Different people have different tricks for adhering to their budget. Some only spend in cash. For example, imagine a budget of $2,000 a month, excluding savings. One could withdraw $500 from an ATM each Monday and try to last until the next Monday until withdrawing any more.
After graduating high school, I went on a beach camping trip with a few schoolmates.
These were not close friends, just some guys I knew. This was not a boys’ trip, it was their annual holiday with their families and this time they invited me along.
Bevan was most famous for once breaking both his arms in a motocross crash and missing three months of school. Bevan was quite ugly. He’d had a girlfriend a couple of years ago but something in their acrimonious breakup led him to being banished from the cool kids. Think she was a bit nuts. He warned me off rushing to get a girlfriend as it could cause a lot of strife..
There are some careers that inevitably push their people towards misanthropy. Cops, criminal lawyers, prison guards. Social workers.
Mather Schneider was a cab driver in Tucson, Arizona for 15 years. This is a collection of stories he collected along the way. A few make the spirit soar; most leave the spirit muddied and lying in the gutter. In a good way.
– It might be possible to have deductions automatically taken from your salary or bank account and put into a savings account or investment, if you’re ready for that. Setting this up once can help if willpower is a problem.
People overuse the term, ‘The world’s gone mad.’ I knew a guy in Asmara who’d say it all the time: when the rainy season lasted until December, when there was a crackdown on protesters in Sudan etc.; as though there had never been unusual weather or trouble in Africa before.
But 2020 was nuts in the sense that everyone went crazy. Look at social or mainstream media. Talk to people. Look anywhere.
Demoralization involves undermining a nation’s confidence and faith in its own moral fibre. Among the Woke, this has been achieved totally: they fervently believe everything about the West has always been broken and are prepared to use violence to upend it all and set it right.
Yes, protesters in fancy dress taking selfies of themselves in the Capitol are going to face many years in prison while BLM and Antifa rioters burned down city blocks and attacked federal buildings with near impunity.
The Internet giants are only the vanguard. In the meantime, the banks are already beginning to strike powerfully (Deutsche Bank wants to cancel all business relations with Trump). Those who don’t follow suit will only get an account in an obscure regional bank in ‘Hungary’s Pampas,’ and the transfer costs will eat away most of the income. And if all the dissidents have been driven into Bitcoin, how long will Bitcoin be around? As a ‘maledict’, one who can no longer get jobs or work for political reasons, what are you left with? Molotov cocktail or collecting bottles? Are these the alternatives?
In response [to allegations of abusive material], Pornhub made drastic changes. It banned downloads and deleted all videos, except those uploaded by verified users.
Adult performers and producers had been campaigning for these features for years. ( . . .)
But the credit card suspension also makes it almost impossible for performers to receive payments or tips on the website.
Best theory I’ve heard is that this is a bid for market share from OnlyFans.
Speaking of these sites, some time ago I published a piece musing that I may be out of touch when giving Zoomers advice because their world is completely different to mine at that age.
The best response I received was a link to this long and biting piece by Flaming Eyeball. If you’re over 30 and don’t understand what’s wrong with kids these days, please read. Keep in mind that FE is talking about his peers in general, not his own situation.
Let us take it as given that a virus as contagious as Covid is virtually impossible to eradicate except in countries with easy-to-seal borders. At best, it can be somewhat suppressed until a vaccine arrives, treatment improves or herd immunity is achieved.
Around 2000, futurism was popular. Highly paid grifters would give keynote speeches about what was around the corner: the convergence of gadgets, the rise of online trading, the growing importance of China.
I don’t think anyone foresaw the establishment of a major new religion, much less its rise to dominance among the West’s elite in just seven years.