Apr 04

Flattening

Wait out the virus? What’s the endgame of that?

Sure, flattening the curve, but we can’t flatten it until the economy is utterly destroyed. That way lies madness and will harm far, far more people than the virus ever will or could. Simulations show that we’re just delaying. There’s no way we can delay until a vaccine is created and distributed. Civilization will have nearly ended at that point, so no vaccine will be administered anyway.

People, not understanding the economy and not having a clue about much else, believe the oddest things.

Apr 04

Technically No

Face masks for COVID-19: A deep dive into the data.

This article is highly misleading. Unfortunately, Ars is now infected with propaganda. Used to be a trustworthy place.

Homemade masks — note that we are not talking about surgical masks here, which definitely offer protection — do offer some protection from wearer and to wearer. Not nearly as much as proper medical-grade masks, but when you’re talking about nothing and better than that, a smart person takes “better than that.”

Why are so many people so invested in essentially lying to everyone? What is the overarching purpose of these fabrications?

Apr 04

Climate of Change

This pandemic has caused me to trust experts far, far less than I did before — and prior to this I trusted them hardly at all.

Bet that’s true for a lot of people. Wonder how that’s going to work with climate change preparation? (Which I believe is very real and a grave threat, worse than Covid-19 long term.)

Apr 04

Rumble

Oh, we’ll have a wartime economy alright. We’ll be rumbling with each other in streets strewn with the hulks of burning cars over the last roll of Charmin, machetes and rocks flying, yappy dogs deployed as distraction into the scrum, cans of cream of artichoke soup no one wanted used as bludgeons.

That’s the wartime economy for you!

Apr 04

More SP

More on Satanic Panic, which is just such a damn fun movie. I loved this scene, too.

In so many ways, Satanic Panic subverts the tropes of the often male-dominated world of horror and slashers. In one scene, Judy strips down to her underwear in what would generally be the typical cheesecake scene existing solely for the titillation of the male viewers. Here, the scene is played both as grotesquely as possible (lots of vomit, complete with more hair than a clogged bath drain) and as tenderly, playing out as a beautiful scene between Sam and Judy, just two characters trusting their lives with each other and fighting for each others’ lives.

Such a smart film. (And that’s not hair that she vomits; those are live worms.) So few made like this. And Ruby Modine is a gem (pun very much intended) in her role.

Apr 04

Plutocrats, America(n) Id(o)l(e)

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

–Revelation 9, KJV

Apr 04

Faker

One of the disadvantages to being smart is that I assume — almost always correctly — that I can figure out how to do something expeditiously as it’s needed. Unfortunately, that means I often neglect learning topics or areas deeply as I have no need to do this. I can “fake” it as required.

It’s often better, though, to study something more thoroughly than that even if one can get by with just showing up and using brute intelligence to power through. The Tony Stark method leads to shallowness of approach and understanding.

Something I am still working on.