A Few Bad Apples

Nothing’s going to change until police start policing themselves.

The few bad apples theory has burned down in the riots. We should be seeing reports of police being arrested every day for assaulting peaceful protesters. We’re not, even though the evidence is right there on Facebook. Videos of police instigating violence and brutalizing protestors. Every day.

This has been going on my entire life. I don’t see any reason to believe it’s going to change. In Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan  ignores evidence of their crimes even as the Seattle Police Department is still under the heel of the US Department of Justice  for racist policing and excessive use of force. Governor Jay Inslee demurred and opted out of the discussion, saying the excessive use of force was a policing decision.

With leadership like that, nothing is going to change. You can protest all day long, you can riot and scream bloody murder. The blue shield is a moral rationalization used by people with absolute power over the electorate. Police make life-or-death decisions every day even though the are poorly informed, ignorant of the law and morally compromised.

I don’t care if it’s less than 1% of police that are committing these crimes. They’re doing it in view of the people they are supposed to be protecting, and the other 99% let them get away with it. How many police have arrested other police despite the preponderance of evidence streaming through my newsfeed?

The change has to come from within. The world needs a hero. We need police to do their job when it comes to other police. Until they do nothing will change.

What About Me

Stop with the All Lives Matter. That’s pure whataboutism, somewhere between deflection and gaslighting.

It’s like saying what about abortion. What about starving children in Africa. What about victims of abuse. What about abandoned puppies. What about the economy, spending on NASA or the military.

What you’re really saying is what about me.

Unarmed, innocent white people are not getting choked out and ruthlessly executed in slow motion on Facebook Live as they beg for mercy, plead for breath, their last breath and cry out for their mother. Murdered by a sociopathic cop who literally keeps his hand in his pocket and shows no signs of compassion or remorse or even any concern about being filmed live in the act as pedestrians begged him to stop.

It’s been going on my entire life, and for generations before.
In fact armed white people with the stated intent of disrupting government and issuing direct threats of civil uprising, encouraged by Trump, are allowed to walk around the capitol steps in Lansing & threaten legislators wearing bullet-proof vests with their AR-15s from the balcony. They even get to take a selfie. Because virus. And haircut. And white.

It’s not about you. It’s about us. At one point in our ancient history roughly 70,000 years ago the entire species of homo sapiens was reduced to less than 5,000 thousand people. Estimates of breeding pairs are as low as 40.
What happened was a super volcano called Toba, in Sumatra, popped off and sent 2800 cubic kilometers of ash and debris into the sky. That’s 2,800 Mt St. Helens worth of volcano. Death from above. It “dimmed the sun for six years, disrupted seasonal rains, choked off streams and scattered whole cubic miles of hot ash across acres and acres of plants”.

It triggered the next Ice Age. Which we survived.

It also delivered to our genome evolutionary changes that improved people’s chance of surviving and reproducing. Examples included resistance to one of Africa’s great scourges, the virus causing Lassa fever; partial resistance to other diseases, such as malaria, among some African populations; changes in skin pigmentation and development of hair follicles among Asians, and the evolution of lighter skin and blue eyes in northern Europe.

Your increased cranial capacity over our ancient ancestors is likely because of a virus. Your brain got so big your cerebral cortex is fighting for space with your wisdom teeth. There is some evidence to suggest it was a virus that affected gene MYH16, and some people never even develop wisdom teeth anymore. They’re a vestigial organ.

Every person alive today shares over 99% of the same DNA. And we are all descendants of those same tribes that survived the volcano and the viruses out of Africa.

Race is an artificial construct. We’re all the same species. We can breed together, and do. We’re all basically the same but different. All racial lines are blurry and the farther back you go the more blurry they become.

Racism however is a deliberately imposed belief system. And we live in a country with a history of brutal racism, a racist head of state, a kakistocracy that leads with “shit hole countries”, “the blacks”, and “fine people” on both sides of white supremacy.

Of course all lives matter. So do unborn babies and puppies. So do your feelings. But both historically and currently our society doesn’t treat us all with the same value. It’s a crime against humanity that’s been going on for centuries, particularly egregious in the USA. Check your white privilege at the door and support your black brothers and sisters. First and foremost.

We are all family, separated by a few hundred generations or less. But we don’t treat each other that way. So don’t inject yourself into the debate. Don’t diminish their suffering. Don’t make it about you. It’s about us.

#blm #blacklivesmatter

Waste of Pixels

If we’re having a dispute on Facebook about current events and you pull out a Fox News link to prove your point you can expect the following result:

A) I’ll watch 30 seconds to a minute of your link. I’ll fast forward to see if it actually presents any facts to support your argument. It won’t, but will double down on your argument in the absence of said facts. It’s basically Trump TV, no better than North Korean news.

B) I’ll win the argument. Because parroting what you heard on Fox News without presenting any verifiable facts only proves that you’re incapable of presenting a coherent argument. This is the point where you call me libtard, sheeple, covidiot and bot, because ad hominems are the province of an intellectually and morally compromised electorate.

C) You’ll think you won the argument, because you saw it on Fox News. Argument ad verecundiam is second only to ad hominem attacks proving you can’t present a coherent argument supported by observable and verifiable facts. And this point will be lost on you because irony is lost on fools.

D) I’ll give you a zesty send-off and lighten my load. Waste of time, waste of pixels. Sir Blocksalot says have a nice day without me.

Just had one of these arguments with a long-time acquaintance on Facebook. I presented a half-dozen articles backing up my position. She stated categorically she didn’t follow any of the links I posted, but gave me a link to a Fox News article that would have made Kim proud. And made Super Duper Missile Daddy proud, too.

She was openly racist but thinks she’s not. Her sister piled on as well, also openly racist and didn’t bother to follow any of the links during our polite disagreement. Total waste of my time. Racists think they’re not. Stupid people think they’re smart. Evil thinks it’s good.

It’s a post-American world. Nothing’s changed except that our proclivity for ignorance and bias is proudly on display. Proud Boys for lack of a better term. The Trump kakistocracy is a global and historic embarrassment with 100,000 body bags on its bloody hands, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, and cities burning down due to racially incited violence. Meanwhile President Karen Bonespurs is hiding in his bunker sucking on his binky and parading around with a Bible, ordering tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs on peaceful protesters, but never once stepping foot into a church.

Waste of time, waste of pixels. History will burn them all

The Cusp of Civil War

Last night I watched videos of Seattle Police Department officers trashing their own car, smashing the windows of a downtown business, and saw photographs of them pepper-spraying a small child.

Tonight I watched officers in DC arresting peaceful protesters after President Karen Bonespurs declared a 7PM curfew from the safety of his bunker, where he was hiding like the pathetic racist coward he is, blaming Antifa even though all the eyewitness reports fingered white nationalists.

Now I’m watching protesters in NYC peacefully protesting and singing but they seem to have forgotten Covid-19 is a thing. While their solidarity is encouraging, there is going to be a brutal cost. You will pay the piper, there is no getting around it.

Amazing how many stupid Trumpsters think it’s Antifa behind the arsons and violence. Just because he said so. Despite a preponderance of evidence and eyewitness reports calling out white nationalists as the accelerants and agent provocateurs. The same guy that brought you windmill cancer, Revolutionary War airports and logic like “If you don’t test there won’t be as many cases”. They are the most gullible, intellectually and morally compromised people in the country. And they think they’re smart and virtuous. They’re neither.

The actual death toll from the slow-motion murder of George Floyd on Facebook Live is going to number in the thousands if not more. Both cops and civilians. It’s a war now, in no uncertain terms.

“Fuck your curfew” – massive crowd of protesters in NYC.

If you’re a praying person now would be the time. We are at the cusp of civil war amid the worst pandemic in 100 years and the president is a clown in a charge of a kakistocracy that preys on racial fears and ignorance.

Things are going to get worse before they get better. Covid-19 has not going away, it’s going to become endemic, and racism has never been mitigated in my lifetime, and won’t. Not when 60 million white evangelicals and good old boys incapable of reading a cereal box support the orange clown.

We’re going to need another 100,000 body bags. At least.

President Karen Bonespurs

Sir Blocksalot had a very busy weekend. Responded to hundreds of comments between the riots and the press conferences and my newsfeed. As expected I was called an idiot, libtard, sheeple, covidiot and a bot by Trump supporters who are incapable of presenting a coherent argument, so they resort to ad hominems just like Super Duper Missile daddy.

He’s their hero, President Karen Bonespurs, currently hiding in a bunker, afraid of US citizens protesting centuries of a violent, racist police state and the system that supports them. Starting with him. Shithole countries. That woman. The blacks. When the looting starts the shooting starts. If we don’t test, there won’t be as many cases.

Like all cowards, Trump refuses to accept blame. He and his supporters blame the Chinese, Antifa, George Soros, Obama and Bill Gates, all the while insisting on what a great job he’s doing. A case study in verbal masturbation for the ages.

Meanwhile there is a mountain of eyewitness testimony about the role of white nationalist agent provocateurs. Literally every person in my Facebook feed who was on the ground during the protests and subsequent riots made the same observations independently.

We should not be surprised. Trump is a racist man-child. His supporters wave AR-15’s around at legislators in the Michigan capitol demanding a haircut, because virus. He encourages them to violently revolt, and just like when he told them in 2016 he “loves the uneducated” they lined up and had a parade.

They are literally so stupid they don’t realize they are the butt of the joke, an international and historical embarrassment. But they think they’re smart, so smart they don’t have to refute any arguments or present any evidence to support their position. They simply diminish you, insult you, and treat you as inferior. Just like Trump does.

Which is exactly how racism works.

The First Step into Hell

Like many of you I’m watching the real-time video feeds from Minneapolis, the canary in the coal mine of our new dystopian reality. People are so shockingly stupid and living with such cognitive dissonance that they’re blaming Obama, George Soros and presumably Bill Gates.

Nevermind that we are living in a kakistocracy with a president who told people he “loved the uneducated” and they lined up and had a parade. A president who ignores centuries of racism, murder and slavery, and sees “fine people” on both sides of white nationalist terrorism.

The same people that objected to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee are pointing out that George Floyd died of cardiac arrest, not suffocation. Because that somehow makes a difference when we all saw him die live on Facebook from a cop abusing his authority and exercising the racist blood in his veins.

He could have died from a stroke, cardiac arrest, a brain hemorrhage or other organ failure. Moot point.

He was murdered. People are angry and feel helpless, because the government is typically on the the side of the racists and in the current administration, openly so. Trump enables it. His hands are so bloody they can never be washed.

Nothing is surprising at this point. Racist murders by police, riots and arson by citizens, bioterror with a cup of spit, resource starvation, martial law, Propaganda Barbie and the idiots that think she’s kicking ass and taking names. It’s a post-American world. If you’re looking for someone to blame look in the mirror, and if you see Trump looking back at you guess what.

“The blacks” – Trump

Dehumanizing people is the first step into hell.

Writers that Don’t.

April 12, 2020 – I knew that post was going to generate a lot negative reactions in the writer’s groups. Most of them have conventions or policies discouraging or disallowing political posts completely and I assumed some of them would remove it. And most of the audience there are not writers but endeavor to be, which does in fact make them a writer. Writing makes you a writer, paid or otherwise. Same thing with music.

This was the post in case you missed it. From April 10, 2020:

https://rangothedog.com/2020/05/24/inevitable/

I’m not sure why writers in the writers group don’t post their writing but there are a lot reasons why I can think of. I suspect it’s because of all the negativity, people pointing out grammatical errors or deficiencies in plot, character development and narrative with the intended side effect of confirming their superiority over a middle-aged housewife who finally asserts herself enough to walk through the flames of public derision and ask if she’s on the write track. 30 minutes and 100 comments later she decides she’s not a good enough writer and that’s the last post for a while, possibly forever.

Meanwhile 99 guys who don’t post their writing but are happy to answer questions from inferior writers and demonstrate how their mom never taught them how to be polite or constructive, particularly when someone asks for your help, have affirmed their superiority even though they already knew it. But that’s why they like to hang out in writer’s groups. To remind people of their inferiority and not post anything because that’s precisely why the other guys are there and they know what will happen if they do.

A few are paid and don’t post their writing due to the fact they’re trying to preserve their intellectual capital on Amazon because that’s how they eat and pay rent so it’s a social media asset for them and they have an obligation to their families to help them eat too, so they post snippets or reviews. Some of the reviews are extremely compelling because their mom wrote it, and she has the same grammatical anti-patterns as their writer spawn do because that’s how moms work. They teach you to speak and write and when you’re older they go looking for support in a writer’s group because they love writing, they are a writer, and they want to get better at it. But 30 minutes and 100 comments later they’re posting an Amazon review for their baby boy and hanging up the sheets he doesn’t wash on the same clothes line as her hopes and dreams, thinking about the novel she’s not going to write because of her publicly demonstrated inferiority.

Meanwhile her son is in her basement with an unused thesaurus he never read, improperly correcting the broken English grammar of a 24 year old Indonesian grad student who asked for advice in a Facebook writer’s group using the same grammatical antipatterns his mom taught him, but neither of them know any better and he is clearly superior and white and a male with clean sheets and a 5-star review.

There is another ring. An elite demographic of obviously superior writers who would never participate in a Facebook writer’s group. It’s a clear sign of defeat. And they might be right. But they still need to sell books because mom needs the rent and he needs clean sheets. Some of them sell mashed up wood pulp sliced very thin with words on it like you read on this computer at an anachronism called book stores.

You can buy them on Amazon now but they’re so huge they won’t fit into your computer so you use them once and then try to give them away. They cost $300 at a college but they last for six months, then can you sell them to some a freshmen for $150 and give mom her rent and roll around in your fresh sheets waiting for someone to ask you a question in a Facebook writers group that you knew the answer to $300 dollars ago.

I’m pretty sure that’s how books work because I don’t read them, I gave them all away so I could pay my mom the rent and move away. My sheets smelled good when I did but I don’t so the result was prectible and inevitable. She scolded me last night and told me that if I don’t wash my sheets I would smell like my rabbit. But he smells better than I do so that was a mom fail.

I let the conversation hang for a moment while I gloated over my clearly demonstrated indifference to cultural normatives and obviously superior position in the discussion. Then it occured to me that there’s a global pandemic and I might even have the virus, so right away my mind goes to my sheet’s potential as a bioweapon. That’s as old as smallpox in America, it’s practically a tradition. It’s important we learn from our forefathers how to establish a strategic social advantage from how they exploited their circumstances in history in the face of adversity. Because you never know when you’re going to need to commit genocide against an indigenous or clearly inferior population.

I’m a cybersecurity and biotech programmer that has worked for the government and a cyber crimes unit. So while my mom is waiting for me to respond to her remark about the rabbit smell it occurs to me that I don’t need the sheets at all, they’re bulky and stink like me and would give away your advantage, you should probably give them to Goodwill and ask her for new ones. Send her some money.

If you want to commit murder, terrorism, extortion, or genocide and you’re already infected, that’s all you need. You are the tool. It’s in your sheets but it’s also in the air you breath and the spit in your mouth. But the sheets are going to Goodwill and air is hard to spread around and be confident in your targeting.

So it comes down to spit, piss and blood. The piss has the same problem as the blanket, it stinks like me. Your attack has been detected due to a social distancing violation. Blood is bulky and not transparent unless its in microscopic quantities but there must be a certain satisfaction to a terrorist to see it spread around. They’ve seen that their whole life on TV so it’s more of a stylistic preference.

But spit is basically transparent unless you’ve been drinking coffee or have a cold or terrible hygiene that I would blame on your mother like I do. I blame her for everything. But if you brush your teeth like she tells you to you’ll smell minty fresh and everyone will like you and trust you more. Unless you’re 70 and your teeth are too white, nobody should trust an old man with white teeth.

So while she was waiting for me to respond or forgetting about the conversation about the smell of the sheets I tell her, never trust an old man with white teeth. And without hesitation and in perfect English, she agrees with me. I’m trying to adjust for confirmation bias in my bioweapon attack hypothesis by deferring to her wisdom and the fact that your mom is always right, she confirms my confirmation bias and the matter is closed, we both knew we were right.

Where do we put our spit so it’s innocuous and won’t expose you? Well it’s on my toothbrush. And it’s on every cup in the house and my pillow. But the pillow’s going to Goodwill too and I would look inappropriate walking around with a toothbrush because I rarely brush my teeth even though my mom gave me a toothbrush for my Birthday. They’re somewhat yellow but I’m 50 so I can walk through and obvious trust barrier with confidence due to our confirmation bias error and cross-cultural harmony and take comfort in the fact that I promised her a mop for Christmas so I feel like we’re even.

I realize I’m distracted. But the whole plan is coming together, and I’ve got a model in my head of how the attack would be concealed, delivered, executed and exploited. And there are obvious ways you could exploit the crisis and utilize a disadvantaged vulnerable person to execute your plan without making them feel bad because of your moral consideration for them and make some money while you’re doing it, you’re going to need it.

As for writer’s that don’t post writing but correct other writers freely, I don’t get it. Musician’s groups don’t do that. In your average Guitar group people share their music freely, listen to each other and sometimes comment on the aspects of your work they like. Rarely are they critical, and when they are an angry mob with torches and pitchforks shows up and calls them out. Don’t be a jerk. Lift your brother up.

Meanwhile the writers in the writers group that don’t write pounce on a single paragraph and gleefully write a treatise on its grammatical deficiencies and lack of story potential. Longer than the original post. There’s some kind of weird impedence mismatch / cognitive dissonance thing going on there so I don’t linger. I post my writing and get out. Everybody should, they’ll cut you to shreds unless you explicitly indicate not to in your post. Then they’ll chastise you for not knowing the protocol, you’re clearly an amateur.

Writers that don’t. On a high horse. Not a great optic from here in the sniper’s nest but I’m in no position to judge. But when juxtaposed against the guitar groups it’s hard to see the value proposition. Unless you like to be humiliated, and some people do. There’s no accounting for taste.

Loaded Cannon

Minneapolis is a loaded cannon right now.

The last thing anybody needs during the worst global pandemic in 100 years that disproportionately affects black people is to watch an old school execution by a white cop against a handcuffed black man while his cop buddies stood around and did nothing. Blue shield. Acquiescence to evil is evil.

George Floyd died begging to breathe and crying out for his mom. While pedestrians filmed it. Whey they pleaded with the cop to stop he applied more pressure and when they stepped forward to intervene he threatened them with mace.

The cop’s an avid Trump supporter. That is not a coincidence. The alt-right, white-power racists that are part of Trump’s base have been encouraged by his hate and cruel indifference. They feel justified in their racism because they think they are superior.

They act that way online as well. Everyone’s a libtard or a sheeple or a covidiot. They are shameless in their racist epithets and lead every argument with ad hominems. They want to feel superior.

The only way someone can slowly murder an innocent man live on Facebook and show no remorse is if he feels superior. Even a twisted mind needs to rationalize murder. They deserved it. They had it coming.

Racism is a maladaptive emotional response to societal pressure. So are sexism and homophobia, and the Trump kakistocracy is all in. They voted for a guy who’s blatantly racist and sexist and “loves the uneducated”. They lined up and had a parade.

The Economy of Cruelty

A meme just popped up on my Facebook page that states “We shut down a $22 trillion economy for a “virus” with a 0.1% death rate? The worst part is you cannot see the political corruption behind this”.

I enumerated my response but did not stick around for the reactions and inevitable ad hominems – libtard, sheeple, covidiot. Making Super Duper Missile daddy proud one day at a time. My response:

1. We don’t know the relative mortality rate because we’ve only tested a small percentage of the population four months later. So accepting this as canonical fact is ignorant. Keep in mind different cohorts have different mortality rates as well. Your age and every comorbidity you have from high blood pressure to obesity magnifies your risk of death.

2. Economies are inevitable, people are not. Every one of those 100,000 body bags used to be a producer, consumer and taxpayer. That’s more Americans dead from Covid-19 than the Vietnam War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War and 9/11 combined. In four months.

3. Let’s presume for the sake of argument your statistic is accurate, that we take no corrective action, no quarantine, no masks. Just let everybody get it like other coronaviruses such as those that cause the common cold. In a country of 330 million people that would be 330,000 body bags worth of former contributors to the economy. And they will suffer a horrible, agonizing death alone in an ICU on a ventilator.

4. When I see ignorant comments like “it’s a politicized weapon of the Democrats” it’s worth pointing out that the virus doesn’t adhere to political parties or national borders. It’s a ridiculous argument. Trump has blood on his hands and if you support him, so do you. Dismantled CDC pandemic response team in 2018. It’s a hoax. 15 cases soon to be zero. We’ve got it under control. It’s just going to disappear. We’re living in a kakistocracy and that has real consequences in the face of a global pandemic.

5. I’m a cybersecurity and biotech programmer in Seattle. The company I work for makes research instruments used by epidemiologists and pathologists to visualize and quantify RNA and proteins in tissue samples. We’re working directly with the CDC and research partners all over the world. The threat of this virus is very significant and the longer we prolong the quarantines by not adhering to scientific guidance the more likely it is to mutate and become endemic.

6. Don’t be cruel.

At the end of the day I don’t think I’ll be able to reach them. Some people are so far gone into cognitive dissonance that their mind is a snowstorm, a constant whiteout. When presented with canonical truths and verifiable facts they resort to juvenile taunting, usually something along the lines of insulting your intelligence because you get your news from the mainstream media. They live in a magical world were Breitbart and Rush Limbaugh are not mainstream.

They think they’re smart but they’re not. And they’re cruel.

American Style

Dedicated to Johnny Spann

I’m going to Afghanistan
It’s there I’ll make my final stand
Like Johnny Spann and everyone
Who loved him

I know you may not understand
I find myself the kind of man
To cross the line in the sand
For something

This is war, American style
Nightmares come of age
Deliver me from rage
This is war

The target looks like every man
I see him in the market stand
I could take him now
If I’m not wrong

Before he gets to Pakistan
I’ll track him through the mountains and
He’ll give me one reason
To be strong

This is war, American style
Nightmares come of age
Deliver me from rage
This is war

Winter’s come, it bites my hands
Like every day I’ve walked these lands
I’ve found another reason
For a man’s revenge

With every shot I’ve made my stand
So many men so much demand
I’ll never leave, I’ve joined the band
Until the very end

This is war, American style
Nightmares come of age
Deliver me from rage
This is war

Face to face, hand to hand
Fighting for the promised land
Every target, every man
Squeeze and go

I look at him and his demands
I know he’ll never understand
I’ve always had the upper hand
He will not know

This is war, American style
Nightmares come of age
Deliver me from rage
This is war

Metal Power Trio

Solo Acoustic

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