A Pandemic Paradox.

Despite the crowing of its governor and state PR machinem the predictions and projectinos of anti-maskers and of lockdown devotees, Florida is neither the ideal covid-19 response model, nor the worst, at least based on two specific metrics. It is, as they say, smack dab in the middle.

Article by Derek Thompson in the Atlantic: The Curious Case of Florida’s Pandemic Response. A good, quick read.

Brexit Benefit for UK -- Covid Vaccinations

I've disliked the EU ever since they started putting austerity measures in place for small member countries like Greece. It showed more than anything to me that the EU was really Germany in charge of the rest of Europe from an economic standpoint, without other member countries having a way to control their finances like any other sovereign country (e.g., print more money, go into debt, etc.).

The Weekly Watch

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

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Seems to me the world would be better off if the US empire collapsed quickly and without a major war. Sadly I don't see it happening with just a whimper. The global banking and oil cartel will not go quietly into the night.

The empire expends so much of its wealth and energy on mass scale narrative control via propaganda not because it wants to, but because it needs to. This tells us that the best way to oppose the empire is to help debunk, discredit and break public trust in the narratives it works so hard to circulate.
When a sociopath does something wrong, they rearrange narratives to try and make it look like they did something right. How our rulers handled Iraq says which one they are.
It’s nuts how the US is circling the planet with military bases, waging nonstop wars, sanctioning children to death and flirting with nuclear war and people are still like “We really need to do something about Cuba”.



The Gentrification of the Left

February, 2020: Bernie had won the first three primaries and was leading in most Super Tuesday states. A new day was rising.

At the time I was temping at a $50K/year private school. They used to do weekly student announcements and at one of these some students announced they were forming a DSA chapter.

At a $50K/yr prep school.


Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Each year in the garden is different, experience helps but every year there are new lessons to learn. Participated in gardening in Central Oregon for over 50 years. Interesting climate, transitional area between temperate forests on the foothills of Cascade mountains and the sagebrush steppe extending to the Rockies. Highly variable growing conditions from year to year, similar to political; movements. The few years spent in Corvallis and Portland areas much more predictable patterns.

Money for sale

Bitcoin is north of $50K today, which is extremely impressive considering it has no fundamental value in itself.
I never even imagined that it's price would go that high. Does that mean that I'm totally wrong about Bitcoin? No. It means I was totally wrong about the people who buy bitcoin.