A review of key indicators of despair over time in the U.S. — including suicide rates, drug overdoses, and reports of anxiety — shows that the intensification of America’s mental health decline coincides almost perfectly with the invention of smartphones and the popularization of social media. The number of mass shootings, especially those conducted by young males, also ticks up in the same time period.
The first iPhone was released in the United States in June 2007. Facebook was opened up to anyone aged 13 or over in 2006. Instagram launched in 2010, and the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were released in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The mental health of teenagers and young adults has plummeted rapidly since the mid-2000s, as screen time and social isolation have skyrocketed.
Can you imagine what would happen if the researchers established a direct link between Smart Phones and mass shootings? Would they ask for them to be banned?
When you add in the dreadful government policies like isolation, masking and business shut downs ruing the plague, everything has been magnified. The woke policies that essentially emasculate young men that are promoted by the media and the left must be added into this calculus.
Two generations ago there were just as many firearms in the hands of people and nobody heard of mass school shootings.
Xi May Not Survive
I hear a lot of chatter these days leaking from behind the Bamboo Curtain that President-for-Life Xi built around the ‘new’ PRC.
When China’s position as an economic powerhouse was secure, so was President Xi Jinping’s position. Now structural issues within the country’s financial system & lockdowns of essential hubs and even entire provinces pose a threat to Xi’s tenure.
The real question is whether the People’s Liberation Army will continue to support Xi.
The PLA, the PLAN and the Chinese Public Security Bureau derive much of the money that funds leadership from their commercial ventures – hotels, whorehouses, manufacturing for export, etc. feeds the generals. They’re not being fed today.
Colonel Brownrigg and two young Russian POWs (Alma and Inkermann). Crimean War, 1855
First, a disclaimer – cooking with LSP is better than anything you’ll see on this blog – ok, on with the suggestion.
Cook a chuck roast in a crock pot, adding french onion soup. and dry Italian dressing packets, pepperoncini, and Italian seasoning to the crockpot.
Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for about 8-9 hours.
Then shred the beef removing any fat, gristle, and cartilage. Then toast the buns in a toaster or under the broiler adding cheese to both sides of the bun and place back under the broiler on low until melted. Top with shredded beef, pepperoncini, and onions. Serve with small bowls of au jus on the side for dipping.
You can use whole pepperoncini or sliced pepperoncini. The sliced ones are better because you can add them to the sandwiches after being cooked. Of course, you can also cut whole peppers down if you’re not lazy.
Chuck roast has fat and cartilage and that is what makes it so tender after it is slow simmered. Top round is great but it’s a lot more expensive. Do not use the Bill Gates “artificial meat” whatever you do.
Buns, hoagies, french bread, Bolio rolls, and even toasted white bread make great sandwiches with this recipe.
Any cheese that melts well works on this sandwich including but not limited to Swiss, mozzarella, provolone, Pepper Jack, and Monterey Jack.
History of Rome: According to the traditional story, it was in the 6th century BC that an enclosure (the Servian wall) was built. During the republican period Rome was covered with temples, it became the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the western world.
Today Rome is still well worth a visit now that the covid plague is no longer an issue.
A New Remix (h/t Frank)
I ran onto this photo of a Tiger II. I’m not going to make you guess the tank, besides, you’d get it right off – way too easy. The spin is the pre-production turret, (circa 1944). If the Germans had these tanks in large numbers in 1939, just like their later U-Boats with air independent propulsion, jet fighters, etc. the war would have taken a different turn.
When you consider that the last dozen plus mass murders by vehicle and firearm have been committed by Democrats & Communists (difficult to tell the difference), it might be a good idea – just to keep us all safe, if they were all disarmed and if they walked from now on.