Female Instincts: Nurturing v Socializing venue: the sidewalk

Posted On: Monday - May 17th 2021 6:24PM MST
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  Race/Genetics  Female Stupidity

(You wouldn't believe what search term came up very quickly with this image. Actually, maybe you would. I'm still chuckling!)

Post coming within 1/2 hour. I mashed fat-palmed the publish button or something.

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Posted On: Monday - May 17th 2021 10:29AM MST
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  Curmudgeonry  Artificial Stupidity  Customer Care

The phone number above is NOT, I repeat, NOT the Peak Stupidity customer care line. We don't have one because we just don't care that awful much.*. Who knows who you'll get on that line, but I would bet money on one thing: You won't get a live person on the other end without going through some phone menu.

C'mon, man! We know it's just the one girl at the counter.

We haven't got into the Curmudgeonry very much lately, so it's about time for a quick one. I just plain don't like unnecessary phone "tree" systems whether tone-operated or voice-operated. In fact, I've NEVER partaken in the latter yet, and gotten away with it so far. That's not easy at times - learning the right combinations of "0"s and other numbers in an order that will not result in one's being hung up on takes some memory skills. (If you're gonna call again, when you get the Rosetta Stone of the system down, WRITE IT DOWN! Example: "Wait 5 seconds for the 'Por hablo Espaniol...' crap, mash 1, mash 0, 0 again, then 4".)

One of our vehicles has had a crack in the windshield for a couple of years, but this spring, once the sun got high, it decided to grow**. We noticed it go a few inches each time in about 3 steps already, so that's it. Luckily insurance covers this one, as this vehicle has got the comprehensive coverage.

Good deal - I'll get something out of all those years of premiums and no claims. (I should be thankful anyway.) Bing.com showed a number of places to get this done. One was near a friend's place, where he could pick me up to hang out while I waited. However, the one nearest him had an 888 number shown vs. local numbers for the others. Seeing as I wasn't shopping based on cost this time, that phone number alone made my decision for me.

I know I've written this stuff before, but there's times when a phone tree does help the business get one routed to the right person or makes you do the work of entering information, saving employees some time, as opposed to the customer! Maybe that brings prices down, I dunno always. However, when calling the auto parts store for a price or availability, ordering a pizza, or calling the hair cut place to see when they're open****, I don't want to give my life story. Just get it over with, and answer the damn phone like a human being! It's not like we're gonna do it fully automated anyway, so you waste 30 seconds to a minute (this is for small business, not even Big-Biz) running me around, and then "hello".

Publishing that 888 number rather than a local number cost the auto glass business $550 this morning.***** Nice going, guys! The other place had a girl that answered right away. I checked whether they could get the windshield for my year/make/model, they could, and so we simply did business.

Small business owners or potential small business owners: Please keep this in mind. Someone has to answer the phone anyway. Think about skipping that phone system. We know you're not a huge place with 100 "associates" who are "busy serving other customers and will be with you shortly, so in the meantime, say your, I dunno, favorite Major League Baseball team..." If that's what the idea is, you're not fooling us all. Just get someone to answer the phone WHEN THE CUSTOMER CALLS, and, while you're at it, think about not telling her to reel off a 15 second greeting either.

Hey, I've been there, long ago. Yes, depending on the business, you may get from 5% to 50% of the callers actually doing business. (I was on the low end of this.) Still, they are more likely to do business when they don't get pissed at your computer voices and hang up, or not call up in the first place. Just sayin'....

* I would expect that our regular readers understand that our offering of Peak Stupidity alerts was also done in pure facetiousness.

** Be really careful about spraying washer fluid, or water in general on the windshield when it's been out in the sun with any existing crack in it, especially if you have a dark-colored dash. There are two factors that work in concert: 1) The top of the dash radiates to the inside of the glass, heating it way up. This gives the inside of the glass a tendency to expand against the constraint of the outside, which is cooler and even cooler when sprayed with water. 2) There is a chemical effect from the bi-polar*** water molecules (as I read about in a paper long ago) that increases crack growth in glass.

You've got the big thermal tensile stress on the outside of the glass from the differential temperature, then the water exacerbates it due to both factors.

*** Yes, those crazy-ass water molecules!

**** If you're closed, why not go to voice mail, with the hours? If you're not, well, don't waste my time.

***** Yes, they billed the insurance company that much. I asked, and it would have been only about half that if it were me, paying cash.

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Sweet Seasons - Carole King

Posted On: Saturday - May 15th 2021 8:20PM MST
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There's plenty to write about, but it was too much of a nice day to get a post or two going (and had an on-line respectful conversation with Ron Unz - amazingly!).

We've got two book reviews still waiting to be written, that national budget business, another post about Minneagadishu, and maybe a nice Libertarian post about health care I've been meaning to write. Oh, and don't forget funny cat videos... no, we're not that desperate yet.

In the meantime, to sign off for the blog week, Peak Stupidity gives you a 50 year-old song. No kidding, it's been that long. From her Music album early in her career, here is my favorite Carole King song, called Sweet Seasons. (The video doesn't mean much to me, so this is just for the audio.)

Carole King – Vocals, piano
Curtis Amy – Tenor saxophone
Oscar Brashear – Flugelhorn
Bobbye Hall – Bongos, congas
Danny Kortchmar – Electric guitar
Charles Larkey – Bass guitar
Joel O'Brien – Drums
Ralph Schuckett – Hammond organ

The song was written by Miss King and Toni Stern.

More stupidity is coming Monday. Thank you all for reading!

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Yes, we have no gone bananas

Posted On: Friday - May 14th 2021 11:13PM MST
In Topics: 
  Liberty/Libertarianism  Kung Flu Stupidity

Not the subject of the anecdote here. This girl is too young to be so stupid.

Our State has lightened up on the face masking business. Of course, I like to rub it in. I've not been wearing my Personal Protective Equipment in the grocery since sometime in the fall anyway, which was the case when I went to buy some bananas the other day. "Hey, we have a new mandate - no more face diapers.", I told the check-out girl. She proceeded to explain to me private vs. public spaces.

Now, nobody out-Libertarians me, I tells ya'! It's also that the young lady didn't have any understanding of what's been happening either.. "See, we're private so we can make people wear the masks in the store." she told me, as I stood there with no face mask getting the bananas scanned and rung up. "Oh, I get that. What about last summer? If I'd had a restaurant and wanted to allow people to not wear the face diapers, could I have done that, on my private property?"

Not crickets exactly, as there were the normal beeps in the story from the scanners and people trying to talk to each other through face masks. Still, there was nothing to say between us. It's not like we haven't lived through these mandates for a year, yet I was supposed to hear a half-assed Murray Rothbard lecture from a young lady who can't even see the other side of the coin?

I got the same story from another young lady at the coffee shop later in the day. Hmmm, they were so big on mandates and "emergency orders" over the whole last year, and now I'm hearing about private property rights. Yes, people have gone bananas.

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New Jersey Jones and the Temple of Doom

Posted On: Friday - May 14th 2021 10:53AM MST
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  Immigration Stupidity  Humor  Race/Genetics  Bible/Religion

Watch out behind the rec-center. There are tons of snakes back there!

Steve Sailer, in a post appropriately titled The New America, discusses this story about a bust of a slavery ring in Robbinsville, New Jersey. North central New Jersey is indeed •Indian Central or "Subcontinental Central" for those PC folks who require the bland purely directional names - see Peak Stupidity's Handy pocket-sized PC guide from PS Legal Eagle for more guidance.

We've written before with the Immigration Stupidity topic key, mostly based on VDare articles, on the new forms of slavery being practiced here in the New World. Though the headlines won't often make it clear, all the stories I've read are about imported foreigners keeping imported foreign slaves. From the Forbes article*:
A large Hindu temple in central New Jersey was accused Tuesday of forcibly holding hundreds of construction workers from India on its grounds and requiring them to work over 80 hours a week, a massive labor case some experts have linked to pervasive discrimination against members of India’s marginalized social castes — even in the United States.
They were getting paid $1.20/hr, so TECHNICALLY, it wasn't slavery. It was just a mass case of kidnapping or something. I mean, it's not 1865, right, and we did ratify that Amendment XIII. I'm almost positive that these great hard-working new immigrants to America would have learned the US Constitution as a stipulation for receiving their immigration visas. If they passed their tests and didn't get sent immediately back home, then they should all be well-versed in the language of Amendment XIII. How could something like this happen?!
Several workers filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) religious sect, alleging violations of federal and state labor laws as well as anti-human trafficking laws.

The suit claims over 200 workers were recruited in India under false pretenses, given religious visas, and often forced to spend more than 12 hours a day doing masonry work on a BAPS-affiliated temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
Some one tell me again, why it is necessary to have religious visas? These people should have come under the CL4-BB-1A visas (Cheap Labor 4 Big Business - 1 A) or the MDV-24 visas (More Democrat Votes - '24). Those dang immigration officers and their paperwork screw-ups!
$1.20 an hour. That’s how much the temple workers were typically paid, well below the federal government’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage and New Jersey’s $12 an hour minimum wage, the lawsuit claims. They were allegedly paid $450 a month to perform 87.5 hours of work every week with rare days off, and their pay was docked for minor infractions.
I'm sure this was nothing but a currency conversion error. The remainder was likely paid to them under on-the-table in curry-ency, which is just as good - a •man's gotta eat too, right?
People hold onto their caste biases, she said, and employers around the world take advantage of desperate Dalit laborers.

“It's an extremely common practice back in India, where Dalit wage laborers are exploited and severely underpaid, because their work is not seen as worthwhile,” Dutt told Forbes. “Unsurprisingly, [these practices] are transported directly to the United States.”

Most Americans aren’t familiar with the intricacies of India’s caste system, Dutt says, making it easier for mistreatment to fly under the radar. But this isn’t the first time a U.S. employer has faced allegations of caste discrimination. The state of California sued tech company Cisco last year after a staffer claimed his supervisor discriminated against him based on caste, a charge the company denied, and some Indian Americans who belong to the Dalit caste have indicated they fear employment discrimination and marginalization at college.
OK, this pisses me off at both this Forbes writer and even, to a much lesser degree, Steve Sailer, regarding his post. Why the flying fuck should Americans have to understand a damn thing about these •Indian castes? It's not OUR way of life, it's theirs. If any should be coming to this country to stay to begin with, they need to drop that shit when they get here. Dalit, Brahmin, I don't give a damn - speak English and fit in, or GTFO!

Of course, we have too many for that now, as the commenters have noted regarding this part of New Jersey, but also the SF Bay area, and enclaves all around. So we have to deal with what now? The American nutballs that have not spoken out and even encouraged all this need to speak with a Psychologist, and perhaps even join a group session. I recommend Dr. Robert Hartley in downtown Chicago. No, he can't prescribe drugs ... least not over the counter... though I'm sure it would help.

"You say there are Americans in New Jersey who own slaves?"

"Oh, they're not Americans... You saw them eating lots of curry every day ... Are you sure you are in New Jersey, Mr. Carlson? You are. Robbinsville."

"But, Mr. Carslon, slavery was outlawed in 1865 ... Americans are not allowed to own slaves.... Oh, the slave OWNERS are not Americans either... "

"I don't understand, Mr. Carlson. How would there be any benefit for America to have slavery again, if we have only foreigners owning foreign slaves in ... you say New Jersey?"

"I'll tell you what, Mr. Carlson. I'm gonna have Carol set you up to join in with our fear of slavery group. It meets on Tuesdays at 3 O'Clock, right after our fear of humidity group..."

"Oh, you'd like me to form a fear of stupidity group. You know, you might be onto something, Mr. Carlson. You're the 3rd person who's suggested that this week."

* I know that Forbes is far from the best source for truth, but the other options for this story were from TV news sites, which normally bounce around on the screen like methed-up Clash fans for minutes before one can read calmly.

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Nicholas Wade on that Wuhan lab and origins of the Kung Flu

Posted On: Thursday - May 13th 2021 8:41PM MST
In Topics: 
  China  Science  Kung Flu Stupidity

Note: This stuff is interrupting the natural flow of the stupidity analysis on this site. However, after reading 600-odd comments under Ron Unz's latest piece of speculation and then getting into the Nicholas Wade article, I feel the need to stay on the topic of the origin of the Kung Flu today. Note also, that the title of the previous post referred to Ann Coulter, but I got into Mr. Wade's article more than she did and more than her column.

Bat Woman Shi Zheng-Li working in the Bat Cave:

"Lets's go down to the lab, and see what's on the slab."

The article I just finished reading, Origin of Covid — Following the Clues published on May 2nd by Nicholas Wade, is a mostly-non-technical discussion in which the author maintains that the COVID-19 virus originated in a certain virology lab in Wuhan, China. This is as opposed to a natural origin, meaning that the virus evolved in steps from being contagious in, and harmful to, bats to being contagious in, and harmful to humans.

First of all, in regards to the Ron Unz "Fort Detrick!!" anti-Americans theory, Mr. Unz brought up Mr. Wade's paper early on in his article (linked-to above) to bolster his position. No, it bolsters only 1/2 of his position - no, the virus didn't come from the "wet markets", the paper claims. OK, but while it does that, a whole lot of the discussion is about the specific Wuhan lab, how the research got funded and accomplished there, the purposefully much lower levels of safety used for this experimentation on a virus this dangerous, and specifics of the head researcher, one Dr. Shi Zheng-li aka “Bat Lady”. (No, Dr.. Shi has neither the rear end nor the furin cleavage that Bat Woman has - she is Bat Lady - so no, errr, human interest story here....) Though he gives the 3rd option of the DIRECT transfer of this virus from bats to humans, the author comes up with arguments against that too, so Nicholas Wade's main point is that this Kung Flu came out of the Level-4-capable Wuhan Institute of Biology. I don't know how Mr. Unz missed this point - was he skimming again?

Peak Stupidity left off in the previous post at the discussion of the reduced level of safety at this lab, using level 2 procedures to save on hassle, for the creation of a dangerous virus that should have been done under level 4 procedures. Let me go to Mr. Wade's 4 arguments for the lab-creation of this Coronavirus vs. a natural progression from animals. The 1st 2 are non-technical, but the 2nd 2 do require some scientific* thinking. I will use his headings:

1) The place of origin:
This is the simplest argument. The author notes that the type of bats that are usually implicated in these new viruses that come out live in caves in Yunnan province, 1,500 miles from Wuhan. They don't travel far. Yet the outbreak was in the city of Wuhan, right where the lab doing this research was. There's that common sense thing again... BTW, the researchers, including Dr. Shi herself, would go to these bat caves (OK, no more Batman/Batwoman/Robin jokes, for now) themselves and gather batshit** (guano) for the research. Miners in these caves have gotten ill and died in the past. This direct contact is discussed in that "3rd option" portion of the article after these 4 points.

2) Natural history and evolution:
Herein, Mr. Wade explains that the normal evolution of viruses from being ones that affect animals to ones that affect humans involves a number of steps. The changes in the virus from one step to the next can be observed. It's like detective work, from what I gather from the author's discussion.

For SARS-1, there were a total of 20 changes (from mutations) in the virus seen, showing the evolution. This strains of this latest virus seen in Wuhan in humans "showed limited genetic diversity".

3) The furin cleavage site
OK, no jokes this time. The definition:
The furin cleavage site is a minute part of the virus’s anatomy but one that exerts great influence on its infectivity. It sits in the middle of the SARS2 spike protein. It also lies at the heart of the puzzle of where the virus came from.
OK, but this is unusual:
Viruses have all kinds of clever tricks, so why does the furin cleavage site stand out? Because of all known SARS-related beta-coronaviruses, only SARS2 possesses a furin cleavage site. All the other viruses have their S2 unit cleaved at a different site and by a different mechanism.
Then the author explains that this furin cleavage would be formed not from the mutation process but from the recombination process. But:
Beta-coronaviruses will only combine with other beta-coronaviruses but can acquire, by recombination, almost any genetic element present in the collective genomic pool. What they cannot acquire is an element the pool does not possess. And no known SARS-related beta-coronavirus, the class to which SARS2 belongs, possesses a furin cleavage site.
There's more, if you're up for it.

4) A Question of Codons:
Here's where you need to go back to high school bio class ... or not. Chemistry is not to understand here really, only arithmetic. There are 4 kinds of "DNA unit" formed in groups of 3, to specify the amino acid to be placed(?). Yet there are only 20 amino acids in DNA. These 64 combinations can make specify one of the 20 amino acids in various ways then. The thing is, different species' DNA uses more of one combination than another to do this. Mr. Wade says that this COVID-19 virus has it's amino acids specified more by the same combinations of DNA units as humans do than would be expected. This is his proof or conjecture that this virus didn't slowly evolve but was created directly in the lab to affect humans.

All that said, let me get away from the science and more into the poltics. Nowhere in the paper, or even my previous common-sense thoughts in the matter, is it said/thought that this virus was created to kill people. It was created to do experiments that could help in a future pandemic by helping in the formulation of a vaccine. However, isn't this putting the cart before the horse? The risk seems so much bigger than any reward, and Mr. Wade agrees completely:
The benefits of the research in preventing future epidemics have so far been nil, the risks vast. If research on the SARS1 and MERS viruses could only be done at the BSL3 safety level, it was surely illogical to allow any work with novel coronaviruses at the lesser level of BSL2. Whether or not SARS2 escaped from a lab, virologists around the world have been playing with fire.
Unlike Mr. Unz's theory, Mr. Wade's paper does not ascribe the creation of the Kung Flu in that Wuhan Virology lab to nefarious purposes. His conclusion is very much what my common sense had told me ***. The Chinese are not particularly quality or safety concious. Mr. Wade's relating that this dangerous research, meant to be done with level-4 safety, was done with level-2 safety for convenience is a good demonstration of this.

Additionally, Mr. Wade's paper demonstrates the 2nd part of my common sensical conclusion, also having to do with Chinese characteristics, or at least that of modern Chinese society. Face it, nobody wants to lose face or own up honestly to mistakes there. Mr. Wade describes this in one of his 4 points in the political section, near the end of this paper:
China’s central authorities did not generate SARS2 but they sure did their utmost to conceal the nature of the tragedy and China’s responsibility for it. They suppressed all records at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and closed down its virus databases. They released a trickle of information, much of which may have been outright false or designed to misdirect and mislead. They did their best to manipulate the WHO’s inquiry into the virus’s origins, and led the commission’s members on a fruitless run-around. So far they have proved far more interested in deflecting blame than in taking the steps necessary to prevent a second pandemic.
Well, readers, I may add another post tomorrow, as Nicholas Wade's political conclusion is pretty interesting too. Here's hoping you all aren't sick of reading this "origins of the Kung Flu" stuff. I will agree right away with anyone who says "Who cares?! It's the PanicFest, stupid!" Yes, indeed, the use of this virus that is so far from the Black Death 2.0 as to be laughable to introduce previously-unheard-of Police State measures and to enable a year-long-and-running Infotainment PanicFest is the BIG STORY here.

I'm just writing these recent posts because the otherwise honorable and lucid Ron Unz has been kind of a dick about this one, going down a rabbit hole based on the claims of one commenter on his blog (believe it or not!) and because I hate that anti-all-things-American attitude of his and a lot of others'. It's fairly interesting too, but not enough to beat out 100 other flavors of stupidity we could be posting about.

* The author says "think back to high school", but I'll be damned if that did it for me. However, you don't need the chemistry to understand what he's getting at.

** Some say Dr. Shi is just plain batshit crazy, but, well, I thought I'd finished the bat jokes, but, nah...

*** Admittedly, I have figured it could be the natural evolution seen before OR the Wuhan lab leak, with about equal preference, as I didn't know any of this molecular biology that Nicholas Wade discusses.

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Ann Coulter on that Wuhan Lab

Posted On: Wednesday - May 12th 2021 8:46PM MST
In Topics: 
  Pundits  China  Science  Kung Flu Stupidity

(Picture taken straight off of VDare again.)

I guess it's not coincidental, Miss Coulter's writing of her latest column "I Will Not Be Scienced"—Experts Wrong, Covid Could Have Come From Wuhan Lab After All coming just after Ron Unz's defense of his speculation on the origins of the Kung Flu. A scientist named Nicholas Wade just wrote Origin of Covid — Following the Clues, which Mr. Unz referred to to support his theory (all it supports is that, yeah, the virus must have come out of A lab, not his beloved Ft. Detrick).

Mr. Wade's article is long but not difficult at all to wade through (get it?) either. Weirdly, I was ~ 1/2 way through when the article just disappeared. I had intended to excerpt some of it, but I may have to do that in another post. Here's the gist of what I read: Over a year ago, when the COVID-19 virus was noticed to have spread around Wuhan two scientists, one with a strong vested interest in the work in the recently-opened Wuhan virology lab, wrote opinion pieces with the backing of others, purporting to "settle the science" that the virus had NOT come out of a lab. Mr. Wade called the reasoning in both of these letters or statements, not scientific papers at all, "contrived" and explained in layman's terms.

OK, the article is back. While it stays up, from Mr. Wade regarding the first scientist (the one with the big vested interest):
Virologists like Dr. Daszak had much at stake in the assigning of blame for the pandemic. For 20 years, mostly beneath the public’s attention, they had been playing a dangerous game. In their laboratories they routinely created viruses more dangerous than those that exist in nature. They argued they could do so safely, and that by getting ahead of nature they could predict and prevent natural “spillovers,” the cross-over of viruses from an animal host to people. If SARS2 had indeed escaped from such a laboratory experiment, a savage blowback could be expected, and the storm of public indignation would affect virologists everywhere, not just in China. “It would shatter the scientific edifice top to bottom,” an MIT Technology Review editor, Antonio Regalado, said in March 2020.
Miss Coulter gets to the gist of the arguments, but I had a question that is answered in this paper, the question being right here in bold:
Why would anyone want to create a novel virus capable of causing a pandemic? Ever since virologists gained the tools for manipulating a virus’s genes, they have argued they could get ahead of a potential pandemic by exploring how close a given animal virus might be to making the jump to humans. And that justified lab experiments in enhancing the ability of dangerous animal viruses to infect people, virologists asserted.
Is it worth it? Why not try to avoid eating bats and rodents in the first place?
Dr. Baric and Dr. Shi [Dr. Shi being the lead Chinese researcher in the Wuhan lab, and Dr. Baric being a collaborator from UNC (Chapel Hill, N. Carolina)] referred to the obvious risks in their paper but argued they should be weighed against the benefit of foreshadowing future spillovers. Scientific review panels, they wrote, “may deem similar studies building chimeric viruses based on circulating strains too risky to pursue.” Given various restrictions being placed on gain-of function (GOF) research, matters had arrived in their view at “a crossroads of GOF research concerns; the potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens. In developing policies moving forward, it is important to consider the value of the data generated by these studies and whether these types of chimeric virus studies warrant further investigation versus the inherent risks involved.”

That statement was made in 2015. From the hindsight of 2021, one can say that the value of gain-of-function studies in preventing the SARS2 epidemic was zero. The risk was catastrophic, if indeed the SARS2 virus was generated in a gain-of-function experiment.
At this point the article goes into the specific research plan for this dangerous Coronavirus investigation as written for the grant, then describes some backtracking by the dastardly Dr. Daszak, and finally information about the state of safety at this recently-opened Wuhan level-4 virology lab with "BSL4 being the most restrictive and designed for deadly pathogens like the Ebola virus." Yikes! My skin is crawling just reading this stuff. (OK, never mind, just fleas...)
The Wuhan Institute of Virology had a new BSL4 lab, but its state of readiness considerably alarmed the State Department inspectors who visited it from the Beijing embassy in 2018. “The new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” the inspectors wrote in a cable of 19 January 2018.

The real problem, however, was not the unsafe state of the Wuhan BSL4 lab but the fact that virologists worldwide don’t like working in BSL4 conditions. You have to wear a space suit, do operations in closed cabinets and accept that everything will take twice as long. So the rules assigning each kind of virus to a given safety level were laxer than some might think was prudent.
There ya go. Now we're getting to what this blogger has seen and understood from observations of China and common damn sense (too bad Mr. Ron Unz has neither). More on the safety aspect:
Before 2020, the rules followed by virologists in China and elsewhere required that experiments with the SARS1 and MERS viruses be conducted in BSL3 conditions. But all other bat coronaviruses could be studied in BSL2, the next level down. BSL2 requires taking fairly minimal safety precautions, such as wearing lab coats and gloves, not sucking up liquids in a pipette, and putting up biohazard warning signs. Yet a gain-of-function experiment conducted in BSL2 might produce an agent more infectious than either SARS1 or MERS. And if it did, then lab workers would stand a high chance of infection, especially if unvaccinated.

Much of Dr. Shi’s work on gain-of-function in coronaviruses was performed at the BSL2 safety level, as is stated in her publications and other documents. She has said in an interview with Science magazine that “The coronavirus research in our laboratory is conducted in BSL-2 or BSL-3 laboratories.”

“It is clear that some or all of this work was being performed using a biosafety standard — biosafety level 2, the biosafety level of a standard US dentist’s office — that would pose an unacceptably high risk of infection of laboratory staff upon contact with a virus having the transmission properties of SARS-CoV-2,” says Dr. Ebright.

“It also is clear,” he adds, “that this work never should have been funded and never should have been performed.”

This is a view he holds regardless of whether or not the SARS2 virus ever saw the inside of a lab.

Concern about safety conditions at the Wuhan lab was not, it seems, misplaced. According to a fact sheet issued by the State Department on January 15,2021, “ The U.S. government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.”
Ahhh, just the flu, bro!

OK, there was nothing nefarious that went on with the loss of the page for a while, as it was probably just swamped with hits, but I'm too tired to finish it right now.

I'll tell you what though. I'm a little bit disappointed in Peak Stupidity's favorite literary pundit though. Ann Coulter:
One of Wade’s main points is that COVID-19 is the only coronavirus with a furin cleavage site. (You don’t need to know what it is—substitute the words “chocolate bunny.”) “So,” Wade concludes, “it’s hard to explain how the [COVID] virus picked up its furin cleavage site naturally.”
Furin cleavage? What's the problem? Peak Stupidity has absolutely nothing against furin cleavage, deeming it every bit as hot and bothering as American cleavage. I'm not disappointed in Ann Coulter for not even trying to understand the science. I'm disappointed in her having not come up with this joke before a measly Peak Stupidity blogger. Up your game, Annie!

Well, and, yeah, this too:
Whether the virus that destroyed the world economy and has already killed more than 3 million people came from a Chinese lab or a Chinese wet market, or a Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side (unlikely), it’s China’s fault.
No, the contrived PanicFest destroyed the world's economy, or attempted to, and 3 million people?!! OMG! At 1% deaths yearly, just a nice round decent estimate, we have 70 million deaths yearly, so 3 million is 1/2 a month's worth of additional deaths. Hell, Africa can make that up in no time, if that's what you want.

What is mind-boggling about Wade’s article is the overweening and baseless pomposity of our high priests of SCIENCE.
That's a nice concluding sentence to go along with the clever title. However, I'm still disappointed. Ann Coulter's take still beats all hell out of Ron Unz's. It seems like we're all speculating. It helps to speculate with some common sense and experience. Mine tells me this:

- Quality is not Job 1 in China. That's not so good when you're running a BSL level 4 virology lab.

- Were a bad thing to happen, such as an escape of a deadly virus from a lab in Wuhan, the Chinese people would not likely come clean. Those that did come clean may have been terminated, and the rest would hide everything as long as they could for fear of the CCP, which would do it's best coverup from thereon. In the meantime, "Fort Detrick!! Squalk!! Fort Detrick!! It's the Americans who done it!!"

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace - book review

Posted On: Wednesday - May 12th 2021 6:50PM MST
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As is the usual case for me nowadays, I got this book due to a mention in the Unz Review comments somewhere. Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a 15 y/o book now, by one Connie Fletcher. Not much of the book was really written by Mrs.(?)* Fletcher though. She let the subjects of her book write most of the content (the amazon way), as she edited all the quotes and stories into certain sections.

Connie Fletcher is into cop stuff, and this is one of 3 or 4 books on the subject of their work lives that she's written. Every Contact Leaves a Trace is about modern (at least in 2006) detective work and all the specialty fields that may be utilized in the more difficult forensic cases. You'd know about half of these fields if you do some thinking about it, but there are ones I never would have thought of. There are experts in blood splatter dynamics, tires, clothing, and the entomology of bugs that live in the body after death, for example.

There's nothing wrong with the author's not having written that much of the actual book. Her method of letting the detectives and various scientific/technician types do the explaining and story-telling works pretty well. All in all she has 80 contributors. Their biographies are in the back, though she does not connect the bios. with the anecdotes for anonymity. The 9 chapters are mostly organized along the various phases of the investigations, lab work, courtroom time, etc.

Some of the scenes described are pretty gruesome and/or horrible, though not all of the crimes in the book are necessarily murders. The contributors do a pretty good job, most with their own senses of humor. Goodreads reminded me of this same quote that I had already intended to put in, from Chapter 2 on inside crime scenes
“We get a lot of calls where the person is murdered at home, but is not found for a period of time. And so the animals have already started to take the body apart because they haven't been fed in that period. So your evidence is being chewed up by the family pet.

I tell you - Dogs are more loyal than cats. Cats will wait only a certain period of time and they'll start chewing on you. Dogs will wait a day or two before they just can't take the starving anymore. So, keep that in mind when choosing a pet.

You know how a cat just stares at you, maybe at the top of the TV, from across the room? That's because they're watching to see if you're gonna stop breathing.”
Haha, I take offense at that one as a cat lover. He's just staring at me because he loves me, I'm sure ...

One of the first things the author discusses is the words out of so many detectives and crime scene experts she has interviewed relating real life to CSI. Where have I heard something like that before? Oh, yeah, Peak Stupidity noted that real life is not like the Jason Bourne movies that show the experts doing everything just right with all the tools that could possibly be on hand.** Author Connie Fletcher picked out her anecdotes and discussions from probably many more, and she includes many with the comparisons of this real life analysis to the TV show. The excerpts do include talk about the TV crime shows cluing people in on what crime analysts CAN do, but people assume the best case scenarios. I would think that would make people too optimistic (as relatives of victims) or too paranoid (as criminals). Regarding the latter, I guess criminals are usually too stupid or impulsive to be paranoid though, except after the fact.

Discussion in Chapter 7 on the modern crime labs tells us that the situations in CSI scenes are unrealistic as the resources are spread much more thin in real life. Wait times for analysis can be in months rather than right after the commercial break.

In the many, many stories in this book, besides a few high profile cases, as in the Green River Killer south of Seattle, names and other specifics are not given but there are some damn interesting cases. Race of the victims, suspects and proven perpetrators is not given (but, of course!), though for some of the crimes, well, it's just pretty obvious.

The real meat of this book is in the chapters on "Trace Evidence" (4) and DNA (6). That's where you learn what all can be used to try to solve crimes that don't just solve themselves by sheer stupidity of the criminals or confessions. The title "Every Contact Leaves a Trace" comes from this material, in which those amazing very specific technical fields of knowledge are used, often in association with each other to solve the tough cases. The DNA chapter says that this science is a game changer in lots of ways for the whole field of crime analysis, and this is from 15 years back.

This is an entertaining book that can be read in a day or less. I will add this, at the risk of sounding like an agitator or worse: I don't sympathize with any of the criminals in the stories, though I'm sure more sympathetic ones could have been included. However, the way things are going in this country, we may find ourselves under Police State rule sooner than we may have imagined a few years ago. It'd perhaps be helpful to read this book for the information on what kind of tracing can be done on us. Something to consider is that the detectives and others in the book are working to not just solve a crime but get enough evidence to convict someone in a court of law. Big-Gov's standard for persecution is a lot lower. Anyway, this is almost a moot point though unless we take into account our pieces of iEspionage, something that could not be included in this book from 2006.

* Understandably, since she is involved with cops and the investigations by cops, the author doesn't leave much of a biography on the web. She was a Professor of Journalism at Loyola in Chicago and is 74 years old. She is the sister of a cop, but I don't know if she's married. We still use the old-fashioned Miss/Mrs. here, hence the necessary footnote.

** See Apprehending Jason Bourne, we're the government and we're all on it, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Fighting the Lies on Unz.com

Posted On: Tuesday - May 11th 2021 8:59PM MST
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  General Stupidity  Websites  Pundits  China

It's not like there aren't about 10 posts on deck with images all saved and ideas ready to expound on. Why I have been spending too big a portion of many days on the Unz Review is that it's easy to make comments on, the articles are indeed controversial as Ron Unz touts, and there's the usual: I've GOT to get busy. Someone is wrong on the internet.*

Though I spent a good while trying in this effort, writing in under Ron Unz latest American Pravda series column, this one called "The Truth" and "The Whole Truth" About the Origins of Covid-19 (Hint: the title is bullshit.) It's more on Mr. Unz's "The American Deep State did COVID-one-niner" origins theory. Hey, the guy has done some great dives into history before, coming up with some very believable theories, especially regarding Euro and American politics of the beginnings of Communism in Russia and the World Wars. That's all important stuff. However, his circumstantial-evidence-based hokey theory on the origins of the Kung Flu has been a sorry job, IMO, showing the lower range of his supposed 214 IQ, along with displaying his Kung Flu hysteria. I just realized that Peak Stupidity covered all this nicely in Where have you gone, Ronald Unzio, ... 3 months back, so I'll stop here.

I will now segue into explaining my spending another 20 minutes writing back to the former curmudgeonly gonzo-style journalist, now less-than-worthless** Fred Reed. He has another column up touting all things China. No doubt, the amount of engineering and technological progress going on there is amazing, especially in the transportation industry. However, what I get from this column, a few previous ones' from Mr. Reed and Ron Unz's column mentioned above is that there is just plain anti-Americanism that is starting to piss me off.

You got problems with "our" Feral Government, the education system, racial stupidity? Hey, I'm with you. There are thousand of things to criticize. These two guys are all about "Americans just suck", period. Regarding Fred Reed, I'm guessing it makes him feel a lot better about having bailed out to say that his old country sucks in every respect. As for Mr. Unz, it's not so pervasive, but his Sinophilia, with no background of actually seeing China and no Chinese sources, is more a way of showing his anti-Americanism than anything. Mr. Reed, however, went for a 2 week vacation, so he knows everything.

I wrote a long comment to Fred Reed that one can see there. I spent the time in order to correct the record. Why bother, besides the reasons of more traffic to PS, as explained**? That gets to the title of this post.

All that has gone down in the ruination of America is not known all around the world. Even a majority of Americans don't know very much of the story. We are dealing with people, in China for example, that see the US as it is today only. They have never read any history, and besides the much fewer Chinamen that have spent time here in the old days, let's say pre-1995, they have no experience with the old freer, whiter, can-do America. I just bring up China because I read asinine comments from overseas Chinese commenters that, well, aren't really so asinine if you know only today's America, and as learned about from the NY Times, CNN, and sometimes people like Ron Unz and Fred Reed.

It's sad knowing that all the good in American society through our history and even in many of the people in current America may never be known about in the future. History is written by the victors, they say. I can go on for hours a day correcting the record on unz comments, with even Mr. Unz not knowing his country worth a damn - the guy just doesn't get out much, obviously - but is there a point to it?

I now know how regular Russian citizens in the USSR, your average German under Hitler, or many of the more intelligent Chinese people during their Cultural Revolution felt. Much of the world hates your country because of what the people in power have been doing.*** You have not been able to stop them. You know there are lots of good people who want no part of the stupid shit that's going on, but they don't know about you. The world thinks you are all stupid or evil. They want your country destroyed. If that happens, they will never care afterwards that you were there fighting all the stupidity and evil your whole life.

It really doesn't help to have assholes like Fred Reed lie about the history that has gotten America to this point.

* There is a good cartoon with this joke, which I'll find easily and use for another appropriate post.

** Why do I bother reading and commenting?, you may well ask. I have seen more hits from links I've put under his posts than any others. He must get read a whole lot, is all I can figure. I want to get traffic on here, and this is one way. That's all - I'm pretty sick of the guy.

*** In our case, I'd say only for the last 3 decades, in the extreme sense, with the beginning of the ruination going back just over a century.

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Hey, Flight Attendants, leave them kids alone!

Posted On: Monday - May 10th 2021 7:57PM MST
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  US Police State  Big-Biz Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity

What, I guess it's May Mask Madness now.

Photo from March Mask Madness - Part 5, but just imagine a family with 3 kids sitting there too:

I was doing a little traveling on the airlines again. They are just going through the motions at this point, as the by-now new normal announcement about maintaining 6 ft distance while disembarking (WTF?) and proper face-diaper procedures are being ignored as much as the rest of the lecture. (It's a shame, because some of the safety stuff ought to be listened to just a bit once in a while...)

As I mentioned in that "March Mask Madness" post linked-to above, I believe the airline companies themselves are happy to have big Feral Gov't* behind them on this stupidity. I don't think it does the cabin crew members any good, as it just makes another thing that they can get dinged on, were a Fed of some sort on board or, nowadays, just anyone taking a picture or snippet of video to show "hey, she let that old guy breath right out of the air and shit, right in front of me! I'm telling!"

That's the problem. You may think that the stewardess is being a bitch or a Commie, but often, I'm pretty sure she's worried about her job rather than: a) having any real worry about getting sick and b) just plain WANTING to be a bitch/Commie.

I was so tired that I was about asleep, but I was awake after hearing one of the flight attendants over and over again, trying to get this little girl to put on her mask. No, she didn't yell (or the Dad or Mom might just have had it out with her), but she talked nicely in the way that you would to a little one. It was loud and repetitive and annoying though. The little girl was crying even later, after she was being left alone, with her face mask now on.

This is just horseshit. When the kids who are too young to explain anything cry on the flight, it is often that their ears can't clear from the pressure change and hurt badly. I've seen a grown man about to cry because of this - that was on a long flight, and it often takes a long time to get better. I've hurt like this myself, and no, that guy wasn't me. I've told the parents what might be wrong before, and that they need to give the little one something to drink. This was a short flight, I was not next to them, and there were no drinks around.

Then there was the mask. First, her ears were probably hurting, and then she is made to put the mask over, making crying that much harder and life just miserable for the little girl.

When we got into the terminal I asked the parents of 3 how old this little one was, who was now feeling a lot better and smiling. "2 years old.". I'd thought that was the lower limit on the mandatory donning of face diapers, but what do I know? I do know that the whole thing is stupid and sick.

I will end on a brighter note. At the smaller airport terminal, about 1/3 of the people waiting around for the flight were just not doing the mask thing. This is after all that talk about FEDERAL! and $10,000 fines! I wasn't wearing mine until I got on the plane. I noted one younger guy not even pretending to be drinking something, and I shook his hand out of the blue. "Hey, good on you doing without the stupid mask. Listen, if they try to fine you, we'll crowd-fund you!"

We don't need no inoculation.
We don't need no CDC control.
No stark stupidity in the airplane.
Stewardess, leave them kids alone.

Hey, stewardess, leave them kids alone!

"Awww, awww, your chicken! How can you have any pudding if you don't have your Diamond status?!!" (Not to be confused with "How can you watch people pooing if you don't eat your meat?!" from this old post.)

(Yes, "your" instead of "you're" on purpose.)

* BTW, from what I've read, this authority over this is the TSA, one more reason to hate Motherland Security. I'd have thought the CDC would go from "the CDC recommends" all over the airport speakers to "the CDC requires!" and make a new name for themselves as an organization of Authoritah!

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You gotta love this guy!

Posted On: Saturday - May 8th 2021 4:51PM MST
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While looking for pictures for the previous post, I came across the one below. I didn't check where the picture was taken and when.

"What the fuck now?" is the obvious caption here:

You just gotta appreciate that, rather than kissing the rest of the world's ass to signal one's virtue and worldliness over giving a damn about Americans, we actually had a guy who loved regular Americans and didn't kiss ass all around for 4 years. Sure, President Trump said his usual "great people, just marvelous, marvelous ..." bit, but we all knew that was just, well bullshit.

In the picture above, can't you just imagine Trump's thoughts, kind of like any regular American, as he watches some foreign ceremony, going "awww, man, what the fuck are they doin' now?" in that NY City accent of his? I love this picture. It's wonderful, marvelous... you've never seen such a wonderful picture! "Miss me, yet?" Yeah, yeah, we do.

Amidst the time spent making Unz Review comments today, Peak Stupidity has been working on a non-polemic post about the US Feral budgets of the last decade. This one has a bunch of numbers I'm getting off of old moldy IRS 1040 instruction .pdf's, but my problem is I just don't know of a good spreadsheet program for the iPad, so I can work on it today. Believe me (Adam), I checked around. I don't want one that stores the stuff on the web, and I want to be able to save as an html table. I'm probably going to have to just punch numbers into an html table. There's nothing like a real computer, even if it IS still running Windows 7! All these freakin' apps, and I can't do with this device what long-haired geeks could do on an IBM clone in 1981!

Anyway, have a good Sunday, Peakers. We'll have more financial stupidity, Kung Flu stupidity, and all the rest, including at least one book review, next week. Thank you for reading!

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Mandate straight outta Hell

Posted On: Friday - May 7th 2021 9:15PM MST
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  History  AntiChrist  China  Orwellian Stupidity

Another possible AntiChrist?

We left the AntiChrist candidates behind quite a couple of years ago after some speculation about Øb☭ma and The Hildabeast. Perhaps it's time for Peak Stupidity to do some more musing about Hu it could be: Hu? no, and not Yu... Could it be, I don't know ... XI?

The blogger is an old China hand, as the diplomat types like to say - that sounds cool anyway. From 15 years back until about 3 years back, I'd had high hopes for the place - see also Part 2. That's no longer the case. Talks with my personal contacts, the reading of Kai Strittmatter's book We Have Been Harmonized*, and now a book I'm almost finished with (review coming shortly), have got me thinking China IS America's biggest external problem after all.

No, Peak Stupidity has not turned Neocon. I don't think the US has any business controlling the South China Sea and defending Taiwan for that matter, not to mention that we're beyond broke, so we may want to delegate all that to the Japs or something. China historians note that the Middle Kingdom hasn't had a history of colonizing the world. There were the interesting 7 "treasure voyages" of Chong Ho, aka, Zheng He, during the first 1/3 of the 1400s AD, some of them comprised of over 20,000 men on hundreds of ships, as related here. The seafaring exploration to as far away as eastern Africa just stopped after Mr. Ho's time, due to the Confucians' negative attitude about it all. The Chinese are building up a big military now, but it's not the physical/military expansionism that's the worry. To me, it's the cultural expansionism being pushed by the Chinese Communist Party.

What's changed over the last 3 years is that the Chinese President, and therefore CCP Chairman, Xi Jinping, has made himself President for life. From what he's been up to, it seems this guy aspires to be the new and improved Chairman Mao, but with all-you-can-eat buffets instead of the "iron rice bowl", stylish haircuts instead of the "rice bowl cut", shiny high-speed trains instead of the bicycle, and the Digital Yuan instead of, well, jack squat.

A few years after Mao Zedong died, the new Chairman Deng Xiaoping took over and improved the lot of Chinamen over a decade of so, after realizing that the economics of Communism were a complete shit show. That lesson seems to have stayed learned, through the present, at least. The hardworking Chinese people have created one hell of an economy, with no small credit due those Americans who gave them much manufacturing capital and provided them with the ability to steal loads of intellectual property for nothing in return.

My reading of the book I'll soon review, with it's descriptions of high-level meetings/dealings between Chinese officials and Trump administration officials, taught me about the arrogance of the Chinese at this point in history. The thing is, the country has a long, long (~3,500 year) history of arrogance. Just the term they dub their nation, The Middle Kingdom, the center of the world, took arrogance to keep using. In my lifetime, when China was still a real honest-to-Trump shithole, with a billion and a half poor bastards getting roped into one stupid Commie program after another, it was hard for me to believe they could be like this. Maybe this arrogance was hidden within the Chinese people too at that time. Not a lot of Americans or other Westerners were there to see it all.

Well, the arrogance has come out in spades with the rise of the New China. Xi Jinping, President and CCP Chairman for life, has got his share. Rather than just flex military muscles at this time, the CCP has been spreading Chinese culture around the world via the millions of Chinese people overseas. Not all of these ex-pats are Commie bastards (as I'll note in a post to come). It's hard for us as Americans to pick out the CCP-supported and CCP supporters from the other Chinamen though.

The Chinese have always believed that their emperors had some kind of "Mandate from Heaven" to rule the whole lot of Chinese people and do whatever the hell they wanted. CCP Chairmen are basically the new emperors. It sure seems like Chairman Xi is following in the footsteps of old butcher Chairman Mao in his Totalitarianism, but with Orwellian electronics that Mao couldn't imagine in his wet dreams. It's #1984WithChineseCharacteristics @XiJingping

I'm telling you all, this Xi bastard has a mandate straight outta hell. He's AntiChrist material if I've ever seen it.

* See also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4

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Roll with the Changes

Posted On: Thursday - May 6th 2021 9:40PM MST
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  Internets  Music  Websites  Inflation

Regular Peak Stupidity readers may very well have noticed that the site was first slow, then unreachable for a good bit of this past Tuesday. (Commenter Dieter Kief noticed this first, from Germany.) I was positive that the problem was my site's being behind a security firewall of some kind, as part of the package deal to get 2 years SSL, setting things right from our April Fool's Day non-joke.

Well, all it took was another $135 to make this right. I'm not too happy with the way it's been going. Now, I like the GoDaddy people I talk to, almost every time. We didn't get down to the root of the problems happening other fellow explaining that, yes, if I got back in front of this firewall, things would probably work fine. I'd thought the security deal was an extra feature I'd gotten in early April as part of the SSL deal, but it was the opposite. It had saved me money, so 2 days back I had to back up and pay the full SSL price.

You just gotta wonder if the price means anything at all with respect to any costs at the host, beside initial development, I suppose. Memory is cheap, and signal use (the site calls it bandwidth, which is plainly a wrong term) is cheap. I've got the money, so no problem. It's just that, as I've written before, I have a good memory for prices. Though Peak Stupidity has been up as a site for 4 1/2 years, I'd paid for hosting and the domain name for at least 2 years before that, maybe 3, before I got my shit together and got going. I remember how cheap it was then, and I'd say even without the extra SSL and that, things are 3 or 4 times more expensive than 7 years ago. There's that inflation again, on a service which, in a country with solid money, should be getting cheaper if anything.

I've got to face it. The marketing people at GoDaddy do the same as the cable-internet company. Someone has determined what a steady customer acts like, and when you're on the hook, you get no more deals.

Again, the smart White guys at tech-support/billing are great people. However, the next time hosting payments are due, I should have another company or even my own server ready for the job. Besides the monetary savings, it might be nice to have more control for possible cancellation threats or action. Peak Stupidity has not reached our goal of being noticed by the big hate players, such as the $PLC, who could perform a cancellation. (But we hope for the best.) We'd only know how much GoDaddy will stand up against the woke stuff, were we known and hated like the best of 'em.

We've got to roll with the changes here. One of the problems that was happening, as I conversed with commenter Smith about, was my not being able to easily write youtube embedded videos to the database easily. That should be back to normal again now (crossing my fingers), and this will be a good time to try it.

It's REO Speedwagon for tonight. We've not featured this 1970s-80s band before. Once could think of them as a "hair band" as they do have that big hair thing going, but that term wasn't used in the '70s yet. This band formed in Champaign, Illinois, at the Univ. of Illinois, in the late 1960s. After many personnel changes, their 7th album You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish* released in '78, had the first song I'd even heard from them (albeit a few years later), Roll with the Changes.

The lead singer, Kevin Cronin, has a unique voice, that likely determines whether the listener will like the band. I do, to some degree. There are about 3 more songs by the band that Peak Stupidity ought to feature later.

With what's coming in our future, we all better be ready to roll with the changes, yeah, yeah, you know you got to keep on rolling, keep on rolling ...

REO Speedwagon:

Kevin Cronin – Lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Gary Richrath – Lead and rhythm guitars
Neal Doughty – Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer
Bruce Hall – Bass guitar
Alan Gratzer – Drums

* I like this title a lot, but apparently, per wiki, the critics think it was the worst.

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Bill Gates and the Blue Screen of Divorce

Posted On: Thursday - May 6th 2021 9:59AM MST
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  Humor  Globalists  Artificial Stupidity  Big-Biz Stupidity

Wasn't Bill Gates the richest man in the world at one point? The more recent richest man, Jeff Bezos, got divorced recently, so shouldn't his losing 1/2 his money bring Bill Gates back up in the standings? They should have an asterisk by their names on the list as getting screwed in a divorce shouldn't screw you over on the richest man list too - that's NOT FAIR! Mr. Gates is getting divorced now too, so it's back to a fair match between these two "TECH" moguls.

Peak Stupidity has not written nearly enough about the family court stupidity that has made marriage in America an even larger roll of the dice for men than it's ever been. We will more at some point. However, let's just say we're not all bent out of shape about the Billinda divorce news. Yeah, see we don't read the National Enquirer and are only posting this news for the jokes, but Peak Stupidity has at least heard of the new combo naming convention for power/celebrity couples. There was Brangelina, then there's the Mexican AMLO and American JLo. (OK, the latter 2 are not power couples, actually, unless the've taken someone like the good Gov'ner Ron DeSantis' advice to go fuck themselves. They would then be virtual power couples(?))

As we'll speculate about in an upcoming post, Bill Gates could easily be one of the most evil of men in this world. It's probably a good thing that he'll lose a few dozen billion dollars. The carnage would have been not as bad if he had on hand a pre-nuptial agreement his lawyers could bring to court. Thing is, it's not like he didn't type one up too, years ago. Mr. Gates had a bullet-proof pre-nuptial agreement, but the file got corrupted during a crash of Windows 8.

On the other hand, Melinda Gates is said to be a more anti-White philanthropist than her husband. I can distinctly remember a couple of decades ago being truly surprised when reading that their scholarship program would not apply to White people. Oh, I understand you read that stuff all the time now, but it was a long time ago that they started that. Sure, it's a private corporation, working hand-in-hand with government to ensure our crap-OS needs are met, but wasn't that a pretty evil move right there? His geeks from the day when he appropriated his buddy's DOS to sell to IBM, and throughout all last century during his rise to richest man in the world were highly predominantly White Men. (The same could be said for Jeff Bezos.) Yet, Mr. Gates decided that they didn't deserve ANY of his philanthropy. Instead, he would save the Africans instead, creating the (Steve Sailer's) "world's most important graph"*.

This is the National Enquirer's and People magazine's purview rather than Peak Stupidity's but we can still speculate on the causes of the rift within this OS power couple. We wonder if Clippy the pop-up paperclip guy wasn't involved in some way. The guy was always just a little too helpful, often appearing unexpectedly out of nowhere. They say Clippy has been seen inserting himself into Melinda's desktop reset hole.

Mr. Gates is said to have been spending time with an Oriental former flight attendant, one Miss Wang. This Wang, dang, sweet Puntang business is OK in and of herself, but could this not be a national security risk? Bill Gates is leader in "TECH", after all. Could Miss Wang have been controlled by the CCP, using her own feminine re-boot hole to better support and enlarge Microsoft's tools in order to further ruin the US economy?

This is one odd divorce case in which I hope the lawyers DO get a whole lot of the money. America would be better off without either one of these two, together or not. This is what we have gotten from 4 decades of the Gates:

And, now for something completely different, from commenter Rex Little.

I love it! Thanks, Rex.

* In case you are not familiar, it's a graph of the different world continent's recent and predicted population change, with Africa having the only real positive slope, a HUGE one going up to 4 Billion Africans by end-o-bidness-century.

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Keep those face diapers on, Free Birds

Posted On: Tuesday - May 4th 2021 7:40PM MST
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  Music  Southern rock  Kung Flu Stupidity

This post is about a slight coincidence that drove an important point home to me. On the "mainline" bigger sized airliner, they have the entertainment systems now. I normally don't partake, except to play video games on pleasure trips with my boy sitting next to me. I usually turn the monitor off first chance I get.

This was a fairly long flight, so I checked out the music. Skynyrd's greatest hits (not the Gold & Platinum, actually light blue, 2-record set that I have), was in there. Of course, Free Bird has to be on there, and I was listening to it. Now, as you may have seen, due to safety reasons, etc, the pilot and flight attendant P/A announcements override the entertainment system audio*.

This happened. The music stopped. "We want to remind all passengers to keep your face mask over your nose and mouth." / "I'm as free as a bird, now...." No kidding, it was right then.

Nope, this is not the mid-1970s South, or most any other part of the old Country. We are not as free as a bird now.

Note the demographics of the crowd there in Oakland, California in 1977:

(It may seem surprising that Peak Stupidity has not embedded the classic Southern Rock anthem Free Bird already, but I really like to include the good stuff that hasn't been played so much.)

* However, the movies and music will start back where they left off, a good idea especially for the movie viewers.

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