Dressing the Part

Dressing for the apocalypse is now the latest trend.

There are probably all kinds of comments that could be made about this. The best probably is that the uncertainty of our modern age is starting to creep into the corners of the world where unreality reigns the strongest, that of the cultural trendsetters. Or, optionally, maybe they’re the canary in the coal mine. The funniest is that James Wesley Rawles was quoted in the New York Times without so much as a peep about his politics, in a day and age where ideological purity is exercised to a degree that would make Beria blush. The worst is the notion that if people are worried about a social collapse, that they’re mixing up fantasy and reality. Perhaps that’s the strangest statement of all in this story.

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The Long Flush

The establishment reacted to Trump like antibodies swarming around a splinter in someone’s pinky finger. The level of dislike for the man was off the charts, partly for legitimate reasons (his abrasiveness, willingness to write his own narratives about reality, odious personal morals and habits), and partly for the perceived gall to put his name in the ring where the idea was that the Republican presidential candidate would run another half-hearted campaign, take a dive, and then be the first to lose a presidential contest to a woman. I honestly do not think he expected to win the presidency, or even entered the contest with the intent of winning, but instead had planned to enhance his own prestige and unlock deals that had been proposed but not taken seriously due to a lack of clout. However, there has long been a festering pool of Americans who have been brushed aside in the era of fake finance and globalization who saw in him a savior, even though he had his own part in building that reality. Events overtook his intention, and his ego propelled him forward, and the rest is history. Only Trump could have won against Hillary, because he didn’t understand or care about the part the Republican candidate was supposed to play in this version of a Shakespearean tragedy.
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Bloody Saturday

A woman tries to shield her child from German murderers in the Ukraine.

Apparently, six million dead wasn’t quite enough for Robert Bowers.

I am not Jewish, but I have had many Jewish friends and co-workers over the years. The first crush I had in grade school was on a Jewish girl. It was reciprocated, and might have gone somewhere, except for the fact that I handled it with a Charlie Brown-style of awkwardness that ended it before it got started. The realtor that helped my find my first house was Jewish, one of the nicest, patient, and most laid back people I’ve known. When I was a child, one of my favorite places my parents took me to was a Jewish deli. I always got a blueberry and cream cheese bagel, back before bagels made it into the mainstream. For a time, I had a Jewish business partner, very smart and decent person. And so on. 

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Housekeeping

I’ve had some feedback since putting the site up that I wanted to briefly address. For those of you who have submitted feedback or have provided thoughtful comments, thank you for contributing. While I run the site and currently do almost all of the posting, DAPS does not belong to me, but it belongs to everyone who has taken a look at where we’re heading and don’t think it looks too good. For those who are just lurking and mulling it over, please continue doing so. Now for the laundry list:

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Toxic Life

Most people’s bodies contain plastic residue.


What the study does suggest is that microplastics, which have already infiltrated the world’s oceans and many of its organisms, appear to have infiltrated our insides, as well.

Robbie Gonzalez, Wired Magazine

Researchers analyzed stool samples from people living in a number of different countries and found that every one of the samples contained measurable amounts of plastic particles.

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Island Families

I had intended to start this post with some research backing my hypothesis that the “nuclear family” (two parents and some children living in a discrete housing unit) is both a development only of the “artificial age” (the period of massive and unsustainable growth most societies experience before decline sets in) and ultimately a flawed and unsustainable model. Searching and going several pages deep with each search, I didn’t really find much that addressed the latter point. This leads me to believe that the nuclear family has become so ingrained in the public consciousness that questioning its validity or efficiency is now well outside of the Overton Window. There are some plausible reasons for this which I’ll get to in the course of this post, many of which are exploitative and economic in nature.

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Right-Wing Identity

By suggesting that Kavanaugh resign if confirmed, Jordan Peterson has been taken to the woodshed by right-wing identity politics.

Out of curiosity, which has always been always been par for the course for me when it comes to controversial topics and writers, I picked up “12 Rules.” While I didn’t make it past the first couple of chapters, finding Peterson’s writing style to be more expository and circular than I typically prefer, I could see how his embrace of stoicism and Jungianism would both put him at odds with the prevailing leftist establishment and bring him to a near-heroic status in the eyes of those who have been marginalized by the ascent of the urban elite. He has also been inducted into “the fold” of underground intellectuals who have been driven out of the increasingly doctrinaire environment of modern academia, something that has propelled his speaking and writing career like nothing else.

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The Great Breakup

I previously went into some aspects of what would plausibly cause the United States to fall apart in the next few decades. I wanted to save some specific thoughts for this post, however. From what I’ve read over the past few years, it seems like most people put too much emphasis on the political and cultural aspects of a crackup. The north/south divide and racial divides seem to occupy the most attention, but I do not necessarily think these differentiations offer the most value.

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How and What We Know

I wanted to step back a little from the commentary on the current state of things and focus on some other aspects of the Dark Age Preparation Society that I feel are ultimately more important than chronicling our decline. As mentioned in the About section, part of the reason for DAPS is to preserve knowledge during the decline and collapse period, so that it may be available for future times, to help those who are living in times of collapse, and to avoid creating a permanent “dark age” providing the knowledge necessary to revive a stable civilization when the time comes. The astute reader will point out that knowing how Western Rome fell didn’t do much to keep us from making those same mistakes in the latter age, but Marc Widdowson rebuts this by very clearly writing in his work how modern civilization is standing on the shoulders of the past. The intent, therefore, is to continue giving the future those same shoulders to stand on.

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Kavanaugh Kaos

A third accuser has stepped forward to speak against Kavanaugh.

The whole Kavanaugh confirmation process has become a complete fiasco. Last minute witnesses seem to be coming out of the woodwork, not unlike a made-for-TV romantic comedy where the entire assembly at a wedding stands up when the minister asks if there is any reason why the bride and groom should not be married. It’s really hard to tell which looks worse – the Democrats trying to play a last minute trump card on Trump, or the Republicans really not bothering to fully vet Kavanaugh to make sure he did nothing but stay locked in a Skinner Box until he was handed a gavel and a robe and told to go be a judge.

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