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    So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled. Weird, how this just keeps on happening. At this point, Americans have to be the most frequently woefully bamboozled people in the entire history of woeful bamboozlement. If you didn’t know better, you’d...
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    "So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled."

    You are the one who has been flim-flammed.

    "No obstruction. No collusion. Total and complete exoneration!” is a completely false statement. Mueller said explicitly that he did not exonerate Trump as to any collusion. Mueller was also not even consulted when Barr crafted his letter. Moreover, Mueller had narrowly defined collusion not just as “conspiracy” but only one narrow part of conspiracy (with the IRA and/or Russian hackers). We need to know what evidence Mueller had that led him to be unable to exonerate Trump on that specific allegation. Mueller found evidence, just not enough to indict.

    Releasing the Mueller report to Congress is the only option. For two years, scores of investigative reporters and independent journalists, along with Mueller, has culled evidence that Trump traded American foreign policy for money. Barr’s summary of a report that does NOT even relate to that accusation. The campaign did not collude in election hacking, It colluded to advance Trump business interests, evident by his associates being brought to justice in that vein.

    So what we have here is a four page summary, rather than the entire report, that only glosses over the details. Trump was not vindicated on collusion. “No collusion” means only that Mueller did not have “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidence of a criminal conspiracy. As to obstruction, Mueller was NOT consulted by his boss as to what Barr interpreted on what he thinks was found. “No collusion” would be “exoneration”. The report says “no exoneration” and that evidence of criminality existed but not at the 90 percent level—criminal indictment.

    As to collusion, it continues to be properly investigated—not in the narrow way Trump demanded and apparently Mueller’s team acceded to—in multiple other federal jurisdictions and the inability to indict on the investigated collusion is not an inability to impeach. Besides, over 400 detailed pages is important here for insight and context. If 90% or more proof of conspiracy—a narrow vein of collusion that excludes many criminal collusive acts currently being investigated—is what is required to convict someone (and under Department of Justice Regulations to indict them in the first instance), what percent proof establishes them as a national security threat? Besides, Trump not facing an indictment for conspiracy and obstruction does NOT end the NYAG, MDAG, NJAG, NDCA, NYCDA, or other active state-level criminal probes.

    Don’t worry, dude. The collusion evidence is no doubt buried in Syria with the WMD.

  • The situation that is developing around both this year’s Israeli election and next year’s ballot in the United States smacks of something like a developing conspiracy to renew the mandates of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump somewhat reminiscent of the October Surprise that helped bring Ronald Reagan to the White House. Back then, the...
  • @Thomm
    It is a privilege to see a sophisticated Confuse and Conquer Jew like Ron Unz singlehandedly tie up hundreds if not thousands of White Trashionalists at once. His strategy is particularly elegant when one observes the chess pieces that Ron advances in the correct sequence.

    Step 1 : Make a website that WNs use (since they can never build anything on their own). Let any and all anti-Semitic slurs stand on the website to make WNs complacent and even keyboard-courageous.
    Step 2 : Recruit the 2-3 intelligent authors that WNs read (Sailer, Derbyshire, etc.) who happen to bad at making money, so that they write for very little renumeration.
    Step 3 : After a few years, start pushing for normalization of Hispanics (even if illegal; especially if illegal).
    Step 4 : Deploy someone like Fred Reed to generate even more confusion, and then someone like Philip Giraldi to make anti-Semites feel at ease about saying anything.

    It works…and it is a lesson in asymmetrical attrition warfare by a sophisticated Confuse and Conquer Jew. Remember, he got handed an unprestigious assignment from Jewish central command. Harvey Weinstein got to have sex with the prettiest actresses for 30 years, George Soros gets to be a billionaire, etc. But someone has to do the less glamorous work, and Runzie Baby is equal to the task.

    Ron Unz has said about 95% of this site disputes the fact that the real division is black vs non-black. I am among the 5% that agree with him (although I am more conservative than him, since I think there should be only skilled, legal immigration, not unskilled and certainly never illegal).

    Now, here is the thing. Those who talk about Auschwitz, lampshades, and soap never get moderated here, but those who agree with Ron Unz do. He will even get angry with those who agree with him too vocally, even as any and all anti-Israel content is fully welcome.

    Why?

    It is because he thinks it will expose his game of 4D chess from the perception of a 70-IQ WN. But I guarantee that it cannot, since the typical White Trashionalist is far below the IQ threshold where they can observe the many pieces in motion. I can describe Ron’s plan in full detail (and I fully support it), without any risk of the WNs figuring out that they are the frog and the temperature is already up to about 160 degrees F.

    I am strongly in favor of what Ron Unz is doing. His recent ‘An Open Letter….’ article was a trial balloon through which he tested the speed at which the temperature can be increased under the immerse-in-water frog. I look forward to seeing him go for the kill (i.e. 212 degrees F) by around 2023 or so.

    Wow, that is delusional.

    I came here for the antiwar articles, and had no animus against Jews at all. But reading the extremely well-written and excellently sourced Unz American Pravda articles about Jewish organizations and their actions has made me extremely wary of their actions. I cannot see how that could possibly help those organizations’ agendas.

    I think Ron is simply a courageous, intelligent, clear-thinking person with a sense of duty to do what’s right.

    And that goes to show that Jews can be great people, like many I’ve known personally, so his articles have not turned me into a racist. Just like I’ve known many great Americans, despite the US govt being predominantly a force for evil.

    • Replies: @Art
    And that goes to show that Jews can be great people, like many I’ve known personally, so his articles have not turned me into a racist

    Antiwar7,

    Words matter.

    Jews are not a race (even tho they think so) - they are a tribe.

    There are good tribes and bad tribes. There no bad races.

    Think Peace --- Art
  • Eileen Neff was my professor at the Philadelphia College of Art, and we became friends and even did coke together, though just once. In January, Eileen emailed to ask if I would consider writing a piece about Walt Whitman for the American Poetry Review, where she is a board member. Its late editor, Stephen Berg,...
  • @Anonymous
    'Arabs see Islam as their “national” religion n it is defined in direct opposition to Christian Europe'

    Yes yes yes!

    Semites have a negative identity! They are defined by what they are not rather than what they stand for. They are remarkably alien to Europeans. They will never stop seeing themselves as contradistinct to us because thier identity is dependent upon this.

    And what do Arab Christians think?

    • Replies: @Sin City Milla
    Lebanese Christians (Maronites) look to France for protection. Armenian Christians look to Russia for protection. Israelis look to the US for protection. The difference is that France is not ruled by a Maronite aristocracy, n Russia is not controlled by an Armenian aristocracy, while the US IS ruled by a Jewish aristocracy. Orthodox Arab Christians side with their Muslim Arab neighbors in their politics n don't look outside the Mid-East for protection. This has not worked out well for them n for other small Christian minorities because ISIS showed them no mercy when they held power.

    All Mid-Eastern societies are fiercely tribal, Christian and Muslim alike. Jews too. Americans don't understand that tribalism is more basic to ALL Middle Easterners than which particular religion they belong too.
  • Recent paper (h/t @whyvert). Kim, Yuri, and James J. Lee. 2018. “The Genetics of Human Fertility.” Current Opinion in Psychology 27 (August): 41–45. There's basically two classes of people having more kids: Interesting to see who will win out by the time of the Age of Malthusian Industrialism. (Certainly the former would be more successful...
  • @AP
    Morlocks are too dumb and not skillful enough.

    Wells may have been inspired in his choice of the name Morlocks by the existing name Morlachs:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morlock

    Morlachs came to mean Christians in the mountains of Lika and Herzegovina; you know, dummies like Nikola Tesla.

  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Yes, that plus the end of antibiotic resistance (as seems logical in a technologically stagnant world) means that disease may well be the most important check on population.

    What about bacteriophages instead of antibiotics? Since they’re alive, they could presumably evolve in tandem with the bacteria, if needed. Plus, they’ve been around a long time to learn tricks. And they can be tweaked.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5547374/

    • Replies: @ImmortalRationalist
    The only problem is that the declining population of high IQ individuals might make the development and efficient use of bacteriophages for future diseases more difficult.
  • If Nietzsche was right, and what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, we can thank the global capitalist ruling classes, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media for four more years of Donald Trump. The long-awaited Mueller report is due any day now, or so they keep telling us. Once it is delivered, and...
  • “Spittle-flecked”… I’ve literally seen that in people in response to questioning their assumptions about Russiagate. Scary.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    I'll believe that the report will be released when I see it, and that may not be until after the 2020 election, especially if Torquemada Mueller has come up with nothing. They were saying that was going to happen a year ago. With Mueller indicting fringe media people like Roger Stone based on nothing, he has plenty of unlimited taxpayer funds to keep going after heretics like Alex Jones, and, who knows, perhaps even nightly enemies like Hannity and Carlson. There is no depths to which Mueller won't sink. Let's hope that new AJ Barr can put an end to it.
  • Some people just can’t handle the truth. Case in point: America’s Jewish Establishment and the Shabbat goys on their payroll, who are all squealing like stuck pigs in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s pointed remarks about Jewish-Zionist power. I wrote about Rep. Omar’s first (February 10) Twitter outrage in the new issue of Crescent Magazine:...
  • Who’s against Somali immigrants now?

    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
    "Who’s against Somali immigrants now?"


    Still everyone but she's serving a very useful purpose.
    , @republic

    Who’s against Somali immigrants now?
     
    The Jewish pro immigration agencies use overwhelmingly white areas to purposely place some of the worst humans on the planet, The Somalis. They do it in Maine, Minnesota and Idaho.
  • At the end of November, I noted the remarkable increase in the readership of our webzine over the last couple of years, especially when compared with that of its competitors, both in the alternative and the more establishment opinion media. Three months later, I'm now pleased to say that these trends seem to have continued...
  • @Eric Zuesse
    It's a pity, Ron, that your present article describes your site as "a publication providing a convenient home to both the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right, joint access to ideological extremists, conspiracy theorists, racialists, historical revisionists, and other miscellaneous malcontents" instead of as having higher quality-standards than those less-successful sites do, but that's sadly an accurate description of your site. At least you were honest there. And you also are honest about the description you provided here of your writers -- not as higher quality or as more truthful and having at each contentious allegation a link to top quality documentation, but instead as "the angry flapping of our contributing writers."

    I think that your success is actually mainly the result of your software (which I've not seen used anywhere else) for reader-comments. It is simply the best anywhere; and, if you created it, then that's a strong credit to you as a programmer. It is too bad that you as an editorial gateway -- as a submissions-editor -- are not good, and thus now totally ban me as a writer, simply because I am disgusted at your site's orientation favoring various bigotries (which constitute a large portion of "the angry flapping of our contributing writers") and your site's indiscriminateness as regards the quality of what you publish (some of which is good but much of which is bad or even very poor).

    I would regularly read your site if it didn't include so much trash -- and by that I refer not to things that I disagree with but things that simply aren't true, and a great deal that's poorly reasoned and that includes lots of unexamined assumptions. Your site isn't written for open-minded intelligent people but instead for people who simply are attracted to "the angry flapping of our contributing writers."

    A lot of the repliers seemed to miss one point. From the original comment:

    It is too bad that you as an editorial gateway — as a submissions-editor — are not good, and thus now totally ban me as a writer, simply because I am disgusted at your site’s orientation favoring various bigotries (which constitute a large portion of “the angry flapping of our contributing writers”) and your site’s indiscriminateness as regards the quality of what you publish (some of which is good but much of which is bad or even very poor).

    I agree with the other repliers, no big deal if he averts his gaze. But it would be a shame if his future articles were banned here.

    • Replies: @Eric Zuesse
    Ron has told me that he won't ever again publish anything from me, so I should never again submit anything.
    , @Pissedoffalese
    Not a great loss, Mr. Z, Mr. Unz.

    No matter where I read, when Mr. Z's articles come up, I delete and carry on with the next thing on my list. I'll give him that he comes up with interesting-sounding titles, and then the bitch-fest ensues.

    He's like Whitehead (whom I also avoid) always flogging his book, but Mr. Z's always bitching that his free articles are never published by CNN, etc., like he thinks they SHOULD. All those MSM clowns have an agenda, Mr. Z, and you're not PART of it. Accept it, move on, and quit yer bitchin'.

    You might have a point, more often than not, no doubt, but your style is off-putting, so I avoid you. ALWAYS.

    Unz is entirely correct to delete you from his stable of authors. Want your own, MAKE your own, and shut up about nobody likes you. You are ENTIRELY correct--nobody DOES.
  • “McCarthyism” is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process its true meaning – and horror – has been increasingly obscured. McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation by the powerful of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination – denying the victim...
  • @Tyrion 2
    Corbyn promised, in the party's manifesto, to back the Brexit referendum result.

    Now, at the worst possible time, he has reneged on that promise.

    He had one thing going for him - his reputation as "principled".

    There is no move more fatal to that reputation than what he has just done.

    Thankfully, Theresa May has a sense of duty and, I think, will outmanoeuvre him in the end.

    But as innumerable denizens of this board will ask themselves: so what if Corbyn stands against British democracy, national sovereignty, any form of border control? So what if he promotes avowed anti-British racists to his shadow cabinet? At least he probably dislikes Jews...

    Ah, yes but it is "unfair to conclude the last bit" - even while the rest is straightforward matter of record..."he has Jewish supporters". Great, but those Jews, who remain Jeremy Corbyn supporters, after his great stab in the back over Brexit, are his collaborators in his attempt to fatally wound Britain as a nation. That tells me all I need to know about their politics. May they reflect on their grim dishonesty.

    You’re confusing the issue. The issue is this: it’s not anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist. All the rest is squid ink.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    Israel is not a global outlier for humanitarian issues, so people assume Corbyn's obsession with it has something to do with it being lived in by Jews.

    They're only sort of right. In fact, it is because it is a well-organised country of more Western people than those they're in conflict with. In other words, Corbyn dislikes Israel, and Jews to some degree, as an extension of his oikophobia.

    His oikophobia is best show in his grim betrayal over Brexit. This last part is unforgivable.
  • Maduro wins the first round The standoff between Venezuela and the AngloZionist Empire last week-end has clearly ended in what can only be called a total defeat for Elliott Abrams. While we will never know what was initially planned by the demented minds of the Neocons, what we do know is that nothing critical happened:...
  • Good article, but perhaps a typo:

    “Ineffectiveness of the US” -> “ineffectiveness of the UN”?

  • Most normal, civilized people living today would agree that reducing animal suffering is a worthy goal. But how do we to go about it? We can at least all agree, at a minimum, that plants don't have sentience, so veganism is one philosophically and logically consistent option. The problem is that while there are some...
  • Mr. Karlin,

    How can one simply assume that plants lack consciousness? See, for example,
    https://www.the-scientist.com/features/plant-talk-38209

    Also, cells in plants and animals both release heat-shock proteins when stressed. Analogous to a cry of pain?

    • Agree: atlantis_dweller
  • It was set up so perfectly. To kick start the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, 2018’s First Man—the epic story of Armstrong’s journey to become the first man to walk on the moon—would be nominated for Best Picture. Ryan Gosling would be nominated for Best Actor for portraying the heroic...
  • @Rational
    THERE WAS NO MOON LANDING—IT IS JUST A HOAX.

    I agree the Oscars are rigged, but about the moon landing: As I have stated before, it is not possible to land on the moon.

    A rocket can take off, fine, but it cannot land. A rocket cannot slow down, travel backwards and land on its tail (using thrust). As the rocket slows down to land, a slight misalignment of T would cause torque and would cause the rocket to start spinning uncontrollably and even faster due to increased mis-alignment, and crash.

    There is no atmosphere or oceans on the moon to help the rockets land. And no launch pad to hold it to help it accelerate greatly while remaining straight to take off for the return journey.

    They claim that these rockets flew to the moon at about 25,000 mph avg, reaching the moon in about 10 hrs. This is not possible, because, even today, the fastest unmanned ICBM’s with a small load, mostly fuel head to tail (95%), small range, only a few hundred mile alt, can barely reach max 10,000 (or 15K) mph—and that too, during descent, aided by gravity like free fall.

    The whole thing was just a sci-fi movie filmed in a desert in Western USA. Fake News of the 60’s.

    See: https://listverse.com/2012/12/28/10-reasons-the-moon-landings-could-be-a-hoax/

    Never heard of modern control theory? If not, then helicopters are impossible, too. They’re inherently unstable.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19760004104.pdf

    "Lunar Module Stabilization and Control System"
  • The Turkish government is not going to let terrorists occupy territory on their southern border any more than the United States would allow al Qaida cells to occupy camps along the US-Mexico border. Turkey simply cannot allow the current arrangement to continue, mainly because these groups (The Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF) pose a clear...
  • Just to put some nuance on the history of that conflict, the Turkish govt was pretty scorched-earth in their tactics, and many of those destroyed villages were caused by them. For eight years (1983–1991) it was illegal to broadcast or publish in Kurdish.

    But it’s true that the Turkish govt views the Kurdish forces in Syria as a direct threat, and it’s silly or malevolent to suppress that info.

  • The Saker: Could you summarize the state of Venezuela’s economy when Chavez came to power? Michael Hudson: Venezuela was an oil monoculture. Its export revenue was spent largely on importing food and other necessities that it could have produced at home. Its trade was largely with the United States. So despite its oil wealth, it...
  • @denk
    The 5lies keep bleating about their 'rule based system' 24x7.

    These are the two rules that determine their 'foreign policies',..

    1] The George Kennan's rule.
    Brook no peer competitors.

    2] The Nixon/Kissinger rule.
    'Democracy is too important to leave up to the people to vote'

    Corrollary
    For either of the above offenders, put their economy thru the grinder and make them scream.

    Nailed it.

  • I predicted three weeks ago that the Senate bill on the Middle East, which was rejected three times while the government was shutdown, would quickly receive cloture by a comfortable margin to end debate and proceed to a full vote in the Senate after the federal bureaucracy reopened. That has proven to be the case....
  • @Mr. XYZ

    Or maybe she’s forgotten about the towns in Israel that can legally ban Christian or Muslim residents as Israel is now officially a Jewish only state.
     
    That's sort of the logical extension of the idea of a Jewish state, no? I mean, if non-Jews can be kept out of Israel simply because they are not Jewish, why not also extend that logic to keeping non-Jews out of Israeli Jewish-majority cities and towns?

    Yes, it’s quite logical. The point is: why are we subsidizing that?

  • I painted houses for a decade, and on our crews, we always knew of each other’s relative competence, willingness to work, sense of responsibility, substance addictions, if any, and, ultimately, character. My roommate, Jay, for example, really didn’t give a fuck, for he was often late, but somehow always rehired, for our boss, Joe LeBlanc,...
  • @Linh Dinh
    Hi Antiwar7,

    My job is to oversee everything, but I do whatever is needed wherever or whenever there's a manpower shortage. In a place like this, there's no clear separation between management and grunts, and when my brother in law is here, el supremo sleeps on a bed in our kitchen/dining room, even as we're still eating, for the dude is exhausted, and sometimes with a headache, from too much thinking.

    If you strut into a place like this like some effete asshole, you'll only earn the contempt from everybody here, men and women, who are all incredibly tough.


    Linh

    Interesting, thanks!

  • Hi Linh,

    Are you a working manager, or just a manager?

    I enjoy your writing as always; thanks.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    Hi Antiwar7,

    My job is to oversee everything, but I do whatever is needed wherever or whenever there's a manpower shortage. In a place like this, there's no clear separation between management and grunts, and when my brother in law is here, el supremo sleeps on a bed in our kitchen/dining room, even as we're still eating, for the dude is exhausted, and sometimes with a headache, from too much thinking.

    If you strut into a place like this like some effete asshole, you'll only earn the contempt from everybody here, men and women, who are all incredibly tough.


    Linh

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb has tweeted a set of remarks about intelligence research. He has now gathered those together into one format, with links and explanations. There is no lack of confidence in his essay. There is much to discuss here, and what follows covers what I see as the main points. I have added some...
  • Summary of the Taleb-IQ dispute:

    1) IQ is well-correlated on both the deficient and successful sides of performance at school and at jobs.

    2) Taleb seems to respect only entrepreneurs and gentleman scientists (aka independent scientists).

    Clearly 2) is rarer and perhaps contingent upon a wider variety of circumstances than intelligence alone. And perhaps that’s why Taleb is so contemptuous of the concept of IQ, since he has little respect for the the accomplishments in 1).

  • @res
    Thanks for responding! Cohort 3 was the 0.01% group and your SAT scores align with that (impressive! you made both M and V thresholds). Table 1 of this paper gives a concise description of the cohorts: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/smpy/files/2013/01/DoingPsychScience2006.pdf
    This won't format well, but might be readable.

    Cohort | N | Years when identified | Students’ age when identified | Identification criteria
    1 2,188 1972–1974 12–13 SAT-M 390 or SAT-V 370 (top 1 in 100)
    2 778 1976–1979 12 SAT-M 500 or SAT-V 430 (top 1 in 200)
    3 501 1980–1983 12 SAT-M 700 or SAT-V 630 (top 1 in 10,000)
    4 1,130 1992–1997 12–14 Top 3% on any subtest of a grade-level achievement test
    5 714 1992 23–25 Enrollment as a 1st- or 2nd-year student in a graduate program
    at a top-ranked engineering, math, or science department in
    the United States
     
    I know someone who took the SAT for that cohort but did not qualify (probably would have made the first two). The effective sample size (~5e6 = 501 people at 1 in 10,000 level) is impressive.

    IQ > 160 makes sense for your numbers. I'm not sure how the mental age translates.

    Any idea how Plomin's research is using the genetic information from your parents? I wasn't aware of that aspect of it. Did they IQ test your parents as well?

    One thing about the SMPY, when looking at their plots remember that grouping all of the cohorts together and looking at them by quartiles gives a very unrepresentative top quartile. Because cohort 3 has a threshold so much higher than the others the top quartile is significantly smarter than in a purely representative sample. More concretely, looking at the first three cohorts the first is by far the largest and will fill the first two quartiles with roughly 1%-0.5% group. The third quartile will be a mix of cohorts 1 and 2 at roughly 0.5%-0.25% while the top quartile will contain the 0.25% and up people from the first two cohorts along with a spiking of 0.01% people (501, where the first two cohorts probably only have ~40 at that level).

    Good point re: the quartiles. And thanks for the info on the cohorts. I had assumed they were using the same criteria all along, and had kept accepting new members for longer. I was lucky to be born at the right time to fit into that cohort.

  • @res
    Thanks! I think I managed to miss that paper. For anyone else interested, here is a free text copy: http://beck2.med.harvard.edu/week6/Benbow%20and%20Stanley.pdf

    Acceleration is an interesting question. I was precocious intellectually, but much less so physically and emotionally which made that decision more difficult. Did they look into acceleration considering things like that? One concern I would have is acceleration making participation in high school sports much more difficult. Though age based youth leagues might be a good substitute.

    It sounds like being part of their research was very helpful to you. Glad to hear that. Sounds like exactly what Dr. Stanley was trying to accomplish.

    They basically presented us with lots of information about various educational options, their research so far, and articles about individuals and their experiences. It was up to my family and the local school officials to decide what to do with that. (One of the options was to simply take an advanced class or two at a time, perhaps in one’s current school or visiting at another for part of a day, which perhaps wouldn’t be too disruptive.) My local school district gave me carte blanche, and I was assigned a fantastic (I’m not sure what his position was, but basically an at-large gifted) counselor who could help pull many strings. It so happened I was quite large for my age and appeared older, so going to college early wasn’t too bad. (However, a couple of local newspaper articles about me made me feel quite exposed and shy for the first couple of years.) I wasn’t much into organized sports, though at college I played on a dorm soccer team. My size helped there.

    Yes, overall, they helped me a lot. Also, attending and later teaching at some of their and related summer programs which they introduced me to (I attended TIP and taught at CTY and MTS) brought me into contact with similar people, which was quite enjoyable and led to many good friendships.

    • Replies: @res
    Thanks! I am interested in the question of acceleration (especially since it seems to be becoming less popular?) and your account is helpful. I had a conversation with someone who was thinking about having his son skip a grade a while ago and my thoughts came down to (assuming the intellectual ability is clearly there):
    - How mature is he in other ways?
    - How good a cohort of friends does he have in his current grade? (if the friendships are short duration the comparison to what is likely a year ahead is what matters)
    - Does he want to play competitive sports? Especially at a high level (research shows even birthdate within the year matters for later outcomes).
    If anyone has more practical advice and/or experience regarding this topic I would be interested.
  • @res
    Very interesting. Thanks! I have read a fair amount of their research and consider it groundbreaking and important. Have you seen Steve Hsu's blog posts about the SMPY? As you said, it is very useful for rebutting some of the usual stereotypes of high IQ people with real data.

    If you don't mind my asking (i.e. no need to reply if you prefer not to), which cohort were you in? IIRC they varied from top ~1% to ~0.01%. I suspect they would be more careful following up with the latter since they are so much rarer.

    Are you part of the genetics side of Robert Plomin’s research? IIUC some researchers have been incorporating that in a case/control manner in their intelligence GWAS.

    Forgot to mention: no, I wasn’t aware of Steve Hsu’s blog posts on the subject. Thanks for pointing them out to me!

  • @res
    Very interesting. Thanks! I have read a fair amount of their research and consider it groundbreaking and important. Have you seen Steve Hsu's blog posts about the SMPY? As you said, it is very useful for rebutting some of the usual stereotypes of high IQ people with real data.

    If you don't mind my asking (i.e. no need to reply if you prefer not to), which cohort were you in? IIRC they varied from top ~1% to ~0.01%. I suspect they would be more careful following up with the latter since they are so much rarer.

    Are you part of the genetics side of Robert Plomin’s research? IIUC some researchers have been incorporating that in a case/control manner in their intelligence GWAS.

    Thanks for your interest! I believe I was included in SMPY in 1980, which would put me in cohort 3. I’m sorry, I don’t know what percentile my abilities landed in. I seem to recall that my SAT scores were 700-M, 650-V when I was 12, and 750-M, 750-V when I was 14 (in the early 80’s). I took some sort of IQ test through the public schools when I was 11. I believe the results were: a mental age of 20.5 and an IQ > 160. (Does that even make sense?) I believe they’re trying to get as much participation as possible from all of their cohorts; otherwise, one could reason that the ones that readily respond would have disproportionately successful outcomes, skewing the results.

    Yes, I was part of the genetic side of Plomin’s research. First, a nurse was sent to my home to draw blood from me. A few years later (when the technology improved), my parents were asked to provide cheek swabs.

    • Replies: @res
    Thanks for responding! Cohort 3 was the 0.01% group and your SAT scores align with that (impressive! you made both M and V thresholds). Table 1 of this paper gives a concise description of the cohorts: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/smpy/files/2013/01/DoingPsychScience2006.pdf
    This won't format well, but might be readable.

    Cohort | N | Years when identified | Students’ age when identified | Identification criteria
    1 2,188 1972–1974 12–13 SAT-M 390 or SAT-V 370 (top 1 in 100)
    2 778 1976–1979 12 SAT-M 500 or SAT-V 430 (top 1 in 200)
    3 501 1980–1983 12 SAT-M 700 or SAT-V 630 (top 1 in 10,000)
    4 1,130 1992–1997 12–14 Top 3% on any subtest of a grade-level achievement test
    5 714 1992 23–25 Enrollment as a 1st- or 2nd-year student in a graduate program
    at a top-ranked engineering, math, or science department in
    the United States
     
    I know someone who took the SAT for that cohort but did not qualify (probably would have made the first two). The effective sample size (~5e6 = 501 people at 1 in 10,000 level) is impressive.

    IQ > 160 makes sense for your numbers. I'm not sure how the mental age translates.

    Any idea how Plomin's research is using the genetic information from your parents? I wasn't aware of that aspect of it. Did they IQ test your parents as well?

    One thing about the SMPY, when looking at their plots remember that grouping all of the cohorts together and looking at them by quartiles gives a very unrepresentative top quartile. Because cohort 3 has a threshold so much higher than the others the top quartile is significantly smarter than in a purely representative sample. More concretely, looking at the first three cohorts the first is by far the largest and will fill the first two quartiles with roughly 1%-0.5% group. The third quartile will be a mix of cohorts 1 and 2 at roughly 0.5%-0.25% while the top quartile will contain the 0.25% and up people from the first two cohorts along with a spiking of 0.01% people (501, where the first two cohorts probably only have ~40 at that level).
  • @Antiwar7
    Mostly now it's a periodic survey we get by email every 5 years or so, and they follow up to try to get full participation. They've sent us some info about their research, too. The basic gist is that the people they study tend to be quite successful in life, and don't adhere to the stereotype of a pointy-headed intellectual stuck in a corner, resentful and passed over by society. However, I'm sure I'm not doing them justice.

    When I was a child, SMPY was run by Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins, and at that time my family and I received copies of lots of articles and information that helped guide my schooling. (In particular, I accelerated my studies.) At one point I went there in person, to Baltimore, as part of a group to take a battery of tests (and before that I took the SAT at their behest). I met Dr. Benbow then, and later was lucky enough to have several personal encounters with Dr. Stanley: a brilliant, humble, and genuinely nice man who cared about the children he studied. His research in this area started from an attempt to help a child who was brilliant in math. Later, various academic programs were set up to help such children, including academic summer camps, which I attended as a student and subsequently as an instructor.

    My parents and I were also subjects of some of Robert Plomin's research.

    I forgot to mention one of the most famous and controversial papers published by Stanley and Benbow, of which you may already be aware:

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/210/4475/1262

    It basically states that at the top end of mathematical ability, men tend to predominate, and this appears to be innate. I believe Dr. Benbow, a woman, in particular caught grief for that conclusion.

    I also believe their research tends to support acceleration versus enrichment as providing better outcomes for gifted students. I myself was lucky to have very cooperative administrations at my elementary and high schools, for which I’m eternally grateful. That was certainly not the case for many other similar students around the country at that time.

    • Replies: @res
    Thanks! I think I managed to miss that paper. For anyone else interested, here is a free text copy: http://beck2.med.harvard.edu/week6/Benbow%20and%20Stanley.pdf

    Acceleration is an interesting question. I was precocious intellectually, but much less so physically and emotionally which made that decision more difficult. Did they look into acceleration considering things like that? One concern I would have is acceleration making participation in high school sports much more difficult. Though age based youth leagues might be a good substitute.

    It sounds like being part of their research was very helpful to you. Glad to hear that. Sounds like exactly what Dr. Stanley was trying to accomplish.
  • @res

    Taleb no doubt thinks getting a PhD is no great achievement.
     
    I think part of Taleb's problem is that he is high IQ and thinks the things he find easy are easy for everyone. While at the same time being well aware of his non-IQ deficiencies and advantages relative to lower and higher IQ competitors.

    BTW, I’m part of the Lubinski and Benbow longitudinal study.
     
    Cool. Can you add any comments about how it appears from the inside? For instance, do they keep you informed about the research being published? What kind of long term followup is there?

    Mostly now it’s a periodic survey we get by email every 5 years or so, and they follow up to try to get full participation. They’ve sent us some info about their research, too. The basic gist is that the people they study tend to be quite successful in life, and don’t adhere to the stereotype of a pointy-headed intellectual stuck in a corner, resentful and passed over by society. However, I’m sure I’m not doing them justice.

    When I was a child, SMPY was run by Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins, and at that time my family and I received copies of lots of articles and information that helped guide my schooling. (In particular, I accelerated my studies.) At one point I went there in person, to Baltimore, as part of a group to take a battery of tests (and before that I took the SAT at their behest). I met Dr. Benbow then, and later was lucky enough to have several personal encounters with Dr. Stanley: a brilliant, humble, and genuinely nice man who cared about the children he studied. His research in this area started from an attempt to help a child who was brilliant in math. Later, various academic programs were set up to help such children, including academic summer camps, which I attended as a student and subsequently as an instructor.

    My parents and I were also subjects of some of Robert Plomin’s research.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    I forgot to mention one of the most famous and controversial papers published by Stanley and Benbow, of which you may already be aware:

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/210/4475/1262

    It basically states that at the top end of mathematical ability, men tend to predominate, and this appears to be innate. I believe Dr. Benbow, a woman, in particular caught grief for that conclusion.

    I also believe their research tends to support acceleration versus enrichment as providing better outcomes for gifted students. I myself was lucky to have very cooperative administrations at my elementary and high schools, for which I'm eternally grateful. That was certainly not the case for many other similar students around the country at that time.
    , @res
    Very interesting. Thanks! I have read a fair amount of their research and consider it groundbreaking and important. Have you seen Steve Hsu's blog posts about the SMPY? As you said, it is very useful for rebutting some of the usual stereotypes of high IQ people with real data.

    If you don't mind my asking (i.e. no need to reply if you prefer not to), which cohort were you in? IIRC they varied from top ~1% to ~0.01%. I suspect they would be more careful following up with the latter since they are so much rarer.

    Are you part of the genetics side of Robert Plomin’s research? IIUC some researchers have been incorporating that in a case/control manner in their intelligence GWAS.
  • @James Thompson
    The PhD rates are 50 times higher than the population base rate. That is not a coin toss. The rate at which people wanted to do a PhD would be relevant if we had a population base rate, but the completion rate is the best measure. The difference between the highest levels of intellect and the general population in doctorates is massive.

    .5 is a fairly high correlation in behavioural research. Corrected for restriction of range it would be higher, probably .6 or even .7

    IQ tests are useful at all levels of work. For higher levels a more specialized test designed for high ability candidates would be better. Demanding occupations set their own tests, specific to their requirements.

    Taleb no doubt thinks getting a PhD is no great achievement.

    BTW, I’m part of the Lubinski and Benbow longitudinal study.

    • Replies: @res

    Taleb no doubt thinks getting a PhD is no great achievement.
     
    I think part of Taleb's problem is that he is high IQ and thinks the things he find easy are easy for everyone. While at the same time being well aware of his non-IQ deficiencies and advantages relative to lower and higher IQ competitors.

    BTW, I’m part of the Lubinski and Benbow longitudinal study.
     
    Cool. Can you add any comments about how it appears from the inside? For instance, do they keep you informed about the research being published? What kind of long term followup is there?
  • @jilles dykstra

    I see very very few (themselves high IQ) “IQ is irrelevant” folks signing up to compete against New Guinean tribespeople in hunting and fishing competitions with native tools to demonstrate the arbitrariness of what we call “intelligence”
     
    Such a test is scientifically impossible.
    You cannot in such a test separate intelligence from experience.
    One of course may wonder if IQ tests are not similarly biased.
    I suppose they are.
    But for me it does not matter, in western societies a IQ score is a good indicator of suitability for a job in western societies.
    Any employer, me among them, knows this.

    That’s why Taleb thinks it should be called something else, like Salaryman Quotient.

  • @Ron Unz
    Actually, I really haven't been much following the underlying Taleb controversy itself, but here's a simple question...

    Taleb likes to get favorable MSM coverage and have people pay him large consulting fees or invest with him. Doesn't he benefit himself a great deal by making the statements he did?

    Meanwhile, if he had said the opposite, namely that IQ results are highly accurate and tell us important things about people, wouldn't the NYT and other MSM outlets ask him "Oh, so you agree with James Watson??!!" Wouldn't that put him in a difficult spot?

    After all, Taleb's not a Nobel Laureate generally ranked as one of the most influential scientists of the second half of the twentieth century. He's just a celebrity-intellectual selling books and financial-services advice. Wouldn't his entire career quickly be destroyed?

    Regardless of what Taleb believes or doesn't believe, isn't he just saying what's strongly in his personal interest?

    He claims to have made enough money trading to not need any more. He calls it his “f*** y** money”.

  • @stretch23
    Taleb is a Maronite Christian (or at least that's his background.

    No, he’s an Orthodox Christian. Maronites are Catholics.

  • Editor’s note: I have posted two articles on the controversies surrounding Nicholas Wade and James Watson, both from 2014. Watson is in the news once again because he reaffirmed his belief in the genetic basis of Black-White IQ differences, resulting (of course) in a scathing article in the New York Times by one Amy Harmon....
  • What if, instead of genetics being the major cause, it could be poverty which randomly but with a higher mean generates mental deficits. And poverty is highly heritable, it seems.

    Because aren’t there studies of the sort like: Country A went from poor and low IQ to rich and high IQ? Various Asian Tigers, perhaps?

  • There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust. President John F. Kennedy faced just such a moment during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and, after envisioning the catastrophic outcome of a U.S.-Soviet nuclear exchange, he came to the conclusion that the atomic powers should impose...
  • If you want to convince yourself to avoid autonomous AI fighting your wars, read this story by Philip K. Dick:

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

  • Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire." Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
  • @Realist

    She has annexed the South China Sea, built air and missile bases on half a dozen disputed islets, and told U.S. ships and planes to stay clear.

    She has built and leased ports and bases from the Indian Ocean to Africa. She has lent billions to poor Asian and African countries like the Maldives, and then demanded basing concessions when these nations default on the debts owed for building their facilities
     
    My god China is acting almost like the US.

    She kept her currency below market value to maintain her trade advantage and entice U.S. corporations to China where they are shaken down to transfer their technology secrets.

    China has engaged in cyber theft of the personnel files of 20 million U.S. federal applicants and employees. She apparently thieved the credit card and passport numbers of 500 million guests at Marriott hotels over the years.

    She has sought to steal the secrets of America’s defense contractors, especially those working with the Navy whose 7th Fleet patrols the Western Pacific off China’s coast.

    She is believed to be behind the cybersecurity breaches that facilitated the theft of data on the U.S. F-22 and F-35, information now suspected of having played a role in Beijing’s development of its fifth-generation stealth fighters.
     
    Pat, so you have chosen to believe our lying government after all the bullshit they have been sling?

    We have, for decades, been financing the buildup of a Communist China whose ambition is to expel us from East Asia and the Western Pacific, achieve dominance over peoples we have regarded as friends and allies since World War II, and to displace us as the world’s first power.
     
    This brings up a damn good question....what the hell are we doing in their backyard?

    I think China just wants to be secure in its borders. Just a century ago, they were helpless before Western armies. Look at the putting down of the Boxer Rebellion, and the Opium Wars. Securing the South China Sea seems that it could be strategically motivated by trying to prevent any power from being able to choke their trade through there, a major source of their wealth. The US in particular has a history of imposing economic sanctions on its enemies.

    Similarly, Russia is no doubt edgy about having hostile military alliances right up to their borders, considering what happened to them in WW II, WW I, and Napoleon’s time.

    Those are legitimate concerns. Why constantly attempt to frustrate them?

    • Agree: Realist
  • Some discoveries are just too shocking to digest. Recently I wrote of intrepid Ron Unz, the Californian maverick publisher and IT-genius, who dared to share with his readers his insights into the ideas and motifs of revisionists, or Holocaust Deniers, as their enemies call them. But this absolutely verboten topic fades into irrelevance in comparison...
  • @Anonymous

    arguing for a focus away from Harvard, in an egalitarian fashion, or better yet: an expansion of Harvard and co.
     
    I'm not equipped to judge which is correct between Unz's numbers and your comments criticizing them. (How can I become equipped?) However, the two ideas you posit here are excellent.

    Yeah, one argument has a lot of numbers, and the other argument uses the word “garbage” in a totally convincing way. How can one possibly choose?

  • The author was present in Charlottesville during the August 2017 melee. He has been reporting from the courtroom since the trial started. For more of his coverage, see here. Charlottesville, December 6. A key defense witness testified today, the last day of arguments in the trial of James Fields, who is accused of first degree...
  • @Che Guava
    I would guess that the fix is in, the fact that this moron raised his rifle at Fields seems not to be in the court records.

    Heather Heyer was a a bIimp or whale. I am not aware of any footage to prove that she was struck by Fields' car.

    Have read much evidence that Fields had good reason to panic.

    Still, my view from afar, 'antifa' morons will be allowed to do whatever they want in many states of the USA and by the federal govt., also in many European nations, while anybody opposing them will be charged with crimes.

    It is an ugly situation.

    If the US government is willing to use Al Qaeda, then I doubt they’d have problems using Antifa.

  • This is my second column on the two weeks that Vi and I just spent in Chengdu, China. It is meant not so much as a travelogue as a snapshot of what is going on in an economic juggernaut. Judging by email from readers, many do not realize the scope and scale of China’s advance....
  • @Lin
    Every Chinese family will have a robot houseboy well before the year 2050.
    Every Chinese by the year 2050 will have a memory slot reserved in a pebibyte super computer and during his/dying hours, the brain memory will be uploaded into a massive cybernetic world or cybernetic paradise SW and live there happily ever after. Buddha,Jesus, Mohamed...will be welcome as honorary residential guests. Immigration language requirement will be waived as the language interpreter SW 'Babel' will get a new service pack
    ……
    Its the yr 2066,&u're an unemployed conscious android/robot;what would u do?
    Lets me guess, the freebies demand list:

    1)free electricity to keep the body parts active. Android lives matter...

    2)Free service pacts upgrade and worn out mechanical parts replacement

    3)Free OS to fix AIDS(Artificial Intelligence Degeneration syndrom)

    --Campaign for old gen robot slavery reparation. Many of the old gen robots worked round the clock no kidding

    --Special leniency for crimes committed by robots...Look, don't blame me,I'm programmed that way(or I forgot to run the latest service pact)

    --What about the claim that u're innately inferior becos u're made in an earlier product cycle and is beyond further upgrade?

    F**k that,its machine racism

    Brilliant! But unless the new robots can claim descent from the older models, the slavery reparations thing gets tenuous. Plus, one can argue that using a computer gives it life.

    • Replies: @Lin
    "But unless the new robots can claim descent from the older models, the slavery reparations thing gets tenuous..."
    The robot ancestry thing is definitely expected:
    1)Seems robotics has entered the stage robots are being manufactured in robots tended factory.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-abb-robots/robots-to-make-robots-at-abbs-new-150-million-factory-in-china-idUSKCN1N109X
    2)We all know the lineage of win 10 can be traced back to win NT.
    ………
    BTW, sexbots are going to be a big thing and the rad fems feel threatened. In the future, the issue of android sex slavery could be as volatile as that of historical black slavery.
    https://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/04/27/sex-robots-epitomize-patriarchy-offer-men-solution-threat-female-independence/
  • A few possible theories about China’s advance:

    – China is run by engineers, not lawyers.
    – China has less extractive elites.
    – China’s modernity is younger. Societies seem to pass through growth and decay phases.

    Any, all, or none could have some causative effect. Add your own. Or dispute the premise, as many have.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    All three are good theories, but I'd put this above all of them:

    0) China's government puts a much lower regulatory burden on business than the US Feral and our state governments do.

    That can make the difference between a Can-do country and a Can't-do country. Giving away a big chunk of our manufacturing infrastructure is also why we no longer can do what China can. I explain more in China vs. America and the local hardware store about Do-It-Yourselfers and lost infrastructure. (See also a Self-rebuttal)
    , @Da Wei
    Antiwar 7,

    As an Old Timer White Privileged Good Ol' Boy American Working Man who's lived in China for nearly 12 years now and not around ex-pats either, but with Chinese, I offer these additional possibilities for China's advance:

    1) No PC;
    2) No FED;
    3) No IRS;
    4) No BLM
    5) No hard-ass cops and no reason to have them;
    6) No kissing Israel's ass. Period.;
    7) No mention of Marx and the boys or sign of what you would call "Communism";
    8) No welfare give-aways or victimhood;
    9) No whining, entitled, fat-ass affirmative action;
    10) No massive, oppressive war industry economy and no fighting of Israel's wars anywhere at all or in any way.

    Instead, you see stoic self reliance, self respect and a willingness to work, a "market economy" just as we used to see it in the USA. Now, what's caused the change? What should we get rid of in the US to get back on track?

    P.S. China ain't perfect, mind you. There are plenty of flaws. It's an imperfect world anywhere you go, but the good ol' USA could take some pointers.

    , @European-American
    > A few possible theories about China’s advance:

    A few more, that seem obvious:

    - smart people
    - a very old, rich, successful culture
    - law-abiding, strong civic sense
    , @anon

    - China has less extractive elites.
     
    The West coast and Northeast are swamped with rich Chinese, probably living here on tourist visa, bought their houses with cash, living the good life in America with all their ill gotten gains, very likely wanted in China for corruption or cheating their factory workers out of 3 months' back pay.

    Ask Singapore, HK, Australia, NZ how they like being swamped by the Chinese.

    China's elites are the most extractive of any nation in history.
  • Anyone with an understanding of the realities of heredity and ethnicity knows, as the saying goes, that “demography is destiny.” To understand this is easy, to actually act upon these demographic trends is, however, quite difficult. It is very hard to get your citizens to make more babies and even hard to get the “right”...
  • such as the Mormons and Orthodox Jews, will inherit the Earth

    And the Amish.

    That would be an interesting 3 superpower world.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    LOL, Antiwar :)

    To take your point seriously, more traditional / socially “conservative” religious white people seem to be the only white people in the USA and Canada who are having bigger families — or families at all. I don’t know enough about Europe in that regard to say, and there seem to be proportionally fewer religious whites in Europe anyway.

    Just anecdotally, almost every white American and Canadian of my acquaintance over the past few decades who is non-religious, politically left, or both, has had no children at all.

    Among my own siblings, one is an observant Christian and had three children, while the other is an agnostic who disdains religion and chose to have none. The latter is a particular loss for our family and society, given that she is creative, VERY hardworking, honest, patriotic, and probably the most intelligent among us overall. Truly sad and shortsighted.

    (Something similar had been happening in Israel, but I’ve recently read that non-Orthodox, more-secular jews in Israel have boosted their fertility rate decently above replacement level. Still, the ultra religious Jewish TFR in Israel is still higher than the remainder Jewish TFR there. If that persists, their society is headed towards Jewish Ultras and Muslim Arabs as the largest groups, with other Jews becoming a smaller and smaller percentage.)

    In short, Antiwar, we really are heading for an America where there aren’t many non-religious non-traditional whites left. Soon enough, the biggest groups nationwide could be Mexican and part-mexican, followed by religious or traditional whites and white/Asian mixes (like my children), then with non religious whites bringing up the rear (often all too literally) with the self-destructive and less-competent Africans and other, later-arriving groups.
    , @Colin Wright
    'such as the Mormons and Orthodox Jews, will inherit the Earth

    And the Amish.

    That would be an interesting 3 superpower world.'

    The Mormons would win. They're the only one of the three both willing to be violent and willing to work.

  • So, it’s three weeks before the US midterm elections, and it looks like we have got ourselves a horse race! That’s right, folks, once again, it’s time to start playing with those forecast maps on Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight, and obsessively following the fluctuating poll numbers of congressional candidates you have never heard of...
  • I disagree. If everyone in the US voted for third parties, it would make the rulers nervous and make it more difficult for them to continue business as usual. And that’s worth something.

  • The ability of Israel and its powerful Lobby to control many aspects of American government while also sustaining an essentially false narrative about the alleged virtues of the Jewish State is remarkable. Politicians and journalists learned long ago that it was better to cultivate Israel’s friends than it was to support actual American interests. They...
  • @Lot
    We've got Trump, Pence, Bibi, Bannon, and Sessions. Gilardi has cop-slapping Cynthia McKinney and pop singer Lorde and blue-hair campus radicals.

    You’ve also got snipers shooting to death unarmed female medics.

    • Replies: @Lot
    Oh yeah Arabs are known for their honesty, she dindu nuttin, she din had no gun.
  • In Part 1 of this article, I provided an account of the Jewish role in the events leading up to World War One, with an emphasis on their influence in the UK and United States. Woodrow Wilson was shown to be the first American president elected with the full backing of the Jewish lobby, and...
  • More evidence that Roosevelt had foreknowledge of the Pear Harbor attack:

    In this memoir of a British double agent, written in 1974, the author claims that he brought specific evidence of the impending attack to the Americans, and they were not interested.
    https://www.amazon.com/Spy-counterspy-autobiography-Dusko-Popov/dp/0448116065#

    • Replies: @Miggle

    More evidence that Roosevelt had foreknowledge of the Pear Harbor attack:

     

    It was more than foreknowledge, he was forcing it on Japan. Just about the time when the bomber runways in the northern Philippines were completed, putting Japanese cities within reach.
  • Jack Smith IV is a fairly standard example of a Leftist journalist who promotes Antifa, holds whites in low regard, and strives to paint everyone on the Right as a Nazi. His Twitter bio boasts of his union membership, and he describes himself as a “union thug.” Smith wrote for Mic.com, and specialized in trying...
  • @obwandiyag
    This is all for the good. All people with access to the Clarification know that the left is no better than the right.

    But you dullards actually believe that right-wingers don't commit such crimes, while left-wingers do. Sad. Confused. Believers in TV news.

    It’s tribalism, which humans are hard-wired to fall into, and not specific to the left or the right. They can consciously oppose it if they’re aware and wish to: two big “ifs” that unfortunately are quite improbable for most people.

    Self-righteousness is another common, comforting self-delusion that brains provide. And that’s why you see rightists saying only leftists do that (engage in mob witch hunts). It takes great strength of mind to overcome these mental traps. Or a hard slap from reality.

  • Introduction The leading financial publications have misled their political and investor subscribers of emerging crises and military defeats which have precipitated catastrophic political and economic losses. The most egregious example is the Financial Times (FT) a publication which is widely read by the business and financial elite. In this essay we will proceed by outlining...
  • @The Alarmist
    Stick to The Daily Mail. Many of the same lies, but more T&A.

    Yes, and no paywall.

  • All those newspapers always sucked, as far as foreign policy goes. Where is the evidence that they were ever any good?

  • This week we witnessed the horrible spectacle of Nikki Haley, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, joining a protest outside the UN building and calling for the people of Venezuela to overthrow their government. “We are going to fight for Venezuela,” she shouted through a megaphone, “we are going to continue doing it until...
  • You nailed it, Mr. Paul. All “humanitarian” intervention is sold using extremely selective concern.

  • The life of a professional political satirist is many things, but it is certainly never boring. Last week, for example, was particularly not boring. OK, I wasn’t called before a Senate committee to testify against a rapey nominee to the highest court in the United States, or smeared by the right-wing media for doing so,...
  • @animalogic
    Now that you mention it I haven't seen any Mike Whitney stuff for a while. I really enjoyed his writing. I hope it's my fault I haven't read him lately.
    I reckon CJH probably jumped the gun a bit going public. The whole thing seems an unfortunate misunderstanding, inflamed by too much ad-homenon. St Claire's references to Unz undercut his "virtuous" claims about publishing both Left & Right articles.
    CP does have some interesting stuff, however it suffers from the constant gravitational pull of Political Correctness.

    Mike Whitney was getting published through Counterpunch about once a week, until his last piece from February 26, 2018:

    https://www.counterpunch.org/author/mw/

  • @Paul Yarbles
    This statement from Jeffrey St. Clair struck me:

    But I do know Unz’s politics and the circle that has coalesced around him, like Israel Shamir who publicly denounced me a couple of weeks ago for caring “more about blacks and Jews than white Christians.” I’ll cop to that smear, but not to CJ’s.
     
    Why would he care more about Blacks and Jews than white Christians? Aren't we all human beings?

    Too many leftists are nothing but weirdos who want to virtue signal so much that they end up saying ridiculous things that will turn off potential converts. I mean why would a white Christian read what St. Clair wrote above and say, "Yeah, that's the ideology for me!".

    A very good point. Such sentiments are one step away from saying “they got what’s coming to them” after some attack affecting the wrong sort of victims.

  • @Bulerias
    Jeff is a self-styled pope of his Church of Alex. Any time he screws up or needs to cover his ass, he’ll cite some heresy by his opponent, who he alleges slandered his fallen Mentor. He in this way constantly reminds the world of his insecurity. He’ll also deny what is obvious — that he engages in petty gate- and grudge-keeping. More to the nugget of this latest exercise in censorship, CounterPunch folded as an independent voice in the aftermath of the Prop-or-Not hoax. That’s precisely when Jeff dumped Paul Craig Roberts and certain others who had been smeared. Any attempt to point out, even indirectly, that CP abjectly surrendered to the latest and dumbest Russia scare is not going to be published.

    Agreed re: the petty grudge- and gate-keeping. Also, the quote from St. Clair, about another Counterpunch author, is telling:

    was also on our side politically. The old notions of solidarity are, of course, withering away

    What, nowadays, is a “side”? There are pro-war and anti-war people on both the left and the right. I think someone’s ideas on the issue at hand are what’s important, not what team a reader (or editor) thinks the author is on.

    Also, I think Counterpunch really started its purge or unwelcoming stance to certain anti-left-establishment writers after the “Alice Donovan” “Kremlin troll” affair:

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/29/the-new-hysteria-on-kremlin-trolls/

  • @gsjackson
    Well, aren't we Unz readers the deplorables? I used to read Counterpunch regularly. Then Cockburn died, and gradually the quality declined. I stopped looking in, and now apparently the writers I was most interested in -- PCR, Diane Johnstone, Mike Whitney -- are no longer published there. They are here. Moving from Counterpunch to Unz was simply a step forward in intellectual growth.

    St Clair has always struck me as a prickly, insecure and rigid-minded ideologue, from the time when I asked him a question at a speaking engagement years ago about the difference between him and Cockburn on environmental issues. The question was asked in good faith and not put at all contentiously, but he chose to get pissed about it. Cockburn was kind enough to treat him as an intellectual equal -- "we both read English at university, Alex at Oxford, Jeff at American U.," went the introduction to one of their joint writings. Jeff knows it was just smoke blown up his ass.

    Yes, I also noticed a decline in quality at Counterpunch after Alex Cockburn died. It was always a grab-bag of varying viewpoints and quality, but now many of the best authors have been hounded out. I blame Jeffrey St. Clair.

  • Yesterday (Sept 19th), I tried to post a short commentary suggesting that before we jump to conclusions about anything, we ought to wait for the fact to come out. But to no avail. The chorus of “Putin is a doormat!!”, “bomb Israel!!” and similar inanities is carrying on, louder than ever. Reading that crazy nonsense,...
  • @Felix Keverich
    There is a wide range of options between "destroying Israel immediately" and doing nothing, but Putin opted to do exactly nothing.

    Insulting people (your preferred method of debating), or throwing some meaningless jargon at them cannot change the basic perception of this, so you shouldn't be surprised that people here find you unconvincing.

    That may or may not be true (“exactly nothing”). It may be something not immediately visible, or something that hasn’t happened or even been decided on yet. Interesting things developed between Russia and Turkey after the Turkish attack on the Russian plane.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    That may or may not be true (“exactly nothing”). It may be something not immediately visible, or something that hasn’t happened or even been decided on yet.
     
    People simply forget 1973 and that US and USSR almost got into the actual shooting war, this is not to mention that as early as 1967 conflict a number of Project 627 SSN (K-52) and 675 SSGN (K-131) of the Soviet Navy were in the immediate readiness to attack Israel with nuclear torpedoes and missiles. It was 1967 War which initiated a creation of the 5th OPESK of the Soviet Navy--a very similar squadron (in its functions) is now, 51 years later, deployed near Syria. Many simply do not recognize a simple reality of the United States (unlike Russia) being almost completely subverted by Israel in US foreign policy and strategic thinking (or rather lack thereof) and that any actual shooting conflict with Israel, in which if it would have faced off against Russian forces alone she would have IDF and IAF simply wiped out, will mean a hysteria in US so hi-pitched, with US Congress being practically in the pockets of AIPAC and other Israeli influence groups, that many still resign in this happy delusion that any step in establishing stricter rules for Israel will have to be done in a very judicious manner. OK, putting it in a more blunt language--US is Israel's bitch and things must be done in a manner which reduces probability of Russian-American conflict as much as possible.
  • @hunor
    Where is stalin or Zhukov Marshall with balls when you need them ? We are doomed clever talk never win any conflict not even with your wife .winning or losing is not the issue, standing up like man is. After all the opponents are not even warriors , just backstabbing merchant spirits.

    It seems that “standing up like a man” would be a limiting approach for strategic issues. Otherwise, an adversary could just bait that side into anything it could get away with, both false flag and not.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    It seems that “standing up like a man” would be a limiting approach for strategic issues.
     
    Many, not all, people here are ready to fight Israel, Zionism, USA, terrorists, ISIS etc. from their chairs, couches and monitors to the last Russian. They think they are entitled and competent to run Russian military and foreign policy, when most of them, in reality are...well, wouldn't last a boot camp in any military academy, not to speak of academics and wouldn't be allowed near serious military technology. This is all the result of trivialization (or Clancification) of the warfare in the West and this is the problem, a huge one.
  • It is pretty clear what took place yesterday night. Even if you don’t read Russian, the following chart released by the Russian Ministry of Defense says it all: Basically, 4 Israeli aircraft were sent on a bombing mission against targets near the Russian facilities in Khmeimim and Tartus (which, by itself, is both stupid and...
  • @Quartermaster
    The first reports here placed the downing on the Syrians. If the Syrians are running their own missile then it makes sense that the Russians said they were going to take them over.

    Anyone thinking the Russians could have overrun Ukraine back in '14, of that the war is dragging on because the Russians simply haven't gotten serious with Kyiv is having a meth induced dream. Russia won't take Ukraine for the same reason Ivan didn't come roaring through the Fulda Gap to go to Oktoberfest - the Army simply isn't in good shape.

    Putin introduced regulars into the Donbas when the so called "separatists" were being crushed. They tried to take over both of the southeastern Oblasts, but the Ukrainian people themselves rose up and stopped the vaunted Russian Army.

    If you still think the Ukrainians are going to be a pushover, you'd better think again.

    Russia won’t take Ukraine for the same reason Ivan didn’t come roaring through the Fulda Gap to go to Oktoberfest – the Army simply isn’t in good shape.

    You think Russia wants to go to Oktoberfest in Germany with their army? That says a lot about you.

  • Transcript here. On a more serious note, this is a PR disaster. Even Margarita Simonyan herself visibly realizes as the interview goes on. Their tourism story reaches levels of implausibility that should not even be possible: We are just heterosexual business partners - but no, we won't go into any details; our first sightseeing tour...
  • @Max Payne
    What's so suspicious about this?

    This is a perfectly normal reaction innocent (possibly gay) individuals would have when realizing they've been accused of something of this magnitude. Frustrated, confused, trying to get the whole story out but also afraid of saying the wrong things and being spun.

    I'm sure being guys heavy into supplements they may have done some shady things here and there and are genuinely afraid of shining light on that.

    Possibly selling steroids or kits to bypass performance-enhancing substance tests. Maybe to even well-known athletes.

    Bad timing on their part is all.

    Exactly. A planned appearance before the media, by secret services, would go much more smoothly, and would do retakes as necessary. The fact that it wasn’t smooth is evidence that they’re not guilty.

  • @reiner Tor
    They traveled from Moscow. Do they live in Moscow? If yes, how could they have been intimidated by such snow? Even the Germans did better in their summer uniforms in 1941. At Moscow, not in the lukewarm British winter with some minimal snow.

    I understand that even minimal snow often breaks down the unaccustomed British public transport systems, but come on. We’re talking about a couple of guys who made spontaneous decisions about suddenly traveling a few thousand kilometers. Could they not come up with a plan B? Like walking to the cathedral. Or going to a bar for a few drinks. Did they drink anything? Did cameras catch them in a bar?

    I bet you their bosses stole the money allocated to the project, and that’s why they were given a hotel room in a shitty hotel, and probably had to eat sandwiches all the time.

    The story is obviously unbelievable.

    Also, if they were on a mission, why would getting wet deter them?

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    It wouldn’t. It probably didn’t. They had to return for some other reasons.
  • @reiner Tor
    They traveled from Moscow. Do they live in Moscow? If yes, how could they have been intimidated by such snow? Even the Germans did better in their summer uniforms in 1941. At Moscow, not in the lukewarm British winter with some minimal snow.

    I understand that even minimal snow often breaks down the unaccustomed British public transport systems, but come on. We’re talking about a couple of guys who made spontaneous decisions about suddenly traveling a few thousand kilometers. Could they not come up with a plan B? Like walking to the cathedral. Or going to a bar for a few drinks. Did they drink anything? Did cameras catch them in a bar?

    I bet you their bosses stole the money allocated to the project, and that’s why they were given a hotel room in a shitty hotel, and probably had to eat sandwiches all the time.

    The story is obviously unbelievable.

    Um, they were wet, and thus uncomfortable. You’re comparing two guys on a lark to soldiers in the German army?

    • Replies: @Beckow

    ....You’re comparing two guys on a lark to soldiers in the German army?
     
    Exactly. We make a mistake of projecting too much into this. Two guys took a weekend trip to UK and all kinds of things happened. My guess would be that they were in Salisbury to deliver or pick up something. Or possibly they enjoy train rides through countryside. So they went twice. There is a long way from that to smearing door-knobs with nerve agents. Without better evidence only a show trial would convict them.
  • @al gore rhythms
    Do you find it odd to to choose a place 1500 miles away in Winter as a destination for a weekend break?

    What is the furthest you have travelled for a long weekend in the Winter?

    March is barely winter, and the winters in England are mild. I’ve seen blooming flowers there in December, and people sitting outside in cafes.

    The distance doesn’t matter; it’s just a plane ride. They have money from their business, and presumably no kids, so they have time to do what they want. I don’t find it unbelievable at all.

  • @reiner Tor
    I didn’t watch the interview, but what I saw about the transcript... it’s just bizarre.

    I read the transcript and thought it was believable. Unless they’re very sophisticated, their childish embarrassment about probably being in fact lovers was the most convincing part.

    Plus I don’t find it odd to plan a weekend in London for fun, and trying to make a day trip to Salisbury for sightseeing.

    • Replies: @al gore rhythms
    Do you find it odd to to choose a place 1500 miles away in Winter as a destination for a weekend break?

    What is the furthest you have travelled for a long weekend in the Winter?
  • Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent...
  • If McCain really wasn’t tortured in captivity, as Ron’s article persuasively argues, then this McCain quote is extremely telling of his true nature:
    https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/McCain-Criticized-for-Slur-He-says-he-ll-keep-3304741.php

    Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to apologize yesterday for his use of a racial slur to condemn the North Vietnamese prison guards who tortured and held him captive during the war.

    “I hate the gooks,” McCain said yesterday in response to a question from reporters aboard his campaign bus. “I will hate them as long as I live.”

  • A few years ago I somehow heard about a ferocious online dispute involving a left-leaning journalist named Mark Ames and the editors of Reason magazine, the glossy flagship publication of America's burgeoning libertarian movement. Although I was deep in my difficult programming work, curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to take a...
  • @Che Guava
    Mea culpa for the error, I have never read Mother Night, only seen the film, on checking, film and book of it are very different.

    I am always trying to not make such errors, but bad assumption on my part. I read all of his novels of that time (never at the time), except that one.

    So thank you, and also to utu for the correction. Am feeling terrible for the error.

    Don’t feel bad! We all make mistakes, including me. We should always remember that. Yours was very minor.

  • @Che Guava
    My own sequence, and thanks to Mr. Unz for also noticing most.

    Being at a western university, where Mr. Irving (certainly far more deserving of an honorary doctorate than most holders of that empty title) was 'no-platformed' by a combination of the Zionist and Trotskyist students.

    I did not understand the reasons at the time, but knowing he was a military historian with a great reputation, the offense against freedom of expression really annoyed me.

    Saw a couple of TV documentaries that had info. from Leuchter and Gelmar, among others, in retrospect, think that was the main factor driving the wasp's nest into hyperactivity, the simple fact that the narrative was being questioned on television.

    I read The Painted Bird, then later found out it was a total fake.

    Saw and later read Slaughterhouse 5, later found that Vonnegut, a direct witness of the Dresden atrocity, was essentially forced to write Mother Night as a mea culpa for it.

    Read a couple of the popular Holocaust porn novels from Israel, translated into English, thinking, oh, so sad, then noticing the small-print disclaimers 'This is entirely a work of fiction.'

    As something of a student of military history, I was thinking 'Why were the presumably logical military giving priority to transport for this, when they were having much more pressing needs?' In the end, I was realising it was likely just not true.

    Am glad that you mention the magazine Marco Polo , I enjoyed it in general, though do not have a copy of the banned issue, unfortunately only saw it and briefly scanned at a book shop.

    The reaction, as you say, was crazy, that was the factor pushing me into absolute scepticism.

    Still makes me wonder what power the Holocaustians were using to close the mag., have people fired and resign.

    Perhaps the US embassy.

    Doubt that it was the Israeli, because the campaign of Israeli illegal workers for a 'Holocaust' museum in an outer Tokyo suburb abt. seven yrs. later collapsed when the govt. cracked down on Israeli illegal workers around that time. Nothing to do with the stupid museum project, just because they were doing illegal work and trading, including illegal drugs.

    It was nice to see the posters for their stupid museum project disappear at the time.

    Mother Night was published 7 years before Slaughterhouse-Five.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Mea culpa for the error, I have never read Mother Night, only seen the film, on checking, film and book of it are very different.

    I am always trying to not make such errors, but bad assumption on my part. I read all of his novels of that time (never at the time), except that one.

    So thank you, and also to utu for the correction. Am feeling terrible for the error.
  • I once stayed for a few weeks in an apartment complex in the Boston area that had a large number of well-dressed but extremely skinny teenaged girls with supercilious expressions. I finally figured out that one floor of the building was home to a residential treatment center for anorexia. Anorexia in modern America is a...
  • @Arclight
    I have had this very conversation with my neighbor, who has two high school aged girls as well as older kids who passed through high school before the current transgender craze. He observed that the number of students who identify themselves as transgender in the last couple of years is out of all proportion of their supposed presence in the population, and he any other parents basically feel it's an attempt at getting attention for most of these teens. Also noted is that unlike the goth fad, a teen who says they are transgender *must* be taken at face value and to question it is to invite all sorts of condemnation from school administrators and some parents.

    It seems bizarre, but we are at a place where our cultural overlords insist that massive does of hormones and surgical mutilation to make someone into a facsimile of the opposite of their biological sex is considered 'treatment.' I can't help but think that in the not too distant future it will be considered a grotesque mistake, not that it will be any comfort to the thousands of people who undergo gender reassignment surgery.

    The sad case of David Reimer highlights the damaging effects of similar ‘treatment’ in the 1960’s:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

    People need to be more cautious, and less arrogant, in implementing their theories on people.

    • Replies: @PJ Collins
    What the Reimer case demonstrates is that a sense of self is inborn, and can't be changed, however much you tinker with someone's perceptions. David Reimer decided at 13 that he was a boy, and became one. This is identical to the situation expressed by the ROGD adolescents. The only question is whether or not the latter are being totally honest, or merely following some weird fad.
  • The battle between many former intelligence chiefs and the White House is becoming a gift that keeps on giving to the mass media, which is characteristically deeply immersed in Trump derangement syndrome in attacking the president for his having stripped former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance. One of the most ludicrous claims,...
  • @Greg Bacon
    Maybe we should start constructing skyscrapers out of the bodies of birds, like the ones that crashed this Swedish jet?

    ‘Russia hacked the birds’: Social media mocks Swedish paranoia after birds take down fighter jet


    https://www.rt.com/news/436477-sweden-russian-bird-attack/

    On the brighter side, in Dante's Inferno, the hottest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors. Hope Mr. Brennan likes warm weather.

    A traitor to what? Do you think he’s on your side? Some cabal(s) must find him useful.

  • What does it say about Obama that he favored a character like Brennan?

    • Replies: @Respect
    Obama favored the Muslim Brotherhood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Brotherhood

    The Nobel Prize of " peace " bombed a few arab countries from Libia to Afganistan , and organized " color revolutions " ( coups d` Etat ) in many other arab and non arab countries . Obama provoked millions of arabs refugees escaping from wars and invading Europe .

    Obama provoked the coup d`Etat and war in Ukraina
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/washington-was-behind-ukraine-coup-obama-admits-that-us-brokered-a-deal-in-support-of-regime-change/5429142

    etc....
  • There has been a dramatic shift in how the United States government carries out its business internationally. Admittedly, Washington has had a tendency to employ force to get what it has wanted ever since 9/11, but it also sometimes recognized that other countries had legitimate interests and accepted there was a place for diplomacy to...
  • @Jonathan Mason

    The most recent is the new sanctioning of Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury England.
     
    As I commented under another article, the most surprising thing here is that no one is commenting on the fact that the alleged nerve gas poisoning by the Russians occurred in the town of Salisbury in south western England, which is only 5 miles as the crow flies from Porton Down, Britain's secret defense research center where substances like nerve gas are studied.

    Can it really be a complete coincidence that the Russians chose to strike in a town where many of the scientists who work at Porton Down live--if indeed it was the Russians who were responsible and not a rogue researcher?

    Plus, there’s the Russian claim that the Swiss OPCW lab found BZ in the sample, which seems to fit the observed facts better: it’s more stable, outdoors or wherever, even wet; and it’s not as lethal.

  • @Anonymous
    Oh dear, the US is being soooo bad! lulz

    "The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoSx7uADc38
     

    Interesting impersonation of a bot!

  • I am not sure why people write columns. Partly from boredom, I suppose, or lack of anything better to do. Partly from exasperation. Yet partly from the hope that if enough people collectively become aware of problems, they might, just maybe, do something about them. I can’t believe this any longer. Today’s crimes, lunacies, and...
  • @Isabella
    I sit here, away from the ground zero site of the coming catastrophe, thinking that the phrase which best sums up America is "hell bent on self destruction".
    For a long time, I had no hope. There it sits, hiding behind its water wall 5000 miles deep, raining death and destruction down on harmless and largely helpless brown people, ripping children and babies to bits, but totally untouched itself. Filled with the hubris of the malignantly stupid, it thus said it was "exceptional". Of course, it was. Killing and destroying without limit, no-one to tell it "NO", and yet unharmed itself. It had to collapse, because all Empires do, but I thought, not before it has destroyed the world.
    Then hope came along. Mocked by some for being of middle height, slight and quietly, courteously spoken, he actually said "No". In small ways at first, kicking out of his country the parasites sucking it dry; beginning the build back to sovereignty, self sufficiency. Then fighting back against killers of peacekeepers in a neighbouring country; watching the beginnings of vilification, of mind control, of Orwells prophecy in it's infancy. But then, when the challenge got too big, he went International to the UN and said "We will no longer put up with this", and stopped the self destructive, sado-masochist in it's tracks.
    He also began attacking economically, because if you destroy the economic sham that underpins the insane evil demon haunted wrecks shambling along the Halls of Power in Washington and Whitehall, you can stop their mad rampage to blow the world to bits. And it seemed to be working. I thought - they have to see, they have to realise, they are now hated by just about the entire world, It's over. It's all over bar the shouting.
    But then came lies about poison in UK, lies about mass poison as a means to advance an aggression that doesn't exist, lies about aggressions [Jesus Wept], lies about malignity, and now, a Sanctions Bill from Hell".
    And now I am back to where I was before.
    I dont have hope. They are repeating the Iraq play -script. They are using the same way thinking - that they can believe what they want to believe - that Russia doesn't really have advanced military technology; that they are unbeatable in a battle field, forgetting that they never have really won a war.
    I remember asking my Father, who fought in WWII, why he volunteered. "Because", he said, "he knew war was inevitable, and he wanted to join the Forces Arm of his choosing".
    "Why", I asked, "did you know there would be war".?
    "Because the powers that be wanted one" he said simply.
    I dont think anything has changed.
    Hell bent on self destruction - and everyone else who gets in the way.

    Which Forces Arm did your father choose, and why? Afterwards, did he still think it best?

    • Replies: @Isabella
    He chose the RAF, Bomber Command, largely because he just loved the idea of flying. He loved aircraft and wanted to be a pilot.
    He also thought it would be the quickest way to stop the War.
    And afterwards he said of the the British and US -- we were no better than the Nazis.
    But he still did think the RAF the best arm to fight in - much better than being an Army grunt!!
  • Since the beginning of the “Me, too!” movement, “patriarchy”—and the very idea that females prefer to be feminine—is under attack as never before. The Swedish capital Stockholm has banned ads that portray female stereotypes [Stockholm bans “sexist” and “degrading” adverts from public spaces, By Sara Malm, Daily Mail, 13 June 2018]. An Austrian museum about...
  • The author of this article doesn’t inspire confidence, given such a misleading, perhaps uninformed statement as: “Among our chimpanzee ancestors, the solution was perfectly simple. The male chimp would jealously guard his females during estrus…”.

    Actually, the most common mating strategy among chimpanzees is promiscuous, though other patterns exist. See, for example, http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/chimpanzee/behav
    which contains this quote:

    “The majority of chimpanzee reproductive behavior is promiscuous, with females mating with multiple males opportunistically during estrus, though the majority of copulation occurs during the 10-day period of maximal tumescence (Goodall 1986). There are other types of reproductive strategies that are recognized as well. Restrictive mating, where the dominant male restricts other males from mating with estrous females in the community, consortship mating, where an adult pair leave the community for several days to weeks, and extra-group mating, where females leave their communities and mate furtively with males from nearby communities (Goodall 1986; Gagneux et al. 1999).”

  • On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls. The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least...
  • @Echoes of History
    "Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters. "I said, 'I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.' Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples." Song of Solomon 7:7-8

    "Could it be Satan?" Church Lady Lloyd

    http://i.imgflip.com/1vomek.jpg

    Hilarious!

  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • @Rod1963
    Quite true.

    My father(now deceased) was a WWII veteran(3ID, 3rd cavalry recce - provisional ) who saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Southern Italy He also served in the occupation of Germany after the war in the Constabulary. He saw the occupation first hand and could attest to much what Unz has written, plus a lot more. Oddly enough the Starts & Stripes for that era was never put on-line and there is a reason for it.

    Rations were so limited for the Germans after the war you could buy a woman with a candy bar. Quartering of American troops - especially officers and NCO's in German homes was the norm.

    He told me stories of our side routinely killing German soldiers who surrendered. It was especially bad with front line units who didn't want to be bothered to detail some men to escort them back to the rear.

    BTW this practice really got going with the Army Rangers in Tunisia where they butchered some 300 Italian soldiers who surrendered in cold blood during a raid. This was sanctioned by Army higher ups. At Anzio those Rangers got their comeuppance and got their butt kicked. The Italian military at the time demanded the Germans turn over the Ranger POW's to be executed, but luckily the Germans didn't. They should have. No one would have missed them.

    Rules of war weren't really followed. At Monte Casino, allied commanders imported a contingent of Moroccan colonial troops who proceeded to rape and pillage the Italian countryside with the approval of French Army authorities. Sophia Loren even had a movie made about their crimes.

    BTW my old man was a big fan of Col. Hackworth, whom he admired.

    My father, who was an Allied POW in Germany, and stayed there for 4 years after the war, broadly corroborated this, and told me about it as I grew up. He was treated well as a POW, and before the Allies conquered his area, he advised his German captors to desert, get rid of their uniforms, and hide out in the woods during the transfer. A number of them did, and thanked him afterwards.

  • I have just spent a couple of days in New York City. Returning to Virginia on Wednesday morning, I had a somewhat strange experience. I cleared through my emails before leaving the hotel and also read through a number of the featured news articles. One, in particular, caught my eye. It described how the Democratic...
  • @Tyrion 2

    I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs
     
    Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country. The two settlers guilty of arson are disgusting zealots. But their type is exponentially more common in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on.

    The criticism of Israel in Western media is disproportionately extremely high given the much higher rates of this type of thing in the majority of the rest of the world.

    As for sniping the leaders of a huge mob trying to invade your country/storm your borders, doesn't that seem like the most humane way to deal with it? What does Giraldi suggest they do?

    I suppose Western anti-Semites see Western countries going down because they are unable to deal with this type of thing and get jealous and want to drag Israel down with them. I prefer that America follow the example of Matteo Salvini. Giraldi prefers 'abolish borders' Cortez. Indeed, he'd like her to "go a lot farther".

    Imagine if they just started shooting the leaders of Occupy Wall Street, from a safe distance, of course.

    Or ICE just shooting people that try to cross the border. From a safe distance, of course.

    Who would criticize that?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    People are legitimately shot all of the time while engaging in property crimes in the US. That same attitude has not been applied to the Southern border, which is why tens of millions have crossed it illegally.

    If you prefer to never kill and lose your country, that is the American people's collective choice; but it is factually an extremist position if you look at the rest of the world and human history.
  • What is really needed in dealing with cannabis is a “tobacco moment”, as with cigarettes 50 years ago, when a majority of people became convinced that smoking might give them cancer and kill them. Since then the number of cigarette smokers in Britain has fallen by two-thirds. A depressing aspect of the present debate about...
  • The author, Patrick Cockburn, states “commercialisation of cannabis has as many dangers as criminalisation.” This statement is pretty hard to sustain. Consider the horrendous drug gang violence in Mexico; the cost of paying for and enduring abusive police forces, jails, and courts; giving violent criminals the de facto ability to print money, etc, vs the negative medical effects in some users. (His bias is quite understandable given his personal situation involving his son. I feel sorry for them, and hope things keep overall improving for them.)

    That said, I fully agree with Cockburn in that the dangers of cannabis should be publicized. (And the science should be taken further: could this discovery:
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317170.php
    lead to a new test for susceptibility to schizophrenia? And such people would be strongly cautioned to stay away from cannabis. Even providing it to them knowingly could be a felony, and a lower-level crime in any case, to foster that question between users.)

    In fact, I suspect some famous “acid casualties” of the 60’s may have been precipitated by cannabis, instead, perhaps such as Roger “Syd” Barrett, Peter Green, and others. (Not to lay any stigma on those people: I don’t claim they were mentally ill.) Whereas the research on true hallucinogens like psilocybin and LSD is quite positive, for depression and anxiety and even spirituality, under trained and effective supervision. See, for ex:

    http://www.anewunderstanding.org/

    Let’s get all these pros and cons well-publicized! (And further studied, for these and other effects.) I’d be happy to pay taxes for that.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    "In fact, I suspect some famous “acid casualties” of the 60′s may have been precipitated by cannabis"

    Concur. My one episode with dissociative psychosis occurred after OD'ing on marijuana at a birthday party for a rock band after ingesting it in the cake. I hadn't eaten dinner and thought that 3 or 4 or 5 pieces of carrot cake would be a "healthy" (hah) substitute plus it would absorb some of the beer I was drinking.

    About 4 in the morning I woke up and couldn't figure out what was happening. I was looped. It went downhill from there. There was one voice in my head and no answer. People say they hear voices, or that schizophrenia is split personality but far more frightening is when there is no answering voice in your brain that is confirming your internal observations about your experience. It was terrible.

    As you say, acid, psilocybin and peyote had never had this kind of effect; just the opposite. They were religious, ultimately affirming experiences.

    Three or four days after the party I was telling a friend of my experience and he informed me that the cake had been baked with lots of pot. Until then I hadn't a clue. That explained it, but not really. Nothing explains the loss of mind and identity. Pretty much put me off on drugs as gateways to truer reality.
  • From The Guardian: Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia Private journals kept by the scientist and humanitarian icon show prejudiced attitudes towards the people he met while travelling in Asia Alison Flood Tue 12 Jun 2018 12.32 EDT Last modified on Tue 12 Jun 2018 19.25 The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his...
  • Albert Einstein was always a grade-A hypocrite. When Germany invaded Serbia, his then-wife’s country, he was a pacifist. When the Nazis threatened Jews, he wrote a letter to the US president urging him to develop an atom bomb. Enough said.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    1) Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia, not Germany.

    2) By 1914, Einstein's first marriage was dead. His wife left for Switzerland with the boys right before the war started. Also, unlike most intellectuals in Germany(Jews included), he was against the outbreak of WW I.

    3) He was honestly scared the Germans would get the bomb first. This was right after the Hahn/Meitner/Stressemann team in Berlin proved nuclear fission.

  • For many years I maintained far too many magazine subscriptions, more periodicals than I could possibly read or even skim, so most weeks they went straight into storage, with scarcely more than a glance at the cover. But every now and then, I might casually browse one of them, curious about what I had usually...
  • If Suvorov is correct, why didn’t Hitler stop after capturing or destroying all that forward-deployed weaponry of Stalin’s?

    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
    It’s pretty obvious, no? To finish off the mortal threat once and for all. The Soviets had vast amounts of resources on which to base a recovery and future restart of the war. Which is why, at the time, the Germans made the right decision to rebuff Stalin’s offers for cessation.
  • There have been major developments this week, all of them bad, including Putin re-nominating Medvedev as his Prime Minister, and Bibi Netanyahu invited to Moscow to the Victory Day Parade in spite of him bombing Syria, a Russian ally, just on the eve of his visit. Once in Moscow, Netanyahu compared Iran to, what else,...
  • @Bigly
    Victoria is not Yulia's sister.

    Other than that, I share your sentiments regarding Putin.

    You’re right. but to explain the error in English: She’s her first cousin, and in Russian, cousins are referred to as brother and sister.

  • A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military: It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of...
  • @manorchurch

    I think I wasn’t snarky enough.
     
    Eh, snark is less effective than an informed and pointed question.

    And your point, “How many decent politically-oriented proposals of yours have been published lately?” is irrelevant to my point.
     
    Oh, I don't know about that. Over my years of forumizing, I've found that calling out individuals for what they may claim to have published almost inevitably backfires, especially when one also lacks applicable credentials.

    Tu quoque springs to mind.

    You’re certainly entitled to your opinion of the appropriateness of my comments. I disagree.

  • @manorchurch

    Says you. On the contrary, it’s a well-written, powerful piece written by a veteran. With society changing implications if widely disseminated.

     

    Agreed, but how are "society changes" to be implemented in the face of overwhelming opposing ideology and wealth?

    And you’ve written what, exactly?
     
    A bit snarky, don't you think? How many decent politically-oriented proposals of yours have been published lately? Personally, the last piece I published was about call-switching on the NA cellphone system. Stellar, I assure you, but regarded as a bit dry, by some. Let's not play variations on the "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" game, ay? Keep your own self-respect in good order.

    A bit too snarky in response to “Boring worthless drivel. The old hipster has slipped into senility.”? I think I wasn’t snarky enough. And your point, “How many decent politically-oriented proposals of yours have been published lately?” is irrelevant to my point. I wasn’t the one dismissing this and all of Fred Reed’s further output as “senility”.

    • Replies: @manorchurch

    I think I wasn’t snarky enough.
     
    Eh, snark is less effective than an informed and pointed question.

    And your point, “How many decent politically-oriented proposals of yours have been published lately?” is irrelevant to my point.
     
    Oh, I don't know about that. Over my years of forumizing, I've found that calling out individuals for what they may claim to have published almost inevitably backfires, especially when one also lacks applicable credentials.

    Tu quoque springs to mind.
  • @Rex Dickerson
    Good Lord! Didn't Fred write the same screed a few months back? Boring worthless drivel. The old hipster has slipped into senility.

    Says you. On the contrary, it’s a well-written, powerful piece written by a veteran. With society changing implications if widely disseminated.

    And you’ve written what, exactly?

    • Replies: @manorchurch

    Says you. On the contrary, it’s a well-written, powerful piece written by a veteran. With society changing implications if widely disseminated.

     

    Agreed, but how are "society changes" to be implemented in the face of overwhelming opposing ideology and wealth?

    And you’ve written what, exactly?
     
    A bit snarky, don't you think? How many decent politically-oriented proposals of yours have been published lately? Personally, the last piece I published was about call-switching on the NA cellphone system. Stellar, I assure you, but regarded as a bit dry, by some. Let's not play variations on the "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" game, ay? Keep your own self-respect in good order.
  • So the global capitalist ruling classes’ War on Dissent is now in full swing. With their new and improved official narrative, “Democracy versus the Putin-Nazis,” successfully implanted in the public consciousness, the corporatocracy have been focusing their efforts on delegitimizing any and all forms of deviation from their utterly absurd and increasingly paranoid version of...
  • Really, there are three groups: Elites, Sheep, and Critical Thinkers.

  • I vote for the names “Stone-Face Killers” and “Rationals”.

  • A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military: It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of...
  • Another shallow and superficial rant about a very important topic.

    Good for venting, though.
    And then moving on with no change whatsoever.

    The public, both ignorant and uninvolved, became acquiescent.

    With approach to the topic like this, no wonder. Makes sense.

    • Disagree: Antiwar7
    • Replies: @Begemot
    Another shallow and superficial rant...

    It's you, Peter, shallow and superficial.
    , @Realist

    Another shallow and superficial rant about a very important topic.

    Good for venting, though.
    And then moving on with no change whatsoever.
     
    Whining and crying will change nothing.....action is needed.

    That is the problem with most articles, plenty of problem stating, no problem solving.
    , @pyrrhus
    Nothing shallow or superficial about it, Fred hit all the bases. Our military budget is greater than that of the next ten countries combined, and it is used exclusively to blow up third world countries for fun and profit. The American population is being sucked dry for this scam operation...BTW, Fred didn't even mention the $6 trillion that is missing in the Pentagon....
  • The musical chairs playing out among the senior officials that make up the President Donald Trump White House team would be amusing to watch but for the genuine damage that it is doing to the United States. The lack of any coherence in policy means that the State Department now has diplomats that do not...
  • @Antiwar7
    Luckily, UN rep is one of the less powerful foreign policy posts, though allowing for plenty of grandstanding. Less powerful, as shown by it being held by women in the US for a long time.

    Interesting: almost like a symbolic Syrian attack.

    Though ideas are powerful, and that gives the main power of the role. So it’s still dangerous to have a sociopathic (who believes unworthy civilian victims don’t count, or have it coming to them) warmonger in that post.

  • Luckily, UN rep is one of the less powerful foreign policy posts, though allowing for plenty of grandstanding. Less powerful, as shown by it being held by women in the US for a long time.

    Interesting: almost like a symbolic Syrian attack.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    Though ideas are powerful, and that gives the main power of the role. So it's still dangerous to have a sociopathic (who believes unworthy civilian victims don't count, or have it coming to them) warmonger in that post.
  • The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as “labor unrest”, a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category of workers. In Anglo-American media, there is the usual self-satisfied tongue-clicking over “those cheese-eaters, always...
  • @Old American
    bunch of work shy euro sissies. long hours my ass. men did not evolve to socialize with women and children.

    Yes, everyone could work harder and sacrifice more. Why?

    • Replies: @Alden
    Everyone should work longer hours at lower wages for 2 reasons.

    1 to expand the affirmative action welfare state so all the black and brown women have welfare office jobs to take care of all the workers on food stamps and other welfare.

    2. To ensure that the capitalists can get richer and richer and richer every time they lower wages.

    Think of the IT companies that lay off 100 $ 100,000 a year American programmers and hire 100 $80,000
    H1 B programmers

    That’s 20 million a year in salaries that 15 top execs can split up
  • Let’s begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very self-same UNSC should a chemical attack happen in Syria Then the Russians announced that they have evidence that a chemical false flag is being prepared...
  • @Antonio
    Well, firstly, I don't think the future of our planet is at risk, if you mean by that extinction of life on Earth. Current arsenals can't do that, even in the worst case scenario. Nor even can they extinct human race either. Lots of deaths? Yes, sure. Extinction? Nope.

    Secondly, there is no rule of law because there is no punishment. Once punishment is delivered, things will change quickly. I agree with you that political or economical punishment will not work. But military punishment will do. Sink some US carriers or destroy some Israel bases, and you will see how they become well-behaved.

    (BTW, the EU stopped being Christian long ago.)

    The theory is that soot from firestorms in the cities will get into the stratosphere, and stay up there for years, leading to crop failures. Extrapolating from Krakatoa. Do you have evidence otherwise?

  • I have never ruled out the possibility that Russia is responsible for the attack in Salisbury, amongst other possibilities. But I do rule out the possibility that Assad is dropping chemical weapons in Ghouta. In this extraordinary war, where Saudi-funded jihadist head choppers have Israeli air support and US and UK military “advisers”, every time...
  • @ZummaZero
    "I have never ruled out the possibility that Russia is responsible for the attack in Salisbury, amongst other possibilities. "

    Please, why din't you mention the other possibilities, instead of "the russian one"?

    In Murray’s first post on the Skripal story, he lists other possible suspects as Orbis Intelligence (who produced the Steele dossier) and the state of Israel:
    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/russian-to-judgement/

    And in the later articles posted here, he writes: “That puts Saudi Arabia (and its client jihadists), Saudi Arabia’s close ally Israel, the UK and the USA all in the frame in having a powerful motive in inculcating anti-Russian sentiment prior to planned conflict with Russia in Syria. Any of them could have attacked the Skripals.”

  • Friday night, April 13, in conjunction with Great Britain and France, President Donald Trump ordered an attack on Syria. And the unleashed war hawks were elated. Just to cite one example, Sebastian Gorka (who had been in the administration last year during the first Syrian “false flag” operation) literally proclaimed the coming of the Eschaton...
  • @Paul Yarbles
    A vote for Trump was a vote for a third party in some ways.

    Agreed. It certainly did seem to cause a lot of consternation.

  • @tjm
    I do not agree, the only answer when dealing with a fixed game is not to play.

    They control the media, they PICK who can and who cannot run. If there was a REAL PATRIOT, they would destroy him, blackmail him, or kill him.

    It amazes me, in the face of all the evidence, people still think we have options.

    Step out of line in America, and see how many freedoms you actually have.

    If they can kill JFK, MLK, Robert Kennedy, and scores of people we don't know, as well as pull of 9/11, the Iraq war, Afghanistan...you think they would let anyone get close to shutting it all down, REALLY?!

    The only people that get into the Senate or Congress or the White House are people they can control, through blackmail, bribery or threats. Clinton and Trump are great examples of this.

    I’m not saying this would be a way to defeat them. It’s just an easy way to increase the cost of doing business.

  • @Realist
    This country is neither a Democracy or a Republic. The Deep State rules.

    Voting is futile.

    They rule, but at what cost (to themselves)? This is an easy way to increase that cost.

  • @Realist

    Is This the Beginning of the End for the Trump Presidency?
     
    No that happened about a month after he took office. The man is an obtuse, shallow asshat.
    Sorry I voted for him. I should have stayed with my earlier conviction to never vote.

    America's problems will not be corrected by elections.

    Vote third party. If even 20% voted third party, it would cause a lot of headaches for the ruling oligarchy. Whereas the more people who stay away, the happier they are.

    • Replies: @tjm
    I do not agree, the only answer when dealing with a fixed game is not to play.

    They control the media, they PICK who can and who cannot run. If there was a REAL PATRIOT, they would destroy him, blackmail him, or kill him.

    It amazes me, in the face of all the evidence, people still think we have options.

    Step out of line in America, and see how many freedoms you actually have.

    If they can kill JFK, MLK, Robert Kennedy, and scores of people we don't know, as well as pull of 9/11, the Iraq war, Afghanistan...you think they would let anyone get close to shutting it all down, REALLY?!

    The only people that get into the Senate or Congress or the White House are people they can control, through blackmail, bribery or threats. Clinton and Trump are great examples of this.
    , @Realist
    This country is neither a Democracy or a Republic. The Deep State rules.

    Voting is futile.
    , @Paul Yarbles
    A vote for Trump was a vote for a third party in some ways.
  • Behind President Donald Trump’s bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex. For a candidate who once proposed a normal relationship with Russia, just peace in the Mideast, and an end to America’s foreign wars Donald Trump is now...
  • Well-played framing of the issues.

  • President Trump is so pissed off by the Stormy affair that he is likely to prefer a good old war to another humiliation. This suits his enemies and friends (though not his voters) to a tee. He has a choice of doing a difficult manly act that needs all his courage, but which one? Should...
  • The explanation is simple. The survival of Assad allows the continued existence of the military supply route to Hezbollah, which is the only neighbor of Israel that can fight back. Russia is the vital and determining influence protecting the Syrian government.

    QED.

    • Replies: @L.K

    The survival of Assad allows the continued existence of the military supply route to Hezbollah, which is the only neighbor of Israel that can fight back. Russia is the vital and determining influence protecting the Syrian government.
     
    Absolutely true.
    , @Carroll Price
    I agree. That's exactly what the current situation is all about. Israel cannot live with the reality of being unable to attack its neighbors anytime it takes a notion.
  • With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. "I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home," said the president. We've gotten "nothing out of the $7 trillion (spent) in the Middle East...
  • @NoseytheDuke
    If you believe that the Saudis had much to do with 9/11 then you simply haven't bothered to really study what is known about it and I suggest that you do make the effort. It's possible that some of the funding was transferred via Saudis in order to set them up as patsies should things come undone but there's lots of evident pointing away from the Saudis and towards America's special "ally" and the "only true democracy" in the ME. Continuously spouting about Saudi involvement only clouds the issue and offers a smokescreen for the real perpetrators. Is that your intention?

    That’s right. Always have at least two cover stories, with one somewhat “hidden”. Brilliant.

  • @Diversity Heretic
    Reagan withdrew from Lebanon after the truck bombing of the Marine barracks and the sun came up the next day from Maine to Honolulu. Acknowledging mistakes and withdrawing from impossible situations is a sign of maturity and good judgment.

    No, that’s a sign of rationality and not having a completely evil and hidden purpose. A sign of maturity and good judgement would be not getting involved in the first place.

  • @Nexus321
    If one 7th of those trillions had been invested commercially in the middle east it would have generated big return for the US along with good will. Now the US is in massive debt and appears to have an out of control military.

    Good point. But the crucial phrase is “for the US”. The people controlling this are doing it for themselves.

  • Left Out, a podcast produced by Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, and Paul Sliker, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. We're excited to announce our new weekly series called The Hudson Report with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we'll pick Professor Hudson's brain for...
  • Will unz.com carry the rest of these Hudson Reports?

  • March 2018 will go down in history as a truly historical month March 1st, Vladimir Putin makes his historical address to the Russian Federal Assembly. March 4th, Sergei Skripal, a former UK spy, is allegedly poisoned in the UK. March 8th, British officials accuse Russia of using nerve gas to attempt to murder Sergei Skripal....
  • I’m afraid the Bolton appointment means more that an immoral, horrible war with Iran became more probable, not so much Russia. Isn’t that the main difference between McMaster and Bolton? Despite the obvious hair differences.

  • Left Out, a podcast produced by Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, and Paul Sliker, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. We're excited to announce our new weekly series called The Hudson Report with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we'll pick Professor Hudson's brain for...
  • @Macon Richardson
    Well, that was hardly an analysis at all. More like idle chit-chat. I'm disappointed that such an important topic was merely chatted over.

    Not really. They say it’s the first of an ongoing series, so they’ll be able to get more into substance, presumably.

    Also, they succeed in bringing up their main topic: debt, and make some important claims:

    1) Debt and its cyclic cancellation, by whatever means, were important and regular patterns of ancient life.

    2) There’s currently an incredible blindness to the cost of debt in current official macroenomic statistics such as GDP.

  • Since the Russian election is taking place on the anniversary of Crimea's incorporation into Russia - an intentional play to increase turnout - now is as good a time as any to reflect on the complete failure of the Kremlin's Ukraine policy. The Adepts of Putin's "Clever Plan" have predicted all twelve of the Ukraine's...
  • @Daniil Adamov
    Not sure it's accurate to say that Ukraine beat Russia. America/"the West" beat Russia (in terms of forcing out our influence for the near future), or Poroshenko beat Putin (more debatable; internal politics are primary for both and I'd say they both won from this on that front). But Ukraine the country does not seem to have won much from this yet, albeit I certainly agree that it is not collapsing any time soon (frankly it is extremely difficult for a modern country to "collapse"; it took a lot for far less developed Somalia to descend into actual anarchy, and even then it wasn't anything it couldn't eventually bounce back from).

    Russia certainly did not win much here either, of course.

    On another note, I'm not sure what you mean by Russia being a "civilizational entity" (did you just mean "civilization"? :P), but I fail to see how failing to get back Kiev and Minsk will in any way destroy or diminish our country or our people. They just aren't that important in my view, though perhaps I am too young to appreciate their value to a much bigger country with far bigger fish to fry on other fronts. But anyway, it's surely just as possible (indeed, even more likely) that the "triune Russian nation" will just continue to grow apart, as it has started to centuries ago. Solzhenitsyn and Ilyin were simply out of touch on this count, IMHO, as by the 20th century there were distinct strains of Belarussian and Ukrainian nationalism that were not going to simply go away. The situation has only progressed further since then. C'est la vie.

    Forcing people to join a union causes a reaction, as with the breakup of Yugoslavia.

    Letting them be independent can lead to centuries of cooperation, as with the various mainstream Orthodox churches.

  • Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre its Kurdish population unless they convert to the variant of Islam espoused by Isis and al-Qaeda. In the past such demands have preceded the mass killings of sectarian and ethnic minorities in both Syria and Iraq. In one video...
  • Why are Afrin and eastern Ghouta described the same way in this article, when it only includes evidence of ethnic cleansing in Afrin?

  • For those interested in the military implications of the recent revelations by Vladimir Putin about new Russian weapon systems I would recommend the excellent article entitled “The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems" by Andrei Martyanov who offers a superb analysis of what these new weapons mean for the US and, especially, the US Navy....
  • @Quartermaster
    Saker has made more than a few minor misses. Putin has done some wishcasting, and that's about all.

    The nuke powered cruise missile is good example. merely testing it would result in irradiating everything in the flight path. The US looked at such things and saw they were too dangerous to even test. The US placed hypersonic development in abeyance because of materials problems. Russian metallurgy is behind that of the west and barring a very unlikely breakthrough, those weapons don't exist either.

    Putin is a KGB thug. In spite of what most people thought, the primary function of the KGB in the west was spreading disinformation. In spite of what grinning, drooling morons Putin told about these "weapons" think, the probability of such things existing are nil.

    The Russophobia thing is another bit of idiocy Saker is in love with. The Collusion thing the DimoKKKRats are taken with doesn't exist. The Dims are simply trying to neutralize Trump, who would like to normalize relations with Russia, but can't because of the criminality that is rampant in Putin's regime. The business in Ukraine is only a symptom. The internals of Russia, however, will destroy the country.

    Quartermaster, anxiously waiting for your substantive reply to FB…

    Or do you just stop talking when proven to be full of baloney?

  • “Someone must have been telling tales about Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.” Thus begins The Trial, Franz Kafka’s 1925 work, in which Joseph K., ordinary bank employee, is arrested at his home by mysterious agents and notified of legal proceedings against him. He is not informed of...
  • @anony-mouse
    1/YouTube is a private website just like Unz.com is. It's not a monopoly-there's a lot more sites like it.

    Who chooses who gets to write article for Unz.com? Ron Unz. Ron Unz can delete any comment or commenter he likes (include this one). He effectively has 'censored' all comments for PCR's articles. Because? Because, because, because. That's why. I wish that wasn't true, but my recourse is zilch.

    2/ Interesting that next to it on this site is a critique of another private meida outlet, Commentary. don't like Commentary, don't read it. Don't like Youtube, don't use it.

    3/ I notice that whenever I write a comment it says 'Your comment is awaiting moderation'. Whatever can that mean?

    Unz prevents comments from PCR’s articles at the request of PCR (Paul Craig Roberts). PCR was sick of having to refute comments at the various places his articles appear.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    Thanks. PCR stopped allowing reader comments shortly after resuming his writing career a few years ago. At the time, he justified the move by stating that he could see no sense in spending time and effort writing articles, the contents of which could largely be disputed or discredited by comments left in the comment section. I guess I understand this thinking up to a point, but I personally have more respect for writers like Phil Giraldi who back up their articles with easily confirmed facts, accompanied by participating in the comments section when appropriate.
    .
    , @Twodees Partain
    Paul seems to be barely holding on to his sanity these days. I remember seeing him include in the text of his articles rants against commenters and thinking at the time that he was overreacting to something most writers recognize as being out of their control, and therefore beneath their dignity to notice.

    His articles have become short rants of a few paragraphs. It's sad to see.
    , @Che Guava
    Precisely. I was about to reflexively saying ''but I was commenting on PCR articles at least one, maybe three times', but to avoid being foolish, checked first.

    The mouse is correct, there are no comments on PCR articles now.

    You are correct about it being doubtless at PCR's own request, but I do not recall him ever replying to comments, so incorrect on that.

    Reason would be dotage, a tantrum, or too many Izzie propagandists on one or two, maybe some combo of those, thinking the second is the key.

    Not that he is not still making good points at times, though straying into Alex Jones (who is very entertaining and not always wrong) territory at others.
  • Jerry Seinfeld, the Jewish American comedian, who was performing in Tel Aviv Israel at the Menora Mavtichim Arena at the end of December, recently made the news over his real live adventure at an anti-terrorism tourism camp. The so-called Counter Terror and Security Academy named Caliber 3 is a tourist training camp near the Efrat...
  • @jacques sheete
    OMG!

    Lately I am tending more towards a modified quietism, and a laughing indifference. Our problems come from doing too much, and they won’t be solved by more “doing”.
     
    I've recently changed from a laughing indifference to a mocking one and I'm also planting popcorn and stocking up on the stuff. The antics and the hysteria certainly can be amusing.

    Human nature being irredeemable, I want to live orthogonally to society in whatever form it takes, not cultivating the illusion that we can get it “right”, if we just do the right thing.
     

     Amen! Even if we did get it "right," it would last about a millionth of a femtosecond, if that!

    “Orthogonal to”. “Femtosecond”. You guys reveal your techie geek backgrounds! Nothing wrong with that.

    It’s hard to argue with your approach. The illusion of controllability, and the “ends justify the means” sorts it attracts, make for a bad combination.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete

    The illusion of controllability, and the “ends justify the means” sorts it attracts, make for a bad combination.
     
    Bad?

    With that you reveal your mastery of the understatement! Nothing wrong with that. :)