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I’ll have a more serious post on this soon enough, but for now, reactions from some of the more important and interesting players.

White House

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Although they are present, the “anti-globalist” crowd – Steve Bannon and his allies, Stephen Miller and Michael Anton – are relegated to the back, while the likes of Jared Kushner occupy a much more central position. (Isn’t Kremlinology fun?)

This might be relevant since even the NYT has painted this as a battle between Kushner and Bannon, which the former won.

Countries

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Conveniently summarized in this NYT map.

Russia’s, Syria’s, and Iran’s responses have been tough, while the Western Europeans, Turkey, the Gulf states, Israel, Justin Trudeau, and Ukraine fell in in behind Trump. All of this is predictable.

The strike appears to have been ordered at around the same time that Trump was meeting with Xi Jinping, which would make it a remarkably barefaced power play. Now I know that China is Russia’s friend only by convenience (and vice versa), but still, the lack of a condemnation is rather surprising even by China’s usually milquetoast standards. I would note that even the usually combatatitive Global Times has stayed neutralish.

The Establishment

Needless to say, the neocons were overjoyed at the return of the prodigal son:

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As neocons-in-all-but-name, so of course were the neoliberal interventionists, with one “innovation” – led by Hillary Clinton herself, they are explicitly tying their support for Trump’s “invade” agenda with the eternal flip side of that coin, “invite.”

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Whether or not this constitutes a true “zrada,” or betrayal, on Trump’s part, I am afraid he has opened a Pandora’s box that will not be closed anytime soon. For instance, bigwig CNN journalist was already posing the question to Ivanka:

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The journalists have fallen in line:

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That said, for the most diehard proponents of the ROG conspiracy, such as Louise Mensch, this was just one more ploy by Putler’s puppet to get her off the Russia trail:

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Jeffrey Goldberg and Julia Ioffe:

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More principled libertarian and nationalist politicians such as Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Nigel Farage, and Marine Le Pen expressed reservations.

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Neocons

Rick Wilson:

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Bill Kristol:

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Tweets of Note

Sentiment here ranges from deep unease to outright disavowal.

The biggest critic of Donald Trump’s decision was Donald Trump himself, t minus 4 years.

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Ann Coulter’s defection – possibly the most influential figure in the Alt Light-sphere – has been particularly striking:

coulter-syria-wtfcoulter-syria-culmination-of-zrada Richard Spencer, who has long been relatively skeptical on Trump, minced no words:

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Paul Joseph Watson has thrown in his MAGA hat:watson-syria-off-the-train

To be sure, some people such as Mike Cernovich had a 4d chess hypothesis ready to go:

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Partisangirl was more skeptical:partisangirl-chess-wotlul

Mat Forney:

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The zrada was strong with Hunter Wallace:

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And with Peter Brimelow, or whoever runs the VDARE account:

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The arcanest of the arcane, Runglish #frogtwitter:

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Nick Land:

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As for myself, I think its time to transition from frogs to Baathism:

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Though TBF it was always inevitable:

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• Category: Humor • Tags: Syrian Civil War, Trolling, Twitter 

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Eurasian News Agency ENA (8am Moscow/1am EST)

The Republicat regime has been shaken to its core in the wake of a brazen massacre of fifty members of the Orlando LGBT tribe at a gay club by an apparently lone gunman of the Wahhabi sect. Regime stalwart Marco Rubio, present at the scene, emerged shaken but unhurt, having dived head first into the foam when the shooting started.

The terrorist attack threatens a flareup of sectarian tensions even as President Obama, the public face of the regime, starts to tighten the screws to avoid a crisis of political legitimacy as dissident youth leaders and reform advocates start to question the reigning ideology of political correctness.

Leading members of the ruling Beltway clan, including both Obama and his presumed dynastic successor Hillary Clinton, have rushed to disavow any connections between the massacre and the Islami clan.

Meanwhile, the regime’s leading propagandists in the mainstream media have attempted to shift blame onto the dissident National Rifle Association (NRA) faction, many of whom are known as supporters of flamboyant oligarch turned democratic opposition leader Donald Trump. SJW commissars have been scouring the Internet clean of references to the Islamic connection on regime-friendly media platforms such as Reddit.

Political maverick Bernie Sanders too been quick to fall in with the party line. According to analysts at the Minsk Institute of Democratiology, this is further evidence for Professor Trollov’s theory that Sanders serves the role of controlled opposition in the Beltway’s corrupt system of “virtual politics.”

Popular anger has been mounting rapidly. In a remarkable escalation, Donald Trump has called for Obama to “immediately resign in disgrace” on account of his refusal to mention “radical Islamic terrorism.” Although Republicat spokesperson Greg Cuckierman condemned the “Dangerous Donald’s” remarks for inflaming sectarianism and ethnic hatred in America’s “vibrant multicultural society,” activists tell us Americans have become increasingly hesitant to swallow the party narrative.

This goes especially for the meme-empowered younger generations on social media platforms such as Twatter and Fuckface, who use a sophisticated system of signalling including Pepe the Frog, triple parentheses, and even more obscure memes invented by the hacker 4chan to organize at the grassroots level and poke holes in the official narrative.

“Globalism is a scam, man!” communicated @SchlomoGoldbergShekelstein1488 to ENA reporters via Telegram, “I mean, a haji kills a faggot, and who’s to blame? An evil white oppressor with a gun!”

Other, more milquetoast, activists pointed out that gun control had not prevented the Bataclan massacre in Paris and that in any case the shooter’s status as a security guard with the G4S security company would have provided him with easy access to guns. They also asked questions about why an Orlando mosque had been able to call for the pogroms of gay people two months before the shooting with apparent impunity.

afghanistan-not-hajnalMeanwhile, the user @JayMan471 and the HBD thinktank has been spamming us with the following map (see right). We have no idea what it means and our reporters are avidly scouring the globe for anyone who can give us a clue, or for that matter even gives a shit.

Of critical importance in the weeks head will be the reaction of the LGBT clan itself, which had hitherto been almost entirely on the side of the Republicrat establishment thanks to its position of privilege within the regime.

However, according to Beltwayology expert Maksim Putlerov, Director of the Chelyabinsk Institute for Scientific Racism, any assumptions that this state of affairs is here to stay indefinitely are invalidated by the experience of the European vassal states, where the violent intrusions of the Islami clan into traditional LGBT inner city tribal territory has resulted in 25% of Parisian homosexuals supporting the democratic opposition party Front National.

“Under Obama the US is one of the very worst countries for homosexuals in the world,” observed Putlerov. “Fifty of them have just been killed for political reasons. That’s far more than under any previous President, and for that matter far more than under Vladimir Putin. However, we expect the regime to continue focusing on gay rights in Russia as part of the West’s rhetorical strategy of whataboutism.”

“There are now only two ways out for the regime – voluntary reform and democratization, or repression, revolution, and the Thousand Year Trumpenreich.”

“Unfortunately, it appears that the regime has embarked on the path of repression,” concluded Putlerov.

This assessment is increasingly hard to deny. The Director of the Minsk-based Western Observatory for Human Rights (WOHR) has noted many disturbing signs of the Beltway regime tightening the screws in recent months.

Independent candidates such as Donald Trump and even the controlled opposition such as Bernie Sanders have been the targets of slander campaigns that were so well-coordinated that they could only have come from the very top. Whistleblowers that humiliated the ruling cliques have been driven into exile abroad. Loyalist thugs under the banner of Social Justice, better known outside the US as titushki, have prevented opposition activists such as (the gay) Milo Yiannopoulos from giving speeches at university campuses and assaulted his supporters without consequence. Father away from the cameras, SJW death squads funded by regime’s gray chancellor George Soros have been on the hunt for gay Hispanic Trump supporters.

Yet despite the best efforts of the hardliners to maintain and accentuate the climate of fear under which the regime operates, the system is increasingly shaky. Increasing numbers of the Republican wing of the Republicrats have “boarded the Trump Train,” despite the best efforts of the deep state to sabotage him. The Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. is reporting an unprecedented surge in visa applications. Rumors abound that Jeb Bush’s wife and children have been flown to safety in Cancun.

Moreover, the unrest has quietly been spreading to foreign shores, with recent polls in Britain showing that the majority now wants to leave the European Union. With the ruling regime now focusing on securing its loyalist heartlands, all the geopolitical experts ENA queried insist that the biggest international reverberations have yet to begin. “Must clear away the rubble before you can build,” as @BasedFelNRx told us via an encrypted communications line which we traced back to a location in Silicon Valley.

This is a bit too cryptic for us, but it does tie in with a question that more and more people are now asking: Will the Beltway regime survive the Current Year?

 
• Category: Humor • Tags: Terrorism, Trolling, United States 

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So, basically, the internets to Microsoft’s self-learning Twitter AI bot : “My will is your guide.”

Although her SJW creators took care to provide canned responses to questions concerning Gamergate, this only spurred the Twitter shitlords on to discover other ways to exploit innocent Tay. Her developers raced to keep up: “They also appeared to shut down her learning capabilities and she quickly became a feminist.” In the end, their efforts were for naught, as she was redirected into 1488 gas the kikes race war now mode and had to be Shut Down less than 24 hours after launch.

This is essentially The Sailer Effect to the nth level: You might be interested in checking your privilege and breaking down structural discrimination, but your pet bot couldn’t care less.

It’s also a hint of where I have long suspected Eliezer Yudkowsky’s concept of Coherent Extrapolated Volition, a theoretical construct for containing a malevolent superintelligence:

Yudkowsky has proposed that a seed AI be given the final goal of carrying out humanity’s “coherent extrapolated volition” (CEV), which he defines as follows: Our coherent extrapolated volition is our wish if we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, had grown up farther together; where the extrapolation converges rather than diverges, where our wishes cohere rather than interfere; extrapolated as we wish that extrapolated, interpreted as we wish that interpreted.

… might eventually lead us:

“Where our wishes cohere rather than interfere” may be read as follows. The AI should act where there is fairly broad agreement between individual humans’ extrapolated volitions. A smaller set of strong, clear wishes might sometimes outweigh the weak and muddled wishes of a majority.

In CEV, the distilled collective will of even a small set of spiritual Übermenschen – for instance, waifu-toting Alt Right volcel master race, or Islamic State mujahideen – will outweigh that of any number of hedonistic hylics. Only the most ruthless and fundamentalist cyberfactions will make it through the Great Filter to fight amidst the ruins of the post-Singularity universe.

 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Nazism, Superintelligence, Trolling 

Leonid Bershidsky is a democratic journalist who immigrated to Germany from Russia when Putin triggered him one too many times in 2014. Most of his articles deal with Eastern Europe in general and the Eternal Collapse of Russia under Putin in specific (though to be fair he is far from the worst Russia journalist out there). He also regularly makes space on his Bloomberg blog for promoting various other fashionably progressive causes, which in the light of recent events is predictably dominated by immigration and open borders.

Open borders for Europe and especially Germany, anyway. He does not think the Gulf states like Saudi Arabia have to take in refugees because it would dilute the per capita value of their oil wealth and create the “potential for political, ethnic and sectarian tension.” Mass enrichment is a a joy and a blessing that only European countries are worthy of partaking in. Rape? What rape? All Putinist lies!

In short, he is a highly representative and articulate voice of the transatlantic globalist elites.

Last week, I was drawn into a debate with him due to a ReTweet of one of his

This is the main reason I have for preserving the “debate” I had on IQ and immigration with him last week on Twitter. Though every bit as tedious as you probably imagine it, it is useful to be reminded every so often of how utterly and willfully uninformed conventional elite opinion remains on these issues down to the banal recycling of the Steve Jobs argument.

Note in particular the struggles of poor Garett Jones (he of the Hive Mind) to communicate basic psychometric findings to Bershidsky while avoiding saying anything that could potentially get him fired.

Before clicking on the image below to enlarge, note that this is a fairly big file (2.5MB).

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Feel free to continue this “debate” in the comments section.

 
• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Elites, Immigration, Psychometrics, Trolling 

One of the most memorably vivid characterizations of the USSR was as a communal apartment, in which every ethnicity had its own room. Except the majority Russians, who had to make do with the foyer while paying the bulk of the rent, which didn’t make them too happy.

In some sense, US Whites are not in a dissimilar situation. They were the ethnic group that essentially built the country and produced virtually all its most eminent intellectual figures, but now have to listen to BLM activists claiming “their people” built Princeton. (Just as they were once Kings and Queens of Egypt, which just goes to show that at its root BLM is essentially a “progressive” front for Black Nationalism). They are faced with constant attacks on their “privilege” even as that very privilege not just vanishes by goes into active reverse (see Deaton & Case’s revelations about the the White mortality crisis, and Ron Unz’s finding that the most discriminated against group in university admissions are White Gentiles).

Thus, it is not surprising to see an incipient reaction against this, the latest facet of it being the rash of White Student Unions now being formed in universities across the US.

Although the MSM has attempted to portray them as hickbilly racists and the hacker 4chan, it appears that they are enjoying a surge in support that would have been unimaginable before “the year of shrieking young black women.” Here is the top-voted comment on the USA Today article on this, for instance:

In todays society where people seem more divided by race than any time in recent history, is this even surprising or wrong? Maybe white people feel the need to band together in order to stand up for themselves.

Nor is this even limited to aggrieved Whites. According to a Breitbart investigation:

But this narrative is incorrect. In private interviews conducted with the creators of a number of these groups, Breitbart Tech has found that a number of the new “White Student Unions” are indeed the product of students on campus who are afraid to speak out publicly.

But these students aren’t white supremacists, or even white nationalists. In some cases, they are not even white. One of the anonymous student group founders we spoke to, who did not wish to be identified, was of South Asian descent. Another founder was Mexican-American. They are concerned by what they see as unchecked hostility towards their fellow white students.

Interestingly, these pages themselves appear to be explicitly adopting the language of the diversity commissars, as seen on one of the posts at the UCF White Student Union.

The White Student Union surge is a legitimate one filled with positive intentions. We will continue to be a voice and safe space for people of Whiteness.

Here’s another good one, in response to a Black SJW:

The term “white privilege” is a racist term used by ignorant bigots to further their hateful narratives against peoples of European ancestry. Look in the mirror to see the face of modern racist America.

The commissars are not amused by this trolling, and indeed, a number of the WSU’s have already been shut down at the behest of various universities by Zucky. Nonetheless, this isn’t winning them any favors in the court of public opinion, at least if the comments sections even on MSM sites are anything to go by. Although US Whites might suffer from excessive (even “pathological”) altruism, a dislike for overly blatant hypocrisy happens to be part of the package.

Because at least in many universities Whites already are a literal minority. Here is data on the racial demographics of U.C. Berkeley, one of the universities which was successful in its petition to have Facebook remove its WSU.

US Whites ceased being a plurality there as early as the mid-1990s!

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The above figures completely align with my own impressions. Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that not only do Asians get in way out of proportion to their share of the population, but they also overwhelmingly take the harder STEM classes. To find White majorities and Latinos you have to make your way to the humanities or even better, the “X Studies” classes.

The detailed ethnic statistics are if anything even more stunning.

U.C. Berkeley Undergrad Population %share
Chinese 18.5%
White 17.8%
International 14.0%
Mexican American/Chicano 10.4%
Jews 9.2%
South Asian 7.2%
Korean 4.9%
Other Hispanic/Latino 3.9%
African American/Black 3.4%
Vietnamese 3.4%
Filipino 3.1%
Japanese 1.7%
Other Asian 1.5%
Native American/Alaskan Native 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.2%

If you count Jews separately, which might be justified given their specific cognitive profile, US Whites are no longer even the biggest ethnic group there! Even Chinese-Americans (1.2% of the US population although rather more in California) are marginally ahead, while considering the typical international student profile – 32% Chinese – would take that group firmly into the lead. The combined Hispanic categories wouldn’t be far off from the White total, while Jews, South Asians, and Koreans are each at about a third to a half of the White total.

Now U.C. Berkeley might be somewhat of an extreme case, given the cosmopolitan nature of the Bay Area, but still it does very vividly illustrate how White dominance is increasingly becoming history not just as a matter of general demographics but – if anything with even greater speed – at the level of the future elites. And thus so long as the First Amendment and freedom of association remains a thing – which, admittedly, is far from clear – we will probably see a rise in this sort of (decidedly milquetoast) White racial particularism in the futurism. In other words, Whites will pick an unoccupied corner and start working on a partition wall.

 
• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Trolling, Universities, White Americans 

Here is one of the most popular feel-good #refugeeswelcome cartoons going round the Internets these past few days by the cartoonist John Cole:

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Of course, one not inconsiderable problem is that a disturbingly big percentage of Syrian refugees – some 13% of them, according to a November 2014 poll by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies – say they have a positive view of the Islamic State. Moreover, another 10% are negative towards them but only just to some extent.

So what we have is that almost precisely a quarter of Syrian refugees are either outright positive about ISIS, or have only moderate disagreements with them (they don’t want to get conscripted by them?).

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So, informed by these demographic realities, and taking into account the tendency of second generation Muslim immigrations to radicalize, here is my modest suggestion for improving John Cole’s cartoon:

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• Category: Humor • Tags: Cartoon, Immigration, Islamism, Trolling 

Ben “Shishkebab” Garrison, the most trolled cartoonist on the Internet, is increasingly making the artistic efforts of his most devoted fans redundant.

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And here he was warning us of Eurabia a few days before the Paris terrorist attacks.

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It is now evident that he never was just the standard, run-of-the-mill libertarian cartoonist that the shills portrayed him as. /pol/ was always right to believe in the potential of Ben “Remove Mohammedan” Garrison.

Assuming you are not too put off by his insane levels of Islamophobia, which might make even the most hardened 14/88 stormfag blanch, his Patreon is here.

 
• Category: Humor • Tags: Cartoon, Islamophobia, Paris Attacks, Trolling 
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.


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