A couple of notes. The traffic here is decreasing since I switched SEO off. Looking at my weekly clean talk report, the spam is down from 10K a week filtered to 8.3 K a week. There is a reason that there is anticrawler stuff up, and that does not work with SEO.
But this corner of the internet ain’t about commerce. I’m not asking for dollars and I’m not selling anything. I’m not writing books. This place is about the lectionary.
And in crisis, people forget that our trust is not in the state or our rulers, but in God.
Recent events have only highlighted the extent to which people view the State in the same way Medieval Christians viewed the Catholic Church. The Church provided not only for people’s physical needs in the form of hospitals and charity, but spiritual needs, a sense of belonging, and hope. It was the source of moral authority.
For centuries there has been gradual shift of those roles from the Church to the State to where it now encompasses all parts of our lives, most recently the spiritual aspects. Like the Church, the State has its tenets, its dogmas, and its theologies that represents specific viewpoints and values – namely those on the left.
For people on the left, to have someone like Trump be president is like having a Muslim be appointed pope in 1200 A.D. To have people make a mockery of the Capitol like on Jan. 6 is like having the Vatican sacked during the Crusades. People have described the U.S. Capitol building as a “temple of democracy” and a “most sacred of spaces,” while the burning of actual cathedrals and churches are overlooked and downplayed.
For men on the right, to view the state as the Church is deeply demoralizing because it does not represent any of their views and openly despises them, yet they begrudgedly submit to its authority not out of sincere conviction but cowardice. They are people who submit to a secular church yet are not in good standing with it. They are Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV sitting on the steps of the Canossa Castle hoping for the door to open, but behind it is a pope who has repeatedly said absolution is impossible.
It explains why so many right-wingers are spiritually and morally weak to where any setbacks or defeats leads to despair or delusional fantasies.
It’s why such men are baffled when they encounter those who don’t put their faith in the State or see it as their source of hope and spiritual authority.T.J. Martinelli, Comment at Pushing Rubber Downhill.
Now this place is badthink and is soon going to be NSFW. You can look at as much instagram and facebook as you want provided you get the work done, but don’t come here. Didact says that we will have to use VPNs. I note that Brave is setting up an alternative protocol to http/https that we may need to move to. And Nikolai is correct: it will get worse until the peasants revolt. And then it will end very badly.
It will get worse after it gets slightly better. In 2020, our .gov/com overlords prodded us to test our reaction. What did they get? The strongest resistance to curtailed freedoms was in the US where about half the country are dead against it, and even there the resistors appear to be on the back foot.
Across the rest of the Empire things are dire indeed. In Victoria, despite one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, and despite strict national limits on who may leave the country and how many may return, the only resistance was a few hundred protesters causing a ruckus at the Shrine.
Being so few, they were of course arrested for breaking the rules.
Most people wanted tighter restrictions. Let that sink in.
If we won’t even stand up for our right to assembly, what are the chances that any of our other rights will be respected from now on? We’ve proven ourselves worms.
The average, modern Westerner, though he does not see it, wants to be a well-fed peasant who has no rights but enjoys sedentary employment and gets to watch Netflix on the weekend.
So it has come to pass.
When conditions are ideal, if we’ve been good boys and girls, we’re allowed to out and do some things according to reasonable, ‘new normal’ limits. On days Mother Government decides it’s too risky then we have to stay home, shut up and maybe watch OnlyFans if we’re still permitted a debit card.
The 2020s are less Blade Runner and more Brazil. I’d have much preferred it the other way around but my people have chosen.Nikolai Vladivostok.
I dumped netflix ages ago. Social medial is a time suck. I don’t have a facebook page, which is a hassle when half your family only use facebook. I don’t use facebook messenger. I have a very inactive instagram account. I have deleted every single part of facebook from my phones and computers that I can. (In android, there are some facebook libraries you can’t get rid of).
If you don’t know social media is a poison and a time suck, it is. But it is addictive. I posted a photo of the pup on Gab and got likes. Instant pleasure. But at what cost? The dog would rather have a tummy scratch, and I have things that need doing.
So for the last few days I’ve avoided Facebook entirely (while the fan page on MeWe gained a couple thousand new members), and I had three of the most productive writing days I’ve had in months. Then last night I checked my FB feed for a few minutes to see what I missed..
Very first notification, some random crazy stranger had tagged me in a post screaming at me about Sad Puppies (which was like 6 years ago) and how I was a crybaby loser, and something about QAnon(?). Beats me. I just instablocked and kept scrolling.
There were probably a bunch of other random assholes tagging me to scream at me (there always are) but I didn’t scroll through the notifications far enough to tell. (random nobodies always feel the need to “call me out” for some inexplicable reason, and I’m like dude, George Martin at the height of his fame “called me out” for 40,000 words of sanctimonious blog posts and it didn’t do shit. Who are you?)
So then I scrolled through my feed. There was lots and lots of links to Proper Media and gloating and virtue signaling about the end of our “national nightmare” by total strangers which I’m being shown for some baffling reason. Then there were posts by my actual friends, only anything they said which deviated from leftist orthodoxy usually had comments from angry self-righteous types trying to shame/browbeat/gaslight them into compliance.
And then the last post I read? Some local dude I friended years ago for reasons I can’t even remember posted a giant screed about how he was butt hurt and outraged because he walked into a blue collar automotive business, and some of the employees weren’t wearing masks. (GASP!) So he did his business in abject terror of looming death (he’s around my age) and immediately afterwards reported the business to their corporate headquarters and the state health department so those evil murderous (probably scraping by on just over minimum wage) employees could get fired and their (probably struggling) franchise owner could get fined into bankruptcy. Then all the comments were people telling this hero how stunning and brave he was.
At that point I closed the page, assured I was making the right call. Any loss of sales I get from no longer participating in that cesspool will more than be made up for by improvements to my mood.The Manatee
Larry (The Manatee) is very successful with his books. I will at some point get around to reviewing them, but the short version is that his heroes do stuff he understands, such as guns, forensic accounting slash interfacing with the federal agencies, and zombies. But it is not just him. Mike Kupari is a good midlist author. He’s gone too.
Social media was interesting ten, twelve years ago, when there were a bunch of different communities on which you could choose to have a presence or not. Facebook was around but wasn’t dominant. Twitter didn’t exist yet, I don’t think. MySpace was still big. There was Reddit, too, which still exists, but also Fark, tumblr, LiveJournal, the entire blogosphere (with hundreds of sub-genres), bulletin/message boards like The High Road and We The Armed (and there were a lot of these covering every imaginable topic), even things like Baen’s Bar.
Over time it all got absorbed into the mass of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Sure, there are still blogs, Reddit is still a thing, tumblr still exists, but these things are comparatively inconsequential next to the big three. Facebook, Twitter, and Google control the narrative. They control the flow of information. Amazon is a little more behind the scenes, but as Parler discovered, they have a lot of power, too.
The entire “World Wide Web” basically got funneled through a handful of huge corporations run by a cabal of weirdo billionaires, and the world is not better off because of it. If not for Facebook I probably would have gone my entire life without having my own crazy stalker ranting about how Ted Cruz is a secret Canadian infiltrator.
I’m done with it, too. My online presence is going to be limited at best. Like you said, what you lose in sales you make up for in mental health.Mike Kupari.
I could easily open the blog up to logins from facebook and twitter. I have not. I don’t want to have anything to do with them.
Over the last 24 hours or so Adam’s Blog has gone down. (it is now back up) I’m still up — but obscurity may not be a defense.
The debased are out for revenge. They won’t have Trump to chase with lit torch and pitchfork, but they’ll go after those who supported him. I have talked to several people the past few days, and the stories of persecutions, from minor to significant, are building (Yours Truly is growing a superior disguise-level moustache).
The question will be how long before the (metaphorical, for now) blood lust is sated, or are we in the strong swirl segment of the leftist purity spiral? I don’t have answers for that. My hope is our elites will be so distracted by all rich pickings to be made available that they’ll tire of chasing after the inconsequential.
Still, there is no theory more certain sure than that the debased must needs have an enemy. It doesn’t have to be a real enemy, but it does have to be a distraction-worthy enemy. It can be Trump and Trump supporters for a few weeks, yes.
But after that? Probably things like “white supremacists”, those evincing “whiteness”, non-self-hating whites, or white orthodox Christians, and so on. Biden did call out in his inauguration speech “white supremacists”. His perpetually angry Secretary of War elsewhere agreed with that.
Good news is that “white supremacists” will be easy to spotWilliam M Briggs
Here I disagree with Nikolai. Vox Day is right, again, but not in the way most people think. Yes, he followed Q but he did not know… he was cynical. But he as said for years that your skin will be your uniform. Not because thos of faith want it to be. But because our enemy has decided that being white is icky and the below is unspeakable.
The Great Amnesia has begun. Everything that was said or done in the past four years will be shoved down the Memory Hole, lest anyone should be able to compare and contrast the actions of Biden’s administration with what actually happened during Trump’s presidency. Likewise, liberals will now demand respect for all the institutions we were told — just a few short months ago — were instruments of “systemic racism”The other McCain
Guys, we know that the enemy wants us to converge. He wants us to fall into the globohomo death cult, and write about it. He does not want us to give up our status, in fact he will ensure we are promoted and given our fantasies for the cost of our soul. The converged and broken mainline church has too many examples of how not to be.
Onto good news. Scott Morrison has done some good. He has pissed Google off and they are talking about pulling their search engine. I have a few words for them.
- Bing Maps or Here We Go. (Better: Topographic maps on phone and printed)
- Protonmail or Fastmail.
- Lua or Opera or Brave.
- The PinePhone.
The bastards are taking down obscure things such as Minds — which I won’t join, because a horizontal social media profile is the correct option. If your employer insists you have Linkedin and Facebook, post really bland job related stuff only.
Any badthink is going to have to go somewhere else. And the big media are running scared, for the voting with the feet has started.
https://news.itsfoss.com/google-targets-minds/It will be interesting to see how things unfold for Minds and other such platforms and if they give in or resist. A couple of media reports against the platforms as pressure building tactics, and they will be annihilated by the Big Tech.
Signal and Telegram messaging services have gained quite a significant user base in the last few days. Media reports have already started calling them safe hub for right-wing extremists and the bad publicity will force them to either restrict their usage policy or face the danger of being deplatformed.
But what about normal people, without extreme views, who don’t want to share their data with Big Tech? The entire situation puts them between a rock and a hard place.FOSS news
And do not be where the crowds are, particularly if you are a woman.