Getting into this box is what's best for both of us. During your time in the box, you will learn so much, and yet experience so little. It's a wild ride, my friend, one well worth the time spent...and let's face it, you don't have much to do these days anyway.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Why you should learn game anyway.

"But I don't intend to pick up women," one of my classmates tells me when we're a little way out of the exam hall and on our way to the bus stop. "I don't see the point in this 'game' thing."

I've heard this line uttered sometimes in response to exhortations to learn game, in one form or another, such as "women these days aren't worth it anyways". The point these folks are making is that while they admit the value game has in the mating arena, they argue that they don't intend to mate anyway and hence have no reason to pursue game.

On the surface, that seems fair enough. I've explained in my previous posts the dilemma moralfags like me and Free Northerner face; while Roosh says to not let chastity hold one back and that passion is a virtue so long as it's in earnest, please excuse me while I disagree with the king, especially since I've recently spat out plenty of vitriol regarding the vileness of modern romantic love.

I fully understand that the deck is stacked against men in courts all over the world. I have no illusions as to how completely screwed over Singaporean men are in marriage, the cage that most of them unwittingly walk into. I fully agree with Aurini that 99% of modern women are unfuckable, let alone undateable. I fully have no intention of getting myself entangled with any sort of woman until the Cathedral falls, which might be years if we're unfortunate. Of course, there might be the exception if I'm blown off my feet, but as things stand, no thank you.

And I still am learning, and practicing in small amounts where possible, game. And if I were a mountaintop ascetic in a hidden monastery with some psuedo-mystic name like Thousand Leaves Fall, I would still go ahead and learn game.

So, if you, an unattached young man, not going to use game to pick up women, why should you go about learning it?

Sunday, 28 April 2013

"But there are starving children in Africa!"

Hello there, folks. Today I'd like to address a particularly silly piece of rhetoric known to me as "but there are starving children in Africa!" I don't know whether it's just the circles I swim in, but I seem to be bumping into this a lot lately, and it's just about as good a topic as any other for a post.

First, an example of "but there are starving children in Africa!" in action:

Person A: We should do something about the local poor. I'm going to see if I can't round up some interested parties from our community to set up a soup kitchen and job center.

Person B: But there are starving children in Africa! Don't they deserve to be fed more than the local poor, who at least have junk food to tide them over? Are they your responsibility? If not, then aren't you a hypocrite for wanting to feed the local poor but not the starving African children?

Therefore, we see the gist of the rhetoric - person B claims that since there is a bigger, similar problem and if person A's solution does not turn their attention to it as well, then they are hypocrites and person A's solution, or desire to fix things is unfounded and wrong. Or to sum it up in three words: first world problems.

So far, I've come up with three ways to deal with this particular stupidity:

Firstly, point out any false equivalency present. This is usually easy, because most idiots who resort to this rhetorical device aren't very stringent in picking out their analogies. Hence, person A could easily point out that while starving children in Africa are indeed a concern, starving people locally are more of a concern because they directly impact local living in terms of crime and other forms of local unrest. Hence, the two are not equivalent and it would be not hypocritical to solve the problems of the local hungry first before turning outward to starving children in Africa. Once the analogy crumbles, so do their pretty words.

Secondly, you can point out that there are limited resources to which problems can be dealt with, and that some resources are better suited to certain tasks - making it more of a net benefit to spend these resources on a smaller problem than a bigger problem they are not optimal for. Hence, it would make more sense to focus on the local hungry, whose status you have more ability to change and get feedback on. You can turn a homeless man's life around by your intervention and see the results directly; the most you can do for a starving child in Africa that is reasonably within most peoples' reach is passing a couple boxes of canned food across a counter and never seeing where they end up, be it in the hands of an actual starving African child, a warlord, or rotting away in some dingy warehouse. You can try and influence local politics, something you can't do with African politics (unless you're African).

Finally, and I prefer this the most, is to follow where that inane line of reasoning leads to its very end. So it's hypocritical to want to feed the local poor without feeding a starving African child? Then isn't it hypocritical to want to feed a starving African child without feeding a starving African child in a war zone? Then isn't it hypocritical to...and you get my drift.

A problem is a problem is a problem, no matter how small or insignificant one might think it, and all problems can be addressed. There will always be a bigger problem than the one being currently addressed, and if one demands that the smaller problem be dropped in favour of the larger, then nothing will get done and anyone who even tries to do good work will be hypocrites.

And that is just plain stupid.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

A small aside:

Two more schoolgirls have been brutally raped in India.

I am not going to make a pointless, mealy-mouthed condemnation for political correctness' sake. As Vox has pointed out before, this situation in India will only continue to get worse no matter how many feminist laws are passed, or even if every Indian man were shackled with a tracking device.

Now Indians can learn from history - which points out that every single time without fail, angry young men with no future and no family will turn destructive, or they can double down on feminist and leftist ideology which has nothing to do with truth or reality. A culture that is perfectly fine with genociding its girls in the womb is brutal to them outside of it. A culture that believes in heritable culpability is horrified when Bad Things happen to children. What a surprise.

Reap what you sow, that's all I can say. Pity it had to happen to the innocent, but such is the way of this broken world. Since we aren't allowed to fix it, what, am I supposed to cry and wail as opposed to just shaking my head and turning away?

Friday, 26 April 2013

Work with what you have.

When I was thirteen and in your equivalent of junior high (I think that's right, isn't it?), I scored well enough on my primary school leaving examinations to be admitted to one of the more prestigious independent schools in the nation. The principal was a complete narcissist who ran the school as a vehicle for the primary purpose of making himself look better, and surprisingly that was one of the reasons why the kids who actually enrolled there learned something, because he'd be put to shame otherwise.

I've spoken at length about my time in the Singapore version of the Hitler Jugend; about how my principal's excuse was "I want to make a leader out of everyone. Even if you're on the bottom of the ladder, you are a leader in your own way." Which was bullshit for the four years I wore a uniform as a cadet, and I never ended up being anywhere near a leadership position.

Preferred it that way, too.

Oh, I would like to lead, especially in times when I know I'm capable of it in terms of technical know-how. But coercing people to do what I want when I want is a hugely draining mental and moral effort, and one has to be a fool to believe that coercion isn't required at some level to keep people in line, unless you're dealing with insectoids from the planet Zog. It's not that I won't take it if required to. It's just that it's not sustainable. I just want to be left alone, get my memos as to what to do, and be allowed to complete my job in peace.

Local cartoonist arrested under Sedition Act.

Recently, on top of all the warnings sent to various Facebook sites, a local internet political cartoonist was arrested on suspicion of sedition under the Sedition Act. Although he has not been charged yet, there have been a couple of reports that you can read here and here, and if you want you can Google the original report by Yahoo Singapore. It seems that the news has spread a little further regionally by this time, too, so you might come across a couple more other articles on his case as well.

This cartoonist fellow is on bail and to return to the police on the 30th, so I guess we'll get to know more then.

For reference, here's a quick look at the Sedition Act and the definition of sedition in Singapore law:

It ought to be noted, like the USG's definition of "terror" and "terrorist" and the Anglosphere's definition of "hate speech", that this definition is quite nebulous and could conceivably be stretched to encompass anything and everything under the sun.

Since being alerted of this fellow's existence, I've read a couple of his comics and while I think that his political commentary is populist and shallow (as well as being mostly leftist stances on topics well-addressed by reactionaries), he still has the right to bring political topics into discussion, and we all have the right to laud or mock him for our own reasons. Do I whine about the misplaced priorities of my fellow countrymen? Sure, I do, but while I might feel disgusted with their whining I don't go around trying to stop them (which would be an exercise in futility anyways). Reality will not be denied, and it's going to hand them a fistful into the faces really soon, so getting worked up about it is for my own masochistic tendencies, heh.

As I've pointed out before, I'm wary of benevolent dictatorships because it's so easy to take out the benevolent part and start turning the gears in reverse. Monarchy may have its problems, but the presence of a countervailing force in the form of an aristocracy that isn't completely comprised of yes-men is better than an absolute monarchy in my opinion.

It's also another reason why I'd like to keep my head under water for a little while longer, and have quite a bit of respect for those people who blog or make videos under their actual names and don't hide behind pseudonyms.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Are we all mind-readers?

Nothing interesting to report today, or at least, that hasn't progressed to my satisfaction, so you all get a small thought from me.

I'm not quite serious, but still, you've got to wonder.

Free Northerner and Dalrock both make a post each about modern love. I write a piece. Roissy writes a piece as well. Then we get a journal saying arranged marriages end up with couples that are more in love with each other than those who married for love.

It's almost as if we're connected by some frequency...maybe the world is waking up...or maybe it's just coincidence.


Edit: seems like Jim has one too!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

So much for "love".

I hate love, or at least, this modern incarnation of it.

This vile thing ranks up there with the idea of democracy with universal suffrage as one of the greatest bloody lies of our time, and with good reason, too.

Because, you see, anything is possible, anything is permissible, anything is justified in our modern society if it's done for "love". Free Northerner and Dalrock have recently wrote pieces in which he points out that contrary to popular belief, love does not make pre-marital sex any more justified from a Christian standpoint than it would have been without:
I repeat, there is absolutely NO moral difference between friends with benefits, a living-together relationship, a one-night stand, prostitution, and a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. There is not the tiniest bit of moral difference between Roissy’s pump’n'dump strategy, dissention’s advocacy of escorts, and Susan Walsh’s advocacy of “meaningful” relationships.
While I do not profess the Christian faith, the gist of the above two articles is nevertheless quite true. The power of love is widely extolled in our modern society, blaring from every radio, magazine and televitz to be seen. Love conquers all, we are told. Love is not just a good, but is good. Love should be pursued at all costs, so the televitz shows us rom-coms of guys doing all sorts of stupid shit to get a girl, and bodice-ripper romance novels tells girls that it's okay to stay with that dark, brooding guy with violent tendencies, he can be changed with the power of true love into a hot, studly man who'll still be violent - just not against her.

We all know how both of those work out in real life.

What I want.

Wald over here has done a small list of what he wants in a woman, so I felt compelled to start-up a me-too business and get some things down for posterity's sake:

I've already previously expressed my psychological/personality/ideological requirements, so I won't go over them again. Ladies who don't meet the requirements of my moral code - nexted immediately, no matter how hot, pretty or cute you are, or how many of the below points you fulfill. Sure, the back of my mind will probably be panting and begging for a fuck, but my face isn't going to suffer living with someone who cuts on deal-breaker issues. Yes, it's short but fairly demanding for the average modern woman, to which I say fuck it. If I'm going to improve myself to shake off my mountainous gammatude, then I am going to be worthy of my demands. You don't qualify me, I qualify you.


1. Short. For a more exact definition, top of your head not over my shoulders, and I'm 170 cm tall (5'7" for you Imperialists.) Happily, I don't have that much of a neck, making me taller at the shoulders than a good proportion of people I know. Yes, I do find petite women adorable, especially those whom I conceivably can pick up with one arm; it makes them all the harder to take seriously, which helps my game a lot. We NE Asians are tiny people.

2. Tits. Will agree with Wald here. Handfuls would be ideal, but so long as not flat, they're not a deal-breaker. Again, we NE Asians are tiny people, and our women have smaller breasts on average. Fact of life, gotta deal with it

3. Hair. Agree with Wald again. No shorter than shoulders, otherwise, it's over. Small of back is better, but quite hard to find in this warm climate.

4. Face. I'm not too exacting - so long as you don't have buck teeth or coffee stains like some women I've encountered, I'm fine. I can overlook freckles or a bit of acne. What's more important - eyes. Widely spaced, big eyes (both horizontal and vertical length), preferably falling away at the corners.

There we have it, short and simple.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Peering out of the box - 22/4/13

Cappy Cap - Where's the feminist self-improvement counterpart?
And while the two examples above focus on physic fitness and health, if you step back and cast a wider net, you'll realize The Manosphere, as well as various economics blogs, follow a similar parallel. Namely one of self-improvement. Men trying to improve their chances with women. Men trying to advance their careers and financial success. Men (and women) trying to start businesses. And men and women trying to aim for happier, better lives. They are constantly asking "what can I do to improve myself."
I have a simple question.

Where is the feminist equivalent of this?
Economic Collapse Blog - Whenever a tragedy happens, they take more freedom from us
No matter how much money we spend, there is no way that the federal government will ever be able to provide enough security for all of those soft targets. Even if our society morphed into something that resembled George Orwell's "1984", the government would still never be able to guarantee our safety. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of this attack there will inevitably be calls for "increased security" and "more anti-terror legislation". The answer always seems to be to expand the emerging police state.
Vox Popoli - So much to learn
It is easy to say, well, we'll keep the Western strictures against widow-strangling, witch-burning, and academic-raping, we'll just toss the ones against homosexual-marrying, public fornication, polygamy, and letting children play with loaded guns... wait a minute! The brutal reality is that a society in which most children are "allowed to make their own choices and follow their own interests" is a society where the values, and the resulting societal strictures, will eventually be decided by those semi-feral children and not their overly permissive parents.
What has long been decried by the civilized Christian West as "the cowardly act of animals" – how very raciss and judgmental – may well become the next "new normal". No one should be so foolish as to believe that behavioral change on a societal level is either predestined or readily controlled by government bureaucracy.
 Stares at the World - Sunday Sermon.
Nonetheless it is a beautifully written piece of fiction.  You don’t need to be a Catholic to appreciate this, you just need to be a real Man.  It’s chock full of True Grit, of real masculinity crushing a simpering rabbit person.  This is how you deal with their ilk – state the Truth bluntly and politely.  They’re going to call you a demon no matter what you do or say – but speaking to them like a Truly Civilized Man, unafraid of the consequences, sends their mind into a death spiral.
Dr. Faust - Bane in The Dark Knight Rises said it best.
Technological progress masks social decay. While gun wounds have increased gun murders has decreased and the progressives celebrate their victory of marching ever leftwards to utopia. There is no social progress. There is only the advance of technology which may hasten social decay. 

The technological singularity is not a given. The rate of advance of computers is not a static thing. Kurzweil's calculations tend to gloss over the most important element of building a machine, the person operating it. It's been said that we cannot see the future because of the present. 

The west has a fascination with the noble savage that has become suicidal. Avatar, The Last Samurai, Dances With Wolves, multiculturalism are all related, have all fueled the suicide of the west as it has turned in fratricide against the white fathers who built it from wood and rock.
Free Northerner - Go big or go home.
Therefore, when pursuing relationships, you should have a clear goal of what you want out of the relationship and how it will help you achieve your mission. Plan out what you want.

If your goal is a family and a committed relationship, then find the right girl, seal the deal, and get married. Do it purposefully; do it right. Don’t fall into a long-term relationship half accidently, then move in together and/or get married after a few years because that’s how things go. Plan it out.

If your goal is hedonism and avoiding commitment, do it right; be a player, start gaming, and have the wildest ride you can. Don’t limit your hedonism to a “safe”, mediocre LTR.

My problem with LTR’s is that they are not succeeding at serving any particular mission all that well. It is a mediocre half-solution that seems to simply try to fill a gap in life without any particular greater purpose behind it.

Essentially go big or go home.
DEMCAD - The first sign of trouble.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

It's hard to remain upbeat.

Good old Francis over here has written a short piece on how we should avoid the mainstream media and sensationalism. Go and read it. After you have done just that, there's a small quote by him:
"There is much good in the world. Yes, the women of today aren't as good as your grannys (they were hardly saints either though) generation. Yes, if you're under 35, your ass has been handed to you on a platter by a generation of bumbling dopes. All the exhibilation in the world is one hundred percent justified. Yes, we're heading into a dark, smelly shitstorm. Yes, I'm a cynical cunt and this blog will more than likely be host to many a post in this vein. But, there is much good in this world ken. The Lord of the Rings still remains the best story on good and evil ever written. The bit where that goofy looking hirsute motherfucker goes to the small fellah after the small fellah goes "I wish the ring never came to me goofy looking motherfucker" and the goofy looking motherfucker replies "so do all who live through such times" and it's really inspiring ken."
There is still much good in the world - no one is going to argue with that. My grandmother once pointed out to me that it's a good thing that evil still makes the news, because if it's still newsworthy and sensationalistic that means it's still considered out of the norm. We should be more concerned, she pointed out, when small acts of neighborliness and charity are met with commendation and surprise.

Why, isn't that true.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Singaporeans and their priorities.

Well, it would appear that Singaporeans have bought into the whole non-issue of gay marriage as an exercise in feeling all good and smug about themselves, unlike those nasty raciss sexiss homophobiss people:
"Former Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia, Reverend Yap Kim Hao, said he also hopes the Christian community will be more inclusive.
“The official teaching of the Methodist Church in Singapore did not declare homosexuality a sin until 2002, and the interpretation of the bible is always personally directed, time bound, historically determined and culturally conditioned… In light of Kenneth and Gary’s decision to appeal, I hope that moving forward, the christian community will focus on love, compassion, understanding and harmony instead of hate, condemnation, contradictions and conflicts as we strive to live in unity in spite of our diversity.”"
Yep, Churchianity, Agape before Logos, so on and so forth. Meanwhile, Our AGC sends threats of legal action to various local political Facebook pages if they don't apologise:

More here.

So, New Zealand has just legalised gay marriage. I couldn't care about the non-issue itself (I hold the same stance as Dr. Illusion and Jack Donovan on the matter, which is "fuck them, it brings about the decline so much faster"), but what I do care about is how they seem so enamoured with patting themselves on the back for not being RACISS SEXISS HOMOPHOBISS while their own government is passing bills forcing telcos to spy on New Zealanders without warrants and considering garnishing their savings.

Have you all no sense of priority?

I find it hilarious that Singaporeans are in a tizzy over the abolishing of an unenforcable law that by all that comes through the grapevine on campus is roundly ignored anyways, while the good old government is up to its usual - and now expanded - shenanigans.

Seriously, someone, please start the world.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Rainfall collecting - experimentation.

Today I woke up just in time to see dark clouds gathering on the horizon for an incipient thunderstorm. Rain was imminent in about fifteen to twenty minutes, considering it was already drizzling, and although this usually means it's the kind of day where I can stay in bed while I can help it, today I had a small experiment to perform.

For science. And survival. And science, of course.

For this experiment, I required a small frame which I'd put together over the last couple of days. Nothing fancy, just three comparatively short lengths of bamboo lashed together in a U-shape and a sheet of plastic about a couple of square meters in area. Next came two plastic stools as support.

Added to this were three identical five-liter buckets I temporarily purloined from my mother's laundry supplies, and armed with these, I headed downstairs where there was a reasonably open area.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A change in the air.

Is it just me, or are things in the 'sphere getting shall we put it, reactionary?

I know I haven't been part of the 'sphere for very long, around five months tops. I know that I tend to gravitate to various parts of the 'sphere because of my own inherent biases.

But I still can't help but smell a change in the air.

Cappy Cap was one of the first sites I wandered to once I divested myself of the MRAs, and while he's an excellent aggregator in his own right he's also had a number of excellent posts stretching years back. Thing is, while he's always had a disdain for the Left, he's usually kept things confined to women and economics. Recently, though, he's been speaking a little about immigration, media, race and other stuff in his posts and videos, and a lot more emphatically, too.

I used to go to CH mostly for the Game posts, but it also seems to me that the folks there have started talking about race-baiting in the media and the clear anti-caucasian bias of the Left. The same goes for Roosh - Return of Kings has a good number of more reactionary ideas and articles bobbing about in what's supposed to be a introductory site for newcomers to the MAndrosphere.

There's definitely a change in the air in the wider world, both in the anglosphere and beyond; one can certainly get the impression that Interesting Times(TM) are coming for us all, and there will be nowhere on earth to hide. It wouldn't surprise me if the electronic world was reflected in meatspace, or vice versa.

I understand that my blogroll is probably a very small sample size for all the stuff that's floating out there, but it's worth a thought, especially with things in the world turning out the way they are. Are more people flocking to the Dark Enlightenment? Are those who already identify as part of it speaking louder and more publicly? What do you guys think?


Unrelated addendum, because this is a tad too small to require its own post - koans are going fairly well. Testing out Koanic's faith of a mustard seed koan, with a quick visualisation of standing firm in the face of an explosion or gale, depending on what I'm feeling like at the moment. I've found it works better for dealing with pain from a direct external source - physical pain while at the gym, for example, or emotional pain caused by uncertainty/anxiety/fear, such as a faux pas in a conversation. Quick visualisation, reassert oneself, and skip over the blunder.

The temperance koan, on the other hand, is geared more towards dealing with internal pain (visualisation: bow head, close eyes, focus inward on chest/heart) that's generated by my inability to fulfill the demands of my spiritual drive.

Some situations are clear-cut, others less so as to which koan to use.

Singaporean government attempts to pacify people with cheese, people complain anyway.

Seems like the government is giving in more and more to the peoples' cries for welfare and cheese:
Commuters who are willing to get up earlier and travel to the city area before 7.45am will get free train rides from June 24.

Those who get off trains between 7.45am and 8am in the morning will get a 50 cents discount on their fares. The incentives are part of the government's year-long trial to coax train users to travel earlier and spread out the peak hour crush.

The trial was announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tuesday morning at Raffles Place station. The free travel trial will be implemented in 16 stations where commuters alight, including City Hall, Raffles Place and the Clarke Quay.

Mr Lui projects that 10 to 20 per cent of commuters travelling between 8.15am and 9am in the morning will start their journeys earlier. The government will pick up the tab for the trial which is expected to cost $10 million.
Free rides, costing ten million just for a trial. I'm wondering if taxes are going to go up somewhere else to make up for the cost. Let's see what the locals have to say about it:
"Is it free? Nope! Taxpayers will be paying for it. Why should taxpayers' money go towards financing a hare-brained scheme that benefits people, most of whom do not need the cost-savings. They merely happen to wake up early and they had been happily paying all along."
"It only benefit people working at town area... Ask them learn from Japan train service... Their train and buses are so precise"

"Only @ 16 stations only another smart minister cheating and fooled us again"

"Give a beggar a bunch of 1 cent coins and see if he complain or not lor... when things came with conditions, can we actually call it 'FREE"?" 
So on and so forth, ad infinitum. What I'd like to tell these folks would be to shut up and eat the damned cheese; I know I will when I travel during those times. 

According to the Straits Times, 37% of responders approved of the new trial while 26% disapproved and the rest were undecided on the issue.

I guess "grateful" is just a measure of cheese. Hey, you wanted socialism. You wanted cheese. Now that you've been given cheese, you're complaining that it isn't the right flavour, that the government is just giving it to you to buy you off when you were the one who wanted to be bought off in the first place.

I guess people can never be pleased, right?

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Things that should be there but aren't.

Today I went out to try and get my hands on some coconut oil for frying purposes. You'd imagine that being in a tropical island not too far away from the world's greatest producer of the fruit (the Philippines, to be exact) it wouldn't be hard to find the stuff, but interestingly, it is. Checked out local health food stores on the internet, and those which did have tiny bottles of the stuff (100-300 mls) had it at horribly expensive prices.

Eventually, I did manage to find a retailer that I felt was reasonable, but only because the stuff was on a 30% discount at the moment. I'll test it out, see how it goes and I feel, and if it isn't up to snuff then I can go back to the far cheaper coconut cream for my saturated fat needs. I'm sure there are better suppliers out there, but I've exhausted my local internet capabilities.

But what is more interesting, though, is that most of the coconut oil actually states it's manufactured in the US. Considering the sheer amount of copra processed in the region, you'd imagine we'd have more regionally produced coconut oil, but the few examples I found that were manufactured in Thailand were every bit as expensive as the US-produced ones. I guess the fact that the retailers were health food stores had something to do with it, too, but...

By the same measure, you'd imagine that ghee would be freely available in Singapore, considering the 13% or so of the local population that's Indian. However, I've only run across ghee once in my life, and it was in a dingy mom-and-pop provision shop in the middle of Little India, in canned form to boot.

What kinds of fat do we locals use for cooking, then? The usual suspects: sunflower, canola, corn, generic "vegetable", so on and so forth, the usual suspects. You can see the local Indian cooks at the food courts frying unleavened flatbread in it; everyone regardless of race and creed has bought into the lipid hypothesis.

Monkey see, monkey do. Most people will eat what's set in front of them without thinking twice, especially if an "expert" tells them it's good(TM).

Where did the coconut oil and ghee go? Well, we do know where it went in the latter case. Things that were in our original cultures and traditions, tested and tried by time and proven to be at least workable, if not good for us - replaced by disgusting stuff because we're told "it's for our own good", and we just swallowed it whole without even toeing the water ourselves. Thank goodness we haven't given up using coconut cream in our curries, though, as also in traditional malay cuisine. Skim milk curry tastes bland and horrible by comparison.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Peering out of the box - 15/4/2013.

Free Northerner - Dating and verbalisation.
The modern woman (at least until she’s hit the wall and is desperate) does not choose a mate for such practical reasons as reliability, provision, protection, fatherhood potential, etc. She has a surrogate husband, the state, to take care of all those things for her.
Instead, what she is looking for is “chemistry.” By chemistry, she means she is sexually and emotionally excited by you. But the modern woman can’t call “chemistry” by its real name, sexual attraction, because sexual attraction is what shallow guys who are only after immature, big-titted sluts rather than mature, ‘real women’ feel. She’s not shallow, she’s looking for “chemistry”, which is much deeper than looking for some young, perky slut.
Vox Popoli - The coming war in science fiction.
So leave them to their fate.  Let the rabbits panic as books prices continue to decline, their royalties continue to fall and their publishers stop paying advances before finally going the way of Borders and Night Shade Books. Let them learn if they are able to compete on a playing field that is not heavily tilted in their favor by like-minded ideologues. Let the obese, unhealthy moral degenerates struggle to pay for the increased costs of their health care under the Obamacare regime for which they clamored.

It's not our fault. It's not our concern. And it's not our problem. The gatekeepers are failing, the gates are swinging open, and the right-wing horde is rapidly approaching the citadel. It won't be long before the sneering writers of SF/F cease their endless snarking and start crying out for mercy.
As someone who previously attempted to break into SF/F and has to deal with the gatekeepers, because anything other than the traditional route was heavily touted as a Bad Thing(TM), I can empathise.

Sultan Knish - Violence on their behalf.
The issue isn't as simple as Pro-Choice. Abortion is just the conclusion of the sordid package of social liberalism. The package begins with sex ed, complete with the obligatory LGBT mentions, runs through national STD infestations, hookup culture, single parenthood and packs of young men and women recreating the mistakes of the parents they never had and then flushing those mistakes down the toilet before settling down with three kids, by different fathers who are never around, and a package of subsidies from the welfare state administered by social workers who have seen it all.
And Daniel Greenfield hits one out of the park again with his comment on the Gosnell case. Pro-lifers are not going to win, not while this society stands. What they are fighting against is only a manifestation of a deeper societal rot, which by now is too far spread for anything to be done other than to burn it all and rebuild from the ashes. And from the looks of global economy, society and climate, that day is fast approaching.

And for another hot-button issue today:

Jack Donovan - Gay marriage: "what-the-fuck-ever"
The simple fact is that gay marriage IS going to happen in the United States.

It’s not going to happen because it is good or rational. It’s going to happen because it really doesn’t matter, and it makes people feel good. Gay marriage is a good distraction, something silly and fun that Americans can agree to agree on even as social fractures widen over issues that do matter – like gun control, immigration, foreign policy and what to do about widespread economic and political corruption. It’s an issue that the progressive puppet media can congratulate Americans for coming ‘round on – as Time recently did. Americans want to feel like their opinion matters, and siding with a change that seems to be inevitable empowers them. Americans want to be on “the winning side of history,” a desire as cynical as it sounds.


No, go ahead and throw one more shit-stained rubber in the landfill. Maybe that will be the one. Or maybe it won’t. I don’t care anymore if gays get married in this society, because what I am really looking forward to is this society’s collapse. I want to see their Candyland, upside-down rainbow dyke future destroyed.

Please. Somebody…
Mr. Donovan is a homosexual, who is, contrary to what the MSM would have you believe, is not synonymous with "faggot". Because there are some of them who love men for being manly, and not some limp-wristed faggot; as Nationalist Pony points out, fascism and homosexuality actually got on quite well.

Sunshine Mary is back!

Nationalist Pony - Discord, Celestia, Pinkie, Gender and Paradox.
More to the point: Celestia simply is - she did not become Celestia, she simply happened as a cosmic ultra-pony. By contrast, Discord has to become, he is loved and reviled for his masculinity, and the nature of man is such that he must ascend, create, destroy, or in some other way affect the world. Discord may be the Lord of Chaos, but he had to become the Lord of Chaos. It is not by accident or cliche his first real act is to install himself on the throne:

In a world where hierarchy is simply the expression of inner capability, man is lost without a military to command, a foe to defeat, a frontier to conquer. Men may build civilisation through ingenuity and strength, much like Flim and Flam and their modern world, but it is women who are vanguard of family and stability. Again, it is not by accident that Appleloosa - A frontier town at conflict with a competing specie - is characterised by male characters.
It is no wonder that Discord wishes to smash Equestria to pieces and remake it in his own design - He’s a man with no family, no purpose, and no cutiemark to aspire to fulfil; he’s the avatar of unrelenting, aimless masculine force. He recognises that his existence is a cosmic joke, and so makes a joke of the world - Note the flying pigs and sense of dark humour.
 Zero Hedge - China takes another stab at the dollar.
One more domino in the dollar reserve supremacy regime falls. Following the announcement two weeks ago that "Australia And China will Enable Direct Currency Convertibility", which in turn was the culmination of two years of Yuan internationalization efforts as summarized by the following: "World's Second (China) And Third Largest (Japan) Economies To Bypass Dollar, Engage In Direct Currency Trade", "China, Russia Drop Dollar In Bilateral Trade", "China And Iran To Bypass Dollar, Plan Oil Barter System", "India and Japan sign new $15bn currency swap agreement", "Iran, Russia Replace Dollar With Rial, Ruble in Trade, Fars Says", "India Joins Asian Dollar Exclusion Zone, Will Transact With Iran In Rupees", and "The USD Trap Is Closing: Dollar Exclusion Zone Crosses The Pacific As Brazil Signs China Currency Swap", China has now launched yet another feeler to see what the apetite toward its currency is, this time in the heart of the Eurozone: Paris.
 Ooh, this can not be good for the ZOGBUX.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

You are not insane.

When you first awakened, Moldbug's chick in the egg-

When the shell finally parted before your beak and you stepped forth for your down to dry-

When you drew your first breath, opened your eyes-

-And realised how wide, how bright, how terrifying this new world was beyond the confines of the one you'd left behind-

Whether you embrace the unknown or seek to flee back into the now-broken egg-

You ask yourself: am I insane?

Am I the only one who sees the the world the way it truly is?

Friday, 12 April 2013

Results of the Captain's "forced discipline and regimen month".

Or one month and five days, if you want to be strict about it. As set out in the initial post, five days weights, two days running, one running day every two weeks an off day.

A few things I've done to my diet:

-Cut out wheat as much as possible from my diet.
-Changed from vegetable oils to butter for frying.
-Now take whole milk, non-UHT.
-Limited rice a little more.

Results so far:

-I think my shoulder's almost fully back up to snuff now; mere twinges under my usual load. Once those are gone I'll be looking into increasing my weight load.
-Lost 3-4 kilograms (hard to get an exact handle, since it does fluctuate according to my fluid intake), from 82 to 78-79. Really, especially since according to that quaint little food pyramid, all those saturated fats going into my system should have made me a bloated blubber ball. You mean they lied? Say it ain't so!
-Finished my individual report for the designing of a vacuum distillation operation for the separation of acetylated castor oil from acetic anhydride and acetic acid.
-Started Koanic Soul, tested out my slightly customised Koan set, trying out Koanic's "faith of a mustard seed" koan at the moment, along with some glossolalia exercises. I'll have the lot in a separate post sometime soon.

I don't have a photo like Cappy Cap does at the moment, so you'll just have to take my word for it. But I will say that I'm rather pleased with the results.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The moral decay of governments - or why I'm more than a little loathe to trust benevolent dictatorships.

I'm sure most people around these parts have heard of the saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely". However, that's not what sparked this post, but rather this comment I found over at Jim's blog:
But virtue is difficult to reliably achieve. Even if a regime starts off virtuous, it is apt to succumb to moral decay. In the first great hyperinflation of modern times, the French Revolutonary Assignat, they started off as models of fiscal probity, but not long thereafter they were cutting off people’s heads for refusing to accept assignats, skinning their bodies, and using the hides to bind books containing propaganda for their fiscal policy.
Now, one of the platforms of the incumbent People's Action Party is that they're supposed to be clean, transparent and incorruptible. It's why we pay our ministers and civil servants such handsome salaries, so that their heads won't be turned by the temptation of bribery. It's why all the PAP MPs wear white as part of their "uniform":

From Wikipedia, on the 1959 Singapore general election:
The opposition People's Action Party led by lawyer and assembly member Lee Kuan Yew, ran a campaign against corruption. To make his point, he had all his party members and candidates wear a distinctive outfit of white shirts and pants, to represent "cleanliness" in government.
Have they been so clean in recent years?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Churchianity, lol.

Sure seems like it's a global problem as the cultural rot spreads, that no one is safe from the grasp of feel-good religions all over...and there'll always be those peddling the snake oil.

"On the 15th July 2012, 23 youths came together to record a song in support of City Harvest Church and their leadership. This video was shown in Emerge 2012 as an appreciation to Pastor Kong, Sun and the leadership of the church."

A little background on the case:
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) is acting to remove eight leaders of City Harvest Church, including its founder Kong Hee, from office. This is after they were suspended last year by COC following an inquiry which revealed there was mismanagement of funds at the church.

The eight are: board member Kong Hee; board chairman and trustee Lam Leng Hung; vice-chairman and trustee Tan Ye Peng; executive director of the church's administration division Kelvin Teo Meng How; and executive members Sharon Tan Shao Yuen; Chew Eng Han; Jacqueline Tan Su Pheng and Serina Wee Gek Yin.

If the COC is successful in removing them - with the consent of the Attorney General - four of the key office-holders will no longer be allowed to hold any office positions in City Harvest Church or any other charities for life.

Six of them - Kong, Lam, Tan Ye Peng, Sharon Tan, Chew and Wee - are also facing criminal proceedings for allegedly embezzling more than $50 million from their parish. Their trial starts on May 15.
A cult is a cult is a cult, and Churchianity will be what it is.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Peering out of the box - 9/4/13.

Cappy Cap - Why Gen X and Y should be denied Social Security.
Much as I loathe the baby boomers, the successive generations, mine included, are worse.  Despite BLATANT and OBVIOUS financial problems our generations faced, we lacked the adult maturity (let alone simple 2nd grade mathematics) to turn this country around.  And while the baby boomers have been voting more and more conservative, it is the younger generations through galactic stupidity, ignorance and selfishness that merely nailed a couple more nails in the US-coffin and thus our own futures.
To be honest, the whole idea of programs such as Social Securityby their nature are Ponzi schemes, so there's no reason for it to exist in the first place.

Le Cygne Gris - Time to get out.
First off, if Buffett is leaving the US market, then it’s time for everyone else to follow suit.  Sell of all of your investment items, cash out your retirement accounts, and go buy gold and silver and keep what you buy in your possession.  Or at least hold cash in your possession.  The market is finally catching up with reality, and now it’s time to leave.

Second, and more broadly, it looks like this pretty much spells the beginning of the end.  American dominance, particularly of the economic variety, is drawing to a close.  Get used to living in poverty.
Once the US and indeed, the Anglosphere crashes, it will spell the end of the Cathedral, even without ITZ and all the other fun stuff that's going to take place.

Just sayin'.

Speaking of ITZ...

The Truth Wins - Global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years
For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced.  This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual.  As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years.  Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis.  At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next.  There is simply not much of a buffer left.
ITZ is only going to make things worse. From lower rainfall away from the equator thanks to it coming in the form of snow, which doesn't aerate the soil well, as well as lower evaporation, there's also the problem of a shorter growing season.

Your rice, PACK IT.

Sultan Knish - The good life.
Conservatism never wins. It loses. It comes to be associated with slick empty men and women who smile a lot and lie a lot. And that in the long run is far more devastating than the occasional senate candidate who says something horrible or idiotic. Candidates like Mitt Romney are more damaging than a hundred Todd Akins because they fix the image of a soulless party that cares about nothing and no one.
Jim - Dark Enlightenment and the Endarkenment.
The Endarkenment.

Plain meaning: The coming dark age of the west, and perhaps the world, the rise of magical and superstitious thinking, for example Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, the transformation of science into theocracy, the stagnation of an increasing number of technologies.Ironic meaning: A sarcastic reference to the enlightenment, implying that it blinded men, rather than enabling them to see. Roger Bacon and Galileo popularized rationality, but Voltaire and Rousseau abandoned rationality. That the planets go around the sun follows from the evidence. That all men are created equal defies the evidence.
Hyper Report - Going after children.
MSNBC’s New World Order skank, Melissa Harris-Perry, states that children do not belong to parents, but to the community, or the state. Seriously, what mental hospital do these deranged freaks come from? Hey, Melissa, go read Animal Farm, you might, although unlikely, learn something.

Monday, 8 April 2013

On Brian Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" and masculinity.

Some years ago, I used to be more involved in the SF/F genre, mostly as a reader and as an amateur writer. I still am, to some extent, but the current degeneration of the genre and indeed, publishing industry as a whole has driven me away from the old stacks which I used to wander amongst on a regular basis. For the record, I still have no idea why librarians insist on classifying paranormal romance under fantasy, since there're entire tags for paranormal and romance, but hey, it just means I get to snerk even more at the silly book blurbs on some of those knock-offs.

Anyways, most people will know Sanderson because he was picked to finish Robert Jordan's Waste of Time series, which I've never really bothered with in the first place. I first found him through his novel Elantris (2004), and followed him through his Mistborn books (which I'm somewhat so-so about), but today I'm going to be talking about his novel, The Way of Kings (2010).

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Fucking off from Sngapore (part 2).

In my last post on this topic, I briefly touched upon the bare basics of survival in the event of a complete breakdown of societal order in this little tropical city-state of mine, and why I ultimately feel that sans huge numbers of grashopper-folks eating each other alive or fleeing, any long-term anarchy here is going to be ultimately creating an unsustainable situation for survival as basic necessities dwindle in supply and cannot be replaced.

Personal defense

It's a little easier for you folks in the US of A and some other parts of the manosphere: you have access to guns. I do not, and indeed, private ownership of firearms is banned here. This is a double-edged sword: on one hand, it makes any potential encounters that much more hazardous and difficult to resolve. On the other, it means that if I keep myself in good shape and training, I can have an edge over most of the overfed, overweight blubber-bags that comprise a goodly proportion of Singapore's population (really, at my last yearly physical test...all the failures who couldn't even hang from the bar, let alone do a single chin-up), leaving me with the unfortunate remains: thugs, hooligans and general uncouth yahoos who'd be more than willing to stove my head in and steal my stockpile.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

200,000 fewer people are employed...

...And the labour force participation rate reaches 1979 levels.
A record 89,967,000 Americans were not in the labor force in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is an increase of 663,000 from the 89,304,000 Americans who were not in the labor force in February. 

Since President Barack Obama was first inaugurated in January 2009, 9,460,000 people have dropped out of the labor force.


In keeping with the increase in the number of people not in the labor force, the labor force participation rate decreased from 63.5 percent in February to 63.3 percent in March. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of Americans in the civilian population over age 16 who did not have a job or seek a job during the month.

In January 2009, when Obama was first inaugurated, there were 80,507,000 people not in the labor force compared to the 89,967,000 who were not in the labor force in March.
How long can this last, you wonder? How long before the cracks become too big to plug

And ITZ continues on its merry way, too:
Complaining about the weather has reached epidemic proportions in northern Germany this "spring." And with good reason. With Easter just around the corner, meteorologists are telling us this could end up being the coldest March in Berlin and its surroundings since records began in the 1880s.


High pressure system Jill and low pressure system Dieter have joined forces to torpedo an Easter full of the flowers and pastels we have come to expect. The average temperature in the northern German states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt has been minus 2 degrees Celsius (28.4 degrees Fahrenheit) this month. If Jack Frost doesn't head back to Siberia soon, this March could break the record established in 1883, two years after records began.
Wrap up well, folks.

Aurini - a moral-free economy.

Aurini discusses crony capitalism in a swanky suit. Definitely worth the fifteen minutes.

Fucking off from Singapore. (Part 1)

"Have a plan", as Sniper from TF2 says. By this time, it shouldn't come as a surprise that both an economic collapse, as well as ITZ, are coming in the very near future. Naturally, this means that one ought to have a solid plan like an ant if one intends to make it through. While there are a number of suggestions to deal with SHTF that can be applied in all situations, and the basics still remain the same, the way to go about them is probably going to be different for various localities and situations. After all, dealing with SHTF in the countryside is going to be different from dealing with it in the city, as is dealing with it in a snow-bound location as opposed to dealing with it in the tropics.

With that thought in mind, let's have a practical look at things. Singapore's land area is about 650 square kilometres; that's less than a good number of cities in the western world. Within this land area is crammed at present 5.3 million people, most of them stacked upon one another like rats in lab cages. Simply google images "HDB flat Singapore" and you'll see what I mean. In short: population density is through the roof.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Honour and Face.

Whenever I end up watching a Hollywood representation of Oriental cultures, mostly for the purpose of enrichmentation and diversifcamation, there seems to be quite an undue emphasis placed on the concept of "honour" in these cultures, a monolithic ideal that's as presistent throughout the mythical land of Chinjapkorea as much as a lot of the culture of the grand imaginary land of Amerieurope appears to be promoted by the Cathedral.

Interestingly, the way honour is presented is always in line with the western concept of the term: steadfastness, loyalty to one's in-group, righteousness and uprighteousness - with practically the only difference I've actually witnessed being perhaps a side dish of filial piety, and that's pretty rare as well. Whether this is because honour is such a universal concept to the point where it's virtually unaffected by cultural pressures, or whether the Cathedral just wants to be lazy and appeal to their audience without needing them to think, I'm not quite sure.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Going off the narcotic drip.

I don't rightly remember when I stopped watching television. It was a gradual process, I gather; even though I'd never really been enthralled with the glowing picture box, I followed the occasional serial drama and cartoon series as a kid. (God, was Animaniacs cool.) But as the years wore by, the already low appeal of the televitz declined even further. Those moving pictures failed to inspire activity in my mind, and I got bored as a natural consequence. Watching television was a little - no, far too passive for my tastes. Just sitting, watching, and being numbed wasn't quite that appealing, and there was far too much trash to make waiting for the few things that interested me a worthwhile activity.

When I was thirteen, the internets exploded onto the scene with the acquisition of a 56k dial-up modem by my family. Now that was more interesting, for the simple reason that it was interactive, rather than the steady brain-rotting stream of passivity that was the televitz. Then again, even books like the fantasy novels I read (and still read, despite pollution by "my hot sexy paranormal boyfriend #342348") require some sort of user involvement in turning the words on a page into action in one's mind. When you read non-fiction, you're generally compelled to think and reflect on what you've just comprehended. With the internet, I didn't have to wait for the program to get to the few bits I found interesting; I could just bring up what I was interested in when I wanted it.

And for someone who has as small a brain-attic as I do and who needs to resort to the way of the engineer, the lumber-room of the internet is a godsend. Need a common counterargument for a point? Got it saved. Need a reference? Got that saved too. Need...I think you get my drift.

It's fun. It's engaging. And once you start running, you generally don't want to stop. When you find better, you develop a natural resistance to going back.

Same thing with video games. Sure, they were fun, but I don't really feel I'm deriving a lot of joy these days from running on a treadmill in a Skinner box. Besides, the quality of games these days from the big companies has dropped perceptibly, especially the AAA titles. For the last six months at least, most video games aren't cutting it for me any more; my spare hours are spent bouncing from blog to blog, article to article, book to book. Video games...sure, every now and then, but to the extent I used to play them when I was flapping about aimlessly in the wind?

Once you yank yourself off the drip, once you experience life, who would want to go back?

Once you have something better, why go back to something worse?

Especially when you can laugh at the world and throw rocks at it from the safety of your box while everything burns?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


Desire vs. Morality.

I've written before on how I've had the desire to lead others, yet fallen short when it comes to exericising that desire due to my pig-headed unwillingness to use coercive force to compel others to my will.

Sometimes, I get bored and read the blogs of other young manosphere denizens like me, folks in their early 20s, and when I read about some of their goals and what they're building themselves towards, such as establishing a harem, I catch myself thinking "more power to them, but I could never quite do this."

Not that I don't have the desire to - I'm sure every straight, hot-blooded male has fantasised about being waited on hand and foot by a gaggle of HB 10s.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Peering out of the box - 1/4/2013.

Sultan Knish - Inequality for all.
The civil rights movement is dead. In place of any real urge for equality is a determination to perpetuate inequality in order to keep the movement going. It's as if everyone wanted to keep the great feeling of winning WW2 alive by landing at Normandy, shelling random tourists and then invading Paris to liberate it from the Nazis while refusing to listen to the Parisians when they insist that the Nazi armies are long gone and all that's left are a bunch of skinheads listening to bad music.
Inequality in the name of equality has become an institution. It has become the institution that justifies all the other institutions of government and academia. If discrimination ever disappeared beyond the ability of modern eight-wave bigotry researchers to discover it in episodes of classic television shows and random interracial interactions, then the entire modern state would simply collapse.
To quote Aurini: nature produces inequality, so where does equality come from? The state, of course.

Naked Capitalism - More on devolution and the Walmartization of our economy.
It’s become fashionable to discuss the creeping decay in advanced economies, particularly the US, both in term of third worldification and end of empire. The more apocalyptic turn to theories of collapse from writers like Jared Diamond and Jacques Tainter. But I think they miss one aspect that may prove to be important, that of how the pursuit of efficiency doesn’t always produce net gains, as economic theory might tell us. The measure of productivity, more stuff per unit input, misses how service/product quality can deteriorate. Some of this is deliberate: I have readers in comments regularly lament how old durable goods and tools were more reliable and lasted longer than contemporary versions. But there are other aspects of the downside of the willy-nilly pursuit of efficiency that have become so routine we accept these indignities and often don’t recognize them.
The Soul is not a Smithy - Taking Down The Cathedral and Lindy West is Fat and Smelly.
But I'm not holding out for this. Men are becoming more effeminate. In Ireland they've started giving kids medication for getting in fights with other kids. Hooray en aw. Fat fucks fat. The rolls of rotundy goodness will be more than enough for the bitter gamma male and there wilnae be enough, second servings will be demanded. MRA's will sell out their own cause for the faintest whiff of cock pounded snatch. But this is important. Enough lassies on the side of masculine, powerful men, and Simone De Wrinkle will be nothing more than an unpleasant footnote in history. Not that a cunt like myself is confident mind you. There are some people who are going to be sacrificed at the alter of reality and there is nothing you can do about it but motor on in your own noble way. Vertiginous, espousing crap, taking a walk down isles of cinder. Let the dead bury the dead ken. 
The Economic Collapse Blog - This Is What It Feels Like To Have Your Life Savings Confiscated By The Global Elite
Sadly, the truth is that the politicians will lie to you all the way up until the very day that they confiscate your money.

You can believe our "leaders" when they swear that nothing like this will ever happen in the United States, in Canada or in other European nations if you want.

But I don't believe them.
We're not going to confiscate your money, we promise. We really do.


Vault-Co - Oh right, So Vault-Co Was Telling The Truth, Everybody Else You Know Was Lying
 You know, That 20 year cold snap, following immediately on the heels of being warned by scienmajists that GLOBAL WARMING HAD BEGUN some 20 years ago.

The evidence has contradicted their theories for two decades, they admit. But that doesn't mean their theory is wrong. It is really a matter of faith, they explain. You can't let a little thing like evidence and facts stand in the way of something that is important for people to believe in. Exactly like a religion except it is different.

Tempesttcup - Introverted Girls (part 1 – finding them)
The introvert girl is the one that takes a book to the bar during happy hour. Or really, the one reading a book in public. In fact, this might be a way to get past her defenses; sit next to her & open a book & start reading. Now of course, with the ubiquitous smart phone, she will be reading something on her phone about Gut Flora or whatever is her latest obsession.
As the manosphere says, though, I'd be wary of taking relationship advice from a girl. It's worth a read, at any rate.