You wanna live forever?!?

This article addresses four thoughts stirred up by Corona-chan:

  1. The first truly global hysteria.
  2. Fear of death.
  3. It’s not the only way to die.
  4. Seen and unseen effects.
1. Global hysteria

There have been bouts of hysteria across the world countless times. Prohibition in the Anglosphere. Renaissance witch burnings. Korean anti-Japanese antics. You know many others.

The present situation is the first truly global case of hysteria, with only a few countries unaffected. There has been a massive overreaction to a problem that, in retrospect, could probably have been dealt with more effectively through moderate and focused policies. More on this soon.

Even taking into account the increased population, Covid so far appears less deadly than the

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Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of my book, The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom.  I’ve sold quite a few now.

The lady pictured above said she got some great ideas from the book, though she neglected to make the cover visible in this shot.  She did send some photos where the cover was visible, but other things were also visible so I can’t post those.  You know I’m a gentleman.  Very honest, too.

Unfortunately I don’t yet have any reviews for the book on Amazon.  Reviews are vital because they let potential readers know that this is a legit book that others have read, and give them a sense of whether or not it’s what they’re looking for.

If you’ve read the book, please leave an honest review on Amazon or wherever you bought it.  A thousand thanks.

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STDs: Sexually Transmitted Debts

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.

Avoid STDs – Sexually Transmitted Debts

Did you know you can catch a debt from another person?  Usually it is from someone very close: your girlfriend or wife.  In general, debts owed by your spouse or common-law partner are effectively also owed by you.  STDs are most commonly transmitted by a partner being seduced or tricked into taking on responsibility for debts.  About half the time, this is credit card debt.[i]  According to one survey, about 16% of Americans have a sexually transmitted debt.[ii]  The survey suggests that women are slightly more likely to contract an STD than men, but men get lumped with about twice the total amount.

Here are some tips to avoid catching an STD: Read More

My new story, The Bunker, is up at Terror House Magazine

My new short story, The Bunker, has been published at Terror House Magazine.

The Bunker

Bill, Mark, and Elon sat down in the control room, preparing to argue again. Their families and the others sheltered deep below. Only the Steering Committee were allowed to come up here. Only they could be trusted to remain calm when scrutinizing data, and to make the right, critical decisions.

After all, they’d paid more than their fair share for a place in the bunker.

Elon had helped to design it. Mark had led the programming team for the internal information system. And the whole setup had been Bill’s idea.

Each had his own duties. Elon’s current job was to check system reports, and he said they were fine. Bill asked if the air filtration system was fine. Elon said that it was. Mark asked if he was sure, and he replied that he was.

The air filter had gone out three weeks ago when Elon’s patented lithium battery had exploded in an inextinguishable fireball so bright it could not be looked upon, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the clear, South Island air that advertised their exact location to any survivors in the region. When it finally burned itself out, they had managed to repair it. There was a nervous fortnight wait to see whether any of the unfiltered air that seeped in during the disaster would infect anyone, but the entire population of 72 had tested negative to COVID-19.

Mark’s duty, as Chief Information Officer, was to check the news and report back to the others. No one else was allowed, in order to control panic. Once again, he relayed the same thing: Read More

Word from the Dark Side – Whinging Nik, the Woke Cult, a Whiteness List, and Wild Japan.

I know, I know.  I do have a life, you will be shocked to hear.  I’m not some algorithm that pumps out breathtaking content thrice a week like a sexbot for your mind.  I am only flesh and blood, with problems like anyone else.  In fact, I’m only posting now as an excuse to have a good whinge.

I’m still bloody well stuck on this remote Indonesian island.  I’ve had three flights cancelled so far, now waiting to hear the bad news about flight No. 4.  I’m trying to get home to sunny Vladivostok, but the Soviet government has halved the number of passengers allowed into the country, which means there’s bugger-all flights to be had for love or money, plus the outbreak in my home town means I can’t fly directly there, have to go via Leningrad, plus they now make us pay 3,000 rubles for our own two-week quarantine.  Khrushchev said we’ve had long enough to get home, not acknowledging that some of us haven’t been able to get back to the Fatherland despite our best efforts, and some of us still can’t because of these absurd restrictions they keep changing on a whim.

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Religions fit for purpose

The early Romans needed to upgrade their religion.  They had gods, but little imagination or philosophy.  They were a powerful, hollow empire, with no compelling stories to keep the collective heart beating.  Thus, they incorporated and Latinized the religion of the Greeks.

Also drawing from the Greeks was Russian Czar Vladimir, who recognized that his nation needed a modern, international religion in order to civilize and build connections across Europe.  The Orthodox faith easily won over Islam, which prohibited drinking.

The old Norse beliefs were essential for the people of those cold, overpopulated regions.  They needed to Read More

Don’t get into (more) debt

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.

Step 1: Don’t Get Into (More) Debt

. . . and in a word, [a wise man] watches himself as if he were an enemy and lying in ambush.
– Epictetus

Stop living on credit. Take on no more debt. Purchase only what you can afford with the money you have.

Debt and living beyond one’s means are by far the biggest causes of Read More

Blade Runner was optimistic

We are now far enough advanced that several futuristic books and films are set in the past.  1984 is long gone.  Back the Future‘s 2015 is in the rear view mirror, as is Blade Runner‘s 2019.  Nothing is as we had imagined.

Instead of hoverboards, we have arguments about whether men can use women’s change rooms.  Instead of venturing Off-world, we can’t even go to the park because we’re under lockdown.  Instead of replicants, Siri scolds us.  Everything is lame and dumb.

One thing we got completely wrong is architecture.  This is how Blade Runner imagined the world would look by now:,h_450,q_75,strp/blade_runner___city_night_2_by_elclon-d52x1iz.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpc3MiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwic3ViIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsImF1ZCI6WyJ1cm46c2VydmljZTppbWFnZS5vcGVyYXRpb25zIl0sIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiIvZi8zYWMxN2JlMy03MmViLTQzZmQtYjJhMS1lNjYxOTEzNzJlZTcvZDUyeDFpei0yOWFlY2VlMC0xMWQ3LTQ0OTctYWU0OC04NTEyYTE3NWQ5N2IucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTkwMCIsImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9NDUwIn1dXX0.-cLIjUudkh5we4rYm0kOp8cHBJ7tzqWhdByph71XTRY Read More

The firm slap of reality

A disaster brings many preexisting, ignored realities into sharp relief.  In Japan, the Fukushima disaster led authorities to accept that quite a few other nuclear reactors were unsafe, and some have never been allowed to reopen.  Others faced major reforms.  Hurricane Katrina shed some light on a few ugly truths, too.

The Wuhan Virus has revealed three harsh facts that we have been disregarding for a long time, and that we must now deal with properly.

First, China has gone mad.  Like Japan during the Imperial period, the level of nationalism and xenophobia has reached such irrational heights that Read More

One for the Aussies . . .

. . . of a certain age.  This was my losing entry in an Australian, 500-word story writing contest.  It was burning a hole in my hard drive so here it is.


Five months ago, I was the last one left with a mullet.  The last in my social circle.  The last in Melbourne.  Maybe, the last in the world.

People assume a bloke with a mullet must be a bogan, but nothing else about me matched the image.  I drove a Kia, not a Commodore.  I wore a suit, not a Megadeth t-shirt.  And I’m a web developer.

I first sported a mullet in the eighties, and I was Mr. Cool from Grade Two to Grade Six.  But then things changed. Read More