Not looking at the news means that, whenever I do find out something by chance, I totally don’t get WTF is going on as it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I found out this morning that people with dicks (PWD) can now legally be housed in a closed, confined space with women. At least in England and Wales.
It’s kinda weird / doesn’t make sense because dicks are an ‘out of the box’ rape weapon that some people come equipped with at birth, and so PWD carry that weapon around with them. In Scotland, a PWD can in theory rape a woman, then claim to BE a woman, so that in the crime statistics police record it as a F2F rape. WTF! I mean seriously – it wasn’t a F who raped me vaginally, anally and orally. It was a PWD.
It’s one thing to be whoever you want to be (gender), but quite another to erase the distinct F category of SEX (= not the same as gender) from law, and from statistics. It’s kinda anti-science and anti-biology. It’s also scary to see yourself (F) slowly being erased, and PWD demanding that they, with their built-in guns, have the legal right to share my (no gun) space. Or compete in F Olympics despite their biological, scientifically proven, physical advantages.
To help with the confusion around SEX (not gender), I propose that, rather than delete and erase F and F rights (= what seems to be happening), to create a third category, called ‘D’, in the law, for legal, statistical, operational, administrative etc. purposes. That could stand for ‘Diverse’ and encapsulate people who for whatever reason feel oppressed by being M or F biologically (SEX, not gender). Germany does that already (job ads are open to M/F/D).
This solution would also mean that D people can get rights and SEX-category-based equality, without erasing F and all that F have fought for.
The more I think about it, the current assault on F almost looks like the ultimate, final victory of patriarchy:
Deleting and erasing F as a distinct legal category, with her SEX-based legal rights and protections, for good.
Someone told me that today Prince Philip has died, this morning (Friday 9th April 2021). He was 99 years old.
I’ve still not actively looked at any news this year but I caught bits and pieces accidentally, over the last couple of months. Examples:
- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West divorcing
- A woman got raped, murdered, dismembered by a police officer (in London??)
- A ship got stuck in the Suez canal (?)
- From yesterday: troubles in Northern Ireland
Last week, I stopped subscribing to a print news magazine, because I’ve not been reading it, and I also deleted Facebook a couple of months ago.
I’ve lately been imagining the world as The Matrix, where all the digital people permanently plugged into information are like the Matrix human pods. I’m like Morpheus – I’ve stopped taking the blue pill, by disconnecting from the constant stream of information. It feels very freeing – I can breathe!
Another useful side-effect of deprogramming myself and reducing noise from irrelevant sources has been clarity of thought. With fewer content to clog up my bandwidth, I see everything crystal clear.
- Language and communication is just a tool that you can use to ‘build reality’ (discourse)
- Politicians and other people who want to manipulate you in some way or other (e.g. your employer / manager etc.) will use it as such
- Because of this, you can (and should) do it too
- That doesn’t mean it’s real what you read / hear / see etc.
Another film (alongside The Matrix) that is a good example of what deprogramming feels like is John Carpenter’s (1988) film They Live. It’s about some guy who finds sunglasses and, when putting them on, realises that the ruling class (= rich cunts) are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to consume, breed, and conform to the status quo via subliminal messages in mass media. Basically like what Boris Johnson and his pals have been doing for the last 5 years or so.
The final good thing about unplugging from The Matrix has been that I’ve had a lot of room to do good stuff – for example, I’ve started playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, which was a freebie on the PlayStation Plus in March. I’m really enjoying it!
Life is so rich.
Today, I talked to someone about how my year without news was going. I said something like,
“It’s not as if I would miss anything important. I’m sure that, if there was a war or something, I’d find out some way or another.”
And the other person said: “Well… you’ve not looked at the news at all, then?”
Me: “No, not at all. My mum said something around Christmas that Boris had finally caved in (re. Brexit), but other than that I’ve no idea.”
It turns out there’s been some sort of coup in the USA, where Trump supporters stormed the White House and 4 people died! I asked a few questions about the story as if the Internet didn’t exist and the person was my only source of information, like in the olden days (imagine the early 1990s for example, if you’re old enough!). I didn’t google it (and haven’t since), so that piece is the only information I know. Oh, and apparently it was 2 days ago and there has also been some issue with Twitter where Trump had to delete some Tweets (?).
I think I’m going to do a post throughout 2021 where, whenever I hear or otherwise encounter a news item despite my active avoidance, I’ll post here what it is.
I could also add the source i.e. where I got it from. I won’t further investigate or research it – no googling! That means I’ll probably have to limit my use of Google too, as it often displays fresh content / news stories.
I mean, is it even possible to completely escape the news, when you’re a professional currently working remotely from home?
I have not checked the news since 18th December 2020.
I had been quite a news junkie throughout 2020 (well you kinda HAD to be, given what a clusterFUCK it’s been), so the moment I stopped work, the moment I stopped following news.
It’s been good and I’ve decided to stay away from it for as long as possible, maybe for the whole year of 2021. When trying to make this into some sort of story or temporary raison d’être for this blog, it occurred to me that I had tried it before (as a New Year’s resolution, to stay away from the news), and failed after a couple of months. More importantly, I remembered an essay by Rolf Dobelli, a Swiss author and businessman that I came across a while ago. It’s called
Vergessen Sie die News! Für eine gesunde Nachrichtendiät.
or in English:
Forget the news! For a healthy (strict) news diet.
I don’t know if / where this essay exists in English, but really you should be trying to read the original (if you can). I’m going to give you one paragraph right here for a flavour and a link to download the full German version at the end of the post.
1.News führen zu einer falschen Risikokarte im Kopf
Unser zentrales Nervensystem reagiert unverhältnismässig stark auf sichtbare, skandalöse, aufsehenerregende,schockierende, personenbezogene, laute, plakative, schnell wechselnde, farbige Reize – und unverhältnismässig schwach auf abstrakte, mehrdeutige, komplexe, auf einander aufbauende und deutungsbedürftige Informationen. News-Produzenten nutzen diese Wahrnehmungsverzerrung systematisch aus.
1. News lead to a faulty risk map in your head
Our central nervous system responds disproportionately strong to visible, scandalous, spectacular, shocking, people-focused, loud, eye-catching, fast-paced, colourful stimuli – and disproportionately weak to abstract, ambiguous, complex, progressive information in need of interpretation. News producers systematically exploit this distorted perception.
Reading it is a bit like reading Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking (if you’re a smoker) for the first time. It sinks in and imprints itself (if you get to the end, that is).
Download the PDF (German version) here: Dobelli_News
PS: I think I’ve finally figured out how to get WordPress Classic Editor back. The modern default block editor WP.com force you to use is honestly very disabling for an old-skool tinkerer like me – I couldn’t get anything done quickly in it.