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Just before filing time, a gem of a story hit the wire: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland is OUT.
It seems that while he ordered all of us dirty, contagion peasants to STAY HOME STAY SAFE, etc, and while he coerced us all to take unnecessary "vaccines", and presided over the deterioration of Toronto from a "world class" city (not really) to a third-world hell hole, he took a page out of the Imperial College playbook. It was revealed this week, that though he wanted us all locked up pretty much forever, one of the reasons might have been so that he could safely do the horizontal tango with a staff member around a quarter of his age, and all this while his wife was spending Toronto's China-style lockdowns out at their palatial winter home in Florida.
But for real and not for joking, the most shocking part of this is that the nubile, young staff member is female (insert obligatory 'not that there's anything wrong with that' part in here).
In other news, from some quarters around the Internet, there are predictions about none other than Prime Minister Blackface Hairdo Dress Up King Justin Castro being next to abandon ship.
Now, Mark is probably too busy with the new and improved Mark Steyn Show to go through that particular interview with a fine tooth comb, but luckily there is an uppity, In House Jewish Mother for that purpose! That would be me!
Mark references what is happening now as "the unraveling of the known world".
OH MAH GAWD!!!
I have been referring to "it" for a while as a terrible convergence of dark and evil forces, or The Evil Blob. I've described how difficult I still find it to try to define what has happened to all of us, and the bad, dark "thing" I have felt lingering over us since March 2020 (and actually, I felt some serious reverberations of that in November 2020 with the American elections if you catch my drift).
But Mark (of course) has nailed it.
It's "the unraveling of the known world". Yes it is. It is indeed.
Many are still in the shock phase. I guess I am still acutely in the grief phase. And as Mark also notes in the interview, you can't unsee "it" once you've seen "it".
There's no going back once you've seen it. It's likely a large swath of the population in the Western world remains in denial because it really is so very hard to digest what 'forward' actually means for us all.
In "American Pie", Don McLean sang about "the day the music died", and more recently, REM sang about "The End of the World As We Know It". There's a moment happening now and it feels like something in between those two songs, but a lot worse, and maybe only a song will capture it. At least Mark's already written the title.
The Unraveling of the Known World.
(I'd love to be wrong about all of this. But I guess only time will tell. If you have other ideas of songs that tell the tale, feel free to drop them in the comments and perhaps we'll pick up on them next time.)
America also has a tremendous number of truly evil "public health" bastards as well.
The correct response to "gimme your gas stove" is "up yours, commie".
Dr. Naomi Wolf: "The Pain of Listening to Twitter Censorship Testimony"
Someone asked on a recent Q&A if one should feel sorry for Paul Pelosi and I said no. Because the Pelosis are terrible people who have made many lives miserable as they enriched themselves. Here's an example of that.
Israel and Jews:
Yes. More of this. More armed Jews. Good.
The Formerly Great Britain:
As per Neil Oliver: this is happening because they want it to happen to you.
Today in Satan:
Trans Predators and Assorted Wokestapo Kooks:
Bepenised man flashes women in the change room.
"Trans butcher" in court in Scotland following the disappearance of young girl.
One for the Journal of the Glaringly Obvious.
I sometimes find it hard to explain what it means, in my bones, and in my soul to be a Jew. It means that I feel connected to every Jew, that we are a family and that we weep and console each other as one. This is an example of what I find so hard to put into words. I cried through the whole thing.
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