Animal’s Daily Rhino Horn News

Bob didn’t use rhino horn.

John Stossel tells us of his recent conversation with someone concerned with rhinos – the problem is, their policies are actually making things worse.  Excerpt:

Today’s environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

Like the African rhinoceros.

Poachers kill them to get their horns, which can sell for as much as $300,000. Poachers mostly sell in China and Vietnam, to people who carve them into ornaments or sell them as aphrodisiacs. By the way: The aphrodisiacs don’t work.

When I started Stossel TV, my first video covered one man’s attempt to reduce rhino poaching by flooding the market with fake horns.

Matthew Markus argued that his 3D printed rhino horn would reduce demand for real horns.

“One way to devalue something is to create a lot of it,” he explained. “When things are abundant, people don’t fight, kill or steal.”

True. Bootleggers and Al Capone’s thugs disappeared when America ended Prohibition.

South Africa, home to the largest number of rhinos, once tried something similar. For 20 years, they allowed people to own rhinos and sell their horns. Rhino farmers put the rhinos to sleep with tranquilizer darts, sawed off their horns (the horns grow back) and sold the horn.

Farmers had an incentive to protect rhinos. South Africa’s rhino population quadrupled.

But in 2009, under pressure from “environmental” groups, South Africa banned sales of horn again.

The sad result: Poaching increased sharply. Poachers also killed park rangers who tried to protect rhinos.

An old man who had hunted in Africa several times in the Sixties and Seventies told me once that the safari companies in Botswana and South Africa in those days had a wink-and-nod agreement with the local authorities, namely that poachers would be shot on sight by the professional hunters and left for the hyenas.  One would think that would de-incentivize the poachers, too, but it might also start a shoot-first race these days.

Education would be great – get ignorant assholes to stop thinking that powdered rhino horn would cure boils or make their dicks stay hard longer.  That’s just some stupid, ignorant shit.  But also, why the hell now acknowledge reality and do what’s best for the rhinos, if we really do want to keep them around?  The fake rhino horn seems like a pretty damn good angle on it.  Flood the market with the stuff.  Make the poachers find some other line of work.

Markets work.  They aren’t perfect, but they usually get things right in the long run.  The people concerned with rhinos should take advantage of that, and abandon the stupid RHEEEE CAPITALISM knee-jerk.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Today, first of all, we recognize the passing of a giant:

Rush Limbaugh, 1951 – 2021

RIP, Rush Limbaugh.

Mark Steyn weighs in on Mr. Limbaugh’s passing.

Rush Limbaugh Was My Radio Dad

The most-listened-to host in radio history.

I did listen to Rush some, on and off over the years.  I didn’t always agree with him, but I always found him interesting listening.  He had a way of making you think, even – maybe especially – when you didn’t agree with him.  He also single-handedly invented modern talk radio.

El Rushbo was a titan, and lots of folks will miss him.

Well then…

On To the Links!

Lockdowns today, lockdowns tomorrow, lockdowns forever.

Turns out wind turbines don’t work well during winter weather.

Renewable energy’s biggest failure.  To blame?  Not winter weather or even climate change; no, it was Communism.

I’m liking Lauren Boebert more and more all the time.

Possible Kung Flu herd immunity by April.

Why we can’t make Kung Flu vaccines any faster.

Related:  Kung Flu cases are dropping like rocks.  Good news indeed; from that article:

Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March….

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Pretty good takedown.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Rolling Stone‘s Bob Moser is an idiot.

Salon‘s Patricia Roberts-Miller is an idiot.

Paul Krugman continues to beclown himself.  Seriously, I’m constantly having to come up with new ways to deride this asshole, just to avoid repeating myself.

The Atlantic‘s David Graham is an idiot.

Al Franken is an idiot.  But then, everybody already knew that.

Hey!  Where’s my bourbon on the rocks!?

Rep. Ro Khanna (Elitist Prick-CA) is an idiot.

And So:

This seems appropriate after last week’s Arctic cold snap that hit most of the Forty-Eight.  In 1976, America’s Songwriter Bob Dylan was busy proving he could do rock & roll in the Rolling Thunder tour.   And, indeed, how many songwriters can boast of a Nobel Prize for Literature?

In 1976, I was fifteen, and this was right around the time my older brother got me started listening to Dylan.  My brother, being an old hippie, was more into Dylan’s acoustic folk music work, but I always enjoyed his electric rock-band music.  Here’s a good example from a 1976 show in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  This is the rock version of his tune Shelter From the Storm.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Minimum Wage News

Don’t forget to check out my latest over at Glibertarians, especially if you’ve ever thought of taking up trapping.

Now then:  The administration of President Biden(‘s handlers) is looking into a $15 Imperial minimum wage, which is the latest stupid idea to be tacked on to a long list of stupid ideas coming from this administration.  Excerpt:

The minimum wage is the biggest issue the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has lobbied on recently, the group told the Daily Caller News Foundation. After a series of pandemic-related victories on Capitol Hill, capped off by the December stimulus package that included $284.5 billion for small businesses, NFIB decided to lobby Congress to “do no harm.”

“Minimum wage is the biggest issue,” Jeff Brabant, NFIB’s manager of government relations, told the DCNF. “There are other issues further down the pike we’re worried about, but we’re trying to stay focused on minimum wage.”

“If your goal is to shut down independently owned mom and pop shops on Main Street and grow the market share of big-box megastores then I can think of nothing better than passing a federal $15 minimum wage today, because it will devastate small businesses,” Brabant said.

Feature, not bug.

It surely has occurred to these horse’s asses in Washington that a near-doubling of the Imperial minimum wage would have a disparate impact on small businesses, and much less impact on major corporations.  And what do we know about small businesses?  Well, they tend to be run by entrepreneurs, who tend to be independent-minded people who aren’t enamored of being dependent on a bunch of grifters in the Imperial Capitol – or, as in my case, of being the employee of a major corporation.  I did my years as a Faceless Corporate Puke, and I’ve no desire to go back to that.

And if you wanted to hurt small business, you could hardly choose a better single issue with which to do so.

Here’s the onion, though:  More than small business, it will hurt low-income workers.  Why?  Because the actual minimum wage is zero, and pricing relatively unskilled workers out of the market is the primary real effect of a high minimum wage.

Do you want more burger-bots?  Because that’s how you get more burger-bots.  And, more people dependent on government.

Again:  Feature, not bug.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, The Other McCain and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

It seems the notoriously bat-shit crazy Gwyenth Paltrow now has a treatment for “Long COVID,” whatever that is.  Excerpt:

In a recent blog post, Paltrow revealed that she fell ill with COVID-19 “early on” in the pandemic and is now suffering from long COVID. Specifically, she says she has experienced fatigue and brain fog in the aftermath of her infection. That’s very unfortunate, and she has our sincere sympathies. Luckily, though, she seems to be managing her prolonged illness extremely well, staying physically active, social over zoom, focused on improving the look of her skin, and involved in creative business projects.

In fact, she has even found an evidence-free but certainly effective treatment regimen for her long COVID. And she’d just love to tell you about it in a post loaded with products from her lifestyle e-commerce brand Goop and affiliate links.

To help develop the regimen, the actor-turned-peddler of exploding vagina candles consulted with a chiropractor (naturally). The chiropractor, Will Cole, set Paltrow on a part-fasting, part-keto dietary plan that’s somehow “plant-based,” except that it includes “fish and a few other meats.” To complement this “freewheeling” diet, Paltrow also gulps a $102 fist-full of vitamins and supplements, which get washed down with a $60 “detoxifying” powder mixed with water.

Even though Paltrow says that she felt “energized, healthier” before even starting the diet, Cole informed her that based on her “labs” she needs a lot of healing, which will take “longer than usual.” Because, of course, who even needs evidence of benefits in the short term when you can just sign yourself up indefinitely for a pricy, unproven, long-term treatment that will pay off… someday… probably?

I think Gwyneth has been suffering from brain fog for a long, long time, and it’s not because of the Kung Flu.  I’ll grant you that she’s a competent actress and easy on the eyes, but if there was anyone that ever was walking proof that talent and good looks don’t necessarily go hand in hand with brains, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow.

The whole Kung Flu thing has sure generated a surfeit of horseshit, but honestly, Gwyneth Paltrow, she of the exploding vagina candles, sure has a knack for taking horseshit to a whole new level.  What’s sad is that there are actually people that are stupid enough to be taken in by this crap.

Goop, indeed.  The real Goop is between Gwyneth’s ears.

Rule Five Patent Pending Friday

The U.S. Navy, apparently, has patents on some weird shit.  Excerpt:

The U.S. Navy has patents on weird and little understood technology. According to patents filed by the Navy, it is working on a compact fusion reactor that could power cities, an engine that works using “inertial mass reduction,” and a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” Dubbed the “UFO patents, The War Zone has reported that the Navy had to build prototypes of some of the outlandish tech to prove it worked.

Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais is the man behind the patents and The War Zone has proven the man exists, at least on paper. Pais has worked for a number of different departments in the Navy, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR/NAWCAD) and the Strategic Systems Programs. (SSP) The SSP mission, according to its website, is to “provide credible and affordable strategic solutions to the warfighter.” It’s responsible for developing the technology behind the Trident class nuclear missiles launched from Submarines.

The patents all build on each other, but at their core is something Pais called the “Pais Effect.” This is the idea that, “controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.” 

Essentially, Pais is claiming to use properly spun electromagnetic fields to contain a fusion reaction. That plasma fusion reaction he claims to have invented will revolutionize power consumption. Experts theorize that a functioning fusion reactor would lead to cheap and ubiquitous energy.

One of Pais and the Navy’s patents described what the propulsion system and fusion drive would be used for—a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” According to the patent, the craft could travel land, sea, and outer space at incredible speeds. Other patents invented by Pais and filed by the Navy include a “high temperature superconductor,” a “electromagnetic field generator,” and a “high frequency gravitational wave generator.”

It all sounds like science fiction, and the Navy has been skeptical too. Navy authorities called bullshit on Pais’ inventions and his patents went through a lengthy internal review at NAVAIR. The War Zone obtained emails about the bureaucratic fight between Pais and the Navy through a Freedom of Information Act Request and revealed that the mad scientist won. According to the patents, some of the technology is “operable.” That means the Navy is claiming some of Pais’ wild tech works and has been demonstrated to Navy officials.

Color me skeptical.  This stuff clearly falls into “I’ll believe it when I see it” territory.

Still, though:  Consider what Dr. Pais is calling the “Pais Effect”:

“…the controlled motion of electrically charged matter via accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin subjected to smooth yet rapid acceleration transients, in order to generate extremely high energy/high intensity electromagnetic fields.” 

Author James Blish, for the Cities in Flight stories that were originally published starting in 1956, postulated something called the “Dillon-Wagoner Graviton Polarity Generator” or “spindizzy” as an interstellar drive/artificial gravity/atmosphere screen, that could lift entire cities off of their native planets and allow them to wander the stars.

From the Wikipedia article (I’ve read all of the fictional works in question, and the Wiki article is accurate with respect to Blish’s work):  Blish’s extrapolation was that if rotation combined with mass produces magnetism via gravity, then rotation and magnetism could produce anti-gravity. The field created by a spindizzy is described as altering the magnetic moment of any atom within its influence.

Sounds (very) broadly similar, at least to a non-physicist.  Could this be another case of science fiction foreseeing science fact?

Animal’s Daily Uneasy Echoes News

If this doesn’t make you a little uncomfortable, then you’re either suffering from cognitive dissonance or you just aren’t paying attention.  Excerpt:

Instead of holding good-faith debates with opponents to reach the truth, the establishment doubled down on casting its version of events as reality and drowning out alternative narratives. They also darkly signaled the fate of those who challenge the “insurrection” narrative or accept the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. An establishment media host raised the idea of killing American citizens in drone strikes for the “crime of inciting violence, inciting terrorism.” Former senior intelligence officials talk about dealing with Trump supporters (“religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians”) as if they were overseas insurgents. A large-scale “de-radicalization approach” must be taken to “deprogram” President Trump’s “political cult members,” who believe “Joe Biden didn’t win the election,” according a media interview with a retired senior FBI official. A New York Times reporter called on the Biden administration to appoint a “reality czar” to “put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress used the establishment narrative on the Capitol incident to press ahead with a trial to impeach Trump for “inciting an insurrection,” an effort that respected historian Victor Davis Hanson compared to “public shaming like the Communist Party used to make people wear dunce caps.” 

Professor Hanson’s reference to the Chinese Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution is pertinent. We see an uneasy echo in the establishment’s divisive discourse in “post-insurrection” America and what the CCP has done in its political “rectification” campaigns in the People’s Republic of China. Historical experience portends a bleak future for the United States and the world if the Biden-Harris administration takes the establishment’s divisive rhetoric to its logical conclusion. 

So, today’s Democrats are duplicating Bolshevik and CCP tactics.  That’s downright disconcerting.

I’m old enough to remember when the party in the minority was the “loyal opposition,” and when Ronald Reagan used to invite Tip O’Neil to the White House for cocktails, telling reporters at one point that they were “friends after 5PM.”  It seems those days are gone, as “SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP” seems to be the Democrats and their fellow travelers’ response to dissent.

Remember when dissent was patriotic?  Not any more; not if you’re on FaceDerpbook raising questions about election tampering, or questioning President Biden’s mental acuity.  Granted Derpbook is a private company and can filter/censor who and how it likes, but the trend itself is upsetting; as is the responses of those in government who would like to emulate that censorship on a larger scale.  And where do you draw that line, anyway, when a major tech player sets itself up as an arbiter of information and a de facto arm of government?

File photo of Rep. Jacobs.

Some in the Imperial City, like Rep. Sara Jacobs, (Horse’s Ass-CA) are even talking about “Truth Commissions,” presumably run by some sort of, oh, Committee for State Security (I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but if you translate that into Russian you get “Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.”) and maybe, to make it easier, people who need to be “re-educated” could be put into some kind of, oh, facility, you know, like a camp, where they could be concentrated, you know, just for a while.

Honestly, this sounds like hyperbole, but if you follow these trends in history, that’s where this kind of talk all too often ends up.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Life right now involves a lot of airline miles between Colorado and the Great Land as we prepare to move the majority of our crap up in March and April.  Boy howdy!

Here’s the thing:  I have accumulated enough award miles that, if only United Airlines offered service to Jupiter, I could probably fly there on points.  Mrs. Animal is a ways behind, but she has plenty of award miles as well.  At some point Mrs. Animal and I will have to figure out what to do with all those miles; fortunately, once the Kung Flu panic dies down (assuming it ever does) we have plenty of bucket-wish destinations in mind:  New Zealand, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, and we always enjoy visiting Japan.

But we’ll have to see what happens with the dreaded Kung Flu over the next few months, I guess.  Now then…

On To the Links!

Oh yeah.  He’s running again.

Turns out governing is a lot harder than criticizing.

Haw haw haw!

Pelosi and Schumer propose to eliminate a few million more jobs.  What colossal horse’s asses they both are.

Turns out corvids (jays, crows, magpies and ravens) may be a lot smarter than we thought.  Probably smarter than Pelosi and Schumer.

In the Kung Flu news:  Vaccinated people don’t need to quarantine (no shit) according to the CDC, and broad distribution of vaccines should be in the works by April.

Heh:

Ted Cruz nails it.

What goes around comes around.

What an asshole.  Seriously, what a huge, gaping asshole.

Seems all those windmills don’t work when it is cold outside.

This Week’s Idiots:

Another bumper crop of idiocy this week!

Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck to make amends!

Project Syndicate‘s Eric Posner is an idiot.

The Nation‘s John Nichols is an idiot.

The Conversation‘s Karen Ragoonaden is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Dick Meyer is an idiot.

If Nikki Haley had a dick, she would have just stepped on it.

USAToday‘s Jason Sattler is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer is an idiot.

Funny how we just keep seeing some of these same names over and over again.

And So:

1964.  I was three years old when the MaCoys released Hang On Sloopy, but it was a popular enough song that it was still getting plenty of play on rock&roll radio stations when I was in high school in the Seventies.  What’s not well known is that the MaCoys released a music video for this song, featuring some… interesting pre-disco dance moves by a lovely (and braless) young lady.  So, enjoy!

Animal’s Daily North Slope News

Oil reserves.

Before we start, check out the latest in my SHTF series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy recently weighed in on the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s recent attacks on the extraction of oil and gas.  Excerpt:

We can’t afford to be naïve about the motives of Wall Street banks. While the mega-rich like Larry Fink put on a show about saving the planet, they are knowingly underwriting those who are destroying it. When they fly in to Bristol Bay in their private jets, they lodge just miles from some of the poorest communities in America – places desperate for the very economic opportunities these billionaires have decided to take away.

It’s these everyday Alaskans – people looking for jobs to feed their families – who shoulder the burden of Wall Street’s decision to sell the world a lie.

This isn’t a personal attack on investment bankers. I’m aware that it’s self-interest, not honesty, that makes the world go ’round. Trading a shrinking traditional energy sector for one that will require trillions of dollars of investment, all while masquerading as the “good guys,” makes perfect business sense.

But when Fink’s self-interest threatens to destroy the future of my state, I have no choice but to intervene. I have no choice but to showcase the hypocrisy of the billionaires and environmental profiteers who spread falsehoods about development in Alaska.

They will never tell you that the central Arctic caribou herd has actually grown from about 6,000 to 30,000 animals since Prudhoe Bay development activity began, or that the “threatened” Porcupine herd of caribou now numbers 218,000 animals – the highest in recorded history.

They won’t tell you about how Alaska’s stringent environmental regulations far outclass those in the rest of the nation – that we pump our gas back into the ground instead of flaring it, that we operate the most technologically advanced pipeline on the planet, that we don’t let our mines turn the tundra yellow with acid water.

Why won’t they tell you?

Because attacking Alaska is easy and profitable. In the case of the Wall Street bankers, they’re playing a long game by betting on a new industry. Others, including many environmental groups, are collecting their profits up front. Take the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Resources Defense Council, for example. Did you know that their CEOs earn $665,748 and $526,053, respectively? I’ll let those numbers speak for themselves.

Again, as I’m always saying, read the whole thing.  It merits a bit of thoughtful consideration.

Here’s the problem Governor Dunleavy faces:  Alaska is a damn big state geographically, but it’s a small state politically, with only Vermont and Wyoming having smaller populations – and our population is spread over a state that’s almost three times the size of Texas.  The Great Land’s sole Representative and two Senators give it a paltry three Electoral College votes and the state votes very reliably Republican, meaning we get pretty much ignored in Presidential campaigns.

Which means the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration can throw Alaska under the energy-production bus without much thought for the consequences.

The one bright spot for the oil/gas and pipeline workers is that Alaska isn’t the only state affected by this horseshit.  States from the Dakotas to Texas are seeing thousands of good-paying jobs suddenly gone due to these idiotic changes in policy.  The question is this:  What impact will all this have in 2022?

I know what the logical outcome of this ought to be; but it remains to be seen whether energy-sector employees can manage to push any elections past the margin of fraud any more.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Whores and Ale, Bacon Time and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!

So, it seems (as if we didn’t know) that the West is getting dumber.  Excerpt:

One recalls MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, who referred to “the stupidity of the American voter” as helping him to pass the controversial law. One wonders if Gruber ever heard of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget’s test results purporting to show that “the rot starts at the top.” This would implicate Gruber and his cohort in the experience of what Piaget calls horizontal décalage, which stymies the application of cognitive functions and logical operations to extended tasks. In other words, Gruber et al. are also stupid, gradually destroying the very society that enabled them to flourish. But the rot can also start at the bottom, as a combination of generalized mental vacancy and low-to-no-information voters furthers cultural and social degeneration. As Morris Berman remarks in The Twilight of American Culture, “A society cannot function if nearly everyone in it is stupid.”

Why should we be surprised that an American president should pronounce “corpsman” as “corpseman”? Or that a Canadian prime minister says “peoplekind” in lieu of “mankind”? Or that a Washington, D.C., mayor and his staff should have objected to a perfectly good word like “niggardly”? Or that a Methodist pastor and Congressman should follow the exclamation “Amen” with “a-woman,” when an ordained minister should surely know that “Amen” is an acronym for the Hebrew אֵל מֶלֶךְ נֶאֱמָן (El melech neeman: “Lord and faithful King”)—or, as some scholars think, a calque for the Aramaic “so be it”? One can multiply these gaffes, misnomers, and malapropisms indefinitely among those who should know better—and that is merely scratching the surface. The dumbing down phenomenon is virtually encyclopedic in heft and extent.

The article points mostly at folks on the political Left, but sadly, there are plenty of examples on both sides of the aisle; you can find legions of evidence on social media (yes, I’m looking at you, Gab.)

I wonder, though, if the biggest problem isn’t stupidity so much as it is ignorance.  Here in the U.S. our education system has been a shambles for decades now.  Our university system has increasingly focused on the various Ethnic Underwater Dog-Polishing Studies programs, as they produce the same revenue and the same number of tenured positions as programs in traditional subjects ranging from science and engineering to business and economics, and cost much less to provide.

But the purpose of an education system is to produce young adults with marketable skills, and in that – as Jesse Watters has shown in his ambush interviews – the system is failing, catastrophically.  In my own business I regularly have cause to review written works produced by recent graduates – in engineering and biology, mind!  And the level of work is, frankly, pathetic.

I’m not sure what the solution will be, if we ever see one.  Entrenched interests in education are too firmly in control, and we may have to, as the saying goes, destroy the village in order to save it.

There are exceptions and bright spots, and as one that comes very easily to mind I offer my treasured friends over at Glibertarians; a finer group of intellects, thinkers and achievers does not exist, online or off.

We’re still faced with the overall decline, though.  And I don’t see an easy answer; there’s no Renaissance on the horizon, as far as I can tell.  I am, though, reminded of a true genius, Albert Einstein, who once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

Deep thoughts, news of the day, totty and the Manly Arts.