Thursday, November 28, 2019
Cyclical phenomena are the easiest to predict accurately. The prediction industry got its start many thousands of years ago, when priests and shamans started gazing up at the stars and the planets and lining up rocks to sight them in. They used the information they gained through their stargazing to accurately predict the best times to plant crops or go fishing. People were duly impressed by such feats and thought that this was some sort of magic. Sometimes they stayed impressed for thousands of years. In Ancient Egypt, for instance, they believed that the Nile wouldn’t flood and irrigate their fields unless the Pharaoh performed his rituals and mated with his sister to produce the next Pharaoh. That, by the way, is called “magical thinking,” and in some ways it continues to this day. In the United States, for instance, people believe that if the Federal Reserve chairman continues to perform his rituals their country won’t default on its debt and the money will flow forever.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
What a wondrous sight are the American Russophobes fluffing their plumage and in full cry! Be sure to shed a tear for them when they go extinct.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Another year has passed, and the time has come to publish another book of essays. This year’s offering has turned out to be a rather weighty tome, at 1.5 lbs. (0,68 kg) and 352 pages. As usual, it includes both the public blog posts and the ones that remain hidden behind a paywall. Also as usual, those who have been supporting me at the $10/month level (and have provided a shipping address) will receive a free copy. The book is available for order only through Amazon, which offers direct shipping in all of the following: US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan. Others will need to pay for international shipping. (Pick the nearest country that's on the list.)
I can think of quite a few reasons why someone might want to buy this book:
• Those of my readers who haven’t splurged on $1/month to get past the paywall will get a chance to catch up on everything I’ve written over the past year.
• Writings published on the internet are ephemeral but a paper book is a physical object that will persist over time and will remain perfectly legible after the lights go out. You will be able to rely on it as a sort of time capsule of ideas, to look back and see what 2019 was all about.
• Perhaps you have family members, friends, acquaintances and neighbors who spend money on personal trainers, psychologists, booze and recreational drugs, all in an effort to stay sane in an increasingly insane world. If they start railing against the injustices of the world, please hand them a copy of my book and tell them it’s what Dr. Orlov ordered. It offers a much cheaper alternative for building up the independence of thought and the mental fortitude to make it through life with their sanity intact.
• You can check whether someone is mentally stable and capable of simultaneously entertaining several mutually contradictory notions without suffering cognitive dissonance simply by handing them a copy of my book. If all goes well, it will give you plenty to talk about. But if it “triggers” them, run away!
The Meat Generation
The Flight of the Headless Chicken
Bush41 was an Excremental Planetoid roiled by Wriggling Worms
The Self-Destruct Sequence
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part I
RIP European Union, 1973-2019
A Seasonal Homily: Gratitude and Joy!
The Year the Planet Flipped Over
National Bankruptcy as a Board Game
Is The US Still A Superpower?
The Five Stages of Collapse, 2019 Update
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part II
Shut it all down!
Why must Venezuela be destroyed?
RIP INF Treaty: Russia’s Victory, America’s Waterloo
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part III: Radiophobia
Death of Free Speech leads to Fascism
Putin now thinks Western Elites are Swine
How Bad Can Things Possibly Get?
Why do Capitalists hate Socialism?
Is the USS Ship of Fools Taking on Water?
Introduction to the Ethnosphere of the Earth
Respecting the Other
The Martyrdom of St. Julian
Ukrainian Election Redux
America, You Are Fired!
How Mutants Make History
A Hegemon Checkmated
Ethnogenesis: The Map and the Data
The Limits of American Destructiveness
World’s Biggest Problems Solved
Nuclear Meltdown at HBO
The Eye-Rolls of Summer
Failure of Complementarity: from Multiculturalism to Devil- Worship
You Are Being Trolled
The Death of the Liberal Idea
The Silk Road and Lice
War Profiteers and the Demise of the US Military-Industrial Complex
Highly Unlikely Conspiracies
How to Fake a Mission Mass Media Delusions
The Technological Revolution Devours its Children
The Color Revolution Post-Mortem
Resurrecting the American Economy
The Bolsheviks Are Coming!
Bolt-on, Bolt-off! Who Blew Up The Oil Market?
Greta and the Deep Green State
Ayatollahs Jump for Joy
On Systemic Corruption
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
It is useful because it makes it possible to draw a certain axis—between free action and compelled action—that runs through not just violence but every type of vileness and perfidy. Subjective violence is an instance of the former: you punch a person you don’t like as an expression of your personal opinion. Systemic violence, on the other hand, is where, for instance, depersonalized knuckle-dragging drones have no choice but to imprison parents for their children’s truancy—nothing personal, the rules are the rules. This axis runs through many aspects of individual and group behavior. Lying, for instance, can be done privately (to spare someone’s feelings or to teach a fool a lesson) or publicly (such as excluding close to 100 million long-term unemployed Americans when calculating the official unemployment rate).
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