Friday, July 25, 2014

Why a Woman Cannot be "Hypergamous" and Attracted to Loser "Bad Boys" at the Same Time

I don't believe in Evo-Pysch at all. It's not a science and in fact is not even close to one, so let's stop pretending it is.

Here's an example: women are "hypergamous" and supposedly want the best men to have children by. I've heard some real nonsense from the ignorant. They really believe there is "Alpha" sperm and "Alpha" genes, which shows they know nothing about genetics.

If a woman is irresistibly attracted to "Alphas" who are rich and good-looking and popular with women, then she cannot at the same time be attracted to Loser Bad Boys.

Unless, of course, these Loser Bad Boys are tattooed, meth-dealing, motorcycle-riding George Clooneys. Who don't exist.

I was raised with Loser Bad Boys. They were not "Alphas." Most are dead from drugs or murder or in prison. None of them were good-looking and none of them were popular with women. They were narcissistic and stupid.

Yes, some women were attracted to them, but every one of them was physically disgusting, not to mention stupid.

By the way, I have Loser Bad Boys in my family. One got into a gun fight with a cop and got his pinky finger blown off. The second got 40 years for murder, got paralyzed in a fight with another inmate, and is permanently in a wheelchair. He will get out at age 65.

I also know about women who write prisoners. I've met them, just the way I've met a lot of whores and groupies. They're nuts and unfit for any kind of relationship.

And if you think these women are good for just a fuck, have at it. The last guy I knew who tried is dead. Murdered. Blown right off his Harley. The shooter got life.

The Soft Boys of the Manosphere wouldn't be talking about these things as they do is they had any experience in life.

Don't talk about things you know nothing about. You don't know anything about "Bad Boys." I do.

Experience trumps stupid theory every time.

Prediction: I will hear every excuse and rationalization as to why women can be attracted to rich, good-looking, popular "Alphas" and unattractive, poor Loser Bad Boys at the same time.

And every one of them will fail. It's because the Believers have gone down the Rabbit Hole and can't find their way out.

"Cosmic Leveling and the Animalization of Man"

I understand leftists intellectually but not emotionally. But then, I'm not full of hate and envy, and I am not run by my infantile feelings and don't have a fuzzy mind. I can also extrapolate into the future.

Leftists can do none of these things. What they can do is project their own problems onto other people. When leftists speak of "hate" it's the own hate they are projecting on others. Same with "racism" and "sexism" and whatever. The greatest racists and sexists I know are leftists.

Eric von Keuhnelt-Leddihn (everyone should read his Leftism Revisited understood these things. He pointed out that "leftists don't merely misunderstand human nature; they don't understand it at all" and that leftism is about "the overthrow of the Father."

Leftists want everyone to be "equal." Except, of course, for them. Since they consider themselves the intellectual and moral superiors of everyone, they believe this gives them the right to "plan" and run society, and to shovel people around like gravel.

It never works. Society is a thin, fragile film on top of a lot of bad human nature, and when leftists meddle with society (since they think human nature is plastic and can be molded), that bad animal nature pops right up.

Of course, feminism is leftist and look at what it's done. Leftism not only means the destruction of the family, but of religion and anything else that stands between the leftist and his greed for power, domination and control.

The destructiveness of leftism is what the following article is about. It is from the site One Cosmos and was written by "Gagdad Bob."

"'Leveling is the barbarian's substitute for order.' --Aphorisms of Don Colacho

"As mentioned a few posts back, one of the general tenets or principles of conservative thought is the recognition and preservation of vertical hierarchy. When 'natural distinctions are effaced among men,' writes [Russell] Kirk, 'oligarchs fill the vacuum.' (Like nature, trans-nature abhors those vacuous nothings.)

"Thus, the story of leftism does not have a happy ending, i.e., a carefree proletariat living on Sugar Candy Mountain. It doesn't end in a classless society but a two-tiered one, e.g., wards of the state and administrators of the state, bureaucrats and cronies, power and its clients.

"It is why the 'income inequality' liberals pretend to care about has become so much more pronounced under Obama, why labor participation is at a historic low, and why blacks are falling further behind (one reason, anyway). The cure? More of the same!

"Here's how it works: 'Each day we demand more from society so that we can demand less from ourselves' (Don Colacho). Or in other words, little by little we transfer our power to the state, until the state does all the demanding and we do all the obeying.

"'Hierarchies are heavenly. In hell all are equal' (ibid.). Indeed, 'if men were born equal, they would invent inequality to kill the boredom.' But since they are born unequal (or better, un-equivalent) -- in talents, in intelligence, in interests -- the left has invented a soul-sapping, boredom-inducing culture to stifle the recognition. Mind-numbing bread and mediated circuses to keep the LoFos either amused or riled up.

"Another aphorism: 'In society just as in the soul, when hierarchies abdicate, the appetites rule.' Why? Because in a two-tiered system there can be nothing higher than carnal appetite and endless desire. The state has the overwhelming advantage here, since conservatives must rely on arguments, whereas the left has only to bribe with other people's property. Thus, 'elections decide who may be oppressed legally.' And 'social justice'? That's the term they invented 'to claim anything to which we do not have a right' (ibid.).

"Ah, Obama's epitaph: 'Revolutions have as their function the destruction of the illusions that cause them.' True enough, but he's also causing an awful lot of collateral damage to reality while he's at it.

"I could playgiarize with Don Colacho all day. Let's move on to the nature of this vertical hierarchy.

"I suppose the first thing a spiritually bereft leftist will say is, 'what about 'all men are created equal?'' Do we really have to remind him that this refers to equality before God and therefore before the law? This mediocre book on Original Sin makes the point that the doctrine of our primeval calamity assures that all men are equal in another sense, of ineradicable guilt for unavoidable sin. Thus, the doctrine can be 'curiously liberating,' in that it implies that we are 'all in the same boat' and in need of a vertical intervention, the prince no less than the pauper.

"For [Frithjof] Schuon there are no fewer than five vertical degrees which we could boil down to corporeal/material, soul/psychic, spirit/intellect, formal (cataphatic) God, and formless (apophatic) God. Being that this is a hierarchy, it can only be understood from the top down. Thus, each level is a kind of downward projection of the one immediately above.

"As we have discussed and even belabored, the essential error of modernity was to invert this hierarchy, such that the bottom -- matter -- became the top. But this led to insoluble absurdities such as how life can emerge from dead matter, or how the soul can emerge from biology. As a patient of mine once put it, 'you can only get so much blood from a turnip.' Likewise, you can only get so much wisdom from a rock.

"In a properly oriented cosmos, we see the hierarchy of Beyond Being → Being → Spirit → Soul → Body; or Godhead → Personal God → Celestial/Logospheric Realm (which is mirrored in the Intellect) → Psychic → Corporeal (encompassing space, time, matter-energy, etc.)

"Now, what would happen if we were to collapse this hierarchy? Or rather, what has happened? Let's start at the top: what happens when level 1 is merged into 2? A fascistic theocracy such as Islamism, which merges God and religion and denies the divine freedom of the Godhead.

"How about when 2 blends into 3? I would say an impotent and disembodied idealism. 3 into 4? The desiccated, wisdom-free mind of the tenured. 4 into 5? The successful animalization of man, i.e., nihilism and barbarism.

"For example, Schuon draws a distinction between 'intellective intuition' (level 3) and 'a merely cerebral 'intelligence'' (level 4). 'The cult of intelligence... distances man from truth: intelligence narrows as soon as man puts his trust in it alone,' for the level 3 intellect is precisely that faculty 'which perceives the transcendent,' or level 2.

"And importantly, this intellect is 'a receptive faculty and not a power which produces: it does not 'create': it receives and transmits; it is a mirror' of what transcends it, just as the level 3 psyche, when properly functioning, should be a mirror of 'the world.'

"Another valid point, although one that will be easier for eastern Christians to appreciate: that the intellect is not fallen per se; or rather, one might think of it as the divine spark which survives the fall, even if it is only an ember. But the real fall is from level to level, especially from intellect to ego and then on down to the infrahuman (which is technically lower than the innocent animal, which only does what comes naturally; but when man becomes an animal, he sinks beneath himself and exists in a kind of unreal, non-space).

"But if we understand the hierarchy rightly, there is nothing whatsoever 'wrong' with any of the levels, so long as the hierarchy is maintained. I am thinking, for example, of Pope JP2's 'theology of the body,' whereby the body (and sexuality) is divinized by energies and graces emanating from above. (Indeed, the whole doctrine of Incarnation could hardly be more clear about this.)

"Likewise, there is nothing wrong with the tenure-mind, so long as it is informed by the spirit, and doesn't become detached from vertical reality; or negate what surpasses it, up to and including its very source and ground."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Illegal Immigration And Gangs: Someday Our Cities Will Burn Because We Didn’t Protect Our Borders"

"Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks." - Isaiah 137:9

I consider anyone who believes in open borders to be nuts. They completely ignore reality. They have hallucinations that if we got rid of borders (which they hallucinate "don't exist") then everything would be peachy-keen and groovy-cool.

If they think that, they have another think coming. Since they don't understand human nature and think that it's plastic and, to quote the Colonel in Full Metal Jacket, "inside every gook there is an American trying to get out," they are in fact leftists...only they don't know it.

These people blame everything on the State. Legalize drugs and get rid of welfare, and the flood of these people will drop to a trickle. How do they know that? Answer: they don't.

This is from The Economic Collapse and was written by Michael Snyder.

"Did you know that the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas each week is greater than the number of babies being born to citizens of that state? The mainstream media is shining the spotlight very brightly on all of the children that are coming over, and there is a reason for that. They are trying to tug on our heartstrings. But there is another part of the story that you aren't hearing much about. By refusing to protect our borders, Barack Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands of gang members to illegally enter the United States and settle in our major cities. In many communities, gang activity is already wildly out of control, and someday our cities will burn because of the foolishness of the federal government.

"The Obama administration knows that one out of every five illegal immigrants has a criminal record. And we are not just talking about illegal immigrants taking 'upskirt photos' of women like just happened in Texas. We are also talking about rapists, murderers, drug dealers and hardcore gang members.

"According to Texas state Senator Dan Patrick, illegal immigrants have been formally charged with nearly half a million crimes in his state over the past four years alone. And he also says that there are 'at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members' living in his state right now...

"Hours before Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would send National Guard troops to the border, Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said there are at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in the state.

"On Monday's The Laura Ingraham Show, Patrick, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said from 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals were arrested and jailed in Texas. He said these were 'hardened criminals, gang members, and other criminals that we identified as being in Texas illegally.'

"'We charged them with 447,000 crimes, a half-million crimes in four years, just in Texas, including over 5,000 rapes and 2,000 murders,' Patrick said. 'We estimate we have 100,000 gang members here illegally.'

"Why won't Obama do anything to stop this madness?

"There are at least 70,000 gang members living in Obama's home city of Chicago. Other estimates put that number closer to 100,000. But everyone agrees that it is a number that is growing every day.

"So it shouldn't surprise any of us that at least 40 people were shot in Chicago over one recent July weekend.

"I just fear for what Chicago will look like when things get really bad in this country. Many of our major cities are literally being transformed into tinderboxes that could erupt in flames at any time.

"Overall, there are now approximately 1.4 million gang members living in the United States according to the FBI. But that number is actually a few years old now, so the true number is undoubtedly far higher at this point.

"In addition, we know that illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.

"And yet we refuse to stop more waves of illegal immigrants from coming in.

"Are we willingly committing national suicide?

"Just the other day, I noted that Honduras has the highest murder rate on the entire planet and that the Mexican drug war has claimed more than 120,000 lives since 2006.

"That is what is coming here if we allow this insanity to continue.

"Unfortunately, political correctness reigns in America today. Under current policies, our border agents are not even turning away minors with known gang affiliations that have gang tattoos all over them. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent National Review article...

"Border Patrol officials struggling to keep up with the increasing number of minors illegally crossing the Mexican border are not turning away persons with known gang affiliations. Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, explained that a Border Patrol agent he represents helped reunite a teenage gang member with his family in the United States. Cabrera notes the young member of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a transnational criminal gang, had no criminal record in the U.S., but asks, 'If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here?'

“'I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,’ Cabrera says. 'Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don’t think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it’s going to get worse.'

"Art Del Cueto, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, says agents who recognize the gang-affiliated tattoos of minors crossing the border must treat them the same as anybody else. He says these people are afforded the same rights provided to anyone crossing the border.

"And according to the Border Patrol, some of these 'processing centers' that we have seen pictures of lately are actually being used by the gangs to recruit more gang members...

"According to Border Patrol sources, violent MS-13 gang members are using the Nogales processing center in Arizona as a recruitment hub and as a transfer point for gang members to get into the United States.

"The Red Cross has set up phone banks inside the processing center so unaccompanied minors can make phone calls to family members inside the United States and back home in Central America. According to sources, those phones are also being used by MS-13 members to communicate with gang members already in the United States and operating in cities like Atlanta, New York and Chicago. Further, many teenaged males inside the facility have approached Border Patrol agents and have said gang members have tried to recruit them from shared cells. According to the FBI, MS-13 regularly targets middle and high school students for recruitment.

“'The National Border Patrol Council believes there to be serious security issues at the Nogales Processing Center. Agents’ hands are tied due to the policies governing the care and lodging of juveniles and this has allowed gang recruitment and activity to flourish amongst those being detained,' vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Shawn Moran tells Townhall. 'Customs and Border Protection needs to do more to ensure that gang members that are in custody at the NPC are identified, prosecuted, and prohibited from benefiting from this crisis.'

"Barack Obama can see all of this happening and yet he refuses to secure our borders.

"What in the world is he thinking?"

Self-Limiting Factors For Feminism

"Democracy means that the children get to kill each other as long as most of them want to." - Archbishop John Healy of Tuam, Ireland

One: the collapse of marriage and the loss of children. It's overwhelming married men with children who produce excess wealth to advance society. Since the marriage rates are at 50% and might soon go lower...this is a sign of men creating only enough to support themselves (Men Going Their Own Way) and the howls for men to "Man Up."

Two: Men are waking up to what is being done to them, job-wise and marriage-wise (aka "the Red Pill"). If they can't get a decent middle-class job and if marriage is a con, then they are going to Go Their Own Way and not get married and not slave at some job that sucks. This of course is related to Number One.

Three: a higher workplace participation for women, especially the higher-IQ women, means lowered fertility. The fertility rate for the Stupids is pretty high, meaning we might be looking at Idiocracy. This is related to two reproductive strategies: r and K. r is rabbits, dumb, have lots of kids, and don't take care of them. K is wolves: fewer kids, smart, takes much better care of them.

Four: since rs are stupid and mooch off Ks, the wealth of Ks is being transferred to rs. Thus, lowered technological advances and instead we end up treading water. An example: I once had a 1980 Datsun B-210 without power-steering and power-brakes. My friend has a 2012 Kia Rio without power-steering and power-brakes. Both cars are cheap, although his has a better radio. Why is the Rio so cheap? For one thing, the economy is bad because the wealth of the productive is being transferred to the parasites. This cannot continue, hence the coming cull of the rs. No one likes half their wealth being taxed away to support leeches.

Five: women have too much legal power, contrary to their claims of "oppression" and "patriarchy." As Samuel Johnson once write, "Nature hath given women so much power the law wisely gives them little." If women have that much power over men, men are going to avoid any serious interaction with them. Again, we end with MGTOW, PUAs, and the collapse of marriage and the creation of children.

Six: democracy. Democracy is not American. This country was founded as a republic and the Founding Fathers despised democracy since they knew where it led. Democracy is based on everyone being equal, which is impossible. Democracy is leftist, feminine, and it never lasts. Indeed, it always collapses.

And in democracy women are allowed to vote. And since feminism is based on the technology created by men, when the money goes away (and the technology stagnates), feminism goes goes away.

Perhaps democracy and women getting the vote is where the major problems started. And it led to the rest.

Since democracy always collapses, the rest ultimately will collapse. The problem, then, is self-limiting. Like a lot of diseases are self-limiting.

Plato pointed out that democracy leads to tyranny, "where no one has discipline and society exists in chaos. Democracy is taken over by the longing for freedom. Power must be seized to maintain order. A champion will come along and experience power, which will cause him to become a tyrant. The people will start to hate him and eventually try to remove him but will realize they are not able."

Under democracy you end up with a small percent who are rich and rule, with everyone else impoverished. That's why you the One Percent with almost everything and the 99 Percent with what's left.

Perhaps in our case democracy will not turn into tyranny. I hope not. But either way, feminism, leftism and democracy are self-limiting. Again, like a disease. A really, really bad disease that can kill a lot of people.

"If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." - Mark 3:25

The Pendulum Swings Back

I've noticed for the past several years women have been hitting on me in the street, at parks and in stores. I've caught ones far too young for me staring at me in coffee shops.

What is going on here? It's not like I'm Brad Pitt. I shave my head and wear a goatee. I look more like Walter White.

Let's apply some economics here. When women are staring at men and approaching them it means there is a shortage of men.

The first feminists in the '60s decided men were the Fish No One Needed. Men had less value, meaning there must have been a surplus of them.

Now it appears there is a shortage of men and a surplus of women. Or at least that's the way some women perceive it.

This is actually very confusing.

Economically the United States is not doing very well. It's better for women than men, since there are now more women in college and more working, than men. But since women are supposedly "hypergamous" they always want someone more successful than they are. So what's going on?

Even woman making a decent salary...aren't. As I and others have pointed out before, if wages had continued to go up as they had during the '50s, the average salary would be $100,000 a year. So most women making a "decent" salary...are not.

And there are certain things women can't do, or don't want to do. For example, I had to replace the wax ring in the upstairs toilet in my house. How many woman can do that, or take down the kitchen cabinets, cut a hole in the drywall, and fix the leaking showerhead (the plumber told me it would be $300, after I took the cabinets down).

Now Sheryl Sandberg, and in the past Betty Friedan (even though she was a monster she somehow ended up married to a very wealthy man) can afford to pay to have this fixed - but the vast majority of women cannot.

Men have always been the protectors and providers. They protect society and they have provided everything for society - meaning they created everything.

Perhaps some women are beginning to realize this. Not only can they not have it all, they can't do it all. They can't protect and provide. And when they can't nurture, they destroy. And now they're working harder than their mothers and getting less and less for it.

The average woman is stuck in a quandary. She's been taught she can "have it all" then has found she can't protect herself unless she calls the police. And good luck with that.

And she can't even provide for herself, either. And as for husband, home and children, she isn't going to get that by abusing men.

Wealth is created by men. Specifically, married men with children. They created excess wealth to support their families, but that excess wealth benefits everyone. Since the marriage rate is hovering right at 50% and soon with fall below (along with the declining number of children) this country isn't as wealthy as it appears to be.

In many ways we're running on the fumes of past accomplishments. And speaking of excess wealth (specifically technological wealth, say washing machines and air-conditioners) that's what created feminism.

No excess wealth, no married men with children, no protection and provision, a shortage of men....and no feminism.

In other words excess wealth created feminism, and when the excess wealth goes away feminism goes away and women return to more traditional sex roles. So feminism is self-limiting - the more women in parasitical make-work jobs, the sooner the economy collapses and the faster things return to normal.

Perhaps many young women are starting to realize their "careers" aren't what they're cracked up to do...and trying to keep your car running and your lawn mowed and your toilet not leaking isn't all that fun. And realizing husband, home and children is better...notwithstanding the lies the media has fed them.

"Men Are Worthless"

“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” ― Howard Zinn

Some years ago I saw a picture of Denzel Washington, with a look of great compassion on his face, talking to a former soldier, a woman, returned from Afghanistan or Iraq.

The reason I knew she was female is because she had a long blonde wig on. She obviously had been burned and essentially had no face.

She had of course joined the military, and I seriously doubt she was middle-class or a feminist. Perhaps just a woman who joined the military seeking a job and education. And ended up sent into combat.

Of course, the feminists who cheered women being in the military had no intention of joining themselves. And making their way to the front line? God forbid.

Feminists have been throwing other women under the bus for a hundred years. And women in general have been throwing men under the bus for thousands of years. And men, the dopes, have gone along with it, oftentimes being shamed into it.

Anyone who thinks leftists - and feminists are leftist - aren't rabid warmongering maniacs, has another think coming.

Chris Hedges, who spent many years as a war correspondent, wrote this: "War is the pornography of violence. It has a dark beauty, filled with the monstrous and the grotesque. The Bible calls it 'the lust of the eye' and warns believers against it. War gives us a distorted sense of self. It gives us meaning. It creates a feeling of comradeship that obliterates our alienation and makes us feel, for perhaps the first time in our lives, that we belong. War allows us to rise above our small stations in life, to find nobility in the cause, feelings of selflessness, even bliss."

This article is from the site, Angry Harry, over there on your right side on my blogroll.

Men Are Worthless

"You probably all know about the White Feather campaign orchestrated by the feminists during World War One that was designed to shame men into signing up for the military, but the first time that I realised that men were considered to be almost completely worthless and disposable was at about age seven.

"There was a programme on the radio about the Napoleonic Wars - or something similar. And the speaker was explaining some battle manoeuvre - some stratagem - whereby General Whoever ordered a few hundred infantrymen to charge up the hill simply in order to figure out where the enemy's strengths lay.

"There was no hope, or intention, that any of these soldiers would survive. Or that they would be rescued in any way. Their lives were simply expended in order to provide the General with some information that he was keen to have.

"Nowadays, I would see this as an historical example of EXTREME 'oppression' against the male gender, but, at age 7, it was simply just a sickening shock to discover how worthless the lives of these men, and, hence, the male gender, and me, seemed to be.

"This was confirmed further when I discovered not much later that such wastage of life in similar circumstances was not actually confined to the distant past, but that this kind of thing also went on in WWII.

"In other words, this somewhat unpalatable disregard for the lives of one's very own soldiers - which made me gulp whenever I thought of it - had not been abolished.

"Generals were, even then, still at liberty to employ such methods simply to help them with their calculations.

"The soldiers whom I saw occasionally on the streets of London - and on trains - could actually be sent up hills and straight to their deaths at any time if an important someone simply wanted to do a calculation.

"It haunted me.

"War was much more about numbers than about lives.

"Because my disturbance at all of this impelled me to inquire about such things, I also soon discovered that war was much more about numbers than about lives. And so, for example, the General might send a thousand troops into battle knowing that very few of them were likely to survive it.

"'That bridge is worth it, even if it costs 700 men.'

"And I also heard how in the first stages of the huge allied invasion of France on D-Day - June 1944 - in the fight against Hitler in WWII, a few hundred men were flown behind enemy lines in gliders in order to help prepare the way for the invasion, and that fewer than 3 out of 10 were expected by the generals to survive.

"'You are going out there to die.'

"I began to understand, simplistically, the reasons and the justifications for such things - 'Well, that's war. What else can you do?' - but that didn't really solve the problem. It didn't quite get to the points that disturbed me.

"And there were quite a few of them!

"The first was the fact that, no matter what the reason, the men who were being sent to their deaths were losing all that they had. All that they were. There was absolutely nothing else that they could give. They gave it all.

"And many had little choice.

"Secondly, and almost as chillingly, these men were little more than pawns in the eyes of those who studied the maps. And the same was true for much of the country. There was some sadness, for sure, when large numbers died. But, for the most part, they were just numbers.

"It was only those who were directly and personally affected by the tragedies that befell those men who were close to them, who were actually able to appreciate some small part of their terrible experiences.

"For the rest of the country, well, these men were just numbers.

"Throughout WWII, for example, London was a popular place to where people flocked in order to enjoy the nightlife. So, these people were hardly riddled or incapacitated with grief over the war dead, were they?

"They were going out and having fun!

"Yes, Yes, I know that people have got to 'let go' and enjoy themselves - and put any thoughts about the dead and injured soldiers behind them - BUT THAT'S MY POINT!

"They forgot about them!

"Thirdly, of course, it was quite clear to me that those destined to die were chosen - or they volunteered - mostly on the basis of their gender. There was, therefore, something clearly very different about men and women in this respect.

"They were worth less.

"Considerably less.

"Further, they were expendable in the most horrible of ways.

"While others danced and forgot about such things.

"And then, of course, there were all those limbless and/or disfigured men whom I saw so often on the streets in those days. Their shapes, their outlines, and the sight of their jackets or trousers being pinned up where there was no limb to fill the fabric, were all imprinted on my mind; not just visually, but in what it all meant for the ex-soldiers who, even many years after the end of any war, were paying such a terrible price.

"It was absolutely clear that these men were still paying heavily, in some way, for every minute that they were awake - and probably when they were asleep too.

"You could see this in their eyes.

"You could also see this in their sad demeanours, in the ways that they had to struggle to deal with even the simplest of movements, and in the loss of dignity that many clearly succumbed to as they grew older, more debilitated, more distanced and more forlorn.

"At a later age, I often used to think of how disheartening and soul-destroying it must have been for those who returned in such a damaged state to discover that their girlfriends had found someone else while they were away - or could not now face them with their injured bodies, their absent parts and their disfigurements.

"And I wondered how they must have felt at constantly having to present their lessened selves to the people who would have to deal with the consequences of such things.

"To leave one's loved ones as a strong, brave and handsome soldier, and to return as a seemingly unattractive helpless burden - as it must have seemed to some - must have been psychologically devastating.

"But, yes. I was about 7 when I first realised that I belonged to the disposable gender. And most of what I have seen ever since then has merely confirmed this notion.

"I'm not complaining about the fact that our men went to war. Nor, particularly, that it was men rather than women who ended up on the battlefield.

"I'm not sure how we could have done things differently - given the circumstances, the requirements, and the times.

"But, when feminists continually complain to the world about how 'oppressed' were women in the days of the generation that preceded mine, and I think of the generals sending tens of thousands of men to their certain deaths simply in order to do their calculations, or when I think of those men who had to continue to live in a permanently-handicapped state for the rest of their lives, I have arising within me - from somewhere - an almost uncontrollable urge to spit at them.

"Also in 1916, while the suffragettes were moaning about the lack of 'the vote' for women (and also handing out white feathers to those men who were not wearing military uniform) 20,000 British men were killed on the very first day of the Battle of the Somme, and a further 125,000 British men were killed during the next five months in this battle alone.

"But, according to these suffragettes, it was women who were being oppressed."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Only Coffee I Drink

My only "vices" are coffee and cigars. I don't have any certain cigars I smoke but the only coffee I drink is Jamaican Blue Mountain.

It was probably Ian Fleming who made the coffee famous since it was the only coffee he had James Bond drink.

I was introduced to it years by a friend who owned a coffee store. He also tried to get me to drink some coffee made out of fermented beans some Indonesian polecat had crapped. I passed on that.

I always order it online since it's too far of a drive for me to get it - about 15 miles.

By the way, it turns out it's Kopi Luwak - fermented beans run through a civet.