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    “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime,” commented British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of his country’s entry in World War I. Something similar came to mind when I heard that American Renaissance Editor Jared Taylor has been banned from Europe...
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    I do admit a slight warm inner glow of schadenfreude that some tool who uses terms like "anarcho-tyranny" non-ironically, is on the receiving end of what anarchists have long maintained is one of the consequences of a State... viz., an expansion of the State's role beyond defensible bounds, all the way to an inevitable tyranny.

    It's hard to give people the benefit of the doubt on this: folks will bray about how this or that aspect of government is defensible - that there is some or other genuine public good being provided, or some genuine market failur being remedied... ignoring the vast amount of shit that government currently does that has no such attributes, ignoring whether the government passes a cost-benefit calculation, and also ignoring the inevitable dynamic consequences of having a state.

    Foremost among those inevitable dynamic consequences are that corrupt parasitic megalomaniacs will wind up in charge.

    It is literally impossible to stop them: if your leadership-selection mechanism is 'representative' (i.e., is elected), they have an advantage because they're prepared to lie to get elected, to misrepresent their policies as net-positive when they're not, and to besmirch any opposition.

    Second among the inevitable consequences is financial ruin. The ruling class views its budget constraint as "however much we can get in current tax, plus as much as we can borrow, with future taxes as collateral". And the spending priorities of States are in no way aligned with the will of the people[1], much less what would be in the people's best interests.

    This sets up intertemporal budgetary dynamics of the type that we observe everywhere in the world, pretty much over the entire span of history: government spends itself into penury. Debt grows significantly faster than the broad economy, even though the economic numbers are artificially high because they count debt-funded government spending as if it is a value-add (when it's not: it's a discounted value-transfer from the future, since all debt-funded spending must be paid back at more than dollar-for-dollar).

    Not strictly inevitable, but highly likely as a result of the main two actually-inevitable consequences... the mot costly consequence of States is WAR. (Private wars are pathetically small local affairs by comparison - although non-state actors can cause headaches for state armies... e.g., Afghanistan has given headaches to everyone since Alexander the Great).

    Throughout history, war has been used by governments who are off their stable budget manifold, as a mechanism to try to capture resources - even though it's the most inefficient mechanism imaginable. It also helps that war tends to take the minds of the demos, off whatever government mismanagement had gone before.

    If you support any system that asserts a territorial monopoly on legitimate violence, you are on the hook for its predictable consequences. Corruption; Tyranny; Financial Ruin; WAR.

    [1] The "will of the people" is a shibboleth (as are other terms with similar meanings - "the public will"; "social preferences"; "what the people want"). It is not a thing that can be determined with any precision - and certainly not with sufficient precision to justify coercing those who disagree.

    Murray would have been proud of this comment. Well done!

  • It is cold in the Midwest, so cold that Rachel Maddow already ascribed it to evil Putin (“Russia will freeze you and your family to death.”) It is extremely cold in England, too. I’d think this frost spell should put paid to the silly notion of Global Warming. But no, the adepts of Al Gore...
  • @mark green
    Good article. Let's hope that both Mr. Shamir and Mr. Unz continue to cast a skeptical eye on 'global warming' (OOPS!--make that 'climate change') since climate science is definitely 'not settled' as claimed.

    The complex, chaotic, and unpredictable forces which drive climate remain a great--perhaps unfathomable--mystery.

    Indeed, we are presently in basking in an unusually mild epoch (by recent geological standards) and are probably headed towards far colder weather. Fortunately, it may be another thousand years or more before we return to the 'normal' semi-frigid conditions normally seen on earth over the past one million years.

    After all, the last glacial period ended only some 13,000 years ago. Before then, the Great Lakes region for instance was buried under a mile or more of ice. Then it got warmer. And then colder--(for about 1200 years.) The sudden, inexplicable, millennium-long cold snap is known as the 'Younger Dryas' event. A massive extinction of megafauna (Wooly Mammoth, Saber Tooth tiger, Giant sloth, etc) occurred around this time.

    It's worth noting that humankind began to flourish with the rise of warm ('interglacial') weather. Even today, far more people worldwide are killed by cold-related weather conditions than heat-related ones. Warmth is good for humankind.

    In any event, the hospitable 'interglacial period' we are now enjoying typically lasts only around 15,000 years (give or take a few centuries). The longer glacial periods however traditionally last some 80,000 to 110,000 years. So by recent standards (the last million years) we humans are enjoying a lovely, warm but brief 'interglacial' beach vacation.

    Why the earth has dramatically cooled and then warmed up some ten times over the past one million years remains a mystery. But CO2 levels are definitely not the direct and sole cause, as often claimed.

    Other factors driving climate include: variations in the solar wind (energy from the sun), changes in earth's tilt and variations in it orbit (see: Milankovich cycles), major volcanic events and earth's periodic collisions with large asteroids, jet stream variations, El Nino, La Nina, additional variations in oceanic currents, and fluctuations in levels of atmospheric water vapor as well as other fluctuating greenhouse gasses. The factors are numerous and they also interact with one another in unexpected ways.

    It's also worth remembering that 'global cooling' was a big news story back in the seventies. Yet its been forgotten entirely, even though global average temperatures dropped steadily between 1945 and 1975 (while CO2 levels were rising.)

    Curious, no?

    Climate science still has a long way to go. We must resist its politicization.

    Great comment, Mark! Worthy of article status.

    • Replies: @mark green
    Thanx, Mike. And besides the financial bonanza that goes to Big Government agencies due to ever-increasing taxes on oil and coal (in addition to the subsidies that benefit various 'green' ventures ) there's an Israeli angle to the 'climate change' scam as well.

    Not only are there many Israeli-based solar firms that stand to get a competitive advantage over their fossil fuels rivals (due to government subsidies and tax schemes) but the various foes of the Zionist entity (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Russia and numerous Arab states) are all being economically damaged as the West shifts it research and buying preferences to expensive, 'renewable' technologies such as wind and solar.

    The revenue stream of OPEC and other oil-exporting countries is will shrink as government-subsidized electric cars push the internal combustion auto off the road, even though gasoline remains an inexpensive and highly efficient source of energy.

  • Wild at Heart is not David Lynch’s best movie, but it is my favorite. I would argue, for instance, that Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, and The Straight Story are all better films. But for some reason they do not call me back year after year like Wild at Heart. Wild at Heart was released...
  • @EliteCommInc.
    Laughing.


    As one treasures one's plow. Save one fixes one's beloved plow. In the case of slaves, they whipped as lazy, shackled or similarly treated as repair for any number ailments in need of repair.

    Sure some slaves manged to build some manner of relationship and no doubt even were raised to a level of human commonality ----


    However, anyone who buys into the benign southern nostalgia regarding slavery is embracing a mythos that simply did not nor could ever exist. Upwards of some 4 million human beings by the end, of varying ethinicities/cultures, languages, under control by force (several hundred murders may have been against those blacks (over slavery's history - but then one cannot murder property). I suspect that real life among that environment makes Mr. Lynch and Mr Tarantino look like amatuers as purveyors of human violence.

    What I appreciated about Mr Tarantino is not the violence (over the top as it can be) is the story telling. Django Unchained is not about slavery or revenge in my view. It's a love story. And the stage of that love story is best set by the story of Drsilla(?) told by Christopher Waltz about the princess in need of rescue. The protagonists are not the lone rangers setting about John Brown's quest for black freedom. Their goal is very specific and it is driven by the story of rescuing the trapped princess. It just happens to take place in the very bizarre world of the slave environment.


    But slaves cherished --- slavery was not a benevolent enterprise for most slaves.

    Yeah, “cherish” was not the right word. “Valued” is what I should have said.
    And as Walter Block would tell you: “Slavery is BAD!” /not sarc

  • @anonymous
    'Also everybody’s got repeating rifles. In 1858. Yah sure'

    They (and other faster shooting designs) were common then. They were not adopted by the civil war armies because of logistical and standardisation issues.

    Huh, didn’t know that. Still a stupid movie. 🙂

  • @Andrei Martyanov

    He has director credits
     
    You didn't catch my sarcasm, obviously. I know who Tarantino is and what he does--mostly overrated crap by a guy with teenage mentality. Hey, if people like him, let them. After Django Unchained I wouldn't take a crap with him on the same hectare.

    I thought that “Pulp” was brilliant. “Django” was sub-moronic. From the very first frames: “1858 – two years before the Civil War”. Duh. Thanks for that. Also everybody’s got repeating rifles. In 1858. Yah sure.
    ALSO the HATE spewed by Southerners for slaves. Uh uh. Slaves were treasured. They were valuable PROPERTY. Not a great reason, but reason none the less.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    'Also everybody’s got repeating rifles. In 1858. Yah sure'

    They (and other faster shooting designs) were common then. They were not adopted by the civil war armies because of logistical and standardisation issues.
    , @EliteCommInc.
    Laughing.


    As one treasures one's plow. Save one fixes one's beloved plow. In the case of slaves, they whipped as lazy, shackled or similarly treated as repair for any number ailments in need of repair.

    Sure some slaves manged to build some manner of relationship and no doubt even were raised to a level of human commonality ----


    However, anyone who buys into the benign southern nostalgia regarding slavery is embracing a mythos that simply did not nor could ever exist. Upwards of some 4 million human beings by the end, of varying ethinicities/cultures, languages, under control by force (several hundred murders may have been against those blacks (over slavery's history - but then one cannot murder property). I suspect that real life among that environment makes Mr. Lynch and Mr Tarantino look like amatuers as purveyors of human violence.

    What I appreciated about Mr Tarantino is not the violence (over the top as it can be) is the story telling. Django Unchained is not about slavery or revenge in my view. It's a love story. And the stage of that love story is best set by the story of Drsilla(?) told by Christopher Waltz about the princess in need of rescue. The protagonists are not the lone rangers setting about John Brown's quest for black freedom. Their goal is very specific and it is driven by the story of rescuing the trapped princess. It just happens to take place in the very bizarre world of the slave environment.


    But slaves cherished --- slavery was not a benevolent enterprise for most slaves.

    , @EliteCommInc.
    But slaves cherished — slavery was not a benevolent enterprise for most slaves.

    And we need to stop telling ourselves that it was in order to avoid the reality of its injustice. Unjust against the backdrop of the Declaration of Independence, not some universal motif that slavery was bad.

    I am not interested in a debate about slavery -- I think history in the US settles the matter.
  • There he was, right there on the stage to the right side of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who was briefing the press on America’s position concerning the recent coup in Venezuela. I rubbed my eyes—was I seeing what I thought I was seeing? It was Elliot Abrams. What was HE doing there? After all,...
  • @Taras77
    Abrams did it for me!

    I cannot imagine a more evil person to be allowed back into govt than this man, who is more evil than he looks.

    It is over, in my mind, with the trump admin; nothing has been done about the long list of crimes committed by the obama gang during the election and after. Nothing has been done about seth rich, I would add michael hastings, and the long list of clinton "suicides" and the clinton crimes. the list is endless with no progress.

    The dimos in doj, fbi, etc have completely out-manuevered trump and he really has no junk yard dog to protect him-guliani is a joke, even if he is sober as he claims to be.

    Big sigh, depressing.

    Yep!

  • The FBI abduction of Marzieh Hashemi is another milestone in the US turn to fascism. Marzieh Hashemi is a well-recognized and highly respected journalist and TV anchorwoman for Press TV, which is affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran. She was abducted on January 15th as she was boarding a flight to Denver from St....
  • @Biff
    JFYI, whenever someone’s talent is limited to cutting and pasting other people’s words, they tend to be ignored completely, and subsequent posts are never read.

    Au contraire, mon amie. I just read those quotes out loud to my girlfriend. Thanks, Onebornfree.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
    Capn Mike says: "Thanks, Onebornfree."

    You're welcome!

    Regards, onebornfree
  • Remember what happened when the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier sailed around Europe to reach the eastern Mediterranean? NATO leaders were making fun of the black smoke coming out of the ship's engine while at the same time shadowing the Kuznetsov as if it was the Death Star from the Star Wars series and as if its...
  • @Renoman
    Might delay the overthrow of Venezuela by about 5 minutes! Everyone know the the US has their eye on all the beautiful oil.

    Little known fact: The vast majority of that (kinda heavy, not light crude) is refined in the U.S.!! (St. Croix, USVI).

  • From The Nation: When Environmentalism Meets Xenophobia The conservative conservation movement’s dark history of racism and eugenics. By Gaby Del Valle NOVEMBER 8, 2018 On his prime-time show in August, Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared that his opposition to immigration partly stems from his deep love for the environment. Instead of banning helium balloons,...
  • In the ex – French, ex – British West Indies: No Litter
    In the Hispanic West Indies?: You can’t see the water for the plastic.
    Real eyes-on knowledge.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I couldn't believe the amount of litter in Puerto Rico when I vacationed there. Not only were the roadsides covered with it, but so were the popular public beaches. It looked like no one had picked anything up in 10 years, and for all I know that was the case.
  • For decades now, African American leaders have been calling for a formal United States apology forthe American role in the slave trade, with some even demanding reparations. Indian tribes proclaim their tax-exempt status as something they are owed for a legacy of persecution by the United States. Mexican Americans in the southwest United States seek...
  • ” What kind of life did the African live in his native land, before he was brought to America and introduced to Western civilization? That slavery was widely practiced in Africa before the coming of the white man is beyond dispute. But what sort of indigenous civilization did the African enjoy?”

    Muhammad Ali:
    “Champ, what did you think of Africa?” Ali replied, “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat!”

  • Do conspiracy theorists ever get anything right? If they don't, does that prove that conspiracies never happen? One way to examine these questions is to consider a giant conspiracy that actually happened: by the end of WWII, about 9,000 people were working on Ultra -- the deciphering of German Enigma machine codes -- at Bletchley...
  • @Jack D
    Her mind is fine. Listen to what she is saying - she is perfectly coherent. She has perfect recall of the circumstances of her confirmation and is able to contrast it with the present situation. Regardless of whether you agree with her politics, in her prime Ruth Ginsburg was a formidable intellect (1st in her class at Columbia Law School) so even if she has lost a little bit of her edge, she still has more left than the average person ever will. It is clear that her body is old and worn out but unless she has some fatal disease she could live in this physically worn out condition for many years, being wheeled from place to place.

    That being said, the stuff about her workout prowess is nonsense - for some reason (the lack of a real God to worship, I suppose), leftists always want to make their leaders into superhuman heroes, not just political leaders but champion athletes, scientists, etc. who are marvelous at whatever they put their hand to.

    Now in any sane society, someone with this much mileage on the clock would be comfortably retired to live out her final years in peace instead of having one of the most important jobs in the land, but our system is such that the decision is completely in her hands.

    I agree completely!

  • About a decade ago, I got a Netflix subscription and was amazed that the Internet now provided immediate access to so many thousands of movies on my own computer screen. But after a week or two of heavy use and the creation of a long watch-list of prospective films I'd always wanted to see, my...
  • @Jim Christian
    Ever go to Dallas, Ron? I was down for two weeks for a school with Nortel in 1984. I spent the weekend between classes in Dallas, snooping about. I spent a day down there at Dealy, the Grassy Knoll (a tiny strip of grass barely the size of a suburban front lawn with a Memorial of some sort at the top) and I bought a 6 dollar ticket to the Book Depository museum on the 6th floor, complete with the cardboard boxes Oswald supposedly hid behind. While the 'nest' itself was glassed in, they allowed the view toward the street to Oswald's right and it was indeed a tiny window of opportunity. I believe the car was past Oswald's view when the shots that killed Kennedy were fired based on Lane's work. Plus, the weapon was a POS. He would have had to be hanging from his toenails out that window to have even SEEN the car, let alone shoot at it. From the museum, convinced now that the School Book Depository story was bullshit, it was off to the scene on the ground. Armed with Mark Lane's Rush to Judgement, I went to the Knoll, the overpass and examined the curbing where there were storm drains in the street that would have concealed the shooter that provided the star of the Zapruder film, the up-and-to-the-left head shot.

    All around the Plaza are perches with EZ-escape routes that still exist on that Plaza. Oswald, if he had killed Kennedy, would never have selected the 6th floor of the Depository, he would have used another perch. MAYBE at the hard left turn at the Plaza, had Kennedy been shot THERE, in the face, I'd buy the Depository story, but Kennedy got his AFTER the turn and while headed down the hill toward the overpass. By then it was too late for the 6th floor of the Depository. It was on the ground that were the best lines of sight, the best routes of egress. If I was going to shoot Kennedy in that day and age at that moment, that's exactly how I would have done it. It's how it was DONE. The Oswald/Book Depository caper is fiction, always was. No one would have selected that window from which to shoot Kennedy, in particular a rifleman from the Marines. But in this fiction, exit wounds are entrance wounds, one bullet did the work of several, the witnesses and anyone prominent all dead inside fo a few months and years. And of course 5 years later, RFK, dead of more magic bullets, from a puny, eight shot .22 that created 20 holes in people, walls and ceiling panels.

    If you've ever hunted, if you've ever fired a rifle with a scope and if you ever go to Dallas and look things over you'll understand that Oswald wasn't the guy, no way, no how. The who of Kennedy's murder can be debated. Mob, MIC, CIA, pissed off Cubans, Fidel, rogues, the Soviets, name the shooter, but the shooter didn't do it from the 6th floor.

    Go to Dallas. walk the walk, step off the distances, read the clock on the shots, go to the museum. If you haven't done so, do so. I'm a pretty reasonable guy, happy to come to whatever conclusions are reasonable. Oswald's perch isn't. Unless you have mush for brains.

    I could have written this. It’s EXACTLY what I did in Dallas back in the 80’s.

  • Last week Radio Derb alerted the world to the possibility of an onrushing Big Cuck. The key date here: December 8th, the deadline for Congress to pass a government spending bill. If that bill isn’t passed, the federal government will have to shut down nonessential services. That means national parks, payments to federal contractors, regulatory...
  • The “socialistic” majority black government of The Bahamas recently rounded up all the illegal Haitians and shipped them back.
    Yeah, the lawn don’t get mowed, but all that gummint service money is saved.

  • See previous incidents under the tag “White Guy Loses His Job” Culture hero of the week was surely investment guru and gold bug Marc Faber, proprietor of the Gloom, Boom & Doom market newsletter. I can’t afford a subscription to that periodical— it’s $300 a year— but of course, as a fellow pessimist, I follow...
  • How much longer can this obsession with the so called ‘evils of racism’ endure?

    As it happens I looked up the definition of racism yesterday. there were several threads to the definition but one that seemed to be common was the belief that some race was better than some or most of the others. But that’s true – isn’t it?

    Perhaps a century ago someone might have believed that all the races could run equally fast, In the nineteenth century you might entertain the idea that whites were faster runners because they run a lot of races. Or you might have imagined that blacks were better runners as the British in the movie ‘Zulu’ did. But today we have the results of thousands of races conducted under all sorts of conditions and in all sorts of places. We now know with great certainty that West Africans are the fastest sprinters and East Africans the fastest in the distance races.

    There is no room for doubt anymore. Africans are superior runners. How can we then still entertain the notion of equality?

    So it is for every skill and talent. If we know anything about a particular attribute that has any racial differences – and they all seem to have racial differences – we will understand that one race is always better at something and others worse.

    Of course you could say that no one cares about running but in fact baseball, basketball and football are all overrepresented by people of African descent largely because they are better runners. Possession of ‘good wheels’ is worth millions to the individuals who have that trait.

    Asians are good at living in large communities. They commit few crimes and almost no violent crimes. This phenomenon is as well established as African running ability. In this important contributor to civilization Asians ability to be peaceful and cooperative marks them as superior. This cannot be doubted by any honest person.

    The arrow of time shoots down all the pretenses leftists have about racial equality. Every year the evidence accumulates – the races differ. It is perverse to pretend it is otherwise.

    • Agree: Capn Mike
    • Replies: @botazefa
    Racism is about the belief that one race is superior to another. Some races (as a group) are faster runners, some better at maths, some better at retaining tribalism. None of those truths provide evidence of group superiority, and by inference the right to dominate. "All men are created equal," as an ideal, reasonably addresses the problem.

    Marc Faber's comment is a presumption and not a fact. It is highly likely that his Zimbabwe comparison could have been true, but it isn't and so he is engaging in speculation. It is the framing of his speculation that landed him in hot water. That and our PC culture that seems to think white men are the embodiment of pure evil.
    , @Stonehands
    Each person is unique; has an eternal soul, and will be judged by his Creator.

    This is the totality of equalness.
  • From the New York Times: In Baltimore, "bad choices" don't kill, maps do:
  • Wow, it’s all so clear now. Thanks! NYT! And here I thought it was personal responsibility and not little pieces of paper.

  • Did the United States warn Russia to stay out of Syria? Yes, they did. Did they tell the Russians that if they joined the war against ISIS and helped Bashar al Assad the US would make them pay a heavy price? Yes. Did US agents and diplomats warn their Russian counterparts that Russian troops would...
  • Headline: “Trump / Russian Collusion: Questions Remain”

    Body: blahblahyaddayadda…Where’s the evidence? (question) blahblahyaddayadda..Who’s Responsible? (question) etc etc.

    Takeaway: Uh. Trump Russian Collusion

  • Headliner of the week for immigration patriots was President Trump’s immigration reform proposal, which he sent to Congress for their perusal last Sunday. The proposal is a very detailed 70-point list under three main headings: Border Security (27 items) Interior Enforcement (39 items) Merit-Based Immigration System (four items) Item-wise, the biggest heading there is the...
  • @Durruti
    News Flash:

    Minnie Mouse accuses Weinstein of Rape!

    Actually, that claim was dismissed because it was well known at the time that she was fucking Goofy! (old joke)

  • @SimpleHandle
    I agree with ending birthright citizenship. But Trump should wait until he can put at least one more strict constitutionalist in the supreme court. There will be a court challenge, and we need judges who can understand that if the 14th Amendment didn't give automatic citizenship to American Indians it doesn't give automatic citizenship to children of Mexican citizens who jumped our border.

    OK, These are the ass-clowns of the Supreme Court who invented birthright citizenship in the 1898 Wong Kim Ark case: Gray, Brewer, Brown, Shiras, White, Peckham.
    I suggest that we seek out any and all statues and plaques honoring these guys and pull ’em DOWN!

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee has made it clear that it is not conducting an open and independent investigation of alleged Russian hacking, but making a determined effort to support a theory that was presented in the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment. Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) admitted as much in a press conference...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    Why does this article only have two comments so far?

    This article was posted yesterday--it should have many more comments by now.

    This makes me suspect that Mike Whitney is a censorious coward on the model of Razib Khan (thankfully expelled from unz.com) or even worse Paul Craig Roberts (who prohibits comments entirely).

    If I am wrong and this article is simply strangely unpopular please let me know and I will apologize.

    But if I am not wrong--and especially if my comment is prohibited--I will forever consider Mike Whitney a coward and an enemy.

    Uh,
    I think you’re pretty much whacko.

    This comment should demonstrate that.

    Maybe people are just so TIRED of Russiagate.

  • Here's a question. In pop culture history, there are countless male-male songwriting teams -- Rodgers-Hart/Hammerstein, Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards, Page-Plant, Strummer-Jones, etc. And there are some male-female songwriting pairs, such as Comden-Green, Goffin-King, and Mann-Weil. But are there any female-female songwriting teams? I imagine there must be, but they are definitely rare. Why do women write so...
  • @snorlax
    The other one’s Christine McVie, for the benefit of any other Millennials ITT.

    Hey, we’re all gettin’ older. Glad you weren’t “triggered”
    Rock on, old man.

  • I nominate The Indigo Girls.

    And um, snorlax, Lindsey Buckingham is a guy. Funny, tho, a girl named Stevie and a guy named Lindsey.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    Whoops. Showing my age (<30) there. Just remembered that there were two women in Fleetwood Mac.
  • Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, ‘Vietnam.’ Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington’s motives. This march to folly in Vietnam is particularly painful for me since I enlisted in the US...
  • @Che Guava
    That is interesting to me. As is the Margolis artictle, never knew he had been a USA soldier, very interesting article. Thought he was a Canada person.

    I have a question for you, Capn Mike.

    If the PRC had allowed the USA free rein in Gulf of Tonkin, where were the supply lines to the Nth. Viet military and Viet Cong?

    Must it not still have been overland from PRC at that time you say (1969)?

    Good question. Above my pay grade, I regret. But there were LOTS of Russian freighters in and out of Haiphong throughout the “war”. The North Vietnamese were always close to the Soviets.
    We never harassed those ships, or ANY vessels for that matter. The N. Vietnamese fishing fleet would fish within a stone’s throw of our ships up at PIRAZ.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Appreciating your reply, and knew of the help from USSR, but they must still have had an internal supply route from China. After all, your side was bombing the Nth. Viet ports so heavily.

    Would guessing that, because CPC was unsettled at the time (1969 to fall of Saigon, also before and after), factions in the south of China were continuing the inland supply.

    At that time, still competition between CPUSSR and CPC for hearts and minds in some other places. Going back to Mao's idea that he was the natural successor to Stalin, and it wasn't to working out that way!

    Weirdest story I was hearing about that war when overseas and have never read elsewhere, from a man still in military service at the time, there was a urine-detecctor campaign, they set up urine-detectors in suspected areas of Viet Cong activity.

    Destroyers off the coast would shelling these places.

    The shelling killed a few people at first, but the Viet Cong worked out what was happening (possibly with tech. support from outside, possibly not), threw bags of urine at the sensors, then withdrawing to watch the spectacle of wildlife and jungle being shelled.

    Regards.
  • @The Alarmist

    "No one in Washington seemed to know that China and the Soviet Union had split and become bitter enemies. As ever, our foreign human intelligence was lousy."
     
    They knew of the rift that had grown since 196o or so, but they didn't believe it until the short border war in 1969. The same way that a number of indicators suggested as early as 1983 that the USSR was imploding, but the menace of the USSR was used to keep justifying a buildup and procurement of new systems until and even beyond its actual implosion a few years later.

    Evil, stupid, or merely blind. You decide.

    Having been on – site at the time (North Tonkin Gulf), I can tell you that China gave U.S.N. units free rein over those waters, including Chinese waters. The fix was in. In 1969 onwards. China and Viet Nam were NEVER friends.
    Did CIA realize this? I don’t know.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    That is interesting to me. As is the Margolis artictle, never knew he had been a USA soldier, very interesting article. Thought he was a Canada person.

    I have a question for you, Capn Mike.

    If the PRC had allowed the USA free rein in Gulf of Tonkin, where were the supply lines to the Nth. Viet military and Viet Cong?

    Must it not still have been overland from PRC at that time you say (1969)?
  • Two weeks ago, I wrote for Unz.com an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It sought to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. It noted that some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified,...
  • Philip, I know you won’t back down. We need more like you to call out those neocons with no clothes.

  • Alex Pareene And The Phone Booth Principle. The white-advocacy group American Renaissance, to whose annual conference I shall be speaking in July, had the idea to invite journalists from the other side as guests to the conference — writers for CultMarx outfits like Slate.com. One of the names they wanted to invite (Alex Pareene [Tweet...
  • Regarding the British red phone box:
    I was camping in Wales many years back (pre-cellphone). I wanted to call my folks in the states, so I went up to the lone red phone box in the campground that evening. It was incredibly confusing for a yank to get that thing to work with pound coins and all and I was having a hell of a time. I eventually realized that a little old lady had been waiting for some time to use the phone. So I leaned out and said: “Excuse me, but could you help me with this phone?” She responded with a fountain of Welsh spittle talk which I don’t comprehend. I explained further. “I’m sorry, I’m from America you see…”. “OH!! You’re American!!! I thought you were ENGLISH!!! Here, let me help”.

  • There’s something to report almost daily now in the war between Muslims and infidels being played out on the streets of Western cities. It’s getting to be so that any news outlet needs to just include a regular slot for these events, like the weather report. If things get any worse, some entrepreneur might start...
  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    I apologize for my lack of clarity. With a few exceptions, red counties could be aggregated back into the fifty states they once were minus the blue bits. This would be a first approximation if such a thing were to occur. I expect that there would then be a lot of fine tuning.

    Gotcha.
    But I still think the red counties should downsize as well. 300+ million people (minus the Blues) ruled from a swamp in Virginia is not workable even WITHOUT the Dems. Break it up. See: Tenth Amendment Center.

  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    A new political division of the current USA after some type of civil war is easier to imagine if one does three things: (1) looks at a county level map of results in the past presidential election; (2) remembers that sprawling nation-states are not the only plausible political entities; (3) considers the possibility of semi-independent city-states like the multitude that existed within the Holy Roman Empire and even early modern nation-states like France and the UK. In fact, many of the United States' current problems could be solved if a new constitution were written recognizing that each of the urban agglomerations -- comprising about 200+ counties in all -- that went Democrat in the last election are distinct political entities and doing the same for the agglomerations of counties -- about 3000 in all -- that went Republican. All these agglomerations could be given new levels of internal and external autonomy and a new system of relating politically to all other such agglomerations. The deal wold be difficult but not impossible and far fairer and less restrictive than the federal system we have today. BTW, please note that I am not suggesting the Democrat cities should have the status accorded states in our current system.

    Pretty close there. BUT the aggregation of all those red counties puts us right back in the frying pan. Split those into small pieces as well. Think of Swiss cantons for example.
    You may want to investigate Hans Hoppe’s excellent work in this area. maybe you already have, you sound bright).

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    I apologize for my lack of clarity. With a few exceptions, red counties could be aggregated back into the fifty states they once were minus the blue bits. This would be a first approximation if such a thing were to occur. I expect that there would then be a lot of fine tuning.
  • From the New York Times: This sounds lame, like some beatnik nightclub poetry reading from 1959: Portions of Mr. Coates’s letters to his son would be read aloud, while narratives of his experiences at Howard University and in New York City could be performed by actors. ... Mr. Coates will be involved with the project...
  • In the opening frame of that “Up the Down Staircase” clip, is that Warren Beatty in drag???

  • From the NYT: With Ally in Oval Office, Immigration Hard-Liners Ascend to Power By NICHOLAS KULISH APRIL 24, 2017 ... For years, a network of immigration hard-liners in Washington was known chiefly for fending off proposals to legalize the status of more people. But with the election of a like-minded president, these groups have moved...
  • Hmmmm… They hate him because he belongs to the same demonic cult of ophthalmology as the Hitleresque Assad.

  • From The New Republic: From Slate: What the deal with the postmodern academics' love affair with "interrogating?"
  • @anonymous
    OT: The real reason mass transit is not popular in the US. Ve Haf Vays of Making You Discourse*&^%$#hand over the money or we bash you in the head!

    "BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders", Demian Bulwa and Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2017:


    "...dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries...

    ...40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors... while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders...

    ...The attack was so quick, police reported, that the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond...

    ...the robberies took place in just seconds. ...

    ...“We’re looking at it very closely to see how we can respond to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”..."

     

    This is the same poor old BART famous for having fake surveillance cameras. Lets hope they had at least a few that worked.

    “JUVENILES!!! I bet they were all Swedish.

  • Controversial baseball statistics analyst Bill James was heckled and assaulted today by Middlebury College students brandishing placards reading "Bill James Is Basist." James, a bean cannery night watchman who self-publishes discredited screeds, co-authored with the late Orioles manager Earl Weaver the pseudoscientific 1994 book The Base Curve. This 872-page rant virulently theorized that the on-base...
  • Barry Bonds – A traitor to his race, er, base.

  • Talk about fake news: before our very eyes, the Main Stream Media is attempting to disappear Sweden’s Muslim rape crisis after President Trump alluded to it in his Florida rally on Friday e.g. From an Anchor’s Lips to Trump’s Ears to Sweden’s Disbelief . [By Peter Baker And Sewell Chan, NYT, February 20, 2017] Trump...
  • Monty Python completely predicted the European Immigration problem:

    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    Eric Idle...Terry Gilliam....Terry Jones...Michael Palin....John Cleese are all on board with 1) importing the MOHAMMADAN Gang Rape Army into Europe and America...2)War with Christian Russia...3)installing Hillary Clinton as POTUS ....I know this because I have been reading their tweets since last spring..


    Michael Palin has been actively involved with resettling African Muslims in John Derbyshires' Merry Old England.


    Monty Python=pure evil!!!
  • The mainstream media’s narrative that the Russian government interfered with the United States election, and that this interference invalidated, or at least tainted, Trump’s election has culminated in President Obama taking a series of measures against Russia, which consist of: imposing sanctions on the GRU and the FSB (the two major Russian intelligence organizations), four...
  • @utu
    "But it really doesn’t explain the recent rapid escalation to an almost irrational hostility in Washington. Why escalate now? What has changed?"

    I am glad you are persistent in asking these questions and being satisfied by answers being offered. I do not have answer either. But I may ask more questions.

    What was the true objective of 2009 Reset? Was it trap? Who really sabotaged it?

    Perhaps we must go back to 2009 and the Reset that Hillary and Obama started with Russia. In Sept. 2009 Obama cancelled the defensive shield in Poland and Czech Republic and then in April 2010 they signed START treaty in Prague. What Obama wanted to get from Russia in return? What else Russia wanted? Or was it trap? But the relations remained good even after Polish president and all Polish NATO generals got killed in Smolensk in April 2010 three days after signing the START treaty.

    There are various theories about the crash in Smolensk. One of them is that it was a false flag intending to implicate Russia and destroy the Reset and possibly it was a part of a coup against Putin.

    Who was behind it? The hawks and neocons (in cooperation with Russia's GRU elements) wanted to proceed with the operation against Iran while Obama and Putin were against it? After Smolensk the de facto no-fly zone was imposed over the whole Europe (Eyjafjallajökull volcano) when perhaps the fate of relationship with Russia and perhaps the fate of the world was being decided. Did Putin find out who was really behind the Smolensk crash? Anyway the Reset was then preserved. Who had to bend over backwards more: Obama or Putin? In later part of 2010 a major shake up in GRU took place and several generals ended up having accidents and some units of GRU were reassigned to FSB.

    Things started going sour in 2012 when the operation in Libya started. Medvedev who was then a president must have been asleep at the switch and did not veto it in UN. Putin watched the video of Qaddafi being murdered several times and allegedly vowed to never let anything like this happen again. He also became president that year, The US was meddling in the election process against him. In parallel with Libya the operation in Syria started. Fighters and weapons were moved between the two countries. It was happening as if against the will of Obama. In Sept. 2013 Putin kind of saved Obama's ass who clearly did not want to go ahead with bombing of Syria by having Assad giving up his chemical weapons. Neocons were furious.

    One reason I am very interested in this is because I am looking for reasons to like Obama. And Syria in 2013 might be one of these reasons. But after that not much has changed. Money and support for rebels was flowing from the US and other countries. This tells you that the colossus like America has its momentum and policies that will not easily change regardless of will and beliefs of some people in power. Hersh wrote article on how gen. Dempsey and DIA was sabotaging CIA in Syria by sending defective weapon supplies to rebels supposedly to gain credibility in the eyes of Assad to keep the communication channels open with Damascus via Berlin, Tel Aviv and Moscow.

    Then in 2014 the anti-Russian coup was engineered in Ukraine (some thing it was neocon's revenge for Putin's meddling in their meddling in Syria) that forced Russia to annex Crimea. He had no choice. And this is how Putin became a new Stalin and Hitler. The war against Putin and Putin's Russia was in the open.

    In winter 2014/2015 a brand new project called IS/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh was unveiled with saturated media campaign of their self-advertised atrocities. I think that many videos of executions were staged. And what was their purpose? It allowed the US to create a coalition to start bombing the ISIS also in Syria. Lots of countries joined it: Denmark, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and later Australia in 2015 and France. But their bombings were anemic at least as ISIS in Syria was concerned. Did they bomb Syrian forces? The coalition did not have a mandate for the no-fly zone as they had in Libya that if they had it, it would finish Assad off.

    I like to think that the next stage in attempt to escalate crisis in Syria was the refugee crisis in 2015. Somebody organized it. Somebody cut off UN funding to refugee camps in Turkey. Somebody took care of logistics. Lots of money. Maps to Germany in Arabic. It was not Germany doing it, was it? Was it to get the public opinion of Europe behind the final solution of Syrian crisis by destroying Assad? Would the escalation in Syria where Iranian troops were fighting destroy the deal Obama was working with Iran? Was Merkel's decision to embrace the invaders a way to diffuse the crisis and avert calls for no-fly zone? Did her decision give Putin extra few weeks to prepare Russia's engagement in Syria?

    Did Trump in June 2015 know about the impeding refugee crisis in Europe. His speech about illegals, border and wall preceded pictures of marching columns of young men approaching Hungarian and then Slovenian (Melania's home country) borders by about six weeks. Who was Trump's source? Our military or Netanyahu? Those who engineered that crisis?

    In all this it beats me what was Netanyahu's role. Surely he wanted to attack Iran. Surely he wanted to have Syria destroyed and destabilized. So why he was so nice to Putin? What took place between him and Putin in Moscow in summer 2015? Then he went there two more times. A bromance? Why Israel was so obliging to Russia engagement in Syria in which Russia used small and inferior force? Just four dozens of planes with one dozen of fighter planes while Israel itself has over 400 F-15 and F-16 and Turkey over 200?

    Why are they so afraid of Putin? What kind of goods Putin has on them? Certainly it is not because of Russia's military strength.

    Maybe Bibi’s affection for Russia has a domestic component. There is a huge influx of Russians into Israel and I presume they vote.

  • Here's an idea for patriotic Americans: how about reviving a tactic used by Caesar Chavez and organizing a boycott of strawberries, which is probably the single farm product that exploits the immigration system worst of all? I don't know if much has changed from this Atlantic article 21 years ago, but it was clear then...
  • Used to be a guest worker program (“bracero?) which enabled workers from Mexico to legally work for a specified time in U.S. ag.
    Chavez got that repealed to boost union strength.
    If we brought that back AND got a sane court ruling on 14th Amendment anchor babies, we could have a win-win.
    Cheap labor, no additional welfare / citizens and safe, well paying (by Mexican standards) jobs for Mexicans.

  • In recent interviews, Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, observed wryly that almost every malicious, lie-filled article about herself or he husband was written by a … female. Indeed, women seem to have a particular stake in bringing Mr. Trump down. The contrast between Mrs. Trump and the many histrionic shrews prosecuting her husband is stark....
  • @MarkinPNW
    Melania reminds me of another woman from the same part of the world who was once considered the most beautiful woman in the world (Hollywood hyperbole, perhaps, but certainly one of the most glamorous and beautiful actresses of her time) who actually invented the technology of spread-spectrum frequency hopping, which is an important part of today's cell phone and remote control technology. She was from Austria, next door to Melania's Slovenia. Her name was Hedy Lamar, who played Delilah in the Hollywood classic Samson and Delilah.

    Hedly 🙂

  • From The Guardian: The Coalition of the Fringes doesn't really grasp the concept of Divide & Conquer. Through sheer ugliness of temper they're going to eventually drive just about every single white male who isn't on Hillary's payroll into saying: Yeah, I thought I had some disagreements with Bob Dylan over this or that, but...
  • @Jason Liu
    Bob Dylan's lyrics are whiny leftist bullshit and deserve no accolades for that reason alone.

    Hey,

    Quote me some leftist Dylan please.

    • Replies: @tomv

    The Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And then we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they fried
    The Germans now, too
    Have God on their side

    I've learned to hate the Russians
    All through my whole life
    If another war comes
    It's them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side

     

    Opposition to the Cold War qualifies one as leftist in my book. You could say the song is anti-war in general, and it is, except for the Germans, who are singled out as a people we should continue to make war with in perpetuity.

    If that's too old-school, then this will delight modern SJWs.


    ’Twas down in Mississippi not so long ago
    When a young boy from Chicago town stepped through a Southern door
    This boy’s dreadful tragedy I can still remember well
    The color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till
     
  • Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell has written a New York Times op-ed entitled “I Ran the CIA. Now I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton.” Morell’s story begins with the flat assertion that “Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president –...
  • America's mainstream media universally portrays John McCain as one of our country's greatest national patriots, a military hero who steadfastly stayed loyal despite suffering unspeakable torture at the hands of his Communist captors during the Vietnam War. Last year, I published a major article pulling together the strands of evidence suggesting that this widespread narrative...
  • We’ll see the transcript on the front page of the NY Times and the Washington Post, right???

  • From The Atlantic: A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found. by Ed Yong ... Some 336 meters into the cave, the caver stumbled across something extraordinary—a vast chamber where several stalagmites had been deliberately broken. Most of the...
  • Lonely horny Neander-guys. Rituals. circular. Why it’s a circle, jerk.

  • From the NYT: A White Church No More By RUSSELL MOORE MAY 6, 2016 YEARS ago, members of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Birmingham, Ala., who couldn’t figure out why their church was in decline asked a friend of mine for advice. The area had been majority white during the violent years of Jim...
  • Too many comments to wade through at this point. So, casting aside all the thoughts about what a jerk this guy Moore is (and I am not going to refute that), I was struck by one thought when I read the first part of his article. That is, the Republican idiots really blew it back in the ’90’s when they didn’t reach out to the (conservative mostly) black churches. They could have easily forged a strong alliance which would far overshadow the current 9 to 1 ratio of GOP vs Demo among blacks. ESPECIALLY VOTING blacks.
    Oh well, I hate the Repubs as much as I hate the Demos, so I don’t give a rat’s, but I sure got to shake my head at their stupidity.

  • In the end, it wasn’t even close. Donald Trump won a crushing victory in Indianawith over 50% of the vote, leading Ted Cruz to suspend his campaign for President. To the shock and horror of the Conservatism Inc. Establishment (whom you could actually watch melting down in real time on Twitter), Donald Trump is the...
  • @Wally
    The 'rounding up - mass deportations' of illegals is misinformation, a canard.

    They can easily be shipped backed one by one as they are noticed. Upon arrest, upon legitimate questioning, traffic stops, you name it.
    There is no need to 'round them up'. If they know they will be sent packing when stopped they will be inhibited from coming in the first place.

    That is what the Mexican government does with their illegals.

    It's not that complicated.

    The Bahamas (where I live) recently instituted a “sweep” of illegal Haitians in the country. No drama, no outrage. fair is fair. Well, we can’t find anyone to mow the lawn now, but the Haitians are GONE. Simple, without the histrionics. Oh, also The Bahamas are overwhelmingly black so that could help.

  • If there is a good correlation between the "American nations" and support for Trump, then I'm not really seeing it. American Nations (Woodard) and county primary results for Trump (Wikimedia): American Nations (Woodard) and Republican voters estimated to support Trump (Cohn): There are just too many in
  • We seem here to be ignoring here the fact that “The Breadbasket” is completely socialist, thanks to the USDA, DOE (crop supports, ethanol etc). These guys don’t want to upset the apple (or corn) cart.

    • Replies: @Vendetta
    Not to mention other Cruz states being Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska, which all have oil drilling revenues.

    Southern Minnesota also fits into the Corn Belt.
    , @mtn cur
    No wonder they go into ecstasy over the Iowa caucus.
  • From the New York Times: Hey, over here! I've got a clue. I know it sounds crazy, but I've thought of a
  • @Jack D
    This would be funny if so many human lives were not at stake, but as it is, it is about as funny as a heart attack. We are headed for a cliff and the bus is being driven by a clown. A blind clown. A blind scary clown. It's not a comedy, it's a horror movie, a living nightmare.

    Yer right! It’s like those old mummy movies where the mummy was slogging along at about 1.5 MPH, and the blonde broke a heel and is too STOOPID to just kick em off and run like hell.

  • The latest bomb attacks in Brussels are clear proof that the attacks in Paris were not a fluke, but the first in what is likely to be a long string of similar terror attacks. Such attacks are really nothing new, this is exactly what Russia had to endure in the 1990s, from the same people...
  • @Junior
    Oh my god, marwan! That video is HILARIOUS!

    It reminded me of some Bizzaro World James Brown being taken off the stage after collapsing from exhaustion. I kept waiting for the guy in your video to shake off the people taking him off and running back on stage lol Thanx for the laugh! :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n62J9-WP1A

    The T.A.M.I. Show!!!
    I’m pretty sure?
    A highlight of my miserable high school experience.

    • Replies: @Junior
    Yep, you're right. It's from the TAMI show in 1964 like you said. Sadly, I hadn't been born yet to witness this Epic performance by Mr. Brown live like you did, but I sure wish I had.

    I don't know what the hell this crap is that they're doin nowadays in the mainstream and have the nerve to call entertainment and music, but THAT is how a crowd should be entertained.

    Epic.

  • Let’s add to the organized forces aligning against Donald Trump the dictionary itself. Physical copies of the dictionary are quite apolitical. They just lie there, ready for your matter-of-fact reference. But the website for Merriam-Webster is indeed on the warpath against the last hope of Western Civilization. Their method of attack is to hone in...
  • @Laugh Track
    Is this "verses" as in the Satanic verses, or "verses" and in "versus"?
    I'm guessing the latter...

    No, it’s about a RHYMING dictionary :).

  • From The Atlantic: What Trump and Cruz Should Learn From Belgium In calling for policies that alienate Muslims, the Republican candidates are trying to make America more like Europe. Right after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Donald Trump did something bizarre. He spoke the truth. Appearing on Fox and Friends, the GOP presidential frontrunner...
  • OK, so follow the example of the “most Islamic ” country in Europe, who have imported these guys for decades. And have reaped the whirlwind. Oh, yeah, that’s an informed strategy.

  • Here's a reasonably even-handed news article from the Wall Street Journal by Bob Davis with some interesting if not wholly reliable statistics: The Thorny Economics of Illegal Immigration Arizona’s economy took a hit when many illegal immigrants left, but benefits also materialized By BOB DAVIS Updated Feb. 9, 2016 10:49 a.m. ET 558 COMMENTS MARICOPA,...
  • @MarkinLA
    Who cares about Mexican workers? If the government wanted them out of the country they would be out. FWIW, people on both sides of the border screwed the braceros when ever they could.

    sure, still do and so?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    You seemed to be pining for a new bracero program. I just want all illegals out and screw the saintly farmer if he has to pay more for labor.
  • Good ol’ Caesar Chavez and the UFW union. There used to be a guest worker “Bracero” program in Cal. Guys would come north to work the fields, make a modest but honest buck, then send or better BRING home their money to their families in Mexico, where the money went REALLY FAR.

    So,
    1. Workers had legal protection (no coyotes, gang pressure)
    2. No SS tax, income tax?
    3. No anchor babies

    Well, thanks to the UFW, that program was killed by Dems in Sac., workers went mostly illegal with all attending problems including welfare, anchor babies. The UFW workers should be citizen foremen, overseeing guest workers, enjoying better work conditions and higher pay, but instead are just overpaid pickers.
    Thanks, Caesar.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    Who cares about Mexican workers? If the government wanted them out of the country they would be out. FWIW, people on both sides of the border screwed the braceros when ever they could.
  • Whatever happens in the future, Putin has already secured his place in history as one of the greatest Russian leaders ever. Not only did he succeed in literally resurrecting Russia as a country, but in a little over a decade he brought her back as a world power capable of successfully challenging the AngloZionist Empire....
  • @Anatoly Karlin

    Most Russian economists agree that the real reason for the current economic crisis in Russia is not the falling price of oil or, even less so, the western sanctions, but the misguided decisions of the Russian Central Bank (such as floating the Ruble or keeping the interest rates high) and the lack of governmental action to support a real reform and development of the Russian economy. What is especially interesting is that vocal opponents of the current 5th column now get plenty of air time in the Russian media, including state owned VGTRK. Leading opponents of the current economic policies, such as Sergei Glazev, Mikhail Deliagin or Mikhail Khazin are now interviewed at length and given all the time needed to absolutely blast the economic policies of the Medvedev government.
     
    Don't know about "most." In fact, that's pretty much BS.

    Less conspiratorial explanation: Interest rates are kept high for the rather prosaic reason of halting runaway inflation; "lack of governmental action to support a real reform and development of the Russian economy" (at least to the extent some people want) is due to the observation that the Soviet experience in that regard was not that successful; while the likes of Glazyev and Delyagin get airtime for the same reason that they always have - i.e., that there is a real diversity of viewpoints in Putin's Russia, contra Western propaganda.

    What is certain is that so far Putin has failed to deal with the 5th column near and inside the Kremlin and that the situation is rapidly worsening. The recent move by Kudrin to try to get back into the government was a rather transparent use of the pro-5th column media in Russia (and abroad) and it predictably failed.
     
    This is correct. Kudrin is an egomaniac who thinks he is far brighter than he actually is.

    Anatoly,

    You stole my thunder. Great comment.
    In particular, I praise Elvira Nabiullina. She provides a sane alternative to the nutso ideas of Yellen and the other Western bankers. How Saker can lump her in as a Western lackey confounds me.
    After this current bubble bursts, she’ll get the last laugh. To me, she seems a female, Russian version of the great Paul Volcker.

  • Arab Spring was always a misleading phrase, suggesting that what we were seeing was a peaceful transition from authoritarianism to democracy similar to that from communism in Eastern Europe. The misnomer implied an over-simplified view of the political ingredients that produced the protests and uprisings of 2011 and over-optimistic expectations about their outcome. Five years...
  • Cockburn is either hopelessly naive or….

  • Two Muslims shot up a Christmas Party for county employees in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday. But two of the key words there, “Muslim” and “Christmas,” were yielded up to us by the Main Stream Media hacks only with the utmost reluctance. And the husband, they assured us, was American-born! He might be Muslim, and...
  • @Jonathan Revusky

    When you talk to a strategy guy about cleaning up Afghanistan, it isn’t long before he shakes his head and says, “So long as we can’t go after Pakistan, we really can’t do much. Pakistan’s the real source of the problems up there.
     
    Fascinating.... "cleaning up Afghanistan".... Is that what the U.S. (and NATO presumably) has been trying to do for the last 14 years? What specifically does that mean anyway? What metric do you have for the results of the "cleaning up" operation anyway? How do we know when the place is sufficiently "clean" so we can leave?

    Well, I guess what Derb must mean here is cleaning up Al Qaeda (you know, the people who allegedly attacked America on 9/11) . As incredible as that is, here we are, 14 years after, and people who are ostensibly intelligent like Derb here still believe this fable. Well, you might want to watch this then:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEm4YLfd7eM

    Whoa.

  • One of the weirder trends in American discourse these days is the decline in any sense of how long ago specific dates in the past were when asserting theories of historical causality. Black students at Princeton are oppressed by Woodrow Wilson, while Genius T. Coates blames everything on FDR's FHA. For example, here's a big...
  • @Mr. Anon
    I remember how I-280 in Northern California turned Woodside and Los Altos Hills into ghettos.

    Yeah, I volunteer at a soup kitchen in Woodside. Tragic.

  • Introduction: With the collapse of the Communist countries in the 1990’s and their conversion to capitalism, followed by the advent of neo-liberal regimes throughout most of Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America, the imperial regimes in the US and EU have established a new political spectrum, in which the standards of acceptability narrowed and...
  • Right at the top, this non sequitur:

    From the article:

    “Over the past quarter century, the US and EU turned their focus from systemic adversaries (anti-capitalist and anti-imperial states and movements) to attacking capitalist regimes, which (1) had adopted nationalist, re-distributive and Keynesian policies”

    Attacking “Keynesian policies”????

    WTF???

    Name one western nation, North American or European, which has NOT adopted Keynesian policies!!

    Keynesianism is the economic choice of fascist regimes. This according to Lord Keynes himself!

    Not gonna argue with the rest, pretty much accurate.

  • This week was clearly dominated by two major events: the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Russian official declaration that Kogalymavia Flight 9268 was, indeed, destroyed by a bomb. First, I would notice that contrary to so many prediction that the Russians, Egyptians and other nations involved would lie and cover up this attack, this...
  • @tbraton
    And not to be overlooked is the fact that Putin is operating from the moral high ground by complying with the standards of international law by fighting in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government of Syria against the terrorists who are seeking to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria. That posture stands in stark contrast to that of the U.S. of A. It also helps that Russia is waging war against two extremist Muslim organizations, Al Qaeda and ISIS, which I thought were enemies of the U.S. of A. And Russia has clearly demonstrated that the phony war Obama has ostensibly waged against ISIS for the past year is a complete sham.

    @ tbraton
    YES!
    Thank You!
    This is ignored in virtually all accounts of what’s happening in Syria.
    Much like Crimea.
    The Russians were INVITED by their ALLY. The LEGAL SOVEREIGN government of Syria.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict
    Washington’s Middle East allies aim to coax Putin to support limits on Tehran-backed Assad’s time in power

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration and European and Arab allies are seeking to peel Russia away from its alliance with Iran, a partnership that has bolstered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said senior diplomats involved in efforts to end Syria’s lengthy conflict.
    The efforts, which have unfolded quietly through meetings involving Russian President Vladimir Putin and Middle Eastern leaders, are meant to coax support from Moscow for a limit on Mr. Assad’s time in power. Such a step would solidify an emerging international coalition and help clear the way for a more concerted military effort to counter Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
    Iran is seen as a brake on those efforts because of its more staunchly pro-Assad position, which it wants the Kremlin to support. If Russia holds fast to Iran and Mr. Assad, it would undermine hopes for an international consensus.
     
    , @annamaria
    And on which side is Ukraine? "...the Qatar Ministry of Defense is arranging supplies of the Ukrainian air defense systems to Syria-based terrorist organizations via Bulgaria and Turkey. The US officers in Qatar have approved the deals." http://orientalreview.org/2015/11/22/building-air-defense-for-isis-a-qatar-ukraine-link/comment-page-1/

    Meanwhile, Kiev' loyalists have committed terrorist act in Crimea: "On Saturday, Ukrainian police said that power lines in southern Ukraine supplying the Crimean peninsula with electricity were blown up by activists from the group which launched the unsuccessful, Kiev-sanctioned 'food blockade' of the peninsula in September... Ukrainian energy officials have formally rejected offers for assistance from the Russian energy ministry..."
    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20151122/1030550351/ukraine-crimea-energy-blockade.html#ixzz3sH06ZzdZ