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Introduction to Modestianity: A New Religion for Uncertain Times

Greetings. My name is Lyle Setzer. I am an elder within the Church of Modestianity, and today I will be your guide as we explore one of the fastest growing religions in the United States.

You may be asking yourself, what is Modestianity? How did it start? What does it stand for? Let me answer those questions for you, and so much more.

Our religion sprang forth from the mind of our leader, the Prescient One, late in the year 2025. Afflicted by a stark vision of how the growing surveillance state would slowly but surely encroach upon every aspect of human life, the Prescient One created Modestianity as a safe zone, a shield—and also as a symbol of resistance pushing back against the inexorable tide.

At first, our leader was simply an unknown man trying to be heard within the din of a million other voices. But his message resonated immediately with the alienated people he spoke to on the streets. And so his code of dignified comportment in the face of the looming techno-punitive future began to spread nationwide.

People who found themselves slaves to their gadgets and exhausted by the endless treadmill of news and social media, were ready for a refreshing new way forward. The Prescient One’s initial ideas gave them that ray of hope, but such a powerful new philosophy could not be fully developed alone.

Thus in 2026, the Church of Modestianity officially put down roots when it moved into the abandoned Mall of America. Our members diligently and lovingly refurbished this massive complex, which had sadly fallen victim to neglect and vandalism, and christened it the Mall of Absolution.

And it is here, over the past two-and-a-half years, that our religion has blossomed just as surely as our members have flourished. How can we account for such sudden growth and popularity? The answer is simple.

Unlike many religious sects which spring up, our community does not revolve around one figure. While the Prescient One is our spiritual guide, it has always been his belief that the reactionary ideas which constitute Modestianity’s roots, are not enough to sustain us as we face a changing future.

From day one, Modestianity has encouraged all of its members, no matter their rank, to offer up questions and challenges so that we might forge a comprehensive body of knowledge, one that is stout but can also adapt to uncertain times.

Through rigorous and spirited philosophical discussions, what we call mapmaking sessions, Modestians participate directly in the work of sculpting our religion into the force that offers both comfort and fulfillment.

But of course, Modestianity involves so much more than mere words. Farming on the rooftop gardens reinvigorates hands that, so used to swiping across plastic screens, now reconnect with nature. Our performing arts lift the soul, as bodies once slumped in chairs now soar, liberated from both drudgery and shame.

As you can see, what started out as shelter from the storm, has helped many thousands of Americans and international pilgrims unleash their great human potential. Creativity, strength, and pride all stand firmly on our core principles of humility, modesty, and forthrightness.

A contradiction, perhaps? No! Just one of the many mysteries about our world, where choosing to take life seriously often leads to the most joyful experiences and moments of abandon.

Thank you for watching this introductory presentation on the Church of Modestianity. We hope you’ll come visit us at the Mall of Absolution here in Minnesota, so that you may experience all that our religion has to offer.

This is Elder Setzer wishing you a modest day, and on behalf of the Prescient One, I say Mod bless you.

To learn more about your future world, download a free copy of Reparations USA, book one of Philip Wyeth’s dystopian series set in 2028. See links below:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/741651
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reparations-usa/id1270546107
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reparations-usa-philip-wyeth/1126963763

Video can also be watched on the following platforms:
Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/QhIRRtNJrpQC/
Minds: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/834935349836623872
Steemit: https://steemit.com/religion/@philipwyeth/yxhgzqu4
Gab: https://gab.ai/tv/watch/12639

Video was originally uploaded on April 22, 2018.

New Novel: Reparations Mind

This is the sequel to my first novel, “Reparations USA.”

Election Season, 2028. The War for Dignity has begun. The government is reeling after hackers took control of the massive database used by the Historical Reparations Administration. As panicked techno-refugees flood its gates, the rising Church of Modestianity offers sanctuary from the surveillance state. Facing an uncertain future, the cast of “Reparations USA” returns to discover that often the greatest doubts come from within.

From the corridors of power to inner city pain… From schoolyard lessons to the trappings of fame… “Reparations Mind” is the darkly comical journey into a world where virtue signaling has become the religion of an entire generation. Buckle up and prepare to dive in, because Philip Wyeth’s irreverent satire has belly laughs… touching moments… and even a prescient vision for the future!

You can purchase the book on Amazon (e-book or paperback) and Smashwords.

***And for a limited time, e-book of “Reparations USA” is available free on Smashwords.***

I Lost 40 Pounds Without Exercising – Part One: Exploring the Process

In June of 2016 I weighed 245 pounds. By March of 2017 I was down to 205 pounds. Since then I have not only maintained that weight but recently dropped to slightly below 200 pounds. I’m six feet tall, male, age 38.

And I lost the 40 pounds without frantically running, pumping iron, or any other formal exercise routine. Besides taking normal walks a couple times a week, the only outward change to my lifestyle was switching my work station to a stand-up desk.

The real difference maker was the series of small tweaks to what I ate and then sticking to the process over that initial eight-month period until I’d reached my goal. Now I want to to share what I’ve learned to help the people who are banging their heads against the wall trying to figure out how to lose weight.

LEARNING HOW TO EAT
Several people I know had used that phrase to explain their own dietary success. “I had to learn how to eat,” they said. But what does that really mean?! Even a term like “caloric deficit” is enough to make someone’s eyes glaze over.

So to keep it simple, think about when you accidentally cut your finger. Over the next week your body will initiate a process to heal that area without your having to think about it—because it knows what to do!

If you extend that logic to the rest of your body, and think about all the systems and processes at work in the background, surely the digesting of food is one of them. So what went wrong that so many people are overweight today?

First, we live in an era where there’s a glut of food. Every kind of food is available virtually year round and in portions much larger than in the past. Fruits used to be seasonal and smaller, so if you’re eating a large orange or apple each day and thinking that you’re doing the healthy thing, in truth you’re eating too much sugar. Yes, even though it comes in more natural form than processed cane sugar, it’s still too much. Take a baby step into better eating habits right now by chopping that apple in half or orange into quarters and eat the smaller portion each day.

GET OFF THE SHELF
Another major core concept which most people don’t think about but which is so easy to implement is focusing on eating pure, simple ingredients. The less processed the food you put into your mouth, the better. But this does not mean you have to eat bland, raw meals or not feel full!

Up until the first half of last century, humans mostly ate unadulterated food. Our bodies know how to process that stuff because it’s what we ate for thousands and thousands of years. So today it’s not just the overabundance of food that makes us fat, but the way it’s prepared. For example, shelf-stable vegetable oils which have been hydrogenated are not as easily digested as a traditionally cold-pressed olive oil. And what do you know, at the grocery store the corn oil is much cheaper than the olive oil, so is it any wonder that most people choose that?

Look at the ingredients list of pretty much any processed food at the grocery store. You’ll see all kinds of random ingredients that no one would think to use if making homemade versions of say, salsa or bread. Even foods that serve as treats, like cookies and cake, often have so much junk filler that the ingredients list reads like fine print on a warning label.

The biggest eye opener for me was jellies and jams back when I used to eat toast and bagels for breakfast. I found that virtually every brand had some sort of syrup, artificial preservative, coloring, or sugar added. The only brand that was simply made of fruit was a French one called St. Dalfour. Worst of all is those little Smuckers packets you see at diners—I kid you not, each tiny sliver has both corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup! It’s pure garbage and no one should eat it.

LET YOUR BODY DO WHAT IT KNOWS HOW TO DO
I will expand on these ideas throughout this series of articles, but for now let’s focus on this thought: your body will do the work to lose that excess weight if you don’t overload it with junk that interferes with its operating system. Here are three easy tips to start you on the road to steady weight loss:

1) Simplify your eggs: Instead of cooking an omelet in oil, hard boil those eggs. I also throw small mushrooms into the water and eat those with the eggs. Grind some sea salt on top for taste.

2) Cook your meals in bulk: It’s a lot easier to resist that temptation to grab fast food after a stressful day at work if you know that you have more healthy and filling prepared food sitting at home in the fridge. Even if you cut out only one fast food run per week, that’s 500-1000 extra bad calories you’re not forcing your body to deal with.

3) Avoid juicing and shakes: While I used to own a juicer and the veggie-heavy blends I made were helpful when I lost some weight in back 2014, in truth you really do want to be putting solid food into your stomach so it that takes time for your body to digest it. Otherwise those quickly absorbed nutrients will pass right through your system and you’ll likely feel hungry again too soon.

A GREAT RECIPE
Here’s the chicken recipe that has been part of my weight loss arsenal. I usually buy them in bulk packages of five, which saves me $1 per pound and ensures I that have a healthy dinner all week.

The chicken: Bone-in, skin-on breasts. You want the good fat that’s in the skin.
The marinade: In a mixing bowl add mustard, apple cider vinegar, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and a dash of Italian seasoning. Stir the mixture, add the chicken, then cover the bowl and put it into the fridge for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to bake at 350.

The secret weapon: Take the chicken out and place it onto a baking sheet, then sprinkle a healthy portion of Italian seasoning on top—this will bring out unbelievable flavor through the skin, which the mustard also makes semi-crispy. Depending on the size/weight of the breasts, cooking time is 50-55 minutes.

FINAL THOUGHT
If you’ve never successfully seen a weight loss project through to the end, the hardest part is believing that what you’re trying to do will work. All I can say is that sticking to it over the long term will get you better results than buying into some bold claims about losing a lot of weight in less than a month. Taking this patient but relentless approach will allow you to forgive yourself if you have a moment of weakness—plus once a week you should take a cheat day where it’s okay to eat some bad stuff.

But we’ll get into that and so much more in future articles. Thanks for reading and good luck. Remember, at times this road may feel lonely but it truly is well traveled, so keep the faith and stick it out to the end!

[The preceding article first appeared on Steemit on January 20, 2018.]

New Novel: Reparations USA

America, 2028. Reparations for the nation’s colonial past is the law of the land. A supercomputer processes historical documents to calculate each citizen’s Debit Score. This is the story of the people who live under the shadow of the Historical Reparations Administration.

“Reparations USA” is the shocking, inventive, and unpredictable future history of the United States that is filled with both heart and humor. Part action adventure, part ideology study, and part dystopian alarm call, this efficient novel takes you deep within the surveillance state where no deed—past or present—is innocent.

Philip Wyeth’s overwhelming vision creates an entire world within itself, and in taking inspiration from both satire and classic social commentary sci-fi, might even help readers better understand events taking place in the “current year.”

E-book available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

 

The White Man Asleep in the Black Man’s Yard

I wrote the first draft of this short story in 2005 but for years I felt the underlying premise was too absurd for readers to go along with. Now, thanks to the Social Justice Warrior plague it turns out that my twisted mind is actually a crystal ball!

But politics is merely the starting off point here. “The White Man Asleep in the Black Man’s Yard” is one of my most zany, dark, heartfelt, and even hopeful stories. Also included is an afterward which offers insights into the story’s history and stylistic influences.

Read it below or download the PDF free here.

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Featured Artist: Illdisposed

While it is a sad fact that most areas of life are not meritocracies, I find it particularly unnerving that in the heavy metal world—a genre that prides itself on defying conformity—fans are still susceptible to simply accepting what’s presented to them and not digging deeper.

This comes to mind as I ruminate about how low the bar seems to be set for extreme metal today. On the one hand, Meshuggah’s opus “Destroy Erase Improve” is already 20 years old, but today the whole Djent phenomenon continues unabated despite the fact its trademark low-end, percussive riffing style is a fairly simplistic device that would be more appropriate as part of a band’s arsenal and not its core songwriting element.

And then there’s the new crop of “post”-black metal bands like Deafheaven, loathsome Millennial hipsters whose main selling point is hype because they lack the serious musicianship and drive which birthed the sub-genre they now poorly emulate. That this band’s wishy-washy take on a once extremely potent movement could garner nationwide tours boggles my mind—the bland atmospheres they create simply exist with no sense of development before awkwardly transitioning into tedious shoegaze sections where the guitarist’s lack of chops is woefully apparent; and the vocalist’s monotone screams express none of the personality, urgency, or purpose found in songs like Impaled Nazarene’s classic “I Al Purg Vonpo” or “Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt” by Bethlehem.

It is from this frustrated place that I think back on a time when exploring the dark corners of extreme metal almost always led you to a new band that was putting its own personal stamp on the form. I don’t know if the change stems from the fact that before everything went online and digital, when the old industry hierarchies and cost of actual tape made fostering real talent a logistical imperative, but back then if something crossed your path it had probably entered the zeitgeist for a reason.

Further, before you could run to an internet safe space every time you had a depressed feeling, and before you could post every new riff on YouTube 5 minutes after you wrote it, bands and scenes had the time and space to develop a meaningful identity, and only then were they ready to present themselves to the world.

The Swedish and Florida death metal scenes immediately come to mind, but just across the water from Stockholm something very important was also brewing in Denmark. Supported by the mighty Progress Red Labels young bands like Konkhra, Dominus, and Mercenary were carving out a sound exemplified by massive drum production, overwhelming death growls, and sophisticated guitar work that balanced unorthodox riffing with flowing song structures.

Illdisposed - Four Depressive Seasons

Mightiest of all was Illdisposed, whose incomparable 1993 debut “Four Depressive Seasons” is a truly dark and oppressive experience. The 9 songs sit atop a crisp drum production rich with reverb, and Michael Enevoldsen’s performance sounds almost like a live mixing-board recording as the double-bass and toms roar out to pummel the listener. This clarity is crucial in ensuring that the real carnage does not get lost in the shuffle as Bo Summer’s gruff, double-tracked “subwoofer” vocals sweep over the listener like a howling windstorm.

Cementing this grim death metal display as a classic is the churning guitar work of Lasse D.R. Bak, who possesses a seemingly endless supply of catchy mid-paced riffs which move steadily forward via clever breaks and momentous transitions, all topped off by his tasteful implementation of melodic solos played with confident feeling.


This deft balancing act between elements both brutal and refined is why “Four Depressive Seasons” embodies that crucial distinction between playing “death metal with melody” and the more cliche “melodic death metal.” For all the hundreds of bands who took the easy way out by copying the simplest aspects of the bouncy-riff style trademarked by At the Gates and In Flames, Illdisposed stands as a monument incriminating their dereliction of duty both as musicians and students of the genre.

Not wasting any time, a year later the band unleashed the simply ruthless “Return from Tomorrow” EP. With guitars that hinted at a Bolt Thrower influence and Summer’s inclusion of a disturbing new wail that merges John Tardy with Martin van Drunen, these grimy 7 songs were not to be ignored as they showed Illdisposed increasing in lethality as it stripped down in structure. In the title track a furious escape from the brooding middle section gives a tasteful nod to Entombed’s “Sinners Bleed,” while “Withering Teardrops” shows the band’s prowess in unconventionally using female vocals to evoke a feeling of deeper depression rather than any hope for romance.
Illdisposed - SubmitThis sharpening of the elements was perfected on their last truly significant release, 1995’s “Submit.” Featuring new drummer Rolf Rognvard Hansen and a drier, more intimate sound, this album simply buries you under the massive weight of the deeply down-tuned guitars and Summer’s enveloping trademark woof. Newfound elements of groove and even tasteful hints of NY-style hardcore death metal find balance with Illdisposed’s uncompromising commitment to heaviness as relentless mid-paced passages grind forward, with the occasional well-placed lead thrown in to counter the oppressive feelings that build up in the listener.

Highlights here include the back-to-back punch of “Memories Expanded” and “Slow Death Factory,” the former being an utterly crushing mosh pit anthem that crescendos with a plaintive guitar solo, the latter a rollicking affair that even dishes out some manic acoustic guitar, sounding like a gypsy strumming furiously before his unwashed relatives. Haunting album closer “Die Kingdom” is some sort of wicked amalgamation of the Benedictine Monks and Napalm Death’s “Plague Rages”—a fittingly disturbing end to Illdisposed’s unforgettable early years!


Follow-up albums “There’s Something Rotten in the State of Denmark” and “Kokaiinum” each had their charming moments but it wasn’t until 2004’s “1-800-Vindication” that the band found top form again as they delivered a modern-sounding but still potent performance, highlighted by the passionate “In Search of Souls.” In my opinion, subsequent releases have been a bit formulaic but this takes nothing away from the debt death metal fans owe Illdisposed for their pioneering early work.

Featured Song: Voyager by Symbyosis

As a little change of pace I thought I would start a new column that delves into some brief musical commentary highlighting exemplary work by some of my favorite bands. It’s been 15 years since I put my underground metal zine to bed so let’s see what happens…

Hailing from France and spearheaded by brothers Frank Kobolt and Corrosive Bob, Symbyosis burst onto the metal scene in 2000 with a truly visionary piece of extreme metal on their debut album “Crisis.” Elements of progressive metal and epic guitar solos by Kobolt turn to the dark side as death metal blast beats and Bob’s harsh rasps entwine the whole into a compelling work that despite its contrasts always maintains its musicality and intelligence.

Before their final double-album “On the Wings of Phoenix” was released in 2005 the group honed their skills on 2002’s breathtaking “Life is a Phoenix” EP and the virtually unknown 2001 “Voyager” single. I explore that 7-minute epic today.

First, download the “Voyager” MP3 from the band’s website here as a reference.

From the outset all the classic Symbyosis elements are here: a hint of mechanized riffing and drums driving the pace, tasteful keyboards providing support beneath, then off into precise and showy lead work from Kobolt that retains purpose and forward motion throughout. An atmospheric bridge allows us to catch our breath before a glorious moment is achieved as both groove and warmth soar into a payoff from 3:50-4:25 that’s like watching a majestic dawn on a silent morning.

But we’re only halfway through the song now and if you can keep up with the relentless creativity you soon find yourself in an ever-changing swirl of percussive riffs, aggressive barks, counterpoint lead layers, and finally the band’s first delicate use of female vocals that would figure prominently in later songs. But this is only another interlude before Kobolt brings us home with his final flourish laid on top of a damn catchy syncopated rhythm guitar part. His confidence as a player and joy as a composer are on full display at the 6:18 mark where he picks apart his fretboard like a veteran marksman taking out easy targets for show.

An adventurous and truly fulfilling piece, “Voyager” is a prime example of everything that is right about extreme metal, a genre that has sadly strayed from its unwritten charter of creativity without rules into just another business, where the bands are brands and merch sales figures must meet expectations.

Because today’s big bands like Amon Amarth and Opeth just phone it in album after album—themselves having lost the fiery inspiration that once put them on the map with groundbreaking albums like “Once Sent from the Golden Hall” and “Orchid,” respectively—I decided to write this column as an antidote to such blind reverence for mass-marketed mediocrity.

Back before the internet you had to do a lot of work to track down that obscure band from Finland that was doing something different, and you were silently allied with thousands of other likeminded guys on the same quest. Access to YouTube has allowed today’s younger generation of metalheads to quickly take a survey of the early death and black metal scenes that once took my generation years to experience. I absolutely do not begrudge this development, but I do believe the spirit has been lost in the change of venue away from the careful and passionate discovery process involving underground radio programs and fanzines.

So to hell with incorrigibly boring bands like Lamb of God, turd factory extraordinaire and purveyor shoddy guitar tones! There are a lot of amazing metal bands out there who never quite hit the global radar and I hope to recognize some of their artistic achievements here in this column.

Exhibit A: Symbyosis. Verdict: Life sentence in my collection!

A World Turned Upside Down

Earlier this week Turner Classic Movies aired a long lost Rainer Werner Fassbinder sci-fi movie from 1973 called “World on a Wire.” Both surreal and chilling, the stylized production contrasts dreary landscapes with the era’s bright mod interiors in a visual display reminiscent of “A Clockwork Orange.” Filmed in an almost melodramatic style which utilizes still shots that rotate from an actor’s face to his mirror reflection across the room, the plot involves a state-run German laboratory that has created a virtual reality world inhabited by 10,000 “people” who do not know that they don’t actually exist. At the start of this 3-hour epic, the project head has a mental breakdown and tells an associate that he knows a secret that could bring an end to the world. Moments later he dies mysteriously and for the rest of the film we follow his successor’s attempts to make sense of it all.

Without spoiling any of the film’s revelations let me simply express the profound sense of peace and rightness within myself I felt in response to not only the ending but the fair and truthful way it all played out. Fassbinder lets the story develop naturally by having his characters react to events as normal people would, and not once does he reach into Hollywood’s bag of tricks for a silly one-liner, cheap sentimentality, or an impossible escape.

It was this realization that shook me to my core: for how long have the machinators in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington been doing the exact opposite and painting a false portrait of life and in the process robbed us of any potential for a bona fide culture? Today’s major motion pictures are all either plotless spectacles of action and explosions or crude comedies where despicable characters are championed and straight men serve as the ultimate rube, out-of-touch bumblers while everyone else who have it all together—especially their perfectly balanced wives—patiently put up with their clueless behavior.

The once great tradition of television dramas has given way to the banality of reality TV, where everyday nothings are given a worldwide platform to influence others with their bad manners and disgusting eating habits. To think that the torch that had been passed down from the days of “The Twilight Zone” to “The Jeffersons” to “Law & Order” and beyond might be lost is truly a crime against the writer’s craft from which it may never recover. Perhaps cable shows like “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad” have filled the void but I can’t help but think that presenting the raw brutality of daily life without that uplifting separation the artistic touch creates, could in the end only accelerate our cultural decline as people not only lose their stigma toward hard drugs but embrace the trashy accoutrements of the lifestyles portrayed. It seems like a thousand years ago that Americans wore suits to baseball games.

Returning to my main point, in that moment of peaceful calm after finishing “World on a Wire” I realized just how tense life in America is right now and the fact that it stems from everything being flipped upside down. What do I mean? Manufactured evidence for wars cooked up by military brass, run up the flagpole by Democrats and Republicans alike, then endlessly parroted by sexy or wise-looking network teleprompter readers. Fabricated employment and economic data that months later are revised almost exclusively into the negative. Political correctness gone pathological in its zeal to right every wrong attributed to the patriarchy—could it be that the dramatic rise in autism amongst white children in recent years stems from the cognitive dissonance caused by not being allowed to speak truthfully of the reality they perceive? (“I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV.”)

Amidst this sickening backdrop of cultural and political rot, across the nation something big is happening to the Leftist vanguard that was once so optimistic after it helped usher in the changing of the guard that was the 2008 election. Coupled with time winding down on President Obama’s second term is their disappointment at his administration’s doubling down on Bush-era policies of warmongering and surveillance, plus the perceived lassitude in pursuing goals for social issues such as gay marriage, amnesty for illegal aliens, and in rectifying the comically botched Affordable Care Act rollout.

Disillusioned and in a race against the clock, the increasingly frantic and zealous Leftist Street Team has gone deaf to even reasonable opposition and appears on a collision course with destiny: can their ideas reach critical mass before Obama leaves office in January 2017? Will they be able to achieve their social engineering dreams? Can they destroy capitalism’s “exploitative” hierarchical workflow…or at least install enough minority and female CEOs to make things “fair”? How many million poor foreigners crossing our border illegally must we bankrupt ourselves accommodating to satiate their own sense of guilt?

Those of us who for the past several years have felt the vise grip tighten around our heads have not been wrong. We are not the crazy ones—it’s the world around us that is going mad in a bizarre play of feel-good fascism whose naiveté would be charming were such shortsightedness and historical ignorance not sure to get so many people killed. Perhaps deep down these Leftists know a major backlash against the ravages of Cultural Marxism is on the horizon and so they simply must wreck things beyond the point of resistance and restoration.

The next two-and-a-half years look to be the most dramatic and treacherous we have faced since Whatever Actually Happened on 9/11 ushered in the hysterical, paranoid, and ever-constricting existence we now call reality. What can we do? First, get ourselves healthy and look after the people we care about. Next, noncompliance and nonparticipation in as much of the bureaucratic make-work that wastes so much time and clogs our mental bandwidth. And if forced to engage a Leftist in debate, hold them by the hand as you gently subject their flawed ideas to a line of questioning in the Socratic method. Be sure not let them get away when they scream, “But, but, but!!!”

For the more serious, large-scale events like the war our Axis of Mind Control is trying to start against Russia or the next mass shooting false flag in pursuit of more gun control, the good news is that there are perhaps several million citizen journalists who have cut their teeth over the past few years using social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and WordPress to do the gritty investigations paid media once took pride in.

When I think about how in 1995 the whole country believed Timothy McVeigh used a truck bomb to blow up a building in Oklahoma City, to how it took a few years for 9/11 conspiracy theories to go mainstream, to the first stabs at debunking the “official story” in real time after the 2005 London bombings, to finally the immediate obliteration of the Sandy Hook lies in 2012—I take heart. Not only have millions of us lost all trust in what our government and media say, we wouldn’t put it past them to do us physical harm.

We’re on our own as the final act approaches. See you in the trenches!