I sit on the fence regarding global warming, especially its most pernicious claimed effects. I used to be a believer, but when I was a kid, by 2019 we were supposed to be under water or in some sort of post-apocalyptic nightmarescape. All that’s happened is everyone got fat and there’s a brain-sucking virus stealing our young women called Instagram. In any case, I found this article about research from Finland and Japan interesting. It suggests that a lot of it might be galactic cosmic rays.
There’s a big boom in Read More
[Written in Africa]
Newcomers very quickly learn a vital lesson: our phone calls are monitored. If you criticize the government you may find the line suddenly goes dead. Do it too often and you may find that you have trouble getting permits to travel outside the city. Or you may get deported. One has to train one’s family overseas not to discuss certain issue over the phone.
This is a pity because Read More
I love podcasts, radio and anything like that. Always have, since I was a little kid and would run to the radio every time they played the Never Ending Story song or the next installment of Wipperginnie, a children’s adventure series that somehow never made it online.
A brain-deadening chore like hanging up the washing becomes a welcome bit of chill time if you’ve something interesting to listen to. I once became so distracted by an account of an Antifa-related cult that I almost fell off a balcony nine stories to my grisly doom. My last thought would have been, “What a stupid thing to do . . . but gee, they really are like a cult, for example how they SPLAT”.
I guess I wouldn’t really think splat, I would just splat.
I listen to so many podcasts that usually I’ve already heard everything and get frustrated because I want MOAR. So please recommend any that you think are good.
To give you an idea, here are some that I enjoy: Read More
There’s a favourite saying on the racial right: ‘The only assimilation is miscegenation’. In other words, immigrants from disparate backgrounds and heritage populations will only truly assimilate, or become a ‘melting pot’, if they are rooting each other and producing little halfie babies that are the physical and cultural embodiment of this mixing.
Without the shagging, immigrant populations will remain separate, distinct and perhaps at loggerheads with the host peoples even centuries hence.
Let’s look at a few societies at various points along this continuum:
US heritage population: most white Americans are Read More
While I’m not religious, I’ve got some respect for the stuff. It helps people to do courageous things they’d otherwise be too afraid to do. Sometimes of course these are courageous bad things, like suicide bombings or driving trucks into us. In other cases they are good things. I’m especially impressed by the Quakers who dared to hide Jews from the Nazis. Many of them got caught and suffered the same fate. A lot of Quakers died in the Holocaust for this reason.
You’d have to be pretty goddamn brave to Read More
In our Brave Woke World, what happens when gays go head to head with Muslims? What happens is, the ultra-woke chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission twists and turns in hilarious ways as he tries to square the circle. And then he does this:
Some people gasp at my adage, ‘Never do anything good.’ But it has served me well so far. Here is an example of a good Samaritan in Australia who’s probably now saying the same thing.
Stop press! I just found a Read More
[Written in Africa]
It isn’t easy to get here. Previously you could get a visa on arrival if you came from a country without an embassy, but they scrapped that for reasons unknown. It helps if someone resident here officially invites you. Apologies, but by the time you read this I will be unable to so assist you as I will be gone, or detained, or dead. Whichever, you’re on your own.
All my readers just gnashed their teeth and rent their clothes.
It is especially tricky to get here from the Read More
Now that I’ve escaped the jungle, I am very gently easing out of my monk-like lifestyle and am fraternizing with the fairer sex once again.
To the one reader who knows which part of that sentence is a lie, yup, fair enough.
Anyway, it is not going well. It never goes well. Dating is awful and I think I know why. Read More
Another of G.K. Chesterton’s pithy little paradoxes that I like is the one about the fence. To paraphrase: a man sees a fence sitting in a field for no apparent reason. He laughs. What a stupid place to put a fence, he says! If no one even knows why it’s there, let’s tear it down and make life easier for ourselves.
But Chesterton wisely cautions, we should pursue the exact opposite course of action. If we cannot figure out why the fence is there, we’d best Read More
The whole idea of communism is to make everything fairer, right? Okay, okay, my reader is not an idiot. You already know that it does not work out like that. Let us simply list some of the unfair aspects of the present country: Read More
[Written in Africa]
Some time ago a wrote a post about my joyless life, and commenter Vincent referenced a blog post by some tourists who came here and painted a brighter picture of our existence.
It was the wrong country due to my deliberate misdirection, but it makes no difference. You’d no doubt find similar posts about the actual country if you went searching, because some visitors really love the place.
We have a term for those kind of people: True Believers.
There used to be lots of True Believers, back during the separatist struggle and, most especially, in the early years of independence. There was a lot to be positive about.
Unlike so many other African independence movements, this was a genuine Read More
Almost all men have had this experience, but very few talk about it: a fellow takes home a lady, events move in the direction nature intended – and then his member does not. Despite his growls of protestation, the thing hangs despondently staring at his feet like a petulant teenager at a Smashing Pumpkins concert.
And the things that happen next are also very common: the man Read More
[Written in Africa]
Every true communist country must have a communist education system in order to inculcate future generations with the shibboleths of the prevailing overlords.
There was once a time when hysterical American magazines squealed that Soviet education was vastly superior and that soon all those brilliantly schooled Ruskie kids would build super atomizing lasers and point them at America and their own kids would be too dumb to do anything about it. Or something like that.
But I cannot be completely dismissive of the education system here. Compared to other African countries, Read More
When I was a spotty teenager, like all other spotty teenagers, I desperately tried to figure out what was cool. Being smart wasn’t, nor was working hard. Sporting prowess was helpful but not essential.
I looked around and identified the characteristics of the coolest kids, both boys and girls: Read More
I’m on the record as being skeptical about a Universal Basic Income (UBI).
I still am, but I’ve read some better arguments in favour of it since then. While I am still 90% sure that it is a dumb idea, I am now 80% convinced that it would be Read More
[Written in Africa]
Following military training, all eighteen-year-olds (or those who missed out and got enlisted at a later age) must complete one year of national service. I think most go into the army, but their duties are often to terrace mountainsides, dig roads, guard borders (i.e. shoot people escaping the country), or work in jails where they beat up those who tried and failed to escape.
Others, as we shall see in ‘Education’, get to work in offices in the cities and towns.
The constitution stipulates up to one year of national service as a way of inculcating the young with the spirit of the independence struggle conducted by older generations, and to give them a patriotic sense of public service. However, Read More
Paul Johnson says, diaries and memoirs like those of Rousseau and Tolstoy hide more than they reveal. They give the impression of brutal honesty by revealing some things, but thereby make us think that is all there is, which makes us miss bigger things.
Sure, Rousseau talks about how he started masturbating very early, but neglects to mention that he abandoned all his children to near certain death. Tolstoy admits that he has gambling problems, but neglects to state baldly that he never repaid his debts to friends even after he became rich.
A person who is very open with you might be hiding a lot.
And me? Read More
H.L. Menken is very worried about who’s a first-rate man and who’s a fourth-rate one. No doubt he puts himself in the first category, and then he ranks men according to how similar they are to him. Professionals or tradesmen of some sort? Second-rate! Except newspaper editors, of course, because he was one. Married family guys? Rubbish! Foreign-born philanderers? Now you’re talking.
One of his litmus tests for measuring human worthiness interests me greatly. Higher men, Menken decrees, view life as an adventure to be relished, while the lower sort see it as an ordeal to be endured.
This makes sense. Once a man reaches an advanced level of accomplishment and philosophy, is he not in a better position to relish what’s on offer? He has Read More
Lesbian filmmaker Mike Moore once famously said that rust belt whites were going to vote for Trump not because they thought he was any good, but because he would be a ‘hand grenade’ that they would toss into an uncaring Washington establishment, and the intention was to blow it all up.
Well they threw him in but he turned out to be Read More
Literal Nazis are trying to literally exterminate trans people. Teddy Cook in, yup, The Guardian, is fighting back:
You’d be forgiven for thinking that every other person in your neighbourhood was trans, particularly given the explosive media coverage that has played out over the last week.
No, the ‘Nazis’ are mostly getting into trouble for pointing out that the trans population is minuscule so why all the obsession about it. Read More