Moderation or Death

My brother was given this book by his good friend’s dad. Knowing a few things about the man made me curious about its content.

First of all, it had practically every sign of being propaganda. The author or authors didn’t include even a pseudonym, just a reference to a parish that’s famous for apparitions of The Virgin Mary. The title is somewhat extreme, but more importantly, it immediately suggests the existence of a vague enemy, “They.” The back cover starts with a quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, fills the back cover, and says nothing about what the book actually contains.

It was designed to seem big and important; The margins, text, and spacing are all huge. There are pages for notes. One hundred pages near the end are just maps of states with population descriptions (purportedly for strategy purposes). It’s probably 300 pages of material packaged into 1000.

I flipped through it, and I’m glad I did, because it only got better. It is hedged with explicit instructions to read it in order (like Scientology!). The whole thing is a manual for Catholics on how to defeat Obama and the secular left in their attempts to destroy The Constitution, which may be referenced in this book even more times than the Bible.

I stumbled into what must be the best part around page 577, wherein the author starts explaining plans to form Constitutional Small Prayer Groups (CSPGs, like a military acronym). The first requirement to join one is that you have to have read this book already. The second requirement is that you must reread this book within 30 days of joining. The third requirement is that this book must be reread annually to maintain membership.

The follow-up stresses not to rely on technology like the internet, I imagine because the internet contains information that is not only contradictory, but worse, free of charge. The next page stresses the importance of distributing additional copies of this book to every level of church official and political representative that you can.

Apparently one claim on the cover is actually true: it is a national best seller. Someone involved in this must have a natural flair for some specific nuances of social psychology, because it is somewhat of a masterpiece in the way it appeals to fear, anger, patriotism, spirituality, the notion that the book contains ideas you’ve already thought all along, and congratulations for how insightful you are for thinking these things.

All without even a pen name to hint at where these millions of dollars of profit will end up.

I could live several lifetimes busily and not be able to repay to the world the amount of good fortune I have experienced, and nothing has demonstrated that so clearly as finding Carina. Trying to be the kind of person that I believe she deserves has improved my life in every way. As I’ve said before, no compliment to me comes anywhere near being called a fitting partner for her by anyone who understands what that implies.

Instead of traditional bullshit fairy tales involving dependent relationships and royalty winning possession of each other, children should hear about the unparalleled strength of sharing love in an equal partnership. It’s a much better story, and better yet, I can prove it really happened.

nothing has brought me closer to cracking up than the realization that this is just how my life is going to be now. i have gained a better understanding of why people don’t take care of their health.

nosdrinker:

ok if you don’t cry during boromir’s death scene then I don’t know if I can trust you

fullyactivated:

sherlacking:

Feminism is knowing that you don’t have to wear things to impress a man

Feminism is also knowing that it’s okay to wear things to impress a man if you want to

Society forgets the first part, tumblr forgets the second part

Hozier - Take Me to Church
8,691 plays

floatingidentity:

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

I don’t consider myself easily impressed by music, but here we are.

Keto Dragon Breakfast?

Try this at home kids.

I based this recipe off of a budget bites recipe known as dragon noodles and my favorite breakfast.

1) Fry two or three strips of bacon (on the crispy side), let them cool, then chop them up.

2) Fry Kale in the grease with garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, then set it aside.

3) Scramble a few eggs, adding black pepper, sea salt, Sriracha, and shredded cheese as they cook.

4) Mix together the kale, chopped bacon, and scrambled eggs, then top with cilantro.

5) Conceal your erection.

one of the most accurate statements ever about my trips to Pittsburgh

one of the most accurate statements ever about my trips to Pittsburgh

“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.

“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”

Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.

“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime

“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”

Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.