Category Archives: Pet peeves

Orwellian Tolerance of Violence But Intolerance of Verbal Goof-Ups

Because of mass brainwashing in America, and ultra-hyper-sensitivity, we now have harassment of people who stupidly made some innocent remark, not because they are racists, but just out of insensitivity.

Intolerant society now does not forgive people for such verbal mistakes, and people persecute the insensitive louts, getting someone fired from a job or a TV show cancelled, such as Rosanne Barr.

As I mentioned previously, if someone says, “All lives matter,” that is called “insensitive,” and a person is fired from one’s job. I already mentioned how a professor was reading from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which Dr. King used the “N-word.” and because the professor read that out loud, even though it was Dr. King who was using the “N-word,” that professor is being investigated. A liberal, non-racist professor. That is how irrational our society has become.

Well, I have another case of hysteria in the area of hyper-sensitivity. Dave Andelman, who had been CEO and host of “Phantom Gourmet,” a restaurant related Boston TV show, was forced to resign from his CEO and hosting positions because of writing sarcastic remarks on his Facebook page regarding the Black Lives Matter protests, the rioting and vandalism that have been taking place, and the irrational COVID lockdown.

In one post, Andelman wrote, “If the people who fought to create and defend this country knew politicians and police were ‘taking a knee’ after looting in major cities, while millions of law abiding citizens were denied the right to make a living, they’d jam bayonets into their own heads.”

Now, in today’s climate of hostility, that was obviously very dumb of him to write that. However, when you see hundreds of businesses being burned down, owned by people who are not involved in racism or in whatever the rioters’ grievances are, I can understand the need to express a sense of cynicism. Can’t you?

And the people burning down whole businesses, looting and stealing from innocent people, and destroying churches, libraries and homes as well, are not “protesters.” Acts of violence and criminality are NOT legitimate forms of “protest”! If they were, then America is just another third-world hell-hole.

Andelman also mixed his cynicism over the “protests” and rioting and looting with his cynicism over the COVID hysteria, including, “Zero effort to stop or distance these ‘protests’. Open business now and stop this silly charade.” And, “Maybe Back Bay restaurants and retailers could offer touchless, curbside looting and gyms could call workouts “protests against obesity.”

Now, I can see how some ultra-sensitive people may interpret that last remark as showing a lack of compassion toward what actual protesters are protesting, when he writes about workouts being “protests against obesity.” But can people lighten up, for crying out loud? I don’t think that someone should be fired for that.

Again, “looters” are not “protesters.” Looters are thieves and hooligans. Stealing from others is not a legitimate form of protesting. And when people involved in protesting turn to looting and arson, then their own acts of criminality in and of themselves de-legitimize whatever legitimate grievances those perpetrators may have had.

Hooligans and barbarians who violate the lives, property and liberty of others are just as worthy of cynicism, sarcasm, and parody as are the Orwellian “pandemic” policies of our fascist dictator governors.

So the looting, burning down and destroying businesses and threatening the lives of others have nothing to do with protesting racism or police brutality.

If our society continues to tolerate violence but not tolerate mere words, then we really are in serious trouble.

Fascist Face Mask Mandates

It appears that governors and mayors have been imposing orders to wear face masks or face coverings of some kind. Well, those governors and mayors are either ignorant morons and/or they intentionally want to harm the people and their health. (Have I mentioned here that politicians are not exactly my favorite breed of human being?)

My first response is, we haven’t been requiring face masks for the seasonal flu each season, so why this now? Oh, people are “carriers,” and “others need to be protected from the ‘carriers’,” some say.

But the flu is deadly, it’s contagious, and shouldn’t we be protecting Grandma from the flu as well? No, we haven’t been hysterical and panicking every flu season.

And there is a question regarding the health and safety of wearing a mask, especially for long periods.

One problem is that wearing the masks can cause people to have to adjust them, or lower them and put them back up which causes them to possibly touch the inside of the mask or touch their faces, which has obvious risks.

But this article by retired neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD does give some more important information on the masks. It notes that the masks can cause someone to breathe in more carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen.

While most agree that the N95 mask can cause significant hypoxia and hypercapnia, another study of surgical masks found significant reductions in blood oxygen as well. In this study, researchers examined the blood oxygen levels in 53 surgeons using an oximeter. They measured blood oxygenation before surgery as well as at the end of surgeries.4 The researchers found that the mask reduced the blood oxygen levels (pa02) significantly. The longer the duration of wearing the mask, the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels.

And then there is this:

There is another danger to wearing these masks on a daily basis, especially if worn for several hours. When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.

It gets even more frightening. Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain.11,12 In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.13

So in my opinion, it’s one thing when government health bureaucrats or governors advise that we wear a mask, and let us determine for ourselves whether or not to do that based on making an informed decision. But it’s another thing when those bureaucrats ORDER us to do that with the threat of a fine, especially if doing so may itself pose a health risk!

In my state, the governor has ordered us to wear the face mask. So I’m wearing it and leaving it down like on my chin but putting it up when someone is walking by or when I go into the store, etc. If the governor doesn’t like my having it down such as when I’m walking along the sidewalk where no one else is around, then he knows what he can do.

And one more thing here. This thing with having to get your temperature taken. I saw a news video that included someone taking people’s temperatures, and it looked like the person was touching someone’s forehead with the thermometer and then going right to the next person. So, what if someone touched a doorknob, for example, and then touched his forehead, and the thermometer touches that forehead and then touches someone else’s forehead — could that possibly be spreading the virus? Hmm.

And, police using drones to check people’s temperatures? Ack.

My Latest Pet Peeves

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, and I want to do more. But I guess it’s a combination of very busy and hectic, and when I have wanted to write something I just haven’t been feeling creative enough. My mother and brother and I had a visit recently for the first time since our visit in May, which was our first visit since my father died in March. They live in a different state. So I think it’s time to sit here and write what comes to mind, especially regarding my latest pet peeves.

I have been enjoying writing about my experiences with my dietary and medical situations, as well as comments I have on the various issues of the day and especially in the medical and nutritional area. Lately some of the issues have involved the vaccines controversy. I don’t think I’ve seen so much social conflict regarding vaccines in all my years of paying attention to the news. That’s roughly 40 years now.

WHY is the vaccine issue so controversial? Because of ignorance? Propaganda? People seem to be more influenced by propaganda these days than any time that I can remember. Does Big Pharma have that much of an influence on people? That is why, instead of listening to the hysterical propagandists, people need to read more, such as this article and this article on the vaccines.

And it isn’t just the vaccine issue, but politics, such as the move to get rid of Trump at all cost. Such as, “Russia collusions” in which Trump was exonerated by the final Mueller report, yet for 2 years “we know he’s guilty,” as the war monger GWB would say. (And I’m not a Trump supporter. The guy loves government planning and control, the police state and the drug war. So, I’m for freedom and he is not!) And now it’s some damn phone call with the Ukrainian president. I guess the CIA really wants him out.

So one of my current pet peeves is the ongoing propaganda propelled by the news media in coordination with the hacks in Washington who don’t believe in democracy and free and fair elections. Anti-democracy is also alive and well in England (that’s what “the U.K.” used to be called, in case you didn’t know), with the rulers in England continuing to delay their separation from the European Union for over 3 years now even though the majority of the voters in England voted to leave the EU!

Besides the propaganda influences on people with the vaccine issue and politics, I have other pet peeves, including tech issues and shopping. I have had the same DSL modem for 10 years now, and in late August it had been having a big problem. So in my trying to find a replacement modem it seems difficult to find something appropriate. Is it true that most people now have cable? No more DSL? Am I the only one? Several aspects of this include the fact that I don’t drive and I’m not going to take 3 different buses to get to a Staples or Best Buy, although I did get to a Best Buy in the downtown area and the 2 salespeople there were either just dishonest and trying to sell me a cable modem (which doesn’t work with DSL service) even though I was asking for DSL modems, or they were genuinely ignorant of the fact that cable modems don’t work with DSL. Everything they had there was cable only, no DSL! And I don’t want to order something online and have it delivered either. But I did eventually find a modem. And my 10-year-old modem has been working again ever since that day in August so I’ll switch to the new one when the current one has another big problem. So, that’s another one of my pet peeves.

And in my building the apartment above mine has the thermostat that controls the heat for the whole building. Over the years (and I’ve been here for a long time), there have been tenants in that unit above who obviously were not informed that having a window open when it was very cold out during the heating season would affect the thermostat and make the heat stay on too long. And also there have been tenants in that unit who have tried to adjust the radiators with the shut-off valve at the floor which you’re not supposed to do. That not only caused their room to not heat up at the same rate as everyone else’s, and thus causing the thermostat to “think” that the heat should stay on longer (and longer and longer, etc., etc.), but in the past had caused their radiators to leak down on me! Also in the past the thermostat had problems despite any of those external factors and was just malfunctioning, so heat stayed on forever and it got very hot, or heat wouldn’t come on at all when it was very cold. So now there’s a relatively new tenant in that unit who I think has had their air conditioner on. And now when the heat starts to come on the usual clang noises are louder like more “thunk” and “clunk” with the clang. I think it involves the pumping mechanism for the steam/forced hot water. I hope it doesn’t cause a disaster.

The Decline of MS Word

There is an article by Chas Holloway on how MS Word has been changing writers’ sentences and replacing what is written with politically correct words and phrases.

It’s bad enough when MS Word “corrects” my writing with grammatically incorrect phrases, which is why I turned off auto-correct a long time ago. But now it is changing what you’re writing to instead show something someone else is writing! How sick is that? And that “someone else” being the one(s) who write in the code to include those specific words or phrases to change to. It’s like having some kind of nanny teacher standing over our shoulder correcting our writing, when in fact many of those “teachers” are themselves dumb clucks and it is they who need to be corrected!

Look, if a writer is writing something “politically incorrect,” so what? This here situation is the kind of thing that makes me want to use the “F” word in criticizing these bozos, but I don’t use that kind of language, so I will continue to refrain from that. But do you get my point?

Another problem with MS Word that I was having was I would write something in there and paste it all into a blog, but then when switching to the blog’s HTML, the HTML had all this code crap so that it was not editable to me, as far as “cleaning up” the HTML to neaten up the final appearance. (The extra HTML code crap was from MS Word, not WordPress.)

Anyway, I only use MS word now to edit existing pages there. But for writing, I’ve been using this WordPress blog software or my Thunderbird email compose box as a text editor.

I haven’t updated my MS Word for several years, and am not about to because a while ago I read that the update on my particular computer will or probably will have some compatibility issues with some other programs I have. So the last time it was updated was 2013. I suppose I will have to get a new version at some point when I get a new computer, whenever that might be. (I hope the new version has the option of turning off auto-correct. If they don’t give you that option, they are fascists, in my opinion.)

But not only does the newest fiasco with MS Word show the decline of Micro$oft, but the decline of the whole tech industry, as far as I’m concerned. This political correctness stuff is out of control now, to the point of promoting outright ignorance and even craziness, quite frankly.

Besides software giants like Micro$oft ruining their own products, the social media platforms also are now engaging in “anti-hate” censorship, when the things they are censoring are not hateful at all, but are merely non-conforming views and those who do not subscribe to the political correctness craziness points of view that we see from many of those now in the tech industry.

So in the name of PC and intolerance toward different points of view, and toward different styles of speech and writing, many of these tech industries are ruining their own products.

Some Pet Peeves

One of my pet peeves is something that went on just last night. There was a winter storm with snow last evening and through the night. I live in an apartment on the front of the building along the street.

The problem? The snow plow drivers now have this habit of driving the truck with the plow in the “up” position, and then when they’re going to do the plowing, just as they’re going by here they slam the plow down on the pavement, like as hard as possible. This goes on from maybe midnight through 3 AM or so.

Can’t the snow plow drivers make the plow go down to the pavement more slowly, so that it doesn’t slam down on the pavement? Do they do this on purpose, like as a practical joke? I’ll bet that the buttons or levers that they use to make the plow go down can be handled so that they can make the plow go down more slowly and gently. Especially during the overnight hours when people in the neighborhood are trying to SLEEP!

Another pet peeve of mine, as long as I’m writing this, is the delivery trucks. While the UPS and USPS trucks turn off their engines when making a delivery here, the FedEx trucks always leave the engine idling, and that smelly, disgusting truck exhaust makes its way inside, especially if I happen to have a window open. I have to make sure that when I go out I have all windows closed, just in case there’s a FedEx truck making a delivery here while I’m out. They really suck, and, because of this, if I ever have something delivered, I will only use UPS or USPS, but NEVER FedEx!

The oil delivery trucks also leave their engines idling as they are making an oil delivery to this building, and the other buildings on both sides. Is it necessary to leave the engine idling to make the oil delivery? They don’t have to do that.

Do these people understand that people in the apartment buildings along the street have windows that are very close to the sidewalk/street?

I’ve been living in this unit for a long time, and have been wanting to move out, believe me. But that has not been affordable. I may actually write here about that situation as well.