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    Untold billions of dollars spent on new football stadiums. Lavish spending on football players. The hiring of some of Europe's most expensive and prestigious coaches. Results? Russia is 45th in the football Elo rankings Russia is 70th in the FIFA rankings The Russian team has never been weaker in its entire history. My guess is...
  • @Dmitry
    So far the first day, the World Cup is already clearly very successful.

    Even American and British media has changed and started reporting positively about the atmosphere.

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    And - it is surreal, but the foreign fans are often waving Russia flags.

    E.g. See at 16:30 in the video

    The Moroccans are supporting Russia.

    And 15:00 even the Saudis looking happy despite their embarrassing defeat.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3T1A1b8K3g

    The Moroccans are supporting Russia.

    Not surprising. They claim Saudi Arabia led a campaign in favour of the winning USA/Mexico/Canada World Cup bid against Morocco. Typical sentiment expressed by Samira Sitail, a director of some sort, at a Moroccan TV channel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Samirasitail1/status/1006618434338283520

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  • @Greasy William
    USA! G-d continues to pour his favor upon the American people.

    Suck it, Europe.

    Have to admit that I'm disappointed and surprised by Eastern Europe. Russia was never that pious, even under the Tsars so I'm not surprised by the Russian numbers. To the Russians here: were any of the Russian Tsars known to be religious?

    The Russian numbers may actually be even worse than they appear because Russian Muslims may be driving the number up.

    It looks like Romania and Greece are somewhat religious.

    The most surprising one has to be Iran. I thought that Iranians all hated Islam now? Is there any chance that the mullahs have more support than we have been led to believe in the West?

    The most surprising one has to be Iran. I thought that Iranians all hated Islam now?

    You’ve probably been reading David Goldman, aka Spengler, as he has been the most prominent pusher of that line for over a decade now.

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  • the kremlins are obsessed with big sporting events, because (in their cargo cult minds) it helps raise the country’s “prestige”

    Yet these events usually result in lots of bad press for Russia. The Sochi F1 race is one of the worst on the calendar. The Western European F1 reporters often tell their audiences about their bureaucratic experiences getting Visas, etc, and Putin’s annual visit to the back room with the podium finishers – AFAIK no other leader does this – is always awkward for the drivers and the subject of much mockery from F1 fans. Virtually none of the GPs come close to even breaking even so a lot of money is being spent for this bad press.

    Climatic factors mean that Russians are simply not cut out for football

    I somewhat remember the USSR team in the 1980s. In 1986 they topped their group over much fancied France then after leading most of the match got knocked out in extra time by eventual semi-finalists Belgium. At Euro 1988 they beat the Dutch (and English) in the group stage then lost to the same Dutch team in the final. I assume the players were mostly ethnic Russians – maybe some Ukrainians too? – so they’d no trouble producing a world class team back then.

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    Hardly the worst. Last year at the Brazil GP, Hamilton's crew got mugged at gunpoint. That was just one of five 'incidents'.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/13/mclaren-interlagos-security-f1-brazilian-grand-prix


    In previous years, since I have been covering F1, I have noticed the police that line the route from the bridge I mentioned above, all the way to the circuit. Grouped in twos or threes at 100-200 yard intervals all the way along the route.

     

    http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/32421/11127441/rachels-brazilian-gp-diary

    Reminds me of a story a colleague told me about attending a scientific conference in Detroit a couple of decades ago. There apparently was a corridor of police officers stretching from the venue to the main hotel. Those who ventured beyond of course got mugged.
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  • @Peter Akuleyev
    Andrei Lankov is Russian, and one of the more perceptive analysts in North Korea. Here’s the Russian take:

    “We expected it would be a flop, but it’s floppier than anything we expected,” Andrei Lankov, a director at the Korea Risk Group – which owns and operates NK News – said. “The declaration is pretty much meaningless.”

    “The Americans could have extracted serious concessions, but it was not done,” he continued. “The North Koreans will be emboldened and the U.S. got nothing.”

    Surprising to see this particular poster repeating Russian talking points.

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  • Every four years, the World Festival of Nationalism (the World Cup soccer tournament) rolls around, and Americans are told that soccer is all about cosmopolitanism. From the Washington Post: Martinez is a Mexico-born Conquistador-American opinion journalist. Donald Trump may be the “America First” president, but his youngest son is a rather worldly sports fan. Barron,...
  • @meh

    Perhaps the t-shirt was a joke, but it captures ‘Murrican “exceptionalism” and mule-headed resistance to the metric system perfectly. It’s a commie invention, just like soccer!
     
    It was a joke, but ‘Murrican “exceptionalism” isn't.

    Blinkered and myopic American conservatives have been conflating communism, the metric system, and soccer ever since the Cold War.

    The irony being that soccer doesn't use the metric system: it is still based on Imperial measurements, and then translated into metric for the benefit of those horrid wogs (who start at Calais). Sorry, Pat Buchanan, but soccer isn't "the metric system in short pants".

    Also soccer as organized in the rest of the world is ruthlessly capitalistic and cut-throat (see promotion and relegation system) whereas American sports are socialistic - socialism for the owners, that is.

    Sorry, Pat Buchanan, but soccer isn’t “the metric system in short pants”.

    I agree with the rest of your post but it was Tom Piatek of Chronicles Magazine, not Pat Buchanan, who came up with that expression.

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  • Vladislav Pravdin - GREAT STALIN (1949). It is our joy that during the hard years of the war the Red Army and the Soviet people were led by the wise and experienced leader of the Soviet Union - the GREAT STALIN. And now for something completely different. Instead of snippets from larger works, here’s Egor...
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    As Thorfinnsson points out, I would find it to be an interesting perspective.

    However, the situations wouldn't be near the same. Germany really was losing in November 1918, so that would make it a pure alt history. (How exactly would Germany be able to deal with the 100,000 new American soldiers arriving on the front with each passing month? I'f you could solve that challenge, you'd certainly deserve some more clay).

    In contrast, the USSR *completely won* in 1945, at least on paper, so obviously the discussion there will start from different premises.

    PS. Belgium DOES need to be done away with. Its existence is a cartographic eyesore. It should be partitioned between France and the Netherlands.

    Flanders should be independent. Walloons seem to lack confidence so they should probably just join France.

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  • @Buzz Mohawk
    NBC television is focusing -- very much more -- on Sloan Stevens, the BLACK American woman who just LOST to Simona Halep.

    Yes, American TV always focuses on the American athletes, but this is over the top. They are lovingly and longingly interviewing her while you can see Halep waiting patiently in the background. The NBC lesbian-American-former-tennis-woman-interviewer is lovingly saying "we will see you at Wimbledon" to the black chick. The camera is showing the woman's black family, following them and her with the camera, lingering...

    I am about to vomit.

    I am sorry, buy my wife is a former Romanian (Hungarian Transylvanian actually -- read up on World War One and the Treaty at Trianon) who went through more shit and struggle and hardship than ANY black f*ck in America in my lifetime. An Eastern European woman who makes it to the top of her field deserves a whole lot more credit and recognition than some black American chick, but the stupid American public won't get this information via our media.

    (Apologies for emotional rant.)

    They are lovingly and longingly interviewing her while you can see Halep waiting patiently in the background.

    They always interview the runner-up first.

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    Yes, yes, I know that, but they don't kiss their f**king ass and their family's forever with the camera. It's in the attitude and the way they do it... I realize it was for the American audience, but they give extra for the black girl with the black family, and it's obvious and I've seen it before...
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  • As we all know, in America we need more immigrants to bring us vibrant restaurant cuisine. In France, where they have pretty good restaurants, they need immigrants to win the World Cup. The NYT reports: In the United States, blacks do well athletically but poorly economically because they live in the inner city instead of...
  • @Dave Pinsen
    Ramos on Salah looks pretty evil in slow-mo:

    https://youtu.be/UxCcZe_q1iI?t=18s

    And here's him on Karius:

    https://youtu.be/bg4ZqHvUTa8

    This really goes against the whole stereotype of soccer players flopping. These were dirty, hard fouls, and both victims got back up and tried to play.

    Sergio Ramos has always been a dirty player. He may have ruined Egypt’s World Cup. Luckily for them they are in a weak group.

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  • @Fredrik
    If you have to choose then it's working class in most of Europe. The game is popular enough to attract most youngsters for a while at least. The rugby codes are middle class in the UK.

    A funny, or infuriating, thing happened when the Swedish team was presented. This time a journalist from the state controlled channels asked why the team wasn't very diverse. He then proceeded to suggest that the coach could have missed diverse talents by being blind to their presence.

    Out of 23 players there are 2 mulatto and 1 middle eastern player.

    A funny, or infuriating, thing happened when the Swedish team was presented. This time a journalist from the state controlled channels asked why the team wasn’t very diverse. He then proceeded to suggest that the coach could have missed diverse talents by being blind to their presence.

    Out of 23 players there are 2 mulatto and 1 middle eastern player.

    That non-diverse Swedish team knocked out Italy. Off the top of my head I don’t recall any of the more recent diverse Swedish sides defeating any teams of Italy’s calibre in an important match.

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  • @AnotherDad

    Here’s Forbes‘ list of the 20 highest paid soccer players of 2017
     
    Europeans actually go out and root for this crap?

    Even the Europeans, aren't even from your nation, much less your city. In that sense it's even worse than American football.

    You'd think some club owners would figure out they'd get some serious fan loyalty by sticking with players from their own nations--and especially local boys made good--who would have homes, wives, kids their in town.

    But i guess the American example--white folks rooting for these black atheletes recruited from around the nation with no connection to their town--pretty much answers my question. Bread and circuses. People--at least white people--will cheer for anyone.

    There’s some difference between cheering for your club and your country. With the former all that matters is winning, with the latter the fans do (I think) prefer cheering for their own kind even if they aren’t that good. At least that is the case in the smaller countries.

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  • @Stan d Mute
    And yet that’s the very same generation that started the train wreck.

    Britain remained overwhelmingly British right up until the late 90s, and, no, Blair’s immigration policies were not the inevitable result of Dunkirk as so many black-pilled right wingers would have us believe. Those who grew up in the decades after WW2 had the opportunity to have better lives than previous generations and for the most part did so. It’s unlikely that life under German hegemony, particularly in the 40s and 50s, when the Nazis might’ve still been around, would’ve been anything to write home about. To think Europe’s condition would’ve been any better than it is today is just rose-coloured counterfactual history and a form of escapism, sadly typical of failed reactionaries in general – paleos going on about the Civi…oops, sorry, War Between the States and Catholic Hrxers blaming the Reformation also come to mind.

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    "Hrxers"?
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  • DEMANDRED. HOW FARES THIS WORLD?
  • @Thorfinnsson

    I should have added an qualifier, like “Americans who don’t like what the US is becoming, and who have some sympathy for Europe and could imagine living there”.
    Obviously that eliminates the many millions of white Americans who really believe in all the diversity idiocy.
     
    Could add other riders such as "young enough to move" and "can contribute to Europe". You could still end up with tens of millions of people though, and presumably they'd gravitate to Britain and Ireland for obvious reasons.

    Sorry, I don’t have much sympathy for that kind of GOP plutocratic attitude, imo it’s one of the reasons why Trump’s “populism” will deservedly fail. And health care in Europe isn’t exactly “free” (Britain’s absurd NHS system is atypical).
     
    Like I was saying earlier...

    I'm in favor of a number of economic populist measures simply because they're politically expedient (and some genuinely good ideas), but full-blown social democracy is to be avoided at all costs. Long-term the welfare state must be dismantled. Screw losers.

    This is the kind of economic populism I think is good electioneering: http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/pc-government-would-reintroduce-buck-a-beer-to-ontario-promises-ford

    https://twitter.com/OntarioPCParty/status/1000439982430085121

    Doug Ford is kind of a low-grade Canadian Trump who (it appears) just won the Ontario Elections.

    Buck-a-beer is good populism because it's cheap, easy to deliver, and provides highly visible benefits.

    The bad kind of populism is Bernie Sanders wanting to make higher education "free", which just feeds more resources to the monster.

    I'm aware that healthcare in Europe isn't "free" (even the NHS has to be paid for out of taxes, and not all services are free at the point of delivery), but idiotic American liberals genuinely believe that Europe and Canada have "free healthcare". They are complete losers who are just as ignorant as American conservatives, yet wrongly believe they are cosmopolitan and childishly seek Europe's acceptance in all matter. Kind of a mirror image of Europe's "Atlanticists" in a way.

    As for GOP plutocracy, you're not wrong. A return of the "progressive" Republican tradition of trust busting is overdue, starting with the tech companies that hate us anyway.

    Trump has permanently transformed American politics, so even if he personally fails (quite possible for a variety of reasons) the Republican Party will increasingly fight national elections on the basis of nationalism.

    Doug Ford is kind of a low-grade Canadian Trump who (it appears) just won the Ontario Elections.

    It was looking like a close-run thing with the left wing NDP, led by a likeable candidate (Andrea Horwath) who stayed away from SJWism despite being a leftist in the California of Canada! Instead she concentrated on economic issues and to the surprise of many led in the polls at one point. The conservative Ford then painted the NDP as crazy SJWs who’d bankrupt the province. Then, for some reason, she said she’d make Ontario the country’s first sanctuary province – many Haitian and other “refugees” from Trump’s America have been flooding into Canada. Judging by social media that seems to have made an impact with people who were flirting with the NDP.

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  • High-end golf has kind of given up on the Tiger Woods Era dream of diversity and the mass market, and is turning into a sort of WASP ethnic pride parade. At present, the rather artificial-looking courses built by the strong-willed pioneer American designer Charles Blair Macdonald a century ago are the height of chic once...
  • @Mis(ter)Anthrope
    Are you telling us that you really believe there is no difference between Yankee descended from a New England Puritan and a redneck in Appalachian descended from the Scots-Irish?

    Even in Appalachia there were many, actually more, English, than Scots-Irish.

    Another commenter mentioned James Leyburn’s The Scotch-Irish: A Social History. In it Leyburn looks at numerous stats, which he cautions the reader on regarding reliability. Anyway, there were no states in 1790 that had a Scots-Irish majority or anything even close. Georgia at 27% was the highest followed by South and North Carolina 25% and 20% respectively. Next was Pennsylvania 19.6% then Kentucky and Tennessee 17%, followed by Virginia 16.4%, Delaware 14.3%, New Jersey 14%, Maryland 13.4%, Maine 12.5%, NY 12.1%, and New Hampshire 10.8%. The other four New England states were all in single digits. Many of the above include Appalachia and the Scots-Irish may have been more concentrated there but in time they merged with the English who, overall, would’ve been the majority just about everywhere.

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    The English in Appalachia are descended from people from Northern England. Very different from the Puritans in New England who are descended from East Anglians.

    Very different people.
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  • Arpad Virag - Eastern Europe and the Swine Right Although I am the furthest thing from a Croatia/Balkan expert, all his observations strike me as true in... well, pretty much every country I have looked at (from the US, to France, to Germany, to Russia, intelligence favors liberalism and discriminates against nationalism), so I assume...
  • @Ali Choudhury
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/oct/26/labour-immigration-plot-andrew-neather

    A former Labour adviser at the centre of claims that the government secretly encouraged mass immigration to turn Britain into a "truly multicultural society" and undermine the Tories today made clear "there was no such plot".

    The shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, challenged ministers in the Commons today over remarks by Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter to Tony Blair and special adviser to Barbara Roche when she was immigration minister.

    But Neather, now comment editor of the London Evening Standard, said an article he wrote in the aftermath of the television appearance of the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, had been twisted out of all recognition.

    "There was no plot," said Neather. He pinpointed a shift in immigration policy in 2001, when he wrote a speech for Roche outlining changes to make it easier for skilled workers to come to the UK. The speech followed a sensitive report on migration from the Downing Street performance and innovation unit.

    "Multiculturalism was not the primary point of the report or the speech. The main goal was to allow in more migrant workers at a point when – hard as it is to imagine now – the booming economy was running up against skills shortages," Neather wrote in the Standard.

    He admitted he had a sense from several discussions at the time that there was a subsidiary purpose of boosting diversity and undermining the right's opposition to multiculturalism, but Neather insisted it was not the main point at issue.

    "Somehow this has become distorted by excitable rightwing newspaper columnists into being a 'plot' to make Britain multicultural. There was no plot. I've worked closely with Ms Roche and Jack Straw and they are both decent, honourable people who I respect … What's more both were robust on immigration when they needed to be. Straw had driven through a tough Immigration and Asylum Act in 1999 and Roche had braved particularly cruel flak from the left over asylum seekers."

    I always believe the Grauniad. It’s especially honest on immigration.

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  • Rediscovering the Russian Imperial traditions. Bliny on sour dough of buckwheat flour and sour dairy, served with sour cream, salmon, and red caviar at the apartment of a Finn whose family maintained the Imperial traditions. I will be departing for Romania very early tomorrow. Any last tips/recs? I'll be two days in Ploiesti for two...
  • @Polish Perspective
    Yeah, the same thought crossed my mind. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if quite a few Nowak's tipped the scaled for us, too, though we aren't as numerous as turks in Germany are. Secondly, we weren't put in the either/or category like Turkey, which means that the results for us were much more lop-sided. Therefore quite a few of ethnic Germans at least in that sub really must see us as Central Europeans, but the reasons(benevolent or future Ostsiedlung) for this can only be speculated on :)

    Are Poles as sensitive as Czechs about being referred to as ‘Eastern’ rather than ‘Central’ Europeans? Czechs just can let it pass without correcting anyone who says it. I guess they must look down on the more Eastern Europeans and don’t like being mixed in with them, otherwise why take it so personally?

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    Hungarians are.
    , @Polish Perspective
    Not as much as the Czechs, who are hypersensitive about it, but I am certainly annoyed by the rather large amount of Poles who indeed are.

    Poland is fundamentally not a Western country. The arguments I've heard in favor of it ("we used the latin alphabet while the East used cyrillic!") or ("we were the last bastion of Latin Christendom against the barbarous Eastern Orthodox!") are all unconvincing. Polish statehood has historically oriented itself towards the East, and there's always been an element of opportunism in how identity was construed.

    For instance, Polish elites were fond of making up bullshit stories about how Poles are supposedly "sarmatians" and often used to LARP as Ottomans in their dress code when the Ottoman Empire was strong. Now, we're supposedly these 'Central Europeans'. It's all rather bullshit to me.

    I pin it down to status anxiety, and not much else. It's a sad reflection on how insecure many Poles feel about their own culture and history, as well as many other Eastern European peoples, because deep down they know we belong to the Eastern sphere in a very decisive way and we're just larping as Westerners.

    This is amplified with the significant amount of Russophobia in Poland. We have far more in common culturally and socially with Russians than we do with the French, despite being supposed 'enemies' with Russia. We are not Westerners and this 'we wuz Central Europeans' is an attempt at that.

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  • @Lot
    Does saying "Ulster" instead of NI identify you as a Anglo nationalist within the UK, the way saying Judea and Samara instead of the West Bank works for zionists?

    The media in the USA never say Ulster and most college educated people would not know what you are talking about.

    Does saying “Ulster” instead of NI identify you as a Anglo nationalist within the UK, the way saying Judea and Samara instead of the West Bank works for zionists?

    ‘Anglo nationalist’ is the wrong way of putting it but generally Protestants are more likely to use ‘Ulster’ than Catholics – all the political parties on the British side use the word as did most of the Loyalist paramilitaries. Catholics also say ‘Ulster’, but normally they do so in different contexts from Protestants. Actually, ‘Northern Ireland’ itself has always been more common with Protestants with many Catholics, particularly nationalists who don’t recognise the legitimacy of the NI entity, saying ‘North of Ireland’ (or ‘the Six Counties’) instead. My impression though is that since the 1998 peace agreement Catholics are more willing to say ‘Northern’ as most, I think, see it as a more or less legitimate entity now.

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    Ulster and Northern Ireland are not the same thing.

    Ireland consists of four provinces: Leinster, Munster, Ulster, and Connaught. Each province consists of a number of counties.

    The province of Ulster consists of nine counties: six of them are in Northern Ireland, and three are in the Republic of Ireland. Confusingly, the northernmost county in Ireland (Donegal) is part of the ROI, and not part of NI.
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  • @Steve Sailer
    Which brand of whiskey is from the Protestant distillery in Catholic Ireland and which brand is from the Catholic distillery in Protestant Ireland?

    Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, once poured Bushmills whiskey down a drain for the cameras as part of a boycott campaign of the supposedly anti-Catholic distillery. (They actually have lots of Catholic employees but the town itself is pretty hardcore loyalist so most RCs probably wouldn’t want to spend much time there anyway). Irish-Americans liked to signal their super Irishness by refusing to drink it, even though most Catholics in Ireland had no trouble with it. John Hume of the Catholic SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) called on Irish-Americans to stop their boycott and, if I’m not mistaken, eventually the Bushmills name ended up on jersey of the GAA team that son of Gerry Adams (or someone close to him) played on. It’s been a few decades since I heard of any controversy involving the company.

    Guinness was once known as ‘Protestant Porter’. The Guinness family were Unionist Protestants and though their beer was brewed in mostly Catholic Dublin they supposedly wouldn’t hire Catholics till some time in the 20th century. Beamish, the main competitor to Guinness, was also run by Protestants in the southern city of Cork.

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  • Commenter Betlo alerts us to an interesting development in Sweden. In a recent school election, the Sweden Democrats got 57% of the vote, in the largest secondary school of Kristianstad Municipality. The neoliberal but moderately anti-immigration Moderate Party came second, with 19%. "Peer pressure" is cited as one explanation, though according to one pupil, a...
  • @Hyperborean
    Is that really true? I have the impression that old people (due to becoming more fixed in their habits and preferences) hold relatively same ideological opinions as they did when they were younger (excepting large societal shocks).

    I think this phenomenon is simply because so many generations have been more liberal than their parents that the shifting of the Overton window makes elders look more conservative than they really are even though in general their ideological viewpoint hasn't changed much.

    After all a liberal/moderate/conservative ideological viewpoint would look rather different in 1940, 1960, 1980, 2000 and 2018.

    Although this is just my hypothesis, so maybe I am wrong but most of the old people I know seem like they a) hold roughly the same views they have always had or b) follow the Overton window.

    Observing the many old people I know – working/middle/upper-middle class, British/Canadian/non-Anglo, left and right leaning, university educated/lifelong housewives, etc – there is something they all have in common: They believe TV.

    If someone on TV (or radio) says something it must be true. People don’t lie, especially people with credentials on TV. They don’t discuss complicated issues without having honestly and meticulously examined them beforehand. That’s why they are on TV: They are well-vetted honest experts without any conflicts of interest.

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    Exactly. There's the divide. Gen Z knows they're all talking their book.
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    That's a good point. People have always been cynical about newspapers but for some reason they thought TV was honest truth.
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  • The blogger Audacious Epigone has done yeoman's work over the past couple of years documenting the surprising "basedness" of Generation Z(yklon). With the collapse of the Alt Right and Trump turning out to be a damp squib, it might well be that Gen Z is the last best hope for America to remain a somewhat...
  • @Dmitry
    Obama was more popular in Germany before he became president than Trump. (Also in Russia, Obama had positive media reporting of him in 2008).

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

    Obama is still more popular in Germany. They cry for him every night.

    BTW I worked in Berlin on and off for a period during Obama’s presidency. My impression of them is that they believe everything the media tell them. Whatever you do with Berliners don’t mention even the possibility that nuclear power is not 100% evil or you’ll regret it. Some issues, perhaps most, are not up for debate with Berliners.

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    Well Germans are cool, but with such a mysterious and strange civilization, not just in politics. Probably even fluent German speakers, and Germans themselves, do not know what goes on in their stubborn heads.
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Obama is also more popular in America itself, though he's despised by Republicans.

    Propaganda works.

    The level of atomophobia in Germany, a country which prides itself on its engineering prowess and rationality, is appalling and unacceptable.
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  • @German_reader

    On forein policy, yeah Trump let neocons take over but still there is not any big problematic actions they took.
     
    Apart from seeking to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran, thereby humiliating Britain, France and Germany (US ambassador to Germany basically made some kind of ultimatum on Twitter that German companies should now immediately withdraw from Iran), and making totally clear that the US apparently values its relationship with its "allies" Israel and Saudi-Arabia (which have never contributed anything at all to America's various military projects) much more.
    Trump and his asshole supporters can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.

    Apart from seeking to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran, thereby humiliating Britain, France and Germany (US ambassador to Germany basically made some kind of ultimatum on Twitter that German companies should now immediately withdraw from Iran), and making totally clear that the US apparently values its relationship with its “allies” Israel and Saudi-Arabia (which have never contributed anything at all to America’s various military projects) much more.
    Trump and his asshole supporters can go to hell as far as I’m concerned.

    You Krauts unilaterally tore up the one million times more important Dublin agreement on refugees then demanded – and are still demanding – that Hungary, Czechia, and Poland knuckle under to their German betters and allow their countries to be flooded with Muslims. This was only a couple of years after insisting, loudly and sanctimoniously, that Greece must adhere to every goddamn letter of every EU agreement and regulation in world history because, well, that’s the German way. Vee alvays follow orders! Then, suddenly, when it came to refugees it didn’t matter what the rest of Europe thought and the German people overwhelmingly endorsed such arrogance. It’s the German way, or the highway. Can there be any doubt that German hatred of Trump has more to do with his opposition to the Million Man Syrian March into Europe than with his opposition to Obama’s Iran pledge?

    Even before Trump gave in to much of the Establishment agenda in the MidEast, that is, when he appeared to be a swamp-draining Buchananite isolationist who would remove US troops from much of the world, over 90% of Germans were anti-Trump. IOW the Germans preferred the Magic Negro, his beloved NATO – in which Germans are freeloaders – and his interventions in Libya and Syria. (I recall Germany also supporting Bill Clinton’s bombing of Serbs on behalf of their old WW2 allies, the Croats and the Bosnian/Albanian Muslims). No matter what Trump does the Germans will hate him just as much as they hate the British for rejecting the German imperial project known as the European Union. Upsetting Germans means he’s at least doing one thing right.

    Bomber Harris did nothing wrong.

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    Obama was more popular in Germany before he became president than Trump. (Also in Russia, Obama had positive media reporting of him in 2008).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTRNYhEcCkE
    , @German_reader

    You Krauts unilaterally tore up the one million times more important Dublin agreement on refugees then demanded – and are still demanding – that Hungary, Czechia, and Poland knuckle under to their German betters and allow their countries to be flooded with Muslims
     
    Blah, I'm obviously not in favour of that, but it's not like the Italians and Greeks were unhappy about ignoring the Dublin agreement, their policy has always been to just send the "refugee" hordes north (and no, they aren't innocent about this and just subject to the whims of demented northerners, the left in Italy and the Catholic Church have been totally in favour of it, and the EU commissar for migration is Greek "conservative" Dimitris Avramopoulos).

    Even before Trump gave in to much of the Establishment agenda in the MidEast, that is, when he appeared to be a swamp-draining Buchananite isolationist who would remove US troops from much of the world, over 90% of Germans were anti-Trump. IOW the Germans preferred the Magic Negro, his beloved NATO – in which Germans are freeloaders – and his interventions in Libya and Syria.
     
    Most Germans are idiots, but at least their present idiocy is to a large extent the result of processes our Western "friends" were strongly in favour of after 1945. You got the de-nationalised Germans you always wanted, now live with it.
    As for "freeloading in NATO", well I dimly recall that (West) Germany maintained a large conscript army before 1990 (back when NATO actually was about European security, not stupid out of area interventions). It also made a massive financial contribution to the 1991 gulf war. It also sent troops to Afghanistan. Which is a lot more than could be said of America's darlings like that very special country in the Eastern Mediterranean or Islamic terror state Saudi-Arabia. But those special countries get fawned over by the Americans, whereas our interests never matter and some asshole ambassador who probably doesn't even speak German can tell us on Twitter what we're supposed to do, as if he were some imperial proconsul or the Soviet ambassador in the Eastern bloc.

    Bomber Harris did nothing wrong.
     
    Super-relevant statement in 2018.
    , @LondonBob
    Saturation bombing of civilian areas was morally wrong and ultimately self defeating, but we knew that from the Blitz.

    Of course he also failed to launch follow up conventional raids on the Mohne and Eder dams as they were being repaired, something Speer thought would have been devastating to arms production.
    , @Yevardian

    You Krauts unilaterally tore up the one million times more important Dublin agreement on refugees then demanded – and are still demandi...
     
    (((Krauts)))
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  • On May 6, there was a big free speech march through Central London jointly organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and Veterans Against Terrorism. Many of the big names in the British Alt Lite were attending, so I decided to show up myself. (I appear in the sidelines a few times in this video...
  • @Bragadocious
    American cultural pollution? LOL

    Americans put out lots of culture, yes. You Brits are under no obligation to consume any of it. But you do, whether it's the Ford Fiesta, Curb Your Enthusiasm, McDonald's or Facebook. This is your choice. Stop pretending like we're forcing any of it on you, or even care at all whether you notice it.

    And since I mentioned Facebook, let the record show that it was a rather benign social media platform used by people to keep in touch with their relatives and exes. Then the Brits got hold of it and turned it into an abusive platform used by pedos sweating in their Barney costumes. Leading, of course, to the "panic button" (Britain's sole "contribution" to the Internet in the last 20 years).

    Same goes for Twitter, btw. And now they're banning people left and right (though mostly right) thanks to the great example set by your hate speech hounds.

    And when it comes to cultural pollution, no one outdoes the British. Your music sucks, your films are atrocious ("Dunkirk" lol) and did I mention hate speech laws? Why yes I did. Coming soon to a city near you, thanks to the Brits.

    It must drive you “Irish” Americans crazy to know that your cousins in Ireland overwhelmingly prefer British music, TV shows, and sports to the alternatives on offer from your side of the Atlantic and for the most part don’t have all these hang-ups about big, bad Anglos. That said, you are correct on this occasion. The cultural pollution produced by Britain these days is every bit as disgusting, degenerate, and naff as anything coming out of the USA.

    Philip Owen – If I’m not mistaken a prominent member of Plaid Cymru once sneered at the Welsh assembly for being ‘too white’, or words to that effect. So-called Celtic nationalist parties are a joke. Apparently, the Breton (also Celtic) nationalists are leftists too.

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    Irish-Americans? Who are you talking about?

    Someone's got a chip on his shoulder, it would seem. That someone is you, Paddie.

    And if you're obsessed with belittling Irish-Americans, why do you refer to them as your cousins? Not very logical is it. Of course the average Irish IQ is around 90 (per Richard Lynn) so I shouldn't be surprised. You're the stupidest people in Europe and you wear the mantle well. Now go back to your fairy rings.
    , @Philip Owen
    Not quite. I observed something along the lines that the Welsh Assembly is devoted to virtue signalling of a leftist sort.

    Plaid Cymru is useless. A nationalist party that doesn't want independence! They try to be more socialist than Labour. That's why UKIP, at least as Welsh Nationalist (at least some of them) has overtaken them.
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  • @DFH

    The decline of the Union Jack was a side effect of the suppression of the National Front and British Movement resistance to mass immigration in the 1960s – 1980s, when it was smeared as “racist”
     
    That may be the explanation for why it is used less in general, but I think the reason that nationalists specifically use it less is because of the attempt to co-opt 'Britishness' into a non-ethnic identity in a way that didn't happen to Englishness (although might be now, given that I saw I think Sajid Javid describing himself as 'English' the other day)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaMvsDmeO5g

    That may be the explanation for why it is used less in general, but I think the reason that nationalists specifically use it less is because of the attempt to co-opt ‘Britishness’ into a non-ethnic identity in a way that didn’t happen to Englishness

    Right. When Blair got elected in 1997 the Union flag made a bit of a comeback of sorts because it now represented Cool Britannia rather than the stodgy old Rule Britannia. At the time I recall some pop stars, usually identified with the left, suddenly being proud to be British. Blacks born in England are now more likely to describe themselves as ‘British’ full stop without reference to their parents’ background, but rarely ever as ‘English’. I wonder if Sikhs in Scotland and blacks in Wales also call themselves ‘British’, or does the multiculti/prog nationalist image of those places make them more willing to embrace the local identity.

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    The Labour party which has perpetual power in Wales goes out of its way to suggest that Welsh nationhood is Civic. So anyone is Welsh. Vaughan Gething the front runner for the FM's job is a bilingual Welsh speaking black man and one of the cleverest people in the Assembly.
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  • There are some pretty strange ideas floating around that Russia is obligated to help Syria/Iran in their decades-long squabbles with Israel, and that Putin is "betraying his people" by not doing so. Well, last time I checked, Putin is President of Russians, not Syrians/Iranians. Indeed, the term "сирийские братушки" ("Syrian brothers") has long been an...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    Reacquisition basically means NATO launching its own Barbarossa.

    What could go wrong?

    And yes, I realize on paper that NATO would win this conflict provided it did not go nuclear (how comforting).

    It was idiotic to ever incorporate the Baltics into NATO to begin with in light of their geography. Not only does Russia have overwhelming escalation dominance in the Baltics, but there's only one major highway leading into the Baltics from Poland and they use the Russian broad rail gauge (maybe this changed?). And needless to say attempting to supply Baltic ports by sea is a suicide mission. And whatever their "European values" or whatever, their strategic value is marginal.

    Poland is a different story since its an extension of the North European Plain and well served by road, rail, and waterway connections to Germany and North Sea ports. If NATO wants to defend Germany then logically Poland should be in NATO.

    Not only does Russia have overwhelming escalation dominance in the Baltics, but there’s only one major highway leading into the Baltics from Poland and they use the Russian broad rail gauge (maybe this changed?)

    There’s now a standard gauge (ie. non-Russian) line between Kaunas and Bialystok, Poland. All the other lines in the three Baltic states go east to Russia. They are working on a standard gauge line between the three capitals – mostly paid for by the EU, which usually means Germany, the Netherlands, and UK. At present you have to go by bus or car if travelling between the three.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    Here's a question about the term WASP: Does it include Lowland Scots like Hume, Smith, Watt, etc.?

    The way it has always been used the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ part is just a loose reference to someone of mostly British background, which most certainly would include Lowland Scots. To this day a lot of Europeans, particularly the French, and in my experience French-Canadians, use ‘Anglo-Saxon’ to mean just about any white person whose first language is English.

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  • The idea that the pomp and pageantry around the annual festivities commemorating Victory in the Great Patriotic War constitute a sort of foundational myth of the Russian state is a popular one. There are any number of articles on the Internet making this argument, mostly from the last few years, though come to think of...
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    even official Ukraine (which now marks only the Western May 8 Victory Day, using the remembrance poppy it pilfered from Britain as its symbol)

    Is this some pathetic attempt to appear more Western, less Russian, and therefore more likeable to Anglos, or does the poppy have some historical relevance in Ukraine?

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  • As we all know, race doesn't exist. Except DNA companies will tell you your racial ancestry to three decimal points. In the New York Times, Amanda Hess attempts to square this circle via the use of scare quotes: Warning: before clicking on the link to the NYT, be aware that the illustration drawn up for...
  • @Anon

    This myth has been debunked for a long time by looking at actual statistics.
     
    Well, then, debunk it.

    Incidentally Irish annual food production during the famine was valued at ~40M pounds*. Now, if that was insufficient to feed the Irish, just what was a few hundred thousand pounds supposed to do, spent on nonsense projects? And it wasn't even aid exactly-- much of the public relief was in the form of loans. I haven't heard that the British aid in the Crimea was delivered on the same basis.

    *And rent and tithes would have gone to England and to the Church of Ireland totaling several million pounds.

    They valued their empire and the balance of power in Europe
     
    Yeah, at least a hundred times more than the lives of the actual subjects of that empire. Power drives people nuts.

    Well, then, debunk it

    You are the one peddling Irish-American diaspora propaganda – in just about every sentence – that goes against the known historical record. Surely the onus is on you. Even if the starving had been in England it’s likely the result would’ve been the same.

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    Well, there was a potato blight and famine at the same time in most of Europe, not to mention in Scotland, and vastly fewer people died.

    So while it's true that if starving had been in England people would have starved (a statement worthy of an Irishman) it is less true that a crop failure on a similar scale would have been allowed to do the same amount of damage.

    Is the Encyclopedia Britannica compiled by Irish-American diaspora propagandists?

    The impoverished Irish peasantry, lacking the money to purchase the foods their farms produced, continued throughout the famine to export grain, meat, and other high-quality foods to Britain.
     
    Was it in 1911?

    Great public and private efforts were made to meet the case, and relief works were undertaken, on which, in March 1847, 734,000 persons, representing a family aggregate of not less than 3,000,000, were employed. It was found that labour and exposure were not good for half-starved men. The jobbing was frightful, and is probably inseparable from wholesale operations of this kind.
     
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  • There doesn't seem to be a shortage of opinions on the subject, so I don't have one.
  • Matra says:

    I wonder if Trump’s decision today will have an impact on the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations.

    Not covered much on national US TV NAFTA is a bigger deal to the Midwestern states that gave Trump his narrow margin of victory. In Canada the renegotiation has been the main focus since his election. Mexico needs a deal even more with elections coming up in July that could be won by a so-called populist. Canada, Mexico, and economists have been confident that the renegotiation will be successful in the end, after some minor concessions to Trump that he can take to his base, but as we get closer to the Mexican and US elections they seem to be getting a wee bit nervous about it. Trump’s decision today to go against the advice of allies and respectable American opinion might put pressure on the Canadians and Mexicans. It’s the way he tends to operate.

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  • Following in the lucrative footsteps of ominously entitled enterprises such as Blackstone, BlackRock, Blackwater, and Black Cube, I'm announcing my new brace of investment funds: BlackBox, Black Spot, Black Art, Black Op, BlackDeath, Black Flag, Black Ice, Black Swan, Black Mark, and the flagship vehicle, Black Hole. Our motto: Just send your money to Black...
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    @Charles Pewitt
    OFF TOPIC

    This Ronan Farrow guy better check his car before he starts it!

    I think he's got Sinatra's eyes and onions. Hoboken Courage!

    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/993698906499354626

    From May 9 2017

    This Jewish attorney general is leading the Trump resistance

    It was nearly Passover and Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney general, paused to wish his fellow Jews the best for the holiday.

    “We are commanded not only to remember our story, but to imagine that we ourselves were enslaved in Egypt, and then freed – so that we may empathize with the plight of those who are fleeing oppression and danger today,” Schneiderman said in an April 10 statement.

    Of course, though ostensibly about Passover, the statement was also a thinly veiled jab at President Donald Trump. After all, Schneiderman was among the litigants who got the courts to stay one of Trump’s first major executive orders, which temporarily banned entry into the U.S. by refugees as well as travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.

    It goes on: Schneiderman, whom Trump calls a “political hack,” is a leading figure among the assorted activists, influencers, lawmakers and lawyers who have united to undercut, contain and combat the developer and former reality star who is now running the country.

    He is the lead strategist among the state attorneys general, all Democrats, who have blocked the Trump immigration bans

    Trump has the best enemies.

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  • Michael McFaul, Russia "expert" (and former US ambassador to Russia) who doesn't believe he needs to be able to speak/write Russian:
  • @Cagey Beast
    When I say, "Yankee 'grapes of wrath' " I'm alluding to the blood-thirsty and invincibly self-righteous thinking behind the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Oliver Cromwell's ideological children thrived in America long before Leon Trosky's kids got off any steamship or passenger jet.

    Given that people like you and followers of the Moldbug cult have managed to blame Yankee Protestants for Massachusetts being the most leftist state, despite being fairly conservative until Irish Catholics and their Jewish allies took it over, I’m sure you’ll find a way to blame the same Yankees for the very Irish Catholic Michael McFaul.

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    fairly conservative
     
    Those words ... (cue Montoya quote).
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  • If the Alt Right is dead, why is the Main Stream Media still pumping out propaganda pieces on it? On April 6, the New York Times published Ryan Cooper’s review of the book ALT-RIGHT: From 4chan to the White House by BBC journalist Mike Wendling. (The black, white, and red color pattern on the cover...
  • @Fidelios Automata
    What about the the Sad Puppies? Castalia House? Alt-Hero?
    Morissey's become alt-right, and even Roger Waters is bashing the MSM.
    Wendling proves yet again that SJW's Always Lie.

    Morissey’s become alt-right, and even Roger Waters is bashing the MSM.

    Nope. Roger Waters especially. From what I can see he’s mostly upset about Palestine and Western “imperialism”.

    Morrissey recommended Douglas Murray’s book. Murray claims to be a neoconservative, though he’s certainly much better on immigration and multiculti than any neocon I’m familiar with.

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  • There are some fairly good reasons in favor of Russia's decision to intervene in Syria, which is why I have always been modestly if unenthusiastically supportive of it: It is basically a giant and continuous live training exercise for Russian pilots and generals, making it almost "free" in financial terms. The value of the Khmeimim...
  • @Randal

    what he said was fine. Hate to break it to you, but international law is fairly convoluted.
     
    Not on this issue it isn't. There is no wiggle room in the UN treaty commitment:

    "All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."

    The only permitted exceptions are necessary defence against armed attack, and actions authorised by the UNSC (or in theory the UN General Assembly).

    Certainly the comical attempts by US sphere figures to claim some sort of defensive justification never rose above the comedic, even if you wouldn't grasp that from the establishment media coverage. And there is no legal right of "humanitarian" intervention. That aspect was thoroughly explored over several days by the House Of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in its desperate attempt to whitewash the openly illegal Kosovo war, and even those master hypocrites and law-choppers were forced to give up and concede that the war was "probably illegal but [supposedly] justified".

    You’re sperging. No one cares about international law.

    Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished”. So it’s over. You, reinerTor, and GermanReader can come out of your bomb shelters. Watch the Liverpool match. Have a beer. WW3 has been called off for this weekend.

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    You’re sperging. No one cares about international law.
     
    Funny how much they go on about supposed legal justifications and the supposed centrality for them of enforcing a "rules based international order", then.

    But in reality, I'm more concerned here with the uselessness of the political tactics adopted by the internationalist left, who are suppose to at least believe in the UN ideal. Needless to say, if the government had engaged in some debatably illegal action involving deporting some fake asylum seekers, the leftists would have had no hesitation in screaming about illegality.

    Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished”. So it’s over. You, reinerTor, and GermanReader can come out of your bomb shelters. Watch the Liverpool match. Have a beer. WW3 has been called off for this weekend.
     
    Always the most likely outcome. Just as the most likely outcome from a round of Russian Roulette is a click on an empty chamber.
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  • I don't think I have a reputation for panicking. But I do think that we are now at probably the most dangerous point in world affairs since Russian and NATO troops faced off at Pristina Airport in 1999, if not since the Cold War. It is now clear that there will almost certainly be strikes...
  • @German_reader

    Really? The USSR was using anti-racism against the USA, UK, France, Australia, and South Africa pretty early on in the Cold War.
     
    Well yes, and the Americans reacted by making a show of being antiracist and colour-blind, to win the hearts and minds of the 3rd world (they also wanted to see the European colonial empires dismantled and only propped them up as a temporary measure, to prevent communists coming to power; the contest between the Soviets and the Americans was a contest between two competing universalisms, both opposed to the old European order). In any case, that was a long time ago, and whatever the genesis of "antiracism" may be, today the US is undoubtedly the primary source of an increasingly deranged and explicitly anti-white "antiracism". "Critical whiteness studies", "white privilege" and the like aren't concepts developed in continental Europe, they are obvious US imports.
    As for French Algeria, unless I'm mistaken the Muslims mostly didn't even have the same civil rights as the European settlers. It's of course true that the French pretended to some degree to be colour-blind, since they had similarly deranged views as the Americans do today about their universal civilizing mission for mankind. But there was lots of hypocrisy involved, and in any case France doesn't equal Europe. Do you seriously want to tell me that central, southern and eastern Europe which were completely dominated by authoritarian right-wing or fascist regimes by the late 1930s would have independently developed something like today's "antiracism"?

    On the surface only.
     
    I don't entirely get the point of your repeated criticisms about European anti-Americanism tbh. If it's that many Europeans are pathetic and unwilling to take responsibility for their own destinies I'd actually agree. But I don't think I've ever denied that, and I don't think it invalidates criticism of the US.

    I don’t entirely get the point of your repeated criticisms about European anti-Americanism tbh. If it’s that many Europeans are pathetic and unwilling to take responsibility for their own destinies I’d actually agree. But I don’t think I’ve ever denied that, and I don’t think it invalidates criticism of the US.

    I find most, not all, anti-Americanism from the European Right to be very bitter and womanish. They usually act like Europeans have no agency at all. I suspect they are defeatists who are not up for the fight so they feel relieved just to dump it all on the US. (Incidentally, this kind of defeatism is a common characteristic of conservatives in general, probably because they are so used to losing). Anyway, there have been many cases of individual European states resisting American pressure – from Vietnam in the 60s to refusing missiles in West Germany in the 80s to France, Belgium, and Germany during the Iraq War. It is local elites who are mostly to blame for Europe’s situation as they are the ones who like the current set-up. (I’m not saying you are denying any European culpability in all this).

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  • @German_reader

    The problem with Europeans crying about American domination is that those same Europeans are the first to freak out when the US threatens to return to “isolationism”.
     
    The Europeans who resent US domination for nationalist reasons aren't exactly identical with those who want the US to intervene in foreign conflicts for "humanitarian" reasons.
    It's obviously true that Western European societies are pretty rotten, and not all of this can be blamed on US influence (though some of it certainly can, much of "antiracism" is obviously a cultural import from the US, and the US does try to cultivate a pro-American Quisling class with appropriately cosmopolitan views in Europe).
    But frankly, I don't see how your criticism is relevant to people in this thread here. It may be appropriate for the average stupid Euronormie who feels superior to redneck Americans because of their love for guns, their alleged "racism" and their addiction to fast food...and then wants the US to bomb Assad based on some ridiculous nonsense about "human rights" and helping the "democratic" opposition which is merely dominated by Jihadis because nobody else is coming to protect them from Assad's barrel bombs... But criticism of the US here is of a rather different nature, I'd say.

    The Europeans who resent US domination for nationalist reasons aren’t exactly identical with those who want the US to intervene in foreign conflicts for “humanitarian” reasons.

    There’s lots of overlap. Besides, someone here – maybe AKarlin – put up polls a year or so ago showing that in many European countries over 80%, sometimes 90%, preferred pro-NATO Hillary over nationalist Donald Trump.

    It’s obviously true that Western European societies are pretty rotten, and not all of this can be blamed on US influence (though some of it certainly can, much of “antiracism” is obviously a cultural import from the US

    Really? The USSR was using anti-racism against the USA, UK, France, Australia, and South Africa pretty early on in the Cold War.

    When the Algerian war began in 1954 the pieds noirs and French authorities alike were quick to point out to foreign press that they weren’t “racist” (yes, they used that word) like Americans and South Africans because there was no segregation between them and Muslim Arabs/Berbers? Did America force this anti-racism on Europeans, even those in Algerie Francaise, between the 1945 liberation and the 1954 Algerian war? Hardly. Even before WW2 continental Europeans often embraced black Americans (Josephine Baker) not so much because of their alleged talent but because it made them feel morally superior.

    Anti-racism existed long before the current US establishment weaponised it. You must be very young if you think otherwise.

    But criticism of the US here is of a rather different nature, I’d say.

    On the surface only.

    Randal: Not that there has ever in my lifetime been any remotest possibility of the US regime going anything approaching “isolationist”.

    No matter how Trump has governed he was elected as a nationalist, sceptical of Nato and foreign intervention and openly friendly towards Putin.

    How did the British people respond to all that? The answer is that they overwhelmingly hated him. They saw him either as a dangerous nationalist or as Putin’s puppet – after all if you are sceptical of the utility of a military alliance with the mighty British you must be a Russian agent, right? – and they cheered for him to fail.

    Trump also supported Brexit and was willing to provide Britain with leverage in its negotiations with the EU, openly stating they could have a free trade agreement with the US, unlike Obama who said the UK would be at the “back of the queue”.

    How did Brits react to such generosity? Like most Europeans they wanted their precious Magic Negro back. They hate, hate, hate American “isolationists” and love, love love, American internationalists like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Like I said, such Europeans deserve contempt. Americans should ignore their worthless opinions.

    Tell you what, next time you meet a Brit or a Euro crying about the idea that America might go “isolationist”, tell him from you and from me that he’s a contemptible traitor to his own country.

    Thanks, but I’d rather not fall out with my European in-laws and British/Irish blood relatives.

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    Really? The USSR was using anti-racism against the USA, UK, France, Australia, and South Africa pretty early on in the Cold War.
     
    Well yes, and the Americans reacted by making a show of being antiracist and colour-blind, to win the hearts and minds of the 3rd world (they also wanted to see the European colonial empires dismantled and only propped them up as a temporary measure, to prevent communists coming to power; the contest between the Soviets and the Americans was a contest between two competing universalisms, both opposed to the old European order). In any case, that was a long time ago, and whatever the genesis of "antiracism" may be, today the US is undoubtedly the primary source of an increasingly deranged and explicitly anti-white "antiracism". "Critical whiteness studies", "white privilege" and the like aren't concepts developed in continental Europe, they are obvious US imports.
    As for French Algeria, unless I'm mistaken the Muslims mostly didn't even have the same civil rights as the European settlers. It's of course true that the French pretended to some degree to be colour-blind, since they had similarly deranged views as the Americans do today about their universal civilizing mission for mankind. But there was lots of hypocrisy involved, and in any case France doesn't equal Europe. Do you seriously want to tell me that central, southern and eastern Europe which were completely dominated by authoritarian right-wing or fascist regimes by the late 1930s would have independently developed something like today's "antiracism"?

    On the surface only.
     
    I don't entirely get the point of your repeated criticisms about European anti-Americanism tbh. If it's that many Europeans are pathetic and unwilling to take responsibility for their own destinies I'd actually agree. But I don't think I've ever denied that, and I don't think it invalidates criticism of the US.
    , @Thorfinnsson


    Really? The USSR was using anti-racism against the USA, UK, France, Australia, and South Africa pretty early on in the Cold War.

    When the Algerian war began in 1954 the pieds noirs and French authorities alike were quick to point out to foreign press that they weren’t “racist” (yes, they used that word) like Americans and South Africans because there was no segregation between them and Muslim Arabs/Berbers? Did America force this anti-racism on Europeans, even those in Algerie Francaise, between the 1945 liberation and the 1954 Algerian war? Hardly. Even before WW2 continental Europeans often embraced black Americans (Josephine Baker) not so much because of their alleged talent but because it made them feel morally superior.

    Anti-racism existed long before the current US establishment weaponised it. You must be very young if you think otherwise.
     
    As far as I know history's first anti-racists were American Quakers, which grew out of their abolitionism. The ideology spread to New England after the American Revolution and continued to grow in influence there until the failure of Reconstruction.

    Afterwards it went into decline before being suddenly revived in 1933 as a reaction to Nazism. Congress wouldn't pass another "Civil Rights" bill after Reconstruction until 1957.

    The anti-racism, or rather non-racism, you describe prior to WW2 was to my knowledge peculiar to France among Europe's colonial powers. The H-man contemptuously described France as intent on negrization, and George Orwell in one of his essays describes French culture is being unique in its absence of "color prejudice".

    Anti-racism's institutional power seems to have emerged out of Boasian anthropology students taking over anthropology departments in prewar America, and this was then brought to Europe by the British Jew Ashley Montagu. Montagu went on to write UNESCO's statement of race, which then established the evil doctrine of anti-racism as official UN policy.

    It's therefore quite fair to say that anti-racism has an American-Jewish origin.

    That said, some level of anti-racism in response to Nazi Germany was of course inevitable.

    It's really hard to imagine the French fighting off accusations of "racism" in crushing a colonial insurgency prior to WW2...nor anyone giving a shit to begin with.

    America made the problem much worse then America's foreign policy elite decided that winning the Cold War meant "Civil Rights" were required in America. This decision was undertaken fairly quickly after the war--Truman unwisely desegregated the armed forces in 1948. In the same year California began dismantling the California Jim Crowe laws directed against orientals.
    , @Singh
    Yeah, there are anti dowry provisions in old Indian Penal Codes & everyone's aware of the grand Sati myth।।

    It's just they started social engineering their own working class too & without the buffer of racial hatred, it worked.. Spectacularly।।
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  • The problem with Europeans crying about American domination is that those same Europeans are the first to freak out when the US threatens to return to “isolationism”. Just look at how negative Europeans, whether it be the people (if polls are to be believed), business leaders, politicians, and journalists reacted to Trump’s election. Oh my God, America is abandoning us! He prefers Putin over Merkel! He endorsed Brexit! The horror!

    I remember similar freak-outs over Bosnia in the 90s from Euroweenies crying to America “why don’t you do something?’, “you’re allowing genocide”.* When Buchanan won the NH primary in 1996 and promised to take the US out of NATO the British and French media were in total disbelief. Then there were the lectures in the last decade about how Americans (and Russians, I guess) were behind the times. They weren’t sophisticated enough to understand that hard power was outdated, soft power – led from Brussels! – is the future. Nice excuse, though, to not bother increasing your defence spending and continue to rely on the US.

    Countries the size of Germany, France, and Britain don’t deserve any sympathy as they are big enough to stand up on their own. And I say that as a holder of a British passport (though I’ll feel better about that when I trade in the gay red one for a proper blue one in a few years). They’ll take the benefits of American hegemony then whinge about everything else but under no circumstances whatever will they ever lift a finger, or even cast a vote for a nationalist party, to change anything. Sorry, but defeatist whingers don’t deserve respect from America. The Russians and the Muslim world shouldn’t give them it either.

    * Though not a European, Unz columnist Eric Margolis was one of the die-hard hawks demanding war over Bosnia and Kosovo, only to switch after 9/11 and complain in every column about arrogant American militarism.

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    The problem with Europeans crying about American domination is that those same Europeans are the first to freak out when the US threatens to return to “isolationism”.
     
    The Europeans who resent US domination for nationalist reasons aren't exactly identical with those who want the US to intervene in foreign conflicts for "humanitarian" reasons.
    It's obviously true that Western European societies are pretty rotten, and not all of this can be blamed on US influence (though some of it certainly can, much of "antiracism" is obviously a cultural import from the US, and the US does try to cultivate a pro-American Quisling class with appropriately cosmopolitan views in Europe).
    But frankly, I don't see how your criticism is relevant to people in this thread here. It may be appropriate for the average stupid Euronormie who feels superior to redneck Americans because of their love for guns, their alleged "racism" and their addiction to fast food...and then wants the US to bomb Assad based on some ridiculous nonsense about "human rights" and helping the "democratic" opposition which is merely dominated by Jihadis because nobody else is coming to protect them from Assad's barrel bombs... But criticism of the US here is of a rather different nature, I'd say.
    , @Randal

    The problem with Europeans crying about American domination is that those same Europeans are the first to freak out when the US threatens to return to “isolationism”.
     
    This makes about as much sense as saying "the problem with Americans who vote for Obama is that then they go and vote for Trump". Doubtless there is some crossover in both cases, but my response to Americans claiming to believe in going "isolationist" is "promise?" and "don't let the door catch you on the way out".

    Not that there has ever in my lifetime been any remotest possibility of the US regime going anything approaching "isolationist". Just minding their own business for a change would at least be a start, but they can't even manage that.

    Tell you what, next time you meet a Brit or a Euro crying about the idea that America might go "isolationist", tell him from you and from me that he's a contemptible traitor to his own country.
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  • The flagship organ of Conservatism Inc. is suddenly worried about intellectual diversity after The Atlantic fired former National Review contributor Kevin Williamson. David French thinks it is “cowardly” [On the cowardly firing of Kevin Williamson, April 5, 2018]. Jonah Goldberg thinks it is a victory for mob rule. [Kevin Williamson, Thought Criminal, April 6, 2018]
  • @Art Deco
    Christopher Buckley is a humor and travel writer, the editor of ForbesLife for a number of years and for decades an employee of Forbes Media. Some years ago, I scanned the Reader's Guide indexing of his work. Over 300 published pieces between 1975 and 2010. He wrote a couple of pieces for Weekly Standard ca. 1998, but that aside the only organ of the starbaord press he ever wrote for was his father's publication. His contributions thereto consisted of humor writing, travel writing, book reviews of belles lettres, &c. His writing on public affairs is pretty much limited to speeches he wrote for George Bush - pere when he worked in the White House PR apparat 35 years ago. His father hired Richard Brookhiser in 1977 casting about for someone to whom to pass on his magazine. He did not have Christopher in mind for the role. Christopher was then 25 and getting his work in print in various outlets. Wm. F. Buckley had dozens of 1st and 2d degree relatives, but only a couple were ever on staff at NR, though others contributed occasional pieces. He was never really his father's son. If he had any political affilinities at all, it was for the pre-Reagan Republican establishment. There's no indication he's ever taken politics or religion seriously, and his silly endorsement of Obama would have gone unnoticed except that he's Wm. F. Buckley's son and James Buckley's nephew. It's a pity that medical problems permitted his parents to have just one child, because he's also kind of a jerk, as manifest here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Losing-Mum-Pup-Christopher-Buckley/dp/0446540951/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523476005&sr=1-1&keywords=losing+mum+and+pup+by+christopher+buckley


    and here


    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2008/10/christopher_buckleys_mistress.html

    I read NR for many years yet it was only when the film adaptation of his book Thank You For Smoking came out that I learned W.F. Buckley’s son was also a writer. He appears to have only a passing interest in politics.

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  • I don't think I have a reputation for panicking. But I do think that we are now at probably the most dangerous point in world affairs since Russian and NATO troops faced off at Pristina Airport in 1999, if not since the Cold War. It is now clear that there will almost certainly be strikes...
  • @reiner Tor
    They could not have abstained. I guess you are an American, so cannot imagine what it’s like to be a junior partner in an alliance. A very junior partner, essentially dependent on the stronger partner for protection.

    If there will be a world war, it will happen with or without Poland. I don’t even think Poland could do anything at this point to avoid a Russian nuclear strike. They are a NATO member, how can the government do anything to assure the Russians that they will trust?

    But if there’s no war, then the Polish vote will be remembered. And they will get some reward from the Americans, or at least keep their goodwill.

    Small countries can easily get destroyed even if they try to stay out of war. Poland didn’t try to go to war with Germany in 1939, it was attacked. If it gave in to German demands, it’d have become a German satellite, and would have participated in the war on the side of the Axis. Like Hungary. Did we do much better than Poland? No. So?

    But if there’s no war, then the Polish vote will be remembered. And they will get some reward from the Americans, or at least keep their goodwill.

    Last week 59 U.S. senators signed a letter protesting Poland’s new Holocaust restitution bill. Poland’s been a loyal U.S. ally – saying all all the right things, buying all the right hardware, sending its troops when needed – but all that is forgotten the moment Jews start crying. I don’t think the America’s rulers have very long memories.

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  • Just back from Portugal. Will share impressions in a later post (most are positive). I'll be doing quite a bit of traveling this summer. I'll be in London again soon [business], will probably stop by in Denmark this May [because a certain event can no longer take place in London for political reasons], will be...
  • @Yevardian
    I think it's been established at this point Trump neither has any political inclinations of his own, or any control over his administration. I mean, he's appointed Michael Bolton. He was crying about the Iran detente before he got elected.

    If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck...

    I mean, he’s appointed Michael Bolton.

    This celebrity obsession of Trump’s is getting out of hand!

    Russia could close its airspace to European airlines flying to Asia, an increasingly big part of their business. That won’t directly impact the US but it would punish European countries following US policy towards Russia. As Russia isn’t signed up to the international agreement on airspace rights this option would allow it to target individual countries rather than the EU as a whole.

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    Lol. that typo.
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  • The flagship organ of Conservatism Inc. is suddenly worried about intellectual diversity after The Atlantic fired former National Review contributor Kevin Williamson. David French thinks it is “cowardly” [On the cowardly firing of Kevin Williamson, April 5, 2018]. Jonah Goldberg thinks it is a victory for mob rule. [Kevin Williamson, Thought Criminal, April 6, 2018]
  • Conservatism is Sam Francis!

    I don’t think Sam would appreciate that label. He also liked James Burnham’s ideas enough to write extensively about them: James Burnham: Thinkers of Our Time

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  • @German_reader

    This also proves that boomers are incurable. Even if you try to cure them, they OD on the redpills.
     
    According to Wikipedia Paul Nehlen was born in 1969. He's not exactly what is generally understood as a baby boomer.

    No, but there’s something wrong with someone in his 40s, or even 30s, who jumps straight from conventional race-blind politics to full blown WNism. This is especially so if within months of conversion they are calling for purges of those not as pure as they are. I’ve seen this with WNist converts for well over a decade. When I was younger I saw the same thing with born-again Christians. One month they are degenerate junkies or drunks, next month they are lecturing everyone on Biblical morality. A reflective level-headed adult of Nehlen’s age should take about five years – maybe longer – to fully change course politically because that’s how long it takes from the beginning of doubting your already existing worldview to researching then observing alternatives in the real world, to eventually discarding beliefs of many years/decades. It’s a humbling experience that should take time.

    Gen Xers like Nehlen (and obviously Boomers) who change too quickly are usually mentally unstable or just plain old opportunists. If they don’t fit those two categories then they are probably just too unobservant and stupid to be of much use to any movement. Perhaps nationalists should have a general rule saying that unless you can demonstrate being somewhat “woke” for a minimum of five or ten years you don’t get to play a prominent public role in the movement as there’s a good chance you will either suddenly change your mind again or go full freak show. Obviously for people in their early 20s it’s different but much older people who are only now noticing immigration issues, race, and to a lesser extent the JQ, should be seen as suspect.

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  • Haven't been following it closely, so will refrain from commenting on it myself. Polls: Matt Forney (who is currently living in Hungary) is optimistic on Fidesz/Orban. Some comments from region expert reiner Tor during the past month: 1 The most reputable Hungarian analyst thinks Fidesz will win a narrow majority on Sunday. But because of...
  • @Dmitry
    Offtopic, but do any of you guys use Hungarian Wizz Air?

    This is a very cheap, good Hungarian airline. I’m using it all the time (every few months) to fly in Europe for the last years and always have a good experience. Also the Hungarian stewardesses who work on this airline are usually more charming than on Russian airlines.

    Ural airlines is still my favourite value for money, but the destinations available in Europe have much more choice with Wizz Air. It is a real Hungarian success story and contribution to humanity (when you realize how cheaply you can go on holiday to all these places).

    Offtopic, but do any of you guys use Hungarian Wizz Air?

    I flew out of Budapest six weeks ago and judging by the departure board Wizzair looked to be the biggest airline there.

    Anyway, the one time I did fly on Wizzair I thought the seats were even tighter than on Ryanair and easyjet, but everything went well. They have a great selection of direct flights to medium sized cities in the old Eastern bloc countries at great prices but make sure you read the fine print before booking.

    I was also in Gdansk in February and was seriously tempted to fly to Sweden just for the day. Booking only a couple of days before the flight the prices were less than 30E each way. At that price it’s hard to complain about lack of leg room.

    With Ryanair changing its mind on Ukraine Wizzair are really the only budget option for last minute flights to Lviv and Kiev.

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    Yes it's a miracle for all cheap inter-EU flying.

    With some provisos, like not packing glass souvenirs in your luggage:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-9ctpQE9vk
    , @Swedish Family

    With Ryanair changing its mind on Ukraine Wizzair are really the only budget option for last minute flights to Lviv and Kiev.
     
    The deal finally went through a few weeks ago.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ryanair-ukraine/ryanair-to-fly-15-routes-from-european-cities-to-ukraine-idUSKBN1GZ15U

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  • When not busy wondering why African American rioters only commit "restrained arson" these days compared to the Good Old Days of the high tide of liberalism in the late 1960s, The Atlantic has fired former National Review writer Kevin Williamson. From the NYT: I'm not very familiar with Williamson's work, so I don't have an...
  • Looking forward to him competing against recently arrived Hondurans for shelf-stacking jobs at the local supermarket.

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    • Replies: @LKM
    From another of Williamson's articles(link)

    As though the Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants who operate convenience stores from coast to coast show up in the United States with a $1 million line of business credit from Chase, an MBA, and a gas station waiting for them in Oklahoma. Next time you’re filling up in some country location late at night, take a peek around the back of the place, and see how many of those immigrants are quietly living in the gas stations they operate. It is not uncommon, for a time. But they don’t stay there long.
     
    Maybe Williams can convince an enterprising Pakistani gas station owner to give him a job and a rug behind the Lays, instead of say, sending for his cousin from Lahore to work the night shift.
    , @SMK
    He'll be rehired by NR or perhaps hired by the Weekly Standard or WSJ. Is Williamson part Negroid, a fat octoroon? That would explain why he's T. Coates's "favorite conservative" -albeit he's not a conservative- and also explain in part his hatred of lower-class whites who "deserve to die." He'd never decry the pathologies of the black and Mestizo/Amerindian underclasses much less say they "deserve to die." And what of Islam and Muslims, even males who rape and commit acts of terrorism?
    , @MBlanc46
    That would be better than he deserves.
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  • From Haaretz: This is reminiscent of the crazy deal that Australia struck with Obama that Trump got stuck with: Australia, like Israel, has shown a lot of backbone in resisting illegal immigration. But when the New York Times and its powerful allies started a campaign against Australian citizens' right of democratic self-determination, Australia's prime minister...
  • The Pole/Jew WWII biggest victim sweepstakes is getting tired. Call it a draw and move on.

    I think the Poles could maybe manage to “move on”. The Jews? No chance.

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  • February was the first month in memory in which more people were murdered in London than in New York City, but now it's happened again in March. Heckuva job, Sadiqie!
  • Notice many white Brits defend Khan and his posh accent from the attacks of one Donald Trump

    Khan divides opinion in the UK. He’s deeply hated by many but since those people are the wrong kind of whites that means the virtue-signallers (usually journalists, celebs and status anxious middle class liberals) will always rush to his defence no matter what.

    The thing that boggles my mind about the Corbyn/Labour antisemitism kerfuffle is that if you look at all the crazy/stupid things that Corbyn has said/done his tacit approval of antisemitism isn’t even close to being the worst thing.

    Right. The anti-Semitism controversy is so obviously orchestrated and unfair that it is making the traitorous Corbyn look rather sympathetic.

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  • Putin did poorly in 2012 against Prokhorov in the Far Abroad, with the billionaire liberal candidate level outright beating Putin in the US, Canada, Britain, and France [full list in Russian]. Russian Presidential elections abroad in 2012: Blue = Putin; Green = Prokhorov. However, while Putin failed to get an absolute majority even in Germany...
  • @German_reader

    I think Trump’s idea is to put the most scary people in the position, in order to make America more threatening in the negotiation with other countries.
     
    I think America is already threatening enough, the idea US nationalists have that the US isn't feared enough, derided as a paper tiger etc. has no relation to reality.
    But it's wishful thinking imo to look for some explanation that makes Trump look like a thoughtful statesman with some grand plan...he's just a belligerent American nationalist, and not an especially intelligent or intellectually-minded one, so it wouldn't be surprising if he agrees with Bolton on most issues.

    I think America is already threatening enough, the idea US nationalists have that the US isn’t feared enough, derided as a paper tiger etc. has no relation to reality.

    It doesn’t look very threatening to me, in fact it looks weak and divided with a leader who is publicly insulted even by a weak British PM whose country he can’t even visit. Judging by a lot of what I’ve read from Middle East and Asian commentators there seems to be mixed views on whether the US is truly threatening or an all bluster paper tiger. I remember Germans being bedwetters in the 80s. Maybe they still are.

    We don’t know whether he’s fighting the Deep State or has thrown in his lot with them. I think Dmitry is right in that this is about up-coming negotiations with numerous countries, not just North Korea. The 4D chess advocates can be ridiculous but I’m guessing foreign states are less certain of his intentions than Unz commentators who watch RT all day.

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    but I’m guessing foreign states are less certain of his intentions than Unz commentators who watch RT all day.
     
    I've never watched RT and my sympathies for Russia are rather limited on the whole. I certainly don't have any illusions about the potential threat Russia represents and find conservative Western Russophiles babbling on about Holy Russia pathetic. But I see absolutely no reason why there needs to be a new Cold war with Russia, or why I should regard such a development as positive.

    It doesn’t look very threatening to me,
     
    Bizarre statement given how militarized and aggressive US foreign policy has become over the last 25 years.

    I remember Germans being bedwetters in the 80s.

     

    It isn't the 1980s anymore, and your statement about Germans being "bedwetters" back then is massive exaggeration, Schmidt and Kohl pushed through the NATO double-track policy, and West Germany maintained large conscription-based armed forces. There was a stupid peace movement that was probably influenced by Moscow, but you had much the same in Britain with CND.
    Problem with you Anglo types is you get so easily manipulated by appeals to patriotic sentiment, standing firm against foreign threats (always a new Hitler around), white man's burden through wars in far-away places etc. So Trump with his blatant selling out to Zionist lobbyists and Islamic Gulf state autocrats (both groups whose influence in the West needs to be reduced to zero) can still be spun as a patriot who's on "our" side (he just can't say so openly!)...just bizarre.
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  • Meddling in the Russian elections. I voted for Zhirinovsky on March 18, 2018. Have said all there is to say on that in these articles: An Analysis of Zhirinovsky's Program Russia Elections 2018: Elections as Regime Referendums Putin 2018: The Scorecard With that out of the way, let's move on to the bigger picture. PS....
  • Orbán probably didn’t understand the possibilities of the internet.

    One of the most common characteristics of conservatives – ie. the moderate right we’ve depended on to fight the left over the last half century – throughout the West is that they are really slow learners. Alt Righters always talk about conservative cowardice and treachery, which are also common, but the inability of conservative people in general to even notice new situations/threats etc is even more frustrating and demoralising. I guess it’s more to do with endemic provincialism rather than outright stupidity but who knows.

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    You have to remember he started out as a young, fresh leader. (The name Fidesz originally comes from an abbreviation FIDESZ, which stood for Young Democrats' Alliance. It was a liberal party in the early 1990s, and until 1992 no new member could be accepted above the age 35...)

    His entourage changed a lot since he came to power in 2010. It moved a bit in the alt-right direction, which is to say, it got crankier. Many of his more normal conservative allies left him over the years or started keeping a low profile, while he started to employ stupid lieutenants. Since 2010, but especially since 2014 he really became a Führer of his party, and most people around him were sycophants. He seems to have believed by 2014 that he was an infallible genius, and that it was no longer possible for anyone in Hungary to beat him.

    His lieutenants are now either stupid or corrupt or both. He himself is not above all this: his son-in-law started a corrupt scheme in 2010, and was already considered a shady scandal-ridden figure before 2014, but recently new details emerged. It's possible Hungary will have to pay back some money to the EU (I mean, stealing EU monies when you're trying to take a stand against them must be stupid...) because of these shady deals. The mayor of his native village became one of the richest people in the country over the past 8 years (he's a simple gas fitter), and many people now suspect that his wealth actually belongs to Orbán personally. To be honest, it's not implausible.
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  • @reiner Tor
    OT

    Though I still expect Orbán to win in April, his odds have considerably worsened in recent weeks. There is now a serious chance of Fidesz not getting a majority. I don’t know what will happen after that. Theoretically there could be a coalition, but now neither a Fidesz-Jobbik, nor a Jobbik-left coalition seems viable. Even the leftist parties seem to hate each other as much as they hate Fidesz.

    But I think Orbán will still probably win this time, but it’s likely his last cycle as prime minister.

    Though I still expect Orbán to win in April, his odds have considerably worsened in recent weeks. There is now a serious chance of Fidesz not getting a majority.

    Any particular reason for his worsening chances?

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    A number of scandals rocked his party (some corruption scandals involving his close family members, but not all scandals were corruption related), but the most important thing is that already in 2014 he didn’t have a majority of the votes.

    The Hungarian election system since 2014 is a mix of first past the post and (to a smaller extent) proportional representation. (Even the latter favors the winner.) Before Orbán changed it, it had a similar system, but one where the MP districts had a second round, unless someone received the majority of the votes. So parties could run separately and then after the first round of voting they could form an alliance.

    Orbán changed the system because he understood that for the opposition (which was divided, even without Jobbik) would need to form an alliance in order to be competitive. However, some of the leftist parties were discredited in the eyes of the majority of the electorate (and the voters of Jobbik and the leftists were often incompatible), and so an alliance would have destroyed a large portion of the appeal of the other leftist parties (not to mention Jobbik).

    However, that seems to have changed recently. Moreover, there has been open talk of “cross-voting” even with Jobbik, so in many places the parties won’t even have to form an alliance (which, less than three weeks before the election, they have still failed to do anyway), their voters in each district will be voting for the most popular opposition candidate (and now this seems to include Jobbik), and they are encouraging their voters to do so.

    It’s a question how many of the voters will actually do so, but I think the floodgates have opened to some extent already. It’s not exactly encouraging that since 2014 Fidesz has lost all by-elections. They were usually explained away as products of unusual local circumstances, but it’s getting increasingly likely that it will happen in a lot of places.

    I still expect Fidesz to win, but not by a large margin.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
  • @Samuel Skinner

    Why were all of the Bolsheviks either Jews, or Christian Semites like Stalin and Beria, who were Georgian.
     
    The Jews hated the Czar due to the pogroms and were active in the socialist movement. The Georgians also hated the Czar due to the suppression of local nationalism and were active in the socialist movement (Georgia independently formed a social democratic state). Additionally there is a coalition of the fringes aspect; the ethnic minorities tended not to like Russians which made them more loyalty to the reds; Jews were/are infamous for this, but others were more essential- the Lithuanians made up the backbone of the early revolution and their contribution to the secret police and red army helped win the day.

    the Lithuanians made up the backbone of the early revolution and their contribution to the secret police and red army helped win the day.

    Don’t you mean Latvians, not Lithuanians?

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  • From The Telegraph: 1,000 children may have been victims in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal By Callum Adams 11 MARCH 2018 • 4:23PM Up to 1,000 children could have been abused in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal, an investigation has revealed. Hundreds of children, some as young as 11, are estimated to have...
  • @AndrewR
    Will the Irish nationalists oppose this, or are they merely opposed to British Protestants in Ireland?

    There are tens of millions of people around the world descended from the Irish. Why not recruit them?

    Ireland has an African gang problem. They appear to have been involved in the recent looting following a few days of bad weather. Here’s a video on the subject (by an Ulster Protestant!): Ireland unsafe for the Irish

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  • Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos recently became the richest man in the world and, in nominal terms, the richest man of all time. Today's net worth: 116.6 billion. Bezos personally owns the Washington Post. It's his plaything, unanswerable to Amazon's outside stockholders. So, what did Bezos just do with all that freedom? Now that's Diversity! Good...
  • @Glossy
    Does Bezos own the WaPo as an insurance against the government ever trying to split up Amazon the way it once tried to split up Microsoft? For prestige? To make money? Or does he have feelings and thoughts about politics? Has anyone ever heard him say anything about politics?

    Two weeks ago he donated millions to a “Dreamer” college fund. A few years ago he did the same for homosexual marriage activists during some state referendum. Whether he actually believes in this stuff or not is irrelevant. Amazon/Wapo is political.

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  • I hate corporate capitalists far more than I ever hated communists.

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    I hate corporate capitalists far more than I ever hated communists.
     
    Yep. Communists actually had principles. Those principles were often unworkable or even crazy but they were principles. Corporate capitalists have no principles whatsoever. They're just pure unadulterated evil.
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  • Why can't America be some of both? Why can't we have compromise, moderation, and prudence on immigration policy? Why are elites, like the editor of Vox, becoming so fanatically extremist?
  • Boomers tend to get their morals from intuition and the inner light, not by reasoning and evidence

    I always thought they got their morals from the media.

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  • Charles Bausman (Russia Insider): It's Time to Drop the Jew Taboo This is objectively true. Heck, don't ask me, someone who writes for a site famous for its "mix of far-right and far-left anti-Semitic crackpottery" (as per the Jew Cathy Young). Ask J-P
  • @iffen
    Can you link to some A. Applebaum "unhinged" stuff?

    I read her Red Famine and it was impressive and scholarly.

    I guess you’ve never read her Twitter account or her Wapo column. Since her husband’s downfall she’s suggested that the staunchly anti-Russian Polish government might really be fake anti-Putinists. She’s hinted the same thing about John Schindler. That’s pretty unhinged.

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    Her belief that the Russian government targeted her and stole her wallet is more than enough to see she is unhinged. I don't know if Russia has political humour shows, but portraying Putin in a cabinet meeting and having him ordering his spy chief to steal the wallet of Applebaum would be a pretty funny skit to do.
    , @iffen
    Thanks. No, the only thing that I have read by her was Red Famine and I was impressed.

    I have found some of her articles and will read some. I just read one about the Polish neo-Nazis on parade and her concerns about that. I am going to look to see if she wrote one on the Ukrainian neo-Nazis.
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  • @Randal

    Jewish billionaire Bernie Ecclestone put it well:
     
    Presumably an attempt at the usual: "I can point to a counter-example, so the claim that there is any collective jewish approach adopted by most influential jewish people to the issue is utterly wrong, and probably motivated by irrational anti-Semitism".

    Bit pointless, as the far better example of Stephen Cohen has already been raised on the thread.

    Ecclestone though is an interesting character. Hardly your typical jewish magnate, although he was a notorious Labour Party donor in the Blair years when the government deliberately opened up the mass immigration floodgates in service to the classic unholy alliance of big business seeking to undercut indigenous labour's wages and political power, with leftist ideologues and opportunists seeking to "rub the right's noses in diversity".

    Putin is not the only political strongman whose record of effectiveness evidently appealed to Ecclestone. Wikipedia notes:


    Hitler controversy[edit]

    In a Times interview published on 4 July 2009, Ecclestone said "terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was – in the way that he could command a lot of people – able to get things done."[48] According to Ecclestone: "If you have a look at a democracy it hasn't done a lot of good for many countries — including this one", in reference to the United Kingdom.[48] He also said that his friend of 40 years Max Mosley, the son of British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, "would do a super job" as Prime Minister and added "I don't think his background would be a problem."[48]

    Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle, said: "Mr Ecclestone is either an idiot or morally repulsive. Either he has no idea how stupid and offensive his views are or he does and deserves to be held in contempt by all decent people."[49] In a subsequent interview with The Jewish Chronicle, Ecclestone said that his comments were taken the wrong way, but apologised, saying, "I'm just sorry that I was an idiot. I sincerely, genuinely apologise."[50] However, when Ecclestone was later told by Associated Press that the World Jewish Congress had called for his resignation, he said "it's a pity they didn't sort the banks out," referring to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, and claimed "They have a lot of influence everywhere."[51]
     

    Wikipedia

    Ecclestone though is an interesting character. Hardly your typical jewish magnate,

    Maybe because he’s not Jewish?

    although he was a notorious Labour Party donor in the Blair years when the government deliberately opened up the mass immigration floodgates

    He gave more to the Tories. IIRC the notorious Labour Party donation was a one-off to get some favours related to F1.

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    Maybe because he’s not Jewish?
     
    That would certainly account for it. But it leaves Tyrion 2's original comment with no plausible rationale I can see except perhaps some foolish attempt at counterfactual sarcasm trolling.

    He gave more to the Tories. IIRC the notorious Labour Party donation was a one-off to get some favours related to F1.
     
    I recall vaguely a fuss about tobacco advertising but without examining the Wikipedia article at more length to refresh my memory it doesn't go beyond that.
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  • Epistemic status: Low. I don't know Farsi. I don't particularly follow Iran. That said, I am hardly alone in this. Bryan MacDonald: "Even I’m kinda astonished by how many American “Russian experts” have suddenly become “Iran experts” in the past 48 hours. молодцы товарищи!! #ачтивмеасурес" 1. Widely divergent reports about how many people are protesting....
  • @German_reader
    Jewish support wasn't important for Britain winning WW1, the British were basically duped by Chaim Weizmann and his kind (and hilariously enough, their motives for the Balfour declaration - belief in powerful Jewish interest groups - are nowadays seen as antisemitic). All they got in return was having to deal with that stupid Palestine issue, British soldiers killed by Jewish or Arab terrorists and anti-British Hollywood movies like Exodus.
    I think it's very unlikely expelling the Palestinians would mean an end to the mendacity and hypocrisy of pro-Israel forces in the West. At best, it might make it easier to point out that hypocrisy and to make them shut up, but I wouldn't count on it.

    Jewish support wasn’t important for Britain winning WW1, the British were basically duped by Chaim Weizmann and his kind

    According to a common history textbook used by British students in 1980s – the Schools Council History Project 13-16 – the government hoped that the Balfour Declaration would convince American Jews to use their significant influence to push the US government into the war on the British/French side and encourage similar Jewish interests in Russia to help keep that country in the war. (I’m guessing present day textbooks are more PC). Also, some officials thought having a population base near the Suez Canal owing gratitude to Britain would be good too.

    As to gratitude if there’s one nation Jews ought to feel it for it’s the Anglo-Saxon American nation yet they’ve done nothing but take one dump after another on it for decades. Gratitude is hard enough to come by from Western nations so expecting it from any Near Easterners – all religions and ethnic groups – is pretty naive. If anything the end of Iranian threat would remove what leverage exists to restrain Jewish ambitions both in the Near East and US/Europe.

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  • From a New York Times editorial:
  • @J.Ross
    I think Macron represents a segment of the globalist devil-worshipping Establishment that somehow has some minimal connection to reality and has accepted that not all of their brilliant plans are working. Meanwhile back here they're still looking for evidence that Trump is KGB.
    Macron signalled this in his Versailles speech by daring to mention the forbidden concept of "Islamic terrorism." Thanks to Obama bringing CAIR and Ikhwan into the federal bureaucracy, that's still thoughtcrime here.
    I don't have the link but recently Macron was at a press conference with African leaders and he was near "red pill" levels of brutal honesty.

    Macron signalled this in his Versailles speech by daring to mention the forbidden concept of “Islamic terrorism.” Thanks to Obama bringing CAIR and Ikhwan into the federal bureaucracy, that’s still thoughtcrime here.

    Even under the hapless Francois Hollande the French, unlike in the US, UK, & Germany, usually referred specifically to “Islamic terrorism”. This is nothing new. Given that Angela Merkel spoke out against multiculturalism five or six years ago and Tony Blair condemned political correctness during his first term (1997-2001) just before unleashing more of it than Britain had ever seen, I think we should hold off on getting too enthusiastic about the mere words used by Western leaders.

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    In Australia, John Howard and certain of his ministers made tough-sounding statements against multiculturalism and Islamic fundamentalism. It all sounded so reassuring. The 'big people' understood, supposedly. But not a single one of them ever proposed taking the most elementary measure against it, which is to end immigration. And since ending immigration is the only measure that can be taken that's consistent with 'liberal values' as they're understood today, it means nothing is ever done. (I mean this in the sense that you could secretly end immigration tomorrow, and pretty much no one would ever figure out that it had been done. That's very different to all other anti-diversity policies, whose impact would be readily detectable by the populace.)
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  • @Maj. Kong
    This just became the number 1 spending seat. A deluge of cash will be raining down upon Ryan and the Dem running against him.

    Mr. Nehlen best not have any skeletons in the closet. Every dilletante Mossad operative will be pulling out the stops.

    I'd advise precautions for donors on record. If Nehlen is still viable in a few months, the antifa rent-a-mob will be wound up and set loose.

    This just became the number 1 spending seat. A deluge of cash will be raining down upon Ryan and the Dem running against him.

    Why? In all likelihood Nehlen has made himself unelectable. I don’t know why he did so. Perhaps he’s got a strong sense of truth and justice but those are not advantages when running for office. Another possibility is that Nehlen is laying the groundwork for a political career outside of elected office.

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    his just became the number 1 spending seat. A deluge of cash will be raining down upon Ryan and the Dem running against him.

    Why? In all likelihood Nehlen has made himself unelectable. I don’t know why he did so. Perhaps he’s got a strong sense of truth and justice but those are not advantages when running for office. Another possibility is that Nehlen is laying the groundwork for a political career outside of elected office.
     
    , @Maj. Kong
    AIPAC has a large and wealthy donor base, that's why.

    There have been rumors that Ryan might retire. If so, Nehlen could win a split primary with a plurality. In that case, the Dem would probably win the general.

    Nehlen is also increasing the chances that more candidates like him enter politics, because he has shifted the Overton window.
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  • From CNN: It's funny how over the last three years, Ann Coulter has been the most pragmatic political analyst while the mainstream conventional wisdom (¡Jeb!) has been the most foolish.
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, it seems like it, but, for the globalist elite of this country, they didn't let this crisis go to waste. In fact, I think they relished this. It gave them an excuse to go full neocon, implement Police State, USA, and with Americans distracted by all of that and not very aware anyway, they were able to sneak masses of people from all over the world under the radar.

    I don't lump Ann Coulter in with the elites, but she had a neocon moment, suggesting we start a new Crusade or two to straighten out the Moslems over there. Hey, 9/11 was a rough time for lots of people, and Ann would probably admit now that it was an over-reaction (can't speak for her, of course.) Lot's of Americans felt that way in the few months afterwards, and that worked out very well for the neocons and globalists.

    She is a wise lady, not just smart, and she and lots of people have woken up to see the scam of the Iraq war, and the stupidity , no, evil, of the idea of "invade the world, invite the world".

    "We need to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, while we let them come here, cause we feel bad about fighting them over there, but hopefully not the ones who have kin whom we fought and killed over there as they may be already pissed when they get here ..."

    The American people would’ve enthusiastically supported more far reaching immigration changes in the fall of 2001 than what Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters could possibly hope for today. Obviously those in government weren’t interested but if the conservative media had focussed on immigration instead of re-directing the public’s attention towards changing the Middle East something could’ve been accomplished. Coulter was part of that. Anyway, she’s done good work in the last few years. Better late than never.

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    And in 2001 under Dubya the American people would have been every bit as ignored and irrelevant as they were for the 2000 election, USAPATRIOT, the invasion of Iraq and the Mission Accomplished banner. Dubya was more nakedly pro-human trafficking than Obama (going back to his Texas days) and his supposedly smarter and more respectable brother partied with the Mexican ruling elite.
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  • @candid_observer
    You have to hand it to Trump for turning the political ship around on the issue of immigration. I think Democrats have figured out that with Trump at his Twitter pulpit their profound argument "That's not who we are" wasn't cutting it.

    Trump has managed to maintain the pressure to keep the promises he made in his campaign on immigration and pretty much everything else. I don't think there's been any recent President who has been better at attempting to keep his promises, and not backing down from them.

    Of course he can't manage to get votes for his proposals when they just aren't there to be gotten. Things like the Wall and genuine immigration enforcement and restriction have always had fewer votes than needed. No Democrat will come on board, and there are enough NeverTrumpers among the Republicans to queer any such deal -- at least so far.

    Trump has been only more emphatic of late about solving immigration. I suspect he's built up a good deal of leverage and good will among Republicans for getting the tax bill done, and getting conservatives into the judiciary, among other things. No doubt he means to use some of that leverage to get something done on immigration. The DACA thing presumably comes to a head within a couple of months, and that's the point at which a deal might be done.

    But Trump will have to deal with the NeverTrumpers and one additional Democrat in the Senate. Not clear how that's going to work out by any means.

    Things like the Wall and genuine immigration enforcement and restriction have always had fewer votes than needed. No Democrat will come on board, and there are enough NeverTrumpers among the Republicans to queer any such deal — at least so far.

    Coulter surely knows this yet she keeps knocking Trump over it on Twitter. Obviously keeping the pressure up and reminding him of the importance of immigration is fine but sometimes she’s so over the top about it that I think she’s possibly demoralising some supporters.

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  • @D. K.
    Who, on October 3, 1965, was merely the junior senator from Massachusetts, with under three years' worth of tenure in the Congress. (His then-surviving elder brother was merely the junior senator from New York, with only nine months' worth of tenure in the Congress.) The youngest, and ultimately longest-lived, Kennedy brother merely served as the floor manager for the immigration bill in the Senate, making some rather unprophetic statements on its behalf, in the process.

    Who, on October 3, 1965, was merely the junior senator from Massachusetts, with under three years’ worth of tenure in the Congress. (His then-surviving elder brother was merely the junior senator from New York, with only nine months’ worth of tenure in the Congress.)

    And the former AG during the presidency of his recently assassinated brother! Dismissing the influence of the Kennedy brothers like this is laughable. The 1965 act was promoted as a tribute to their late brother who addressed Congress on changing the country’s immigration laws a couple of months before his death. (IIRC JFK’s three immigration advisers were all Jewish but he was advised to stay away from the issue early in his presidency due to the narrowness of his victory, though that didn’t stop him from whining about the injustices faced by Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, both Catholics, in one of the debates with Nixon). Teddy was also also active in a Mexican-American outreach programme in 1960 so immigration issues were not exactly new to him either in 1965.

    BTW Cellar and Jews in general had been trying to change the national origins quota since 1924 but I guess the Anglos were still too powerful then. By the 60s they got help from their fellow Ellis Islanders – Italians, for example - and the rest is history.

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    Right, no one had more influence over the legislative program of Lyndon Johnson's administration, especially after his landslide victory on November 3, 1964, than Bobby and Teddy Kennedy.
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  • @Achmed E. Newman
    I've been writing this for a year now. Ann Coulter has morphed from a neocon, "go-GOP" type, to the best example of a libertarian/conservative in all of BIG PUNDIT. I have been a big fan for 5 years now, and I hope she is as influential as it seems from the timing of her Adios America, and Donald Trump's emergence from NYC 2 1/2 years back.

    Her last column on VDare (well, syndicated and all - I just read it there) showed one of her possible blind spots. She either acts like, or really believes, that the R's in the congress are just too stupid to understand her ideas to fight the immigration invasion and at the same time get tons of support. They do not want what we want; that's all there is to it. Miss Coulter is a smart lady, but I don't know if she understands that - there is no Red team and Blue team - they are on the same team. Americans are the opposing team.

    Ann Coulter has morphed from a neocon, “go-GOP” type, to the best example of a libertarian/conservative in all of BIG PUNDIT.

    Imagine if she and other conservatives had pushed for immigration control post 9/11 instead of foreign wars. One of the great lost opportunities in modern history.

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    "Imagine if she and other conservatives had pushed for immigration control post 9/11 instead of foreign wars. One of the great lost opportunities in modern history"

    The banks own the republicans and democrats and these congressmen and senators are some of the biggest traitors in the history of the world. Also the banks ( jews ) own the media so they are lock stock against it.

    The only thing that can turn it around is the Trump revolution gathering steam and taking these people out of power , it could even go to civil war.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, it seems like it, but, for the globalist elite of this country, they didn't let this crisis go to waste. In fact, I think they relished this. It gave them an excuse to go full neocon, implement Police State, USA, and with Americans distracted by all of that and not very aware anyway, they were able to sneak masses of people from all over the world under the radar.

    I don't lump Ann Coulter in with the elites, but she had a neocon moment, suggesting we start a new Crusade or two to straighten out the Moslems over there. Hey, 9/11 was a rough time for lots of people, and Ann would probably admit now that it was an over-reaction (can't speak for her, of course.) Lot's of Americans felt that way in the few months afterwards, and that worked out very well for the neocons and globalists.

    She is a wise lady, not just smart, and she and lots of people have woken up to see the scam of the Iraq war, and the stupidity , no, evil, of the idea of "invade the world, invite the world".

    "We need to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, while we let them come here, cause we feel bad about fighting them over there, but hopefully not the ones who have kin whom we fought and killed over there as they may be already pissed when they get here ..."
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Oh, yeah, Matra, I'm in agreement with your comment though (got off the subject a tad!). If we had had people in power who really were of the American people and cared to do the right thing, yes, it would have been a great opportunity.
    , @David Allan coe
    On 9/12 we should have implemented the Muslim ban...and started deporting students from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.. just as Jimmy Carter deported thousands of Iranians in 1980.
    , @jskdn

    Imagine if she and other conservatives had pushed for immigration control post 9/11 instead of foreign wars. One of the great lost opportunities in modern history.
     
    It's rather ironic to regret past lost opportunities as the one that the coming DACA legislation represents is being squandered if it doesn't include significant measures of enforcement supporting the immigration control agenda that Trump ran on and led to his election.
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  • Might as well get this out of the way now so as not to sully the New Year cheer. Here's a pessimistic (for some) but plausible (I think) way things will develop in the next couple of years. 1. Trump cedes key positions to globalists and neocons. This has already happened; for all intents and...
  • @Hail
    So far, no crazy interventions: There is reason to believe that President JEB (boringly) or President Hillary (self-righteously) would have found some intervention they couldn't pass up, done some major humanitarian bombing, maybe a cool-looking invasion with a nice slogan (Shock and Awe), and set up a nice little foreign dependency project to play with a while.

    So far, no amnesty.

    But these are debatable (some say a Trump DACA amnesty is inevitable); what is not debatable is Trump-as-a-Symbol: of something that hasn't been given a voice in the USA in a very long time, except by deep-proxy. Trump the Nationalist, the image, the symbol, is more important on one level than the fine print of what actually gets done. It is something none of could predict as of June 15, 2015, IMO.

    So far, no crazy interventions: There is reason to believe that President JEB (boringly) or President Hillary (self-righteously) would have found some intervention they couldn’t pass up, done some major humanitarian bombing, maybe a cool-looking invasion with a nice slogan (Shock and Awe), and set up a nice little foreign dependency project to play with a while.

    In the last couple of months before the election Hillary announced her first foreign policy task would be a full review of Syrian policy. Given that her statement on this review emphasised the “murderous” nature of Assad’s “regime” and given the foreign policy experts surrounding her (likely members of a Clinton Administration), along with her track record as Secretary of State, I don’t think there’s much doubt that a US regime change escalation in Syria was prevented with Trump’s election.

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  • From the Washington Post: Is Washington Post reporter Kathy Lally related to Lally Weymouth and her Washington Post-owning mother Katharine Graham (plus, Lally Weymouth is sister in law of Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth?) Probably not, but the Post has always had a whole bunch of of people with seemingly interlocking names. Some men hurt...
  • @MarcB.
    Matt Taibi was a decent writer back in the early 2000's. He published the Buffalo Beast, a misanthropic city weekly put out after returning from Russia. It was more in the vein of the raucous 1990's zine Answer Me! and 1970's National Lampoon than the drearily sanctimonious and uptight circa 2010's Rolling Stone/Politco/Slate.

    Like many Gen X leftists he isn't fond of globalization or PC thought policing but goes along to get along. Ames writing came off as if he is trying too hard to be a gonzo journo and collapsed under it's own weight.

    Matt Taibi was a decent writer back in the early 2000′s.

    Did he continue to attack the financial elites after they put Obama in power? My overall impression, which may not be correct as I didn’t pay close attention to him, was that he was less interested in their misdeeds once a Democrat was back in the White House.

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  • At a time when the United States is convulsed by anti-Russian hysteria and demonization of Vladimir Putin, a trove of recently declassified Cold War documents reveals the astounding extent of the lies, duplicity and double-dealing engaged in by the western powers with the collapsing Soviet Union in 1990. I was covering Moscow in those days...
  • @RadicalCenter
    Do the Russians also deserve being lied to? Because the USSR hasn't existed for quite a while now, in case you haven't noticed.

    And apart from questions of "deserving", do you think that Russia, China, or other governments/peoples should trust what "our" government says and conclude agreements with it?

    If they logically shouldn't make agreements with the US government, is that state of affairs in the interest of the American people?

    Do the Russians also deserve being lied to?

    After the way they lied so shamelessly after MH17 – hundreds of dead Nordics – I wouldn’t worry any more about Russians and the truth. Not that expanding NATO is a good thing – I oppose the very existence of that outdated organisation – but Western paleos/traditionalists (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) crying for poor Russia are now not that much different from American Christian Zionists who cry for poor widdle Israel.

    BTW it is interesting to read Eric Margolis complaining about NATO expansion. He was the biggest war hawk on Bosnia and Kosovo in the entire Canadian media during the 90s. He spent most of the decade fuming with rage over NATO’s lack of action against the big bad Serbs because of their supposed mistreatment of Muslims. Yet as soon as the so-called War on Terror (ie Sunni Muslim terrorists) began he suddenly turned against that same NATO. Hmm…

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    "After the way they lied so shamelessly after MH17 ...."
     
    Did they? I saw no real evidence that conclusively pointed the finger at the Russians, but I did see evidence that opened the door to the possibility that the Ukes did the deed.

    BTW, did those impounded ATC recordings ever see the light of say?

    , @Jeff
    The Russians lied about MH17? You gotta back that one up, and be careful about references with too much pro-west spin...

    The more likely answer is that Ukrainians did it...

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  • The National Security Archive blog of declassified materials at George Washington U.: NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard Published: Dec 12, 2017 Svetlana Savranskaya and Tom Blanton Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner Slavic Studies Panel Addresses “Who Promised...
  • @inertial
    By the way, isn't it time to tone down the chest-beating about how we "defeated the USSR" (which is not even true)? Is it really wise to constantly go, "Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, we destroyed your nation," directed at a nuclear power that also seems to get stronger ever year? How do you think it sounds from their POV?

    Unfortunately, it doesn't occur to anyone to ask these questions (Americans generally don't suffer from a surfeit of self-awareness,) so the eternal touchdown dance continues. This will not end well.

    By the way, isn’t it time to tone down the chest-beating about how we “defeated the USSR” (which is not even true)? Is it really wise to constantly go, “Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, we destroyed your nation,” directed at a nuclear power that also seems to get stronger ever year? How do you think it sounds from their POV?

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t occur to anyone to ask these questions (Americans generally don’t suffer from a surfeit of self-awareness,) so the eternal touchdown dance continues

    Russians are at least as bad. Not only do they brag about how they were the ones who really defeated the Nazis but they belittle everyones else’s contributions and demand, often bitterly, that every other country publicly recognise it. They don’t like it if you mention that WW2 began before 1941 and if you bring up Molotov-Ribbentrop or Katyn get ready for full blown patriotard nastiness and insults directed at whatever country you’re from.

    El Dato: NATO is bad for Europe as it is basically the US occupation forces

    But then who will defend women’s rights? From an article in the Guardian:

    We believe that Nato has the responsibility and opportunity to be a leading protector of women’s rights.

    In particular, we believe Nato can become the global military leader in how to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict, drawing on the strengths and capabilities of its member states and working with its many partner countries.

    Article co-written by Jens Stoltenberg – the Secretary General of NATO- and renowned geopolitical analyst, Angelina Jolie.

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    Russians are at least as bad. Not only do they brag about how they were the ones who really defeated the Nazis but they belittle everyones else’s contributions and demand, often bitterly, that every other country publicly recognise it. They don’t like it if you mention that WW2 began before 1941 and if you bring up Molotov-Ribbentrop or Katyn get ready for full blown patriotard nastiness and insults directed at whatever country you’re from.
     
    There’s a lot of truth to it, but they often officially recognize that some bad things were done during Stalinism. For example the plane of the Polish president crashed when it tried to reach an official commemoration of the Katyn massacre in Katyn Forest in Russia. Putin himself seems to think that the dismantling of the USSR was a great catastrophe, but that an even greater tragedy was its creation and the revolution.
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  • From the Washington Post: Is Washington Post reporter Kathy Lally related to Lally Weymouth and her Washington Post-owning mother Katharine Graham (plus, Lally Weymouth is sister in law of Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth?) Probably not, but the Post has always had a whole bunch of of people with seemingly interlocking names. Some men hurt...
  • @Anonymous

    (although it did have a nakedly supremacist streak and a good deal of the content was freakshow-watching, “look at those crazy goyim, ha ha they sure are poor”
     
    Ames is Episcopalian , Taibbi was born Catholic and is now an athiest.

    Ames is Episcopalian

    He doesn’t come across as Waspy. Are you sure he’s not ethnically Jewish?

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  • @anonymous
    The War Nerd was always a fraud. A talented fraud but a fraud.

    I liked the little guy because he got it. Money means weapons means the f***king law. In the context of governmental power.

    But little War Nerd always had, for me, a whiff of stolen valor.

    It did not help that he used the picture of that guy from American Graffiti who died in Vietnam as his avatar, as if he were making fun of that guy.

    If you die in a war for your country, even if you wear birth control glasses and look like a loser, one of the benefits is people do not use your face as a mocking avatar. Someone who steals that benefit from you is a complete dirtbag. No question about it.

    So the War Nerd was a fraud. Like to see how he would have done in boot camp or infantry school. Would have liked to have beat him up, to tell the truth, if I had the misfortune to be in boot camp or infantry school with his prissy little Ivy League self.

    That being said, War Nerd was a f**king angel of light compared to the ridiculously defective Commanders in Chief dating from Reagans's First Alzheimer Year to the last day in office of the younger Bush's chosen successor, young little Soetero, with their cold stupid views of warfare - an important subject that they treated, the cold bastards, like a family inheritance, to their eternal disgrace, until all of our idiocies are forgiven -

    That being said, I am skeptical of the claim that little War Nerd or any of his cohorts were actually rude to Russian women. Russian men have a tendency to kill people who misuse their women, and little War Nerd is still alive. It was all probably, as little War Nerd now claims , "a joke". A stupid joke, because little War Nerd is clearly a stupid person, but no more than a joke.

    The War Nerd was always a fraud. A talented fraud but a fraud.

    The last time I noticed the War Nerd he was lying (or displaying ignorance, sometimes it’s hard to tell with know-nothings like him) about the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) in Northern Ireland. (I think the link came from Ames’ Twitter account). I’ve always found him to be one of the most stereotypically ‘ugly American’ writers with his flippant attitude towards the suffering of foreigners and the casual way he takes sides in conflicts he only has superficial knowledge of.

    As for Ames and Taibbi, well, it couldn’t happen to nicer guys.

    Wow. What a surprise that he would defend a black guy for killing innocent white people.

    Yes, Ames has been particularly noxious in his white-bashing.

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    Matra - I did not read much of the War Nerd, because I quickly saw what a fraud he was, you might be right, or maybe his shtick was that he f**king hated everyone, and your objection to him is just that he f**king hated everybody, in his gamma rage. So I feel no resentment - there was not a single moment where I was misled by little war nerd, on any subject: I always knew what he was.

    Back in the day I knew a few sad dudes who thought the chicks would like it if they imitated (believe it or not) Bukowski, Vonnegut/Heller, and even Chomsky lite! Little (Sailer's word, not mine) War Nerd was an obvious pastiche of the idiot untalented Celine, and I did not spend more than a half hour reading his uninformed attempts at uninformed Celinesque poetical assessments of war. He was clearly an Ivy League snowflake who thought he had found a niche describing war - as if he knew anything useful about it beyond his "humorous" rants, and as if the rest of us would say to ourselves that we should listen to this Ivy League snowflake who thought he found a niche,just because ....! Well I know a lot about it and little war nerd will be glad to know that I know his claims of messing with Russian women were all a joke. For the love of God, you do not go to Moscow and mess with young women and brag about it without repercussions. Little War Nerd figured everybody knows that!

    For the record, the Vonnegut/Heller dude (who was on his high school football team before he went all political) got married and raised a child who, believe it or not, seems to be a well-balanced young person. (She is in her 30s now and does not like her dad much, but that is another story). The Bukowski imitator and the Chomsky imitator have dropped off my radar - well, God bless them both, they embraced foolishness to impress women. Is that so bad?

    I hope that Ames and Tabibi do well in the future, despite their vicious jokes. I am sure they feel bad about the stupid things they said. We all say stupid things sometimes. It will be nice to hear them repeat that they were wrong about so much.

    We are all idiots. There are exceptions, but as a general rule, we are all idiots.
    , @Steve-O
    The War Nerd was written by John Dolan, who’s one of those Irish-Americans who wallows in victimhood at the hands of Britannia’s Huns even though he grew up in California.
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  • Sorry, I wasn't paying much attention.
  • Open Thread on Alabama Election

    Sorry, I wasn’t paying much attention.

    You seem to have lost some interest in politics since Trump came on the scene.

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  • @istevefan

    Though you are correct it is worth pointing out that the feminists/leftists have pushed this view that women never lie about such incidents for decades.
     
    Yes but back in the 1990s it was not uncommon to attack the accusers. Recall the Clinton machine basically calling all the Clinton accusers "white trash". I think Carville once mentioned something about never knowing what one will find when you drag $100 through a trailer park.

    Clinton was the exception to the rule due to politics. In normal cases with no politicians involved the media and activists made it look like every acquittal – even in he said, she said cases – was an insult to women and further evidence of their oppression and therefore the need to change laws, attitudes, etc. An entire generation, maybe two, growing up with that view rarely being challenged may be a contributing factor to today’s hysteria.

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  • @istevefan

    Oh bullshit. Is that what happened to Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Tom Cotton etc, etc? Of course not.
     
    Stop being obtuse. What happened to Moore is pretty distinct to autumn 2017 and probably beyond. Namely, any woman who brings charges is to be believed, PERIOD. The accused is presumed guilty. And to defend the accused is to condone assault. Thus, we have the party immediately cutting ties to the accused.

    This is new to the past 3 months, so much so that Time even made the "silence breakers" their person of the year. Had the adults stood up to this it might have ended. But now that that precedent has been set, it will be a weapon for future campaigns. And why not given that we are not even allowed to challenge the allegations?

    What happened to Moore is pretty distinct to autumn 2017 and probably beyond. Namely, any woman who brings charges is to be believed, PERIOD. The accused is presumed guilty. And to defend the accused is to condone assault. Thus, we have the party immediately cutting ties to the accused.

    This is new to the past 3 months

    Though you are correct it is worth pointing out that the feminists/leftists have pushed this view that women never lie about such incidents for decades. Protests by women’s groups backed by favourable media coverage following acquittals in sexual assault cases – no matter how little evidence of guilt there was – have been common since at least the early 90s. These protests have always been accompanied by demands for changes in both the legal system and the general culture, yet I don’t recall the political Right ever seriously addressing such dangerous attacks on the presumption of innocence. Just like with multiculturalism, immigration, freedom of speech, and any other number of important issues conservatives throughout the Anglosphere (and elsewhere, I suspect) have been mostly MIA, thus allowing the Left to frame each issue without much, if any, resistance. Needless to say, these are the same MIA conservatives who now say they are morally obliged to resist Trump due to their deeply-held non-negotiable political principles.

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    Though you are correct it is worth pointing out that the feminists/leftists have pushed this view that women never lie about such incidents for decades.
     
    Yes but back in the 1990s it was not uncommon to attack the accusers. Recall the Clinton machine basically calling all the Clinton accusers "white trash". I think Carville once mentioned something about never knowing what one will find when you drag $100 through a trailer park.
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  • Big surprise. /s Lots of boring and repetitive takes out there, so I'll write about something different; maybe this too will be boring, but at least it's probably unique. Here is how three of the leading lights of the Russian nationalist movement, the Two Egors and Igor Strelkov, reacted to this news. Egor Kholmogorov approves,...
  • @Thorfinnsson

    Therefore, the main mistake of the white nationalists in the US was to put the cart before the horse. To think that you make social change by electing a candidate(this is why Trump was never going to be /ourguy/ either, but most of the US white nationalists are now too deep in Trump-defence mode to see that.
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    The BJP was only formed in 1980, over 33 years after India’s independence but the RSS had already been active for 50(!) years by then.
     
    This was rather a mistake of our forebears in the conservative and Southern segregationist movements who were active in the 50s and 60s before (inexplicably) throwing in the towel after losing the political struggle.

    All of us agree with Andrew Breitbart's saying that, "Politics is downstream of culture."

    Fighting the culture war is essential, but it does not mean that we should abstain from politics. The fundamental difference between us and any country in Europe is TIME (even Sweden Yes!).

    We are running out of time to save our country peacefully. We certainly don't have 50 years to change the culture. We have only 10-20 years left. This means we must seize at political opportunities as they present themselves now.

    That does not, of course, mean that we can ignore culture nor that we should rationalize betrayals with rubbish 4D chess narratives as the personality cultists at r/The_Donald do.

    And as for the OP...all three pieces are quite depressing. Even if the Russian nationalists do come to power after Putin retires, they face the challenge that Russia has completely failed to modernize and transform its economy. And of course the sex problem is not being addressed in any industrial country at all--families are destroyed, women are feral, and men are weak everywhere.

    All of us agree with Andrew Breitbart’s saying that, “Politics is downstream of culture.”

    Everyone says this with such confidence. I used to believe it too but now I’m not so sure. A lot of what passes for culture is itself the result of the institutional political power that preceded it. IOW the culture may merely reinforce elite interests rather than act as an agent of change itself. Anyway, here’s a different take on it: Culture is downstream from politics

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    But the argument seems to be that because people voted conservative in 1968 and 1980, culture had to follow, and so TV shows started to move in a more rightist direction.

    Now I don’t know if “politics” could be confined to elections, especially just presidential elections. The Nixon administration furthered and entrenched affirmative action policies instead of rolling them back. He also did nothing about third world immigration. MLK Day or toughened sanctions against South Africa as well as a huge amnesty were the products of the Reagan era. Not necessarily the personal responsibility of the respective presidents, but that’s my point: the dystopian project marches on in politics irrespective of presidents. Political correctness also started I think in the eighties (please correct me if I’m wrong), which was a product of culture and the media and was more important than any presidential election.

    I haven’t watched many TV shows, especially from these eras, but what I know about Archie Bunker is that he was a propagandistic depiction of the dimwit racist, who was only racist because he was ignorant, and over the course of the show slowly learned and became thoroughly anti-racist. It probably worked on some of the audience, just as the Magic Negroes shown in movies and TV shows worked, convincing people that eventually racism was nothing but ignorance.

    In other words, elections were spectacularly ineffectual for the electorate to stop the leftist dystopian project, but they managed to force the media and entertainment industries to introduce some subtlety to their propaganda efforts. That’s not a great argument that culture is downstream from politics.

    , @Grandpa Charlie
    Let's say that we observe a big old blob of something or other, maybe even a huge blob, would the leading edge of the blob, at any given time, be the downstream part while the opposite edge would be the upstrem part? And would the center be the culture and the edges be the politics? Or would it be the other way around?

    At this point in time, would the Great Pacific garbage patch (aka Pacific trash vortex) .... would that be the whole enchilada of USA's culture-politics?
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  • In recent years, it has become not just acceptable but fashionable to rage against cisgender heterosexual white males as the cause of the world's shortcomings. Not surprisingly, this has now led Democratic Party affiliated institutions to carry out a purge of their cishet white males, many of whom indeed had it coming. But where will...
  • @jon

    If I was going to guess the next left-wing cis-gendered (((white)) male to go down due to sexual harassment allegations I would assume it would be Bill Maher.
     
    Maher pretty exclusively dates black ladies, they seem to have different standards on this - he'll be fine.

    One of those black women accused him of assault about 10-12 years ago

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  • Warnings about the damaging impact on the Northern Ireland peace process of the return to a physical border between the north and the south post-Brexit understate the danger. Those issuing these warnings point to the problems posed by a hard border to relations between nationalist and unionist communities, to power sharing between Sinn Fein and...
  • Brexit makes Northern Ireland more distinctly British, which is why the DUP supports Britain’s departure from the EU, despite the damage to local economy.

    Just to be clear the DUP has opposed British membership of the EU, and before that when it was called the EEC, since long before the Belfast (‘Good Friday’) Agreement and for that matter the peace process itself. Part of that is about Britishness but part was also about retaining Ulster’s Christian character. It was the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – technically not the EU though connected – that judged Britain to be in violation of basic freedoms by allowing Northern Ireland an exception to the legalisation of male homosexuality.

    That was in the 80s. Today it is the province’s refusal to accept abortion and gay marriage that is being targeted by outsiders, including Theresa May, though given her predicament she’s not likely to push too hard. The DUP is in step with its voters – imagine such a thing in a democracy! – in that they believe membership of the EU negatively impacts the ability of local people, who are very socially conservative by Western European standards, to control their own future. The border question has always been separate from that. Well, at least that was the case in the past when the Catholics were as socially conservative as the Protestants. Now that Catholic Ireland seems to be fully embracing social liberalism the border/sectarian dispute could be exacerbated.

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  • A gentlemanly question that has been raised over the Harvey Weinstein scandals is: Which actresses had their careers undermined because they wouldn't play ball? An ungentlemanly corollary is: Which actresses earned their roles the hard way? Presumably, this happens, because it sure gets referenced all the time in behind-the-scenes movies like David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive."...
  • @Anonymous
    One of the greatest mysteries in the history of the Earth is why Monica Bellucci, considered by many - including myself - the most beautiful woman who ever lived, never became a big Hollywood star. She spend her entire career acting in these artsy French films that no one but a few intellectuals and culturati watch. Here is Monica Bellucci in her prime: https://youtu.be/Jh_JN8hco_0?list=RDJh_JN8hco_0 https://youtu.be/LmIx-lUqd7w

    She can’t speak clearly in English and even in good foreign language movies – L’appartement, Malena, etc – her lack of range makes all her characters bland to the point where she seems to play the same person in each film.

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  • From the Washington Post: Collapse of German coalition talks deals Merkel blow, raises prospect of new elections By Griff Witte November 20 at 3:37 AM BERLIN — The sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government left German politics in turmoil on Monday, with Angela Merkel reckoning with one of the worst crises of...
  • @RadicalCenter
    Sikhs would be republican likely in part because they perceive the republicans as potentially antimuslim. Republicans aren’t antiHindu or particularly perceived as antiHindu, and that plays no part in the Sikhs’ thinking.

    In addition, to the extent that Punjabis are disproportionately properyowners /businesspeople, Sikhs might favor the republicans because they are perceived as less hostile to business and more likely to reduce their taxes overall. (Almost all Sikhs are racially Punjabis.)

    Sikhs are an important minority in Canada, much more so than in the US. They vote, and always have voted, overwhelmingly for the Liberal Party – currently led by Justin Trudeau. With the recent leadership victory of a turbaned Sikh for the leftist New Democratic Party maybe Sikhs will move even more to the left in the next election.

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  • From Radar in 2007:
  • I wondered about Rose and Norah O’Donnell. During the US Open tennis final in 2013 CBS was showing celebs in the crowd – Kevin Spacey(!), Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery – including Rose & O’Donnell. Showing the latter two was part of a segue to promote either Rose’s exclusive interview with Assad or Obama’s Syria policy announcement coming up on CBS News. It’s a rare celebrity shot during a sports event that I remember, despite having little interest in either of them, just because of how they looked sitting together.

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  • @anonymous
    Agree. The man, a lawyer by education I think, was the worst questioner of all time--two thirds of his interviews were him talking while the guest waited for him to finish. He simply sucked at his so-called profession and especially compared to guys like Frost or Cavett.

    There was never anything confrontational or tense about a Rose interview--just another sign of the decline of public discourse and intellectual rigor.

    That he slithered around and acted like a cheap imitation of Christopher Walken doing the Continental guy on SNL just makes it all that much more satisfying.

    The man, a lawyer by education I think, was the worst questioner of all time–two thirds of his interviews were him talking while the guest waited for him to finish.

    Then when the guest started answering Rose would interrupt mid-sentence

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  • I am pretty bad with these puns. But this one might just be SSC-worthy. One of my goals for the rest of Anti-Bolshevik Month is to write a comprehensive alternate history in which the Russian Republic survives WW1. Randall Parker's question on Twitter: "Imagine a time traveler goes back to 1913 and kill Hitler, Stalin,...
  • @Polish perspective
    I am not religious - at all. That puts me in a minority in Poland, but I can also say that religiosity is declining with the youth. This is both good and bad. Christianity, while domesticated in Europe, is fundamentally a Middle Eastern religion - not a European one.

    Furthermore, one has to be open-minded enough to concede to both Islam and Judaism are both religions that are more realistic in their treatment of human nature compared to Christianity, which has a child-like view of human conflict("turn the other cheek"). Islam famously has Taqqiyya(spelling?) which is frankly a brilliant concept. Judaism is also very pragmatic about not just lying but outright committing genocide on other tribes(the old testament is full of it, and far from condemnation, it is put as a necessary act). Of course, both religions have other problems(especially Islam with its de facto anti-intellectualism and anti-nationalism)

    Right now, Poland is a place where a lot of Catholics are going to the borders to pray for a Christian Europe(https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/10/12/catholic-rosary-border-event-highlights-immigration-concerns-poland/).

    However, the discrepancy between Polish Catholicism and the globalist/far-left/masochistic version that is pushed out from Rome must sooner or later come to a head. I would personally be in favour of ditching Christianity alltogether instead of trying to reform/save Christianity, which is built upon a rotten corpse that is not even our own. (The czechs are famously atheist yet are more right-wing than Poles on most surveys, so I don't buy the argument that religion is necessary for self-preservation. The atheist Chinese are another good example.)

    This is a long way of saying, I agree with your skepticism, but the good news is that fewer and fewer young Poles are religious. Those who are not go in two directions, three actually. Most become indifferent and materialistic but not self-hating but perhaps passive. A smaller minority but still sizable become nationalist and the by far smallest minority become full-on SJW retards. Right now, the nationalists are winning the youth, but in life, anything can change. We have no room to be complacent.

    As for your comments on Germany and Western Europe, I think the fact that any serious threat to Europe in living memory has only been from other Europeans(Russians, Germans, French or Americans) has had deep effects. This century will change that. You can't forget that the average white person has literally never had it so good. Comfort and wealth makes one fat and lazy, and that is true for individuals as well for people. Basically, I'm not so blackpilled on Germany or Western Europe.

    To me, Germany will always remain the most important country. It's the most important country from a philosophical or political point of view. It's also the only major European country in Western Europe which has a serious conservative philosophical tradition. The French went full retard Marxist earlier than most. But even before that they were noted for their frivolity. The English are more respectable, but their disease is blatant and nonstop liberalism. Germany has often been the anchor to which all these nonsense trends from France and England were tested and ultimately brought down. Even the worst "German" invention, Marxism, ultimately failed to take root in Germany and instead found Russia as its seed for destruction. I still haven't found a non-German philosopher even close to Schmitt. Nietzsche, who was certainly not as nationalistic as the Nazis pretended he was(he curiously once claimed he was a Polish nobleman, which is absurd), has nevertheless been co-opted by the left in an equally ridiculous propaganda operation to be presented as /theirguy/. But reading even a little of him reveals a brilliant legacy which is makes a mockery of this pretense. Even more contemporary thinkers, like Hans Hoppe, are unsurprisingly Germans.

    This is merely a phase you're going through. You are, by far, the most important country in Europe. Where Germany goes, so will the Nordics, Austria, Switzerland and arguably the Netherlands and the Flemish parts of Belgium. We in the East feel closer to you than we feel to America or the UK. Certainly if you look at the V4. That's why I focus on Germany more than any other nation in Europe. You hold the keys to the continent.

    As for Turkey, I must admit I am somewhat skeptical of the scenario you are presenting. I view the Turks as fiercely independent but also delusional about their own power. Furthermore, they have anything between 15-25% kurds, with more just across the border who have higher birthrates. Most turks are at 2 kids per woman, kurds are at 3 kids. On top of that, Erdogans open borders attitude has meant millions of Arabs, primarily Syrians and even some Africans have begun to show up. Turkey's rhetoric of 'muh civic nationalism' aside, the fact remains that turkish ethnicity is a real thing and they've started to have refugee burndowns there, too. I think a lot of people underestimate the rage that many turks have over being, well, invaded by Arabs demographically. They may also be muslims but guess what, I wouldn't want Catholic Africans in Poland. And a lot of Turks don't want Syrians, regardless of their religion. All I'm saying to you is, yes, religion matters in Turkey but so does national culture and ethnicity. Don't underestimate those factors. Turkey will be more and more internally weakened by conflict, just as Western Europe will, going forward.

    fewer young Poles are religious. Those who are not go in two directions, three actually. Most become indifferent and materialistic but not self-hating but perhaps passive. A smaller minority but still sizable become nationalist and the by far smallest minority become full-on SJW retards. Right now, the nationalists are winning the youth, but in life, anything can change.

    Are many of these young Polish nationalists in the main cities, like Warsaw & Krakow? Or is it like the West with SJWish whites dominating the important centres of influence like London/Amsterdam/Berlin/NYC/Toronto/Melbourne?

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  • And then they came for potential 2020 Presidential candidate Senator Al Franken (D-MN) for Behavior Not Wholly Unexpected in a Comedian.
  • @Guy de Champlagne
    It's not cucked for the party of men to side with the man. You have it backwards.

    Does Al Franken believe in the presumption of innocence for men on college campuses and in the military?

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    If what you're implying is true than that would be a smart antifeminist criticism to make of him that I would endorse.
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  • Westerners have semi-legitimate reasons to like Lenin. Hard-headed proponents of Realpolitik and plain old vanilla Russophobes might appreciate his role in crippling Russia relative to what it could have been in the 20th century (i.e. a full-spectrum challenger to the American order, instead of Upper Volta with missiles). The increasing popular strains of SJW leftism...
  • Natalya Narochnitskaya, explaining nostalgia for Stalin didn’t mince the words: “The West hates Stalin namely for restoration of the territory of the historic Russian state, and for Yalta, and for Potsdam. These are the outcomes which do not allow them to calm down.

    Maybe she means certain elites in the “West” – apparently a singular entity to many Russians – and that these elites have the ability to shape public perceptions. Maybe, but for the vast majority of politically curious Westerners of all nationalities Stalin’s body count and the take over of central and eastern Europe – hardly a “restoration of the territory of the historic Russian state” – are more likely reasons for hating him.

    It is useless trying to prove to the West that Ivan Grozny (Terrible) in 30 years of his reign killed 10 times fewer people than Catherine De’ Medici killed during St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. We are going to be counted as barbarians no matter what, while the West will remain good!”

    Lol. Both my wife and I learned about the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre as part of the school curriculum in two different European countries, and in my case also in Canada. It has also come up in prominent movies dating from the silent era right up to today. It’s not some hidden event and I’d say much better known, at least in the Protestant countries and France, than any ‘barbarism’ from pre-Revolutionary Russian history. Even Stalin-era atrocities in the Baltics and elsewhere are barely known of at all in Anglo countries and I suspect it is no different in most European nations, outside of the former Soviet sphere. I hope this bitter paranoid Narochnitskaya woman is not typical of Russian thinkers.

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  • With Stuff Happening in Saudi Arabia, here's something I posted in 2012: And then the whole event just sort of disappeared down the memory hole.
  • But the movie just vilifies some small-town rubes.

    I saw the movie about 10 years ago on TCM. It didn’t take long to get the gist of it: Morally upright outsider trying to do the right thing being obstructed by ignorant locals hiding a hateful past. It’s a theme quite common in Hollywood and in 1955, a year after Brown v Board of Education, just in time for the conditioning required to permit the federal government and its allies to be expand their power and influence at the local level.

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  • Richard Spencer and some other Alt Righters wanted to hold an NPI conference in Budapest on October 3-5, 2014 in honor of BASED Hungary. It... didn't quite work out as planned. Jared Taylor: Report from Budapest (Updated) Radix: The First Identitarian Congress Richard Spencer and one other person was detained in uncomfortable conditions for a...
  • @DFH
    Something is very off about Spencer's wife.

    The weekend Spencer was in jail in Hungary and after he was released she never mentioned it on Twitter. She just kept on rolling with the usual Russia/Ukraine/Putin politics. I figured it was because Orban is friendly towards Putin. Priorities. Also, she never linked to Spencer tweets or articles – he linked to her – as if she was keeping some distance. Maybe that’s changed – I haven’t looked in a while – but there’s something odd about the pair of them.

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    .... but there’s something odd about the pair of them.

    My guess is that either she or both of them are Replicants. My guess is she's hiding up there in Montana and making a living creating holographic memories for other Replicants. I saw a documentary on this stuff recently. There's a lot of it going on.
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  • A few years before Spencer became famous I heard him on a podcast lamenting that Jeff Sessions was the main spokesman against immigration. I don’t recall the details but Spencer’s main problem with Sessions seemed to be his lack of hipness, particularly his Southern accent, which I believe Spencer laughed at.

    Looking into Spencer’s background it says he’s from Massachusetts but grew up in Dallas then lived in New York and North Carolina, then Montana. Now he’s in Virginia or somewhere near there. He finds his own country’s most rooted traditions and people cringeworthy because he himself has very little connection to them. With that in mind it is hardly surprising that he lacks understanding and sympathy for foreign, in this case European, nationalism.

    In this respect he is the opposite of Trump. Despite being the kind of stereotypical New Yorker most Americans are, at best, suspicious of, Trump was able to use his own authenticity and Americanness to connect to rooted Americans from other regions. A deracinated person with no real local identity of his own can’t intuitively understand how someone else feels about their own town, region, nation, or for that matter, their religion. The deracinated intellectual is left relying on books, movies, and abstract ideas. Those won’t do.

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  • From Metro News of Canada: As everybody except haters knows, "It's no
  • @jbwilson24
    oh yes, the community dates back a long ways. I believe they fielded a battalion of engineers/sappers to fight in the war of 1812, although my memory may be fuzzy.

    There have been blacks in Nova Scotia for a long time but like blacks in the rest of Canada they were not known as “African-Nova Scotians” or “African-Canadians” until about the start of this century when “African-American” became the norm south of the border. Canadian blacks seem to be adapting to American black culture much more than previous generations who were fairly well assimilated into Canada. Something similar is now happening in Europe with American rap and Black Lives Matter pushing out a lot of the older Caribbean and African influences.

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  • With Diversity Visas back in the news as the Uzbek Muslim truck terrorist in Manhattan got in o this country in 2010 on Ted Kennedy's second bite at the immigration system, here's my UPI article from 15 years ago on another Muslim terrorist beneficiary of the Diversity Visa: Analysis: The curious immigration lottery By STEVE...
  • @Brutusale
    I don't expect the foreign press to know the "inside baseball" stuff about American politics, but to call Brian Donnelly a Republican beggars the imagination!

    Almost every Mick in MA is a "blue" blood. I have more right-leaning Jewish friends than Irish ones.

    His reported Republican status did surprise me but then I thought of IRA-supporting GOP Congressman Peter King of New York. If the article had specified that Donnelly was from Massachusetts I probably would’ve been curious enough to check up on it. (It mentions Tip O’Neill as “another Irish-American from Massachusetts” but that’s right after mentioning Kennedy so it wasn’t clear about Donnelly).

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  • To those saying Trump should get rid of the Diversity Visa Lottery he’d already backed a senate bill to do so. In an August article from Ireland’s Independent they explained it and went into details about the Lottery:

    The lottery’s origin dates back to the mid-1980s, when America had an Irish problem. Hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants were flocking to the US, fleeing an economic crisis back home. They arrived too late to qualify for amnesty. Few had the family ties or job experience to qualify for green cards. And many were undocumented, coming as tourists and overstaying their visas.
    Irish-American members of Congress came up with a solution. A green card lottery.

    Green card lottery invented to help Irish – under Trump, its luck may have run out

    The 1965 act made it more difficult for would-be western European immigrants, including the Irish, to get accepted to the US:

    For a decade, Irish-American lawmakers offered different ways of increasing legal Irish immigration, but weren’t able to pass them.

    By the early 1980s, Ireland was undergoing an economic crisis that earned it the nickname “the sick man of Europe”. Unable to immigrate legally, hundreds of thousands of Irish came to America as tourists and then overstayed their visas.

    “About 150,000 Irish immigrants came to New York as students or tourists over the last six years and stayed on as undocumented aliens,” the ‘New York Times’ reported in 1988.

    In 1986, Republican Brian J Donnelly proposed an amendment to the Immigration Reform and Control Act that would provide 10,000 visas on a first-come, first-served basis for nationals of countries “adversely affected” by the 1965 changes. Senator Ted Kennedy filed similar legislation in the Senate. Then-speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill – yet another Irish-American from Massachusetts – ensured the amendment passed.

    The Irish were well prepared. Undocumented Irish immigrants in the US applied en masse, submitting multiple applications, which was allowed at the time.

    The Irish government even got involved, “chartering planes and literally depositing the applications in post office boxes on Capitol Hill”, according to Ms Law.

    “People still talk about Donnelly-visa parties, held in the US and in Ireland, where guests spent the early evening filling out hundreds of applications for the host,” the ‘Times’ reported. “Some applicants were known to have sent as many as 500 forms.”

    As a result, the first green card lottery was very green indeed.

    Donnelly’s NP-5 programme was a one-off. But he and others in Congress fought for a permanent version of the green card lottery in the Immigration Act of 1990, cagily couching it as an issue of “diversity”.

    “That was the rhetoric they used,” Ms Law said. “They couldn’t call it the ‘White-Europeans-who-don’t-have-job-skills-American-employers-want-and-don’t-have-ties-to-anyone-in-the-United-States-but-want-to-come-anyway’ lottery.”

    The whole thing was sordid from the beginning.

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    I don't expect the foreign press to know the "inside baseball" stuff about American politics, but to call Brian Donnelly a Republican beggars the imagination!

    Almost every Mick in MA is a "blue" blood. I have more right-leaning Jewish friends than Irish ones.
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  • Maybe this truck terrorist was inspired by watching that Latino Victory video that came out yesterday? What with all the Confederate flag-flying truck-driving infidels hunting down little Muslim girls, maybe it seemed like time for vengeance upon the Great Satan? Probably not, but ... How soon until the Frontlash gets cranked up? How soon until...
  • @Peterike
    Killer is an Uzbek national. Well that’s a new twist. Why is there even one Uzbek living in America?

    And how many are there? Likely tens of thousands.

    The Stockholm truck killer, who murdered four people, was also an Uzbek. In that case he was a failed asylum seeker who was not deported. The legal status of the Manhattan Uzbek could be interesting from a political perspective.

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    He was a legal permanent resident with a green card from the diversity lottery. His occupation was uber driver, an occupation that literally every tech company is trying to render obsolete with self-driving cars. You couldn't pick a more egregious, useless immigrant out of central casting if you tried.
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  • This TV ad in the Virginia gubernatorial race was paid for by the Latino Victory Project. To understand the strategy behind this ad, here's a recent New York Times article: In Virginia Governor’s Race, Immigrants’ Turnout May Be Key By MICHAEL TACKETT OCT. 28, 2017 ... In the past decade, expansive growth has added hundreds...
  • Latino Victory Project really hoping the Manhattan attacker is a redneck from Virginia.

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  • From Newsweek: One reason fans aren't bothering to show up on time for games is that the NFL's offensive execution has appeared to be more inept this year: offensive production is down. The median team scored around 22.4 points per game for all of last year, while the median through the first 7 weeks this...
  • @silviosilver
    Do you remember the Canada vs Australia World Cup qualifiers in 1993? I thought Canadian Mike Sweeney was one of the cheatingest bastards I've seen in all of soccer during one of those matches. Do you recall him having a reputation like that?

    I watched the two matches but don’t recall anything other than the results and penalties. Sweeney, like pretty much every other Canadian soccer player of the time, has no reputation to speak of as the sport was so low profile at the time. If he did something bad there doesn’t appear to be any online record of it.

    There’s plenty of cheating and poor sportsmanship in small irrelevant soccer countries – though Canada is not known for it* – but of the major countries in major tournaments the Germans are often more like South Americans than north Europeans – not that there are any completely innocent countries these days.

    *Canada used to have a bad rep for ‘dirty’ play in rugby union in the late 1990s.

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    I only remember those games because it was the first time I gave myself permission to wholeheartedly cheer for Australia. Before that it felt a bit funny, like - I'm sure this will come as no surprise to you - aren't they enemy? Maybe it's only because they were playing another "Anglo-Saxon" country that I could unreservedly back Australia.

    Seems so strange to recall how much consternation the faces of the ethnic players in that line up use to cause on the streets (bars, pubs, etc). (I just watched one of the Can vs Aus games on youtube, a recording of some Canadian "90 minutes" [tic, tic, tic] soccer show - clever.) The past really is a different country in which they do things differently.
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  • @silviosilver

    The rules of a World Cup final are still strikingly similar to a sandlot game between two neighborhood teams. Americans are always coming up with ways to “fix” soccer, but soccer seems to be doing fine and might not even be quite as much in need of fixing as Americans assume.
     
    That willingness to innovate is what I've always loved about American sports. For instance, the addition of a shot clock and three-point line had a considerable impact on basketball and made it a more exciting game. A change of equivalent magnitude in soccer would have the purists up in arms.

    Talking about the World Cup, you probably didn't watch the 1990 final between W. Germany and Argentina. Defying HBD expectations, a theatrical dive by a German player got an Argie sent off, and the game was decided by a Mexican ref awarding a dubious penalty not to his hispanic brothers, but to Germany.

    Talking about the World Cup, you probably didn’t watch the 1990 final between W. Germany and Argentina. Defying HBD expectations, a theatrical dive by a German player got an Argie sent off, and the game was decided by a Mexican ref awarding a dubious penalty not to his hispanic brothers, but to Germany.

    Many of the most egregious examples of poor sportsmanship in international soccer in my lifetime – starting with the Austria farce at the 1982 World Cup – have involved Germans. They’ve always been unapologetic – smirking too – resorting to their usual legalese. Same with Formula One actually. The Latin-ish French have a greater sense of fairness than the Germans.

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    Do you remember the Canada vs Australia World Cup qualifiers in 1993? I thought Canadian Mike Sweeney was one of the cheatingest bastards I've seen in all of soccer during one of those matches. Do you recall him having a reputation like that?
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  • @Travis
    I am grateful to the NFL Commissioner for allowing the players to kneel and express their disdain for our National Anthem. Roger Goodell should be praised for exposing the hatred of so many NFL players. This has opened the eyes of many fans and another million people have cancelled their ESPN since September. With less people watching each week the NFL revenue will begin to decline , reducing the salaries of the players...

    hard to see how the NFL will continue to sell tickets to a dwindling number of white fans. The average season ticket holder is a 45 year-old white guy...in 20 years there will be far fewer white males between the ages of 40-60...and most of them will have never played football when young. The current protests will do lasting damage and is the beginning of the end of the NFL

    The average season ticket holder is a 45 year-old white guy…in 20 years there will be far fewer white males between the ages of 40-60…and most of them will have never played football when young. The current protests will do lasting damage and is the beginning of the end of the NFL

    Another potential problem is that older Gen Xers are probably the last generation to grow up passively watching TV, including the seemingly endless commercials that saturate every NFL game. Unless social media can come up with a way to hold their attention during games the younger generation will not develop the lifetime habit of watching three hour sporting events. (The average game has taken three and a half hours to complete in this year’s MLB playoffs).

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    Good point...and with ticket prices being much more costly today I will never take my kids to a MLB game ....while back when I was a child my father took me to multiple ball games every year...plus they often had day games which are rare today, my kids could not stay up to watch any baseball games today..
    , @The Alarmist
    IOW, tl;dw
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  • Though it is Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan that have dominated the news these past two weeks, this month also saw a flare-up in separatist sentiment in Brazil. This region apparently has a have a fleeting historical experience of independence: They are the the whitest states:
  • @AP
    Somewhat silly article. It blames Ukrainian-Canadians, largely responsible for turning Canada's ideology from bicultural English-French to multicultural so that Ukrainians could be included as part of a "mosaic", for inadvertently opening the door to sharia and other non-European cultural practices in Canada. In other words, by promoting the national self-expression of a pioneer settlement community of Europeans who arrived in the late 19th century, the Ukrainian activists of the 1940s-1960s (who were actually Christian Europhiles, and generally conservative) are somehow responsible for Islam-problems associated with non-Europeans in the 21st century. Here is one of the main Ukrainian-Canadian promoters of "multiculturalism:"

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

    A conservative, anti-Communist politician who successfully lobbied the Canadian government to bring in large numbers of Eastern European anti-commie immigrants after World War II. Without his efforts the European population of Canada would have been a lot smaller, and a lot more leftist, as these Ukrainians, Hungarians, Poles have tended to be more conservative.

    Moreover, as is obvious, a bicultural French-English ideology is no barrier to Islamic immigration. France and England have succumbed to mass Islamic immigration. Aggressively pro-French Quebec has seen a large influx of French-speaking Muslims from Algeria or Africa. Preventing non-French, non-English Europeans such as Ukrainians, Poles, Italians, etc. from asserting themselves does not prevent Islamic integration. And since the English and the French themselves tend to be much more accommodating of Islam than are the Ukrainians, Poles and others the dominance of the French-English identity would probably have been worse for Canada; it would have become more like France or England.

    In other words, by promoting the national self-expression of a pioneer settlement community of Europeans who arrived in the late 19th century, the Ukrainian activists of the 1940s-1960s (who were actually Christian Europhiles, and generally conservative) are somehow responsible for Islam-problems associated with non-Europeans in the 21st century.

    What matters is that Ukrainians and other white and Jewish minorities undermined, divided, demoralised, shamed, and eventually helped destroy Anglo-Canada and its sense of nationhood. They all worked together to do this. The Islamic stuff today is just a continuation of what the Ukrainians & friends started a century ago.

    RadicalCenter: Thank God so many Slavs immigrated to Canada.

    During the Cold War the supposedly anti-communist Polish/Ukrainian/Croatian Slavic immigrants voted overwhelmingly for Canada’s leftist multiculti/feminist Liberal Party at both the provincial and federal levels. Even when Pierre Trudeau made excuses for the USSR these anti-communist Slavic immigrants continued to vote Liberal because once in Canada they identified the historical Canadian Anglo-Saxon nation as their primary enemy.

    You can read more about Ukrainians and Canada here: Majority Rights.

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    What matters is that Ukrainians and other white and Jewish minorities undermined, divided, demoralised, shamed, and eventually helped destroy Anglo-Canada and its sense of nationhood.
     
    Given that Britain itself has largely lost its sense of nationhood (see: London), and that Anglo Canadians are themselves strong leftist supporters, this blaming is rather silly.

    During the Cold War the supposedly anti-communist Polish/Ukrainian/Croatian Slavic immigrants voted overwhelmingly for Canada’s leftist multiculti/feminist Liberal Party
     
    1. The Canadian Liberal Party, like the Democratic party in the USA, wasn't always a leftist feminist party.

    2. I don't know about Polish of Croat Canadian voters, but the for awhile the Conservative premier (governor) of Alberta, which is Canada's Texas, was a Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainian guy, Ed Stelmach.

    Here is a list of prominent Ukrainian Canadian politicians:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ukrainian_Canadians#Politicians

    10 of these are Conservatives and Social Credit (a right-wing populist party of the 1940s), 10 Liberals or NDP (Leftists), 1 an independent.

    Even when Pierre Trudeau made excuses for the USSR these anti-communist Slavic immigrants continued to vote Liberal
     
    Not really. See the list above.
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  • @Mr. Hack

    Last year a similar vote in October 2016 organised by “The South Is My Country” gathered 617,500 votes. Over 95% of the voters in the three states said they were in favour of separation.
     
    And over 350 thousand Brazilians of Ukrainian descent* inhabit this area, specifically in Parana and Rio Grande de Sul. Offspring of these once poor peasants have developed into a well to do landowner class of people, who cling tenaciously to their ethnic roots and Ukrainian Greek Catholic religion. It would be difficult to accept the idea of an autonomous 'South Region' autonomy without their active participation, yet I've never come across any such proclivities?...Help me to understand this, Anatoly?

    *400,000 people of Ukrainian descent lived in Brazil, 80% (or approximately 350,000) of whom lived in a compact region approximately 5,000 square kilometres (1,930 sq mi) in size (an area slightly larger than the US state of Rhode Island), in the hilly south central part of State of Paraná in southern Brazil.[2] They refer to this region as "Brazilian Ukraine."[3] Smaller numbers of Ukrainians have settled in São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Pernambuco, and Paraiba.[2] The cities with the largest number of Ukrainians are Prudentópolis (approximately 38,000 Ukrainians, or 75% of the city's population), Curitiba (33,000 Ukrainians), and União da Vitória (approximately 26,400 Ukrainians or 50% of the city's population).[4] In 2009 the Ukrainian population in Brazil was estimated to be 500,000 people.[5]
     

    For the sake of white Brazilians I hope their Ukies are nothing like the multiculti-worshipping Ukrainians Canada got stuck with: The Ukrainian Connection

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    Probably not, being of a less developed and lower socio economic status, but still making strides in the direction to preserve their own unique culture.

    Hilliard's rant is indeed just that, a long disunited ramble that makes no sense at all. His main point seems to be that with the advent of a multi-cultural policy within Canada, somehow there's been a relentless attack on Canada's legal and jurispudence system of laws, that were originally imbued with an anglo-saxon basis. Nowhere does he do an adequate job in showing the connection. In fact, as far as the Ukrainian community is concerned, he actually exculpates this group from this perceived crime by stating:


    It's no wonder he didn't mention Ukrainian laws because over the three waves of immigration they were either feudalistic laws administered by the Russians or Poles, or socialist laws administered by their Soviet bosses. For the moment, let's just call this a bit of a blind spot and move on.
     
    Hilliard doesn't realize that the 'blind spot' of not mentioning anglo saxon laws and jurispudence by Hlinka was intentionally not included, for the Ukrainian community found these laws and way of life superior to what they had left behind, and found no reason to try and upend this satisfactory situation. Besides, these same sorts of erosions that he laments are taking place in neighboing America too, where no form of state sponsored multiculturalism is taking place!
    , @AP
    Somewhat silly article. It blames Ukrainian-Canadians, largely responsible for turning Canada's ideology from bicultural English-French to multicultural so that Ukrainians could be included as part of a "mosaic", for inadvertently opening the door to sharia and other non-European cultural practices in Canada. In other words, by promoting the national self-expression of a pioneer settlement community of Europeans who arrived in the late 19th century, the Ukrainian activists of the 1940s-1960s (who were actually Christian Europhiles, and generally conservative) are somehow responsible for Islam-problems associated with non-Europeans in the 21st century. Here is one of the main Ukrainian-Canadian promoters of "multiculturalism:"

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

    A conservative, anti-Communist politician who successfully lobbied the Canadian government to bring in large numbers of Eastern European anti-commie immigrants after World War II. Without his efforts the European population of Canada would have been a lot smaller, and a lot more leftist, as these Ukrainians, Hungarians, Poles have tended to be more conservative.

    Moreover, as is obvious, a bicultural French-English ideology is no barrier to Islamic immigration. France and England have succumbed to mass Islamic immigration. Aggressively pro-French Quebec has seen a large influx of French-speaking Muslims from Algeria or Africa. Preventing non-French, non-English Europeans such as Ukrainians, Poles, Italians, etc. from asserting themselves does not prevent Islamic integration. And since the English and the French themselves tend to be much more accommodating of Islam than are the Ukrainians, Poles and others the dominance of the French-English identity would probably have been worse for Canada; it would have become more like France or England.
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  • In recent months, especially with the accession to the presidency of Donald Trump, there has been renewed talk, serious talk, ironic talk, about secession—particularly, from zealously Leftist anti-Trump militants in California and along the Pacific Rim areas of the United States. Advocates of what is called “Cal-exit” make their case that California, specifically, is not...
  • @hyperbola
    That Mythical Pro-Spanish Majority in Catalonia
    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2017/10/mythical-pro-spanish-majority-catalonia/

    The media constantly pumps out the lie that there is a silent anti-independence majority in Catalonia, which is merely curiously invisible.

    Consider this. The highest turnout ever at an election in Catalonia was the 74.9% in the 2015 Regional Election, with 4,130.196 people casting their vote. At Spanish general elections turnout is even lower, at 69%. A minimum of 25.1% of the population never vote at all. Of that 25% who do not vote, some will be dead, or moved away, but most are probably just not civilly engaged.

    The trick of the pro-Spanish lobby is to boycott polls on Independence, and then claim that this minimum 25% of the electorate who never vote at all anyway, are anti-Independence and participating in the boycott. In truth there are absolutely no grounds to attribute the minimum 25% habitual non-voters as anti-independence. Particularly the dead ones.

    So in fact the 2,044,038 votes cast in favour of Independence on Sunday, that survived the police and could be counted, already amounted to 49.6% of the highest number of votes ever cast in any election in Catalonia. When you add in the hundreds of thousands of votes confiscated by the police, and the voters who were deterred by the terrible violence, there is no doubt whatsoever that Sunday’s referendum would have seen a healthy majority for Independence on any probable turnout figure.....

    I don’t consider Spain v Catalonia any of my business so I’m neutral but Murray seems to be an ideologue more interested in narrative than truth. He even claims today’s Spaniards had Muslim ancestors, a typical leftist talking point. He’s not very credible.

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    "I’m neutral but Murray seems to be an ideologue.... He even claims today’s Spaniards had Muslim ancestors, a typical leftist talking point."
    Maybe he is an ideologue, but you certainly are.
    Although I guess the practice of history is itself typically leftist.
    Imagine claiming that modern Spaniards may have Muslim ancestors when Muslim's controlled much of Spain (in ever decreasing area) from 711AD to 1492. I wonder whether a few drops or more of Muslim/Arabic blood my snuck into all that European blood over the course of 100's of years ?
    , @hyperbola
    Actually the Muslim invasion got as far as southern France in the 8th century. Here is a bit of the history for Barcelona.

    Moorish Barcelona
    https://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/old-history-of-barcelona/moorish-barcelona/

    In other parts of Spain, the Moors remianed in power for far longer, i.e. that there is a component of Muslim ancestry in Spain is very well known.

    Historic Centre of Cordoba
    http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/313
    .... The Historic Centre of Cordoba creates the perfect urban and landscape setting for the Mosque. It reflects thousands of years of occupation by different cultural groups – Roman, Visigoth, Islam, Judaism and Christian-, that all left a mark. This area reflects the urban and architectural complexity reached during the Roman era and the splendour of the great Islamic city, which, between the 8th and the 10th centuries, represented the main urban and cultural focus in the western world. Its monumental richness and the unique residential architecture stand out. There are still many ancestral homes and traditional houses. The communal houses built around interior courtyards (casa-patio) are the best example of Cordoban houses. They are of Roman origin with an Andalusian touch, and they heighten the presence of water and plants in daily life.....
    , @for-the-record
    He [Murray] even claims today’s Spaniards had Muslim ancestors, a typical leftist talking point.

    I'm not sure exactly what Murray said, but he's certainly right that there is a significant African (Muslim) element in Spanish ancestry. Hence the (formerly) common expression "Africa begins at the Pyrenees", popularized by the (now "discredited") American economist and racial theorist William Zebina Ripley (1867-1941).

    Iberia stands out among other southern European populations as having the highest levels of ancestry originating in North Africa as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the concentration of both being highest on the western and southern parts of the peninsula, which is largely ascribed to the long Islamic presence in the Iberian peninsula and possibly African slavery.

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

    Beyond the Pyrenees begins Africa. Once that natural barrier is crossed, the Mediterranean racial type in all its purity confronts us. The human phenomena is entirely parallel with the sudden transition to the flora and fauna of the south. The Iberian population thus isolated from the rest of Europe, are allied in all important anthropological respects with the peoples inhabiting Africa north of the Sahara, from the Red Sea to the Atlantic.

    William Z. Ripley, The Races of Europe: A Sociological Study, 1899
     
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  • From the Guardian on Theresa May's really, really dumb initiative: Audit lays bare racial disparities in UK schools, courts and workplaces Government study finds regional variation, and separate research suggests minority ethnic women hardest hit by austerity May’s project, which she launched soon after taking office, brings together government statistics covering ethnic breakdowns in 130...
  • So bring on the affirmative action.

    That’s an Americanism. In Britain it is called positive discrimination.

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  • @22pp22
    Theresa May's administration is falling apart. She is ambushed by her enemies all the time. During a speech when she couldn't stop coughing someone handed her a P45 form. That is a document you are given when you lose your voice.

    The sharks are circling.

    Jacob Reese-Mogg has attracted a lot of favorable comment, but I think the job will go to someone less "controversial".

    He is a devout Catholic with six kids. The Tories are nothing if not PC, but depend for their survival on the Ulster Protestants who are anything but PC and might balk at being ruled by someone quite that Popish.

    Jacob Reese-Mogg has attracted a lot of favorable comment, but I think the job will go to someone less “controversial”.

    He is a devout Catholic with six kids. The Tories are nothing if not PC, but depend for their survival on the Ulster Protestants who are anything but PC and might balk at being ruled by someone quite that Popish.

    Most political Ulster Protestants have no issue with Catholics from England, or for that matter Poland, or Spain, or most other places; it’s just the Irish ones and, perhaps, some of their Scottish and American relatives who are problematic. Right now DUP leaders are more concerned about the tariffs the US recently slapped on Bombardier than with any Tory leadership issues.

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    Most political Ulster Protestants have no issue with Catholics from England, or for that matter Poland, or Spain, or most other places; it’s just the Irish ones and, perhaps, some of their Scottish and American relatives who are problematic.
     
    I'm not there, but I could imagine that the old flare ups between papists and protestants has come down several notches as the Church of England slowly turns into a shadow of it's former self.

    I've read about a fair amount of Anglicans in England who have jumped ship to Catholicism simply to try and stay out of heresy.
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  • If reports that 700,000 came out in Barcelona are accurate, then Spain in its current borders is likely done for. This is about as high a percentage of the Barcelona metropolitan area's 5.4 million as the 500,000 Ukrainians who came out at the height of Euromaidan in the 3.3 million Kiev conglomerate area - and...
  • There’s seemingly no shortage of Catalans who want nothing to do with independence and are going to be seriously pissed off with the separatists for bringing them all the trouble a UDI will bring.

    Do these Spanish ‘loyalists’ have the kind of cohesive identity that Ulster’s Protestant loyalists do or are they a mixture of different peoples united only by what they are against? I’m guessing they are mostly just a couple of generations removed from other regions of Spain but I don’t know as there’s little information about them in English.

    Also, do they have any kind of geographical base like, say, Croats in Bosnia, or are they just sprinkled everywhere?

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    Do these Spanish ‘loyalists’ have the kind of cohesive identity that Ulster’s Protestant loyalists do or are they a mixture of different peoples united only by what they are against?
     
    The latter I'd guess, but that's all it would be.

    Also, do they have any kind of geographical base like, say, Croats in Bosnia, or are they just sprinkled everywhere?
     
    Again, not that I know of. Probably more anti-independence types in the more cosmopolitan cities I'd guess, but again, that's all it would be.
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  • The rock star, age 66, has suffered a severe heart attack. Petty has always been a favorite of mine. He was never quite a genius (the word "ditty" about his melody-writing tendency is hard to shake), but was a full fan service all-around rock star for a long time. Highlights of his career have included...
  • @black sea
    One thing to admire about Tom Petty, particularly in the current cultural climate:

    In "Jammin' Me," a song Petty co-wrote with Bob Dylan, there appear the following lines:

    Take back Vanessa Redgrave
    Take back Joe Piscopo
    Take back Eddie Murphy
    Give 'em all some place to go

    The song is fairly random list of things to be "taken back," including "your insurance," "your acid rain," "your angry slander," and "your pension plan." In context, there's no particular reason to suspect that Petty has anything more against Vanessa Redgrave or Eddie Murphy than any other contemporary celebrity. Their names seem to have been plucked from the media atmosphere of the moment.

    Nevertheless, Murhpy took umbrage at the song and kicked up a ruckus about it, feeling that he'd been dissed or microaggressed or something. Petty, however, refused to take Murphy's tantrum seriously, and more or less said, in that flat, nasal, Florida monotone, "Oh, sorry Eddie, didn't mean to bring you down."

    It was everything that would have sent Ta-Nehisi Coates scrambling for his MacBook Pro.

    In context, there’s no particular reason to suspect that Petty has anything more against Vanessa Redgrave or Eddie Murphy than any other contemporary celebrity

    Redgrave’s anti-Israel politics would’ve rubbed Dylan the wrong way. At the time the song came out I only knew Murphy for his anti-homosexual routine so I assumed then, and still do, that that was the reason for including Murphy.

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  • @Sam Haysom
    To me it was Rebel that best captured the mixture of orneriness and amiability that Steve's identifies up above. Kind of like Huck Finn to be honest.

    To me it was Rebel that best captured the mixture of orneriness and amiability that Steve’s identifies up above.

    Didn’t he recently express regret about the Confederate Battle Flag in the video for that song? It suddenly became difficult to find the Rebels video right after the Charleston killings.

    The last time I heard him was on some radio show. I was flipping through the stations in a car which came with a free preview of XM Sirius when I heard Petty discussing and playing rare tracks that he liked. Before one of them he said something like “I don’t know about you but this week I’ve been feeling down”. Since it was the end of the week that Trump was elected I took it as a virtue-signal to fashionable opinion.

    Anyway, I liked everything through Southern Accents. The first single, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, was a weird, even brave – given how important first singles were then – choice for a guy who’d been away for a long time and with his particular fanbase. It worked though because it grew on most listeners, with the innovative video – his first of the new MTV age (post-83) – helping in that respect.

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  • From First Things: IN PRAISE OF BORDERS by Peter Hitchens October 2017 Borders are a substitute used by less fortunate lands for the sea and the mountains behind which happier countries shelter. No great civilization has grown and endured except behind the shield of ocean, mountain, or desert. How different Poland’s history would be if...
  • @Verymuchalive
    Rather amusing to see you quote the notorious Cuck Peter Hitchens. He would never return the favour that's for sure. He has made a career out of descrying mass immigration and its effects, but never has done anything practical to oppose it. It's all hot air. He is completely dishonest about race and HBD and attacks race realists and their political parties as " dangerous racists and extremists."
    He is a pressure-valve journalist for the bovine and obtuse " conservative". You're upset about 3rd World Immigration and its profoundly negative effects on your life. You read a 10 or 15 minute screed on the subject by Hitchens, you get some emotional release. BUT NOTHING PRACTICAL IS DONE TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM
    Peter Hitchens is a pressure-valve journalist paid by the establishment to perform that role. Do not think he is anything other than an establishment hack.

    I stopped reading PH because his negativity sometimes comes across as deliberately demoralising. He’d probably say he’s just being realistic but I’m not so sure.

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    I don't need to tell you that he is married to a Jewess and his children have been brought up Jewish. ((( hence the gratuitous mention of Israel in his piece)))
    , @StillCARealist
    And if he knew he was driving traffic at Unz he'd probably have a seizure.

    I quit reading him for much the same reason. I'm not sure he believes in anything but his warm childhood memories.
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  • Final results: YES: 90.1% NO: 7.9% Turnout: ~42% of those counted (2,262,424), ~56% if including the confiscated ballot boxes (~770,000) out of 5,343,358 registered voters. Assuming that the vote in "repressed" polling stations was similar, you can turnout * YES = ~51% support for independence, which tallies exactly with the last poll on the basis...
  • @Anon
    Franco never really went Falange; he co-opted it and the FET y de las JONS mostly lost the associations of the old Falange.

    Franco ran an authoritarian conservative or bureaucratic regime, not a fascist one, despite what most mainstream commentators seem to believe today. The Falange got less than 1% of the vote in the 1936 elections. They never had much influence with Franco.

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    No, but they provided a good safety valve for people who were previously uncommitted or hostile to be included in the Movimiento; including ex-anarchists and other ex-leftists to the point it became known to some as the FAI-lange.
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