I had a request to explain the 80s for the kids via another video clip. This one is as good as any but I can’t be bothered pulling it apart scene by scene. I think you’ll get it. Drink every time something politically incorrect happens.
We no longer fight for our right to paaartay, do we?
All parties are banned across the Philippines until further notice. The rule is not being consistently enforced. After fifteen months, there has yet to be any public health campaign warning people not to share the same cup of rum as traditionally happens at these parties.
They always attempt the hard or impossible but ignore the easy things. ‘Give grandpa his own cup.’ Much as I’d like to chalk this up as yet another piece of Third World incompetence and stupidity, rich countries are doing little better.
I feel like a broken record. Let’s move on.
I was going to do a story about the Indian Miracle: infection rates are plummeting there like no where else in the world. However, I found that Phil Ebersole has already written what I was going to say: ivermectin very likely has something to do with it.
I previously said initial indications looked good and that there ought to be more research. I’m turning that on its head: it’s now up to the WHO and Big Pharma to prove ivermectin doesn’t work.
Despite the propaganda and censoring of alternative viewpoints, most people never drank the Kool-Aid on the total innocence of the Wuhan lab doing gain of function research on coronavirus just like the very one that took off in that city:
It’s odd to see the sudden flurry of mainstream media attention to the Wuhan lab conspiracy theory, like this one from the Wall Street Journal and this one from Vanity Fair. There’s little in these articles that we on this side of the Great Divide didn’t know a year ago.
Did people really not drink the Kool Aid? Or did they simply change their minds when they were told to? What else would they believe upon command? I suspect that’s what recent UFO nonsense is about: measuring just how credulous the modern public really is.
Related to the lab leak theory: the Chinese culture of chabuduo or ‘close enough’ or ‘good enough for the bush’. I saw a mild version of this in Taiwan, where exposed live wires are sometimes left lying around where children have to pass and apartment water systems are installed so badly that the tap water is not safe to drink even though it’s fine at the source. They don’t call it chabuduo though, they say guo hao le, which more literally means ‘good enough’.
Is Tether (USDT) a massive scam?
Tl;dr version: Tether is supposed to be backed one-to-one by US dollars but probably isn’t. Many cryptos worldwide are being bought and sold via Tether. Ergo, current crypto prices may be pumped up by fake dollar investments and will crash when too many people try to convert their Tether back into USD.
Here’s an overview of the situation.
Here’s a deep dive for the doubters.
I’m that rarest of creatures: the no-coiner who is pro-crypto. I still reckon some of the newer coins will be fast, safe and energy-efficient enough to serve as currency one day, but that day is not this day.
Kill to Party’s book is out. I have linked his blog here many times. It’s on special at Terror House Press this week together with all their other stuff.
Then I had to work the indianapolis 500 weekend. Even busier than usual. But I needed to feel numb. Ground down to a nub. Reduced to a function. Anything but feeling sad, anything but remembering, anything but the horror movie torture footage of happy moments gone forever. Saturday evening on her friend’s farm in the hills of southern indiana. The cool air and crackling fire. Her childhood friends were getting married and we talked about getting married too. That night she drove me through her hometown, showed me her high school. Streetlights and gas stations under the tarpit sky. We come from similar places and we are the same person, except for the fact that we do not know each other at all.
Caleb has also published a book, available in paperback with the e-book coming soon.
Adam P. ponders our anti-natal culture. For the record, I know plenty of blokes here who start second families in their mid-sixties. They buy a house and ensure the kids will be materially secure in case they don’t make it to the high school graduation ceremony.
Much more detail about Epstein and Bill Gates given his recent stumble upon the precipice of defenestration. No doubt there’s something there but to be honest, my eyes glaze over after a few thousands words and I conclude they’re all evil as a shortcut for my tired mind.
Then there’s Article 13, which states, “1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State. 2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
… unless there’s a virus on the loose with a 99% chance of survival.
Practically every government on earth used Covid-19 as an excuse to lock citizens in their homes, or require a valid excuse to travel more than five kilometers from home. Many closed their borders and prevented people from leaving the country.
So much for freedom of movement.
The first mall in Cameroon. This isn’t mean, it’s good, wholesome fun. Do yourself a favour and have a look.
Bless her cotton socks (content warning). [That’ll reel ’em in.]
Moral dilemmas in the modern world – getting money that doesn’t belong to you, but might belong to a Goliath who robs you blind every chance it gets. Re the ethics pundit in the story: in university libraries, books on moral philosophy are stolen more often than any other.
Meanwhile in Japan, a man is suspected of stealing recorders from a Nagoya middle school: