Posted On: Monday - February 24th 2020 1:06PM MST
In Topics:   Salesmen  Curmudgeonry  Big-Biz Stupidity  Customer Care
Just a site note: I'm gonna add a few more Topic Keys, as I keep running into a lack of the really appropriate category for some posts. In this case "Customer Care", the new term for service. A lot of the posts with the Curmudgeonry key should have this new Customer Care key too. Some time soon, I will add a few more Topic Keys, than go through all the posts and divvy out more of the keys to the posts. I think that'll take a while ...
Here's the story now. There's nobody at the counter half the time now. I'm talking hotel lobbies and convenience stores - that's what I've noticed in particular. You come down to the lobby for something, maybe checking out, and you don't see anyone. I get that people cost money, and companies are running as lean as they can. You've got to have someone out front though. They seem to all be stuck somewhere far away, working or not working, I don't know, to where you can't even see them from any angle.
In the old days, there at least was that little mechanical bell sitting there. You wouldn't feel rude to ring that thing. There are no bells there now. You've got to say something, and NOBODY gets the whole clearing-the-throat thing anymore ("You OK?"). As a service to any readers who are both computer-savvy AND give a damn, I give this suggestion: How about
Yes, I know there are cameras, so that these hidden employees can glance at monitors looking for customers to serve. Maybe corporate reckons they will pay attention and come right out when needed. Nah. I also get that retail can be boring and doesn't pay well. I would guess that most of these hidden employees are spending time on their own smart phones doing who knows what, until they realize someone is out front, somehow. Is it too much to ask that they do their internet transactions on a computer screen right behind the counter at front. It works great, as the customer will often be fooled into thinking this agent is busy doing some kind of work (sometimes the case, even):
"Yes Sir, are you checking out? I can help you in just a ..." [Mashes "Place in shopping cart"] " ... minute with ... ["Continue Shopping"] " ... that."
At the gas stations, the small operations have the single employee in the place running around, in the back grabbing boxes, stocking candy bars, back to the counter, out in the store to sweep... it's ridiculous. I'm sure Corporate believes that all the cameras will keep the "shrinkage" down, even with the one guy all over the store. Again, I doubt it works as planned. You think when some petty thief wearing a hoody stuffs things a few things into his coat and walks out, this single guy will know about it, much less give a damn? If he does, really, will the 5-0 be called in to review the video from all angles and go find the guy?
Because the cash price for gas is rightfully cheaper often, I go inside once, and often twice, to pay or get change back for a fill-up. I first have to find the one guy.
This post is not a rant about the individuals, you can see, but the Big Corporate stupidity that thinks it's a good arrangement, having nobody around for service. Retail doesn't pay very well, and standing around is boring, and why not feed that screen addition when there's nothing to do? I am not good at this "sector", I want no part of it, and have a fun post coming up to illustrate just that. This is about the Corporate know-it-alls wanting to save on the employee costs, but I really wonder if they lose it all on theft and loss of goodwill.
The Professional Educators
Posted On: Saturday - February 22nd 2020 9:02PM MST
In Topics:   Educational Stupidity  Scams
Peak Stupidity has verbally beaten on the Schools of Education before, such as in our post "Advancements in Higher Education" past fall. That one was written after I'd read some BS, obviously lifted straight out of an Education Masters program textbook. describing the on-going education for elementary school kids. The stupidity described therein was in the use of many pseudo-technical terms that I don't (and don't want to) understand, much less the kids by the teacher in her one-sheet newsletter boasting of the fine learning process going on.
These ladies (as they are all, 100% of 'em) seem to be carrying on with their Masters work, as experiments on the kids. I don't mean that they are taking data and writing reports, as one could easily get in trouble nowadays for, like "judging the kids". It seems like they are simply taking their many years of "Education" education a bit too seriously, meaning, seriously. In the minds of schoolteachers now, they are "Professional Educators", so they've got to prove it those ideas from all their taxpayer-guaranteed-loan-supported Professional Education classes. The last thing they are up for is just straight-up teaching like some old-timey one-room schoolhouse lady, who never got her Masters.
The latest thing I noticed isn't from these newsletters, though they still come. No, I see the learning process being used by this particular teacher as being dragged out to Kingdom Come. The class is working on fractions. From the weeks and weeks of sheets of paper, I can see that the big concept in education here is to have the kids understand how to divide up polygons and see what 1/2 or 1/4 means. You know, that might be a good thing for one or two days. They get to color. Nope, no stickers, so that's disappointing to your average kid, but you get your coloring fix in.
That's fine for a day or two, but then get the hell ON it. Let them write out some fractions, get them started adding or subtraction them at least, what with the rules of only common denominators and all. Sure, you can use the polygons again to show them how this works, how 1/2 = 2/4 and so on. They can memorize the rules and understand them later, if it comes down to it.
Just get it done. These are bright kids and they will really start to get a bad impression of math if this drawing lines through rectangles goes on for the rest of the month. (And who has time, what with black history month and all? Many of the papers I've seen in February involve people I've never ever heard of, and I'm a guy with a blog!)
These teachers are beating this "understanding" process to death. I believe it would be a lot better if not a one of these elementary school teachers had ever set foot in an education class. They'd have been better off getting that BS and MrS at the same time. As we've discussed in our rants against feminism, there's no time like 22-30 years old to crank those little ones out, and a teaching job later goes along very well with raising kids older than toddlers.
I'm sure lots of these nice ladies really would have been happier to have avoided the whole stupid drudgery of the Ed. School themselves, but as I've written before, it's a big scam (with other embedded scams, such as the old great University textbook scam - 2nd time I fell for that this semester!). Women LUV LUV LUV kids of elementary school age in hopefully one of those green-on-schooldigger schools. Could they not be left to nurture them with common sense and the 3-R's, and leave that Ed-School crap behind? I mean, hopefully a BS provides enough knowledge to stay ahead of 5th graders, but I wouldn't put all my money on that now.
Nope, gotta get that loan and waste 1 to 4 years getting that piece of paper. ITS! THE! LAW!
Shen Yun - coming to a country near you
Posted On: Friday - February 21st 2020 8:48AM MST
In Topics:   Humor  History  China  Bible/Religion  Socialism/Communism
America is no longer the land of a homogenized people, as if this were 1975, with a sprinkling of very bright and interesting people from foreign lands, per John Derbyshire's "salt in the stew" expression. Still, South Alabama?? That's where I saw a big billboard for this Shen Yun deal, along with some ads where I live. Are we supposed to know who they are?
I have connections with China, but other than knowing, from the posters and billboards, that there will be some kind of ballet dancing, this is new to me. Chinese people I know don't seem to have made any plans for Shen Yun.
It turns out, upon my research*, that, yes, this is a dance show, but there's some more interesting things about this group of Shen Yunners. From their FAQ ("FAQ" - how quaint, but I LIKE it.), one can see that this outfit is part of the Falun Gong movement. This movement, NOT, as one would expect, a Chinese version of the American Gong Show, was BIG in China in the late 1990s, and that's when the government there decided to crack the whip on those people that would get up early to do stretches, jumping jacks, and meditation right out in public.
It's really not so much the public exercising that was the problem, as Chinese older women especially, love to get together in big groups and do that for their not-always-so-girly figures. Falun Gong had gotten big and somewhat political, and they made it clear that they don't like Communism. In many ways, the Chinese Gov't is less Communist than America's Feral Gov't, but they sure make a serious effort to control lots of things that really cause them more ill will than benefit (Coronavirus info. being a good example). Control freaks is what they are, and there was a big clash, as from a gong, in 1999.
I didn't know this crowd was still around. They aren't very welcome in China, so they have taken their message to the Chinese people in (at least) America, who are no small "sprinkling of salt" contingent anymore. Hence the billboards.
Shen Yun is a display of ancient 5,000 year-old** Chinese culture that they maintain, per the FAQ, the Chinese Gov't has tried to erase. I believe they mean the hard-core Mao-era government mostly, not so much that of today, and I gotta say I agree with the tyrant Mao on one thing - those thousands of characters are a pain in the ass! Hopefully there's more to the culture that doesn't require sitting at home memorizing stuff from flash cards.
These people being serious anti-Commies has made more interested in attending, though, I'd prefer it be more of some kind of ancient cultural monster-ox-cart show vs. dancing. The dancers will be beautiful, of course, but what about the coronavirus scare? I've seen Chinese pop singers singing on youtube videos with face masks on. That would look stupid - take your chances, ladies - if it doesn't kill you it'll only make you stronger ... kind of like China's bout with Communism, come to think about it.
* ... "research" these days meaning spending a minute searching it up.
** I've heard it's really more like no more than 3,600 years, but who's counting?
Outside it's America
Posted On: Wednesday - February 19th 2020 12:03PM MST
In Topics:   Music  US Feral Government  The Neocons
I'd promised something more to continue our point (in here) on the stupid arrogance of the American Military, not so much the organization itself, but Americans' views and uses of it. That was a week and a half ago, so here goes.
At the beginning of this year the President ordered the US military to wipe from the face of the earth an Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. We commented on Death from Above, Assasinations, and Declaration of War. That post has most of what I wanted to say already. The way America's military is ordered to carry out war on a whim of the President and often on the advice of some Neocon is so at odds with the ideas of this country's Founders, that it'd be flat-out sickening to them. They'd have formed militias and shot up the whole city named after FOUNDER #1, were that possible.
The use of drones and such could be a good thing were parts of the world at war again. It means that engineers and technicians could be tasked with winning the battles with not many bodies involved, at least until one side overwhelms the other in this realm. I believe a war in space, with the wagers of war using robotic craft to wipe out the other side's eyes and ears is the same thing. Better let computers and robots fight.
It'll still come to people after a while though. The stupidity of America's arrogant use of our military and its fancy hardware all over the world is in the exposing of the weaknesses for one thing, but more importantly, in the loss of goodwill due to these one-sided. That term "goodwill" perhaps doesn't cut it. It's that these sky-borne deliverers of death are a perfect "vehicle" for creating a burning hatred of America in the places they are used.
All one has to do is to turn this around in one's head. As written in that "Arrogance" article, no matter what stupidity is going on in America, would we like some other country's robots to pick and choose individuals and groups to wipe off the face of the earth at the whim of a leader somewhere? Oh, maybe it could be a group of the Antifa that this foreign superpower feels is ruining "free and fair elections" here. As much as I'd like to see that on youtube ... ooops, maybe the coordinates were entered wrong. There go 10 Unite-the-Right protestors, sorry 'bout that. Even without those kinds of inhumane and un-human mistakes, would you like knowing that if you get on the wrong side of some political conflict here, death may reign upon you out of the clear blue sky?
Way, way back, during the Iranian hostage crisis, and over the years as the Arabs and Moslems bitched about America's role in the world, I would laugh about this whole "America is the Great Satan" bit. Much of its unConstitutionality aside, America's armed forces had been a force for good in the world in general over the years of Communism in > 1/2 the world, with some lapses of course. Things changed over the years the Neocons along with the MIC realized that the US military was unstoppable by anyone after the Iron Curtain fell abruptly in 1989 and even the Chi-Coms seemed not long for this world*. They began to use it as their personal plaything, and the MIC didn't mind as the money's been pouring in the whole time. (Where was our Peace Dividend from the ending of the Cold War? I haven't seen a penny!)
Just think of the personal destruction that has gone on over the years due to America's Death from Above policy. It's sickening, and though the term "America" must be understood to mean the American Feral Gov't, I can completely understand any foreigners in particular areas of the world thinking of America as the Great Satan. Sending machines to rain death upon anyone at will? Could it be ...
Yes, that was pretty harsh. How about we just keep up the Death from Above technology for a situation in which Americans in America are actually endangered by a foreign enemy, OK? Then, you can forget this post.
I can think back to a time during which I was a big U-2 fan. I don't know if Bono ran his mouth so much back then, but the music was what it was. The Joshua Tree album was out with nothing but great rock on it. That's with the one exception of that Bullet the Blue Sky which didn't have that good a tune at all and I could see was a political condemnation of America. I was not happy with the song, but I think it applies to the American government and military of today. I usually put up tunes I like. I don't like this one, but it needs to be heard now.
We've got to get out of this arrogant mode, Americans! The country is broke, and if you think we can continue this behavior even with morals aside, you've got another think coming.
* See Peak Stupidity's remembrances of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 (note, same year as the end of Communism in the East Bloc) - Part 1 and Part 2.
Ridin' the Storm Out
Posted On: Tuesday - February 18th 2020 8:59PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Preppers and Prepping
I think Peak Stupidity will go back to presenting some good music a few nights a week, just for the music rather than as related to specific posts (which I still like to do).
We did include a Corb Lund* song, Gettin' Down on the Mountain before, but maybe Ridin' the Storm Out by the 1970s - 80s rock band REO Speedwagon could be kind of a prepper's anthem.
What we've got going on politically in America is probably not something that'll just pass over, though ...
Mike Murphy – lead vocals
Gary Richrath – guitar
Neal Doughty – keyboards
Gregg Philbin – bass
Alan Gratzer – drums
This song was released in 1973 and is from the album of the same name, but became most popular in 1981. That's the year this live video was taken, from a 1981 concert in Denver, Colorado. One of my favorite album title of all time may be this band's 1978-released You can Tune a Piano, but you can't Tuna Fish. (OK, where's the groan tag?) It has 2 excellent songs with a different lead singer, Kevin Cronin.
Yeah, we can put a few great rock songs up a week and NEVER EVER run out. There's plenty of stupidity to come through end-o'-bidness-week.
* Guy/band from Alberta, Canada
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Weedend at Bernie's - XX, "Got Milk?"
Posted On: Tuesday - February 18th 2020 7:31PM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '20  Humor  Treehuggers  Female Stupidity
Leading Blue-squad candidate Sanders was heard to remark:
This whole Presidential election business is pretty unfair. I mean, I went to a Trump rally in '16. I didn't see any naked women. Yes, we had signs, one about the so-called Pope. There had to be some "show us your tits" signs somewhere, as you normally see at any big event, charter-bus road trip, and such ... Yet, here's 78-y/o Bernie Sanders, droning on about redistributing your milk money, and you get this action.
From what's written near some of their tits, apparently these women do not want cows to get milked (they eat their fruit loops dry). When I see them dressed in this manner, though, I have to wonder it is who they DO want to be milked. Got milk? Yes, we do. "Si, si, si pudendo!", or however that goes.
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Michael Bloomberg talks TECH
Posted On: Tuesday - February 18th 2020 6:59AM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '20  General Stupidity  Trump  Globalists
The video that I have below, with the 1 minute portion showing the utter stupidity of Michael Bloomberg is named "Mike Bloomberg’s 'Deplorables' Moment"*.
In a video taken at a Bloomberg "Conversation" lecture series at the business school of Oxford University back in Nov. '16, this guy shows that he's not one of us. My problem is not any kind of purposeful disparagement of his of farmers and factory workers, to rival the Hildabeast's "deplorables" comments. I also don't care that this shows Mr. Bloomberg is not very smart about taking care to not insult potential voters. I'd like a guy to speak some truth now and then, as Donald Trump does. Watch this 1 minute portion, and I'll write what I think below:
[I could teach farming to...] "... the people in this room. No offense intended."
[In "TECH" ...] "... the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different."
This was from just 3 1/4 years back. Michael Bloomberg is just so wrong and out of touch that this really distinguishes him from billionaire Donald Trump, putting Trump in a good light. Is it the difference between being a 5-dozen-X-Billionair vs. a poor only 3-Billionaire? It is an order of magnitude and a half (take the log of 30 ...), but I don't think that's the difference. Both of these guys made their money in corrupt NY City, Trump in the city-government-infested RE business, and Bloomberg with his proprietary computer terminals that got stock information just a little ahead of those without 'em.
You might think that Bloomberg is the techie who ought to be at least a smarter guy than Trump, but I doubt he knows a bit from a byte. What Bloomberg did is a part of the non-productive F.I.R.E. economy just as Trump's business was, though Trump's work probably involved more creativity.
Does this man know anything about modern farming or factory work? Does he know anything about century-old farming either? I bring the latter question up, because even with no "TECH" involved, which simply means "computer technology" now, farmers of the past had to have plenty of technical skills. Only in the minds of the aloof elite (and some of the geeks) does "technical" only apply to computer programming.
Old "farm boys" of the past were the ones who were the most mechanically inclined, having to keep machinery running in a hand's-on manner, even when it was only an old Massey Ferguson or John Deere tractor. There's irrigation to consider, understanding of soils, and some decent amount of weather knowledge (does Michael Bloomberg know what "drying conditions" entail?**)
Nowadays there is plenty of "TECH" technology involved too, yes even back when Bloomberg ran his mouth as a Titan of Tech 3 years ago! What an ass!
That all said, just on this Blue-squad of The Party horse race infotainment, I gotta say that Michael Bloomberg is the candidate who worries me the most about his getting into the White House. This fucker is a Socialist like the rest of them, but he doesn't go for the really, really stupid stuff like the rest (OK, his Big-Gulp Coke ban was pretty stupid ...) Michael Bloomberg is a guy who will go FULL-OUT to disarm Americans. That has been his crusade for years., using just a teensy bit of his own money, meaning a huge amount. He is the nemesis of the NRA***, which is pretty much a single-issue organization.
The hot part of the civil war within America will be the most likely, or come the soonest, if Michael Bloomberg becomes President. I hope President Trump can get his shit together over the next year.
* This link simply goes to youtube for the whole 5-minute video with it's commentary by the guy who runs this "channel". However, you can watch a full video embedded here too with use of the replay button.
** Disclaimer: I'm not a farmer but have lived in fairly rural areas. You'll hear of drying conditions, which depend on sunshine, temperature, humidity and wind.
*** People have written about political trouble within the NRA, but that number 5,000,000, as in number of members, matters A LOT to the politicians. Please at least join the Gun Owners of America, if you don't join the NRA.
17 Traitorous Red-Team Governors that need a talking to
Posted On: Monday - February 17th 2020 7:35PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Scams
You'd better believe Tucker would be all over this one.
This post is being written to catch up on some of the great VDare articles and blog-posts that I meant to write about weeks ago. This time, it is Californian Brenda Walker, who normal writes about human factors and effects on the environment (especially the former Golden State) from immigration stupidity, with a more political post. In the spirit of the great Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch, as Mrs. Walker delves into this traitorous scam, being perpetrated by churches for the money in it.
Republican Governors Request Additional Refugees! is about more refugee madness that President Trump admittedly HAS been doing something about. The blame for any further stupidity out of government on "refugee" immigration can be put directly on these Red-squad governors this time. Per Tucker Carlson's interviewee Ned Ryun*:
I mean again you pointed out that Trump gave them a strong backstop back in September and said you can opt out of this with his executive order and now you have these 18 Republican governors saying no, we want more, and they’re saying well we’re following our hearts, this is Christian charity in action.The transcript of Tucker Carlson's interview** has this also from Mr. Ryun:
I got to say this, Tucker, as a active devout evangelical Christian, refugee resettlement has nothing to do with Christianity and has everything to do with the immoral behavior of these governors and quite frankly a perverse incentive for these government funded charities that are acting as refugee contractors, grifting off the American taxpayer.
Michelle Malkin’s written about some of this, but the US State Department is paying these refugee contractors over $2100 per refugee of which they get to keep 45 percent, and then they’re doing this this campaign on these governors saying you have to put your Christian charity into action, and in an act of cowardice, most of these governors from red states are giving in to this.There's the scam. These churches can act all high and mighty and quote some verses about the lack of room at the Inn (though Mary and Jesus were NOT immigrants, but only in Bethlehem for the census***). Then they collect their nominal fee and fill the pews with these people before they revert back native. They will provide lots of support to the Governor in his election, he being a man of charity and constant sorrow and all that. The regular American people in town, with their middle-class lifestyle already in decline, will have to deal with the unwanted newcomers, paying extra tax money for translators, social workers, extra teachers, lunch money, breakfast money, dinner money, the whole shebang. Is that what they call charity? Seems like charity ought to be voluntary, but what do I know ... I may not have read that exact verse in Romans...
Here are the 17 governors (so far) who've gone specifically out on their own, with Trump already having their backs with an E.O. excusing them from it, to invite in more refugees!
You know where you live. I don't. If you live in one of these States, it's probably time to go see one of these charitable fuckers in person:
Mike DeWine of OhioThese are leaders in the Republican Party, mind you. Do you see why I wonder whether they are all part of the same "The Party"?
Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas
Kim Reynolds of Iowa
Charlie Baker of Massachusetts
Gary Herbert of Utah
Doug Burgum of North Dakota
Chris Sununu of New Hampshire
Doug Ducey of Arizona
Eric Holcomb of Indiana
Bill Lee of Tennessee
Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma
Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
Kristi Noem of South Dakota
Jim Justice of West Virginia
Mike Parson of Missouri
Brad Little of Idaho
Larry Hogan of Maryland
* Founder of American Majority and author of Restoring our Republic, per the interview.
** I find it takes 1/4 the time to read than to listen, though I do enjoy some Tucker Carlson in the morning...
*** I know the feeling - Don't ask me no questions, and I won't tell you no lies".
Dot-Indian Castes and Wrestling Classes
Posted On: Monday - February 17th 2020 4:08PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Immigration Stupidity  Humor  Race/Genetics
America's immigration stupidity has brought a number of different castes of .Indians to slide into the melting pot of curry that is still the meme here, 50 years after the burner has been turned off. There are millions now in the country, and before I get shit from any SJW readers (haha!), well, just get lost, no wait ... I've known quite a few and mostly got along quite well with them. The thing is, I believe the science/engineering types I've met the most were of the higher castes - are Brahmans the ones that do Finite Element Analysis on structures, or is that a different bunch? Maybe Brahmans do only non-embedded software, I dunno... I had some nearby neighbors, caste unknown, from the subcontinent of India, and they were very good people, dot or no dot. (I didn't see any dot, but I try not to stare - causes cross-eyedness...)
Before I get any further than that, I want to put the kibosh on any use of the term "subcontinental" as an adjective for a race/ethnicity. As detailed in the Handy pocket-sized PC from PS Legal Eagle, these new purely geographic terms (EXCEPTING, unfortunately, "Oriental"!) are very annoying, cold, and Orwellian. From the guide, written in all appropriate facetiousness:
“Indian” is out – “Subcontinental” is in (like there aren’t lots of pieces of continents around, say the Yucatan and Iberian peninsulas).".Indian" will suffice for this discussion.
The comely lady at the top here notwithstanding (hoping the Google-search-bot has a hard-on for the
From back in my high-school times during a mandatory reading of Siddhartha, I remember learning about only a few castes in Indian society - I had 4 in my head, the "Untouchables" being the lowest, lower even than the revenue agents of the old FBI. Apparently, there are many castes.
Just as with Boxing, it's hard to keep up with the terminology, Bantam, Welterweight, Heavyweight (I got that one), Alto, Tenor, Tony Soprano-sized, I dunno... to me it's more of the Bread & Circuses, so I don't keep up. I don't begrudge those who participate, which brings up the sport of wrestling. No, I don't mean the silliness on TV called wrastling, which, even at 12 years old, I knew was fake*. The real sport wresting, with an "e" has 14 weight classes, some that only encompass a weight range of 8 lb. Are there that many castes within the .Indian people? Is that a good thing, as in wrestling, where you compete against people of your own size?
I don't really think it is a good thing. America used to have a fairly low number of classes, with your uppers, your middles, your working (never got that one, don't middle-class people work?) and your lower. Nowadays it has become a classless society - nobody has any class! Seriously, though, we used to be at least a unified people. Richie Rich or Joe Sixpack, there was enough in common to talk to each other in a common language. More importantly, there was no legal or religious dividing line between any classes that there were.
Now, what's the deal? We are importing .Indians of these different castes, different from classes with their Indian-culture-determined dividing lines that Americans don't even know about... such as myself. What about the guys that run all the 7-Elevens, Circle-K's, liquor stores, and vaping shops? What the hell caste is that? They all seem decent at first purchase, though not always good with directions. I'm pretty sure the motel moguls are the Patels, but is that just a last name like Smith used to be here (it's a first name now), or is it a whole class or caste of American motor-hotel owners? The name works, I'll give 'em that - it's the Patel No-Tell Motel, by the night or by the half hour, tank you veddy much.
If these castes are all just gradations on a scale of rich classy people to broke-ass peons, at fairly even intervals like wrestling weight classes that's one thing. I don't know how well they get along with each other as wrestlers of different weight classes do though. Should we be doing this importing of such people. Did everyone in charge think it over? I hope we're not importing another Cassius Bell-eye (the Wrastler) for a civil war of some sort later on.
The Office re-enactors demonstrate classy and declasse here. Yeah, I've been trying to find this Office scene on youtube for years. It's pretty declasse of them to hide this hilarity from us, but if these 3 young guys are going to spend the effort to be Office-reenactors, they deserve their big break here on Peak Stupidity:
* I wondered right away how the guy would get that much spring from the loose ropes to bounce back into the center of the ring and why more ambulance drivers (that's what we called them back then) didn't come to pick up guys who have just been elbowed in the neck by a 300 lb guy from 3 ft. up!
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Above the streets of San Francisco - Peak Stupidity's crush on Greta Thunberg?
Posted On: Saturday - February 15th 2020 8:57PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Humor  California  Environmental Stupidity  Poetic Stupidity
No, this fixation of ours on one Greta Thurnberg, Global Climate Crusader, is not due to a crush of any sort, and she has even single-handedly turned us off the idea of human trafficking. The whole deal with a teenage girl being put up as a mural-child for the political campaign on Global Climate DisruptionTM shows us how close to the peak of stupidity we are.
We noted the weird San Francisco Greta mural a few days back, but keep in mind, any sort of love for Greta is only in the Orwellian "Yes, I love Big Sister" sense, not any reason to buy her carbon-neutral roses and chocolates for Valentines. (Besides, I was pretty sure the chocolate would melt during shipping, what with the warming and all...)
I missed an amusing controversy in this Fox News article about the mural. Apparently using spray paint is controversial. This just gets stupider and stupider:
But Cobre was forced to go on the defensive after social media users began noting the irony of using spray paints – which they say harm the environment – to pay homage to the 16-year-old Thunberg, The Art Newspaper reported Sunday.No, no, no, it gets a lot stupider:
Cobre responded that the materials he was using were environmentally friendly, the paper reported.
[oops] TEEN CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG MURAL IN CANADA VANDALIZED [/oops]
“The thing is, the sprays I use are eco-friendly, and most of the paint is hand-painted with a roller,” he told the paper. “[It is] water-based so there is zero impact.”
“We are using low-pressure cans with a minimal footprint,” the post said. “The cans and the boxes will also be recycled, although many of the cans will first have a second life as part of a separate art project.”Ha, way to game this one! Yeah, we'll just make another piece of expensive art. Empty spray paint cans - put me down for some of that art. Hey California, you're running out of water, fires get out of control every other year, you've got 40 million people, 1/4 of the population doesn't speak English, you're in debt up to your asses, but .. the big worry is the carbon-neutrality of a Big Sister mural. Once Big Sister takes full control, carbon dioxide will no longer be foremost on your mind, I can tell you. Oh, Fox News does have a little fun with this:
The nonprofit went on to say the cans have been picked up and delivered in an electric vehicle, and the artist and organizers have been traveling almost exclusively by way of electric car, electric scooter or on foot to the project site — the side of building on Mason Street, above the music venue August Hall.
“The lift being used is also electric, not diesel.” the post added.
At the same time, the paper reported some budding art critics on Twitter claimed the mural looked more like Russian President Vladimir Putin.When I squint a certain way, maybe he'd gotta point.
“I can’t be the only person that thinks the mural of Greta Thunberg in San Francisco looks like Putin, right?” one person tweeted, according to the paper.
Anyway, though I commented on the Scott McKenzie hippy-era San Francisco song, I was not in right frame of mind at the time to come up with a real set of Greta-lyrics. In our post California Mourning ... on such a winter's day a musical picture of the former paradise of California, we included the song as the 3rd of 5.
You'll have to remember the tune, which was a really good one. Those hippies could write them some good music... here's our version, updated for the current-era, presented as a long-distance dedication to Greta Thornberg:
If you're rowing to San Francisco,
be sure to bring a carbon-neutral flare.
If you're rowing to San Francisco,
Greta's watching you, so litterers beware.
For those who come to San Francisco,
you'll spend some time at the Ministry of Love in there.
Above the streets of San Francisco,
scowling people with pigtails in their hair.
All across the nation
it's climate masturbation ... oh,oh..
give me some lotion ...
There's a new generation
with no good explanation, oh, oh,
retards in motion,
sailing the ocean...
If you come to San Francisco,
best you park and pay that subway fare,
No more lovin' in San Francisco,
Greta's there, so people DON'T YOU DARE!
The extreme immigration stupidity of the Blue squad
Posted On: Saturday - February 15th 2020 7:53PM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '20  Immigration Stupidity  Websites  Trump
Peak Stupidity has been referring to the Blue and Red Squad of "The Party" occasionally for quite some time. First of all, the "squad" term was something I'd written well before I heard this recent meme about "the squad", it being what I believe is the "Young Turds" or what's left of them in the Democrat primary campaign (actually just the women, apparently).
I want to make clear in this post that my classification of the Republicans and Democrats as being part of the same party is not about specific people running for office. It's more about what seems to go on behind the scenes and the results we keep getting no matter which wing ostensibly is in power. Thinking back 40 years, whether it was a strong Republican President like Reagan with the Senate in his favor (most of the time), and a majorly-D-led Congress, George H.W. Bush with the same, the Gingrich/Clinton years with R's having a decent lead in the House, but behind in the Senate, the middle George W. Bush years, with a big majority in the House and a slight lead in the Senate, the later Øb☭ma years with a big House lead again, and then the first couple of years of Donald Trump with that big House lead and slight edge in the Senate, it didn't matter ever. America's slide toward Socialism, Political Correctness, Multiculturalism, Feminism, and any other form of stupidity still inexorably rose to new heights year by year.
Maybe it's not really under the control of the people we think of as our Constitutionally elected "leaders". We've tried to explain many possible reasons that individuals in the Washington shithole can't or won't get things done (see, for example, The Cocktail Party Theory of Political Stupidity). Nothing much changes for the better, so Peak Stupidity sees the Democrat establishment and the Republican establishment as being the apparatchiks of The Party.
That doesn't mean we believe that the individuals of the two squads are all the same though. As much as Peak Stupidity has given President Trump a rash of shit over the last 3 years regarding his incompetency at times and his tendency to talk the talk but not often walk the walk, we are still EXTREMELY HAPPY that this man is in the White House vs. the Hildabeast. The issue of immigration being the existential one for this country and the main (at least initial) theme of Donald Trump's campaign, his action on this has been disappointing but still not nil.
VDare is THE go-to site on the "national question" of immigration. In keeping up with their writing, I've noticed the political insiders that write in, such as "Washington Watcher II" (praised here), "Federale" (praised here), an "Anonymous Attorney", and a few others, bring up details here and there of how the Trump Administration is actually Administering immigration law to some degree here and there. This is often small potatoes, but the culture of the bureaucracy will have to change slowly barring any really cool blatant moves (high profile ICE raids of workplaces, arresting of illegal aliens of a political bent - think La Raza, and such) that the President absolutely COULD do. Even these small things, though, are ones that would never happen with any D-President nowadays. They are small victories that make one smile, at least.
I brought up the Hildabeast earlier, someone that I would normally say hopefully won't be heard from again in many lifetimes. However, I will note that as destructive as she is politically, I think even she is too conservative or just not imaginative enough to have the immigration stance that we now hear about from the current Blue-squad members. From VDare again, this time writer Washington Watcher II, we hear about the hard-core pro-Amnesty open-borders stance of the major contenders for that D-nomination, in Sanders Is Crazy, But None Of These Democratic “Moderates” Are Moderate On Immigration Either. The reading of this article should be part of any get-out-the-vote drive for Donald Trump.
Yeah, there is a big difference on this issue, but it may come down to just being glad to have the result that gives a 10-year delay of the demographic shift that will not be overturned by any more voting. Should we hope for a Mandibles* situation in which the country is in such bad shape that everyone wants to leave, but Americans are sent back north from the Mexican border? It's going to be that, unless much more serious policies are enacted and in a big hurry. That was supposed to be the plan for 2017.
If nothing else it's nice to have someone in the White House who is not simply a sick destructive fuck like apparently every one of the members of the Blue squad.
*See 6 part book review - Introduction, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Conclusion. The book otherwise doesn't do justice to the effects of immigration.
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More exercise machine madness
Posted On: Thursday - February 13th 2020 1:23PM MST
In Topics:   Artificial Stupidity  Science  Healthcare Stupidity
I'm literally running into these little quirks on the treadmill, and riding other ones on the exercise bike machines, so forgive me for another post on this. The rest of these gripes can be found with the Artificial Stupidity Topic Key.
I think I mentioned this before, but, just in case: The one thing I'd figured I could count on to measure exertion on these exercise machines, even with the bad math often used to produce user displays, is heart rate. That is, IF it shows up at all. To me, that it is not always a defect when the heart rate display reads as dashes, because I find it amazing that those grips can sense it at all. Per "LiveStrong.com":
Pulse sensors, also called heart rate sensors, find your pulse through the skin of your hands. The sensors often are silvery metallic areas located on the support bars or moving arm bars of exercise machines. Some have single large sensors on each side, while others have two on each side spaced closely together. They interpret small electrical signals passing through your skin and amplify them so they can turn those signals into numbers you can recognize.OK, then, one must have just the right parts of his palms in the right places over the 2 sensors per handgrip. I have had times, I've had to reconfigure my hands to just the right spot. Other grips seem to do a really good job. Of course, in software, there can be whatever averaging/smoothing functions needed to make it display reasonably.
I just figured that when you've got a reading, it's a good one. That means, no matter how screwed up the calculations of Kilo-Calories burned, miles covered, METS, what-have-you are, per the display, when your heart rate is up to 85% max*, for example, well, you're working out fairly hard. Therefore, upon seeing 210 beats/minute, and then about 195 bpm, not just as a quick jump, but as a steady display, I could be forgiven for thinking something is wrong with ME, not the machine, and I'm fixing to die!
I even took my hands off the grips and let it re-do. Wow! It'd be great if I could keep THAT up, but bad if my heart just decided it wanted to do this. I felt quite fine though, so scare over with, I did really wonder if this could freak somebody out one day... bringing his heart rate up to what the display erroneously read and then way on down to ... ________________. Bad, bad programming, people, or more likely cheap China-made sensors. I'll sue, I tells ya! ... if I can get up off the floor.
Here's the next beef. It's that little curly-cue light bulb icon that appears on one of the brands upon completion of a workout.
No, but it tells you how long you could have lit up this little efficient curly-cue bulb with the energy you exerted during your workout. You're supposed to feel really good about yourself, at least if you don't notice that the exercise bike itself is plugged into the freaking wall! I just think that the numbers seem low as heck, with a time that is often less than the workout itself, and what, for this 5 or 10 electrical-W bulb? Something is wrong with the numbers regarding this feel-good feature too. Just because you can program the cool display does not mean it is correct, exercise-machine developers. You've got to run the numbers!
I guess it's all silly piddly stuff up until the SHTF. Then we may be in a Soylent Green scenario, in which we will need to work out specifically to light up the room, but at least with newer, more efficient bulbs, so there's that.
I'm just saying, if I gotta keep going at 200 W exertion** to keep that 50 Watt incandescent bulb lit, then I'll just get my guns out and steal my electricity from somewhere else and, after that, shoot those error-prone exercise-machine designers.
Soylent Green is exercise-machine designers, people!!
* 85% of maximum predicted rate, or 220-age (in years) per the Docs.
** Not counting my normal 100 +/- 25 W resting output.
Do you miss us yet?
Posted On: Wednesday - February 12th 2020 8:30PM MST
In Topics:   China  World Political Stupidity
The Chinese people have spread all over the world since the country was semi-freed-up in the late 1970s and then the economy got into the groove. Some are tourists (see also here). There are millions of others that have come to make lives all over the world. In Africa, it's almost strictly business, as that huge continent has a lot to
It's got to be more frustrating for the Chinese to deal with the mentality in Africa than it was for the slightly more relaxed Europeans 200 to 50 years ago. You've probably seen some other videos of the "clash of cultures", so this is just the latest video making the rounds. The black newscaster does not seem at all pleased as he describes the caning of an African by a Chinese boss. Really, the video is nothing special. It seems a lot less harsh than a whipping... no, I don't want you to prove me wrong.
There's bound to be a lot more of that, and I really wonder how the Chinese will fare over in Africa in the long run. As for America, how 'bout we just stock up on popcorn and Old Milwaukee and let this play out this time? One thing we could do ... come to think of it ... I'm envisioning a billboard, towering over the biggest traffic intersection in all of black Africa. It will have a message signed by representatives of the countries Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, and possibly Belgium, asking:
Big Sister is watching you!
Posted On: Wednesday - February 12th 2020 5:05PM MST
In Topics:   Music  California  AntiChrist  Environmental Stupidity  Orwellian Stupidity
I wonder who paid for that mural? Is it San Francisco or California taxpayers? I wish we'd known they were doing so well with their budget out there - Uncle Sam could use a California budget guru at $1,000/hr - it's a steal!
Well, I just read this one from the Washington Examiner site, that says San Francisco is getting this strangely familiar type mural for free.
The mural is located in the downtown part of the city near Union Square and is being painted by artist Andrés Petreselli.This guy really captures the essence of his subject, though a flashing neon "HOW DARE YOU?!" sign would add to the effect in my opinion (no charge for the idea, San Fran). It would especially help discourage those CITIZENS who live on sidewalks within eyeshot of the mural from spoiling the beauty of the city by the bay, oh, whoa, whoa, oh, oh ... 🎵
Imagine leaving the public library and heading to one's grate, but first, , dropping one's drawers to relieve the bowels (it's always good to be regular) and seeing Big Sister Greta up on the side of that building, always watching, watching ... "number 2? HOW! DARE! YOU!" ( 🎵If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to bring a change of underwear ... 🎵)
Now, I'd have thought Nancy Pelosi, in a red or pink dress, with one finger pointed at the public would have been a more appropriate Big Sister for San Francisco. You'd think she would appeal to regional tastes in Big Sisters. Too old, maybe?
We didn't all know how this would start, but the Global Climate Stupidity has been a good springboard for Orwellian control globally. Because she's jumped on that bandwagon early in life, I guess Greta now, is BIG BIG BIG in Orwellian Sisterhood. She's got a perfect face for the posters and has 50 good years to hone her Orwellianness, and she's off to a very good start. Greta Thunberg's amazing rise from a slightly-off, pre-pubescent little Swedish girl to the
Peak Stupidity has left the AntiChrist question simmer on the back burner for quite some time, leaving the options of Øb☭ma, the HIldabeast, or the Soros as our favorites. Is young Greta a possibility for the position? Peak Stupidity may consult with our HR staff later in the business day, but age is a big question. Is there an age cut-off for being accepted to AntiChristianity? Greta will be 18 next year, and that used to be OK for beer and wine, so you'd think ... I don't know. If not the AntiChrist, I would say Greta Thunberg is at least the Anti-Pippi-Longstocking.
Next time I'm in the city that only rube tourists call "Frisco", just " a-settin' on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away 🎵..." I may run into one or more wharf rats sent by Big Sister to help me get my mind right. When the lights go down in the city, I will understand that, yes, two professional sailing crews of 4, traveling in first class on 777 airliners on the polar tracks do NOT add up to more combustion and release of the natural atmospheric trace gases CO2 and H2O than does a single ticket for a single Swedish retard. I see the math now, and I LUV Big Sister.
No, no, that's what I've been trying to tell you people! These people were NOT (necessarily) gay. It was the 1970s, and if you wanted people to attend your concerts, dressing this way was just what you did. It's from Journey's 1978 album Infinity. Yes, I did have The Dead's Wharf Rat in mind, but I'll have to include that in a later post. Anyone have a favorite version ... anyone, ... Ganderson?
Coronavirus vs. Communism
Posted On: Tuesday - February 11th 2020 10:00AM MST
In Topics:   Commies  China  Healthcare Stupidity  Socialism/Communism
It's been a couple of week since Peak Stupidity chimed in on this coronavirus scare. There's a number of things that I've learned about it via personal sources, non-contagious-carriers, of course, along with a few interesting things I've read about it.
It's the Chinese Central Government's handling of the information flow regarding this serious disease that I do have some inside knowledge about. Much of that knowledge matches very closely with writer John Derbyshire's information from his Chinese wife, as he related in "Still 90% Chance Coronavirus Not Catastrophic—But Chinese (And Western) Censors Aren’t Helping" on VDare and unz.com (with lots of comments under the unz version).
I had already figured that the ubiquitous "we-chat" program (OK, "app"!) that the Chinese people both in China an abroad use as a combination Facebook, Twitter, and all else, is no doubt controlled in some way by the government of China. What I have learned is that the information coming out about the coronavirus is being censored and controlled to a state of complete confusion for info-hungry and often very worried Chinese people. An we-chat article about the problems in counting the numbers of ill and dead from this disease was readable for my source, but not transferable* to someone else. The government of China has been trying to control the information perhaps to avoid unnecessary panic, but possibly to avoid necessary panic or put a positive spin on every single thing that goes on in the country.
The anti-Americans on websites such as unz.com itself will try to pin the whole deal on the Americans, but they may want to look a lot closer to home, right to the source - the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. It does, after all, have one of the handful of "Bio-safety" Level-4 labs, just opened 2 years back. Peak Stupidity has commented quite often to the effect of Quality not being exactly "Job One" over there in China. Go ponder what happened in that lab in the middle of the dozen-million-populated city of Wuhan.
Mr. Lance Welton, a writer for VDare, has been mentioned a few times here on Peak Stupidity, initially in the post Affirmative Action for the marble-supply-challenged. We've had a few gripes with the guy, as his writing, unlike all other VDare writing I've read (almost all of the site) is not often as factual, and often speculative, using pop-psychology to try to explain the behavior of people that he, VDare, and I don't like. However, in his latest column, "STILL No Non-Chinese Deaths from Coronavirus, But the WASHINGTON POST Wants You to Rat Out Your Neighbors Anyway", again on both VDare and unz, he brings up an interesting point, though still pretty speculative**: Is this disease far deadly to Chinese, or at least Oriental, people than to others, say, Westerners?
That genetics are very obviously involved in the carrying and effects on different races of diseases is something that doctors have to deal with regularly. Not knowing these things is akin to malpractice. For this particular virus, Mr. Welton may be right that the foreigners (to China) may not have near the death rate, but I don't think all the evidence is in this early. (There's a humorous story about that young Englishman in China who beat the virus back with a steady dose of hot whiskey. Is that what a "hot toddy" is? If so, they ought to be covered under Øb☭macare.)
This could be a reason for people in the West to relax more about this disease. We'll get the usual grips about "you hate the Chinese people!" or the old BS narrative to hide the differences on effects on different races in the same way the AIDS virus was pushed as a disease we all should be afraid of ... rather than just homosexuals and needle-using drug dealers.
Before it's known what the whole deal is with this virus though, let's be thankful for the US Feral Government under President Trump doing one simple thing for once that IS a function of government. That function is controlling who and what come into the country. The American airline company's flights (Delta, American, and United) to China have been curtailed greatly, and the US Gov't does have a job in seeing that the disease doesn't have a chance to keep coming in (not that easy when all you do is screen for fever at Customs & Immigration, if even that).
Whatever and whoever come from everywhere else via the airlines is still a problem. Flights come daily into Atlanta and Miami from Guatemala City, San Salvador, Managua, Belize City, Panama City (Panama), Tegucigalpa, San Jose (Costa Rica) and other place you had to learn were capitals of banana republics in geography, along with points further south. There is an exception though. You won't find flights to and from Caracas, Venezuala anymore on the 3 major US Airlines. That stopped a year or more back when it got too damned dangerous.
Caracas has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Communism is even more contagious than Coronavirus …. spreads through the feces… orally …
* Yes, of course a computer-savyy individual could easily get around this matter in some way, but most people who use any of these apps are not computer-savvy. That's kinda why they use them.
** Lance Welton is no medical scientist or doctor, and neither is is your blogger here.
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