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    Posted by Jonathan on 27th June 2020 (All posts by )

    great white fleet

    Chicagoboyz has the ride.

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    Tricolor

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th June 2020 (All posts by )

    blue red white

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    New! – Your Least Favorite Movies and Books

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th June 2020 (All posts by )

    Here are some of mine:

    Movies

    Death In Venice – I walked out of this one in college. A middle-aged man’s erotic infatuation with an adolescent boy simmers, it is suggested, beneath the surface. In reality nothing ever happens. The action is all silence, furtive glances and views of dramatic sunlit esplanades. Hard pass.

    Whale Rider – A politically correct, tear jerking piece of crap. It’s got the exploited-native-peoples angle, the anti-Anglosphere culture angle, the You Go Girl! feminist competition-fantasy and anti-male angle. And of course those stupid whales. What’s not to dislike?

    The Help – Essentially a cartoon in which the white characters are crass, stupid, racist jerks and the black characters are smart, kind and wise. In case you don’t get the point, the disgusting white people are all southerners with strong southern accents. We must fight stereotypes – except, it seems, the ones that serve our argumentative purposes. Run, don’t walk.

    Books

    The Magus – The worst book I’ve ever read. The protagonist is unappealing, the plot silly and incredible. This one-star Amazon review tells the tale:

    A reminder of how terrible writing can be
     
    Perhaps the worst book I’ve ever read. I’ve seen Scooby Doo episodes more plausible than this mess. Suggestion for the author: if your plot turns on its head not only every chapter, but practically every page, readers will realize the story is contrived garbage and stop caring.
     
    What is contrived here? Maybe the endless scenes of naked people running around wearing antler masks, the star chamber of evil academics from the Sorbonne watching naked prisoners whip each other on racks, oh just remembering the juvenile and ludicrous “plot” makes me wet with embarrassment. The author admits in the preface that this book was an unsuccessful and sophomoric effort, and that’s the only convincing thing in the whole book.
     
    [. . .]

    (True story: I was once at a social gathering when someone asked someone else to name the worst book he had ever read. I immediately thought about this book. It was the other guy’s choice too.)

    What are your least favorite movies and books? Feel free to share in the comments.

    Posted in Diversions | 57 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 30

    Posted by Jonathan on 26th April 2020 (All posts by )

    take a load off...

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd April 2020 (All posts by )

    asocial social distancing

    Chicagoboyz are social distancing as many miles as they can before it gets really hot out.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    “A Fresh Perspective on the Covid-19 Numbers” – Part 2

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th April 2020 (All posts by )

    Robert Prost follows up his previous email (posted here):

    Plotted below are the covid-19 confirmed cases for Wisconsin. The data is graphed so that the first derivative plot is scaled up for better visibility. The fact that the graph has been jumping so erratically means that somebody is manipulating the data. This first derivative is the rate of change of the accumulation of new cases. That fact that it jumps around means that either someone is pushing the hospitals to change their definition of ‘confirmation’ or the virus has a mind of its own. If the changes were due to the sudden availability of additional testing, the increase should be all in one direction if additional cases were being detected. Someone is playing games in pursuit of a political agenda. Were I to hazard a guess, I’d say it is due to our addled governor, aka Tony Baloney.

    Wisconsin COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

    Robert concludes: “This data certainly does not give a good reason to extend the lockdown.”

    Posted in COVID-19, Current Events, Medicine, Politics, Science | 10 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 29

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th April 2020 (All posts by )

    run

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd April 2020 (All posts by )

    El Mago

    El Mago Del Ponche is the official tire wallah of the Chicagoboyz blog.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Signs of the Times

    Posted by Jonathan on 31st March 2020 (All posts by )

    6 feet
     
    unavailable
     
    UPS driver
     
    power grabs

    Posted in COVID-19, Photos | 5 Comments »

    “A Fresh Perspective on the Covid-19 Numbers”

    Posted by Jonathan on 29th March 2020 (All posts by )

    Robert Prost emails:

    I wanted to share with you, my take on the corona virus situation in the United States.
     
    But first, a brief introduction. I am professor emeritus at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
     
    I have a PhD in Biophysics and spent my career in MRI-based research, mostly on brain tumors.
     
    I check the Johns Hopkins’ website every day for the progress of the epidemic and I had a feeling about the numbers I’ve been seeing.
     
    The website: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 is very good.
     
    The daily case number totals can be extracted by mousing over each plotted point in the graph in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
     
    The curve at first looks daunting, it seems to be shooting straight up. But being at least in part a mathematician, I wondered about the velocity of this upward move in cases.
     
    If the velocity was going up, the epidemic would be accelerating, the epidemic would be worsening. If going down, it would be getting better (slowing).
     
    So I plotted the data and took the first derivative with respect to time. What it shows is that the velocity of the epidemic in the US is definitely slowing, and quickly.
     
    While the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, it is rising more slowly. If there were a confounding effect from increased surveillance (more testing revealing yet more cases), the apparent velocity should be going up.
     
    Instead, it is going down. So I believe the effect to be real, and thus I believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the epidemic. While this data says nothing about the potential for re-emergence in the fall or following spring, it does suggest that we have in fact, flattened the curve.

    US Covid-19 Cases and Rate of Change

    UPDATE: A follow-up email from Robert is posted here.

    Posted in COVID-19, Current Events, Medicine, Science | 69 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 29th March 2020 (All posts by )

    social distancing

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 28

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th March 2020 (All posts by )

    woof

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 2 Comments »

    “The Irish Antifa Project”

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th March 2020 (All posts by )

    Along the lines of Project Veritas comes a promising new endeavor by right-of-center Irish students:

    In December of last year a Twitter account was set-up. Titled “Irish Students Against Fascism”, it described itself as an aspiring antifascist organising hub to physically, socially and professionally harass individuals engaged with conservative or nationalist politics on campuses.
     
    Very soon the account garnered well over a thousand followers, with retweets from the Union of Students Ireland’s official account among other leftist activist organizations. The account boasted of an impending website dumping incriminating material relating to students on campus, particularly in Young Fine Gael, and invited individuals to contribute over private messaging.
     
    What has been unknown until today was that, from the very onset, the page was operated by students involved with The Burkean. The account was set up with the intent of performing long term investigative work into antifascism in Ireland, as well as its insidious and often blatant links with civic society, journalism and politics.
     
    Put politely, antifascism is the euphemism given to the work done to destroy the lives of people with right leaning sympathies. While traditionally associated with left republicanism, it is these days more often than not linked to Ireland’s ubiquitous NGO complex, as well as well-funded activists heavily networked within the world of journalism, politics and the private sector.
     
    Many young people on the Irish Right have long claimed that there is institutional bias constantly working against them. However, it is only now that we can definitively say that this is not the case.
     
    There is no institutional bias against young conservatives. There is an outright conspiracy against them…

    Read the whole thing.

    Posted in Anglosphere, Civil Society, Conservatism, Ireland, Leftism, Media, Political Philosophy, Politics | 4 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th February 2020 (All posts by )

    smile

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Quotes of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd February 2020 (All posts by )

    “There’s no algorithmic substitute for wisdom.”

    James the Lesser (here)
     
    —-
     
    “On any issue, the people who believe there are two sides keep getting shouted down by those who believe there is only one.”

    AVI

    Posted in Deep Thoughts, Quotations | 2 Comments »

    “NO NUTS”

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th January 2020 (All posts by )

    Just nuts

    Posted in Photos | 11 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th January 2020 (All posts by )

    screwed.. . or electrified

    No metaphors were harmed in the creation of this post.

    Posted in Photos | 8 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd January 2020 (All posts by )

    Birds

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    New! – Your Haikus of Existential Despair and Humor

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th December 2019 (All posts by )

    Seminole truck stop.
    Bought coffee, didn’t like vibe.
    Got out of there fast.

    —-

    Financial experts:
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
    Caveat emptor.

    —-

    Your probiotic
    Killed my antibiotic!
    Ha ha, just kidding.

    —-

    Chinese scraper sites
    Steal copyrighted photos.
    Nothing you can do.

    —-
    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Poetry | 11 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th November 2019 (All posts by )

    doppelganger

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    “Name A Hotel Room So We Never Forget”

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th November 2019 (All posts by )

    Jeff Carter is raising money to benefit the National World War II Museum, a worthy cause.

    Here’s the link to Jeff’s GoFundMe page.

    Posted in History | Comments Off on “Name A Hotel Room So We Never Forget”

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 27

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th November 2019 (All posts by )

    take no number

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 6 Comments »

    “They’re Very Proud of Their Work”

    Posted by Jonathan on 30th October 2019 (All posts by )

    That’s what a friend of mine said about the guys who just pumped out her septic tank. It’s an important job. They did it well. They have high standards and a good attitude. We need more of all of this.

    Posted in Quotations | 4 Comments »

    Razzle Dazzle

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd October 2019 (All posts by )

    Advanced trial techniques for defense attorneys.
     

    Posted in Law, Video | 3 Comments »

    All He Cares About Is Love

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th October 2019 (All posts by )

    Posted in Human Behavior, Video | 4 Comments »