This is the kind of post title that arises when one can’t think of a post title.
A bunch of links to Why Evolution Is True:
In my very strongly held opinion, someone born unambiguously male and who goes through puberty should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports. Do you think Steph Curry should be allowed to play in the WNBA? A related link:
Holocaust deniers, besides being incomprehensibly hateful and ignorant anti-Semites, seem to forget that the
Nazis kept meticulous records of what happened in concentration camps and elsewhere. There were 8.5 million Jews in Europe in 1930, but barely two million in 1950. They all didn’t move to the South Pacific.
Meritum Supra Omnes! First earn, then receive.
In this post I wrote about my purchase of this book:
In a somewhat related vein, this piece reports that Ground Zero for the Black Death has, supposedly, been found. Perhaps the source of this article should be taken with a grain of salt, perhaps not, but the bubonic plague (AKA The Black Death) that lasted from 1346 to 1353 killed between 75 and 200 million people in Europe, Asia and North Africa.
According to medieval historian Philip Daileader, it is likely that over four years, 45–50% of the European population died of plague. Norwegian historian Ole Benedictow suggests it could have been as much as 60% of the European population. It is the experience with bubonic plague that is the core of my belief that the end of Homo Sapiens will be at the hands of a pathogen. Yes, I know bubonic plague is caused by a bacteria and not by a virus. I also know that this disease spread around the world despite its emergence hundreds of years before travel by jet aircraft.
I am reluctant to write this, but I have actually seen the Black Death used as justification for not getting vaccinated against the damn virus. “Well, the Black Death ended and no one got vaccinated.” Uh, it killed its targets and that’s why it “ended.” Of course, bubonic plague became endemic and returned time and again through the 1850s. The damn virus will be with us for the lifetimes of most of us on this planet. In addition, as my long-time friend David Banner (not his real name but a real physician) has often said to me, “This is just the dress rehearsal for the next virus.”
Feeling cheery, yet? Changing the tone, I received several comments that expressed approval of the concept of a series of posts about a Hall of Very Good cars. The first “official” one will be written soon. I want you to start thinking about such automobiles as well.
I don’t have any specific number of these cars in mind. In all honesty, one of the reasons these posts appeal to me is that I can always write one when I can’t think of anything else to write. Once again, a picture of the “first” member of my Hall of Very Good cars, the 1958 Chevrolet Impala. Yes, it will be the subject of the first “official” post on this topic.
Maybe the diversity of topics in this blog is a major reason why it doesn’t receive more views. I mean, where else are you going to read about transgender women, the Black Death and the 1958 Chevrolet Impala? I think many people have an acute case of tunnel vision. They can’t comprehend a blog, or a person for that matter, as being more than just A or B. They don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, something that encompasses much more of the alphabet.
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