32 thoughts on “Ass-cent of Mankind”

  1. “I have been scientifically studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called,) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result profoundly humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.”

    Mark Twain

  2. Pentagon spokesman chokes up while talking about Ukraine | The Hill

    “It’s hard to look at what he’s doing in Ukraine, what his forces are doing in Ukraine and think that any ethical, moral individual could justify that,” press secretary John Kirby began before appearing to become choked up and pausing for several seconds.  
    “It’s difficult to look at some of the images and imagine that any well-thinking, serious, mature leader would do that. So I can’t talk to his psychology. But I think we can all speak to his depravity,” Kirby added. 
    Kirby later apologized for becoming emotional, saying “I don’t want to make this about me.” 
    He then called Putin’s reasons for the invasion in Ukraine “BS.” 
    “It’s hard to square [Putin’s] … BS that this is about Nazism in Ukraine, and it’s about protecting Russians in Ukraine, and it’s about defending Russian national interests, when none of them, none of them were threatened by Ukraine,” said Kirby, pounding on the lectern for emphasis.  
    Kirby also listed several “unconscionable” actions by Russian troops, including the reports of civilians being “shot in the back of the head, hands tied behind their backs. Women, pregnant women being killed, hospitals being bombed. I mean, it’s just unconscionable.” 

  3. patD – You’re giving Putin too much importance.  He’s just a pimple on the ass end of mankind…but he’s a pimple with a propaganda machine and an army. 

  4. The queen of Spain included a personal note and sausages in a box of munitions received in Ukraine. 

  5. Quote:
    As for the Dominion lawsuit, Williamson continued, “I figure you probably have some heavy legal bills to pay at the moment, what with the voting-machine-conspiracy-kookery defamation lawsuit that you are probably going to lose. But you’re pushing 80, Lou. You’ve already thrown away your job, your reputation, and your self-respect — and there’s a good chance you’re going to end up financially ruined, too — but there is still time to see to the things that should be foremost in the mind of a man your age.”
    Oy yoy yoy as Al Franken used to say.

  6. The Monkey’s Disgrace

    Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
    Discussing things as they’re said to be.
    Said one to the others: “Now listen you two,
    There’s a certain rumour that can’t be true
    That man descended from our noble race –
    Why, the very idea is a disgrace!

    “No monkey ever deserted his wife,
    Starved her babies and ruined her life;
    And you’ve never known a mother monk
    Leave her babies with others to bunk,
    Or pass them on from one to another
    ‘Til they scarcely know who is their mother.

    “And another thing you’ll never see –
    A monk build a fence round a coconut tree,
    Forbidding all other monks to taste
    And letting the coconuts go to waste.
    Why! if I built a fence round a coconut tree
    Starvation would force you to steal from me.

    “Here’s another thing a monk won’t do:
    Go out at night and get in a stew,
    Or use a gun or club or knife
    To take some other monkey’s life.
    Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
    But brother he didn’t descend from us!”

  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-04-28/supply-chain-latest-spain-shields-farming-industry-with-south-american-grains

    “Spain’s decision to replace grain imported from Ukraine with those coming from Latin America is paying off, shielding its farming industry from one of the main fallouts of the war…exploiting the temporary lifting of a European Union ban on importing crops with traces of herbicides from markets including Argentina and Brazil.”

    ~Trace~ amounts of herbicides v empty shelves and eventual starvation

  8. Check out todays google doodle. It is cool. A homage to Route 66, the Mother Road, the road to the promised land. The road the Okies traveled, my family and neighbors traveled leaving the grinding constant poverty of the Ozark hills for the promise of California. They did it in the 30’s through the 60’s Some went back and forth. Going out working a while coming back, putting a payment down on a farm. Others stayed. I have almost as much family in California as I do here in Missouri.

  9. Back in the 90’s, specifically June 1994, when I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, my world changed.  I was in a small group of people worldwide with a diagnosis of HepC.  It was just identified in the world outside the research laboratory.  We had only one drug to fight it with, Interferon.  Our view of the death rate was a little over fifty percent, the official rate was about twenty-five percent.  Typically your doctor would suggest writing your will as soon as possible.  That is if you were diagnosed with it.  I had to fight four positive results before convincing my doctor that it really was not a series of false results.  Six months later he did a puncture biopsy of my liver and I was told probably less than six months left.  I lucked out.
    Naomi Judd was not taking any of the science stuff.  She was promoting garbage treatments.  Same as the current idiots drinking bleach.  Taking horse wormer at least involves a real medication.  It is something that she made it this far. For a while I had her in the Dead Peoples Server as a soon to be corpse. I think that lasted a few years.

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