Escape From 'The New Normal'?

tom

Sparrow
Oof, nicely put.
If I'd decide to enroll in a a language program in order to obtain a student visa in Vietnam, what kind of nationalties would my classmates typically be? Wealthy expats just wanting to learn the language (for business or to make life easier) or people from even poorer countries?
How long did it take in all?
 
If this is worth anything this is by-county vaxx rates in the US. It probably matches mask-wearing and shows where there's higher brainwash.
Some of this is affected by how active county is but I think it should show general state of minds too.
Most current interactive map:

Another map is from a little earlier, it has better coloring/easier to see where the brainwash is the highest:

Interesting, there're pockets of huge vaxx rates in very conservative Western states: Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho.
Some of it is probably Californians and some Fox-watching run off the mill republicans.

Native American reservations also often have very high rates.
Vaxxing increases towards the Canada border then drops going Southeast (Southern states) and increases again right by Mexico border or if going Southwest.
I'm a little surprised by relatively high Iowa and Kansas vaxx rates.
Eastern Kentucky is on the more vaxxed side..I guess this explains total mask compliance that surprised me there/traditionally very conservative area, I guess they believe in the hoax.

Now that it's coming out that the vaxced transmit something, there's another reason to take vax rates into account.
 

Grow Bag

Kingfisher
I had always been religious about working out in a gym despite the fact I do a lot of floor and body weight exercises. Was not able to visit the gym all last year (first COVID then illness) and started to just work out at home. My gear:

2 pullup bars (for wider grip)
pushup handles
rubber bands
rolling wheel for abs

I have to say I am amazed as to how effective of a workout I am able to get from just that. Admittedly I have moved less so my fat % is a bit higher than it was last year but by all intents and purposes I'm still in great shape and people tell me so.

Honestly I don't think I'll ever go back to a gym. If I move out to the countryside later this year (once I get my Starlink dish) I'll build my own gym for sure. You don't really need much in order to put in an effective workout.
For years I was religious about going to the gym, but stopped quite a few years ago because the gyms were unhygienic and to save money. I have bands, pull up bar and a corner on the stairs that I can do dips on. When I want to do weighted curls I use buckets of water. The only thing I really miss is weights for heavy squats.
 
By the way, I find it amusing that armies of refugees from Latin America are storming US borders trying to get in, for just a hope at a chance of getting that coveted citizenship, at least for their children if not themselves - while others are wanting to escape the US.
If anyone from Eastern Europe hears that I want to leave the US they usually think I had officially gone certifiable bonkers.
Lol good observation. Those seeking the spiritual life want to leave the rich material world, those seeking the material life want to enter. Interesting contradiction.
 

aynrus

Pelican
Lol good observation. Those seeking the spiritual life want to leave the rich material world, those seeking the material life want to enter. Interesting contradiction.
I don't think those immigrants are necessarily seeking material life. There're 300+ lynchings a year in Guatemala and cartel-based warzones in Mexico... Sometimes they're seeking safer future, simply. One can live very spiritual life in the US, don't think there's a division on more and less spiritual countries in the world. Greed is pretty intense everywhere, it's just some countries are poorer, but people are no less greedy than in the US. It's easier to be spiritual and all with full pockets, usually. Most who were leaving the US until 2020 were leaving to spend dollars in cheaper destinations.
 
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mr2

Pigeon
I had always been religious about working out in a gym despite the fact I do a lot of floor and body weight exercises. Was not able to visit the gym all last year (first COVID then illness) and started to just work out at home. My gear:

2 pullup bars (for wider grip)
pushup handles
rubber bands
rolling wheel for abs

I have to say I am amazed as to how effective of a workout I am able to get from just that. Admittedly I have moved less so my fat % is a bit higher than it was last year but by all intents and purposes I'm still in great shape and people tell me so.

Honestly I don't think I'll ever go back to a gym. If I move out to the countryside later this year (once I get my Starlink dish) I'll build my own gym for sure. You don't really need much in order to put in an effective workout.
Exactly. Once you know what you're doing, you can improvise with very little equipment. I still like the gym better -- less setup time with the bands, heavier things than I have at home, a pretty girl or two around.
 

Watchman72

Sparrow
It means the country is culturally immigration friendly, which asia of course is not. It is called being tolerated. Also the different levels of permanent residency grant you different rights.
Vietnam will always need expat teachers, because schools and parents strongly believe that Vietnamese/Asian teachers are not qualified to teach English, because they are unable to nail the pronunciation of English words.
I must say that this is true for most Vietnamese people, including my teaching assistants.
Expats teachers will have to be "tolerated" pretty much forever for this reason.
That's good enough for me.
I hear this time and time over from the Nam lovers ;) just want to make up the illusion of being welcomed in asia by being mesmerized by the nice local ladies ;)
LOL...
I don't find Asian women particularly attractive.
They make excellent wives and mothers, but I can't be bothered anymore.
I'm in my late forties and have been single for 20 years.
Since the covid hoax hit the planet I pretty much gave up on the idea of marriage anyway.

Even if I wanted to date Vietnamese ladies, there is no way for me to meet them.
I'm a deeply introverted person, working 7 days per week, doing a job that is suitable for extroverts.
Human interaction drains my energy, and I get more of it in the workplace than I can handle.
If I try hard, I might be able to find time to go out after work and have some kind of social life.
However, the main problem is energy.
I lack the energy to deal with people after work.
When I'm done working I need all the alone time I can get in order to keep my sanity.
How is someone in this situation supposed to meet women?
I will probably stay single forever.
 
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Watchman72

Sparrow
Oof, nicely put.
If I'd decide to enroll in a a language program in order to obtain a student visa in Vietnam, what kind of nationalties would my classmates typically be? Wealthy expats just wanting to learn the language (for business or to make life easier) or people from even poorer countries?
You will meet all kinds of people of all ages from all over the world.
Mainly people from the US, from Europe and from oher Asian countries.
I've got no clue about their motivations or their social/economic status, because I kept to myself and never bothered asking.
 
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Vietnam will always need expat teachers, because schools and parents strongly believe that Vietnamese/Asian teachers are not qualified to teach English, because they are unable to nail the pronunciation of English words.
I must say that this is true for most Vietnamese people, including my teaching assistants.
Expats teachers will have to be "tolerated" pretty much forever for this reason.
That's good enough for me.

LOL...
I don't find Asian women particularly attractive.
They make excellent wives and mothers, but I can't be bothered anymore.
I'm in my late forties and have been single for 20 years.
Since the covid hoax hit the planet I pretty much gave up on the idea of marriage anyway.

Even if I wanted to date Vietnamese ladies, there is no way for me to meet them.
I'm a deeply introverted person, working 7 days per week, doing a job that is suitable for extroverts.
Human interaction drains my energy, and I get more of it in the workplace than I can handle.
If I try hard, I might be able to find time to go out after work and have some kind of social life.
However, the main problem is energy.
I lack the energy to deal with people after work.
When I'm done working I need all the alone time I can get in order to keep my sanity.
How is someone in this situation supposed to meet women?
I will probably stay single forever.
yea, I know these arguments as well. I spent quite some time in Nam.
They have this weird (and rather stupid) thinking that having some kind of "native" accent is a quality criteria.
It is completely absurd as 5years + you do not automatically copy accents but you would need rather and specialised training which is rare there.
Nevertheless, after the breakup of the Us, Nams stockholm syndrome will be broken and they will be under Chinas thumb completely.

Just hop on Tinder. It is super easy to meet Vietnamese women there as western. Or try to get some introduction to some nice single female friends.
 

SamCru

Chicken
There is no escape. I'm in a rural area of a basically third world country locked up in a Covid quarantine facility (it's kind of like prison in the sense that I can't leave and am constantly monitored with cameras). Also, the gov't has legalized abortion and will probably legalize a bunch of other satanic stuff too. I am almost as far away from globohomo command central as you can get, and I'm facing worse stuff in certain ways than people in Western countries are. There is no escape. Pray to God that He guide you and your family through the times ahead and accept you into His kingdom if you don't make it.

Lord Jesus Christ son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

That prayer is a good place to start.
 
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There is no escape. I'm in a rural area of a basically third world country locked up in a Covid quarantine facility (it's kind of like prison in the sense that I can't leave and am constantly monitored with cameras). Also, the gov't has legalized abortion and will probably legalize a bunch of other satanic stuff too. I am almost as far away from globohomo command central as you can get, and I'm facing worse stuff in certain ways than people in Western countries are. There is no escape. Pray to God that He guide you and your family through the times ahead and accept you into His kingdom if you don't make it.

Lord Jesus Christ son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

That prayer is a good place to start.
what country is it?
sorry to hear that. i hope you get out of gulag soon.
 

Watchman72

Sparrow
Just hop on Tinder. It is super easy to meet Vietnamese women there as western. Or try to get some introduction to some nice single female friends.
I know.
I use dating sites to test my sexual market value.
Just for fun, and to satisfy my curiosity.
I get matches with plenty of decent looking women in their twenties and it's kind of flattering.
However, I've got no desire to date anyone, and I'm not interested in premarital sex either.

Most women here will run to the vaccination centres once the covid jab is available, so the idea of marrying a Viet lady went out of the window a few months ago.
Maybe I will change my mind when (if?) the covid hoax blows over, but I'm very sceptical about that at the moment.
 

Stadtaffe

Woodpecker
Gold Member
Think about getting some rubber exercise bands. I bought some that come with handles and a piece that you slip under, over or the side of a door. That let's you have different angles. I also filled up some bags with sand. Between those and other creative pieces (dips between 2 chairs), pullups, I kept about 75% strength for a couple of months.

Then I found a gym that was open -- under the radar and am now back to 90% or better. I'm not sure where you are. In the USA, I think there are probably places like this in ever city - especially if you're willing to pay a bit more.
That is cool re a gym that is open under the radar, and I also became aware that personal training sessions one at a time were happening where I was (central Europe). I don't want to let this happen again. The streetlife closure is an attack on your interactions and sanity but the gym closures are an attack on your physical wellbeing and manliness.

Don't think I can get into rubber bands. The physics of it is different to weights, an increasing force rather than a constant force. I like this talk of buckets of water though.

Anyway am still enjoying the gyms where I am will go as often as possible while it lasts. It was packed just then, really packed, no masks, had to do inclined leg press while waiting for three people using the olympic bars for deadlifts and squats to finish. Lots of teenagers, male and female.
Honestly I don't think I'll ever go back to a gym. If I move out to the countryside later this year (once I get my Starlink dish) I'll build my own gym for sure. You don't really need much in order to put in an effective workout.
I also realised shortly after writing that it is not that much that I would need if it comes to that. About five pieces of equipment. I have never had more than a bar for bicep curls at home though and am in a minimalist phase right now so it will be desperate measures if it comes to that.

Exactly. Once you know what you're doing, you can improvise with very little equipment. I still like the gym better -- less setup time with the bands, heavier things than I have at home, a pretty girl or two around.
Thankyou. A pretty girl or two around, also sometimes quite strong ones. The other important function of a real gym is lost in the loneliness of a home gym - looking at how much everyone else is lifting! Turning heads sometimes when you pile on the plates. The vibrations in the floor when someone puts down their 150kg deadlift. The sound of metal hitting together.

Anyhow, won't ramble too much in the wrong thread but I have been caught out by the new normal both in travel and in the gym. When first caught out with border closures mid 2020, I just meekly complied. Many months later, I look for every loophole then brazenly execute the most likely thing to work. Then, this year with gym closures, first time, caught unawares but if we lose muscle because of this, then they win.
 

aynrus

Pelican
I've been sitting in various rural properties in Southern Midwest and South....it confirmed I don't need further interactions with humanity, except few services like grocery store once in a couple of weeks. Need to fix this by growing most food, but some stuff like fresh tangerines year-round will be a hard one.
Heard coyotes howling out of the woods once the sun was down, right by the cabin.. the tone of their voices told me it must be full moon tonight....and sure enough it was full moon.. I think I'm ready to go off the grid for good...
Person isn't ever alone in this world, there's God, I don't even know what it's like to feel alone.
 
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aynrus

Pelican
Speaking about LatAm... horrible qurantine detention camps, with no sanitation, are run in certain province of Argentina, this info is only from a month ago, they run 188 camps:


They had put 24K people through these camps total already. Anyone who enters the province or tests positive goes into the camp.

I don't see "human rights activists" screaming about it on all corners, why? Where is Amnesty International?
Human Rights Watch tried to draw attention to this, but this had not been seen anywhere in the lying media.

There's another article from several months ago about violent measures to enforce lockdowns in Argentina (people thrown in jail/die there, violent beatings of those who left homes by cops in the street, shooting at them with live ammunition)

I guess Argentina is off the list.
 
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aynrus

Pelican
Article about completely crazy stuff that went down in Colombia during first half of 2020....this is just :eek:

Various cartel armed groups established their own "lockdowns" and "quarantines" all over the place.
They were just killing people for being out and about (Gavin Newsom suddenly starting to look good).
Killing those who spoke against quarantines or refused to participate in checkpoints to keep the outsiders out.
Starving people, literally, by cutting off supplies, prohibiting to fish and sell their catch.
Basically ,global coup repeated on a local scale/taking over the population in more violent way and without dancing around.
The stuff that goes down in 3rd world countries can get a lot uglier than in the first world where one still has some leftover resemblance of "rights", when things hit the fan.
 

JNick

Chicken
Article about completely crazy stuff that went down in Colombia during first half of 2020....this is just :eek:

Various cartel armed groups established their own "lockdowns" and "quarantines" all over the place.
They were just killing people for being out and about (Gavin Newsom suddenly starting to look good).
Killing those who spoke against quarantines or refused to participate in checkpoints to keep the outsiders out.
Starving people, literally, by cutting off supplies, prohibiting to fish and sell their catch.
Basically ,global coup repeated on a local scale/taking over the population in more violent way and without dancing around.
The stuff that goes down in 3rd world countries can get a lot uglier than in the first world where one still has some leftover resemblance of "rights", when things hit the fan.
Saving lives by killing them.
 

SamCru

Chicken
Speaking about LatAm... horrible qurantine detention camps, with no sanitation, are run in certain province of Argentina, this info is only from a month ago, they run 188 camps:


They had put 24K people through these camps total already. Anyone who enters the province or tests positive goes into the camp.

I don't see "human rights activists" screaming about it on all corners, why? Where is Amnesty International?
Human Rights Watch tried to draw attention to this, but this had not been seen anywhere in the lying media.

There's another article from several months ago about violent measures to enforce lockdowns in Argentina (people thrown in jail/die there, violent beatings of those who left homes by cops in the street, shooting at them with live ammunition)

I guess Argentina is off the list.
I'm currently in a camp like this but not in Argentina. The country I'm in is a little nicer about it, but it's still not a good situation. I am separated from my family, and my total quarantine time will be about 3 weeks despite having no symptoms. Also, my business has been temporarily closed by the gov't, so I will have no business when I get out of here. I called a human rights lawyer in this country and left a message about my situation. That was about one week ago. He hasn't returned my call, and I don't expect him to at this point. So much for human rights! I think "Human Rights" was never actually about human rights. It was just a tool in Satan's toolkit.
 
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