What’s Behind The Mask?

Here’s a quick cruise through some of the science of masks. Perhaps the most important study says this: Neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered SARS–CoV-2 during coughs by infected patients. Unfortunately, that’s the main basis used to sell masks to the public—that masks are mostly not for uninfected people to protect themselves, but to…

Petty Tyrants

Man, this stuff angrifies my blood mightily. We were sold the idea of “shelter-in-place” in order to “flatten the curve”. This would avoid overloading the medical system, as shown below. Fair enough. And like a fool, I assumed that when the curve was flattened, we could get back to work. But noooo … I just…

END THE AMERICAN LOCKDOWN!!

The economic damage from the current insane “shelter-in-place” regulations designed to thwart the coronavirus is going to be huge—lost jobs, shuttered businesses, economic downturn, stock market losses. This doesn’t count the personal cost in things like increased suicides and domestic and other violence. Think pissed off young men out of a job and drinking on…

The Unsocial Reality Of Socialism

A lovely but unfortunately uber-liberal friend of mine shared this graphic on Facebook. It revealed such a profound and frightening misunderstanding of socialism that I felt I had to unravel it a bit. First, what is “socialism”? Well, it’s not any of the things listed in the graphic. Not one. In fact, it has nothing…

Hitchhiking Into The Unknown

I was watching the TV series “Call The Midwife” tonight with my gorgeous ex-fiancée. It takes place back in 1964. Two of the characters were old gay men, very much in love in a society where it was still “the love that can’t be named”, the love that at the time was still very illegal…

For My Dear Friend Patrick

My old friend Patrick Purcell is a wonderful man with a lovely Solomon Islands wife … … a bunch of children and grandchildren, and even more friends. I’ve known him for thirty years and more. I last saw him when I was in the Solomons a couple years ago. We caught up on old times,…

Life In The Psychedelicatessen

Here, in order from the top, is the story of my wandering into the world of LSD-assisted psychotherapy … a strange tale indeed, and kids, don’t try this at home … Best to all, w. Another Tale of Derring-Don’t Well, now that Justice Kavanaugh has endured the attempted suspension of the presumption of innocence, and…

Raw Terror

Folks sometimes accuse me of being “Islamophobic”. I’m nothing of the sort. A “phobia” is a baseless fear of something harmless. I don’t have that. What I have is a historically justified, fact-based fear of Islam. It’s not just Christianity in funny hats. It is a warriors religion and the stated goal is to establish…

My Friend Billy

I had breakfast today with an old friend of mine I hadn’t crossed paths with in a while. And by an “old friend”, I mean a guy like me in his seventies. We spoke of many things, including the evanescent quality of life, which reminded me of my dear friend and father-in-law, Billy. So I…

What’s Shaking?

Well, it’s been a curious week. Wednesday, I worked on my roof about two stories off of the ground. Last night, I dreamed about wrestling tyrannosaurs. And this morning, I woke up in an ambulance. === The ambulance man said, “You’re in an ambulance heading for a hospital.” “Why?”, I asked. “You fell in your…