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2021-09-15 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Note the right side (category) -- this is a guest post, again from Ishmael.

“Embrace your extremists.”  --Vox Day

Shooting a bunch of kids is something only a monster would do!  

“Before this is all over, they’ll be building statues to St. Breivik.”  --paraphrased Vox Day

Two years ago, the thought of shooting any children was awful.  Anyone who didn’t immediately disavow such was jumped on by a shocked audience. Now after nineteen months of clown world abuse, talk of BBQing entire families elicits grim smiles, dread, and resignation along with the shock.  

No one has made any medical “expert” the guest of honor at Sunday dinner. No one has firebombed a politician’s house.  No one has shot a hospital administrator’s wife while she walks the dog.  I hope we never come to that point in America, that is what a civil war looks like.

The only way to prevent politicians from getting regularly BBQed is to embrace the current extremists.  The ones that cuss about coof bull**** in public and make others uncomfortable. The people who refuse to wear masks and make a huge stink about it.  The terminated employee who sabotages the company on his way out.

Not so bad compared to living through a civil war.

If you don’t want to join in, embrace an extremist by staying out of their way.  Don’t tone police someone who says something distasteful which furthers your side’s goals.  Clap when someone screams, “**** you and **** your mask ****,” in a quiet shop.  I’d say smile, but your face is hidden.

Don’t give a half ass apology about language used in a blog post or video when you’re sharing it. The apology says you don’t really believe what you just shared. If you really want to win, who the **** cares about proper language?  

Is this fight worth winning?  

We didn’t love freedom enough.” --Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Read the whole quote.  A few supported extremists, and Solzhenitsyn would have never written The Gulag Archipelago. 

Extremists save your ass if you let them.  Ponder this: What comes after? What if words are ignored and action comes?  Is that a world you want to live in?

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2021-09-02 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Again, this is a guest posting from Ishmael....

Welcome to the new normal.  A more detestable phrase has never been uttered.  “New” has no business describing “normal”.  Normal is normal.  There’s nothing new about it.  

Tickerguy’s recent ticker was a smoking gun. Killing Grandma was deliberate, not incompetence:  The PREP Act provides immunity for hospitals but only if they use approved COVID treatments.  Until it’s repealed we’re stuck with it.  The killings will continue until morale improves. 

Another phrase in the PREP Act explains much of clown world we’ve been living in and why the coof is not going away:

(quote) ...from COVID–19, or the transmission of SARS–CoV–2 or a virus mutating therefrom. (quote)

With that provision, the PREP act ushered in a new normal.  Thanks, *******s.

How many variants and mutations of the coof do we have to look forward to?  As many as “the experts” discover.  Anything to keep malpractice immunity and money flowing into hospitals. When SCIENCE fails, bull**** flows: Tard rags prevent the spread.  The vaccines are highly effective and safe.  There are no treatments for COVID.  Ivermectin is dangerous.

The coof is with us until the money spigot is dry.  By then, we’ll have bigger problems.

So here we are, clown world.  Population: Yes.

How do we fight for normal, the 2019 version? 

Accept the fact that COVID is never going away.  Stop hounding people back to sanity.  The fear porn machine keeps them stuck.  They will either stop hiding under the bed on their own or not. Maybe this will never be their fight.

We are on our own.  

It’s worth repeating:  We are on our own.  

This is not defeatism.  Acknowledging it conserves mental energy and time for what comes next.

Take a deep breath. 

Nothing has changed, only the shock of proof is new.  Old information, new confirmation.  We were on our own nineteen months ago, a year ago, last month, and still today.

Read the first word again:  “we”. No one is alone in this, even those surrounded by clowns.

Clown world is inherently abusive.  The first step in coping or leaving an abusive relationship is realizing things will never change.  Abusers instill guilt and a sense of helplessness in their victims. “If only everyone got the clot shot!” and “Stay home for Thanksgiving so we can save Christmas,” were two prime examples of this.  See, it’s those people’s fault for the plague, don’t be like them. 

Abuse is not the victim’s fault and there is plenty adults can do about it, because they are not powerless.

Another fact:  No one can change their abuser.  No amount of placating or surrendering will sway them. Concessions accelerate abuse.  Avoiding punishment today means a double helping tomorrow.  Look at all those who got the clot shot in exchange for a free face and “normal” life.  Now they need three shots.  Or maybe a new shot every six months, the abusers haven’t decreed which yet.

There is no way to leave society, so coping is people’s option.

The gaslighting and demoralization cycle of rewards (Early Summer 2021) followed by punishments (end of July 2021) will continue.  Dreading it is normal, living your life around that dread is not.  Laugh, ignore mandates, create a bubble for your family.  Do whatever it takes to remember normal.

What should we do?  What can we do?  

The fight back to normal is not everyone’s. Some fight other battles, some want to lose what’s left of their sanity in relative peace.  That is okay.  No one can make another’s decision.

For those who choose to fight, take another deep breath and internalize this next sentence:

Pushback is coming, and it’s coming from me. 

How do you push back?  Everyone will answer this differently. There are so many good ideas that readers can share in the comments.  Remember, “We are on our own”.  

Pushback is the fun part.  It’s socially uncomfortable, but it’s the only way to fight and win against clown world.

A person who has already decided to quit/get fired over a jab mandate is in an excellent position to push back.  Masks?  Forget it.  Thrice daily testing?  No way.  Wear pants in the office?  Please.  What, they gonna get fired?

The hospitals will keep killing us, but with enough pushback the other bull**** vanishes.  No more mask stupidity or social distancing.

Once those in charge realize people are serious, they ask themselves fearfully what comes after pushback if we don’t cut the ****, including paying hospitals to kill patients?

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2021-08-28 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Note: This is a guest column; yeah, you should be able to figure that out from the category, but..... if you're dense...


Consequences are Coming

Fear porn is great.  The screaming Karen with her tard rags, mandates, and boosters obviously loves it.  The coof is a death sentence! She’s so terrified she believes in a magic face talisman and that asymptomatic transmission happens all the time.  Anyone unmasked can kill her at any time!  

Karen hides under the bed watching fear porn.  How else will she know what is terrifying?  Karen hasn’t had any fun since March 2020.  

Can you really blame her?

The future is a scary, uncertain place now.  Instead of “two weeks to flatten the curve,” it’s “two weeks to the next level of clown world.”  Jobs, jabs, mask mandates for kids in schools, ivermectin, ADE, the coof.  

The coof is in the air and masks don’t stop it.  You are going to catch it at some point.  How bad will the coof hit me?  Tickerguy got it, and he runs half marathons!  What does that mean for me, a couch potato?  

The so-called COVID 30, weight gained over the past nineteen months, was no big deal a second ago. Now it morphed into a lard driven death sentence.  All those health problems that could be fixed add to anxiety.  Any chronic health conditions out of your control are even scarier.

Maybe the shot is a better option.  The shot kills and disables people, but Tickerguy got the coof!  The jab/no jab decision settles heavily on your shoulders.  

The FDA approved the first clot shot, sending waves of dread down spines.  Now every job can mandate the jab.  Two bad choices loom:  unemployment and death.  Soon unemployment leads to homelessness and maybe even death.  There is no choice at all.   It does not matter what decision you make.

Ivermectin is scarce and more expensive now.  Is the shortage transient, or will shelves be bare for six months? Is it about to be banned?  Is there enough in the house?  Will the order arrive in time?  You dread not having it when you need it.

Every one of the previous examples are the consequences of someone’s decision.  Decisions always have consequences.  Consequences affect everyone, not only the ones who made the decision.  They are inevitable. No choice is free from them.

There is a way to cope with clown world.  Calm your mind.  Take a deep breath, go outside, visualize peaceful scenery, watch a movie, laugh with loved ones.  Do whatever it takes to check out of the insanity for a while.  

Take a good hard look at yourself. What scares you?  How much is real, and how much is a fear porn trap?

No one else can answer that question, but be honest with yourself: some of what you fear is not real. Everyone’s answer will be different.

Look at something real.  Now, what decisions associated with it can you control? What decisions can’t you control, because another makes them?

People drive themselves crazy trying to control other people’s decisions.  Or worry about the consequences and wish they could be unmade.  Prepare for the consequences, but let go of the wish to change a decision. You did not make it, you cannot change it.  You need the mental energy for your own decisions.

The rest of this essay concentrates on looming choices that only you can make.  I offer no suggestions for coping with the consequences of another’s actions.  This is for the small subset of decisions you alone make, because that’s all you can control.

Yes, the future is uncertain.  Yes, a series of bad choices lay ahead. Sometimes there are no good decisions.

Are you afraid of the decisions or the consequences?  There’s a difference.  A decision is a fork in the road, consequences are what you encounter on the road.  Many fall into the trap of binary thinking, consequences are all good or all bad.  Or there will be only one.  

Until you take action on that decision, it has not been made.

Until consequences appear, they have not happened.  

Both of these statements sound silly, but many folks live like they already have. All it does is add stress, make it more likely to miss opportunities, and degrade happiness. Preparation is necessary, living like the future already unfolded the way you dreaded hurts people.  Living like this is another choice.

If you know you’re losing a job, saving money is part of preparing for it.  Babies are not a surprise, get the house ready before they arrive.  Company’s coming?  Better clean up.  These are easy decisions because the consequences are immediate and obvious.

Everyone wants freedom from negative consequences.  Drink all night, avoid the hangover.  Eat a terrible diet, zero health problems.  Sit on the couch and keep muscle tone into old age.  Not work and still get paid.  It’s not the decisions, it’s the consequences they dread.  That doesn’t make folks weak, it makes them human.

The COVID 30 is a consequence of daily eating decisions.  No ivermectin is the consequence of not stocking up earlier.  These choices happened long ago, the consequences weren’t immediate.  Some consequences won’t happen, no matter how much they’re dreaded.  If someone never gets the coof, they don’t need ivermectin and the COVID 30 doesn’t matter (yet).

Back to standing at a fork in the road (decision) and what is on the road (consequences).

Is making decisions scary?  Is it overwhelming?  Or is it a thrilling challenge?  More decisions, which generate more consequences which create the need for more decisions lie ahead.  The road forks many times, and those forks fork.  Life is fractal. 

Walking down No Jab Road leads to Starvation Ditch, right?  But you make the choice and start your journey.  

Right now, Job Fair Parking Lot is visible from Jab/No Jab fork.  Walk further and Self Employment Lane forks to the left, Stay at Home Parent Avenue to the right.  Are you looking for a particular fork?  Keep walking, you’ll find it.  

You watch the road ahead and it’s a good thing, too. A car zooms down the road in the wrong lane.  The driver loses control, but you easily dodge it since you saw it coming.  

And that is only one decision.  How many other forks do you stand at?  Everyone walks many roads simultaneously and meets the consequences.  Sometimes they’re followers, sometimes they’re a head on collision.  The stress and dread builds contemplating the future.  Or is the future exciting, full of possibilities?  Whatever the consequences are, here they come.

What if you take Jab Road?  

This is a decision that once made can’t be undone.  These are the hardest and the consequences the most severe.  Any decision that is a one-way road is daunting and keeps you awake.  Any one-way decision must be carefully considered.  Remember: Is it real, or a fear porn trap?

The same applies for consequences you’re facing for a decision made long ago, such as the COVID 30 or having no ivermectin.  You will not lose 30 pounds in a week, but you can make the choice to start today.  The ivermectin shortage is a better example, because it either arrives or it doesn’t.  If it doesn’t, consider it a one-way decision.

For decisions only you can make, and once made can’t be undone:

Embrace your decision and the upcoming consequences.  Once you act on that decision, do not obsess over if it was the right one.  Never give the decision another second of your thoughts, it’s made.

Obsessing wastes mental energy and time.  Time is the most precious, finite resource anyone has.   Obsessing over the decision after it’s made is walking down the road with your head turned over your shoulder.   You will not see any consequences coming because you’re staring back at the fork.  Therefore won’t be able to prepare for them 

You can cut the crap out of your diet and lay in other supplements to treat the coof, but only if you have the mental energy to think about it instead of agonizing over the road not taken.

Knowing that you are free to make a decision is empowering, especially in clown world.  You can’t control the future, the consequences, but you control the choice.  It’s time to  prepare for the consequences. 

If the consequences are a 100 foot drop and a semi barrelling head on into you, stand proud and tall with both middle fingers flying.  Embrace freedom of mind and your decision to the very end.

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