Book Review: God Hates Me by Richard Cain

You can buy God Hates Me here.

This is a very unique and interesting book. The basis of the story is this: a demon has a story he wants to tell. He begins by possessing a teenager and speaking to the youth pastor. 4 chapters later, he is cast out by the pastor and goes off in search of others to tell his story to until he finishes. Most chapters are with one person, although I think he gets another two chapters out of one more person. Some of these are hilarious in their own right. In one case, he crashes a sleepover of girls playing with an Ouija board.

The demon’s name is Malach. He doesn’t consider himself evil. Sure, he was part of the rebellion, but he was there because of some really cool music the “Choir Director” was playing. He tries not to be too evil, although he keeps getting roped in. But he wants to get back into Heaven, so he keeps looking for ways to get their attention by doing good. But, he keeps messing things up.

The author limits Malach’s attendance at Biblical events. I figure it would have been too self-serving to have him there at the crucifixion. Malach keeps himself busy with plant taxonomy and loves Florida for some reason. When he’s not cataloging plants, he gets involved with pixies (it ends badly), and tries to raise a little boy as his “guardian angel”. That ends badly too.

The author’s imagination is good. The demon explains what the world was like pre-fall (Noah laser-leveled the deck of the ark), the Nephilim, and the change in strategy after the flood. While I would never base theology on this book, it is a work of fiction and should be enjoyed as such.

I’m not sure what the deal with the cover is. The first time I saw it, I thought it was the story of a boxer or MMA fighter or something.

OK, I won’t give spoilers. I don’t know if this is the author’s intent or just my own mind. While Malach’s story appears to have a happy ending, demons lie. It’s a great and entertaining read.

ROK on Government Plot to Fake An Alien Invasion

Return of Kings posted an article about the government and aliens.

Most people will dismiss it as BS. But it’s nothing new. Both Ronald Reagan and Paul Krugman have been on record saying an alien invasion (real or faked) would be a great way to “unite the planet.” I’m sure others have too.

I’m pretty sure, if such a thing ever happened, it would be a fake. Though I grew up on science fiction, my own position on extraterrestrial life is “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Or at least, some plausible evidence of it.

But this is nothing new. I remember a conversation with my dad around 1996 when “Independence Day” came out. He seemed to think the reason why there were so many movies and TV shows about aliens was that the government is softening us up for the possibility. And I’ve gone MUCH deeper down the “conspiracy” rabbit hole than my dad ever would.

I Have Found No Use For Home AIs

I ran out to Best Buy yesterday to buy a TV for my office (I’m not a knuckle-dragging primate and therefore do not have a “man cave”.) While I was there, I looked around. I wandered by the AI section and played around with them. I even tried to rationalize buying one. I gave myself permission to do it. And I couldn’t. I walked away, grabbed the 32″ Roku TV I came for, paid, and left.

There are numerous problems with these AIs. For one, the “wiretap” implication:

That isn’t too big a problem. All of our devices are wiretaps, so that isn’t my objection. None of the use cases appeal to me. I watched the Alexa video at the display, and almost dislocated my shoulder from the jerking off motion I wanted to make. There’s some idiot at the top of the stairs about to slide down the stairs onto some pillows and the child actors playing his children. He says “Alexa, play punk music!”

I don’t listen to punk. I can’t stand it. Never could. I also don’t trust Alexa to find songs for my musical tastes, and I use Amazon Music Unlimited.

Then some woman asks it to change the temperature. OK, somewhat useful.

Google Home won’t work with my smart thermostat. Alexa has a skill for it, but I can change it from my phone anyway.

Of course, Alexa is programmed to repeat SJW talking points. I have no use for SJW talking points. And of course, your flash news briefing only comes from left-wing “fake news”. You can’t program it for custom sources, like InfoWars.

Then of course, as a tech enthusiast, I don’t see the point to a fixed location. I carry a phone with me all the time. What if I’m driving home, and want to have Alexa add something to my shopping list? I have to wait until I get home. (I don’t think there’s an Alexa app for Android, and I don’t care enough to look it up.) I have Alexa on my Kindle Fire, and I never use it (Alexa, not the Fire.)

So, even though I gave myself all the leeway possible, I don’t see myself owning one of these wiretaps anytime soon.

I would totally buy this thing if it existed:

Book Review: The Heretics of St. Possenti by Rolf Nelson

About 3 or 4 years ago, Rolf Nelson published “The Stars Came Back.” It was originally written like a screenplay. He has since published half of it as a novel. I believe it’s called “Back From The Dead.” In TCSB, Rolf included as part of the background of the smartship AI a group of warrior monks.

The Heretics of St. Possenti is about how the order got started.

The book starts with a Catholic bishop being robbed. He goes to jail, where he is subjected to mocking for how useless the church is in the lives of the imprisoned men. This sends him on an exploration to find answers for how the church can attract younger men and meet their needs. This lays the groundwork for starting a new kind of monastic order, beginning with troubled and forgotten veterans.

All in all, it’s a really good story. And I want to state right up front, this is a positive review from one of Nelson’s fans. I highly recommend the book.

Thinking over this book, one thought I had was “Atlas Shrugged for the alt-right.” By that, I mean similar to Ayn Rand, Nelson writes his characters with pretty much the same voice and uses dialog to lay out his philosophy. I also agree pretty much entirely with his philosophy. As a Castalia House author, I’m sure Nelson reads books by other Castalia House authors, and I saw quite a few of them in Heretics. He touches on “Cuckservative” by Vox Day and John Red Eagle, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook by William S. Lind, and of course, Vox Day’s 2 SJWs Always… books.

In fact, if you’re not a big reader, but you want to get a good overview of CH, reading Heretics is an efficient way to do it. It touches on enough to help you follow along with the discussion.

I don’t think Nelson is Catholic, but where else would a monastic order come from? Nelson apparently spent a lot of time researching Catholicism and monastic orders, and I believe did a great job of putting together a story based around the necessary technical, logistical, and doctrinal details that would be necessary for a new order to come into existence and thrive. He did such a great job, I’d convert to Catholicism if this order existed to join it. And I don’t state this lightly. And Nelson rendered the story in a way that is palatable to evangelical Christians, and possibly even non-believers who are friendly to Christianity but not considering participating.

Nelson addresses many issues in the church (which includes all denominations.) Churches are generally not friendly to men. I’ve commented several times on the contrast between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Mother’s Day, the sermon is invariably about Mary or Hannah, and full of praise for the heroic, hard-working moms. On Father’s Day, the best you can hope for in the average church is the pastor will forget it. Otherwise, you’ll have a sermon about how you’re not doing enough, and screwing up. The pastor never stops to think that it’s the men who work hard to provide for their families and attend church who are sitting in the pews, getting bitched out in front of their wives and children. I started skipping church on Father’s Day because of this.

Many churches have bought into the secular world. Rather than preaching Christian virtue, they preach virtue signaling. Many families now forgo protecting their children and invite strangers into their homes, putting their own children at risk of rape and attack. How is this sane? There are also classic mistranslations of the Bible that have become mainstream doctrine, such as “turn the other cheek” is taken to mean “roll over and play dead for those who seek to victimize you and your family.” And don’t even get me started on how forgiveness is abused in Christian doctrine…

This was a good book. Someday, Nelson will grow into a great writer, able to create different characters who face difficult challenges. I look forward to more from him. Like, how did the St. Possenti order grow through hundreds of years to become involved with a smartship AI?

Supersize Me Was Vegan Propaganda

Remember Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize Me”? Turns out it was crap. His technical advisor was a lawyer suing McDonald’s.

Tom Naughton produced a rebuttal to Supersize Me called Fat Head. He analyzes Spurlock’s math, which doesn’t add up. He does his own month-long fast food diet, although using his own rules; not Spurlock’s.

He also looks at some of the “science” involved and comes to the same conclusion I did: “fat makes you fat” is the greatest scientific fraud ever perpetrated upon mankind.

Jay Dyer on The Shining

A lot of information has been written and recorded about Stephen King’s “The Shining”.

The first time I saw the movie was around 1992 or 1993 when I was in my “A” school, or my first Navy technical school as a Fire Controlman at Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago. I visited a friend’s barracks room and he was watching the movie. I stayed for it. Talk about a mind fuck. I thanked him for wrecking my sleep for the next few weeks, but I watched the entire thing.

On my first ship, the U.S.S. White Plains (AFS-4) in Guam, I bought the book and read it. I can remember walking around the ship at night, especially outside in the dark. I’d turn a corner and my mind would tell me, “What if there is something there?” I credit that to the book.

While I was on that ship, I learned it had some ghost stories associated with it. The ship was commissioned in the 1960’s, and since it had a refrigerator hold, often functioned to carry bodies from Vietnam to the Philippines, where there were flown out of Clark AFB back to the states. Apparently, people saw ghosts of those soldiers. I never saw one but heard enough stories from people who claimed to have seen them for me to believe somebody had. There was apparently a ghost of a little Vietnamese girl carrying a doll who liked to hang out with the aft lookout at night.

The ship also had a mainspace fire in 1989 that is well known, and ghosts of the 6 who died in that fire would show up.

In any case, Stanley Kubrick got ahold of “The Shining” and made the movie in his own image. I saw a documentary several years ago. I think it was called “Room 237”. Some people claim “The Shining” was Kubrick’s testimony of “faking the moon landings”. Not sure I buy that.  The documentary included several “conspiracy theories”, including Indian burial grounds and the moon landing thing.

Jay Dyer has a short, free video about “The Shining”. I haven’t bought his book yet, but it’s in my plan. Very interesting stuff.

The Qualifications For Selling Insurance Must Be The Same As MLM

Last month, I got an email from Monster that my resume was going to expire. Looking back, I should have just let it expire. I don’t get the point to anymore. I still have some resumes out there, just in case a good opportunity comes along. That has never happened.

Monster is still living in the 90’s. Unlike some other sites, you can’t edit your resume online. I had to pull together my updated resume in Microsoft Word and upload the document.

Then I sat back. And sure enough, I start getting calls and emails about selling insurance.

I was a Realtor for about 6 months, but everything else in my resume, going back to 1992, is for technical work. Nothing about sales, nothing in the insurance industry.

And yet, a whole bunch of insurance companies start calling and emailing me.

Now, back in 2014, I went to a meeting at one of these insurance companies just to see what it was about. It wasn’t one-on-one. There were a bunch of us in the room. Then a guy in a suit came in, told us about the company, and how much money you can make in it. They had us introduce ourselves and talk about where were work now. I don’t mention the name of the company, but their mascot rhymes with the F-word.

Somebody from that same company sent me an email a couple weeks ago. I deleted it. Yesterday, I got a “follow-up”. In my response, I told the guy I have no interest in sales or insurance. I might be interested in selling technical products and services. Strangely, none of those recruiters ever contact me.

I once did look up technical sales, and you can’t get those jobs with technical experience. A tech sales job with a salary comparable to what I now make requires more years of sales experience than I could probably get in the next 15 years. I’m not going back to “entry-level” just to do it.

As the closing to my two paragraph response to “mascot rhymes with F-word” recruiter, I asked what part of my resume indicates I have ANY interest in sales or insurance or selling insurance. How can any honest recruiter look at a resume with 25 years of experience that goes like this: “Navy technician, technician, engineer, IT Project Manager, IT Policy”, and think “This guy would be a perfect match for selling insurance!”

Selling this type of insurance must require the exact same qualification as selling multi-level marketing: you have to fog a mirror. It’s the same thing if you find yourself in the target of an Amway representative: “You’re such a go-getter! I’m with an international business that’s looking for people like you! We’re meeting at a hotel tonight. You should come! Here’s a motivational tape that tells you how much money you can make in this business. But it tells you absolutely NOTHING about the business!” (Hopefully, they’ve progressed beyond tapes by now. Even CDs are getting archaic.)

Unholywood May Be Burning Down. Will Anybody Miss It?

I’m sure some normies may miss it. Others know it is a den of pedophilia and corruption.

The Harvey Weinstein thing that came out over the last week is probably a non-starter. I figure it’s more of a smokescreen to cover up something far worse. When somebody that powerful is taken down, I usually wonder who he pissed off. He’s been doing this for decades; why did he get taken down just this past week?

Everybody knows about the “casting couch”. It pretty much goes back to the founding of Unholywood. As for women who “sleep” with these powerful (and ugly mother fuckers like Weinstein), I don’t feel a lot of pity. How did you not know what you were getting into? And why stay silent this long?

What REALLY pisses me off is how we’ve all known about how powerful forces in Unholywood prey on children. This has been known for a LONG time, and little has been done. It’s well known, well documented, and well ignored. And fuck all of you for allowing it to continue. I hope you go down with it.

Wearable Tech, AI, and the Dark Triad

I’ve been reading about the “Dark Triad”. This consists of Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavelianism. Ivan Throne’s book, The Nine Laws, talks about how to incorporate positive aspects of these into your life and response to the world.

There are also AIs that can look at a picture and tell, with a high rate of accuracy, whether the person is gay or not.

Anonymous Conservative put up a blog post today about how a similar AI could be used to detect real Dark Triad traits in people.

Imagine when we are all wearing the future equivalent of Google Glass glasses, it is filming everyone we meet, and you can upload an app to it which can detect Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism on the faces of people we meet in real time. Like a Terminator robot, you meet someone, shake their hand, and down the side of your view of them scrolls their psychological scores for all of those traits, as below them flashes in big red letters, “Alert! Alert! Major League Asshole!” (I assume the programmer will have a sense of humor – and experience with those personalities.)

I’ve read quite a bit about physiognomy, and facial bifurcation. People like Anonymous Conservative and Heartiste often perform this kind of analysis after a shooting. They sometimes perform them on politicians. There is a difference to the faces of psychopaths and narcissists that the rest of us don’t reflect. I’m not an expert on this by any means, but I’m getting a little better.

The trick is to look at a face for symmetry. Is the face symmetrical, or does one side look out of place?

A/C uses the following image in his blog post:

This kind of technology could be very useful. I have experienced a few people that, looking back, probably were narcissists and psychopaths.

7th Fleet Is A Disaster

I’m a US Navy veteran. The latest news about the Navy is hard to stomach. Yes, the military has always been a clusterfuck at the best of times. But this goes beyond belief.

They’ve had two ships taken out of commission by collisions at sea. I had trouble understanding why. A merchant ship probably has one person on the bridge during normal cruising. That person may even be reading a book. I know people who have crewed merchant ships.

A Navy destroyer, at least while I was in, had something like the following, as I remember:

  • 3 lookouts: port, starboard, and aft
  • Bridge: Officer of the Deck (OOD), Conning Officer (JOOD), Helmsman, Throttleman (may be combined), Boatswains Mate Of the Watch (BMOW), Quartermaster, and probably somebody sitting at a RADAR console, but ours wasn’t manned all the time.
  • CIC: Tactical Action Officer (TAO), Ship’s Weapons Coordinator (SWC), and numerous Operations Specialists and Fire Controlmen manning consoles and the plot. Also, Sonar Technicians and Electronic Warfare Technicians.
  • And numerous supporting personnel on watch in other stations, engineering, electronics, communications, etc.

Then there are the people who can’t sleep and are out smoking.

And most ship’s captains have standing orders to be awakened if other ships are in proximity.

When I heard about both collisions, it blew my mind.

But the USS Shiloh might give us some insight.

Now, morale is kind of a tricky thing. There’s an ancient Naval proverb that goes “A bitching sailor is a happy sailor.” The military life is interesting. Most young men join up looking for adventure and war and glory and all that. I know when I was 18, I was excited about the prospect. Then after training for war, I prayed that it never happened. Rather than excitement, the military life is years of boredom, hopefully not ever punctuated by moments of sheer terror.

You get a lot of busywork and “Mickey Mouse Bullshit”. You actually have important operational issues that need to be attended to, but you have to do a working party or clean berthing. Or training. I read an interview with a former Navy Captain that insulated the McCain’s crew was well trained in gender and gay issues, but not so much in operational issues.

It can be frustrating. Usually, your Commanding Officer (CO) has his own career to look out for, and only 18 months to 2 years to prove himself, and the ship and crew are how he gets to do it. I’ve had COs push the crew way too hard. I’ve seen people almost burn out. It does kill morale. But eventually, that CO leaves and is replaced. You hang your hopes on the next guy being better.

But there’s another ancient Naval proverb in play here: “Better to keep the asshole you have because the next guy can be worse.” And usually, he is.

So, back to the Shiloh.

Morale aboard a US Navy ship reached such lows that one sailor compared the vessel to a ‘floating prison’ after they were fed just bread and water.

Our food was usually bad. This is a little extreme. But we did consider ourselves to be on a floating prison. In boot camp, we were taught to address each other as “Shipmate.” It didn’t take us very long to start using “inmate”. We also had another greeting we learned in boot camp: “And have a fine Navy day!” My usual response to that was “Yeah, go fuck yourself too!”

The Daily Mail article references a “Command Climate Survey”. These are standard in the military and government. I normally consider them useless. The survey itself is more concerned with “have you been harassed as a POC or woman or Muslim or some other shit?” There are blocks in which to provide comments, but those are rarely considered. The Shiloh’s command climate survey must have been beyond FUBAR to even make the news.

Responding to a survey, one sailor on USS Shiloh said anonymously: ‘It’s only a matter of time before something horrible happens.’

Another respondent wrote: ‘Our sailors do not trust the CO.’

This is standard. By this point in the article, I figured it was fluff. Marines may have better experiences, but in the Navy, lower enlisted rarely trust their CO. I’ve had some decent ones, but I also served under a pretty bad one. Apparently not as bad as the Shiloh’s.

Junior sailors were particularly concerned about receiving harsh punishments from Capt. Adam Aycock, including being placed in the brig and fed only ‘bread and water,’ a traditional form of punishment still available to commanding officers.

Some crew members even warned that the dip in morale could inhibit their ability to deal with North Korea.

This got my attention. Another article I read (which is on CNN, and I’m not linking the Cocksucker News Network) said brig and bread and water were for minor infractions. It did not say what those minor infractions are. Being 5 minutes late for watch? Shirt being untucked?

Heh, heh, Captain Aycock. I bet his poor morale having sailors used his name for a LOT of dick jokes.

Favoritism is heavily in play on ships. A friend of mine, who was hardly a motivated sailor, literally was 5 minutes late for watch. He was sent to Captain’s Mast (non-judicial punishment or Article 15 of the UCMJ for those not blessed to be in the Navy…) alongside another sailor who was caught embezzling $500 from the ship’s laundry. My friend got the maximum punishment for being 5 minutes late for watch. Our aspiring Federal Reserve head got a suspended bust. Total favoritism. Of course, my friend had already been busted for almost missing ship’s movement in Thailand, so maybe that was a consideration. But still…

Believe it or not, I was ALMOST involved in a North Korea action. Yeah, I know, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades… In 1994-1995, I was on a supply ship. We were out providing UNREP (underway replenishment) to other ships when the Norks started acting up. The Kitty Hawk battle group was dispatched. Our CO saw his chance for glory, realizing that a battlegroup would need UNREP. As we were homeported in Guam, we were in a good spot. We pulled into Guam, and within 10 hours, took on a 120 day onload for a battle group. My ship was designed to hold 90 days of supplies for a battle group, so we had every inch of the ship packed. We had palates of soda and other supplies stacked all over the decks with the cargo holds full. Then we set sail that night.

And we sailed right into a typhoon. Very rough seas. The palates of soda flexed and started to explode. I don’t think we ever got the smell out of the ship. It was a mess. Combine that with flour and other things, and it was a huge mess.

The story I heard is that around 2300 one night on our way toward North Korea, a red phone in CIC rang. It’s the kind of phone that only rings when there’s a war, or somebody royally fucked up. It was COMLOGWESTPAC (Commander, Logistics, Western Pacific). The trip was not authorized, and the CO’s glory would have to wait. Return to base at Guam. And if you REALLY want to be underway, I’ve got just the deal for you…

The class of ship I was on at the time was a Mars Class Fast Combat Stores Ship. (Fast in name only…) The designation was AFS, or as we called it, Always Fucking Steaming. And until we pulled into port for decommissioning in 1995, we truly were AFS. Typically, we’d get a day or two in port to refuel and reload, then back out.

But like everything else in the military, it was misery, but also mixed with some fun. I went to Japan several times on that ship. We also got a visit to Hong Kong, Hawaii, and our decommissioning cruise was to Bali. I “crossed the line”(equator), went through the ceremony, and earned the title “Honorable Shellback”.

Back to the Shiloh. I’ve seen sailors fuck up, but I’ve never seen brig time or bread and water. Although it’s still in the regulations, it’s very extreme. I have no idea why the Shiloh’s former CO would ever use that as a form of punishment.

McCain The Insane (and senile) had some tweet about this being related to defense cuts:

US senator John McCain waded into the controversy today by tweeting: ‘This is a direct result of cuts to defense spending.’

WTF? I have no idea how this is related unless the Navy is buying their Captains from China because they’re cheaper… But then again, when was the last time McInsane said ANYTHING that made sense? Definitely not his “President Comey” remark.

I served during the Clinton years. They decommissioned a LOT of ships well before their time, which is causing the Ticonderago cruisers and Burke destroyers and other ships to pull hard duty. The force has been cut drastically. Sailors are doubling and tripling up on duties. This probably has a lot to do with 7th Fleet’s problems. You can only push your people so far. You can only push your equipment so far. It has a maintenance cycle for a reason.

For instance: my experience with time travel. Yes, I have time traveled. My second ship was a Spruance Class destroyer. Our SONAR dome was supposed to be replaced every 5 years. We left on deployment with the dome at the 7 year mark. We crossed the International Date Line at about 0000 Sunday night, which made it Tuesday. Soon after, a leak was discovered on the SONAR dome. The ship came to a stop while they investigated. I was on the mid watch in CIC at the time. They tried cutting chem lights and pouring the dye into the dome. Then, the ship turned around and headed back to Hawaii to get the dome fixed. We couldn’t exceed 11 knots with a punctured dome. So I have time traveled. We went from Sunday to Tuesday to Monday, non-sequentially, in a period of about 4 hours.

I hope 7th Fleet can get straightened out. They’ll probably have to relieve a lot more people of duty. But this problem may be systemic. I hope the Navy fixes it before they get anybody else killed outside of actual war.