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True but Forbidden 36: No Old Hippies and No New Hippie Reading Circles Either

Oh, there is no human more arrogant than a “woke” 19-year-old – except that same man or woman 50 years later who never grew up, never learned a thing. (And still has the same ponytail, now in grey and far far back on his bald empty head…)

For me, mass shootings are a symptom of the rejection of morality, ethics, family, decency and citizenship that were among the bedrock principles that built this nation. So it’s no coincidence that for the past 50 years, feminism, free love, do your own thing, moral relativism, and a rejection of traditional family values among other things morphed into open warfare on those people and institutions identified with the aforementioned. (i.e. white, Judeo-Christian, monogamous, heterosexuals). And who led the charge? The Left. And why? To destroy America as founded and replace it with “paradise on earth” for which the Almighty and All-Powerful State would make you eternally happy, or grind you into the dust trying.

We have reached the point now where the judges no longer feel that have any need to respect the spirit of the laws and the system that created them. Every case that goes to the Supreme Court has four votes for or against it, regardless of the issue. The four Progressive fanatics are so predictable, it is just assumed they will rule in favor of their tribe’s wishes. The only question is which “conservative” judge will be selected to fink on his team and side with the orientalists on the bench.

God is not glib. As evidence, let me cite the extent of the universe, and the complexity of its parts. Yet to the mind of a Darwinist, or other tomfool, God is imagined as a random, non-teleological process; as movement with no end in view. God is conceived as if He were glib.

Ditto on the moral, and legal, planes. We appropriate the divine; declare ourselves authors of goodness and truth; draught standing orders and legislation. We legislate “progress” by intellectual oversight, replacing what is changeless with things that are changing. It is interesting that not only the Christian but the ancient pagan traditions were free of this arrogance, in which we assume that chance and destiny lie within our power. But all human power is illusory. In the end every one of us is dead.

Although still our most efficient way of killing eagles, is there a hidden downside to wind turbines? New Study Shows Wind Turbines Stopping Earth’s Rotation. Can We Survive Global Slowing?

TrollasaurusRx on Twitter: “https://t.co/XrBINTcwCH… “

Best Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe Roundup – Matcha Ice Cream Sandwiches with Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies??? No. Just No.

On leaving the circle dance –    Milan Kundera’s novel The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, which he wrote in the late 1970s:

Circle dancing is magic. It speaks to us through the millennia from the depths of human memory. Madame Raphael had cut the picture out of the magazine and would stare at it and dream. She too longed to dance in a ring. All her life she had looked for a group of people she could hold hands with and dance with in a ring. First she looked for them in the Methodist Church (her father was a religious fanatic), then in the Communist Party, then among the Trotskyites, then in the anti-abortion movement (A child has a right to life!), then in the pro-abortion movement (A woman has a right to her body!); she looked for them among the Marxists, the psychoanalysts, and the structuralists; she looked for them in Lenin, Zen Buddhism, Mao Tse-tung, yogis, the nouveau roman, Brechtian theater, the theater of panic; and finally she hoped she could at least become one with her students, which meant she always forced them to think and say exactly what she thought and said, and together they formed a single body and a single soul, a single ring and a single dance.

Crocs Gloves Are Here, Someone Save Us – Crocs are everything that is wrong with this country.

Crocs have the silhouette of a sperm whale carved out of Swiss cheese, the same design complexity as a 1970’s Barbie shoe, are essentially made out of dense packing peanuts, and come in a selection of colors inspired by the paint chips at Home Depot that make you go, “who the fuck is painting their kitchen this color?” Crocs are a symbol of humanity’s weakness. Remember when they first emerged, and everyone collectively agreed that they suck? Everyone. We all agreed on this. But we have allowed them to not only remain in our society, but to thrive. They stayed with us like a fat house fly we were too lazy to swat at, and now there are Crocs for every occasion. Sports Crocs, formal Crocs, Crocs with feathers, platform Crocs, wedding Crocs, goth Crocs, Crocs without holes, which are somehow worse. They have won.

Social media is addictive by design. The companies involved put enormous amounts of thought and effort into making it that way, so that people will be glued to their screens.  As much as they’re selling anything, they’re selling the “dopamine hit”™ that people experience when they get a ‘like’™ or a ‘share’™ or some other response to their action. We’ve reached the point where there are not merely articles in places like Psychology Today and The Washington Post on dealing with social media addiction, but even scholarly papers in medical journals, with titles like The relationship between addictive use of social media and video games and symptoms of psychiatric disorders: A large scale cross-sectional study. One of the consulting companies in the business of making applications addictive is even named Dopamine Labs, making no bones about what’s going on.

In America, where the smart fraction gets smaller and the average IQ declines, the process will be different. These tools exist. They were created and made functional by our ancestors. As we run short of people capable of operating these tools, they will either be abandoned or stripped down, so they can be operated by a population no longer able to run a complex society. The Democratic presidential field is a good example of what happens when human capital is in decline.  The Diverse War Machine | 

Ernst Haeckel: The Man Who Merged Science with Art  Haeckel spent his life researching flora and fauna “from the highest mountaintops to the deepest ocean.” He not only discovered, described, and named thousands of new species, but captured their forms with his incredible illustrations. Rendered with graphic precision and delicate shading, Haeckel’s work embraced the Darwin theory of evolution and helped to educate the world about microscopic organisms that were previously unseen.


Can Journalists Discern Fact and Opinion?  |  Ricochet

The first headline read “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism” while the second said “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.” The journalists of Twitter would not stand for the Times not editorializing their news coverage of the President and his response, and it’s telling how incapable the mainstream media and those who work in it are to tell the difference between fact and opinion.

Being smart, black, connected, and leftoid will not save you from the Mob, Tyson:   ‘F*ck Off’: Smash Mouth Bashes deGrasse Tyson for Minimizing Shootings Tyson apologized on Monday saying in a lengthy Facebook message:

My intent was to offer objectively true information that might help shape conversations and reactions to preventable ways we die. Where I miscalculated was that I genuinely believed the Tweet would be helpful to anyone trying to save lives in America. What I learned from the range of reactions is that for many people, some information — my Tweet in particular — can be true but unhelpful, especially at a time when many people are either still in shock, or trying to heal — or both.So if you are one of those people, I apologize for not knowing in advance what effect my Tweet could have on you.

Chick-Fil-A Becomes America’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant, Dethroning In-N-Out

400-year-old shark found in the Arctic could be the oldest living vertebrate determining the exact age of the Greenland shark is a tricky business. Researchers used a technique called eye lens radiocarbon dating. The eye lenses of all vertebrates continue to grow with the animal through its life, adding layers like an onion. In the late 1950s, atmospheric tests of thermonuclear weapons caused a big and easily detectable spike in the amount of radiocarbon that eventually made its way into the sea. Scientists call this bump ‘the bomb pulse’™, and it has become a handy way to verify the age of marine organisms. If the amount of radiocarbon in a shark’s lens represents post-bomb-pulse levels, that’s a pretty clear indicator that the animal was born after 1960. Researchers found that the eye lens proteins of the two smallest of the 28 Greenland sharks had the highest levels of carbon-14, suggesting that they were born after the early 1960s. The third smallest shark, however, had carbon-14 levels only slightly above those of the 25 larger sharks, hinting that it was actually born in the early 1960s.

Bill Maher merely said what is on the minds of his bosses in the executive suites of Time-Warner. They want Americans to lose their jobs and suffer as punishment for having the audacity to elect a capitalist as president instead of a socialist like Hillary. Don’t kid yourself. Maher remains on the payroll as long as he says what they want to hear.

Raconteur Report: Democracy is a mob, always has been, and the Founders knew this in their bones. We’re a republic, not a democracy, and tinkering with the original blueprints has only fucked us harder and faster, and it gets worse every time they tinker with a successful original blueprint. Persisting in the delusion that something needs monkeying with, by people 60-80 IQ points stupider than the original authors, gets you craptastic Hollywood movies, and the abomination that is our current Leviathan government. But if you really want the guns, you’re going to get them. Bullets first. Hand to God on that.

Technological Despotism |This new ruling elite will be defined by the fear it instills in the public. In the technological age, fear of the oligarchs will be the supreme public virtue. Fear will be ruthlessly and creatively inculcated by a ruling elite that is wholly disconnected from the people over whom it rules. This stage of America will be the age of technological despotism.

How (and Why) to KISSASS – All those upper-middle-class professionals who edit the nation’s most prominent publications permit only one narrative when it comes to the toiling masses. Their lives are nasty, brutish, and short, and must always be portrayed as such. To publish a story about a person who enjoys working at Wal-Mart or Starbucks or Georgia Pacific or Amazon is considered tantamount to white-washing the horrific crimes (whatever those may be) of oligarchs such as the Walton family, Howard Schultz, the Koch brothers, or Bezos.

When a state or city cannot borrow money then all of those pork-barrel projects disappear. No more 27 people paving a hundred meters of street. No more Americorps. No more artist-in-residence. No more old hippies getting paid to read to kiddies at the library. No more cops working second and third shift; you will have to file your own crime reports on-line. No more free stuff.

Ernst Haeckel: The Man Who Merged Science with Art  Haeckel spent his life researching flora and fauna “from the highest mountaintops to the deepest ocean.” He not only discovered, described, and named thousands of new species, but captured their forms with his incredible illustrations. Rendered with graphic precision and delicate shading, Haeckel’s work embraced the Darwin theory of evolution and helped to educate the world about microscopic organisms that were previously unseen.


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  • Casey Klahn August 6, 2019, 8:13 PM

    Keep this one fully in front of your mind: red flag laws. If you live under such an egregious law, you aren’t really in America anymore. Oh yeah, you get due process! You get it after they take your guns away at 2:30 AM in the morning, endangering your life and the lives of everyone around you. They do it because Mrs. Fucking Cravitz, the next door snoop, declared you a danger. They do it because a chief cop wants your guns, and we all know how reliable those fuckers are. (I am a police advocate, but not every last one – we have cops in the NW who’d as soon sell you down the river as protect you).

    The details are moot. This is de-facto registration, and a toe in the water of how to confiscate guns. It actually is gun confiscation. You argued for years that we don’t need this or that but we do need to watch out for mental illness. OMFG: you never read the Gulag Archipelago? You seriously want the feds overwatching your mental character and your guns?

    My only solace is of course that all of the firearms I ever bought and the ammo for same have been lost in fires, theft, and water-crossings where they were sank. No such shit her at my house.

    A cold wind blows. A knock is heard at the door…

  • Dr. Jay August 7, 2019, 3:50 AM

    Anthony Newley finally gets his wish: “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” (first performed, July 20, 1961) . . . “New Study Shows Wind Turbines Stopping Earth’s Rotation.”

  • ghostsniper August 7, 2019, 3:54 AM

    A “mass” shooting includes 3 or more victims and it happens a lot more than the media is telling you.

    “If you don’t listen to the media you are uninformed but if you do listen to the media you are misinformed.”

    Just because you didn’t have to shoot a criminal in the head last night is no indication that you won’t have to shoot a criminal in the head tonight. got guns?


    Between July 16 and July 28th, 2019, There Were 36 Mass Shootings Across the United States: Blacks Were Suspects in 34 of Them

    The great Colin Flaherty (buy his book if you haven’t) documents the truth no other journalist would dare publish (or investigate). Who/whom commits mass shootings in America? Mr. Flaherty documented mass shootings over a two week period between July 16th and July 28th, 2019. [After Gilroy: Mass shootings a white thing? Oh, hell, no, American Thinker, July 30, 2019]:

    Even before the final butcher’s bill was presented for the Sunday-night mass shooting in Gilroy, the blue checkers and talking heads were filling their platforms with fairy tales that most mass shooters are white.

    But in the two-week run-up to Gilroy, there were 36 other mass shootings from coast to coast — and 34 of those shooters were black. One was white and one Hispanic. These results echo a New York Times story from 2016 that stated, much to the surprise and chagrin of the reporters, that whenever there are three or more victims of gunfire, 75 percent of shooters in America are black.

    Today, that number looks a bit generous to black sensibilities.

    But numbers from the New York Times and ten stories from good ol’ Colin this year documenting hundreds of black mass shootings did not do much to remove the blinders of those who insist mass shootings are a white thing.

    Anyone up for a magical mystery tour of mass shootings over the last two weeks where black people shot three or more people? (You can follow along on my video; just click here.

    Let’s start in Brooklyn on Saturday night and let the headlines tell the stories:

    1. As many as 12 people shot in Brownsville, Brooklyn: Police.

    2. In Philadelphia on July 28: 1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting during rap video production.

    3. In Philadelphia on July 28: 6 shot in Southwest Philadelphia.

    4. In Uniontown, Pa. on July 28: Multiple Uniontown shootings injure 4 people.

    5. In Chicago on July 20: 7 shot in Lincoln Park near Fullerton Beach.

    6. On Wichita on July 27: Wichita shooting, victim and suspect identified.

    7. In Pembroke Park, Florida on July 27: 2 dead, 2 hospitalized after shooting at Pembroke.Parkauto shop.

    8. In Memphis on July 24: Three people shot in Highland Heights.

    9. In Baltimore on July 20: three injured in dice game shooting in Southwest Baltimore.

    10. In South Bend, Indiana on July 21: Police identify man killed on Niles Avenue.

    11. In Kansas City, Missouri on July 20: Police are investigating a triple shooting.

    12. In San Antonio on July 16: 4 wounded in shooting.

    13. In Fort Worth on July 17: 3 people shot on Berry Street in east Fort Worth.

    14. In Racine, Wisconsin on July 28: Triple shooting overnight in Racine.

    15. In Modesto, California on July 24: Triple shooting at Modesto Park leaves one dead.

    16. In St. Louis on July 23: Police investigating triple shooting in North City.

    17. In Chicago on July 28: Four shot in North Lawndale.

    18. In Jersey City on July 20: Three people shot, one killed.

    19. In St. Louis on July 26: Triple shooting leaves one in critical condition.

    20. In Detroit on July 24: Persons of interest sought in Detroit triple shooting.

    21. In Washington, D.C. on July 28: Early morning triple shooting in Shaw.

    22. In Kansas City, Kansas on July 21: Neighbors found teen mortally wounded in triple shooting.

    23. In Tulsa on July 18: Police identify 2 killed in shooting outside fitness center.

    24. In Flint, Michigan on July 21: One woman dead, two hurt.

    25. In Baltimore on July 21: Nine shot overnight in separate Baltimore shootings (one quadruple shooting).

    26. In Essex, Maryland on July 28: Two men dead in triple shooting.

    29. In Paterson, New Jersey on July 28: Three men shot on Saturday night.

    30. In Washington D.C. on July 28: 4 shot near Howard Theatre.

    31. In Chicago on July 18: Woman killed three others hurt on Garfield Park porch.

    32. In North Charleston on July 22: Three people dead, one injured after shootings.

    33. In Birmingham, Alabama on July 28: Three people shot near Ensley club.

    34. In Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 25: 3rd suspect arrested in deadly Douglas Heights apartment shooting.

    The day after the Gilroy shooting, Mayor Bill de Blasio was fielding questions from reporters about whether the Gilroy shooting resembled some of the recent mass shootings in New York, such as Brooklyn Saturday night.

    Not all, said de Blasio. “We don’t really count them that way.”

    As Colin Flaherty notes (buy his book if you haven’t), 94 percent of the 36 mass shootings between July 16 and July 28, 2019 across the USA were committed by blacks.

    Amazing reporting from Colin! From a methodology standpoint, it wouldn’t be hard to track ALL mass shootings across the nation and break them down by race of suspect(s) on a yearly basis.

    Definitely the type of data the Violence Prevention Center isn’t too keen on seeing publicized.

  • Harvey August 7, 2019, 4:19 AM

    That NYT headline debacle still gets me. For a long time, I wondered “why can’t they write just one headline about Trump that isn’t an attack or a smear?”

    And now I think, “Oh…”

  • Larry Geiger August 7, 2019, 5:47 AM

    If you want to dance in a circle dance around a big fire just stop by a Rainbow Gathering (or perhaps a Burning Man festival, which is coming up soon?). Lots of fire. Lots of drums. Lots of circle dancing. Lots of young millenials in tie-dye shirts. Might be fun. But I doubt it.

  • John the River August 7, 2019, 6:03 AM

    So many links to follow, so many depressing ledes.
    What’s it say about America in the 21st Century that the most important impact of a mass shooting is that it knocks the trinity of Trump, Illegals, and the perpetual Presidential Election to below the fold?

    I don’t like this Century.

  • Donald Sensing August 7, 2019, 6:27 AM

    “… In America, where the smart fraction gets smaller and the average IQ declines… .”

    There is a scene in the opening sequence of the movie Idiocracy that says that evolution does not favor intelligence. It favors simply and nothing but reproductive success. The movie’s premise (it is a comedy) is that America reached a point when the smart people were reluctant to have children while the dumb people continued to have them by the score. Eventually, America was populated by nothing but morons.

    But that is not actually comedy. Harvard biologist Ernst Mayr pointed out that since life first appeared on Earth, there have been an estimated 50 billion species. And yet only one, us, has developed high intelligence. Mayr says that such intelligence does not obviously offer a species survival advantage (consider the cockroach) and hence may be so rare that homo sapiens-level intelligence may be a “one off” in the universe.

    Why are we on average getting dumber? Because we have achieved such a level of production that intelligence no longer confers the survival advantage that it did in the Stone Age all the way to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Higher intelligence enabled people to acquire scarce resources more quickly than their dumber species-peers. And for males, that meant they got mates easier, and smarter mates on average, too.

    That is no longer the case. Everything we had to fight, claw, and scrape for in our evolutionary ages is now provided in overflowing bounty. Smarter people do not get more than dumber people – at least, not more of what it takes to enable bearing children, which is what evolution is all about.

  • ghostsniper August 7, 2019, 2:42 PM

    “Why are we on average getting dumber?”

    One word.
    Convenience leads to laziness.
    Overly lazy people have a very narrow thought process and are easily led.
    Very narrow thought process is a polite way of saying stupid.
    There are plenty of people now that are not even aware how stupid they are.
    This includes arrogant people.
    Convenience has caused a large percentage of the US adults to be arrogant lazy asses.
    How arrogantly lazy?
    Many of them routinely choose other arrogant lazy assed criminals to represent them in some way.
    If you explain to them that their behavior in this regard damages them irreparably they turn violent against you and their lazy brain will not allow them to see the wisdom in your words. It’s a self genociding individual loop. You can’t help them if they are unwilling to help themselves. The best you can do is stay away from them.

  • Grizzly August 7, 2019, 8:02 PM

    I generally don’t have much respect for Mr. Neil Been-Smokin’-de-Grasse Tyson, but I will say that I enjoyed reading his “apology”. His way of saying, “Everything I said was true; too bad you can’t handle that in your currently addled state of mind.” I applaud that.

  • Anonymous August 7, 2019, 11:05 PM

    This is so brilliant and on point that I copied most of it:

    “No-One’s Life Matters. That’s Why There Are Mass Shootings” by David P. Goldman on August 7, 2019

    * * *

    Why are there mass shootings? Mass shootings are a special form of suicide. The shooter never expects to survive. But the shooter combines self-hatred with group hatred. Hate becomes so melded with the shooter’s identity that he determines to take as many people as he can with him. …

    Emil Durkheim’s 1897 diagnosis of “anomic suicide” describes the Columbine perpetrators as well as the 2016 San Bernardino attack by Muslim fanatics, the “right-wing” shooter in El Paso and the “left-wing” shooter in Dayton. They are individuals cut off from society, destabilized by change and despairing of their own place in the world. Such monsters always have been among us. But now we are cultivating such monsters by destroying the ties that bind us to each other, to our past and to our future.

    Everyone used to matter. No-one matters anymore, not at least in the postmodern dystopia of invented identity. In the good old days we mattered because each of us was radically unique. We were unique as members of a congregation standing before the God who made us, and unique as parents watching over the children we had brought into the world. We knew that each of us had a singular purpose, first because God does nothing in vain. We hoped to make the previous generation proud of us, and the next generation worthy of its predecessors. Each of us had a mission that no-one else could carry out for us, and that mission was to raise children who were uniquely ours, and with whom we had a unique rapport through bonds of intimacy that no master’s degree in psychology could replace.

    Everyone used to know who they were. We did not shop for an identity in the alphabet soup of postmodern sexuality, but bore the identity we inherited. We honored the aged and raised the young. Life was tragic but triumphant. We might grow frail and die but our children, our community, and above all our country carried something of our mortal existence into an indefinite future. Our brief time on earth had purpose. We could expect a modicum of joy among all the tears.

    No more. The liberal consensus now tells us that we are free to invent our own identities–not only free to do so, but required to do so on pain of public shaming, because the entirety of the past is polluted by racism, colonialism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and so forth. Our past supposedly is a Black Museum of abuses by the white patriarchy, and no stone may be left atop another in our fervor to raze it. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Left seeks to destroy every recollection of the past, not because our ancestors were so wicked, but rather because it wants to clear the ground for its Frankstein-like experiments in the creation of a New Man. That is what Mao did in the 1960s during China’s horrible Cultural Revolution. A Chinese acquaintance comments, “Now America is having its own Cultural Revolution.”

    Yet we also are told that we are irrelevant specks of carbon circling one star among billions in our galaxy, which is one galaxy among billions in a universe which cares nothing about the brief flickering of our existence. Our brain is a machine whose functions soon will be mimicked by artificial intelligence. The brain scientists and evolutionary biologists tell us that our freedom is an illusion. Our lives don’t matter, because there is nothing we possibly might do that could matter. We have nothing but the illusion of freedom, directed towards arbitrary whims.

    The ruling liberal dogma tells us that the past was an unrelieved pageant of oppression against people of color, women, and other victims. We are the first “woke” generation, and everything that preceded us is to be abominated. If we abominate our ancestors, why should we bear children who will invent their own identities by abominating us? Nothing will be left of our mortal existence when we die, but there is worse: Long before that we will grow old and irrelevant, with nothing to do in the absolute loneliness of old age except to wait for death. We fear the waiting as much as we fear death itself. …

    We peruse the alphabet soup of sexuality and wonder which app to swipe to find a moment’s respite from abysmal, aching loneliness. We look in the mirror with contempt for our own illusions. We know that we aren’t fooling anyone, and we know that everyone who sees us laughs behind our back at our pretensions. The harder we try to construct an identity, the greater our fear of being found out for a fraud. That is why we require identity politics. That is why we require identity politics. What we cannot possibly achieve as individuals we hope to do as a collective, by censoring any utterance that might call into question our counterfeit identity. This censorship goes to extremes of absurdity, for example, the case of Access Hollywood host Mario Lopez who was fired for advising parents not to make a determination of preferred gender for their children at the age of three. …

    If our identity is an arbitrary choice, life has no meaning. A randomly chosen “meaning” is no meaning at all. “Meaning” implies a unique meaning. If we can pick a letter, any letter on the LGBTTTQQIAAPAGPGB spectrum (not my invention), or any intersection of gender and ethnic combinations, our life has no meaning in particular, and we are condemned to a wraith-like existence in a perpetual present with neither past nor future. That is a formula not just for misery but for despair, not “woke” so much as a waking nightmare. Our lives don’t matter, and neither do those of anyone else. It’s no surprise that the occasional lunatic fed on the identity politics of left or right decides to put himself out of his misery and take other meaningless lives with him.

    High suicide rates in failed cultures are common. Neolithic peoples that encounter the modern world suffer from extreme anomie. Members of Brazil’s Guarani tribe have a suicide rate 34 times the national average, the highest in the world. The crisis of Muslim cultures has produced a fearfully large number of individuals willing to kill themselves in order to kill civilians of another Muslim sect, not to mention Americans or Israelis. Our Cultural Revolution has the same effect: We have hollowed out the sense of purpose in life that formerly sustained us and reduced large parts of our population to atomized lost souls. It’s not surprising that individuals with severe psychological problems lose all restraint and turn into killers.

    I find it especially loathsome that the liberal ideologues who have done everything in their power to undermine family allegiance, congregational devotion and patriotic loyalty now blame the problem on guns.

  • Joan Of Argghh! August 9, 2019, 3:26 PM

    Re: “God is not glib,” the cited work by Josef Pieper, “Leisure the Basis of Culture” is a tremendous book. I’m following it up with, “Poetic Knowledge” by James Taylor. Such a lovely way to exit from politics for better thoughts.