Scott Ritter on the Ukraine War

Diary, 4/25, continued: Mckenna Grace; same old politics; off the cliff; library book sale; book about Petra; Scott Ritter on Pirate TV; José Ortega y Gasset; “”; quite a day.

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{4/25/22} Continued.

Sometime or other I added Mckenna Grace to my YouTube subscriptions; today I find a music video from her called You Ruined Nirvana that I like way more than any old man should.  You know what I mean.  But the video shows a lot of intelligence and professionalism and cuteness.

Mckenna Grace “You Ruined Nirvana” 2022

My other YouTube subscriptions could not tease me this morning into watching any of them.  It’s all the same old stuff, though “new”:  evil repugliKKKans and the coming doom (American style) and war.  I don’t watch mainstream media any more because it ignores the real issue:  climate.  I mean deliberately ignoring, because ratings, i.e., money.  The rest is war-mongering propaganda which the cynical might call “preparing us (Americans) for the coming war with Russia and China.”  I’d say “agitprop” if I had a better handle on why the word exists.  Wikipedia has a good article.  Turns out this is from the Soviets, not Orwell for once.

In trying to think of good metaphors for our present situation, what occurred to me was someone selling rides off the edge of a cliff, i.e., leading to death.  Makes me want to be a cartoonist, again.

Did four pages of dictation and cleanup (shall I call it “D and C”?) on the Prison Diary.  Yay!  A long consideration of Larry McMurtry’s writing style could (should) be blogged; a shorter consideration of Freeman Dyson on “the origins of life” would be of interest to Nog, I think.

Petra. Photo by Alex Azabache on

Went to a library book sale at the Southwest Library, spent only ten dollars, then promptly lost the $10 I received as change.  The most interesting book by far is George Livingston Robinson:  The Sarcophagus of an Ancient Civilization:  Petra, Edom and the Edomites, 1930.  170 pages on Petra, which I find one of the most interesting places in the world.  Books of such depth on Petra have to be incredibly scarce; I’d think this would do well in the rare book market, but I’ve been fooled about this before.  Livingston has a brief Wikipedia page.  The book is not listed on eBay.  A paperback copy is available from (!) for forty-six bucks, which would suppress the value of the original, of course.  Amazon is even more discouraging, though I didn’t buy this to sell it.  I won’t start doing that until I have a car (if ever).

Astonishing discussion from Scott Ritter on Pirate TV this evening.  At the website this is called a “webinar.”  Ritter is described on this website thus:  “Scott Ritter was the UN weapons inspector who, during the Iraq War told the truth that we found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  He became outspoken about this, which undercut the main reason the US used to invade and occupy Iraq.  As with the Iraq War, Scott Ritter is outspoken about the present war in Ukraine, in which we are again hearing US lies about the reasons for, and the events happening in the Ukraine War.  His vast experience and knowledge working in the military and with various international agencies helps expose the truth about what is happening in Ukraine.”  He was also a Marine Corps Major in Iraq and he seems to know a lot.

The discussion is currently available on YouTube; it may not last long there.  If you are well submerged in the conventional wisdom, you might want to remain in your blissful ignorance and give this nearly two-hour long presentation a pass.  If you care about the Ukraine war and US foreign policy generally, you really want to watch this—with an open mind.

On Pirate TV the show was split into two parts, tonight’s was the second.  I saw part one previously but did not mention the name when I talked about it here on 4/19/22.  (I have since gotten rid of the KenKen book, mentioned there, because I was spending hours daily on it.  To many people that might seem a good way to spend time; I, alas, am ambitious.)

Now it’s 9:30 pm, time for reading in bed.  Lately I have started several books and haven’t been grabbed by any of them.  Dostoyevsky’s A Raw Youth starts slow and is 500 pages long.  Marguerite Duras:  The North China Lover starts quick and is 231 pages long, so I might finish it.  Walter Truett Anderson:  Reality Isn’t What It Used to Be is something I read a decade ago and liked a lot; I may keep plugging away at it.  Of course, I read Patricia Highsmith most every night for at least a few minutes.

One of the books I got at the library sale today has already gone in the donate bag, José Ortega y Gasset:  The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature.  The title essay doesn’t appeal, his words on the future of the novel have already been proved wrong (novels are as popular as ever), and other items didn’t appeal much, so, eh.  I got it because “Ortega” (as he seems to be called, usually) is a respected philosopher, though I’ve never gotten into him despite several attempts.  However, this one didn’t have anything of his “real philosophy.”  I have his more substantial Man and People on the shelf.  Seems like I tried it once within the past year or so and probably had too much going on with other books to give it serious attention.

I’ve been getting visitors to my blog from a new source which is shown as “” by WordPress, but becomes when I click it.  It’s a for-profit “service” that is supposed to bring traffic to your blog.  Apparently they’ve been doing some of that gratis as a way of getting subscribers.  Uh, no thanks.  Maybe someday.  All their visitors seem to be from the U.S.  Today I got only one from them, and a total of just two today for my blog post this morning, well below my usual.

Quite a day for me today, about 1700 words here, three full pages.  That it’s the day following an orgasm is a not-irrelevant detail:  since I didn’t have to think so much about sex, I had mind and energy for other things.

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