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From What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton:

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“This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

Why didn’t I ever notice before that the theme of 1984 is that we should “rely on: our leaders” more, that we must not mistrust the press?

Big Sister says: “Rely on our leaders!”

This could make a good SNL skit if they were still in the market for funny stuff about politicians: as part of the healing process, Hillary joins a Chappaqua ladies reading circle, but every single book turns out to be, in her intensely felt interpretations, about herself:

What Heinlein is showing us in Starship Troopers is that if military veterans were the only people allowed to vote, then terrible, trashy, white developers wouldn’t get elected, just selfless, competent women.

 
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  1. Alice says:

    Sadly, I took that book club class in high school. 25 years ago, my AP English teacher claimed every single Shakespeare play was really about how competent yet suffering women were, and how terrible men ruled badly instead. It wasn’t funny then.

    But it’s funny now because she didn’t get elected. Ha! Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh the joy that idea brings.

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    • Replies: @whorefinder
    Shakespeare has long been known to be a place the Left loves to interject their, ahem, "interpretations":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpvjVdYxWJ4
    , @slumber_j

    But it’s funny now because she didn’t get elected. Ha! Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh the joy that idea brings.
     
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  2. Tiny Duck says:

    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.

    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

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    • Replies: @Hairway To Steven
    Mr. Duck, I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your work. I think you're one of great humorists of your generation. Lines like "we need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people" are gold, absolute gold.
    , @theo the kraut
    TF, TF, TF, you oughta be pummelled...
    , @the Supreme Gentleman
    Tiny Duck, why do you keep dropping these low-quality attempts at satire in the comments section?

    It just makes no sense to me. All your comments are obviously from a right-wing perspective, because they state left-wing views the way a right-winger would lazily caricature them and that few if any leftists would explicitly describe their own.

    But then you seem to frequently try to troll people in the iSteve comments you presumably agree with. I guess a few commenters are too dense to realize that you're trolling, but for the most part it seems like the modal response to your comments is eye-rolling and troll-flagging, not horrified Mad Online pearl-clutching.

    So why even bother? Why not contribute something substantive and/or funny here, or go troll leftists instead?
    , @fish

    Didn't see what you wanted Leonard to see but Leonard saw "Trent Denton - Prison Wife" on the Youse Tubes!

    -Leonard Pitts
     
    , @Clyde
    What's up that verysmartbrothas website you usually pimp? Would Leonard Pitts beat them in a duel of wits? How would they stack both up against that "We wuz kangs" guy on tube?
    , @Moses
    TD has gotta be a parody account. It's too perfect.

    Well done TD. I admire your skill at your craft.
  3. I think it says it all that the title of her book lacks a question mark. If it had had one, there might have been some hope that she had finally engaged in some self-examination.

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  4. guest says:

    You don’t get it. Hillary’s side is always the underdog. Even when they’re in power. The institutions they control–which are pretty much all of them in U.S. society–are the Resistance. And not a fake resistance organized by O’Brien, either. The real one.

    Hillary’s press is not the Ministry of Truth. It’s two people having secret sex in a hidden apartment somewhere. Metaphorically.

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  5. Barnard says:

    OT: Airing on Frontline right now. The Chinese family behind the relatively small Abacus bank is obviously guilty of fraud during the mortgage meltdown, but the documentary makes them out to be victims because they were criminally prosecuted and no one at any of the big banks ever was. Maybe they should have paid more in political donations.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/frontline-takes-an-absorbing-look-at-the-big-story-of-a-little-bank-in-abacus-small-enough-to-jail/ar-AArKL59

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  6. guest says:

    By the way, no leftist ever tried to get anyone to question logic or reason.

    Postmodernism is Reason.

    Feminism is Logic.

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    All that emoting used to be called ham acting or chewing the scenery. What are the appropriate kosher-vegan or Eco-friendly terms? You need a scorecard to keep up.
  7. Clyde says:

    No way did Her Royal Heinous write any of that. Especially- “This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos”

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    • Replies: @Barnard
    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.
    , @Johan Schmidt
    Whyever not? It's an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the "Troskyites" who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin's fault.
  8. Mr. Blank says:

    I read 1984 awhile back for the first time in years, after all the lefties started talking about in the wake of Trump. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t remembering it wrong.

    And hey, it turns out I WAS remembering it wrong! I somehow forgot all the stuff about Big Brother having orange hair, and this whole time I thought Emmanuelle Goldstein was actually a MAN, when everyone knows she’s the matronly wife of a beloved former leader. I also forgot O’Brien was a self-hating closeted transgender, which must have been a daring artistic choice in the 1940s.

    And imagine my embarrassment when I realized Julia was actually a large black woman. I could have sworn she was white when I read it in high school. How could I forget her famous catchphrase: “MMMMMMM-Hmmm! That’s what I THOUGHT!”

    It just shows how your mind can really play tricks on you, you know?

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    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    Don't worry, Lin Manuel Miranda will make a diverse production of 1984!
    , @guest
    "her famous catchphrase: 'MMMMMMM-Hmmm! That's what I THOUGHT!"

    "At the sight of the words 'Ah ma gaa, love you, boo, fa ril dough,' the desire to stay alive welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid."

    -Winston, upon reading a note from Julia.

    "it was better to think of yourself as a corpse. 'We are the dead,' he said.

    'Aw, hell naw. I'ma do dis,' responded Julia."

  9. Anon7 says:

    Earlier this year, when Democrats everywhere were solemnly intoning how we must trust our intelligence agencies, how we must respect these dedicated servants of the public, these guardians of our homeland, I had a flashback to the Sixties. If I had ever said anything like that to any of the Democrats who protested the war, or who marched with MLK, they would have washed my mouth out with soap.

    “How can you possibly say that! The CIA has murdered legally elected presidents of South American countries! They’ve corrupted entire countries to make life easier for American corporations! They wiretapped Dr. King, the American Gandhi!”

    How times have changed.

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    • Replies: @Pericles

    They wiretapped Dr. King, the American Gandhi!

     

    It's a little known fact that Dr King also drank urine.

    And speaking of similarities, Ghana has removed a Ghandi statue due to his problematic racism.


    A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be removed from a university campus in Ghana after professors launched a petition claiming the revered Indian independence leader and thinker was racist.
    ...
    But in September a group of professors started a petition calling for the removal of the statue, saying Gandhi was racist and that the university should put African heroes and heroines “first and foremost”.

    The petition states “it is better to stand up for our dignity than to kowtow to the wishes of a burgeoning Eurasian super power”, and quotes passages written by Gandhi which say Indians are “infinitely superior” to black Africans.

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/06/ghana-academics-petition-removal-mahatma-gandhi-statue-african-heroes

    Let Africa be your inspiration!
  10. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    “Bizarre misreading: @HillaryClinton thinks the lesson of Orwell’s 1984 is that you should trust experts, leaders and the press”

    Hillary also misread the lesson of the Iraq War as only being bad because she wasn’t president at the time. That was the crux of her “smart power” narrative in the campaign. Thank God, Gaia, Fate, or whatever that she didn’t become president. Trump may lack the temperament for the office, but that woman just plain lacks the judgement.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Trump may lack the temperament for the office, but that woman just plain lacks the judgement.
     
    You're too generous, Anon. What that woman lacks is a long-due exorcism.
  11. Polynikes says:

    I see a bunch of lefty journalists praising this book on Twitter. And I don’t think they’re being ironic

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    This isn't such a bad thing. The more people who are actually induced to read it, or reread it, the better.
    I myself started to recognize the utter absurdity embodied in contemporary leftism long before I ever internally accepted that I was thought criminal.

    Come to think of it, I really could scarcely be more pleased that "lefty journalists" are doing the work of inducing people to read 1984.
  12. @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    Mr. Duck, I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your work. I think you’re one of great humorists of your generation. Lines like “we need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people” are gold, absolute gold.

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    • Agree: TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @Herzog
    I've come to suspect that Mr. Tiny is actually a double agent and ultimately one of us, in his writing mimicking anti-White and lefty insanity to the fullest so as to consolidate convictions and allegiances on our side.
    , @Bill Jones
    I agree. Teeny Dick is one of the great satirists of today.
  13. JohnnyD says:
    @Mr. Blank
    I read 1984 awhile back for the first time in years, after all the lefties started talking about in the wake of Trump. I wanted to make sure I wasn't remembering it wrong.

    And hey, it turns out I WAS remembering it wrong! I somehow forgot all the stuff about Big Brother having orange hair, and this whole time I thought Emmanuelle Goldstein was actually a MAN, when everyone knows she's the matronly wife of a beloved former leader. I also forgot O'Brien was a self-hating closeted transgender, which must have been a daring artistic choice in the 1940s.

    And imagine my embarrassment when I realized Julia was actually a large black woman. I could have sworn she was white when I read it in high school. How could I forget her famous catchphrase: "MMMMMMM-Hmmm! That's what I THOUGHT!"

    It just shows how your mind can really play tricks on you, you know?

    Don’t worry, Lin Manuel Miranda will make a diverse production of 1984!

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    • Replies: @415 reasons
    1984 is already a Broadway musical, not even kidding. Although from the pictures online it looks like the major roles are all played by people of pallor. http://www.broadway.com/photos/gallery/344/show-photos-1984/92036/
  14. guest says:
    @Mr. Blank
    I read 1984 awhile back for the first time in years, after all the lefties started talking about in the wake of Trump. I wanted to make sure I wasn't remembering it wrong.

    And hey, it turns out I WAS remembering it wrong! I somehow forgot all the stuff about Big Brother having orange hair, and this whole time I thought Emmanuelle Goldstein was actually a MAN, when everyone knows she's the matronly wife of a beloved former leader. I also forgot O'Brien was a self-hating closeted transgender, which must have been a daring artistic choice in the 1940s.

    And imagine my embarrassment when I realized Julia was actually a large black woman. I could have sworn she was white when I read it in high school. How could I forget her famous catchphrase: "MMMMMMM-Hmmm! That's what I THOUGHT!"

    It just shows how your mind can really play tricks on you, you know?

    “her famous catchphrase: ‘MMMMMMM-Hmmm! That’s what I THOUGHT!”

    “At the sight of the words ‘Ah ma gaa, love you, boo, fa ril dough,’ the desire to stay alive welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid.”

    -Winston, upon reading a note from Julia.

    “it was better to think of yourself as a corpse. ‘We are the dead,’ he said.

    ‘Aw, hell naw. I’ma do dis,’ responded Julia.”

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  15. JohnnyD says:

    In 1984, Winston Smith hates most of women because they’re “the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and the nosers-out of unorthodoxy.” I think this part defintley applies to Hillary and her female supporters.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Hey, that wasn't in the Cliff Notes version.
    , @res
    That deserves a more complete quote: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html

    He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones. It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.
     
    Channeling Whiskey?
  16. whorefinder says: • Website
    @Alice
    Sadly, I took that book club class in high school. 25 years ago, my AP English teacher claimed every single Shakespeare play was really about how competent yet suffering women were, and how terrible men ruled badly instead. It wasn't funny then.

    But it's funny now because she didn't get elected. Ha! Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh the joy that idea brings.

    Shakespeare has long been known to be a place the Left loves to interject their, ahem, “interpretations”:

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    • Replies: @guest
    Is that the Goodbye Girl? Where's Dick Dreyfuss?
  17. @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    TF, TF, TF, you oughta be pummelled…

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  18. Steve Bannon said she was not bright but she is really clueless.

    To quote from “Goldstein’s” book within 1984, where Orwell describes the formation of the new class of people, who eventually form the Inner Party:

    What kind of people would control this world had been equally obvious. The new aristocracy was made up for the most part of bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists, and professional politicians. These people, whose origins lay in the salaried middle class and the upper grades of the working class, had been shaped and brought together by the barren world of monopoly industry and centralized government.

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  19. Barnard says:
    @Clyde
    No way did Her Royal Heinous write any of that. Especially- "This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos"

    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I'm picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.
    , @Abe

    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.
     
    No. Outside of the pursuit of HER PRECIOUSSSS Hillary seems to be pretty lazy- or, to fine-tune that a bit, once the object of all her earthly desires was forever put out of her reach, she no longer had any reason to maintain good work habits. For gosh sakes it took her 2 months to come out with one lousy '#RESIST'-themed tweet and that was one month AFTER all the pussyhat marching, safetypin-wearing nonsense had largely burnt itself out.

    I can't imagine Hilary had the discipline to pound-out any significant portion of this book in only 9 months; in fact, forget providing any sort of literary embellishment, I can't even imagine her sitting down to dictate its raw material for any extended period of time. I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.

    BTW, what sort of kickback was HER HIGHNESS given for putting her name on this, and how much of that should be considered a de facto bribe given the publisher will almost certainly not break even? And where are those Obama dual-biographies and how much money from that $50 million contract would they have seen so far, manuscripts sight unseen?

  20. Jack D says:

    That is a bizarre and twisted reading of Orwell but she is not alone (except in her unique ham-fistedness). Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother. Of course they don’t recognize their own tactics as Orwellian in the least – what are you talking about? But only Hillary could take it a step further and say that the lesson of 1984 is that you should rely more on trusted authority figures. Gore and Kerry were also pretty clueless and out of touch but Hillary is really a special kind of stupid and tone deaf.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation – a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state – and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump, I took it to be just politics, just the usual dirty campaign tricks. But I see now that it really was part of a bigger pattern – Hillary is just not that astute and tends to get things wildly wrong. Of course she is a complete narcissist and gets them wrong in a way that favors her world view, but mainly she gets them wrong. We dodged an incredible bullet in November.

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    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother.

    Not just book sales. "1984," a play which has been running on London's West End since 2013, opened on Broadway just in June. Wouldn't be terribly shocked if they chose to produce it because of Trump's election. Apparently it's pretty grotesque (children under 13 are not allowed).
    , @King Baeksu
    There's no law preventing Orwellian readings of Orwell's own work.

    Indeed, it might be the most Orwellian move of all.
    , @Clyde

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation – a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state – and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump
     
    Machado was obviously a cynical play for the female vote, the feminazi vote, the Hispanic vote. The Dems should change their name from The Democrat Party to The Demagogue Party. They adore demagoguery. They revel in this because this is their atheist equivalent of preaching. Preaching as in changing minds, bringing minds over to their side via emotional appeals to base instincts. Democrats are smart. They always talk their book and stay on message.
    Comedians who like to stay in character off stage too...Today's modern Demagogue Party does the same. The mask never drops and half of them (Eric Hoffer called them The True Believers) believe the BS that comes out of their mouths.
    , @Cagey Beast
    I think you're right. I have to wonder about the various staffers and proof-readers who would have seen Hillary's take on Orwell's novel. Have they been taught something similar in school? It's quite likely.
  21. “This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner see five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

    Is this meta-Orwellian or just Orwellian? I’m confused.

    Attempting to define reality is a core feature… it’s about simple dominance.

    Is this actually a non-sequitur or just bad writing? I’m too tired to think about it now.

    For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance

    Is she expressing how she felt during the debates, or is this some insider info about her husband’s golf gambling?

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Is this meta-Orwellian or just Orwellian? I’m confused.
     
    It is not just Hillary, of course. The cntrl-left in general uses Orwellian (specifically 1984 "NewSpeak") language to twist things around. There are lies based upon more lies, and it's a lot of trouble to untwist them enough to even argue with them - but you'll soon realize there's no point to that anyway.

    However Hillary with this latest quote, has Out-Orwelled Orwell! Magnifico!

    "Hillary, you magnificient bitch, you've mis-read my book!" George Orwell from the grave quoting George C. Scott playing General George Patton:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXKVOxqkWM
  22. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Hillary: “Animal Farm was a book about the hidden dangers of tolerating dissent. That poor farmer.”

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  23. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book? It’s the most popular genre. Charles Murray, Scott Adams, Trump, and others have written very successful self-help/success books. And I now see psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming out with one (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), as is top hedge fund manager and billionaire Ray Dalio (Principles: Life and Work). Tom Brady is also coming out with a self-help book. Steve, you would be the perfect person to wrote a self-help/success book. You have a wealth of knowledge. You have known many successful people up close and personally. You are the kingpin of the ideas and strategies which a lot of successful and famous people have relied on for their own success. You have a down-to-earth and humorous approach to life-achievement things. If you wrote such a book it would be a smash hit. I’d buy it in Kindle and Audible format.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    , @the Supreme Gentleman
    I think Steve is too honest, humble and self-respecting to try to get in on the self-help huckster racket. Charles Murray's self-help book was one of his worst, and Scott Alexander's review of the Art of the Deal made it sound like a terrible book. It is too bad though that he hasn't written/can't get a good enough advance to write a pop-sci book about race and IQ. (When you think about it, this hasn't really been done---the Bell Curve wasn't really about race, and a Troublesome Inheritance wasn't really about IQ.)
    , @ScarletNumber
    Step 1: Marry a computer programmer.
    , @FX Enderby
    Steve needs to write an airport book (like Gladwell etc.) Any suggestions on subject(s) from commenters?
  24. Whiskey says: • Website

    Hillary Clinton is nothing unusual. The woman that runs Youtube for Sergey, and that Lean In lady, and Marissa Meyer, and Mrs. Bill Gates, and Mrs. Steve Jobs, are all of the same ilk. They either married a big shot or a relative did, and that is their sole claim to being important. And you will LISTEN YOU DEPLORABLE YOU! About how they will run every single aspect of your deplorable life because they are … wait for it … BETTER THAN YOU.

    This in a nutshell is about 90% of the female leadership in both political parties, about 75% of the female corporate leadership, and about the same of media leadership. None of the women have done anything on their own — just traded on big shot male relations. And their bitter vindictiveness for being mediocrities at best compared to the male big shots is on display and animates about 80% of Western Politics.

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  25. @Anonymous
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book? It's the most popular genre. Charles Murray, Scott Adams, Trump, and others have written very successful self-help/success books. And I now see psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming out with one (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), as is top hedge fund manager and billionaire Ray Dalio (Principles: Life and Work). Tom Brady is also coming out with a self-help book. Steve, you would be the perfect person to wrote a self-help/success book. You have a wealth of knowledge. You have known many successful people up close and personally. You are the kingpin of the ideas and strategies which a lot of successful and famous people have relied on for their own success. You have a down-to-earth and humorous approach to life-achievement things. If you wrote such a book it would be a smash hit. I'd buy it in Kindle and Audible format.

    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?

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    • Replies: @gcochran
    No.
    , @Buzz Mohawk

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?
     
    Ah, so this is the sound of one hand clapping -- and our self-help, in one sentence.
    , @Anonymous
    Hey, I'd love to find out how to eke out a living by blogging. Especially since Google squeezed me out of the tiny classified ad business.
    , @Desiderius
    Let's not put the horse before the cart here.
    , @JimB
    "But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success?"

    A self-help guru who has himself for a client is a fool.
    , @whoever
    Was Mr. Chipping a success?
    , @Mr. Anon

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?
     
    Nah. That comes after people buy it, and you get rich.
    , @Bill Jones
    Haven't you been successful at keeping your car on the road for 15 years?
    , @theo the kraut
    Again, a voluminous primer on citizenism self-help is direly needed, via subscription or crowdfunding. I'd happily pay 25$ in advance or more if needed.
  26. guest says:
    @whorefinder
    Shakespeare has long been known to be a place the Left loves to interject their, ahem, "interpretations":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpvjVdYxWJ4

    Is that the Goodbye Girl? Where’s Dick Dreyfuss?

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    • Replies: @whorefinder
    Couldn't find the clip from the Dreyfuss version. Had to go with the 2004 TNT version starring crappy Jeff Daniels. The contrast is Patricia Heaton is prettier than the original female lead and, IMHO, does a better job. Daniels, however, does such a far worse job than Dreyfuss it's like comparing Hamilton! to Shakespeare.
  27. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    “Earlier this year, when Democrats everywhere were solemnly intoning how we must trust our intelligence agencies…how times have changed.”

    It’s worse than that. Just months before Trump announced his campaign, the CIA was caught illegally spying on Dianne Feinstein (and they lied about it and tried placing blame on her aides). Howls of outraged followed. But as soon as Trump was inaugurated, those same people castigated him for not blindly accepting the conclusions of that same intelligence agency, thus supposedly being unpatriotic or something.

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  28. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Everything Hillary does turns out shithouse.

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    • Replies: @whorefinder
    I can't figure out if the Clintons are merely (1) so much more corrupt and slimy than normal politicians at their level that they look out of place; or (2) so much worse at covering up their corruptions than normal politicians at their level that Clintonian scandals get exposed and dragged out for eternity.

    Either way, should they really be propped up so much by their donors? They must be extremely good at delivering the goods, otherwise their moneymen and puppet masters would have tossed them aside years ago in favor of politicians who can keep the scandals/corruption under wraps.When does diminishing returns kick in for your bought-and-paid-for-politican?

  29. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Barnard
    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.

    I’m picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.

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    I’m picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.
     
    I am big! It's the Country that got small!

    I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Soros.
  30. Ivy says:
    @guest
    By the way, no leftist ever tried to get anyone to question logic or reason.

    Postmodernism is Reason.

    Feminism is Logic.

    All that emoting used to be called ham acting or chewing the scenery. What are the appropriate kosher-vegan or Eco-friendly terms? You need a scorecard to keep up.

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  31. gcochran says:
    @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    No.

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  32. @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?

    Ah, so this is the sound of one hand clapping — and our self-help, in one sentence.

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  33. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Polynikes
    I see a bunch of lefty journalists praising this book on Twitter. And I don't think they're being ironic

    This isn’t such a bad thing. The more people who are actually induced to read it, or reread it, the better.
    I myself started to recognize the utter absurdity embodied in contemporary leftism long before I ever internally accepted that I was thought criminal.

    Come to think of it, I really could scarcely be more pleased that “lefty journalists” are doing the work of inducing people to read 1984.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I'm surprised 1984 hasn't been branded Hate Literature for mocking leftism.
  34. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    Hey, I’d love to find out how to eke out a living by blogging. Especially since Google squeezed me out of the tiny classified ad business.

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  35. Has any other losing candidate ever written a book to whine about how the election should have gone their way? Is Hillary really so surrounded by sycophants that nobody will tell her she’s embarrassing herself?

    It would be bad enough that she’s spent the past 10 months(!) publicly complaining and blaming everyone but herself, but to write a book about it? You’d think she would at least want to stop feeding the trolls on Frog Twitter.

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  36. @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    Let’s not put the horse before the cart here.

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  37. @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    Tiny Duck, why do you keep dropping these low-quality attempts at satire in the comments section?

    It just makes no sense to me. All your comments are obviously from a right-wing perspective, because they state left-wing views the way a right-winger would lazily caricature them and that few if any leftists would explicitly describe their own.

    But then you seem to frequently try to troll people in the iSteve comments you presumably agree with. I guess a few commenters are too dense to realize that you’re trolling, but for the most part it seems like the modal response to your comments is eye-rolling and troll-flagging, not horrified Mad Online pearl-clutching.

    So why even bother? Why not contribute something substantive and/or funny here, or go troll leftists instead?

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    Shhhh.....our little Tiny is the most skilled performance artist of our era! Enjoy his art!
    , @Alfa158
    I have actually tried to help TD improve his output. First of all using a self-insulting moniker like "Tiny Dick" makes it too obvious that it is satire.
    Secondly, he has been mining this vein of satirizing brain-dead left-wing non-whites too long and it is now played out. He rarely comes up with anything humorous any more.
    Third, he appears to be using mobile devices which results in his posts often having typographical, and auto-spell malapropisms that are too obvious.

    I had a great suggestion for a new shtick he can run with. If you look at the comments on this site you generally see people who broadly agree with everyone else on the issues, or a scattering of lefties who drop in to protest in their charmingly fact and logic free fashion.

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc.. This is a niche you rarely see represented on this site and TD can address that deficiency by satirizing them instead. I even had a new moniker for him that represents those people AND plays off his current moniker: "Giant Cuck".

    But sadly he bangs on as usual, and it seems like he is going to stay with the same tired routine until enough people block him.
  38. @Anonymous
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book? It's the most popular genre. Charles Murray, Scott Adams, Trump, and others have written very successful self-help/success books. And I now see psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming out with one (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), as is top hedge fund manager and billionaire Ray Dalio (Principles: Life and Work). Tom Brady is also coming out with a self-help book. Steve, you would be the perfect person to wrote a self-help/success book. You have a wealth of knowledge. You have known many successful people up close and personally. You are the kingpin of the ideas and strategies which a lot of successful and famous people have relied on for their own success. You have a down-to-earth and humorous approach to life-achievement things. If you wrote such a book it would be a smash hit. I'd buy it in Kindle and Audible format.

    I think Steve is too honest, humble and self-respecting to try to get in on the self-help huckster racket. Charles Murray’s self-help book was one of his worst, and Scott Alexander’s review of the Art of the Deal made it sound like a terrible book. It is too bad though that he hasn’t written/can’t get a good enough advance to write a pop-sci book about race and IQ. (When you think about it, this hasn’t really been done—the Bell Curve wasn’t really about race, and a Troublesome Inheritance wasn’t really about IQ.)

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    • Agree: Chrisnonymous
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I'm very sympathetic to this comment....
    Still, I had never heard of Mike Cernovich until I heard of his first "self-help" book. Now the dude has a White House press pass! I haven't read the Scott Adams entry in this genre, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is worthwhile and I aim to read it.
    My sense is that the key to doing well in this genre is to not try to fake it at all. Tell people the truth as you see it. You might be wrong, but you might still be authentic.
    , @Opinionator
    It's hard to imagine any output more valuable than what Steve produces on this blog. Really and truly.

    Having said that, if Steve were interested, perhaps he could crowdfund an advance, with contributors receiving the usual share of any proceeds from sales.
  39. whorefinder says: • Website
    @guest
    Is that the Goodbye Girl? Where's Dick Dreyfuss?

    Couldn’t find the clip from the Dreyfuss version. Had to go with the 2004 TNT version starring crappy Jeff Daniels. The contrast is Patricia Heaton is prettier than the original female lead and, IMHO, does a better job. Daniels, however, does such a far worse job than Dreyfuss it’s like comparing Hamilton! to Shakespeare.

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  40. JimB says:
    @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    “But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success?”

    A self-help guru who has himself for a client is a fool.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    A self-help guru who has himself for a client is a fool.
     
    Yeah, since Steve declined due to lack of success in this endeavor I was going to suggest the contrary then, a self-abuse book. Alas, your advice still stands: "A self-abuse guru who has himself for a client is a fool." Yeah, same problem.
  41. whorefinder says: • Website
    @Anon
    Everything Hillary does turns out shithouse.

    I can’t figure out if the Clintons are merely (1) so much more corrupt and slimy than normal politicians at their level that they look out of place; or (2) so much worse at covering up their corruptions than normal politicians at their level that Clintonian scandals get exposed and dragged out for eternity.

    Either way, should they really be propped up so much by their donors? They must be extremely good at delivering the goods, otherwise their moneymen and puppet masters would have tossed them aside years ago in favor of politicians who can keep the scandals/corruption under wraps.When does diminishing returns kick in for your bought-and-paid-for-politican?

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    • Replies: @EdwardM

    I can’t figure out if the Clintons are merely (1) so much more corrupt and slimy than normal politicians at their level that they look out of place; or (2) so much worse at covering up their corruptions than normal politicians at their level that Clintonian scandals get exposed and dragged out for eternity.
     
    I think you could fairly say that opposite as your second paragraph indicates. The Clintons may or may not be corrupt than the average Congressional Black Caucus member or big-city mayor, but they have been far more successful.

    Think about what they have gotten away with and never been really held accountable for. Bill got a slap on the wrist, but he's still revered by the left and most foreigners. Hillary lost the election, perhaps partially due to the stink that turned some voters off, but I don't think that any of the other Republican 16 would have beaten her, suggesting that it was her message and personality vis-a-vis President Trump that really lost her the election as opposed to her scandals. Same in 2008, when she lost the nomination for reasons other than her corruption.

    With the continuing media adulation, success in capturing the Democratic Party's resources, and avoidance of any legal consequences, the Clinton grifters' success over the past 40 years has been astonishing. Her latest book provides more evidence at their uncanny shamelessness as they ride into the sunset with their ill-gotten nine-figure fortune.

  42. whoever says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    Was Mr. Chipping a success?

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  43. I think Hillary is playing a grand meta-joke on the reader.

    She is giving an Orwellian reading of Orwell.

    We are meant to laugh at the recursion of it.

    Ha, ha! I get it, Hillary!

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Yes, Hillary Clinton gives her Inner Party reading of Orwell's novel. It's like a story by Borges or a print by M. C. Escher.
  44. Wilkey says:
    @Jack D
    That is a bizarre and twisted reading of Orwell but she is not alone (except in her unique ham-fistedness). Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother. Of course they don’t recognize their own tactics as Orwellian in the least – what are you talking about? But only Hillary could take it a step further and say that the lesson of 1984 is that you should rely more on trusted authority figures. Gore and Kerry were also pretty clueless and out of touch but Hillary is really a special kind of stupid and tone deaf.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation - a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state - and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump, I took it to be just politics, just the usual dirty campaign tricks. But I see now that it really was part of a bigger pattern - Hillary is just not that astute and tends to get things wildly wrong. Of course she is a complete narcissist and gets them wrong in a way that favors her world view, but mainly she gets them wrong. We dodged an incredible bullet in November.

    Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother.

    Not just book sales. “1984,” a play which has been running on London’s West End since 2013, opened on Broadway just in June. Wouldn’t be terribly shocked if they chose to produce it because of Trump’s election. Apparently it’s pretty grotesque (children under 13 are not allowed).

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    • Replies: @The Plutonium Kid
    I understand the torture scenes are supposed to be very explicit.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    Saw 1984 a couple of years ago in the West End. Pretty dull, if you can call something with lots of torture, sudden loud noises and pyrotechnic lighting effects dull. The book is quite long and thoughtful, and very hard to compress into 90 minutes or so.

    Unless it's a different production, if you already know the book, avoid.
  45. “The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

    This doesn’t make sense at all at any level. Number one, Orwell clearly states through O’Brien’s dialogue that the purpose of making Winston say 4 is 5 was to demonstrate power. The government of 1984 did not want it’s citizens to mistrust it, it wanted them to fear its power and hate its enemies. Is she that stupid? Is she hoping other people are? Did she not read the book and just assumed that since the government of 1984 is evil it must have the same “malevolent” motivations of her enemies? Or maybe by leaders she means analogues of Goldstei n(if he was real in 1984s world)?

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    "The government of 1984 did not want it's citizens to mistrust it, it wanted them to fear its power and hate its enemies."

    Best case scenario, they love Big Brother, like Winston does at the end. I guess love can come from fear, but really it's a mysterious process. Pure fear is the last-ditch rehabilitation option. Humiliation is a big part of the day to day.

    The ultimate goal is to make literally impossible to resist, by eliminating human nature from humanity. Then I suppose it wouldn't matter whether anybody loved Big Brother.

  46. Hillary’s World: “It’s an ugly planet, a bug planet!”

    While HRC doubtless admired the “military veterans” of the NVA, it should be noted in their defense that they did not seek to replace their population with non-Vietnamese.
    Since passage of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, Social Justice Warriors have waged an astoundingly successful genocidal war against non-totalitarian whites and via classical projection view those who fail to celebrate said success as “fascist insects” and “deplorables.”
    Applying the Juan “Johnny” RICO Act to SJW’s:
    “Kill them- kill them all!”

    Coming soon from the new “Golden Age of Television”?-
    George Jefferson Starship Troopers – Episode One: George is asked to dry clean a blue dress…

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  47. Well Bubba has many talents but I can’t see him as quite right for the Erich Von Stroheim part.

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  48. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The first female billionaire was the Spanx lady. Spanx is a futuristic girdle aka body-shaping undergarment.

    So this groundbreaking lady built her fortune on a clothing product designed to deceive men into believing the woman wearer is younger, fitter, healthier, more fertile than she actually is.

    Matriarchy = endless deception

    It’s a war, boys. Funny how the Islamics understand this.

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    A war between whom? What is it that the Islamists understand?
  49. In just the last several weeks, I have noticed a strange shift in mood across the websites that I regularly read and comment upon. The whole internet seems to have acquired an end-of-the-road type feel. There has been an abundance of trashy comments lately, comments so entirely devoid of clarity, logic, grammar, and spelling that they don’t even disclose the desire, let alone the ability, to communicate a coherent thought, nor to accord their reader a basic modicum of respect. I suppose you could say that’s always been the case, but whatever hopefulness or frippery had erstwhile concealed the tawdriness of such speech before, seems now to have vanished, leaving only the raw naked ugliness of the thing behind. I try to imagine who this person is, who speaks to me across the interwebs in so lowly a manner. Is he drunk? Or is it more likely the case that he feels entitled to express his immediate, unformed, emotional response to any poorly understood fact that flashes before him, for no other reason than that it discharges a passion which, due to the habitual indulgence of every whim, it is now too painful for him to control? What has the internet become but a virtual mosh pit for intemperate idiots?

    I would describe this as one symptom of a general trend: The tide of illusion is starting to recede. It’s not that the tide of fakery and nonsense itself has started receding, but that the tufts of warm pretense and consoling lies that made the nonsense palatable have been stripped away. Now we are left with the brutal reality of knowing that everything is phony, that nothing works, that all the emperors are unclothed, and that there is no hope for the status quo. Unfortunately the system itself shows no signs of of quitting, and will use whatever power it has to force us to go along with the charade. This situation is destructive of self-respect and injurious to the soul.

    Is this analogous to 1984? Perhaps not as much as some might think. Orwell’s superstate was very much in the mould of the brutal Soviet systems of his time. Its agents still carried out the gritty and sultry duties of directly terrorizing the population, spying on them, reading their mail, and bludgeoning them in concrete cells. It all seems rather quaint now. I would almost welcome such direct oppression; there is a sporting element to it, something you can sink your teeth into as a dissident. It would be a vast improvement over the economically enforced infantilism it is our sad fate to endure.

    We do not have a Ministry of Truth controlling our every thought. The existence of such a thing would imply a manly will to organize and dominate which is totally lacking among our elites. What we have is a thicket of lies that have grown up so tall and succulent that nobody can escape from the hallucinogenic miasma of vegetation. Our oppressors aren’t iron tyrants like Joseph Stalin, but androgynous lunatics who externalize their psychological dysfunction by cosplaying with the powers of whole nations and industries. This is the Clownocracy, the Reign of the Harlequins.

    When I think of this period of institutionalized insanity, of how it will go down in history, of when and how it will end, I am increasingly reminded of the Age of the Hyksos, a period coincident with a century of extreme social instability in Egypt. Not to go into the subject in great detail, but I increasingly believe that this period has been quite profoundly misunderstood. The idea of the “Sea-Peoples” as an invading force, conquering and warlike, is not borne out by the historical record, incomplete as it is. The initial influx of foreign tribes into Egypt seems to have been a relatively peaceful and minor affair, but it served as the impetus for widespread rebellion among the youth and a disparagement of all tradition. The chaotic conditions of that time (e.g. rulers with bizarre titles, the rapid turnover of dynasties, some lasting only for days) reminds me of the behavior of our current elites. That little is known about this period is in part due to the fact that subsequent Egyptian historians were mortally embarrassed by the whole episode and sought to suppress the knowledge of it. I have to come to wonder, and to wonder seriously, to what extent “Sea-Peoples” may be some kind of epithet not unlike our Flower Children. Did Egypt have its own “Boomers”? Was the grandeur of that land temporarily eclipsed by the flagrant acts of narcissistic generation so destructive that it plunged the kingdom into a century of chaos? Does a similar fate await us in the West? I believe that it does.

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    Oh, Brian, it *is* you!

    Too funny.

    It's kind of depressing to think that you wrote a thousand words, and I'm the only one who got past the first ten or twelve - but, hey, dude, my old friend - that's the way it goes.
  50. guest says:
    @Senator Brundlefly
    "The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves."

    This doesn't make sense at all at any level. Number one, Orwell clearly states through O'Brien's dialogue that the purpose of making Winston say 4 is 5 was to demonstrate power. The government of 1984 did not want it's citizens to mistrust it, it wanted them to fear its power and hate its enemies. Is she that stupid? Is she hoping other people are? Did she not read the book and just assumed that since the government of 1984 is evil it must have the same "malevolent" motivations of her enemies? Or maybe by leaders she means analogues of Goldstei n(if he was real in 1984s world)?

    “The government of 1984 did not want it’s citizens to mistrust it, it wanted them to fear its power and hate its enemies.”

    Best case scenario, they love Big Brother, like Winston does at the end. I guess love can come from fear, but really it’s a mysterious process. Pure fear is the last-ditch rehabilitation option. Humiliation is a big part of the day to day.

    The ultimate goal is to make literally impossible to resist, by eliminating human nature from humanity. Then I suppose it wouldn’t matter whether anybody loved Big Brother.

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  51. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Rodham’s not “bright” in the SAT Silicon Valley wunderkind sense of the term which this society has made a fetish of. I’m thinking of the connotation from that stupid CBS show about the multiracial hacker MacGuyvers (not “MacGuyver” itself). They had another hospital/biotech show that was in a similar vein. However, HRC does have a certain above-average strategic intelligence or Nixonian tough-mindedness. The failure of her two Presidential bids is less a reflection on her than the outdated party machinery. She’s smart but not insightful enough to realize she’s the Democratic Sarah Palin — starting from a hard “49% against”

    P.s. would love to see Lin Manuel Miranda’s Ingsoc musical spectacular

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    Rodham’s not “bright” in the SAT Silicon Valley wunderkind sense of the term which this society has made a fetish of.

     

    There is an undeniable element of grim striving to her, though, much like a large beetle missing its right-side legs.
  52. @Anonymous
    The first female billionaire was the Spanx lady. Spanx is a futuristic girdle aka body-shaping undergarment.

    So this groundbreaking lady built her fortune on a clothing product designed to deceive men into believing the woman wearer is younger, fitter, healthier, more fertile than she actually is.

    Matriarchy = endless deception

    It's a war, boys. Funny how the Islamics understand this.

    A war between whom? What is it that the Islamists understand?

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  53. fish says:
    @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    Didn’t see what you wanted Leonard to see but Leonard saw “Trent Denton – Prison Wife” on the Youse Tubes!

    -Leonard Pitts

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  54. Abe says: • Website
    @Barnard
    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.

    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.

    No. Outside of the pursuit of HER PRECIOUSSSS Hillary seems to be pretty lazy- or, to fine-tune that a bit, once the object of all her earthly desires was forever put out of her reach, she no longer had any reason to maintain good work habits. For gosh sakes it took her 2 months to come out with one lousy ‘#RESIST’-themed tweet and that was one month AFTER all the pussyhat marching, safetypin-wearing nonsense had largely burnt itself out.

    I can’t imagine Hilary had the discipline to pound-out any significant portion of this book in only 9 months; in fact, forget providing any sort of literary embellishment, I can’t even imagine her sitting down to dictate its raw material for any extended period of time. I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.

    BTW, what sort of kickback was HER HIGHNESS given for putting her name on this, and how much of that should be considered a de facto bribe given the publisher will almost certainly not break even? And where are those Obama dual-biographies and how much money from that $50 million contract would they have seen so far, manuscripts sight unseen?

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    I not only doubt that she has the discipline to write a book, but I strongly suspect that she lacks the energy. It was just over a year ago that she collapsed at the September 11 memorial event and her campaign appearances were carefully controlled to minimize fatigue. Losing, after the adrenalin high of anger, probably drained her emotionally. My guess is that she's in the depth of depression.
    , @Eagle Eye

    I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.
     
    Interesting. The kind of ideological zealotry revealed in the 1984 snippet does indeed point to the kind of woman activist that Winston Smith hated.
  55. fish says:
    @the Supreme Gentleman
    Tiny Duck, why do you keep dropping these low-quality attempts at satire in the comments section?

    It just makes no sense to me. All your comments are obviously from a right-wing perspective, because they state left-wing views the way a right-winger would lazily caricature them and that few if any leftists would explicitly describe their own.

    But then you seem to frequently try to troll people in the iSteve comments you presumably agree with. I guess a few commenters are too dense to realize that you're trolling, but for the most part it seems like the modal response to your comments is eye-rolling and troll-flagging, not horrified Mad Online pearl-clutching.

    So why even bother? Why not contribute something substantive and/or funny here, or go troll leftists instead?

    Shhhh…..our little Tiny is the most skilled performance artist of our era! Enjoy his art!

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  56. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    It’s too bad Clintonian has already been used to describe corruption, because it would make a good word for lacking self awareness.

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  57. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @ATX Hipster
    Has any other losing candidate ever written a book to whine about how the election should have gone their way? Is Hillary really so surrounded by sycophants that nobody will tell her she's embarrassing herself?

    It would be bad enough that she's spent the past 10 months(!) publicly complaining and blaming everyone but herself, but to write a book about it? You'd think she would at least want to stop feeding the trolls on Frog Twitter.

    OJ wrote If I Did It.

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  58. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?

    Nah. That comes after people buy it, and you get rich.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    That's pretty much what Tim Ferris did: http://thehackensack.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-much-was-tim-ferriss-really-making.html
  59. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    I'm picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.

    I’m picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.

    I am big! It’s the Country that got small!

    I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Soros.

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    • Replies: @another fred

    I am big! It’s the Country that got small!

    I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Soros.
     
    Perfect.
  60. Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. [...] This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.

    Whereas it’s not at all authoritarian to hold up a confused boy and deliver electric shocks until those deplorables see a “transgender girl.”

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    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    It's a core feature of totalitarianism, not authoritarianism. But that's the sort of inapt rhetoric you get from people who scream "fascist" at everything.
  61. Mr. Anon says:

    A common rap on Hillary is that is just isn’t that bright. But deep down, under that tone-deaf exterior………………….she really isn’t that bright.

    The deranged, boozy old bag was never that smart, and now her age and the hooch have made her even stupider.

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    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.
  62. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @the Supreme Gentleman
    I think Steve is too honest, humble and self-respecting to try to get in on the self-help huckster racket. Charles Murray's self-help book was one of his worst, and Scott Alexander's review of the Art of the Deal made it sound like a terrible book. It is too bad though that he hasn't written/can't get a good enough advance to write a pop-sci book about race and IQ. (When you think about it, this hasn't really been done---the Bell Curve wasn't really about race, and a Troublesome Inheritance wasn't really about IQ.)

    I’m very sympathetic to this comment….
    Still, I had never heard of Mike Cernovich until I heard of his first “self-help” book. Now the dude has a White House press pass! I haven’t read the Scott Adams entry in this genre, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is worthwhile and I aim to read it.
    My sense is that the key to doing well in this genre is to not try to fake it at all. Tell people the truth as you see it. You might be wrong, but you might still be authentic.

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    Here's the only one you'll ever need, the original, the one "secret" everyone has tried to copy:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41r8-vRJ0yL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
    , @Anon
    I bought Scott Adams' book and I'm glad I did. There's some useful insight in there for sure. Definitely not your normal self-help book, but a lot more interesting.
  63. @the Supreme Gentleman
    I think Steve is too honest, humble and self-respecting to try to get in on the self-help huckster racket. Charles Murray's self-help book was one of his worst, and Scott Alexander's review of the Art of the Deal made it sound like a terrible book. It is too bad though that he hasn't written/can't get a good enough advance to write a pop-sci book about race and IQ. (When you think about it, this hasn't really been done---the Bell Curve wasn't really about race, and a Troublesome Inheritance wasn't really about IQ.)

    It’s hard to imagine any output more valuable than what Steve produces on this blog. Really and truly.

    Having said that, if Steve were interested, perhaps he could crowdfund an advance, with contributors receiving the usual share of any proceeds from sales.

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  64. King Baeksu says: • Website
    @Jack D
    That is a bizarre and twisted reading of Orwell but she is not alone (except in her unique ham-fistedness). Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother. Of course they don’t recognize their own tactics as Orwellian in the least – what are you talking about? But only Hillary could take it a step further and say that the lesson of 1984 is that you should rely more on trusted authority figures. Gore and Kerry were also pretty clueless and out of touch but Hillary is really a special kind of stupid and tone deaf.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation - a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state - and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump, I took it to be just politics, just the usual dirty campaign tricks. But I see now that it really was part of a bigger pattern - Hillary is just not that astute and tends to get things wildly wrong. Of course she is a complete narcissist and gets them wrong in a way that favors her world view, but mainly she gets them wrong. We dodged an incredible bullet in November.

    There’s no law preventing Orwellian readings of Orwell’s own work.

    Indeed, it might be the most Orwellian move of all.

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  65. @Anonymous
    I'm very sympathetic to this comment....
    Still, I had never heard of Mike Cernovich until I heard of his first "self-help" book. Now the dude has a White House press pass! I haven't read the Scott Adams entry in this genre, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is worthwhile and I aim to read it.
    My sense is that the key to doing well in this genre is to not try to fake it at all. Tell people the truth as you see it. You might be wrong, but you might still be authentic.

    Here’s the only one you’ll ever need, the original, the one “secret” everyone has tried to copy:

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    "I think therefore I am"
    , @FX Enderby
    Buzz Mohawk's comments are usually so good I'm tempted to read this book. Or is he kidding?
  66. @Wilkey
    Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother.

    Not just book sales. "1984," a play which has been running on London's West End since 2013, opened on Broadway just in June. Wouldn't be terribly shocked if they chose to produce it because of Trump's election. Apparently it's pretty grotesque (children under 13 are not allowed).

    I understand the torture scenes are supposed to be very explicit.

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  67. @Mr. Anon
    A common rap on Hillary is that is just isn't that bright. But deep down, under that tone-deaf exterior......................she really isn't that bright.

    The deranged, boozy old bag was never that smart, and now her age and the hooch have made her even stupider.

    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.

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    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.
     
    I don't remember Steve ever saying that. If you can point to him doing so, then do so, because otherwise I rather doubt it.

    I don't know what criteria you would use to judge the performance of a SoS. Most of them are awful, in the sense that they promote policies that are deleterious to the actual citizens of the U.S. As far as I know, Hillary was at least as awful as the norm.
  68. Herzog says:
    @Hairway To Steven
    Mr. Duck, I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your work. I think you're one of great humorists of your generation. Lines like "we need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people" are gold, absolute gold.

    I’ve come to suspect that Mr. Tiny is actually a double agent and ultimately one of us, in his writing mimicking anti-White and lefty insanity to the fullest so as to consolidate convictions and allegiances on our side.

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  69. @candid_observer
    I think Hillary is playing a grand meta-joke on the reader.

    She is giving an Orwellian reading of Orwell.

    We are meant to laugh at the recursion of it.

    Ha, ha! I get it, Hillary!

    Yes, Hillary Clinton gives her Inner Party reading of Orwell’s novel. It’s like a story by Borges or a print by M. C. Escher.

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  70. @JohnnyD
    Don't worry, Lin Manuel Miranda will make a diverse production of 1984!

    1984 is already a Broadway musical, not even kidding. Although from the pictures online it looks like the major roles are all played by people of pallor. http://www.broadway.com/photos/gallery/344/show-photos-1984/92036/

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  71. @Anonymous
    Hey, I'd love to find out how to eke out a living by blogging. Especially since Google squeezed me out of the tiny classified ad business.

    tiny classified ad

    RIP Don Lapre

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  72. Clyde says:
    @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    What’s up that verysmartbrothas website you usually pimp? Would Leonard Pitts beat them in a duel of wits? How would they stack both up against that “We wuz kangs” guy on tube?

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  73. dr kill says:

    I stole this from someone, perhaps someone here. But Zappa was a man ahead of his time.

    “Eventually it was discovered, that God did not want us to be all the same. This was Bad News for the Governments of The World, as it seemed contrary to the doctrine of Portion Controlled Servings. Mankind must be made more uniformly if The Future was going to work. Various ways were sought to bind us all together, but, alas, same-ness was unenforceable. It was about this time, that someone came up with the idea of Total Criminalization. Based on the principle, that if we were all crooks, we could at last be uniform to some degree in the eyes of The Law. [...] Total Criminalization was the greatest idea of its time and was vastly popular except with those people, who didn’t want to be crooks or outlaws, so, of course, they had to be Tricked Into It… which is one of the reasons, why music was eventually made Illegal.”
    - Joe’s Garage Acts II & III liner notes, 1979.

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  74. dr kill says:

    Zappa in front of Congress, 1985. You old timers might remember Tipper Gore as the chosen affronted white woman at the time.

    http://downlode.org/Etext/zappa.html

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  75. @Abe

    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.
     
    No. Outside of the pursuit of HER PRECIOUSSSS Hillary seems to be pretty lazy- or, to fine-tune that a bit, once the object of all her earthly desires was forever put out of her reach, she no longer had any reason to maintain good work habits. For gosh sakes it took her 2 months to come out with one lousy '#RESIST'-themed tweet and that was one month AFTER all the pussyhat marching, safetypin-wearing nonsense had largely burnt itself out.

    I can't imagine Hilary had the discipline to pound-out any significant portion of this book in only 9 months; in fact, forget providing any sort of literary embellishment, I can't even imagine her sitting down to dictate its raw material for any extended period of time. I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.

    BTW, what sort of kickback was HER HIGHNESS given for putting her name on this, and how much of that should be considered a de facto bribe given the publisher will almost certainly not break even? And where are those Obama dual-biographies and how much money from that $50 million contract would they have seen so far, manuscripts sight unseen?

    I not only doubt that she has the discipline to write a book, but I strongly suspect that she lacks the energy. It was just over a year ago that she collapsed at the September 11 memorial event and her campaign appearances were carefully controlled to minimize fatigue. Losing, after the adrenalin high of anger, probably drained her emotionally. My guess is that she’s in the depth of depression.

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  76. @Anonymous
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book? It's the most popular genre. Charles Murray, Scott Adams, Trump, and others have written very successful self-help/success books. And I now see psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming out with one (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), as is top hedge fund manager and billionaire Ray Dalio (Principles: Life and Work). Tom Brady is also coming out with a self-help book. Steve, you would be the perfect person to wrote a self-help/success book. You have a wealth of knowledge. You have known many successful people up close and personally. You are the kingpin of the ideas and strategies which a lot of successful and famous people have relied on for their own success. You have a down-to-earth and humorous approach to life-achievement things. If you wrote such a book it would be a smash hit. I'd buy it in Kindle and Audible format.

    Step 1: Marry a computer programmer.

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  77. Pericles says:
    @Anon7
    Earlier this year, when Democrats everywhere were solemnly intoning how we must trust our intelligence agencies, how we must respect these dedicated servants of the public, these guardians of our homeland, I had a flashback to the Sixties. If I had ever said anything like that to any of the Democrats who protested the war, or who marched with MLK, they would have washed my mouth out with soap.

    "How can you possibly say that! The CIA has murdered legally elected presidents of South American countries! They've corrupted entire countries to make life easier for American corporations! They wiretapped Dr. King, the American Gandhi!"

    How times have changed.

    They wiretapped Dr. King, the American Gandhi!

    It’s a little known fact that Dr King also drank urine.

    And speaking of similarities, Ghana has removed a Ghandi statue due to his problematic racism.

    A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be removed from a university campus in Ghana after professors launched a petition claiming the revered Indian independence leader and thinker was racist.

    But in September a group of professors started a petition calling for the removal of the statue, saying Gandhi was racist and that the university should put African heroes and heroines “first and foremost”.

    The petition states “it is better to stand up for our dignity than to kowtow to the wishes of a burgeoning Eurasian super power”, and quotes passages written by Gandhi which say Indians are “infinitely superior” to black Africans.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/06/ghana-academics-petition-removal-mahatma-gandhi-statue-african-heroes

    Let Africa be your inspiration!

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  78. Pericles says:
    @Anonymous
    Rodham's not "bright" in the SAT Silicon Valley wunderkind sense of the term which this society has made a fetish of. I'm thinking of the connotation from that stupid CBS show about the multiracial hacker MacGuyvers (not "MacGuyver" itself). They had another hospital/biotech show that was in a similar vein. However, HRC does have a certain above-average strategic intelligence or Nixonian tough-mindedness. The failure of her two Presidential bids is less a reflection on her than the outdated party machinery. She's smart but not insightful enough to realize she's the Democratic Sarah Palin -- starting from a hard "49% against"

    P.s. would love to see Lin Manuel Miranda's Ingsoc musical spectacular

    Rodham’s not “bright” in the SAT Silicon Valley wunderkind sense of the term which this society has made a fetish of.

    There is an undeniable element of grim striving to her, though, much like a large beetle missing its right-side legs.

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  79. @Wilkey
    Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother.

    Not just book sales. "1984," a play which has been running on London's West End since 2013, opened on Broadway just in June. Wouldn't be terribly shocked if they chose to produce it because of Trump's election. Apparently it's pretty grotesque (children under 13 are not allowed).

    Saw 1984 a couple of years ago in the West End. Pretty dull, if you can call something with lots of torture, sudden loud noises and pyrotechnic lighting effects dull. The book is quite long and thoughtful, and very hard to compress into 90 minutes or so.

    Unless it’s a different production, if you already know the book, avoid.

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  80. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Face it, if it wasn’t for Big Bill who the hell would’ve ever even heard of this woman?

    Wonder who ghost wrote this thing. Did she bother to proof read?

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  81. slumber_j says:
    @Alice
    Sadly, I took that book club class in high school. 25 years ago, my AP English teacher claimed every single Shakespeare play was really about how competent yet suffering women were, and how terrible men ruled badly instead. It wasn't funny then.

    But it's funny now because she didn't get elected. Ha! Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh the joy that idea brings.

    But it’s funny now because she didn’t get elected. Ha! Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh the joy that idea brings.

    Not my President.

    No, really: Not my President. Because she’s not the President! Hahahahaha.

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  82. Baby boomer Hillary Clinton has played her part in bringing anti-White Totalitarianism to the United States and many other White nations. Hillary Clinton should know that government debt issued by a totalitarian government is ODIOUS DEBT. Young people in the United States will soon refuse to pay the debts that previous generations have saddled them with.

    DEBT AND DEMOGRAPHY is driving politics in White nations all around the world. Nobody else on this blog has distilled the conflict down to a more concise description of the current political atmosphere.

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  83. @Mr. Anon

    I’m picturing Sunset Boulevard starring Hillary and her ghost writer.
     
    I am big! It's the Country that got small!

    I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Soros.

    I am big! It’s the Country that got small!

    I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Soros.

    Perfect.

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  84. StephenC says:

    Aside from mistaking 1984 for a how-to manual, “attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism….”

    ….says the woman who’d happily nominate Caitlynn Jenner as runner up for woman of the century.

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  85. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

    Right, we need to blindly trust them. As in Bush’s non-existent WMD or the staged Gulf of Tonkin incident. Good idea.

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  86. @Anon
    "Bizarre misreading: @HillaryClinton thinks the lesson of Orwell's 1984 is that you should trust experts, leaders and the press"

    Hillary also misread the lesson of the Iraq War as only being bad because she wasn't president at the time. That was the crux of her "smart power" narrative in the campaign. Thank God, Gaia, Fate, or whatever that she didn't become president. Trump may lack the temperament for the office, but that woman just plain lacks the judgement.

    Trump may lack the temperament for the office, but that woman just plain lacks the judgement.

    You’re too generous, Anon. What that woman lacks is a long-due exorcism.

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  87. @JohnnyD
    In 1984, Winston Smith hates most of women because they're "the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and the nosers-out of unorthodoxy." I think this part defintley applies to Hillary and her female supporters.

    Hey, that wasn’t in the Cliff Notes version.

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  88. @Chrisnonymous

    “This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner see five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”
     
    Is this meta-Orwellian or just Orwellian? I'm confused.

    Attempting to define reality is a core feature... it's about simple dominance.
     
    Is this actually a non-sequitur or just bad writing? I'm too tired to think about it now.

    For Trump, as with so much he does, it's about simple dominance
     
    Is she expressing how she felt during the debates, or is this some insider info about her husband's golf gambling?

    Is this meta-Orwellian or just Orwellian? I’m confused.

    It is not just Hillary, of course. The cntrl-left in general uses Orwellian (specifically 1984 “NewSpeak”) language to twist things around. There are lies based upon more lies, and it’s a lot of trouble to untwist them enough to even argue with them – but you’ll soon realize there’s no point to that anyway.

    However Hillary with this latest quote, has Out-Orwelled Orwell! Magnifico!

    “Hillary, you magnificient bitch, you’ve mis-read my book!” George Orwell from the grave quoting George C. Scott playing General George Patton:

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

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  89. Alfa158 says:
    @the Supreme Gentleman
    Tiny Duck, why do you keep dropping these low-quality attempts at satire in the comments section?

    It just makes no sense to me. All your comments are obviously from a right-wing perspective, because they state left-wing views the way a right-winger would lazily caricature them and that few if any leftists would explicitly describe their own.

    But then you seem to frequently try to troll people in the iSteve comments you presumably agree with. I guess a few commenters are too dense to realize that you're trolling, but for the most part it seems like the modal response to your comments is eye-rolling and troll-flagging, not horrified Mad Online pearl-clutching.

    So why even bother? Why not contribute something substantive and/or funny here, or go troll leftists instead?

    I have actually tried to help TD improve his output. First of all using a self-insulting moniker like “Tiny Dick” makes it too obvious that it is satire.
    Secondly, he has been mining this vein of satirizing brain-dead left-wing non-whites too long and it is now played out. He rarely comes up with anything humorous any more.
    Third, he appears to be using mobile devices which results in his posts often having typographical, and auto-spell malapropisms that are too obvious.

    I had a great suggestion for a new shtick he can run with. If you look at the comments on this site you generally see people who broadly agree with everyone else on the issues, or a scattering of lefties who drop in to protest in their charmingly fact and logic free fashion.

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc.. This is a niche you rarely see represented on this site and TD can address that deficiency by satirizing them instead. I even had a new moniker for him that represents those people AND plays off his current moniker: “Giant Cuck”.

    But sadly he bangs on as usual, and it seems like he is going to stay with the same tired routine until enough people block him.

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    The @DemsRRealRacist guy was great at this.

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/03/the-man-behind-the-hilarious-conservative-pundit-parody-account-speaks-out/
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/an-interview-with-demsrrealracist/
    , @AnotherDad

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc..
     
    There's a reason for that.

    That position is an unstable state--balancing on a ball. In the current environment where the left/establishment has gone full loon with provocations 24-7 --ex. BLM--it's increasingly unstable. If you start "noticing" you roll off it. And if you are reading Steve, "noticing" is what happens and whoosh ... you slip off.
  90. @JimB
    "But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success?"

    A self-help guru who has himself for a client is a fool.

    A self-help guru who has himself for a client is a fool.

    Yeah, since Steve declined due to lack of success in this endeavor I was going to suggest the contrary then, a self-abuse book. Alas, your advice still stands: “A self-abuse guru who has himself for a client is a fool.” Yeah, same problem.

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  91. EdwardM says:
    @whorefinder
    I can't figure out if the Clintons are merely (1) so much more corrupt and slimy than normal politicians at their level that they look out of place; or (2) so much worse at covering up their corruptions than normal politicians at their level that Clintonian scandals get exposed and dragged out for eternity.

    Either way, should they really be propped up so much by their donors? They must be extremely good at delivering the goods, otherwise their moneymen and puppet masters would have tossed them aside years ago in favor of politicians who can keep the scandals/corruption under wraps.When does diminishing returns kick in for your bought-and-paid-for-politican?

    I can’t figure out if the Clintons are merely (1) so much more corrupt and slimy than normal politicians at their level that they look out of place; or (2) so much worse at covering up their corruptions than normal politicians at their level that Clintonian scandals get exposed and dragged out for eternity.

    I think you could fairly say that opposite as your second paragraph indicates. The Clintons may or may not be corrupt than the average Congressional Black Caucus member or big-city mayor, but they have been far more successful.

    Think about what they have gotten away with and never been really held accountable for. Bill got a slap on the wrist, but he’s still revered by the left and most foreigners. Hillary lost the election, perhaps partially due to the stink that turned some voters off, but I don’t think that any of the other Republican 16 would have beaten her, suggesting that it was her message and personality vis-a-vis President Trump that really lost her the election as opposed to her scandals. Same in 2008, when she lost the nomination for reasons other than her corruption.

    With the continuing media adulation, success in capturing the Democratic Party’s resources, and avoidance of any legal consequences, the Clinton grifters’ success over the past 40 years has been astonishing. Her latest book provides more evidence at their uncanny shamelessness as they ride into the sunset with their ill-gotten nine-figure fortune.

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  92. Clyde says:
    @Jack D
    That is a bizarre and twisted reading of Orwell but she is not alone (except in her unique ham-fistedness). Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother. Of course they don’t recognize their own tactics as Orwellian in the least – what are you talking about? But only Hillary could take it a step further and say that the lesson of 1984 is that you should rely more on trusted authority figures. Gore and Kerry were also pretty clueless and out of touch but Hillary is really a special kind of stupid and tone deaf.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation - a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state - and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump, I took it to be just politics, just the usual dirty campaign tricks. But I see now that it really was part of a bigger pattern - Hillary is just not that astute and tends to get things wildly wrong. Of course she is a complete narcissist and gets them wrong in a way that favors her world view, but mainly she gets them wrong. We dodged an incredible bullet in November.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation – a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state – and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump

    Machado was obviously a cynical play for the female vote, the feminazi vote, the Hispanic vote. The Dems should change their name from The Democrat Party to The Demagogue Party. They adore demagoguery. They revel in this because this is their atheist equivalent of preaching. Preaching as in changing minds, bringing minds over to their side via emotional appeals to base instincts. Democrats are smart. They always talk their book and stay on message.
    Comedians who like to stay in character off stage too…Today’s modern Demagogue Party does the same. The mask never drops and half of them (Eric Hoffer called them The True Believers) believe the BS that comes out of their mouths.

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  93. @Mike in Boston

    Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. [...] This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.
     
    Whereas it's not at all authoritarian to hold up a confused boy and deliver electric shocks until those deplorables see a "transgender girl."

    It’s a core feature of totalitarianism, not authoritarianism. But that’s the sort of inapt rhetoric you get from people who scream “fascist” at everything.

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  94. benjaminl says:
    @Alfa158
    I have actually tried to help TD improve his output. First of all using a self-insulting moniker like "Tiny Dick" makes it too obvious that it is satire.
    Secondly, he has been mining this vein of satirizing brain-dead left-wing non-whites too long and it is now played out. He rarely comes up with anything humorous any more.
    Third, he appears to be using mobile devices which results in his posts often having typographical, and auto-spell malapropisms that are too obvious.

    I had a great suggestion for a new shtick he can run with. If you look at the comments on this site you generally see people who broadly agree with everyone else on the issues, or a scattering of lefties who drop in to protest in their charmingly fact and logic free fashion.

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc.. This is a niche you rarely see represented on this site and TD can address that deficiency by satirizing them instead. I even had a new moniker for him that represents those people AND plays off his current moniker: "Giant Cuck".

    But sadly he bangs on as usual, and it seems like he is going to stay with the same tired routine until enough people block him.
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  95. @Alfa158
    I have actually tried to help TD improve his output. First of all using a self-insulting moniker like "Tiny Dick" makes it too obvious that it is satire.
    Secondly, he has been mining this vein of satirizing brain-dead left-wing non-whites too long and it is now played out. He rarely comes up with anything humorous any more.
    Third, he appears to be using mobile devices which results in his posts often having typographical, and auto-spell malapropisms that are too obvious.

    I had a great suggestion for a new shtick he can run with. If you look at the comments on this site you generally see people who broadly agree with everyone else on the issues, or a scattering of lefties who drop in to protest in their charmingly fact and logic free fashion.

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc.. This is a niche you rarely see represented on this site and TD can address that deficiency by satirizing them instead. I even had a new moniker for him that represents those people AND plays off his current moniker: "Giant Cuck".

    But sadly he bangs on as usual, and it seems like he is going to stay with the same tired routine until enough people block him.

    What are we missing? We are missing NR type cuckolds and neo-cons giving us the Mittens Romney, Heb Bush party line about DR3, we are a nation of ideas not people, Hispanics are natural conservatives, we are fighting for freedom in Fillintheblankistan etc..

    There’s a reason for that.

    That position is an unstable state–balancing on a ball. In the current environment where the left/establishment has gone full loon with provocations 24-7 –ex. BLM–it’s increasingly unstable. If you start “noticing” you roll off it. And if you are reading Steve, “noticing” is what happens and whoosh … you slip off.

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  96. @Clyde
    No way did Her Royal Heinous write any of that. Especially- "This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos"

    Whyever not? It’s an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the “Troskyites” who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin’s fault.

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    • Replies: @Clyde

    Whyever not? It’s an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the “Troskyites” who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin’s fault.
     
    Correct. Every European and American, card carrying feminist despises Russia and Vladimir Putin. Because he is white and Alpha , the exact opposite of pathetic male European leaders. Hillary the feminazi, just imagine if she were President right now.
    , @guest
    The anti-Russian part I get. But Trotskyites tend to be "conservatives." Hillary's definitely not above reaching out to conservatives. That's part of what her anti-"deplorables"/cartoon frogs campaign last summer was about, I think. (The other part was KKKrazy glue.) Which of course was planned by people not named Hillary, too. But I can see her being behind that.

    However, I don't know why she'd be poaching neocons at this point. They're already against Trump if they're ever gonna be, and unlike true-blue progressives won't be looking for comfort from the likes of Hillary. (They weren't doing that last summer, either, but the idea was to disincentivize their helping Trump get elected. That mission is over. There's still reason to cut them off from Trump, but what does Hillary care?)

  97. @Buzz Mohawk
    Here's the only one you'll ever need, the original, the one "secret" everyone has tried to copy:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41r8-vRJ0yL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    “I think therefore I am”

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  98. “That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

    Spin that one, Hill…

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  99. lavoisier says: • Website

    This comment from Clinton is just too Orwellian.

    They use the ideas of a man who would have despised the evil of a Clinton to justify their behavior?

    My God, how stupid are these people?

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    My God, how stupid are these people?
     
    No, "How stupid do these people think people are?" and "How evil are these people?" are better questions.

    http://www.peakstupidity.com/images/post_72A.jpg

    , @Kylie
    "This comment from Clinton is just too Orwellian.

    They use the ideas of a man who would have despised the evil of a Clinton to justify their behavior?

    My God, how stupid are these people?"

    They only need to be less stupid than the true believers And thanks to the dumbing down the left has championed for the last few decades, the bar is set pretty low.

    Facts are whatever they say about a situation and reality is however they feel about it.

    I guarantee her faithful supporters will swallow this whole.
  100. AndrewR says:
    @Anonymous
    This isn't such a bad thing. The more people who are actually induced to read it, or reread it, the better.
    I myself started to recognize the utter absurdity embodied in contemporary leftism long before I ever internally accepted that I was thought criminal.

    Come to think of it, I really could scarcely be more pleased that "lefty journalists" are doing the work of inducing people to read 1984.

    I’m surprised 1984 hasn’t been branded Hate Literature for mocking leftism.

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  101. Hillary is merely being true to her inner-authoritarian by attempting to define reality.

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  102. res says:
    @JohnnyD
    In 1984, Winston Smith hates most of women because they're "the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and the nosers-out of unorthodoxy." I think this part defintley applies to Hillary and her female supporters.

    That deserves a more complete quote: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html

    He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones. It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.

    Channeling Whiskey?

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    • Replies: @FX Enderby
    Orwell was the original Andrew Anglin. White Sharia now!
  103. Cyrano says:

    Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism.

    Attempting to interpret reality is a core feature of “democracy”. This interpretation of reality can sometimes be called propaganda, but it’s usually better known under a more common name – lie.

    Attempting to create reality, on the other hand, is a core feature of the neocons. Creating realities are also known under another name in psychiatry – they are called delusions.

    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/846190-we-re-an-empire-now-and-when-we-act-we-create

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  104. @Hairway To Steven
    Mr. Duck, I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your work. I think you're one of great humorists of your generation. Lines like "we need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people" are gold, absolute gold.

    I agree. Teeny Dick is one of the great satirists of today.

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  105. Tex says:

    First Hillary wanted to run up the vote totals in safe states because the popular vote was more important than electoral votes. Now she’s under the impression that 1984 was about trusting authority.

    That’s an F in Civics and English.

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  106. @lavoisier
    This comment from Clinton is just too Orwellian.

    They use the ideas of a man who would have despised the evil of a Clinton to justify their behavior?

    My God, how stupid are these people?

    My God, how stupid are these people?

    No, “How stupid do these people think people are?” and “How evil are these people?” are better questions.

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  107. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Mr. Anon

    But wouldn’t I need some self-help/success first?
     
    Nah. That comes after people buy it, and you get rich.
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  108. @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    Haven’t you been successful at keeping your car on the road for 15 years?

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  109. @Steve Sailer
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book?

    But wouldn't I need some self-help/success first?

    Again, a voluminous primer on citizenism self-help is direly needed, via subscription or crowdfunding. I’d happily pay 25$ in advance or more if needed.

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  110. @Bill Jones
    Haven't you been successful at keeping your car on the road for 15 years?

    Well, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

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  111. Clyde says:
    @Johan Schmidt
    Whyever not? It's an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the "Troskyites" who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin's fault.

    Whyever not? It’s an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the “Troskyites” who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin’s fault.

    Correct. Every European and American, card carrying feminist despises Russia and Vladimir Putin. Because he is white and Alpha , the exact opposite of pathetic male European leaders. Hillary the feminazi, just imagine if she were President right now.

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  112. guest says:
    @Johan Schmidt
    Whyever not? It's an anti-Russian dogwhistle, and it appeals to the "Troskyites" who think everything wrong in the USSR was Stalin's fault.

    The anti-Russian part I get. But Trotskyites tend to be “conservatives.” Hillary’s definitely not above reaching out to conservatives. That’s part of what her anti-”deplorables”/cartoon frogs campaign last summer was about, I think. (The other part was KKKrazy glue.) Which of course was planned by people not named Hillary, too. But I can see her being behind that.

    However, I don’t know why she’d be poaching neocons at this point. They’re already against Trump if they’re ever gonna be, and unlike true-blue progressives won’t be looking for comfort from the likes of Hillary. (They weren’t doing that last summer, either, but the idea was to disincentivize their helping Trump get elected. That mission is over. There’s still reason to cut them off from Trump, but what does Hillary care?)

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  113. @Jack D
    That is a bizarre and twisted reading of Orwell but she is not alone (except in her unique ham-fistedness). Apparently there has been an uptick in sales of 1984 because Leftist democrats somehow see Trump as Big Brother. Of course they don’t recognize their own tactics as Orwellian in the least – what are you talking about? But only Hillary could take it a step further and say that the lesson of 1984 is that you should rely more on trusted authority figures. Gore and Kerry were also pretty clueless and out of touch but Hillary is really a special kind of stupid and tone deaf.

    When she took the Alicia Machado situation - a boss who has to deal with an out of control underling, a beauty queen stuffing herself into a porcine state - and twisted it to be some kind of horrible sexist, racist thing on the part of Trump, I took it to be just politics, just the usual dirty campaign tricks. But I see now that it really was part of a bigger pattern - Hillary is just not that astute and tends to get things wildly wrong. Of course she is a complete narcissist and gets them wrong in a way that favors her world view, but mainly she gets them wrong. We dodged an incredible bullet in November.

    I think you’re right. I have to wonder about the various staffers and proof-readers who would have seen Hillary’s take on Orwell’s novel. Have they been taught something similar in school? It’s quite likely.

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  114. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    I'm very sympathetic to this comment....
    Still, I had never heard of Mike Cernovich until I heard of his first "self-help" book. Now the dude has a White House press pass! I haven't read the Scott Adams entry in this genre, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is worthwhile and I aim to read it.
    My sense is that the key to doing well in this genre is to not try to fake it at all. Tell people the truth as you see it. You might be wrong, but you might still be authentic.

    I bought Scott Adams’ book and I’m glad I did. There’s some useful insight in there for sure. Definitely not your normal self-help book, but a lot more interesting.

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  115. Moses says:
    @Tiny Duck
    Congress just passed a joint resolution to make trump condemn white supremacy. This shows tgat America is committed to fighting racism

    Also the youth are against you https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyexzwiFE3U.


    We need experts and the media to craft healthy narratives and help us be better people

    Mosey on over to YouTube and look up the vlogbrotgers john and hank green for how to be a good white man

    TD has gotta be a parody account. It’s too perfect.

    Well done TD. I admire your skill at your craft.

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  116. Kylie says:
    @Hanoi Paris Hilton
    Well Bubba has many talents but I can't see him as quite right for the Erich Von Stroheim part.

    How about Bubba as one of the waxworks?

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  117. Kylie says:
    @lavoisier
    This comment from Clinton is just too Orwellian.

    They use the ideas of a man who would have despised the evil of a Clinton to justify their behavior?

    My God, how stupid are these people?

    “This comment from Clinton is just too Orwellian.

    They use the ideas of a man who would have despised the evil of a Clinton to justify their behavior?

    My God, how stupid are these people?”

    They only need to be less stupid than the true believers And thanks to the dumbing down the left has championed for the last few decades, the bar is set pretty low.

    Facts are whatever they say about a situation and reality is however they feel about it.

    I guarantee her faithful supporters will swallow this whole.

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  118. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dieter Kief
    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.

    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.

    I don’t remember Steve ever saying that. If you can point to him doing so, then do so, because otherwise I rather doubt it.

    I don’t know what criteria you would use to judge the performance of a SoS. Most of them are awful, in the sense that they promote policies that are deleterious to the actual citizens of the U.S. As far as I know, Hillary was at least as awful as the norm.

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    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    In all honesty - I do remember reading Steve Sailer writing this here on his blog. It must have been last year, during election time.

    It might have stuck with me, because I had read some of her e-mails and thought, that she is able to write pretty concise things under big pressure.
  119. Eagle Eye says:
    @Abe

    Does anyone know who ghostwrote the book? I think Hillary was more involved than the average politician in the writing and overall theme of the book. I doubt the ghostwriter would put a theme like that in on her own.
     
    No. Outside of the pursuit of HER PRECIOUSSSS Hillary seems to be pretty lazy- or, to fine-tune that a bit, once the object of all her earthly desires was forever put out of her reach, she no longer had any reason to maintain good work habits. For gosh sakes it took her 2 months to come out with one lousy '#RESIST'-themed tweet and that was one month AFTER all the pussyhat marching, safetypin-wearing nonsense had largely burnt itself out.

    I can't imagine Hilary had the discipline to pound-out any significant portion of this book in only 9 months; in fact, forget providing any sort of literary embellishment, I can't even imagine her sitting down to dictate its raw material for any extended period of time. I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.

    BTW, what sort of kickback was HER HIGHNESS given for putting her name on this, and how much of that should be considered a de facto bribe given the publisher will almost certainly not break even? And where are those Obama dual-biographies and how much money from that $50 million contract would they have seen so far, manuscripts sight unseen?

    I figure the ghostwriter worked mostly from information available in the public record plus the sort of attitude she figured her subject would want to convey.

    Interesting. The kind of ideological zealotry revealed in the 1984 snippet does indeed point to the kind of woman activist that Winston Smith hated.

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  120. aloisius says:

    Well, she is not interpreting the book as being about “we should trust our leaders more”. She is saying that the book undermines trust in our leaders and the media, which is bad. That´s how I would understand her.

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  121. @res
    That deserves a more complete quote: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html

    He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones. It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.
     
    Channeling Whiskey?

    Orwell was the original Andrew Anglin. White Sharia now!

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  122. @cwhatfuture
    Steve Bannon said she was not bright but she is really clueless.

    To quote from "Goldstein's" book within 1984, where Orwell describes the formation of the new class of people, who eventually form the Inner Party:


    What kind of people would control this world had been equally obvious. The new aristocracy was made up for the most part of bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists, and professional politicians. These people, whose origins lay in the salaried middle class and the upper grades of the working class, had been shaped and brought together by the barren world of monopoly industry and centralized government.
     

    This where Orwell channels James Burnham.

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  123. @Anonymous
    OT: Steve, did you ever consider writing a self-help/success book? It's the most popular genre. Charles Murray, Scott Adams, Trump, and others have written very successful self-help/success books. And I now see psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming out with one (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), as is top hedge fund manager and billionaire Ray Dalio (Principles: Life and Work). Tom Brady is also coming out with a self-help book. Steve, you would be the perfect person to wrote a self-help/success book. You have a wealth of knowledge. You have known many successful people up close and personally. You are the kingpin of the ideas and strategies which a lot of successful and famous people have relied on for their own success. You have a down-to-earth and humorous approach to life-achievement things. If you wrote such a book it would be a smash hit. I'd buy it in Kindle and Audible format.

    Steve needs to write an airport book (like Gladwell etc.) Any suggestions on subject(s) from commenters?

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  124. @Buzz Mohawk
    Here's the only one you'll ever need, the original, the one "secret" everyone has tried to copy:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41r8-vRJ0yL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    Buzz Mohawk’s comments are usually so good I’m tempted to read this book. Or is he kidding?

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    Well, I'm not kidding, but I'm not making a 100% recommendation either. The book won't hurt you, and it's not a waste of time. It's a classic.

    The author of that old book, Think and Grow Rich, interviewed titans like Andrew Carnegie to find out what drove them and how their minds worked. He discovered that one constant was the power of the goals they visualized and kept in their minds every day.

    Our subconscious works overtime on whatever we put in it. It seems to come up with things that help us along the way toward whatever it is we truly see in front of us.

    Oprah Winfrey got all fuzzy about some Johnny-come-lately ripoff of this, called The Secret. However, that author, and Oprah, gave millions of people the mistaken idea that they can just have whatever they visualize every day. It takes more than that. It takes work.

    A stockbroker recommended Think and Grow Rich to me very early in my career. It worked for him. I found that it was a good tool for keeping my mind focused on what I really wanted out of life and from all the work I was doing. It's not perfect, but it definitely does something useful in mental places you might not be aware of.

    Bottom line: it's no joke, but it's no miracle either. Obtained from real research.
  125. @FX Enderby
    Buzz Mohawk's comments are usually so good I'm tempted to read this book. Or is he kidding?

    Well, I’m not kidding, but I’m not making a 100% recommendation either. The book won’t hurt you, and it’s not a waste of time. It’s a classic.

    The author of that old book, Think and Grow Rich, interviewed titans like Andrew Carnegie to find out what drove them and how their minds worked. He discovered that one constant was the power of the goals they visualized and kept in their minds every day.

    Our subconscious works overtime on whatever we put in it. It seems to come up with things that help us along the way toward whatever it is we truly see in front of us.

    Oprah Winfrey got all fuzzy about some Johnny-come-lately ripoff of this, called The Secret. However, that author, and Oprah, gave millions of people the mistaken idea that they can just have whatever they visualize every day. It takes more than that. It takes work.

    A stockbroker recommended Think and Grow Rich to me very early in my career. It worked for him. I found that it was a good tool for keeping my mind focused on what I really wanted out of life and from all the work I was doing. It’s not perfect, but it definitely does something useful in mental places you might not be aware of.

    Bottom line: it’s no joke, but it’s no miracle either. Obtained from real research.

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  126. That is a good catch. In any event, only Hillary could be clueless enough to possibly believe that 1984 was about showing proper deference to the types of people who Orwell specifically called out as the founders of the Inner Party (or the Managerial Class).

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  127. @Buzz Mohawk
    Well, I'm not kidding, but I'm not making a 100% recommendation either. The book won't hurt you, and it's not a waste of time. It's a classic.

    The author of that old book, Think and Grow Rich, interviewed titans like Andrew Carnegie to find out what drove them and how their minds worked. He discovered that one constant was the power of the goals they visualized and kept in their minds every day.

    Our subconscious works overtime on whatever we put in it. It seems to come up with things that help us along the way toward whatever it is we truly see in front of us.

    Oprah Winfrey got all fuzzy about some Johnny-come-lately ripoff of this, called The Secret. However, that author, and Oprah, gave millions of people the mistaken idea that they can just have whatever they visualize every day. It takes more than that. It takes work.

    A stockbroker recommended Think and Grow Rich to me very early in my career. It worked for him. I found that it was a good tool for keeping my mind focused on what I really wanted out of life and from all the work I was doing. It's not perfect, but it definitely does something useful in mental places you might not be aware of.

    Bottom line: it's no joke, but it's no miracle either. Obtained from real research.

    Thanks.

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  128. Vinteuil says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    In just the last several weeks, I have noticed a strange shift in mood across the websites that I regularly read and comment upon. The whole internet seems to have acquired an end-of-the-road type feel. There has been an abundance of trashy comments lately, comments so entirely devoid of clarity, logic, grammar, and spelling that they don't even disclose the desire, let alone the ability, to communicate a coherent thought, nor to accord their reader a basic modicum of respect. I suppose you could say that's always been the case, but whatever hopefulness or frippery had erstwhile concealed the tawdriness of such speech before, seems now to have vanished, leaving only the raw naked ugliness of the thing behind. I try to imagine who this person is, who speaks to me across the interwebs in so lowly a manner. Is he drunk? Or is it more likely the case that he feels entitled to express his immediate, unformed, emotional response to any poorly understood fact that flashes before him, for no other reason than that it discharges a passion which, due to the habitual indulgence of every whim, it is now too painful for him to control? What has the internet become but a virtual mosh pit for intemperate idiots?

    I would describe this as one symptom of a general trend: The tide of illusion is starting to recede. It's not that the tide of fakery and nonsense itself has started receding, but that the tufts of warm pretense and consoling lies that made the nonsense palatable have been stripped away. Now we are left with the brutal reality of knowing that everything is phony, that nothing works, that all the emperors are unclothed, and that there is no hope for the status quo. Unfortunately the system itself shows no signs of of quitting, and will use whatever power it has to force us to go along with the charade. This situation is destructive of self-respect and injurious to the soul.

    Is this analogous to 1984? Perhaps not as much as some might think. Orwell's superstate was very much in the mould of the brutal Soviet systems of his time. Its agents still carried out the gritty and sultry duties of directly terrorizing the population, spying on them, reading their mail, and bludgeoning them in concrete cells. It all seems rather quaint now. I would almost welcome such direct oppression; there is a sporting element to it, something you can sink your teeth into as a dissident. It would be a vast improvement over the economically enforced infantilism it is our sad fate to endure.

    We do not have a Ministry of Truth controlling our every thought. The existence of such a thing would imply a manly will to organize and dominate which is totally lacking among our elites. What we have is a thicket of lies that have grown up so tall and succulent that nobody can escape from the hallucinogenic miasma of vegetation. Our oppressors aren't iron tyrants like Joseph Stalin, but androgynous lunatics who externalize their psychological dysfunction by cosplaying with the powers of whole nations and industries. This is the Clownocracy, the Reign of the Harlequins.

    When I think of this period of institutionalized insanity, of how it will go down in history, of when and how it will end, I am increasingly reminded of the Age of the Hyksos, a period coincident with a century of extreme social instability in Egypt. Not to go into the subject in great detail, but I increasingly believe that this period has been quite profoundly misunderstood. The idea of the "Sea-Peoples" as an invading force, conquering and warlike, is not borne out by the historical record, incomplete as it is. The initial influx of foreign tribes into Egypt seems to have been a relatively peaceful and minor affair, but it served as the impetus for widespread rebellion among the youth and a disparagement of all tradition. The chaotic conditions of that time (e.g. rulers with bizarre titles, the rapid turnover of dynasties, some lasting only for days) reminds me of the behavior of our current elites. That little is known about this period is in part due to the fact that subsequent Egyptian historians were mortally embarrassed by the whole episode and sought to suppress the knowledge of it. I have to come to wonder, and to wonder seriously, to what extent "Sea-Peoples" may be some kind of epithet not unlike our Flower Children. Did Egypt have its own "Boomers"? Was the grandeur of that land temporarily eclipsed by the flagrant acts of narcissistic generation so destructive that it plunged the kingdom into a century of chaos? Does a similar fate await us in the West? I believe that it does.

    Oh, Brian, it *is* you!

    Too funny.

    It’s kind of depressing to think that you wrote a thousand words, and I’m the only one who got past the first ten or twelve – but, hey, dude, my old friend – that’s the way it goes.

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    I read it too. Interesting. I have been on a short vacation and the posts and comments have really piled up!
  129. @Mr. Anon

    She was bright enough to make a decent job as secretary of state, according to one iSteve Sailer man.
     
    I don't remember Steve ever saying that. If you can point to him doing so, then do so, because otherwise I rather doubt it.

    I don't know what criteria you would use to judge the performance of a SoS. Most of them are awful, in the sense that they promote policies that are deleterious to the actual citizens of the U.S. As far as I know, Hillary was at least as awful as the norm.

    In all honesty – I do remember reading Steve Sailer writing this here on his blog. It must have been last year, during election time.

    It might have stuck with me, because I had read some of her e-mails and thought, that she is able to write pretty concise things under big pressure.

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  130. Romanian says: • Website
    @Vinteuil
    Oh, Brian, it *is* you!

    Too funny.

    It's kind of depressing to think that you wrote a thousand words, and I'm the only one who got past the first ten or twelve - but, hey, dude, my old friend - that's the way it goes.

    I read it too. Interesting. I have been on a short vacation and the posts and comments have really piled up!

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  131. I think this is less about HRC’s reading comprehension than her need to see any and all classic literary political critiques as applying directly to the current political situation in opposition to Donald Trump. Earlier this year she was invoking The Emperor’s New Clothes and Vaclav Havel’s greengrocer, her bizarre thesis being that nobody in America has the guts to speak out against Trump. Seriously.

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