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I assumed this headline was self parody, but maybe it isn’t. From the Washington Post:

I wanted to understand Europe’s populism. So I talked to Bono.

By Fareed Zakaria
Columnist
September 20 at 5:21 PM

When confronting a challenging problem, it’s sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle. That’s why I found it fascinating to talk about the rise of populism and nativism with Bono last weekend at a summit in Kiev. …

Bono’s message resonated because I had been reading Francis Fukuyama’s new book, “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.”

My review of Fukuyama’s Identity: The Demand for Dignity… is here.

What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.

Diversity’s got electrolytes.

 
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  1. Diversity: It’s what plants crave!

    Not for the first time, Steve, I think you’re onto something.

    • Agree: NickG
    • LOL: Bubba
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  2. steve’s lack of self-awareness is sad! he boosts for IQ and its importance to a great society yet every day mocks people who have made it to the top of their fields and are DUMB.

    the US SELECTS for obedience and stupidity past a certain point.
    click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgXZuGIMuwQ

    • LOL: AndrewR
  3. Bugg says:

    I wanted to understand the technical aspects of football’s West Coast Offense.So I talked to Carrot Top.

    I wanted to understand how one hunts whitetail deer. So I talked to Madonna.

    I wanted to understand how a jet airplane works. So I talked to Senator Kamala Harris.

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • LOL: RVBlake, bomag, peterike
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Mikhail
    , @anon
  4. ‘Summit in Kiev’ is a great name for a track, Bono.

  5. J.Ross says: • Website

    In fairness to Zakaria, white men all look alike to skeletons.
    OT Rumor: Trump will come after the big prog tech trusts!

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-22/draft-order-for-trump-would-crack-down-on-google-facebook

  6. I wanted to know about how the average Englishman thinks about things…..you know, the reg’lar Andy Capps of the world……

    So I sat down with Prince Charles….

    • LOL: fish
  7. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Nah: he wants Sumit in Kiev.

    (But never Ivan in Bangalore; he’s naming his new solo album Diversity’s Check-Valve).

  8. J.Ross says: • Website
    @jorge raphael videla

    I think it’s pretty self-explanatory that you would have a truly intelligent guy at the top (Bezos, Zucker), and the underlings would be selected for obedience rather than intelligence. That hardly challenges the importance of intelligence.
    Zakaria is the scion of a hyper-wealthy Indian Muslim family, kind of like Anderson Vanderbilt. One day it will come out that Don Lemon was the love child of cookie magnate Wally Amos and CNN’s real hiring criteria will be understood.

    • LOL: Malcolm X-Lax
  9. Dan Hayes says:

    Steve,

    As a warmup to his Kiev bloviations, Bono tried them out in a Vatican audience with Bergoglio. How droll, since Bono is a black protestant who would have fit in quite well when anti-Catholic Stormont ran Ulster with an iron (and red) hand!

  10. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bugg

    While I don’t think she hunts deer, Madge does like to shoot the occasional pheasant in high English style. This has put her in the same category as Ted Nugent as far as Little Miss Muffett is concerned.

    • Replies: @Paul Jolliffe
  11. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Bugg

    Simply put, he’s along time overrated establishment hack.

    • Replies: @Joe Walker
  12. Mr. Anon says:

    Somebody should ask Bono: How come U2 is just a bunch of white guys.

    By the way, their first producer was a guy named Steve Lillywhite. No s**t.

    • LOL: Kylie
    • Replies: @Lot
  13. Mr. Anon says:

    Zakaria: “I Wanted to Understand Europe’s Populism. So I Talked to Bono.”

    I wanted to know what Jill Lepore and Jeffrey Goldberg were thinking. So I read Fareed Zakaria:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/fareed-zakaria-suspended-by-cnn-time-for-plagiarism/2012/08/10/f6315e96-e335-11e1-ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_story.html?noredirect=on

    • LOL: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Lot
  14. Mr. Anon says:

    What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.

    Somebody should ask Bono: How come U2 are all white guys?

    BTW, U2′s first producer was named Steve Lillywhite.

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
    , @foulkes
  15. What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.

    Is there even one?

    • Replies: @Lummard
    , @Thirdtwin
  16. Anon[154] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    A costume company put up a Handmaiden’s Tale costume, with a miniskirt under the cape. Twitter went crazy. The item was removed and a statement was substituted.

    I’ve noticed that it is now de rigueur to not only obey Twitter, but to make a Cultural Revolution-style struggle session self-criticism statement.

    Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to “Own Your Sexy”. We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.

    Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.

    Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/439065-handmaids-tale-halloween-costume/

    https://www.yandy.com/Yandy-Brave-Red-Maiden-Costume.php

    I would so much love to know the behind-the-scenes of this. Was the proprietor an older white guy, and a recent college graduate “studies” female intern saw the controversy on Twitter and got all excited? Did the proprietor then fear that he’d be shamed on social media or in a tell-all “Why I quit my job at Yandy” Medium post by the intern if he didn’t comply?

  17. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    A twist on “We Americans want to find out why Arabs and Muslims are so angry; so, we talked to Jews and Zionists.”

  18. Fringey Coalition Echo Chamber:
    Fukuyama to Zakaria to Bugman MacPhisto.
    It’s always 1986 at an Amnesty International concert.
    Pinochet & DeKlerk are Boogiemen
    Whitey must be knocked down.
    Diversity & Tolerance are the balm we need.

    These celebs are just broken records now. Totally brain-dead. Their psychology of previous investment will have them driving us all off a cliff.

  19. Lummard says:

    The origin of the rise of populism is immigration of people from backwards, violent, nepotistic, tribal and intolerant cultures into more high trust, low crime, socially open countries. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. It’s not hard to understand once you accept reality.

    People like Zakaria and Fukuyama instead think that deep down everyone is equal or at least equally likely to thrive and succeed in a meritocratic liberal democracy, so they’re baffled by why some people don’t, and why instead they isolate in ghettos, have incredibly high levels of crime and unemployment, cling to their ethnic origin, and reject liberal democratic values altogether.

    They’re also baffled by why natives don’t simply get along with the newcomers, and conclude that it must be a matter of wounded pride, of honor, of irrational and self-centered beliefs.

    They don’t understand that it’s a matter of conflicting cultures fighting for social dominance, for state benefits, for the right to write laws and enforce norms, and that the natives are simply defending their culture and their values from those of the newcomers.

    There’s nothing irrational or sentimental about wanting to preserve the high social trust, low crime, highly ordered, socially open and functional society where you live from turning into a tribal, violent, low trust and dysfunctional set of ethnic ghettos squabbling for benefits and to impose their views onto society at large.

    As crime statistics and terrorist attacks show, sometimes it’s a literal matter of life and death. Other times it’s a matter of preserving your culture for your posterity. Neither motivation is selfish, or irrational, or due to wounded pride or dignity.

    The problem with intellectuals like Zakaria or Fukuyama isn’t that they’re not clever or well-educated, but that their premise about cognitive and value equality between groups of people is completely false, so it’s garbage in, garbage out.

    There is plenty of evidence that shows that people aren’t equal in terms of behaviors and values, and that the role of socio-economic differences is not preponderant in shaping behaviors and values, either.

    You can’t turn the Middle East or Sub-Saharan Africa into economic and social paradises just by teaching people how to adopt liberal democratic values. You can’t turn the values of Nigerian or Syrian culture into those of the cultures of Britain or Sweden just by having Nigerians or Syrians live in London or Malmö.

    This is because the Nigerians or Syrians are different people from the native Britons or Swedes in many ways, many of which can be measured, and socio-economic pressure is not magically turning everyone into the same Homo liberalis democraticus.

    People are who they are. That’s the real meaning of “diversity”. Liberals assume that diversity is only about superficial aspects, like skin color, or language, or clothes, or cuisines, and that deep down a Nigerian is just a Brit waiting to happen, at least when it comes to adhering to the norms of British work ethic, respecting British laws and customs, and thriving in the liberal and open British society.

    “Diversity”, for liberal thinkers, is just a thin veneer, a splash of color, a whiff of the exotic, and that when it comes to things that really matter everyone is equal. Mestizo immigrants are just Iowans with better food, Syrian or Nigerian immigrants are just British people who don’t eat pork.

    This “diversity” isn’t real diversity, it’s the diversity of a TV ad. Human biodiversity is much more vast and important. But since studying human biodiversity produces evidence that the global liberal democratic rise is just an Euro-centric myth it has become taboo, verboten to talk about the diversity that really matters.

    So you get stupid articles like this. And you don’t get any practical solution to the issues caused by diversity, because you’re too busy praising how many different cuisines you can savor in a London or New York neighborhood.

  20. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    Zaka hates populism because he’s a pan-elitist.

    Populism demands that the elites be responsive to their own people. Elites must roll up their sleeves and actually serve the people. Zaka ran from brown populism. He doesn’t want to lead or serve his own brown kind. Too messy, too much trouble. So, he hates brown populism.

    And he hates white populism because it’s about the white masses demanding that white elites prioritize the needs of the white folks. And that means citizens and patriots over immigrant-usurpers.
    But Zaka wants IN to the white world. He wants to rub shoulders with white elites.

    His ilk want to run from brown people and break down the barrier of white populism to get into the white world.

    Once inside, he wants to be part of elite club where the elites of all stripes prioritize taking care of each other than taking care of their own peoples.

    Of course, elites do talk about the People, but it’s a useless globo abstraction since it is impossible for elites to take care of ALL the people in the world. By claiming to care of everyone, they really take care of no one. It’s like a parent who neglects his own kids in the name of ‘loving’ all kids. These pan-elites thrive on globo-abstractions. Look at Bono. So much symbolism and posturing but hasn’t done anything for anyone.

  21. Lummard says:
    @ben tillman

    For Zakaria, diversity means that he’s able to live as a successful public intellectual in the prosperous and largely peaceful United States, instead of struggling in the caste systems of India as an Indian muslim, in a socio-economic landscape torn between a backward muslim society and aggressive Hindu nationalism.

    Also he gets to live in a place with sewers and clean streets. If I were him I’d find that remarkable too.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  22. @J.Ross

    If Trump prosecutes the FAGOTTs (Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter) under existing antitrust law in light of their prima facie monopoly of social media and search, restructuring and regulating them, then he will go down in history as a rightful successor to TR, a trust-buster, a great president.

    Perhaps then we would efface the image of the tyrant Lincoln from Mount Rushmore and replace it with a relief of our God-Emperor.

  23. Podge says:

    At the height of punk when bands were very left wing, it was just all part of the act, U2 were more of a pre thatcher conservatives. In Ireland they supported garret the good , it’s a joke name, of the very conservative Fine Gael party.fine geal believe that working people should know their place , basically they are uneducated cattle.it is a party of bankers ,lawyers ,accountants, wealthy people. Socialism is for the rich, austerity for the poor.The working class are only there to serve, I’m amazed people buy their shit or go to their concerts.

    • Replies: @Evocatus
  24. @Lummard

    The Zakarias didn’t do too badly back in India. His dad was the #2 figure in the ruling Congress Party behind only Mrs. Gandhi.

    He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.

  25. anon[133] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lummard

    The problem with intellectuals like Zakaria or Fukuyama isn’t that they’re not clever or well-educated, but that their premise about cognitive and value equality between groups of people is completely false…

    You know, I was about to correct you on this point. I was going to say that the great and good tend to think that the Iraq war was doomed to failure, that you couldn’t force democracy on the Middle East, and that the obvious corollary of that is that there isn’t “cognitive and value equality” between peoples. And they simply prefer not to mention the latter in public.

    But then I read Zakaria’s 2015 “Iraq war was a terrible mistake”, and I think you’re right.

    First, he was in favour of it at the time.

    Second: despite this extremely striking and high profile example of cognitive and value inequality, he still can’t quite bring himself to admit the obvious:

    Consider this: The United States replaced the regime in Iraq…. The result? Chaos and humanitarian tragedy. …Libya… …chaos and humanitarian tragedy. …Yemen… …chaos and humanitarian tragedy.

    The reality in that part of the world is that many of its regimes are fragile, presiding over weak institutions, little civil society, and often no sense of nationhood itself.

    The problem isn’t the people, it’s the regimes and the institutions; and there’s no mention of what civil society is comprised of, or who it is that has no sense of nationhood, i.e., the people.

    Earlier in the essay, he says that prior to the invasion he “never believed that Iraqis or Arabs were somehow genetically incapable of self-rule.” In the very next paragraph: “I worried that Iraq’s sectarian divisions would pull the country apart.” No acknowledgement of the contradiction between those two points.

    This is how he ends it:

    Could Iraq have turned out differently and set a different pattern? If a stable, functioning democracy had been established in the heart of the Middle East, could it have been a model for the region, a third way between dictatorship and Islamic radicalism?

    Well, If America had made all the right decisions, who knows. But it didn’t, and as a result, we will never truly know what Iraq’s future could have been.

    (Sidebar: Ignore for the moment that there already is a “stable, functioning democracy… in the heart of the Middle East”. What’s never explained is why Arabs can only learn the value of a “stable, functioning democracy” when they see one in their own backyard. Haven’t they heard of Europe, or America? Don’t they all have satellite TV?)

    It seems to me like Zakaria had put his finger in the wind and determined that conventional wisdom was that Iraq was a mistake, and if he wanted to continue being an influential public figure in America, he needed to start singing from the same hymn sheet as all the other influential public figures. But perhaps he thinks privately it could have worked – if only America had made “the right decisions”.

    You’re right, fella: he’s not stupid, he’s just incapable of seeing things as they are. In his mind, there are only technocratic problems – weak institutions, say – and technocratic solutions – some new policy that’ll fix everything that previous policies failed to. This time, it’ll work!

    What a dingleberry.

  26. Lot says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Please someone tweet that.

  27. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    I want to hear the personal stories of people whose lives were ruined by a miniskirt being part of a costume.

    Seriously though, these people have it way too easy. In a country where people have to struggle to get by, there is no political correctness. Tribalism is there, but not extraneous crud like this. This is the down side of technology. Dumb people who should be working in the fields (not that there’s anything wrong with that) now have machines do all the real work for them, so they are free to occupy their 100 IQ minds with this culture-destroying nonsense.

  28. Lot says:
    @Mr. Anon

    “Somebody should ask Bono: How come U2 is just a bunch of white guys.”

    I think the Irish weren’t white yet when the band formed.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  29. bjdubbs says:

    I tried to guess who Zakaria married. I figured it was probably 10% Jew, 40% Indian, and 50% old money / WASP royalty. It turns out he married a Throckmorton.

    • Replies: @anon
  30. Pericles says:
    @Anon

    Halloween is coming up so … slutty handmaiden?

  31. @Steve in Greensboro

    His rule from The Golden Throne for millennia will be enough. All hail Deus Volt Imperator, Donald I!

  32. I’ll post the link if I can find it after all these years, but I remember reading an online article that said the elder Zakaria, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria was rumored to be a CIA asset, and that his sons’ admission to Harvard and Yale was arranged by his American handler.

    Impossible to tell, of course, but looking him up, Rafiq Zakaria, a London qualified lawyer, was a public intellectual on the Indian scene and a rare pro-American politician in that country’s then left-leaning, Moscow-friendly political scene.

    Fareed Zakaria’s brother, Arshad, was president of Merrill Lynch for a while in the 1990s. The sons appear to have honored their father with an elegant, yet opulent looking gravesite.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  33. “What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.”

    Diversity, like the microbes that stopped the Martians in the War of the Worlds, has crippled and will ultimately kill the once unstoppable Western Civilisation that had dominated the world for several centuries.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    , @L Woods
  34. Zakaria, Zakaria, don’t go to Apache Wells …

  35. Realist says:
    @syonredux

    Bono is a bozo and always has been. A dumb fuck for sure. When the SHTF anti white, Whites should be the first to go.

    • Replies: @flyingtiger
    , @anon
  36. Anon[154] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    The California DMV sounds like a mess. Rather than a half-year million dollar audit, why not hire a kick-ass corporatate turn-around specialist? My guess: state law and employee protections prohibit it. It seems obvious that the employees are incompetent, and their supervisors are too, and the supervisors’ managers are too. Are they hiring people who are qualified for the jobs to begin with?

    As part of the audit they should do a comprehensive human capital assessment. Is there any reason to even think that with the people they have things should be any different?

    Gov. Jerry Brown orders audit of DMV over hours-long wait times

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-governor-orders-dmv-audit-20180921-story.html

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday ordered a performance audit of the state Department of Motor Vehicles in response to the public outcry over hours-long wait times and repeated computer crashes that delayed serving customers.

    The audit will also examine an estimated 23,000 errors at DMV offices when people either were unknowingly registered to vote or had mistakes made in their registration status — problems that began during the rollout of the state’s new “motor voter” program.

    The review will cost about $800,000 and is expected to result in a report with recommendations to be released to the public in March.

    Residents have complained in the last three months of waiting four to six hours at DMV offices as the agency deals with complications caused by Real IDs, a new driver’s license and identification card design required for airline passengers starting in late 2020.

    The delays have been worsened by frequent computer crashes, including one Thursday that interrupted operations at 68 of the DMV’s 172 field offices for more than two hours.

    Earlier this year:

    California DMV worker snoozed on job 3 hours a day for about 4 years, audit finds

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/25/california-dmv-worker-snoozed-on-job-3-hours-day-for-about-4-years-audit-finds.html

    A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee slept three hours a day on the job for nearly four years– all while her supervisors knew, according to a state auditor’s report released Tuesday.

    And the employee still works there.

    Between February 2014 and December 2017, the employee snoozed through an estimated 2,200 hours’ worth of work, costing California taxpayers more than $40,000, the audit said.

    According to the report, a typical data operator averages 560 documents a day, but the worker managed only 200, leaving other data operators to pick up the slack, the audit found. Her colleagues said her work was filled with errors, the report said.

    The worker’s supervisors had been aware of her misuse of time but “failed to take disciplinary or medical action against the employee after initial efforts to address her conduct proved unsuccessful,” the audit said.

    DMV officials told state auditors that they did not pursue disciplinary action against the worker because her behavior had not been properly documented.

    Midway through this the flaky employee apparently tried to make some sort of “accommodations” request based on some unstated handicap or medical condition, which was outright rejected by the doctor. So the gaming of the system of “accommodations” seems to be well known.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @donut
  37. I prefer Ozzy Osbourne myself. He is much more nuanced.

  38. Trevor H. says:
    @Steve Sailer

    He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.

    Would actually have been sensible 50 years ago.

  39. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lummard

    “Diversity”, for liberal thinkers, is just a thin veneer, a splash of color, a whiff of the exotic, and that when it comes to things that really matter everyone is equal. Mestizo immigrants are just Iowans with better food, Syrian or Nigerian immigrants are just British people who don’t eat pork.

    Diversity is, for liberal thinkers, whatever they want it to mean at that particular second. When it comes to admitting foreigners to the functioning civilization your ancestors have painstakingly constructed over the centuries, then liberals like to claim that diversity really is just skin deep.

    On the other hand, when it comes to allocating shares of the racial spoils system, then diversity is about more than skin, because if black people are just white people with more melanin, it can’t possibly matter what the racial breakdown of Google software engineers happens to be. If all racial differences are superficial, then diversity can’t possibly be a strength. It will have no effect either way.

    Basically, if you’re a nonwhite, then diversity is good because it means more members of your particular clan in a place where they can accrue power and wealth. Transporting your extended family to an historically white country(and not intermarrying into the local population) also gives you access to the race card, which you could never play in your homeland. In Europe, it also gives you access to white people. For the law-abiding nonwhite immigrants this means a big soft target who for the most part will not question their dispossession in the same way the Chinese in China or blacks in South Africa would under similar circumstances. For the criminal nonwhites this means a big soft target who will almost never fight back when raped or assaulted(except in America, which is why liberals want to limit gun ownership).

    If you’re an upper class white, diversity means more servile employees and more potential tenants for your rental properties, thus making life more difficult for less educated whites, who upper class whites hate more than anything else on the planet. Also, when the dumber members of the nonwhites immigrate and find themselves unable to compete in a modern economy, the upper class whites find it useful to redirect their rage towards lower class whites, rather than the upper class whites who actually run everything. The face of racism becomes a White Van Man from the north of England or a trailer-park resident from West Virginia. Next time you read a complaint about white privilege from an aggrieved minority in a newspaper, check the editorial staff. I can guarantee it’s lily-white.

    • Agree: Trevor H.
  40. Anonymous[527] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilbur Hassenfus

    Zakaria: I wanted to learn about it from an entirely different angle so I asked this non-expert dude who shares the exact same view that I have on it but has a different skin color from me. And together we realized that we were right about the issue because we both agreed.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  41. Arclight says:

    When I saw this headline yesterday morning I didn’t have the heart to click on it – I mean, who could be more insightful about populist politics in continental Europe and the ordinary people who support it than a fabulously wealthy Irishman who splits his time between a NYC penthouse and castle in Ireland, owns an Airbus jet and yacht, and is spotted at the most exclusive vacation spots in the world?

    This was just as laughable as Krugman’s assertion that he doesn’t spend much time around the wealthy and influential of the world.

    • Replies: @Anthony Wayne
  42. @J.Ross

    I’ve long speculated on what the final straw would be for the anti-Trump maniacs in the Deep State, the Trump action that pushes them to take “executive action”. This just might be it, even though any rational observer would agree with the president that the Social Media giants absolutely should be regulated.

    Senile Jerry Brown’s comments the other day may be evidence that the Deep State is considering some dark options . . .

    (Whatever happens, we can be certain that the MSM will shamelessly parrot the Deep State “narrative”, no matter how absurd.)

  43. Zakaria: “I Wanted to Understand Europe’s Populism. So I Talked to Bono

    All I can say is:

  44. Ibound1 says:

    At this point it’s more like I wanted to find out what the French peasantry were so mad at, so I spoke to Marie Antoinette.

  45. Anonym says:

    I wanted to understand how to write and sing a hit record. So I talked to Nigel Farage.

  46. @Anonymous

    Not anymore, she doesn’t.

    Madonna doesn’t want the souls of dead partridges and pigeons “haunting” her, doncha know.

    (Of course, nobody wants to be “haunted’” by live ones, either.)

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-153020/Madonna-bans-shooting-fears-haunting-dead-animals.html

  47. Implement a National Origins Immigration Policy that excludes all South Asians…..If this had been done in 1965….there would be no Fahreed Zakaria and other South Asians in Our America on TV demanding that The Historic Native Born White American Majority put their fate in the hands of Hindu and Muslim South Asian “Americans”.

    Steve

    America not only had a Chinese Exclusion Act….there was also the Sihk Exclusion Act.

    Pre-1965 America…scene from Animal House Frat Party:Flounder,….. I want you to meet Jugdish….”

  48. Thirdtwin says:
    @ben tillman

    “…the remarkable achievements of diversity…Is there even one?”

    No but there are plenty of “unachievements”…or should that be “dechievements”?

  49. Two globalist bubble creatures, Bono and Fareed Zakaria met inside a temporary globalist bubble that had been formed at a weekend summit in Kiev. Inside that bubble they pondered what is to be done with the rest of us. Their transparent sphere in Kiev was so thick, they never noticed the ultra-nationalist armed militia with SS insignia running around just outside.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  50. Maybe Washington, the imperial metropole of “the indispensable nation” needs better palace courtiers than Fareed Zakaria? Or maybe it needs to set more modest goals for itself? I favour the latter idea.

  51. Barnard says:

    Someone should make a pitch to the Post. “I wanted to understand California’s high speed rail project, so I talked to Ozzy Osbourne.”

    • LOL: Dtbb
  52. The west is ruled by Entertainers and the east is ruled by Engineers. Imagine if Jackie Chan and a few Chinese R&B singers were taken seriously as policy advisors.

  53. @syonredux

    That young Viking Swedish meatball head, Henrik Palmgren, gives me hope that the patriotic Swedes who want to defend and protect Sweden for the Swedes will prevail in their battle against the evil globalizers who are using mass immigration as a demographic weapon to attack and destroy all European Christian nations.

    Those Viking bastards only begrudgingly accepted Christianity about a thousand years or so ago, so when I use the word Christian I’m using it in a cultural sense as the current spiritual attachment of Europeans. I don’t think Pagans are going to Hell, and many times Pagans are much more moral than the Mammonite fraud “Christians” who push mass immigration.

    Also, Henrik Palmgren is a big, ugly Viking dope who is damn lucky to have a beautiful woman like Lana Lokteff at his side to fight the evil globalizers.

    As a hayseed American, I am impressed by all the Europeans who speak English. I only know English, and my knowledge isn’t too extensive of it.

  54. Forbes says:
    @Joe Walker

    Endorse the unifying power of “and.”

  55. @J.Ross

    OT Rumor: Trump will come after the big prog tech trusts!

    Would be nice. But I remember hearing a rumor about a wall, too.

  56. L Woods says:
    @jorge raphael videla

    Of course. What’s somewhat perplexing to me is why society leads you to believe otherwise. It would make the average person, unintelligent but conformist, feel better to know that their ‘talents’ will take them far beyond the gifted program types (and accurately so), so why is the message so often to the contrary?

  57. @Steve Sailer

    He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.

    “Defuse” populism?

    Is populism threatening to detonate?

    Zakaria is a horrible stooge for the evil globalizers, and the human intelligence boobs in the CIA are evil globalizers too.

    I have firsthand knowledge of a guy on the signals intelligence side — electronics — who was always wondering why they even bothered cooking up all this electronic information gathering crap if some Ivy League CIA arsehole in human intelligence is pulling all kinds of stupid bullshit overseas that does nothing to advance the national security interests of the United States.

    John Brennan, out of Fordham, as a CIA human intelligence boob is even worse than any WASP turd Ivy League CIA boob.

    Ethno-nationalism as a global force has only been forestalled by monetary extremism from the globalized central banks. If you can’t understand that, then you are a dope.

    Hello Steve Sailer, Please moderate my many unmoderated comments on through, especially the ones pertaining to Israeli propaganda asset Gadot and her lack of beauty.

  58. Forbes says:
    @PiltdownMan

    You’ve promoted Arshad Zakaria. He was an executive vice president of Merrill Lynch from 2001-2003. ML has many EVPs. He held the (dubious) title of president at some banking units/divisions, but not of Merrill Lynch itself.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  59. Hockamaw says:
    @Lummard

    Brilliantly stated. You have hit the nail on the head.

  60. Horrible scoundrels use words such as NIG-NOG-WOG to describe certain non-European creatures.

    The Wall Street Journal and CNN and the New York Times have taken to featuring the opinions of various Nig-Nog-Wogs in regards to questions of mass immigration, multiculturalism, globalization, financialization and many other subjects.

    I would prefer some person with at least some connection to the historic American nation to give their opinions on this or that.

    Added to the Nig-Nog-Wog mass corporate propaganda inundation is the over abundance of opinions from Jews who have at best a hundred years of hostile existence in the United States.

    The corporate media is the enemy of the American people.

    The corporate media is the enemy of the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    The corporate media is the enemy of White Core American Patriots.

    My opinion of Fareed Zakaria from 2015, still stands:

  61. @Realist

    When the SHTF, the anti-white whites will be killed by the diversities first, before we ever get the chance.

  62. istevefan says:
    @Steve Sailer

    He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.

    Cutting back on immigration? That’s rich given that over the past 50-plus years we’ve had the largest transnational movement of people in human history come to the USA. In a fair world we would not be talking about cutting immigration. We’d be talking about both a moratorium on immigration as well as a repatriation plan.

  63. What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.

    Diversity Means Less White People

    Diversity Means Fewer White People

    Diversity Means More Non-Whites

    Diversity Is A Code Word For White Genocide

    Pro-White Patriots Must Destroy And Neutralize All Anti-White Diversity Propaganda

    Diversity Means Minority Mortgage Meltdown And Global Financial Implosion

    Tweet from 2015:

  64. fnn says:

    Racist and white supremacist ideas have become more visible among the Chinese Canadian right. https://t.co/Xr4A55CPDF— VICE Canada (@vicecanada) September 18, 2018

  65. OT: Any of you iStevers going on the Steyn At Sea Cruise next Saturday? I will be there under the name H. Monahan. Hit me up if you’ll be there.

  66. I want to understand arrogant wealthy Muslim Indians.

    So I will talk to a working class Hindu.

  67. @istevefan

    Scene from Animal House:Otter:”Flounder, I want you to meet Jugdish..”…pre-1965 Nonwhite Legal Immigrant Increase Act……

    America 2018:CONQUEST AND RULE BY JUGDISH!!!!!!

  68. @istevefan

    Scene from Animal House:Otter:”Flounder, I want you to meet Jugdish..”…pre-1965 Nonwhite Legal Immigrant Increase Act……

    America 2018:CONQUEST AND RULE BY JUGDISH!!!!!!

  69. @istevefan

    California belongs to the Native Born White American Working Class….not to Fahreed Zakaria’s People…………What would happen in Kerala India if the Hindus of Kerala India woke up and found that the majority of undergraduate students, graduate students…..and faculty……in Kerala’s engineering and computer science departments were legal immigrants from China?

    The Hindus in America know the very obvious answer to this question……

  70. L Woods says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Gotta boil that frog slower, you know.

  71. Berty says:
    @J.Ross

    He’ll tweet about it and then do nothing. Same as always.

  72. @Steve in Greensboro

    Perhaps then we would efface the image of the tyrant Lincoln from Mount Rushmore and replace it with a relief of our God-Emperor.

    A two week beer carnival at Mount Rushmore is called for.

    Beer carnivals need some event or attraction to give public sanction for mass public drunkenness.

    Sometimes, people drive cars to stadiums to drink beer and eat cheeseburgers. They might decide to enter the stadium to watch the football game, but the beer-drinking is a solemn and religious experience of its own.

    My modest Swiftian proposal is to remove Abe Lincoln’s portion of Mount Rushmore using jackhammers, embedded explosives and other tools to erase the visage of the evil ape, Abe Lincoln.

    People could drink beer and watch the slow removal of Lincoln’s ugly, evil mug from the mountain.

  73. Yngvar says:
    @Anon

    Lefty women love love love LARPing as Handmaids. They fantasize about being under the whip. Making the costume explicitly sexy ruins all that, hence the explosion of outrage.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  74. dvorak says:
    @Anon

    I would so much love to know the behind-the-scenes of this.

    From the press release, it appears the struggle statement was merely the backdrop for the repeated invocation of ‘Yandy’ in association with Halloween costumes.

    When costuming, (sexy or feminist, whichever), think Yandy.

  75. I could see how this made sense in Zakaria’s mind: “I wanted to understand blue collar Trump voters, so I talked to Bruce Springsteen.”

  76. kihowi says:

    The curse of intelligent people is that they overestimate how smart everybody else is, especially when they’re something artsy.

    You know that guy who sits in front of his badly maintained house with a beer, staring at passers-by and yelling? That’s the kind of caliber pop singers are made out of.

    I used to love Metallica when I was young until I heard a recording of them to talking to one another. They’re morons. But their music is so cool! Even so.

    Every person here is vastly more capable of thinking about anything than Bono.

  77. 3g4me says:
    @Steve Sailer

    @26 Steve Sailer: “He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.”

    How can you term a temporary or strategic slow-down in overt population replacement “sensible”? As long as the frog is boiled a little bit more slowly, everything’s good because either way he’s cooked at the end? Even without people beginning to notice their displacement, no slowdown or even complete halt will change today’s demographic reality. The absolute majority of non-Whites will be highly visible to everyone within 10-15 years at most, as older Whites die and each successive generation gets darker and darker.

    Totally aside from Zakaria’s ostensible reasonableness, how do you wish away the fact that his motivation is an overt hatred and resentment of White people and White societies? His use of the term “populism” (only Whites are ever populist; numinous non-Whites are loyal or patriotic or exhibiting healthy pride in their sh/thole countries and cultures) drips with condescension and fury that non-wealthy unbelievers should dare to resist the obliteration of their culture, nations, history, and people. They’re supposed to go extinct quietly and peacefully while their betters, like Zakaria, gleefully narrate.

    Steve, there’s a difference between being a nice guy and being a sap. Every time you demonstrate a bit more spirit and genuine emotion, rather than merely gentle sarcasm or light mockery, you seem to flinch from the reality you’re documenting and retreat back into “Mr. Nice Guy Who Happens to Notice (So Sorry!).” You don’t have to be That Guy.

  78. I was surprised the Washington Post dares to continue to use the spelling „Kiev“, good for them.

  79. @Lummard

    @ Ron Unz:

    Unz.com should have vote/like system for user-comments.

    This comment is platinum.

  80. “What people in Europe and the United States ought to be proud of, what they should celebrate, are the remarkable achievements of diversity.”

    Other countries are allowed to be proud to be X. The West is allowed to be proud to have X.

  81. @Lummard

    Fareed Zakaria is an evil, non-European globalizer who is deadly aware of the plot to kill European Christian nations using mass immigration as a demographic weapon. Zakaria is being used by globalizer scum as a grinning wog frontman to push mass immigration and multicultural mayhem.

    Globalizers such as the evil WASP turds in the Bush Organized Crime Syndicate, or non-Europeans such as Fareed Zakaria who have been heavily promoted by the evil globalizers who control the corporate media, are deliberating using mass immigration and multiculturalism to destroy cultural cohesion and cultural integrity in European Christian nations.

    Why see merely misguided but honorable globalizers pushing mass immigration out of some mistaken belief in so-called “diversity,” when you can get right to the nub of the problem and recognize that these people are evil and out to destroy all European Christian nations using mass immigration as a demographic weapon?

  82. @Arclight

    Well, in Krugman’s defense, it’s probably been a couple years since his wealthy buddies were also influential.

  83. anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bugg

    LOL.

    I wanted to understand the 2009 financial crisis, so I talked to Maxine Waters.

    I wanted to understand the link between IQ and development, so I talked to Al Sharpton.

    I wanted to understand the plight of the working class, so I talked to Bill Gates.

  84. anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    I thought the WH deep-staters talked him out of that EO?

    Even if he releases it, nothing will get done as long as worthless Jeff Sessions is AG.

  85. anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Bono rhymes with Bozo. Could even be a typo. He meant to call himself Bozo.

  86. “Diversity’s got electrolytes.”

    Hilarious! Diversity is also leading us into the world of Idiocracy (2006). And Fareed Zakaria is yet another example of why immigration from India needs to be terminated.

  87. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    He’s actually had some sensible things to say about how it might make sense to defuse populism by cutting back on immigration.

    So a foreigner thinks that we, the actual citizens of this country, should maybe get a little of what we want, so that we shut up and permit his globalist pals to continue to run roughshod over us.

    I don’t call that “reasonable”.

  88. @The Alarmist

    Apt analogy. The microbes from India must be dealt with first.

  89. Nadir says:
    @Lummard

    “The origin of the rise of populism is immigration of people from backwards, violent, nepotistic, tribal and intolerant cultures into more high trust, low crime, socially open countries. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less.”

    There’s also race, of course. As “visible minorities” pour into white countries, they demand more of their own in textbooks, TV shows, politics, etc, and form racial/ethnic lobbies to foist their own interests onto the host society. China is rapidly industrializing, has a low crime rate and is not tribal – but I still don’t want my people to be replaced by Chinese.

    “Liberals assume that diversity is only about superficial aspects, like skin color, or language, or clothes, or cuisines, and that deep down a Nigerian is just a Brit waiting to happen, at least when it comes to adhering to the norms of British work ethic, respecting British laws and customs, and thriving in the liberal and open British society.”

    For “right-liberals” (i.e. those writing for the National Review or Weekly Standard) this is the case. However, left-liberals believe that white European societies are inherently oppressive and cruel and will benefit from other groups who DO NOT assimilate and instead add their own “vibrancy.”

    “This ‘diversity’ isn’t real diversity, it’s the diversity of a TV ad. Human biodiversity is much more vast and important. But since studying human biodiversity produces evidence that the global liberal democratic rise is just an Euro-centric myth it has become taboo, verboten to talk about the diversity that really matters.”

    Utterly outside the realm of mainstream public debate. Normies don’t care about HBD, it’s a niche topic, and nobody is forming their political opinions based on it. In fact, if you bring it up to any left-liberal worth his salt, he’ll just point out that the West killed a lot of American Indians and destroyed their culture, and colonized Africa and Asia, so on what basis can Western countries now preach about HBD? Of course, HBD has its value when discussing racial and cultural differences, but its critical weakness is the same as that of liberalism – universalism. To presume that everyone in the world cares about HBD is no different from presuming that everyone wants democracy, or a free market, or women’s rights. The way to protect Western countries is to inspire Westerners to defend them as their home – blood and soil – not by using the sort of pie-in-the-sky abstract concepts that the neocons impaled mainstream conservatism upon.

  90. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    1) Had you heard of Yandy before this work?

    2) Has your awareness of Yandy increased since this work?

    QED.

  91. L Woods says:
    @The Alarmist

    Apparently “microbes” is exactly how the Argentinian junta described leftist subversion, and considered open, liberal societies to be especially suseptible to them. Where’s the lie?

  92. Evocatus says:
    @Podge

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail split been more along the lines of class rather than left-right politics in the British or American sense? Both parties are and have been basically centrist with Fine Gael being more prevalent among the upper middle and professional class while Fianna Fail more dominant among the working class. Also most Irish Protestants in the RoI have historically supported Fine Gael. Out of the U2 band members, Dave Evans and Adam Clayton are from Protestant backgrounds while Bono is from a mixed marriage (Irish Catholic father, Anglican mother) and was raised in the Church of Ireland. Only Larry Mullen is from a fully Catholic background.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    , @Lurker
  93. BB753 says:

    OK, and what shit was Bono smoking when Zakaria joined him?

  94. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:

    Not so much a ‘pro-bono’ basis, more like a ‘Pro Bono’ rant.

  95. “Diversity’s got electrolytes.”

    Yes, but does it got electorates? Soon the head count will be taken.

  96. TheJester says:

    If diversity is the panacea for all of our issues, why do I have General Lee’s bust on my mantel, recently signed up as a member of the NRA, and am close to buying my weapon (I know how to use it)? This is not what it seems. I voted for Barach Hussein Obama twice.

    I was hopeful. Now I’m raging. I had assumed the best regarding America’s defacto open borders in the hope that the new immigrants would acculturate like the Germans, Irish, Norwegians, Swedish, and Italians before them. (I’m a third generation Irish/German … and my wife is third generation Swedish.)

    Trust me! In the United States, one can no longer tell the difference between a person of German, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, or English ancestry. However, one can tell the difference among the new immigrant populations as they hovel in their hostile communities … hostile to the idea of becoming American that is.

    The small things … diversity at work:

    We pick up my grandson at on his bus dropoff point every day. His school and his apartment complex in the richest county in the United States is a miniature United Nations — Chinese, Pakistani, Hispanic, Russian, African, Hindi, and a few Americans to remind people that they are still in the United States. Most, it seems, are Hindi. This is a recent phenomenon in the community.

    The problem: The Hindi women dressed in sarees congregate in the heated and air-conditioned apartment Greathouse (offices, gym, reception areas). They wait until the school bus stops … and then they waddle down to the bus stop. Their waddle adds five minutes to the bus stop since many of the children are pre-school and kindergarten. They cannot exit the bus until an adult shows up with a pass and the child recognizes them. In the interim, the traffic backs up on the high-traffic, four-lane throughway.

    The solution: Two days ago, the school send a representative to the drop-off and lectured the Hindi women that they had to congregate at the drop-off point to avoid the delay associated with them sauntering down to the drop-off point and unnecessarily backing up traffic and the school buses behind them.

    My wife and I anxiously awaited to see changed behavior the next day … NOTHING! The Hindi women dressed in sarees congregated in the heated and air-conditioned apartment Greathouse (offices, gym, reception areas). They waited until the school bus stopped … and then they waddled down to the bus drop-off point to pick up their kids.

    Extrapolate this behavior by orders of magnitude and then, as a principle, you can appreciate the negative impact that diversity is having on our country and our culture. No wonder the buses are starting to run behind schedule.

    P.S. This is not about a bus stop. It is about the phenomenon of the bus stop extrapolated and observable everywhere you look in contemporary America.

  97. L Woods says:
    @istevefan

    Fantastic. Then we can return to the demographics of the 1960s, when leftism was kept in firm check by the white supermajority and the only minorities of significance we had were the quiescent and constructive African American and Eastern European Jewish communities, the institutional supremacy of the latter being unchallenged by the as-yet non-influential Northeast Asian diaspora. Everything will be great.

  98. Zakaria: “I Wanted to Understand Europe’s Populism. So I Talked to Bono.”

    If he were a lawyer, would this be pro bono?

    His self-importance must derive from the fact that presidents are inaugurated on his birthday.

  99. Barach Hussein Obama

    Don’t you mean “Baruch”?

    Anyway, the iSteve commenter’s stylebook prefers triple parentheses rather to respellings.

  100. @Mr. Anon

    BTW, U2′s first producer was named Steve Lillywhite.

    I lost interest in U2 decades ago, but Lillywhite’s production career is awesome.

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

  101. Never thought I’d see the day when liberals used Nietzsche’s ideas about resentment, which he came up with as an attack on liberalism, as an argument against conservatives. But here we are.

  102. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    Nothing reasonable about wanting to get the perspective of a hypocritical snake like Bono.

    This action is the very definition of unreasonable, if not pure madness.

  103. tyrone says:
    @Anon

    The answer : launch satellite to study global warming!

  104. Rod1963 says:

    Wow Farid talking to Bono about populism.

    Talking about showing his elitist roots. This does. So he goes and visits the echo chamber for wisdom, asking a banal, socially isolated, near billionaire what makes ordinary white people tick.

    You know he just could have easily traveled to Ohio and asked some of the steel workers or folks out in the Mid-West. For a European view, he could go talk to Hungarians and the Poles.

    Oh snap, that would mean hanging out in diners and factories with deplorables who actually work for a living and worse use their hands. No member of the elite does that. My own experience with people who grew up in a wealthy family is that they tend to view us blue collars as circus animals. They really don’t see us as humans.

  105. tyrone says:
    @TheJester

    WHAT! you voted for obama TWICE! just think how much greater America would be if you had voted for mcstain and mitt…..ha ha ha I jest !You anxiously awaited changed behavior ……..that’s so precious.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  106. eah says:

  107. @TheJester

    “the phenomenon of the bus stop extrapolated and observable everywhere you look”

    Still, you could be in the Radisson Hotel (and refugee camp) in Toronto.

    https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g155019-d184104-Reviews-Radisson_Hotel_Toronto_East-Toronto_Ontario.html#REVIEWS

  108. Lugash says:

    I think Fareed is on summer vacation and farmed this out to an intern/outsource/AI program that confused popular with populism.

  109. anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @bjdubbs

    She recently filed for divorce. They’ve been separated since 2011.

    https://pagesix.com/2018/07/24/cnn-anchor-fareed-zakarias-wife-is-divorcing-him/

  110. That’s like saying “I wanted to understand the Syrian rebels. So I talked to President Assad”.

  111. Cortes says:
    @Cagey Beast

    Well said.

    Bono is a repellent West Brit and the mountebank jester to the wealthy.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Brit

  112. Dan Hayes says:
    @Evocatus

    Evocatus:

    Outwardly, Fine Gael are the descendants of the pro-British faction both in Ireland’s Civil War and 1916 Revolution whereas Fianna Fail are their nationalist antithesis. Class may or may not be the primary underlying cause.

  113. donut says:
    @Anon

    This is even better than an Ebola breakout .

  114. Here’s another one: “I wanted to understand China’s Uighurs. So I talked to Xi Jinping”.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  115. @Lummard

    Jesus Christ….your monotonously beating around the bush with your blatherings about ethnic sensibilities. It’s about the racial tribal conquest of Working Class Native Born White American LIVING AND BREEDING SPACE in places such as NJ and California by Hindus….Sihks….and Pakistani Muslims…..

  116. Lurker says:
    @Lot

    Some of U2 aren’t even Irish, if we want to get really technical.

  117. Lurker says:
    @Evocatus

    Dave Evans and Adam Clayton are from Protestant backgrounds

    Not only Protestant but not Irish either. Welsh and English respectively.

  118. TheJester says:
    @tyrone

    The real question was, “What was the Republican Party (a.k.a. the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) thinking in running Mitt Romney for President?” Why not run the Devil in his place? Oh, okay, Mitt Romney was a proxy for the Devil.

    Mitt Romney was a Wall Street expert in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). His kind buys companies, rapes them of their assets, and then sell off the carcasses. Mitt becomes a multi-millionaire; the employees are on the street. They call this transitioning to an efficient economy. Seriously, the Republican Party ran this guy for President.

    David Stockman has some excellent material on the corrupt M&A process, the scams, and the outcomes.

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/the-blight-of-debt-fueled-ma-how-central-banks-destroy-corporate-value/

    If I hadn’t voted for Barach Obama, who was I supposed to vote for? The Devil? It was only later that I was forced to conclude, based on his policies and behaviors, that Barack Obama was also an imposter … a shill for Wall Street.

    But still, a political party running Mitt Romney for President? Preposterous! That is the dumbest thing that an organization masquerading as a political party could have imagined could succeed … and it didn’t.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  119. fnn says:

    Illuminating deep state stuff from Woodward’s new book:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/09/nyt-admits-that-its-mountain-of-evidence-for-russian-collusion-is-smaller-than-a-molehill.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef022ad3b27dba200b

    Woodward, “Fear” pg 82-85

    “After the security briefing and everyone cleared out, McCabe shut the door to
    Priebus’s office. This is very weird, thought Priebus, who was standing by his
    desk.
    “You know this story in The New York Times?” Priebus knew it all too well.
    McCabe was referring to a recent Times story of February 14 that stated, “Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016
    presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with
    senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the elections, according to four current and former American officials.”
    The story was one of the first bombs to go off about alleged Trump-Russian
    connections after Flynn’s resignation.
    “It’s total bullshit,” McCabe said. “It’s not true, and we want you to know
    that. It’s grossly overstated.”
    Oh my God, thought Priebus.
    “Andrew,” he said to the FBI deputy, “I’m getting killed.”
    The story about Russia and election meddling seemed to be running 24/7 on
    cable news, driving Trump bananas and therefore driving Priebus bananas.
    “This is crazy,” Trump had told Priebus. “We’ve got to stop it. We need to
    end the story.”
    McCabe had just walked in with a big gift, a Valentine’s Day present. I’m
    going to be the hero of this entire West Wing, Priebus thought.
    “Can you help me?” Priebus asked. “Could this knockdown of the story be
    made public?”
    “Call me in a couple of hours,” McCabe said. “I will ask around and I’ll let
    you know. I’ll see what I can do.”
    Priebus practically ran to report to Trump the good news that the FBI would
    soon be shooting down the Times story.
    Two hours passed and no call from McCabe. Priebus called him.“I’m sorry, I can’t,” McCabe said.
    “There’s nothing I can do about it. I tried,but if we start issuing comments on individual stories, we’ll be doing statements
    every three days.” The FBI could not become a clearinghouse for the accuracy of news stories. If the FBI tried to debunk certain stories, a failure to comment could be seen as a confirmation.

    “Andrew, you’re the one that came to my office to tell me this is a BS story,
    and now you’re telling me there’s nothing you can do?”
    McCabe said that was his position.
    “This is insanity,” Priebus said. “What am I supposed to do? Just suffer, bleed out?”
    “Give me a couple more hours.”
    Nothing happened. No call from the FBI. Priebus tried to explain to Trump,
    who was waiting for a recanting. It was another reason for Trump to distrust and
    hate the FBI, a pernicious tease that left them dangling.
    About a week later on February 24 CNN reported an exclusive: “FBI Refused
    White House Request to Knock Down Recent Trump-Russia Story.” Priebus
    was cast as trying to manipulate the FBI for political purposes.
    The White House tried and failed to correct the story and show that McCabe
    had initiated the matter.

    Four months later on June 8, Comey testified under oath publicly that the
    original New York Times story on the Trump campaign aides’ contacts with
    senior Russian intelligence officials “in the main was not true.”

  120. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @TheJester

    As Bob Whitaker (and Lee Kwan Yew) commented, in a multicultural society, nothing happens with out their being defined, consistently enforced, and comprehensive regulations with sufficient consequence to motivate people. And the only way to enforce them is to have an authoritarian regime whose power is unquestioned.

    If the rule was that if the parent is NOT IN THE MARKED OFF BOX when the bus’s front wheels cross the marked line, the kid stays on the bus until it is back at the school or the bus barn and the parent comes out to pick him/her up by car. If parent does not have Car, parent must pay for a cab ride deposit in advance so kid goes home by cab. Then and only then the fat dotesses would be doing what they are supposed to do.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  121. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Johann Ricke

    F###ing magic dead on gold box post.

  122. dr kill says:

    When confronting a challenging problem, it’s sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle. That’s why I found it fascinating to talk about the rise of women and intersectional feminism with Catelyn Jenner last weekend at a bathhouse in Bangkok. …

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
  123. Jivilov says:

    Perhaps Paul Hewson (aka Bono) could rhapsodize on the succinct brilliance of Julius Malema’s personal anthem “Shoot the Boer,” which reminded him of IRA protest ditties. How sweet…and not at all populist. Whites are not a protected class in the New World Order.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  124. If diversity is always better, then shouldn’t an orchestra be better than Bono’s plain band of vocalist, guitarist and drummer? How does he explain his own success? Why does he not adhere to diversity in the field of music?

  125. @Forbes

    I met Arshad Zakaria as part of an investor group about 15 years ago, when he had formed an investment fund with his Merrill-gotten gains. I vaguely recall that the gossip was that he had tried to lead a putsch against his boss, Merrill Lynch’s African-American CEO (at the time), Stanley O’Neal, to bring back Dave Komansky, whom O’Neal had succeeded. O’Neal got wind of it and fired Zakaria.

    Wikipedia explains it a bit differently

    O’Neal became president of the firm in 2001 in a palace intrigue that eventually led to the early ouster of his predecessor Komansky. By 2003, he was CEO chairman.O’Neal was one of the first African Americans to hold such a high position on Wall Street. He earned $48 million in 2006 and $46 million in 2007. One of his first moves as CEO was to dismiss his number two executive, executive vice chairman Thomas H. Patrick, Sr., and afterward Arshad R. Zakaria, who headed institutional banking and securities. Originally there had been a deal where Patrick and Arshad R. Zakaria would support O’Neal’s promotion to CEO, and in return Zakaria would be appointed president. Once O’Neal became CEO, however, he refused to continue this “backroom dealing”.

    Thanks for the correction. He never did become President of Merrill Lynch and Co. , just co-President and head of institutional.

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  126. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:

    “Diversity” the supreme code-word for anti-white.

  127. Dan Hayes says:
    @Jivilov

    Jivilov:

    Bono has a long and well-documented history of venomous antipathy towards the IRA.

  128. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Summit in Kiev! In the funniest Seinfeld episode the four plan to meet at a multiplex cinema. Many misadventures ensue and George winds up at the wrong movie watching Rachel, Rachel: the story of a young woman’s self-discovery on her journey from Minsk to Milan.

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    , @Mr. Anon
  129. Was in high school with Fukuyamas wife, she a few years younger. Her family as quite accomplished and intellectual. Cute girl but not varsity cheerleader material.

  130. How can a band that consists of 4 protestants from Dublin talk about diversity. There was another Irish band that had a Nigerian/Irish bass player/singer. He liked to sing about the joys of being Irish. The band had Northern Irish (Gary Moore;) Scots (Robertson;) English (John Sykes and others;) and an American (Scott Gorman) who was around for so long, we forgot he was not an original member. This is diversity. This band made better music than U2 ever did.

  131. TheJester says:
    @Anonymous

    Great point about the necessity for an authoritarian regime to keep order in a diverse society.

    Yes, there is a “no wait” rule for student drop-offs … but the school bus drivers do not enforce it when they see parents sauntering down from the apartment Club House. If parents are “no shows”, the child goes back to the school.

    Maybe they should have a digital countdown clock in full view mounted outside the bus. When the countdown is “0″, the bus leaves.

    That is a perfect example of the draconian policies required in a multi-cultural society to enforce rules and practices on people from different cultures. The Whites, Hispanics, and Eastern Europeans are down at the drop-off point waiting for the bus. The Hindi women are not. The intervention by the school representative apparently had no impact whatsoever.

    But this is not just about school bus pickups. These kinds of issues are writ large in diverse societies. They are everywhere you go, including driving habits (driving in some places in Northern Virginia now resemble driving in Cairo), shopping habits, eating habits, clothes, social interactions between men and women, respect for law, etc.

    The well-ordered society is no more!

  132. foulkes says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Somebody should ask Bono: How come U2 are all white guys?

    And how come U2′s audience is 95% white?
    U2 should be forced to diversify their fans. Maybe give migrants free tickets

  133. @Anonymouse

    I love that episode. If we could keep Jews to making apolitical entertainment I’d love them. I once had a similar misadventure as a youth involving my ham-fisted efforts to bed a gal. My best friends saw Kill the Conqueror whilst I was watching Picture Perfect starting Jennifer Aniston:

    I know I’ve posted it before, but it bears repeating.

  134. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anonymouse

    It’s Rochelle, Rochelle, and it’s “A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.”

  135. Forbes says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Interesting backstory, especially on O’Neal. He really was unsuited for the top spot.

    Is it any wonder many folks a disgusted with Wall St., as O’Neal was paid $46 million in ’07, and the next year the firm is sold in a fire sale to BofA. O’Neal literally did not know what was going on at the firm.

  136. MEH 0910 says:

    South Park – Bono YEAH YEAH YEAAH! (All Of Them) HQ/HD

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