Hybrid news and culture.
Good one. I had a substack. Still do. Too time consuming. Got better things to do then to be glued to a computer; as sitting is the new smoking. But I liked this one. Interesting about the road rage and the crazy people who cant get enough of punching strangers multiple times in the face. I read of this. It all seems to be happening in shitlib cities and states like CA NJ and NYShitty. Cerno is right, though, about despair. It's also a total media racket. They are all fuckin' drama queens anyway. Yesterday was listening to Glenn Beck; had a guy on talking about bunkers for the uber-prepper waiting for Armageddon. Guy wrote a book about it. I think called "Bunker". He talks about a guy in KS who has a 15 story upside bunker, so big in fact that if it was 15 stories right side up...it'd be the biggest building the region. Nuts. Other bunkers are luxurious, have gyms and pools. So what, enjoy going stir crazy with no sun. Hopefully the Chinese labs that make your Vita-D supplements can still mail them to you underground and your sewer system work and no one runs out off food. Maybe the synthetic lab coat guys can grow some beef from stem cells frozen in a lab underground...what will you do when they run out? Cows dont exist under ground. Yet, here we are. Despair is demonic, yes. And as Cerno says...leave the cities. They are wastelands.
Great article. The part about spreading hysteria because it wins an "audience" is so important. Scott Greer pointed out the other day there's a some lunatics on the Right saying that the East Palestine crash was coordinated on purpose, they're poisoning people on purpose, they're trying to genocide the people there. What a horrible thing to say with no evidence. The people who live there are (rightly) scared enough as it is. They don't need this nightmare fuel poured on top of it. Why isn't it enough to say "clearly this is an accident, but it's an accident we could have prevented from having better infrastructure or better training, and now we need to clean it up and help the local population" - why does it have to be "oh it's all a big conspiracy and it's going to kill you all!" Because the latter gets effort-free clicks and it's "exciting" (if also sadistic to the people who live there, but who cares about them, right?)
Super Based. Thanks Cerno. You're one of the few people who I can trust to filter the world for me.
As a guy in my mid-20s living in NYC, I have never experienced the amount of anger I see on a day-to-day basis. You can’t go a day without watching people roll down their window to scream at someone in another car. I have witnessed (on 1 occasion) people getting out of the car and literally fighting. I walk down 9th street, in the West Village fairly often, and regularly see homeless drug addicts talking to themselves, with a hand inside their jacket. What’s in their pocket? More drugs…probably. A knife…maybe. Who knows. Everything Cerno said was spot on. I don’t like going out much because you never know who you will run into. And past 11pm…forget it. It’s a disaster. In the short term you just go about your business. But medium to long term, I can’t wait to get out of NYC/Northeast for good. My buddies and I talk about it all the time.
Mike - I wish you had a page of affiliate links. I end up buying most the stuff you recommend from sups to baby stuff to books and would like you to benefit from it. I’ll show my wife something that I think we should get and she’ll say “is it from your Twitter dude mommy blogger?” And if I say yes no questions we get it.
How does someone in your position balance the info stream from news, Twitter, etc. People talk about dopamine and motivation a lot these days. Is there a particular way you engage ? Reframe ? Curious how a titan thinks about.
Don’t always agree. Which is a good thing. Very much appreciate your insights, subject matter, and attitude.