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  1. Ron Unz says:

    To start off this new Open Thread, here are a few paragraphs about a financial scandal from this morning’s WSJ:

    Trevor Milton, the Nikola Corp. NKLA -2.95%▼ founder who enticed auto-industry leaders and investors with his promise for a revolution in electric trucks, faces a securities-fraud trial beginning this week on allegations that he lied about his company’s development of environmentally friendly technology…Mr. Milton, who is 40 years old, has pleaded not guilty…

    Mr. Milton was an unconventional executive. He said he didn’t finish high school or college but was a serial entrepreneur who started several companies before Nikola. Those ventures often ended up with disputes, litigation and disappointed investors, according to former employees, customers, investors and documents.

    Nikola, which Mr. Milton founded in 2015 after selling a majority stake in another of his companies for $12 million in cash, focused on hydrogen trucks and the fueling stations to support them.

    Mr. Milton took Nikola public in the summer of 2020 at a valuation of $3.3 billion when the company had yet to sell a single truck. In the company’s early days of trading, its market valuation shot to $30 billion, briefly overtaking some auto-industry stalwarts like Ford Motor Co. As of Friday’s close, Nikola’s market valuation was $2.4 billion…

    The trial could largely hinge on what Mr. Milton said in television interviews and podcasts and on social media.

    On a podcast in 2020, Mr. Milton said that until Nikola came on the market, hydrogen was about $16 a kilogram. “Now Nikola is producing it well below $4 a kilogram,” he said.

    Prosecutors said that Nikola had never produced hydrogen, at any price.

    Mr. Milton also said in interviews that the Badger was a “fully functioning vehicle inside and outside.” When he was asked on Twitter when the first prototype would be produced, he wrote, “Already.” Prosecutors said Nikola had only renderings of vehicles and concept sketches…

    The rapid climb in Nikola’s shares made Mr. Milton a multibillionaire, based on his holdings. Before stepping down from Nikola, he purchased a $32.5 million ranch, the most expensive home in Utah at the time, and a Gulfstream jet.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/nikola-founder-faces-securities-fraud-trial-over-promises-about-electric-trucks-11662894001

    An economic system conducive to the activities of pathological liars may be highly problematical. And this raises the legitimate question of whether the current stock market is still over-valued…

  2. Dr. Rock says:

    There will be a MAJOR FALSE FLAG event, before the November midterm election!

    Maybe they blame Russia, maybe they blame “MAGA Republicans”, or maybe MAGA Republicans working for Russia.

    How will you know?

    Just like 9/11, they will be laying blame before the smoke clears. They (the entire MSM apparatus) will somehow just “know” who was behind it, almost instantly. That’s because they have to fill the informational void, before people have too long to wonder, or speculate. They can’t even allow the US population to consider “other” culprits. It’s imperative that they shape the narrative from the very instant it occurs.

    When?

    Probably right before the election, within days, not weeks. That way, mail in ballots can already be in, but same day voting will be mitigated. They know which party votes predominantly which way, so it’s easy to shape the vote, if they let their party send in plenty of ballots, before the day for in person voting happens, the outcome can be assured, and also, pass some scrutiny.
    Ask your self this- If the power grid, and by extension, the internet were to do down, RIGHT NOW, would you know exactly when and where to vote?

    If they are willing to “go big” enough, there won’t be an election, but that’s a big step, just to avoid getting wiped out in the midterms, but it is possible.

    Example- “Russian hackers are attacking the power grid; hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, the grid infrastructure itself, pipelines (sound familiar?). Attacking the internet, spreading disinformation, misinformation, mal-information, etc. Also, attacking the internet infrastructure itself.”

    After the “event”, the internet will be turned into an emergency broadcast system propaganda site. They will claim that ANY/ALL counter-narrative info that seeped out, was Russian disinformation, and should be ignored.

    It’s also possible that there is a major assassination event, (think of the Anwar Sadat assassination) to be blamed on some “internal threat”, maybe a “vast network, spread across the entire country”. Operation Northwoods, meets the Red Scare.

    Whatever it is, it will be BIG, probably bigger, in scope and scale, than 9/11 (because it really only had a couple of minor regional effects, NYC, DC, etc.). It MUST, if it is to have the desired effect.
    A shutdown, a lockdown, a purge, suspended or corrupted election, etc.
    Bio-weapon release in multiple major cities? Not big enough. It’s has to be the power grid, and the internet! Perhaps an all out Act of War, like Pearl Harbor, but under the guise of an ongoing threat, involving hundreds, or more likely, thousands of conspirators, all around the country.

    What’s the product? F-E-A-R! You must be terrified, isolated, uninformed (by only getting the info they want you to have). With no power grid, and no internet- You can’t travel, your credit cards won’t work, and neither will the gas pumps. Where would you get you information? AM radio? The EBS (emergency broadcast system) will blare out their “message” on an endless, 24 hour loop, updating periodically, to feed you the narrative. It’s an automatic lockdown, because you’ll have a finite amount of fuel, and won’t waste it unnecessarily.

    Maybe it’s followed with “roaming, scheduled, power restorations”, as they “struggle to fix the entire grid”, so that you will have brief windows to get cash, get gas, buy food, or more likely, go to a government supply distribution center for the staples. perhaps after that, even when partially restored, the entire oil/gas/diesel supply chain is “still broken”, so you’ll have government informational internet, maybe Netflix, etc., but not the “old internet”, it’s gone! (the Chinese model for the internet, but enacted during a crisis) Censorship, information control, movement control, etc.

    There is no way to know exactly “what, when, or how”, but it IS COMING!

    Get READY!

    • Replies: @BuelahMan
  3. A123 says: • Website

    Why do Muslims ethnically cleanse other Muslims?

    Why do Palestinians support ethnic cleansing? (1)

    Kurds From Afrin Hand Protest letter to Palestinian consul

    A delegation of Kurds from Afrin visited the Palestinian Consul in Erbil, Nazmi Hazouri, and handed over a letter of protest of a Palestinian foundation building housing units for displaced Syrians in Afrin.

    Kurds used to make up 96 percent of Afrin’s population, but now represent only 25 percent after 2018, over two dozen organizations said in a letter last year.

    the delegation complained over the fact that the demography of Afrin have been changed since 2018, and the orignal people of Afrin have been replaced by Arabs and Turkmens, with the aim of Arabizing the region.

    Moreover, they called on the Palestian leadership and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop these violations, which ‘serve the agenda’ of some groups in the name of Palestine against the interest of Kurds.

    The residential complex was built after the cutting of trees in the area, and is planned to be extended to 250 houses, including schools, mosques and shops.

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/29444-Kurds-from-Afrin-hand-protest-letter-to-Palestinian-consul

    • Replies: @anon
  4. @Ron Unz

    He enjoyed his thirties, at least. He did enjoy them on credit though, and the payments are maturing now.

  5. Every day I wonder when the Western bubble will burst, and how it will affect me, my children, our standard of living, and my retirement. Like a sword hanging over me.

  6. meamjojo says:

    Along with the many Putin/Russian fanboyz at UNZ! The bigger they are, the harder they fall…
    =========
    Western officials ‘surprised’ by Ukraine’s rapid gains in northern counteroffensive
    Kyiv notified top U.S. generals in advance of the plan to launch the two-front attack simultaneously.
    09/12/2022 06:24 PM EDT

    Not even the Pentagon expected Ukraine’s blitzkrieg to move so quickly.

    Top Western defense officials were informed in advance that Ukraine was planning a two-front counteroffensive to retake territory captured by Russia, but they have been surprised by the blistering pace of Kyiv’s gains in the north, according to four officials with knowledge of the discussions.

    Ukrainian forces rolled through lightly manned Russian posts around Kharkiv over the weekend, retaking more than 1,000 square miles around the city and pushing east — in some cases all the way up to the Russian border. Russian forces retreated from two key logistical hubs, the towns of Izyum and Kupiansk, as their ranks were depleted by the simultaneous fight in Kherson in the south.

    Kyiv informed top U.S. generals in advance of the plan to launch simultaneous attacks on two fronts, according to a Ukrainian official, but both governments were shocked by the success of the northern counteroffensive.

    “Everyone was surprised how the Russians ran,”
    said the Ukrainian government official on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive operation.
    ….
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/12/ukraines-rapid-gains-in-northern-counteroffensive-00056244

  7. meamjojo says:
    @Ron Unz

    There’s a sucker born every minute. EV’s are a stopgap solution until hydrogen fuel cell cars build momentum, which just needs service stations to deliver the H2 fuel at a reasonable cost.

    With EV’s, the batteries will wear out (depending on how much you charge them) in 8-10 years and the cost to replace that battery will be more than the value of the car at that point. So EV’s are basically disposable cars that you throw away after 10 years.

  8. BuelahMan says:
    @Dr. Rock

    (because it really only had a couple of minor regional effects, NYC, DC, etc.)

    Tell that to everyone who had his nuts juggled by TSA

  9. I am making a comment on the site mostly to re-establish my name/email credentials so I can use the Agree/Thanks/etc buttons again after a computer crash after the credentials went away because I was using the browser’s private window capability to access the site.

    But I might as well point out to Mr. Unz that there ought to be a better way to re-establish credentials than being forced to make a new comment, even when one has nothing new to say and just wishes to record Agree/Thanks/etc. Or is there already such a way that I’m not aware of?

  10. meamjojo says:

    Why did this thread die?

    • Replies: @A123
  11. A123 says: • Website
    @meamjojo

    Why did this thread die?

    Sadly. It became heavily misused. Some time ago it became “Giraldi Lite”. Non-stop hate against Judeo-Christian values, which is already available 24×7 elsewhere on the UR site.

    An Open Thread should be for stories that are not being properly covered on other site threads. For example: (1)

    Instead of migrants waiting in Denmark for their asylum request to be processed, the country’s left-wing government will now begin deporting them to Rwanda after the African country agreed to accept them in a bilateral agreement.

    The plan, which has long been a goal of Denmark’s right-wing parties, took more than a year of negotiations, but the policy goal is now closer than ever to being realized. The deal does not apply to only Rwandan migrants — instead all asylum seekers would be forced to wait in Africa until their asylum procedure is finished. The fact that the plan is being implemented by a left-leaning government points to the strange circumstances in Denmark in which the left has embraced many of the anti-immigration polices of the right.

    I am not sure that this coming from the “left” is good or bad.

    Christian Populism from the “right” is needed in other areas and this could slow that necessary change. Also, European “left” politicians tend to be slavishly loyal to the failing EU. Look at 5 Star in Italy and Syriza in Greece. If this is the discovery of “left” migration backbone it could be a continental breakthrough.

    • Will Denmark cave to the EHCR like Boris did?
    • Will Truss use this opportunity to restart the UK’s Stay in Africa plan?
    ___

    Merkel has finally left the scene after 16 years undermining Judeo-Christians and placing children at risk. Now, her Open [Muslim] Borders and “Welcome Rape-ugees” policies need to be undone. Unassimilable migrants unwisely let into the EU need to be returned home.

    Italy’s elections will be the next major test for securing Europe’s borders.

    PEACE 😇
    ________

    (1) https://rmx.news/denmark/denmarks-left-wing-government-will-begin-sending-asylum-seekers-to-rwanda-after-groundbreaking-agreement/
    _________

    P.S. If you are specifically interested in Ukraine-Russia you can try the post-Karlin open thread

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-196/

    • Thanks: meamjojo
    • Replies: @Sean
  12. anon[331] • Disclaimer says:
    @A123

    No, not inquiring minds, racist minds

  13. anon[127] • Disclaimer says:

    Any time is a good time to read Israel Shamir:

    Vampire Killers, Israel Shamir • March 14, 2001

    https://www.unz.com/ishamir/vampire-killers/

  14. A123 says: • Website

    The situation in Iraq is sliding (1)

    Iraq Is Nearing the Brink of a Shiite Civil War

    The increasingly violent rivalry between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran will decide Iraq’s future.

    In a period of 24 hours, Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr was able to demonstrate the extent of his power as the streets of Baghdad submitted to, and then subsided from, widespread violence, both at his behest. On Aug. 29, Sadr’s followers made the capital into a war zone, until he called for an end to armed conflict the next morning. Within an hour, the chaos in the city had stopped, claiming with it least 21 lives and injuring 250 others.

    The events leading up to the turmoil revealed the geopolitical battle at play between Iran and Iraq’s efforts to form a government in Baghdad. Unlike the grassroots protests of 2019, born out of frustration from political corruption, this violence was triggered directly by Iranian influence in the country.

    Given the lack of a viable path toward the formation of a viable government in Iraq, Sadr has since been calling for early elections. But with Iraq’s ongoing political turbulence, another election is unlikely to fix its deeply structural damage. Last October, voter apathy and boycott led to only around a 40 percent voter turnout in numbers that have been waning election after election.

    The 24 hours of chaos that Baghdad was drawn into by Sadrists was a taste of what could happen if they remain without responsible leadership. It was also an indication of how quickly the country can dissolve into all-out internal warfare given the heavily armed population.

    Perhaps the partition concept should be revisited.

    There is no reason for Sunni Arabs and Kurds to be dragged into this mess. And, a sufficiently strong Kurdistan would do much to stabilize the region.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/09/15/iraq-sadr-iran-shiite-civil-war/

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
  15. A123 says: • Website

    No doubt WTC conspiracy theorists are going to attempt to make some sort of point based on this fire:

    A massive fire sent flames and black smoke pouring Friday from a 42-storey skyscraper in central China belonging to the country’s largest telecoms operator, but no casualties were reported, officials said.

    Dozens of floors burned in the China Telecom building in the city of Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province. The city’s fire department said it sent 280 firefighters who were able to quickly extinguish the blaze on the 218-metre (720-foot) building.

    A few key notes before the frenzy begins.

    • WTC 1 ~ 420 meters and 110 floors — 3.8 meters/floor
    • Hunan Telecom ~ 218 meters 42 floors — 5.2 meters/floor

    This strongly implies a different, and much sturdier construction technique was used. I do not have a number, however the building appears much skinnier. I suspect the area (m²/floor) is also smaller. This would be another factor contributing to building strenth.
    ___

    The very black smoke from the China Telecom fire strongly suggests poor combustion of solid materials. Such fires are generally lower temperature. And, there is no reason to suspect liquid flow to structural weak points.
    ___

    Given the radically different building structure and type of fire, any relevance to WTC is highly dubious. Nevertheless, we expect science deniers to soon be making bogus non-points and invalid comparisons with inadequate information. — Let Loose, The Rush To Judgement! —

    Real science will eventually be available, however it be a while before we have complete details about the Changsha fire.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  16. meamjojo says:

    Uh oh….
    ——–
    Embalmers Have Been Finding Numerous Long, Fibrous Clots That Lack Post-Mortem Characteristics
    September 2, 2022

    Several embalmers across the country have been observing many large, and sometimes very long, “fibrous” and rubbery clots inside the corpses they treat, and are speaking out about their findings.

    Numerous embalmers from different states confirmed to The Epoch Times that they have been seeing these strange clots, starting from either 2020 or 2021.

    It’s not yet known if the cause of the new clot phenomenon is COVID-19, vaccines, both, or something different.

    The Epoch Times received additional videos and photos of the anomalous clots, but could not upload them due to the level of gore.

    Mike Adams, who runs an ISO-17025 accredited lab in Texas, analyzed clots in August and found them to be lacking iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.

    Adams’s lab uses inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, usually testing food for metals, pesticides, and glyphosate.

    “We have tested one of the clots from embalmer Richard Hirschman, via ICP-MS. Also tested side by side, live human blood from an unvaccinated person,” Adams told The Epoch Times.

    He found that the clots are lacking key elements present in healthy human blood, such as iron, potassium, and magnesium, suggesting that they are formed from something other than blood.
    ….
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/embalmers-have-been-finding-numerous-long-fibrous-clots-that-lack-post-mortem-characteristics_4696015.html

  17. meamjojo says:

    How many people can Earth handle?
    By Zaria Gorvett
    5th September 2022

    Towards the end of 2022, the human population on Earth is expected to reach eight billion. To mark the occasion, BBC Future takes a look at one of the most controversial issues of our time. Are there too many of us? Or is this the wrong question?

    One moment, the valley was a tranquil, swampy wetland. Grasses and palm trees cast fuzzy shadows on the water below. Fish lurked warily at the edges of mangroves. Orangutans sought out fruit with leathery fingers. Then a dormant giant awoke from its sleep.

    It was around 72,000 BC on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The Toba supervolcano was erupting, in what is thought to have been the greatest such event in the last 100,000 years. A series of thunderous explosions blasted out 9.5 quadrillion kilograms of ash, which billowed out in sky-darkening clouds that crept around 47km (29 miles) into the atmosphere.

    In the aftermath, a vast area across Asia was blanketed in a layer of soft dust 3-10cm thick. It choked water sources and stuck to vegetation like cement – deposits from Toba have been found as far away as East Africa, 7,300km (4,536 miles) west of the eruption. But crucially, some scientists believe it plunged the world into a volcanic winter that lasted decades – and nearly made our species extinct.
    ….
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220905-is-the-world-overpopulated

  18. @Ron Unz

    What aspect(s) of the economic system do you have in mind? The ability to trade shares and other securities at lightning speed and no discussion or negotiation?

  19. @A123

    The fires look very different from those of 9/11 so, even if the building structure was the same it might give the conspiracy theorists little to go on.

    • Replies: @A123
  20. What ELSE is going in the world that the DeepState and its Main Stream Media are keeping from us by running all the Royal Funeral Burial crap constantly?

    What are they hiding from us that is so important that they have to work so hard to keep us from knowing about it??

    Where the hell is the Pea?

    Under which Shell?

  21. from 2004, evil:

    Soros remains primarily committed to destroying the remaining bastions of the family, sovereign nationhood, and Christian Faith east of the Trieste-Stettin line. He senses that his full-throttle intervention in America is not necessary, because things are gradually going his way anyway.

    George Soros, Postmodern Villain

    https://www.educate-yourself.org/cn/georgesorospostmodernvillian31aug04.shtml

    From 2022, eviler:

    Soros does not operate independently. In fact, he is the front or cover for a whole posse of discordian billionaire Luciferians with similar agendas. These foundations are far more than the aging Soros and will scarcely miss a beat when he passes away. A dead give away is that criticism of Soros is dubbed “antisemitism” by the Crime Syndicate. He is treated like Teflon in the Lugenpresse.

    https://www.winterwatch.net/2022/07/george-soros-lays-it-out-for-all-to-see/

  22. P.A.Semi says:

    Where can I ask to publish an article in Unz Review ?
    http://pialpha.cz/Shmitah-en

    Most media are afraid of writing against the jews, and some seem to be a controlled opposition?
    I’ve tried to send it by email, but my emails are blocked by most email providers.

    Finally the Italian Gospa News published the article
    https://www.gospanews.net/en/2022/09/19/shmitah-the-year-of-jewish-disasters-energy-crisis-is-the-new-9-11-conspired-as-the-first-one/
    (because they have got contact form on web-site that is not censored against dissidents)

    and they also managed to publish it on Veterans Today and TheIntelDrop.org , but they inserted their own article ads inside and made more links than original had, thereby diluting them… Much better than nothing, though…

    πα½

  23. New evidence emerges showing Israel deliberately targeted Shireen Abu Akleh as family files ICC complaint New forensic analysis shows Shireen Abu Akleh was “deliberately and repeatedly targeted” by an Israeli military sniper taking “precise and careful aim.”

    https://mondoweiss.net/2022/09/new-evidence-emerges-showing-israel-deliberately-targeted-shireen-abu-akleh-as-family-files-icc-complaint/

  24. A123 says: • Website

    How bad off is China? Despite Beijing Biden’s best efforts on behalf of the CCP, the WUHAN-19 attack on America is pulling things out of DNC Globalist control: (1)

    China’s Chip Industry Is Doomed

    This is a story that’s been bubbling on for a while, but it looks like the U.S. government is about to slam down export restrictions on chipmaking equipment.

    The US Department of Commerce intends to publish new regulations based on restrictions communicated in letters earlier this year to three US companies — KLA Corp, Lam Research Corp and Applied Materials Inc, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    Every wafer fabrication plant in the world uses equipment from one of those three companies. Applied Materials and LAM Research (along with Tokyo Electron) have their fingers in almost all areas of chipmaking equipment (PVD, CVD, Etch, etc.), while KLA (formerly KLA-Tencor) dominates the wafer inspection equipment segment. Add ASML in the Netherlands, and those five absolutely dominate the semiconductor equipment market.

    The letters, which the companies publicly acknowledged, forbade them from exporting chipmaking equipment to Chinese factories that produce advanced semiconductors with sub-14 nanometer processes unless the sellers obtain commerce department licenses.

    This is where things get tricky. SMIC claims they can do 7nm, but everyone outside China doubts they can do it reliably, repeatably and profitably. SMIC announced they’re about to start manufacturing 14nm, and that they can probably do. Practically, they’re the only semiconductor manufacturer in China that can do sub-14nm, as just about everyone at the top of the next biggest semiconductor manufacturer, Tsinghua Unigroup, just got arrested in July.

    Without a continued stream of machines, spare parts and technical know-how from those five semiconductor giants, China’s semiconductor industry is doomed. China’s domestic semiconductor equipment industry is essentially garbage, and they’re so far behind in so many areas that they can’t even steal their way to parity. The knowledge gulf is just too vast.

    The author is quite kind. Successful work at 14nm is almost certainly beyond the CCP’s capability. They have been struggling in the 28-32 nm range for many years.

    Both Intel and ASML made sure that their IP was protected. Rumor has it that they intentionally setup CCP espionage operations to “steal” information that was actually failed experiment details. This set back CCP for a decade or more.

    Peter Zeihan notes (correctly) that China’s semiconductor industry has been singularly unable to fab advanced chips on their own.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=52684

  25. @Ron Unz

    Two things.

    One is that you only have to look at your UR threads which are not contributed by ignorant young Nazis who grew up in the 20s and 30s to see how easily you might get together a bunch of anti Semites whose attitudes could underpin most of the elements of the Holocaust stories apart from the exaggerated numbers.

    I think I linked a PBS interview with Julia Joffe previously which you responded to I think by associating her with the neocons of an earlier generation that you had known. I don’t think it was this one

    which, on the face od it, gives reason to support the ageing pseudo democracy that is the US getting rid of Putin and permanently destroying Russia’s ambitions to reexpand.

  26. @Ron Unz

    Here’s a big question for anyone trying to justify Russia’s intervention in support of disaffected, mistreated Donbas separatists: did Russia ever take up their cause in the United Nations? If so, with what result? Can you arrange to confront the useful idiots on UR with that so they can show that they are or are not idiots?

  27. @Ron Unz

    Here’s another subject on which no one ar all seems to say anything and yet stares one in the face when Belarus is even thought of

    As I have just texted to a knowledgeable friend

    “Kyiv s western allies boost nuclear deterrence after Putin s threats – https://on.ft.com/3SyPlLy via @FT

    “I see not a word anywhere about the obvious counterthreat, namely that NATO invades Belarus and detaches it from Russian domination and alliance. *It* becomes the neutral buffer state?????”

    Can you turn your mind to that or prompt one of your sane contributors to do so.

  28. @Ron Unz

    This should ne depressing enough for UR

    The cost of China’s information vacuum – https://on.ft.com/3M0vAKR via @FT

    If you need one of my free access articles I’ll have a quota again on 1st October

  29. I have a thread started at the Homeland Security Forum “On White Supremacy”. Since the Federal Government has declared war on the Heritage people, the WASPs of America, I thought I’d go on the defense and protect our people:

    https://homelandsecurity.ideascalegov.com/c/idea/86332

    You have to create an account and log-in to read comments. They already have my name–so I don’t care.

  30. A123 says: • Website
    @Wizard of Oz

    Here is more information on the CCP’s terrible construction standards. (1)

    Buildings made from subpar constriction materials in China are know as “Tofu Dregs” buildings, as though they were built out of tofu. About 6:19 in you can see a concrete crossbeam mostly filled with sand.

    Shoddy construction practices extend to buildings, roads, bridges, flood walls and other infrastructure. It’s hard to do quality work when cutting corners seems to be your national ethos…

    If you are well connected to Xi, you can get away with anything.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=52679

  31. I observe that Wizard of Oz has made comments which include suggestionss of varying merit and interest addressed to you Mr Ron Unz in several threads including Open Threads and Bugs and Suggestions. Few have been even acknowledged. It would be valuable to have your considered response to many of them, especially those with concrete suggestions such as making FOIA requests, though commentary on links would also be interesting. At times you have bandied around words like foolish, confused and gullible but close reading does not support the view that these are your genuine considered and final reactions. So it would be good to read any measured opinions uou may have on matters raised by that commenter.

    • Thanks: Wizard of Oz
  32. @Ron Unz

    Thanks to Odessa Flâneur and let me add to the case for modest reassessment of some former enthusiasms by adding this

    Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) tweeted at 3:22 am on Sun, Oct 02, 2022:
    Depressed by Russia’s military failures, Kremlin-controlled state TV beamed in Scott Ritter to tell them how great the Russian military is doing and how much Americans respect Russia. https://t.co/QS3ay19Rru
    (https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1576246150612385792?t=zlk5XRI6K5kHSd7o84zHzg&s=03)

  33. The 70 Seconds that Shook the World, Jeffrey A. Tucker,   October 2, 2022

    https://brownstone.org/articles/the-70-seconds-that-shook-the-world/

  34. @Ron Unz

    I have just looked at tour 2019 article on the origins of WW2, Pat Buchanan’s unnecessary war, and seen that comments are closed. So, at the risk of being told that you gave dealt with my point I want to draw your attention specifically to the two Chapters of Mein Kampf – Books 1 and 2 – that I have recently posted about somewhere on UR. It would be an immense service to understanding for you to explain comprehensively what you think we should make of what, I suggest, makes perfectly clear that the mature Hitler had a settled view of the need for Germany to take Lebensraum in Ukraine and of the need to get rid of Jews to the point t where it is almost certain that he would have made no objection, certainly not amoral one, to any proposals to kill them.

    This gives the references

    My last post referring to Mein Kampf was in error in its reference to the first passage I read. It should have been Chapter XlV of Book 2 on Eastern Questions.

    Am I right to assume that what appears as Book 2 is the later book by Hitler published quite some time after the original Mein Kampf?

    Now I have discovered in Book 1 in Chapter XI -Nation and Race – a very long diatribe about Jews which is probably read on a Witches’ Sabbath each year by the most fervent anti-semites on UR. By Hitler’s a count the huge rate of intermarriage contaminating Aryan bloodlines that had come about by 1933 would have only been a feature of the Jewish plot to poison the German bloodlines and obtain domination.

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    , @Brás Cubas
  35. @Ron Unz

    I have already posted on Ur recently a link to an ABC interview with John Bolton (Between the Lines I think). My purpose was to caste doubt on the likelihood of it being John Bolton who was the biowarfare villain you suspect.Here is another interview which makes me believe evenness in the likelihood of its being Bolton who wasti blame. (None of which, even remotely, puts me in the “Bolton is one of the good guys” camp)

    Watch “Putin should be told he’s ‘signing his suicide note’ if he authorises a nuclear weapon” on YouTube

  36. Ron Unz says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    I have just looked at tour 2019 article on the origins of WW2, Pat Buchanan’s unnecessary war, and seen that comments are closed. So, at the risk of being told that you gave dealt with my point I want to draw your attention specifically to the two Chapters of Mein Kampf – Books 1 and 2 – that I have recently posted about somewhere on UR.

    Look, I published my long World War II analysis more than three years ago and the resulting discussion reached 270,000 words, forcing me to close the comments because the thread was becoming unmanageably huge. I’m busy with other topics right now, and I certainly don’t have time to waste addressing your totally ignorant view of WWII, now prompted by your reading a few pieces of Mein Kampf.

    As for your exceptionally ignorant views of Putin and Russia, go and argue with other people about that.

  37. An important book by Israel Shamir from some 20 years ago. Explains our world. Everyone should buy, read. I probably poorly understood most of it.

    Maybe can be carried at UNZ?

    Cabbalistic explanation of connection between the War in the Middle East, Globalisation, Fall of Dollar and Rise of the Jews

    Israel Shamir’s new “Pardes” By Patrick McNally
    http://www.israelshamir.net/Reviews/Review14.htm

    PARDES An etude in Cabbala By Israel Shamir, 58 pages
    https://aaargh.vho.org/fran/livres2/PardesEng.pdf

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @A123
  38. @Ron Unz

    You really don’t like being shown to have erred do you? Your defensive and intemperate response unfortunately confirms that I needn’t have been at all tentative and tactful in my effort to provide you with relevant information. I was rather expecting you to say “I am fully aware of Hitler’s adult lifelong enthusiasm for Lebensraum in Ukraine for the multiplying Aryan tillers ofthe soil in Germany who, he lamented, had been forced to look to America’svast spaces, and I dealt with the implications of that comprehensively at local.cit.”. But no. You prefer to preserve the ignorance which has Hitler only attacking the Soviet Union when he did because he feared a 1942 attack by Stalin which is utter BS.
    And you can’t challenge Hitler’s own portrayal of himself as one who would see no moral objection to the killing of Untermenschen and therefore not interested in stopping Himmler’s enthusiastic killing of Jews, Gypsies and many Slavs.

    Why don’t you do something worthy of your intellect for which you are actually quified? I suggest you look at the many models the IPCC has relied on or referred to over the years and assess the validity of the way it has been done.
    Getting that right would be far more important and worthwhile than any of your recent ideas.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  39. @wormssnakesbrain

    I noticed the nam Patrick McNally as reviewer of a book by Israel Shamir and decided to read the review as the Patrick McNally who regularly comments on UR and seems to have been branded by Ron Unz as an Israeli front man might or might not have been the same person. The reviewer had his name tagged with the word “Tokyo” in brackets. Do you know whether they are one and the same?

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  40. @Wizard of Oz

    By Hitler’s a count the huge rate of intermarriage contaminating Aryan bloodlines that had come about by 1933 would have only been a feature of the Jewish plot to poison the German bloodlines and obtain domination.

    I don’t have the intellectual means to analyze this numerically, but it seems to me that this typical accusation against Jews doesn’t make sense. How can an ethnic minority both mix with the ethnic majority and achieve domination? That minority would become admixed in a much greater proportion than the majority. This can only *possibly* make sense if Jews are viewed as a predominantly cultural entity, with no strict biological imperative behind it.

    • Agree: A123
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  41. @Brás Cubas

    Agreed. It really doesn’t make sense. But if you don’t get enough of obsessive mad antisemitism on UR threads read Hitler. Mind you it is impossible that tax gathering, liquor selling people who weren’t allowed to own land ans were usually pretty recognisable wouldn’t end up at enmity with at least the Christian lower classes. I blame the Hebrew God so, as Jews claim to have invented/discovered him Jews are to blame

    • LOL: A123
  42. @Ron Unz

    The ignorance exhibited in your last sentence referring to Putin cries out for more assistance. One important aspect of understanding Putin and the place of his ideas and personality in creating and maintaining Russia’s misfortunes underhis rule is to contrast the real history of Russia/Rus with the deluded amateur nationalist nonsense he has included in several speeches or papers.

    I seem to remember you having some suspicion of Timothy Snyder because he didn’t mention Jews or mention them enough in some context. But no major historian in America could be better qualified to give the current series of lectures at Yale “The Making of Modern Ukraine” , one of only two comparable courses in America. And in case you want the Jewsto be feature I think you’ll find Class 8 is devoted to them. It is Class 8 “The Rise of Muscovite Power” that I want to draw your attention to as perhaps the best way of helping you escape the thrall of the kindergarten version of the history of the Slavs and of Rus which you seem inclined to share with your fellow amateur in the Kremlin.

  43. A123 says: • Website
    @wormssnakesbrain

    Israel Shamir is a former (now archived) author, once hosted on this site:

    https://www.unz.com/author/israel-shamir/

    Presumably the lack of content is being driven by Mr. Shamir.
    ____

    Given the number UR authors who are blatantly antisemitic reality deniers, what could possibly be gained by bringing back a departed one.

    PEACE 😇

  44. @Wizard of Oz

    “Patrick McNally [Tokyo]” probably refers to Patrick H. McNally, the Unz’ commenter’s father. He had a teaching position in Japan. He used to write Holocaust denial stuff. His son who comments on The Unz Review is Patrick S. McNally, who provided most or all of this information on this and other websites where he wrote comments.

    • Thanks: Wizard of Oz
  45. Operation Northwoods: The Counterfeit by Carol A. Valentine, Oct 2001

    http://holocausts.org/911/northwds.html

    -Operation Northwoods was unknown to the American public until May, 2001, when details were released in James Bamford’s new book, “Body of Secrets

    -But there is just one problem with Northwoods.  Operation Northwoods was not written by Americans.  Put in other words, Operation Northwoods documents were not written by the Pentagon.  They are counterfeits. Whoever wrote and edited Operation Northwoods used British English.

    -It’s hard to believe the author of a book on intelligence matters went past this obviously questionable documentation.  His alarm bells should have gone off.  Who is James Bamford?

    – Bamford’s job: Telling the public exactly what the NSA bosses think the American public should know so the American public trusts the NSA.
    Remember what the dustjacket says. “Body of Secrets” is supposed to be an expose of the NSA, right?  So instead of exposing an NSA outrage, the NSA errand boy exposes the Pentagon’s.

    -“The author says a friend on the board [?] tipped him off to the documents.

    “Afraid of a congressional investigation, Lemnitzer had ordered all Joint Chiefs documents related to the Bay of Pigs destroyed, says Bamford.  But somehow, these remained.”

    So it seems that the documents missed the shredder, were stored by mistake, and surfaced after Congress made more JFK assassination documents available, whereupon Bamford’s friend tipped him off (above). 

    -But the Northwoods documents suggest that if 911 was an inside job — and it had to be — then the Pentagon was the ARCHITECT.  The Northwoods expose was ready and waiting for the inevitable 9-11 skeptics to show up, seize upon the plan, and point the finger of suspicion at the Pentagon.  However, the Northwoods British-isms show that another hand, not an American hand, was guiding those planes into the WTC towers, and that the Operation Northwoods documents are a misdirector.

    Northwoods was doubtlessly hatched by a foreign intelligence service and inserted into US national records.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  46. @wormssnakesbrain

    I tried following up the point about usage which wasn’t American through the linked article and a furthering within it but the evidence was slight, as presented, and a weak point was made by suggesting that lots of people would have reviewed that paper and nor allowed non American usage. I had forgotten reading anything about “Northwood” but it certainly seems unlikely.

  47. A123 says: • Website

    The double standard deployed by Muslims are appalling. (1)

    Booking.com Extends Its Warning to Palestinian Properties

    The BDS movement thought it had a sure victory.

    Online travel agency Booking.com added warnings on Friday to listings in West Bank locations. The new alert, a small text advisory at the top of search results, urges customers searching for rentals to review their government’s travel advisories before booking in the area, “which may be considered conflict-affected.”It applies to both Israeli settlements and Palestinian locales.…

    This is the victory, incomplete but most welcome nonetheless, over the BDS and its forces of darkness. After enormous protests from Israeli and Jewish groups, Booking.com decided that if it was going to warn potential renters about possible “conflict” in Jewish towns and villages in the West Bank, it should do the same for Palestinian-ruled parts of the West Bank. This has enraged BDS supporters, who argue, preposterously, that Palestinian-areas are not “conflict-affected,” when all one has to do is look at the terror groups Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP, and what they have unleashed throughout the West Bank, including not just their attacks on Jewish civilians, but also their intra-Palestinian violence, with Hamas and PIJ attacks on members of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah in Jenin and Nablus.

    How likely is it that travelers will want to rent a property in Palestinian villages or cities where armed men patrol their turf, or exchange fire with each other as Hamas, PIJ, and Fatah all jostle violently for power, or where Palestinian gunmen fire on Israeli civilians driving by, or fire at IDF soldiers (who return the fire) who have been making lightning raids to arrest those implicated in terror attacks both on West Bank settlements and on Israel proper? Jewish settlements are most peaceful by comparison with any Palestinian area, and no doubt this was brought to the attention of Booking.com by the Israeli government. The company was not going to admit it had made a mistake in posting a warning about Jewish settlements being in “conflict-affected” areas, but instead, it decided to extend the same warning to the Palestinian areas of the West Bank.

    It is obvious to everyone that the BDS standard was nonsensical — “Safe areas need a warning, yet dangerous areas do not.”

    A better headline would have been:

    Common Sense Prevails in Muslim Occupied Judea & Samaria

    PEACE 😇
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    (1) https://www.frontpagemag.com/booking-com-extends-its-warning-to-palestinian-properties/

  48. The Myth Of A ‘Judeo-Christian’ Tradition May 27, 2022, CFT

    https://christiansfortruth.com/the-myth-of-a-judeo-christian-tradition/

    We can see mainstream Christianity become more and more Jewish with each passing day — and that transformation is progressing because Christians have been duped into believing that Christianity is fundamentally based on “Judaism” and “Jewish values” — while Jews concede no such thing, and rightfully see Christianity as completely antithetical to Judaism. This inter-faith dynamic is a one-way street — where Christians compromise and concede any aspect of their faith that Jews perceive as anti-Jewish — which ultimately means all of it.

    The following essay, “The Myth Of A ‘Judeo-Christian’ Tradition,” was first published in New Dawn Magazine in 1994, but it is more relevant today than it was almost 30 years ago, as we can clearly see so much of it coming to fruition. If nothing else, the direct quotes from Jewish sources provide invaluable, prima facie evidence that Christians are indeed being profoundly deceived — and how Jewry benefits from this deception.

  49. A123 says: • Website

    Why is there so little coverage of the uprising against Raisi and sociopath Khamenei’s brutal rule? (1)

    Iran’s Hijab Protests Are of Raisi’s Own Making

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi emboldened the morality police to bolster his wobbly administration. The opposite has happened.

    Under Raisi, the Initiative for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice—a religious entity tasked with promoting what the authorities believe is the ideal Islamic lifestyle and which was predominantly a fringe, marginalized institution during the Rouhani administration—was given a new lease on life and a budget of 1,180 billion rials (about $3.9 million, as of September) for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The initiative, made up of the most reactionary elements of the government, started churning out regulations one after the other on how women in government workspaces and other public places should dress. But it was not only their appearance that was of concern: Female employees were warned against having nonessential conversations with male coworkers about subjects not related to work and, however surreal it may sound, were discouraged from addressing male colleagues using singular pronouns because in Persian, using singular pronouns imparts intimacy.

    After more than a year of intensified propaganda and reinforced prohibitive measures, punctuated by the viral scenes of violent encounters between the morality police guards and women being shoved, pushed, dragged, insulted, and confronted aggressively, culminating in the heartrending death of Amini, a national reckoning has emerged, resulting in the exact opposite of what Raisi wanted to achieve. Instead of increased hijab compliance in a society that is more submissive and less restive, Iranian women are defiantly removing their headscarves in public and rejecting the entrenched mandate. Even more concerning for Raisi, many religious-minded Iranians are siding with them.

    Much to the chagrin of Raisi and his orthodox supporters, excessive investment in hijab rabble-rousing and stiffened regulations have miscarried, demonstrating once more that fundamentalism in any form produces catastrophes. Now, the entire country is in turmoil, and more and more young men and women are growing hostile to the tenets of a religion that was never meant to be promoted through intimidation. What was supposed to be the trump card of the Raisi administration has become his soft underbelly with a situation that has clearly spiraled out of control.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/10/10/iran-protests-hijab-mahsa-amini-morality-police-ebrahim-raisi/

    • Replies: @24th Alabama
  50. @Ron Unz

    After a couple of hours trying to find any evidence that you had cured your ignorance of WW2 by getting yourself up to date with what Goebbels (and Goering and Himmler) had said in his diaries about annihilation of the Jews, eliminating them from Europe etc I couldn’t find that you had so suggest you do searches for references to Jews in Goebbels diaries and read Peter Longereich’s large book on Goebbels -mostly his diaries which have nearly 200 references to Jews.

    You don’t express respect for David Cole (Stein) but he has studied Holocaust issues for much longer than you and writes crisply about them in his recent TakiMag article

    The Holocaust of Doing Busines

    [MORE]

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-holocaust-of-doing-business/print

    Here are some useful quotes [apologies for not having time to mark textual elisiisions]:)

    Holocaust deniers, largely borderline-schizophrenic narcissists, believe that, because they’ve “broken the Jews’ brainwashing,” they must therefore have a mind of such unassailable brilliance, whatever ideas they dream up can’t possibly be false. You can’t talk sense into them because they view anything that challenges their genius as “Jew trickery.”

    And with Six Million dogmatists, if you challenge their assumptions they shut down, because they view anything that contradicts their canon as “Nazi propaganda.”

    The superiority of the “expert.” Who reads comic books. Or a single Holocaust book.

    I had a brief back-and-forth last week with a Holocaust one-booker. Michael Tracey is one of those Bernie Bros who became a Tucker Bro. Like Jimmy Dore. I have only the most superficial knowledge of this type of pundit.

    Then you have the dilettantes—the people who read one book and consider themselves experts. These are the lowbrows upon whom the purveyors of Holocaust ephemera set their low sights.

    The superiority of the “expert.” Who reads comic books. Or a single Holocaust book.

    I had a brief back-and-forth last week with a Holocaust one-booker. Michael Tracey is one of those Bernie Bros who became a Tucker Bro. Like Jimmy Dore. I have only the most superficial knowledge of this type of pundit. I think of these Bernie-to-Tucker guys the same way I think about mumble rap: something I already disliked, made worse.

    So Tracey, one of those aforementioned foreign policy know-it-alls, is in lockstep with Tuck on “the Ukraine war is America’s fault; our meddling always makes everything worse!” And maybe he’s right; I don’t care. Like I said, foreign policy ain’t my beat. But Tracey couldn’t resist using the Holocaust to bolster his case. That I do care about. In dozens of tweets, Tracey argued that U.S. entry into WWII led to the “acceleration of the Holocaust”:

    To what extent US military intervention curtailed or mitigated the Holocaust does seem ripe for clarification if it’s going to be cited as precedent for modern-day military intervention.

    There is a robust body of evidence that suggests escalation of US involvement in the war, followed by official US entry, may well have been factors in the acceleration of the most lethal phase of the Holocaust.

    US entry did not stop the Holocaust, and may well have been a motivating factor in accelerating the lethality of the Holocaust.

    US entry to WWII coincided with the initiation of the most lethal phase of the Holocaust, and may well have been a motivating factor in Hitler’s acceleration of the Holocaust.

    Tracey acknowledges that mass killings of Jews in occupied Russia had been going on since summer 1941, but he argues that U.S. entry in December prompted Hitler to “accelerate” to continent-wide extermination. Tracey cites a meeting Hitler convened at the Chancellery on Dec. 12 (the day after he declared war on America), and he also cites an author named Christian Gerlach (indeed a fine historian) as his prime source to back up the claim that it was at this 12/12 meeting that Hitler decided to accelerate the killings in response to U.S. entry.

    Tracey quotes Goebbels’ diary regarding the gist of that meeting: “The world war is here, the annihilation of Jewry must be the necessary consequence.”

    Tracey’s conclusion: Hitler, enraged by U.S. entry into the war, decided to expand the Holocaust to total annihilation.

    A few problems: It was Hitler who declared war on the U.S., not vice versa. Part of why Hitler so foolishly opened that second front is that at the time he didn’t fear America. Hitler was still convinced that the war in Russia would be wrapped up soon enough; he figured Japan would keep America busy until then. All that was on Hitler’s mind was the Russia campaign, and if he was angry about anything on Dec. 12, it was that a week earlier the Russians had launched a surprisingly effective counteroffensive during the Battle of Moscow. That counterattack, still ongoing on the 12th, was Hitler’s prime irritant that day.

    See, there’s text that comes after that above-quoted sentence from Goebbels’ diary: “If the German people has again now sacrificed around 160,000 dead in the eastern campaign, the originators of this bloody conflict will have to pay for it with their lives.”

    The Eastern Front was the matter at hand; the stalled campaign, the counteroffensive, and the realization that the Germans were going to have a long hard winter with no win before year’s end. The liquidation of Polish Jewry (Aktion Reinhard) that occurred in 1942 was completely unconnected to U.S. entry; it had everything to do with a slowed Eastern campaign and a large “enemy population” of Jews too close to the front for Hitler’s liking (this is the exact reason Himmler would give for Reinhard upon its conclusion in 1943).

    The “problem” of the Polish Jews and the stalled eastern campaign would’ve been the same whether Pearl Harbor happened or not; American entry neither created Hitler’s Polish dilemma nor influenced the decision to expand the “herd thinning” of non-laboring Jews, initiated summer 1941 in occupied Russia and Belarus, to Poland.

    Even Tracey’s main source, Gerlach, in the very paper Tracey cites, makes it clear that “the entry of the U.S. into the war” was nothing more than “a welcome pretext” for Hitler to “announce a decision that he and others presumably had been contemplating in any case” (emphasis mine).

    Pretext: a reason that isn’t the real reason. No, U.S. entry into the war isn’t why the Holocaust accelerated in 1942. Tracey’s own source says as much.

    Plus, if Goebbels can be used to support the notion of a “decision to accelerate” at the Dec. 12 meeting, he can be used to undermine it, too. On March 7, 1942, Goebbels wrote:

    Any final solution involves a tremendous number of new viewpoints. The Jewish question must be solved within a pan-European frame. There are 11,000,000 Jews still in Europe. They will have to be concentrated later, to begin with, in the East; possibly an island, such as Madagascar, can be assigned to them after the war. In any case there can be no peace in Europe until the last Jews are eliminated from the continent.

    These (and other) seemingly contradictory diary entries (“annihilation” in December 1941, resettlement on March 7, 1942, “liquidation” but just for Polish Jews on March 27, “liquidation” and “resettlement” on May 30) demonstrate that during a war even people “in the know” aren’t always 100 percent certain what’s going on. Nazi policy regarding Europe’s Jews remained fluid for the duration, with multiple “solutions” that differed by nation and shifted with Germany’s battlefield fortunes, and Nazi leaders who could, in the same breath, speak of localized solutions for individual Jewish populations and larger solutions for “the Jews” as a whole.

    That’s why you have to read everything, not just the few sentences or few scholars who agree with your predetermined angle.

  51. JEWISH PERSECUTION: Tool of the International Zionists’ Plan for World Dominion
    A book by Jackie Patru

    http://www.sweetliberty.org/perspective/jp.html

  52. @A123

    The repression of women in Iran and some other Muslim countries is a denial of basic human rights to half the population and is outrageous.

    At the other end of the spectrum,a number of nations in the West have reduced many women to the status of vain and brazen harlots or man-hating feminists.

    Surely there is a middle course that values women for their inherently unique qualities,certainly including modesty and kindness,but does not excessively sexualize them or encourage them to compete in distinctly male activities,such as those those requiring strength and violence.

  53. Debunking Conspiracy Theorists, Paranoid Fantasies About 9-11 Detract From Real Issues
    By Gerard Holmgren

    So its hardly surprising that the events of Sept 11 2001 have spawned their fair share of these ludicrous fairy tales. And as always, there is sadly a small but gullible percentage of the population eager to lap up these tall tales, regardless of facts or rational analysis.

    https://www.serendipity.li/wot/holmgren01.htm

    • Replies: @wormssnakesbrain
  54. Kali El says:

    After Tulsi Gabbard renounced the Democratic Party there began a huge increase of trolling that claims Tulsi should not be trusted because she is a part of the WEF. Here are the actual facts, please spread around to counter the Democrat and neocon paid troll army:

    Tulsi Gabbard and The World Economic Forum — The Whole Story

    If Ron or whoever manages the site here wants to publish it, it is alright.

  55. A123 says: • Website

    A good explanation about why Hollywood has had a string of failures. Here are some low lights (1)

    Why Is Leftist Entertainment So Divisive And Devoid Of Imagination?

    Consumers have near-zero interest in leftist media. As I have said in the past, “Get Woke, Go Broke” is not just a mantra, it’s a rule these days. But why are leftists in entertainment so incapable of producing anything resembling exciting content? Why do they suck so bad?

    Well, they follow a losing formula, and that formula works something like this:

    4) Portray men as weak and incompetent. Portray white people as stupid or racist. Portray black people as constant victims. Portray women with overtly masculine character traits, but also as victims at the same time. Make everyone in charge a woman, or gay, or both. If a man is in charge, make sure he is being controlled by a woman. Make sure your main character is constantly lecturing everyone else and the audience about leftist virtues.

    5) Make sure there is a perfect pie chart of ethnicity in every single scene despite the statistics and demographics of a place or time. It doesn’t matter if a story is set in an ancient viking village in the north of Europe or in the elitist estates of Victorian England, minorities must be represented as main characters despite all historical fact.

    6) If a classic male character cannot be changed without alienating potential customers away from spending their money, pretend he is a major part of the story to trick people into theaters, then make him weak and pathetic, the opposite of a hero. Or, just kill him.

    9) Immediately start attacking anyone who MIGHT criticize the product before they ever do so. Make the customers and the fans into villains if they refuse to give you their money. Accuse them of bigotry and blame your inevitable failure on racism, sexism, misogyny, etc. It wasn’t your fault that your story bombed, it is the fault of “incels” and “boomers” and all the uncultured swine out there filled with hate. They sabotaged you. They are the problem.

    10) Rinse. Repeat.

    Yes, it sounds pathetic but this is the state of entertainment today and it has been a pervasive problem for several years now.

    The largest source of money for summer blockbusters are young straight men with disposable income. They do not want to see gay, weak men being pushed around by hyper aggressive, unattractive, older women.
    ___

    Sci-Fi / Fantasy genre fans remembers the original source material. Randomly swapping gender, race, and sexual orientation, all higgledy-piggledy, for no good reason breaks believability.

    Also, the science of heredity is well known. If the society works the way the story indicates, everyone would be moving towards a fairly uniform light yellowish brown. If there are multiple distinct ethnicities, the world needs an explanation driving that genetic outcome.

    Amazon’s Rings of Power

    The biggest problem is they are stretching limited source material for multiple seasons. It is soooo…… Slooooow…. (2)

    Amazon analyst Tom Forte was already concerned about the performance of the company’s Lord of the Rings TV show “The Rings of Power.” But after he watched several episodes, he became even more worried about the $1 billion project.

    We fell asleep during our first viewings of episodes one, three, and four and have not watched episode five yet due to a combination of not enjoying the first four episodes and a busy schedule,” Forte, an analyst at D.A. Davidson, wrote in a recent note to investors.

    Galadrial is one of the most powerful beings in Middle Earth by the time she meets Frodo Baggins. Seeing her as a rebellious “youth” thousands of years earlier is an interesting idea. That she is portrayed as an idiot at the end of Episode 1 is simply terrible abuse of a character with potential. Bad writing can kill anything.

    What story purpose is served by ethnic shifting — Elves, and Númenóreans, and Dwarfs, and Harfoots (pre-Hobbits)? None? Again bad decision making at the Production level. Deviating from the depiction established by the six Peter Jackson films required explanation.

    Lenny Henry is the only thing breathing life and interest into the Harfoot story line. If they had only altered that group, perhaps it would have worked. We will never know, because the Production team insisted on messing with every group simultaneously.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/why-leftist-entertainment-so-divisive-and-devoid-imagination

    (2) https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-analyst-fell-asleep-watching-lotr-show-rings-of-power-2022-9

  56. Ralph Schoenman, The Hidden History of Zionism

    In denying the existence of the Palestinian people, Zionism sought to create the political climate for their removal, not only from their land but from history. When acknowledged at all, the Palestinians were re-invented as a semi-savage, nomadic remnant. Historical records were falsified – a procedure begun during the last quarter of the 19th century but continuing to this day in such pseudo-historical writings as Joan Peters’ From Time Immemorial.

    https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/

    http://www.ascertainthetruth.com/att/images/PDF/hiddenhistory_zionism.pdf

  57. @Ron Unz

    I’m not able or willing to expound and back my young friend Andrew Roberts on history or politics, though I acknowledge and celebrate his success as an author. I have just been told that he has become Lord Roberts which I have not been able to confirm. But to check that I went to Wikipedia and what I did find was this passage which might help your understanding of WW2:

    Roberts’ analysis of the Second World War convinced him that the Nazi German government had significant advantages in military organisation and economic power early in the war. He has argued that, if someone other than Adolf Hitler had control of the nation’s military strategy, the country would likely have forgone a costly direct invasion of Soviet territory, which occurred through Operation Barbarossa, and instead would have swept through Mediterranean Sea territories before trying to seal off British-controlled Middle East areas. Roberts believes that the likely morale-building victories against the comparatively weak forces to the southeast could have allowed Hitler to essentially win the war. According to Roberts, the other key strategic mistake was the German declaration of war against the United States (1941), which happened only four days after the Pearl Harbor attacks and which the Nazi regime was not obliged to do. Roberts argues that after the declaration, Germany could not keep the US war-making economic machine at bay. Roberts believes that the mistakes, delusions, and exaggerated self-confidence complexes that the fascist dictatorship fostered proved its undoing. Roberts has stated that he views Joseph Stalin’s control of the Soviet forces as having been disastrous to the allied efforts against the Axis powers. He commented that Stalin’s obsessive tactics of killing his own men for ideological reasons cost him thousands upon thousands of troops. In the Battle of Stalingrad alone, Soviet forces killed the equivalent of two full divisions of their own personnel.

  58. A123 says: • Website

    Why does no one call out War Crimes by the Muslim Colonists occupying Judea & Samaria? Video below [MORE]

     

     

    It is a Red Crescent ambulance. Terrorists once again used their own co-religionists as Human Shields.
    ___

    The Biden-Lapid natural gas surrender plan is dead before sigbing: (1)

    Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who according to the latest polls will form the next government after the November elections, stated Monday that “behind the backs of the citizens of Israel and the Knesset, Lapid and [Defense Minister Benny] Gantz surrendered to Hezbollah’s blackmail.”

    “They are transferring strategic assets of the State of Israel to Hezbollah in a liquidation sale. Hezbollah will use billions of the gas revenues to arm itself with missiles and rockets against the citizens of Israel, and Iran will position itself in front of Rosh Hanikra and in front of Israel’s gas reserve,” he warned.

    “This weak and amateur transitional government has no mandate to make such a dangerous decision in the dark, just days before the elections,” he added.

    He has previously stated that any such agreement signed by the Lapid government is illegal and will not be respected by his government.

    When will non-native Muslims return to their religious homeland?

    Stealing from Infidels is never going to work out for them.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/israel-hails-historic-agreement-with-lebanon-netanyahu-strongly-disagrees/

    [MORE]

  59. Fauci somewhere near.

    Who’s the Real WMD Threat? by Heather Wokusch Posted onApril 15, 2005

    https://original.antiwar.com/heather-wokusch/2005/04/15/whos-the-real-wmd-threat/

  60. A123 says: • Website

    Yet more evidence about what is wrong with those who self identify as “Jews” in America: (1)

    Trump stated, “No President has done more for Israel,” wondering why “our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the US.”

    “Those living in Israel, though, are a different story – highest approval rating in the world, could easily be PM! US Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel. Before it is too late,” he added.

    A Pew Research Center poll conducted in July found that Israel was one of the only countries among the 37 surveyed where support for Trump was higher than for former US president Barack Obama.

    The Pew report also noted that Israelis’ confidence in Trump grew during his presidency and the Jewish state was the only country to prefer Trump over US President Joe Biden.

    Additionally, an Israeli Democracy Institute poll conducted in November 2020 found that 70 percent of Jewish Israelis considered a second Trump term to be more favorable for Israelis compared to a Biden victory.

    Indigenous Jews in Palestine realize that Not-The-President Biden is a problem for global Judaism. When will U.S. Jews realize that the DNC’s Progressive Islamophilic Globalism is a threat to their own survival?
    ___

    The favorite to be Israel’s next PM on Bill Maher’s show.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/10/16/trump-tells-us-jews-to-get-their-act-together/

  61. anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:

    At the end of the month the Harvard discrimination lawsuit will be decided by the US Supreme Court. The ADL submitted an amicus to the court and claimed Asian Americans are committing cultural misappropriation against Jews by suing Harvard. “Rather than learning the lessons of that historical discrimination, plaintiff-appellant’s attempt to create such a false equivalency misappropriates that history.” Audacious stuff.

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/20-1199/232297/20220801111912499_220702a%20Amicus%20Brief%20for%20efiling.pdf

    The amicus was prepared by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, which is a historically Jewish law firm on Wall Street with a lot of pro-bono work for the ADL and other Jewish orgs.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  62. From the creators of Holoscam:

    Truth, History, and Honor Killing by Therese Taylor, May 02, 2005

    https://original.antiwar.com/therese-taylor/2005/05/02/truth-history-and-honor-killing/

  63. Uh oh.

    The Democrats are deploying the dread magic Negro.

    ‘Everywhere Obama is going to be ahead of Democrats’ midterm crunch
    The former president is traveling to major cities in three key swing states.’

    ‘…this fully armed and operational battle station!’

  64. Polistra says:

    Who here thinks Anglin is anglin’ to get booted off unz.com?

    Who thinks anything he could do would get him booted?

    https://www.unz.com/aanglin/jewlash-following-ye-interview-house-nigger-noreaga-sucks-jew-cock-live-on-video/

  65. ‘…A statement from the Ardabil Teachers’ Union, posted by the Co-ordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates on Telegram, accused authorities of illegally forcing girls at Shahed High School in Ardabil to take part in a pro-government event on Wednesday, at which they were ordered to perform an anthem that praises the supreme leader.
    At the beginning of the event, a number of students started chanting against the government, prompting male and female security personnel in plain clothes to insult and beat many of them, the statement alleged…’

    As a thought experiment, it’s interesting to contemplate what might be the equivalent here — and what might be the reaction of the media, etc.

    Suppose a school held a ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally, and the students started chanting ‘White Lives Matter’ or something.

    But there. The Iranians are revolting against an unreasonable and ideologically bankrupt regime.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  66. @anonymous

    These people have no place in Western societies.

  67. Anonymous[507] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    https://thecradle.co/Article/Analysis/16372

    Pentagon bots and trolls used different narrative techniques and approaches in an attempt to influence perceptions and engender engagement. A handful promoted “hardliner” views, criticizing the Iranian government for insufficiently hawkish foreign policy while being excessively reformist and liberal domestically.

    The researchers state the purpose of these efforts was unclear, although an obvious explanation is the Pentagon sought to foster anti-government discontent among conservative Iranians, while creating lists of local “extremists” to monitor online.

    Overwhelmingly though, Pentagon-linked accounts were viciously critical of the Iranian government, and the IRGC. Numerous Pentagon bots and trolls sought to blame food and medicine shortages on the latter, which was likened to ISIS, and posting videos of Iranians protesting and looting supermarkets captioned in Pashto, English, and Urdu.

    Despite the rioters’ widespread acts of violence and vandalism, targeted at civilians and authorities alike, such as the destruction of an ambulance ferrying police officers away from the scene of a riot, they also claim to be motivated by human rights concerns.

    Establishment and fringe journalists and pundits have dismissed as conspiracy theories, any suggestions that protests in Iran and beyond are anything other than organic and grassroots in nature.

    Yet, clear proof of foreign direction and sponsorship abounds, not least in the very public face of the anti-hijab movement, Masih Alinejad, who for many years has encouraged Iranian women to ceremonially burn their headscarves from the confines of an FBI safehouse in New York City, then publicizes the images online, which travel round the world and back via social media and mainstream news outlets.

    Alinejad’s activities have generated a vast amount of fawning and credulous media coverage, without a single journalist or outlet questioning whether her prominent role in the supposedly grassroots, locally-initiated protest movement is affiliated with foreign hostile interference.

    This is despite Alinejad posing for photos with former CIA director Mike Pompeo, and receiving a staggering $628,000 in US federal government contracts since 2015.

    Much of these funds flowed from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the US government agency that oversees propaganda platforms such as Radio Free Europe, and Voice of America, the latter of which has produced a Farsi-language show fronted by Alinejad for seven years.

    These clusters of social media posts may appear innocuous and authentic in an age of click-bait and viral fake news, yet when aggregated and analysed, they form a potent and potentially dangerous weapon which it turns out is one of many in the Pentagon’s regime-change arsenal.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Colin Wright
  68. Sean says:
    @A123

    Will Denmark cave to the EHCR like Boris did?

    Boris is a London bankers’ front man. He needs no encouragement for immigration. That is a big point in his favour for those who want him back. He has a fair chance of succeeding and he is going to stand.

    Will Truss use this opportunity to restart the UK’s Stay in Africa

    Truss’s voice is common, she just happened to have made a lot of money so people assumed her accent was deceptive. Looking at her noticeable breasts in figure hugging dress jiggling as she walked away from her acceptance speech and knowing of her affair made me think, and I said it, that she was too feminine for the job. and that she liked to fuck. According to a 2017 dossier on the Tories’ Ugandan discussions, she banged the 6’5” Ghanaian-parentage Kwasi, but then several top Tory women reportedly did. His one enormous talent was prolly why she trusted him on economic matters.

    An Open Thread should be for stories that are not being properly covered on other site threads. P.S. If you are specifically interested in Ukraine-Russia you can try the post-Karlin open thread

    How about Russia doing what it planned to (in Siberia) a few decades ago and altering the flow of major rivers. Peaceful use of thermonuclear devices within Russia to divert the Dnieper and stop it flowing into Ukraine might be a suitable project in response to Ukraine taking back Kherson and Crimea. After all the canals suppying those regions with water from the Dnipro/Dnieper that Ukraine cut off in 2014 and is going to yet again, were built before Ukraine separated from the RsFed, but after it had been given Crimea by Khrushchev.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Wizard of Oz
  69. A123 says: • Website
    @Sean

    Will Truss use this opportunity to restart the UK’s Stay in Africa

    Truss’s voice is common, she just happened to have made a lot of money so people assumed her accent was deceptive.

    Truss wanted to serve Brussels with Open Borders. Braverman was going to deliver on immigration limits, so Truss had her canned. I provide more details here:

    https://www.unz.com/ghood/blowback-in-britain/#comment-5615315

    What Tory voters want is Make England Great Again 🇬🇧MEGA🇬🇧.

    Unfortunately, the party is so screwed up at the leadership level they do not accept that simple truth.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Sean
  70. @Sean

    All very entertaining but surely you are way off with Boris being ,”a London bsnkers’ front man? Not the man responsible for Brexit!

    • Replies: @Sean
  71. Sean says:
    @A123

    Then last three Chancellors the Exchequer have been unwhite. Sunak, Braverman, and
    Kwarteng show an imported overclass is the elite’s preferred administrators of Britain. Of course the bankers ECT see the ethnic majority as a threat. It’s a white elite versus the white working class.

  72. Sean says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Like most recent PMs, Boris was not close to productive finance, but rather pals with speculative and leveraged capital having low tax liability (also profits from instability, hmmm). If Britain had remained in the EU, these buccaneering types were going to have their wings clipper by French and Germans bureaucrats who were scared by the 2008 style risks still being taken by certain elements of the ‘City’.

    At the time of Brexit the UK economy was 90% the size of Germany’s. Now it is 75%. Yet in or out of the EU, Britain has had progressively lower growth since 1945, especially since 2008. In the last 30 years the increased spending on health and welfare has been taken from the defence budget in order to keep total government spending at the same level. Despite all this Boris won the leadership by proclaiming an end to austerity, as did Truss. Unfortunately she tried to solve some of the long term problems at the same time. It was too self contradictory.

    • Thanks: Wizard of Oz
  73. Sean says:

    There is now going to be a large cut in UK defense spending

  74. Recently heard a radio ad begging for money, just $25 (or more),
    to help starving holocaust survivors (100 yrs old?) in Russia, Poland.

    Really?

    Any one considering a donation should read this from Israel Shamir:

    Bankers and Robbers

    https://www.islamicity.org/1608/bankers-and-robbers/

    Sure also at israelshamir.net but would not come up.

  75. Lagertha says:

    hahhahahahhahahaaaa – of course, you would all cave- shit- you need to feed your families to the shills and pay your energy bill to the Khazars.

    I do not respect any of you….deal with the consequences you believed in!!!!!!! hahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah. The worst part: if your children are innoculated, they will die, or be unable to conceive.

  76. ‘US: Iranian drone supplies to Russia violate UN resolution on nuclear deal’

    So Iran’s not allowed to sell arms?

    It’s interesting. Iran is apparently to be subject to a regimen of restrictions akin to those imposed on Germany after the First World War.

    …only I don’t recall Iran losing a war and surrendering. Maybe opposing Israel is her offense.

  77. @Ron Unz

    ‘I certainly don’t have time to waste addressing your totally ignorant view of WWII, now prompted by your reading a few pieces of Mein Kampf.

    As for your exceptionally ignorant views of Putin and Russia, go and argue with other people about that.’

    The above as edited by Dale Carnegie.

    ‘…and I certainly don’t have time to waste addressing your totally ignorant view of WWII, now prompted by your reading a few pieces of Mein Kampf.

    As for your exceptionally ignorant views of Putin and Russia, go and argue with other people about that.’

    It is your site, and indeed, I appreciate being allowed (for once!) to post what I think without getting banned (which has happened to me elsewhere, oh, several times).

    However, while I don’t bother keep all my interlocutors straight, ‘Wizard of Oz’ has never struck me as particularly deranged, and while you’re certainly free to refuse to address his comments, it seems to me an abuse of your prerogatives as owner of the site to gratuitously abuse him.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  78. A123 says: • Website

    Why is the counter revolution in Iran so UN under covered?

    The IRGC leadership keeps trying to turn up pressure and it is backfiring spectacularly: (1)

    The Commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hossein Salami, warned protesters on Saturday, “Today is the last day of the riots. Do not come to the streets again.”

    Meanwhile, Reuters reports that, despite the warning, confrontations between police and protesters continued throughout the country as even the youngest girls are now defying the hijab law.

     

    It looks like even the most zealous Iranian troops will not fire on their own people.

    Other efforts where the IRGC has been aggressive towards civilians have also failed badly

    Attempts to misrepresent this 100% native movement as ‘foreign interference’ has also flopped.

    What should we expect in the next few days? Iranian Elites escaping the country with suitcases full of cash?

    Anyone who might be scapegoated by sociopath Khamenei needs to beat feet now, before it is too late.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/10/30/irans-revolutionary-guards-commander-says-saturday-is-the-last-day-of-protests-n1641189

  79. This isn’t the first time that Paul Pelosi has been hammered. He was arrested for driving while hammered a couple of months ago. In the dashcam video he can hardly stand up. Leans against the patrol car. Fails to carry out a walking test, so the terrified cop gives him some other tests.

    The reality, of course, is that none of the stuff that the media is saying (“This is what we know…”) is true. There is no possible chance that a stranger, who soon becomes a friend(according to the hammered one, on a 911 call) can enter the home of Pelosi without detection. It is utterly obvious that the “intruder” was there at the invitation of somebody in the house.

    There is a picture of broken glass OUTSIDE a broken glass(multi pane) door.

  80. A123 says: • Website

    Why are Muslims so horrible to Palestinian Christians? (1)

    Palestinians: Why Are Attacks on Christians Being Ignored?

    Palestinian Authority has failed to take real measures to punish those who attack Christians or Christian holy sites in the Bethlehem area.

    The attacks by Muslims on Christians are often ignored by the international community and media, who seem to speak out only when they can find a way to blame Israel.

    Another disturbing situation is that the leaders of the Christian community in the West Bank are reluctant to hold the Palestinian Authority and their Muslim neighbors responsible for the attacks. They are afraid of retribution and prefer to toe the official line of holding Israel solely responsible for the misery of the Christian minority.

    Sadly, it is safe to assume that the plight of the Palestinian Christians will only intensify in light of the silence of the international community and the all-too-justified fear of retaliation burdening their own leaders.

    Islam closes Mecca & Medina to Infidels.

    Christians should have equal rights in the Holy City of Bethlehem.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/19066/palestinians-attacks-christians

     

  81. How did ‘Mosear Caned’ appear on the first 9/11 passenger lists? 27. December 2006

    https://aldeilis.net/english/how-did-mosear-caned-appear-on-the-first-911-passenger-lists/

  82. @Colin Wright

    He’s done it again. He really is weird. Just now in the comments on his 24 Ocober article. Of course he isn’t married or partnered to an intelligent sensible woman, or even bloke, as far as I know so he goes on behaving as though he’s a spotty adolescent freely firing off vitriol at his irritating elders.

  83. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Holy influence operations, Batman!

    I think those IOs worked in Iran though. Makes u wonder bout the drama in THIS joint. Wheels in wheels ‘n all. Ron, with all your brains, you have GOT to be able to know something.

    https://public-assets.graphika.com/reports/graphika_stanford_internet_observatory_report_unheard_voice.pdf

  84. Worse than Oushfizzle. Let us remember:

    The Invasion Of Falluja: A Study In The Subversion Of Truth
    By Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell, 24 January , 2005

    https://countercurrents.org/oraq-mcdowell240105.htm

  85. A123 says: • Website

    Netanyahu’s Center-Right coalition, based on common sense domestic security and foreign policy, is projected to have enough seats to form a new government. (1)

     

     

     
    If Labour/Gesher falls below the four seat minimum, the situation could improve further.

    Obviously, the results are not final until certified and the official count will likely be released on late Friday. That being said, there does not seem to be any way to stop Netanyahu.

    PEACE 😇
    ________

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/11/the-daily-chart-special-bonus-israeli-election-edition.php

  86. @Anonymous

    ‘…This is despite Alinejad posing for photos with former CIA director Mike Pompeo, and receiving a staggering $628,000 in US federal government contracts since 2015…’

    Your claims are interesting and plausible, but I’ll note that $628,000 over seven years is no longer a ‘staggering sum.’ It’s enough to be comfortably well off.

    Pay me $628,000 and I’ll build you a house. I will not move to Iraq for it. It’s nice chunk of change. It’s no longer a fortune.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  87. A123 says: • Website

    Sociopath Khamenei’s theocracy continues to lurch towards collapse.

    It would be smart to begin planning for partition now. Forcing irreconcilable sides to share governance has failed in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Instead of repeating that mistake, everyone needs to opt for a solution centered on groups with common interests.

    PEACE 😇

  88. @Wizard of Oz

    ‘… I was rather expecting you to say “I am fully aware of Hitler’s adult lifelong enthusiasm for Lebensraum in Ukraine for the multiplying Aryan tillers ofthe soil in Germany who, he lamented, had been forced to look to America’svast spaces, and I dealt with the implications of that comprehensively at local.cit.”. But no. You prefer to preserve the ignorance which has Hitler only attacking the Soviet Union when he did because he feared a 1942 attack by Stalin which is utter BS…’

    Note that the two motives aren’t mutually exclusive. Private individuals often have several distinct motives for a given action — I think the same applied to Hitler in Operation Barbarossa.

    1. Lebensraum in the East was the grand plan.

    2. Russia was getting distinctly menacing. Striking first, now, was at least defensible.

    3. Germany had mobilized a large army. It was going to be hard to justify keeping all the boys in Feldgrau absent a real need.

    4. It was time to jump again. Hitler was just a froggy kind of guy.

    5. Absent hope of Russia entering the war, maybe England really would throw in the towel. Hey, it could have happened.

    It’s like when I go down to a local restaurant about forty miles from here along a stretch of river where I’m interested in buying land. Well, the place really is pretty pleasant. I definitely want to scout the ‘For Sale’ signs again. There’s a winery down that way I want to check out. It’s about time we got out of the house.

    It’s a nice day for a drive. The wife likes this sort of thing.

    All of these motives apply. It’s not like I’m ‘really’ doing it for any one of the reasons. More like the incentives build up to a critical mass, and we’re off.

    Ditto for Hitler attacking Russia — or for that matter, for us invading Iraq. All of the motives are present, not just one.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  89. @Colin Wright

    I agree with nearly all that but it doesn’t excuse Ron for favouring explanations which unjustifiably excuse or ignore the contribution made by Hitler’s long time dispositions.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  90. @Wizard of Oz

    ‘I agree with nearly all that but it doesn’t excuse Ron for favouring explanations which unjustifiably excuse or ignore the contribution made by Hitler’s long time dispositions.’

    Ron has a decided taste for whatever monocausal explanation is most iconoclastic.

    That’s alright so long as somebody does it. Taken as a new orthodoxy itself, the tendency starts causing problems. One could even say that’s what’s wrong with the world today: we’re suffering from the effects of too many attempts at radical reform.

  91. How a Map of Palestine Drove the American Neocolonial Elite Mad, Juan Cole, 10/10/2018

    That is, the purpose of the later British Mandate of Palestine, of the French Mandate of Syria, of the British Mandate of Iraq, was to ‘render administrative advice and assistance” to these peoples in preparation for their becoming independent states, an achievement that they were recognized as not far from attaining. The Covenant was written before the actual Mandates were established, but Palestine was a Class A Mandate and so the language of the Covenant was applicable to it. The territory that formed the British Mandate of Iraq was the same territory that became independent Iraq, and the same could have been expected of the British Mandate of Palestine. (Even class B Mandates like Togo have become nation-states, but the poor Palestinians are just stateless prisoners in colonial cantons).

    https://www.juancole.com/2018/10/palestine-american-neocolonial.html

    • Replies: @A123
  92. A123 says: • Website
    @wormssnakesbrain

    the poor Palestinians are just stateless prisoners in colonial cantons).

    The failed attempt to use the “Green Line” as a national border has failed for 50+ years. This is unsurprising. Artificial armistice lines usually make poor borders.

    It is time to seek a solution that could actually work. The smart move is looking again at the whole Palestinian Mandate and selecting a short functional border that meets the needs of everyone in the territory. This obvious and natural boundary is a good reference.

      

    Unless Islam is a Religion of Greed, over 3/4 of the land should be sufficient.

    The Muslim Occupiers in Judea & Samaria [MOJS] are not ‘stateless’. They are simply colonists living in settlements on the wrong side of river. Compensated & honorable relocation to Arab Palestine (or other Muslim religious lands) would resolve the majority of the security and quality of life issues.

    PEACE 😇

  93. Israel loyalists embedded in U.S. government pushed U.S. into Iraq War, Alison Weir October 19, 2021

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-loyalists-embedded-in-u-s-government-pushed-us-into-iraq-war/

    A day’s worth of reading above. This article about half-way down page.

    Serving Two Flags: Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration
    BY STEPHEN GREEN, Counter Punch, February 28/29, 2004

    plus

    Gibson’s “Excessive Violence”, Joseph Sobran • February 26, 2004 •

    https://www.unz.com/jsobran/gibsons-excessive-violence/

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  94. @wormssnakesbrain

    In other news, it was reported that the interval between sunrise and sunset in the Northern Hemisphere grew noticeably shorter in October.

    Of course Israel’s largest colony supports Israel. Does a bear shit in the woods?

    • Replies: @wormssnakesbrain
  95. @Colin Wright

    Of course an old bear like yourself knows how to shit.

    The articles are for young cubs and oldsters with poor memories.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  96. @wormssnakesbrain

    ‘…The articles are for young cubs and oldsters with poor memories.’

    It is amazing how poor everyone’s ‘memory’ is — both in the literal sense and in the broader sense of an awareness of history.

    Examples come flooding into my mind. But I’ll just leave it as a general observation for now.

  97. A123 says: • Website

    Last name Rasti…. That is almost certainly Iranian or Pakistani.

    Why are Muslims so sexually deviant?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  98. The Dönmeh: The Middle East’s Most Whispered Secret (Part I), Wayne Madsen, 10/25/2011

    https://strategic-culture.org/news/2011/10/25/the-doenmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i/

    The Dönmeh: The Middle East’s Most Whispered Secret (Part II) March 9, 2020,
    Wayne Madsen, October 26, 2011

    https://www.algora.com/Algora_blog/2020/03/09/the-donmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-ii

  99. @A123

    Of O listened to it all would O learn more than that he had been foolishly trusting of a journalist?

  100. Kali El says:

    “Why did German Chancellor Scholz go to China recently? We hear that he made the usual politically-correct noises about “human rights” and Ukraine, but he didn’t have to go to China with a cohort of German business people to do that. He could have sent a tweet from home if that was his purpose.

    Moving industry to low wage nations didn’t happen as much in Europe compared to America because of the strong unions who have much more influence over governments than in America. So how to fix that problem for the upper class business elites who want to move industry in Europe to low wage nations? Make people believe that there is an energy crisis which leaves them no choice but to move their factories to lower wage nations.” From Estimated Prophets

  101. ‘War not over, officials warn as Ukraine celebrates’

    God forbid.

  102. A123 says: • Website

    The Anti-Semitic Kiev regime is lashing out at indigenous Palestinian Jews. (1)

    The resolution, titled “Israeli practices and settlement activities affecting the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,” requests that the Hague-based ICJ “render urgently an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory,” and appears to ignore Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

    Israeli envoy Michael Brodsky took to Twitter to voice his criticism of Ukraine and said its “support of the UN resolution ‘Israeli Practices’, denying Jewish ties to Temple Mount and calling for ICJ advisory opinion is extremely disappointing.”

    Supporting anti-Israeli initiatives in the UN doesn’t help to build trust between [Israel] and [Ukraine],” said the ambassador.

    • Is Zelensky intentionally turning Ukie-stan into a failed state?
    • Or, is he simply incompetent?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-envoy-lashes-kyiv-for-backing-un-panel-resolution-urging-icj-action-on-israel/

  103. This could already by available somewhere in the UR offerings?

    FACTS ARE FACTS by Benjamin H. Freedman

    https://www.benwilliamslibrary.com/pdfs/Facts%20Are%20Facts.pdf

  104. ‘The results amount to the best midterm performance for a sitting party in 20 years…’

    When you do your job right, it pays off.

  105. Anonymous[301] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    Your claims are interesting and plausible, but I’ll note that $628,000 over seven years is no longer a ‘staggering sum.’ It’s enough to be comfortably well off.

    That’s helpful information since I’ve been looking for a similar gig. You seem to know about the average salary range for such online crisis actors, so I hope you don’t mind my asking what my initial demand should be.

    Compared to the slog of data entry cubicle rats, $89,714.26 a year doesn’t look half bad for full-time trolling.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  106. @Anonymous

    That’s about what I said.

    It’s a comfortable income; it’s not a ‘staggering sum.’

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  107. Anonymous[377] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    So, like, $200k for the opening bid? Isn’t that a bit much for an overglorified sinecure? Bank managers would be so lucky.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  108. @Anonymous

    You’re going to need to disagree with what I actually said if you want to have an argument.

  109. Anonymous[156] • Disclaimer says:

    Who’s arguing? I asked what you think a fair salary is for someone like Alinejad, who probably has a plump expense account in addition to her $90k annual payout.

  110. …and an article about the new rage for permitting drug addicts in treatment programs to continue using drugs.

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2022/11/16/americas_harm_reduction_addiction_fix_looks_to_many_like_anything_but_864526.html

    In California, it’s literally mandated that treatment programs do this if they are to receive governments.

    …and it all ends up with a charming vision of the future:

    ‘…in San Francisco, as in Los Angeles, “subsistence harm reduction” has become the principal public health approach to the addiction crisis. In January, the Mayor and the Department of Public Health opened the “Tenderloin Linkage Center,” a site where addicts could use drugs under the supervision of city officials and city contractors armed with Naloxone in case of overdoses. Harm reduction advocates believe that “safe consumption sites” like the center (since renamed the Tenderloin Center) are indispensable to saving drug users’ lives from fatal overdoses, and have sought to open more of them throughout California…’

    Life imitates art. Next stop: THX 1138

  111. @Ron Unz

    Ron. How much of this did you know?

    By way of pursuing my hunt for false quotes which UR often inspires by including purported quotes by and about Jews I Googled for what Disraeli said about Race and fond in a review of David Cesarani’s bio of Disraeli this important (if true) and fascinating passage [emphasis added by secondary block quoting]

    Disraeli’s myth-making about Jews was to have a lasting and toxic legacy. In Coningsby, he introduces a Jewish wise man, Sidonia, who sketches out a philosophy in which a hierarchy of race is the organising principle of human affairs and in which Jews, operating through “subterranean agencies”, are the secret power behind world events.

    Cesarani writes that “no one had so far conjured up the image of the Jews as a potent global force”. Disraeli was the first to shape what would become the enduringly poisonous myth of a world Jewish conspiracy.

    As with Marx’s essay “On the Jewish Question”, so Disraeli’s words would live on in the hearts of antisemites

    . In 1920 the English version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion cited Sidonia. In 1941, as the final solution was under way, Hitler quoted “The British Jew, Lord Disraeli” approvingly. It is a terrible, unexpected legacy, one exposed in a crisp, persuasive book.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/11/disraeli-the-novel-politician-by-david-cesarani-review

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  112. @Ron Unz

    Ron. I am queasy about all verdicts against defendants who aren’t present as I am about US law’s extra territorial reach but I don’t see anything to doubt about the facts found in the MH17 case….. so…as I don’t recall your resiling from a preference for almost any description of the facts explaining the downing of MH17 which exonerated Russia I would be very interested in your response to the court judgment as presented in

    Three found guilty of murder over roles in downing of flight MH17 – https://on.ft.com/3EfXG13 via @FT

  113. @Ron Unz

    Ron, I have looked for a place to provide up to date stuff on the JFK assassination on which the last word clearly can’t be said until the remaining documents held by the US National Archives are released, and maybe much more from unsuspected sources. This morning on ABC RN’s Saturday Extra the following segment was intriguing

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/jfk-documents/101672566

    Two obvious motives for continued non-disclosure stick out, not mutually exclusively, and not particularly convincingly.

    One is the possible enormity of the CIA’s failure to prevent the assassination. The other I find more likely and it emerges from the apparent connection of many of the withheld documents to organised crime. Could the withholding be for no other than the honourable reason that there is much reference to and therefore disclosure of the names of informants who were promised lifelong anonymity – and maybe more than lifelong for the protection of their families?

  114. @Wizard of Oz

    Update. My Rabbi friend tells me Ceserani got it wrong and that the”myth”of a Jewish conspiracy to control everything (or whatever it is/was) goes back to the Romans. To which I preferred that it sounded like the sort of fiction the agrees might have propagated to divert attention from them. It would be interesting to know what Enlightenment twists there may have been in the story.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  115. @Wizard of Oz

    Sorry… that Greeks might have propagated

  116. Yid, leave.

    Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words, Mahmoud Darwish

    It is time for you to be gone
    Live wherever you like, but do not live among us
    It is time for you to be gone
    Die wherever you like, but do not die among us
    For we have work to do in our land.

    O those who pass between fleeting words
    It is time for you to be gone
    Live wherever you like, but do not live among us
    It is time for you to be gone
    Die wherever you like, but do not die among us
    For we have work to do in our land
    So leave our country
    Our land, our sea
    Our wheat, our salt, our wounds
    Everything, and leave

  117. All victims are equal, but some are more equal than others. Look for this to get heavy play.

    ‘At least five people have been killed and 18 injured after a gunman opened fire inside a gay club in the US state of Colorado on Saturday night…’

    Victims enshrined group? Check. Killer used gun? Check. Was he white? If it turns out he wasn’t, the media will abruptly lose interest.

    Still, right now we’ve got two out of three. It’s not like the Wichita Horror or that killing of the grandfather and three children in Texas, or…

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  118. @Colin Wright

    Four children. It was four children.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  119. A123 says: • Website

    Iranian tyranny at home (random reeducation beatings, people vanishing from the streets, etc.) is horrid. The current theocracy wields fear & repression against its own people in a way that makes many want the Shah back. That is an eye popping level of divide between the extremist government and its victims.

    The despotic Khamenei regime appears to be on its way out. Unlike the failed NGO green movement some years ago, this current resistance is 100% local and grounded on a panoply of legitimate grievances against police state extremism.

    No one expects the next government to be great. Even good is too hopeful. However, commercial/military rule would be capable of sane decision making beyond the theocracy’s mental reach. Stopping the nuclear weapons program and ending funds for violence abroad would immediately free up money for the civilian population. And, verifiable actions would allow progress on the sanctions front.

    PEACE 😇

  120. Perhaps some readers of this site might take an interest on this obscure author which was mentioned in an article from a year ago and by a currently semi-inactive contributor to this site; I decided to post this information here where it will likely reach a greater number of interested people.
    It concerns William S. Haas, a German-born scholar who settled in America in the 1940s, and taught in some Universities there. After he fled Germany (he was of Jewish descent) he was invited to give some lectures in Iran and, reportedly, intended to promote anthropometric studies of all races in Iran which is a rather diverse country, but the government was only interested in studying what they considered the “master race”, the so-called Aryans.

    Further information in:
    Genetic Crossroads: The Middle East and the Science of Human Heredity
    by Elise K. Burton
    https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=31687

    Works by William S. Haas on Internet Archive:
    Iran
    https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.226820
    Destiny of the Mind: East and West
    https://archive.org/details/DestinyOfTheMindByWilliamHaas
    The American Empire
    https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.14059

    Wikipedia Page (in German):
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Haas

    The Unz Review article:
    Haas on Ancestor Worship: Romans and Chinese
    by Raches
    https://www.unz.com/proems/haas-ancestor-worship-romans-chinese/

    • Thanks: Wizard of Oz
  121. A123 says: • Website

    Why is SJW Muslim Globalism so deviant? This is core Bacha Bāzī messaging: (1)

    After being caught inserting subliminal messages inciting pedophilia and child pornography into their advertisements, luxury fashion brand Balenciaga blames the producers and sues them for $25 million.

    On Friday, the luxury brand sued the production company North Six, Inc. and the set designer Nicholas Des Jardins, for using a legal document from a Supreme Court ruling on child porn laws as a prop.

    How can we permanently expel George IslamoSoros and his Jihadist NGO’s from Judeo-Christian lands?
    ___

    How do we know Balenciaga and Muslims are linked? Follow the vile anti-Semitism: (2) (3)

    Balenciaga-related posts from her Instagram page after the brand came under fire for its latest campaign.

    Hadid posted pictures from the new campaign on her feed, which were reportedly deleted on Wednesday. The new campaign was created to display the brand’s Objects line and featured a number of children holding plush toys, bizarrely dressed in bondage. Shortly after the campaign was released, users on Twitter noticed that one image appeared to include a poorly hidden court document about ‘virtual child porn,’ causing people to question the brand’s ethics and intentions

    Bella Hadid accused of sharing anti-Semitic rhetoric over Israeli-Palestinian clash

    “There is NO place for this!!! Especially in 2021!!!! it has always been #freepalestine. ALWAYS. I have a lot to say about this but for now, please read and educate yourself. This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS,” she wrote in the deleted post.

    Many Instagram users pointed out the various inaccuracies in Hadid’s post, including perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes.

    Why are Muhammad’s followers so evil? Apartheid, genocide, and paedophilia. All in one religion.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/balenciaga-damage-control-sues-producer-25-million-child-bdsm-themed-ads-approved/

    (2) https://hypebae.com/2022/11/bella-hadid-balenciaga-campaign-instagram-posts-details

    (3) https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/bella-hadid-anti-semitic-rhetoric

  122. Anonymous[646] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    Which killing is that one with the four kids? Sounds horrific.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Colin Wright
  123. “Some time ago I questioned in print why there is such vast admiration for The Diary of Ann Frank. I received many reactions, positive and negative, but whether those who let me know their reactions agreed or disagreed, they all shared one feature: a deep compassion for what they called the ‘innocent’ victims of Nazi aggression… I was further startled to find that in the many communications I received, the adjective ‘innocent’ was applied only by Jews to Jewish victims.

    Nobody referred to the innocent Gypsies or the innocent Jehovah’s Witnesses, though they, like the Jews were internal minorities, one of which, the Gypsies, was exterminated in toto. Maybe I overlooked it, but despite search I can recall no popular reference to the innocent Norwegians, for example, who the Nazis also killed in numbers.”
    [BETTELHEIM, 1991, p. 257]

    THE JEWISH COSMOLOGY OF VICTIMHOOD, pts 1&2

    https://bibliotecapleyades.net/SOCIOPOLITICA/esp_sociopol_zion57.htm

    https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/04/the-jewish-myth-of-victimhood.html

  124. A123 says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Which killing is that one with the four kids? Sounds horrific.

    Only four is not not enough horror for Satan and Muhammad. You are thinking of the Sbarro Bombing where Islam murdered seven children and many others.

     

     

    The path to end violence in Muslim Occupied Judea & Samaria is obvious.

    ========================================
        Muslim Colonies Are The Problem!
           Muslim Decolonization Is The Answer!
    ========================================

    PEACE 😇

  125. @Anonymous

    ‘Which killing was the one with four kids? It sounds horrific.’

    Not really horrific — all the victims were white.

    Three grandchildren and a cousin were visiting their grandfather at his ranch in Texas. A jail escapee broke into the house and killed all of them. He even did it with an assault rifle, if memory serves.

    …but, as I say, all the victims were white, and the killer wasn’t. Move along…

  126. 51 names for your Hannuker card mailing list:

    Spies who lie: 51 ‘intelligence’ experts refuse to apologize for discrediting true Hunter Biden story

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/intelligence-experts-refuse-to-apologize-for-smearing-hunter-biden-story/

    Sewer guys never apologize
    even after massive lies.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  127. @wormssnakesbrain

    It would be interesting to know how many of the fifty one were Jewish.

    More than one (the theoretically most probable answer), but not all fifty one.

    I choose, I choose…twenty seven!

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