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When out-of-town friends visit, I like to take them to Camden. With its high crime, horrible government and general wretchedness, it’s the worst of America’s present and, if all goes according to plans, our stereotypical future. Soon as you cross into Collingswood or Gloucester, however, the graffiti, trash, abandoned houses, sagging pants and neck tattoos disappear. In fact, South Jersey is dotted with quaint boroughs featuring relatively active Main Streets.

Just three miles from Camden, Palmyra has two old timey barber shops, a homey Sicilian restaurant, a spacious, porch-fronted bar surrounded by grass, and a most creative donut shop that dreams up treats resembling a Thanksgiving turkey, a mound of dirt with a glow worm or a shark fin sticking out of blue water, etc. With one tenth the population of Camden, Palmyra has a much better stocked supermarket. Outside a hardware store, a horse statue stands in front of a buggy. As is common to any blue-collar town, the Stars Spangled Banner is found all over, including at the Mexican-owned garage and Indian-owned convenience store. A small artillery piece sits on Broadway.

Unlike in Camden, no Palmyra store owner needs to stare at customers from behind bullet-proof plexiglass. Last year, there was no murder or rape. Filthy junkies with rotting teeth don’t prostitute themselves even in the afternoon.

Predominantly white, Palmyra has the distinction of appointing in 1959 the first black police chief in the entire country, and its high school library is named after Clarence B. Jones, an alumnus who became Martin Luther King’s principal lawyer and the co-writer of his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” Making up 14% of Palmyra’s population, blacks coexist without tension with whites.

The town is also known for a mud used to rub down baseballs to give pitchers a better grip. A two-pound jar costs $100.

Just north of Palmyra, Riverton is even whiter and much more affluent. It has a yacht club founded in 1865. Almost no house resembles another. Many are huge. Some are Victorian, with elaborate woodwork that’s well maintained and freshly painted. About the only crime anyone can cite dates back to 1906, when Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail solo around the globe, was convicted of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl. The great man claimed to have no memory of it. Slocum was jailed for 42 days and told to never show up again. Nearly broke and no longer feted, Slocum sailed into the sunset three years later.

Although Rivertonians display almost no American flags, much less military ones, how many have enriched themselves by investing in war profiteers?

With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color,” which is a most racist term, for it lumps all non-whites together, assumes a solidarity among them that simply doesn’t exist and posits whites as a race apart. Fleeing blacks, they voted for a black president and despise whites who actually know how to live and work with blacks, browns and yellows. Standoffish and unsociable, Riverton is a dry town, thus has no bars.

Unable to hobnob with Rivertonians, I trekked to Palmyra’s Park Tavern. Filled with light from its many windows, it’s unusually cheery for a working-class joint. Only four drinkers, all middle-aged white men, were present. Later, more white men plus one woman would enter. They all knew each other by name. The horse races and a college basketball game were on. Feeling entitled suddenly, I ordered a Guinness for five bucks.

Behind the bar, there’s a framed, folded flag, with a certificate:

The Flag of the United States of America
Is Presented to
The Park Tavern
John Gerew for being a Great Friend

This certifies that the accompanying flag was flown at the Headquarters of the Multi National Corps-Iraq in your honor during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

It’s signed by John R. Allen, a black sergeant major, and Lloyd M. Austin, a white lieutenant general. Allen is quoted in several online articles. Duty is stressed, “If you ask any Soldier out there, they’ll probably tell you they expect their noncommissioned officers to get them to the right place at the right time, with the right equipment to do whatever mission they’re given.” In Iraq, Allen’s duty was to destroy, then rebuild, “The reason that it’s so important for us to grow the Iraqi Army, and that’s our primary mission right now, is to train the Iraqi security force, mainly because we destroyed the Iraqi Army.” Allen did his duties then retired, but Iraq remains shattered. The man did his job well.

Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic.

The town’s name was the idea of Isaiah Toy, a Swede who greatly admired that ancient city. Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

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The guy on my right wore a Riverton Yacht Club knit hat, and it turned out he had been a boat builder, then crew member on many a rich man’s vessel, a job that took him to many island nations and even Europe, to compete in regattas. “Some of these people owned their own 747’s, man. We have to share it with two hundred people. They flew by themselves!” He recounted spending three weeks in Grenada, right after its brief civil war and America’s invasion. “People were dismantling the docks to use as firewood.” The flying fish sold at roadside stalls were delicious, though. His sailing day over, he became a machinist and made pretty good money, so it’s rather odd the 58-year-old had only one front tooth left.

I remarked to the man on my left, “This is one of the most pleasant bars I’ve ever been to,” and Phil responded that it’s practically the only tavern he’s ever known, “I came here on my 21st birthday.” The undersized man chuckled.

“So you’ve lived here your whole life?”

“Yes, and I remember when it was mostly dirt roads around here. I was born in 1956.” Back then, even Camden was pleasant, then came the race riots, white flight, industries moving out and the introduction of crack cocaine, meth and synthetic heroin.

Speaking of drugs, Phil confided, “I’ve tried nothing, not even pot.” His only vice and comfort was Budweiser, it seemed. “I never made enough money to get married,” he stated without bitterness.

Buoyed by its rich neighbor, Riverton, and protected, for now, from the madness and squalor of nearby Camden, Palmyra evokes a simpler and healthier America. Selling services, mud and discount hoagies, it gets by. Not all his well, however, for there are several dead stores on its main drag. As I examined one, a woman in her 40’s handed me a business card, “It’s my husband. He’s the electrician. I handle public relations.”

With record debts and no manufacturing competitiveness, our economy is a sick illusion, sustained only by our empire status, with guns and threats pointing in all directions, but this farce will blow up soon. With the next market crash, even Rivertonians will be drowning in panic and grief.

I finish this piece at 40,000 feet above Nagoshima. Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently. When you reject the system, it will gladly return the favor, thus my two new books have only gotten one nasty review, from that pompous font of endless bullshit, the Washington Post. When once I could expect regular reading invitations from universities, absolutely nothing is forthcoming. Last year, Asali Solomon of Haverford College emailed to say she was a fan of my fiction, so would I like to teach two classes? When I agreed, however, Solomon said there had been a misunderstanding, so no courses. Someone above Solomon must have told her I was a pariah, for why else would she act so unprofessionally? It’s all for the better, actually, since I was never a good fit in academia. With its increasingly hysterical agenda of cranking out right thinking drones, intellectual freedom is extinct at American universities.

Google lists me assbackwardly as a “American-Vietnamese poet,” and on my Wikipedia entry, someone has seen fit to state that I’m a “regular commentator on Russia Today,” not that I would mind. For the record, I’ve appeared maybe five times on RT in seven years, all as an unpaid guest. Whatever. In Orwellian America, Russia personifies evil, Israel is eternally sacred, America is already fantastic or will soon be great again, unemployment is negligible, the economy is asskicking, as proven by the dizzying DOW, and all those who question these fables should be banished to the other side of the universe or the Unz Review.

Linh Dinh’s latest books are Postcards from the End of America (non-fiction) and A Mere Rica (poetry). He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That’s such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don’t you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

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    • Troll: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    When I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, "It's time to make the donuts, Melissa!" Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It's monsters like you that give our country a bad name.When I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, "It's time to make the donuts, Melissa!" Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It's monsters like you that give our country a bad name.
    , @Linh Dinh
    By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?
    , @Linh Dinh
    When I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It's a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.When I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It's a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.
    , @neutral
    You are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.You are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.
    , @jacques sheete

    I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced...
     
    Thoughts? You gotta be kidding. Thinking's above their pay grade. No ribbons or trinkets, for thinking either.

    Nuanced? Yeah, right.

    No wonder real Americans have always abhorred a standing military.

    I am wearied to Death with the Wrangles between military officers, high and low. They Quarrell like Cats and Dogs. They worry one another like Mastiffs. Scrambling for Rank and Pay like Apes for Nutts.

    I believe there is no one Principle, which predominates in human Nature so much in every stage of Life, from the Cradle to the Grave, in Males and females, old and young, black and white, rich and poor, high and low, as this Passion for Superiority. . . . Every human Being compares itself in its own Imagination, with every other round about it, and will find some Superiority over every other real or imaginary, or it will die of Grief and Vexation. I have seen it among Boys and Girls at school, among Lads at Colledge, among Practicers at the Bar, among the Clergy in their Associations, among Clubbs of Friends, among the People in Town Meetings, among the Members of an House of Rep[resentative]s, among the Grave Councillors, on the more solemn Bench of Justice, and in that awfully August Body the Congress, and on many of its Committees—and among Ladies every Where—But I never saw it operate with such Keenness, Ferocity and Fury, as among military Officers. They will go terrible Lengths, in their Emulations, their Envy and Revenge, in Consequence of it..

    -John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 May 1777

     

    Meanwhile, chew on this, Tuffy!

    “Napoleon once said, "All men are enamored of decorations . . . they positively hunger for them." So by developing the Napoleonic system -- the medal business -- the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier.”

    -Major General S Butler


    www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/smedley-butler-fully-general-smedley-darlington-butler-aka-old-gimlet-eye-fighting-quaker-and-old--6

     

    Mercy Otis Warren, a true patriot ,also had some fun stuff to say as well about that subject. Look it up.
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  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    $3.49 for a foot long hoagie is a good deal. Hard to beat these days.

    Read More$3.49 for a foot long hoagie is a good deal. Hard to beat these days.
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  3. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Bragadocious
    Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That's such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don't you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

    When I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, “It’s time to make the donuts, Melissa!” Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It’s monsters like you that give our country a bad name.

    Read MoreWhen I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, "It's time to make the donuts, Melissa!" Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It's monsters like you that give our country a bad name.
    • Replies: @eah
    our country

    Except it's not your country -- you may now live here and have an American passport, but it's not your country -- it's our country.

    Believe it or not, I enjoy and value the kind of literary art you practice -- but you were rightly called out for blatant hyperbole about people in Palmyra and Americans generally -- you basically replied with several comments of ad hominem -- you need to watch that sort of thing.

    our stereotypical future

    Some of us are trying to avoid/prevent this.

    Predominantly white

    Oh.

    In fact, South Jersey is dotted with quaint boroughs featuring relatively active Main Streets.

    I see -- you know, I think there's a connection.
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  4. iffen says:

    L. D., you should write post cards from Viet Nam.

    There should be plenty of interest. I mean, we are like blood brothers. We killed a lot of them and they returned the favor.

    Read MoreL. D., you should write post cards from Viet Nam. There should be plenty of interest. I mean, we are like blood brothers. We killed a lot of them and they returned the favor.
    • Replies: @woatheluck
    I would read it. Post cards from Viet Nam written about that place with the same sensibility and insight, a bit of cultural and historic background and perspective thrown in? Hell ya!I would read it. Post cards from Viet Nam written about that place with the same sensibility and insight, a bit of cultural and historic background and perspective thrown in? Hell ya!
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  5. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Bragadocious
    Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That's such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don't you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

    By consistently defending America’s sickness, you’re helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?

    Read MoreBy consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?
    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    Linh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA's wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I'm guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel's real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country's politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who've been taken in by the imperial establishment's "Russiagate" meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment's war making. He's failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.Linh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA's wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I'm guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel's real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country's politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who've been taken in by the imperial establishment's "Russiagate" meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment's war making. He's failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.
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  6. Linh, sorry to read that you’re leaving the US. I’ll still read your posts here and wherever I can find them.

    Read MoreLinh, sorry to read that you're leaving the US. I'll still read your posts here and wherever I can find them.
    • Replies: @Johann
    Sorry to hear that you are leaving Linh. I also hope that you continue to write your columns. I grew up in the Kensington and Allegheny area of Philly which is one of your epicenters depicting the collapse of America. I lived there fifty years ago when it was a decent working class area populated by hardworking immigrants like my family most of then Catholics who built a great Catholic Education in their schools which were built with the dimes and quarters of factory workers. It was not yet the urban dystopia that our corporate socialist establishment creates.There was no such thing as welfare and the Great Society of that fraud and warmonger LBJ had not yet materialized. I grew up with thousands of my classmates who wound up in Vietnam as cannon fodder for the Great American war machine with its Ivy League officer corps deciding who lives and who dies. I too am disgusted with the unthinking chauvinism of the American soldier worshippers. I think that you write some of the best Journalism one can find in our kingdom of lies and I realize why you could never get a job in the corporate news media which dominates the American Empire. Good luck to you in your new endeavors.Sorry to hear that you are leaving Linh. I also hope that you continue to write your columns. I grew up in the Kensington and Allegheny area of Philly which is one of your epicenters depicting the collapse of America. I lived there fifty years ago when it was a decent working class area populated by hardworking immigrants like my family most of then Catholics who built a great Catholic Education in their schools which were built with the dimes and quarters of factory workers. It was not yet the urban dystopia that our corporate socialist establishment creates.There was no such thing as welfare and the Great Society of that fraud and warmonger LBJ had not yet materialized. I grew up with thousands of my classmates who wound up in Vietnam as cannon fodder for the Great American war machine with its Ivy League officer corps deciding who lives and who dies. I too am disgusted with the unthinking chauvinism of the American soldier worshippers. I think that you write some of the best Journalism one can find in our kingdom of lies and I realize why you could never get a job in the corporate news media which dominates the American Empire. Good luck to you in your new endeavors.
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  7. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Bragadocious
    Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That's such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don't you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

    When I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It’s a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.

    Read MoreWhen I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It's a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.
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    My deal Linh Dinh,

    No pun intended, I advice you not to unless you're really financially secure, better still, say with endorsement from 'liberal' establishments like the Ford Foundation(I heard Chris Hedges, the guy who interviewed you a while ago also receives money from the Ford Foundation). Vietnam has a GDP/capita slightly more than that of india. I live in Hong Kong and I'm a Chinese patriot; I suggest might be you can seek a teaching job in HK. Pay isn't that bad and flights between HK and Vietnam only take an hour or so. I've met some ethnic viets in HK and my impression their children will be assimulated as Chinese faster than children of Viet Americans would as Americans.
    .....
    A word on nationalism: I'm not sure your % share of nationalism, yankie vs viet. Whenever I encounter 'Viet nationalists' from USA on the web, they usually vomit their anti-commie and anti-Chinese sentiment right up front. Mind you I don't particularly blame people on their native nationalism; even with regular antagonism between Vietnam and China, I bet many Chinese have good respect for Ho Chi-ming. But those American 'viet nationalists' or their parents fled with great desperation to a country that bombed and poisoned the f**k out of their old country with napalm and Agent Orange and then they call themselves 'nationalists'. Truly mind boggling.My deal Linh Dinh,

    No pun intended, I advice you not to unless you're really financially secure, better still, say with endorsement from 'liberal' establishments like the Ford Foundation(I heard Chris Hedges, the guy who interviewed you a while ago also receives money from the Ford Foundation). Vietnam has a GDP/capita slightly more than that of india. I live in Hong Kong and I'm a Chinese patriot; I suggest might be you can seek a teaching job in HK. Pay isn't that bad and flights between HK and Vietnam only take an hour or so. I've met some ethnic viets in HK and my impression their children will be assimulated as Chinese faster than children of Viet Americans would as Americans.
    .....
    A word on nationalism: I'm not sure your % share of nationalism, yankie vs viet. Whenever I encounter 'Viet nationalists' from USA on the web, they usually vomit their anti-commie and anti-Chinese sentiment right up front. Mind you I don't particularly blame people on their native nationalism; even with regular antagonism between Vietnam and China, I bet many Chinese have good respect for Ho Chi-ming. But those American 'viet nationalists' or their parents fled with great desperation to a country that bombed and poisoned the f**k out of their old country with napalm and Agent Orange and then they call themselves 'nationalists'. Truly mind boggling.

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  8. @Linh Dinh
    By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?

    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    And you can’t do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

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    • Replies: @anonymous
    See his #3.

    I guess you’re not from Palmyra.See his #3.

    I guess you’re not from Palmyra.
    , @Malaysian Truther
    Bragadocious,

    You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" as Martin Luther King so rightly said.Bragadocious,

    You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" as Martin Luther King so rightly said.
    , @Excal
    Perhaps this Braggart person could return the favour by proving to us all that they aren't a racist and an anti-Semite. Incontrovertably. With evidence.

    (Sorry, I know I shouldn't feed the troll ..)
    , @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    , @Carroll Price
    What makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you'd find a few individuals in Palmyra who don't worship the US military and refuse to support America's drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.What makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you'd find a few individuals in Palmyra who don't worship the US military and refuse to support America's drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.
    , @plonialmoni
    Prove that you are not evil.Prove that you are not evil.
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  9. 1/ Sort of predicted by me when Dinh was writing about ‘nationalism’:

    anony-mouse says:
    July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm GMT • 100 Words
    Do as I say, not as I do?
    There are 24 people listed as ‘columnists’ at Unz.com.
    Cockburn, Derbyshire, Dinh, Mercer, The Saker, Reed and Shamir definitely don’t live in the nations where they were born. Not sure about Lee, Arellano. Margolis lived for a long time and may still live outside the US where he was born.

    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

    2/ Dinh is now the second Unz columnist to leave the US in about a year. Ten years till there’s none left living in America?

    3/ Dinh says there’s no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he’s moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    4/ ‘…With the next market crash, even Rivertonians will be drowning in panic and grief…’

    Probably. But then will come the next boom. Been happening for centuries now.

    Read More1/ Sort of predicted by me when Dinh was writing about 'nationalism': anony-mouse says: July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm GMT • 100 Words Do as I say, not as I do? There are 24 people listed as ‘columnists’ at Unz.com. Cockburn, Derbyshire, Dinh, Mercer, The Saker, Reed and Shamir definitely don’t live in the nations where they were born. Not sure about Lee, Arellano. Margolis lived for a long time and may still live outside the US where he was born. Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well. 2/ Dinh is now the second Unz columnist to leave the US in about a year. Ten years till there's none left living in America? 3/ Dinh says there's no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he's moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 4/ '...With the next market crash, even Rivertonians will be drowning in panic and grief...' Probably. But then will come the next boom. Been happening for centuries now.
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    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

     

    They are paid?

    3/ Dinh says there’s no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he’s moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

     

    It's ironic, but these 'less free' developing countries are often turning out to be much more free than 'democratic' Western countries.
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  10. I keep seeing “news” items on various American cities, many of them places that I visited and spent time in years ago and I cannot begin to comprehend the levels of decay that is so frequently evident. It both shocks and saddens me.

    I don’t blame LD for picking up and moving on, I gave the same advice to my close relatives there just before I departed the US several years ago but sadly they cling on in hope. They’re fairly affluent so it hasn’t really hit them yet (or maybe it’s the slow-boiling frog scenario) but I’ve no doubt that it will. The USA is going down faster than a British Royal Princess on a first date.

    Read MoreI keep seeing "news" items on various American cities, many of them places that I visited and spent time in years ago and I cannot begin to comprehend the levels of decay that is so frequently evident. It both shocks and saddens me. I don't blame LD for picking up and moving on, I gave the same advice to my close relatives there just before I departed the US several years ago but sadly they cling on in hope. They're fairly affluent so it hasn't really hit them yet (or maybe it's the slow-boiling frog scenario) but I've no doubt that it will. The USA is going down faster than a British Royal Princess on a first date.
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  11. Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you’d dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you’re not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I’ve been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I’ve encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You’re quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That’s the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn’t give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    Read MoreLinh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit. The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it. You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good. Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics. Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.
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    • Replies: @bluedog
    Oh I think his writing is very good as he describes the other side of America in all its squalor,a squalor created by the political system and those who control it,the thing is if he offends you quit reading his articals or at least that's what a sane person would do...Oh I think his writing is very good as he describes the other side of America in all its squalor,a squalor created by the political system and those who control it,the thing is if he offends you quit reading his articals or at least that's what a sane person would do...
    , @Mario964
    Edmund Burke_"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Edmund Burke_"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
    , @DiggerDan

    They didn’t give a royal fuck about politics.
     
    That's why nobody really reads them any more. They're dead, in more ways than you can count.
    , @Astuteobservor II

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That’s the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn’t give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.
     
    fyi, that is the same thing as what the chinese govt want all their citizens to do. exactly the same as what you are asking linh to do.

    kinda weird :)
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  12. 5371 says:

    Congratulations on your coming move, a very wise decision.

    Read MoreCongratulations on your coming move, a very wise decision.
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  13. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    See his #3.

    I guess you’re not from Palmyra.

    Read MoreSee his #3. I guess you’re not from Palmyra.
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  14. Renoman says:

    Thanks for the great writing I hope you continue.

    Read MoreThanks for the great writing I hope you continue.
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  15. bluedog says:
    @Shouting Thomas
    Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    Oh I think his writing is very good as he describes the other side of America in all its squalor,a squalor created by the political system and those who control it,the thing is if he offends you quit reading his articals or at least that’s what a sane person would do…

    Read MoreOh I think his writing is very good as he describes the other side of America in all its squalor,a squalor created by the political system and those who control it,the thing is if he offends you quit reading his articals or at least that's what a sane person would do...
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  16. Mario964 says:
    @Shouting Thomas
    Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    Edmund Burke_”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

    Read MoreEdmund Burke_"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
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  17. Mario964 says:

    Mr. Linh Dinh,
    I never missed reading your articles and very much enjoyed your good writing. My highest appreciation for being a person of conscience and courage. Congratulations for having decided to part ways with the murderous and genocidal American people. I hope that your moving to Vietnam won’t prevent you from keeping on posting your insightful and thoughtful articles on Unz Review.

    Read MoreMr. Linh Dinh, I never missed reading your articles and very much enjoyed your good writing. My highest appreciation for being a person of conscience and courage. Congratulations for having decided to part ways with the murderous and genocidal American people. I hope that your moving to Vietnam won’t prevent you from keeping on posting your insightful and thoughtful articles on Unz Review.
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  18. Sorry to hear things aren’t going your way at the moment. You might try writing a movie script or turning one of your books and some of your characters into fiction ala Donald E. Westlake.

    If that doesn’t work, maybe try writing commentary for an Asian newspaper like Samuel Clemens. If that is too rigorous, you could bill yourself as The Worlds Greatest Epic Poet since you would be the only one extent. You could write the Ballad of Vietnam. The trick here is to play up the action parts like The Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Then get the education ministries of various countries–and states like Texas–to make you books required reading in colleges and high schools.

    I’d start with Donalde E. Westlake angle though, aka Richard Stark.

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  19. Lin says:
    @Linh Dinh
    When I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It's a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.When I talked about the miserable Syrian refugees I encountered in Turkey, you dismissed them as con men out to hustle tourists, such is your repulsiveness. It's a waste of time trying to talk sense into you, and I feel dirty just addressing you, but I need to set the record straight, so people can see how disgusting you really are.

    My deal Linh Dinh,

    No pun intended, I advice you not to unless you’re really financially secure, better still, say with endorsement from ‘liberal’ establishments like the Ford Foundation(I heard Chris Hedges, the guy who interviewed you a while ago also receives money from the Ford Foundation). Vietnam has a GDP/capita slightly more than that of india. I live in Hong Kong and I’m a Chinese patriot; I suggest might be you can seek a teaching job in HK. Pay isn’t that bad and flights between HK and Vietnam only take an hour or so. I’ve met some ethnic viets in HK and my impression their children will be assimulated as Chinese faster than children of Viet Americans would as Americans.
    …..
    A word on nationalism: I’m not sure your % share of nationalism, yankie vs viet. Whenever I encounter ‘Viet nationalists’ from USA on the web, they usually vomit their anti-commie and anti-Chinese sentiment right up front. Mind you I don’t particularly blame people on their native nationalism; even with regular antagonism between Vietnam and China, I bet many Chinese have good respect for Ho Chi-ming. But those American ‘viet nationalists’ or their parents fled with great desperation to a country that bombed and poisoned the f**k out of their old country with napalm and Agent Orange and then they call themselves ‘nationalists’. Truly mind boggling.

    Read MoreMy deal Linh Dinh, No pun intended, I advice you not to unless you're really financially secure, better still, say with endorsement from 'liberal' establishments like the Ford Foundation(I heard Chris Hedges, the guy who interviewed you a while ago also receives money from the Ford Foundation). Vietnam has a GDP/capita slightly more than that of india. I live in Hong Kong and I'm a Chinese patriot; I suggest might be you can seek a teaching job in HK. Pay isn't that bad and flights between HK and Vietnam only take an hour or so. I've met some ethnic viets in HK and my impression their children will be assimulated as Chinese faster than children of Viet Americans would as Americans. ..... A word on nationalism: I'm not sure your % share of nationalism, yankie vs viet. Whenever I encounter 'Viet nationalists' from USA on the web, they usually vomit their anti-commie and anti-Chinese sentiment right up front. Mind you I don't particularly blame people on their native nationalism; even with regular antagonism between Vietnam and China, I bet many Chinese have good respect for Ho Chi-ming. But those American 'viet nationalists' or their parents fled with great desperation to a country that bombed and poisoned the f**k out of their old country with napalm and Agent Orange and then they call themselves 'nationalists'. Truly mind boggling.
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  20. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi all,

    For reasons unknown, my article disappeared for several hours from the front page of OpEd News, then I received an email from its editor about another article:

    Your article was flagged by google

    This is totally outrageous and just plain stupid. Whenever something like this happens I assume some idiot whizkid they’ve hired right out of college has done it to meet a quota.

    Here’s a link to the article. It’s a great article.

    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Communists-vs-Fascists-by-Linh-Dinh-Israel_Power-171222-743.html

    Fuck Google. The google ads have been removed. The article stays.

    I’ve included Google’s rules on Dangerous and Derogatory below

    Rob Kall,
    OpEdNews.com

    Dangerous or derogatory content

    We believe strongly in freedom of expression, but we don’t permit monetization of dangerous or derogatory content. For this reason, Google ads may not be placed on pages containing content that:

    Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

    Examples include:

    Threatening someone with real-life harm or calling for the attack of another person

    Advocating suicide, anorexia, or other self-harm

    Content that singles out someone for abuse or harassment

    Content promoting, glorifying, or condoning violence against others on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content that encourages others to believe that a person or group is inhuman, inferior, or worthy of being hated on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.

    You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse. “They hate us for our freedom”!

    Linh

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    Cheers for the heads up, Linh.

    Can I ask why you seem so bitter about all of this? You certainly gain interesting life experience by wallowing in the decay of America (and thanks for relaying it to us!) but what on Earth ever made you assume you'd be immune to it?

    On a related note, did you consider any other escape avenues? Vietnam is your native land but it's also generally considered (by most Westerners I've talked to) to be one of the less pleasant countries in the region.Cheers for the heads up, Linh.

    Can I ask why you seem so bitter about all of this? You certainly gain interesting life experience by wallowing in the decay of America (and thanks for relaying it to us!) but what on Earth ever made you assume you'd be immune to it?

    On a related note, did you consider any other escape avenues? Vietnam is your native land but it's also generally considered (by most Westerners I've talked to) to be one of the less pleasant countries in the region.
    , @Jon Baptist
    "...Trump or Hillary, war criminals both, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton, etc., all brown noses of the military banking complex and Israel. Branding each other Fascist or Communist, we absolve our common enemies.
    Overweening state power, as epitomized by both Communism and Fascism, is the common threat that should unite all Americans."

    Great articles and an excellent writer! If more people would just take heed and and refuse to participate in identity politics."...Trump or Hillary, war criminals both, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton, etc., all brown noses of the military banking complex and Israel. Branding each other Fascist or Communist, we absolve our common enemies.
    Overweening state power, as epitomized by both Communism and Fascism, is the common threat that should unite all Americans."

    Great articles and an excellent writer! If more people would just take heed and and refuse to participate in identity politics.
    , @Anonymous
    "You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse"

    Google’s rules seem reasonable out of context or framed on the wall of a maximum security prison. I wonder if Americans will be able to understand when the censorship, harrassment and crackdown gets much worse. A heavily monitored, drugged and obedient flock that is scared shitless of poverty doesn't have much time or ability to think these things over."You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse"

    Google’s rules seem reasonable out of context or framed on the wall of a maximum security prison. I wonder if Americans will be able to understand when the censorship, harrassment and crackdown gets much worse. A heavily monitored, drugged and obedient flock that is scared shitless of poverty doesn't have much time or ability to think these things over.

    , @fred c dobbs
    I enjoyed your writing, Linh..........not sure what all the bickering is about? Liberal? I don't think of you as such. Not in the current usage. Perhaps in the word's former usage decades and decades ago, when it meant "open-minded" to any and all ideas.

    You should get praise (and I have seen you have gotten some on here), for turning over the rocks and showing the part of America that's hidden underneath......not the sanitized version you get from the media providers.I enjoyed your writing, Linh..........not sure what all the bickering is about? Liberal? I don't think of you as such. Not in the current usage. Perhaps in the word's former usage decades and decades ago, when it meant "open-minded" to any and all ideas.

    You should get praise (and I have seen you have gotten some on here), for turning over the rocks and showing the part of America that's hidden underneath......not the sanitized version you get from the media providers.
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  21. Biff says:

    3/ Dinh says there’s no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he’s moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    Not sure if this is true, but if it is, welcome to South East Asia, or welcome home in a sense, and you can come visit this American ex-pat in Bangkok anytime.
    Cheers.

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  22. JackOH says:

    Linh, America’s losing a good man, a sharp observer, and a fine writer. Please consider posting from Vietnam when you get settled in. I’m mostly interested in details of day-to-day life, cost of living, broad “quality of life” issues, and so on. God bless, brother.

    Read MoreLinh, America's losing a good man, a sharp observer, and a fine writer. Please consider posting from Vietnam when you get settled in. I'm mostly interested in details of day-to-day life, cost of living, broad "quality of life" issues, and so on. God bless, brother.
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  23. neutral says:
    @Bragadocious
    Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That's such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don't you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

    You are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.

    Read MoreYou are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.
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    Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.
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  24. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @anony-mouse
    1/ Sort of predicted by me when Dinh was writing about 'nationalism':

    anony-mouse says:
    July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm GMT • 100 Words
    Do as I say, not as I do?
    There are 24 people listed as ‘columnists’ at Unz.com.
    Cockburn, Derbyshire, Dinh, Mercer, The Saker, Reed and Shamir definitely don’t live in the nations where they were born. Not sure about Lee, Arellano. Margolis lived for a long time and may still live outside the US where he was born.

    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

    2/ Dinh is now the second Unz columnist to leave the US in about a year. Ten years till there's none left living in America?

    3/ Dinh says there's no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he's moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    4/ '...With the next market crash, even Rivertonians will be drowning in panic and grief...'

    Probably. But then will come the next boom. Been happening for centuries now.1/ Sort of predicted by me when Dinh was writing about 'nationalism':

    anony-mouse says:
    July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm GMT • 100 Words
    Do as I say, not as I do?
    There are 24 people listed as ‘columnists’ at Unz.com.
    Cockburn, Derbyshire, Dinh, Mercer, The Saker, Reed and Shamir definitely don’t live in the nations where they were born. Not sure about Lee, Arellano. Margolis lived for a long time and may still live outside the US where he was born.

    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

    2/ Dinh is now the second Unz columnist to leave the US in about a year. Ten years till there's none left living in America?

    3/ Dinh says there's no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he's moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    4/ '...With the next market crash, even Rivertonians will be drowning in panic and grief...'

    Probably. But then will come the next boom. Been happening for centuries now.

    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

    They are paid?

    3/ Dinh says there’s no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he’s moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    It’s ironic, but these ‘less free’ developing countries are often turning out to be much more free than ‘democratic’ Western countries.

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    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the USThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US
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  25. neutral says:

    However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end).

    As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.

    Read MoreHowever unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end). As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.
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    However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to.
     
    That's true, but every cloud has a silver lining and we're given a royal welcome and top notch opportunities all over Asia, simply because our 'brand' commands a lot of respect. For those willing to leave their homelands and ultimately consider racemixing with one of the Asian races, it's an opportunity unequaled throughout the world.

    For my own part, I certainly consider the north east asians to be our equals and perhaps also the custodians of the future and hence quite a satisfactory gene pool in which to plant my seed.
    , @Anonymous
    There's Eastern Europe and Russia, though for some reason they all have terrible incomes, with Russia probably doing the best there.There's Eastern Europe and Russia, though for some reason they all have terrible incomes, with Russia probably doing the best there.
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  26. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi all,

    For reasons unknown, my article disappeared for several hours from the front page of OpEd News, then I received an email from its editor about another article:

    Your article was flagged by google

    This is totally outrageous and just plain stupid. Whenever something like this happens I assume some idiot whizkid they've hired right out of college has done it to meet a quota.

    Here's a link to the article. It's a great article.
    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Communists-vs-Fascists-by-Linh-Dinh-Israel_Power-171222-743.html

    Fuck Google. The google ads have been removed. The article stays.

    I've included Google's rules on Dangerous and Derogatory below

    Rob Kall,
    OpEdNews.com

    Dangerous or derogatory content

    We believe strongly in freedom of expression, but we don't permit monetization of dangerous or derogatory content. For this reason, Google ads may not be placed on pages containing content that:

    Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

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    Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.
     
    You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse. "They hate us for our freedom"!


    Linh

    Cheers for the heads up, Linh.

    Can I ask why you seem so bitter about all of this? You certainly gain interesting life experience by wallowing in the decay of America (and thanks for relaying it to us!) but what on Earth ever made you assume you’d be immune to it?

    On a related note, did you consider any other escape avenues? Vietnam is your native land but it’s also generally considered (by most Westerners I’ve talked to) to be one of the less pleasant countries in the region.

    Read MoreCheers for the heads up, Linh. Can I ask why you seem so bitter about all of this? You certainly gain interesting life experience by wallowing in the decay of America (and thanks for relaying it to us!) but what on Earth ever made you assume you'd be immune to it? On a related note, did you consider any other escape avenues? Vietnam is your native land but it's also generally considered (by most Westerners I've talked to) to be one of the less pleasant countries in the region.
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  27. Mr Deeds says:

    The USA is a funny place. Mr Linh Dinh gets to meet all these normal and good natured people who as they put it, never made enough money to get married. Then we have thugs like 50 Cent who get second chances at millions because they accepted album sales in Bitcoin back in 2014, when it was just “nerd money”.

    http://www.cryptogeography.com/50-cent-wins-big-accepting-bitcoin-payments-2014-album/

    Read MoreThe USA is a funny place. Mr Linh Dinh gets to meet all these normal and good natured people who as they put it, never made enough money to get married. Then we have thugs like 50 Cent who get second chances at millions because they accepted album sales in Bitcoin back in 2014, when it was just "nerd money". http://www.cryptogeography.com/50-cent-wins-big-accepting-bitcoin-payments-2014-album/
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  28. @Bragadocious
    Blindly patriotic, contemporary Palmyrans won’t hesitate to destroy all of Syria if ordered.

    That's such unmitigated bullshit. What evidence do you have for that? Muh feels? Why don't you talk to some of these people and listen to what they say? I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced, unlike your ugly sweeping generalizations of a country you completely despise. Adios, tosser.

    I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced…

    Thoughts? You gotta be kidding. Thinking’s above their pay grade. No ribbons or trinkets, for thinking either.

    Nuanced? Yeah, right.

    No wonder real Americans have always abhorred a standing military.

    I am wearied to Death with the Wrangles between military officers, high and low. They Quarrell like Cats and Dogs. They worry one another like Mastiffs. Scrambling for Rank and Pay like Apes for Nutts.

    I believe there is no one Principle, which predominates in human Nature so much in every stage of Life, from the Cradle to the Grave, in Males and females, old and young, black and white, rich and poor, high and low, as this Passion for Superiority. . . . Every human Being compares itself in its own Imagination, with every other round about it, and will find some Superiority over every other real or imaginary, or it will die of Grief and Vexation. I have seen it among Boys and Girls at school, among Lads at Colledge, among Practicers at the Bar, among the Clergy in their Associations, among Clubbs of Friends, among the People in Town Meetings, among the Members of an House of Rep[resentative]s, among the Grave Councillors, on the more solemn Bench of Justice, and in that awfully August Body the Congress, and on many of its Committees—and among Ladies every Where—But I never saw it operate with such Keenness, Ferocity and Fury, as among military Officers. They will go terrible Lengths, in their Emulations, their Envy and Revenge, in Consequence of it..

    -John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 May 1777

    Meanwhile, chew on this, Tuffy!

    “Napoleon once said, “All men are enamored of decorations . . . they positively hunger for them.” So by developing the Napoleonic system — the medal business — the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier.”

    -Major General S Butler

    http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/smedley-butler-fully-general-smedley-darlington-butler-aka-old-gimlet-eye-fighting-quaker-and-old–6

    Mercy Otis Warren, a true patriot ,also had some fun stuff to say as well about that subject. Look it up.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    Wow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It's funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if -- as he implies -- all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn't they just do as they're told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies...Wow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It's funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if -- as he implies -- all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn't they just do as they're told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies...
    , @Carroll Price
    Following the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.htmlFollowing the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.html
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  29. Brabantian says: • Website

    Good luck Linh Dinh to you and your wife in Vietnam, a decision I completely understand … the USA is an ugly place in many ways, and the ASEAN cultures in general have a certain wonderful quality and warmth that is very special in the world … I am happy for you that you are able to call one of those cultures ‘home’

    In your writing and photography, I greatly appreciate the human compassion that pervades your work, this quite honours the spirits of your ancestors … whom I hope you will be able to feel more closely there in the ancient homeland

    Read MoreGood luck Linh Dinh to you and your wife in Vietnam, a decision I completely understand ... the USA is an ugly place in many ways, and the ASEAN cultures in general have a certain wonderful quality and warmth that is very special in the world ... I am happy for you that you are able to call one of those cultures 'home' In your writing and photography, I greatly appreciate the human compassion that pervades your work, this quite honours the spirits of your ancestors ... whom I hope you will be able to feel more closely there in the ancient homeland
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  30. Thanks for your many postcards, Linh. I have enjoyed reading them. Good luck to you in your future.

    My government sent me to the southern half of Vietnam in July of 1970 and only part of me came back to the U.S. in late January, 1972. The rest of me remained in Asia to which I finally returned when my Taiwanese wife and I moved here to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2003. Good thing for me because we have excellent national health care for just $45/month which came in handy when I had a skin cancer removed and later suffered a heart attack. Three cardiac stents and a few days in outpatient check-up later, and I got a new lease on life. Without employer-provided health care and too young for Medicare at the time, I would have died and left my wife impoverished had I not departed the United States when I did. I still have family (two sons and a brother) working hard to make it financially in the U.S. but I wouldn’t want to change places with them. The last two visits to southern California and New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, have left me feeling depressed at all the shuttered stores and tent cities springing up in drainage ditches next to freeways and other precarious locations. The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back.

    By the way, I have had lots of free time over the past fourteen years (living as a retired person) to explore aspects of life that I never had time for when scratching for a living in the U.S. I do gargoyle sculptures in paper clay and even write poetry now and again. So, for you, Linh, something I wrote after waking up this morning at two o’clock.

    Commendation Accumulation Syndrome

    “We don’t do body counts,” the general said,
    reciting statistics of “enemy” bodies now dead,
    from right off of the top of his four-cornered wooden-block head,
    in tribute, he thought, to the recycled soldiers he led
    from behind, on the phone, at his desk, in his office instead
    of the battlefield, distant, upon which he’d not likely tread
    Until his jet airplane could visit, then vanish, in dread
    of targeting by the dead enemy’s relatives, bled
    for data required by computers to process a thread
    of thought, indistinct, yet compelling: “Print paper, then shred.
    Start again. Go to START. Iterate.” Up the ladder he sped.
    . . .
    Then he turned on the nightlight. Asleep in his general’s bed,
    he dreamed of the body-count numbers upon which he fed.

    Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright © 2018

    Best of luck, and keep writing.

    Mike Murry — Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Read MoreThanks for your many postcards, Linh. I have enjoyed reading them. Good luck to you in your future. My government sent me to the southern half of Vietnam in July of 1970 and only part of me came back to the U.S. in late January, 1972. The rest of me remained in Asia to which I finally returned when my Taiwanese wife and I moved here to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2003. Good thing for me because we have excellent national health care for just $45/month which came in handy when I had a skin cancer removed and later suffered a heart attack. Three cardiac stents and a few days in outpatient check-up later, and I got a new lease on life. Without employer-provided health care and too young for Medicare at the time, I would have died and left my wife impoverished had I not departed the United States when I did. I still have family (two sons and a brother) working hard to make it financially in the U.S. but I wouldn't want to change places with them. The last two visits to southern California and New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, have left me feeling depressed at all the shuttered stores and tent cities springing up in drainage ditches next to freeways and other precarious locations. The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back. By the way, I have had lots of free time over the past fourteen years (living as a retired person) to explore aspects of life that I never had time for when scratching for a living in the U.S. I do gargoyle sculptures in paper clay and even write poetry now and again. So, for you, Linh, something I wrote after waking up this morning at two o'clock. Commendation Accumulation Syndrome "We don't do body counts," the general said, reciting statistics of "enemy" bodies now dead, from right off of the top of his four-cornered wooden-block head, in tribute, he thought, to the recycled soldiers he led from behind, on the phone, at his desk, in his office instead of the battlefield, distant, upon which he'd not likely tread Until his jet airplane could visit, then vanish, in dread of targeting by the dead enemy's relatives, bled for data required by computers to process a thread of thought, indistinct, yet compelling: "Print paper, then shred. Start again. Go to START. Iterate." Up the ladder he sped. . . . Then he turned on the nightlight. Asleep in his general's bed, he dreamed of the body-count numbers upon which he fed. Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2018 Best of luck, and keep writing. Mike Murry -- Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back.

     

    I feel exactly the same way. Greetings from Malaysia!
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  31. anarchyst says:

    I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a “baby killer” and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a “civil-war” as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From “taxes” to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to “political considerations”. The American “mainstream media” of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 “Tet offensive” was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a “defeat” by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer “anchorman” Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict “lost”, despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out “the hard way”, that after “reunification” they were “pushed off to the side” to allow the “hardcore communists” to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns’ “documentary” on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid “underbelly” of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was “re-educated” stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that “re-education” would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the “domino effect” was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called “anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing–saving their own skins–nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was “not a peep” from the anti-war left after the “fall of Saigon” and the resultant tens of thousands of “boat people” who risked life and limb to escape that communist “paradise”.
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.

    Read MoreI usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading. However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse. South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert. There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South.. I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place. South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops. Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North. Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months. As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect. The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise". Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included. I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.
    • Agree: Jus' Sayin'...
    • Replies: @neutral
    Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.
    , @bluedog
    What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....
    , @NoseytheDuke
    Uncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.Uncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.
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  32. neutral says:
    @anarchyst
    I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.

    Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.

    Read MoreAny regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.
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    You must have been one of the "anti-war protesters" who needed an "excuse" not to take your turn. You speak of "outside forces" as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.You must have been one of the "anti-war protesters" who needed an "excuse" not to take your turn. You speak of "outside forces" as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.
    , @anarchyst
    Does this also apply to Israel? The USA is most certainly keeping Israel "alive" with "foreign aid" and now, American troops fighting Israel's wars.Does this also apply to Israel? The USA is most certainly keeping Israel "alive" with "foreign aid" and now, American troops fighting Israel's wars.
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  33. Let us now praise the author called Linh Dinh,
    Most distinguished of Unz Review’s penmen.
    If you find his name weird,
    Such is not to be feared;
    Call him aught except late for his din-din.

    Read MoreLet us now praise the author called Linh Dinh, Most distinguished of Unz Review’s penmen. If you find his name weird, Such is not to be feared; Call him aught except late for his din-din.
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  34. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @neutral
    However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end).

    As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end).

    As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.

    However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to.

    That’s true, but every cloud has a silver lining and we’re given a royal welcome and top notch opportunities all over Asia, simply because our ‘brand’ commands a lot of respect. For those willing to leave their homelands and ultimately consider racemixing with one of the Asian races, it’s an opportunity unequaled throughout the world.

    For my own part, I certainly consider the north east asians to be our equals and perhaps also the custodians of the future and hence quite a satisfactory gene pool in which to plant my seed.

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  35. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Michael Murry
    Thanks for your many postcards, Linh. I have enjoyed reading them. Good luck to you in your future.

    My government sent me to the southern half of Vietnam in July of 1970 and only part of me came back to the U.S. in late January, 1972. The rest of me remained in Asia to which I finally returned when my Taiwanese wife and I moved here to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2003. Good thing for me because we have excellent national health care for just $45/month which came in handy when I had a skin cancer removed and later suffered a heart attack. Three cardiac stents and a few days in outpatient check-up later, and I got a new lease on life. Without employer-provided health care and too young for Medicare at the time, I would have died and left my wife impoverished had I not departed the United States when I did. I still have family (two sons and a brother) working hard to make it financially in the U.S. but I wouldn't want to change places with them. The last two visits to southern California and New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, have left me feeling depressed at all the shuttered stores and tent cities springing up in drainage ditches next to freeways and other precarious locations. The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back.

    By the way, I have had lots of free time over the past fourteen years (living as a retired person) to explore aspects of life that I never had time for when scratching for a living in the U.S. I do gargoyle sculptures in paper clay and even write poetry now and again. So, for you, Linh, something I wrote after waking up this morning at two o'clock.

    Commendation Accumulation Syndrome

    "We don't do body counts," the general said,
    reciting statistics of "enemy" bodies now dead,
    from right off of the top of his four-cornered wooden-block head,
    in tribute, he thought, to the recycled soldiers he led
    from behind, on the phone, at his desk, in his office instead
    of the battlefield, distant, upon which he'd not likely tread
    Until his jet airplane could visit, then vanish, in dread
    of targeting by the dead enemy's relatives, bled
    for data required by computers to process a thread
    of thought, indistinct, yet compelling: "Print paper, then shred.
    Start again. Go to START. Iterate." Up the ladder he sped.
    . . .
    Then he turned on the nightlight. Asleep in his general's bed,
    he dreamed of the body-count numbers upon which he fed.

    Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2018

    Best of luck, and keep writing.

    Mike Murry -- Kaohsiung, TaiwanThanks for your many postcards, Linh. I have enjoyed reading them. Good luck to you in your future.

    My government sent me to the southern half of Vietnam in July of 1970 and only part of me came back to the U.S. in late January, 1972. The rest of me remained in Asia to which I finally returned when my Taiwanese wife and I moved here to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2003. Good thing for me because we have excellent national health care for just $45/month which came in handy when I had a skin cancer removed and later suffered a heart attack. Three cardiac stents and a few days in outpatient check-up later, and I got a new lease on life. Without employer-provided health care and too young for Medicare at the time, I would have died and left my wife impoverished had I not departed the United States when I did. I still have family (two sons and a brother) working hard to make it financially in the U.S. but I wouldn't want to change places with them. The last two visits to southern California and New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, have left me feeling depressed at all the shuttered stores and tent cities springing up in drainage ditches next to freeways and other precarious locations. The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back.

    By the way, I have had lots of free time over the past fourteen years (living as a retired person) to explore aspects of life that I never had time for when scratching for a living in the U.S. I do gargoyle sculptures in paper clay and even write poetry now and again. So, for you, Linh, something I wrote after waking up this morning at two o'clock.

    Commendation Accumulation Syndrome

    "We don't do body counts," the general said,
    reciting statistics of "enemy" bodies now dead,
    from right off of the top of his four-cornered wooden-block head,
    in tribute, he thought, to the recycled soldiers he led
    from behind, on the phone, at his desk, in his office instead
    of the battlefield, distant, upon which he'd not likely tread
    Until his jet airplane could visit, then vanish, in dread
    of targeting by the dead enemy's relatives, bled
    for data required by computers to process a thread
    of thought, indistinct, yet compelling: "Print paper, then shred.
    Start again. Go to START. Iterate." Up the ladder he sped.
    . . .
    Then he turned on the nightlight. Asleep in his general's bed,
    he dreamed of the body-count numbers upon which he fed.

    Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2018

    Best of luck, and keep writing.

    Mike Murry -- Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    The future lies in Asia, I believe, and living here, I feel like a part of tomorrow. Welcome back.

    I feel exactly the same way. Greetings from Malaysia!

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  36. To see what is happening to America read THE PROTOCOLS OF ZION and THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO.

    Read MoreTo see what is happening to America read THE PROTOCOLS OF ZION and THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO.
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  37. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.

    What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should’nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside’s handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is….

    Read MoreWhat you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us.. LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....
    • Replies: @anarchyst
    The South Vietnamese also fought against communism--something that most communist sympathizers conveniently "forget". You also forget about the "boat people" who "voted with their feet", putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist "paradise". I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL...PERIOD!The South Vietnamese also fought against communism--something that most communist sympathizers conveniently "forget". You also forget about the "boat people" who "voted with their feet", putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist "paradise". I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL...PERIOD!
    , @anarchyst
    I agree with you about LBJ "provoking" an incident. He was a scumbag of the first order, especially with his whitewashing and covering up the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty (GTR-5) in June of 1967.
    Historically speaking, communism=1 man,1 vote, 1 time. Communists stuff ballot boxes to make sure they win, not unlike democRATS here in the USA. If you read your history, look at the influx of people into South Vietnam who, even then knew better than to live under communist rule.
    Ask the Vietnamese "boat people" who emigrated to the USA to escape that communist "paradise". You will get a different perspective.
    You are perpetuating the old, worn-out, failed stereotype of the Vietnam Veteran being a "loose cannon", prone to suicide and with mental problems. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 99.99% of us Vietnam veterans came back "to the world" (USA) and resumed our civilian lives without incident, no thanks to those like you who painted us with a broad brush, denigrating and marginalizing us, blaming us for the prosecution of the war--something we had no say-so in. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK.
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  38. NOLE PERMITERE ILLIGITIMI CARBORUNDUM! That’s joke latin for don’t let the bastards grind you down. Best of luck to you LD, I hope you continue to write in English.

    Read MoreNOLE PERMITERE ILLIGITIMI CARBORUNDUM! That's joke latin for don't let the bastards grind you down. Best of luck to you LD, I hope you continue to write in English.
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  39. @neutral
    You are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.You are full of bullshit, in case you failed to notice but those patriotards did obey Israel and unquestionably attack Iraq and Afghanistan without hesitation.

    Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.

    Read MoreOh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.
    • Replies: @neutral
    I see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it...

    I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.I see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it...

    I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.
    , @Carroll Price
    Israel ordered Afghanistan, as well as 9/11 that enabled it and the rest of the War on Terror.Israel ordered Afghanistan, as well as 9/11 that enabled it and the rest of the War on Terror.
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  40. anarchyst says:
    @neutral
    Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.

    You must have been one of the “anti-war protesters” who needed an “excuse” not to take your turn. You speak of “outside forces” as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.

    Read MoreYou must have been one of the "anti-war protesters" who needed an "excuse" not to take your turn. You speak of "outside forces" as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.
    • Replies: @neutral
    You misunderstand what I am, I am a white nationalist, a fascist. That means having foreign forces in your land killing your own kind is the worst for me, it probably also explains why the Southern regime was so weak, it had no real support from the population.You misunderstand what I am, I am a white nationalist, a fascist. That means having foreign forces in your land killing your own kind is the worst for me, it probably also explains why the Southern regime was so weak, it had no real support from the population.
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  41. @jacques sheete

    I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced...
     
    Thoughts? You gotta be kidding. Thinking's above their pay grade. No ribbons or trinkets, for thinking either.

    Nuanced? Yeah, right.

    No wonder real Americans have always abhorred a standing military.

    I am wearied to Death with the Wrangles between military officers, high and low. They Quarrell like Cats and Dogs. They worry one another like Mastiffs. Scrambling for Rank and Pay like Apes for Nutts.

    I believe there is no one Principle, which predominates in human Nature so much in every stage of Life, from the Cradle to the Grave, in Males and females, old and young, black and white, rich and poor, high and low, as this Passion for Superiority. . . . Every human Being compares itself in its own Imagination, with every other round about it, and will find some Superiority over every other real or imaginary, or it will die of Grief and Vexation. I have seen it among Boys and Girls at school, among Lads at Colledge, among Practicers at the Bar, among the Clergy in their Associations, among Clubbs of Friends, among the People in Town Meetings, among the Members of an House of Rep[resentative]s, among the Grave Councillors, on the more solemn Bench of Justice, and in that awfully August Body the Congress, and on many of its Committees—and among Ladies every Where—But I never saw it operate with such Keenness, Ferocity and Fury, as among military Officers. They will go terrible Lengths, in their Emulations, their Envy and Revenge, in Consequence of it..

    -John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 May 1777

     

    Meanwhile, chew on this, Tuffy!

    “Napoleon once said, "All men are enamored of decorations . . . they positively hunger for them." So by developing the Napoleonic system -- the medal business -- the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier.”

    -Major General S Butler


    www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/smedley-butler-fully-general-smedley-darlington-butler-aka-old-gimlet-eye-fighting-quaker-and-old--6

     

    Mercy Otis Warren, a true patriot ,also had some fun stuff to say as well about that subject. Look it up.

    Wow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It’s funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if — as he implies — all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn’t they just do as they’re told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies…

    Read MoreWow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It's funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if -- as he implies -- all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn't they just do as they're told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies...
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    It’s funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons.
     
    So that's why you're here!

    BTW, "the" holocaust is BS. Another total fraud. Now the holocaust against the Christian and Muslim worlds on the other hand, are real but rarely agonized over or publicized. Why would that be, Smarty?

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  42. anarchyst says:
    @bluedog
    What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....

    The South Vietnamese also fought against communism–something that most communist sympathizers conveniently “forget”. You also forget about the “boat people” who “voted with their feet”, putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist “paradise”. I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL…PERIOD!

    Read MoreThe South Vietnamese also fought against communism--something that most communist sympathizers conveniently "forget". You also forget about the "boat people" who "voted with their feet", putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist "paradise". I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL...PERIOD!
    • Replies: @bluedog
    Yes they did ,not very well one could almost say in a half hearted way, but they did put in an appearance, as far as the boat people ,yes many did leave Nam for a number of reasons and a number of those reasons stem from our involvement in that country and the war we brought with it.
    Strange we didn't give a rats ass about Nam or its people, for Nam had nothing to offer,no natural resources or anything else, but Malaysia was a different story, with its vast natural resources, and American investment, and if Nam went communist so would the rest, or so they thought,but it didn't happen that way NOW DID IT and did we prevent it, of course not that's like clutching at straws in the wind that even if we lost that in some vain remote way we won,we lost get use to it.......Yes they did ,not very well one could almost say in a half hearted way, but they did put in an appearance, as far as the boat people ,yes many did leave Nam for a number of reasons and a number of those reasons stem from our involvement in that country and the war we brought with it.
    Strange we didn't give a rats ass about Nam or its people, for Nam had nothing to offer,no natural resources or anything else, but Malaysia was a different story, with its vast natural resources, and American investment, and if Nam went communist so would the rest, or so they thought,but it didn't happen that way NOW DID IT and did we prevent it, of course not that's like clutching at straws in the wind that even if we lost that in some vain remote way we won,we lost get use to it.......
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  43. rbc says:

    Great piece. I’ve enjoyed reading your articles and hope I’ll keep seeing them here & elsewhere. Best of luck with your move. The United States of Alienation is great place to check out of if you have the option.

    Read MoreGreat piece. I've enjoyed reading your articles and hope I'll keep seeing them here & elsewhere. Best of luck with your move. The United States of Alienation is great place to check out of if you have the option.
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  44. anarchyst says:
    @bluedog
    What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....What you just listed of course are all the reasons we should'nt have been there in the first place,and of course the pending vote as to the destiny of Vietnam ,which we knew was not going to go the way we wanted,so we created an incident,we are very good at that you know,but as it turned out not so very good at planning as we got our backside's handed to us..
    LBJ said I am not going to be the one to loose Asia, as if in some abstract way it ever belonged to us in the beginning, and so the slaughter begin,2/3 million of THEM (they are not quite human you know) to the 56 thousand dead, not counting the thousands who commited suicide after they came home,to the 100 thousand plus wounded,and the sad part is far to many think it was worth it, well except for the dead that is....

    I agree with you about LBJ “provoking” an incident. He was a scumbag of the first order, especially with his whitewashing and covering up the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty (GTR-5) in June of 1967.
    Historically speaking, communism=1 man,1 vote, 1 time. Communists stuff ballot boxes to make sure they win, not unlike democRATS here in the USA. If you read your history, look at the influx of people into South Vietnam who, even then knew better than to live under communist rule.
    Ask the Vietnamese “boat people” who emigrated to the USA to escape that communist “paradise”. You will get a different perspective.
    You are perpetuating the old, worn-out, failed stereotype of the Vietnam Veteran being a “loose cannon”, prone to suicide and with mental problems. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 99.99% of us Vietnam veterans came back “to the world” (USA) and resumed our civilian lives without incident, no thanks to those like you who painted us with a broad brush, denigrating and marginalizing us, blaming us for the prosecution of the war–something we had no say-so in. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK.

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    Try reading "Kill Anything That Moves' I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I'm not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don't really give a shit about communism that's the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I'm concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings...,Try reading "Kill Anything That Moves' I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I'm not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don't really give a shit about communism that's the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I'm concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings...,
    , @bluedog
    Lol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I'm quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something...Lol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I'm quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something...
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  45. neutral says:
    @anarchyst
    You must have been one of the "anti-war protesters" who needed an "excuse" not to take your turn. You speak of "outside forces" as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.You must have been one of the "anti-war protesters" who needed an "excuse" not to take your turn. You speak of "outside forces" as if the South Vietnamese did not have any right to reject communism. It appears that the geopolitical picture is much more than you can comprehend. Does it matter if a country is FORCED to go communist? In my book, it most certainly matters.

    You misunderstand what I am, I am a white nationalist, a fascist. That means having foreign forces in your land killing your own kind is the worst for me, it probably also explains why the Southern regime was so weak, it had no real support from the population.

    Read MoreYou misunderstand what I am, I am a white nationalist, a fascist. That means having foreign forces in your land killing your own kind is the worst for me, it probably also explains why the Southern regime was so weak, it had no real support from the population.
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  46. republic says:
    @Anonymous

    Meanwhile Ron Unz keeps paying people here who have been predicting the soon arrival of the whole world Apocalypse for years. Oh well.

     

    They are paid?

    3/ Dinh says there’s no real academic freedom in the US anymore. So he’s moving to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

     

    It's ironic, but these 'less free' developing countries are often turning out to be much more free than 'democratic' Western countries.

    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king’s dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US

    Read MoreThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden. Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws). China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill). Mexico routinely murders journalists. Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US
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    As far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY...As far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY...
    , @jacques sheete

    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.
     
    While that may be, the fact remains that there is no effective freedom of the press in the US either.

    Ask Helen Thomas and Phil Giraldi to name just two besides LD.

    Freedom of the press died long ago in the US.

    Upton Sinclair wrote "The Brass Check" describing the de facto loss of freedom of the press about a century ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brass-Check-Study-American-Journalism/dp/0252071107
    , @Escher
    One doesn’t have to imprison or kill journalists to destroy freedom of speech. Just denying them a voice in the mass media will do.One doesn’t have to imprison or kill journalists to destroy freedom of speech. Just denying them a voice in the mass media will do.
    , @Anonymous
    Hey republic,

    I should have written in more detail but i wasn't sure anyone was going to read it. The longer version would say that which places are more free really depends on the type of freedom that you're after. If you wish to insult the king's dog, definitely Thailand is the wrong place for you. If you wish to insult Islam, Thailand is probably ok but I'd stay away from Malaysia and Indonesia.

    One freedom that I find really striking in these three countries is that I'm not being tracked and my actions aren't being policed by the system. If I come under financial sanctions (closed bank account, paypal blocked, etc.), that is no problem since the whole economy runs on cash anyway. If my driving license is confiscated, again not a showstopper. Simply continue as before and pay the necessary bribes at police checkpoints. Even revoked citizenship and loss of passport can be worked around.

    At the very least, freedom is subjective and multidimensional!Hey republic,

    I should have written in more detail but i wasn't sure anyone was going to read it. The longer version would say that which places are more free really depends on the type of freedom that you're after. If you wish to insult the king's dog, definitely Thailand is the wrong place for you. If you wish to insult Islam, Thailand is probably ok but I'd stay away from Malaysia and Indonesia.

    One freedom that I find really striking in these three countries is that I'm not being tracked and my actions aren't being policed by the system. If I come under financial sanctions (closed bank account, paypal blocked, etc.), that is no problem since the whole economy runs on cash anyway. If my driving license is confiscated, again not a showstopper. Simply continue as before and pay the necessary bribes at police checkpoints. Even revoked citizenship and loss of passport can be worked around.

    At the very least, freedom is subjective and multidimensional!
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  47. neutral says:
    @Bragadocious
    Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.

    I see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it…

    I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.

    Read MoreI see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it... I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.
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    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including -- gasp -- Iran! So now Iran is Israel's puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I'm no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you're a 9/11 truther, then it's all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.
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  48. @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    Bragadocious,

    You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it” as Martin Luther King so rightly said.

    Read MoreBragadocious, You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" as Martin Luther King so rightly said.
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    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it”
     
    If you really mean this, you need to leave your keyboard and bump off a few prominent neocons.
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  49. Dr. X says:

    With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color”…

    Spot-on. I grew up next to a pure-white small town. Over the last two decades, the blue-collar element has been displaced by lesbians in Subarus, hipsters, and artsy types. Now place is dotted with great restaurants and coffee shops — but also anti-Trump signs, “Resist” signs, gay rainbow flags, world flags, etc. One rabid SJW put up a massive sign on her lawn denouncing Trump with an image of Martin Luther King and some MLK quotes.

    The number of blacks in the town, of course, remains practically zero. Twenty miles away the ghetto they’re shooting each other every night; within a twenty mile radius of the place there’s three state prisons chock full of “diversity.”

    Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently.

    This is extraordinary… and fascinating, Linh. A refugee from the Vietnam War leaves America because he finds it more totalitarian than Communist Vietnam. I can’t say I disagree, really… but I never thought I’d live to see they day. The U.S. is truly an empire in decline. Sad, very sad. Best of luck to you, though. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Vietnam lately, despite the fact that it’s still nominally “communist.” Hope it works out well for you.

    Now, let me ask this: despite all the serious problems the U.S. has, it remains very wealthy and there are still a lot of nice places to live within it. Is your decision to return to Vietnam based at all on a desire to be with your own racial group, or is it purely social and political?

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    Hi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    LinhHi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    Linh
    , @Truth

    Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently.
     
    You won't like the bars in Vietnam, Linhgo; shit music and too many white guys.
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  50. anarchyst says:
    @neutral
    Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.Any regime that requires outside forces to keep it alive has zero legitimacy, the South Vietnamese regime were betraying their own people by siding with a foreign force on their soil. If I were Vietnamese the choice fighting for the North or the South would be an easy one, regardless how communist they were and how many atrocities they committed, siding with the South would be way worse, killing fellow Vietnamese to help foreigners would be intolerable.

    Does this also apply to Israel? The USA is most certainly keeping Israel “alive” with “foreign aid” and now, American troops fighting Israel’s wars.

    Read MoreDoes this also apply to Israel? The USA is most certainly keeping Israel "alive" with "foreign aid" and now, American troops fighting Israel's wars.
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  51. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Linh, if you are moving back to ‘Nam permanently then all I can say is that it’ll be our loss. I shall miss your posts.

    Read MoreLinh, if you are moving back to 'Nam permanently then all I can say is that it'll be our loss. I shall miss your posts.
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  52. @iffen
    L. D., you should write post cards from Viet Nam.

    There should be plenty of interest. I mean, we are like blood brothers. We killed a lot of them and they returned the favor.L. D., you should write post cards from Viet Nam.

    There should be plenty of interest. I mean, we are like blood brothers. We killed a lot of them and they returned the favor.

    I would read it. Post cards from Viet Nam written about that place with the same sensibility and insight, a bit of cultural and historic background and perspective thrown in? Hell ya!

    Read MoreI would read it. Post cards from Viet Nam written about that place with the same sensibility and insight, a bit of cultural and historic background and perspective thrown in? Hell ya!
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  53. @neutral
    I see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it...

    I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.I see, you believe all the neocons (that are overwhelmingly jewish) that pushed for the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with it...

    I suppose one can logically also believe that the neocohens also have nothing to do with Israel.

    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including — gasp — Iran! So now Iran is Israel’s puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I’m no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you’re a 9/11 truther, then it’s all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.

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    Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?
    , @jacques sheete

    ....but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort,
     
    Well maybe not a neocon propaganda effort, but it certainly was the subject of a neocon false flag effort. A "new Pearl Harbor" to be precise.

    Now, go read the PNAC document. Here's a start.

    https://danieltjpye.wordpress.com/2006/12/10/the-infamous-pnac-document/
    , @Carroll Price
    The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.
    , @eah
    "not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort"

    The 'Project for the New American Century' released its 'Statement of Principles' in June 1997.

    The proximate cause of the Afghanistan invasion was 9/11, which was (somewhat suspiciously) immediately blamed on OBL -- he and Al-Qaeda were said to have found safe haven and were operating from there -- but given 'the swamp', 'deep state', etc, who really knows?

    Many '9/11 truthers' would shut right up were a reasonable explanation for the collapse of WTC-7 forthcoming.

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  54. Excal says:
    @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    Perhaps this Braggart person could return the favour by proving to us all that they aren’t a racist and an anti-Semite. Incontrovertably. With evidence.

    (Sorry, I know I shouldn’t feed the troll ..)

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    You can't even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you're thick. I'm guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?You can't even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you're thick. I'm guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?
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  55. Very depressing picture is presented here.
    Villages were always happy places, and they still are. Cities used to be envy of the village people.
    Not anymore! Cities are decaying and dying. Not only in US they are dying all over the world.

    P.S.
    Villages and countryside in US vote almost unanimously Republican.
    Cities vote Democratic.
    But I do not know the interpretation of this phenomenon.

    Read MoreVery depressing picture is presented here. Villages were always happy places, and they still are. Cities used to be envy of the village people. Not anymore! Cities are decaying and dying. Not only in US they are dying all over the world. P.S. Villages and countryside in US vote almost unanimously Republican. Cities vote Democratic. But I do not know the interpretation of this phenomenon.
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  56. Donnie G. says:

    Linh,
    A depressing week. Robert Parry died and now you’re splitting for Vietnam.
    America is a big spooky house.

    Read MoreLinh, A depressing week. Robert Parry died and now you're splitting for Vietnam. America is a big spooky house.
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  57. @Excal
    Perhaps this Braggart person could return the favour by proving to us all that they aren't a racist and an anti-Semite. Incontrovertably. With evidence.

    (Sorry, I know I shouldn't feed the troll ..)

    You can’t even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you’re thick. I’m guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?

    Read MoreYou can't even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you're thick. I'm guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?
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    I'm guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.I'm guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.
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  58. Excal says:

    Oh goody, a troll fight!!

    My point, dear friend, is that you can’t prove you aren’t a racist or an anti-Semite, any more than Mr Dinh can prove anything whatever about the motivations of the good burghers of Palmyra. You can’t prove motives — not yours, not anyone else’s.

    The failure to understand that fact has caused a great deal of trouble in our enlightened times.

    I’m afraid you’ll have to go shouty crackers to yourself from here on out — troll fights can be amusing but they do clutter up a thread. Cheers and enjoy!

    Read MoreOh goody, a troll fight!! My point, dear friend, is that you can't prove you aren't a racist or an anti-Semite, any more than Mr Dinh can prove anything whatever about the motivations of the good burghers of Palmyra. You can't prove motives -- not yours, not anyone else's. The failure to understand that fact has caused a great deal of trouble in our enlightened times. I'm afraid you'll have to go shouty crackers to yourself from here on out -- troll fights can be amusing but they do clutter up a thread. Cheers and enjoy!
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  59. @Linh Dinh
    By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?By consistently defending America's sickness, you're helping to implode it. As for Syria, the US has been trying for years to destroy it, yet there are no protests, only endless flag waving. Do you see any remorse among Americans for the crimes against humanity committed in their names in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?

    Linh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA’s wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I’m guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel’s real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country’s politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who’ve been taken in by the imperial establishment’s “Russiagate” meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment’s war making. He’s failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.

    Read MoreLinh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA's wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I'm guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel's real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country's politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who've been taken in by the imperial establishment's "Russiagate" meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment's war making. He's failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.
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    ...he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.
     
    Trump has discovered that it's rather hard saying NO to your banker, baker and candlestick maker.
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  60. RobinG says:
    @Bragadocious
    You can't even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you're thick. I'm guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?You can't even read a thread properly, can you? Dinh is arguing that the people of Palmyra are doing the bidding of the Zio-American military complex. So how would that make them anti-Semitic? God you're thick. I'm guessing what, 250 on your SAT reading comp?

    I’m guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.

    Read MoreI'm guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.
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    I’m guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.
     
    I'm guessing the troll itself is a complete Zero.
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  61. @Malaysian Truther
    Bragadocious,

    You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" as Martin Luther King so rightly said.Bragadocious,

    You are right. I doubt whether the people of Palmyra actively desired the destruction of Syria. However "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" as Martin Luther King so rightly said.

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it”

    If you really mean this, you need to leave your keyboard and bump off a few prominent neocons.

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  62. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    The South Vietnamese also fought against communism--something that most communist sympathizers conveniently "forget". You also forget about the "boat people" who "voted with their feet", putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist "paradise". I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL...PERIOD!The South Vietnamese also fought against communism--something that most communist sympathizers conveniently "forget". You also forget about the "boat people" who "voted with their feet", putting themselves and their families into mortal danger to escape that communist "paradise". I would suggest that you go to Garden Grove or Westminster California and talk with the Vietnamese expatriates there to see what THEY think of communism. COMMUNISM IS EVIL...PERIOD!

    Yes they did ,not very well one could almost say in a half hearted way, but they did put in an appearance, as far as the boat people ,yes many did leave Nam for a number of reasons and a number of those reasons stem from our involvement in that country and the war we brought with it.
    Strange we didn’t give a rats ass about Nam or its people, for Nam had nothing to offer,no natural resources or anything else, but Malaysia was a different story, with its vast natural resources, and American investment, and if Nam went communist so would the rest, or so they thought,but it didn’t happen that way NOW DID IT and did we prevent it, of course not that’s like clutching at straws in the wind that even if we lost that in some vain remote way we won,we lost get use to it…….

    Read MoreYes they did ,not very well one could almost say in a half hearted way, but they did put in an appearance, as far as the boat people ,yes many did leave Nam for a number of reasons and a number of those reasons stem from our involvement in that country and the war we brought with it. Strange we didn't give a rats ass about Nam or its people, for Nam had nothing to offer,no natural resources or anything else, but Malaysia was a different story, with its vast natural resources, and American investment, and if Nam went communist so would the rest, or so they thought,but it didn't happen that way NOW DID IT and did we prevent it, of course not that's like clutching at straws in the wind that even if we lost that in some vain remote way we won,we lost get use to it.......
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  63. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    I agree with you about LBJ "provoking" an incident. He was a scumbag of the first order, especially with his whitewashing and covering up the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty (GTR-5) in June of 1967.
    Historically speaking, communism=1 man,1 vote, 1 time. Communists stuff ballot boxes to make sure they win, not unlike democRATS here in the USA. If you read your history, look at the influx of people into South Vietnam who, even then knew better than to live under communist rule.
    Ask the Vietnamese "boat people" who emigrated to the USA to escape that communist "paradise". You will get a different perspective.
    You are perpetuating the old, worn-out, failed stereotype of the Vietnam Veteran being a "loose cannon", prone to suicide and with mental problems. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 99.99% of us Vietnam veterans came back "to the world" (USA) and resumed our civilian lives without incident, no thanks to those like you who painted us with a broad brush, denigrating and marginalizing us, blaming us for the prosecution of the war--something we had no say-so in. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK.

    Try reading “Kill Anything That Moves’ I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I’m not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don’t really give a shit about communism that’s the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I’m concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings…,

    Read MoreTry reading "Kill Anything That Moves' I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I'm not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don't really give a shit about communism that's the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I'm concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings...,
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    For another perspective on the war, please obtain and read "Our War Was Different" by Albert Hemingway...
    This book is written by those who served, Mr. Hemingway being a "moderator" of the short stories within the book.
    This book details the experiences of the U S Marine Corps "Combined Action Program" which wa relatively successful in its efforts.For another perspective on the war, please obtain and read "Our War Was Different" by Albert Hemingway...
    This book is written by those who served, Mr. Hemingway being a "moderator" of the short stories within the book.
    This book details the experiences of the U S Marine Corps "Combined Action Program" which wa relatively successful in its efforts.
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  64. bluedog says:
    @republic
    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the USThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US

    As far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY…

    Read MoreAs far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY...
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    Where's Alabama?Where's Alabama?
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  65. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    I agree with you about LBJ "provoking" an incident. He was a scumbag of the first order, especially with his whitewashing and covering up the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty (GTR-5) in June of 1967.
    Historically speaking, communism=1 man,1 vote, 1 time. Communists stuff ballot boxes to make sure they win, not unlike democRATS here in the USA. If you read your history, look at the influx of people into South Vietnam who, even then knew better than to live under communist rule.
    Ask the Vietnamese "boat people" who emigrated to the USA to escape that communist "paradise". You will get a different perspective.
    You are perpetuating the old, worn-out, failed stereotype of the Vietnam Veteran being a "loose cannon", prone to suicide and with mental problems. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 99.99% of us Vietnam veterans came back "to the world" (USA) and resumed our civilian lives without incident, no thanks to those like you who painted us with a broad brush, denigrating and marginalizing us, blaming us for the prosecution of the war--something we had no say-so in. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK.

    Lol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I’m quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something…

    Read MoreLol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I'm quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something...
    • Replies: @anarchyst
    READ YOUR HISTORY--not the "official communist narrative". You talk about "lying". What "lies" are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom's basement, for once...
    Besides, I WAS THERE...and saw for myself what the situation is...
    so GFYREAD YOUR HISTORY--not the "official communist narrative". You talk about "lying". What "lies" are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom's basement, for once...
    Besides, I WAS THERE...and saw for myself what the situation is...
    so GFY
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  66. anarchyst says:
    @bluedog
    Try reading "Kill Anything That Moves' I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I'm not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don't really give a shit about communism that's the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I'm concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings...,Try reading "Kill Anything That Moves' I believe by Nick Turse or another the DMZ a very well documented book,and I'm not perpetuating anything, for its been very well documented about the devils that the troops brought home courtesy of the U.S. government,now I don't really give a shit about communism that's the old boggy man for the M/I/C/ and as far as I'm concerned a twin sister to capitalism in the poverty it brings...,

    For another perspective on the war, please obtain and read “Our War Was Different” by Albert Hemingway…
    This book is written by those who served, Mr. Hemingway being a “moderator” of the short stories within the book.
    This book details the experiences of the U S Marine Corps “Combined Action Program” which wa relatively successful in its efforts.

    Read MoreFor another perspective on the war, please obtain and read "Our War Was Different" by Albert Hemingway... This book is written by those who served, Mr. Hemingway being a "moderator" of the short stories within the book. This book details the experiences of the U S Marine Corps "Combined Action Program" which wa relatively successful in its efforts.
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  67. eah says:
    @Linh Dinh
    When I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, "It's time to make the donuts, Melissa!" Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It's monsters like you that give our country a bad name.When I featured an Iraqi woman whose two brothers were killed by American soldiers, your response was juvenile glee, "It's time to make the donuts, Melissa!" Such is your nuanced feeling towards victims of American imperialism. You are disgusting. It's monsters like you that give our country a bad name.

    our country

    Except it’s not your country — you may now live here and have an American passport, but it’s not your country — it’s our country.

    Believe it or not, I enjoy and value the kind of literary art you practice — but you were rightly called out for blatant hyperbole about people in Palmyra and Americans generally — you basically replied with several comments of ad hominem — you need to watch that sort of thing.

    our stereotypical future

    Some of us are trying to avoid/prevent this.

    Predominantly white

    Oh.

    In fact, South Jersey is dotted with quaint boroughs featuring relatively active Main Streets.

    I see — you know, I think there’s a connection.

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  68. nsa says:
    @Bragadocious
    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including -- gasp -- Iran! So now Iran is Israel's puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I'm no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you're a 9/11 truther, then it's all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.

    Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit…….a 6 and 1/2′ tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection….hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe…..knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2′ arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?

    Read MoreAmericans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?
    • LOL: bluedog
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    Fred Reed believes it! must be true/sarcFred Reed believes it! must be true/sarc
    , @Bragadocious
    Aaaaaaand....we're off with more 9/11 truthertards. Like I said, Dinh always brings 'em in!Aaaaaaand....we're off with more 9/11 truthertards. Like I said, Dinh always brings 'em in!
    , @Truth
    Dude, it's amazing, but the argument is coming in 3...2...Dude, it's amazing, but the argument is coming in 3...2...
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  69. @Linh Dinh
    Hi all,

    For reasons unknown, my article disappeared for several hours from the front page of OpEd News, then I received an email from its editor about another article:

    Your article was flagged by google

    This is totally outrageous and just plain stupid. Whenever something like this happens I assume some idiot whizkid they've hired right out of college has done it to meet a quota.

    Here's a link to the article. It's a great article.
    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Communists-vs-Fascists-by-Linh-Dinh-Israel_Power-171222-743.html

    Fuck Google. The google ads have been removed. The article stays.

    I've included Google's rules on Dangerous and Derogatory below

    Rob Kall,
    OpEdNews.com

    Dangerous or derogatory content

    We believe strongly in freedom of expression, but we don't permit monetization of dangerous or derogatory content. For this reason, Google ads may not be placed on pages containing content that:

    Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

    Examples include:

    Threatening someone with real-life harm or calling for the attack of another person

    Advocating suicide, anorexia, or other self-harm

    Content that singles out someone for abuse or harassment

    Content promoting, glorifying, or condoning violence against others on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content that encourages others to believe that a person or group is inhuman, inferior, or worthy of being hated on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.
     
    You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse. "They hate us for our freedom"!


    Linh

    “…Trump or Hillary, war criminals both, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton, etc., all brown noses of the military banking complex and Israel. Branding each other Fascist or Communist, we absolve our common enemies.
    Overweening state power, as epitomized by both Communism and Fascism, is the common threat that should unite all Americans.”

    Great articles and an excellent writer! If more people would just take heed and and refuse to participate in identity politics.

    Read More"...Trump or Hillary, war criminals both, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton, etc., all brown noses of the military banking complex and Israel. Branding each other Fascist or Communist, we absolve our common enemies. Overweening state power, as epitomized by both Communism and Fascism, is the common threat that should unite all Americans." Great articles and an excellent writer! If more people would just take heed and and refuse to participate in identity politics.
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  70. bartok says:

    American manufacturing is plenty competitive. The USA has increased manufacturing production without fail, year over year, for centuries.

    Factory productivity increases are immense. Manufacturing employees increase labor productivity at the highest rate of all labor. Lawyers and hair stylists increase productivity the least, as you might expect with one-on-one personal services. The economic principle behind it is “Baumol’s cost disease of services.”

    As for misery, certainly factory owners and workers increased productivity so much that factory jobs were decreased, and the rest offshored.

    The real cause of misery is the Ivy League and the communists of all stripes. Specifically, the Jewish feminist auxiliary that spread broken families and bastardy across the heartland using their divorce laws and TV propaganda.

    Dear Abby, that bolshevik bitch. She delighted in advice that exploded families.

    Read MoreAmerican manufacturing is plenty competitive. The USA has increased manufacturing production without fail, year over year, for centuries. Factory productivity increases are immense. Manufacturing employees increase labor productivity at the highest rate of all labor. Lawyers and hair stylists increase productivity the least, as you might expect with one-on-one personal services. The economic principle behind it is "Baumol's cost disease of services." As for misery, certainly factory owners and workers increased productivity so much that factory jobs were decreased, and the rest offshored. The real cause of misery is the Ivy League and the communists of all stripes. Specifically, the Jewish feminist auxiliary that spread broken families and bastardy across the heartland using their divorce laws and TV propaganda. Dear Abby, that bolshevik bitch. She delighted in advice that exploded families.
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  71. anarchyst says:
    @bluedog
    Lol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I'm quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something...Lol just where did you dig up that 99.99% bullshit and it is bullshit which I'm quite sure your aware of and when one has to resort to lying then you know they well they simply are lacking something...

    READ YOUR HISTORY–not the “official communist narrative”. You talk about “lying”. What “lies” are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom’s basement, for once…
    Besides, I WAS THERE…and saw for myself what the situation is…
    so GFY

    Read MoreREAD YOUR HISTORY--not the "official communist narrative". You talk about "lying". What "lies" are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom's basement, for once... Besides, I WAS THERE...and saw for myself what the situation is... so GFY
    • Replies: @bluedog
    Lol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen't there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.Lol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen't there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.
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  72. Z-man says:

    Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic.

    Good article and this made me really glad to read it.

    BTW Patterson comes in a close second to Camden, which I haven’t had the pleasure to frequent, but I know Patterson.

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  73. qx500 says:

    I guess it was to be expected that when you recently started to criticize Israel, you’d be shut down. Best wishes for you new life back in your home country, Viet Nam.

    Read MoreI guess it was to be expected that when you recently started to criticize Israel, you'd be shut down. Best wishes for you new life back in your home country, Viet Nam.
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  74. republic says:
    @nsa
    Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?

    Fred Reed believes it! must be true/sarc

    Read MoreFred Reed believes it! must be true/sarc
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  75. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    READ YOUR HISTORY--not the "official communist narrative". You talk about "lying". What "lies" are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom's basement, for once...
    Besides, I WAS THERE...and saw for myself what the situation is...
    so GFYREAD YOUR HISTORY--not the "official communist narrative". You talk about "lying". What "lies" are you talking about?? Please elaborate instead of your juvenile name-calling. Get out of your mom's basement, for once...
    Besides, I WAS THERE...and saw for myself what the situation is...
    so GFY

    Lol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen’t there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.

    Read MoreLol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen't there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.
    • Replies: @anarchyst
    look who''s talking...just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn't get it together doesn't mean that all of us are "tainted".
    Grow up, already!look who''s talking...just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn't get it together doesn't mean that all of us are "tainted".
    Grow up, already!
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  76. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Dr. X

    With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color”...
     
    Spot-on. I grew up next to a pure-white small town. Over the last two decades, the blue-collar element has been displaced by lesbians in Subarus, hipsters, and artsy types. Now place is dotted with great restaurants and coffee shops -- but also anti-Trump signs, "Resist" signs, gay rainbow flags, world flags, etc. One rabid SJW put up a massive sign on her lawn denouncing Trump with an image of Martin Luther King and some MLK quotes.

    The number of blacks in the town, of course, remains practically zero. Twenty miles away the ghetto they're shooting each other every night; within a twenty mile radius of the place there's three state prisons chock full of "diversity."


    Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently.
     
    This is extraordinary... and fascinating, Linh. A refugee from the Vietnam War leaves America because he finds it more totalitarian than Communist Vietnam. I can't say I disagree, really... but I never thought I'd live to see they day. The U.S. is truly an empire in decline. Sad, very sad. Best of luck to you, though. I've heard a lot of good things about Vietnam lately, despite the fact that it's still nominally "communist." Hope it works out well for you.

    Now, let me ask this: despite all the serious problems the U.S. has, it remains very wealthy and there are still a lot of nice places to live within it. Is your decision to return to Vietnam based at all on a desire to be with your own racial group, or is it purely social and political?

    Hi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    Linh

    Read MoreHi Dr. X, It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer. And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to. Linh
    • Replies: @Biff

    moving across the globe is no joke,
     
    An understatement.
    , @Clyde
    Just for the heck of it...... How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?Just for the heck of it...... How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?
    , @JackOH
    Linh, back in the 1990s when I thought about emigrating from the States, economics was uppermost in my mind, too. I was paying dues, but it seemed certain I was never getting in the club. But, to my surprise, America's godawful politics forced itself into my thinking as a strong secondary motive.

    Our politics, in my opinion, has had very bad effects on the quality of the American people. As you mention, we've got folks who actually believe unreflectively in obvious hypocrisies and stupidities. The White 'burbs touting diversity in the knowledge that diversity will never happen. The local less selective state university that's styled as a research university by the state, although it's common knowledge among insiders that research is actually discouraged because department chairs and senior faculty don't want their vocational featherbeds upset. And on and on.

    Again, God bless, and hope to read some dispatches from Vietnam.Linh, back in the 1990s when I thought about emigrating from the States, economics was uppermost in my mind, too. I was paying dues, but it seemed certain I was never getting in the club. But, to my surprise, America's godawful politics forced itself into my thinking as a strong secondary motive.

    Our politics, in my opinion, has had very bad effects on the quality of the American people. As you mention, we've got folks who actually believe unreflectively in obvious hypocrisies and stupidities. The White 'burbs touting diversity in the knowledge that diversity will never happen. The local less selective state university that's styled as a research university by the state, although it's common knowledge among insiders that research is actually discouraged because department chairs and senior faculty don't want their vocational featherbeds upset. And on and on.

    Again, God bless, and hope to read some dispatches from Vietnam.

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  77. anarchyst says:
    @bluedog
    Lol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen't there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.Lol seems like your on the run ,give me one official report that states what you were trying to put forth for I know of a few that came back and put it to their heads and pulled the trigger,no I wasen't there for my outfit was never called up the 98th infantry division ,but save the commie bullshit for it makes you seem well rather juvenile.

    look who”s talking…just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn’t get it together doesn’t mean that all of us are “tainted”.
    Grow up, already!

    Read Morelook who''s talking...just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn't get it together doesn't mean that all of us are "tainted". Grow up, already!
    • Replies: @bluedog
    Oh there were a lot of them far more than your willing to admit, but that's par for the course where fact become fantasy and fantasy becomes fact,no one said that they "were all tainted "well except for you that is......Oh there were a lot of them far more than your willing to admit, but that's par for the course where fact become fantasy and fantasy becomes fact,no one said that they "were all tainted "well except for you that is......
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  78. @nsa
    Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?

    Aaaaaaand….we’re off with more 9/11 truthertards. Like I said, Dinh always brings ‘em in!

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    "Swivel-eyed loons...9/11truthertards...Dinh always brings ‘em in!
     
    Yet it was you who first brought up 9/11 on this thread, in a non sequitur response to jacques sheete's post where he gave quotations from John Adams and Smedley Butler.

    I guess you just couldn't pass up the chance to dazzle us all with your consummate skill in name-calling, which I acknowledge may be very convincing to teen-age gamers full of Twinkies and soda, but not so much to anyone else.

    By the way, now that you've brought it up, I see Shouting Thomas was here. Maybe he'll come back and provide some details from his claimed sighting of both jetliners crashing into the WTC on 9/11/2001.

    I tried, but could get no details out of him in an earlier exchange:

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/george-orwell-and-mohammed-atta-were-here/#comment-1969361

    But maybe you'll have better luck, what with your keen and penetrating insights name-calling.

    Perhaps the truth will out, even if tardily.
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  79. @Bragadocious
    Wow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It's funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if -- as he implies -- all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn't they just do as they're told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies...Wow, you got through an entire comment on Unz without mentioning the Holocaust. I salute you, Mr. Sheete. It's funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons. I also find it odd how Dinh would think 9/11 would need to be staged if -- as he implies -- all of America is filled with compliant right-wing lumpenproles. Wouldn't they just do as they're told without something like 9/11 happening? Oh dear, the logical inconsistencies...

    It’s funny how Dinh, a 9/11 truther, brings out all the swivel-eyed loons.

    So that’s why you’re here!

    BTW, “the” holocaust is BS. Another total fraud. Now the holocaust against the Christian and Muslim worlds on the other hand, are real but rarely agonized over or publicized. Why would that be, Smarty?

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  80. Funny coincidence. As an expat who left America a long time ago, and have never so much as stepped foot in New Jersey (or ever having given it much thought), I had a dream a few nights ago about visiting a mom and pop toy store, cluttered with heart, in a small, idyllic town in New Jersey. It filled me with nostalgia for a country I grew up in but never really knew.

    Read MoreFunny coincidence. As an expat who left America a long time ago, and have never so much as stepped foot in New Jersey (or ever having given it much thought), I had a dream a few nights ago about visiting a mom and pop toy store, cluttered with heart, in a small, idyllic town in New Jersey. It filled me with nostalgia for a country I grew up in but never really knew.
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  81. @jacques sheete

    I bet their thoughts on intervention in Syria are rather nuanced...
     
    Thoughts? You gotta be kidding. Thinking's above their pay grade. No ribbons or trinkets, for thinking either.

    Nuanced? Yeah, right.

    No wonder real Americans have always abhorred a standing military.

    I am wearied to Death with the Wrangles between military officers, high and low. They Quarrell like Cats and Dogs. They worry one another like Mastiffs. Scrambling for Rank and Pay like Apes for Nutts.

    I believe there is no one Principle, which predominates in human Nature so much in every stage of Life, from the Cradle to the Grave, in Males and females, old and young, black and white, rich and poor, high and low, as this Passion for Superiority. . . . Every human Being compares itself in its own Imagination, with every other round about it, and will find some Superiority over every other real or imaginary, or it will die of Grief and Vexation. I have seen it among Boys and Girls at school, among Lads at Colledge, among Practicers at the Bar, among the Clergy in their Associations, among Clubbs of Friends, among the People in Town Meetings, among the Members of an House of Rep[resentative]s, among the Grave Councillors, on the more solemn Bench of Justice, and in that awfully August Body the Congress, and on many of its Committees—and among Ladies every Where—But I never saw it operate with such Keenness, Ferocity and Fury, as among military Officers. They will go terrible Lengths, in their Emulations, their Envy and Revenge, in Consequence of it..

    -John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 May 1777

     

    Meanwhile, chew on this, Tuffy!

    “Napoleon once said, "All men are enamored of decorations . . . they positively hunger for them." So by developing the Napoleonic system -- the medal business -- the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier.”

    -Major General S Butler


    www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/smedley-butler-fully-general-smedley-darlington-butler-aka-old-gimlet-eye-fighting-quaker-and-old--6

     

    Mercy Otis Warren, a true patriot ,also had some fun stuff to say as well about that subject. Look it up.

    Following the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.html

    Read MoreFollowing the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.html
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    Following the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals
     
    Thanks for that. But hey, everybody's a hero nowadays; just ask authentic jizz, (who's airhorn trained)!

    All ya hafta do is put on a yooniform and presto!, instant hero! ;)
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  82. bluedog says:
    @anarchyst
    look who''s talking...just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn't get it together doesn't mean that all of us are "tainted".
    Grow up, already!look who''s talking...just because you claim to know a few f#ckups who couldn't get it together doesn't mean that all of us are "tainted".
    Grow up, already!

    Oh there were a lot of them far more than your willing to admit, but that’s par for the course where fact become fantasy and fantasy becomes fact,no one said that they “were all tainted “well except for you that is……

    Read MoreOh there were a lot of them far more than your willing to admit, but that's par for the course where fact become fantasy and fantasy becomes fact,no one said that they "were all tainted "well except for you that is......
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  83. @republic
    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the USThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US

    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    While that may be, the fact remains that there is no effective freedom of the press in the US either.

    Ask Helen Thomas and Phil Giraldi to name just two besides LD.

    Freedom of the press died long ago in the US.

    Upton Sinclair wrote “The Brass Check” describing the de facto loss of freedom of the press about a century ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brass-Check-Study-American-Journalism/dp/0252071107

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    The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.
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  84. Some Americans protested these Neo Conservative Zionist wars OD destruction.

    I took out full page ant war adverts in the Nashville Tennessean and Chatanooga Times.
    I did talk radio and noted the Neo Cons such as David Frum purged all the Anti war Conservatives from National Review.

    Jack Ryan
    The Political Cesspool

    Read MoreSome Americans protested these Neo Conservative Zionist wars OD destruction. I took out full page ant war adverts in the Nashville Tennessean and Chatanooga Times. I did talk radio and noted the Neo Cons such as David Frum purged all the Anti war Conservatives from National Review. Jack Ryan The Political Cesspool
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  85. @Bragadocious
    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including -- gasp -- Iran! So now Iran is Israel's puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I'm no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you're a 9/11 truther, then it's all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.

    ….but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort,

    Well maybe not a neocon propaganda effort, but it certainly was the subject of a neocon false flag effort. A “new Pearl Harbor” to be precise.

    Now, go read the PNAC document. Here’s a start.

    https://danieltjpye.wordpress.com/2006/12/10/the-infamous-pnac-document/

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  86. @RobinG
    I'm guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.I'm guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.

    I’m guessing Zero on your humor/sarcasm comprehension.

    I’m guessing the troll itself is a complete Zero.

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  87. Leo says:

    The elites of Riverton are the same as their ilk everywhere – Condescending racisits.

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  88. Sparkon says:
    @Bragadocious
    Aaaaaaand....we're off with more 9/11 truthertards. Like I said, Dinh always brings 'em in!Aaaaaaand....we're off with more 9/11 truthertards. Like I said, Dinh always brings 'em in!

    “Swivel-eyed loons…9/11truthertards…Dinh always brings ‘em in!

    Yet it was you who first brought up 9/11 on this thread, in a non sequitur response to jacques sheete’s post where he gave quotations from John Adams and Smedley Butler.

    I guess you just couldn’t pass up the chance to dazzle us all with your consummate skill in name-calling, which I acknowledge may be very convincing to teen-age gamers full of Twinkies and soda, but not so much to anyone else.

    By the way, now that you’ve brought it up, I see Shouting Thomas was here. Maybe he’ll come back and provide some details from his claimed sighting of both jetliners crashing into the WTC on 9/11/2001.

    I tried, but could get no details out of him in an earlier exchange:

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/george-orwell-and-mohammed-atta-were-here/#comment-1969361

    But maybe you’ll have better luck, what with your keen and penetrating insights name-calling.

    Perhaps the truth will out, even if tardily.

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  89. @Bragadocious
    Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.Oh I see. The Afghanistan operation was ordered by Israel. Got it.

    Israel ordered Afghanistan, as well as 9/11 that enabled it and the rest of the War on Terror.

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  90. DiggerDan says:
    @Shouting Thomas
    Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    They didn’t give a royal fuck about politics.

    That’s why nobody really reads them any more. They’re dead, in more ways than you can count.

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  91. @Bragadocious
    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including -- gasp -- Iran! So now Iran is Israel's puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I'm no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you're a 9/11 truther, then it's all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.

    The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.

    Read MoreThe Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.
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    Of course it was him. The Israelis who appeared on TV immediately after the event said so!Of course it was him. The Israelis who appeared on TV immediately after the event said so!
    , @Hibernian
    I bet that was really sincere.I bet that was really sincere.
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  92. @Jus' Sayin'...
    Linh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA's wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I'm guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel's real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country's politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who've been taken in by the imperial establishment's "Russiagate" meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment's war making. He's failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.Linh Dinh made a blanket statement, claiming the citizens of Palmyra supported the USA's wars of aggression in around the world. Bragadocious called him on this, in my opinion rightfully so. I have noticed a growing disgust with imperial USA and its warmongering, Zionist/neocon overlords among ordinary people in this country. I'm guessing that the proportion who are far more concerned about Israel's real, obvious, effective, and lethally dangerous meddling in this country's politics now significantly exceeds the proportion who've been taken in by the imperial establishment's "Russiagate" meme. One of the reasons Trump won the Presidency was his promise to scale back the USA establishment's war making. He's failed to do this yet but I suspect that this is because he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.

    …he failed to realize the level of control neocons and Zionists exercise over all elements of the establishment, e.g., the MSM and entertainment industries, the deep state, the federal bureaucracy in general, academia, high finance, the legal system, etc.

    Trump has discovered that it’s rather hard saying NO to your banker, baker and candlestick maker.

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  93. Sorry to see you go

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  94. In Orwellian America, Russia personifies evil, Israel is eternally sacred, America is already fantastic or will soon be great again, unemployment is negligible, the economy is asskicking, as proven by the dizzying DOW, and all those who question these fables should be banished to the other side of the universe or the Unz Review.

    damn.

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  95. Truth says:
    @Dr. X

    With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color”...
     
    Spot-on. I grew up next to a pure-white small town. Over the last two decades, the blue-collar element has been displaced by lesbians in Subarus, hipsters, and artsy types. Now place is dotted with great restaurants and coffee shops -- but also anti-Trump signs, "Resist" signs, gay rainbow flags, world flags, etc. One rabid SJW put up a massive sign on her lawn denouncing Trump with an image of Martin Luther King and some MLK quotes.

    The number of blacks in the town, of course, remains practically zero. Twenty miles away the ghetto they're shooting each other every night; within a twenty mile radius of the place there's three state prisons chock full of "diversity."


    Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently.
     
    This is extraordinary... and fascinating, Linh. A refugee from the Vietnam War leaves America because he finds it more totalitarian than Communist Vietnam. I can't say I disagree, really... but I never thought I'd live to see they day. The U.S. is truly an empire in decline. Sad, very sad. Best of luck to you, though. I've heard a lot of good things about Vietnam lately, despite the fact that it's still nominally "communist." Hope it works out well for you.

    Now, let me ask this: despite all the serious problems the U.S. has, it remains very wealthy and there are still a lot of nice places to live within it. Is your decision to return to Vietnam based at all on a desire to be with your own racial group, or is it purely social and political?

    Yes, I’m returning to Asia, and in fact, my wife and I are preparing to move back to Vietnam permanently.

    You won’t like the bars in Vietnam, Linhgo; shit music and too many white guys.

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  96. @Shouting Thomas
    Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.Linh, you could actually be a very good writer if you'd dump the political bullshit.

    The lefty bullshit is boring and trite and you're not even very good at the race baiting and America hatred. I've been reading and listening to that shit for 60 years, and I've encountered much better. The real problem, however, is that that shit has been done a million billion times and anybody with any sense turns you off the moment you start on it.

    You're quite good at rendering people and places and conversation. I try to find a way to navigate around your dumb political hack prattling and read the descriptive parts about people and place, which are very good.

    Your politics are a fucking leaden stupid bore. Get rid of them. If you intend to be an artist, which you clearly do, get rid of this dumb obsession. I had the same problem when I was a kid. I thought the job of an artist was to set the world straight about politics.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That's the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn't give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    Write without political motivation, just to describe the world as you see it. That’s the job of an artist. You might take Henry Miller or Bukowski as models. They didn’t give a royal fuck about politics. Neither should you. That stupid obsession is just holding you back.

    fyi, that is the same thing as what the chinese govt want all their citizens to do. exactly the same as what you are asking linh to do.

    kinda weird :)

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  97. Truth says:
    @nsa
    Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?Americans as a group are naturally servile and gullible, believing anything coming out of their living room flat screen jooie boxes. To wit.......a 6 and 1/2' tall arab living far away in a cave located high atop a hindu kush mountain with several of his wives and a large porn collection....hooked up to an artificial kidney machine and a hookah pipe.....knocked down giant jooie owned skyscrapers in the good ole USA. To accomplish this dastardly act, the 6 and 1/2' arab enlisted the aid of 19 goat herders trained on a flight simulator to pilot modern airliners. Who could possibly disbelieve this official wisdom emanating from the living room flat screen jooie box?

    Dude, it’s amazing, but the argument is coming in 3…2…

    Read MoreDude, it's amazing, but the argument is coming in 3...2...
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  98. @anarchyst
    I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.I usually agree with Linh Dinh and find that his writings are first-rate and make for good reading.
    However, I must disagree when it comes to his assertion that the American Vietnam war was fought for all of the wrong reasons, perpetuating the American military man as a "baby killer" and worse.
    South Vietnam was INVADED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS. It was NOT a "civil-war" as Mr. Dinh and many other pundits assert.
    There are many differences between North and South Vietnam that exist to this day, from regional dialects to outright discrimination directed at those from the South..
    I am sure that Mr. Dinh never experienced the atrocities that the communists inflicted on the South Vietnamese who merely wanted to be left alone. From "taxes" to outright mutilations and murders committed by the communists to the local indigenous populations, the communists have never been brought to task, unlike the few American incidents where atrocities took place.
    South Vietnamese and American troops fought with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to destroy the North Vietnamese logistical staging areas and supply routes due to "political considerations". The American "mainstream media" of the day played a large role in supporting communist (which it still does, to this day). The 1968 "Tet offensive" was a disaster for the North Vietnamese communists, but was reported as a "defeat" by the American mainstream media. Communist sympathizer "anchorman" Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam conflict "lost", despite the infliction of massive enemy casualties by American and south Vietnamese troops.
    Even the Viet Cong supporters of the communist cause found out "the hard way", that after "reunification" they were "pushed off to the side" to allow the "hardcore communists" to take control. It is interesting to note that the communists could not impose the harsh regime on the South, as they did in the North.
    Ken Burns' "documentary" on the Vietnam conflict purposely praised the communist invasion while downplaying the honest efforts of the South Vietnamese to determine their own political future without communist interference, but inadvertently exposed the sordid "underbelly" of communism. One South Vietnamese interviewed by Burns, who was "re-educated" stated that he was held for 20 years exposing the communist lie that "re-education" would take no longer than six months.
    As bloody as the Vietnam war was, its intentions were largely accomplished. Communism WAS forestalled and slowed down; the "domino effect" was real. American intervention did help in this respect.
    The so-called "anti-war protesters of the 1960s were only concerned about one thing--saving their own skins--nothing more. They could give two sh!ts about the South Vietnamese or their country (self-determination) being destroyed by a hostile (communist) invading force. When the American draft ended, so did the protests. It is interesting to note that there was "not a peep" from the anti-war left after the "fall of Saigon" and the resultant tens of thousands of "boat people" who risked life and limb to escape that communist "paradise".
    Was there corruption in the South Vietnamese government? Of course, there was, not unlike the corruption that exists in every other government, to this day, the USA included.
    I wish Mr. Dinh success in his travels and life and look forward to his future writings.

    Uncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.

    Read MoreUncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.
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    You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,
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  99. Escher says:
    @republic
    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the USThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US

    One doesn’t have to imprison or kill journalists to destroy freedom of speech. Just denying them a voice in the mass media will do.

    Read MoreOne doesn’t have to imprison or kill journalists to destroy freedom of speech. Just denying them a voice in the mass media will do.
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  100. Ivy says:

    Linh,
    Bon voyage et bienvenue.
    Merci.

    Read MoreLinh, Bon voyage et bienvenue. Merci.
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  101. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Haverford College is a highly regarded private liberal arts college. Interesting history: First the Quaker/religion foundation, the decades pass, and by the 20th century, Ford Foundation/CIA.

    US liberal arts schools today receive all the usual conservative scorn but it seems much worse: The battle lines are dumber than ever in the debate about nothing. How does this serve empire? A sign placed in front of a locked gate with a menacing armed guard screams: “Fight inequality!”

    Read MoreHaverford College is a highly regarded private liberal arts college. Interesting history: First the Quaker/religion foundation, the decades pass, and by the 20th century, Ford Foundation/CIA. US liberal arts schools today receive all the usual conservative scorn but it seems much worse: The battle lines are dumber than ever in the debate about nothing. How does this serve empire? A sign placed in front of a locked gate with a menacing armed guard screams: "Fight inequality!"
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  102. Biff says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    LinhHi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    Linh

    moving across the globe is no joke,

    An understatement.

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    moving across the globe is no joke,
     

    An understatement.


    We sure have a lot of jokesters wanting to come to America.
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  103. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi all,

    For reasons unknown, my article disappeared for several hours from the front page of OpEd News, then I received an email from its editor about another article:

    Your article was flagged by google

    This is totally outrageous and just plain stupid. Whenever something like this happens I assume some idiot whizkid they've hired right out of college has done it to meet a quota.

    Here's a link to the article. It's a great article.
    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Communists-vs-Fascists-by-Linh-Dinh-Israel_Power-171222-743.html

    Fuck Google. The google ads have been removed. The article stays.

    I've included Google's rules on Dangerous and Derogatory below

    Rob Kall,
    OpEdNews.com

    Dangerous or derogatory content

    We believe strongly in freedom of expression, but we don't permit monetization of dangerous or derogatory content. For this reason, Google ads may not be placed on pages containing content that:

    Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

    Examples include:

    Threatening someone with real-life harm or calling for the attack of another person

    Advocating suicide, anorexia, or other self-harm

    Content that singles out someone for abuse or harassment

    Content promoting, glorifying, or condoning violence against others on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content that encourages others to believe that a person or group is inhuman, inferior, or worthy of being hated on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.
     
    You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse. "They hate us for our freedom"!


    Linh

    “You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse”

    Google’s rules seem reasonable out of context or framed on the wall of a maximum security prison. I wonder if Americans will be able to understand when the censorship, harrassment and crackdown gets much worse. A heavily monitored, drugged and obedient flock that is scared shitless of poverty doesn’t have much time or ability to think these things over.

    Read More"You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse" Google’s rules seem reasonable out of context or framed on the wall of a maximum security prison. I wonder if Americans will be able to understand when the censorship, harrassment and crackdown gets much worse. A heavily monitored, drugged and obedient flock that is scared shitless of poverty doesn't have much time or ability to think these things over.
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  104. @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    He doesn’t have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people’s views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I’m always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O’Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn’t find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery’s primal election “promises” was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    Read MoreHe doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality. Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction. I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.
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    "64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump." Maths isn't my strong suit but somehow this doesn't look right to me."64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump." Maths isn't my strong suit but somehow this doesn't look right to me.
    , @Truth
    Now that's just slightly different from proving that they enthusiastically supported a war, isn't it?
    , @Bragadocious
    I tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well.

    Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search.

    "I'm always glad to be of service"

    LOLI tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well.

    Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search.

    "I'm always glad to be of service"

    LOL
    , @eah
    In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O’Bomba...

    What difference would it have made? -- don't they get any credit for voting for a 'person of color'? -- how about McCain in 2008? -- HRC in 2016? -- "LOL"

    The 4 Neocon Romney Foreign Policy Advisers That Would Pull the U.S. Into War With Iran
    , @Foo Bar
    I actually live in Palmyra.

    First of all, Palmyra and Riverton are in Burlington County, which is the only red county in NJ, not Camden County, so you can throw your 2016 numbers out.

    Both towns have their share of "Disagreement Has No Home Here" signs, but not as many as Dinh implies. Palmyra leans Democratic - though much more so in the past than today. Riverton leans Republican (GOPe, which would explain the signs) - again, much more so than in the past than today.

    As to whether Palmyra would support a war in Syria, it would depend on whether the guy in the White House had a "D" after his name (they would support) or an "R" after his name (would not support).

    BTW, Riverton's 4th of July festivities are as Americana as it gets.

    Reading this, I get the impression that Dinh is bothered by US military adventurism about as much as Bill Krystol is. His main beef is that a certain 60% of the US population isn't in mass graves yet.I actually live in Palmyra.

    First of all, Palmyra and Riverton are in Burlington County, which is the only red county in NJ, not Camden County, so you can throw your 2016 numbers out.

    Both towns have their share of "Disagreement Has No Home Here" signs, but not as many as Dinh implies. Palmyra leans Democratic - though much more so in the past than today. Riverton leans Republican (GOPe, which would explain the signs) - again, much more so than in the past than today.

    As to whether Palmyra would support a war in Syria, it would depend on whether the guy in the White House had a "D" after his name (they would support) or an "R" after his name (would not support).

    BTW, Riverton's 4th of July festivities are as Americana as it gets.

    Reading this, I get the impression that Dinh is bothered by US military adventurism about as much as Bill Krystol is. His main beef is that a certain 60% of the US population isn't in mass graves yet.
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  105. Xerxes says:

    I left US in the mid-eighties, lived in Asia until mid 2016 when I returned back to US. I wish I had not. My first trip to Vietnam was in 1990. Took me two weeks there for the lights to come on. How did these mellow and kind people inflict such humiliating defeat on America. I do envy you, Linh.

    Read MoreI left US in the mid-eighties, lived in Asia until mid 2016 when I returned back to US. I wish I had not. My first trip to Vietnam was in 1990. Took me two weeks there for the lights to come on. How did these mellow and kind people inflict such humiliating defeat on America. I do envy you, Linh.
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  106. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @republic
    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the USThe US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Thailand puts people in jail for insulting the king's dogs (Les Majeste laws).

    China kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong and Vietnam puts bloggers into prison ( a blogger got 7 years in jail for reporting on a toxic spill).

    Mexico routinely murders journalists.

    Of course a few people like Michael Hastings ,Rolling Stone was obviously assassinated by the deep state in the US

    Hey republic,

    I should have written in more detail but i wasn’t sure anyone was going to read it. The longer version would say that which places are more free really depends on the type of freedom that you’re after. If you wish to insult the king’s dog, definitely Thailand is the wrong place for you. If you wish to insult Islam, Thailand is probably ok but I’d stay away from Malaysia and Indonesia.

    One freedom that I find really striking in these three countries is that I’m not being tracked and my actions aren’t being policed by the system. If I come under financial sanctions (closed bank account, paypal blocked, etc.), that is no problem since the whole economy runs on cash anyway. If my driving license is confiscated, again not a showstopper. Simply continue as before and pay the necessary bribes at police checkpoints. Even revoked citizenship and loss of passport can be worked around.

    At the very least, freedom is subjective and multidimensional!

    Read MoreHey republic, I should have written in more detail but i wasn't sure anyone was going to read it. The longer version would say that which places are more free really depends on the type of freedom that you're after. If you wish to insult the king's dog, definitely Thailand is the wrong place for you. If you wish to insult Islam, Thailand is probably ok but I'd stay away from Malaysia and Indonesia. One freedom that I find really striking in these three countries is that I'm not being tracked and my actions aren't being policed by the system. If I come under financial sanctions (closed bank account, paypal blocked, etc.), that is no problem since the whole economy runs on cash anyway. If my driving license is confiscated, again not a showstopper. Simply continue as before and pay the necessary bribes at police checkpoints. Even revoked citizenship and loss of passport can be worked around. At the very least, freedom is subjective and multidimensional!
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  107. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Carroll Price
    The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.

    Of course it was him. The Israelis who appeared on TV immediately after the event said so!

    Read MoreOf course it was him. The Israelis who appeared on TV immediately after the event said so!
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  108. @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    “64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump.” Maths isn’t my strong suit but somehow this doesn’t look right to me.

    Read More"64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump." Maths isn't my strong suit but somehow this doesn't look right to me.
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  109. iffen says:
    @Biff

    moving across the globe is no joke,
     
    An understatement.

    moving across the globe is no joke,


    An understatement.

    We sure have a lot of jokesters wanting to come to America.

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    We sure have a lot of jokesters wanting to come to America.
     
    They can have the dump.
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  110. Please continue to share your thoughts.

    Read MorePlease continue to share your thoughts.
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  111. Johann says:
    @Twodees Partain
    Linh, sorry to read that you're leaving the US. I'll still read your posts here and wherever I can find them.Linh, sorry to read that you're leaving the US. I'll still read your posts here and wherever I can find them.

    Sorry to hear that you are leaving Linh. I also hope that you continue to write your columns. I grew up in the Kensington and Allegheny area of Philly which is one of your epicenters depicting the collapse of America. I lived there fifty years ago when it was a decent working class area populated by hardworking immigrants like my family most of then Catholics who built a great Catholic Education in their schools which were built with the dimes and quarters of factory workers. It was not yet the urban dystopia that our corporate socialist establishment creates.There was no such thing as welfare and the Great Society of that fraud and warmonger LBJ had not yet materialized. I grew up with thousands of my classmates who wound up in Vietnam as cannon fodder for the Great American war machine with its Ivy League officer corps deciding who lives and who dies. I too am disgusted with the unthinking chauvinism of the American soldier worshippers. I think that you write some of the best Journalism one can find in our kingdom of lies and I realize why you could never get a job in the corporate news media which dominates the American Empire. Good luck to you in your new endeavors.

    Read MoreSorry to hear that you are leaving Linh. I also hope that you continue to write your columns. I grew up in the Kensington and Allegheny area of Philly which is one of your epicenters depicting the collapse of America. I lived there fifty years ago when it was a decent working class area populated by hardworking immigrants like my family most of then Catholics who built a great Catholic Education in their schools which were built with the dimes and quarters of factory workers. It was not yet the urban dystopia that our corporate socialist establishment creates.There was no such thing as welfare and the Great Society of that fraud and warmonger LBJ had not yet materialized. I grew up with thousands of my classmates who wound up in Vietnam as cannon fodder for the Great American war machine with its Ivy League officer corps deciding who lives and who dies. I too am disgusted with the unthinking chauvinism of the American soldier worshippers. I think that you write some of the best Journalism one can find in our kingdom of lies and I realize why you could never get a job in the corporate news media which dominates the American Empire. Good luck to you in your new endeavors.
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  112. @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    What makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you’d find a few individuals in Palmyra who don’t worship the US military and refuse to support America’s drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.

    Read MoreWhat makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you'd find a few individuals in Palmyra who don't worship the US military and refuse to support America's drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.
    • Replies: @eah
    worship the US military

    Most Americans have respect for military personnel -- but they don't "worship" the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.

    make any difference

    Suppose what you say about people in Palmyra (and the US) is true (I don't think it is): how would their opposition (short of violent revolution) have mattered? -- what is the difference between Republicans and Democrats here?

    The Alt-right is gaining strength in no small part because it is isolationist -- people are fed up with this 'invade the world, invite the world' bullshit -- something you don't seem to recognize.

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  113. Truth says:
    @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    Now that’s just slightly different from proving that they enthusiastically supported a war, isn’t it?

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  114. @jacques sheete

    The US still enjoys much more freedom of the press than in places like the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.
     
    While that may be, the fact remains that there is no effective freedom of the press in the US either.

    Ask Helen Thomas and Phil Giraldi to name just two besides LD.

    Freedom of the press died long ago in the US.

    Upton Sinclair wrote "The Brass Check" describing the de facto loss of freedom of the press about a century ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brass-Check-Study-American-Journalism/dp/0252071107

    The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what’s presented to the public as news.

    Read MoreThe Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.
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    With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them...
     
    Exactly.

    In a similar fashion, the USA is ballyhooed as a free country while in reality only the big money gangsters have much freedom and it's always been that way. No whine, just fact!
    , @Twodees Partain
    "The Western news media works"

    Not really. It looks to me as though is broken beyond repair."The Western news media works"

    Not really. It looks to me as though is broken beyond repair.
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  115. eah says:
    @Carroll Price
    What makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you'd find a few individuals in Palmyra who don't worship the US military and refuse to support America's drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.What makes you think Americans in Palmyra, NJ would be any different from those in countless other cities and towns scattered across the country? Sure, you'd find a few individuals in Palmyra who don't worship the US military and refuse to support America's drive for world domination, but not enough to make any difference.

    worship the US military

    Most Americans have respect for military personnel — but they don’t “worship” the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.

    make any difference

    Suppose what you say about people in Palmyra (and the US) is true (I don’t think it is): how would their opposition (short of violent revolution) have mattered? — what is the difference between Republicans and Democrats here?

    The Alt-right is gaining strength in no small part because it is isolationist — people are fed up with this ‘invade the world, invite the world’ bullshit — something you don’t seem to recognize.

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    Most Americans have respect for military personnel — but they don’t “worship” the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.
     
    Why would anyone respect them? They are a police force for the ruling classes and have been used that way at least since Shay's rebellion. The military is also a form of welfare for the otherwise shiftless as anyone in touch with reality should know.

    I agree with CP that it's a form of worship since any feelings of respect are based on myths and other forms of foolishness.

    Real Americans have always had contempt for stooges and dupes in uniform, as they well should.
    , @Carroll Price
    I consider it a form of worship when entire rooms-full of Americans (typically at airports) stand, cheer and clap like mindless idiots at the sight of US military personnel exiting incoming or boarding outgoing flights.I consider it a form of worship when entire rooms-full of Americans (typically at airports) stand, cheer and clap like mindless idiots at the sight of US military personnel exiting incoming or boarding outgoing flights.
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  116. eah says:
    @Bragadocious
    I see. The neocohens somehow convinced more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries to either commit troops to the Afghanistan operation or make their airports/airspace available for it. Including -- gasp -- Iran! So now Iran is Israel's puppet, I suppose. Your logic is underwhelming. And btw, I'm no fan of neoconservatism, but the Afghanistan invasion enjoyed wide support, and was not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort, since nearly all Americans endorsed the idea of sorting out OBL. Of course, if you're a 9/11 truther, then it's all incomprehensibly evil and corrupt, and the little Hitlers eating their donuts in Palmyra NJ deserve the worst.

    not the subject of a neocon propaganda effort”

    The ‘Project for the New American Century’ released its ‘Statement of Principles’ in June 1997.

    The proximate cause of the Afghanistan invasion was 9/11, which was (somewhat suspiciously) immediately blamed on OBL — he and Al-Qaeda were said to have found safe haven and were operating from there — but given ‘the swamp’, ‘deep state’, etc, who really knows?

    Many ’9/11 truthers’ would shut right up were a reasonable explanation for the collapse of WTC-7 forthcoming.

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  117. @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    I tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well.

    Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search.

    “I’m always glad to be of service”

    LOL

    Read MoreI tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well. Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search. "I'm always glad to be of service" LOL
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    Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!
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  118. @Carroll Price
    Following the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.htmlFollowing the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/30/world/medals-outnumber-gi-s-in-grenada-assault.html

    Following the 1 month duration invasion of Grenada in 1983, the US awarded a total of 8,612 metals

    Thanks for that. But hey, everybody’s a hero nowadays; just ask authentic jizz, (who’s airhorn trained)!

    All ya hafta do is put on a yooniform and presto!, instant hero! ;)

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  119. @Carroll Price
    The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.

    With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them…

    Exactly.

    In a similar fashion, the USA is ballyhooed as a free country while in reality only the big money gangsters have much freedom and it’s always been that way. No whine, just fact!

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  120. eah says:

    Perhaps of interest to Linh and his readers (like me):

    Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

    In her powerful new book, “Nomadland,” award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder reveals the dark, depressing and sometimes physically painful life of a tribe of men and women in their 50s and 60s who are — as the subtitle says — “surviving America in the twenty-first century.” Not quite homeless, they are “houseless,” living in secondhand RVs, trailers and vans and driving from one location to another to pick up seasonal low-wage jobs, if they can get them, with little or no benefits.

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    One of the places they drive to is the parking lot of an Indian casino on the Arizona/Mexico border. From there, they cross by foot to 'Molar City' - Algodones, Mexico, where they get dental work that they can afford.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTFhDbwJZ8
    Welcome to Molar City
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  121. @eah
    worship the US military

    Most Americans have respect for military personnel -- but they don't "worship" the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.

    make any difference

    Suppose what you say about people in Palmyra (and the US) is true (I don't think it is): how would their opposition (short of violent revolution) have mattered? -- what is the difference between Republicans and Democrats here?

    The Alt-right is gaining strength in no small part because it is isolationist -- people are fed up with this 'invade the world, invite the world' bullshit -- something you don't seem to recognize.

    Most Americans have respect for military personnel — but they don’t “worship” the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.

    Why would anyone respect them? They are a police force for the ruling classes and have been used that way at least since Shay’s rebellion. The military is also a form of welfare for the otherwise shiftless as anyone in touch with reality should know.

    I agree with CP that it’s a form of worship since any feelings of respect are based on myths and other forms of foolishness.

    Real Americans have always had contempt for stooges and dupes in uniform, as they well should.

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  122. @Bragadocious
    I tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well.

    Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search.

    "I'm always glad to be of service"

    LOLI tend, in life, to not give a flying f*** what Eurowanks like you think. This policy has served me well.

    Oh and Palmyra is in Burlington County, not Camden, Eurowank. Try another brilliant Eurowank google dot com search.

    "I'm always glad to be of service"

    LOL

    Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I’ve spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn’t I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I’m sure you’d do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!

    Read MorePlease excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn. So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve. God bless America!
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    Good comeback, Serg. Loving the Hitler reference to American politicians. German irony on parade. Who says you guys are humorless bores?Good comeback, Serg. Loving the Hitler reference to American politicians. German irony on parade. Who says you guys are humorless bores?
    , @iffen
    God bless America!

    Thank you, sir. We can use all the help we can get.
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  123. Clyde says:

    We look forward to your pieces on how lousy parts of Vietnam are and how low some of the people are. You will back here within five years. At most seven. Unlike the Vietnamese you will be living with, you will know you have an escape hatch….back to America. Bon voyage!

    Read MoreWe look forward to your pieces on how lousy parts of Vietnam are and how low some of the people are. You will back here within five years. At most seven. Unlike the Vietnamese you will be living with, you will know you have an escape hatch....back to America. Bon voyage!
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    Funny! When I announced to friends that I was departing the US for good, many were incredulous saying things like, "People don't leave America! The whole world wants to come to America!". I left and feel grateful for doing so every single day. I only wish I'd done it sooner. Life is far less stressful now, the air is cleaner, the streets are cleaner, the beaches and oceans are cleaner, there's less crime especially violent crime, the people are more relaxed and easygoing and I could go on and on. Friends ask me when I'm returning for a visit and I just keep putting it off preferring to remember it as it was when it was much nicer than it is now. Good luck L.D.Funny! When I announced to friends that I was departing the US for good, many were incredulous saying things like, "People don't leave America! The whole world wants to come to America!". I left and feel grateful for doing so every single day. I only wish I'd done it sooner. Life is far less stressful now, the air is cleaner, the streets are cleaner, the beaches and oceans are cleaner, there's less crime especially violent crime, the people are more relaxed and easygoing and I could go on and on. Friends ask me when I'm returning for a visit and I just keep putting it off preferring to remember it as it was when it was much nicer than it is now. Good luck L.D.
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  124. @Carroll Price
    The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.The Western news media works on the “free press” principle. Meaning that reporters in the field are free to submit articles on any subject they desire. With the reports then being submitted to editors and news directors who are free to ignore or edit them to comply with unspoken rules as to what's presented to the public as news.

    “The Western news media works”

    Not really. It looks to me as though is broken beyond repair.

    Read More"The Western news media works" Not really. It looks to me as though is broken beyond repair.
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  125. anarchyst says:
    @NoseytheDuke
    Uncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.Uncle Ho was actually a nationalist who greatly admired the US and just wanted Vietnamese independence from colonial domination. He had hoped to receive support from the US and finally turned to the communists because that was the only support he could get.

    You are correct about “uncle Ho” seeking American help. However, “Uncle Ho” DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,

    Read MoreYou are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings. It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist. Regards,
    • Agree: Dan Hayes
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    I believe Fidel Castro might fall into the same category. That is, turning to Russia and Communism more out of desperation than for any other reason. What other course could he have possibly taken that would have resulted in his surviving repeated made on his life by eight or nine US presidents?I believe Fidel Castro might fall into the same category. That is, turning to Russia and Communism more out of desperation than for any other reason. What other course could he have possibly taken that would have resulted in his surviving repeated made on his life by eight or nine US presidents?
    , @NoseytheDuke
    I read that when Uncle Ho attended his first convention of international communists he was asked if he was a Marxist or for Trotsky, he is said to have asked in reply, "which one is for national independence?".

    Americans frequently confuse programs for the good of the greater society to be communism. Healthcare is a good example.

    An old veteran (2nd Battalion 8th Marines iirc) friend of mine, now deceased, always maintained that the war in Vietnam destroyed America. He was as tough as they come and fiercely patriotic but I witnessed him weep on occasion whenever this came up. He drank himself to an early grave.I read that when Uncle Ho attended his first convention of international communists he was asked if he was a Marxist or for Trotsky, he is said to have asked in reply, "which one is for national independence?".

    Americans frequently confuse programs for the good of the greater society to be communism. Healthcare is a good example.

    An old veteran (2nd Battalion 8th Marines iirc) friend of mine, now deceased, always maintained that the war in Vietnam destroyed America. He was as tough as they come and fiercely patriotic but I witnessed him weep on occasion whenever this came up. He drank himself to an early grave.

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  126. eah says:
    @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O’Bomba…

    What difference would it have made? — don’t they get any credit for voting for a ‘person of color’? — how about McCain in 2008? — HRC in 2016? — “LOL”

    The 4 Neocon Romney Foreign Policy Advisers That Would Pull the U.S. Into War With Iran

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  127. Clyde says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    LinhHi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    Linh

    Just for the heck of it…… How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?

    Read MoreJust for the heck of it...... How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?
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    Why would that matter?Why would that matter?
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  128. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Rob Kall: “Fuck Google” Yeah right. You can’t fuck Google, they own the club. The original “Don’t do Evil” corporation. When you use Unz, you’re usin’ Google. Or the other way ’round. When a revolution broke out in Egypt – there was the Google doin’ no evil.

    Read MoreRob Kall: "Fuck Google" Yeah right. You can't fuck Google, they own the club. The original "Don't do Evil" corporation. When you use Unz, you're usin' Google. Or the other way 'round. When a revolution broke out in Egypt - there was the Google doin' no evil.
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  129. @Serg Derbst
    Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!

    Good comeback, Serg. Loving the Hitler reference to American politicians. German irony on parade. Who says you guys are humorless bores?

    Read MoreGood comeback, Serg. Loving the Hitler reference to American politicians. German irony on parade. Who says you guys are humorless bores?
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  130. RobinG says:
    @eah
    Perhaps of interest to Linh and his readers (like me):

    Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

    In her powerful new book, “Nomadland,” award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder reveals the dark, depressing and sometimes physically painful life of a tribe of men and women in their 50s and 60s who are — as the subtitle says — “surviving America in the twenty-first century.” Not quite homeless, they are “houseless,” living in secondhand RVs, trailers and vans and driving from one location to another to pick up seasonal low-wage jobs, if they can get them, with little or no benefits.

    One of the places they drive to is the parking lot of an Indian casino on the Arizona/Mexico border. From there, they cross by foot to ‘Molar City’ – Algodones, Mexico, where they get dental work that they can afford.

    Welcome to Molar City

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    You can also walk into a drug store and buy useful drugs like antibiotics for cents on the dollar.You can also walk into a drug store and buy useful drugs like antibiotics for cents on the dollar.
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  131. iffen says:
    @RobinG
    One of the places they drive to is the parking lot of an Indian casino on the Arizona/Mexico border. From there, they cross by foot to 'Molar City' - Algodones, Mexico, where they get dental work that they can afford.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTFhDbwJZ8
    Welcome to Molar City

    You can also walk into a drug store and buy useful drugs like antibiotics for cents on the dollar.

    Read MoreYou can also walk into a drug store and buy useful drugs like antibiotics for cents on the dollar.
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  132. iffen says:
    @Serg Derbst
    Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!Please excuse my geographic blunder which is particularly embarrassing since I've spent some time in Morristown, NJ during the 1990s. Of course, this makes my point entirely void. In Burlington County only 62% voted for Hitlery and 38% for Bernie in the primaries compared to 62.4% for Hitlery and 37.4% for Bernie in Camden County. Such a landslide difference clearly shows how pacifist Burlington dwellers are compared to those ever war mongering Camdeners. Gosh, why didn't I just spend one or two more minutes on googling? I could have just avoided the egg on my face. I'm sure you'd do a much better and not so slipshod job comparing results in our last Bundestagswahl between, say, A-votes and B-votes in Itzehoe and Elmshorn.

    So, thank you very much for your exceptionally bright reply which so aptly demonstrates how your mind is as gifted as your manners are civilized. The intellectual level of an American as cultured as you will never stop to amaze me and this is why I give you, sir, exactly the amount of respect that you deserve.

    God bless America!

    God bless America!

    Thank you, sir. We can use all the help we can get.

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  133. all the very best linh.i shall raise a glass gto you as soon as they open.cheerspm

    Read Moreall the very best linh.i shall raise a glass gto you as soon as they open.cheerspm
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  134. Smolensk says:

    Down is up?

    For years the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer. The leftists waged non stop war against the Reagan administration as narrow minded attacking everything the President stood for.

    Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions.

    Fast forward today. Russia is evil. Steven Speilberg admits he made his movie, “The Post” because he strongly believes in the public’s right to know what government is up to. Yet, he has said nothing in the wake of the leftist resistance to release of The Memo last week which begins to spell out the serious abuse of powers by Obama and Hillary Clinton. No word about his next explosive tell all docudrama, “The Memo”.

    Read MoreDown is up? For years the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer. The leftists waged non stop war against the Reagan administration as narrow minded attacking everything the President stood for. Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions. Fast forward today. Russia is evil. Steven Speilberg admits he made his movie, "The Post" because he strongly believes in the public's right to know what government is up to. Yet, he has said nothing in the wake of the leftist resistance to release of The Memo last week which begins to spell out the serious abuse of powers by Obama and Hillary Clinton. No word about his next explosive tell all docudrama, "The Memo".
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    The notion that "the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer" is rather simplistic. SOME Stalinist types advocated that, but others on the Left rejected the Soviet model and approach, including the whole social democrat wing of the left critical of the Soviets. What you say is dubious.

    Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions

    Overly simplistic. Nixon got plenty of criticism from the Right as well, including his "guaranteed annual income" proposals, his wage and price freeze policies, and his "Philadelphia Plan" of 1969 that inaugurated explicit workplace quotas (in that case against white unions stonewalling on letting blacks work in many jobs and trades). Nix was also criticized by some right wingers for his "opening to China" along with a number of other matters involving his Jew adviser Henry Kissinger.

    11 CONSERVATIVES CRITICIZE NIXON
    http://www.nytimes.com/1971/07/29/archives/11-conservatives-criticize-nixon-headed-by-william-buckley-they.html
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  135. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Nobody traveled the world quite like chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer. A jew with an FBI file to die for. Highlights begin in the commie-is-the-enemy era of mid 20th century American Empire. Bobby Fischer’s family could have been commies, just like any other American according to the mafia, so they had details on the whole mshpkhh mitglider.

    Young Bobby became a hero, beating the Soviets at Chess and sharing the spotlight with Mark Spitz on the cover of Sports Illlustrated. Millions were offered over the brand name, he declined and eventually the cops beat the crap out of him.

    Fischer’s most impressive rebellion came much later however – after the 9/11 pretense. The United States decided to create the “you’re with us or against us” Bobby Fischer stage show starting in the Phillipines because one of their own was way off script.

    The media in front of the Putch administration was obligated to report on the round up of this wayward celebrity – a red line was crossed in such a trying time. They had him held in Japan and almost killed him for his expired slave documents, i.e passport.

    There he was on TV like Manson, long beard and shackled in a Japanese jail. A disheveled anti-semitic crank on the evening news. Made it to Iceland and a hero’s welcome, slipping his mortal coil with more noise and hostility from the American pornographers.

    Read MoreNobody traveled the world quite like chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer. A jew with an FBI file to die for. Highlights begin in the commie-is-the-enemy era of mid 20th century American Empire. Bobby Fischer's family could have been commies, just like any other American according to the mafia, so they had details on the whole mshpkhh mitglider. Young Bobby became a hero, beating the Soviets at Chess and sharing the spotlight with Mark Spitz on the cover of Sports Illlustrated. Millions were offered over the brand name, he declined and eventually the cops beat the crap out of him. Fischer's most impressive rebellion came much later however - after the 9/11 pretense. The United States decided to create the "you're with us or against us" Bobby Fischer stage show starting in the Phillipines because one of their own was way off script. The media in front of the Putch administration was obligated to report on the round up of this wayward celebrity - a red line was crossed in such a trying time. They had him held in Japan and almost killed him for his expired slave documents, i.e passport. There he was on TV like Manson, long beard and shackled in a Japanese jail. A disheveled anti-semitic crank on the evening news. Made it to Iceland and a hero's welcome, slipping his mortal coil with more noise and hostility from the American pornographers.
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    video of Bobby Fischer on 9/11

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkLE90jSCWUvideo of Bobby Fischer on 9/11

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkLE90jSCWU
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  136. you are a very good observer and reporter. do not waste effort to comments from the 85% (see Dunning Kreuger effect) since they cannot see and will never learn. I’ll stick with you any day.

    Read Moreyou are a very good observer and reporter. do not waste effort to comments from the 85% (see Dunning Kreuger effect) since they cannot see and will never learn. I'll stick with you any day.
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  137. When out-of-town friends visit, I like to take them to Camden. With its high crime, horrible government and general wretchedness, it’s the worst of America’s present ..

    Linh Dinh is right about how burned out Camden is, but skips away from one central point that Thomas Sowell and other researchers long pointed out. Palmyrna and other white communities are heavily the way they are often because white people spared them the blasting and bulldozing endured by black Camden via “urban renewal” and “Negro barrier” road construction that turned numerous stable black neighborhoods into crumbling wastelands, including the routing of roads through black areas when a path through white areas would have been more direct and inefficient. Almost every credible history of race and urban landscape mentions such things.

    With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color,” which is a most racist term, for it lumps all non-whites together..

    Agreed white liberals are full of hypocrisy, and are little different than those conservatives who also steer clear of “people of color” while proclaiming their color-blindness. To keep in mind- Riverton was founded by a private development company, and was a dry town way back in the 1800s. The Ku Klux Klan was active burning crosses in Riverton in the 1930s to intimidate blacks into moving out.

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    including the routing of roads through black areas when a path through white areas would have been more direct and inefficient.

    I think that you meant efficient.

    But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

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  138. Behind the bar, there’s a framed, folded flag, with a certificate:… It’s signed by John R. Allen, a black sergeant major, and Lloyd M. Austin, a white lieutenant general. Allen is quoted in several online articles.

    A fine picture of interracial amity, but one many white libertarians and right wingers would disapprove of just a 2 decades ago (and still some at the present day) , because a black man is there living in the town. Even now some white libertarians and some white conservatives lament that federal laws prohibit racial discrimination in housing (though such discrimination is still not insignificant) and lament that racially restrictive covenants cannot be enforced in courts to keep black people like Sergeant Allen out of the white neighborhood. No doubt, aging white bureaucrats or banking functionaries somewhere lament that federal FHA and VA housing subsidies, loans or mortgages are no longer based on race- the “good old days” when the mere presence of one black family in a neighborhood could cause it to be “redlined” off from the federal money, or bank loans.

    Honorary white pundit, the darling Dinesh Dsouza, would rollback civil rights laws so that they only affect public sector matters, not private, meaning that Sergeant Allen would be denied housing in Palmyra, if people like Dsouza held power. All this advanced in a book disarmingly entitled “The End of Racism.” LOL

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  139. “Yes, and I remember when it was mostly dirt roads around here. I was born in 1956.” Back then, even Camden was pleasant, then came the race riots, white flight, industries moving out and the introduction of crack cocaine, meth and synthetic heroin.

    There is some truth to this, though Dinh’s drawing out only yields shallow results. His respondent does not tell the whole story. Camden was a pleasant place in the 1950s, for some citizens, but particularly and most heavily, if you were white. The white guy Dinh talked to had no problem getting a mortgage in his white area, If he was black it would have been a different story. FOr years, no FHA mortgages were even made in large swathes of Camden because blacks and Puerto Ricans were moving into some areas.

    Nor would said white guy have been “steered” into these areas with the worse housing stock. If you were black it was a different story- housing discrimination, “informal” restrictive covenants, denied loans and mortgages, and “negro clearance” road and building projects that blasted and bulldozed stable black neighborhoods, forcing blacks into even more packed, run down areas. And no federal FHA sponsored mortgages were available to black people in these discriminated-against “colored” areas. Black families were on their own, squeezed into already packed zones, while whites got subsidized roads blasting destructively through black neighborhoods, and well financed white areas and suburbs. Eventually the dam burst. It was only a matter of time.

    The book Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City By Howard Gillette, Jr., offers a grim picture of the alleged “good old days” in Camden, and nearby areas. Things were very good, if you were white.

    Buoyed by its rich neighbor, Riverton, and protected, for now, from the madness and squalor of nearby Camden, Palmyra evokes a simpler and healthier America.

    Sure. With no road and building demolition bulldozers turning your neighborhoods into wastelands, with plenty of financing from both banks and the FHA/VA, with no real estate agents ‘steering” you away to burnt out Camden, with not landlords turning you away because of your skin color, etc. things were pretty good and healthy in Palmyra, if you are/were white.

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    no FHA mortgages were even made in large swathes of Camden because blacks and Puerto Ricans were moving into some areas.

    Because FHA was mandated to "get their money back." If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.
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  140. @Bragadocious
    I asked you to do one thing. Prove that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country's destruction.

    And you can't do it. Why?

    Because you made it up.

    Prove that you are not evil.

    Read MoreProve that you are not evil.
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  141. iffen says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    When out-of-town friends visit, I like to take them to Camden. With its high crime, horrible government and general wretchedness, it’s the worst of America’s present ..

    Linh Dinh is right about how burned out Camden is, but skips away from one central point that Thomas Sowell and other researchers long pointed out. Palmyrna and other white communities are heavily the way they are often because white people spared them the blasting and bulldozing endured by black Camden via "urban renewal" and "Negro barrier" road construction that turned numerous stable black neighborhoods into crumbling wastelands, including the routing of roads through black areas when a path through white areas would have been more direct and inefficient. Almost every credible history of race and urban landscape mentions such things.



    With no minorities to speak of, Riverton has dozens of signs proclaiming, “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” One trumpets, “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Surely you’ve noticed that those who are most ostentatious about their racial tolerance tend to stay clear of all “people of color,” which is a most racist term, for it lumps all non-whites together..

    Agreed white liberals are full of hypocrisy, and are little different than those conservatives who also steer clear of "people of color" while proclaiming their color-blindness. To keep in mind- Riverton was founded by a private development company, and was a dry town way back in the 1800s. The Ku Klux Klan was active burning crosses in Riverton in the 1930s to intimidate blacks into moving out.

    including the routing of roads through black areas when a path through white areas would have been more direct and inefficient.

    I think that you meant efficient.

    But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

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    I think that you meant efficient. But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

    Yes I mean efficient. It apparently happened a lot as part of the whole "negro removal" er "so-called "urban renewal" activities according to the book cited- Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City By Howard Gillette. (See topic "urban renewal" inside via Google books). And not only in Camden but in a lot of other places with black urban neighborhoods. Consider the research below on Birmingham and elsewhere on how many roadways were deliberately routed through black neighborhoods:

    "Another particularly egregious example of the deleterious effects of highway construction is Birmingham, Alabama’s, interstate highway system, which curved and twisted to bisect several black neighborhoods rather than taking a more direct route through some predominantly white neighborhoods. The highway system essentially followed the boundaries that had been established in 1926 as part of the city’s racial zoning law, although these boundaries technically had been removed a few years before the highway construction began in 1956.7 Other examples include the federal and state highway system in Atlanta, Georgia, which also separated white and black neighborhoods; and the construction of I-95 in Florida, which displaced many black residents in Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood."
    --William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56
     
    and

    "In any case, the freeways had a devastating impact on the neighborhoods of black Americans. These developments not only spurred relocation from the cities to the suburbs among better-off residents, but the freeways themselves “created barriers between the sections of the cities, walling off poor and minority neighborhoods from central business districts.”4 For instance, a number of studies revealed how Richard J. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, used the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to route expressways through impoverished African American neighborhoods, resulting in even greater segregation and isolation.5 A lasting legacy of that policy is the fourteen-lane Dan Ryan Expressway, which created a barrier between black and white neighborhoods.6 "
    --William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56
     
    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back.” If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.

    But here's the kicker. The FHA denied mortgage help to those in black neighborhoods to begin with, and also black INDIVIDUALS who tried to buy outside the more rundown "approved for colored" neighborhoods, even though these people were ell able to afford houses outside. Didn;t matter- they were black. Indeed the presence of one black family in a neighborhood was enough for FHA or its proxies to "taint" the neighborhood and "redline" it off from favorable financing. It was the FHA that in part, caused the problem to begin with. The book- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, 2017 by Richard Rothstein lays out the dismal facts pretty well.
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  142. iffen says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    “Yes, and I remember when it was mostly dirt roads around here. I was born in 1956.” Back then, even Camden was pleasant, then came the race riots, white flight, industries moving out and the introduction of crack cocaine, meth and synthetic heroin.

    There is some truth to this, though Dinh's drawing out only yields shallow results. His respondent does not tell the whole story. Camden was a pleasant place in the 1950s, for some citizens, but particularly and most heavily, if you were white. The white guy Dinh talked to had no problem getting a mortgage in his white area, If he was black it would have been a different story. FOr years, no FHA mortgages were even made in large swathes of Camden because blacks and Puerto Ricans were moving into some areas.

    Nor would said white guy have been "steered" into these areas with the worse housing stock. If you were black it was a different story- housing discrimination, "informal" restrictive covenants, denied loans and mortgages, and "negro clearance" road and building projects that blasted and bulldozed stable black neighborhoods, forcing blacks into even more packed, run down areas. And no federal FHA sponsored mortgages were available to black people in these discriminated-against "colored" areas. Black families were on their own, squeezed into already packed zones, while whites got subsidized roads blasting destructively through black neighborhoods, and well financed white areas and suburbs. Eventually the dam burst. It was only a matter of time.

    The book Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City By Howard Gillette, Jr., offers a grim picture of the alleged "good old days" in Camden, and nearby areas. Things were very good, if you were white.


    Buoyed by its rich neighbor, Riverton, and protected, for now, from the madness and squalor of nearby Camden, Palmyra evokes a simpler and healthier America.

    Sure. With no road and building demolition bulldozers turning your neighborhoods into wastelands, with plenty of financing from both banks and the FHA/VA, with no real estate agents 'steering" you away to burnt out Camden, with not landlords turning you away because of your skin color, etc. things were pretty good and healthy in Palmyra, if you are/were white.

    no FHA mortgages were even made in large swathes of Camden because blacks and Puerto Ricans were moving into some areas.

    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back.” If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.

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    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back" knowing that some of the loans and fraud they approved were designed to fail anyway.

    Conservatism in America means refuge of the stupid. During the financial crisis the conservatives supported the Government because Daddy and the cops and the military would protect them and pay them off. The evil debt slaves wouldn't pay the money they supposedly owed.

    Realty can be ugly. The US needs ways to bring in money from organized crime the world over -- the reality of realty. Remember realty for your laundry needs.Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back" knowing that some of the loans and fraud they approved were designed to fail anyway.

    Conservatism in America means refuge of the stupid. During the financial crisis the conservatives supported the Government because Daddy and the cops and the military would protect them and pay them off. The evil debt slaves wouldn't pay the money they supposedly owed.

    Realty can be ugly. The US needs ways to bring in money from organized crime the world over -- the reality of realty. Remember realty for your laundry needs.

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  143. republic says:
    @Anonymous
    Nobody traveled the world quite like chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer. A jew with an FBI file to die for. Highlights begin in the commie-is-the-enemy era of mid 20th century American Empire. Bobby Fischer's family could have been commies, just like any other American according to the mafia, so they had details on the whole mshpkhh mitglider.

    Young Bobby became a hero, beating the Soviets at Chess and sharing the spotlight with Mark Spitz on the cover of Sports Illlustrated. Millions were offered over the brand name, he declined and eventually the cops beat the crap out of him.

    Fischer's most impressive rebellion came much later however - after the 9/11 pretense. The United States decided to create the "you're with us or against us" Bobby Fischer stage show starting in the Phillipines because one of their own was way off script.

    The media in front of the Putch administration was obligated to report on the round up of this wayward celebrity - a red line was crossed in such a trying time. They had him held in Japan and almost killed him for his expired slave documents, i.e passport.

    There he was on TV like Manson, long beard and shackled in a Japanese jail. A disheveled anti-semitic crank on the evening news. Made it to Iceland and a hero's welcome, slipping his mortal coil with more noise and hostility from the American pornographers.Nobody traveled the world quite like chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer. A jew with an FBI file to die for. Highlights begin in the commie-is-the-enemy era of mid 20th century American Empire. Bobby Fischer's family could have been commies, just like any other American according to the mafia, so they had details on the whole mshpkhh mitglider.

    Young Bobby became a hero, beating the Soviets at Chess and sharing the spotlight with Mark Spitz on the cover of Sports Illlustrated. Millions were offered over the brand name, he declined and eventually the cops beat the crap out of him.

    Fischer's most impressive rebellion came much later however - after the 9/11 pretense. The United States decided to create the "you're with us or against us" Bobby Fischer stage show starting in the Phillipines because one of their own was way off script.

    The media in front of the Putch administration was obligated to report on the round up of this wayward celebrity - a red line was crossed in such a trying time. They had him held in Japan and almost killed him for his expired slave documents, i.e passport.

    There he was on TV like Manson, long beard and shackled in a Japanese jail. A disheveled anti-semitic crank on the evening news. Made it to Iceland and a hero's welcome, slipping his mortal coil with more noise and hostility from the American pornographers.

    video of Bobby Fischer on 9/11

    Read Morevideo of Bobby Fischer on 9/11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkLE90jSCWU
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  144. @iffen
    no FHA mortgages were even made in large swathes of Camden because blacks and Puerto Ricans were moving into some areas.

    Because FHA was mandated to "get their money back." If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.

    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back” knowing that some of the loans and fraud they approved were designed to fail anyway.

    Conservatism in America means refuge of the stupid. During the financial crisis the conservatives supported the Government because Daddy and the cops and the military would protect them and pay them off. The evil debt slaves wouldn’t pay the money they supposedly owed.

    Realty can be ugly. The US needs ways to bring in money from organized crime the world over — the reality of realty. Remember realty for your laundry needs.

    Read MoreBecause FHA was mandated to “get their money back" knowing that some of the loans and fraud they approved were designed to fail anyway. Conservatism in America means refuge of the stupid. During the financial crisis the conservatives supported the Government because Daddy and the cops and the military would protect them and pay them off. The evil debt slaves wouldn't pay the money they supposedly owed. Realty can be ugly. The US needs ways to bring in money from organized crime the world over -- the reality of realty. Remember realty for your laundry needs.
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  145. @eah
    worship the US military

    Most Americans have respect for military personnel -- but they don't "worship" the military as an institution, nor how the Wash DC Establishment uses it.

    make any difference

    Suppose what you say about people in Palmyra (and the US) is true (I don't think it is): how would their opposition (short of violent revolution) have mattered? -- what is the difference between Republicans and Democrats here?

    The Alt-right is gaining strength in no small part because it is isolationist -- people are fed up with this 'invade the world, invite the world' bullshit -- something you don't seem to recognize.

    I consider it a form of worship when entire rooms-full of Americans (typically at airports) stand, cheer and clap like mindless idiots at the sight of US military personnel exiting incoming or boarding outgoing flights.

    Read MoreI consider it a form of worship when entire rooms-full of Americans (typically at airports) stand, cheer and clap like mindless idiots at the sight of US military personnel exiting incoming or boarding outgoing flights.
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  146. @anarchyst
    You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,

    I believe Fidel Castro might fall into the same category. That is, turning to Russia and Communism more out of desperation than for any other reason. What other course could he have possibly taken that would have resulted in his surviving repeated made on his life by eight or nine US presidents?

    Read MoreI believe Fidel Castro might fall into the same category. That is, turning to Russia and Communism more out of desperation than for any other reason. What other course could he have possibly taken that would have resulted in his surviving repeated made on his life by eight or nine US presidents?
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  147. Hi Linh,

    Snowbound tonight in Scranton, am homebound, & listening to the Eagle game on radio. Pats just scored late in 2nd quarter and cut into Philadelphia lead, 15-12.

    Otherwise, I thought some about your insightful words, “black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and pieces of cloth.”

    President Obama calmly announced to Americans that Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. I hesitated to believe the killing news broadcast because I considered O.B.L. had already departed.

    At any rate, either that evening or the next, I watched local WBRE news which featured joyful students from the Jesuit University of Scranton who celebrated the killing. Can not access this particular news clip, but below is a You Tube video that presents how Americans (in general) united & celebrated the murder of O.B.L. who had no role in the 9/11 attacks.

    Consequently, your “uniting” insight & the tragic death of American “noble ideas” especially resonated with me, and tonight, I wish both you and the Eagles well.

    Read MoreHi Linh, Snowbound tonight in Scranton, am homebound, & listening to the Eagle game on radio. Pats just scored late in 2nd quarter and cut into Philadelphia lead, 15-12. Otherwise, I thought some about your insightful words, "black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and pieces of cloth." President Obama calmly announced to Americans that Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. I hesitated to believe the killing news broadcast because I considered O.B.L. had already departed. At any rate, either that evening or the next, I watched local WBRE news which featured joyful students from the Jesuit University of Scranton who celebrated the killing. Can not access this particular news clip, but below is a You Tube video that presents how Americans (in general) united & celebrated the murder of O.B.L. who had no role in the 9/11 attacks. https://youtu.be/bc32Rn_2FF4 Consequently, your "uniting" insight & the tragic death of American "noble ideas" especially resonated with me, and tonight, I wish both you and the Eagles well.
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    Chuck, it's real good to hear that your Philadelphia Eagles won it!

    Let's all hope that Linh never stops sending us, the magic postcards.

    Keep on truckin' brother.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z2DtNW79sQChuck, it's real good to hear that your Philadelphia Eagles won it!

    Let's all hope that Linh never stops sending us, the magic postcards.

    Keep on truckin' brother.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z2DtNW79sQ
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  148. @Clyde
    We look forward to your pieces on how lousy parts of Vietnam are and how low some of the people are. You will back here within five years. At most seven. Unlike the Vietnamese you will be living with, you will know you have an escape hatch....back to America. Bon voyage!We look forward to your pieces on how lousy parts of Vietnam are and how low some of the people are. You will back here within five years. At most seven. Unlike the Vietnamese you will be living with, you will know you have an escape hatch....back to America. Bon voyage!

    Funny! When I announced to friends that I was departing the US for good, many were incredulous saying things like, “People don’t leave America! The whole world wants to come to America!”. I left and feel grateful for doing so every single day. I only wish I’d done it sooner. Life is far less stressful now, the air is cleaner, the streets are cleaner, the beaches and oceans are cleaner, there’s less crime especially violent crime, the people are more relaxed and easygoing and I could go on and on. Friends ask me when I’m returning for a visit and I just keep putting it off preferring to remember it as it was when it was much nicer than it is now. Good luck L.D.

    Read MoreFunny! When I announced to friends that I was departing the US for good, many were incredulous saying things like, "People don't leave America! The whole world wants to come to America!". I left and feel grateful for doing so every single day. I only wish I'd done it sooner. Life is far less stressful now, the air is cleaner, the streets are cleaner, the beaches and oceans are cleaner, there's less crime especially violent crime, the people are more relaxed and easygoing and I could go on and on. Friends ask me when I'm returning for a visit and I just keep putting it off preferring to remember it as it was when it was much nicer than it is now. Good luck L.D.
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  149. @anarchyst
    You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,You are correct about "uncle Ho" seeking American help. However, "Uncle Ho" DID have a communist streak within him, according to his own writings.
    It is likely that, if we had helped kick the French out of Vietnam, it still would have gone communist.
    Regards,

    I read that when Uncle Ho attended his first convention of international communists he was asked if he was a Marxist or for Trotsky, he is said to have asked in reply, “which one is for national independence?”.

    Americans frequently confuse programs for the good of the greater society to be communism. Healthcare is a good example.

    An old veteran (2nd Battalion 8th Marines iirc) friend of mine, now deceased, always maintained that the war in Vietnam destroyed America. He was as tough as they come and fiercely patriotic but I witnessed him weep on occasion whenever this came up. He drank himself to an early grave.

    Read MoreI read that when Uncle Ho attended his first convention of international communists he was asked if he was a Marxist or for Trotsky, he is said to have asked in reply, "which one is for national independence?". Americans frequently confuse programs for the good of the greater society to be communism. Healthcare is a good example. An old veteran (2nd Battalion 8th Marines iirc) friend of mine, now deceased, always maintained that the war in Vietnam destroyed America. He was as tough as they come and fiercely patriotic but I witnessed him weep on occasion whenever this came up. He drank himself to an early grave.
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  150. @Clyde
    Just for the heck of it...... How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?Just for the heck of it...... How much will internet access cost you per month in Vietnam? Or will you write offline and post from an internet cafe?

    Why would that matter?

    Read MoreWhy would that matter?
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    "Why would that matter?"

    Because, USA USA USA."Why would that matter?"

    Because, USA USA USA.
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  151. @iffen
    including the routing of roads through black areas when a path through white areas would have been more direct and inefficient.

    I think that you meant efficient.

    But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

    I think that you meant efficient. But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

    Yes I mean efficient. It apparently happened a lot as part of the whole “negro removal” er “so-called “urban renewal” activities according to the book cited- Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City By Howard Gillette. (See topic “urban renewal” inside via Google books). And not only in Camden but in a lot of other places with black urban neighborhoods. Consider the research below on Birmingham and elsewhere on how many roadways were deliberately routed through black neighborhoods:

    “Another particularly egregious example of the deleterious effects of highway construction is Birmingham, Alabama’s, interstate highway system, which curved and twisted to bisect several black neighborhoods rather than taking a more direct route through some predominantly white neighborhoods. The highway system essentially followed the boundaries that had been established in 1926 as part of the city’s racial zoning law, although these boundaries technically had been removed a few years before the highway construction began in 1956.7 Other examples include the federal and state highway system in Atlanta, Georgia, which also separated white and black neighborhoods; and the construction of I-95 in Florida, which displaced many black residents in Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood.”
    –William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56

    and

    “In any case, the freeways had a devastating impact on the neighborhoods of black Americans. These developments not only spurred relocation from the cities to the suburbs among better-off residents, but the freeways themselves “created barriers between the sections of the cities, walling off poor and minority neighborhoods from central business districts.”4 For instance, a number of studies revealed how Richard J. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, used the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to route expressways through impoverished African American neighborhoods, resulting in even greater segregation and isolation.5 A lasting legacy of that policy is the fourteen-lane Dan Ryan Expressway, which created a barrier between black and white neighborhoods.6 ”
    –William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56

    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back.” If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.

    But here’s the kicker. The FHA denied mortgage help to those in black neighborhoods to begin with, and also black INDIVIDUALS who tried to buy outside the more rundown “approved for colored” neighborhoods, even though these people were ell able to afford houses outside. Didn;t matter- they were black. Indeed the presence of one black family in a neighborhood was enough for FHA or its proxies to “taint” the neighborhood and “redline” it off from favorable financing. It was the FHA that in part, caused the problem to begin with. The book- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, 2017 by Richard Rothstein lays out the dismal facts pretty well.

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    FHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down.

    I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.FHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down.

    I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.
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  152. iffen says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    I think that you meant efficient. But your point is understood and it did happen, what? Once, twice?

    Yes I mean efficient. It apparently happened a lot as part of the whole "negro removal" er "so-called "urban renewal" activities according to the book cited- Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City By Howard Gillette. (See topic "urban renewal" inside via Google books). And not only in Camden but in a lot of other places with black urban neighborhoods. Consider the research below on Birmingham and elsewhere on how many roadways were deliberately routed through black neighborhoods:

    "Another particularly egregious example of the deleterious effects of highway construction is Birmingham, Alabama’s, interstate highway system, which curved and twisted to bisect several black neighborhoods rather than taking a more direct route through some predominantly white neighborhoods. The highway system essentially followed the boundaries that had been established in 1926 as part of the city’s racial zoning law, although these boundaries technically had been removed a few years before the highway construction began in 1956.7 Other examples include the federal and state highway system in Atlanta, Georgia, which also separated white and black neighborhoods; and the construction of I-95 in Florida, which displaced many black residents in Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood."
    --William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56
     
    and

    "In any case, the freeways had a devastating impact on the neighborhoods of black Americans. These developments not only spurred relocation from the cities to the suburbs among better-off residents, but the freeways themselves “created barriers between the sections of the cities, walling off poor and minority neighborhoods from central business districts.”4 For instance, a number of studies revealed how Richard J. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, used the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to route expressways through impoverished African American neighborhoods, resulting in even greater segregation and isolation.5 A lasting legacy of that policy is the fourteen-lane Dan Ryan Expressway, which created a barrier between black and white neighborhoods.6 "
    --William Julius Wilson 2009. More than Just Race, p54-56
     
    Because FHA was mandated to “get their money back.” If blacks and Puerto Ricans move into your area the property values go down and you have a more difficult time of getting your money back. Reality can be ugly.

    But here's the kicker. The FHA denied mortgage help to those in black neighborhoods to begin with, and also black INDIVIDUALS who tried to buy outside the more rundown "approved for colored" neighborhoods, even though these people were ell able to afford houses outside. Didn;t matter- they were black. Indeed the presence of one black family in a neighborhood was enough for FHA or its proxies to "taint" the neighborhood and "redline" it off from favorable financing. It was the FHA that in part, caused the problem to begin with. The book- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, 2017 by Richard Rothstein lays out the dismal facts pretty well.

    FHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down.

    I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.

    Read MoreFHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down. I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.
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    But the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving "redlined" loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old "redlined" maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in "reserved white" areas, caused the block or area to be "redlined" off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing.

    The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be "flagged" and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways.

    1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of "connected" white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change.

    2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus "ethnically cleansing" certain zones desired by whites.

    3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price.

    4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier "walling off" the black areas from "reserved" white ones.

    5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people.

    6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared "blighted"- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to "redevelop" it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters

    7) Most of the "negro barrier" or "negro removal" construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money!

    All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly "race neutral" measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and "redevelopment." Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the "good old days" were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!But the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving "redlined" loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old "redlined" maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in "reserved white" areas, caused the block or area to be "redlined" off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing.

    The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be "flagged" and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways.

    1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of "connected" white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change.

    2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus "ethnically cleansing" certain zones desired by whites.

    3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price.

    4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier "walling off" the black areas from "reserved" white ones.

    5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people.

    6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared "blighted"- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to "redevelop" it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters

    7) Most of the "negro barrier" or "negro removal" construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money!

    All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly "race neutral" measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and "redevelopment." Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the "good old days" were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

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  153. Biff says:
    @iffen

    moving across the globe is no joke,
     

    An understatement.


    We sure have a lot of jokesters wanting to come to America.

    We sure have a lot of jokesters wanting to come to America.

    They can have the dump.

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  154. @iffen
    FHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down.

    I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.FHA did not cause the fact that if blacks are moving into the area, property values go down.

    I am sympathetic to the idea that we should be against destruction of neighborhoods, but the idea that it was racism aforethought has been overplayed.

    But the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving “redlined” loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old “redlined” maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in “reserved white” areas, caused the block or area to be “redlined” off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing.

    The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be “flagged” and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways.

    1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of “connected” white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change.

    2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus “ethnically cleansing” certain zones desired by whites.

    3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price.

    4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier “walling off” the black areas from “reserved” white ones.

    5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people.

    6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared “blighted”- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to “redevelop” it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters

    7) Most of the “negro barrier” or “negro removal” construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money!

    All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly “race neutral” measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and “redevelopment.” Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the “good old days” were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

    Read MoreBut the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving "redlined" loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old "redlined" maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in "reserved white" areas, caused the block or area to be "redlined" off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing. The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be "flagged" and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways. 1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of "connected" white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change. 2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus "ethnically cleansing" certain zones desired by whites. 3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price. 4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier "walling off" the black areas from "reserved" white ones. 5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people. 6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared "blighted"- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to "redevelop" it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters 7) Most of the "negro barrier" or "negro removal" construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money! All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly "race neutral" measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and "redevelopment." Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the "good old days" were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!
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    Yep- the “good old days” were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

    The color of the money is green. Some blacks do quite well in our economy.

    I think that it is called white privilege. Statistically, on average, an American is better off being white than black. This will never change. The only way around it is if we end up with one light brown race.

    It's not "fair" but that's the way it is.

    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed. The change from white to black can be very slow. I have been in the same house for almost 40 years and the area has been very slowly changing from white to black.

    If you look only at one, and only one facet, race, whites are more likely to repay their debts than blacks.

    We live in a complex environment. The more capable are going to be upwardly mobile while the less capable will be downwardly mobile.

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  155. Well damn. I was hoping to run into you at a bar some day., perhaps in Boulder, where we could observe the last stage; the children pacified on soma and committed to Community, Identity, and Stability.

    Read MoreWell damn. I was hoping to run into you at a bar some day., perhaps in Boulder, where we could observe the last stage; the children pacified on soma and committed to Community, Identity, and Stability.
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  156. iffen says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    But the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving "redlined" loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old "redlined" maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in "reserved white" areas, caused the block or area to be "redlined" off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing.

    The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be "flagged" and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways.

    1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of "connected" white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change.

    2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus "ethnically cleansing" certain zones desired by whites.

    3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price.

    4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier "walling off" the black areas from "reserved" white ones.

    5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people.

    6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared "blighted"- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to "redevelop" it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters

    7) Most of the "negro barrier" or "negro removal" construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money!

    All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly "race neutral" measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and "redevelopment." Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the "good old days" were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!But the FHA played a significant part in that, as credible researchers show. By refusing loan help to blacks outright, or in some other areas, only approving "redlined" loans within the worse rundown areas, the FHA and assorted proxies helped create or perpetuate numerous black ghettoes, as the wheels of the white machine continually pushed blacks into the most overcrowded areas with second rate or worse property. As for property values going down, the FHA also played a significant part. Old "redlined" maps sometimes show that the presence of just one negro family in "reserved white" areas, caused the block or area to be "redlined" off and discriminated against as regards FHA backed financing, and associated financing.

    The opposition to decent middle class blacks in neighborhood after neighborhood- doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, etc- solid black people who could afford the housing and make their payments on time is part of the negative fallout from such policies put in place by whites who controlled the levers of finance and power. Just ask the middle class black pioneers in these areas- encountering howling white mobs, burning crosses, smashed windows, firebombs, continual harassment. There were a lot of white people who may have had no particular prejudice against blacks, but just the appearance of one black family nearby meant his housing area would be "flagged" and values thus worsened. FHA policies and associated proxies working with the FHA like banks and realtors created strong incentives that it would be so. The white machine also manipulated road construction to turn numerous black neighborhoods into wastelands. This was beneficial to whites in 7 ways.

    1) Certain of destroyed black areas could then be appropriated for development by white developers- particularly where they were near desirable locations such as waterfronts, or that became valuable as urban property markets heated up. The areas destroyed could be acquired for a song by the cosy network of "connected" white developers, realtors, financiers etc, and resold for a nice piece of change.

    2) Destruction of the black neighborhoods would force the blacks to move- thus "ethnically cleansing" certain zones desired by whites.

    3) As the displaced blacks piled on top of each other into more crowed areas, they could be charged higher rents for substandard housing by white landlords. When things got too bad, the properties could be torched for the insurance payouts. If not, the more rundown housing could be unloaded on desperate blacks for a premium price.

    4) Destruction of the black neighborhoods had benefits 1, 2 and 3 above, but in addition, the busy new roads and highways were used as a barrier "walling off" the black areas from "reserved" white ones.

    5) Routing of the new roads and highways thru black areas meant new transport access to fast growing white suburbs which faced no discriminatory financing barriers. IN these suburbs would be better housing, better schools, more jobs etc. for white people, and more chances to built wealth via home-ownership. In the meantime, the blacks would be kept out by discriminatory financing, real estate agent sandbagging, informal restrictive covenants., etc Sweet! All in all a super deal for white people.

    6) Some black areas, already run down., could be declared "blighted"- thus the white run jurisdiction would qualify for federal or state money to "redevelop" it. Mo money for white politicians to play with and reward white cronies and supporters

    7) Most of the "negro barrier" or "negro removal" construction jobs would go to whites, in particular white unions, who also, did not allow blacks into many skilled trades.Mo money!

    All down the line, whites reaped a sweet profit. And best of all, it could all be done with seemingly "race neutral" measures. Anonymous white architects, bankers and bureaucrats would quietly sign off on the paperwork, as would politicians claiming credit for road expansion and "redevelopment." Credible studies show the above patterns in city after city, from Birmingham in the deep South, to Newark in the north, to Chicago in the middle as smiling mayor Richard Daley quietly signed the paperwork to turn those road bulldozers loose on black areas. Yep- the "good old days" were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

    Yep- the “good old days” were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

    The color of the money is green. Some blacks do quite well in our economy.

    I think that it is called white privilege. Statistically, on average, an American is better off being white than black. This will never change. The only way around it is if we end up with one light brown race.

    It’s not “fair” but that’s the way it is.

    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed. The change from white to black can be very slow. I have been in the same house for almost 40 years and the area has been very slowly changing from white to black.

    If you look only at one, and only one facet, race, whites are more likely to repay their debts than blacks.

    We live in a complex environment. The more capable are going to be upwardly mobile while the less capable will be downwardly mobile.

    Read More
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    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    Nope, discrimination is alive and well, its just not as open, but more disguised- worse in the craft unions than in the industrial unions, (continuing a historical pattern) as most credible research on the issue will show. Manipulation of seniority rules for example can sometimes accomplish pretty much the same results as the old open Jim Crow systems. See for example standard texts such as Equal Employment Opportunity: Labor Market Discrimination and Public Policy 2016. edited by Paul Burstein). That being said, it is not as blatant or bad as it was 50 year ago.

    The passage of civil rights laws did not eliminate discrimination. Decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, political lobbying etc remained ahead, and are still ongoing in some areas. Behind the scenes, in new guises, a lot of manipulation is still going on, and not only involving blacks. See for example the candid, well buttressed article of conservative Ron Unz hisself on discrimination.
    http://www.unz.com/runz/asian-quotas-in-the-ivy-league-we-see-nothing/


    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed.

    On average, sure, but that's not merely because they are majority black. Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors. Systematic "redlining" by whites for example ensures that those neighborhoods do not get the same financing opportunities or valuations as comparable or in some cases, worse white areas. See the article below- 8 recent court cases show such white manipulation is alive and well.

    Eight Recent Cases That Show Redlining is Still Alive and Evolving
    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/09/redlining-is-alive-and-welland-evolving/407497/

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  157. JackOH says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    LinhHi Dr. X,

    It is purely economical. There is a lot to work out, and moving across the globe is no joke, so I will reveal more as the picture becomes clearer.

    And many thanks for the good wishes from everyone. I will certainly continue to write here, as there is a lot to report from this corner of the world. Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are also nearby and not too expensive to get to.

    Linh

    Linh, back in the 1990s when I thought about emigrating from the States, economics was uppermost in my mind, too. I was paying dues, but it seemed certain I was never getting in the club. But, to my surprise, America’s godawful politics forced itself into my thinking as a strong secondary motive.

    Our politics, in my opinion, has had very bad effects on the quality of the American people. As you mention, we’ve got folks who actually believe unreflectively in obvious hypocrisies and stupidities. The White ‘burbs touting diversity in the knowledge that diversity will never happen. The local less selective state university that’s styled as a research university by the state, although it’s common knowledge among insiders that research is actually discouraged because department chairs and senior faculty don’t want their vocational featherbeds upset. And on and on.

    Again, God bless, and hope to read some dispatches from Vietnam.

    Read MoreLinh, back in the 1990s when I thought about emigrating from the States, economics was uppermost in my mind, too. I was paying dues, but it seemed certain I was never getting in the club. But, to my surprise, America's godawful politics forced itself into my thinking as a strong secondary motive. Our politics, in my opinion, has had very bad effects on the quality of the American people. As you mention, we've got folks who actually believe unreflectively in obvious hypocrisies and stupidities. The White 'burbs touting diversity in the knowledge that diversity will never happen. The local less selective state university that's styled as a research university by the state, although it's common knowledge among insiders that research is actually discouraged because department chairs and senior faculty don't want their vocational featherbeds upset. And on and on. Again, God bless, and hope to read some dispatches from Vietnam.
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  158. Che Guava says:

    Good evening Linh.

    I am happy for you that you have gone from being expelled (as you were replying to my first reply to you) to being able to and wanting to return.

    Someone high up in the CP must really love your poetry. or it may be simply for your recent marriage.

    Regards, if in JP always free to ask Ron for mail address, but your new wife would likely not allowing it.

    Read MoreGood evening Linh. I am happy for you that you have gone from being expelled (as you were replying to my first reply to you) to being able to and wanting to return. Someone high up in the CP must really love your poetry. or it may be simply for your recent marriage. Regards, if in JP always free to ask Ron for mail address, but your new wife would likely not allowing it.
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    He does not need to meet a Japanese tranny. Real women are significantly more appealing, regardless of nationality and race.He does not need to meet a Japanese tranny. Real women are significantly more appealing, regardless of nationality and race.
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  159. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @neutral
    However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end).

    As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.However unhappy Linh Dinh is with his current circumstances, I need to point out the fact that at least he has a homeland he can return to. For whites we have no such blessings, all we have got are various zones that practice virulent anti white policies (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, they are all the same in the end).

    As a white nationalist I do not lament but celebrate the demise of the USA, as the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the USA is the most destructive regime to whites globally. So should any white person who values his race more than just an idea that clearly is being practiced by only a very rapidly shrinking group of people.

    There’s Eastern Europe and Russia, though for some reason they all have terrible incomes, with Russia probably doing the best there.

    Read MoreThere's Eastern Europe and Russia, though for some reason they all have terrible incomes, with Russia probably doing the best there.
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  160. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The US won’t be able to finance it’s wars through the swindle – home loans, car loans, school loans and other forms of debt slavery usually reserved for other countries but now crushing the life out of the countryside. Little islands of we-stole-it prosperity are going to be over run when the shit hits the fan, pay back will be brutal.

    Meanwhile, the US will do what any empire has done in the past, build fences, install more monitoring equipement, hire more goons with guns and ramp up criminal justice to take aim at the population to put more slaves to work. Being poor already means you have a higher chance of being shot by the cops, if you work with kids that means you’re already a potential jail bird and if you post on social media they know all about you.

    Every person in prison must work for free or suffer severe punishment. The same corporations who won’t hire slaves after they get out of slavery camps gladly hire the actual slaves from the federal and state governments. Every judge takes an oath to enforce slavery. Every judge gets a portion of his or her salary from the labor of slaves. Unicor.gov sells slave products and services for the federal government. Every state has its own version. Every politician supports slavery. I suspect more Viets in any of the immigration waves that entered the US are looking at moving back to a place that isn’t as bad as it was compared to where they are now.

    Read MoreThe US won't be able to finance it's wars through the swindle - home loans, car loans, school loans and other forms of debt slavery usually reserved for other countries but now crushing the life out of the countryside. Little islands of we-stole-it prosperity are going to be over run when the shit hits the fan, pay back will be brutal. Meanwhile, the US will do what any empire has done in the past, build fences, install more monitoring equipement, hire more goons with guns and ramp up criminal justice to take aim at the population to put more slaves to work. Being poor already means you have a higher chance of being shot by the cops, if you work with kids that means you're already a potential jail bird and if you post on social media they know all about you. Every person in prison must work for free or suffer severe punishment. The same corporations who won't hire slaves after they get out of slavery camps gladly hire the actual slaves from the federal and state governments. Every judge takes an oath to enforce slavery. Every judge gets a portion of his or her salary from the labor of slaves. Unicor.gov sells slave products and services for the federal government. Every state has its own version. Every politician supports slavery. I suspect more Viets in any of the immigration waves that entered the US are looking at moving back to a place that isn't as bad as it was compared to where they are now.
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  161. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Che Guava
    Good evening Linh.

    I am happy for you that you have gone from being expelled (as you were replying to my first reply to you) to being able to and wanting to return.

    Someone high up in the CP must really love your poetry. or it may be simply for your recent marriage.

    Regards, if in JP always free to ask Ron for mail address, but your new wife would likely not allowing it.Good evening Linh.

    I am happy for you that you have gone from being expelled (as you were replying to my first reply to you) to being able to and wanting to return.

    Someone high up in the CP must really love your poetry. or it may be simply for your recent marriage.

    Regards, if in JP always free to ask Ron for mail address, but your new wife would likely not allowing it.

    He does not need to meet a Japanese tranny. Real women are significantly more appealing, regardless of nationality and race.

    Read MoreHe does not need to meet a Japanese tranny. Real women are significantly more appealing, regardless of nationality and race.
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  162. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Just like Pepe Escobar, Tony Carlucci or the Glenn Greenwald. Hangin’ out overseas, tourin’ Asia, writin’ opinion pieces, drinkin’, scribblin’, influencin’, cartoonin’, facebookin’, twittin’, unzin’ — ‘Murica fuck yeah! Linh Dinh’s penis! I bet you wouldn’t see Princeton’s Chris Hedges haulin’ ass out of the country unless it was some yawn/scold of an intinerary to the Middle Earth.

    Read MoreJust like Pepe Escobar, Tony Carlucci or the Glenn Greenwald. Hangin' out overseas, tourin' Asia, writin' opinion pieces, drinkin', scribblin', influencin', cartoonin', facebookin', twittin', unzin' -- 'Murica fuck yeah! Linh Dinh's penis! I bet you wouldn't see Princeton's Chris Hedges haulin' ass out of the country unless it was some yawn/scold of an intinerary to the Middle Earth.
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  163. @iffen
    Yep- the “good old days” were pretty good- if you were white, and the profits and benefits all carry forward to future generations. Sweet!

    The color of the money is green. Some blacks do quite well in our economy.

    I think that it is called white privilege. Statistically, on average, an American is better off being white than black. This will never change. The only way around it is if we end up with one light brown race.

    It's not "fair" but that's the way it is.

    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed. The change from white to black can be very slow. I have been in the same house for almost 40 years and the area has been very slowly changing from white to black.

    If you look only at one, and only one facet, race, whites are more likely to repay their debts than blacks.

    We live in a complex environment. The more capable are going to be upwardly mobile while the less capable will be downwardly mobile.

    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    Nope, discrimination is alive and well, its just not as open, but more disguised- worse in the craft unions than in the industrial unions, (continuing a historical pattern) as most credible research on the issue will show. Manipulation of seniority rules for example can sometimes accomplish pretty much the same results as the old open Jim Crow systems. See for example standard texts such as Equal Employment Opportunity: Labor Market Discrimination and Public Policy 2016. edited by Paul Burstein). That being said, it is not as blatant or bad as it was 50 year ago.

    The passage of civil rights laws did not eliminate discrimination. Decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, political lobbying etc remained ahead, and are still ongoing in some areas. Behind the scenes, in new guises, a lot of manipulation is still going on, and not only involving blacks. See for example the candid, well buttressed article of conservative Ron Unz hisself on discrimination.

    http://www.unz.com/runz/asian-quotas-in-the-ivy-league-we-see-nothing/

    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed.

    On average, sure, but that’s not merely because they are majority black. Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors. Systematic “redlining” by whites for example ensures that those neighborhoods do not get the same financing opportunities or valuations as comparable or in some cases, worse white areas. See the article below- 8 recent court cases show such white manipulation is alive and well.

    Eight Recent Cases That Show Redlining is Still Alive and Evolving

    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/09/redlining-is-alive-and-welland-evolving/407497/

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    correction:
    Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors."

    Should read:
    "Blacks are often concentrated in many neighborhoods typically containing older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors, not simply neutral market forces. But even where comparable to white areas as far as location and quality of construction, systematic discrimination by realtors and financing entities often created/create lower property values and assessments for the black homeowners, and even white ones that lived near them, even when a particular block or zone was majority white."

    , @iffen
    "White" people do not cause lower property values in black neighborhoods. Black people living in black neighborhoods cause lower property values."White" people do not cause lower property values in black neighborhoods. Black people living in black neighborhoods cause lower property values.
    , @anarchyst
    Quite some time ago , a "Sixty Minutes" episode, looked at two identical housing developments (subdivisions) in suburban Atlanta. The houses were built by the same developer, and were identical in construction and amenities. The premise was, that upper middle class blacks were capable of obtaining and keeping up nice, middle class neighborhoods.
    It was only at the end of the piece where it was stated that the houses in the predominantly black subdivision sold for many thousands of dollars less than those in the identical white subdivision.
    Sorta tells you something...
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  164. @EnriiqueCardovaa
    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    Nope, discrimination is alive and well, its just not as open, but more disguised- worse in the craft unions than in the industrial unions, (continuing a historical pattern) as most credible research on the issue will show. Manipulation of seniority rules for example can sometimes accomplish pretty much the same results as the old open Jim Crow systems. See for example standard texts such as Equal Employment Opportunity: Labor Market Discrimination and Public Policy 2016. edited by Paul Burstein). That being said, it is not as blatant or bad as it was 50 year ago.

    The passage of civil rights laws did not eliminate discrimination. Decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, political lobbying etc remained ahead, and are still ongoing in some areas. Behind the scenes, in new guises, a lot of manipulation is still going on, and not only involving blacks. See for example the candid, well buttressed article of conservative Ron Unz hisself on discrimination.
    http://www.unz.com/runz/asian-quotas-in-the-ivy-league-we-see-nothing/


    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed.

    On average, sure, but that's not merely because they are majority black. Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors. Systematic "redlining" by whites for example ensures that those neighborhoods do not get the same financing opportunities or valuations as comparable or in some cases, worse white areas. See the article below- 8 recent court cases show such white manipulation is alive and well.

    Eight Recent Cases That Show Redlining is Still Alive and Evolving
    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/09/redlining-is-alive-and-welland-evolving/407497/

    correction:
    Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors.”

    Should read:
    “Blacks are often concentrated in many neighborhoods typically containing older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors, not simply neutral market forces. But even where comparable to white areas as far as location and quality of construction, systematic discrimination by realtors and financing entities often created/create lower property values and assessments for the black homeowners, and even white ones that lived near them, even when a particular block or zone was majority white.”

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  165. wayfarer says:
    @ChuckOrloski
    Hi Linh,

    Snowbound tonight in Scranton, am homebound, & listening to the Eagle game on radio. Pats just scored late in 2nd quarter and cut into Philadelphia lead, 15-12.

    Otherwise, I thought some about your insightful words, "black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and pieces of cloth."

    President Obama calmly announced to Americans that Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. I hesitated to believe the killing news broadcast because I considered O.B.L. had already departed.

    At any rate, either that evening or the next, I watched local WBRE news which featured joyful students from the Jesuit University of Scranton who celebrated the killing. Can not access this particular news clip, but below is a You Tube video that presents how Americans (in general) united & celebrated the murder of O.B.L. who had no role in the 9/11 attacks.

    https://youtu.be/bc32Rn_2FF4

    Consequently, your "uniting" insight & the tragic death of American "noble ideas" especially resonated with me, and tonight, I wish both you and the Eagles well.Hi Linh,

    Snowbound tonight in Scranton, am homebound, & listening to the Eagle game on radio. Pats just scored late in 2nd quarter and cut into Philadelphia lead, 15-12.

    Otherwise, I thought some about your insightful words, "black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and pieces of cloth."

    President Obama calmly announced to Americans that Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. I hesitated to believe the killing news broadcast because I considered O.B.L. had already departed.

    At any rate, either that evening or the next, I watched local WBRE news which featured joyful students from the Jesuit University of Scranton who celebrated the killing. Can not access this particular news clip, but below is a You Tube video that presents how Americans (in general) united & celebrated the murder of O.B.L. who had no role in the 9/11 attacks.

    https://youtu.be/bc32Rn_2FF4

    Consequently, your "uniting" insight & the tragic death of American "noble ideas" especially resonated with me, and tonight, I wish both you and the Eagles well.

    Chuck, it’s real good to hear that your Philadelphia Eagles won it!

    Let’s all hope that Linh never stops sending us, the magic postcards.

    Keep on truckin’ brother.

    Read MoreChuck, it's real good to hear that your Philadelphia Eagles won it! Let's all hope that Linh never stops sending us, the magic postcards. Keep on truckin' brother. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z2DtNW79sQ
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  166. iffen says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    Nope, discrimination is alive and well, its just not as open, but more disguised- worse in the craft unions than in the industrial unions, (continuing a historical pattern) as most credible research on the issue will show. Manipulation of seniority rules for example can sometimes accomplish pretty much the same results as the old open Jim Crow systems. See for example standard texts such as Equal Employment Opportunity: Labor Market Discrimination and Public Policy 2016. edited by Paul Burstein). That being said, it is not as blatant or bad as it was 50 year ago.

    The passage of civil rights laws did not eliminate discrimination. Decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, political lobbying etc remained ahead, and are still ongoing in some areas. Behind the scenes, in new guises, a lot of manipulation is still going on, and not only involving blacks. See for example the candid, well buttressed article of conservative Ron Unz hisself on discrimination.
    http://www.unz.com/runz/asian-quotas-in-the-ivy-league-we-see-nothing/


    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed.

    On average, sure, but that's not merely because they are majority black. Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors. Systematic "redlining" by whites for example ensures that those neighborhoods do not get the same financing opportunities or valuations as comparable or in some cases, worse white areas. See the article below- 8 recent court cases show such white manipulation is alive and well.

    Eight Recent Cases That Show Redlining is Still Alive and Evolving
    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/09/redlining-is-alive-and-welland-evolving/407497/

    “White” people do not cause lower property values in black neighborhoods. Black people living in black neighborhoods cause lower property values.

    Read More"White" people do not cause lower property values in black neighborhoods. Black people living in black neighborhoods cause lower property values.
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  167. @Smolensk
    Down is up?

    For years the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer. The leftists waged non stop war against the Reagan administration as narrow minded attacking everything the President stood for.

    Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions.

    Fast forward today. Russia is evil. Steven Speilberg admits he made his movie, "The Post" because he strongly believes in the public's right to know what government is up to. Yet, he has said nothing in the wake of the leftist resistance to release of The Memo last week which begins to spell out the serious abuse of powers by Obama and Hillary Clinton. No word about his next explosive tell all docudrama, "The Memo".Down is up?

    For years the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer. The leftists waged non stop war against the Reagan administration as narrow minded attacking everything the President stood for.

    Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions.

    Fast forward today. Russia is evil. Steven Speilberg admits he made his movie, "The Post" because he strongly believes in the public's right to know what government is up to. Yet, he has said nothing in the wake of the leftist resistance to release of The Memo last week which begins to spell out the serious abuse of powers by Obama and Hillary Clinton. No word about his next explosive tell all docudrama, "The Memo".

    The notion that “the left told us we should embrace the USSR and everything its then marxist government had to offer” is rather simplistic. SOME Stalinist types advocated that, but others on the Left rejected the Soviet model and approach, including the whole social democrat wing of the left critical of the Soviets. What you say is dubious.

    Hollywood and the establishment media worked for, demanded, and got the Nixon resignation they had sought for years mocking his anti communist positions

    Overly simplistic. Nixon got plenty of criticism from the Right as well, including his “guaranteed annual income” proposals, his wage and price freeze policies, and his “Philadelphia Plan” of 1969 that inaugurated explicit workplace quotas (in that case against white unions stonewalling on letting blacks work in many jobs and trades). Nix was also criticized by some right wingers for his “opening to China” along with a number of other matters involving his Jew adviser Henry Kissinger.

    11 CONSERVATIVES CRITICIZE NIXON

    http://www.nytimes.com/1971/07/29/archives/11-conservatives-criticize-nixon-headed-by-william-buckley-they.html

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  168. @Linh Dinh
    Hi all,

    For reasons unknown, my article disappeared for several hours from the front page of OpEd News, then I received an email from its editor about another article:

    Your article was flagged by google

    This is totally outrageous and just plain stupid. Whenever something like this happens I assume some idiot whizkid they've hired right out of college has done it to meet a quota.

    Here's a link to the article. It's a great article.
    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Communists-vs-Fascists-by-Linh-Dinh-Israel_Power-171222-743.html

    Fuck Google. The google ads have been removed. The article stays.

    I've included Google's rules on Dangerous and Derogatory below

    Rob Kall,
    OpEdNews.com

    Dangerous or derogatory content

    We believe strongly in freedom of expression, but we don't permit monetization of dangerous or derogatory content. For this reason, Google ads may not be placed on pages containing content that:

    Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

    Examples include:

    Threatening someone with real-life harm or calling for the attack of another person

    Advocating suicide, anorexia, or other self-harm

    Content that singles out someone for abuse or harassment

    Content promoting, glorifying, or condoning violence against others on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content that encourages others to believe that a person or group is inhuman, inferior, or worthy of being hated on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

    Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.
     
    You can bet that the censorship, harrassment and crackdown will get much, much worse. "They hate us for our freedom"!


    Linh

    I enjoyed your writing, Linh……….not sure what all the bickering is about? Liberal? I don’t think of you as such. Not in the current usage. Perhaps in the word’s former usage decades and decades ago, when it meant “open-minded” to any and all ideas.

    You should get praise (and I have seen you have gotten some on here), for turning over the rocks and showing the part of America that’s hidden underneath……not the sanitized version you get from the media providers.

    Read MoreI enjoyed your writing, Linh..........not sure what all the bickering is about? Liberal? I don't think of you as such. Not in the current usage. Perhaps in the word's former usage decades and decades ago, when it meant "open-minded" to any and all ideas. You should get praise (and I have seen you have gotten some on here), for turning over the rocks and showing the part of America that's hidden underneath......not the sanitized version you get from the media providers.
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  169. @NoseytheDuke
    Why would that matter?Why would that matter?

    “Why would that matter?”

    Because, USA USA USA.

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  170. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    What Vietnam needs now is socialism before it’s too late like it is in the United Slavery States. Don’t get run over by an Tesla filled with hookers.

    Read MoreWhat Vietnam needs now is socialism before it’s too late like it is in the United Slavery States. Don’t get run over by an Tesla filled with hookers.
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  171. Capn Pete says:

    Your snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD.

    FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person.

    Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there!

    Capn Pete

    Read MoreYour snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD. FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person. Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there! Capn Pete
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    Lol, another “patriot” who lets identity politics do the thinking for him. Bombs away!Lol, another “patriot” who lets identity politics do the thinking for him. Bombs away!
    , @Linh Dinh
    No snark here, only an honest mistake made from the misreading of a googled photo. As a citizen journalist writing for non-commercial, alternative webzines that don't employ copy editors or fact checkers, I sometimes make small mistakes that don't invalidate my arguments. In this case, it's "Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic."No snark here, only an honest mistake made from the misreading of a googled photo. As a citizen journalist writing for non-commercial, alternative webzines that don't employ copy editors or fact checkers, I sometimes make small mistakes that don't invalidate my arguments. In this case, it's "Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic."
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  172. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Capn Pete
    Your snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD.

    FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person.

    Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there!

    Capn PeteYour snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD.

    FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person.

    Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there!

    Capn Pete

    Lol, another “patriot” who lets identity politics do the thinking for him. Bombs away!

    Read MoreLol, another “patriot” who lets identity politics do the thinking for him. Bombs away!
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  173. Da Wei says:

    Linh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I’m an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey.

    You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet’s economy of words and an old timey painter’s intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car.

    You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.

    Read MoreLinh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I'm an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey. You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet's economy of words and an old timey painter's intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car. You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.
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    Lol I thought he was leaving them behind where they can sit and dig and pick every artical apart.Good luck my friend I wish I was going with you...Lol I thought he was leaving them behind where they can sit and dig and pick every artical apart.Good luck my friend I wish I was going with you...
    , @Linh Dinh
    Hi Da Wei,

    The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they're always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry.

    Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Among Vietnamese, it's known for its coconut candies.

    LinhHi Da Wei,

    The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they're always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry.

    Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Among Vietnamese, it's known for its coconut candies.

    Linh
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  174. bluedog says:
    @Da Wei
    Linh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I'm an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey.

    You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet's economy of words and an old timey painter's intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car.

    You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.Linh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I'm an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey.

    You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet's economy of words and an old timey painter's intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car.

    You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.

    Lol I thought he was leaving them behind where they can sit and dig and pick every artical apart.Good luck my friend I wish I was going with you…

    Read MoreLol I thought he was leaving them behind where they can sit and dig and pick every artical apart.Good luck my friend I wish I was going with you...
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  175. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Capn Pete
    Your snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD.

    FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person.

    Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there!

    Capn PeteYour snarky hidden assumption (the Sergeant Major is black, the General is white) is wrong. You f**ked that one up, LD.

    FYI, General Lloyd Austin, who commanded XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq 07-08, and went on to be CENTCOM Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army is a black American and is both a superb combat commander and a very pleasant person.

    Hope you enjoy life in HCM City!! It will be great to have you there!

    Capn Pete

    No snark here, only an honest mistake made from the misreading of a googled photo. As a citizen journalist writing for non-commercial, alternative webzines that don’t employ copy editors or fact checkers, I sometimes make small mistakes that don’t invalidate my arguments. In this case, it’s “Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic.”

    Read MoreNo snark here, only an honest mistake made from the misreading of a googled photo. As a citizen journalist writing for non-commercial, alternative webzines that don't employ copy editors or fact checkers, I sometimes make small mistakes that don't invalidate my arguments. In this case, it's "Still mostly segregated after centuries, black and white Americans can unite in fattening the military banking complex and killing, and getting killed by, Israel’s enemies. Founded on noble ideals, this country has been reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic."
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  176. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Da Wei
    Linh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I'm an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey.

    You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet's economy of words and an old timey painter's intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car.

    You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.Linh Dinh, old timey barber shops? Good to hear that expression once again, as I'm an old timey barber. Nice choice of words, old timey.

    You portray people with elegance and dignity, whatever their circumstance. You write with a poet's economy of words and an old timey painter's intensity and contrast. I read your work and want to buy you a beer. I read too much and forget where I put my car.

    You have, as the poet Eugene Field put it, the courage of your own gentleness. Good luck to you. May everyone you meet love you, even the assholes.

    Hi Da Wei,

    The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they’re always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry.

    Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” Among Vietnamese, it’s known for its coconut candies.

    Linh

    Read MoreHi Da Wei, The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they're always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry. Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Among Vietnamese, it's known for its coconut candies. Linh
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    Linh Dinh, you funny man.

    Makes me laugh. That crazy image is like a cross between 2 things: 17th century poet Richard Crashaw's poem, "The Weeper", and Wonder Warthog, from 60s Zap comics. Maybe you have a baroque mind, at once intensely reverent and wild.

    Destroy the village to save it is a deep thought. Reminds me of how I felt about myself when I left USA. I'm back now in California now for 3 weeks. I've returned twice yearly for nearly 11 years and the compounded images are like a stop action movie of a place going to hell. When to resettle here, if to resettle here tug my mind in different directions.

    No delicate coconut candies here, but I did pound down a one giant Fatburger in a smoky Indian casino, where I took my wife to gamble. Surprisingly, I won a little, maybe because she insisted I put on red underwear.

    Da WeiLinh Dinh, you funny man.

    Makes me laugh. That crazy image is like a cross between 2 things: 17th century poet Richard Crashaw's poem, "The Weeper", and Wonder Warthog, from 60s Zap comics. Maybe you have a baroque mind, at once intensely reverent and wild.

    Destroy the village to save it is a deep thought. Reminds me of how I felt about myself when I left USA. I'm back now in California now for 3 weeks. I've returned twice yearly for nearly 11 years and the compounded images are like a stop action movie of a place going to hell. When to resettle here, if to resettle here tug my mind in different directions.

    No delicate coconut candies here, but I did pound down a one giant Fatburger in a smoky Indian casino, where I took my wife to gamble. Surprisingly, I won a little, maybe because she insisted I put on red underwear.

    Da Wei
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  177. Biff says:

    reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic

    I get the cloth thing, but not the plastic?
    Thinking?

    My friend has a plastic Jesus(naturally Jesus was pasty white), but I don’t think that is it?

    Still thinking?

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    I think that cloth is a reference to the flag; plastic as a generalized description of materialism(plastic and concrete) but often conceptualized as smartphones.I think that cloth is a reference to the flag; plastic as a generalized description of materialism(plastic and concrete) but often conceptualized as smartphones.
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  178. @Biff

    reduced to saluting mercenaries and worshipping pieces of cloth or plastic
     
    I get the cloth thing, but not the plastic?
    Thinking?

    My friend has a plastic Jesus(naturally Jesus was pasty white), but I don’t think that is it?

    Still thinking?

    I think that cloth is a reference to the flag; plastic as a generalized description of materialism(plastic and concrete) but often conceptualized as smartphones.

    Read MoreI think that cloth is a reference to the flag; plastic as a generalized description of materialism(plastic and concrete) but often conceptualized as smartphones.
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  179. Foo Bar says:
    @Serg Derbst
    He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.He doesn't have to prove anything. He is not writing as a journalist, but as a traveler, so all he does is sharing his impressions. Interrogation-style debate like yours is usually a clear-cut sign for an ideologue who is more afraid of having to give up his ersatz identity found in his ideology (in your case: Americanism) than to accept other people's views and impressions of reality.

    Well, I did a quick research. It took me about three minutes, but I'm always glad to be of service. In 2012 62.7% of Palmyra residents voted for Barack O'Bomba thus supporting his imperial policy of at least having destroyed Libya in 2011, drone bombing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I couldn't find a particular result for the presidential election of 2016 for Palmyra, but in Camden County (including Riverton & Co) 64.1% voted for Hitlery vs 40.3% for Trump. During the primaries Hitlery got 62.4% vs Bernie Sanders 37.6%. So, the residents of that area have heavily supported one of the most bellicose and psychopathic war criminals even the United States has ever seen. In case your ideological American attention span of a goldfish has forgotten: One of Hitlery's primal election "promises" was a no flight zone in Syria. I mention this since you asked for proof that the people of Palmyra, NJ would enthusiastically support a huge invasion/intervention of Syria resulting in the country’s destruction.

    I think it is up to you to prove stuff now.

    I actually live in Palmyra.

    First of all, Palmyra and Riverton are in Burlington County, which is the only red county in NJ, not Camden County, so you can throw your 2016 numbers out.

    Both towns have their share of “Disagreement Has No Home Here” signs, but not as many as Dinh implies. Palmyra leans Democratic – though much more so in the past than today. Riverton leans Republican (GOPe, which would explain the signs) – again, much more so than in the past than today.

    As to whether Palmyra would support a war in Syria, it would depend on whether the guy in the White House had a “D” after his name (they would support) or an “R” after his name (would not support).

    BTW, Riverton’s 4th of July festivities are as Americana as it gets.

    Reading this, I get the impression that Dinh is bothered by US military adventurism about as much as Bill Krystol is. His main beef is that a certain 60% of the US population isn’t in mass graves yet.

    Read MoreI actually live in Palmyra. First of all, Palmyra and Riverton are in Burlington County, which is the only red county in NJ, not Camden County, so you can throw your 2016 numbers out. Both towns have their share of "Disagreement Has No Home Here" signs, but not as many as Dinh implies. Palmyra leans Democratic - though much more so in the past than today. Riverton leans Republican (GOPe, which would explain the signs) - again, much more so than in the past than today. As to whether Palmyra would support a war in Syria, it would depend on whether the guy in the White House had a "D" after his name (they would support) or an "R" after his name (would not support). BTW, Riverton's 4th of July festivities are as Americana as it gets. Reading this, I get the impression that Dinh is bothered by US military adventurism about as much as Bill Krystol is. His main beef is that a certain 60% of the US population isn't in mass graves yet.
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  180. Hibernian says:
    @bluedog
    As far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY...As far as freedoms the last report I read placed us at the number 11 spot,it seems even Georgia was ahead of us.LOL HOW DARE THEY...

    Where’s Alabama?

    Read MoreWhere's Alabama?
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  181. Hibernian says:
    @Carroll Price
    The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.The Taliban in Afghanistan offered to surrender OSB to the US if they presented proof he had anything to do with 9/11.

    I bet that was really sincere.

    Read MoreI bet that was really sincere.
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    It probably was since I didn't and still doesn't take a genius mind to understand that he couldn't possibly have pulled off anything remotely like it. The pre-positioning and detonation of precision demolition charges, the simultaneous drills taking place that coincidentally mirrored the events, the thwarting of any genuine investigation and cover up including the destruction of evidence etc...It probably was since I didn't and still doesn't take a genius mind to understand that he couldn't possibly have pulled off anything remotely like it. The pre-positioning and detonation of precision demolition charges, the simultaneous drills taking place that coincidentally mirrored the events, the thwarting of any genuine investigation and cover up including the destruction of evidence etc...
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  182. Da Wei says:
    @Linh Dinh
    Hi Da Wei,

    The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they're always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry.

    Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Among Vietnamese, it's known for its coconut candies.

    LinhHi Da Wei,

    The assholes are seriously in love with me, for they're always on my tail, staring up my asshole and fighting, practically to the death, over my poor dingleberry.

    Today, I go to Ben Tre, the site of that famous [mis?]quotation, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Among Vietnamese, it's known for its coconut candies.

    Linh

    Linh Dinh, you funny man.

    Makes me laugh. That crazy image is like a cross between 2 things: 17th century poet Richard Crashaw’s poem, “The Weeper”, and Wonder Warthog, from 60s Zap comics. Maybe you have a baroque mind, at once intensely reverent and wild.

    Destroy the village to save it is a deep thought. Reminds me of how I felt about myself when I left USA. I’m back now in California now for 3 weeks. I’ve returned twice yearly for nearly 11 years and the compounded images are like a stop action movie of a place going to hell. When to resettle here, if to resettle here tug my mind in different directions.

    No delicate coconut candies here, but I did pound down a one giant Fatburger in a smoky Indian casino, where I took my wife to gamble. Surprisingly, I won a little, maybe because she insisted I put on red underwear.

    Da Wei

    Read MoreLinh Dinh, you funny man. Makes me laugh. That crazy image is like a cross between 2 things: 17th century poet Richard Crashaw's poem, "The Weeper", and Wonder Warthog, from 60s Zap comics. Maybe you have a baroque mind, at once intensely reverent and wild. Destroy the village to save it is a deep thought. Reminds me of how I felt about myself when I left USA. I'm back now in California now for 3 weeks. I've returned twice yearly for nearly 11 years and the compounded images are like a stop action movie of a place going to hell. When to resettle here, if to resettle here tug my mind in different directions. No delicate coconut candies here, but I did pound down a one giant Fatburger in a smoky Indian casino, where I took my wife to gamble. Surprisingly, I won a little, maybe because she insisted I put on red underwear. Da Wei
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  183. anarchyst says:
    @EnriiqueCardovaa
    I do not deny the discrimination that you allege. But some practices, like discrimination in the craft unions, ended over 50 years ago.

    Nope, discrimination is alive and well, its just not as open, but more disguised- worse in the craft unions than in the industrial unions, (continuing a historical pattern) as most credible research on the issue will show. Manipulation of seniority rules for example can sometimes accomplish pretty much the same results as the old open Jim Crow systems. See for example standard texts such as Equal Employment Opportunity: Labor Market Discrimination and Public Policy 2016. edited by Paul Burstein). That being said, it is not as blatant or bad as it was 50 year ago.

    The passage of civil rights laws did not eliminate discrimination. Decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, political lobbying etc remained ahead, and are still ongoing in some areas. Behind the scenes, in new guises, a lot of manipulation is still going on, and not only involving blacks. See for example the candid, well buttressed article of conservative Ron Unz hisself on discrimination.
    http://www.unz.com/runz/asian-quotas-in-the-ivy-league-we-see-nothing/


    There are nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods but the property values will be lower than in a comparable white neighborhood. This is a fact and it cannot be changed.

    On average, sure, but that's not merely because they are majority black. Those neighborhoods typically contain older housing stock or are in less upscale locations due to past discrimination by government agencies, banks, and realtors. Systematic "redlining" by whites for example ensures that those neighborhoods do not get the same financing opportunities or valuations as comparable or in some cases, worse white areas. See the article below- 8 recent court cases show such white manipulation is alive and well.

    Eight Recent Cases That Show Redlining is Still Alive and Evolving
    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/09/redlining-is-alive-and-welland-evolving/407497/

    Quite some time ago , a “Sixty Minutes” episode, looked at two identical housing developments (subdivisions) in suburban Atlanta. The houses were built by the same developer, and were identical in construction and amenities. The premise was, that upper middle class blacks were capable of obtaining and keeping up nice, middle class neighborhoods.
    It was only at the end of the piece where it was stated that the houses in the predominantly black subdivision sold for many thousands of dollars less than those in the identical white subdivision.
    Sorta tells you something…

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  184. Mr. Dinh

    You are a wonderful writer.

    Mike

    Read MoreMr. Dinh You are a wonderful writer. Mike
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  185. @Hibernian
    I bet that was really sincere.I bet that was really sincere.

    It probably was since I didn’t and still doesn’t take a genius mind to understand that he couldn’t possibly have pulled off anything remotely like it. The pre-positioning and detonation of precision demolition charges, the simultaneous drills taking place that coincidentally mirrored the events, the thwarting of any genuine investigation and cover up including the destruction of evidence etc…

    Read MoreIt probably was since I didn't and still doesn't take a genius mind to understand that he couldn't possibly have pulled off anything remotely like it. The pre-positioning and detonation of precision demolition charges, the simultaneous drills taking place that coincidentally mirrored the events, the thwarting of any genuine investigation and cover up including the destruction of evidence etc...
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  186. I very much enjoy your writing. I hope somehow you’ll continue to write about America – as you kind of did in the post on China and South Vietnam.

    Read MoreI very much enjoy your writing. I hope somehow you'll continue to write about America - as you kind of did in the post on China and South Vietnam.
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