Amazon decides it does not want unions. While many of us are not huge Amazon fans, since it follows the dot-com pattern of replacing existing industries and then becoming abusive, especially since it began censorship of the books and items it sells, we can see here the failure of the model of “rights”: employees want the “right” to unionize, and companies want the “right” to avoid having unions. Since unions siphon money from the company which it then adds to its cost to consumers, unions ultimately hurt consumers and American competitiveness. They do this while getting higher rates for people who work at these companies, but then increasingly that too becomes regulated by the union, so soon only obedient Leftists (no one but Leftists and RINOs support unions) get hired. Then the unions reach out to organized crime to extend their scam further. More broadly, what is Leftism but a collective reward scam? The incompetent want to seize what the competent have, so they style themselves as victims and demand “compensation.” Humans destroy all good things through this method. The solution is to reward the good and punish the bad, at which point you have none of these problems since the bad move on, as Darwin, nature, God/gods, and common sense intended.
The arc of history bent toward social justice, and then it snapped. Leftism, including liberal democracy, is in decline because it got a chance to demonstrate itself, and showed that not only did it fail but that it was taking our civilizations down the same path the Soviets went. We were pursuing a symbolic ideology in defiance of reality and not surprisingly, reality bit back with bad results. Now people want stronger leaders because those are more accountable and more easily replaced than a giant complex of unelected bureaucrats and fighting political parties. We want people in charge who can make things good, then not constantly adjust them radically because that produces “hidden” bad results, or those which do not resemble the plan as originally stated and take years or decades to reveal. This means that history is moving away from democracy, equality, diversity, and socialism.
Minorities in Dallas enacted a “paid sick leave” law in defiance of Texas law. A judge has pointed out that the state law pre-empts the local law in this case. Sane minds realize that the more we get government involved, the more we get entitlements instead of solutions that address the problem ostensibly in focus, and that this paid sick leave law basically creates a new benefit for low-income minority workers and passes the cost on to the middle class. People need to be told that they cannot simply steal under the aegis of law, but in our divided diverse society, this has become a crisis. Every group wants to steal from every other group, and all minority groups target the majority, figuring that they will get whatever money they can and either take over or flee when the gig is up.
The theoretical “freedom” from our previous freedom, of the press and the vote, has turned into a new control mechanism because most people get their news and opinions from it. Big Tech now controls the vote. This means that governments are bowing to it and allowing its abuses so long as it supports the status quo. Now society splits further: those who repeat what they see on social media, and those who will be banned from it for off-Narrative comments. This will introduce even greater polarization and bring us closer to the point of revolution, civil war, or balkanization. It is now a race between war with China and domestic unrest for what will determine the future of the West.
The world without (many) humans seems more peaceful, quieter, and cleaner. Goats wandering through our towns remind us that we are not indeed in control, and that we went too far on our power trip of technology, wealth, and mass mobilization. This resulted in a series of disasters, and now we are so nervous that even a SARS-type illness — which normally would be easy to contain — threatens to upend and demolish our entire social infrastructure. Humanity needs to make some serious decisions in the near future.
“This is the first time since 1949 that the ‘new hawks’ have the power to reshape China’s diplomatic policy,” said Qin Xiaoying, who was a director of the ruling Communist Party’s international propaganda department and is now a researcher with the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies in Beijing.
Driving the shift is the widespread feeling among many Chinese that the United States wants to contain China’s rise. Aggressive pushback by diplomats on issues that provoke nationalistic sentiment, like the protests in Hong Kong or the coronavirus outbreak, has proven popular domestically.
This conceals a more basic truth: the Chinese miracle has reversed itself. Facing poverty either way, the Chinese have chosen to be dangerous and powerful in poverty instead of insignificant. This will provide us with a new antithesis to our own systems, replacing the democracy-versus-Hitler narrative with the idea of natural societies opposing entirely ideological ones. The lock-step march of the Communists still pervades China, even in the midst of booming markets. War is coming.
Since the COHIVID-19 bat-pangolin AIDS-flu arose in China, then China failed to contain it, and finally cleaned up with repression and lies, China wants to end the damage that this is doing to its image. Consequently it has unleashed legions of trolls to go around annoying anyone who calls it the “Wuhan flu” or “Chinese virus,” and instead to insist that it be given the politically-correct names “coronavirus” and “COVID-19.” These are clumsy and fanatical, but they know that this works on the distraction engines that are social media sites.
People are rediscovering the world outside of modern society and looking more at the home, their native lands, culture, religion, and inner contemplation as sources of sustenance. The consumer society with all of its chrome and booming advertisements could not hold back the coronavirus, nor could it conceal how unstable we all felt, so now it is time to go in another direction. Cracks form in the iron facade of modern society; individualism quivers, giving way to transcendence; old ideals of social attention being more important than a stilled but creative soul are fading away. Look toward the future, but you will not find it in those old ugly ways we used to call “normal.”
Idaho tires of the latest trend and bans people from changing their birth certificate gender and transsexuals participating in sports for women. Since the Left saw the panicdemic as a good chance to seize power, the Right retaliates with its own salvos, mainly in attacking the cultural attitudes that make Leftism seem like fairness, compassion, and normalcy.
The Left uses this epidemic of panic as an excuse to backdoor immigration. The longer people stay in a foreign land, the more pressure is exerted on leaders to legalize them; after all, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and they are in possession of property and roles. No one seems to have noticed that without the non-indigenous population, this epidemic would be a much smaller deal.
Humor unfolds in real time. Totalitarian state China and the “free” West are doing roughly the same things, namely manipulating social media, censoring off-narrative news, and punishing those who speak up against the dominant paradigm. Democracy is not being dismantled; it is dismantling itself by acting totalitarian in pursuit of an ideology, which as we all know is a work-around for reality, since “equality” is not found in nature.
Trump operates consistently: first he floats a controversial idea, then he walks it back, then he comments on instances of it when they come up, and then he offers a sensible compromise. In this case, he has just pointed out that Leftists abuse easy voting and do things like fill out absentee ballots by the box, bus in winos, and otherwise make a mockery of the idea of a popular vote. If voting required picture ID, standing in line for a half-hour, and knowing something about what one was voting on, the Left would find that most of its voters stay home for Nintendo and Soylent instead.
Somehow they slept through the social media revolution, but now have figured out that the world is getting more totalitarian as its previous systems fail. Instead of recognizing that failure, most of our bureaucrat-leaders want to double down on democracy, just with limits to exclude conservatives. As usual, human societies march to doom by following the impossible Utopian idea of equality.
On March 24, 2020, a white supremacist interrupted a webinar about antisemitism hosted by a Massachusetts Jewish student group by pulling his shirt collar down to reveal a swastika tattoo on his chest. The Center on Extremism examined a screenshot of the individual and believes him to be Andrew Alan Escher Auernheimer, a known white supremacist and hacker.
This one will end in great comedy as usual. The fragile and ancient Establishment, based on ideas from two centuries ago, finds itself under assault as its critics use its knee-jerk outrage against it. Everyone laughs except those who take this system seriously, and most of those are simply dependent upon it and will be recognized as useless if it fails. There is no meaner insult than to call someone useless.
Another terrorism event which will probably be downgraded to “vandalism” or “public disturbance” in the official records:
The suspect, a 27-year-old Tunisian citizen who lives in Augsburg, first broke the windshield of a bus taking bus drivers to their early shift in the Bavarian city, police said.
A few minutes later, at about 4 a.m., he smashed the windshield and side window of a 50-year-old woman’s car and threatened her. Another man tried to overwhelm the assailant, who hit him in the head with a machete, according to a police statement.
We will never own ourselves in the West again until we make everything that we need and let China do the same for itself. That means both Europe and the USA, but the EU seems dependent on Chinese money and American defense. For now, China is bouncing back because it got the virus first and therefore, got over it first. However, as its markets collapse under quarantine, it remains unclear where this will go. In other news, the possibility that the coronavirus was released accidentally from a laboratory rears its ugly head.
Trying to assuage our fears that it is a docile arm of a tottering totalitarian regime experiencing internal economic collapse, Huawei warns the West that China is furious that its surveillance products have not been installed on time. Citizens of democracy, wholly dependent on their jobs, television, and government propaganda for function, roll over on the couch and ask which part of Mexico is called China.
For some time, the Left has agitated for making the internet into a public utility. That way, they could continue censorship on social media because it consists of private companies, but force the public to pay for internet traffic that goes mostly to a few big sites. ISPs, on the other hand, want to charge the big sites more since they take up three-quarters of the traffic that goes over the ISP lines. Naturally, the useful idiots take up the cry, since all of them are thoughtless and devoid of imagination, which means they have no idea what they would do with their lives if Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Twitter, Reddit, PornHub, and Spotify were down.
Japanese researchers find that an existing drug protects cells from infection much in the same way that Camostat does. Perhaps our solutions to this panic epidemic need be less extreme that government wants them to be.
A strong masculine response triggers squealing among the permanent entry-level workers who want a good excuse to stay home from work, crash the system, and install permanent socialism. They always want the same thing, the underclasses: free stuff with zero accountability. In their simplistic vision, taking money from the people who have it means that everyone has free things, even though this removes the economic infrastructure that produces wealth and keeps money circulating. They see shining cities upon a hill, not realizing that reality is more like grim dingy concrete apartment blocks, long lines at the bread store, and selling kidneys or anus to be able to afford a vacation.
The comedy of our rather Soviet-style phrase “social distancing” continues, as people realize that they will have to stay thirty feet apart in order to be safe. At this point, we should just admit that we are not going to be free of this mess until we all work from home and have food, water, and lotion delivered by drone. Then again, Leftists would love that, since they could do whatever they wanted and the media would report something innocuous, but ordinary citizens would never see it happen.
People are aliens to each other in an individualistic age. Everyone does what he or she wants, and then conceals it, forming “marriages” which are little more than extended dating for the purpose of spewing out baby nuggets that will go away when they turn eighteen. The ego demands that everything serves it. This means that when people are kept in close quarters, they finally get to know each other, and beat the tar out of their spouses because they do not like what they see.
Critics had accused police of dragging their heels on the unsolved murders because many of Franklin’s victims were impoverished black sex workers who were struggling with substance abuse issues.
More likely simply because impoverished drug addicted prostitutes have zero relevance to our lives. They die sort of like suburban squirrels die: randomly, anonymously, and without interrupting any of the good things in life.
Finally, in this late hour, humanity confronts the fact that a society of disposable products creates a pollution nightmare. If humans can throw it away, they will. Wineskins worked better, but they are not “convenient” and if a voter loves anything, it is convenience so that their natural solipsism can continue its operation.
The US has said repeatedly that we should isolate China and Iran (among others) from trade. Contrarian Europe wants to re-open trade with the people who want to conquer them. One wonders at the insanity of it all until it becomes clear that those in charge simply want to con the voters and take the money, then flee to someplace safe and ignore the idiots who elected them as they die. Every con man secretly hates his marks for being gullible and enabling him in his deceit.
Respect for authority falls as the need to protect ourselves outpaces our fear. Governments, which rule by fear in democracy, find themselves on the defensive as people point out that we are all alone out here. The police are busy, just as they were during the LA Riots. This means that people are arming themselves, stockpiling goods, and waiting for the moment to replace wimpy democracy with something that can actually tell good from bad and send the latter packing.
China unleashes fake Twitter accounts impersonating real news sources. Twitter coughs, bans a few thousand more conservatives, and does nothing.
Never missing a chance to argue for class warfare through wealth transfer, the UN demands that first world countries cough up a ton of money to fund the third world. This presents a “meeting engagement”: the first world no longer has the extra money. The third world wants it and the UN will mandate it. The first world will either break away from the UN and its third world cronies, or suicide with debt.
Facebook shows that Twitter is not alone in supporting the China narrative. Bolsonaro posted about the treatment that the FDA just approved for emergency use, and Facebook deleted it as “fake news.” Anything to keep the Narrative afloat, one surmises.
The US refuses to deal with companies that invest in Venezuela. Russia’s state-controlled oil company divests from Venezuela by selling its assets to another Russian government-owned company, which enables the state-controlled oil company to get off the blacklist. We are dealing with some real criminal governments out there.