Are You Pulling My Lever?
Mostly useless crap in the headlines today. We will be interested to listen to Rush Limbaugh’s show today because word is president Trump will be doing a Town Hall.
Trump was on Hannity Thursday. As usual, the press doesn’t go over his content, or bother reporting his views. Like “Pence and the Fly” the Trump Hate Media (THM monetizing the TDS crowd) focused on a presidential cough.
The good news of such pseudo-coverage? (When CNN does a story and quotes the Washington Post, the term “circle-jerk” jumps to mind…) There’s a hell of a rebranding opportunity here for CNN recast its old image (The Clinton News Network) to something more relevant today: The Covid (or Cough) News Network!
The polls say the Supreme Court Stackers will win. The “street’s not too sure.”
Here in Texas, we expect resolution today as Legal battle over mail-in drop off locations in Texas wound into last night. This is a state where the Texas Supreme Court rules major county can’t mail ballot applications to all voters.
The way we figure it, mailing a ballot to everyone just encourages lazy people to vote.
And are lazy people (who don’t have their “head in the game” far enough to even get a ballot without the Nanny State) the ones you want to have picking
Biden-Harris your leaders?
Speaking of the Court Stackers and their allies, we also don’t think the world revolves around Washington D.C. In our “modest and humble” giving the place Statehood would essentially given bureaucrats there more than one vote each.
The way we figure it is many in the District of Corruption already have a “super-vote.” In that they make public policy decisions impacting all areas of our lives (even where government has no business). But, to let them keep swamphood AND toss in a vote…OMG – insanity!
Weathering Washington’s Ego
Washington’s grotesquely oversized ego even extends to the weather. See the WaPo’s Delta’s remnants could dump up to three inches of rain on Washington from Sunday into Monday. Storm’s not even ashore, yet, for crying out loud.
See what I mean? It’s ALL ABOUT WASHINGTON. Even though the storm has NOT even landed in Louisiana, yet. And then before we get to the Washington-centric media hub, there’s the matter of Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, the Virginias and maybe North Carolina. Obviously, they don’t count.
But, it’s ALL ABOUT WHO? FMTT. Never stops, does it?
Clear-Headed Jas on NeanderPop
My buddy, and ex-Crisco DSP PhD. Jas Jain dropped me a note that lays out some data (data being what he does, right?) that hasn’t gotten enough coverage or attention:
“Amazing Covid-19 Research: South Asians Are Most at Risk Followed by Europeans; East Asians Least at Risk “Risk of Severe Coronavirus Linked to Neanderthal Genes From 60,000 Years Ago
“Around 50 percent of the people in South Asia and 16 percent of people in Europe now carry this length of DNA, which scientists have now linked to the most severe form of COVID-19.
According to the new research, those who have this genetic inheritance are three times more likely to require mechanical ventilation once they contract the virus, explains evolutionary anthropologist Hugo Zeberg from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.”
It partly, only partly!, explains why East Asians are smarter than Europeans and South Asians are lot dumber. There is little doubt that East Asians will write the rules as to how the world operates in the decades to come.
I had suspected something like this but had no idea why. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese scientists knew this….”
To be sure, this was covered in a few non-US media last week. See Having Neanderthal genes could make you more at risk, for example. But where are the Neander’s? Oops! “Move along mush-headed citizen…”
Don’t worry, though: With Biden safely in office, we can safely predict anyone calling “CV-19 a possible Chinese bioweapon” will be quickly judged guilty of a hate crime. Sentenced to demo-speak re-education camp. Thus, we see the Chinese Century will be distinctly unopposed by a shrinking “NeanderPop.” Damn uppity apes, we are, huh? But just look around you for proof..
We’ve all gone bananas, right?
Addicted to Paper – Making Up Money
Bananas for paper! Yeah, babe…that’s the kind of gubmint we’ve got! How much? How fast is the Road to Perdition being paved?
Whee!~ I keep looking to Ben Bernanke’s blog for guidance. To no avail, for almost a year, now.
The American Problem is the bankers are not sure what they’re doing. Take for example what this Richmond Fed article says:
Since 1977, the Federal Reserve has operated under a mandate from Congress to “promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long term interest rates” — what is now commonly referred to as the Fed’s “dual mandate.”
Let me help with some basic remediation: Count along at home – check my work. 1 goal is max employment. Check. 2 is stable prices, check. 3. is moderate long term rates. Now comes the remedial part:
Ure’s point this morning? We have a whole nation full of (sorry to be blunt here) “shit for brains” people. Unable to question the patently OBVIOUS. There are THREE GOALS in Fed policy. Yet the “dual mandate” swill is endlessly repeated, articulated by the loftiest of leaders and advanced academics. WTFAY?
WORDS MEAN SOMETHING. Duale means how many? If you are not precise in your thinking, shit crashes. If you don’t believe me? Hang around for a while.
Vitriolic Friday Nastygram
Nutty Nancy strikes again. Sure, we read where 25th Amendment: Pelosi pushes new bill to determine whether Trump is capable of serving as President. But, are we the only ones to figure out that you-know-who would never sign it and there’s nowhere near the public support for an over-ride? (Who are these people?)
You know most pilots are logical, right? Smart, well-trained, sober…and so as a result, that means cockpit conversation (when you’re above ‘sterile cockpit’ altitude) tends to be centrist to conservative. Then again, as a pilot and former airline jump-seating VP, I just happen to know this stuff. Still, it’s useful background when you read other stories like Pelosi says no to standalone airline relief bill, as workers and their families say they ‘just need help now’. Like Pappy always told me: “Democrats are always willing to help. Themselves.”
It’s OK, we had some choice family sayings about republicans, too. Just Uncle Stanley’s dog wasn’t trained to “go off” at the mention of republicans. “Happy! He’s a democrat!!” Where-upon 80 pounds of collie promptly went into ferocious mode…
A Special Note to Reader BAB
A reader/commenter was commenting on use of plain old natural Sun (eyes closed) to help wet age related macular degeneration. I offered some ideas, but I forgot a terribly important comment and it’s one SO important that I wanted to put it up here.
There are two pretty-good “screen managers” out there which you can install on most computers. One is called I.R.I.S. and the other is f.Lux. I am of the opinion (though this is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE) that anyone who uses a computer should get either, install, and manage the spectral inputs to their eyes.
In a nutshell, LEDs in displays can be driven hard enough (high brightness) that their UV (ultraviolet) content increases significantly. When it does, it can damage both the back of the eye and prolonged exposure to UV can cause cataracts and plenty of other issues.
Since seeing is a “useful” ability, installing either of these two programs can give you a way to “throttle down the high blue off to ultraviolet.” In IRIS, there is a “health” setting which can be used as a starting point. In f.Lux, there is a setting I use called Himalayan Salt Lamp that I use most of the time when writing.
IRIS or f.Lux is strongly recommended if you spend any appreciable time on a computer. Makes “turning the brain” off at the end of the day, easier, too. Bright light and high levels of excitability are linked. Bright light, fast reaction times, and a fourth double-shot Americano tall will drive the ticker into PVCs, too, lol.
Free! From Old Man Labs
As long as we’re talking LED displays, something else to mention just so the idea is in the public domain.
I’m sure you’re aware of the work being done at MIT where they have found that flickering lights at 40 Hz excites the brain in a particular way that seems to roll-back aspects of Alzheimer’s. If you’re not up to speed on this, click over here and join the leading edge.
Critical Personal Action Point Recommended! Do NOT buy any computer monitor or display that has a refresh rate of less than 60 Hz.
That’s because (sooner or later) either IRIS or f.Lux – both of which have marvelous control over the graphics card outputs – will figure that they can set the frame rate down into the Alzheimer’s treatment 40Hz rate.
I am taking the exceptional move this morning of a) putting my thinking into the public domain – so as many people as possible can benefit from a 40 Hz frame rate on their monitors. And b) so you don’t piss away money on a big – BUT CHEAP monitor! Cheap monitors have refresh rates of only 30 Hz. So they can’t be driven at a 40-frame rate.
Are you following? Think of monitors like cars: You can easily step on the brakes of a high-performance car to slow it down to a desired speed. BUT a terribly under-powered car? One that will only ever go at moped speeds (30 MPH) will never hit 40 MPH. Change the units to Hz of frame rates from MPH and it will all make sense.
Lab Works In Process
Yes, the crazy thinking style that got us into red light therapy with the Light Crown project being described several years back on the Peoplenomics side, MAY BE about to lay another “big one” on subscribers next week.
I call it TAD – a Telepathy Assistive Device. The theory is a spin off the Faster Than LIght technology that we disclosed in our discussions of the DIRAC transceivers (and explaining how those work…well, except for the multi-channel version which we don’t want to even talk about openly…).
We’ll see how the testing goes. Even without results, it’s a fascinating tale of history, research, and how much has been lost on us knuckle-dragging semi-upright hominids.
Tomorrow on Peoplenomics, we answer a very interesting question posed by a reader: Can You Beat the Algo’s trading?
Off for the planned “ultimate Friday breakfast.” Leftover scalloped potatoes and ham with a couple of over-easy eggs. Yum!~ (Say, this being almosty 72-stuff ain’t so bad, once you get some of the hacks sorted out!)
Write when you get rich,