The retrograde week.

I’m changing the name, because what we need to do is not stop the progressive project, or get it to step back a half century or so. We need to go back to the structure of the state: probably before the treaty of Westphalia.

We need rediscover Ein volk, Ein King, Ein Kurche which translates as One King, One people, One Church. Our call will be for King and God, and our church will be established.

That church will be of Christ, for there is no other appropriate foundation. It iwill not be post modern or that moron cousin of the intersectionally woke, Islam.

So there you go, boys. Another western white chick with the cat addiction got away. I know, I know. As long as she’s happy, right? As long as she’s happy.

[Cue 2024 ABC story of Australian woman desperately attempting to escape tyrannical clutches of Muslim husband who has her kids. We’re like, we don’t care, sweetheart. We don’t care.]

Meanwhile, the green party, which runs my city, is making it hard for business. The retaliers are suffering, and pulling out. Cue the protests.

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins is encouraging retailer H&J Smith to reconsider closing the doors of its department stores.

H&J Smith Group announced yesterday it was proposing to shut its stores in Dunedin, Mosgiel, Balclutha and Te Anau and its Gore store could be reduced in size.

About 175 staff would be affected.

The Invercargill and Queenstown shops would stay open.

The Armoury Store in Dunedin and Outdoor World in Queenstown, owned by H&J Smith Group, would also close.

The Take Note store in Gore would relocate.

Mr Hawkins said he hoped H&J would access Government support and avoid shutting shops.

‘‘Proposal or not, this will be a stressful time for staff and their families. Our thoughts are with them,’’ he said.

The company said the lingering impact of Covid-19 had led to the proposed changes.

The proposal was now under consideration and a final decision would be made in early June.

The closures and downsizing could occur from August this year through to February 2021.

Otago Daily Times

We need to regain our sanity. We need to have a righteous people, or at least a sober government. Our politicians are akin to children running with scissors, complaining that someone else is doing damage.

In NZ, this will mean getting away from MMP, which I have never voted for. From the mailbox.

The savings made by abolishing MPs without electorates – especially the wacky adolescent ex-university students calling themselves the Greens – would be a blessed relief. They have shown they care nothing for the environment but are enjoying living off the taxpayers – without having to be accountable to anyone but themselves. Why one earth are we still tolerating this situation?

Their salary comes out of the pockets of hard-working New Zealanders, and it’s become an intolerable burden on us. The Greens have been tried and found wanting, even subversive in supporting those who want to gain residency by cheating the system. Dismantle the Green Party. We simply can’t afford to pay them $160,000 per annum plus perks. We must ask ourselves – for what purpose? Whatever it is, it is not working in the best interests of New Zealand.

Limiting voting to those who are taxpaying males would help. You can start this by ensuring that the ratepayers only vote in local elections: they pay the bills. At present the Greens are quietly ruining my pleasant city. They need to be given two options: trapping possums in the national parks or digging ditches in South Dunedin so the water table is below most houses foundations. IF you don’t make money, or are paid by the state, you should not vote. Yes, that may take most doctors and nurses out as well, but that could be a benefit.

The Church

Via Jack, this blog, which has much to say that is sense about the current situation. Your faith is not the building: it is the people. We have learned to do without the building. We miss the people.

The wealth and beauty and art in the Church can be a God. There are may pagans who love evensong, and write songs about it, and campaign that the church building remain, while destroying and regulating the congregation that meets there.

There is an intensely practical side to Christian Mysticism: We don’t sweat the small stuff.

That is, because we simply don’t take too seriously this world and all its concerns, we have no reason to preserve the things this world values. It is most certainly not essential to the divine calling to submit to human organizational principles. Everything in Creation is just a tool for His glory. He might make use of things humans generate, but it’s all expendable on the slightest whim. The human instinct to place high value on things into which they have invested resources and energy is no guide to whether it matters to God.

Again, it’s process, not product. We do something because it’s right; it’s divine justice to do. We should discount the very human instinct to place value on the product. Invest value in the obedience; that’s your real treasure. Obedience will stand in Heaven as a testimony to God’s power and glory in you. It’s a primary Fruit of the Spirit.

And a very practical element in Christian Mysticism is that we put very little stock in maintaining a footprint in this world. Most organized religion is hamstrung by a high sense of investment in the institutions of religion. The institution becomes so valuable that it tends to resist a move of the Spirit when God is ready to do something different.

Take at a look at Radix Fidem in terms of an organization. There is a handful of visible leaders, and I get some attention in those terms. But there is no actual organization beyond a very informal association online. Some of us chat through various means, but none of us have met face to face. There is no compelling leverage in our association that forces the world to acknowledge it. Indeed, spouses of some leaders refuse to take this association seriously. We have exchanged things of value in worldly terms, but that’s a tiny part of what we do, and it doesn’t amount to much. It would take a concerted investigation to trace that kind of thing in worldly terms.

What holds us together is not a system or institution, but a shared commitment.

Linkage


Didact reached two million viewers, using blogger, in 7 years. Congratulations are due. He comments:

This ‘ere blog full of rants and tumbleweeds, hosted by yer own very ‘eavy, very ‘umble servant, mine own good self, the Didact, just crossed the TWO MEEEEEELLION pageviews mark yesterday. There was a big spike in traffic which shot me right over the line sometime late in the day, and now the blog is sitting pretty at somewhere around 2.003 million or so views.

Now, two million pageviews in 7.5 years isn’t actually very impressive, to be clear. There are plenty of blogs that manage that in one year. There are plenty of websites out there which manage two million pageviews every single DAY. Two million in 7.5 years amounts to less than 750 views per day.

The number itself isn’t that impressive. Two other things, appropriately, make the achievement impressive.

One, I’ve managed to keep this going for SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS without getting bored – or, I hope, becoming boring. Most blogs fold after a few months; very few survive for more than six months; and almost none survive past one year. Most people take up blogging as a hobby and then just leave things at that, and run out of things to say.

For whatever reason, I never did and still haven’t. It’s still fun for me to write on a daily basis, so I keep doing it.

And two, I actually have a dedicated and loyal readership that turns up every single day to read what I write. I never imagined that would happen when I started, but nowadays I can count award-winning published authors, entrepreneurs, tech workers, and quite a lot of non-American, even non-Western, readers among my readership.

In real life

We are moving away from continual meetings on zoom by managers to face to face with zoom meetings. We are still not traveling. Much. Some things we prefer by zoom. But too much is too much.

What you will find is when lockdown finishes you will exhaust yourself setting up all the things that need doing right now because they should have been done five, six, seven weeks ago but you could not do them. Then you will need a decent break.

I’ll be honest – this is hardly the most egregious thing that Amanda Marcotte has ever committed to a column. But it is just so typical of her usual self-centered naval gazing that she can take a legitimate concern – Zoom fatigue and the ability to step away from a screen, even if that screen is one of the only connections to the world outside – and make it all about MEEEEEEEEEEEE. This isn’t so much a column about Zoom fatigue as it is a humblebrag about Amanda Marcotte’s popularity among her own friends.

Fine. Marcotte is welcome to her active Zoom life and her humblebrags and whatever. The rest of us in the real world, who are concerned about paychecks and kids regressing and food scarcity, can afford a fleeting moment of pity that Amanda Marcotte, who still has a job, isn’t playing as many video games as she’d planned for. And that fleeting moment of pity is apparently more than Amanda Marcotte can afford for anyone else outside of her Zoom bubble.

The Victory Girls

That is not real life. This is much more like what it will be.

Redated at authors request

And while we are considering this: note well that the red pill people can do math, and know that the narrative for fear is probably more damaging than the covid. We have compromised in casa weka. The news will be on — but not the show following it — because there is a dose of Pravda, quite low, that makes me nauseous. Our elite work by making us fearful and angry. This does not end well.

It is important to realize that the psychological and behavioral effects of disasters are experienced by “more people, over a greater geography, across a much longer period of time than all other medical effects combined. This is important for disaster resource planning,” Morganstein told meeting attendees.

At times of crisis, many people will experience distress reactions and engage in behaviors that put their health at risk. Insomnia, increased alcohol and substance use, and family conflict are common and have a negative impact on functioning, he said.

In addition, pandemics result in unique responses. Protracted fear and uncertainty, elements of isolation, anger, misinformation, and faltering confidence in government/institutions may alter perceptions of risk.

“It’s the perception of risk, not the actual risk, that will ultimately determine how people behave,” Morganstein said.

“The ability to influence risk perception will alter the degree to which any group, community, or population ultimately chooses to engage in or reject recommended health behaviors,” he added.

The virus may not be causing a disaster, but our government is.

New Zealand’s economy is in strife. Without major change, our constitutional cousin is in decline. Its public finances are in tatters, its biggest export, tourism, has been obliterated — Air New Zealand announced 4000 job losses this week — and New Zealand police now can enter people’s homes without a warrant. …

In one year, New Zealand has blown 30 years of hard-fought ­fiscal rectitude. Its public debt will explode from the equivalent of 19 per cent of gross domestic product last year to 54 per cent by 2022, on the government’s own figures.

Scott said expanding the deficit, expected to blow out to 10 per cent this year, was the right thing to do. “But looking further out, comparisons with other countries, such as the US and UK, are no basis to justify our large debt ratios; we’re a small, open economy with vulnerable export industries,” he said, noting the share of exports in GDP had been falling steadily for nine years.

The Australian, quoted Kiwiblog

At this point, I’m going to steal a clip Adam used a week ago. It makes the point well. Economic downturn is very, very bad for the people of the nation.

The Ladysphere

Stephanie notes (correctly, in my view) that specialization rocks. Assuming that everyone can do the same things does not. One never marries a clone of oneself: you could not stand your own faults.

In simple English, it turns out that households with a homemaker who specializes in childrearing, while the other parent focuses completely on their career, tend to be more productive in the long run. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is because housework and child care are valuable economic outputs. If you paid someone else to do it, you’ll end up paying a premium for that service which will cost your household’s (family’s) wealth to diminish over the long run. (One family saved almost $17,000 a year when one parent chose to stay home full time.)

To simplify this even further, imagine a homemaker who had specialized her skills in preparing nutritious and delicious meals at home from scratch. For a family without a homemaker to enjoy the same quality of life, it would cost them a premium because they’d have to pay for takeout or dine out at a restaurant. And the homemaker would give the children an even more added advantage by passing down this knowledge to the offspring. For example, a child who is taught by the homemaker how to cook and clean will be at an economic advantage of their peers who’d have to pay for these services.

She continues — same post, as the Karens pile in saying “you cannot claim that”. A bloke would have just rolled his eyes and returned to his beer. We know how tired our spouses are in this time when paying a third to a half of your combined post tax incomes on a mortgage is deemed by the powers to be “affordable”. (The cure is to get the hell out an expensive city. I did. So should you.)

“I didn’t realize mothers who worked full time didn’t know how to cook nutritious and delicious meals! When did the two become mutually exclusive? I think the millions of children in this country with full time working mothers would disagree.”

LOL You can almost feel the butthurt with this woman (poor thing)! Of course working moms can create healthy meals – but they’re a lot more tired at the end of the day, and probably will reach for something quicker or faster when they need to. Lots of working moms are constantly just in survival mode, my mom was like this growing up, and for awhile when I was in the workforce it was like this for us, too. Staying at home allows me to have leisurely evenings (complete with NO homework since we homeschool!). Both my husband and I can rest and relax and enjoy the evening – well as much as our 4 kids will let us LOL

“It states that one parent staying at home is beneficial because no career has to be “given up” if they were to uproot and move… but wasn’t the stay at home parent’s career already given up to stay at home?”

I don’t think this woman is understanding the article correctly. The article is saying that the stay at home parent is able to help their partner EARN more money over time because if they want to, they can just uproot and move for a more lucrative job. A two-income family is much less likely to do something that risky because the other partner who is working would have to quit and start over usually from scratch with their job.

Overall, the article is about the financial side of marriages like this, how a husband can make much much more money overtime than if his wife was working full time. It’s honestly in countless little ways that this happens, and doesn’t just involve childcare costs and home-cooked meals (those are a part of it for sure), but it’s also just more productive in an emotional/mental way that husbands with working wives don’t have.

I would add a comment here. Kea is a photographer, and a very good one. But the money from that comes from

4 thoughts on “The retrograde week.

  1. Bruce Charlton is a good place. Sigma Frame has some interesting stuff. I think with any of these things you need to be very, very careful about testing the word against scripture. As a hardshell Presbyterian who finds this stuff challenging but has seen evil up close and personal, all the times should terrify me, but I am finding more peace with God.

    If you want to go down the path of where things are going, this is most recent post that matters.

    Scott is posting there intermittently, and his last posts have been superb,

    I should pray for you all and our nation more than I do. There is a reason that a nation formed as a city shining on a hill has been corrupted and is imploding.

    PS. Read the email to Kea, who is thinking of you and your family.

  2. I would probably describe myself as a somewhat mystical Christian, but don’t read/follow any Christian Mysticism official stuff. (Is there? Hook a sister up). It’s been a journey from straight-laced Baptistishness, not a “hey this book is everything!” I mean, unless that Book is the Bible. If anything, I am scrupulously careful to stay away from anything that might not be of God. There be dragons.

    But. Yeah. I mean, I spend a lot of time talking to God. Journey Is. And obedience obedience obedience has been the lesson of late. Just because I hear and obey doesn’t mean that I think, “Yay! Obeying someone other than God and my husband! Sounds fun! I totally trust these people to have my best interests at heart, squee! I just LOVE unhooking my brain and doing as I’m told!” -cough- No, not really. Yesterday I got a line about “spiritual sacrifice”. Obedience is spiritual sacrifice. All I can say is that it’s a darn good thing that self-control is a gift of the Spirit, because I’m plumb out in the flesh.

    I am not a naturally obedient person. I’m a non-confrontational go-walk-off-and-smell-the-roses person. Oh. You wanted me to do this? THAT way? Oh dear. But that’s boring. And I can make it better. And then there will be time for flowers… see? Everyone’s happy. (I DO care about everyone being happy, I just don’t OBEY very well. It’s so much more fun to be creative with it). (If Kea isn’t laughing by now, I have failed).

    Anyway. I’ve gotten plenty of info. Most of it I do not like. And I confirm until I’m crosseyed because again – there be dragons.

  3. Given the nature of the post, I have redacted your quote and removed the link. However, you miss the point of the weekly posts — it is a collection of links. It is discursive. It rambles. Things that can go into more focused posts are there

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