Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill

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Klaven on Transhumanism

(link to the article) I find these days that even friends with no religion have begun to speak in religious terms. Recently, within a single week, I heard the word “demonic” used five times, four times by people who don’t believe in demons. Stranger still, and not long after, I found myself in two separate conversations in which the sort of men who would never speculate upon the coming of the “end of days” began, with some embarrassment, to do exactly that.

The subject, in each case, was transhumanism: transgenderism, artificial intelligence, artificial wombs, the melding of man and medication, man and machine. There was a sense that we were arriving at a moment of choosing—choosing, each of us, whether we would continue to be what we were originally made, male and female, mortal, fallible, passionate, irrational, seemingly random in our individual qualities and yet recognizable, even if only in metaphor, as the image of God. Or would we, through medication, surgery, implants, and the like, become whatever it is we would: happier presumably, smarter in some sense, maybe even eternal in some sense, free in form, no mere image of God, but electric gods ourselves?

Believers and unbelievers both, we wondered in these conversations, sometimes ironically (or maybe irony was simply a form of mental self-defense): Was it possible that this choice we were approaching, between a human or a cyborg future, was the final sorting of sheep and goat, sinner and saint, saved and damned, that the Bible foretold? (the article continues – link above – no pay wall)

 

Beware the Ides of March

 

Meme of the Day

It’s good to have enlightened Congressional leadership in America

 

Bullet Points:

** The little voices in my head have started texting me.

** The Biden administration on Wednesday reapproved a sanctions waiver that unlocked roughly $10 billion in frozen funds for the Iranian government. Yes, you read that right. The Iranians are supplying weapons to the Houthis so they can keep shooting at our ships. We are effectively in an undeclared war with Iran and its surrogates, and Joe is sending $10 billion to the people we are fighting.

As one would expect, the State Department is busy assuring everyone that the funds can only be used for humanitarian purposes. This is nonsense as usual. No one has any real capacity to control where the money goes, how it is spent, or how much is siphoned off to pay for Iranian military and intelligence activities.

** (zerohedge) Imagine, if you will, that you are living in the Old South, prior to the Civil War.  Imagine, too, that you are a slave, living and working on a medium-size plantation whose cash crop is cotton.  Imagine that from time to time, you have personal interactions with the man who is the owner of the plantation and your slave master.

In these interactions, as in all human two-person interactions, each party hopes the other party will act in such a way to satisfy the wishes of the first party.  The master hopes you will please him, and you hope the master will please you, or at least not displease you.  And so each of you will try to shape the behavior of the other…Generally speaking, then, socially superior people don’t have to know much about the thoughts and feelings of socially inferior people, but social inferiors have to know something about the minds of social superiors.

All of this leads me to point out a feature of present-day American politics.

(more at the link)

** Slaughter and the value of plungers.

** Illegal Aliens bring measles to Chicago –  More on the topic – Now all of U.S. life returns to, say, pre-vaccine 1860 when catching the measles was something that happened pretty frequently, with mortality levels to show for it. Life in America will no longer be about taking it for granted that the next person over is vaccinated and diseases long thought of as eradicated were a figment of the past. Life here will begin to resemble preparing for a trip to someplace like Guinea-Bissau or Malawi, where such diseases can still be alive and well.

** Ratio of adult diapers produced to baby diapers and what it means to societies.

** No more DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRYAt West Point –  On Sunday, the Armed Forces Press reported that West Point brass had made a recent decision to “update” the academy’s Mission Statement, which, until that point, read as such:

To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.

With the approved revisions, West Point’s official mission now reads:

To build, educate, train, and inspire the Corp of Cadets to be commissioned leaders of character committed to the Army Values and ready for a lifetime of service to the Army and Nation.

As you can see, the sacred and “hallowed” words, recognized as the school’s official motto since before Douglas MacArthur graduated in 1903, have been jettisoned—into the Memory Hole, “Duty Honor Country” goes!

** The truth about modern organic farming.

 

Average Life Expectancy

In Arizona, the lower life expectancies overlap Indian Reservations. Life on the rez isn’t easy, and death comes decades earlier.

 

Identify the Flying Boats

1

Constructed in 1940 – operationally disappointing.

2

 

 

Parting Shot

Hmong Auto Defense de Choc (ADC) soldiers preparing a cargo sling for an Air America helicopter bound for nearby Phou Pha Thi (LS 85), a mountain military post with a U.S. Air Force radar station site on top. Houei Kha Moun, a stripped Hmong village, was a key supply point for the mountain post and Ernest Kuhn (USAID Refugee Operations Officer)’s Sam Neua base 1967-68.

47 thoughts on “Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill

  1. I know that first one, but I can’t remember, damnit. Too early, too Friday.

    Second one is the Saunders-Roe SR.A/1.

    – Kle.

    1. Can you imagine landing the Saunders in any kind of chop and dipping the nose inadvertently due to wave action. Instant FOD on that jet engine.

      1. I think the idea frightens me a bit more at full throttle, on takeoff… but yeah, Very Bad Things.

        – Kle.

        1. In the Coast Guard with the HH-52A amphibian helo, during the yearly standardization check the pilots did full autorotations to the water. On one landing they did manage to splash some water up over the top & into the engine intake… they towed the helo back. This was back in the early 80’s…

      2. The second and third airframes were lost in accidents in 1949. In one of them the pilot got killed, in another survived. That prompted the installation of an ejection seat on the remaining airframe. Hopefully it was an automatic ejection seat. FOD indeed.

  2. L.L. thanks for keeping the blog going. I sure enjoyed the pop ups from the archives. Sorry you lost the short stories, you were on a roll! Keep writing! I’m sure your family and friends and folks like me will be blessed farther down the road. I will keep buying broken toys ect…that are entertianing yes, but the moral to the story is one of the truths we want to live by.

  3. On trans-hoomanism:

    Revelation 13:4-5 KJV And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

    1. When is the 42 months up? It would be nice to get some definitive answer on that one. LSP, how much longer now?

        1. That would be great. I’d like something iron clad in terms of a date so that I can buy a lottery ticket.

          1. I’m afraid that when I read “who is like unto the beast?” I immediately thought, “damn few, and they’re all dead”.

            – Kle.

  4. Today’s stupid 3-W question: If you were running Iran, would you give back 10% back to the Big Guy to get ten billion?

    Duh!

    Ten percent’s a pretty good margin, especially if using somebody else’s money, so with apologies to John Harington: Treason doth never profit, what’s the reason? For if it profit, none dare call it Treason.

    1. Technically we are at war with Iran now in Yemen through Iranian proxies. Giving aid and comfort to the enemy is treason. Can we just put Pedo Joe and the rest of the traitors in front of a wall and shoot them?

  5. “Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill”…more like burnt to a crisp, We The People are doomed as THERE IS NO LAW ANYMORE — Just in an hour ago, Willis – Trump Trial Judge rules in her favor (basically) despite blatant perjury by her and her “Biden White House visitor” moron paramour. So yeah, “23 times” ain’t gonna be enough to “eliminate” (read that as you wish) the Caesar’s of our day. The all out Lawfare full-court press against OUR Presidential candidate is so rigged there can be no other remedy. SISU MAGA ™

    Average Death at Death- Liking my chances. (Now I’ll keel-over while out shoveling the globalwarmingcoolingclimatechange that dumped overnight…didn’t pull the trigger on the Ryobi “EV” Snowblower, gotta clear the deck and tight areas by hand.)

    side note- Pictures on the interim Blog format load straight away (to use The Motherland English), and have had zero “Somali Pirate’s on khat” hacker interference. Nicely recovered.

    1. Oops, Avg. “Death at Death”?? heh…”Avg. Age at Death” (reaches for espresso as plain ol’ coffee ain’t cuttin’ it)

      Come to think of it…might be something in “Death by Death”….might have sumptin’ to do wit fried everything with super tall glasses of sweet tea at all three meals, owning a welder and things that explode, plus Darwin Award winning activities that begin with “Hey! Watch This!”…bungee slingshots over the back 40, gator “fishing, swamp mud bogging, etc.)

      1. Paul M, I wasn’t great in algebra, but I think Death at Death does cancel each other out and all you have left is Death… I’ll be here all week.

          1. Finished moving all the white rain (is it privileged then?) from the roads and property access points (the one’s I need), taking the rest of the week off starting now (crunches a Doritos)…but yeah, nullification works, which speaks to LL & EdB’s comment above to eliminate the treasonous among our [used to be] hallowed halls.

          2. There is still white rain at my place that could use a plow. Your work is not yet complete.

          3. $100/hr…which I would wave because it’s you. Problem is the trip down would take a bit and it’ll be melted by then, plus I’m all out of Pink SnoBalls and Chili Cheese Fritos for road trip snacks.

  6. To me the important change wasn’t “values” it was the change to Armyand nation… no mention of theUnitedStatesofAmerica. Of course later one can pick which nation…same with values… a nebulous concept in both ideas to flex as needed when needed.

      1. The commissioning Oath, ” I ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. (Title 5 U.S. Code 3331, an individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services)” I sure this will be next to be revised, a loyalty pledge to the president and removal of “So help me God.” You can’t serve two masters, democrats get testy about that.

        1. Seems pretty straight forward to me, then again, I’m not demented like this guy, who hasn’t changed since Delaware moronic voters first elected him. His Installment into We The People’s The Oval Office is proving he is one of the most – maybe THE most – wretchedly stupid weasels of our day, perfectly slated for The Swamp. Geez Louise, what a maroon. Imagining him in Junior High gives an instant headache.
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          https://youtu.be/mCJMF7mflGE?si=RMxBKVqw677tzBdp

      1. But is DEI aligned with “our” societal values (the unholy trinity) of:
        Victimhood, Whinging, and Hypocrisy.

        Note that the flip side of Victimhood is Demonization. If YOU are a victim [1] then logically someone must be oppressing you out of malice [2]. Because you are a victim, you are justified in doing nearly anything in response. Those of us who don’t have the “elite” mindset see the Victim’s wildly disproportionate response as aggression, and their justification of it as Hypocrisy. But to the professional victim, NOTHING is disproportionate, so they’re not hypocrites. Not disproportionate on account of all their suffering, you see. (Suffering need not be personal, nor of their family, nor of anyone they even know. The suffering and victimization just IS; as certain as the sun rises in the east and as gravity sucks.)

        [1] And of course you are a victim, if you’re not white (and remember, pale skin and ancestors who came from Europe most definitely do NOT make a person white); even better if you’re both nonwhite and a sexual deviant.
        [2] The paranoid mindset of “our elites” is always that someone else is responsible for their ills. It couldn’t be mere bad luck. It couldn’t be a disagreement where no one is an actual villain, but there are fundamental conflicts that just can’t be worked out. And of course “our elites” utterly reject the wisdom of “If someone hates you for no apparent reason, you probably met an asshole. If EVERYONE hates you, maybe YOU’RE the asshole.” Not only is that self-evidently not true, even posing it as a question is Hate Crime.

        1. I feel like a victim now. I’ll put a spray-on tan over my shameful white skin to become more like an African.

          1. See, again, glad I got up today, early too…learned something completely new from one of our esteemed learned scholars. I too feel like a victim (albeit that abated under PDJT, things seemed…normal). Where do I submit for my reparations check…altho cash would be better.

          2. Don’t bother with spray tan. Claim partial albinism. Or claim nearly whole-body vitiligo. Diseases and genetic misfortune are both good for victimhood claims.

            “Almost my entire body is unnaturally white from vitiligo. The only part that’s normally Black I can’t show you. But trust me, it’s the size you’d expect. (Or is that a Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull? I’ll never tell.)”

    1. ‘…committed to the Army Values and ready for a lifetime of service to the Army and Nation.’ I notice Army comes before nation. Sounds like a pledged allegiance to an organization that would supersede any allegiance to the nation. You know, something you would have a noncitizen pledge to. Good thing we don’t allow noncitizens in the Ar…

    2. Fun-filled fact: Texas A&M graduated more orificers to the military during WWII than the all the service academies combined. LTC James Earl Rudder, commanding orificer of the 2nd Ranger battalion when they took Pointe du Hoc on D-Day, was an Aggie, although he graduated a bit earlier, early 30’s, IIRC. The mind boggles about what he’d think of all this horse pucky being slung about these days

  7. “As one would expect, the State Department is busy assuring everyone that the funds can only be used for humanitarian purposes”

    Money is so fungible it’s like a quantum particle and can be in multiple places at once, depending on the observer. In this case, it’s simultaneously both going to those purposes we want and to those don’t want, like to kill our own people stationed in the area. On paper, the $10 Big ones can be shown to only go to feeding innocent, homeless, Hamas terrorists, for example, while in reality the $10 Big ones frees up the equivalent in their money to kill Americans over there.

    In reality, giving them anything is treason because it ends up killing Americans.

    1. As I understand the numbers, women’s life expectancy has steadily dropped as they have entered the workplace and have enjoyed the struggles that men have endured.

      1. Had a neighbor rancher swing by the other day, had an “ugly steer” waltz into his corral area” from our area, got him set up with the owner. Got to chatting, his cousin passed unexpectedly last year (yeah, sad). Asked how “she” was doing? (Tough rancher type)
        —-
        He says, “Okay, but as with all our wives won’t ask for help.”…then adds, “I think she’s just now realizing how much “he” did everyday.”
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        Yeah. That. God made us different for a reason.

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