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.
This feels like a lost manosphere post from 2010: take the jaw pill! Back then I would have given it a go but right now I don’t give a flying one.
That’s a lie; I’m secretly tempted:
She gave me a nice kiss and put her hand to my face as she did so. Those affectionate, little touches make me think she is the one. She sat back and asked me if I had gained a little weight without the gym and eating out all month. She corrected herself. I was trim and fit still, but my face looked a little fuller even a little cheerier compared to September. It worked.
I’ve written before about one particularly toxic strain of this authoritarian “reporting.” Teams of journalists at three of the most influential corporate media outlets — CNN’s “media reporters” (Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy), NBC’s “disinformation space unit” (Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny), and the tech reporters of The New York Times (Mike Isaac, Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel) — devote the bulk of their “journalism” to searching for online spaces where they believe speech and conduct rules are being violated, flagging them, and then pleading that punitive action be taken (banning, censorship, content regulation, after-school detention). These hall-monitor reporters are a major factor explaining why tech monopolies, which (for reasons of self-interest and ideology) never wanted the responsibility to censor, now do so with abandon and seemingly arbitrary blunt force: they are shamed by the world’s loudest media companies when they do not.
We need a new ‘-archy’ term for this which means ‘rule by (spiritual) teenage girls’.
As it turns out, multiple hours after the protest had already concluded, Sicknick texted his own brother Ken that very night he was basically fine, other than being “pepper sprayed twice,” confirming he was safe and “in good shape.”
Then, an odd thing happened. The next afternoon, the Sicknick family began getting phone calls that Officer Brian Sicknick had been declared dead. The phone calls didn’t come from the hospital. They didn’t come from the treating physicians. They didn’t come from the US Capitol Police, or the FBI, or the DOJ.
They came from media reporters.
Certain privileged media personnel were evidently the first to receive sensitive information circulating among “law enforcement officials” that Brian Sicknick was dead. But then the story got stranger. In a dark, twisted echo of Monty Python’s “bring out your dead” scene, it turned out Sicknick was not dead yet.
The current transgender phenomenon shares characteristics with mass hysterias throughout history. But I think it has most in common with an episode that took place in the 13th-15th century among medieval women later canonized as Catholic saints. In both cases, there is a willingness to go to extraordinary lengths to punish the self because that is celebrated as a sign of holiness and commitment to religion.
St. Catherine of Siena is the most famous medieval example. Today we would say she clearly had an eating disorder that required medical intervention. She literally died from self-imposed starvation and dehydration. Yet her extreme asceticism and self-harm practices brought her renown far beyond her hometown. She consulted with the Pope and other religious leaders. She is one of only four women to become a Doctor of the Church. She was given a platform and a voice in a time when most women had neither. Her asceticism gave her a purpose, a destiny, and connection to a religious zeal.
In the wake of Catherine’s renown, fasting even to extreme levels became a cultural ideal among young women. Rudolph Bell wrote in his book, Holy Anorexia, that Catholics called these young girls “miraculous maids,” and they became so popular that upon founding their new faiths Protestants were eager to find their own “miraculous fasters.” But the asceticism wasn’t limited to food; many also had a profound hatred for their sex organs and practiced varying degrees of punishment and self-harm. There are several records of sainted women driving nails into their chests or burning their genitals with pork fat. If you’re interested, more details can be found here.
All my coworkers are women and they seem to have unlimited energy for reminding people of the policy and browbeating them when their masks slip under their nose or they sit and think and breathe with their filthy faceholes exposed between bites. Sir could you please sir could you please, excuse me sir could you please just a reminder that our mask policy is that you keep it on unless. The shrill voice of a woman and her policies digging into my eardrums. Women will not have children anymore but they will live out the rest of their barren lives treating everyone else like children . . .
At this point, I think I would rather be dead. And I say this not out of despondency and nihilism and weakness, but out of love for life, out of fullness and strength, out of a gratitude for a withdrawing way of being. There is much more I want to experience and accomplish and I relish real challenges and struggles, but life is also much more than shallow breath and fearful heartbeat and running like a rat through a fake wasteland between safe and sanitized spaces. Go ahead and kill me if this is all we are going to do with ourselves.
Why people who win a bronze Olympic medal are happier than those who win gold or silver.
Police said Toshiyuki Kamikura, of no fixed address or occupation, pretended to be an intermediary for a papa-katsu, or “sugar daddy,” agency that arranges for young women to engage in compensated dating with older men, Sankei Shimbun reported. Kamikura conned the victims into paying a deposit and told them there would be cancellation fees. However, he never introduced the women to any men.
Mans is justice.
That’s it from me.
For more reading, this week Niccolo features several interesting pieces:
Xi and Putin lay down the new rules, America’s new homogeneous elites, coup in Myanmar, Denmark vs. Anti-Open Borders, Pacific Hike Disaster
Also available on many other platforms.