Oct 25

War, What Is It Good For

Watching Saving Private Ryan in a theater filled with 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, many of whom had been in combat, and how visceral and gutting the beach landing scenes were. Fuck.

I’ve never been in a theater where the audience watched a movie so intently.

Oct 24

Utopino

Leonard Cohen wrote about the liberal utopia in “Everybody Knows.”

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

“A meter on your bed” indeed. Probably a camera, too. Why the liberals have this ethos, this desire for utter control of expression and emotion and lust, I have no idea. Perhaps because these are all so very messy. But welcome to the mess! It’s called the universe, and it’ll be here for a while yet.

Oct 24

Resol II

It’s not that joining the military lends you discipline, which it does to some extent, but that it allows you to learn to be resolute, which is a different thing. It teaches resolve, that is, in the face of difficulty, obstinance, threat and failure. That’s not the same as discipline, though it’s adjacent to it.

Of course in some ways, this is also self-selection. Those who lack all resolve don’t make it! But being in the service certainly heightened my ability to tolerate intransigence of personnel or materiel until I could prevail over it or, as a paratrooper does, regroup, reorient, and attack from another angle.

That’s something that can’t be taught, but can be learned in the right situations; and the military tends to create those situations.

Oct 24

Consonance

Her energy and mannerisms remind me a lot of my dead friend from long ago. They look not much alike, really, but wow they sure do feel alike.

I told my friend that she could come over to my house anytime, back in those days, no need to call or schedule. Just show up. And sometimes she did and would just drag often-reluctant me out the door to some adventure. Who can say no to a person with that much enthusiasm and energy? I certainly could not.

I have no idea if Sigrid is really like that. But they both move and act so brashly (in a good way) and so similarly it’s all my brain allows me to conclude.

Oct 23

Not Working

Out of Work in America.

That is some good, worthwhile journalism and I think it’s important to read these stories. Also, it shows that so many of the liberal pieties and platitudes are just so much pish-posh. (Including the “stay inside forever” one, but not only that.)

So much joblessness and pain in this country; the depression is very much still upon us.

Oct 23

Swiss Misses

Hmm, let’s see.

1) Call with Lenin.

2) Weekend with Swiss blonde twins.

I know, difficult choice. How could one ever decide what to do? I would have to spend literally femtoseconds before I made my decision (and it would not be stodgy-ass Lenin).

Oct 22

Universus

One of the reasons I like Emily and her science writing is that she’s not a “quant is all that matters” writer and doesn’t think feelings of awe, wonder and joy are the Devil’s Temptations, as many in the science and science-adjacent communities do.

I’m not an Excel spreadsheet. No one is. But some people seem to wish they were.

Oct 22

Never Leave Home

Milena was never a proponent of this, but hot damn it sure is a long way from February/March when all the liberals were eager to tell us that Zoom was just as good as in-person get-togethers, and if you said anything else you wanted to kill gramma.

Watching the advocates of this view go completely fucking nuts over the subsequent few months was kind of satisfying, though still sad in its way.

Oct 22

Shifted

I have been thinking about that a lot lately. The liberals are always on the side of bien-pensant conventionality but do respond to evidence — kind of. But they are terrible at the precautionary principle and have little memory of the past.

Just putting this on the ol’ blog so it’s not completely forgotten only to become another “conspiracy theory.”