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From Haaretz, the Israeli liberal broadsheet:

Opinion: The Swiss Alps Seem Quaint Until You Learn the Truth About Their Residents

A goat sitting on a rock in Switzerland

It turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists

Ofri Ilany Aug 03, 2017 3:12 PM

… I’m in Switzerland, at a conference. It’s nice here. … How pastoral everything is in Switzerland! …

At least that’s what I’d have thought, if I hadn’t read in the local paper that in Kandersteg, the region I have been staying in, 48 percent of the votes in the last federal elections went to the right-wing, nationalist Swiss People’s Party. … What a pity that newspapers exist. If I hadn’t read them, I’d probably have thought that the residents of Kandersteg are pleasant, humanitarian types. All those rosy-cheeked village girls serving rosti, all those solidly built goat milkers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists. The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is. The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure. Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.

Helping her brothers defend Switzerland from the threat of Nazi invasion?

Okay, granted the Swiss were anti-Nazi in WWII, but the point is that they were distantly related by blood to Nazis, so that means that they are racially evil: corruption of blood.

Regrettably:

Not Switzerland, sadly

In contrast to Germany and Austria, Switzerland was not destroyed by bombing in World War II. Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. …

Swiss xenophobia is one of the phenomena that pull the rug out from under the learned explanations for the rise of the far right in Europe. It’s said that the right has drawn strength from the economic crisis of the past decade, but Switzerland is as rich and sated as ever. It’s said that the right wing is on the rise because of the influx of Muslim refugees, but there are no foreigners at all in Kandersteg and similar districts. Muslims account for less than 1 percent of the population in the town. It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.

For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.

… From this point of view, Switzerland exemplifies one of the great paradoxes of tourism. We go to a different country in order to acquaint ourselves with a different reality. We long for someplace authentic, where uniformity hasn’t infringed, a place that has successfully resisted globalization and is preserving its difference and distinctiveness. But preserving a heritage comes with a price. Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties. Right-wing parties fawn over ostensibly delightful traditions such as local beer and a rural way of life. … The desire to “preserve cultural heritage” dovetails clearly with enmity toward Muslims.

“Europe is changing,” “Europe isn’t what it used to be,” tourists cluck when they return home from a visit to the Continent. But maybe the problem with Europe is different in character: that it’s not changing enough. All the movements to preserve the baguette, to eradicate smartphones and to lead a “slow life” are generally another name for xenophobic and antipathetic politics. The Europeans view themselves as animals of the wild in need of conservation, for protection in the face of globalization. But very often it’s hard to say who’s becoming extinct and who’s causing the extinction.

Extinction as the ultimate cure for European xenophobia and conservatism: you might almost call it a Final Solution.

Note that Haaretz, while it would seem like a quality newspaper, appears headed toward long-term extinction itself, since few in Israel read it anymore. The kind of people in Israel who have lots of children prefer other newspapers. After all, the Israelis are descended from the pastoralist Abraham. And over a few generations that becomes determinative for the fate of a newspaper.

In response to this Haaretz op-ed, Ainu-American Trump Administration official Hakan Rotmwrt tweeted:

more profound truth: racialism comes from pastoralism….from discovery of laws & secrets of breeding, from the creation of thoroughbreds

 
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  1. BB753 says:

    Paranoia will destroy ya!

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    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    , @Anonymous
    Jewish people are allowed to see a Nazi under every rock and their concerns are supposed to be taken very seriously, but if non-Jewish whites mention that their countries are being invaded and that they're being displaced, they're told they're over-reacting and are ridiculous and maybe need to take a cold shower to calm down and relax.
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    The drinking vessel ( kokekar 3 deler) used by the nearest SS-soldier is still used by the Norwegian army.. http://imgur.com/a/yIpyW I have one
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  3. I know Kandersteg. You have to understand, that the supposedly xenophobic inhabitants of this charming and beautifully situated city at the feet of the Eiger/Jungfrau mountains, which are even known to parts of the white trash, – those parts of it, that look at James Bond movies etc. – ahhh – – these utter xenophobes of Kandersteg helped develop international tourism. It began at Kandersteg, kind of.

    That women in Hijabs don’t do as much mountain climbing as – say, american lesbians do, should not be looked upon as a fault of the Kanderstegians.
    To claim, that Kandersteg is a xenophobic city is to declare oneself a deaf, dumb and blind kid.

    The SVP party, Ofri Ilany of Haaretz so heartfully disdains is – by and large, a liberal party. As a matter of fact, the part-time Swiss, part time Israel resident and publicist and psychoanalytic Carlo Strenger says, its misleading to call the SVP right wing radical or xenophobic or some such. Strenger publishes his German books at Suhrkamp, the publisher of Adorno, Bloch, Benjamin and Habermas…

    Regular people in Kandersteg do worry, that too many (unproductive, especially) strangers might do harm to Swiss society. Immigration critic Paul Collier is almost a household name in Switzerland. All papers from the left to the right discuss him – and Putnam, and Koopmans, and Swiss Radio and television do so, too.
    The left liberal Zürich daily Tages-Anzeiger even ran an article which proposed to discuss the refugee and immigrant question if possible ouside of the left-right divide – just as a pragmatic question of how much of what is sustainable and affordable and – fruitful – for both sides…

    I don’t know much about Ofri Ilany, and I do wish her the very best, but she might just not be suited to leave home. Maybe not yet. The Swiss do accomodate all kinds of people, and thei’re friendly as long as it is ever possible (they earn lots of money doing so…).

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    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Google the name. Ofri Ilany is just the sort of Semitic pencil-necked geek I expected him to be.
    , @Dieter Kief
    Ofri Ilany - I do wish him the very best. Thanks Brutusale. Him.
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  4. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    While Switzerland maintained neutrality in WWII (but did manufacture a lot of arms for Germany) and didn’t send many volunteers to fight for the Waffen-SS, it has a conservative culture and organizational capabilities that exceed even other German speaking people. So the latent elements are there for a Swiss transformation into a far right state that goes on to conquer Europe and oppress Jews.

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  5. I don’t know how you happened upon this article, Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?) , but I wouldn’t have the ability to remain so calm about this extremely stupid and/or evil writing you show us. Possibly it is cathartic for you to put down your great sarcastic commentary next to the bullshit. I hope that you have many more readers than Haaretz and especially Mr. Ilany does. I would bet that you do, were we to get the numbers.

    Though my lack of xenophobia hasn’t hurt me none, I can read the writing here and see the stupidity as well as the rest of yous guys. The guy says he was in the town of Switzerland for a conference, but then he goes on about tourism. Which was it? At the conference, he should have gone to the seminars, presented his paper, and not made it his business what goes in on this town. If I were in deepest, Moslemist Saudi Arabia for an engineering conference, I would not make it my business to criticize any of the stupid, sick Islamic crap that would be going on outside the conference center. When in Rome, do as the migrants Romans do, and all that.

    As to tourism, the guy says tourists long for “somewhere authentic where uniformity hasn’t been infringed [sic, should be imposed, ed.]“, but then they still want that globalization thing. Why don’t these tourists just change plans next year to visit, say, I dunno, Malmo, Sweden, or stay in an AirR&R* on the outskirts of Gay Paris. It’s not like there are no other place to go but this one village in Switzerland. How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems, which is NO GOOD. The correct number is ZERO. Why would they want any Moslems in a small village in Switzerland? Don’t take my word for it; don’t even take the word of the citizens of this village – ask the goats. They’ll tell you they want no part in them it!

    It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.

    For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.

    Exactly, Steve!

    Well, I feel better now, and I guess you do too, Steve. Have a good morning.

    ***********************************************
    *AirR&R – it’s built along the same model as AirB&B, in the “sharing-economy” space, but this one stands for “Air Rob and Rape”.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Dang, too early in the morning it was ... could be 50 Moslems ... I believe I was gonna write 250 inhabitants first and then figured even that town probably had more than that - forgot to fix my arithmetic.

    Sorry.
    , @utu
    How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Revolution knows no bounds. Always expanding. Nobody will be left alone.

    Woman denied Swiss citizenship for complaining about cowbells
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/14/swiss-citizenship-woman-denied-cowbells/96398518/
    , @International Jew

    Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?)
     
    LOL

    Don’t take my word for it; don’t even take the word of the citizens of this village – ask the goats
     
    LOL^2
    , @TontoBubbaGoldstein
    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems...

    Might want to check your math, Chief.
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  6. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    In actual fact, Switzerland has an enormous immigrant and immigrant descended share of its population. That proportion contains a good deal of ‘non-western’ immigrants too.

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    In actual fact, Switzerland has an enormous immigrant and immigrant descended share of its population. That proportion contains a good deal of ‘non-western’ immigrants too.
     
    In the cities I would think. Not in the Swiss Alps and the rural areas.
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  7. It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world. If it isn’t blacks, it’s Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Guys, guys, all that paranoia, it’s just in your heads man, lay back, take a puff and try to enjoy it.

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    • Replies: @bomag

    so…afraid of the world
     
    It is not fear; it is concern, it is knowledge gained from noticing patterns.

    For that matter, you seem too afraid of us. Why don't you lay back and take a puff while we try to keep the wheels on a world slated to support multi billions of your kinsmen?
    , @Mr. Anon

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world.
     
    Whereas black people are quite comfortable living in their own heads, with hardly a care or concern in the World. And look at the wonderful societies that outlook leads to.
    , @kihowi
    Self-preservation and concern about the future: ideas too complicated for the Current Year.

    Why do all that tiresome thinking if you can just lie back, smoke some weed and play videogames, man? *dies childless*
    , @Johann Ricke

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world. If it isn’t blacks, it’s Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.
     
    Get back to us when Nigeria is 10% non-black - and climbing...
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  8. @BB753
    Paranoia will destroy ya!


    https://youtu.be/wRpAANsoG8I

    “Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]”

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

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    Muswell Hillbillies was peak Kinks for me.

    This is the age of machinery,
    A mechanical nightmare,
    The wonderful world of technology,
    Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare,

    This is the twentieth century,
    But too much aggravation
    It's the age of insanity,
    What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

    Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
    I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to be here.
    My mama said she can't understand me
    She can't see my motivation
    Just give me some security,

    BBC has covered Waterloo Sunset 1967 countless times. The nostalgia for when England was England.
    Wikipedia
    Enoch Powell's 20 April 1968.......Rivers of Blood speech

    , @ganderson
    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     
    , @BB753
    I didn't know that Davies had been knighted. Good for him! Anyway, I'm not sure the British Crown can be described as conservative, except for conserving their monarchy and privileges. Just consider how much Great Britain has changed during Queen Elizabeth's reign, particularly in the ethnic make-up of her royal majesty's subjects.
    , @James Richard
    Ray practically invented hard rock. Just listen to the guitar breaks on Tired of Waiting and You Really Got Me. And this song always struck me as right-wing in a decadent sort of way:

    "Sunny Afternoon"

    The tax man's taken all my dough,
    And left me in my stately home,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    And I can't sail my yacht,
    He's taken everything I've got,
    All I've got's this sunny afternoon.

    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    My girlfriend's run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
    Now I'm sitting here,
    Sipping at my ice cold beer,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

    Help me, help me, help me sail away,
    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
    'Cause I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
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  9. dearieme says:

    Reading Haaretz must be like contemplating people who choose to eschew bacon: it leads to the conclusion that the cleverness has its lacunae.

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  10. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/migration-series–part-1-_who-are-the-25–foreign-population-in-switzerland-/42412156

    So a quarter of people in Switzerland are foreign born. Is this a record among western nations?

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  11. Anonym says:

    I thought they/you were referring to this:

    But nope, it is only racialists and nationalists. We must ensure there are no remaining breeding pairs of pure Europeans! Only then will Tikkun Olam be achieved!

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    Despite the best efforts of Zwingli, Calvin et al, the Swiss have always retained elements of proto- paganism/catholicism. Much of this "demonic" ceremony would not be at all out of palce in a Basler carnival!

    Just imagine how boring the world will be after Haaretz's brethren in Hollywood have finished the cultural "homogenizing" of the world.
    , @Olorin
    When the Gotthard ceremony video went viral, in many instances among right wingers trying to mobilize the base for November 2016, I found the production awful…but gave mansplaining it the old college try.

    After awhile I got tired of explaining Krampus (cognate to Joulupukki and other European Yule figures), "uglies" (cognate to the Green Man), the Berggeist, etc., to nitwits who have replaced with televised sports and other melanistic pursuits their European ancestors' stories that reflect their ancestors' neurobiology.

    The problem with the rail-tunnel-opening production wasn't content, it was scale.

    These rituals and characters are chthonic to ancient archetypal seasonal drama at the village level, or smaller, more organic, and genomically coherent cities.

    Not the hypermagnified brutalist scale of homogenized, frenetic, sexualized contemporary hive culture churned out by Big Globotainment's degeneracy factory.

    Anything at the village scale gets called "folk culture" and doesn't get on TV/big screen. Of course not--it looks silly there.

    There may be a way to make it look not-silly. I thought that low-budget Finnish movie Rare Exports did a pretty good job with the Joulupukki story that I was taught on a village level. The Tolkein-based movies never clicked for me, but I understand they reached many a son and daughter of Albion (etc.).

    So that tunnel-opening ceremony was what it was. People who forget their ancestors' stories and symbols name it something else, as they have been trained to do.

    Still, whatever my dissatisfaction with the rail-tunnel production from a standpoint of dramatic tekne/τέχνη Europa, I think it worked in doing exactly what it was intended to do: highlight promethean unease while reveling in the warmth of purloined fire.

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  12. bomag says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist
    It must be terrible living in your heads, so...afraid of the world. If it isn't blacks, it's Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Guys, guys, all that paranoia, it's just in your heads man, lay back, take a puff and try to enjoy it.

    so…afraid of the world

    It is not fear; it is concern, it is knowledge gained from noticing patterns.

    For that matter, you seem too afraid of us. Why don’t you lay back and take a puff while we try to keep the wheels on a world slated to support multi billions of your kinsmen?

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  13. They built it and want to keep it for themselves? What does the un say about that?

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  14. Flip says:

    “Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: “You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?” The soldier replied: “Shoot twice and go home.””
    -Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Target Switzerland. Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. Mr

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  15. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    https://twitter.com/hop1ite_02/status/893890154284302336

    The drinking vessel ( kokekar 3 deler) used by the nearest SS-soldier is still used by the Norwegian army.. http://imgur.com/a/yIpyW I have one

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  16. so basically any European peoples or culture that isn’t actively driving itself to extinction is inherently racist.

    In contrast to Germany and Austria, Switzerland was not destroyed by bombing in World War II. Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. …

    So when we look at a beautiful cathedral or a quaint medieval town we feel a deep sense of beauty. What to the writers of Haarezt feel? Disgust, fear? Revulsion? A feeling that it must be destroyed?

    I was reading a book on the Reconquest of Spain by Queen Isabel and apparently at the time there was a belief among Jewish rabbis that the kingdom of the ‘false’ messiah had to be destroyed for their true messiah to come. Thus many jews supported Ottoman invasions of Christian Europe even when they lived in said countries.

    It seems to me the Jewish left has secularized and deeply internalized this belief.

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  17. Regor says:

    I was going to say something really mean about the gentleman who authored that article but then I realized that nearly all his people do is complain and accuse, regardless of where they go and how well they are treated.

    Gratitude is a blessing they severely lack.

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  18. Mark Caplan says: • Website

    Only 48% of these “pastoralists” voted to maintain their cultural identity and way of life. So even in the most remote, xenophobic outposts of Europe, cucks hold the majority.

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    @16 Mark Caplan: Switzerland sealed its fate when it gave the franchise to women. Women ruin everything with their empty-headed feels.
    , @Mr. Anon

    Only 48% of these “pastoralists” voted to maintain their cultural identity and way of life. So even in the most remote, xenophobic outposts of Europe, cucks hold the majority.
     
    Yes, that struck me too. And yet that is still not good enough. Not until every last european hamlet has been inundated with foreigners, and every last european has gotten his mind right and cries out "thankyou, sir, may I have another", will people like Mr. Ilany be satisfied. Or, perhaps, not even then?
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  19. Clyde says:

    I believe Haaretz is not merely liberal. It is lefty left, as in being the Israeli fishwrap most likely to complain about Israel deporting illegal immigrants from the sub-Sahara. Most of whom are Muslim to boot!

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    19 Clyde > It is lefty left


    not to mention, iSteve is quoting from the PREMIUM edition. Esteemed readers & donors.... he used your contributions to buy a subscription to the only leftist newspaper in Israel.

    Goddamn it iSteve, what ==is== Adelson (and his FREE newspaper, IsraelHayom ["Israel Today"] ) to you..... chopped liver??!?
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  20. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer
    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    Muswell Hillbillies was peak Kinks for me.

    This is the age of machinery,
    A mechanical nightmare,
    The wonderful world of technology,
    Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare,

    This is the twentieth century,
    But too much aggravation
    It’s the age of insanity,
    What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

    Ain’t got no ambition, I’m just disillusioned
    I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t want to be here.
    My mama said she can’t understand me
    She can’t see my motivation
    Just give me some security,

    BBC has covered Waterloo Sunset 1967 countless times. The nostalgia for when England was England.
    Wikipedia
    Enoch Powell’s 20 April 1968…….Rivers of Blood speech

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    Here here.

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).
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  21. ganderson says:
    @Steve Sailer
    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

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    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.
     
    Highly agree. Their influence is not widely recognized.
    , @3g4me
    @ 21 Ganderson: My favorite Kinks song is Victoria:

    Long ago life was clean
    Sex was bad, called obscene
    And the rich were so mean.
    Stately homes for the Lords
    Croquet lawns, village greens
    Victoria was my queen.


    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria.

    I was born, lucky me
    in a land that I love
    Though I'm poor, I am free.
    When I'm grown, I shall fight.
    For this land I shall die
    May her sun never set

    Victoria etc.

    Land of hope and gloria,
    land of my Victoria
    Land of hope and gloria
    Land of my Victoria

    Victoria etc.

    Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all

    Victoria etc.
    , @James Richard
    Not perhaps among early British Invasion aficionados. They are right up there with the Yardbirds.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    And they have a fair claim to be the fathers of the rock guitar riff, which in its turn begat heavy metal. To think "You Really Got Me" was released in 1964!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GERPwOoQl1I
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  22. Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties.

    There’s a solution to this problem: just stop asserting that there’s something ugly about xenophobia and nationalism. They’re perfectly reasonable responses to the policies of a hostile global elite that seeks to destroy societies.

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  23. @Steve Sailer
    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    “Living On A Thin Line”

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there’s no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They’re castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we’re the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn’t do, what we wouldn’t do,
    It’s a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they’re gone, it’s me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.

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    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Oh, I'm pretty sure, even if they themselves wouldn't have admitted it, or even realized it, back in the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW-JYsF3xHI

    "Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From to the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all.

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, 'toria
    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria.
    "
    , @bomag
    The song was released in 1984; it has become even more trenchant.
    , @Hunsdon
    I'd offer up Village Green Preservation Society, as well.

    The Village Green Preservation Society Lyrics

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
    God save Mrs. Mopp and good old Mother Riley.
    We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
    God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

    Oooh...

    We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
    God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
    We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
    God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
    We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
    God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    God save the village green!
    , @Laugh Track

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Not exactly secret, I'd say. Seems like half of the Kinks' output was paeans to British traditions, place, and way of life. Sometimes the tone was ambivalent, "Waterloo Sunset" comes to mind, about people stuck in their ruts, but Davies even seemed to make those ruts seem idyllic in their way. And "Lola", one of their biggest hits, wasn't exactly a tranny celebration. Of course, I know nothing of Ray's politics and he could well by as cucked as they come, but the appeal of many of his songs was to my conservative side.
    , @ben tillman

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there’s no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore.
     
    Yes, this song has lyrics that surpass those of 20th Century Man and Muswell Hillbillies, which are absolute classics. However, I was surprised to learn, Dave wrote these lyrics, not Ray.
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  24. Dr. X says:

    Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties. Right-wing parties fawn over ostensibly delightful traditions such as local beer and a rural way of life. … The desire to “preserve cultural heritage” dovetails clearly with enmity toward Muslims.

    An Israeli wrote this? An Israeli? Wow. Talk about chutzpah!

    It’s not as if Israel doesn’t have nationalist parties, rural kibbutzes, “delightful traditions” (such as Passover, celebrating the death of Egyptian infants) and a selective immigration policy based on keeping foreigners and goyim out.

    But if the Jews do these things, it’s OK. They are, after all, “God’s Chosen People,” so they’re entitled to a “Promised Land” based on nationalism, racism, and religious exclusivity. The Swiss aren’t God’s Chosen, so they need to import hordes of Muslims and listen to moral scolding from the Jews… right?

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    A lot of today's Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi's crowd.

    It's a pretty useful tradition -- don't go all out against your own people, project some of the rage you are feeling against your own onto to the The Other -- especially if virtually none of The Other ever notice what's happening.

    , @Dave Pinsen
    Passover doesn't celebrate the deaths of Egyptian infants. The commemoration of the the 10 plagues generally includes language like this:

    As we read the 10 plagues, we spill drops of wine from our cups, mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free.
     
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  25. How many Jewish readers of Haaretz want Israel to accept large numbers of Muslim immigrants?

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    "How many Jewish readers of Haaretz want Israel to accept large numbers of Muslim immigrants?"

    More than Jewish Israeli non-readers of Haaretz ...

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  26. hyperbola says:
    @Anonym
    I thought they/you were referring to this:

    https://youtu.be/zW5gklIKcDg

    But nope, it is only racialists and nationalists. We must ensure there are no remaining breeding pairs of pure Europeans! Only then will Tikkun Olam be achieved!

    Despite the best efforts of Zwingli, Calvin et al, the Swiss have always retained elements of proto- paganism/catholicism. Much of this “demonic” ceremony would not be at all out of palce in a Basler carnival!

    Just imagine how boring the world will be after Haaretz’s brethren in Hollywood have finished the cultural “homogenizing” of the world.

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  27. @Achmed E. Newman
    I don't know how you happened upon this article, Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?) , but I wouldn't have the ability to remain so calm about this extremely stupid and/or evil writing you show us. Possibly it is cathartic for you to put down your great sarcastic commentary next to the bullshit. I hope that you have many more readers than Haaretz and especially Mr. Ilany does. I would bet that you do, were we to get the numbers.

    Though my lack of xenophobia hasn't hurt me none, I can read the writing here and see the stupidity as well as the rest of yous guys. The guy says he was in the town of Switzerland for a conference, but then he goes on about tourism. Which was it? At the conference, he should have gone to the seminars, presented his paper, and not made it his business what goes in on this town. If I were in deepest, Moslemist Saudi Arabia for an engineering conference, I would not make it my business to criticize any of the stupid, sick Islamic crap that would be going on outside the conference center. When in Rome, do as the migrants Romans do, and all that.

    As to tourism, the guy says tourists long for "somewhere authentic where uniformity hasn't been infringed [sic, should be imposed, ed.]", but then they still want that globalization thing. Why don't these tourists just change plans next year to visit, say, I dunno, Malmo, Sweden, or stay in an AirR&R* on the outskirts of Gay Paris. It's not like there are no other place to go but this one village in Switzerland. How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems, which is NO GOOD. The correct number is ZERO. Why would they want any Moslems in a small village in Switzerland? Don't take my word for it; don't even take the word of the citizens of this village - ask the goats. They'll tell you they want no part in them it!


    It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.
     

    For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.
     
    Exactly, Steve!

    Well, I feel better now, and I guess you do too, Steve. Have a good morning.


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    *AirR&R - it's built along the same model as AirB&B, in the "sharing-economy" space, but this one stands for "Air Rob and Rape".

    Dang, too early in the morning it was … could be 50 Moslems … I believe I was gonna write 250 inhabitants first and then figured even that town probably had more than that – forgot to fix my arithmetic.

    Sorry.

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  28. anon says: • Disclaimer

    I’m in Israel, at a conference. It’s nice here. … How pastoral everything is in Israel! …

    At least that’s what I’d have thought, if I hadn’t read in the local paper that in Beit Shemesh, the region I have been staying in, 54 percent of the votes in the 2013 elections went to the right-wing, nationalist Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu ( Israel Our Home) and Shas parties. … What a pity that newspapers exist. If I hadn’t read them, I’d probably have thought that the residents of Beit Shemesh are pleasant, humanitarian types. All those long haired village girls serving bagels, all those solidly built settlers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists.

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    Well done. I even looked at all the links. Village girls :)
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  29. @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    Oh, I’m pretty sure, even if they themselves wouldn’t have admitted it, or even realized it, back in the day.

    Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From to the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all.

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria
    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria.“

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    @29 Achmed E Newman: Great minds. I made my post of the lyrics before I reached yours.
    , @Anonymous
    This song was part of a package. The subject grows out of his naive patriotism as the album progresses. He realizes he's been duped and his beloved Empire is more evil than Darth Vader.
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  30. biz says:

    Before we get all excited here, let’s note that Haaretz is basically anti-Zionist now in its editorial line. While some of its writers are traditional labor Zionists, many are now ‘one-staters.’ So far from being ‘nationalism for me but not for thee,’ they are basically ‘nationalism for nobody.’

    Also Haaretz is pretty much unread in Israel these days, and kept afloat by an annual infusion of cash from German NGOs.

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    "Also Haaretz is pretty much unread in Israel these days, and kept afloat by an annual infusion of cash from German NGOs."

    So, it's a secret Nazi plot to make seraphic Jews look bad?
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  31. eD says:

    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn’t the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a “pro-Nazi neutral” during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

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    This article for Israel may be an early indication that more money is wanted from Switzerland by Jewish extortion racket.
    , @Clyde

    After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.
     
    There is a quote from a William Manchester book that goes like, "No one thought Hitler was crazy until he started losing battles".

    No one meaning no Germans.
    , @reiner Tor
    That's only true to the extent that it can also be said that the Jewish communities were also pro-Nazi, since they also cooperated with the Nazis. Of course, neither the Jewish, nor the Swiss leaders had much of a choice.
    , @Wilkey
    "The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn’t the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers."

    This sort of reminds me of all the kerfuffles over Hollywood casting choices. Leftist Hollywood execs make real or supposed racist casting decisions, but conservatives get blamed for them.

    Swiss bankers take Nazi money. The Swiss citizenry gets blamed for it. The banking and other business interests then say that the only way for the Swiss people to atone for "their" sins is to do what magically just happens to be in the best interests of...bankers and other businesses.
    , @Dan Hayes
    eD:

    "Neutral" countries defer to the most proximate warring nation.

    That was the way both Sweden and Ireland acted in World War II. Sweden deferred to Germany; Ireland deferred to Britain.

    In contradiction to your statement, in WW II supposed neutral Ireland did "play ball" with Britain!

    , @Olorin
    The other possibility here is that war as washed through propaganda for the masses reflect the interests of those who wrote the propaganda. (In this case, two sides--one good, one bad--and a neutral we choose not to talk about.)

    Historiography is always subject to perspective, interests, and such. But when you have a phenomenon where only high priests are allowed to write the history, and we peons can only discuss it in catechismic terms, you know something is being kept hidden. Or maybe nothing at all, but the control of the discourse is an engine of power.

    Also, the use of the term "Nazi" indicates your thinking about this has been structured by that propaganda. That's a hunch of mine these days. I can't assess it more precisely because I have not had the advantage of studying "World War Two" outside of the histories steeped in that same propaganda, written by those who prevailed upon narrative.

    The more I learn about it in drips and drops, however, the more I understand what my grandfather--born in 1880--said about certain things.

    No, they didn't involve !!!HITLER!!!, but the phenomenon of our nation's sovereign currency being destroyed when he was in his early 30s, and him losing a big chunk of his life savings to FDR's EO 6182.

    Also his absolute rejection of the idea that the US should be involved in European conflicts or the banksters' global wars. He was an engineer, and intensely practical.

    These days I think any such rethinking should start with the hypothesis that "Hitler" and "Nazi" are at least in some part memes for any smattering of evil, bad, must-be-obliterated resistance to globalization, communism, and central control.

    The Manicheanism of "Allied" and "Axis" always struck me, back to high school, but again, I didn't have any apparatus with which to question it and in any event cared more about numbers than politics.
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  32. utu says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    I don't know how you happened upon this article, Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?) , but I wouldn't have the ability to remain so calm about this extremely stupid and/or evil writing you show us. Possibly it is cathartic for you to put down your great sarcastic commentary next to the bullshit. I hope that you have many more readers than Haaretz and especially Mr. Ilany does. I would bet that you do, were we to get the numbers.

    Though my lack of xenophobia hasn't hurt me none, I can read the writing here and see the stupidity as well as the rest of yous guys. The guy says he was in the town of Switzerland for a conference, but then he goes on about tourism. Which was it? At the conference, he should have gone to the seminars, presented his paper, and not made it his business what goes in on this town. If I were in deepest, Moslemist Saudi Arabia for an engineering conference, I would not make it my business to criticize any of the stupid, sick Islamic crap that would be going on outside the conference center. When in Rome, do as the migrants Romans do, and all that.

    As to tourism, the guy says tourists long for "somewhere authentic where uniformity hasn't been infringed [sic, should be imposed, ed.]", but then they still want that globalization thing. Why don't these tourists just change plans next year to visit, say, I dunno, Malmo, Sweden, or stay in an AirR&R* on the outskirts of Gay Paris. It's not like there are no other place to go but this one village in Switzerland. How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems, which is NO GOOD. The correct number is ZERO. Why would they want any Moslems in a small village in Switzerland? Don't take my word for it; don't even take the word of the citizens of this village - ask the goats. They'll tell you they want no part in them it!


    It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.
     

    For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.
     
    Exactly, Steve!

    Well, I feel better now, and I guess you do too, Steve. Have a good morning.


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    *AirR&R - it's built along the same model as AirB&B, in the "sharing-economy" space, but this one stands for "Air Rob and Rape".

    How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Revolution knows no bounds. Always expanding. Nobody will be left alone.

    Woman denied Swiss citizenship for complaining about cowbells

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/14/swiss-citizenship-woman-denied-cowbells/96398518/

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    Wouldn't want her in my country either.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyXz6eMCj2k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwMfQ07AeS8
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  33. utu says:
    @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    This article for Israel may be an early indication that more money is wanted from Switzerland by Jewish extortion racket.

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  34. Note that Haaretz, while it would seem like a quality newspaper, appears headed toward long-term extinction itself, since few in Israel read it anymore.

    Few ever did, Steve. Its market share has been about 3% going back to the 80s. And it was always hard to find at ordinary newspaper kiosks; to find it you usually had to go to a quality bookstore, unless you were in one if the tonier areas of Haifa or Tel Aviv.

    If there were an Israeli iSteve, the Haaretz newspaper would be its reliable “iSteve content generator”.

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    Few ever did, Steve. Its market share has been about 3% going back to the 80s.
     
    How many people read the New York Times or the Washington Post? Only a small fraction of the population of the United States. And yet they are still considered opinion leaders. It's not so much how people read a newspaper, but rather which people read it, that make it an influential paper. Maybe Haaretz isn't an influential paper. I have no idea. But circulation numbers alone hardly indicate how influential (or not) it actually is.
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  35. Wilkey says:

    And yet Switzerland has a more “liberal” immigration policy than Israel – in the sense of not restricting immigration to their fellow ethnoreligionists – and hasn’t built a wall around its borders.

    I suspect that what this author is really pissed about is that he can’t guilt the Swiss into turning themselves into a minority in their own country any faster than they already are. They didn’t side with the Nazis. They didn’t fight them, either, but given their size and location that would have meant certain defeat. They didn’t engage in slavery or colonialism or apartheid or any other sins the Left – Jewish leftists especially – loves to hang on its enemies.

    Fuck these people. Damn them to hell. Not all Jews, by any means. Just the ones like Ofri Ilany who wish to hang the sins of Nazi Germany on even those people who sacrificed blood and fortune to defeat it. Why America and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland are just the same as the Third Reich because…S.S. St Louis and…and…well it really doesn’t matter! They’re just the same because their populations are overwhelmingly not Jewish, so they must be guilty for some reason, despite having lost so many young men fighting against the Germans.

    People really don’t understand how little gratitude matters. If someone is intent on hating or despising you they will hate and despise you no matter how much you do for them.

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    And yet Switzerland has a more “liberal” immigration policy than Israel – in the sense of not restricting immigration to their fellow ethnoreligionists – and hasn’t built a wall around its borders.
     
    I recall looking at the numbers of who is immigrating to Switzerland and the good news is that roughly 84 percent of immigrants in Switzerland are from Europe, including many from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Though there's also a high number from Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo. There's a growing proportion from Africa and Asia, but the Swiss can keep that in check by putting additional restrictions on immigration through referendum. Sadly this hasn't happened - yet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_Switzerland
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  36. bomag says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     

    The song was released in 1984; it has become even more trenchant.

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  37. @Achmed E. Newman
    I don't know how you happened upon this article, Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?) , but I wouldn't have the ability to remain so calm about this extremely stupid and/or evil writing you show us. Possibly it is cathartic for you to put down your great sarcastic commentary next to the bullshit. I hope that you have many more readers than Haaretz and especially Mr. Ilany does. I would bet that you do, were we to get the numbers.

    Though my lack of xenophobia hasn't hurt me none, I can read the writing here and see the stupidity as well as the rest of yous guys. The guy says he was in the town of Switzerland for a conference, but then he goes on about tourism. Which was it? At the conference, he should have gone to the seminars, presented his paper, and not made it his business what goes in on this town. If I were in deepest, Moslemist Saudi Arabia for an engineering conference, I would not make it my business to criticize any of the stupid, sick Islamic crap that would be going on outside the conference center. When in Rome, do as the migrants Romans do, and all that.

    As to tourism, the guy says tourists long for "somewhere authentic where uniformity hasn't been infringed [sic, should be imposed, ed.]", but then they still want that globalization thing. Why don't these tourists just change plans next year to visit, say, I dunno, Malmo, Sweden, or stay in an AirR&R* on the outskirts of Gay Paris. It's not like there are no other place to go but this one village in Switzerland. How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems, which is NO GOOD. The correct number is ZERO. Why would they want any Moslems in a small village in Switzerland? Don't take my word for it; don't even take the word of the citizens of this village - ask the goats. They'll tell you they want no part in them it!


    It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.
     

    For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.
     
    Exactly, Steve!

    Well, I feel better now, and I guess you do too, Steve. Have a good morning.


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    Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?)

    LOL

    Don’t take my word for it; don’t even take the word of the citizens of this village – ask the goats

    LOL^2

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  38. bomag says:

    But very often it’s hard to say who’s becoming extinct and who’s causing the extinction.

    LOL

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  39. songbird says:

    Some of the valleys in the Hindu Kush look quaint too. This guy should have had his conference in one of them. That is, if he and his organization aren’t grossly xenophobic.

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  40. Clyde says:
    @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    There is a quote from a William Manchester book that goes like, “No one thought Hitler was crazy until he started losing battles”.

    No one meaning no Germans.

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  41. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    OMG, the article is even more insane than appears from Steve’s excerpts. Consider this, for instance:

    “As usual, this isolationism is accompanied by hostility toward everything perceived as foreign. But because Valais has almost no immigrants, local politicians direct their aggression at a different victim: wild animals.

    The wolf population in the region began to grow in the 1990s, thanks to laws intended to protect wild animals. For the locals, the wolves are “foreign interlopers” that were brought by the bleeding hearts from the big cities. “The people in Valais view the wolves as foreign intervention, an alien entity,” a local conservation activist told the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung.”

    Or this:

    “But maybe the problem with Europe is different in character: that it’s not changing enough. All the movements to preserve the baguette, to eradicate smartphones and to lead a “slow life” are generally another name for xenophobic and antipathetic politics. The Europeans view themselves as animals of the wild in need of conservation, for protection in the face of globalization. But very often it’s hard to say who’s becoming extinct and who’s causing the extinction.

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  42. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @BB753
    Paranoia will destroy ya!


    https://youtu.be/wRpAANsoG8I

    Jewish people are allowed to see a Nazi under every rock and their concerns are supposed to be taken very seriously, but if non-Jewish whites mention that their countries are being invaded and that they’re being displaced, they’re told they’re over-reacting and are ridiculous and maybe need to take a cold shower to calm down and relax.

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  43. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties.

    Oh yeah, I bet you think it’s dark also.

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  44. Hunsdon says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     

    I’d offer up Village Green Preservation Society, as well.

    The Village Green Preservation Society Lyrics

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
    God save Mrs. Mopp and good old Mother Riley.
    We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
    God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

    Oooh…

    We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
    God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
    We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
    God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
    We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
    God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    God save the village green!

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    I was going to reference this song. I've been a fan of the Kinks since I was a little kid. Saw them twice live in the early 80s when they were still popular enough to fill up the sizable Cow Palace in San Francisco. Ray Davies is undoubtedly instinctively a conservative. And I've never heard this great song as being ironic or sarcastic. He values the England of his childhood and he was never ashamed to admit it. P.S. Several years ago Ray was shot but not seriously injured in a robbery by a vibrant in New Orleans.
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  45. 3g4me says:
    @Mark Caplan
    Only 48% of these "pastoralists" voted to maintain their cultural identity and way of life. So even in the most remote, xenophobic outposts of Europe, cucks hold the majority.

    @16 Mark Caplan: Switzerland sealed its fate when it gave the franchise to women. Women ruin everything with their empty-headed feels.

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  46. Mr. Anon says:

    Ofri Ilany Aug 03, 2017 3:12 PM

    All those rosy-cheeked village girls serving rosti, all those solidly built goat milkers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists. The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is. The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure. Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.

    So, to summarize Ofri Ilany’s opinions of europeans: Gradually, I began to hate them.

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    Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.

    If you try hard enough, you can even retcon an innocent little girl into Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS.
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  47. Mr. Anon says:
    @International Jew

    Note that Haaretz, while it would seem like a quality newspaper, appears headed toward long-term extinction itself, since few in Israel read it anymore.
     
    Few ever did, Steve. Its market share has been about 3% going back to the 80s. And it was always hard to find at ordinary newspaper kiosks; to find it you usually had to go to a quality bookstore, unless you were in one if the tonier areas of Haifa or Tel Aviv.

    If there were an Israeli iSteve, the Haaretz newspaper would be its reliable "iSteve content generator".

    Few ever did, Steve. Its market share has been about 3% going back to the 80s.

    How many people read the New York Times or the Washington Post? Only a small fraction of the population of the United States. And yet they are still considered opinion leaders. It’s not so much how people read a newspaper, but rather which people read it, that make it an influential paper. Maybe Haaretz isn’t an influential paper. I have no idea. But circulation numbers alone hardly indicate how influential (or not) it actually is.

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    The English version of Haaretz is only read by anti-Israel liberals in the West. It's not read by Israelis or anyone who supports Israel.

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is quite different - but even that is only read by die-hard leftists. Comparing it to the Washington Post of New York Times makes no sense.

    The equivalent of those in Israel are Maariv, Yedioth Ahronoth or Israel Hayom.
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  48. Osten says:

    Schweizers have banks.
    All wars are banker wars.
    QED

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  49. Mr. Anon says:
    @Mark Caplan
    Only 48% of these "pastoralists" voted to maintain their cultural identity and way of life. So even in the most remote, xenophobic outposts of Europe, cucks hold the majority.

    Only 48% of these “pastoralists” voted to maintain their cultural identity and way of life. So even in the most remote, xenophobic outposts of Europe, cucks hold the majority.

    Yes, that struck me too. And yet that is still not good enough. Not until every last european hamlet has been inundated with foreigners, and every last european has gotten his mind right and cries out “thankyou, sir, may I have another”, will people like Mr. Ilany be satisfied. Or, perhaps, not even then?

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  50. Mr. Anon says:

    Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. …

    A “mystique of continutiy” – sort of like the belief that your people has an inalienable birth-right to an ancient homeland that your people has not ruled for nearly 2,000 years, because it was granted to you (according to your sacred texts) by your Ethno-God.

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    Going by their own bible, they only ruled the promised land for about 200 years 3,000 years ago.

    1,100 BC invasion of the land of the Caanites. 1,000 BC the glorious reigns of David and Solomon.
    870s BC conquered by Assyria.
    Then it was conquest by Babylonia, Alexander's Greeks, then Rome, then Rome split into Rome and Byzantium and it was ruled from Constantinople, then Arab Muslins, then Turkish Muslims, then Britian till 1948.

    Then there's the theory of some Jewish scholars that the exodus from Egypt never happened.

    All it ever was was a tiny province of various larger countries.
    Too bad they left to devour the rest of the earth like predators constantly destroying and moving on to the next prey.
    Even 2,000 years ago they were all over Egypt and the Roman Empire, Persia China, Central Asia, India, and even Germany and France.

    If not stopped they will do to White Americans what they did to the Palestinians, Russians and Eastern Europeans.
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  51. Mr. Anon says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist
    It must be terrible living in your heads, so...afraid of the world. If it isn't blacks, it's Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Guys, guys, all that paranoia, it's just in your heads man, lay back, take a puff and try to enjoy it.

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world.

    Whereas black people are quite comfortable living in their own heads, with hardly a care or concern in the World. And look at the wonderful societies that outlook leads to.

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    Exciting societies?

    Or perhaps you think the cuck-like matriarchial societies built by greater men than you count? Tweh! your men can't even get up enough to defend their borders, talk less of impregnating their women.

    Boring does not equal exciting, my Anon acquaintance. Extolling the virtues of a society where the woman has the whip hand over the man, your balls dropped yet?
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  52. @Achmed E. Newman
    I don't know how you happened upon this article, Steve (caught up on the rest of the internet?) , but I wouldn't have the ability to remain so calm about this extremely stupid and/or evil writing you show us. Possibly it is cathartic for you to put down your great sarcastic commentary next to the bullshit. I hope that you have many more readers than Haaretz and especially Mr. Ilany does. I would bet that you do, were we to get the numbers.

    Though my lack of xenophobia hasn't hurt me none, I can read the writing here and see the stupidity as well as the rest of yous guys. The guy says he was in the town of Switzerland for a conference, but then he goes on about tourism. Which was it? At the conference, he should have gone to the seminars, presented his paper, and not made it his business what goes in on this town. If I were in deepest, Moslemist Saudi Arabia for an engineering conference, I would not make it my business to criticize any of the stupid, sick Islamic crap that would be going on outside the conference center. When in Rome, do as the migrants Romans do, and all that.

    As to tourism, the guy says tourists long for "somewhere authentic where uniformity hasn't been infringed [sic, should be imposed, ed.]", but then they still want that globalization thing. Why don't these tourists just change plans next year to visit, say, I dunno, Malmo, Sweden, or stay in an AirR&R* on the outskirts of Gay Paris. It's not like there are no other place to go but this one village in Switzerland. How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems, which is NO GOOD. The correct number is ZERO. Why would they want any Moslems in a small village in Switzerland? Don't take my word for it; don't even take the word of the citizens of this village - ask the goats. They'll tell you they want no part in them it!


    It’s a safe bet that many far-right voters have never encountered a Muslim – Sunni, Shi’ite or other – anywhere other than their television screen.
     

    For the rural Swiss to learn from the harsh experiences of others is just plain wrong.
     
    Exactly, Steve!

    Well, I feel better now, and I guess you do too, Steve. Have a good morning.


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    *AirR&R - it's built along the same model as AirB&B, in the "sharing-economy" space, but this one stands for "Air Rob and Rape".

    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems…

    Might want to check your math, Chief.

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    Done and done... though not technically wrong but a dumb mistake.
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  53. I would love to know what exactly is so freaking evil about wanting to protect the things you have.

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    I would love to know what exactly is so freaking evil about wanting to protect the things you have.
     
    The Left is a force of aggression. Notions of property and self-defense are to pathologized to the extent possible.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    The "things you have" constitute an existing social condition. From the last paragraph of the Communist Manifesto: "The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
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  54. So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?
    Very simple : A “neutral” Switzerland was his safe exit/escape vortex, slip over the border , disguises, suitcases full of Dollars, plane tickets to SA, etc.
    He sure as hell did not leave it, Switzerland, alone, out of the goodness of his heart.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” Society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet and pro Jazz artist.

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    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin's. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.
    , @Karl
    54 Authenticjazzman > move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht

    quoted without comment
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  55. @Wilkey
    And yet Switzerland has a more "liberal" immigration policy than Israel - in the sense of not restricting immigration to their fellow ethnoreligionists - and hasn't built a wall around its borders.

    I suspect that what this author is really pissed about is that he can't guilt the Swiss into turning themselves into a minority in their own country any faster than they already are. They didn't side with the Nazis. They didn't fight them, either, but given their size and location that would have meant certain defeat. They didn't engage in slavery or colonialism or apartheid or any other sins the Left - Jewish leftists especially - loves to hang on its enemies.

    Fuck these people. Damn them to hell. Not all Jews, by any means. Just the ones like Ofri Ilany who wish to hang the sins of Nazi Germany on even those people who sacrificed blood and fortune to defeat it. Why America and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland are just the same as the Third Reich because...S.S. St Louis and...and...well it really doesn't matter! They're just the same because their populations are overwhelmingly not Jewish, so they must be guilty for some reason, despite having lost so many young men fighting against the Germans.

    People really don't understand how little gratitude matters. If someone is intent on hating or despising you they will hate and despise you no matter how much you do for them.

    And yet Switzerland has a more “liberal” immigration policy than Israel – in the sense of not restricting immigration to their fellow ethnoreligionists – and hasn’t built a wall around its borders.

    I recall looking at the numbers of who is immigrating to Switzerland and the good news is that roughly 84 percent of immigrants in Switzerland are from Europe, including many from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Though there’s also a high number from Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo. There’s a growing proportion from Africa and Asia, but the Swiss can keep that in check by putting additional restrictions on immigration through referendum. Sadly this hasn’t happened – yet.

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

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  56. @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    Not exactly secret, I’d say. Seems like half of the Kinks’ output was paeans to British traditions, place, and way of life. Sometimes the tone was ambivalent, “Waterloo Sunset” comes to mind, about people stuck in their ruts, but Davies even seemed to make those ruts seem idyllic in their way. And “Lola”, one of their biggest hits, wasn’t exactly a tranny celebration. Of course, I know nothing of Ray’s politics and he could well by as cucked as they come, but the appeal of many of his songs was to my conservative side.

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    I don't know what his specific political views are, but in real life he's definitely not "cucked":

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-205273/Kinks-singer-shot-mugger.html

    Like you say, his tone often comes across as ambivalent, and that's one of the reasons he could never have been an activist like Bono or Lady Gaga. But he's an observant, if cynical social commentator with a very good sense of humor and a tuneful ear.


    'Cause that union man's got such a hold over me
    He's the man who decides if I live or I die, if I starve, or I eat
     
    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kinks/getbackinline.html

    We are strictly second class,
    We don't understand,
    (Dead end!)
    Why we should be on dead end street.
    (Dead end!)
    People are living on dead end street.
    (Dead end!)
    Gonna die on dead end street.
     
    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kinks/deadendstreet.html
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    "Autumn Almanac" is a hymn to everyday white, English working class London, now vanished.

    From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar,
    When the dawn begins to crack.
    It's all part of my autumn almanac.
    Breeze blows leaves of a musty-coloured yellow,
    So I sweep them in my sack.
    Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac.

    Friday evenings, people get together,
    Hiding from the weather.
    Tea, and toasted buttered currant bun
    Have to compensate for lack of sun,
    Because the summer's all gone.

    Oh, my poor rheumatic back
    Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac.

    I like my football on a Saturday,
    Roast beef on Sunday, all right.
    I'm going to Blackpool for my holidays,
    Sit in the open sunlight.

    This is my street, and I'm never gonna to leave it,
    And I'm always gonna to stay here
    If I live to be ninety-nine,
    'Cause all the people I meet
    Seem to come from my street
    And I can't get away,
    Because it's calling me, (come on home)
    Hear it calling me, (come on home)
     
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  57. BenKenobi says:

    The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure.

    Well he’s certainly got my number.

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  58. Neuday says:

    If only those pastoral, blood & soil types could learn to be rootless cosmopolitans . . .

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  59. WGG says:

    Goat-herding is Nazism! Ban the children’s book Heidi , she’s a Nazi too!

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  60. @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    That’s only true to the extent that it can also be said that the Jewish communities were also pro-Nazi, since they also cooperated with the Nazis. Of course, neither the Jewish, nor the Swiss leaders had much of a choice.

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  61. In plain language, Ofri Ilany objects to the existence of the Swiss as a people and a nation.

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  62. When an Israeli newspaper rails against xenophobia, you Jew have to laugh !!!

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  63. Wilkey says:
    @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    “The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn’t the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.”

    This sort of reminds me of all the kerfuffles over Hollywood casting choices. Leftist Hollywood execs make real or supposed racist casting decisions, but conservatives get blamed for them.

    Swiss bankers take Nazi money. The Swiss citizenry gets blamed for it. The banking and other business interests then say that the only way for the Swiss people to atone for “their” sins is to do what magically just happens to be in the best interests of…bankers and other businesses.

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  64. If only those peculiar Swiss weren’t so Swiss there would never have been a Switzerland in the first place. But fortunately it’s not to late to rectify those stubborn distinguishing characteristics since women gained the vote forty years ago. It’s just going to take a little longer.

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  65. Daniel H says:

    I’m just grateful that this projecting troublemaker Orfi Ilany writes for Haaretz and teaches in Tel Aviv and doesn’t write for the Weekly Standard or Commentary and teaches in New York or Cambridge.

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  66. Dan Hayes says:
    @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    eD:

    “Neutral” countries defer to the most proximate warring nation.

    That was the way both Sweden and Ireland acted in World War II. Sweden deferred to Germany; Ireland deferred to Britain.

    In contradiction to your statement, in WW II supposed neutral Ireland did “play ball” with Britain!

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  67. J1234 says:

    It turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists

    LOL! I had to laugh when I read that, because Henry Morgenthau wanted to turn post-WW2 Germany into one big rural plantation, complete with pastures and everything.

    Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. …

    Oh, so that’s why the Democrats are called “the war party.” No statement could sum up leftist intentions any better – hostility towards “continuity.” In other words, culture. But in Israel, it’s apparently “continuity for me, but not for thee.”

    Switzerland speaks four languages, so leave them alone, leftists.

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  68. Haaretz is no longer influential. It is considered so left wing as verging on anti-Israeli, if not actually outright anti-Israeli. It’s Chief Editor once asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to “rape” Israel. Unsurprisingly, this did not do wonders for the paper’s credibility with the public.

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  69. Daniel H says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?
    Very simple : A "neutral" Switzerland was his safe exit/escape vortex, slip over the border , disguises, suitcases full of Dollars, plane tickets to SA, etc.
    He sure as hell did not leave it, Switzerland, alone, out of the goodness of his heart.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet and pro Jazz artist.

    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin’s. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.

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    The French conquered it in 1798 without much difficulty.
    , @utu
    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted.

    What about Napoleon? He forced on Swiss more centralization of government, Jewish emancipation (which Swiss later rejected until late 19 century) and more freedom to Catholics in some cantons where some dioceses operated under the state of house arrest since Reformation.
    , @International Jew
    Most of Switzerland's population doesn't have impassable mountains to protect them. Geneva and Basel are right on the French border. Zurich is fifty miles of rolling hills south of Germany. Bern and Luzern are deeper inside the country but there too you can drive right in. The alps start south of Bern and Luzern, and there's nothing worth conquering there except the openings to the rail tunnels.

    As for Finland, I have all the respect in the world for the Finns but in the first round of that war they faced the post-purges Soviet army. And in the second round, the Soviets were busy fighting Germany.
    , @Daniel H
    I stand corrected on some of the points I made.
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  70. BB753 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    I didn’t know that Davies had been knighted. Good for him! Anyway, I’m not sure the British Crown can be described as conservative, except for conserving their monarchy and privileges. Just consider how much Great Britain has changed during Queen Elizabeth’s reign, particularly in the ethnic make-up of her royal majesty’s subjects.

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    Queen Elizabeth? Isn't she the monarch who was recently outed as enjoying four cocktails a day? At age 91 no less.
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  71. @Calvin Hobbes
    How many Jewish readers of Haaretz want Israel to accept large numbers of Muslim immigrants?

    “How many Jewish readers of Haaretz want Israel to accept large numbers of Muslim immigrants?”

    More than Jewish Israeli non-readers of Haaretz …

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  72. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The rural Swiss also eat dog and cat:

    http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

    Founder and president of the group Tomi Tomek told the BBC that 3% of Swiss people eat cat or dog meat, 80% of them being farmers. The Lucerne, Appenzell, Jura and Bern areas are the main culprits.

    “One woman gave me a recipe for cooking newborn cat,” Tomek said. “I went to the police, a veterinarian and the government and they all told me that there was no law against it.” She was told to write a petition and try to get a politician to support her. She’s now rallied five to her cause.

    Cat meat even features prominently on Christmas menus in some parts of Switzerland, Tomek said, while dog meat is also used to make sausages. “It is an old tradition in Switzerland to eat dog meat like sausages and use dog fat for rheumatism,” she said. “They eat cats because they taste like rabbits.” They are apparently prepared in the same way and best served with white wine and garlic.

    “Farmers will eat their cats and dogs when they have too many, says Tomek. “I told them to sterilize the animals but they said it was too costly and it made a good meal.”

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    Cat or dog fondue for that surplus cheese.
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  73. @Dr. X

    Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties. Right-wing parties fawn over ostensibly delightful traditions such as local beer and a rural way of life. … The desire to “preserve cultural heritage” dovetails clearly with enmity toward Muslims.

     

    An Israeli wrote this? An Israeli? Wow. Talk about chutzpah!

    It's not as if Israel doesn't have nationalist parties, rural kibbutzes, "delightful traditions" (such as Passover, celebrating the death of Egyptian infants) and a selective immigration policy based on keeping foreigners and goyim out.

    But if the Jews do these things, it's OK. They are, after all, "God's Chosen People," so they're entitled to a "Promised Land" based on nationalism, racism, and religious exclusivity. The Swiss aren't God's Chosen, so they need to import hordes of Muslims and listen to moral scolding from the Jews... right?

    A lot of today’s Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd.

    It’s a pretty useful tradition — don’t go all out against your own people, project some of the rage you are feeling against your own onto to the The Other — especially if virtually none of The Other ever notice what’s happening.

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    A lot of today’s Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd.

    That's funny, because when I read the comment about eradicating smartphones, I immediately thought of Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn't have an smartphone and that people today are slaves to gadgets.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zLVnpqdmuKM (Netanyahu complaining about gadgets)
    , @utu
    "the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd."

    Maybe but hatred towards country gentile yokels that sometimes even spillovers towards Kibbutzniks (see Singer stories) is deeply ingrained in Jewish culture.

    Born to slavery Booker T. Washington recollect this when traveling in Poland: [...] this Jew who has shown himself so humbled toward me looked down upon and despised the Polish peasant among whom he trades. He refereed to them as "ignorant and dirty creatures."

    The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study in Europe, Booker T. Washington
    https://books.google.com/books?id=oI4EAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=Booker+T.+Washington++Poland+peasants+jews&source=bl&ots=AQ3TgZ_4Sx&sig=ee2qlGRto29KA5eSG2-ntt_0W_I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwihiJvDwMPVAhUHMSYKHRq5BXoQ6AEIMDAC#v=onepage&q=Booker%20T.%20Washington%20%20Poland%20peasants%20jews&f=false
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  74. anonguy says:
    @ganderson
    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

    Highly agree. Their influence is not widely recognized.

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    We finally got around to watching The Sopranos recently, which always has a different piece of music over the end credits. Usually I'd switch off the TV when that started, but one piece was so great I listened to it in its entirety and then checked on-line to find out who performed it. It was "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," by the Kinks, released in 1965. Granted I'm not a music aficionado, but I don't recall ever having heard it before. Fantastic song, not the least bit dated to my unsophisticated ears.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkYoT5Gezo
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  75. kihowi says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist
    It must be terrible living in your heads, so...afraid of the world. If it isn't blacks, it's Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Guys, guys, all that paranoia, it's just in your heads man, lay back, take a puff and try to enjoy it.

    Self-preservation and concern about the future: ideas too complicated for the Current Year.

    Why do all that tiresome thinking if you can just lie back, smoke some weed and play videogames, man? *dies childless*

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    Don't forget Japanese porn.
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  76. Flip says:
    @Daniel H
    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin's. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.

    The French conquered it in 1798 without much difficulty.

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    IIRC, Switzerland and Prussia nearly went to war in the mid-19th century over some dispute, but the Swiss lost their nerve and conceded unconditionally to the Prussian demands.
    , @John Gruskos
    The French conquered the entire continent of Europe without much difficulty in the 1790s.

    Switzerland gave the French more trouble than all the Italian states combined.
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  77. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Steve Sailer
    A lot of today's Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi's crowd.

    It's a pretty useful tradition -- don't go all out against your own people, project some of the rage you are feeling against your own onto to the The Other -- especially if virtually none of The Other ever notice what's happening.

    A lot of today’s Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd.

    That’s funny, because when I read the comment about eradicating smartphones, I immediately thought of Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn’t have an smartphone and that people today are slaves to gadgets.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zLVnpqdmuKM (Netanyahu complaining about gadgets)

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    77 Anonymous > Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn’t have an smartphone

    every time I read of a democrat complaining about how much it costs for the American taxpayers to put it security at Mar-A-Lago or Trumpo tower or other such Trump Derangement Syndrome complaints.... I think back to January 2009 when the leftist newspapers made sip-sip to Obama's demand that half a trillion dollars be spent to build him a SECURE smartphone to carry in his pocket. Because he didn't want his Eyes-Only messages handed to him on a piece of paper.
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  78. utu says:
    @Daniel H
    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin's. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted.

    What about Napoleon? He forced on Swiss more centralization of government, Jewish emancipation (which Swiss later rejected until late 19 century) and more freedom to Catholics in some cantons where some dioceses operated under the state of house arrest since Reformation.

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  79. @Steve Sailer
    "Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[5]"

    Seems about time for Sir Ray.

    It would seem like a study of the British pop culture stars who have been knighted would be pretty revealing of the secret conservatives of the 20th Century.

    Ray practically invented hard rock. Just listen to the guitar breaks on Tired of Waiting and You Really Got Me. And this song always struck me as right-wing in a decadent sort of way:

    “Sunny Afternoon”

    The tax man’s taken all my dough,
    And left me in my stately home,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    And I can’t sail my yacht,
    He’s taken everything I’ve got,
    All I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon.

    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    My girlfriend’s run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
    Now I’m sitting here,
    Sipping at my ice cold beer,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

    Help me, help me, help me sail away,
    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
    ‘Cause I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

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    "My girlfriend’s run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty."

    Brings back the good old days.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Yes, that is a good song.
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  80. IBC says:
    @Laugh Track

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Not exactly secret, I'd say. Seems like half of the Kinks' output was paeans to British traditions, place, and way of life. Sometimes the tone was ambivalent, "Waterloo Sunset" comes to mind, about people stuck in their ruts, but Davies even seemed to make those ruts seem idyllic in their way. And "Lola", one of their biggest hits, wasn't exactly a tranny celebration. Of course, I know nothing of Ray's politics and he could well by as cucked as they come, but the appeal of many of his songs was to my conservative side.

    I don’t know what his specific political views are, but in real life he’s definitely not “cucked”:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-205273/Kinks-singer-shot-mugger.html

    Like you say, his tone often comes across as ambivalent, and that’s one of the reasons he could never have been an activist like Bono or Lady Gaga. But he’s an observant, if cynical social commentator with a very good sense of humor and a tuneful ear.

    ‘Cause that union man’s got such a hold over me
    He’s the man who decides if I live or I die, if I starve, or I eat

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kinks/getbackinline.html

    We are strictly second class,
    We don’t understand,
    (Dead end!)
    Why we should be on dead end street.
    (Dead end!)
    People are living on dead end street.
    (Dead end!)
    Gonna die on dead end street.

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kinks/deadendstreet.html

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  81. 3g4me says:
    @ganderson
    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

    @ 21 Ganderson: My favorite Kinks song is Victoria:

    Long ago life was clean
    Sex was bad, called obscene
    And the rich were so mean.
    Stately homes for the Lords
    Croquet lawns, village greens
    Victoria was my queen.

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria.

    I was born, lucky me
    in a land that I love
    Though I’m poor, I am free.
    When I’m grown, I shall fight.
    For this land I shall die
    May her sun never set

    Victoria etc.

    Land of hope and gloria,
    land of my Victoria
    Land of hope and gloria
    Land of my Victoria

    Victoria etc.

    Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all

    Victoria etc.

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  82. 3g4me says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Oh, I'm pretty sure, even if they themselves wouldn't have admitted it, or even realized it, back in the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW-JYsF3xHI

    "Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From to the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all.

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, 'toria
    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria.
    "

    @29 Achmed E Newman: Great minds. I made my post of the lyrics before I reached yours.

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  83. @ganderson
    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

    Not perhaps among early British Invasion aficionados. They are right up there with the Yardbirds.

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  84. @ganderson
    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.

    And they have a fair claim to be the fathers of the rock guitar riff, which in its turn begat heavy metal. To think “You Really Got Me” was released in 1964!

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  85. utu says:
    @Steve Sailer
    A lot of today's Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi's crowd.

    It's a pretty useful tradition -- don't go all out against your own people, project some of the rage you are feeling against your own onto to the The Other -- especially if virtually none of The Other ever notice what's happening.

    “the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd.”

    Maybe but hatred towards country gentile yokels that sometimes even spillovers towards Kibbutzniks (see Singer stories) is deeply ingrained in Jewish culture.

    Born to slavery Booker T. Washington recollect this when traveling in Poland: [...] this Jew who has shown himself so humbled toward me looked down upon and despised the Polish peasant among whom he trades. He refereed to them as “ignorant and dirty creatures.”

    The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study in Europe, Booker T. Washington

    https://books.google.com/books?id=oI4EAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=Booker+T.+Washington++Poland+peasants+jews&source=bl&ots=AQ3TgZ_4Sx&sig=ee2qlGRto29KA5eSG2-ntt_0W_I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwihiJvDwMPVAhUHMSYKHRq5BXoQ6AEIMDAC#v=onepage&q=Booker%20T.%20Washington%20%20Poland%20peasants%20jews&f=false

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    There's an anecdote that Malcolm X recounts in the Autobiography of Malcolm X of some Jew trying to make nice to Malcolm by slamming the white gentiles in the neighborhood as racist and ignorant. The impression I recall feeling was that Malcolm X was contemptuous of the jew.
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  86. @BB753
    I didn't know that Davies had been knighted. Good for him! Anyway, I'm not sure the British Crown can be described as conservative, except for conserving their monarchy and privileges. Just consider how much Great Britain has changed during Queen Elizabeth's reign, particularly in the ethnic make-up of her royal majesty's subjects.

    Queen Elizabeth? Isn’t she the monarch who was recently outed as enjoying four cocktails a day? At age 91 no less.

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    Drowning her sorrow over her children and grandchildren's antics.
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  87. It’s funny how the author subconsciously admits that “xenophobia” is good for Switzerland. If he really believes what he claims to believe, he would have told readers how much the place sucks due to its lack of diversity. Instead, he talks about how nice Kandersteg is and admits he wouldn’t even know anything was wrong if he had not read about it in newspapers.

    He says, “The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is.” If a place is like a postcard, it is nice. So, without realizing it, he is saying that “politically benighted” places are nice and diverse/vibrant places are crappier.

    When he says that most far right voters have never even seen a Muslim, the author sounds jealous. He just told us how great the place is. The lack of Muslims hasn’t held back Kandersteg.

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  88. @Laugh Track

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Not exactly secret, I'd say. Seems like half of the Kinks' output was paeans to British traditions, place, and way of life. Sometimes the tone was ambivalent, "Waterloo Sunset" comes to mind, about people stuck in their ruts, but Davies even seemed to make those ruts seem idyllic in their way. And "Lola", one of their biggest hits, wasn't exactly a tranny celebration. Of course, I know nothing of Ray's politics and he could well by as cucked as they come, but the appeal of many of his songs was to my conservative side.

    “Autumn Almanac” is a hymn to everyday white, English working class London, now vanished.

    From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar,
    When the dawn begins to crack.
    It’s all part of my autumn almanac.
    Breeze blows leaves of a musty-coloured yellow,
    So I sweep them in my sack.
    Yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac.

    Friday evenings, people get together,
    Hiding from the weather.
    Tea, and toasted buttered currant bun
    Have to compensate for lack of sun,
    Because the summer’s all gone.

    Oh, my poor rheumatic back
    Yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac.

    I like my football on a Saturday,
    Roast beef on Sunday, all right.
    I’m going to Blackpool for my holidays,
    Sit in the open sunlight.

    This is my street, and I’m never gonna to leave it,
    And I’m always gonna to stay here
    If I live to be ninety-nine,
    ‘Cause all the people I meet
    Seem to come from my street
    And I can’t get away,
    Because it’s calling me, (come on home)
    Hear it calling me, (come on home)

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  89. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Flip
    The French conquered it in 1798 without much difficulty.

    IIRC, Switzerland and Prussia nearly went to war in the mid-19th century over some dispute, but the Swiss lost their nerve and conceded unconditionally to the Prussian demands.

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  90. BB753 says:
    @biz
    Before we get all excited here, let's note that Haaretz is basically anti-Zionist now in its editorial line. While some of its writers are traditional labor Zionists, many are now 'one-staters.' So far from being 'nationalism for me but not for thee,' they are basically 'nationalism for nobody.'

    Also Haaretz is pretty much unread in Israel these days, and kept afloat by an annual infusion of cash from German NGOs.

    “Also Haaretz is pretty much unread in Israel these days, and kept afloat by an annual infusion of cash from German NGOs.”

    So, it’s a secret Nazi plot to make seraphic Jews look bad?

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    It's leftist NGOs.
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  91. I wouldn’t post about Haaretz as if it is representative of Israeli opinion. Haaretz is an anti-Israeli paper in its English form, and the English version is only read by non-Israeli liberals (who want to get anti-Israeli source material).

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is a bit less extremist in its anti-Israel opinions, but even it is only read by die-hard liberals.

    Posting an English Haaretz edition story as if it is Israeli opinion, is like posting something from CounterPunch and claiming it is representative of US public opinion.

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  92. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I doubt Steve is dumb enough to really believe 1930s Switzerland was “anti-Nazi”… Akin to Sweden, they had a definite preference on the outcome of the Eastern Europe tournament.

    Having conversed with more than one Mann in der Strasse in the northern, kraut part of the state, I can report they are quite disappointing as rugged shepherd fascists. In fact the overall air of P.C. politesse and overall artsy downtown SWPL vibe they give off is insufferable compared to the average West German who at least carries a barely submerged hillbilly monster-truck side. Swiss are more like Vermont or Mendocino organic alfalfa farmers, crossed with intelligent dance music fans…

    btw when did @BronzeAgePerv get suspended? For who? For what?

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  93. @Mr. Anon

    Few ever did, Steve. Its market share has been about 3% going back to the 80s.
     
    How many people read the New York Times or the Washington Post? Only a small fraction of the population of the United States. And yet they are still considered opinion leaders. It's not so much how people read a newspaper, but rather which people read it, that make it an influential paper. Maybe Haaretz isn't an influential paper. I have no idea. But circulation numbers alone hardly indicate how influential (or not) it actually is.

    The English version of Haaretz is only read by anti-Israel liberals in the West. It’s not read by Israelis or anyone who supports Israel.

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is quite different – but even that is only read by die-hard leftists. Comparing it to the Washington Post of New York Times makes no sense.

    The equivalent of those in Israel are Maariv, Yedioth Ahronoth or Israel Hayom.

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    Yeah, whatever. I don't care. I was just pointing out the fallacy of saying that a publication is unimportant based on its' circulation.

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is quite different – but even that is only read by die-hard leftists. Comparing it to the Washington Post of New York Times makes no sense.
     
    Only read by die-hard leftists? Pretty soon that will be the readership of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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  94. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Dr. X

    Politically, opposition to globalization often assumes an ugly form: xenophobia and electoral support for nationalist parties. Right-wing parties fawn over ostensibly delightful traditions such as local beer and a rural way of life. … The desire to “preserve cultural heritage” dovetails clearly with enmity toward Muslims.

     

    An Israeli wrote this? An Israeli? Wow. Talk about chutzpah!

    It's not as if Israel doesn't have nationalist parties, rural kibbutzes, "delightful traditions" (such as Passover, celebrating the death of Egyptian infants) and a selective immigration policy based on keeping foreigners and goyim out.

    But if the Jews do these things, it's OK. They are, after all, "God's Chosen People," so they're entitled to a "Promised Land" based on nationalism, racism, and religious exclusivity. The Swiss aren't God's Chosen, so they need to import hordes of Muslims and listen to moral scolding from the Jews... right?

    Passover doesn’t celebrate the deaths of Egyptian infants. The commemoration of the the 10 plagues generally includes language like this:

    As we read the 10 plagues, we spill drops of wine from our cups, mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free.

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    mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free

    But isn't it true that 2 Rabbis mean three different opinions? There are other traditions and interpretation with rejoicing instead of mourning.


    http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6189/features/rejoice-when-your-enemy-falters/

    Yet the earliest accounts of the custom of spilling wine drops record a diametrically opposite interpretation: “Spill the blood of our enemies while keeping the plagues away from us!” (Maharil) Morever, the same book of Proverbs also declares, "When evildoers are destroyed, there is joy." (11:10) This verse was cited by the talmudic sages to explain why the Jewish people burst into song after seeing the Egyptians drown, even as God refrained from such jubilation (Sanhedrin 39b). Other texts go further and assert that the angels were prevented from singing only until the Egyptians had finished dying (Torah Temimah Exodus 14:20) or until the Jewish people had finished their own song. One version of the story even states that God's concern was in fact for the Israelites who had not yet fully emerged from the waters. (Torah Shleimah Exodus 14:20) Full Hallel, according to this strain of thought, is not recited for technical reasons entirely unrelated to Egyptian suffering (Arakhin 10b). The most forceful challenge to the universalistic interpretation of the verse in Proverbs, however, comes from the talmudic depiction of the way in which Mordechai kicked Haman while using him as a ladder to climb onto his parade horse. Haman challenged this triumphalism by citing, "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls." But Mordechai responded, "That applies only to Jews; but with regard to your people, the Torah states, 'And you shall tread on their high places.'" (Megilla 16a)
     

    , @Clark Westwood
    Not only that; it was God who hardened Pharoah's heart so that he would not listen to Moses.

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+7&version=KJV
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  95. @Daniel H
    I'm just grateful that this projecting troublemaker Orfi Ilany writes for Haaretz and teaches in Tel Aviv and doesn't write for the Weekly Standard or Commentary and teaches in New York or Cambridge.

    He would write from Counter-Punch, not for Commentary.

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    Didn’t Israel Shamir write for Haaretz?

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  97. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.
     
    Oh, I'm pretty sure, even if they themselves wouldn't have admitted it, or even realized it, back in the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW-JYsF3xHI

    "Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the West to the East
    From to the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all.

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, 'toria
    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria.
    "

    This song was part of a package. The subject grows out of his naive patriotism as the album progresses. He realizes he’s been duped and his beloved Empire is more evil than Darth Vader.

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  98. @Harry Baldwin
    Ray Davies, secret conservative? Perhaps so.

    "Living On A Thin Line"

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
    All the lies we were told,
    All the lies of the people running round,
    They're castles have burned.
    Now I see change,
    But inside we're the same as we ever were.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Living this way, each day is a dream.
    What am I, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?
    What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
    It's a crime, but does it matter?
    Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
    Does it ever really matter?
    Yes, it really, really matters.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    Now another leader says
    Break their hearts and break some heads.
    Is there nothing we can say or do?
    Blame the future on the past,
    Always lost in blood and guts.
    And when they're gone, it's me and you.

    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line,
    Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
    Living on a thin line.
     

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there’s no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore.

    Yes, this song has lyrics that surpass those of 20th Century Man and Muswell Hillbillies, which are absolute classics. However, I was surprised to learn, Dave wrote these lyrics, not Ray.

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    "But there’s no England now." "Living On a Thin Line" However, I was surprised to learn, Dave wrote these lyrics, not Ray.
     
    There is a version with Ray singing and one with Dave. The original one was with Ray singing. Here is Dave https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Living+on+a+Thin+Line+++dave+davies
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  99. utu says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Passover doesn't celebrate the deaths of Egyptian infants. The commemoration of the the 10 plagues generally includes language like this:

    As we read the 10 plagues, we spill drops of wine from our cups, mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free.
     

    mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free

    But isn’t it true that 2 Rabbis mean three different opinions? There are other traditions and interpretation with rejoicing instead of mourning.

    http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6189/features/rejoice-when-your-enemy-falters/

    Yet the earliest accounts of the custom of spilling wine drops record a diametrically opposite interpretation: “Spill the blood of our enemies while keeping the plagues away from us!” (Maharil) Morever, the same book of Proverbs also declares, “When evildoers are destroyed, there is joy.” (11:10) This verse was cited by the talmudic sages to explain why the Jewish people burst into song after seeing the Egyptians drown, even as God refrained from such jubilation (Sanhedrin 39b). Other texts go further and assert that the angels were prevented from singing only until the Egyptians had finished dying (Torah Temimah Exodus 14:20) or until the Jewish people had finished their own song. One version of the story even states that God’s concern was in fact for the Israelites who had not yet fully emerged from the waters. (Torah Shleimah Exodus 14:20) Full Hallel, according to this strain of thought, is not recited for technical reasons entirely unrelated to Egyptian suffering (Arakhin 10b). The most forceful challenge to the universalistic interpretation of the verse in Proverbs, however, comes from the talmudic depiction of the way in which Mordechai kicked Haman while using him as a ladder to climb onto his parade horse. Haman challenged this triumphalism by citing, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls.” But Mordechai responded, “That applies only to Jews; but with regard to your people, the Torah states, ‘And you shall tread on their high places.’” (Megilla 16a)

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  100. MEH 0910 says:

    In contrast to Germany and Austria, Switzerland was not destroyed by bombing in World War II.

    I guess Hitler f*cked up.

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    Actually Switzerland was bombed by USAF and RAF on several occasions.

    Schaffhausen 1944, 40 fatalities
    Stein am Rhein 1945, 21 fatalities
    Zurich 1945, 5 fatalities
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombings_of_Switzerland_in_World_War_II

    Regarding the Zurich bombing, a court-martial proceeding took place in England on 1 June 1945. Col. James M. Stewart, the famous actor and wartime B-24 pilot, was the presiding officer of the trial.[5] Accused were the lead pilot Lieutenant William R. Sincock and one of his navigators, Lieutenant Theodore Q. Balides, for violating the 96th Article of War, Sincock specifically for having "wrongfully and negligently caused bombs to be dropped in friendly territory". Weather conditions and equipment failure were found to be at fault; the defendants were found not guilty of criminal culpability.
     

    In addition to the US$4 million paid by October 1944, the United States government agreed to pay 62,176,433.06 Swiss francs (then equivalent to $14.4 million, or $196 million[6] at current prices) to the Swiss government as full and final payment for damage to persons and property during World War II on 21 October 1949
     
    No reports of Luftwaffe bombings of Switzerland.
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  101. @Hunsdon
    I'd offer up Village Green Preservation Society, as well.

    The Village Green Preservation Society Lyrics

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
    God save Mrs. Mopp and good old Mother Riley.
    We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
    God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

    Oooh...

    We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
    God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
    We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
    God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
    We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
    God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

    Preserving the old ways from being abused.
    Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
    What more can we do?

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
    God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

    God save the village green!

    I was going to reference this song. I’ve been a fan of the Kinks since I was a little kid. Saw them twice live in the early 80s when they were still popular enough to fill up the sizable Cow Palace in San Francisco. Ray Davies is undoubtedly instinctively a conservative. And I’ve never heard this great song as being ironic or sarcastic. He values the England of his childhood and he was never ashamed to admit it. P.S. Several years ago Ray was shot but not seriously injured in a robbery by a vibrant in New Orleans.

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  102. It turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists.

    This is an old theme . As Ben Stein explained Hollywood’s perspective in 1977 in The View from Sunset Boulevard:

    Small towns were superficially lovely, but under a thin veneer of cornpone there was lurking, terrifying evil, waiting to ensnare the innocent Natty Bumppo of the big city. But big cities, at first glance jungles where narcotics dealers disguised as real estate salesmen lurked on every comer, offering heroin and white slavery to small children, were basically friendly, cheerful places.

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    This is an old theme.
     
    Yes. In one of his stories, Conan Doyle has Sherlock Holmes taking this position.
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  103. @James Richard
    Ray practically invented hard rock. Just listen to the guitar breaks on Tired of Waiting and You Really Got Me. And this song always struck me as right-wing in a decadent sort of way:

    "Sunny Afternoon"

    The tax man's taken all my dough,
    And left me in my stately home,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    And I can't sail my yacht,
    He's taken everything I've got,
    All I've got's this sunny afternoon.

    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    My girlfriend's run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
    Now I'm sitting here,
    Sipping at my ice cold beer,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

    Help me, help me, help me sail away,
    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
    'Cause I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    “My girlfriend’s run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.”

    Brings back the good old days.

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  104. @utu
    "the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd."

    Maybe but hatred towards country gentile yokels that sometimes even spillovers towards Kibbutzniks (see Singer stories) is deeply ingrained in Jewish culture.

    Born to slavery Booker T. Washington recollect this when traveling in Poland: [...] this Jew who has shown himself so humbled toward me looked down upon and despised the Polish peasant among whom he trades. He refereed to them as "ignorant and dirty creatures."

    The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study in Europe, Booker T. Washington
    https://books.google.com/books?id=oI4EAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=Booker+T.+Washington++Poland+peasants+jews&source=bl&ots=AQ3TgZ_4Sx&sig=ee2qlGRto29KA5eSG2-ntt_0W_I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwihiJvDwMPVAhUHMSYKHRq5BXoQ6AEIMDAC#v=onepage&q=Booker%20T.%20Washington%20%20Poland%20peasants%20jews&f=false

    There’s an anecdote that Malcolm X recounts in the Autobiography of Malcolm X of some Jew trying to make nice to Malcolm by slamming the white gentiles in the neighborhood as racist and ignorant. The impression I recall feeling was that Malcolm X was contemptuous of the jew.

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  105. Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. . . .

    “Continuity” means “living into the future”. So what does it mean to disparage a group’s continuity?

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  106. @Dave Pinsen
    Passover doesn't celebrate the deaths of Egyptian infants. The commemoration of the the 10 plagues generally includes language like this:

    As we read the 10 plagues, we spill drops of wine from our cups, mourning the suffering the Egyptians endured so that we could be free.
     

    Not only that; it was God who hardened Pharoah’s heart so that he would not listen to Moses.

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+7&version=KJV

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    106 Clark Westwood > it was God who hardened Pharoah’s heart


    it was God who decided that it would be a great idea for Jesus to die on the cross to save mankind.

    The way I remember the story, Jesus did NOT get a set of orders to hang out at the Kinneret Beach Picnic with the Carpenters Union and check out the babes.

    Jesus was sent to earth on a suicide mission.
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  107. @ben tillman

    It turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists.
     
    This is an old theme . As Ben Stein explained Hollywood's perspective in 1977 in The View from Sunset Boulevard:

    Small towns were superficially lovely, but under a thin veneer of cornpone there was lurking, terrifying evil, waiting to ensnare the innocent Natty Bumppo of the big city. But big cities, at first glance jungles where narcotics dealers disguised as real estate salesmen lurked on every comer, offering heroin and white slavery to small children, were basically friendly, cheerful places.
     

    This is an old theme.

    Yes. In one of his stories, Conan Doyle has Sherlock Holmes taking this position.

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  108. utu says:
    @MEH 0910

    In contrast to Germany and Austria, Switzerland was not destroyed by bombing in World War II.
     
    I guess Hitler f*cked up.

    Actually Switzerland was bombed by USAF and RAF on several occasions.

    Schaffhausen 1944, 40 fatalities
    Stein am Rhein 1945, 21 fatalities
    Zurich 1945, 5 fatalities

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

    Regarding the Zurich bombing, a court-martial proceeding took place in England on 1 June 1945. Col. James M. Stewart, the famous actor and wartime B-24 pilot, was the presiding officer of the trial.[5] Accused were the lead pilot Lieutenant William R. Sincock and one of his navigators, Lieutenant Theodore Q. Balides, for violating the 96th Article of War, Sincock specifically for having “wrongfully and negligently caused bombs to be dropped in friendly territory”. Weather conditions and equipment failure were found to be at fault; the defendants were found not guilty of criminal culpability.

    In addition to the US$4 million paid by October 1944, the United States government agreed to pay 62,176,433.06 Swiss francs (then equivalent to $14.4 million, or $196 million[6] at current prices) to the Swiss government as full and final payment for damage to persons and property during World War II on 21 October 1949

    No reports of Luftwaffe bombings of Switzerland.

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  109. @Daniel H
    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin's. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.

    Most of Switzerland’s population doesn’t have impassable mountains to protect them. Geneva and Basel are right on the French border. Zurich is fifty miles of rolling hills south of Germany. Bern and Luzern are deeper inside the country but there too you can drive right in. The alps start south of Bern and Luzern, and there’s nothing worth conquering there except the openings to the rail tunnels.

    As for Finland, I have all the respect in the world for the Finns but in the first round of that war they faced the post-purges Soviet army. And in the second round, the Soviets were busy fighting Germany.

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  110. Altai says:

    Nobody’s home is a theme park, if you feel they are insufficiently catering to you, you can leave and deprive them of your enriching presence.

    Perhaps the author would feel more at home in a Likud-voting part of Israel? I don’t need to ask the question, I already know the answer. I wonder how many relatives he has who vote for Likud. Parents, grandparents?

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  111. Daniel H says:
    @Daniel H
    >>So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?

    An invasion of Switzerland in modern times, say for the past 300 years or so, has never been attempted. I pity the foot soldiers of the war monger who wants to test the proposition that an invasion of Switzerland would be a joy ride. For the past several hundred years the Swiss have prepared for such an invasion. Every conceivable vantage point for defense has been established and will be exploited. Kill zones are known, plotted and Swiss civilians drill on exploiting them every year. Retreat ways are obscure, unknown to outsiders and tested continually. Every Swiss home contains military grade weapons and until recently stockpiles of ammunition. Swiss reservists, who receive regular military training number 1.5 million. Women train as reservists too, and there are approximately 1.5 million women reservists.

    Stalin thought that his invasion of puny Finland in 1939 (population 4 million) would be a walk in the park too. Hundreds of thousands of Russian foot soldiers paid dearly for this miscalculated hubristic Pyrrhic victory of Stalin's. And Finland, lost a bit of territory, but remained independent and is still independent. The Swiss are a martial people, and they have sophisticated weapons and brains. Even Hitler realized that little could be gained by invading Switzerland and much would be lost.

    I stand corrected on some of the points I made.

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  112. @Mr. Anon

    Ofri Ilany Aug 03, 2017 3:12 PM

    All those rosy-cheeked village girls serving rosti, all those solidly built goat milkers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists. The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is. The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure. Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.
     
    So, to summarize Ofri Ilany's opinions of europeans: Gradually, I began to hate them.

    Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.

    If you try hard enough, you can even retcon an innocent little girl into Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS.

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  113. @anonguy

    The Kinks are highly underrated, IMHO.
     
    Highly agree. Their influence is not widely recognized.

    We finally got around to watching The Sopranos recently, which always has a different piece of music over the end credits. Usually I’d switch off the TV when that started, but one piece was so great I listened to it in its entirety and then checked on-line to find out who performed it. It was “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” by the Kinks, released in 1965. Granted I’m not a music aficionado, but I don’t recall ever having heard it before. Fantastic song, not the least bit dated to my unsophisticated ears.

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    My impression 45 years ago was that the British Invasion hierarchy went: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, with being #4 an honorable ranking out of a very strong list.

    I don't see much reason to change my mind.
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  114. @Clark Westwood
    I would love to know what exactly is so freaking evil about wanting to protect the things you have.

    I would love to know what exactly is so freaking evil about wanting to protect the things you have.

    The Left is a force of aggression. Notions of property and self-defense are to pathologized to the extent possible.

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  115. Alden says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Whereas the other German-speaking countries rebuilt themselves after the war, based on universalist ideas, Switzerland wallows in a mystique of continuity. …
     
    A "mystique of continutiy" - sort of like the belief that your people has an inalienable birth-right to an ancient homeland that your people has not ruled for nearly 2,000 years, because it was granted to you (according to your sacred texts) by your Ethno-God.

    Going by their own bible, they only ruled the promised land for about 200 years 3,000 years ago.

    1,100 BC invasion of the land of the Caanites. 1,000 BC the glorious reigns of David and Solomon.
    870s BC conquered by Assyria.
    Then it was conquest by Babylonia, Alexander’s Greeks, then Rome, then Rome split into Rome and Byzantium and it was ruled from Constantinople, then Arab Muslins, then Turkish Muslims, then Britian till 1948.

    Then there’s the theory of some Jewish scholars that the exodus from Egypt never happened.

    All it ever was was a tiny province of various larger countries.
    Too bad they left to devour the rest of the earth like predators constantly destroying and moving on to the next prey.
    Even 2,000 years ago they were all over Egypt and the Roman Empire, Persia China, Central Asia, India, and even Germany and France.

    If not stopped they will do to White Americans what they did to the Palestinians, Russians and Eastern Europeans.

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  116. Hibernian says:
    @StillCARealist
    Queen Elizabeth? Isn't she the monarch who was recently outed as enjoying four cocktails a day? At age 91 no less.

    Drowning her sorrow over her children and grandchildren’s antics.

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  117. Ivy says:
    @Anonymous
    The rural Swiss also eat dog and cat:

    http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

    Founder and president of the group Tomi Tomek told the BBC that 3% of Swiss people eat cat or dog meat, 80% of them being farmers. The Lucerne, Appenzell, Jura and Bern areas are the main culprits.

    “One woman gave me a recipe for cooking newborn cat,” Tomek said. “I went to the police, a veterinarian and the government and they all told me that there was no law against it.” She was told to write a petition and try to get a politician to support her. She’s now rallied five to her cause.

    Cat meat even features prominently on Christmas menus in some parts of Switzerland, Tomek said, while dog meat is also used to make sausages. “It is an old tradition in Switzerland to eat dog meat like sausages and use dog fat for rheumatism,” she said. “They eat cats because they taste like rabbits.” They are apparently prepared in the same way and best served with white wine and garlic.

    “Farmers will eat their cats and dogs when they have too many, says Tomek. “I told them to sterilize the animals but they said it was too costly and it made a good meal.”
     

    Cat or dog fondue for that surplus cheese.

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  118. @Mr. Anon

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world.
     
    Whereas black people are quite comfortable living in their own heads, with hardly a care or concern in the World. And look at the wonderful societies that outlook leads to.

    Exciting societies?

    Or perhaps you think the cuck-like matriarchial societies built by greater men than you count? Tweh! your men can’t even get up enough to defend their borders, talk less of impregnating their women.

    Boring does not equal exciting, my Anon acquaintance. Extolling the virtues of a society where the woman has the whip hand over the man, your balls dropped yet?

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  119. @kihowi
    Self-preservation and concern about the future: ideas too complicated for the Current Year.

    Why do all that tiresome thinking if you can just lie back, smoke some weed and play videogames, man? *dies childless*

    Don’t forget Japanese porn.

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  120. @TontoBubbaGoldstein
    Then, he brings up that there are less than 1 % Moslems in the village. Even if the village has 500 people, that could be 25 Moslems...

    Might want to check your math, Chief.

    Done and done… though not technically wrong but a dumb mistake.

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  121. utu says:

    Switzerland’s shame: The children used as cheap farm labour

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29765623

    I remember lots of talk about it in Switzerland in 2009-2011.

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  122. Karl says:
    @Clyde
    I believe Haaretz is not merely liberal. It is lefty left, as in being the Israeli fishwrap most likely to complain about Israel deporting illegal immigrants from the sub-Sahara. Most of whom are Muslim to boot!

    19 Clyde > It is lefty left

    not to mention, iSteve is quoting from the PREMIUM edition. Esteemed readers & donors…. he used your contributions to buy a subscription to the only leftist newspaper in Israel.

    Goddamn it iSteve, what ==is== Adelson (and his FREE newspaper, IsraelHayom ["Israel Today"] ) to you….. chopped liver??!?

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  123. Karl says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    So just why did AH not move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht?
    Very simple : A "neutral" Switzerland was his safe exit/escape vortex, slip over the border , disguises, suitcases full of Dollars, plane tickets to SA, etc.
    He sure as hell did not leave it, Switzerland, alone, out of the goodness of his heart.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet and pro Jazz artist.

    54 Authenticjazzman > move into and occupy Switzerland, which would have been a joy ride for the Wehrmacht

    quoted without comment

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  124. Karl says:
    @Anonymous
    A lot of today’s Conventional Wisdom is generated by Jews projecting their resentments of other Jews out on to gentiles. Israel and Switzerland have a lot in common, so the author projected his hatred of ascendant Israeli conservatives onto Swiss yokels as a stand-in for Bibi’s crowd.

    That's funny, because when I read the comment about eradicating smartphones, I immediately thought of Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn't have an smartphone and that people today are slaves to gadgets.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zLVnpqdmuKM (Netanyahu complaining about gadgets)

    77 Anonymous > Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn’t have an smartphone

    every time I read of a democrat complaining about how much it costs for the American taxpayers to put it security at Mar-A-Lago or Trumpo tower or other such Trump Derangement Syndrome complaints…. I think back to January 2009 when the leftist newspapers made sip-sip to Obama’s demand that half a trillion dollars be spent to build him a SECURE smartphone to carry in his pocket. Because he didn’t want his Eyes-Only messages handed to him on a piece of paper.

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    I think back to January 2009 when the leftist newspapers made sip-sip to Obama’s demand that half a trillion dollars be spent to build him a SECURE smartphone to carry in his pocket. Because he didn’t want his Eyes-Only messages handed to him on a piece of paper.

     

    Do you have a link to the cost estimate? Here's an article about the phone, but I could not find the cost in a quick search: http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/22/technology/security/nsa-obama-blackberry/index.html
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  125. Karl says:
    @Clark Westwood
    Not only that; it was God who hardened Pharoah's heart so that he would not listen to Moses.

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+7&version=KJV

    106 Clark Westwood > it was God who hardened Pharoah’s heart

    it was God who decided that it would be a great idea for Jesus to die on the cross to save mankind.

    The way I remember the story, Jesus did NOT get a set of orders to hang out at the Kinneret Beach Picnic with the Carpenters Union and check out the babes.

    Jesus was sent to earth on a suicide mission.

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  126. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Malcolm X-Lax
    I was going to reference this song. I've been a fan of the Kinks since I was a little kid. Saw them twice live in the early 80s when they were still popular enough to fill up the sizable Cow Palace in San Francisco. Ray Davies is undoubtedly instinctively a conservative. And I've never heard this great song as being ironic or sarcastic. He values the England of his childhood and he was never ashamed to admit it. P.S. Several years ago Ray was shot but not seriously injured in a robbery by a vibrant in New Orleans.

    His daughter has made a number of seemingly immigration restrictionist and generally alt-right comments on YouTube: however, she seems in the habit of taking them down after a short time. I’ve managed to download a few of them.

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    How could the guy who wrote Waterloo Sunset walk through London today and not want to cry? BTW, what's his daughter's twitter handle? I'd like to follow her.
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  127. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dmitry134564
    The English version of Haaretz is only read by anti-Israel liberals in the West. It's not read by Israelis or anyone who supports Israel.

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is quite different - but even that is only read by die-hard leftists. Comparing it to the Washington Post of New York Times makes no sense.

    The equivalent of those in Israel are Maariv, Yedioth Ahronoth or Israel Hayom.

    Yeah, whatever. I don’t care. I was just pointing out the fallacy of saying that a publication is unimportant based on its’ circulation.

    The Hebrew version of Haaretz is quite different – but even that is only read by die-hard leftists. Comparing it to the Washington Post of New York Times makes no sense.

    Only read by die-hard leftists? Pretty soon that will be the readership of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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  128. Mr. Anon says:

    If I hadn’t read them, I’d probably have thought that the residents of Kandersteg are pleasant, humanitarian types. All those rosy-cheeked village girls serving rosti, all those solidly built goat milkers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists. The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is. The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure. Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.

    Well, if “little goose girl” had been living in Germany 75 years ago, she’d probably be getting incinerated or blown to bits in allied bombing raids. Would that make Mr. Illany feel better about her?

    Honestly, the pure unveiled malice displayed by this guy towards these people is disgusting. “Goat Milkers”, “Goose Girls”, etc. As far as Switzerland being “swarming with racists and nationalists”, one might say the same thing about Israel.

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    If she had the right racial characteristics she would have been part of the BDM and had duties like collecting charitable donations to put together care packages for the storm troopers fighting on the front.
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  129. Mr. Anon says:
    @James Richard
    Ray practically invented hard rock. Just listen to the guitar breaks on Tired of Waiting and You Really Got Me. And this song always struck me as right-wing in a decadent sort of way:

    "Sunny Afternoon"

    The tax man's taken all my dough,
    And left me in my stately home,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    And I can't sail my yacht,
    He's taken everything I've got,
    All I've got's this sunny afternoon.

    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    My girlfriend's run off with my car,
    And gone back to her ma and pa,
    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
    Now I'm sitting here,
    Sipping at my ice cold beer,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

    Help me, help me, help me sail away,
    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
    'Cause I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
    And I love to live so pleasantly,
    Live this life of luxury,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Yes, that is a good song.

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  130. @Clark Westwood
    I would love to know what exactly is so freaking evil about wanting to protect the things you have.

    The “things you have” constitute an existing social condition. From the last paragraph of the Communist Manifesto: “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”

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  131. @Anonymous
    His daughter has made a number of seemingly immigration restrictionist and generally alt-right comments on YouTube: however, she seems in the habit of taking them down after a short time. I've managed to download a few of them.

    How could the guy who wrote Waterloo Sunset walk through London today and not want to cry? BTW, what’s his daughter’s twitter handle? I’d like to follow her.

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  132. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    She is on youtube as “In Hyndesight”.

    Interesting that she goes by her mother’s surname, not her father’s. They never married: there was a row on the way to the courthouse, but that didn’t stop them from making a baby that night.

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  133. @Nigerian Nationalist
    It must be terrible living in your heads, so...afraid of the world. If it isn't blacks, it's Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Guys, guys, all that paranoia, it's just in your heads man, lay back, take a puff and try to enjoy it.

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world. If it isn’t blacks, it’s Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.

    Get back to us when Nigeria is 10% non-black – and climbing…

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    Absurd logic, there are more "White People" in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia.....
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  134. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Utterly sick of haaretz’s aggressive paranoia. Where are the voices shouting this down within the Jewish community? Perhaps Switzerland, a country with 700 years as free people should have an idea how to govern itself, without ungrateful smears lobbed at them. Perhaps a highly ethnocentric nation such as Israel should be the last to launch xenophobic stones. Oh right, there are x number of arabs in the country, and therefore diverse — it helps if one occupies land arabs lived on for centuries. Every assertion made in the article holds doubly for Israel.

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    Haaretz is not a redoubt of Israel's patriots.
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  135. Mr. Anon says:

    A goat sitting on a rock in Switzerland

    An evil, racist, nationalist goat, one should note.

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  136. helena says:
    @anon
    I’m in Israel, at a conference. It’s nice here. … How pastoral everything is in Israel! …

    At least that’s what I’d have thought, if I hadn’t read in the local paper that in Beit Shemesh, the region I have been staying in, 54 percent of the votes in the 2013 elections went to the right-wing, nationalist Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu ( Israel Our Home) and Shas parties. … What a pity that newspapers exist. If I hadn’t read them, I’d probably have thought that the residents of Beit Shemesh are pleasant, humanitarian types. All those long haired village girls serving bagels, all those solidly built settlers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists.

    Well done. I even looked at all the links. Village girls :)

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  137. Seneca says:
    @Clyde
    Muswell Hillbillies was peak Kinks for me.

    This is the age of machinery,
    A mechanical nightmare,
    The wonderful world of technology,
    Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare,

    This is the twentieth century,
    But too much aggravation
    It's the age of insanity,
    What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

    Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
    I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to be here.
    My mama said she can't understand me
    She can't see my motivation
    Just give me some security,

    BBC has covered Waterloo Sunset 1967 countless times. The nostalgia for when England was England.
    Wikipedia
    Enoch Powell's 20 April 1968.......Rivers of Blood speech

    Here here.

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).

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    Ray and Dave Davies! As English as it got back then.
    , @ben tillman

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).

     

    I nominate Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.
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  138. @Harry Baldwin
    We finally got around to watching The Sopranos recently, which always has a different piece of music over the end credits. Usually I'd switch off the TV when that started, but one piece was so great I listened to it in its entirety and then checked on-line to find out who performed it. It was "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," by the Kinks, released in 1965. Granted I'm not a music aficionado, but I don't recall ever having heard it before. Fantastic song, not the least bit dated to my unsophisticated ears.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkYoT5Gezo

    My impression 45 years ago was that the British Invasion hierarchy went: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, with being #4 an honorable ranking out of a very strong list.

    I don’t see much reason to change my mind.

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    Animals too at #5. House of the Rising Sun was pure genius production wise to come out in 1964. The Animals were about 22 23 years old, from hard scrabble, industrial, shipping too, North England, New Castle on Tyne. So clean and well put together, Alan Price on organ especially. He's been living off the residuals ever since. He was the only person in the Animals to get a partial song writing credit (Eric Burdon has been angry about this ever since) for this old traditional song that was about a woman's whorehouse experiences. It is really is a woman's voice in the song. But has not stopped men from doing it. Dylan too I believe.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Ray Davies wrote most of the Kinks' songs and is right up there with Paul McCartney for the variety (can't think of a better word) of his output. Contrast Lola with You Really Got Me with I'm Not Like Everybody Else with Apeman with Sunny Afternoon with A Dedicated Follower of Fashion with Muswell Hillbillies with All Day and All of the Night, etc., and the word genius comes to my mind.

    Btw, the original keyboard player, bassist, and drummer hooked up with a new front man some years ago and perform as the Kast Off Kinks, mostly in the UK but in Norway this August. There is a big Kast Off Kinks Konvention every Thanksgiving weekend in London and Ray usually shows up to help out with You Really Got Me. I have been several times and it is a hoot if you are a fan. Lots of alcohol and 300 of your closest friends who know all the words. (http://kastoffkinks.co.uk/)
    , @Anonymous
    Dave Clark Five was pretty big then too, and in the wake of the Beatles a number of Merseyside groups any one of which could have vied for #4. I seem to remember a lot of Gerry and the Pacemakers albums in the collection of an older cousin who went to Vietnam in the autumn of '65. (He made it back OK, but was on the outs with his father, who wouldn't let him in the house to get his stuff back until the 1990s. I had the opportunity to rifle through his extensive record collection and use his Rolleicord camera as a kid....he did get them all back in good shape.) It was an interesting look at the era.
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  139. Ben Kurtz says: • Website

    Strangely enough, less-liberal Western European Jews — whether through conscious realization or sheet force of habit — are, formally speaking, some of the last religious nationalists left in that part of the world.

    I once found out that traditional British Jews pray weekly for the health of the royal family, the protection of Her Majesty’s armed forces, for the peace of the realm, and the advancement of the welfare of the British nation. I don’t even think the Church of England prays for these things on a weekly basis any more!

    No doubt Ha’aretz would find that Racist as well.

    https://benkurtzblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-last-white-nationalists/

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  140. Clyde says:
    @Seneca
    Here here.

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).

    Ray and Dave Davies! As English as it got back then.

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  141. Clyde says:
    @Anonymous
    In actual fact, Switzerland has an enormous immigrant and immigrant descended share of its population. That proportion contains a good deal of 'non-western' immigrants too.

    In actual fact, Switzerland has an enormous immigrant and immigrant descended share of its population. That proportion contains a good deal of ‘non-western’ immigrants too.

    In the cities I would think. Not in the Swiss Alps and the rural areas.

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  142. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer
    My impression 45 years ago was that the British Invasion hierarchy went: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, with being #4 an honorable ranking out of a very strong list.

    I don't see much reason to change my mind.

    Animals too at #5. House of the Rising Sun was pure genius production wise to come out in 1964. The Animals were about 22 23 years old, from hard scrabble, industrial, shipping too, North England, New Castle on Tyne. So clean and well put together, Alan Price on organ especially. He’s been living off the residuals ever since. He was the only person in the Animals to get a partial song writing credit (Eric Burdon has been angry about this ever since) for this old traditional song that was about a woman’s whorehouse experiences. It is really is a woman’s voice in the song. But has not stopped men from doing it. Dylan too I believe.

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    Totally agree--Animals at #5. Always felt the same way about House of the Rising Sun, that it only made sense as a woman's lament, but couldn't find out about its origin. The Animals played a free concert in a local park last year and were great. Apparently Eric Burdon has gotten tired of doing HofRS the same way for the millionth time, so he did a new take on it, to Spanish guitar and with a different delivery. I have to say I was disappointed--I wanted to hear it exactly as it sounded when I first heard it on the radio in 1964 when I was 12 years old. Every time I hear the original it releases a flood of pleasurable sensations and the revamped version did not.
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  143. @Flip
    The French conquered it in 1798 without much difficulty.

    The French conquered the entire continent of Europe without much difficulty in the 1790s.

    Switzerland gave the French more trouble than all the Italian states combined.

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    location,location,location...


    Which reminds bored identity of famous
    ‘We do deserts, we don’t do mountains’ adage.
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  144. res says:
    @Karl
    77 Anonymous > Netanyahu, who at a press conference in 2014 stated that doesn’t have an smartphone

    every time I read of a democrat complaining about how much it costs for the American taxpayers to put it security at Mar-A-Lago or Trumpo tower or other such Trump Derangement Syndrome complaints.... I think back to January 2009 when the leftist newspapers made sip-sip to Obama's demand that half a trillion dollars be spent to build him a SECURE smartphone to carry in his pocket. Because he didn't want his Eyes-Only messages handed to him on a piece of paper.

    I think back to January 2009 when the leftist newspapers made sip-sip to Obama’s demand that half a trillion dollars be spent to build him a SECURE smartphone to carry in his pocket. Because he didn’t want his Eyes-Only messages handed to him on a piece of paper.

    Do you have a link to the cost estimate? Here’s an article about the phone, but I could not find the cost in a quick search: http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/22/technology/security/nsa-obama-blackberry/index.html

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  145. Switzerland does not belong to the EU, but it is functionally part of the Schengen area. The millions of Muslims who live in neighbouring countries are free to move to Switzerland and live there.

    The same cannot be said for the country that produces Haaretz.

    So who is the xenophobe, and who is the universalist?

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    Forgive me if I am wrong, but it is not exactly like that. There is freedom of movement in that no visas are necessary and there are no border controls, but that does not equate to freedom of work or to access social services. They have a tiered residency system that takes different years to acquire (B class after 5 years, 3 years if you come from Austria, C class after 15 years in the country) depending on where you come from. Getting a work permit actually involves due diligence to see is there is a Swiss available to take the job. You still pay all of the necessary taxes for working there, but unlock benefits the more you move up the residency ladder. Finally, citizenship is pretty hard to obtain and requires a vote of your neighbors, which can be pretty difficult to pass in the places where everybody knows everybody else. This is what a long-time resident told me a few weeks ago, when I asked him about it.
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  146. @Seneca
    Here here.

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).

    I second Muswell Hillbillies as the greatest album by the Kinks (and one of the greatest albums of all time period).

    I nominate Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.

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  147. Clyde says:
    @ben tillman

    All the stories have been told
    Of kings and days of old,
    But there’s no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore.
     
    Yes, this song has lyrics that surpass those of 20th Century Man and Muswell Hillbillies, which are absolute classics. However, I was surprised to learn, Dave wrote these lyrics, not Ray.

    “But there’s no England now.” “Living On a Thin Line” However, I was surprised to learn, Dave wrote these lyrics, not Ray.

    There is a version with Ray singing and one with Dave. The original one was with Ray singing. Here is Dave https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Living+on+a+Thin+Line+++dave+davies

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  148. Anon0011 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    If I hadn’t read them, I’d probably have thought that the residents of Kandersteg are pleasant, humanitarian types. All those rosy-cheeked village girls serving rosti, all those solidly built goat milkers. But it turns out that the more pastoral a place looks, the more it’s swarming with racists and nationalists. The more like a postcard it appears, the more politically benighted it is. The purer the sausage, the more authoritarian the personality structure. Best not to think about what the little goose girl would have been doing had she lived 75 years ago.
     
    Well, if "little goose girl" had been living in Germany 75 years ago, she'd probably be getting incinerated or blown to bits in allied bombing raids. Would that make Mr. Illany feel better about her?

    Honestly, the pure unveiled malice displayed by this guy towards these people is disgusting. "Goat Milkers", "Goose Girls", etc. As far as Switzerland being "swarming with racists and nationalists", one might say the same thing about Israel.

    If she had the right racial characteristics she would have been part of the BDM and had duties like collecting charitable donations to put together care packages for the storm troopers fighting on the front.

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    If she had the right racial characteristics she would have been part of the BDM and had duties like collecting charitable donations to put together care packages for the storm troopers fighting on the front.
     
    You mean she would have been "supporting the troops", just as women in every country at war did at the time.

    BTW, stormtrooper was a military term in WWI, not WWII, as far as I am aware. In the nazi era, "stormtroopers" were a street-gang / police auxilliary.
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  149. @John Gruskos
    The French conquered the entire continent of Europe without much difficulty in the 1790s.

    Switzerland gave the French more trouble than all the Italian states combined.

    location,location,location…

    Which reminds bored identity of famous
    ‘We do deserts, we don’t do mountains’ adage.

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  150. @Clyde
    Animals too at #5. House of the Rising Sun was pure genius production wise to come out in 1964. The Animals were about 22 23 years old, from hard scrabble, industrial, shipping too, North England, New Castle on Tyne. So clean and well put together, Alan Price on organ especially. He's been living off the residuals ever since. He was the only person in the Animals to get a partial song writing credit (Eric Burdon has been angry about this ever since) for this old traditional song that was about a woman's whorehouse experiences. It is really is a woman's voice in the song. But has not stopped men from doing it. Dylan too I believe.

    Totally agree–Animals at #5. Always felt the same way about House of the Rising Sun, that it only made sense as a woman’s lament, but couldn’t find out about its origin. The Animals played a free concert in a local park last year and were great. Apparently Eric Burdon has gotten tired of doing HofRS the same way for the millionth time, so he did a new take on it, to Spanish guitar and with a different delivery. I have to say I was disappointed–I wanted to hear it exactly as it sounded when I first heard it on the radio in 1964 when I was 12 years old. Every time I hear the original it releases a flood of pleasurable sensations and the revamped version did not.

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    I have House of the Rising Sun on my MP3 player...only using this $22 device when I take a fast walk for excercise. It sounds fresh every time I hear it. We had a classic rock station that had it in frequent rotation, I always played it loud when it came on. I saw Eric Burdon in 1980 with solid backup musicians and he performed-recited it the original Animals way. I saw him again at a (horse) race track 10 years ago and on House of the Rising Sun he scatted away jazz style. I was disappointed but he did other Animals tunes too so it was all good. It was still great to see him in fine fettle. BTW the guy is a major kook when you here him expound on other matters.

    The original Animals had 6-7 great tunes, same as Ray and Dave, same as Dire Straits.

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  151. @Steve Sailer
    My impression 45 years ago was that the British Invasion hierarchy went: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, with being #4 an honorable ranking out of a very strong list.

    I don't see much reason to change my mind.

    Ray Davies wrote most of the Kinks’ songs and is right up there with Paul McCartney for the variety (can’t think of a better word) of his output. Contrast Lola with You Really Got Me with I’m Not Like Everybody Else with Apeman with Sunny Afternoon with A Dedicated Follower of Fashion with Muswell Hillbillies with All Day and All of the Night, etc., and the word genius comes to my mind.

    Btw, the original keyboard player, bassist, and drummer hooked up with a new front man some years ago and perform as the Kast Off Kinks, mostly in the UK but in Norway this August. There is a big Kast Off Kinks Konvention every Thanksgiving weekend in London and Ray usually shows up to help out with You Really Got Me. I have been several times and it is a hoot if you are a fan. Lots of alcohol and 300 of your closest friends who know all the words. (http://kastoffkinks.co.uk/)

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  152. @Johann Ricke

    It must be terrible living in your heads, so…afraid of the world. If it isn’t blacks, it’s Muslims, or worse African Muslims, somebody is always coming for you.
     
    Get back to us when Nigeria is 10% non-black - and climbing...

    Absurd logic, there are more “White People” in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia…..

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    Absurd logic, there are more “White People” in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia…..
     
    Ratios. They're important. I guess you missed school that day.

    By the way, people in your country drill holes in pipelines to steal gasoline. The only think Nigeria has ever produced are Nigerians. Well, that and internet scams. Ah, Nigeria,...........where every man is a prince!
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  153. Clyde says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    Totally agree--Animals at #5. Always felt the same way about House of the Rising Sun, that it only made sense as a woman's lament, but couldn't find out about its origin. The Animals played a free concert in a local park last year and were great. Apparently Eric Burdon has gotten tired of doing HofRS the same way for the millionth time, so he did a new take on it, to Spanish guitar and with a different delivery. I have to say I was disappointed--I wanted to hear it exactly as it sounded when I first heard it on the radio in 1964 when I was 12 years old. Every time I hear the original it releases a flood of pleasurable sensations and the revamped version did not.

    I have House of the Rising Sun on my MP3 player…only using this $22 device when I take a fast walk for excercise. It sounds fresh every time I hear it. We had a classic rock station that had it in frequent rotation, I always played it loud when it came on. I saw Eric Burdon in 1980 with solid backup musicians and he performed-recited it the original Animals way. I saw him again at a (horse) race track 10 years ago and on House of the Rising Sun he scatted away jazz style. I was disappointed but he did other Animals tunes too so it was all good. It was still great to see him in fine fettle. BTW the guy is a major kook when you here him expound on other matters.

    The original Animals had 6-7 great tunes, same as Ray and Dave, same as Dire Straits.

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  154. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Steve Sailer
    My impression 45 years ago was that the British Invasion hierarchy went: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, with being #4 an honorable ranking out of a very strong list.

    I don't see much reason to change my mind.

    Dave Clark Five was pretty big then too, and in the wake of the Beatles a number of Merseyside groups any one of which could have vied for #4. I seem to remember a lot of Gerry and the Pacemakers albums in the collection of an older cousin who went to Vietnam in the autumn of ’65. (He made it back OK, but was on the outs with his father, who wouldn’t let him in the house to get his stuff back until the 1990s. I had the opportunity to rifle through his extensive record collection and use his Rolleicord camera as a kid….he did get them all back in good shape.) It was an interesting look at the era.

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  155. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anon0011
    If she had the right racial characteristics she would have been part of the BDM and had duties like collecting charitable donations to put together care packages for the storm troopers fighting on the front.

    If she had the right racial characteristics she would have been part of the BDM and had duties like collecting charitable donations to put together care packages for the storm troopers fighting on the front.

    You mean she would have been “supporting the troops”, just as women in every country at war did at the time.

    BTW, stormtrooper was a military term in WWI, not WWII, as far as I am aware. In the nazi era, “stormtroopers” were a street-gang / police auxilliary.

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  156. Mr. Anon says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist
    Absurd logic, there are more "White People" in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia.....

    Absurd logic, there are more “White People” in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia…..

    Ratios. They’re important. I guess you missed school that day.

    By the way, people in your country drill holes in pipelines to steal gasoline. The only think Nigeria has ever produced are Nigerians. Well, that and internet scams. Ah, Nigeria,………..where every man is a prince!

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    And Scrabble genius. Don't forget that.
    , @Nigerian Nationalist
    *Sigh* Ratios do not affect you personally, you're inventing a non-existent problem.

    Ahh, America, land full of white idiots falling for scams, and women lusting for Nigerian men.
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  157. biz says:
    @BB753
    "Also Haaretz is pretty much unread in Israel these days, and kept afloat by an annual infusion of cash from German NGOs."

    So, it's a secret Nazi plot to make seraphic Jews look bad?

    It’s leftist NGOs.

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  158. Olorin says:
    @Anonym
    I thought they/you were referring to this:

    https://youtu.be/zW5gklIKcDg

    But nope, it is only racialists and nationalists. We must ensure there are no remaining breeding pairs of pure Europeans! Only then will Tikkun Olam be achieved!

    When the Gotthard ceremony video went viral, in many instances among right wingers trying to mobilize the base for November 2016, I found the production awful…but gave mansplaining it the old college try.

    After awhile I got tired of explaining Krampus (cognate to Joulupukki and other European Yule figures), “uglies” (cognate to the Green Man), the Berggeist, etc., to nitwits who have replaced with televised sports and other melanistic pursuits their European ancestors’ stories that reflect their ancestors’ neurobiology.

    The problem with the rail-tunnel-opening production wasn’t content, it was scale.

    These rituals and characters are chthonic to ancient archetypal seasonal drama at the village level, or smaller, more organic, and genomically coherent cities.

    Not the hypermagnified brutalist scale of homogenized, frenetic, sexualized contemporary hive culture churned out by Big Globotainment’s degeneracy factory.

    Anything at the village scale gets called “folk culture” and doesn’t get on TV/big screen. Of course not–it looks silly there.

    There may be a way to make it look not-silly. I thought that low-budget Finnish movie Rare Exports did a pretty good job with the Joulupukki story that I was taught on a village level. The Tolkein-based movies never clicked for me, but I understand they reached many a son and daughter of Albion (etc.).

    So that tunnel-opening ceremony was what it was. People who forget their ancestors’ stories and symbols name it something else, as they have been trained to do.

    Still, whatever my dissatisfaction with the rail-tunnel production from a standpoint of dramatic tekne/τέχνη Europa, I think it worked in doing exactly what it was intended to do: highlight promethean unease while reveling in the warmth of purloined fire.

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  159. Olorin says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Absurd logic, there are more “White People” in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia…..
     
    Ratios. They're important. I guess you missed school that day.

    By the way, people in your country drill holes in pipelines to steal gasoline. The only think Nigeria has ever produced are Nigerians. Well, that and internet scams. Ah, Nigeria,...........where every man is a prince!

    And Scrabble genius. Don’t forget that.

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  160. Olorin says:
    @eD
    The Swiss laundered alot of money for the Nazis, but it wasn't the sort of people who now support the SVP who did that, it was the bankers.

    This has come out more in recent research that Steve may not be aware of, it Switzerland, as far as the establishment and the government is concerned, can be better termed a "pro-Nazi neutral" during World War 2, though as in many other places they became more pro-Allied as it got clearer the Nazis were going down. They functioned as a bank, an import-export arm, and an escape route for the Axis governments. But the neutral Swedish, Spanish, and Irish governments were also somewhat pro-Axis leaning. After the war, alot of effort was put in to diminish how willing people and institutions were willing to work with the Nazis when they were winning.

    The other possibility here is that war as washed through propaganda for the masses reflect the interests of those who wrote the propaganda. (In this case, two sides–one good, one bad–and a neutral we choose not to talk about.)

    Historiography is always subject to perspective, interests, and such. But when you have a phenomenon where only high priests are allowed to write the history, and we peons can only discuss it in catechismic terms, you know something is being kept hidden. Or maybe nothing at all, but the control of the discourse is an engine of power.

    Also, the use of the term “Nazi” indicates your thinking about this has been structured by that propaganda. That’s a hunch of mine these days. I can’t assess it more precisely because I have not had the advantage of studying “World War Two” outside of the histories steeped in that same propaganda, written by those who prevailed upon narrative.

    The more I learn about it in drips and drops, however, the more I understand what my grandfather–born in 1880–said about certain things.

    No, they didn’t involve !!!HITLER!!!, but the phenomenon of our nation’s sovereign currency being destroyed when he was in his early 30s, and him losing a big chunk of his life savings to FDR’s EO 6182.

    Also his absolute rejection of the idea that the US should be involved in European conflicts or the banksters’ global wars. He was an engineer, and intensely practical.

    These days I think any such rethinking should start with the hypothesis that “Hitler” and “Nazi” are at least in some part memes for any smattering of evil, bad, must-be-obliterated resistance to globalization, communism, and central control.

    The Manicheanism of “Allied” and “Axis” always struck me, back to high school, but again, I didn’t have any apparatus with which to question it and in any event cared more about numbers than politics.

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    No, they didn’t involve !!!HITLER!!!, but the phenomenon of our nation’s sovereign currency being destroyed when he was in his early 30s, and him losing a big chunk of his life savings to FDR’s EO 6182. Also his absolute rejection of the idea that the US should be involved in European conflicts or the banksters’ global wars. He was an engineer, and intensely practical.

    The currency wasn't destroyed in 1914 and no one's life savings were lost by that order. The order was an ill advised measure concerned with the terms of trade in agriculture and derived from the National Industrial Recovery Act, which was annulled in 1935. Neither were World War I or World War II the consquence of some conspiracy of 'banksters'.

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  161. Olorin says:
    @utu
    How about leave these people alone, you meddling idiots?

    Revolution knows no bounds. Always expanding. Nobody will be left alone.

    Woman denied Swiss citizenship for complaining about cowbells
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/14/swiss-citizenship-woman-denied-cowbells/96398518/

    Wouldn’t want her in my country either.

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  162. Art Deco says:
    @Olorin
    The other possibility here is that war as washed through propaganda for the masses reflect the interests of those who wrote the propaganda. (In this case, two sides--one good, one bad--and a neutral we choose not to talk about.)

    Historiography is always subject to perspective, interests, and such. But when you have a phenomenon where only high priests are allowed to write the history, and we peons can only discuss it in catechismic terms, you know something is being kept hidden. Or maybe nothing at all, but the control of the discourse is an engine of power.

    Also, the use of the term "Nazi" indicates your thinking about this has been structured by that propaganda. That's a hunch of mine these days. I can't assess it more precisely because I have not had the advantage of studying "World War Two" outside of the histories steeped in that same propaganda, written by those who prevailed upon narrative.

    The more I learn about it in drips and drops, however, the more I understand what my grandfather--born in 1880--said about certain things.

    No, they didn't involve !!!HITLER!!!, but the phenomenon of our nation's sovereign currency being destroyed when he was in his early 30s, and him losing a big chunk of his life savings to FDR's EO 6182.

    Also his absolute rejection of the idea that the US should be involved in European conflicts or the banksters' global wars. He was an engineer, and intensely practical.

    These days I think any such rethinking should start with the hypothesis that "Hitler" and "Nazi" are at least in some part memes for any smattering of evil, bad, must-be-obliterated resistance to globalization, communism, and central control.

    The Manicheanism of "Allied" and "Axis" always struck me, back to high school, but again, I didn't have any apparatus with which to question it and in any event cared more about numbers than politics.

    No, they didn’t involve !!!HITLER!!!, but the phenomenon of our nation’s sovereign currency being destroyed when he was in his early 30s, and him losing a big chunk of his life savings to FDR’s EO 6182. Also his absolute rejection of the idea that the US should be involved in European conflicts or the banksters’ global wars. He was an engineer, and intensely practical.

    The currency wasn’t destroyed in 1914 and no one’s life savings were lost by that order. The order was an ill advised measure concerned with the terms of trade in agriculture and derived from the National Industrial Recovery Act, which was annulled in 1935. Neither were World War I or World War II the consquence of some conspiracy of ‘banksters’.

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  163. Art Deco says:
    @Anon
    Utterly sick of haaretz's aggressive paranoia. Where are the voices shouting this down within the Jewish community? Perhaps Switzerland, a country with 700 years as free people should have an idea how to govern itself, without ungrateful smears lobbed at them. Perhaps a highly ethnocentric nation such as Israel should be the last to launch xenophobic stones. Oh right, there are x number of arabs in the country, and therefore diverse -- it helps if one occupies land arabs lived on for centuries. Every assertion made in the article holds doubly for Israel.

    Haaretz is not a redoubt of Israel’s patriots.

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  164. @Mr. Anon

    Absurd logic, there are more “White People” in America now, than at any point in its history.
    That paranoia…..
     
    Ratios. They're important. I guess you missed school that day.

    By the way, people in your country drill holes in pipelines to steal gasoline. The only think Nigeria has ever produced are Nigerians. Well, that and internet scams. Ah, Nigeria,...........where every man is a prince!

    *Sigh* Ratios do not affect you personally, you’re inventing a non-existent problem.

    Ahh, America, land full of white idiots falling for scams, and women lusting for Nigerian men.

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  165. Romanian says: • Website
    @James N. Kennett
    Switzerland does not belong to the EU, but it is functionally part of the Schengen area. The millions of Muslims who live in neighbouring countries are free to move to Switzerland and live there.

    The same cannot be said for the country that produces Haaretz.

    So who is the xenophobe, and who is the universalist?

    Forgive me if I am wrong, but it is not exactly like that. There is freedom of movement in that no visas are necessary and there are no border controls, but that does not equate to freedom of work or to access social services. They have a tiered residency system that takes different years to acquire (B class after 5 years, 3 years if you come from Austria, C class after 15 years in the country) depending on where you come from. Getting a work permit actually involves due diligence to see is there is a Swiss available to take the job. You still pay all of the necessary taxes for working there, but unlock benefits the more you move up the residency ladder. Finally, citizenship is pretty hard to obtain and requires a vote of your neighbors, which can be pretty difficult to pass in the places where everybody knows everybody else. This is what a long-time resident told me a few weeks ago, when I asked him about it.

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  166. Brutusale says:
    @Dieter Kief
    I know Kandersteg. You have to understand, that the supposedly xenophobic inhabitants of this charming and beautifully situated city at the feet of the Eiger/Jungfrau mountains, which are even known to parts of the white trash, - those parts of it, that look at James Bond movies etc. - ahhh - - these utter xenophobes of Kandersteg helped develop international tourism. It began at Kandersteg, kind of.

    That women in Hijabs don't do as much mountain climbing as - say, american lesbians do, should not be looked upon as a fault of the Kanderstegians.
    To claim, that Kandersteg is a xenophobic city is to declare oneself a deaf, dumb and blind kid.

    The SVP party, Ofri Ilany of Haaretz so heartfully disdains is - by and large, a liberal party. As a matter of fact, the part-time Swiss, part time Israel resident and publicist and psychoanalytic Carlo Strenger says, its misleading to call the SVP right wing radical or xenophobic or some such. Strenger publishes his German books at Suhrkamp, the publisher of Adorno, Bloch, Benjamin and Habermas...

    Regular people in Kandersteg do worry, that too many (unproductive, especially) strangers might do harm to Swiss society. Immigration critic Paul Collier is almost a household name in Switzerland. All papers from the left to the right discuss him - and Putnam, and Koopmans, and Swiss Radio and television do so, too.
    The left liberal Zürich daily Tages-Anzeiger even ran an article which proposed to discuss the refugee and immigrant question if possible ouside of the left-right divide - just as a pragmatic question of how much of what is sustainable and affordable and - fruitful - for both sides...

    I don't know much about Ofri Ilany, and I do wish her the very best, but she might just not be suited to leave home. Maybe not yet. The Swiss do accomodate all kinds of people, and thei're friendly as long as it is ever possible (they earn lots of money doing so...).

    Google the name. Ofri Ilany is just the sort of Semitic pencil-necked geek I expected him to be.

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  167. “All the movements to preserve the baguette, to eradicate smartphones and to lead a ‘slow life’ are generally another name for xenophobic and antipathetic politics.”

    The key sentence, that.

    ((( Globalist capitalism ))) above all! If you reject corporate rule, you’re Hitler.

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  168. @Dieter Kief
    I know Kandersteg. You have to understand, that the supposedly xenophobic inhabitants of this charming and beautifully situated city at the feet of the Eiger/Jungfrau mountains, which are even known to parts of the white trash, - those parts of it, that look at James Bond movies etc. - ahhh - - these utter xenophobes of Kandersteg helped develop international tourism. It began at Kandersteg, kind of.

    That women in Hijabs don't do as much mountain climbing as - say, american lesbians do, should not be looked upon as a fault of the Kanderstegians.
    To claim, that Kandersteg is a xenophobic city is to declare oneself a deaf, dumb and blind kid.

    The SVP party, Ofri Ilany of Haaretz so heartfully disdains is - by and large, a liberal party. As a matter of fact, the part-time Swiss, part time Israel resident and publicist and psychoanalytic Carlo Strenger says, its misleading to call the SVP right wing radical or xenophobic or some such. Strenger publishes his German books at Suhrkamp, the publisher of Adorno, Bloch, Benjamin and Habermas...

    Regular people in Kandersteg do worry, that too many (unproductive, especially) strangers might do harm to Swiss society. Immigration critic Paul Collier is almost a household name in Switzerland. All papers from the left to the right discuss him - and Putnam, and Koopmans, and Swiss Radio and television do so, too.
    The left liberal Zürich daily Tages-Anzeiger even ran an article which proposed to discuss the refugee and immigrant question if possible ouside of the left-right divide - just as a pragmatic question of how much of what is sustainable and affordable and - fruitful - for both sides...

    I don't know much about Ofri Ilany, and I do wish her the very best, but she might just not be suited to leave home. Maybe not yet. The Swiss do accomodate all kinds of people, and thei're friendly as long as it is ever possible (they earn lots of money doing so...).

    Ofri Ilany – I do wish him the very best. Thanks Brutusale. Him.

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