Word from the Dark Side – under the bus, unaware of riots, uppity diplomats and ugly music

Now that Trump is out of the way, the Left can go back to eating itself.

First under the bus is NY governor Cuomo, whose murderous mishandling of Covid was well known to anyone on right wing Twitter many months ago but is only now being exposed to the common people via the legacy media because the importance of blaming everything on Trump has faded. Apparently he got too big for his boots and was considered a rival to the Obama/Kamala faction but this is rumour, I’ve go no evidence.

A White House spokesman named Ducklo was suspended for threatening a reporter in order to cover up their affair. He later resigned. Fancy rooting a bloke named Ducklo.

Also under the bus is Navalny, darling of the Neocon plotters but fallen afoul of the Woke. You’re no longer a prisoner of conscience to Amnesty if you once said something naughty on an unrelated topic.

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Many realistic ideas to increase your income – and a few crazy ones

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

Step 5: Increase Your Income

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

– David Brinkley

It is not essential to have a high income in order to reach financial freedom.  I promised a ‘poor man’s guide’, and this you shall have.  However, if you can find a way to increase your income a bit, you’ll achieve financial freedom more quickly, and/or reach a higher level of financial freedom.  As we will keep repeating, it is all about what you do with the money once you have it.  Plenty of high-income people are floundering in debt and have no control over their finances at all.

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The Circular Lockdown

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Scene from Brazil

I don’t think lockdowns work. Others think they do.

How do we prove it one way or the other?

Here is our tedious argument:

Lockdowner: Lockdowns work. Look at a successful example like Melbourne. Then look at how bad Sweden was compared to other Scandinavian countries.

Dissident: But what about all the places that had lockdowns together with bad outcomes, like the UK? And what about places that didn’t have strict lockdowns and still did okay, like South Korea?

Lockdowner: South Korea got lucky by closing its borders early. Countries like the UK didn’t lock down hard enough or long enough.

Dissident: But some countries locked down harder and longer than Melbourne, i.e. Peru, but it didn’t seem to work at all.

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Word from the Dark Side – mangled monolith, Mumbly Joe, military morons and the perils of mislaid soap.

You know those stupid monoliths turning up everywhere like white dog shit used to in the 80s?

Another one turned up in Kinshasa, the Congo, with rather different results:

People in the capital, Kinshasa, stoned and torched the 12ft (3.7m) triangular prism . . .

Some feared it was satanic or put there by aliens or by a secret cabal . . .

“We woke up and saw this metallic triangle… We were surprised because it is a triangle that we often see in documentaries about freemasons or illuminati,” local resident Serge Ifulu is quoted by Reuters as saying.

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The most efficient way to get out of debt

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

There are two ways of dealing with your debt situation. 

Method A: sort it out yourself, using the system I will outline in a moment. 

Method B: throw your hands in the air, admit that you’re totally out of your depth and get professional help.

If you know exactly what your debts are, what the rates of interest are (or you can find this information easily enough), and are already making some progress towards paying them off, Method A might be right for you.

If you are unsure about exactly how much you owe or at what rate, and you are too afraid to open those angry, registered mail envelopes that regularly appear, or to answer those persistent phone calls, you might want to skip straight over to Method B.

If in doubt, go to Method B.

Okay, with that said, let’s get cracking.

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How about that! Those who survived the Plague

On 25th February, 2020, I wrote an article listing the many US and world leaders over the age of 70, pointing out that there was a very high chance not all of them would survive that year (with or without the coof) and that this unsurprising outcome would likely give rise to baseless conspiracy allegations.

Here’s the list with their ages at that time:

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Word from the Dark Side – selfless SS snow sweepers, steel snappers, snoopy snitches and St Catherine of Siena

Thanks, neighbourino!

A dilemma for the Current Year: what to do when dirty stinking Trump supporters are nice to you even though you’re a noble and righteous Biden voter? My emphasis:

These neighbors are staunch partisans of blue lives, and there aren’t a lot of anything other than white lives in the neighborhood.

This is also kind of weird. Back in the city, people don’t sweep other people’s walkways for nothing.

Hmm, I wonder what’s different about people in the city.

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The terrible cost of debt, quantified

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

Step 4: Get Out of Debt

The man who never has enough money to pay his debts has too much of something else.

– James Lendall Basford

‘Get out of debt.’  Yes, it’s easier said than done.  But this is a basic, essential step that cannot be avoided.  You will not be financially free until your debt situation is under control.  But don’t worry, I’m going to teach you some MMA moves to get you there faster.  You’re going to smash those debts like you’re playing a one-sided Mortal Kombat game.

This step comes before investing for a very good reason.  Your debt is costing you.  A lot.  Your wealth is going backwards.  There’s little point making investments until your consumer debts are paid off.  As mentioned earlier, a mortgage debt may be an exception.

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The case for lockdowns, face masks, Biden’s integrity and the veracity of the US election

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I’m not going to make the case for any of these things.

Rather, this is a reminder that Team Blue’s primary means of advocating these views are (a) to insist that we believe the science and listen to experts, and (b) to censor any alternative views as ‘disinformation’.

That’s not a very strong case. It largely comes down to an Argument from Authority where some expert bodies are known to be compromised and others have dissenting views.

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You need an emergency fund

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

Step 3: Save an Emergency Fund

The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.

Jane Bryant Quinn

Wouldn’t it be awful if some random event came along and totally messed up your budget and forced you back into (deeper) debt?  Something like a medical emergency, car repairs, losing your job for being caught reading a politically incorrect blog at work, legal fees because you get locked up in an Indonesian prison on trumped-up charges, an F-35 crashing into your house, etc. etc. 

Well, here’s some bad news.  As time passes, the probability of some such random, nasty event occurring approaches 100%.  In other words, bad things do happen from time to time.  It is not a risk.  It is a certainty. 

You’ve got to be ready.

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The Lame Reset

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Klaus Schwab. Note the clearly evil hands. Source: politico.com

Oh, noes!

There’s an evil German engineer trying to take over the world through a nefarious scheme called The Great Reset. It’s probably full-on Soviet Marxism in Woke clothing. As for Klaus Schwab himself, I can’t tell whether he’s a demon in human form or just a lizard person. Maybe something halfway between.

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In the black

I have now recouped the publishing costs from my book.

Thank you to everyone who reviewed, promoted or bought The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom. It would never have gotten off the ground without you.

I’ve received positive feedback from readers who tell me it has helped them to understand the basics of personal finance and get their lives organized.

I’m already making notes for a second edition though there will be no major changes.

Thanks again and look out for my novel later this year.

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