Munday Mosings

Wish me luck…my Z06 is at the Chevrolet dealer. Of course, getting the car on the flatbed did NOT go off without a hitch. Another kick in the shins…too tired and disgusted to get into details. Thanks to Tim for his yeoman efforts to make it work.

 

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The Mayo Clinic has, so far at least, lived up to its reputation. Although I was not able to get there until Friday afternoon, all testing results were sent to me before Noon on Saturday.

My inflammatory process is “purely” inflammatory as opposed to being secondary to something else like an infection. That, like everything else, is both good and bad. It means a progression to sepsis is almost certainly off the table, but treatment will be more difficult. Stress is not good for the body and can contribute to systemic inflammation. Hard to turn off the stress spigot right now, though.

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A couple of links to posts on Why Evolution Is True:

 

Yes, Virginia, the New York Times is woke.

Haidt on the seemingly irreparable brokenness of American life

 

From the second post:

 

Haidt avers that “the warped ‘accountability’ of social media has also brought injustice—and political dysfunction in three ways.” I’ll give quotes:

1.) First, the dart guns of social media give more power to trolls and provocateurs while silencing good citizens. Research by the political scientists Alexander Bor and Michael Bang Petersen found that a small subset of people on social-media platforms are highly concerned with gaining status and are willing to use aggression to do so. . .

2.) Second, the dart guns of social media give more power and voice to the political extremes while reducing the power and voice of the moderate majority.

3.) Finally, by giving everyone a dart gun, social media deputizes everyone to administer justice with no due process. Platforms like Twitter devolve into the Wild West, with no accountability for vigilantes. A successful attack attracts a barrage of likes and follow-on strikes. Enhanced-virality platforms thereby facilitate massive collective punishment for small or imagined offenses, with real-world consequences, including innocent people losing their jobs and being shamed into suicide. When our public square is governed by mob dynamics unrestrained by due process, we don’t get justice and inclusion; we get a society that ignores context, proportionality, mercy, and truth.

All of this rings true, of course, but Haidt also cites a number of studies supporting his arguments. He sees “stupidity” on both the Right and Left that has been promoted by social media…

 

For the nth time, I am aware of the “inconsistency” of someone writing a blog and having a Twitter account being critical of so-called social media. I stick to my criticism, though. For the nth plus one time, in my opinion the only solution is dissolution. Oh, Zark Muckerberg should be jailed for treason.

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With the virtual certainty that repairs to the Z06 will be in four figures, at least, the probability of further tuning, either now or in the future, asymptotically approaches zero. I don’t really believe in “signs” or “karma,” but with so many negative events recently occurring involving all three cars that we have/had, I will just bow to fate and retreat.

However, I am still interested in acquiring something like a Saturn Sky Red Line in the next 12-18 months. With my feelings toward Cadillac still sour due to the treatment we received from the local dealer, as great as my “academic” interest is in the Allante and XLR, I just don’t think I could buy one in the near future.

One Sky Red Line in Forest Green (my preferred color) was available locally, but just sold over the weekend. I also wouldn’t mind Bluestone Metallic, only available on 2007 and 2008 model year cars and not even available for all of ’07. That color was also only ever used on the Sky among all GM cars ever built.

 

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Once again, the Sky ALWAYS grabs my attention when I see one. The heart wants what it wants.

 

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Wayfaring Wednesday

Don’t ask me to explain my penchant for alliteration. It’s part of the package, I guess.

 

Two links from Why Evolution Is True:

Science “studies” helping bring down science

The beginning of this piece:

 

“Those of us who want our science free of ideology can only stand by helplessly as we watch physics, chemistry, and biology crumble from within as the termites of Wokeism nibble away. I once thought that scientists, whom I presumed would be less concerned than humanities professors with ideological pollution (after all, we do have some objective facts to argue about), would be largely immune to Wokeism.

I was wrong, of course. It turns out that scientists are human beings after all, and with that goes the desire for the approbation of one’s peers and of society. And you don’t get that if you’re deemed a racist. You can even be criticized from holding yourself away from the fray, preferring to do science than engage in social engineering.”

 

Strange reporting of a terrorist attack that killed three Israelis

The last paragraph:

 

“There’s no doubt that anti-Semitism is on the rise in America, particularly among “progressive” liberals, who increasingly sympathize with Palestinians because they are seen as “people of color”. U.S. legislators like [The “Squad”–I refuse to mention those cretins by name] regularly laud Palestine and demonize Israel—also supporting the anti-Semitic BDS movement. And much of the U.S. media, increasingly populated by young journalists with “progressive” sentiments, echo this hatred. Is this the way liberals should behave: lauding those who kill civilians and then celebrating it?”

 

Remember that the author of Why Evolution Is True identifies as a liberal. While hatred of Jews is rampant among the neo-Nazi segment of the far right in the US, it is growing much faster among the clueless so-called “progressives” who are actually nothing of the sort. My contempt for all of them burns with the heat of a million suns.

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From this piece comes this chart:

 

MODEL Q1 22 / Q1 21 Q1 22 Q1 21 Q1 22 SHARE Q1 21 SHARE
CHEVROLET CORVETTE +33.28% 8,811 6,611 68% 52%
PORSCHE 911 -23.69% 2,123 2,782 17% 22%
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT -22.28% 942 1,212 7% 10%
PORSCHE 718 -48.07% 782 1,506 6% 12%
AUDI R8 -54.04% 68 148 1% 1%
NISSAN GT-R 0.00% 50 50 0% 0%
ACURA NSX +318.18% 46 11 0% 0%
FORD GT +9.09% 36 33 0% 0%
BMW I8 -50.19% 4 8 0% 0%
MERCEDES-BENZ SL-CLASS -99.35% 2 311 0% 0%
TOTAL +1.52% 12,864 12,672

 

This chart shows sales in the “premium sports car” segment. Of course, one can argue that the Corvette is priced so much less than the other cars that any other result would be an indictment of it. I also would like to see a similar chart for the first years of the C7 Corvette as a comparison.

Still, it is interesting to see that the Corvette gained significant market share from 2021 to 2022. Where we live C8 Corvettes are quite common. It’s almost as if at least half of the C8s ever built are owned by people within a 20-mile radius of our house. One person whose front door can’t be more than 250 feet from ours has a C8.

 

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As much as I appreciate the bold move to a mid-engine architecture and the car’s performance, the more I see them the less I like the look. The rear end, in particular, is just ungainly. Yes, I have expressed these sentiments before. For the nth time, a mid-engine car almost always has certain design elements that move away from the classic long hood/short deck appearance.

I would like to read your thoughts on the C8 Corvette. Thanks.

 

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Two Two Two Two

I’ve heard the expression “It’s hard to drive straight down a crooked road.” I would add it’s hard to be intelligent in a stupid world. Bill Murray’s classic remark:

“It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”

Unfortunately, the propensity to argue is not correlated with intelligence.

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From this review of Woke Racism, a book by John McWhorter, who is black.

 

“The lens through which McWhorter views “wokeism” is as a religion: a real religion, not just a metaphor for religions that worship a God. Although I don’t think this trope is absolutely necessary for McWhorter to make his case, but it does add considerably to our understanding of the phenomenon. The “Elect” (his word for the “woke”) will brook no dissent, believe in an original sin (racism, of course), demonize those who are against them, cast them to a social-media hell (or worse: getting them fired or banned), have a common set of tenets that, as shown above, contradict each other (cf. Christianity: God is loving but if you don’t accept him you’ll burn forever), and have a set of inerrant prophets. [I have excluded the names of the people mentioned.] Their words are not to be questioned; the prophets are to be worshipped and evoked as often as possible.

The book is not intended for The Elect because, as McWhorter asserts, their minds aren’t open [emphasis mine]…his book was intended for either those on the fence, those with open minds or, in McWhorter’s case, for those who already dislike Wokeness but want a critical analysis of its flaws as well as some bucking up. Wokeism may, for instance, repel you for reasons you don’t understand, and McWhorter supplies those reasons.

…McWhorter’s suggestion includes not engaging the Elect (they won’t listen), do not apologize for your actions or views if you advance them in reason good faith, and, most important, stand up to the woke. Don’t buy their bullshit, don’t let them make you feel guilty, and, if you disagree, just say so and walk away.”

 

Woke is a cult.

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Prior to 2022, no single collector car auction had exceeded $180 million in sales. In just the month of January, 2022, two auctions exceeded $200 million: Mecum Kissimmee grossed $217 million while Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale grossed $203 million.

I won’t weigh in on which result was more impressive because I don’t think it matters. What those results confirm is that the collector car market has exploded and I don’t mean self-destructed.

Just like it’s not a good time to buy a house in many parts of the country, this might not be a good time to buy a collector car. I guess it’s a good thing I have no place to put another car and, for the most part, I don’t have “champagne and caviar” tastes in automobiles.

As I wrote in a comment to David Banner (not his real name), that I have constructed and published an “Ultimate Garage” focuses my attention on a small group of cars as possible acquisitions. The fact that I really only “lusted” after one car on the block among the hundreds I saw at the Barrett-Jackson auction has to be due, in no small way, to the existence of an Ultimate Garage. What car did I really want to buy?

 

 

This is, of course, the 2004 Maserati convertible about which I wrote here. As I wrote then, seeing this car up close took my breath away. Speaking of desirable convertibles sold at auction:

 

 

This Aston Martin convertible was sold at the recently concluded Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida and is shown here parked on the street where my wonderful wife’s father lives. The fact that it is parked next to a Tesla is quintessential Scottsdale, Arizona. By the way, I sent this photo and a very brief exposition via text to Scott Hoke and John Kraman. Both replied within minutes and Scott agreed with my assessment that the car was well bought even at $55,000 all in.

I don’t pretend to know when the collector car market boom will stop, only that it will, eventually. It seems as if no market is immune from booms and busts.

 

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Pictures For A Saturday

Apparently, Aaron Rodgers has no clue when to just shut up. Hope the Broncos’ fans, or wherever he is playing next year, don’t get tired of his shtick. This Packers fan is definitely sick of his act.

 

For your review or not, some posts from Why Evolution Is True:

 

Post 1

Post 2

Post 3

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My wonderful wife could not wake up in time for us to realistically attend the local “Scuderia” car show, which has resumed being held the first Saturday of the month after a damn virus hiatus. Instead, we went to the Penske complex after breakfast. I have written about this “venue” many times; virtually every luxury make of car is sold there and it is the home of the Penske racing museum.

Today, the Lamborghini club of America was holding an event there. Incredibly, I neglected to take any pictures of any Lamborghinis. Here are some I did take:

 

 

This 2018 Jaguar F-Type convertible was the only one in stock, new or used, at the Jaguar/Land Rover dealer. This dealership has a grand total of three new cars in inventory at present! The damn virus is real, but so are lazy people.

Going on a tangent…former FDA commissioner and current Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb (“Love of God” in German?) believes the damn virus pandemic could be over in the US by January. The same company announced its damn virus pill, used in conjunction with an HIV drug, cuts the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%. Therapeutics must be part of the arsenal along with vaccines.

Back to the car pics:

 

 

This 2019 Ford GT has 42 miles on it; yep, 4-2. I think these cars were around a half million when new; the dealer is asking $1.4 million.

 

 

I assume this is a real BMW M1 and, if so, is the first one I’ve ever seen in person. Only about 450 were produced from 1978 to 1981.

 

Hope you enjoyed the show…

 

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