Duolingo’s Abusive Learning Methods

The App that Causes Mental Health Problems

Since Duolingo’s app is optimized for generating ad clicks and paid subscriptions, it has no real incentive to teach users a foreign language. Rather, it pays to thwart users’ learning for as long as possible while the company’s attention engineers use every trick in the book to keep users coming back to view more ads.

Have you ever met anyone who completed the German language tree on Duolingo and who was then able to converse in German? If you haven’t, you should wonder what the app’s ulterior motives are. Duolingo’s punishing-yet-addictive exercises have little to do with language learning. In fact, the app has a lot more to do with a mental health crisis.

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An Empire of Ethnostates

It Is up to Us to Be the Guardians at the Flood of Values

What shall happen to the Europeans when their economies collapse, their societies implode, and their Christian civilization comes to an end? The strong, the brave, and the willing shall have to conquer new life, and it shall have to come at the world’s expense. We shall build not one ethnostate but an empire of ethnostates.

Ninety-seven years ago, one German author wrote,

“The animal in man is creeping nearer. Africa is drowning Europe in darkness. It’s up to us to be the guardians at the flood of values.”

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The Bourgeousie Never Went Away

On the Strangeness of Leftist Delusions

A peculiar mode of thought I often encounter when reading books by leftish authors (such as The Salaried Masses by Kracauer) is they assume all sorts of past evils have by now been abolished. Leftish thinkers appear to fancy a progress that never took place. In reality, upon scrutinizing various claims, we discover the imagined past evils are not only still there, but they are not evils.

For example, the modern leftish thinker assumes it to be a historical truth that class-based society in Europe was abolished by the end of the nineteenth century. The Marxist revolution took care of it, right? Well, it never happened. The bourgeoisie never went away. The rich simply moved out of their first-floor city apartments and went on to live in gated communities at the edge of the suburbs.

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The Problem with Banksy’s Communist Artvertising (It’s Unoriginal)

The phenomenon known as “Banksy” is certainly not some genius British individual working from the sewers, trying to make the world a better place. Banksy is a rather dumb communist art collective, well-funded by people in power, supported by media insiders, and likely headquartered in London, with a distinctly communist signature.

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On the Two Sources of Openness

Material versus Spiritual Riches

Rural people are closed, and city folks are open. At least, that’s the message urban-centric media keep repeating over and over. But the false dichotomy of open vs. closed is an urban misconception. Instead of accepting it, we should consider the two sources of openness — an openness to new worldly experiences, and an openness to our spiritual inner world.

Documentary filmmakers, like most people in media and journalism, tend to come from the big city. And when they go out to document rural or nomadic peoples, they invariably call their subjects ‘closed’. They say rural people yet content with living in small communities have closed themselves off from the greater world. Nomads, too, still clinging to ancient traditions, have turned their backs to progress.

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The Sinking of the RMS Lusitania

Room 40, Naval Intelligence, and the Morality of War

The sinking of the Lusitania was the event that drew the United States into the First World War. Did the British Empire ignore knowledge of a German U-boat headed for the steamliner? Or did top British officials deliberately instruct the U-boat, using the Germans’ own encrypted communications, to target the passenger ship? Evidence suggests explosives aboard the Lusitania are what blew the hull open from the inside out.

I read a lot of books, and the one I just finished is titled Room 40: British Naval Intelligence 1914–1918 by Patrick Beesly. “Room 40″, also known as 40 Old Building, was the site where the British tried to crack German naval communication codes during the First World War. It was the predecessor of the now infamous Bletchley Park where Alan Turing would break the Enigma during WWII.

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The Bitcoin Conspiracy Too Big to Be True

Hal Finney’s Anarchist Bailout

The first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction was computer scientist Hal Finney, born in 1954. He was also the first to tweet about Bitcoin. And in 2004, he was the first person in the world to create a reusable proof-of-work system — before Bitcoin came along, using exactly such a system.

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Our Days of the Week Tell a Story

Life, Death, and Fertility

Many of us already know that the days of our week were named after Roman and Germanic gods. Thursday was named after Thor, and Saturday after the Roman god Saturn (also associated with the planet). But a closer look shows the weekdays weren’t chosen randomly. There is a hidden message, and it tells the story of Genesis.

Our modern seven-day week came about during the 1st to 3rd centuries AD. That’s when the Romans replaced their earlier eight-day week, and the Germanic peoples further north began dropping their nine-day week. (Three weeks of 9 days equals a 27-day moon month, which is also the duration of a woman’s menstruation cycle.)

Sunday —Sun Day, or “ Let There Be Light”

Sunday refers to Sun Day. Sunday used to be the first day of the week. The ancients started their week with Sunday, and finished it on Saturday, the day of rest. Things have changed a bit in our time. Christians now consider Sunday their day of rest, but many orthodox Christians, as well as Jews, still consider Saturday the original day of rest.

So, in the ancient configuration, the Sun being the main source of light on our planet, it indeed refers to the biblical act of creation, as in Genesis 1:3,

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Monday —Moon Day, or “And the Darkness He Called Night”

Monday refers to Moon Day. It’s nighttime. After God created the light, he separated it from the darkness, as in Genesis 1:4 and 1:5,

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.

Tuesday — Týr’s Day, or God’s Day

Tuesday is commonly believed to refer to Týr’s Day. Týr was one of the gods of Norse mythology.

In Old English, Týr was called Tiu, and in Old German, the deity was called Ziu. From Ziu, indeed, there is a connection with the ancient Greek god Zeus. Ziu’s Day/Zeus’s Day? Zeus is connected to the Latin word for god, deus, and even to the modern French word for god: dieu.

However, there is a misconception here that originated among the ranks of modern academic scholars. They mistakenly believe that Týr was a god named Týr. This is because such a character indeed appears in Norse mythology — Týr as a god of law and justice.

But in a seminal work on The Cult of Ódinn: God of Death?, author Dr. Grundy offers a different point of view. In ancient times, perhaps there was never a god named Týr. Rather, the word ‘týr’ simply meant: god. For example, Norse mythology speaks of Odin and other gods in terms of a battle-týr or a warrior-týr, etc., namely a battle-god and a warrior-god.

If we accept that a ‘týr’ was an old word that meant God, like the French word dieu still does today, then Tuesday really means God’s Day! God is good, and this relates to the next day of the week.

Wednesday — Odin’s Day, or The Devil’s Day

Wednesday unmistakably comes from Woden’s Day or Odin’s Day. But there’s more to it than just a name. From Dr. Grundy’s aforementioned work, we learn that the Viking god ‘Odin/Othínn’ was originally a god of death.

The old Europeans, possibly from up to five thousand years ago, had started worshiping death, namely, to keep death away! In Northern Europe, death was always lurking around the corner in the form of cold, disease, and long months of winter darkness. It made sense for them to give offerings to the god of death.

But from the Christian point of view, the old European death-god Woden/Odin had to be demoted to the role of devil, so that the God of Light might shine in his place. I accept this theory and suggest that Wednesday — Odin’s Day — really meant: Death’s Day. Or in other words, Wednesday was the Devil’s Day (from the Christian perspective).

We already saw the contrast between Sun & Moon/Day & Night, and now we also see another contrast between Týr & Odin/Life & Death/Good & Evil/God & the Devil.

Thursday — Thor’s Day, or Male Virility Day

As I mentioned in the introduction, Thursday is named after the Norse god Thor, the son of Odin and a prolific killer of giants.

Whatever giants (“trolls”) once were in reality, in the most ancient sense, whether they were diseased people or enemy hordes, the mythological Thor deploys his hammer to crush their skulls, to keep them away from Asgard (“gardens of the Aesir”). In the archaeological record, we find plenty of hammered-in skulls from the early Bronze Age. Thor wasn’t just a myth, he was a male archetype, a virile defender of health and prosperity.

Thor’s hammer, as in the popular poem The Lay of Thrym, represents a phallus. As long as the men have their hammers, the people shall thrive. In the poem, Thor loses his hammer and consequently has to be dressed up as a woman. Angered and humiliated, Thor and Loki (as his bridesmaid) must deceive a giant, Thrym, to give Thor his hammer back. When the god finally gets it back, his virility is restored and he exterminates the race of giants.

Now, if we accept that Thursday refers to Thor’s Day, we must also accept it refers to male virility. Thursday is a day to celebrate Male Virility.

Friday —Freya’s Day, or Female Fertility Day

Friday refers to Freya’s Day. She was a fertility goddess of Norse mythology, but originally, she wasn’t an Aesir goddess. She was with the Vanir first, and joined Asgard later as an offering of peace between the two warring factions of gods.

In Thrym’s Lay, Thor and Loki seek her out for help. They ask her to go to the giant and marry him, so that Thor may get his hammer back. Freya refuses, for although she is known to be a most lustful goddess, sleeping with giants is still a bridge too far — even for her, the goddess who slept with every other god in Asgard.

Freya represents female fertility and lust. Friday means Female Fertility Day, and forms a contrast with Thursday’s Male Virility Day.

Saturday — Saturn’s Day, or the Day of Rest

Why is Saturday named after Saturn’s Day, the Roman god and the name of the planet? Why didn’t the ancients pick Jupiter, e.g., giving us Jupiday instead of Saturday? Why not Uraday for Uranus? Plutoday?

Well, the planet Saturn is the farthest-away planet in our solar system that can be seen with the naked eye. For much of ancient human history, Saturn was considered the edge of our solar system.

Moreover, the trinity of Saturn, Sun, and Moon (as in our days of the week) may, in fact, be compared to the Christian holy trinity of the Father (Sunday), the Son (Monday) and the Holy Spirit (Saturday). Odin and Thor, Wednesday and Thursday, are also father and son.

Saturnday may, therefore, be regarded the resting day, since, in ancient times, Saturn was considered the last creation of God in our solar system, i.e., after which He took rest. You don’t have to believe in Genesis to accept that ancient Jews and Christians perceived the universe from a religious point of view.

In Conclusion

Our days of the week, in English, as derived from West-Germanic languages but heavily influenced by Roman and Judeo-Christian culture, tell us a story:

  1. It is the story of how God created light (Sunday),
  2. separated it from the darkness (Monday);
  3. how he separated good (Tuesday/Týr’s Day/God’s Day)
  4. from evil (Wednesday/Odin’s Day/Death’s Day/Devil’s Day);
  5. how he created Adam (Thursday/Thor’s Day/Male Virility Day)
  6. and Eve (Friday/Freya’s Day/Female Fertility Day);
  7. and finally, took rest (Saturday/The Holy Spirit’s Day).

And so, our days of the week echo the story of Genesis.

Out of the Fog of Progress: Are Our Best Days Behind Us?

It’s a strange condition, for our people, to know that our best days are behind us. While everyone else is looking forward to our demise, like vultures circling a man dying of thirst, we have nothing left to look forward to. And this condition denies the very notion of progress we’ve been corn-fed to believe in, ever since Karl Marx. Everything was always supposed to get better, and technology was supposed help us get there.

Lost in the fog of progress, we’ve put our faith in technology for guidance. More than on humanity, we’ve come to rely on machinery. Though technical progress has transformed the whole world, by now, it has led us astray from things that really matter. The right to determine the outcome of one’s life, for example.

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Unleash the storm!

If we’re supposed to be the “victors” of the Second World War, then how come it feels as though we’ve lost every other battle since?

The Battles Lost

At first, the winds of change came up in gentle gusts, but if the men who fought in that war were here today, they would not be able to recognize the Western world they died for. It is no longer a civilized region. We’ve been ravaged by progress. It has left both our cities and our morality in ruins.

When I was a boy, my teacher told me, if the Germans had won the war, we’d be speaking German. And I was glad I grew up in a liberated country, free to speak any language I pleased.

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