Thursday, January 18, 2018

PROBLEM

OK, you talk about a First World Problem! We have had a blizzard, a snow storm and a lot of days below freezing and nights in the single digits.

AND I DON'T HAVE A HEATED STEERING WHEEL!

ALAS.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Affirmative Consent


This is kind of hard to read, the author tosses words like “plebiscite“ and phrases like “insurrectionary vanguard” much as you and I would use words like “poll” and phrases like “leaders of the pack.”

Anyway, the point of it that the idea that relationships between men and women should be governed by “affirmative consent” rather than “implied consent” or no consent at all, just power, was introduced by Antioch College in the 1990’s and met with lots of doubt. Yet, that is what is sweeping the country right now. All who took advantage of interns or subordinates, all who touched and spoke in a manner that somehow damaged the dignity of a woman or girl shall be toppled from their perches and their power removed. Flirting shall now and forever more be politely verbal.

The author makes a good case that we don’t know where this is going to lead. We don’t know where the anti-bullying campaign is going to lead, either, although a news cast interview I heard today seemed to imply that bullying (and, therefore, anti-bullying) was invented in the last couple of years. I can attest to it being much older than that.

Anyway, the feminists are winning, the bad guys are falling, where we end up, nobody knows. maybe, as Amy W suggested, we will henceforth have nothing but female hosts of TV shows and politicians. We might be reduced to a society where men join gangs, don't work, the women earn the paychecks that support the families, and where men are just "baby daddies?"



Everything is about sex, except sex which is about power. ~ Oscar Wilde (perhaps)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TRAFFIC FATALITIES

I could direct you to several articles that deal with this appalling phenomenon. After decades of decline, traffic deaths are up. Not just up, but WAY UP.

FOURTEEN POINT FOUR PERCENT, 14.4% INCREASE


Over the last two years. For perspective, there were 37,461 traffic deaths in 2016 versus 32,744 in 2014.

Key statistic within the statistics, the rate of deaths per million miles driven went up. 

SOME BACKGROUND

In 1950 when I was five years old, there were 150 million people in the US. There were 7.24 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

By the 1970's, vehicles and roads started to really get better, seat belts being one of the big life savers, until in 2014 (population 315 million) the deaths per 100 million VMT was 1.08. In 2016, it climbed to 1.18.

Still pretty low, but why the increase?

SMART PHONES.


Yep, we all observe the car in front of us weaving, not pulling away from a light, slowing down or whatever, and most of the time, you peer into the car and see the driver with their eyes cast down to a smart phone.

Watch for legislated changes. For instance, you cannot drive and hold a hand-held phone in a lot of states (Maryland is one, I think) or other places, like military installations.

One that might happen? Your phone automatically shuts off when your car is running. We may look at "hands free" operation, Blue Tooth, etc. the same way we recall our kids standing on the front seat with us as we drove.

People, you cannot multi-task as well as you think you can. Please, don't talk on the phone or text while you drive, it is dangerous and all the people who get this blog mean a lot to me, so I want you to stick around. Take the call, if necessary, and ask to call them back. Be safe.

RUSSIA

This should bake their little noodles--the Russians seeing a post about the Russians.

I mentioned this before, but just looked at the stats. The stats for my blog show that Russia is the source of more "page views" than any other country during the last week, by a big margin.

63 page views from Russia
19 page views from US

ON MY LITTLE BLOG! I take the cue from Sienfeld by blogging about nothing.

So, what are they looking for? Beats me.

Wish I were more skilled so I could actually post the picture of the stat page. Sorry.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

The NFL

CNN is reporting that the Russians purchased Black Lives Matter ads on Facebook during the 2016 Presidential campaign geo-targeted at Ferguson, MO and Baltimore in order to foment (I always wanted to use that word) unrest.

More recently, similar accounts from Russia have been tweeting about the NFL kneeling issue on both sides with incendiary words.

The Internet Research Agency is probably behind most of it, Russia's official/non-official troll.

OK, so all of you guys know this stuff, but here is a tidbit...not recently, but when I first started this blog, it fascinated me that when I looked at the stats, I was getting a lot of hits from Russia. I wondered at the time why anyone in Russia would be interested in this drivel, and since then they have gone away.

Active bunch, aren't they? So the next time you see a panting network news reporter talking about some Tweet or situation that seems a bit "off", think "Russia."

The LMN falls for every diversionary tactic that Trump has thrown out there and swallows what the Russians plant. No wonder we can't keep up with real news.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

EQUIFAX

How friggin’ scary is this?

Words of my younger daughter in regard to the Equifax security breach that exposed 143 million consumers (worth repeating…143,000,000) to who knows who or what.

What do we know? Damn little, if you get your news from the typical sources on the internet or the big newspapers. They are more interested in FLOTUS’ shoes. Or Confederate statues offending somebody. But the more I think about this, and I don’t want to sound like an old fuddy-duddy alarmist, THIS IS A BIG DEAL!

We have become fairly numb to data breaches, think Target, etc. But this time, these guys know EVERYTHING. If I have access to Equifax on you, I know not only the usual stuff, social security number, birthday, credit card numbers and balances, I also know the original amount of your latest mortgage. And a whole lot more.

IMHO, this could bring to a halt a lot of the free-wheeling access to credit and to purchasing power that we have enjoyed for the last few years. Want something? Get it tomorrow at your door from Amazon. No need to get out of your chair, no need to have cash. (We needed $30 to pay for some Boy Scout popcorn and had to run to the bank to get it).

Despite the lackadaisical attitude of the media, the people who now have this information are bad actors. They didn’t hack for the fun or it, they intend to convert to wealth, and a lot of it. The easiest is to sell the information to the individual criminals who will use your identity to get goods, money and credit. The sheer size of this is astounding. Trillions of dollars. The damage of Harvey and Irma is devastating, this could be catastrophic.

Not to forget that this happened in July, Equifax just got around to telling us, and several executives used the time to sell shares in the company. Doesn't seem quite right, does it? Am I the only one upset about this?


By the way, what kind of shoes should you wear to a hurricane?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SIX WEEKS TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DIL Amy brought up the fact that the year is flying by and it will soon be football season. We talked a bit about recruiting classes, and we both acknowledged that her Crimson Tide would likely have the best.

Here's one good analysis that gives points to each football power based on the scouting reports about the lads who are signing letters of intent:

https://campusinsiders.com/news/college-football-recruiting-rankings-2017-top-50-classes-02-01-2017/

Not only did Nick Saban's crew come in first, there were some pretty amazing facts--like landing six five-star recruits.

My Cornhuskers came in at number 18. Not bad, but not back on the national stage, either. Especially with zero five star recruits.

Maybe there is a home-grown prospect overlooked by the scouts like Dave Rimington. Out of Omaha, Rimington was the only player to win the Outland trophy two years in a row and in 1982 he won both the Outland trophy and the Lombardi trophy. Just to cap it off, he was voted the conference offensive player of the year, the first time a lineman was given that award. He was an Academic All American. Etc, etc. In the pros for seven years.

I doubt if the rankings in future years vary too far from the ranking of the recruiting classes a few years before.

Growing up in Alabama, you are either for the Tide or the Auburn blue and orange. No coincidence that Amy's son has no blue and orange clothes.