June 03, 2022

An Interesting Talk With Peter Zeihan


Shorter version: We in the U.S.A. are screwed like everyone else, but we are less screwed than anyone else and have a bit more time.  

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A Follow-Up on SNR

About 2 weeks ago I reviewed the pilot of Strange New Worlds and made, what is for post JJ Abrams Star Trek, a bold assertion.


I do not immediately despise this show!

Like Charlie Brown pondering Lucy and the football, I held out hope that  this fairly decent pilot might, against all odds foreshadow a good series. 

I do not have CBS all access, so I cannot speak firsthand to wether this forlorn hope has come to pass. However Dave Cullen, a certified card carrying member of the 'Irish New Trek Haters Club' suggests that the series has not been bad, and, most surprisingly,  that the most recent episode has actually been quite good.



This is high praise coming from Cullen, who has been exceptionally vociferous (and IMHO fair) in his criticisms of the recent offerings of the franchise.

I particularly like that the presence of the Gorn in this prequel, far from being the expected crime against canon is being cleverly handled in such a way as to fit with established lore. 

I'm still not likely to get CBS All Access, but I keep hearing good things about the show and might well be persuaded to get the DVDs. 

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Gracious!

All that talk about how COVID is "Just the flu" is somewhat misleading.


I haven't been THAT sick in years.

Not only was I having difficulty breathing, my blood pressure skyrocketed to 177/110, I ended up going to the hospital. 

After I was discharged I had great difficulty getting up the stairs, due to general weakness.


However, it's quite likely that I had a mild variant. I say this because I never lost my sense of smell or taste (at least any more that those senses are rendered wonky with any head-cold),  I never had the headache so often reported or the GI issues. 

But every time I coughed, I felt like my skeleton was trying to escape from my skin.

Because of the nigh insurmountable obstacle my stairs presented, I ended up sleeping on the downstairs couch for a few days.

Four days ago I started to improve markedly and by day-before-yesterday I felt much better.

I'm still a bit weak, but I have no other symptoms. 

Today, my state quarantine period ended and I went to work. However, UPS policy is to wear a mask for 5 days after symptoms end and, well, I can't wear a mask any more because of the stroke. I have face shields, and the boss decided that was fine but after about 10 minutes my weakness visibly caught up with me. Since we were over staffed, for a change, the supervisor decided to give me the option  home. I took him up on it. I'll report to work normally on Monday. 

I'll finally get paid again in two weeks.


"Damnit!"

Glad I've got a cushion and plenty of food stocked up. 
For a lot of people, loosing 2 weeks pay and gaining a hospital bill would be a disaster, and that is what a huge swath of our population is facing from this bug right now, assuming they don't have any co-morbidities that cause Winnie-the-Flu to leave them dead or crippled. 

This bug looks like it will be with us from now on, like a flu but far worse. We've got to learn to live with it without going bonkers or paranoid. And given the likelihood that this was a result of well intentioned but ill conceived experiments in bio-preparedness, we need to reassess our policies in that area. 


Corona-Chan remains smugly confident that we won't.

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