Day By Day

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  • Greg B

    Proco Harem reference?

  • JTC

    A ghostly writer…

    • JTC

      Referring both to the lyrics as quoted by Too Tall below, and also to Zed’s denial of authoring What Comes Next.

  • Too Tall

    “…as the miller told his tale,
    That her face at first just ghostly, turned a whiter shade of pale.”

    In two panels Chris draws the arc of history and the human condition back to Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales.

    That said, the Proco Harem song was about…sex.

    Wouldn’t the swimmin’ hole be a better backdrop?

    • Henry

      Clearly, the natives are gettin’ restless…

  • WayneM

    That peculiar pattern (projecting/predicting behaviour by accusing others of their intended action) is also one of the diagnostic symptoms used to diagnose mental health issues, particularly the Cluster “B” group of personality disorders.

    I’m not saying leftism is a mental health disorder but where there’s smoke…

  • Pamela

    There was an old Twilight Zone episode where the people on a planet were so far apart that they talked via view screens. There was very little physical contact. When they were in contact with other people, they would freak out. The Z Man is right. Technology is creating a dystopian nightmare for the future of Humans.

    • WayneM

      Issac Asimov wrote a series of novels about a space-going future where being on different planets caused societies to splinter. One planet was as the Twilight Zone described. They created human-form robots to satisfy their need for the feeling of interaction but actual contact with other humans was almost exclusively through hologram. Until there was a murder…

      No-one could imagine a human overcoming their repugnance of being in each other’s presence to do a murder. As per Asimov’s Three Rules of Robotics, no robot could harm a human yet the murder was being blamed on a robot… so they reached to the only planet which still had police detectives (Earth) for an investigator.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Sun

      • azscram

        I read that when I was 12. I thoroughly enjoyed it back then.

        These days, I think Asimov was on to something. I can’t help but think that another side effect of the digital culture is risk aversion – whether it is physical or emotional. If all of the thrills in life come through a device, then there is little incentive to get out and explore the world, which would involve risks. I recently read an article talking about space tourism. The main theme seemed to be that it’s far too dangerous for anyone except a highly train professional. I get a similar reaction from many people who discover that I ride a motorcycle daily. “It’s too dangerous.”

        Quite frankly, I’m sick to death of this attitude pervading our culture that we need to be cautious and safe above all else. It is at the root of every movement to suppress individual liberties and impose the nanny state. Those who would take our freedoms play upon the people’s fear.

        This is my antidote:

        “Never take counsel of your fears” – Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

        • Doggo

          As I was reading (and agreeing with) your comment, I too was thinking of the Civil War. Since 2001 we have less than 7000 troops Killed in Action in Iraq & Afghanistan. That is about the same number as the Battle of Gettysburg in 3 DAYS, at a time when the population of the US was only 31 million. Every death is a tragedy to someone, but the electronic media is turning every death in battle into a tragedy to everyone.

  • Lucius Severus Pertinax

    I was 12, too!!!! 😉

    • Too Tall

      I was underachieving at 11.

  • Wotan

    “At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    What say the reeds at Runnymede?
    The lithsome reeds that give and take,
    That bend so far, but never break,
    They keep the sleepy Thames awake
    With tales of John at Runnymede.

    At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede:
    You musn’t sell, delay, deny,
    A freeman’s right or liberty.
    It wakes the stubborn Englishry,
    We saw’em roused at Runnymede!”

    – Rudyard Kipling

  • nonncom

    Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”….an acid trip as described by Kieth Reid, and put to music by Gary Brooker….when it was released most didn’t even realize what the song was about….some still don’t….Reid denies he was stoned when he wrote it, but…..come on….LOL….

    • Too Tall

      “Reid denies he was stoned when fe wrote it….”

      Keith Reid: “I might have been smoking when I conceived it, but not when I wrote. It was influenced by books, not drugs.”

      The dude must have been smoking an entire pharmaceutical factory.

      Still, the song is eerily accurate as a description of an act of drunken seduction.

      • JTC

        “…the song is eerily accurate…”

        That’s a thread that runs through so much of old rock and why I reference it so often to the contemporary condition.

        Haven’t figured out if that is in spite of or because of that pervasive pharmaceutical influence.

          • JTC

            Good link, thank you.

            Not really a change of mind for me as I very much lean to the latter of my two scenarios; there is really no other way to explain the common thread.

            Downside is that it tends to run parallel to people who have (or in many cases had) an innate genius. Definitely a connection there, but the risk of personal research is too great for most of us, just as that genius gene is not universally present (quite the opposite I think), and that experimentation for most just adds to the tragedy and destruction in most peoples lives that try it.

  • Jim Smith

    Thanks for referencing the Zman blog, Chris. Many more people should be reading it, and now your mention will help.

  • Barbara Skolaut

    “I’m not saying leftism is a mental health disorder” – WayneM

    I’m not as nice a you, so I AM saying it: LEFTISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER. 🙁

    • JTC

      Their behavior of repeating their efforts at communism in spite of multiple failures is in fact the very definition of insanity.

      • Indeed.

      • kadaka

        Communism has just never been properly implemented, it’s like working up the correct load for quarter-inch 3-shot groups at 300 yards, they’ll get it right if they just keep trying.

        • JTC

          “…they’ll get it right or die trying.”

          Edited for accuracy.

          • Kafiroon

            Absolutly right.

          • interventor

            “… they’ll get it right, or keep killing till they do.”

      • Old Codger

        Mega Kudos! +10K

    • Old Codger

      Those folks are not INsane, they’re as sane as we are but are (what I prefer to term) OTHERLY sane.

      Perception truly IS reality. The folks some deem insane merely perceive a somewhat different reality than folks such as us do. Worldviews are like assholes; everybody has one and each is peculiar to the individual. Different groups share similar worldviews thus the formation of such groups. An individual’s worldview modifies and shapes one’s perception and thus modifies one’s REALITY. Hence those on the left truly are OTHERLY sane,

      • JTC

        No, they are legit crazy. And evil. Dangerous combination.

  • Spin Drift

    Unfortunately it is not going to go as the Z-man professes. It’s going to be a world wide calamity of Ebola or other retrovirus to thin the herd on both sides. The chosen few will get the vaccine (and you ain’t one of them) so that they can then repopulate the planet. The low-IQ hoards will be bound to be the drones to do the chores and ride heard on the few who survived the virus but will die anyway. The left and right will be consumed only the haves will survive to create the final Utopia for Mother Gaia.

    Note the lack of info out of Africa from the WHO other than the declaration of a Crisis. The cabal wanted WW3 but this is actually cleaner as its more like a neutron bomb that leaves the infrastructure standing and all the people dead.

    Got Preps, got guns, got friends, got friends with guns, you are going to need them.

    Spin
    Shoot first because at some time there are only going to be foes.
    Read Aesop

      • John

        We can survive the merely incompetent by a simple quarantine if nothing else. But we are rapidly approaching a future where the Truly Crazy will get their mitts on the gene engineering machinery and give us something that will exceed our ability to contain it.
        I just hope we can get our self-driving vehicles up and running before that happens so we can quarantine _everything_ to isolate the bug.
        After that we’ll just have to deal with a general increase in intelligence, thanks to the excision of the stupid, but the same gross lack of wisdom that caused the problem in the first place.
        I pray we can avoid the world of perpetual individual isolation in hazmat suits. I have personal experience in social isolation.
        It’s not fun.

    • interventor

      That’s not how a neutron bomb works. During the Cold War, the most expected scenario was a massive invasion into West Germany by phalanxes of Soviet armor. Germany’s villages are a couple of kilotons apart. Tactical nukes would destroy civilians and the invaders. A neutron bomb releases radiation, but only a small crater. Radiation stopped by concrete, bricks and earth — civilians in bomb shelters and cellars. Radiation that goes thru steel armor like a hot knife thru butter — killing the crews in 24 to 36 hours.

  • Spin Drift

    Chris:

    I just got a message telling me that I’m posting comments to quickly. WTF?

    Spin

    • Chris Muir

      No clue, Spin, not from me.

    • Too Tall

      Spin,

      Limitations from Akismet. It ‘s not you, it is the aggregate of people posting at the same time.

      • Spin Drift

        Thanks, just an industrial size case of paranoia.

        Spin

  • Kafiroon

    Spin: I think that scenario has a good chance also. But the low IQ’s cannot keep any infrastructure running for them.
    Agriculture at the level they know or are closely trained, but Electricity, Water, Sewer? No chance.
    I guess I am a pessimist in that. Had too many low IQ’s in my long work life.

  • Pamela

    An old friend had a saying. There is either “True Knowledge or True Belief”.
    The Left refutes Knowledge, and is pushing Belief like a Drug Dealer in the need of more customers since the earlier batches have died or stopped using.

  • Old Codger

    My thanks also, Mr. Muir for the mention of the Z Man blog. It is now on my menu bar right next to DBD. I have to join Damon in wondering if you, oh Bard, are not the author.

    • Chris Muir

      Nope, not me.

  • interventor

    I see AG Barr is restoring the death penalty, after suspension for years. Perhaps, some Democrats should seek nations without an extradition treaty with the USA.

    • JTC

      Apparently, as to bringing them to justice the USA is without an extradition treaty with the USA.

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