Foods and supplements

Vox Day posts a translated message; an excerpt:

Anyone who has symptoms should take only and exclusively PARACETAMOL (except, of course, medical prescription), drink plenty of water, and very often (if possible sips every 15 minutes). We also have natural antivirals such as Garlic, Ginger, Propolis, and almost all aromatic plants (Mint, Melissa (Torongil), Rosemary ...) Cinnamon, Curcuma, Fruits with Vitamin C ... in direct infusion.

He adds:

I've also heard from various sources that large daily doses of Vitamins C and D3, as well as zinc, have been reported to be efficacious.

I've found that the following four foods / supplements provide a powerful boost to the immune system:

  1. Garlic or garlic powder
  2. Cayenne pepper or sauce
  3. Vitamin C (1,000 mg per day)
  4. Vitamin D3 (2,000 IU per day)

The combined cost is quite impressive. Under $2 per month!


SPYfall 2

I've been paying attention to the financial markets for the last eight years. Never have I seen such volatility and pessimism. The NYSE has halted a few minutes into the open because of a steep 7% drop.

U.S. stocks hit critical circuit breaker levels on Thursday minutes after the opening bell for the second time this week as global markets plunged amid investor fears about the coronavirus global pandemic.

SPY has gone from a high of $339 to $250 in under a month. That's a staggering 26% drop. TVIX has gone from $40 to $420 in about three weeks.


Day and night

Minneapolis police officers will no longer ticket motorists for broken headlights or turn signals, instead handing out vouchers to pay for vehicle repairs under a new department policy unveiled Wednesday.

Too dumb to change a bulb.

A 2018 Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office report found that more than half of motorists stopped citywide for equipment violations were black, even though blacks make up only about a fifth of the city’s population. The disparity was particularly glaring in the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of north Minneapolis, where the study found that 80% of drivers pulled over were black, compared with 12% who were white.

The trillions in welfare wasn't enough.

Vox Day:

If, at this point, you still believe in equality, of any sort, you're a) an idiot and b) are not intelligent enough to be reading this blog. The fact that European civilization requires Europeans to maintain it is not merely a truth, it is a freaking tautology.

Unknownsailor comments at Vox Day:

Ever wonder why Saudi Arabia has to pay white contractors to maintain all their fancy military hardware? Because there are few and far between people inside their own military who are a) smart enough to do so and b) want to do so.

1400 years of inbreeding does not happen without consequence.

(Nods head.) These Arabs have made trillions of dollars from petroleum but they need thousands of White people to maintain their oil infrastructure. They still don't have an educated and interested workforce after a century of oil money!


There is no equality

A few years ago, I heard a woman who was talking about boys and girls. She said that the sexes are equal and the differences are "socially constructed". An older woman, a grandmother, seating nearby was shaking her head. That didn't faze the ignorant fool who kept on talking about the horrible oppression of society.

Her profession? Science teacher.

Of course, reality provides concrete lessons:

Your average guy has twice the upper body strength of a woman. After a few months in the gym, that guy can double his strength. So, now, he is roughly four times stronger than a woman when it comes to lifting, pushing, and punching. A man with gifted genetics and discipline can become more than ten times stronger than the average woman. He might as well be a different species at that point. Yet, we get stories in which women are stunned and surprised when their slim boyfriend gets to showcase his strength. This is what happens when you swallow the GRRRL power nonsense from the media.


The Thin Veneer of Civilization

Nope. The Internet allows us to more clearly see the ugliness of greed and envy. Too many people will never get close to becoming rich but they'll take great pleasure in burning the wealthy. Human nature is what it is. The smart thing to do is to protect yourself against the savagery as best as you can.


Canada. January. Life.

A snow storm rolled by yesterday in my area but it was nothing compared to the epic blizzard that smashed Newfoundland as you can see above. The only way it could get worse is that the snow doesn't have time to melt and then ... another storm hits! That's when the best way to exit the house is to simply walk out of the second floor bedroom window.

Records were broken:

St. John's and other communities in Newfoundland remain under a state of emergency after a historic snowstorm dumped closer to a metre of snow on parts of the province. St. John's recorded 76.2 cm of snow with the storm, crushing the single-day record for snowfall in the capital.

You can see more crazy photos here.


Chernobyl in Canada?

I got the message and thought, "Oh, shit!"

An emergency alert warning of an unspecified "incident" at a Toronto-area nuclear power plant Sunday morning was sent by mistake.

Phones in Ontario received emergency notifications alerting them to the supposed incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in Pickering, Ont. shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

It took them over an hour to send another text to state that the previous message was false. The following brief video shows the party responsible for this colossal mistake.


999 for $999 each

That's the price ASRock is charging for their rare and premium motherboard:

One of the most important aspects surrounding performance on AMD's Ryzen 3000 series is temperature. It is no secret that the AMD 7nm chips run somewhat warmer than previous generations, but the unique ASRock X570 Aqua looks to shake things up. The ASRock X570 Aqua features a full-cover aluminium water block cooling the power delivery, CPU socket, and the X570 chipset all at once, and can be integrated into custom water cooling loops. There are plenty of promises made with this super halo product, and so we've put it through our testing.

I remember building an entire PC which cost $900 before tax. So, this is way beyond my price range. Though, it does look intriguing in a Terminator T-1000 sort of way.


That perfect texture

Merely walking in that kind of weather can be dangerous. Nearly 21 years ago, I was walking to my dormitory in Vermont with a few guys when my left foot slipped backwards and my knee crashed to the ground. The sheer speed of it was stunning. Forget reacting to it, there wasn't even any time to process it. I just froze for a few seconds and then slowly got up. No damage. One has to be extra cautious with that unpredictable mixture of snow and ice.


Hatred of Debt

Too many people don't have the willpower and the discipline to save and invest. Mortgage payments act as forced savings for them. At least, they have something after decades of running in the rat race.

What Molyneux says is true. Though, it's amusing to see the reaction of normies upon finding someone who adamantly refuses to saddle himself with an epic house loan. Instead of being curious about other options, they react with shock, horror, and indignation. YOU RENT! OMG, YOU'RE WASTING MONEY! OWNING A HOUSE IS THE BEST THING EVER!


Ok Boomer

I have had more than one Boomer tell me that renting is stupid because YOU ARE THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY! Get a mortgage and buy a house! Yeah, about that:

The average millennial’s after-tax household income is $44,093 a year, yet the national average price for a bungalow is $521,250. Even if the buyer comes up with a 20 per cent downpayment of $104,500 — monthly mortgage payments of $2,205 on a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage at 2.49 per cent will eat up around half of their income. That doesn’t include property tax and other expenses.

A 1% property tax on that house will eat up $5,200. The mortgage plus property tax gives us a total of $31,660 a year. So, the basic Millennial will have to pay 72% of his after-tax income for the privilege of owning an average house in Canada today.


George gone

Hussein Mohammed was the name he was given at birth. But when the Muslim-born Mohammed came to faith in Jesus Christ, he preferred to be called by his baptismal name of George. George was killed on October 6 in a family honor killing after the Egyptian Christian posted pictures on Facebook acknowledging his conversion from Islam to Christianity.

Why did he showcase his apostasy on the Internet where he was instantly recognized? I don't use my name on this blog and I don't even live in a Muslim country. 


Tempting fate

Forbes: This Popular Solo Female Travel Vlogger Thinks Pakistan Could Be The World’s No. 1 Tourism Destination.

With all my friends and all the media outlets I knew warning me against traveling to Pakistan, the moment I stood in the queue to board my first flight to Islamabad, I admit I wasn’t sure whether I was in the right place. It’s very hard to extract yourself from all the common preconceptions about Pakistan as a person living in the Western world and consuming Western media. After all, the one single image of the country we are given is that of an unsafe, unwelcoming place – which is of course very wrong. [...]

I feel that over the years, Western media has contributed to building a very one-sided, and one-sidedly negative picture of Pakistan. From news stories on TV, to shows like “Homeland,” much of what we hear about the country internationally can lead us to believe that it’s an empty and violent land filled with dangerous people; a no-go zone.

I'm genuinely surprised that she hasn't been raped and slaughtered yet.

This whole story reminded me of a small part from The Black Swan by N. N. Taleb. A turkey is fed, protected, and sheltered by a butcher for a 1,000 days. The turkey thinks that the butcher absolutely loves her! Hey, just look at the "evidence" of over thirty three months! Then, on day number 1,001, the turkey learns the deadly truth.

Lesson: Don't be a turkey!


More Woke

I was once listening to an audiobook of an Agatha Christie novel and decided to read it instead and soon realized a discrepancy: the word jew in the book had been replaced with something similar to solicitor! Changing the Ten Little Niggers title was just the start.

Editors in recent years have "edited" older books to alter or remove unwoke language but that's not enough, apparently. Now, they're putting the problematic books in trash:

This woman is the head of “English Language Arts” for the public schools in Washington Township, NJ. That’s right: the head of the English department for public schools in this town celebrates throwing books into the Dumpster. She’s a self-described “servant leader,” and apparently a Christian. Who throws unwoke books into the Dumpster so all the geniuses in her school (and they’re all geniuses) won’t be tainted by what’s in the pages.


Four orders of magnitude

My first laptop had a 2.1 GB hard drive 21 years ago. I very quickly had to choose between playing Quake II or keeping my music. Thank God for CD burners! Now, Western Digital is releasing a real beast:

As operators of cloud datacenters need more storage capacity, higher capacity HDDs are being developed. As data hoarders need more capacity, higher capacity HDDs are needed. Last week Western Digital introduced its new Utrastar DC HC650 20 TB drives - hitting a new barrier in rotating data.

That's roughly 10,000 times bigger than the cramped drive I had in the previous century.


The Pyramid of Death

Some time ago, I was discussing the coffee consumption of Canadians during lunch time at my workplace. Almost everyone said that they definitely needed that jolt to wake up. One guy asked me about my breakfast.

"Three boiled eggs," was my reply.

He recoiled in horror. Eggs are bad for you! Too much cholesterol! Bagels and toast are much better options.

If you think that eggs are villains and carbs are your friends, then it'll be near impossible for you to be not overweight.


Imagine my shock!

The many wonderful dividends of diversity:

Robberies targeting children in Sweden have hit a new record high, with young men with migrant backgrounds being blamed for the spike.

According to figures published by Sweden’s crime prevention agency BRÅ, 637 robberies were reported against young people under 18 in the second quarter of this year, the highest ever number. During the same period in 2017, the corresponding figure was 358, while in 2018 it was 505.

The prime targets of such predators: children, old people, and women.

There have been a few simple and efficient instances of theft in Ontario as well. For example, a teenage girl will be walking on the sidewalk while talking on her cellphone. A diverse fellow will swoop by on his bike, grab her phone, and then race away.


The Hall welcomes the Master

The Indian cricketer is inducted in to the Hall of Fame:

Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar, former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald and former Australia Women's fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick have become the newest additions to the ICC Hall of Fame. The trio were inducted in a ceremony in London on Thursday.

I watched tons of Tendulkar on TV in the 90s. It was always a pleasure to watch his shots race to the boundary with not a single fielder in the frame. His timing and placement was so precise, that the opposition had zero chance of stopping the ball. He made it look so easy.

Tendulkar's victorious battles against Warne and Akhtar make him the greatest of his generation. For me, only Brian Lara and Saeed Anwar came close in elegance and pure entertainment value.


The Divine Deflection

My father had setup the receiver for new TV channels. He wanted to watch the Cricket World Cup as it happened. The New Zealand team had done well but they stumbled at the end. England had earned a spot in the final match but they were set to chase a tricky total. They fought hard for glory but wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

At the end, England lost. Pakistan won. That was the first live ODI cricket match I had ever watched. My dad provided his colorful commentary and cheers. I was familiar with veterans like Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. He talked of a new, chubby kid who had dismantled the undefeated Kiwis in the two prior games; some guy named Inzamam-ul-Haq. Of course, there was also the greatest bowler Pakistan had ever produced -- the Man of the Match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup final: Wasim Akram.

That was the third World Cup final for England and their third defeat. They had been set imposing totals to chase on each occasion and they failed every time. The country that invented the game still hadn't won the ultimate trophy. After the loss in 1992, England waited 27 agonizing years for another appearance in a World Cup final.

****

England crushed Australia, the defending World Champions, in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. New Zealand punched above their weight and beat the mighty Indians to make it to their second successive finals appearance.

After 44 long years of failures, this new, powerful, energetic England side had the chance to become champions. They had beaten New Zealand before in the same tournament. Surely, it won't be so difficult this time. It should be a simple, straightforward, and a sensible victory for England as they are ranked number one in the game. Right?

The Kiwis won the toss and, of course, decided to bat. The weight of history was against England. Chasing sides often lost in this tournament and England had lost all their previous finals while chasing. The pressure built up right from the start. Pakistan scored 249 in 1992. The Kiwis managed 241 this time; a very tricky and competitive total. Nothing exciting or fancy so far.

Then, England started the chase. Matt Henry was getting excellent movement and Jason Roy edged and got out for a slim 17 runs. England 28/1.

After a few quiet overs, the best batsmen in the English side couldn't handle the mounting pressure. His body language clearly signaled his increasing frustration as he shockingly tried to charge and hit the ball but missed! He again attempted a strike but, like Roy, edged and got out for a painful 30-ball 7. England 59/2.

Bairstow was playing quite well. He tried to hit a four but chopped the ball back on to his stumps. England 71/3.

Morgan, the captain of the side, couldn't control his shot selection and hit the ball in the air, only to shout a NO! as the ball flew to Ferguson who took an extraordinary catch. England 86/4.

New Zealand had the momentum. Their fans were making a lot of noise. They needed only two more wickets and England would fall for the fourth time at the biggest stage of cricket!

The sixth man to walk out and bat for England was Jos Buttler who played the most significant and stunning innings of his life. He had made 59 runs off 59 deliveries before he got out to another spectacular catch. The game was truly alive. Either team could win at that point. England 196/5.

Only one man stood between New Zealand and their first World Cup triumph. Ben Stokes had been batting for nearly 22 overs. He had five overs to get 46 runs. It was all on him. He was fatigued. He looked shaken. The pressure on this man was unimaginable.

The Kiwis had choked the second-best team in the world a few days before. Now, they were utilizing their bowling talent to squeeze the top side in the world. "What a thrilling match! This game is going to the very last delivery," I thought and I was super right.

Over 46.1: Woakes hits the ball high in the air and the wicket keeper calmly collects it. England 203/6.

Over 48.3: Plunkett wants to hit a much needed six down the ground. Instead, it finds a fielder. England 220/7.

Over 48.6: Jofra swings the bat and the wickets are rattled. He leaked wides with his bowling and then: a golden duck. England 227/8.

England needed 15 runs off 6 balls for victory in the World Cup final. Few batsmen in history have felt the absolute maximum pressure. Ben Stokes had reached that level.

Over 49.1: Dot ball.

Over 49.2: Another dot ball. 15 from 4 balls. Advantage: NZ.

Over 49.3: Stokes gets down on one knee and smites the ball into the spectators. 9 from 3.

Over 49.4: The drama hits the stratosphere. The jaw-dropping moment of this final had arrived. The teams will swap the emotions of hope and despair. Stokes is running for his life to get back for two. He extends his bat and dives to make the crease, the fielder throws the ball which hits the bat and then runs away, and away, and away to the boundary. God must have looked down and said: Not today, Kiwis! No one who watched this match will ever forget The Divine Deflection.

The stadium erupts. England need 3 runs from two balls.

Over 49.5: Stokes isn't hitting any more sixes. He wants to run and reach 242. He gets one run while the other guy is run out. England 240/9.

Over 49.6: Stokes, again, wants two runs but the other guy has no chance. Run out! England 241 all out.

England needed 242 runs to win. They managed 241. This most epic of epic failures makes this the greatest World Cup final in history. After 100 overs of the most intense and thrilling cricket, we witness a tie!

We got Super Overs at the grand stage. Each team scored 15 runs each in their over. It's another tie! England hit more boundaries. The trophy comes home! England fought till the very end and with unbelievable luck won their first World Cup. Ben Stokes is the man. Williamson, the New Zealand captain, earns the Man of the Tournament award for his exceptional batting and captaincy. The Kiwis didn't let the opposition score more runs in the final but then they went home without the ultimate prize. It was just not their day.

The historical context, drama, pressure, intensity, emotion, the double ties, and that deflection makes this the greatest ODI match of all times.


Expensive real estate

Renting an apartment alone is a bad choice; better to share one:

New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are often spotlighted for their astronomical housing prices. But a new report finds that it’s not just the coasts that are facing an affordability crisis: A full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour cannot rent an affordable two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country, where affordable is defined as comprising up to 30% of a renter’s budget.

A year after I started working, I had two jobs. In total, I made around $900 a month. My monthly rent for one room in a three-bedroom apartment was $300. So, not affordable. That was twelve years ago. It's a lot worse today.


The costs of diversity

Something the MSM should have done:

Over half a million people a day avoid paying their "fare" share of transit by jumping the turnstile and other means. I went out and investigated how bad it actually is.

Of course, the law isn't enforced since it would impact those oppressed, colored, poor people. So, we get more of this:

I was in a streetcar in Toronto last year when I noticed something similar. A lot of people would waltz in the streetcar and not bother tapping their Presto smart card for fare deduction. I noticed over a dozen culprits in just half an hour. Strangely, every single one of them was colored.

So, this isn't only a NYC problem.


Millennials and real estate

Debt, immigration and restricted housing supply is crushing the younger generation:

For the purposes of this study, Statistics Canada considered millennials to be between 25 and 34 years old in 2016. The agency then compared them with the same age group in 1999 (generation X) and young people in 1984 who are today's baby boomers.

The millennial cohort had a median after-tax household income of $44,093 in 2016, by Statistics Canada's calculations. That compares with $33,276 for gen-Xers and $33,350 for boomers at the same age. And those figures are inflation adjusted, which means it's an apples-to-apples comparison.

I was chatting with an older gentleman last month who was very surprised to find out that I don't own any real estate. He said that owning a house is one of the best financial decisions he made. I asked him, "How much did you pay for your house?"

"$54,000."

"Do you remember your annual income at that time?"

"Hmm, about $20,000."

"Did you have a mortgage?"

"No, I borrowed from family and paid them back in a few years."

Yeah. The average annual income today is roughly $40,000 but the average house price has skyrocketed to $600,000. If you want a nice neighborhood, then we're talking a million dollars in Ontario. That's a mountain of debt that no reasonable person would carry.


Dogs FTW

The Supreme Dark Lord is kind:

We have four in the house now, although one is a friend's dog who is staying here while she's travelling. It can get a little chaotic at times, especially when the someone comes to the door, but if there is one thing you can do to instantly improve your quality of life, getting a dog is it.

We've kept a friend's dog whose owner has traveled in the past. The dog is inconsolable for a couple of days and then she adapts to her new family. Her bed is kept in the bedroom. So, she doesn't feel alone. Once, when I was sleeping, she came to me and barked. I woke up almost instantly, looked at her, realized that she wanted attention, and obliged in my groggy state. She wagged her tail and went back to her bed.

I was dozing off when I opened my eyes again, and said, "Wait ... did you just wake me up ... so that I would pet you!?" Cheeky monkey!

I did feel sad when she went back to her real family.


Miserable Millennials

Millennials are now truly understanding the pain of increasing interest rates. The mortgage payments go up!

Nearly half of all homeowners have buyer’s remorse, according to a new survey from Bankrate. While 44% of all homeowners have regrets, that number swells to 63% for millennial homeowners. It’s the highest proportion of any generation, and nearly double that of baby boomers – 35% of those aged 55-73 regret buying a home.

I was doing a house search online a few years ago. I narrowed the search to two houses that were roughly the same size but about one kilometer apart. The house which was closer to grocery stores and bus stops was twice as expensive. That is a staggering premium in a time when average wages are stagnant.

Homeowners also say that bad location, high mortgage payments, and buying the wrong size home can cause them to think differently about their purchase.

Millennials should think differently before they make the biggest purchase decision of their life. Renting for a few years can definitely be a sensible option.


Diversity tech is upset

Vox Media is leveraging copyright strikes against YouTube channels that mocked The Verge's infamous PC build video. The company has allegedly manually filed a copyright strike against Kyle of Bitwit for creating a parody video of The Verge PC build video.

This is really strange behavior by Vox Media. The truly atrocious PC build happened five months ago. I had fun writing about it. Why bring it up again? Idiots.

Anyway, here's the entertaining video mocking that horrendous PC build:

Yup, Vox Media went after the above video with a copyright strike. YouTube took down the video and then restored it very quickly. Now, more people are clicking and watching the epic incompetence. Absolutely brilliant!


The Founder of Vanguard

The King of index funds has passed away.

Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1975, died Wednesday at the age of 89, the company said.

Bogle transformed the way people invest. He believed that investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay investment managers to pick them.

Jack Bogle provided simple, low-cost investing to hundreds of millions of people around the globe. Even today, investment firms charge ridiculous fees for passive funds -- especially in Canada. It's common to see Management Expense Ratios (MERs) of over 2%!

I used to have a retirement savings plan through my work. The employees had to choose from Investors Group (IG), a predatory Canadian firm, that charged MERs as high as 3% a year. By contrast, out of all the funds that Vanguard offers, the highest MER is 0.39%.

Note that it's difficult to make apples-to-apples comparisons between companies and their funds because they don't really offer the exact same investments. So, one has to look at similar funds. I do remember comparing the relevant funds through my workplace and Vanguard and realized that IG charged 25 times more than Vanguard. In other words, Investors Group would charge me $25 for every $1 fee from Vanguard for the privilege of buying similar equities. Over decades that could result in a net loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the average worker.

Jack Bogle, unlike many financial charlatans, did a lot for the little guy.


Bad accountant

Parts of the, per person, monthly budget for the homeless woman and her daughter follow.

Phone: $112
Food: $450

Here's my relevant budget in Canada, in US dollars, for comparison.

Phone: $34
Food: $230

Note that Canada has, on average, higher prices! One of the constant things I hear about people who travel to the US for family visits, conferences, and vacations is: the food is so cheap! Yet, here we have a woman in America who burns over 50% of her take-home pay on food and phones and then has a total of, maybe, $100 for rent. No wonder, she doesn't have a proper roof.


Tawk is cheap, action matters

It's always amusing when a woman volunteers information about what she wants and then proceeds to behave in a strangely contradictory manner. For example, I overheard a girl who was discussing her exercise goals and told the audience that, in the previous year, she paid a $500 annual fee for a gym membership. Number of times she entered the gym: zero.


Night owl

I used to get tons of homework in middle school. I would usually start working on it at 10 p.m. and plow through till 3 a.m. Sometimes, I would fall asleep on my desk, then wake up a few hours later to see the few lines of gibberish I wrote before dozing off.

I just feel tired and sleepy after 2:30 a.m. I realized this even more during university breaks. My usual sleeping time would go forward from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. in a few days but then get stuck around that level. 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. is my ideal snooze time. For various obvious reasons, that's not my sleep schedule today.

More information about this "sleep problem" at Instapundit.


Bank profit protection

The banksters are at it again:

A Marketplace hidden camera investigation is raising questions about how bank employees are selling a pricey and controversial product marketed to help with credit card payments if you lose your job or get sick.

It's called credit card balance insurance, or balance protection insurance — and if you've signed up for a credit card, chances are you've been asked to buy it.

Yup. A few years ago, I applied for a credit card and got it in the mail. I had to call in to activate it. The customer service guy with a shockingly thick Indian accent repeatedly tried to get my approval for this balance protection scheme. I calmly refused.

He asked, "Why don't you want it!?"

"Don't need it."

[Repeats the magnificent benefits of the insurance.]

"Nope."

He wasn't happy about losing out on his commission.

At BMO, an employee seemed to have little grasp of the insurance product she was selling, struggling to explain balance protection insurance when asked to describe what it was.

"It's an insurance ... balance," said the employee, before grabbing a brochure about the product and reading aloud from it.

But don't you dare disrespect these smart wahmen! Anyway, too many bank employees are ignorant about the basic stuff they sell. Over the years, I've gone to the bank, sat in one of those nice rooms to transfer money, open credit cards, get a line of credit, setup registered plans, etc.

Almost always, the bank employee did one or more of the following:

  1. Searched about numerous financial terms on her computer.
  2. Asked someone else in the bank for help.
  3. Gave me incorrect information.

Apparently, having a pretty face and a vagina is qualification enough.


Fake news + diversity + tech

I've been buying components and building my computers for the last fifteen years. Today, it's very easy for a novice to start the same process because there are amazing YouTubers who share their awesome computer builds. In just a few hours, one can go out, buy the exact same components, and follow along with a video to assemble a new, powerful PC.

For example, take a look at this beautiful build by JayzTwoCents.

Now, let's see what happens when an idiotic, SJW organization hires an ignorant colored clown to build a PC, records the whole thing, and then shares it with the world:

OMG, how progressive and so-not-racist of The Verge to have a Black guy building a PC. So what if he doesn't have a fucking clue about what he's doing. Merit is, like, so racisss!

Here's my breakdown of the ignorance and stupidity in that video:

00:35 Tweezers? (Laughs.)

00:37 A Swiss army knife! There's a global shortage of Phillips screwdrivers.

00:40 Anti-static bracelet? It's magical! He bought it at Saruman's gift shop.

02:47 The brace!? That's not what it's called.

03:05 He installed the motherboard in the case at the very beginning! This is going to make it more difficult to put the CPU, RAM, and the NVMe SSD in the motherboard later. Order matters! By the way, doesn't your CPU cooler require a back plate? How will you attach that when you've already screwed in the motherboard in the chassis? The magic of editing will take care of that.

03:26 2666 MHz is not "fast" for RAM.

04:34 Did you just install both your RAM sticks right next to each other? That's not how dual channel works. I wouldn't be surprised if the computer doesn't even boot with that setup.

04:39 The graphics card goes in the fastest lane. Period.

05:08 Your power supply is overkill. 600-650 watts would have been enough.

05:19 Insulating pads!? Short circuit what!? (Laughs.) Also, let's place the power supply in the case so that the fan is not facing the outside. Give this man a Nobel!

06:18 "Every power supply is going to come with big bag of velcro cables." False.

07:15 Exposed CPU holder, er, slot. The entertainment is off the charts!

07:22 CPU applicator ... WTF? Just match the triangles and just drop the CPU in the socket.

08:12 This bozo provides false information regarding thermal paste. The thermal paste on the AIO CPU cooler is enough. However, if you're not happy with that, then REMOVE that paste before you apply your own on the CPU. He doesn't remove the thermal paste from the cooler and he goes ape shit with the thermal paste on the CPU. This will create air bubbles between the CPU and the CPU cooler. This will make the CPU run hotter. This is the bloody opposite of what one wants!

09:05 Does the term cable management mean anything to you?

Here's an image of the final build:

Shit show

The CPU cooler is missing a screw on the lower left! It's like showcasing a table that only has three legs. Also, for some strange reason, The Verge has disabled comments and we can't see the numbers of likes and dislikes on this epic disaster gaming PC build. Sad!


The Cloud can piss off

Vox Day:

When the whole Cloud thing started being marketed, I wondered who on Earth would fall for it. I mean, it's bad enough to run your programs on someone else's machine, but to actually store your files somewhere else?

My workplace has a few computers. After using them a few times, I gave up and bought my own laptop for work. I would keep my files up to date on my home computer by using a simple flash drive once a week.

The Cloud? Nope. For the same reason as mentioned by Vox Day.


"Hot" in Toronto

Today's temperature earlier beat a 73-year-old record for this date as the hot and humid weather continues for another day.

The mercury hit 33.9 C at Pearson International Airport at 3 p.m. on Wednesday but it felt closer to the low 40s with the humidity.

The previous record for this date was 31.7 C and was set back in 1945.

Funny. I was out today around 9 a.m. and thought that the humidity was uncomfortable. I didn't realize that a decades-old record was being broken.

For reference, tomorrow in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the temperature will hit 38 degrees with a humidex value of 46.


Can you delay gratification?

Or, in other words, can you become rich?

Dr. William Hampton: Existing studies have determined that many factors play a role in how much money a person will make. Some are very obvious, such as education and occupation, while some are less so – taller people earn more, for example. Our study was the first, however, to create a validated rank ordering of these factors (age, occupation, education, geographic location, gender, race, ethnicity, height, age, delay discounting) using machine learning.

Our results were interesting because when we compared the importance of these factors we found that how much a person discounts the value of future rewards compared to immediate ones (known as delay discounting) is more predictive of income than some other ‘big’ variables such as age, ethnicity, and race.

This is one reason why so many poor migrants from China become stunningly wealthy in a few decades in the West.

This is also why many poor people will remain poor. One could give each of them a million dollars but they'll be broke again a few months down the road. They simply don't save or conserve for the long term. Look at the people who start off in life as not-rich and then slowly build wealth over many years. The most common factor is their high savings rate.

The most spectacular example of that was Ronald Read. He died at the age of 92. He left behind $8 million. What was his profession? Janitor.


Pernicious pedagogy

I once knew a blowhard teacher who got an economics class at a high school. He had never taught the subject before. Two days into the course, he had a quiz for the students. One of the "correct" answers on the multiple choice questions was: Scarcity is just another term for a ... shortage.

Fortunately for the students, he was replaced the next day.


History marches on

Vox Day:

There is nothing strange about it what lies ahead for the planet. Diversity+Proximity=War. The Riders are already saddling up their Red and White horses; it will not be long before they begin to ride again. As Jerry Pournelle predicted so prophetically, there will be war.

Yup.

I shut down my WND column when I realized that I had completely failed to even make the smallest change in direction, that events were going to take their course and the great historical patterns were going to play out regardless of what I did, wrote, or said.

That was partly my reason for stopping this blog in late 2012. I had blogged for eight years and almost nothing came of it. I restarted in May 2016. It's now mostly a place to vent.

Why don't the majority of people in the West pay attention to reality? Why do they open their doors to poisonous snakes who'll murder their progeny?

At the margins, there might be a few people who read and comprehend the danger but most don't want to. Imagine, if you were in Hiroshima in early August of 1945. You warn people about the upcoming death and carnage. How many would have listened and moved to a safe location? How many would have called you a retard and laughed?

Those who've read history and those who've lived among the diversity comprehend the ugly future. Explaining that to the average person is like teaching calculus to a chimpanzee. Eventually, the chimp gets pissed and throws shit in your face.


To be left alone

The Supreme Dark Lord:

As a child, all I ever wanted from the dim-witted was to be left alone. And they could not, would not, do that! Now, I don't hate them, perhaps because over the last three decades I've successfully managed to arrange my life to minimize my daily contact with normal people. I can go days without ever speaking so much as a single word to anyone with an IQ below 120.

That made me laugh.

Two years ago, I was in a food joint. When I started to order my food, the voice of a mouse came out. It was confusing. What the hell is going on? Then it hit me: I hadn't talked to anyone in a week!

But while I don't blame the dim for their lack of intelligence, I find that I can't blame the intelligent individuals who hate and despise them after enduring years of malicious abuse at their hands either. Because dim or not, it's really not difficult to simply leave people the hell alone.

Oh, that would be lovely.


Not utilizing compound interest

You can't eat your house in old age:

A couple we’ll call Sally, 54, and Mike, 52, live in Alberta. They both work as personnel specialists, but have only been in their current roles for six and eight years, respectively. Sally and Mike have two children, aged 18 and 20, but their financial assets are modest: A house worth $400,000 on a 40 acre plot, and additional assets worth $148,000, including 12 acres of raw land, a car, a truck, four horses and a trailer. They also have $341,524 in debt, leaving their net worth at just over $200,000 — not a lot for folks expecting to retire in 10 to 15 years.

“We have put everything into our house and land,” Mike explains. “We have no RRSPs, no TFSAs, and no savings apart from $10,000 in chequing. We will have benefits from our employer, but with just a few years on the job, it won’t be a whole lot. Our dilemma is how we can retire with a monthly income of $5,500 after tax?”

No RRSP! That's like a 401(k) plan for those in the US.

These people worked for thirty years and completely neglected their retirement accounts. They missed out on three decades of tax sheltered growth.

Unfortunately, this mindset is quite common. Numerous people in the past few years have told me how they've bought a new house with a giant mortgage. They'll definitely start saving for their retirement once that 25-years-long debt has been paid off. One guy who told me that was in his late 40s!


Have you been to hell?

(Laughs.) I lived in Saudi Arabia for over a decade. One summer I watched the weather forecast and noticed that in two months the lowest temperature was 300C.


The speed of tech

My first computer had a 2.1GB hard drive. It was puny and slow. That was twenty years ago. Soon, Samsung will unleash an 8TB SSD:

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has launched the industry’s highest capacity NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF)* – an eight-terabyte (TB) NF1** SSD. The new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems.

The epic specs:

The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s.

YouTubers with deep pockets would benefit from using this beast when editing 4K videos.


The Mind of a Vagina

A few years ago, we were told at our workplace that the boss expects the male workers to wear a tie. The dress code for women, however, was quite lax. Though, nothing approached Victoria Bateman:

When standards are applied to men, it's a simple fact of life. Think of the phrase, "Be A Man."

When women have to follow certain rules, it magically becomes oppression. Have you ever heard of anyone say, "Be A Woman"?


Toronto is the worst

Global News: Toronto ranked worst city for commuting in North America: study.

The report said an average commuter in Toronto spends 14 minutes waiting for a bus or a train each day. But even worse, the average person spends a staggering one hour and 36 minutes for their daily commute with an average journey distance of 10 kilometres.

If the average guy works 23 years in this case, then he would have destroyed a full year of his life in traffic. For too many people, it's worse.

I had to attend a conference in Toronto many years ago. I went with a colleague who drove his car. He wanted to leave at least two hours before the start of the event and so we did. We got to Toronto in about one hour. I thought to myself, "That wasn't so bad."

Then, it took us an additional hour to travel within Toronto to get to our destination. Obviously, my co-worker was fully aware of the atrocious traffic. So, we burned four hours in our commute.

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Of course, most of the land -- let's say 90% -- is not fit for habitation. Still, this means that the livable area in Canada is larger than Germany and France combined. So, why does Canada have crazy real estate prices in spectacularly tiny cities like Vancouver and Toronto? Why is Tokyo -- a city metro that can hold the entire Canadian population -- cheaper than the crazy cities of Canada? What's stopping people from building more houses in the stunningly empty parts of British Columbia and Ontario?

Government regulation is the likely culprit.


The Zombie Life

The Shiv Lord: The Myth Of The Maladjusted Bumpkin.

I had some plans in Toronto a few years ago. I decided to take the GO train in the morning. There were a few people in the beginning and everyone was strangely very quiet. I noticed that the trains have a Quiet Zone. No talking!

As we got closer to Toronto, the train car filled up quickly. For the last thirty minutes, a middle-aged woman sat in front of me. There was barely any space between us. She was awake. She didn't make eye contact. She simply looked down or outside the window.

I looked around the car. We were all packed like sardines in a tin can. For many people, this is two hours of their life on every work day. It's truly sad.