Global Skywatch

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

not everyone has shrunken purchasing power

If you are the ruling elite who have been stealing wealth for over a century, you ought to be a little nervous about your malfeasance being discovered. I think few of them are bright enough to fear a great awakening. Maybe they are right and I am wrong. Perhaps the sheep are under control and always will be. The dangerous ones are the middle class. They have enough time from working at basic survival to learn a bit about the world and some resources enabling them to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Mandatory health care at ten times the previous rate was probably the greatest move against the middle class, but there have been many others. I have collected some graphics […]

more on the snowflake culture

The blog Fred On Everything is almost always amusing, interesting and often very good. I ran across his posting on the snowflake culture the day after I published mine. He and I share a lot of perspectives. Believe it or not, he might be even a bit more of a crusty curmudgeon than I. I post a clip out of the middle, but you can go straight to the link to see the entirety of it. —————————   Firing the Pre-Pubertal Arquebus: A Sociological Treatise Posted on December 15, 2017 by Fred Reed “… I was there, in America: Athens, Alabama, at age twelve. Athens was small and Southern, drowsy in summer, kind of comfortable feeling, not much concerned with […]

Happy New Year

This is it. Serious observers tell us today is the shortest one of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun which has been hiding from us for more and more of the day since the Summer Solstice is finally going to start staying up longer. The world has been saved from cold, frigid darkness once again. Time to celebrate the birth of a new year. Cultures have been doing this forever, calling it various names, but the theme is always the same. While it may get colder for a while, sunlight, warmth and nature’s rebirth is on the way.

neighborhoods good and bad

The old man was working his garden by the road when a young couple drove up. They allowed as they were relocating and considering his area for their new home. But they wanted to know what the people in this area were like. How were they where you came from, he asked. Selfish, mean-spirited, unfriendly and unkind they replied. They are like that here too. Later that week the scenario was repeated with another couple. The people where they lived were wonderful, caring, sharing, helpful and friendly. To them he replied, They are just like that here. This evening once again the subject came up of the squatters who spent a year living off our generosity only to leave in […]

I hate XMas

I was a Christian. I understand the religious significance of Christmas. I also see quite clearly the crass mercantilism of today’s Christmas. ‘Tis the season to spend money, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaa.’ The Christian holiday has been hollowed out… worse, hallowed out. That it is one of many winter solstice mythologies and religions is another aspect I am not dealing with at this moment. No, what is bugging me right now is the shorthand that predated the texting and Twitter prunings where nothing is spelled out; everything is abbreviated. X mas – pronounced EX MAS. What is that? A has-been mass. Is that like a used-up, Catholic religious service? Perhaps it refers to ex (outside of) the body, the whole, of the masses. […]

testing supremes

. I’m just a sittin’ an’a rockin’ … watching the show. There isn’t a decision here. Can some people order others around? In a free society, that is. The Supreme Court appeared divided down the middle Tuesday over a Colorado baker’s refusal to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the latest test in the continuing legal battle between gay rights and religious expression. Do people have a right to do or not do anything? Are the black-robed senior citizens competent or not? Are they relevant to the issue? Can any words they utter make wrong be right? Could somebody walk into my bakery and successfully get me to decorate a cake with hatred? Nope. Could a handful […]

arguing

Much of our society has been dumbed down below the level where they can have a friendly, civil, animated discussion with someone holding significantly different views from their own. Quite intelligent people with wonderful potential cannot speak to me because I don’t share their faith in new cloud forms, benevolent vaccines, trustworthy big government and so forth. What is it? What happened to the positive art of arguing? Worse, how did fear of divergent views become normal? Debate has a long history in advanced societies. Participants work to craft compelling explanations for their points of view. Audiences as well as the debaters have their views challenged; have to work through the logic and evidence supporting their convictions. These are good […]

California VS national anthem

The California NAACP is taking the revisionist history war to the USofA national anthem. They reinterpret Francis Scott Key’s rarely sung third verse to be racist. It has to go. I encourage them to do something about it, and hereby offer an effective strategy. Secede from the union. Establish The People’s Paradise of the Left Coast. Adopt a more suitable national anthem. I recommend, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Fred M. Rogers. http://www.bitterrootbugle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Mister-Rogers-Neighborhood-.-Neighbor-Song-PBS-KIDS.flv

Facebook exposed

Facebook is your life. Facebook is where all your friends are. Facebook is your news source. Whatever you think Facebook is likely is mistaken. Here is an article from one of Facebook’s founders. Facebook was built to exploit ‘psychological vulnerability’ – founding pres. Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, says the company was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible” and warns the platform could affect developing minds in negative ways. At an Axios event Wednesday, Parker, 38, the billionaire co-founder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook, confessed that he has become “something of a conscientious objector” to social media, despite the fact that he made most of his $2.6 billion […]