WNYC -- Death, Sex & Money: I Was Your Father, Until I Wasn't
'...#AS: How did you get the results? #T: Through a phone call. I was at work. And then the woman gave me the statistical analysis of the DNA and ended with, "You have a zero percent probability of being the father." I didn't really know what to say. Just kind of in shock. But almost expecting it. #AS: Why did it matter? #T: What do you mean? Why did it matter if she was mine or not? I think it's just biology. I think there's something that you need to know that that's your baby, you know? And I just didn't want to be living like a lie, or be lied to. #AS: When you saw the baby next after getting the results, did it feel different? #T: Yeah. Man, it was - man, it was really sad for me. I felt really guilty. Whew, sorry. #AS: It's okay, take your time. #T: I just felt really guilty to feel that way. #AS: Guilty to feel which way? #T: Just to feel different. It was nothing to do with me and my daughter's relationship. I knew all of that stuff was so genuine, and that was why it was so hard and why I felt so guilty about feeling that way, was because what we had was so real. I mean, I was her father. Even with the results in my hand I was her father. Because I raised her and she was my little girl and I loved her. But the reality was it wasn't going to pan out that way.'
parenting  fatherhood  paternity 
10 minutes ago
The Onion -- 34-Year-Old Woman Anxiously Realizes She Doesn’t Have Much Time Left To Have Career
'AUSTIN, TX—Worrying that if she didn’t have one soon she might not be able to have one at all, local 34-year-old Sarah Jean Bleicher told reporters Wednesday she realized she doesn’t have much time left to have a career. “The clock is ticking—if I’m going to have a career, I can’t put it off much longer,” said Bleicher, adding that some of her friends from college were already on their second career. “Sure, I guess it’s possible to have one later in life, but it gets so much harder as you get older. I have to face the real possibility that I might wind up careerless for the rest of my life, with no long-term occupational pursuit to nurture and devote myself to. God, that’s sad.” At press time, Bleicher said she was considering settling for a company that she only found somewhat attractive but that was eager to commit to her and help her develop professionally.'
TheOnion  women  feminism  delusion  satire 
23 hours ago
Breitbart -- Sweden Makes 'Men's Violence Against Women' Compulsory Subject at University
'...Swedes studying in the areas of law, medicine, dentistry, psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, and social work will have to complete courses and training in “men’s violence against women” under the policy. -- While the government’s strategy is explicitly gender-based, stating that it sets out to “combat violence against women”, studies carried out both in the wider West and in Sweden show that women are more likely to initiate domestic violence. -- In 2013, a study by the University of Gothenburg found that a larger proportion of men than women had been exposed to domestic violence in their relationships.'
europe  feminism  threatnarrative 
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: TFM Show: Ending Struggle-Snuggle Culture
"They just constantly change the definition so that they get the results they want. 'Rape' works. 'Rape' is a word that gets results, so everything is 'rape' ... It's eventually going to get old. Not now – not in 2017 – but give it a few years people are just going to get 'rape' weary, they'll get tired of everything being 'rape' ... They're not thinking long-term. When you keep kicking the language up to the next level, eventually you can't go any higher. When people are tired of hearing about 'rape', where are you going to go to next? Where do you possibly go from everything is 'rape'? You can't go any higher than that. So everyone is just going to stop caring."
feminism  threatnarrative  hysteria 
2 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: News: A Crock of Cucking Sh*t
'If women were attracted to cucks, they wouldn't cuck them in the first place.' -- GQ: The Case for Being a Cuck: http://www.gq.com/story/the-case-for-being-a-cuck
men  women  gynocentrism  faggotry  shamingtactics 
2 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- National Review To Baptists - Help Muslims Build More Mosques
'... So once again, the Fake Conservatives of the National Review strip Lady Liberty down, put her on the bed on all fours, and retire to the corner to feverishly spank their monkey as they wait for the Muslim Mandingo to make his entrance and work her over. -- Notice how the argument is designed to appeal to r-strategists. “If you don’t support the Muslims, one day you may face conflict and adversity!” It is actually designed as an out-grouping amygdala hijack. “Do what I say, or that big bad group may turn on you!” -- This is the classic argument that evolves during childhood in the cowardly weakling on the playground. One who never had the ability to wield force themselves, or the balls to throw down anyway, but who had such a burning desire to wield power that he developed that technique and made it so integral to his nature that he continues to use it in adulthood. I don’t even have to imagine what the writer looked like as a kid, or who he was. That is his entire childhood, laid out in that argumentative style. -- To an r-strategist rabbit, that is like an air-raid siren sounding the signal to run for cover and do whatever they tell you. Just look at how the Establishment right has been so adapted to r-selection by ease and lack of threat. They are even aping the left’s argumentative style – and assuming that all of the right will respond to it. They are so rabbitized that they assume everyone else is a rabbit too. -- What they don’t realize is, if you are a K-strategist, your attitude would be “Fuck the Muslims, and fuck anyone who fucks with us one day too!” A K-strategist expects to face an angry mob one day, because that is the world they expect and what they are designed for. So when someone says, “If you don’t support the building of Mosques, one day others might fight with you,” the K-strategist fails to see why supporting the mosques now will avert what they view as an unavoidable conflict-circumstance later. Instead the K-amygdala will focus on the Muslim threat, and figure why not destroy it now while it is weak? That causes the whole argument to fail. It is like being someone whose neighbors hate them, and someone saying, “If you don’t let the neighbor bang your wife, one day he may get angry at you.” If you never expected niceness to begin with, then how are those two things related? -- But don’t expect the cucks at the failing National Review to understand that. So sad! -- What is also interesting is how as you head toward the r-strategist rabbit’s style of discourse, logic, facts, and reason all fall by the wayside as dogwhistles, out-groupings, reflexive rabbit amygdala-triggers, and emotion all come to the fore. You can see how logical argument is impossible with such minds. They will import hundreds of millions of Muslims, and everything will be wonderful. Because diversity. And Unity. And happy good-feels.'
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  cowardice  subversion  LYAHF  conquest 
3 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: The Enemies of Man (Complete Series)
"Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time." ~ Sun Tzu
philosophy  men  women  sacrifice  apexuality  gynocentrism  apocalypse 
3 days ago
Psychology Today -- Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education by Peter Gray
'#Curiosity: Aristotle began his great treatise on the origin of knowledge (Metaphysica) with the words, “Human beings are naturally curious about things.” Nothing could be truer. We are intensely curious, from the moment of our birth to, in many cases, the moment of our death. Within hours of birth, infants begin to look longer at novel objects than at those they have already seen. As they gain mobility, first with their arms and hands and then their legs, they use that mobility to explore ever-larger realms of their environment. They want to understand the objects in their environment, and they particularly want to know what they can do with those objects. That’s why they are continuously getting into things, always exploring. That’s why, once they have language, they ask so many questions. Such curiosity does not diminish as children grow older, unless schooling quashes it, but continues to motivate ever more sophisticated modes of exploration and experimentation over ever larger spans of the environment. Children are, by nature, scientists. -- #Playfulness: The drive to play serves educative purposes complementary to those of curiosity. While curiosity motivates children to seek new knowledge and understanding, playfulness motivates them to practice new skills and use those skills creatively. Children everywhere, when they are free to do so and have plenty of playmates, spend enormous amounts of time playing. They play to have fun, not deliberately to educate themselves, but education is the side effect for which the strong drive to play came about in the course of evolution. They play at the full range of skills that are crucial to their long-term survival and wellbeing. #They play in physical ways, as they climb, chase, and rough-and-tumble, and that is how they develop strong bodies and graceful movement. #They play in risky ways, and that is how they learn to manage fear and develop courage... #They play with language, and that is how they become competent with language. #They play socially, with other children, and that is how they learn to negotiate, compromise, and get along with peers... #They play games with implicit or explicit rules, and that is how they learn to follow rules. #They play imaginative games, and that is how they learn to think hypothetically and creatively. #They play with logic, and that is how they become logical. #They play at building things, and that is how they learn to build. #They play with the tools of their culture, and that is how they become skilled at using those tools. -- Play is not recess from education; it IS education. Children learn far more in play, and with far more joy, than they could possibly learn in a classroom.'
psychology  childhood  curiosity  play  learning  JaakPanksepp 
4 days ago
Psychology Today -- Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting! by Peter Gray
'A persistent theme emerging from such research, as Gopnik explains, is that children learn not by passively absorbing information, but by actively engaging their social and physical environments and drawing logical inferences based on what they see, hear, and in other ways experience. Gopnik contends that children learn a great deal from other people, including from their parents, not because the others are deliberately teaching them but because those others are doing and talking about interesting things, which children are innately motivated to try to understand and incorporate into their own growing world views. -- Indeed, Gopnik describes research showing that deliberate teaching can, at least sometimes, reduce the amount that children learn about an object, because the teaching tends to inhibit them from exploring the object themselves and thereby prevents them from learning any more about it than what the teacher had pointed out. The research reveals, to a far greater extent than most people would expect, that young children are quite sophisticated little scientists who bring their already acquired knowledge and theories to bear, in logical ways, as they explore the world around them to acquire new, more advanced understandings. We adults can help them best not by teaching, but by making sure that they have adequate social and physical environments and time and space in which to explore. The more that young children are integrated into the real world of other children and adults, the more they will learn about that world and discover their places in it. -- Of course, if we take this approach and let children learn in their own natural ways, we are giving up the illusion that we can control what they learn and can shape them into being the particular kinds of persons that we might want them to be. We are, instead, trusting children to shape themselves. -- ... Gopnik clearly acknowledges that school is a problem. She writes about how schools teach children to be good at school — good at tests — but not much else. At one point she says, “By the time they arrive in our classes, many Berkeley undergraduates are absolute Matajuros of test-taking. It’s no wonder we’re gravely disappointed — and they’re resentfully surprised — when we ask them to actually be apprentice scientists or scholars instead. Skilled adults continue to face difficult challenges, of course, but passing exams isn’t one of them. Being the best test-taker in the world isn’t much help for discovering either new truths about that world or new ways of thriving in it (p 190).” -- But Gopnik does not acknowledge the scope of the problem and says nothing about how our carpenter schools interfere with parents' attempts to be gardeners at home. She offers no suggestion about what to do about schools and no acknowledgement that thousands of families are, successfully, raising their children in the gardener mode by removing them from standard schools. In fact, near the beginning of the book (p 6), she says, “I believed—and still do—that good public schools are best for all children.” That, I’m sure, is a politically correct thing to say and makes the establishment think, “She’s OK,” but it contradicts everything else she says in this book. Where are these “good public schools” she is talking about? The ones that are usually called “good” are those that churn out the highest test scores and place the greatest pressures on kids. All public schools these days are judged, and the teachers are judged, by children's test scores. Every public school, by law, is in the carpenter mode; none of them are gardens.'
psychology  autonomy  curiosity  play  learning  education  parenting 
4 days ago
Psychology Today -- The Good Enough Parent Is the Best Parent by Peter Gray
'#Good enough parents respect their children and try to understand them for who they are. Good enough parents do not think of themselves as the producers, creators, or shapers of their children. They see their children as complete human beings right now, and they see their job as that of getting to know those beings. They understand that the parent-child relationship goes both ways, but not entirely. It is a relationship between equals in the sense that the two parties are equally important, equally deserving of happiness, equally deserving of the opportunity to create their own goals and strive to achieve them (as long as such striving does not harm others). In another sense, though, it is an unequal relationship. At least when the child is young, the parent is bigger, stronger, wiser (we hope), better at reasoning; and the parent controls the resources that the child needs for survival. To make this unbalanced relationship work, the good enough parent strives to get to know the child, so as to understand the child’s needs and wants. --- ... Good enough parents are more concerned for the child’s experience of childhood than with the child’s future as an adult. -- It’s natural for all parents to have some concern about their children’s futures. We all want our children to grow up to be kind, moral, happy, healthy adults who can provide and care for themselves and others. But good enough parents know that the child’s future is the child’s responsibility, not the parent’s. It is the child, not the parent, who must determine his or her goals in life and route toward achieving them. The parent's job is to assure that the child has a satisfying childhood. -- Good enough parents recognize that the best they can do to help their children toward a satisfying future is to provide the conditions required for a satisfying childhood. Children who feel secure in their relationship with their parents, who feel supported rather than controlled, who feel trusted and therefore trustworthy, and who have a good enough environment in which to play, explore, and learn (including plenty of opportunities to make friends and interact with others beyond the family), will be best able to chart their own satisfying futures. [This now is me, not Bettelheim.] Good enough parents understand this, and so they dwell on the present not the future. A happy childhood leads, most often, to a happy adulthood; and an unhappy childhood leads, very often, to an unhappy adulthood. -- #Good enough parents provide the help that their children need and want, but not more than they need or want. -- [This is the observation that comes most from me, though I suspect that Bettelheim would agree.] Children come into the world designed by nature to want to do as much for themselves as they can. That is how they move continuously toward adulthood. Good enough parents understand this intuitively, so they allow their children the freedom to take risks and to do for themselves what they can. Good enough parents allow their children to make mistakes and to fail, because they know that mistakes and failures are inevitable components of learning. When they provide help, they do so by supplementing and supporting the child’s own efforts rather than by taking over the task completely. The goal is to enable the child to do more himself or herself, to abet the child’s striving for independence, not interfere with it. -- #Good enough parents are confident that their good enough parenting is good enough. -- Parents who feel confident about their parenting will be more calm and patient, less anxious in their parenting, and will thereby provide a greater source of security for their children, than parents who don’t feel so confident. In Bettelheim’s words: “The child’s shaky security depends, as he well knows, not on his abilities to protect himself, but on the goodwill of others. It is borrowed from the security of his parents. … Being a good enough parent hence requires that we ourselves be convinced that this is what we are.” -- Near the end of the book, Bettelheim adds: “While we are not perfect, we are indeed good enough parents if most of the time we love our children and do our best to do well by them. This wisdom, or truth, can protect us against the folly of reflecting that everything a child does reflects only upon us. Much of what he does has mainly to do with himself and only indirectly or peripherally with us and what we do.” This last point is about the value of humility. Good enough parents recognize that the child's universe does not spin around the parents. Our children’s actions are not motivated primarily by a desire to please us or to hurt us, but by motives that have to do with their attempts to find their own places in the world. If we are good enough parents, we don’t take much credit, nor much blame, for our children's actions; we just concentrate on understanding and helping where help is required.'
psychology  attachment  autonomy  individuation  parenting 
4 days ago
Psychology Today -- How Early Academic Training Retards Intellectual Development by Peter Gray
'...Example 3: How unschooled and Sudbury-schooled children learn to read: In standard schools it is important to learn how to read by the schedule that the school dictates, because if you fail to do so you will be labeled as “slow,” or worse, and may develop a self-image as stupid. You may fall forever behind. But if you don’t go to a school of the sort where everyone must follow a predetermined track, you can learn to read anytime you want. And when that happens, learning to read is generally pleasant, relatively easy, and often hardly noticed even by the learner. -- A few years ago I conducted a survey of unschooling families to find out when and how children who were not sent to school and were not subjected to a curriculum at home learned to read. You can look back to that report for the details, but here is a summary of the main conclusions: (1) For non-schooled children there is no critical period or best age for learning to read. Some children learn very early (as early as age 3), others much later (as late as age 11 in this sample). The timing of such learning doesn’t seem to depend on general intelligence, but upon interest. Some children, for whatever reason, become interested in reading very early, others later. (2) Motivated children can go from apparent non-reading to fluent reading very quickly. For motivated children, who are intellectually ready, learning to read requires none of the painful, slow drill that we regularly put children through in school. Many children pick it up without anything that looks like a lesson; others ask for some help, which may come in the form of a few lessons concerning the sounds of the letters. (3) Attempts to push reading can backfire. Children (like all of us) resist being pushed into doing things they don’t want to do, and this applies to reading as much as to anything else. (4) Children learn to read when reading becomes, to them, a means to some valued end. Children who want to read stories that nobody will read to them, or who want to find information only attainable through the written word, learn to read. Children on their own initiative rarely learn to read just for the sake of learning to read. (5) Reading, like many other skills, is learned socially through shared participation. Children who can’t read often learn to read through being read to, or through playing games that involve reading with children who already know how to read. (6) Some children become interested in writing before reading, and they learn to read as they learn to write. This is an illustration of the principle that children learn by doing. Writing is more obviously active than reading, and some children are drawn to it. They want to write their own stories, but in doing so they ask for help, and in getting that help they learn to read. The first things they read are their own stories. (7) There is no predictable “course” through which children learn to read (or, for that matter, learn anything else). That, essentially, is why our schools, which are founded on the idea that all children can learn through the same course, at the same time, are such dismal failures.'
psychology  autonomy  curiosity  reading  learning  education  parenting 
4 days ago
Psychology Today -- One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children by Peter Gray
'...Stories Are Simulations of Life’s Challenges and Dilemmas -- Stories provide a simplified simulation world that helps us make sense of and learn to navigate our complex real world. The aspects of our real world that are usually most challenging, most crucial for us to understand, are social aspects. Knowing how to deal with evil as well as love, how to recognize others’ desires and needs, how to behave towards others so as to retain their friendship, and how to earn the respect of the larger society are among the most important skills we all must develop for a satisfying life. Stories that we like, and that our children like, are about all that. They are not explicitly about how to navigate the social world, in the way that a lecture might be. Rather, they are implicitly about it, so listeners or readers have to construct the lessons for themselves, each in his or her own way. Constructed lessons are far more powerful than those that are imparted explicitly. -- Attraction to stories is basic to human nature. Historically, stories long preceded the development of writing. All human cultures, except those destroyed by conquerors and colonialists, have stories. The stories are guidelines for living. Before there was writing, stories were passed along orally from generation to generation. Children hearing the stories learned about the beliefs and values of their culture. It might even be said that a culture without stories is a culture without moral direction. Stories describe the basic conflicts and dilemmas of human life and stimulate us to think about ways of resolving them. Today, in literate cultures, stories are written down, and there are many more of them than there were in preliterate cultures, and we pass them on more often through reading than through oral recitation from memory. -- Robert Lewis Stevenson, long ago, wrote this about art: “Life is monstrous, infinite, illogical, abrupt, and poignant; a work of art, in comparison, is neat, finite, self-contained, rational, flowing, and emasculate. Life imposes by brute energy, like inarticulate thunder; art catches the ear, among the far louder noises of experience, like an air artificially made by a discreet musician.”[1] His point was that we appreciate art—including stories—because they focus our attention on ideas or experiences abstracted away from the messiness of real life, so we can experience them and think about them more clearly. -- ... Stories are a form of play, and, as in all play, our involvement with stories is a way of acquiring skills and ideas that are valuable for negotiating the real world. When we enter into a story we enter a make-believe world where, precisely because it is make-believe and has no immediate real-world consequences, and because the events are simplified and the important ones made salient, we can experience the challenges and difficulties more clearly, think about them more rationally, and develop more insight about them, then we might from real-world experience.'
psychology  parenting  play  simulation  storytelling  reading  readerlywriterly  learning  cathersis  empathy 
4 days ago
The Art of Manliness -- How to REALLY Avoid Living a Life of Quiet Desperation
'...while Thoreau wasn’t ambitious for the traditional status markers held up by society, he was ambitious for something else: life. Life at its very essence. Life in its fullest form. -- Approaching the world with imaginative openness, Thoreau lived for intense insight and for direct experience; life was not to be experienced second hand. He was ever on the hunt for the sublime and transcendent, and the wild that hid not only beneath civilization, but in a man’s own spirit. His aim was to know himself, and to preserve this self sovereign in the face of the pressure to conform to deadening conventionalities. -- This was essentially an inward journey, rather than an outward one, and in fact, externals could often get in the way of the quest. -- Desperation, Thoreau thought, came from having too many wants. The problem with the desire for externalities is that they ever multiply and never reach an end; the fulfillment of one merely begets the itch for another. This puts men on what modern scientists call the “hedonic treadmill”; once you make more money, or get a new possession, or reach a goal, it at first makes you happier, but then you adapt to the new circumstances. You’ve risen a level, but so have your expectations, so that your happiness falls right back to where it was in the first place... -- Compounding this cycle of dissatisfaction — and the desperation it produces — is the fact that attaining external desires often costs money. Money that can only be procured in trade for one’s time and labor. And this frequently isn’t the only payment required: the work one must perform frequently demands compromises to one’s individual values, principles, and dreams. It demands a loss of independence; even the entrepreneur must defer to the whims of the marketplace. -- Thus, the more you want, the more you have to work to pay for it, the less autonomous you become, and the further removed you get from the beating heart of life. -- Thoreau thus rightly argued that “the cost of a thing” was not simply a matter of its price tag, but “the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” -- The solution to the endless, fruitless striving after that which doesn’t satisfy, Thoreau postulated, is to simplify your wants — to separate conveniences and comforts from necessities, and pare down to the fundamentals. This project was, of course, the very purpose of the philosopher’s experiment at Walden pond: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ... “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” -- The above is another of Thoreau’s most famous quotes. And another where the kernel of its meaning is often missed. -- To suck the marrow out of life often conjures up an image of outwardly epic strivings — far-flung adventures and extravagant endeavors of great daring-do. -- Yet the marrow of a bone is what is within it — the life inside the external structure of things. -- The marrow is the sustenance that is left after the bone has been picked clean of its obvious meat, and tossed aside by those unwilling to put in the effort to extract what still remains. -- A commitment to getting at the marrow of life was Thoreau’s secret to being content with simplicity; he dug deeper into what was already there, but typically overlooked. He found treasures in that which costs nothing at all, declaring that “All good things are wild and free.” -- While others looked for the extraordinary outside the ordinary, Thoreau found it in the ordinary. He had the ability to make the everyday epic. -- Or as he told a friend, it is the art of genius to raise the little into the large.'
philosophy  freedom  curiosity  learning  awe  Thoreau  quotes 
4 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why Is Work so Boring?
'Many of us find our work rather boring and when we do, we tend to blame ourselves. But there are very large-scale reasons, rooted in history and economics, why certain sorts of modern work are both more lucrative and rather more boring than they might have been in the past.'
economics  work  #specialization 
4 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: How To Choose A Partner Wisely
'We’re given very little guidance on how to choose our partners and tend to leave it to that mysterious force we know as ‘instinct’. However, it truly pays to be a little more rational in this area and work out how our instincts operate and why they push us towards some people and away from others.'
psychology  attachment  relationships  repetitioncompulsion 
4 days ago
iTunes -- Delingpole with James Delingpole: Alain de Botton
'Alain de Botton – writer, philosopher, School of Life entrepreneur: on friendship, art, and how to deal with the fact that your life is such a failure.' -- "James, the interesting thing about you – and this a consideration about friendship in general – is that you're warm as a person. And what do I mean by warm? Many people, particularly in in this country, are polite but slightly cold. And by that I mean that they are not prepared to share vulnerabilities. And the ultimate and primary glue of friendship, I think, is the admission that behind the facade there are challenges. I think that's how two people – particularly two men – can become friendly. But it's very hard for men to do that because there's such a onus on strength, and most men gather together to show off and to assert how well things are going. And for the first moment that I saw you you were somebody who would say things like 'I'm about to go into this party and I'm nervous' or 'I've just written an article and I think it's bad' or 'I'm supposed to be friendly with this person but I worry that I hate them' – or whatever it is. But essentially material that is vulnerable, leaves you open to humiliation by those who are unkind – and actually it is on the basis of that material that loyalty can be built up. You can't make a loyal friend until you've risked something with them and you've put yourself slightly in the position of danger. And I think that you're very wise in your ability to put yourself at risk vis-a-vis people, and to say: I need help, I'm lost, I'm scared – whatever. And this makes you very charming... Men are generally bores because they can't access the parts of the personality that are dependent on interest. When we think of what is an interesting person, it's not necessarily someone who has traveled the world and met interesting and amazing people and done extraordinary feats – it's essentially someone who is willing to listen to the data from their deeper soul and can transmit it to someone else – who can give you the truth about what it is to be them in a way that is relatively honest. And most people don't do that. They talk about the what's on the news, they talk about what they feel they should talk about – surface stuff. And you come away thinking 'I've not really learnt anything' or 'I don't really know this person', etc. So you feel more lonely with them than you do on your own. And I think that you avoid that."
philosophy  psychology  relationships  friendship  humility  vulnerability  disclosure  RTR  listening  * 
4 days ago
The Book of Life -- The Art of Listening
'...The real pleasure of talking about ourselves lies in understanding ourselves, becoming clearer about who we are, what we feel, what we want and what we might do next. The pleasure of talking about ourselves lies in self-clarification, not merely in hearing our voices. -- Generally we tend to believe that Self-Clarification will only be possible if we ourselves actually talk. But something far more interesting and redemptive is the case: we can sometimes end up best understanding bits of ourselves by listening to the stories of other people. -- This might sound like a merely convenient – and sentimental – thing to say. But it is soberly true and the proof lies in an area we know very well: literature. Novels are stories of other people that we don’t mind hearing; because they are also, at their best, stories that teach us about ourselves. -- We’re prepared to spend hours hearing other people – like Tolstoy or Proust or Virginia Woolf – talking about their ideas and adventures. And remarkably, we don’t mind not getting a single word of our own into the arena because we’re actively understanding bits of ourselves by listening to their stories. -- This is what Marcel Proust had to say on this: ‘Every reader of a novel is in effect the reader of his own life, whose shape he is better able to appreciate thanks to the spectacles which the novelist has offered him.’ -- We might well reply that this is all very well, but that the average person we have to listen to is a lot less interesting than Marcel Proust. So no wonder we want to listen to the novelist and not the average person. -- But the people we have around us are a lot more interesting than we think – if we knew how to listen to them and edit them properly. -- ... In listening, we can also shape, tease out, cut out, emphasise – in the name of getting the latent really good story to emerge from our companion’s mind. -- So when listening, stop your companion digressing; say things like, ‘So a minute ago you were saying that….’ Bring them back to the last coherent and emotionally ‘alive’ part of the story. -- Draw them away from numb surface details to deeper emotional realities. Ask: ‘what did that feel like for you…?’ -- Allow for the unusual and the weird. Use signs that suggest an open mind. Maybe someone is about to say that they felt attracted to their sister or stole money from a company. Don’t do anything that might close off a vulnerable confession. ‘Say go on…’ You’re not a judge, you’re a friend. -- The Good Listener knows that one of the best ways to understand an issue in one’s own life is to hear it discussed through the life of someone else – and furthermore, they have the editing skills to make sure they can find themselves in the words of others. -- That way, listening is no longer a chore. It’s about the most interesting thing we can do.'
psychology  readerlywriterly  listening  * 
4 days ago
YouTube -- Blaire White: This Is Why I Don't Like The LGBT Community
"Why are gay pride events so hyper-sexual?" "Why is it so common within the community to believe gender is a social construct but also that trans people are born with the brains of the opposite gender?" "Why does the community insist on trying to 'change hearts and minds' through laws?" "Why are in the world are straight people and 'cis' people often so demonized by the community?"
rkselectiontheory  decadence  faggotry  narcissism  unwarrantedselfimportance 
4 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Teen Girls Are Smoking To Shrink Their Babies
'"...Associate Professor Simone Dennis of the Australian National University said that she was “stunned” by the findings of the decade-long smoking study conducted at the university. -- “They [teenage girls] had read on packets that smoking can reduce the birth weight of your baby, which is obviously not how the public health message is intended to be taken,” Dennis said..." -- These are girls who are using chemicals to try and reduce rearing investments. A K-woman would want her baby as big and healthy as possible, and the pain she endured would be viewed as a badge of honor, marking her sacrifice for her baby. -- But to these girls, the baby is something almost inhuman, and all costs related to it must be minimized by any means necessary. It is funny to think that it is a more painful, harsher world that would produce the different form of girl who would sacrifice for her child. But that is just how the human machine is designed. -- Notice also, you have mention of early age at first intercourse, and use of nicotine as a neuropharmacological amygdala-crutch. -- These are the rabbits, and this is r-selection.'
rkselectiontheory  decadence  abuse 
4 days ago
The Rational Male -- Teaching Slaves to Read
'...Every cosmetic ever created, every plastic surgery or implant devised (by men) every fashion trend or clothing style for women has been created with the express purpose of both making a woman appear younger than her actual age and/or to convince her that her sexual agency has an indefinite shelf life. Every social convention for women the Feminine Imperative has ever devised is rooted in the latent purpose of convincing women that their sexual market value ought to be based on some esoteric or intrinsic quality (rather than the biological and evolutionary reality) once they’ve moved past the age of being able to effectively compete intrasexually with their sisters. -- They are conditioned to believe the fault in ‘unrealistic beauty standards’ is due to the horrific sexual objectification of men’s base (biological) natures and/or the social constructivist narrative that would have them believe it’s a nebulous ‘society’s’ fault that they are unable to consolidate their Hypergamy once the expiration date for their sexual market value has passed and their younger sisters outcompete them. -- On a subconscious level this is the internal conflict women fight within themselves. The desires of their Ids war with the dictates of what Hypergamy demands of them, knowing all the while that their capacity to consolidate on it is limited to a very short window in their lifetimes. Women’s Egos are then fed on the narrative of the Feminine Imperative that the worries of their Ids, and the crushing doubts that Hypergamy biologically wires into women, are unfounded and they have an almost indefinite timeframe in which to consolidate on the ‘perfect guy’ ; The guy who will satisfy both the Alpha Fucks sexual excitement of Hypergamy with the stable, comforting, dependable security the Beta Bucks side of Hypergamy needs for her long term security. A woman’s Id knows this is a lie, but her Ego is convinced she can wait out her Party Years at least to sample as many ‘bad boys, wrong boys, commitment-phobic boys’ as the Sheryl Sandberg plan for Hypergamy has convinced her Ego she has the time to work her way through. -- A woman’s Id is having none of it, beyond enjoying the sexual pleasures of the Alpha men she prefers in her peak sexual market value (SMV) years. Hypergamy demands the complete package, the already-made man. The guy for whom she’s so certain will be the best of both worlds (despite the unbeliveability of it) that it quells her Hypergamous doubt. On a rudimentary level a woman’s Id knows she deserves a better-than-warranted situation with regard to her Hypergamy; it’s the only situation that will ever be truly satisfying to her. Only a man who rates 1-2 degrees above what she feels her own SMV merits (however unrealistic that’s become to her) will be the man she can truly submit herself to. -- This is what her Id knows. On some level of consciousness it knows she is choosing a life in which she can either submit herself and entrust her life, body and soul to the long term security of a deserving man (one who rates a full to two steps above her own self-impression), or she will resign herself to her own ‘independence’ and self-reliance with respect to long term security in a life with a man who doesn’t “deserve her” and who she will never submit herself to. -- There are many variables that interfere with a woman making this consolidation in her younger years, but the fact remains, the longer a woman delays consolidating on the guy she could comfortably submit herself to the less likely she is to actually do so; and the more likely she is to resign herself to insisting on her own Frame to supply the security she would otherwise get from a man she could’ve submitted herself to. -- ... Men becoming aware of the nature of women is a Threat; and that threat is primarily dangerous because it deliberately confounds women’s accurate assessment of a man’s true value in satisfying her Hypergamous doubt. Educating men about Game, about Red Pill awareness, must be prevented on both a personal level and a sociological level if women are to maintain a feminine-primary, feminine-correct and feminine-dominant social order... -- This reminds me of a story I read on the Red Pill Reddit forum about a guy who’s girlfriend discovered my book he’d been reading. She began picking through various sections and, expectedly, got really pissed off at the chapters on SMV (the chart in particular). They both discussed the parts she’d read and she admitted she wanted to read the whole thing, but from what they talked about she confessed that there wasn’t really anything she disagreed with. Her words were, “You men shouldn’t know this stuff!” -- It wasn’t that she was irritated by the truth in those sections of the book, but rather, her concern was that men might become aware of women’s sexual strategies as laid bare by the SMV sections and chart. Essentially, men teaching men to become Red Pill aware, to unplug them from the Matrix is anathema to women’s long term sexual strategy. Teaching men to Just Get It is a deliberate effort to bypass women’s subconscious and overt filtering processes to evaluate a man’s Hypergamous value. -- ... Novaseeker adds this most salient comment: "“You should know this stuff, but you shouldn’t know this stuff, if it were up to the Sisterhood. You guys are taking away OUR POWER and I’m going to shit test you about that with some INDIGNATION.” -- Yes, it’s because it violates the “Just Get It” principle. It’s fine if a man “just gets it”. It’s not fine if a man has to learn it in order to get it, because in the latter case there is a concern that he doesn’t actually really “get it”, because he isn’t a man who “just gets it”. -- More fundamentally, they do not trust themselves to be able to tell the difference between a man who “just gets it” and man who has learned from other men how to “get it”, and they fundamentally do want to distinguish between the two types of men because that is a critical Alpha filter. What you’re doing is sabotaging their filter, which of course will be unwelcome, never mind that they will generally be just as satisfied with a man who learns to get it as they would with a man who just gets it, in practice (as long as the former guy maintains frame and so on properly). So, yes, don’t talk about fight club outside fight club and all that." ... -- There’s a maxim in the manosphere that states women are not interested in how a man becomes a man. They are uninterested in the process of a man becoming anything, just that he is. If there is one thing Hypergamy demands to satisfy its inherent doubts is that men be genuine. How they became ‘genuine’ is irrelevant to women, just that they are genuine is enough. This is the conflict between women’s Ids and Egos – that a man might appear to be genuine in his quality is enough, yet not enough.'
men  women  hypergamy  gynocentrism  apocalypse 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Swedish Police Under Siege
'...Sooner or later the resources are going to contract suddenly. When they do, that neighborhood is going to become vastly more violent, and the residents are going to start flooding out to raid neighboring areas. After raiding, they will escape back into the neighborhood with their booty and try to keep the cops out. Since that raiding booty is all that will support the residents of the neighborhood, the residents will unite against all outside forces, from Swedish citizens to Police. -- At that point, Swedes will experience the violence, become triggered themselves, and you will have full on K-selection beginning. -- It is crazy to look at it now, knowing this ends in a brutal civil war between natives and Muslims, complete with rapes, enslavements, atrocities, and mass graves. Yet to this day leftists are demanding even more Muslims be imported and settled in their nations. -- The big problem is none of these people understand that the psychologies we see throughout history are r and K-mindsets. The non-SJW average grassroots leftist idiots today all think that we have evolved into some new form of human that will never wage war again, and by importing all these Muslims they are proving it. They don’t realize the mentality of the most brutal mass killers of our past is just one neurochemical shift away, and the trigger is the inevitable swing of resource limitation. -- Resources are about to constrict, and as a result, this will be an Apocalypse for the ages.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  conquest  collapse 
5 days ago
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio: Yes, I want society to die /s
Comments: Julius Ebola: 'Our society, like virtually every other, isn't founded on women's compassion for men, it's founded on male service to women because women are the limiting factor in human reproduction. Without them and the children they produce, we do not exist. You already know this. -- We either keep them pumping out babies which are provided for and grow to sexual maturity, or the group doesn't survive. The only compassion here is the compassion that men have for other men, hence monogamy which prevents a few men at the top of the pile from monopolizing women and thus which gives men a stake in their society because they have the opportunity to start families. Yes, it's sexual socialism and it works. It's that bargain which connects men to a shared future, which gives them a stake in their society's success. When they go to war, it is not for "god and country," it's for women and children, the families they have or will have someday. That is the basic bargain that makes this or any other tribe/nation possible. It is what built your cities, produced your technology, created political stability and everything else that came with it. There isn't any other arrangement possible regardless of our state of technological advancement because the arrangement reflects biology, not philosophy or morality. There will never be another arrangement until our sexual biology is shaped in some other way by evolution. -- The institution of monogamy is a pact between men, not a pact between men and women. And that is why women were so quick to abandon it the moment post war affluence, political stability, and birth control made it possible. That is how we ended up here. -- The sad fact is that men are disposable because women regard them as disposable, because this is how the "war bride" survived and because she did, her children survived. Women without any constraint form harems around a minority of successful men and this produces an underclass of men locked out of breeding, correct? If the full expression of women's collective natural sexual strategy produces superfluous men, then why are we surprised that women regard men as disposable? What other compassionate or equitable response is there to this if not to rehabilitate monogamous marriage since it's the only means you have of forcing a compromise between men and women's natural sexual strategies in a way that would make a modern civilization possible? -- ... -- Civilization as we understand it depends entirely on curbing women's sexual agency on the one hand, and providing avenues of social mobility so that men can qualify for women's sexual selection on the other. The converse isn't true because most men have no real sexual agency and never did. Agency or freedom would presuppose opportunity and this is something that the gender which bears the burden of women's sexual selection clearly does not have. And they will never have it for the same reason that feminist lectures, shaming, and fat acceptance is ever going to make obese women attractive to men. It's simply not in the evolutionary cards. Female-choice in human mating is not a product of culture. -- Our institutions have to reflect biology or else we end up with a mess no better than the ones feminists have created. What has the late 20th century baby boomer social experiments taught us if not this? Sexuality is not socially constructed, but dictated by evolution. Do you really think the average 18 or 19 year old who would be starting a family under socially and economically healthy conditions is going to understand all this stuff? They're going to need a degree in sociology and a PhD level grasp of human sexuality and psychology to be able to have a successful family? Look at how complex this is and how many years you spent thinking about it and developing your ideas. How exactly do you expect the average person in their late teens and early 20s to grasp all this to a degree that they are able to behave in a way that is contrary to their biology? And even if they could grasp it, do you seriously expect women to make sexual decisions based on their understanding of the political economy of sexuality? Are they going to say "well, I have compassion for men and there's that 80/20 rule thing which will create a sexual and social underclass of men who are superfluous and have no meaningful investment in society so I better sleep with the supplicating and earnest nice guy instead of the sexually appealing alpha cad for the good of men and western civilization!" Is this what's going to happen in our brave new enlightened gender regime? Men and women don't understand each other. They can spend their whole adult lives trying to figure out the opposite sex and still not fully grasp the reality of the opposite gender. They certainly aren't going to be equipped to successfully start families when it is biologically appropriate for them to do so at young ages. People require traditions, they require institutions which structure their pairing for the benefit of society and children because they depend on institutions to do the thinking for them. This is because most people are not psychologists, gender theorists, or exemplary moral paragons, they're not philosophers, they're just normal flawed people who need to be able to start households and pump out kids if we expect the social fabric to recreate itself. And that is why institutions must reflect nature, because that is what guides us, nature, a biologically dictated set of sexual prerogatives and strategies that are largely unconscious, not compassion, not philosophy, not morality, not sociology. And that will go on being the case regardless if we're in the stone age or if we're flying around in hover cars in some spaceage Jetson's future. If we were truly compassionate, we'd recognize this fact and act accordingly instead of trying to remake people into something they are not and can never be. -- The only relevant question is how do we achieve this, not what is fair or moral. It's a question of survival - literally. MRAs aren't going to be able to change women's sexual psychology with theory and rhetoric. There's nothing that's going to change it. So what does a solution look like? It looks like women who want men who are strong, have social proof, can provide, have confidence, social status and it looks like men who are attracted to women who are young, fit, exhibit signs of fertility and nurturing. Why? Because our sexual instincts are rooted in a hunter gatherer circumstance from 20,000 years ago. The solution will look like men who are providers or have some other means of achieving social status and social proof and it will look like women who enter into marriage and childbearing at an age which is healthy and appropriate. The future will look like the past for the same reason the past looked like the past. It will mean men work shitty jobs or protect our civilization in wars so that we can survive, just as they did in every other generation. If you think modern warfare will be suicidal because of modern technology, then all the more reason to rehabilitate monogamous marriage and investment in their society to the degree that they are willing to defend it because what prevents war is strength. There is no "progress," there is no enlightenment. There is just pack animals with sexual instincts and necessity. -- Traditions are not socially constructed chains that hold us down and that progress is going to free us from, they are necessary structures we depend on and which make our lives possible. Isn't that clear by now? -- So can we please dispense with this bullshit about egalitarianism and just get on with rehabilitating traditional monogamous marriage since this is where things will go if we are to survive anyway? I see no reason believe that anything other than the traditional monogamous marriage provider dad/nurturing mom model is even feasible, at least not if you want to maintain anything resembling a modern civilization. That is not the past, it is the present. Biology is always the present. And the fact that we have nuclear weapons only underscores the importance of dispensing with social experiments or notions that we can socially construct this or that. It's time to simply do what is biologically and therefore politically necessary. ... -- Either the majority of people who want to start families have a reasonable shot of doing so and thus some reason to play along, obey power, produce economic surplus for plutocrats/elites, etc., or else the whole thing declines, collapses, or goes up in revolutionary flames as politics radicalizes/polarizes. The religious conservatives were right. Family formation really is the foundation of civil society. That isn't sentimental and empty moral posturing or rhetoric. It's realism with respect to the political and economic dimension of heterosexuality and family formation. You have to feed your slaves if you want them to go on working so that they can keep feeding you. Fail to do that long enough and you can kiss your plantation goodbye. -- ... Men and women who have conflicting sexual strategies which are at cross purposes adapt to one another through marriage which forces a compromise between them. And yes, everything is nature, which is why we can expect that we'll either fall back into some version of that compromise or we will perish.' -- Comment: HoneyBadgerRadio: 'True conservatism worked because it recognized that women create the habits of belonging that a society's political institutions need to function. It worked because it had a system of accountability for women in their critical role of "programming" society's operating system. Unless we rebuild that system of accountability – ensure that women use their social capital for good not ill – we ain't fixing shit.'
rkselectiontheory  civilization  gynocentrism  hypergamy  marriage  family  conservatism  sacrifice  men  women 
5 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: How Should Conservatives Deal with the Media?
"Why is The Daily Show asking to interview a YouTuber with 50 thousand subs? ... This really feels like a trap to me." -- You play in dirt, you get dirty. ~ McNulty
journalism  minitrue  discourse 
5 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: MY LAST EVER VIDEO?
'Your favorite YouTube channels could be about to disappear.' -- The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. ~ John Gilmore
illiberalism  threatnarrative  thoughtpolice  unperson  minitrue 
5 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Left-Wing Death Camps | Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux
'The history of left-wing violence, forced labor camps and mass murder is often obscured by traditional media and modern academia. The body-count left in the wake of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong illustrated the dangers of communism, socialism and totalitarian leftist ideology overall. Mike Cernovich joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago and the important historical lessons which much be learned to prevent the spread of violence in modern times.'
history  illiberalism  statism  socialism  communism  totalitarianism  joycamp  StefanMolyneux 
5 days ago
Zero Hedge -- Swedes Begin Construction Of Police Fortress In "Little Mogadishu"
'...The new police station, which is being built under heavy security and is scheduled to open in 2019, will cost over $40 million construction costs in addition to an annual rental cost of $1.6 million. The security cost for the actual construction is unknown. It is planned that 250 personnel will work there in the community of around 15,000 people. This is a ratio of one cop to 60 residents (for comparison Chicagohas one cop to 270 residents). -- The police station will feature bullet proof windows, walls reinforced with sheet metal, and fencing around it, possibly with electrified barbed wire. So it will look more like a military installation than anything. Also it will be designated as "specially protected," which means a year in prison for anyone even throwing a stone at it. -- But there are problems with the police station, as none of the largely White police working there will actually live in the community and will have to commute it. This being Sweden, a disproportionate number will also be women. This raises several problems that would not be issues elsewhere. Police officers are worried about vandalism to their private cars so refuse to drive in, while using public transport is considered too dangerous, especially for female officers. -- "Those who will be working in Rinkeby do not want to use public transport and take the subway," Local Police Area Manager Niclas Andersson told the press. -- "It's too dangerous. One suggestion is secure parking for the private cars of police personnel. Another is that the police will be driven to and from work." -- A secure parking area for the private cars of police personnel can not be added without greatly inflating the already high cost of the facility, so it looks like police personnel will have to be bussed in at the start of each shift in a specially reinforced police bus with darkened windows. -- This is what multiculturalism looks like, folks, and the costs are enormous.' -- Comment: Zero Point: 'Imagine an insane asylum where the inmates roam free and the staff are kept locked in a cage.... Nice one Swedes.'
europe  conquest  politicalcorrectness  stockholmsyndrome  denial 
5 days ago
Europeancivilwar.com -- Go East Young Man!
'...If the 20-35 year old male demographic is going to be over 50% Muslim by 2020, then I think it is impossible to underestimate the destabilization and anarchy that will be occurring in central Europe over the next 5,10, 15, and 20+ years. -- Look at the map of central Europe below: ... -- Germany and Austria (especially post-Hofer loss) are well on their way to becoming Islamic countries. When- as the video above shows- you are bringing it 4 times as many young, male, Muslim immigrants each year as the entire size of your armed forces, there’s nothing to call it but purposeful Islamization. -- That means that in another decade or two the Czech Republic will essentially be one big diamond-shaped spur jutting out into the middle of two-Islamic nations, both likely embroiled in anarchy and violence. -- Poland shares a massive border with Germany. Also, Eastern Germany is the area of the country that is the most ‘conservative’ and most opposed to mass-immigration. I think it is very possible that it ends up being a buffer between the completely Islamized and crazy Western half of Germany on one side and the sober, rational, still European-Poland on the other. -- Hungary and Slovakia each share less of a border with Western Europe (just small swathes of Austria) but Hungary increasingly seems to be the ‘heart’ of Eastern Europe, and has been the most strenuous in its denunciations of Western European suicidalism.'
europe  conquest  triage 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- British Terror Attack - r-selected Rabbits Of Britain Try To Socially Stifle Amygdala-Stimulation
'The attack is barely even news. Another radical Musloid decides to kill and maim scores of innocent civilians, because he is upset. Before this is over, it will be a daily occurrence. -- The rabbits realize that if the nation begins to see Muslims as a threat, and feel uncomfortable around them, then their chances of destroying Great Britain are over. So their response is to try and create the impression that those who are bothered by this are the strange people who everyone else will reject. -- “#WeAreNotAfraid.” In other words, anyone who begins to act to try and prevent this in the future is an enemy of the nation.'
rkselectiontheory  politicalcorrectness  faggotry  treachery  subversion  LYAHF  conquest 
5 days ago
YouTube -- Black Pigeon Speaks: Turkey's Demographic WAR on Europe: Migrants as WEAPONS
"The acceleration of demographic replacement in Europe is at hand." -- Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against 'injustices' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/17/erdogan-calls-turkish-families-have-five-children-bulwark-against/
history  empire  conquest  europe  war 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Salon Explains The Strategy In Importing Immigrants
'Flood the nation with foreigners who will oppose Donald Trump [http://www.salon.com/2017/03/15/everyones-wrong-on-immigration-open-borders-are-the-only-way-to-defeat-trump-and-build-a-better-world/]: "One thing that would strongly push the country in the opposite direction than the one Trump intends is for individual states, particularly progressive states in the West or Northeast, to pass laws as favorable to immigrants as the ones in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama have been unfavorable. What if, say, California were to pass legislation extending full human rights to all people present in the state? That would set up a historic confrontation, bringing out all the anomalies in our inhuman immigration regime for due public consideration. “Sanctuary” would become a constructive, constitutional, universal concept, not a purely reactive one against police powers..." -- This is the goal. Fake Americans import foreigners with the hopes that the foreigners will destroy the real Americans for them. Here they are hoping it will happen at the voting booth, but ultimately they are hoping it will happen in the Apocalypse. -- This is an evolved suite of instincts. Even if these people were never taught English, and were deprived of logical thought, they would still have these urges. Deep in the cave they would plot to welcome foreigners into their tribe’s territory. They would demand the transgressions by the foreigners be tolerated, until ultimately they joined the foreigners, and saw their own tribe destroyed. -- All of the old tribe members they could never have competed with openly would be destroyed, and they would move forward happy – having vanquished their old enemy.'
rkselectiontheory  subversion  LYAHF 
10 days ago
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio: Rantzerker 78: Laci’s Trump Predictions, do they stack up?
Alison: "...what's irritating is that they blame [abortion], which is essentially a female driven activity, on men – once again, on men. If only men decided on the right to choose, women would never lose the right to choose – ever." Karen: "If all women stopped slut-shaming there wouldn't be any such thing as slut-shaming." Alison: "They constantly take these behaviours that are essentially intrasexual competition between women and blame men for it. And the only reason that works is because blame runs downhill and always hits the person who doesn't have the social power. They can't blame other women because that is actually dangerous! Blaming men is easy. That's why we do it. That's why every single scapegoat is usually the people who do not have the social power to command this kind of attention and awareness of the issues. It's so infuriating that this is so obvious. It's like – and I'm using a hyperbolic example, only to illustrate the point, not the severity – it's like the Nazis believing up to the point that they're shoving entire Jewish communities into ovens, believing that they are controlled by the Jews. It's that kind of mentality. It's astounding! It's when we believe the narrative so deeply and so profoundly that we actually supplant the observations of our own eyes with the narrative itself." Karen: "It's a circular thing because they wouldn't be able to justify shoving Jews into ovens if they didn't have the belief that the Jews were controlling them and were this maleficent, malicious force with immense power to destroy the lives of Aryan Germans." Alison: "And it's terrifying because the less power Jewish people have the more you have to believe in the conspiracy. So the more Jews get shoved into ovens, the more deeply Nazis believe they have all the power, and the more deeply entrenched that believe becomes and more intractable and unable to move it. You watch this spiral into this hellish pit..." Karen: "If you try to shift the belief then all of a sudden people would have to realize what they've been doing." Alison: "Exactly. So the more the belief is incongruent with reality, the more you have to tighten onto the belief..."
men  women  agencyvspatiency  victimhood  hysteria  threatnarrative  scapegoating  joycamp 
11 days ago
The Book of Life -- The Philosophical Parent
'#3. Responsibility: We feel responsible for everything that happens to our child. Any problem they have must have a solution – and it is our imperative duty to find it and put it into action. Around children, we abandon our general, mature and dark sense that much that is truly important lies entirely outside our control. We know that a business cannot be insulated from competition, that sickness and death are inevitable; that every life is in some ways a disaster; that every person is complex, difficult, lonely and odd; that true friends are hard to find and that love is rare. But – when it comes to our children – we put this general knowledge aside. For them – we feel – it can be different… if only we do our job properly. Any trouble that befalls them is our fault; any suffering they experience is due to us. We wish (as an expression of our deep love) that the normal rules of human existence could be suspended just for them. -- The natural consequence of over-extended responsibility is guilt. That is why we fear and feel we are not good parents; we blame ourselves because we are haunted by a beautiful, touching, insane idea; that it is wholly in our power to make them happy. -- #6. Authority: Nowadays, we can’t simply demand or insist or give an official, parental order – although such strategies worked for most of human history. We have to persuade rather than command. It’s a deeply kind philosophy. We have renounced authority because we’d rather be loved than feared. We want to enlighten, recommend, reason; we try to enter the imaginative world of our child and explain in terms that make sense to them why they need to go to bed (though they say they don’t feel tired); why they should try even a tiny bit of broccoli; why they shouldn’t kick granny’s shins (after she asked you not to draw on the wall); why you can’t stay in the bath for two hours or eat another biscuit (even though they are, frankly, delicious). We could force the issue. But we don’t. -- We have taken on the hardest task: to meet unreasonable intransigence with logic and compassion. And we do it with a very long and grand ambition in mind. That one day, our child will – themselves – adopt our stance. And so we (who may be respected by our peers and rather knowledgeable about the stock market or highly informed about intellectual property law) find ourselves stymied and delayed by over half an hour by a three year old who will not cooperate on putting on their coat. -- #13. Disagreements: Having a child together seems (and in some ways truly is) a very deep connection between two people – you have done this astonishing thing together, created a new life, a person who will always be intimately allied to both of you. -- But precisely because you both love the child, you will find new areas of disagreement that feel incredibly important. You might have radically different attitudes to the importance of doing homework (is it something parents should take responsibility for, or something for the child to resolve in their own way?). Do you agree what is a proper bedtime; at what point does an illness warrant a trip to the doctor; is it OK to leave a child with grandparents for the weekend? Is the babysitter rather nice, or not nice enough? If your child cries before you go out for the evening, should you decide to stay at home, or is this not a big deal? -- It’s difficult to back down or make concessions, because you are not discussing personal preferences or your own convenience. You are arguing about the future of your child. You so much want things to go well for them and that is why you are locked into furious combat, full of insults and venom, with the one other person who cares as much as you do. -- #21. Developmental milestones: We often have quite clear ideas of certain developmental achievements: Eating solids; The ability to pick up a small object (the size of a raisin) between the forefinger and thumb; Learning to walk or crawl; Learning to talk; Toilet training; Teething -- We’re very attentive and supportive, encouraging, helpful and rightly proud. But there’s also a very different set of developmental achievements that matter just as much (but around which we’re much less focused). We’re not collectively attentive around the first time a child is forgiving; when they learn to lose with good humour; when they first feel sorry for the hurt they have caused another; when they begin to daydream; when they can formulate a white lie in order to spare the feelings of another; when they first get curious about what another person may be feeling, rather than what they are overtly doing. Rather than track the external physical development of a child, an ideal society would track their steps on the very long and slow path to psychological maturity. And as each new accomplishment came into view, we’d ring up the grandparents and proudly tell our friends. -- #22. Setting an example: We naturally have very high hopes for our children. We imagine that if only we could set them the right example, they’d naturally and instinctively learn to be happy, wise, moderate and full of adventure (yet not take too many risks). They’d be patient (yet energetic and efficient); modest (yet successful); successful (yet not preoccupied by success); fulfilled in their work; clever (but not snooty or pompous) … we picture their ideal development. And yet there seems to be one major obstacle. We can’t set them the example that ideally we want to. Because as we have to honestly admit, these beautiful ideals have eluded us. We are irascible, anxious, frustrated, disappointed in certain key ways in our own hopes – and very loving towards them. And we worry that by seeing and knowing us they will learn the wrong lessons about life. -- The paradox of love is that we want (via our love) to free our child from the ordinary pains of existence. Our more realistic and helpful motive would be to equip them to cope with (rather than magically) avoid suffering. Our own suffering and failure isn’t an impediment to teaching them what they need to know. It’s the essential playbook. If they are very lucky they may suffer a little less than we do.'
philosophy  parenting  relationships  honesty  humility  * 
11 days ago
The Book of Life -- The Dangers of the Good Child
'...The good child isn’t good because by a quirk of nature they simply have no inclination to be anything else. They are good because they have no other option. Their goodness is a necessity rather than a choice. -- Many good children are good out of love of a depressed harassed parent who makes it clear they just couldn’t cope with any more complications or difficulties. Or maybe they are very good to soothe a violently angry parent who could become catastrophically frightening at any sign of less than perfect conduct. Or perhaps the parent was very busy and distracted; only by being very good could the child hope to gain a sliver of their interest. -- But this repression of more challenging emotions, though it produces short-term pleasant obedience, stores up a huge amount of difficulty in later life. Practiced educators and parents should spot signs of exaggerated politeness – and treat them as the danger they are. -- The good child becomes a keeper of too many secrets and an appalling communicator of unpopular but important things. They say lovely words, they are experts in satisfying the expectations of their audiences, but their real thoughts and feelings stay buried and then generate psychosomatic symptoms, twitches, sudden outbursts and sulphurous bitterness. -- The sickness of the good child is that they have no experience of other people being able to tolerate their badness. They have missed out a vital privilege accorded to the healthy child; that of being able to display envious, greedy, egomaniacal sides and yet be tolerated and loved nevertheless.'
psychology  attachment  childhood  repression  schizoid  parenting  * 
11 days ago
The Book of Life -- How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones
'#19. Selfies: The problem with selfies is not that we take them, but that we don’t take them seriously enough. We tend to feel the need to be a touch ironic: ‘Here I am eating a sausage!’ ‘Look at me with this cute hat!’ Yet selfies are not inherently silly or self-regarding. They sit in one of the grand traditions of high art: the self-portrait. Although he was hampered by having to use oil paint and brushes, Rembrandt was addicted to making images of himself (more than one hundred across his long career). But he never showed himself winking or making funny hand gestures. -- Instead he was looking closely at who he was and what he had become: contemplating the sadness that gradually accumulated in his own face, trying to work out what he really made of being alive: what has life done to me? What have I done with my time on earth? He wasn’t seeking the approval of others, he was seeking self-knowledge. -- When something (like taking selfies) seems a little trivial or silly, it’s tempting to think we should take it less seriously; we should distance ourselves from it and see it in a mocking light. But the wiser move might be to get much more ambitious. The art of a selfie may have a long way to go yet.'
philosophy  self  life  portraiture  playasyougo 
11 days ago
YouTube -- Brittany Pettibone: Virtue Of The West Show #8: Blonde in the Belly of the Beast
'My co-host, Tara, and I chat with conservative YouTuber, Blonde in the Belly of the Beast, about globalism, dating difficulty as a conservative, the demonization of motherhood, feminism, and more.'
conservatism  discourse 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Weight Scales Removed From College Gym Because They Trigger Fatties
'...Sooner or later Virtual Reality will begin to be widely used, probably to telecommute to work initially. Once in the matrix, a user will be able to choose their avatar, and you know all the fatties and uggos are going to pick avatars that look like Angelina Jolie and Rob Lowe. -- Initially they will simply use the VR to interact at work. Then as they are given the choice between living in the real world, or living virtually, they will choose to live in the virtual world full time. As they acclimate to that, they will gradually demand the virtual world allow itself to be hacked, so they can feel more respected. They will demand to be placed in leadership roles, be respected as more intelligent than everyone, and eventually, the Virtual Reality will have been transformed into a complete fantasy with the sole purpose of assuaging leftist amygdalae with feelings of complete superiority. -- By that point, the leftists will be virtually imprisoned, because once they have acclimated to being perfectly beautiful, totally powerful, completely respected, and never challenged by anyone, they will be unable to exit their virtual reality prison. -- In truth, I have to wonder about the cost/benefit ratio of funding an addictive virtual reality fantasy camp for fake Americans, if it would cause them to voluntarily remove themselves from the world, and stop betraying our nations. This could be a benefit.'
rkselectiontheory  decadence  virtuality 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Turkey Prepares To Unleash A Migrant Wave
'Turkey takes $3 billion and then sends the migrants anyway. And if Turkey experiences an economic recession due to trade sanctions, and releases all of its migrants to flow overseas, it will be a perfect storm because all of those migrants will move out due to resource constriction. And these are not even the African migrants who will really move when the famines take hold. -- In a more K-selected time, this would be an act of war, and the migrants would be killed. Of course in a more K-selected time, Erdogan would never have been given $3 billion. He would have been told that if he didn’t contain the migrants, it would be war. -- Instead, this will merely bring about the more K-selected time, as European elections unfold under the threat of a Turkish migrant tsunami. In truth, it is unbelievable Europe has tolerated this level of incompetence in its leadership for this long.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  conquest 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Epic Amygdala Trigger Discovered - "Fake American"
'"...So I am talking with one of my cuck friends that is a Facebook shill reposting a bunch of Huffington articles. I was talking to him about his kids and school and which school they are going to attend because they go to private schools. He starts talking sh*t about Trump and Betsy DeVos and how they are going to ruin the school systems. And I say, “well you made your decision to go to private schools long before Trump and DeVos had any influence.” He chuckles sheepishly and says the public schools in his area suck. -- So I give him a little sh*t and say, “Oh yeah, so you are all about open borders as long as those kids don’t go to the same schools as your kids.” AND THEN I SAY THE MAGIC WORDS: “Fake American” -- And this guy that I knew and loved absolutely loses his sh*t on me. I am talking epic meltdown. I thought at one point he was literally going to attack me. -- I don’t know what it is with the left and that label “fake.” They really really hate it. I mean #fakenews is driving them f-ing insane." -- This is perfect. It is out-grouping, humorous, concise, denigrating, astonishingly accurate, and has the power to go viral. Inherent within it is the ability to out-group the liberal, all alone, from the entirety of the nation. It leverages the power the left has tried to imbue within the word “Fake,” and combines it with the liberal’s innate recognition of the fact that they are fake human beings, lying about everything and faking loyalty as they try to screw their fellow Americans. It may prove to be the ultimate amygdala trigger. Use it wisely and use it often.'
rkselectiontheory  rhetoric  ostracism 
12 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: Snoop Dogg is a Complete Idiot
'Go back to your weed-addled stupor and stop trying to be politically edgy.'
usefulidiot  incitement  grifting 
12 days ago
Warscapes -- Hikikomori: The Postmodern Hermits of Japan
'...the typical image: a meal left at the door by his parents. Another: the room’s window covered with all sorts of rags and papers to avoid light filtering through. This self-reclusive nest is strewn with few possessions: books, video games, music instruments, plastic bottles, a random aquarium, a TV set, an empty bento box. In their enclosed space objects come to life and assume their own order and independence; becoming worlds within worlds. And here resides the Hikikomori like a mythological god in his own tomb. -- ... The complexity of the Otaku obsessions with collecting and idolizing is said to have a cultural relation, a crossroad of sort, to the Hikikomori. Both are born out of marginality and a desire for self-expression beyond the given boundaries of Japanese society and some Otaku indeed turn Hikikomori. But the Hikikomori tap into a larger sphere of revolt and, at times, self-destruction. -- Within the Hikikomori context, marginality finds its expression in the ultimate slow deliberate implosion, social withdrawal, or better reclusiveness that becomes a spark for an involuntary form of counter-culture. This instance of rebellion is born within a desperate and genuine desire to fade and yet be alive and, most of all, connected while being disconnected. -- Yes, the Hikikomori is the grand ball of contradictions, tomorrow’s dreams and nightmares are calcified together. For some Hikikomori, technology becomes a final connection to life, one that is manipulated by a fantasy that, while sinking into pain, it frees itself in suspended narrations of virtual love, communities and cyber identities. Implosions, distance from the over-exposure of contemporary life, degree zero of human interactions, anonymous virtual connection, giving form to sexless love, tearing apart imposed models of beauty; the Hikikomori find their center in the fluctuation of these narratives. -- Our consumer universe thrives on the addictive mind. The greatest achievement of our schizophrenic contemporary culture is the selling of distraction; while it claims to love life, it starves it with super imposed addictions. The Hikikomori spark out of the in-between space of this specific culture of addiction and distraction. It is almost as if they inhabit the nowhere where we all come from, tapping into that suspended space of non-action that from time to time keeps us company. The fundamental difference is that they make it the center of their lives.'
japan  psychology  solitude  hikikomori  regression  womb  OttoRank 
12 days ago
The Daily Bell -- How to Win an Easy Conviction in Court: Play a Movie for the Jury
'Court is boring! If you want to get a conviction in the age of short attention spans, you need to entertain the jury! -- Why would you rely on facts and truth in the U.S. court of law, when you could just play a Hollywood fabrication? -- We all know how stale and dry court cases can be. But offer up some clips of a cool blockbuster hit, and the jury will love you! You won’t have to bother with pesky legal proceedings. You can induce the verdict you want based on emotions. -- And now the precedent has been set that this tactic is perfectly legal in U.S. courts. -- The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that it is permissible to show a movie in court as evidence if the movie is close enough to the actual crime. -- ... If I was a prosecutor who had shaky evidence, this precedent would be quite the boon! I would just look through the suspect’s facebook until I found something that could be associated with a movie. Then I would show the movie in court to make the jury associate the dramatized crime with the suspect. -- Accused of a hate crime? Well they better hope they never posted favorably about American History X. We’ll show a clip of an Edward Norton acting out a racist attack. -- Find a picture of an executive going to see the movie The Wolf of Wall Street? Easy way to nab him for insider trading. We’ll play clips of Leo screwing over the elderly and his employees. If he drives the same car, or has the same haircut, we will say he was emulating DiCaprio’s character. -- Apparently in the kangaroo courts of America, all you have to do is show a couple similarities between the film interests of suspects, and the crime they supposedly carried out. That’s all the proof you need to bring a dramatic flare into the courtroom.'
idiocracy  verisimilitude 
12 days ago
Spiked -- Girls’ literature? There’s no such thing by Joanna Williams
'... Today, it seems, female authors must be women first and foremost. It’s not patriarchal publishers or sexist book-buying fathers who are desperately seeking to label writers and confine readers to suitable books for women – it’s feminist campaigners like Moran. The lesson of cultural appropriation, that you should ‘stay in your lane’, is being reinterpreted as a message of female empowerment. According to this view, books written by ‘old men’ are considered positively dangerous for girls. They ‘are not the voices you should allow in your head,’ as Moran puts it; ‘they live in another century, and you are the future’. -- This argument demonstrates a spectacularly limited view of reading as a narcissistic exercise in which readers find only themselves reflected in the words on the page. Anything that doesn’t speak to the immediacy of your own life, or your potential future, is not worth bothering with. As such, it taps into the mood of the times. The highest compliment paid to pop singers and YouTube stars today is that they are ‘so relatable’. -- ... For girls, especially, books are not allowed to be just stories. Lauren Child, author of the much loved Charlie and Lola books for pre-school children, spoke last week about the importance of books in challenging gender stereotypes. Child talked up a new character, ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’, a girl who ‘constructs great inventions from odds and ends’. Rosie is, no doubt, great, but books with a clunking message have all the literary subtlety of a sledgehammer. This use of fiction to promote feminist empowerment continues for teenage girls who are offered multiple fictional reincarnations of themselves, all imminently relatable, with a message of challenging gender stereotypes and learning to love yourself for who you are. -- The more we fetishise books as a purveyor of moral lessons, the more we lose the power of fiction to thrill and delight. Great literature should take young readers beyond the immediacy of their own lives and enable them to try on different identities, experience emotional depths they’ve not encountered yet in real life, and test themselves against a measure of humanity other people can share. -- The urging of girls only to read books by women speaks not just to confusion about literature, but also to insecurity about what it means to be a woman today. When being a woman is nothing more than an identity, weakly held and changeable according to feelings, then reading outside of ‘your lane’ poses an existential threat to your sense of self. We need to have sufficient confidence in girls to let them read anything they want – books by men and women, books they find relatable, and pure fantasy. But as adults, we also need to be confident in promoting great literature so that we can point them in the direction of the best that has been written.'
reading  readerlywriterly  feminism  newspeak  socialengineering 
12 days ago
Psychology Today -- Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges by Peter Gray
'College personnel everywhere are struggling with students' increased neediness. -- ... Two weeks ago, that head of Counseling sent us all a follow-up email, announcing a new set of meetings. His email included this sobering paragraph: “I have done a considerable amount of reading and research in recent months on the topic of resilience in college students. Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students.” -- He also sent us a summary of themes that emerged in the series of meetings, which included the following bullets: #Less resilient and needy students have shaped the landscape for faculty in that they are expected to do more handholding, lower their academic standards, and not challenge students too much. #There is a sense of helplessness among the faculty. Many faculty members expressed their frustration with the current situation. There were few ideas about what we could do as an institution to address the issue. #Students are afraid to fail; they do not take risks; they need to be certain about things. For many of them, failure is seen as catastrophic and unacceptable. External measures of success are more important than learning and autonomous development. #Faculty, particularly young faculty members, feel pressured to accede to student wishes lest they get low teacher ratings from their students. Students email about trivial things and expect prompt replies. #Failure and struggle need to be normalized. Students are very uncomfortable in not being right. They want to re-do papers to undo their earlier mistakes. We have to normalize being wrong and learning from one’s errors. #Faculty members, individually and as a group, are conflicted about how much “handholding” they should be doing. #Growth is achieved by striking the right balance between support and challenge. We need to reset the balance point. We have become a “helicopter institution.” -- ... In previous posts (for example, here and here), I have described the dramatic decline, over the past few decades, in children’s opportunities to play, explore, and pursue their own interests away from adults. Among the consequences, I have argued, are well-documented increases in anxiety and depression, and decreases in the sense of control of their own lives. We have raised a generation of young people who have not been given the opportunity to learn how to solve their own problems. They have not been given the opportunity to get into trouble and find their own way out, to experience failure and realize they can survive it, to be called bad names by others and learn how to respond without adult intervention. So now, here’s what we have: Young people,18 years and older, going to college still unable or unwilling to take responsibility for themselves, still feeling that if a problem arises they need an adult to solve it.'
psychology  parenting  infantilization  learnedhelplessness  undo 
12 days ago
Breitbart -- CEO Makes Potential Employees Take a 'Snowflake Test' Before Hiring -
'...The test includes questions on how the applicant feels about guns, safe spaces, and trigger warnings, as well as some which are more personal and complex. -- “When was the last time you cried and why?” is allegedly one, as well as “You see someone stepping on an American Flag. What happens next?” -- “Since I launched this ‘filtering’ process, if you will, I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of whining from the general public,” claimed Reyes, added that he was “scolded by a woman on the phone yesterday who told me she wouldn’t take the test and ‘shame’ on me for making people take a test to come work for us.” -- “She “demanded” I remove the test or risk losing out on ‘perfect employees’ like herself,” he claimed. “Bummer. Well, snowflake, it’s back to the heaping pile of applications for me.” -- “She “demanded” I remove the test or risk losing out on ‘perfect employees’ like herself,” he claimed. “Bummer. Well, snowflake, it’s back to the heaping pile of applications for me.”'
victimhood  faggotry  triage 
12 days ago
The New York Times -- Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute
'The Associated Press, considered the authority for most American newsrooms, also generally comes out against the Oxford comma. But the comma is common in book and academic publishing. The Chicago Manual of Style uses it, as does Oxford University Press style. “The last comma can serve to resolve ambiguity,” it says.'
writing  grammar  disambiguation 
12 days ago
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio: Honey Badger Classic 3: Do men Have Empathy?
Alison: "What we have with feminism is a narrative by which the government can regard half of its population as an enemy to the other half. And not just that, it can regard any of the half that it doesn't consider the enemy – [but who don't consider themselves complicit] – as fraternizing with the enemy."
threatnarrative  feminism  statism  totalitarianism  joycamp 
12 days ago
YouTube -- Public Banking Forum of Ireland: Prof. Richard Werner - Banking Industry Exposed & Solutions Presented - Dublin April 2016
'The law is clear: a 'depositor' lends money to the bank and becomes its general creditor. The bank records a 'credit' for the customer in its records of it debts. -- Banks do not pay out the money referred to in the loan contract. As with a 'deposit', they just record a 'credit' to the customer in the record of their debts. -- The bank 'purchases' the loan contract from the borrower and records this as an asset. The bank now owes the borrower a liability. It records this however as a fictitious customer deposit: the bank pretends the borrower has deposited the money, and nobody can tell the difference. No money is transferred from elsewhere So the creditor (the bank) does not give up anything when the loan is 'paid out'.' -- 47:10 - The German Banking System 1:07:00 - EU war on Community Banks 1:08:30 - Negative Interest Rate Policy of the ECB, favours speculators to the detriment of the economy 1:10:25 - War on Cash 1:11:45 - Lower Interest Rates do not stimulate the economy 1:14:00 - Quantity of money not the price of money that drives the Economy – Bank credit for GDP transactions drives the economy 1:15:45 - Current Central Bank War on Cash
economics  centralbanking  banking  legalese  commerce  credit  saversvsspeculators  rentseeking  malspeculation  oligarchicalcollectivism 
17 days ago
YouTube -- Renegade Inc: RICHARD WERNER on the Sovereign City of London
'In this extract from our Renegade Inc. Show "The Finance Curse", Richard Werner explains why even the Queen of England is not allowed to enter the City without permission.' -- One does not simply enter The City of London!
TheCrown  TheCityofLondon 
17 days ago
RussiaToday -- Renegade Inc: The Finance Curse RT
'For many years, we’ve been told that finance is good and more finance is better. But it doesn’t seem everyone in the UK is sharing the benefits. On this program, we ask a very simple question – can a country suffer from a finance curse? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by City veteran David Buik and the man who coined the term Quantitative Easing, International Banking and Finance Professor Richard Werner.' -- "...Banks are in the business of purchasing securities. That's it...What we call a deposit is simply a bank's record of its debt to the public. Now it also owes you money and its record of the money it owes you is what you think you're getting as money. That's it. That's how banks create money. The money supply consists, to 97% of bank deposits, and these are created out of nothing by banks when they lend [you lend them your promise to pay others in the community via your productive service to the community]..." -- "...it's probably more than 70% of all lending [UK] – actually, way more than that – is bank credit for creation for financial transactions, for asset transactions, for purchasing ownership rights..." -- One repossession to rule them all.
banking  legalese  commerce  economics  debt  credit  financialization  rentseeking  malspeculation  landcycle  businesscycle  bubble  delusion  TheCityofLondon 
17 days ago
RussiaToday -- Renegade Inc: The Housing Crisis
'Why is UK housing now so out of reach for so many people? Yes, property has been a safe bet, but we ask what are the economic risks and the social side effects of ever-increasing house prices? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Dr Rebecca Ross and economist Professor Steve Keen.' -- "We falsely believe that we can get wealthy by selling second-hand houses to each other...Expensive houses don't make a wealthy society, they impoverish it. "
economics  UK  land  rentseeking  debt  malspeculation  bubble  SteveKeen 
18 days ago
The Art of Manliness -- Podcast #283: The Complacent Class
'If you grew up in America, you hear a lot of narratives about our country that speak to our shared sense of character — that we’re a nation of restless pioneers always striking out for greener pastures, or that we have a risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit that spurs innovation and economic growth. -- My guest today argues that while these narratives may have been true at one point in American history, the statistics show that in recent decades Americans have lost that pioneering, entrepreneurial get-up-and-go. Instead, we’ve become pretty complacent. His name is Tyler Cowen, he’s an economist at George Mason University, writer at his blog Marginal Revolution, and the author of several books. His latest is The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. -- Show Highlights: #What Tyler means when he says America has lost its dynamism #How complacency manifests across different socio-economic levels #The factors that led to the rise of the “complacent class” #The decline of geographic mobility in America Is that decline necessarily bad? #Personal preferences, and the consequences of getting exactly what we want #Why segregation is actually on the rise in America (and not just racial segregation) #How this segregation has led us to our current political gridlock #Other reasons politicians can’t get anything done these days #The declining state of entrepreneurship in America, and why Americans are starting fewer businesses #How most innovation today is geared towards our leisure time, and why this is a bad thing #The benefits of instability #Signs that this age of complacency may be coming to an end #How individuals can thrive amongst the complacency of America'
america  history  civilization  panarchy  rkselectiontheory 
18 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: The Nightmare of Colleagues
'Some of what makes our working lives especially difficult are those unavoidable features of most offices: colleagues…'
18 days ago
The Blackdragon Blog -- Advocating Serial Monogamy for Men?
Comment: KryptoKate: '...Also, wrt to Brick and JoeK’s comments about the double standard between men and women cheating or looking around in a monogamous relationship…I agree with you that there is a double standard. However, that is because everyone falsely believes that women are not sexual creatures driven by primal sexual urges — including women themselves!! Everyone is taught their whole lives that men are sexual pigs who should not be trusted with their own sex drive and who can just barely control themselves. But they are not taught this about women even though it is just as true (it’s just that their sexual instincts play out a little differently). -- So no one expects women to do those things, or even really thinks women are capable of behaving in such primal, animalistic ways. So then when it happen, everyone assumes there MUST be some other explanation…like she was being neglected or abused or he deserved it somehow. Women themselves believe this, it is not deception in most cases, it is ignorance and illusions. It does not occur to women to try to “control” their base urges because no one ever told them they might have those urges in the first place, or that they should be controlled. -- No one ever teaches women “hey, if some guy gets sexually aggressive with you, your body will probably strongly respond by getting sexually aroused, and if you don’t know him that well it will be even more so because your body will perceive him as very sexually confident, and that will happen even if you don’t particularly like him as a person or even if you have a loving partner you care about. So expect it to happen and learn to control it as it isn’t in your best interest to follow every sexual response your body has…only enough blood to run your brain or your pussy but not both!” No one ever says anything even remotely like that to women. Instead all they ever hear about is how they need to watch out for dangerous, rapacious, sexually out-of-control men. So women do NOT expect to have their own out-of-control strong sexual instincts, and when it happens they think it must be fate or true love or an alignment on the stars or something. Why else would they have had sex with a guy other than because they’re meant to be together??? No one ever explains to them how their basic biology and reproductive system works or that their body wants them to be impregnated by a dominant, aggressive male even if their mind and society tell them they DON’T want that. Seriously. Most women have no idea how they work. Maybe if a woman is an overly-cerebral, overly-analytical, fact-obsessed nerd like me, then they will eventually use logic and reality-testing to deduce the truth, but most will not because it goes against everything they’ve ever been taught their entire lives...'
women  hypergamy  sexuality 
18 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: Single Mother Solipsism
'Don't be that guy gentlemen.' -- "Why is that music being played?" -- Comment: NewWorldOrderSoldier Pepé: 'The woman chose to have a child with a man she knew already did not provide for her. Yet she takes no responsibility. -- ... She subconsciously knows or feels that she wasted many of her "good youthful years" with a man who played a PUA to game her when in reality it was a man who lacked ambition and made no money and thus she'll never have that guy who is the whole package who will provide for her and the child in the way she expects. And now, she must go spend the rest of those youthful years left to look elsewhere for that "PUA alpha male provider" fantasy man. -- When women spend time in relationships which don't work in their favor, they'll typically feel betrayed because they intuitively know that they wasted their best youthful years on that relationship which didn't selfishly benefit them in the way they expected. A female feeling betrayed is different than that of a mans feeling of being betrayed. The man is typically betrayed when loyalty or honor or deep friendship is betrayed. Women feel betrayed when they were duped into thinking they are in a situation which will greatly and selfishly benefit them only to realize that it would never have benefited them to begin with.'
men  women  hypergamy  victimhood  agencyvspatiency 
18 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: News: Are Women Superior to Men?
"#Higher Social/Emotional IQ...it has nothing to do with women being better manipulators than men; it has to do with men wanting to have sex with women; wanting to be seen as 'good' men in a gynocentric society, and allowing themselves to be manipulated by deferring to women. If this were actually a measure of intelligence children would have higher IQs than adults because children can manipulate their children into buying them things by giving them puppy dog eyes, by throwing tantrums – these aren't a measure of intelligence...women admit that when they turn fifty – when they're no longer attractive – they become invisible to men. If they're so socially/emotionally intelligent; if they're such master manipulators; where does all this intelligence go when they're no longer attractive? It has jack shit to do with intelligence; it's men trying to fuck them; it's men deferring to them because they're women. Nothing to do with intelligence. If a woman woke up in a man's body she would lose all her powers of so-called 'intelligence'."
men  women  vanity  unwarrantedselfimportance  solipsism 
18 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: Mail: Muh Racial Extinction
'I haven't talked about race in a while, so it's time to trigger some racial nationalists.'
biology  hypergamy  evolution  race  intelligence 
18 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- LA Experiencing Crime Explosion
'"...The sources say these celebs all live in ritzy areas of L.A., and there has been an influx of criminals because California has recently opened the prison doors. Recent laws have addressed terrible prison overcrowding by ordering the release of a number of non-violent criminals. There are also drug offenses that have been reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. Our sources say a number of the people released are burglars, and now that they’re out they’re going back to what they know..." -- The crime rates parallel the Misery Index, which itself is about one year ahead of the Conservative Policy Mood. This probably means that Conservatism is still on the upswing. -- It also highlights an interesting phenomenon. As K-selection kicks in, the state diminishes its investment in keeping people safe, people have to protect themselves, and all of that further accelerates the society’s K-shift. K is a slippery slope which get’s slipperier and steeper as you travel along it, and we are slipping down the slope at high velocity already.'
rkselectiontheory  collapse 
19 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Mosul Is Safer Than Sweden
'"Award-winning war correspondent Magda Gad has tweeted from Mosul that the war-torn city is safer for women and more peaceful than Sweden’s capital city..." -- Iraq, like the rest of the Mideast and Africa, is exporting all of its r-strategist scumbags to Europe. They all have high DRD4 7r carriage, and thus are prone to rape, infidelity, addiction, probably criminality, and perhaps worst of all, r-selected political leftism. -- What’s left behind in Iraq is a population of Mideast K-strategists, who didn’t flee at the first sign of hardship. As a result of this, Sweden is filled with Mideast and African migrant scumbags, while this reporter marvels at how much safer Mosul is. -- Those migrant genes will have to be purged at some point, and hopefully when it happens, we will get rid of their fellow travelers the Cucks who imported them, as well. Embrace the Apocalypse, for it is what will save us.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  europe 
19 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- North Korea Is Getting Crazy
'...notice how the only way you can conceive of a nation plausibly careening toward war, would be to ascribe psychological debility to the leader. In truth, that psycholoigcal debility is merely a means, allowing you to conceptualize a reason for the type of high amygdala which produces these war-like circumstances. Living in a time of r, it is the only way to imagine the high-amygdala that normally accompanies K. -- Note that in the Apocalypse, it will be natural for many nation’s leaders, as well as their citizens, to experience similar levels of high-amygdala to that which we can only imagine in the context of mental illness now. That is how periods have arisen where war was seen as common and not at all unusual, or difficult to explain. The environment literally changed how everyone’s brains worked, and once the environment changed, what requires insanity under these environmental conditions became completely sane in that milieu. -- It is coming again.'
rkselectiontheory  panarchy  war 
19 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Tools Of The Apocalypse - Laser Eavesdropper
'...I see a very dystopian future, where we give up entirely on privacy. Once the surveillance state convinces everyone that the rules of the game are what you can get away with, and the technology is everywhere, I see everyone spying on everyone. You will be watching your neighbors, as they are watching you. Everyone will just assume their neighbors are listening in to their private conversations, and they will reciprocate. -- At least until the Apocalypse hits, and there is no government to keep people civil. Then people will be civil to keep others acting civil to them. Civility evolved for a reason, and it was not government’s control of the populace. It was the threat of consequences.'
rkselectiontheory  surveillance  equiveillance  civility 
19 days ago
NaturalNews.com -- Bosnia war survivor warns of things to come in collapse of America
'#3. What knowledge was useful to you in that period? To imagine the situation a bit better, you should know it was practically a return to the Stone Age. For example, I had a container of cooking gas. But I did not use it for heat. That would be too expensive! I attached a nozzle to it I made myself and used to fill lighters. Lighters were precious. -- If a man brought an empty lighter, I would fill it; and he would give me a tin of food or a candle. -- I was a paramedic. In these conditions, my knowledge was my wealth. Be curious and skilled. In these conditions, the ability to fix things is more valuable than gold. -- Items and supplies will inevitably run out, but your skills will keep you fed. -- I wish to say this: Learn to fix things, shoes or people. My neighbor, for example, knew how to make kerosene for lamps. He never went hungry. -- #5. What should you stockpile? That depends. If you plan to live by theft, all you need is weapons and ammo. Lots of ammo. -- If not, more food, hygiene items, batteries, accumulators, little trading items (knives, lighters, flints, soap). Also, alcohol of a type that keeps well. The cheapest whiskey is a good trading item. -- Many people died from insufficient hygiene. You'll need simple items in great amounts. For example, garbage bags. Lots of them. And toilet papers. Non-reusable dishes and cups: You'll need lots of them. I know that because we didn't have any at all. -- As for me, a supply of hygiene items is perhaps more important than food. You can shoot a pigeon. You can find a plant to eat. You can't find or shoot any disinfectant. -- Disinfectant, detergents, bleach, soap, gloves, masks. -- First aid skills, washing wounds and burns. Perhaps you will find a doctor and will not be able to pay him. -- Learn to use antibiotics. It's good to have a stockpile of them. -- ... You must own small, unnoticeable items. For example, a generator is good, but 1,000 BIC lighters are better. A generator will attract attention if there's any trouble, but 1,000 lighters are compact, cheap and can always be traded. -- We usually collected rainwater into four large barrels and then boiled it. There was a small river, but the water in it became very dirty very fast. -- It's also important to have containers for water: barrels and buckets. -- ... We had no time to prepare -- several days before the shit hit the fan. The politicians kept repeating over the TV that everything was going according to plan, there's no reason to be concerned. When the sky fell on our heads, we took what we could.'
19 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrants Are r-strategists - "No-Phone-Signal" Riots
'The anti-natives are growing restless: "A RIOT broke out at a refugee centre in Germany after a group of migrants smashed up their accommodation with iron bars over the lack of phone signal..." -- It took a SWAT team to bring things back under control. This is r-strategists so accustomed to ease that the smallest impediment to total, complete happiness sets them off. -- These Muslim migrants are like the idiot low IQ blacks in inner cities who burn down their own neighborhoods to protest things, only the migrants don’t fuck around with pointless destruction once they get started. They come with hand grenades, AK-47s, and a desire to kill everyone in mass terror attacks. -- I love this though. Everyone now is used to technology. When the Apocalypse comes, technology will be among the first things to go away. And it will not just take phone signals away. Hundreds of millions of people have the products they consume follow a convoluted path from producer, to wholesaler, to market, to consumer – and that is the abbreviated, short path. All of those transactions are presently organized through electronic means. -- When the Apocalypse hits, expect spotty electronic service, made worse by idiot migrants stealing the oil from transformers and taking down the electric service, just like they do back home. That will destroy the electronic means of ordering that everyone is dependent on right now, and that will destroy entire supply lines, creating mass shortage. If people had to call in orders by phone, it would be anarchy, but we may not even have that once all cell phone traffic tries to move back to landlines overnight, due to no power getting to cell towers. And I will not be looking for infrastructure upgrades at that point. Our dams are falling down now. In the Apocalypse, everything will be falling apart. -- Imagine the fun the migrants will bring then, when there is no food delivered to stores, and no other products on shelves either. -- That will be a total collapse of civilization. And if I were a liberal or Cuck, I would take cover, because when there is no civilization, there will be copious score settling.'
rkselectiontheory  collapse  triage 
19 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrants Grow More Violent At Spanish Border
'...These are amygdalae being trained to respond to hardship with violence, because now they have learned there will be no consequences and there will be a reward afterward. -- When the Apocalypse comes, expect them to demand free food, housing, water, medical care, as well as other services, and if they are denied, they will revert to violence. And those will be the good ones, who don’t just go straight to criminal activity. -- It is hard to believe the stupidity of the leadership these days, but that is what you get by repeatedly electing leaders accustomed to the ease, safety, wealth, and lack of threat that accompanies a leadership position. The Establishment’s cucks are all hyper-r-strategists, produced by their status as professional politicians. -- After the K-shift, the rebuilding should include a realization of the fact that sustained leadership is so corrupting that no society can persist in K if its leaders are not routinely limited in their terms, and drawn from the average population for short periods of service. -- Of course, if a government grows complicated enough that it requires a specialist to lead it, it is probably already doomed to failure, and will inevitably begin betraying its own citizens.'
rkselectiontheory  civilization  parasitism  decadence  collapse 
19 days ago
YouTube -- Blaire White: The Dumbest Riley Dennis Video So Far
"I really don't understand this new alliance that the LBGTQ community has with Islam..." -- Warbrides
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  subversion  conquest  warbrides 
19 days ago
YouTube -- Hypocrite Twins: World Bank Slavery Explained for Dummies | Political Comedy Debate
'The World Bank is a corrupt organization that enslaves the third world by making them repay the same loans over 100 times. This organization was originally created as part of the Bretton Woods Conference for charity, in reality the world banking system serves western banks to enslave and extract wealth from africa and the rest of the world. Both the Republican and Liberal object to this system, and this World Bank Documentation Debate fully outlines their position. This is not a conspiracy theory, but an analysis of the financial statements of this corrupt organization.'
economics  debt  predation 
19 days ago
Scott Adams' Blog -- Wiretapping Word-Thinking
'...And what does “wiretapping” even mean in a world in which all communications are recorded routinely? if the government records you routinely, and then it decides to look at some of those records, with a court order or without, has any “wiretapping” happened? I don’t think so. -- And what does it mean to say “Obama was tapping”? Does it mean he directly ordered it, or does he just have to wonder aloud how awesome it would be if someone did it? We expect presidents to have deniability about the spooky stuff because we watch television shows and that makes us smart. -- ... Six months ago, if Trump made a hard-to-believe claim about something that is also hard to verify, the country would assume he was lying, incorrect, or negotiating. Now, if he says something hard-to-believe, such as the recent wiretapping claim, you have to wonder if the President knows something you don’t. Because he knows a lot of somethings you don’t. -- If history is our guide, this odd situation, in which the most famous “liar” in the world also has access to the world’s best secrets, will be more entertaining than dangerous. We’re seeing that entertainment now. Trump can make any claim about hard-to-verify situations and we’ll all have to wonder if he knows something we don’t. -- I feel sorry for the people watching the other movie – the one in which President Trump is essentially Hitler. In my movie, he’s having a bumpy transition ride but generally doing the people’s work. My movie is more of a comedy. And you could not write a better comedy than one in which the biggest “liar” in the world is in charge of the biggest secrets in the world. -- Mmm, popcorn.'
statism  surveillance  stasi 
19 days ago
Paul Craig Roberts -- Congratulations to the CIA for Assembling the World’s Largest Collection of Media Prostitutes in Its CNN Brothel
'March 03, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – “iBankCoin” – Russia’s outspoken foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, had some choice words for CNN — after being confronted by their reporters over the AG Sessions’ hysteria. In a prepared statement, she called the event ‘media vandalism’ and a ‘disgrace’ — suggesting the US media is down in the depths of depravity and deceit. -- She stated the American media had “cross(ed) the line far beyond the professional ethics and their competence. They accuse and judge by simply fabricating false information.” -- “I have a question: is it rock bottom, which the US media has reached, or is there an even greater depth for them to dive?” Zakharova said. “The things that the US media affords itself to report are just an attempt at… a total disinformation of the public in America and worldwide,” Zakharova explained, adding the US audience is, of course, the main target. -- During the exchange, which was caught on camera and posted below, she laid into CNN — asking them to ‘stop spreading lies and fake news.’'
america  empire  journalism  minitrue  minipax 
19 days ago
The Rational Male -- The First Female President®
'...such was the surety of the First Female President® that companies, social organizations, advertising agencies, publications of every ideological stripe, all banked on Her winning the White House – and all prepared to be ready to welcome the First Female President®. With the surety of a woman president came the surety of an ushering in of a new Era of the Woman. It was simple pragmatism to prepare well in advance for what everyone was convinced would be the zeitgeist of the next 4 (and likely 8) years of the First Female President®. Him winning was inconceivable, so it made sense to get advertising, commercials, corporate policies, special events, preliminary legislation, etc. all in readiness and in line with the coming Era of the Woman. The smart money was ‘being on the right side of history’, especially given the certainty of it and the idiocy you’d be accused of for betting against it. -- But then Election Day came, and with it came the inconceivable, the unbelievable. ‘He‘ won, not ‘Her‘. -- We were then treated to the tearful videos of young women in disbelief, sure that their efforts to elect Her were wasted and the certainty of their empowerment left in doubt. Their part in ‘history in the making’ was to be denied. -- We had the hurriedly written concession speech only after a day or so, such was the hubris there was no need to write a ‘concession’ speech prior. Then came the existential cries of soul-destroying anguish when He was sworn in. And we were introduced to protests of a hostility never before exhibited by the followers of Her. His character was no longer about misogyny so much as it was converted to fascism. A vote for Him was considered a hate-crime, mirroring much of the same fluidity and ambiguity applied to the definitions of ‘rape’ and ‘consent’, before He came along. -- ... It’s as if women everywhere were promised the First Female President® and then had her snatched away by the living embodiment of misogyny they’ve been taught to exaggerate for generations. They were ‘entitled’ to her winning – so much so that they would change the rules of the game in order for that certainty – but He took it away. He stole it, he cheated, he,…did anything but legitimately win it. That is a very BIG hit to the collective ego-investments of a feminine-primary social order. Thus, we will see in the years to come even grander displays of this entitlement, yes, but also the stripping away of all pretense women ever had of coexisting with anything looking like masculinity. -- Masculinity is misogyny now. If you thought intersexual Red Pill awareness was derided before, it will be reviled as a hate-crime in the coming era. I once joked that if things kept going the way they were socially, The Rational Male would need to be secretly smuggled to groups of men to read by firelight like Bibles in Mao’s China. I’m not laughing about that these days.'
women  feminism  gynocentrism  illiberalism  threatnarrative  men 
19 days ago
typhonblue comments
'Personally I kind of like being a woman. If I'm abusive I can still get my husband arrested and freeze our joint accounts so he's out on the street if he doesn't have family. Then I can abuse him some more by taking away his kids and making him pay for the privilege of being an absentee father. -- Or maybe I'll just charge some guy I don't like with rape, feminists have incentivized every accusation going to court while reducing the burden of proof I need for a conviction. That means I can make his life a living hell even if he isn't convicted. -- Come to think of it, if I punched you in the face not only would you have no recourse, every guy near by would probably assume you're the aggressor and help me. -- How about I rape you? Legally this is an option for me and even if I do something like shoving a tire iron up your ass, it's unlikely the police will do anything but giggle if you try to press charges. Also weapons and drugs easily negate your size advantage. -- And if you don't get erect, I can always do what another female rapist did, shove something reasonably ridged up your Urethra. It'll tear your penis apart from the inside out, but hey, you're a man. No problem. -- I'll stop there. This list makes me sick to my stomach...'
men  women  agencyvspatiency 
19 days ago
Breitbart -- WATCH: Video Shows Police Attacked in Sweden No-Go Zone
'Halfway through the video, several police are shown at what appears to be a local cafe when several young men enter attempting to cover up their faces from the officer’s camera. One of the youths starts talking to the officer saying, “of course he’s hiding his face if he wants to,” and then explains to the officer, “you are not in charge here.” -- Another youth then says to the policeman, “don’t think you are at home here, man.”' -- You ain't no Muslim, bruv.
europe  conquest 
19 days ago
Spiked -- ‘Where is the Safe Space?’
'The 2017 Free Speech University Rankings has been released, and it turns out that London is a hotbed of campus censorship. To find out what’s going on, spiked writer Jacob Furedi talked to fellow students about the state of free speech at their universities. Watch and share!' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO98Dv5SReQ
UK  victimhood  illiberalism  goodthink  thoughtpolice 
19 days ago
Spiked -- Don’t green-light this politics of gesture by Patrick Hannaford
'Gender-equal traffic lights? Feminism has jumped the shark. -- Ten pedestrian crossings in inner-city Melbourne are being refitted with female silhouettes, in an effort to reduce supposed ‘unconscious bias’ against women. -- The changes are part of a 12-month trial by VicRoads – the state government’s road and traffic authority – but the idea is the brainchild of a non-profit lobby group, the Committee for Melbourne. -- According to the group’s chief executive, Martine Letts, the current silhouettes of male stick figures used in pedestrian crossings around Australia are discriminatory towards women. -- The end goal for Letts is universal, one-to-one gender equality in pedestrian crossings across the state, a move she claims will ‘help reduce unconscious bias’...'
victimhood  feminism  infantilization 
19 days ago
Spiked -- Battle of the boobs by Ella Whelan
'...Feminists can’t seem to make up their minds: are women publicly baring their boobs good feminists, or bad women? -- Clearly feminists have a hierarchical approach to breast-baring. When someone like Emma Watson shows a bit of skin, in a classy, expensive magazine like Vanity Fair, that’s okay. But when blonde, tanned glamour models pose topless in a cheap tabloid, that’s not okay. Watson’s breasts are a symbol of women’s liberation; but Page 3 model’s breasts are a symbol of women’s exploitation. -- What’s the difference? Both are getting paid for being photographed less than fully clothed (Watson a hell of a lot more than the average glamour model), and both are representing themselves as sexual, attractive beings. Most importantly, both have chosen to pose for the shoot and have willingly decided to shed their bras for the cameras, and are seeking attention for images of their bodies. But the glamour model is not afforded the praise given to Watson. She isn’t brave or inspirational; her dirty pictures must be covered up. -- Watson and other feminists don’t actually believe in women’s choice. In their celebration of Watson and demonisation of Page 3, contemporary feminists have proven themselves to be fundamentally against women’s bodily freedom. Feminists only give the thumbs up to middle-class boobs, clad in hundreds of pounds worth of Burberry gear or displayed ironically with the #freethenipple hashtag. When women choose to display their breasts teamed with nothing but Ann Summers knickers, that freedom is revoked. Women shouldn’t be allowed to make a choice to display themselves as overtly sexual, for tabloids or magazines which don’t have a coffee-shop, right-on readership, or so the logic goes. -- Forget the carping from knee-jerk tweeters. The real threat to women’s freedom comes from within contemporary feminism, from the idea that there are good boobs and bad boobs – that there are good, progressive women, and bad, objectified ones. If you believe in women’s freedom, you must support women’s choice to do whatever they want with their bodies. Until Watson and her feminist compadres realise the double standard and deep class prejudice involved in their selective celebration of women’s sexuality, their claims about ‘choice’ will continue to ring hollow.'
feminism  class  doublethink  illiberalism  snark 
19 days ago
Daily Mail -- KATIE HOPKINS: Death comes so slowly and yet so fast
'...There is no finish line for us to rally around, to stand there at the end, for support. No certainty. -- It's like trying to gently catch an egg that's going to fall from the sky, with no one to shout ready or go. A hopeless ambition. -- I've heard such things before, from those who have already lost their special person. That try as you might, guilt or grief never leaves you, that you never really accept it — you just resign yourself to the big hole in your life and tiptoe around it, accepting only that life will always be a bit less. -- And I can't work out what's best for mum now. She still hopes he might be feeling a bit better today, might have eaten some lunch? Even though she can see the end looming large. -- She still hopes for a moment. If only to stop feeling sad. -- She is like a dog that needs to be sick and can't get comfy. Not lying down, or standing up, or waiting on all fours by the back door. Nothing makes it any better. Nothing will, until the sickness goes. -- It's been a big life. Nighty-nine years. The nursing staff all fussed when he told them his age, still chipper, only a few months ago. 'We have to keep you going to get your letter from the Queen,' they always said. -- Ninety-nine and his brain still interested and certain of what it wanted. But a body fuelled by tainted blood, savaged by myeloid leukaemia. Too tired now, all worn out, a body that has to stop. To stop even trying. -- The doctors have been kind. They offered healthy bloods from kind donors to refill him with the stuff of life. It was like a miracle drug, a youth serum, making grandpa like grandpa again. Making my mum feel happy, too. It was false hope, but happy hope for a while. -- But finally grandpa has said no. No more bloods. No more hospitals. No more keeping me alive. Now he prefers the other. Hopes to go quietly, to leave politely and slip to the other side. -- And so we wait in this weird waiting room I didn't know about. Ghoulish fools of relatives. Trying not to upset anyone, making kind faces, filling in the space in between where no plans can be made, waiting for grandpa not to wake.'
death  grieving 
19 days ago
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