Redirection

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ascension Weekend

 It's the Feast of the Ascension today, and it's a long weekend as the kids are free from school for 4 days in a row, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many parents are free, too, so that yesterday there was a traffic jam of 1000 km the direction of Germany despite rising benzine prices (yet again). They are talking about making the tax even lower but as of now they haven't done it, unfortunately, but it won't keep us home since the last Covid restrictions were abolished some time ago and we are free to visit Germany. 

So we are leaving today, first to a Viking festival, then to our camping and then further East...See you all on Sunday, have a blessed Ascension Weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Texas Elementary School Shooting

 I was going to post a recipe today, but then read this:

18 Students, 1 Adult Dead 

They are now talking about 19 students and 2 adults killed. I'm awfully sorry...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

An Anti-Woke Movies Review Site

Someone linked to a new movies and TV shows review site called Right Wing Tomatoes - Filter the woke. 

I haven't figured out exactly how it works yet, but in case anyone is interested, here is the link.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Is The Smallpox Back?

 It has a cute new name, "monkeypox" and the alphabet people are hardest hit:

Monkeypox Hits Europe

I especially like how the article describes the virus as "mild", with only "1 out 10 people" dying, but actually the new strain is even milder, with less than 1 out of 100% dying, much like the original Wuhan Covid strain, but not really dangerous for anyone who doesn't have a prolonged physical contact with an infected person. I do seriously hope there will be no new lockdowns...

Thursday, May 19, 2022

So, The Force Was Real After All???

Scientists are debating a bizarre philosophical theory that everything in the universe has consciousness.

 There are two prevalent theories for consciousness – monism and dualism. In monism, generally preferred by scientists, consciousness is believed to be entirely a construct of the physical brain. 

 While religious people and traditionalists tend towards dualism, the belief consciousness is entirely separate from matter or the human body.

Panpsychism is a third theory which describes consciousness as inherent in all matter; both living and inanimate. 

Rather than being borne by the human brain or completely separate from it, consciousness exists in all things, even a chair or rock, and some believe that there is one basic consciousness that exists throughout the universe.

As a "religious person" I don't see any contradiction, when God created the universe why couldn't He have given it some "basic consciousness" as well? 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Carbs Aren't Bad For You

 Or rather, not all carbs are bad for you:

Potato Diet Challenge

 “Make your food boring and your life interesting.” That’s one lesson Andrew Flinders Taylor points out in a Youtube video he posted in December 2016, where he detailed all of the things he learned after eating potatoes for every meal, every single day, for almost a year.

An all-potato diet sounds crazy, but for Taylor, who weighed in at 334 pounds when his experiment began, it led to noticeable results. The Australian native dropped 117 pounds after one year of what he calls his “Spud Fit Challenge.”

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Americans And Abortion

 Contrary to what Pro-Lifers will tell you, the majority of the Americans of all races supports legal abortion, except White Evangelicals (yes, even Catholics who like to present themselves as sooo traditional and so much better than the Protestants). Also, the Boomers who everybody loves to hate nowadays, are much more conservative in their views on the issue:

 Sizable gaps by age, partisanship in views of whether abortion should be legal

That includes 60% of the moderate Republicans, 72% of "conservative" Democrats and nearly 60% of the men.  These views have hardly changed in 30 years:

A chart showing Americans’ views of abortion, 1995-2022

In other words, liberalism still enjoys a broad support in the USA, and I presume in other Western countries, too. You can blame the elites, the bankers, immigration, "special people", the mass media and whatever you wish. I blame the lack of faith:

Religion a significant factor in attitudes about whether abortion should be legal


As you can see, 97% of atheists support it...

All graphs taken from here.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

What Happened To Dalrock?

 It's been more than 2 years since he quit blogging and got pretty much forgotten I guess, but recently I stumbled upon an internet rumour (which I won't link to), that he was "run off" the internet by a group of dedicated "Christian" (read "Catholic") "anti-racist" bloggers and Redditors for being a part of the "alt-right", and that the same people were behind VD's blog being shut down. 

Now, one could argue that VD's views on race are rather controversial by the modern standards, but I have yet to remember one post by Dal which had to do with this topic or criticise any race in particular. It was all women bad and chivalry and how you shouldn't marry as far as I can remember and that's what the discussions used to be about, too. 

I often disagreed with him, but should admit that I miss him since I often got ideas from his blog as to what to write about and now I have to think of something myself every time and it's a bother:)

If the story above is true, he must have really got under somebody's skin with his posts and yet, his blog wasn't taken down and you still can find it. Of course, with VD they didn't succeed, either, as he's back on his own network and could be followed on Gab, too. It could be that Dalrock got threats and harassment and that forced him to quit or it could be just the wishful thinking on the part of his enemies. 

Any thoughts?


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Are European Laws Too Lenient?

 As a certain internet celebrity says, let's find out!

Some time ago we became victims of a cyber crime. So we went to police to report it. It took us close to 3 hours and cost my husband a free afternoon. The police were very helpful. They told us it was a serious crime with the punishment being 5 years in prison, which is quite strict by our standards. However, they said, it was not up to them to open an investigation, the decision had to be taken by the prosecutor's office. 

When I left them, I wasn't very hopeful. I had a neighbour once who moved over here from Southern Europe and her wallet was stolen, with all the documents and her debit card. The thieves emptied her bank account and later she had to go back to her country for the new documents, but the prosecutor had decided not to open an investigation, because, and here I quote the official letter she showed me, the crime was not important enough.

Well, what do you think? Our crime was apparently more important as about a week later we got a letter informing us that the investigation was started and that we would be notified of its progress. However. Several days later another letter came. The department higher up decided that the investigation should not proceed because reasons. Luckily, we got restitution from the insurance.

So here you have it. Our laws are reasonably strict. 5 years is quite a bit for fraud, but it could be death penalty for all I know and it wouldn't make any difference, if you refuse to investigate and prosecute the crimes. Pretty much the only thing which gets investigated is assault and murder (attempt). The laws are used very selectively, often depending on who the victim is. We call it class justice if you know what I mean:)

It's by design, too. There is some sort of gentlemen's agreement not to enforce the existing laws. I believe such a system is called anarcho-tyranny...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Liberation Day

 Today is Liberation Day here in the Netherlands, so we watched this movie:


 

Still funny after all these years:)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

It Takes A White Liberal To Believe In Equality

 Based immigrants saying it like it is:

Female physicists question ‘terrifying’ claims made by government commissioner Katharine Birbalsingh to MPs

Any common sense opposition to the Western equality dogma is obviously terrifying:)

Girls do not choose physics A-level because they dislike “hard maths”, the government’s social mobility commissioner has claimed, prompting anger from leading scientists...

 Are these scientists biologists? Otherwise, they aren't qualified to have an opinion on the matter, methinks. Well, here you have it, a bit further:

Dame Athene Donald, a professor of experimental physics and master of Churchill College, Cambridge, said the comments were “terrifying” and “quite damaging” 

Should probably stick to physics, lol! Also, am I the only one to notice that these strong and independent womyn often exhibit quite Victorian traits when somebody contradicts them? Terrifying and damaging, really? Quick, somebody bring the dame her smelling salts!

...Addressing a science and technology committee inquiry on diversity and inclusion in Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), Katharine Birbalsingh said fewer girls chose physics because “physics isn’t something that girls tend to fancy. They don’t want to do it, they don’t like it,” she said.

Birbalsingh, who is headteacher of Michaela Community school in Wembley, north-west London, said that only 16% of A-level physics students at her school were girls – lower than the national average of 23%. When asked why so few girls progressed to physics A-level, despite outperforming boys at GCSE, she said: “I just think they don’t like it. There’s a lot of hard maths in there that I think they would rather not do.”

“The research generally … just says that’s a natural thing,” she added. “I don’t think there’s anything external.”

Birbalsingh, a French and philosophy graduate, said she was “certainly not out there campaigning” for more girls to do physics. “I don’t mind that there’s only 16%,” she said. “I want them to do what they want to do.”

Letting girls do what they want to do would mean that many of them choose to get married and have children instead of pursuing tertiary education, something that the cult of barrenness and androgyny can't tolerate. 

Speaking of barrenness, I guess everybody already heard about possible Roe vs Wade overturn? Big if true. About the person who leaked the info. Why is it that Third World immigrants to Europe are often much more socially conservative than those who immigrate to the USA? There is something in the American society which makes them really insane, I guess...

Monday, May 2, 2022

J.K. Rowling In The News Again

They killed the Harry Potter lady:

 A transgender novelist has come under fire after penning a self-confessed “depraved psychos8xual horrorshow” in which J.K. Rowling is burned alive in her home...

The Massachusetts-based author brags about writing “the most disgusting books in the English language, books about s8xual revulsion, about body horror, about how violence forms and fits into our lives.”

 Tell me again how the USA is a fine Christian country unlike us sinners in Western Europe:) The truth is, we are all in it together...

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

King's Day 2022

 It's like corona never happened. My husband had to work, unfortunately.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Not Everything Is A Conspiracy

 Speaking about the French election, folks on the Telegram and Gab keep pushing this conspiracy nonsense about it being "rigged". Honestly, it just makes our side look stupid. There was nothing fishy about Macron winning, in fact, I didn't expect any other outcome and the margin was wide enough.

Actually, we can thank boomers for this victory; you know, the first generation to live better than their parents and their children. They voted for him in bigger numbers than the immigrant youths. He got like 71% of the votes of those over 70. 

Yes, there were protests about the election outcome and riots, which is again, very typical. When you look at the Round One, you'll understand why. The communist/far-left candidate polled nearly as high as M-me Le Pen, and it's his voters who are protesting. They were carrying banners saying, No to Macron, No to Le Pen. More people abstained from voting or left a blank sheet than those who voted Le Pen so it's hardly surprising. 

I have a feeling sometimes that many Right-wing online personalities live in a bubble comparable to that of the lefties. Because their online echo chamber agrees with them, they think that secretly everybody thinks the same. While the truth is, that there are plenty of liberals and progs out there who find the present status quo great. 

Also, Marine Le Pen is hardly a great conservative hero, as far as I know she isn't even married to the father of her kids whom she basically left in the care of others to further her career. It's quite feasible that she would slow the decline but I don't believe she'd be able to reverse it. Is it even possible without the spiritual revival? It would mean returning to the basic tenets of Christianity which aren't the same as the current Western "values" such as fornication, abortion, feminism etc which I'm not sure where Marine stands at. 

Her being a woman probably didn't help, either, because despite the years of equal rights many people still think that being a president isn't a job for a female. In general, this outcome was quite predictable and is hardly a reason for the current hysterics. It's worse for us over here, believe me, because unlike the Americans and the British, we are stuck with the guy who wields quite a bit of influence in the EU. But, whatever shall be, shall be. Tomorrow is another day...

Saturday, April 23, 2022

St. George's Day

 Congratulations to my English/British readers on St.George's Day:

 Take a close look at the English flag. That red cross over a white background has meaning. It’s actually St. George’s Cross — a symbol so closely intertwined with English national identity that St. George has his own national holiday.

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon describes the saint taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. We celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23 — the anniversary of his death in 303 AD.

The patron saint of England has captivated British imaginations since the Crusades and the Hundred Years’ War. Perhaps the most British of all holidays, this special day is a chance to let your English flag fly, literally and figuratively.

Read the whole story over here. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Breaking News Of The Day

 Rod Dreher is going to divorce:

 It pains me more than I can say to announce that my wife recently filed a petition of divorce, and I have agreed unreservedly to her request for a mutual, and amicable, parting...

  I can say (and she has approved everything in this statement) that infidelity was never, ever an issue, on either side. There is plenty of blame on both sides.

Here is what I think. I don't believe in amicable divorce. That's an oxymoron. In divorce there is always a guilty party and an innocent party. It's not only my personal view. That has been the view of the Church and of the secular laws for a very long time, until we got the abomination of no-fault divorce. It's still the view of the Orthodox Church of which R. Dreher is a member. 

While I don't know how it is in the USA, traditional Eastern Orthodox Churches only allow divorce for adultery and abandonment, with the guilty party being not allowed to remarry in the church, as a punishment for breaking their vows. Of course, modern Western Christians don't believe in punishments for anything. If there is no adultery and abandonment, or severe addiction or physical abuse, then the one who files for divorce is the guilty party.

It's the party who betrays you. How can you ever feel amicable towards a person who figuratively speaking, stabs you in the back? In this situation, one should fight tooth and nail for the custody, for the property, for anything. Don't let an oath-breaker come off easy. One of the reasons for the downfall of the Western society is our refusal to enforce standards and hold people accountable for their actions.

Is LOTR A Christian Story?

 So many things to write about, so little time:) So I'll try to keep this short. Most Christians except the fundies will argue that LOTR is a Christian novel, based on the fact that its author was a Catholic, even those who generally dislike the Catholic Church. They will point out the fact that the series is clean, the characters have good morals, women are all chaste and there is no moral relativism of any kind. It also deals with resisting  temptation which could be interpreted as resisting the power of sin. 

On the other side of the controversy, those of the more fundamentalist bent will say that LOTR promotes so-called white magic as something positive and that various New Age groups love the story even though they are often virulently anti-Christian. 

Considering  magic, one could say that the positive characters which use it, like Gandalf or Galadriel aren't really mortal (Gandalf for instance, is some sort of an incarnated angelic being) so it's not the same as witchcraft or sorcery but more their innate powers which mere mortals don't possess; though the example of Aragorn calling up the army of the dead is borderline. Yet their second argument deserves more consideration. 

While it's quite possible for pagans and Christians to like the same books, isn't it strange that someone like Varg V. (whose Twitter name is Gandalf) who hates and despises Christianity and everything connected with it, is at the same time such a fan of a supposedly Christian story?

In fact, what makes a book explicitly Christian? Characters performing good works or being moral and chaste? You could find these things in other religious traditions, too. What makes Christianity different, is the person of Jesus. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

This verse, in its turn, points us to the Genesis and the Fall of Man. Sin brought death into the world and the only way to get saved and have an eternal life is to accept that Jesus died for you personally, for your sins. That is the main tenet of Christianity. With this in mind, let's look at the LOTR universe.

While the narrative of Frodo and the Ring starts somewhere at the end of the Third Age, the Middle Earth and the world around it are much older, and the story of their creation is a subject of another book, Silmarillion, which few have read. Silmarillion describes a distant Creator God Illuvatar who leaves his Creation unfinished and sends his representatives Valar who could be described both as the incarnate angels (but more powerful than Gandalf or Sauron or Saruman who were Maiar) or lesser gods to finish it. Their efforts are undermined by Melkor, the fallen angel whose servant Sauron takes over when Melkor is banished into the utter darkness at the end of the First Age. 

Then we learn about the story of the elves who are called the first-born, because  Illuvatar created them first. They are immortal and the chief of them have powers close to those of Maiar, like Galadriel. Elves don't die from old age, they can be killed but theoretically could reincarnate as after their death their souls are gathered in a certain place by one of the Valar. 

Then the first men wake up. Elves are shocked to learn that they are mortals and that Illuvatar gave them natural death as a gift (it's called the Gift of Men throughout the books) and Valar cannot change this decree. Which fact leads to the fall of Numenor where the ancestors of Aragorn lived, in the Second Age. 

The Numenoreans wanted to have an eternal life like elves who were their blood relatives to a degree (long story but Elrond was born of a mortal man and an Elf woman and he was allowed to choose which way to go and chose the immortality of elves while his brother Elros chose the life of men and he was the first Numenorean king) so that they attacked Valinor (the island of Valar) and got destroyed as a result.

While Tolkien himself apparently stated that LOTR is supposed to portray the world many thousand years before Christ, the world he created leaves really no place for Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. Because, the elves are already basically immortal and have an eternal life, while the death of men is not the last enemy to be defeated as the Scriptures tell us, but rather a Gift of God to them (sounds kinda blasphemous when you write it down like that). 

So while I'm not saying that Christians should avoid LOTR (it's still a great book), personally I don't believe that it's a Christian story. In fact, though C. Lewis had suspect theology in many ways, his Narnia books are much more explicitly Christian. Well, that's my opinion and I think I made a good case for it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Christ Is Risen

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 Scripture quoted from here. 

Have a blessed Easter, everyone!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Britain Exhibiting Some Common Sense

People who enter the UK illegally may end up being relocated to the African country of Rwanda, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced...

The first people to be relocated to Rwanda will receive formal notifications within weeks, the government said, with the first flights expected to take place in the coming months.

Talking at a press conference in Kent on April 14, Johnson said the agreement is “uncapped” and Rwanda will have the “capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the years ahead,” including those who have arrived illegally since the start of the year.

Johnson said that while Britain has generously provided sanctuary to countless people fleeing conflicts and persecution, “we cannot sustain a parallel illegal system.”

“Our compassion may be infinite, but our capacity to help people is not,” he said.

“We can’t ask the British taxpayer to write a blank cheque to cover the costs of anyone who might want to come and live here.”

 This comes from leaving the EU, I guess. Now if only they follow through with the scheme...

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday

Assisi-frescoes-entry-into-jerusalem-pietro lorenzetti.jpg 

Today Western Christian churches celebrate Palm Sunday. 

According to the Gospels, Jesus Christ rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there laid down their cloaks and small branches of trees in front of him, singing part of Psalm 118: 25–26[18] – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.[2][9][10][11]

The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, unlike the horse which is the animal of war.[1]

 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Student Debt Issue

 Voxday is on fire again:

We Made It Happen

Debt cancellation also called a jubilee is a Biblical concept, unfortunately forgotten by modern "conservatives" (who conserved exactly nothing).

 Deut15KJV:

At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.

And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord's release.

Here is the same text in a more modern translation:

Deut15NIV

At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.

And the commentary by Matthew Henry:

 Here is, I. A law for the relief of poor debtors, such (we may suppose) as were insolvent. Every seventh year was a year of release, in which the ground rested from being tilled and servants were discharged from their services; and, among other acts of grace, this was one, that those who had borrowed money, and had not been able to pay it before, should this year be released from it; and though, if they were able, they were afterwards bound in conscience to repay it, yet thenceforth the creditor should never recover it by law. Many good expositors think it only forbids the exacting of the debt in the year of release, because, no harvest being gathered in that year, it could not be expected that men should pay their debts then, but that afterwards it might be sued for and recovered: so that the release did not extinguish the debt, but only stayed the process for a time. But others think it was a release of the debt for ever, and this seems more probable, yet under certain limitations expressed or implied.

 Notice also that M.Henry adds to the text saying if they were able, they were afterwards bound in conscience to repay it. I guess we loved our predatory money-lending practices already back then. 

This attitude of "f*** you, I got mine!" so many on the Right exhibit isn't exactly Biblical, either. Here is the continuation of the passage from KJV:

 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

 How very liberal of Moses...

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Cat Memes On Gab

 

 

They have a whole cat group over there, more than 100 000 members. Is anyone on Gab? 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

They Did It!

 The maniacs did it:) They lowered the fuel tax yesterday. Benzine costs now about 2 euros per liter! I wonder how much it is in Belgium, they were planning the same. Since we are going this direction today, we'll probably see...

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

It's Not All Fault Of Women

Men are the guardians of society. When men trade freedom for security, bad things start to happen...


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Men In Women's Spaces

That about sums it up:

My son was sat watching England Vs Switzerland last night and at the end you had two women and one ex England player doing the analysis.
This morning he’s watching the highlights of all the other internationals and all I can hear is female commentators.
Even my local golf club used to be men only but is now full of women.

So do I care that there’s a man in the swimming pool with women? No, not really, because women have done nothing but relentlessly encroach on men’s spaces over the last 20 years, to the point of there being none left at all.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Hellfire Is Real

 One of the reasons modern Westerners are so degenerate is that nobody takes the doctrine of Hell seriously any more, not even the Christians, as this article demonstrates. In fact, modern fashionable Bible translations undermine this doctrine by using words like Sheol and Hades which simply don't carry the same connotation in Germanic languages. (Here is the proof that Sheol, Hades and Gehenna basically mean the same thing).

 And then, of course, modern Protestants nearly all believe in some perverted version of "once saved always saved" in which you basically can commit most sins without bringing your soul in danger. Because, if you seriously believe in hell fire, would you do things like live together unmarried and divorce on a whim? 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

An interesting thing is that while many Christian preachers will readily judge a man who changes his wife for a younger version, they often will sympathise with a woman who divorces, which I believe has its roots in Victorian times. The laws of that period compelled wives to live together with their husbands and made divorce difficult, which many prominent Victorian men considered very wrong. Victorians gave us a very warped doctrine of female s*xuality in which all women were innocent doves, like Virgin Mary while evil men defiled them with their passions.

I remember reading about some prominent Victorian who said that he would allow every woman to divorce, but no man should ever be allowed to do it. Women were officially declared victims of their biology, since childbirth was still quite unsafe. Yet, before mid-19th century, most women usually  visited midwives, who being older women themselves had little sympathy, but later it became normal to see a doctor who were nearly all male and they decided that the normal process of birth was "torture" and no woman should go through it more than a couple of times at the most.

Husbands were supposed to "leave their wives alone" and separate bedrooms among upper classes became the norm rather than an exception. You can see it reflected in the literature of that period and early 20th century (I think everybody remembers Ashley and Melanie Wilkes, but also Kipling and Leo Tolstoy come to mind) while in previous times it was upper class women who had the most kids (Victoria herself had 9, I think, but had to quit on "doctor's orders").

It's interesting that while 20th century feminists shared the same attitude about pregnancy and children, they also insisted that women could do anything men could and even better and found chivalry insulting. Conservatives, on the other hand, created the double standards in which women were praised for being tough like men, but on the other hand, they had to be treated like the fine ladies they were. Enid Blyton with her famous Five comes to mind. 

Remember George? She is a delusional girl who insists on being treated like a boy and wears boy's clothes. In one of the books, she starts a fight with a boy her age but when he tries to hit her back Julian tells him he should be ashamed of hitting a girl. I mean seriously, WT*? Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

And even Clive S. Lewis whom conservatives like so much portrays Lucy going to war and obviously being admired for being just as good as a man, but, on the other hand, Eustace is a pig for not being chivalrous to her. 

The problem with conservatives is that they are always reactive, never proactive. Somebody said that the reason they all love "Lord Of The Rings" so much is because it shows wielding power as evil, and conservatives are always afraid to use power when they have a chance. That's why they keep losing. 

So because feminists denigrated homemaking conservatives started portraying it as more important than what the men do. Remember this quote?

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ”

C.S. Lewis 
 
It is actually a total reversal of what the Scriptures teach about the male and female roles. It makes the man a help-meet to his wife. His reason for existence is to support her and her children, not vice versa. Yet modern Christians often adopt exactly the same attitude. 
 
Some time ago I wrote a post about King Arthur and mentioned a certain blogger who had problems with modern interpretation of chivalry. Personally I believe that it all started somewhere in the end of the 19th century, in Victorian and Edwardian period, and we still have to deal with it. I also think that it's stupid to treat modern big mouthed females as little ladies they are. Take those horrible warmongering female journos. I'd send them all to the front lines. It all started with the white feather campaign, and men should have put an end to it right then and there.
 
Those who don't have to fight should have no say on starting a war. Women can't have it both ways, they are either ladies or equals. I know it makes it more complicated for modern men to decide how to treat women in their life, but I think we all know the difference. So act accordingly... 


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Men And Marriage

 VD is on a crusade against MGTOW again:

Woman Trouble

Should all men pursue marriage? What do you think? 

Monday, March 21, 2022

The Politics Of A Football Game

 That's soccer for you Americans:)

Last week we had city government elections. In our city we had 16 parties, about the half of them only active at the local level. In the USA you have Democrats and Republicans and that's it. I'm afraid it can create a sort of a tunnel vision, when you are either for Team A or Team B, akin to a football game.

I see it every time I read an online discussion on any issue. Both sides will talk past each other and insult one another, much as football supporters do during a game. It doesn't matter if Team A member suddenly agrees with what Team B says, because it's not about the message but about supporting your team.

An example is Donald Trump promoting the vaccines. His supporters who are mostly anti vaxx will just ignore this message and keep writing fan fiction about Trump being secretly on their side, while his enemies will keep screaming how the whole pandemic was his fault. 

Or the current events in Ukraine. Republican politicians are among the biggest warmongers but the other side keeps accusing them of secretly working for Russia (I mean how ridiculous can you get?) while anti-war Republicans on social media totally ignore it and keep accusing Biden of wishing a WWIII. 

I may be wrong, but the USA strikes me as a very divided country, which I'm sure can't be all that good. It also gives ground to the rise of the most weird conspiracy theories and turns anything, from clothes, to diet, to hairstyles into a political issue where everyone is expected to take sides and fanatically support his chosen team.

Take the diet, for instance. People may have different preferences in what they eat. From the scientific point of view, Med diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and accent on olive oil, fish and moderate consumption of red wine comes on top year after year. But apparently it's too much common sense, so we now have 2 camps, militant vegans and militant keto/carnivores. Both suggest very restrictive style of eating and both tie it to politics, left wing and right wing. 

While I disagree with vegans, I find the other side just as ridiculous. Vegans will try and interpret any research as calling all animal products a poison (just look into what they are saying about dairy, when it's proven that fermented dairy, especially something like low fat yogurt is good for you), while the keto crowd will flat out deny any connection between high amount of saturated fat and negative health consequences and tell you not to eat carbs even though there is  a huge difference between fast food carbs and something like cabbage or apples.

Many of these online personalities promoting a certain lifestyle are just paid influencers who are making money off you, so it makes sense to research their claims instead of blindly following someone you perceive as one of your team. Obviously, it's true not only about food issues but about anything else.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Street Walking In Tehran

 I became addicted to Tehran street walking videos, like this one:


 

I find them fascinating. I was especially surprised that they have so many blond women out there. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Horrors Of Modern Literature

 Sometimes one gets tired of reading Agatha Christie all the time, so I decided to give modern thrillers a try. Luckily, most of these books came out of thrift stores, so they didn't cost me a fortune.

I won't name any authors except one, it's just a general review, so to say (also some had difficult Swedish names and since the novels ended up in a trashcan anyway, I can't go and check them). 

So book number 1 by a popular Swedish author was really quite interesting and pretty conventional, too. It was a story of a modern family with the husband working in advertising business and travelling a lot, while his wife stayed home with 2 kids and had a cooking blog. Some woman started stalking his family, tried to kidnap his daughter and later killed his wife and son with an axe. There were several suspects. First of all, his half sisters.

His mother was a single mom who later got married but her new husband didn't want to raise someone else's kid and so she dumped him by grandma. Later his mother, stepfather and grandma died, but his two half-sisters cheated him out of an inheritance and there was lots of bad blood between them. Then there was his ex girl-friend who couldn't forget him after like 12+ years and stayed unmarried. 

But the reality was much simpler. The guy constantly cheated on his wife with any moderately attractive female, including her own sister. One woman he met abroad was a psychopath who got a crush on him (he was apparently so good in bed that no woman could ever forget him, lol)

S8x didn't start until the 2nd half of the book, and it was between him and his wife, but then it became worse since we had to read the extracts of the stalker's dairy and her s*xual fantasies in great detail. The book ended with a church service but the preacher was female and instead of telling the husband to repent and convert she told him to concentrate on raising his daughter. It was in any case, an entertaining read, but I didn't appreciate the vulgarity. 

Swedish book n2 was loosely based on the story of Julian Assange with him portrayed as a scoundrel in the pay of CIA. In fact, everybody in this book was pretty much a scoundrel and the tone was dark. The main character was an ex Stasi alcoholic agent, with great detail given to the description of his hangovers including the colour of his vomit. Didn't finish this one (but read the last pages) as it was too depressive.

These two books simply pale in comparison to the masterpieces produced by the modern British authors. Book n1 was ostensibly about the Ottoman Empire. It dealt chiefly with s*xual life or lack of it of eunuchs, transg*nder pr*stitutes and the functioning of br*thels. Plus, the grisly details of various murders, of course.

Book n2 started innocently enough. A child looks back at her Edwardian childhood. It quickly developed into the child relating the details of her father's adulteries, her brother's adventures with his male servants and later, as the said child grows up into one of the most disgusting rape scenes. So much for a "family saga". Am I glad my family aren't like that, it probably goes along with being the British aristocracy, I guess.

Book n3 was by the popular author known for her Harry Potter stories. She also wrote fiction for grown ups. Somewhere in the 1st Chapter she went into detail of m*sturbation habits of 15 year old boys. It was after this I closed the book and threw it away. Pity I couldn't burn it as I have no open fireplace. In some countries, she'd be probably investigated by child protective services. 

And finally, the American literature. I bought a couple of books of a certain author. One was more or less OK though quite politically correct, but I kept it since I enjoyed the story. It was written quite some time ago. It was a breath of fresh air because it had NO s8xual descriptions of any kind and was pretty conventional boy saves girl story though the girl in question was a spirited independent woman, but still. 

His 2nd book though. It's only several years old and it's a story of a suffragette. She flies around on balloons and promotes women's rights. All men love her and despair. They all support women's rights, too, except a couple of creepy idiots. But there is more to the story. The lady leads a double life.

 In her youth, she ran away, dressed like a man and joined the army where she won prizes as a sniper. In the whole of US Army there was not one man as good as her. Girl power extraordinaire. However, she's also a psychopathic murderess who killed her own brother for being a wimp, and among other things, burned one woman alive. In the end, she gets her just desserts at the hands of a man who loved her. 

I don't know if the author was trolling his readers with this story or meant it quite seriously but it was too much for me to bear. So I went and bought a couple of Agatha Christies again and have been happy ever since:)


Friday, March 11, 2022

Well I HopeThis Isn't A Joke...

 To continue with the topic of high benzine prices, our government is apparently planning to lower the taxes, on the 1st of April!!!

If it happens, it will be the first time they lowered the taxes on anything at all...

In other news, Texas abortion ban stays. Thots, beware:)

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

God Is Not Mocked

 The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment, the Maryland hospital that performed the surgery announced Wednesday.

David Bennett, 57, of Hagerstown Maryland, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doctors didn't give an exact cause of death, saying only that his condition had begun deteriorating several days earlier.

It was probably Covid-19, that's what everybody nowadays is dying from...

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Which Way Now?

 Biden Ban On Russia Energy Applies To All New Purchases

I do hope they have a plan, because it sure will do wonders for world oil prices. Brent was trading for 130-smth$ today, I heard. The benzine price at a tank station nearby rose 10 cent from yesterday to 2.33,9euro per liter but I hear that in some places they were asking 2.50. At the very least, the government should think of lowering energy taxes or some other form of compensation...


 

 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Learning From Our Ancestors

 Before antibiotics people had copper:

The use of copper by human civilizations dates back to between the 5th and 6th millennia B.C. It was the first metal used, presumably because it could be found in a native, metallic form which did not require smelting. Its use remained scattered throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the archeological evidence remains scarce. With the invention of smelting, the metallurgic age began and the advantage of combining copper with tin to form bronze was discovered. The earliest bronze artifacts originated from the Middle East and China and date to before 3000 B.C., but it was not until the second millennium B.C. that bronze was used throughout Europe. The ability to smelt and forge iron from about 1000 B.C. marks the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age.

The oldest recorded medical use of copper is mentioned in the Smith Papyrus, one of the oldest books known (8). This Egyptian medical text, written between 2600 and 2200 B.C., describes the application of copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water (8). Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, and others also used copper or copper compounds for the treatment of such ailments as headaches, burns, intestinal worms, and ear infections and for hygiene in general.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Real Story Of Arthur And Guinevere

 There was a certain blogger whom I shall not name obsessed with "chivalry" and the story about King Arthur and Lancelot to quite an unhealthy degree, in my opinion; somehow suggesting that it (and not the cultural marxism) was responsible for the modern feminism.

However, this story is apparently only one version of what really happened, and a more recent one. I'm currently reading a book called The History Of The Kings Of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth which is considered to be the basis of all Arthurian legends and it presents a different tale.

Arthur himself is born of adultery, since his father Uther falls in love with Ygerna, the wife of one of his military leaders, Gorlois, and uses Merlin's sorcery to change into his likeness and seduce her. Gorlois dies in battle and Uther marries Ygerna and gets a son, which is very similar to the story of David and Bathsheba, except that the child doesn't die but grows up and becomes king.

After many victories, Arthur departs to Europe to fight the Romans and leaves the kingdom in charge of his nephew Mordred who then decides to place the crown on his own head and takes Arthur's wife, Queen Guinevere, too. Arthur hears about it and returns to Britain where he kills Mordred but gets mortally wounded himself and is transported to Avalon. Guinevere feeling shame and guilt takes a vow of chastity and becomes a nun.

It's not exactly a story about chivalry and courtly love, is it? More like a cautionary tale about visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children...


Friday, February 25, 2022

Freedom Day And A Prayer Request

 Today is the day when most of corona restrictions such as masks inside public spaces and qr codes are abolished. I have actually planned to post about something else, but in connection with the situation in Europe right now I would like to ask all my readers to pray for peace.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

If You Want A Good Night's Sleep

 Here is some interesting advice:

Morning light seemed to be particularly powerful: those exposed to a high stimulus between 8:00 and 12:00 took an average 18 minutes to fall asleep at night, compared to 45 minutes in the low stimulus group. They slept for an extra 20 minutes. Their sleep efficiency was 2.8% higher. And they reported significantly fewer sleep disturbances. These associations were stronger during winter, when people may have had less opportunity to receive natural light during their journey to work.

Gordijn also recently published a study which found that people slept better following more exposure to daylight. Here, the participants were wired up to polysomnography monitors to record their sleep in detail. “People had more deep sleep, and it was less fragmented after more exposure to daylight,” Gordijn says.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Chicks Dig Jerks?

 How many good, decent, hard-working men have wives who would never submit to them  even in a small matter, such as making a cup of coffee when he asks?

And yet, criminal psychopaths often experience little trouble in getting females do anything for them, no matter how disgusting:

Former Louisiana teacher sentenced to 40 years of hard labour

Strange, isn't it? 

(Link not child-friendly)

Should We Take Vitamins?

 I have actually been a fan of cod liver oil, but now having my doubts. Vitamins apparently can have side effects, disturb your sleep etc.

Here are a couple of articles to consider:

Should everyone be taking vitamin D

 Why vitamin pills don't work

If you have any experience, good or bad feel, free to share!


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Evangelicals Have A Lot To Answer For

 How feminism crept into the Church

In front of me lies a '99 issue of Brio, a Focus On The Family magazine for teenage girls. Now I know that this organisation did a lot of good and is/was doctrinally sound ( I haven't been following them recently so not sure what they are up to now); but they made some sort of a compromise with feminism together with many other Evangelicals which finally led to them losing the current culture war pretty decisively. 

Brio on its own was not a bad magazine, at least in those times, and they were really solid on many points but though they addressed things like dating in a Christian context, there was very little advice on marriage preparation, and yet many of their readers were 16-17 and older. They had very little to say about learning how to cook or clean, but quite a bit about learning how to earn money, playing sports and choosing a career. Even Cosmo used to run a recipe column in these days (may be they still do, but, of course, I'm not planning to read it).

Vice versa, the very issue which I'm talking about has an article discouraging early marriage. it is a sad story of two teenagers who fell in love, started a s8xual relationship, got married, got a child and then divorced. The author who was by the way an editor, attributed it to the fact that they didn't really love each other but just "fell in love". So far so good you'll say. You should be careful while choosing your marriage partner and I agree. 

However, it goes further than this. While trying to dissuade the bride-to-be, the lady editor says among other things, that she should first go to college and have the experience of "being single" and "living in the dorm". I just wonder where in the Bible young girls are advised to move out of their parental home to some hostel so that they could get an experience of being single? Could somebody please give me the chapter and the verse?

The editor herself, I presumed was in her twenties, but when I looked at her photo she seemed to be more like in her thirties, and yet in the end of the article, she says that she is still waiting for this perfect man right guy whom God will send her, while spending her time traveling, "going out on African safaris", writing books and "hanging out with friends". 

Career and travel till your mid-thirties, while waiting for Mr. Right, how is that even different from what secular women were advised to do? At least, she was a virgin, by her admission. But how many girls of that generation followed that disastrous advice and found themselves nearing 40, single and childless? 

I'm not of the opinion that everybody should marry or even marry at a certain (young age), but most people don't have a gift of celibacy and most women want to have a family and kids. Well, in this life you get what you are pursuing. If marriage is your goal, you should be proactive, yet girls were taught in some ways to live like men but concerning marriage just  wait for a Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet, like some fairy tale princess (in real life, princesses were usual married off by their families at about 15). 

To be continued...


Monday, February 14, 2022

Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day to my readers and Happy Wedding Anniversary for myself (and hubby, of course:)


We went to Belgium, a country where you can currently visit a zoo and drink a cup of coffee on a terrace, without the need to show your papers. It was glorious. And when we came back home, we had this homemade chocolate cake waiting for us. Three cheers to freedom!


Sunday, February 13, 2022

The Battle Of Paris

 They haven't updated since yesterday, but one protester was reportedly killed and more injured:

Chaos ensues in Paris Saturday as hundreds, if not thousands of demonstrators blocked streets in the capital city. 

NYTimes said, "thousands of cars, camper vans and trucks" have entered the metro area, which was part of a convoy to protest President Emmanuel Macron's medical tyranny of lockdowns and forced vaccines mandates. 

This weekend, protests are banned in the city as more than 7,000 police officers were deployed to counter the "Freedom Convoy."

Friday, February 11, 2022

Elites And Their Priorities.

Ontario declared a state of emergency Friday morning to empower law enforcement to end the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge — the busiest commercial border crossing between the U.S. and Canada — and the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa, warning truckers who continue to block the Ambassador Bridge they will be punished if they don't leave. Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters that the federal government is enacting new powers to end the blockade. He said protesters will be slapped with hefty fines (amounting to $78,800) and jail time, according to Bloomberg. 

Somehow these things never happen to illegal immigrants and fake refugees whom it usually takes years to deport (if ever). No state of emergency declared about that. Which proves something I have always believed. The only reason these people are in our countries is because the lords of lies powers that be want them here. Feminism, multiculturalism etc, it all happens by design and not by chance. 


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Strong And Independent

 We need more women in the army:

The first female F-35 pilot crashes on her first attempt at a carrier landing...

 It was probably the fault of evil men somehow.

Protesting Works

And just like that, the honkening may be coming to an end - as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on Tuesday that he's ending the province's vaccine passport system.

As the Toronto Star notes:

The passport system, dubbed as the Restrictions Exemption Program, is the first of the province’s current public health restrictions to go in a phased approach laid out by Kenney at a press conference Tuesday.

Now is the time to begin learning to live with COVID,” said Kenney. “These restrictions have led to terrible division.”

 And now, worldwide! The time has come. 

Read the whole article over here

Monday, February 7, 2022

Was Darwin A Fraud?

 Somehow I'm not surprised.

Dr Mike Sutton, whose book Science Fraud: Darwin’s Plagiarism Of Patrick Matthew’s Theory is published by Curtis next Saturday, said: ‘This is the biggest science fraud in history.’

He highlights similarities between key phrases and explanations and cites letters apparently showing Darwin knew Matthew’s work and covered up his debt to his rival.

In one, Darwin’s wife admitted to Matthew that evolution was his ‘original child’, but her husband had nurtured it ‘like his own’.

H/t to  VD

Friday, February 4, 2022

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Candlemas

 It's Candlemas today! Christmas period is officially over so we removed the rest of our decorations yesterday. The room looks sooo empty...Soon you'll have Carnival, Lent and Easter. The stores have already started selling chocolate Easter eggs. Unbelievable!

It's also Groundhog Day today. So you have a double reason to celebrate:)

Monday, January 31, 2022

Blackpilling On The Internet

 Good news first: we now have our own freedom convoy! Or to be more precise, each province organised a freedom convoy and yesterday they were touring the country. The plan is to go to Brussels all together this week. And it's not only truckers, either: anything/one on wheels is welcome, so there were personal cars, farmers with tractors, bikers etc. Isn't it great???

And here comes something I wanted to write about for quite some time. Whenever I read news on alternative media, such as Telegram, there's always blackpilling going on in the comments. Freedom convoy is not an exception. It usually goes along the lines: didn't happen, those are not genuine protests, crisis actors, elites just want us to protest, it's all part of a plan, those guys are feds, well you know the script.

There is a Christian variety, too, they will tell you that Jesus just wants you to stay at home and pray and do absolutely nothing.

Of course, we know there are enough shills and agents online, and I imagine most of the negative comments are coming from them, because that's exactly what the elites want: that we do absolutely nothing in defence of our rights and freedoms and that we look at those who protest with suspicion. Yet I imagine some of this sentiment is genuine. And it's these people whom I'd like to address. 

If you are so paranoid that you see feds under your bed, seek help, you really need it. If you are a Christian, that's exactly your attitude of doing absolutely nothing that brought our society to the point of no return. God helps those who help themselves. And also, God hates a coward. A lot of this defeatism is just cowardice and cope: it's easier to justify your own inaction by trying to delegitimise what somebody else is doing. 

Now I'm not saying that each one of us should be running to the town square with a protest flag, we aren't all called to be freedom fighters, but this blackpilling attitude of throwing dirt at those who are trying their best to change things is not helpful at all. It's incredibly demoralising, whether accidentally or by design. Just stop it, please, and find something productive to do.

We live in difficult times, right now many of us are, however, mildly prosecuted for taking a stand for personal liberty. But be of good cheer! Our elites may be evil, but that doesn't make them all powerful as some suggest. They are not geniuses, most of them; in fact, they are mere mortals just like we are.

 I remember reading about a wealthy man who was in for his 6th heart transplant. He was nearing 100 and boasted that he would live till 200. You know what? He didn't even survive the operation. The captain of Titanic boasted that his ship was unsinkable and we all know how this went. Pride goes before the Fall, something that powers that be appear to have forgotten.

Imo, the best way to deal with blackpilling is just to scroll down and try to look at the bright side, don't lose courage, don't lose hope and don't lose faith! The darkest hour is the one comes just before the dawn...

P.S. Just to make it clear. I'm talking about peaceful protests only. There is another group of bots who will try to encourage the readers to commit acts of violence. Anyone doing it is NOT your friend and quite possibly, a fed.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Gift Which Keeps On Giving

 Have you ever asked yourself what the heck is wrong with Western women? They often have multiple s8x partners but seem unable to attach to anyone, they divorce their husbands on a whim, their lack of maternal instinct is pretty spectacular and is only rivaled by their love for liberal causes such as infinity diversity combined with hatred of her own people. In terms of the survival of the fittest they are right below on the list right now. 

You can't attribute it all to indoctrination, there are sound biological reasons behind this abnormal and I should say, suicidal behaviour. Now what could it be? What could have changed normal femal behaviour so much but only, it appears, in western countries? It's this wonder of modern pharmacy, the anti-conception pill:

It was meant to revolutionise life in the bedroom – but taking the Pill switches off the look of love.

A new study shows that women who choose the daily contraceptive see their men in a less flattering light.

 Do you know who they start valuing more? Other women, aka the female "herd":

 It adds: ‘To some extent [the Pill] mimics hormone profiles during pregnancy, [so] oxytocin may increase the reward value of a female friend as a potential source of social support.’...

The study says: ‘[It appears that] oxytocin interacts with the brain reward system to reinforce partner value representations in both sexes, a mechanism which may significantly contribute to stable pair-bonding in humans and appears to be altered in women using hormonal contraceptives.’

Psychosexual therapist Pauline Brown said the research presents women with a dilemma.

She said: ‘There’s no doubt that the Pill lowers the libido in many women and this explains why.

It’s a paradox that contraception can be seen by some couples as a way to help their relationship and yet it may end up having the opposite effect.

 In short, the Pill interferes with normal oxytocin production which impairs pair-bonding. But wait, there is more. Oxytocin is also important for in-group bonding, as it promotes human ethnocentrism. Westerners currently have probably the lowest level of it which is the price we as a society pay for our love of convenience (many men don't want to be "burdened" with children just as much or even more than women), something the Catholic Church warned about in Humana Vitae (I think, could be another document).

Amazingly, we are taught that ethnocentrism is bad, and yet it also
facilitates within-group trust, cooperation, and coordination and is necessary for any group to survive and keep its identity. 

By putting another 15 year old girl on the Pill to "regulate her cycle" (I just wonder how did all these countless female ancestors we had regulate theirs before the 1960) the doctor creates another foot soldier for a New World Order. That's why all these secular right wing groups ranting against mass immigration won't achieve much unless they address the elephant in room: the so-called s8xual revolution leads to extinction. Which is correct, because we know that the wages of sin is death.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Kidnapped 1978

 Kidnapped 1978 is a mini-series of 13 short episodes based on the novel by R.L. Stevenson (actually on the novel and its sequel, Catriona as most of the adaptations). The story proved so popular that it was adapted many times. I do remember watching a 2005 movie which was also quite good.

The plot goes as follows. David Balfour, a young lad of about 17 after the loss of both of his parents goes to stay with his uncle who is a lord of an estate but lives in pretty destitute conditions due to his extreme greediness and paranoia. In his house, David discovers that his father was actually the eldest son which makes him a wealthy heir, but his uncle uses his naivety to sell him into slavery. The ship which is  supposed to bring him to America takes a passenger, Alan Breck Stewart, one of the leaders of the Highland rebellion which had happened several years before.

When the ship captain discovers  that Alan has a belt full of gold, his decision is taken, Alan must die, but David has other plans. Here is his chance to do an honourable deed and to escape slavery and so he warns Alan and the two manage to escape, after killing half of the crew which leads to a shipwreck. Yet the way back goes through Highlands which are crawling with British soldiers and Alan has a price on his head. To make the matters more complicated, the two become chief suspects in a political murder case...

The 2nd novel is much less exciting and mostly deals with the relationship between David and Catriona, the daughter of James McGregor, the eldest son of Rob Roy. 

The story is ostensibly about David yet Alan somehow always manages to become at least just as important. It's no wonder since he is such an alpha male. Handsome despite his smallpox scars which gave him his nickname Breck, good with the sword, loyal and brave even when death seems imminent, never loses his head (unless alcohol and gambling are involved), popular with women, altogether a dashing hero, especially compared to David with his bourgeois prejudices. 

Stevenson was aware of the danger of him getting all the attention so he gave him some unpleasant character traits like arrogance, pride and certain pettiness, but in the1978 production they actually made him a better person than in the novel, which I was quite happy about. Alan is played by David McCallum, who was a very popular actor  and a quite handsome man himself, though he was probably a bit too old for Alan who should be in his late thirties, in my estimation. (McCallum was 45 at that time but still particularly good-looking). They also gave a bigger role to Catriona, which made the story more romantic.

Now in case you wondered, the novel is based on the historical events (the Appin murder) and Alan Breck Stewart really existed. Even though the original story doesn't tell us what happened to him in the end, (apparently he served in the French army and fought against the British in North America) according to his family he later moved to Ireland, married, set up a farm and lived happily ever after (to the good old age of 80, which was not bad at all for those times and considering the sort of life he led) and left many descendants who still live there.

I would recommend  this miniseries to anyone, young and old. I really enjoyed it. The only drawback was the dialect which they spoke that was difficult for us to follow. Here is the link to Ep.1 on YouTube:

Kidnapped Part 1