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Interesting Podcast about Ineffectual Policies Surrounding COVID-19

September 19, 2021 8 comments

Here is a recent and interesting episode of a podcast, featuring two well-known mainstream physicians, about the ineffectual policies pursued under the name of “public health measures” for controlling COVID-19. In it, they talk about issues ranging from recent clinical trials which demonstrate the relative ineffectiveness of face masks in preventing viral transmission, the incredibly irrational policies surround schools, daycare and universities, the potentially nasty political and other violent blowbacks from vaccine mandates, the serious lack of good data to support boosters, risk of second-dose myocarditis in teenage boys and young men, liberal media overreaction to Ivermectin and much more.

What makes this podcast even more interesting is that both have respectable mainstream medical and academic careers in very blue cities in blue states. It says a lot when even people living in such parts of the country clearly have had enough of this ‘liberal’ nonsense. One of them even writes articles for very mainstream medical publications and liberal puff pieces such the Atlantic. Here is a list of more articles by him in MSM and non-specialist journals and outlets. So you see.. even otherwise liberal people in the medical field have now reached the point where they are speaking up about this nonsense. You might also have recently seen many previously mainstream narrative supporting journalists trying to hastily distance themselves from the ongoing slow-motion train wreck. The next few months look interesting..

What do you think? Comments?

Ventriloquism-Based Spoof by Jeff Dunham on the Biden Presidency

September 1, 2021 3 comments

Here is a new and funny ventriloquism-based spoof on the Biden presidency by Jeff Dunham. It touches on many topics from Biden’s obvious senility, his scripted public appearances being controlled by handlers, the atrociously bad messaging on COVID-19 and much more. It also pokes fun of many famous mainstream journalists and Donald Trump.

Enjoy! Comments?

On the Scam of Pushing Inclusivity, Diversity and SJW-ism in History

August 11, 2021 11 comments

A few years ago, I accidently came across an interesting YouTube channel run by an Italian guy about daily life, customs and weapons from the Roman era to late-Medieval, with special emphasis on Italy. While most of his videos are about fairly niche stuff, a few cover topics of much broader interest. One of his recent videos is about how the bullshit attempts to distort history by fulfilling inclusivity and diversity quotas for documentaries, period dramas etc is a very bad idea. Another one tries to compile and analyze available data to guess what a real historical Jesus might have looked like- spoiler, he almost certainly looked like an Iraqi Jew.

With that out of the way, here are two recent and interesting clips from his channel.

Clip #1: Why Inclusivity and History are a Bad Match!

Clip # 2: What Did Jesus REALLY Look Like? Ethnicity, Hair, Skin, Eyes, Body Type.

What do you think? Comments?

Deus Ex (2000) Was One of the Most Prophetic Games Ever Released

July 24, 2021 6 comments

Some of you might be old enough to have played the original ‘Deus Ex‘ when it was released in 2000. While the graphics look clearly dated, it has probably one of the best storyline and game design ever put in a commercially successful and widely known game. While a synopsis of the plot does provide a very rough idea of what the game was about, no synopsis can ever do justice to the detailed world and characters depicted in that game. While the game is set in 2052, it is incredible how many of the issues which are part of its storyline– from conspiracy theories and secret societies to omnipresent electronic surveillance, mega corporations and rich hucksters selling “AI” as a solution to humanities problem in an impoverished and highly unequal world– have become relevant in 2021.

Its only real fault, along with most dystopian fiction, is the portrayal of “elites” as competent and organized. As many of you have seen over past 15-17 months, the “elite” are actually quite incompetent and lack the ability for detailed long-term planning. This is not surprising as the only way to become an “elite” in any large society throughout human history has been to get lucky- either by being born to right parents, winning the right battles, knowing the right people by accident and generally being lucky. It is therefore no wonder that almost every single “elite” who has ever existed has been nothing more than a lucky parasite without any real special skills or abilities. If “elites” were actually competent, a lot of history would have never occurred. Will write more about this in another post.

Anyway, enjoy this clip which contains some of the best NPC interactions and cut scenes from that game. You will be surprised how relevant it is in 2021, especially in 2021.

What do you think? Comments?

Biden and DNC Want to Censor Text Messages For ‘Misinformation’

July 14, 2021 2 comments

So.. I wanted to write an article about Biden and DNC trying to pressure telecom carriers into censoring text messages about COVID-19 vaccination for ‘misinformation’- but somebody got there first. Here is a clip from the YT Channel ‘Talking Points‘ on which they discuss why this idea is so bad and will set a very dangerous precedent. Then again, ivy-league “educated” LIEbral idiots are not known for their ability for critical thought and reasoning.

Should be able to finish and post another real post on why western corporations are so willing to go along with “wokeism” by tomorrow.

What do you think? Comments?

YT Clips about Medical Bureaucratism and Ivermectin in COVID-19

June 10, 2021 5 comments

Here are a couple of YT clips about how LIEbral “intellectual” authoritarianism and medical bureaucratism is trying to pretend that Ivermectin has no role in early treatment of COVID-19 for high-risk patients. To be clear I am not suggesting that the drug in question is some magic bullet for that disease. However, it is clear that Ivermectin (and a few other repurposed drugs such as Indomethacin, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, low-dose Hydroxychloroquine, low-dose Colchicine, inhaled Fluticasone, inhaled Interferon-alpha etc) did seem to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk patients, IF given within first 2-3 days of symptoms.

While we do have multiple effective vaccines since the beginning of this year, it worth nothing that the bulk of deaths due to COVID-19 in USA and other western countries occurred before they were widely available. In other words, better and timely use of repurposed drugs could have reduced the hospitalization and death burden due to COVID-19. However a series of decisions made by vested interests and medical bureaucracy in western countries conspired to stop such attempts, as they saw these attempts as a challenge to their power and ability to make money. Consequently, many people who could have recovered uneventfully or survived were hospitalized or are dead.

Clip #1: Censorship of medical information and intellectual authoritarianism

Clip #2: Ivermectin will not be allowed to be an effective treatment

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Voices of the Past

March 7, 2021 1 comment

Here is another interesting YouTube channel I came across in the past few months. It almost exclusively contains documentary-style readings of first-hand written accounts by authors in ancient and olden times.In contrast to many other history-oriented channels, it focuses on non-western authors and non-famous western authors whose first-hand accounts are, in my opinion, just as importatant as those written by famous western authors.

Link to YouTube channel: Voices of the Past

Clip #1: How Japan Became a Great Power in Only 40 Years

Clip #2: Japanese Diplomat to US Describes Desperate Last Days Before Pearl Harbor

Would also recommend First Indian Visitor Describes England and European Life, First Chinese Visitor Describes Medieval Europe and Japanese Historian Describes First Contact With Europeans. Many other clips on this channel are also quite good.

What do you think? Comments?

Two Funny and Very Topical YouTube Comedy Skits from Ryan Long

January 21, 2021 2 comments

A few months ago, I posted a link to a funny YouTube clip about all the similarities between ‘woke’ losers and plain old racists. Here are a couple more clips from the same channel.

The first clip, from about 5 months ago, is about how liberal internet personalities (such as pro-establishment bloggers, podcasters, influencers etc) will struggle to make content about anything else once in the aftermath of a Trump defeat. This one proved to be prophetic.

The second one is about how most corporations, but especially in Silicon Valley, promote superficial and meaninglessness “diversity” which is actually a form of conformism. Says a lot about the current state of corporations involved in producing entertainment that they cannot even match output quality of moderately well-known YouTube channels.

Enjoy! Comments?

YouTube Music Video: Juice Newton – ‘Angel Of The Morning’ (1981)

November 25, 2020 6 comments

A few days ago, I came across a rerun of Deadpool (2016) on some cable channel. As many of you, the soundtrack of the opening scene contains a song that sounded familiar. After a bit of searching on intertubes, I realized it was ‘Angel of the Morning’ by Juice Newton from 1981. While her version is a cover of the original version from 1967 or 1968, it is the most famous version- by a long shot. I cannot resist pointing out that most contemporary popular american entertainment (films, music etc) is recycled stuff from the era between 1940 and the early 2000s. Says a lot about the cultural sterility of past two decades, doesn’t it?

Enjoy! Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: The 8-Bit Guy

November 1, 2020 3 comments

Since I have been recently writing about how the so-called computing “revolution” of past two decades has been, largely, worse that useless- here is a YouTube channel about old personal computers. I am sure that some of you might have already comes across The 8-Bit Guy. The channel is mostly about 8-Bit personal computers, gaming systems and games.. though he does occasionally go into computers and other related technology of a later vintage. I found his channel interesting because it is one the few which goes into the proverbial nuts and bolts of what was probably the last generation of computing (hardware and software) which could be completely understood by a single person.

He also had a recent series about the large number of pioneering computer companies (both hardware and software) which used to exist in Texas. Oh ya.. most of those buildings which used to house these pioneering and often quite successful companies now either sit empty, have been converted into yoga studios and professional offices or have been demolished. I cannot help pointing out that something like this would never have been allowed to happen in countries such as Japan or Germany where they cherish and maintain sites associated with the founding of important companies or discovery of new technologies. USA is almost unique as a country and culture in being almost exclusively concerned with short-term profits and fellating financial interests above everything else. And this shows, in many unflattering ways.

Clip #1: Commodore History Part 3 – The Commodore 64 (complete)

rest of that series is here.. Commodore History

Clip #2: Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Atlas Pro

October 27, 2020 5 comments

Here is another interesting YouTube channel which I came across a year or two ago. As some of you might know, my interests extend in many fields beyond the ones which I have studied and worked. While not every video of this particular channel is of the same quality, the ones about geology are usually good and quite detailed.

Link to YouTube Channel: Atlas Pro

Clip #1: What Did Pangaea Look like?

This clip is interesting because I haven’t seen any serious efforts, beyond specialized geology textbooks and research talks, about modeling the climatic conditions in Pangea. FYI- Pangea was the most recent super-continent. And yes, there is something called the super-continent cycle of land which operates alongside (but not always in synch) with the Wilson cycle for oceans. Long story short, for a super-continent that we know a lot about, climatic conditions in different parts of Pangea are rarely shown in any detail on most introductory resources to paleogeology and paleoecology.

Clip #2: Earth’s REAL Lost Landmasses

This one is about the many micro-continents and large islands which are today submerged under water, but which in the past were either above water (for periods between millions to tens of thousands of years) or have the potential to do so in distant future. This video is especially interesting since a few substantial islands were above water as late as 16-11 k years ago during last ice age. And some were near coasts of existing inhabited islands or continents making it likely that modern humans might have visited or lived on some of them. Examples include the Mascarene Plateau and Chagos Archipelago.

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Scotty Kilmer

October 18, 2020 8 comments

Since I am still working on the first in a series about how the personal computing revolution of 1980s and beyond has not improved the quality of life or sped up technological progress, here is something to keep you going till then. And yes.. it is related to what I intend to talk about in that series. The overall point will be that personal computing revolution has actually worsened technological and socio-economic stagnation, in addition to amplifying the damaging effects of neoliberalism aka late-stage capitalism. The Youtube channel I am linking to, which some of you might have already come across, sorta touches on it- albeit in an indirect way.

So.. there is a guy, Scotty Kilmer, who has been a car mechanic for decades with a flair for TV and YouTube appearances. While his style of labeling videos is sorta clickbaity and kitschy- if you have watched more than a few of his videos- it becomes obvious that he actually knows what he is talking about. One of the jokes about his channel is that he will always recommend buying a used Toyota or Honda. In any case, given the horrible non-truck sales of american automobile manufacturers over past two decades, one cannot say he is wrong.

What makes his channel interesting, if you can get past the kitschiness of it, is that he is quite honest about who makes good engines (not just Japanese manufacturers), why the Ford F-150 is a much better pickup than its competitors, why most modern luxury cars are basically unsalvageable after even fairly minor accidents etc. In some of his videos he will also often go into how thoughtless outsourcing, fake “innovation” and bean-counters killed the quality (and ultimately the sales) of American and now increasingly European cars. So, ya.. if you find that sort of stuff interesting, you will like his materiel.

Here is a link to the YouTube channel: Scotty Kilmer

Clip #1 – Why Toyota Makes the Most Reliable Cars, Japanese vs American Culture

Clip #2 – Here’s Why You Need to Buy a Lexus

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channels: History Time

October 6, 2020 3 comments

Occasionally I come across YouTube channels whose content far surpasses anything you can find on network and cable TV. Most of these channels are.. should we say.. specialty channels dealing with topics ranging from guns and ammunition, older computers, electronic gadgets, visual astronomy, geology and a lot of stuff most of you might not be interested. However this is one of those which I think many of you might find interesting.

Link to YouTube Channel: History Time

Here is one of their latest videos about a topic (Origins of Sea people and their role in Bronze age collapse) which is far more extensive and detailed than anything you produced by BBC, NPR etc. In contrast to many other documentaries on this subject, it does not put too much weight on one hypothesis- which is a good sign.

And here is a link to another of their YouTube Channels: History of the Earth

In this videos on their other channel, they talk about Late Heavy Bombardment (by very large asteroids and planetoids) in the early solar system- something which occurred after planets were formed in close to their current positions and locations. The thing is.. we can see the effects of this bombardment on Moon, Mars, Mercury but not on Earth or Venus- though the later has not well studied. One of the more interesting questions is how life on early earth, which we are almost certain existed in the form of microbes survived the last phase of this planetary bombardment. Interesting short documentary about a fairly obscure topic.

What do you think? Comments?

When Life Starts Imitating Art: The Sep 2020 Movie Edition

September 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today again.. here is a spur of the moment post that was in my draft folder for past few weeks. As some of you remember, about three months ago, I had published another post with a similar title that highlighted the similarities between ongoing riots and some interesting clips from movies in recent past. In it there was a clip from the 2005 movie adaptation of the Alana Moore graphic comic ‘V for Vendetta‘. Over the next couple of weeks I noticed yet another interesting similarity between that movie and the world of 2020.

So here is some background for understanding what I am going to talk about.. In the graphical comic book version of that story, the rise of the ulra-religious, right-wing and fascistic ‘Norsefire’ political party comes about in the aftermath of a limited nuclear war which devastated USA, USSR and a few other countries. The movie in contrast, traces the rise of that party to the aftermath of a deliberately engineered virus pandemic. To make a long story short, some rich members of that party fund the creation and release of a virus that kills almost 100k people in UK to create fear, chaos and panic among public which allows them to win the upcoming election.

After the election of that party, a company owned by some ‘Norsefire’ member suddenly finds a cure and within a few months they frame, arrest and execute a few people for allegedly doing what they themselves did to the people of their own country. If you think that all of this is a bit too similar to what we are seeing in 2020, you are not alone. Feel free to open to open the clips in another window and read recent YouTube to them. It is amazing how accurate the movie was at predicting how all the FUD created by pandemic would be used to curtail or eliminate civil liberties, while simultaneously increase the power of a clearly ineffectual government full of corrupt, sadistic and self-righteous control freaks.

Clip # 1

Clip #2

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel About the Influence of Movies in Cartoons

September 10, 2020 1 comment

A few months ago, I came across a YouTube channel which highlights the influence of older and classic movies in later famous cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park etc.

Here is a link to that YouTube channel: Onikorp

Clip #1: The Simpsons Tribute to Cinema – Treehouse of Horror

Do check out all the other clips from that channel about the influence of older films in first twenty-something seasons of ‘The Simpsons’.

Clip #2: Futurama’s Tribute to Cinema: Part 1

Also check out clips about the influence of older films in ‘Futurama’ and ‘South Park’.

What do you think? Comments?

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