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Saturday, March 06, 2021

How did I ever know?

I don't know anything about The Talisman, a fantasy novel published by Peter Straub and Stephen King in 1984. After all, given the success of The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones, it could be about anything, right? But as soon as I heard that Steven Spielberg and the Duffer brothers had acquired the rights to turn it into a streaming show, I was pretty sure that whatever it was, it was focused on children.

Steven Spielberg has found his next project: a series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub's 1984 fantasy novel The Talisman. The 74-year-old director will be executive producing an adaptation of the book for Netflix along with the Duffer brothers, best known for creating Stranger Things for the streamer. The series has been a long time coming, as Spielberg has been interested in bringing the novel to the screen since two years before it was even published, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's a strong level of interest in what is near-worthless intellectual property. Is there really any need to ask what the basis for that interest was?

The series likely appealed to the Stranger Things alumni, as it follows a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer as he travels to an alternate dimension in search of a talisman to save his mother's life.

Oh, that's why. Quelle surprise.... 

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Weekend at Biden's

Forget conspiracy theories, Q, and stolen elections. Ignore the Ides of March. Simply apply Ockham's Razor to the so-called Biden "presidency":

No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress.

President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician.

Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event.

In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama administration, the new White House team has carefully managed the president’s appearances, trying to lower the temperature from Donald Trump’s Washington and to save a big media moment to mark what could soon be a signature accomplishment: passage of the COVID-19 bill.

Also, not the President. This is not a "White House media strategy". It's a "Weekend at Biden's" strategy.

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Friday, March 05, 2021

The next best thing

 It would be better if they simply sunk the ships, but jailing the treasonous people and organizations that facilitated the invasion of Italy isn't a bad first step:

After an investigation lasting almost four years, Italian prosecutors have charged dozens of rescuers, from charities including Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières, who were accused of collaborating with people smugglers after saving thousands of people from drowning in the Mediterranean.

Investigators in Trapani, Sicily, formally closed the inquiry on Monday and charged more than 20 people, including boat captains, heads of mission and legal representatives, with crimes carrying sentences of up to 20 years.

As reported by La Repubblica, at least three rescue boats are at the centre of the charges: Iuventa, a former fishing vessel run by the German NGO Jugend Rettet, Vos Hestia, operated by Save the Children, and Vos Prudence, run by MSF.

Prosecutors claim rescuers arranged a direct handover of the refugees and migrants from smugglers’ boats, returning the boats to be reused.

The entire concept of "refugees" needs to be rejected. The fact that you happen to be unfortunate enough to live under a government that hates or mistreats you is not grounds to permit you to invade another country. And, as history has made perfectly clear on many occasions, sometimes people are hated because their evil actions merit the hate. 

K is rising. Perhaps not soon enough to save most of today's political entities, but it will save the nations.

Hitler and Napoleon must be kicking themselves in Hell. If only they'd simply thought to flood Great Britain with refugees, they could have won their wars without firing another shot after locking down the continent.

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The bullies of the library

A Library subscriber mentioned yesterday that he thought the Library editions were every bit as beautiful as the Libraria editions, so I thought it was only fair to give them their moment in the sun. This was our first attempt to utilize red cowhide in the vein of the Franklin Library Shakespeare collection, and although it took a little more tweaking than usual, the end result was very satisfactory. The endpapers, in particular, are fantastic.

The front covers, which feature the hoplite and legionary helmets, are also very striking, and the detail on the two soldiers on the spines turned out better than we were expecting.

I ordered another 630 square feet of Italian goatskin today, which is the largest order we've placed to date. The Libraria editions of Arts of Dark and Light, which includes Summa Elvetica, will be dark green. The Libraria edition of Heidi will be the bright red of the Swiss flag. Both colors should look spectacular with the 22k gold.

Both volumes of Plutarch, in both editions, are now available at Arkhaven for non-subscribers. The Libraria edition of Summa Elvetica is also available, but there are only 49 left in stock.

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There is a simple solution

It's time for people to start holding the corpocracy responsible for its incessant attempts to strip all privacy from everyone:

Microsoft has teamed up with a number of tech and media companies to create a system of tracing content around the internet that could destroy online privacy and anonymity, radically transforming the nature of the web.

Against stiff competition, the alliance of tech and media giants has devised a plan that may constitute Big Tech’s most brazen power-grab yet.

According to Microsoft’s press release, it has partnered with several other organizations to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA).

Put simply, the purpose of this organization is to devise a system whereby all content on the internet can be traced back to its author.

The press release states that it will develop these specifications for “common asset types and formats,” meaning videos, documents, audio, and images.

Whether it’s a meme, an audio remix, or a written article, the goal is to ensure that when content reaches the internet, it will come attached with a set of signals allowing its provenance — meaning authorship — can be detected.

Consider the companies that have signed on to this initiative. Leading the pack is Microsoft, which operates Word, Paint, Notepad, Edge, and the Office Suite. If you create a .doc or a .jpg, a Microsoft service is probably involved in some capacity. Then there’s Adobe, the company behind Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Premiere Pro, as well as several other market-leading applications for publishing photos, videos, and documents. There’s also Truepic, a company that has developed technology to track the provenance of photos from the very moment they are captured on a smartphone.

Finally, there’s Intel, which dominates the market in laptop and desktop central processing units (CPUs). The CPU is responsible for processing virtually all information on computers. Whether you’re typing a sentence or taking a screenshot, it’s the CPU that is processing that data. Accessing the CPU is the ultimate form of digital surveillance. Even if you’re disconnected from the internet, the CPU still sees what your computer is doing.

The combination of these forces creates the potential to track and de-anonymize information from the moment it is created on a computer. Signals could be attached to information to ensure it is censored and suppressed wherever it travels online. Even if someone else is sharing the information, it could be suppressed simply because of its point of origin. And, of course, the signals could be used to identify the creators of dissident content.

It would also be useful to pass laws requiring artificial persons to be subject to the same responsibilities and penalties as natural persons, considering that they have many of the same rights. If a person who commits a crime that requires jail time cannot earn an income, why are corporations permitted to continue earning revenue if they are guilty of similar felonies and misdemeanors? 

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The Devil Mouse killed Star Wars

Now Amazon is murdering The Lord of the Rings. Whatever this is looks like a low-budget, converged version of Eragon. And given the way the corporacy is now targeting actual books for cancelling, eventually there won't be any real epic fantasy left except Arts of Dark and Light.

Latavious of the High Elves
I believe that is Latavious of the Ñoldor, the kindred of High Elves who initially migrated to Valinor from Middle-earth and lived in Eldamar, the coastal region of Aman, a continent that lay west of Middle-earth, but returned to Middle-earth following the murder of their first leader Finwë, in a drive-by shooting believed to have been committed by orcs that belonged to the Crips gang.

UPDATE: Yes, yes, that isn't the actual Amazon Lord of the Rings. It's just a joke based on a converged Netherflix fantasy film. The actual Amazon product will probably look a lot more like this.

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Thursday, March 04, 2021

They're just getting started

Ebay is banning accounts that sell Dr. Seuss books:

Dr. Seuss is still getting canceled. In addition to far-Left schools, a useless learning organization, President Joe Biden, and a to-be-determined verdict from Universal Orlando, eBay has set aim toward the — as of last week racist — author.

eBay is going to work overtime to take down all current listings and is “monitoring” anyone who tries to list one of the six racist books in the future. (By the way, what a gig that would be to have.)

“eBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” an eBay spokeswoman said.

“We had to remove your listing because it didn’t follow our Offensive material policy,” one seller was told for listing a Dr. Seuss book. “Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.”

It isn't ever going to end until it is stopped. 

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A thing worth doing

Is worth doing for its own sake. Given the expense of producing and shipping these, it would make no sense from a capitalistic perspective to produce monstrous books like these massive goatskin-leatherbound editions of both volumes of PLUTARCH'S LIVES. But if you appreciate books, how could you possibly doubt for one second that it was a thing worth doing?

We're currently behind schedule on SUMMA ELVETICA for various reasons that mostly relate to trying to get the AODAL series look right, but we expect to get back on track with HEIDI and the current Library subscription book, RHETORIC by Aristotle, featuring a Forward by yours truly. The new system at the bindery permits much better tracking that will go out automatically via email to subscribers when the books are shipped, so we're anticipating improvement in that regard.

Both volumes of PLUTARCH'S LIVES, Library and Libraria can now be purchased individually until the stock runs out. Please note that the Libraria edition of AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND now joins both editions of THE MISSIONARIES, and MEDITATIONS as being officially sold out.

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Amazon to destroy NFL next

 After destroying both the ebook and audiobook markets, Amazon has set it sights on further reducing NFL viewership:

After steamrolling the bookstore industry, monopolizing online retail, taking a stab at dominating the pharmacy business and not that far from muscling out the competition and becoming the dominant player in cloud, Amazon is set to dominate yet another market: NFL viewership.

The WSJ reports that the National Football League is on the verge of signing new rights deals with media partners that could see Amazon.com carry many games exclusively and TV networks pay as much as double their current rate, plunging NFL viewership notwithstanding.

According to the new agreements, which could be in place as early as next week, TV deals for the league's Sunday and Monday franchises with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN are likely to run for as long as 11 years, they said. ESPN's deal would go into effect after the 2021-22 season while the Fox, CBS and NBC agreements would kick in after the 2022-23 season.

But it is the NFL's deal with Amazon that is of most interest: it would result in a significant number of Thursday night games being available exclusively on its Prime Video platform and "represent the league's deepest foray into streaming", WSJ sources said. And in order to lock even more Prime Video viewers, those games wouldn't be available on traditional television outside of the local markets of the two teams playing.

While it hasn't been confirmed yet that the replacement of the Washington Redskins' cheerleading squad with a nameless gay men's Chippendale dance troupe was dictated by Amazon, it appears likely that the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs will be terminated from the league for racism, while the New England Patriots have already received an email from Amazon informing them that their games will not be televised due to their extremist identitarianism.

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Political breakup or global depopulation

A global forecast site is predicting a 70 percent decline in the US population... by 2025:
As we had reported on ANP back on December 31st of 2017, Deagel was previously forecasting the US population to drop to 54 million people by 2025, down from what was then 324 million people in 2016. Well as we see now in the screenshot above taken from their website page for the United States this morning, Deagel is now forecasting that the 2025 population of the USA will be a nice, round 100 million people – nearly doubling their previous 2025 forecast for America of 54 million.

Yet as it’s easy to see, even a 2025 forecast of 100 million people living here in less than 8 years is STILL DOWN 227 million from the 2017 population of America. How will America LOSE 227 million people by 2025?

We’d love to know why Deagel is forecasting the population of the US to drop from 327 million in 2017 to only 100 million in 2025, with them also forecasting a 2025 US military budget of 32 billion dollars, down from our 2017 military budget of $637 billion, while forecasting our population density to drop from 34 inhabitants per square mile to only 10 inhabitants per square mile in 2025. While our emails to Deagel have gone unreturned, what does Deagel know that we don’t know?

I suppose it is theoretically possible that Deagel is simply anticipating the same political breakup of the United States that I am, especially given that it is forecasting a 78 percent decline in the population of the increasingly not-United Kingdom, versus a 30 percent decline in the aging population of Italy.

But then, given the forecast of a 54 percent decline in the population of Israel and a 1 percent increase in the population of India, it's considerably more likely that they know something about the not-vaccines that Bill Gates is pushing on the world in order to reduce the global population.

UPDATE: Actually, their core logic isn't unreasonable. They are looking at pretty much the same thing I've been anticipating, which is the catastrophic failure of the neoliberal order beginning with the financial sector. The real question isn't whether the collapse will happen or not, but if Soviet society was actually much 5x-8x more resilient than the Western societies.

The Soviet system was less able to deliver goodies to the people than the Western one. Nevertheless Soviet society was more compact and resilient under an authoritarian regime. That in mind, the collapse of the Soviet system wiped out 10 percent of the population. The stark reality of diverse and multicultural Western societies is that a collapse will have a toll of 50 to 80 percent depending on several factors but in general terms the most diverse, multicultural, indebted and wealthy (highest standard of living) will suffer the highest toll. The only glue that keeps united such aberrant collage from falling apart is overconsumption with heavy doses of bottomless degeneracy disguised as virtue.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Division is good

The good should not be unequally yoked with the wicked. The Christians in the United Methodist Church are on the verge of leaving their converged denomination.

Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The move could hasten the long-expected breakup of the UMC over differing approaches to LGBTQ inclusion. For now, the UMC is the largest mainline Protestant church in the U.S. and second only to the Southern Baptist Convention, an evangelical denomination, among all U.S. Protestant churches.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UMC’s General Conference — at which the schism would be debated — has been postponed for two consecutive years, and is now scheduled to take place in Minneapolis starting in late August of 2022.

The Rev. Keith Boyette, a Methodist elder from Virginia who chairs the Global Methodist initiative, said he and his allies do not want to wait that long to formally leave the UMC. They have asked that the topic of schism be added to the tightly limited agenda of a special one-day General Conference to be conducted online May 8.

The name is, of course, a little ironic.... All the crocodile tears about unity and grace should be ignored.

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China vs Prometheans

It is, of course, merely another permutation of the Sino-Jewish War:

No American pro sports league has profited more from its business relationship with China than the NBA, and the NBA has been known to take some serious social justice and political stands in the United States.

So it will be interesting to see if the league will take a stand against its biggest business partner, now that a Chinese court has ruled in favor of a widely circulated Chinese textbook that describes homosexuality as “a psychological disorder.”

Remember, the NBA is the same organization that once pulled its All-Star Game out of Charlotte after a North Carolina law banned transgender people from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Now, will the league speak out about the Chinese court ruling that states referring to homosexuality as a mental disorder is a-OK? Will it pull preseason games out of China, stop accepting money from Chinese merchandise sales, vehemently speak out about the communist nation’s decision to promote materials that are clearly anti-LGBT?

The point is not the hypocrisy. The point is that the Chinese response demonstrates it was never necessary to surrender to the neoclowns and SJWs. Unfortunately, the prosperity-weakened Christians of the West lacked the spine and the intelligence to defend their ideals, their nations, or their faith, and succumbed to lies about free speech, equality, posterity, and civic nationalism.

Which is why the 21st Century is much more likely to belong to the East than to the West.

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The cost of corporate cancer

As one SocialGalactician discovered, the convergence can metastasize quickly if left untreated:

An SJW snuck into my organisation while I was out for a month. Cost to the business: $150,000, 3 months lost progress, 5 bad hires, 2 lost investment opportunities. Finally cancelled him and his entire team this week.

First red flag: Tried to hire a female developer who couldn’t code but was very much into “women in tech”. I raised the alarm immediately but no one wanted to rock the boat.

Second red flag: Promotes “working from home” policies and hires people who know him personally. Result: Startup culture that doesn’t deliver anything but has a great “culture”.

Third red flag: Breaks down in tears when confronted and claims this is affecting his mental health.

Penny drop: Investors walking away because nothing gets done, finally have enough ammo to take him down.

Keep SJWs out of your organizations. It doesn't matter if it's a softball team or a software company, SJWs will destroy it. It's literally their purpose for being. You can't reason with them or teach them any more than you can reason with or teach a cancer cell. 

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Convergence eats the liberal left

Having rendered the conservatives who feared to fight them irrelevant, SJWs are now increasingly focused on devouring the liberals who paved the way for them.

The BBC will edit out racist remarks made by Major Gowen in Fawlty Towers when the show is re-aired next week. The broadcaster will remove comments by the retired old soldier in the iconic comedy series, which ran for 12 episodes during the 1970s, when the episodes are aired in its Festival of Funny from Monday.

The move comes less than a year after actor John Cleese, who played Basil Fawlty in the British sitcom, slammed the BBC-owned UKTV for removing an episode of Fawlty Towers which featured racist language made by the Major.

Cleese branded the channel 'stupid' for not realising the show was mocking the Major's use of the 'n-word' and added: 'We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them.'

It's cute that Cleese believes he was ever anything more than a useful idiot laying the roadway for the traffic that is now driving over him. It's rather like the free speech advocates who are bewildered that they are being cast aside now that their successful campaign to overturn the laws against blasphemy and treason have allowed the treasonous blasphemers to take power and begin instituting their own version of blasphemy and treason laws. 

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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Stories Matter

The Dark Herald on the decades-long devolution of Disney World into Devil Mouse Trap

It was pretty close to magic.  It wasn’t just the rides, although those were great.  Epcot didn’t exist yet, so WDW was strictly the Magic Kingdom but there was a lot to it.  Animatronics were quite a lot more cool in the seventies.  The 20,000 Leagues Under Sea ride was still running.  And the Carousel of Progress was featuring the “Now is the Time,” song, (which led to me being gaslighted by my own family for years. They had me half convinced that song was a product of my deranged imagination).  The Haunted Mansion was everything a haunted mansion was supposed to be for a little kid.

But like I said, it wasn’t just the rides.

There was something about just walking down Mainstreet USA that made me happy.  The characters on the street like the mayor and the fire chief gave this fake American town quite a bit of depth. Occasionally, some of the townsfolk would suddenly break into a “Hello Dolly” style song and dance number. Even the town suffragette added something fun.  There was a depth to Mainstreet because it was telling a story.

Stories matter. 

He's right. There was something... relaxing... about walking down Mainstreet USA even in Disneyland Paris some 10 years ago. I think it is because it was somehow part of the world that I knew as a child, a bright, cartoon version of that world, to be sure, but one that was familiar somehow, and comforting.

It is the material echo of the world we have lost. And that, of course, is why the Devil Mouse is determined to replace it, in the same way that his master seeks to replace us. 

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Yeah, she looks into it

Add it to the list of anomalies. Someone is burning Cuomo. Normally this sort of thing stays swept well under the rug:

A woman named Anna Ruch says Cuomo made her feel “confused and shocked and embarrassed” during a wedding event in September of 2019. Ruch, who is now 33, told The New York Times that it was the first time she met Cuomo.

Ruch says she thanked him for his complimentary remarks about her newlywed friends when the Governor placed his hand on her lower back. Ruch claims Cuomo called her “aggressive” when she forcibly removed his hand from her back.

Shockingly, Ruch says Cuomo then placed both hands on her face and asked, “Can I kiss you?”

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,” Ruch said. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”

Ruch provided The Times with a photograph of the encounter as well as text messages regarding the incident.

I don't know why. I don't know who. But I don't buy that Team Kamala is doing it, since either a) she doesn't matter or b) she'll be the incumbent come 2024, depending upon which narrative you utilize. 

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Dr. Seuss Inc. cancels Dr. Seuss

This is a good example of why authors need to be much more careful about those to whom they trust their literary legacies:

Six popular Dr. Seuss books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — “will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday,” The Associated Press reported.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement marking the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said. The Associated Press reported that the “racist and insensitive” depictions played a part in their removal.

The other books affected are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.

This appears to be classic convergence in action. Remember, convergence prevents an organization from performing its core function, which in this case is selling Dr. Seuss books. Although I can't help but notice none of these are among the bestsellers....

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The new Chariots of Fire

Why do I doubt that Hollywood will be falling all over themselves to make a movie about this athlete's heroic refusal to compromise his principles?

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has said that he would rather miss the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics than receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Blake - a two-time Olympic gold medallist and former 100m world champion - made the comments in Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that receiving a vaccine would not be compulsory for athletes and officials to attend this summer’s delayed Games, though they still encouraged competitors to be vaccinated if possible before arriving in Japan “to contribute to the safe environment of the Games.”

“Also out of respect for the Japanese people, who should be confident that everything is being done to protect not only the participants, but also the Japanese people themselves,” the IOC said.

Speaking over the weekend, Blake was quoted as saying: “My mind still stays strong, I don’t want any vaccine, I’d rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine, I am not taking it.”

Now there is a man who understands risk-reward. There are some people whose personal situations justify the risks of the not-vaccine. Frankly, most of their genes could probably use modification. But an elite young athlete is definitely on the wrong side of the risk-reward ratio. 

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Monday, March 01, 2021

Mailvox: the worst mortal sin

A Boomer confesses the greatest sin of his g-g-generation. I tend to agree, although I think their grandparenting may be even worse than their parenting. I mean, they may have created latchkey children, but at least they were usually resident in the same STATE at the time.

I enjoy your posts, etc. very much. You could not be more correct about my g-g-generation. I am a 1954 baby. Hunter S. Thompson, may God rest his soul, wrote a book later in his life entitled “Generation of Vipers” Could there be a more apt description of my ‘peeps’?  Yes, great accomplishments accompanied them on their march to the grave, but those pale in comparison to the almost incalculable damage done by the generation of vipers.  I could list them, but you already have the litany memorized. Nor am I innocent. I have been by turns selfish, greedy, self-indulgent, shallow, and that’s the good part. Heck, I could make you feel like you are in the receiving end of a confessional here. I may not be on the level of a Hunter Biden, but I was a scoundrel, nonetheless.

Good news is that I have grown. My political epiphany happened in 1979. The last time I voted for a Democrat was Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Thereafter I have voted Republican even though I knew that at least 50% of them were no better than their openly demonic opponents.  Recent events have only reinforced my conviction that R’s versus D’s is all kabuki theater intended to fool the rubes. I absolutely relish President Donald Trump, our true president. DJT was the only president since Calvin Coolidge who truly worked for the good of our people 24/7/365. He remains the stone rejected by the mason which may yet become the cornerstone of the new temple.

My religious epiphany came in 1996 when I returned to my Christian roots as a mature, informed, experienced sinner working day by day on his own personal reformation....

So, here’s the punchline. In my opinion the worst mortal sin of all the many shortcomings and transgressions of my g-g-generation, is their parenting. We are now seeing the grandchildren born of the children raised by my generation. There are MANY young folks who despite the downward flow of inter-generational excrement have matured into responsible citizens. That having been stipulated, there is a great mass of poor wretches who bear the burden of two generations of varying degrees of pathetic, apathetic and/or downright pernicious parenting. 

They may not be entirely blameless; however, many have become vicious, confused, illiterate, innumerate, sexually perverted morons. They are the victims of varying degrees of child-abuse at the hands of the generation of vipers or their sons and daughters. If a dog bites because he has been beaten by a sadist, how can we blame the dog? For this sin alone the Boomers doom is foretold and is unavoidable. To paraphrase my Lord and Savior, “woe unto he who leads the young ones away from the light”. Of all the punishments that the Boomers so richly deserve, this will be the harshest by far. Truly, it will have been better for them that they were never born.

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Boomersick

A few people been slinging around the rhetorical term Boomerphobia. As with the term homophobia, it is denigrating rhetoric that does not point one at the truth. In both cases, disgust is a considerably more accurate description than fear, which means that a more accurate term should be based on one of the two primary Greek terms for the former: αηδία or σιχασιά.

The problem is that in English, Boomeraidia sounds more like someone who has drunk the Boomer Kool-aid or cheerfully contributes to the upkeep of a Boomer's nursing home than someone who would prefer that the staff make productive use of the pillows there. So, the term Boomersichasia is the preferable neologism, as it anglicizes quite nicely to Boomersick.

So, if one wishes to describe the attitude of this blog and many of this blog's younger readers with regards to the Baby Boomers, please have the courtesy to utilize the correct dialectical term, which is Boomersichasic, or, if you prefer rhetoric, Boomersick.

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Social media hacks

This is just one of the many reasons SocialGalactic has a Clean Speech policy. Because if it's on the Internet, you have to assume it will be made public sooner or later:

The Gab accounts of Donald Trump and Gab’s own CEO are among those “compromised” by a hack of the microblogging service popular among US conservatives and right-wingers. The data is being offered to researchers and journalists.

A 70-gigabyte trove of data dubbed “Gableaks” includes public posts on the platform, but also “private posts, user profiles, hashed passwords for users, DMs, and plaintext passwords for groups,”according to an entity called DDoSecrets. The information was allegedly stolen by a third party and leaked to the group, which operates similarly to WikiLeaks. The leak was described in detail by Wired, which was given access to a sample of the dataset.

Gab is a competitor of Twitter that caters to users who feel their freedom of speech is being unduly restricted by Big Tech. Critics call it a hotbed of far-right extremism that is flourishing thanks to the company policies encouraging user anonymity and a lack of content moderation.

Like it's better-known counterpart Parler, Gab saw an influx of new users after Silicon Valley launched a crackdown on undesirable voices in the wake of the January 6 riot at the Capitol. When Parler was effectively deplatformed shortly afterwards, some of its users went to Gab.

The Gableaks trove “contains pretty much everything on Gab, including user data and private posts, everything someone needs to run a nearly complete analysis on Gab users and content," DDoSecrets cofounder Emma Best told the tech news website. “It's another gold mine of research for people looking at militias, neo-Nazis, the far right, QAnon and everything surrounding January 6.”

According to Wired, the data in DDoSecrets’ possession was obtained through a technique called “SQL injection,” which tricks a website into executing malicious code sent as user input. In a Friday statement, Gab said it was “aware of a vulnerability in this area and patched it last week.” DDoSecrets says the hacking was done by “JaXpArO (they/them) & My Little Anonymous Revival Project.”

There isn't any point in complaining about the media utilizing black hat hackers. They are, by their own admission, the enemy, and as such they are going to engage in enemy action. And all the so-called privacy policies will be denied and deemed to be irrelevant by the companies no matter what they say; if there is one thing we have learned from the Bears' battle with Patreon, it is that the tech companies will assert, at every single point, that their behavior is not restricted in any way by their own contracts no matter what those contracts clearly say.

The only thing that actually restricts them is the intersection of those contracts with the law, to the extent that judges and arbitrators are actually willing to apply the latter. And that is very, very far from a sure thing.

The answer is very simple. Never post or comment anything that you would be hesitant to state in a courtroom before a judge under oath. And if the post or comment could cost you your job if it comes to light, then keep it to yourself. You simply cannot reasonably expect privacy in the Global Panopticon.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Trump CPAC speech

I have no interest whatsoever in anything CPAC-related, nor am I particularly interested in what Trump has to say in the wake of his failure to metaphorically cross the Rubicon. What separates the winners of history from the losers is acting at the moment of crisis, and as far as we can tell, President Trump failed to act. While it's now clear that something is going on behind the scenes in Washington DC, it is equally clear that whoever is calling the shots does not answer to Donald Trump, at least not anymore.

I'm not personally down on Donald Trump. I still think he was the greatest President since Andrew Jackson. I'd be happy to see him run again in 2024 if the election system is going to be secured between now and then. But, based on the imperfect information we presently possess, I think he would have done better to emulate Caesar than Cincinnatus.

Anyhow, feel free to discuss the speech here.

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Amazon is locking down

Having already eviscerated both the ebook and audiobook markets, Amazon is now going to sabotage its own print book sales:

Conservatives are sounding the alarm about an updated Amazon policy that bans books the ubiquitous billion-dollar company deems offensive or includes so-called “hate speech.”

Amazon has ramped up its censorship on conservative views in recent weeks. For example, a popular documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was banned from their streaming service this past week. Before that move, the company deplatformed conservative Ryan Anderson’s book critical of gender theory, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement.”

When Just the News reached out to Amazon over the ban on Anderson’s book, the outlet said the company directed them to a page outlining their “Content Guidelines for Books.” Under a section labeled “Offensive Content,” Amazon states that they “don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive.”

“A review of those policies suggests that sometime in the last few months Amazon made a major change to the ways in which it moderates book content on its servers, imposing a much stricter standard on books than it had previously done,” the report said. It appears the company recently added so-called “hate speech” to their guidelines on book platforming, and is amping up their censorship of the “offensive.”

Castalia has already removed most of its audiobooks from Audible. We're well set up to not only survive, but thrive upon the convergence and decline of Amazon, so don't worry about us. If you must worry, worry about all the independents who have staked their careers and livelihoods upon Amazon. 

And if you're not using the Arkhaven and Castalia Direct stores yet, you really should be.

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It is good to hate the Boomer

I don't hate old people. I hate Boomers. I hate literally everything about Boomerdom. There is not one single thing I like about it. I hate their music, I hate their clothes. I hate their stupid hair and their stupid civnattery. I hate their materialism. I hate their horrible 70s fabrics and colors. But most of all, I hate their juvenile and terminally dyscivilizational self-obsession. This is not a recent phenomenon. I have hated everything about them since the late 1970s, when I first began to become aware that things had not always been so ugly and myopic and awful.

These idiots are proud of hating on a targeted group, the old.

This is ageist nonsense. If you like being insulted by children go to Vox to be insulted; you may have invented personal computers, the internet, and gone to the moon. You could be Tim Berners-Lee, It won't matter. Vox is a bigot against anyone who has been around longer than himself. If you don't like it he will ban you.

He must hates his parents so he takes it out any one who is older than himself.

How much do you love that he actually worked the Moon in there. The point is that if you self-identify as a Boomer, if you are offended when younger generations exhibit their contempt for Boomers, then you are accepting culpability for all the many sins of your g-g-generation. I don't hate or despise old people. To the contrary, I have always respected and sought to learn from my elders. I harbor no contempt for pre-Boomers, or with people born between 1946 and 1964 who repudiate Boomerism. It's not when one was born that matters, but rather, one's identity and values.

Boomers don't understand this because they never respected their elders and identified themselves by their long-distant youth. That's why they always say, incorrectly, that our children and grandchildren will despise us the way theirs despise them, and the way they despised their parents and grandparents. But that is not true, because we loved our grandparents, we love our children, and we will love our grandchildren. And we don't merely love them, we prioritize them. We sacrifice for them and we do so gladly.

The best description of the Boomer I have ever heard is this: the Boomer criticizes his grandchildren for failing to plant the acorns of the nonexistent oaks under which he cannot sit.

I have consciously hated Boomers since they were declaring that 40 is the new 20 and I always will. The Day of the Pillow is coming for all of them. And the best thing is that we are literally writing their history, because none of those self-obsessed losers had enough interest in anything outside of their g-g-generation to be able to put it in historical context.

God hates the wicked. That is why it is good to hate the Boomer.

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This is what one calls "a failure cascade"

DC Comics is finding itself under increasing pressure from the POX thanks to its SJWs:

Justice League star Ray Fisher launched a fresh volley of tweets against Warner Bros. and DC Films on Saturday following news of a new Superman project with a high-profile Black writer.

Fisher, 33, reiterated his claims that DC Films President Walter Hamada had tried to 'destroy' his 'credibility,' before implying that the new Superman movie was a ploy to distract fans from his allegations against Justice League's replacement director Joss Whedon.

'Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press?' the actor began his furious tweet.

'But hey, Black Superman...,' he added, suggesting fans' attention would be diverted by the new project.

On Friday, it was announced that the acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing a new Superman film, which is rumored to feature a Black Superman.

Coates has been acclaimed for his journalism at The Atlantic, which often focused on the impact of racism on Black Americans, but in recent years he has expanded from non-fiction to writing comic books and publishing his debut novel.

Then when Ta-Nehisi's script is rejected, or is as more likely, is completely rewritten by the usual suspects, the high-profile Black writer will denounce the racism inherent in the project, and if the film ever gets filmed, it will bomb, which failure will also be denounced as racism.

Given how SJWs have destroyed both Marvel and DC's comics business, and the Star Wars film franchise, don't assume they will be unable to take down first DC's, then Marvel's film franchises too. And in the case of the latter, Disney overpaying for ten years of a converged and declining NFL is going to hasten the process.

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