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    English nationalism as expressed by Brexiteers is a strange beast. Donald Trump gives an interview in which he assumes the right to intervene in the conflict between Theresa May and Boris Johnson over Brexit. He speaks with the same confident authority as he would in his own country, sorting out differences in the Republican Party...
  • @Sean
    I think your meaning did not escape me, however Britain had very low imports of cars and very high exports before the EEC rules lowered barriers to Europe. The intra EEC trade increased faster than production, and costs of production became relatively low in France ect. Germany had economies of scale, so Britain as at a disadvantage. Britain lost one third of its domestic market to other EEC countries and gained little in exports to the EEC as a direct result of joining the EEC. It is the same in everything you care to look at, Britain has a trade surplus with the rest of the world but a massive deficit with the EU, and if it was world wide GATT deregulation, why is it that between 2008 and 2015, British exports grew at 5% with the rest of the world, yet fell to countries within the EU?

    I’m not going to convince you, so I must agree to disagree. All I would say is that Johnson and other experienced economists nearer the time (1980) were convinced the primary effect came from singing up to the Kennedy Round, not the EEC. If you can find a copy of the book, please get it as it is an excellent summation of British Industrial History 1945-79 and dispels many later myths.

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  • As I suspected, Trump's meeting with Putin did indeed turn out to be a damp squib, at least relative to the unrealistic expectations that all sorts of strongly ideological camps had built up around it. Putin repeated his insistence that Russia did not meddle in the US elections, congratulated Trump on North Korea, acknowledged that...
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    Are you sure? Wikipedia gives 2016 figures for both Russia (10.82) and America (5.35). If the current rate for Russia in 2018 is 5.7, what are the reasons for the precipitous and very recent decline in homicides ? Are there any websites ( in English ) which deal in these matters ?

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    I have been writing about Russian demographics in general, including in the murder/suicide rate, for ages: https://www.unz.com/akarlin/topic/demographics/

    Last post: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/russian-demographics-in-2018/

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    These improvements are primarily driven by the continuing decline in Russia's alcohol epidemic, which has traditionally accounted for a very large percentage of its "deaths from external causes": https://www.unz.com/akarlin/out-of-the-death-spiral/
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  • @Brabantian
    One sad parallel between the USA and Russia, is that they are the two largest per-capita-jailing nations in the world ... USA judicial malice and corruption is so little known due to Google etc media suppression, it has now ensnared this naive pretty Maria Butina

    Whereas a norm of 'civilised' (Western Europe etc) countries is jailing about 1 per 1000 citizens, in the USA and Russia it is about 1 out of 150 ... 25% of all the world's prisoners are in jail in the USA, around 2.3 million people ... Russia's jailing ratios are close to the same, even after Putin has graciously early-released some hundreds of thousands, something that never happens in the USA ... Heavy-pot-smoker-in-youth Obama, never let go all those tens of thousands of blacks jailed for toking like Obama did

    It seems that residents of the USA, are quite unaware that their own mass-jailing legal system, is quite unlike what is represented in Hollywood movies, and portrayed in the media which serves the judge-bribing oligarchy

    So victims like this Russian woman Maria Butina, don't understand or fear it, until the system hits them, and then it is too late

    With so much corruption both in jailing and in having US courts confiscate assets for politically-connected parties ... the US system is habituated to corruption and railroading people whenever there is political or economic motive

    In reality, almost no one in the USA gets a 'jury trial', tho all accused get a 'lawyer', who is for the poor typically a US gov employee, under extortion threat to help jail the target, or else lose his job ... USA federal courts have a higher conviction rate than Adolf Hitler's Third Reich ... 99% of all appeals to the US Supreme Court, are simply denied without any hearing

    Tho there is a lot of crime by blacks, the person arrested is often not the one who did the crime ... the judge prevents evidence of innocence from being shown in court ('file an appeal if you don't like it') ... and the poor black guy is told by his lawyer, 'Plead guilty you get 3 years, go to trial the judge will sentence you to 25 years, what do you want to do' ... the guy pleads guilty and gets 7-10 years ... and then files a useless appeal from the prison cell, an appeal ignored or denied

    The techniques used to jail blacks, are used to steal assets from whites in business or divorce cases, and to target foreigners whenever a scapegoat is needed

    Increasingly, smart Europeans avoid living in or even travelling to the USA, as the risk of its legal-judicial corruption becomes increasingly known in upper crusty circles

    But the average person can easily fall into the traps, as this Russian woman did

    You are right about smarter Europeans avoiding travelling to the US, unless they actually have to. I’ve not been back to America since Bush minor introduced the draconian and invasive airport security laws.
    However, you are wrong about the Russian incarceration rates. Average Western Europe rates are about 100 per 100,000 ( 1 per 1000), it is true. America has 655 per 100,000 ( 1 per 153 ). Russia has admittedly a high rate 411 per 100,000 ( 1 per 243 ), but nowhere near the American rate.

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

    Also Bear in mind ( ho, ho) that the Russian homicide rate is twice that of the US. Indeed, Russia has the highest homicide rate of any industrialised country ( 10x the average W European country ). The incarceration rate, by comparison, is actually quite niggardly ( very few of them in Russia, either.)

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

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    Also Bear in mind ( ho, ho) that the Russian homicide rate is twice that of the US. Indeed, Russia has the highest homicide rate of any industrialised country ( 10x the average W European country ).

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

     

    Those numbers are old by now. Russia's homicide rate is at 5.7 /100 000 so far in 2018 and will most likely drop lower by the end of the year. Pretty close to the US. And considering the way things are going in Russia homicide rates will drop to (current) Western European levels in a couple of years.
    , @Seamus Padraig
    And the Russians effectively no longer have a death penalty either, so, ceteris paribus, they should have even more lifers than the US.
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  • We have a Deep State that is so invested in its demented campaign against Trump that it is willing to imprison human rights activists and supporters of American values in pursuit of its objectives

    First of all, the American Permanent State cares not a jot for “American values”. The Constitution is just verbiage to them.
    Secondly, their campaign against Trump truly is demented. Many of the Permanent State operatives seem actually to believe this nonsense. That’s the truly disturbing part.
    That being the case, I feel they will want to prevent Trump serving his full term. Impeachment or assassination looms. As they want to discredit him, the former seems the most likely, using trumped up charges ! However, this is not something I would want to bet on, AK.

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  • English nationalism as expressed by Brexiteers is a strange beast. Donald Trump gives an interview in which he assumes the right to intervene in the conflict between Theresa May and Boris Johnson over Brexit. He speaks with the same confident authority as he would in his own country, sorting out differences in the Republican Party...
  • @Sean
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrzfgUv3ZKk

    The UK was the largest exporter of car and commercial vehicles in the world by the 60's and many luxury makes depended on exports. Countries started to bring in serious trade barriers and exchange controls to restrict imports. The GATT talks were an agreement to reduce tariffs in principle but in practice they came down very slowly. Aready very high British exports benefited. Imports to Britain rose, yes. But from a very low level. Britain was in a real free trade area (EFTA) from 1959 but in that only Sweden was in the car and commercial business so the effect was limited.

    The watershed came with the entry into the EU, because then trade barriers in manufacturing (not services) came down against German and French heavyweight manufacturers with the attendant economies of scale. The EU has always been about creating a couple of giant firms with economies of scale in for products (cars washing machines or anything) , and as intra EEC trade increased faster than production. and costs of production became relatively higher in Britain it was at a disadvantage. Britain lost one third of the domestic market and gained little in imports.

    It is the same in everything you care to look at, Britain has a trade surplus with the rest of the world but a massive deficit with the EU and it was still slipping from 2008 to 2015, when British exports grew at 5% with the rest of the world, yet fell with the EU.

    You miss my point. The EEC was subject to the rules of GATT, just as now the EU is subject to the rules of the WTO. Even if the UK had never joined the EEC, it had signed up to GATT and the effect on British Industry would have been similar to what actually happened
    Also, your clip of Benn has no mention of his involvement in signing up to the Kennedy Round or GATT, so is irrelevant.

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    I think your meaning did not escape me, however Britain had very low imports of cars and very high exports before the EEC rules lowered barriers to Europe. The intra EEC trade increased faster than production, and costs of production became relatively low in France ect. Germany had economies of scale, so Britain as at a disadvantage. Britain lost one third of its domestic market to other EEC countries and gained little in exports to the EEC as a direct result of joining the EEC. It is the same in everything you care to look at, Britain has a trade surplus with the rest of the world but a massive deficit with the EU, and if it was world wide GATT deregulation, why is it that between 2008 and 2015, British exports grew at 5% with the rest of the world, yet fell to countries within the EU?
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  • @Sean

    Apparently, the world is full of hermit kingdoms that have long been short of such vibrant economies and, once freed from the shackles of the EU, we will be able to meet their long unsatisfied needs.
     
    British industry was successful right into the 70's. According to Edgerton, he decline and fall started when Britain entered the European Economic Community and the trade barriers that had protected British industry came down. Under Thatcher lack of exports did not matter because Britain had the oil, and had become self sufficient in food for the first time.

    https://www.newstatesman.com/2018/07/Rise-Fall-British-Nation-David-Edgerton-Review

    .In the third quarter of the 20th century Britain became more like a normal European nation which, conscious of its wartime vulnerabilities, organised its economy on explicitly national lines. There were now concerted efforts to make the nation self-sufficient in foodstuffs, and oil was increasingly refined at home rather than in British-owned overseas refineries. Hence the “rise of the nation” alluded to in Edgerton’s enigmatic title. In 1945 Britain became a nation in the sense that there was now a distinctive economic unit within the borders of the UK. [...] The book makes uncomfortable reading for all groupings at Westminster. Edgerton denounces the “folly” of assuming the historic and continuous distinctiveness of UK plc. There are no deep-seated continuities for Brexiteers to preserve. On the other hand, Remainers will see that the British economy has changed direction drastically more than once in the course of the last century.
     
    The government were trying to square the circle the benefits of being in the EU went with freedom of movement conditions that made the situation of the people in the Britain worse , or at least that is what most of them thought judging by the way they voted. Fewer people will be coming to Britain for economic reasons than before Brexit when we could not stop them due to EC freedom of movement. Brexit was due to immigration just as Trump said the other day. May and the Tories are accepting the will of the people and the primacy of the people who actually live in Britain, who decline to be subject to unending massive immigration so a few diplomats can get important sounding international jobs giving the illusion that Britain matters more. The EU is punishing the government of Britain for hot getting the correct result in the referendum and trying to stop anyone else getting the same idea. They may have ambitions to destroy the conservative government with a impossible negotiation, and see what Corbyn might do as PM.
    As usual, Britain has been defeated when it fights on the continent. Of course this is a defeat, it is a withdrawal.

    We have – under force of circumstances – reinvented ourselves, not once but twice.

    Can we do it again? I take the gist of Edgerton’s downbeat final chapters, on Britain’s recent post-Thatcherite demotion to offshore casino, to be a darkly sardonic suggestion that if we are to change course utterly yet again, then he wouldn’t start from here. But, at least, thanks to this rich and compelling book, we do now have a proper map and compass.
     

    British industry was successful right into the 70′s. According to Edgerton, he decline and fall started when Britain entered the European Economic Community and the trade barriers that had protected British industry came down.

    Actually, the decline and fall started when Britain signed up to the Kennedy Round (1968-72) of GATT, which abolished quotas and reduced duties to 11%. Import penetration of the UK car market, for example, went from 10% (1969) to 26.4% (1972) to 49.3% (1978 ). Other industries suffered accordingly. Source: P S Johnson (Ed) The Structure of British Industry p186
    Joining the EEC was irrelevant, since the relations were governed by the GATT treaties, now the WTO.

    It always amused me when Tony Benn used to say that Margaret Thatcher was essentially an Edwardian Liberal. Benn had been part of that Labour Cabinet that had removed trade barriers that protected British Industry and brought in as near to Free Trade as possible. The effect on British Industry was as detrimental as it was predictable. In later life, no interviewer ever brought up his involvement in this. I suppose that nearly all hacks, if they think about these matters at all, are reflexively pro Free Trade.

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  • One of the quainter, more obscure attractions in Moscow is the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. The post-Stalinist USSR aimed to provide a good material living standard to its people, and technologies were bought from the West towards that end (e.g. the classic Lada was a copy of an Italian Fiat car). Ergo for arcade...
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Thanks.
    You can use any of the methods here: http://akarlin.com/donations/ (probably Paypal would be easiest).

    I have sent the money to your email address, [redacted] via google. The money is out of my account and hopefully should be in yours.
    I am now going off to the pub to see if the All Whites can overcome May’s Mixtures. Not very hopeful, though, for reasons explained.
    PS I inadvertently sent you £66 as I thought I was sending in dollars ( £50 is approx. $66 ). Please keep the difference.

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    Good of you to honor the bet. Hats off, sir.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Thanks, much appreciated.
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  • @Yevardian
    No. And the late USSR was a far more pleasant country to live in than the USA today.

    Not only the USSR. Britain and most other Western countries were a lot better in the 1970s and 1980s than the US is today.

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  • OT
    AK,I did rather rashly promise to contribute 50 GBP to your funds if Russia didn’t make the semi-finals. So furnish me with an account and I will pay up. Sorry don’t do Bitcoin or the like.
    Before I leave the subject, 3 points about this World Cup.
    *1 The general standard of play has been the poorest I can remember. Seeded teams have been particularly poor. Not only Germany, but Brazil and Argentina could have been eliminated at the Group Stage. To see Spain and Portugal struggle past the footballing might of Iran and Morocco was not a pretty sight. Few bright features to report.
    *2 The standard of management has also been dire. The number of managers who did not seem to have a Plan B (eg Germany, Poland) was staggeringly high. Even in the Brazil game, Belgium could have lost the game because they chose to spend the second half defending on their 18 yard line, rather than blocking the midfield or going for the 3rd goal.
    *3 Fifa Rankings are a better measure of quality than Elo. Belgium (3) play France (7) and England (12) play Croatia (20). For the first time since the Rankings were established, a team outside the top 10 will contest the final. It would be pleasing if the All Whites ( whose change strip is all black!) would win, but I don’t think they have the quality.

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    Thanks.
    You can use any of the methods here: http://akarlin.com/donations/ (probably Paypal would be easiest).
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  • Following the re-appointment of Medvedev and his more or less reshuffled government, the public opinion in Russia and abroad was split on whether this was a good sign of continuity and unity amongst the Russian leadership or whether this was a confirmation that there was a 5th column inside the Kremlin working against President Putin...
  • @Anatoly Karlin

    Of course not! So what is going on here?
     
    The Kremlin is financing the craziest knee-jerk Russophobes to discredit liberalism. The two exist in a comfy symbiotic relationship. What is so difficult about that?

    Now let’s connect all the dots: there is a pro-western (in realty, western-controlled) faction inside the government which is financing those who are attempting to overthrow Putin by making him unpopular with the Russian general public (which overwhelmingly opposes “liberal” economic policies and which despises the Russian liberal elites) by constantly forcing him into liberal economic policies which he clearly does not like (he declared himself categorically opposed to such policies in 2005) and the so-called “patriotic media” is covering it all up.
     
    The same "fifth column" that has over the past 18 years also forced Putin into adopting a flat tax, liberalizing land sales, monetizing benefits, and now pensions reform.

    If Putin still hasn't managed to get rid of them, then what the hell is he good for?

    At least, that's would I'd be asking - if I was the sort to rail against neoliberal fifth columns.

    Reality is, all of those were great successes. Putin is an economic neoliberal and that is a good thing.

    Even if this was the case, surely he must be aware that 92% of Russians oppose this so-called “reform”.
     
    Where on Earth do people support raising the pension age? Thankfully, many countries (including Russia) have safeguards against demotic idiocy.

    As a direct result from these plans, the Communist Party of Russia is launching a referendum against this project while the “Just Russia” Party is now collecting signatures to dismiss the entire government.
     
    The business elites are not in a position to demand anything. Medvedev is there as a whipping boy to protect Putin's ratings. He is very good at that, and that, too, is a good thing.

    This is the same media which will gladly criticize Iran and Hezbollah but never wonder why the Russian main TV stations are spewing pro-Israeli propaganda on a daily basis.
     
    The author's anti-Israel crusade is not Russia's. That Russia is not to Iran, Palestine, or Hezbollah what the US is to Israel (a slavish sponsor) is also a good thing.

    Putin has ensured that foreign interests have been prevented from taking over vital Russian industries such as Oil,Gas, Minerals, Banking and Defence. At best, foreign companies can only get limited concessions under conditions that suit the Russian State, eg BP.
    Putin isn’t a Neoliberal, he’s a pragmatist. This is a very good thing.

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  • From Bloomberg: "Over-caffeinated urban neighborhoods" is to 2018 what "vibrant urban neighborhoods" was to 2005. The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it's middle America and the South that presents an...
  • @Tiny Duck
    Only the racist buttholes

    Good ting that the country is getting more diverse and white virus are bearing Children of Color

    Only white men have a problem with "lefty" politics. It's why we have to go

    As Leonard Pitts has pointed out White men have had 500 years of affirmative action

    Only white men have a problem with “lefty” politics. It’s why we have to go

    Self hate is no condemnation. But in your particular case, I’ll make an exception.

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    TD isn’t White. He is Leonard Pitts trolling and trying to steer people to his web page and get income from the clicks. Notice how he keeps telling everybody to check out LP, but never any other sites.
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  • The German soldiers of World War II have often been portrayed, both during the war and in the decades since, as simple-minded, unimaginative and brutish. Hollywood movies and popular U.S. television shows have for years contrasted confident, able and “cool” American GIs with slow-witted, cynical and cruel Germans. “Propaganda is an inescapable ingredient of modern...
  • Congratulations, Mr Unz, on publishing an article from the Institute for Historical Review. I suppose the ADL will blacklist you permanently, if they hadn’t done so already.
    One aspect of the Germany military that I hope commenters will bring up is that it operated as a state within a state, and was regarded as such by the State’s rulers. Whether it served the Hohenzollerns, Weimar or Hitler, it always regarded its prime duty to be to the German State, the political regimes in charge at any given time being temporary landlords.
    This gave the military great autonomy, which it used to develop independent policies to defend the Reich against its enemies. The long continuity of military autonomy, going well back into Prussian times, also enabled the development of an effective military ethos amongst its personnel.
    Despite great difficulties in WWI and WWII, the German military performed their tasks very effectively, on the whole.
    Contrast this with C21st America. The military and the permanent state enjoy very great autonomy, but their actions follow the dictum, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. They bankrupt the country by the day. America’s end is not far off.

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  • Untold billions of dollars spent on new football stadiums. Lavish spending on football players. The hiring of some of Europe's most expensive and prestigious coaches. Results? Russia is 45th in the football Elo rankings Russia is 70th in the FIFA rankings The Russian team has never been weaker in its entire history. My guess is...
  • $1o billion on the football World Cup ? Wouldn’t it have been better spent on Ice Hockey ? ( If Russia had to waste it on professional sport )
    There again, nobody gave England much chance in 1966 or Argentina in 1978.
    Russia have been so low key, they must have a reasonable chance. I think that the semi-final is a decent bet.
    If they don’t make the semi-final, then get your begging bowl out, Master Anatoly, and I will contribute 50 Euros or Pounds, or whatever, to your Trust Fund. ( If you are not already subject to primary or secondary sanctions )
    Remember this comment.

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    50 Bitcoin?
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  • “The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us. We remember what we find it convenient to remember and forget everything else. That forgetfulness especially applies to the history of others. How could their past, way back when, have any meaning for us today? Well, it just might. Take the European conflagration...
  • @utu
    Poor Martyanov feels excluded when the Westerners talk out their Great War. What about Russians and the Red Army and the 27 millions? We must be heard. Please talk about us. And don't forger about our suffering and sacrifice. We are your 'partner' after all.

    Martyanov, Get few Jews here who want to talk about Holocaust and their unique suffering and you and them can shut down the discussion. Or let pass the law that any talk about history from now on must include Holocaust and unprecedented suffering and sacrifice of the Red Army in the WWII.

    Give Martyanov a break. Homo Sovieticus was only born in 1917. What happened previously is largely irrelevant to the Glory That Was The Soviet Union ( Good name for a book, that ).
    Martyanov is the Sovok version of Tiny Duck.

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  • DEMANDRED. HOW FARES THIS WORLD?
  • @German_reader
    The German team does all sorts of Merkelian multiculti propaganda, and they don't even kick out the two disloyal Turks Özil and Gündogan who recently met Erdogan and handed him a football tricot signed with "For my president".
    Besides, I just can't stand those retarded football players who get so much money for kicking around a ball, imo Uday Hussein had the best ideas how to deal with their kind.

    It will have to be Spain to win, then. Given the fractious state of the peninsula, any celebrations will be of a restrained kind as in 2010. Also, they’re an all-white team ( correct me if I’m wrong ) and infinitely preferable to the Merkelscheissen.

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  • I'm very pleased to announce that our selection of HTML Books now contains works by renowned World War II historian David Irving, including his magisterial Hitler's War, named by famed military historian Sir John Keegan as one of the most crucial volumes for properly understanding that conflict. [articlelink][title]Hitler's War[/title][byline]David Irving • 1991 • 397,000 Words[/byline][/articlelink]...
  • @jilles dykstra
    " By the time Auschwitz reached peak killing capacity in 1944, when the Jews of Hungary flooded into the complex "
    How Eichmann accomplished this with fifty men in the months of juli and august, when Germany was desperately short of railway capacity, astonishes anyone with some experience in logistics.

    Then there is
    Neufeld and Berenbaum, editors ‘The bombing of Auschwitz’, 2000, New York
    The book has as an appendix the minutes of a meeting of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, USA consul present.
    The meeting was in the autumn of 1944, when the Auschwitz factories were bombed from N Italy.
    The question was 'should the camps be bombed ?'.
    Decision, 'no, jews might be killed'.

    One of the most ridiculous aspects of the Holocaust fable – human soap and Jew skin lampshades aside – is the Eichmann episode. During months of great difficulties, very limited railway capacity and few underlings to help, he managed to spirit 400,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, where they were summarily gassed to death.
    Even Leader of the Nation, Ferenc Szalasi, could only kill 10 to 15 thousand Jews, if you believe mainstream historians, despite much greater manpower and resources at his disposal.
    Maybe Eichmann had a special tunnel built between Hungary and Auschwitz or they were transported by invisible airships. Maybe Hitler is still alive in a secret Nazi colony in Antarctica.

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    Indeed, Eichmann made truly ridiculous claims, yet is a 'holocaust' rockstar. That's how desperate the Industry is. recommended:
    Andrew Mathis demolished yet again / his Eichmann challenge
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8033

    just a few examples:


    - Eichmann claims to have witnessed mass slaughter on a grand scale at Auschwitz in the fall of 1941, where the camp commandant, Rudolf Hoess, informed him that the great, factory-like buildings, the chimneys of which belch smoke, are "working to capacity: Ten thousand!"
    This is months before the Auschwitz typhus abatement crematoria were constructed, let alone in use.

    - Eichmann talks of Treblinka - but then he's not sure if it's Treblinka - where he says gassings were being carried out with a submarine engine (diesel); he claims at places near Minsk and Lemberg, mass shootings were taking place, including one mass grave from which he said "blood was gushing out ... like a geyser"

    - Eichmann even offers substantiation for the six-million claim-he says he's worked out the numbers from reading ***Jewish almanacs***, he persistently rejects the accusation that he was the organizer of the "Final Solution" or the "flywheel of the extermination machine."

    - Eichmann explained in graphic detail how, in the death camps, "round cotton wool filters were soaked with this poison and thrown into the rooms where the Jews were assembled. The poison was instantly fatal."

    - He made preposterous statements that the hair of the victims was used to make slippers.
     

    www.codoh.com
    , @jilles dykstra
    Possibly Hitler died of old age in Argentina
    Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams, ‘Grey Wolf, The Escape of Adolf Hitler, The case presented’, New York 2011
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  • @utu

    By the 1990s, things had changed decidedly for the worse. He took 5 years to sue the nonentity Lipstadt. He should not have done so. He did not seem to realise the complete futility of the exercise: that the Judge would not give him fair justice.
     
    Agree.

    Certainly he had limited resources, but the suspicion is that Irving enjoyed the limelight and, with his seemingly naive faith in British justice, believed this case was about his personal vindication before the historical community.
     
    Agree.

    FWIW, my local public library system still has 4 of his books in circulation- the ones on Rommel, Goebbels and “Hitler’s War” and “Churchill’s War”. I suppose a lot of the earlier ones are now out of print.
    However, the Anglo-Zionist Party under its Whore of Tel Aviv, will no doubt try to rectify this. The only good thing is that it is a minority government and its days are very much numbered. Any alternative – even a Corbynite one – cannot be worse.

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    [...] my local public library system still has 4 of his books in circulation[...] However, the Anglo-Zionist Party [...] will no doubt try to rectify this.
     
    One way they do it is by having people borrowing a book and having it lost and then paying a penalty. No only Jews do that but uber-activists and operators for other causes (e.g. Mormons or Scientologists) who are on self-propelled or coordinated missions. It is pretty amazing how strongly some Jews are motivated to go around and do such (and more) things. (Book burning and stoning for heresy has a very long tradition in Judaism. Before emancipation when Jews had their own jurisdictions Jewish heretics often sough protection from Christina authorities outside Jewish Kahal's reach. Iirc the last heretic rabbi was stoned to death in 19 century in Ukraine or Poland.) More effective is having the books retired by librarians. Some external grants may have strings attached to motivate the librarians to do the right thing.

    Should gentiles emulate Jewish tactics? No, because we are not like that. We operate under a different cultural code that draws from tradition of Athens not just Jerusalem. Besides if we were to make all Elie Wiesel books disappear from libraries , libraries using our tax moneys would buy new ones.
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  • @Aletheia
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What courage! I congratulate you on this addition to your website because it is about time that the truth of World War II began to be exposed because the neo-liberals and their ilk rely on the lies about Hitler, the Jews etc in order to keep their world order going!!!
    Thank you very very much.
    Maybe you will consider putting up material from Germar Rudolf afterwards.

    Is that you, Marcus Aletheia ? Regardless, you are an honest man.

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  • @Henry's Cat
    I think it's worth pointing out that many of Irving's book have long been available for free download at his own website: http://www.fpp.co.uk/

    You ought to have made it clear that it was Irving who initiated the Lipstadt court case, even if his work, not hers, become almost the exclusive focus of the trial. If he had concentrated solely on those matters of fact where Lipstadt's allegations were clearly libelous, he may even have won the case, or her publishers, Penguin, I think, may have settled.


    By contrast, Irving, being an impecunious historian, was forced to defend himself without benefit of legal counsel.
     
    Not sure about this. Certainly he had limited resources, but the suspicion is that Irving enjoyed the limelight and, with his seemingly naive faith in British justice, believed this case was about his personal vindication before the historical community.

    His only expert witness, if I recall, was Kevin MacDonald, whose ideas about anti-semitism - whatever one thinks of them - were really out of place in such an arena. When Auschwitz and the reality of its homicidal gas chambers - the crux of Holocaust revisionism - became a central focus of the trial. Irving, apparently, refused to call someone like Germar Rudolf, relying instead on his own idiosyncratic theories and limited understanding of the issues.

    And yet for all these criticisms, I must admit he did a pretty good job, especially when one considers that the outcome was always a foregone conclusion.

    After his book about the Bombing of Dresden, which came out in 1962, Irving became a marked man as far as the Establishment were concerned. But there was little they could do at the time, given the existing laws and the public’s support for freedom of speech. Maybe that made Irving complacent.
    By the 1990s, things had changed decidedly for the worse. He took 5 years to sue the nonentity Lipstadt. He should not have done so. He did not seem to realise the complete futility of the exercise: that the Judge would not give him fair justice.
    In retrospect, Irving should have left Britain years ago to somewhere safer Even Tehran would be better than this.

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    Shades of Oscar Wilde's fatal * foray into British libal laws....
    * Fatal in the sense that imprisonment destroyed his health.
    , @PV van der Byl

    After his book about the Bombing of Dresden, which came out in 1962, Irving became a marked man as far as the Establishment were concerned.
     
    That doesn't say much for the power of the Establishment, then. Irving spent the next 30+ years living in Mayfair and driving a Rolls-Royce.

    His problems began in 1996 with the lawsuit he started.
    , @Harbinger
    It was his book: The Bombing of Dresden which also gained him incredible respect with Germans, who opened up even more to telling the truth, something that other historians were incapable of doing.
    You are of course right, that is was a lesson in futility that Irving attempted to sue Lipstadt, because it was a Kangaroo court. Had Lipstadt, however, been cross examined by Irving, he would have destroyed her. However, the problem was, Irving still believed that the UK still maintained the rule of law. He was unaware that by that time, an anarcho-tyranny was in control and the only peoples who faced the rule of law were the goyim. Jews, were and are exempt.
    And as for him leaving, he couldn't. This is his home. Irving truly epitomizes the Englishman and he wouldn't run from anyone. "It simply wouldn't be cricket".
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  • The True Right has always believed in strong leadership and the ability, as Thomas Carlyle wrote, of ‘great men’ to shape history. In his collection of lectures On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History, Carlyle identifies six types of hero: the Hero as Divinity, as Prophet, as Poet, as Priest, as Man of Letters...
  • @Verymuchalive
    Unzie, old boy, you've been supporting the wrong Cricket Team.
    We need a lot more david YORKCHIRE, and a lot less john DERBYSHIRE.

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    Wrong nonetheless.
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  • Unzie, old boy, you’ve been supporting the wrong Cricket Team.
    We need a lot more david YORKCHIRE, and a lot less john DERBYSHIRE.

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    Oops, that should have been YORKSHIRE.
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    Bravo..! John "I don't have the balls to admit the Jewish / Israel problem" out for a duck... !
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  • EDIT: There has been a rather significant correction to this piece. My preliminary take: Babchenko struck a deal with the SBU. He participates in this stunt – makes SBU and Lutsenko look competent – possibly gets money, and certainly publicity, for make benefit of his Yandex Koshelek – SBU gets to roll up a few...
  • And they will be kicking the toppled statues of Putin, saying that they had been unaware of everything that was happening, and insisting that they had always been against the regime.

    Tell me, Master Anatoly, where are all these statues of Putin. I am not aware that any exist. Not even Your ( Ukrainian ) Idiot in Residence, Mr Hack has mentioned them. But being an Idiot, he might not be aware of them. Elucidate, Master Anatoly, please.

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  • So Tommy Robinson is getting sent to prison for 13 months for standing outside a courtroom where a grooming case trial is proceeding and talking about said grooming case. Or, more specifically, breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence, which he had in turn gotten for reporting on another grooming case, which barred him from...
  • @German_reader

    India did not make a profit.
     
    That's true (and I didn't claim otherwise), but Indian troops were the backbone of at least Britain's Asian empire. As I wrote above, without them Britain simply lacked the means of coercion to keep other places like Burma under British control.
    As for India not being able to defend itself...I don't know, Indian troops were certainly pretty important at Imphal and Kohima.

    Indian troops were the backbone of at least Britain’s Asian empire

    Get rid of the Empire in Asia, and you don’t need troops to defend it. With no empire in Asia, there would be no war with Japan.
    Roosevelt and his clique wanted to provoke war with Japan. Let them deal with the consequences of their actions.

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    Get rid of the Empire in Asia, and you don’t need troops to defend it.
     
    Sure, that probably would have been more rational. By the 20th century the empire was probably mostly a burden on Britain and not very beneficial to Britain.
    18th century empire with its utter ruthlessness and exploitative attitude was much more efficient and profitable.
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  • After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, made the sign of the cross. Meanwhile, sacred vestments from the Sistine Chapel...
  • @mark green
    This is a wobbly, unfocused article by Pat.

    America's (foreign) missions have been shadowy, ad hoc and willy-nilly for generations. And Pat know this. He said as much in his monumental book, 'The Unnecessary War'. As for America's national 'cause', it should be the freedom, continuity and prosperity of the American people. Far-flung, trillion-dollar military interventions will be our undoing.

    Indeed, the mighty and far-removed US did not have to fight Germany in either World War. Until Pearl Harbor, millions of Americans defiantly sought neutrality and non-intervention. But agents of influence had other plans..

    Had the US stayed neutral and not intervened, diplomatic opportunities could have been seized. Contrary to popular belief, neither Japan nor Germany nor Italy wanted war with America. WWII was a colossal calamity of missed opportunities and world class manipulation.

    In a similar vein, the US did not have to 'liberate' Kuwait, depose Khadaffy, bomb Syria, or topple Saddam Hussein. These were lethal missions of choice. And their sad legacies have not improved over time.

    Why aren't the architects of these mass slaughters in prison?

    Ironically, the same pro-war influence-peddles are still lobbying Congress, appearing on TV, and steering US policies in the direction of more conflict!

    This recurring phenomena is symptomatic of entrenched political corruption. Even our news institutions have been subverted. 'Surveillance is safety'. 'War is peace'.

    So why is Pat waxing nostalgic for WWII? Washington's sacred mission to annihilate Fascism and National Socialism helped give rise to Soviet totalitarianism and global Zionism.

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire?

    Today, there's precious little common sense connected to America's erratic and aggressive warmaking. US policies certainly do not revolve around the value of 'peaceful coexistence' or self-defense. In fact, the US routinely attacks first, and often without a Congressional declaration of war. Zio-Washington has become not only the world's policeman, but its judge, jury and executioner. And the rules we impose are not steadfast or consistent.

    Thus Washington uses the UN when it suits its agenda, and ignores it when it doesn't. We decide.
    Even multi-lateral US treaty agreements are tossed aside. The scuttled Iran deal is a prime example. But diplomacy of this kind resembles the mafia: "Do as we say. Or else".

    In a similar vein, some US allies get special consideration ('special relationship' ring a bell?) while others, not. It depends. Rules are subject to change. Money and 'relationships' are key, especially money. Ironclad laws or principles must wait. This is organized crime all over again.

    Bear in mind that America's 'exceptional' posture has given us more foreign wars over the past century than any nation in history. That's quite a record.

    Does 'rogue state' ring a bell?

    Today, America's central 'cause' abroad revolves around the safety and 'security' of Israel. This shoe does fit.

    And it is pro-Israel partisans who are calling the shots in Washington (as Pat surely knows) just as they continue to script the moral/historic/political narrative that appears on our televisions. This is power. Unrivaled power.

    Has the golden age of Yiddish theater returned?

    If polls mattered, America's actual mission in the world would be to protect US borders, and increase prosperity at home (as well as preserve our existing cultural institutions). US resources would be used primarily for the benefit of the American people.

    Ron Paul and others have been sounding the 'peace and prosperity' bell for decades.

    But what typical Americans get instead are distant 'preemptive' wars, open borders, and economic globalism.

    Zio-America has become a corrupt empire, unmoored to international law or even national interests (as measured by public sentiment.)

    Today's America is fighting to ''Make Israel Great Again'. This is the road to ruin.

    Contrary to popular belief, neither Japan nor Germany nor Italy wanted war with America.

    Yes, but the US Government desperately wanted war against Japan, even to the extent of letting thousands of its citizens die in an attack it had foreknowledge of and which it could have prevented. President Bush may not have had foreknowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but President Roosevelt certainly did regarding Pearl Harbor 1941.
    Since the early C20th, American politicians of various types had aimed at bringing China under American control. The Japanese invasion of China was stymieing that aim, so the Japs had to be provoked into a war with the US.
    Of course, China never came under American control. In fact, the reverse is now true. China holds $1.3 trillion in US Treasury Bonds. When they finally dump them- not long off- American hegemony will be over and the country deep in economic depression.
    Another of history’s ironies.

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    One dirty little secret is that FDR had US ships firing on US Submarines prior to Dec 6th 1942.

    USS Kearny and the USS Greer had attacked German ships, On September 11, 1941 (9/11!), President Roosevelt issued an order to the U.S. Navy to shoot German or Italian warships in the west Atlantic on sight.
    , @anon
    For at least ten full years prior to Pearl Harbor, the USA pursued an openly hostile policy against Japan, finally painting her into the corner with an oil embargo. With a different foreign policy war could have been easily avoided. Also had the USA not picked a fight with Spain in 1898 she would have had no territories in the Pacific (The Philippines, Guam, wake Island, etc.) for such a war to have been fought in.
    , @jacques sheete
    Good comments there, sir.

    Of course, China never came under American control. In fact, the reverse is now true. China holds $1.3 trillion in US Treasury Bonds. When they finally dump them- not long off- American hegemony will be over and the country deep in economic depression.
    Another of history’s ironies.
     
    Probably less of an irony than a plan. Them there bankers have long known how to put the squeeze on, and I have little doubt that none of that was an accident.
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  • So Tommy Robinson is getting sent to prison for 13 months for standing outside a courtroom where a grooming case trial is proceeding and talking about said grooming case. Or, more specifically, breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence, which he had in turn gotten for reporting on another grooming case, which barred him from...
  • @German_reader

    I don’t see how the loss of India itself made the rest of the empire any more unsustainable though
     
    Loss of the Indian army was a major blow, it meant that there was no prospect of using Indian troops to suppress independence movements in other parts of the empire, e.g. in Burma the British had to just hand over power to the very people who had collaborated with the Japanese.
    And in an ideological sense the Americans were clearly opposed to British colonialism (iirc the Atlantic charter of 1941 is generally seen as an important milestone in this regard, giving renewed hope to anticolonial movements), even if after WW2 they decided to prop it up for a time due to the communist threat. But the end goal always was decolonization for them.
    That being said, you're probably right, the empire wasn't worth much, it would have been better for Britain if its elites had given up earlier and more decisively on it.

    Half German Reader, You obviously haven’t read the Correlli Barnett series. Only Malaya, Ceylon and New Zealand made a profit pre-war. India did not make a profit and could not defend itself. Barnett would have got rid of India and nearly all other colonies pre-war. Result: more troops to defend Britain, and no War with Japan.

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    India did not make a profit.
     
    That's true (and I didn't claim otherwise), but Indian troops were the backbone of at least Britain's Asian empire. As I wrote above, without them Britain simply lacked the means of coercion to keep other places like Burma under British control.
    As for India not being able to defend itself...I don't know, Indian troops were certainly pretty important at Imphal and Kohima.
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  • @Randal

    Many think that he is an agent provocateur, used by the security services to get ever more restrictive laws on freedom of speech passed.
     
    Seems pretty implausible to suggest the security services would need to use an agent provocateur in order to get someone convicted. Why not just pick any one of probably hundreds of examples of similar speech by anyone holding views taboo-ised and disapproved by the pc lobbies (and in particular the jewish lobby, which appears to be the main driving force on censorship at the moment, in view of the convictions for speechcrime in just the past couple of months of Turner, Alison Chabloz and the dog training buffoon)?

    And why would it matter if they were agents provocateurs anyway? Why not address their convictions as the outrages they are without trying to undermine resistance to the rising tide of criminalisation of speech by muddying the waters? (I like mixed metaphors - sue me).

    Seems to me we need two things to be campaigned for in the UK right now. First is an equivalent to the US First Amendment that makes clear that freedom of speech is not to be "balanced" against other people's supposed "right" not to be offended or upset or any other such nonsense. Second, we need to start campaigning about special treatment and conditions for genuine political prisoners such as Turner and Chabloz (once they are actually inside).

    Seems pretty implausible to suggest the security services would need to use an agent provocateur in order to get someone convicted

    Implausible to some, but that’s what Jack Sen and others think about Jeremy Bedford Turner. You don’t seem to have read the article, which I found convincing.

    Why not address their convictions as the outrages they are

    I totally agree with you. They are outrages and must be overturned.

    First is an equivalent to the US First Amendment that makes clear that freedom of speech is not to be “balanced” against other people’s supposed “right” not to be offended or upset or any other such nonsense.

    I agree with you. This has been obvious for a long time.

    Also, completely outrageous are the Fake News stories by Western Governments and the MSM, from WTA 800 to WTC 7 to the Skripal Case to “Assad’s Chemical Warfare”. to name but a few. These must be challenged and disproven. Likewise, the use of Security “actors” like Turner and, I strongly suspect, Robinson. Chipping away and exposing these actors is not only good for Freedom of Speech, but also exposes the utter depravity of those who control the state and the media. It is not a trivial matter, but very important on its own.

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    Jack Sen
     
    Jack Sen is the most likely of all to be a state agent, since he came out of nowhere, uses various aliases, and exists to attack other nationalists. Having said that, Jez Turner is ex-military. The fact that Tommy seems to have actually gone to prison would suggest that he isn't, since that doesn't happen to actual state agents like David Myatt.
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  • In the Journal of Economic Literature, Duke U. economist Timur Kuran writes: Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 56 (2018), in press. Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links Timur Kuran* Abstract. This essay critically evaluates the analytic literature concerned with causal connections between Islam and economic performance. It focuses on works since 1997, when...
  • @Anonymous
    Because Robinson is almost certainly MI5 or Special Branch.

    Just like “Jez” Turner.

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  • So Tommy Robinson is getting sent to prison for 13 months for standing outside a courtroom where a grooming case trial is proceeding and talking about said grooming case. Or, more specifically, breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence, which he had in turn gotten for reporting on another grooming case, which barred him from...
  • Not everyone on the right thinks Robinson is genuine. Many think that he is an agent provocateur, used by the security services to get ever more restrictive laws on freedom of speech passed and precedents set.
    In fact, just like “Jez” Turner. See the May 17 article in TRAD NEWS about the latter.

    https://trad-news.blogspot.com/

    FAKE WHITE NATIONALIST JAILED FOR MILD COMMENTS TO SET SOFT TYRANNY PRECEDENT IN UK – Trad News

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    Many think that he is an agent provocateur, used by the security services to get ever more restrictive laws on freedom of speech passed.
     
    Seems pretty implausible to suggest the security services would need to use an agent provocateur in order to get someone convicted. Why not just pick any one of probably hundreds of examples of similar speech by anyone holding views taboo-ised and disapproved by the pc lobbies (and in particular the jewish lobby, which appears to be the main driving force on censorship at the moment, in view of the convictions for speechcrime in just the past couple of months of Turner, Alison Chabloz and the dog training buffoon)?

    And why would it matter if they were agents provocateurs anyway? Why not address their convictions as the outrages they are without trying to undermine resistance to the rising tide of criminalisation of speech by muddying the waters? (I like mixed metaphors - sue me).

    Seems to me we need two things to be campaigned for in the UK right now. First is an equivalent to the US First Amendment that makes clear that freedom of speech is not to be "balanced" against other people's supposed "right" not to be offended or upset or any other such nonsense. Second, we need to start campaigning about special treatment and conditions for genuine political prisoners such as Turner and Chabloz (once they are actually inside).
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  • The Ghost Writer is a pretty decent political thriller novel by Englishman Robert Harris, and then a movie directed by good old Roman Polanski. It's about a former Tony Blair-style British prime minister played by Pierce Brosnan who is holed up on an estate owned by a Rupert Murdoch-like neocon billionaire, under contract to an...
  • @Tiny Duck
    Harper is a republican

    I thought she was a dead lesbian. How ignorant can I be? Thanks for the information.

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  • Harris had been a big supporter of Blair until Blair threw in with the Americans over the Iraq Attaq. Harris is a left of center anti-American English nationalist in the Orwell mode, and London being Washington’s poodle is anathema to him.

    I think you are very much mistaken, Mr Steve. Harris is a strong friend of New Labour sleazebag Peter Mandelson. Indeed, Mandelson is godfather to one of Harris’s children. Whatever Harris says to sell books, you can take with a pinch of salt.

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  • I wrote a lot in the early aughts about Jonah Goldberg’s apotheosis at National Review in the wake of William F. Buckley’s purge of immigration patriots like John O’Sullivan and VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow because I regarded him as a symbol and a symptom of the intellectual and moral degeneration of a magazine I once...
  • @attilathehen
    A schlemiel neocon (Gottfried) is kvetching about a schlimazel neocon (Goldberg). These two schmucks are flip sides of the same shekel. Neither is a conservative. They are first and forever members of the "tribe" and will scribble whatever they have to to stay relevant. They are not and have never been for the West. The West is not black/Asian/Jewish/Muslim. It's time for them to make aliyah.

    Here is what Gottfried thinks of Midwestern traditionalists. http://takimag.com/article/encountering_gottfried/print#axzz5DhUS4uGx

    Goldberg has been a little smarter about what he really thinks.

    Paul Gottfried is not a Neocon in any manner, as his biography of Leo Strauss makes plain. If you are going to claim something about a writer, at least read his work and criticize what he actually writes. You fail to do so.
    His comments about Midwesterners are as follows.

    However perverse in their political judgments these critics may be, they are right about the ignorance and gullibility of heartland Americans.

    From my own personal experience, this I have found to be generally true. I think most commenters would agree. Sadly, it is one of the main reasons White America is in its present mess.

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    This is changing. Caucasian Christians have woken up and the times are changing. Trump's election is a part of this. The RCC and Zioevangizers have been exposed. As to Gottfried, his tribe is a miscegenated, meshuggah melange which contributed nothing to the West's development. He has some intelligence, but his scribblings are nothing special. He is critiquing a culture that is not his. When, not if, push comes to shove, he will side with the black/Asian/Jewish/Muslim side. Goldberg will do the same. It is up to cucks to take back the West.
    , @Anon
    Even more ignorant and gullible and totally brainwashed are the educated intellectuals.

    I remember when scumbag Cornell prof Bernal published Black Athena. Among other things it claimed all the Egyptian pharaoh s including the Ptolemy dynasty and its most famous Queen Cleopatra were black Africans

    A lot of idiot intellectuals didn’t actually read the book, just the glowing reviews in the Sunday papers and the idiot intellectual magazines

    Many idiot intellectuals, knowing I’m a White nationalist told me all about it. I informed them that Cleopatra was pure Macedonian Greek and so were all her ancestors going back to when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and installed a half brother and sister on the throne.

    See how uniformed liberals are???

    The liberal brain is a sink. Every once in a while liberal propaganda central committee pulls the plug, drains out all the previous information then turns on the taps and fills up the empty vessel with the latest propaganda

    Only reason they believe me is that I’ve got a top five university diploma which even the Jews respect.
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  • America’s Republican politicians complain that “entitlements,” by which they mean pensions and medical care, are leading the country to bankruptcy even as they fatten the spending on the Pentagon, which now takes 12 percent of the overall budget. And it should be noted that while workers contribute to the social programs during all their years...
  • @Charles Pewitt
    I'm sure the Roman Empire had some version of waterboarding. The American Empire used it on the wogs.

    https://twitter.com/FloydWhaley/status/542531563657768961

    You make my point for me.
    As I said, Judicial Torture was used on humiliores, and , indeed, in European Inquisitorial Systems until the late C18th and early C19th.

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  • @Anonymous
    China has been reducing its holdings in US treasuries. What negative effect has this had so far on the US?

    China still has $1.3 trillion in US Treasuries. Reduction as of now has been very slight, so any effect has been very slight.
    When dumping does occur, the effect on the US dollar will be very obvious.

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    Average daily volume in the Treasury market is $500 billion, and the Federal Reserve System is authorized to create unlimited quantities of currency to purchase Treasuries (and other gov't securities) in any case.

    This isn't the financial weapon of mass destruction people think it is.

    The Chinese themselves know this, which is why they stopped adding to their position and have gradually reduced it.

    A more effective strategy would be to focus financial firepower where the Federal Reserve isn't authorized to operate, such as the commercial paper market. Probably Congress itself would then act, but if you can buy enough seats for hard money dweebs you might be able to cause serious trouble.

    http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~sternfin/mkacperc/public_html/commercial.pdf
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  • On May 6, there was a big free speech march through Central London jointly organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and Veterans Against Terrorism. Many of the big names in the British Alt Lite were attending, so I decided to show up myself. (I appear in the sidelines a few times in this video...
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  • @Tom Welsh
    "An Air Force four-star general named Arthur Lichte was reduced in rank to a two-star in 2017 after he was found guilty of having raped a lower ranking woman officer".

    You say he was ***reduced in rank*** for raping a female subordinate?

    Why wasn't he given 50 lashes, a dishonourable discharge, and a prison sentence? Even a random civilian would get the prison sentence for rape. And for such a senior officer to commit a crime like that is, of course far, far worse.

    The US military are the equivalent of the Roman Empire’s honestiores, or upper classes. As well as the benefits accruing from service, they had special legal treatment, like being exempt from judicial torture. So Arthur Lichte merely gets part of his pension docked for raping a woman. Nothing to see here , mate, move along. Even someone like Chelsea ( ” They call her Natasha, but she looks like Elsie” ) Manning spends a mere 7 years in prison and gets the Defence Department to pay for “gender reassignment”.
    The point about judicial torture is important as America has recently revived the practice. Would Assange be waterboarded if they got hold of him ? Would he have met a fatal “accident” in custody?
    Who knows ? But don’t you even think about doing that to an American serviceman, even one as degenerate as Manning.

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    You do realize that "waterboarding" is part and parcel of SERE school in the military and has been for a very long time. It's where the Pentagon/CIA got idea of applying to a bunch of sand monkeys.

    Anyone who is special ops gets waterboarded so are fighter pilots and the like. The MSM always neglects this fact.
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  • @jacques sheete

    US spends 4% of GDP on the military versus 2% in China, France, UK. That’s high but considering how rich the US is, not unbearable. Weak article.
     
    The US is rich? Living on borrowed, stolen and extorted money and we're rich? The US has become a huge third world strip mall republic, complete with an overstuffed and parasitic military, and you think we're rich?The whole murderous,mendacious, thieving, and morally and financially bankrupt enterprise is poor by any significant measure, so your "reasoning" is what's weak.

    Federal Debt $20 trillion, Accumulated Balance of Trade Deficit since 1990 $12 trillion ( unadjusted for inflation ). That’s not even including State and Local Debt, never mind Private Debt.
    The only thing preventing complete bankruptcy is that the Dollar is the World’s Reserve Currency- for now. Once China and others start dumping US Treasury Bonds, that will be over.

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    The only thing preventing complete bankruptcy is that the Dollar is the World’s Reserve Currency- for now.
     
    Yup.

    And "The Gweatist Generation" fought WW2 to defend worldwide freedom. I guess they forgot about the Bretton-Woods party.

    We been had, I think.
    , @ohmy
    JS, Since Rumsfeld admitted, the day before 911 when he helped murder 30 forensic accountants plus a handful of Naval Investigators, you are 1 of the few I ever heard mention the stolen money. Since the Clinton administration up to 2016 the number is now $21 $Trillions, from just 2 departments.
    Check out Catherine Fitts @ solari.com
    , @Anonymous
    China has been reducing its holdings in US treasuries. What negative effect has this had so far on the US?
    , @Sandmich
    "Once China and others start dumping US Treasury Bonds, that will be over."
    ---
    That's not how that works; China would basically have to go cold turkey on their trade surplus with the U.S., only then would they not need the Bonds. Fat chance of that happening though. More likely is the U.S. Congress generating more debt than can be sponged up by even the most aggressive debt lovers (like China), and at that point there will be "issues".
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  • @Cloak And Dagger
    This is how Rome fell.

    You’re spot on. By the Late Roman Empire, society was divided into 2 groups – the humiliores ( lower classes ) and the honestiores ( upper classes ). Soldiers belonged to the latter group, and most historians consider that the common soldier never had a higher status in any society.
    History doesn’t repeat itself exactly, but modern day America has largely followed the Roman route. Certainly, the sheer cost of the Roman Military was a factor in the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
    The Roman soldier had a much more dangerous period of military service than the risk averse modern American military. Roman veterans certainly earned their benefits.

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    "Throughout their existence, the Templars remained an independent body, answerable only to the Pope. But it was their affairs away from the Holy land that brought them to preeminence, as international bankers, ironic it was that the pure knights would create the financial banking system so integral to the economic infrastructure throughout Christendom and which ultimately brough them to their downfall."

    https://youtu.be/8B47d_c-ZOs?t=9m35s


    History always repeats itself:


    "Taking Down" British Officials"

    "A quite incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States. It concerns how the Israeli Embassy in London connived with government officials to “take down” parliamentarians and government ministers who were considered to be critical of the Jewish State."

    "Indeed, wherever one goes – Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States – there is a well-organized and funded mechanism in place ready, willing and able to go to war to protect Israel."

    http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/taking-down-british-officials/

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  • Beirut, Lebanon: On this lovely morning here on the coast of the Mediterranean there is not a cloud in the sky. In less than twenty-four hours voting will begin. However, on this day before the election, a howling wind is blowing from the south making the thousands of posters, banners and building-sized placards that feature...
  • @Helga Fellay
    jd - the reason you do not know what to think of this article is your wrong assumption that Israel is not part of the west. Geographically you are of course correct. Israel lies in the Middle East. However, politically you are dead wrong. Israel runs the west. It totally dominates the western US empire, which in turn dominates the rest of the western world. The US wars against Iraq, Syria and Iran are fought on Israel's behalf and its direction. So the Hizbollah win in Armenia is indeed a staggering loss for the west. Israel will indeed get more isolated in the world, culturally, but it will not change anything until the US empire falls, which it will in the end. But unfortunately it looks like Israel would rather choose to deploy its nuclear arsenal against its ME neighbors, rather than establish good relations in the region (unless, of course, Israelis will choose to replace fascist Netanyahu with a wiser and less fascist leader, which is not at all certain)

    Hezbollah are in Lebanon, not Armenia.
    You should be renamed Helga Fellatio, since you really are some ignorant cocksucker.
    ( Excuse the vulgarity, Mr Unz, I couldn’t resist it )

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  • So Putin has just entered his fourth and almost certainly last term. Where to now? Putin has a vast, legitimate mandate to leave his final imprint on Russia, but what precisely that involves is still just a black box - as I repeatedly noted during my Russia elections coverage, Putin did not even bother with...
  • @Philip Owen
    Does a naval support action in the Med justify starting a war with Turkey, the implication of bombing.

    You’re probably right on that one – though who would have thought that Turkey would be buying Russian defence systems or that Russian-Turkish relations would be the best in many decades.
    It probably would have been better if Yeltsin had given up Tartus in the 1990s . The Russian Government could then have concentrated its efforts on the much more pressing and important matter of Ukraine.

    To return to my early C20th analogy. If Russia had obtained Tartus as a Treaty Port in the late C19th or early C20th, it would have been a very considerable prize. The heavily fortified city – think Port Arthur, which the Japs only captured after great effort- would have had a large army as well as naval detachment. Before WWI, the base could have helped protect the pilgrim traffic to the Holy Land as well as local Christians subject to Ottoman persecution or sectarian massacre.
    During WWI, a Port Arthur on the Med would have been difficult to take, especially as the Royal Navy would help supply it from Cyprus and Egypt. The Japs only captured Port Arthur in 1904 because the Russian Far East Fleet had been destroyed and the City had no hope of resupply. Even then the Russians resisted ferociously. ( The Siege of Port Arthur portended both WWI trench warfare and Stalingrad ) I suspect that for the duration of the War the Turks would enforce a land blockade but not a siege. No doubt Russian forces would have broken out in 1918 and joined up with Allenby.
    All this presupposes no Bolshevik Revolution. I agree with AK that, without it, Russia would have been one of WWI’s victors. It could have obtained the League of Nations mandates for Syria and Armenia. End of Turkish Problem, or, at least, a much more confined one.
    Thank you for your courteous response. There are very few commenters – think Tiny Duck or Greasy William – who deserve mockery. You are definitely not one of them, even if I thought your comment about Sevastopol et al was misconceived.
    Pax vobiscum.

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  • @Philip Owen
    Without Tartus, Sebastapol is pointless. The Turks can close the Bosporous at any time. Even with Tartus, Russia still needs to be (is being) very, very nice to Morocco to get a base on the Atlantic. The blowback from Syria is that, although Assad is still there, the Turks now control Idlib, within artillery range of Tartus. In a provocation against NATO, Tartus would be very vulnerable. Not much gain for increasingly large and stupid political and economic losses. On the plus side, the humiliation of the cruise missile overflights last month gives Putin some leverage against the Stavka when cutting their budgets in accordance with co-President Kudrin, if appointed. Gref to come back too or is he already in a critical role at Sberbank?

    Without Tartus, Sebastapol is pointless. The Turks can close the Bosporous at any time. Even with Tartus, Russia still needs to be (is being) very, very nice to Morocco to get a base on the Atlantic. The blowback from Syria is that, although Assad is still there, the Turks now control Idlib, within artillery range of Tartus.

    Poor old Phil. Still mentally living in the early C20th. Yes the Turks can close the Bosporus, but the Russians can bomb Constantinople from their new-fangled aeroplanes. Kaiser Bill tried being very, very nice to Morocco, but it didn’t work. It didn’t stop U-boats sinking massive amounts of Allied ships in the Med during WWI, though.
    And, shockerooni, Tartus is now within artillery range of Turkish forces in Ad Lib. As Prime Minister Baldwin said, ” The cannon will always get through.” Or was that the Bomber…….
    I am not here to mock the afflicted. You do it so much better yourself.

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  • @Beckow

    capitulation vs. increased autarky

     

    It is neither that dire nor that clear-cut. Instead of that dichotomy the current compromise-driven status quo might continue. Russia has too many economic partners to be forced into autarky (China, Asia in general, Germany,...). And compromising in contentious situations (Ukraine, Syria) is hardly a capitulation, although with Ukraine it could come pretty close. I think there are two salient points:

    - who has time on their side
    - all analogies are false, this is a new situation with a unique dynamic

    Time seems to be on Russia's side: resources + nukes + newly loyal population. West is increasingly wobbly: they cannot fight wars since casualties are not allowed. West has a real debt problem with most assets double counted by creditors and debtors, how much higher can that go? West is also internally divided by insane open-borders policies and cultural absurdism. Lashing out at Russia for causing it is a sign of desperation (and incredible stupidity).

    The second point is that none of this will play out based on past analogies: this is not WWII, this is not Soviet Union, and it definitely is not the Roman Empire. It will be fun to watch, I hope we get few overtimes, maybe Putin could become a PM again. It would be worth it to see the hysteria...

    And I hope Lavrov stays...

    Time seems to be on Russia’s side: resources + nukes + newly loyal population. West is increasingly wobbly: they cannot fight wars since casualties are not allowed. West has a real debt problem with most assets double counted by creditors and debtors, how much higher can that go? West is also internally divided by insane open-borders policies and cultural absurdism.

    I must agree with you there. Certainly a case of Fortune favouring the cautious.
    Put it another way: what if Trump had been President of Russia, rather than America. How would that have panned out……

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    case of Fortune favouring the cautious
     
    Cautious, or I would say rational. Rationality is not a philosophy, it is what aids in survival. Russia has been the more rational player globally in the last 10-15 years. Fortune favours rationality, usually.

    Trump is constrained by accumulated Western irrational behaviours, and by an out-of-control hubris among Western elites. Gods frown on hubris.

    , @RadicalCenter
    "Newly loyal population" is great, but the number of actual Russians in that population is still stagnant at best. It appears that Muslims in Russia have a higher total fertility rate than non-Muslims, which cannot bode well even in the medium term.
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  • The doubtless success of the “primer” for Kholmogorov’s Solzhenitsyn treatise has compelled both the author and the translator to publish another “juicy bit” from the sprawling work. This part of the article analyzes Solzhenitsyn’s rejection of the Enlightenment that led him to lambast Andrey Sakharov’s project of a gradual “convergence” between Communism and Capitalism, causing...
  • @German_reader

    I’m not attacking you personally
     
    No problem, I'm not offended that easily.
    I just don't get why you believe a return to religion will be a magical solution to Europe's current predicament. And I actually even agree with some of your points like the importance of community, the desirability of family life as a cultural norm, a rejection of hyper-individualism focused purely on transient pleasure etc.
    But I'll be honest about my position. I'm primarily a nationalist. The ongoing flooding of Europe with racially and culturally alien foreigners which will turn Europeans into minorities in their own countries sickens me, stopping this is the one, absolutely non-negotiable demand for me, everything else is secondary. And the simple fact just is that the entire Christian establishment in Europe is actively aiding and promoting this process of our demographic displacement, through a universalistic suicide cult supposedly founded on "love", but actually built on the ostracism of anybody who objects. And I don't buy the explanations "Oh, they're understanding the faith wrong", "Oh, they probably don't even believe in God and are influenced by those evil secularists!". No, those obsessive God-mongers do what they do because they really believe that's what their Lord commands them to do and they don't care at all about the predictably disastrous consequences of the policies they favour. And there's enough in Christian scripture to justify their positions.
    Anybody who refuses to grapple with this reality and just claims "godlessness" is the problem is quite simply a mindless reactionary who's utterly useless to any nationalist or even just any genuinely conservative cause.
    Now maybe the situation in Russia is different. But since Mr Kholmogorov seems to be an explicitly nationalist writer who goes on and on about the plight of Russians as an ethnic group, their shrunken living space etc., I can only wonder about his fusion of religion and nationalism which seems absurdly naive to me given what's currently going on in the West.

    I can only wonder about his fusion of religion and nationalism which seems absurdly naive to me given what’s currently going on in the West.

    What is going on in the West? Here’s a little clue.

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/liberal-church-of-sweden-lose-1-million-members-selling-property-217971/

    All over the West, Christians are leaving the Established churches, bedevilled by political correctness. Many are joining independent, socially and politically conservative churches. Looking out of my window of my house, I can see 2 of these churches.
    The mainstream political parties in Western Europe have cucked over open borders, 3rd World immigration et al in the last 40 0dd years. Many voters have defected to dissident nationalist parties as a result.
    An analogous process can now be seen with regard to religion.

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    I am skeptical that there are that many Waldemar Herdts.

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    , @Darth Pepe
    Hence the growing popularity of Orthodoxy (especially Russian, because duh) in Western conservative/far-/alt-right circles, seen as "uncucked", "based", or even "the last Church of the White Man".
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  • @AaronB

    this total bashing of the Enlightenment and yearning for some supposedly idyllic pre-modern past when everybody believed in God and knew his place is tiresome. I find it hard to see how this can be politically relevant today.
     
    And yet, your grandchildren, if you have or will have any, will be living in a world far more similar to that than we are, and it is you who are becoming politically irrelevant.

    The age of the Enlightenment is drawing a close, and you are on the wrong side of history, lol.

    The age of the Enlightenment is drawing a close

    This is empirically true. The World Hegemon, the USA, is based on Enlightenment principles-Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness et al, however debased and disregarded these principles have become in practice. It is being replaced by China, which despite the merest of lip service to Marx, is very definitely not based on Enlightenment principles.

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  • I am not going to comment much on the May 5 protests in Russia because I have already done so many times before and there is nothing new or interesting about this one. There were a few thousand people in Moscow. To repeat the obvious for the nth time, this is: Not any more than...
  • @Hyperborean
    This Liberal-Bolshevist convergence seems similar to the hagiographic descriptions of communist theory that Marx's 200th birthday has sparked in Europe and the Anglosphere.

    It really is quite unnerving how normalised seeing leading Western newspapers, top politicians and diplomats, academics, etc. praising communism and communist ideology has become.

    I wonder how many of these worshippers of Marx, Lenin and Trotsky would survive living under an actual Bolshevist dictatorship?

    The Neoliberals and the mainstream Left are objective allies, in the Marxian sense. Both are in favour of free trade, open borders, World Government and the rest. The Neoliberals are doing what their paymasters, the owners of the Corporations, want: lots of cheap labour from 3rd World immigrants and a world order that frees them from nation state control and permits them complete autonomy.
    The mainstream left want to dissolve the people and create a new one, one which will be completely loyal to the party of welfare – the left. The Left fantasize they will be in power forever.
    Of course, they’re both wrong. Once they become large enough, 3rd World minorities will support parties that are of and for them. This can be seen in Holland, where a Turkish Islamic Party got elected in the recent election,
    Karl Marx is irrelevant. If the Neoliberals want to praise an irrelevance, so be it.

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  • Donald Trump thinks his "maximum pressure" campaign persuaded North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it's a bunch of baloney. The reason Kim Jong-un is planning to denuclearize is because China adamantly opposes nuclear weapons on the peninsula. That's the whole deal in a nutshell. China, who is North Korea's biggest trading partner,...
  • @reiner Tor
    To be honest, I can't envision how Kim will still be alive 20 years from today. He's hated by the Chinese, the Americans, the South Koreans, and probably his own people, and is now relinquishing the only things which provided any security to him, his nukes. Probably he overplayed his hand - he should've stayed with the ineffectual nuclear stockpile he had a few years ago, instead of aiming for a true ICBM deterrent. Now he won't have any nuclear deterrent at all.

    I very much agree with you there. If the Chinese are really behind this, that may be their longer term aim – replace the Rocketeer with someone much more amenable to Chinese interests, preferably not one of the Kim dynasty, with a denuclearised North Korea to boot.

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  • Andrew Sullivan writes in New York Magazine: Will There Always Be an England? Andrew Sullivan April 27, 2018 8:43 am ... London is close to unrecognizable from the city I knew as a teen. Its skyline has a touch of Dubai to it, the wealth is tangible, even obscene, the prices absurd, the energy young...
  • @Sunbeam
    "my 21yo daughter went to london with a friend recently – she’d never been before and heard it was vibrant and multicultural and like that idea – she came back terrified and will never go there again. She found it horrific, hostile and violent"

    That article you posted...

    Is London still "cool" in the UK? I mean are new musical acts still arising there? People producing culture, writing books?

    I'd halfway guess that while the institutions like so-and-so records or publishing house are still headquartered there, the new musical acts are forming elsewhere? The new J.K. Rowlings writing books somewhere else?

    Just a guess. Be interesting to see if London remains as culturally dominant as it historically has been.

    The new J.K. Rowlings writing books somewhere else?

    Sunbeam, you obviously are not very knowledgeable. Joanne Rowling, despite being Welsh, has spent nearly all her adult life in Edinburgh. In fact, she lives 15 minutes ( walk ) down the road from me. We were hoping she was going to retire to rural Perthshire, but it hasn’t happened.
    For some strange reason, the last 15-20 years has seen more and more Welsh people settle in Edinburgh. Don’t know why.

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    She is English....born and bred.
    , @BB753
    "For some strange reason, the last 15-20 years has seen more and more Welsh people settle in Edinburgh. Don’t know why."
    Why are Welshmen so disliked in the rest of the UK? Rest assured, Scottish sheep are safe from their depravation!
    Seriously, is it because until recently, the majority of " Welshpersons" could still speak their own incomprehensible language and made other people wary? I know somewhat the place and the people. For sure, they're not the friendliest nor the jolliest kind but are Lowland Scots, for instance, any better?
    , @Anonymous
    Yet "Rowling" appears to be Germanic in origin.
    , @Dave from Oz
    Probably trying to get away from the singing.
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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @attilathehen
    "Verymuchalive..." I don't remember you so you must have just risen from the dead. Also, I'm a girl. There are new readers to this site, so I have to expose Derbyshire to these people. This is why I also write that people should always cherchez la femme/le homme/la famille of these "nationalist" writers. Derbyshire is not kosher. (((Ilana Mercer))) is another who is haram.

    Apologies, Miss Hun. Our paths haven’t met because I very rarely read the comments or comment on Mr Derbyshire’s articles. Usually, it’s just a quick once over to get the gist of the article.
    But you are right, Derbyshire’s punches are often pulled and his criticisms of Jewish interests driving immigration and foreign policies are often mealy-mouthed. Indeed, his son even joined the marines, where he could have been used in combat to help make the Middle East safe for Israel.
    If you can’t persuade your family, then maybe it is time to shut up.

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  • Almost by necessity, all previous Kholmogorov translations have been those of his older texts, with a “lag” between the original and the translation varying between several days and several months. What you see now is a much rarer treat. Kholmogorov has just finished a long and engrossing article on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, clocking in at 16,000...
  • The collapse of Christian belief after WWI is an empirical fact. The severe undermining of European societies has resulted as the belief system that underpinned them has withered. One way that Christianity aided European societies was in dealing with hostile outgroups, whether Jews or Muslims. Without Christianity, it is doubtful if there would have been a Reconquista or the Liberation of Greece, for example.

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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @attilathehen
    "When will King Arthur return?" It will not return because of Derbyshire. Derbyshire was still an English subject when Powell gave his speech. Derbyshire could have started or participated in movements to stop the invasion of England. But what did he do? He imported himself to the USA. Then, he imported a brown Chinese woman and had Chinese offspring with her. The now American Chinese woman and Chinese daughter voted for Obama. Derbyshire is partial to Ivanhoe. His son will never be an Ivanhoe. He is infamous for his "The Talk" article. Obviously, he did not have the talk with his Chinese wife and daughter. And if he did, they ignored him. When Derbyshire lived in England, it was still a Christian country. Now he is an atheist and he wrote in article that he does understand Christians. He will help his pagan Chinese wife with her pagan ancestor worship rituals. Maybe Derbyshire doesn't like the speech because of his Chinese family. He's just trying to get shekels in his tincup so he scribbles nonsense like this.

    Long time no hear, Mr Hun. Glad to see you’re back and horsewhipping the old hypocrite. What’s the point in trying to persuade us great unwashed, when you can’t persuade your own womenfolk.

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  • The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as “labor unrest”, a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category of workers. In Anglo-American media, there is the usual self-satisfied tongue-clicking over “those cheese-eaters, always...
  • @for-the-record
    If French communist services were so good there wouldn’t be such huge problems.

    You're the one who's not credible, I believe I have far more experience than you in France. The fact is that services generally work well in France (far better than UK,for example).

    Yes, there are considerable financial problems and that is why the retirement age should be raised. But it is not only the Communists who are opposed to this, the Front National and others do as well.

    The fact is that services generally work well in France (far better than UK,for example).

    Please Detail

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    Why should someone who has lived in France and actually used those public services detail their experiences for someone whose never been to France?
    , @for-the-record
    Please Detail

    1. Health Service (which in contrast to UK is not free, but charges are moderate, which is a good idea I think) -- far more efficient, no horror stories like in UK, waiting time for operations is minimal (which is why large numbers of Brits come to France for operations).

    2. State-controlled train service SNCF is far superior to rail service in UK (how many high-speed trains are there in UK -- none, apart from Eurostar). I don't know a single UK resident who doesn't complain about rail service.
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  • Almost by necessity, all previous Kholmogorov translations have been those of his older texts, with a “lag” between the original and the translation varying between several days and several months. What you see now is a much rarer treat. Kholmogorov has just finished a long and engrossing article on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, clocking in at 16,000...
  • @German_reader

    Likewise, it was Solzhenitsyn who singled out the figure of Alexander Parvus in the history of the Revolution, and nowadays, no analysis of the Russian Catastrophe avoids discussing this international man of mystery and his contribution to Russia’s destruction.
     
    What's the point in singling out Alexander Parvus, how does it enhance understanding of the Russian revolution?

    The only figure that our present day views with more appreciation than Solzhenitsyn is probably Emperor Nicholas II.
     
    What's there to appreciate about an incompetent loser like Nicholas II? Granted, the man and his family didn't deserve to be murdered by the Bolsheviks, and those of religious inclinations might venerate him as a saint...but how can his rule be a positive example in a political sense?

    However, this transformation gave them no antidote for militant atheism
     
    I really don't get how a militant technophile like AK whose entire outlook on life comes across as strongly materialist (some would say "biologist" or "racist") can feel enthusiastic about all this religious talk of Russia as "a Vatican or Mecca of conservatism"...I just don't see how this can be reconciled in a coherent system of thought.
    Let's hope Martyanov will comment on this piece :-)

    ” If Christianity goes, all of our culture goes with it.” – TS Eliot
    If you don’t realise this, you really are an idiot.

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    I'm not convinced that's true.

    I think Christianity applied selective pressure on Europeans which changed Euro genetics over time (specifically the creation of a cooperative-individualist mindset with a more universalist and less familial instinctive morality) and the extremely successful culture that resulted was a consequence of those genetic changes (although admittedly it's gone very wrong recently).

    Then again maybe it is true in which case best not get rid of Christianity just in case.
    , @Seamus Padraig

    If you don’t realise this, you really are an idiot.
     
    That's kind of harsh. German_reader was asking a serious and thoughtful question which deserved a serious and thoughtful response, not just an insult. Realize that a lot of people out there are going to have exactly the same question. If we don't have a decent answer for it, we're going to have a lot of trouble selling White identitarianism to White agnostics/atheists.
    , @annamaria
    No need to insult people. Btw, "German reader" is a shy zionist.
    Back to Christianity, this is a stake through the vampire hearts of the zionized US congresspeople of a supposedly 'Christian' persuasion:
    "Moscow, once a center of global Communism is rapidly transforming into a Vatican, or if you will, a Mecca of Conservatism. It is precisely here where the strongest redoubt that defends the image of mankind in its traditional Christian interpretation is now located."
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  • @byrresheim
    Very true, and oft forgotten.

    A business is there to serve its clients – customers, owners, furnishers and employees. Profit is an indicator, albeit not proof, that this purpose is met.

    Long term, if a business doesn’t make a profit, it stops existing. Discuss.

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    In the long term we are all dead.
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  • @El Dato

    Above all, it has been the public services – the best in the world. The postal service, public education, health coverage, public utilities, railroad service – all were excellent, exemplary
     
    Ridiculous. Entirely delusional.

    Have you ever even lived in France?

    While "not bad", the postal service is not "excellent", public education is very far from "excellent", basically it's pandemonium issuing barely-functional yoof that can't even write proper french, health coverage is so, so at best. Do NOT try to get treatment in a public institution, m'okay? Trying a doctor's appointment? Waiting lists of several months are not uncommon. Railroad services are entirely disorganized, disfunctional. If you arrive at time, or even at all, a miracle must have happened. You may also get mugged and insulted by conductor for the effort.

    Interacting with ANY public institution is an exercise in frustration, a slog through utter incompetence and an occasion to meet many people with sky-high entitlement levels demanding higher wages.


    President Emmanuel Macron’s program for destroying the SNCF is a wakeup call
     
    What plan is that? We MIGHT want to hear about this. The SNCF is a debt crater in any case and had to be repeatedly bailed out over the last 30 years, so that plan may just be continuing business as usual.

    Excellent rebuttal of the old crone’s delusions. And you didn’t even mention that other ” debt crater ” Air France and the billions poured into it before its merger with KLM.

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  • Political leaders in power generally like small wars. It enables them to stand tall, wrap the flag around them, pretend they hold the fate of the nation in their hands, and denigrate their opponents as unpatriotic softies. Theresa May is behaving in keeping with this stereotype since ordering four British planes to join the very...
  • @Randal

    Her performances are low-key but resolute, occasionally aping Elizabeth I at Tilbury defying the Spanish Armada, but more usually recalling a stern-faced Judi Dench as M, sending 007 on some dangerous but necessary mission to thwart the plots of the enemy. The trick is to appear weighed down by a terrible sense of responsibility, but not afraid to take decisive action in defence of our nation.
     
    It's teeth-grindingly frustrating, if not particularly surprising, to see her largely getting away with this, and the prime parties responsible are the establishment media. The journalists, editors and commentators who, when they are not actively collaborating, still fail utterly to ask the obvious questions and make the obvious points with anything like the appropriate force, and prefer to spend their energy hounding those actually asking the important questions and making the important points for being insufficiently jingoistic.

    But the list of hostages she has left to fortune and to the continued forbearance of the journalist and editorial classes is long, and getting longer. The almost complete lack of credibility of the Skripal story, the sheer open illegality of the attack on Syria, the failure to consult Parliament before tagging onto Washington's coattails, the decreasingly credible claims about the pretext for the Syria attack, and its targeting and supposed success.

    Something in all this might yet bring her down, despite the desperate efforts of the dual loyalty and other lobbies determined to protect interventionism, for the benefit of Israel, Washington, other foreigners, and the military budget.

    As in the US, the British MSM is an oligopoly. In case you hadn’t noticed, even the ^right of centre” tabloid the Daily Express was recently bought by Trinity Mirror, the owners of the “socialist” Daily Mirror. No objection was raised by the Competition authorities.
    Obviously, fewer and fewer people read the Dead Tree Press. They are becoming less and less influential by the month. If you are intelligent and independent, you don’t get your news from the MSM. The latter represent a very narrow range of views from Left-Liberal to Neoliberal/Neocon.
    Those who do get their information, in the interim, have been characterised as ” low information browsers” by one American media exponent.
    If we still lived in even a semi-capitalist society, proper competition laws – or rather continued application of competition laws would have prevented this – whether in the Dead Tree Press or in the internet.
    But you know that anyway.

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  • From the Washington Post: Aristotle, father of scientific racism How the famous philosopher paved the way for books like “The Bell Curve." By Matthew A. Sears April 6 at 6:00 AM Matthew A. Sears is an associate professor of classics and ancient history at the University of New Brunswick. Race science is back. To be...
  • @syonredux

    But these ideas are even older than Klein realizes. To understand the underlying assumptions of Murray and others, it’s helpful to look back to the granddaddy of all racial theorists: Aristotle. In understanding the role Aristotle played in laying the groundwork for “race science,” we can better understand how ingrained it is in Western science and philosophy, and why the alt-right’s embrace of “western civilization” has a particularly chilling edge.
     
    Let me phrase this as simply as possible: Western Civilization= racism.

    Most famous as a philosopher, Aristotle — who, it’s worth noting, is Murray’s favorite philosopher
     
    Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

    Aristotle arrived at his biological taxonomy by observing and recording as many animals as he could, and he did likewise with types of government to arrive at his political taxonomies. Human beings, too, were subjected to Aristotle’s empirical analysis, as rigorous as any at least until the Scientific Revolution two millennia later.
     
    Does this mean that the Middle Ages is PC?

    In the first book of his “Politics,” written in the 300s B.C., Aristotle uses these taxonomies to justify the exclusion of certain people from civic life. While condemning the predominant method of acquiring slaves in his day — capturing prisoners in war — Aristotle argues that some people are by nature (rather than circumstances) fit to be slaves: “For that some should rule and others be ruled is a thing not only necessary, but expedient; from the hour of their birth, some are marked out for subjection, others for rule.” Not only were some people slaves by nature, but it was clear that, for them, “slavery is both expedient and right,” he wrote.
     
    Prior to this, people just enslaved other people, but without any kind of philosophical justification.....which made it kinda/sorta OK.....

    That Aristotle espoused these views matters, because his imprimatur imbues them with authority and an air of dispassionate reason. Many readers of the “Politics” have concluded that Aristotle lays out first principles, the indisputable facts prescribed by nature, before reasoning from them to arrive at his political theories. If nature, including hierarchies and natural slavery, is simply a fact, then society can function properly only if it is ordered with this fact in mind.

     

    Pre-Aristotle, hierarchy did not exist.....

    Anyone familiar with the arguments in “The Bell Curve” can probably already sense the ways Aristotle’s naturalistic fatalism connects to today’s “racial science.” Given the results of IQ tests, on which aggregate black Americans fare more poorly than white Americans

     

    Uh, as for East Asians, they're honorary Whites, OK? I mean, I remember reading something about Hitler liking the Japanese....

    Murray also says that there should be “a place for everyone,” that a return to traditional values and traditional neighborhoods would allow space for even “low-IQ individuals” to find the types of jobs and stable marriages in which they can lead fulfilling lives, while contributing to society as a whole. This is a dressed-up rehashing of the very same ideas Aristotle seems to have championed: that nature is immutable and that society works best when everyone is assigned their proper place according to their natural abilities.

     

    How dare you say that not everyone can be a physicist! Life without a phd is a life without dignity!

    But the theories of Murray and Aristotle have one massive flaw. Their ideas about natural hierarchies, particularly those delineated by race, have been regularly refuted.
     
    I know this to be true because I'm a professor of Classics....

    Nor are the critiques limited to Murray and his contemporaries. As many scholars have pointed out, Aristotle’s position is self-contradictory. While he argued that natural slavishness is due to an inborn deficiency in the capacity to reason, in Aristotle’s formulation, having the capacity to reason simply is the defining characteristic of being human in the first place. How, then, can there be natural slaves?
     
    Let's see, genus Homo is, by nature, bipedal.....but Usain Bolt can run faster than I can....Guess that that means that bipedalism has nothing to do with defining genus Homo....

    The answer might lie in the idea that Aristotle was not as staunch a proponent of race science as is generally thought. Political theorist Jill Frank suggests that he was well aware of this apparent contradiction, and throughout his body of work aimed to frame politics not as a function of nature, but rather nature as a question for politics. That is, rather than setting the immutable standards for politics, a person’s innate capacity — his or her fitness for political engagement — itself can be changed and shaped by the very act of political participation.
     
    Judo-flip! See, Aristotle isn't a mean old racist....He actually believed in HEAD START!

    Because it is impossible to distinguish natural slaves from natural rulers based on external factors such as physical appearance (as indeed it is impossible to assess people’s IQs based on their membership in a given group),
     
    Yeah, I mean, who can tell that someone has Downs just by looking at them.....

    Aristotle leaves room for the possibility that habitual engagement with activities appropriate for a free person can make one, in fact, take on the nature of a free person.

     

    See, if we make dumb people start acting like physicists, they will acquire the nature of physicists....

    Klein identifies the core problem with the position of Murray and his supporters, who hide behind the supposed cold, hard fact of differences in IQ, in their denial of the historical, cultural and social conditions that underlie these realities: “You cannot discuss this topic without discussing its toxic past and the way that shapes our present.”
     
    Repeat after me: Everything is the result of culture. Biology plays no role in shaping human affairs....

    Instead of discouraging low-IQ individuals from having children
     
    Why shouldn't people with 85 IQs have as many kids as they want? Where's the harm?

    or paternalistically assigning them to their “proper place,”
     
    End the MCAT! Medical School should be open to everyone!

    as Murray advocates, let’s work on identifying and rectifying the contexts that lead to low scores on IQ tests in the first place.
     
    And then Blacks and East Asians will have identical mean IQs!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/04/06/aristotle-father-of-scientific-racism/?utm_term=.21657eae7e3a

    Excellent demolition of this buffoon’s “arguments”.
    I do hope he isn’t causing Mr Duchesne any grief up in New Brunswick.

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    He's probably upset that Mr Duchesne has a number one best seller - Canada in Decay, I have a copy of the book myself.
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  • @Polish Perspective
    They are a borderline people, just like Armenians or some of the Levant people (Lebanese).

    Incidentally, Nassim Taleb furiously demands anyone grouping the Lebanese together with Arabs immediately repent for the heresy committed.

    https://medium.com/east-med-project-history-philology-and-genetics/something-nordic-supremacists-will-not-like-44d99e8a4188

    https://medium.com/east-med-project-history-philology-and-genetics/no-lebanese-is-not-a-dialect-of-arabic-e95320c164c

    You’re a Polish econometrician and you think a few speculative papers by geneticists and others will determine whether Armenians or Levantine are “white”. It’s rather like saying a few papers from geneticists can prove that Cheddar Man was black, or even cheese coloured.
    Are Turks white ? Are Sicilians white ? I wouldn’t say that to the latter. They are even more criminal than Georgians, so I have been told.
    Anyway, good luck in your career. States and organisations, eg EU, have been fiddling the figures for so long that real econometricians are decidedly unwelcome.
    So far as I know, very few universities offer courses in econometrics.
    But long ago and far away, things were different. In one major country, an econometrician even became Prime Minister – Harold Wilson Prime Minister of the UK 1964-70 and 74-76. Rather ironically, one of the first things he did was to cook the books !

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    They are even more criminal than Georgians, so I have been told.
     
    By whom?
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  • @German_reader

    This was one of the reasons for moving the Capital to Milan, which could be supplied from its own Po valley.
     
    As far as I know the main reason was military, to better deal with the incursions of barbarians who penetrated into Italy and carried away loot and captives (iirc Gallienus stationed a mobile cavalry force in Milan to respond to such raids).

    The British and North Gallic Grain supplies were very important because they supplied the army in Britain and along the Rhine.
     
    I admit that I don't know much about this, so I can't comment. But in any case, despite undoubted Romanization, the city system in Northern Gaul and Britain was underdeveloped when compared to Italy, southern Gaul (Gallia Narbonensis had been Roman already since the 2nd century BC), mediterranean Spain or Northern Africa.
    But anyway, those issues don't really affect my criticism of those graphs.

    I will disagree with you over the Roman Empire, but agree with you over the graphs. The latter seem highly subjective in content.

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  • @Daniel Chieh
    I thought that Shakesphere's contemporaries such as Thomas Middleton were quite accomplished and unfortunately not well known these days despite his work.

    You could say even more about Marlowe and Ben Johnson. The problem about having a Universal Genius is that other contemporaries – often very capable- are reduced to chumps.

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    Nobody thinks they're chumps, but neither Jonson nor Marlowe has had the influence of Shakespeare. He has the position in English literature of Pushkin in Russian and Cervantes in Spanish literature.

    He has the same sort of lingering presence in English writing since somewhat after his own time as Pope has in the writing of the eighteenth century.

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  • @German_reader

    The Gallic Empire of the 3rd Century certainly had Gallic emperors and showed how Gaul had completely adapted the Roman system for their own purposes.
     
    That was a separatist special empire, so I didn't count it.

    The 3rd or 4th largest city in the West was a certain Londinium.
     
    I don't believe that, iirc Roman Britain didn't even produce a single senator.
    And anyway, my point wasn't to deny that the Roman provinces in Western/northwestern Europe had been heavily Romanized by the late empire and that provincials there had adopted a Roman identity, I know all that. My point is was that the Roman empire was fundamentally centred on the Mediterranean (not least econimically, the grain from Egypt and North Africa was certainly more important than anything the northern provinces produced) and that "Europeans" is a strange and somewhat anachronistic concept for those graphs.

    The 50 years from 230 AD to 280 AD were times of chaos and crisis, but Britannia was largely unscathed. Indeed, there were few problems until the disastrous year of 367 AD. During this period the cities of Roman Britain prospered, as other Roman cities went into decline. I got the information from Peter Salway, “Roman Britain”. I will try and look up the particular quote.

    My point is was that the Roman empire was fundamentally centred on the Mediterranean (not least economically, the grain from Egypt and North Africa was certainly more important than anything the northern provinces produced) and that “Europeans” is a strange and somewhat anachronistic concept for those graphs.

    I accept your point that the Eastern Roman Empire remained largely centred round the Med. However, the Western Empire’s economic centre of gravity continued to migrate northwards and westwards during this period. The North African grain exports were only important for Rome, whose citizens received free supplies. This was one of the reasons for moving the Capital to Milan, which could be supplied from its own Po valley. The Population of Rome continued to decline sharply under the later Empire.
    The British and North Gallic Grain supplies were very important because they supplied the army in Britain and along the Rhine. Indeed, the mechanised harvest system ( Vallum) was unique until the C19th. The large grain yields were probably the original reason the Romans invaded Britannia.

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    This was one of the reasons for moving the Capital to Milan, which could be supplied from its own Po valley.
     
    As far as I know the main reason was military, to better deal with the incursions of barbarians who penetrated into Italy and carried away loot and captives (iirc Gallienus stationed a mobile cavalry force in Milan to respond to such raids).

    The British and North Gallic Grain supplies were very important because they supplied the army in Britain and along the Rhine.
     
    I admit that I don't know much about this, so I can't comment. But in any case, despite undoubted Romanization, the city system in Northern Gaul and Britain was underdeveloped when compared to Italy, southern Gaul (Gallia Narbonensis had been Roman already since the 2nd century BC), mediterranean Spain or Northern Africa.
    But anyway, those issues don't really affect my criticism of those graphs.
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  • @reiner Tor
    By the way English authors are also judged based on non-English speakers’ opinions. Shakespeare is the greatest according to non-English speakers.

    By the way English authors are also judged based on non-English speakers’ opinions. Shakespeare is the greatest according to non-English speakers.

    You will find that most educated native English speakers do not rate Shakespeare as some “Universal Genius”, as proposed by the Shakespeare Industry. To summarise, they think that some Shakespeare works- eg The Tempest – are absolutely outstanding. Others are not so outstanding, eg Hamlet. And some were written by some drunk guy(s) in a pub, eg Titus Andronicus. As someone who thinks that the plays were written by Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford ( probably with the help of his mates ), this is not surprising. The plays are a mixed bunch, in quality and content.
    Most European countries treat their national poets like the above. However, England has a Shakespeare Mafia entrenched in the Universities who have built their careers on treating Shakespeare as some Universal genius. They have failed to convince the educated, on the whole. Thank Goodness.
    Only one place in Europe seems to have been successful in promoting the National Poet as some sort of Universal Genius. I admit I do not speak Russian, but based on my own knowledge, I am deeply sceptical of Pushkin’s genius. No matter who has been in charge of Russia, the sun has always been shining out of Aleksandr Sergeyevich’s arse.
    Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe educated Russians regard Pushkin rather like educated English people regard Shakespeare. Or maybe they DO think that that the sun shines out of …………
    Is that you Martyanov…………

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    I admit I do not speak Russian, but based on my own knowledge, I am deeply sceptical of Pushkin’s genius.
     
    The fictitious genius of Russian literature is Leo Tolstoy. His unofficial name is"classic by mistake." Pushkin (unlike L. Tolstoy) is really popular. In particular, Pushkin's fairy tales are familiar to almost all children

    http://cultobzor.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0230.jpg
    , @DFH

    Most European countries treat their national poets like the above. However, England has a Shakespeare Mafia entrenched in the Universities who have built their careers on treating Shakespeare as some Universal genius. They have failed to convince the educated, on the whol
     
    It probably helps that Shakespeare is much, much less comprehensible to a modern English speaker than Cervantes to a Spaniard, Dante to an Italian, Racine to a Frenchman etc.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I thought that Shakesphere's contemporaries such as Thomas Middleton were quite accomplished and unfortunately not well known these days despite his work.
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  • @German_reader

    Actually, several Roman Emperors were of Gallic origin
     
    I can't think of any, you're probably confusing them with Illyrians who were prominent as soldier-emperors in the 3rd and 4th century.

    Not for nothing was Gaul called Gallia Togata.
     
    That's Northern Italy.

    Of course, they were regarded as Roman,even if they spoke Celtic or Germanic languages amongst themselves.
     
    Sure, but that doesn't change the fact that the Roman empire was centred on the Mediterranean, and that the northern barbarians who remained outside of the empire weren't regarded as "fellow Europeans" or anything of the kind.

    The Gallic Empire of the 3rd Century certainly had Gallic emperors and showed how Gaul had completely adapted the Roman system for their own purposes.
    Gallia Togata was a province composed almost entirely of Gauls. Gaul proper quickly followed likewise.

    Sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Roman empire was centred on the Mediterranean, and that the northern barbarians who remained outside of the empire weren’t regarded as “fellow Europeans” or anything of the kind.

    Actually, not true. In the West, there was a steady northwards drift. By the C4th AD, the Western Roman Capital was in Milan, with the sub-Capital in Trier. The 3rd or 4th largest city in the West was a certain Londinium. The Western Empire had ceased being Mediterranean-based and had become much more West European based.
    Many northern barbarians were quickly assimilated into the empire, not only through service in the Roman army, but also through the later influence of the Church.

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    The Gallic Empire of the 3rd Century certainly had Gallic emperors and showed how Gaul had completely adapted the Roman system for their own purposes.
     
    That was a separatist special empire, so I didn't count it.

    The 3rd or 4th largest city in the West was a certain Londinium.
     
    I don't believe that, iirc Roman Britain didn't even produce a single senator.
    And anyway, my point wasn't to deny that the Roman provinces in Western/northwestern Europe had been heavily Romanized by the late empire and that provincials there had adopted a Roman identity, I know all that. My point is was that the Roman empire was fundamentally centred on the Mediterranean (not least econimically, the grain from Egypt and North Africa was certainly more important than anything the northern provinces produced) and that "Europeans" is a strange and somewhat anachronistic concept for those graphs.
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  • @German_reader
    That seems highly dubious to me at least regarding Mesopotamians and Egyptians (and tbh probably Phoenicians as well).
    Have to say those graphs seem pretty worthless to me...what is "European" even supposed to mean in antiquity? The Roman empire was centred on the Mediterranaen, and many major figures weren't what we'd consider "European". Are people like the 3rd century jurist Ulpian (probably from Tyre in Syria) or the 4th century historian Ammianus Marcellinus (from Antiochia) "European" because they belonged to Greco-Roman civilization, or are they "other" because of their geographical (and perhaps ethnic) origin?
    And of course "European" in antiquity wasn't really a meaningful identity...for the Greeks and Romans the northern barbarians weren't part of the same civilization, and physical differences were noted as well.
    There certainly was a Dark Age in Europe after the fall of the Roman empire (though with strong regional variations, Britain and the Balkans being the most extreme cases), but just counting well-known figures seems like a dubious way to prove it.

    And of course “European” in antiquity wasn’t really a meaningful identity…for the Greeks and Romans the northern barbarians weren’t part of the same civilization, and physical differences were noted as well.

    Actually, several Roman Emperors were of Gallic origin. Not for nothing was Gaul called Gallia Togata. By 400 AD Gaul, Roman Britain, Rhaetia ( Switzerland ), Southern Germany, Batavia etc had been Roman for 350 to 500 years ! Of course, they were regarded as Roman,even if they spoke Celtic or Germanic languages amongst themselves.
    Romania, as the Roman Empire was called, was split into a Latin-speaking West and a Greek-speaking East. The African and Asian Provinces were lost to Muslims, but the division remains to this day. We are either Roman Europeans or Greek Europeans. God help us, all.

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    Actually, several Roman Emperors were of Gallic origin
     
    I can't think of any, you're probably confusing them with Illyrians who were prominent as soldier-emperors in the 3rd and 4th century.

    Not for nothing was Gaul called Gallia Togata.
     
    That's Northern Italy.

    Of course, they were regarded as Roman,even if they spoke Celtic or Germanic languages amongst themselves.
     
    Sure, but that doesn't change the fact that the Roman empire was centred on the Mediterranean, and that the northern barbarians who remained outside of the empire weren't regarded as "fellow Europeans" or anything of the kind.
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  • Clinton carried a lot of political baggage because she had been demonised by the Republicans for 25 years. She had bad lluck

    Demonised ? You mean: just told the truth. In any sane society, this woman would be serving a life sentence in prison.
    Bad Luck? Despite the support of all the American MSM, despite their continual whitewashing of her numerous crimes, despite their relentless, often fabricated, attacks on her opponent, she still couldn’t win. No it wasn’t bad luck.
    Cockburn acts the establishment buffoon far too often.

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  • @Dmitry
    Pinochet was 'Neo-Liberalist' - which was actually an excellent economic program for Chile, and the main reason Chile is now the richest Latin American country per capita.

    But his neoliberal program requires some intelligence to understand, and has become an ideology that upsets all different kinds of less intellectual groups that cannot understand how it works, and that is likely the real reason he is now more unfashionable than other Latin dictators who killed more people and (unlike Pinochet) ruined their country's economy.

    That doesn't condone Pinochet for murdering opponents. But at least he murdered people and successfully reformed the economy. Which is a lot better than murdering people and not reforming the economy.

    Esssentially what you say is true.
    Pinochet’s government killed far fewer people than other Latin, never mind, world dictatorships. At the same time, it helped Chile to successfully industrialise, in part to counter sanctions. Neoliberalism was used to justify policies, it is true, but was only part of the story.
    The economic transformation of Chile enraged the Western left even more, especially as the Soviet Union fell apart.

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    She survived the Holocaust, only to die in a hemicaust.
    ( Pardon the bad taste )

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  • @Swedish Family

    ( Rather like how Britain used to accept numerous West African kleptocrats in the 1970s, 80s and 90s )
     
    Along with Pinochet, who oversaw some of the grisliest torture policies in the post-war era (female prisoners raped by rats, etc.). Always remember this when Thatcherites speak of "Assad the Butcher."

    Like many Swedes and other Westerners, your view of Pinochet has been fundamentally distorted by Marxist propaganda, something Paul Craig Roberts has asserted himself. For a proper discussion of this see Benjamin Villaroel’s article posted at VDARE.

    https://www.vdare.com/articles/memo-to-trump-when-you-have-time-deport-moaning-marxist-ariel-dorfman

    Villaroel contrasts the attitude to Pinochet to that of Hollywood’s favourite Communist dictator, Fidel Castro.

    During his 17 years as head of state, Pinochet did execute around 5,000 dissidents. But, while estimates for executions in Castro’s Cuba vary widely, one expert in state-sponsored mass killings, R.J. Rummel, noted the median of the estimates was around 73,000 for the period between 1959 and 1987. Given that Castro ruled until 2008, how many tens of thousands more were killed?

    [ The Rettig Commission 1991 reckoned about 2,000 were killed ]

    He also gives a very interesting table from Rummel on Communist Democide.
    By world standards Pinochet was not a particularly bloodthirsty dictator. Why was he singled out for attack ?
    Back in the late 1960s, the Marxist left had already singled out Chile as the next Latin American country to undergo Communist Revolution. This was not only the view of Western Trotskyites but of the Soviet Government too. Even under Eduardo Frei ( the President before Allende ) the Soviets were transporting arms to various left-wing Chilean groups.
    When Allende became President, this view seemed to be vindicated. There was a massive amount of Soviet and Western leftist propaganda whitewashing the numerous illegalities of Allende. After the removal of Allende, the Left felt cheated. Both Soviet and Western Leftist propaganda went into overdrive. Pinochet got the Saddam Hussein treatment – though by comparison with the latter his offences were limited. This was faithfully transmitted to the masses by left-leaning broadcasters in the media, just as today their successors purvey half-truths and propaganda against Putin or Assad or other people the Western Left don’t like.
    In many ways, the allegations about the “grisly torture” policies of Pinochet are the lineal ancestors of the allegations about the “grisly chemical warfare” policies of Assad.

    Always remember this when Thatcherites speak of “Assad the Butcher.”

    Your knowledge of British politics seems very limited. There are very few Thatcherites left in the British Conservative Party. Nearly all are dead, retired or purged – look what happened to the Monday Club. The people speaking of “Assad the Butcher” are representatives of a pro-globalist, pro-EU, pro-mass immigration, pro-homosexual marriage clique. They are CINO – Conservative In Name Only.

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    • Replies: @Dmitry
    Pinochet was 'Neo-Liberalist' - which was actually an excellent economic program for Chile, and the main reason Chile is now the richest Latin American country per capita.

    But his neoliberal program requires some intelligence to understand, and has become an ideology that upsets all different kinds of less intellectual groups that cannot understand how it works, and that is likely the real reason he is now more unfashionable than other Latin dictators who killed more people and (unlike Pinochet) ruined their country's economy.

    That doesn't condone Pinochet for murdering opponents. But at least he murdered people and successfully reformed the economy. Which is a lot better than murdering people and not reforming the economy.
    , @Swedish Family

    Like many Swedes and other Westerners, your view of Pinochet has been fundamentally distorted by Marxist propaganda, something Paul Craig Roberts has asserted himself. For a proper discussion of this see Benjamin Villaroel’s article posted at VDARE.
     
    Thanks for the detailed response. I did indeed hear about the torture practices from a socialist -- alt-left blogger Ian Welsh -- but his sources seem solid.

    The Pinochet File is a National Security Archive book written by Peter Kornbluh covering over approximately two decades of declassified documents, from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), White House, and United States Department of State, regarding American covert activities in Chile.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pinochet_File

    According to Peter Kornbluh in The Pinochet File, "routine sadism was taken to extremes" in the prison camps. The rape of women was common, including sexual torture such as the insertion of rats into genitals and "unnatural acts involving dogs." Detainees were forcibly immersed in vats of urine and excrement, and were occasionally forced to ingest it.[156][157] Beatings with gun butts, fists and chains were routine; one technique known as "the telephone" involved the torturer slamming "his open hands hard and rhythmically against the ears of the victim," leaving the person deaf. At Villa Grimaldi, prisoners were dragged into the parking lot and had the bones in their legs crushed as they were run over with trucks.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Pinochet

    Either way, your figure of 5,000 executed people under his watch proves my point equally well -- that people who defend Pinochet's regime have no moral authority to point fingers at Assad.

    Your knowledge of British politics seems very limited.
     
    It is, yes, so do correct me if I'm wrong. I took Thatcherite to mean "supporter of her back in the day," and there are surely many such people still around. Andrew Sullivan springs to mind, and also John O'Sullivan.
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  • @reiner Tor
    Yes, the same stupid policy of supporting an unsuccessful kleptocrat.

    Yanukovich was very much forced on the Kremlin. The alternative was, after all, Poroshenko. It was hardly a choice. The Ukraine was and is a vital part of Russia’s near abroad.
    There are no Russian vital interests in Venezuela. Getting the foreign assets of PDVSA might have been a sharp bit of business, but that’s where it should have stopped. Even viewed as an operation to stir up trouble for the Americans, Venezuela was useless, given its geopolitical irrelevance.
    So maybe you’re right. Putin likes unsuccessful kleptocrats. The proof will be what happens after Maduro’s deposition. If Maduro ends up in Russian exile, I will regard the matter as proven.
    ( Rather like how Britain used to accept numerous West African kleptocrats in the 1970s, 80s and 90s )

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    ( Rather like how Britain used to accept numerous West African kleptocrats in the 1970s, 80s and 90s )
     
    Along with Pinochet, who oversaw some of the grisliest torture policies in the post-war era (female prisoners raped by rats, etc.). Always remember this when Thatcherites speak of "Assad the Butcher."
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  • @Polish Perspective

    Jewish knives now openly out for Jeremy Corbyn
     
    Now? Haven't these knives been out ever since he got elected, nay, since he was seriously running for leadership?

    Also as with Red Ken, it’s quite entertaining to see a leftist like Corbyn who has spent his life slinging false smears of “racism”, “homophobia” etc, etc at political rivals and at decent folk alike, basically hoist by his own petard.

     

    Correct, though in the case of Jewish lobbies vs Red Ken/Corbyn, it really is a classic example of "the enemy of my enemy is not always my friend".

    Support for Hezbollah is simply one legitimate position on a dispute between foreigners
     

    Imagine living in a country where your position on a Middle-Eastern political party is not a matter of great political importance and source of much media controversy and debate. But this is what happens when you have organised Jewish groups panicking over perceived loss of influence.

    The problem for the Jewish lobbies is that he is very popular among the grassroots. This is the same problem in which the blairites found themselves in. The UK is interesting from a purely Jewish-political perspective. The Tories won something like 70% of the Jewish vote in the last General Election. This isn't because UK Jews are more "conservative". It's because the Tories are better for Jewish interests.

    The Tories are quite liberal on social matters(they introduced gay marriage), they are good for above-average income groups and they are very pro-Israel. It's a trifecta. In many ways, US dems are quite similar to the Tories. The Dems are not very left-wing. They are pro-Israel, pro-Wall Street and their stance on taxes are quite neoliberal, too. It's just compared to the dumpster fire that is GOP, anyone can look good. I'm referring to the meme that Jews are somehow inherently left-wing, whereas it is more about ethnic interests. It makes more sense to vote for Dems in the US and more sense to vote for Tories in the UK.

    Corbyn in this sense is a break from the past. Blair was of course a neoliberal, too, as well as very pro-Israel. Corbyn is neither neoliberal nor is he very pro-Israel, so he gets almost no Jewish votes. For whites, the actual difference is minimal, because both Blair and Corbyn support the Great Replacement. Jews don't mind that, what they do mind is the unstinting support for Israel that is going down the drain. It is not just about Israel. There's a sense that Corbyn is more pro-muslim than pro-Jewish. Blair (and Obama, Clinton etc) were the opposite. See the previous point about perceived loss of influence.

    We will likely see this in the US, too, over time. It will be the left, not the right, which will go after Jewish interests, such as support for Israel and (serious) tax hikes on the better-off and not the marginal stuff that the centrist/Schumer faction that currently controls the Dems are willing to sign off on.

    Corbyn has shown plenty of spine so far, so it is likely he won't suddenly cave now. That's a good thing. I hope the US left draws inspiration.

    I’m referring to the meme that Jews are somehow inherently left-wing, whereas it is more about ethnic interests.

    As Professor MacDonald has ably demonstrated over the years.

    The Conservatives are Conservatives In Name Only. There are few differences between them and the Liberals or Labourites. They are all pro-globalist, pro-EU and pro-Third World Immigration. The fact that some factions may be less Zionist than most is of little comfort or interest to those of us who are concerned about Britain’s indigenous population.
    Obviously, the first-past-the-post favours the present parties. Any new anti-globalist party has to overcome high barriers to entry to obtain a parliamentary seat, unless they are highly concentrated in support. This applies in the US and Canada for the same reason.
    Real change will not occur until after the coming Economic Depression. I expect all three present parties to be dissolved or reduced to unimportance

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  • * Looks like Venezuela is approaching collapse [1, 2]

    When even the oil workers are starving, the end must be near.

    The Russian government’s strategy has always puzzled me. Giving loans secured against the foreign assets of the PDVSA seems a shrewd move. If PDVSA defaults, you get a foreign asset at a knockdown price. Same goes with cargoes of Venezuelan oil outside Venezuela. So far, so sensible.
    However, the actions of Rosneft and others of obtaining exploration and production rights to large areas of Venezuela at “Fire Sale” prices, or as payment for a debt, seems very unwise.
    When constitutional government returns to Venezuela, as it surely will, the likelihood is the new government might declare these actions “odious” debts or transactions. It might confiscate them without payment, or, more likely, repay the knockdown prices at which they were bought. If Rosneft and others wanted to stay in the Venezuelan market long term, their actions seem very counter-productive.

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    But Maduro, like Yanukovich, was a democratically elected president! Nothing wrong with supporting him and whatever he does after he won the election, since he won fair and square in 2013 he gets carte blanche.
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  • "It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon," wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969. "The likelihood is great that they will succeed again." A columnist for The Washington Post, Broder was no fan of...
  • @Sean
    There will be a quid pro quo. Trump will destroy Iran, thereby detatching US Jewry from the pro-immigration (anti-trump) lobby, and then seal the deal by doing the same to the borders. The deep state will be helpless.

    I don’t know what medication you’re on, but you must get off it before you comment again. You have no grasp of reality

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  • Introduction For the greater part of a decade the US, the UK and the EU have been carrying out a campaign to undermine and overthrow the Russia government and in particular to oust President Putin. Fundamental issues are at stake including the real possibility of a nuclear war. The most recent western propaganda campaign and...
  • Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia

    Actually, the EU and the US seem to be back-pedalling, leaving Theresa May and Boris on their Jack Jones, as Alexander Mercouris makes plain.

    http://theduran.com/

    Now Mercouris is one Greek who nearly always gets it right. He doesn’t let wishful thinking cloud his judgement. His forensic ability is usually escellent, as he demonstrates in the article.

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    Yes, and Mercouris picked up the familiar pre-prepared rush to judgment:

    The single biggest unexplained mystery about the Skripal case is why it attracted so much attention so quickly.Within hours of Sergey and Yulia Skripal being found passed out on a bench the British media were feverishly speculating that they had been poisoned by Russia.

    This despite the fact that no information at that point existed which warranted such speculation, and despite pleas for the investigation to be allowed to take its course from the police and from the government minister responsible for the police, Home Secretary Amber Rudd (who has ever since been conspicuously silent about the whole affair).

    Within three days of Sergey and Yulia Skripal being found on passed out on a bench – and before any information linking the incident to Russia had become publicly available – the British government’s COBRA committee was meeting –

    http://theduran.com/skripal-case-misuse-intelligence/#o9OT6EdYhEmA45Js.99

     

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  • The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s now assure you Russian “novochok” nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is essential to comb the evidence very finely. A vital missing word from Theresa May’s statement yesterday was...
  • @Randal

    This makes it less likely that Novichok is a 4th Generation Nerve Agent and more likely it was a KGB propaganda op.
     
    It just confirms what I've heard from a couple of university chemists who told me that they'd be surprised if they couldn't synthesise it in their university labs, based on the general descriptions, if they had the formulae for it which are apparently in the book. As they point out, they routinely deal with extremely poisonous and corrosive substances anyway.

    I tend to think there's too much noise about it to make the idea that there's no substance at the bottom convincing. Plus the substances in question are both highly poisonous anyway and very complex and numerous. The idea that you could find a whole bunch of very dangerous chemicals with all kinds of useful properties if you spent time looking just doesn't surprise me at all. Though as I said, I'm not a chemist - my degree was maths/physics.

    Israel Shamir, quotes Andrey Lazarchuk, No 3 response to Philip Giraldi’s article, who seems to think that it may be a KGB disinformation exercise and the West spent $10 billion in efforts to counteract this non-existent nerve agent. He also thinks that the Skripals may have been poisoned by some other, weaker neurotoxin. It’s the sort of thing the MSM should be looking into but aren’t.

    Israel Shamir says:

    March 20, 2018 at 6:24 am GMT • 400 Words

    Another View of Salisbury Accident
    This brief note by Andrey Lazarchuk has been published in the social networks. It is interesting, and it agrees with revealed facts. Whether it is true or not – remains to be seen. Here is his text in verbatim translation:
    Do not ask for the source of the information, I will not give it up. Everything written below is very different from what you can find on the web.
    1. Already in the early 1980s, the Soviet Army ceased to treat CW (Chemical Weapons) as a weapon that could be used in real war conditions: approximately in 1983-84 it was decided to cease CW supplies to the army, reduce operational reserves and take out CW from the troops to long-term storage warehouses and landfills for destruction. At the same time and until 1996, there were no new CW products supplied to the army, neither new instructions for use and protection.
    2. Mirzoyanov, majoring in chemistry and analytics, never worked at theoretical developments or practical synthesis. All 1980s he worked in the administration (First Department).
    3. In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB carried out a large-scale operation to dis-inform the enemy, which also had the side-line task of identifying information leakage channels. Twenty “fake” but very detailed projects were developed for “a new chemical super-weapon that is not detected by existing NATO detectors and from which there is no protection” (NOVA with indices, “Novichok” with indices, ASD and others). The Novichok passed through the hands of Mirzoyanov.
    4. The factory-laboratory in Kantyubek in the late 70′s was re-profiled from the creation and testing of CW and BW for the production and testing of herbicides and defoliants – mainly for the needs of the cotton industry.
    5. Mirzoyanov as a source of leakage was identified immediately. In the 1990, he was removed from all real work, through he remained a conduit of disinformation. In 1992, he revealed himself voluntarily by publishing the well-known article. From that moment, the Novichok attracted media interests. In the 1995, NYT wrote about the “new Russian super-weapon”.
    6. NATO had spent more than $ 10 billion on defence against this fake weapon.
    7. What actually happened in Salisbury is unclear; nor the behavior of the poisoned, nor the actions of the police, doctors, special services do not add up to the whole picture. More or less plausible is the poisoning with a synthetic neurotoxin, similar to the toxin of fugu fish.
    Brief summary: “Novichok” is not the name of the CW, but the code of the KGB operation carried out to identify the mole (the information leakage channel), as well as the supply of disinformation. End of Lazarchuk’s note.

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    I have no idea how reliable Andrey Lazarchuk is, nor how reliable his unnamed source might be, so it's impossible to assess what degree of confidence should be given to this info. At the moment, I'd hold it in the background as a possibility while waiting to see what else emerges as the various string ends are pulled and the players try to defend and promote their positions.
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  • @Randal

    although it was geographically in Russia
     
    * I should have noted here I suppose that this was the case assuming the original dissident's story is correct and it was developed in Russia and only tested in Uzbekistan.

    I take your point that Novichok, if it exists, was probably developed in Russia, then tested and manufactured at the Nukus Institute in Uzbekhistan. Of course, the MSM have totally failed to say anything about the agent being dispersed or sold in the early 1990s or the Institute being under US Govt control for most of that decade.

    “In fact I was just getting information today that the professor of organo-chemistry at Cornell University has today published that “given the information available on the formulae, any of his third year students could do it in his university”.”

    This makes it less likely that Novichok is a 4th Generation Nerve Agent and more likely it was a KGB propaganda op.

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    This makes it less likely that Novichok is a 4th Generation Nerve Agent and more likely it was a KGB propaganda op.
     
    It just confirms what I've heard from a couple of university chemists who told me that they'd be surprised if they couldn't synthesise it in their university labs, based on the general descriptions, if they had the formulae for it which are apparently in the book. As they point out, they routinely deal with extremely poisonous and corrosive substances anyway.

    I tend to think there's too much noise about it to make the idea that there's no substance at the bottom convincing. Plus the substances in question are both highly poisonous anyway and very complex and numerous. The idea that you could find a whole bunch of very dangerous chemicals with all kinds of useful properties if you spent time looking just doesn't surprise me at all. Though as I said, I'm not a chemist - my degree was maths/physics.
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  • @Randal
    The UK government's case, such as it was, when it issued its disgraceful "ultimatum" to Russia was basically fourfold, as set out in this BBC piece:

    Poisoned ex-spy: Why does UK think it was Russia?

    1 The substance they claim was used is of Russian origin.

    2 There is a motive for Russia to have carried out the attack - killing a traitor.

    3 There is supposedly a "track record" of Russia committing such crimes.

    4 There's no other hypothesis.

    These points are all bunk, as set out below, and the information obtained by Murray has helped hugely in establishing that fact. But none of the refutations is remotely complicated or hard to spot, and any honest journalist should have been confronting the government with them from day one.

    1 The substance they claim was used is of Russian origin.

    As Murray has highlighted, the most the British government can say is that the substance they allege was used was "of a type developed by Russia", and in fact it could have been produced in any other country over the past ten years and was in fact produced in Iran in 2016 under OPCW supervision. So the fact that it was originally developed in Russia decades ago is evidence of nothing.

    2 There is a motive for Russia to have carried out the attack - killing a traitor.

    In fact Skipal was a spy who was unmasked by the Russians, tried, convicted and imprisoned. His offence was clearly not considered particularly serious, as treasons go, because he was only given 13 years in prison, and he was clearly considered no longer a threat because he was subsequently exchanged for some Russian spies.

    3 There is supposedly a "track record" of Russia committing such crimes.

    There is no track record of the Russians killing exchanged former spies. Indeed British intelligence effectively admitted that because they were quite happy for Skripal to live openly under his own name, with his address in the public domain and no protection given to him, unlike for instance organised crime witnesses who do actually face enemies with a track record of killing them.

    4 There's no other hypothesis.

    Of course there are plenty of other hypotheses with at least as much plausibility as the dubious case against Russia. Any of the governments seeking to promote and foment confrontation of Russia, over Ukraine or Syria, or just for internal political benefits, had a motive for committing this crime, and doing it in the method (a "wmd" attack on British soil) guaranteed to create the maximum hysteria and propaganda value. That brings the US, Israel, the Ukraine and the UK into the frame, all of whom would certainly have had the capability to manufacture the substance. Then there are issues around the shadowy criminal and political elements with whom Skripal was potentially involved, from Russian mafia to the US security state figures currently mixed up with British intelligence in the ongoing anti-Russian/anti-Trump nonsense.

    In reality there is no shortage of alternative hypotheses. It's just that the BBC like the rest of the mainstream media failed to mention any of them. As usual, acting as stenographers for the powerful, rather than agents of truth.

    1 The substance they claim was used is of Russian origin.

    As Murray has highlighted, the most the British government can say is that the substance they allege was used was “of a type developed by Russia”, and in fact it could have been produced in any other country over the past ten years and was in fact produced in Iran in 2016 under OPCW supervision. So the fact that it was originally developed in Russia decades ago is evidence of nothing.

    I agree with you very strongly apart from the above. Novichok was developed in the late 1970s and 80s in the Soviet Union. In particular, it is highly likely it was developed in the Nukus Institute, Uzbekhistan. After a period of chaos in the early 1990s – when an indeterminately large amount of the material may have been sold or dispersed – the Institute was taken over by the US Government, who were still involved in 1999, according to Dr Richard North.
    This presupposes that Novichok exists at all. It may be a KGB propaganda operation whose aim was to convince the West that the Soviet Union had developed a new wonder weapon.

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    Yes, I should have written Soviet Union (although it was geographically in Russia, and the received opinion seems to be that the program continued in the early post-Soviet years).

    Here's an interesting further piece of info about Novichok just coming out, that puts the final nail in the coffin of the UK government's allegation that it must have come from Russia. Craig Murray, interviewed by George Galloway for his radio talk show, said:

    "In fact I was just getting information today that the professor of organo-chemistry at Cornell University has today published that "given the information available on the formulae, any of his third year students could do it in his university"."

    That's pretty much what I suspected, but I wasn't willing to suggest it beforehand because I'm not a chemist.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/dun-type-developpe-par-des-menteurs
    Just after 4:00 on the linked radio interview.

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  • Inaugurating her Politically Correct remake of National Geographic, Editrix-In-Chief Susan Goldberg wrote recently: “Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless, like a 1916 story about Australia. Underneath photos of two Aboriginal people, the caption reads: ‘South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.’” [Link in original]....
  • @Wizard of Oz
    I am interested to see that you have made hundreds of UR comments because your pseudonym had left absolutely no impression on me of your existence.

    Now I see you claim to be someone of mature years with post graduate education in the UK. So you should be ashamed of yourself for failing to offer just a simple apology when you are made to realise that you have exhibited crudeness and rudeness along with (otherwise just forgiveable) ignorance. And indeed I can't resist the supercilious mode when I see you purporting to have "criticised" me when all I can see is plain pub standard yah boo rudeness in some popular lingo you have picked up on the Internet when old enough to know better and maintain some self respect.

    Fortunately there are so many very bright interesting people from all over in Australia today (Melbourne and Sydney each have populations very much larger than that of Cromwelluan England - and only a tiny percentage of non Eurasian descent to warn us not to indulge Africa) that , despite easy air travel, I won't feel compelled to fill my senior years with Oxford gaudies, Glyndebourne supper parties and Conversazioni at the Ivies.

    Enough of me you might well agree. But I do commend your giving some attention to knowing more of our remarkable host.

    I am interested to see that you have made hundreds of UR comments because your pseudonym had left absolutely no impression on me of your existence.

    Now I see you claim to be someone of mature years with post graduate education in the UK. So you should be ashamed of yourself for failing to offer just a simple apology when you are made to realise that you have exhibited crudeness and rudeness along with (otherwise just forgiveable) ignorance

    Supercilious. Point proven.
    Add cyber-tracking to the charge sheet. Some might even call it cyberstalking. I’ve obviously got up your nose, if the great Wizard of Oz has to stoop to this level.

    Fortunately there are so many very bright interesting people from all over in Australia today (Melbourne and Sydney each have populations very much larger than that of Cromwelluan England – and only a tiny percentage of non Eurasian descent to warn us not to indulge Africa) that , despite easy air travel, I won’t feel compelled to fill my senior years with Oxford gaudies, Glyndebourne supper parties and Conversazioni at the Ivies

    Size often has little to do with accomplishment. Classical Athens had a similar population size as modern Iceland, and less than Newcastle, NSW. Without Classical Athens, many would say there wouldn’t be Western Civilisation at all, or, at least, one unrecognisable from the present form.

    However, I will leave you to have the last word. A man of your propensities generally does.

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  • The fall of Afrin city to the Turkish army and Syrian rebel forces was inevitable, but the situation remains full of dangers. A central question now is whether or not the takeover of this Kurdish enclave will lead to the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish majority there. The first act of the fighters of the...
  • After My Recent Trip to Syria, I Knew Afrin’s Fall Was Inevitable

    But, Paddy, we thought you lived there permanently. All those “first hand” accounts of life in Aleppo, Raqqa et al weren’t first hand at all. In reality, you occasionally jet in to some American-backed enclave, take a few interviews, and then it’s back to the farmhouse in Ireland. Very disappointing,

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  • From the New York Times: Okay ... But Countess Ada Lovelace was neither overlooked during her own lifetime, when she was famous for her mind in Society. For instance, her death made the front page of the NY Times on December 15, 1852: Nor has Ada, the Countess Lovelace, been ignored over the last 40...
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    Robert Chambers FRSE FGS LLD (/ˈtʃeɪmbərz/; 10 July 1802 – 17 March 1871)[2] was a Scottish publisher, geologist, evolutionary thinker, author and journal editor who, like his elder brother and business partner William Chambers, was highly influential in mid-19th century scientific and political circles..

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  • Inaugurating her Politically Correct remake of National Geographic, Editrix-In-Chief Susan Goldberg wrote recently: “Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless, like a 1916 story about Australia. Underneath photos of two Aboriginal people, the caption reads: ‘South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.’” [Link in original]....
  • @Wizard of Oz
    Such a polite comment deserves the advice to Google for "Ron Unz Richard Lynn".

    Your moniker is not an apt description of your brain based on
    1. the brief, crude, almost meaningless characterisation of your slender understanding of my point of view and Weltanschauung; and
    2 based on your apparent belief that there is anything to be said for treating the inherited cause of IQ averages of 70 or under amongst primitives as comparable to Europesn averages >90. From memory Ron focused on the absurd anomaly of the reported Irish and Slovenian IQ scores that Lynn seemed to accept as supporting his thesis.

    That you are foolish is evident because you assume that you are not wrong in the most elementary way. But you not only don't know much about our very smart host's wrtings you assert egregiously that he is a "classicist" posing as entiled to criticise a psychologist when the truth is he is a former theoretical physicist and software writer/developer with far greater mathematical and statistical skills than Lynn. Yes he did write a paper on "The Spartan Naval Emplire" too.

    Mind you I have some sympathy for Lynn's broad H-bd approsch inasmuch as he says "Higher aversge IQs are prima facie a good thing and a lot of the inter group differences are inherited" but put yourself next to a crashed aircraft in the middle of the Kalshari desert without food or water, compass or map. When you hear some clicks and little Khoi San speakers approach are you goung to worry when you remember Phil Rushton's 57 average IQ for them that they won't be sble to understsnd you, provide food and guide you out of the desert to civilisation? Remember thst an Americsn who scored 57 on an IQ test would be slobberingly retarded and useless.

    It has almost amused me how, whenever you are criticized, you always retreat into this supercilious artitude: how dare you criticize someone of my intellect, education and refinement ! It must be a complete ordeal to live in Australia for someone like you – all those ignorant, oafish ockers all over the place. Of course, once population replacement kicks in, you’ll have a Chinese-Oriental population which will be much more appreciative of your talents and sensibilities, OR NOT.

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    I am interested to see that you have made hundreds of UR comments because your pseudonym had left absolutely no impression on me of your existence.

    Now I see you claim to be someone of mature years with post graduate education in the UK. So you should be ashamed of yourself for failing to offer just a simple apology when you are made to realise that you have exhibited crudeness and rudeness along with (otherwise just forgiveable) ignorance. And indeed I can't resist the supercilious mode when I see you purporting to have "criticised" me when all I can see is plain pub standard yah boo rudeness in some popular lingo you have picked up on the Internet when old enough to know better and maintain some self respect.

    Fortunately there are so many very bright interesting people from all over in Australia today (Melbourne and Sydney each have populations very much larger than that of Cromwelluan England - and only a tiny percentage of non Eurasian descent to warn us not to indulge Africa) that , despite easy air travel, I won't feel compelled to fill my senior years with Oxford gaudies, Glyndebourne supper parties and Conversazioni at the Ivies.

    Enough of me you might well agree. But I do commend your giving some attention to knowing more of our remarkable host.

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    This article is gravely flawed by its emphasis on Richard Lynn's IQ figure for Aborigines without evidence that the author has even heard of the Flynn Effect or read Ron Unz's debunking of much of Lynn's work i.e. that which is premised on the IQ figures quoted.

    Please give references, particularly ” Unz’s debunking of Lynn.” I would be particularly interested as Lynn is a psychologist and Unz is a classicist. I suspect it is your usual cuckAUS outlook on life.

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    Such a polite comment deserves the advice to Google for "Ron Unz Richard Lynn".

    Your moniker is not an apt description of your brain based on
    1. the brief, crude, almost meaningless characterisation of your slender understanding of my point of view and Weltanschauung; and
    2 based on your apparent belief that there is anything to be said for treating the inherited cause of IQ averages of 70 or under amongst primitives as comparable to Europesn averages >90. From memory Ron focused on the absurd anomaly of the reported Irish and Slovenian IQ scores that Lynn seemed to accept as supporting his thesis.

    That you are foolish is evident because you assume that you are not wrong in the most elementary way. But you not only don't know much about our very smart host's wrtings you assert egregiously that he is a "classicist" posing as entiled to criticise a psychologist when the truth is he is a former theoretical physicist and software writer/developer with far greater mathematical and statistical skills than Lynn. Yes he did write a paper on "The Spartan Naval Emplire" too.

    Mind you I have some sympathy for Lynn's broad H-bd approsch inasmuch as he says "Higher aversge IQs are prima facie a good thing and a lot of the inter group differences are inherited" but put yourself next to a crashed aircraft in the middle of the Kalshari desert without food or water, compass or map. When you hear some clicks and little Khoi San speakers approach are you goung to worry when you remember Phil Rushton's 57 average IQ for them that they won't be sble to understsnd you, provide food and guide you out of the desert to civilisation? Remember thst an Americsn who scored 57 on an IQ test would be slobberingly retarded and useless.
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  • So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent - an order of magnitude more so than VX - that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it...
  • @Kimppis
    Well yes, atleast my point wasn't to disagree with Randal, indeed pretty much the opposite. Just my addition to that discussion and really my summary about this whole situation.

    But it's absolutely clear to me that every time something like this happens, every time any "Putler critic" dies and it's somehow possible to create a convenient conspiracy theory around it, that's how you should view the ensuing hysteria.

    This narrative is obviously just not going to end. It has probably never been this strong actually, because now it's mixed-up with the general post-Ukraine Russophobia and Russiagate. Which is incredibly bizarre due to the fact that Russia (certainly post-Soviet one) has probably never been this stable and safe. The Russian overall homicide and death rates have decreased massively, not to mention the number of journalist killings, but that has not stopped the Western media and establishment. We're living in a strange time.

    They just don't seem to get it, and I repeat myself once again: Russia has a population of 150 million, tens millions of those not fans of Putin, god knows how many journalists, many more or less pro-Western liberals in influencial positions and free flow of information TO Russia, but they seem to think that The Dark Lord killing some random "freedom fighter" every few years makes any difference, that it makes sense. The problem of course is that very few people are aware of those statistics, including most Russophiles, it seems. But it was really the whole Russiagate thing that showed how unhinged those people are about Russia. Nothing will surprise me anymore, I hope.

    I don’t know your background, kimppis, but, from reading my posts, you may know mine. I am a (well ) over 50 male, educated to post-graduate level, living in the British Isles. I am very depressed by these current events, or rather the British Government and media’s attitude to them. 25, 30. 40 years ago, the Government would have acted with restraint, would have said the matter was
    sub iudice and the investigation should be completed.The media would wait until the investigation was completed. The average person was better educated, had more worldly experience and was much more sceptical than now. Also, the MSM had a much wider range of views than the present MSM.

    Now, the Western MSMs are oligopolies, their views on Russia are very predictable and conform to those of their governments, surprise surprise. Most depressing of all, so many young people are miseducated semi-literates, whose main interest is pop culture. Many of them will be lapping up this garbage as truth.

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    I am very depressed by these current events, or rather the British Government and media’s attitude to them. 25, 30. 40 years ago, the Government would have acted with restraint, would have said the matter was
    sub iudice and the investigation should be completed.The media would wait until the investigation was completed.
     
    Exactly my feelings. The lockstep, unquestioning rush to judgement and howling down of dissenters by our media and by our politicians is shockingly brazen and unashamed, and it seems particularly pervasive on this occasion, which is one reason I think something is up.

    It’s notable that Craig Murray, who is a longstanding UK dissident despite being a shameless lefty, wrote today that: “In 13 years of running my blog I have never been exposed to such a tirade of abuse as I have for refusing to accept without evidence that Russia is the only possible culprit for the Salisbury attack. The abuse has mostly been on twitter, and much of the most venomous stuff has come from corporate and state media “journalists”.”

    A link posted in one of the replies to that Murray page went to the following audio blog, which gave a couple of examples of the disgraceful media coverage quite well (I have no idea who the blog is by - probably a dumb lefty on political issues, but he obviously recognises the problem with our media and makes he point quite well):

    The Monologue: Leicester Academic Tara McCormack Destroys SKY News Kay Burley In Russia Debate!
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  • From the New York Times: In ‘The People vs. Democracy,’ Trump Is Just One Populist Among Many Books of The Times By JENNIFER SZALAI MARCH 14, 2018 The title of Yascha Mounk’s new book, “The People vs. Democracy,” makes clever use of what looks like a glaring oxymoron: After all, what is democracy if not...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.

    According to Wikipedia, the Tony Blair Institute for Political Change was set up in 2016. Strangely, it doesn’t say where. I very much doubt it’s Britain. I very much suspect it Mounk’s private office at Harvard.

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  • So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent - an order of magnitude more so than VX - that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it...
  • @Kimppis
    IMO, in a nutshell, either you believe the very often repeated Russophobic myth that Russia/Putler has murdered masses of "Kremlin critics" over the years. Then it's of course quite easy to believe that Russia was behind this incident as well.

    Or you actually know that it's statistically nonsense, as Anatoly has showed (sadly, I think even many non-Russophobes are unaware of that) and it doesn't make any sense overall. (Not to mention the timing, of course.) Putin received less than 70% of the votes in 2012, so while the level of Russian authoritarianism can certainly be debated, the country is obviously not a "dictatorship" of any kind.

    Even now, there are probably tens of millions of "Putin critics" in Russia, so killing some random few journalists and "ex-agents" makes as much sense in the real world as Russia brainwashing millions of American and Europeans into voting for Trump and the "far-right".

    I think you were aiming these comments at peterAUS, whom Randal was refuting, rather than Randal. However, the sentiments I totally agree with. They are the ones that best fit the evidence.
    Too many people have been duped by the MSM and take the MSM’s claims at face value. peterAUS seems to be one of them.

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    Well yes, atleast my point wasn't to disagree with Randal, indeed pretty much the opposite. Just my addition to that discussion and really my summary about this whole situation.

    But it's absolutely clear to me that every time something like this happens, every time any "Putler critic" dies and it's somehow possible to create a convenient conspiracy theory around it, that's how you should view the ensuing hysteria.

    This narrative is obviously just not going to end. It has probably never been this strong actually, because now it's mixed-up with the general post-Ukraine Russophobia and Russiagate. Which is incredibly bizarre due to the fact that Russia (certainly post-Soviet one) has probably never been this stable and safe. The Russian overall homicide and death rates have decreased massively, not to mention the number of journalist killings, but that has not stopped the Western media and establishment. We're living in a strange time.

    They just don't seem to get it, and I repeat myself once again: Russia has a population of 150 million, tens millions of those not fans of Putin, god knows how many journalists, many more or less pro-Western liberals in influencial positions and free flow of information TO Russia, but they seem to think that The Dark Lord killing some random "freedom fighter" every few years makes any difference, that it makes sense. The problem of course is that very few people are aware of those statistics, including most Russophiles, it seems. But it was really the whole Russiagate thing that showed how unhinged those people are about Russia. Nothing will surprise me anymore, I hope.
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  • @Randal
    Excellent work by Murray.

    As recently as 2016 Dr Robin Black, Head of the Detection Laboratory at the UK’s only chemical weapons facility at Porton Down, a former colleague of Dr David Kelly, published in an extremely prestigious scientific journal that the evidence for the existence of Novichoks was scant and their composition unknown.


    In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published. (Black, 2016)

    Robin Black. (2016) Development, Historical Use and Properties of Chemical Warfare Agents. Royal Society of Chemistry

     

    Pretty damning.

    5) The “Novichok” programme was in Uzbekistan not in Russia. Its legacy was inherited by the Americans during their alliance with Karimov, not by the Russians.
     
    Tends to point the finger at the US/UK security forces and their shadowy associates.

    Murray's piece makes me suspect he's had some very high level assistance from insiders well aware that an outrageous hoax is being perpetrated by the UK government and wanting to get the information out.

    It's interesting to consider the contents of the Wikipedia article on "Novichok":

    The existence of Novichok agents was admitted by Russian military industrial complex authorities when they brought a treason case against Mirzayanov. According to expert witness testimonies prepared for the KGB by three scientists, Novichok and other related chemical agents had indeed been produced and therefore the disclosure by Mirzayanov represented high treason.[b]

    Mirzayanov was arrested on 22 October 1992 and sent to Lefortovo prison for divulging state secrets. He was released later because "not one of the formulas or names of poisonous substances in the Moscow News article was new to the Soviet press, nor were locations ... of testing sites revealed."[3] According to Yevgenia Albats, "the real state secret revealed by Fyodorov and Mirzayanov was that generals had lied—and were still lying—to both the international community and their fellow citizens."[3] Mirzayanov now lives in the U.S.[14]

    Further disclosures followed when Vladimir Uglev, one of Russia's leading binary weapons scientists, revealed the existence of A-232 in an interview with the magazine Novoye Vremya in early 1994.[15]
    .....
    Mirzayanov gives somewhat different structures for Novichok agents in his autobiography to those which have been identified by Western experts. He makes clear that a large number of compounds were made, and many of the less potent derivatives were reported in the open literature as new organophosphate insecticides, so that the secret chemical weapons program could be disguised as legitimate pesticide research.
    .....
    A Novichok agent was reportedly used in 1995 to poison Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi, the head of the Russian Business Round Table, and Zara Ismailova, his secretary.[31][32][33] Vladimir Khutsishvili, a former business partner of the banker, was subsequently convicted for the killings.[31][34][35] The murder became "one of the first in the series of poisonings organized by Russia's security services", according to Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs analyzed the substance and announced that it was a phosphorus-based nerve agent "whose formula was strictly classified".[36] According to Nesterov, the administrative head of Shikhany, he did not know of "a single case of such poison being sold illegally" and noted that the poison "is used by professional spies". [37]

     

    I wonder how accurate these reported confirmations are. I also wonder who arranged for them to be in the Wikipedia article.

    Thanks for the information. Porton Down has gone from saying that there was no independent confirmation that Novichoks exist ( 2016 ) to claiming that the substance involved in the Skripal business is Novichok 5, according to Dr Richard North ( see Response 59 ).
    At least, I assume Porton Down did the identification of the agent. If they didn’t, who did? The Americans? The Germans ?
    The more this affair is examined, the murkier it becomes. And still no evidence has been presented of the involvement of the Russian Government or its agents.

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    At least, I assume Porton Down did the identification of the agent.

    They did.

    The chemical was identified by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, May told the House of Commons.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2163502-what-are-novichok-nerve-agents-and-did-russia-do-it/
     
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  • From the New York Times: In ‘The People vs. Democracy,’ Trump Is Just One Populist Among Many Books of The Times By JENNIFER SZALAI MARCH 14, 2018 The title of Yascha Mounk’s new book, “The People vs. Democracy,” makes clever use of what looks like a glaring oxymoron: After all, what is democracy if not...
  • Mounk’s own website makes it plain.

    https://www.yaschamounk.com/about

    He is now a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America, and Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.</blockquote>

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    Thanks.
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  • So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent - an order of magnitude more so than VX - that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it...
  • @Randal

    I know democracies like the UK or US are not perfect (lived in both) but at least we get a chance to change it
     
    Only within tightly limited parameters, unless we are very wealthy (see the link in the comment I linked for you above about the study that was reported as claiming the US is an oligarchy.

    Try setting up an openly racist party here (or one that has the same basic view on sexual behaviour as the vast majority of our grandparents' generation had) and see how long it is before you are arrested, harassed by thugs with the tacit approval of the police, denied access to a bank account, and generally excluded from ordinary political dialogue.

    If it’s a US and/or UK conspiracy to blame Russia then holy shit – how fucked is that
     
    If I had to guess (and that's all it would be for anybody honest) I'd say it's most likely some third party criminal action, or possibly some shadowy US- or UK-elite or Russian exile action, now being exploited by those in the UK government and media who see it as a useful opportunity. The perpetrator of the crime is unknown. That there is clearly a conspiracy to blame Russia can hardly be honestly denied. The media and the government didn't even bother to wait for any investigation.

    Most Brummies are OK
     
    Nothing against Brummies. But your politics would seem to be the opposite of mine, so I don't expect we would agree about much.

    If I had to guess (and that’s all it would be for anybody honest) I’d say it’s most likely some third party criminal action, or possibly some shadowy US- or UK-elite or Russian exile action, now being exploited by those in the UK government and media who see it as a useful opportunity. The perpetrator of the crime is unknown.

    Amongst the third parties, I would definitely include MOSSAD. Also, I don’t always agree with The Saker, but his description of May as AngloZionist is very apt. The hysterical reaction and the ultimatum to Russia both seem attempts to distract attention from the real culprits.

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    Mossad could be a suspect (ie it's plausible that they could have motive and means, and certainly the brutality). I'm not particularly convinced of the motivation, though. It's a bit remote from their presumed immediate concerns.
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  • @German_reader
    Thatcher didn't even really try to stop or reverse the abolition of grammar schools, just pathetic.

    The loss of grammar schools did quickly stop under Lady Thatcher, but there was no reversal of policy to open new ones or reopen old ones. State Schools were left in the claws of local authorities, most of them Labour-run. There were no new ideas about how to improve State Schools or stop the slide in standards or the increasing left-wing influence.
    The same could be said about other areas of policy, whether immigration or health care, The Thatcher Government focussed on a limited number of economic matters, often to the detriment of social and cultural matters, which came back to haunt the Conservatives later.

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  • @reiner Tor
    No, Syria is a war, they don’t execute them, they kill them in action.

    Or execute them after they have been caught and their identity confirmed.
    No doubt one day we will find

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  • @reiner Tor

    I would hope the situation in Hungary is not as bad as in Britain.
     
    I don’t think it’s substantially better. Especially not in the long run. Orbán neglects education, which has the side effect of making teachers hate him. Teachers tend to be leftists anyway, but it seems they have become overwhelmingly so in the last few years. High schoolers are now often protesting the government, there have been demonstrations against Orbán by them (nominally about some issues with education, but obviously it was political, including some of the slogans etc.), so it’s probably a mistake which will bear its rotten fruits over the long run.

    Orbán neglects education, which has the side effect of making teachers hate him.

    This was the problem in Britain, Margaret Thatcher thought that state education would continue as before. Her successor, John Major, had the attitude: ignore it and hope it goes away. Neither did anything to prevent the increasing left-wing influence in state education, especially in Labour-run local councils. Of course, not helped by very few Conservative politicians having children at state schools.

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    Thatcher didn't even really try to stop or reverse the abolition of grammar schools, just pathetic.
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  • @reiner Tor
    My colleagues at work totally believe that Putin is now murdering all people critical of him.

    The power of propaganda.

    No doubt helped by the stupidity and ignorance of the younger generation. I am over fifty and by the time I left school at 18, I had a reasonable grasp of my country’s history and modern history generally. I had studied a wide range of literature. Hell, I had even read Virgil in the original Latin. I’ve been a fan of the Romans ever since- you don’t need to tell me what the Romans did for us. Despite its failings, I felt the system encouraged me to think. I remember the heated debates we had in the Debating Society about politics, religion and social matters – everything from the Neutron Bomb to the Equality or otherwise of women. I proposed the case that Women should not have the vote as they were far too emotional and irrational. I don’t know if that would be possible now.
    In the British Isles where I live, apart from some independent schools, most state schools teach a dumbed down, simplistic curriculum with ever increasing political correctness. Independent thinking is not encouraged. The aim, no doubt, is to make young people more susceptible to state propaganda.
    I would hope the situation in Hungary is not as bad as in Britain. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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    I would hope the situation in Hungary is not as bad as in Britain.
     
    I don’t think it’s substantially better. Especially not in the long run. Orbán neglects education, which has the side effect of making teachers hate him. Teachers tend to be leftists anyway, but it seems they have become overwhelmingly so in the last few years. High schoolers are now often protesting the government, there have been demonstrations against Orbán by them (nominally about some issues with education, but obviously it was political, including some of the slogans etc.), so it’s probably a mistake which will bear its rotten fruits over the long run.
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  • @reiner Tor
    Actually, as far as I know, there is no such law. The law in question allows the FSB (I think the president needs to be involved) to liquidate terrorists abroad without a trial at home. I think there should be some kind of danger, so that random people cannot be murdered willy-nilly, at least in theory. The law can probably be abused, like all laws, but needless to say, similar laws exist in the sole existing liberal democratic superpower as well, the US President can also order the liquidation of terrorists abroad, the most famous example being the liquidation of Osama bin Laden.

    The law in question allows the FSB (I think the president needs to be involved) to liquidate terrorists abroad without a trial at home.

    Isn’t that what the Russians have been doing in Syria. Executing Russian-born Islamists who have gone to fight for ISIS and the like.

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    No, Syria is a war, they don’t execute them, they kill them in action.
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  • Dr Richard North has information about where the batch of Novichok was manufactured. North is a Russophobe, a close colleague of the late Neocon Helen Szamuely, so many of his opinions can be taken with a dose of polonium. However, he is usually very good on the facts.

    Crucially, contrary to Mrs May’s assertion, the group of military-grade nerve agents known as Novichok, were not originally developed by Russia. Rather, they were part of a programme initiated by the Soviet Union, said to be in the late 1970s to early ’80s.

    The particular variant said to have been used in this incident is Novichok 5. This was developed, according to a number of reports, in the earlier stage of the programme – before the break-up of the Soviet Union. Any accurate description of the product would have it attributed to the Soviet Union.

    Another crucial issue is the most likely place of manufacture. As a Soviet Union Cold War weapon, it was almost certainly produced in what is now the Republic of Uzbekistan – more specifically, the site of initial production would have been the Nukus Chemical Research Institute, in Karakalpakstan province.

    The point here is that it is a matter of undisputed record that after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and during the collapse of the Soviet Union, a state of anarchy existed in many of the former Soviet provinces, including Uzbekistan. For a time, control was lost of formerly secure Soviet facilities, including Nukus Institute, which seems to have been abandoned in 1992/3, after the Russian Federation came into being.

    At that point, it would appear, any amount of agent could have been sold or dispersed, its destination and purchasers unknown. So desperate was the situation that the facility was, on the invitation of the Uzbek government, taken over by the United States – which, we must now assume, could have acquired samples of the agent.

    Latterly, a senior defector from the Soviet chemical weapons program, Vil S Mirzayanov, who worked for more than 25 years in the Soviet chemical weapons programme, said publicly that the plant was built to produce batches of Novichock. US involvement was still being reported in 1999.

    So as well as the agent being possibly sold or dispersed, we also have direct US involvement. Any bets on some of this ending up in the custody of MOSSAD ?

    For the full article. see

    http://www.eureferendum.com/

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    So as well as the agent being possibly sold or dispersed, we also have direct US involvement. Any bets on some of this ending up in the custody of MOSSAD ?

    For the full article. see

    http://www.eureferendum.com/
     

    How interesting. On the cui bono front, Russia would surely rank well below these two countries.
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    Maybe they’ll use it as an excuse to confiscate Chelsea FC from Abramovich.

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  • @reiner Tor
    I believe his son attended a school in Scotland.

    Legally, there are no Public Schools in Scotland. There are private or independent schools. Nearly all are non-boarding. This is because The Church of Scotland and the other Calvinist denominations did not approve of boarding.
    There are a mere handful of independent boarding schools in Scotland. I think your boss’s son may have attended one. Gordonstoun excepted, they were all founded by English immigrants or persons of English origin in the C19th. These persons nearly all had strong connections with the Episcopal Church, a branch of the Church of England. Even today they are culturally quite distinct from all other independent schools. They are ( English ) Public Schools in all but name.

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    I don’t think it’s a boarding school, he lives in Scotland.
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  • @reiner Tor
    My boss's children in the UK go to public schools. His son plays rugby. He said no one in the school plays football. But they watch football on TV.

    Some Public Schools in England play Rugby to the exclusion of Football, but nowadays most permit both. Of the 8 original Public Schools, Charterhouse and Westminster play Football mostly rather than Rugby. Chelsea FC has the most affluent fans ( and hooligans ) in England. Many of them are FPs of Charterhouse or Westminster.

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    I believe his son attended a school in Scotland.
    , @Pumblechook
    Ah, I see there is another man on this thread who knows his stuff. I played Charterhouse at football, incidentally - lost about 6-0
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  • @DFH

    1) British upper class children mostly play rugby instead of football
     
    Not true, they are virtually the only people who play rugby, but football is still much more popular

    Not true, they are virtually the only people who play rugby, but football is still much more popular

    Rugby Union is popular amongst middle and upper class British people, though less so than Football. They are not virtually the only people to play it. Rugby is popular in many rural areas such as the West Country of England, the Scottish Borders and some urban areas such as South Wales, the East Midlands of England. Rugby Union is markedly less popular in Scotland than elsewhere in the British Isles probably because modern Football first developed in Scotland and Rugny Union was seen as an English import.

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  • @reiner Tor
    This is an HBD site. Population numbers in and of themselves don't matter at all.

    A few things which matter, in no particular order of importance:

    1) British upper class children mostly play rugby instead of football. Mario Götze's father is a university professor. I guess the lower classes in England have too much genetic load even for football talent. (There is some talent, but not enough to win a world cup.)

    2) Icelanders are especially well suited to a number of sports. They are just big and tough. Genetics. For example they also dominate in strongman competitions.

    3) In Iceland there was a great program of promoting team sports (also handball), while in England it's less organized. Growing talent is just not that important to the clubs, who instead buy talent from abroad.

    What I don't understand is that how Hungary could perform so poorly in football. Orbán threw a lot of money on it (he built a number of shiny stadiums, where the same shitty teams play shitty football...), but it got us nowhere. Apparently Hungarian coaches (including those raising young players) are of very bad quality, stuck in the 1970s or something, and it's very difficult to change that, since older coaches teach the younger ones. The system is also very corrupt, and by throwing money at it, Orbán only managed to perpetuate it. Players enjoy that now they can stay in Hungary for similar money as they would make in the German second league, but for less work or performance, so they prefer staying at home. Ironically, this might depress the Hungarian national team in the coming years.

    In Britain, Football was historically the game of the skilled working class and lower middle class.
    Players were recruited by professional clubs between the ages of 18 to 22 from low level feeder clubs, often called juniors.
    Celtic, the first British club to win the European Cup (1967), exemplified this progression. Their captain was a trainee accountant whom they signed when he was 20 from a junior club. The team included plumbers, joiners, dental students and others who had all played for junior teams.
    However, by the late 1960s, clubs were increasingly signing school boys on S Forms. And the game in Britain has never really recovered.
    Obviously, you have a much better idea of who is going to be a good player when the player is 18 rather than 13. Also, under the old system, recruitment favoured disciplined young adults. The feeder clubs ensured a constant supply of talent to the professional clubs.
    When I watch a professional game now, all too often I see players who were recruited because they could run around full size pitches when they were 13 or 14, not because they had any great football talent. The target group for modern British professional footballers is far too small, both in absolute numbers and also socially. Few parents will let their 14 year old son sign S forms unless they are absolutely sure he will make it. This means that players from an underclass background are now heavily overrepresented in the modern game. It’s why you’ve got Wayne Rooney, not Bobby Moore ( RIP )
    The British game’s greatest successes were in the 1960s – England winning the World Cup, Celtic and Manchester United winning the European Cup. The present methods of recruiting and developing players only promise continued decline. [ And that's without mentioning the preponderance of foreign players in the English Premier League ]

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    Okay, that makes sense.
    , @Aslangeo
    Have a read of Why England Lose by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szynanski - a detailed analysis of football around the world.

    Their key point about football demographics in England was that that clubs chose people from white or Caribbean working class backgrounds. Middle class people and Asians were excluded. The authors did an analysis of the backgrounds of the England squads from 1998 to 2006 and found only five players who had fathers with white collar jobs (one of these fathers ran the mail room where I worked). There was also an anti intellectual culture within English football

    Other countries are much more inclusive, intellectual and therefore more successful
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  • @jimmyriddle
    Boycotting the world cup will save us the embarrassment of being knocked out by Pitcairn Island.

    They were knocked out by Iceland in the last European Championship. Iceland are in this year’s World Cup, so there is a chance they might do it again. You’re being a bit harsh on the England players. Pitcairn Island has about 200 people. Iceland has at least 300,00 people-about the same size as Plymouth !

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    This is an HBD site. Population numbers in and of themselves don't matter at all.

    A few things which matter, in no particular order of importance:

    1) British upper class children mostly play rugby instead of football. Mario Götze's father is a university professor. I guess the lower classes in England have too much genetic load even for football talent. (There is some talent, but not enough to win a world cup.)

    2) Icelanders are especially well suited to a number of sports. They are just big and tough. Genetics. For example they also dominate in strongman competitions.

    3) In Iceland there was a great program of promoting team sports (also handball), while in England it's less organized. Growing talent is just not that important to the clubs, who instead buy talent from abroad.

    What I don't understand is that how Hungary could perform so poorly in football. Orbán threw a lot of money on it (he built a number of shiny stadiums, where the same shitty teams play shitty football...), but it got us nowhere. Apparently Hungarian coaches (including those raising young players) are of very bad quality, stuck in the 1970s or something, and it's very difficult to change that, since older coaches teach the younger ones. The system is also very corrupt, and by throwing money at it, Orbán only managed to perpetuate it. Players enjoy that now they can stay in Hungary for similar money as they would make in the German second league, but for less work or performance, so they prefer staying at home. Ironically, this might depress the Hungarian national team in the coming years.
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  • Since nobody knows anything, as Alexander Mercouris points out, I haven't bothered following this closely. Still, I suppose it's big enough that I should post something about it. This comment from for-the-record seems not entirely implausible: What seems eminently clear is that whoever did it knew that this would be attributed to the Russians, and...
  • @LondonBob
    Wouldn't be unusual for him to have maintained contacts with the CIA, and he would certainly have asked them for their opinion on Litvinenko. The CIA is more nuanced on Russia than recent events would imply.

    I have read several of Dr Epstein’s books. He is a painstaking researcher, unlike most modern journalists.

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  • So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent - an order of magnitude more so than VX - that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it...
  • A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media

    Thank you, Anatoly. You are doing precisely what Mr Unz prescribes.
    It is the sort of piece that should be appearing in any serious journal or newspaper in the West. And they should be paying you the going rate for producing such a comprehensive piece. The fact that it is not is evidence of the continuing decadence and depravity of the Western MSM.

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  • Since nobody knows anything, as Alexander Mercouris points out, I haven't bothered following this closely. Still, I suppose it's big enough that I should post something about it. This comment from for-the-record seems not entirely implausible: What seems eminently clear is that whoever did it knew that this would be attributed to the Russians, and...
  • @LondonBob
    Epstein had a close relationship with James Angleton, he published articles and books on how Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assasin and there is nothing more to it. So I wonder how good are his connections to the CIA are, and how much input they had in to his Litvinenko research, given his past as an information/disinformation agent for the CIA.

    Epstein has written over 20 books and numerous articles. He did interview James Jesus Angleton numerous times before the latter’s death in May 1987 and wrote Angleton’s biography shortly thereafter. But that was 30 years ago, during the Cold War. I don’t see the relevance to the Litvinenko case. Epstein is very aware that present day Russia is very different from the Soviet Union, unlike many of the loons who infest the US Congress or British Parliament.

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    Wouldn't be unusual for him to have maintained contacts with the CIA, and he would certainly have asked them for their opinion on Litvinenko. The CIA is more nuanced on Russia than recent events would imply.
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  • @Verymuchalive
    Like many non-Russophobes, I was expecting an "incident" to be manufactured some months before the World Cup. Of course, no evidence will be produced of Russian involvement. Rather like no evidence was produced of Russian Government involvement in the death of Litvinenko. As Edward Jay Epstein has stated, the evidence such as it is points to Litvinenko dying as a result of his involvement in a Polonium-210 smuggling ring.
    Of course, we only have the UK Government's word that Skripal, his daughter and the Policeman have been poisoned and are in hospital. They could all be alive and well and living in safe houses.
    This is not a baseless conspiracy theory, but is based on how MI5 and MI6 have actually operated in the recent past.
    In the 1970s and 1980s, there were a lot of high profile trials in Britain of people accused of being Soviet Agents. Many were sent down for a long time. However, several trials didn't seem obvious. Even Chapman Pincher, the espionage historian and very anti-Soviet, thought that some trials were fake and used to misdirect the Soviets.
    One trial in particular stands out. A Royal Naval Officer - and his wife! - were convicted of selling secrets. They were both jailed. Years later, the aforesaid former Officer dies in a car crash. There is a small item in the news, which reveals he had been working for quite a few years as a Probation Officer. Fishy or what ?
    I would have liked to be able to direct to the story, but have been unable to do so. I think the crash occurred in the late 1990s. Of course, the story may have been removed from the internet. It would not surprise me. I am going off to the library to investigate further, but if any reader can find the story, I would be grateful.

    The naval officer was David Bingham.
    One source says he became a Probation Officer 10 years after his trial.

    https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/local-news/spy-who-became-probation-officer-3986327

    Another doesn’t claim that, but does say he later became the vice-president of his local Conservative Association.

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwju9u-m_ObZAhVlDsAKHX5SBCoQFghHMAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cvni.net%2Fradio%2Fnsnl%2Fnsnl029%2Fnsnl29naval.html&usg=AOvVaw0bETS5ooKyX0HPwXNbq1By

    If the car crash was really an assassination, then they did things more professionally in his day. Collateral damage was confined to his dog – and the tree.

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  • 1,000 children may have been victims in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal I haven't even heard of this city before this. Wiki says it has 150,000 people. Anyhow, the really important thing is that British police reacted quickly and operatively to not allow a couple of right-wing chicks into the UK. I don't know...
  • @Polish Perspective
    What percentage are Pakistanis and South Asian muslims of Telford's total population? This underlines the fact that you don't need a high percentage of 3rd worlders for significant damage to be done. In Rotherham, the Pakistanis & South Asian muslims were just a few percent of the overall population, too.

    It makes you wonder if similar things aren't happening in other Western European countries too, but maybe by turks or arabs instead. I see a lot of gloating on social media against "cuck island" and to be sure, the UK is a contemptible place these days. Still, I wonder how much of this stuff is happening elsewhere but is covered up. I'm not at all sure the UK is doing particularly worse than other Western European countries in this regard.

    This relates to a 40 year period – since the 1970s. The vast majority of abuse relates to children in care. Here, you have to deal with the Social Workers in charge. In England, their attitude has been notoriously permissive for decades – ” if the kids want to do it, let them do it”. This leaves lots of children at danger of physical and moral harm.
    Children’s social workers in England certainly are much more permissive than elsewhere in the UK. But there are still proper legal authorities in England that regard these things for what they are – crimes.

    “Still, I wonder how much of this stuff is happening elsewhere but is covered up.”

    The authories in places like Holland and France are much more permissive. They wouldn’t accept that crimes had taken place in most cases. And as for Belgium……..

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    you have to deal with the Social Workers in charge
     
    You're trying really hard to avoid the religious and racial implications here. To be sure, the social workers are guilty of turning a blind eye, but they are not the only villains in this story. From the Telegraph's news article:

    It is also claimed that abused and trafficked children were considered "prostitutes" by council staff, that authorities did not keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of being accused of "racism" and that police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened.
     
    There is a racial and religious dimension here, just as in Rotherham. It may not be the only dimension, but it is an important one, and trying to completely avoid it like you are is suspicious.
    , @Philip Owen
    Yes. 40 years and the estimate is a back projection of a small sample to a time when Telford was much smaller (it is a purposely built new town) and not a centre for immigration. Telford is very working class, the posh people live in Shrewsbury. That was probably a factor.
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