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What Is Happen? (19 Jul 2020)

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Welcome to another attempt to answer the question, What is happen?, where we try to search through the confusion for answers to the confused question.

The topics this week:

  • Attacks on American culture are taking on a spiritual dimension,
  • 130 high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked, but it could have been much worse,
  • Involuntary human experimentation must end.

I had suspected that, in the week since the inaugural installment of this series, current events would have a hard time stepping to the week prior. As it turns out, they did quite step.

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There appears to be an escalation in attacks on churches. Because of the themes of attacking statues of Jesus and Mary, it’s easy to suspect a connection between the church attacks and the recent civil unrest that saw the toppling of statues of historical figures. While the statues targeted were initially those depicting slave owners and confederates, the rioters seemed to segue to historical figures in general, including abolitionist (anti-slavery) Mattias Baldwin, abolitionist Hans Christian Heg, and even an arbitrary elk statue.

Another incident during the week saw a man threatening to kill passengers on an airplane “in the name of Jesus”, who he also claimed was black. It’s not new that there are people whose religion is their skin color. While they were mildly belligerent before, the recent events have enabled them in a big way.

It’s interesting that the recent civil unrest is taking on a spiritual dimension, as the activities of the more destructive individuals does a lot to indicate their side on the matter. According to the Bible, God is a creative being. He created the entire universe, and according to the gap theory, a calamity befell the earth, and afterwards the earth was restored (the days of creation). God is the ultimate creator. But there’s more: upon the creation of human beings, God made the decision to make them in His image. His creative nature was imparted to us.

Each time we write, build, sculpt, draw, paint, or otherwise express our creativity, we are using a gift that God gave to us.

The Scriptures also tell us about Satan. He is an adversarial being who is opposed to God, and is the enemy of humankind. In Satan’s nature is destruction. His desire is to destroy humankind, which God has created. However, he lacks the means to do much besides mess with people’s minds. But that’s plenty.

When someone acts on Satan’s will, they are destructive. Destructive to self, destructive to other people, destructive to righteous living, destructive to family, culture, society, and civilization. If the destruction is not to be brought about immediately, it is intended to be the consequence of subtle acts committed over a course of time.

Of course, there are times when destruction of something is justifiable. Also, one can point out the use of images such as those of Jesus and Mary in worship is something that the Scriptures disallow. However, the nature of the damage done to these statues goes beyond a mere disposal of something forbidden, it indicates a brazen disrespect for the personages that these images were intended to depict. That goes a long way in telling us just what’s behind the destruction of these images.

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Twitter was hacked. And this time, the scale was extraordinary. About 130 accounts were hacked, many being high-profile verified accounts, bypassing two-factor authentication, and using some of the accounts to post updates without the account owners’ permission.

Among the accounts hacked in this round were those of Elon Musk, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. The accounts posted a Bitcoin scam, receiving over $100,000. It took Twitter hours to determine what was going on and put a halt to the operation. The account of president Donald Trump was apparently spared, as it was placed under extra protection since a 2017 incident where a person in Twitter’s employ banned his account on their last day of work.

As bad as this hack was, it could have been worse. A person with unfettered access to 130 high-profile accounts could do damage on a massive scale.

For one thing, Elon Musk owns a huge corporation, and his Twitter activities can actually impact the stock market. If it turns out his DMs were compromised, and they contain chatter about announcement yet to be made, they could do substantial damage to his company, and to investors.

As bad as that sounds, imagine just the kind of damage that could be done by speaking in the guise of public officials, directly to the public. If Trump’s account were hacked, it could be used to inform the public to seek shelter in the event of possible retaliation to a nuclear strike. One can imagine the public reaction.

Joe Biden’s account was among those hacked. Imagine if someone were to use it to say that he would withdraw from the presidential race, and endorsed Barack Obama as a write-in. Then, because Obama’s account was also hacked, it could have been used to “confirm” the imposter Biden’s wishes. People would believe it, and it might have caused substantial damage if it were to have occurred closer to November.

Considering the potential for damage that can be caused if high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked, I could imagine that there would be great interest in increasing Twitter’s security.

Interestingly, the hacker(s) behind this hack also posted Twitter’s back-end interface, which appears to indicate that users or their content are blacklisted from searches. That’s interesting, considering that Twitter themselves has denied shadow-banning users for years. Does Twitter owe some of it’s users apologies?

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In a dark reminder that science is not always right, a suit filed against a pair of doctors, 100 unnamed nurses, and Los Angeles County alleges that the accused have given a detained young boy a strong form of estrogen in an experimental treatment, without the consent of the boy or his family. The complaint also alleges that other boys in the same facility were given similar treatment.

It would seem that the spirit of Josef Mangele is alive and well. What’s more, he has apparently made his home in the United States, where he continues to prey upon those who are helpless to defend themselves from him.

The tendency of the human mind is to seek answers. However, no answer out there is worth surrendering one’s mind to debasement. A determined and sustained predation on the helpless or disadvantaged is strongly against the spirit of human advancement. The nature of the crime of experimenting on the unaware is such that the strongest condemnation that can be afforded by the criminal justice system doesn’t quite properly answer it.

Because those targeted by this crime include marginalized groups such as religious and racial minorities and the physically and mentally handicapped, the strong interest of anyone with a sincere progressive mindset should be to end involuntary human experimentation altogether.

“When did all of you forsake yourselves?”
-Gaara

Civil Suit Alleges Involuntary Human Experimentation in America

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It’s been nearly a day since first hearing of this story. I’ve calmed down quite a bit since, but it might be hard to tell. When I hear about things like involuntary human experimentation, my gut reaction is to get a fire going that’s big enough for some sickening human beings to be thrown into.

What’s important to consider is that the complaint is of an alleged wrongdoing, meaning it’s veracity is still yet to be determined in a court of law.

According to a civil complaint filed in the state of California, a minor in a detention center was prescribed estrogen in an experimental treatment with no medical basis, and was compelled to take it. The complaint also alleges that other minors in the same facility have received the same treatment. The complaint also alleges that the treatment resulted in psychological damage, and physical damage requiring surgery for correction.

It would be surprising to me if there weren’t also criminal complaints, considering that the alleged offenses constitute grave crimes against humanity, and shouldn’t go unanswered. The civilized world has already gone to war against depraved science decades ago, and won. If we have to, I’m for doing it again.

Those behind debased science usually prey on the vulnerable among us, which includes the prison population, which can do little to resist. Also among vulnerable targets are the handicapped, loners, those with mental illnesses, and religious and racial minorities.

Considering the outrageous nature of the crime of involuntary human experimentation, which goes against the spirit of humanity, the penalty of death seems the most fitting for it given America’s constitutional framework. Anything else doesn’t adequately reward it for the transgression it is.

But while we’re considering fitting punishments, what would seem the most appropriate punishment for someone who conducts experiments on inmates, even going as far as altering their sexual characteristics, especially as they are made to join the prison population? There is one idea that comes immediately to mind. Pouring Head and Shoulders directly onto his eyes.

”There are things in the universe that are simply and purely evil. A warrior does not seek to understand them, or to compromise with them. He seeks only to obliterate them.” -Thrawn

Amazon Still Going After Anime

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Online retailer Amazon has previously gone after anime figures that they deemed objectionable, even though a basic observation shows that there wasn’t anything objectionable about them. It seems this trend is continuing, as they’re halting sales of the light novel series, No Game No Life.

If you’re wondering what a “light novel” is, it’s related to Japanese comic books called “manga”, except they’re mainly text with intermittent illustrations.

I’m not familiar with the series No Game No Life, but from what I’ve seen in passive browsing, it’s far from the most offensive series out there. I suspect that the bannings are being carried out by a member of Amazon staff who isn’t strongly familiar with anime.

I’m not a huge anime nerd, but I’ve watched quite a bit. From what I’ve seen, the thing that makes anime appealing is the same thing that some people find concerning about it: some anime can have surprisingly mature themes. The fact is, anime isn’t a single genre, it’s an animation style used mainly in Japan. The anime style and its many variants can be used in Japanese shows that appeal to many different audiences, with some made for children, some made for teens, and some anime is made for mature audiences.

The fact that anime can touch on mature themes or have cultural references specific to the Japanese can result in anime being viewed with suspicion by certain western viewers who are more familiar with the idea of cartoons being primarily geared towards children.

An interesting point that’s related to this is that the Japanese aren’t obsessed with the idea that entertainment media can be used to inform a person’s worldview, or that cartoon characters be used to teach the values that parents should be teaching. The Japanese are morally unaffected by entertainment media because they can understand the difference between fantasy and reality, and are strongly well-behaved as people. The Japanese can consume mature entertainment without adverse effect because they are mature people. They don’t relegate child-rearing to the television set.

Because anime can have mature themes and even be adult-centric, it has plenty of potential to be viewed as weird. What’s more, while many western cartoons have simple plotlines that conclude in 20 minutes, anime can tell long stories that can take many episodes to reach a conclusion. Because of this, those accustomed to western cartoons can find anime very challenging. Considering this, anime is often unfairly criticized, and so are the people who consume it, in spite of the fact that anime fans tend to keep it sensible.

Though Amazon has blocked sales of No Game No Life, Amazon hasn’t given a reason for doing so. But I’m hearing that Amazon has also blocked sale of anime-related items that depicted characters bathing and characters in bed with only bedding. There seems to be a theme of vilification over depictions of nudity, as though there were anything intrinsically wrong with that. Nudity isn’t wrong, it’s a state of the human body (the most natural state). However, depictions of the sort are a typical target for busybodies out to score moral-superiority points.

The stated goal is usually “to fight objectification”, as though a fictional character’s plight were equivalent to that of a real human being. A fictional character can’t be further objectified because fictional characters are already objects. In any case, the busybodies don’t seem aware of the irony that they’re creating in speaking out against the objectification of fictional women, when their cause would victimize real women. The fact is, the Japanese entertainment industry employs and is cultivated by women. If the Japanese entertainment industry were to cave in to the demands of non-Japanese busybodies, many women that the industry employs might find themselves without income, and the busybodies’ endeavor against fictional women would have victimized real women.

When it comes to entertainment media, the best course of action is to allow mature, responsible people to make choices for themselves. If something doesn’t appeal to your sensibilities, you can make your choices based on that. What makes the busybodies problematic is that they’re not content with making their own choices for themselves, they want to make everyone else’s choices for them based on their own personal hang-ups. They don’t trust other people to behave maturely. While they pretend to be about liberation when they stand up for fictional people, they aren’t about liberty for real people.

When it comes to consuming mature media in a responsible manner, anime fans do surprisingly well. It’s too bad that there are people out there that don’t understand that.

What Is Happen? (12 Jul 2020)

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Hello everyone, welcome to the first installment of what may end up being a series, based on my own petty whim. This series is titled, What Is Happen?, and it’s focused somewhat on current events in an attempt to answer the confused question, “What is happen?”

While the question itself may sound confused, it would seem that it’s pretty far from the most confused thing around.

In my first attempt to answer the question, I decided to type the query what is happen? into the DuckDuckGo search engine (a search engine I recommend). The main results seem to mainly come back with the dictionary definition of the word “happen”, so it seems I might have to dig into current events in an effort to answer the question.

In this installment of What Is Happen?, we’ll explore the following current events:

  • Kanye West is running for president,
  • Half the state of Oklahoma is being given back to natives because of a pedophile,
  • That last point is so jarring that I don’t remember the rest of the topics.
  • Oh yeah, there was another. An accidental vehicular homicide is being framed as racially-motivated, in spite of the driver’s race.

But before we get into that, let’s first do a short recap for the benefit of those who somehow missed out on the previous year, perhaps due to accidental cryogenic suspension in a manner similar to Fry from Futurama. If this is for your benefit, then I advise the following course of action for your safety:

  1. Sit down.
  2. Then continue reading.
  3. I’m not kidding, you’re probably going to want to be sitting down for this.

Are you ready? Consider yourself warned…

Late in 2019, a new virus was discovered in China which quickly spread to the global population. This virus is simply called “the coronavirus”. I know, it’s a stupid name since the word “coronavirus” describes a category of virus, and shouldn’t be used to describe a specific one. The coronavirus quickly spread around the globe, infecting many millions of people, most of which probably were never accounted for.

By now, you’re probably wondering just how deadly this new virus is. The answer is, not very deadly at all. Last I heard, only about 0.4% (or 4 in 1000) of those infected have died from complications related to the virus. It’s possible that the percentage is much lower because not everyone has been tested. Symptoms of the virus mainly involve a mild, short-lived cough, and is almost always followed by a full recovery. Apparently, a majority of cases are completely without symptoms, and the virus is mainly only a danger (however slight) to those already being killed by something else.

Based on this, it might sound like the coronavirus is no big deal. However, you only need to scare a few people in order to do a lot of damage, and if those people happen to be governors and heads of state, the potential for damage is far-reaching. U.S. governors have responded with state-wide shutdowns, costing millions of Americans their jobs, plunging people into destitution as welfare starts coming apart, and terminal self-destructive behavior has spiked.

The U.S. of A. is quickly turning into a third-world country, and it’s happening over a mild cough that quickly goes away. But that’s not all.

On May 25, 2020, a black man named George Floyd was killed by a white cop. The act itself was recorded and shared online, and millions were rightfully infuriated. People already furious due to having lost jobs from overreaction to the coronavirus were looking for an excuse to riot, and they found it. The riots initially started as frustration on the part of the black community, but were soon afterwards co-opted by Antifa, who took the opportunity to do what Antifa has historically done: sow violence and discord under the guise of activism. At the apex of the rioting, a portion of Seattle has been seized, with the police driven out, and declared an autonomous zone. The mayor of Seattle ignored the situation for weeks until people were killed in the autonomous zone, and rioters showed up at the mayor’s house. As it turns out, there’s no faster way to get the mayor to notice than to threaten the mayor with violence, so the police stormed the autonomous zone, encountering little resistance, reclaiming the area as part of Seattle.

If you’re wondering what the police are up to, you probably can’t count on them right now. This is because an officer in Atlanta, Georgia was threatened with the death penalty for killing a man who threatened him with a weapon. If the District Attorney of Atlanta is going to threaten officers with death for defending themselves, then what are officers supposed to do? It seems the answer is “blue flu”.

What’s a “blue flu”? Police officers are not legally allowed to go on strike. But they can call in sick, and when a large number of officers agree to call in sick, that’s called a “blue flu”. Police officers are now abandoning duty under the guise of sick days because they no longer feel safe doing their jobs.

There’s a lot more, but that’s the bare minimum to get you caught up. Now onto more current events. So, what is happen?

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Kanye West has announced his intentions for running for the presidency of the United States in the year 2020. This news has gotten the conspiracy theorists that call everyone else conspiracy theorists speculating that Kanye’s bid for the presidency is part of a conspiracy by Trump to try to get black votes away from the Democrats (particularly Joe Biden).

Kanye has previously expressed admiration for Donald Trump, and has famously worn a MAGA hat, which ruffled some feathers. Some might imagine that Kanye would run as a conservative or a member of the Republican party. Kanye intends to establish his own party, which he calls the Birthday Party, stating that upon winning, he’d hold a celebration as though it’s everyone’s birthday. He has stated criticism of the idea that a person’s race should determine how they vote, particularly objecting to the idea that black men should feel compelled to vote for Joe Biden.

While Republicans tend toward the free market and Democrats tend toward socialism, Kanye West’s vision of an ideal government is inspired by Wakanda from the fictional Black Panther IP published by Marvel, which, from my understanding, was an absolute monarchy with succession through combat.

I’m skeptical, but not just because it’s too late for Kanye to campaign in some states, but also because it sounds too awesome.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a large portion of Oklahoma is property of native Americans, honoring an 1866 treaty which granted native Americans much of eastern Oklahoma. The 5-4 ruling has determined that the areas fall outside state jurisdiction for prosecuting crimes, which would instead fall to tribes and to the federal government.

The Chief Justice, John Roberts, argued that “the State’s ability to prosecute serious crimes will be hobbled and decades of past convictions could well be thrown out.”

This issue was brought before the Supreme Court when an older man, who was convicted on three sexual offenses (including molesting a four-year-old girl) had made the case that the state could not prosecute him because his crimes had occurred on a reservation.

That’s right, a child molester just tore an American state nearly in half.

The reservations of Oklahoma wouldn’t become lawless zones reminiscent of the recent disaster called “the CHAZ” or “the CHOP”, as federal law would still have jurisdiction over crimes committed on reservations. Under the Constitution, states are not allowed to dissolve reservations within their borders; this is only allowed by Congress, which apparently hasn’t dissolved the Oklahoma reservation.

There are numerous other reservations in the United States for which an argument could possibly be made for returning to natives based on the 9 Jul 2020 Supreme Court ruling. But don’t get funny ideas about running off to a reservation in an effort to escape justice for a serious crime, as these reservations are still under federal jurisdiction.

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A man who drove the wrong way on an exit ramp has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. The man was captured on security cameras driving his Jaguar onto the Stewart Street I-5 exit ramp at about 1:30am, past Wrong Way warning signs, colliding with pedestrians involved with Black Lives Matter protests. One protester was soon afterwards declared dead, and another was hospitalized.

Leftists have framed the vehicular homicide as being racially-motivated, and therefore a hate crime. Said leftists have taken to social media in outrage. But there is something that’s being overlooked…

The driver was black. Not only that, the two pedestrians who were struck were white. If there was racial motivation, it wouldn’t have been the kind it’s being framed as, though to be fair, the act was apparently an accident. The ingredients of an accident were there: a bunch of demonstrators were on an exit ramp, wearing black in the middle of the night. All that needed to happen for things to turn tragic was a car mistakenly taking the ramp, and that was just what happened.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

While the demonstrators and various leftists are predictable in overlooking the facts, it’s legacy media that proved disappointing, as many outlets aren’t even mentioning the races of the victims. While this usually isn’t relevant, it’s hard to imagine that the journalists don’t understand the potential behind the circumstances to stoke further racial tension. If they didn’t, wouldn’t they be too incompetent to be journalists? What’s more, why wouldn’t they be aware of the recent George Floyd riots, and how omitting the details of this story would give it tremendous potential to be distorted to fit an unsavory narrative?

The deception by omission by legacy media is one of those things that helps me to savor the nature of my conflicts with certain individuals: I care about the facts, whereas those I take issue with care more about how something can be framed to fit their narrative. It’s truth versus post-truth. As I see it, when in doubt, the safest course of action is usually the one that avoids harming a human being. As the post-truthers see it, harm to another person, including innocents, can be embraced if it somehow furthers their cause. In my perspective, the truth of a matter is used to lead to proper understanding, whereas in their eyes, the cause must never be questioned, regardless of whatever evidence exists.

A matter is being widely misrepresented in a way that furthers a destructive cause, when the facts omitted plainly had the potential to prevent such deception. It’s easy to see a deliberate malevolence on the part of information media.

So, considering all this, are we any closer to an answer to the question, What is happen? Based on what we’re seeing so far, it seems the answer is, This are confuse.

TWAT News: Killer Coronavirus of Evil Death Murders People

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Now that the George Floyd riots are no longer fitting the narrative, it’s time for corporate media to revert to what they already know scares morons. Are they still called the George Floyd riots? They seem like they’re knocking historic statues down, regardless of their side in American history. What’s more, the CHAZ “summer of love” police-free dealie quickly devolved into violence, resulting in deaths. See what I mean? Violent rioters, when left to their own devices, get difficult to spin.

So, it’s back to the coronavirus, with death counts that continually climb. Because of course they do. Think about what it would take for those numbers to decrease. But then, if some came back from a coronavirus death, would that make them a coronavirus zombie? Zombies have already been written into nightly news stories to appeal to the stoner market. Think of how the ratings would skyrocket with coronavirus zombies.

The novel coronavirus, as you may know, is an emerging virus that causes COVID-19, which is mainly characterized by a mild, short-lived cough, but usually there are no symptoms at all. The virus is suspiciously only a danger to people already being killed by something else, with death rates comparable to that of the common flu. In response, leaders the world over have enacted lockdowns and restrictions on the general population which have had a catastrophic impact on an economy that took decades to build up, destroying the lives and livelihoods of countless people, resulting in a surge in suicides (meanwhile, the leaders behind these choices are blissfully insulated from the destruction they themselves caused).

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently stated his intention to mandate face masks in public by executive order. Face masks, as has been long known, increases levels of cortisol in those who habitually wear them. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”, which at high enough levels suppresses the immune response, making people more susceptible to recurring infections. Oh wait, that’s counterproductive.

Speaking of counterproductive, bringing up the coronavirus again is only going to remind us ordinary people of how badly Democrat leaders pulverized society in a massive overreaction, further cementing our decisions to not elect them. Having said that, it’s apparent that Biden has the moron vote and watch-the-world-burn vote, and the growing do-as-you’re-told-because-science vote.

Oh man, I’m glad that liquor stores are open again. I’m also glad that nearby grocery stores are no longer enforcing one-way aisles or face masks. It’s as though people are figuring something out.

They’re trying to distract us from the riots with some coronavirus scare stories. That Was Actually The news.

Take your fake meat and shove it.

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I stood in place, neck craning at the illuminated menu. The contents of my stomach fought an uphill battle with my esophagus as I struggled to comprehend what I was beholding. As the seconds passed, my appetite decreased to the point that I could have simply walked out, requesting nothing of the distressed menu that was before me.

The problem? Submitted for your bemused disbelief, the Impossible Whopper:

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There is some honesty to be appreciated in the implication that it’s impossible for a Whopper with 0% beef to be considered a hamburger, but any good will that could have been fostered is offset by the fact that the Impossible Whopper is, at its core, an imitation product.

If there’s no beef present, then just what meat is being served? Is it pork? Some variety of browned poultry? No, it’s pretty much a veggie burger. Of course, if the Impossible Whopper were marketed as the fake that it is, it would find it’s way down fewer gullible throats. The imitation burger is instead a lie by omission.

Another trend that’s disturbing is that of lab-grown meat. When I sit down to a steak, I shouldn’t have to ponder whether some lab somewhere successfully synthesized the protein that supports muscle growth, or the B vitamins that upholds brain function. My expectation would be that the steak was once an animal with awareness. If this were not the case, the violation of my expectation would throw my trust in the server into serious jeopardy.

It’s obvious why they’re trying to trick us: if we knew that these imitation meat products were not the real deal, almost none of us would bother with them, except perhaps the vegans who are going so crazy by reason of their ascetic diets that they’re willing to accept look-alikes to fill the void caused by an absence of normal food. But even then, that group is so legalistic that they wouldn’t likely risk the cross-contamination that’s expected at fast-food joints. So what are these proponents of fake meat doing besides trying to trick us?

There are people out there willing to ironically consume something gross just to say they did, but it’s a limited market. Once they’ve tried it once, they’ll move onto pig rectum subs or whatever, then what? What benefit is it to Burger King to leave something on a menu that just a few people are going to try only once? I’m not hungry enough to eat some imitation meat, and if I was starving, I have the benefit of having to choose between a bunch of things I’d rather eat, including durian.

If you can’t out-compete a fruit that smells like farts, you’ve failed.

Why are feminists so bad at dating?

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It’s hard not to notice an uptick in the number of feminists who are attempting the dating game, but it’s not going very well for them. It’s not a surprise when you consider that they are a fad ideology that actively tampers with the gender dynamic.

While conservatives have been mischaracterized as old-fashioned and unscientific, their approach to courtship is actually strongly scientific, in that they’ve made observations, formed hypotheses, and rigorously tested them in a manner reminiscent of the scientific method. When it comes to courtship, they were really early to the science, as their approach has been battle-tested through the ages and determined to be axioma, found fit and is beyond dispute.

On the other hand, left-wing idealists, while eager to champion their ideas, are bringing ideas that are relatively untested and therefore by their nature risky. Their attempt-first-ask-later approach is reckless, and is nowhere close to as scientific as they are given credit for. What’s more, what of their ideas for which significant data exists determines that their flagship relationship approaches are adokimon, having been tested and found to be debased and unfit for the intended purpose.

Yet, they still continue to foist their ideas on the body politick. The continual failures of their approaches coupled with their fanatical insistence upon them gives fuel to the idea that the far-left is in league with an insidious population-control movement which uses mass misinformation to further it’s agenda. The irony behind such an endeavor is that it’s primary victims are leftists and the gullible, thus breeding out such groups, and autolyzing the movement itself. Among the victims of the theoretical movement would be feminists.

Because feminists have been indoctrinated into a worldview that treats the male-female relationship as adversarial in nature, it should be no surprise that they aren’t faring well in relationships that require compromise with both the opposite sex and their own expectations. Couple this with the fact that the concept of love has long been mysticized to the point that people find themselves doubting that it’s the “real thing” when they experience it, and the cards are really stacked against feminists when they finally get around to putting their fad ideologies to the test.

Some people are their own worst enemies. The hang-ups that they’ve taken on were usually foisted upon them by someone else, and internalized to the point of being self-reinforcing, making it much less likely that they’ll properly identify them as the cause of their problems.

The fact is, there are generalities that apply to women which can have a significant impact on their dating lives. Related to this is the fact that as women become more successful, they tend to notice fewer men who they find suitable for themselves. This is because women are naturally hypergamous, meaning that they tend to marry upwards on the social scale. Successful women can overcome loneliness by compromising with their inhibition and accepting men who aren’t as successful as they, but in so doing, they might find it difficult to resist their own natures.

What renders leftist movements self-defeating is that they teach men to be weak-willed and accommodating to the point of self-deprecation, and women to be aggressive and dominating to the point of being hard to approach, thereby making the two unlikely to find one-another appealing. The sad consequence is that politically-compatible leftist couples start families with decreased frequency, and if they were to date outside their own political sphere, there wouldn’t be much expectation for their success.

Simply put, feminists are bad at dating, and their own political ideology and philosophical notions are the cause of their own plight. If they had the introspection necessary to properly identify the cause of their own problem, they wouldn’t likely remain feminists. But if they were to continue on their course, it might become the hill that their dating lives would end on.

The Parable of the Ice Cream Boy

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Suppose you’re presented with two pictures, one after the other. The first picture is of a young boy, sitting and smiling. His hair is neatly-parted, and his clothes are clean.

You might see him and think, “What a well-behaved child!” and think positively on what you see.

Then you see a picture of another boy, his face smeared with ice cream. He’s laughing, and his clothes are similarly smeared with ice cream.

You might see him and think, “What a misbehaved child!” and come away thinking negatively on the sight.

However, perception isn’t everything.

The reason why the one boy had ice cream smeared on his face is because he had ice cream. The boy who was neat and clean was smiling because he was told to, because someone had to take his picture. The boy with the ice cream didn’t have to be told to smile because he had reason to.

I don’t know about you, but between the two I’d rather be the boy with the ice cream. He’s enjoying a simple pleasure in life rather than being made to put on a charade for someone else’s amusement.

The boys in the comparison above can be likened to many real-world people in a variety of circumstances. Do either of them remind you of anyone you know?

What’s the Deal With Raymond (that cat from Animal Crossing)?

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Since the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch, one character in particular has gathered a disproportionate amount of attention, with some players declaring him the rarest character in the game. This character is Raymond, a cat villager.

What’s the deal with Raymond?

Raymond is a gray-colored cat in office attire. An office cat motif is amusing to begin with, but players have pointed out that he’s the only cat in the game with a “smug” personality, which is odd given how independent and aloof housecats can be in real life. This combination of traits already makes Raymond an appealing character.

But there’s something more that makes him stand out. Raymond has heterochromia, a rare condition in which both his eyes are different colors. Heterochromia is considered appealing in certain creative communities, particularly those influenced by Japanese media. Many in such communities who make their own original characters give their characters heterochromia because it’s one way to make a character seem more special.

If players were to visit Raymond’s house on their island, they would find the interior decor has an office theme. This immediately appeals to those adapting to working at home in light of the recent coronavirus epidemic, as Raymond’s home office indicates a character that a portion of the Animal Crossing community can relate to. More appropriate still is that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a game that people made a point of obtaining before widespread shutdowns took effect, to the point that people were grateful that GameStop resisted the shutdowns long enough to allow them to obtain a copy of the game.

So, is Raymond really the rarest character in the game? Not really. Whether at the Campsite or through Nook Miles Tickets, Raymond has the same odds of appearing as each of the other potential villagers. However, he is the current most desirable villager, and considering that there’s hundreds of possible villagers, there is high demand for this one character.

The demand is so high, that some players are stocking up on Nook Miles Tickets in an effort to get more chances to obtain this character. Some players are willing to exchange valuable in-game assets, such as millions of bells (the in-game currency) with other players on sites such as Discord for the opportunity to have Raymond move from one player’s island to another. In some cases, players are willing to spend real-life money in excess of the cost of the game to obtain Raymond from another player.

Of note is that because Raymond is a new character, an Amiibo for Raymond was not available at the time Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released, so players couldn’t simply scan it for the guarantee that Raymond would appear at the campsite.

Expediting Raymond’s popularity is that because players notice other players going to great lengths to obtain this character, there is an increased perception of value to him. On top of that, he gets noticed just for all the attention that surrounds him, similar to how the first result of a search engine favors results that get more traffic, and placing higher in search results results in yet more traffic.

There are many other popular villagers in ACNH. Among these are Marina, an octopus (there are only three octopuses in the game), Ankha, a cat that resembles King Tut’s sarcophagus, Lucky, a dog that was heavily bandaged, and Marshall, a squirrel that resembles a marshmallow.

What’s my favorite villager? Maybe I’ll reveal that in another post.

Killing Snoke

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“You will not bow before Snoke.” -Rey, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

As I examine the character of Snoke, it becomes apparent that he is a stand-in for the kind of psychological turmoil that would be experienced by a person in Ben Solo’s position. While it’s apparent that Snoke in the Star Wars universe is a personal entity that is adversarial and interacts with the other characters, it seems to me that he’s an allegory for something experienced by those with mental illness and emotional trauma in the real world.

Snoke seems to be a stand-in for unwelcome, demanding voices as experienced by someone with a psychosis.

While the cause of such voices is still not fully understood, it seems they are caused by thoughts in a person’s own head, which the brain wrongly interprets as audible. This phenomenon can be caused by, among other things, prolonged stress or perhaps just inadequate sleep.

In persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a person’s unwanted thoughts can “take over” making them believe that they have to do certain things. At first, it’s usually trivial and ritualistic tasks, like how a person washes their hands. But conceivably, these thoughts can develop into “voices” that can “guide” them into some poor life choices. There are cases where the voices have a spiritual meaning to the person experiencing them, and they might wrongly attribute them to the divine!

Considering this, the allegory of Snoke becomes much more apparent. For one thing, his voice sounds almost exactly how a judgmental internal voice would sound: wise enough to sound like they’d have answers to the person’s problems, but can even be loud and abusive if there exists even a minute flaw.

Also noteworthy is that Snoke demanded continual sacrifices to placate him, and what’s more, what he demanded was whatever could give Ben hope outside of Snoke himself. Evil voices demand similar sacrifices! It was Snoke who pressured Ben into killing his father, who was a connection to Ben’s old life. When Ben did kill his father, it still wasn’t enough. What’s more, the fact that Ben felt conflicted about it was enough to invalidate the sacrifice as far as Snoke was concerned!

Ben then felt pressured into killing his own mother, and to his credit, he didn’t go through with it. However, Ben’s conflict was noteworthy enough for him to bring up again when meeting Rey. Snoke was willing to condemn Ben for his mere thoughts!

But it’s interesting that Snoke would have such direct access to Ben’s thoughts, especially considering that he couldn’t do the same to Rey without the assistance of a force-ability designed to that end. For some reason, Snoke had more direct access to Ben.

Snoke has been manipulating Ben for a long time. Ben was coming to realize that, if Snoke had his way, the abuse would be continual.

So Ben killed Snoke.

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For a long time, Snoke pulled Ben along with the idea that he could bring out Ben’s potential. But the reality was, Snoke was intent on continually using him. With Snoke dead, Ben ascended to the position of Supreme Leader of the First Order, and in so doing, he began to rise to live up to his potential.

”The Supreme Leader is dead.” -Kylo Ren

”Long live the Supreme Leader.” -Armitage Hux