Miscellany

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Here’s your big chance to be first: I’ve launched a site at Patreon. Yeah, I’m not sure how it works either. I literally launched it fifteen minutes ago and am still learning. But hey, I’ve never monetized TDE in over 15 years of blogging, so I figured I’d give it a try.

The “zero patrons” reference might be embarrassing after a few months.

But I could use more humility.

It will, incidentally, simulcast TDE posts, in case you’re wondering what the content will be.

The websites are lit up COVID resurgence links. I’ve clicked on a few. One thing is noticeably missing: a resurgence in deaths. COVID cases might be increasing, but I see no evidence that the thing is deadly. Or ever has been, for the matter, unless you have a risk condition. I’m staying the course: conservative social distancing (which is my ilk anyway), keeping focus on positive things like booze.

The best Tweet of the morning comes from Iowa Hawk:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Twitter, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the mentions at dawn looking for an angry fix,
blue checked hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night

(Parody of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, btw.)

By coincidence, I ran across a copy of Leif Carter’s classic Reason in Law yesterday. It was in a pile of things to be thrown away. I decided to read the section devoted to statutory interpretation and “plain meaning.” He shredded the concept, pointing out that nobody knows what “plain meaning” means. I felt fairly vindicated (see yesterday’s post). Individual words in sentences must be given their plain meaning when possible, but to use the “plain meaning” to impute an intent plainly not intended, it’s an outrage. I’m still shaking my head at Gorsuch’s disingenuity.