The Colors of War

Portland 2020.

The stormtroopers are there by executive order of Donald Trump. Drunk on power with itchy trigger fingers and moral corrosion, Trump’s private army is inciting war with the citizens of Portland. Every eyewitness account I’ve read from the protests in Portland says the same thing. Every video I’ve watched from the streets, including live broadcasts, backs them up.

It’s the federales that are escalating. They’re deliberately provoking and attacking protesters and journalists, falsely blaming them for the escalations and arresting them. Murmurs and bogus social media pages blame Antifa for the escalation, a convenient boogeyman.

Paramilitary forces with no identification have even snatched people off the streets and taken them to secret detainment locations, a signature move of authoritarian regimes and fascist dictators.

If the protesters were demanding retribution for the toppling of racist Confederate monuments they would have Trump’s blessing and constant praise on Twitter. But they’re protesting for racist, militarized US police to treat black suspects just like everybody else. In Trump’s world that’s tantamount to treason.

If you’re Trump and your dad marched with the KKK, if you took out a full-page ad calling for the execution of innocent black teenagers for a Central Park rape they did not commit, if you think black people all come from “shithole countries”, a protest for justice and fair treatment for black citizens at the hands of law enforcement is a euphemism for riot.

If Trump wants a war he’s getting one. He’ll lose, and the revolution will be televised. On loop, ad nauseum, a cautionary tale.

Trump and everyone associated with him will be regarded by history for what they are. Every sycophantic politician in his kakistocracy and every ignorant supporter in his clown parade gullible and stupid enough to rally behind a fascist dictator has established a permanent record on social media and the internet at large that shows their true colors.

Not red, white and blue. No doubt that’s how they see themselves, so tone deaf they can’t discriminate between patriotism and blind loyalty. More like the green and brown camouflage on the fatigues of Trump’s secret police. The colors of a traitor. The colors of war.

Monsters – Vader 2.0

I thought we hit peak villain this week with Trump’s eagerness to sacrifice your children by sending them to school this fall even as the country buckles under record breaking case counts, day after day. I can only wonder what the hell is wrong with that man, what twisted his brain into thorns.

Every American dystopia deserves a good villain, and the Confederate cape crowd, anti-vaxxers & anti-maskers (the Republican party) are still convinced it’s Bill Gates or George Soros, and that you’re sheeple.

Nope, just plain old Trump the clown villain. King of the kakistocracy. He’s like a fat, impotent Vader who blunts every attack with toddler logic, then flies around the room declaring victory, a modern Baron Harkonnen in a scalp toupee.

Indeed. You’d have to be an absolute monster to beat that.

However, deep in the heart of Florida where 1 in 3 people in Miami are infected, ICU’s are full and the case counts are a stairway to heaven, there has emerged another villain. I have always speculated the apocalypse will start in Florida and it seems to be upon us.

Enter Disney.

As in please come to Disney, we’re open. Bring us your children, overpay us at the gate, and enjoy a week at our resorts and theme park. It’s practically an American tradition, and we want you to know Florida is open for business.

Spend your day in the summer heat with thousands of other children, playing and sweating together, enjoying the same ride seats, eating in the same restaurants, using the same bathrooms and hugging the same lovable characters. And hugging each other, because Disney is and always has been a family affair. We like to spread it around.

Here at Disney nothing says villain better than killing off one of the parents in the opening scene. Maybe killing them both with a gruesome plague, write them out of the scene never to be seen again because they have to die alone in an ICU on a ventilator, but that would be John Wick levels of gratuitous cruelty.

We’re going for something more like Vader 2.0.

And although we can’t be thwarted in our commitment to villainy at Disney we need to keep it PG for the adorable children in the hotel room you’re all sharing. Look at what happened to Bambi, everybody loves Bambi & nobody wants to be reminded what happened. Marketing sent back a frowny face on the proposal, so maybe we’ll just kill off one parent. No reason to be cruel.

Besides honey, that would leave a huge plot hole, and we all have to fly home on Friday. We’d hate to leave you here to die alone. And don’t forget, the kids are starting school in just a few weeks. We need to go shopping, and Grandma will want to see them before they go back.

Have you heard from your mom lately? I hope she’s alright, the case the case counts are going back up you know. And we should probably plan a dinner with your sister and her kids before everybody gets too busy.

Coup de grace.

Yesterday’s Monsters post is here. It’s a long and winding call to arms to encourage you to keep your children home from school this fall given the risk of infection. And it’s a fair shot of spit and venom for Emperor Nero and his faithful clown parade.

https://rangothedog.com/2020/07/09/monsters/

Monsters

Monsters

It’s one thing for an adult to be stubborn, selfish and socially irresponsible in the context of a global pandemic. The ignorance and obstinance of Covid-19 deniers, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers threatens all of us indiscriminately and ensures that the economy will not recover any time soon. But economies are inevitable, they will eventually recover, unlike the sacrificial lambs that comprise our daily mortality statistic as a talking point.

The first wave hasn’t peaked yet. Three million Americans are infected, a quarter of the world’s cases, and we’re trending towards a mortality of 200,000 Americans by the November election. States that opened too early are now facing an economic and healthcare crisis exactly as predicted, forced to rollback as they set new case count records nearly every day.

All that even as Trump proclaims that 99% of cases are not serious. That is a dangerous claim that flies in the face of scientific consensus, grossly ignorant bordering on criminal. His hands are already so bloody they can never be washed. Now he’s rubbing them in your face.

This is the same guy who brought you a Democratic hoax, 15 cases soon to be zero, it will go away in April, windmill cancer, Revolutionary War airports, and an HIV vaccine that doesn’t exist. The guy who shut down Obama’s CDC pandemic response team and then blamed Obama, China, and would presumably blame Where’s Waldo if he could find him. No doubt turned over on a ventilator in an ICU by now.

That guy gets around but he likes to hide in plain sight, innocuous in a crowd just like your kids at Spring Break. Equally dangerous if not more. You can tell from the striped shirt he’s obviously Antifa, Trump’s favorite boogeyman, just like every other libtard sheeple and your punk kids if you’re a Democrat.

But the sad truth of the matter is that we are living in a kakistocracy. The ignorance and ineptitude of the Trump administration and the gullibility of his supporters is magnifying the cost of the pandemic in lives, dollars and American influence. It is robbing us of time, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We have lost all credibility on the world stage in six short months. We’re the poster child for ineptitude, suffering an ongoing national and humanitarian tragedy of historic proportions with with a president who does not seem to care about his constituents but takes every opportunity to proclaim the greatness of his response, lying openly, embarrassing himself. The US response was the worst in the world, so bad Europe has imposed travel restrictions on Americans.

How ironic. But irony is lost on fools.

After two weeks of breaking infection case count the Trump administration iced the cake by pulling out of the World Health Organization, proving once again they don’t care about Americans, or anybody else for that matter. They only care about the old boys club, NASDAQ and the propaganda news cycle. They care about confederate statues and using AR-15’s in the capitol dome to intimidate legislators into getting haircuts.

They claim to care about the Constitution but haven’t bothered to brush up, much less read about government authority in a pandemic. They claim to care about everybody except “antifa fascists” so “white lives matter” is not tone deaf to them. No more than wishing death upon libtard sheeple protesters in a Facebook Live stream, without a doubt the most repulsive display of moral rot I’ve seen so far, and that’s saying a lot.

They definitely don’t care about Bill Gates, George Soros, or Where’s Waldo, those three are the unholy trinity of a global conspiracy that Q has revealed to them while the rest of us were watching fake news and colluding with an elite international pedophile ring. Sheeple say “bah”, real men read Breitbart. And they definitely don’t care about some libtard kung flu that’s yet another Democratic hoax, much less wearing wearing a mask like a sissy. They saw a YouTube video you couldn’t possibly understand, so you better educate yourself and do some “research” too since you didn’t learn anything getting your liberal arts degree from a treasonous professor.

To date we have tested 39 million people, roughly 10% of the population, the worst per capita of any developed country. Of those tested 9% were positive, 3.4 million people. We can only speculate what the case rate would be if we could test everybody but statistically we’re likely looking at over 30 million cases.

In a stunning display of toddler logic Trump continues to assert that if we don’t test so much we won’t have as many cases. That’s like saying if you don’t get a pregnancy test you can never get pregnant. If you don’t count your drinks you can never get drunk.

For the ammosexuals with great haircuts in the crowd waving around the Confederate flag, that’s like saying if you don’t count your bullets you’ll never run out of ammo. I’ll say that real slow while you get to blazing, Rambo, but please do us all a favor and save one for yourself. Better make that two in case you miss, or can’t count any better than Trump.

Yet true to his convictions Trump has repeated himself and doubled down. He is seeking to reduce federal funding for testing for states that are crumbling under the weight of the infections. Somehow the Republican clown car just honks & keeps driving around the circus. Puts up a few nooses, makes their slave-raping Confederate forefathers proud.

The whole party is a shameful and degenerate expression of callous indifference, profound ignorance and abject racism. Trump is their messiah. They’re anti-science just like him because they have faith in God instead, and you would be too if you weren’t a commie atheist.

Despite the ongoing tragedy of the mishandled pandemic response, continued obstruction by administration officials, dissemination of misinformation and propaganda, we have yet to round the most dangerous corner on the road to our new American dystopia. Never to be outdone and because there is no bottom, Trump has a map and his trusty sharpy, pointing the way for all the blind sheeple. Super Duper Missile daddy has a plan, the best plan, and it’s right up there in his temples underneath his Baron Harkonnen scalp toupee and the festering scabs that hold it onto his glistening skin

As you might expect from such auspicious problem solving (he really has a knock for epidemiology and is the best pathologist anyone’s ever met according to some people, but you never hear about it on the fake news), it’s an evil plan. Truly untempered madness. And as a society we have an obligation to do everything in our power to stop him.

That’s because the next milestone on the map of suffering and woe is not targeting the constituents he despises, foreigners, Muslims or his political opponents. And it doesn’t take aim at his best friends and mentors Putin & Kim because he’s more terrified of them than #blm protestors and doesn’t want to risk offending them, or even getting a frowny face from them on MSNBC.
Instead he’s offering up your children for sacrifice in a Machiavellian gambit. To what end, I cannot fathom. You’d have to be evil I suppose. But fresh on the heels of proclaiming Covid-19 as 99% insignificant Trump has now proclaimed schools must be open in the fall. Anything less will be considered national failure, yet another source of shame, and no doubt intrepid educator extraordinaire Betsy Devos agrees with him.
Showing his allegiance to the very fine people in the Confederate flag / lynching crowd that helped elect him, at a very minimum foreign exchange students must attend campus in person or be deported, holding up a fine Republican tradition of treating immigrants like shit, because they all come from shithole countries, they’re criminals and rapists and have AIDS (apparently they didn’t get the memo about the HIV vaccine that doesn’t exist).

The evil madness of the plan is that with the continued rise in Covid-19 infection rates it is a statistical certainty that many of the children forced to attend schools that should not even be open at all will both become infected and transmit it to their friends, families and teachers and neighborhoods.
It’s inevitable, it’s not matter of if it happens, it’s a matter of how much, how fast, and how long until it becomes unbearable. So the calculus of risk for US school children and their families has fallen under the purvey of a Covid-19 deniar who still, to this day, has failed to marshall the will & direct the resources we as a nation need for recovery.

Trump’s willingness to send your children into the toxic cesspool of a high density closed enclosure with hundreds of unwashed hands, unworn masks, supplies that get passed around and vending machines that are automated petri dish dispensers is not surprising. Given Trump’s cold indifference to children separated from their parents locked in overcrowded cages under deplorable conditions, including a lack of medical care and both physical and sexual abuse, in hindsight we should have expected it. But none of us can match emperor Nero’s talent for cruel depravity so we failed to see it coming.

Well, it’s here. Full stop.

As a parent I urge you not to subject your children to being exposed to a disease that has long term complications that are potentially painful and disabling. It can lead to systemic organ damage, and can result in blood clotting, strokes and lasting neurological damage for those who survive a severe infection. And that says nothing about the mortality of the worst cases. The reality for that population is dying alone, turned over on on a ventilator in an ICU after experiencing incalculable suffering. With no funeral.

You can’t factor any of those risks into some kind of coherent threat model. That’s a fine approach for soldiers and early vaccine recipients, it works great for investment banking, and battlefield triage. But we’re talking about our children. And you, and the rest of your family.

Once one family member is infected the writing’s on the wall. Imagine the devastation your child would experience if they transmitted it to a parent and the parent did not survive, but the child did. It’s the same devastation you’d feel if you gave it to your child, but they’re going to have a long life with that kind of burden, as well the emotional and economic suffering that comes with such a trauma at a formative age.

None of us would want that for any student, with the notable exception of Trump. One asymptomatic student can infect the entire classroom, and each of their peers can go home and infect their families, their neighborhoods, the grocery stores, playgrounds and cafeterias. School cafeterias are right up there with retirement homes and cruise ships as potential vectors of infection. So is breathing hard and shouting and singing, more commonly known among people that are not evil or dead inside as as a fun recess. Maybe gym class for a few twisted individuals.

To what end is this Trumpian experiment? What is the fundamental hypothesis he is trying to prove? That he’s in charge and unqualified? That he’s indifferent to the suffering of children. Maybe that he’s an idiot, the unchallenged king of kakistocracy who thinks he’s smart and surrounds himself with uneducated, ignorant, and cruel people that think he’s smart, too.

We know all of that to be true. The only experiments that we should be doing right now are the ones on a path to vaccines and treatments. The entire biotech industry and their partners in government and education are on a war footing, trying to do something that has never been done before in such a short time. But science takes time. Fundamental research, developing theories, performing experiments, engineering & manufacturing solutions and conducting trials with them all takes time.

These are all hard and fast limits. Production and distribution can be scaled up but the science and engineering needs to be conclusive before any of that can happen. And until a vaccine is widely available, by decree of Trump, your children are going to the frontlines of the pandemic to be part of a future case study on Covid-19 rates of infection in children and the network effect on their families and social graph. A post-mortem, so to speak.

Post on Facebook all you want but if he gets his way, the best protest you can do is to keep your kids home. Commit to home-schooling and distance-learning next year. You’re probably already doing that anyway, and getting pretty good at it by now. You’ve been doing it for a semester. Some of you really like it, and it always lifts my spirits reading about your home-schooling adventures in my news feed. And the parents can always use a refresher unless they’ve been doing trigonometry since the day they graduated high school.

Keep them home, do whatever it takes. Find a way. At least investigate it with the intent to succeed. Split duties with your spouse and extended family, be creative and let them know you’re going to do whatever you can to keep them home so they can enjoy the rest of their summer without the fear of being a subject in a pointless, cruel experiment. They’ve been robbed enough already. Nobody who’s a parent of young children right now grew up in a global pandemic, this is unprecedented for all of us.

Let them be a child this year. We can’t imagine what it’s like for them, being a teenager already sucked and your parents were already dorks and now they’re staying home binge watching Netflix, fighting for the remote and trying to get ahold of a human at the unemployment office. Their social life has been compressed into Zoom & Facetime meetings. Some of them have had to spend time in line at food banks wondering if they were going to go hungry and the most unfortunate among them have already lost family to a menace none of us can comprehend.

Rest assured, your kids are smart. They may even be smarter than you. Regardless, they know what’s going on even if they’re not discussing it with you. Remember, they think you’re a dork. But we all have phones, we all read the same news feeds every day. You can’t get away from it when the global pandemic continues to rage and surge through our daily news cycle.

It’s a monster for the ages, a whisper in the winds from China that covered the world in both directions and seems to grow more vast every day. A tidal wave of scary information and bad news, from intubations to mass graves to unemployment lines and civil unrest.

Save them from the monster. You don’t need to put them in front of it by decree of Trump, or any other man who would be king. Scoop them up and let them feel safe. They deserve at least that much. Even if you can’t protect them from getting the infection they will know you did what you could. It’s very hard to feel safe right now even for the adults in the room. The world needs a hero and every family needs a champion. You’re on deck, soldier.

Your kids will find reassurance in your plans and take comfort in your commitment to their safety and continued education. Your entire family will. And then give them a reason to feel some optimism. Let them know you’re not the only one trying to help them, that there is an army of scientists and engineers working around the clock to create a vaccine and develop treatments for those already infected.

Brush up on your biology. Follow the science as it progresses over the next year to keep infusing them with optimism and a better understanding for both of you as to how society is trying to help them.

Take advantage of the opportunity. Make up for lost time and a broken education system by teaching them about history, racism and civics. If they’re able to do arithmetic and simple algebra start teaching them to program. All science is computer science now and it will be good for both of you to learn new skills and create projects together. You’ll have a blast and share pride in your accomplishments.

Let them come to you with electives that you will both enjoy learning. Encourage them to race ahead in topics they show aptitude for without being held back by the rest of the class. Make music part of your curriculum. The whole family will enjoy it and you will all grow closer through shared experiences in the tradition of gathering around a piano at home, where everybody feels safe and loved.

Finally, demonstrate your resilience by example and teach them to be the same way while they are still impressionable. Rebel against this draconian mandate and show them your cards. Teach them to fish, proverbially or literally. When was the last time you went fishing? You deserve to go fishing. And it might be a good skill to have if the pandemic brings resource shortages to your dinner table.

Because at the end of the day it it really is about them. And you. And monsters.

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.

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