Youse back at the gym?

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There’s one reason to go back.

The gyms here are starting to reopen, but I’m debating whether to go.

I’ve done a bit of experimenting and now have a pretty decent convict workout. Legs were a problem but I can squat with the gf on my shoulders. She’s sometimes asleep when I go the park for pullups etc. By the time I get back, she’s less keen on getting on my sweaty back. Holding a water bottle on my head like an African lady can substitute.

I found I was missing my

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Word from the Dark Side – election chaos, entertaining sailors, eliminating racist cheese, and exciting see-through toilets

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Back in 12 Covid Questions (locked), I pondered whether the central government in China even knew the true origin of the virus given that coverups may have occurred internally as well as externally.  It seems we are closer to an answer on that one, with Wuhan officials alleged to have pulled the wool over Beijing’s eyes.

Australia now has some of the strictest lockdown rules in the world, rivalling even China with restrictions on foreign travel and the return of citizens to the country.  This reflects Australia’s authoritarian streak, a phenomenon I wrote about in pre-Covid days here.

Hector Drummond Magazine has been doing yeoman work in questioning the official corona narrative.  This guest post is a good summary of controversies in scientific advice.  Here’s another on Read More

NEW BOOK: THE BEST OF SOVIETMEN

Here it is!

For just $0.99, a 130,000-word collation of the best SovietMen posts from 2015-2020, with bonus notes, exclusive updates, and fewer typos:

 

It’s Volume I because if I survive through to 2025, I hope to put out a Volume II.

Also available on many other platforms. The paperback version is $11.99 because of printing costs, plus delivery will be like mailing a brick.

For the time being, all blog posts included are

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How bad are our debts?

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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.

How bad are our debts?

According to ValuePenguin, the median American household owes $2,300 in credit card debt, while the mean is around $5,700.  The reason for the difference is that the latter measure is pulled higher by a relatively small number of individuals who owe huge amounts.  Forty-one percent of households carry some form of credit card debt.

Curiously, it is the households with the lowest net worth – $0 or negative – that have the highest credit card debts.  These are presumably poor or disorganized people who have borrowed themselves into, or tried to borrow themselves out of, trouble.

The next poorest group, with a net worth of up to $5,000, have the lowest credit card debt, and the amount of debt goes up steadily by each wealth category from there so that the households with the most owing on their credit cards are actually the richest – those with a net worth of over half a million dollars.  Those households with higher incomes also tend to have higher credit card debts[i] – apparently that high income still doesn’t allow them to meet all their wants, so they Read More

Bugger Australia

I still had some residual loyalty to the Old Country, but now it’s pretty much dried up.

I challenge any non-Aborigine to declare himself more Aussie than I am.  In a ‘nation’ where about 30% of the population are born overseas, I am a rare species in having all my great-grandparents and most of my great-great-grandparents native Colonials..  My grandpa fought in Papua New Guinea.  My great-grandfather died on the Western Front.  Another ancestor started a gold rush.  I’ve got two known convict ancestors.  Youse are all a bunch of chockos compared to me.

But I don’t care how Aussie you are, bugger the lot of you.

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My new story, Secret Heart, is up at Terror House

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My new short story has been posted on Terror House Magazine:

 

“Bastards!” The man’s exclamation rang out through the bush, fading until the only sound was the cicadas droning in the heat. His vegetable patch was completely turned over, the chook-wire fence pushed down and flattened.

The man looked like a retired bikie, but in fact he was a retired biologist who had let his greying beard grow wild. He stood bare from the waist up in the blinding sunlight, a surgery scar livid on the brown skin of his chest. He stared at his ruined tomatoes.

“What did it, Julius?” asked Alina. “You told me there are no bears here. Was it wild pigs?” His much younger wife put an arm around him sympathetically. She spoke with a strong Russian accent.

“Could be. Maybe roos; kangaroos. Or wombats; they can get through anything. Something bloody hungry, whatever it was. We should keep an eye on what happens out here at night.”

Alina shook her elven head. “Never mind. We live in the forest, what do we expect? Just build a stronger fence.”

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Julius built a stronger fence, but he also did something else. He Read More

Word from the Dark Side – mask mayhem, man-eating in South Africa, Manila arrest, and muh reparations.

Got so many links saved up I’m just gunna chuck ’em atcha:

Experts warn that the long lockdown is having a harmful impact upon the aged care residents it is intended to help.  They are missing out on specialist and volunteer visits, declining mentally from being confined to their rooms, and the lack of contact with family means those vulnerable residents with dementia are losing support from their most important advocates.

The strictness of the lockdown matters, but so does the length.  The longer it goes on, the more disruption it will cause.  Countries that have successfully limited infection rates seems to be entering a neverending story of cycling lockdowns with every new outbreak.  Of course, a safe vaccine would solve that problem, but if it doesn’t come for another two or three years then Sweden wins the Covids.

Virus specialists say that allowing people to run without a mask makes no sense.  This is why they are virus specialists, not running specialists.  If only we could get the two to talk.

I saw this headline but sighed and didn’t bother to read the story.  Then iSteve picked it up and I had a look.  Oh, goodness.  It involves Read More

Rotten Tomatoes: critics vs audience

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Bored on lockdown, you look up the reviews for a film you’ve heard about.  The initial screen on Rotten Tomatoes indicates that it’s great, 93%, but experience reminds you that this is just the critics’ score.

You click through to the full page, and the audience score is 14%.

Wha . . . ?

There are various conspiracy theories about this, like how big studios manipulate ratings on YouTube trailers.  But having looked at many examples, the truth seems fairly prosaic.

For the most part, critics are twits.  The dark fear that keeps them tossing and turning between wanks at night is the ever-present possibility that they may be Read More

How to Heal the World

This is bizarre.  I first published this story back in February 2018.  I totally forgot about it, then re-read it yesterday.  Prescient even down to the countries.  Wooooo!

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Stewart went to a good, private high school in Brisbane so he got into a prestigious university where he studied for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Philosophy and Sociology.

In Philosophy, he became convinced by the ethical framework of utilitarianism – that is, one ought to act so as to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. Sure, one can always imagine convoluted scenarios where it could lead to barbarous outcomes, but for real life it seemed like the fairest and most logical approach to secular ethics.

Stewart read books and articles by Peter Singer, who points out that the three hundred dollars you spend going to the opera could instead be used to save several lives if donated to a Third World charity. Should we really spend more on ourselves than is necessary for frugal comfort when our discretionary funds could achieve so much good elsewhere?

Stewart, thoroughly persuaded, chose the path of the secret, secular monk. He got a high-paying job in the corporate sector after studying real things after Arts. He ordered inexpensive, tailored suits from Vietnam and hired a fancy car so that he would look the part, but instead of saving for a deposit on a house or blowing his money on drugs and whores, he donated every extra dollar he had to Read More

Word from the Dark Side – botox lips, belief conformity, blaming Tinder data, and beef-stealing Gaijin.

I’ve been reading over my old posts.  There’s the pregnancy scare one, where I promised God I’d never whinge again if only the test was negative.  There were all the Africa ones, where I pledged never to whine about anything ever again after that experience.  This is wisdom.

I’m now up to six cancelled flights.  It’s not the end of the world.  Now that I’m resigned to being stuck here against my will, I’m better able to accept it and plan what to do next.  I’ve got some projects to work on, beers to drink, and beaches to visit.  They’re open now.  I hope to be home by Christmas, but if not, I will instead enjoy one more Christmas here in Surabaya.

Vladivostok is currently under a 6-week, Stage 4 lockdown.  No one’s allowed out except for food, and there’s a 6am-10pm curfew.  Still, those who’ve tested positive and been ordered to stay home at all times are still found to be out and about around 12% of the time when checked on by the KGB, down from 25% last week owing to increased penalties.  I have a pretty good idea who’s doing the sneaking Read More

Good debts vs bad debts

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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.

Good Debts and Bad Debts

If you are borrowing to spend on something with no lasting value – a new car, a vacation, or a big night out – that is a bad debt.  If you are borrowing to invest in something that may offer you a long-term financial reward – a home, a business, or skills – then it may qualify as a good investment, one that is rational to take out on your path to financial freedom.

But how can you tell which is which? Read More