Saturday, March 08, 2014
  Funny vs Not funny

It's fun to watch AFV-style fail clips. Teenage dickheads jumping off buildings or skating up walls or riding bikes without hands. You know what's coming but the dickhead doesn't. He (or his testosterone) believes he can do ANYTHING. I'm immune from the laws of Nature! Woo hoo!

Surprise! Gravity doesn't care if you're cool. Ha ha ha, asshole! What did you expect?

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Not so funny when major nations do the same thing. Coolness doesn't exempt you from the basic laws of economics, nor does it exempt you from the laws of human behavior.

EU believes that Gaia will protect it from economics. We can do ANYTHING! We don't need to produce any steenkin energy, because Gaia will provide!

Oops. In reality it wasn't Gaia, it was Gazprom. And Gazprom can turn off the valve any time Russia is displeased with your behavior.

If the EU elites were only depriving themselves of energy, justice would be served. But of course they're mainly depriving poor and elderly Europeans of energy. Thousands of people already die each winter because they can't afford Gaia, or because Gaia requires the government to flood their homes; and thousands more will die if Russia turns off the valve.

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Not so funny when major institutions do the same thing. Idaho's legislature passed a law allowing licensed and trained people to carry concealed weapons on campuses. Mass killers are not dumb. In fact they are smarter than educrats. They know the odds before they enter a place. When the odds are not on their side, they pick another target.

This law is an attempt to improve the odds. But educrats and students are resisting the law. They believe their Gaian coolness is sufficient to protect them from bullets. Even worse, the educrats are promising to spend millions of dollars to guarantee that no good people will be able to carry guns on campus. Nothing less than MAXIMUM VULNERABILITY will do! We're going to depend entirely on Gaia, and we're confident that she will take care of us entirely!

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The solution in both cases is obvious, or at least it WAS obvious until mass insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity infected the West in recent decades. If you don't want to be vulnerable to blackmail and bullets, you need to be self-sufficient. Live cautiously and frugally, produce real value, MAKE THINGS, STORE THINGS, stay inside the laws of Nature and economics and behavior. Listen to 5000 years of wisdom. None of this is new. All of the experiments have been performed millions of times, and the data is firmly established.

Of course bad things will still happen. You will sometimes fail, you will lose some battles and you will die in the end. But you will fail less often and you will live with less fear.
 


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