When you randomize randomness, do you get order?
A self-appointed scientist tries colorado weed
Simone et Shitster, New New York, 2020
Don't be afraid to skip right on by the rant down there below the non-rant stuff.
Beautiful day here yesterday. It was still quite chilly but the wind had gone (mostly) down, there'd been an inch of snow overnight, and the sun was fairly blasting through the cloudy remnants of a retreating weather system.
I went to Scottsbluff to arrange for copies of some of my medical records and to collect 300 pounds of chicken feed and a bag of dog food.
It was a quick trip and a pleasant drive. I took a good bit of video but I'm not sure any of it is usable. If it is I'll post it tomorrow. Maybe.
I was a bit on the grumpy side and had to keep reminding myself, in the voice of Oddball, to stop acting like Moriarty.
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say somethin' righteous, and hopeful, for a change? Have a little faith, baby, have a little faith!"
When I got back I noticed that one of the righteous, hopeful chickens had been too lazy to lay her egg in a nesting box.
Then I walked up to check the mail
It's supposed to be warm, sunny, and not windy today (tomorrow as I write this. Here's hoping!
This popped up on my u2b feed last evening, marking one of the rare occasions when u2b's algoreythms aren't trying to propagandize me and/or cause me to peruse major mediagandatainment clickbait. The narrator uses a lot of them funny yurpeen words and so does the text description of the video, so I don't have any idea what the moving pictures represent. At a wild guess I think it might have something to do with landing West German, British, and American warplanes on the autobahn back in the glory days.
Well slap my ass and call me spanky! This popped up too! I wonder what a Chant header featuring French Naval Aviation might look like, I ask of myself and no one else at all... ;-)
Not going to say a thing about carrier envy.
Which wouldn't be true of Aviateurs navals français anyway.
The other day Sarge remarked that his head had nearly exploded upon reading a certain article. The article in question had made plain to Sarge the deep insanity attending the present state of American military procurement affairs.
When I read that an image popped into my head; Bull Meechum sitting on the veranda reading the newspaper and howling about chasing Castro down the main drag of Havana in his F-4. Which would have been an F-4B at the time, and that's a useless bit of trivia which adds nothing of value to the post. Anyway, I tried to find a video clip of the scene but a good 30 seconds of searching failed to produce what I wanted, so I quit looking.
Juvat commented that no one should be surprised, given Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy. Which is a bit of a digression as the point I'm struggling to reach has nothing to do with bureaucracy, But I've long been a fan of Jerry Pournelle and I was excited to see that particular squirrel in juvat's yard so I had to work it into the narrative somehow.
Anyway, the point is...
Yesterday my head nearly exploded when I attempted to enjoy a video of an author's talk before the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table. On the off chance that any of you kind readers haven't found the place yet, I'd encourage you to visit. There are some great lectures and interviews there. Some of the lectures are dry and crunchy as career academics do their best to kill any actual viewer interest in history, but you can always stop the video and cross that particular pre-embalmed history-murderer off your list.
Yeah, sorry, it's the weed.
As I was saying before the weedgression...
I clicked on a video, which I've decided not to name or describe. It was a "book talk" given by an author who had just published his tome, and it was about an interesting and uplifting part of America's WWII story.
But this particular author used the story -- in my opinion mind you -- to trumpet his particular brand of SJW wokeness about the Horrible Caucasian Racists Of America Who Continue To Run The Country To This Day And Go Right On Committing Horrible Race Crimes.
His starting position is that all caucasian people of America are, have always been, and will always be, first and foremost, racists. Except for fellow woke travelers who, like himself, are committed to atoning for the racist bastards who look kinda-sorta like him by calling them out at every opportunity.
In other words, hes a racist. But he's a good racist, because it's okay to be a woke racist. Less equality! More genocide!
Yes, racist stuff happened. Yes, it was often government sponsored, and reflected widely held views and beliefs which shit all over the First Principle.
But you don't fight racism with racism. It's been done. It's never worked. It never will work. End of story.
I haven't read the fellows book. I'm sure he gets a lot of the story more or less correct and that he tried to do a Good Thing. I'm sure he thinks of himself as a good guy who does good stuff.
But that's just intellectually lazy and dishonest bullshit. The idea of "good" people and "bad" people and the notion of a world made only in the postmodern/intersectional/marxist mold of oppressors and victims is precisely the poison which leads to catastrophe.
Am I being overly sensitive? It's a fair question, and I won't argue with anyone who draws that conclusion. My point remains, however. If we build our civilization on a crap foundation, how is our societal house supposed to keep standing? People who can't be assed to hew to foundational principles are doing it wrong. In case I didn't make it clear (which I didn't), the point isn't that racist stuff happened, is happening, and will always happen. The point is that not a single fact of history belongs in that garbage postmodern/intersectional/marxist narrative, which is wholly an invention of people who consciously decide it's in their own personal interest to shit on the First Principle. Because while all humans are human, some are more human don't you know. When it's "we good people" against "those evil people," it's a firetrucking cult.
Be well and embrace the blessings of liberty.
A really good post is like a really good buffet, lots of goodness laid out for the partaker's enjoyment. But just like me at a buffet, I tend to focus on certain things, load my plate with those and am too full to try the rest. Anyhoo...ReplyDelete
Loved the second video of you and the dogs walking back from checking the mail. That cold, crisp crunch of snow underfoot, I love it! (The sound cut out right after "what a pretty, pretty February day." Or was that just me.)
Loved the video on the use of the Autobahn as a Fliegerhorst (airbase). I actually understood most of the Deutsch, which surprised me, my German is rusty as Hell. My favorite line was when they were landing A-10s, the voice over announced them as der amerikanischen A-Zehn, der Panzerknacker, which translates to "the American A-10 tank cracker." The word Panzerknacker also means "safe cracker" in, something I've always found amusing, for whatever reason.
Alright, back to the buffet, I have maybe room for just a bit more.
That's very strange on the audio cut out. I must have been saying bad things about hillberry or something.
I thought the Autobahn video was great. I can sort of follow the narrator but only because I know the context. The safe cracker thing reminds me of that old film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a movie so terrible it was (and is) fantastic.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
NO, you are NOT being overly sensitive; you are being a normal human being who is reading crap written by morons. Chris has the right of it.ReplyDelete
"The point is that not a single fact of history belongs in that garbage postmodern/intersectional/marxist narrative, which is wholly an invention of people who consciously decide it's in their own personal interest to shit on the First Principle. Because while all humans are human, some are more human don't you know. When it's "we good people" against "those evil people," it's a firetrucking cult." Nail, hammerhead.
Thanks for the post.
Paul L. Quandt
When I remember, I try to give fair warning of the rants.Delete
The morons are people too, they're just behaving badly. As an ape-lizard who had behaved badly countless times, I try really hard to keep the First Principle in mind when I take them to task. Sometimes I'm successful, most often I'm not. All part of the big adventure.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul!
I'm late to your rant, of which I find no faults.ReplyDelete
In fact your thoughts align with mine.
No one's ever late to this party, Skip! Thanks, and thanks for stopping by and commenting.Delete
Your question regarding randomizing randomness to obtain order (because i did not see the answer anywhere else) would simply be another version of randomness indistinguishable from the original version! (i recall my high school chemistry teacher emphasizing that all matters trend towards randomness-or- lowest energy state)ReplyDelete