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    Adroitly, President Trump has optimized outcomes for the American Worker. His is a labor market like no other. Long overdue in the U.S., a labor market is one in which firms compete for workers, rather than workers competing for jobs. “For the first time since data began to be collected in 2000, there are more...
  • The goal of most US businesses has always been to arbitrage the wages expected by US workers against the low wage expectations of foreign workers.

    Whether they do it by setting up foreign subsidiaries and making their products there … or bring the foreign workers here and pay them subsistence wages … they can then force concessions from Americans and drive wages down.

  • The rise and fall of empires has long been a story at the heart of history. Since the Europeans first burst out of their then-marginal region on wooden sailing ships mounted with cannons in the fifteenth century, the planet seldom has had a moment in which several imperial powers weren’t competing for supremacy. In 1945,...
  • Puhleeeeze . . . … Is there actually anyone left who’s so exceptionally uninformed that they spout AGW bullshit uncritically on a fact-based news site like Unz Review?

    My dear Mr. Engelhardt, here are a couple of sober, very fact-based descriptions by competent, non-ideological scientists of what is wrong with AGW pseudoscience:

    Hopefully they will get you to start thinking about reality-based military projections.

  • At age 18, Theo volunteered for the Marines and was sent to Vietnam. Based near the demilitarized zone, he saw much fighting and lost most of his left arm in 1968. Post war, Theo learned karate, opened a dojo, married, fathered three children, got his college degree and became a high school teacher. The Philly...
  • It would pay to remember that China has invaded and occupied the region that is now called Vietnam several times over the past centuries, and the most recent invasion happened in 1979, although the war only lasted a few months.

    The Vietnamese are smart to keep a long memory (all the more so since the Chinese invaded over the pretext of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, although it was more complicated than that.)

    • Replies: @DB Cooper
    Do you know that the Vietnamese are not well liked in its neighborhood? The Cambodians hate the Vietnamese for obvious reason, the Laotians are not fond of the Vietnamese either. The Hmongs also hate the Vietnamese. They help the US fight against the Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Vietnam is also the most aggressive in terms of island grabbing in the South China Sea by a wide margin. Vietnam is perceived as a little bully by its neighbors.

    The allegation of China has invaded and occupied the region that is now called Vietnam several times over the past centuries is just nonsense. China help Vietnam to drive off the French and then the US but is met with ungrateful hostility when the Vietnamese perceived China sold them off when China seek to normalize relations with Vietnam's sworn enemy the US. From China's perspective the 1979 is meant to teach Vietnam a lesson because of its constant border aggression (lobbing bombs across the borders and its invasion of Cambodia). The war as you mention was short and China retreated back to its border as promised after making its point. Not even the Vietnamese accused China of land grabbing. This is very different than India. India's invasion of its neighbors is all about land grabbing. But as I have said earlier, you will never read about that in the MSM.
  • Thanks to the relentless arm-twisting of the Washington powerbrokers, the Russian Olympic team will not be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the first time a nation has ever been barred from sending a team to the games. According to Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com: As Ditz admits,...
  • Great article, documents the fraud and cronyism of the IOC.

    One thing to add, though, is that, at it’s heart, this is another propaganda effort on the part of the globalists.

    The idea is to control the narrative about Russia, to keep inserting claims about how Russia is, fascist, oppresses homosexuals, cheats at sports, and generally is thoroughly reprehensible, and needs to be forced into the “enlightened, liberal” western fold.

    Of course, they’re losing their grip, but you can expect this kind of crap to continue, and more and more “regular people” to roll their eyes, and generally become dismissive of this Commedia dell’arte.

    Unfortunately, the Olympics will probably survive this latest fiasco, just like they survived the boycott of the Moscow Olympics for bullshit political reason (and driven by the same US political interests) and they survived the shootings at the Munich Olympics, and they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics.”

    What I’m hoping will finally kill off this corrupt gravy train for sports parasites once and for all is the massive debt and fiscal chaos it causes for host cities:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/rio-olympics-financial-disaster-2017-6

    We’ve already seen cities like Boston refuse to bid on the Olympics due to public backlash:

    http://mashable.com/2015/07/27/boston-olympic-bid-2024-dropped/

    Hopefully this trend will accelerate:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/02/23/why-cities-are-increasingly-reluctant-to-host-the-olympics/

    • Replies: @Wally
    " they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics.”

    Indeed, Germany was the overwhelming medals winner and Jesse Owens was accorded respect from Hitler that he did not get from the US govt. ... according to Owens himself.

    www.codoh.com

  • Catalonia, in the southeastern corner of Spain, is in the news.[Catalonia Government Declares Overwhelming Vote for Independence, by Raphael Minder, NYT, Oct 6, 2017] I was there once, back in my salad days, on my way to a camping vacation down the coast at a sleepy little whitewashed village named Oropesa del Mar, now all...
  • Well, the Californian secessionists are taking heart from Catalonia, and they actually have a pretty good political and legal strategy for seceding successfully:

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article178435876.html#0

    Or, it would be a good strategy if they actually had majority support for secession . . . There is this nagging little problem that the majority of people in California don’t actually favor secession and would vote no . . . but then when has not having popular support ever stopped leftists from going ahead and doing what they want anyhow?

  • Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, ‘Vietnam.’ Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington’s motives. This march to folly in Vietnam is particularly painful for me since I enlisted in the US...
  • The US is going to stay in Afghanistan until the empire runs out of money, or men, to keep the place from opening up to the Chinese.

    Afghanistan is the route the Chinese plan to route the OBOR network through, eastward into Iran, and thenceward on to Iraq and Syria, to the Mediterranean.

    The US occupation of Afghanistan, and its involvement in Pakistan, are the plugs stopping the Chinese from breaking through with a land connection to Iran, and points beyond.

    The 21st century version of the Great Game.

    Will attempts to obstruct Chinese railway-building on the Silk Road have the same results that attempting to obstruct German railway building on the Silk Road had one hundred years ago?

    https://carlcymrushistoryblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-berlin-baghdad-railway-and-the-outbreak-of-world-war-one/

    Anyways, expect the US to keep on wasting money in Afghanistan (and Pakistan and Tajikistan) until it gets bankrupted by the next Big War!

    • Replies: @Grandpa Charlie

    "Afghanistan is the route the Chinese plan to route the OBOR network through, eastward into Iran, and thenceward on to Iraq and Syria, to the Mediterranean." -- DanC
     
    So, DanC, you actually looked at a map of the region!

    Way back in about 2005, I guess, I brought this point up variously in the blogosphere. Back then, there was a lot of talk about a supposed NS road/pipeline through Afghanistan. I found that to be a ridiculously transparent cover for the real issue of countering or preventing a likely Chinese plan to build an EW pipeline from China to Iran. Insiders who actually (probably) talked privately about the EW pipeline, of course could not openly discuss it. So they talked in 'code' about a US NS pipeline.(That's my conjecture, but it seems pretty obvious,) Very few people back then (or now?) had (have) any idea that Afghanistan connects China with Iran. Looking critically at maps is apparently something most folks just do not do!
    , @Vidi

    Anyways, expect the US to keep on wasting money in Afghanistan (and Pakistan and Tajikistan) until it gets bankrupted by the next Big War!
     
    Or until all the routes into Afghanistan are blocked. At the moment, the only route still open passes through Pakistan, and that may close at any time.
  • Yet more evidence for the theory that Communism "deep froze" social attitudes. Now yes, you can rejoinder with a comparison to Nazi voting patterns. But look... 1. The borders of the former DDR are very cleanly delineated. The AfD's share of the vote there ranged from 19% in Mecklenburg-Vorprommern to 27% in Saxony. In contrast,...
  • I would recommend that people not overthink this.

    Using Occam’s Razor, a much simpler explanation suggests itself.

    Remember that the East German people suffered through decades- 2 generations worth, of genuine, official, insane leftist government.

    Even though the country reunited 28 years ago, there is still a very large number of people with direct, living memories of what living under demented socialist rule looks and feels like.

    These people are never going to buy into SJW fantasies, and they’re going to take action in protests and at the ballot box to protect themselves from Wessie socialist idiocy.

    Hence the large success of AdF in the East . . .

    • Agree: German_reader
    • Replies: @AP
    The problem with this theory is that the former-Commie Left Party, which supports Chavez, also does well in eastern Germany.
    , @Simpleguest
    "Even though the country reunited 28 years ago, there is still a very large number of people with direct, living memories of what living under demented socialist rule looks and feels like."

    Hmm, interesting.
    Do you know what the word "ostalgia" means?
    , @Anatoly Karlin

    ... there is still a very large number of people with direct, living memories of what living under demented socialist rule looks and feels like
     
    I really don't think that's how it works.

    Die Linke is also a distinctly Ossie phenomenon and it is the closest party to the "spirit" of the DDR there is.

    https://www.electoralgeography.com/new/ru/germany2017/8_25_09_17_7_29_57.png

    (as AP said as I just noticed)
    , @Mao Cheng Ji
    The people of East Germany are very fond of the DDR.

    According to this 2009 poll:


    Today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 57 percent, or an absolute majority, of eastern Germans defend the former East Germany. "The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there," say 49 percent of those polled. Eight percent of eastern Germans flatly oppose all criticism of their former home and agree with the statement: "The GDR had, for the most part, good sides. Life there was happier and better than in reunified Germany today."
     
    , @inselaffen
    Actually I think the Occam's razor is simply that all countries that were under Soviet hegemony have healthier attitudes to 'diversity' than ones corrupted by Western (American) hegemony because Sovietism shielded them from the West.

    That's because after some early failed experiments Soviet society ended up being more conservative than Western in more matters where it counts. Rather than 'they hate loonie lefties because they lived under them already'. Soviets had nothing on westerners in the 'loonie leftie' department. The faliure was largely economic, not due to 'demented leftie' policies about trannies or gays or immigration (the Soviets look like Ultra-Fascists compared even to modern western 'conservative parties' on those issues). & after all as others are pointing out, nostalgia and even fondness for those times is actually quite a big thing in those areas.

    I know it's too much for some people (esp. Americans and 'rightists') to see any good in Soviet rule/culture, even if it is something that happened by accident rather than design, but is it really too hard not to notice that?

  • AMMAN JORDAN – I haven’t seen many miracles in my decades of travel around the globe, particularly not in the strife-torn Mideast. But last week I participated in a real miracle in Jordan as the splendid Four Paws International group staged a daring rescue of 13 wild animals trapped in the wartime hellhole of Aleppo,...
  • Love this article. I had seen photos of those animal in Aleppo, and it was pretty bad. I’m glad they got rescued.

    One correction needs to be made to Mr. Margols’s article though. Syria is not undergoing a civil war. It is experiencing an insurgency financed by foreign countries, with a large number of foreign fighters involved.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    There's oil in them thar Heights.
  • From Bloomberg: This it totally different from the headlines in the past about how Japanese needed more immigrants because it wasn't booming. Immigrants -- what can't they cure?
  • @Daniel Chieh
    Japan has relatively reasonable immigration rules, I feel. If you have a PhD, learn Japanese and are willing to submit all your paperwork in Japanese, its not that difficult to get a visa to live and work there. It allows you to not only bring family members but also household workers.

    What other types of immigrants would Japan need anyway? Isn't the ability to learn the language the bare minimum expected?

    Isn’t the ability to learn the language the bare minimum expected?

    In Japan it is. Not in America.

  • It’s too bad the comments section for this article got derailed onto the topic of the recent False Flag du jour.

    But let’s talk again about Daniel Moss’s blathering article:

    Japan and Finland have been a shining example of what the elites and their SJW minions don’t want anyone to know.

    The New Libertarians, the Identitarians, and the Alt-Right have got it correct: Economies do just fine when population growth stops, as it has in Finland, or even declines, as it has in Japan.

    Life didn’t become indescribably bad in Japan during it’s supposed “demographic crisis” Japanese people kept chugging away at life, employment rates went up as retirement freed up jobs, and now the economy is recovering.

    The people who benefit from mass immigration are the 1%. This gives them the ability to arbitrage cheap immigrant labor against homegrown workers, resulting in the unemployment and underemployment we see corroding the heart of America.

    The Japanese are kept safe from such exploitation by an unshakable Identitarian determination to maintain their homeland. They unabashedly allow only high-value foreigners to get work permits and resident status. While nominally there is a 5-year residency requirement to gain citizenship, in practice naturalization rates are very low. The reality is that people who come from one of the overseas ethnically Japanese groups such as the Brazilian, Peruvian, or Hawaiian Japanese communities can easily get citizenship, and “acceptable” foreigners who marry a Japanese citizen can get it, but you have to be a particularly high-status immigrant to get citizenship if you don’t have one or both of those factors in your favor.

    And indeed, the Japanese will sail serenely on ignoring the catcalls of the SJWs and the politicians trying to get them to change their ways, and the idiotic theorizing of morons like Mr. Moss who blindly tell them they need to import cheap labor . . . and the Japanese economy will continue its upswing while lots of Japanese Millenials and Gen Z workers take up the jobs their American counterparts wish they could get . . .

    • Agree: BB753
  • Usually every Thursday I join a group of men I used to work with for lunch. Included in that group are a retired Army colonel, a couple of museum specialists, three PhDs, and a former high-level political figure—all of us retired. This past Thursday, after lunch, we went together to an early screening of the...
  • as any good historian would tell you, . . . it was English (and some French) soldiers who fought on those beaches and who were evacuated by those hundreds of small private boats that answered the call to assist.

    What historians have you been reading?

    The fighting mainly occurred in a rearguard action in a large cordon around the town. This was what kept the men transferred to the beach from annihilation.

    British (not just English) soldiers outnumbered the French troops on the beach about two to one. That’s a lot more than “some French.”

    British and French commanders assigned 60,000 French troops and 40,000 British troops to fight the rearguard action.

    These men fought under horrifying conditions against seemingly impossible odds, and suffered staggering losses. Numerous atrocities were committed by SS troops against both French and British soldiers.

    The English mounted the courageous rescue operation, one of the most stirring moments in British maritime history.

    But the lives of those 217,000 British soldiers and 123,000 French soldiers who were rescued across the Channel also depended on 100,000 courageous men who went out against insurmountable odds and faced death so their brethren could fight again.

    The rearguard who survived the combat, and the torture and summary executions by the SS, spent almost the entire war in prison camps, with numerous casualties occurring there. The majority of those men were French.

  • From Ben Kurtz: ... Google has just earned itself a lawsuit. California Labor Code § 1102 requires that “no employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any...
  • C’mon Ben Kurtz, get real!

    Everybody know Google is Too Big To Jail.

    There’s no more chance of a Google CEO or VP going to jail than there is of an executive from Morgan Stanley or Bank of America going to jail.

  • Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. The president has many faults and is a lousy judge of character. But he was absolutely right to read the riot act to the military brass for daring to...
  • > Why were the Taliban ever the enemy?

    The Taliban made the fatal mistake of shutting down poppy farming and opium production.

    You don’t cut off one of the CIA’s major sources of off-the-books funding without there being major repercussions.

  • From iSteve commenter gda: As a white Bajan [Barbadian] who grew up in Jamaica in the 1950′s and 60′s I seem to recall being taught at school that Barbados, as the “jewel in the crown”, got the best slaves, and in particular those who were the most docile (as opposed to “hot-headed”). Jamaica got the...
  • @The Z Blog
    Barbados has a homicide rate of around 11, which is not great, but better than most majority black countries. I'm always skeptical of the numbers from the UNODC, but it's what we have. Sierra Leone checking in with a 1.92 is laughable.

    One of the interesting things about Barbados is how meticulous they are in tabulating crime. That's very unusual for a non-white country. For instance, they know that three per cent of murders were by the use of a cutlass. Perhaps some old cavalry officers retired there.

    Hmm @Z Blog,

    Some amusing, and some horrifying comparisons can be made using the UNODC’s “Intentional Murder Rate” (IMR) as a proxy for violent crime levels.

    Did you know that the Swiss (IMR=0.7 murders/100k people) are twice as murderous as the Japanese?!!! (IMR=0.3 /100k)

    It’s gotta be those assault rifles that Swiss militiamen keep at home. And the Yakuza haven’t been stepping in to take the slack.

    And those bloodthirsty Canadians! They’ve doubled down on the Swiss at 1.7 . . .

    While Barbados rings in at 11 per 100k, the rate found in many Caribbean countries (Jamaica is an exception at 43) the most violent island nation in the Caribbean is The United States Virgin Islands at 53/100k. Keep that in mind when you’re booking your next vacation.

    By comparison, Venezuela has risen to 57/100k in the past few years, since the death of Chavez and the collapse of oil prices.

    How did the Virgin Islanders manage to get up there in the elite violence stratosphere without the benefit of: collapse of an oil economy/ formation of a power vacuum caused by the death of a strongman president/deliberate US-sponsored destabilization? . . . That’s a question someone who knows the territory better than me will have to answer.

  • The word revisionist derives from roots meaning "to look again." And since history is an ongoing project, whose main purpose is to help us understand where we have come from and where we are going, we obviously need to keep taking fresh looks at the past as we propose new visions of the future. Obligatory...
  • DanC says:

    The original link to “The Berlin-Baghdad Railway as a cause of World War I” didn’t work.

    If you would still like to read it, it can be downloaded using this link:

    http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA138432

    It’s one of the most important documents on the economic history of warmongering I’ve ever seen.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    thank you
  • Champions of campus intellectual freedom now play a Whac-A-Mole game. The University imposes an unconstitutional speech code, organizations like F.I.R.E threaten litigation, the university drops the code and instead creates a tiny “free speech zone” that requires one month prior written permission for its use. Then, when that ruse is exposed, the university forms “bias...
  • As with the private school system built in NC, an excellent way to secede would be to build a completely private university.

    A university that respected free speech, refused to subjects its students to Title IX kangaroo courts, and actually taught a rigorous curriculum* would of course be unable to get any federal money.

    Would that be a bad thing though?

    * If you’d like to know what students leaving high school in the 19th century had to know in order to get into Harvard University, you could click on the link below and take a look at the Harvard entrance exam of 1869

    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/education/harvardexam.pdf

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    There are already two such institutions in the United States.
    Hillsdale College and Grove City College.
    Both institutions do not take any federal money, even payments to veterans (that go to the students) for educational expenses are not permitted to be used at these two fine institutions.
    These colleges depend on private donations and are not subject to Title IX proscriptions.
    These two colleges admitted women and subscribed to free speech and equal rights long before any other "institution of higher learning"...
  • Today’s college campuses are hotbeds of anti-intellectual insanity—a world of micro- aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces, speech codes, cultural appropriations and mandatory sensitivity training where the slightest impolite utterance, regardless of intent or heartfelt apologies can result in harsh punishment. Can this be reversed? The answer is “yes” but this will require a devious pathway...
  • The real solution is competition.

    Start a new, real university, with real standards, that will provide the kind of education that will provide students with real skills that will result in massive preference on the part of employers, and close to 100% job acquisition rates for graduates.

    The problem: the feds will withhold any and all funding from such a university.

    But maybe that’s not a problem . . . it’s a feature!

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzamn
    " The problem is: the feds will withhold any and all funding from such a university!

    Why is this a "Problem"?
    Hillsdale, the best institute of higherlearning in the US seems to do fine without fed funding, and why would federal funding with the ensuing domination by gov PC freaks be a positive factor.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet and pro jazz musician.
  • The United States is not going to launch a preemptive attack on North Korea. The risks far outweigh the rewards and, besides, the US has no intention of getting bogged down in a conflict that doesn’t advance its geopolitical objectives. The saber-rattling is just an attempt to divert attention from the Syria-Jordan border where the...
  • DanC says:

    There’s another angle to the plans for chopping out the eastern part of Syria.

    Israel has been quietly developing plans for joining the New Silk Road by means of a railway built from Israel into Jordan, north through Jordan and north through the eastern part of Syria into Turkey, where it will join the Turkish One Belt, One Road infrastructure. Turkey has already completed pilot rail runs, and will be opening the OBOR line on May 15

    http://www.dailysabah.com/economy/2017/03/17/modern-silk-road-a-new-phase-in-turkish-chinese-ties

    Once the Israelis are linked in, plans are to take the railway link through Egypt to East Africa.

    Of course, the Israelis want a North-South strip of Syrian territory to be firmly in US/Israeli hands before they start building the line.

    This does raise the interesting question of how the Israelis will balance the hatred felt by the US neocon/neoliberal cliques toward Asian continental integration … which will surely lead to the eclipse of the US empire. I’m sure they’ll finesse the issue.

  • Is Vladimir Putin the most popular Russian leader of all time? It certainly looks like it. In a recent survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center, Putin’s public approval rating soared to an eye-popping 86 percent, which is twice that of Obama’s when he left office in 2016. And what’s more surprising is...
  • I like to say that Putin was the first leader leading a popular rebellion against the oligarchs/kleptocrats/neoliberals/neocons/whatever other name is given to the predatory 1%.

    He was merely the first in a line stretching from Putin to Farage to Haider to Tsipras to Trump to Hofer to Petry to LePen . . . and more to come.

    Some have failed to win their elections (Hofer, Petry) some who did manage to get elected were co-opted once they were placed in a deep-state-hammerlock (Trump, Tsipras) one guy (Haider) was taken out with extreme prejudice (car “accident” followed by official statements gleefully trumpeted by the MSM around the world that he was drunk/had a gay lover.)

    Farage is still in the game, although under siege. And the only one who has thus far succeed in saving his country from the grip of kleptocrat disaster is Putin.

  • There is a popular point of view in some of Russia’s political circles, especially among those who profess monarchist views and cling to a famous meme of 1913 Tsarist Russia development statistics, that WW I was started by Germany to forestall Russia’s industrial development which would inevitably challenge Germany’s plans on domination of Europe. A...
  • @Carlton Meyer
    If you care to read my detailed explanation of why carrier strike groups are obsolete against a modern navy:

    http://www.g2mil.com/navwar.htm

    If you prefer to watch a 33 second example:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ki2-uyCHOA

    Great article.

    Concerning wastage of resources, here’s what John Patch of the USN had to say:

    The Soviets debated building a significant carrier fleet in the 1960s but determined that large carriers had no place in the nuclear age, partly because of their vulnerability to missiles with nuclear warheads.2 While later choosing to build larger carriers, Moscow always retained the view that carriers remained vulnerable.

    https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/the-carrier-invulnerability-myth.145678/

    It is surely significant that Russia sold or gave away all its cold war-era aircraft carriers and retains only the hybrid aircraft-capable cruiser, Kuznetsov.

    They “get” it that the role of capital surface ships is changing,, and diminishing. This is also indicative of why the Russians will shock the first fleet that tries to engage them. They keep their planners and developers focused on what actually matters, and serious war gaming, rather than rigging things to provide the answer they want for careerist reasons

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Challenge_2002

    Note that it took the attacking general about 5 minutes using a swarm of old-generation cruise missiles to sink enough craft to disable the fleet’s networked defense and EW capacity, with crew amounting to 20,000 on the ships sunk alone. The remaining ships were sitting ducks for the follow up attacks.

    These were subsonic cruise missiles. A bunch of moskits would have wiped everything out.

    And still these fools keep spending money on carrier groups. it’s noteworthy that they restarted the war game and ordered the opposing general to stop making effective attacks. That sums up exactly why the US keeps wasting money and doing stupid things.
    __________________

    As an aside, note that the CGI from the movie of an aircraft carrier attack is not realistic.

    Projectiles travelling at the speeds shown would easily be destroyed or diverted by fleet defense systems.

    The new BrahMos adaptation of the Onyx missile travels at 2,800 mph. By comparison a bullet fired from a high compression hunting rifle travels at 1,700 mph.

    The ballistic missiles such as the Dong feng being developed by the Chinese, will have incoming speeds as high as 5,000 mph.

    The human eye can’t actually see objects moving that fast.

  • One of the most spectacular misallocation of resources has been the US Navy’s insistence on building ever-more surface ships of ever-increasing complexity, while allowing their submarine fleet to languish, and neglecting missile & torpedo technology.

    The reason is career path incentives in the Navy, and in the defense contractor corporations, not in rational consideration of the directions naval warfare is developing in the rest of the world.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it here: the first time a surface fleet, no matter how modern, how large, even a carrier group, is attacked by a well-commanded, networked battery of modern missles, like the Moskit, Onyx or BrahMos, there will be debacle of historic proportions.

    Thousands of sailors and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of hardware will be headed to the bottom.

    • Replies: @Carlton Meyer
    If you care to read my detailed explanation of why carrier strike groups are obsolete against a modern navy:

    http://www.g2mil.com/navwar.htm

    If you prefer to watch a 33 second example:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ki2-uyCHOA
  • If anyone is interested in the perverse incentives in place in the US military development system, which result in such spectacular failures and misallocation of resources, you could read this:

    http://chuckspinney.blogspot.ca/p/the-defense-death-spiral-why-defense.html

  • The rise of China surely ranks among the most important world developments of the last 100 years. With America still trapped in its fifth year of economic hardship, and the Chinese economy poised to surpass our own before the end of this decade, China looms very large on the horizon. We are living in the...
  • > Economists Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson claim that:
    > America’s “inclusive” governing institutions have taken us from strength to strength. They argue that a country governed as a one-party state, without the free media or checks and balances of our own democratic system, cannot long prosper in the modern world.

    This blithering by academics who appear to live on a different planet really needs to be deconstructed point-by-point:

    1. The USA has been governed as a one-party state since at least the 1950s. Republicrats and Dempublicans? They all end up doing the same thing once they’re in. The few Quixotic types who actually try to do something different get squashed, a la Jimmy Carter, or worse, JFK, or Hale Boggs, or Mike Kelly, or Paul Wellstone . . .

    2. Free media? In the USA? Puhleeeeze . . .

    3. Checks? Balances? You mean like the stacked Supreme Court, the co-opted media, gerrymandered districts? You mean like government by executive order?

    Americans, and most of all American academics, really do live in a bubble of delusion.

    • Agree: dfordoom, Old fogey
  • Remember that the communist government of Mao was an anomaly, a historical blip in the 5,000 year history of Han Chinese civilazaton. The type of convulsion that occurs every few centuries until the shock is absorbed back into the equilibrium of China’s natural form of government and things return to “the way they have always been in the Middle Kingdom.”

    China has never been a democracy. It probably never will.

    Over the past few decades, China has bascially reverted, as it always does, to the form of government it has had for millenia: an authoritarian, centrally-governed bureaucracy with a figurehead called the Emperor, Chancellor, President, whatever, who presides over a central council that governs the provincial bureaucracies, appointing civil servants picked according to the examination system that is itself thousands of years old.

    China may be the original authoritarian meritocracy. It has lasted longer than the entire course of Western history, and the chattering academics who predict its coming demise based on their social & political theories du jour will be serenely ignored by the Chinese themselves.

  • Despite being interested in intelligence, I am also on guard against judging the mind from the face (there's no art to find the mind's construction in the face) while probably doing just that all the time. I assume that I judge mental ability by conversations which go beyond pleasantries. Indeed, perhaps measuring how quickly people...
  • Why is no-one mentioning one of the most significant affects behind pupil size- arousal (at least the study’s authors do mention it at least once.)

    AFAICT arousal (of the erotic kind) has a much bigger effect on pupil diameter than mental work. Maybe I’m off base here.

    LOL, back in the day when being a seductress was a respected profession, women in the know would dilate their pupils using tincture of Atropa belladonna because men can’t resist woman who they subconsciously detect is being turned on.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    See #8, above.

    Agreed. I recall reading in a 1964 magazine or newspaper article (clipped and kept for years) that a female's pupil dilation was a reliable indicator of interest.

    If you're seeing big, black pools in your baby's eyes, dude, you're in like Flynn.

    Not that I personally ever used this knowledge in any way that was anything but to my own advantage, and then only a relatively few times, and then only with women who were otherwise completely irresistible anyway, and you know, as they say, strike when the pupils are wide...or grab, or something.

    All of that was not usually necessary anyway, because, to paraphrase Kipling:
    The female of the species is more horny than the male.

  • The WikiLeaks exposure of thousands of documents relating to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) hacking program, which was expanded dramatically under President Barack Obama between 2013 and 2016, has created something of a panic in the users of cell phones, online computers and even for smart television viewers. The documents describe “more than a thousand...
  • > The Washington Post newspaper, which, at least in theory, is supposed to be keeping an eye on the CIA

    Nobody even pretends that the Washington Post would keep any sort of a critical eye on the CIA. Everyone who hasn’t been living in a fog all their life knows that when it comes to The Company, they only publish puff pieces and planted articles.

    The Company has co-opted reporters from the WashPo since the 1950s. They’ve even placed operatives in there since that time. Has been acknowledged publicly.

    There’s not even a pretense of theory about WP‘s functions for the CIA.

    All the people sneering about Amazon investing in a money-losing Old Media organ don’t Get It. Given that the Amazon empire stands to make a lot of money doing Big Data services for the CIA, Bezos’s investment in The WP would seem to be a perfect match.

  • From the Telegraph: Remember that funny video I posted of a riot by red-shirted South African members of parliament? Zuma didn't think it was amusing. He's decided to co-opt the redshirts' platform: The ANC is also under pressure from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema. Mr Malema has been travelling the country...
  • @de goli
    This is slightly misleading, I think.

    There is indeed lots of immigration from further north, and lots of anger about it. I'm sure it suppresses wages at the low end.

    But Zimbabweans are far from the bottom of the pile. Many are better educated than the locals, and thus out-compete them at jobs like waitering which don't require papers. And the rest are by reputation still hard working and less criminal.

    Crime is mostly locals. Maybe some high-end drug stuff is Nigerians, I don't know, but muggings and suchlike aren't.

    The best thing I read on this is "a man of good hope" Jonny Steinberg. The Somalis run the little shops which sell loose cigarettes etc in the worst areas... barricaded in like the green zone, and terrified with good reason. (The reviews of this are surreal, if Jonny said with his own mouth what he says through Asad's he'd be crucified.)

    I see what you mean about the Somalis & other immigrants having to barricade themselves, when shit like this goes down:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-24/police-fire-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-break-anti-immigrant-protests-south-africa

    and of course, just like American writers love to toss a Mexican into their plot as an ultra-violent, drug-dealing thug, so the South Africans use the stereotype of the ultra-violent, drug-dealing Nigerian thug.

    Think of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9.

    The stereotypes are there. What is unfortunate is that the 1% or less of Nigerians, Somalis, Zimbabweans who are socially disruptive, are the ones who generate the publicity.

  • There is another factor that needs to be added to the discussion about South Africa’s future.

    Just like the countries of Europe are now, South Africa has for more than a decade been dealing with massive influxes of migrants.

    They come primarily from Zimbabwe, but also from all the surrounding countries to some measure.

    As in Europe, these migrants are from impoversihed backgrounds, are not interested in assimilation, are often violent, and as a demographic, commit crimes at a higher rate than even the admittedly high rate among the South African underclass.

    What Zuma tries to sweep under the rug is the antagonism even among black citizens toward these migrants. The rhetoric about siezing land is an attempt to distract the lower class black population from their real, and understandable, anger about job loss caused by migrants. Something eventually has to break, as it will in Europe.

    • Replies: @de goli
    This is slightly misleading, I think.

    There is indeed lots of immigration from further north, and lots of anger about it. I'm sure it suppresses wages at the low end.

    But Zimbabweans are far from the bottom of the pile. Many are better educated than the locals, and thus out-compete them at jobs like waitering which don't require papers. And the rest are by reputation still hard working and less criminal.

    Crime is mostly locals. Maybe some high-end drug stuff is Nigerians, I don't know, but muggings and suchlike aren't.

    The best thing I read on this is "a man of good hope" Jonny Steinberg. The Somalis run the little shops which sell loose cigarettes etc in the worst areas... barricaded in like the green zone, and terrified with good reason. (The reviews of this are surreal, if Jonny said with his own mouth what he says through Asad's he'd be crucified.)
  • If by fascist, you mean “adherent of a movement determined to seize state power with the help of violence committed by a disciplined and armed auxiliary, if necessary, to reorder society to achieve extra-constitutional, self-defined racial or ethnic objectives embodied by a charismatic leader”, that is. Narendra Modi and his BJP party, in my reading,...
  • To paraphrase that old saying “People who live by the sword shall die by the sword,” and nowhere is this more true than in India.

    It’s hard for us Americans to imagine a country where grievances a thousand years old are still being redressed and fought out, but the Indians are still experiencing aftershocks from the Moghul invasions.

    The Moghuls made modern genocidists look like amateurs.

    Not the Germans, the Soviets, even Mao himself at 60 million could come close to the numbers the Moghuls achieved. 200 million deaths is the approximate number people have calculated from the records.

    The Moghuls didn’t waste time on things like transporting people to camps or prisons and then killing them, or slaughtering them with weapons onsite and throwing them in in mass graves. A favorite way of intimidating kingdoms they were invading to submit was to choose a town of a size easy to surround, say 10,,000 to 50,000 people, trap everyone inside and burn the town to the ground with everyone in it.

    The invasions radically changed hinduism from the peacable, philosophical religions that spawned Buddhism, to a hardened, radicalized, fundamentalist creed that underlies the Hindu nationalist movements today.

    And it persisted: just read about the Muslim depradations of the Hindu serf population in Hyderabad princely state during the Indian independence struggles.

    The Hindus originated that famous concept of Karma, and it has mutated into a real bitch!

    Karma is coming for you, Moghuls!

    And then of course, the violent Hindu nationalists shall in their turn suffer their own violent retribution. But that’s for a century other than our own.

    • Replies: @Ivan
    Moghuls were descended from the Mongols. They were equal opportunity slaughterers. Mongols have that kind of reputation but they were also businessmen after a fashion. Why would they want to kill all that people that they needed to work the fields after the spate of conquests. They had to have the goods and taxes. The Muslim rulers were not stupid, conversion to Islam meant that the erstwhile dhimmi could not be taxed, his daughters could not be taken. Hence it was in the interest of the Muslim ruling class that rhetoric aside, fewer than necessary Hindus converted. It made good economic sense to tax farm instead.

    The overwhelming majority of Muslims in India are converts, voluntary in the sense that when the village headman converted they converted along with him. They seem to have done it for reasons of economics and to escape the oppression of the upper castes. The average Muslim in India is a dusky fellow, he doesn't look like Shah Rukh Khan by a long shot.
    , @raphee
    And where do I read this. Please give a source other than an Indian author.
  • I was just reading this MailOnline article about Finland, headlined (and it’s a long headline): Nazi daggers, SS hats and a hangman’s noose: On night patrol with the “Soldiers of Odin,” neo-Nazi led vigilantes vowing to “keep Europe’s women safe from migrant sex attacks”. [By Jake Wallis Simons, February 4, 2016] That’s the headline. They...
  • @jeppo
    Odin was a Norse god, a god of the Germanic people. The Finns aren’t Germanic.

    No, but Finland isn't exclusively a Finnish nation. It was under Swedish rule for nearly 700 years and the Finnish national movement (the Fennomans) was actually started by Swedish Finns. Swedish Finns dominated every facet of life in Finland from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, imposing their language, religion, culture and legal system on the country.

    Swedish remains a co-official language of Finland, and Swedish Finns maintain their own institutions (parliament, political parties, media, opera house, etc.) in Finland. And "Finland" is of course the Swedish name for the country. So I think Finland is best classified as a Finnish-Swedish binational state and, with its membership in the Nordic Council, basically a province of Greater Scandinavia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish-speaking_population_of_Finland

    Besides, "Sons of Vainamoinen" sounds kind of lame and not very intimidating. "Sons of Odin" on the other hand should have the Afro-Islamic invaders quaking in their sandals, fearing the wrath of Thor's hammer about to come down on their heads. It's good to see the patriots of Finland embracing their (partial) Nordic Germanic heritage.

    It’s commendably thorough of them to have had those T-shirts made up with the words DEFEND FINLAND printed on the front; and those windbreaker jackets with the words SOLDIERS OF ODIN printed on the back, and the caps printed with S.O.O. for “Soldiers of Odin,” but…why are all those things printed in English?

    English is not only the world's lingua franca, but also the perfect compromise language in a bicultural nation. English as a second (or third) language is spoken by more than 60% of Finns, one of the highest rates in the EU.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language_in_Europe

    Knowledge of English is another category where Finland clusters with its Germanic neighbours rather than the rest of Europe. A majority of the people in all 10 Anglo-Germanic nations in the EU speak English, and majorities in non-EU members Switzerland, Norway and Iceland likely do too. But of the other 18 EU nations, the majority speaks English only in Malta, Cyprus (both members of the Commonwealth) and Slovenia.

    So the Sons of Odin (written in English and honouring the chief god of the ancient Germanic peoples) are actually as quintessentially Finnish as saunas, midsummer bonfires and birch trees. Long may they terrorize the Afro-Islamic rapefugees.

    Ummm … We need a correction here.

    Can you guys read? Take a look at the photo!

    The group calls themselves Soldiers of Odin, not “Sons of Odin.” They’ve founded chapters all over Scandanavia & Germany, have founded several chapters in France, Hungary, and even one in Brussels- and they now have 2 chapters in stogy, polite Canada (Regina and Vancouver!) Do a google on “Soldiers of Odin USA” if you’d like to get an eyeful of how big they are in the United States already.

    English has become the world lingua franca, and it’s actually a very practical move for the organization to use English on their gear. Watch these guys. They’re far more serious, far more organized, and far more popular, than is being reported by the namby-pamby liberal media who wish they would go away.

    I think this is developing into a grassroots movement much like the Brexit/Trump/Le Pen electoral shifts.

  • Beginning in 1997, in an English town of more than 100,000 people, eight Pakistani men stood at the core of a group involving as many as three hundred suspects who abused, gang-raped, pimped and trafficked, by the most conservative estimate, well over a thousand of the town’s young girls for years. The police were eventually...
  • Rotate the old logo for Besta Pizza 180 degrees. It is the pedophile BLogo symbol.

    That’s why when it got publicised, Besta’s management immediately deleted the old one and converted to a new, BLogo-free symbol on all their website and printed materials.

    What is interesting to note in mainstream media “debunkings” of PizzaGate is that they focus on the doubtful evidence, things that could be “interpreted either way” and they leave out the glaringly obvious pedophilia links, like the Besta Pizza logo.

    Just look at all the “debunking articles.” Do any of them mention the old Besta logo? I haven’t seen any.

    It seems to me this is the way to wean the public off the mainstream media. Hammer on the fact that the MSM insists on leaving out the clear, obvious evidence and tries to imply that everything is doubtful and open to interpretation. Then people will start to associate them with coverup and BS. The MSM can’t recover from that.

    • Replies: @Anon
    I'm not dismissing anything here, but as for

    That’s why when it got publicised, Besta’s management immediately deleted the old one and converted to a new, BLogo-free symbol on all their website and printed materials.
     
    if you found out your business logo (a triangular Greek key pattern) was used as a signaling device by pedophiles, wouldn't you change it? I, like, probably, most readers, had certainly never heard of this symbol until today.

    By the way, Besta Pizza is the worst pizzeria name I've heard in a long time. The owners evidently have horrible taste or are more than a little clueless.

    Just playing advocatus diaboli, here.
    , @Linh Dinh
    Valuable article.

    In the picture of a man holding a small child, the bead necklace alludes to semen, and Besta is also one vowel short of Bestia, "Beast."
    , @Astuteobservor II
    this is why unz is so good. there is good chance to learn something new.
    , @James Kabala
    Actually the logo issue is a prominent part of this Washington Post article (and a tweet by the fairly well-known Dave Weigel highlighted that part in particular):

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/were-going-to-put-a-bullet-in-your-head-pizzagate-threats-terrorize-dc-shop-owners/2016/12/05/39469a82-bb2e-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.af2e34c09164

  • “We came, we saw…he died” boasted a beaming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, speaking of the 2011 western overthrow of Libya’s leader Muammar Khadaffi. She was, of course, shamelessly paraphrasing Caesar’s famous summary of his campaign around the Black Sea. Mrs. Clinton, who seems ordained to be America’s next president, should have been rather more...
  • Aside from Khadaffi’s mistake of attempting to divorce Libya and the rest of Africa from the Petrodollar (an action punishable by death, as demonstrated also in the cases of Christophe de Margerie and Saddam Hussein) he also committed the sin of cutting infrastructure deals with China, and negotiating oil sales to China.

    The Europeans have always considered Libyan oil to be “theirs” since it represents energy security against their dependence on pipelines from Russia and oil shipped across insecure sea lanes. Khadaffi’s fate was sealed when he appeared to be on the verge of letting China “poach” a resource considered by the Western Euros to be of strategic national interest.

    This was one oil war that didn’t follow the usual pattern, with the US going in to try and gain control of a strategic oil region, while asking the Euro nations to participate and provide a veneer of supposed “international support.” This one was was instigated by the Europeans, who asked for support from the Americans, which is why the EU coutries were the ones doing most of the actual bombing and special ops, combat operations, while the Americans stayed more in the background, providing intelligence and supplies, with very little American combat involvement, although there was some.

  • My current piece at Asia Times, Balochistan Is Not Bangladesh, looks at the 1971 establishment of Bangladesh in context of Balochi independence advocates’ imploring Modi to do Balochistan a solid like Indira Gandhi did for East Pakistan. Here’s a video of an independence advocate ringing the bell on Indian TV: Long story short, there aren’t...
  • India has no possible way to support a Balochi insurgency. Even if the Modi government genuinely wants to in spite of its pronouncements (a debatable supposition) it will never happen.

    The logistics would be impossible. Balochistan is separated from India by Sindh & Punjab. The Indians can’t cross Pakistani territory to deliver assitance, and delivery by sea would involve tangling with the Pakistan Navy (well, massacering the PN as per usual) which just won’t fly in international forums.

    This is exactly the problem West Pakistan had when trying to hold East Pakistan. Separated by landmass, with no way to supply effectively, in large quantities, by sea.

    Iran won’t provide support for Indian assistance through its territory since they have no interest in creating an independent Balochi state on their border.

    There’s simply no way for this to happen, and Modi’s words are simply political rhetoric designed to play to the Indian audience.

    • Replies: @Numinous

    Modi’s words are simply political rhetoric designed to play to the Indian audience.
     
    Agree with your post, except for this. Modi's words are not designed to play just to the Indian audience but to the powers-that-be in Pakistan. It's to mess with their minds, and convince them that further interference in Kashmir will provoke similar interference in Balochistan. Most Indians don't care about Balochis or Baloch independence, so supporting something like that on a grand scale is out of the question.
    , @Shredni Vashtar
    Except that the Baloch can be supplied through Afghanistan, n'est-ce pas? India already arms the Afghan military. A few more weapons won't be noticed.
  • Update: In light of further comments I may have been wrong about Hong's recent admixture! See the comments below (also, further discussion with Spencer Wells offline). I don't have total clarity on what's going on, because I'm sure my friends weren't lying...but they were also early adopters, and the methods may have changed. And, I...
  • Hmmm, intriguing what syonredux and John Massey consider to be “low” numbers.

    BTW- who is Shere Hite?