"Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannize but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is shepherd..." -- Alexis de Tocqueville
Monday, September 25, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
"And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite." -- Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Monday, August 7, 2023
Monday, July 17, 2023
"The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" -- George Orwell, "1984"
Monday, July 3, 2023
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
The following takes place in a mythological setting; the events and circumstances are entirely products of my fevered imagination. It is, however, not difficult to believe that such things will soon become all-too-solid reality, given the current course of events.
The Overlord is not engaging in "Hate Speech", but is rather engaged in "parody". The intent is not to offend or "other" or ostracize, let alone incite violence towards others, but to ...umm...ah...engender (facepalm)...a clearer thought process about the road we are currently on, and where it will (not "might") eventually lead us.
This is Sarcasm.
Monday, June 19, 2023
Author's Note: Apologies for not having posted much recently. There are a variety of reasons for such, prime among them having run afoul of Google's newest (and most-pernicious) algos that have been flagging posts retroactively as "in violation of community standards", a situation in which a) no one, even Google, can specify exactly what standard we're talking about, and b) why something that wasn't a violation five years ago suddenly became one now. In addition, work has been a bear -- I'm now working night shifts -- and massively chaotic. Post about that to follow. In the meantime, check this out.
P.S. I'm definitely going to stop doing this sometime soon, and switch back to podcasting, which I rather enjoyed. Stay tuned.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Blogging has been slow in recent weeks because Google has started -- retroactively, years after the fact -- labeling my posts as being "In Violation of Community Standards" and putting them behind warnings.
1. I know the Community you're speaking of, and they have no standards.
2. There is a pattern in what is being put behind a warning and what is not, and one suspects the usual assortment of feminists and transsexuals.
I am now officially DONE with fucking Blogger.
But I am not going away, Gentle Reader.
Check in every so often for news on this front. Podcasting and subscription blog services are so much better, and I'm headed in that direction.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
"I have learned a very important lesson about life below the Mason-Dixon, and relate it here for the benefit of the other Yankees who intend to move here: if you ever need anything simple, yet important, to be done, remember that these people have two main modes of operation -- Ass Backwards and Slower Than Joe Biden. No wonder they lost the War..." -- The Overlord
Saturday, April 22, 2023
"I thought Cultural Appropriation was supposed to be a bad thing; a quite obvious and insulting expression of overt racism...I guess that only applies to wearing outrageously-oversized hoop earrings and shooting people in fast food restaurants over cold fries and no free refills." -- The Overlord
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023
"Modern 'Management' is the art or skill of conniving to extract a very large salary while either avoiding work, or by doing work that no one in his right mind would want nor needs done..." -- The Overlord.
Friday, March 17, 2023
Friday, March 3, 2023
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Sunday, February 19, 2023
"But was there ever a dog that praised his fleas?" - William Butler Yeats
Sunday, February 12, 2023
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man..." -- Heraclitus
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Author's Note and Gratitude: About the middle of the month, the Overlord may be incommunicado, as he is about to take a new position with IBM in the somewhat more-civilized state of North Carolina (and I say that tongue-in-cheek, for having lived there once before, two-steps-beyond-Petticoat-Junction -- only with Wal-Mart -- is hardly 'civilized').
Sunday, January 22, 2023
'Experts' are always the last to discover the obvious and the first to cover their asses..." -- The Overlord
Sunday, January 15, 2023
"Magnifying small offenses, mind-reading by identifying subconscious thoughts even the offender is unaware of, and labeling others as aggressors are all integral to the microaggression program, but possibly harmful to mental health..."
"Microaggression complaints arise from a culture of victimhood in which individuals and groups display a high sensitivity to slight, have a tendency to handle conflicts through complaints to authorities and other third parties, and seek to cultivate an image of being victims who deserve assistance...".
--- Bradley Campbell, "The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces and The New Culture Wars"