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The Hunger Masks

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“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

I don’t know how many of our readers are aware of a famous and very successful series of books and movies from the last decade called The Hunger Games.

They’re SF stories set in a dystopian future where glittering technology exists in a feudal society. In fact that technology enables it. For the purposes of this post the following is a key plotline:

[The Hunger Games] universe is a dystopia set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games.

Capitol citizens are extremely wealthy and life moves very slowly until the Games,… Many Capitol residents are extremely shallow, always looking for ways to be noticed. An outrageous sense of style and fashion are very important to the citizens of the Capitol… Capitol citizens are noted to have quite high ranking and integral roles and occupations for Panem as a whole…

You get the picture.

While not quite as gaudy as those characters, the following is a great example of how the same attitudes are rampant among our rulers nowadays, as San Francisco Mayor London Breed, had fun the other day in a San Francisco nightclub. I guess she’s read some of these counter-narrative articles on masks.

What she’s actually doing in that video is announcing the new law that you do not have to wear a mask if:

  1.  You are “having a good time,”
  2. “Feeling the spirit,”
  3. Watching the reunion of a band you like.

BTW, she insists that the reunion of the jazz band, Tony Toni Tone, is the story here, and not her defying her own mask mandate. I especially loved this quote:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she said during an interview, contending she was drinking at the time and started dancing because she was “feeling the spirit” and “wasn’t thinking about a mask,” according to reports.

The irony in that statement is so fucking thick you could cut it with a knife.

Perhaps SF citizens should keep that in mind if an actual cop (very much not “fun”) or some other asshole hassles them about wearing a mask. Maybe print out her interview answers on a card to show cops that the law has been repealed by the mayor herself.

This is nothing new of course, for in the past year the following has occurred:

California Governor Newsom at a lovely dinner with other unmasked rich people at one of the world’s most expensive restaurants, the French Laundry. The staff are masked of course, per order of the Governor.

Barack Obama’s 60th birthday unmasked bash with his celebrity friends at their home in Martha’s Vineyard. The servants wore masks.

Obama’s Party

Nancy Pelosi’s fundraiser in the expensive vine yards of California. The servants wore masks.

And of course, the Met Ball a few days ago.

These people either don’t believe their own bullshit about masks (and other things) or they’re glorying in applying those rules to little people who can’t fight back, at least not without ending up in jail.

Or perhaps what we Untermenchen should take from all these events is that they’re just deliberately rubbing our noses in this shit. That the whole point is to make it clear who the boss is: that the rules apply to us, not them, and they want us to know it.

We are ruled by terrible, unkind, incompetent, uncaring people. I’m tempted to say that they are evil people, not out of deliberation but shallow callousness.

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  1. The Great Gatsby quote in the lede is a good analogy. Also Gavin McInnes talks about “the woke locusts” who elbow their way into profitable companies, start making demands, cancel other employees (usually straight white males), cause serious damage to the company, then get sacked or move on to the next victim. The good news is that companies will adapt and develop resistance to their tactics as in the old saying: “a ploy discovered is no longer a ploy”. Can’t happen soon enough in my opinion.


    September 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    • Well spotted “fredonas”. Yes, The Hunger Games don’t have any dialog like that naturally enough, but it makes much the same point about such wealthy people and more so about the politics of this new class.

      Woke billionaires is one good description I’ve seen.

      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    • “trust fund babies LARPing as commie (Antifa) revolutionaries”

      In 2020 there was some wanker here who was simultaneously a software giant living the good life between Seattle and Arizona – while also being a huge supporter of Antifa.


      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    • In the US, “trust fund babies LARPing as commie (antifa) revolutionaries” is a common meme. I think it’s fair to say that across the board, lax parenting and schooling has produced two generations of spoilt brats who have never heard the word “no” in their lives and society is seeing the negative results of this being played out.


      September 21, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    • Yes, “talk left, act right” is definitely a thing. Half their luck 🙂


      September 21, 2021 at 10:32 pm

  2. So much for the modern day socialist.

    Fifty years ago the people serving the guests were staff or waiters and waitresses. Now the poor bastards are ‘servants’!

    Won’t be long before the Democrats reintroduce slavery.


    September 21, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    • Won’t be long before the Democrats reintroduce slavery.

      What do you think the masked servants were all about?

      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 6:59 pm

  3. Here is another over indulged parasite.

    Shaw had earlier in the day indicated that he would be waiting to secure a space like everyone else.

    On his way into the House he confirmed that he and a team of nine diplomats would get space in hotly-contested managed isolation rooms through a “national interest” test

    Let me correct that last statement

    “On his way into the House he confirmed that he and a team of nine diplomats would get space in hotly-contested managed isolation rooms through a “national Self interest” test “

    While we serfs are imprisoned in our homes while our Government totally fucks this country the worthless grifter is off on a luxury junket to the other side of the world


    September 21, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    • It’s immoral to be a rich.

      It’s good to be rich.

      Pick one.

      Or if you’re a Green, pick both.

      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    • So you’ve been shown your place in the eyes of these unproductive canker sores. What are you going to do about it?


      September 21, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    • Ah, the eternal Democratic problem.


      I mean, let’s face it. Vote for the Wayne Mapp’s of the world as an alternative? Though at least one can say that he probably is following all the rules.

      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    • Frankly I’ve reached the stage where I think that all I can do is just keep piling up money in a desperate attempt to escape Lefty assholes like Newsom, Pelosi, Breed and the rest of their ilk around the world.

      Tom Hunter

      September 21, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    • Andrei … you’re losing your touch in going easy on Shaw. It is not just 9 diplomats. Shaw said there may be more in the extended delegation including o’seas based officials. My understanding is that the delegation includes an ‘events/party’ organiser.

      Consider this … when Minister O’Connor went o’seas in July to negotiate FTAs with the UK and the EU post Brexit he took with him just MFAT’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Negotiator for the NZ-EU FTA. He was joined in the UK by our Dublin based Chief Negotiator for the NZ-UK FTA.

      More virtue signalling. One wonders what grand announcement will accompany the delegation’s departure … perhaps Ardern caving into the Green’s policy of culling every fourth cow????? Whatever, clearly a climate change conference catering tor the world’s Greta Ts and arguably of only indirect benefit to NZL gets the champagne treatment while FTAs designed to enhance our economic prosperity and well-being gets warm beer.

      The Veteran

      September 22, 2021 at 3:55 pm

  4. In the case of the Obama party, it was perfectly reasonable for the attendees to not have to mask up, as they were “sophisticated people” That’s what the New Your Times, the paper or record told me.

    Spare a thought for John climate change Kerry please, he couldn’t land his jet directly at Martha’s Vineyard, he had to suffer the indignation of landing at Nantucket Airport and getting into a waiting helicopter to take him to the party.

    Porky Roebuck

    September 22, 2021 at 9:26 am

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