The stock markets are down in bear market territory, and all voices are wondering if we are heading for a recession. Meanwhile, Pedo Joe totters up onto a stage and blames Big Oil and Ultra MAGAs for the nation’s woes. Then he has no idea where he is and his handlers point him off stage.
Recessions, depressions, panics, crashes, you-name-its, are the fault of governments failing to get the economy right after going on an inflation bender — to fight a war or to fight Covid 19 – wherein the government’s response was much worse than Chinese Engineered SARS epidemic. Yeah, in this case, it has been deliberate.
Moving on, where does the Brandon regime get its functionaries? I know that you ask where this band of sexual deviates, freaks, and misfits come from…maybe it’s a place like this?
Time (a mid-week sermonette)
Because of the proliferation of Einstein’s theories of relativity we have a very different fundamental understanding of time than people previously had.
Generally, we do not even realize the immense difference in how we collectively understand time compared to even 100 years ago. The idea that time can flow at different rates, or that time is relative to the observer, has so permeated our society that major Hollywood movies can use the idea as a crucial plot point and we do not even consider how strange a concept it is for time to flow differently or fail to grasp the relative nature of time. Even the concept of time travel is a relatively modern concept that we do not realize entirely depends on certain crucial ontological concepts of time that have only entered our collective consciousness in the past 100 years.
Quite often we are faced with paradoxes or questions we cannot find an answer for. Frequently the paradox only exists because of the subconscious, unintentional choices we have made in understanding the world. Many times I see people of faith asking some form of the question, “How does XYZ work if ABC?” or, “How can XYZ be true when ABC is true?” For them, these are paradoxical questions for which there is no solution. But quite often the paradox only exists because of unstated assumptions they have made without even realizing it. Many such questions, such as the relationship between science and religion, are entirely dependent on subconscious assumptions we have made regarding the nature of science, scripture, authority, and revelation (not to mention epistemology, language, metaphysics, and God himself).
Sometimes the answer to someone’s question simply requires the right information with an acceptable explanation. But other times the paradox lies entirely in unstated assumptions the person has made. These are the most difficult to address because recognizing our own unstated assumptions about reality, and identifying them as the source of our confusion, is perhaps one of the most difficult human tasks in existence. It is easier to change someone’s behavior than it is to make them realize that the intractable paradoxes that seemingly have no resolution are the result of unintentional assumptions they have made about the nature of reality itself. And the most difficult of these already difficult conflicts are the ones that are most closely bound to someone’s identity.
The Navy’s Problems Impact the USMC
(Defense News) The Navy would like to decommission nine amphibious dock landing ships, all of which need significant repairs. Some have more than a decade of planned service life left, but the Navy says it would rather spend its money on other capabilities than attempt to repair them.
The Navy isn’t the primary user of these amphibious platforms. The Marine Corps relies on these ships to carry its Marine expeditionary units, which are considered the nation’s crisis response force. The Corps’ ability to keep forces spread across the globe and quickly react is at risk. Only 45% of the amphibious ship fleet is ready today, compared to the Navy’s 80% readiness goal. And that fleet could shrink dramatically if the Navy gets its way.
The service may ask to decommission four amphibious dock landing ships — known as LSDs — in fiscal 2024, even though two congressional committees denied a similar request this year for four different LSDs. The Navy also plans to end construction of the Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, meant to replace the LSDs, after buying three of them.
The US Navy is on a decommissioning binge these days, sending the Tico cruisers to the mothball fleet. Will a leaner Navy with fewer ships (leading to longer deployments for the remaining ships) mean better readiness? The USMC has its doubts and so do I.
“An expected service life assumes a certain amount of regular maintenance, and when that maintenance does not happen, [that service life] is going to be negatively affected.”
“The Sundance Kid”, Harry Longabaugh and wife, Etta Place, shortly before leaving for South America in 1901.
Bandmeeting wrote and asked for a recommendation for a decent steak in Bogata. Since this is a full-service blog, I directed him to Andres DC in the Zone Rosa. I expect a report back and he’s leaving soon.
I recommended the Lomo al Trapo and suggested that he order the mojito.
Bandmeeting provided the graphics below:
It’s not enough of a dive bar to qualify for members of China Post 1 to meet at, but it’s perfect for bloggers with a few Colombian Pesos (COP) in their pockets. Bogata is actually a nice city with a fun nightlife. ¡Qué chimba!
Hint: In Colombia, don’t refer to people as hombre or mujer. They colombianized the word man with their intonation so it’s used to refer to a guy and, on the other hand, an old woman which is vieja is used to refer to girls or women. No, I’m not pranking here. You need to sound like a parcero right off the bat.
Warning: Colombian Spanish uses common words differently with many slightly different meanings.
Vamos a rumbear este sábado
In Mexico City, my recommendation would have been Puerta Madera.