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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Tragedy and opportunity in everyday America
« on: April 13, 2021, 01:26:54 PM »

I'll just point out that access to guns also makes a suicide attempt into a certainty. Countless people, especially the young and impulsive take a jar of whatever pills they can find and recover. Even jumping, hanging or gassing requires planning and organization to prepare and carry out, not a sudden impulse and many attempts are not success or they are found in time. Its not my place to say Americans should lose their rights, but definitely a lot more lives are needlessly lost to suicide.

Great point Phil. I can attest to this truth because I have been experiencing some terrible symptoms of IBS, especially sleeplessness, and feeling very nauseous and unsettled. Last night I was contemplating ending it with a 22 rifle through the mouth, and was afraid I would botch it. Then I considered buying a .45 and doing it for sure. Hanging on during times of great suffering is a real conundrum. Even though I am pretty good at stilling my thoughts and emotions, this illness is overpowering at times. If there was assisted suicide here, I would go into counseling to see if it was the right time to say good bye to this world. I know that my suffering is a drop in the bucket compared to thousands who suffer worse than I, but that is little consolation when the quality of life wains and becomes negative.

You should talk about that with your fellow monks and family. Chronic pain is a different situation that sometimes can be justified, but not without thorough investigation first. Constipation and other complications from a spastic twisted colon was the main reason Elvis Presley went and obtained extra pills (above what his personal doctor already was giving him) from a dentist the night before he overdosed. In the bathroom at graceland, reading about Jesus.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: I am quitting the Knewz bizness today
« on: April 13, 2021, 12:55:50 PM »
Ever since RE has been seriously ill he has contributed much less on the Dinner...and his cooking plus podcasts. He is the founder and "God" of the Dinner. :) Agelbert is with us no more, as many others have faded away...Surly, Golden Oxen, lucid dreams, azozeo, and many others who stayed awhile, and left. With a handful of active posters, I have tried to to keep visitors interested in coming to the Dinner through posting "Knewz", and it has attracted many visitors, but they will not comment and will not contribute to the Dinner to keep it going. It seems time to stop that process now. ( If the Dinner dies now we have a new site to talk about collapse that RE just set up ) Times change and it seems time for me to stop baiting the visitors because the are useless to functioning of the Dinner. I am done with the Knewz bizness.

That's understandable and you've provided a lot of good reading.  I don't know if it's been fixed, but the question of what is the current year for signing up was stuck at 2018 so nobody h
was able to sign up to comment since then.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Tragedy and opportunity in everyday America
« on: April 13, 2021, 02:11:05 AM »
Some things are predictable.

Here’s one: Just as Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott chose to fulminate against President Joe Biden’s mild and common-sense statements about guns and gun violence, there was a mass shooting in the Lone Star State.

A man, it seems, went into the place he worked and shot six people. He killed one of them and left the other five wounded.

As mass shootings in the United States go these days, it wasn’t that bad. If it hadn’t been for Abbott’s obtuse timing and rhetoric, it might not even have made national news. We have so many mass shootings in this country that the smaller ones almost have ceased to register.

But it served to illustrate Biden’s point.

The president said America is experiencing an “epidemic” of gun violence. If anything, Biden understates the problem.

In 2020, more than 40,000 Americans lost their lives to guns. Between two and three times that many were wounded.

As the president said, every day in this country 316 people are shot. More than 100 of them die.

Every day.

Every.

Day.

Japan has a little more than one-third the population of the United States. It’s a horrible year for gun violence in that nation when 10 people die by firearms.

We Americans rack up a body count higher than that in just a little more than two hours.

Great Britain has about a fifth the population of the United States. The Brits record between 100 and 200 deaths by guns per year.

We Americans kill that many in a day—or two days, max.

I could go on — because the list of industrialized countries that have better records of containing gun-related tragedies than we do is long — but I suspect the point has been made.

The opponents of any sort of sane gun policies in the United States say these other nations either have curtailed basic freedoms or oppressed their citizenries. That is why other countries can limit the number of people killed by guns — and we can’t.

Anyone who has traveled to those nations knows that is not true. While their cultures are different than ours — they are, after all, different nations — the Brits and Japanese can move, speak and think freely. They live lives largely unburdened by the heavy hand of oppressive government.

They also live free of the fear that they will be gunned down in the street, in the workplace, in church, at a supermarket or on the roadway. Their children don’t have to practice active-shooter drills in those countries’ classrooms. They don’t have to wonder constantly if a depressed or agitated acquaintance, co-worker or stranger they encounter suddenly will stop being a source of concern and start being a deadly threat.

Because that person has a gun.

Often, that gun isn’t one designed for hunting or even personal protection. It’s a military-style assault weapon that is designed to kill many, many people in a hurry.

These other countries somehow manage to keep their streets, their businesses, their places of worship and their classrooms from becoming free-fire zones.

We Americans should be able to do it, too.

We won’t get any help in this work from those in the thrall of the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby. Their arguments against any rational gun laws will be as inevitable as nightfall — and about as illuminating.

If their primary contention that more guns make us safer were in any way true, we would be the safest nation on earth. After all, we have less than 5% of the world’s population and possess more than half the world’s privately owned guns.

And, because we have let the gun devotees write our firearms laws for the past quarter-century, we now have more than 300 of our fellow citizens being shot every day.

We owe it to them to stop following the people and the organizations that have recorded one failure after another.

Particularly when those failures end in funerals — more than 40,000 of them just last year.

Today is another day.

Another day when 300 people will be shot and more than 100 of them will die.

But it’s also another chance for us to try to solve this problem.

Another chance to try to make things right.

https://www.tribstar.com/opinion/columns/john-krull-tragedy-and-opportunity-in-everyday-america/article_15ff8748-996c-11eb-8bc5-738d3ca9d98b.html

I'll just point out that access to guns also makes a suicide attempt into a certainty. Countless people, especially the young and impulsive take a jar of whatever pills they can find and recover. Even jumping, hanging or gassing requires planning and organization to prepare and carry out, not a sudden impulse and many attempts are not success or they are found in time. Its not my place to say Americans should lose their rights, but definitely a lot more lives are needlessly lost to suicide.

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Re: Interesting videos
« on: April 08, 2021, 01:19:25 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WQJIGqNPmO0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WQJIGqNPmO0</a>

68 views I am going to be a Rock Star.

I found it browsing.  After I did the chat I was off to other things.

'I think it's real because the story has been out for a few years now'

Precisely why it's BS. Islamic terrorist attacks  there in the 90s, yet suddenly only in the past 3 yrs everyone who never heard of uighers before can pronounce "weegur". They know all a sudden theres genocide of a state with 30million people with not 1 foto or video. Meanwhile all the Muslim countries being, having been or going to be bombed, droned, occupied by us have sent delegates to inspect Xinjiang and are satisfied theres a lot of mosques built but no concentration camps. You need to look outside western msm to know that though.

HK was handed back to China thanks to Margaret Thatcher pissing off the then Chinese chairman, who threatened to invade if the British did not give a date to get out. If Thatcher had not tried to secure an ongoing occupation, it would have just quietly and unofficially happened, because all corrupt rich CPC (not ccp, another trump era catchphrase) officials had their money parked there. There was never democracy in HK under the British either and any rebellion was put down with live ammo immediately.

This guy has it ass backwards that something needs to be done but is not going to be done. Nothing needs to be done, but consent for the MIC to make massive profits losing a war churning out hardware with china as the major component supplier is going very well. Nobody even noticed the dollars loss of reserve status, as it seems just a natural part of the aftermath

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Capitol Riot Suspects Are on a PR Blitz
« on: March 17, 2021, 08:43:24 PM »


“During the arrest, the FBI let all of their donkeys lose (sic) in the neighborhood,” Hoft writes.

The donkeys were later returned to the farm. The solution to this injustice for Hoft’s far-right audience, according to his blog: donating tens of thousands of dollars to the Meggs.


To be fair to the Gate Shut Pundit, the owners could be away a long time. Donkeys might multiply and need a few bales of hay

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Economics / Re: 🏗️ Another Mall Bites the Dust
« on: March 17, 2021, 05:35:53 PM »
My ex-neighbor from across the parking lot who bought my SUV went into Anchorage today to hit a closeout sale of Burlington at the Northfield Mall, which I think was once the largest one in Alaska.  I was there once when I first got up here.  It is apparently now another of the innumerable Ghost Town Malls sprinkled across the country.

...and the collapse beat goes on.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/C_JiP-j2FwM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/C_JiP-j2FwM</a>

RE

It isn't only because of online shopping, it's also more people don't have disposable income to 'shop til u drop'. Notice also on a 40c day the mall is packed, not because everyone suddenly wanted new threads, because wandering around in the air-conditioned mall is cheaper than running their own.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Smash RX LLC
« on: March 14, 2021, 03:13:14 AM »
"Less Talk, More Smash"

 Welcome to Smash RX, Westlake Village– Southern California’s first and only Smash Room to incorporate a therapeutic aspect. Smash RX is organized as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) formed and authorized under the laws of the State of California, and is founded and managed by Yashica Budde, LMFT. This unique rage room was established in 2019 as the first and only rage room to incorporate a therapeutic aspect. Now, along with being able to destroy things, clients have the option to sign up for certified Anger Management as well as Stress and Anxiety Management workshops in order to bring a fun, proven method of coping and healing.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Sggmfi7hYD0&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Sggmfi7hYD0&fs=1</a>

Recreation:

Less talk, more smash! Destruction Therapy is the perfect intervention for people t channel their energy and take out their frustrations without the worry of consequences. We offer various personal packages designed to help our patron clear their system and have fun in a safe environment. Ask about our Mad Max and Plate Therapy promotions.

Corporate Wellness Services:

Smash RX offers corporate wellness services with the goal of reducing workplace stress, reducing burnout, introducing conflict and problem-solving techniques with the central goal of aligning people and system, thereby, reducing friction and accelerating productivity.

Outpatient Mental Health Services:

Focuses on building hope in a positive and nourishing manner to assist clients in the areas of symptom management, coping strategies, problem and conflict resolution skills, that can be transferred to everyday life. The mental health services at Smash RX emphasizes a holistic connection between the mental health, emotional well-being of the body and mind.



It’s the perfect activity for families, date night, a day with the friends, team bonding, corporate outings, or simply taking a moment to yourself to relieve stress and break things! 

Kansas City's first 'rage room' opens in Hy-Vee Arena

At Smash House KC, you're supposed to literally smash away your stress.

Located in Suite 149 of Hy-Vee Arena at 1800 Genessee St., Kansas City's only rage room aims to curb some tensions and violence around the metro.

"You can come here and you can smash out your fears, you can smash out your frustrations, you can smash out your stress and your depression," Smash KC LLC owner Tim Hayes said.

Although the idea was delayed multiple times because of the pandemic, Hayes also credits the pandemic, the election and other moments of 2020 for creating the perfect escape.

There are four rooms where items, both large and small, are ready for you to destroy. Large TVs, microwaves, plates and glasses are among the items available to break.

https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2020/12/15/smash-house-kc-rage-room-hy-vee-arena.html

Maybe this is a natural human instinct explaining why rock stars are renown for wrecking hotel rooms. To really enjoy the experience they should supply lots of booze and drugs then let you swing from a chandelier, throw a tv out a window into a pool and vomit all through a limo.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 14, 2021, 01:25:20 AM »
You could try a beaver baffle
https://www.google.com/search?q=beaver+baffler&oq=beaver+baffle&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l2j0i22i30.6630j0j7&client=ms-android-samsung-ss&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:1b57def0,vid:QOeagap5QiQ,st:0
I installed one at a retreat property I did maintenance for...
It worked quite well. I like them because tou just let the beaver decide on their own to move on...

I didn't know they built such big dams, thought it was only a few inches deep, as mammals need to see fish near surface to catch.
beavers flood the area to submerge their lodges and to easily access the deciduous trees at the edges which is their food source.

I see, they're not comfortable amphibians but need to be mostly in water.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 12, 2021, 03:14:39 PM »
You could try a beaver baffle
https://www.google.com/search?q=beaver+baffler&oq=beaver+baffle&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l2j0i22i30.6630j0j7&client=ms-android-samsung-ss&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:1b57def0,vid:QOeagap5QiQ,st:0
I installed one at a retreat property I did maintenance for...
It worked quite well. I like them because tou just let the beaver decide on their own to move on...

I didn't know they built such big dams, thought it was only a few inches deep, as mammals need to see fish near surface to catch.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 12, 2021, 03:08:49 PM »
The distributor (if you do pull it) goes back in just like it came out. It only fits if the shaft is aligned with the gear that drives it......it's good to remember which way the little tang is pointed at the bottom of the shaft.....but if trial and error is necessary, that’s okay. It only goes in one way. If the distributor does not drop to its fully inserted position, the tang is not aligned, so just keep turning it until it fits. Do not force it by tightening the bolts to help.

You could set the points while the distributor is out of the tractor, so as to not lose the screw again and have to start over. Good luck to both of you.

If you don’t decide to fix the tractor you could probably sell it running or not. That’s not a huge problem to fix, for someone who knows how. It should probably bring $1500 in normal times.
I have found that there is usually a community page on facebook with tonnes of people to offer names of qualified people. Post dating you are looking for someone familiar with old tractors and you will get names. It should be a few hour job by a handy tractor person ...

We have been communicating with those people on an tractor forum, "Older ford 8n tractors" category. It kind of becomes a cluster fuck of so many differing methods, as you could imagine. We have gleaned some useful info there though. I passed on your alls suggestions to Misa and she was able to start it, but it backfired big time a few seconds later and stopped running. She is going to try advancing the spark today, maybe that will do the job.

Fixed?  If it's all completely out, better get a mechanic to reset it. If u really want to do it yrself it's a bit complicated and need to know firing order if it's been messed around and get number 1 piston at TDC, top dead centre with a screwdriver in the spark plug hole.  When u do that the rotor needs to point to the number 1 spark lead on the distributor cap. It should at least fire, even if it doesn't start or starts and runs rough. If it doesn't even fire or backfires it is on what I call the 'filling' cycle (stroke) and engine needs to be turned one revolution so it's on the 'firing' cycle before again aligning the rotor with number 1. Hope that makes sense.

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Economics / Re: 🦠 Economic Effect of Coronavirus
« on: March 09, 2021, 11:14:50 PM »
Getting some really bizarre shortages down here.
Nothing major, but certain industrial parts and plumbing fittings for work, some certain foods and spices at the supermarket for home, and anything to do with reloading rifle cartridges is hit and miss, as is some ammunition... We dont have a huge gun culture like ín Merica, so the latter actually surprises me. Cant get various reloading powders, particularly ADI powders, which are ironically made in Australia. Shop cant even give me a time frame for re-stocking.... Weird.

When something comes back in stock something else is not available... Maybe I am just more observant, but seems to be something every week we cant get for work or home...

I assume shortages are from disrupted supply chains  from virus, but could also be other causes.

JOW

The paint place I get all my supplies from has said the same thing. Long delays waiting for stock to arrive. I was told yesterday when I followed up about a health assessment after 3 months, where it is meant to be done within 3 months by law, that they had only received it last week and they don't know why it took so long. I don't know whether to even believe that, 3 weeks is plenty of time imo.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: "Untamed" By Glennon Doyle
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:11:35 PM »
Key Ideas and Takeaways

Summary

In the Prologue, Doyle describes taking her daughter, Tabitha, to a cheetah run. The zookeeper insists that the cheetah has a good life at the zoo, but Doyle sees it and feels sad for the cheetah. Doyle imagines that, if asked, the cheetah would say that it knows it should be grateful for the life it leads, but something is missing and that it longs to be wild.

In Part I: Caged, Doyle discusses the messages girls are given about how to act, about learning about Eve's original sin, and about being told to do what's "right" or what she "should" do instead of what they want to do. Doyle also recalls telling her therapist that she has fallen in love with a woman, only to be given the advice that she should try giving her husband blow jobs if she's reluctant to have the intimacy of sex with him.

In Part II: Keys, Doyle discusses letting go of the ideas that she has clung to in the past in order to allow herself to evolve and continue evolving. It's not about clinging to a new set ideas, but rather accepting that life will involve a continual birth and rebirth of ideas. Doyle describes meeting Abby and knowing instantly that it was right. She also discusses needing to imagine a new life when letting go of the one you thought it was supposed to be.

In Part III: Free, Doyle describes the difficult process of deciding whether to leave her husband. She talks about letting go of the idea that she needed to be a martyr for her children, by realizing it's an unfair burden to place on them and that it was teaching them the wrong thing. Womanhood had to be more than just selflessness and letting go of your own desires. She talks about wanting to raise her children to be brave and to know themselves. She also had tell her mother that she wasn't welcome until she was ready to accept her and Abby together.

Doyle also talks how her bulimia and alcoholism were both products of her need to try to control her unhappy feelings. The then tried to be a perfect woman and it still left her unhappy and anxious. She then tried to take on an identity of being "broken and beautiful," but that implies that she's broken and there's a perfect version of herself she "should" be. Now, she's determined to accept herself as she is. She discusses her anxiety and depression and how she's dealt with it.

In terms of parenting, Doyle discusses raising her daughters to be feminists, but also realizing that she should be raising her son in the same way. Boys need to be taught that they have the freedom to be sensitive and to be taught that they should serve their family. Doyle also encourages parents to talk to their children, even when it's difficult. Doyle encourages teaching kids to use their "imagination" to help them empathize with others. She also believes that kids are overparented and underprotected. This generation tries to prevent kids from feeling any discomfort, when they should be allowing them to learn how to deal with stuff.

Doyle also discusses her activism and social issues, including the separation of families at the border and racism. She says that activism downstream is not enough, but people also have to fight "upstream" to address the policies and people that cause these downstream issues, or risk being complicit. She discusses her own activism and the process of learning and unlearning what she thinks she knows. Doyle encourages people to use their imagination to understand the bravery of parents who are willing to anything to make a better life for their children. In regards to race, Doyle acknowledges that she has more to figure out but wants to keep doing the work to keep fighting.

A number of chapters are also dedicated to the conflict between religion and her sexuality. Doyle welcomes questions because unasked questions become prejudices. Ultimately, Doyle says that people need to trust themselves and what they know is right, as opposed to what they are taught to believe.

https://the-bibliofile.com/untamed-glennon-doyle/

Now Im certain her followers are not millennial women and Stein is just in denial about which generation she belongs in. Doyle is spouting all the typical negative stereotypes about millenials that culminated in the 'ok boomer' retort. People who claim they are raised on participation trophies obviously haven't been to many games and seen that is only the case in primary/grade school, but by the time kids are into double digits only the placegetters or top team gets prizes, which is why records keep getting broken and standards raised in sports by millenials athletes. I wonder if they think a service medal without doing anything crazy or getting injured is a participation trophy too.

It seems doyle is extremely proud of her defiance of what she thinks are unreasonable expectations in having a family placed on her, but says "boys need to be taught to serve their families". That is hypocrisy and female supremacy, which feminism made no secret of the goal of male enslavement. Unless they have a narcissistic bent, men generally naturally work hard to provide for their family and want to spend time with them. The problem is misandrist women who see them as an opressor have almost nothing to offer and certainly not enough to want to settle down with, before even taking into account the legal disadvantages men then face, again thanks to feminists. She would be better off asking for a 90% bachelor tax, because the death penalty is more humane than forcing men into risking ruining their life with the deck so stacked against them.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:22:40 PM »
As Eddie said, the screw can't pass right through the dizzy. Rubbing screwdrivers on a magnet helps with jobs like that when fingers get a little stiff, use the magnetised screwdriver to lower in the screw, easier for u

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Influencers Are the New Televangelists - Opinion
« on: March 05, 2021, 10:06:49 PM »
How did they become our moral authorities?

On Instagram, I follow 700 people, mostly women. One hundred of those women follow Glennon Doyle, whose memoir “Untamed” has been on the Times best-seller list for 51 weeks.

Fans of Ms. Doyle’s gospel, an accessible combination of self-care, activism and tongue-in-cheek Christianity (“Jesus loves me, this I know, for he gave me Lexapro”), can worship at any time of day or night at the electric church of her Instagram feed. By replacing the rigid dogma of religion with the confessional lingua franca of social media, Ms. Doyle has become a charismatic preacher for women — like me — who aren’t even religious.

Twenty-two percent of millennials are not affiliated with a specific religion. We are known as religious “nones.” The Pew Research Center found that the number of nones in the population as a whole increased nine percentage points from 2009 to 2019. The main reasons that nones are unaffiliated are that they question religious teachings, or they don’t like the church’s stance on social issues.

But are we truly nonreligious, or are our belief systems too bespoke to appear on a list of major religions in a Pew phone survey?

Many millennials who have turned their backs on religious tradition because it isn’t diverse, or inclusive enough, have found alternative scripture online. Our new belief system is a blend of left-wing political orthodoxy, intersectional feminism, self-optimization, therapy, wellness, astrology and Dolly Parton.

And we’ve found a different kind of clergy: personal growth influencers. Women like Ms. Doyle, who offer nones like us permission, validation and community on-demand at a time when it’s nearly impossible to share communion in person. We don’t even have to put down our phones.

In February Ms. Doyle posted a virtual sermon to her followers on Instagram, encouraging them to “embrace quitting as a spiritual practice.” More than 100,000 members of her congregation liked it. Followers responded with prayer hands emojis, “God bless yous,” and one “Hallelujah, sister.”

I spoke to Kimberly Ciano, a 31-year-old health practitioner on Long Island who found Glennon Doyle via her “discovery” feed. Ms. Ciano has followed a spiritual path that may sound familiar to other nones: She grew up Roman Catholic, but became alienated from her faith by what she saw as the church’s hypocrisy. In her 20s, she studied yoga and Eastern philosophy. During a year when she lost a job, a 10-year relationship, and her grandmother, the message she absorbed from Ms. Doyle helped sustain her: “It’s OK to not be OK.”

Ms. Doyle and other quasi-spiritual influencers are the latest iteration of an American institution that has been around since the second half of the 20th century: the televangelist.

These women are Instavangelists. Our screens may have shrunk, but we’re still drawn to spiritual counsel, especially when it doubles as entertainment.

The original televangelist, Oral Roberts, began television broadcasts of his services in 1954. Millions of Americans were captivated by his dramatic onscreen healings and his message that positive thinking (and donations to his ministry) would lead to prosperity. Instavangelists like Gabrielle Bernstein (916,000 followers on Instagram) have rebranded the prosperity gospel as manifesting abundance, and she, Ms. Doyle (1.5 million followers), Brené Brown (3.3 million followers), and Gwyneth Paltrow (7.5 million followers) have become the neo-religious leaders of our era.

These women look and sound radically different from conservative evangelical male televangelists like Pat Robertson and Joel Osteen. And while they don’t brand themselves as faith leaders, this is the role they play in many of their secular fans’ lives. The size of their devoted, ecstatic, largely female following shows how many American women are desperate for good vibes, coping skills for modern life, and proactive steps to combat injustice and inequality.

During the years of the Trump administration, I watched two movements collide: an extremely online mode of social justice activism and the rebranding of diet and beauty culture as wellness and “self care.”

I was once one of those millennials who made politics her religion; I lasted three years as a feminist activist and organizer before I burned out in 2017. That’s when I began noticing how many wellness products and programs were marketed to women in pain, and how the social media industry relies on keeping us outraged and engaged. It’s no wonder we’re seeking relief.

I have survived the pandemic (so far) by performing the role of tough cookie and shielding myself with cynicism. The only times I’ve cried have been when religion has punctured the bubble I live in. I cried when the Rev. Raphael Warnock spoke at John Lewis’s funeral. I cried when Garth Brooks sang “Amazing Grace” a cappella at the Biden inauguration.

I have hardly prayed to God since I was a teenager, but the pandemic has cracked open inside me a profound yearning for reverence, humility and awe. I have an overdraft on my outrage account. I want moral authority from someone who isn’t shilling a memoir or calling out her enemies on social media for clout.

Left-wing secular millennials may follow politics devoutly. But the women we’ve chosen as our moral leaders aren’t challenging us to ask the fundamental questions that leaders of faith have been wrestling with for thousands of years: Why are we here? Why do we suffer? What should we believe in beyond the limits of our puny selfhood?

The whole economy of Instagram is based around us thinking about our selves, posting about our selves, working on our selves.

My mom is an influencer in the old-school sense — at 72, she still works full-time as a psychotherapist, she’s a lay minister at her church, and she fills her free time with volunteer work. Her sermons are a combination of therapeutic tips, references to current events, and lessons from scripture about having compassion for the other even during times of intense polarization.

I told her that I find myself craving role models my age who are not only righteous crusaders, but also humble and merciful, and that I’m not finding them where I live (online). Referring to the influencers who have filled the void religious faith has left for people like me, she said, “They might inspire you to live your best life but not make the best use of your life.”

I thought of Ms. Ciano, who has been following Ms. Doyle for solace during this dark period. Even though Ms. Ciano doesn’t see Ms. Doyle as a neo-religious leader, I was struck by the vulnerable comment she left on one of Ms. Doyle’s Instagram posts in which she unloaded the litany of hardships she’d experienced last year. I noticed it went unanswered. A confession without a confessor.

There is a chasm between the vast scope of our needs and what influencers can possibly provide. We’re looking for guidance in the wrong places. Instead of helping us to engage with our most important questions, our screens might be distracting us from them. Maybe we actually need to go to something like church?

Contrary to what you might have seen on Instagram, our purpose is not to optimize our one wild and precious life. It’s time to search for meaning beyond the electric church that keeps us addicted to our phones and alienated from our closest kin.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/opinion/influencers-glennon-doyle-instagram.html

Everything she says could be true, but not necessarily, it isn't proven well enough for me. The article is about millennial women, but she has not made the connection between herself and the rest of the women she follows on Instagram and millennial women.

She says her mother is 72, therefore to be born at the end of her mother's fertility window around 40, she is at least 35-40 herself, which places her as a late GenX not millennial. If she was born during her mother's 20s or early 30s, she is solidly in Gen X and can't claim membership as an almost millennial.

There is no reason to say all the 700 women she follows on Instagram and the 100 of those following Ms Doyle are millennial either, they could be women of any age.

Doyle is clearly the blind leading the blind if she says God gave her Lexapro. You can't call that a religion of tongue in cheek Christianity, it's a reference only to a god, not a specifically Christian god and not any claim to faith in it either. If the other part of the religion is self help but she needs Lexapro, she either isn't practicing what she preaches or it isnt helping.

A survey that found some 22% of millennials had no specific religion does not translate into fellowInstagram followers of her own preferences as she assumes. For a start that leaves almost 80% of millennials with an associated religion, but that doesn't tell you anything about how devout they are. They may be only non practicing Christian, Hindu, Muslim bhuddist, Catholic etc. The ones with no nominal affiliation to any religion also do not automatically follow self help, activism or left wing politics as a substitute religion. It's a huge assumption to claim they are one and the same cohort when many may be right wing, apolitical, or atheist.

The stereotype she paints a picture of, is finding this social media influencer substitute religion she identifies as unfulfilling in the search for meaning. She says that is because of being only focussed on the self and not others. There's an obvious elephant in the room there, raising the next generation and the sacrifices to your own priorities that normally involves, so she's really referencing women without children. If she wasn't insisting on a religion for millennial women, you could say they had children who are now independent. As it stands, children of millennial women are still literally children.

 Of course, planet earth could not carry on exponential growth roughly doubling population every generation as in the 20th century and looking at history,  civilization population declines relative to plentiful resources for it, or conflict and conquest of them. This author and the women she speaks for are really the first casualties in necessary population decline due to peak oil and the great reset aimed at using what's left sparingly by the majority of us, while ensuring plenty for the .01%

This is reflected in the the new dream of living in tiny houses with just enough room for one, or maximum two. Generations who had plentiful oil were told that if they screwed up their life, they would end up in a trailer by the river. Millennials are told if they really get their life together, they can own a tiny trailer home parked by the river.

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Doomsteading / Re: The new 'Stead
« on: March 04, 2021, 01:54:05 PM »
Very interesting following the building of your house. I take it snow/water doesn't damage the exposed plywood now, or did you cover it?

It's a long weekend here and I'm taking an extra day to have an extra long  4 day weekend, since I did a few 11 hr days yesterday and prior.

I should do stead work and get up to date with mowing. I could start project land yacht on the 77 Chrysler hemi, even get it in primer in 4 days, the original condition is so good. Instead Ive decided to get finished the body of the 69 Datsun Coupe. Shell is finished, now need to do the doors, bootlid/trunk and bonnet/hood. I will start a post on it.

Re the Texas grid down incident, I think people are expecting too much, just like with all the outrage over over the SA blackouts in extreme heat a few years ago. If that type of extreme cold is extremely rare, then they are not going to extra expense to set up the system for it. That shouldn't be a surprise to people.

They can buy any size generator they want, anywhere between 500 and 5000w. 2 stroke little one could be 150$ and run for 4 hrs on 1 L of fuel, a gallon a day to run the whole time you are awake. That needs to be used regularly to prevent gumming up or fuel going bad, at least every 3 months. For only emergency use, run it dry and keep the fuel and oil seperate. That will run lights, a reasonable size TV, computer and music. Pedestal fans if it's hot. Basically an extension cord and 4 outlet board to those things is enough. It won't kill you to boil water for tea and coffee on the stove.

A 4 stroke of over 2000w will run aircon, including reverse cycle heating or electric heaters etc. I have a 5000w but it's a gas guzzler, close to a gallon an hour. It doesn't matter because I only use it for workshop. Those are in the 2-3k$ range, so I wouldn't bother for emergency use unless you believe it is your right to run every appliance in your house at the same time. Protip, keep spare strong cord for when you break the pull start, they don't last forever.

If you wanted to go the whole hog, get an expensive but economical diesel generator and that way can store fuel for a few years without needing to pour it in your car every few months. They are battery not hand start, so that needs to be kept charged and replaced probably every 3 yrs, unless you don't mind pulling out your car battery to do it. 

An exercise bike or treadmill with a dynamo that will just charge a phone or tablet would be enough to keep people warm and entertained. Too many people don'twant to just put on extra clothes, light candles, and read books if the problem is cold and wasn't their fridge defrosting. In SA when the whole city ran aircon all at once, there were blackouts but Elon Musk saved them with a giant Li battery pack, costing billions of dollars that goes on everybody in the states electricity bill. I would rather sweat it out or flock to the beach.


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