Lunar Letdown

Now that the hullabaloo over the Lunar Landings is over, it seems fit to subject our progress in the last fifty years to a bit of scrutiny.

First of all, we still don’t know how we came out in the “space race.” Yes, we got to the moon first, but we haven’t been back and the only way we can get to the space station (singular!) is via Russian rocket.

Where is our Lunar colony? How many people have been to Mars and Venus?

How has the standard of living improved? It hasn’t. The mean income has decreased and the standard of living is worse. 

We do have more rich people and they are much richer, but since the amount of money is conserved, that also means that the vast majority are poorer.

We are no longer a democracy. We have sham elections controlled by the two political parties and their rich patrons who are the only concern of the elected officials once the elections are over.

We don’t live as long. And we pauper ourselves paying for medical care for our parents – and ourselves. Scant wonder the young reject family for friends.

Our schules are devoid of education and teachers are not allowed to teach. 

Religion has become exclusive and antagonistic. And like government, not a little evil.

Yes, the Soviet Union collapsed, primarily because the Communist Dream finally wore through. And the same is playing out for the American Dream. 

Perhaps it is time to go back to Luna? And reinvent a society where the powerful fear the mob.

Capitalist Crap

While I’m being nasty this Ides of Ju Lie, I thought it would be appropriate to comment on Amazing’s Prime Day.

Except it’s two days this week. 

And primes have nothing to do with it.

In fact, so far, I have seen nothing offered by Amazing that I have any inclination to purchase. 

Yep. Zero attraction. And maybe a bit of repulsion. 

The only thing good I have noted today about Amazing is that they are too busy to send me lots of ads for stuff that their algorithms correlated with me because I was buying presents for FD SCP or one of my friends. And the ads that do apply to me, like for clothing, strangely is NEVER available in my size. In fact, almost all the shoes they offer are not even made in my size.

And this is the epitome of Capitalism? What more can be a perfect world than buying shoes that don’t fit? 

That’s not to say I don’t buy stuff from Amazing. Mostly because I live in Greater Metropolitan Arab, which is located in Beautiful Alibam, where even things as mundane as bread and peanut butter can’t be acquired easily, if AT ALL. 

In fact, I haven’t been able to find a pair of shoes to fit me in Nawth Alibam in over ten years. 

And the local governments wonder why I don’t buy local? 

Freedom Flop

I heard this morning that Fartus Maximus Prevaricator has requested several Democrud Congress Critters deport themselves. I have to wonder when we can deport him back to Holland. 

Not that I suspect they would want him. 

But I also ran across an article [Link] entitled “Democrats Shouldn’t Be So Certain About Abortion” and since it’s the Ides of Ju Lie, I thought I would bash the whole abortion thing a bit. Just for mental exercise., of course.

I have stated previously that I am of the opinion that parents need to be licensed. The current administration has tempted me to add politicals to that list as well.

The immigration morass is one of the prime reasons for this. So far as I can see, it’s a combination of incompetent parents and incompetent politicals (some of whom are also parents, which is more than a bit frightening.) 

Makes me think we need to drag the lot: illegal immigrants; and politicals; over to Nuremberg for trial. Why there? Seems to make sense since they are all peace criminals. Who may be waging a war on each other? 

How many kids do we have who are abused? And I count starvation a form of abuse. 

So, based on this little bit, I have to opine that preventing abortion is a form of child abuse. 

I also have to opine that the religionists who support the banning of abortion are either ignorant of their own doctrine or they are fake. 

Almost all religions espouse some form of belief in Free Will. And denying women the freedom of choice is something on the order of a religious abomination. I don’t know if that’s a sin, but it is certainly evil, especially in a country that is supposed to be free. 

I’m not going to label people who deny that freedom as insecure or sacrilegious, but I do know they are evil. Because the most precious thing we have is our freedom to choose and act. 

And I’m not going to deal with the whole life-is-sacred thing because the people who scream this the loudest demonstrate the clearest that they are liars and scoundrels. 

Now, who else can I find fault with?

 

Heat Death?

Ran across an article [Link] entitled “It Was A Balmy 90 Degrees In Anchorage — For The First Time On Record.” Mused that it was actually colder yesterday – temperature maximum – in Greater Metropolitan Arab than in Anchorage.

And I wondered what response Fartus Maximus Prevaricator would make to this. After all, he got the idea somewhere that Ben Franklin invented heaver-than-air flight. Perhaps he will offer to send them a thermometer that he thinks works. 

Why is it that everyone except Repulsian Evilgelicals – and many of them are pretending for social reasons: once more having a false sense of importance – that climate change is upon us? And our children (grandchildren of ORFs like me) will possibly be the last humans? 

Is this some misguided idea that the adults – politicals – shouldn’t tell the children – nonpoliticals – that Tellus is on its way to a lifeless deathworld? Sort of a Bronson Alpha scenario? 

 

Absolutely MAD

It seems that now is a time to regret being ORF. It seems that MAD magazine, the intellectual septic tank of Alfred E. Newman, is soon to pass from our keen.[Link]

As with many of my age cohort, I read MAD magazine as a youngling. Aside from the moronic antics of almost all television cartoon shows and the “Three Stooges”, MAD was my introduction and source of humor and disrespect for false authority. It polarized my thinking on many azimuths. I still refer to the constabulary as “Long John Law.” 

Even though the MAD I read was not the Anti-American, decadent, pseudo-Communist conspiracy of the McCarthy era, it, as with most of my readings, was only tolerated by my parents because of some tenuous connection to education, which institution was in chaotic turmoil in that period of Containment, competition, and technology. In fact, the only readings I can recall my parents approving of were the five sets of encyclopedias I ingested between age six and eleven. At which time I discovered my father’s old Navy correspondence course algebra and trigonometry textbooks. Even these were a bit of a family shame because, what normal boy would happily and eagerly read maths books? If they had known of how my fore-knowledge would embarrass the deficient educationalist instrumentality of the period, these books would have strangely disappear one night after curfew.

Sadly, encyclopedias, and Containment Era television (radio had long since become the third media, a waning laggard behind television and the press) were almost devoid of any humor, at least prior to my curfew when the tame, titillating mundanity graced adult television. No, not Lenny Bruce or Bill Cosby, Bob Hope and Jack Benny. So MAD taught me that much of civilization and all of society was a Potemkin facade of pretense and prevarication. That the only advantage of Amerikan Kapitalism over Sovietski Kommunism was availability of Japanese manufactured goods. 

Oh, there were chinks in the MAD facade. In places, its armor of righteous disrespect was vacuous and weak. Scientists and soldiers were belittled with scant enthusiasm, strictly equal opportunity minimums. And hence a lasting respect, proven well founded in adulthood, of the military and STEM NERDery. Neither is perfect, but compared to civil governance and human society, paragons of near perfection.

So, YES, MAD will be missed. It is already more of a childhood safe place, like Carnegie libraries and Saturday morning action movies, than an abiding comfort. But just as childhood erodes with the abrasiveness of adult fictions made real by social inadequacy, so too has MAD ceased to have effect. I cannot recall when last I read a MAD magazine. When I left for college, my collection strangely disappeared, the victim of long moldering parental hatred of asociality. Those who read MAD were scum and trash, a blot on the respectableness of Amerikan citizens. But even that betrayal is a boon from intransigent parents. Destroying something patently good informs all too well of the inadequacy of all parenting and the universal incompetence of humans. In such light even politicals have some quantum value, albeit unobservable except in its colligative effect. 

So yes, I shall miss MAD, not for its entertainment, but for its role as Bar Mitzvah. And weep that my grandchildren will be denied its help in transcending their parents’ – and my – demented misconceptions.

Democrat Fire Drill

While at gym this morning, plugging away at aero, I noted on the soundless television monitors – the commentary is provided by teachers who lack indoor voices and jocks who must “grunt” while lifting weights, just before they are carried across to the ER with something busted – that Fartus Maximus Prevaricator has tweeted (twitted?) that the Democrud Debates last evening were “Boring!”

I have to admit that I did not observe the debate. First of all, the Democruds are cutting their own throats with TOO MANY candidates. So I’ll wait until it gets down to two or three and wait for the one I like the least to be selected as their POTUS candidate. 

But if Fartus Maximus says something is “Boring!” then it has to be good because everyone knows he always says the opposite of what actually is.

Return of the Slime Monster

Heard yesterday that Alibam’s Chief Bigot and Pedophile is back! Seems the former chief justicer – the one who lost that job twice because of his bigoted superstition behavior – is running again for the Yankee Senate.

I was immediately reminded of an article [Link] “Research Shows Religious People Believe They Are Morally Superior, But Their Motivations Are Largely Egoistic” that I have cited previously.

This article certainly describes the lesserly obnoxious characteristics of the state’s Chief Bigot and Pedophile. He certainly professes to be morally superior even though he denies freedom to others and abuses children sexually, and his ego is only slightly smaller than the solar system. Which is the only part of him that fits with a senate seat. Big, Misfounded, Erroneous Ego.

That wouldn’t be so bad if it were not for his general abuse of all humans who do not suffer from his particular delusions and perversions and his particular diddling of female children. 

I should like to say “only in Alibam” but I know such behavior is common among politicals.