COVID Theater

The US still requires non-citizens to show vaccine passports at the border. This creates all sorts of delays because people don’t know this.

“You have no idea what much the airport workers hate this,” an airport worker told me.

As everything COVID-related, this makes no sense. A passport doesn’t protect you from spreading COVID. It’s all stupid theater.

Undeveloped

Since everybody is talking about Nick Fuentes, I want to tell a little story about him.

Nick Fuentes is a neo-Nazi. Not a rhetorical one (and I hate having to make these disclaimers but the word has been robbed of its meaning) but a real one. A Holocaust denier, a Jew-hater, all that.

Fuentes was always a Putin groupie, chanting “Putin! Putin!” at his poorly attended meetups.

Then Putin announced that Russia invaded Ukraine to fight Nazis. (Since then, the narrative changed, and currently Russians are fighting satanists in Ukraine).

But what a conundrum for poor, silly Fuentes! If Putin is against Nazis, and Nazis are in Ukraine… then should Fuentes be for Ukraine? And against Putin? Unthinkable! Plus, Zelensky is a Jew, and that makes things even more complicated for Fuentes’s undeveloped intellect.

What I Lost

One of favorite things to do has always been taking walks in the evening, looking at lights in the houses, and imagining how happy and cozy people inside were.

This simple joy has been taken away from me because now I can only think about Ukrainians, sitting in the dark and shivering with cold.

Another favorite thing was looking at the sky. I love the sky, I even had dreams where I’d stare at the sky and feel immense joy and peace.

This is also now gone. In my dreams the sky now rains bombs and everything explodes and burns around me.

It’s weird to talk about innocence at my age but I feel that I had a lot of it, and now it’s gone. I can’t unsee what I’ve seen, even though it was only on a screen. With tragic events, at least with time you process them and somehow narrate them to yourself in a way that brings a measure of comfort but with this war it’s something even worse every day.

I’m walking wounded, leaving a trail of blood behind me.

The Light of the World

America is the light of the world, literally and figuratively. I’m very proud and thankful. Such great people, such a wonderful country.

Wrong Name

My Nigerian GA is applying for a PhD program in the US. He’s been with us for a year, and he seemed very smart but now I’m discovering that he’s learned nothing. His name is Adebowale but he’s putting “Gabriel” on his applications instead. If you’ve studied in the US for a year and you still haven’t figured out that Adebowale beats Gabriel on a college application, I’m starting to wonder about your powers of observation.

Destroying Math

In September 2022, three researchers published the provocatively titled article, ‘Do Introductory Courses Disproportionately Drive Minoritized Students Out of STEM Pathways?’ That article got loads of social media publicity for its conclusion that unequal withdrawal rates from STEM degree tracks are due to systemic racism.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-left-relies-on-statistical-illiteracy-and-what-we-should-do-about-it/

This article is bunk. It’s been eviscerated immediately because of the faulty research and reasoning it’s based on. But it doesn’t matter. This article is being used to punish and destroy STEM programs at many universities, including mine. Professors of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology are being publicly humiliated and insulted as racists. The goal is to eliminate these programs, reduce the funding for higher education, and funnel the money into the pockets of some mega-rich but morally superior victim.