I’ve never consciously seen gaslight, which seems almost impossible, frankly, since when I grew up lighting in Portugal was a patchwork of various methods of making it light when it was dark out.
If you think it’s hard wiring Victorians on wood frame, imagine that to wire (or plumb) a house you’d have to go through sometimes foot-thick stone walls. So, people would have wiring in the living room, sometimes the kitchen, then the rest of the house, you’d have candles, or oil lamps or whatever. In fact,t he electricity service was so unreliable, that even if your house was fully wired, like my parents’ (built in 68) you always ended up having a back up system (mostly oil lamps, though sometimes candles. Depending on the ability of oil.)
But I don’t think Portuguese houses were ever plumbed for gas lighting. They’re not plumbed for cooking gas. Instead you get the “tanks” delivered. Propane, like what you use for your grill.
Anyway– So I don’t think I’ve ever seen it, but I imagine it was much the quality of oil lighting or wax candles, i.e. illuminating a highly targeted area (and not very well) and leaving the rest of the room in worse-than-darkness, with multiplying and overlapping shadows.
This is why gas lighting is such a good metaphor for what the assholes in the self-proclaimed elites have been doing to us for … almost two years now. (And trying to for of course much longer than that.)
I gaze in awe at the bizarre things that cross my feed on social media, and I wonder how many people are falling for it. Like, you know, how the Delta Variant is on the rise and it’s the most scariest thing ever: what they’re not telling you: the tests don’t distinguish between Delta and any other variant of Covid. Yes you can tell the difference by DNA analysis, but no one is doing DNA analysis for every case. If you catch it, they just tag it as “delta.”
Oh, also apparently the tests aren’t very good at distinguishing between flu and Covid-19, which explains what happened to the flu, don’t it? And that one is a puzzle, since we have flu-specific tests, and we thought the Covid-19 test is also specific (if really unreliable, for the most part.) But no. The CDC says it also flagged flu as Covid-19. Which…. well. Much brighter light made, right?
Also deaths aren’t going up. They’re just not. So the China Flu is following the path of every other virus in the history of ever and becoming more widespread, easier to catch, but less lethal. Uh. Uh. Like every single cold and flu, so what’s the big scare?
Oh, but there was a segment from Fox news…. about how our hospitals are getting overwhelmed. Overwhelmed I tell you. — hands over a lighter — Light your hair on fire, and run around screaming, right now. No?
Well, turns out no indeed, because our hospitals aren’t even at the 98% capacity they hit at peak flu season.
But …. why would they hit that? Because ER beds are EXPENSIVE. They’re designed to be almost completely full at flow season, and be rotated out of as soon as possible so the next batch of people can get in.
But isn’t that stupid? No. Not really. I mean, in socialized medicine they’re designed to be ALWAYS full. Because ER beds are EXPENSIVE. Which is why Italy and Spain and such routinely run out of beds during flu season and just let the elderly die. It’s like eugenics on the installment plan.
Anyway, the US has a deep-backing of resources, so if this had been a real death-flu we’d have had several regional centers converted overnight, the hospital ships would be operating, there would be tents set up by charities, and oh, yeah, the Denver convention center, set up for casualties/cases wouldn’t now be full of homeless and virtually destroyed at the order of governor Fumbduck, who is apparently Louis XIV and therefore can dispose of public property as if it were his own personal play budget.
So, if the hospitals aren’t at 98% capacity, with quick rotation of patients to less critical services/home care? Yeah, it’s not an emergency. Which I tried to tell everyone a year ago, and got called names for.
Yep, they’re running the greatest hits again.
Complete with China “closing down” and “having high casualties.” Which you’ll fall for if you are virtually brainless, and think that they actually shut all that much for all that long, and didn’t just run a “get the dissidents under cover of Chinaatchu”. Which means you didn’t look at their trade numbers for last year. I’m waiting for the videos of people collapsing and dying on the street. They’ll probably be recycled, and it will be tracked in ours.
Meanwhile governor Fumbduck is stomping his little foot and demanding we mask in all public spaces. I’d say compliance runs 5% in the more credulous parts of the state.
The rest of us have had just about enough.
You know what stops gaslighting? Flipping on the switch for the electric light. Suddenly all those shadows vanish.
Well, shadows are all gone, governor Fumbduck and the ludicrous and buffonish criminal conspiracy of kakistocrats we call the Democratic party are floundering around in the full light, like cockroaches on the kitchen floor.
We can SEE YOU!
And the light shows us the shadow show you used to scare people before.
No more hiding now.
You’re in full view, and still trying to scare us.
Do you know why gaslight was replaced by electricity as soon as possible, most places? Besides the fact you can see better with electrical light?
Because gas light has a tendency to explode.
Don’t look now, but it’s happening. All over your face.
You’re already almost at the point you don’t recover from. We see the little man behind the curtain.
And we’re pretty mad at him.
Keep trying. The trash heap of history waits you and your seedy, grifty philosophy.