Animal’s Daily White Pill News

Morning links maven Banjos posted this yesterday over at Glibertarians, and I found it interesting enough to comment on.  By all means read it all.  Excerpt:

For those of you still black-pilling (doom and glooming) with the encroaching totalitarianism of mainstream social media keep one very important thing in mind.  Gab is still alive and growing at a pace that they cannot keep up with.  Gab had everything thrown at them over the last four years in the just the same way Parler recently did—and they survived it all. The reason being simple:  without government intervention, it is impossible to create a monopoly.  There will always be a small alternative.  These small alternatives will cater to the needs of the ousted and grow themselves.  Even Standard Oil had small companies compete against them.  I would not be surprised if Parler returns and overcomes the same obstacles that Gab overcame.

The recent assault by Big Tech should ultimately not be seen as a Black Pill, it should be viewed as a White Pill.  The grasp that the Cathedral holds on the public is tenuous at best.  They are dying and desperate.  Instead of yelling at the sky, ask yourself how can you quicken their demise?

First, use alternative tech as much as you can.  Use Duck Duck Go, use Brave, use Telegram or the myriad of alternative social media.  Use Bitchute, use Rumble.  Get your friends and family to do so as well.  I am not tech savvy; many of you are.  It would be great if one of you could start a new forum on Glibs on alternative tech.   Avoid buying and using products from people that hate you.  Stop giving page views to NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC.  If you noticed, most of my morning links are from non-Cathedral sources.  Homeschool your children especially if your local public schools are toxic. Start your own businesses.  You do not have to go full Congressman Massie and go off the grid, but there are many things that you are capable of doing that is within your power.  You have far more power than you realize.

I see the primary point here, and commented on it myself the other day; all of the cancelling, the attempts to silence dissent, those aren’t the acts of people who are confident in authority.  They’re the acts of small people who are afraid, but who have managed to attain power and are willing to do anything to keep it.

Anything.

I do wish I could share the optimism, though.  Maybe if a healthy majority of Americans weren’t distracted by the endless panem et circenses we are subjected to, and maybe if a few more people bothered to actually run down sources instead of blithely accepting what they are fed by hair-sprayed talking heads on television, I’d have a little more hope.

But we’re well into the “weak people make hard times” stage of society.

At this point it’s hard to see where this is all going.  Now-President Biden is apparently going to ramp up his term by trying to undo everything with Trump’s name on it, without troubling himself (or, more accurately, his handlers won’t trouble themselves) to determine whether those actions were helpful or harmful.  If Trump did it, it’s bad, because The Side is paramount over all, and it’s all principals, not principles.

It’s possible America has just gotten too big to be governed by one central authority in the Imperial City – at least, not with any pretense of republican government.  The only answers I can see  to that are either dissolution or tyranny.  And I think the next few years will tell the tale.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

There’s been a lot of discussion the last week or so about the various social media outlets de-platforming anyone with views to the right of Leon Trotsky.  (And given events that will be happening later today, expect to see more of this.)  Plenty of this is indeed going on; I had a desultory presence on Parler for a while. That platform seemed to be sleeping with the fishes for a while, but seems to be working its way back online.  I have signed up for Gab and find it an interesting format, although the noise-to-signal ratio isn’t all that great, especially if you’re a long-winded old fart like me.  If you are on Gab, though, shoot me a follow and I’ll happily reciprocate.

What’s troublesome here is the precedent involved.  Attempting to silence people you disagree with comes from a position of fear and weakness, not strength; and weak people with power are one of the most terrifying things in the world.  Make no mistake, these are weak, small people, and they are afraid.  Such people are dangerous.

The short-term answer is independent, free-speech-respecting platforms like Gab.  But that also leads to both sides retreating into their own echo chambers, with very little actual discourse between the two sides.  This is a recipe for both sides drifting even farther apart – and for more radicalization on both sides.  It won’t end well.

With that off my chest…

On To the Links!

The deep state is rattled.  Good.  They deserve it, every day and twice on Sunday.

And the money printer goes brrrrr.

Tardigrades continue to show how awesome they are.  Seriously, from a biology standpoint, these are really fascinating little critters.

Booze:  Savior of Mankind.  Let’s have a shot!

California’s train wreck of an economy “points the way forward” for Biden.  We are so fucked.

Electric eels hunting in packs.  If that’s not cause for alarm, I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile, in Japan, hordes of poisonous millipedes are stopping trains.

And on top of it all, cocaine hippos.  Yes, you read that right:  Not hippies, hippos.

I’m not sure which is more horrifying:  Cocaine hippos, poisonous, train-stopping millipedes or electric eels hunting in packs.

Because Germany has such a great record with detention camps.

The Kung Flu may end up as another iteration of the common cold.

It’d take a miracle!

Speaking of which:  It’s a miracle!

Honestly, is anyone else just a little suspicious of this latest round of liberal politicians from blue states and cities suddenly clamoring for re-opening?  Doesn’t it seem just a little… convenient?

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Fred Kaplan is an idiot.

Granny Boxwine Pelosi is deranged, and an idiot.

Hint:  The pigeon is the smartest one involved.

AOC/Crazy Eyes continues her preparation for her second career as an actual acorn.

Paul Krugman is still a partisan hack, and an idiot.

Robert Reich is also still an idiot.

The Nation‘s John Nichols is an idiot.

Steve Cohen (Stupid Ass – TN) is an idiot.

And So:

This one’s for Kamala Harris.  Hah.

Animal’s Daily Insane and Wrongheaded News

Before we start, check out the first installment of my new “When the Shit Hits the Fan” series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  Rand Paul, one of the few Imperial types I confess to liking just a little bit, recently had this to say.  Excerpt:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) soberly predicted Friday that the Republican Party will be destroyed and hemorrhage a third of its members if party leadership votes to convict President Donald Trump during a second impeachment trial.

During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Paul described the second impeachment push against Trump as “crazy,” and further evidence of how the president’s opponents are “bitter.”

“I just don’t understand how they can be moving forward with this,” Paul said. “And look, I’m not just saying I’m for everything President Trump has done. I was for seating the electors because I think Congress shouldn’t overturn the state electors. But at the same time, the thing they are doing is an overreaction, and if they think they’re going to have a positive feeling from the public when they’re going to go through a partisan impeachment again, I think that’s absolutely insane and wrongheaded.”

And:

“Look, I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election, but at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion, [and] if Republicans go along with it, it’ll destroy the party,” Paul said.

“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul continued. “This isn’t about whether it was a right or wrong debate. This isn’t about anymore … the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”

He’s right.

Look, I’m no huge fan of the modern GOP.  As a staunch minarchist libertarian, I see both major parties as two sides of the same statist coin; they both want to confiscate a portion of my production by force and tell me what to do, just in different areas.  But as an alternative to the Democrats, the GOP is far and away the lesser of two evils – still evil, but more tolerable.  And they way our system is set up, third parties have, historically, never amounted to a hill of beans.  So, far more often than not, I end up voting Republican, and wishing Barry Goldwater were still around.  That’s the reality of the world we’re forced to live in.

Rand Paul is probably the closest thing we have to Barry Goldwater right now.  He’s actually at least paying lip service to the idea of reducing the size and scope of the Imperial government, which, to be fair, Trump never did.  But he’s correct that efforts by the GOP to unperson Donald Trump would result in a badly fractured GOP, unable to maintain a national presence for perhaps a generation.

Like it or not, Donald Trump has had and still has an enormous impact on Republican voters.  Somewhere between a third and a half of the national Republican and other right-of-center voters will bail if the GOP stabs Trump in the back.  I would normally hope that they wouldn’t be that stupid, but I wouldn’t put any level of stupidity past these people right now.

And this may very well happen.  Because, honestly, it’s been a long damn time since elected office attracted the best and the brightest; if you want proof of that, just look at the two dimwitted C-listers that are going to be inaugurated tomorrow.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  As always, if we’re showing up in a links post of yours, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add you to the mentions; trackbacks aren’t always reliable for some reason.

Quick question for the incoming Biden Administration:  If those of us who aren’t happy with the results of the 2020 election are all terrorists now, then when do we get our enormous air-delivered pallets of cash?

Anyway.  Boy howdy.  Three flights between Denver and Anchorage in the next couple of months.  Three trips mostly moving firearms and ammo through courtesy of checked baggage, as that’s generally easier than taking them through Canada.  As of last Friday, all the paperwork is complete, we wrote a pretty damn big check, and now we officially own a house, outbuildings and two-plus acres in the Sustina Valley.

The entrance to the AlCan.

In late March/early April we’ll take truck and trailer north, through Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory to Alaska, and that will be an interesting trip indeed; watch this space for photos.  We’ll probably want to drive it again in summer, but for now, well, we’re anxious to get this move done and the Colorado house sold, so we’re making that trip as soon as is prudent, given the weather along that route.

I think we’ve picked a pretty damn good time to get the hell out of the lower 48.  Things seem to be damnably unsettled, and I don’t see them getting better, at least for the next couple of years.  And no, I don’t expect to receive a big pallet of cash, although I suspect my being a notoriously independent son of a bitch from a long line of notoriously independent sons of bitches may get me labeled as a troublesome sort at some point.  If so, so be it; if anyone wants to head up the valley to cause some trouble with rural Alaskans, I suspect it won’t end well for them.

Of our four kids, two are in a small town in eastern Iowa and should be well clear of any shenanigans; the other two are in the Denver area but with no little ones, so well situated to get the hell out in a hurry if Denver turns weird.

It’s troubling, now more than ever, to contemplate the world we’re leaving our grandchildren.  But for now, I have to focus on what’s right for Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., and that’s getting our Alaska home established.  I see those happy golden years stretching out before us, regardless of what stupidity takes over the 48; as I’m fond of paraphrasing the great Davy Crockett, “You may all go to hell.  I will go to Alaska.”

All of you True Believers may want to look around, take stock, and find a similar retreat.  I think things are going to be tense for a while.  I hope I’m wrong – I’d love to be wrong – but I’m afraid I’m not.

Rule Five Second Amendment Friday

It seems Joe Biden plans to appoint Beta O’Rourke, the Irish jalapeno, as “gun czar.”  Excerpt:

Democrats now have single-party control of the federal government. President Joe Biden styled himself as the most moderate candidate his party had to offer. And still, during the campaign he promised to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s gun policies. 

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so. 

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny. 

For discussion, I’d like to home in on one particular statement, and give some thoughts that derive from a discussion among my best online buds over at Glibertarians, a great site that has somehow, so far, escaped being “deplatformed.”  The statement:

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties.

Now, plenty of gun owners worry – rightly – about an outright ban and confiscation, including jackbooted thugs showing up at your door with a list of firearms they know or suspect you own.  But such a scenario would almost certainly be disastrous; with 200 million gun owners in the country, if only one percent of those folks resist with force, with the guns the government is trying to confiscate, then there is a two-million-strong rebellion in place.

The first steps are likely to be far more insidious:

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist.

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening.

The thing is this:  Most gun companies aren’t really big companies.  Such a policy of lawsuit-enabling, and a round of suits funded by well-heeled Democrat supporters (let’s very quietly mention the name ‘Soros’ here) may well drive most or all of those companies out of business.

Next, let’s say they put in a big tax.  Not on guns, not even on ammo – let’s say they just tax primers.  Primers are a huge bottleneck.  They aren’t something the typical gun owner can easily reproduce, and they are absolutely essential.  Without primers, your AR-15 – or your Belgian Auto-5 – is just an expensive club.

Finally, a “violence tax.”  This may be the last straw.  Say you’re in your place of employment, and the sweet little lady who runs HR drops by your desk to tell you that the Imperial government has just instituted a “violence prevention tax” that will take, oh, 20% of the income of anyone who has ever been the subject of the instant background check required for a gun purchase – which tax applies unless you surrender or dispose of all firearms that the government most assuredly has a record of your owning.

This isn’t a case of government thugs showing up at your door with a confiscation order.  And you can’t open fire on the little old HR lady who brought you cookies last week.  If things come to this juncture, you have very few if any good options.

And if you think for a moment that this likely course of action is not being considered, then you’ve got another think coming, and I think the Biden Administration may well be about to disabuse you of that notion.

Animal’s Daily Truthiness News

National treasure Dr. Thomas Sowell, one of my personal heroes, weighs in on the current state of affairs.  Excerpt:

It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last Wednesday that riots are wrong — when many of those same people apparently had not noticed that when riots went on, for weeks or even months, in various cities across the country last year.

For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars.

Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media — and in much of academia as well.

One of the most grotesque distortions growing out of this carelessness with the facts has been a removal of Abraham Lincoln’s name and statues from various places, on grounds that he saw black people only as property.

Such criticisms betray an incredible ignorance of history — or else a complete disregard of truth.

I suspect it’s some of both, but there is plenty of complete disregard for the truth going around.  Take, for example, last week’s events at the Capitol.

The legacy media would have you believe this event, which was for the most part better defined as hooliganism than terrorism, was some kind of historic first; when in fact the Hart Senate Office Building was invaded only in 2018 by anti-Kavanaugh protestors, Senators were confronted in elevators and all this was accepted as “free speech.”  Not to mention that only earlier this year D.C. was literally on fire, and this was described as a “mostly peaceful protest,” in one case by a reporter who literally had a burning car in frame behind him.

So to answer Dr. Sowell’s question:  No, the truth does not matter any more.  To pols in both parties, honestly, The Narrative is what matters.  But the actions of the Democrats and their supporters in the legacy media have been, for some time now, particularly egregious.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted before, holy crap but you accumulate a lot of stuff when you’ve lived in a house for twenty-three years, and have raised four kids in that house.  On the weekend past we filled a thirty-foot roll-off dumpster with old crap from garage and workshop.  A lot of stuff has been given away or sold, and a fair amount more will be disposed of the same way.

What’s interesting about this move is taking firearms and ammo through Canada.  Most moving companies will handle firearms but not ammo, meaning we have to take our substantial ammo supply through Canada.  For most of our stuff, the bureaucratic hoops aren’t too bad.  The AR-15s would have been problematic but they are already safely stored up north.  To any of you considering this move, though, I’d offer the following advice; firearms can be transported via the airlines in checked baggage, and that’s probably the least troublesome way to make this particular move.  We’re moving as much of our collection that was as we can manage, just to save the trouble.  If much of your collection is Tacticool instead of our assortment of old shotguns and hunting rifles, that advice goes double.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Because, you know, elected officials must not be held accountable for their actions in any way.

Stukach!

Rush Limbaugh:  The Left is still scared of Trump.  In light of the lengths to which they are going to silence him, I’m inclined to agree.  And it’s funny, because if the last election is any judge, the best tactic the Left can follow is to say as little as possible.

The masks are rapidly coming off.   Healing and reconciliation, my middle-aged white ass.

California doesn’t seem to happy with their Governor.  Can’t say as I blame them.

From our online pal Wombat-socho:  Night of the Digital Long Knives.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the current state of affairs.

Biden claims he’ll ‘defeat the NRA.’  Plenty of liberal pols have claimed that, and the NRA is still there, still with millions of members.

This Week’s Idiots:

The New Yorker‘s David Remnick is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still an idiot.

Vox‘s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

Mozilla CEO Winifred Mitchell Baker is an idiot.

And So:

1974.  I was thirteen, and every Saturday night that we could my friends and I stayed up to watch The Midnight Special.  Here, from that year and that show, is David Essex and his song Rock On.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Speech Suppression News

Before we start, make sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians – this time, a preview of something you might find interesting.

I’ve been dabbling around on Parler (pronounced par-lay, from the French, meaning “to speak.”)  You can in fact see my Parler works by following the link on the left, although I confess most of my activity is just reposts from here.  But now Apple and Google Play are deplatforming Parler; fortunately the url works just fine.  Excerpt:

Twitter banned President Trump on Friday and prominent conservatives like Mark Levin have been encouraging followers to move to Parler, an app dedicated to protecting free speech. Now, cancel culture has enlisted Apple and Google in its fight to eradicate the left’s opposition. 

The New York Times reported that Apple and Google have removed the social networking app Parler from the companies’ app stores, preventing countless conservatives from finding an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. 

On Saturday morning, Parler was listed as the No. 1 iPhone app as millions of the president’s followers search for a friendlier alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Despite Parler’s popularity on the app store, Apple said it banned the app on Saturday. 

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

Parler CEO John Matze responded to Apple’s decision.

“Apple, a monopoly, provides no alternatives to installing apps on your phone other than their store … big tech tyrants coordinate moves and work together to stifle competition in the marketplace,” Matze wrote in a statement.

This kind of deplatforming has nothing to do with “threats of violence and illegal activity.”  If it was, Twitter would have long ago banned AntiProfa and BLM activists.  This is speech suppression, pure and simple, and both Apple and Google wield enough power to make their suppression effective.

Honestly, I’m underwhelmed with Parler, which is why my contributions are limited to reposting.  The noise-to-signal ratio isn’t really any better than Twitter – in other words, awful – and I hate the text-limited, bumper-stick format.  When I feel strongly about a topic, I tend to go on at some length, and that platform doesn’t allow me to do so.

But here’s the thing:  All of this started with the moves to silence President Trump, and is now moving on to silence anyone with views to the right of center.  These aren’t the actions of people who are convinced of the rightness of their views.  These are the actions of people who are afraid.  They are afraid to let contrary ideas spread.  Why, do you suppose?

Maybe they understand that silencing people who are already angry is not the way to peace and reconciliation.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

What with all the fuss about the Kung Flu going on these days, this is particularly relevant; another quack is out there scamming folks, but this one has an M.D. – proving again that qualifications don’t rule out nutbaggery.  Excerpt:

Superstitions did not disappear in the modern age, but with the COVID-19 pandemic driving people to spend more and more time online, anxiously searching for and simultaneously being bombarded by anything that looks like information, this prophesied crystal-clutching and horoscope-consulting is all the more evident. And there are misenlightened gurus who epitomize Sagan’s dire warning, chief among them Dr. Christiane Northrup.

An obstetrician-gynecologist by training, Northrup rose to fame as a New York Times bestselling author of books like Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. She was platformed by Oprah Winfrey on many occasions and was named by Reader’s Digest in 2013 as one of the 100 most trusted people in America. Her online fanbase is considerable: 149,000 followers on Instagram and over half a million fans on her Facebook page. For a medical doctor’s star to shine so brightly during a pandemic should be a boon, but Dr. Northrup is no ordinary doctor. Every night, she addresses tens of thousands of followers in ten-minute videos that deny the reality of the pandemic, promote every magical belief under the sun, and weave a grand Dungeons-and-Dragons-style narrative about the Age of Aquarius and Northrup’s Warriors of the Radical Light.

Wow.

Odd times sure do tend to bring out the odd people.  Now, as far as I’m concerned, folks have the right to follow whatever loony New-Age guru they please, and much good may it do them.  What’s not clear from this article is how much good old traditional cash this particular fraud is scamming from the rubes.  Apparently her videos are a real hoot:

I watched a month-worth of her solo videos to better understand the world in which she lives. In this parallel universe, there are Indigo children, time travellers from the future, and geomancers performing acupuncture on Mother Earth by moving rocks around. She constantly tells her viewers, whom she calls “sleeping lions” and “warriors,” that they need to take action. That is when the supernatural forces of Providence will magically come in and take care of the rest, like the reinforcements who show up at the end of an action film just in the nick of time.

Again:  Wow.

Maybe someday folks will outgrow this kind of nitwittery.  Then again, looking around at the state of affairs in our world today, maybe they won’t.

 

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