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Saturday, June 19, 2021

No "prince" for you

 Harry and Meghan Markle are very, very upset to learn that their "son" will never be a prince:

Prince Charles is to ensure that his two-year-old grandson Archie will never be a Prince, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The heir to the throne has made it clear that Harry and Meghan's son will have no place among frontline Royals as he plans a slimmed-down Monarchy after he becomes King. 

The move has incensed the Sussexes and is thought to have prompted the series of bitter accusations the couple have levelled at Charles and the Royal Family from across the Atlantic.

A grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right to be a Prince, but Charles is determined to limit the number of key Royals, believing the public does not wish to pay for an ever-expanding Monarchy.

Charles has told the Sussexes that he will change key legal documents to ensure that Archie cannot get the title he would once have inherited by right, according to a source close to the couple.

The decision, which follows months of fraught discussion behind the scenes, has plunged relations between Harry and his relatives to a dangerous new low.

'Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King,' confirmed the source.

In fairness, it could have been worse. Prince Charles could have revealed that Meghan Markle's pregnancies were fake and Archie Markle is a rental. I'm not saying that's the case, I'm just saying that I trust whatever comes out of the Sussex PR group even less than I trust Creepy Joe Biden's PR team. At least when Creepy Joe is lying about Russia or China, we can be reasonably confident that those places actually exist.

I still cannot believe the British crown permitted one of their princes to marry a common sociopath from the Hellmouth. Although, one can't help but notice that no one is talking about that awkward Maxwell-Epstein-Prince Andrew thing.

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Wicked to the end

This comment should prove educational for those who believe the younger generations are being too hard on the Boomers.

Early Boomer here, Thank You, Knowing that I have in some way Triggered whatever it is you are makes me feel that the pain and suffering I have left in my wake justifies the entire adventure.

They've earned their legacy. They fully merit history's condemnation.

2/5 Pillows.

Speaking of Boomer wickedness, when abortion was legalized in 1973, the percentage of abortions to total pregnancies was 19.3. That percentage rose rapidly and peaked at 30.4 in 1982, the year that the last of the Boomers turned 18. That number gradually declined as Boomer women aged to menopause, and now that the Boomers can no longer get pregnant, the abortion percentage is lower than when it was first legalized, at 18.3 per 100 pregnancies.

That's still 18.3 percent too high, of course, but it offers clear statistical evidence that the Boomers, as a generation, were considerably more wicked than their successors. Of course, not murdering one-third of your children is not a particularly high bar to clear.

Everyone knows that Boomers divorce at spectacularly high rates, but interestingly enough, Boomers also appear to commit suicide at a higher rate than Generation X, which is not at all what I would have expected given that our generational sins tend toward apathy, anger, and despair.

CDC officials emphasized that the Baby Boomer generation is witnessing the highest increase in suicides (A Baby Boomer is a person who was born post-World War II, between the years 1946 and 1964, when the annual birthrate increased dramatically in the US). “It is the Baby Boomer group where we see the highest rates of suicide,” CDC deputy director, Dr. Ileana Arias, told the New York Times. “There may be something about that group, and how they think about life issues and their life choices that may make a difference.”

And that was eight years ago. Since then, the suicide rate among the 55+ crowd has risen by two percent. Apparently pride and materialism are an even more lethal combination than despair.

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Saturday PM Arktoons

CLOCKWORK DANCER Episode 8: To Sustain an Army

QUANTUM MORTIS Episode 8: Tell it to the Dead 

Note: this marks the end of the prelude to Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted, which will begin with Episode 9 next week.



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This is what Boomers consider "an EPIC response"

The Boomer begins, of course, by talking about himself

Full disclosure:  I'm a 'Baby Boomer.'  Born in 1955. Some basic facts on me: [REDACTED because who cares?]

Then he poses three rhetorical questions, which suffice to prove that he doesn't understand what a "rhetorical question" is.

Now, all you boomer bashers, I have a few rhetorical questions for you (and if you choose to comment, reasoned, rational dialogue welcome, however, you go vitriolic or ad hominem, your comment won't see the light of day AND you'll be banned):  

  1. What exactly do you have against what I've described that MILLIONS of Americans of my generation did?  
  2. What exactly have YOU done that's so much better?  
  3. What problems have YOU solved?

1. MILLIONS of US Boomers bought into the civic nationalist lies. This was understandable, as they were convincing and pervasive. What is not so easy to understand, and what is impossible to forgive, is that they STILL buy into those lies and they actively oppose everyone who a) knows what "posterity" means, b) understands the distinction between "nation" and "state", and c) makes any attempt to salvage as much of the USA and historical American culture for the actual American posterity as possible. Boomers like this simply don't understand that they are still cheering on, and "getting goose flesh" over an insidious lie that is the primary vehicle for the destruction of the American nation as well as the US state. This is just one example of the continued devotion of the Boomers to the ugly, the wicked, and the lie, but it specifically addresses what he described. It's very far from the only, or the primary, charge being brought by the historical prosecution.

2. Seen through the lies. Told the truth. Stayed married. Didn't murder children. Paid attention to our kids. Most importantly, did not call good evil, and did not call evil good.

3. The intellectual sacrifice of thousands of children to the public schools. Alternative tech options. Disabled the primary atheist rhetorical weapon. Comprehensively disproved both the theories of free trade and evolution by natural selection.

PS:  When you finally have the balls to act out your 'Day of the Pillow' fantasy, you MIGHT just find that I have a .45ACP under mine....and you'll feel it...for a second, as the barrel presses against your forehead.  Just sayin'....

First of all, the Boomer will be too drugged and demented to remember his own name, let alone the fact that he once owned a pistol. Second, there is no way he would ever shoot Nnamdi or Ogunna or Amparo even if one of them were holding a pillow over his face. Because that would be racist, and if there is one thing we know about the Boomers, it is that they would much rather die than do anything that would run even the smallest risk of being called THAT. 

0/5 Pillows.

Ask not for whom the pillow fluffs,

Boomer, it fluffs for thee.

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Saturday AM Arktoons

SEASONS Episode 8: They Want Out

CHUCK DIXON PRESENTS: COMEDY Episode 8: Only the Good Die Young

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Vaccine fascism in the UK

While it's good that the governments have generally shied away from mandating human genetic modification, the corporations are stepping in:

Publisher Bloomsbury has told staff vaccines will be compulsory when its offices reopen next month.

The Harry Potter publisher informed employees of the policy in an email sent before the second May Day bank holiday weekend. Offices are due to reopen from July 19.

It said it had based its decision on ‘medical and scientific advice’.

Pimlico Plumbers previously announced Covid-19 jabs would be compulsory for staff and new employees would not be taken on if they had not been inoculated.

Care home workers have also been told by the government that they should be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.

Perhaps publisher Castalia should make an announcement that new employees will not be taken on if they have been subjected to the experimental modification of their mRNA. Anyhow, anyone who works for an employer that mandates any aspect of health care should quit their job immediately. Because, one way or another, it's not going to end well there.

Forget the material adverse affects of playing with spike proteins for the moment, and instead, think about how many workplace shootings are likely to take place when furious people who have lost loved ones know exactly who is to blame for their deaths. Do you really want to be working in those offices?

UPDATE: ESPN has also gone full vaccine fascist. Can Disney be far behind?

ESPN has sent an email to staffers warning they must be fully vaccinated in order to work remote game assignments this season, according to various emails obtained by OutKick.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday PM Arktoons

SILENZIOSA Episode 3: La Presentazione

HYPERGAMOUSE Episode 8: The Captain of Her Heart



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Rage, rage, against the dying of the light

To everyone's complete surprise, a Boomer is upset about my open contempt for his g-g-generation. And he's particularly upset about The Day of the Pillow:

For the second time in a week, a very popular Blogger who’s name I won’t mention and to who’s site I won’t link to, has come out with posts trashing the Boomer Generation.

Reading through the comments, there seems to be a slathering wish for what they are calling “The Day Of The Pillow”, where they feel perfectly justified by their perception of Boomer self centeredness and greed, to suffocate us in our beds when we get old and feeble enough to be unable to defend ourselves.

Both posts are full of vitriol pointed towards the Boomer Generation but upon closer inspection, I see a lot of anger issues from Gen X’ers who’s main self righteous anger seems to be stemming from their common claim that they were “Latch Key Kids”.

Just so you know, I had that exact same experience growing up but for some reason I haven’t figured out how to blame the entire generation of my parents.

Funny that.

This claim exposes the true reasons for their anger without them apparently being able to see it when I can, from space.

They feel abandoned.

Poor widdle snowflakes gots the Daddy Issues but can’t seem to put 2 and 2 together so hey, lets attack that whole generation because our parents were too busy partying and being self centered to love us, right?

You try and tell them hey, you little fuckers are all growed up now and are beginning to hold office and take over the joint. If you don’t like what The Boomers In Charge are currently doing, then walk away from the Pity Party and fucking do something about it .

OH THE HOWLS OF OUTRAGE WHEN YOU POINT THIS OUT!

It's more than a little ironic that this Boomer doesn't understand that suffocating Boomers in their beds would be doing something about it. Of course, he's too Boomer to grasp that the Day of the Pillow reference is to Boomers being suffocated by the very immigrants whose entry they celebrated working in the nursing homes that will keep them alive just long enough to make sure they don't leave anything but debt to the succeeding generations. 

GenX doesn't "feel" abandoned. It was decimated en masse by the Boomers, after which the survivors were abandoned. They literally had to invent one term to describe how the Boomers were leaving their school-age kids to fend for themselves. Then they had to invent another one, "Gray Divorce", to explain how even old Boomers were too self-centered to stay married to each other.

Contrary to popular belief, the divorce rate in America has been steadily declining in the last 20 years. Unless of course, you’re a Baby Boomer. So, why are we still getting divorced at a record rate? The divorce rate since 1981 has doubled for people older than 50 and tripled for people over 65.

At every stage of their lives, Boomers have required the coining of new terms just to describe how collectively awful their behavior is. We don't like what the Boomers did. That's why we homeschooled our children even though every fucking Boomer in our social circles tried to tell us we should sacrifice them to the public schools instead. That's why the women taught themselves to cook, and clean, and keep a house despite their mothers never bothering to teach them what their parents did. That's why the men worked hard to find a way to let their wives stay home and take care of the kids even though the employment odds were stacked against them.

That's why we fight for our marriages and don't get divorced and do our best to stay out of debt and live within our means and don't waste our lives in pursuit of ephemeral happiness despite what the Boomers have been telling us to do for decades. Both GenX and the Millennials have demonstrated our determination to raise our children ourselves, rather than let the combination of public school and television do it.

All we really ask of the Boomers is to get out of the way, and for the first time in their lives, Shut The Fuck Up. And yet, they can't even do that.

Anyhow, I don't think the wicked generation will have to worry overmuch about immigrants and pillows now that they've all self-euthanized themselves with spike proteins. As for what the Boomer considers to be an "EPIC" response, I'll address it in a future post; for now let's just say that Boomers neither meme nor rhetoric well. 

As for this one, I rate it 1/5 Pillows.

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Unsafe to fly

There is an indication that the combination of vaccine-related blood clots and high-altitude air flight may be a dangerous one.
Four young and healthy British Airways pilots recently passed away and the airline is claiming there is no link to the Covid-19 vaccine. The photo of the four books of condolence sitting next to framed pictures of the pilots was posted to Twitter and authenticated by Reuters.

“Reuters presented the claims to British Airways, which said they were unfounded and that no such talks were underway with the government. The spokesperson, however, confirmed the authenticity of the four condolence books, as four company pilots had recently passed away. “Our thoughts are with their family and friends,” they said, adding that none of the deaths was linked to vaccines.”

A recording (unconfirmed) of a male discussing the deaths is circulating social media.

“They’ve had the third BA pilot die in the last seven days, yeah? Third pilot dead in the last week,” says the man heard in the recording. “The first two guys were in their forties and fifties; this guy, mid-thirties, perfectly fit, no underlying conditions. He gets his second jab and he’s dead within days, exactly the same with the first two.

“Because of this, BA are now in crisis talks with the government about whether to allow vaccinated pilots to fly. The issue with that of course is that about 80%, according to my friend in BA, 80-85% have been injected.”

There are 4,500 pilots working for British Airways. Multiplying 4500 x .825 equals  3,712. Four deaths out of 3,712 pilots would indicate at least a 0.1 percent fatality rate for vaxxed fliers.

There are about annual 1,011.5 million passenger flights in the USA. Now, obviously the air travel numbers are down, and some people fly a lot whereas others never fly at all. But if the fatality rates of the British Airways pilots are applicable to passengers, that would indicate 1,089,978 vaccine-related deaths among airline passengers in the coming year.

It's probably possible for British Airways to deny that the four pilot deaths are vaccine-related. It will be considerably harder to explain away one million passenger deaths as being coincidental, particularly if all of them are vaxxed.

Here is a dark thought. What if "not vaccine-related" and "not linked to vaccines" phraseology being utilized in the media is technically precise and is being used in the sense that the deaths are related to something that is not a vaccine?

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Friday AM Arktoons

SHADE Episode 8: Sidekick

RIGHT HO, JEEVES Episode 8: Objet d'Affection

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Build your own platforms

And exclude the temporizers and inclusionaries if you want to keep it. The Boy Scouts failed, perhaps Trail Life will do better.

A youth scouting group formed in response to the controversial changes within the Boy Scouts of America has reported an increase in the number of chapters during the pandemic.

Trail Life USA, launched in 2014 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, is reporting dozens of new chapters and more than 30,000 members.

Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock told The Christian Post that 65 new troops have been created thus far in 2021, with over 100 in the process of being chartered.

“So far this year, we have seen a 70% increase in new members over this time last year and a 30% increase over the same period the prior year,” explained Hancock.

“Just this year, we have seen over 65 new troops started as men across the nation have stepped up to lead and make a difference in the lives of boys in their churches, their families, and their communities.”

The launching of Trail Life USA came partly in response to the Boy Scouts voting in 2013 to allow openly gay males to become scouts while maintaining the organization's ban on openly gay scout leaders.

This change prompted many churches — a significant source of support for the Boy Scouts — to sever their ties with the prominent scouting organization.

Remember, the Boy Scouts once required a vow to be morally straight. Now they are infested by pedos. Forget who you are, permit outsiders to take positions of leadership, and your organizations will first be converged, then destroyed. 

And remember, the first stages of convergence always look innocuous, and are cloaked in the false virtues of equality, outreach, and inclusion.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Beware the Fed posters

Unfortunately, far too many Trump supporters didn't learn from the Charlottesville debacle, which permitted the FBI to set them up on January 6, 2021.

Court filings suggest that FBI operatives were among the mob who stormed the US Capitol in January, and may have set up the riot. With the riot used as justification for new terrorism policy, the media is downplaying the story.

Fox News broadcast possibly the most consequential report in recent cable news history on Tuesday night. Fox host Tucker Carlson alleged that the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 – dubbed an “insurrection,” an “assault on our democracy,” and “domestic terrorism” – may have been, at least partly, an inside job.

Carlson’s claims were first made a day earlier by Revolver News, an upstart right-wing news site. Revolver pored over charging documents against members of the ‘Oath Keepers’ and ‘Proud Boys’ militias who took part in the riots, and discovered that alongside the rioters were dozens of “unindicted co-conspirators.” These co-conspirators allegedly committed crimes equal to or greater than those of the militia members, but were kept anonymous in the court documents and not charged.

Some of them allegedly booked and paid for hotel rooms for militia members, others provided transport to Washington DC. They set up communications channels on walkie-talkie-style apps, and used these apps to whip their comrades into a riotous frenzy. “I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash today,” one UCC said in a Proud Boys group chat, while another, identified only as “Person 1,” replied, “God let it happen… I will settle with seeing them smash some pigs to dust.”

One alleged member of the Oath Keepers, 65-year-old Thomas Caldwell of Virginia, was charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds – a rap sheet that could see him face 20 years in prison. However, a certain “Person Two” who took part in the exact same actions as Caldwell was not charged. Neither was a “Person Three” who offered Caldwell a hotel room and spoke of bringing explosives to the riot.

The false flags are getting a little more sophisticated. This is why Boomer-style mass demonstrations are such a bad idea. Whether the organization is suborned like the Tea Party or false-flagged like the Capital Hill fake riot, the probabilities lie with the situation being very different than the participants imagine.

Never take an Internet tough guy at face value, especially not when he's publicly preaching violence against the government. Keep this in mind:

The militia plot last year to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was orchestrated almost entirely by the FBI. The plotters’ driver and ‘explosives expert’ were both agents, while the militia’s head of security was an undercover informant. At every meeting leading up to the supposed kidnap attempt, an FBI source was present, and out of the five men who drove a van to kidnap Whitmer, three were FBI agents and informants.

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Thursday PM Arktoons

 A THRONE OF BONES Episode 8: Ride to Death

CHUCK DIXON PRESENTS: ADVENTURE Episode 7: The Deadly Twist


Meanwhile, whomever bought Tapas is clearly seeking to converge it completely, as they've hired a DC/Vertigo editor as their new editor-in-chief. Vertigo, of course, was the complete disaster that featured, among other things, a comic series written by Literally Who.
Celebrated creator and Eisner-winning editor Jamie S. Rich will be joining Tapas Media, Inc., the leading digital publisher of webcomics and novels, as Editor in Chief from Monday, June 21. The former DC Comics editor will lead a diverse and talented team from both traditional comics and webcomics while overseeing content creation as Tapas continues to grow and focus on IP development. 

In 2015, Rich joined DC Comics as part of their Vertigo imprint....

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Children's books are canceled

 Back when #GamerGate started, I warned everyone that it wasn't going to stop with video games. SJW cancel culture is going to invade every single aspect of your life. Don't think it won't:

Prolific children's writer Enid Blyton's work has been linked to 'racism and xenophobia' by English Heritage after a review of its blue plaques following last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.

The celebrated English children's author has enchanted millions of young readers for a century with tales of adventure, ginger beer and buns, selling 600milllion books in 90 languages.

But Ms Blyton, whose novels have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1920s, has been linked to racism in updated blue plaque information produced by charity English Heritage on its website and app. 

It says: 'Blyton's work has been criticised during her lifetime and after for its racism, xenophobia and lack of literary merit. In 2016, Blyton was rejected by the Royal Mint for commemoration on a 50p coin because, the advisory committee minutes record, she was 'a racist, sexist, homophobe and not a very well-regarded writer'.

This is what YOUR submission to "equality" and "diversity" and "tolerance" has wrought. Every single time you said "I'm not racist, but...." or "I believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of result" or  "I have lots of [fill-in-the-blank] friends" or "they just want the same chance for love and respect that everyone else does", you helped make this possible.

Words matter. Ideas matter. Yes, insane "leftists" and "liberals" drove the process, but conservatives and Christians and nice people were required to accept the lies in order to make it work.

You cannot be what the world considers to be a "good person", let alone a "nice person", and stand against the swamp of lies with which evil engulfs the world. Every single little compromise you make, every single little dishonesty to which you submit, contributes to the sum total of evil in the world.

Remember, convergence requires the universal submission of every individual and organization.

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Thursday AM Arktoons

FLYING SPARKS Episode 8: Chloe's Fate

ALT★HERO:Q Episode 8: The Network Revealed

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The next global leader

As the USA visibly declines, some are claiming that Israel is destined to be the next global leader. Which appears to be a self-refuting argument, given that one would have to be on some very strong hallucinogenic drugs to believe that the per capita rate of drug consumption has anything to do with global power.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed and a member of the Israel’s Rabbinate Council, says that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of America as a superpower, thus paving the way for Israel to take its place in guiding civilization forward.

“It is with great sadness that we can remember this event [storming of the US Capitol] as part of the process of America’s descent from the stage of history. It’s a sad moment, but it happens,” Rabbi Eliyahu wrote in a piece for Arutz 7.

The Rabbi points out that throughout history many empires and superpowers have fallen as a result of moral crises. Whether it was Rome, Egypt, England or Russia, no civilization can endure once there is a breakdown of its ethical foundations.

The Rabbi believes the time has come for Israel to fill the vacuum of leadership left by the failing American experiment. “One can’t help but mention the collapse of England and France, once regarded as among the four world-governing powers,” he writes. “Who remembers them today as such? They collapsed upon themselves like all of Europe, where moral values and justice have been replaced with ‘political correctness’. Family values have been replaced by hedonism.”

The Rabbi points out correctly that there is a vacuum in moral leadership in the world today and believes that it is Israel’s destiny to take up this role. “Israel leads the world in protecting family values,” he stresses. “The average number of children for an Israeli woman is double the average of the Western world, and that is what drives the successful Israeli economy and ingenuity.”

As examples of the moral decline in the West, the Rabbi noted that “Russia leads the world in alcohol consumption, and the US leads the world in drug consumption. Israel, on the other hand, has among the lowest rates of alcohol and drug consumption in the world.”

Rabbi Eliyahu also believes that there will never be a military or popular coup to overthrow the government in Israel, as happened to nations and empires throughout history. “We all remember the heavy toll of the destruction of the Second Temple and we won’t let it come to that again,” he writes, referring to the belief among many Israelis that Jerusalem was sacked because of the divisions and infighting amongst the Jews. 

I suspect the Russians, and in particular, the Chinese, will have just a little something to say about what comes next. The Chinese, in particular, have indicated that they have absolutely no intention of permitting anyone else to tell them what to do.

And as for the breakdown of the USA's ethical foundations, well, who was primarily responsible for that, Rabbi? I don't seem to recall the media being run by Canadians, the political parties being controlled by the American Icelandic Political Action Committee, the porn industry being operated by the Japanese, the thought police being run by Nigerians, or the removal of prayer from the schools being driven by Bangladeshis.

Israel can't even rule over eight million Palestinians with any noticeable degree of success. The short, but event-filled history of imperial Israel of the last 70 years, to say nothing of the ghastly Bolshevik rule in Russia, doesn't exactly lend support to the idea of Israel "guiding civilization forward". Forget global leadership, Israel will need to be fortunate and self-sufficient if it even hopes survive the decline and fall of the country that has been propping it up for decades.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

You knew CNN would regret it

I think we all knew that CNN would come to regret reinstating Jeffrey Toobin, but who would have imagined he'd return to form so quickly!

Man busted for masturbating in broad daylight in Times Square

Oh, wait. On further review, apparently Toobin hasn't actually been caught exposing himself again. Yet.

Kurt Eichenwald could not be reached for comment, as he was occupied with eagerly awaiting the mailman's imminent deliver of the much-anticipated June issue of Naughty Squid Girls.

Even worse is the idea of expanding NATO's charter to define China as an enemy.

NATO’s new narrative 

Meanwhile, the Brussels communique for the first time in the alliance’s history also brings in China’s rise as posing a potential challenge. The US has been pressing for this in the recent years and has succeeded in including some references to China in the communique. (Paras 56-57.) The communique makes the following points with regard to China: 

  • “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security”; 
  • NATO is concerned over China’s “coercive policies”;
  • China is “rapidly expanding” its nuclear capabilities and is developing “a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems to establish a nuclear triad”; 
  • China is “opaque in implementing its military modernisation and its publicly declared military-civil fusion strategy”; 
  • China has military cooperation with Russia and has participated in in Russian exercises in the Euro-Atlantic area; and,  
  • NATO is concerned with China’s “frequent lack of transparency and use of disinformation”; and, China is not upholding its international commitments and acting “responsibly in the international system, including in the space, cyber, and maritime domains, in keeping with its role as a major power.” 

Turning NATO into the primary vehicle for opposing the de facto Sino-Russian alliance may actually exceed the proverbial "invade Russia in winter" level of stupid.

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Wednesday PM Arktoons

MIDNIGHT'S WAR Episode 8: The Damned Shall Dine

THE HAMMER OF FREEDOM Episode 9: Close-Quarters Combat

Episode 8 marks the first new content for Midnight's War, as well as the new-look style. Let us know what you think of it! And, damn this demonic clown world, but it was supposed to be a metaphor!

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A little reminder

 I'm not expecting anything exciting to come out of the Geneva talks between Russian President Putin and US Fake President Fake Biden, but apparently the Sino-Russian alliance isn't being subtle about reminding everyone who has the initiative now:

Russia and China have heaped pressure on Joe Biden with provocative military drills in the Pacific and the South China Sea ahead of the US President's showdown with Vladimir Putin in Geneva today. 

USAF stealth fighters were scrambled to Hawaii on Sunday as Moscow launched its biggest naval exercises in the Pacific since the Cold War, while in the South China Sea, an American carrier group has steamed in as Chinese warplanes tear around Taiwan.  

Biden will finally sit down with Putin on Wednesday for their first presidential summit on Lake Geneva - the choice of venue harking back to the Cold War meeting between Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. 

Relations between the two sides are similarly cool - at their lowest ebb in decades after Putin's outlandish cyber attacks against the US, aggression towards Ukraine, poisoning of Alexei Navalny and intervention in the Middle East.

Putin arrived at Geneva airport early this afternoon, a day after Biden, ahead of the meeting at the Villa de la Grange, a stunning chateau overlooking Lake Geneva ripe for photo-ops and small talk filled with bookcases, Trompe l'oeil ceiling details and a colorful rose garden. 

What appears to be taking place is stage-managing the displacement of the USA as the premier global power. This is a delicate process, chiefly because very few in the USA even believe this is possible, much less that it has already taken place. But people who pay close attention to these matters have been anticpating and planning for this moment for more than a decade.

The fear expressed that "a real decline of the West, particularly the United States, would have dramatic consequences for the Jewish people," also led to controversy. Brandeis University president Jehuda Reinharz agreed that this type of decline can be expected "in the coming two decades" - but Stuart Eisenstadt was less emphatic about it. He believes the United States will remain the leading power. In all events, it was agreed the Jews "should strengthen cultural links with non-Western civilizations, particularly China and also India," powers that are on the ascent.

That was 14 years ago. However, as we've seen, the project to establish a cultural connection with China did not go so well. 

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Wednesday AM Arktoons

 ALT★HERO Episode 8: Falls the Hammer

DEUS VULT Episode 8: To Arms! To Arms!

With this Alt★Hero episode, we mark the transition from issue #7 to issue #2 and the reintroduction of the familiar characters from the American storyline.

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Neo-Darwinism is dead

Some of you will recall that I thoroughly, and in some detail, demonstrated the way in which, according to the present scientific understanding of astrophysics, genetic biology, and mathematics, the modern Neo-Darwinian synthesis of the theory of evolution by (mostly) natural selection is impossible, caught as it is between the Scylla of a fixed amount of time and the Charybdis of the number of fixed mutations required to take place in the evolution between one historical species and a present species.

To put it in the most simple terms that even a biologist should be able to follow, if we are told that a football team has gained 1,500 yards on the ground while averaging three yards per rushing play, and we know that the maximum number of offensive plays per team per game is 84, then we know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the yards reported were not gained in a single 60-minute game. They could not have been. It is impossible.

The math is inexorable. The maximum number of yards that could have been gained on the ground in a single game, given a three yards-per-carry average, is 252. It does not matter if a desperate proponent of Neo-Schembechlerism proposes the idea that perhaps the team ran a hurry-up wishbone offense, or that the quarterback was a dual-threat as a runner, or that the team played in a league known for its terrible run defenses, or that one of the halfbacks is known to have one ripped off a 99-yard gain, or that NCAA teams have been known to play up to seven overtime periods, or that up to five different players touched the ball on the same play. The math is inexorable. The assertion that a football team which averages three yards per carry gained 1,500 yards on the ground in a single game is flat-out impossible. We can say with absolute certainty that it never happened without knowing any details whatsoever about the team or the game.

In like manner, the number of fixed mutations that are presently observed to distinguish two species, whether we contemplate modern Man and the Chimpanzee–Human last common ancestor (CHLCA) or the dog and one of the therapsids, are considerably - CONSIDERABLY - in excess of the maximum amount of time that could have passed since the speciation process is believed to have begun. There is only one defense against this straightforward mathematical observation, and that is the idea that enough parallel mutations happened very, very quickly to significantly reduce the average time per fixed mutation to permit it to happen in the intervening time period.

The problem here, of course, is that the numerical gap that needs to be filled is so large that if that were the case, then these mutations would be have to be happening so rapidly, and fixing in parallel so quickly, that we could observe evolution by natural selection happening in real time all the time.

But we don't.

And, as predicted, the new advances in genetic science combined with new archeobiological discoveries are methodically reducing the already insufficient time in which evolution had to go from point A to point Z.

  • Peştera Muierii woman is related to Europeans, but she is not a direct ancestor
  • Reduced diversity in Europe caused by Last Glaciation, not out-of-Africa bottleneck
  • Genetic load appears indifferent across 40,000 years of European history
  • New DNA extraction approach recovers up to 33 times more DNA from ancient remains

Summary

Few complete human genomes from the European Early Upper Palaeolithic (EUP) have been sequenced. Using novel sampling and DNA extraction approaches, we sequenced the genome of a woman from “Peştera Muierii,” Romania who lived ∼34,000 years ago to 13.5× coverage. The genome shows similarities to modern-day Europeans, but she is not a direct ancestor. Although her cranium exhibits both modern human and Neanderthal features, the genome shows similar levels of Neanderthal admixture (∼3.1%) to most EUP humans but only half compared to the ∼40,000-year-old Peştera Oase 1. All EUP European hunter-gatherers display high genetic diversity, demonstrating that the severe loss of diversity occurred during and after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) rather than just during the out-of-Africa migration. The prevalence of genetic diseases is expected to increase with low diversity; however, pathogenic variant load was relatively constant from EUP to modern times, despite post-LGM hunter-gatherers having the lowest diversity ever observed among Europeans.

Translation: there was even more genetic diversity among early humans than previously believed, which further increases the required rate of time per fixed mutation. 

Or to put the point in even more simple terms, it is mathematically more credible to claim that you drove from New York to Los Angeles in a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado in one hour on a single tank of gas than to claim that any modern mammal evolved from the first crown group mammal in the amounts of time currently estimated.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Mailvox: It's ALWAYS about the Boomer

Boomers really have an incredible inability to not try to make everything - literally everything - about themselves:

How many "conservative" individuals and outlets that have complained about the entertainment industry have so much as mentioned Arktoons?

Perhaps grandparents have looked in people associated with arktoons and the whole "day of the pillow' bothers them. Could be why some of them are not looking to arktoons as an option. I mean really, when both options want you to die.....

It could be, but it obviously isn't. That explanation is both self-serving and utterly implausible, considering that every single alternative site and system suffers from the same lack of conservative interest in utilizing alternatives to the Big Tech sites they are constantly crying about.

But it is a fascinating example of the Boomer's well-honed ability to find any possible angle to insert his g-g-generation into the c-c-conversation.

And to the contrary, I expect that Day of the Pillow is not only going to be the most popular comic on Arktoons, but the first one to break out into mainstream social media and a primary driver of subscription growth.

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Tuesday PM Arktoons

 THE AWAKENER Episode 7: Deep State Plans (R)

CHUCK DIXON'S AVALON Episode 7: Blood on the Streets

Please note that this episode of The Awakener is R-rated. What we're planning to do to make the site reliably family-friendly, once we've got content lockdown functionality added, is to limit access to R-rated comics to subscribers, and subscribers will be able to set the age-rating for their account to anything from child-only to all-access. But we're probably three months away from that right now, so just be aware that some of the content from our partners is not intended for all ages.

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Hunting wacists

As if all the black-on-white murders weren't bad enough, now blacks are literally hunting white people in the USA:

Justin Tyran Roberts, a 39-year-old black man, was targeting white males in his two day long shooting spree that spanned two states, according to police.

Roberts is accused of shooting and wounding five people in Georgia and Alabama over the weekend.

Detective Brandon Lockhart testified on Monday that Roberts told police that “white men had picked on him and wronged him for all his life,” according to a report from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

“Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him, and also what he described as military-looking white males had taken from him,” Detective Lockhart said.

The police do not believe that there was any connection between Roberts and the victims, all of whom are expected to recover.

The five shootings took place during three separate assaults in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.

The problem, of course, is wacism. If only white Americans would stop being so wacist, black men would not have to hunt them and shoot them.

So stop being wacist. Or else.

Oh, by the way, we are reliably informed by Ivy League academics that all whites are inherently wacist. So, you know, good luck with all that not-wacisting. 


PS: avoiding people who are hunting you is also wacist. Nice try.

PPS: Black Lives Matter!

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Corporate cancer kills quickly

Nickelodeon proudly leaned into the predatory market and managed to lose more than 70 percent of its audience:

A bigger hole is forming for Viacom, however. Whereas Paramount+ is growing slowly, their children’s programming platform, Nickelodeon, is imploding. That’s not an overstatement.

Since July of 2017, Nickelodeon’s viewership has dropped from 1.3 million average viewers per week to a June of 2021 average of only 372,000. In only four years, Nickelodeon has dropped more than two thirds of its audience. That is catastrophically bad for the cable channel, but with cable on the way out, maybe it’s not so bad? The catch here is that it is, in fact, that bad and perhaps worse, simply because Nickelodeon seems to be the primary driving force behind new subscribers to Paramount+.

It’s thus easy to see why Viacom is leaning so heavily into older Nickelodeon content. Perhaps hoping to capitalize on what once worked versus what is rapidly losing audience, the company has resurrected Rugrats and iCarly (among other shows) to try to drive nostalgic fans to the service. But there are signs that Viacom has not learned any lessons and is retrofitting these old shows with the same principles that have resulted in Nickelodeon’s huge loss in ratings.... 

Nickelodeon’s latest fiasco was a Pride Month video that you can see above. Featuring a drag queen singing to prepubescents, the YouTube version was downvoted to such a degree that they’ve now hidden the ratio.

That's an impressive collapse. Keep in mind the massive dropoff was before the ongoing Pride Month fiasco; it may be more than 80 percent by July 2021. But the sooner these awful organizations die off, the better. Don't watch them. Don't support them. And don't let your children's minds be polluted by them.

However, note that once more, conservatives would rather complain about the wicked than celebrate - or even mention - that which is good. How many "conservative" individuals and outlets that have complained about the entertainment industry have so much as mentioned Arktoons?

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Tuesday AM Arktoons

EMBER WAR Episode 7: The Key to Survival

BEN GARRISON Editorial 7: Woke Disney

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Employers can mandate vaccinations

That's the ruling from a US District Court judge:
A Texas judge has dismissed a case filed by employees of the Houston Methodist hospital system over its policy on Covid-19 vaccinations, issuing the first federal ruling on whether employers can mandate inoculations.

US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes dismissed the lawsuit on Saturday, ruling that Houston Methodist had the legal right to force employees to be vaccinated – even though the jabs have only received emergency-use authorization, not full approval, from the FDA. He said the claim by the 117 employees who sued the hospital system that the inoculations were experimental and dangerous was both “false” and “irrelevant,” as Texas law protects workers from wrongful termination only if they are fired for refusing to commit an act that carries criminal penalties.

“We can now put this behind us and continue our focus on unparalleled safety, quality, service, and innovation,” Houston Methodist chief executive Marc Boom said in a statement.

Houston Methodist put 178 employees on unpaid leave last Monday because they had refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The workers are scheduled to be fired on June 21 if they still haven’t complied with the mandate. In a message to staff last week, Boom chided the recalcitrant staffers, saying, “Unfortunately, a small number of individuals have decided not to put their patients first.”

The plaintiffs had argued that, by forcing them to take a vaccine that hadn’t gone through the extensive clinical trials needed for full FDA approval, Houston Methodist was essentially requiring them to be “human guinea pigs” in a de facto drug trial. Hughes ruled that, as a private employer, the hospital system didn’t have to give employees the option of refusing vaccination, and he found that they weren’t being forced into a human experiment because Houston Methodist hadn’t applied or been certified to conduct clinical trials.

It seems there is going to be an opportunity soon for people to start vaxx-free businesses. After all, if an employer can mandate vaccinations, it can also mandate vaccine-free status. And that might be an excellent way to filter out stupid and short-sighted people during the hiring process.

I tend to doubt this ruling will hold up, though. The judge appears to have made her decision more on the basis of her disapproval of the plaintiffs' comparison to the holocaust than anything else. Still, it underlines the absolute insanity of the libertarian "private corporations are holy and their actions shalt not be questioned or infringed upon by the law" position.

And it is also clear that "the law" is now little more than a synonym for "evil word magic". But it would still be helpful if the Texas legislature would immediately pass a new law banning vaccine mandates for employees.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

The Boomers respond

It seems a few Boomers are beginning to chafe at my lack of respect for their g-g-generation. There is no need to address them all at once, but here is one from the blog:

Go pretend that your comic books are important.

I've explained, at length and repeatedly, why I, a confirmed elite book snob, who collects old leather-bound books and reads for pleasure in four languages, have been assiduously laboring in the low-status literary ghetto of fumetti, otherwise known as comic books. To no avail, apparently.

So, let me put this the only language a Boomer understands.

Arktoons is on track to pass, in terms of quality, marketability, and traffic, a competing site in about one year. That site just sold for $150 million.

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Worse than murder

 

If this claim is true, the not-vaxxes must be banned immediately. Notice that at 25,800 deaths, this would far worse than the 19,141 annual homicides committed in the USA.

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Mailvox: No Gamma Zone

A.D. honestly wants to know why his very important comments and questions are spammed on sight.
A.D. commented on "What made the Boomers boom?"
How 'bout you at least explain to me why you refuse to post my honest, well-intentioned follow-up questions to commenters, you incessantly-overcompensating fascist sissy-fags...??!

Certainly. VP has a strong No Gamma Comments Allowed policy. Because your previous comments were not only annoying and self-serving, but confirmed that you are a Gamma, you are no longer permitted to comment here. 

I trust this honest response answers his honest, well-intentioned question. His honest curiosity being satisfied, no doubt he will go away and cease attempting to comment here. Right?

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Monday PM Arktoons

COSMIC WARRIOR Episode 7: The Fleet Attacks

CHUCK DIXON PRESENTS: WAR Episode 7: Outnumbered Ten to One

The Weekly Arktoons roundup is at Bounding Into Comics, where they have posted their perspectives on the five most popular Arktoons series as determined by the readers' views.

Starting from dead scratch a little over a month ago, with thirty-two titles now available and six more on the way, Arktoons is gaining ground at a breakneck pace. With the narratives now well established and fandoms beginning to make their preferences sharply known, it’s time to take a look at Arktoons five most popular stories (as of this date).

Read the whole thing there. 



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What made the Boomers boom?

 The Last Roman asks a pertinent question:

So what made the Boomers different? I mean, why did they fail in such a spectacular manner? 

I'm a firm believer in the concept of the formative years. Who hasn't observed how the confidence in her youthful beauty sustains the fat, middle-aged housewife who still sees herself as "the pretty one", or how the certainty of his social superiority shines undiminished in the university Alpha at the gym even when he's little more than a middle manager going nowhere at the office? Conversely, who has failed to notice the seeming anomaly of the occasional lack of self-confidence in even the most successful late-bloomer? 

So, if we consider the historical situation in which the Boomers found themselves in childhood, the heirs to the literal conquerors of the world, who stood astride a planet in ruins while in possession of the only fully-functioning industrial base, living in the most technologically-advanced society in known human history, it should be no surprise that they behaved with all the circumspection and self-control of a highly indulged princeling who knows he will never have to wear a crown.

It is common for the successful - particularly those to whom success has come with little in the way of cost or effort - to believe they are beyond good and evil. The Boomers didn't feel they needed the traditions of their forebears that gave them their status, and they rejected those traditions in favor of pursuing short-term pleasures. They became lotus-eaters, soft, fat, and totally unfit for competition and conflict with the rest of a battle-hardened world that was rebuilding from the ashes.

And now, it's our turn to become hard men capable of embracing and winning the inevitable conflicts to come. This is why it behooves the younger generations in the West to not only reject, but to despise the Baby Boomers, and to refuse to listen to anything they have to say on any subject. They are complete failures, disastrous failures on a scale never before seen in history, and they have absolutely nothing to teach us, except to assiduously avoid following their example.

One Boomer, caught up in emotional projection of his own philosophy, shrieked that the younger generations anticipate the Day of the Pillow in order to acquire their material possessions. This is not only wrong, it completely misses the point. The reason we anticipate the Day of the Pillow is because on that day, the sweet silence of the Boomers will finally arrive.

On a not-unrelated note, an observation from SocialGalactic:

If Boomers were farmers, they would eat all of your seed corn and break every appliance in the kitchen doing so, then lecture with terrible advice on how to avoid the imminent starvation you will soon be facing.

Which, of course, is totally wrong and unfair. I think we all know that if Boomers were farmers, they'd immediately sell the farm, then buy a boat and a condo in Florida. 

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Monday AM Arktoons

BIG BEAR'S BIG COMIC Episode 7: Wally & Lil' Churchill

GUN GHOUL Episode 7: Caught on Camera

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The new power pyramid

I don't put a lot of credence in Sorcha Faal's dramatic reports, but this analysis of the transformation from a global monopower to a tripartite system in which China plays the leading role strikes me as highly credible:

American efforts to undermine Russia-China partnership are doomed to fail because Washington doesn't understand Moscow’s concerns.

The US is increasingly worried that Russia and China are forging a strong new strategic partnership. With Moscow and Beijing aligning their foreign policy stances, the relationship now seems to be an alliance in all but name.

It was initially expected that the Russian-Chinese partnership would run aground over Beijing’s economic ambitions in Central Asia. China is evidently the more powerful economy in the partnership with Russia, and those kinds of asymmetries create certain limitations.

Moscow accepts Chinese leadership but rejects Chinese dominance.

Thus, if China chooses the “first among equals” principle, the partnership will prove to be durable and Moscow can make its peace with playing second fiddle in economic affairs to the world’s most populous nation.

To date, China has not tried to make use of those asymmetries with Russia.

Unlike Washington’s efforts to peel Russia away from its neighbours in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Beijing has avoided these kinds of schemes and instead worked towards accommodating Russian strategic interests.

Simply put, it is not in China’s interest to abandon its “first among equals” position in favour of unipolar ambitions. Russia is an indispensable partner for China to establish an economic leadership position in the Greater Eurasian region.

In a multipolar world, Moscow can adopt a swing power position and pivot to other centres of power if Beijing starts aspiring to move beyond leadership, in order to try and dominate.

The US domination of Europe is officially over. Despite its best efforts, the US could not convince Europeans to stop the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. And those who have read Corporate Cancer will understand the significance of the fact that one of the leading sponsors of Euro 2020, whose TV ads are running frequently before the matches, is Alipay.

If Russia is content to play second fiddle to China - and there is every sign that it is, due to the way the USA has waged economic war on Russia over the last decade - the USA will not only lose its premier global position, but soon find itself demoted to the number three world power when it loses its Western European economic force multiplier. This is good news, as it will give actual Americans a better chance to take back control in their own country.

Meanwhile, as China courts Russia, the USA continues to ineffectually try to impose its will:

The ban on purchasing Russia’s sovereign debt by US investors introduced by Washington earlier this year came into force on Monday. In April, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order authorizing the imposition of yet more restrictions. The move signaled a further expansion of Washington’s existing sanctions policy on Moscow, which is aimed at cutting off Russia from the global financial markets.

This idiocy is almost certainly going to boomerang on the neo-liberal world order, as the countries of the world will react to Russia's financial deplatforming in much the same way that consumers concerned about being deplatformed by Paypal are turning to new alternatives with relief and gratitude. 

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

They should all be fired

Rumors abound that DC is headed for an epic housecleaning of the Augean Stables variety:

One of the first things on David Zaslav’s to-do list as the CEO of newly-formed conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery will surely be to streamline the entire operation, because as things stand the corporate structure could generously be described as shambolic.

As much as many fans would love for him to kick open the doors, boot out the old guard and restore the SnyderVerse, that’s hardly going to be high on his immediate agenda, but we’ll use the DCEU‘s setup as an example, with a recent Reddit leak as the jumping-off point. We should point out that the veracity of the claim is entirely up for debate, with an “insider” post claiming that Discovery want to fire everyone involved with the shared superhero universe.

Obviously, that’s an incredibly sweeping generalization that only reinforces our point about the jumbled hierarchy. If Discovery were to get rid of everyone with a vested stake in the DCEU, then that extends to DC Films president Walter Hamada, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys, WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff and Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich.

Heading further down the ladder to join even more of the DCEU dots, DC Comics, Inc. is a subsidiary of DC Entertainment, which is part of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences, itself part of the Studio & Networks umbrella, under the control of the aforementioned Picture Group, so a whole lot of heads would have to roll were Discovery planning to eliminate anyone who’s got even the slightest bit of skin in the game when it comes to crafting one of the DCEU‘s big budget superhero blockbusters from the ground up.

The only thing that would actually be surprising about Warner-Discovery going Hercules on DC is that it would mark the first time in decades that anyone had done anything sensible there. After all, based on past experience, they'll hire a transvestite in a wheelchair and put Zer in charge of the entire operation. 

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Sunday PM Arktoons

Go Monster Go! Episode 4: Your Friendly Oasis

Chicago Typewriter Episode 7: As Above, So Below



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Never trust the science

It's hard to "trust the science" when the science goes into hiding as soon as it becomes obvious they were completely and utterly wrong. And by "science", of course, I mean "scientistry".
The editor of respected medical journal The Lancet has refused to reveal if he still supports a controversial letter debunking claims that COVID-19 started in a Chinese laboratory.

The letter was published in The Lancet last February and was signed by 27 eminent public health experts who described speculation about the origins of the virus from a Wuhan laboratory as ‘rumours’ and ‘misinformation.’

When MailOnline contacted The Lancet’s editor, Dr Richard Horton about the decision to publish and support the letter, both he and his office declined to comment.

It's informative to see how scientists are perfectly happy to issue authoritative pronouncements right up until the moment that the facts actually begin to arrive. Then they clam up and go into hiding.

Never, ever, "trust the science". Because scientists are corrupt. Science is just another word for engineering that doesn't work. 

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Sunday AM Arktoons

AI WARS Episode 7: The War Room

SWAN KNIGHT SAGA Episode 7: To Awe and Terrify

An indictment of the Boomers

Peter Hitchens reviews Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster, a book written in the style of the highly influential Eminent Victorians:

While not quite impaling (among others) Steve Jobs, Camille Paglia, Al Sharpton, and Sonia Sotomayor, she deals brief, eviscerating sideswipes at the ideas and follies that brought such people into being and sustain them now. For this reviewer, a partially reformed 1960s bohemian, Bolshevik, and general scapegrace, these sideswipes were pure joy, the sort that make me cry out with recognition, or pound the arm of my chair. I say “partially reformed” because the things once inside me that the 1960s broke remain forever broken. I cannot be what I would have been if this had not happened, and I am not at all sure I would want to be. My main use to civilization, as a resister and critic of these things, comes from knowing who and what is now my enemy, in a way that very few conservatives do. It is a skill I largely retain, which is why I think that “Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll” is a much clearer statement of the revolutionary program than “Workers of all Lands, Unite!”

So I saw repeated flashes in this volume of another book I very much hope Andrews will write, a lament for the great loss we have all suffered and which cannot possibly be repaired until we admit it, if then. Such a book will be so sad that it will make the sound of bagpipes played after a funeral on a windy hillside sound cheerful. But it has to come from someone at the beginning of life, not from some gnarled survivor of the lost world before the revolutions. Her opening chapter, a general segment on Boomers rather than on any individual, is the best part. Here is perhaps the most poignant passage in the book:

As a woman, if I had been born in another century, my schooling might well have stopped at age twelve. On the other hand, in this age I attended some of the best schools in the world until I was twenty-one and still didn’t receive an education those benighted eras would have considered standard. Is this necessarily an improvement?

Andrews cannily observes another often overlooked convulsion in thought: “The most glaring objective consequence of the boomers’ embrace of mass culture has been the death of both folk culture and high culture. Earlier generations felt obliged to graduate from the good-time music of their youth to opera and classical, upon reaching a certain age. Not the boomers.” I had never seen anyone make this point before. Yet it was exactly my decision to graduate in this way that opened a tiny gap between me and my contemporaries, which has widened over fifty years into an immense gulf. I am glad to have even a poor and sketchy knowledge of a part of the musical classics, but I think what I gave up is even more important than what I gained. For in abandoning it I learned how not to conform, and how not to care when found out. And I also ceased to hear that incessant pied piper, with his false promises of untold joys to come if I would just follow the others.

This brings us back to the destruction of formal education, the acquisition of defined knowledge based upon authority. I was caught in the middle of this change and am cursed and blessed with a constant painful knowledge of what I have lost. But those who came very soon after me do not even have that. They live unaware of it, in a fog of unknowing. It was this incredibly rapid removal of all landmarks, signposts, objective measures and maps which left us where we are now, lost boys and girls trying to invent our own ideas of the good, condemned to repeat every stupid mistake in human history, which really defines our age. Yet in the world of the boomers, the uneducated think they are educated. As Kingsley Amis long ago pointed out, we are at a party where the wine tastes like kerosene, the canapés are stale, the music is badly played on inferior instruments, the conversation is lumpish and dull, the clothes ill-fitting—but nobody cares because nobody has experienced anything different or knows that it could be any better.

The histories of the wicked g-g-generation are already being written, and the general tone of the verdict is already clear. They will whine and snark until they completely f-f-fade away, but it will all be in vain.

If I ever write a book on the Boomer g-g-generation, I don't think I'd focus on the famous individuals as archtypical examples of the whole. While the approach is informative and can unquestionably be very effective from the rhetorical perspective, which is why even serious historians like Paul Johnson have utilized it, I tend to view it as an unnecessary distraction from the more significant points at hand.

And in his criticism of the book, Hitchens explains why it is so important to indict and prosecute the Boomers in the court of intellectual history, contra the incessant complaints from the guilty parties. There are few things more tedious than Boomers crying about the younger generations damning them for their damnable choices, behavior, and social mores, especially doing so is a vital part of convincing those younger generations to reject the Boomers' collective path toward societal and civilizational suicide.

Any proper discussion of the cultural and moral disaster of our age cannot really concentrate on that age and those who grew out of it. That is just a tour of the ruins, without an explanation of why they are ruins. It needs to look a little further down, into the minds of those who inherited an ordered, free civilization and chose to throw it away. This is the mystery and tragedy of our time, and until we can solve it, it will go on forever, and perhaps be repeated in civilizations to come.

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