A 747 jet -- Lufthansa (DLH) Flight 463 -- minutes after take off lumbers skyward as seen from Lummus Park, Miami Beach, Fla., 5:09 p.m., July 25, 2021
Knowing the airline and the takeoff time, Gary figured out that this is Lufthansa (DLH) Flight 463 between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
Above and below: Information from the FlightAware.com website -- linked above -- for DLH Flight 463 as of about 7:15 p.m. EDT tonight with the jet, a Boeing 747-8 ("B748")* 458 miles miles into its 4,831 mile journey, cruising along at a mid-tropospheric 35,000 foot altitude at a breezy 600 miles per hour. This bird took off almost an hour late and will arrive 40 minutes late, but no worries.
*Yes, I'm aware that the 747-8 is a much more contemporary version of the 747 and, if Wikipedia to be believed, the largest 747 variant. Above is an image of a Lufthansa 747-8 taken in 2017. Maybe it's even the one in the lead image.
Just FYI, multiple 747 jets -- enormous, lumbering at almost stall-speed, and signature double engines on each wing -- fly into and out of MIA every day, a number of which appear to be cargo jets (such as Ryan Air), some arcing to the southeast, others arcing to the northeast.
747s make a distinctive whiny-metallic low roar --rising as they approach and then receding like a roll of thunder. And much like MIA itself, 747s call to mind Old School international flights back in the era of Pan-Am, stewardesses, and the Condé Nast elegance of "the jet set" trekking from JFK's Worldport to Rome, Rio (Brasilia??), or Rhodesia.
No, this isn't some Greyhound Bus-in-the-Sky of an American or Delta flight heading from Cincinnati to Raleigh-Durham. On the one side, obese, slovenly, combative, Covid era-crazy Americans with everyone wearing masks over-up-and-out the ying-yang. On the other side, the prison guard-like flight attendant crew ready for battle.
And you sit there, trapped, prisoner-like for the delayed flight duration, no food, no drink, no nothing, just joyless agony. And always that nasty-ass but otherwise useless flight attendant crew with the endless hectoring, bullying announcements about fucking mask wearing.
Fly, you big, beautiful, old school bird ... Fly with graceful ease, spanning the vast Atlantic like the quiet champion you are...
Tuesday night posting, a political-themed one I didn't plan to write.
Today was supposed to the day that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's started the Democrat / Big Media-faciliated Stalinist show trial involving the "Insurrection" of January 6th.
I refer to know that pro-Trump rally that degenerated into an unarmed mob swarming, wholly unarmed, through the Capitol building precisely because the Capitol police leadership did nothing to stop it, in turn, because the FBI orchestrated most of the events of that day.
Yes, just like the FBI orchestrates most such "terrorist plots" to include the bullshit plot to kidnap Michigan's hateful, harpy governor that it then claimed success for halting.
Specifically, I refer to the obscenely stacked House Committee "investigating" the affair -- filled the lunatics such as Adam Bull Schiff and the only two RINOs that Botox Nan could find, Liz Cheney and that clown Adam Kinzinger, both of whom are now actively considering there lucrative post 2022 midterm election careers as Talking Heads among the PMSMBCNNLOL crowd.
At this point, the 300 to 500 semi-geriatric people, not to mention the mentally ill "QAnon" man with face paint and Viking horns, involved in roaming the halls and "storming" the offices of Capitol for purposes of selfies that day are mostly just rotting in jail awaiting their trials -- and then are getting sentences of 2 years or less, in some cases, 6 to 8 months, for what amounts to trespassing.
The whole purpose of the charade is simply to label all 75M Trump voters as "enemy combatants" and "domestic terrorists" and, in so doing, maintain power even as Old, Angry Uncle Joe slips into "I had my butt wiped" senile incoherence and Kamala cackles in the wings waiting her moment.
This was confirmed when Botox Nan denied Jim Jordan and Jim Banks positions on the bullshit investigation and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy -- who is the likely next Speaker -- pulled the other five Republicans off the committee.
The hearing involved a lot of theatrics and performative wailing by grown men -- Members of Congress such as the aply named Kinzinger -- about how that day was Worst Day in American History to include the Civil War (~750,000 dead) ... Pearl Harbor (2,403 dead) ... and 9/11 attacks (2,996) ... versus the 1 fatality among the unarmed when a Capitol police officer [omitting his name but you can find it even on Google] killed Ashli Babbitt, a 36-year old U.S. veteran of Iraq.
But things got overshadowed because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the deeply mentally ill Rochelle Walensky -- a woman whose public behavior is more akin to an overemotional housewife on Oprah -- decided to revise once again the "masking guidance" because of the nonsense over the SARS-CoV2-2 "Delta Variant" that is part of the Oligarchical Overclass's Covid 19, i.e., the Wuhan Lab Flu, based "Great Reset" of society into a quasi-feudal high-tech panopticon.
You can read about the revised guidance here. And here are some other responses to the CDC's latest pseudo-scientific garbage offering.
The really obscene part is the "recommendation" for masking of all K-12 school children. It really is a criminal act of wanton, mindless child abuse given at how low risk they are and that the decision was completely driven by the monstrous demands of the NEA and AFT with its phalanxes of Marxist and Covid paranoia lunatics.
Above: This Wesley Yang tweet has nothing directly to do with this entry, but I really like it.
Between the forcible indoctrinations of the perversity of Critical Race Theory (CRT) that have infected all of public education from its original Big Academia hothouse -- indeed, CRT has infected most institutions of society -- and the tyrannical demands for forced masking and resulting slow carbon dioxide poisoning of young children, K-12 public schools in America, especially Democrat-controlled areas, is at its heart a weird mass suicidal death wish.
Above: A mass transit train in Sweden where people are living their lives normally. Below: Some virtue-signaling Cultural Marxist wackadoodle on an empty train in London. To be clear, this woman is a local pol (a St. Peter's Ward Councillor) in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, but she has all the suffocating psychic energy of a WOKE, Covid paranoiac Karen living in Bethesda, Maryland.
This is just CDC "guidance" and states and localities don't have to adhere to it -- indeed, Gov. DeSantis here in Florida has made it clear he won't. But it still opens up all kinds of opportunities for Democrat mischief for purposes of its endgame of complete totalitarian control and destruction of American society with its replacement by some WOKE-infused oligarchical dystopia.
UK Covid daily new cases (top) and reported deaths (bottom),
15 Feb 2020 - 26 July 2021
Note how Covid daily new cases and reported deaths have nearly completely decoupled in the UK. This has happened in the U.S.
At this point, all-Democrat controlled states, cities, and other jurisdictions can't revert fast enough to masking mandates and all that garbage because masking is, and has always been, about totalitarian control with ignorant Kareny individuals (men, women, and indeterminate) showing all their "virtue-signaling" by demanding conformity. In Montgomery County, Maryland, where pretty much everybody over the age of 12 is vaccinated, the ignorant county government is dying for outright new lockdowns. Expect more Blue State lockdowns in the weeks ahead.
This gets to what I really believe is deeper mass-psychosis at work here: The Left in America is basically mass suicidal. Whether in the deeply racist perversions of Critical Race Theory (CRT), the destruction of sexual and gender identity through the obsession on transgenderism (we're very nearly at a point where it will be compulsory for young children), and the mass rage combined with historical illiteracy and all-around-ignorance, it's all a mass suicide effort.
As for the CDC, it's hard to overstate what a corrupted multi-tentacled organization it has become. (We won't even talk about NIH and the component, NIAID, that fucking Fauci runs as his eternal fiefdom). Like every once-prestigious organization or institution in America, it has turned to pure shit where virtue-signaling for its own megalomaniacal purposes of mass social control is the only purpose by which it survives.
Phil Kerpen tweet on July 9, 2021: Table showing CDC Yearly-stratified Covid observed deaths between January 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 as of May 10, 2021 and with a 97 percent reduction.
Key point: Even with 97% vaccination efficacy, mortality risk for unvaccinated children is 30x lower for vaccinated adults and 100x lower for vaccinated adults over 75.
This Fox News article (double click on the URL to get passed the "you don't have permission" part) has a nice quote by Dr. H. Cody Meissner, who leads the pediatric infectious diseases division at Tufts University School of Medicine, on the grotesquery of the American Academy of Pediatrics -- amother organization wholly completedly captured by the Lunatic Left -- in "recommending that all children 2 and up where masks in schools.
Dr. Meissner called it "virtue signaling" and said:
"I strongly disagree with the recommendation that all children, 2 years and above need to wear a mask ... I think that the harm has been done to children, both physical, mental, emotional has been extraordinary. And I think we're going to be stuck with that for a generation ... Really what we've done is we've sacrificed children by closing down the schools in order to protect the adults because children don't get very sick."
On a personal level, my hope is that this garbage has very limited impact here in my Miami Beach life -- as in, at most, involving going into one of the two groceries stores I frequent here in Miami Beach (Publix and Whole Foods) or the usual stupid masking red light / green light when you walk into a restaurant. About Publix, nothing had changed today there.
Thinking about it, a mask mandate at a nightclub such as Twist simply doesn't make sense. I just don't see how that works. I think Miami Beach or Miami Dade County would have to put in a mandate, but that would probably have some real push back that would get the attention of the Governor. And based on things that Gov DeSantis and his press secretary (see tweet below) are saying, I am very happy to be here in the Free State of Florida.
Beyond all that, and much more importantly, I really hope that a few years from now -- after this totalitarian Democrat Moment is over -- is that everyone at every level (federal, state, or local to include schools) associated with this abomination of an idea is prosecuted.
About the Covid "surge" due to the Delta variant, it appears that the UK is past its peak. By contrast, Iceland -- a nation that is almost fully vaccinated -- is entering into a surge and has just reversed all the easing of lockdowns and restrictions it had in place.
Keep in mind that the Delta (India) variant of SARS-CoV-2 is highly transmissible (infectious) in its airborne way, but it is no more dangerous than a garden variety influenza strain (IFR = 0.1% to 0.2%).
I haven't started on the topic of the Left's rush for forcible vaccinations.
Yet the perversion here is that the mRNA vaccines -- of which Pfizer and Moderna are both -- really have very limited efficacy after a few months. As Alex Berenson has pointed out, they function as therapeutics, not vaccines, hence the need for endless follow-up shots.
The forced vaccinations or some version of what is euphemistically called a "vaccine passport" the absence of which denies you your basic Constitutional rights is a building issue, and is it likely going to result in many court cases -- including federal ones.
Combined with surging inflation and rampant urban violent crime thanks to the Left's multiple insanities embodied in "Defund the Police," these are going to be the issues that determine the 2022 Midterms and even 2024 Presidential election, not the bullshit January 6th Commission.
Right now, at the federal level, it mostly consists of drooly, creepy Uncle Joe yelling weird insults at the supposed stupidity of those refusing vaccinations. Between that and forcible endless masking, it is another American Government ineffectual and self-defeating shit show.
But make no mistake about it: The push toward totalitarianism has been set. Covid unleased a massive tidal pull toward mass control that dovetails extremely well with the Oligarchical Overclass's power-and-wealth-focused needs. And in the U.S., the Cultural Marxism that has infected everything acted as a super-charged inflation.
Having said that, it is also true in the U.S. that lockdowns were "soft" compared to the "Covid Zero" tyrannical madness in other countries to include, yes, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
This is just one of the many Biden failures during this first six months -- and it explains why even an ABC / Washington Post poll had optimism plummeting 20 points in the past month while his approval rating dropped 6 points to 50 percent. Laura Ingraham had a good commentary on this last night:
About that topic, as Ann Coulter said, the only ones who are fixated on it are the CNN and PMSNBC zombies, plus the Establishmentarian oligarchs at the Washington and Millennial WOKE Thought Police who seized control of the New York Times.
OK, on that note, I'm signing off for now. My next entry likely won't be until the weekend, probably Saturday.