Friday, April 23, 2021

Die Zauberflöte

The Magic Flute, by Mozart. Unequaled. In the Royal Opera. It is expensive but must be seen at least once in life. 

I always knew I had a natural facility for music but ignored that I was an opera fan. European art is humanity's peak achievement. Nothing compares.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Celiac Mystery

One of my grandkids has c
eliac disease and has to follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. The disease tends to cluster in families. Parents and siblings and first-degree relatives with celiac disease have between a 4 and 15 percent chance of developing the disorder. However, the inheritance pattern is unknown. I have no one among my relatives with the condition, but practically I have no blood relatives. This is a strange disease because Jewish diets contain cereals and it has been so for the last four thousand years - since the settling of Eretz Israel. Any mutation preventing the consumption of bread should have been eliminated long ago.  Celiac is genetic and related to the CCR gene family, inherited from the Neanderthalers. We also inherited from them the red hair gene. It is a mystery. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

God exists (and is Jewish)


Otherwise, the universe cannot be explained. At least I cannot, and no one else can. Not that it makes any difference in day-to-day living. 

Pic: the Boss structure (somewhere far away in the universe). 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Israel cannot form a government

 The political system of Israel, based on coalition forming, has broken down and no party is able to form a stable, sustainable governing coalition. It is paralysis, chaos, anarchy, we are on the road leaderless, Wes of Mad Max (pic) on the wheel.  Netanyahu says it is necessary to change the system and adopt an American-style majority government.

Know Your Enemy


Fate has decreed we are at war with Iran. They have said they will destroy us, and are building weapons to do so. Who are these people - the Iranians? The map shows the ethnic groups making up Iran. Dominant Persians and marginal Kurds share the same genotype. Among us, "Ana Kurdi" means "rather slow"; on the other hand, Zoroastrian Parsis are a talented group. The people of South Iran are Persian Gulf islanders (mixed Africans) and Baluchis (Pakistanis). The North East is Azeri and Turkish. The Persian group is unmixed Neolithic, meaning they were able to defend themselves and avoid being mass raped by invaders. The average IQ of ethnic Persians is about 90 (my estimate) which compares to Balkan peoples. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Climate Change causes Extinction


Why aren't Millennials having kids? Mostly it's lack of mate, careerism, & perceived cost. But 13% say climate change is a 'major reason' for not having kids. (?!?)

Sunday, April 18, 2021

A cada cerdo le llega su San Martin (*)

 The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force, Brigadier General Mohammed Hejazi, died Sunday, the IRGC announced.

Hejazi died of a "heart condition" the Iranian military said, without providing additional details.

Hejazi was appointed deputy commander of the Quds Force in January 2020, following the assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani.

Hejazi, then an adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, planned the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires.

(*) Spanish saying: The day of Saint Martin arrives for every pig.  Traditionally, the day of Saint Martin  (Sanctus Martinus Turonensis, a Hungarian Christian saintis celebrated with the sacrifice of a fattened pig. The day of Hejazi arrived 27 years later. Never too late.