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From the New York Times:

The Witch Continues to Enchant as a Feminist Symbol

By Kate Guadagnino, Oct. 31, 2018

The article concludes, triumphantly:

… the president began to tweet “witch hunt” whenever he felt picked on by Robert Mueller. The moral outrage implicit in this cry depends on the fact that witches do not exist. Oh, comes the collective response from multitudes of women, persecuted yet powerful, but they do.

O … kaaaaaaaaaay!

 
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  1. They came out last night. It started with Elvira, I figure, but the sexy witch outfit will probably be around until one of the Kardashians wears it out.

  2. BB753 says:

    Believe it or not, satanism is on the rise among our so called elites. Just because they’re nuts does not mean they’re harmless.

  3. What do we do with all these people trained in gender, race and intersectionality studies?

    Are there no workhouses? Can we not teach them some practical trades?

  4. bgates says:

    Party of Science! (and witchcraft)

    • Agree: Prester John
    • LOL: 415 reasons, WHAT
  5. bomag says:

    …but at a time when misogyny is rampant and women’s rights are on shaky ground

    Oh yeah, our current secular societies just can’t elevate women fast enough; we have not done enough, clearly. Good thing Islam is on it’s way to cure all this. Moar immigration!

    [women are tough and strong] Because whatever the nature of their abilities, women — often those already on the outside, such as the poor, the old and women of color — have a very real history of being accused of witchcraft and suffering greatly.

    Suffering, everywhere the suffering.

    I notice that where women are poor; where the old are not taken care of; where WOC suffer; tend to correspond with having men around that aren’t too capable of getting things done. But when men build nice things and share it with their women, those men get accused of staring at women’s asses too long; or not long enough; or at the wrong ass; so it all has to burn. You can’t win.

  6. Tyrion 2 says:

    Here’s a compromise: they get 100% absolute control over the wizarding world, the ethereal, the plain of spirits, the upside-down, the force, all alternative universes, the shadow realm, the realm of chaos, the warp and we just get the boring, humdrum, so mundane-it-hurts, reality.

  7. LondonBob says:

    I watched The Witch last night and thought it was pretty good, a little tweaking and it could have been a cult classic. Didn’t realise it was such a culturally significant film though.

    Actually the witch craze was always bigger on the continent than in the English speaking world.

  8. @LondonBob

    Angelica Huston as the head witch in Roald Dahl’s “Witches:” that was scary.

  9. LondonBob says:

    Perhaps Trump could take a leaf out if James VI of Scotland and start a witch scare as a means to hunt down potential traitors. James’ interest in witches was not unnoticed by Shakespeare when he put together his play to welcome the new King.

    https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/stuart-england/james-i-and-witchcraft/

    • Replies: @bagginz
  10. Twinkie says:

    I got a dunk tank. If she doesn’t drown, she’s a witch. Burn her!*

    *I am very wise in the way of science.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  11. AndrewR says:

    OT: CNN is getting really desperate. “Most racist political ad in 30 years”

    “I won’t show you the entire ad because I don’t want people complaining that I showed something this hateful”

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/10/31/politics/donald-trump-immigration-paul-ryan-midterms/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

  12. kihowi says:

    You may not understand this, Steve, but your reaction and the reaction in the comments that this kind of thing gets is part of why it happens.

    A woman who writes this kind of thing gets a thrill out of proudly declaring what is self-evidently untrue (that there is no such thing as a witch). To her, limiting yourself to what is true is pathetic. It’s for nerds. Especially abstractions and principles. Especially especially abstractions and principles that are there to facilitate cooperation with other people, like honesty.

    Why not just show everybody why you don’t need that? Wear it like a low-cut dress for everybody to see and dare them to be outraged? The angrier they get, the better you made your point.

    She doesn’t actually believe in witches. Not really. You’d be surprised at the radical positivism she’d be capable of when confronted with something affects her own life directly.

  13. El Dato says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I hear the the Chinese have large universities for such people in the badlands, complete with housing and catering.

    It should be tried.

  14. I believe in witches. Here’s proof that Snaggletooth and Cruella really exist.

    You hear that fellas? Leave you hands off this woman’s pussy. You salivatin’, salacious sex fiends.

    Check out the American Indian button in this one. Natural allies to white women. Huh? That would be news to our pioneer forebears.

  15. CAL2 says:

    Women, always powerful and fierce, yet crushed by the evil patriarchy.

  16. @PiltdownMan

    Surely this is the classic – German band who’ve just discovered the wah-wah pedal. The lead singer’s mum played in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz. Quite a big hit in the UK.

    OT – you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh – Guardian reporter is mugged in London. Apparently the cause is inequality.

  17. Abe says: • Website

    often those already on the outside, such as the poor, the old and women of color — have a very real history of being accused of witchcraft and suffering greatly.

    Yeah right. Despite such appeals to interracial solidarity, we all know the first thing ‘Cauldron Callista’ will do with her newfound powers is summon Beelzebub on any black men she sees BBQ-ing in the park without a license, despite being notorious back in Scotland for starting fires to run her kettle any damn place she wants!

  18. bagginz says:
    @LondonBob

    Brings to mind this quote:

    “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson

    Was he wrong? Looks like he got 5 out of 5 to me…

    • Replies: @Anon
  19. bagginz says:

    Brings to mind this quote:

    “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to (1) leave their husbands, (2) kill their children, (3) practice witchcraft, (4) destroy capitalism and (5) become lesbians.” Pat Robertson

    Was he wrong? Looks like a solid 5 out of 5 from here…

  20. El Dato says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    OT – you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh – Guardian reporter is mugged in London. Apparently the cause is inequality.

    Hmmm…

    Those who commit these crimes know they’re unlikely to be caught. Eight years of cuts have taken their toll, and there’s news this week that police chiefs are considering taking legal action against the government in response.

    So depolicing and diverting forces to uphold anarcho-tyranny does not really work?

    Funding the police better is an obvious first step, but that will never be enough. You cannot carry out stop and search on every person in the city who is on a bike or a moped, or wearing a tracksuit. The real issue lies much deeper, at the heart of our communities.

    Those “our communities” may well be imaginary.

    Maybe it’s just excessive gun control and lack of pogroms. And everybody has forgotten about the 2011 England riots.

  21. Anon[394] • Disclaimer says:

    InKoo Kang’s Suspiria review at Slate today fits in well with this.

  22. Rule of Thumb

    These feminist make-believe witches
    Need whupping their a***s with switches.
    Beat that bum like a drum,
    But make sure your thumb
    Is bigger around than the switch is.

  23. Dtbb says:
    @ThreeCranes

    Why are witches shown riding brooms? Look it up.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @ThreeCranes
  24. @PiltdownMan

    >Are there no workhouses? Can we not teach them some practical trades?

    Being serious for a moment, why would anyone in this country value hard work unless they had a genetic atavism? Our elites despise the working class, so work ethic itself is a low-status value, why would people want to put in the effort and then get punished for it?

    • Agree: Travis
  25. El Dato says:

    OT: Multiculturalism at the Zoo

    Bears tear up wolf in front of horrified Dutch zoo visitors (DISTURBING VIDEO)

    Visitors to the Dierenrijk zoo, in the Netherlands, were witnesses to a horrific and violent attack by a sloth of four brown bears who tore a female wolf to pieces right before their eyes.

    “The two-year-old she-wolf came out of the water with another wolf when she was attacked by the bear,” a zoo spokesperson told the NL Times. The attack took place in Mierlo near Eindhoven on Monday.

    Two other wolves tried to intervene but were kept at bay by a fourth bear who later joined in on the savagery and helped tear the victim limb from limb.

    The four bears and four wolves reportedly played together regularly and are kept in “an enriching environment” for the animals, which cohabit the same zoo enclosure. It is still unclear what triggered the savage attack as there had been no prior incidents of violence between the two species at the zoo.

  26. @El Dato

    I always wanted to have a day at the Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago where they let all the animals out onto the adjoining Lincoln Park soccer fields to see who eats whom. I think you’d get a big crowd for that.

  27. TheBoom says:
    @bomag

    You can’t win.

    Actually, you can but you need to live in a less responsible society to win. In responsible societies men, look after women which translates into trying to be fair and nice. Women manipulate responsible men’s desire to be fair into unfair advantages for women which you especially see in divorce laws and sexual harassment policies. This gives women power over men and causes them to lose respect for men then shit test men constantly. Nice men usually fail shit tests which causes women to want to import a new crop of men.

    In irresponsible societies men usually have mistresses and or multiple wives. Irresponsible men don’t give women special privileges in divorce, hiring or childcare which gives men more power and women more respect for men.

    Women may want a responsible man who makes them submit but prefer an irresponsible strong man to a weak and responsible man. Big world out there

  28. TheBoom says:
    @Steve Sailer

    where they let all the animals out onto the adjoining Lincoln Park soccer fields to see who eats whom

    Aren’t you describing an average day in Chicago?

    • LOL: Bubba
    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  29. Bitfu says:

    Time to dust off my Malleus Maleficarum

    Interesting background on this book here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum

    This book was a best-seller (trailing only the Bible) for 200 years. Both men and women are susceptible to becoming witches (which explains today’s beta SJW).

    Of course, it was written by a demented lunatic. To me, the most interesting part about the synopsis is that it reads as a Modern Day Guide for the way progressives and SJWs persecute anyone who makes the catastrophic mistake of not being properly woke.

  30. songbird says:

    Yes, Virginia, there really are witches!

  31. @YetAnotherAnon

    Well, it’s not Christine Aguelero, or Milo Cyrus, so there’s that …. This goes back to my statement that 99% of all good pop/rock music was made in the English-speaking world. Germany had its hey-day with 99 Luft Balloons, Peak German Rock Dominance, and it’s been all downhill from there …

    Yes, that article did make me laugh, YAA. It’s maybe not your point, but:

    … moped crime has gone up 30-fold over the past five years

    Good grief! From cat burglaries of the crown jewels to moped crime – you know your country is going 3rd world. Now, even off-topicer (please watch till the end), from A Fish Called Wanda:

  32. “Because whatever the nature of their abilities, women — often those already on the outside, such as the poor, the old and women of color — have a very real history of being accused of witchcraft and suffering greatly.”

    Because (to paraphrase Steve) in the minds of these people it’s always Spain in the 1500’s.

  33. Anon[330] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bitfu

    “Of course, it was written by a demented lunatic.”

    Very clever. You do realize, of course, that if you had said that at the time, you would have been burned at the stake by the Pat Robertsons (see quote above) of the time, right?

  34. Anon[330] • Disclaimer says:
    @bagginz

    Clever. You do realize, of course, that he AGREES with the Times bimbo about witches, right?

  35. Wiccans are always good for a laugh. If you meet one and ask her what Wicca is, she will likely tell you that it is a pre-Christian belief system, involving wise women, healing, the sacred feminine, and Dianic goddess worship; and that it has been practised in secret since ancient times.

    In fact, Wicca was invented in 1954 by a retired English civil servant called Gerald Gardner, who was free to propagate his beliefs only because the Witchcraft Act had been repealed in 1951.

    So yes, witches are a feminist symbol, but not of the kind that feminists think.

  36. Giuseppe says:

    The collective, again.

  37. njguy73 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I always wanted to have a day at the Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago where they let all the animals out onto the adjoining Lincoln Park soccer fields to see who eats whom. I think you’d get a big crowd for that.

    It would definitely outdraw a White Sox game.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  38. njguy73 says:

    As that blogger put it, when I see some Republican politician hanging by his heels from a tree with his head shrunk to the size of a baseball, then I’ll believe in witches.

  39. @kihowi

    You may not understand this, Steve, but your reaction and the reaction in the comments that this kind of thing gets is part of why it happens.

    And then the whole tableau illustrates that the NYT has descended into the realm of clickbait, removing one more brick from the wall of their illegitimate status as the agenda setter of the country.

  40. Nahh! Can’t make this stuff up anymore.

    Speaking of which (!), and only slightly OT, I see where Hecate RodhamClintonClintonRodhamRodhamRodham and etc. says she “would like to be President.”

  41. @Dtbb

    “Here comes Dolly Dagger
    Her love’s so heavy, gonna make you stagger.
    Dolly Dagger, she drinks her blood from a jagged edge… Ah Drink up baby

    Been riding broomsticks since she was fifteen.
    Blown out all the other witches on the scene.
    She got a bull whip, just as long as your life.
    Her tongue can even scratch the soul out of the devil’s wife.

    Well I seen her in action at the Player’s Choice.
    Turnin’ all the love men into donor boys.
    Hey, red hot mama you’d better step aside,
    This chicks gonna turn you to a block of ice.”

    Jimi Hendrix

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  42. Bob’s Burgers had it figured out years ago.

    • Replies: @Romanian
  43. Dr. X says:

    The moral outrage implicit in this cry depends on the fact that witches do not exist. Oh, comes the collective response from multitudes of women, persecuted yet powerful, but they do.

    Well… Hillary Clinton did run in 2016, so maybe the author’s got a point…

  44. Mr. Anon says:

    The sort of people who subscribe to witchcraft, spirit-cooking and the like today are the same sort of people who, in the time of Bush the Younger, referred to themselves as “The Reality-Based Community”.

  45. Mr. Anon says:

    Men only humor a woman who thinks she’s a witch if she looks good in a sexy-witch costume. If she doesn’t look like Elizabeth Montgomery, she’s just a ditz.

    • Agree: International Jew
  46. anon[527] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You’ll get a very big crowd. The Romans built the Coliseum for just such a crowd.

  47. Jack D says:
    @kihowi

    Wear it like a low-cut dress for everybody to see and dare them to be outraged?….

    You’d be surprised at the radical positivism she’d be capable of when confronted with something affects her own life directly.

    You contradict yourself. Leftists really ARE self-defeating, at least those (the majority) who are unable to score some sinecure where their leftism can go unchecked. This is why so many of them are working as baristas or at other dead end jobs where no one cares if you have purple hair and nose rings. I was listening to an interview with Alice Waters, famous (leftist) restaurateur from Berkeley. She happened to mention that one of her first jobs was as a Montessori pre-school teacher and she lost her job for wearing a see-through blouse. Provoking outrage rarely results in radically positive results in the job market unless you are a rock star. But there are very few rock stars.

  48. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The Romans did this in the Colosseum and it was a big draw for centuries. Better than football.

  49. This current wave of witch nonsense has been around as long a memory serves, as long as the current wave of feminism.

    Avoiding the narcissistic “I” here because of recent overuse, a good example would be a slightly crazy psychology student, a slender little college girl, who thinks she is a witch. She keeps little journals that she won’t let anyone read, and she says she knows she’s a witch because there are marks or things about her that prove it.

    What the outside world doesn’t know is that she is a closet freak with a fetish for being put in bondage and schtupped like a bitch. The little feminist witch Psych major has the most submissive of female fantasies.

    These women enjoy their fantasies only because they live inside the comfort of the modern world that Rational White Men built. They eat his farm food, live in his heated buildings and shit in his plumbing. Even their pentagram necklaces were made using The Man’s metallurgy and production techniques, not alchemy and potions.

    All of this comes down to us today together from decades ago: Witchcraft fantasies, New Age pseudoscience, Whole Foods Markets, crystals, acupuncturists, safe spaces, Invite The World…

    • Replies: @Jack D
  50. Oh, …but they do

    Indeed…

    THOUSANDS of ‘witches’ imprisoned for years in huge witchcraft prison camps in Ghana

    luo-proposes-introduce-witchcraft-science-zambian-education
    …MINISTER of Higher Education Nkandu Luo says Zambia should consider research and the study of witchcraft as a science

    Zambia: Witchcraft Scares Away Teachers
    PUPILS at Lunyike Basic School in Chipata have not been learning for two weeks because teachers have allegedly fled fearing witchcraft.

    Tanzania Bans Witch Doctors in Response to Widespread Albino Killings

    Tanzanian witch doctors arrested over albino killing

    …currently all witch doctors have to apply for a certificate from the ministry of health and welfare to practise
    …The woman’s left leg, two fingers from her left hand and a nail from one of her thumbs were removed.

    Kenyan jailed for trying to sell albino
    …In the sting operation, which was announced on Tuesday, police pretended to be businessmen buying albino body parts.

    Tanzania Bans Witch Doctors in Response to Widespread Albino Killings

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  51. @PiltdownMan

    From “Season of the Witch”, the Fitty Cent version:

    This n****’s out to make it rich
    You got to f**k up every snitch
    Two b***h-made snitches in a ditch
    Must be the season of the witch

    (I had some leftover rhymes to use up …).

  52. Jack D says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Yes , this stuff has been around for decades if not centuries, but always at the margins. This is the very thesis of the article – that female witchcraft has gone mainstream and that mainstream figures such as Lana Del Rey and Björk are proclaiming themselves witches. That major motion pictures are being produced where a witch is the heroine. Even more self-referentially, that witches are being written about in the NY Times, albeit in the lightweight and female oriented “Style Magazine” section.

    The Style Magazine itself exists as a vehicle for fashionable clothing brands to sell Made in Bangladesh rags at highly inflated prices to rich women so look for the ad copy to follow the editorial soon. Instead of edgy psych students buying crystals at some grungy shop on a back street in Greenwich Village, Nordstroms will have high priced Karl Lagerfeld crystals done in tasteful colors to sell to surgeon’s trophy wives.

  53. Anon 2 says:

    There is also the French movie La Sorcière (1956) /”Blonde Witch” in IMDb/
    with the enchanting Marina Vlady in the title role. I cannot recommend it
    enough. It’s about a young civil engineer who, while on assignment in Sweden,
    meets a nature girl with strange powers. Sweden is portrayed as a rustic
    country where there still exist wild women untouched by civilization. The
    musical score alone is worth the price of a DVD

  54. @Steve Sailer

    I think every group of six-year-old boys always has the same debate – i.e., which animal will beat which other animal in a fight. (Wolf v. Cougar; Alligator v. Shark,etc.)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  55. @Steve Sailer

    When I was a kid, we often had heated debates about questions such as whether a lion would prevail in a fight against a tiger, or whether a tiger could hold its own against a bear. Turns out it was not only South African hillbillies who liked to shoot the shit about these issues; the lion versus tiger controversy has a very long history, and nowadays also its own wiki entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_versus_lion

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  56. Angela Merkel is an evil East German Communist Rat Witch who has weaponized mass immigration as a way to destroy Germany.

    Kraut Witch Merkel complained that the Anglo-Saxon sneaky ones were spying on her.

    American Witch Hillary Clinton said everyone spies on everyone else and if you complain about it you’re an asshole. I agree with Hillary Clinton on that.

    I now know Menwith Hill is not a hill but a rise, no need to send that message, thank you.

    Does anybody doubt East German Witch Merkel was ratting out her fellow Communist rats when she was younger?

    I love you witches, except for the globalizer witches who are nasty and evil.

    Tweet from 2014:

  57. notanon says:

    judging by the Trump curse Melania’s hexs are pretty strong so i’m expecting these SJW witches will end up covered in boils.

    • LOL: Almost Missouri
  58. istevefan says:

    I am as strict an immigration restrictionist as anyone. But if we end up losing out to the immivasion, the one redeeming thing will be that the newcomers put an end to crap like this.

  59. wiseguy says:

    The materialists here might laugh, but witches and the demonic do exist. As the famous Tradical tweet goes, “Current events make a lot more sense once you accept that demons literally exist & are actively roaming the Earth.”

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  60. Isn’t this just the left wing, feminist version of NAZI LARPers (although granted far more legitimacy by the NYT)?

    They’re essentially impotent people with strange ideas that don’t appeal to the mainstream of political opinion, and their politics are so integrated into their personalities that they’re permanently fused.

    Without the real ability to make the change they want, they engage in vain power fantasies by adopting the identity of what they perceive to be a feared and formidable adversary by their political opponents.

    The NAZI LARPing – either tongue-in-cheek or sincere – was engaged in because NAZIs are what their opponents (many of them Jewish) claimed to fear most. It was a “show me the form of your destroyer” sort of thing.

    Feminists like this woman perceive that what the “Patriarchy” fears most is women who defy social norms and are believed to possess powerful supernatural abilities – that’s their feminist interpretation of the Salem Witch Trials and whatnot. So they’re just engaging in the same sort of LARPing.

  61. @istevefan

    I am as strict an immigration restrictionist as anyone. But if we end up losing out to the immivasion, the one redeeming thing will be that the newcomers put an end to crap like this.

    I don’t think our newcomers – who are disproportionately from regions like Darkest Africa, the Caribbean and Central America – are going to tamp down on witchcraft and voodoo.

    • Replies: @ThirdWorldSteveReader
  62. Cortes says:

    Some witches do good. See, for example, Walli Elmlark who introduced Robert Fripp to the occult and exorcised David Bowie’s house.

    https://dangerousminds.net/comments/mysterious_white_witch_who_exorcised_david_bowie

  63. @istevefan

    … the newcomers [will] put an end to crap like this.

    No they won’t. If you think the mainstreaming of pseudoscience, superstitions and witchcraft here is bad now, just wait until more of the non-European stuff moves in alongside the Old World stuff you’re seeing now.

  64. @Jack D

    OK, so it’s going mainstream, this witch fashion. I don’t see any big deal with that part of it. Those ladies will blow their husbands, wait blow their husbands’ hard earned pay on some kind of fashion and fashion accessories either way. It can’t get too weird, or the husband may not want to go out with her like that (until they’ve all got ‘em).

    “Does this pointy hat make me look fat?” See, that’s a good thing to come out of this – there are NO FAT WITCHES. (I wrote WITCHES.) Are there?

    Now, as usual, I won’t go read a NY Times article, but from what I’m inferring, the problem is that there’ll be more idioms that we can’t use anymore, such as “witchhunt”, i.e. it’ll add to the PC rules. That’s only a problem at college or at an office job.

    I don’t see my wife getting into this at all. I told her if she wanted to be a witch for Halloween, she’d need a broom, of course. “What is this broom, of which you speak?” she replied.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  65. @Jack D

    You contradict yourself. Leftists really ARE self-defeating, at least those (the majority) who are unable to score some sinecure where their leftism can go unchecked. This is why so many of them are working as baristas or at other dead end jobs where no one cares if you have purple hair and nose rings. I was listening to an interview with Alice Waters, famous (leftist) restaurateur from Berkeley. She happened to mention that one of her first jobs was as a Montessori pre-school teacher and she lost her job for wearing a see-through blouse. Provoking outrage rarely results in radically positive results in the job market unless you are a rock star. But there are very few rock stars.

    Virtually no one will admit to wanting their Brain Surgeon or Criminal Defense Lawyer to have neck tattoos, face piercings, and a crazy rainbow colored haircut. At the extreme end of “my skin is in this game” occupations people will begin to admit (though not in those terms) that there is a correlation between conforming to social norms on the one hand and stability and professional competence on the other.

    The only question is where on the spectrum between “life on the line” occupations on one end and coffee house sweepers-up on the other that social conformity begins to weigh heavily as an easily observed proxy for stability and occupational competence.

  66. @Jack D

    More proof of my theorem: Nothing exists until it is picked up the the New York media.

    Stevie Nix was singing about witches decades ago. Movies were made featuring them. The occult was in Led Zeppelin albums. This stuff is not now just appearing in media or among famous people. It’s just being picked up again now as part of the inane political conversation.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  67. anon[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Shares of the New York Times Co. NYT, +6.29% gained 6.1% after the company beat third-quarter earnings expectations, sending them sharply higher, particularly in premarket trades, and putting them on track for a 12-year high.

    The Times has benefitted from Trump.

    Print news is becoming a luxury item which will disappear in a decade or two.

    Opinion is no longer value. Everyone has one… they are ubiquitous.

    News, which the Times actually covers, is rare outside of an AP feed, and the like. A lot of subscribers skip the editorials and Op Ed pages. (News isn’t unbiased, but is mostly factually correct). The Times article today on Caravans was good. There are new ones spring up. Trump is changing the subject to his issues.

  68. @bomag

    [women are tough and strong] Because whatever the nature of their abilities, women — often those already on the outside, such as the poor, the old and women of color — have a very real history of being accused of witchcraft and suffering greatly.

    Interestingly, Diarmaid MacCulloch states that, at least in England, the most common profile of the accused of witchcraft does not fit the modern stereotype – most of the accused were quarrelsome women of social standing.

  69. @LondonBob

    Perhaps not coincidentally, the witch craze was also bigger on the areas where the Catholic-Protestant conflict lasted longer – France and Germany, notably. Not that many executions in Italy and Iberia, contrary to what might have been expected.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  70. @kihowi

    She doesn’t actually believe in witches. Not really. You’d be surprised at the radical positivism she’d be capable of when confronted with something affects her own life directly.

    I’m not so sure. Perhaps it’s an effect of living in the Third World, but there is a surprising number of otherwise rational, self-interested people who do believe in a form or another of incantation.

  71. @Jack D

    always at the margins

    Would that Sally Quinn were marginal!

    No, it is usually at the very top gone bad.

  72. @ThreeCranes

    They really look like the spawn of Satan.

  73. Jack D says:
    @istevefan

    From the wiki on capital punishment in Saudi Arabia:

    Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, who was found in possession of talismans, was executed in the southern Najran province in June 2012. A Saudi woman, Amina bin Salem Nasser, was executed for being convicted of practising sorcery and witchcraft in December 2011 in the northern province of Jawf, and a Sudanese man (Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki) was executed in a car park in Medina for the same reason in September 20, 2011. In 2014, Mohammed bin Bakr al-Alawi was beheaded on 5 August for allegedly practicing black magic sorcery

  74. Jack D says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Anything and everything is suitable as a stick to beat Trump with. Trump has gotten inside Leftists’ heads so everything is viewed thru the lens of its potential use against Trump.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
  75. @El Dato

    The four bears and four wolves reportedly played together regularly and are kept in “an enriching environment” for the animals, which cohabit the same zoo enclosure.

    And enriching environment not failing to change a predator’s nature… now, where have we seen that before?

  76. Svigor says:

    )))Kate Guadagnino(((.

    We get anti-white racism from (((them))) and nonsense from )))them(((.

  77. BB753 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I’m betting on bears killing every animal except elephants and hippos.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  78. @Bitfu

    My favourite part is this:

    in the 1970s, when feminist and Neo-Pagan authors turned their attention to the witch trials, the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) was the only manual readily available in translation. Authors naively assumed that the book painted an accurate picture of how the Inquisition tried witches. Heinrich Kramer, the text’s demented author, was held up as a typical inquisitor. His rather stunning sexual preoccupations were presented as the Church’s “official” position on witchcraft. Actually the Inquisition immediately rejected the legal procedures Kramer recommended and censured the inquisitor himself just a few years after the Malleus was published. Secular courts, not inquisitorial ones, resorted to the Malleus

    In that time as is today: who cares to listen to the sensible when you can listen to nutcases and later blame the sensible?

  79. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Yup. Immigration will not destroy this stupidity, it will take it to a more dangerous level.

  80. @Daniel Chieh

    The apostrophe killed the link, but yes! Good catch. We might need a finger version for NYT witches.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scold%27s_bridle

  81. @Hippopotamusdrome

    Saudi Arabia has been executing people for witchcraft for years and continues to do so, yet this never provoked the outrage that the Khashoggi killing did.

    Is that because the NYT Editorial Board and fellow travelers don’t really care about witches after all?

    Or is it that one journalist = 10000 witches?

    Who knew Khashoggi’s power level was so high?

    Not MbS.

  82. J.Ross says: • Website

    Canadian radio had a ghost story that points up the noise exceeding the signal here. The extraordinarily bad story described the exorcism of a house. However, this is Canada, in the current year: so an exorcism, in which the activities of demons are bound and corrected by man with authority from a just and unitary creator god, is not who we are. Instead the nu-Ekzorsis appeals to metals and woods, and then to his ancestors. Exorcism works because there’s a hierarchy. Paganism is normally pretty non-hierarchical. Odin isn’t the creator and master of everything, he’s a king, first among equals within a warrior caste. Paganism is cyclical and often sees the bad guys winning. The Canadian story becomes a hash of good ghosts fighting bad ghosts, and
    rescuing the failed human exorcist, raising the question of why he was necessary.
    These “witches” want to rewrite all the rules, while in mid-process. They’re children.

  83. @wiseguy

    Agree. But with the caveat that most people who think they’re witches aren’t.

  84. donut says:
    @ThreeCranes

    Ding bats everyone of them . Crying out for the beef injection .

  85. @J.Ross

    Canadian radio had a ghost story that points up the noise exceeding the signal here. The extraordinarily bad story described the exorcism of a house. However, this is Canada, in the current year: so an exorcism, in which the activities of demons are bound and corrected by man with authority from a just and unitary creator god, is not who we are. Instead the nu-Ekzorsis appeals to metals and woods, and then to his ancestors. Exorcism works because there’s a hierarchy. Paganism is normally pretty non-hierarchical. Odin isn’t the creator and master of everything, he’s a king, first among equals within a warrior caste. Paganism is cyclical and often sees the bad guys winning. The Canadian story becomes a hash of good ghosts fighting bad ghosts, and rescuing the failed human exorcist, raising the question of why he was necessary. These “witches” want to rewrite all the rules, while in mid-process. They’re children.

    As an adherent of perhaps the only remaining religion with a specific Rite of Exorcism, it is axiomatic that inanimate things and places cannot be possessed and therefore cannot be Exorcised.

    It’s a pagan Pre-Christian belief that inanimate objects are infused with invisible spirits. But you touch on the internal inconsistency of this – if everything has a spirit: trees, stones, water, etc., why is it necessary to drive them 0ut? They’re not out of place to begin with, they just are. The better course would be to seek the favor of the animating spirits in order to bend them to one’s will – to bribe them to do what you want them to do. There’s no point to driving them out of where they belong if that is even a thing that can be conceived by the pagan mind – I think you are correct that the secular writers or producers are smuggling the Christian concept of possession somewhere that it doesn’t belong, because without it there is no conflict to be resolved.

  86. Luke Lea says:

    The continuing tabloidization of the NYT. How long before the Wall St. Journal replaces it as the newspaper of record? For some reason Rupert Murdock and Sons have so far resisted the sensational route to make profits, at least in this case. And Fox News and Fox Business, also Murdock properties, are the only major media that are also pro-Trump. Go figure.

  87. @Jack D

    I don’t think most Americans can actually conceive of the reality that is The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It’s not a nation state so much as a fragile truce between the Sunni Islamic authorities resident in Mecca and Medina and the descendants of the Bedouin invaders who grabbed the Saudi peninsula before the discovery of vast stores of crude under the sand there, realizing vast wealth. The monarchs seem to rely upon the religious authorities for their continued legitimacy as a government, for which the monarchs pay in strict enforcement of Islamic law, financing of jihad, and material support of the religious authorities themselves. There seems to be a realization on the part of the monarchs that if the religious authorities get too grumpy as a consequence of not getting what they demand, they could cook up a jihad against the monarchs themselves after which they’d probably all lose their heads. It approximates more of a perpetual if lavish hostage situation than a modern nation state of any recognizable sort.

    Of course, the problem here is that the current situation may be all that stands between pro-jihad Islamic religious authorities directly running a nation of 30 million Islamic fanatics with vast oil wealth. Forcefully pressuring the monarchs to modernize and secularize may be somewhat counterproductive.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  88. JLK says:

    The continuing tabloidization of the NYT. How long before the Wall St. Journal replaces it as the newspaper of record?

    Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The WSJ is actually less likely to do any serious investigative reporting. At least the NYT may have some frustrated reporters.

  89. JMcG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You my man, are getting up high on my list of favorites. Buffalo Joe, look out he’s gaining on you!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  90. Cortes says:
    @ThirdWorldSteveReader

    This

    BBC programme from 1994 has a section on the investigation of an accusation of witchcraft and the investigator- a rather worldly wise cleric- dismissed the charges. The whole thing is worth viewing as a look at the phenomenon of “The Black Legend” promoted by the rising Protestant nations.

  91. Part of the continuing crack-up: https://imgur.com/JOoARRA

    The headline “Black Donors Needed. Be the match for Camille” sends race-deniers into a virtue-signalling spiral.

    • Replies: @notanon
  92. … the president began to tweet “witch hunt” whenever he felt picked on by Robert Mueller. The moral outrage implicit in this cry depends on the fact that witches do not exist. Oh, comes the collective response from multitudes of women, persecuted yet powerful, but they do.

    In Soviet America, witches hunt you!

  93. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Related.

  94. Liza says:
    @ThreeCranes

    Ghastly looking wimmin, especially the first 3. I wish I could un-see these.

  95. @BB753

    I’m betting on bears killing every animal except elephants and hippos.

  96. eah says:

    Almost unbelievable obstinate stupidity.

    • Replies: @Gman
  97. @El Dato

    Wow! The wolves stuck up for their doomed companion and the bear holding them off stuck with the bears.

    Somehow, some wrecker furtively exposed these innocent beasts to videotapes of Trump’s hateful, divisive speeches.

  98. @Twinkie

    Can I be your assistant?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  99. Kylie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    What an awful idea. I am surprised and extremely dismayed that you would suggest this, even in jest.

    Instead why not release convicted child molesters into the gen pop in the exercise yard of some prison, with the resulting interaction being televised?

    • Replies: @Antlitz Grollheim
  100. @ThirdWorldSteveReader

    According to a Great Courses lecturer, the typical person accused of witchcraft was often someone who was a financial burden to their accuser.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anonymous
  101. gp says:
    @Steve Sailer

    “where they let all the animals out” I want Boston Dynamics to release their entire menagerie in Fenway, and everybody in the stands gets a Garand and 800 rounds of ammo.

  102. @YetAnotherAnon

    The lead singer’s mum played in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz

  103. @Hypnotoad666

    I think every group of six-year-old boys always has the same debate – i.e., which animal will beat which other animal in a fight. (Wolf v. Cougar; Alligator v. Shark,etc.)

    Monkee v. Beatle?

    “Wolf v. Cougar” sounds like Harvey Weinstein taken to court by Cher.

  104. @njguy73

    It would definitely outdraw a White Sox game.

    Well, if you want carnage, its available for free right outside Comiskey.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  105. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Redneck farmer

    In the Salem trials it was shown that a conspiracy of families was acquiring all the farmland left behind by the “witches.”
    And of course there’s Huxley’s triumph The Devils of Loudon, where witchcraft accusations were an instrument of state consolidation and denying refuge to Protestants.

  106. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen

    Things that never happened. But nice to know that if there’s ever a homicidal maniac on a plane, she’ll have her pen ready.
    Also, what this guy says:

    https://postimg.cc/zVkp64RZ

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  107. @Dave Pinsen

    To us, your hat sanctions our death, our murder, our evisceration.

    Allegedly real MAGA man pulls out phone and shows her this:

    [MORE]

  108. @El Dato

    Obviously, bears acting on direct orders from Putin.

  109. @ThreeCranes

    “Hands off my vagina”: order or complaint?

    Last photo: button is of Indian or of woman at button’s 2 o’clock?

  110. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:
    @Redneck farmer

    ‘Witches’ were usually socially unpopular people, often with physical deformities or other disabilities. To the medieval mind, beauty and holiness / evil and ugliness went hand in hand.

  111. @Sergeant Prepper

    Childish fantasies, all. Time to get Woke, my friend. Tigers only hate lions and bears because they were learned wrong. The winning bet is not on lion or tiger, but on diversity, lions and tigers, and the power of love. Tigers are famous for love, even though they never know and might even kill their own cubs. Of course, science shows that even these unfortunate traits are bending to the arc of justice.

    https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-male-tigers-with-cubs

    • Replies: @Sergeant Prepper
  112. @Achmed E. Newman

    A bit harsh, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Holland and even Greece have made significant contributions to modern popular music. Kraftwerk in particular were a big influence on Anglo hipster electronica in the 80s and 90s. The big disappointment has been Eastern Europe and Russia. Not much to come out of the East since the late Classical composers like Prokofiev.

    I guess the Ruskies could claim ELP as Russian (since they covered so much Russian classical music) but that’s about it.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  113. @TheBoom

    Did you hear about the Hyde Park imbroglio? Seems some dear children exited a Halloween party thrown for them by the Good People and decided ,in the name of inclusion, to add an African flavor to the day. Cars smashed,bystanders clobbered. Sad.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  114. @Neil Templeton

    “The winning bet is not on lion or tiger, but on diversity, lions and tigers, and the power of love.”

    Wrong, my friend. The winning bet is clearly the female spotted hyena, which packs a pseudopenis that makes her the natural symbol of all the is truly woke and trans.

    https://jezebel.com/introducing-the-pseudopenis-or-why-female-hyenas-are-f-1714981846

  115. Gman says:
    @eah

    Ditto.

    • Replies: @Random Smartaleck
  116. notanon says:
    @Cagey Beast

    this is a perfect example of how some liberal beliefs and policies are simply the result of being lied to

  117. But “race doesn’t exist” is what these people have been taught, and what even great men like Cavalli-Sforza shied away from directly confronting.

    I wonder what Sydney, the poor BeTheMatch guy/person, thought of all this.

    I also wonder if the same racial dynamics we see in the UK (white people give blood and register as organ donors at a much higher rate than minorities) also happen in the US. Are there stats?

    Steve should devote a post to this single Twitter image. No commentary necessary, just put this exchange up there.

  118. @unpc downunder

    Sweden did have ABBA. Though it was just 40 short years ago that they were in their prime, it is enough so that I shouldn’t give them any grief.

    Germany – Nena and the 99 Ballons, not good enough.

    Holland – You’ve got your Golden Earring, but one hit song per decade and having opted out even from that schedule in the 90′s, 00′s and 10′s so far, well….

    Italy – ?
    Greece – ?

    By mentioning Kraftwerk, you are bolstering my point, Aussie, a bad debating tactic, that. ;-}

  119. @Reg Cæsar

    Didn’t Veeck try Steve’s idea after a game back in the Seventies?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  120. @Achmed E. Newman

    Actually, they started with Vampira, whom Elvira imitated. Vampira was in the great classic movie “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  121. @JMcG

    Thanks, JMcG!

    Watch your 6 Maverick Buffalo.

  122. @Desiderius

    Didn’t Veeck try Steve’s idea after a game back in the Seventies?

    Between games of a doubleheader. (Remember those?) It was a young Mike Veeck. The team’s board, including his father Bill, voted to fire him.

    His career revived a decade later, when Rolling Stone named him The Man Who Killed Disco. “Now I’m somebody!”

    His son Night Train works for a cricket club in Australia. (As with Dweezil Zappa, Tiger Woods, Willow Bay, and Poppy Harlow, it’s wasn’t his legal name, but he’s never been called anything else.)

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-chicago-disco-demolition-white-sox-spt-0806-20170805-column.html

  123. @Achmed E. Newman

    This goes back to my statement that 99% of all good pop/rock music was made in the English-speaking world.

    Thanks for the news flash. 99% of all good samba and bossa nova was made in Brazil, 99% of all good tango in Argentina, 99% of all good flamenco in Spain, and 99% of all good Tuvan throat singing in and around Mongolia.

    Opera did get around. But Italy still dominates.

  124. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The book The Siege of Mecca (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001FSL2KI) makes exactly this point. The rulers of SA agreed to fund the madrasses in return for the religious authorities blessing retaking Mecca by force.

    The guy currently in charge of SA is doing his best (clumsily) to drag the country into the present and faces great opposition. The entire royal family may be a corrupt aristocracy, but we would not like anyone who overthrew them. There are no Kemal Ataturks in SA.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  125. Anonymous[421] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    The guy currently in charge of SA is doing his best (clumsily) to drag the country into the present and faces great opposition. The entire royal family may be a corrupt aristocracy, but we would not like anyone who overthrew them. There are no Kemal Ataturks in SA.

    Because liberalism and globalism have been so beneficial to the peoples of the West, who are losing their countries and going extinct.

  126. @Gman

    I make about $0.000001 for every $1 Jeff Bezos makes. It’s an outrage, I tell you!

  127. @Bizarro World Observer

    That’s one of those movies you go to just to enjoy the stupidity. I’ve never seen it, but it sounds like it’d be best watched with some friends. Thanks for the correction, BWO.

  128. @Kylie

    What if the animals were all known diddlers?

  129. TheBoom says:
    @Father O'Hara

    How nice of the children to treat the good whites to vibrancy on trick or treat day

  130. Whitehall says:

    Our friends in the Middle East are on to the evils of witchcraft!

    One of the most progressive countries in that region states in their customs regulations that the following items are on the “banned” from entry list:

    - items used in black magic, witchcraft or sorcery

    Now just expand that to all feminists and we’ll have a more peaceful and sane world.

    https://government.ae/en/information-and-services/finance-and-investment/clearing-the-customs-and-paying-customs-duty

  131. Romanian says: • Website
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I watch cartoons sometimes, but the art style is a huge turn-off here. And, in general, latter day cartoons are often grotesque, even though they could afford great animation and art for their budget. I still remember the 1980s The Centurions cartoon, which ran in Romania until at least the early 2000s, probably because syndication was cheap.

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