Graceland by Paul Simon:
I thought that readers might play these songs as they read the Dark Side but this one has such a touching narrative, you might want to pay attention to the whole thing first. Classic Americana.
Woke is tangled. There was an incident in Melbourne where four police officers on the side of a freeway were accidentally killed by a doped-up Indian truck driver. The man they’d pulled over, also off his tits, then took video and taunted the dying cops. Being a white guy, he became the main story.
One of the cops was a regular at a prominent gay bar. This being the current year, it was no secret and the bar put on blue lights to remember him. Then the Woker-than-thou complained this was inappropriate because of Aboriginal deaths in police custody.
“Absolutely abhorrent statement to make,” one of the comments read. “Why not stand in the fight to stop black deaths in custody instead of supporting oppressors? The queer community will never stand with cops.”
Other comments described the gesture as “vomit”, “gross” and told management to “read the room”.
The bar apologized.
I can’t keep up anymore.
The issue of police shootings in Australia is less politicized than in the US. Media coverage is less hysterical and a fair judicial process still possible. For now. Originally the Black Deaths in Custody report was hardly considered part of a culture war and made sensible recommendations like removing hanging points from cells and having drunks sleep it off under medical supervision in case they choked.
Finally, a leader I can respect: Chad’s president dies in a combat zone. Let this be a lesson and example to our own rulers.
Meanwhile in Ukraine, Anatoly Karlin describes the standoff with Russia as a game of Chicken Kiev.
Also on Unz, Steve Sailer provides a perfect example of Whiteness.
A blogger who’s been right before claims that Greta Thurnberg is exchanging letters with the Unabomber.
From Streetwise Professor: there are tough standards of evidence required to approve pharmaceutical interventions, so why are non-pharmaceutical interventions forcibly imposed on whole nations?
The underlying principle of drug regulation has been “show me”: show me something works. The underlying principle of Covid Era ukases has been: “Evidence? Evidence? I don’t have to show any stinkin’ evidence.” Indeed, it’s been worse than that: those who demand evidence, or even politely point out the lack of evidence, are branded as heretics by the very same “progressives” who believe religiously that requiring proof of efficacy of drugs is a good thing . . .
So an apparent logical inconsistency–proof of efficacy for thee, but not for me–is in fact no inconsistency at all. They are both who, whom. A soi disant elite (ha!) always pushes the alternative that gives them the most power, and deprives you of the most choice. Who (the progressives): Whom (you).
Google Drive blocks access to a document compiling news reports on vaccine side effects. This is not the first time I’ve reported such Google antics. All your Google Docs are belong to us!
You might be interested in this podcast:
Liberals donate more than conservatives and Democrats massively outperform in fundraising.
Political corruption in the US via insider trading. See the comments for more detail.
People are going nuts because they crave domination and submission and the official moral code compels them to equalize everything and give everyone a choice on every little detail. Even the otherwise well-adjusted squirm and sweat from having to choose every last feature and color and texture and flavor and gender and body part and posture, from having to act independently and respect every single other person’s independence and get consent and written guarantees that all parties have done exactly what they wanted without an ounce of influence or pressure.
It is not even deep down; it is not even hidden. It is right there on their faces, even with masks. In their eyes, in their words, in the way they carry themselves. Please for the love of god tell me who I am, what I like and how I like it.
Film recommendation: Mystery Train. Features a very young Steve Buscemi but my favourite is the first of the three stories, about a young Japanese couple visiting Memphis. Bit of a theme going on today’s Dark Side with the music at the start.
What dark streak of irrationality lurks in the minds of men, that causes them to march heedlessly towards their own ruin? What laughing deity prepares this fateful concoction of hubris, blindness, and stupidity, and serves it up to man on a tray etched with the flourishes of his own vanity? We do not know. What we do know is that we must be forever on guard against these kinds of traps and pitfalls; our only defense is philosophy, the study of which brings a seasoned knowledge of human nature’s limitations.
A break away! by Tom Roberts, 1891.
It illustrates a disaster – the sheep are stampeding to a waterhole and will drown each other in the crush. The stockman’s trying in vain to halt them. It demonstrates the beauty, strife and nobility of life in the bush. Note the clearness of the air and the washed-out colours – that’s how Australia looks. If I recall correctly.
If you look carefully you might spot a sheepdog (probably a blue heeler), a second horseman, a pair of wedge-tailed eagles and a chemtrail before its time. Try the Wikipedia Commons version if you can’t zoom sufficiently here. The detail is incredible.
Meanwhile in Japan, a man is arrested for defrauding 35 girlfriends. Is that alpha?
A less romantically successful fellow got caught stealing his crush’s apron from her workplace and putting it on. He said he was ‘overcome with sexual desire’.
A third was fined about $3,000 for shitting in a supermarket checkout aisle. Busy week up there.
That’s it from me. For those wanting more, try last week’s links from Niccolo:
Bellingcat as Intel Cut-Out, Northern Ireland Ablaze, Russia’s Vaccine Export Success, The Sackler Dynasty, Tamil Bull-Wrangling
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