Word from the Dark Side – Jane says, nuclear subs, learn to sail, Camp of the Saints, brawling Sikhs, murderer skates, whites sacked, Melbourne seethes and colours swirl

Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction, 1988. Not sure when this concert was. The ‘Jane’ referred to in this song is a real woman who eventually broke her addictions and is still alive today.

Australia to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the US. A few years ago this would have been big news but now it seems irrelevant. The things are not supposed to be in the water for another twenty years, which will mean thirty and they may not work. Australia will rely upon the US and UK for the fuel, servicing etc., plus the other technologies that form part of the deal, which locks us in to all their likely conflicts with China.

By the time anything substantive is delivered, the struggle for the Pacific will be over and some of the nations in this trifecta may no longer exist in their present form.

Where will Australia be by then? Bill suggests some preparations:

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Mexico, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic

Japan’s not looking good. The rest of Asia is locked up. I’m not keen on spending a fortune to get transported back to Botany Bay for the jab-o-nine-tails and seven years hard lockdowns.

I need a home.

These three stand out because (a) I can get there from here, (b) they seem cheap, and (c) I can get citizenship after a few years of residency, if I like it. Or I might tread water there until I can reach my original destination.

I know nothing about Latin America or the Caribbean but am accustomed to normal Third World issues. I don’t blink when the power goes off.

Any thoughts regarding:

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Aussie fear pron

If Australia reopens at 70-80 per cent vaccination coverage, roughly between 25,000 and 29,000 Covid deaths will likely occur, according to the modelling. Picture: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP
Picture: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP

You may have noticed that some perfectly reasonable people have gone to pieces with this Covid business, especially in Australia.

If you were stuck on mainstream news, you’d be terrified too.

Let’s have a look at news.com.au, once one of Australia’ more conservative sources (but ever tabloid):

Reopening Australia too early with lack of restrictions would cause ‘substantial mortality’, experts say

Frightening research has revealed the dire situation Australia would face if it rushed through its reopening process, ditching public health measures after the nation reached vaccination levels of 80 per cent . . .

The ANU-led modelling warns that if Australia reopens to Phase D with 70 per cent of Australians aged over 16 fully vaccinated, there could eventually be . . . 29,000 fatalities.

That would be a death rate only somewhat under Sweden’s, despite 70% vaccination. Are the shots that shit?

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The time of your life

In high school we had a half-mad English teacher of middle years who was forever rabbiting on about her university days. She’d recite uni anecdotes she found amusing, use weird slang that she explained was popular when she was in uni (‘Slaps to you!’), and compared the 90s unfavourably with those exciting and profound years of the early 70s.

One day she went fully mad, gradually working herself into a lather about nothing in particular, accused a fat girl in the back row of not taking care of her appearance (without obvious provocation), then fled from the room in tears. It was odd: we did give her plenty of grief but on that day I can’t remember anything happening prior to her breakdown. Once previously, when she was grumpy in another class, a boy said, ‘Someone didn’t get their Sunday root’ and she got upset, but there’d been nothing like that.

I don’t think we saw much of her after that.

To come to the point: many people have a ‘time of their life’. A time which they consider the biggest, the best, the most foundational aside from infancy. It’s usually a good time but in other cases it’s a difficult time which they treasure for the memory of overcoming its challenges. The Blitz, that sort of thing.

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Mysterious disappearances

Introduction

I’m into mysteries.

The Bermuda Triangle, lost colonies, that sort of thing. My interest is scientific. Click-hungry YouTube channels assume that every strange occurrence is the result of extra-terrestrial CIA skinwalkers but I’m far more curious about the actual explanation.

My particular obsession is missing person cases, especially where people disappear in baffling circumstances. Many occur in national parks while others occur during people’s everyday activities.

People love finding stupid patterns to these cases: they often go missing near boulders, which must be Bigfoot hunting grounds! The people who go missing are often highly educated, which obviously means that aliens are kidnapping the elite of our species in order to . . . something.

You can see why sensible people roll their eyes at mysteries in general and focus on weightier matters.

But having read so much about these cases, and listened to so many podcasts, I’ve begun noticing some patterns myself. Together with cases in which people were found safe, it is possible to piece together what often happens when people go missing.

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Rhetoric vs reality on vaccines

Rhetoric vs Logic

I try to keep things real here, though I sometimes descend into a rant or silliness. The People’s Blog might as well be a private discussion board as normal people don’t come here and if they do, they don’t linger. We can speak freely and acknowledge complications.

When speaking publicly, a less measured approach is more effective.

For example, lockdowns.

Realistically, I’m open to the idea that they may reduce infection rates temporarily in some cases but am against them because (a) the costs do not outweigh the benefits according to my own values and (b) we should not exchange freedom for a little safety except in extreme cases. It usually turns out badly, from banning dope to arbitrary War on Terror laws that are still on the books today.

If speaking in another forum I wouldn’t choose those words.

Ordinary people are not compelled by nuanced arguments. The world’s greatest orators didn’t move crowds by saying, “On one hand, I guess I can see their point of view on x, but on the other hand . . .” Did Cicero ever make a speech like that? Did Lincoln?

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Scaremongering about India

‘Entire families’ wiped out by Covid’s carnage in rural India, screams the headline.

The story went around the world via various mastheads but I tracked down the original to The Times of India.

Experiencing doubt, I decided to look into it.

In Basi . . . about three-quarters of the village’s 5,400 people are sick and more than 30 have died in the past three weeks.

Three-quarters? As about twenty percent of those infected with Covid never show symptoms, that means almost the whole village must be infected. I haven’t heard of that happening in any other place in the world (fact check me if I’m wrong).

Or perhaps they mean that 75% of people being tested are found to be positive. If they were only testing those presenting with symptoms that would make sense.

Thirty dead? Even if 100% of the village is infected, itself extremely unlikely, that gives us an infection fatality rate of 0.56%.

Doubt.

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Death rates

Some time ago I tried looking up total death rates for different countries to get a mathematical view of Covid’s impact. Curiously, one of the countries that compiles and releases its data first is Sweden.

What I found was so interesting that this post will only consider Covid in passing as it investigates broader trends.

Have a look:

You can see the Covid bump in 2020, likely to be repeated in 2021, but there are many other interesting things going on in this graph.

First, there’s a very obvious downward trend over the decades. You can see how improved nutrition, medicine etc. over the last century led to dramatically lower death rates, especially among infants.

There’s also a bulge over the 1980s. This is no doubt due to the age structure of society at that time as the graph shows crude death rates that are not adjusted for the age of the population.

Do you see those really big spikes? That’s what major pandemics look like. No doubt you can spot the Spanish Flu of a century ago.

Notice how early years have much more irregular death rates due to pandemics (mostly), harsh winters, crop failures and other perils of the pre-modern period. Compare to how death rates smooth over the twentieth century along with economic and technological development.

Most people understand that death rates have gradually declined since the Olden Days but it’s surprising to see that mortality has continued to drop even in the twenty-first century. In Sweden’s case, this decline is such that the Covid blip pushed 2020’s mortality rate up to what would have been normal a decade ago and still well below the average of two decades ago.

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More woe for women

The entirely avoidable tragedy of COVID-19 vaccines and pregnant women

Medicine has a long history of systematically excluding women from trials of potentially life-saving drugs.

Now pregnant women find themselves excluded from the life-saving benefits of a COVID-19 vaccination. Because they were not part of clinical trials, we cannot know with certainty if vaccines are safe and effective for them.

Because pregnant women and their unborn children tend to be more vulnerable to side effects. Drug trials are generally conducted on the most robust members of the population in order to minimize risks.

The article adds that pregnant women push up costs through the need to follow up on their kids once born and increased insurance costs, but these are related to the point above.

Excluding the vulnerable from drug trials does not count as being mean to the vulnerable.

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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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Which comes first: saving an emergency fund or paying off debts?

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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 Low to Medium Income.

Save an emergency fund first, or pay off debts first?

The next chapter explains what an emergency fund is, where to save it and how large it should be.  It is essentially a rainy-day fund, and you definitely need one for financial freedom. 

But you also need to rapidly pay off your debts in order to reach financial freedom, as will be explained in the chapter after that.   Which of these should you do first?

Here is the order of operations:

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5 good books for Christmas

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If you’ve been umming and ahhing about buying The Poor Man’s Guide to Financial Freedom, now’s the time. From today until the new year the eBook is just $2.99!

The paperback is a buck off, now just $11.99. Will never get cheaper than that.

It’s the perfect gift for a young man who needs to learn how to manage his finances and start serious investing for the future.

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I took care to ensure Poor Man’s Guide is normie-friendly so don’t worry about your SJW aunt clutching her pearls and reaching for her sniffing salts upon discovering the kind of content you sometimes get on this site.

Speaking of which, the following book is not normie-friendly. There’s no discount because it’s already as cheap as Amazon allows, $0.99:

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This is a collection of the best posts from SovietMen from 2015-2020, edited and with exclusive updates and extra content. It’s set out by category rather than chronologically.

I primarily published it as a record of this site for when it finally cops an F. If you’re new here and don’t fancy wading through posts randomly, or would just like to keep a copy of the best stuff, it’s yours for a buck.

The following are not affiliate links, just books I enjoyed from around the blogosphere:

Adam P.’s autobiographical Pushing Rubber Downhill is a funny, touching and educative account of his youthful misadventures traveling across the outback, becoming a fly-by-night river guide in the tropics of Queensland and then Uganda’s White Nile.

Perfect for a young man still mooching over girls and struggling to find direction in his life. Here’s my review.

If you’ve read it already, the sequel Run Guts Pull Cones takes us to the highlands of Italy.

Adam certainly made a few missteps on his path to wisdom, but nothing compared to the drunken and corporeal debauches of Naughty Nomad. Reading My Life as a Mexican Pirate, I still cannot believe he’s still alive. Here is my review.

If you’d prefer a novel, I recommend Finally, Some Good News by Delicious Tacos. This is the blogger who inspired me to start blogging. An unlikely couple is thrown together by a fortuitous nuclear holocaust. My review.

You can also find collections of his shorter pieces on his blog.

Update: DT has just announced that all his eBooks are 60% off for Christmas. Mogs me.

Next year Terror House will publish my novel. To my shame, I have not yet read any of their books. Here they are. Any recommendations?

I normally spruik my Amazon affiliate link this time of year but I don’t do that anymore. Instead, try to support local businesses that have been struggling under lockdown.

How about you? Got something to shill? Got a mate who’s published a book or is selling something and you think it’s pretty good?

Spruik away in the comments.

Don’t join a movement

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It’s been said before and it can’t be said enough: don’t join a movement.

Thirteen possibly slow-witted men were arrested by the FBI for plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan.

Yes, one of them clearly has an anarchist flag in the background of his video and criticizes Trump and the police.

Yes, they were probably egged on by at least one FBI infiltrator. Without him they probably would have talked big and done nothing, just like those ‘Islamic terrorists’ who were similarly convinced to commit crimes by agents. I recall one was sold a shotgun half an inch too short just so they could get him on that.

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We are all paperwork citizens now

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Vox Day likes to call immigrants without deep roots in a nation, ‘paperwork citizens’, as opposed to real citizens.  I always thought it was a bit mean to those who’d tried hard to fit in and make a life for themselves, but now I see the grain of truth in the sentiment.

As you know, I’m not presently allowed to return to my own country.  Subsequent rumination have helped me to make sense of this.

Almost 30% of Australians were born overseas.  Some of these, no doubt, are keen to assimilate and eventually become patriotic, dutiful, grouse Aussie shearers.  I’ve met Indians from Dubai who delight in our coarseness and have learnt to swear like troopers.  I’ve met game Vietnamese boys who play Aussie rules football.  I’ve met Kiwis who didn’t know they were Kiwis until they tried to apply for university.

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NEW BOOK: THE BEST OF SOVIETMEN

Here it is!

For just $0.99, a 130,000-word collation of the best SovietMen posts from 2015-2020, with bonus notes, exclusive updates, and fewer typos:

 

It’s Volume I because if I survive through to 2025, I hope to put out a Volume II.

Also available on many other platforms. The paperback version is $11.99 because of printing costs, plus delivery will be like mailing a brick.

For the time being, all blog posts included are

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