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    From Rolling Stone: How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame? Much of the structure survived the blaze — but as rebuilding efforts move forward, the country will be left with a big question: What does the cathedral mean to 21st-century France? By EJ DICKSON ... But for some people in France, Notre Dame has also served...
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    Seen on Reddit, people are posting videos of a man on the roof of Notre Dame before the fire started:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c3uZViDqoo

    It was probably the hunchback.

  • The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow was demolished by the communists in the early thirties. The planned for replacement Palace of the Soviets was never built due to the German invasion. Material was instead used for metro construction and an open air swimming pool was put there. In the nineties, despite the economic collapse, a public subscription was launched and it was rebuilt. Perhaps my favourite tourist spot in Moscow. Notre Dame will be rebuilt.

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

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    Mohammedans have to be careful around Jesus, who is a prophet, albeit a dwarf prophet, to them. I doubt the fecal treatment given to other French churches of late was their work, unless there are MENA Sartres among them.
     
    They have to speak well of him because they consider him a prophet. But they don't have to respect crosses, crucifixes or any statues of him because they consider that idolatry. So they will on occasion ransack a church and destroy the statues, glass windows and any other depictions they find.

    Just like the occasional church in England where the New Model Army was stationed and they have had their stain glass windows smashed as idolatrous.

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  • A year and a half ago it seemed more likely that in April 2019 we'd be reading: "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prince, Tom Petty, and now Tiger Woods ..." than "Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters champion ..." I have written once or twice over the years about Tiger Woods, who today won one of golf's four major...
  • @Jim Don Bob
    Tiger also played it safe at 12, while Koepka, Molinaro, and Poulter went at the flag, landed in the water and double bogeyed. I don't think any of them folded; they just f**ked up.

    If Tiger had gone first on the 12th he would have gone in the water, the wind had changed, the last few all went in the water so perhaps something the caddy should pick up on, and Tiger realised that after Molinari went in the water. I agree I was too harsh on Molinari, it really was random luck, although he did buckle a bit after.

    • Replies: @Honesthughgrant

    If Tiger had gone first on the 12th he would have gone in the water, the wind had changed, the last few all went in the water so perhaps something the caddy
     
    Well maybe. All three of them - in the last group - knew that Koepka and Poulter had hit it the water. But Molanari STILL went for the Pin, and got a bath. Tiger, with 20 years of Masters experience under his belt, played it safe and went for the Center of the green. Finau hit after Tiger and went for the pin and....got wet.

    I'm not too sure who, out the six men in the last two groups, was 1st in the water. But even if Xandau Shuffleboard had made it OK and went first, it still means that 3 of the 4 who got a bath, saw someone else put it in the water before them. So, they knew the winds were dangerous and STILL went for the pin!

  • My post about how it is very likely that Julian Assange sought asylum in the Russian Embassy before being refused has met some criticism, as well as outright allegations of making things up and being a Russophobe CIA troll. Consequently, I feel the need to clear up a few issues. Am I a lying homosexual...
  • @Dmitry
    It shows some of the cynical aspects of the"political asylum game".

    Obviously, the UK will extradite Assange to America. On the other hand, if it was a non-Western country who demanded his extradition, they would block it and boast about how they support "human rights and free speech" by giving him political asylum in London.

    But anyone who knows any history of at least a last 200 years, if not more, is already aware how cynical (and selectively applied) interstate political asylum is, and that one of the main motivations for housing dissidents has always been their utility as leverage and intelligence sources, against governments there is some kind of conflict with.

    There is a reasonable chance extradition will be refused, the courts, not the government, decide.

  • A year and a half ago it seemed more likely that in April 2019 we'd be reading: "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prince, Tom Petty, and now Tiger Woods ..." than "Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters champion ..." I have written once or twice over the years about Tiger Woods, who today won one of golf's four major...
  • @Steve Richter
    I was more amazed and disappointed that so many of the other golfers collapsed in the final holes. Hitting balls into the water, off tree branches, sand pits, rolling to the opposite side of the green. Dustin Johnson saying something like "well I will play better next week". Is anyone aware that the point of playing all that golf is be able to step up your game, conquer your nerves and produce great results when it matters?

    And the mindless cheering of the spectators. Tiger shows no affection or respect for his fans. Why be so adoring of him? Assuming they are all there to watch great golf, what about booing or giving some indication that you are let down by all the chokers?

    Tiger seemed to intimidate them still, they all folded mentally, bad miss on the 18th by Koepka, when quite a few could have forced a play off. Molinari was unfortunate to hit that branch and Tiger seemed to get the luck when he hit his tee shots high, wide and handsome.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Tiger also played it safe at 12, while Koepka, Molinaro, and Poulter went at the flag, landed in the water and double bogeyed. I don't think any of them folded; they just f**ked up.
  • Molinari failed to hold his nerve, disappointing.

    Navy Seals are brain dead door kickers, Green Berets are the cerebral ones who are recruited older and more experienced, train proxy forces and often end up in military intelligence.

  • Yesterday, a young black man with a long rap sheet threw a little boy of unreported race off the third floor balcony of the giant Mall of America outside of Minneapolis. Various news organizations are covering this horrific story in different ways. For example, NYTimes.com doesn't mention it anywhere right now on its vast home...
  • There was a random stabbing spree in London, I have wondered about the race of victims and perpetrators.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47765914

  • I've never heard it mentioned in the American press (I can't find any references to "binary option" ever in the New York Times, for instance), but the Times of Israel has been crusading in recent years against an Israeli-centric scam involving boiler rooms around the world promoting something called a binary option. When the Times...
  • @Lot
    “McDavid’s ... then Israel is a gangster state”

    Oh well proof that Israel is evil, you can’t enforce IP on “McD*”

    You’d never have to worry about that here.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3512/3855964968_90ae066370_z.jpg

    http://s3-media4.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/BkxDfI-XV-BSz_Gqfy1QDA/o.jpg

  • Apologies for the paucity in poasting the past couple of weeks. My laptop finally gave up the ghost and had to be sent to repairs before a replacement was ready, which caused lag in IRL work, which had to be made up when I acquired a workstation again. It's also more difficult to start up...
  • @Mikhail
    Spinning along US neocon Zionist lines, The National Interest is covering all angles:

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/assange-should-get-what-he-deserves-52417

    Wonder if Dov Zakheim thinks that Carl Bernstein and Christiane Amanpour are true journalists?

    Somewhat related regarding academia as well as journalism:

    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/looking-in-the-wrong-direction/#comment-26705

    Neocons seem very excitable about Assange, even more than you expect them to be.

  • @songbird
    On a purely tangential note, one thing I find really odd about German politics is the mania for getting a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. I mean, it is even in the AfD platform - you would think they would be for defunding the UN.

    From the map of UN votes in the Assange thread, it does not look like Germany would veto anything that the other Western members do not veto.

    Honestly, IMO, this is behavior that we would expect from Brazil, which has the ambition to be a global player, and so a cargo cult of trying to copy actual powers. Germany is a real country, or at least was. The UN is a purely evil, illegitimate body worse even than the EU parliament, which for example, has Joacine Katar-Moreira - spitting, stuttering Bantu feminist from Guinea-Bissau - running for it in Portugal.

    I attribute it to post-war psychosis, much like German's atomophobia, or their psychological inability to drink tap water, they aspire to be at the head of the new League of Nations, to prevent world conflicts. It doesn't matter that it is a worthless, corrupt and inherently evil organization, which is fostering world conflicts by supporting mass migration.

    I would find it odd if Germany weren’t seeking a UN seat, as it is they have to go through France when Germany are the power in the EU. The UN isn’t going anywhere so you have to make it work for you as best you can.

    • Replies: @songbird
    I am for handing out as many vetoes as possible, Any increase in obstructionism, however small is a positive, in my view. I just don't see what Germany would get out of it. As part of any deal, there would probably be pressure for them to pay even more. They are larger than the UK, after all, though I believe Britain pays more, or at least has in the past.

    All they can do is ask for a veto. Cut off money, if they are smart. Bribe third world countries to campaign for them, if they are stupid. But who will actually give it to them? The whole thing is a satire on the structure of the UN.

    And what would they actually use it for? If they are like the US, probably to signal philo-Semitism.

    I suppose one has to account for the reality of the globalist mindset in the many individuals who want a Utopian, global organization. Still, I think it would be more practical to break it up into regional organizations, or else a club of serious countries and one of joke, third world countries with funny names, like Burkina Fasso.
  • I've never heard it mentioned in the American press (I can't find any references to "binary option" ever in the New York Times, for instance), but the Times of Israel has been crusading in recent years against an Israeli-centric scam involving boiler rooms around the world promoting something called a binary option. When the Times...
  • Unsurprisingly Israel can be considered a failed state with organised crime having corrupted everything. A lot of mafia types Putin chased out ended up there too, McMafia was surprisingly honest in this portrayal, another trope.

    https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/bbc-s-new-drama-mcmafia-under-fire-for-anti-jewish-tropes-1.451333

    The Israeli media reports on it.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/is-israel-becoming-a-mafia-state/

    As has the US authorities.

    https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09TELAVIV1098_a.html

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
    I don't think that Israelis or Jews generally care about how they are viewed, as long as they get to keep their ill-gained money. They deserve to do anything they wish, since they are world's biggest victims.

    When I was in Israel, there was a chain of fast food restaurants called McDavid's that looked very much like McDonald's from the outside. They even used the golden arches with the red background. When I asked about this, I was told that McDonald's couldn't do a thing about it because the courts in Israel wouldn't enforce the law.

    If a scam is dishonestly using the money of others to enrich yourself, then Israel is a gangster state, and Jews have loose attitudes about victimizing others.
  • With the Bazelon Dynasty back in the news with Emily Bazelon's book on Ending Mass Incarceration, a reader points out that before her grandfather David Bazelon became a Liberal Lion who did so much toward Ending Mass Incarceration in the 1960s, with such disastrous consequences for the crime rate, the elder Bazelon had a lot...
  • @PV van der Byl
    Obviously, Reinhardt was a pro-criminal leftist.

    What were his organized crimes connections, though? Gus Russo mentions him only once in passing in his SuperMob book and all I could find through Google on that subject was this elliptical passage from a 1986 LA Times article:

    “Reinhardt's nomination to become a federal judge while serving on the Police Commission also was marked by controversy. There were charges, denied by Reinhardt and unsubstantiated by Justice Department investigators, that as a labor lawyer he had ties to organized crime.”
     

    Gary Wean has Reinhardt as mobbed up along with fellow ultra ‘liberal’ Harry Pregerson. Good to read the LA Times reports similar concerns.

  • @flyingtiger
    Usually it is the tough on crime judge who is owned by the mob. First of all the mob hates street crime. It cuts into their business. Secondly, if a mobster is arrested, he appears before this tough on crime judge, who will dismiss the case for some minor reason. No one would ever suspect.
    That Bazelon would lay the ground work for easier appeals is an interesting idea.

    Stephen Reinhardt would indicate otherwise. Mobbed up all the way and as ‘liberal’ as they come.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Obviously, Reinhardt was a pro-criminal leftist.

    What were his organized crimes connections, though? Gus Russo mentions him only once in passing in his SuperMob book and all I could find through Google on that subject was this elliptical passage from a 1986 LA Times article:

    “Reinhardt's nomination to become a federal judge while serving on the Police Commission also was marked by controversy. There were charges, denied by Reinhardt and unsubstantiated by Justice Department investigators, that as a labor lawyer he had ties to organized crime.”
     
  • From my column in Taki's Magazine: "Short-Shaming:" Five Presidents at the dedication of the lovely Ronald Reagan library in the early 1990s. Jimmy Carter is listed at 5'9.5". Nixon was taller than I would have guessed, especially because pre-Baby Boomers were considerably shorter on average than my generation. So it's less that the tallest man...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    London Bob, Prince Charles, best dressed man ever.

    The only people allowed to wear double breasted suits, apart from fat fellas, are the Royal Family. Tailored by Gieves & Hawkes of course.

  • In another timeline, Julian Assange may have enjoyed long walks with Edward Snowden by the Patriarch Ponds in Moscow. Imagine that you are a dissident at risk of extradition to a jilted superpower, whose secrets you just spilled for the entire world to gawk at, and you happen to be caught up in the capital...
  • Edward Snowden has had it pretty good in comparison, I assume he leads a pretty normal life. Lucky for him to get stuck in Russia.

  • From my column in Taki's Magazine: "Short-Shaming:" Five Presidents at the dedication of the lovely Ronald Reagan library in the early 1990s. Jimmy Carter is listed at 5'9.5". Nixon was taller than I would have guessed, especially because pre-Baby Boomers were considerably shorter on average than my generation. So it's less that the tallest man...
  • @The Last Real Calvinist
    Thanks much; that's very helpful.

    To be fair it is very fitted, Bush has a more traditional Savile row cut suit on. You would figure the style conscious Reagan and the sophisticated Bush would be the ones to not wear a traditional American suit.

    Tailored suits are of course completely unnecessary these days, unless you have an odd frame, machine made are of a very high quality and can be adjusted cheaply by a tailor, if needs be.

  • With the Bazelon Dynasty back in the news with Emily Bazelon's book on Ending Mass Incarceration, a reader points out that before her grandfather David Bazelon became a Liberal Lion who did so much toward Ending Mass Incarceration in the 1960s, with such disastrous consequences for the crime rate, the elder Bazelon had a lot...
  • @YetAnotherAnon
    OT again. Sorry about that.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/new-species-of-ancient-human-homo-luzonensis-discovered-in-philippines-cave

    A new species of ancient human, thought to have been under 4ft tall and adapted to climbing trees, has been discovered in the Philippines, providing a twist in the story of human evolution.

    The specimen, named Homo luzonensis, was excavated from Callao cave on Luzon island in the northern Philippines and has been dated to 50,000-67,000 years ago – when our own ancestors and the Neanderthals were spreading across Europe and into Asia.
     

    Homo luzonensis sounds like a monkey not a human.

  • From my column in Taki's Magazine: "Short-Shaming:" Five Presidents at the dedication of the lovely Ronald Reagan library in the early 1990s. Jimmy Carter is listed at 5'9.5". Nixon was taller than I would have guessed, especially because pre-Baby Boomers were considerably shorter on average than my generation. So it's less that the tallest man...
  • @The Last Real Calvinist
    Yes, Reagan's suit looks like an Italian cut.

    Bush -- to me, at least -- looks pretty bad. His jacket is lumpy and hangs oddly, the sleeves seem to be cut too wide, and as I mentioned above, his shirt cuffs stick out too far.

    The Bush suit strikes me as an example of what (IIRC) Paul Fussell described as the upper-class, preppie, northeastern style, i.e. unstructured shoulders, kind of dowdy -- but recognized by others of the breed as being in unostentatious good taste.

    But hey, I'm a mid-prole from Flyoverstan, so I really don't know if this is true. Can any blue bloods out there confirm this, or is Bush just wearing a bad suit/photographed in unflattering light?

    https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/british-italian-american-suits/

    Reagan’s has structured shoulders, English style.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    Thanks much; that's very helpful.
  • @Anonymous
    That picture would've been from the 40s to 50s, when larger suits were the style. Skinnier suits and skinny suits came into fashion in the 60s. In the 80s, suits with sharp angled shoulders and shoulder pads were in style, even among women. Reagan wore those suits with the sharp angled and defined shoulders.

    The classic Savile row look, as sported by Sean Connery’s Bond. The look I go for but the fashion seems to be the gay look, weak shoulders and ultra skinny, personally I don’t approve.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Once a fashion moves to the definite article it is past its prime. Then again for men timeless is best.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    London Bob, Prince Charles, best dressed man ever.
  • Our society is increasingly concerned about the existence of Racist Objects. From Los Angeles Magazine: Fulham is the second oldest pro soccer team in London, behind only Arsenal. They wear white jerseys. Unfortunately for Professor Kotler, Fulham lost its 9th straight and got relegated out of the elite Premier League earlier this month. Inspired by...
  • Khan has taken an absolute bath on Fulham, a historically small club punching well above their weight. They rely on tourists to fill their stands, and they only come if there is Premier League football to watch. Can’t help thinking this was always an NFL team in London play but Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground is convertible to an NFL format so that opportunity has gone. Khan also tried to buy Wembley stadium to host NFL games. Personally I find the attempts to shove American Football on us tedious, we aren’t interested.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    Not enough fans in the whole UK to half fill a Premiership stadium.
    , @Redneck farmer
    When Civil War 2 ends, you'll get people who prefer your kind of football as refugees.
    , @Anonymous

    Personally I find the attempts to shove American Football on us tedious, we aren’t interested.
     
    Oh yes you are.
    , @Brutusale
    Kind of like how futbol has been shoved down our throats for the past 50 years!
    , @Anonymous

    Personally I find the attempts to shove American Football on us tedious, we aren’t interested.
     
    You don't even own your own football teams anymore. Sold out to Russians and Arabs.

    What a bunch of lazy, cowardly sheep you lot are.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    London, The Buffalo Bills cancelled their contract to play one "home" game per year in Toronto, at Rodgers stadium. Not enough interest and half empty site. Still lots of Canadians come to Bills' home games, where they love to tail gate, which was not allowed in Toronto.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Personally I find the attempts to shove American Football on us tedious, we aren’t interested
     
    On the other hand, you folks have been adopting noisy American musical genres for at least 70 years now. What's that about? Chuck Berry was a novelty-song hack.

    Your Race Relations Act goes far beyond anything over here, and now we're seeing screeds for "gender pay equity" in the UK.

    You mock our mediocre ideas, then embrace our worst.

  • From The Telegraph (UK): Man investigated by police for retweeting transgender limerick Camilla Tominey, associate editor Joani Walsh 24 JANUARY 2019 • 10:00PM A docker from Humberside has been investigated by police over a limerick he posted on Twitter after an officer claimed it constitutes a ‘hate incident’ against transgender people. Harry Miller, 53, from...
  • Reminder we have a supposedly Conservative government at the moment, can we swap May for Trump please?

    • Replies: @Thea
    We have trans mania running rampant here as well
  • Apologies for the paucity in poasting the past couple of weeks. My laptop finally gave up the ghost and had to be sent to repairs before a replacement was ready, which caused lag in IRL work, which had to be made up when I acquired a workstation again. It's also more difficult to start up...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    HBD-denialism has much more in common with Creationism.

    Evolution stopped 50,000 years ago, and there are no evolved differences in the brain.

    Right.

    Actually the Biblical model of Creation denies a lot less of observable reality than liberal creationism does.

    I don’t believe in macro evolution, the fossil record, commonsense and what I see around me doesn’t support it. Micro evolution can occur, but even that seems to be very limited. The irony is macro evolution is miraculous, were it to actually occur.

  • @gate666
    yet you have no problem with global warming deniers.

    Can’t understand why people don’t believe all the climate hysteria, all their shrill claims over the past thirty years have such a great track record.

    https://www.apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0

    • Replies: @szopen
    The PR people usually are known for exxagerations. You really should not use press releases as a argument against climate scientists.
  • With the Bazelon Dynasty back in the news with Emily Bazelon's book on Ending Mass Incarceration, a reader points out that before her grandfather David Bazelon became a Liberal Lion who did so much toward Ending Mass Incarceration in the 1960s, with such disastrous consequences for the crime rate, the elder Bazelon had a lot...
  • @Ron Unz
    Drat!!!

    I'd read that 600pp Russo book a few months ago, and found it absolutely fascinating, along with his other 600pp book on the Chicago mob that I'd finished a week or so ago. So much massively-documented material about very prominent public figures that almost no one is aware of, and which I was planning to make the topic of a new article.

    If I hadn't made that that cryptic reference about Bazelon, maybe you wouldn't have been prompted to steal some of my thunder.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/bazelon-dynasty-still-working-to-raise-the-murder-rate/#comment-3136736

    But obviously 1,200 pages of dense Russo research plus several other books contains a lot of other material, which may certainly still surprise lots of people.

    Ron needs to put up Gary Wean’s ‘There’s a Fish in the Courthouse’ in the banned books section. That is all about Wean’s time battling what he called the Mishpucka in LA.

    Almost impossible to purchase so I have never read it.

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
    nonsense, 2 copies are offered @ Amazon,

    @ c. $630 and $650. But once Bezos is (((made aware))) of what's in them, they'll disappear quickly. So grab one while you can. If you can.
  • Update: Bibi is expected to be able to form a right of center coalition, his 4th straight win and 5th going back to 1996. He won't last forever, but he seems at this point like the most influential political figure of the last quarter of a century worldwide. Israeli elections are usually pretty close, and...
  • As an ‘anti-semite’, I actually hope Bibi wins again. He’s such a sleazebag that he makes our job easier. He’s the perfect poster-boy for BDS. Much the way Trump creates an image problem for the neocons, Bibi creates an image problems for the Zionists.

    • Agree: LondonBob
    • Replies: @Lot
    “He’s such a sleazebag”

    You mean a loveable rogue.

    https://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/214/248/6e0.png
    , @Redneck farmer
    "He's such a sleazebag". All right, who let the Romney supporter in?
  • Kevin MacDonald was spot on that Nazism was a mirror image of Judaism, Israel continues to become more Nazi than Nazi Germany. Now Bibi can shoot for lebensraum to the east for the master race.

    • Replies: @Alden
    I thought Lebensraum was the entire point of Zionism
  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @reiner Tor
    And buying American planes makes even less sense than buying Airbus. The Americans usually have tougher sanctions, introduced at shorter notice, while the Europeans often include grandfathering provisions and they usually take longer to implement. Their sanctions are usually less stringent, or at most exactly as tough as the American sanctions. In 2014 the American sanctions might not have been tougher than the EU sanctions, because it was under Obama, and probably EU and US officials coordinated a lot about it. But then the Americans could and did quickly and unilaterally snap further sanctions, which the Europeans basically never do, so on average, you always end up with tougher American than European sanctions, especially when averaged out for longer time periods.

    Therefore, buying complicated maintenance-heavy equipment like airliners from the US makes less sense than buying from the EU.

    Boeing has a big R&D centre in Moscow, or did when Biden visited when I was there in 2011.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    That might have been a factor. Sounds like a better argument. The Russian aviation industry probably benefits from the presence of the Boeing and Airbus R&D centers, though the patents go to the parent companies only, so the benefits are not that large.
    , @Dmitry
    The situation with so many 737 MAX orders is to worry about, because of its safety problems.

    However, Boeing company itself is a massive investor in Sverdlovsk region (where important 787 parts are produced).

    Here was Ural Boeing quietly opening second production in Sverdlovsk region a few months ago.

    https://i.imgur.com/jTqJQVU.jpg

    -

    About titanium valley, where Ural Boeing are the most important investor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9isw3izADA

  • Establishment historians claim that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt never wanted war and made every reasonable effort to prevent war. This article will show that contrary to what establishment historians claim, Franklin Roosevelt and his administration wanted war and made every effort to instigate World War II in Europe. The Germans seized a mass of...
  • @jacques sheete

    Jews lost a great deal in the war. Shoah.
     
    Maybe a few little ones did, but the bigshot moneybag crowd probably did not.

    Here's an anecdote to ponder.

    The new [Jewish] prosperity was born in rearmament, and that was begun in the name of anti-Communism and anti-Semitism. Abyssinia, Spain and China have already shown that the new armaments race spells death, not for Jews, but for indiscriminate millions of helpless Gentiles, Africans, Chinese and whatnot. The profits from the armaments race will go largely into the pockets of Jews, because of their preponderant share in retail trade… Such is Hitler's achievement in the cause of antiSemitism.

    I was talking one day to Z, a Jewish journalist expelled from Germany who has settled in Vienna, where he has a pleasant home and a motor car. He talked with bitter resentment of Germany. 'Ah', he complained, 'the Poles murdered us, but the Germans have robbed us', and it was quite clear from his tone which was the worse thing for him. Then he told me how his son was still working for a big German film company in Berlin and had thrice had his salary raised to induce him not to leave and emigrate, as he desired, wishing to join his father. The Jews. As I write, in Vienna, they are all about me, watching with non-committal, veiled, appraising eyes the comedy that is going on in Insanity Fair. They know that when Hitlerism has passed away they will still be trading in the Kärntnerstrasse.


    -Douglas Reed, Insanity Fair (1938), chapter 17

     

    Interestingly Reed thought Hitler should have been overthrown or Germany invaded and advocated such. It is possible a coup by the German military could have been instigated in the thirties, certainly in the latter years of the war if unconditional surrender hadn’t been adopted as official policy.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete

    Interestingly Reed thought Hitler should have been overthrown or Germany invaded and advocated such. It is possible a coup by the German military could have been instigated in the thirties, certainly in the latter years of the war if unconditional surrender hadn’t been adopted as official policy.
     
    Yes to all.

    Reed was not exactly a Hitler supporter and he wrote some good stuff. I am impressed that you brought up the very key issue of unconditional surrender. That was an entirely evil position and both Wilson and FDR advocated and worked for that policy. Utterly disgusting SOBs.
  • @anon

    No doubt the Roosevelt administration was agitating for war. Between the Soviets, the Nazis and FDR’s chums what chance did Europe have? Always found the US saving Britain meme particularly offensive.
     
    somehow you left the belligerent Churchill out of this mix

    note that he was on the hook to some jew bankers for the solvency of his entire estate, also note the quip by a Rothschild woman "if my sons didn't want wars there would be no wars"

    Churchill didn’t become Prime Minister till 1940, Chamberlain is the relevant character, who I thought behaved reasonably and is unfairly demonised now.

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golem
    Actually up till 1939 War Plan Red was still active - American war with Britain specifically the invasion of Canada (which they failed to annex in 1776 and 1812).

    WWII enriched Kosher America Inc and empowered the Judeo-Bolshevik USSR.
  • No doubt the Roosevelt administration was agitating for war. Between the Soviets, the Nazis and FDR’s chums what chance did Europe have? Always found the US saving Britain meme particularly offensive.

    Contrary to official historians it is well worth remembering how catastrophic FDR’s domestic economic policies were with the US mired in depression until Truman started reversing his bizarre price controls etc.

    • Replies: @anon

    No doubt the Roosevelt administration was agitating for war. Between the Soviets, the Nazis and FDR’s chums what chance did Europe have? Always found the US saving Britain meme particularly offensive.
     
    somehow you left the belligerent Churchill out of this mix

    note that he was on the hook to some jew bankers for the solvency of his entire estate, also note the quip by a Rothschild woman "if my sons didn't want wars there would be no wars"
  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @reiner Tor

    The fact that Turkey wants the S-400 in itself is interesting.
     
    It’s simple. They kept asking for a Patriot and maybe other stuff like THAAD, but the Americans kept throwing up hurdles.

    One possible reason is Israel: the Americans have a more or less stated official policy of not letting any country in the Middle East be stronger than Israel, so they never sell the Muslims the latest military technologies. With Erdogan’s moderate (?) Islamism and general unreliability, they probably wanted to avoid a situation where Israel would face Turkish Patriot PAC3 and THAAD in Syria.

    Another possible reason is simply the Turkish requirement for sharing technology and indigenous production.

    Or they simply didn’t trust Erdogan or even Turkey in general (especially in light of the Turkish refusal to grant airspace for the invasion of Iraq in 2003), regardless of Israel.

    Now, the Turks probably threatened that they would then buy from the Russians, and finally made good on their threats.

    it’s the premier long range surface to air missile system
     
    Probably the biggest bang for the buck, though I think the Patriot PAC3 plus a THAAD provide better capabilities - albeit for something like five times the money. Except for the 400 km range, which is probably not very useful for the Americans. (Due to the shape of the Earth it only works against very high flying targets, and probably the Americans are correct to assume air superiority anyway.)

    As for sharing American technology with Russia,
     
    Even if Turkey didn’t provide the most high tech components for the F-35 program, it still has some details and specifications. Its pilots are already receiving training, so presumably they have a lot of interesting things to tell about its vulnerabilities or as simple things as American tactics.

    the Russians are better aware of how to defeat it than Western forces are
     
    There is something to it (I also read about East German air-to-air missiles and MiG-29 fighters which fell into the hands of the Bundeswehr: Soviet missiles worked better against Western fighters, and vice versa, presumably because both sides developed and tested their own defenses and countermeasures against their own weapons), but I don’t think there’s a silver bullet against any weapons system. The Russians had to fight Soviet (often Russian) weapons the hard way in Georgia and Ukraine, and presumably it’d be the same with the Turkish S-400. Similar to the issues Iranian F-14s posed to the US.

    From that angle they might as well go ahead and make things official. I’ve heard that Su-57 sales to Turkey are being discussed.
     
    But that’d defeat the purpose of the whole policy against Turkey: the policy intended to starve the Russian MIC of orders would end up providing it with a new customer as well as accelerating the Su-57 development. The Turks might even provide a few ideas or technologies from the F-35, though I already wrote that.

    It’d also be great marketing for Russian military technology (or at least the S-400) if Turkey broke with the West merely to be able to buy it. If I were an American policy maker, I’d probably try to avoid such an outcome.

    The Israelis detest Erdogan, hence the neocon dislike. Pompeii and Bolton do not inhabit the real world so think they can kick Turkey about without consequences.

    https://indianpunchline.com/us-israel-punish-turkeys-erdogan/

  • @Thorfinnsson
    I'm reminded of the failure of Britain's postwar industrial strategy for airliners.

    For some strange reason the government refused to compel BOAC to purchase British aircraft. BOAC purchased Lockheed Connies, Boeing Stratocruisers, Douglas DC-4s and DC-7s, and finally of course Boeing 707s.

    This was done despite a chronic shortage of Dollars, the existence of suitable British types (or types with development potential), and the existence of a government industrial strategy to compete in the world airliner market (the Brabazon Committee).

    The acquisition of large, pressurized American airliners immediately after the end of the war was perhaps justifiable as British equivalents did not yet exist (the Avro Tudor was much smaller than the Connie). Continuing to purchase American aircraft in the '50s was absurd. Even the Bristol Brabazon, supposedly a white elephant, probably could've succeeded with a high capacity cabin layout (instead of only carrying 2/3rd more passengers than a Connie in a plane the size of a modern wide body).

    In light of the fact that BOAC was owned by the crown and that Sterling was not freely convertible in this era, it would've been exceedingly simple to force BOAC to purchase British aircraft.

    In the end only the Vickers Viscount became a major success.

    Whilst the Viscount, Comet and VC 10 were all innovative ultimately only the Viscount racked up significant sales, with the others being flawed in some way deterring international buyers. BOAC had to compete internationally and couldn’t carry the British commercial airliner industry on its own. There was a good documentary on this recently.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9507019/Jet-When-Britain-Ruled-the-Skies-BBC-Four-review.html

  • This amusing Rick Springer college admissions scandal often involves USC in South-Central L.A. because Springer's firm is based in Newport Beach, CA. The New York Times tries to come up with a trend story about USC, but gets the trend mostly backwards: I don't believe I've ever ordered a $20 glass of wine for myself...
  • @Larry, San Francisco
    College admissions are pretty crazy now. My daughter with a 1500 SAT score (almost evenly divided between math and verbal) and good class rank (top 9% from a well regarded private school) got rejected from almost every school she applied to including both her parents alma maters (I guess I should have given more money) and USC. She is in engineering and I know that is harder but still? It was very dispiriting.
    Luckily she eventually did get into a second tier UC school where she is happy.
    I had fairly similar number when I applied to college over 40 years ago. I did not apply to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford or Yale but I got in everywhere else I applied (including Columbia, U of Chicago, Northwestern, Penn, Pomona etc.)

    Well if it is anything like British universities nowadays you are competing on a global level rather than just within that country. Most of you baby boomers wouldn’t be admitted these days.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    This just pisses me off to no end. Why should the HS students of CA have to compete with China and India to get into a UC? Same thing for your country. Their parents have been paying taxes in the state for years and then some ringer flies in at the last moment and gets the spot. I don't care if he or she has better test scores. Go enrich your own filthy country with your test-taking. The UC's should be for California kids, say 90% plus. A few percent from other states and just a handful of foreigners. Grr...
  • From the New York Times opinion page: Like Kim Foxx! ...To end mass incarceration, however, exempting nonviolent offenses from jail time isn’t enough. People convicted of violent crimes make up more than half of the country’s state prison population. But the image of prisons overflowing with murderers and rapists is wrong. In many states, “violent...
  • @Polynices
    100% agreement. We execute far too few people.

    I like how she downplays felony burglary and theft as no big deal and not deserving of much punishment. Pretty sure if we went back to hanging thieves we would have a vastly happier and healthier country.

    Elements of sharia law could be introduced. Time was you would be hanged for stealing an apple from an orchard, known as scrumping. It probably had healthy eugenic effects.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1203828/The-222-Victorian-crimes-man-hanged.html

  • Hillary should have made this video into a campaign commercial in 2016: the way she keeps tapping Joe Biden on the elbow to try to communicate to him that he can stop hugging her now makes her seem more relatable. From the New York Times: Is that true? Has society gotten more standoffish? My impression...
  • @Digital Samizdat
    Jean-Claude Juncker was almost certainly drunk when that video was made. He is an inveterate alcoholic who's just ripped all day long. This is a known fact in Europe, and there several videos of him doing weird stuff. Here's one from RT:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ocJPJRm7s

    Impressively Juncker still seems to function fine, despite him being permanently sozzled.

    Always been a Northern European thing to avoid unnecessary physical contact, just another case of our space being invaded and way of life altered.

  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    Perhaps the dull stories about civilian life have faded from my memory.

    Other than the Monty cult my strongest memory from the museum is an 800mm shell from the Schwerer Gustav.

    I don't have a problem with Monty, I was just irritated by the major Monty cult at the Imperial War Museum. American grousing about Monty comes down to:

    1 - He was pursuing British interests that conflicted with American aims
    2 - He wasn't American
    3 - He was rude

    I'm not bothered by these. He was a perfectly serviceable general. Perhaps not as good as Patton, but better than Omar Bradley...let alone Mark Clark. His strategic judgment was not good, but his operational judgment was decent.

    I'm of the impression that there were better British commanders than Monty, but they were on other fronts (e.g. Slim). On the other hand perhaps they would not have succeeded in command of such large formations and against German opposition.

    Montgomery's actions at the Battle of the Bulge were correct, though I'm mainly impressed by Eisenhower for having the courage to appoint a British commander.

    O’Connor’s offensive against the Italians in North Africa, Operation Compass, was the most impressive British offensive of the war, O’Connor seeking to emulate Stonewall Jackson’s tactics in his Shenandoah campaign with a smaller force using mobility and speed to rout a superior force. He did well enough in Normandy but did not distinguish himself. I actually think General Sir Miles Dempsey was the most capable, although he was Monty’s protege so Monty deserves credit again for his ability to select competent underlings.

    I always find the criticism of Montgomery’s cautiousness strange, Britain simply didn’t have the manpower to waste. I am reminded of JFC Fuller’s criticism of Lee being recklessly aggressive and wasting soldiers he could ill afford to lose.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Operation Compass was a great success, but it was also against Italians. When the British attempted to continue to press the advantage against (rather small) German forces, the outcome was different. Contrary to myth the Italians were not cowards, but they were badly equipped and led.

    I agree that Montgomery's caution was appropriate. It was inferior in manpower and fighting against an opponent which was tactically superior. Furthermore, Britain enjoyed superior resources and was part of a grand coalition with overwhelming superiority in both manpower and resources.

    If Britain had been facing Germany alone then perhaps Montgomery would not have been an appropriate commander. Aggression can also be an appropriate strategy in response to limited resources as it offers the possibility of decisive results. This was after all the traditional Prussian-German strategy. But that requires tactically superior forces which cannot be quickly developed, and thus was never an option available to British land forces.

    I think Lee's aggression was appropriate for that reason, and in fact he was insufficiently aggressive. It was Stonewall Jackson who wanted to capitalize on First Bull Run with a major strategic offensive into the north to sever the communications between NYC and DC.

    The most interesting success with limited forces in the war is probably Tiger Yamashita's campaign during the Centrifugal Offensive against British forces in Malaya and Singapore. And of course the Finns.

  • David Pinsen tweets: Getting out of the EU is like canceling your cable TV contract or getting your apartment security deposit back. Lotsa luck.
  • Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Philip Owen
    The EU isn't the problem. The UK is in turmoil. The EU has just started it's rules and waited for a UK response. It's still waiting. The Tories just cannot accept that if they eat the cake, they can't keep it. They still float by holding on to the DUP who demand two contradictory things at once. Leaving the EU will have negative economic and social consequences. The biggest underexploited trade opportunity for the UK is Russia. The UK is more negative to Russia than is the EU.

    Leaving the EU will have negative economic and social consequences.

    It will also have positive economic and social consequences.

    • Agree: LondonBob
    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    I am still waiting for someone to point them out. There aren't any for Peace. There aren't any for Prosperity (my business is trade), there are none for wider horizons for the individual person or small firm. Sovereignty without power isn't sovereignty.

    Immigration is worth an argument. It is driven by demand including price not supply. The Italians who flooded into Germany in the 1950's and '60's went home as Italy improved. The Turks who replaced them wouldn't do that as they weren't secure to return. There are many powers we can use that we haven't. It was even our decision to give all migrants free health care, not an EU obligation. The worst behaved are not even EU; They are Albanian.
  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    Has the Imperial War Museum changed recently?

    I visited in 2003 and found no shortage of such things.

    My biggest complaint was its burnishing of the Montgomery cult.

    Not enough stuff like tanks, artillery pieces etc. Too much ancillary stuff and dull stuff that tells a story about civilian life. Better to just line it all up and put as much weaponry out there as possible.

    Yanks can never evaluate Monty in a balanced manner because of when he had to take command of two US Armies and rescue things at the Battle of the Bulge.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Perhaps the dull stories about civilian life have faded from my memory.

    Other than the Monty cult my strongest memory from the museum is an 800mm shell from the Schwerer Gustav.

    I don't have a problem with Monty, I was just irritated by the major Monty cult at the Imperial War Museum. American grousing about Monty comes down to:

    1 - He was pursuing British interests that conflicted with American aims
    2 - He wasn't American
    3 - He was rude

    I'm not bothered by these. He was a perfectly serviceable general. Perhaps not as good as Patton, but better than Omar Bradley...let alone Mark Clark. His strategic judgment was not good, but his operational judgment was decent.

    I'm of the impression that there were better British commanders than Monty, but they were on other fronts (e.g. Slim). On the other hand perhaps they would not have succeeded in command of such large formations and against German opposition.

    Montgomery's actions at the Battle of the Bulge were correct, though I'm mainly impressed by Eisenhower for having the courage to appoint a British commander.
  • David Pinsen tweets: Getting out of the EU is like canceling your cable TV contract or getting your apartment security deposit back. Lotsa luck.
  • The British political class has accepted the outcome of the referendum result as much as the the American did the election of Trump. Still on the positive side the political and media class have been even more thoroughly discredited than they were before, and the gulf between Conservative voters and their ‘liberal’ minded MPs has never been clearer. As always the EU have overplayed their hand and I expect a no deal Brexit, something more damaging to tge already weak Eurozone economies than it is to us. The Conservative grassroots are revolting and the more sensible Conservative MPs can’t ignore it, as much as they might like to.

    • Replies: @Joe Walker
    How did the EU overplay their hand? They pretty much gave May everything she wanted. If you think a No Deal Brexit is going to cause more damage to the EU than it will to Britain then you are an even bigger fool than Nigel Farage.
    , @Verymuchalive
    The Conservative Party is no longer a mass party. It is down to 124,000 members or less, only a few thousand more than the SNP. As recently as 1990, it had 1 million members. The only thing that has saved it electorally is the First Past The Post Electoral System and fear of the Labour Party.
    It is now heavily reliant on Jewish financial backing - its present Treasurer is a British-Israeli dual national. Sounds familiar. May is completely subservient to Zionist interests: the term Anglo-Zionist seems very apt.
    As you say, the political and media class has completely discredited itself over Brexit. May may well be the last Conservative Party Prime Minister. Let's hope so.
    , @Philip Owen
    The EU haven't overplayed their hand. They have been waiting for the UK to turn up to the game.
    , @Anonymous
    It's the British Deep State at work.

    Hat Tip: Read The Economist to know what the Deep State is thinking.
    , @Anonymous
    Labour grass roots members revolted to give us Corbyn.

    Tory grass roots members are revolting to give the UK its sovereignty back.

    In short, the Economist consensus of Bollocks political stitch up at the top has been rejected by the UK electorate and a return to *real* politics, red in tooth and claw has come.
    , @Plato's Dream
    "The Conservative grassroots are revolting"

    The grassroots are nowhere nearly as revolting as the Tory leadership.
  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering and it is completely reasonable to observe that the meeting constituted the most powerful gathering...
  • The comment on the stealing of nuclear materials in the sixties reminds that Michael Scheuer’s blog has been pulled, any chance we could have him hosted here?

    • Agree: Rurik, Talha, lavoisier
  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @DFH

    War museum, is not anti-war – it should simply be accurate and unpleasant.

    It should show people the most notable consequences of war.
     
    War museums are for looking at tanks, planes, rockets and Nazi memorabilia

    Something the Imperial War Museum has forgotten. Much preferred the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Has the Imperial War Museum changed recently?

    I visited in 2003 and found no shortage of such things.

    My biggest complaint was its burnishing of the Montgomery cult.
  • @German_reader

    Only in Germany can you argue that it was Germans who were the primary perpetrators, while the vast majority of the victims weren’t even locals.

     

    In Germany you've got that kind of commemoration in probably every major city:

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

    At first I thought, ok, if German Jews were deported to concentration camps and were murdered there, the least one can do is commemorate their names. But I have to admit I've changed my mind about this and have come to resent those Stolpersteine. They not only commemorate Jews who were actually murdered, but also those who managed to escape to Latin America or some other Western country...no doubt being forced to emigrate because of racial persecution was a terrible experience, but was it really that much worse than what happened to many other people in the first half of the 20th century? And then you've got commemorative stones for lefties persecuted by the Nazis. Not even always killed, maybe just imprisoned (there's one like that just a few streets from me). And not just for Social Democrats, but also for Communists (iirc there's one even for Ernst Thälmann now). Were Communists really that much more innocent than the average NSDAP member?
    The intention to me clearly seems to be to perpetuate a community of guilt, forever, to turn all of Germany into a permanent memorial for Nazi crimes and to remind the descendants of the Volksgenossen (the majority of Germans during the Third Reich of course weren't actively opposed to Nazism, and the NSDAP had eight million members by 1945) of the supposedly unique guilt of their ancestors, with self-righteous left-wingers appointing themselves as the enlightened teachers of the rest of us. The flipside of that is that pretty much any commemoration of German WW2 dead has been given up.
    imo there is a link between this increasingly warped culture of remembrance and what has been going on in Germany over the last few years. But it's probably pointless to complain about things which can't be changed.

    At that point in time Communists were far worse than Nazis, one had already committed genocide. Tragedies happen all the time, I don’t see monuments to the victims of the Viking raids or Norman conquest around me. Such things are always political weapons for manipulating the present day.

  • @songbird
    That is interesting - definite acceleration during the 1970s and seemingly a bit of decline recently.

    The memorial in Hyde Park (1983) was supposedly the first public one built in Britain. But they are supposedly building a second one (!) in London in Victoria Gardens Tower. They are calling it the National Holocaust Memorial and presumably it will be the biggest one yet, at least in Britain. What is curious is that when they talk about it, they tack some of the other groups on, like gypsies. It will be interesting to see how long the LGBT string is, but I suppose they will spell everything out.

    My local one in Boston was built in 1995. I was very disturbed the first time I took note of it, and the nearby black heritage trail. It is definitely an attempt to grab the minds of schoolkids and tourists, and rewrite the narrative of the city into one of victimhood, when it was traditionally about freedom. It is all in imitation of the Freedom Trail, but for victimhood. A general reflection of politics. Indeed, the pols and clergy are generally there when the monuments are dedicated.

    I don’t think Victoria Gardens Tower will happen, there is a lot of opposition as it is a green space in central London, a Royal Park and a part of a world heritage site. That it was even proposed to build one, and right next to Parliament, is disturbing enough.

    I saw the one in Boston and also thought it was out of place with all the historic colonial and early American sites, also what relevance does it have to Boston.

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    I don’t think Victoria Gardens Tower will happen, there is a lot of opposition as it is a green space in central London, a Royal Park and a part of a world heritage site.

    On what grounds could anyone possibly object?

    A gently meandering path leads across a gradually rising hill, inviting ascending visitors for views of the river and Westminster. It is then revealed as a cliff edge over a fractured landscape, held up by tall patinated bronze walls which inscribe 22 paths - one for each country in which Jewish communities were decimated during the Holocaust. Both cohesive and fragmented, the paths are a shared experience only from afar; the journey through them is experienced individually, as visitors are led down into the threshold below - a space for contemplation and transition.

    The visceral, non-verbal experience, in close proximity to the bastion of democracy, may inspire future generations to connect the events of the Holocaust to other human tragedies of other times and places, and take a stance on wider issues of human rights and freedoms.
     
    http://www.ronarad.co.uk/resources/1369/03_South_East_017_project_image.jpg

    http://www.ronarad.co.uk/resources/1527/AJ004_0019326_View01_RAA_Edit_project_image.jpg
  • @Thorfinnsson
    The Greek government approached Washington, Beijing, and Moscow for assistance.

    All three told the Greeks that they were unwilling to go against the wishes of Berlin in what they perceived to be Germany's sphere of influence. The Chinese went so far as to suspend planned investments into Greece at Berlin's request.

    The American Treasury Secretary repeatedly pleaded with the Germans to stop ruining the Eurozone to no avail.

    Tsipras is an idiot but there was no American plot to weaken the Euro.

    Hilary’s son in law Mevzinsky started a hedge fund whose purpose was to invest in Greek stocks and debt, implying that the Clinton people thought Greece would be rescued.

  • A paleontology grad student named Robert DePalma has made perhaps the most important find of a trove of fossils ever. His Tanis site in North Dakota shows the remains of huge numbers of creatures killed within an hour of the comet or asteroid that struck the earth 66 million years ago, rendering dinosaurs extinct: This...
  • @danand
    “My first Iron Law is that the inevitable always happens, but it always takes longer than expected. This is an important principle to remember when wondering why, for example, the nation has not yet plunged into fiscal calamity despite being $22 trillion in debt. Formulated more specifically, this law might hold that the negative consequences of prior imprudent acts do not manifest immediately. The debt is already a calamity, but it is not yet an acute and phenomenal problem.”

    Dasein, your Iron Law I’d be a fool to argue against. As far as the national debt goes, if the US takes as long as Japan to colapse, we may still yet have a ways to go with debt expansion. But surely Japan will “outlive” the US, and likely most countries of europe, as Japan has chosen to remain Japanese.


    Japan's government debt to GDP ratio sits at 236% in 2017, more than double that of the U.S., which stands at 108%, according to the International Monetary Fund.

     

    Interestingly Niall Ferguson has an article comparing the contented stability of Japan to Britain, and the West’s, current malaise in today’s Sunday Times.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-japan-must-pity-the-land-of-the-setting-sun-s7tbb5zqb

    His conclusion is immigration is the main difference, mass immigration is not compatible with a stable, conservative country.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    My answer is comment #218
  • Some nationalisms are more equal than others: For those who do not want to continue to freely create content for monetization by corporations who despise them, get off social media. For those nefarious types who want to throw sandbergs in the gears of Facebook's efforts to stamp out hate, replacing "white" with "Israeli" is a...
  • @Bill Jones
    In the comments section of a Grauniad article on :Native Americans" I used the phrase "Native European".
    It was gone in nanoseconds.

    I asked how many Syrian refugees has Israel taken in, more or less than one? Got me banned quickly.

  • Censoring the Internet has been the number one goal of the organised Jewish community for a long time, this must fought at all costs.

  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @Hyperborean

    What are these dangerous assumptions of which you speak? Please elucidate.
     
    -All (white) people can become Americans, coupled with frequent uprooting due to work or education and a national mythology that celebrates newness and reinventing oneself.

    -A moralistic culture always searching for another liberation crusade at home or abroad. America is not alone in having been enveloped in fanaticism, but the extreme focus on *freedom* and the fact that so many of the most important American conflicts (the Revolutionary War, the Northern victory in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Cold War) reinforce the idea of America the Invincible Liberator, makes it especially dangerous. Of course, there are defeats like Vietnam, but there are no soul-crushing downfalls to dissuade Americans.

    The South is the most militaristic, with their Scots Irish and English cavalier heritage, despite the crushing defeat they suffered in the Civil War, as Shelby Foote pointed out it was strange that Patton should say America never lost a war as his own grandfather was in the Army of Northern Virginia (the US also basically lost the War of 1812). Truth is America has more of a tradition of pacifism and isolationism, with the US Army of minimal relevance for most of US history. Current hyper militarism is really a Cold War relic given new life by neocon zionist concerns.

    The US is really far more left wing, and cultural Marxism much more embedded, than Europe. Academia, finance, business and mass media particularly so, and it is these that are influential internationally. A lot of people seem to have perception of America that is either out of date, or woefully out of date.

  • I've been told that Venmo is now a popular way to send money back and forth. So I was going to add it to my list of ways to give me money in time for my upcoming April iSteve fundraiser. How could that possibly hurt? But then I read this article in The Cut: It...
  • @Jack D
    Israel only gets the draftees for 3 years but I guess what they lack in maturity they make up for in youthful stamina and energy. I've always wondered how you could operate say a nuclear aircraft carrier with a staff made up mainly of 18 yr olds but I guess if you have proper adult supervision it works. And US is not getting the absolute top IQ 18 yr olds in the military.

    The Unit 8200 wiki mentions this:

    According to the New York Times, the Unit 8200's hack of Kaspersky Lab allowed them to watch in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for American intelligence programs.[23] Israelis who had hacked into Kaspersky’s own network alerted the United States to the broad Russian intrusion of US systems.
     
    I wouldn't trust Kaspersky software on my computer given the current situation. In general, the built in MS Antivirus used to suck but it has gotten better over the years to the point where I would use it as the only antivirus on a low powered machine. A lot of the commercial anti-virus tries to take over your computer and has all sorts of feature bloat that have nothing to do with security.

    I use Kaspersky, one of the few they have real difficulty hacking and has gotten a lot negative publicity because they are so good. Anyway I fail to see how the Russian government threatens me, whilst my own is more of a concern.

  • Conservative media have long highlighted how endless video demonstrates that former Vice President Joe Biden touches people a little too enthusiastically in public, so who knows what he's doing in private? But that was never a Thing in Respectable Media. Until now. Friday has turned into Pile On Handsy Old Uncle Joe day. For example,...
  • So whose campaign is Flores connected to?

    Creepy Joe certainly is creepy.

  • I've been told that Venmo is now a popular way to send money back and forth. So I was going to add it to my list of ways to give me money in time for my upcoming April iSteve fundraiser. How could that possibly hurt? But then I read this article in The Cut: It...
  • @Mr. Anon

    It could be true or it could be an Urban Legend, but it might explain weird things like Israeli Art Students invading U.S. offices and 4 dancing Israelis on 9/11.
     
    Ryan Dawson has some interesting material on the "Dancing Israelis". They might just be some dumb apes who were LARPing as spies. Or they might have been low-level intelligence assets who had fore-knowledge of the attack. You should check it out. I don't know why Ron doesn't give Ryan some web-time here; he's the only "911 conspiracy" guy who isn't a retard.

    As to the art students, they seemed to have especially targeted DEA offices. It has been speculated that they were tied to Ecstasy smuggling rings - Israel was reputedly a big source of E.

    Ryan Dawson is good, he has collected a lot of memory holed coverage of 9/11. I was surprised just how many news channels reported on explosions at the base of the twin towers.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    I don't understand how so much improbably shit & interference, some of it at very high level (NORAD, United Airlines, providing a script to the BBC and other MSM which were not yet fully compromised back then) could even be brought down to make 9/11 "a success with story holes" (and Peter Lance even has a very different take, exposing politicking, incompetence and quid-pro-quos at the TLAs).

    That's literally SATANIC influence. What is Occam's Razor to leave Satan out of the picture?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3noExmsCRyg
  • Antiquarianism increasingly dominates the conventional wisdom.
  • Has there ever been a people more demonised than white people? Films, newspapers, education, not even the Naxis went to this extent.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt

    Has there ever been a people more demonised than white people? Films, newspapers, education, not even the Naxis went to this extent.

     

    Hillary Clinton attacked and demonized Whites Of Modest Means(WOMMs) by calling millions of them "deplorables."

    Hillary Clinton demonized Whites who wanted to stop all the unnecessary foreign wars on behalf of Israel.

    The JEW/WASP ruling class of the American Empire is attacking White Core Americans(WCAs) because WCAs are the only group that could engage in immediate ruling class decapitation and take over the American Empire.

    The English Core Patriots(ECPs) have to rely on some part Kraut Frog named Farage to keep pounding and pulverizing the JEW/ENGLISH ruling class of England. The JEW/ENGLISH ruling class of England is demonizing regular English people because they are the only group that could engage in immediate ruling class decapitation and take over England.

    The ramped-up demonization of regular White people in the USA and True English people in England is a sign that the ruling classes in England and the USA sense that they will be removed from power very soon.

    The Yellow Vests in France are within striking distance to remove the evil globalizer ruling class in France. Hopefully, the French military can invite Macron to go on permanent holiday and not just a one day lunch in the Pyrnees Mountains while regular French people form into a fighting force capable of removing the Macron menace.

    The answer to ruling class demonization of Whites is to have the White Core of each nation engage in immediate ruling class decapitation.
    , @AndrewR
    Well that's a silly claim, but certainly no group has ever engaged in as much self-demonization as 2010s white people. And no, I don't deny the role of a certain tribe, but millions of white goyim are more than happy to cheerleaders their own genocide.
  • From The Guardian: This whole innocent until proven guilty thing has gotta go. Conversely, being likely proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt like Jussie Smollett shouldn't weigh you down assuming you have enough Intersectional Pokemon Points. Who? Whom? I'm not saying Stalin was a great guy or anything, but at least he wasn't English. Know...
  • @jim jones
    I was talking to a Malaysian Law student and asked her why she came to London to study, "Because our Legal system is based on British Common Law"

    I was also talking to a Malaysian Chinese student studying law at Bristol because they also have English common law a few weeks ago.

    Biden knows he needs to lock down that black vote, strongest favourables of all the candidates currently.

    • Agree: jim jones
  • So Russiagate 2017 ends in Muellergate 2019. As was pretty clear at the start - as people such as Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate, Robert Parry, and Alexander Mercouris have been writing all these years. Manafort, its most prominent casualty, had worked to draw the Ukraine in the West's orbit (hilariously, he kind of belatedly succeeded)....
  • @AP

    There are 30 plus million plus with no medical insurance in US.
     
    Under 10% of the population. And they don't get turned away from hospitals.

    People on average work a lot more and get a lot less vacation time
     
    The only thing you've written that isn't wrong.

    . Your dreamy Detroit ‘worker‘ is a thing of the past,
     
    No, it's still typical over there.

    Most metropolitan areas are more than 50% non-white, often 75-80%
     
    50% yes (New York and Chicago are at this level). "Often 75% to 80% is false." You are exaggerating again.

    Anyone who has travelled around US will confirm that roughly the bottom 50% live worse than their counterparts in Europe.
     
    LOL.

    You are incapable of seeing this, as one would predict based on the educational morass
     
    You keep making such claims, but reality is that white American secondary school students perform better than do European students on internationals standardized tests, and American universities remain the top ranked in the world. While Europe's poor Muslims live much better than do America's poor Latinos and Blacks, thanks to European high tax rates, from a strictly material level Europeans in the USA live much better than do their counterparts in Europe. Just as their schools are better. The advantages Europe has are longer vacations and more beautiful urban landscapes (built long ago).

    Just as their schools are better.

    That’s almost exclusively due to the students, no? I mean, take a bunch of smart Ashkenazi Jews and put all of them in a ghetto school while putting ghetto Blacks into a school in a wealthy suburb is going to cause the ghetto school’s performance to go way up while the other school’s performance would go way down.

    It really does appear to be largely about the students themselves rather than the schools.

    • Agree: LondonBob
  • Update: There's an interesting Jussie Smollett-Southern Poverty Law Center connection. As I blogged on March 22: When SPLC president Richard Cohen fired cofounder Morris Dees, he also hired Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's chief of staff, to write a Report on the SPLC's "climate." Meanwhile, Tina tried to get State's Attorney Kim Foxx to drop the...
  • Nobody wanted--needed!--it to be true more than white liberals did: A few of the most zealous believers will cling to the attendant statement that while two years, a bazillion dollars, and a gazillion investigatory man-hours couldn't turn up a shred of evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, the orange man hasn't been formally exonerated...
  • @SunBakedSuburb
    Obama's CIA director and Muslim Brotherhood operative John Brennan was probably the ringleader of the cabal who attempted the soft coup of Trump. Brennan needs to face justice. But he probably will remain free, and prosperous, like the rest of them. If these deep state bureaucrats go unpunished then the rule of law bit goes out the window. Banana Republic here we come.

    Jihadi John.

  • From the L.A. Times: Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal By RICHARD WINTON MAR 24, 2019 | 9:40 AM ... Of the many outrageous allegations revealed by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out. Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    Almost no one who goes to USC or UCLA got into the latter group.

    ii) How on earth can someone pay $6.5M for this?
     

    It might be worth it for one of the film schools. You almost never hear of major filmmakers emanating from the flyover film schools of Montana State and Southern Illinois.

    A Russian Jewish guy I knew has moved to LA to go to the USC film school, something tells me it will work out for him regardless.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    ... so you are in contact with the russians ?

    hmmm


    - A. Schiff
  • So Russiagate 2017 ends in Muellergate 2019. As was pretty clear at the start - as people such as Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate, Robert Parry, and Alexander Mercouris have been writing all these years. Manafort, its most prominent casualty, had worked to draw the Ukraine in the West's orbit (hilariously, he kind of belatedly succeeded)....
  • @Priss Factor
    This, perhaps, won’t quite be ideal for Russia either; US economic sabotage will hurt its growth prospects, and will make it more dependent on China than it would have been otherwise.

    Russians really need to get their act together. With all that land and resources, Russia alone can become a superpower. Russians are uniquely blessed due to geography but they keep falling short.

    What's wrong with Russians?

    Russia doesn’t have the population to be a superpower, on a level with Japan.

    • Replies: @Beckow

    Russia doesn’t have the population to be a superpower
     
    How many people does it require to be a great power? 100 million? 200? 300?

    In my estimate, the number of people is irrelevant. If a country has enough people to perform all basic functions, enough for its military, what is the point of having a lot more. Nigeria or Indonesia will have 200 million soon, will they ever be superpowers? Numbers of people don't matter, quality of land, resources and the level of civilization are what determines who is a great power.
    , @Anonymous
    As a fourth-generation American I cannot see the U.S. in 2030 being in any way continuous with the America I grew up in— when it was 86% white European with a strong and large middle class. I think the current strength of the U.S. is still largely based on America’s recent past. IMO the effect of rapid demographic changes over the past ~10-15 years well be startlingly evident over the next ~10-15 years. But even here the demographic changes are increasing at an increasing rate. The only question for me is when will the country begin to inexorably break down.
    , @Mr. XYZ
    Smart Russians can have much more babies. If they will do that for a sufficiently long time period, things are gradually going to look much, much brighter for Russia.
  • @Hail
    It has not been 'released' yet. It's unclear when it will be. Also unclear: When a full form of the report is released, what % will be censored because reasons.

    As of "Announcement +30 hours" (i.e., as of this comment), conflicting information is bouncing around the U.S. media on when it will be released. Some say a summary is imminent. The full report may not be released for a while.

    The full report will never be released, Barr is a straight shooter.

  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @German_reader

    Dresden was a major center of rail communications as well as optics production.
     
    I know that argument, but even if it were valid for Dresden (and I'm unconvinced), it still leaves lots of other attacks which are difficult to rationalize imo. I doubt there is much of a purely military justification for something like the bombing of Pforzheim (proportionally the worst in the war, since it killed almost a fifth of Pforzheim's population) on February 23 1945, which is why the debate in the end always gets shifted to a different plane like arguing that it was just punishment for Nazism (which I find a dubious argument for many reasons...even if one regards all Germans at the time as equally guilty and deserving of death, there's still the substantial number of foreign forced labourers and pows killed by bombing).
    Anyway, my intention was merely to point out one of the reasons why the topic is so emotional, I'm not in favour of a cult of German victimhood about WW2 bombing and find right-wingers who build up Dresden into some huge symbol and use inflated numbers of deaths rather foolish.

    In the early spring of 1945 the Anglo-American bombing campaign for instance caused the complete collapse of the German rail system.
     
    My impression had been that this was more due to American daylight bombing which specifically targeted communications and transport infrastructure than to the more indiscriminate British effort.
    I'm in agreement with the rest of your comment.

    The ‘Dehousing’ policy was the brainchild of Frederick Lindemann, similarly Morgenthau was advocating the Morgenthau plan for Germany in the Roosevelt administration.

    As for recognising the bomber crews I oppose, that generation knew best and I find it a sad reflection of today’s society that we know better and that we lack the morality to understand why this was a contentious issue.

  • It’s interesting how AP shits so much on Anglo countries for their role in defeating Nazi Germany. His fellow Ukrainians in Canada, who missed out on communism, the Holodomor, and WW2 thanks to Anglo-Canadian generosity, spent most of the last century LEADING the campaign to demoralise and delegitimise the very existence of Anglo-Saxon Canada. Apparently Ukrainians in Australia were also big proponents of turning Australia from an Anglo to a multiculti society. There seems to be a pattern here.

    I really hope AP is just a typical no-skin-in-the-game diaspora nationalist (the worst kind of nationalist, no matter the nationality) because I had a good time in Lviv in January and I’d hate to think the locals, who seemed so nice, are privately as filled with hatred towards every other nationality as he is.

    Just out of curiosity AP would you agree that the recent dispute between Ukraine and Hungary was entirely the fault of the Hungarians?

    • Agree: LondonBob
    • Replies: @AP

    It’s interesting how AP shits so much on Anglo countries for their role in defeating Nazi Germany.
     
    All I did was state that the deliberate targeting and bombing of German civilians areas was a crime.

    Are you suggesting that this terror bombing characterized the Anglo-American role in defeating Germany? I wouldn't.

    His fellow Ukrainians in Canada, who missed out on communism, the Holodomor, and WW2 thanks to Anglo-Canadian generosity, spent most of the last century LEADING the campaign to demoralise and delegitimise the very existence of Anglo-Saxon Canada.
     
    Look to the UK to see what Canada would have been like without Ukrainians, Italians, Greeks, Portuguese, Poles, Hungarians etc. Unfortunately, the Anglo-Saxons specialize in getting themselves replaced by Pakistanis and Nigerians. I guess Canadian ones left to their own devices would take in Jamaicans also.

    You should be grateful that thanks to Ukrainians and those like them, Canada is still nearly 80% of European origin.

    Apparently Ukrainians in Australia were also big proponents of turning Australia from an Anglo to a multiculti society
     
    There were about 30,000 of them in Australia. If you think they impacted anything there..

    because I had a good time in Lviv in January and I’d hate to think the locals, who seemed so nice, are privately as filled with hatred towards every other nationality as he is.
     
    LOL. I stated it was a crime to bomb civilians. To you this makes me "full of hatred towards every other nationality." Paranoia.
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    To briefly wade into this swamp:

    I don't know what the big deal about the Allied bombings is. They were at least minimally defensible militaraily (we now know that the Brits would have been better off continuing to bomb the Ruhr from 1943, but hindsight is 20/20). Let's also not forget that 40,000+ Brits died in the Blitz. If the Germans had had greater bombing capacity, it's not like they'd have refrained from killing many more Brits out of humanitarian concerns. To the extent it was a war crime, it was a squarely reciprocal one.

    In this sense, the UPA massacres aren't anywhere near comparable, despite a lower death toll.

    The bombing of civilian areas was always a controversial area, bomber crews only recently received a memorial, I oppose this, and they didn’t receive a campaign medal.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-44255399

    Going back to inhabitants and garrisons being slaughtered after a siege this would act as an incentive to surrender. The rules of war were that is was entirely honourable to surrender when the defender’s position had become untenable. See the surrender of Fort William Henry in The Last of the Mohicans.

    • Replies: @German_reader

    and they didn’t receive a campaign medal
     
    That was pretty shabby treatment though, especially given the very high loss rate (almost 50%, iirc about 55 000 in absolute numbers) of Bomber Command's aircrews.
  • On Purim, the mayor of Beverly Hills, John Mirisch, has declared "Sacramento politicians" who want to upzone Beverly Hills to be the new Haman to be blot out (by noisemakers). From Wikipedia: 75,000 followers of Haman were killed. Mayor Mirisch said:
  • @eah
    https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/1109269351927111680

    I watched that Jackson documentary on British TV the other day, they were both messed up, the Safechuck fella particularly so. Deeply disturbing to watch.

  • From the Jerusalem Post: In 20
  • anon[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @NJ Transit Commuter
    Lots of interesting questions here:
    - Will Jewish voters switch to the Republican Party? Or at least stay home in 2020?
    - Will Jewish campaign contributions shift away from the Democrats in 2020?
    - Even if the answer to the above two questions is yes, will it impact the election?

    >Will Jewish voters switch to the Republican Party? Or at least stay home in 2020?

    No– they’ll still accept Dems as lesser of two evils until it’s something more than rhetoric. Will hold steady hoping things blow over.

    In the short/medium term the same thing will happen to the BDS wing of Dems as happens to immigration restrictionist R’s: lip service will be paid during campaign season then reversal/inaction during actual governance.

    > will it impact the election?

    More important impact would be in R party policy. It would become more cuckish than already is–renewed life for neo cons, billionaires/chamber of commerce factions.

    The whole “becoming the white party” is a Pyrrhic victory. By the time it happens, voting for the other party will be completely off the table. Thus, you’re locked-in: you have to swallow a lot of unacceptable stuff within your own party. And once there is no reasonable alternative choice (flipping your vote in the general) the elites can then use the party apparatus to garner even more power than they already wield in our nominally party-fluid present circumstances.

    • Replies: @bomag

    By the time it happens, voting for the other party will be completely off the table. Thus, you’re locked-in: you have to swallow a lot of unacceptable stuff within your own party.
     
    We pretty much have that now.

    When Elizabeth Warren promises 5 trillion in reparations, the Mitt Romneys on the R side promise 4.9 trillion and tout their economic conservatism.

    When Kamala Harris promises 2.4 million immigrants a year, the John McCains promise no more than 2.3 million and call themselves immigration restrictionists.

    Etc.

    It's a Coke-Pepsi game now. Maybe when things are starker, it will be more of an either/or game.

    , @Desiderius
    We’re already there and have been since 2009.
  • Mexican immigrants are stereotyped as not being very innovative. But one Mexican immigrant, Juan Corona, who died today at age 85, was one of the pioneers of one of the most heavily publicized Northern California-centered growth industries of the Seventies: serial killing. Serial murder was barely a concept in American life before the Seventies. The...
  • Given the relationship between serial killers and pornography maybe the greater availability of pornography in the seventies fueled the burst in serial killers?

  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @for-the-record
    That show is about Thomas Cromwell, not Oliver.

    I am assuming that Songbird knew that, and was implying that the Cromwell "family" name had somehow been rehabilitated by the program.

    It was already rehabilitated a long time ago, the Cromwell statue was erected around 1900 outside Parliament.

  • @German_reader

    It must have something to do with “Wolf Hall”
     
    That show is about Thomas Cromwell, not Oliver.

    Related through Thomas Cromwell’s sister who was Oliver’s grandmother, or something along those lines. The maternal name was adopted as it was beneficial to be associated with Thomas.

  • @DFH
    It's not the same since Cromwell condoned massacres at Drogheda, Wellington did not at Badajoz.

    Well after the appalling massacres of English and Scottish settlers in the Irish uprising there was always likely to be a reaction, an element missing at Badajoz. Still no other examples? Cromwell actually enforced strict punishment for stealing when the New Model Army campaigned in Ireland.

  • @reiner Tor
    I don’t think it’s possible to appease them to the point that they stop the lawsuit. After all, those participating in it probably don’t care enough for Israel to renounce their billion dollar claims. People are rarely fanatical enough about anything that they would be willing to renounce billion dollar claims for it. The lawsuit is just a fact of life like an earthquake.

    Another interesting angle is American judicial overreach. When Belgium started issuing arrest warrants against people like Ariel Sharon, it was ridiculous. But America actually has the strength to make its courts the arbiters of justice about events which happened three quarters of a century ago in countries which the judges never saw (nor do they know particularly much about it from secondary sources), under circumstances unimaginable to them (or American legislators or law enforcement agencies), etc.

    One would think it’s dangerous for Jews to push the holocaust reparations issue any further at this point, but they don’t seem to care. Maybe they think they can pull it off forever. Or at least for several decades into the future. The latter seems certainly likely.

    Hungary should start suing Israel for Communism.

  • @German_reader

    So Israel should definitely not try to create relationships
     
    That's not the point (I'd actually agree), the point is that Israeli representatives and spokesmen of Jewish organizations have gone out of their way to validate the view of AfD as an illegitimate party of Nazis that ought to be crushed.
    There was a bizarre incident last year when former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan (one of those who captured Eichmann) met with AfD members in Germany and had friendly words for them - he was strongly condemned by the Israeli ambassador for that and eventually retracted his statements. Admittedly that also shows that Jewish views on those issues aren't monolithic, and to some extent I can even understand Jewish wariness about right-wing movements in Europe (there have been a few cases of explicit antisemites in AfD, though those have been isolated and AfD also has a few Jewish members). But still, on the whole the behaviour of official Jewry is really tiresome.

    That’s one of the most important things for Israel’s survival – to improve its relations with Muslim countries.
     
    It's unfortunate that Israel has picked the very worst Islamic countries, Saudi-Arabia and other Gulf states, for that project, it definitely makes a mockery of all those "Israel is a bulwark against Islamism" claims (though the same is of course true on a much larger scale for the US, and also for the dubious ties of European countries to those regimes).

    Don’t Afd have relations with Pamela Geller and the dark zionist money coming from the US to ensure any nationalist movement doesn’t go the wrong way? Normally they obsess about Muslims but stay silent on immigration from Africa like Tommy Robinson.

    • Replies: @German_reader

    Don’t Afd have relations with Pamela Geller
     
    No idea. My impression is there are several wings in AfD (also true for other matters). You've got people who are basically thinking along the same lines common here (e.g. Assad and Russia are good because they're killing jihadis, Israel and the US are hypocrites who secretly support them).
    On the other hand, you've got people in AfD or AfD's orbit who think it's a good idea to criticise Merkel and other members of her government for not being deferential enough to Trump and the US or supposedly selling out Israel's security to evil Iran.
    The basic problem imo is that even among "alternative" media outlets (which in fact are often critical or hostile to AfD, but are nonetheless read by many AfD voters, because there's not much else) you've got a lot of pro-Zionist pieces which present a rather selective picture of the facts. One of those sites Tichy's Einblick is basically running at least one such piece every week, repeating all the propaganda lines (Iran is building nuclear weapons and threatening peaceful Israel and the good Muslims of the Gulf states). Another site Achse des Guten is strongly influenced by Henryk M. Broder, a son of Holocaust survivors (whose sentiments are predictably anti-German, if you look closely enough, which many people don't do), who was a strong cheerleader of the 2003 invasion of Iraq (basically you were just an unreconstructed Nazi if you didn't agree with the invasion) and is also constantly warning about Iran. Unfortunately many people are unable to shake off their conditioning and uncritically swallow those arguments, attacking Merkel (who in general has been absolutely disastrous) for one of the few issues (the Iran nuclear deal) where her stance is actually defensible imo.
  • @DFH

    I am not aware that Cromwell committed any atrocities, the only three I am aware of are the massacre of Bolton residents by Royalists, and the massacre at the siege of Basing House where Cromwell was the commander and some womenfolk camp followers who were killed at some battle.
     
    Ummmmmmmm........ Does the name Drogheda ring a bell?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Massacre_at_Drogheda.jpeg

    Obviously you aren’t aware of what happened when fortified position were stormed, see Badajoz. Any actual examples where Cromwell committed atrocities or is that it?

    • Replies: @DFH
    It's not the same since Cromwell condoned massacres at Drogheda, Wellington did not at Badajoz.
  • Major General JFC Fuller wrote a few books on the American Civil War, for a strictly military assessment then you can’t beat the analysis of arguably the twentieth century’s preeminent military theorist.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Thanks for the recommendations!
  • @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    Sherman's record is a bit ambiguous, in fact. His conception of "hard war" was different from "total war."

    Joseph T. Glatthaar's book 'The March to the Sea and Beyond' is a good one to read. In it, we learn that Joseph Wheeler's Confederate cavalry, who did not draw any rations from the CSA government from early 1864 until the war's end, lived off the Georgia countryside more thoroughly than most of Sherman's troops.

    Most Georgia hamlets that got burned were burned because someone shot at the army from a barn or something. And North Carolina got off fairly easy, due to having been the last state to secede.

    The march's infamous reputation in Georgia was actually merited, probably, only in South Carolina; many of the Union men cursed SC for starting the long war and so let their inhibitions drop.

    In Columbia, SC, Sherman's officers posted guards to protect buildings, but the drunken soldiers simply overwhelmed them with numbers of "firebugs" who threw torches into the homes.

    Even some Southerners, though, admitted that many local civilians - of both races, interestingly! - willingly sold whiskey to the passing soldiers, which exacerbated their rage.

    Of course, even then, all of this has nothing in comparison to the average war in the Balkans.

    Among Union generals, Sheridan and Custer were far harsher in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 than Sherman ever was. Sherman genuinely seems to have liked Southerners, apart from politics; Braxton Bragg was a close friend, and Joseph Johnston was a pall-bearer at Sherman's funeral. But Sheridan (whom I hate) and Custer would have both liked carpet bombing the Southern civilians. Sheridan and Custer's burning of the valley also inspired the totally ruthless Confederate cavalry raid on Chambersburg, PA, which resulted in the burning of the entire town except, oddly enough, the local Masonic temple.

    (By the way, the favorite hobby of Confederates invading Pennsylvania and Maryland was to capture local blacks and sell them into slavery - nice little throwback to the ancient days, eh? When they tried this in Greencastle, PA in 1863, a mob of local farmers attacked the rebels and freed the Union prisoners and 10 or 20 blacks they were driving through town.)

    Know who else would have liked carpet bombing? Stonewall Jackson. Jackson's been called the 'Southern Cromwell' for good reason.

    Cromwell and Jackson strongly encouraged religious devotion in their troops, viewed themselves as instruments of God as well as being the two generals who shone out the most in their respective civil wars. I am not aware that Cromwell committed any atrocities, the only three I am aware of are the massacre of Bolton residents by Royalists, and the massacre at the siege of Basing House where Cromwell was the commander and some womenfolk camp followers who were killed at some battle. Cromwell’s conduct was exemplary, despite Irish and Royalist black propaganda otherwise.

    • Replies: @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    Two things

    First of all, several Civil War generals were better than Jackson. Especially Bedford Forrest.

    as for Cromwell and atrocities, whatever you say, man
    , @DFH

    I am not aware that Cromwell committed any atrocities, the only three I am aware of are the massacre of Bolton residents by Royalists, and the massacre at the siege of Basing House where Cromwell was the commander and some womenfolk camp followers who were killed at some battle.
     
    Ummmmmmmm........ Does the name Drogheda ring a bell?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Massacre_at_Drogheda.jpeg
    , @Hibernian
    "...despite Irish and Royalist black propaganda otherwise."

    When you're a common enemy of the Irish and the Royalists, you might rethink your position.
  • @reiner Tor
    What is (are) the best book(s) about the American Civil War?

    Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative.
    James MacPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom for a Northern perspective.

    • Replies: @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    McPherson is good, but I prefer good old Bruce Catton for a Northern perspective.
  • The latest polls, jointly conducted by KIIS (Ukraine) and Levada (Russia), show that the collapse in Ukrainian sentiment towards Russia may be turning a corner. Legend: Ukrainian attitudes towards Russia [blue]; Russian attitudes towards Ukraine [orange] For the first time since April 2014, more Ukrainians have a positive impressive of Russia than the converse. Attitudes...
  • That joining the EU is so popular is reflection of how poorly the EU serves its people and how poorly the Ukrainian government serves their people.

  • OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend. CPU = i5-4670k MoBo = Asus Z87-A GPU = GTX 770 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another...
  • @Hyperborean

    Their political system is mainly constructed from big men writing checks. Perhaps, tribal politics makes it unlikely that they will write those big checks to Africans and Pakis. They don’t seem to suffer from one-worldism, as the foreign laborers are generally treated like helots and often sex-segregated.
     
    The many of smaller Gulf states are like 70-90% non-core population, granted some of that will be expats, who while not exactly favourable to the native Arabs won't be hostile.

    I don't think anything serious will happen as long as the KSA has the power to intervene, but if Saudi Arabia gets embroiled in domestic troubles, things might get interesting.

    Even if a gastarbeiter revolt is crushed, given that the Gulf Arabs haven't worked for generations, the small countries would face a lot of economic instability.

    An amusing anecdote about Arab hypocrisy (beyond the anal sex that is): One of my elder brothers, who works for a large corporation, was stationed in Qatar and he told me that in order to access deviant beverages forbidden to natives some Arab men would discard their Bedouin dress and put on suits and then walk into establishments that are allowed to serve alcohol to foreigners.

    Obesity is the issue to look out for, the ones I see around Knightsbridge are enormous and gorge themselves on cakes whilst avoiding any form of exercise.

  • From the New York Times: These aren't even tropes, they are myths. Myths, I tell you! After all, what better proves that stereotypes about Jews and money are myths than a Jewish Museum lavishly mounting an exhibition on the topic, complete with a Rembrandt lent by a private collector? And who is more notoriously un-clear-eyed...
  • @Digital Samizdat

    Two of the last three US presidents – Donald Trump and Bill Clinton – have seen their daughters marry into Jewish families. Jewish families with serious criminal records, no less.
     
    That reminds me of how, back in 2015 when Trump's campaign was just getting under way, (((Eric Draitser))) was predicting that his "mafia connections" in Atlantic City would prevent him from ever winning the nomination. Naturally, Eric was only referring to the Italian mafia.

    You're right: in retrospect, it is odd how--despite all the wild and even fabricated allegations the media have thrown at Trump ever since the campaign--they have almost never touched on the juicy subject on the Jared Kushner. Very odd ...

    Trump’s Russia connections mostly seem to have been Jewish mafia types coming out of the FSU.

  • @Digital Samizdat

    The truth is that the Labour Party is the only mainstream British political party in which anti-semitism is treated as acceptable behaviour; and if party members previously exercised caution and self-restraint, they ceased to do so when Jeremy Corbyn became leader.
     
    So that's why Corby now spends all of his political capital having anti-Zionists, rather than Zionists, investigated by Labour's thought police? OK ...

    Corbyn folded quickly to the anti-semitism smear, a campaign run out of the Israeli embassy. As usual such folding has only seen them step up their attacks. Corbyn only applies the same standards to Israel that the new left are only meant to apply to white countries.

  • The following is an interview with Jean-Yves Le Gallou, a former French high civil servant, author, and identitarian activist. He was involved with the Nouvelle Droite intellectual movement as early as the 1970s before going on to join the Front National (FN). As a politician, he served as the secretary-general for the FN’s parliamentary group...
  • @Sean

    I don’t really support the narrow sovereignist discourse which is liable to cause problems between France, Germany, and Britain. I don’t think Brexit is very interesting. It has made possible the reduction of Polish immigrants, but not of Pakistanis, Afghans, and others coming from the rest of the world.
     
    It was a referendum in which a long standing consensus among the political class was clearly defeated. I think that shows that party politics is a dead end as far as reversing immigration goes. Michel Houellebecq says he only votes in referendums.

    The Iliad Institute was created at the request of Dominique Venner, a noted identitarian historian, who had taken his own life the year before at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in what Le Gallou calls a “sacrificial act.”
     
    Venner committed a mortal sin, and in a revered Cathedral. It was an affront to Conservative Catholics that they will remember when his former associates expound their strategy of unity.

    The, likely vain, attempts to stop Brexit has also further discredited politicians, our current political parties and the media. This has perhaps been as beneficial as Brexit itself.

    I would be in favour of some pan European institutions for cooperation between the nations, the EU is not this. Anyway maybe the next European elections will be beneficial.

    • Replies: @iffen
    The, likely vain, attempts to stop Brexit has also further discredited politicians


    The attempt, likely vain, to implement Brexit has further discredited politicians.


    No charge.
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  • @Thorfinnsson

    …and what stopped them from concentrating on defeating the British in North Africa by way of not conducting Barbarossa? Thus saving valuable resources and military power being sent east – particularly with the Italian forces at an early stage in North Africa proving to be not so successful.
     

    Logistics are the largest reason. Prior to Operation Sonnenblume, the Germans determined the largest force that could be fielded in North Africa and supplied from Italy was just four divisions (compare to the Eastern Front).

    That is not the sole reason of course, as even this Hitler refused to send. The Italians after the war accused Hitler of having a purely "continental" strategic view. Erich Raeder, commander of the Kriegsmarine, suggested taking Gibraltar (with or without Franco's consent) and expanding into the Mediterranean.

    The German airborne invasion of Crete, while a success, perhaps in a way doomed the small Afrika Korps that Hitler did authorize. Owing to the huge losses at Crete, the Germans chose to cancel the planned invasion of Malta (Operation Hercules). Malta in turn aided the British in interdicting Italian supply convoys to Africa.

    German and Italian troops in Africa always suffered extreme shortages and relied heavily on captured equipment (by the time of 1st El Alamein over 80% of Rommel's truck park was captured British vehicles). The situation was so bad that Axis troops in Africa even suffered from nutritional deficiencies and were jaundiced.

    The Shah of Iran had come out of support for the Nazis, M-R pact – surely all this secured them a steady oil supply for the short-medium term?
     

    Sort of. He simply declared neutrality and refused to expel German railwaymen and other technical specialists. Iran also reduced its trade with Germany at the request of the British.

    His actions were considered insufficient, and given the importance of Iran to Britain and the USSR the hapless country was invaded and occupied.

    In any case owing to the Royal Navy there was no way to ship Iranian oil to Germany. In theory Iranian oil could've been shipped overland through Turkey, but the British could've seized Iran (or just the oilfields) long before any such infrastructure could be built.

    If you are saying that the Kriegsmarine were so outmatched by the British that they were going to get smashed in the Mediterranean sea ( thus making land /air combat in North Africa redundant) then surely you could argue that Wehrmacht combined could have turned the situation by spoiler tactics- engaging the British to such an extent -hurting their oil infrastructure in North Africa, hitting naval oil routes back to Britain – that some treaty over the oil states would have been reached? North Africa was the British Empire’s biggest source of oil.
     

    The Kriegsmarine did not even have the ability to enter the Mediterranean Sea because the British controlled Gibraltar and Suez. They were able to infiltrate some U-boats.

    The Regia Marina was a fairly large force, but it did not have the same high standards as the British. It also suffered from chronic shortages of fuel and thus often was not able to sortie.

    There was no oil in North Africa then (it had not yet been discovered), and since Italy's entry into the war convoys from the east had already been routed around the Cape of Good Hope rather than through the Mediterranean.

    An Axis victory in the Western Desert Campaign was in my view possible, but then what? Britain would be excluded from the Mediterranean...but still undefeated. Presumably Axis forces could've gone onto Iran, which was Britain's major source of oil (British Petroleum was originally known as Anglo-Persian), but Britain could also import oil from the rest of the world.

    Let’s not forget that Britain never once entered Poland in WW2, defeating an enemy (positioned 30 km away through the Eenglish Channel) by first defeating them in North Africa, then going through Italy via the south, THEN belatedly going through northern France ( as the Soviets start liberating Europe) is practically an unheard of method of victory in war – very successful in this instance…but one in which if the Nazi’s had known this as if psychic- they would probably have thought that “North Africa – Italy – then France” method creates a series of “fail-safes” in strategy for the Nazis from they would have been very confident of not losing the war
     

    The British did draw up plans to invade Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe in 1945 in order to liberate Poland, but the plan was not carried out for reasons of sanity. The planners clearly had a sense of humor as the plan was named Operation Unthinkable.

    As a seapower on the edge of Europe with limited amounts of manpower Britain traditionally exerted itself on the continent through its navy and commercial power. It did field a respectable army, but it was never large and always fought in coalition. After the 100 Years War the only time Britain ever fielded a massive army in Europe for many years in a row was in WW1.

    British strategy against Germany was fixed in 1936 to focus on strategic bombing. It was in 1936 that the Air Ministry issued Specification P.13/36 for a "worldwide bomber". This ultimately led to the Avro Lancaster, superior to the American B-17 and B-24. In order to mollify the French, the Chamberlain government also agreed to send a small expeditionary force (the BEF) to the Continent again as in 1914.

    The Anglo-French plan was to stay on the defensive while strangling Germany with economic warfare. They would then use their superior resources (Britain and France had a GDP 60% larger than Germany and Italy) to eventually overwhelm Germany. This was in effect what had worked in WW1, and the defensive mindset was common to a generation of leaders who had cut their teeth fighting the exceptionally skilled German army and had no desire to repeat the horrors of the Somme and Verdun.

    Yes, obviously this meant that they never intended to lift a finger for Poland. Too bad for the idiot Poles for being duped by the West.

    Unfortunately for their clever plan, the French were unexpectedly completely defeated. In fact, while the Entente expected Poland's defeat, they also thought Poland would hold out for three months rather than three weeks.

    The British were still focused on their strategic bombing plan (which ultimately developed into a terrifying weapon), but were forced to improvise. As German_reader pointed out, obviously the British alone invading Europe (right after losing all their army's heavy equipment) to face the entire German army was suicidal.

    In fact the British never wanted to invade Europe again at all after the Fall of France except in peripheral actions meant to advance postwar British strategic interests. They had to be dragooned into invading Europe by America, which was more eager to fight and had superior resources.

    In fairness to the British their strategic bombing plan was sound as demonstrated by the Battle of the Ruhr.

    An invasion of France in ’43 would have been disastrous. We had the benefit of experience from Dieppe to know how risky it was. Had the Panzers deployed sooner the actual invasion in ’44 might have similarly ended in disaster.

  • German manufacturing PMI comes in at just 44.7. The global economic slowdown continues, China and the Eurozone bearing the brunt.

    I forecast a no deal Brexit shortly further hitting the Eurozone.

  • @Anonymous
    I think Trump is playing brilliant politics here, and I am no fanboy of his. Democrats are becoming more critical of Israel, but it is still a wedge issue for them, at this time probably the most salient and divisive one. Probably the majority of Democratic voters have a generally neutral-to-negative view of Israel, and now the more strident anti-Zionists (typically younger voters and non-whites) have a voice in Congress with Reps. Omar and Tlaib. But the Dem establishment (embodied in Pelosi and Schumer) is still strongly pro-Israel, and Jewish donors are still a major (really, the major) source of fundraising for establishment Dems.

    This is combustible on many levels: to criticize Omar and Tlaib as a Dem is to open oneself up to allegations of sexism, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, which can be lethal to one's career. To support or even tolerate them is to risk alienating Jewish money. All this occurs against the backdrop of Israel taking an increasingly hard line on the settlements and the question of identity, especially if Bibi is re-elected. And Omar and Tlaib, far from being fringe back-benchers, are hip and popular; along with AOC, they have possession of the souls of the young and non-white voters that the Dems are utterly dependent on.

    The Democrats are totally schizophrenic on this issue, and Trump knows it. So he will continually try to up the ante, to push any kind of pro-Israel legislation he can think of, to goad Omar and Tlaib into making more brash statements and to goad the Dems into voting against Israel. He hopes that there will be more intra-party struggle sessions and that they waste time drafting resolutions against each other. And then, come 2020, he will run ads in Florida marketed towards elderly Jews positioning himself as the greatest Zionist since Ben-Gurion. Trump is a piss-poor legislator but he is brilliant in PR.

    Jewish crypsis means that they always have to adapt ideologies which are not explicitly pro-Jewish, only implicitly so. But the ideologies have lives of their own, and they could always easily turn out ultimately anti-Jewish. For example Bolshevism turned out to be less good for the Jews than originally imagined. Similarly with multiculturalism, it will likely be negative for the Jews, longer term.

    But they never seem to be smart enough. They are not very good at universalistic thinking, and so they don’t really understand the direction of these ideologies even as they already start turning on them. See the numerous Jews supporting Bolshevism still in the early 1950s, long after it ceased being good for the Jews.

    Some Jews might already see it, but they still usually cling to some parts of the old and already useless (in fact, outright dangerous) ideology.

    • Agree: LondonBob
    • Replies: @Dmitry

    See the numerous Jews supporting Bolshevism still in the early 1950s, long after it ceased being good for the Jews.

     

    It's an autistic theory of mind.

    What you believe is influenced by emotions and this has a racial component particularly when minorities want stronger position in society. Ideologies which favor the latter,may have a more rosy emotional coloration (i.e. seem more attractive).

    But people cannot actually believe or not believe in truth of something, on basis of "racial interest and longterm conspiracies". They believe it because they believe it is the true description of reality.

    Marxism was more religion than political theory, and like Christianity a Jewish-originated religion - (it's structure almost the same as Christianity), whose liberation was universalist. And people who believed it, believed because they thought it was universally true and factual description of reality.

    It was designed for educated people of the era, designed to be easy to believe (supernatural explanations are hidden by Hegelian concepts like "dialectic"), and for Jews it gave opportunity to "completely assimilate" (covert to a kind living Christianity, rather than the formal one which no longer had influence in the world).

    Attraction of Marxism for Jews, precisely is to escape both their external and internal position as Jews, and dissolve into a universal faith and utopia.

    Minus utopia, of course, this is what will have occurred with much of (or most?) Jews believers of Marxism. Their grandchildren today, will usually be 3/4 Slavic, and their great-grandchildren, 7/8 Slavic.

    The "racial interest" to convert to Marxism was to dissolve an unpleasant and dangerous position as Jews, to become important citizens, and this is what happened for a large proportion of them.


    Similarly with multiculturalism, it will likely be negative for the Jews,

     

    Multiculturalism is intrinsically attractive for a large proportion of any population.

    Putin is not Jewish, but he loves multiculturalism almost as his main religion. Merkel is not Jewish, and loves it. Obama not Jewish and loves it.

    It was one of the ideologies which has included both sides of the Cold War. If you think this is only attractive to Jews, and not something intrinsically and universally attractive to a significant proportion of people, then you will soon be confused (unless you extend the conspiracy to include all these people like Putin and Merkel being controlled by Jews).

    Multiculturalism is definitely a "utopian" ideology though, and will soon collapse against reality in most countries.

  • @German_reader

    1940 that the USA intended to construct 50,000 aircraft per year and supply them to Britain.
     
    Aircraft are pointless though without aircrew to operate them.
    I haven't personally read Tooze's book (and don't intend to in the near future), so I can't comment in any more detail. Thanks for the interesting discussion.

    What evidence do you have FDR wasn’t completely committed to fighting?

  • As I wrote in 2015:
  • @Federalist
    The trailer starts off:

    "We [meaning blacks] built these ships. Dredged these canals."
     
    I have my doubts, but I don't know much about San Francisco. Is there any truth to blacks doing this? Or is it like the black ladies who sent us to the moon?

    It is common for blacks in Britain to claim they built the NHS or the London Underground because they had a small employment niche in these two organisations shortly after they turned up uninvited here. Blacks are very entitled.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    'or the London Underground '

    Which had mostly finished completion by 1930 (sans jubilee line etc).

    The NHS was built by intergrating previous healthcare providers.

    I know what you mean about blacks being entitled. In the governments jobs where I live they carve out thier own employment 'niche' by ruthless racial nepotism and no one ever calls them out on it, mainly because they know blacks cant create thier own jobs so must rely on the government.
    , @AndrewR
    Uninvited? Just because you don't want them there doesn't make them uninvited.
  • Here's an upcoming movie about using ancient DNA to de-extinct a Neanderthal: "William" is a good name for a revivified caveman, since evolutionary theorist William D. Hamilton was known even to his rugby teammates as "Caveman." I recall an Unfrozen Caveman drama in 1984, Iceman, starring John Lone: And here's a 2019 Iceman about Otzi...
  • You forgot California Man, which also appears to be called Encino Man.

    • Replies: @guest
    "Link" (full name Missing Link?) is a Stone Aged man who emerged in modern Encino of the early 1990s by happenstance rather than science.

    Much like teenaged Wolf Man, his primal instincts, physical prowess, and dancing ability made him a Cool Dude.
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  • @Thorfinnsson
    John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan's point of departure is November, 1940.

    Because he is citing Ron Unz's essay about the 1940 Presidential election, this means he means that an "isolationist" Republican (not Wendell Wilkie) wins the 1940 Presidential election. Senator Robert "Mr. Conservative" Taft of Ohio for instance.

    Hitler decided to invade the USSR after Molotov's disastrous visit to Berlin in October, 1940.

    Owing to the anti-German foreign policy of the Roosevelt administration, including a stated plan to build 50,000 aircraft per year and supply them to Britain, relatively few industrial resources in advance of Operation Barbarossa were allocated to strengthening the army. Much more were allocated to capital investments and the other services (who also had access to better personnel).

    It is possible that with an isolationist victory in the 1940 US election that Germany would've invested more into strengthening the army, and that this would've provided the necessary margin of victory during Barbarossa.

    I am personally a believer that a neutral, isolationist US would've resulted in a German victory. People like to claim that most Lend-Lease was shipped in the latter years of the war, but this is because because American production kept skyrocketing. Then there are people who claim that the "tide turned" at the end of 1942, as if the war followed lunar phases.

    Even in the absence of a victory in Barbarossa, the following should be considered:

    • US production plans causing Germany to shift its production priorities (as noted earlier)
    • Soviet manpower attrition exceeded German attrition in percentage terms until the middle of 1944
    • The impact of Lend-Lease on the British war effort (generally forgotten, and Britain got more than the USSR)
    • German manpower and materiel diversions to other fronts increased after Stalingrad
    • Lend-Lease providing:


    -58% of the USSR's high octane aviation fuel
    -33% of their motor vehicles
    -53% of USSR domestic production of expended ordnance (artillery shells, mines, assorted explosives)
    -30% of fighters and bombers
    -93% of railway equipment (locomotives, freight cars, wide gauge rails, etc.)
    -50–80% of rolled steel, cable, lead, and aluminium
    -43% of garage facilities (building materials & blueprints)
    -12% of tanks and SPGs
    -50% of TNT (1942-1944) and 33% of ammunition powder (in 1944)[54]
    -16% of all explosives (from 1941–1945, the USSR produced 505,000 tons of explosives and received 105,000 tons of Lend-Lease imports)
     
    Obviously German victory isn't guaranteed in such a scenario. It's well known that German intelligence on the USSR was poor and that they (obviously) underestimated the Red Army. So perhaps production plans wouldn't have changed (there was still the need to defeat Britain). No decision in 1941 then, and hard to imagine one in 1942. Does the German army, freed of an Italian front and the Atlantic Wall, go on to beat the USSR in 1943 or 1944? Maybe.

    Britain's power, especially that of Bomber Command, is often underappreciated. Bomber Command could've collapsed the German war economy in 1943 had they kept hammering the Ruhr. Instead, they shifted to Berlin. How much weaker is Bomber Command in this scenario? German air defenses are unlikely to be much stronger.

    You ignore the high likelihood of Britain agreeing to Hitler’s very generous peace offers without the assurance of the US entering the war.

    Anyway the idea Britain was so influential on US politics is just not grounded in reality, wasn’t in WWI, even less so in regard to WWII. In both cases the Jewish influence was decisive, and many other lobbies were active too. Akin to those today ranting about Russians but not Israelis.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    A very good point.

    If FDR had been defeated, Churchill might well have been replaced leading to a peace agreement with the Germans.

    Jews were obviously pushing America towards war, but Unz's essay about British influence is interesting and eye-opening:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-alexander-cockburn-and-the-british-spies/

    It's also not just a matter of alien influence. Much of America's WASP establishment, still in control at that time, favored intervention. Foreign Policy magazine helpfully has its archives online, and you can read all sorts of dreck from 1940 about the American need to enter the war or at least support Britain.

    Gallup opinion polling in 1939 also asked Americans if they should help their British "blood brothers" which I found interesting.

    American public opinion was largely opposed to intervention, but tellingly almost no one was in favor of joining the Axis whereas a substantial minority favored aiding or joining the Allies. This despite the fact that obviously America stood to gain from dismembering the British Empire and once and for all eliminating the hideous Canuckist Entity from the map.
    , @utu
    From 21 November 1938 report by Ambassador Potocki on conversation with Ambassador Bullitt

    As the Soviet Union’s potential strength is not yet known, it might happen that Germany would have moved too far away from its base, and would be condemned to wage a long and weakening war. Only then would the democratic countries attack Germany, Bullitt declared, and force her to capitulate.

    In reply to my question whether the United States would take part in such a war, he said, ‘Undoubtedly yes, but only after Great Britain and France had let loose first!’
     

    FDR knew what he wanted.

    Hoover would document his conversations with the various people he met with. An example is provided of Hoover’s meeting with Kennedy on May 15, 1945. Kennedy indicated he had over 900 dispatches which he could not print without consent of the U.S. Government. He hoped one day to receive such permission as it was Kennedy’s intention to write a book that would:

    …put an entirely different color on the process of how America got into the war and would prove the betrayal of the American people by Franklin D, Roosevelt.

    …Roosevelt and Bullitt were the major factors in the British making their guarantees to Poland and becoming involved in the war. Kennedy said that Bullitt, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the Poles not to make terms with the Germans and that he Kennedy, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the British to make guarantees to the Poles.

    He said that after Chamberlain had given these guarantees, Chamberlain told him (Kennedy) that he hoped the Americans and the Jews would now be satisfied but that he (Chamberlain) felt that he had signed the doom of civilization.

    Kennedy said that if it had not been for Roosevelt the British would not have made this most gigantic blunder in history.

    Kennedy told me that he thought Roosevelt was in communication with Churchill, who was the leader of the opposition to Chamberlain, before Chamberlain was thrown out of office….
     

    James Forrestal, Under Secretary of the Navy, documented in his diaries a substantially similar conversation with Kennedy.
     
    Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War ... edited by George H. Nash
    https://books.google.com/books?id=ugFyjRLHPzcC&pg=PT761&lpg=PT761&dq=Ambassador+Potocki+on+conversation+with+Ambassador+Bullitt&source=bl&ots=D7zhs3vpcP&sig=ACfU3U1Hmz5emuNqS-66TFyApHESMkKS1Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjI0ar7x5ThAhVCiOAKHeVpDM4Q6AEwBnoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=Ambassador%20Potocki%20on%20conversation%20with%20Ambassador%20Bullitt&f=false
  • @LondonBob
    The Roosevelt administration was a key driver of WWII, as much so as Hitler. See The Forrestal Diaries and Joe Kennedy relaying Neville Chamberlain's thoughts on the matter. War might have been avoided otherwise.

    Had the Republican vote not been split then there was a good chance the US would have entered WWI a lot earlier and Germany been defeated a lot sooner.

    https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/04/roosevelt-1912/

    https://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p135_Weber.html

    The IHR do some very good work, but obviously they have their own axes to grind.

  • @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    RE: LondonBob's Civil War post, with which I mostly agree, as far as alternative history goes when it comes to Britain and America, Ron Unz gave us a good starting point from where we can wander into asking what might have been if a bunch of Limey spies and Roosevelt hadn't attacked our formerly peaceful country

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-alexander-cockburn-and-the-british-spies/

    But an even better question is, what if that troll Teddy Roosevelt hadn't put Wilson into the White House? Would Taft, et al, have stopped the Fed? And it certainly seems a Taft administration, followed presumably by another Republican victory in 1916, would have stopped U.S. intervention in World War 1. Or was it all inevitable?

    America's "special relationship" with Britain. Pardon me while I vomit in my mouth.

    The Roosevelt administration was a key driver of WWII, as much so as Hitler. See The Forrestal Diaries and Joe Kennedy relaying Neville Chamberlain’s thoughts on the matter. War might have been avoided otherwise.

    Had the Republican vote not been split then there was a good chance the US would have entered WWI a lot earlier and Germany been defeated a lot sooner.

    https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/04/roosevelt-1912/

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    https://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p135_Weber.html

    The IHR do some very good work, but obviously they have their own axes to grind.
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  • @Hypnotoad666
    Another Afro-Italian who comes to mind is Ivory Coast immigrant, Rudy Guede, who murdered Amanda Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Kercher#Rudy_Guede

    I have to wonder at the statistical crime rate of Black Italians. The only two I've ever heard of have both been murderers/attempted murders. So anecdotally they are batting 1.000 as far as I'm concerned.

    Kercher’s Indian-Jewish family still(!) blame white American Amanda Knox whilst ignoring the actual African perp Rudy Guede.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
    In sort of the "exception that proves the rule" style of thinking, Ann Coulter's jihad against Amanda Knox is the one weird hang-up she has amongst a list of otherwise outstanding list of policy proscriptions.
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  • @Thorfinnsson
    Early and decisive intervention in concert with the South.

    Stonewall Jackson's opposed Lee's mostly defensive strategy and after 1st Bull Run suggested an immediate invasion of the North with the objective of cutting the rail communications between New York and Baltimore.

    If this were supported by the Royal Navy and a British Expeditionary Force it would've been decisive.

    The trouble with the limited intervention is that it leaves a hostile, resentful United States with most of its power in tact. Kind of like Weimar Germany across the Atlantic. Perhaps this was a calculus of British policymakers at the time. I know Prince Albert personally intervened in the Trent Affair to provide Lincoln with a face-saving means of backing down.

    British War planners were very interested in Oregon and Washington State, at that point undetermined who controlled the Pacific North West and the British presence was strongest there. Maine was also viewed as a potential target for annexation.

    A rump US would have been a threat to even a greater Canada and a greater Confederacy, but this would have just solidified loyalty to the Empire, as it did for Canada.

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  • @Anonymous

    There are a lot of unattractive Chinese girls, despite all the nerd fantasies to the contrary.
     
    While the idea of Chinese IQ having a small standard deviation may have been debunked, I think there's some merit to east Asian attractiveness having a very small standard deviation relative to other races. East Asians may be a bit more attractive on average, but I don't find there are many Chinese women who possess mind-blowing ugliness or Earth-shattering beauty compared to whites or south Asians.

    The eyeball test also suggests that east Asian women are more likely to store extra fat in rolls around their bellies compared to white, black or India women, who store it in their butt, thighs and breasts. And everyone's getting fatter, even the Chinese.

    KFC is wildly popular in China, Pizza Hut upmarket. Along with the pollution I can see big problems for China going forward

    Most Chinese women are unattractive, I also like traditional European curves, but what they do have in their favour is being demur and making it known if they like a man.

  • @Coemgen
    With the mixing you get "hybrid vigor." Though you also can get a combo of the creativity of a rice farmer with the diligence of a shepherd. I hope this comment is cryptic enough that anyone with anything less than the creativity of a shepherd will not "get it."

    Mixed race children have a higher incidence of mental health problems, the further away the races the higher the probability.

  • The Ukrainian elections are coming up in a couple of weeks, so there'll be a number of related posts in the next few days. *** More notable posts since the last Open Thread in case you missed any of them. Russia's Uber Gets Better Tracking China's Naval Power Mussolini Did Nothing Wrong The Terrorist Attack...
  • @Dmitry
    With Eurovision song contest, it almost seems like gays have started trolling Muslims.

    France has selected for Eurovision song contest, a gay transgender Muslim..

    At the same time, they are sending the gay Arab to perform in Tel Aviv.

    Some Muslim in France are protesting about this.

    But Israelis then responded by creating a television program about a gay French Muslim terrorist who enters the Eurovision song contest to perform an ISIS attack against Israel.

    So now France is saying they will boycott Israel's Eurovision song contest, if Israel does not cancel the television program which says their gay Muslim contestant is a terrorist.

    You think I am joking and have some crazy imagination, but this is real life.

    -

    Here is the gay Muslim France chose for their candidate.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCJRigN2DmI

    Only gays care about and watch Eurovision anyway.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    Yes, but this is just the correct, English perspective to the competition.
    , @Philip Owen
    I would say women over 50 too.
  • iSteve commenter Peterike writes: As I look out my window, I see what will be the tallest residential tower in Queens being constructed. It will be 66 stories high with 802 condo apartments, and top out at 984 feet high. It is expected to sell out at over a billion dollars, making it the most...
  • @Anonymous
    If might be a pointer, but the USA's legacy Japanese population, which arrived in the early 20th century, has more or less vanished - blended into the mass of American whites by rates of intermarriage greater than 50%.

    Takes two generations or more before they disappear so the early twentieth century Japs would be invisible by now.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    The United States c.1860 had a respectable 7.2% share of global manufacturing output - about equivalent to that of France - the great bulk of which it ofc retained in the Union.

    Britain's share was 20%. However, it would hardly have devoted an all out effort in favor of the Confederacy, so it wouldn't mobilize to anywhere near the same extent as the Union. Munitioning potential would merely equalize. Which ofc would still be very bad for the Union, given the superior quality of the Confederacy's soldiers and generals.

    The Confederacy would get a massive boost from having its trade routes remain open, since it was far more dependent on international trade than the Union. So it could continue to import weapons and food. The Union would not be as hampered by a British blockade as the Confederacy was by the Union blockade, because it was both agriculturally and industrially basically self-sufficient. Having considerable naval capabilities of its own, the British blockade would also be relatively more porous.

    If the Union continued the war regardless, I think it would have won eventually anyway. This still doesn't solve the problem of the vast demographic disparity between the two sides: 2.5:1 in terms of total population, but 4:1 on the more relevant metric of free citizens. The Confederacy had too few people (~1 million free men of fighting age in 1861). Eventually, ~40% of them would die; a ratio comparable to the USSR's military losses in WW2. Unclear how it could have kept going on for much longer after 1865, even if far better equipped.

    An RN blockade of the North would have been even more effective than the North’s blockade of the South. Smashing the Union navy, “The work of a few hours”, sniffed Palmerston. In 1861 the British had 63 ships-of-the-line (60 guns and above) to the American 0. The total count of all commissioned warships was 598 to 42. Bye-bye Anaconda plan! Pretty soon it would be the British doing an “Anaconda plan” on Union ports. The North had no ocean going ironclads unlike the RN which had several. Britain would also have acted in conjunction with France, which was more pro-South than Britain. In any scenario with British involvement, you’re also talking French involvement on the same side. This makes an already huge impact bigger: add 35 ships-of-the-line and 231 smaller ships to the totals above.

    Also blockade runners in the South could run to Bermuda etc., whereas the North would have no nearby friendly ports. Blockade runners also relied on smokeless coal from Wales.

    There are also specific issues the North would face with a blockade, gunpowder could not be produced and the North relied on iron imported from Britain.

    http://67thtigers.blogspot.com/2010/06/royal-navy-force-designated-for-america.html

    Having read up on this I under estimated how weak the North was.

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @Bukephalos
    if you're correct then it was indeed the greatest misjudgement Brits made in history; and, I have a hard time believing slavery was the root cause. I remarked before they had zero compunction about supporting the slaving Ottomans, with their infamous white harems, at the same time. Therefore, economic motivations must have had taken precedence- it's an innately mediocre worldview: yes business is flourishing but how can you not try and reclaim what was formerly yours? when the window of opportunity is wide open before you, and soon to be shut forever? A classic case of selling the rope to hang you
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Genuinely interesting question whether the North could have won with the Brits backing the Confederates.

    It would have equalized naval and munitioning power, though the South would still be at a 2.5:1 manpower disadvantage. (Not like Britain was going to send masses of troops across the Atlantic).

    How long would British public opinion have tolerated being on the side of a slaving Power? Or would Northern morale to prosecute the war have fallen first?

    I am not aware what, if any, military plans had been drawn up but as you say the biggest effect would have been the RN and it would likely have been a largely naval intervention. Like Germany in WWI the Confederacy was really strangled to death and ending the naval blockade, as well as supplies of arms and ammunition would have perhaps been sufficient on their own. Otherwise I would have massively reinforced the garrison in Canada whilst refusing to intervene or invade with British troops. This would have forced the North to divert large number of troops away from the South. This analysis ignores what the French might have done.

    Good reason foreign intervention was always seen as the number one threat by Lincoln and his government . Before the summer of 63 this threat had dissipated with Vicksburg and Gettysburg but I think even as late as the start of 64 intervention could have been successful. Rebellions are almost always successful when they have a foreign sponsor. Psychologically the chances of victory shift dramatically to the rebelling side.

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    The French were interested in intervention, but were unwilling to do so alone. Britain was unwilling to go against public opinion, which had unfortunately been brainwashed by abolitionist lunatics despite the demonstrable failure of abolition in the British West Indies.

    Had I been a British statesman at the time I would've preferred a maximalist objective of conquering the North and returning the entire United States to the British Empire. No sense leaving a resentful, sullen rump America in place with its rapidly growing population and dangerous industrial capability.

    In this sense British policymakers perhaps picked the second best option--good relations with America. The best option being eliminating America, and the worst option an extremely hostile America far away from Britain's center of gravity.
  • @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    Russian sailors have done some very good things for us.

    I hold basically to the 19th century GOP platform, which means I'm a horrible racist in today's media eyes. Anyway, I believe the Union cause was generally correct. And people who think that "Union cause" = "gay liberalism" are ignorant; the average Northern soldier hated slavery because he wanted America free for white people. And I'm happy to say that the Russian Navy played a brief, forgotten, but rather vital role in helping the Union win. The British and the French were close to intervening. More importantly, the British were about to send the Confederates some ironclads that could have been used to decisively break the Union blockade.

    Well, the Russians, as part of their own conflict with the British and French, sent much of their navy to San Francisco and New York - partly as an official state visit, but mostly as a strategic ploy during a war scare between those 3 European powers.

    The Russians could never have beaten the British in open naval combat, but the Russian plan was to use their ships as commerce raiders, based apparently out of America, in the event of war. Now THAT scared the British, who knew full well how devastating commerce raiding could be. The Russian presence in America served Russian interests just as it served the Union Navy's interests, and, ultimately, the British plan for introducing strong ironclads into the war was broken.

    So: thanks, Russia! Glad our interests could intersect.

    But even in Civil War historiography, we cannot escape absurd Russophobia. I heard a historian (he's otherwise pretty good) recently mention the presence of Russian ships in NY and SF then, and argue that it was indicative that the Russians too - like the British and French - were interested in intervening on behalf of the Confederates. This is a ridiculous statement, which any 5 minute study of 19th century Russian strategy would reveal, but this is the ignorance among even smart people.

    The greatest strategic mistake in British history was not intervening on behalf of the Confederacy, welcoming the Southern states back in to the family would have made the Empire unstoppable. Ultimately Russian ships or not there wasn’t the popular support to intervene, and investments in Northern states as well as corn imports were too economically important.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Genuinely interesting question whether the North could have won with the Brits backing the Confederates.

    It would have equalized naval and munitioning power, though the South would still be at a 2.5:1 manpower disadvantage. (Not like Britain was going to send masses of troops across the Atlantic).

    How long would British public opinion have tolerated being on the side of a slaving Power? Or would Northern morale to prosecute the war have fallen first?
    , @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    The greatest strategic mistake in British history was not intervening on behalf of the Confederacy, welcoming the Southern states back in to the family would have made the Empire unstoppable

     

    To my mind, this statement would need lots more qualification and support before I could ever agree to it. I've long thought that the entire history of the British alliance with France leading up to World War 1 was their greatest strategic mistake. I can't bring myself to believe that the British really *needed* preventive war with Germany. And, yes, I like Pat Buchanan.

    Ultimately Russian ships or not there wasn’t the popular support to intervene, and investments in Northern states as well as corn imports were too economically important.

     

    Here is a respectable read on the subject:

    https://americancivilwar.com/tcwn/confederate_navy/confederate_navy_buildup.html

    No mention of the Russians there

    As for popular support, really, it all depends on what the general war situation was on the ground. If the Confederates, for example, had managed to make something more serious out of the 1862 Maryland campaign, I'm sure the powerful in England could have found some excuse to get involved. (Like the American media and many historians today, contemporary European observers seemed obsessed with the Virginia/Eastern campaign, even though the Union armies were dominant in the rest of the South almost from the war's beginning). As for the French, they would have then done what they did with Mexican affairs, which was clumsily follow whatever the British did.

    In contrast to the above article, Webster Tarpley here argues that the US-Russian "alliance" (I think this is a too strong word) saved the Union: https://www.voltairenet.org/article169488.html

  • @Dmitry
    Songbird I logged here today to ask you if you saw this newly, strange article?

    U.S. IN UFO RACE WITH CHINA, RUSSIA, FORMER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SUGGESTS

    Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dropped major hints that he knows potential adversaries, Russia and China, have carried out their own military studies to figure out how UFOs work and how to build their own,” Knapp said during the broadcast, citing anonymous Pentagon sources to claim dozens of UFOs have been encountered off the coast of Florida and Virginia in the last three years.

     

    https://www.newsweek.com/ufo-2019-harry-reid-china-russia-senate-unexplained-aerial-phenomena-1349256

    We were discussing Bigelow Aerospace a few weeks ago, and decided Robert Bigelow seems quite insane (which is the impression from seeing videos of him).

    But what is reliability of Harry Reid? Harry Reid is also friends with Robert Bigelow, and partly responsible for government funding of Bigelow Aerospace, so there could be some corruption there.

    In this story, Harry Reid "dropped major hints that he knows potential adversaries, Russia and China, have carried out their own military studies to figure out how UFOs work and how to build their own."

    Nothing in Russian media is reporting this.

    In Russian media, position "UFOs are a hoax" and result of mental illness, seems like common consensus in the articles in mainstream media for the last few years. It's strange to see American media going more in the "crazy direction" with this topic.

    UFOs were a cover story for experimental aircraft, the Soviets always hinted they knew this anyway.

    Still I met a Soviet cosmonaut who said he saw all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff when he went into space, the Soviet authorities told him to keep his mouth shut when he got back. Still I would expect there to be unusual phenomenon in space, not necessarily indicative of intelligent life.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @Dmitry

    UFOs were a cover story for experimental aircraft,
     
    If you think about "B-2 Spirit" and "F-117".

    Both these planes are tested in Nevada, from the early 1980s.

    At the same time, it is a national priority for them to be secret to Soviet Union and spies (especially the B-2 was going to be key to American strategic bombing strategy against the USSR).

    To inject UFO stories (and a mentally ill "UFO community" in the area) is a very useful cover to confuse Soviet intelligence in America, so we can assume the government might even invest a lot of funds in this.

    It's advantage to confuse the opponent, to have "UFO stories" in this area of America. It creates more deniability for testing experimental airplanes.

    It can also frighten the opponent in the Cold War, to imagine that there may be experimental planes with the capacities reported by "UFO" sightings.


    Still I met a Soviet cosmonaut who said he saw all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff when he went into space, the Soviet authorities told him to keep his mouth shut when he got back.

     

    I believe that in back in USSR, "UFOs" were a publicly very suppressed topic.

    In the 1990s, suddenly a lot of former military officials and pilots, reported about how they had seen UFOs or that these objects had been investigated with a large budget (such as at НИИ-22).

    So it was privately, viewed as a serious topic in the USSR, with Brezhnev. But was not introduced in public discussion.

    Only in 1990s, after they leave their jobs and change of government, then military officials start saying to the public about seeing objects in the sky they could not identity.

    This is the difference to America, where the unidentified flying objects was a part of the public discussion (and the government used this public discussion for its personal advantage).


    Still I would expect there to be unusual phenomenon in space, not necessarily indicative of intelligent life.

     

    I read about a few stories. But it seems objects more commonly reported by pilots, but not by astronauts. And often it seems (from little I know about the topic), relating to objects on viewed by radar and by pilots at a relatively low altitude.
  • Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but the Christchurch terrorist chose the closest Friday (March 15, 2019) to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Rambouillet Agreement on March 18, 1999 by the US, UK, and Albania to break up Yugoslavia (i.e., Serbia) and have 30,000 NATO troops deploy through Belgrade and occupy Kosovo....
  • @Stan
    The bombing of Serbia was led by the neocons. Neocons only care about Israel. Turkey before the rise of Erdogan was a close ally of Israel and the US. Turkey and Albanians have cultural and religious ties. The neocons were defending Israeli interests by using American military power to protects Turkish interests in Kosovo. The interesting question is if the same circumstances occurred today would Nato bomb Serbia. My educated guess is no. Turkey pursues an independent foreign policy under Erdogan. It refuses to kowtow to Israel and the US.

    The importance of Turkey in regards to US intervention in the Balkans is usually not acknowledged.