Saturday’s Random Thoughts

I guess that the population is still recovering from too much food consumed and the shopping that we all had to go through on Friday.

During the holidays readership is down for most people want to think about more positive stuff than the world around us…..so IST will just post a few random thoughts on this weekend day.

First the noble endeavor of deer hunting when we revert back to our backwoodsman mentality once a year……but as with so much we endeavor to do stupid seems to play a role,,,,,

Wisconsin’s 9-day deer hunting season opened on Saturday, but four-legged creatures weren’t the only ones who ended up shot. ABC News reports at least four people were shot as well, though none were hit fatally. A press release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says two of the incidents on Saturday involved a hunter shooting his or her own foot: In Oneida County, a 38-year-old man did so, and in Marathon County, a 29-year-old woman did the same. Also on Saturday, a hunter who fired at a running deer struck a 19-year-old female hunter’s left hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The fourth incident, on Sunday, has the state’s DNR asking the public for help. A hunter was struck by a single bullet, and the agency is seeking info on any individuals or groups who were hunting around 11am in a specific part of Washburn County (more info here). The victim was flown to a nearby hospital. The weekend total outpaces the number of non-fatal shootings for 2018, which was three. The last fatal shooting of a hunter happened in 2015, when three were killed.

Years ago I heard a story where a Wisconsin farmer was tired of his cows being shot so in neon orange painted cow on the sides of the animals and he found one dead shot through the “O”……I do my hunting these days at my local supermarket….it it is a bit safe plus I do not have get as early.

Next those vegans…not my favorite of people….because they are mostly like ex-smokers that want evweryone to suffer because they had to……anyway…Burger King’s new “Impossible Whopper” is in the middle of a controversy….

Burger King was sued on Monday by a vegan customer who accused the fast-food chain of contaminating its meatless “Impossible” Whoppers by cooking them on the same grills as its traditional meat burgers.

In a proposed class action, Phillip Williams said he bought an Impossible Whopper, a plant-based alternative to Burger King’s regular Whopper, at an Atlanta drive-through, and would not have paid a premium price had he known the cooking would leave it “coated in meat by-products.”

The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks damages for all U.S. purchasers of the Impossible Whopper, and an injunction requiring Burger King to “plainly disclose” that Impossible Whoppers and regular burgers are cooked on the same grills.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rstrnt-brnd-burger-king-impossible-wh/lawsuit-claims-burger-kings-impossible-whoppers-are-contaminated-by-meat-idUSKBN1XS2FP

Booze in the Muslim World……

Verse 4:43 of the Quran offers the kind of advice you might expect from a country song: don’t go to church drunk. The handful of mentions in the Quran of alcohol, generally referred to as wine made of grapes or date palm, are mostly disapproving, but not as straightforwardly as you might think. In the Quran, drinking is not strictly forbidden, but frowned on. It is in the Hadith — a series of aphorisms attributed to the prophet Muhammad — that alcohol is designated as forbidden, or haram, along with selling grapes to Christians and Jews.

Like the rules of any religion, this one may have ambiguous origins, but it has become conventional wisdom. Every Muslim knows you are not supposed to drink, just as you are not supposed to eat pork, or charge interest on a loan. But this does not stop all Muslims from drinking.

https://theoutline.com/post/8280/how-johnnie-walker-black-became-the-house-liquor-of-the-muslim-world?zd=3&zi=genx3cth

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can post this tidbit…..did the first thanksgiving have human on the menu?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-22362831

Just a thought to close out my Saturday.

That is my offering on this Saturday…..I have lots to do in the property with the nicer weather….

Have a great day and be well and be safe.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Is The End Near?

The weekend after T’giving and I will post my usual FYI posts.

There is always some dude walking the streets of a city with a sign that reads “Repent! The End Is Near”….and when asked he will wax poetic and spew doom and gloom.

There are philosophers that believe that we humans have reached the pinnacle of our intelligence.

Despite huge advances in science over the past century, our understanding of nature is still far from complete. Not only have scientists failed to find the Holy Grail of physics – unifying the very large (general relativity) with the very small (quantum mechanics) – they still don’t know what the vast majority of the universe is made up of. The sought after Theory of Everything continues to elude us. And there are other outstanding puzzles, too, such as how consciousness arises from mere matter.

Will science ever be able to provide all the answers? Human brains are the product of blind and unguided evolution. They were designed to solve practical problems impinging on our survival and reproduction, not to unravel the fabric of the universe. This realization has led some philosophers to embrace a curious form of pessimism, arguing there are bound to be things we will never understand. Human science will therefore one day hit a hard limit – and may already have done so.

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2019/11/17/why-philosophers-believe-weve-reached-peak-human-intelligence/

With that said is it possible that our decline may have already began?

As the world reels under each new outbreak of crisis—record heatwaves across the Western hemisphere, devastating fires across the Amazon rainforest, the slow-moving Hurricane Dorian, severe ice melting at the poles—the question of how bad things might get, and how soon, has become increasingly urgent.

The fear of collapse is evident in the framing of movements such as ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and in resounding warnings that business-as-usual means heading toward an uninhabitable planet.

But a growing number of experts not only point at the looming possibility that human civilization itself is at risk; some believe that the science shows it is already too late to prevent collapse. The outcome of the debate on this is obviously critical: it throws light on whether and how societies should adjust to this uncertain landscape.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwygg/the-collapse-of-civilization-may-have-already-begun

If the end is near the next question will be….what cokes with the end of history?

Is the end near?

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”