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War Crime Apologia


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – July 5, 2020


  1. jeremy

    ‘COVID-19 Exposure Logging’ Function Appears in Settings on iPhones and Android Devices

    Check your own device, and be suprised!

  2. Plowhard

    One of the great speeches in history delivered tonight by President Trump. Hope you all enjoyed it.

  3. Stirling S Newberry

    There needs to be a koan with a despotic, but inept, leader. And his followers.

    It is about .00000000000000020589 that he will hit one. Let us assume that every miss starts over (he can’t be starting a perfect 30). Assume 15 seconds a shot. I’ll bet on the universe.

  4. Stirling S Newberry

    Beethoven Symphony No 9 D minor John Eliot Gardiner Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

  5. A UK site has some suggestions for what to do with the largest of the Confederate Memorials.

    1. Stop cleaning the sculpture

    State law protects the sculpture from destruction but does not require it to be clean. It remains clear of vegetation only through effort and expense. Trees and plants grow easily from the mountain’s other cracks and crevices. We should allow growth to also overtake the sculpture’s many clefts and crinkles as they naturally collect organic material and allow moss and lichen to obscure its details. We should blast it with soil to encourage such growth and consider this new camouflage as a deliberate creative act, transforming the sculpture into a memorial to the end of the war – not to the traitors who led it.

    I seriously doubt if that is practical – in the sense of it ever happening. In my opinion the main issue is Georgia’s ownership of this public eyesore. Everywhere there are ordinances against ugly blight. A relative of mine once operated a small private dump in a back pasture field, but when the local airport shifted the landing patterns of passenger liners, he got a visit from the Local Officials. They bulldozed dirt over his creation, and left with many threats about future offences.

    For starters, I say Georgia ought to sell or give away this obscenity. In private hands it’s still an ugly defacement of a beautiful mountain, but at least taxpayers are no longer involved. Forbid illuminating lights of all kinds.

    Possibly start another State Park with a good view of the carving. Create a museum which tells of the Lost Cause and how its fantasy history smothered real US history for nearly a century. Miniatures of the many statues being taken down throughout the nation would be on view there, and huge glass windows would display Magnum Treason Exhibit A.

  6. Zachary Smith

    Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints by Alan Hovhaness

    So far as I know, this has never been transferred to CD. That’s a shame, for the other selections on the vinyl album “Exotic Nights” are also excellent.

  7. Dale


    Thank you so much for sharing Beethoven’s 9th. It’s beauty brought tears to my eyes. There is joy in this world. There is still hope.

  8. GlassHammer

    So I have been thinking quite a bit about a path to economic recovery for the states and counties across the U.S. but I just can’t see it without restrictions in freedom of movement. It just won’t work for a state to get the virus under control but suffer a relapse due to carriers from neighboring states.

    And since the economic power of the U.S. is very geographically concentrated (cities and other trade hubs) its going to be very easy to make the argument to cut off certain regions of the U.S. in order to still get some output/GDP.

    This would be such an awful outcome but I just don’t see how it’s going to be avoided.

  9. Willy

    If you’re a “freedom loving” dumbass hick without a mask coming into my state, your ass is going to jail.

  10. bruce wilder

    restrictions on freedom of movement are not what’s needed. closing beaches and wearing masks while jogging is not what’s needed, either. closing down the economy is not what is needed either

    What is needed is massive testing, with rapid turnaround on results, contact tracing and a lot of mandatory quarantines facilities to keep the infectious away from family.

    The problem is that the scale of the problem has outstripped the will or the resources for test-and-trace.

  11. KT Chong

    My playlists for this COVID-19 July 4:

    The Age of MAGA:

    Triggered: Social Justice Awoken:

    Pretty much sum up the current state of the union of America.

  12. Zachary Smith

    For the link title I’m using the second sentence of this extremely interesting little essay.

    “Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump.”

    The author goes on to demonstrate that there are people in The Establishment who are worse than Trump. They’ll do whatever it takes to continue their wars, and since Trump is such an easy target these days they’re getting away with what they’re doing.

    We’ve paid a huge price in lives and money since Trump became President, and the ignorant nincompoop still has over half a year remaining of his time in office. At the risk of enraging middle-aged women everywhere, I maintain the cost has been lower than if Queen Hillary had moved into the White House. And I cringe at the thought of what the handlers of President Biden have planned for us.

  13. Chuck Mire

    More appropriate classical music for this July 4th

    Adagio For Strings And Organ In G Minor

  14. Chuck Mire

    Welcome to the Freedom Cafe! We trust you to make your own choices if you want to wear a face mask. And, in the same spirit of individual liberty, we allow our staff to make their own choices about the safety procedures they prefer to follow as they prepare and serve your food.

    We encourage employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom, but understand that some people may be allergic to certain soaps or may simply prefer not to wash their hands. It is not our place to tell them what to do.

    We understand that you may be used to chicken that has been cooked to 165 degrees. We do have to respect that some of our cooks may have seen a meme or a YouTube video saying that 100 degrees is sufficient, and we do not want to encroach on their beliefs.

    Some of our cooks may prefer to use the same utensils for multiple ingredients, including ingredients some customers are allergic to. That is a cook’s right to do so.

    Some servers may wish to touch your food as they serve it. There is no reason that a healthy person with clean hands can’t touch your food. We will take their word for it that they are healthy and clean.

    Water temperature and detergent are highly personal choices, and we allow our dishwashing team to decide how they’d prefer to wash the silverware you will put in your mouth.
    Some of you may get sick, but almost everyone survives food poisoning. We think you’ll agree that it’s a small price to pay for the sweet freedom of no one ever being told what to do – and especially not for the silly reason of keeping strangers healthy.


  15. Zachary Smith

    Welcome to the Freedom Cafe!


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