Open Thread for Wednesday, January 18, 2023

This is what a Leopard 2 looks like. This one was just a prototype, but it was the only image I could find in the public domain.

First time I’ve done one of these lately — since September, I think. And excuse the typo — I actually gave a date as 2023 in my headline there, and of course that’s obviously some weird date off in the future, from some sci fi story or something.

Anyway — it’s even longer since I’ve done a Virtual Front Page, but these topics won’t work for that, since some of the items are opinion pieces. Oh, well, here you go…

  1. Heavy tanks — and a push from the U.S. — are key to Ukraine’s success — This is an editorial from The Washington Post. It’s pretty persuasive. You might also George Will’s column, which is chock full o’ historical perspective. Ukraine needs them to hold off the increasingly desperate attacks coming from Putin. And this sure beats the U.S. sending troops, for a number of compelling reasons. All we have to do is persuade Germany to let the Ukrainians have those Leopard 2 tanks they’ve been holding back. Yes, we all appreciate Germany being a more peaceful country. It beats what we saw in the two generations before 1945. But meine Freunde, you don’t have to fight. You just have to make it possible for the Ukrainians to defend themselves. This is about as different as you can get from sending Panzers full of Nazis to pound all those Untermenschen to the East…
  2. Microsoft to Lay Off 10,000 Workers as It Looks to Trim Costs — Yikes. First the buggy whip industry, then newspapers, and now this. American ingenuity (see Max Boot, below) needs to come up with the Next Thing in a hurry. This is not good news, especially since it’s part of a series of such announcements coming from Big Tech.
  3. What if Diversity Trainings Are Doing More Harm Than Good? — A provocative title on an op-ed piece. I dunno. Did North Vietnam’s reeducation camps work? Is there solid research available on that? I know that the Captain had awful trouble persuading Luke to “get his mind right.” In my own personal experience, I always had trouble seeing the need for it. I would think, You say the company should have a workforce that looks like the community it seeks to serve, and we all need to work together better? I’m with you. Now let’s get back to work… Of course, I reacted that way to anything that took me away from the work — even recreational outings.
  4. World’s oldest known person, French nun Lucile Randon, dies at 118 — Wow, that’s impressive. And in the picture with that link, she looked amazingly good for her age just a year ago. God bless her. Of course, I’m reaching an age at which I can’t help thinking, so where does this put me in the running for the title?
  5. China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop — Which is very bad news for a country that wants to dominate the world. Good luck with that now, what an inadequate number of kids trying to support all those pensioners. As the big brains of Beijing realized too late (in 2016), this is where draconian One Child policies get you.
  6. U.S. politics is awful — but our science and technology offer hope for the future — This is a good column from Max Boot. He’s had a bunch of good ones lately, which reminds my I should go back and mention him on the list of columnists I’ve been enjoying. Anyway, I hope people read all the way to the end, where he says, “We need to maintain our lead by spending more on research and offering more opportunities for foreign-born talent.” You bet.

By the way, on that last part about reading “all the way to the end”… yeah, I know a lot of, probably most of, my readers can’t do that, not having subscriptions. I don’t know what to do about that. I can either bring up thoughtful ideas from the outlets that actually publish such things, or we can sit around yelling at each other on a grossly superficial level about the latest outrages on social media — which is free.

I’m planning to write about that in a subsequent post. If I have trouble finding the time to do so, please remind me…

An image from the James Webb Space Telescope, grabbed from a NASA site.


8 thoughts on “Open Thread for Wednesday, January 18, 2023

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    This is fascinating. Used to be, an open thread attracted more comments than anything. Now, I’m getting comments on earlier stuff — but not on the open thread. And I thought these were some pretty interesting issues I was tossing out there.

    Anyway, a postscript…

    When I went to Google to make sure I was spelling Untermenschen correctly, I ran into the old Nazi movie poster you see above.

    Until I saw that, I didn’t realize that the Nazis’ idea of an Untermensch was basically Vincent D’Onofrio in his “Full Metal Jacket” role. The resemblance is more than a little startling. I couldn’t find an image with exactly that expression — even though that’s a very D’Onofrio expression — so here’s one that may give you the idea…

  2. Doug Ross

    Joe Biden is a Catholic who loves to talk (now, not in 1982 when he was coherent) about how much he loves aborting babies.

    That encapsulates Joe Biden the politician in the simplest terms. A scam artist at Lindsey Graham level.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      “And everybody else on the planet is also a worthless a-hole.”

      Just thought I’d save you a little time typing any further comments there, Doug. Since, for a long time, that’s been pretty much all you have shown much interest in saying.

      I’m definitely worthless. Others here on the blog are worthless. Anyone mentioned on the blog is worthless. Anyone in politics is especially worthless, except of course Tulsi Gabbard. I think we’ve all gotten the message.

      In this case, I don’t even know what you were reacting to. It doesn’t seem to be a response to anything else on this thread.

      A bonus little bit of bitterness, just in case anyone here was starting to have a nice day…


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