Political Poisoning

One day. Back to gym. Sparse again. Podcast passable, a debate on the merits of Canadian conscription during the Great War. 

Overall, I found the podcast worthwhile for reasons other than those put forward by the debators, both history academics. Seems that conscription was imposed on Canada by politicians for their own purposes of supporting a small subset of the citizenry. Rather like politicians today in Amerika. And thereby just as evil?

The other missing part was the utter revisionism of both debators. Both failed to separate themselves from later events. Yes, conscription made no difference in the war’s outcome but how were the decision makers to know that? Duhhhhhhhhhhh!

Speaking of which, I ran across a blot [Link] on the question of classroom learning and electronics. This is not the first such I have commented on but this one is particularly telling since it details an experiment performed by the Yankee army at Hudson High for Wayward Youth that rather convincingly indicated that electronics and learning are immiscible.

The problem unmentioned, except obliquely and in passing, is that learning is almost completely irrelevant in contemporary Amerika. 

Ah! The road to national failure.

Soggy Eyes

Seven day. The park was crowded, maybe a half-dozen, with loud noisy people yesterday (late drunks?) so I opted for an out-the-door walk this morning. Which meant I had to brave all the water wastrels on my street. Happily I refrained from any action other than avoiding their wasting. 

I am also almost two weeks into a five week stint of undergoing and recovering from cataract surgery. Both cuttings have now been effected and I am left with dealing with the aftermaths. Mostly, at this point, the pain and annoyance of physical restrictions and – especially – all the eye drops that I have to infuse every day. At last count, twenty-six per diem. And none of this drop in the corner stercus. Gotta be a non-contaminating droppage.

And dealing with an insurance company that has restored my trust in the aethticity and apathy of organizations. So major stress out over things that should never enter into the equation. 

Sometimes getting old is unpleasant. I envy those people who lead happy lives until they are ended by an act of nature or terrorism. Quickly, cleanly, little pain. 

Time for more drops. How do I gnaw my foot off?

Federal Failures

Five day. And everything has been a bit hectic this week. Which will have to stretch a bit yet before expounding. . So I will limit myself to article bashing this morning.

First, a lovely article [Link] entitled “I’m Warning You, Don’t Read this Article. It’s a Federal Crime!” This article is about how a Yankee government justicer has decided that accessing web pages and sharing passwords may be a Yankee government crime.

This is a wonderful ruling. In principle it means that no one can ever use the internet again. 

So much for the UN declaring that access to internet is a basic human right. (Of course, the Repulsians deny that the UN exists, much like global climate change and any form of science.)

The ramifications of this are rather intriguing. I have an ISP. And that ISP has allowed me to pick a password which implies that it permits me access to it’s part of the internet. But what about the rest of the internet. And who is culpable, myself or the ISP who falsely gave me permission to access the rest of the internet? 

I could ask the same of Gooey and Amazing, just as a couple of examples.

Sounds like a new form of fascist oppression, at least at first thought.

Second, an article [Link] entitled “How did classified information get into those Hillary Clinton emails?” which is an attempt by an academic – possibly a Hillary fanboi? – to weasel word HRC out of having committed felony.

It doesn’t matter if someone sends you a classified email. You are still responsible for safeguarding it properly. Not knowing what you are doing, which has been a LONG TIME characteristic of HRC first recognized by the IT community with her Firefox debacle, is no excuse. Mishandle classified and you get a trip to Kansas.

So when is this cover up, elitist, Stercus Tauri going to cease and HRC get a striped set of pajamas?


Evil at Gym

One day and back to gym. Sparse again. More so this summer than last. 

Besides some weight moving to keep my capsulated shoulder freed, I spend most of my effort – three sessions of twenty minutes each – in aerobic exercise. I consume a “cup” of dihydrogen oxide between the second and third. This morning I reflected on the evil of the gym in using “Styrofoam” cups.

To illustrate, the city of San Francisco has banned these cups. [Link] I am not sure how they propose to enforce this since packaging will come into the community from outside and some people who like the cups will go afield to purchase them. But I do applaud the effort. They can at least keep local stores from selling and dispensing the cups.

It’s a shame the gym can’t do the same.