Friday, October 31, 2014

We've got a ways to go....

Wiki: Total infected/dead as of Oct. 29:

At least Ebola hasn't made it to any developed countries yet....

Happy Halloween 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Liberal Logic

Kaci took her 15 minutes of fame for a bike ride today.  Story at WSJ.
I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based.
How adorable. 

I'm anxious to see her parent(s).

Election Pep Talk

[orig post 10.28.14 6pm]

Another must-see from comrade Joe Dan over at Intellectual Froglegs.

A great 6-minute fireside chat with plenty of Hammer and Sickle, and a friendly message to those Libertarians out there. 

UPDATED 5 minutes later...

A FB Comrade shared this, and I am compelled to do likewise.

UPDATED 10.29.14 7:30pm:

Steve Doocy at FoxNews:

UPDATED and BUMPED 10.30.14 9pm:

FB Comrade David, a hard-core Republican, pointed me to this American Thinker article written by Doub Thorburn.  Doug is a lifelong Libertarian who has seen enough spoiled elections to know the Libertarian Party is failing the country.  He make the case for voting for the "less evil" in his article, Why it's time for Libertarians to Vote for Republicans.  He is donating to many of the campaigns across the States, so this isn't just words.
Voting for Libertarian Party candidates today serves only to divide the vote between those who would slow (Republicans) or reverse (libertarians) the trend towards increasing statism. Splitting the vote allows those who would accelerate that trend to win by default. We need to support -- dare I say it? -- the lesser of the evils. While most votes require me to hold my nose, I get lucky now and then and truly support a candidate. I would love the opportunity to vote for a Rand Paul, a Ted Cruz, a Marco Rubio -- and suspect I will soon have such an opportunity. But we need to ensure Republicans -- even those we would never vote for in a sane world – win the Senate so that we can hold the line in the interim. We can’t afford to give another seat on the Supreme Court to a pseudo-liberal. The reign of Harry Reid, one of the most despicable statists ever to hold elected office, must end.

And, to be fair, here is a blog post from Comrade K over at III Percent Patriots.  He is making the case for just the opposite: Why voting is not a viable means of course correction...   If you leave a comment, be polite.  He's just one of those like-minded comrades who values dissent more.

Bottom line: we need to pull votes from the Democrats.  Not all of them like Ebola, inflation, unemployment and bad healthcare.

Guest Post: Zhukov on the Middle East Conflict

Comrade Zhukov, a student at The Ohio State University, shares his experience from today.  A pro-Palestinian group had an exhibit on the campus quad. 


Free Palestine; From the Ohio State South Oval
Oct. 30, 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian debate and conflict never gets old because well, it never seems to end. On my way to class today I spotted a rather inconspicuous landmark on the South Oval. This landmark is a mock wall of the wall that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. I thought to myself that hearing the opinions on the matter from a group of university students would be interesting and what side of the story they wanted to show.

When I first walked up nobody was around, which is odd for a scenario of this scale on university grounds but eventually I was able to find somebody I could ask some questions and get some answers from. I first asked what this was in my best attempt at naivety and he then began to describe the analogy that this wall makes. I asked some basic questions and I couldn’t really get any good answers out of him other than the basic plight of the Palestinian peoples. He tells me that Palestine is cut off from the rest of the world and are being squeezed by the Israeli military and the Israeli ‘occupation’. I was never really able to understand from them what exactly Israel was occupying; Gaza or the region in general. He skirts my next question about the rocket attacks and walks away.

I stand alone at the wall deep in my thoughts of conflict, oppression and justice when I find myself with someone who comes across to me as the leader of the group. This person is super engaging and is really laying out their mission well. The mission is completely biased and naive. He never wanted to talk about applying numbers to lives because thats terrible yet he always brought attention to the fact that there are disproportionate losses among the Israelis and the Palestinians. He tells me then that 2000 Palestinians and 500 children were murdered by the Israelis but he won’t even answer my question about the rocket attacks or the tunnel attacks from Gaza. Most of what he says are talking points. After spending three years highly involved in politics I know what a talking point sounds like and no thank you, I don’t want to see the pictures of children gored by Israeli bombs. I know what a bomb does and I know exactly why Israel is bombing Gaza in the first place and why that child was injured or killed by one. Hamas. Hamas the cowards who use their people as human shields to fight a war of propaganda and mass media against Israel. He tells me in this conversation that Israel holds the power to stop the conflict and that Hamas is a group of radicals fighting against the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians. He calls it genocide. He says the bombings of women and children is systematic.

I’m listening respectfully. We are discussing this like respectful adults and I seriously commend him for that. That is until Nazad, a Jewish Israeli, joins the conversation. This guy is a stud. He goes after the guy in a now full blown debate on the rocket strikes and the Israeli retaliatory response and Palestine Man is only left with incredulity and his talking points as his defense. Nazad and I are on the same wavelength and he picks everyone of their genocide, apartheid, oppression arguments apart. At this point the liberal begins to show and the pro-palestine camp start making snide comments, disrespecting his argument, interrupting him while demanding he not interrupt them when they speak and just being dicks overall. One of the pro-Palestine group members brings up an Israeli soldier that was kidnapped and Nazad says he was traded for 1000 Palestinian terrorists back to Israel and this new guy says, “ Screw him”, about the Israeli soldier.

Eventually they all gradually have enough and begin to disperse from our conversation group with Nazad and Palestine Man still going at it. Palestine Man finally ran out of talking points and proceeded to leave but still trying to get the last word in. It was beautiful and the highlight to it all was when one of the Palestinian group members said to Nazad that she had friends in Palestine. He replied, “You mean Israel?”.


The Summer of 2016 is Going to Suck

 I'm thinking of starting a 24-hour back-hoe rental service.  It could be a lucrative business...

Below - copied from an anon comment at Raconteur Report, where he has posted the math behind Logarithmic Growth

Mar, 2014 - Infected: 104 Dead: 62
Apr, 2014 - Infected: 194 Dead: 116
May, 2014 - Infected: 360 Dead: 216
Jun, 2014 - Infected: 670 Dead: 402
Jul, 2014 - Infected: 1,247 Dead: 748
Aug, 2014 - Infected: 2,319 Dead: 1,391
Sep, 2014 - Infected: 4,313 Dead: 2,588
Oct, 2014 - Infected: 8,022 Dead: 4,813
Nov, 2014 - Infected: 14,921 Dead: 8,953  < - - - WE ARE HERE
Dec, 2014 - Infected: 27,753 Dead: 16,652
Jan, 2015 - Infected: 51,621 Dead: 30,973
Feb, 2015 - Infected: 96,016 Dead: 57,610
Mar, 2015 - Infected: 178,590 Dead: 107,154
Apr, 2015 - Infected: 332,177 Dead: 199,306
May, 2015 - Infected: 617,849 Dead: 370,709
Jun, 2015 - Infected: 1,149,199 Dead: 689,519
Jul, 2015 - Infected: 2,137,510 Dead: 1,282,506
Aug, 2015 - Infected: 3,975,768 Dead: 2,385,461
Sep, 2015 - Infected: 7,394,928 Dead: 4,436,957
Oct, 2015 - Infected: 13,754,567 Dead: 8,252,740
Nov, 2015 - Infected: 25,583,494 Dead: 15,350,096
Dec, 2015 - Infected: 47,585,299 Dead: 28,551,179
Jan, 2016 - Infected: 88,508,656 Dead: 53,105,193
Feb, 2016 - Infected: 164,626,099 Dead: 98,775,660
Mar, 2016 - Infected: 306,204,545 Dead: 183,722,727
Apr, 2016 - Infected: 569,540,453 Dead: 341,724,272
May, 2016 - Infected: 1,059,345,243 Dead: 635,607,146
Jun, 2016 - Infected: 1,970,382,153 Dead: 1,182,229,292
Jul, 2016 - Infected: 3,664,910,804 Dead: 2,198,946,482
Aug, 2016 - Infected: 6,816,734,096 Dead: 4,090,040,457

On a positive note, this same math existed during previous Ebola outbreaks. 

This outbreak will end before the summer of 2016.  Even the CDC couldn't keep it going that long...

Ebola 4-Pack. Post #15

A series of image posts with four Ebola images each.  These are images found at the blogs at the left in our Blogroll, images shared with us over FB, or screenshots.  New posts will be published at noon everyday until I run out of images.

The date range for these images: Oct 24.

Silver: Gold Ratio is 73:1

Commodities are getting hammered today. Silver is down 3%.

If investing in precious metals is an interest of yours, be sure to watch my videos on the Silver to Gold ratio. 

The ratio is 73:1 today - far outside its 2014 range in the mid-60's and 10+ year average of 58:1. 

Based on my research, it appears to be a good buying opportunity for silver, and a trading opportunity to go from gold to silver.  Of course, do your own research first!

Related at ZH: Greenspan suggests buying gold.

My Precious Metals Videos:

Don't Care

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has penned a Bloomberg editorial to say what nearly everyone already knew, that he is gay.

Don't care.

It has nothing to do with his job, which would be the only valid reason someone should care.

So why am I writing a post on it?

Because a core Ushanka theme is the recognition of Moral Nihilism, and I am obligated to speak up when examples of this pop up.  Cook's editorial is such an example.

What is Moral Nihilism?  The rejection of traditional family and religious values.  It was the common thread between the Soviet Communists and the German National Socialists, and was necessary for them to keep control of their populations.  It is also a core element today in the Democrat Party.  The more they can dilute religious and family values, the more control they can take.

Cook didn't say "I'm gay" and leave it at that.  He could have, but he chose to go political.  And this is why I'm posting.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. 
My reactions to the items in bold above:

1) Was "God" used here to deflect criticism from Christians?  It is a common ploy among gays and is meant to dilute religious values.

2) I have written on the benefits of white men claiming minority rights by announcing they are gay.  Cook reinforces this here, and by doing so encourages others to see themselves as victims.  Not all gay men are billionaires heading up the largest corporation on the planet, and some are vulnerable to blaming something else for their setbacks and failures.  Seeking victim status runs counter to traditional family values.

3) I'm suspicious when liberals talk about their empathy.  I've come to understand empathy has its limits, and I would expect Cook's empathy to dissipate when confronted by a conservative who actively counters the gay political movement.  By expressing political issues in a 'coming out' piece, Cook sends the very clear signal that he lacks tolerance and understanding for my opinions, and that his empathy is selective.

4) How sad is it that the only adversity that Cook considers worthy of sharing has to do with what he does in the privacy of his own home.  The man has been part of a great company, which has seen numerous challenges over the years, and the adversity worth sharing is that he is attracted to men?

To the young men reading this: PLEASE don't let this happen to you.  Get out there and find real adversity.  Join the military.  Take on more jobs than you can handle.  Don't be an old man telling others you're a better man because you overcame the adversity associated with a particular sexual desire. 

5) "Marriage Equality."  This isn't a civil rights topic, nor even a real term.  It is a liberal phrase intended to move the Moral Nihilism needle a little more to the left.  "Marriage Equality" runs counter to traditional family and religious values.  Cook lives in California which had civil unions for years.  Civil unions allowed for all the rights of marriage, but without the word "marriage."  It is a gay thing, a liberal thing, an anti-family values thing, to say "Marriage Equality."

Sorry to rain on your parade there Cook.  But I know a political manifesto disguised as a human story when I see it.  On the bright side, for your sake, I'm probably the only one to call you out on this.  And I'll admit, the momentum is on your side.

That is the adversity I must overcome.

The video clip is from the Kids in the Hall movie, Brain Candy.  A hilarious movie.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Found: Funny Bone

When I was still laughing 3 minutes later, I knew I had to go back and snag this one for immediate redistribution.

U/T: The People's Cube