Saturday, March 28, 2020

Despair will not be tolerated

It’s been instructive to see how banning the blackpillers and pessimists not only improves the tone of the discourse, but boosts everyone’s morale. So, it is time to speak forthrightly on the subject. I will no longer tolerate those commenters given to negativity and despair. They will be banned without hesitation.

Hope, whether it is based on a sound foundation of truth and reason or not, is to be vastly preferred to the incessant pessimism of those who are afraid to hope because they fear being disappointed more than they fear being defeated. Those who always ask of every possible positive interpretation "but could it be a trap?" are narcissistic cravens driven primarily by fear and self-absorption.

Things may not always turn out as well as we hope. They almost certainly will not do so. The world is fallen, after all, it is ruled by an immortal and malignant narcissist, and our vision of the future is very far from perfect. But the one and only way to absolutely ensure defeat is to refuse to enter the ring. It is better, by far, to enter the ring full of false confidence and go down fighting than to refuse to enter it at all for fear of being beaten.

So, this is fair warning being given to those who are inclined towards pessimism, defeatism, and despair: this is not a place for you. You may be right, in the end, but I don't care in the slightest. If we ride to doom, in any case, we will ride. You are welcome to cringe and hide and attempt to be the last one devoured by the flames of Surtyr. But if that is your goal, then this is not the place for you and you will never be one of us.



Blogger Lauri Stark March 28, 2020 9:06 AM  

Fear not and march to doom

Blogger CanticBear March 28, 2020 9:06 AM  

Ride now, ride now, ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending!

Blogger Dire Badger March 28, 2020 9:06 AM  

In 2019 you coughed to cover up a fart. In 2020 you fart to cover up a cough.

The problem with running out of toilet paper? TIMES are rough, but more useful than ever.

The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.

Okay, bad CV jokes done.

Blogger Rocklea Marina March 28, 2020 9:07 AM  

It's a strange time. It is as though we are sitting at a no limit Texas Holdem game and everyone has gone all in and we are waiting to see the winning hand. Exciting.

Blogger maniacprovost March 28, 2020 9:08 AM  

Now subtract 30 IQ points and you have the philosophy of any large company.

They didn't arrive at their idiotic cheerleading-to-disaster culture by chance; it is much more successful than the alternative, an idiotic naysay-to-disaster.

There's also the middle ground of false pragmatism.

Blogger Sweet Lei March 28, 2020 9:21 AM  

I grew up with a great-grandmother who went through the Dust Bowl and extreme poverty at that time. Her stories emphasized the possibility of survival even in dire circumstances. No one knows how bad this is going to get, but it almost certainly not the end of the world. And if it was, panicking would be the absolute worst thing to do in that situation.

I have taken reasonable steps for years now to be ready for the sort of predictable events that might disrupt daily life. So far this has been a useful 'test run' for my pantry and some other supplies, and I'm learning what I need to improve on if there's a next time.

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 28, 2020 9:27 AM  

Why fear the cliff? All cliff's have a bottom. At the bottom of many cliffs is the ocean, and it is full of life. At the bottom of the world's biggest cliff runs a river, which grows life. Some people have even built their dwellings in the faces of cliffs.

Fear not, for if the Lord our God is with us, who can stand against us?

Blogger thalios March 28, 2020 9:31 AM  

Thank you Vox.

Blogger hexa March 28, 2020 9:32 AM  

" Is anyone affraid or diheartened? He should go back to his house,or he might cause the heart of his comrades to melt like his own." (Deuteronomy, 20:9)

Blogger Mathias March 28, 2020 9:35 AM  

@ Lauri Stark

A man after my own heart! Although I prefer the Tiberian Sun soundtrack to Tiberian Dawn.

Both games have taught me, there are always traps and pitfalls, the trick is to get good at fighting out of them.

Blogger Randomatos March 28, 2020 9:35 AM  

Death! Death!
That scene is so powerful, because it shows the mettle of those who will fight impossible odds with their heads held high, their sword arms strong, and their brothers at their side.
Thank you Corona-Chan for the time to revisit the series!

Blogger Scuzzaman March 28, 2020 9:49 AM  


I love the look on the king of Rohan’s face when he hears the horns and sees the elephants coming. Such a raw grimace of determination captured in that fleeting moment. The perfect expression for the moment and a great piece of acting compacted in such a scintilla of time.

Fear no darkness!

Blogger Karen took the Kids March 28, 2020 9:59 AM  

A timely post. These blackpillers are the same people who'd be left crying in a trench in a puddle of their own urine not so long ago. I'd rather lose with five warriors than win with a hundred pessimists.

Blogger RC March 28, 2020 10:09 AM  

I've been so inspired before. From Samuel Adams:

"From the day on which an accommodation takes place between England and America, on any other terms than as independent States, I shall date the ruin of this country. A politic minister will study to lull us into security by granting us the full extent of our petitions. The warm sunshine of influence would melt down the virtue which the violence of the storm rendered more firm and unyielding. In a state of tranquillity, wealth, and luxury, our descendants would forget the arts of war and the noble activity and zeal which made their ancestors invincible. Every art of corruption would be employed to loosen the bond of union which renders our resistance formidable. When the spirit of liberty, which now animates our hearts and gives success to our arms, is extinct, our numbers will accelerate our ruin and render us easier victims to tyranny. Ye abandoned minions of an infatuated ministry, if peradventure any should yet remain among us, remember that a Warren and Montgomery are numbered among the dead. Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, What should be the reward of such sacrifices? Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plow, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

Blogger RMH in StL March 28, 2020 10:12 AM  

"The goodness of God makes impossible the evil thing called despair."

-G.K. Chesterton

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

There are three marks of the devil: despair, despondency, and discouragement. If you are experiencing one, it’s likely that the others will quickly follow. Satan ensnares us with thoughts of "We are ruined" or “I’m not good enough, and I never will be.” Or “Look at what I’ve done; there’s no hope for me.” But all of that is just foul breath from the prince of lies, so stop up your ears. These doubts and trials enter and exit our lives, but the goodness of God is everlasting.

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 28, 2020 10:14 AM  

Never go full Hudson

Blogger Sam Gem March 28, 2020 10:18 AM  

Thank you for this, I am sharing this everywhere I attempt to redpill the sleeping drones.

I’m also tired of blackpillers trapped in learned helplessness and hopeless nihilism, which are borne out of a refusal to accept God, and exactly how the controllers want you to think.

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 28, 2020 10:26 AM  

Who could forget:

Blogger RMH in StL March 28, 2020 10:29 AM  

Vox's writing of late has been some of his very best on this blog. Even years ago I thought there was little room for improvement! Yet time after time I am pleasantly surprised. I come here everyday to learn things. And lately I've come here to be encouraged as well. False hope or a placebo effect? The tone and facts are too starkly honest to leave any room for those.
G.K. Chesterton was a master of paradoxes. In "Orthodoxy" he writes about the virtue of courage, describing it as a strong desire to live, taking the form of a willingness to die. He contrasts this with the extremes of suicide and cowardice. All three may end in death for a soldier cut off and alone, but only one has any HOPE of preserving life. Hope has in it the very foundations of courage. They can not both exist apart.

Blogger ToTheRightRon March 28, 2020 10:29 AM  

Look how much light has been cast all across the world. Who's on which side has been further clarified for us. As CS Lewis described, "The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder". Things I believed by faith in the Bible narrative are played out before my eyes. It's amazing and gives hope that our faith is in fact faith in the living God, not the god of this world system. Rejoice that even as dark and evil times are sure to come that victory is assured and all will be made whole.

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 28, 2020 10:29 AM  

Good riddance. Losers are spiritual ankle weights.

Nobody wants your assurances of losing. Nobody cares if you find confidence triggering. If you had any fight or courage - any worth at all - you’d know that we’re well aware of the enemies we face. Go give them aid and comfort somewhere else.

We have work to do.

Blogger Balkan Yankee March 28, 2020 10:32 AM  

Sic semper fear porn.

Blogger Nathan Bruno March 28, 2020 10:36 AM  

In this time, I have been heartened to see God on the march in the world. The world thought it could bury its nose in its iPhones and that it did not need free grace; God shows His utter contempt for the world system and human institutions. God is sovereign; the name of Jesus will be magnified; and the nations which reject Him will be made foolish. One little virus destroyed a system that thought it was so rich, a people who thought they had so much money, that they could bear the burden of bad leadership - like Gretchen Whitmer, a woman who never did a thing but stamp her foot and demand some man, somewhere, fix her problem.

How much better we would be if we had more daughters of the West that had nursing skills instead of PowerPoint! Hopefully America is capable of learning someday.

I have talked to the people on my care list this week, and this is a time to praise the Lord. God is working everything for His ends, which means our good when we are in Christ. Praise the Lord.

You can tell that there are two types of people out there. People who look for simple things to enjoy in the day - people who understand every moment is a gift we don't deserve - and people who are scared out of their wits because they know that the God they rejected is on the march.

Remember, Job knew he had a job: in good and bad, praise the Lord. As David knew, in good times and bad, praise the Lord. We are just passing through this age; praise the Lord. Hopefully more people have their eternal tickets punched in this crisis.

From the merely practical, my business is likely shelved for 120 days at least. I am in the workshop working on improving the product. God has given me an opportunity to make a better product, and He provides.

Blogger Grooveware March 28, 2020 10:55 AM  

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Timothy 1.7

Blogger JDC March 28, 2020 10:55 AM  

It is well with my soul...

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand

Blogger MaskettaMan March 28, 2020 10:57 AM  

Thanks. Unironically, what does it profit you to greet a global pandemic with a frown instead of a smile? Even if it sends you home ahead of schedule? Sounds like old wisdom to me.

Blogger Shane Bradman March 28, 2020 10:58 AM  

For over 2000 years, this has been true. We fight no matter what, because although we could lose, our plan is to keep winning until we get tired of winning. Don't plan to lose.

Blogger Shane Bradman March 28, 2020 11:02 AM  

Nathan Bruno, you are blessed. God takes bad situations and turns them into good. I have been enjoying walking through the empty streets every evening, watching the trees, birds and ducks. It's rarely peaceful in my city so it's lovely to get these moments, even if there are millions unemployed and frightened about what's going on. We can get our jobs back in time, but tranquility is scarce.

Blogger maniacprovost March 28, 2020 11:10 AM  

For people who don't despair and give up, even when imprisoned, homeless, unemployed, it's important not to take "trying" for granted. Other people for whatever reason give in to hopelessness and stop struggling. They need you to project your determination for them.

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 28, 2020 11:15 AM  

I'm a huge blackpiller but of late, I got that "zombie apocalypse" try-not-to-look-excited thing going. I see the leftists making a huge gambit and screwing it up. Desperation makes them dangerous, but it's still funny.
They are so disconnected from the value of family that they haven't realized making people spend time with their families is going to damage the globohomo poz thrall. Making people say "it's only money" is also a huge hit. And so much wrong with pretty much everything has been exposed in this latest op.
Best of all, the "Sick map" looks like the blue side of the red/blue 2016 election map.
From the outset, there is a feeling that only forms the thought, in my head, that boils down to "Jesus is on the move". That's all that observation settles on. Evil has always been on the move, but stepped on a rake.
Last but not least, moves against the deep state are being made, but with the schools closed, the enemy can't hold the kids hostage with "incidents".

Blogger Jeff aka Orville March 28, 2020 11:15 AM  

@22 You said it buddy...fear porn is everywhere and I've learned to identify the writers and sellers of it on Zerohedge and other places and I won't even open their articles anymore. Slavo and Snyder are running doom porn businesses. Charles Hugh Smith at least promotes some positive actions to take.

Over the last 15 years of reading that stuff, most of it never comes to pass. The take away is that "nobody really knows".

I'm also of the mind that fear driven reactions create negative self-fulfilling loops in a person's life where 'the end of the world' does come, but just for their poor families.

Blogger tdcommenter March 28, 2020 11:18 AM  

Despair and suicide are surer killers than than Corona-chan herself. Even the feminists of NYC are adapting rather than despairing by mass adopting fur babies:

Blogger Other Josh March 28, 2020 11:19 AM  

I am actually proud to be an Oklahoman right now. The governor of my home state, Oklahoma, is a follower of Jesus and he proclaimed this past Sunday to be a day of prayer... but it didn't stop there. He and several pastors from Oklahoma put together an hour long televised special that was televised over the "big 3" networks and radio stations throughout the state - it was called "Let Hope Rise". The link to it is below. I was blown away. Scripture was shared. Prayers were prayed. Songs of praise offered. The name of Jesus proclaimed. The message of hope and encouragement was given. The was so much more powerful than all the doom and gloom the media has been throwing in people's faces. Here is the link to the televised special:

Blogger Ingemar March 28, 2020 11:23 AM  

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Blogger Salt March 28, 2020 11:25 AM  

Figure it needs be quoted in honor of the departed.

"Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me"

Blogger RobertDWood March 28, 2020 11:31 AM  

Aslan is on the move.

Don't get stuck looking at your feet buried in the never Christmas snow.

Even Puddleglum went to war.

Blogger Silent Draco March 28, 2020 11:35 AM  

Peter Jackson bungled that section on purpose, destroying the drama of the book. That was Eomer's command to the Eorlingas, seeing his uncle and King dead, and sister apparently dead. Riding like madmen, they are cut off but still defy their foes, even as the corsairs' ships approach. Their ending will be worthy of song, and he defies the enemy. But:

"... he threw his sword in the air, and caught it as he sang. ... From the largest ship there broke a black banner. On it was a white tree, and that was for Gondor, but about it were seven stars and above it a high crown, the signs of Elendil that no lord had borne for years without count."

Ride forth in righteous fury. Hope is with us, as a deadly surprise to our foes.

Blogger pyrrhus March 28, 2020 11:37 AM  

Here in the foothills of the Santa Catalinas, I walk every day for hours, so beautiful...Now I'm seeing whole families out walking for the first time, as they did in Victorian times....

Blogger Up from the pond March 28, 2020 11:38 AM  

It has been instructive to see the worst people, like Dicko Spencer and his followers, full of glee over the spread of Corona-chan and full of rage when society stands up to it. I call them "little demons."

If you don't know what to do, just look at the little demons and do different things than they do.

Blogger BillHinDaytona March 28, 2020 11:50 AM  

Thank you, Vox.

Inspiring words and needed at this moment.

Blogger kurt9 March 28, 2020 11:59 AM  

Jerry Pournelle said that despair was a sin.

Blogger Brett baker March 28, 2020 12:00 PM  

You ain't gonna win if all you've got are a hundred pessimists. Even an Omega knows that.

Blogger Johnny March 28, 2020 12:03 PM  

Speaking of downers, movies that are set in a dystopia, all struggle and hardship; work well enough if there is a light at the end of the tunnel, a hope for the future. A common thing in a movie, an unhappy situation but a hope for the future. That was what was wrong with Blade Runner 2049, at least for me. There was no reason to think that anything would get better, except for the BS about a child being born. Plus Harrison Ford is getting kind of old. Worse for me was the Joker movie. Won some Oscars, nicely done, but is it really entertaining to watch a man with limited abilities suffer through life? Apparently for some people. The ratings weren't that bad.

Blogger Up from the pond March 28, 2020 12:06 PM  

My mother is the very picture of hardy optimism. She claims Trump is emptying the prisons of gangbangers and druggies to make room for the Swamp. Come to think of it, that would be a necessary step.

Blogger Grooveware March 28, 2020 12:07 PM  

In 1306 King Robert The Bruce Of Scotland tried to free Scotland from the English, after being defeated in battle Bruce found a cave to hideout for 3 months at his lowest point of his life, he watched a spider building it's web at the cave's entrance the spider fell down time after time but finally succeeded with his web, Bruce was inspired to retry his fight and told hie men If at first you don't succeeded try try and try again. Bruce went on and in 1314 defeated the English at Bannockburn , Scotland was Free of the English

Blogger Calvin809 March 28, 2020 12:16 PM  

Every pandemic in history has had an end and every economic downturn has had an upturn. I am hopeful that the other side of this is going to be great. I will be thankful and appreciate "normal" life a lot more.

Blogger The Cooler March 28, 2020 12:23 PM  

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19

Blogger Homesteader March 28, 2020 12:25 PM  

it's a point worth making, again and again.

Pray, smile, and work like hell.

Let God handle the rest.

And despair, is just vanity.

You aren't that special.

And, as for stress- ALL stress, is based on trying to control the uncontrollable.

Give up trying to control events.
Work on controlling yourself, and your immediate circumstances.

God will handle the rest.

(See Dune, the 23rd Psalm, Job,
"The Quitter", "Invictus", The Lord Of The Rings, or any of the vast literature on the subject.)

Blogger RandyB March 28, 2020 12:26 PM  

It's scary. It's uncertain.

Those are not excuses for despair. Those are assessments of the current battlefield.

Thank you for banning those who want to spread despair. Thank you for the call to battle; each of us in our own place and in our own way, as God has equipped us.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 28, 2020 12:34 PM  

@tdcomment re adopting dogs
The women's natural impulse to hunker down and nurture needs an outlet since they pissed away the gift of having ones own children in a proper family.

Really miss Dr Pournelles wisdom in a time like this. In addition to wishing he'd got to see more of SpaceX's progress.

@silent draco
I really need to make time to read LOTR again. Probably been 20 years. Jackson did a better job than most of Hollywood, but I hate the strange way the success of Fellowship (based in large part on modest, reasonable deviations from the text for length and pacing - looking at you Tom Bombadil) emboldened them to go a bit more Hollywood in the other two.
Among other things, they messed w Faramir unnecessarily and worse, made Denethor unrecognizable. Instead of Denethor succumbing to despair in the darkest hour, they played him as creepy and corrupt from first time we see him. IOW completely destroying any justification for one of the hobbits pledging fealty to him.
I have not seen the extended edition of Return, so maybe that improves it some.

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 28, 2020 12:34 PM  

Hear, hear.

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz March 28, 2020 12:40 PM  

A better one

Blogger Homesteader March 28, 2020 12:42 PM  

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Blogger An Orthodox Christian March 28, 2020 12:46 PM  

Queue Christopher Cross's "Ride Like The Wind".

Blogger Jack Amok March 28, 2020 12:52 PM  

Hear, hear. Victory is ours in the end, however long that may take.

Blogger Outis March 28, 2020 12:59 PM  

I like how you combine Christian and pagan imagery; it sounds like something Tolkien might have written, were he alive today.

Blogger Linus March 28, 2020 1:14 PM  

Fear not, though the enemy deride;
Courage! For the Lord is on our side!
We will heed not what the wicked may say,
But the Lord alone we will obey!

Blogger SemiSpook37 March 28, 2020 1:15 PM  

I haven’t had a reason to despair this entire time. The only thing irritating me was the fact my 401k took a beating over the past couple of weeks, but even then, it’s more or less back to what it was before the mass freak outs started up. And I’m only moderately concerned there because that’s my housing down payment.

I only wish my seasonal cold and allergies didn’t hit at the same time. Spooked my co-workers enough that I got a week off and didn’t have to use PTO, so there’s that.

Only issue I could see improving is my spiritual practices. Tough to do when you’re cooped up with your entire family, and your children are fighting. I’m used to that, being the oldest of my siblings. I guess I’ll just have to double my efforts.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 28, 2020 1:19 PM  

@37: Yes. That particular scene is perhaps the most beautiful in all of English literature...and Jackson cut it out of the movie. Pah!

@41: Dr. Pournelle is with us in spirit. Never forget that in the dark days of the early 1970s, he had the vision to see how victory in the Cold War could be snatched from the jaws of defeat. And by the Grace of God, he lived to see us cross over the Jordan into that promised land.

Blogger Matt Robison March 28, 2020 1:21 PM  

We are told to count the cost, but on the positive side of the balance sheet is always God himself and his victorious Son. The gospel triumphs, in this generation or in the 500th generation from now.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 28, 2020 1:31 PM  

Despair? Why? OK, they've spent a slug of money. And the CHICOM Virus isn't really our friend, although the full lethality or lack thereof isn't clear.

But Trump is looking Presidential, working hard to solve problems. The Left is revealed as the exploiters of human misery...misery they often caused. Four More Years! Two More SCOTUS Justices!

And we're finally getting a GOOD look at just how much of a burden the Government Permit Raj has been on the medical field. And by extension, the rest of the economy. Military acquisition, too. Trump is in a position to take a wrecking ball to the whole thing, to mount a major counteroffensive against the Iron Law of Bureaucracy. Do you realize how heartening that idea is to those of us who work to complete the mission, instead of growing the bureaucracy?

And the hostility of China is revealed. Dealing with this will take some major reshuffling in the Pentagon - time to stop playing counterinsurgency games in CENTCOM and get ready for a sea war in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. You have NO idea how much I'd like to be SECDEF at this moment, to capitalize on it.

I haven't been this hopeful since Reagan was President.

Blogger Warunicorn March 28, 2020 1:31 PM  

The only thing I fear is my judgment. Everything else is gravy.

You should see Twitter. Even mention that you might not want to fear and panic at this whole thing and they mob you. It's kind of hilarious and sad to watch. At least I'll know who the goats and the sheep are in the end.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 28, 2020 1:33 PM  

Thanks Vox

At that sound the bent shape of the king sprang suddenly erect. Tall and proud he seemed again; and rising in his stirrups he cried in a loud voice, more clear than any there had ever heard a mortal man achieve before:

Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden! Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter! spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!

With that he seized a great horn from Guthláf his banner-bearer, and he blew such a blast upon it that it burst asunder. And straightway all the horns in the host were lifted up in music, and the blowing of the horns of Rohan in that hour was like a storm upon the plain and a thunder in the mountains. Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor! Suddenly the king cried to Snowmane and the horse sprang away. Behind him his banner blew in the wind, white horse upon a field of green, but he outpaced it. After him thundered the knights of his house, but he was ever before them. Éomer rode there, the white horsetail on his helm floating in his speed, and the front of the first éored roared like a breaker foaming to the shore, but Théoden could not be overtaken.
Fey he seemed, or the battle-fury of his fathers ran like new fire in his veins, and he was borne up on Snowmane like a god of old, even as Oromë the Great in the battle of the Valar when the world was young. His golden shield was uncovered, and lo! it shone like an image of the Sun, and the grass flamed into green about the white feet of his steed. For morning came, morning and a wind from the sea; and darkness was removed, and the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them, and they fled, and died, and the hoofs of wrath rode over them. And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City.

Be a Thoden

Blogger crazyivan498 March 28, 2020 1:36 PM  

The obstacle is the way. There is opportunity with every obstacle. The situation is what is. It's reality. Our perceptions of this is our choice. We should do what we can to come out even better on the other side of this. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume March 28, 2020 1:53 PM  

They say there are no atheists in foxholes. And our politicians, the good and the bad, have these past few weeks created millions of foxholes, populated by families. How many of those families are having dinner together again, more than they ever were? How many of them are praying? If I were a betting man, I'd bet there's a praying surge happening these days the likes we haven't seen in our lifetimes.

The lord works in mysterious ways. The left spent decades undermining the family. And now, in the space of these past few weeks, families are together and learning why families matter in the first place.

Vox's regular readers know 'Homeschool' or die. Now, a huge number of normies are learning what homeschoolers already know. They don't need teachers. Heck, it will be worth it for all the normies who finally get to see what kind of BS they are expected to keep up with while the schools are shut down. There's a great big, fat Home-school/Public Education red pill being swallowed as we speak.

Nil Desperandum. Deus Vult.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit March 28, 2020 1:53 PM  

The old Norse stories made it clear that neither the gods nor men, no matter how brave, can escape ultimate destruction from the Powers of the world. True... and still: They fight!

But we have stories of the deep magic before the beginning of Time. We can go into every impossible battle singing, knowing that the war itself is already won. Time to re-read The Last Battle again.

For those remembering Jerry Pournelle The Mote in God's Eye is a good re-read, right about now. All Christians look like crazy Eddie, to those without our reason to hope.

Blogger Original H March 28, 2020 2:03 PM  

Thank you, Vox.

Blogger artensoll March 28, 2020 2:19 PM  

@45 "Scotland was Free of the English"

It is my sincere hope to live long enough to see the English free of the Scottish.

Blogger Student in Blue March 28, 2020 2:51 PM  

Funny enough, visiting a local grocery store had me belatedly realize that I'm an optimist. The shelves were half-full, not half-empty.

Seriously though, the state of things were far better than I was suspecting. Even though some things were sold out (tortilla chips?), there was still plenty and it was heartening.

Blogger Beardy Bear March 28, 2020 2:52 PM  

One day we may ride to doom, but it is not this day. Deus vult!

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants March 28, 2020 2:59 PM  

It's 82 degrees, the sun is shining, people are out walking their pets, kids are riding bikes and having fun while I sit on my deck eating a newly grilled hotdog, enjoying the show
I may have asthmatic lungs like tissue paper, but I'm not even remotely stressed about Corona-chan. Major shakeups almost always do the world a ton of good in the end.
Besides, I was raised by folks who were born during the Depression. If I have to eat a bowl of rice or two pieces of cornbread a day for a while, all the better. I'm way too fat from good cooking, anyway.

Blogger ZhukovG March 28, 2020 3:03 PM  

"Fear Profits a Man Nothing."
Herger the Joyous, The 13th Warrior

Sometimes it's the small victories. Yesterday I walked in the house with huge bundle of toilet paper. My Wife's gratitude was such, that you would have thought I was a Spartan Warrior returned from battle WITH my shield and covered with the blood of my foes.

I think women underestimate their value to civilization; the look in her eyes made me want to go fight dragons.

Ad Victoriam, Deo Vindice, Ave Caesar Trump!

Blogger Jeroth March 28, 2020 3:06 PM  

The biggest problem with black pilling is the lack of information. The right wing TDS crowd leaves no room for positive subversion. They expect full information from the leader they choose, and will completely abandon him if he is not acting in the most obvious and open manner possible. This is obviously insane. If you actually think ZOG is real, do you just walk in and fire your boss? Especially when 90%+ of the public has absolutely no idea what the true nature of our power dynamics are? There's a big contradiction here that has always annoyed me greatly. That said, I do wish Trump would stop giving them obvious ammunition with things like the increase in H1-Bs and "we need more people now than ever". The good news is this could all be fixed quickly and easily if other more fundamental things are fixed first. But it is admittedly annoying and unfortunately works well as black pill propaganda on a lot of people. Ann Coulter and fan base, Michelle Malkin, etc.

Blogger Brett baker March 28, 2020 3:13 PM  

"Times are hard, and getting harder/ born to lose, and destined to fail"
Oh wait, the next line is "take away, take away/take away this ball and chain". Blackpillers don't want to lose the problem they're complaining about.

Blogger Brett baker March 28, 2020 3:19 PM  


Blogger RC March 28, 2020 3:26 PM  

"Vox's regular readers know 'Homeschool' or die. Now, a huge number of normies are learning what homeschoolers already know. They don't need teachers. Heck, it will be worth it for all the normies who finally get to see what kind of BS they are expected to keep up with while the schools are shut down. There's a great big, fat Home-school/Public Education red pill being swallowed as we speak."

They are concerned. A board member of our local public school district has been messaging that teachers are wonderful, that they have the parents' back, encouraging parents to leave the teaching to the professionals, and stating that there is no need to start homeschooling or looking at other options. It reminds me of their mindless warnings from twenty years ago, before they were forced into making excuses regarding over performance of the home schooled.

The fear is clear. In the colleges too. My youngest two daughters are loving the hastily assembled web version of college. Who needs all that infrastructure in the Internet age?

It's a good start.

Blogger sammibandit March 28, 2020 3:27 PM  

One of my favourite slogans/lines to boost my mood comes from a poem called "The Battle of Copenhagen",

Ten thousand Swedes ran through the weeds,
Chased by one Norweigian.

It shows how one fearless dude can outmatch scores more, but he's actually got to pound the pavement. Great motivator.

Yet another one I like to recall is from the Caroleans,

Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.

What I get from this one is that the battle is won in the mind. There's probably a lot more to it though.

Blogger Balkan Yankee March 28, 2020 3:29 PM  

@15/19: Appreciate you sharing all of that. Onto 3x5 cards it went. Hope you don't mind.

@30: The "sick map." I've noticed the same pattern. The Globohomo Corpocratic minions are infused with fear and their governors and big city mayors are acting every bit the tyrannical mediocrities that they are.

This crisis is revealing which of our leaders are of strong character. And which are not. Especially to constituents in Blue States.

@48: "Give up trying to control events. Work on controlling yourself, and your immediate circumstances."

Isn't it funny how those who would control others often lack self-control themselves? Controlling behavior is a definite tell of deep personal weakness hidden in plain sight.

Blogger DonReynolds March 28, 2020 3:31 PM  

Never surrender to fear.

What I always noticed about my grandfather was his lack of doubt. He did not doubt anything...religion, America, his own abilities, his family. He was not always optimistic, but usually. After all, Murphy was an optimist and my grandfather knew that things can go wrong even when they cannot. But he did not doubt that problems had a rational solution and rational men would agree on that solution and act on it.

My dad and his brothers had doubts and they were willing to go along with changes to the way things had always been. They grew up in the Depression and saw a great deal of change. All of them were military veterans and they had traveled a great deal, like their dad, but they did not see the differences in societies as foreign, but something they could borrow freely, and they did. They were open to suggestion and brought ideas back home and were willing to adopt or adapt them to their own society. They doubted the wisdom and correctness of what they had always known and opened themselves to ideas that were entirely new and foreign. They were weak in the loyalties my grandfather had always taken for granted. That was the genesis of change.

Blogger Daniel March 28, 2020 3:36 PM  

On Planet MalNar, Fortune favors the Hopeful.

Blogger Unknown March 28, 2020 3:41 PM  

#63 Said it all!

Blogger John E. Boyle March 28, 2020 3:57 PM  

I miss Dr. Pournelle's reasoned optimism in these days, but I remember his advice (which matched that of a grandmother who was a volunteer nurse during the 1918 epidemic):

Do not despair; say your prayers and do your best.

Deus Vult!

Blogger DougW March 28, 2020 4:09 PM  

Can't stand pessimists. Over 35 years in public safety, and pessimists were a cancer on a shift and around a firehouse.

Blogger Noah B. March 28, 2020 4:25 PM  

For those whose situation allows and who haven't done it already, you might try planting a garden. David The Good has fantastic videos on UATV and Youtube, and there are many other excellent gardening resources on YT as well. Even if you don't have much growing area, it's easy to improvise some raised beds and you can grow a surprising amount of food in a small space.

Blogger Beau March 28, 2020 4:27 PM  

Reading this thread summoned an image of Théoden tossing Grima Wormtongue out of Meduseld.

Blogger RMH in StL March 28, 2020 4:31 PM  

Reading these comments, it looks as if the prophets of sure destruction have been weeded out. Either that, or they are keeping a very low profile in this thread.
I never read all the comments on any of these posts... but happily did so this time.

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 28, 2020 5:36 PM  

Despair is easy to fall into for some, me included. Having gone into a job as a team lead some years back, I tried to be encouraging to and have faith in others, partly because the bosses there were so incredibly AWFUL at that.

Then I got a promotion to a job that was and is insanely difficult and frustrating.

But there I was in a management culture that was supportive and appreciative. To feel lucky to be in my situation, even when the ceiling re- falls on us time and again is insane. But there I am.

I thank our host for this blog. It is a blessing in my life. Brave words matter. You never know when someone is despairing and a simple "well done" will set their spirits right.

Blogger Beau March 28, 2020 5:56 PM  

Did it ever occur to you that God had to clear out all the doubters before he had Joshua take the land promised?

Blogger jarheadljh March 28, 2020 6:22 PM  

I went to bed on election night 2016 certain of waking up in the morning to find Russia invading Ukraine as a preemptive move against the Witch after the DNC voter-fraud machine had managed to cheat her into the oval office. I woke to find that the Witch had been too drunk to give a concession speech. I think Tucker Carlson said it best : "It was like finding out that unicorns exist. My first thought was, well, what about the yeti? No, really, what else is possible that we were wrong about?"

On that note, this is not because of a pandemic that will be over by Easter :

U.S. military command teams in charge of protecting homeland security are being isolated in the infamous Cheyenne mountain bunker where they will remain 'sealed off' until the coronavirus pandemic passes

Either Corona Chan is worse than we are being told, or they are ready for a decapitation strike against the US in retaliation for The Storm Surge. WWG1WGA.

Blogger jarheadljh March 28, 2020 6:29 PM  

I butchered that Tucker quote. It's about 16 minutes in:

Tucker Carlson: Big Business Hates Your Family - National Conservatism Conference

Blogger Silly but True March 28, 2020 6:50 PM  

It’s the “No Asshole Rule” in play again.

Blogger ObliviousSeeker March 28, 2020 7:07 PM  

I'm faithful and trusting in Providence. I've never commented here before. But I want to say that the infowars piece regarding Trump's treatment of Massie was disappointing to read. It is one part of a very big picture but it was disappointing nonetheless. I am not trying to black pill please don't misunderstand. I give Trump the benefit of the doubt in the overwhelming majority of cases and believe he is navigating the larger situation with aptness we have never seen before.

TLDR; I trust Trump but Massie is a good man and a patriot whom he attacked viciously which has already resulted in blowback from the base.

Blogger johndoe03526 March 28, 2020 7:17 PM  

If you are living in fear you are not trusting the Word.

Blogger Tim Gilley March 28, 2020 7:25 PM  

False hope is better than no hope.

Blogger Akuma March 28, 2020 7:26 PM  

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Blogger Kraemer March 28, 2020 7:26 PM  

Compost the fear porn merchants!

Blogger Outis March 28, 2020 7:41 PM  

I've been reading aloud a chapter a night of the Lord of the Rings and posting it on Youtube. A couple of friends with kids are listening to it. It's got zero production values and it's not monetised. Just something I'm enjoying during this season of Corona-Chan. If Vox will allow it, here's a link. Just recorded Chapter 8 tonight, Fog on the Barrowdowns.

Blogger Voracious Reader March 28, 2020 8:06 PM  

I'm a 100% in agreement with you, Vox. I work in public relations, and while the truth may be unpleasant and inconvenient, in times of crisis positive words, thoughts, and recounting of good deeds lead campaigns further than pessimism, defeatism and despair.

We can sort out what was truthful and what was not after we get to the finish line. But not before; it does no one any good.

Prioritize what matters now, and optimistic hope must be at the top of that list. If that is too much for a site reader, than the rest of the Internet awaits you. You'll find plenty of companions wallowing in misery across the platforms and sites. But I come here for positive news packed full of realistic solutions, and I usually get it, too.

Sunny days still come up very regularly in Italy, as does here in the DMV area of DC. And everywhere else, too. Look around and you'll find it.

Blogger Jack Amok March 28, 2020 8:16 PM  

TLDR; I trust Trump but Massie is a good man and a patriot whom he attacked viciously which has already resulted in blowback from the base.

Massie didn't go along with the team so he got yelled at by the coach. What he did was stupid and caused problems for the Good Guys. If he really is a good man as you claim, he'll wise up and this will be the last time he pulls some stupid grandstanding stunt. if he's not what you claim, he'll find the going very, very tough. Either way, he deserved what he got, and now it's up to him to decide how to handle it. Massie is the one that needs to get himself back in the good graces of the base.

Now is really not the time for people stand on principle. The lies that will be told is that in tough times it's even more important to stand for your principles, but the truth is that in tough times, you have to pick your side and join whole-heartidly or you will be chewed up piecemeal. The advantage the side of Good has is that we see each other as brothers and have no desire to exploit one another. The weakness of Evil is that ultimately they're all out for themselves and teamwork comes about through threats and bribes rather than shared commitment. They will fall out with one-another when the time comes, and we will work even more closely together.

Blogger Avalanche March 28, 2020 8:35 PM  

@92 "False hope works wonders for a short time, then crashes and burns."

There is no such thing as "false" hope -- there is ONLY hope! "False hope" is the invidious self-protection used by people who are not willing or able to shoulder their duty and do what is needful without requiring an external motivation or a guarantee of personal success. We do our DUTY because it IS our duty; not because we are sure, or reasonably sure, or hopeful that we will succeed. We do it because it is right and fitting.

Saying, thinking, or believing anything about giving, taking, using, needing, or wanting "false" hope, is giving in to despair and quitting before we ever begin!

We have (real, true) hope that doing our DUTY will result in success, now or later, by us or by our following generations. We are guaranteed that it will succeed by the Word of God. So, there is NO "false" in hope. There is hope and eventual success, whether or not WE are there to see it.


Blogger VD March 28, 2020 8:38 PM  

You're banned for lying, Johnny. Take your Dissident Fake Right despair porn elsewhere. The only group that Qanon has demoralized is the media.

You aren't realistic at all. A "realist" is just what pessimists call themselves. But for every bad thing that actually happens, self-styled "realists" predict twenty.

Blogger VD March 28, 2020 8:39 PM  

Did it ever occur to you that God had to clear out all the doubters before he had Joshua take the land promised?

Even God won't tolerate them.

Blogger Jeroth March 28, 2020 8:57 PM  

Johnny wrote:They don't need full information. Just SOME information.

We do have some information. But people (especially dissident right social media) ignore the positive and put everything negative under a microscope. Don't get me wrong, I understand the black pilling. I've felt the draw to it myself. Trump consistently cozies up with some of the worst people in the country, while ignoring a lot of the people who supported him early. He also blusters a lot and very reliably backs off ("monitoring intensifies" is a popular meme with the dissident right for good reason). But what I try to remind myself is that he can't fool his enemy without fooling his friends. If we had enough information to confidently understand what he's doing, so would his enemies. He does give us hints though. "We are fighting a hidden enemy", retweeting the "you can't stop what's coming" meme in the middle of a pandemic, etc. Of course there is plausible deniability. That's the point.

And what's the alternative anyway? Abandon ship and whine about Trump on twitter all day? What will that accomplish?

Blogger Laramie Hirsch March 28, 2020 9:39 PM  

This situation is providential. It's a chastisement. But I'm glad about it in a few ways. It's revealing much, and also it's stopping a lot of the madness that was choking us only two months ago. I don't think God is done yet, either. While this all inconveniences me and perhaps alters my plans, in the end I'm gladdened to know God is in control.

Blogger Unknown March 28, 2020 9:53 PM  

Vox, you couldn't have said it better.

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2020 10:21 PM  

"Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me"

For those not familiar:

Watch a couple of them. The middle narration was different in each episode.

Blogger RedJack March 28, 2020 10:30 PM  

Harder to compost protein. Hogs need to eat too

Blogger SATOR March 28, 2020 10:38 PM  

God cannot be fought. There is no conflict between Good and Evil. Despair is a lie.

Blogger cogofwar March 28, 2020 11:09 PM  

These are the most exciting times I've ever seen. Moods wax and wane, the path is foggy, but I've never been more happy to be alive. Faith is consistent.

Blogger Bill Chunko March 28, 2020 11:28 PM  

Well said. Thank you!

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare March 29, 2020 12:22 AM  


That's what melon pits are for! Dig a hole, toss in a (ideally somewhat broken up) fear-porn merchant, some assorted green nitrogen rich stuff and maybe some brown carbon rich stuff, water, cover with dirt, and plant on top! Boom. Done.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare March 29, 2020 12:26 AM  


I love that quote. Can't read it too many times. Teddy Roosevelt was and is a legend.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare March 29, 2020 12:50 AM  

@Jack Amok

I'd take Massie's efforts to get everybody's votes on the record, to ensure that a 2+trillion dollar spending bill didn't get passed essentially anonymously, over Burr's pandemic profiteering any day of the week. At least Massie has balls.

But I'm in North Carolina, so I'm stuck with despicable, cuckservative Burr.

Blogger TiredPoorHungry March 29, 2020 12:59 AM  

At 99
Glad to see your still here!

Blogger John Rockwell March 29, 2020 1:44 AM  

Defeatists will be shot out of the comment section.

Blogger map March 29, 2020 1:47 AM  

ObliviousSeeker wrote:I'm faithful and trusting in Providence. I've never commented here before. But I want to say that the infowars piece regarding Trump's treatment of Massie was disappointing to read. It is one part of a very big picture but it was disappointing nonetheless. I am not trying to black pill please don't misunderstand. I give Trump the benefit of the doubt in the overwhelming majority of cases and believe he is navigating the larger situation with aptness we have never seen before.

TLDR; I trust Trump but Massie is a good man and a patriot whom he attacked viciously which has already resulted in blowback from the base.

Massie represents a very serious problem with the GOP: the Austerity Junkie. This is usually a problem in normal times. It's an even bigger problem now. There is no way to get around the bad rhetoric of denying resources in a crisis.

Blogger Akulkis March 29, 2020 1:53 AM  

"Yet another one I like to recall is from the Caroleans,

Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes."

That's from the Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston Harbor, 1775.

Blogger Johnny March 29, 2020 2:58 AM  


Lying about what? Saying that Trump will give us part of The Wall isn't despair porn. "TRUMP IS A JEW SHILL! EMBRACE ACCELERATIONISM!" is despair porn and pessimistic. My conclusion has more evidence than The Storm. So it's realistic. It isn't despair porn so it isn't pessimistic. There's a middle ground between QAnon and blackpilling.

QAnon could just be a psyop to make Trump supporters look bad - or maybe a LARPer that the media has picked up on to make Trump supporters look bad. Trump hasn't disavowed QAnon, but why would Trump do that? It'd be best for Trump to keep his distance and drop a few plausibly deniable hints at Q being real so Trump doesn't blackpill the Qcrowd and he has plausible deniability. But openly backing the idea of a Storm being likely like you have is risky.

Blogger Boaty Bear March 29, 2020 4:12 AM  

Trump's not doing that, the DS/Dems are doing that, Trump is releasing the old ladies/old men/non dangerous, who were harshly sentenced for whatever reason/3 strikes etc

The DS are releasing their footsoldiers.

As is Trump.

Blogger Josh Brown March 29, 2020 5:21 AM  

The rides from LOTR also came to my memory perhaps including the Forth Eorlingas scene at Helm's Deep. Not having read the book Silent Draco's point is new but the arrival of the corsair ships at Gondor scene was odd. Most of the Orc army was CGI of course with just a few Kiwi actors in costume and Jackson had one charged down by the Rohirrim on one side of the battle suddenly appear on the far side of the battle ground as the corsairs arrived with Aragorn at the dock.

Blogger JamesB.BKK March 29, 2020 5:24 AM  

On the bright side, I still think Boeing has a marvelous new defense / damages reduction theory for the 737Max debacle. In sum, it's: "See?They couldn't fly our crappy mis-engineered planes anyway." Plus the GE is talking bailout big time, probably for the mil side of Boeing. Might be worth a flyer. But not sure if the comeuppance reduced the hubris.

Blogger SciVo March 29, 2020 6:08 AM  

I was raised to not borrow trouble from the future. The present will always have enough; there is no fear of running out.

So do like a boy scout and be prepared. Calmly take rational and reasonable precautions.

And then leave the rest in the hands of the Lord. It sure isn't in your control! It is sheer vanity to chew on worries that you can't actually do anything about, as if your brain is magic and ruminating is effective.

Take care of today's problems today, leave tomorrow's to tomorrow, and leave all to the Lord that are his and not yours. Let them go and move on!

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 29, 2020 9:07 AM  

Massie represents a very serious problem with the GOP: the Austerity Junkie.

They wouldn't be so bad if they ever achieved some actual austerity, like some real cuts in spending. But they don't and never have. They just fill a seat and gracefully lose time after time, and then when something important is happening, they take the opportunity to get in the way and grandstand.

Blogger Brett baker March 29, 2020 9:22 AM  

The fear-porners will kill your crops and livestock.

Blogger Brett baker March 29, 2020 9:24 AM  

Do they have more than 3 days of fuel for the generators now?

Blogger d March 29, 2020 11:53 AM  

SATOR wrote:God cannot be fought. There is no conflict between Good and Evil. Despair is a lie.

I like that mindset. Mine is rather that yin-yang is bullshit; that there is no symmetry between creation and destruction; that the latter is infinitely easier to acheive. But yours is healthier, perhaps.

Blogger sammibandit March 29, 2020 12:07 PM  


Normally I don't like to circle the wagons on my own comment, but I'm given little choice. Hear me out. You're wrong in your reference and in submitting that for my review.

I insist I meant the Caroleans, which also predate the Battle of Bunker Hill. I don't know the significance of that predating but it might be important. I don't suppose you know either because you didn't even know what I was talking about. I chose them specifically because they melded duty to God and the nation while using weapons of last resort (like the bayonet) to great effect. We're still talking about them 300 years later. Please don't correct me when I'm not wrong and please don't rush to correct me while ignoring subtext. There's a lot of gravy in the Caroleans for their morale and reputation.

Now stop bugging me.

Blogger Jack Amok March 29, 2020 1:03 PM  

I'd take Massie's efforts to get everybody's votes on the record,

Of what use is that? Of all the pathetic, bow-tie spinning reasons to give for grandstanding. Do you understand that Trump set things up perfectly to slam the Democrat House for caring more about abortion and CAFE standards than about the American people in a crisis, and Idiot Massie comes along and effs it up by making a House Republican the reason for the hold-up. Makes me wonder if he's really a Globalist plant.

Map's right: There is no way to get around the bad rhetoric of denying resources in a crisis.

Blogger SirHamster March 29, 2020 1:59 PM  

Johnny wrote:But openly backing the idea of a Storm being likely like you have is risky.
Openly discussing a possibility is not openly backing, liar.

What you call "risky" is hope. There's hope that this evil and unsustainable system will be destroyed, sooner rather than later.

To the despair-driven, hope is too risky to allow anyone else to have. Others' hopes fulfilled will reveal the emptiness of their own despair-driven life.

Thus the constant flood of "concern" and fear to discourage "risky" hope.

You've been told your lies and despair are not welcome here. Go away.

Blogger Reader March 29, 2020 2:23 PM  

No despair here, just uncertainty and suspicion. For example, every recent order I have made from Amazon has a much longer than usual delivery time, then like magic, the item is delivered much sooner than expected. An item that was ordered on March 27th and scheduled for delivery on April 17th - today I get an email that it will be delivered March 31. What's up with that? Is Amazon playing games trying to make us think things are worse than they are? I don't trust anything about this system, incongruities in the details are suspect. After all, therein lies the devil. Has anyone else had this experience with Amazon?

Blogger d March 29, 2020 4:15 PM  

Reader wrote:Has anyone else had this experience with Amazon?

Underpromise and overdeliver, or more broadly, "smart".

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare March 29, 2020 4:47 PM  

@Jack Amok

Fair point. Guess my old, lolbertarian instincts were clouding my thinking. It was going to pass, so what was the point of a roll call vote other than scoring purity points?

Blogger Jack Amok March 29, 2020 6:39 PM  

Guess my old, lolbertarian instincts were clouding my thinking.

Almost all of us grew up with more than one bad idea in our heads. It can be hard to reorient. If it's any consolation to your lolbertarian instincts (it is to mine), at this point the cake's baked and there's no amount of fiscal discipline that will un-bake it. Crash and rebuild after is the name of the game.

It was going to pass, so what was the point of a roll call vote other than scoring purity points?


Blogger Avalanche March 29, 2020 7:27 PM  

@130 " Is Amazon playing games trying to make us think things are worse than they are?"

Amazon has staff -- packing and shipping staff -- with corona-chan. And, they have to manage around that -- AND messed up arrivals of goods not in their massive warehouses.

Don't remember whether I saw it on Social Galactic or elsewhere -- but some young fellow was celebrating and praising God because he got hired by Amazon to pack and ship. Try not to be paranoid: every business and every person is trying to balance the world in our current version of lockdowns and distancing.

Blogger Didas Kalos March 29, 2020 10:10 PM  

#1 is to be born again. Get up every morning, do what God has called you to do, with his help and grace, and impact your generation. And the next life is out of this world! Acts 13:36
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep,

Blogger IreneAthena March 30, 2020 2:04 AM  

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Blogger Akulkis March 30, 2020 7:38 AM  


That's not hope. It's a memorial service.

Specifically, that's the Missing Man formation.

The lone plane flying up and away from the rest represents those who have died.

Blogger Psychicpony Bear March 30, 2020 10:30 PM  

I resonate with this perspective so much.

Blogger Bootleg March 31, 2020 11:15 AM  

"Best of all, the "Sick map" looks like the blue side of the red/blue 2016 election"

This confirms your reservation for the Lava Pit Suite at Satan's Cesspool for Callous Cocksuckers.

"You'll rot in hell for eternity, or my name isn't Lucifer!"

Blogger Bootleg April 01, 2020 1:09 AM  

I get it. Being human is easier when one feels a real hope for the future in their bones. It's why shit fell apart after religion lost its cache to Darwin and the bomb. Celebrity serial killers, mass murder as political commentary, easily-digestable rape stories consumed by old people on Friday evening TV; minds can fall apart rather easily without genuine optimism to shape them into taut instruments of focus.

Blackpills types, I don't understand them. From where I stand, the virus is guilty of mainly positive outcomes so far.
1. Traffic is down.
2. Noise is down.
3. Pollution is down.
4. Parents are parenting their kids.
5. Animals everywhere are getting a break from our relentless fuckery.
6. The things that were on pace to render the world uninhabitable (neo-liberalism, capitalism, and globalism) have all been stopped dead in their tracks.
7. Men are washing their hands. Actually, seriously, literally washing their hands.
8. Old people are dying without bankrupting their offspring.
9. People are once again contemplating the profound.
10. Rich people are being forced to write checks to poor people.

The only bad things I am aware of are
1 The handful of sexually viable females that passed away.
2 All those health care workers getting sick.
3 The stupidity if the American public is on full display via toilet paper hoarding and voting in favor of the job being botched by Duhnild Gay Tramo.

From the NY Times Asked how current casualty estimates might differ had Mr. Trump called for social distancing measures weeks earlier than he did, in mid-March, almost two months after the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States, Mr. Trump insisted that he had acted decisively.

“I think we’ve done a great job,” Mr. Trump said.

Asked about his repeated assurances to Americans in recent weeks that the virus would peter out with minimal impact, Mr. Trump insisted, as he has before, that he was trying to reassure the nation.

“I want to be positive; I don’t want to be negative,” Mr. Trump said. “I want to give people in this country hope.

“We’re going through probably the worst thing the country’s ever seen,” he added. “We lose more here potentially than you lose in world wars as a country.

Seems like y'all are on the same page for the most part.

I think we're all feeling pretty damn good about this thing ATM. Sure we got different reasons, but positive is positive... in the eyes of...the Lord? LOL

Religious people are idiots

Blogger SirHamster April 01, 2020 1:38 PM  

Bootleg wrote:Religious people are idiots
But why would you troll for their attention?

Is the secret king dissatisfied with the level of recognition for his special-est thoughts?

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I remember spending so much money buying drugs from hospitals hoping that i will be cured from ITCHY SHINGLES, but all to no avail. I contacted so many  doctors and they prescribe medicine for me which they indeed tried their best but was unable to provide for me a possible cure, luckily i saw a comment about a herbal doctor, (Dr. Idedia) online.

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To my greatest surprise, Dr. Idedia prepare a medicine and  send me a Herbal Medicine through FEDEX courier Service, and he gave me guidelines on how am to take it. I followed all procedures as instructed, and after 2 weeks of taking it i was free from ITCHY SHINGLES  his medicine is legit and it is real.

I just want to encourage all individuals out there living with ITCHY SHINGLES , Genital Herpes, HSV1&2, HIV/AIDS/ HPV, COPD, CANCER, Hepatitis b, Lupus, PCOS, Kindney failure, Lung cancer and alot more. That there is still a huge chance that you can get cure only with the help of dr idedia. kindly contact him via email: or whatsapp +2349074505296. 

Blogger Nicki Anderson June 28, 2020 9:47 AM  

HERPES is a serious and recurring disease which can't be cure through drugs or injections by an American doctors but the best way to deal with Herpes is by taking natural herbs medicine for it,  I have red about DR JAMES the great herbalist doctor who cured me from herpes  with his powerful herbal medicine.  I contacted him to know how he can help me and he told me never to worry that he will help me with the natural herbs!After 2 days of contacting him, he told me that the cure has been ready and he sent it to me via UPS SPEED POST and it got to me after 4 days i used the medicine as he instructed me (MORNING and EVENING) and i was cured!it's really like a dream but I am so happy!   for the people suffering from herpes and other diseases like  Rectum  effects, intestine damage, bowel obstruction, Ovarian disease,  Cancer, hypothyroidism, Herpes, COPD, HIV, Arthritis, Lyme disease,Hpv, Infections,Liver Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, Parkinson's disease,Lupus,Nephrology and Hypertension, Neurology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, Oncology, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, ACUTE MYELOFIBROSIS, ALZHEIMER's symptoms, BREAST CANCER, DIABETES, HAIR LOSS AND HAIR TREATMENT, KIDNEY DISEASES, LEUKEMIA, MYELOID LEUKEMIA, STEM CELL TREATMENT 
 should contact him for his herbal medicine because i am a living testimony and i was cured of herpes and his medicine is legit.  I sent him what he requested and he sent me his medicine which  I took for 2 good weeks and today I am out here with a negative result. When I went for the test I was so happy after taking his herbal medication  I paid homage to his country to celebrate with him on his African festival which he told me it usually happens every year.  you can reach him through  VIA E-mail or whatsapp number:+2348152855846 

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