Category: disease

Wuhan and Movement News

The Yellows will infect us all, while Der Movement continues to be ludicrous.

Read this.

If even  – IF – this current virus turns out to be nothing too serious, it’s a “dry run” for some future killer pandemic that will emerge from the swarming hominid petri dish that is China. Forget about asteroids, super volcanoes, or nuclear war, the end of humanity will likely occur as the result of some Chinese virus.

In a perfect world, the civilized nations of the Earth would use whatever means at their disposal, up to and including military force, to end the Chinese disease threat to humanity. That nation would be put under foreign-led martial law, all of the outdoor food markets, pig farms, and other breeders of disease would be destroyed, and proper levels of hygiene forced upon the population – for a start.

Unfortunately, China’s military might – mostly copied from other nations – including nuclear weapons (a military funded by the trade imbalance of the Chinese selling their cheap junk and “medical” poisons here) makes such an approach impossible.

The only alternative is a total quarantine of the Middle Kingdom.  But we can’t have that, can we?  It might disrupt the “economy” and interrupt the flow of flat-chested, estrogen-deprived Chinatrices for ”awkward squad” omega White males to have sexual access to.  And it would be “racist” against a “people of color.”  The Tropical Alliance may get all worked up about that.

Gray
Posted January 24, 2020 at 10:29 am | Permalink
Our ideas are already out there. The problem is that they are considered very low status (lower than pedophiles) and publicly admitting to them is quickly becoming a one way ticket to homelessness and destitution. This is the primary problem that needs to be solved. We need to be able to access financing and secure the ability for people to express these views without being assaulted or having their lives ruined. This means having things like credit unions and legal advocacy groups. Until then, trying to “change the culture” or “move the overton window” is just spinning our wheels and getting nowhere.
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Greg Johnson
Posted January 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
Metapolitics = propaganda + community organizing. What you are describing falls in the latter category. We definitely need institutions that will help lower the costs of open white advocacy.
Legal defense/lawfare organizations and payment processors are two very important types of institutions to create.

No kidding; that’s what has been advocated here for years.  It is obvious this needs to be done, even the affirmative action cases realize this, but after decades of “activism” and millions of dollars wasted, nothing has been achieved.

It is an obvious failure of leadership; but with a moronic rank-and-file, a characterless “leadership” that has zero accountability and takes responsibility for nothing, and the strict ethnic affirmation action policy, change does not seem likely.

You’ll just get more of this.

Laughable comment:

I would like to personally ask Dr. Johnson why he himself cannot become involved in politics? I know the many answers to that question, to include his own lack of desire in or taste for the carnage and stupidity of electoral campaigning. But I believe he is exactly what we need…

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Greg Johnson
Posted January 26, 2020 at 5:56 am | Permalink
I am flattered, but I am not cut out for politics.

You see – Johnson and I do agree on some things!

Greg Johnson
Posted January 23, 2020 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
You are right RE funding.
But deplatforming has made it very difficult for CC to depend simply on many small donations, which is what a tithe would be.
We really need large patrons to step forward if we are going to fund new institutions.

The Battle cry: There’s no money!  There’s no money!  Yeah, right.

“Large patrons.”  Hmm, like this?

Greg has it backwards. In reality, FIRST you need to build something useful and appealing with the ample resources you guys already have and have had for decades. THEN, perhaps some “large patrons” will have the confidence that their money won’t be utterly wasted like Regnery’s has been.

According to the most recent (year 2017) VDARE Foundation tax form 990 filing that is posted at ProPublica, Brimelow’s compensation for that year was $148,303. Oh, the poverty!  After all, he’s accomplished so much with that type of money over the years that all the “large patrons” are scrambling to be the first to give “D’Nations” for more such accomplishments.

Der Movement can be showered with money and still fail because it is led by Quota Queen affirmative action incompetents with a long record of proven failure.

Oh, and I notice that “The Master of Disaster” is no retweeting Bernie Sanders.  Has he tired of Princess Tulsi Coconut and King Andy Eggroll?  Will the next endorsement be of Sir Bernie Redjew?

Thinly Disguised Yellow Supremacism

And other news.

Excellent Forney podcast.  Not only critiquing Der Movement but the Holy Oriental as well.

Do you think these “people” are the same as you?

Cooking up some new viruses, eh?

CHANG: And besides maybe live birds, what other kind of live animals might have been at this market?

SI: Oh, there is a photo being circulated since yesterday in Chinese social media, showing the catalog of one store at this market. And you can see from the catalog, they have almost 50 different kinds of species of wild animals being sold. And you can see the price as well. So it’s…

CHANG: Like what kind of wild animals?

SI: For example, hedgehogs and peacocks and wild rabbits and snakes, deer; crocodiles as well. Many of these wild animals, they’re not necessarily caught in the wild – right? – so they can be farmed animals. They’re just exotic food that’s not very commonly found.

CHANG: And why are wild animals so popular as a delicacy in China?

SI: Eating wild animal is considered a symbol of wealth because they are more rare and expensive. And wild animals is also considered more natural and, thus, nutritious, compared to farmed meat. It’s a belief in traditional Chinese medicine that it can boost the immune system, you know? Of course, some people eat wild animals just because they were driven by curiosity.

CHANG: (Laughter).

SI: It’s really difficult to change the mindset of, you know, eating wild animals is better than eating farmed animals. But it’s a common kind of mindset in many parts of China.

A thought experiment. Listen to the entire part of Forney podcast discussing China. Watch and read all of the above.  Consider all of those swarming, virtually identical, black-haired, black-eyed, sallow-skinned, flat-faced, broad-nosed Asians screaming at each other in Mandarin or Cantonese, in those food markets, with the screams and squawks and smells, with wild animals being slaughtered and eaten, animals being eaten alive, and ask yourself – do you honestly believe that those “people” think in the same manner as you or I?  Do you honestly believe that they think, that they view the world, in the same manner as any European – no matter how degenerate or debased you may think any of those Europeans may be?  Are they any less alien than are sub-Saharan Africans or Australian Aboriginals?

HBD is a monstrous lie. 

We can notice that the HBDers are always quick to emphasize differences among Europeans – their Hajnal obsession for example or their fetish for hunter-gatherers vs. farmers – but that they are real reticent about focusing on differences between Europeans as a whole and East Asians like the Chinese, except to tell us how the latter are so much higher-IQ and more k-selected than the former.  And the HBDers got so hysterical about the Schettino incident while completely ignoring a subsequent similar incident involving Koreans.

HBD is thinly disguised yellow supremacism.  Race realism is race treason.

And one must give Forney credit for speaking out against The Land of the Gods. Who else in Der Movement does so?  All the Alt Right Yellow Supremacists would rather accept full-scale White extinction rather than critique China or muss one black, lank Chinaman hair follicle.

Watch this – when animalistic wop criminal savagery comes face to face with New England Yankee civility.  Fiction, yes, but in some ways reflective of reality. The Reed-Johnson Act had a point, of course. The Medicists need to admit that.

Read or listen to this.  Greg Johnson: Trump is a sincere man of genuine greatness.

Zman:

One possible reason for this is that the avenues for gaining male status have been cut off by modernity. Richard Spencer cleverly played on this to attract an audience of young males on-line. His “Faustian man” stuff was an appeal to the natural desire of males to accomplish great things. Ironically, it was just an attention seeking act by someone with no accomplishments. 

“No accomplishments” – one of the prerequisites for “movement” “leadership.”

…we now live in an age in which genuine merit has no value…

A perfect description of Der Movement’s ethnic affirmative action program.  Genuine merit has no value.  Ancestry (and phenotype) is everything.

Here we go again.  The affirmative action cases need to realize that their heroine Princess Tulsi Coconut supports reparations as well.

Welfare Chauvinism?

Various issues.

Laugh at this.

“Welfare chauvinism” has been a particularly potent trend among far-right parties in recent years, combining xenophobic rhetoric with promises of lavish social safety nets. Such parties often claim, for instance, that too much immigration puts a strain on welfare resources and they promise more spending on “deserving native” voters if borders can be closed to “non-deserving” migrants. Our findings lead us to think that neurotic voters could end up being a key target for such tactics. Neurotics, after all, do seem to take social policy very personally.

That’s typical leftist pathologization of rightist dissent and nationalist-populist politics.

How about this – leftist politics is a real psychological pathology since it is objectively maladaptive from the standpoint of biological fitness, causing Whites to be demographically replaced by other peoples, destroying the genetic continuity of the ethny of the White leftist while increasing the fitness of genetically distant competitors. That’s suicidal masochism – let’s have some studies on that.

Let’s see – what is more biologically adaptive – to use your state’s resources to support the well-being, continuity, and reproduction of your own people, or to import genetic aliens and to use the resources to support them at your own expense?  The Left thinks that the former is ”neurotic” why the latter is perfectly normal and admirable.

And do you know who else uses “neuroticism” to pathologize opponents – HBDers like Dutton (e.g., re: “Vegan Gains” [*] – my own labelling of Dutton as “neurotic” is mocking him for his antics in that regard).

Isn’t it nice to have all these “Arctic Alliance” “cognitive elitists” living amongst us?

The subjects of the checks appear to be members of the public who were unlucky and got too close to the man, a 30-something local resident who went to Wuhan to visit relatives.

But, hey, a vast pandemic is a small price to pay so that “awkward squad” omega White males can get laid with Asiatic females who have the secondary sexual characteristics of prepubescent boys.

Not a lot of sexual dimorphism there, huh?

How to stay safe from the Wuhan Plague?  Quarantine China.  Repatriate all individuals of Chinese descent living outside China to China. Derbyshire weeps.

Criticizing the Alt Right diet from 15:47 to 17:30.  Pepe weeps.  Kek puts down the milk jug.

The short-sighted:

Greg Johnson
Posted January 23, 2020 at 5:23 am | Permalink
I think the internet has largely made printed pamphlets obsolete, and online censorship is not so severe that people cannot find our sites with a little effort.

Yeah…those printed pamphlets are obsolete up until the point that online censorship reaches the same point payment processing deplatforming is today.  Having a hard copy analog capability is simply sound contingency planning (something the Quota Queens are abysmal at) and, even today, demonstrates a real world presence that tells folks that the “Far Right” is not just a bunch of guys sniggering like Beavis-and-Butthead in podcasts.

*I do not support veganism nor “Vegan Gains” but that’s not the point.  The language used by ‘Vegan Gains” is just typical Millennial posturing.  If that’s “neuroticism” then the majority of your wonderful Alt Righters are neurotic as well. Also, no doubt, the fellow was (justifiably) triggered by Dutton’s typical HBDer behavior – obnoxious arrogance, absolute moral certitude while stating factually incorrect nonsense, insulting comments, and the pathologization of opposing opinions and ideas.

A Wuhan Polemic

Behold the Asiatic.

Read this.

The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, has banned the trade of live animals at food markets after one location was linked to the spread of the disease…Before its closure, the market was selling an array of unusual animals for food, including young wolves and civet cats, which experts believe could play a part in the spread of disease.

Read this.

Comment:

K
Posted January 21, 2020 at 4:17 am | Permalink
China is immensely deceptive and as another example of their deliberate disingenous behavior towards American whites. Site readers can watch the recent Ip Man 4 film which has every anti-white and nasty stereotype imaginable. The movie purposely demonizes whites that don’t want immigration as hateful bigots that oppressed the poor Chinese that have formed numerous ethnic blocks in America. It presents ICE as thoroughly corrupt in its deportations not done out of legitimate self interest, but mindless hate. One of the more ridiculous scenes shows the daughter of a rich Chinese immigrant tell a white girl that “America has always had immigrants. You’re not even real Americans. You stole it from the Indians, pale face.” Those of you who don’t know who Ip Man is: he was Bruce Lee’s teacher of wing chun and he is basically a national hero in China.
Chinese people only one face to whites and it is a deceit. They are incredibly adept at lying and almost nothing they do is done mindlessly especially large financing of hollywood films.

And yet the HBDers tell us that China is The Land of the Gods, that East Asians are high-IQ supermen who are our masters and betters; further, Whites are just like the East Asian -albeit an inferior version – so Yellow Masters and their subaltern White Little Brothers need to have a nice “Arctic Alliance” with lowly Whites engaged in “measured groveling” to the Holy Oriental.

I say no.

Any negrified Portuguese fado singer, listlessly watching the Atlantic waves lap the shore; any siesta-snoozing Spaniard, marginally whiter than the Latin Americans spawned via miscgenating dago lust; any two foot tall, dumb, criminal, afrowop Italian swarthoid, sliding around on skin grease and hair oil while evading the frantic foot stomping of Humphrey Ireland; any cheese-eating, arrogant French surrender monkey, lamenting the depletion of the national genepool from the Napoleonic wars; any Jeremy Thorpe-like English Oxford/Cambridge queer, sodomizing pillow-biting “bunnies;” any loudly obnoxious drunken Irish mick with the simian features of a Thomas Nast cartoon; any fanatical destructive Prusso-Kraut Hun, lurching from one extreme to another, wrecking Europe in the process; any blushing, men-sit-on-toilet-to-urinate, colored-loving Scandicucks as similar to a Viking warrior as Danny DeVito is to a Roman soldier; any unshaven, slant-eyed, vodka-swilling Russian; any shaven, slant-eyed, sober Finn; any German wanna-be Polish Slav, desperately looking at their Alpinid features in the mirror in the hopes of glimpsing a Nordic reflection; any Turko-Slav Greek, making the Iberian dagoes and Italian wops look gracile in comparison; any Balkan savages who combine the worst aspects of both Southern and Eastern Europeans in one chaotic stew; any anemic Balts, trying to convince themselves that their epicanthic folds are less than that of Finns and Russians – any of these people, ANY European, no matter how degenerate and debased, is infinitely more congenial to us than is ANY high-IQ diseased oriental.

We Europeans may squabble among ourselves, dislike each other, even hate each other, but at the base is a fundamental understanding that, regardless of how much we may despise each other at times, we are not bizarre, gray alien-looking Asiatics who spread pandemics from open air markers where live wolf cubs and civet cats are sold for food.

The great dividing line is not Arctics vs. others, Black vs. non-Black, high-IQ vs. low-IQ, or any other lie told to you by the HBDers.  It is the West against the Rest – where “West” here includes Eastern Europe, in essence, it is Europeans against the Rest.

Ourselves Alone.

Never forget:

HBD IS A MONSTROUS LIE

NatAll Follies

The usual from Der Movement.

Yes, don’t get sick.  How about National Alliance stickers urging Whites to get vaccinated against preventable diseases?  Or will we hear more from Strom about how “Big Pharma” is injecting us with stuff to cause autism?

The hyper-Nordicist, sweat-drenched fetishist, and plagiarist Andrew Hamilton (also see here)  is at it again. There is of course a number of things to criticize Napoleon about (e.g., Jewish emancipation, a weak understanding of race, etc.), but we know the real reasons for “movement” anti-Napoleonism – he was a Corsican of (North) Italian ancestry who was an opponent of German nationalist aspirations. 

Napoleon has historically been considered a great man of history, even by those (e.g., Hitler) who had reasons to view Bonaparte as a destructive force. Nietzsche was an admirer of Napoleon, although he criticized Bonaparte’s later corruption and consequent downfall (Perhaps Napoleon and the Roman Empire – also admired by Nietzsche while being despised by the “movement” [for similar reasons] – had an overall trajectory in common. It does seem that way). Reasonable people should have a balanced view of Napoleon; the Nordicist animus toward Bonaparte (and Hamilton is not alone  here, although of course Kemp tells us Napoleon himself was “Nordic”) is as comically buffoonish as the System’s knee jerk hostility toward Der Movement’s real God Emperor – Adolf Hitler.

The “Pan-European” Emperor

Pan-European – horror!  You’ll say the scare quotes were all about Napoleon being a racial universalist rather than truly pan-European. However, Hamilton’s true opinion of pan-Europeanism is suggested by:

White subracial biological-linguistic-cultural amalgamation suggested by the emperor’s words (the dubious strategy subsequently implemented without deliberation by America in the early 20th century)

Dubious strategy. Note that well. The assimilation of different European types into White America is implicitly opposed by the National Alliance, since they are giving a forum to Andrew Hamilton in this regard. That’s a truth you can’t avoid, Strom. So, tell us Kevin – given the hardcore Nordicism that is at the core of the National Alliance, and certainly was the foundation of Pierce’s worldview, and that is implicitly endorsed by the current incarnation of the National Alliance, why should any so-called “White ethnics” support you and your organization? That’s not merely a rhetorical question. That’s something you should be asking yourself.  After all, no one is forcing you to give Hamilton a forum. That’s your choice.

By the way, all of the above is not an endorsement of European panmixia, or a suggestion that pan-Europeanism should and would lead to such a panmixia.  However, hostility toward Euro-assimilation in America (and what to do then with all those peoples?) can reasonably be seen as reflecting an attitude hostile to pan-Europeanism and hostile to cooperation among all European peoples.

It is because of the likes of Hamilton that the conditions existed to enable Hermansson’s infiltration. It is because of the likes of Hamilton that the “movement’s” ethnic affirmative action program exists, with all the damage that has done to the fortunes of the Far Right. It is because of the likes of Hamilton that a significant fraction of the Euro-American population are suspicious of, and eschew, White nationalism and the Far Right in general.  

Did Ernst Rohm help crush the degeneracy?  Didn’t he once say that a Weimar-era bathhouse featuring male Negro prostitutes was the “epitome of all human happiness,” or words to that effect?  Yes, yes, he was killed – but for political reasons, not because of his homosexuality. Yes, yes, the Nazis “cracked down on homosexuality,” after years of openly tolerating it.

One wonders.  See this as well.  Of course, other Hitler biographers deny the Gay Fuhrer idea – which may be on the same order of System fantasy as “Log Cabin Republican Honest Abe” and Joshua Speed – but, still, all the chest-beating by Der Movement about Nazi anti-degeneracy seems to suggest that they “dost protest too much.”

On another note…but, but, but, he’s a sincere man of genuine greatness, right Greg?

Genes and Health in Der News

In all cases, emphasis added.

But, but, but….I thought we were all exactly the same:

The inclusion of diverse ancestries in the present meta-analyses allowed us to identify two loci that would have been missed in meta-analyses of European-ancestry individuals alone. In particular, the lead variant (rs141588480) in the SNTA1 locus is only polymorphic in African and Hispanic ancestries, and the lead variant (rs190748049) in the CNTNAP2 locus is four times more frequent in African-ancestry than in European-ancestry. Our findings highlight the importance of multi-ancestry investigations of gene-lifestyle interactions to identify novel loci.

Comparing admixed Latin Americans to the Finnish population isolate: 

Most population isolates examined to date were founded from a single ancestral population. Consequently, there is limited knowledge about the demographic history of admixed population isolates. Here we investigate genomic diversity of recently admixed population isolates from Costa Rica and Colombia and compare their diversity to a benchmark population isolate, the Finnish. These Latin American isolates originated during the 16th century from admixture between a few hundred European males and Amerindian females, with a limited contribution from African founders. We examine whole-genome sequence data from 449 individuals, ascertained as families to build mutigenerational pedigrees, with a mean sequencing depth of coverage of approximately 36×. We find that Latin American isolates have increased genetic diversity relative to the Finnish. However, there is an increase in the amount of identity by descent (IBD) segments in the Latin American isolates relative to the Finnish. The increase in IBD segments is likely a consequence of a very recent and severe population bottleneck during the founding of the admixed population isolates. Furthermore, the proportion of the genome that falls within a long run of homozygosity (ROH) in Costa Rican and Colombian individuals is significantly greater than that in the Finnish, suggesting more recent consanguinity in the Latin American isolates relative to that seen in the Finnish. Lastly, we find that recent consanguinity increased the number of deleterious variants found in the homozygous state, which is relevant if deleterious variants are recessive. Our study suggests that there is no single genetic signature of a population isolate.

Alon Ziv weeps.  In this case, the more admixed populations, with their bottlenecks and consanguinity, have significant stretches of homozygosity and more deleterious alleles than the more isolated Finns.  So, “increased genetic diversity” does not necessarily equate to fewer deleterious alleles.  And all of this doesn’t even consider outbreeding depression from breaking up coadapted gene complexes.

Alcohol consumption, SNPs, and ancestry:

Alcohol consumption is a complex trait determined by both genetic and environmental factors, and is correlated with the risk of alcohol use disorders. Although a small number of genetic loci have been reported to be associated with variation in alcohol consumption, genetic factors are estimated to explain about half of the variance in alcohol consumption, suggesting that additional loci remain to be discovered. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of alcohol consumption in the large Genetic Epidemiology Research in Adult Health and Aging (GERA) cohort, in four race/ethnicity groups: non-Hispanic whites, Hispanic/Latinos, East Asians and African Americans. We examined two statistically independent phenotypes reflecting subjects’ alcohol consumption during the past year, based on self-reported information: any alcohol intake (drinker/non-drinker status) and the regular quantity of drinks consumed per week (drinks/week) among drinkers. We assessed these two alcohol consumption phenotypes in each race/ethnicity group, and in a combined trans-ethnic meta-analysis comprising a total of 86 627 individuals. We observed the strongest association between the previously reported single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs671 in ALDH2 and alcohol drinker status (odd ratio (OR)=0.40, P=2.28 × 10-72) in East Asians, and also an effect on drinks/week (beta=-0.17, P=5.42 × 10-4) in the same group. We also observed a genome-wide significant association in non-Hispanic whites between the previously reported SNP rs1229984 in ADH1B and both alcohol consumption phenotypes (OR=0.79, P=2.47 × 10-20 for drinker status and beta=-0.19, P=1.91 × 10-35 for drinks/week), which replicated in Hispanic/Latinos (OR=0.72, P=4.35 × 10-7 and beta=-0.21, P=2.58 × 10-6, respectively). Although prior studies reported effects of ADH1B and ALDH2 on lifetime measures, such as risk of alcohol dependence, our study adds further evidence of the effect of the same genes on a cross-sectional measure of average drinking. Our trans-ethnic meta-analysis confirmed recent findings implicating the KLB and GCKR loci in alcohol consumption, with strongest associations observed for rs7686419 (beta=-0.04, P=3.41 × 10-10 for drinks/week and OR=0.96, P=4.08 × 10-5 for drinker status), and rs4665985 (beta=0.04, P=2.26 × 10-8 for drinks/week and OR=1.04, P=5 × 10-4 for drinker status), respectively. Finally, we also obtained confirmatory results extending previous findings implicating AUTS2, SGOL1 and SERPINC1 genes in alcohol consumption traits in non-Hispanic whites.

Jews and Europeans have, apparently, been enemies from the very beginning.

As members of Der Movement agonize over those dastardly “Big Pharma products” violating our precious bodily fluids via injection (the horrors of vaccination!  Louis Pasteur the cryptic Jew!  Jew doctors!), the real threat to White health is that that the average White has a BMI rivalling that of a black hole singularity. That is why diseases like Type 2 Diabetes are increasing in frequency, including among the young. But, hey, those needles are real scary and all.  Big Pharma!  Big Pharma!  Pass another Big Mac, please.

The U-Shaped Life Curve

Harsh reality.

Gee…I wonder why that is

…the most recent figures suggest that being black or Hispanic is nowadays associated with greater happiness.

When you are in the ascendant, when you see a bright racial future for your kind, when you are ever more victorious, of course you’ll be happy.  Whites are becoming like Native Americans – a defeated and despondent people.

Here’s the secret to the U-shaped life curve. Young people are happy because they are young – they have their whole lives ahead of them; they see unlimited opportunities; they are at the peak of health, vigor, and physical attractiveness.  Old people are happy because of delusion. The fear of impeding death causes them to over-compensate and engage in hysterical denial over the harsh reality of their decrepitude, as they desperately try to convince themselves that they are “happy.” Some are too feeble-minded to realize how terrible their life is, and was. Others may simply have become resigned to their fate, and come to terms with how empty and meaningless their existence has been, and still is. They all desperately try and grasp onto every moment of remaining life in denial of the inevitable fate that awaits them…awaits us all.  It is a form of demented hysteria born out of the sheer terror of death. Folks in their 50s, on the other hand, realize all they have lost and are losing and they harbor no delusions.  They are not yet suffering from the delusions of death-fear or of neurodegenerative dementia. They are immersed in the unrelenting bleakness of their utter despair; middle age is the sweet spot for enlightened misery. They’ve lost the best years of their life, they’ve often been cheated out of their life, had their lives essentially stolen from them, they’ve seen all their dreams and hopes destroyed, and they are living pathetic inauthentic existences merely and solely in order to make ends meet and to fulfill the expectations of others. They are miserable simply because they see harsh reality without blinders.  They may become particularly frustrated when they realize that while they do have some useful time left, circumstances prevent them from doing what they want to do with that time. They hate their lives and for good reason. Thus, sandwiched between youthful exuberance and elderly delusion is a period of soul-searing clarity.  Enjoy.