Wednesday October 02, 2002
I’m really tired of people who think it’s their duty to make sure the rest of us behave properly.
I’m especially tired of vocal minorities who make a lot of fuss and manage to get far more than their share of air time and political attention by pressure tactics, and who are thus able to have a seriously disproportionate effect on the lives of the majority. But more than that, I’m really disgusted with people who don’t pay close enough attention to what’s happening in the country and world to discern the actions of such people and do something about it. They get what they deserve. Unfortunately the rest of us also get it. That pisses me off. Continue reading
I’ve been a commercial pilot, and I was a cop for a lot of years. I’ve investigated well in excess of 2000 traffic crashes.* I’ve taught traffic investigation — as well as tactical driving — to rookie cops. I’ve scraped children off windshields — and also adults who should have known better. I’m a rabid believer in wearing seat belts.
There are a few basic arguments against them, including the “libertarian” position that I’ll deal with last. None of them have merit when considered objectively, but many are used every day as excuses by people who simply don’t want to be bothered buckling up. Let’s look at a few.
The “Officer Said I Would Have Been Killed” excuse. Continue reading
I was just wondering.
A friend of mine sent me a joke — apparently forwarded, as I’m sure he’d never do this — and right at the bottom, just before the punch line, some idiot had inserted (((You’re going to love this!!!!))).
Now why would anyone do that? Just think about it. Continue reading
I worry about our future. I’m not especially concerned about nuclear weapons. Unless we pop off a bunch of them, the race will go on, somewhat diminished. Bacteriological and chemical weapons are horrible, but the chemical weapons can’t get everyone, and there will be natural immunities to the germ agents, as there always are. HIV and other natural plagues and disasters will spare enough of us to keep on breeding. We already know, for example, that the big cats live in good health with HIV-like diseases active in their bodies, and have for hundreds of generations. They adapted. Homo sap will, too. The species will probably go on.
What’s fascinating is the question of whether or not it’s in the planet’s interest for us to make it. Continue reading
I like to choose my relationships.
I’ve never been a guy who was comfortable with just anyone on five minutes’ notice. If you’re my kind of person, it doesn’t take too long for me to warm up, but I’m not like Will Rogers: a stranger isn’t just a friend I haven’t met yet. Strangers are strangers. Then they become acquaintances and maybe, a goodly distance on down the timeline, I’ll begin to think of them as friends. Relationships aren’t easy for me, and I tend to put a lot into them. I don’t do it lightly. Continue reading