I am trying not to write about a certain virus. They are other posts: and there is enough stupidity left in this world to make a list of reactivity.
To start with, one of our pollsters (National party: read globalist business) still believes racism is a sin. One committed by Shane Jones.
It is not racist to say NZ should have fewer immigrants. It is racist to say too many Indians are being allowed to migrate to New Zealand.
If a Cabinet Minister in a National led Government said such a thing, Labour and Greens would be demanding they’d be sacked. Instead, not a peep I suspect.
If Shane Jones was not a corrupt and mendacious arrogant politician, generally despised by North, I might like him. At least his corruption is apparent. As if our labour led government does not believe in carpetbagging another intersectional feminist journalist into my town, which has voted Red frr a centure.
Adam gets the current zeitgest.
I can’t do any more than that because it’s all supposition and I’ve already written about what needs to be discussed up to this point in time. Just about the only connection that hasn’t been invented so far is that climate change caused the virus, but don’t worry; that headline is coming to a fake news source near you soon.
Other virus headlines waiting to happen are that women are more affected and victimized by the virus even though it kills more men; transgender people are outraged because special consideration for their special and unique needs have not been given or allocated for at their local overwhelmed medical center; having an abortion will cure you of the virus; Christians but especially Catholics are responsible for the virus and must be made to pay; the only way that we as a planet can recover from the virus is socialism; eating meat is what caused the virus so now that must be stopped; the virus did not kill many people after all so it now makes sense to ban all products made from oil & gas; how my intersectional feminism caused me to contract the virus from a straight white male; gender is a social construct but I’m so relieved that the virus mostly kills Asian people.
Well, I've been under the weather, and I better get this out (though son one is very worried about his Chiese mother and grandmother, and keeping them safe. Because risk groups). What else have I found this week?
The left is chasing Roadrunner
Tolerance is the new God. We are told to bow down to it. But Jesus is Lord, and everything else will fail.
The Old Rome did burn, and history gives us patterns.
As in Rome, we are free to follow Jesus, so long as we concede that Jesus is just one of many ways, and not the way, the truth and the life. In any age, when diversity and tolerance are prized as the highest virtue, it can sound like treason to declare that Jesus alone can save.
When we do—ironically—there is not much tolerance given to Christians.
Let’s be clear though: we shouldn’t go looking for trouble. Scripture says:
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Always try to do good to each other and to all people.
But Scripture also declares that Jesus is Lord. And if that’s true, then the Caesars of our day are not. Regardless of whether they are despots or dogmas.
When we accept this and give ourselves permission to be controversial—come what may—we’re actually set free. We no longer need to struggle for the world’s acceptance where we were never promised it.
To notice is bad think. We are supposed to approve that our rulers have elected another people: dissipation of youth profits the providers of alcohol and other substances, mass media, gaming, detoxification diets and pet supplies. The West is (slowly, very slowly) wising up. So a new people who do not have the immunity to these vices must be bought in.
Immigration is a losing issue everywhere, except in the United States. But soon, it will be here too. Because the immigration = economic growth = societal wealth argument is now as observably and objectively false as the free trade = economic growth = societal prosperity argument.
But the narrative is failing. The Aussies are now quite aware that green zero carbon equals no power and hot, fractious, waterless summers, with a side dish of nagging about their existence. In Germany the pragmatists are taking the methods of the left and subverting them: if it is OK to use a damaged girl as a poster child for the climate change myth then it just as OK to use a healthy young woman as your spokesgirl. The left hate this. From Didact:
It's pretty clear that the Gretard has been subjected to some severe child abuse over her life. Her learning difficulties, her weird dieting, her overly-permissive and rather stupidly liberal (Lord, forgive me my redundancies) parents, and a host of other factors, have all added up to make her a poster-child for everything that is wrong with modern progressivism. (Not, of course, that we needed much by way of reminders.)
Ms Seibt, on the other hand, looks to be a relatively healthy, fully-grown young lady. And unlike the Gretard, there is no question that she is sponsored and promoted by various interest groups. She is quite open about this fact, which speaks volumes for her honesty and is a rather refreshing change from the plainly manufactured and propped-up puppet that is St. Gretard of Thunberg.
Looking more broadly at the culture wars, it is increasingly clear that a major pushback against the overwhelming power of the Left in the popular culture is taking place. We've been seeing it happen for years. #Gamergate was only the beginning; shortly thereafter we had #Comicsgate, then Brexit, then the YUUUUUGE!!! electoral VICTORY! of His Most Illustrious, Noble, August, Benevolent, and Legendary Celestial Majesty, the God-Emperor of Mankind, Donaldus Triumphus Magnus Astra, the First of His Name.
With climate "science", though, that backlash has taken longer to form and has been slow to respond to the changes in, well, the climate.
Climategate was a long time ago, and it honestly didn't do much to damage the reputations of the people involved. Michael Mann is still out there flogging his discredited "hockey stick" graph to the elites who like to hang out at Davos. James Hansen from NASA's Goddard Institute is still out there selling the same old snake oil. Al Bore is still taken seriously by people who hop on private jets to go to conferences to listen to other ultra-rich bores drone on about the desperate NEED to DO SOMETHING!!! to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions.
But it is becoming increasingly clear that the rest of us, especially young folks, simply aren't listening any more.
The left are Wylie E. Coyote, doing the same thing, with more elaborate methods, and getting the same results.
Elspeth has a reading list for Lent, with two old books and one new.
And this, from a kiwi site:
Ash Wednesday is also well known as “There is something on your forehead” Wednesday as we proudly head out from the Eucharist into the secular world witnessing to our faith and declaring to the world that we have begun the Lenten fast [even to the point of #ashtag selfies here and here] …. ummmm…. just having heard Jesus tell us
Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven… whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
I have known catholic-minded clergy abandon imposing ashes on Ash Wednesday because of the Gospel reading. And it is a regular attack by romaphobes and the usual selectively-biblically-literalists.
In fact there is a tradition quite different to the conspicuous cross of ash on the forehead – it is sprinkling ash on top of the head (see photo at the top and video below). If anyone knows how/when (etc) the ash cross developed – do let us know in the comments.
With illness, discussion on the virus, and working out who is in the confession anglican church in NZ, this is quite late. let's send it out. Have a good week. all