Good morning, everyone.
We try to keep Fridays lighter on the politics and such, so I've moved as much of that to the top. Below, you'll learn about the history of racing in Nashville, peer into the future promised by the nascent crypto-state movement, and hopefully, take a minute to gander at the Brosnan Shrine if only to remind yourself what all men actually dream about. And now...
Here we are again, you and I, with the evening spread out against the sky like a patient etherized on a table as the women come and go talking of the omicron variant. Yesterday, the new Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, reported they had discovered five cases (you can Google "kathy hochul five cases" and genuine articles turn up by the bucket full). Like over-excited middle schoolers, words poured forth from the fount of American information generation warning of and declaring the imminent danger posed by the new variant while simultaneously admitting "we know nothing."
Mostly, it was hysterical gesticulation and job justification under the guise of public health advice, but I'm not a doctor (or an expert for that matter) and can sympathize with the stress of a deadline so I may not be the most reliable source of information.
The best policy here, as detailed in the first article down in our temporarily resurrected Covid Gutter, is to do nothing in reaction to these infinite variants unless proven otherwise, just as we have for the entirety of human history, and hell, back then people like Beethoven walked the Earth. If you were to listen to public health officials today, you'd think the fact of a Beethoven was a miracle, abilities aside, because there was no doctor there to tell him that deaf men can't actually hear or some asinine advice like that. As for Beethoven and doctors, some have suggested that, in pursuit of more and more arcane solutions to Beethoven's health problems, his doctor accidentally poisoned him with lead ultimately leading to his death.
The sensible amongst us yawned over the omicron variant until Joe Biden extended the mask mandate on public transport and at the airport. Then, it dawned on us: will this ever end?
By all accounts, the omicron variant is so unthreatening as to only bear mentioning because the press seems bored and politicians globally need a convenient scapegoat to cover up for how badly they've screwed over their constituents. Here in Tennessee, the Tennessean's health care reporter, Brett Kelman, writes about Covid as if it were the only health concern to ever exist. Nonetheless, they persisted, and here we are, singing the song of the omicron variant, ruing the day our liberty became defined by infinite access to Netflix and Cheetos. Who decided that for us anyway?
In other red-blooded news, if you haven't seen our Pierce Brosnan Shrine scroll to the bottom of this email to cleanse your palate of the politics. You can follow us on Twitter (@realpamphleteer), LinkedIn (@realpamphleteer), or Instagram (@realpamphleteer) for additional content.
Thanks for reading.
⚑ A BRIEF HISTORY OF RACING IN NASHVILLE
Horse-drawn carts and wagons, trains, streetcars, ferries, and bicycles marked the main modes of transportation in Nashville, TN circa 1904, but the allure of the automobile captured the imagination of Americans at the turn of the century. At this time, Southern Engine and Boiler Works of Jackson, TN was one of the largest manufacturers of gasoline engines and boilers in the nation. It’s no surprise then that the company swiftly began its expansion into the production of automobiles soon after their rise.
The fever surrounding the automobile inspired the construction of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway which held its first unsuccessful automobile and motorcycle race on June 11th, 1904.
The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway began hosting NASCAR Cup Series events in 1957.
Fast forward to May 12th, 1984: the last time the NASCAR checkered flag was waved at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The race, complete with fiery wrecks, white flag laps, and winner circle disputes, ended with Darrell Waltrip taking home the win two days after the event pending a NASCAR official review. You can watch the full race here and read an interesting account of all the drama here.
Triumphant Return NASCAR will be returning to this historic track in 2022. After battles over noise disturbance and negotiations about track restoration, Mayor Cooper’s office announced that they have come to an agreement with Bristol Motor Speedway. The agreement not only brings the NASCAR Cup Series back to the Nashville Fairground Speedway, but the legendary track will undergo a multipurpose restoration. Exciting news for the cultural and economic prosperity of Music City. May the Bill France Cup runneth over.
- Tennessee 4th freest state in the U.S (Center Square) The Cato Institute's rankings use 230 policy variables to rank states on how their policies promote freedom in fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.
- Middle Tennessee lost an estimated $25.8 billion in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 (Biz Journal) The region's tourism, music and hospitality industries were hit the hardest. Notably, the vast majority of these losses can be tied directly to government policy — namely lockdowns.
- Metro holds job fair to fill dozens of positions (Channel 5) There are more than 433,650 jobs available in Tennessee as of early November. There are currently 81 openings across Metro government.
- Nashville Department of Transportation to take on 25 new traffic calming projects (Main Street) NDOT opens two traffic calming application periods per year—one in January and one in July for neighborhoods to submit applications. Metro’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, managed by NDOT, has a $4 million budget.
- Proposed 16-Story Hotel Tower Near Nashville Yards. (Now Next)
- Harpeth, Montecito close on $307M fund (Post)
- Downtown-area commercial property sells for $1.5M (Post)
- Mixed-use project eyed for Midtown (Post)
- East Nashville site on river sells for $1.96M (Post)
- Carey Bringle Prepares to Open Bringle’s Smoking Oasis in the Nations (Scene)
❒ TIRED OF THE OLD WORLD, WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD
Projects around the globe highlight citizens' and rulers' concerns about the future of the modern world. Some initiatives qualify as Separatist — that dirty, dastardly word that indicates a brewing threat to the state — while others work, hand in glove, with establishment institutions like the United Nations.
In South Korea, the world's first "floating city" will be built off the coast. Designed by Oceanix in conjunction with the United Nations to be hurricane-proof, flood-proof, and self-sustaining, the United Nations will oversee the project as a pre-emptive initiative to deal with rising sea levels due to "climate change". They anticipate the completion of the prototype by 2025. The project is motivated, in part, by a study from a group called Climate Central which states that rising sea levels could cause major damage to at least 50 major cities over the next 200 to 2,000 years. That's a very large window.
On the other hand, we have nascent crypto-states. Driven not by fear of climate change, but instead, fear of big government, these autonomous zones seek to create new societies designed around transacting with cryptocurrencies. There is a whole host of other things that tie into the crypto community. Generally, crypto fanatics tend to fall onto the libertarian side of the political spectrum, scorning government and insisting on self-reliance. It also finds good company amongst the real food movement that seeks to divorce people from relying on and eating processed foods. In short, these pioneers seek liberty whereas the Oceanix crew seeks safety.
Praxis is a values-aligned community organized around the shared mission of building a new city that enables us to live more vital lives. Vitality, in all its aspects, will be key. We are building a place that is integrated with nature and is default healthy, and with a mission-focus we endeavor to become the global leader in culture and technology.
Another similar, but the distinct initiative is 1729. 1729's goals are a little more arcane. As they state it, 1729 is a network state which "is a social network with an agreed-upon leader, an integrated cryptocurrency, a definite purpose, a sense of national consciousness, and a plan to crowdfund territory." The project first involves accepting applicants who meet the group's criteria, establishing an online social network for them all to communicate on, and eventually buying land, towns, etc. to digitize and integrate into their "network".
And finally, the Bitcoin City that El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele wants to build at the base of an active volcano. Bukele says he draws influence from the great cities built by Alexander the Great. The appeal of the city is the complete absence of taxes aside from a 13% value-added tax that will go to bonds that will fund the construction of the city.
It was a similar spiritedness that animated the Founders of the US and many other great men across history.
☢︎ COVID GUTTER
The return of our infamous Covid Gutter for a day. End the case count!
- The omicron hysteria shows we are being led by experts who have no idea what living a normal life is (Telegraph) Scores more Covid variants will come along in our lifetimes and they should not be a cause for panic until proven otherwise.
- Over a 60X increase in pro sports adverse events since the vaccines rolled out (Steve Kirsch) Nobody can explain that. Some poo-poo these events saying that they happen all the time. True, they do. But not at this rate. Something happened in 2021 that changed things by a lot. Can you guess?
- Angela Merkel backs compulsory Covid jabs as Germany agrees de facto lockdown for unvaccinated (Telegraph) Unvaccinated Germans will be barred from non-essential establishments as the government plans to require the vaccine for all German citizens by early next year. They also banned fireworks on New Year's in yet another sign that Europe has completely lost the plot.
- Some experts suggest Omicron variant may have evolved in an animal host (Stat News) An immunologist at the Scripps Research Institute raised the idea that Omicron may have emerged from a reverse zoonotic event. A zoonotic event is when an animal pathogen starts to infect and spread among people. A reverse zoonosis is when such a virus passes back into an animal species.
- Stacey Abrams announced her intent to challenge Governor Brian Kemp to a rematch in 2022 after taking some time off to write a political thriller. Abrams, since her narrow loss in 2018, has refused to concede to Kemp. You could say she is the pioneer of turning election fraud claims into election reforms. The grifter's grifter.
- In Munich, a long-dormant, 550-pound aerial bomb from WWII exploded during construction near the main Munich train station seriously injuring one worker. Experts have estimated that unexploded bombs in the country total around 100,000 tons.
- The Senate avoided a government shutdown passing an 11-week stopgap spending bill after Republicans threatened to rally a majority against Biden's vaccine mandate. The amendment to strip funding from the mandate received votes along party lines. It would've required 60 votes in order to pass.
THINGS TO DO
View the full calendar here.
🖼 At the Frist, Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City is running until January 30 and American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 until January 2.
🎏 East Nashville Night Market @ The Marketplace, 5p, Free, Info
🎸 Tower Defense @ The 5 Spot, 7:30p, $10, Info
🤠 Rachel Brooke @ Springwater, 8p, $10-$15, Info
👾 Space Prom w/ Nordista Freeze & Friends @ Mercy Lounge, 8p, $15, Info
😳 The Yazoo Comedy Hour @ Yazoo Brewery, 8p, Free, Info
🍺 Winter Warmer @ Sevier Park, 11a-4p, $100, Info
🐅 Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens @ Bridgestone Arena, 7p, $50+, Info
🎹 Down Boy @ The East Room, 8p, $10, Info
+ Down Boy is the second opener but deserves a headlining spot. This is a great Nashville funk band.
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