I spent my morning exercise time listening once again to the ZMan’s Friday podcast. And once again it was a very illuminating hour. Ostensibly it was about the degrading of college football. But really that was only a single example of corporatism’s ability to dissolve the underlying value of an institution or business and convert it to short term gain. And the whole talk is extremely well done. It’s like a lecture by a college professor who knows his material pat and who also happens to be a gifted orator. I’ll stop raving about it now but if you are interested in hearing how we’ve gotten into the mess we’re in with the managerial state swallowing the federal government and just about every other institution give it a listen.
After that I read through the news and my Twitter (I mean X) feed. It was a combination of more bad news from Washington and some small bits of hope from some of the less crazy parts of the nation. On balance I think the nation as a whole is growing tired of Biden’s America. I haven’t seen any organizing in order to begin taking control of things above the state level yet. I’ve been hoping that more cooperative action would begin. But maybe the 2024 election is actually a barrier to people thinking in those terms until after it’s lost. Maybe after the expected election fraud returns Biden to the White House next year people will realize that waiting to take back the federal government is a fool’s errand. And that they have to control the things that they have power over and work around the things they don’t.
A nice summer day today so I tried to find some macro shots (insects and flowers) but there weren’t many bugs at all. It’s as if the insects were on strike. Even the mosquitoes and deer flies were missing. But I found a dead toad and set it up as bait. Later on, I saw a carrion beetle sizing the toad up. We’ll see what develops.
I also tried to get some shots of Camera Girl’s free-loading turkey flock but they were MIA. A little later I think I saw the reason. An adult fox showed up and made the rounds. It was a good-sized animal but the fur was very light in color. I asked Camera Girl if she thought it was one of the gray foxes but she said it had red in its fur. Now I’m color blind but I could tell it was very light. It almost looked like a cream color to me. Well, anyway, I hope it didn’t eat up all of Camera Girl’s gobbling welfare recipients. She really does like them and I will admit I hear they eat lots of ticks and that’s always a welcome situation.
Now I don’t pretend to know how much impact a thoroughly cynical electorate could have on the regime of the United States but I definitely think that it does have an impact on the behavior of the people who live as captives under this regime. One of the impacts is already being seen. A migration out of the blue states and into the red states is ongoing. People are doing everything they can to minimize their exposure to dysfunction. The same kind of thing is going on in other aspects of life. People are avoiding the public schools. They’re looking for colleges that aren’t propaganda internment camps. They’re avoiding the chaotic blue-run cities. And lately they’re even trying to punish companies that hate them through boycotts like the one that’s currently strangling Bud Light to death.
So maybe the grand total of all these small changes in behavior might have some bigger effects. All this remains to be seen. But watching this stuff is the only show in town. After all, saying the wrong thing will get you dragged off to the gulag or even shot in the street by the Stasi. Much better doing the things within your purview and just observing how stupid and obnoxious all these feds really are.
So, the summer is winding down and there are a few more get togethers scheduled. The grandkids have been away this week at the beach and it sounds like they had a lot of fun. Now school is imminent and we’ll see if they can spend the last week or two in the pool while their parents scramble to get things done. I’ve had my one-on-ones with them and watched as much Godzilla and Jurassic Park as an alleged grownup possibly can and still survive. Soon it will be shifting over to Fall and the approach of Halloween. There are still a couple who haven’t been initiated into the classics of Universal’s Monster movies of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s.
I guess that’s enough for now. Enjoy your day.