Let’s Keep Voting

The UK election results mean that a new vote needs to be held immediately. Because in the 15 seconds since the last vote, everybody must have definitely decided they don’t want Brexit any more. Definitely. Because it’s not possible voters actually mean what they say they mean.

I’m neither pro nor against Brexit because it’s definitely nothing to do with me. But I’m horrified by the contempt for the will of the people that the incapacity to make Brexit happen revealed.

In the US they are smarter. They don’t even want to ask voters any more. Let’s just impeach instead and fuck voters, they say.

Again, I didn’t support Trump and was very unhappy he won. But that’s not the point. It’s all about the egregious contempt for all of us. And I mean, all of us. Because tomorrow you will vote for something or somebody these slick bastards don’t like and you’ll immediately become a fascist and a white supremacist entirely irrespective of how non-white and super-duper progressive you might be.

Mumsy

So remember how I discovered that somebody I thought was a friend turned out to be not a real friend and actually a very fake, dishonest person who used me?

I really freaked out about that and started fearing that I had lost my capacity to make friends. So I overcompensated and made a bunch of new friends to convince myself I still had it. Now I have a battery of Christmas gifts lined up for my new friends and I spend all week delivering them.

Among these new friends, there’s my new very chic friend. She’s a very fashionable, stylish lady. Every time I meet her, I want to ask her to sit with her eyes closed for 15 minutes so that I can study her eye makeup. She’s the “I’m flying to Vienna tomorrow for an opera and then coming right back” type of person. While I’m a “I’ve got a gift card for a new coffee shop that I’ve sat on for three months because I’m such a homebody that I can’t get my ass over to a new place three minutes from my house” type.

So today we exchanged Christmas gifts and she gave me jewelry from Nordstrom’s. And I gave her a gift from the Home Goods store. I feel really mumsy. And out of place.

But at least I’m meeting another new friend today, and I’m here chic and stylish friend, so I’m hoping it would even out.

I really miss my friend who is in Seattle because we are always on the same wavelength. I wouldn’t feel embarrassed to tell her how much I love the Home Goods store.

Appetite

What I find stupid is the idea that a low-carb diet “suppresses appetite.” It doesn’t suppress appetite. It’s simply that everything you are allowed to eat is so boring, one-note and unappealing that it’s easier not to eat at all.

Have I already talked about how the keto diet caused the discovery of the Americas? Let’s rename Columbus Day to keto day.

Not Your Mirror

On the subject of the penultimate post, the narcissistically wounded Americans will assume that this is about race. They project their hangups on the world and can’t imagine anything existing outside these sad little obsessions.

But it’s not about that at all.

One of the things I enjoy watching are Russian talk shows that demonstrate the cultural abyss between the Westernized urban bourgeois Russians and the provincial non-Westernized Russians. Both groups are obviously very white. But the ways they understand the concepts of a child, a rape, sex with children, incest are just as different as that of the “babies in cages” and the guy from rural Huehuetenango.

“How could you rape your underage daughter, sir? It’s horrible!”

“Me? Never! I’m not one of those perverts! I’m her dad so I [bad word] her! Who else is supposed to [bad word] her? Some other guy? I’m her father so of course I [a graphic description of sex acts] her!”

The Westernized urban audience faints.

The incomprehension here happens because the concept of a child as you and I understand it was invented by European Enlightenment thinkers in the 18th century and then exported to 5 square centimeters of the planet’s territory. Everybody else is doing things exactly as they always have and thinking you are a damn fool.

This is why I feel guilty because I once talked “in a not very kind voice, Mommy” to my toddler while a woman who grew up ten miles from where I did goes on TV to explain how it’s a good thing that she brutalized her child with a broomstick and the audience goes, “yeah, totally, kids get so annoying. Good for you!”

There’s also another aspect to this which is that a fertility that works as it should (first pregnancy at 16 and then one every year after that) produces a completely different value of children and women.

The moral of the story is that other people are not a mirror you can look in to admire yourself. The world is complicated, and diversity is very very harsh. Especially on people who are incapable of understanding what I just wrote about.

In New Jersey

The anti-semitic act of terror at a kosher market in New Jersey was perpetrated by Black Hebrew Israelites who believe that blacks are real Jews while actual Jews are usurpers.

Now cue explanations on how the murders are a manifestation of “white nationalism” and “Trump is to blame.”

A Sad Present

Here’s a little present for the “babies in cages” crowd. They are well-meaning, kind people whose only fault is their extreme narcissism and tendency towards projection. But the results of their incapacity to accept that not everything in the world is about them are terrible.

The actual baby in the linked story would have definitely been better off separated from the father who used her as a ticket to the US and then rented her out to his pedophile friends.

Of course, it’s true that having stayed in Huehuetenango wouldn’t have brought the baby a lifetime of affirmative consent and bodily integrity. That’s because the culture that the raped baby is from has a very different concept of sex, body, and child. But that’s an idea that’s too hard for most people.

Before anybody starts chirping that this is an exceptional case that happens in any culture with equal frequency, I highly recommend the UN’s report on women and children.