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Marc's Musings

Since the 1970's, I've heard grumblings about a global conspiracy anchored by David Rockefeller to surreptitiously reduce the world's population through eugenics, abortion, involuntary sterilization, and other invisible and nefarious means.

If this conspiracy does in fact exist, might I suggest a new game plan?

Art credit: Clevercapybara

Is gravity a function of the geometry (astrometry?) of spacetime as Einstein predicted or is it the function of a force-carrier particle (graviton) as suggested by the Soviets?

The answer is important because a gravity drive powered craft is conceivable if gravity is created by gravitons and one can generate enough of them ( assuming we knew what gravitons were and how to make them ).

However, if gravity is a function of the curvature of spacetime, then the only way to create gravity is to create mass, and that makes the prospect of a gravity drive more difficult - as in: it's difficult to keep several Jupiter masses in your pocket.

It's unfortunate that people have been convinced that free speech is not a civil right.

"The first amendment … is bonkers" – Harry Montbatten-Windsor.

Spoken like a true imperialist.

Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

Split infinitives. Dogging grammarians since 1787.

Clown B is getting a bit uppity. What was wrong with Clown A, again? Oh, right …

Remind me, which article of the Constitution grants the president the authority to tell people what to do?

After ~50,000 tweets and single-handedly keeping the platform relevant for five years, Donald Trump was invited to leave Twitter in January and not come back.

The Donald has taken to publishing his own blog where he has posts that are a whole five sentences long! Who says you can't teach an old Don new tricks?

 

Joe Biden is continuing the disturbing trend started by Donald Trump of spending millions of dollars to send letters to Americans telling them what a great and wonderful guy he is because he signed a bill.

In this instance, the letter described the money being sent to citizens that the government borrowed from the central bank - money that must be repaid by guess-whom?

The explanation for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failing the race day drug test is that one of the grooms (horse attendants) drank cough syrup, urinated on some hay, and the horse ate the hay.

This perfectly plausible chain of events resulted in the horse having more than twice the allowed amount of betamethasone (corticosteroid) in its blood.

How much betamethasone syrup would someone have to drink for the excreted amount to pop in a half-ton horse?

(The fact that betamethasone syrup is not prescribed for coughs is something we'll let his attorneys worry about).

Headline: Essential Quality first gray horse favored to win Kentucky Derby in 25 years

Some days it must be difficult to be a journalist (I know it's difficult to be a news consumser)

"In March, the United States, Britain and members of the European Union blocked a World Trade Organization proposal backed by roughly 80 nations, including India and South Africa, to waive patent protections for coronavirus vaccines." – chron.com

Yes, IP protections have been known to drive innovation. Those innovations may come at the cost of another three million lives.

A study conducted by the British NHS concluded that people with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection have a 7% chance of re-infection compared to the 5% chance of reinfection after receiving the Pfizer vaccine (6% Moderna, 30% Astra-Zeneca, 33% J&J).

So, why does the CDC recommend getting vaccinated after infection?

“… isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist” George W. Bush said of today’s Republican party. As contrasted to the warmongering, profiteering psychopaths of the Dubya administration.

“What’s really troubling is how much misinformation there is and the capacity of people to spread all kinds of untruth,”

It’s never about the truth, only whose truth – such as Dubya’s truth that Iraq had a viable WMD program. The intelligence report that was used to foist the Iraq War on the people actually stated the opposite – but the little people weren’t allowed to read it until 2015.

Optimist: The glass is half-full

Pessimist: The glass is half-empty

Literist: The glass cannot be half-empty nor half-full. These are absolute descriptors and attempts to fractionate their definitions are ignorant and meaningless. The glass has realized one-half of its potential.

Joe Biden, American president: "Restore faith in government"

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German president: "Crisis of trust"

Free societies exist only when there is an appropriate distrust of government.

As if I didn't have enough to deal with, I bought some food that was labelled "Store in a cool, dry place."

I installed a disco ball in the pantry.

A new study reports changes to a person's ventral medial prefrontal cortex (brain) when that person identifies with fictional characters, indicative of the person incorporating the fictional characters' attributes into their own personality, to a degree greater than those of real people.

If I expect you to call me The Dark Lord, just go with it. It's legit.

Two Minnesota legislators have submitted a bill to rename a portion of a highway after Prince.

I'm not sure if my suggestion of "The Highway Formerly Known as Five" will make it out of committee.

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