You’re not a real Christian if . . .

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Recently quite a few of the old Red Pill crowd are declaring they’re on side with olde timey Christianity, either as pious converts or just as home crowd supporters who reckon it’s beneficial for society.

Well and good.

But if you’re one of the former, there’s something you’ll need to do before I take you seriously: Read More

Are you free?

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This is an extract from my book, The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom: A Realistic, 10-Step Manual to Building Liberating Wealth on a Low to Medium Income.

Introduction

This book is a detailed, step-by-step instruction manual for achieving financial freedom.  But what is that, exactly?  To better understand the concept, consider the following questions:

Could you quit your job if you wanted to? 

That is, could you resign tomorrow, knowing you would be financially secure for long enough to easily find another position?  Say, for a whole year?  If the answer is ‘no’, are you not a slave?  While you may presently enjoy your work, if things took a turn for the worse you would have to continue working there for much longer than you’d like, or quit without another job lined up, which would be a huge risk.

If you played it safe and stayed on, you would have to tolerate any degree of injustice, bullying or plain stupidity, and you would have to put up with it all while keeping that pleasant, non-confrontational and submissive smile on your face.

If someone else took the credit for your hard work and initiative, or if you copped the blame for someone else’s failure, or if the new boss turned out to be a psychopath, or if a customer berated you over an issue you have no authority to fix, or if the mean girls were spreading absurd rumors about you, or if your pay was late or incomplete, you would be unable to print out and sign a resignation letter, collect your things in a box, get that cute reception girl’s number and stride out the door with a smirk on your face, calm as a Brahman cow.

If you can quit any time you like without risk, you are free.

This book will show you how to Read More

How to make extra cash, including crazy ideas you might not have thought of

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This is an extract from my book, The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom: A Realistic, 10-Step Manual to Building Liberating Wealth on a Low to Medium Income.  I thought it might be relevant at the moment, with a lot of people doing it tough.

Niche websites:  If you’re on top of the technical side of things, you might make money by either selling a good/service on a niche website or by using it to refer clicks to other sites as part of an affiliate program.  There is a little bit of money to be made in advertising, too.  You might want to check out the course run by This is Trouble[i] if it sounds like your kind of thing.  And no, that is not an affiliate link.  I should follow my own advice.

Sell an eBook:  Here I’m more of an expert.  Let me start by saying, don’t bother with this unless you’re really keen to write a book anyway, just like there’s no point trying to be a zookeeper if you hate animals.  It is a huge investment of time to write even a short book, it will probably cost you more than $1,000 to get it copy edited, and much more if you choose to get it hard edited, i.e. to have a professional editor help you shape the book itself rather than just pick up all your bone-headed typos.  Add another $200 – $300 for a professional cover design, or more if you also want a dead tree version.

Non-fiction books tend to sell well, especially niche how-to guides.  As for fiction, erotica and romance are most popular.

Maybe that book you’ve always dreamed of writing about how to knit your own woolen underwear, or that fantasy romance about the diamond-in-the-rough werewolf and the wallflower Stegosaurus, is just what the world has been looking for.  Perhaps you could give it a go if it would be a labor of love anyway.  If you’ve hated writing ever since you had to do it at school, definitely find something else to do.

A lot of your success will depend on how well you can market the book via an author webpage, online advertising, social media etc., so even after it is published there will still be work to do and perhaps expenses to incur.

Sell stock photos/classroom lesson materials/background music or images/stuff like that:  What it says.  There is a market for these things online if you have the skills.

Phone work:  You can make money from home by Read More

Word from the Dark Side – composed Kazakh hordes, crafty teenage grifters and creepy love hotels

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Been a while.  You would not believe how much effort it is to publish a book, especially getting the formatting to work across different platforms.  And for those who’ve done it, try inserting tables.  That’ll separate the men from the boys.

Mencius Moldbugman (not to be confused with his near-namesake) published my Tedros article in Twitter thread format.  He does these from time to time, and they’re pretty interesting.  Here’s one about a fake Cameroonian human rights activist who was granted refuge in Poland, where he set about complaining about racism while giving Polish girls HIV.  Plot twist: he said asking him to wear a condom was racist.

China announces Kazakhstan is keen to become part of China, Kazakhs are Read More

Bait and switch

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[Written in Africa]

Life is one big bait-and-switch operation.  Or perhaps it is a long line of mini-cons.  I don’t know.  But life is definitely a scam.  Everyone hands you a wriggling pig in a bag for a great price, but when you get home you open it, it’s full of live slugs.

Every single time.

As a child you are told that if you are a good little boy and do your homework and obey your teachers you will get an excellent job and a nice home and a beautiful wife and fun things to do on the weekend, too.  But of course the naughty boys are the ones who Read More

OUT NOW: The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom (50% off until May 31!)

Finally, the official release:

 

Also available on all other major platforms.

More than three hundred pages of distilled, financial know-how to take you from completely useless to investing guru, this book covers budgeting, getting out of debt, saving an emergency fund, investing in low-cost, diversified index funds, and how to get the best professional advice.

Also available from Amazon as paperback, and as e-book from all other major retailers and subscription services.

Prices vary slightly by market and platform, but wherever you go, the e-book is around USD $4.99.  This will rise to $9.99 on June 1, so get in quick.

The paperback is $12.99, which will rise to $19.99 in June.

This book started out as a series of unpublished blog posts on personal finance, but when I realized I was already over 10,000 words and still getting warmed up, I realized that this was going to be a book.

Once the 20,000-word draft was complete, I sent it to a few, knowledgeable beta readers.  Their advice was unanimous: great, but make it Read More

Clinical depression or life circumstances?

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[Written in Africa]

I have felt depressed during most of my time here but never once have I considered taking myself off to a psychiatrist to get pumped full of cheering drugs that are possibly dangerous and apparently work little better than a placebo anyway.  Nor would I bother with any counseling.

The reason is simple: my depression is caused by living in a place I don’t want to be, doing things I don’t want to do, sometimes with people I’d rather avoid.  The solution to the depression is therefore to finish up and leave, which I am about to do.  If, after laying on a beach for a few months, I’m still depressed, then I might consider if there’s a deeper problem.  But I doubt it will come to that.

The two previous times I’ve experienced depression were Read More

Dirty Genji

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Book review of The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu.

There was once an article in Return of Kings.  I cannot remember the exact theme of it, and nor can anyone else, because it contained a single throwaway line that completely distracted everybody from the point and was the sole topic of discussion in the comments.  The author had casually claimed that women with large dogs actually root them.  With an assertion like that, any sensible arguments that may have been made in the article were immediately forgotten in the mayhem that ensued.

For me, The Tale of Genji was like that.  The Prince, Genji, did many things – he seduced princesses, sometimes rather forcefully, won favour with the Emperor, was exiled by the new Emperor, was rehabilitated – but all of it kind of pales into insignificance when we consider that one thing that he did.

Reading other reviews, it seems that I’m the only one who’s so distracted by it.  Other, more mature readers are able to accept that Read More

Booze, bombs and booty

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Book review of My Life as a Mexican Pirate: A True Story by Mark Zolo.

Mark Zolo always took things a bit too far.  Back in the day I would check his site, Naughty Nomad, for its city reports before taking on a new international gig.  I liked to know beforehand whether dating would be possible there, and whether this would get my head cut off.

I did minimum two year contracts.  It’s a factor.  Don’t come for me.

But when I went on a week-long trip somewhere, I really could not be bothered trying to pick up girls and find a place to take them in a hostel dormitory.  The one time I went to Russia (Saik!  I’m not Russian), I was far more interested in hiking and seeing historical sites than bedding local women.  Between finding a place to stay, avoiding pros, and bringing along clothes suitable for a nightspot, it didn’t seem like it was worth it.

To Mark, it is always worth it.

For me, [traveling alone] meant doing just enough sight-seeing to stave off guilt, then bar hopping and chasing tail.

The places he’s been and the things he’s done to experience danger and pick up hoochimamas are astonishing.  As a result, this is the most bizarre and extreme travel book you’ll ever read.

I remember back in the day, he Read More

Everyone hates expats

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Australians hate expats.  That may be because our expats are so annoying.

I remember once Germaine Greer announced from her lofty heights of moral purity that she would only return to Australia if she got permission from the Aborigines, because really whitefellahs don’t belong there and all that.  So someone scrounged around and found some Sydneysiders with a bit of indigenous heritage who invented some kind of welcoming ceremony for her at the airport, much to the embarrassment of all other Australians.  I wish to imagine that the ones doing the silliness at the airport also looked a bit ashamed of themselves, but I can’t really remember and don’t care to look it up.

And then there’s John Pilger, who to mark the 2000 Sydney Olympics decided to Read More

Lockdown survival guide 6: entertainment (updated)

Part 1: Mental Health     Part 2: Investments     Part 3: Fitness     Part 4: Chill     Part 5: Reading Material

I can’t get to the park anymore, so pull-ups and chin-ups are out.  Handy hint: perhaps you can use your gf for resistance training.  Pull her up.

Good-natured pets might also cooperate.

It’s audience participation time.  I’m looking for films, series or whatever that are free and available on YouTube or similar – Netflix is not available everywhere.  It doesn’t matter how dorky or lame your suggestion is.  What we’re looking for is entertainment.

I’ll get the ball rolling:

Updated: The Stand

How could I forget?  Stephen King’s 1990s teleseries starts off great, gets a bit lame by the end, but is nevertheless a good watch if you’re stuck inside and need something to do.  And topical!

Shawn the Sheep.  By Aardman, this claymation series is very sweet.  None of the characters, not even the pigs, are entirely evil, and they are all capable of being very naughty when the farmer is not looking.  Child-friendly, but surprisingly engaging for adults.  We get to know the characters well even though they can only mumble and grunt.

Elfen Lied.  A mutant form of humans in the form of cute girls have invisible hands, or ‘vectors’, that can chop people up.  They have a natural instinct to kill normal humans – but can they be taught kindness?  Warnings for Read More

It’s finished!

I’m offering free review copies of my new e-book to bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers etc.  If interested, PM me your Kindle email address.

Wot dat?
You don’t need an actual Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for free on your phone or device.

 

 

 

Pssst, it’s available for sale already, on soft release.  I’m gunna spruik the living bollocks out of it soon, but for now, I suggest you check the free preview to see if it’s what you’re looking for.

Friend or foe? The strange case of J.M. Coetzee

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Book review of Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, with reference to other books by him and some by Dostoevsky.

I have always felt that I ought to like Coetzee.  Ever since I was in uni and the tutor pointed out that one bit in Foe where it seems like Character 1 is knocking on Character 2’s door but if you read carefully it’s the other way around, I’ve had an admiration for linguists like savage Papuans have for sorcerers.  This led me to take Noam Chomsky seriously for too long.

But I didn’t actually trouble myself to Read More

Who is Dr Tedros?

This is Part 2.

Part 1 in this series is here: Trust WHO?

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In my previous post, Trust WHO?, I documented the corruption and incompetence of the World Health Organization.  If you find anyone still defending those clowns, please link them to that article.  And if that’s not enough, I’ve found more dirt on them since, including ignoring tip-offs from Taiwan to the WHO in December of human-to-human transmissions of a deadly virus in Wuhan.  Instead, the WHO waited until they were officially informed of this by the Chinese government on 21 January.

You see this present catastrophe the world is in?  This is why.  It is not an act of God.  It is an infection that could have been tightly contained if Chinese authorities and the WHO had acted responsibly and professionally.

However, I admitted in the article to being unable to identify the source of China’s power over the WHO.  After all, they’d stumped up only $6 million in funding, which is only enough for a few modest junkets with lovers for high-ranking staffers.  The United States, despite Obama-era cutbacks, was still the largest contributor with total donations of $281 million.

I’ve now figured out how China exercises such immense control over Tedros and the WHO.  To understand, Read More

Intellectuals are bad, mmkay?

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Book review of Intellectuals, by Paul Johnson.

There are very few books that I have read twice.  One was The Lord of the Rings, which I read when I was eight and later when I was fifteen and actually understood it.  The only other I can remember off the top of my head is this one.  I happened to look something up for some reason, got distracted by the chapter on Sartre, and ended up reading the whole thing again.  The antics of this intellectual crowd are highly entertaining.  My favourite was the list of drunken injuries that befell Hemmingway, which stretches over three or four mirthful pages.

I thought about inserting here a check-table of intellectuals and their sins but concluded it would be too much work and you wouldn’t be that impressed anyway.  So instead I will Read More

Word from the Dark Side – filthy markets, flamin’ Aussies, and Fermi’s Paradox.

For those wanting to keep up with the latest on China, I continue to recommend the Laowhy86/Serpentza family of YouTube channels.  The latest discusses foreigners being banned from supermarkets, shopping centres and bars in China, even in Shanghai.  That part starts at 42:00, but the rest of the video is also worth your while.

There are going to be many more posts being written like this one: Delicious Tacos lost his aunt to corona.  As you start to see more of this online and in your own life, never forget Read More

Lockdown survival guide 5: reading material

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Part 1          Part 2          Part 3         Part 4

It’s come to this: people are looking for books to read.

This is my second collection of random, short book reviews.  The first can be found here.

These are books that I liked, but didn’t have enough to say about to justify a whole review post about them.  Hope you find something enticing.

Poor Folk, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is the first novel by Dos.  It is a series of Read More

Is the West really in decline or are we just grumpy old men?

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

– Socrates

It is April 1st.  There is no fooling from me this year.  I overdid the pranks last year.  I hope by the time this post goes up someone will have got me a beauty and made me laugh.

They say the West is in decline, and I tend to agree.  However, one thing I have noticed over the years is that the average person is wrong about 30% of things he believes in, and this has been consistent throughout history.  I’m painfully Read More