Jan 052021
 

After the long New Years weekend, 2021 started off with a typical consultation schedule, working from my home in Great Falls, Virginia during the covid-19 pandemic. I was four Zoom, two Face Time, and three MS Teams meetings into the work week on Monday, and it was approaching 6:00 PM when I had my final remote encounter, this time over WebEx – a consultation with Dr. A. Harry Priapus MS, PhD, BYOB, Director, Penetration Division, at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. I will give him credit – for a person in his position, he maintained his composure pretty well at first, calmly discussing the technical ramifications and policy implications of recent adverse events in the disciplines of US government […]

Dec 062020
 

I firmly believe that, regardless of the prevailing circumstances, a good eggnog is essential for the holiday season. The ingredients of the best recipe, IMHO, consist of organic, grass-fed fainting goat heavy cream, the separated yolks of free-range quail eggs, toasted Zanzibar coconut sugar, true Ceylon cinnamon, fennel pollen, ground Tahitian vanilla beans, Ramlösa mineral water extract of French saffron, powdered Cypriot mahlab, and ground Kerala Malabar mace (instead of nutmeg), combined with a respectable amount of Martell XO cognac. After mixing everything, I usually also beat the separated egg whites into stiff peaks and then fold them into the liquid. Of course, for various reasons, not everybody can obtain those ingredients, but fortunately, there are many, many quite acceptable […]

Nov 162020
 

As I pointed out in a recent previous Web log post, the 2020 national election campaign was just another release in the ongoing US Civil War that has been festering here since 1790. As he promised, President Trump immediately claimed victory the night of November 3, then, just as predictably, threw a tantrum that would embarrass a two year old toddler on November 7 when the Associated Press, which has been calling presidential elections since the middle of the nineteenth century, called this one for Joe Biden. Key screaming points of that tantrum included claims that: (1) There is a vast conspiracy to rig the election results; (2) The election was, as result of that conspiracy, rife with massive voter […]

Oct 242020
 

Monday, October 12 marked Columbus Day 2020, since it was on October 12, 1492, as recorded by the Julian Calendar, that his misguided expedition to find the silks, spices, gold and jewels of the Orient bumped into the Caribbean island of Guanahani, which he promptly dubbed “San Salvador,” and which, today, hosts the nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Of course, this totally ignores the fact that Pope Gregory XIII changed the Christian calendar in 1582 in order to avert celebration of Easter drifting away from the pagan holidays of the vernal equinox upon which it is based. That involved taking ten days out of the month of October so that Thursday, October 4, 1582 was followed by Friday, […]

Sep 132020
 

As I have noted many times in the past, this Web log is read globally – in more than one hundred countries, as a matter of fact – as well as in the United States. My domestic readers, therefore, will forgive me for explaining various thing that they already know (or in many cases, I suspect, should already know, anyway) about the historical influences that have resulted in the current state of affairs in the US, including, in particular, the burgeoning notion that some kind of civil war is about to break out here. In defense of presenting such an exposition, I would remind them that explorational, colonial and post-independence US history, spanning, at most, some four or five hundred […]