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  1. Polynikes says:

    I don’t think Trump is a genius or anything. Quite the opposite, sometimes. His ability to continually point out the hypocrisy and blatant cronyism of the Washington establishment is a good indicator of just how far out of hand it had gotten.

    Good help is all if we elected another bush or Clinton.

  2. songbird says:

    I saw a clip of Isaac Asimov talking the other day.

    It was really fascinating because it was during the Cold War, but he was voicing very globalist opinions, and you could tell how he was driven by instinct because his rationalizations were very poor, and totally inconsistant with his expressed worry about overpopulation.

    His advocacy for world government was really amusing. He basically said he was afraid of local government (local bullies), but, he thought Washington DC was just dandy because it was far enough away that they wouldn’t bother him.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    , @Romanian
  3. This is how we get Trumpslide 2020.

    • Replies: @Hail
  4. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Good help is all if we elected another bush or Clinton.

    We’re going to get something even worse in 2020, and yes–God Help Us All.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anonymous
  5. @songbird

    His advocacy for world government was really amusing. He basically said he was afraid of local government (local bullies), but, he thought Washington DC was just dandy because it was far enough away that they wouldn’t bother him.

    Interesting that a Sci Fi futurist couldn’t foresee the electronic panopticon that defines our world only a few decades after his death.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Wilkey
  6. TGGP says: • Website

    There’s less available on this specific event than I expected. In this pdf from the organization, Mueller is quoted as saying “History will not only judge us if we can stop terrorist attacks, but if we can stop terrorist attacks within the lines of the Constitution.” O’Sullivan gets a photo, but no quotes.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  7. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Borders, stumbling block for imperialists.

    In a world without borders and no elite-people bonds, all the elites of the world congregate in Elysium that defies political gravity while all the masses(having been robbed of local-national elites to represent, defend, and lead them) turn into one giant sea of peons like in Latin America.

  8. JimB says:

    The last two Democrat presidents used their office to become millionaires as influence peddling celebrities. Trump was both a billionaire and a celebrity already when he came to office so there is no future penalty incurred for actually representing the interests of the American people over those of globalist corporations, the EU, China, and the Nobel Participation Prize Committee.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
  9. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    No Borders, No Nations, and etc.

    Okay, they should leave their own nations and travel around in the Third World.

    Or maybe they should call for wall-less homes or open-air homes.

    • Replies: @WR
    , @Clifford Brown
  10. Müeller? Kennnedy? O’Sullivan? Those Know-Nothings may just have been on to something.

    I guess there is some irony in the Special Counsel existing, effectively, because Podesta’s emails revealed Clinton pitching this very same thing to the very same bank.

  11. @TGGP

    Remember how long it took for Hillary’s speeches at Goldman Sachs events to come out.

    Goldman events tend to be A. Secret and B. Boring.

    I went to a Goldman Sachs luncheon around 1989 where the guest of honor was Mike Mansfield, the former Senate Majority Leader and then ambassador to Japan. It was very pleasant, but I don’t recall much of interest other than everybody at my table was convinced that the Nikkei Index was going up up up forever.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
    , @TheBoom
  12. JohnnyD says:

    With immigration, he’s basically saying what your average American thinks. He’s basically a traitor to his class, which is now fanatically committed to open borders and diversity.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
    , @Hail
  13. JohnnyD says:

    You can’t get more Deep State than this…

  14. Polynikes says:

    These days it takes a billionaire NY real estate tycoon to represent your average Joe.

  15. Polynikes says:

    I’m not sure that mass immigration is a blanket good thing for the billionaire boys club. It’s more the two parties. Democrats are playing a dangerous long game and guys like Paul Ryan and George Bush are too dumb* to see the writing on the wall.

    *or just don’t care

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  16. El Dato says:
    @Alec Leamas

    Asimov just wasn’t very good, either as a scientist or a writer.

    In the end, his stories are all embarrassingly “young adult”.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  17. wren says:

    Mueller in Kiev with his pal Viktor Yanukovych, Manafort’s client.

    Very global guy.

  18. hhsiii says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Oh yeah. It’s never reached that high again. That’s gonna be one long cup with handle base.

  19. @Polynikes

    Good help is all if we elected another bush or Clinton.

    God help us all if we elect another Bush or Clinton? Keep in mind drunkposting is an art, not a science!

  20. WR says:

    Okay, they should leave their own nations and travel around in the Third World.

    These two followed your advice with tragically predictable consequences.

    • Replies: @fish
    , @Anonymous
    , @oddsbodkins
  21. TheBoom says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Anytime I have had unfortunate opportunities to hobnob with our betters, I have come away depressed about the future of the country. My experience with them mainly centers on Silicon Valley and the technology investment community. They are recruited by going to the right schools and knowing the right people. It is increasingly rare for a plebian to break into their ranks. This started out with the venture capitalists and has spread to much of tech unless you are their cheap imported labor. There are some very talented people in tech but the industry thrives more in spite of, not because of, the thought leaders.

    They mindlessly parrot their incestuous conventional wisdom. They go to play golf, hear something, and it becomes gospel as though a revelation from Jesus. The funniest and most depressing example of this mindless group think involved a series of meetings with powerful Angel investors who were big names in the tech industry. The first meeting went great. Between the first and the second, an article was published in one of the newer tech rags about how the internet was going to kill off the role of sales because everything would be given away for free. (Of course, it has with companies like Caterpillar, Oracle and Boeing who give everything away over the web and run an automated advertising business.) All the high flyers at the second meeting pointed to the article and said no one was going to sell and charge for anything in the near future so we had to retool our business model to give our products away for free. They felt anyone who believed people were still going to sell things was a moron not fit to run a business. At first we thought they were kidding. When we realized they were dead serious, we were dumbfounded. These were at one time very shrewd business people but the minute they joined the investor class they mindlessly bought into the proscribed worldview and hip on every narrative. This is a trend winding its way down and through tech as can be seen by the SJW revolting against their customers.

    Taleb coined the great expression “intellectual but idiot.” My experience suggests they are pretend intellectual but idiot.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  22. Anonymous[258] • Disclaimer says:

    Where is the photo from?

  23. Hail says: • Website

    a traitor to his class

    Good line.

    I wonder: How many of the White-Christian-origin men and women on the Forbes 400 List* (or a hypothetical, wider “Forbes 40,000 List,” say) are immigration restrictionists? How many are implicit ethnonationalist sympathizers, if push came to shove, as President Trump appears to be?

    * Note: According to racehist‘s analysis republished in the past here at I-Steve, as of the early 2010s, persons of White Christian origin were just under 60% of the Forbes 400 (of which Trump was one). While that may seem low to the many misguided believers in White(-Christian) Privilege theory, 60% of the Forbes 400 is still a substantial amount of wealth.

  24. anon[217] • Disclaimer says:

    There is more than a little retconning going. The business classes and everyone is jumping China trade.

    To wit, in the WSJ, there was a general recognition that wages for working class jobs have lagged both prices and professional level jobs. An economist stated that trade was up to 85% of it.

    Not a word about immigration. It is still axiomatic that immigration has some magic multiplier effect that increases per capita well being and nuff said.

    Then Elizabeth Warren does an op ed in said WSJ, blaming corporate governance since about 1985 with shareholder value maximization as the culprit.

    Like things were so great at that time. Stagflation and the misery index. Oil price shock. Petrodollar lending crisis, S&L bailout. Inflation at high single digits. Rise of Japan. Etc. They went too far with open borders, but the current business practices came out of the global assault on American business by the Japanese.

    You have to go back to the immediate post war period to find anything close too the golden age of workers.

    Warren is trying to be a leftish Bannon. But still pushing the open border mantra.

    The problem is that Warren is clueless about business and its not like there is any shortage of capital.

    Open borders are the elephant in the room.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  25. fish says:

    Look at those vacant smiles…..Fucking Eloi!

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    , @Desiderius
  26. Hail says: • Website
    @Redneck farmer

    a world without borders

    This is how we get Trumpslide 2020.

    Trump’s thin majorities in the many states are worrying (not just the Midwest); I hate to say something like this (at risk of sounding like DemsRRealRacist), but there are signs that the Black vote may swing to Trump in 2020, which would really give breathing room. As it stands:

    Solid Trump EVs (electoral votes) (Trump won by 5%+)

    Solid Hillary EVs (Hillary won by 5%+)
    182 EVs

    Swing EVs (margin in ’16 at Trump second term.

    If any of these falters (say, worst-case, the big prize of Florida [-29 EV]) doesn’t deliver for the Big Man, all is by no means lost: The ‘Stepfatherland’ of Wisconsin [10 EV] again stepping up could make up for it (the very small Black voting bloc shifting to Trump would be lost in the noise; it would be a White Man’s effort), along with a win in either Minnesota [10 EV] (which Hillary won by only 47-46) [thereby redeeming the (much-maligned, in some corners of I-Steve) Scandinavians], or Pennsylvania [20 EV] (Trump 49-48).

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    , @Hail
  27. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Fun little vignette. To be sure, the women agitating for ‘no borders’ will be the first ones to call 911 when their ‘safe spaces’ are violated, which they most assuredly will be, again and again.

  28. Lagertha says:

    This is part of the post I made a few days ago, about stuff that Mueller said years ago. I also cited the Book” The Pantagon’s New Plan.” It is all so creepy because it is real.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  29. Lagertha says:

    He’s a liar…at what point will people in the United States care that this man is a huge liar? What does it take?

  30. Lagertha says:

    Pantagon…misspelled by me – might as well be spelled: Pants be Gone/Balls way gone/Gone of pants of men who had balls! Pants are gone but Constitution is found!

  31. Wilkey says:
    @Alec Leamas

    “Interesting that a Sci Fi futurist couldn’t foresee the electronic panopticon that defines our world only a few decades after his death.”

    Asimov’s contemporary. Arthur C Clarke, seemed to do a much better job of foreseeing the actual future. There’s an old tv clip from the 1970s of Clarke predicting a big chunk of the internet era. As for whether he or anyone elze understood (or cared about) all or even a fraction of the political implications of those technologies well that’s anyone’s guess.

  32. Wilkey says:

    The downside for Trump going into 2020 is that be won’t be running against the incredibly unpopular Hillary Clinton.

    The upside, for all his alleged volatility, is tha things seem to be going pretty damn well. He hasn’t blown up the planet yet, and no one appears to be in boxcars on their way to Auschwitz. It’s very, very hard for an incumbent president to lose with a good economy. It’s even harder if the only people the opposition party can summon up to run against them are shite. And it’s even harder when that party is basically sprinting towards the far left and offending every white and/or Christian and/or straight male in the country.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Anonymous
  33. BenKenobi says:

    “This temple marks the spot where the elves of dark heart departed, and became Drow.”

    We Dark Eloi now.

    (yes I know Drow society is an insane militant matriarchy)

  34. Hail says: • Website

    [The Democratic Party] is basically sprinting towards the far left and offending every white and/or Christian and/or straight male in the country

    #OcasioCortez2020 is literally a (troll-)hashtag with several dozen tweets. (She is unqualified for being under 35.)

    #AbolishICE2020 has only one tweet, also a troll.

    #AmericaWasNeverThatGreat2020 also seems nice. (Thank you, Andrew Cuomo.)


  35. Well, There you go. It still amazes me that people hold Mueller up as the pinnacle of integrity. His strategy of using every prosecutorial trick to smear, demean and bring down Donald Trump in the complete absence of any discernible legal issue has been his M.O. for many, many years. He was spotted early on by the FBI as a corrupt prosecutor who could help them out in the Whitey Bulger scandal. In that case to protect Bulger, Mueller helped the FBI frame and convict innocent people for murders committed by Bulger. When local politicians objected, Mueller went after them using the same kinds of baseless, trumped up charges that have become so familiar, dragging them through court in endless prosecutions.

    Mueller was also responsible for the baseless prosecutions of first Steven Hatfill and then Bruce Ivins in the 911 anthrax cases. These were clearly intended to provide cover for the real perpetrators. Hatfill turned out to be tough as nails, and his case ended with a whopping monetary settlement paid out by the FBI. Ivins was more vulnerable, and he finally killed himself, when the FBI attempted to pressure and entice his own children to testify against him, including, as I recall, offering his son a new car for the “right” testimony. Ivins, however, was completely innocent as proved by verifiable timelines that made the charges against him completely impossible.

    Louis Gohmert has compiled these and many similar cases of Mueller’s extensive criminal activity which I previously did not know about, including the case of Congressman Curt Weldon, who Mueller destroyed professionally and personally without ever bringing any charges.

    • Replies: @Romanian
  36. Hail says: • Website

    Not sure how part of this post got eaten, but

    Swing EVs (margin in ’16 at [state-by-state content missing] Trump second term.

    should be

    Swing EVs (margin in ’16 at <10%)

    Trump needs 100 of the Swing EVs.

    With a noticeable shift of the Black vote to Trump and all else held approx. equal (within the "margin of error" of the 2016 result for other races), the following states would either flip to Trump or solidify for Trump:

    - Virginia (Trump 45-50 Hillary) [13 EVs]
    — 21% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 9-88 Hillary) [CNN exit poll]
    — need ~22% of Black vote to tip state to Trump (50%+1), all else equal
    — need ~30% of Black vote to push Trump past 3%-win-margin

    - North Carolina (Trump 51-47 Hillary) [15 EVs]
    — 20% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 8-89 Hillary)
    — need ~12% of Black vote to push Trump past 5%-win-margin comfort zone

    - Florida (Trump 49-48 Hillary) [29 EVs]
    — 14% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 8-84 Hillary)
    — need ~20% of Black vote to push Trump past 3%-win-margin
    — need ~27% of Black vote to push Trump past 5%-win-margin comfort zone

    - Georgia (Trump 51-46 Hillary) [15 EVs]
    — 30% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 9-89 Hillary)
    — any forward move would give more cushion, in case White/other vote turns

    - Michigan (Trump 48-47 Hillary) [16 EVs]
    — 15% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 6-92 Hillary)
    — need ~14% of Black vote to push Trump past 3%-win-margin
    — need ~20% of Black vote to push Trump past 5%-win-margin comfort zone

    - Ohio (Trump 52-44 Hillary) [18 EVs]
    — 14% of electorate is Black (of which, Trump 8-88 Hillary)
    - (no need for Black vote shift, all else equal)

    Trump wins all of these = 106 Swing EVs = Trump second term.

    If any one of these falters [....]

    • Replies: @res
  37. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    The upside, for all his alleged volatility, is tha things seem to be going pretty damn well.

    That’s actually the downside. The business cycle will turn before 2020 is up.

    • Replies: @Anthony Wayne
  38. @Clifford Brown

    I read the Washington Post’s account of the “alt-right” rally. The paper also had a three-minute video, in which you could hear Antifa chanting “punch a Nazi” and you could see a big banner promising a bullet for fascists. I didn’t see mention of either in the article.

  39. @fish

    I’m going with smug over vacant. Believing in evil is for badwhites.

    Holy rollers in the Church of Niceianity.

  40. @Anonymous

    Bet you a signed dollar it doesn’t.

  41. @Clifford Brown

    The Feds need to come in and lock up all those masked maraauders.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  42. Mr. Anon says:
    @El Dato

    Asimov just wasn’t very good, either as a scientist or a writer.

    He freely admitted that he was not a good scientist. He hated doing research and never did any after he got his Ph.D., by which time he was earning pretty well as a writer anyway. And he freely admitted that he was not a great writer. He never claimed to be one, only that he was a competent professional writer. He strove to be the most prolific author in history.

    I still think his early science fiction, like the Foundation Trilogy, was good, as were his non-fiction works – his essays on science, etc.

    Most science fiction authors were/are poor futurists.

    • Replies: @Bill B.
  43. AndrewR says:

    Paul Ryan is a very bright man. His harmful policies and rhetoric are seldom due to ignorance.

  44. AndrewR says:
    @Clifford Brown

    These are the people who, according to people like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, are unequivocally better than some people who oppose the Jewish-led effort to replace white goyim and the leftist campaign to take down Confederate monuments.

  45. AndrewR says:
    @ben tillman

    Why would they do that? Antifa are the useful idiots of the elites. No need to have the government directly break the first amendment when you can have masked thugs attack your opponents with legal immunity. Win/win for the communists and our government.

  46. res says:

    Not sure how part of this post got eaten

    I’ve had that happen when I wrote something which was interpreted as HTML tags.

    Be especially careful of < and >

    I used the HTML character entities (lt and gt) above:
    Same line using the actual characters.

    Be especially careful of

    P.S. Cases like this are especially annoying here because preview and post work differently for them. My last line above looked fine in preview.

  47. Brutusale says:

    Federal officials who started their careers in Boston back in the 80s have definitely made their mark in the world. The Departed didn’t cover half of it.

  48. @TheBoom

    Taleb’s new book Skin in the Game is pretty entertaining.

    2) Oracle will start charging companies to “run” Java in 2019 0r 2020.

  49. @anon

    Warren is remarkably stupid for someone who taught at Harvard. She know nothing about economics or how the world works, but, boy, does she have some solutions for us.

  50. Romanian says: • Website

    His psychohistory concept, and his writing in general, marks him out as someone who believes in social engineering and interventionism. Since he was at his most active in a Golden Age of limitless possibility for science and decolonization , it is an understandable view. Ultimately, the political spectrum is between people who want to act on others and people who want to leave others alone.

    Also, keep in mind the idea of instrumental rationality (that is what I think it was called by Jonathan Haidt). Our feelings and gut determine our position which we then use reason to argue in favor of.

  51. Romanian says: • Website
    @Tim Howells

    Wow, nice!

    Here is the official page and link, just so people do not think this is fake or psyops.

  52. Bill B. says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I hadn’t until now known that Asimov died of Aids. I can’t remember if there was ever a scandal about this. I remember thinking of poor Arthur Ashe “Gosh you never can tell who” until I later learnt that it came from a blood transfusion. (Newspaper reports IIRC never mentioned how he obtained the virus.)

    Asimov suffered a heart attack in 1977, and had triple bypass surgery in December 1983, during which he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion.[68] When his HIV status was understood, his physicians warned that if he publicized it, the anti-AIDS prejudice would likely extend to his family members. He died in New York City on April 6, 1992, and was cremated.[69]

    He was survived by his siblings, his second wife Janet Asimov, and his children from his first marriage. His brother Stanley reported the cause of death as heart and kidney failure.[70] The family chose not to disclose that these were complications of AIDS, because within two days, on April 8, Arthur Ashe announced his own HIV infection (also contracted in 1983 from a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery), which resulted in much public controversy;[71][72] also doctors continued to insist on secrecy.[73] Ten years later, after most of Asimov’s physicians had died, Janet and Robyn Asimov agreed that the HIV story should be made public; Janet revealed it in her edition of his autobiography, It’s Been a Good Life.[68][73][74]

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