The Life of a Killer

I highly recommend this long and fascinating profile of Michael Reinoehl, the Portland assassin. (That is, the most recent Portland assassin. It’s getting hard to keep track).

The article paints a great picture of the type of individual these riots are attracting. It also demonstrates that this tragedy could have been prevented if the killer had been prosecuted for his earlier offenses.

Raise You

“COVID is taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years. Look, here’s, the lives, it’s just, it’s uh mean think about it. More lives this year than any other year for the past 100 years,” said the person who is being run for president by the side that wailed for years that Trump was incoherent and demented.

Generational Markers

Existential threat

Public health emergency

Peaceful protesters

We are all in this together

It’s just stuff

But they’ve got insurance

Flatten the curve

Systemic

Stay home save lives

Mostly peaceful

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Our generation will shudder until the end of our days whenever we will hear these words. They will remind us of what gigantic assholes we’d made out of ourselves back in year 2020.

History will not be kind to the rioting coronabro generation of extraordinary snowflakes. We will be mocked.

“Gramma, can you tell me about that time when everybody freaked out, locked themselves up in a huge timeout and then threw a tantrum and burned cities? It’s such a funny story.”

“Yes, grandpa, I misbehaved but it’s nothing like that time when you were young and everybody broke everything for no reason. I saw it on TV, and it was really crazy.”

Material Life

Clive James is also one of very VERY few Westerners who understood what the Soviet Union was about:

Except in periods of deliberately induced famine, nobody starved in the Soviet Union, or died of thirst or went unclothed. But they ate, drank and dressed at a level too low to leave them untouched by a desolate envy of the capitalism they were supposed to despise, and finally it was that corrosive spiritual deprivation that brought socialism down. The deprivation was comparative, not absolute: but the comparison was real. Thoughts of it filled the day, the week, the month, the year and the whole wasted life. In the West, someone obsessed with material things is correctly thought to be a fool. In the East, everyone was obsessed with material things from daylight to dusk.

Absolutely, 100% true. A lifetime of constantly thinking about stuff, stuff, stuff, how to get stuff, nothing else but stuff. This kind of life is intolerable. Only the most primitive human beings can be satisfied with it. Life of the stomach instead of life of the mind is degrading.

Another thing that people don’t get is that all of this didn’t end the second the USSR was dissolved. I described earlier how there were still no stores, cafes, or restaurants in my large city almost a decade after the USSR had fallen apart. In the same way, there was still no life of the mind (after a brief but happy explosion of interest in reading in 1987-89) all throughout the 1990s. And it’s not like there’s been much since then, to be honest. I mean, there’s some stuff going on. There’s also a sushi restaurant in Kharkiv now. But the quality of both is… yeah.

Once you kill the human spirit, it takes a very, very long time to sprout back to life.

Bothsiderism

Regarding the murder of Jay Bishop in Portland, this is what Biden had to say:

The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable. Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable.

I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same. https://t.co/JRuI7ya2Wv

This is beyond cynical. The “deadly violence in Portland” wasn’t perpetrated by “anyone, whether on the left or the right.” Every victim of Portland’s riots has been assassinated by Joe Biden’s supporters. And he hasn’t found it in himself to name them and ask them to stop.

If it were possible for me to be any more disgusted with Burisma Joe, I would be but my limit was reached a long time ago.

How’s Your Health?

A man was murdered in Portland last night apparently for no other reason than wearing a hat that the peaceful protesters disliked. The video footage shows him walking calmly, not getting into any scuffles when he got coldly assassinated.

Let’s sit around and wait for a wave of outrage about yet another murder committed by peaceful protesters. I hope everybody here is in great health because we might have to wait for many years.

I Quit Writing

A completely random quote from Clive James. This one is about Fidel Castro’s speeches:

Offshore admirers of Castro’s putative intellectual vitality are fond of explaining how the people of Cuba—happy, salsa-dancing folk whose simple minds can be read from long range—find his oratorical powers endlessly entertaining, but the emphasis should be on the endlessly, not the entertaining. A sceptic might note that Castro’s supposedly spellbinding effect presupposes the absence of other forms of verbal entertainment, and indeed the absence of a substantial part of the Cuban population.

Not only is this completely true but it’s so well-written that I want to give up writing altogether.

The Power to Bore

More Clive James. This is from a chapter on Albert Camus:

Camus was among the first—almost as early as Orwell—to realize that the totalitarian overlord’s power to bore was a cherished and necessary component of his repressive apparatus. Droning on without contradiction was a proof of omnipotence, Stalin had already proved it with his grinding speeches to the Presidium: speeches which had to be applauded at the end of each bromide, and for which the applause at the end had to be endless.

There’s no greater power than the power to bore and force the victims to feign interest. That’s precisely why the endless woke communiques we are getting at work are so soporific.

On the other hand, the attention you get from people who don’t have to give it is precious. Thank you for reading!

6%

Only 6% of US COVID deaths list COVID as the only cause.

The rest have up to five other causes, including cancer, suicide, gunshot wounds, dementia, kidney failure, diabetes, obesity, and so on and on). The average COVID death certificate lists 2,6 causes of death.

At least 5,000 COVID deaths in the US have accidental injury or poisoning listed as primary cause of death.

This is all per the CDC data.

Useless Pussies

Do you know who actually grabbed a woman by her pussy without her consent?

Jacob Blake.

Read the text of her complaint. That woman was very traumatized.

Are any pussy-hatters objecting to the lionization of a man who actually committed a real sexual assault?

Ha ha ha.

They only care about pussies when those pussies can be used for a convenient cause.

It’s interesting how all the recent civil rights heroes are heavily into violent crimes against women and children.