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Freedomain Radio -- #4387: "I Won't Be a Single Black Mother!" Freedomain Call In (MP3)
'YOUNG LADIES LISTEN UP! A single woman in her 30s is desperate for a husband and children, but can't find any good men! She refuses to become a single black mother, what is she to do? She has some advice for you...' -- Time just gets away from us. ~ Charles Portis
women  feminism  delusion  StefanMolyneux 
3 days ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- BBC Three: The Secrets Of Making Money On Social Media Through Multi-Level Marketing: Ellie Undercover
'Journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to investigate 'multi-level marketing', an online selling scheme that promises people the chance to earn big money as 'influencers' by selling products, often through social media.' -- "People are both offenders and victims at the same time." -- You can't con an honest John.
marketing  selling  grifting  delusion 
24 days ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- VICE: Why Women Are Quitting Their Side Hustle: Leaving LuLaRoe
'LuLaRoe, a multi-billion dollar company that skyrocketed to success by attracting an army of women to sell their colorful patterned clothes is now facing numerous lawsuits calling the company a “pyramid scheme.”' -- The Dream:
marketing  selling  grifting  delusion 
24 days ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Brexit is far bigger than Boris or the Tory Party by Mick Hume
'...As the new Brexit deadline of 31 October draws nearer, and panic about a possible No Deal by default spreads through Westminster, expect to hear rising demands for MPs to revoke Article 50 and stop it altogether – no doubt with the connivance of Mr Remainer Speaker John Bercow, who has vowed to stay on to see Brexit denied. That ultimate betrayal would at least make clear that it is now parliament and the political class against the people, with no pretence. -- It would surely take a major leap of misplaced faith to believe that either the Tory or Labour Party is now going to deliver a clean-break Brexit. They will have to be swept aside if democracy and the will of the people is to prevail. -- That is why the Brexit Party’s history-making victory in the European elections is such an important start. It is a sign to the establishment that they will not get away with betraying Brexit without a fight. There have been desperate attempts to discredit the Brexit Party’s triumph – by pretending that it didn’t really win (er, take a look at the post-election turquoise political map of England and Wales), or that it was all down to racism and Russian roubles. These slurs only show how scared of the future the parties of the past are, and rightly so. -- Call me old-fashioned, but as a democrat I still believe that a prime minister should be elected by the people rather than by Tory MPs or party members alone. There is much muttering about how the splits in the Conservative parliamentary party could quickly lead to the fall of the new government and a General Election. There is also, however, anxiety on both sides of the House of Commons about holding any election, referendum or anything that involves asking the people to cast judgement on the political establishment. The collapse of Tory and Labour support in the European elections has made both even more nervous of anything that smacks of democracy. -- The first instinct of the political class today is to keep Brexit in-house, within the walls of the palace of Westminster, with the drawbridge up. Even more than usual, they want to separate the two elements of democracy by keeping the demos, the people, away from kratos, power or control. We cannot let them get away with that.' -- Democracy is a suggestion box for slaves. ~ Stefan Molyneux
UK  politics  statism  democracy  delusion 
24 days ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘Gratitude for opportunity to serve the country I love': UK PM May gives speech on her resignation
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. ... It need hardly be said that the subtlest practitioners of doublethink are those who invented doublethink and know that it is a vast system of mental cheating. In our society, those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it is. In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane. ~ George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
statism  doublethink  doublespeak  newspeak  treachery  delusion  1984 
4 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Quillette -- Naked Yoga and Cuddle Parties: Lap Dancing Clubs for the Woke by Samantha Rea
'...On the surface, these workshops are all above-board. After all, what could be creepy about a fully-clothed cuddle? Don’t we all need some affection? What could be impure about practising yoga as nature intended? Surely we could all benefit from taking part in such innocuous activities? But in reality, these workshops predominantly appeal to men who attend in the hope of touching women, staring at naked women, and—best case scenario—touching naked women. -- These men are often older, usually single, left-leaning middle-class guys who sometimes sport a man-bun and a big, bushy beard—lubricated with artisan beard-oil—along with loose cotton trousers. They’re the kind of guys who performatively check their privilege, and who take it upon themselves to supervise the privilege-checking of others. They think of themselves as progressive or woke—most certainly nice. But these men are not that different to the guys who go to a strip club and pay £20 for women to grind their butts in their faces. It might seem like a stretch, but having carried out an undercover investigation into the lap dancing industry, I think the biggest difference is that paying for a lap dance is a more honest transaction. -- ... The organiser of the cuddle party told participants, “Arousal is okay as long as you don’t act on it,” and the naked yoga instructor assured men that if they got an erection, it wasn’t sexual, it was just the yoga. She explained: “When you do yoga you move loads of energy in your body and an erection can happen, so it’s not because you’re thinking about something sexual, it’s because of the energy in your body.” -- In giving these pseudo-assurances, wokeshop organisers give men permission to become aroused and erect while touching or looking at women’s bodies. So having enabled the men to access women, the organisers then give them a green light to get horny. This seal of approval affords the men a clear conscience, allowing them to feel like nice guys while they’re perving over women half their age who’ve been manipulated into pairing up with them. And all the while they think they’re morally superior to the sort of men who “exploit” and “objectify” women by paying them to take their tops off in strip clubs.' -- Snake Seduction:
rkselectiontheory  decadence  faggotry  feminism  delusion  sexuality 
5 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Daily Mail Online -- Ghetto Britain: After Nigel Farage claimed the streets of Oldham were 'split down the middle', troubling dispatch reveals how his dog whistle politics are being fuelled by a far more complex division
'...Because parents generally choose to send their children to the nearest school, ‘geographical segregation’ has resulted, inevitably, in ‘educational segregation’ with classes remaining overwhelmingly monoculture; in other words, either almost exclusively white or exclusively non-white, depending on your post code. -- Now, as then, Oldham, remains racially divided. Anyone who has spent time in Savile Town in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, or Bradford or Luton or the Leeds suburb of Beeston will surely be quietly nodding their heads in agreement. -- Such divisions are born, for the most part, not from hatred or prejudice but the desire for individuals of similar cultural background to live and socialise with one another. -- ... In the aftermath of the Oldham Riots, a second report, by civil servant David Ritchie, was published. One of the key sections read: ‘The divisions are now such that we have to ask whether people in the different communities actually want to have much to do with one another.

‘For many white people the attitude seems to be that we would rather the Asians were not here, we will have as little to do with them as possible, and so we pretend that the Asians are not here.

‘For many Asians, the attitude seems to be that this is a difficult and alien environment in which we find ourselves, we must protect ourselves from it and its corrupting influences, and we can best do that by creating largely separated communities in Oldham modelled on what we have left behind in Pakistan and Bangladesh.’'
UK  multiculturalism  delusion 
7 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: News: Marriage Advice No One Asked For (TFM 42O)
'Middle-aged women are among the most educated, confident, and self-sufficient today. So why is it so hard to find a healthy, enduring romantic relationship?' -- "No-one cares. A woman's value to a man is youth, beauty and fertility."
women  egalitarianism  projection  delusion 
7 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Styxhexenhammer666: Censorship Is So Stupid
"It starts off you have some societal problem or perceived problem, and then quickly it gets co-opted by opportunists; they drive it into the ground. This is why a moral panic will always destroy itself because it'll enter a purity spiral because it's been fed by a bunch of power structures: corporations will use it for virtue-signalling to sell a product, politicians will use it to virtue-signal for votes, and so forth, churches often co-opt it, religious movements; and they feed that enormous rising bubble and the eventually it pops and then recedes – and everyone pretends they like they weren't part of it – unless they're so heavily embedded that they have to cater to a dwindling niche audience."
hysteria  vanguardism  fundamentalism  truebelieversyndrome  delusion 
8 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Quillette -- Why “Open Borders” is a Dangerous Idea by George Gallatin
'... #Luxury Diversity -- Many elite Westerners have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. What they fail to realize is that a top-flight university offers a very narrow type of diversity. For example, in my university class we had over 50 nationalities. It was a wonderful experience, and I formed abiding friendships with people from all over the world. What I later realized, is that the social cohesion of my class was greatly assisted by the fact that the admissions office was a border. They had heavily screened the incoming class for intelligence, socialization, and personality characteristics. The relevant distinction wasn’t between the Tamil Brahmins and Tatar Russians, but between students and non-students. We were all members of a university created community, enjoying carefully curated luxury diversity. -- None of this is surprising, elites have always gotten along. What the connoisseurs of luxury diversity miss, is that not everyone is a well-socialized member of the culturally converging global bourgeoisie. People from across the world differ significantly in behavior and custom. Some of these behaviors and customs are awesome, others, such as honour killings, are not, (just as the West has traditions that are awesome, and others such as mass shootings, which are horrific). When migration occurs, we have to be aware that these behaviors and customs come along and can cause considerable strain in the receiving nation. -- ... Of the top ten most diverse countries in the world [], every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those of you who think this isn’t a major issue or that the worst has passed, please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.'
elitism  goodthink  migration  multiculturalism  delusion 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Stitcher for Podcasts -- The Dream
'What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. This season on The Dream, Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. Join us as we trace the path of get-rich schemes from Jane’s roots in rural Michigan all the way to the White House.'
marketing  selling  grifting  delusion  documentaries 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Theresa May’s Brexit lost to the ultimate adversary: reality | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
This has been the greatest source of frustration and shock for the rest of Europe: the spectacle of a once serious country, formerly admired for the coolness of its temperament, racing towards perilous choices while turning its face defiantly against obvious realities. That, plus the tragic irony of history creating a vacancy for visionary leadership and then filling it with May.

There is an almost perfect mismatch between the prime minister’s character and the skills she has needed. She was blunt when she should have been diplomatic; inscrutable when she needed to be candid. When imagination was required, she opted for inane repetition. When she should have reached out, she doubled down. She appeased enemies of compromise in parliament and squandered goodwill in the country.

It can be hard to disentangle the disaster Brexit might always have been from the specific mess May has made of it. There are turnings on the road to failure that she did not need to take, junctions that were missed. She did not have to embark on the article 50 route before knowing where it led. She could have drawn different red lines or changed them when they confined her to impossible choices. But while there were problems with the driver, there were also limits to how far she could get with Brexiteer maps, scrawled in crayon on the eve of the referendum with wild, higgledy lines pointing at destinations that don’t exist.

The result is that the country has been driven round in circles. The parliamentary debate on May’s deal today was a gloomier, paler version of the one that was held in January. For much of the day the Commons benches were emptier than last time. The prime minister’s exhausted voice was hoarser. The deal was rejected by a smaller margin not because it has got any better, but because fear and exhaustion are catching up with Tory MPs, overtaking their belief that something better will come along.

As for the implacables who voted against May, they were not jubilant. They inflicted a defeat, but they know also that there was no victory here for any kind of Brexit. A ruinous no deal is still technically possible, but a chain of events has been triggered that could lead to postponement or even annulment of the whole project. The prime minister’s humiliation could rebound on to every Eurosceptic fanatic who urged her ever further and faster down the road to nowhere. Brexiteers have a dangerous adversary that they cannot name. It isn’t any opposition party, or Brussels, or remainers. It is reality.
UK  EU  Brexit  withdrawalAgreement  meaningfulVote  defeat  HouseOfCommons  Parliament  backstop  Euroscepticism  MayTheresa  politics  nationalism  delusion  leadership  failure  dctagged  dc:creator=BehrRafael  intransigence 
march 2019 by petej
The endless Brexit lies have left us in an Orwellian nightmare
Anyone remember the days when the EU could "go whistle" for its divorce bill? When we weren't going to have a transition or, if we were, keep it to a few months and concede it as a favour to the EU? When free movement of people would end before that transition began? When we weren't going to sign a backstop that put a border in the Irish Sea or kept us in a customs union? When we were going to sign a backstop, but only so we could move on to negotiate our trade deal? When that trade deal was going to be ready to sign a "nanosecond" after leaving? When the transition was to be an "implementation" period to put that trade deal into effect?
UK  EU  Brexit  negotiations  dishonesty  misinformation  delusion  lies  exceptionalism  dctagged  dc:creator=LisJonathan 
march 2019 by petej
Seeking true happiness? Harness the power of negative thinking | André Spicer | Opinion | The Guardian
Perhaps the pessimism that infuses our age is not something we should recoil from or wallow in. Maybe pessimism could force us to realistically consider the worst-case scenario. Pessimism could help steel us against the inevitable anxieties that the future brings. A good dose of pessimism may actually motivate us in our attempts to address the problems we face. Pessimism could console and even free us. When mixed with some optimism, pessimism may help us to think more soberly and realistically about challenges that we face. Although being pessimistic is painful, it is certainly better than harbouring delusional fantasies about sunny uplands of the future.
pessimism  delusion  dctagged  dc:creator=SpicerAndre  psychology  philosophy 
march 2019 by petej

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