Q&A: “We are in our 50s and have no real retirement savings. What do we do now?” What do we do? How did anyone retire before? Without retirement accounts or Social Security what did people DO when they got old? They. Had. Children. CHILDREN ARE THE PARENTS’ RETIREMENT. And not one or two, but eight, ten, twelve, fourteen children. As many as God Almighty saw fit to bless them with. That’s right, Boomers and Gen X’ers, Those children that you “just simply couldn’t afford” and thus contracepted and whose existence YOU FREELY AND WILLFULLY CHOSE TO THWART… THEY were your retirement. Oopsie!!
Barnhardt Axiom #2 Reminder for the “Little Guys” If you can’t stand in front of it and defend it with long guns, it isn’t “yours”, and probably never was. “But…but…but… I have a VAULT CERTIFICATE!! I have a BROKERAGE STATEMENT!!” Aren’t you adorable
Email from Jeff Bezos to employees As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions. I’ve never had more energy, and this isn’t about retiring. I’m super passionate about the impact I think these organizations can have.
if I had to stare at this buffoonery all day I’d shoot myself pic.twitter.com/Hz7CLM11ET
— HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) February 10, 2021
“Well, if you’re gonna reprogram human genetic material, you need a delivery system, and nothing works better than virus. It’s like a suitcase. You…you pack in genetic mutation, infect the body and the vectrons lowers into the target cells. Getting it where you want it, how you want it, is the nightmare, unless you have a map. There was this terrible accident at Fort Detrick in 1985. Five researchers dropped dead in the lab and it was…it was such a catastrophe that they brought in Dan Hillcott from Stanford to asses the damage. And he got in there and he realized that underneath it all was this incredible breakthrough in viral receptor mapping. He had a map. Now, you’ve had some very minor alterations made to different chromosomes.” ~ The Bourne Legacy (2012)
An AD commenter’s prayer from The Brave New 1984 Expansion Pack: Love Your Servitude – Aldous Huxley & George Orwell Lance de Boyle: I’m gonna be praying, and praying hard, that the L-rd gives every one of these demon bastards cancer of the asshole so huge that their guts fall out and drag behind them; that their every joint swells with gout and makes them scream in agony; that the blood flow to their face stops and they die with a bare skull and hanging shreds; that the little prick Jamie falls down the stairs, crushes his cervical vertebrae and lies helpless for 30 years under the care of a sadist; that every traitor, every commie, every coward, and every smug son of a bitch falls under a harrow and is dragged across the field and shredded; that they boil in burning pitch. Pain without end, Amen.
The State under Leftism: Totalitarian with Bread and Circuses Although the state under contemporary leftism is totalitarian and demands conformity and submission in matters of moment, it tolerates and indeed encourages the cultivation of a politically inconsequential individualism of private self-absorption. A people given bread (food stamps and other forms of infantilizing dependency), circuses (mass sporting events), dope (legalization of marijuana), HollyWeird pornography and violence, politically correct propaganda, and such weapons of mass distraction as Twitter and Facebook is kept distracted, enervated, and submissive.
Maverick Philosopher: Why am I so Happy? I believe that, after our brief sublunary tenure, we continue on as individuals in some way that, from this side, must remain mainly a matter of faith and speculation. What we do now is meaningful because there is something like a future for us. To live well we must not only hope within this life but also hope beyond it. If you believe that death spells the utter end of the individual, then I will ask you: whence the meaning of your life? Are you really fulfilled by the little meanings of the quotidian round? Are you satisfied by yet another repetition of a paltry pleasure, a further concupiscent twitch, another unneeded material possession, one more uptick in your net worth? Is hitting a little white ball into a hole enough to make you happy?
A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage …. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Vox Popoli: Death camp for Boomers And if you ever had any doubts about the charge of “radical, lifelong immaturity” applying to Boomers, this picture of the “cheerleading squad”, for which there is a two-year wait to join, should erase them for good.
What is being proposed here, in effect, is rolling back the last 25 years of technological and economic change that no one contemplated, debated, or voted on. This all just evolved quickly before anyone could contemplate the impact. A generation-long real-world experiment has proven it was a bad idea. We have created a world of outraged shut-ins and snitches. The only thing everyone agrees upon is that everyone hates the world they experience, either in reality or through their device. Would people riot in the streets if their phones suddenly became useful only in emergencies as a way to call for help? Would there be protest marches over the loss of Facebook and YouTube? Would Zoomers begin forming militias when they can no longer video every moment of their life with their phone? Obviously not, as these things did not happen over Covid. In fact, people would adapt and maybe regrow the backbone and spirit needed to protest such things.
We live in an age when a Puerto Rican barmaid and a bald black woman with the IQ of a goldfish stand on the floor of the House sharing their “lived experiences”, which are totally fabricated. Not only that, these people are our rulers or at least members of the ruling class. Things would be less ridiculous if a state put a horse in the Senate. Calling this clown world is an affront to the men who dedicated their lives to making kids laugh at the circus.
The World Goes on While America Sleeps | Meanwhile, hundreds of billions of dollars and countless hours of once-productive labor are diverted to unproductive ideological censorship, career canceling and indoctrination. Our allies, such as democratic France, warn America that it is cannibalizing itself — and becoming dangerous to others. Our enemies, such as the totalitarian Chinese, are delighted with our suicidal wokeness.
The cost is not just the expense of cleaning up the billions of dollars of destruction from the summer riots, the thousands of memorials and statues destroyed and defaced, the hundreds of schools and buildings to be renamed. Far more consequential is the suppression of creative thinking — from humanistic study to scientific research.
The Islamic world, as the historian Bernard Lewis once observed, stagnated in the 19th and 20th centuries once radical Islamists began squelching all free inquiry.
“But if anyone did something, they’d just send a maintenance tech or branch flunky to clean it out, and they’d be back up in a couple of hours…”
Really? Riddle me this: Would said branch flunkie or maintenance tech gain access to the ATM innards they would supposedly clean with a key, inserted into a lock?Does Homeless Depot not also sell squirt tubes of epoxy and cyanoacrylate Krazy Glue…?
Asking for a friend.
I can’t stand Twitter, but one function it has often served is to display and highlight the feet of clay of our very own chattering classes. It is all too often a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing except the propaganda that helps shape our lives and the future of this country and the world.
How Strong Is A Giraffe’s Kick? – In fact, a giraffe’s kick can generate an impact of 2,000 Pounds-of-force Per Square-inch (PSI). That’s about the same as the strongest kick ever recorded from a horse and a lot more powerful than a kangaroo kick, which generates just 850 PSI. As for humans, the most powerful impact recorded in Thai kickboxing was a relatively puny 450 PSI (though that’s still more than enough to fracture a skull or dislocate a jaw, as fans of the sport will know).
Ranked: The 20 Most Populous Cities in the World More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities—and as time goes on, it’s clear that more urban dwellers will find themselves living in megacities.
Megacities are defined as urban areas with a population of more than 10 million people. This means that the world’s top 20 most populous cities are all megacities.
This visualization, using data from Macrotrends, shows the 20 most populous cities in the world….
By 2035, two new cities are expected to crack the top 20 list. Specifically, it’s projected that Bangalore (India) and Lahore (Pakistan) will boot out Tianjin and Buenos Aires. In addition, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chennai are all expected to meet the megacity definition by 2035.
Urban growth will continue mainly in Asia and Africa, as some cities in regions such as Europe actually begin to shrink in population due to aging citizens and declining birth rates. Since 2012, deaths in the EU have actually been outpacing births—and in 2019, there were 4.7 million deaths compared to 4.2 million births, though net migration kept population numbers from falling.