Teh Squeaky Wheel
A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
The local paper reported on the annual hate crimes and hate incidents report put out by the county Human Relations Commission. Of course the headline was gloom and doom about rising hate crimes, but when you get into the meat of the matter we find the following: 30 possible hate crimes reported by police, with only 8 prosecuted as hate crimes. The bulk of the report deals with “hate incidents” which could be someone distributing a flyer that someone else feels is racist or a an anti-illegal immigrant video posted on social media. Of course they never give the race or ethnicity of the perpetrators for some reason.
It’s all fake, as such things always have been. Actual organized racism you can almost count on the fingers of one hand.
The five pillars of modern journalism. Look into what they are. Only one is legitimate. The other four are simply Marxism of one flavor or another..
It all depends on language and how you define “racism.” The left has done a remarkable job there.
yup. It all began in 1914, but one phase of it began after WWII as Marxism began to seep into our institutions. Journalism added 4 Marxist pillars to the one that everyone thinks of as “What real Journalism really is or should be.”
There is a very interesting movie about that. In some ways the activist journalism is really a backdrop to the movie that you hardly notice unless you’re paying attention and know what to look for.
Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, I think and one other famous female leading lady who played Gregory’s wife. I can’t remember the name of the movie. But they don’t tell stories like that anymore.
I doubt very much that this movie was a blockbuster, but it was a thoughtful piece, and except for the cinematography, not very glamorous.
It’s th’ annual Talk Like a Corsair Day! How could I forget? And swab the deck! And a very grog-filled anniversary t’ Fatwa and his bride, th’ lovely BrendaK!
Arrgh! Good morning, Paddy -- happy Sunday, GN!
The devil is in the details -- I’ll bet that the article relied heavily on percentage increases as opposed to actual numbers.
That and mixing percentages, percentage increases, and numbers together, without ever providing all of any.
I picked up some meds at the local Rite Aid pharmacy yesterday. At the entrance there’s a sign that reads along the lines of “in accordance with CDC guidelines, customers that are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks while shopping” and so I didn’t mask up when I entered. There was maybe another 15 or so shoppers and I was the only one not wearing a mask.
No dirty looks -- no confrontations, but it seems to me that people are becoming accustomed to wearing masks as the norm. I look for every opportunity to not wear one. I keep seeing plenty of people driving around that are masked even while alone in their vehicle.
I pretty much stopped wearing one in March or April of 2020. But In AZ we never really had a mandate, it was just an advisory. The biggest change has been that there are no 24 hour places, like WalMart or Denny’s, all have closing times. The grocery stores up here, close earlier than they used to.
Witch doctors used to sell charms to warriors that would make them bullet proof if they truly believed. After the battle there would be many warriors with charms killed, but the Witch doctors pointed out they were not true believers, proof that the charm worked for the faithful!! This claim that the vaxxed are safe except from the unvaxxed brings that to mind. I could see a claim that the vaxxed are creating more deadly new strains that threaten the unvaxxed, but to claim the unvaxxed are somehow creating and breeding these ever stronger strains that threaten the vaxxed, who would otherwise not be at risk? I have lived through a year and a half of the pandemic without catching it but now I am a greater threat than untested illegals from highly infected countries that are welcomed in and settled around the country in red states?
I hear from liberals that I am a direct threat to them and should lose my job, support, health care, and freedoms, even though I am not infected, but to restrict the flow and free travels of these criminals with a high infection rate is useless, racist, evil, and anti-science.
Yup. It’s like a cult.
The Branch Covidians.
(I can’t take credit for that one. I heard it from duckHK on Rumble, probably, can’t remember--possibly SaltyCracker or StyxHexenHammer666… or one of those guys.)
“Mask Davidians” sounds better IMO.
sure, why not : )
Put them together: Mask Covidians.
Winner winner chicken dinner!
Happy Sunday everyone!
Our internet is still down. I’m thinking of ramping back the service, since I’m not streaming that much anymore, and getting a second internet of some kind. Years ago, I used to have DSL here, but it sucked, so I got cable. I have what used to be their highest tier, although they’ve added another tier since then for $20 more.
If DSL is still available and improved at all, it might be worth looking into. According to a website that categorizes internet service, in our area, Fiber is now available in some locales. DSL/fiber from CenturyLink might be better than it was 7 years ago. Certainly, Cable has improved, although this is the second box that died on me. I lost one last year, but it was because of a bad filter outside, that blew my last box.
This time, it just failed suddenly while I was posting on the wheel a couple of days ago. I made one post, and then when I tried another one, it was out. No amount of rebooting helped at all. Nor did their remote reset attempts.
So who knows what is up.
In Portland, I ran my own dedicated DNS server, and had cable internet and something called “Clear” which was a UHF broadband radio thing. These two internet services ran into a dual WAN router so the internet would never go down for our household, except that “Clear” was slower than the cable.
so yeah, still using the cell phone on USB on this machine (Which does not have wifi) and cell phone wifi tethering on everything else.
Church was Hot inside, this morning. I helped with the sacrament in addition to setting up the Zoom session, which I usually do if I am there.
It was so hot in there, I couldn’t wait to take off my coat and tie and roll up my sleeves at the first opportunity. On my way home, I had a nice long chat on the phone with my mom. Who is having a tough time, as in fact, she always has, in one way or another. She has not had an easy life.
I sometimes pray that God will take my Brother home, so maybe Mom could have a few years of peace and quiet. But that’s above my pay grade. I feel he has a purpose for my crazy brother, but I’ll be damned if I know what it is.
Mental illness, you know…. But in his case, it was caused by a head trauma, so it’s not just some brain chemistry thing like it is with most crazies.
I have some extra prayers in me today, Dv8 -- I’ll so a few for you, your mother, and your brother if you don’t mind.
Hi dv8 (and Harper!) -- glad you were able to get to church and also that you had a nice, long conversation with your mom. I’m sorry to hear about your brother. I’ll add some extra prayers for your family.
thanks so much : ) It’s nice to be able to share a bit of my frustration with all y’all.
That’s what we’re here for.
RIP Norm MacDonald.
Evidentially, he had some kind of cancer for almost 10 years, but never told anyone.
Back to Dante.
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood
Perhaps it’s me, but I find Ciardi easier to read and comprehend, but then I’m more attuned to plot than I am to poetry.
In this particular case I like the Longfellow. I no longer have the mental muscle for poetry, but I still love Shakespeare. I still enjoy the decorative path, the beautiful imagery. To share data I like simple and direct, but I can enjoy a nice library before I even touch a book.I understand both translations, but I keep repeating the first, enjoying the structure and imagery.
I was always poor at English or literature, but literature tends to be the main reason I lament my lack of education. I know I miss a lot for lack of it.
There’s a particular skill to reading poetry and/or great literature, or at least a frame of mind or perspective if not quite a skillset. I don’t have it so a more modern translation, which may overlook the nuance and beauty of a more literal translation, may at least allow me to grasp the meaning of the words…if that make sense.
The lines I used as a comparison above are the first three lines of the first canto of The Inferno and I have to admit that the Longfellow translation was to me understandable. I’ll have to come up with some better examples.
I read a couple of Shakespeare’s plays in high school (including the obligatory Hamlet) and struggled with the language, cadence, etc., but found that it got easier the more I read. Later, in college, I took a course in Shakespeare and found that by the third play, I was “getting” it. I still needed to look at the foot notes and glossary, but the cadence was becoming more familiar and understandable.
School almost ruined Shakespeare for me, over analyzing everything, like it was meant to be a two month study instead of a three hour play. I still remember a young English teacher explaining that the expressions of love between two characters in Julius Caesar was an example of homosexual relations being accepted in those times. These were married heterosexual men expressing their devotion for each other. I understood this even then.
Two things that helped me were learning the meaning of a number of terms used by Shakespeare and listening to an audio recording of an English performance. It was nothing special, but the actors delivered their lines slowly, as intended, and it struck me how much easier it was to understand and appreciate the dialog. In almost all performances I have heard or seen they talk at a normal pace, like you expect in a modern play or movie, and I always tried to read the lines the same way. At the much slower and more deliberate pace the words were much easier to understand and the beautiful imagery could form and remain in my mind. Luckily, as with relitivity, I read Shakespeare after I graduated, and found the love for it I had missed in school. I think the first play I read in that quest was Othello, and it was great. Later I found a great performance of it with Laurence Olivier in the title role. To see that frail and slender man portraying this huge Moorish warrior and being so easily believable and convincing, even to the deep booming voice that seemed to come from a giant chest, really demonstrated what a great actor he was. His great performance of Hamlet where he played a much younger character is still my favorite. I never cared much for the comedies but I love a number of the classic tragedies.Some of the classic lines, like Hamlet’s contemplating suicide, are always in my mind. Such powerful and vivid imagery. Nothing else compares.
A couple of short clips from Othello
Whenever someone asks me how to gain an understanding of Shakespeare I tell them to watch Kenneth Branagh’s HENRY V for the same reasons you mentioned. The dialogue being spoken in a clear voice at the correct pace and by someone who really understands what they’re saying.
I hope you will share more of your journey, Sven. I rather enjoy seeing through your eyes at times, I see things I am blind to.
I second that!!! I love it!
Well, I’m having that staying up late thing going on. I should be asleep, but I’m going to try now.
Good afternoon, and good night, everyone.
Good night Mac,
and Sven, busy quoting Dante.
and goodnight Fatwa, wherever you are.
And Good night Rabbit, Dream of Lettuce, Carrots, and Celery.