This was my gateway into the horror-tracts of Ebola-Chan. It was immediately obvious that something of great significance was happening.
Upsetting (for those still nursing shreds of humane moral intuition): certainly, and deliberately.
Meaningful: beyond question, and massively.

The ebola trendline is currently exponential. Richard Fernandez places the phenomenon in its proper intellectual context. Whatever else the outbreak may be — a human (and economic) catastrophe for West Africa, a threat to the West — it is also a revelation (or ‘apocalypse’ in the strict sense). It’s a Khan Academy demonstration for slow and reluctant learners. Such things lend themselves to spontaneous religious interpretation.

It wasn’t supposed to look like this:


The (rough) coincidence with the death of 4chan is — in itself — a topic of abysmal fascination. I’m kicking that can for the moment. There’s much on this precursor discussion thread of relevance.

For now, some preliminary indications as to why this might be thought to matter (immensely), in revisable order of gravity:

(1) Readers of John Michael Greer are prepared for socio-economic decline to be accompanied by an eruption of religious abnormality. For anybody with a taste for irony (a crucial epistemological disposition, in the opinion of this blog), there is much nourishment to be found in the Ebola-Chan phenomenon. Most prominently, despite — and more probably because of — the shocking racism propelling it, Ebola-Chan opens a cross-cultural plane of communication completely absent from the ‘responsible’ Western responses to the plague. It makes sense of ebola in a way that is far closer to the sensibility of its target populations than the lofty medico-globalist pronouncements of legitimated authorities. Ebola-Chan packages the outbreak for a folk-religious response — of exactly the kind it is being met with in the villages it (or ‘she’?) ravages.

(2) Ebola-Chan is a demoness of communication, not only across cultures (West Africa, America, Japan …) but also between cultural and biological patterns of virulence. The ‘meme’ — as a more-or-less exact analog of the gene — is unleashed on 4chan in sympathy with the virus. It connects with the biological contagion, in various ways, through relations of copying (transcription), prolongation, and promotion. Ebola-Chan is a crossing.

(3) As memotechnics, Ebola-Chan condenses an accumulated stock of practical heuristics. Its genre is, most immediately, that of the chain-letter — conveying a message pre-adapted to spreading. Copy me, or be punished (stricken). It’s darkly humorous, cruel, ironical, and self-reflective, but at the level of memotechnics none of this undermines anything. If “I love you Ebola-Chan” spreads as a joke — it still spreads. The Nigerian email scam industry attests to the inter-cultural consistency of this memotechnic plane.

(4) Ebola-Chan is already operating as a factor in Fourth-Generation Warfare. It complicates the pacification efforts of the ‘international community’ in unpredictable ways. Once again, certain peculiar cultural formations are waiting to connect with it. At this stage it is difficult to reach even the preliminary stage of a lucid analysis, but clearly the memotechnic militarization of a medical emergency is an obstacle to the smooth evolution of established management procedures. The WHO is not ideologically equipped to publicize its intervention within the context of an occult religious race war.

(5) To what extent is Ebola-Chan an avatar of globalized Helter Skelter? Surely not to no extent at all?

(6) As 4chan is pushed ever deeper into the shadows, it seems reasonable to assume that its practical alliance with memotechnic chaos will also deepen. In this respect, Ebola-Chan is the Yin to the Cathedral’s Yang — a complement, fed by subterranean conservation laws. Much prophetic density accompanies such an analysis. If it is an end, it is no less the beginning of an end.

Badly cropped but horribly beautiful.

Badly cropped but horribly beautiful.

ADDED: Ebola-chan, ebola-chan, Ebola-Chan, ebola-chan, Ebola-Chan is Love~

ADDED: Ebola-Chan on Facebook.

ADDED: WaPo takes a look. “But even if the mods do remove [Ebola-chan threads], Ebola-Chan may have done her damage. Much like the disease itself, now that she’s out there, there’s no controlling her.”

ADDED: Rituals to Nurgle: Ebola Is Coming (Styxhexenhammer666).

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  • C. Y. Chen Says:

    A viral meme indeed. Interesting how the virus itself must spread and reproduce at the expense of the host, whereas this lives off of Schadenfreude and its subspecies Lulz in a similar fashion.



    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 4:17 pm Reply | Quote
  • Erik Says:

    I consider this an excellent demonstration of the use case for an Inquisition.

    These 4channers are practically Chaos Cultists right out of Warhammer. Specifically, worshippers of an aspect of Nurgle. (I expect admin will also appreciate a 4chan source on the matter.)


    Orthodox Reply:

    The Cathedral cannot Inquisition itself. 4chan will respond, “I learned it by watching you!”


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 4:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • Max Says:



    Erik Reply:

    As it is written in 1 Corinthians:

    8. Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

    4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

    7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

    9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

    9. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

    3 My defense to those who examine me is this: 4 Do we have no right to eat and drink? 5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? 7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

    8 Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?

    Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

    15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

    19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

    24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

    10. Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

    6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

    12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

    14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

    18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

    23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

    25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”

    27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?

    31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.


    MILLER Reply:

    I saw the tears of the oppressed—
    and they have no comforter;
    power was on the side of their oppressors—
    and they have no comforter.
    2 And I declared that the dead,
    who had already died,
    are happier than the living,
    who are still alive.
    3 But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,
    who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.




    Nunyor Biddness Reply:

    This fool thinks Jesus will save him.

    Jesus didn’t come for you.

    Matthew 15:23-25

    Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

    24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

    25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

    26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

    Jesus came only for the Jews.

    Jesus doesn’t love you.

    But Ebola Chan does and there’s no cure for love.


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply | Quote
  • Nathan Turner Overdrive Says:

    Very hyperstitious, writings on the wall, Very hyperstitious, ladders bout’ to fall


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 5:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • Chris B Says:

    “chaos cultists”

    *rubs hands in glee*

    “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 5:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • Ebola-Chan | Reaction Times Says:

    […] Source: Outside In […]

    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 7:55 pm Reply | Quote
  • Cledun Says:

    I was just browsing Amazon and came across this book:


    Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) Paperback – May 9, 2000
    by Luise White (Author)

    “During the colonial period, Africans told each other terrifying rumors that Africans who worked for white colonists captured unwary residents and took their blood. In colonial Tanganyika, for example, Africans were said to be captured by these agents of colonialism and hung upside down, their throats cut so their blood drained into huge buckets. In Kampala, the police were said to abduct Africans and keep them in pits, where their blood was sucked. Luise White presents and interprets vampire stories from East and Central Africa as a way of understanding the world as the storytellers did. Using gossip and rumor as historical sources in their own right, she assesses the place of such evidence, oral and written, in historical reconstruction.

    White conducted more than 130 interviews for this book and did research in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition to presenting powerful, vivid stories that Africans told to describe colonial power, the book presents an original epistemological inquiry into the nature of historical truth and memory, and into their relationship to the writing of history.”


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 8:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alex Says:

    Ebola-Chan is the Yin to the Cathedral’s Yang — a complement, fed by subterranean conservation laws.

    Or, from another perspective, the Cathedral is a useful idiot fulfilling its intended function.

    To what extent is Ebola-Chan an avatar of globalized Helter Skelter?

    Coming down fast!


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • You hear that? That’s Ebola Chan « A House With No Child Says:

    […] refer here to Outside In’s most recent post on Ebola. See here. I thought it was hilarious, in a grim way. Nature will do her work one way or another, and there is […]

    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 8:33 pm Reply | Quote
  • Rasputin Says:

    This is the best art I’ve seen in several years…


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 9:15 pm Reply | Quote
  • Wyrd Says:

    It is a lonely life, the way of the necromancer… Oh, yes. Lacrimae Mundi – the tears of the world.


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alex Says:

    horribly beautiful



    [… in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand, and on the left; by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things. … And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.]


    Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • Antisthenes Says:



    Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 12:20 am Reply | Quote
  • anonymous reaction Says:

    eh, why not
    I ignored 4chan threads, but now that reaction parrots it, it must be right!



    Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 4:21 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    [Even by XS standards, this comment thread has a peculiar perfection.]


    Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    They are trolling an entire continent, for the plague death Lulz.

    Chan culture is Project Mayhem, with no Tyler Durden at the helm.

    From the more cosmic perspective, exponential growth in Ebola cases is happening at the same time that population scholars are forecasting that African population growth will not be curbed by 2100.



    Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • NS Says:



    Hyperstitional black magic for the genocidal lulz is way too much fun to resist. Perhaps we need an inquisition, but until then, we black magic nazi death cult now.


    Erik Reply:

    Counterexample: I am resisting.



    Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 4:21 pm Reply | Quote
  • Antisthenes Says:



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  • Hattori Says:

    Ebola chan reaches the washington post



    Posted on September 22nd, 2014 at 10:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lightning Round – 2014/09/24 | Free Northerner Says:

    […] suck at making video games. Related: SJW’s get black developer fired for Gamersgate. Related: Ebola-chan. Related: Moot and Anita. Related: Nazism is PC. Related: GameJournoPros: Game journalists […]

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 5:16 am Reply | Quote
  • Reactionary Tree Says:

    With the alarming news of 4 billion Africans by the year 2100 (Derb: http://takimag.com/article/four_billion_africans_john_derbyshire) the good folks at 4chan are just attempting to restore the natural order with some good ole fashion trolling.

    I love you Evola-Chan!


    Posted on September 26th, 2014 at 11:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • Omg Says:



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  • Judge Costanza Says:




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  • Ebola-Chan, Mon Amour | Pyrrhic Victories Says:

    […] 2013, Outside In has been schooling me in the Dark Arts of NRx. It was Nick Land’s recent post on Ebola-Chan that prompted these thoughts. While they pertain directly to that toxic meme-fest, it is my hope […]

    Posted on September 30th, 2014 at 5:34 pm Reply | Quote
  • Rasputin Says:

    I’ve been sick in bed, fantasising about Ebola-Chan…



    Posted on September 30th, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • Anon Says:

    What a horrid toxic meme, pure chaos and wickedness distilled for the 21st century. Its sick, wicked and depraved but for all that beautiful.

    Of course Ebola Chan is an aspect of Santa Muerte and perhaps of Kali as well. A fitting goddess figure for the Kali Yuga

    I love you Ebola Chan


    Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • ANOON Says:



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  • Javier Carballo Says:



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  • sedrtfyyuh Says:

    i love you ebola chan


    Posted on November 19th, 2015 at 11:13 pm Reply | Quote

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