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Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in. My correspondents reported “getting sick” and having their “heart ache”. The cause of all that? They had just watched Trump’s speech at the UN. I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself. Yeah, it was painful.

You can read the full (rush,not official) text here or watch the video here. Most of it is so vapid that I won’t even bother posting the full thing. But there are a few interesting moments including those:

“We will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been”

This short sentence contains the key to unlock the reason behind the fact that while the US military is extremely good at killing people in large numbers, it is also extremely bad at winning wars. Like most Americans, Trump is under the illusion that spending a lot of money “buys” you a better military. This is completely false, of course. If spending money was the key to a competent military force, the US armed forces would have already conquered the entire planet many times over. In reality, they have not won anything meaningful since the war in the Pacific.

Having surrounded himself with “Mad Dog” kind of “experts” on warfare, Trump is now reusing that old mantra about how money buys you victory and this is something extremely important. This kind of magical thinking signals to the countries most threatened by the US that the Americans are unable to engage in a basic “lessons learned” kind of exercise, that history teaches them nothing and that, just like all this predecessors, Trump conflates handing out money to the Military Industrial Complex with preparing for war. Frankly, this is good news: let the Americans spend themselves into bankruptcy, let them further neglect their military and let them continue to believe that this kind of magical thinking will bring them to victory.

[Sidebar: for the record, I have met and studied with plenty of excellent, well-educated, honorable, courageous and patriotic American officers and the kind of money-centered hubris I describe above is in no way directed at them, if only because they know even much better than I how bad the situation really is. There are plenty of highly-educated officers in the US armed forces who understand history and who know that money bring corruption, not victory. But they are mostly kept at ranks no higher than Colonel and you will often find them in military teaching institutions and academies. Having studied with them and become good friends with many of them, I feel sorry for them and I know that if they had the means to stop this insanity they would]

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies. From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

The only question here is whom exactly Trump’s speech-writers are aiming that nonsense at? Do they really think that there is anybody out there who sincerely believes this? If the target audience are US middle schools then, yes, okay. But does anybody believe that US middle school students listen to UN speeches?! Okay, maybe senile folks also believe that, I sure know a few who will swallow it up and ask for more, but why speak to that audience from a UN podium? Is it not embarrassing when such nonsense is greeted in total silence instead of a standing ovation from all the putatively grateful countries out there who are so deeply grateful for all these altruistic and heroic sacrifices. My only explanation for why this kind of nonsensical drivel was included in this speech is that it has become part of the ritual of typical American “patriotic liturgy”: big hyperbolic sentences which mean nothing, which nobody takes seriously or even listens to, but who have to be included “because they have to”. This reminds me of the obligatory Lenin quote in any and all Soviet speeches and statements, they also were basically filtered out by any thinking person, everybody knew that, but that’s how things went on then. It is really sad, and scary, to see how much the US of the 2017 looks like the Soviet Union of the 1980s.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Wow! Now that is a sentence which could only be written by a person utterly unaware of the impact it will have on the intended audience (in theory, all of mankind, this is the UN, after all). Totally destroy North Korea. I wonder how this will be received in South Korea and Japan. No, I don’t mean by the puppet regimes in Seoul and Tokyo, but by the people. Will they simply dismiss it as hot air or will they be horrified. I bet for the former reaction. It is much more psychologically comfortable to dismiss it all under the heading “nah, that’s crazy shit, they don’t mean it and they sure as hell ain’t gonna do it” rather than think for just a few minutes about the implications and consequences of such a threat. And let me be clear here: the United States most definitely do have the means to totally destroy North Korea. For one thing, they already did so during the Korean war, and they can easily repeated that today. That does not mean that they can win a war against the DPRK. There is a huge difference between laying waste to a country and winning a war against it (see Israel vs Hezbollah). The only way to meaningfully win a war against the DPRK is to invade it, and that the Americans cannot do, not even close. In contrast, the DPRK probably has the means to invade at least the northern part of South Korea, including Seoul. At the very least, they can totally destroy it. Along with much of Japan. I wonder if the US decided to one day “protect” South Korean and Japan by “totally destroying North Korea”, will they be totally shocked when they realize that the South Koreans and the Japanese will turn out not to be grateful for such a “protection”?

Last month I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

What we see here is undeniable evidence that far from being “real warriors” or “strategists” the military gang around Trump (Mattis, McMaster, Kelly, etc.) are either primitive grunts or folks who owe their rank to political protection. Why do I say that? Because none of what Trump describes as a “strategy for victory” is, in fact, a strategy. In fact, the US has not had anything remotely resembling a strategy in Afghanistan for years already. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be laughable, really. What he really see here is the total absence of any strategy and, again, a total reliance on magical thinking. Ask yourself a basic question: have you ever heard from any Trump administration or any US General anything which would suggest to you that these guys have i) a clear goal in mind ii) an understanding of what it would take to achieve this goal and iii) a timeframe to achieve this goal and iv) an exit strategy once this goal is achieved? No? Well, that is not your fault, you did not miss anything. They really don’t have it. The amazing reality is that they don’t have a goal even defined. How one achieves “victory” when no goal is even defined is anybody’s guess.

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[Sidebar: without going into a lengthy discussion of Afghanistan, I would say that the only chance to get anything done, any viable result at all, is to negotiate a deal with all the parties that matter: the various Afghan factions, of course, but also with the Taliban, Pakistan, Iran and even Russia. Pakistan and Iran have a de-facto veto power over any outcome for Afghanistan. This may not be what the US would want, but this is the reality. Denying reality is just not a smart approach to these issues, especially if "victory" is the goal]

In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person. No society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

When I heard these words I felt embarrassed for Trump. First, it is absolutely pathetic that Trump has to claim as his success the victories with the Syrians, the Russians, the Iranians and Hezbollah have achieved against the Wahabi-crazies of Daesh/al-Qaeda/al-Nusra/etc, especially since the latter are a pure creation of the US CIA! The truth is that it was the Americans who created this Wahabi monster and that they aided, protected, financed, trained and armed it through all these years. The US also viciously opposed all the countries which were serious about fighting this Wahabi abomination. And now that a tiny Russian contingent has achieved infinitely better results that all the power of the mighty CENTCOM backed by the Israeli and Saudi allies of the US in the region, The Donald comes out and declares victory?! Pathetic is not strong enough a word to describe this mind-bogglingly counter-factual statement. And then, just to make things worse, The Donald *proudly* mentions the failed attack against a Syrian air force base which had nothing to do with a false flag fake chemical attack. Wow! For any other political leader recalling such an event would be a burning embarrassment, but for The Donald it is something he proudly mentions. The hubris, ignorance and stupidity of it all leaves me in total awe…

Next The Donald went on a long rant about how bad Maduro and Venezuela were, which was terrible, but at least predictable, but then he suddenly decided to share this outright bizarre insight of his:

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

Since when did Trump become an expert on political science and world history anyway? Who does he think he is lecturing? Yet another US middle school classroom?! Does he not realize that a good number of the countries represented at the UN consider themselves Socialist?! Furthermore, while I don’t necessarily disagree with the notion that Socialist and Communist ideas have often been a disaster in the 20th century, Socialism in the 21st century is an entirely different beast and the jury is still very much out on this issue, especially when considering the social, political, economic, ecological, psychological and even spiritual disaster Capitalism is now proving to be for much of the planet. Being the President of a country as dysfunctional as the US, Trump would be well-advised to tone down his arrogant pontifications about Socialism and maybe even open a book and read about it.

I won’t even bother discussing the comprehensively counter-factual nonsense Trump has spewed about Iran and Hezbollah, we all know who Trump’s puppet-masters are nowadays so we know what to expect. Instead, I will conclude with this pearl from The Donald:

In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil, also fought for the nations that they love. Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain.

Echoing the nonsense he spoke while in Poland, Trump is now clearly fully endorsing that fairytale that “The West” (in which Trump now hilariously includes Poland!) has defeated Hitler and saved the world. The truth is that the Nazis were defeated by the Soviets and that all the efforts of the Poles, French, Brits and even Americans were but a minor (20% max) sideshow to the “real event” (Those who still might believe in this nonsense can simply read this). Yet again, that the Americans would feel the need to appropriate for themselves somebody else’s victory is, yet again, a clear sign of weakness. Do they expect the rest of the planet to buy into this nonsense? Probably not. My guess is that all they want is to send a clear messages to the Comprador elites running most countries that this is the “official ideology of the AngloZionist Empire” and if they want to remain in power they better toe the line even if nobody takes this stuff seriously. Yup, back to a 1980s Soviet kind of attitude towards propaganda: nobody cares what everybody else really thinks as long as everybody continues to pretend to believe the official propaganda.

[Sidebar: When my wife and I watched this pathetic speech we starting laughing about the fact that Trump was so obscenely bad that we (almost) begin to miss Obama. This is a standing joke in our family because when Obama came to power we (almost) began to miss Dubya. The reason why this is a joke is that when Dubya came to power we decided that there is no way anybody could possibly be worse than him. Oh boy where we wrong! Right now I am still not at the point were I would be missing Obama (that is asking for a lot from me!), but I will unapologetically admit that I am missing Dubya. I do. I really do. Maybe not the people around Dubya, he is the one who truly let the Neocon "crazies in the basement" creep out and occupy the Situation Room, but at least Dubya seemed to realize how utterly incompetent he was. Furthermore, Dubya was a heck of a lot dumber than Obama (in this context being stupid is a mitigating factor) and he sure did not have the truly galactic arrogance of Trump (intelligence-wise they are probably on par)].

In conclusion, what I take away from this speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill. Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet because it allows everybody else to get things done. Because, and make no mistake here, if the US cannot get anything constructive done any more, they retain a huge capability to disrupt, subvert, create chaos and the like. But for as long as the US remains paralyzed this destructive potential remains mostly unused (and no matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!). However, the US themselves are now the prime victim of a decapitated Presidency and a vindictive and generally out of control Neocon effort to prevent true American patriots to “get their country back” (as they say) and finally overthrow the regime in Washington DC. Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war and there is no hope in sight, at least for the time being. It appears that for the foreseeable future Trump will continue to focus his energy on beating Obama for the status of “worst President in US history” while the Neocons will continue to focus their energy on trying to impeach Trump, and maybe even trigger a civil war. The rest of us living here are in for some very tough times ahead. As they say in Florida when a hurricane comes barreling down on you “hunker down!”.

 
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  1. Dan Hayes says:

    The Saker,

    Netanyahu has spoken, stating that Trump has given the boldest, most courageous UN speech that he has ever heard.

    Well that settles that with the prescient oracle rendering his definitive and omnipotent judgement!

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  2. FKA Max says: • Website

    For What It’s Worth, Trump Great On Immigration, Refugees At U.N. Today

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/for-what-its-worth-trump-great-on-immigration-refugees-at-u-n-today

    A lot of old friends didn’t like President Trump’s UN speech today because it didn’t break cleanly with UniParty foreign policy—e.g. Paul Craig Roberts‘ comments here. But it did contain these revolutionary comments on immigration and refugee policy—the latter especially significant because Trump has to set the quota for U.S. quota for refugees (actually expedited, subsidized, politically favored immigrants) in the next few days. Who knows what Trump will do—but Hillary would never even have said it
    [...]
    For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.
    [...]
    For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

    For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

    For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

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    • Replies: @FKA Max

    The speech was reportedly written by Stephen Miller, a.k.a. Darth Vader to many in the mainstream media,
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-strikingly-conventional-un-speech/2017/09/19/876cb41a-9d75-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.6df8b480a4d8

    Thank you Stephen Miller! He must be reading Peter Singer:


    International support for countries bearing the greatest refugee burden also makes economic sense: it costs Jordan about €3,000 ($3,350) to support one refugee for a year; in Germany, the cost is at least €12,000.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/im-not-sure-why-but-this-headline-cracks-me-up/#comment-1746720

    Another threat to the Church is the illegal immigration control movement. If this movement succeeds, and what is perceived by Latin Americans and other governments as an escape valve is shut off, these governments would logically say, “Our demographic course cannot continue.” These governments would have little choice but to confront the Church and say, “If we are to survive as governments, then we must get serious about population growth control. Otherwise, we in Latin America are destined to become a sea of chaos. We, as Latin Americans, must make family planning and abortion services fully available and encourage their use.” Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1623864
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  3. peterAUS says:

    Disagree with most of the article, of course.

    Agree with these three:

    ….the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting….

    …. no matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!)…..

    The rest of us living here are in for some very tough times ahead.

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    • Replies: @Realist
    Hillary would not have done anything different than Trump. Trump is a dumb shit sycophant of the Deep State just like Hillary.
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  4. I still maintain that the worst President in history (excluding possibly Woodrow Wilson) was Bill Clinton (strongly influenced, no doubt, by Hillary.) Sure, the 90′s were a great time in America, but Clinton’s evil actions (signing NAFTA, the Crime Bill, ignoring Bin Laden, and repealing Glass-Steagall to name just a few) had not yet come to fruition.

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    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    And Bill Clinton IMHO provided the template for Tony Blair to follow.

    @studley - presumably Hiroshima and Nagsaki removed any temptation to roll the Red Army across the Rhine. And Russia had 20 million dead, and troops much further West than in 1939 - you'd have had to be mad to want more war.

    , @Wade
    I agree a lot with your assessment of Clinton except the Bin Laden part. I used to agree. But I've done an about-face over the past couple of years. It's hard for me to say this because I honestly believed this could never be, but Bin Laden is very likely a CIA creation, part myth - part reality, entirely just like ISIS is. Also, while we were attacked by Sunnis on 911 (so the story goes) we spent much or most of our time killing Shiites in Iraq.

    I saw Bob Baer the famous CIA agent say on camera, after having spoken at a conference, that he knows someone who placed bets (put options) on the air lines just before 911. When Bob asked the individual how he knew he replied (if I remember the story correctly) that his brother who works in the White House said "It's going down tomorrow" and apparently provided the individual with enough information to bet against the air lines.

    We've been so lied to for so long about all of that. Forget Bin Laden. My current thinking is that he was of very little significance in (real) US history.
    , @yeah
    Re the worst President in US history .... Take a pick, there are choices galore. No one can possibly go wrong. Here are the choices:

    Kennedy the killed
    Johnson of Vietnam
    Nixon the tricky dicky
    Ford the temp
    Carter the harmless
    Reagan of the old movies
    Bush the elderly sleazy geezer
    Clinton of Slick Willy fame
    Bush the dunce
    Obama the {liar/maker of peaceful wars/gay/patron saint of the loony left}
    Trump the {unknown/bitter disappointment/buffoon/tweeter/savior from Hillary}

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  5. Assuming the keen political insight Trump exhibited to get himself the job he sought still exists, perhaps all this insane blather is proof it continues. Consider that the scene he bought into is the product of 70 years of constant propaganda aimed at the American psyche and how successful that has been. Then imagine Trump feeding the ravenous American mindset for the status quo while actually working around it. Brilliant!
    Then again, if he truly means what he says, all is lost.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

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    "Assuming the keen political insight Trump exhibited to get himself the job he sought still exists, perhaps all this insane blather is proof it continues. Consider that the scene he bought into is the product of 70 years of constant propaganda aimed at the American psyche and how successful that has been. Then imagine Trump feeding the ravenous American mindset for the status quo while actually working around it. Brilliant!
    Then again, if he truly means what he says, all is lost. "

    What you said 100%.

    Trump is opaque. He literally cannot be analyzed. Not as a trojan horse candidate from Manhattan designed to backstab what's left of "traditional" Americans. Not as a rabble rousing populist using "A Face in the Crowd" as a business plan.

    Really have no idea what's going on with him or what's going on in his head.

    What's scary though is he might actually be a ragingly egotistical guy playing at what he sees as the ultimate reality show. Bruce Jenner could actually cut off his junk and he has nothing on that.

    Maybe this is 64 dimensional chess. Maybe Trump does a BFS search and randomly says or tweets whatever is the biggest payback for approval at any given time.

    If he operates in the latter way though, god help us. Because he might get bored with the whole thing at some point.
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  6. FKA Max says: • Website
    @FKA Max
    For What It’s Worth, Trump Great On Immigration, Refugees At U.N. Today

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/for-what-its-worth-trump-great-on-immigration-refugees-at-u-n-today

    A lot of old friends didn’t like President Trump’s UN speech today because it didn’t break cleanly with UniParty foreign policy—e.g. Paul Craig Roberts‘ comments here. But it did contain these revolutionary comments on immigration and refugee policy—the latter especially significant because Trump has to set the quota for U.S. quota for refugees (actually expedited, subsidized, politically favored immigrants) in the next few days. Who knows what Trump will do—but Hillary would never even have said it
    [...]
    For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.
    [...]
    For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

    For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

    For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.
     

    The speech was reportedly written by Stephen Miller, a.k.a. Darth Vader to many in the mainstream media,

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-strikingly-conventional-un-speech/2017/09/19/876cb41a-9d75-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.6df8b480a4d8

    Thank you Stephen Miller! He must be reading Peter Singer:

    International support for countries bearing the greatest refugee burden also makes economic sense: it costs Jordan about €3,000 ($3,350) to support one refugee for a year; in Germany, the cost is at least €12,000.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/im-not-sure-why-but-this-headline-cracks-me-up/#comment-1746720

    Another threat to the Church is the illegal immigration control movement. If this movement succeeds, and what is perceived by Latin Americans and other governments as an escape valve is shut off, these governments would logically say, “Our demographic course cannot continue.” These governments would have little choice but to confront the Church and say, “If we are to survive as governments, then we must get serious about population growth control. Otherwise, we in Latin America are destined to become a sea of chaos. We, as Latin Americans, must make family planning and abortion services fully available and encourage their use.” Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.

    http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1623864

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    This is Michael Anton on Trump's UN speech:

    President Trump's Message: Make The United Nations Great

    In fact, he's strengthened our alliances in meetings in Washington with key allies, by going to foreign capitals - the trip to France and the Bastille Day with America's oldest ally, with which the United States has in recent years had something of a rocky relationship - was strengthened enormously by that visit to Paris this year. And the president has, you know, both on a personal level and on an alliance level, really strengthened the alliance with France and with President Macron. In fact, he met with him yesterday and had a very, extremely positive and friendly meeting where they talked substantive business, but they also talked about the history of the alliance and reminisced a bit about the grandeur of that trip to Paris in July.
     
    - http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/552025707/president-trumps-message-make-the-united-nations-great

    The French president’s suggestion that African women are breeding like animals and must be restrained by an enlightened elite awakens primordial terrors in the hearts of the mainstream Left and Right.
    [...]
    If Europeans are replaced with Africans, Western Civilization will disappear. The choices are simple: The West, yes or no? The white race, yes or no? Our rulers have exhausted all other options.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/trumps-warsaw-speech-and-the-real-clash-of-civilizations/#comment-1946225

    Peter Singer on How Political Correctness Let African Population Growth Run Amok for a Generation

    The outrage evoked by Macron’s remark, however, appears to have little to do with its inaccuracy. Macron violated a taboo that has been in place since the International Conference on Population and Development, held under the auspices of the UN in Cairo in 1994. The conference adopted a Programme of Action that rejected a demographically driven approach to population policies, and instead focused on meeting the reproductive-health needs of individuals, especially women. Population targets were out; rights were in.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/peter-singer-on-how-political-correctness-let-african-population-growth-run-amok-for-a-generation/

    I would like to explain what led me to conclude that Emmanuel Macron has an “Alt Right” worldview.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/collateral-damage/#comment-1955020

    Don’t lose hope…
    [...]
    I shared this video here at the Unz Review before, but I would like to share it again, because it best encapsulates and captures what I personally associate with term “Alt Right”
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/the-system-revealed-antifa-virginia-politicians-and-police-work-together-to-shut-down-unitetheright/#comment-1967326

    French army band medleys Daft Punk following Bastille Day parade

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQkku7jLfo
    , @John Jeremiah Smith

    Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.
     
    I'll make you a bet -- name your price -- the invasion of the USA by illegal aliens will never be stopped, and no effective legislation will ever be put in place to bring it under even the most minimum control.
    , @isthatright
    Latin America doesn't have a population problem, they have a meddling Masonic northern neighbor problem
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  7. Talha says:

    We will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.

    Yeah – this ain’t your grandpa’s government-sponsored transgender surgery – inflation, let me tell ya! Yuge!

    Peace.

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  8. Cyrano says:

    If Kim Jong-un is the Rocket Man, then Trump definitely has to be the Space Oddity, which means that they could be a perfect match – they are both out of this world. Maybe they can randevu somewhere in outer space where they’ll both be sitting in their tin can, so they can resolve their differences there.

    Jokes aside, for the current situation I blame the Koreans, no, not those Koreans – the South Koreans. How do you allow US to interject itself into a family dispute? US operate strictly on the basis of traitors. Every country has them: they can be called different names: opposition groups, dissidents, rebels, democratic reformers – whatever.

    There is one simple test for all of them to do in order to find out if they are doing something right for their country. If any of those groups, anywhere in the world, in any country find themselves that they are being supported by US – that means that they are doing something wrong and harmful for their country and they should stop their activity immediately and make 180 degrees adjustment. Same thing goes for South Korea – the mere fact that they are supported by US means that they are wrong. It’s as simple as that.

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    • Replies: @Santos
    What makes you think the S. Koreans had any choice? The N. Koreans did have a choice, the Americans never gave a choice to S. Korea, just like they don't do with anyone else. If it is not the money then it is the threat.
    , @anonymous

    US operate strictly on the basis of traitors.
     

    If any of those groups, anywhere in the world, in any country find themselves that they are being supported by US – that means that they are doing something wrong and harmful for their country
     
    Well said!!
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  9. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Saker, where is the value in taking a nuanced speech and then hammering at pieces of it out of context? Trump didn’t insult all nations which incorporate socialist policies – he mentioned, rightly, that full blown socialism/communism has been used to repress the freedom and ingenuity of peoples all over the world – and he did so to highlight that it’s being done in Venezuela.

    As for criticism of America’s ideals because of mistakes and over-reach in her history – it’s foolish to expect Trump to refrain from preaching good ideas because of the sins of others.

    I hope you continue to enjoy living your attack mode life. Meanwhile, the world must get on with it.

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    Why don't you just shut up!As if Trump was not enough, here comes anon with his genuine knowledge of "socialis/communism, freedom and ingenuity, and above all knowledge what insults other "dispencible" and "deplorable" nations!
    , @Lupe
    Finally, a sane comment(er).

    Key words: "Meanwhile, the world must get on with it.

    These "pundits" get paid YUGE amounts of money to do exactly what you wrote and pat themselves on the back.

    They are the first to complain about the poor and, again, pat themselves on the back because they "contributed" some money (a tax dodge) to feed the hungry or some other scam.
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  10. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Oh, and one more thing – of course WWII would have turned out differently had Stalin not callously sacrifices millions of his subjects. As it would have had America not made its efforts.
    Shame on you for giving credit for victory to only one party.

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  11. Realist says:
    @peterAUS
    Disagree with most of the article, of course.

    Agree with these three:

    ....the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting....
     

    .... no matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!).....
     

    The rest of us living here are in for some very tough times ahead.
     

    Hillary would not have done anything different than Trump. Trump is a dumb shit sycophant of the Deep State just like Hillary.

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  12. FKA Max says: • Website
    @FKA Max

    The speech was reportedly written by Stephen Miller, a.k.a. Darth Vader to many in the mainstream media,
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-strikingly-conventional-un-speech/2017/09/19/876cb41a-9d75-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.6df8b480a4d8

    Thank you Stephen Miller! He must be reading Peter Singer:


    International support for countries bearing the greatest refugee burden also makes economic sense: it costs Jordan about €3,000 ($3,350) to support one refugee for a year; in Germany, the cost is at least €12,000.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/im-not-sure-why-but-this-headline-cracks-me-up/#comment-1746720

    Another threat to the Church is the illegal immigration control movement. If this movement succeeds, and what is perceived by Latin Americans and other governments as an escape valve is shut off, these governments would logically say, “Our demographic course cannot continue.” These governments would have little choice but to confront the Church and say, “If we are to survive as governments, then we must get serious about population growth control. Otherwise, we in Latin America are destined to become a sea of chaos. We, as Latin Americans, must make family planning and abortion services fully available and encourage their use.” Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1623864

    This is Michael Anton on Trump’s UN speech:

    President Trump’s Message: Make The United Nations Great

    In fact, he’s strengthened our alliances in meetings in Washington with key allies, by going to foreign capitals - the trip to France and the Bastille Day with America’s oldest ally, with which the United States has in recent years had something of a rocky relationship – was strengthened enormously by that visit to Paris this year. And the president has, you know, both on a personal level and on an alliance level, really strengthened the alliance with France and with President Macron. In fact, he met with him yesterday and had a very, extremely positive and friendly meeting where they talked substantive business, but they also talked about the history of the alliance and reminisced a bit about the grandeur of that trip to Paris in July.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/552025707/president-trumps-message-make-the-united-nations-great

    The French president’s suggestion that African women are breeding like animals and must be restrained by an enlightened elite awakens primordial terrors in the hearts of the mainstream Left and Right.
    [...]
    If Europeans are replaced with Africans, Western Civilization will disappear. The choices are simple: The West, yes or no? The white race, yes or no? Our rulers have exhausted all other options.

    http://www.unz.com/article/trumps-warsaw-speech-and-the-real-clash-of-civilizations/#comment-1946225

    Peter Singer on How Political Correctness Let African Population Growth Run Amok for a Generation

    The outrage evoked by Macron’s remark, however, appears to have little to do with its inaccuracy. Macron violated a taboo that has been in place since the International Conference on Population and Development, held under the auspices of the UN in Cairo in 1994. The conference adopted a Programme of Action that rejected a demographically driven approach to population policies, and instead focused on meeting the reproductive-health needs of individuals, especially women. Population targets were out; rights were in.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/peter-singer-on-how-political-correctness-let-african-population-growth-run-amok-for-a-generation/

    I would like to explain what led me to conclude that Emmanuel Macron has an “Alt Right” worldview.

    http://www.unz.com/article/collateral-damage/#comment-1955020

    Don’t lose hope…
    [...]
    I shared this video here at the Unz Review before, but I would like to share it again, because it best encapsulates and captures what I personally associate with term “Alt Right”

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-system-revealed-antifa-virginia-politicians-and-police-work-together-to-shut-down-unitetheright/#comment-1967326

    French army band medleys Daft Punk following Bastille Day parade

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    Is Trump Mulling Peter Thiel for a Top Intelligence Advisory Post?

    Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been quietly advising the Trump administration for months. Now—as sources say he could be in line for a top intelligence oversight role—Steve Bannon, White House officials, friends, and foes gauge the billionaire’s motivations, and his Washington mojo.

    “[Peter] took a lot of flak for his support,” Michael Anton told me over coffee in Washington. Anton, whom Thiel had lobbied to place on the National Security Council (N.S.C.), had gained a measure of notoriety for his widely read and contentious essay comparing the 2016 presidential election to United 93—the hijacked 9/11 flight on which heroic passengers stormed the cockpit. (Trump, in Anton’s view, was the only candidate who could save an imperiled nation.) “I think Peter took a brave stance in going against the grain. But that’s who he is.”
     
    - https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/donald-trump-peter-thiel-top-intelligence-advisory-post

    Thank you, Mr. Unz, from the bottom of my heart. You and Peter Thiel are true American Patriots.

    – http://www.unz.com/pgottfried/yes-virginia-dare-there-are-righteous-jews-for-trump/#comment-1642432

    A Reformation is coming, and its message will be the same as it was 500 years ago: Don’t outsource your future to a big institution. You need to figure it out for yourself.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/the-fat-heather-heyer-hoax/#comment-2000047

    Toward a Sensible, Coherent Trumpism

    http://www.unz.com/article/toward-a-sensible-coherent-trumpism/
    , @Alden
    Are you some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed?

    And why keep replying to yourself? No wonder you've been banned from so many websites.
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  13. The Scalpel says: • Website

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”

    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.

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    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.
     
    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we've been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin's does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn't a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I'd like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

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  14. Studley says:

    Churchill himself, one of a long list of Anglo-genocidal killers (according to The Saker’s last post) admitted that, “The Red Army tore the guts out of The Wehrmacht.” Is this even in dispute?

    In Russian thinking therefore, with only 20% contribution by American/UK Commonwealth forces, we subtract that, and this is the diplomatic question. Why would Stalin’s T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) of this young ‘Rocket Man’ in 1945 at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan in the far-east.

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    Stalin got everything he wanted out of the Tehran and Yalta agreements. Soviet troops withdrew from Austria and American troops withdrew from Czechoslovakia quid pro quo. While Roosevelt was still in the picture Stalin envisioned a Grand Bargain with the US on spheres of influence as the final settlement of the war. That went out the window when Truman became the lapdog of Churchill, whose mutual loathing with Stalin was kept under control by Roosevelt, and fell in with Churchill's fatuous insistence that the Polish Government In Exile be restored as the government of Poland at Potsdam.

    The alignment of the Soviets and Kim was a marriage of convenience. Kim was the leader of the most powerful faction of Koreans who had been resisting the Japanese in Manchuria. Unfortunately, Kim turned out to be a complete loose cannon and a megalomaniac.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome


    Why would Stalin’s T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel

     

    Tanks don't float, and even Hitler, when Molotov-Ribbentrop was still in effect and receiving raw materials from Russia couldn't cross the channel.

    As for invading France, the American air supremacy would see them driving only at night with shuttered headlights and with fuel shortages from the air interdiction.

    America stopped a massive German armor attack at the battle of the bulge, they would handle Russia just as easily.

    In addition, lend lease supplies would stop and Russian war production would grind to a halt.
    , @Grandpa Charlie

    "Why would Stalin’s T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    "They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) ... at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan ... "
    comm
    --- Studley
     

    The Soviets did what they could within the limits of what had been agreed at Yalta, etc. But Stalin never would have risked rousing the postwar napping giant of the USA, which at any time until maybe 1955, but for sure anytime until 1950, could have strategically bombed military command centers of the Soviet Union out of existence and still, arguably, have been widely applauded for the elimination of Stalin's regime. That's why the Soviets mostly withdrew (overtly) from Korea. and obtained assurance from Mao that China would come to the aid of the North if need be, before allowing North Korea to invade the South.
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  15. @Fidelios Automata
    I still maintain that the worst President in history (excluding possibly Woodrow Wilson) was Bill Clinton (strongly influenced, no doubt, by Hillary.) Sure, the 90's were a great time in America, but Clinton's evil actions (signing NAFTA, the Crime Bill, ignoring Bin Laden, and repealing Glass-Steagall to name just a few) had not yet come to fruition.

    And Bill Clinton IMHO provided the template for Tony Blair to follow.

    @studley – presumably Hiroshima and Nagsaki removed any temptation to roll the Red Army across the Rhine. And Russia had 20 million dead, and troops much further West than in 1939 – you’d have had to be mad to want more war.

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  16. Virgile says:

    The neocons will not allow Trump’s impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for “regime change” in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back.
    If Trump makes any move against this agenda, they will put all their energy to unleash the impeachment process. Trump desperately wants to remain president at least for a term, not for the sake of the country but for his own ego.
    Let us assume that Trump is smart and but he has no easy way to fight the neocons. The UN speech maybe have been an opportunity to expose publicly the neocon agenda.
    Then maybe in the speech Trump exposed the agenda in an intended theatrical and exaggerated form so as to trigger a negative international reaction and thus indirectly weaken the neocon’s hold on him…Maybe….
    Or he just thought that by agitating military threats at the UN he will appear as a powerful leader.
    In both cased appeared as a pathetic stooge, hostage of forces that he has no control of.

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    Interesting idea from commenter Virgile

    maybe in the speech Trump exposed the agenda in an intended theatrical and exaggerated form so as to trigger a negative international reaction and thus indirectly weaken the neocon’s hold on him…Maybe….
     

    Virgile's post reminded me of this image of Trump from the springtime, after the Donald shocked / disappointed / appalled his supporters, with his 7 April 2017 missile attack upon Syria
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a08e9c871ceb69f30c4fdeb633e84a1b43c23bf2e3367d5f921b090e2fbdfd6.jpg
    , @Grandpa Charlie

    "The neocons will not allow Trump’s impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for “regime change” in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back." -- Virgile
     
    My impression (and IMO the consensus of opinion here at UR) is that USA's neocons have since their beginning been deeply embedded with Zionist operatives. As such, neocons couldn't care less about Korea. Furthermore, the godfather of the neocons, Kissinger, since he took his 1971 trip to Beijing, is behind the neocons' covert project to undermine any anti-PRC thinking or activity by USA. We can conclude that the long-range neocon agenda includes an alliance with the PRC, which likely has been monetarily supporting the neocons especially in Congress (as made convenient when the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China lobby, facilitated by Kissinger).

    Thus, when Trump calls attention to Korea, that detracts from the push on Iran and may even be seen as pulling away from the neocon agenda.

    If you take a deep breath and step back a ways, while Iran may be (or may not be) a 'potential adversary' of USA, China is obviously the greatest 'potential adversary' today in terms of geostrategy and national security. In ways that Sun Tzu would understand, USA and PRC are clearly already at war, unless you take the view that USA has already been conquered and just doesn't know it. (I think that is the supreme victory for Sun Tzu, especially if it can be done without firing a shot.)
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  17. Brabantian says: • Website
    @Virgile
    The neocons will not allow Trump's impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for "regime change" in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back.
    If Trump makes any move against this agenda, they will put all their energy to unleash the impeachment process. Trump desperately wants to remain president at least for a term, not for the sake of the country but for his own ego.
    Let us assume that Trump is smart and but he has no easy way to fight the neocons. The UN speech maybe have been an opportunity to expose publicly the neocon agenda.
    Then maybe in the speech Trump exposed the agenda in an intended theatrical and exaggerated form so as to trigger a negative international reaction and thus indirectly weaken the neocon's hold on him...Maybe....
    Or he just thought that by agitating military threats at the UN he will appear as a powerful leader.
    In both cased appeared as a pathetic stooge, hostage of forces that he has no control of.

    Interesting idea from commenter Virgile

    maybe in the speech Trump exposed the agenda in an intended theatrical and exaggerated form so as to trigger a negative international reaction and thus indirectly weaken the neocon’s hold on him…Maybe….

    Virgile’s post reminded me of this image of Trump from the springtime, after the Donald shocked / disappointed / appalled his supporters, with his 7 April 2017 missile attack upon Syria

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  18. Thirdeye says:
    @Studley
    Churchill himself, one of a long list of Anglo-genocidal killers (according to The Saker's last post) admitted that, "The Red Army tore the guts out of The Wehrmacht." Is this even in dispute?

    In Russian thinking therefore, with only 20% contribution by American/UK Commonwealth forces, we subtract that, and this is the diplomatic question. Why would Stalin's T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) of this young 'Rocket Man' in 1945 at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan in the far-east.

    Stalin got everything he wanted out of the Tehran and Yalta agreements. Soviet troops withdrew from Austria and American troops withdrew from Czechoslovakia quid pro quo. While Roosevelt was still in the picture Stalin envisioned a Grand Bargain with the US on spheres of influence as the final settlement of the war. That went out the window when Truman became the lapdog of Churchill, whose mutual loathing with Stalin was kept under control by Roosevelt, and fell in with Churchill’s fatuous insistence that the Polish Government In Exile be restored as the government of Poland at Potsdam.

    The alignment of the Soviets and Kim was a marriage of convenience. Kim was the leader of the most powerful faction of Koreans who had been resisting the Japanese in Manchuria. Unfortunately, Kim turned out to be a complete loose cannon and a megalomaniac.

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    Soviet troops withdrew from Austria and American troops withdrew from Czechoslovakia quid pro quo.
     
    Not exactly...
    From Czechoslovakia US troops and Red Army started withdrew at practically same time summer 1945. For Red Army it was longer - till autumn, due to repatrion of POW and civil persons from Germany.

    Austria stayed occupied zone till 50. so not quid pro quo in this regard..
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  19. nickels says:

    From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians.

    Well now, I guess this means politics is just the continuation of war by other means?

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  20. Art-2 says:

    Saker should admit that he was wrong about Trump, I just don’t understand because he is wrong on every subject he writes, trying to predict things which never happen. I remember articles about trump written by Saker, PCR or Pat Buchanan, it’s just unbelievable how people can be so naive, specially PCR saying that tramp will save America. I can only laugh at those people including you Saker.

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  21. grr says:

    Wow, well said Cyrano. What a great litmus test for traitors, love it.

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  22. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

    Paranoid schizophrenics are probably the most dangerous sub group of the mentally ill, because they may come to believe that the best defense is a pre-emptive offense.

    Fortunately the whole world knows that Trump either IS nuts, or just wants the world to believe that he is nuts, and that the adults will take over before he commands anything really stupid to happen. Well, he talks stupid every day, but I refer to the type of stupid shit that leads to a nuclear Armageddon.

    The whole world believes that the adults on both sides have the situation covered, regardless of what their reality show political leaders say in the chase for good ratings. After all, if the North Koreans are capable of building and safely testing H-bombs, there are probably some fairly intelligent people on their side too.

    That is why Trump’s speech didn’t move the needle on the stock market more than a point or two. Apple stock did not soar on the expectation that Samsung would be wiped off the face of the earth when North Korea nukes its southern neighbor, Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.

    Just a big yawn, really.

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    Excellent points on the markets being a reflection of how everyone is fairly sure this is all theater.

    Peace.
    , @Jim Christian

    Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.
     
    Most Hyundais are built here, so no windfall for Ford. Absent Hyundai, I'd buy Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Anything but a shit box Ford. Anything. Buying American in cars is a foolish, idiotic decision.
    , @Anonymous
    It might be the fact that Americans have grown accustom to fighting limited wars within existing territorial boundaries against opponents that have no capacity to retaliate.
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  23. Talha says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
     
    Paranoid schizophrenics are probably the most dangerous sub group of the mentally ill, because they may come to believe that the best defense is a pre-emptive offense.

    Fortunately the whole world knows that Trump either IS nuts, or just wants the world to believe that he is nuts, and that the adults will take over before he commands anything really stupid to happen. Well, he talks stupid every day, but I refer to the type of stupid shit that leads to a nuclear Armageddon.

    The whole world believes that the adults on both sides have the situation covered, regardless of what their reality show political leaders say in the chase for good ratings. After all, if the North Koreans are capable of building and safely testing H-bombs, there are probably some fairly intelligent people on their side too.

    That is why Trump's speech didn't move the needle on the stock market more than a point or two. Apple stock did not soar on the expectation that Samsung would be wiped off the face of the earth when North Korea nukes its southern neighbor, Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.

    Just a big yawn, really.

    Excellent points on the markets being a reflection of how everyone is fairly sure this is all theater.

    Peace.

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  24. Bannon was right: the Trump administration we voted for is over; stick a fork in it. I still do console myself with the thought that, having been demonized constantly by the MSM, Trump will now make a very poor spokesman for the neocons. But the fact remains that he is now their spokesman, not ours.

    This short sentence contains the key to unlock the reason behind the fact that while the US military is extremely good at killing people in large numbers, it is also extremely bad at winning wars.

    Well, maybe killing large numbers of people and wrecking all kinds of infrastructure in Eurasia is the neocons’ real purpose. In that case, Iraq, Libya, et al., were not really defeats.

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  25. Santos says:
    @Cyrano
    If Kim Jong-un is the Rocket Man, then Trump definitely has to be the Space Oddity, which means that they could be a perfect match – they are both out of this world. Maybe they can randevu somewhere in outer space where they’ll both be sitting in their tin can, so they can resolve their differences there.

    Jokes aside, for the current situation I blame the Koreans, no, not those Koreans – the South Koreans. How do you allow US to interject itself into a family dispute? US operate strictly on the basis of traitors. Every country has them: they can be called different names: opposition groups, dissidents, rebels, democratic reformers – whatever.

    There is one simple test for all of them to do in order to find out if they are doing something right for their country. If any of those groups, anywhere in the world, in any country find themselves that they are being supported by US – that means that they are doing something wrong and harmful for their country and they should stop their activity immediately and make 180 degrees adjustment. Same thing goes for South Korea – the mere fact that they are supported by US means that they are wrong. It’s as simple as that.

    What makes you think the S. Koreans had any choice? The N. Koreans did have a choice, the Americans never gave a choice to S. Korea, just like they don’t do with anyone else. If it is not the money then it is the threat.

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  26. ondrej says:
    @Thirdeye
    Stalin got everything he wanted out of the Tehran and Yalta agreements. Soviet troops withdrew from Austria and American troops withdrew from Czechoslovakia quid pro quo. While Roosevelt was still in the picture Stalin envisioned a Grand Bargain with the US on spheres of influence as the final settlement of the war. That went out the window when Truman became the lapdog of Churchill, whose mutual loathing with Stalin was kept under control by Roosevelt, and fell in with Churchill's fatuous insistence that the Polish Government In Exile be restored as the government of Poland at Potsdam.

    The alignment of the Soviets and Kim was a marriage of convenience. Kim was the leader of the most powerful faction of Koreans who had been resisting the Japanese in Manchuria. Unfortunately, Kim turned out to be a complete loose cannon and a megalomaniac.

    Soviet troops withdrew from Austria and American troops withdrew from Czechoslovakia quid pro quo.

    Not exactly…
    From Czechoslovakia US troops and Red Army started withdrew at practically same time summer 1945. For Red Army it was longer – till autumn, due to repatrion of POW and civil persons from Germany.

    Austria stayed occupied zone till 50. so not quid pro quo in this regard..

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  27. The US is the the rouge state number one.

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    The US is the the rouge state number one.
     
    Rouge? Maybe they'll start calling us "Big Red One". You know, like in the movies where REAL life happens.
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  28. N Korea is a USA creation, GB did not want interference in the 1953 civil war.
    Peter Lowe, The Origins of the Korean War, London, 1986
    But, as De Gaulle already saw, the USA tries to solve any problem with power.
    The list of USA sorcerer’s apprentices is long.

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  29. @The Scalpel
    "Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war"


    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.

    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we’ve been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin’s does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn’t a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

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    Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.
     
    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies (see Wikipedia for that), and you will discover that most are owned by dual-passport-holding Israelis having American citizenship.

    That's why the "defense" boost. Follow the money. Who gets rich? There is no restriction on corporate donations to political campaigns -- that's a product of a corrupt, Israel-oriented Supreme Court. That effectively legalizes bribery of any magnitude -- absolute recipe for corruption.

    So, Trump does what Israel wants. Who is surprised? You?

    The infrastructure of this nation crumbles into the dust. $700 billion goes to war-weapons. Who benefits? Americans? Israelis?

    This is all as plain as the proverbial nose on the face. The elephant in the room trumpets loudly, and tramples the American taxpayer mercilessly, stealing every penny from the twitching corpse.

    What elephant? Hey! Look over here! Watch the birdie!
    , @edNels
    The real ''War'' is on the regular people, taxpayers aka middle class-upper and lower, and below, all over Earth, international, globally, Sorry Charlie, Americans are in the target zone in ways they don't want to believe, like sheep in that classic psychology experiment... when retained in a cage unable to get off of a shock inducing metal floor, they just sort give up and pretend to be grazing like always.

    [Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so ....]
     
    fill in the blank.

    Or maybe he's just another hapless additional victim of this new ''Opium War'' now that is here, things have a strange way of comming back! History was about the British importing Opium to ruin China back awhile.
    I'm relate this to the current so called ''Opiod epidemic'' talked about a lot lately wrekking the heartland. very much under reported of course, but they are everywhere to be seen, the the victims seem to have ways of hiding it... acquiesced by whatever used to exist in ''temporance'' correct social systems and what, that are now preocupied with ''gender neutral lavatories!

    , @MarkinPNW
    I just had a new insight! The only major wars the US has won, were only won with the help of a strong European or Euro-Asian power. In the Revolutionary war, it was France, in all subsequent major wars, it was Russia. In the Civil War, it was the Russian Navy that enforced the blockade that starved the South. In WW1, the US beat the Germans only after the Germans had exhausted themselves fighting the Russians and the Western Front allies. In WW2 it was the Soviet Russians who did most of the fighting and dying. The US used to be able to beat third-rate countries on its own such as Mexico, Spain, Grenada, Panama; but has never won a major war without help of a large, powerful ally. The only possible exception, was maybe the Naval War in the Pacific against the Japanese, but it very tough going for the first couple of years, and the final land battle was still won by the Soviets in Manchuria.
    , @Druid
    You left out a fre zeros. 700billions, not millions
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  30. @Jonathan Mason

    The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
     
    Paranoid schizophrenics are probably the most dangerous sub group of the mentally ill, because they may come to believe that the best defense is a pre-emptive offense.

    Fortunately the whole world knows that Trump either IS nuts, or just wants the world to believe that he is nuts, and that the adults will take over before he commands anything really stupid to happen. Well, he talks stupid every day, but I refer to the type of stupid shit that leads to a nuclear Armageddon.

    The whole world believes that the adults on both sides have the situation covered, regardless of what their reality show political leaders say in the chase for good ratings. After all, if the North Koreans are capable of building and safely testing H-bombs, there are probably some fairly intelligent people on their side too.

    That is why Trump's speech didn't move the needle on the stock market more than a point or two. Apple stock did not soar on the expectation that Samsung would be wiped off the face of the earth when North Korea nukes its southern neighbor, Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.

    Just a big yawn, really.

    Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.

    Most Hyundais are built here, so no windfall for Ford. Absent Hyundai, I’d buy Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Anything but a shit box Ford. Anything. Buying American in cars is a foolish, idiotic decision.

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  31. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    You might forgive Trump for babbling on in that UN speech, now that he’s got Hollywood also investigating him, with the professional LIAR James Clapper on the advisory board of “InvestigateTrump.org”

    https://investigaterussia.org/

    Max Boot, Norm Orenstein and Reiner are on the advisory board. Wonder if they all attend the same Beverly Hills synagogue?

    They even managed to get Morgan Freeman–who I used to like as an actor–to use his acting skills to make his lines scarier!

    Why do I get the felling that if Trump would unleash all Hell against Iran, all of this would blow away, until the next time Israel wanted something from our hides.

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    ''Yassa boss, I's be dwivin' Miss Daisy sah. ''

    He's got some acting talent, sure enough!

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  32. Che Guava says:

    I will be closely reading the Saker’s article (as always) later tonight, but was mentioning an article that was on TOO or Counter-Currents last week in an earlier post, other thread, has much detail on Merkel’s pre-CDU political history. Now on Taki’s Mag.

    http://takimag.com/article/merkels_great_transformation

    Sorry for the off-topic post, dear the Saker, but many Unzer’s who may not have read it, yourself and Mr. Unz also if not having read it, will finding it of interest. I was knowing a little from the sanitised version before.

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    Self-repJy to explain that the article was vanishing from the site where I was initially to reading it, so was not able to posting a link last week.
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  33. Che Guava says:
    @Che Guava
    I will be closely reading the Saker's article (as always) later tonight, but was mentioning an article that was on TOO or Counter-Currents last week in an earlier post, other thread, has much detail on Merkel's pre-CDU political history. Now on Taki's Mag.

    http://takimag.com/article/merkels_great_transformation

    Sorry for the off-topic post, dear the Saker, but many Unzer's who may not have read it, yourself and Mr. Unz also if not having read it, will finding it of interest. I was knowing a little from the sanitised version before.

    Self-repJy to explain that the article was vanishing from the site where I was initially to reading it, so was not able to posting a link last week.

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  34. Very well said … except for the part about giving socialism a chance.

    You’ve set up a false dichotomy. What the USSA features today isn’t capitalism … aka a free market It’s a kind of watery socialism of the national socialist or corporatist variety … take your pick on how you describe it, but it doesn’t have much to do with the free market anymore. Some, but not much.

    Socialism of any kind = slavery. Governments are always oppressors. To suggest otherwise … that there is some way to achieve a more perfect arrangement via a better form of government … isn’t just naive, it’s bloodcurdling dangerous. It’s not as if Stalin and Mao were somehow aberations.

    More like poster children for what happens when you allow power to be concentrated in the hands of a few sociopaths and psychopaths … and that’s what ALWAYS happens when the supposed needs of “society” override the freedom of the individual.

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    What the USSA features today isn’t capitalism … aka a free market It’s a kind of watery socialism of the national socialist or corporatist variety
     
    Essentially correct in many respects, but it is a product of unregulated capitalism. By that I imply that capitalism is functional, but destructive if unregulated. Economically, some variation on strictly-regulated capitalism has benefits, but the regulation eventually fails, through the usual process of ever-increasing, ever-destructive corruption.

    The US is not socialist -- not by strict definition. True, it's what many people CALL "socialism", but it is grossly corrupt corporatism, aided by an unrestrained, immoral and unprincipled plutocracy.

    There is only one way out. Kill them.
    , @Cyrano
    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

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  35. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    People voted for Trump partly because he postured himself as the probable peace candidate. They did not foresee this conflict with DPRK and Iran. Would this have taken place regardless of who was elected? Perhaps, but it’s not knowable. The UN is just show business these days and we’ve had a series of clowns there such as Bolton to the current nitwit. Is it all bluster with no followup? Hopefully it is. The audience for these speeches is probably the American public who have been fed all sorts of America-centric nonsense throughout their lives. They like this cowboy stuff. A look at the speeches of past presidents Bush and Obama shows a similar pattern of Orwellian nonsense just with less bombast. Can we go back to bed now or should we now expect armageddon? Insofar as the US military having less actual ability than it’s puffed up public image, it should be pointed out that threat and intimidation have always been a part of US policy. Look at how much the US has garnered for itself with hardly any real fighting and with so few casualties unlike the foolish Europeans who’ve bled themselves dry for nothing.

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  36. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Cyrano
    If Kim Jong-un is the Rocket Man, then Trump definitely has to be the Space Oddity, which means that they could be a perfect match – they are both out of this world. Maybe they can randevu somewhere in outer space where they’ll both be sitting in their tin can, so they can resolve their differences there.

    Jokes aside, for the current situation I blame the Koreans, no, not those Koreans – the South Koreans. How do you allow US to interject itself into a family dispute? US operate strictly on the basis of traitors. Every country has them: they can be called different names: opposition groups, dissidents, rebels, democratic reformers – whatever.

    There is one simple test for all of them to do in order to find out if they are doing something right for their country. If any of those groups, anywhere in the world, in any country find themselves that they are being supported by US – that means that they are doing something wrong and harmful for their country and they should stop their activity immediately and make 180 degrees adjustment. Same thing goes for South Korea – the mere fact that they are supported by US means that they are wrong. It’s as simple as that.

    US operate strictly on the basis of traitors.

    If any of those groups, anywhere in the world, in any country find themselves that they are being supported by US – that means that they are doing something wrong and harmful for their country

    Well said!!

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  37. However, the US themselves are now the prime victim of a decapitated Presidency and a vindictive and generally out of control Neocon effort to prevent true American patriots to “get their country back” (as they say) and finally overthrow the regime in Washington DC. Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war and there is no hope in sight, at least for the time being.

    There is no hope of avoiding civil war, but it will not take place until Israel — with a grip of iron on the controls — has plucked us clean. The working, taxpaying American citizen will not be left with so much as a pair of socks. We stagger about clumsily like raped middle-school girls. “Oh, nooooo! Not again! They just raped us last week, and they’re back again!”

    Kill them. Burn their mansions.

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  38. Sunbeam says:
    @Robert Magill
    Assuming the keen political insight Trump exhibited to get himself the job he sought still exists, perhaps all this insane blather is proof it continues. Consider that the scene he bought into is the product of 70 years of constant propaganda aimed at the American psyche and how successful that has been. Then imagine Trump feeding the ravenous American mindset for the status quo while actually working around it. Brilliant!
    Then again, if he truly means what he says, all is lost.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

    “Assuming the keen political insight Trump exhibited to get himself the job he sought still exists, perhaps all this insane blather is proof it continues. Consider that the scene he bought into is the product of 70 years of constant propaganda aimed at the American psyche and how successful that has been. Then imagine Trump feeding the ravenous American mindset for the status quo while actually working around it. Brilliant!
    Then again, if he truly means what he says, all is lost. ”

    What you said 100%.

    Trump is opaque. He literally cannot be analyzed. Not as a trojan horse candidate from Manhattan designed to backstab what’s left of “traditional” Americans. Not as a rabble rousing populist using “A Face in the Crowd” as a business plan.

    Really have no idea what’s going on with him or what’s going on in his head.

    What’s scary though is he might actually be a ragingly egotistical guy playing at what he sees as the ultimate reality show. Bruce Jenner could actually cut off his junk and he has nothing on that.

    Maybe this is 64 dimensional chess. Maybe Trump does a BFS search and randomly says or tweets whatever is the biggest payback for approval at any given time.

    If he operates in the latter way though, god help us. Because he might get bored with the whole thing at some point.

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    Maybe what saves the bacon for him is the kids. Ivanka and Jared are two smart cookies and seem well grounded. We'll see.
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  39. @FKA Max

    The speech was reportedly written by Stephen Miller, a.k.a. Darth Vader to many in the mainstream media,
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-strikingly-conventional-un-speech/2017/09/19/876cb41a-9d75-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.6df8b480a4d8

    Thank you Stephen Miller! He must be reading Peter Singer:


    International support for countries bearing the greatest refugee burden also makes economic sense: it costs Jordan about €3,000 ($3,350) to support one refugee for a year; in Germany, the cost is at least €12,000.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/im-not-sure-why-but-this-headline-cracks-me-up/#comment-1746720

    Another threat to the Church is the illegal immigration control movement. If this movement succeeds, and what is perceived by Latin Americans and other governments as an escape valve is shut off, these governments would logically say, “Our demographic course cannot continue.” These governments would have little choice but to confront the Church and say, “If we are to survive as governments, then we must get serious about population growth control. Otherwise, we in Latin America are destined to become a sea of chaos. We, as Latin Americans, must make family planning and abortion services fully available and encourage their use.” Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1623864

    Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.

    I’ll make you a bet — name your price — the invasion of the USA by illegal aliens will never be stopped, and no effective legislation will ever be put in place to bring it under even the most minimum control.

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  40. @fallingman
    Very well said ... except for the part about giving socialism a chance.

    You've set up a false dichotomy. What the USSA features today isn't capitalism ... aka a free market It's a kind of watery socialism of the national socialist or corporatist variety ... take your pick on how you describe it, but it doesn't have much to do with the free market anymore. Some, but not much.

    Socialism of any kind = slavery. Governments are always oppressors. To suggest otherwise ... that there is some way to achieve a more perfect arrangement via a better form of government ... isn't just naive, it's bloodcurdling dangerous. It's not as if Stalin and Mao were somehow aberations.

    More like poster children for what happens when you allow power to be concentrated in the hands of a few sociopaths and psychopaths ... and that's what ALWAYS happens when the supposed needs of "society" override the freedom of the individual.

    What the USSA features today isn’t capitalism … aka a free market It’s a kind of watery socialism of the national socialist or corporatist variety

    Essentially correct in many respects, but it is a product of unregulated capitalism. By that I imply that capitalism is functional, but destructive if unregulated. Economically, some variation on strictly-regulated capitalism has benefits, but the regulation eventually fails, through the usual process of ever-increasing, ever-destructive corruption.

    The US is not socialist — not by strict definition. True, it’s what many people CALL “socialism”, but it is grossly corrupt corporatism, aided by an unrestrained, immoral and unprincipled plutocracy.

    There is only one way out. Kill them.

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  41. Trump is a tool of the Zionist controlled MIC and a puppet who in the words of Orwell is one who talks in duckspeak and mimics the warmongering line of the Zionists who control America and have had us in wars for over 100 years, ever since the enactment of the FED and the IRS, which made the American people pay for the Zionist wars they precipitated .

    Just as a parasite kills its host so shall the Zionists cause the death of America via the Zionist wars and fools like the Bushes and Obama and Clintons and now Dangerous Don the Con Trump.

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  42. @Natoist für Geld
    The US is the the rouge state number one.

    The US is the the rouge state number one.

    Rouge? Maybe they’ll start calling us “Big Red One”. You know, like in the movies where REAL life happens.

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    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.
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  43. Saker

    It’s a race war…The Democratic Party is waging an out-in-the-open-race war against The Historic Native Born White American Majority Working Class.

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  44. @Jim Christian

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.
     
    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we've been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin's does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn't a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I'd like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

    Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.

    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies (see Wikipedia for that), and you will discover that most are owned by dual-passport-holding Israelis having American citizenship.

    That’s why the “defense” boost. Follow the money. Who gets rich? There is no restriction on corporate donations to political campaigns — that’s a product of a corrupt, Israel-oriented Supreme Court. That effectively legalizes bribery of any magnitude — absolute recipe for corruption.

    So, Trump does what Israel wants. Who is surprised? You?

    The infrastructure of this nation crumbles into the dust. $700 billion goes to war-weapons. Who benefits? Americans? Israelis?

    This is all as plain as the proverbial nose on the face. The elephant in the room trumpets loudly, and tramples the American taxpayer mercilessly, stealing every penny from the twitching corpse.

    What elephant? Hey! Look over here! Watch the birdie!

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    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies ...
     
    It's been a while since I tracked down the ownership of small arms and ammo companies, and back then at least, it was an eye opener. It didn't look too good to me then and I doubt the situation has improved since.My info is dated so this may have changed, but one of the big boys was Donald Elias Zilkha, an "American financier, etc., etc.

    I bet the few owners of the greater portion of the industry could nearly instantly shut off the supply to anyone thinking of starting an armed resistance to the monkeys on top.

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  45. I was searching for the right formulation and then the author gave it to me: “that the [Russians] would feel the need to appropriate for themselves somebody else’s victory is, yet again, a clear sign of weakness”. Those were the very words I was searching for! The more Putin and his supporters hype the “Soviets won WWII” line, thereby re-habilitating and even glorifying Stalin, the more political damage they do to themselves. I assume that Stalin will have pride of place in the ceremonies in November marking the Bolshevik hijacking of the Revolution and that, combined with the fact that the Russian army is the last European army that goose-steps, will set off alarm bells all across Europe, particularly in the former communist countries, which cling all the tighter to the EU and Germany because Putin’s American supporters keep painting Trump as “anti-NATO”. The amusing part of that is that Putin’s role, when he was a neocon, and probably also CIA, “asset”, was to serve as a battering ram to destroy the EU, thereby restoring US global hegemony. Instead of that, with every day that passes, he is undermining US global hegemony a little bit more and thereby strengthening the EU as Europe’s sole remaining alternative.
    As for Hillary, I have always believed that Trump’s election was Ukraine’s triumph. Putin & Co shot themselves in the foot! Hillary would probably have had the awful Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State. Wheeler-dealer Hillary would then probably have cut a deal with Putin behind Europe’s back and to Europe’s disadvantage and she had the political credibility to “sell” that deal to Congress and force Ukraine and the EU to acquiesce in it. Trump is a disaster for Putin inasmuch as Putin’s American supporters spent the whole campaign hyping him as Putin’s stooge who would capitulate to Putin in Ukraine right from day one and made matters worse by wailing and lamenting about Trump “breaking his promise” when he didn’t do so. That has painted Trump into a corner from which he will never get out. Any concession whatsoever to Putin in regard to Ukraine will be interpreted as a sell out to the Russian Mafia and will fuel Russiagate.

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    The amusing part of that is that Putin’s role, when he was a neocon, and probably also CIA, “asset”, was to serve as a battering ram to destroy the EU, thereby restoring US global hegemony. Instead of that, with every day that passes, he is undermining US global hegemony a little bit more and thereby strengthening the EU as Europe’s sole remaining alternative.
     
    breathtaking idiocy

    the EU is Europe's most intractable enemy

    the EU is to Europe as George Soros is to Hungary

    the EU is to Europe as Angela Merkel is to Germany

    the EU is simply a manifestation of the ECB, which is to say Rothschild

    which is to say 'yes to more wars for Israel' and 'yes to massive and transformational immigration and "refugees" until every hamlet in Europe feels like Rotherham, England or Malmo, Sweden
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  46. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jonathan Mason

    The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
     
    Paranoid schizophrenics are probably the most dangerous sub group of the mentally ill, because they may come to believe that the best defense is a pre-emptive offense.

    Fortunately the whole world knows that Trump either IS nuts, or just wants the world to believe that he is nuts, and that the adults will take over before he commands anything really stupid to happen. Well, he talks stupid every day, but I refer to the type of stupid shit that leads to a nuclear Armageddon.

    The whole world believes that the adults on both sides have the situation covered, regardless of what their reality show political leaders say in the chase for good ratings. After all, if the North Koreans are capable of building and safely testing H-bombs, there are probably some fairly intelligent people on their side too.

    That is why Trump's speech didn't move the needle on the stock market more than a point or two. Apple stock did not soar on the expectation that Samsung would be wiped off the face of the earth when North Korea nukes its southern neighbor, Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.

    Just a big yawn, really.

    It might be the fact that Americans have grown accustom to fighting limited wars within existing territorial boundaries against opponents that have no capacity to retaliate.

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  47. @Sunbeam
    "Assuming the keen political insight Trump exhibited to get himself the job he sought still exists, perhaps all this insane blather is proof it continues. Consider that the scene he bought into is the product of 70 years of constant propaganda aimed at the American psyche and how successful that has been. Then imagine Trump feeding the ravenous American mindset for the status quo while actually working around it. Brilliant!
    Then again, if he truly means what he says, all is lost. "

    What you said 100%.

    Trump is opaque. He literally cannot be analyzed. Not as a trojan horse candidate from Manhattan designed to backstab what's left of "traditional" Americans. Not as a rabble rousing populist using "A Face in the Crowd" as a business plan.

    Really have no idea what's going on with him or what's going on in his head.

    What's scary though is he might actually be a ragingly egotistical guy playing at what he sees as the ultimate reality show. Bruce Jenner could actually cut off his junk and he has nothing on that.

    Maybe this is 64 dimensional chess. Maybe Trump does a BFS search and randomly says or tweets whatever is the biggest payback for approval at any given time.

    If he operates in the latter way though, god help us. Because he might get bored with the whole thing at some point.

    Maybe what saves the bacon for him is the kids. Ivanka and Jared are two smart cookies and seem well grounded. We’ll see.

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    Huh!!!!'
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  48. @Jim Christian

    Ford did not soar on the imminent demise of Hyundai, and so on.
     
    Most Hyundais are built here, so no windfall for Ford. Absent Hyundai, I'd buy Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Anything but a shit box Ford. Anything. Buying American in cars is a foolish, idiotic decision.

    Your impression of American vehicles is quite different than ours. For what it’s worth, I owned Pontiacs as a single guy and own an american made and American badged family vehicle now, and we have had great experiences with all of them, including their repair record and longevity.

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    Your impression of American vehicles is quite different than ours. For what it’s worth, I owned Pontiacs as a single guy and own an american made and American badged family vehicle now, and we have had great experiences with all of them, including their repair record and longevity.
     
    Your Pontiac purchases would have to have been of a select few models. Tempests weren't too bad, Bonnevilles deteriorated but kept running.

    American-made Toyotas are inferior to Japan-made Toyotas. Consistently. Hyundais and Kias are this decades' Toyotas and Nissans. Unfortunately, designed obsolescence is now the rule in all three.

    I do not believe there is an American marque with any degree of real quality control and excellence of process and assembly. All are 7-year throwaways, 8 if you're lucky. Toyotas and Nissans of the 21st century are 12-year lifetime vehicles. Most production engines nowadays cannot be rebuilt.

    Buy a late-nineties Toyota. Restore it -- pay for it or do it yourself. Ten thousand dollars at most, and you'll have a better vehicle than a $32,000 model from 2018.
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  49. Rurik says:

    it is absolutely pathetic that Trump has to claim as his success the victories with the Syrians, the Russians, the Iranians and Hezbollah have achieved against the Wahabi-crazies of Daesh/al-Qaeda/al-Nusra/etc, especially since the latter are a pure creation of the US CIA! The truth is that it was the Americans who created this Wahabi monster and that they aided, protected, financed, trained and armed it through all these years. The US also viciously opposed all the countries which were serious about fighting this Wahabi abomination. And now that a tiny Russian contingent has achieved infinitely better results that all the power of the mighty CENTCOM backed by the Israeli and Saudi allies of the US in the region, The Donald comes out and declares victory?! Pathetic is not strong enough a word to describe this mind-bogglingly counter-factual statement.

    you don’t get it sir

    this is the main and major victory of Trump’s presidency to date

    he punked the deepstate and the Zionists and the CIA

    he undid years of McCain’s and the zio-deepstate’s treachery of arming and funding ISIS

    he singlehandedly saved the Assad regime and Syria from a Libyan fate by changing ZUSA policy!

    no one I can imagine could have pulled off such a remarkable feat

    In conclusion, what I take away from this speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill. Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet because it allows everybody else to get things done. Because, and make no mistake here, if the US cannot get anything constructive done any more, they retain a huge capability to disrupt, subvert, create chaos and the like. But for as long as the US remains paralyzed this destructive potential remains mostly unused (and no matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!).

    don’t pay attention to the rhetoric

    that is intended to mollify the deepstate and zio-scum

    he has saved Syria by ending the CIA’s funding and arming of ISIS

    he has not materially harmed Iran

    there is no war with N. Korea, only bluster

    I can live with bluster

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  50. @RadicalCenter
    Your impression of American vehicles is quite different than ours. For what it's worth, I owned Pontiacs as a single guy and own an american made and American badged family vehicle now, and we have had great experiences with all of them, including their repair record and longevity.

    Your impression of American vehicles is quite different than ours. For what it’s worth, I owned Pontiacs as a single guy and own an american made and American badged family vehicle now, and we have had great experiences with all of them, including their repair record and longevity.

    Your Pontiac purchases would have to have been of a select few models. Tempests weren’t too bad, Bonnevilles deteriorated but kept running.

    American-made Toyotas are inferior to Japan-made Toyotas. Consistently. Hyundais and Kias are this decades’ Toyotas and Nissans. Unfortunately, designed obsolescence is now the rule in all three.

    I do not believe there is an American marque with any degree of real quality control and excellence of process and assembly. All are 7-year throwaways, 8 if you’re lucky. Toyotas and Nissans of the 21st century are 12-year lifetime vehicles. Most production engines nowadays cannot be rebuilt.

    Buy a late-nineties Toyota. Restore it — pay for it or do it yourself. Ten thousand dollars at most, and you’ll have a better vehicle than a $32,000 model from 2018.

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    Didn't know that about American-assembled toyotas compared to Japanese-assembled toyotas, thanks. There are probably some stats on that?

    As for Pontiacs, you are of course right. I owned Bonnevilles and loved them, but some of their other models, I hear, were less reliable.
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  51. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    [But they are mostly kept at ranks no higher than Colonel and you will often find them in military teaching institutions and academies. Having studied with them and become good friends with many of them, I feel sorry for them and I know that if they had the means to stop this insanity they would]

    The speech was written by a zionist jew, Stephen Miller, the Israel -Firster, was an embarrassment to everyone including Americans. But he is so illiterate not to know why he has become a LAUGHING STOCK all over the world. Thus the deep state is thinking to apply a solution that they have used all over the world and in America, “the kennedy treatment”.

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  52. Being the President of a country as dysfunctional as the US…

    Why don’t you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.

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    Why don’t you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.
     
    Why? Because I think this country would be more improved if you leave.

    Seriously, asshole, how effective have you found shrieks of "Why don't you leave?" to be?
    , @Druid
    Not your place!!!!
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  53. “How one achieves “victory” when no goal is even defined is anybody’s guess.”

    Easy-Peasy… You declare victory and go home. If it falls apart, you blame it on the folks you handed it over to. Bush was well on his way with “Mission Accomplished,” but he lost his nerve when the MSM started carping about museums being looted. Not our problem.

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    Not our problem.
     
    Not our problem. But it's our oil. And it is buried under their sand. Awkward.

    Baghdad fell on April 9th.

    On April 12th, wikipedia reports -

    Looting and unrest, especially in major cities such as Baghdad and Basra becomes a very serious issue. In Baghdad, with the notable exception of the Oil Ministry, which was guarded by American soldiers, the majority of government and public buildings are totally plundered, to the point where there is nothing of any value left. This includes the National Museum of Iraq, with initial reports stating that 170,000 artifacts have been lost. The reports are later discovered to have been exaggerated, with the actual losses ultimately being determined to have been around 15,000 items. Many major hospitals are also looted. The losses caused by looting and plundering starts to cause more and more damage to Iraqi civilian infrastructure, economy, and culture, than those caused by three weeks of coalition bombing.

    Bush's famous "Mission Accomplished" speech was on May 1st.

    You don't really mean to suggest that George Bush was in charge, do you? And not Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle?

    jus sayin
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  54. Dver says:

    All the OMFG Trump!1!! @ hyperventilation seems to have neatly diverted everyone’s attention from an awkward international accomplishment.

    https://treaties.un.org/doc/Treaties/2017/07/20170707%2003-42%20PM/Ch_XXVI_9.pdf

    With this signing ceremony the legal imperative of disarmament is transitioning from customary international law to conventional international law.

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  55. Rurik says:
    @Michael Kenny
    I was searching for the right formulation and then the author gave it to me: “that the [Russians] would feel the need to appropriate for themselves somebody else’s victory is, yet again, a clear sign of weakness”. Those were the very words I was searching for! The more Putin and his supporters hype the “Soviets won WWII” line, thereby re-habilitating and even glorifying Stalin, the more political damage they do to themselves. I assume that Stalin will have pride of place in the ceremonies in November marking the Bolshevik hijacking of the Revolution and that, combined with the fact that the Russian army is the last European army that goose-steps, will set off alarm bells all across Europe, particularly in the former communist countries, which cling all the tighter to the EU and Germany because Putin’s American supporters keep painting Trump as “anti-NATO”. The amusing part of that is that Putin’s role, when he was a neocon, and probably also CIA, “asset”, was to serve as a battering ram to destroy the EU, thereby restoring US global hegemony. Instead of that, with every day that passes, he is undermining US global hegemony a little bit more and thereby strengthening the EU as Europe’s sole remaining alternative.
    As for Hillary, I have always believed that Trump’s election was Ukraine’s triumph. Putin & Co shot themselves in the foot! Hillary would probably have had the awful Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State. Wheeler-dealer Hillary would then probably have cut a deal with Putin behind Europe’s back and to Europe’s disadvantage and she had the political credibility to “sell” that deal to Congress and force Ukraine and the EU to acquiesce in it. Trump is a disaster for Putin inasmuch as Putin’s American supporters spent the whole campaign hyping him as Putin’s stooge who would capitulate to Putin in Ukraine right from day one and made matters worse by wailing and lamenting about Trump “breaking his promise” when he didn’t do so. That has painted Trump into a corner from which he will never get out. Any concession whatsoever to Putin in regard to Ukraine will be interpreted as a sell out to the Russian Mafia and will fuel Russiagate.

    The amusing part of that is that Putin’s role, when he was a neocon, and probably also CIA, “asset”, was to serve as a battering ram to destroy the EU, thereby restoring US global hegemony. Instead of that, with every day that passes, he is undermining US global hegemony a little bit more and thereby strengthening the EU as Europe’s sole remaining alternative.

    breathtaking idiocy

    the EU is Europe’s most intractable enemy

    the EU is to Europe as George Soros is to Hungary

    the EU is to Europe as Angela Merkel is to Germany

    the EU is simply a manifestation of the ECB, which is to say Rothschild

    which is to say ‘yes to more wars for Israel’ and ‘yes to massive and transformational immigration and “refugees” until every hamlet in Europe feels like Rotherham, England or Malmo, Sweden

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  56. edNels says:
    @Jim Christian

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.
     
    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we've been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin's does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn't a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I'd like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

    The real ”War” is on the regular people, taxpayers aka middle class-upper and lower, and below, all over Earth, international, globally, Sorry Charlie, Americans are in the target zone in ways they don’t want to believe, like sheep in that classic psychology experiment… when retained in a cage unable to get off of a shock inducing metal floor, they just sort give up and pretend to be grazing like always.

    [Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so ....]

    fill in the blank.

    Or maybe he’s just another hapless additional victim of this new ”Opium War” now that is here, things have a strange way of comming back! History was about the British importing Opium to ruin China back awhile.
    I’m relate this to the current so called ”Opiod epidemic” talked about a lot lately wrekking the heartland. very much under reported of course, but they are everywhere to be seen, the the victims seem to have ways of hiding it… acquiesced by whatever used to exist in ”temporance” correct social systems and what, that are now preocupied with ”gender neutral lavatories!

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    My understanding of why the Opium Wars began was that Britain was importing vast quantities of tea which were paid for in silver. Such was the demand for tea that silver bullion supplies could not keep pace so opium was imported into China and payment was obtained in silver thus "earning" the silver back. Later, tea plantations were established in India. I think the British East India Company was the major culprit.
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  57. @Bragadocious
    Being the President of a country as dysfunctional as the US...

    Why don't you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.

    Why don’t you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.

    Why? Because I think this country would be more improved if you leave.

    Seriously, asshole, how effective have you found shrieks of “Why don’t you leave?” to be?

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    Are you Fred or Saker under one of their multiple sign-ons? Sure sounds like it. I ain't leaving, cumrag. Too many stocks and properties here which are doing great. Also, family roots dating back to the 1600s. Hey, maybe you should leave. Have you considered it? Our national IQ would improve immediately.
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  58. edNels says:
    @Greg Bacon
    You might forgive Trump for babbling on in that UN speech, now that he's got Hollywood also investigating him, with the professional LIAR James Clapper on the advisory board of "InvestigateTrump.org"

    https://investigaterussia.org/

    Max Boot, Norm Orenstein and Reiner are on the advisory board. Wonder if they all attend the same Beverly Hills synagogue?

    They even managed to get Morgan Freeman--who I used to like as an actor--to use his acting skills to make his lines scarier!

    https://youtu.be/Uz9PNoecNxU

    Why do I get the felling that if Trump would unleash all Hell against Iran, all of this would blow away, until the next time Israel wanted something from our hides.

    ”Yassa boss, I’s be dwivin’ Miss Daisy sah. ”

    He’s got some acting talent, sure enough!

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  59. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The Saker might be computer generated copy. The rhetorical question is: How does an algorithm ignore Trump’s most absurd line? The answer, obviously, is that it is designed to do just that.

    Here it is anyway, try not to laugh as hard as the professionals in attendence did: “The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth, the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.”

    Never let reality hit you on the ass, totally destroy it!

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  60. What stood out to me was how Trump, or his speech-writer, slyly reaffirmed the ‘special’ relationship with England and France; essentially signaling that the ‘friendpire’ between the three as continuing.

    With continuous contempt from the media and from Washington elite, I tend to think that he might just retreat to Wilsonianism in an attempt to shut everybody up with a flood of patriotic militarism.

    I just can’t see an attack on North Korea as eminent; NK has a pretty ‘good’ poison pill set up.. but I suppose anything is possible at this point.

    Iran (Hezbollah, Shi’ites in Iraq), Venezuela seem like bigger targets imho

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  61. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Why don’t you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.
     
    Why? Because I think this country would be more improved if you leave.

    Seriously, asshole, how effective have you found shrieks of "Why don't you leave?" to be?

    Are you Fred or Saker under one of their multiple sign-ons? Sure sounds like it. I ain’t leaving, cumrag. Too many stocks and properties here which are doing great. Also, family roots dating back to the 1600s. Hey, maybe you should leave. Have you considered it? Our national IQ would improve immediately.

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    Are you Fred or Saker under one of their multiple sign-ons? Sure sounds like it. I ain’t leaving, cumrag. Too many stocks and properties here which are doing great. Also, family roots dating back to the 1600s. Hey, maybe you should leave. Have you considered it? Our national IQ would improve immediately.
     
    You are far too clever for me. Based on your, um, reasoning, if you don't like it, leave. We will assume you like it.
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  62. I trust Saker takes the following comment in good faith.

    I refuse to accept Saker’s subjective judgement that (legendary businessman) President Trump is under the “illusion” that spending more money will result in superior US military forces.

    Speaking subjectively, such is precisely how his Zionist masters desire the purposely disillusioned American consumers to think.

    POTUS illusions disappear after having to address AIPAC and long before they even take stage to debate their campaign rivals.

    If in attendance, I thank you, Sir.

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  63. @The Alarmist

    "How one achieves “victory” when no goal is even defined is anybody’s guess."
     
    Easy-Peasy... You declare victory and go home. If it falls apart, you blame it on the folks you handed it over to. Bush was well on his way with "Mission Accomplished," but he lost his nerve when the MSM started carping about museums being looted. Not our problem.

    Not our problem.

    Not our problem. But it’s our oil. And it is buried under their sand. Awkward.

    Baghdad fell on April 9th.

    On April 12th, wikipedia reports -

    Looting and unrest, especially in major cities such as Baghdad and Basra becomes a very serious issue. In Baghdad, with the notable exception of the Oil Ministry, which was guarded by American soldiers, the majority of government and public buildings are totally plundered, to the point where there is nothing of any value left. This includes the National Museum of Iraq, with initial reports stating that 170,000 artifacts have been lost. The reports are later discovered to have been exaggerated, with the actual losses ultimately being determined to have been around 15,000 items. Many major hospitals are also looted. The losses caused by looting and plundering starts to cause more and more damage to Iraqi civilian infrastructure, economy, and culture, than those caused by three weeks of coalition bombing.

    Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” speech was on May 1st.

    You don’t really mean to suggest that George Bush was in charge, do you? And not Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle?

    jus sayin

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  64. Cyrano says:
    @fallingman
    Very well said ... except for the part about giving socialism a chance.

    You've set up a false dichotomy. What the USSA features today isn't capitalism ... aka a free market It's a kind of watery socialism of the national socialist or corporatist variety ... take your pick on how you describe it, but it doesn't have much to do with the free market anymore. Some, but not much.

    Socialism of any kind = slavery. Governments are always oppressors. To suggest otherwise ... that there is some way to achieve a more perfect arrangement via a better form of government ... isn't just naive, it's bloodcurdling dangerous. It's not as if Stalin and Mao were somehow aberations.

    More like poster children for what happens when you allow power to be concentrated in the hands of a few sociopaths and psychopaths ... and that's what ALWAYS happens when the supposed needs of "society" override the freedom of the individual.

    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

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    Hahahaaaaa! How old are you? Did you write that history yourself?

    I've never seen that before. Interesting. Could you provide some links or titles of books where you got those ideas?
    , @The Alarmist

    "Pure capitalism is pure evil."
     
    Sorry, bro, but I have to call BS here ... pure capitalism is the free and fair exchange of goods and services between consenting individuals. It's only as you intermediate between the contracting parties, which BTW is the essence of communism and socialism, that you start to have the brutes and thugs organizing the allocations of goods, services in exchange for consideration to tilt the balance to their advantage.

    We might never have had something approaching pure capitalism, since humans evolved from pack or tribe animals (take your pick, either is a loaded term), but we might have been closest in prehistory.

    Communism improved the lives of some by degrading the lives of many. Same with socialism. Same with unconstrained neo-capitalism, which is what we are experiencing now. The common element in dysfunction of all these is a ruling class that gets to appropriate at will what they want and to force the allocation of what they think is fair on the rest, which includes in all cases the making of "hard choices" to deal with resource constraints. The Communists go straight to culling those who contribute the least and/or need the most ... the neo-capitalists freeze them out and leave them to starve. The socialist muddle along until things fall apart for the vast majority and force them to choose one of the other two paths. Since all three ways have a dominant alpha parasite class, there is no escape.

    What you are looking to as Communism was actually quite far from the original ideology, and was little more than a corrupt oligarch gangster society little different from the corrupt neo-Capitalist society you are condemning.
    , @peterAUS
    Well, there IS something there, but, there is something much more in the fact that socialism is even worse. Much worse actually.

    Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.

    I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.

    BTW, no need to go for "it wasn't proper socialism".
    , @Mark Presco
    There is one aspect of American capitalism you fail to factor in. Henry Ford showed that his company profited best when his employees were able to buy the products they manufactured. You cannot manufacture for mass consumerism if you have no consumers. Enlightened self interest. Globalism is destabilizing this balance.
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  65. Lender says:

    ▼Echoing the nonsense he spoke while in Poland, Trump is now clearly fully endorsing that fairytale that “The West” (in which Trump now hilariously includes Poland!)

    Poland’s annual trade with Germany is now 120 bln dollar, which is more than German trade with the UK or Italy. Poland is one of the closest allies of the USA and strategic ally in Central-Eastern Europe due to its geopolitical location, it is also the biggest receiver of American investments in region of Centreal-Eastern Europe. If Poland is not the West then what is it? The author wants to destroy lives of 40 mln of Poles and economy of their country which is tightly connected to the West only to make it a part of the Russian block again? It must end with a total war. Is author a warmonger?

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    Despite its location, Poland has always considered itself part of the west. Saker is a Russian and the only country of which he approves is Russia.

    He loathes Poland as much as Hitler did. I only skimmed part of the article. It's typical saker, America bad, Russia good. He is the epitome of an immigrant devoted to the Culture of Critique.
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  66. FKA Max says: • Website
    @FKA Max
    This is Michael Anton on Trump's UN speech:

    President Trump's Message: Make The United Nations Great

    In fact, he's strengthened our alliances in meetings in Washington with key allies, by going to foreign capitals - the trip to France and the Bastille Day with America's oldest ally, with which the United States has in recent years had something of a rocky relationship - was strengthened enormously by that visit to Paris this year. And the president has, you know, both on a personal level and on an alliance level, really strengthened the alliance with France and with President Macron. In fact, he met with him yesterday and had a very, extremely positive and friendly meeting where they talked substantive business, but they also talked about the history of the alliance and reminisced a bit about the grandeur of that trip to Paris in July.
     
    - http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/552025707/president-trumps-message-make-the-united-nations-great

    The French president’s suggestion that African women are breeding like animals and must be restrained by an enlightened elite awakens primordial terrors in the hearts of the mainstream Left and Right.
    [...]
    If Europeans are replaced with Africans, Western Civilization will disappear. The choices are simple: The West, yes or no? The white race, yes or no? Our rulers have exhausted all other options.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/trumps-warsaw-speech-and-the-real-clash-of-civilizations/#comment-1946225

    Peter Singer on How Political Correctness Let African Population Growth Run Amok for a Generation

    The outrage evoked by Macron’s remark, however, appears to have little to do with its inaccuracy. Macron violated a taboo that has been in place since the International Conference on Population and Development, held under the auspices of the UN in Cairo in 1994. The conference adopted a Programme of Action that rejected a demographically driven approach to population policies, and instead focused on meeting the reproductive-health needs of individuals, especially women. Population targets were out; rights were in.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/peter-singer-on-how-political-correctness-let-african-population-growth-run-amok-for-a-generation/

    I would like to explain what led me to conclude that Emmanuel Macron has an “Alt Right” worldview.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/collateral-damage/#comment-1955020

    Don’t lose hope…
    [...]
    I shared this video here at the Unz Review before, but I would like to share it again, because it best encapsulates and captures what I personally associate with term “Alt Right”
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/the-system-revealed-antifa-virginia-politicians-and-police-work-together-to-shut-down-unitetheright/#comment-1967326

    French army band medleys Daft Punk following Bastille Day parade

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQkku7jLfo

    Is Trump Mulling Peter Thiel for a Top Intelligence Advisory Post?

    Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been quietly advising the Trump administration for months. Now—as sources say he could be in line for a top intelligence oversight role—Steve Bannon, White House officials, friends, and foes gauge the billionaire’s motivations, and his Washington mojo.

    “[Peter] took a lot of flak for his support,” Michael Anton told me over coffee in Washington. Anton, whom Thiel had lobbied to place on the National Security Council (N.S.C.), had gained a measure of notoriety for his widely read and contentious essay comparing the 2016 presidential election to United 93—the hijacked 9/11 flight on which heroic passengers stormed the cockpit. (Trump, in Anton’s view, was the only candidate who could save an imperiled nation.) “I think Peter took a brave stance in going against the grain. But that’s who he is.”

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/donald-trump-peter-thiel-top-intelligence-advisory-post

    Thank you, Mr. Unz, from the bottom of my heart. You and Peter Thiel are true American Patriots.

    http://www.unz.com/pgottfried/yes-virginia-dare-there-are-righteous-jews-for-trump/#comment-1642432

    A Reformation is coming, and its message will be the same as it was 500 years ago: Don’t outsource your future to a big institution. You need to figure it out for yourself.

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-fat-heather-heyer-hoax/#comment-2000047

    Toward a Sensible, Coherent Trumpism

    http://www.unz.com/article/toward-a-sensible-coherent-trumpism/

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  67. @Cyrano
    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

    Hahahaaaaa! How old are you? Did you write that history yourself?

    I’ve never seen that before. Interesting. Could you provide some links or titles of books where you got those ideas?

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    Listen you moron. Go back to writing about how the heroic 250 000 trucks defeated Nazi Germany. You don't have the intelligence to discuss anything here.
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  68. Alden says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    The US is the the rouge state number one.
     
    Rouge? Maybe they'll start calling us "Big Red One". You know, like in the movies where REAL life happens.

    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.

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    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.

     

    Gimme ten points for "Big Red One". ;-)
    , @robt
    Spell check and computer language translation, after 30 years of development give us a taste of what autonomous driving cars (and big trucks! will be like. Sort of there, but lacking the essential quality of nuance.
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  69. Here’s a little blast from the past, the last outrageous UNGA speech from a crazy bastard pariah dictator. Back then the problem was it was sensible and made the crowd go wild. Those were the days.

    http://www.africanews.com/2017/09/19/speech-muammar-gaddafi-at-the-64th-un-general-assembly-in-2009/

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  70. Alden says:
    @Lender

    ▼Echoing the nonsense he spoke while in Poland, Trump is now clearly fully endorsing that fairytale that “The West” (in which Trump now hilariously includes Poland!)
     
    Poland's annual trade with Germany is now 120 bln dollar, which is more than German trade with the UK or Italy. Poland is one of the closest allies of the USA and strategic ally in Central-Eastern Europe due to its geopolitical location, it is also the biggest receiver of American investments in region of Centreal-Eastern Europe. If Poland is not the West then what is it? The author wants to destroy lives of 40 mln of Poles and economy of their country which is tightly connected to the West only to make it a part of the Russian block again? It must end with a total war. Is author a warmonger?

    Despite its location, Poland has always considered itself part of the west. Saker is a Russian and the only country of which he approves is Russia.

    He loathes Poland as much as Hitler did. I only skimmed part of the article. It’s typical saker, America bad, Russia good. He is the epitome of an immigrant devoted to the Culture of Critique.

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    Poland has always considered itself part of the west
     
    As much as they think it is, that does not make it true. Poland is not Western, location matters in this case.
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  71. @Cyrano
    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

    “Pure capitalism is pure evil.”

    Sorry, bro, but I have to call BS here … pure capitalism is the free and fair exchange of goods and services between consenting individuals. It’s only as you intermediate between the contracting parties, which BTW is the essence of communism and socialism, that you start to have the brutes and thugs organizing the allocations of goods, services in exchange for consideration to tilt the balance to their advantage.

    We might never have had something approaching pure capitalism, since humans evolved from pack or tribe animals (take your pick, either is a loaded term), but we might have been closest in prehistory.

    Communism improved the lives of some by degrading the lives of many. Same with socialism. Same with unconstrained neo-capitalism, which is what we are experiencing now. The common element in dysfunction of all these is a ruling class that gets to appropriate at will what they want and to force the allocation of what they think is fair on the rest, which includes in all cases the making of “hard choices” to deal with resource constraints. The Communists go straight to culling those who contribute the least and/or need the most … the neo-capitalists freeze them out and leave them to starve. The socialist muddle along until things fall apart for the vast majority and force them to choose one of the other two paths. Since all three ways have a dominant alpha parasite class, there is no escape.

    What you are looking to as Communism was actually quite far from the original ideology, and was little more than a corrupt oligarch gangster society little different from the corrupt neo-Capitalist society you are condemning.

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    You know what really bothers me about individuals like you? It bothers me that despite the overwhelming evidence that your government never told you anything resembling the truth, you still believe that you know something.

    Do you really think that your government made a confidant out of you because based on the theory of exceptionalism they wouldn’t dare to tell a lie to a nation full of geniuses?

    You see, when your government talks about exceptionalism, they talk about themselves being “exceptional”, not about the great unwashed – to which you undoubtedly belong based on the stench of the ignorance emanating from you.

    And if you think that you were able to piece together what’s really going on in the world based on the third rate propaganda that they have been feeding you since before you could safely navigate your way to the nearest McDonald, you are grossly overestimating both your intelligence and the willingness of those who rule over you to disclose the truth.

    You don’t know anything about communism, man, trust me.
    , @Poupon Marx
    Capitalism is the system when Man stood upright. He traded skins, meat, weapons with other tribes, within his tribe. Some members of his tribe were better at weapon making, smoking meat, etc. Any surpluses could be bartered (pure capitalism) with others. Capital is surplus labor and goods exchanged for advantage to both parties.

    Any rejection of pure capitalism is ignorance and stupidity, or mis and disinformation.

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  72. MarkinPNW says:
    @Jim Christian

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.
     
    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we've been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin's does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn't a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I'd like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

    I just had a new insight! The only major wars the US has won, were only won with the help of a strong European or Euro-Asian power. In the Revolutionary war, it was France, in all subsequent major wars, it was Russia. In the Civil War, it was the Russian Navy that enforced the blockade that starved the South. In WW1, the US beat the Germans only after the Germans had exhausted themselves fighting the Russians and the Western Front allies. In WW2 it was the Soviet Russians who did most of the fighting and dying. The US used to be able to beat third-rate countries on its own such as Mexico, Spain, Grenada, Panama; but has never won a major war without help of a large, powerful ally. The only possible exception, was maybe the Naval War in the Pacific against the Japanese, but it very tough going for the first couple of years, and the final land battle was still won by the Soviets in Manchuria.

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  73. Cyrano says:
    @Johnny Rico
    Hahahaaaaa! How old are you? Did you write that history yourself?

    I've never seen that before. Interesting. Could you provide some links or titles of books where you got those ideas?

    Listen you moron. Go back to writing about how the heroic 250 000 trucks defeated Nazi Germany. You don’t have the intelligence to discuss anything here.

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    Still having trouble with English comprehension, I see.

    I'll try again.

    You post here a lot and you having been using the internet for at least a couple weeks.

    There shouldn't be much difficulty in posting a few links proving what you stated is not simply a product of your own diseased mind...unless, of course, it is.
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  74. peterAUS says:
    @Cyrano
    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

    Well, there IS something there, but, there is something much more in the fact that socialism is even worse. Much worse actually.

    Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.

    I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.

    BTW, no need to go for “it wasn’t proper socialism”.

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    at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.
     
    First of all, that is not true, unless you have a very narrow definition of capitalism. Many countries that were perfectly capitalist in every imaginable economic and social sense were quite adept at murdering their OWN citizens.
    Besides, is murdering someone else's citizens better is some way? You must admit capitalisms has done and is doing a lot of THAT.

    socialism is even worse. Much worse actually. Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.
     
    This is not true, either. True that in many countries that turned "socialist" there wasn't much to distribute to begin with. If you take the quintessential "socialist" country, the Soviet Union, a considerable degree of social justice as well as social power mobility existed. Furthermore, it was sufficiently an example of equality and justice to influence the distribution of that said power and wealth in the capitalist West, was it not?
    , @The Alarmist

    "I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism."
     
    I'll agree with Cyrano that the US has a substantial gulag with forced labour (the Prison Industrial complex is well documented) and it's share of political prisoners, to wit Martha Stewart and Dinesh D'Souza among many others.

    As for mass murder we don't yet have extermination camps or killing fields, but we are perhaps far more successful through driving people into penury, pushing them out of their homes, and plying them with opioids and cheap booze to promote an early death.
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  75. Great article. It is indeed increasingly unbearable to listen to Trump. That pathetic UN speech made him sound like Nikki Haley’s male twin. “Ambassadors” are supposed to seek peace, yet every time that daft woman opens her mouth the US is in danger of going to war with somebody. She is John McCain in a dress, every bit as dumb and dangerous. They should just name her Israel’s ambassador to the UN, that’s who’s interest she’s really looking out for.

    I voted for Trump thinking he was smarter than he sounds, but I was wrong. He really is as stupid as he sounds. I don’t think there has been a bigger and faster betrayal in the history of world politics as the first 8 months of the Trump presidency. He has basically done a 180 on every campaign promise, especially the two biggest issues that won him the most votes – immigration and foreign policy. On immigration he’s basically giving away DACA in exchange for no wall and no reduction in legal immigration, while doing diddly squat on H1b. Meanwhile his weasel of a son-in-law continues to profit off selling the EB5 visa to corrupt Chinese.

    Perhaps the worst betrayal of all is his foreign policy. No more wars has turned into endless wars. He is now a neocon globalist libtard stooge, a puppet of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the worst of all worlds.

    Bill Clinton was America’s first Black president, now Trump is America’s first Jewish president. A real nationalist like Kris Kobach needs to primary him out in 2020.

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  76. Cyrano says:
    @The Alarmist

    "Pure capitalism is pure evil."
     
    Sorry, bro, but I have to call BS here ... pure capitalism is the free and fair exchange of goods and services between consenting individuals. It's only as you intermediate between the contracting parties, which BTW is the essence of communism and socialism, that you start to have the brutes and thugs organizing the allocations of goods, services in exchange for consideration to tilt the balance to their advantage.

    We might never have had something approaching pure capitalism, since humans evolved from pack or tribe animals (take your pick, either is a loaded term), but we might have been closest in prehistory.

    Communism improved the lives of some by degrading the lives of many. Same with socialism. Same with unconstrained neo-capitalism, which is what we are experiencing now. The common element in dysfunction of all these is a ruling class that gets to appropriate at will what they want and to force the allocation of what they think is fair on the rest, which includes in all cases the making of "hard choices" to deal with resource constraints. The Communists go straight to culling those who contribute the least and/or need the most ... the neo-capitalists freeze them out and leave them to starve. The socialist muddle along until things fall apart for the vast majority and force them to choose one of the other two paths. Since all three ways have a dominant alpha parasite class, there is no escape.

    What you are looking to as Communism was actually quite far from the original ideology, and was little more than a corrupt oligarch gangster society little different from the corrupt neo-Capitalist society you are condemning.

    You know what really bothers me about individuals like you? It bothers me that despite the overwhelming evidence that your government never told you anything resembling the truth, you still believe that you know something.

    Do you really think that your government made a confidant out of you because based on the theory of exceptionalism they wouldn’t dare to tell a lie to a nation full of geniuses?

    You see, when your government talks about exceptionalism, they talk about themselves being “exceptional”, not about the great unwashed – to which you undoubtedly belong based on the stench of the ignorance emanating from you.

    And if you think that you were able to piece together what’s really going on in the world based on the third rate propaganda that they have been feeding you since before you could safely navigate your way to the nearest McDonald, you are grossly overestimating both your intelligence and the willingness of those who rule over you to disclose the truth.

    You don’t know anything about communism, man, trust me.

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    I manage a few bucks in a couple investment funds, and I attribute some of my success over the years to avoiding most of the emerging and frontier markets to avoid the inevitable looting and plundering of our investors' money by third-world schmucks with attitudes like yours, who only know how to take and not how to earn the wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital of the people they repress with their something-for-nothing ideology. Yeah, I'm a capitalist tool.
    , @Rurik

    You don’t know anything about communism, man
     
    I do

    it's a system based on slavery and implemented with genocide

    ask yourself this one simple question..

    what is slavery if not forcing men to work at the point of a gun, to benefit others?

    I mean you can call it a social compact or a utopian ideal, but at the end of the day, all you're doing is forcing people to toil for the benefit of others:

    slavery, pure and simple

    add to that the genocidal aspect of slaughtering every person of ability who refuses to be a slave; from the Kulaks to the Cambodians to the scores of millions of Chinese in the last century, and you have quite a system!

    not that I'm a fan of the kind of klepto-crony-capitalism we see in operation today, but that's another story.

    the irony is that it was ((New York bankers)) who funded the ((Bolsheviks)) which caused the wars and slaughter and misery of the 20th century, so you have both sides of the Beast working for human misery like a vise, crushing the working man in between the two systems of global rapine and human subjugation.

    it'd be nice if humanity could repudiate both demonic systems and return to a multilateral nationalism with respect for international laws and environmental exigencies, IMHO

    but I'm not holding my breath

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  77. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Now the leftist war mongers are calling this site anti-Semitic, for the crime of telling the truth about who is driving these endless wars:

    It Turns Out Valerie Plame Linked To An Anti-Semitic Website Before Her Latest Tweetstorm

    The former CIA officer kicked off a firestorm on Twitter on Thursday by linking to a site that hosts anti-Semitic articles and says it’s pro-conspiracy theory.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/plame-the-jews?utm_term=.quvV9D35dJ#.bqnolbzkNL

    Why is telling the truth about the war mongers and Apartheid Israel always slammed as anti-Semitic?

    And since Mr. Unz is Jewish, how can he be anti-Semitic?

    Doesn’t matter to those haters, as soon as you get one mess/oops cleaned up, they’ve got another in the barrel ready to blast you with.

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    And since Mr. Unz is Jewish, how can he be anti-Semitic?
     
    What if he were prejudiced against Arabs? ;-)
    , @Dump Trump

    Why is telling the truth about the war mongers and Apartheid Israel always slammed as anti-Semitic?
     
    It's what liberal and neocon Jews do, they hide behind charges of anti-Semitism so they can keep advancing their cause of destroying the west to make up for the past 2,000 years of Jewish "suffering".

    Ron Unz is a true defender of the First Amendment which makes him my hero.

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  78. @Cyrano
    You know what really bothers me about individuals like you? It bothers me that despite the overwhelming evidence that your government never told you anything resembling the truth, you still believe that you know something.

    Do you really think that your government made a confidant out of you because based on the theory of exceptionalism they wouldn’t dare to tell a lie to a nation full of geniuses?

    You see, when your government talks about exceptionalism, they talk about themselves being “exceptional”, not about the great unwashed – to which you undoubtedly belong based on the stench of the ignorance emanating from you.

    And if you think that you were able to piece together what’s really going on in the world based on the third rate propaganda that they have been feeding you since before you could safely navigate your way to the nearest McDonald, you are grossly overestimating both your intelligence and the willingness of those who rule over you to disclose the truth.

    You don’t know anything about communism, man, trust me.

    I manage a few bucks in a couple investment funds, and I attribute some of my success over the years to avoiding most of the emerging and frontier markets to avoid the inevitable looting and plundering of our investors’ money by third-world schmucks with attitudes like yours, who only know how to take and not how to earn the wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital of the people they repress with their something-for-nothing ideology. Yeah, I’m a capitalist tool.

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    wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital
     
    Tell that to those in charge of running the American gulag - or as you call it - the prison system. Why don't you start by literally "unlocking" the human capital there. Yeah, you really live in a great humanist society operating in your country.

    Plus another few million homeless on the street, but that's not a failure of the system, it's failure of the "weak" individuals, who can't function within the generous parameters of the system that produces nothing but success.
    , @JL
    Success relative to what, though? Simply because you don't possess the expertise necessary to invest in emerging and frontier markets doesn't mean you will outperform those that do. Truly successful asset managers don't brag about their performance because they know they can get their asses handed to them at any time. They also know that there are many others out there who are much better than they are. If I were a potential investor, I'd listen to your pitch and then run far, far away as fast as possible. "Past performance is not indicative of future results" is not just a boilerplate phrase, it actually means something.
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  79. Rurik says:
    @Cyrano
    You know what really bothers me about individuals like you? It bothers me that despite the overwhelming evidence that your government never told you anything resembling the truth, you still believe that you know something.

    Do you really think that your government made a confidant out of you because based on the theory of exceptionalism they wouldn’t dare to tell a lie to a nation full of geniuses?

    You see, when your government talks about exceptionalism, they talk about themselves being “exceptional”, not about the great unwashed – to which you undoubtedly belong based on the stench of the ignorance emanating from you.

    And if you think that you were able to piece together what’s really going on in the world based on the third rate propaganda that they have been feeding you since before you could safely navigate your way to the nearest McDonald, you are grossly overestimating both your intelligence and the willingness of those who rule over you to disclose the truth.

    You don’t know anything about communism, man, trust me.

    You don’t know anything about communism, man

    I do

    it’s a system based on slavery and implemented with genocide

    ask yourself this one simple question..

    what is slavery if not forcing men to work at the point of a gun, to benefit others?

    I mean you can call it a social compact or a utopian ideal, but at the end of the day, all you’re doing is forcing people to toil for the benefit of others:

    slavery, pure and simple

    add to that the genocidal aspect of slaughtering every person of ability who refuses to be a slave; from the Kulaks to the Cambodians to the scores of millions of Chinese in the last century, and you have quite a system!

    not that I’m a fan of the kind of klepto-crony-capitalism we see in operation today, but that’s another story.

    the irony is that it was ((New York bankers)) who funded the ((Bolsheviks)) which caused the wars and slaughter and misery of the 20th century, so you have both sides of the Beast working for human misery like a vise, crushing the working man in between the two systems of global rapine and human subjugation.

    it’d be nice if humanity could repudiate both demonic systems and return to a multilateral nationalism with respect for international laws and environmental exigencies, IMHO

    but I’m not holding my breath

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    You know, Rurik – I suspect you used that nickname to point to your rural background – why don’t you try to familiarize yourself with some more urban themes, instead of regurgitating some nonsense about communism and slavery.

    You know where “democracy” was invented – right? In the slave-owning societies of the ancient world. While the rich f**ks debated their nonsense in the senate or whatever, their slaves were baking their brains working in the fields under the scorching sun. What a beautiful system they invented. Next time when you talk about socialism and slavery, check first which system has its roots firmly planted in slavery – communism, or the fabulous “democracies”.
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  80. @Studley
    Churchill himself, one of a long list of Anglo-genocidal killers (according to The Saker's last post) admitted that, "The Red Army tore the guts out of The Wehrmacht." Is this even in dispute?

    In Russian thinking therefore, with only 20% contribution by American/UK Commonwealth forces, we subtract that, and this is the diplomatic question. Why would Stalin's T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) of this young 'Rocket Man' in 1945 at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan in the far-east.

    Why would Stalin’s T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel

    Tanks don’t float, and even Hitler, when Molotov-Ribbentrop was still in effect and receiving raw materials from Russia couldn’t cross the channel.

    As for invading France, the American air supremacy would see them driving only at night with shuttered headlights and with fuel shortages from the air interdiction.

    America stopped a massive German armor attack at the battle of the bulge, they would handle Russia just as easily.

    In addition, lend lease supplies would stop and Russian war production would grind to a halt.

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  81. @Studley
    Churchill himself, one of a long list of Anglo-genocidal killers (according to The Saker's last post) admitted that, "The Red Army tore the guts out of The Wehrmacht." Is this even in dispute?

    In Russian thinking therefore, with only 20% contribution by American/UK Commonwealth forces, we subtract that, and this is the diplomatic question. Why would Stalin's T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) of this young 'Rocket Man' in 1945 at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan in the far-east.

    “Why would Stalin’s T34s not have rolled up to The English Channel and installed compliant Communist regimes in France/Belgium/Holland as they did in Eastern Europe?

    “They did the same in North Korea by installing the grandfather (Kim Il-Sung) … at the conclusion of the fighting against Japan … ”
    comm
    — Studley

    The Soviets did what they could within the limits of what had been agreed at Yalta, etc. But Stalin never would have risked rousing the postwar napping giant of the USA, which at any time until maybe 1955, but for sure anytime until 1950, could have strategically bombed military command centers of the Soviet Union out of existence and still, arguably, have been widely applauded for the elimination of Stalin’s regime. That’s why the Soviets mostly withdrew (overtly) from Korea. and obtained assurance from Mao that China would come to the aid of the North if need be, before allowing North Korea to invade the South.

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  82. EugeneGur says:
    @peterAUS
    Well, there IS something there, but, there is something much more in the fact that socialism is even worse. Much worse actually.

    Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.

    I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.

    BTW, no need to go for "it wasn't proper socialism".

    at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.

    First of all, that is not true, unless you have a very narrow definition of capitalism. Many countries that were perfectly capitalist in every imaginable economic and social sense were quite adept at murdering their OWN citizens.
    Besides, is murdering someone else’s citizens better is some way? You must admit capitalisms has done and is doing a lot of THAT.

    socialism is even worse. Much worse actually. Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.

    This is not true, either. True that in many countries that turned “socialist” there wasn’t much to distribute to begin with. If you take the quintessential “socialist” country, the Soviet Union, a considerable degree of social justice as well as social power mobility existed. Furthermore, it was sufficiently an example of equality and justice to influence the distribution of that said power and wealth in the capitalist West, was it not?

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    is murdering someone else’s citizens better is some way?
     
    You joking?

    True that in many countries that turned “socialist” there wasn’t much to distribute to begin with. If you take the quintessential “socialist” country, the Soviet Union, a considerable degree of social justice as well as social power mobility existed. Furthermore, it was sufficiently an example of equality and justice to influence the distribution of that said power and wealth in the capitalist West, was it not?
     
    Be that as it may, four elements beat that all the time.

    Nomenclatura.
    Heavy indoctrination and, in essence, surveillance and police state.
    Internment camps for political opponents.
    And if we want to go all the way, mass extermination of political opponents.

    In that order.

    Apart from, say, "nomenclatura" vs "filthy rich", the rest is much worse.

    So, I guess we are talking about all the package.
    Pluses and minuses.
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  83. Wade says:
    @Fidelios Automata
    I still maintain that the worst President in history (excluding possibly Woodrow Wilson) was Bill Clinton (strongly influenced, no doubt, by Hillary.) Sure, the 90's were a great time in America, but Clinton's evil actions (signing NAFTA, the Crime Bill, ignoring Bin Laden, and repealing Glass-Steagall to name just a few) had not yet come to fruition.

    I agree a lot with your assessment of Clinton except the Bin Laden part. I used to agree. But I’ve done an about-face over the past couple of years. It’s hard for me to say this because I honestly believed this could never be, but Bin Laden is very likely a CIA creation, part myth – part reality, entirely just like ISIS is. Also, while we were attacked by Sunnis on 911 (so the story goes) we spent much or most of our time killing Shiites in Iraq.

    I saw Bob Baer the famous CIA agent say on camera, after having spoken at a conference, that he knows someone who placed bets (put options) on the air lines just before 911. When Bob asked the individual how he knew he replied (if I remember the story correctly) that his brother who works in the White House said “It’s going down tomorrow” and apparently provided the individual with enough information to bet against the air lines.

    We’ve been so lied to for so long about all of that. Forget Bin Laden. My current thinking is that he was of very little significance in (real) US history.

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    I saw Bob Baer the famous CIA agent say on camera, after having spoken at a conference, that he knows someone who placed bets (put options) on the air lines just before 911. When Bob asked the individual how he knew he replied (if I remember the story correctly) that his brother who works in the White House said “It’s going down tomorrow”
     
    Yeah, no surprise there. When Bush did the initial OMG take at the elementary school, people said he looked lost and the usual "bumbling". I thought he looked like he knew it was going to happen, and had placed himself in the best spot for looking like he didn't.
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  84. @Dump Trump
    Great article. It is indeed increasingly unbearable to listen to Trump. That pathetic UN speech made him sound like Nikki Haley's male twin. "Ambassadors" are supposed to seek peace, yet every time that daft woman opens her mouth the US is in danger of going to war with somebody. She is John McCain in a dress, every bit as dumb and dangerous. They should just name her Israel's ambassador to the UN, that's who's interest she's really looking out for.

    I voted for Trump thinking he was smarter than he sounds, but I was wrong. He really is as stupid as he sounds. I don't think there has been a bigger and faster betrayal in the history of world politics as the first 8 months of the Trump presidency. He has basically done a 180 on every campaign promise, especially the two biggest issues that won him the most votes - immigration and foreign policy. On immigration he's basically giving away DACA in exchange for no wall and no reduction in legal immigration, while doing diddly squat on H1b. Meanwhile his weasel of a son-in-law continues to profit off selling the EB5 visa to corrupt Chinese.

    Perhaps the worst betrayal of all is his foreign policy. No more wars has turned into endless wars. He is now a neocon globalist libtard stooge, a puppet of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the worst of all worlds.

    Bill Clinton was America's first Black president, now Trump is America's first Jewish president. A real nationalist like Kris Kobach needs to primary him out in 2020.

    Still, I’m glad that at least Hillary lost. Trump is going to make a much less effective spokesman for the neocons than the she-demon would have. But yeah, it’s sad that he caved on everything so quickly. I had worried about how long he would be able hold out in the ‘swamp’.

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    I'm not sure at this point how much worse Hillary would be. Bill Clinton moved quickly to the center after he was elected. I think even she wouldn't grant blanket amnesty to DACA the way Trump did, she'd probably just extend the EO.

    Trump's been swallowed whole by the swamp. He's now strictly under the control of the Jewish libtard-globalist-neocon cabal. He should go organize a rally now and see how many will still bother to show up.
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  85. @Greg Bacon
    Now the leftist war mongers are calling this site anti-Semitic, for the crime of telling the truth about who is driving these endless wars:

    It Turns Out Valerie Plame Linked To An Anti-Semitic Website Before Her Latest Tweetstorm

    The former CIA officer kicked off a firestorm on Twitter on Thursday by linking to a site that hosts anti-Semitic articles and says it's pro-conspiracy theory.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/plame-the-jews?utm_term=.quvV9D35dJ#.bqnolbzkNL
     
    Why is telling the truth about the war mongers and Apartheid Israel always slammed as anti-Semitic?

    And since Mr. Unz is Jewish, how can he be anti-Semitic?

    Doesn't matter to those haters, as soon as you get one mess/oops cleaned up, they've got another in the barrel ready to blast you with.

    And since Mr. Unz is Jewish, how can he be anti-Semitic?

    What if he were prejudiced against Arabs? ;-)

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  86. @Greg Bacon
    Now the leftist war mongers are calling this site anti-Semitic, for the crime of telling the truth about who is driving these endless wars:

    It Turns Out Valerie Plame Linked To An Anti-Semitic Website Before Her Latest Tweetstorm

    The former CIA officer kicked off a firestorm on Twitter on Thursday by linking to a site that hosts anti-Semitic articles and says it's pro-conspiracy theory.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/plame-the-jews?utm_term=.quvV9D35dJ#.bqnolbzkNL
     
    Why is telling the truth about the war mongers and Apartheid Israel always slammed as anti-Semitic?

    And since Mr. Unz is Jewish, how can he be anti-Semitic?

    Doesn't matter to those haters, as soon as you get one mess/oops cleaned up, they've got another in the barrel ready to blast you with.

    Why is telling the truth about the war mongers and Apartheid Israel always slammed as anti-Semitic?

    It’s what liberal and neocon Jews do, they hide behind charges of anti-Semitism so they can keep advancing their cause of destroying the west to make up for the past 2,000 years of Jewish “suffering”.

    Ron Unz is a true defender of the First Amendment which makes him my hero.

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  87. neutral says:
    @Alden
    Despite its location, Poland has always considered itself part of the west. Saker is a Russian and the only country of which he approves is Russia.

    He loathes Poland as much as Hitler did. I only skimmed part of the article. It's typical saker, America bad, Russia good. He is the epitome of an immigrant devoted to the Culture of Critique.

    Poland has always considered itself part of the west

    As much as they think it is, that does not make it true. Poland is not Western, location matters in this case.

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    Culture, religion, treatment of women and other things make a country part of western civilization.
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  88. https://www.alimentarium.org/en/magazine/history/most-expensive-party-ever

    Shah’s idea of neo-Aryan Iran had some good ideas. But he was a snob who held most of his countrymen in contempt. Aristocratic and vain, he preferred to hobnob with the rich, famous, and privileged all over the world. (That was also Gaddafi’s downfall in the end. He came to power with populist support but came to be seen as a globo cuck. Ironically, Gaddafi was finished off by globalists who turned on him for his gold-for-oil scheme.)
    Had Shah associated his neo-Aryanism with populist nationalism, he might have done more. But he didn’t kiss babies. He snubbed his own people and hung around the International Jetset crowd.

    To a lot of Iranians, Tehran was turning into just another Saigon, once a US colony with whores and sleaze. And they felt no connection with the Shah. It was then that Muslims gained populist support by reaching out to the masses.

    Shah fell hard. In contrast, patriotic leaders like those in North Vietnam and Nicaragua triumphed.
    But that was then, this is now.

    It seems like Shah-ism won out in the long run. Vietnam is now run by globalists who will even allow ‘gay pride’ parades to win more trade with the US. EU no longer has leaders like DeGaulle or even Mitterand. All Shah-like globo-snobs.

    There is a populist backlash due to this, but the power of Pop Culture has brainwashed so many people to supporting open borders, cuckery, homomania(the tool of globalists to weaken mass moral pride and solidarity), and etc. So, there is no effective rebellion from the young.

    Shah was seen as one of the biggest failures and embarrassments, but his kind of rule is now the template for the globalist elites.

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  89. @Virgile
    The neocons will not allow Trump's impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for "regime change" in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back.
    If Trump makes any move against this agenda, they will put all their energy to unleash the impeachment process. Trump desperately wants to remain president at least for a term, not for the sake of the country but for his own ego.
    Let us assume that Trump is smart and but he has no easy way to fight the neocons. The UN speech maybe have been an opportunity to expose publicly the neocon agenda.
    Then maybe in the speech Trump exposed the agenda in an intended theatrical and exaggerated form so as to trigger a negative international reaction and thus indirectly weaken the neocon's hold on him...Maybe....
    Or he just thought that by agitating military threats at the UN he will appear as a powerful leader.
    In both cased appeared as a pathetic stooge, hostage of forces that he has no control of.

    “The neocons will not allow Trump’s impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for “regime change” in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back.” — Virgile

    My impression (and IMO the consensus of opinion here at UR) is that USA’s neocons have since their beginning been deeply embedded with Zionist operatives. As such, neocons couldn’t care less about Korea. Furthermore, the godfather of the neocons, Kissinger, since he took his 1971 trip to Beijing, is behind the neocons’ covert project to undermine any anti-PRC thinking or activity by USA. We can conclude that the long-range neocon agenda includes an alliance with the PRC, which likely has been monetarily supporting the neocons especially in Congress (as made convenient when the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China lobby, facilitated by Kissinger).

    Thus, when Trump calls attention to Korea, that detracts from the push on Iran and may even be seen as pulling away from the neocon agenda.

    If you take a deep breath and step back a ways, while Iran may be (or may not be) a ‘potential adversary’ of USA, China is obviously the greatest ‘potential adversary’ today in terms of geostrategy and national security. In ways that Sun Tzu would understand, USA and PRC are clearly already at war, unless you take the view that USA has already been conquered and just doesn’t know it. (I think that is the supreme victory for Sun Tzu, especially if it can be done without firing a shot.)

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    My impression (and IMO the consensus of opinion here at UR) is that USA’s neocons have since their beginning been deeply embedded with Zionist operatives. As such, neocons couldn’t care less about Korea.
     
    Precisely. NK is used as diversion, with accompanying hyperbolic invective.

    Israel is the only true enemy real Americans have.
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  90. Per Nikki Haley our illustrious UN “ambassador”:

    We are now at war with Eastasia.

    No wait Oceania.

    No wait both…

    Check back next week.

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  91. @Seamus Padraig
    Still, I'm glad that at least Hillary lost. Trump is going to make a much less effective spokesman for the neocons than the she-demon would have. But yeah, it's sad that he caved on everything so quickly. I had worried about how long he would be able hold out in the 'swamp'.

    I’m not sure at this point how much worse Hillary would be. Bill Clinton moved quickly to the center after he was elected. I think even she wouldn’t grant blanket amnesty to DACA the way Trump did, she’d probably just extend the EO.

    Trump’s been swallowed whole by the swamp. He’s now strictly under the control of the Jewish libtard-globalist-neocon cabal. He should go organize a rally now and see how many will still bother to show up.

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  92. I see where sacker is aiming stating that Hillary would have been far worse. mainly because there would have been no infighting and USA elites would have been united hence having more focus on the outside and no paralysis. But I Trump, I don’t know. I knew from the start the guy was dumb and fraud but he seems to surprise every time. I am afraid this guy is dangerous. Russian saying is fool is more dangerous than enemy and I truly sense this guy can do really bad things led by his arrogance, dick swinging need and stupidity.
    Hillary would have been more predictable.
    On the other hand USA keeps spending money it doe snot have and I have 100% it is going out Soviet Union style. The cause is approximately same. Treasonous rotten elites.

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    I have 100% confidence it is going out Soviet Union style.
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  93. @Cyrano
    Listen you moron. Go back to writing about how the heroic 250 000 trucks defeated Nazi Germany. You don't have the intelligence to discuss anything here.

    Still having trouble with English comprehension, I see.

    I’ll try again.

    You post here a lot and you having been using the internet for at least a couple weeks.

    There shouldn’t be much difficulty in posting a few links proving what you stated is not simply a product of your own diseased mind…unless, of course, it is.

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  94. peterAUS says:
    @EugeneGur

    at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.
     
    First of all, that is not true, unless you have a very narrow definition of capitalism. Many countries that were perfectly capitalist in every imaginable economic and social sense were quite adept at murdering their OWN citizens.
    Besides, is murdering someone else's citizens better is some way? You must admit capitalisms has done and is doing a lot of THAT.

    socialism is even worse. Much worse actually. Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.
     
    This is not true, either. True that in many countries that turned "socialist" there wasn't much to distribute to begin with. If you take the quintessential "socialist" country, the Soviet Union, a considerable degree of social justice as well as social power mobility existed. Furthermore, it was sufficiently an example of equality and justice to influence the distribution of that said power and wealth in the capitalist West, was it not?

    is murdering someone else’s citizens better is some way?

    You joking?

    True that in many countries that turned “socialist” there wasn’t much to distribute to begin with. If you take the quintessential “socialist” country, the Soviet Union, a considerable degree of social justice as well as social power mobility existed. Furthermore, it was sufficiently an example of equality and justice to influence the distribution of that said power and wealth in the capitalist West, was it not?

    Be that as it may, four elements beat that all the time.

    Nomenclatura.
    Heavy indoctrination and, in essence, surveillance and police state.
    Internment camps for political opponents.
    And if we want to go all the way, mass extermination of political opponents.

    In that order.

    Apart from, say, “nomenclatura” vs “filthy rich”, the rest is much worse.

    So, I guess we are talking about all the package.
    Pluses and minuses.

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  95. Cyrano says:
    @The Alarmist
    I manage a few bucks in a couple investment funds, and I attribute some of my success over the years to avoiding most of the emerging and frontier markets to avoid the inevitable looting and plundering of our investors' money by third-world schmucks with attitudes like yours, who only know how to take and not how to earn the wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital of the people they repress with their something-for-nothing ideology. Yeah, I'm a capitalist tool.

    wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital

    Tell that to those in charge of running the American gulag – or as you call it – the prison system. Why don’t you start by literally “unlocking” the human capital there. Yeah, you really live in a great humanist society operating in your country.

    Plus another few million homeless on the street, but that’s not a failure of the system, it’s failure of the “weak” individuals, who can’t function within the generous parameters of the system that produces nothing but success.

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    It's the Casino-Gulag to you, buddy!
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  96. @Bragadocious
    Are you Fred or Saker under one of their multiple sign-ons? Sure sounds like it. I ain't leaving, cumrag. Too many stocks and properties here which are doing great. Also, family roots dating back to the 1600s. Hey, maybe you should leave. Have you considered it? Our national IQ would improve immediately.

    Are you Fred or Saker under one of their multiple sign-ons? Sure sounds like it. I ain’t leaving, cumrag. Too many stocks and properties here which are doing great. Also, family roots dating back to the 1600s. Hey, maybe you should leave. Have you considered it? Our national IQ would improve immediately.

    You are far too clever for me. Based on your, um, reasoning, if you don’t like it, leave. We will assume you like it.

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  97. @FKA Max

    The speech was reportedly written by Stephen Miller, a.k.a. Darth Vader to many in the mainstream media,
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-strikingly-conventional-un-speech/2017/09/19/876cb41a-9d75-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.6df8b480a4d8

    Thank you Stephen Miller! He must be reading Peter Singer:


    International support for countries bearing the greatest refugee burden also makes economic sense: it costs Jordan about €3,000 ($3,350) to support one refugee for a year; in Germany, the cost is at least €12,000.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/im-not-sure-why-but-this-headline-cracks-me-up/#comment-1746720

    Another threat to the Church is the illegal immigration control movement. If this movement succeeds, and what is perceived by Latin Americans and other governments as an escape valve is shut off, these governments would logically say, “Our demographic course cannot continue.” These governments would have little choice but to confront the Church and say, “If we are to survive as governments, then we must get serious about population growth control. Otherwise, we in Latin America are destined to become a sea of chaos. We, as Latin Americans, must make family planning and abortion services fully available and encourage their use.” Turning off the valve to illegal immigration is therefore a serious threat to the power of the Church.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1623864

    Latin America doesn’t have a population problem, they have a meddling Masonic northern neighbor problem

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    No problem at all...


    http://eh.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/page39.png



    http://gisweb.ciat.cgiar.org/population/images/i_population2.jpg

    have you heard of National Security Study Memorandum 200 before?

    The basic thesis of the memorandum was that population growth in the least developed countries (LDCs) is a concern to US national security, because it would tend to risk civil unrest and political instability in countries that had a high potential for economic development.

    – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Study_Memorandum_200
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/nixon-and-moynihan-talk-iq-and-race/#comment-1861789
    , @polskijoe
    Anglo Freemasons (pseudoProtestantsDeists) did meddle with many countries. Latin Freemasons (anti-clerical, godless) also played their role.

    They both dislike Catholics, but when it comes to direct attacks on the Catholic Church the 2nd is more guilty. They have murdered priests, infiltrated, took Catholic property and land.

    the Catholic Church is not the top player. They are secondary players running from place to place trying to convince politicians. The removal of monarchs, and antiCatholic activity from the 18-20th century are related to the fms.

    CC is mostly different from those old days. It has clearly shifted on several areas (some good, some bad).
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  98. @Grandpa Charlie

    "The neocons will not allow Trump’s impeachment to proceed as long as he obeys them. Under the neocons pressure Trump kicked anti-war Bannon and hires hawks and pro-wars generals. He is now looking for “regime change” in North Korea and Iran. This is the neocon agenda that was put on hold during Obama. It is now back." -- Virgile
     
    My impression (and IMO the consensus of opinion here at UR) is that USA's neocons have since their beginning been deeply embedded with Zionist operatives. As such, neocons couldn't care less about Korea. Furthermore, the godfather of the neocons, Kissinger, since he took his 1971 trip to Beijing, is behind the neocons' covert project to undermine any anti-PRC thinking or activity by USA. We can conclude that the long-range neocon agenda includes an alliance with the PRC, which likely has been monetarily supporting the neocons especially in Congress (as made convenient when the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China lobby, facilitated by Kissinger).

    Thus, when Trump calls attention to Korea, that detracts from the push on Iran and may even be seen as pulling away from the neocon agenda.

    If you take a deep breath and step back a ways, while Iran may be (or may not be) a 'potential adversary' of USA, China is obviously the greatest 'potential adversary' today in terms of geostrategy and national security. In ways that Sun Tzu would understand, USA and PRC are clearly already at war, unless you take the view that USA has already been conquered and just doesn't know it. (I think that is the supreme victory for Sun Tzu, especially if it can be done without firing a shot.)

    My impression (and IMO the consensus of opinion here at UR) is that USA’s neocons have since their beginning been deeply embedded with Zionist operatives. As such, neocons couldn’t care less about Korea.

    Precisely. NK is used as diversion, with accompanying hyperbolic invective.

    Israel is the only true enemy real Americans have.

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  99. @Wade
    I agree a lot with your assessment of Clinton except the Bin Laden part. I used to agree. But I've done an about-face over the past couple of years. It's hard for me to say this because I honestly believed this could never be, but Bin Laden is very likely a CIA creation, part myth - part reality, entirely just like ISIS is. Also, while we were attacked by Sunnis on 911 (so the story goes) we spent much or most of our time killing Shiites in Iraq.

    I saw Bob Baer the famous CIA agent say on camera, after having spoken at a conference, that he knows someone who placed bets (put options) on the air lines just before 911. When Bob asked the individual how he knew he replied (if I remember the story correctly) that his brother who works in the White House said "It's going down tomorrow" and apparently provided the individual with enough information to bet against the air lines.

    We've been so lied to for so long about all of that. Forget Bin Laden. My current thinking is that he was of very little significance in (real) US history.

    I saw Bob Baer the famous CIA agent say on camera, after having spoken at a conference, that he knows someone who placed bets (put options) on the air lines just before 911. When Bob asked the individual how he knew he replied (if I remember the story correctly) that his brother who works in the White House said “It’s going down tomorrow”

    Yeah, no surprise there. When Bush did the initial OMG take at the elementary school, people said he looked lost and the usual “bumbling”. I thought he looked like he knew it was going to happen, and had placed himself in the best spot for looking like he didn’t.

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  100. Cyrano says:
    @Rurik

    You don’t know anything about communism, man
     
    I do

    it's a system based on slavery and implemented with genocide

    ask yourself this one simple question..

    what is slavery if not forcing men to work at the point of a gun, to benefit others?

    I mean you can call it a social compact or a utopian ideal, but at the end of the day, all you're doing is forcing people to toil for the benefit of others:

    slavery, pure and simple

    add to that the genocidal aspect of slaughtering every person of ability who refuses to be a slave; from the Kulaks to the Cambodians to the scores of millions of Chinese in the last century, and you have quite a system!

    not that I'm a fan of the kind of klepto-crony-capitalism we see in operation today, but that's another story.

    the irony is that it was ((New York bankers)) who funded the ((Bolsheviks)) which caused the wars and slaughter and misery of the 20th century, so you have both sides of the Beast working for human misery like a vise, crushing the working man in between the two systems of global rapine and human subjugation.

    it'd be nice if humanity could repudiate both demonic systems and return to a multilateral nationalism with respect for international laws and environmental exigencies, IMHO

    but I'm not holding my breath

    You know, Rurik – I suspect you used that nickname to point to your rural background – why don’t you try to familiarize yourself with some more urban themes, instead of regurgitating some nonsense about communism and slavery.

    You know where “democracy” was invented – right? In the slave-owning societies of the ancient world. While the rich f**ks debated their nonsense in the senate or whatever, their slaves were baking their brains working in the fields under the scorching sun. What a beautiful system they invented. Next time when you talk about socialism and slavery, check first which system has its roots firmly planted in slavery – communism, or the fabulous “democracies”.

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    Next time when you talk about socialism and slavery, check first which system has its roots firmly planted in slavery – communism, or the fabulous “democracies”.
     
    the 'democracies' of Greece and Rome were not perfect, to be sure, but they sure beat the oppressive tyranny of everything that had existed in the post hunter-gatherer/nation state world up until then; Babylon, the Egypt of the Pharos for instance or Xerxes Persia, etc.. Where all the men and women were slaves and the ruler was feared and obeyed as if divine.

    So you shouldn't make the perfect the enemy of the good. Even today slavery is back and rearing its ugly head, in the form of debt slavery.

    But without getting too esoteric, simply answer this question:

    How is forcing men (at the threat of violence or even death) to work and toil for the benefit of others; not slavery?

    Is it because the slavery doesn't involve a white man on a Southern plantation and an African slave picking cotton, that disqualifies it as slavery?

    Is it because rather than being a slave for the plantation owner, you're instead a slave to a murderous and genocidal regime hundreds of miles away, and for the benefit of people you've never heard of... that makes it not slavery?

    Presumably, if I'm a black man forced to toil for the benefit of a white man, I should be opposed to such an arrangement, but if I'm a white man forced to toil for a regime and people hundreds or even thousands of miles away, I ought to set myself to sweat until I drop- to prop up such a regime?

    it's very simple my friend (whether you're urban or rural ; ), being forced to work for the benefit of others is the very definition of slavery.

    Even it other systems have also practiced slavery. K?
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  101. @Alden
    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.

    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.

    Gimme ten points for “Big Red One”. ;-)

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  102. yeah says:
    @Fidelios Automata
    I still maintain that the worst President in history (excluding possibly Woodrow Wilson) was Bill Clinton (strongly influenced, no doubt, by Hillary.) Sure, the 90's were a great time in America, but Clinton's evil actions (signing NAFTA, the Crime Bill, ignoring Bin Laden, and repealing Glass-Steagall to name just a few) had not yet come to fruition.

    Re the worst President in US history …. Take a pick, there are choices galore. No one can possibly go wrong. Here are the choices:

    Kennedy the killed
    Johnson of Vietnam
    Nixon the tricky dicky
    Ford the temp
    Carter the harmless
    Reagan of the old movies
    Bush the elderly sleazy geezer
    Clinton of Slick Willy fame
    Bush the dunce
    Obama the {liar/maker of peaceful wars/gay/patron saint of the loony left}
    Trump the {unknown/bitter disappointment/buffoon/tweeter/savior from Hillary}

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    Bush the Dunce probably gets the Nobel Prize for bad presidents for "why do they hate us?... They envy us our freedoms..." Then the affirmative action appointment of Condoleeza Rice as his national security advisor prior to 9/11, then the War against Iraq for reasons that no one really understood and still doesn't, and then for his final act the complete collapse of the financial system to mark 8 years of his administration. Hard act to follow.
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  103. @Serge Krieger
    I see where sacker is aiming stating that Hillary would have been far worse. mainly because there would have been no infighting and USA elites would have been united hence having more focus on the outside and no paralysis. But I Trump, I don't know. I knew from the start the guy was dumb and fraud but he seems to surprise every time. I am afraid this guy is dangerous. Russian saying is fool is more dangerous than enemy and I truly sense this guy can do really bad things led by his arrogance, dick swinging need and stupidity.
    Hillary would have been more predictable.
    On the other hand USA keeps spending money it doe snot have and I have 100% it is going out Soviet Union style. The cause is approximately same. Treasonous rotten elites.

    I have 100% confidence it is going out Soviet Union style.

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  104. Alden says:
    @neutral

    Poland has always considered itself part of the west
     
    As much as they think it is, that does not make it true. Poland is not Western, location matters in this case.

    Culture, religion, treatment of women and other things make a country part of western civilization.

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  105. Druid says:
    @Jim Christian

    “Step by step the US is getting closer to a civil war”
    That pretty much says it all. All it will take is for US troops to get an unexpected butt kicking somewhere, sometime.
     
    What was Korea circa 1952? What was Vietnam? Iranian Hostage? Iraq? Libya? Afghanistan? Hell, we've been getting our asses kicked and our Generals losing, losing, losing for 70 years now. How many ass-whuppin's does it take to convince? Civil war? Average Joe hasn't a clue as to the sheer riches. Our loser Generals surround the situation because at the think tank, Pentagon and cabinet and Boardroom level, they win, win, win. The world suffers mightily and our troops lose, lose, lose of course. And those that profit offer not a dime to help THOSE unfortunate enough to believe and serve these monsters. Our defense establishment will be one day known as the greatest scam of all time.

    Lastly, I'd like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.. If those drugs come in Six Packs, I want in on THAT shit.

    You left out a fre zeros. 700billions, not millions

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  106. Druid says:
    @Robert Magill
    Maybe what saves the bacon for him is the kids. Ivanka and Jared are two smart cookies and seem well grounded. We'll see.

    Huh!!!!’

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  107. Druid says:
    @Bragadocious
    Being the President of a country as dysfunctional as the US...

    Why don't you leave then? GTFO already and join Fred Reed at the tequila bar in Lake Chapala. Miserable UN fraud.

    Not your place!!!!

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  108. FKA Max says: • Website
    @isthatright
    Latin America doesn't have a population problem, they have a meddling Masonic northern neighbor problem

    No problem at all…

    have you heard of National Security Study Memorandum 200 before?

    The basic thesis of the memorandum was that population growth in the least developed countries (LDCs) is a concern to US national security, because it would tend to risk civil unrest and political instability in countries that had a high potential for economic development.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Study_Memorandum_200

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/nixon-and-moynihan-talk-iq-and-race/#comment-1861789

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    and if we would stop our Masonic meddling bullshit for once they might be able to get a handle on some of their problems. People like you always want to blame the Catholic church, when it was the marginalizing of the church by their government with the help of good old uncle Sam that has created the mess in the first place, read the book "Blood drenched alters"
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  109. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Your impression of American vehicles is quite different than ours. For what it’s worth, I owned Pontiacs as a single guy and own an american made and American badged family vehicle now, and we have had great experiences with all of them, including their repair record and longevity.
     
    Your Pontiac purchases would have to have been of a select few models. Tempests weren't too bad, Bonnevilles deteriorated but kept running.

    American-made Toyotas are inferior to Japan-made Toyotas. Consistently. Hyundais and Kias are this decades' Toyotas and Nissans. Unfortunately, designed obsolescence is now the rule in all three.

    I do not believe there is an American marque with any degree of real quality control and excellence of process and assembly. All are 7-year throwaways, 8 if you're lucky. Toyotas and Nissans of the 21st century are 12-year lifetime vehicles. Most production engines nowadays cannot be rebuilt.

    Buy a late-nineties Toyota. Restore it -- pay for it or do it yourself. Ten thousand dollars at most, and you'll have a better vehicle than a $32,000 model from 2018.

    Didn’t know that about American-assembled toyotas compared to Japanese-assembled toyotas, thanks. There are probably some stats on that?

    As for Pontiacs, you are of course right. I owned Bonnevilles and loved them, but some of their other models, I hear, were less reliable.

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  110. @yeah
    Re the worst President in US history .... Take a pick, there are choices galore. No one can possibly go wrong. Here are the choices:

    Kennedy the killed
    Johnson of Vietnam
    Nixon the tricky dicky
    Ford the temp
    Carter the harmless
    Reagan of the old movies
    Bush the elderly sleazy geezer
    Clinton of Slick Willy fame
    Bush the dunce
    Obama the {liar/maker of peaceful wars/gay/patron saint of the loony left}
    Trump the {unknown/bitter disappointment/buffoon/tweeter/savior from Hillary}

    Bush the Dunce probably gets the Nobel Prize for bad presidents for “why do they hate us?… They envy us our freedoms…” Then the affirmative action appointment of Condoleeza Rice as his national security advisor prior to 9/11, then the War against Iraq for reasons that no one really understood and still doesn’t, and then for his final act the complete collapse of the financial system to mark 8 years of his administration. Hard act to follow.

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  111. @FKA Max
    No problem at all...


    http://eh.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/page39.png



    http://gisweb.ciat.cgiar.org/population/images/i_population2.jpg

    have you heard of National Security Study Memorandum 200 before?

    The basic thesis of the memorandum was that population growth in the least developed countries (LDCs) is a concern to US national security, because it would tend to risk civil unrest and political instability in countries that had a high potential for economic development.

    – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Study_Memorandum_200
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/nixon-and-moynihan-talk-iq-and-race/#comment-1861789

    and if we would stop our Masonic meddling bullshit for once they might be able to get a handle on some of their problems. People like you always want to blame the Catholic church, when it was the marginalizing of the church by their government with the help of good old uncle Sam that has created the mess in the first place, read the book “Blood drenched alters”

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    I think what you fail to understand is, that the northern ``masonic'' elements you are referring to are still Catholics. This is or was an intra-church conflict between the right-wing, conservative Opus Dei and the left-wing, liberal Liberation Theology factions/wings in South/Latin America.

    Invade the (Protect the Catholic) World

    See the CIA (Central/Catholic Intelligence Agency):
    [...]
    – http://churchandstate.org.uk/2013/04/cia-and-the-vaticans-intelligence-apparatus/

    See Opus Dei: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/04/opus-dei-christian-dominion/
    [...]
    Oliver ”Iran-Contra” North for example was raised Catholic, but is now a born-again Christian, but still maintains close connections with the Catholic Church/Vatican
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Propaganda Due (Italian pronunciation: [propaˈɡanda ˈduːe]; P2) was a Masonic lodge founded in 1945 that, by the time its Masonic charter was withdrawn in 1976, had transformed into a clandestine, pseudo-Masonic, ultraright[1][2][3] organization operating in contravention of Article 18 of the Constitution of Italy that banned secret associations.
    [...]
    In July 1982, Marcinkus was implicated in financial scandals being reported on the front pages of newspapers and magazines throughout Europe, particularly the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano, in which Propaganda Due (aka “P2″), a Masonic Lodge, was involved (Marcinkus had been a director of Ambrosiano Overseas, based in Nassau, Bahamas, and had been involved with Ambrosiano’s chairman, financier Roberto Calvi, for a number of years). He was also involved with Michele Sindona, who had links with the Mafia.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630654

    These ultra right-wing, CIA-linked, ``masonic'' Catholics also operate through organizations like the Rotary Club, etc.

    OK, this is a museum of the Freemasons who are controlled by the Zionists and are parts of this establishment. But they forgot to say that the Freemasons are actually controlled by the Vatican. The most enlightened brother of the Red Cross in Norway is the lowest degree who is linked to the Vatican and is approved by the Vatican.
    [...]
    But definitely McCain is not going to win. Why? Because Giorgio Balestrieri ( Comandante Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri https://www.linkedin.com/in/comandantebalestrieri ) stated, he’s the Director of the Rotary of New York, this election, we support the Democrats.
     
    - http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/leo_zagami_interview_transcript_3_en.html

    I had a very illuminating meeting with Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri at the military academy, because he is military. He is part of the naval of the military so...and I was with him for a whole day. After a long time, we really knew each other, I really understood what these people were up to. It was illuminating for me, to understand that they were totally taking advantage of me and that this time they wanted me to infiltrate the organization of my wife.

    My wife is part of a Muslim organization ( Gulen movement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BClen_movement ) that was co-founded by her father, and now this organization is a very big organization, very powerful. It counts millions of adepts and for that reason they wanted me... and also it is a moderate Muslim school. The connection for them was too strong and too tempting. They wanted to use me in order to infiltrate this Muslim organization that is especially powerful in Turkey and they are very interested in Turkey for various reasons.

    For that, Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri has been with another guy called Kaan Soyak ( https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/about/leadership/kaan-soyak/ ) who is a Turkish Freemason, very big in New York.

    KC: So what is the purpose? Why is Turkey of such interest?

    LZ: It is very important for the control of the whole Caucasus region of ex-Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan. All this side of things is actually now pretty much under the control of Turkey because Turkey was able, after the fall of the Soviet Union, to build schools, to build a link with these republics, that some of them have also oil. And for that reason it is very important that you have the control of a very rich area and tactically very important for the Americans and for the New World Order to be in control.

    For that reason, it was... I think in April 2005, 2006 when they came together with a special group of Illuminati meeting in Ankara in Turkey under the Rotary Club. So this meeting is recorded. You can go and check it out. Comandante Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri did an invocation to the One God, and whatever. He was covering up everything with a nice veil of “We’re doing it for peace between religions, for...”

    But in reality, what? The guy is selling weapons. The guy is making money. The guy is interested in northern Iraq. The guy is interested in… Because also there is northern Iraq, you have Turkey there. You have a lot of interests. And Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri has been personally involved in dealing with northern Iraq and making business in northern Iraq.
     
    - http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/leo_zagami_interview_transcript_2_en.html
    , @FKA Max
    Here some more comments that illustrate well why the Catholic Church is to ``blame'' for much of the instability in South/Latin America and other regions of the world:

    [Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.]
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  112. Mark Presco says: • Website
    @Cyrano
    You really don’t get it, do you? Pure capitalism is pure evil. Dreaming of some return to an idyllic past when capitalism was pure and wonderful is idiotic because it has no links to reality. Communism – or more exactly Socialism – made the lives of the working classes better everywhere in the world.

    If it wasn’t for the October Revolution, people will still be working 16 hour days for slave wages. All concessions to the working class in capitalist countries were done AFTER the October revolution.

    Social security act in US was passed in 1935 in the midst of the deepest recession the capitalism has ever experienced. Why was it passed at particular time, when financially US was in so much trouble it could hardly afford it? Because the capitalists grew a hearth and started feeling sorry for the millions of unemployed and destitute? Hardly. Those concessions to the working class were done under the threat of possible Communist revolution like the one that occurred in USSR not even 2 decades earlier.

    Communism improved the lives of almost everyone on this planet – except the rich. Something has to be seriously wrong with someone’s head to think that the solution to everything is going back to some “purer” form of capitalism.

    Be careful what you wish for, the living standards in the US started stagnating after 1991. Also the income inequalities started growing around the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    There is no communist threat anymore to keep the greedy in check. They feel safe, so they can indulge in rewarding themselves after the long decades of “suffering” because of communism, when they were limited in how much they can allow their greed to roam wild.

    The only thing that the invisible hand is good for is to make the money invisibly disappear into the pockets of the rich.

    There is one aspect of American capitalism you fail to factor in. Henry Ford showed that his company profited best when his employees were able to buy the products they manufactured. You cannot manufacture for mass consumerism if you have no consumers. Enlightened self interest. Globalism is destabilizing this balance.

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  113. @Cyrano

    wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital
     
    Tell that to those in charge of running the American gulag - or as you call it - the prison system. Why don't you start by literally "unlocking" the human capital there. Yeah, you really live in a great humanist society operating in your country.

    Plus another few million homeless on the street, but that's not a failure of the system, it's failure of the "weak" individuals, who can't function within the generous parameters of the system that produces nothing but success.

    It’s the Casino-Gulag to you, buddy!

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  114. @peterAUS
    Well, there IS something there, but, there is something much more in the fact that socialism is even worse. Much worse actually.

    Both in distribution of power and wealth and abuse of that power.

    I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.

    BTW, no need to go for "it wasn't proper socialism".

    “I mean, at least no Gulags and mass murder of OWN citizens in capitalism.”

    I’ll agree with Cyrano that the US has a substantial gulag with forced labour (the Prison Industrial complex is well documented) and it’s share of political prisoners, to wit Martha Stewart and Dinesh D’Souza among many others.

    As for mass murder we don’t yet have extermination camps or killing fields, but we are perhaps far more successful through driving people into penury, pushing them out of their homes, and plying them with opioids and cheap booze to promote an early death.

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  115. polskijoe says:

    Trump:

    Bad speech. He already broke several promises. The guy always had Zionist influence. He has become Neoconservative.

    Europe:

    Holy Roman Empire, Austria-Hungary and Polish-Lithuanian were Central European in many ways. Poland has characteristics from all over Europe if you count culture, language, religion, politics.

    Russia/Soviet Union/WW2:

    They have good speeches and improving. But little people trust them based on history. Still some left over Communist (authoritarian/socialist), views are there. Claiming Stalin won Ww2 wont get you friends. He improved SU, but he was also mass murderer of dozens of ethnogroups.

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    Claiming Stalin won Ww2 wont get you friends. He improved SU, but he was also mass murderer of dozens of ethnogroups.
     
    Well, I would recommend to check facts and statistic.. before making such claim..

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

    Somehow, strangely they do not fully support your opinion..

    Maybe you could also check term Korenizatsiya, which in fact promoted local ethnics group od SU, sometimes probably to much, so policy needed to be reversed..

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


    PS: Pozdravujem pana ;-)
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  116. polskijoe says:
    @isthatright
    Latin America doesn't have a population problem, they have a meddling Masonic northern neighbor problem

    Anglo Freemasons (pseudoProtestantsDeists) did meddle with many countries. Latin Freemasons (anti-clerical, godless) also played their role.

    They both dislike Catholics, but when it comes to direct attacks on the Catholic Church the 2nd is more guilty. They have murdered priests, infiltrated, took Catholic property and land.

    the Catholic Church is not the top player. They are secondary players running from place to place trying to convince politicians. The removal of monarchs, and antiCatholic activity from the 18-20th century are related to the fms.

    CC is mostly different from those old days. It has clearly shifted on several areas (some good, some bad).

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  117. padre says:
    @anon
    Saker, where is the value in taking a nuanced speech and then hammering at pieces of it out of context? Trump didn't insult all nations which incorporate socialist policies - he mentioned, rightly, that full blown socialism/communism has been used to repress the freedom and ingenuity of peoples all over the world - and he did so to highlight that it's being done in Venezuela.

    As for criticism of America's ideals because of mistakes and over-reach in her history - it's foolish to expect Trump to refrain from preaching good ideas because of the sins of others.

    I hope you continue to enjoy living your attack mode life. Meanwhile, the world must get on with it.

    Why don’t you just shut up!As if Trump was not enough, here comes anon with his genuine knowledge of “socialis/communism, freedom and ingenuity, and above all knowledge what insults other “dispencible” and “deplorable” nations!

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    I ALWAYS get a chuckle when a lefty loon gets their feelings hurt by truth.

    Padre, you need to take a vacation and some spa or maybe build a sweat lodge in your back yard.

    You are TOO tense and all that anger and hate may cause you to explode. Or something.

    LOL!
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  118. JL says:
    @The Alarmist
    I manage a few bucks in a couple investment funds, and I attribute some of my success over the years to avoiding most of the emerging and frontier markets to avoid the inevitable looting and plundering of our investors' money by third-world schmucks with attitudes like yours, who only know how to take and not how to earn the wealth that arises from the unlocking of human capital of the people they repress with their something-for-nothing ideology. Yeah, I'm a capitalist tool.

    Success relative to what, though? Simply because you don’t possess the expertise necessary to invest in emerging and frontier markets doesn’t mean you will outperform those that do. Truly successful asset managers don’t brag about their performance because they know they can get their asses handed to them at any time. They also know that there are many others out there who are much better than they are. If I were a potential investor, I’d listen to your pitch and then run far, far away as fast as possible. “Past performance is not indicative of future results” is not just a boilerplate phrase, it actually means something.

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    Expertise in selecting good investments is "a dime a dozen" so to say ... expertise in avoiding political risks like expropriation or cultural risks like local corrupt practices is best dealt with by abstinence. Yeah, you can make money in EM and FM, but it gets harder if you have any size to do it in a meaningful way.

    To paraphrase the old joke, I don't have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you. I'll take the company you took a high-risk flyer on when it grows into a viable concern in a relatively stable, somewhat rule-of-law country I can get my money out of when the time is right to exit.
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  119. ” We will spend a lot of money on the military, make it the strongest in the World, and put it under Israeli and Globalist Jewish control”. “Our CIA is controlled by Mossad, and I can’t arrest George Soros for daily treason, international criminal acts in the hundreds, because my family would be killed by the Murder, Inc. group the Clintons (Ka-ching Dungs) have used for decades.”

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  120. @The Alarmist

    "Pure capitalism is pure evil."
     
    Sorry, bro, but I have to call BS here ... pure capitalism is the free and fair exchange of goods and services between consenting individuals. It's only as you intermediate between the contracting parties, which BTW is the essence of communism and socialism, that you start to have the brutes and thugs organizing the allocations of goods, services in exchange for consideration to tilt the balance to their advantage.

    We might never have had something approaching pure capitalism, since humans evolved from pack or tribe animals (take your pick, either is a loaded term), but we might have been closest in prehistory.

    Communism improved the lives of some by degrading the lives of many. Same with socialism. Same with unconstrained neo-capitalism, which is what we are experiencing now. The common element in dysfunction of all these is a ruling class that gets to appropriate at will what they want and to force the allocation of what they think is fair on the rest, which includes in all cases the making of "hard choices" to deal with resource constraints. The Communists go straight to culling those who contribute the least and/or need the most ... the neo-capitalists freeze them out and leave them to starve. The socialist muddle along until things fall apart for the vast majority and force them to choose one of the other two paths. Since all three ways have a dominant alpha parasite class, there is no escape.

    What you are looking to as Communism was actually quite far from the original ideology, and was little more than a corrupt oligarch gangster society little different from the corrupt neo-Capitalist society you are condemning.

    Capitalism is the system when Man stood upright. He traded skins, meat, weapons with other tribes, within his tribe. Some members of his tribe were better at weapon making, smoking meat, etc. Any surpluses could be bartered (pure capitalism) with others. Capital is surplus labor and goods exchanged for advantage to both parties.

    Any rejection of pure capitalism is ignorance and stupidity, or mis and disinformation.

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  121. @edNels
    The real ''War'' is on the regular people, taxpayers aka middle class-upper and lower, and below, all over Earth, international, globally, Sorry Charlie, Americans are in the target zone in ways they don't want to believe, like sheep in that classic psychology experiment... when retained in a cage unable to get off of a shock inducing metal floor, they just sort give up and pretend to be grazing like always.

    [Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so ....]
     
    fill in the blank.

    Or maybe he's just another hapless additional victim of this new ''Opium War'' now that is here, things have a strange way of comming back! History was about the British importing Opium to ruin China back awhile.
    I'm relate this to the current so called ''Opiod epidemic'' talked about a lot lately wrekking the heartland. very much under reported of course, but they are everywhere to be seen, the the victims seem to have ways of hiding it... acquiesced by whatever used to exist in ''temporance'' correct social systems and what, that are now preocupied with ''gender neutral lavatories!

    My understanding of why the Opium Wars began was that Britain was importing vast quantities of tea which were paid for in silver. Such was the demand for tea that silver bullion supplies could not keep pace so opium was imported into China and payment was obtained in silver thus “earning” the silver back. Later, tea plantations were established in India. I think the British East India Company was the major culprit.

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  122. @JL
    Success relative to what, though? Simply because you don't possess the expertise necessary to invest in emerging and frontier markets doesn't mean you will outperform those that do. Truly successful asset managers don't brag about their performance because they know they can get their asses handed to them at any time. They also know that there are many others out there who are much better than they are. If I were a potential investor, I'd listen to your pitch and then run far, far away as fast as possible. "Past performance is not indicative of future results" is not just a boilerplate phrase, it actually means something.

    Expertise in selecting good investments is “a dime a dozen” so to say … expertise in avoiding political risks like expropriation or cultural risks like local corrupt practices is best dealt with by abstinence. Yeah, you can make money in EM and FM, but it gets harder if you have any size to do it in a meaningful way.

    To paraphrase the old joke, I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you. I’ll take the company you took a high-risk flyer on when it grows into a viable concern in a relatively stable, somewhat rule-of-law country I can get my money out of when the time is right to exit.

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  123. Lupe says:
    @anon
    Saker, where is the value in taking a nuanced speech and then hammering at pieces of it out of context? Trump didn't insult all nations which incorporate socialist policies - he mentioned, rightly, that full blown socialism/communism has been used to repress the freedom and ingenuity of peoples all over the world - and he did so to highlight that it's being done in Venezuela.

    As for criticism of America's ideals because of mistakes and over-reach in her history - it's foolish to expect Trump to refrain from preaching good ideas because of the sins of others.

    I hope you continue to enjoy living your attack mode life. Meanwhile, the world must get on with it.

    Finally, a sane comment(er).

    Key words: “Meanwhile, the world must get on with it.

    These “pundits” get paid YUGE amounts of money to do exactly what you wrote and pat themselves on the back.

    They are the first to complain about the poor and, again, pat themselves on the back because they “contributed” some money (a tax dodge) to feed the hungry or some other scam.

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  124. Rurik says:
    @Cyrano
    You know, Rurik – I suspect you used that nickname to point to your rural background – why don’t you try to familiarize yourself with some more urban themes, instead of regurgitating some nonsense about communism and slavery.

    You know where “democracy” was invented – right? In the slave-owning societies of the ancient world. While the rich f**ks debated their nonsense in the senate or whatever, their slaves were baking their brains working in the fields under the scorching sun. What a beautiful system they invented. Next time when you talk about socialism and slavery, check first which system has its roots firmly planted in slavery – communism, or the fabulous “democracies”.

    Next time when you talk about socialism and slavery, check first which system has its roots firmly planted in slavery – communism, or the fabulous “democracies”.

    the ‘democracies’ of Greece and Rome were not perfect, to be sure, but they sure beat the oppressive tyranny of everything that had existed in the post hunter-gatherer/nation state world up until then; Babylon, the Egypt of the Pharos for instance or Xerxes Persia, etc.. Where all the men and women were slaves and the ruler was feared and obeyed as if divine.

    So you shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy of the good. Even today slavery is back and rearing its ugly head, in the form of debt slavery.

    But without getting too esoteric, simply answer this question:

    How is forcing men (at the threat of violence or even death) to work and toil for the benefit of others; not slavery?

    Is it because the slavery doesn’t involve a white man on a Southern plantation and an African slave picking cotton, that disqualifies it as slavery?

    Is it because rather than being a slave for the plantation owner, you’re instead a slave to a murderous and genocidal regime hundreds of miles away, and for the benefit of people you’ve never heard of… that makes it not slavery?

    Presumably, if I’m a black man forced to toil for the benefit of a white man, I should be opposed to such an arrangement, but if I’m a white man forced to toil for a regime and people hundreds or even thousands of miles away, I ought to set myself to sweat until I drop- to prop up such a regime?

    it’s very simple my friend (whether you’re urban or rural ; ), being forced to work for the benefit of others is the very definition of slavery.

    Even it other systems have also practiced slavery. K?

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  125. Lupe says:
    @padre
    Why don't you just shut up!As if Trump was not enough, here comes anon with his genuine knowledge of "socialis/communism, freedom and ingenuity, and above all knowledge what insults other "dispencible" and "deplorable" nations!

    I ALWAYS get a chuckle when a lefty loon gets their feelings hurt by truth.

    Padre, you need to take a vacation and some spa or maybe build a sweat lodge in your back yard.

    You are TOO tense and all that anger and hate may cause you to explode. Or something.

    LOL!

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  126. ondrej says:
    @polskijoe
    Trump:

    Bad speech. He already broke several promises. The guy always had Zionist influence. He has become Neoconservative.

    Europe:

    Holy Roman Empire, Austria-Hungary and Polish-Lithuanian were Central European in many ways. Poland has characteristics from all over Europe if you count culture, language, religion, politics.

    Russia/Soviet Union/WW2:

    They have good speeches and improving. But little people trust them based on history. Still some left over Communist (authoritarian/socialist), views are there. Claiming Stalin won Ww2 wont get you friends. He improved SU, but he was also mass murderer of dozens of ethnogroups.

    Claiming Stalin won Ww2 wont get you friends. He improved SU, but he was also mass murderer of dozens of ethnogroups.

    Well, I would recommend to check facts and statistic.. before making such claim..

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

    Somehow, strangely they do not fully support your opinion..

    Maybe you could also check term Korenizatsiya, which in fact promoted local ethnics group od SU, sometimes probably to much, so policy needed to be reversed..

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

    PS: Pozdravujem pana ;-)

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    Number of deaths of people in exile 1930s—1950s SU


    Kulaks 389,521 kulaks
    Poles 90,000 [46]
    Koreans 40,000 [47]
    Karachais 13,100 [48]
    Soviet Germans 42,823–228,800 [49][48]
    Lithuanians 28,000 [50]
    Estonians 5,400 [51]
    Latvians 17,400 [51]
    Kalmyks 12,600 [48]
    Chechens 125,500 [48]
    Ingush 20,300 [48]
    Balkars 7,600 [48]
    Crimean Tatars 34,300 [48]
    Meskhetian Turks 12,859

    Total: 839,000-1,025,000 (wikipedia)
    this excludes starvations and executions.

    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.

    I know there are very antiSoviet people who post false claims of 60 million killed by Soviet Union (they dont understand modern reviews on the subject).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.
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  127. polskijoe says:
    @ondrej

    Claiming Stalin won Ww2 wont get you friends. He improved SU, but he was also mass murderer of dozens of ethnogroups.
     
    Well, I would recommend to check facts and statistic.. before making such claim..

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

    Somehow, strangely they do not fully support your opinion..

    Maybe you could also check term Korenizatsiya, which in fact promoted local ethnics group od SU, sometimes probably to much, so policy needed to be reversed..

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


    PS: Pozdravujem pana ;-)

    Number of deaths of people in exile 1930s—1950s SU

    Kulaks 389,521 kulaks
    Poles 90,000 [46]
    Koreans 40,000 [47]
    Karachais 13,100 [48]
    Soviet Germans 42,823–228,800 [49][48]
    Lithuanians 28,000 [50]
    Estonians 5,400 [51]
    Latvians 17,400 [51]
    Kalmyks 12,600 [48]
    Chechens 125,500 [48]
    Ingush 20,300 [48]
    Balkars 7,600 [48]
    Crimean Tatars 34,300 [48]
    Meskhetian Turks 12,859

    Total: 839,000-1,025,000 (wikipedia)
    this excludes starvations and executions.

    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.

    I know there are very antiSoviet people who post false claims of 60 million killed by Soviet Union (they dont understand modern reviews on the subject).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.

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    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.
     

    Well, you have there figures of proportion of different ethic groups, over long period of time starting 1926 census. At brief look proportions of ethic groups did not change significantly. Of course, I do not know how they were calculated and how changes of borders of long period of time were taken in account. Of course it would be interesting to have table for whole SU.

    We can maybe explain this by fact that probably part of ethic group in reproductive age somehow survived and undo loss.

    So as tragical history of different individuals and whole groups can be in country going trough civic and later ww2. I do not see results in statistic supporting of specific targeted ehtnic groups. (Apart of Poles which is in Russia Poland relation always sensitive and difficult issue).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.

     

    But this could also be said about many public figures of 19 - 20. century - history is unfortunately quite bloody in this regard. I will not point to specific cases - if you look around you can find out lot of examples.
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  128. The United States don’t win wars because there’s far more money made fighting wars than winning them. The last time the US made the costly mistake of winning a war was in 1945, and they probably wouldn’t have won that one if Russia had not been preparing to invade and seize Japan, like they did all of eastern Europe and a majority of Germany, allowing the US access to west Germany and west Berlin only after listening to weeks of bitching and moaning. Which of course was the fault of no one other than the United States due to their dilly-dallying around with D-Day until after Russia defeated the German army on the Eastern Front.

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  129. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Lastly, I’d like to know where Trump gets the drugs that makes one so delusional that he thinks spending another $700,000,000 makes our military the strongest ever, blah, blah, blah.
     
    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies (see Wikipedia for that), and you will discover that most are owned by dual-passport-holding Israelis having American citizenship.

    That's why the "defense" boost. Follow the money. Who gets rich? There is no restriction on corporate donations to political campaigns -- that's a product of a corrupt, Israel-oriented Supreme Court. That effectively legalizes bribery of any magnitude -- absolute recipe for corruption.

    So, Trump does what Israel wants. Who is surprised? You?

    The infrastructure of this nation crumbles into the dust. $700 billion goes to war-weapons. Who benefits? Americans? Israelis?

    This is all as plain as the proverbial nose on the face. The elephant in the room trumpets loudly, and tramples the American taxpayer mercilessly, stealing every penny from the twitching corpse.

    What elephant? Hey! Look over here! Watch the birdie!

    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies …

    It’s been a while since I tracked down the ownership of small arms and ammo companies, and back then at least, it was an eye opener. It didn’t look too good to me then and I doubt the situation has improved since.My info is dated so this may have changed, but one of the big boys was Donald Elias Zilkha, an “American financier, etc., etc.

    I bet the few owners of the greater portion of the industry could nearly instantly shut off the supply to anyone thinking of starting an armed resistance to the monkeys on top.

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    I bet the few owners of the greater portion of the industry could nearly instantly shut off the supply to anyone thinking of starting an armed resistance to the monkeys on top.
     
    Which fact was readily demonstrated by ammunition manufacturers just two years ago. They picked up an enormous windfall, doubled/tripled all prices across the board, and anyone who doesn't like it, anyone who knows it's a price-fixing collaboration, can just go suck it.

    Yeah, so it goes. I keep saying -- you say you want a revolution, well, you know, you'd better come up with something intelligent in the way of strategy, or y'all will be dead within a fortnight of firing the first shot. Just offhand, I have yet to see a plan that required seizing all state and federal armories on the first day. Nope, the military geniuses in the alt-right contingent want to siege local and state police.

    Shee-it.
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  130. Halcyon37 says:

    North Korea wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a war. They have their first strike/retaliation then that would be it. Do you really think the average North Korean is going to take to the mountains and wage a insurgency like the Taliban? Saker knows a lot about Russia/the Middle East/the US deep state but I bet he hasn’t read ONE BOOK on North Korea/Korea in general

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    North Korea wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a war. They have their first strike/retaliation then that would be it.
     
    You haven't the faintest notion what you're talking about.
    , @yeah
    "Do you really think the average North Korean is going to take to the mountains and wage a insurgency like the Taliban?"

    Kiddo, go talk to a few vets of the Korean war before you let loose those pearls of wisdom. And while at it, start doing some push-ups and head stands. Regular physical exercise is great for clearing the brain.
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  131. Totally destroy North Korea. I wonder how this will be received in South Korea and Japan.

    As Sanctions Hit Civilians, South Korea To Send Food & Medicine To North Korea
    Mounting UN-imposed sanctions on North Korea are endangering local children and forcing cuts in both health and education.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/south-korea-send-food-medicine-north-korea/232336/

    it seems Madeleine Albright has not yet been to South Korea, to teach them about prices.

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  132. FKA Max says: • Website
    @isthatright
    and if we would stop our Masonic meddling bullshit for once they might be able to get a handle on some of their problems. People like you always want to blame the Catholic church, when it was the marginalizing of the church by their government with the help of good old uncle Sam that has created the mess in the first place, read the book "Blood drenched alters"

    I think what you fail to understand is, that the northern “masonic” elements you are referring to are still Catholics. This is or was an intra-church conflict between the right-wing, conservative Opus Dei and the left-wing, liberal Liberation Theology factions/wings in South/Latin America.

    [MORE]

    Invade the (Protect the Catholic) World

    See the CIA (Central/Catholic Intelligence Agency):
    [...]
    http://churchandstate.org.uk/2013/04/cia-and-the-vaticans-intelligence-apparatus/

    See Opus Dei: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/04/opus-dei-christian-dominion/
    [...]
    Oliver ”Iran-Contra” North for example was raised Catholic, but is now a born-again Christian, but still maintains close connections with the Catholic Church/Vatican

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Propaganda Due (Italian pronunciation: [propaˈɡanda ˈduːe]; P2) was a Masonic lodge founded in 1945 that, by the time its Masonic charter was withdrawn in 1976, had transformed into a clandestine, pseudo-Masonic, ultraright[1][2][3] organization operating in contravention of Article 18 of the Constitution of Italy that banned secret associations.
    [...]
    In July 1982, Marcinkus was implicated in financial scandals being reported on the front pages of newspapers and magazines throughout Europe, particularly the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano, in which Propaganda Due (aka “P2″), a Masonic Lodge, was involved (Marcinkus had been a director of Ambrosiano Overseas, based in Nassau, Bahamas, and had been involved with Ambrosiano’s chairman, financier Roberto Calvi, for a number of years). He was also involved with Michele Sindona, who had links with the Mafia.

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630654

    These ultra right-wing, CIA-linked, “masonic” Catholics also operate through organizations like the Rotary Club, etc.

    OK, this is a museum of the Freemasons who are controlled by the Zionists and are parts of this establishment. But they forgot to say that the Freemasons are actually controlled by the Vatican. The most enlightened brother of the Red Cross in Norway is the lowest degree who is linked to the Vatican and is approved by the Vatican.
    [...]
    But definitely McCain is not going to win. Why? Because Giorgio Balestrieri ( Comandante Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri https://www.linkedin.com/in/comandantebalestrieri ) stated, he’s the Director of the Rotary of New York, this election, we support the Democrats.

    http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/leo_zagami_interview_transcript_3_en.html

    I had a very illuminating meeting with Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri at the military academy, because he is military. He is part of the naval of the military so…and I was with him for a whole day. After a long time, we really knew each other, I really understood what these people were up to. It was illuminating for me, to understand that they were totally taking advantage of me and that this time they wanted me to infiltrate the organization of my wife.

    My wife is part of a Muslim organization ( Gulen movement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BClen_movement ) that was co-founded by her father, and now this organization is a very big organization, very powerful. It counts millions of adepts and for that reason they wanted me… and also it is a moderate Muslim school. The connection for them was too strong and too tempting. They wanted to use me in order to infiltrate this Muslim organization that is especially powerful in Turkey and they are very interested in Turkey for various reasons.

    For that, Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri has been with another guy called Kaan Soyak ( https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/about/leadership/kaan-soyak/ ) who is a Turkish Freemason, very big in New York.

    KC: So what is the purpose? Why is Turkey of such interest?

    LZ: It is very important for the control of the whole Caucasus region of ex-Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan. All this side of things is actually now pretty much under the control of Turkey because Turkey was able, after the fall of the Soviet Union, to build schools, to build a link with these republics, that some of them have also oil. And for that reason it is very important that you have the control of a very rich area and tactically very important for the Americans and for the New World Order to be in control.

    For that reason, it was… I think in April 2005, 2006 when they came together with a special group of Illuminati meeting in Ankara in Turkey under the Rotary Club. So this meeting is recorded. You can go and check it out. Comandante Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri did an invocation to the One God, and whatever. He was covering up everything with a nice veil of “We’re doing it for peace between religions, for…”

    But in reality, what? The guy is selling weapons. The guy is making money. The guy is interested in northern Iraq. The guy is interested in… Because also there is northern Iraq, you have Turkey there. You have a lot of interests. And Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri has been personally involved in dealing with northern Iraq and making business in northern Iraq.

    http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/leo_zagami_interview_transcript_2_en.html

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  133. @jacques sheete

    Spend some time tracking-down who owns stock in the military industrial complex, or the 100 Top Government Contracting Companies ...
     
    It's been a while since I tracked down the ownership of small arms and ammo companies, and back then at least, it was an eye opener. It didn't look too good to me then and I doubt the situation has improved since.My info is dated so this may have changed, but one of the big boys was Donald Elias Zilkha, an "American financier, etc., etc.

    I bet the few owners of the greater portion of the industry could nearly instantly shut off the supply to anyone thinking of starting an armed resistance to the monkeys on top.

    I bet the few owners of the greater portion of the industry could nearly instantly shut off the supply to anyone thinking of starting an armed resistance to the monkeys on top.

    Which fact was readily demonstrated by ammunition manufacturers just two years ago. They picked up an enormous windfall, doubled/tripled all prices across the board, and anyone who doesn’t like it, anyone who knows it’s a price-fixing collaboration, can just go suck it.

    Yeah, so it goes. I keep saying — you say you want a revolution, well, you know, you’d better come up with something intelligent in the way of strategy, or y’all will be dead within a fortnight of firing the first shot. Just offhand, I have yet to see a plan that required seizing all state and federal armories on the first day. Nope, the military geniuses in the alt-right contingent want to siege local and state police.

    Shee-it.

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  134. @Halcyon37
    North Korea wouldn't last 10 minutes in a war. They have their first strike/retaliation then that would be it. Do you really think the average North Korean is going to take to the mountains and wage a insurgency like the Taliban? Saker knows a lot about Russia/the Middle East/the US deep state but I bet he hasn't read ONE BOOK on North Korea/Korea in general

    North Korea wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a war. They have their first strike/retaliation then that would be it.

    You haven’t the faintest notion what you’re talking about.

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  135. ondrej says:
    @polskijoe
    Number of deaths of people in exile 1930s—1950s SU


    Kulaks 389,521 kulaks
    Poles 90,000 [46]
    Koreans 40,000 [47]
    Karachais 13,100 [48]
    Soviet Germans 42,823–228,800 [49][48]
    Lithuanians 28,000 [50]
    Estonians 5,400 [51]
    Latvians 17,400 [51]
    Kalmyks 12,600 [48]
    Chechens 125,500 [48]
    Ingush 20,300 [48]
    Balkars 7,600 [48]
    Crimean Tatars 34,300 [48]
    Meskhetian Turks 12,859

    Total: 839,000-1,025,000 (wikipedia)
    this excludes starvations and executions.

    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.

    I know there are very antiSoviet people who post false claims of 60 million killed by Soviet Union (they dont understand modern reviews on the subject).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.

    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.

    Well, you have there figures of proportion of different ethic groups, over long period of time starting 1926 census. At brief look proportions of ethic groups did not change significantly. Of course, I do not know how they were calculated and how changes of borders of long period of time were taken in account. Of course it would be interesting to have table for whole SU.

    We can maybe explain this by fact that probably part of ethic group in reproductive age somehow survived and undo loss.

    So as tragical history of different individuals and whole groups can be in country going trough civic and later ww2. I do not see results in statistic supporting of specific targeted ehtnic groups. (Apart of Poles which is in Russia Poland relation always sensitive and difficult issue).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.

    But this could also be said about many public figures of 19 – 20. century – history is unfortunately quite bloody in this regard. I will not point to specific cases – if you look around you can find out lot of examples.

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    I support improving relations with Russia (lets start with economy). Though my type are called Putin agents by some morons.

    And I agree there are other mass murderers in those times: Hitler, Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot, King Leopard? (the guy who killed Africans), Ottoman Empire, Imperial Japan

    Russians can support their defensive war against Hitler. But they should also acknowledge his murder of neighbours and Soviet Union citizens

    *we are getting off topic so I will stop on this subject*.
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  136. FKA Max says: • Website
    @isthatright
    and if we would stop our Masonic meddling bullshit for once they might be able to get a handle on some of their problems. People like you always want to blame the Catholic church, when it was the marginalizing of the church by their government with the help of good old uncle Sam that has created the mess in the first place, read the book "Blood drenched alters"

    Here some more comments that illustrate well why the Catholic Church is to “blame” for much of the instability in South/Latin America and other regions of the world:

    [Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.]

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    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.
     
    To the moderators:

    My apologies. I had not seen your first warning to me, otherwise I would not have published the above comment. I did not mean to disrespect or flip you off in any way, shape or form.


    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments, or other sources. If you want to comment, give thought to producing new material.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trumps-un-speech-a-pleasant-surprise-especially-on-immigration-refugees/#comment-2017539

    I will try to contribute new material if I am able to do so, or just abstain from commenting when I cannot contribute anything new.

    The main reason I wanted to share these old comments of mine with commenter "isthatright", is that I saw that he or she is a relatively new commenter to the Unz Review and I wasn't sure if he or she was familiar with my commenting/writing/research history on these issues. I also thought that since Trump's UN speech was, in part, on immigration and refugees, and that since these two issues are intrinsically linked to overpopulation and out-of-control population growth and the Vatican, this would not be off-topic.

    Again, my apologies for misjudging the relevance of these issues to this comment thread.

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  137. FKA Max says:
    @FKA Max
    Here some more comments that illustrate well why the Catholic Church is to ``blame'' for much of the instability in South/Latin America and other regions of the world:

    [Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.]

    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.

    To the moderators:

    My apologies. I had not seen your first warning to me, otherwise I would not have published the above comment. I did not mean to disrespect or flip you off in any way, shape or form.

    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments, or other sources. If you want to comment, give thought to producing new material.

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trumps-un-speech-a-pleasant-surprise-especially-on-immigration-refugees/#comment-2017539

    I will try to contribute new material if I am able to do so, or just abstain from commenting when I cannot contribute anything new.

    The main reason I wanted to share these old comments of mine with commenter “isthatright”, is that I saw that he or she is a relatively new commenter to the Unz Review and I wasn’t sure if he or she was familiar with my commenting/writing/research history on these issues. I also thought that since Trump’s UN speech was, in part, on immigration and refugees, and that since these two issues are intrinsically linked to overpopulation and out-of-control population growth and the Vatican, this would not be off-topic.

    Again, my apologies for misjudging the relevance of these issues to this comment thread.

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    According to FKA MAX, every problem in the world, including in strict Islamic countries and N Korea can is the fault of the Catholic Church.

    But he or she will never stay on topic but will always copy and paste his old anti Catholic comments into the discussion about every article.
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  138. yeah says:
    @Halcyon37
    North Korea wouldn't last 10 minutes in a war. They have their first strike/retaliation then that would be it. Do you really think the average North Korean is going to take to the mountains and wage a insurgency like the Taliban? Saker knows a lot about Russia/the Middle East/the US deep state but I bet he hasn't read ONE BOOK on North Korea/Korea in general

    “Do you really think the average North Korean is going to take to the mountains and wage a insurgency like the Taliban?”

    Kiddo, go talk to a few vets of the Korean war before you let loose those pearls of wisdom. And while at it, start doing some push-ups and head stands. Regular physical exercise is great for clearing the brain.

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  139. JamesD says:

    The jury is not out on “21st Century Socialism”. It’s called the Calculation Problem, and there is no way to solve it.

    I agree with most of your article, but this is wrong. For the record, globalist capitalism and fascism (government/corporate alliance) are not the answer. A regulated Capitalism is very successful. We also have to look at fiat fractional reserve banking, but this comment would grow to book length.

    As far as accusing Capitalism of causing spiritual problems, that’s allowing the churches off the hook.

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    We also have to look at fiat fractional reserve banking, but this comment would grow to book length.
     
    Seen plenty of alternatives with all of them shot down by experts (or "experts").
    Or, better, as an amateur, haven't been able to see which system could successful replace the current.
    What would be your take on that?
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  140. peterAUS says:
    @JamesD
    The jury is not out on "21st Century Socialism". It's called the Calculation Problem, and there is no way to solve it.

    I agree with most of your article, but this is wrong. For the record, globalist capitalism and fascism (government/corporate alliance) are not the answer. A regulated Capitalism is very successful. We also have to look at fiat fractional reserve banking, but this comment would grow to book length.

    As far as accusing Capitalism of causing spiritual problems, that's allowing the churches off the hook.

    We also have to look at fiat fractional reserve banking, but this comment would grow to book length.

    Seen plenty of alternatives with all of them shot down by experts (or “experts”).
    Or, better, as an amateur, haven’t been able to see which system could successful replace the current.
    What would be your take on that?

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  141. polskijoe says:
    @ondrej

    posting modern ethnogroups in Russia is not representatitve of what actually happening to victim ethnogroups in the Stalin days.
     

    Well, you have there figures of proportion of different ethic groups, over long period of time starting 1926 census. At brief look proportions of ethic groups did not change significantly. Of course, I do not know how they were calculated and how changes of borders of long period of time were taken in account. Of course it would be interesting to have table for whole SU.

    We can maybe explain this by fact that probably part of ethic group in reproductive age somehow survived and undo loss.

    So as tragical history of different individuals and whole groups can be in country going trough civic and later ww2. I do not see results in statistic supporting of specific targeted ehtnic groups. (Apart of Poles which is in Russia Poland relation always sensitive and difficult issue).

    But also claiming Stalin was not a mass murder is an insult to intellect.

     

    But this could also be said about many public figures of 19 - 20. century - history is unfortunately quite bloody in this regard. I will not point to specific cases - if you look around you can find out lot of examples.

    I support improving relations with Russia (lets start with economy). Though my type are called Putin agents by some morons.

    And I agree there are other mass murderers in those times: Hitler, Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot, King Leopard? (the guy who killed Africans), Ottoman Empire, Imperial Japan

    Russians can support their defensive war against Hitler. But they should also acknowledge his murder of neighbours and Soviet Union citizens

    *we are getting off topic so I will stop on this subject*.

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    King Leopold of Belgium. His slaughter and tortures of Congolese was nothing more than British propaganda.

    Britian was very upset that other European nations were horning in on the British monopoly of Africa. So the British launched the propaganda as a prelude to taking the Congo away from Belgium.
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  142. Sloopyjoe says:

    Trump is a Goyim Tramp who pimped off his children to Clan Circumcision to get in good with the Rothschild-led Globalist Banksters (who oversaw and approved of his numerous bankruptcies, thereby having him by the short hairs). Trump is also beholden to the Neocon MIC (who sell overpriced in-need-of-constant-upgrades substandard sh*t. i.e., F-35) to keep the profit flows going. Only bad and soon-to-be-dead pet monkeys would even conceive of stopping that Afghan Heroin money washing profit flow, else he and his family gets CIA JFKed. Trump IS the Oswald patsy fall guy. Trump and Fat Boy Kim should get a room together for a galactic monkey spank off.

    ALL the MAGA chirping monkeys are simply dysfunctional self-deluded willfully ignorant common core educated morons who apishly soil themselves after narcissistic psychopaths that love WWE-style trash talking via Twitter and are prime candidates for Jerry Springer audience seat warmers (The Hillary corn holes would be no different). But, but his speak really touched me!!!!

    ALL Wars are Bankster Wars.

    The USSA Empire of Tampons DIES with the IMMINENT death of the Petro-Dollar and the rest of the world will rejoice as the Empire of Tampons gets sacked and Balkanized. Not worth a Dollar will equal not worth a Continental. Yankistani mail-order bride businesses will boom.

    End of rant.

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  143. Figarov says:

    I think Saker identifies himself too much with the Russian, or former Soviet, and today again Russian – imperial interests. He once stated to be a white Russian, but here he sounds as somebody who lived in the late Soviet Union. His views on 20th and 21th century Poland are betraying his political ties or, maybe, he betrays who is his employer. For president Trump has had a very good speech in the Polish capital Warsaw, before he joined the next day the G20 leaders in Berlin.
    His speech was a conservative values program speech written by the people by his conservative, Christian advisers and showed a very good knowledge of the WWII history, at least of one of its most dramatic episodes, the Warsaw Rising 1944. As we know, Stalin stopped his armies on the eastern shore of Vistula River and let the fighting Poles and the inhabitants of Warsaw be butchered by Hither’s savage hordes. But Trump’s speech confirmed the right of Poland to be independent of Russia, which seemingly can’t be accepted by Saker, or by his employer in Moscow. No, Mr. Saker, you are wrong, Poland in the years 1939-1945 was a part of Western Europe, if you like it or not!

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  144. Figarov says:

    @sloopyjoe, you are right, especially about all the wars, them being provoked and manipulated by the Rothschild-led Globalist banksters. You must have read good historians, or maybe the great book by Song Hongbing (the Chinese finance expert, who moved to China after many years spent working in the big financial U.S. institutions) “Currency Wars”, the book which no publisher the U.S., Canada, nor in Europe (except Poland –all 3 volumes, and France – only the volume 1.) had the courage to print.

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  145. Sloopyjoe says:

    @Figarov – Here’s a good video for you to see: “All Wars are Bankers’ Wars “by Mike Rivero

    I’m interested in historical accuracy. Meaning, to look at all sides and weigh the evidence, then using reason, logic, provable evidence to come to my own conclusion and not be a parrot propaganda repeater.

    Off topic
    I just watched “Ukraine on Fire” by Oliver Stone. An excellent and fair portrayal of the events leading up to and events after in regards to the USSA initiated coup. I have followed the events in Ukraine for a very long time. See for yourself.

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  146. robt says:
    @Alden
    Now, now, spell check has a mind of its own.

    Spell check and computer language translation, after 30 years of development give us a taste of what autonomous driving cars (and big trucks! will be like. Sort of there, but lacking the essential quality of nuance.

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  147. Alden says:
    @polskijoe
    I support improving relations with Russia (lets start with economy). Though my type are called Putin agents by some morons.

    And I agree there are other mass murderers in those times: Hitler, Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot, King Leopard? (the guy who killed Africans), Ottoman Empire, Imperial Japan

    Russians can support their defensive war against Hitler. But they should also acknowledge his murder of neighbours and Soviet Union citizens

    *we are getting off topic so I will stop on this subject*.

    King Leopold of Belgium. His slaughter and tortures of Congolese was nothing more than British propaganda.

    Britian was very upset that other European nations were horning in on the British monopoly of Africa. So the British launched the propaganda as a prelude to taking the Congo away from Belgium.

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  148. Alden says:
    @FKA Max

    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments at enormous length, or other sources. If you want your comments published, give thought to producing new material. Staying remotely on-topic is also a very good idea.
     
    To the moderators:

    My apologies. I had not seen your first warning to me, otherwise I would not have published the above comment. I did not mean to disrespect or flip you off in any way, shape or form.


    Too many of your comments are just quoting your previous comments, or other sources. If you want to comment, give thought to producing new material.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trumps-un-speech-a-pleasant-surprise-especially-on-immigration-refugees/#comment-2017539

    I will try to contribute new material if I am able to do so, or just abstain from commenting when I cannot contribute anything new.

    The main reason I wanted to share these old comments of mine with commenter "isthatright", is that I saw that he or she is a relatively new commenter to the Unz Review and I wasn't sure if he or she was familiar with my commenting/writing/research history on these issues. I also thought that since Trump's UN speech was, in part, on immigration and refugees, and that since these two issues are intrinsically linked to overpopulation and out-of-control population growth and the Vatican, this would not be off-topic.

    Again, my apologies for misjudging the relevance of these issues to this comment thread.

    According to FKA MAX, every problem in the world, including in strict Islamic countries and N Korea can is the fault of the Catholic Church.

    But he or she will never stay on topic but will always copy and paste his old anti Catholic comments into the discussion about every article.

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  149. Alden says:
    @FKA Max
    This is Michael Anton on Trump's UN speech:

    President Trump's Message: Make The United Nations Great

    In fact, he's strengthened our alliances in meetings in Washington with key allies, by going to foreign capitals - the trip to France and the Bastille Day with America's oldest ally, with which the United States has in recent years had something of a rocky relationship - was strengthened enormously by that visit to Paris this year. And the president has, you know, both on a personal level and on an alliance level, really strengthened the alliance with France and with President Macron. In fact, he met with him yesterday and had a very, extremely positive and friendly meeting where they talked substantive business, but they also talked about the history of the alliance and reminisced a bit about the grandeur of that trip to Paris in July.
     
    - http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/552025707/president-trumps-message-make-the-united-nations-great

    The French president’s suggestion that African women are breeding like animals and must be restrained by an enlightened elite awakens primordial terrors in the hearts of the mainstream Left and Right.
    [...]
    If Europeans are replaced with Africans, Western Civilization will disappear. The choices are simple: The West, yes or no? The white race, yes or no? Our rulers have exhausted all other options.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/trumps-warsaw-speech-and-the-real-clash-of-civilizations/#comment-1946225

    Peter Singer on How Political Correctness Let African Population Growth Run Amok for a Generation

    The outrage evoked by Macron’s remark, however, appears to have little to do with its inaccuracy. Macron violated a taboo that has been in place since the International Conference on Population and Development, held under the auspices of the UN in Cairo in 1994. The conference adopted a Programme of Action that rejected a demographically driven approach to population policies, and instead focused on meeting the reproductive-health needs of individuals, especially women. Population targets were out; rights were in.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/peter-singer-on-how-political-correctness-let-african-population-growth-run-amok-for-a-generation/

    I would like to explain what led me to conclude that Emmanuel Macron has an “Alt Right” worldview.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/collateral-damage/#comment-1955020

    Don’t lose hope…
    [...]
    I shared this video here at the Unz Review before, but I would like to share it again, because it best encapsulates and captures what I personally associate with term “Alt Right”
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/the-system-revealed-antifa-virginia-politicians-and-police-work-together-to-shut-down-unitetheright/#comment-1967326

    French army band medleys Daft Punk following Bastille Day parade

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQkku7jLfo

    Are you some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed?

    And why keep replying to yourself? No wonder you’ve been banned from so many websites.

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    [It would be much better if you tried to provide more original comments rather than just quoting your own previous ones so extensively.]

    Off-topic

    Are you some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed?
     
    You got me, Alden.

    Since Alden keeps attacking me and keeps spreading the same kinds of lies about me over and over again (I wonder if it is some kind of software that just makes up random lies about people and never bothers to back them up with any proof???), I think it is important to defend myself:

    Alden and I have somewhat of a history together here in the Unz Review comment threads/sections
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/the-fat-heather-heyer-hoax/#comment-2002117

    I wonder if the Alden software was specifically developed by the Catholic League http://www.catholicleague.org/ for this highly important purpose and mission:

    The poor, innocent Roman Catholic Church sure needs protection from evil, deplorable CONSPIRACY THEORISTs like myself ( who is actually and in reality: some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed )

     

    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1634141

    I am glad that we have finally gotten to the bottom of the contentious battle that has been raging in the Unz Review comment sections for almost a year.

    Conclusion: Alden and FKA Max
    are actually both some kinds of software that just copy, paste and say/write stu*id s**t.

    Recommendation: Both softwares should be banned from the interwebs permanently.

    Anyone reading this, who is not ``some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed'' please immediately contact the United Nations and let them know about this terrible situation. The survival of civilization depends on it. If these two softwares are not stopped bad, bad things will happen, something like this for example...

    The Catholic Church “ferociously” opposed it, warning of moral and social collapse, the destruction of family life, and divine wrath, if it was passed.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/hemispheric-open-borders-trial-run-puerto-rico/#comment-1623364

    The United Nations has a radical, dangerous vision for the future of the Web

    It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

    On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.
    [...]
    Regardless of whether you think those are worthwhile ends, the implications are huge: It’s an attempt to transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons.
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/09/24/the-united-nations-has-a-radical-dangerous-vision-for-the-future-of-the-web/?utm_term=.66dff82dcc5d
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  150. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Alden
    Are you some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed?

    And why keep replying to yourself? No wonder you've been banned from so many websites.

    [It would be much better if you tried to provide more original comments rather than just quoting your own previous ones so extensively.]

    Off-topic

    Are you some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed?

    You got me, Alden.

    Since Alden keeps attacking me and keeps spreading the same kinds of lies about me over and over again (I wonder if it is some kind of software that just makes up random lies about people and never bothers to back them up with any proof???), I think it is important to defend myself:

    Alden and I have somewhat of a history together here in the Unz Review comment threads/sections

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-fat-heather-heyer-hoax/#comment-2002117

    I wonder if the Alden software was specifically developed by the Catholic League http://www.catholicleague.org/ for this highly important purpose and mission:

    The poor, innocent Roman Catholic Church sure needs protection from evil, deplorable CONSPIRACY THEORISTs like myself ( who is actually and in reality: some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed )

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1634141

    I am glad that we have finally gotten to the bottom of the contentious battle that has been raging in the Unz Review comment sections for almost a year.

    [MORE]

    Conclusion: Alden and FKA Max
    are actually both some kinds of software that just copy, paste and say/write stu*id s**t.

    Recommendation: Both softwares should be banned from the interwebs permanently.

    Anyone reading this, who is not “some kind of software that just copies and pastes random comments that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed” please immediately contact the United Nations and let them know about this terrible situation. The survival of civilization depends on it. If these two softwares are not stopped bad, bad things will happen, something like this for example…

    The Catholic Church “ferociously” opposed it, warning of moral and social collapse, the destruction of family life, and divine wrath, if it was passed.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/hemispheric-open-borders-trial-run-puerto-rico/#comment-1623364

    The United Nations has a radical, dangerous vision for the future of the Web

    It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

    On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.
    [...]
    Regardless of whether you think those are worthwhile ends, the implications are huge: It’s an attempt to transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/09/24/the-united-nations-has-a-radical-dangerous-vision-for-the-future-of-the-web/?utm_term=.66dff82dcc5d

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