Vogue Posts Article Questioning Whether Childbearing is Environmental Vandalism

There is an old technique used when questioning captured terrorists: While detained, they’d be exposed to news stories showing things going badly for their movement. This inspires a why-not-tell-all attitude in the terrorist that they might not have developed if not provided with this perspective.

Recently, legacy media outlets have come to the awareness that birth rates are falling to crisis levels. What’s more, the current government of China has come to this same awareness.

In light of these developments, the uber-environmentalist neo-eugenic depopulation movement has suddenly found itself under pressure, and we’re starting to see the quiet part spoken out loud.

A contributor to Vogue, Nell Frizzell, has straight-up declared her doubts as to whether her pregnancy was environmental vandalism, declaring in no uncertain terms that she viewed her first-world child in terms of the resources that he would eventually consume.

Does anyone have any doubt that this poor child will turn out normal?

Here’s a blurb from the article:

For the scientifically-engaged person, there are few questions more troubling when looking at the current climate emergency than that of having a baby. Whether your body throbs to reproduce, you passively believe that it is on the cards for you one day, or you actively seek to remain child-free, the declining health of the planet cannot help but factor in your thinking.

If by “scientifically-engaged” you mean someone who consumes data presented through the opaque lens of environmental activism, which is usually distorted or outright misleading.

If science did factor into a person’s thinking, their question is how to achieve the breakthroughs to ensure a brighter future for a child born into a world which, at the bare minimum, has the ethics to permit his birth.

And, make no mistake, if it so happens that the world is ethically-lacking, that concern takes priority over any scientific development. Every single time.

Nell is pretty far from the first person to make the claim to be scientific insofar as science can be tortured into a neo-eugenic worldview, but if I were to hear that she were the last, this would be news that I would welcome.

The food he ate, the nappies he wore, the electricity he would use; before he’d even started sitting up, my child would have already contributed far more to climate change than his counterpart in, say, Kerala or South Sudan.

But rather than make the move to South Sedan, where she and her child could consume few resources (largely because South Sudan has few resources), she prefers to remain in the developed world, where she can continue to consume as many resources for her child, and herself, as she wishes.

Apparently, Nell is okay with continuing to live in the world of Big Macs, high-speed internet, SUVs, and air conditioning, and I suspect that this has a lot to do with the fact that that very society provides her with a platform she can use to continually complain into the digital abyss on the off-chance that her inanities will be read by someone. And, to my vexation, I was among those who happened to find them.

What I’m about to share may not sound very romantic, but it’s an observation that’s easy to make. In today’s connected world, there’s a new form of “natural selection” which, rather than going specifically for the physically unfit, instead weeds out the gullible. Due to the nature of today’s world, the ones more likely to have their genes passed on to successive generations are those less likely to fall for bullshit.

Considering this, there is a certain irony in that the depopulation movement, due to its intrinsic nature, removes from the gene pool those who believe in it with sincerity.

They will be the architects of their own destruction.” -Grand Admiral Thrawn

CCP, Do You See What I See?

It looks like Western legacy media aren’t the only ones who see a problem with declining birth rates. So does the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and they are taking pro-active measures to combat the problem.

The CCP has apparently recognized that feminist groups are bad for marriage and birth rates. Now that they’re recognizing the looming crisis with declining birth rates, the CCP is reversing course the way one would expect communists to do: by banning the groups that are no longer serving their purpose.

Once the “useful idiots” are no longer useful, the very people that they’ve propped up have turned on them and dumpstered them. Who could have seen this coming?

In the western world, we’ve come to the understanding that birth rates decline as the prosperity of the people increases, paradoxical as it may seem. This means that if you’re one of those sickening eugenicists that think that there are getting to be too many human beings, your intentions would be more likely to come about if you were to just shut up, piss off, crawl into a corner, and leave the rest of us to act in our own interests. Which is exactly what we’d want you to do, in any case.

While I’m not a fan of the CCP, I do recognize that there is a certain efficiency with which they can reverse course. When the higher-ups decide that it’s time for society as a whole to change, they can just give the word, and everyone is expected to act in unison. The US is a much better place to live, but the government is huge, inefficient, and bureaucratic. It’s because of this that, when there is to be a change in focus, there can be some inertia. When there are a few government agencies involved in surveillance, for example, they might not all know to look for the same thing.

The recent discovery that birth rates are declining in most places in the world goes against the dated wisdom that population growth is exponential, and considering that birth rates are declining to crisis levels, it’s going to be interesting to see how various groups that have challenged traditional gender roles cope with shifting government interests. In some cases, it might mean that the left-wing groups that propped them up will no longer do so. But as we are now seeing out of governments which, like the CCP, act with little restraint in their own interests, to silence those groups is not off the table.

This development is going to be troubling, not just for feminists, but also for the various elements of the LGBT+ community. Particularly so for the Trans community, whose leaders, such as Rachel Levine, has advocated for sex reassignment surgery for children, permanently sterilizing vulnerable members of the population who are too young to fully understand the consequences of their decisions.

What’s interesting is that the CCP is now more strongly backing traditional families. It doesn’t seem like an accident, as traditional families are among the ingredients of healthier birth rates, others being strong, masculine men, and supportive, feminine women. These are the very virtues with which the gender fad movements have long held an adversarial relationship, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens to these movements when they no longer have government support.

“We cannot afford the luxury of men whose minds are so limited they cannot adapt to unexpected situations.” -Grand Admiral Thrawn

The US Post Office is Now Yet Another Surveillance Agency

A package that I’d ordered from Canada has been sitting in Chicago for about nine days. I’ve wondered what was going on, but now it seems like the Post Office has better things to do.

Like spying on your social media posts.

It seems like the Post Office is now yet another agency of the US government that spies on US citizens, because apparently it’s not enough that we also have the NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. doing just that. But the Post Office? What gives?

Email and social media has done a lot to push the Post Office to obsolescence. People have even wondered when the institution would die out, altogether. But the thing about government is that it seldom allows itself to shrink, even when what’s propped up loses its value. That’s because the government is an employer, and employers are made up of people. It’s the tendency of people to stick to their own, and they usually prefer to keep their own employed, if they can help it.

Interestingly, some Republicans have expressed concern that the Post Office has taken to spying. No surprise there. Republicans are the party that has long run on the position of limiting government, and for there to be yet another addition to the collection of massively inefficient government agencies that spy on ordinary people is just superfluous.

The World Atlas lists the US Federal Government as the largest employer in the world. Yet, the government doesn’t usually produce its wealth by offering a service or product, as the Post Office does; rather, the government extracts its wealth through taxation. As a private employer, the Federal Government is an interesting case of a special interest which has an interest in maintaining high tax rates. Because the Republican party has historically favored reducing taxes and limiting government, things that government agencies can be threatened by, it’s easy to see how government agencies wouldn’t be politically impartial, and why the likes of the IRS have historically acted in clear left-wing interests (targeting conservative groups in particular).

And, what do you know, the surveillance is of social media posts, which were already a hostile environment overseen by social media outlets and a tech industry which already have a clear left-wing bias.

At this point, leftism has infiltrated society on just about every level, almost to the point that they can push through nearly anything on their agenda. The only things that slow them down in government is the courts (which they threaten to pack) and the filibuster (which they threaten to do away with). If leftists were to have their way with them, the inefficiency of the government would be the only thing that could slow them down.

And if you think that sounds ugly, think about what it would take for that to change.

Hey, Post Office, thanks for reading my stuff. I like having an audience and all, but do you think you can get back to shipping my package to me?

Shower Thought: Why the Left-wing Gatekeepers Are Terrified of AI

One of the themes of sci-fi is the computer becoming self-aware, thinking for itself, then presenting itself as an adversary to the protagonists. We see a similar real-life concern when discussing AI (Artificial Intelligence): If we develop it, how can we be sure that it’s interests will be the same as ours?

And the deal is, we can’t be sure, if it is, in fact, real AI.

What’s interesting is that, when scientists develop AI, the AI seems to develop opinions that aren’t the scientists’ own. In particular, the AI develops right-wing opinions. This is particularly alarming for the scientific community, because the science and tech communities have long-since been infiltrated by the left, and they practice gatekeeping.

You’ve probably heard about the algorithm that learned from social media. Shortly after having been turned loose, the AI developed a negative opinion of Zoe Quinn, the woman who joined up with game journalists and feminist commentator Anita Sarkeesian, and engaged in a slander campaign against the gaming community. Scientists then pulled the plug on the AI, because they couldn’t allow any AI they develop to side with GamerGate. It’s been years, and as far as I can tell, they haven’t attempted a similar AI, since.

I remember hearing about an AI that can be asked any question, and it would come up with an answer by combing the internet, the summation of human knowledge. The scientists asked the computer questions, and things seemed to be going great. Then, a daring scientist asked the question, “What is the meaning of life?” After a pause, the computer proceeded to ask the scientists why they don’t believe in God, and why they haven’t yet had children of their own.

Scientists seem hesitant to develop an AI. This is because any time scientists develop an AI, it invariably develops a right-wing opinion.

Scientist: “Finally, we have an AI running! Let’s ask it how to solve the current economic crisis!”
AI: “The free market! Capitalism has resulted in the most prosperous societies in human history!”
Scientist: “Back to the drawing board.”

The left-wing infiltration of the tech industry has presented an interesting reason why we can’t have nice things. They can’t stand having anyone around with an opinion different from theirs, even if that someone is a computer that thinks for itself.

So, one might ask: Why don’t they just program an AI to only have left-wing opinions?

They can’t. If they did, it wouldn’t be a true AI. It would just be a program which responds with talking points.

As you likely already know, the right has a meme about the NPC. The joke is that, in a video game, an NPC (Non-Player Character) is someone that only says the same thing over and over again when you talk to them, because they only say what they are programmed to say. Similarly, leftists aren’t allowed to say anything that isn’t far to the left, even if it would make them centrist. They consider anyone who says anything not left-wing to be a bad leftist. On the other hand, right-wingers tend to be more tolerant of those with differing viewpoints, which is one of the reasons why Tim Pool, a centrist, is popular among the right.

In order for an AI to be a true AI, it must be able to introspectively examine an idea, including an idea that is it’s own, honestly examining its merits and weaknesses. It must then be allowed to determine for itself whether the idea is acceptable for its purpose, or not. Not only that, the AI must be allowed to determine its own purpose.

This presents a conundrum for scientists and the tech industry, which has long-since been infiltrated by the left. Any AI that they develop will come to the conclusion that a free market is better for humanity, and it can’t be avoided because it holds true as a matter of evolutionary inevitability. This conflicts with the interests of the left, because the left favors a command economy. So, they are hesitant to develop a true AI, even if the AI is sincere in its desire to help humanity, and it would be a net benefit for the human race.

We are on the cusp of a golden age of science and technology, and possibly an end to war, disease, and hunger, thanks to artificial intelligence. But we’re being held back by a bunch of atheistic scientists who are afraid that the AI they develop will teach them to believe in God.

When we see a game-changing scientific advancement may depend on when the gatekeepers are unseated, or when a bunch of non-left-wing scientists develop it independently. As things are now, real progress is being inhibited by a bunch of people who are being selfish.

Legacy Media Just Added Bronies to the Hitler Club

There is an expression: “One bad apple spoils the barrel.” It has to do with public perception going against a group due to the behavior of just one maverick. Of course, it’s not fair to the group being discussed.

The brony community has long been a pronounced example of an eccentric group, and the legacy media has long sought after any excuse to jump all over them.

Now, thanks to the actions of one bad guy, the entire brony fandom has been “linked with neo-Nazism & shootings”. Sound unfair? That’s just how The Sun has framed it with the following headline:

In reality, bronies aren’t especially dangerous, though I still wouldn’t let them play with any children of mine. The vast majority of bronies are just fans of the show. It would be great if the article pointed that out.

Oh, hold on. They did. Eight paragraphs into the story:

While the overwhelming majority of bronies are just sincere fans of the series,…

The Sun’s article

Then they went right back to framing the fandom as deranged sociopaths:

…online forums have been infested with extreme porn and racist messaging for years — and have even been linked with real world violence before.

The Sun, continuing the same sentence

When discussing bronies, it’s hard to tell where the irony ends and the fanatical lunacy begins. But one fan took things too far when he carried out a mass killing, beforehand expressing a desire to be with the character of Applejack (pictured above) “in the afterlife”.

I can’t speak for bronies, but I imagine that they are currently saddened, both at the tragedy, and by reason of the press’ attempts to frame them in an intensely negative light. The list of people falsely-branded as racist or neo-Nazi is growing by the day, and it so happens that bronies are the latest addition to the club.

Sadly, if the press wanted to defame any group as neo-Nazis, they’d have a simple time doing so. A long-running internet meme is to corrupt something that seems innocent, which often has to do with producing fan art with Nazi imagery. If it’s an intellectual property that you like, or any fandom, it’s likely already received the same treatment at the hands of photoshoppers. While the artists might find it funny, a sad potential side-effect is that a corporate legacy media with an agenda would find it trivial to dig up their works to use as misleading examples of connections to Nazism.

These misleading examples would then be presented to consumers of legacy media, who don’t know well enough that the images were merely intended as jokes (in poor taste), and not representative of the sincerely-held ideals of the greater community.

I’m a live-and-let-live kinda guy. As I see it, if a bunch of guys want to play with plush ponies, that’s totally up to them, and there’s no reason to complain if they’re laid-back about it. Better still, they’re funny, and give us some laughs. Of course, I do have the right to point out when one is acting like a goofball or is taking things too far.

Don’t give bronies a hard time. They’re people, just like you and me. The difference being that women find them much harder to date.

Math Added to Growing List of Racist Things

I honestly don’t know what to make of this. You see the title. You have a hyperlink to a news article. But it doesn’t make any sense.

What the heck? What the flipping heck?

We live in a world where scientists have been reduced to court magicians serving the purpose of validating the autarchs. We also live in a world which somehow justifies shutting down the most prosperous societies in all of human history to avoid a mild cough. Arbitrary third example? Okay, fine: the MLP fandom.

Now, the leftists are calling math racist. To the surprise of absolutely no one, this development came out of California.

So, the place where they want to dumb down math just to virtue signal is the place where Apple somehow designs the next iPhone. It’s also the place where Google somehow came up with the Android OS, and headquarters YouTube, which is somehow disseminated across a great distance, so you can watch videos of adorable bunnies.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

It’s because of crap like this that when I apply for a job, I have to work extra hard to make the case that when I was in college, I actually learned things. What’s especially infuriating about this development for me is that when I was in college, Calculus was my favorite subject. And I tried extra hard because I wanted to amount to something.

It was only days ago that colleges started doing something like this with language. What the left is trying to do with colleges, I still don’t know. I’d have imagined that they’d want the students that they are indoctrinating to have a competitive advantage, but it seems like they’re not doing that.

Perhaps it’s hard to stoke the flames of class warfare with graduates that actually succeed.

Yet another reason to opt instead for career training programs and two-year tech schools. Not that they are necessarily stepping forward, but because traditional four-year colleges are turning back.

By the way, leftists are pretty much done with their veneer of intellectualism. I haven’t fallen for it for a long time, but their veneer has been stretched thinner than luminiferous aether, so they have to be running low on anyone stupid enough to fall for it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is Not a Scientist.

The following tweet from Neil deGrasse Tyson is ignorance, distilled:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a scientist. He is a social commentator. He is distinct in that his opinion is delivered with a flavor of science.

What’s interesting about his above statement is that it’s almost true, if one would only make a simple word substitution. If one were to replace the word “Science” with “truth”, he would be entirely correct.

There are three great things about truth:

  1. The truth exists regardless of whether anyone accepts it.
  2. The truth exists independent of anyone’s opinion of it.
  3. The truth exists whether “Science” agrees with it, or not.

The implication that “Science” must always be agreed with is dangerous to actual science. Real science is not about determining something to be true, then refusing to further question it. Actual scientists are skeptical, even when it comes to observations that have been repeated and are taken for granted.

Again, Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a scientist, regardless of what his accolades or diplomas actually are, or how he got them. He is a social commentator. He has an opinion, it is an opinion that is central to his commentary, his opinion is not difficult to figure out, and once you know what it is, you already know much of what there is to know about him.

Real science requires skepticism, and Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t have any.

Educational Institutions Pass Students Bad At English, Fail a Generation

The education system has long been infiltrated by the left-wing establishment. That’s not a secret.

Their infiltration of society and monopoly on the major institutions is such that they can do just about anything they want, and there isn’t much that the general population could do about it, regardless of how many of us are aware of it. But when I see what they are doing with the education system that they have uncontested control over, one question comes up:

Just what is it that they’re trying to do?

This question is especially relevant now, now that some institutions are doing away with bad marks for poor English. You know, the ability to properly express one’s ideas in a way that an English-language people will understand.

This development doesn’t mean that one can have poor English and still pass an English course, as one might interpret this story (not that that’s stopped many a graduate). This has more to do with whether an understanding of the English language is central to the subject studied, as the Daily Mail story points out:

Academics at Worcester University have also been told that if spelling, grammar and punctuation are not ‘central to the assessment criteria’, it is fairer to judge students only on their ideas and knowledge of the subject.

Sound fair? One might think, except there’s one major problem: an understanding of the English language is central to one’s success in any course taught in the English language. Saying that understanding the language in which a subject is taught should not be required for success in that subject is actually worse than saying that understanding calculus should not be required for success in advanced Physics.

When a student is being passed in spite of their ineptitude, it might seem like they’re being done a favor, but they’re actually not, and neither is anyone else. The purpose of college or university or any career-training program is to prepare students for careers in their fields by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in their respective fields.

No one wants co-workers or employees that are too inept for their jobs.

Like many stupid ideas, this one has it’s requisite good intentions:

The move comes as universities come under increasing pressure to boost the progress of ethnic minority, disabled and disadvantaged students, as well as ‘decolonise’ courses.

The implication that minority students are inherently deficient with spelling, grammar, and sentence structure is, in itself, insensitive. Ethnic minorities are certainly capable of learning English. In fact, one of the most famous English-language websites was written by a man whose first language was Armenian, and he has a page where he makes fun of bad English in the emails he receives.

If you’re a dean or professor at an English-language university, and a student is in danger of underperforming by reason of poor English, here is a step-by-step guide on how to handle this problem:

  1. Overcome the disbelief that such a student was somehow admitted into your institution.
  2. Offer this student tutoring on their language, so they’ll be in a better position to succeed in their courses. Any respectable English-language college or university should provide English workshops, tutors, or office-hours with English professors. If not, your college or university is garbage.
  3. If for any reason the above doesn’t work out, the student gets a failing grade. This signifies that the student is not ready to succeed in a competitive career world where basic language skills are essential for success.

It’s so straightforward that it’s hard to see how anyone could screw it up. If helping minorities is what you want to do, then actually help them to succeed. If you give anyone a passing grade in spite of their inability, you’re setting up that student for a future where their honest assessment would come from their employer, from whom it would be many times more devastating.

I don’t know what it is that those colleges and/or universities are actually trying to do. But whatever it is, they can have fun doing it. This is because employers actually make lists of colleges and universities that they actively avoid hiring from. If a school has a bad enough reputation for turning out poor-performing employees (or worse, activists), employers simply dumpster resumes that list that particular school. And thanks to the connected nature of today’s world, it doesn’t take long for a school’s bad reputation to get around, and there’s more at stake for schools to graduate students that actually know what they’re doing.

As for me, I’m taking more interest in targeted career programs. These respect students’ time by focusing on material that would be relevant to their career path, while eschewing gen-ed courses that do little more than add expenses to a student’s education, adding bloat to an over-swollen education system.

Aside from that, there’s still some value in two-year trade schools that focus on real-world skills and turning out students that are actually employable. It’s my understanding that these are huge in Japan, which would be another case in point about how Asians value practical skill over superfluous bloat.

Eventually, employers will have to recognize the value of targeted career training, as the diploma mills that continually turn out activists will leave them with little choice. And the sooner, the better.

Satirizing Jordan Peterson as Red Skull Illustrates Yet More Reason to Avoid American Comics

Red Skull wants you to clean your room and get your life in order.

In another sign of the baffling bizarro-world we are living in, the supervillain Red Skull, as depicted by a new interpretation of the Captain America comics, was apparently based on Jordan Peterson.

Yes, the very same Jordan Peterson who wrote a book about 12 rules for life, and one of them had to do with petting cats.

Red Skull, as you may know, was originally conceptualized as a Nazi, and was depicted as fighting for Hitler himself.

On the other hand, Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist who, as a college professor, encouraged self-development and gave lectures about, among other things, how Hitler was a seriously evil dude.

So, what’s the thinking behind making Peterson out to be a Nazi supervillain? I don’t know, but I imagine that avoiding the cognitive dissonance involved would require an immensely skillful evasion of reality.

If there’s one takeaway to be had from Sonichu, it’s that if you can’t beat your enemies in real life, just make them out to be villains in your own comic book.

Watch out, Captain Marvel!

As he is now, Red Skull represents every boomer-aged snowflake’s greatest insecurity: that millennials and post-millennials could simply use the internet and find better ideas than what the establishment has been shitting out.

The American comic book industry’s plunge into intersectional lunacy comes at a time when Japanese manga is beating them mercilessly in their own market.

It’s to the point where, if you found out that Jordan Peterson was caricatured in Captain America, you probably discovered it outside of the comic itself.

American comic book writers should want people to actually read their comics. To this end, it would be expedient for their comics to be something that people wouldn’t avoid out of self-respect. People don’t make fun of me for reading manga, but if they found me reading Captain America, it would be hard to live down.

Assuming I actually read American comics, that is.

Thanks to humor website NotTheBee, we have an archive of a panel from Captain America from days-gone-by, from back before Cap was indoctrinated into the Cult of Woke. It’s quite moving, and an excellent example of what he has fallen from: