy that she is the first Guvnuh in almost twenty years not to already have been investigated for high crimes and felonies while in office. Yesterday was also a demonstration of the asininity of the pronounced Alibam prejudice against women office-holders.

Needless to say, the Guvnuh’s announcement was not well met by the Bubbas and the Pocket Lining Pols of Alibam. Sometimes it seems a shame that these very people who want to kill off great numbers of their fellow citizens with negative regard have not themselves discorporated in the furor of the plague. But that would only happen in a world with an active, just deity? At least according to the Bubbas and Pols.

It is also noteworthy that Mr. Representative Brooks proved himself in the planning leading up to yesterday’s announcement to be a minion of what we used to call “the Monied Interests,” completely willing to kill off any number of citizens to enrich his campaign chest. I have to admit to a warmth from his blatant confirmation of his greed and criminality.

Similarly, the Leftenant Guvnuh seems to have lived up to his campaign reputation as a man incapable of pitching a tent. He certainly demonstrated an absence of concern for the citizenry and an overabundance of concern for his campaign chest.

How’s that? Women: +1; Men: -2.

The frightening thing about all of this is thoughts of what I learned in college (Alibam doesn’t teach this dangerous stuff in its public schules) that the Influenza Plague at the end of The Great War had a resurgence because of political (and citizenry) stupidity that ended up with almost an order of magnitude more holes in the ground.