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We’re still studying the Black Plague 650+ years after the fact…

We’re still studying the Black Plague 650+ years after the fact…

The Black Plague began it’s march across Europe in London in the Autumn of 1348.  Within a short time, 60 percent of London’s population had succumbed to disease and within a decade approximately 25 million Europeans were dead in what is often regarded as the worst human catastrophe in history.  Recently a London construction project unearthed a mass grave of 25 skeletons that were plague victims from which we are learing more about life in the middle ages, the disease and how it spread.

mass grave of plague victims

a mass grave of plague victims

 

Two things stand out, one is that the general state of Londoners’ health at that time was poor.  The other is that the disease may have been more “pneumonic” than “bubonic”, in other words it may not have been spread exclusively by the bites of fleas from infected rats, but  also by the coughing and sneezing of infected persons.  Evidence suggests that the disease could not have spread so quickly simply by flea bites and that another mode of transmission was likely.  Why does this matter?  Because to better understand the past is to better understand the present.  To know one’s history is to know oneself.  Read more here if you wish:

Via The Volokh Conspracy (WaPo):  “Isn’t it bubonic…don’t you think?”

Via The Guardian (UK): “Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century  Londoners”

We Regret To In form You…

We Regret To In form You…

…that in order to uphold our policy of inclusivity, we must exclude you.  This is the short version of what passes for politically correct logic today.   In the name of inclusivity, diversity and tolerance, one must adhere stricly to groupthink or risk exclusion.  Heresy will not be tolerated!

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Mozilla: “We Believe In Openness & That No One Should Be Persecuted For The Beliefs They Hold, No Matter What They Are.”

This was the reasoning behind Mr. Eich’s “forced resignation”.  No irony intended, apparently.  Once upon a time people could disagree with one another, and then go about living and working together.  A person was entitled to their opinion, this being a free country and all.  Today if one disagrees with progressive ideas or policy, then that person is condemned as a bigot, hatemonger or worse; and that person must be punished – threatened with physical harm and/or have their livelihood taken away, branded as a pariah.  In a society that values free expression and freedom of speech there should exist a marketplace of ideas, where competing opinions are compared, argued and debated using evidence such as facts, logic and history among other things.  Today it is more and more evident that the marketplace of ideas has become for the Left a battlefield of ideas where the objective is not to change an opponent’s mind but to silence and destroy them.  This is a dangerous place to be regardless of the opinions you hold because what is in fashion today may be out of fashion tomorrow.

Beware those who preach tolerance and divesity, yet practice neither.

Nice Day For A Sunday Drive

Nice Day For A Sunday Drive

Here is a short little video that will make you smile.  It is a story of two classics: one is an automobile and the other is a human being.  Enjoy!

This will make your dog smile…

This will make your dog smile…

18 Dogs With Very Important Jobs

Very Nice.  I’ve been telling my dog to get a job for years.  Too late now, she’s reached retirement age.

Chronically Unemployed

Chronically Unemployed

 

 

Finally…a guide to efficient drinking

Finally…a guide to efficient drinking

Via The Washington Post Wonkblog: The Wonkblog Guide to Efficient Drinking

The article has lots of analysis, wines vs. beers vs. liquor.  Also – graphs!  It’s a must read if calories are your concern, but I have to admit that when I think of drinking efficiency, calories are not my primary concern.  Nor secondary or tertiary.  I mean, you can always eat less, right?

High Efficiency Delivery System

High Efficiency Delivery System

 

I find a Manhattan very efficient if followed by a second or third in fairly rapid succession.  Three things, though.  Well chilled glass, shaken (for God’s sake) and spill a little of the cherry juice in, too. Mmmmm…efficient!

Now I don’t have to guess where that airliner is going

Now I don’t have to guess where that airliner is going

You may not “get” this if you are not an aviation enthusiast or borderline aviation freak like I am.  It probably stems from my childhood as an Air Force Brat and the son of a WWII pilot.  I practically have a compulsion to look skyward whenever I hear aircraft overhead and identify it.  Since I live under one of the departure routes of the airport in my city, I look up a lot.  Southwest 737 eastbound…Delta 737 eastbound…American MD-80 eastbound… and so on.  Now my neck won’t be so sore.  Once I hear a plane I can go to Flightradar24.com and see the aircraft type, airline, departure point and destination.  Just click on the little plane icon and the flight info is displayed.

 

screenshot

screenshot

 

Awesome.  I can’t believe I didn’t know about this already.  Now I do.  And so do you.

Thousands of Potentially Fraudulent votes discovered, but…it’s cool

Thousands of Potentially Fraudulent votes discovered, but…it’s cool

Because…”shut up!” they explained.  Nothing to see here…move along.

We have seen no evidence of voter fraud

“We have seen no evidence of voter fraud” – Acorn

 

22 states participated in a consortium called Operation Crosscheck to compare voter records across state lines.  Initial findings from just one state (North Carolina) indicated that there are almost 36,000 people registered to vote in NC and another state who voted in both places in 2012.  Not to mention the dead people voting.

NC Board of Election Report (see page 35)

NC Legislative Join Statement

It is noteworthy in my opinion that only 22 states participated in the project and that the most populous states (California, Florida, New York and Texas) did not participate. God only knows what the hell is going on there.  Progressives like to accuse Republicans or Conservatives of voter fraud and it must be true.  They win all the time! Oh, wait…

 

Why stop at two?

Why stop at two?

 

How do you know if a Democrat is guilty of something?  When they accuse you of it.

This should scare the sh*t out of you…

This should scare the sh*t out of you…

…whether you are liberal or conservative, democrat or republican (or anything else).

A sitting Supreme Court Justice asserts that the 1st Ammendment is a “collective” right that exists not to prevent government abuses, but to ensure that ”public opinion could be channeled into effective governmental action.” Scary enough.  Even scarier is that 3 other sitting Justices agreed with that opinion.  The initial Justice is Steven Breyer and the quotes are from his dissenting opinion in the recent McCutcheon decision which has to do with campaign contributions and the constitutionality of limits thereto.

It is amazing to what lengths Progressive Liberals will go in order to justify their collectivist Oligarchich schemes.  Breyer’s assertions stand the First Ammendment on it’s head.  If the purpose if the 1st Ammendment were to ensure that the “collective” (read “majority” or  better yet “mob”) could channel their public opinion into effective government action why would it start out with “Congress Shall Make No Law…”?  Sounds like the intent was to impede “effective government action”.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Ammendment

If you have read the Federalist Papers you should understand that the founder’s intent was the exact opposite of Breyer’s assertion of the right of collective speech in order to bring about effective governement action.  The founders feared “the tyranny of the majority” and therefore wanted to inhibit any government action unless it could be broadly agreed upon by all parties after being rigorously weighed and debated.  The intent was protection of the rights of the individual. Not exactly the opposite, as Breyer asserts.  And the fact that four of nine Justices support this opinion should scare you because all of our individual inalienable rights apparently are  hanging by a thread.

April 1st sees new record set in Obamacare propaganda

April 1st sees new record set in Obamacare propaganda

According to The White House Blog (of course the White House has a blog.  Doesn’t eveybody?) the fact that people were lining up across the nation to meet the enrollment deadline for Obamacare is a good thing.

People wait in line outside the Centro San Vicente at 8061 Alameda to sign up for the Affordable Care Act -  credit El Paso Times

People wait in line outside the Centro San Vicente at 8061 Alameda to sign up for the Affordable Care Act – credit El Paso Times

 

The White House can’t be that clueless.  Americans will line up gladly to be the first ones to own the latest hot gadget or book.  They don’t gladly line up to be the last ones.  If these people were excited about the prospect of signing up they would have lined up in December 2013.  They have only lined up at the last minute because there is a hypothetical gun to their head – this is their last chance to avoid a penalty.  That’s like saying all those people lined up at the post office at midnight every April 15th are doing so because they just can’t wait to pay their taxes.  Oh…hold on.  They did wait.  Just like these people.  They waited as long as possible for their sh*t sandwich.  And the sight of Americans lined up by order of the Government is not a good thing.

 

It's for your own good...if you know what I mean

It’s for your own good…if you know what I mean (and I think you do)

The Power of Truth…Part I

The Power of Truth…Part I

“Truth ever defies full definition. Like electricity it can only be explained by noting its manifestation. It is the compass of the soul, the guardian of conscience, the final touchstone of right. Truth is the revelation of the ideal; but it is also an inspiration to realize that ideal, a constant impulse to live it.”  – excerpt from “The Power of Truth” by William George Jordan.

Is Truth the same as “The Truth”?  I suppose that “The Truth” could be explained as the presence of a demonstrable fact, whereas “Truth” is more amorphous idea such as Love, Hate, Good, or Evil.  In other words the concept, though it exists in the realm of thought, can only be demonstrated in concrete terms by pointing to an example rather than a definition.  And though it may be the “compass of the soul” a being with free will is free to choose to ignore it.  As a navigational aid the compass will always point the same direction and by that measure can we gauge our own direction of travel.  The truth will ever be the Truth, it is only we who may waver in our pursuit of it.  Or we may reject it outright and choose other landmarks as we travel through our lives.  At the end to the sojourn will truth be realized if a course is charted correctly?  Indeed, can it be realized?  Or is the journey the destination and  so therein lies the only manifestation of Truth?

 

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