Word from the Dark Side – Woke self-organises, journalism crushes originality and rulers hypnotise us all

Comment from B125 on Zman:

COVID has exposed just about everything rotten in our society.

– most jobs are make work jobs, managers are mostly useless paper pushers, offices are useless in many cases
– many churches are weak and corrupt. here in canada most churches are now enforcing proof of vax and booting you if you don’t have it
– urban degenerate lifestyles seem to be out of vogue now, mass white flight out of urban centers into suburban and even remote areas
– higher education is a scam. people are paying thousands per semester to watch some recorded zoom lectures. without the “party experience” there’s literally no reason to go for most degrees.
– many people are terrified of death and are very immature about it
– many people are willing to sacrifice their kids’ mental health and future in order to “feel good” about themselves. most of them have no purpose and love feeling like part of a movement.
– there is a large subset of (mainly white & especially J) women who love being tyrants. They WILL NOT leave you the fuck alone if you are unvaccinated, unless you make them . . .

Feel free to add anything I missed. It seems like we’re on a rolling snowball that can’t, or won’t, stop, until we crash. Diversity is now affecting the upper white middle class and they aren’t stopping it. Don’t know who is in charge or what the end goal is. Very interesting times.

Eugyppius has some compelling thoughts on that last point:

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Friday Finance: BAD money books

I previously listed some good books for those wanting to learn more about finance.

There are some I don’t generally recommend, not because they’re bad but because they are unsuitable for my target audience. Essays by Warren Buffett, that sort of thing. There are a small minority of investors who are able to do better than the index by picking their owns stocks, speculating on currencies and that sort of thing, and there are good books available on these topics.

However, as I showed in my book, research repeatedly demonstrates that these are losing strategies for the average person. My book is aimed at total beginners who should probably stay away from such advanced strategies. The kind of people who might pull them off are the kind of people who would not have read my book in the first place it is far too basic for their needs.

There is another kind of book that is no good for anyone. It is aimed at the novice, not the advanced investor, and focuses on feel-good, get-rich-quick nonsense rather than concrete advice on how to save and invest.

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Black swans of trespass

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another poetry post. However, please humour me for a moment by reading this short piece and deciding what you think of it. You’ll find out why later.

Durer: Innsbruck, 1495 (published 1943)

I had often cowled in the slumbrous heavy air,
Closed my inanimate lids to find it real,
As I knew it would be, the colourful spires
And painted roofs, the high snows glimpsed at the back,
All reversed in the quiet reflecting waters –
Not knowing then that Durer perceived it too.
Now I find that once more I have shrunk
To an interloper, robber of dead men’s dream,
I had read in books that art is not easy
But no one warned that the mind repeats
In its ignorance the vision of others. I am still
The black swan of trespass on alien waters.

Bookmark your thoughts. Whatever your opinion, the story behind this poem is a tale for the ages.

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OUT NOW! Tales From Captivity

Tales From Captivity by [Nikolai Vladivostok]

15 short stories to trouble your soul

A Japanese labourer seeks solitude in a room that reeks of death. A scuba instructor volunteers for a bizarre experiment. Judas preaches his own gospel. Chinese scientists clash in a grim, winner-takes-all struggle. An outback miner’s attempt to raise money to return home ends in chaos. An old, African freedom fighter plots a daring murder. A kidnapped billionaire escapes across the remote highlands of Taiwan.

Each story takes unexpected turns.

A review from Deacon Blues:

Tales From Captivity introduces you to scenarios which, while fantastic, are only one or two steps away from real life. It is these tiny little patches to the fabric of reality that lead to profound consequences. In it are placed normal, real, fallible human characters, and things unfold in unexpected ways. For almost all of these stories the ending was not what I predicted. Even in the most harrowing moments, I was captivated, and read on . . .

Tales From Captivity is aptly named, macabre, entertaining, and well worth your time and money.

You can read the first story on Amazon’s free preview:

Tales From Captivity is also available on every other platform.

I’ve enabled this book to be shared via PDF. Feel free to do this so long as it’s a good faith effort to spread my work to your friends, no money is involved, and you encourage the recipients to post a review.

Thanks to Lemmiwinks, Deacon Blues and SR for their eagle eyes in spotting errors and for other feedback.

Friday Finance: the spendthrift spouse

I’ve got a mate. He’s married with a kid. He’s okay with money but his wife is atrocious.

Each month he hands over all the money she’ll need for household expenses. Each month she ends up asking for more, saying she’s run out, even though he’s done the budget, gone over it with her a million times and figured how how much they ought to be spending on each item.

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The last 3 good albums

I’m haunted by three albums released from the late 1990s to mid-2010s.

Partly because they are ethereal and strange, partly because they seem to be the last good albums ever recorded.

I might be wrong about this. Perhaps I’m just a grumpy old man and you can draw my attention to more recent good albums.

On the other hand, maybe downloading killed music as we once knew it, leaving us with nothing listenable except for free, bland focus music.

Edit: here’s another view of what’s wrong with modern pop. It’s not the only one:

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Friday Finance: a letter to 2015

Hello past-people.

How are you? I am fine.

My blog began in 2015. Using newly discovered tachyon particles, I am writing to my seventeen initial readers from the year 2021 to give you tips for flourishing over the next few years.

Be aware that BIG THINGS are coming up, not all of them good. The Time Lords have forbidden me from giving you specifics, but I am allowed to give general advice that will help you to get through.

The economic sunshine will not last forever.

You have time to prepare.

Follow the ten steps to financial freedom that will enable you to get through no matter what happens, especially the first four, foundational steps:

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New book! Review copies available

Tales From Captivity is a collection of fifteen short stories I wrote during lockdown.

A little bit horror, a little bit comedy, a little bit rock and roll.

Three stories have previously appeared in Terror House Magazine while the rest are unpublished.

Tales From Captivity is about 50K words long (110 pages).

Please email me if you are a reviewer (i.e. you have a blog, Twitter following etc.) and I’ll send you a PDF version.

nvladivostok [at] protonmail [dot] com

I plan to retire my old Yahoo account but I’m still checking it for now if you want to use that.

I can also provide review copies to trusted, long-time commenters and correspondents upon request so long as you pinky-swear to (a) leave an honest review at Amazon, goodreads or a place like that, and (b) let me know if you spot any typos. A few always sneak through, no matter what you do.

Official release in a week or two, inshallah.

Don’t participate

Military

No more brother wars.

No more fighting for contemptuous rulers.

Don’t join the military. Discourage your sons, nephews and others from enlisting.

If you’re in, get out when you can and do a half-arsed job in the meantime. If deployed, keep your head down. Don’t be a hero for a nation that no longer exists. Do the minimum you can get away with.

Let them fight their own battles from now on.

Police

The game is rigged. In certain situations you know you can’t win and your life will be forfeit no matter what you do.

Don’t join.

If you’re in, plan your exit.

If you stay for the pension, understand that you are rolling the dice. You’re one bad traffic stop away from being prosecuted for sainticide.

This might not apply if you serve in a local area where you enjoy strong support from the people. Your people.

Civilian readers should rethink how they assist police from now on. Previously you might have been the sort of upstanding citizen who would grab a fleeing thief, phone in suspicious activity or help a copper in need. We need to adjust to a world of arbitrary, who/whom law. Who is fleeing whom? Who is conducting the suspicious activity? Who is the copper in distress? These are salient questions now that blind justice and the rule of law are dead.

They make the rules, we just have to play by them.

Career

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Word from the Dark Side – Bill Clinton did nothing wrong, Biden’s KGB, busted nurse and bummed out migrants

Nand Ka Lala Bansuri Wala by Shreya Ghoshal, 2010

The radical middle and the words too few dare say:

It has been noted before that for the people who call themselves conservative and support the Republican Party, their best president was Bill Clinton. His was the most conservative administration since Eisenhower, according to the modern definition of conservative. The worst president was George W. Bush, the guy the Republican Party claimed was the epitome of conservatism. Conservative voters still hate Bill Clinton and mostly ignore Bush.

Veritas decides not to publish alleged diary of Joe Biden’s daughter, hands it to police, gets raided by the FBI anyway, their devices are seized and shortly after their privileged communications with lawyers are leaked to the NYT (which Veritas was in the middle of suing).

Rule of law!

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Friday Finance: People’s Blog Recommended finance books and links

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

Further Reading

I do not necessarily endorse the content of these websites and books.  It’s good to get another point of view.

Websites

[Edit: I’ve removed some of these links as they’ve become over-commercialized, feminized and/or pozzed. One was mostly about vaccines and climate change! They’ll be gone from the second edition of the book.]

Introductory and general information

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Word from the Dark Side – the urge for going, underage unmaskers fined and the undefeated underclass

Urge for Going by Joni Mitchell, 1967

Victoria Police issued 260+ mask fines to CHILDREN as young as ten.

Children as young as 10 received $40 fines for failing to wear a face mask when outside in Victoria.

Hidden in this boilerplate story celebrating multiculturalism is the story of a toddler separated from his parents for two years, for absurd reasons. A signature from a minister could have fixed it but that would have been unpopular.

Is this new, or did I just hear about it?

We will not approve your application to renounce your citizenship if you do not have another foreign citizenship or it is not in Australia’s interests.

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Friday Finance: recap of the 10 steps to freedom

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

Conclusion

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let’s finish by recapping each step and figuring out where you are and what you still need to do.

Review of the Introduction

Many people lack any level of financial freedom, even if they have a relatively high income, because they are unable to manage their money.  They live paycheck to paycheck, borrow heavily, and an unforeseen incident can cause disaster.  They feel that they are on a treadmill that they can’t get off, even for a moment.  Many wealthy people have had to file for bankruptcy because they could not get their finances in order.

By following the steps in this book, you can achieve a much greater degree of independence and financial freedom.

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The need for cultural and genetic renewal

In the dying decades of the Roman Empire, the Visigoths rampaged through the countryside. Goths had previously been allowed to peacefully settle within the Empire because farmers and soldiers were desperately needed following recurrent epidemics and low birth rates. However, these immigrants had been required to surrender their arms at the border and live in small groups, not as internal nations under their own leaders. In fact, this resettlement was often part of a punishment following a lost war.

Once the Huns began to attack Gothic lands from the east, however, these rules went out the window. So many Goths poured across the frontier that no Roman force could prevent them, disarm them or separate them.

The subsequent arrogant and callous treatment of the barbarians was not a clever move as by this time they were one of the few effective fighting forces still available in the West and the Huns were looming on the horizon.

Alaric I tried to find a place for his Visigoths within the Roman Empire. At one point, during a siege, he made a pretty fair offer: forget about the gold. Make me head of the Roman Army, I’ll take my people north to settle along the Danube frontier and we’ll guard it for you.

At this point Rome had no army to speak of to protect the border and no better way of getting the Goths out of their hair. This was a Godsend.

Rome said no.

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Word from the Dark Side – Cemetery Gates, sexy syringes, South Stasiland, stone the emus and stooge the censors

Cemetery Gates by Pantera, 1990

American FDA approves vaccines for kids:

[Committee] members include a former vice president of Pfizer Vaccines, a recent Pfizer consultant, a recent Pfizer research grant recipient, a man who mentored a current top Pfizer vaccine executive, a man who runs a center that gives out Pfizer vaccines, the chair of a Pfizer data group, a guy who was proudly photographed taking a Pfizer vaccine, and numerous people who are already on the record supporting Coronavirus vaccines for children. Meanwhile, recent FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on Pfizer’s board of directors.

College girls develop a syringe fantasy.

A long, excellent article explaining why doctors continue recommending treatments long since debunked by scientific evidence. HT.

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Friday Finance: DON’T change your investments for these 2 reasons

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

Bad Reasons for Changing Your Investments

There are two really, really bad reasons for changing your investments.  They are: (a) panic, and (b) greed.

The most common is panic.

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