Friday, February 26, 2021
Lock him up and throw away the key.
But give him a metal first. The man set a new world record.
“A drunk driver in Oregon is thought to have recorded the highest ever blood alcohol reading, hitting .77 percent – more than nine times the legal limit in the state. . . . Anything over .40 can be fatal, with experts from Stanford University’s Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, saying a reading between .35 and .40 means a person would typically lose consciousness and could be on the brink of a coma.”
Thursday, February 25, 2021
For the One Thing File: From Econtalk’s interview with John Cochrane.
Actually, two things: (1) We had a vaccine in January 2020 that was safe and effective, but the FDA refused to approve it.
(2) There is a simple, over-the-counter COVID test. It’d cost $2, maybe $5, but the FDA has refused to approve it.
The FDA [Food and Drug Administration] continues to regulate tests, taking a long time to improve them. The most recent–imagine how this would have gone if you could have a little paper script test that you can take at home, costs two to five bucks, you can find out if you’re sick; your employer can use this to find out if you’re sick, send you home; you know who’s got it, you know who doesn’t.
Why don’t we have that? Because the FDA refused to approve it, continues to refuse to approve it. The one that has finally after close to a year into this, let out of the barn, it does so still requiring a doctor’s prescription, $50 bucks, and enrolling into an app.
Now by what possible right, you may ask, does the FDA not allow you to know what’s going on inside your body and not allow a company to sell you that service? A test can not hurt you.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
I would add that, if you don’t think the censorship movement is part of the Great Reset, you’re wrong. I can’t prove it, but you’re wrong.
Matt Taibbi Points Out Highly Troubling Aspects of the Censorship Movement
The drumbeat grows to censor Fox. Politicians are increasingly using implied threats against social media to kill their enemies. Matt Taibbi (a lefty, keep in mind) ain’t having it.
|This sequence of events is ominous because a similar matched set of hearings and interrogations back in 2017 — when Senators like Mazie Hirono at a Judiciary Committee hearing demanded that platforms like Google and Facebook come up with a “mission statement” to prevent the “foment of discord” — accelerated the “content moderation” movement that now sees those same platforms regularly act as de facto political censors.|
Sequences like this — government “requests” of speech reduction, made to companies subject to federal regulation — make the content moderation decisions of private firms a serious First Amendment issue. Censorship advocates may think this is purely a private affair, in which the only speech rights that matter are those of companies like Twitter and Google, but any honest person should be able to see this for what it is.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Well, let’s hope the long February is over. The temperatures are supposed to warm in southern Michigan today as a warm front moves in, bringing temps in the thirties and low forties.
I knew it had been a harsh February, but I didn’t realize just how much snow had accumulated until I walked behind our downtown district and saw huge piles of snow that the City had removed. The piles were probably 15-20 feet high and massive.
February’s harshness was further brought home to me Saturday morning, when I woke up to see the snow around my backyard trampled badly, like a bunch of kids had played back there. I realized that deer had come over from the neighboring cornfield to my back deck, which is surrounded by ivy. They had eaten the ivy vines on two large trees and had dug into the snow to eat the ivy along the ground.
Deer, according to the Google Machine, don’t love ivy but they’ll eat it in a pinch, and I’m guessing these deer are in a pinch. I hadn’t seen any deer all of January, but now, in late February, they’re making their appearance as they have to wander further and further because their normal food sources are covered by snow.
I just hope they leave before I have to start putting my lettuce plugs out. As of right now, my half-acre garden is all smooth snow. They have no idea I have spinach and kale overwintering in the front beds. I’m not terribly optimistic the plants will survive this brutal February, but if they do, I don’t want to train the deer to expect food here.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
I happened upon a book by Leonard Cheshire, “Pilgrimage to the Shroud” at a book sale, good summary here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/a/g-l-cheshire/pilgrimage-to-the-shroud/
Very moving, so I googled the author — pilot war hero, convert to Catholicism, founder of facilities to help the disabled. https://www.rcdea.org.uk/centenary-mass-for-leonard-cheshire-will-start-campaign/
Good bio here: https://www.biographyonline.net/military/leonard-cheshire.html
Probably the only person considered for sainthood who opened a Pink Floyd concert: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/former-raf-pilot-leonard-cheshire-and-former-pink-floyd-news-photo/145594594.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Elon Musk weighs in on Bitcoin some more, as the weird investment passes $53,000 per coin:
To be clear, I am *not* an investor, I am an engineer. I don’t even own any publicly traded stock besides Tesla.
However, when fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn’t look elsewhere.
Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. The key word is “almost”.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2021
There are other positive Bitcoin signals out there as well, leading Zero Hedge to conclude $100,000 Bitcoin is coming.
What are y’all drinking for Lent?
This one is always a quandary for me. According to Fr. Simon at Relevant Radio earlier this week, the thing you “give up” for Lent must be a source of pleasure, bad for you, and not sinful. He said that a person couldn’t give up getting drunk because that’s sinful.
Although I never heard anyone list those three requirements, I think I always intuited it. Whenever someone would suggest that I give up alcohol for Lent, I always declined. My reason?
I think drinking is good for me.
I’m not going to link to the scores of articles that talk about the health effects of moderate drinking. I just point to scores of scars on my soul that have accumulated over the past, say, 72 hours and assure everyone that the alcohol helps heal the scar tissue. I need it for my emotional health.
I wouldn’t give up alcohol for Lent any more than a parish should empty its holy water fonts (a form of idiocy my parish took for a few years until the bishop told them to knock it off). Holy water is a sacramental. It’s good for you, unless you’re Dracula or L-Squared (a Leftist Liturgist).
And yes, such things are the province of the Left. The Left is never happy, so it always wants to innovate and change things in an image they approve of.
Oh well, the weekly “BYCU: Drinking Matters” column shouldn’t devolve into politics.
But it does make me want to drink more.
Ash Wednesday, 2021
We have arrived at the stage of life when we must realize that the hour-glass is rapidly running out, that the pendulum of life is coming to a stand still, and that time will soon be no more. With death an eternity without end begins. Every year, on Ash Wednesday, the Church solemnly reminds us of these eternal truths.Clement Henry Crock
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Hockey has a huge goalie problem, according to Hall-of-Fame goalie Ken Dryden.
The problem? The goalies are simply too big. Their padding allows them to block everything they can see. Even the notorious five-hole is now gone. The result? The offense has had to adjust to a swarm and obfuscate approach to scoring, resulting in clusters around the net. Scoring itself hasn’t dropped, but the open ice play has.
I think he’s right. I’ve grown tired of watching hockey and I used to watch it fairly frequently. The NHL’s decision to cave to political correctness didn’t help matters, but if I’m being honest, I started to lose interest years ago. Maybe part of it is the fact that I can’t even see what’s going on when goals are scored. It’s just a bunch of dudes gathered around the net, trying to poke the puck in.
Dryden, incidentally, thinks the problem would be easily remedied: just widen the nets by six inches on each side and six inches higher.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Maybe I jumped the gun a bit, but I couldn’t resist planting my favorite lettuce: Jester. The stuff is amazing: tastes great, weathers heat . . . and weathers the cold.
This picture is from two weeks ago. They’re nearly big enough to get baby leaves at this point, but the weather is nowhere close to transplanting them, not even into the greenhouse.
The seedling pots are pretty big, though. I’m hoping I can just harvest straight from the pots.
If not, I’ll lose a crop (32 seedlings total), but oh well. Among Jester’s other traits is prolific seed production. I have at least a thousand seeds from last year alone.
It’s freezing out there. Yikes.
I’ve been able to use one of my favorite lines a couple of times today: “It’s colder than Marie’s heart after I gave her gonorrhea.”
Sunday, February 14, 2021
So what’s this “Whimsy on Steroids” and “the traditional TDE Blog” all about?
Well, the revamped Daily Eudemon has been well received, but a few of you have said you missed the more informal (“authentic”?) TDE, where I just wrote whatever was on my mind, even if it bordered on the narcissistically autobiographical.
Some also miss the traditional “scrolling” blog, where the bulk of the most recent posts are all on one page.
This new page is designed to address both “complaints” (wrong word, but close enough).
The content will be “traditional TDE”: references to my hangovers, my family, gardening, whatever I’m reading now, and excerpts from my writing journals. All of TDE is fairly whimsical, but this page will be full-blown whimsical just like TDE has traditionally been. It will be “whimsy on steroids.”
It will also be presented in the scrolling blog format, with the newest on top.
It’s odd: The “scrolling” blog is hugely out of favor these days. The popular website theme designer, mythemeshop.com, doesn’t even appear to offer that option. The only option is what you see on the homepage of TDE: individual articles that you must click in order to read.
So I’ve “jimmy-rigged” a widget to turn it into a scrolling blog. It’s going to be a work-in-process, but I’m optimistic that it’s going to work.
For those who liked the traditional TDE, you may want to bookmark this specific page. It will get updated frequently.
The rest of The Daily Eudemon site, incidentally, will continue as well. There will be tweaks here and there, but Feature Essays, Tweets, the Quote Machine: they’ll continue. (The “Briefs” section, however, may get subsumed into the traditional TDE blog; I’ll continue to mull it over as I proceed with this work-in-process.)
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Michael Malice on perhaps the biggest problem with COVID: The crisis has given some very bad people some very useful information about how much people will put up with.
If Fauci told people that dog urine prevents COVID, people would be on Twitter asking what breed’s urine is best.
See Malice interview on Rogan, right at the beginning.
BTW: Yesterday’s interview with Elon Musk yesterday was deadly boring, unless you’re really into rocket ships. I bailed out after 15 minutes, scrolled forward a half hour, and they were still talking about something engineering related. Maybe it picks up in the second half of the 3-hour interview, but I couldn’t get there.
New feature coming soon: The traditional Daily Eudemon.
Snippets, quotes, random, thoughts.