Kyle, this is FOREVER your anthem. Not bad, son. Not bad. We’re all proud of you. Now, live a life of virtue. Keep it up. In fact, build on it. Keep advancing in virtue. Never succumb to the culture that tried to destroy you.
[Or this can be your anthem and the person that you use to teach you drumming.]
Raconteur Report: Settle Down And when the SOP in any future riot anywhere in the country is that the looters, vandals, and arsonists therein will be shot on sight until the nonsense ends, and en masse if necessary, then you might begin to think you had a functional country again, with its collective head screwed on straight.
Here is what I thought was true about Kyle Rittenhouse during the last days of August 2020 based on mainstream media accounts: The 17-year-old was a racist vigilante. I thought he drove across state lines, to Kenosha, Wisc., with an illegally acquired semi-automatic rifle to a town to which he had no connection. I thought he went there because he knew there were Black Lives Matter protests and he wanted to start a fight. And I thought that by the end of the evening of August 25, 2020, he had done just that, killing two peaceful protestors and injuring a third. It turns out that account was mostly wrong.
When Systematic Analysis Is No Longer Necessary Liberty’s Torch Most of those “protesters” don’t know what communism means. But some do. For the record, and for the benefit of any historically challenged readers, it means that a small group — let’s call them the nomenklatura – has absolute control over a much larger one, in every aspect of life, society, industry, and commerce. That control is enforced by a secret police, a system of incentives to induce “good citizens” to betray “dissidents” to those police, and a system of concentration camps for the dissidents.
Within the nomenklatura there is intense jockeying for advancement, plenty of scheming and maneuvering, and enough backstabbing to make any intrigue writer’s salivary glands go into tenth gear. For there are large differences in the degree of privilege enjoyed according to one’s altitude within the nomenklatura. Yet all this is rationalized as being for “the people:” the subject group, who must stand in endless lines merely to buy a loaf of bread.
Politics is such a dead end. The culture war is like a fight to the death between two people who are so blinded by blood and adrenaline that they can’t even see each other any more, let alone remember what they’re fighting about. More and more at present I feel like I’m living inside a kind of giant hallucination –or maybe a Spectacle, as the Situationists labelled it perceptively, decades back. There are points in time at which whole cultures can become possessed. I mean that literally. There is something weirdly, unnervingly demonic going on at the moment, and it is not going to end well.
Chile’s desert dumping ground for fast fashion leftovers Some 59,000 tons of clothing arrive each year at the Iquique port in the Alto Hospicio free zone in northern Chile. Clothing merchants from the capital Santiago, 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) to the south, buy some, while much is smuggled out to other Latin American countries. But at least 39,000 tons that cannot be sold end up in rubbish dumps in the desert.
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.” — Mark Twain
When Will the New York Times and the Washington Post Return Their 2018 Pulitzers? At the link, you can read the list of reporters who received the prize as well as the “distinguished journalists” who made the award, so I will skip over that, except to say the frequent unabashed appearances of many of these reporters on Twitter are one of the reasons I left that site some time ago. It nauseated me to see them on there, pontificating. There’s only so much self-deception you can tolerate.
→ Russiagate is falling apart: I spent many hours of my precious youth reading about Russia, learning the names of mid-level Russian leaders, getting jazzed on Rachel Maddow, doing Twitter game theory, and staring at pictures of Robert Mueller’s patrician face thinking yes good, get ‘em Mueller. And then the whole thing fell … flat. It seemed, maybe, hyped up way out of proportion? I was mad. I wanted those hours back. The media tried to swap in Ukraine shadiness, but nothing had the ole pee tape frisson. And now it seems like the whole dossier was very, very fake. The Washington Post, to its credit, corrected stories and removed erroneous portions. I wonder if they’ll return the Pulitzers. All I know is that I want the year 2017 back, thank you very much.
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— Wrath Of Gnon (@wrathofgnon) March 18, 2019
Secrets Of The Great Families – Astral Codex Ten The Darwins were even more selective: they mostly married incestuously among themselves. Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood; Charles’ sister Caroline Darwin married her cousin Josiah Wedgwood III; their second, cousin, Josiah Wedgwood IV, married his cousin, Ethel Bowen (and became a Baron!)
A Case for the Prairie: Taliesin & the Jerusalem of Weird – While Wright was redesigning a beer garden in Chicago, Carlton murdered Wright’s lover and her two visiting children, John (age 12) and Martha (age 8) as they consumed the soup he had just served them. The weapons were a shingling hatchet, gasoline and a match. Carlton dispatched servants who escaped the blazing home with the axe as well, including the draftsman Emil Brodelle. The dead included a carpenter and his 13-year-old son as well as a gardener in his sixties.
Approximately 80 Masked Looters Hit San Francisco-Area Nordstrom There was a mob of people. The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane,” the PF Chang manager added, according to CBS SF. At least one of the looters had a firearm. The masked suspects grabbed armfuls of merchandise and ran outside to waiting cars, then sped off. Drivers allegedly blocked the nearby street while looters entered the store.
The Roche Limit – People are starting to peel away from the Democratic Party as it falls deeper into the gravity well of the Left Singularity. (Tulsi Gabbard is a prominent and recent example, but there are many others.) To which commenter Whitewall says “People falling away from this current “Democratic” party are seeing that it is now controlled by what can simply be described as bad people. Controlled by elected office holders as well as unelected.”
“I’m Heading Back, Jill, I Promise!” – Nurse Jill Has to Help Biden Along at “Friendsgiving” Celebration with Military Families| “Now where am I supposed to go?,”Biden asked Jill. “See how she points. Look at this — get back here. You can tell she’s a professor, can’t you?”