The ‘triggering’ is real…

Go to twitter. Search for #brexitday or #article50. Watch all the crybabies flail about and lashing out. Pay special attention to the rhetoric from the hordes of now disgruntled remain-supporters that didn’t actually vote (and who think their voice actually counts when they don’t). Somehow the word ‘majority rules’ only holds sway when it’s in their favor.

Suck it up, Buttercup. Britain is getting out and no amount of cry-bullying and virtue signalling is going to revert or block it. I hope the rest of Europe follows the UK’s example. Unless if the EU suddenly disbands the European Commission and abolishes all lobbying, but monkeys will fly out of my butt before that will happen.

Point of no return

That’s what I’ve seen it called. And it’s quite apt. And true too. May signed the Brexit letter and now the negotiations start with two possible outcomes: Either the UK finishes negotiations with the EU, or they crash out of it. Either way, the UK will be out of the EU. It can’t be blocked, or reverted (no matter how much the remoaners cry about it).

Now, I’ve seen the news reports, and the mainstream media is quite busy scaremongering about it, especially towards expatriates that live and work in the UK. Oh dear, they would have to get visas and work permits. What a bother. Ask any American, Indian, or any non-european that works in the UK (there are quite a few of them) how much of a chore that is (hint: it isn’t). If you have work, you won’t get kicked out. If you’re married/widowed to a UK citizen, you’ll be okay too. 

People fear for export and trade to completely stop as well. It won’t. Even if the UK crashes out of negotiations, they will still be better off. Basically, the UK will become a second Iceland. Yes, the economy will take a beating the first few years, but it will come out on top. The UK is still an island, and island mentality will persevere. It will be fine.

So, old blighty is going to get it’s stranglehold removed. I hope many follow. The European economic community was a nice idea, but it summersaulted over the shark when they started to fuse economies and government and turned into a undemocratic behemoth.

Studio reorganization

Well, it’s spring, and with spring comes the spring cleaning. Or so I’m told. Anyway, because my loud-as-fuck amp is in the shop for repairs (busted fuse, I think. Anyway, a warranty case), and subsequently am not using it, it gave me an opportunity to untangle the cable junction behind my 4×12 cab. I also rotated my desk setup 90 degrees. The result is quite a lot more room made free, and better audio coverage for my monitors. Also, my lovely wife now has access to the window, something she has been asking for ever since I set up shop in the side room. I also have easier access to my guitars now, and it will also provide a nice backdrop for when I ever decide to shoot videos for YouTube again. I’ve been meaning to do that again, but inspiration for stuff to yak about has been lacking.

Speaking of which, I do have some ideas for content. I could tell you guys about my composing process, or maybe an updated studio tour, or show some techniques I use that I haven’t seen anywhere else, or just do playthroughs of things I’m working on (maybe RÁN related). Let me know what you’d like to see. There’s comment boxes underneath my posts here that are severly underused. Have at it.

My political/social leanings

Just to clarify, I’ll explain what my policial and social viewpoints are. I often disagree with liberal leftists, who then promptly assume I’m on the right-hand side of the political spectrum, while I’m actually pretty far removed from that, other than that I agree with a few things that the conservatives like to put forward. Just because I think modern day feminism and social justice is dangerous and harmful, doesn’t mean I’m automatically part of the alt-right. I find many of the alt-right viewpoints deplorable. But the so-called ‘liberal left’ likes to lump people into boxes, I guess.

To summarize:

  • As stated before, I think social marxism and current day intersectional feminism are pointless and harmful to society.
  • Black lives matter is a terrorist organisation.
  • The glass ceiling and wage gap are debunked:
  • Diversity is nice, but shouldn’t overrule merit. Same goes for gender equality in the workspace. Just have competent people in the right positions. I couldn’t care less which end the scale tips.
  • Reverse racism doesn’t exist. Racism is still racism, no matter how you spin it.
  • Treating white heterosexual men any way differently than anyone else is just as racist and discriminatory as mistreating someone from a so-called minority group
  • There are 2 genders. Non-binary is bullshit. Period. Yes, people transition from one to the other, and I have no problems with that, but such cases are uncommon. People that firmly believe they are one of the 40+ tumblr genders need to seek professional help.
  • Raising your pre-teen/pre-pubescent kid to be ‘trans’ or ‘non-binary’ is tantamount to child abuse.
  • Government should be small
  • Government should stop patronizing it’s citizenry.
  • Political Correctness is social cancer
  • Everyone has a right to offend and to be offended.
  • Unbridled free speech, no matter how controversial.
  • The European Union is undemocratic, and should either be completely reformed or done away with. Given the glacial pace the EU moves, I prefer the latter.
  • The Euro is a failed currency.
  • Mass immigation is a bad idea. Open borders too.
  • Politics should be transparant. I’m paying tax, and I would like to see what happens to my hard earned money.
  • I do care about the environment. Wind and solar are pollution. Nuclear power is the future.
  • (strict!) Seperation of church and state. No parties with religion at it’s core. Religious people are welcome to join secular parties.
  • I really don’t give a toss who you sleep with and what sex that other person has. Neither do I care what sex the person is that you marry. And if you are a good pair of parents, you should be able to adopt.
  • Abortion should never be made illegal, although I would prefer that people just don’t have kids. Anti-conception, folks. Still cheaper than raising a kid. But a rape victim might not have a choice in that matter.
  • On that note, cat-calling is not rape. Forced involuntary coitus is. Yes, this is a simplification.
  • Veganism is unhealthy for most people. That’s just my personal opinion. Otherwise, I really don’t give a shit about your dietary preferences.
  • I don’t care what you believe, or what color your skin is.
  • Most beliefs are stupid. Including my own.
  • Belief and religion are not the same things. A belief is your own. A religion is someone telling you what and/or how to believe. I have serious reservations about the latter.

That’s quite a list, and some things are kryptonite to some people. Funnily enough I generally sit more in the classic libertarian end of the spectrum. Don’t believe me? Here’s a snap of my political compass:

As I have said in other posts, I’ve been leaning more and more towards the center, but I am way too libertarian to be classed completely right-wing.

I hope that clears things up a bit.

Social media detox

So, I’ve been withholding direct interaction on social media for a while now, and I have to admit that I sometimes miss posting random thoughts into that churning mess. But other than that, I’ve been lurking in every now and then and several things come to mind when reading what people post and share.

  • Most things that people post are inane and of little importance.
  • Most times it’s not even their own material.
  • When they do editorialize, they just sheepishly copy opinions from somewhere else.
  • Most ‘debates’ end in identity politics and Godwin’s law is often in effect. The level is often times ‘everyone that disagrees with me is literally Hitler’.

I often have to fight the urge to jump in, only to wait and see that the intellectual level is definitively subpar and the person that attempts to inject common sense is called a fascist, racist, xenophobe, or whatever label seems the most apt to shut down the discussion. And then I’m glad I never participated. For the people that are getting tired of all the bullshit, I can certainly recommend switching to read-only mode on social media.

Note that I didn’t disconnect from social media, I just refuse to interact. I’m still reachable on Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Twitter DM and some other places. I refuse to shut myself off and become a hermit. I’m still there, reading what you all post, but keeping my opinion on myself. In turn, I will sometimes write blogs like these with some opinion (that some of you probably won’t like, but I couldn’t give a shit).

Anyway, not being as active has freed up time and brain space for the things I actually like to do. Things are going pretty good at that front. Most important of all, I’m actually content with everything again. Sure, I’ll see you guys posting things that will make me facepalm, but my next thought usually is: “I have better things to do than to redpill the world”, and I move on.

Dutch Elections 2017 – The aftermath

The Dutch elections of 2017 came and went, and we’re stuck with 4 more years of a VVD coalition. While Groenlinks won big (relatively seen), and all the pro-euro trash is patting themselves for stopping the “wrong kind” of populism (what an abject terminology), they are dismissing that PVV and also DENK won seats in parliament. The media likes to gloss over this and ignore it, but they shouldn’t. As Wilders influenced the campaign, while he’s in the opposition, he can still steer the discussion. Now with even more people.

Don’t forget PVV is now the second largest party in the Dutch government. I think it’s a signal that the established elite should take heed. Ignore Wilders, and face the wrath of the voter in 4 years.

Formation is going to be challenging. The media tries to suggest that GL should be in the coalition with VVD, CDA and D66, but I doubt that such a thing is realistically going to happen. GL would have to compromise a LOT and break a lot of campaign promises to be acceptable for the VVD as a ruling partner. This would disappoint so many new voters (which might go for PVV or other non-establishment parties), or who will just not vote at all (which would be a shame).

The next 4 years are going to be interesting, especially given how everyone is deluding themselves.

Take care out there,