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    The Great and the Good are furious about Donald Trump’s conduct at the G7 Summit, as journalists can’t believe an American president had the temerity to stand up for his nation’s interests at an international conference [One ‘rant,’ rough talks sour G7 mood in confrontations with Trump, Reuters, June 9, 2018]. They are especially incensed...
  • The Italian government has already surrendered to the Sorosians. When the migrant ship refused to turn toward Spain because the ship had run out of food, Italy blinked.

    There was an obvious alternate solution. Send helicopters out to resupply the migrant ship so it can’t claim starvation and lack of fuel. Italy could have done this with its own military, or contracted with private firms.

    Now Soros knows that Italy is an easy pushover. The rebellion is finished after just two days.

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    Wrong. The Italians resupplied the ship but then sent it on it's way to Spain.
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  • Not a day goes by when the liberal media don’t telegraph to the world that a “Trumpocracy” is destroying American democracy. Conspicuous by its absence is a pesky fact: Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic. One of the ways in which the...
  • Agreed.

    But more specifically on the 2016 election, the anomaly was actually a LACK of meddling.

    Normally both parties stack the primaries and caucuses to guarantee that the predetermined heir to the throne gets the throne quickly and cheaply. In 2016 the D side stacked and meddled as usual, right out in the open on live TV. You could SEE the caucuses being fixed for Hillary.

    But for some unknown reason the fix failed on the R side. Jeb was the heir, and normally his “election” would have been instant after the New Hampshire primary. The other candidates would concede immediately and Jeb would win by default. Something strange happened this time. The fix didn’t work. Was this a result of the DNC pied piper tactic? DNC moles interfering with RNC fixers? We’ll never know.

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    The fix didn’t work. Was this a result of the DNC pied piper tactic? DNC moles interfering with RNC fixers? We’ll never know.
     
    It was us deplorables. The corporate media was supposed to marginalize Trump. They did their considerable best to smear him. We said fuck that and voted for him anyway. "They" hate us for it.
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  • Why did the Cockatoo-in-Chief renege on the Iran deal deeply prized by Russia, China, France, Germany, England, and the European Union? Why did he deliberately damage relations with Europe and cost American workers many thousands of jobs at Boeing among others? Why do all of this to hurt a country that poses no danger to...
  • Bibi and Donnie are still playing the unipolar game, asserting and assuming sole and total power, in a world where other powers are now bigger and more attractive.

    The good part: Israel and US really don’t matter any more. The Silk Road links Europe, Asia and Africa without any connections through the Western Hemisphere.

    Persia has linked its fate Eastward, which means that Russia and China will protect it if attacked. On top of that, Germany and France are suddenly popping up as a THIRD major center of power, linked with Persia but not with Russia.

    The best part: The more Bibi and Donnie assert, the more countries abandon the side. It’s a self-eliminating power move.

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    Germany and France will be impoverished, dangerous, chaotic Islamic / african hellholes, not particularly significant economically or politically or culturally. Otherwise, your comment is right on about the Silk Road rail/highway route enhancing China and Russia at the expense of the USA.

    USA should have been involved in a positive way. Too late now.
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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,...
  • It’s clear to anyone who has been following this story that the prime mover is South Korea, with considerable ‘flank support’ from Russia and China. SoKo has been working on this for decades, pushing and pulling and trying everything in the book. Russia has added carrots and China has added sticks.

    Trump slowed things down by encouraging Kim’s infantile side, and it looks like US will continue to ruin the agreement.

    Note that one of Russia’s carrots is already starting up: A road between Russia and NoKo, built by NoKo labor with Russian equipment. This will make it easier to set up commerce in NoKo, and commerce is the long-term cure.

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  • Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political...
  • Mohammed’s economic justice made far more sense. DON’T USE DEBT AT ALL. If the system is built from the start on the sole foundation of savings and investment, debt isn’t needed.

    Even within a debt-based system, people and businesses who live without debt have a solid advantage. They can handle bad times and downturns without climbing the exponential curve, and they’re never subject to blackmail and extortion by banks.

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    Even within a debt-based system, people and businesses who live without debt have a solid advantage.
     
    Heheheh!

    Shhh, Please keep that to yourself! ;)
    , @Anon
    Mohammed the actual person had no need to borrow money. He married a very very wealthy woman.

    As soon as he had a few male followers with their horses camels and weapons he became a bandit and stole everything he wanted including sex slaves.

    The average southern Arab of his time often had to borrow money; the supply of rich women and bandit followers being limited.
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  • The April 14 missile attacks on Syria were a politically-motivated fireworks display that were largely designed to silence Trump's critics. The attacks-- which were coordinated with Moscow-- did not kill any Russian, Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah combat troops. They did not kill any Syrian civilians. They did not impede the Syrian Army's ongoing military offensive...
  • Stepping back from the details to see overall goals, this makes a little sense, but not a whole lot of sense.

    First and foremost, we started this war. There was some sort of coup against Assad in 2013, and Assad was in the process of putting it down and restoring stability. We jumped in and armed the rebels because our goal is chaos. Destruction and death are our main exports.

    Putin finally stepped in on Assad’s side because Russia’s overall goal is stability and order. In other words, deconflicting.

    We go along with the deconflicting because it allows us to report “deliverables” to our bosses in Riyadh and Tel Aviv. If we didn’t go along with the deconflicting, we’d be kicked out entirely.

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  • The most important point about the impending missile strikes in Syria by the US, Britain and France is being missed, despite wall-to-wall media coverage. The purported aim of the attack is to deter President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons as a weapon in the Syrian civil war. But the history of this savage conflict,...
  • The way to end a war is to end a war. Stop fighting. Bring all the soldiers home, stop funding and arming the terrorist branches of our military.

    We started it, we can stop it. But we won’t stop it because we’re incurably crazy.

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  • The best Prime Minister the country has ever had. This is how Benjamin Netanyahu is referred to by his numerous supporters. He is the longest-serving one, since the founder of the Jewish state, David Ben Gurion; he served longer than Vladimir Putin. But now apparently he is on the way to follow his predecessor Prime...
  • Observing the actions of real Israelis is a good cure for tendencies to generalize.

    Israel is prosecuting powerful Jews, driving Soros NGOs out of the country, moving its alliances toward the Russian side, and indicting Bibi for corruption. All of these actions are sane and GOOD.

    Why do American Jews force our government to obey Israel, even while Israel isn’t obeying ANY of the desires of American Jews? If any other country did what Israel is doing, US Jews would be bombing it down to bedrock for anti-Semitism.

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  • It’s hard to know where to begin. Last Friday’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was detailed in a 37 page document that provided a great deal of specific evidence claiming that a company based in St. Petersburg, starting in 2014, was using social media to assess...
  • The only important thing is that Mueller has now established a “legal” precedent for treating ANY expression of opinion as “defeating the lawful functions” of the government. He now has a “legal” basis for a full-scale pogrom, and no judge will question him.

    Mueller is operating for the Clinton mob, which suicides its enemies. No judge wants to be suicided, so all judges will implement the pogrom.

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    The only important thing is that Mueller has now established a “legal” precedent for treating ANY expression of opinion as “defeating the lawful functions” of the government. He now has a “legal” basis for a full-scale pogrom, and no judge will question him.

     

    Well I agree. And with great amazement and horror I'm following the dirty current of US' policy. It just can't be real for people in charge for destiny of great (well greatest and "indispensable" if you wish) country and the whole world to behave like imbeciles, but it is real.
    BTW some of them not stupid, just playing game according the rules, those not stupid but insane, but majority are stupid.
    The nation of zombies is how it looks like.

    What's gonna be next? The only logical continuation is to go in attack shouting "The Russians are coming!".

    And here (at UNZ) we can hear only statements like "It's not us, it's Killary, Trump, McCain ..." or "Our political system is not a democracy, but .." , "we're selecting the less shit from couple of shits" etc.

    I believe, in society one can't find even those explanations, they keep their washed braines in warm place. So we all have to relax and wait till end comes?

    Or you're sure the world (DPRK, Iran, Russia, China ...) will surrender and everything will go old way?
    Well, there is non-zero possibilty of such scenario, but not very high I beleive.
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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may occasionally forget who the current president is, but she just roused herself for an eight hours long speech about the need to give Amnesty to illegals. Her celebration reveals the terrible truth about the Democrat Party: it can no longer be called an “American” political grouping in any meaning...
  • D and R are equal participants in this monstrosity. If you think one is better than the other, you’re also a participant.

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  • So, finally, the suspense is over. Kind of. The US Treasury has finally released the list of Russian entities and individuals which could (conditionally!) be sanctioned by the US Treasury in compliance with the H.R.3364 - Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. These two short excerpt from the report show why I say "could": and...
  • Sanctions are almost always counterproductive. We should have learned this from Cuba, but we didn’t. When US breaks connections with a country, we force the country to develop its own skills and products, or to do business with our enemies. Result: the sanctioned country gets stronger, our enemies get richer, and US loses business. Total loss for US, total gain for everyone else.

    Justice.

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  • The idea of annulling debts nowadays seems so unthinkable that most economists and many theologians doubt whether the Jubilee Year could have been applied in practice, and indeed on a regular basis. A widespread impression is that the Mosaic debt jubilee was a utopian ideal. However, Assyriologists have traced it to a long tradition of...
  • Might be a good idea but will never happen, so no point discussing it.

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  • America's greatest strategic mind of global recognition, Alfred Thayer Mahan, in his seminal work The Influence of Sea Power upon History saw the World Ocean and activity in it as the foundation for national greatness and power. The pivot of this greatness was a powerful navy. Through Mahan, the Theory of Navalism reached American elites...
  • A less military way of seeing it: In 1500, Columbus and Magellan were looking for a maritime shortcut because the original Silk Road was long and dangerous from the Euro end. The result was 500 years of dominance for the sealanes, and dominance for the Americas. Now the new Silk Road is eliminating the need for a maritime shortcut by rebuilding a fast land route from Europe to the Orient. The Arctic route is basically a Russian coast-hugging route, hard for America to break.

    The new Silk Road is undoing Columbus and factoring out the Americas. When you have routes entirely within the Eurasian side of the world, there’s no need to cross the Atlantic and Pacific.

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  • In response to the overwhelmingly partisan censorship on major social media platforms against conservatives, I drafted a proposal to ensure American’s lawful speech would be protected by an exceptionally light-touch Federal statute. One would think that, after having called for something to be done for years, at least one major conservative media outlet would have...
  • The social media carriers are smart. They will find a way to evade this law before it’s even passed. More importantly, the carriers are wholly-owned branches of CIA and NSA, which means they are immune from all laws. They own the blackmail dossiers on everyone, so they have absolute freedom of action.

    Wikileaks and O’Keefe are doing a much more effective job. By exposing the BLACKMAIL TACTICS of the spy network in detail, they are making the TACTICS unusable.

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  • As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the "sedition" had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that broke out a week ago and spread and became riots are...
  • Pat turns neocon. Last bastion of sanity falls.

    Please, Putin! Take us off the planet. We have lost our entitlement to exist.

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  • ‘Twas the week before Christmas / And all through the nation / We’re waiting for government / To control immigration. It’s been a year of a Republican President with a Republican Congress, and nothing’s been done. Well, not quite nothing. I’m reading good things about interior enforcement; Trump’s travel bans were a step forward towards...
  • Bollards are just security theater. You don’t need to be a Security Specialist to see that a motorcycle or bicycle can carry enough explosives to create havoc. Motorcycles are faster and sneakier than trucks in city traffic.

    As always we’re intentionally making the problem worse in order to increase the budget of the agencies. Good old Parkinson circle.

    The only way to solve the problem is to quit generating more problems. Quit attacking countries that didn’t attack us. Defund and destroy FBI and CIA and all other generators of terrorism.

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  • Within hours of his victory in last year's presidential election, Donald Trump dispatched his lawyers to establish a nonprofit corporation to manage his transition from private life to the presidency. This was done pursuant to a federal statute that provides for taxpayer-funded assistance to the newly elected -- but not yet inaugurated -- president. The...
  • Why bother to ask these silly questions? FBI gets away with anything and everything it wants to do. When a mob owns ALL the blackmail files, nobody can stop it. There is no such thing as “law”. There is only bullets, bombs and blackmail.

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  • President Trump has often said that his foreign policy objective was to keep his enemies guessing. If that’s the goal, you could say that he’s doing a good job. The problem is who does he think his enemies are, because the American people are often left guessing as well.US policy toward North Korea last week...
  • In a competent administration I’d assume good cop / bad cop. In the Trump era no assumptions are possible. Everything is just random noise, like leaves and trash blowing down the street, or cats yowling on a fence.

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  • If only Mo Brooks had been nominated. If the victory of Dave Brat over Eric Cantor was immigration patriotism’s biggest victory to date, the squeaker victory of Doug Jones over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate is the Main Stream Media’s biggest victory since Donald Trump’s election. The MSM successfully created a fake issue to...
  • I’m disappointed in the short run but there’s a bigger picture. One sane human in a cesspit of 99 psychotic senile eunuchs wouldn’t accomplish anything. He’d just make interesting noises as the toxic eunuchs consumed him.

    One sane human with a national reputation can accomplish something. I don’t know if Judge Moore has the appetite to lead a movement, but he’s ideally positioned now.

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    Yeah the freak Moore and his crazy religiosity are just what this country of sociopaths needs.. Do you even know what an eunuchs is? what a stupid comment.
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  • Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands. The U.S. got clobbered. Three category 4 or 5 Atlantic hurricanes of startling intensity, a record for any single season, whacked the country. Records were also set for rainfall and destruction. Two of those mega-storms, Irma and Maria, their power intensified by waters growing ever warmer thanks to...
  • This carbon stuff is remarkably intelligent and selective. It can decide to prevent hurricanes in the Caribbean for 10 years, then suddenly strike hard.

    As any mathematician can tell you, a steady rise in the “cause” always leads to a random combination of ups and downs and nothings and weird variations in the “effect”.

    You can see this easily when you gradually increase the pressure on the gas pedal of your car. The car goes 120 for a few seconds, then stops for several years, then goes 250 for a minute, then goes backwards for a month, then spins wildly for several seconds, then drills down into the ground, then sings the Peruvian national anthem translated into Bantu.

    This is normal. Every driver experiences it every day. Just normal cause and effect.

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  • If you want a gauge of the state of America, the country that put billionaire Donald Trump in the White House, consider this: the three richest Americans -- Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett -- now have the wealth of the bottom half of the U.S. population, or 160 million Americans. Or consider this:...
  • WILL betray his base? You haven’t been paying attention. The betrayal was already complete two months after inauguration.

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    right? right.
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  • After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping's vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the...
  • The questions aren’t really questions, the potentials are actuals. China is already the dominant economic power, and we surrendered economically to China 30 years ago. Russia was never a threat. The ‘missile gap’ was fake. We were actually fighting China in Korea and Vietnam, while using Russia as the boogeyman to justify massive wealth transfers to Deepstate. We’re still doing it.

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  • For nearly a year, Hillary Clinton failed to admit that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee had provided funding for the notorious dossier that alleged Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Then, two weeks ago, the Washington Post published a blockbuster article that proved that Clinton had been misleading the...
  • The Clintons are never patsies. The Clintons know how to use violence and blackmail EFFECTIVELY. Of course the Clinton mob is part of Deepstate, just as the Bush mob is part of Deepstate. Those are permanent and obvious facts.

    The more important question is why Trump did nothing to counteract Deepstate attacks.

    Trump has a mob as well, and his mob owns hotels and casinos around the world. It’s a reaasonable assumption that most of the opposite team has stayed at a Trump facility at least once. Trump SHOULD HAVE had lots of security video available. He also has enough money to hire his own dirty tricksters and oppo researchers. But he didn’t.

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  • In order to understand China and how the world works, I am very lucky to have lived here during two very different time periods. It started 1990-1997. In the first book of The China Trilogy, 44 Days Backpacking in China, I called this period the Wild East Deng Xiaoping Buckaroo Days. It was intense, crazy...
  • If you think it was “stolen from the natives” you didn’t learn anything from growing up in Oklahoma. You’re sticking with an unexamined Yankee bias.

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  • Speech delivered at the 12th annual meeting of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey, on September 17, 2017 We know the fate of the term “liberal” and “liberalism.” It has been affixed to so many different people and different positions that it has lost all its meaning and become an empty, non-descript label....
  • tl;dr.

    Any strategy that does not begin and end with KILL SOROS is not a strategy for solving anything. I do not see KILL SOROS anywhere in your 10000-page blob, so it is not a strategy.

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  • On Monday, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North interviewed Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent. Among Hedges’ best-known books are War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, The Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,...
  • Hedges doesn’t seem to understand that the “Resistance” is openly and obviously working FOR Deepstate. They do not resist wars and globalism and monopolistic corporations. They resist everyone who questions the war. They resist nationalism and localism.

    Nothing mysterious or hidden about this, no ulterior motive or bankshot. It’s explicitly stated in every poster and shout and beating.

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    I'm not sure they resist localism do they? the mantra of the green movement (which seems to be where liberalism morphed into communism, or Protestantism into protestism) was/is, 'think global, act local'. Minorities generally are only minority nationally; locally, minorities have their own majority communities and globally, the real minority are Europeans.
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  • Brexit, Krexit and Crexit: Britain leaves the EU, Kurdistan declares independence from Iraq, Catalonia secedes from Spain – three massive political changes either under way or put on the political agenda by recent referendums. Three very different countries, but in all cases a conviction among a significant number of voters that they would be better...
  • This is silly. If all independence movements are pointless, then most of Eurasia would still be Hittite. Or Roman. Or Greek. Or Persian. Or Ottoman. Or Nazi. Or Soviet.

    The truth is that some independence movements are necessary, some are optional but worth it, and many are counterproductive. The proper action is to determine which is which, encourage the worthwhile movements and discourage the futile ones.

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    You have a reasonable way of classifying independence movements. Cockburn is too lazy for that type of analysis.
    , @Zogby

    The truth is that some independence movements are necessary, some are optional but worth it, and many are counterproductive.
     
    This is 20-20 hindsight that attempts to sound clever. Some movements succeed. Some fail. Nobody took the Catalunian vote seriously until the Spanish central government in Madrid failed abysmally at thwarting the referendum. Now establishment politicians that support the entrenched political order are in panic that Madrid may not be able to put down the rebellion even if it does its best to.
    , @IndieRafael
    Sounds sensible.
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  • Last week was the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week,” the eponymous celebration of books forbidden by censors and pressure groups in the United States. While the event purports to focus on books deemed too dangerous for impressionable minds, the daring entries showcased this year include Huckleberry Finn and The Handmaid’s Tale, the televised...
  • heretofore libertarian Jeff Bezos ?

    Nope. Bezos has heretofore and hereafter and always and forever been an absolute tyrant. From birth he dreamed of being Emperor Of The World, and he’s getting there fast.

    The people who call themselves Libertarians are always tyrants. They want freedom for the super-rich and starvation for losers.

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    Nice comment!

    "The people who call themselves Libertarians are always tyrants. They want freedom for the super-rich and starvation for losers."
    , @Wally
    A totalitarian communist just spoke

    My money is mine, not yours or the government's to steal.

    Give away your money if you like, move "losers" into your residence, no one is stopping you.
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  • Two weeks ago, I wrote for Unz.com an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It sought to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. It noted that some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified,...
  • The new management at TAC seems to be surrendering to Deepstate on many subjects. Their latest ‘New Urb’ articles are pure #BLM propaganda instead of neutral discussions of architecture and planning.

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  • [See: “If Only The God-Emperor Knew: Using Trumpism Against The Trump Administration” by James Kirkpatrick] He must have known what was coming. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a pillar of the cowardly GOP Establishment, announced he would not be running for re-election on Tuesday [Republican Sen. Corker announces he won’t seek re-election, by Richard Lardner...
  • @jilles dykstra
    A weird concept, populism. It is used when democracy functions, but not as those in power want. Germany now is totally confused because thirteen % voted for a nationalist party.

    No, it’s not weird. Populism is a simple philosophy. It says that the government of Country X must serve the PEOPLE of Country X. The government of Country X should NOT serve Country Y or Z or A or B, and the government of Country X should NOT serve the interests of transnational banks or corporations or NGOs or financiers.

    The interests of the people aren’t always clear or unified, and there’s obviously no way to serve ALL of them at once…. but if you’re paying attention to them instead of those transnational entities, you are MORE LIKELY to benefit your own people.

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  • The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific society, and is held in high regard. To be a Fellow of that society is a great accomplishment. I am glad to have friends who have achieved this status, including one of the few couples who are both Fellows. So, it is a considerable surprise to learn...
  • The Royal Society is NOT “well-regarded”. RS has been ferociously opposed to facts and reality in ALL realms of science for many years. This latest move is perfectly in character for a racketeering truth-smashing syndicate.

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  • Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) has been called the Father of Modern Science. So it is fitting that he was, perhaps, the first scientist to be censured and silenced by political forces represented in his day by the Catholic Church. The issue then was evidence Galileo presented supporting the Copernican heliocentric model of the solar system that...
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    The issue then was evidence Galileo presented supporting the Copernican heliocentric model of the solar system

    He did not have any evidence to the contrary of the Ptolemaic system. He was correct but w/o any proof it was just an opinion contrary to the teachings of the Church. The Church is not impressed with opinions.

    We "Know" Copernicus Was Right; But Can We Prove It?

    There were many attempted experiments with falling bodies and pendulums but measurement errors masked the evidence for Earth rotation around its axis until Foucault's pendulum in 1851. The rotation of pendulum plane was observed in 17 century but it was not connected to the Earth rotation.

    The first empirical evidence of Earth rotation around Sun came with Bardley attempt to measure star parallax which he failed to measure because he picked too distant star but instead he discovered star aberration in c. 1727.

    Star parallax was finally discovered in 1838 by Friedrich Bessel.

    The Church adhered to the principles of scientific discovery that Church itself discovered and formulated. Church did not believe in we "Know" but wanted empirical proofs which came 150-200 years after Galileo death.

    Kepler's laws and their explanation by Newton did not constitute the direct empirical proofs. There was no improvement in accuracy of calculations over the Ptolemaic method.

    BTW, IMO 90% of scientists including physicists can't come up on their own with a method proving the Copernican system. They do not why do they know what they know, so technically they are adhering to some received dogma no differently that the Church in 17 century.

    Neither Ptolemy nor Copernicus was right or wrong. The simple fact is that there isn’t a center at all.

    Doing the math with Earth as center works best for some purposes, and doing the math with Sun as center works best for other purposes. Sometimes it’s better to use the apparent center of the Milky Way as the zero point.

    It’s just a question of convenience.

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    It’s just a question of convenience.
     
    LOLNO.

    There is VERY marked difference between a reference system under acceleration (e.g. one bound to Earth) and one that is not (approximately one bound to the Sun, aka. a "Galilean System").

    Acceleration is ABSOLUTE. Like electric charge. Or gravity.

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  • By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world's attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his country would be destroyed...
  • Everybody who is threatened by USA should go nuclear.

    Just after Hiroshima, our military had it right. They were treating the A-bomb as open-source, making the methods available to other countries. They understood that a widespread deterrent would stop future total conquests.

    A year later, Deepstate got better organized and decided that WE were going to be the total conqueror from now on. The open source stopped, and “non-proliferation” became the goal.

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  • Throughout 2016, I would occasionally turn on the television to see how the punditocracy was responding to the mounting Trump tsunami. If you get most of your news online, watching cable news is frustrating. The commentary is so dumbed down and painfully reflective of speaker’s biases, you can always basically guess what’s coming next. With...
  • Actually Trump’s signature line should have been his ONLY action. “DC, you’re fired.”

    Fire all of DC and leave it empty.

    The important parts of the Federal govt have local offices that work nicely and maintain firm contact with reality. FBI, IRS, SS, USDA, Army bases, post offices, etc. All function BETTER with no guidance from above. Decentralize. Let them function.

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  • For the price of a Motel 6, Jonathan Revusky and I have three floors in Florensac, a village of 5,000 in southern France. This house is older than the USA, for sure, with raw wooden beams in the ceilings, stone floors, twisting stairs, odd angled walls, and an entrance to the bathroom so low, the...
  • An interesting look at a piece of Europe we don’t normally hear about.

    Only one quibble: Churches are abandoned in USA because whites stopped being Christian, not because blacks took over the neighborhood. There are NO abandoned churches in a black neighborhood because blacks are still Christian.

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  • In 2005, Germany transferred her high speed rail technology to China. Today, China’s HSR is bigger, faster, safer and cheaper than Germany’s, runs entirely on Chinese intellectual property and Chinese trains are displacing Germany’s in the world market. Coincidentally, in 2005, The Carter Center began transferringAmerica’s democracy knowhow to China. Today, China’s democracy is bigger,...
  • Well, it would certainly be fair. China has been selling us poorly made crap for 30 years, we should sell them our poorly made crap.

    Trouble is, they’re smarter than we are. They aren’t fooled by nonsensical theories about “equality”, so they won’t buy our crap.

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  • Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have...
  • Way too complex. You don’t need metaphors to see what’s going on, you only need Parkinson’s Laws.

    All of these WarOns are intentionally and carefully designed to increase the target problem. Increasing the problem makes it possible to gain more budget and larger workforce for the bureaucracy running the WarOn. Increasing the budget and workforce makes it possible to increase the problem even faster, which makes it ….. etc etc ad hellish infinitum.

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  • Content creators on YouTube who follow all of the site’s rules may still face censorship by the platform, under new plans announced by Google. According to a post on YouTube’s official blog, videos will now be subject to the rule of the mob. If enough users flag a video as “hate speech” or “violent extremism,”...
  • I’m not worried.

    Youtube has been pulling the Nurse Ratched routine for quite a while. ” Now now, we shouldn’t be watching this unpleasant stuff. Here’s what we should be watching instead.”

    Nannying always backfires. Official condescension is a QUICK way to radicalize a youngster who already feels alienated.

    Beautiful karma.

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  • Long ago, when I was a spear carrying middle ranker at CIA, a colleague took me aside and said that he had something to tell me “as a friend,” that was very important. He told me that his wife had worked for years in the Agency’s Administrative Directorate, as it was then called, where she...
  • Nothing new. In the ’50s CIA was making foreign wars and cultivating chaos at home, and blaming all of it on Russia. In the ’80s CIA was cultivating anti-nuke groups to undermine Reagan, and blaming it on Russia. CIA has been the primary wellspring of evil for a long time.

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    The CIA's source, its birth, is from British secret service. Brit spying. And Brit secret service, long before the official founding of MI5, did exactly the kinds of things you note the CIA has done.

    The Mossad is another direct fruit of Brit secret service, as is the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency.

    , @Art

    Nothing new. In the ’50s CIA was making foreign wars and cultivating chaos at home, and blaming all of it on Russia. In the ’80s CIA was cultivating anti-nuke groups to undermine Reagan, and blaming it on Russia. CIA has been the primary wellspring of evil for a long time.
     
    People need to get this - the CIA is trouble for America and the world.

    It must be broken up - it must be put out of business.

    We have sixteen other spook agencies - let them spook - but not make policy - not change leadership in other countries. That is NOT America's job - period.

    Do DEFENSE - not offence.

    Peace --- Art
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  • This week’s expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesn’t know what else to do.No matter what the problem, no matter...
  • The smartest response would be:

    “Judges have officially declared that I’m not allowed to enforce laws. I can’t disobey the judges, who are absolute emperors by definition. So I won’t enforce this law. I won’t issue any executive orders to implement the sanctions.”

    We already know Trump is the opposite of smart, so this ain’t gonna happen.

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    If you're talking about the injunctions against the travel ban, the problem is that the travel ban is not itself a law; it's a purported use of a law authorizing the president to exclude aliens on national security grounds. It is taken for granted that the president's exercise of this power should conform to the Constitution, i.e. the president can't exclude aliens on grounds of religion, since the president's authority derives from Congress and Congress is forbidden from making laws respecting the establishment of a religion, as well as depriving anyone in its jurisdiction from equal protection of the laws. So it is understood that, whatever powers Congress gives the president, they do not include the power to discriminate on grounds of religion. So the courts had to work out whether the ban really did discriminate on religious grounds (the SCOTUS eventually determined that it did not).

    In this matter, the judiciary won't tell the president not to enforce the sanctions unless they can determine the sanctions are unconstitutional, which I doubt they will. And the president cannot unilaterally refuse to enforce Congress' laws otherwise. However, the sanctions are not yet law and the president still has the opportunity and constitutional authority to veto them, which I agree he should do.
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  • I have a secret hope that one day one of my readers will write a psychology textbook, and that intelligence will be mentioned in an up-to-date and accurate manner. Years ago, when reading a new UK textbook that took an apologetic and partial view of racial differences in intelligence I planned to look at the...
  • Fear by the writers may be part of it, but you have to remember that textbooks are meant to help prepare students for a career. Most of the careers for a “social” “science” grad will be in the school system, where the same fear is even stronger. The only application for IQ testing in a school is to maximize the number of students who count as some kind of “learning disabled” so the school can maximize its federal funding. Thus the textbooks focus on that end of the IQ scale for good practical reasons.

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  • When considering the case of John McCain, I have often recalled an old rule from William Hazlitt, a partisan of the radical movements in the age of revolution: “It has always been with me, a test of the sense and candor of anyone belonging to the opposite party, whether he allowed Burke to be a...
  • I’m praying for the cancer. I don’t want it to win speedily and decisively; I want it to go on for years and years and years, turning the territory into fiery chaotic ashes but never ending, just like the two dozen wars McCain started.

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    I want it over quick, to make sure they don't prop him up as a sock-puppet a la Gaby Giffords or Stephen Hawking for years to come.
    , @Anonymous

    I’m praying for the cancer. I don’t want it to win speedily and decisively; I want it to go on for years and years and years, turning the territory into fiery chaotic ashes but never ending, just like the two dozen wars McCain started.
     
    LOL. I hope some daring anti-neocon slips into hospital scrubs and into McCain's room and his final hours whispers in his ear, "Senator, Russia just invaded Ukraine and the rest of Europe. And Russian troops have invaded and have taken over D.C. Trump and Putin are high-fiving it. Oh, and Iran and Syria attacked Israel and wiped it off the map. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I thought you'd like to know this."
    , @Bill Jones
    As long as the people of Arizona recall the diseased insane fart and get themselves a Senator.
    , @MarkinLA
    NO with Gramnesty and Durbin's newest amnesty, one less vote for amnesty in the Senate would be a good thing.
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  • Dear Mexican: I was reading an article about lowriders being modern pieces of art and displayed prominently in museums around the world. Having grown up in Española, New Mexico, it brought a sense of pride coming from "the Lowrider Capital of the World." My question is where did the lowrider phenomenon begin? Española may be...
  • Yup. It probably began with the ’48 Hudson and ’49 Merc, both irresistibly low and rumbly by design. Kustomizers extended the lowness to other cars. The later development of hydraulic controls to make lowriders dance is distinctly Mexican.

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  • Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what’s to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo. By 2014, the City of Angels in the Spike Jonze film Her had...
  • Speaking as a proper nationalist: We don’t have a “place in Asia”. China has a place in Asia. Japan and Korea have a place in Asia.

    We have a place in North America. We can deal with Asian countries if and when we gain an advantage from doing it. All of our PRESENT dealings are suicidal for Americans, so we should give them up entirely.

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    America should never have gone into Asia and the Pacific. It all started with the incredibly stupid Spanish-American war. A war that was totally not necessary and 100% a war of choice. Had America not acquired these territories from Spain war with Japan in 1941 would have been improbable.
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  • I have always assumed that the Ancients were wiser than us, but I admit that my evaluation is subject to survivor bias: the best of their thinking has been passed on to us, the mediocre rest forgotten. The Ancients were not all at the level of Socrates, they also included the dullards that killed him....
  • @anarchyst
    Utilization of energy has been one of the most important aspects pushing the "ascent of mankind". The ancients did not have much to work with, but understood basic and advanced concepts to a much greater degree than even our own "enlightened" geniuses.
    Witness the Roman Coliseum, utilizing a still unknown concrete mix, along without the use of "rebar".
    The Egyptian pyramids are another example of large structures, created without today's power equipment, put in place by yet unknown processes. It is clear, that even with today's equipment and technology, they could not be built or recreated.
    There is much knowledge that was lost with the collapse of the various civilizations. Yes, we are "reinventing the wheel" in many aspects...

    Interesting that you mention Roman concrete. The secret was just figured out this year, after 2000 years of mystery. Instead of plain lime, they used lime and volcanic ash, and they cured it with salt water instead of fresh. The salt reacts with parts of the ash to bring out an aluminum-based mineral that steadily hardens over centuries. In other words, Roman concrete was part metal, so it didn’t need metal rebars.

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    Yes, just read that today.
    Thank you,
    , @BB753
    We also know how acient pyramids were built. They can be easily replicated today if we had the right stone masons and cheap labor.
    , @James Thompson
    Crystalline structures. Thanks for this update.
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  • For most Americans, Independence Day means firecrackers and cookouts. The Declaration of Independence—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—doesn't feature. Contemporary Americans are less likely to read it now that it’s easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution. It is fair to say that the Declaration...
  • No, this doesn’t work. Parliament was a natural development from the tension between smaller powers and the King. Jefferson et al got rid of natural government and imposed an anti-scientific theory of equality plus an unnatural dictatorial structure.

    In the parliamentary system the PM grows out of a current majority. He can be instantly replaced by the majority if he fails, and a strong minority can call a new election. Parliaments take both of these steps often, which makes them VASTLY more adaptable to new circumstances than our system.

    Separating the executive and judiciary may have seemed like a good theory, but turned out to be bad practice. The judiciary deleted the whole Constitution in 1803, and executives are effectively unremovable. A bad or inappropriate president has four years to do damage.

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  • Introduction The most striking feature of recent elections is not ‘who won or who lost’, nor is it the personalities, parties and programs. The dominant characteristic of the elections is the widespread repudiation of the electoral system, political campaigns, parties and candidates. Across the world, majorities and pluralities of citizens of voting age refuse to...
  • Most people have learned by now that voting is a decorative filigree. All candidates are identical. Only referenda COULD make a meaningful change, but any referendum that displeases Deepstate is immediately overruled by a black-robed criminal. Even refusing to vote is futile because the “two” “parties” always design their campaigns to minimize the number of voters. The “two” “parties” want only the mechanical PartyBots voting, so they carefully disgust and repel non-mechanical voters. When you refuse to vote, you’re doing what the “parties” want you to do.

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  • One Friday, Jonathan Revusky and I went to see lucha libre. On a night featuring Valiente, Mistico, Misterioso, Rey Cometa, Euforia, Rush, Virus, Fuego, Stigma, The Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Tiger and Puma, etc., Arena Mexico only truly erupted at the appearance of Samuel Polinsky, a 6-foot-4, bleached blonde 28-year-old from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Before arriving...
  • One fussy little point: Iran includes both Persians and Arabs. Arabs are a minority and are considered lower-class by Persians. Nearly all of the Iran natives in America are Persians, partly because the 1979 revolution was unfriendly to the Persian upper class.

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  • The man was perceptive. Amalgamation of the states under a central government has led to exactly the effects foreseen by General Lee. In, say, 1950, to an appreciable though imperfect extent America resembled a confederacy. Different regions of the America had little contact with each other, and almost no influence over one another. The federal...
  • @anony-mouse
    '... In 1964 in rural Virginia, the boys brought shotguns to school during deer season. Nobody shot anybody because it wasn’t in the culture...'

    Welllll, I'm not so sure. Maybe not in that year.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatfield%E2%80%93McCoy_feud

    Map there includes rural VA

    1964? I lived in Manhattan, Kansas at the time, which was certainly not a redneck community. Hunting wasn’t dominant in a college town, but plenty of kids brought their guns and knives to school routinely. No big deal. I took my dad’s Samurai sword (WW2 souvenir) to school for Show And Tell once. No big deal.

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  • Donald Trump returned from a mostly successful trip abroad to another Main Stream Media-created scandal about Russia, this time involving son-in-law Jared Kushner [Trump returns to crisis over Kushner as White House tries to contain it, by Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush, and Julie Hirschfield Davis, New York Times, May 27, 2017]. American nationalists can’t help...
  • It’s too late. When you’re up against bullies of any scale, violence isn’t always needed, but ABSOLUTE FIRMNESS is imperative. You have to HOLD YOUR GROUND without the slightest indication of yielding. Bullies will fall back when faced with a truly immovable object.

    The Trump team totally surrendered after the first two months, allowing the Deepstate bulldozer to take all of the territory.

    PM May in Britain seems to understand the IMMOVABLE thing. Dealing with internal Remainers and external EU monsters, she doesn’t always push forward, but she NEVER gives ground.

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  • Do you wonder why the legacy media are such puzzled otherworldly twits? Why, for example, they had no idea what was happening in the recent election? Why they seem to know so very little about America or much of anything else? Some thoughts from a guy who spent a career in the racket: Ask journalists...
  • @Spud Boy
    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I've had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

    Well, I don’t expect them to be trained in everything, but I do expect them to LISTEN or TALK to people who know something. Reporters are meant to be listeners, not experts.

    For instance, I’m trained in acoustics and hearing, and I notice that the MEDICAL reporters get everything wrong when a story deals with hearing. The network medical reporters presumably know something about medical matters, but they don’t consult anyone. They just go with their conventional wisdom, which is always wrong. They don’t know the depth of their own stupidity.

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  • The most recent of incident of Cultural Marxist commissars refusing to admit that dissidents are to be treated as fellow citizens is the crazed female professor who accosted the NPI’s Richard Spencer while he was exercising at a Alexandria gym. She, recognizing him from coverage of the election campaign, started haranguing him and calling him...
  • The US conservative tradition has been Marxist from the start. When you take the crazy counterfactual nonsense “All men are created equal” as a self-evident truth, you’re a Marxist.

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    We were equal in the eyes of our Creator when we were created. After that, we're on our own. With a little help from our friends.
    , @va-con
    Horseshit. That language refers to equality in an abstract, legal sense.
    , @Sarah Toga
    Context.
    Never was, and is not now, a universal statement.

    "All" means all English subjects. "Men" means exactly that.
    It was about their rights as Adult Male English subjects. The Colonists were getting short-changed.
    So they picked up guns and killed the King's enforcers.

    The Founders did not play games.
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  • Why is it a “conspiracy theory” to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia? Why? Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign...
  • The author says that if he worked for media or FBI he’d be beating the bushes.

    Nope.

    Simple logic.

    If the Russian hacking version is true, there’s no reason to beat the bushes. Everything coming out of media and FBI is true.

    If it’s not true, then Seth Rich was killed by the Clintons, which is consistent with a 40 year history of Clinton mafia action. If you work in media or FBI, you KNOW FOR SURE that the Clintons kill their enemies. You don’t want to die, so you go along with the official line.

    Those are the two possibilities. Neither one leads to public exposure of truth.

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  • President Donald Trump is not exactly known for his self-restraint. The recent firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey was not handled with any delicacy and has unleashed a firestorm of criticism coming from across the political spectrum. And since Comey’s abrupt dismissal the backstabbing has become even worse, with many coming...
  • Of course they’re out to get him. The question is what they will replace him with. When Deepstate took down Nixon, they planned the attack carefully. They took down Agnew first and replaced him with Deepstate loyalist Jerry Ford. After that first move, they could be confident that pulling Nixon down would immediately restore Deepstate.

    The same people are running the attack this time. (The older ones, including Hillary, are EXACTLY THE SAME INDIVIDUALS, not just the same type.) But they haven’t done the same sequence. They haven’t taken any action against Pence. Thus we know that Pence is already Ford, already the pre-staged Deepstate restorer.

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    They do not need G. For this time. They already have Mike Pence. He will do. The only reason he is there. He will the front man of the place coup.
    , @Whoriskey
    Forgive my ignorance - but please elaborate on Jerry Ford's deep statedness. In what important way way did he differ from Nixon and Agnew?
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  • Conspiracies are NOT hard to sustain. That’s an absurd statement. Deepstate has been sustaining and expanding its conspiracies for 100 years. (There is always a ‘deep state’ of some kind, but the current well-organized structure was created by Wilson.)

    A conspiracy AGAINST Deepstate is hard to sustain because Deepstate owns and monitors all public communications.

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  • The dizzying spiral of incompetent military and political interventions carried out by Washington in the Middle East suggests strongly that the best U.S. foreign policy would be one that is essentially inert. One only has to look at the inherent contradictions in what appears to be the Trump Administration policy towards Syria to understand how...
  • Must be challenged? WHY?

    Erdogan rules with the consent of his own people. They came out en masse to defend him against a Soros coup. That’s real democracy.

    Let’s worry about our own frauds for once. We won’t, of course. Not until DC and NYC are taken off the earth. Soon, please.

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  • Last weekend, The New York Times published a long piece about the effect the FBI had on the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. As we all know, Donald Trump won a comfortable victory in the Electoral College while falling about 3 million votes behind Hillary Clinton in the popular vote. I believe that Clinton...
  • Well, Hillary is President now, so none of this matters.

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    The DNC lost the election for the Democrats when it stole the nomination for Hillary Clinton. As for the political intrigue involving the FBI there are no innocent parties. And polistra has it right. Donald Rodham Trump has effectively reversed the results of the election.
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  • How can a heretic safely and openly discuss taboo topics? Not easy, particularly on today’s intolerant university campuses, but history shows multiple tactics to overcome censorship. It’s just a question of being creative and knowing the limits. Familiar examples have included using non-human parables—think Animal Farm— substituting the neutral sounding euphemisms such as “at-risk youngster”...
  • This won’t work. Curriculum committees will understand the trick.

    Bad idea anyway. Better to let academia continue with PURE falsehood. A student who later encounters truth through personal experience can then easily reject EVERYTHING he heard in college. If any truth at all is presented in college, the student will be stuck in a position of partial doubt.

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  • President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Russia was “certainly” involved in the U.S. presidential election, noting she does not trust Russian President Vladimir Putin and that Trump is not stopping her from “beating up on Russia.” In an interview with ABC News broadcast on Sunday, she said despite the ongoing...
  • When a subordinate explicitly contradicts the agenda that got the boss elected, and the boss doesn’t say YOU’RE FIRED, the boss is DONE. Not even worth using a fork.

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  • "If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time. "On the world stage, who could vie with him?" So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a remarkable essay in Hillsdale College's March issue...
  • @Jason Liu
    Not all strongmen are good leaders, but all good leaders are strongmen.

    Thing is, Putin would not be able to survive or accomplish half of what he has in a western political system. Nor can any insurgent that rises in America or Europe. Just look at Trump flounder now, blocked by random judges left and right.

    The white westerner, feeling mighty superior with his free democratic system of checks and balances, crafted for himself a slow-motion deathtrap from which he cannot escape.

    Yes, but Trump isn’t LEGALLY blocked by judges. Those judges have no legal or constitutional authority to block orders or change laws. They started doing it in 1803 and nobody ever had the guts to halt them. Their actions are still criminal, and a President with enough confidence and steadiness of purpose could disobey them and halt the long surrender.

    Unfortunately Trump doesn’t have confidence or coherence. He’s distracted by shiny things several times per minute. (Or he’s a false flag. I still don’t know for sure.)

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    Yes, but Trump isn’t LEGALLY blocked by judges. Those judges have no legal or constitutional authority to block orders or change laws. They started doing it in 1803 and nobody ever had the guts to halt them.
     
    Are you trolling?

    If nothing happens to the judges and if the judges are obeyed, then Trump is, in fact, legally blocked by the judges.

    The fact that things work differently in the unicorns-and-carebears world inside your head is not relevant.
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  • Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. Before the American Health Care Act, aka "Ryancare," was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support -- of 17 percent of Americans. Had it passed, it...
  • Nah, there’s no win here. The supposed “reform” didn’t reform anything. It didn’t even delete the mandate. The same old partisan hacks made the same old meaningless noises based on branding instead of ideology. “Liberals” ferociously defended the Heritage Foundation’s plan rebranded by Obama. The Heritage Foundation ferociously fought to “repeal” the Heritage Foundation’s plan.

    Trump was elected because people are tired of the standard partisan noises and rebranding and fakery. He didn’t help himself by sponsoring more of the same old fakery.

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    Trump was elected because people are tired of the standard partisan noises and rebranding and fakery. He didn’t help himself by sponsoring more of the same old fakery.
     
    It was a vote, some said desperate, against the bipartisan status quo. Yet, back came the Republicans with their tired old agenda as if they had not noticed that even the Republicans had rejected Ryan, Jeb!, Graham and the rest of the sorry mess.

    If Trump is actually practicing akido here, and comes back with shaming the Democrats into supporting single payer, then I will take my hat and hair off to him. He's a genius if he pulls that off, and I'm pretty sure the Democrats would greatly prefer to burn down the country than make the Orange Buffoon appear a genius.
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  • In Washington, where the rice paddies of self-importance are nourished with the night soil of mendacity, columnists are viewed with the seriousness properly reserved for lung cancer. This is ridiculous. Columnists, the rodent class of journalism, have the dignity of carney barkers and merit the social standing of bellhops. It’s a living. For most of...
  • An occasional dark column about the dark soul of columnists is just another part of the historically expected output of dark-souled columnists.

    Things have changed in one way. Formerly newspapers tried to please their readers with columnists who verified the opinion of the readers. This still happens on TV with Fox “versus” CNN but it no longer works in newspapers. All newspapers verify the opinions of Soros, regardless of the majority views of their readers. Newspapers work hard to reach zero readership.

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  • Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That's not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel's Germany to Hitler's, said the Netherlands was full of "Nazi remnants" and "fascists," and suggested the Dutch ambassador go...
  • Turkey was never ‘moored’ to the West. It has always defended its own interests, aligning with Europe or US when advantageous, separating when it saw more advantage that way.

    The relatively new element here is the Turkey-Russia alliance, since Turkey and Russia are traditionally adversaries.

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  • The question in the title is V.I. Lenin’s question. His answer was to create a revolutionary “vanguard” to spread revolutionary ideas among the workers, the economic class that Karl Marx had declared to be the class rising to the ascendency of political power. Finally, democracy, frustrated by upper class interests in its earlier manifestations, would...
  • I’m not worried about the global part. Russia is DOING what needs to be done, resisting imperialism wherever it can. Russia is stopping the war we started in Syria. The EU is falling apart fast. Many countries in Europe and Asia and Africa are kicking out Soros NGOs, the virus of globalism.

    In other words, the world’s immune system is working properly. Globalism no longer has a globe to rule.

    I’m hugely worried about the internal part. Trump seems to think he can rule by commenting on the passing scene like any ordinary blogger.

    He doesn’t understand the unrelenting mission-driven WORK ETHIC of Deepstate. Strangely for a hotel magnate, he doesn’t understand the need to clean the room before checking in a new guest.

    Yeah, there are Civil Service rules, but there’s also a well-established workaround in bureaucracies. Serious saboteurs can be neutered by giving them zero duties. Pay them for a full day at an empty desk, and monitor them carefully to be sure they’re not committing sabotage in the off-hours. Since their work is all evil, you don’t need to hire a replacement. Most departments and agencies should be completely empty-desked.

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  • Few things attract more attention in the business world than new ways of making groups work well. As any fool knows, groups are a pain. They argue, dither, drift off course, waste time and resources, and produce loads of rubbish. Worse, all those participants draw salaries, so treasure is wasted. Surely, bosses think, any technique...
  • Well… you don’t need a team of idea-generators but you do need a team of varied skills. You need one idea-source and several technicians (mechanics, coders, engineers, testers, clinicians, etc) to verify and improve the ideas. And you unquestionably need a salesman or diplomat type to communicate with the managers.

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    Thanks for the comment @polistra.

    Enterprises require specialisation. We're just arguing that bright people have the ability to perform well in multiple roles, and that empathising with each other doesn't magic them into existence when individuals lack them.

    But absolutely, Adam Smith's finding that people in a firm should specialise holds, that's clear. Because of the generality of ability, bright people bring those skills.

    No doubt factors of personality, interests, and sub-components of ability are important sources of variance too.
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  • No matter how you slice or dice it, today’s universities, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, are intellectual wastelands often more committed to propagating the Leftist faith than knowledge. The campus vocabulary says it all: trigger warnings, safe spaces, micro-aggressions, social justice warriors, cultural appropriation, speech codes, and disinviting --while many instructors are obsessed...
  • You’ve missed the most powerful elements of all.

    ACCREDITATION and grants.

    Accrediting agencies enforce the worst demonic leftist lunacy. Faculty and administrators can’t depart from psychotic standards if they want their courses and degrees to be accepted by other universities and employers. Researchers don’t dare admit biological facts about gender and race if they want to get grants.

    I used to work in the technical end of research, and I’ve seen good professors performing studies that produced unfashionably factual results. The profs recognized the facts but had to cancel the studies because funding would be impossible.

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  • We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US...
  • Nothing new. The “progressives” have been allied with CIA since the start of CIA in 1946. Post-WW2 globalism is a tripod. Lefty organizations, CIA, and investment banks. The major change over the decades has been a shift from nominally “communist” lefty orgs to a wider variety of NGOs serving “religion” or “civil society” or “democracy”. Soros is the current center of these NGOs.

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  • David Ray Griffin is one of the world’s most important thinkers. I first encountered his work in the mid-1990s while preparing a Ph.D. on Moroccan Sufi legends. It quickly dawned on me that Griffin’s analysis of postmodernism was more sensible than most of the trendier literature on the subject, while his work on such empirical...
  • Anyone who thinks CO2 is the cause of climate change is hopelessly corrupt. Other thoughts from such a destroyed mind are not worth considering.

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    I was initially turned off by that sidebar, but came back and read the article anyway. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Your position is equivalent to saying "I don't believe anything Person X says unless I believe everything Person X says", which is of course a completely irrational position to hold.
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  • On January 23, 2017, I asked, “Are Americans Racists?” I pointed out examples where racist explanations prevail over empirical fact. I did not write that there is no racism in America. I said that racism is not the be-all and end-all explanation of American history and institutions. The point I made is that racist explanations...
  • PCR is unfair to juries. There are cases where juries succumb to hysteria, but there are a LOT MORE cases where juries understand and defeat an evil persecutor. This is especially true with self-defense. Persecutors always try to convict a citizen or a cop who defends himself against a thug, but juries nearly always overrule the persecutor.

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    What unbelievable ignorance! Only 3 out of 100 cases ever reach a jury, and almost always the idiot jurors convict. The stupid fools are patriotic and trust the system.
    , @Joe Franklin

    PCR is unfair to juries. There are cases where juries succumb to hysteria, but there are a LOT MORE cases where juries understand and defeat an evil persecutor. This is especially true with self-defense. Persecutors always try to convict a citizen or a cop who defends himself against a thug, but juries nearly always overrule the persecutor.

     

    Conversely, just one SJW activist on a jury can get a case thrown out because the SJW juror refuses to convict another SJW activist defendant no matter the evidence is to convict.

    Afro-black jurors have done such ignoble things for Afro criminal defendants so many times, that they now have a label for it: Bronx Jury.

    Most crimes in the US are never prosecuted, and the ratio of committed crimes to prosecuted crimes is at least 10:1.

    Some hoodrats have intimidated their neighborhoods such that the ratio is much greater in their hood.
    , @Chris Mallory

    Persecutors always try to convict a citizen or a cop who defends himself against a thug,
     
    In the rare cases that cops are brought to trial for their many crimes the prosecution seldom tries to convict. Their cases are usually softballs where the prosecution acts more like a defense attorney. The system protects it's own.
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  • The election of Donald Trump has sent millions of people pouring out onto the streets to protest a man they think is a racist, misogynist, xenophobic bully who will destroy US democracy in his quest to establish himself as supreme fascist ruler of the country. Maybe they’re right. Maybe Trump is a fascist who will...
  • Nothing really new except the intensity. The same thing happened in 1969. Some principled religious folks were already protesting Vietnam when LBJ ran it, but the hippies didn’t get active until Nixon bought the war.

    Nixon was elected on a promise to wind it down, so logically the protests should have calmed down to give him a chance to fulfill the promise. Logic and principle had nothing to do with the protests. We were simply mindless tools of the Democrat Party, which hated Nixon PERSONALLY in the same way they now hate Trump PERSONALLY.

    (In the end Nixon DIDN’T fulfill the promise to pull out, but we had no way of knowing that in January 1969.)

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  • Journalism — especially about important matters — is not a profession. It’s a calling. Or else, if it’s not a calling, then it is public relations; it is propaganda, “PR” — done for the purpose of receiving pay, not really for the purpose of conveying truth. But propaganda isn’t journalism at all. It’s not merely...
  • All journalism is propaganda for one side or another.

    The only way to describe a human event without a viewpoint is to write a police report.

    “Subject proceeded south on Quincy for 3.7 miles at 83 miles per hour. Subject halted after colliding with parked car at Quincy and 14th. Subject exited car and officer pursued on foot.”

    This isn’t journalism, it’s measurement.

    The Onion’s “autistic reporter” parody also illustrates TV journalism without a human viewpoint.

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  • This is the Week of the Two Presidents—Donald Trump succeeds Barack Obama at noon on Friday January 20. Both men recently addressed major gatherings: Barack Obama made his official farewell to the nation, Donald Trump held his first formal press conference since being elected. Each event was highly characteristic. My take: I for one am...
  • I’m somewhat less worried about Fort Marcy. Important difference between Trump and Nixon or Reagan: Trump has his own security forces, both physical and cyber. He doesn’t have to rely on the Deepstate-owned Secret Service.

    He clearly understands how these things work, as demonstrated by his discussion of paper messages vs email. He’s been ‘controversial’ for decades and he’s been watching his back effectively for decades.

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    There will likely be gunplay at the Inaugural. At Maidan snipers shot people on both sides of the conflict. Maidan is the model for the coup against Trump. Either there will be an Erdogan style purge or Trump will be impeached, imprisoned or martyred.
    , @Miro23

    He clearly understands how these things work, as demonstrated by his discussion of paper messages vs email. He’s been ‘controversial’ for decades and he’s been watching his back effectively for decades.
     
    The Zionists, CIA and FBI could finish with Trump in no time at all, but the problem is that it's not just Trump, he's only riding a wave. Eliminate Trump and they could get something much worse, so they probably calculate that it's better to try to corrupt Trump ( he's a dealmaker) despite his connection to the thing that they fear the most i.e. Radical Anglo Nationalism.
    , @JGarbo
    Only Trump (and his naive followers here) believe one man can run the US. The Deep State will soon educate him if he doesn't get it himself. He's a new player in an old game and the stakes are literally life or death..
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  • It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant. But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not...
  • The signs are looking negative, but I’m still going to wait a couple months to see what REALLY happens.

    I don’t expect Trump to get everything right, but he has to get forward movement on TWO main points.

    If Trump takes real steps to back away from war, and real steps to change trade policy, I’ll be more optimistic. If he does nothing, or fully surrenders to the globalists on those two points, PCR will be proved correct.

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  • Intelligence is worth talking about because both the reality of intelligence and perceptions regarding intelligence set limits on the possible and influence policy. For example, if the population of India on average really is below borderline retardation, the country can never amount to anything. If Latino immigrants really are as stupid as white nationalists hope,...
  • National economic success comes from the ability to organize and accomplish the right goals, which has no connection to IQ. America’s economic success in 1960 was built on the systematic work of uneducated and low-IQ people, and we REWARDED those uneducated people for their work.

    Russia had much better education but much less economic success because Russians don’t organize well.

    We’re no longer successful because our government and corporations no longer bother to organize and REWARD the work of ordinary people.

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  • As Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, he is struggling with opposition from the US media, intelligence agencies, government apparatus, parts of the Republican Party and a significant portion of the American population. Impressive obstacles appear to prevent him exercising arbitrary power. He should take heart: much the same was said in Turkey of Recep...
  • I would LOVE to see parallels but I don’t. Trump shows no sign of the firmness and courage needed to rip out Sorosian tentacles from an entire country.

    Erdogan is heroically and relentlessly restoring civilization. Trump is flipping and flopping and surrendering evey time he encounters a serious obstacle.

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    Interesting civilisation he is restoring, when hoods close to the AKP were assaulting people in Santa Claus costumes and his appointee as head of the Diyanet (Turkey's religious affairs office) denounced New Year and Christmas. The Ortakoy nightclub gunman (still uncaught, by the way) built on this civilisational work.
    Even the purges aren't "relentless" either - it is widely known for example that many of the AKP members of parliament are close to Gulen, but if Erdogan takes action against them he risks the parliamentary majority he is using to push through his changes. He might go after them later but for the time being he can't risk them splitting the AKP and forming another party.
    And there has been nothing heroic or relentless in his foreign policy. One month he shoots down a Russian plane, only seven months later he tries to mend relations with Russia, at the start of last year he was calling Russia accessories of the "murderer Assad", then when the Russian ambassador got shot last month, Erdogan had the nerve to complain about anti-Russian "incitement", some of which he himself has uttered. On planet AKP it is always someone else's fault.
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  • Is the United States the victim of an unprovoked cyber and media attack by Russia and China or are the chickens coming home to roost after Washington’s own promotion of such activity worldwide? On Thursday Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asserted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that while no foreign government had been...
  • Stuxnet-type hacking is much older.

    Supposedly Reagan’s campaign to bring down the USSR included a technical hack of Russian pipelines. Russia had been buying some metering equipment from American oilfield supply firms, and supposedly the CIA persuaded the companies to alter the equipment so the Russian workers couldn’t measure pressure accurately, leading to explosions.

    I don’t know if this story is true, but it seems plausible and certainly fits the typical pattern of hostile sabotage. Similar tricks were used on all sides in WW2.

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  • Lately I’ve been watching the blossoming lovefest between the conservative-Republican establishment and those on the Left who are raging over the Obama administration’s reaction to the UN resolution against Israel. Arguably, this resolution was an attempt to take away Israel’s bargaining chips in negotiating with the Palestinians. The UN Security Council, which passed the resolution,...
  • The odd thing about this mess is that Israel itself is a normal country with a sane culture and sane government.

    Zionist imperialism takes one political side, and the non-imperialist side is equally functional and strong. Because everyone is a Jew, Israel can and does prosecute Jews for crimes. It even investigates Bibi for corruption. None of that could happen here. Zionist imperialism is the ONLY side, and it’s perfectly unthinkable to arrest or criticize Jews.

    We should be emulating the actual Israel instead of blindly obeying our false one-sided picture of “Israel”.

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    We do emulate Israel. Might makes right. All else is just emotional thinking. Problem for Israel is once everyone is on the same page.
    , @Chet Roman
    Yes, Israel is a "normal" racist country especially when Netanyahoo is bombing and slaughtering innocent and defenseless woman and children in Gaza. When this war criminal was bombing Gaza his popularity in Israel was around 95% and Israelis were sitting on hills eating popcorn and cheering as the slaughter of innocents continued. His ratings plummeted only when he stopped the bombing and incremental "final solution" to the Palestinian problem ended. Israel is about as normal as Apartheid South Africa and the Israeli lobby is using its quislings and sayanim in both parties to demonize truthful and rational acts like the U.N. resolution.
    , @jacques sheete

    The odd thing about this mess is that Israel itself is a normal country with a sane culture and sane government.
     
    There are distinctions between a nation or country, a government and a State.

    Israel is not a normal country but it is a normal state. All states are founded on and maintained by lies theft and murder.

    Here's Bourne again.

    The feeling for country would be an uninflatable maximum were it not for the ideas of State and Government which are associated with it. Country is a concept of peace, of tolerance, of living and letting live. But State is essentially a concept of power, of competition: it signifies a group in its aggressive aspects. And we have the misfortune of being born not only into a country but into a State, and as we grow up we learn to mingle the two feelings into a hopeless confusion. (§ 1 ¶ 7)

    Randolph Bourne left an unfinished, unpaginated draft of The State when he died during the flu pandemic of 1918. The draft was published posthumously, with some material incorrectly ordered, in Untimely Papers (1919).
    http://fair-use.org/randolph-bourne/the-state/

     

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  • Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump, so there is truly much interesting to focus...
  • Yup. I’d add:

    Breaking Soros: 4/5. Russia has been removing the NGOs that spread Sorosism. Other countries now see that it’s possible, and gain courage. (This may be the same thing that the Saker calls ‘Russian Russophobes’; from the outside these groups seem to be mainly Sorosian.)

    Turkey: 6/5. Erdogan had been drifting badly, focusing too much on the Kurds and missing the other threats to Turkey. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow he figured out the real problem and started solving it. The real problem is Soros. After Erdogan went HARDASS on Sorosians, he was also able to work with Russia to end the war in Syria.

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    NGO's. God's way of saying the world isn't evil enough yet. The Clintons have a million of them, scattered all over, planting bad seeds. Break the back of NGOs, clean them out, there could be some peace. We really need to get outta the regime-change routine.
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  • Few cultural traditions are as charming, beautiful and unifying as the German Christmas Market. For about a month, the center of each German city or town becomes a festival ground, where folks can eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company. The offerings of gluhwein, wursts, flammkuchen, fish stew, handbrot, cinnamon stars, carved figurines and tiered...
  • I’d only argue one point.

    quoting: ABOVE ALL THINGS, a new Third Reich has to be prevented! So all aspects of nationalism or even patriotism are bad, because patriotism can lead to chauvinism, which leads to Fascism, which leads to Auschwitz, and Auschwitz must never happen again! end quote

    Good analysis of the chain of association. In fact nationalism didn’t cause WW2; German imperialism caused WW2, just as German imperialism caused WW1 without any Nazi connections at all.

    The EU used this chain to justify the NEW German imperialism, via EU mechanisms. This German imperialism is the same as the previous two editions. It uses the same economic blackmail to subdue the rest of Europe and Russia, followed by military action (via NATO) when the blackmail fails to subdue a country. This may explain why Germans have been contented with the new arrangement for so long. It’s comfortable.

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    The EU used this chain to justify the NEW German imperialism, via EU mechanisms. This German imperialism is the same as the previous two editions. It uses the same economic blackmail to subdue the rest of Europe and Russia, followed by military action (via NATO) when the blackmail fails to subdue a country. This may explain why Germans have been contented with the new arrangement for so long. It’s comfortable.
     
    Bingo! The EU is really just an economic Fourth Reich. Most of the Germans themselves have been lulled into complacency on this point by being bombarded with political correctness all the time. 'Since we have renounced nationalism,' they are told, 'we can't possibly be a Fourth Reich.' Other Europeans, however, are now starting to catch on. It will be interesting to see how they react ...
    , @Quern
    Sorry, but, er, no.

    WW One was caused by the inability of our neighbors France and Britain, to leave us alone. Just like again and again, it was mainly a French aggression against Germany, as had been the normal cause of Events since 1552.

    Britain, OTOH, was afraid of economic competition. I could go on.
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  • Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said last week that he hopes the Kentucky legislature won’t consider a transgender-bathroom bill in the upcoming legislative session; according to Bevin, “the last thing we need is more government rules.” He’s absolutely right, and I think it’s worth offering a conservative defense of transgender rights — which ought to be...
  • If conservative ever had a meaning at all, it was something like ‘preserving traditional rules formed by painful experience.’

    Some rules have been in place for so long that we’ve never been forced to see the experience that made the rules. We don’t understand the problem, so we try violating the tradition.

    In this case the awakening came FAST.

    Cross-dressers have been using the ‘wrong’ bathroom for a long time, respecting the rules of privacy, not causing any problems. Immediately after the Neutral bathroom was introduced, the REAL REASON for separate bathrooms showed up. Voyeurs and predators and plain old uncontrolled adolescents have been WAITING and HOPING for this opportunity, and started using it immediately. Now we see why the separation was invented.

    Gelernter is ignoring this science-based approach to experiment. He’s blindly following the anti-science Enlightenment verbiage about “rights” and “equality”. Both concepts are perfectly opposed to facts, logic and science.

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  • Trump’s economic plan has sent stocks ripping higher for six weeks straight. But what’s going to happen to stock prices when Congress gives Trump’s plan a big thumbs down? Has anyone thought about that yet? And what about the Fed? Does anyone seriously think that Fed chairman Janet Yellen is going to sit on her...
  • If the Fed actually loosens its criminal price control on interest, Trump will be worth all the betrayal.

    When savers have a reason to save, and borrowers (including governments) have a reason to AVOID borrowing, the economy will settle back into the form that Trump’s voters want.

    A competent president would eliminate the Fed entirely, reinstate all of FDR’s laws on banks, disconnect all multi-nation trade treaties, and impose a Duterte death penalty for outsourcing of all kinds. Bring in one minute of foreign labor directly or indirectly, import one molecule of manufactured crap directly or indirectly, and you get shot.

    I know we aren’t going to get competent rulers, but if we can ACCIDENTALLY move a few inches in the correct direction, that’s better than continuing to roar down the suicide road.

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    If Alt Right Celebrity Richard Spencer is writing his long awaited book...your comment should be the overarching framework for his Alt Right Manfesto.


    Larger point:Trump won't implement any of your proposals.


    Even larger point:The high paying good jobs were already here....however, The Historic Native Born White American Majority was forced to compete with Asian Legal Immigrants and Muslim Legal Immigrants.....and the US born Asian and Muslim geneline of these Asian and Muslim Legal Immigrants for these jobs.


    Trump will pave over and frack the US into oblivion in his attempt to make everyone happy. But of course Trump can't make everyone happy. Even with 0 legal immigrants...the US population will exceed one billion....GROWTH DOES NOT PAY FOR ITSELF!!!
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  • As is the habit of my tribe, as Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees said when queried about attending Trinity College Chapel, to the village church on a warm December day, the valley lazily misted, the cars parked in the adjoining field sufficient to judge the size of the congregation: a village affair, with no visiting...
  • I’ve been kvetching about Unz pieces being too long and verbose. This one is too brief. The bit about 1898 and Reformation is confusing, and “the difficulties of last Christmas” deserves more explanation.

    Maybe we need a new acronym for “too brief; wanted more” …. or maybe I shouldn’t have kvetched about length in the first place.

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    “the difficulties of last Christmas” deserves more explanation.

    I think you can find what you want in Dr. Thompson's archives. IIRC the music director came out with new hymns and other innovations which negated one of the main reasons that the congregation had for attending services. One of our eternal struggles, holding dear to what is known and comforting while fending off changes that others wish to inflict upon us.
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  • Did you know that democracy is dying in Eastern Europe? That is the accepted consensus among the foreign policy establishment, from the New York Times and Washington Post to the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute and John McCain. Well, it’s not exactly democracy that is dying. Even these critics admit that the Polish Law and Justice...
  • In modern times “independent” agencies are treasonous agencies. They serve a higher power than the mere national government. Currently the higher power is Soros.

    The word shows up nicely in Trump’s attempt to rein in the climate criminals at Dept of Energy. Sorosian media described the department as “independent”, which means the executive of THIS country has no control over the department and no ability to see what the dept is doing. Only Soros can give orders and examine the results of the orders.

    This is prima facie crazy, since all departments within the EXECUTIVE BRANCH are legally under the control of the chief EXECUTIVE. All work done within those agencies is in the public domain, and must be available to the public.

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  • If you have a good 45 minutes to waste on a long-winded Ta-Nehisi Coates think piece navel-gazing over his blackness in the final days of Black Run America (BRA), you will not want to miss “My President Was Black”: “In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, Michelle, hosted a...
  • Birther.

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  • How are Californians going to save Spanish? Yes, I know that a call to preserve the Spanish language might seem ludicrous in a state whose very name comes from a Spanish romance novel. Nearly half of us are either from the Spanish-speaking world, or trace our heritage there. We constantly hear Spanish—in our neighborhoods, our...
  • Spanish was the first? Watch out. The Anasazi Liberation FrOnt is preparing a prOtest.

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  • In an apparent effort to illustrate political simple-mindedness, Carroll Quigley derisively wrote in his noted (at least by the John Birch Society) Tragedy and Hope, that the “same groups who were howling about Soviet espionage in 1948-1955 were also claiming that President Roosevelt expected and wanted Pearl Harbor.”[1] In a previous contribution to The Occidental...
  • The facts are unquestionable, but the author oversimplifies motivations.

    The author treats our lack of punishment for spies as evidence of collaboration. Nope. Punishing spies is always a bad idea because we also have spies and agents of influence in the hostile country. If we punish their spies, they will kill ours. It’s better to PROTECT against spying than to punish spies.

    Why were we slow to PROTECT against agents? From 1930 to 1945, except for Stalin’s brief 1940 pact, Russia was our ally against the actual military aggression of Germany and Japan. Russia was NOT trying to claim or bomb our territory. Japan was trying to claim and bomb our territory, and succeeded. We had business ties with post-Revolutionary Russia as well. Ford and GM and other major companies were building factories or consulting for existing factories. This effort failed because Russians are less organized than Americans, not for any political reason.

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    Why failed? That factories founded by US contractors still work, develop and produce modern equipment. First Ford (Gaz AA), Caterpillar and GM trucks and tractors, then best WW2 tanks, now the variety of world's best modern weapons. In return, Russians in USA developed Sikorskiy helicopters, videorecording etc.
    , @Che Guava
    We succeeded in bombing Pearl Harbour, the important ships were not there, because of foreknowledge, what else happened to the USA?

    Nothing except a remarkably small number of casualties (compared to any other participant), dead or injured, a little flow of propaganda, mainly before, that is interesting, and monstrous bombing, curse Curtiss le May.

    Sure, the German subs did some damage in the Atlantic, but only after Franklin Delano Rosenfeldt had pushed his nation into war.
    , @dearieme
    "except for Stalin’s brief 1940 pact": it lasted near enough two years, August 23rd 1939 - June 22nd 1941.
    , @Alden
    We did not ally with Russia until 1941. We certainly were not allied with Russia in 1930. We did not even have diplomatic relations with Russia until 1933. And Hitler was not appointed (not elected) chancellor of Germany until 1933.
    Although Roosevelt and his communist Jewish administration urged war with Germany from 1933 on. We did not get involved in WW2 until Pearl Harbor.

    The Russians hoped that it would be as easy to take over the rest of the world as it had been to take over Russia. China, India, Europe especially Germany France and England and the United States were targeted as soon as the communists defeated the Russian counter revolutionaries in 1922.
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  • Well, apart from the Gulf states - thanks in large part to coming from such a low base that even subcontinental coolies are an improvement over the natives. Otherwise, the cognitive impact of immigration - at least as proxied by the differences in performance on the PISA tests between the national average, which includes immigrant...
  • @reiner Tor
    It's probably worse than that: immigrants might be brighter than the population they leave behind in their home countries. So it might decrease IQs in their original countries as well...

    It works both ways.

    Universal rule: Migrants are misfits.

    They leave because they are, or feel, unsuccessful in their native country.

    In an agricultural country where physical strength and stamina lead to success, misfits will probably have higher IQ than the successful natives, and will move to a place where they think their higher IQ will be valued.

    In a high-tech country where raw IQ leads to success, misfits probably have lower IQ, and will tend to move to a place where physical strength is more important.

    The net result is to steepen the IQ gradient between the agricultural and tech countries.

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    How about "in an agricultural country here ownership of [enough] land leads to success"????
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  • For decades I've been closely reading several major newspapers every morning, and for the last few years have noticed a striking decline in the quality of their scientific coverage, as exemplified in the weekly Science Section of the New York Times. Whereas in the past, dramatic discoveries in evolutionary biology or physics might be broken...
  • I hope you can push the authors for a bit more brevity. The Pearl Harbor article seemed worthy, but after two or three ‘pages’ I gave up. It was too much like an academic textbook.

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    Yup. Here's what I said about it:
    http://www.unz.com/article/the-case-for-pearl-harbor-revisionism/#comment-1676714
    , @Olorin
    Or have a skilled master distiller create a shorter piece that points to the longer one. Something longer than a precis, and bearing in mind that hyperlinking can encourage readers to dig deeper into different parts of the story in the time they have available.

    This also increases the possibility of them returning later for more of the story ("optimizing for return visits" in webspeak).
    , @Anonymous
    Fantastic, especially the Sniegorski's piece.

    I admit I've read it in 3 sessions, but we, libertardians are used to academic-standard pieces, written for the intelligent layman.

    Perhaps, editing of such future material into 2 or even 3 parts would reduce the readership attrition.
    , @Miro23

    But after two or three ‘pages’ I gave up. It was too much like an academic textbook.
     
    "Too much like an academic text book".

    Dumbing Down is the US national requirement in information transfer, which is another way of saying Laziness, which is another reason why the US is heading towards the Turkey and Greece averages in the international PISA tests (Science, Math and English) which are in fact the best predictors of a country's future international comparative economic performance.

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  • I’ve been meaning to say something about Brexit, the referendum in Britain six months ago to leave the European Union. It’s still causing a huge constitutional fuss over there. I’ve hesitated to comment, because, in the first place the little I ever knew about the British Constitution has long since drained away down the foggy...
  • I don’t think it’s a ceiling. It’s just that countries are different. The migrant invasion is hurting nearly all Euro countries, but it’s balancing against different previous experiences.

    Some countries benefited from Reich #4 before the invasion, some didn’t. Countries that were hurt by #4 before the migrant invasion see pure negative now. Countries that were well served by #4 before the invasion (unsurprisingly, the same Teutonic countries that benefited from #3) still see #4 as positive.

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  • China is now widely seen as the coming superpower. But few even among the west’s China-watchers understand quite how fast this geopolitical freight train is approaching. Moreover, most western observers assume that China’s ambitions are being opposed by its East Asian rival, Japan. In the words of the Economist, Japan is “standing in the way”...
  • Japan isn’t supposed to be a ‘friend’. It’s an independent nation.

    More important point: Japan’s businesses are better friends to American workers than American businesses are. Jap auto companies have become the “American” auto industry. They hire non-union American workers, treat them well, and keep the profits away from NYC bankers. All positive for real Americans.

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    I would just post 'Agree', but you are wrong on 'independent nation'.

    We are and remain a colony in terms of military bases. Check the numbers. Sure, the damage is mainly inflicted on Okinawa (itself a 19th century colonial grab by the Japanese state), but there are scores of bases on the main islands, too.
    , @dfordoom

    Japan isn’t supposed to be a ‘friend’. It’s an independent nation.
     
    The concept of independent nations is something Americans have never been able to grasp. To Americans other countries are either vassals (like Britain and Australia) or enemies.
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  • The prevalent view of World War II is that of the “good war”—a Manichaean conflict between good and evil. And a fundamental part of the “good war” thesis has to do with the entrance of the United States into the war as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to this view,...
  • tl;dr

    You can probably argue that our surprise at Pearl Harbor was shocked! shocked! shocked! We had 20 years of advance warning that SOMETHING was ready to happen there, and we shouldn’t have left our entire Pacific fleet in Hawaii as a tripwire.

    But you CAN’T argue that our foreign policy inspired Jap aggression. Japan started taking over its neighbors in 1876 and continued without pause until August 1945. We didn’t start screwing around in that part of the world until 1898. Japan started those wars.

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    • Replies: @jacques sheete

    We didn’t start screwing around in that part of the world until 1898. Japan started those wars.
     
    Your math seems to be a bit faulty.


    From the US Department of State’s Office of the Historian website..:

    Commodore Perry’s mission was not the first American overture to the Japanese. In the 1830s, the Far Eastern squadron of the U.S. Navy sent several missions from its regional base in Guangzhou (Canton), China…

    https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/opening-to-japan
     
    You may also want to educate yourself regarding US commercial and missionary activity in China which, incidentally has often been considered to be in "that part of the world" since like a very substantial amount of time.
    , @Sparkon
    Beware false knowledge:

    But you CAN’T argue that our foreign policy inspired Jap aggression. Japan started taking over its neighbors in 1876 and continued without pause until August 1945. We didn’t start screwing around in that part of the world until 1898.
     
    False.

    In fact, you could argue exactly that.

    In 1854, U.S. gunboat diplomacy enforced by Commodore Perry's infamous "Black Ships" imposed on Japan the onerous Treaty of Kanagawa, which forced the island nation to open its doors to the West, and ended 300 years of isolation--and relative peace--for the Japanese.

    It is my understanding that the Westerners had been expelled from Japan primarily because of the activities of Christian missionaries there.

    While there was an eventual rush to Westernize, even infatuation with all things Western during the Meiji Restoration, not all segments of Japanese society were able or willing to overlook and/or forget U.S. and Western colonial imperialism in Asia during the 19th century. For some of these elements, what better foreign policy template could they find than that established by the colonial activities of the Western powers to exploit China and her resources?

    As Japan rapidly modernized, many of the disenfranchised Samurai found an outlet for their martial energy in the newly formed military forces, which were victorious against China in 1895, and again against Russia by 1905.

    The stunning Japanese defeat of Tsarist Russia was enabled by a $200 million loan from Kuhn, Loeb & Assoc. arranged by Jewish financier Jacob Schifff, who was awarded The Second Order of the Treasure of Japan for his efforts by the Mikado in 1905.

    --sp--

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  • THE BLAZE TV host Tomi Lahren’s November 30 appearance on The Daily Show seemed like a flashback from a previous era. As in snarky liberalism’s golden days under Jon Stewart, the host, now Affirmative Action comedian Trevor Noah, attacked Lahren’s “I don’t see color, Democrats are the real racists”-style talking points. Noah batted aside these...
  • MSM is not “communist” or “leftist” or “progressive”. They destroyed Bernie with almost as much enthusiasm as they smashed Trump. And Hillary is emphatically not “progressive”. Her agenda is indistinguishable from Bush’s agenda. Pure neocon.

    It’s not about ideology, it’s just gang loyalty. Soros rules the universe, and Hillary was the Soros front this year. When Soros picks a new front, MSM will switch loyalty to the new front.

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    Why is soros still alive, can't someone do something about that?
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  • The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news. Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on...
  • Trump isn’t sincere, but Europe and Africa are undergoing REAL change that will force the financiers here to reshape their plans. The avalanche is properly started there, and the status quo can’t be maintained any longer. Soros has already been kicked out of Russia and Turkey, with more Euro and African countries on the same track.

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    • Replies: @E. A. Costa
    In Africa it is actually an avalanche of property initiatives by the Neo-Liberals and global corporations to break up traditional tribal ownership and--bless their hearts--issue deeds, jeje.

    This is supposed to be progress--but actually it is aimed at the destruction of the tribal equivalent of peasants and the creation of wage-workers for the foreign corporations and for their agribusiness.

    This is the first step in mass Capitalization of Africa, analogous to the first creation of Capitalism in Britain, except by foreign interests.

    Capitalism needs wage-workers. Where do wage-workers come from? From displaced peasants.

    Some ex-Goldman Sachs brokers are leading the push for massive investment in Africa land as well, and some of the universities, including Harvard, are big buyers. These will be mostly agribusiness enterprises.

    The Clinton Foundation, by the way, is the chosen PR arm of the iniitative, and Señor Clinton the iconic spokesman about how progressive it all is and how it will end starvation in Africa and other nonsense.

    This is very sophisticated and indirect. The real purposes are masked by misdirection. "Deeds" of individuals, of course, can be sold, and that is what it is all about, as well as about breaking up communal land ownership.

    This is not the first example of such methods. The Oxonian owners are very good at these schemes. For example in Tanzania, after the German defeat, the British imposed a small hut tax on all dwellings--supposedly to raise funds for the government.

    It was so small it was hardly worth collecting. Why then impose it? Ah--here is the subtilty. The Germans were actually ideal colonizers compared to the other Europeans in Africa and tried to advance the area without destroying the culture and ways of the locals. There were numerous tribes that were self-supporting agriculturally and the Germans had let them be while bringing in experts to increase yields.

    There were no taxes.

    The hut tax thus made money necessary among the tribes for the first time. Where would they get it? By sending family members to work on the sisal and other plantations to get enough money to pay the tax.

    And that was the actual purpose of the tax--to create wage workers for the Capitalist agriculturists.

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  • When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of...
  • Highly unlikely. Since the Switchover in 1989, we’ve allowed China to become our bank and our factory. If we bomb China, Holy Apple and Holy Walmart will instantly disappear. A major buyer of our worthless debt will disappear. Bombing China would HURT the People Who Count.

    When we attack Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria and Yemen, we are HELPING the People Who Count. We are destroying governments unfriendly to Bibi, and we are destroying oil producers who compete with Saudi.

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  • Edward M. House, usually referred to as "Colonel" House, gained fame as President Woodrow Wilson's closest advisor, playing a significant role in Wilson's major domestic and foreign policies. House was essentially Wilson's alter ego. Wilson would say in 1912, less than one year after first meeting House, "Mr. House is my second personality. He is...
  • He was right about the superiority of Parliament, wrong about everything else. Parliament responds to feedback and adapts to changing circumstances better than our 1787 system. We should have kept the original setup after independence.

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  • From everything I've heard Swedes seem like very pleasant people, rather agreeable to have around, while my personal experience with Mexicans leads me to a similar conclusion. But suppose so many millions of Swedes poured across the borders into our southern neighbor that within just a few decades Mexico City had become majority Swedish, while...
  • The only correct “bargain” is ZERO.

    ZERO humans in, ZERO labor in, ZERO manufactured crap in.

    The only thing that should enter the country is raw materials that are not grown or mined here, like coffee beans and molybdenum.

    Any corporation that violates the ZERO rule shall be shut down and liquidated, and its executives shall be executed.

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  • The 7 “Blind” men and the US Elephant The famous Indian story of the Blind Men and the Elephant is a metaphor highlighting that while one’s subjective experience can be true, it can also be limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth. A similar metaphor can be used...
  • You blew it in the first paragraph when you treated the Church Committee as an honest investigator. All Committees and all Special Prosecutors have only one job: to preserve Deepstate. The Church Committee’s specific job was to insure that heretics like Nixon would Never Again be allowed near the levers of power.

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  • Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office, the French appear to be following suit. In Sunday's runoff to choose a candidate to face Marine Le Pen of the National Front in next spring's presidential election, the center-right...
  • Now that Trump has firmly declared his allegiance to Goldman/Soros, populists in the US have to watch enviously as Europe and Asia quickly separate from the Soros Empire. The only good part is that SorosTrump will no longer be able to count on Euro assistance when he tries to start the next war. Former helpers Egypt, Turkey, France, and perhaps even Germany, are peeling away from our wild insanity.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Besides, Muslim Germany will eventually gear up for war against US.

    Time to wake up and fight back on both sides of the Pond.
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  • Steve Keen: Often you'll see somebody who's a public speaker – or back in the old days, a public speake, who'd start with saying, “Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking.” Well, this is literally true for me this time, because I'm Professor Steve Keen from Kingston University. And I'm very much unaccustomed to being...
  • When you cite “global warming” as a fact, you destroy the rest of your argument and show your role as an Agent Provocateur for financiers. “Global warming” is a scam run by bankers and re-insurers, designed to ruin industry and farming and direct all money into the finance class. Just like Ricardo’s Corn Laws.

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    But you undermine your case against the deluded warmists by overstatement and over certainty about the conspiracy version of the warmists campaigns. On the last point it is reasonably clear that the rent seeking derivatives inventors and traders only got into the act quite late in the piece after the IPCC was set up by the UN although lots of rent seeking so-called climate scientists and international place men got on the gravy train pretty early. On the overstatement: the global atmosphere has been on a warming trend though with longish pauses and plateaus for over 200 years starting during the last Little Ice Age before (probably) increases in CO2 emissions could have started the warming. The big failure of all the many models that the IPCC and faith-based warmists rely on is that they don't explain the many past periods of huge climate variation which can have nothing to do with CO2 (except perhaps to cause its release from the oceans as they warmed).
    , @OutWest
    Actually, global warming is pretty much factual, and has been for maybe 14,000 years. A lot of ice has melted during this period. And a lot has just sat there getting warmer. For some reason –well, maybe profit- scientists now think that climate should be in stasis. Particularly when you name a park Glacier.

    That said, one mechanism for “natural” climate change is the increase in Sun energy reaching the Earth, i.e. Milankovitch Cycle. The small amount of energy is not enough to cause the resulting temperature increase. However, it’s enough to heat the oceans to drive carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This positive feedback amplifies the sun’s increased albedo to cause increased heating. By directly releasing carbon dioxide here on Earth we likewise initiate warming.

    There are better ways to counteract this than the retro technologies government scientists are proposing. The science and engineering are more straightforward than the economics of the article discussion.
    , @Olorin
    Come back when you can distinguish between propaganda (political bullshit) and scientific consensus. And also when you have completed a 12-step program for your addiction to rhetorical hyperbole.

    I don't disagree that there is a lot of bullshit in discussions of this topic. It's why I left one of my former (lucrative) careers and burned every bridge.

    But there are data-based truths regarding global climatological systems and human impacts on those that are being overlooked as studiously and systematically as the left ignores population genetics.

    Let's not make that same stupid 20th century-mindset cluster of mistakes.

    We have senses and the analytical capacities (instrumentation and computation) that have evolved far faster than our political and social systems.

    Let's push ourselves to evolve in line with our new prosthetic capacities.

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  • SHARMINI PERIES, TRNN: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. And we’re unpacking some economic mythologies here with Michael Hudson who joins us in our Baltimore studio. Thank you so much for joining us Michael. MICHAEL HUDSON: Good to be here. PERIES: Michael has a new book out, J...
  • Hudson is tricky. Part of his diagnosis is good. Focusing the economy on housing is destructive. No argument there.

    But his facts are not so good. Property tax was NOT the major source of revenue in America. Tariffs were the major source, because our government wanted to encourage self-sufficiency in production. When we switched to income tax as the major source, things started to go downhill.

    Hudson skips the role of manufacturing entirely. The loss of manufacturing is exactly why the middle class got poor. I don’t think people in Akron were fooled by rising house values. The cities with rising values were already rich, already devoted to banking and software instead of manufacturing. That’s why house prices rose in those cities.

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    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    The Native Born White Working Class got poor because of nonwhite legal immigrants+their US born nonwhite geneline=a massive oversupply of labor in US labor markets=Globalization of US Labor Markets with a vengeance.


    Who cares if Trump brings back factory assembly jobs from China...The Chinese can keep them.


    It's Asian Legal Immigrant scab labor that's the problem....among other things


    Trump's regressive tax cuts interacting with nonwhite legal immigration will cause the regressive property tax to kick in with a vengeance. When the 1965 Immigration Reform Act was passed....they should have thought about this.
    , @NoSwampers
    Hudson is certainly a tricky little lefty econo-crat. They never blame the controlled gov for it's predatory tax/banking, immigrant worker displacement & bankruptcy/death via war policies. The US 'Middle Class', the only potential resistance to globalism/communism, has been under constant attack for the last 100+ years via the collectivist money controllers aka FRS which post WW2 now controls at majority of all national economies. The mortgage crisis was mfg'd exclusively by controlled gov....it allowed a shearing of the sheep & further concentration of real resources into the hands of our elitist pedophilic betters.
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