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Updated Pride Flag Now Includes Ukraine Colors

The pride flag has seen numerous iterations, it being the official flag of “current thing”. Expressing support for Ukraine by displaying the colors of its flag is the new “current thing”, so it’s only natural that it be included in the increasingly-inclusive pride flag.

Putting aside, of course, that the Ukraine doesn’t legally recognize same-sex marriages.

How displaying a couple arbitrary colors is supposed to support a country that’s under attack by an imperialist aggressor is not a bad question, but as we all know, virtue signaling takes no effort. Otherwise, we’d be seeing almost no virtue signaling out of anyone.

However, as it is, the current flag doesn’t adequately express the true virtues of the pride community. For one thing, the pride community prides themselves on group action. Thus, their flag would better represent them with a pattern of four similar flags. What’s more, the pride community is about togetherness in embracing superficial differences. Therefore, it’s appropriate that these four similar patterns be arranged in a manner representative of arms encircling.

With these considerations, a more accurate pride flag would look like this:

It’s obvious that this flag is more representative of the virtues of the pride community. Years from now, when the pride movement is looked back upon by historians, they’ll see this flag and have little doubt as to what they’re really about.

Rather than be left behind, the pride community feels obliged to update to the most current flag, or risk being seen as not inclusive of current thing. What they do with their old flags, I don’t know. Perhaps there’s some colorful landfill somewhere to which the outdated pride flags are sent when the typical NPCs undergo their updates.

In any case, there’s yet another new flag to replace their old ones. And it will be their current flag until some Tumblrite thinks of yet another color band to add to another revision. Which could mean they’d have another flag as soon as next week.

Study Finds That Testosterone Treatments Turn Democrats More Conservative

It’s not going to surprise a whole lot of people that the chemical that makes men more manly also makes men tend more towards conservatism. But now, we have a study to prove it.

The study, published by Professor Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University, demonstrates a clear connection between testosterone levels and the political preferences of males. The 136 males participating in the study disclosed the political affiliations, then were either administered a synthetic form of testosterone or a placebo.

In an outcome as surprising as the setting of the sun, the Democrats participating in the study that took testosterone felt less warmly about their own party by 12 percent, but felt more warmly about Republicans by 45 percent.

Democrats happen to be the most compliant people, and compliance in males correlates with a lack of testosterone. I’m stating the obvious, of course. But maybe a study is already underway which will demonstrate the connection.

Come to think of it, it was mainly the Democrats that insisted on shutting down gyms and confining people to their homes during the Coronavirus Apocalypse. An apocalypse that I survived, by the way. And you probably did, too.

The study showed the strongest shift in Democrats that were weakly affiliated, and the effects waned among those with stronger Democrat leanings, and among weakly-affiliated Republicans.

Come to think of it, many of the Democratic policy positions tend to decrease the testosterone of those affected. When men pretend to be women, there isn’t much expectation that those men would have high testosterone. And of course, those men have a home in the Democratic party! When men become obese, their T-levels tend to crater. But they’d still find company among Democrats who tout the “healthy-at-any-weight” bullshit that actually kills people.

Also, consider the fact that Democrats are the ones actively trying to trick young boys into having themselves neutered. Could it be that Democrats are trying to castrate for themselves a set of lifelong loyalists?

Considering the role of the gonads in testosterone production, it would follow that the fastest way to turn a man Democrat is to have him de-balled and de-pricked. And who knows how many professing Democrats have already underwent the process?

The Collapse of Twitter May Be Imminent.

Elon Musk just revealed that when Twitter audits for bot accounts, they only poll 100 accounts at a time. Because of this, Musk is putting the deal to buy Twitter on hold, and subsequently, Twitter is accusing him of breaking a non-disclosure agreement.

Oh, no! Don’t go telling people that the product you plan on buying might be faulty!

When a platform is as huge as Twitter, 100 is a trivially pathetic sample size, especially when sampling for bots, which is a huge problem for Twitter.

But the problem goes beyond just Twitter being annoying for humans to use. The fact is, advertisers pay a premium to advertise on Twitter because of Twitter’s perceived value. For advertisers, to be seen by more human eyes means more value. However, if a huge chunk of Twitter’s value is actually bots, then that’s a huge chunk of Twitter that advertisers would consider absolutely worthless.

When you know this, you see a greater problem. If Twitter is only putting forward a pathetic, statistically insignificant attempt to poll for bots, Twitter may be greatly overstating its own value to advertisers.

It might not be overselling it to say that Elon Musk may have just uncovered the greatest fraud the tech world has ever seen.

In any case, I think we can agree that when a platform’s daily active user count is in the hundreds of millions, a sample size of only 100 is pretty pathetic.

There are a lot of advertisers and investors who are going to be pissed.

Ultra MAGA Sounds Ultra Awesome.

If you were to hear the phrase “Ultra MAGA” being thrown around, you’d probably think that it’s something a Trump supporter would have invented to talk themselves up. And as they did, they’d probably sound something like this:

“I’m not just MAGA, I’m Ultra MAGA!”

So, you’d probably be shocked to hear that the term was intended as an epithet designed to bring down Trump supporters. And that the term was concocted by the Biden Team. And it took them six months to think it up.

It’s extreme failure meets an abject lack of creativity. And it’s just the kind of thing that you’d expect from the Biden administration, considering that nearly everything that they touch turns to plop.

Normally, you wouldn’t want to surrender naming rights to one who is antagonistic, considering that if what they were to come up with were to stick, it would just make you look bad. One example I can think of off the top of my head are Japan’s “Herbivore Men”, a group of men who made the deliberate decision to forgo relationships with women. The term “Herbivore Men” is derisive, and intended to imply underdeveloped, effeminate men who decide against expected, natural male behavior. It’s because of this that it can be quite amusing to hear MGTOW tout the Herbivore Men.

If you think that Ultra MAGA sounds so awesome that you want it on a T-shirt, someone already thought of that:

There is a notion that comes up when bringing up the Biden Team’s latest failure (which happens so often that the dubious honor might actually go to a newer failure by the time this article is posted). This is that the left can’t meme.

They can try, but the left has a hard time memeing. They’re bad at it. The reason why they’re bad at memes is for the same reason they think that “Ultra MAGA” would be an effective insult. And that reason is simple: The left lives in a carefully-insulated, hermetically-sealed echo chamber.

The left has spent so long hating people who are pro-MAGA, that they view MAGA as an insult. In the minds of leftists, it’s such a charged term that it’s not something that they’d call a friend or family member. And considering that the left refuses to so much as hear what someone on the right has to say, the implication when they use the term MAGA is that they’re shutting someone out of their lives.

When you understand the insular tendencies of leftism, it makes intuitive sense that they can’t meme. To meme is to use a humor device that is a variation of another humor device. But to succeed in such an endeavor, a person needs access to source material. A person who is closed-minded is less likely to seek out ideas, and therefore tends to have a diminished pool of source material from which they may develop memes.

What’s more, the left’s stronger tendency towards “cancellation” of those who run afoul of their ideology raises the stakes for any leftist who might attempt to meme. Leftists are constantly on the prowl for anyone who would say anything that might offend them, and for any opportunity to dogpile the offender, even if the offender is a fellow leftist whose devotion wavers slightly. It’s because of this that when a leftist memes, they must constantly look over their shoulders to make sure that they’re not letting anything slip that has any potential of being misinterpreted. If they were to slip up, even slightly, their digital reputation would be completely destroyed in the time it takes for them to put their device on the charger for the night.

Those on the right are generally more open to the fact that there are people out there who will have ideas that aren’t their own. It’s because of this that they can see a meme that they find personally upsetting, and are less likely to respond to it or call it out, unless it’s a tremendously bad take which sufficiently baits them into responding. Who’s immune to being trolled, after all?

Care to guess whether the MAGA crowd is upset that they’re being called “Ultra MAGA”? Of course they’re not, they view it as a compliment! This stands to reason, considering that it was the MAGA crowd that uses the term “MAGA” to describe themselves. In fact, the MAGA crowd considers it a huge victory that the best that the Biden Team can come up with, after six months of careful plotting, mustache twirling, and hand wringing was for the Biden Team to call their own opponents by their own name.

This is about as stupid as it would be if the most racist president in American history, the Democrat Andrew Johnson, decided to refer to Republicans as “Super Abolitionists”!

After six months of thinking about it!

Win: Netflix Adopting Anti-Censorship Policy, Encourages Woke Employees To Take a Hike

In a major culture war victory, Netflix is updating its “culture memo”. In addition to updating the title to “Netflix Culture: Seeking Excellence”, the company has announced a stronger freedom of expression stance, as noted in the document’s Artistic Expression section:

“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything on our service,”

This nicely sets the tone for what’s to come. Free expression means there’s going to be a wide assortment of entertainment options on the table.

“While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

As I pointed out before, if there’s a work of artistic expression that’s not for you, you don’t have to consume it. You curate your own entertainment choices. Notice how Netflix stated their support of artistic expression, and are now allowing consumers to tailor their Netflix experience according to their own preferences? That’s in stark contrast to the woke position, which involves curating everyone’s experience for them according to the mentality of the vocal few.

While that already says plenty, the concluding paragraph of the section drives the point home:

“As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

While this is progress by reason of the fact that Netflix is now adopting a baseline free expression policy, this becomes a huge game-changer with that closing sentence:

“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Netflix is now telling its staff that if any of them have the woke mind-virus, and it could interfere with their ability to do their job according to their updated principles of artistic expression, then those employees can take a hike.

Obviously, Netflix is making this move because they’re recognizing that siding with the woke is a bad idea. For one thing, Disney went woke to the point of becoming politically involved, and as a result, they ended up losing Reedy Creek. That was an important turning point, as companies looked on and saw that taking certain positions could result in consequences that might hurt their bottom line.

In fact, it was just days ago that PR firm Zeno advised clients, including Coca-Cola, Hershey, Starbucks, Salesforce, and Netflix themselves that it would be a better idea not to make a public statement on controversial topics, and to avoid discussing such sensitive topics with the press, if they were to seek comment.

This development also comes in light of Elon Musk’s planned purchase of Twitter, with Musk planning on restoring the platform to free speech principles, and restoring the accounts of political figures who were unfairly banned, such as Donald Trump.

Of course, the change is likely financially motivated, as in Q1, Netflix saw it’s first decline in subscribers in over a decade. Obviously, siding with the woke hasn’t been helping them, but neither is the fact that alternatives like Daily Wire have sprung up, determined to compete with the likes of Disney, considering that Disney is determined to present dubious sexual content directly to minors.

It was a few months back that I anticipated that institutions would turn against the woke, realizing that the woke ideology isn’t benefitting them. What I didn’t anticipate is that the change would begin to come about so soon!

Review: Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Genre: SRPG, Dungeon Crawler
Rating: Teen
Platforms:
PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Switch (bundle), Steam

(Spoiler-free review)

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) has just dropped another one of their classics, this time a dungeon-crawler that made its debut on PSP: Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman (ZHP).

The original release on PSP didn’t get the attention that it deserved, which had to do with the fact that it didn’t get a lot of marketing behind it. That and that NIS was still a relatively-obscure game company. There’s also that SRPGs aren’t very popular outside of Japan. Also, it was originally released within days of a major sports game. And there’s the fact that the American localizer, NISA, only shipped one copy to each retailer.

The original release had a lot to go up against. However, the game itself has a lot of heart, and it’s now available on multiple platforms. By the looks of it, what NIS was thinking for this game was “straight port”. Which is fine, as the original game holds up well since its original release. But those who prefer crisp graphics in their anime-style games might by taken out of the action by the aliasing.

ZHP begins with a hero, the Absolute Victory Unlosing Ranger, on the way to save the Super Baby from Darkdeath Evilman, to save the world in so doing.

Except, the Unlosing Ranger gets struck by a car on the way to the final battle, and dies. But in his final act, he hands his morphing belt to a random passerby, passing on the torch of the Unlosing Ranger to someone who will fight on his behalf!

But to the shock and dismay of the onlooking world, the new Unlosing Ranger loses the battle, and is ejected far away! When he comes to, he finds himself in a strange world, where a girl begins coaching him for a rematch!

Over the course of the game, the main character (whom you can name) makes repeated attempts at the final boss, but as he repeatedly fails, he takes on progressively more difficult dungeons to train. As he does so, he ends up solving problems for people on earth, as the bizarro earth that he finds himself on is connected to his own earth.

Many of the game’s so-called “final battles” are actually mostly scripted. The main action in ZHP takes place in the stages, which function as dungeons would in classic dungeon crawler RPGs, with each dungeon having their own bosses.

When the main character leaves a dungeon for any reason (win or lose), he reverts back to level one. Which may seem like lost progress, but as this occurs, he gains stored levels, which increases his stats when he’s at level one. As he levels up in dungeons, his stat increases are based on his level one stats, so the game encourages the player to become “king of level one”. For this and other reasons, a failed dungeon run isn’t always a total loss, and the game encourages stuck players to keep trying, even if things don’t seem so well for the poor main character.

Be warned, as this is one of those dungeon crawlers that features the concept of “perma-death”, where your game saves as you enter dungeons, so if you turn the game off because your current run isn’t going well, you lose equipment that you brought with you! What’s more, if a dungeon run ends in failure, you lose what you find! There’s a facility that can be obtained and upgraded that can reduce the penalties, however.

It’s because of this that I find it hard to recommend the PSP version. At one point, I got discouraged from continuing when the battery cut out for a brief instant, which was enough to cost me some powerful equipment. Now that this game is available on some more dependable hardware, I think it may be worth giving another shot!

Speaking of, the Steam version might be the better of the versions available, by reason of the fact that you can buy it as a standalone game. The Switch version is available as part of a pricey bundle. It’s a sweet deal if you’re interested in the classic RPG Makai Kingdom. But if you’re not, then you’re probably better off going with the Steam version.

Like many other NIS games, you’re capable of getting your character to level 9999, with stats in the millions! But because the boost lasts until you clear a dungeon, you’d mainly want to go for it if the dungeon would otherwise give you trouble.

While there is only one playable character, there are many, many customization options that make that one character seem like plenty. For one thing, there are numerous equips that change the hero’s appearance and grant him new abilities. There are also unlockable costumes which can effect his resistances. There’s even a body modification facility, which plays a huge role in stat optimization.

In dungeons, you progress floor-by-floor by finding the stairs on each floor, which leads to the next floor. You’ll find pick-ups about, but there are also enemies to watch out for. Shocker, right? When you engage them, you can go blow-for-blow against them, or use special attacks.

This sounds like simple fare, but there are things to watch out for. For one thing, the main character steadily expends energy, which occurs at an increased rate depending on his actions. Items can replenish this energy, and it’s not a bad idea to take such items with you into dungeons, because you cannot count on reliably finding more, due to how the dungeon floors are randomized. Also, equipped items can wear out with use, with wear represented as a percentage on the HUD. Their effectiveness can decline as they wear down, but there is a facility that can repair them. One valuable item is headwear that passively conserves energy.

At this point, you probably got the idea that this game is for the nerds. That sounds about right.

Another of the game’s highlights is the story, which is packed with humor. It can also get a bit preachy at times, in a way that it “hits different”, and may even hit a bit close to home for some players. I could say more about it, but spoilers. I’ll point out that much of the humor and dramatic elements are at the main character’s expense. The guy fights an uphill battle to get some respect.

For the NIS fans out there, yes, Asagi Asagiri is in this game. But that’s not much of a surprise, now is it? If you get the Switch bundle, you can also see Asagi’s NIS debut in Makai Kingdom, so you can see just how hard the poor girl fell from her starting point. By the point ZHP was originally released, she wasn’t taking things very well.

My opinion is that if you’re into JRPGs, SRPGs, or are just into Disgaea, ZHP is worth giving a chance. It’s definitely one of the finer RPGs from NIS’s catalog of classics.

For those who like skipping ahead to the score, here you go: Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman gets a score of 8 out of 10.

There are multiple endings that can be accessed by playing through the game at least once. Replaying through story stages many times doesn’t appeal to me, so I didn’t much bother with that. However, there is a lot of content outside the main story, and there are extra dungeons for players who might appreciate a challenge. This adds replay value to this game, and does a lot to make it worth the price of admission.

That’s the great thing about this style of game for those who would find it interesting: they’re usually packed with value. And ZHP certainly is.

Review: Made In Abyss (Volume 10)

Author: Akihito Tsukushi
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Localization: Seven Seas Entertainment
Rating: Older Teen
Available to read online on BookWalker, fees may apply.

(This review contains commentary, and therefore contains spoilers. You’ve been warned.)

Volume 10 of the translated version of Made In Abyss has dropped, as of last week. For those who have been waiting to read this installment of Akihito Tsukushi’s opus in the English language, here you go. This installment picks up where the last one left off, wherein Reg and Faputa were fighting over the fate of the village of Ilblu, but things weren’t looking great for Reg. And with no more line of defense for the village, Faputa became free to engage in unmitigated mayhem.

If you’re new to Made In Abyss, you might expect a light-hearted romp from these cute, endearing characters.

But anyone who expects anything as light-hearted from Made In Abyss hasn’t been following along. While the rest of the series used imaginative concepts for its horror elements, Volume 10 is notable for its heavy gore. At times, I even found it hard to look at. But hey, I’ll still take it over the cheap jump-scares of American horror films.

Tsukushi is great with expansive, beautiful landscapes. However, those take an aside this time around, as much of the action takes place within the crumbling walls of the village of Ilblu. I found myself appreciating the use of perspective when communicating the enormity of the Turbinid Dragons, which tower over the protagonists like skyscrapers.

Much of this volume centers around the strangely-endearing character of Faputa, who initially engages in her genocidal rampage with a singular focus. However, when Belaf imparts his memories to her, she begins to change. But rather than cease from the aforementioned rampage, she becomes less motivated by hatred and more by duty. But even then, she develops the desire to seek her own value and live for herself.

It’s great to see Nanachi back in the action, but it’s mainly Belaf who intervenes between the two of them, and the bunny doesn’t seem to contribute much. Which lends to the fan theory that Ilblu was originally intended to be Nanachi’s point of departure, but Tsukushi changed his mind when he saw how popular the character became.

But then, Ilblu ends up destroyed, so where would he have ended up? It might be interesting to see what role Nanachi plays in future chapters.

But there’s another problem, and that’s that what was created in the village cannot survive outside it. And with the village being destroyed, Riko’s new friends are about to say goodbye. What’s more, the village’s ability to protect from the strains of ascension are dissipating, and we get to see a particularly grotesque transformation as a result.

When all is said and done, Reg extends the offer for Faputa to join the party. While many fans would crane their necks to hear the answer (especially if it’s “yes”), Faputa instead leaves us in suspense as she decides that she’ll consider it, before wandering off on her own.

Sure, she just engaged in mass-murder, but she’s so adorable, right?

So, what’s my opinion? Is Made In Abyss Volume 10 worth 1000yen (about $8) on BookWalker?

(This image was censored for this review. This scene was not censored in the English publication.)

I give Made In Abyss Volume 10 a score of 9 out of 10.

If you’ve enjoyed the series up until now, Volume 10 is a safe purchase. And I think series loyalists would appreciate the conclusion of the Ilblu arc. What’s more, the excellent artwork and storytelling of Akihito Tsukushi are also there. It’s a welcome addition to a fantastic series, and I’m not disappointed with it, at all.

Sosu.

A PR Firm Is Reportedly Telling Major Corporations to Play It Safe And Not Take a Political Position

We’ve been saying “Get Woke, Go Broke” for a long time. Now, it seems like “Get Woke, Go Broke” is intensifying, as PR firm Zeno is reportedly advising major corporations not to publicly take a position regarding the Roe v Wade draft leak.

Among Zeno’s clients includes Coca-Cola, Salesforce, Hershey’s, Netflix, and Starbucks.

The following was included in “a template email to share with client contacts”, as it was worded by Zeno’s Executive Vice President for Media Strategy, Katie Cwayna:

Do not take a stance you cannot reverse, especially when the decision is not final. This topic is a textbook “50/50” issue. Subjects that divide the country can sometimes be no-win situations for companies because regardless of what they do they will alienate at least 15 to 30 percent of their stakeholders… Do not assume that all of your employees, customers or investors share your view.

Finally, major corporations are starting to use their heads! They are starting to figure out that if you take a public position on a controversial topic, you risk alienating a significant portion of your customers, resulting in your company becoming less profitable. They’re finally figuring it out!

I like how Cwayna says “Do not take a stance you cannot reverse”, as if to acknowledge that there is a lot of pride on the line. Sure, the implication is that once a company issues a statement, the dominoes begin to fall, and the losses continue from there. But we all know that CEOs are proud, not willing to admit that they made a wrong call. After all, if they admit to making a wrong call, people might lose confidence in them.

By the way, the popular.info article claims that 72% of Americans oppose overturning Roe v Wade, which wouldn’t make it a “50/50” issue. Putting aside for a moment the deceptive framing it takes to arrive at that percentage, it should be known that Supreme Court rulings are not intended to pander to the majority, they’re supposed to consider constitutionality. Remember, one of the intents of the U.S. Constitution is to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority!

The email template adds,

Avoid media “fishing.” Often during controversy, media will make general inquiries to multiple peer organizations, in which the first one to “raise its hand” becomes the lead.  In a case like this, being at the center is not advisable so be judicious if/how general inquiries are managed.

Don’t become the first corporation to issue a public statement, if you do so at all. After all, the first one to raise their hand and start speaking has the potential to become the most notorious, and therefore become more likely to be the target of focused boycotts.

Steer clear of breaking news networks/outlets. We anticipate the story will dominate newsfeeds for the rest of the week as more details unfold, so avoid pitching reporters and outlets that focus on breaking news.

What your company shares on social media does matter. Even that much can be construed as taking a position that could end up costing your company money. That may not be what Cwayna expressly stated, but we know it’s true. Closer to the intent of Cwayna’s message, it should be understood that media outlets may pressure a company into taking a position, and that it would be advisable to avoid them.

Do not engage with direct questions about your company’s position. Whether in direct messages or public-facing posts, do not respond to questions about where your company stands on this issue.

Play it safe: Keep your mouth shut. Do not take a position, even if you’re pressured into taking one. The SJW NPCs and the mass media have been pressuring major corporations to take a position, and now Zeno is saying, “don’t cave in”.

After posting their article reporting on this, Popular Information received a response from Zeno’s CEO, Barby Seigel:

The email you reference does not accurately reflect Zeno’s position or the range of counsel that we are providing to clients.

It was meant to advise clients within the first 24 hours of breaking news, and its intent was to counsel clients to be measured in their immediate response to a complex developing story.

We take seriously our responsibility to help clients proactively navigate complex societal issues, consider the actions they may take, and the accompanying communications, internally and externally.

We know and understand that companies are increasingly expected to take a stand on major issues, and we believe it’s right to do so when it is authentic to the organization, and consistent with their values and actions.

At Zeno, we believe in equal access to healthcare for all, and a woman’s right to make decisions about her healthcare. At the same time, we live in a world with different opinions and different views, and we respect those differences.

This response was written tactfully, in a manner consistent with the company’s advice, but at the same time, providing just enough apparent virtue-signaling to keep the SJWs off of them. Particularly, it’s a response to Popular Information’s stance that their advice “contrasts with Zeno’s public facing communications, which emphasize the importance of standing up for women’s rights.”

On Twitter, Zeno Group claimed that they are “proud to support #InternationalWomensDay.”

It was a low-risk, low-cost virtue signal, as all but a fringe minority of western society is for women’s rights, and the idea of “support” has been reduced to a mere sentiment with no cost. You can say you “support” something like cancer research by sharing links on Twitter, but that’s not the same as supporting cancer research with substantial grants to cancer researchers.

There is one part of the CEO’s reply that I’d like to zero in on:

We know and understand that companies are increasingly expected to take a stand on major issues, and we believe it’s right to do so when it is authentic to the organization, and consistent with their values and actions.

I’ll decode this for you: Don’t go taking a political position, even if you’re expected to, unless politics is intrinsic to the overall aims of your company. For example, if you’re Hershey’s, your deal is chocolate, not politics, so keep your nose out of politics.

I know that the left likes to say “it’s not political, but a matter of basic decency”, and similar platitudes. Don’t fall for it, because there’s still the potential for divisiveness. If you run a company whose product or service is not intrinsically political, you should answer along the lines of,

This isn’t a political company. But if it’s something that’s expected of anyone anyway, why not assume that we’re decent people? In any case, we don’t need any recruiters prowling about.

Or, if you want to be less wordy,

We make products in order to sell them, so back off.

When it comes down to it, what the political left wants is to have power over you. Whether it’s you, your home, your business, your job, your education, or so on, the left wants to have power over you, and they’ll use any platitude, any rhetorical device, any pressure, just about anything that they possibly can. They themselves are fond of saying “by any means necessary”.

Finally, large corporations are realizing that they can play it safe by not issuing a public position! Leftism has long turned major corporations into their own weapons. But now, it looks like they’re losing them!

The Supreme Court is Poised to Strike Down Roe v Wade, and Leftists Are Melting Down.

It’s been a day since a leak of the draft statement from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about the tentative overturning of Roe v Wade. It’s already to the point that I doubt that I can say much about it that hasn’t already been said. But I can still offer my opinion, so here goes, for whatever that’s worth.

For one thing, finding the person who leaked the statement should be pretty simple. Just look for the guy who’s sweating bullets. Jokes aside, it’s going to seriously suck for the guy if he were to get caught. We know that it’s a bad idea to piss off a lawyer, but at least five Justices on the Supreme Court? When they catch him, his cheeks are going to be spread from sea to shining sea!

But as for the ruling itself, it bears pointing out that it hasn’t officially been made. The papers themselves pertained to a tentative ruling, but it would be an expected ruling if the court were to vote on the issue, considering how the Supreme Court is currently composed. Having said that, I doubt that Chief Justice John Roberts would have written up 70 pages taking on an iron man version of the Roe v Wade ruling’s philosophy just for kicks.

Much of the reasoning behind the statement is based on the principle of the 10th amendment, which doesn’t get a lot of attention, and is unfortunately ignored quite a bit. It reads as follows:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

It’s because of this that the original Roe v Wade ruling overstepped the boundaries provided by the Constitution, as the Constitution doesn’t say a word about abortion. Therefore, the federal government cannot issue a nationwide mandate regarding it, and it would be up to each of the individual states to rule for themselves.

There are those who point out that having to carry a child to term and then care for it has the potential to interfere with the expecting mother’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Putting aside for a moment how repugnant it is to reduce a developing life to a mere inconvenience, proponents of abortion neglect to realize that the developing child is, in fact, an individual human life, possessing genetic markers that identify the child.

Making the left’s position more difficult is that all signs point to the fact that a human life begins at the point of conception. The left attempts to make the point that human life begins at the point of birth, even though they have no scientific grounding for their stance. The fact is, when it’s pointed out that life begins at conception, the left loses any foundation for it’s position on abortion.

Now, if you were to look at the arguments above that I’ve made against abortion, you may have noticed that my arguments were based either on observed science, or on the basic underlying philosophy of this republic’s government at the time of its founding. I bring this up to highlight the fact that leftists love to make the pro-life position out to be a religious position, with the premise being that any appearance of mysticism would diminish the validity of any related moral viewpoint. The left does this because they feel less inclined to take religion seriously, portraying their opponents who do as being fundamentalist zealots and pharisaical busybodies.

The reason they do so is apparent when you consider that they (like many on the right) attempt to court the low-Q vote, and among the left’s main weapons for doing so are reductive statements.

As you can see, I’ve waged my points and counterpoints in this article based on facts that are known and observable. But if we were to bring religion into it, it would be plain to see that abortion is offensive when compared to the superordinate principles of nearly every major religion in the world today.

While these reasons play a role in my decision to oppose abortion today, these weren’t the initial reasons I decided I was against the barbaric practice. In fact, as I developed my opinion on the issue, it actually became the issue that turned me against the Democratic party. The reason for this was because the Democratic party’s insistence on abortion revealed something about them.

And that something was that the Democratic party has a shitty life-culture.

It was when I was in high school that I had more Democrat leanings. One might expect this, considering the sheer load of indoctrination that comes from the education system. But shortly after graduating, I started thinking for myself. As is typically the case when one does so, I began resisting the indoctrination. The matter of abortion and the Democrat’s insistence on it was what turned me against them. It was because of their insistence on abortion that I came to see that the Democrats and the political left has a shitty life-culture.

And the more I examined the left for what they believed in, the more apparent it became how bad their life-culture was. They view human beings as inconvenient, especially when they must be cared for and provided for. They view human beings as being part of the problem, as they view us in terms of our impact on the environment, especially when they start talking about overpopulation.

It’s obvious that the left tends more towards a hatred of human life. They view humans in terms of the waste they make, and they even seek to limit their numbers.

This contrasts heavily with the right, which views human beings as each partaking in humanity’s marvelous potential. Humans that live today can celebrate life like no other point in history up until now, and the right wants everyone to have the opportunity to do so, complete with the freedoms that beautify life in the modern world.

The reality is, everyone is entitled to a chance at life, regardless of what their initial outlook may be.

A compromise with abortion was proposed with the reasoning of “safe, legal, and rare”. In other words, abortions were supposed to be rare. But when you see the fact that some women are wearing T-shirts that brag about the number of abortions that they’ve had, it’s obvious that the intent of this compromise was not being honored.

Having said all this, I think it’s pretty evident that a significant shift in American culture is underway. This is signified in the many cultural victories that we’ve been seeing in recent months. For one thing, there are legal victories, including the Rittenhouse trial, which signified the right to defend one’s self from attackers. The Jussie Smollet trial showed us just how poorly the left-controlled information media can call it. CNN+ was an enormous failure, which might have even made it clear to the leftist outlet that people just aren’t interested in them anymore. Ron DeSantis stood up to Disney as Disney was poised to deliver sexual perversion directly to children, and got Disneyland’s special privileges revoked. Elon Musk’s pending purchase of Twitter to turn Twitter into a privately-owned platform would result in the platform actually becoming a free and open marketplace of ideas, a fact that made leftists panic because they’ve grown accustomed to the establishment censoring their opponents.

And now it seems like Roe v Wade is going to be overturned. Could this be the beginning of the age of the Republican party that actually does things?

How is the left reacting? By going ballistic. And you know what? I say, let them. This is how we win. Because the left only knows how to respond to being challenged by overplaying their hands, I say, let’s just keep challenging them. They’ll either wear themselves out and realize that they’re going nowhere, or they’ll make it evident to everyone looking on that they’re insane, and therefore cannot be looked to for sound ideas on how to run a society.

And considering what they’ve done to American society when given the chance during the lockdowns, they deserve every last defeat that gets served to them. And after this happens, every child that shall come afterwards shall enter into a world that is better for the fact that the world will no longer be run by leftists.

And they’ll have the fact that they were born to be thankful for.

Twitter Board Unanimously Accepts Elon Musk’s Offer To Buy Twitter

If you’re on the left side of the political spectrum, you’re probably regretting that you didn’t join the preppers in securing some potassium iodide. Because a massive bomb just dropped.

After some brief talks, the Twitter board agreed to allow Elon Musk to buy the company, effectively turning the social media giant into Elon’s private company. The agreement was reached after Twitter’s board voted unanimously in favor of the sale.

This development is a pretty big deal for Twitter users and free speech advocates, because Elon Musk is a free speech absolutist. This means that, under Elon’s direction, Twitter will be unlikely to suspend or ban users on ideological grounds.

This does not mean that illegal content can escape bans. What it means is that Twitter will become a free and open marketplace of ideas. One can see why leftists are melting down over the news, as their ideology only tends to hold up where dissenting viewpoints are systematically suppressed.

And the memes? Delish.

One joke is that those who threatened to flee to Canada over Trumps election (but didn’t) are now threatening to flee to Canada over Elon’s purchase of Twitter (and they probably won’t). If people actually are threatening to flee to the sweet embrace of Trudeau’s totalitarian suppression of peaceful protests and trampling by horse, here’s my question: What’s the point? They have Twitter in Canada, too.

But better still are those threatening to quit the platform because their own viewpoint will have to compete with differing viewpoints on equal footing. If they were to leave, Twitter would become more tolerable, pretty much immediately.

As a safe measure, Twitter has locked any changes to it’s platform to prevent vandalism on the part of its own staff which may become disgruntled over the purchase, and decide to do some damage on the way out.

Speaking on the purchase, Musk had the following to say:

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” said Mr. Musk. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

This statement carries huge implications for Twitters users, entirely positive. For one thing, that the algorithms are to be open source. Let that sink in. If Twitter’s algorithms are to be open source, that means no sneaky things going on behind the scenes. But speaking of such, I wonder whether Musk will stumble upon evidence of shadow banning, demonstrating that Twitter had previously lied to congress?

Then there’s defeating the spam bots. This is huge, as it’s been estimated that about half of all Twitter users are bots. There does need to be more done to verify actual human accounts, as there are people out there that have started as many as 20 accounts, with most of them botting.

I’m a strongly free speech kinda guy. For like-minded people, Twitter’s acceptance of Musk’s offer is tremendously great news! And it’s yet another sign that trends are turning in favor of ordinary people who want to speak their minds, and have honest exchanges in open forums, without fear of being silenced by a moderation with a stake in the outcome. This comes just days after other significant developments in the culture war, including that Ron DeSantis just revoked Disney’s special privileges in Florida, and it was announced that CNN+ is going down at the end of the month. For those on the left, it’s just been L after L after L.

And you know what? I don’t pity them, at all. After all, I remember when they exercised the influence that they had to shut down the world’s economy for months at a time, in a sad attempt to contain a case of the sniffles. These are the same people who insist that the Biden presidency is the most popular of all time, even though Biden’s presidency has been failure after failure, and just about everything Biden touched came apart, including his catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal.

And then, to top it all off, there’s how they conducted themselves when they were the ones in establishment control of social media, when they banned opposing viewpoints without any regard to the free speech principles of all civilized societies today.

Which is why, being given the opportunity to, we should expose the left’s many ridiculous and fallacious ideas to the sound ridicule that they so richly merit. And as far as that goes, they’ve certainly provided us with plenty of material to ridicule.

Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’m going to go make myself a cocktail, in celebration.

By the way, I’m now on Twitter.