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What a wonderful enchanted life we boomers have had! Living was easy, accommodation plentiful and inexpensive, salaries were high, girls willing. The world was offered to us like a heap of pearl oysters on the silver tray. We could travel, change our countries and jobs as we like, we could fight for justice and mercy for others, we could seek our own way to God. It was great to be born after the war.

You won’t believe it, the children of latter (or earlier) generations, that life could be so splendid. We could buy a two-bedroom maisonette in Kensington on my junior BBC journalist salary. We could cross Africa and climb Kilimanjaro, trek Nepal, report on wars, go to Paris for weekend.

And the world was full of variety; not the sickening fake diversity of living next door to a black, a Chinese and an Indian who shop in the same supermarket and watch the same Hollywood movies you do; but real variety of England being English and Japan being Japanese. In London of late sixties-early seventies, pubs served warm real ale, British grey sausages and steak-and-kidney pie; Ty-Foo tea at five o’clock; we could smoke at the table; we could jump on and off open double-deckers; seat belts were unheard-of. Waitresses in greasy spoon cafes called me “luv”. In Kyoto, women went around in kimono; and men spent long nights drinking sake; Noh and Sakura Viewing were popular. Sweden was unashamedly blond, and topless Nordic maidens suntanned and splashed in the cool lakes.

Israel was a poor struggling country of suntanned boys and girls in keffiyeh. We were proud of our army service and of growing wheat in the kibbutz; while Arabs were noble peasants, and lived in beautiful old houses. Israelis had a good reputation those days as tireless trekkers. “White hunters”, we called ourselves after Hemingway’s African stories.

(All that is gone. Recently I could not find a single English pub in London; they served wine and European fare. No kimonoed lady was sighted in Kyoto. Swedish girls donned bra as the immigrants stared too intensely. Israelis became fat and insolent. As for smoke, you just may not smoke anywhere, you mayn’t drink and drive, and the damn belts became compulsory even in the buses.)

Our generation was more sophisticated than the preceding one. We forbade forbidding in 1968. We stopped the Vietnam War. We ended race discrimination. Gays danced and didn’t think of marriage – they added an exotic element to the fabric of life, and so did foreigners who were scarce even in London and Paris. I was such a rare bird, mixing with other writers in Parisian cafes. Workers were invariably local and native, and so was food and drink.

Art of cinema had flourished. The best films were made for us by Bergman and Bunuel, Godard and Oshima. We witnessed the Space Race of two superpowers and thought we shall land on Mars. Social optimism was endless, we were sure our tomorrow would be better than our present.

We had it so good! It is really pity that the world we pass to our children and grandchildren is not that wonderful, quite crowded and over-regulated. Perhaps our life was good because we came to the world freshly fertilised by millions of dead men, after the great calamity of the World War. The historians say that Europe after the Black Death was also a wonderful place. We feel it, even if we do not dare to say it explicitly, but this is a partial explanation of mankind courting Armageddon.

The new Chinese virus is an example. It has mortality rate of 2 p.c. and it is not much. It seems that children and Europeans do not die of it, even if they get infected. So, a nasty but not dreadfully nasty kind of flu. Every flu virus now at large in the US kills many times more people. American swine flu with its billion infected and hundreds of thousands dead in 2009 looks like a mountain next to the pea of coronavirus. Perhaps it was a lab-crafted bio-weapon, but then it is not especially effective one, unless its nastiness will become apparent with years.

And still the hype is immense. Every case of this super-flu is treated by media as an outbreak of bubonic plague. In Israel, there are zero cases of the new virus, but all news begin with the reports on its progress. In Russia, zero cases; rather, two Chinese tourists were sick and recovered. Though Russia has much less virus-induced hysteria than the West; and President Putin expressed his support of the Chinese people, and they are grateful for his solicitude, but even Russia closed its borders to Chinese tourists unless in transit. Probably Putin was hesitant to risk even a few (unavoidable) deaths that his enemies would put on his account.

Yes, it is an attack on China. I see it had been enlarged upon by the usual suspects who wrote about Uygur Holocaust and Hong Kong freedom fighters. But the Chinese did put us on high alert by their unusual prevention measures.

There is an assisting factor. We are waiting for Apocalypse, for Zombie Invasion, for nuclear war, for climate disaster – not in fear but in anticipation like an exhausted debtor waits for an enemy strike that will kill him and his relentless creditor alike. We are debtors, indebted and assailed by the state and by companies. Since 1789, Europeans haven’t been this powerless. We can’t survive without state support, can’t get affordable medical care or burial unless we are within the system. Any official may do with us whatever he feels. More and more often, they demand social security and pension payments to be returned to the state for few years back retroactively, if they deem the debtor’s case was dubious. In the US, welfare shrinks, so do good jobs, but student loans grow.

ORDER IT NOW

We face bleak tomorrow. AI will send millions to the dole, if the dole would still be available. The billionaires will flourish as in the Ancien Régime. Whoever is outraged by the excesses of the French and Russian revolutions and ascribed them to the Freemasons and Jews, will have a chance to judge for oneself, as the pre-Revolutionary regime is likely to return. Democracy won’t survive; we won’t survive unless willing to be slaves. Why don’t the Europeans breed to survive, you ask? Does it make sense to survive, that is the question.

If so many people subconsciously want the new great war to come, it will come, if St Greta Thunberg and her green fighters won’t destroy our civilisation first. Indeed this Soros-sponsored movement is the single biggest threat to our mental and physical health. When they will have their way, we shall be rolled back into Stone Age.

It would be less traumatic to go back to some features tested in our boomers’ youth. Let people hope for better future, as good as our past was. And for that:

  1. Make housing affordable. Even The Economist, a Thatcherist British magazine, suggests that. For that purpose, make landlordism painfully unprofitable. Tax the rent to utmost and forbid them to evict non-paying tenants. Tax the vacant houses. This was practiced by the British Labour in 1960s with great success, and owners-occupiers replaced the landlords. It would be considered anti-Semitic, granted, but what’s wrong with some practical anti-Semitism?
  2. Return to the draft in the armed forces. War is too important to outsource. It is exciting for a young man to undertake military service. A man who never served in the army may become a John Bolton, a cruel chickenhawk, and send others to war. A man who served can become John F. Kennedy and strive for peace. There is no anti-war movement in the US for there is no draft. Young Americans do not care about endless wars in Afghanistan and Syria because they are not called to fight and die there. Draft would restore responsible military policy.
  3. Make things to last. A car may serve for thirty years, properly attended to. IPhone has been fined for slowing down old models; this is a good example. Make everything repairable. Make obsolete the term “obsolete”.
  4. Encourage craftsmanship instead of mass production; keep working men’s salaries high; limit mass migration and massive food import. Undo mass tourism.
  5. If you want more, teach children that greed is worse than racism. Make financiers miserable. They should not earn more than a professional worker. Tax them hard, not so much for redistribution purposes but in order to save these dynamic people from greed-worship and direct them into doing useful things, like Henry Ford, Walt Disney and our own Ron Unz did. It is not a coincidence that these men had their misgivings about traditional Jewish love for money.

The lost paradise of boomers’ young years, if not our youth, can be regained. We had it very good, so can you!

Israel Shamir can be reached at [email protected]

This article was first published at The Unz Review.

 
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  1. Rational says:

    THE BEST WAY TO MAKE HOUSING AFFORDABLE—BAN IMMIGRATION.

    Thanks, Sir. The US is the 3rd most populous nation on earth, after China and India.

    Yet it lets in millions of aliens per year.

    America is full. Farms are turning into subdivisions. Food and home prices are going up. Homeless people defecate on the streets.

    See: http://immigration-is-cancer.blogspot.com/

    Soln: Ban all immigration and deport all aliens. Common sense.

  2. U-turn says:

    The purpose of taxation is to fund government operations. Calling for politicians to use it as a means to engineer society is akin to worshiping tyranny.

    • Replies: @israel shamir
    , @Pft
    , @Anonymous
  3. @Rational

    ban immigration is good but not enough. Greed must be curbed.

    • Agree: Denis
  4. @U-turn

    The purpose of taxation is to guide society in the preferred direction by rather painless economic means. The alternative is revolution and shooting squad. Or – letting the society to be led to hell by unbridled greed.

    • Agree: Ilya G Poimandres
    • Disagree: Alfred
    • Thanks: Nonny Mouse
    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @Mefobills
  5. I’ve always thought you an odd bird, Mr. Shamir, but I’ve always liked you. And I like this article. It’s a bit odd, of course. Maybe that’s why I like it.

    Yours,

    A disinherited and disenfranchised millennial

    • Replies: @The Changeling
  6. As much as I hate the idea of a military draft, having a military draft is about the ONLY way the anti-war movement gets going again. Especially since the US has no intentions of ever winning any war…it’s all about the money and hiring mercs.

  7. Andy says:

    I too had nostalgia for the 70s and even the 80s (I was born in the mid-1960s, so I’m from a different generation than Shamir, but I remember those decades) but it’s also true in those years people were deadly afraid of an impending earth-ending nuclear war. And Eastern Europe was under very nasty communist dictatorships.

    • Replies: @Leslie
    , @tomo
  8. Ruckus says:

    Life is good when you win world wars, isn’t it? LOL

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  9. @Omegabooks

    Do you have a military age son that you would be ok with being forced into one of these illegal wars?

    • Replies: @Charlemagne
  10. Baby boomers at least in the US, did not have it easy. Oh, sure, the yuppies did. But, after 1973, it was just one damn recession after another, rents went through the roof, and there were no decent jobs left. The overwhelming majority of baby boomers were not yuppies, they were Joe, the Mr. Fixit Hippie. They were the guy who actually knows where the right fuse is in Home Depot. They were your window installer. Or they took a lot of drugs and died.

    The myth is never the truth. The truth is defined as “stuff you don’t like.”

    • Agree: AceDeuce
    • Thanks: Liza
    • Replies: @Feryl
  11. Alfa158 says:

    Good article, and I feel lucky to have enjoyed the life that was available to us Boomers.

    One quibble on reinstating the draft in the US: the government presently can’t get enough men enlisted in combat specialties to actually invade places like Iran or Russia and fight real wars. As far as I can tell from online research the Army and Marine Corp would have to stretch to field 200k combat troops worldwide. The huge post-Cold War numbers used in Iraq War 1 are gone. If they have access to a draft size army, they might be tempted to think they can fight and win such wars.

    A draft can be great, but not in an aggressively imperial nation. One of my old colleagues loved his mandatory six months in the Swedish Army. He had grown up in a family of highly educated professionals and the army gave him a chance to socialize with working class and farm kids who weren’t going on to elite universities like he was. Plus he was assigned to demolitions and engineering and had a great timing blowing up old tanks and structures.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  12. Biff says:

    Make housing affordable. Even The Economist, a Thatcherist British magazine, suggests that. For that purpose, make landlordism painfully unprofitable. Tax the rent to utmost and forbid them to evict non-paying tenants. Tax the vacant houses.

    Fuck you! Noooooo fucking way! I worked my ass off(I have no ass) to acquire the properties I have, and I charge a very reasonable rent – in a very high rent district. My tenants are happy, and want to stay, and they realize as do I, it’s a two way street – tenants can be greedy slobs every bit as much as landlords. I have had to expensively re-model properties after a stiff-happy bovine of a tenant left the place damaged from top too bottom. Damaged flooring is a constant, and the steady stream of tenants, so inept, that they cannot even change a light bulb never ends, and never ceases to amaze. It’s not as easy as it looks.

    Now a cabal of Jews that own an entire city block of high rises in a big city is another animal all together… I couldn’t relate to that either..

    • Agree: Alternate History
  13. Pft says:
    @Rational

    US is ranked 145 among 198 countries in population. We have plenty of room. Maybe not as much room as Canada, Australia and Russia. Too bad we moved all the good jobs to China. Most of the jobs left only the immigrants want to do. Which is why Trump never delivered on deporting all the immigrants, his corporate masters needs them. Heck, his wives come from East Europe.

    Housing prices go up because of tax breaks for real estate investors and the Feds expanding the money . supply with cheap credit. All exacerbated by Trump. Prices were heading down before he got the Fed to stop tightening and lower interest rates while at the same time giving tax breaks to the rich speculators.

    So existing homeowners get to deal with higher property tax and insurance bills, while renters pay more for rent as the young can not afford homes of their own and increase the demand for rentals.

    Immigrations the least of your problems pal. You want to look for someone to blame, look at the billionaires running DC, starting with the guy in the WH, although both parties are controlled by the same people.

  14. @Rational

    THE BEST WAY TO MAKE HOUSING AFFORDABLE—BAN IMMIGRATION.

    Which is precisely why the oligarchs want more immigration. They own all the undeveloped land and want to see it’s value increase.

    The soon to be published book “One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger” says it all right in the title.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  15. Alfred says:
    @israel shamir

    The purpose of taxation is to guide society in the preferred direction by rather painless economic means

    That is not how it works out. Those who earn most, pay the least tax compared to their income. Those who produce nothing of value – the parasites – gain most.

    The idea that governments need taxation and borrowing is a nonsense. It has been comprehensively debunked by Martin Armstrong. Everyone knows that this “borrowing” will never be repaid.

    This chart shows how government debt is largely composed of interest that was paid on that debt. Great for bankers and middle-men.

    Can We Stop the Government Borrowing & Just Print Without Inflation? | Armstrong Economics

    People lend to governments and maintain the value of money due to their trust in government – nothing to do with money printing as is so often claimed. When trust in government goes, money moves into private lending or assets.

    At this very moment, trust in the Euro, Yuan and Yen is eroding and that is why the US dollar is soaring. Money is shifting out of Europe. The repro crisis is largely due to banks losing trust in one another. Official interest rates have little bearing on what people actually pay to borrow.

  16. gotmituns says:

    There won’t be any revolutions (revolutions take effort and millenials don’t do effort). We’re speeding towards “Brave new World.”

  17. Pft says:
    @U-turn

    Not really. Its to control people and direct activities to more productive purposes. Government has always had the right to create its own money to spend. Doesn’t need taxes. It used to make do with tariffs that served yo protect local industry . When it decided to join the British Empire and fight Englands Wars it began the income tax and created the Fed.

    The tax wasn’t to fund the government, it was to pay the interest on the debt owed to the Fed since the Fed only created the principal. Inflation was the result. Now the Fed returns the interest so taxes serve no purpose but controlling people and deny them services by claiming they would have to pay more taxes. Since nobody wants to pay more taxes they are content to accept declining infrastructure and pay through the nose for health insurance and health care costs. Even with insurance everyone is one serious illness away from bankruptcy.

    But people buy the myth government is funded by taxes when the national debt is 20 trillion (mostly owed to self in a currency we create). They want to cut social security despite it having a 3 trillion surplus because they spent the surplus in the trust on the military and other stuff. Its not a problem, they could just print up 3 trillion more to replace it, but they want control and keeping the people scrambling for survival keeps them from protesting too much.

    • Agree: Alfred
  18. On behalf of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, and everyone who met a similar end, thank you so much for ending race discrimination. Awesome stuff, man!

    • LOL: Pop Warner
  19. Parfois1 says:
    @Omegabooks

    As much as I hate the idea of a military draft, having a military draft is about the ONLY way the anti-war movement gets going again.

    There is a lot more that could be said about conscription, its benefits and faults. On the plus side, it signals to the menfolk their coming of age when a self-confident adult emerges. It builds and enhances character formation, discipline, self-reliance, comradeship, commitment to the commonwealth and social cohesion, apart from better health, stronger physique, endurance, improved shape and posture.

    There is a strong case to be made of the benefits of having a conscripted army to prevent wars, of which Vietnam was a good example. That war came to an end, not because it was a criminal war, but because the body bags contained mostly young conscripts. Had the US army been exclusively of paid professional mercenaries, the public opposition to the war would be tamer or, perhaps, would not arise. The evidence of that is that the US has been nearly permanently at war since military draft ended.

    Another advantage of a conscripted army is that effectively it is a people’s army, in the sense that it is made up of common men whose concerns are different from the interests of the top brass and political elite. In times of profoundly divergent dichotomies between the ruling elites and the common people the latter could rely on their armed citizens for support. The Russian Revolution succeeded only because the great majority of the army and navy were conscripted servicemen, who obviously sided with the people, particularly during the civil war. More recent examples were Portugal in 1974 (which brought to an end a 13-year long colonial war, although the rebellion was initially led by professional junior officers) and Iran in 1979 which ended the unpopular monarchy.

    So, the reason why most capitalist countries recently moved away from reliance of conscript armies to professional ones is that the professionals are committed to their employers, the political elites, not to the people. They are the loyal foot soldiers of the regime and make it much easier for the regime to engage in aggressive criminal wars.

    • Agree: Mefobills
    • Disagree: Homeschooling Mom in NY
  20. mcohen says:

    For once,i have to agree shamir.unfortunately the PROBLEM is over population so only my idea is workable.

    No new births for 10 years.None anywhere.No exceptions.Enforced by prison and forced abortion.Skip one generation.

    2022-2032.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  21. Anonymous[104] • Disclaimer says:

    5. If you want more, teach children that greed is worse than racism. Make financiers miserable. They should not earn more than a professional worker. Tax them hard, not so much for redistribution purposes but in order to save these dynamic people from greed-worship and direct them into doing useful things, like Henry Ford, Walt Disney and our own Ron Unz did. It is not a coincidence that these men had their misgivings about traditional Jewish love for money.

    Yes! A thousand times yes!

  22. Anonymous[104] • Disclaimer says:
    @U-turn

    Government operations are funded by printing money.

  23. You could set your five points to the tune of Imagine, but keep the refrain about being a dreamer.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  24. Wally says:
    @Rational

    said:
    “America is full. Farms are turning into subdivisions. Food and home prices are going up. ”

    Yet 50% of all land west of the Mississippi River is government owned.

    However, I do agree that low IQ immigration should be stopped.

  25. “war is a racket” comes to mind. politicians have become servants of billionaire class who fund their campaigns, not voters who elected. democracy is becoming synonymous with dog eat dog…
    children of Sodom dancing, exotic? woe to those who call evil good and vice versa! Prophet Isaiah.
    the black man became your neighbor through no fault of his, watch Spielberg’s superb film Amistad. the red indian became confined to a reservation, so no complaint on his account.
    as for Apocalypse, the demise of each man is his own apocalyptic end, does not matter much if a million or billion accompany him on his exit. so it’s better to visit one’s father confessor and stay prepared. if you don’t have one, that is a clue maybe you are not going to the right church.

  26. ThereisaGod says: • Website

    Brilliant. Almost tear-jerking in its accuracy.

  27. I absolutely agree with the sentiment behind the article, but the assumptions behind the financial-system-commentary are simplistic and just-plain-wrong.

    Assume that a party goes to a bank and says to the banker:

    “I have made an offer to purchase a house and property for $500,000 from a vendor / seller, and that offer has been accepted. I now have a $500,000 legal debt to that vendor.
    What do I need to provide to the bank in order for the bank to assume my $500,000 debt to the vendor?”

    If accurate and truthful, the banker will reply:

    1. A $500,000 promissory note agreeing that you immediately owe $500,000 to the bank, and that you will pay the bank an additional $500,000 on the named maturity date, plus interest (say, 5% per annum) at the rate indicated in the meantime,

    2. A mortgage in the principal amount of $500,000 plus interest as security for the promissory note, and

    3. A cheque / check for $500,000 drawn on the bank to be endorsed by the vendor and then delivered to the bank.

    Then the bank will agree that it owes $500,000 to the vendor.

    By what alchemy-of-logic would any rational man or woman interpret that transaction as a loan of money?

    To loan $500,000 it is necessary to have $500,000.

    To agree that you owe $500,000 requires a minimum of $0.

    And when the dust settles on the transaction the bank has experienced an unearned and unjust enrichment of at least $1.5 million in exchange for its bare and unfunded agreement that it owes $500,000 to the vendor.

    The substance of any mortgage transaction is:

    “In consideration of (the pretended borrower) “first” agreeing that they owe a “secured” $500,000 to (the bank), (the bank) will “then” agree that it owes an “unsecured” $500,000 to (the pretended borrower).”

    The pretended borrower is “then” required to add another $500,000 of cash-equivalent-money assets by issuing a check for $500,000, drawn on the bank and made payable to the vendor, to be endorsed by the vendor and delivered to the bank.

    The bank will “then” agree that it owes $500,000 to the vendor.

    Procedure is everything because it is credit-reinsurance, and not money-lending.

    Instead, the first thing anyone is required to do is to sit down in front of a lawyer and swear under oath and penalty of perjury that the bank has already paid them the loan proceeds, when in fact it has not. The banker then employs the falsified receipt as its own and only contribution to the transaction.

    We can’t see the fraud because it is all fraud all the time.

    That is why very few can afford a house these days. The accumulated overhead on some USD-equivalent of $250 trillion of unfunded, unsecured and kited liabilities is crowding out virtually everything else.

    • Agree: TKK
    • Replies: @TKK
    , @Mefobills
  28. skrik says:

    Yes, taxation distorts ‘the market’ but greed is a worse distorter and war is the worst – especially, in our ‘boomer+’ era = illegal/immoral wars to seize (control of) resources. To ‘roll back’ to the boomer good-times, we need to not just as far as possible curb greed, we have to eliminate ‘voodoo economics’ à la Thatcher & Reagan et al. and at the same time eliminate corrupt central banking (see Ellen Brown and the BND, say) Oh; and eliminate all war [except in true self defence, which would not be needed after aggression is effectively suppressed]. Justice could be made a design feature, for example RoR+R*3 = Right of Return + Revest, Reparations and Reconciliation in occupied Palestine, say.

    It goes without saying, that current ‘market mania’ lacks ‘enlightened’ control. Whatever ‘control’ is extant is quite obviously not in we, the sheople’s interest – rather, to the contrary. [A truly clever society would implement utilitarianism = the greatest good for the great majority while properly protecting minorities.] Whoever is responsible for the ‘crooked control’ (not us, we the voters) shows the current ‘Western’ rulers’ utter malevolence = very definitely *not* smart. rgds

    • Disagree: Redneck farmer
  29. Yes Boomers had it good. It’s really about in which segment of the saeculum one is born. Boomers were born in the first segment, the springtime where new life flourishes and everything good is expanding. We are now in the forth and final segment, the winter, a period of dying off and destruction. It is not the fault of Boomers that this is so. See The Forth Turning by Strauss and Howe. https://www.fourthturning.com

  30. @Rational

    Please do so. We get to keep our doctors and engineers, who are trained in our publicly funded institutions paid by our tax money, and you become the illiterate, sick lot of greedbags you are but can still pretend not to be.

  31. Shamir claims “we” (his generation of white western post war spawn) ended the Vietnam War.

    No, it was Vietnamese teenagers in black pyjamas and rubber sandals armed with WWII era carbines and a few AK47s who ended the Vietnam War.

    • Replies: @israel shamir
    , @teotoon
  32. Syd Walker says: • Website

    I’ve learned so much from your writing over the years, Shamir – and typically find your ideas stimulating and your prose witty, even when I can’t agree. Please read what follows, which is not so complimentary, in that context.

    I find it hard to understand why someone whose thought is so subtle can – apparently – fall for the arrant nonsense perpetrated by folk who for want of a better term are known as “climate sceptics”. Have you ever listened to the scientists? (the simple message that Greta Thunberg repeats tirelessly.)

    Of course the mainstream in any discipline or field of enquiry can be corrupted and caution is merited before taking the word of any “recognised authority”. I don’t need reminding of that. I’m a longstanding “9/11 sceptic” and I’ve seen how highly credible critics of the ridiculous official narrative – people of the calibre of Lynn Margulis, for example – can be marginalised and shut down by the Masters of Discourse.

    [MORE]

    But the case of climate change is very different. Here we have a noisy public debate. Climate sceptics may complain they don’t get a fair hearing, but compared with 9/11 sceptics their situation is very favourable. The simple fact is that despite a huge investment by fossil fuel corporations in public opinion management re climate change – an investment that’s spawned a veritable industry in climate scepticism – the relatively tiny number of climate sceptic qualified scientists have failed to persuade their peers.

    There are some occasions when it simply makes sense to listen to and respect the recognised authorities. An example is engineering. If a house design is certified by qualified and reputable architects and engineers one can be reasonably certain it will stand. If, on the other hand, it’s designed by an enthusiastic amateur, one cannot reasonably be as confident.

    Anyone who heard the preponderance of scientists in relevant disciples warn that his house was likely to fall over would take urgent remedial action unless he’s a complete fool, excessively blasé or happens to be so wealthy he has other houses to live in and plenty of dosh to spend on them.

    This is the situation we now find ourselves in at a planetary level. Climate change, I suggest, is a similar case. The experts are warning. Are we paying attention?

    Can we be certain IPCC warnings are correct? No, we can’t. Nothing in the future is certain. These predictions, typically given as probabilities, may be spot on – or they may over-estimate the severity of change. Or they may be under-estimates. In any case, the basic point remains – a large number of experts in the field of climate science, worldwide, have sounded the alarm. They warn there is a planetary EMERGENCY – and that URGENT and effective action is needed or there may not be any civilisation on earth within a few generations.

    So why take a gamble with the entire biosphere that one would be considered a lunatic to take with a single house? It beats me – yet that’s what “climate sceptics” advocate. I think the term “climate gamblers” suits them better. These are folk who want to take a punt that they are right and the leading scientists are wrong. Yet if the climate gamblers are wrong – as leading scientists say – the result of inaction now will be disastrous for the entire planet. For some reason that level of risk taking – with our future as a species at stake let alone all the rest of our fellow species – has come to be regarded as acceptable.

    So why do you pander to and abet the climate gamblers Shamir? Why sneer at Greta Thornberg? Have you ever actually listened to what she’s saying? If not, I strongly recommend this brief presentation to the recent COP 25 meeting.

    You can see that while Greta implores people to listen to the scientists, she’s highly critical of the governments who actively whitewash the scientists’ rather dire predictions and recommendations. A meeting such as COP 25 is the real UN at work – not the UN of the fevered imagination of the American ultra-nationalist right-wing. Far from being a devious conspiracy to take over the world, the real UN and its subordinate bodies is the instrument of its component nation states. It’s thoroughly tainted and hamstrung by their narrow, national focuses and selfish, competitive world-views. It’s about as far from a genuine “globalist conspiracy” as one might imagine.

    Since industrialisation began just over two centuries ago, we’ve dumped a lot of excess carbon into the atmosphere. But the dumping hasn’t been linear. It’s accelerated so fast that approximately half has occurred in the last three decades alone – since ‘our Common Future’ was published in the late 1980s. So our generation – yours and mine – cannot plead ignorance. Insofar as cranking up the greenhouse gas content of the atmosphere is wrecking the biosphere, half of the total damage has been done with widespread awareness of the risk. Unless we reduce emissions rapidly, the next equivalent increase will take even less than 30 years.

    But are there really indications that climate change is actually happening?

    I could give a global overview – but for brevity I’ll just focus on Australia, where I happen to live. Over the last five years Australia has set new records for hottest temperatures on many occasions. Our most recent drought has often been described as unprecedented. There have been two catastrophic bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef (a third is looking likely within the next month – so please do pray for rain on the Coral Sea if you think it helps!) And bushfires? Each year recently they seemed to get a little worse, the season a little longer, the intensity a little greater. Then, in the latest summer of 2019/20, tinder dry conditions combined with absurdly high temperatures and strong winds to create a holocaust that lasted for months. This country is still reeling from the impact.

    Even our coal-addicted Prime Minister now says this bushfire season may be the “new normal”, but of course, that’s way too optimistic. We have not transitioned from stable Climate A to stable Climate B. Climate B is a moving target. As temperatures increase further it will get worse.

    I could continue, but really, my main message, like Greta’s, is listen to the scientists. By all means listen to climate gamblers too – but do due diligence. This is not a game. There is no Planet B.

    You’re an influencer, Shamir. That carries responsibility. Please don’t sneer at and ridicule those of us working for a sustainable future. At least show that you’ve taken the trouble to understand the scientific basis for our concern. If you think the scientific consensus on climate change is wrong, please say why. Don’t just use rhetorical tricks. This subject matter deserves better.

    Ideally, join us! We live on the same planet. Despite the worsening odds, let’s do our best to secure our descendants a liveable planet!

    • LOL: John Regan
    • Troll: ploni almoni
  33. Anonymous[410] • Disclaimer says:

    Whoah whoah whoah.. what is this? Actual ideas on a right wing website about turning the ship, none of which are petulant cries for a violent jacobian mutiny to be fought by someone else?
    SHAMIR you MADMAN.
    😉

    • LOL: Pheasant
  34. @Ruckus

    ****trigger warning****

    ah yes those wonderful post-war boomer years; life is good after a war.
    Post-Black death = a flowering of White life.

    Did anybody ask the Germans how they enjoyed the “boomer” years? Or the Japanese?

    is that why Japanese and (especially) Germans who survived the actual war-fighting were killed off after the war, both materially and spiritually — so they wouldn’t spoil the plot? A turd in the punch-bowl, those German children who witnessed their mothers and grannies reduced to charred logs on the streets of Dresden.

    It was bad enough that “Boomers” enjoyed a good life kicking the ashes of dead Japanese and Germans who could no longer out-compete us but were forced to become our market and our supplied — we were dumbed down.

    But now the word is getting out: it was a lie: the economy and prosperity we “enjoyed” was built on lies, on thefts and destruction of the most outrageous kind — the most horrendous wars the world had yet known.

    And because we deluded ourselves to believe that this prosperity was the reward for our good works, we kept doing it — You want prosperity? Destroy another country.
    When George H W Bush was planning the invasion of Iraq (Kuwait) — ‘to save the incubator babies’ — he did so, his biographer, Jeff Engel said, to “redeem the promise of the men who fought WWII.” The men who destroyed another country of 5, based on lies.

    What makes a man like James Jeffrey proud of himself when he declares, repeatedly, “we will not allow Syria to rebuild?”

    What demon possesses the soul of such a being?

    Why do we tolerate it?

    [end of rant. You may return to your regularly scheduled dose of soma]

  35. jonjon says:

    Personally, I think you’re totally wrong. Going through the list of what boomers supposedly had compared to what Millenials have had to endure is optics, what boomers HAD was worse than what generations have today, without a doubt. Boomers had to go through the race riots, the inevitable closure of industries leading to mass unemployment, nobody could afford a two-bedroom maisonette in Kensington, you were lucky to get a council house cause your parents took most of the housing up, boomers had naff all to do except kick a can, Millennials have the technology age, wages weren’t that good due to the unions forcing everyone on strike, transport was non-existent due to British engine manufacturers producing shite like the Vauxhall or Leyland that constantly broke down, three bloody channels on tv to choose from…..that was it, *3*.

  36. @Pft

    Found the person on the H1-B!

  37. @Parfois1

    Also, conscript militaries tend to commit more “war crimes”, but there is pressure not to car about those incidents, since it’s “our boys” doing it.
    If we had a draft in 2003, the invasion of Iraq would have started with destruction of air defenses, and then every city carpet bombed.

  38. @Wally

    And a lot of that land is good only for grazing, some not even that.

    • Replies: @Wally
  39. @Neo-Socratic

    Ban immigration ? Or lower significantly ?
    Anyway, immigration is “demand”. The other side of the coin is supply: build more affordable accomodation. Make it a FDR-like national priority.

  40. @Parfois1

    The idea that conscripted armies lead to peace is nonsense. Take a relatively recent examples. Excessive debt collapsed the French Ancien Regime and the Weimar Republic. The revolutions that followed precipitated world wars that necessitated mass conscription. But the mass conscription didn’t end the wars. The masses were driven by fear and hatred to fight to the bloody end. The elites who control public opinion are the ones who get to decide if and when there is an antiwar movement to kvetch over body bags. What’s more problematic for the elites nowadays is their temporary loss of the near monopoly control they’ve had over public discourse, for without it, yes, the conscripted masses will rebel.

  41. @Syd Walker

    The climate changes all the time, it is real. Now I sit in my Swedish house, and there is no snow, it is +6 C, and I bike to the shop to buy milk. It is a change for good for the North. Is it man-made? No. But the climate folks of Greta want mankind to inflict horrible self-harm, self-mutilation, like an hysterical teenage girl that slashes her tender wrists. Their fight against climate change will make heating too expensive, and we shall freeze to death in our homes. There will be no food, for they do not want us to eat meat or fish. They want to dismantle industry. These people lead us to mass suicide. Well, I disagree.

    • Agree: roonaldo
    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  42. @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    I do admire the Vietnamese, the only folk on earth that defeated three permanent members of Security Council: France, the US and China. They are great, no doubt. But if there were no powerful anti-war movement in the US, they would be nuked to oblivion and subdued. Now we have 18 years old war in Afghanistan. Afghans are as hard as Vietnamese. But they can’t win for there is no anti-war movement, because the army is mercenary, not conscripts. Bear it in mind.

  43. @israel shamir

    “Greed must be curbed?!”. It’s a part of human nature. Greed is not the problem. Mass immigration and Socialism, both implemented on a large scale right at the mid-1960s mark, are the problems.

    1) Socialist stupidity – taxing the rent will take housing off the market and raise the rest of the rentals remaining by, hold on, let me get my calculator .. OK, … by the amount of the tax. Have you never rented out a place and run the numbers?

    2) I appreciate your logic here, but no, it won’t help. Part of the reason for the arrogance of the American military (see also “Outside it’s America”) is that an order-of-magnitude fewer men are dying than in Vietnam. No, the US will go broke before the Neocons doing the warmongering stop. This will happen fairly soon.

    3) A large majority of our retail products are made in China, where Quality is not “Job 1”. Large enough tariffs to let American manufacturing compete again would be a start.

    BTW, cars from all over the world (well, I can’t speak for Chinese cars) are of MUCH BETTER quality than they were in the 1980s even. They are just not easily repairable by the owner anymore.

    4) People are used to buying Cheap China-made Crap, and LOADS of it. Craftsmanship will only come back if people are willing to accept a lower “quantity of life” (the way I’ll put it here). It does not seem that any generation wants to cut back, based on their trying to hold their current lifestyles via going into more and more debt. A more minimalist lifestyle and appreciation for quality is good, but it’s not about greed; it’s just about this consumerist mindset*.

    5) Your Socialist policies will do nothing to help any of this. Think about teaching your children well, or anything. Your tax money pays for Big-Ed to try all sorts of experiments on your kids, teaching crap that is not what you would like them to learn, and you don’t have much control over it. Homeschooling or small non-government-interfered-with schools are the best way to teach your children well, as recommended to/by the Boomers. Homeschooling is like poking the Beast in the eye with a big stick (Part 2 and Part 3).

    .

    * The best way for that to end is for people to get off the bombardment of advertising from the TV, and that’s one thing the new generation is doing to some degree.

  44. I haven’t read your writing before, Mr. Shamir due to my guessing that you are part of the large Socialist here on unz. I see I was correct in that. It was the smiley face and the “OK, Boomer” title that got me reading here.

    I think your take on the changes in American society for the worse, both in the economic state and the mindset, between the Boomer generation and the Millennial one is a pretty good description. However, to roughly paraphrase in a famous Boomer movie, your solutions are … UNSOUND. More Socialism, 1/2 of* the ill that has caused the profound problems for American Millennials to begin with, is definitely not the answer.

    Peak Stupidity, in its lighthearted retort to the young people, “OK, Millennial”, asks “Hey, you t-t-t- talkin’ ’bout My g-g-g-generation?” and wonders if one should even be living on this planet if he can’t even read a freaking map?!

    .

    * We seem to agree on the other half.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  45. Jake says:

    “We are waiting for Apocalypse, for Zombie Invasion, for nuclear war, for climate disaster – not in fear but in anticipation like an exhausted debtor waits for an enemy strike that will kill him and his relentless creditor alike.”

    Germanic Gotterdammerung. Death of the gods. And cultural Germanics wish it, pine for it eventually. It is the deep-seated knowledge that what they have done, all the pillaging, the theft, the sexual abuse, all with Germanic precision, requires atonement. And rathe than repent, which would require adopting new cultural parameters, new cultural proclivities, they choose the rinse and repeat pattern: Germanics raise Hell, stealing and killing as they please, and then they enter the decadent phase in which they force everybody to pay for Germanic sins by suffering the Gotterdammerung with them.

  46. @Achmed E. Newman

    oops. the first sentence was supposed to end with “large Socialist contingent here on unz”.

  47. bj0311 says:

    It is the Boomers who have ruined America–particularly the Viet Nam portion of that generation. I am a Boomer but on the tail end and I am angry that the lead portion of my generation has allowed and indeed encouraged the destruction of our culture. The same people who were drafted and sent to that illegal war now are the biggest flag wavers and still say that idiotic phrase “My country right or wrong.” The same people who protested that war and in the process ripped the fabric of our society to shreds–irreparably are now the biggest war-mongers. Time to grow up grandpa, put on your big boy pants (literally), time to tell your geriatric wife “no you can’t wear yoga pants–anywhere” and time to take responsibility for raising a generation of spoiled rotten kids with no sense of humor.

  48. anon[837] • Disclaimer says:

    White American boomers are absolutely hilarious. So tough against foreign countries that did nothing to you while cowering before and bowing down to domestic black criminals and jewish parasites who permanently fucked you and future generations of your people.

  49. @Wally

    A Wally comment that is not about the Holocaust? Am I dreaming?
    Just kidding buddy. You’re a fixture. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Never change.

    • Replies: @Poco
    , @Wally
  50. Anon[263] • Disclaimer says:

    This article remind me the movie Avengers in which Captain America decided to go back live in the good old time dream.

    America just forget how lucky they are to have the good old time.
    World wars far far away from USA.
    The old world is destroyed so USA can harvest all the fruit during war time and peace time and stole the credit as much as they can.

    Now America hopes for another the world get destroyed scenario.
    Not surprised at all.

    Thank technology development. This time the not new anymore world won’t be spared during world wars.

    God give chance to Africa, to South America.
    Fair.

  51. Alfred says:
    @Syd Walker

    Have you ever listened to the scientists?

    Which ones? The ones who are in on the party?

    It is normal for climate to change – depending on our varying position relative to the sun and the varying sun cycles. The sun even influences volcanic activity. Undeniable. At the moment, the sun is almost dormant and as a result volcanic activity has increased.

    As for the changes in the 0.4% of the air that is CO2, give us a break! It is plant food. The earth is getting greener. When CO2 is below 0.2% almost nothing grows.

    Our crop plants evolved about 400 million years ago, when CO2 in the atmosphere was about 5000 parts per million! Our evergreen trees and shrubs evolved about 360 million years ago, with CO2 levels at about 4,000 ppm. When our deciduous trees evolved about 160 million years ago, the CO2 level was about 2,200 ppm – still five times the current level.

    Life on Earth was nearly doomed by too little CO2

    • Replies: @renfro
  52. As for smoke, you just may not smoke anywhere

    Are you sure about that? Apparently muslims have the privilege of smoking in sheesha bars that have been sprouting in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  53. onebornfree says: • Website

    This article boils down to ” when I was young, the world was a better place”.

    Mr Shamir, the world was a better place when you/I were younger is simply because governments worldwide, in many, [ but not all] countries were smaller and less intrusive on the lives of most individuals- including yourself.

    Those lost freedoms which you now reminisce over and which have mostly gone the way of the dodo, have been lost _because_ of the ongoing, unchecked growth of governments worldwide.

    Which means that your proposed solutions for a return to the freedoms of your youth [i.e. even more government today] , would only accelerate the already accelerating loss of individual freedoms worldwide, not increase them per individual, as yourself [and the vast majority of humanity , apparently] still naively fantasize.

    This just in:

    there are _no_ government solutions to the problems of society, never have been, never will be, government “solutions” simply don’t work [except by directly enriching the government and elites].

    Which means that if you are interested in genuine solutions to the problems you outlined here, you [and others] must look for solutions fully _outside_ of government, and not even _more_ government laws, taxes, mandates etc. etc. and even bigger governments worldwide.

    Book: “Why Government Doesn’t work”: http://www.jrbooksonline.com/PDF_Books/why_govt_doesnt_work.pdf

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt  criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.”   onebornfree

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  54. A typical Jew! Complaining about having to live next door to an Indian, a Chinese or a Black but absolving guess who … what makes you think that an Englishman or a Frenchman wants to live next door to a greaseball Jew, who is more dangerous to the traditional societies of England and France?

    They say only a diamond can cut diamonds and need poison to remove poison, so why not a benevolent Jew remove a malevolent Jew … if Soros is the source of malaise then why not join his synagogue and weasel up to him with poison in your mouth to jump in his lap and give him the kiss of death. Who knows, he might like it being that all Jews are closet homosexuals!

  55. @Syd Walker

    You can see that while Greta implores people to listen to the scientists…

    …my main message, like Greta’s, is listen to the scientists.

    As is the case with Greta, you obviously have received no sound scientific training either. A few weeks ago I saw her on stage in Davos, reading off her favorite passage from an IPCC report that has been discredited. The notion that one could reliably predict some global temperature rise of 1.5°C in a few years under certain circumstances is beyond ridiculous. Scientists cannot even agree on how these global temperatures are supposed to be measured. Theses so-called experts are the same folks that had predicted that by now the Arctic icebergs would have melted by now and snow would be a thing of the past.

    The “Climate Change” hoax is nothing more than alarmist doomsday conjecture in the service of a political agenda. Regrettably, many propagandists promote particular dubious (quasi-religious) causes by falsely invoking the term “science” to coerce unwitting and uncritical listeners or readers to believe this fraudulent nonsense. One could fairly say that the word “science” has already been thoroughly corrupted, or “weaponized”. It is rather telling that this long running debate, in which the skeptics have been winning, has devolved to the low level in which corporate media promote and give credence to the pronouncements of a brainwashed little teenage girl. The situation has gotten so hysterical already that every time there is a storm, or dry spell, or a few days of hot weather somewhere, captured by somebody’s smart-phone and sensationalized on the Internet, this is said to be evidence of “Global Warming” or the more contemporary term “Climate Change”. Your mentioning of uncomfortable weather in Australia recently highlights this attitude.

    By the way, carbon dioxide is heavier than surrounding air, thus falls to the ground and gets transformed into oxygen by plant life. How about providing some proof, that if people did this or that, then it would necessarily lead to some specific (presumably favorable or improved) outcome in weather or climate conditions everywhere on the planet in the future – and don’t forget to factor in the effects from undersea volcanic eruptions and solar flares? Of course, it’s simply impossible.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  56. Our youth was spent in a localised environment rather than a globalised one. How in the world do you put the globohomo genie back in its bottle? The corporation and their bankers control virtually everything. What they don’t own, they are promoting Greta-ism so as to steal via regulations. Their CO2 spewing factories will be safe and comfy in China and India.

    Also how do you restore all the local community’s tribal identity? Don’t use the U.S. as an example of that. Outside of the Levittown developments, most boomers grew up in their old world ethnic neighborhoods. They were a blast. I am so sorry for you youngsters for not having that.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  57. Hibernian says:
    @israel shamir

    We’re going to finally be out of Afghanistan soon.

  58. Alfred says:
    @Parfois1

    In 1969, I spent 4 months traveling around the USA. I was 19. I met a guy on a plane to Miami who told me that I could stay at his place at the Upper West Side in Manhattan. A month later, I stayed there. His day job was managing expensive restaurants. I did not know that he was a drug dealer. He sold stuff to his restaurant customers. He seemed incredibly popular and lots of gorgeous girls invited us to parties. I was very naive. Lots of strange people came to his place. I never consumed drugs – not even cigarettes.

    One of these guys seemed to be a hippy. It turned out that he was a Rabbi. He ran a school at which Jewish kids could avoid the draft. He was selling stuff to his students.

    What I am getting at is that the draft has to be 100% waterproof. Those who are unfit, should have to spend twice as much time doing something else far from home.

    I wonder if anyone has broken down the casualties of Vietnam by race and religion? It is known that there was a disproportionate number of Blacks and non-graduates.

  59. WJ says:
    @Pft

    Go to the Front Range in Colorado. Drive I 35 in Texas from Dallas to San Antonio. Try to move about in Houston. We are out of room. We dont need more people.

    • Agree: Liza
  60. @israel shamir

    Thank You!!!

    This is the proper observation, that the Afghanistan war continues because there is essentially NO Anti War Movement but a few…Note how Democratic Party behaved after winning the House on the back of protests against war initiated by Cindy Sheehan, the Democrats did nothing for the peace movement, but rather protected Bush from antiwar inspired Impeachment movement.

    • Agree: TimeTraveller
  61. Liza says:

    What a wonderful enchanted life we boomers have had!… It was great to be born after the war.

    You don’t say. I sense you’ve seen way too many Hollywood films where virtually everyone (er…White people, bien sur) back in the 40s & 50s was living in those lovely large 3-story houses on gorgeous treelined streets in medium sized cities, and no child wanted for anything. Mums had fur jackets and regular hairdresser appointments; and Dad worked in a pleasant office and let’s not forget the full- or part-time servant woman (sometimes Negro, sometimes White). Then they all went on to college/university and went on to have the most wonderful life imaginable.

    How about you do a bit of research into rural poverty in Amerikwa back in those decades? I could tell you about it, but I have no reason to think you would give a hoot, Mr. Shamir. Any rural and village poverty portrayed in the Hollywood movies and TV shows (which I suspect are the source of your ideas) showed only the noble Negro, under the thumb of snooty, bigoted whites and their thugs.

    There’s a goodsized cohort of folks born after the war who never got to experience the goodies you list. To this day.

    • Thanks: TKK
    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  62. @Biff

    I worked my ass off(I have no ass) to acquire the properties I have, and I charge a very reasonable rent – in a very high rent district.

    My tenants are happy, and want to stay, …

    I have had to expensively re-model properties after a stiff-happy bovine of a tenant left the place damaged from top too bottom.

    Uppity-muck rental district? 40 years ago I might have bought the idea that you “worked your ass off,” but not today. Juan and Manuel did.

    Obviously the pain you’ve endured maintaining those “high-rent acquisitions” is significantly less than your “reasonably-priced” rental income.

    • Troll: Bert
  63. I’ll give ya a ride to the recruiting office.

    • LOL: TKK
  64. Dumbo says:

    Some proposals are interesting, but the one about landlords is just plain wrong. I know landlords who are very far from being rich, in fact they barely make ends meet (fixing apartments can be VERY expensive) and who struggle with irresponsible or plain destructive tenants in California and it’s already almost impossible to evict them.

    In zones with rent control (which now by law will expand to affect all the former Golden State, thanks to Gayvin Fuckson), the landlord doesn’t even have a profit and become a slave of awful tenants who he cannot even get rid of. If he takes Section-8 people (which landlords may soon be unable to refuse), it’s even worse.

    The problem of expensive housing in California is DIRECTLY related to the huge number of people there, mainly immigrants, many of them illegal. There’s just too many people, and limited construction. Houses can be cheaper. But let’s not make renting them impossible.

    • Agree: Bert
    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  65. TKK says:

    forbid them to evict non-paying tenants

    Said a man who has never repaired plumbing ruined by people being slobbish assholes. So, who pays the mortgage note? The rube who was foolish enough to rent to them? They live for free in perpetuity?

    What an insane idea.

    Most of these point are breezy and sweet and go down easy- like a cupcake- but offers no nutrients. This is because they take no notice of actual human nature which is: brutal, greedy and chaotic.

    Throw in the 3rd world hordes, and only the mega rich who can pay for armed security would have a decent place to live.

    • Replies: @Bert
  66. TKK says:
    @Timothy Madden

    Watch Bank of America. There is a master plan afoot to :

    1) rampant replacement of all white workers with blacks and Latinos

    2) heavily market and underwrite mortgages for same sub groups above and place more onerous burdens on white borrowers with high interest rates for white native borns

    When you start unpacking your own mortgage with a simple amortization excel spreadsheet, the urge to chuck it all to hell and be a hobo is undeniable.

    • Replies: @Timothy Madden
  67. Anonymous[172] • Disclaimer says:
    @israel shamir

    Since you apparently think the government should do something about our thoughts and feelings, maybe we should throw anger, depression, and the sarcasm of that one jerk you don’t like online onto the blacklist too.

  68. Anonymous[172] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rational

    Did the boomer article mention that it was the 1965 Immigration Act that first began ruining this country?

    • Replies: @Trinity
  69. @israel shamir

    Seven, eight or ten countries have nukes and it always intrigues me why these countries have never used them.
    Why doesn’t the USA use them in Afghanistan? Why didn’t the Russians use them against the Chechen? Or the Chinese against the Uighur and the Indians against the Kashmiris?
    I think the reason is obvious; it’s the ultimate defensive weapon and the whole world had looked askance at the USA when it used it against Japan.
    Shamir is wrong in citing this. “But if there were no powerful anti-war movement in the US, they would be nuked to oblivion and subdued. “
    For fifty years the gullible world thought that America was a force for good, this illusion would have been shattered much earlier if they had nuked the Viet Cong.

    • Replies: @dickr
  70. Trinity says:

    Skimming through the posts, I will recall one poster described the boomers as Mr. Fix-It hippies or something like that. This post was spot on and describes the AVERAGE BOOMER TO A T. A lot of these posts and even the article are hogwash. I was born in 1961 so I was at the tail end of the boomer generation. My God, some of the X-Y-Z generations can’t even change a flat tire, they absolutely can’t fix anything. No wonder so many of them live with mommy and daddy until they are 30 something.

    Boomers are really taking a pounding by these pathetic X-Y-Z mama’s boys and daddy’s girls. Hey youngsters, look at your pitiful selves in the mirror, you are failures because you are lazy, you are spoiled, and the WWII generation were white traitor trash that fought on the side of “Globalism” instead of “Nationalism.” Most of the older boomers were the actual “hippies,” hell the “late boomers” were too damn young to be hippies and join Charlie Manson’s cult. The “late boomers” were shitting in their diapers when all those hippies, hipsters, and mods who were brainwashed by names like Rubin, Ginsberg, Steinem, and other Jewish commies into hating Whitey and traditional America.

    You youngsters want to blame someone? Okay, you can blame the OLDER BOOMERS, but even they had no power back then, FOCUS your blame on YOURSELF and the WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II GENERATIONS. As bad as the boomers might have been, we look pretty damn good next to the generations that came before us and after us.

  71. @Liza

    There’s a goodsized cohort of folks born after the war who never got to experience the goodies you list. To this day.

    Unfortunately, this “good-sized cohort” of post-war rural white boomers was a politically powerless minority.

    I have described my rural background to generational peers raised in the suburbs. Some believed but couldn’t relate. Others thought I was making it up.

    Yes, the cohort you describe still exists today: smaller in numbers, poorer, more dysfunctional than ever, less hopeful.

  72. Bert says:
    @Biff

    I owned some single-family rent houses in middle-class neighborhoods during the 1970’s and 80’s. Approximately one-third of my tenants were irresponsible trash. No matter how much effort I put into screening them, I found it hard to avoid the bad portion. Women who couldn’t figure out that a bathtub drain screen would keep the pipe from getting stopped up by their shed hair. Men who wanted to bully me for the return of a damage deposit; I offered one guy a chance to get the deposit via a scrap in the back yard; he declined. Women who wanted to pay the rent in personal services. And these people were ostensibly middle-class and certainly middle-aged. Each and every small-time landlord earns every penny that he makes. So I second your “Fuck you” to Mr. Shamir.

    • Agree: Alfred
  73. Trinity says:
    @Anonymous

    Good point . I was a 4 year old boomer when that happened and even the oldest boomer was only 19 years old. So WHO EXACTLY WAS IN POWER WHEN THAT ACT WHICH WAS PENNED BY JEWISH EMANUEL CELLER AND JACOB JAVITS BECAME LAW???

    Well look no further than those “heroes” of the so-called, “Greatest Generation Ever.” Not only did the “Greatest Generation Ever,” fight on the side of Jewish Globalism vs. Nationalism, but they also helped push for busing and integrating schools, abortion, affirmative action, etc., etc., Even in the mid 1970’s, the oldest boomers were only in their late 20’s and maybe 30 years old, so it isn’t as if boomers were implementing laws and acts that would destroy traditional America. Yep, the “Greatest Generation Ever,” and these pampered, and rather useless, brainwashed, X-Y-Z clowns who want to blame boomers because they can’t leave their furnished basement apartments? Yeah right.

    • Agree: Bert, Bookish1, anarchyst
    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  74. @Biff

    The rents are too goddam high. The rents are too goddam high. Including yours. The goddam rents are too goddam high.

    • Replies: @Biff
  75. Bert says:
    @TKK

    That Mr. Shamir is capable of publishing such a patently ignorant and absurd idea makes me think that any seemingly rational suggestions of his must happen just by chance.

  76. teotoon says:
    @Wally

    Yet 50% of all land west of the Mississippi River is government owned.

    Then, we need to ask: are those “states” west of the Mississippi River really states?

  77. @Dumbo

    I know several complaining slumlords who do quite well at the end of the day. Those that don’t do well sell to investors who understand the business.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  78. teotoon says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    No. Tricky Dick Nixon ended the was and signed a peace treaty; when the Damnedocrats pulled off their coup, the North Vietnamese were confident they could invade the South with impunity: they were correct; for the Damnedocrats in their control of Congress refused to provide the South Vietnamese with munitions and arms.
    As a consequence, we have been blessed with Vietnamese cuisine and the Hmong mountain tribesmen.

  79. @Bert

    Sorry, not feeling your pain. Either the money you made offset the pain or it didn’t. If not, then you sold to somebody who made the investment work.

    • Replies: @Bert
  80. “The best films were made for us by Bergman”

    The sins of the Boomers are legion. One of the most egregious is the veneration of Swedish navel-gazer Ingmar Bergman. Bergman’s melodrama was not reserved for his films: he subjected the inhabitants of his privileged (thanks to the Swedish taxpayers) and cloistered world to years of psychological abuse and domination. His tedious films are testimony to his sociopathic narcissism. Another Boomer celluloid giant, Alfred Hitchcock, has also been accused of malicious behavior towards his actors. But at least Hitchcock’s films are entertaining.

  81. Leslie says:
    @Andy

    We have cca the same age, grown up in a “nasty communist dictatorship”. However it was safe and predictable, we learned to “read between the lines”, listened radio free europe and voice of america. Knew everything about the world.
    The changing of the system was stolen in 1990 and after, by those financial maffias, who believes to rule the world now. That’s why Eastern Europe is still far more poor, than traditional West.
    Humanity needs to get rid of financial maffia ASAP or die in weird circumstances.

  82. teotoon says:
    @Jake

    Still fighting WWI & WWII I and the Myth of the Hun, I see.

    • Agree: Liza
  83. Dumbo says:

    Hmm. “investors who understand the business” = rich Jews?

    “Slumlords” is not an apt word to define the landlords I know, which are people who have one or at most two small properties, even though I met some of their tenants and they surely belong in a slum or worse. But it’s not their landlord’s fault that they live among trash and cannot even keep the room where they sleep clean, break stuff every week (who cares, they don’t own it), bring people and animals who shouldn’t be there, and are unable to even be civil. Awful people.

    Yes, they are of Mexican origin by the way. I don’t know their legal status. Ron Unz and Fred Reed should meet them, it may change their opinion about Mexican immigration.

    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  84. @onebornfree

    “This article boils down to ‘when I was young, the world was a better place’.”

    True. But the Western world is becoming a toilet thanks to the cultural Marxist legacy of New Left Boomers.

  85. @Trinity

    Sorry, but your argument doesn’t fly. In their youth the Greatest and Silent Generations were closer in time and had more in common with the 19th Century than did Boomers. We were by far the wealthiest, best educated, most well-traveled generation ever. Of course there were exceptions in rural Amerikwa, but what we’re talking about here is averages.

    Compared to previous generations, the Boomer was spoiled rotten.

  86. Emslander says:

    Hear! Hear!

    Even though, because of athe draft, I had to interrupt my Berkeley education to go to the Army, the best twenty years of humanity were during my Boomer twenties.

  87. Hibernian says:
    @Old and grumpy

    Outside of the Levittown developments, most boomers grew up in their old world ethnic neighborhoods.

    “Old world ethnic neighborhoods” were greatly reduced soon after WW2. My Mom (now 90 y.o.), full blooded Irish, and daughter of an Irish immigrant father, lived in a neighborhood, within the Chicago city limits, that was sort of Levittownish going back to the 1920s, with a mixture of German and Polish people plus a little representation of the Irish, Scandinavians, and Italians.

  88. Mefobills says:
    @israel shamir

    The purpose of taxation is to guide society in the preferred direction by rather painless economic means. The alternative is revolution and shooting squad. Or – letting the society to be led to hell by unbridled greed.

    The purpose of taxation is to drain debt free money from the money supply.

    Of course, modern neo-liberal economists have no concept of debt free, but this sort of money type is what made Canada take off from 1938-1974, and is what funded NSDAP germany via its “bill system.” It always works if it is spent into the commons and taxed properly.

    OK? The best form of taxation is on rents, unearned income, and sordid gains. Think of taxes as landing on cancerous tumors, to then make the body politic healthy, and to also provide the “drain” necessary to debt free spending.

    Man is a rent-seeking animal, and our (((friends))) have honed the art of usury and rent-seeking, especially with neo-liberal “finance capitalist methods.”

    This rent seeking is controlled by proper taxation, and social pressure that only government can deliver. Simon Patten, “Government is the fourth factor of production.”

    It is a separate argument when government becomes corrupted and cannot be trusted. Don’t conflate bad government with the need for government. There has to be a third party, a government of sorts, to issue money of the right type and proportion and to tax it out of the money supply properly.

    Fiscal Policy (taxation) and Monetary Policy (Issuing of new money) are flip- sides of the same coin.

    The two policies are part of the same thing.

    Boomers especially, were hoaxed about money and taxes – especially with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. The whole “greed is good” was lapped up by boomers, and infected their brain; it is one of the reasons boomers will go down in history as one of the worst generations of all time. Maybe boomers are the worst generation of all time. A good argument can be made based on facts at hand.

    I’m a boomer, and when I talk frank with my family and friends, they scurry away afraid to confront me. At some level they know I am right. The boomers screwed up massively, especially on the money front. Boomers need to look in the mirror and get real with their failure. They are the first generation in modern history to make things worse for their progeny.

    Boomers were hoaxed with false narrative. Garbage in and Garbage out. Where did this false (((narrative))) come from?

    Any millenial or non-boomer reading this… my advice to you is to fix your gaze on the money problem. Prices and money are what controls humans. Prices and money are to humans as water is to a fish.

    Borders, Language, Culture, Race, History, Generational Continuity… all of these things are lost when money is debt based and “international bank credit.”

    https://sovereignmoney.site/

    • Agree: MrFoSquare
  89. tonyopmoc says:

    The first half of your essay was wonderful and took me back over 50 years. It is possible to still find traditional English pubs in London, that are pretty much the same. You are spot on with the Coranavirus. It’s a complete load of nonsense – no more deadly than a really bad cold, or even the flu, which I have had 3 times in my life.

    The rest of your essay, was rather depressing, but probably true. But I think we are at a turning point now – or very close. Boomers like me, are realising that I was telling the truth 20 years ago. They now agree with me. The problem now is mainly in the 15-35 age group, most of who’m stood absolutely no chance of buying their own house, and paying off the mortgage.

    However, I think things in the 2-4 age group, will change for the better, such that they will be able to get a very good free education, and they will be able to get a good job. Probably the best thing to go for is an apprenticeship, and gain a useful practical skill. The world will still need plumbers and mechanics in 50 years time. The idea that robots are going to be able to do this, is complete nonsense. They might help you get the job done, but they have no inate intelligence. They are simply tools.

    Life and Culture is a bit like a Pendulum. Things will swing back to normality, hopefully without all these ridiculous wars, which are the main cause of our problems.

    I have hope for my Grandchildren (2-4 age group)

    Tony

  90. @Pft

    US is ranked 145 among 198 countries in population. We have plenty of room.

    I know, everyone on Earth could fit in Texas.

    For A Few Weeks The Colorado River Reached The Ocean. Will It Happen Again?

    Above: The Colorado River ends in the Sonoran Desert about five miles before the Gulf of California, 2009.

    In 2014, the Colorado River did something it hadn’t done in decades. For a few short weeks that spring, the overdrawn, overallocated river reached the Pacific Ocean.

    Instead of diverting the river’s last bit of water toward farm fields, the final dam on the Colorado River at the Mexican border lifted, and water inundated nearly 100 miles of the dry riverbed. It was called the pulse flow, meant to mimic a spring flood.

  91. @Alfred

    I wonder if anyone has broken down the casualties of Vietnam by race and religion? It is known that there was a disproportionate number of Blacks

    Yes.

    The Truth – The Number Of Black
    US Soldiers Lost In Vietnam

    By David Horowitz

    …We live in an age of lies manufactured by progressives to discredit America and its promise and to do this, above all, by sowing racial and ethnic hatred – in particular by spreading destructive myths among black Americans to make them hate their own country.

    One of the most widespread of these myths is that black Americans fought and died in extraordinarily high proportions in the Vietnam War relative to the rest of the population. This was ostensibly the result of American racism…

    …During the Vietnam War era (draft era to be precise) blacks of military age made up 13.5 percent of the total population, but only 9.7 percent of the Vietnam era military forces were black.

    88.4 percent of the men who actually served in Vietnam were white.

    10.6 percent of the men who actually served in Vietnam were black.

    86.3 percent of the men who died in Vietnam were white.

    12.5 percent of the men who died in Vietnam were black.

    86.8 percent of the men who were killed in actual battle were white.

    12.1 percent of the men who were killed in actual battle were black.

    In sum, while the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5 percent of the population, they accounted for 12.1percent of the deaths in Vietnam.

    … Sources for these figures are based on: Department of Defense, US Casualties in Southeast “Asia by Grade and Military Service, Hostile and Non-Hostile Deaths from 1 January 1961 through 31 December 1978 by Race (unpublished).

  92. 1. Make housing affordable? Send the invaders home.
    2. Return to the draft? Bring our troops home from empire. We don’t need to fight the Jew Wars.
    3. Make things that last? End the Federal oversight of the economy.
    4. Keep salaries high? See number one. Send the invaders home.
    5. Teach children Greed is worse than Racism? Too true, rid your nation of Jews and end both.

    • Agree: Owen C.
  93. Poco says:
    @Dr. Krieger

    His relentless pushback is essential. We should all appreciate it.

  94. @Dumbo

    Hmm. “investors who understand the business” = rich Jews?

    I am not referring to ma and pa “landlords” with one or two older tract homes, one in which they lived for a number of years.

    There are plenty of Ea$y Money rich and iwannaberichtoo gentiles involved with inve$tment properties. They bitch, but either stay in the business or sell.

    Yes, they are [the tenants] of Mexican origin by the way. I don’t know their legal status.

    I fully appreciate what you’re saying, but the same applies to any white investor having third-world tenants. Investor$ are in it for the money. Increased demand = $$$. Section 8, often used as a “loss leader,” fills all the units. Property insurance covers the worst damages. Repairs are made using cheap replacements, manufactured in China/Mexico. Labor is cheap and Mexican.

  95. Mefobills says:
    @Timothy Madden

    Procedure is everything because it is credit-reinsurance, and not money-lending.

    When you go to the bank for a loan you are asking to be hypothecated. This is money creation.. not credit re-insurance.

    At the moment the debt instrument is typed up, and you sign it… then almost simultaneously new bank credit is created.

    Both the debt instrument and the new bank credit are created from nothing.

    The new credit then appears in you checking account, or maybe the bank is old fashion and creates a cashiers check.

    This is how the double entry ledgers look when the dust settles:

    Banker: Credit (Your Debt Instrument e.g mortgage, car note, etc.) /Liability (the bank credit as money created.

    You: Credit (The bank money just created) /Liability (Your debt instrument you just signed).

    The double entry ledgers offset each other, your asset is the banks liability and vice versa. They are mirrors that reflect imperfectly.

    Your house or car or whatever that is offered as collateral is attached to the bankers ledger, to be grabbed if you do not pay back the bank credit. 70% of all loans created relate to housing and land, which is why housing and land prices are pushed.

    A new landlord will bid up the value of an apartment or house in order to acquire it, to then pass on his costs to the tenants. An apartment or duplex, etc. is worth whatever the bidding price is, and the interest on the new loan passes to the banker. This excess in prices is captured by finance oligarchy.

    Dr. Werner is a shill for private banking, but he is not wrong on how the mechanism works. Below is a video on how new bank credit is CREATED.

    Your bank credit is DESTROYED when it enters bankers ledger to draw down loan principle.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Timothy Madden
  96. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:

    The typical response to such posts as this, from the far-right younger people, is that Boomer conservatives usually have not done the philosophical work that is necessary to figure out why the West evolved from those good old days in the 70’s (which they want to return to) to the world we have now.

    If you just rewind the clock, we can be confident that things would still evolve back to where we are now. Which I assume you do not want.

    Those good, open, tolerant, nude-beach-frolicking 70’s contained the seeds of the West’s destruction. They already were starting the mass immigration back then, it just didn’t much change the societies because it takes decades for the immigrants to make up a substantial minority. because they had *ideologies* in place that make closed borders impossible. What are those ideologies? That is what radical young people are talking about. It is no good to only denounce “multiculturalism,” as if this idea exists independently of dozens of related moral preferences. You cannot independently deconstruct multiculturalism; you have no choice but to bring down all of its attached sister ideas with it, if you want to end it.

    The only ones willing to go down these radical roads are the “wignats” and related groups.

  97. Definitely agree with halting immigration, increasing useful jobs and creating quality products that last. As many have noted here, the main problems are mass immigration and the fraudulent usurious money system.

  98. Dumbo says:
    @Pft

    US is ranked 145 among 198 countries in population

    What does it mean? I suppose you mean “population density”?

    Maybe not as much room as Canada, Australia and Russia.

    A lot of land in those countries is pretty inhospitable. Also the U.S. has some regions that are not that great for living, but in general it’s not as bad as Canada (too cold) or Australia (desert).

    But mainly, what’s wrong with having a lot of natural space around? We (white people) were not meant to live like ants. If you want that, go to Hong Kong, Mumbai or Nairobi.

  99. Mefobills says:
    @Pft

    US is ranked 145 among 198 countries in population. We have plenty of room.

    Please explain to us all why populism is on the rise worldwide?

    Nationalist populist parties are winning elections.

    Globo -homo and unlimited immigration of brown people from the global south to the north is having negative consequences.

    Your “we have plenty of room” argument is pretty sophomoric stuff. There are a lot more variables including insecurities of the host population regarding their borders, history, culture, economic viablity, etc

    Most immigrants are used to push down labor’s wages and prop up capital.

    Answer the questions:

    Is Capital above Labor?
    Is Creditor over Debtor?
    Are the races different which causes differential outcome?
    Are natural resources from a country finite?

    If you answered yes to above questions, then you are on the way to understanding why immigration is overwhelmingly bad. The U.S. had an immigration cut-off in 1926 from a much smaller population base, and it can be done again.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  100. Poco says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    It’s the kumbaya myth swallowers of every generation who are the problem. Their naivete and stupidity is used against them to destroy nationalist White populations.

  101. @israel shamir

    “Now I sit in my Swedish house, and there is no snow, it is +6 C, and I bike to the shop to buy milk”

    You are referring to the weather, not the climate. That’s an error most intelligent high school students wouldn’t make these days.

    Have you even looked at the video material I posted? I could have chosen papers, fully referenced, but thought vids might be a better way to communicate here.

    I rarely make predictions about the global future, but I’ll make this one.

    In less than five years time, folk who have commented as you just did about climate change will look like prize prats, to use the British vernacular (remember ‘The Young Ones’?)

    No-one will be more delighted than I if I turn out to be wrong about this. I very much hope you’re right, but fear you’re not. Unfortunately, you don’t have another planet to test out your interesting theory that dire warnings by the world’s leading ecologists and climate scientists can safely be ignored.

    PS: David Ray Griffin’s book on the subject may be of interest to others who have followed and admired his work on 9/11 and still keep an open mind. It’s a few years old, but Griffin’s essential arguments haven’t dated:

    • Replies: @dickr
    , @Alfred
  102. Bert says:
    @Oldtradesman

    I was not addressing you. I didn’t state that I suffered any pain. You add nothing to the conversation. You are a Troll.

  103. Bookish1 says:
    @Oldtradesman

    I think trinity provided enough proof that the ‘greatest degeneration’ was the main force behind the fall of america. They were probably the worse generation in the history of this country. And many of them died thinking they actually were the greatest.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  104. Mefobills says:
    @Oldtradesman

    In their youth the Greatest and Silent Generations were closer in time and had more in common with the 19th Century than did Boomers.

    Both generations were hoaxed and under a pall of confusion.

    The WW1 generation was soon after the rigged election of 1912. Once money and prices passed to finance Oligarchy after 1912, then the “brain” was infected. One could even argue that Plutocracy had taken over by the time of Spanish American war, as America turned outward rather than building out its interior.

    All civilizations are hierarchical. If the ruling hierarchy is corrupted, then it will infect everything.

    Who we elect into our governments, and what sort of narrative occupies their head space is vitally important, but is given short shrift – especially in democracies. There is no mechanism for insuring the hierarchy is well staffed.

    Today, democracies are simply countries run by Jews. And by Jews, I am using code language for usury and Mammon, as Jews are the spear point for this type of thinking. In other words, there are plenty of our Jewish friends who reject their tribes method and thinking, and these folks should be honored. I’m sure Israel Shamir is the latter type.

    Unfortunately, the Greatest Generation was hoaxed with wrong think in the same way as boomers were. The Greatest Generation (not really) did sacrifice and leave things better off for their children, while the boomers did not. Ergo, the boomers are worse than the greatest, but both are bad. If it feels good do it!

    Nobody likes hearing they are part of something bad. It takes strength to admit when you are wrong.

    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  105. Athena says:
    @Pft

    Maybe not as much room as Canada

    Canada is a cold country, (e.g., Quebec is the most northern industrialized area in the world). Quebecers are heavily taxed (in Quebec, by two governments, federal and provincial), and about 75% of the pay returns directly into the canadian and quebec governments’ pockets.

    Canada is a british colony made up of a melting pot of many different ”immigrants” who often have more rights than canadians. Thus canadians whose ancestors were of scots or irish immigrants were sent by the british government to Canada to work in miserable conditions, and have always been carefully kept out of the canadian ”elites” through intimidation, poor education, low salaries, and poor work conditions. Heavy taxation has high rents have always been the first way to keep the status quo.

  106. Trinity says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Okay, basement dweller who can’t do anything but whine about boomers. The boomer hate must be the LATEST DIVIDE AND CONQUER STRATEGY FROM THE USUAL SUSPECTS. Lord knows, (((these people))) wouldn’t criticize you X-Y-Z white traitor trash cucks or those gullible goys who fought for Jewish Globalism in both World Wars, so lets get the younger generation of losers who can’t leave mommy and daddy’s house because they are too useless to make it on their own, to blame it all on the boomers. Right.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  107. Trinity says:
    @Bookish1

    My uncle didn’t. I have commented on here before how he told me of his encounter with a German POW while serving in WWII. I was just a little tyke, couldn’t have been even 12 years old, and my uncle told me that a German POW told him that one day Americans would realize that they fought on the wrong side of the war. So we are talking early 1970s here. I guess even then my uncle had saw enough changes to have it bother him enough to tell his nephew about that story. God only knows how many atrocities the “good guys” inflicted on the German people. A country that is about the size of Montana that literally held its own for quite awhile fighting what must have seemed like half the world. “Greatest Generation?” WHAT A JOKE. A captured German POW was asked what the Germans thought of the American soldier’s fighting skills. The German said that the Germans thought of the Americans the same way the Americans viewed the Italians. And we all know how pathetic Italy performed in WWII.

  108. anarchyst says:
    @Mefobills

    Wall street sees “labor” as being a necessary evil, its true value to be minimized at all cost while valuing the CEOs and “stockholders” above and beyond their true worth.
    This even applies to CEOs, that run their corporations into the ground while still receiving massive “rewards” for their “expertise”.
    Let’s not forget the corporate vultures (a la Mitt Romney) that specialize in parting out viable businesses in order to maximize their “profits”
    Henry Ford “got it right” when he CREATED a market for his cars by making them inexpensive while paying his workforce a decent wage. He realized that a well-paid workforce would be able to buy his products, among other things. It could be safely argued that Ford, CREATED the middle class. Automobiles, once “playthings for the rich” were made affordable for the “ordinary common man”.
    Henry Ford KNEW who the banksters and vulture capitalists were and made no bones about calling them out and naming them, Father Charles Coughlin did the same thing and was ostracized by the Catholic Church for pointing out the TRUTH about our vulture capitalist society.
    “Vulture capitalism” can be defined as the owners of businesses and industries that collude with each other, also in collusion with the “money types” (banksters) depressing wages solely to increase their stockholder “profits” at the top while impoverishing those who actually WORK, producing their products.
    All one has to do is look at today’s CEOs, even in failing companies, being paid exorbitant salaries, along with stock options and other “perks” while pleading poverty, pushing down wages for their employees.
    Today’s capitalist “mantra” is that labor costs must be as cheap as possible while the “value” (profit) to the stockholder must be as great as possible. Sacrificing labor on the altar of “maximum profits” NEVER works in the long term.
    Of course, in the short term, with cheap Chinese goods flooding the market, the economy looks, good, but without CONSUMERS who hold jobs that pay reasonably well, all bets are off. There needs to be a balance between profits and labor.
    Presently, labor is looked upon as a “necessary evil” to be minimized at all costs. The problem arises-without labor there are no consumers. As I previously stated, a “balance” must be maintained. Labor is not evil, but a necessary component of capitalism.
    Pre-WW2 Germany’s economic successes and the rapid rise of the German economy was predicated on labor being assigned “value”and monetized-something that is (and has been) missing in capitalist societies today.
    If labor costs need to be trimmed to assure “profit” at the top, something is seriously wrong. In fact, in the well-paid American automobile industry, labor costs account only for approximately 10% of total costs.
    Offshoring production results in consumers (customers) being “lost”.
    As to “tariffs”, the American country ran on tariffs from its inception until 1913, when the “income tax” and “federal reserve” was established.
    The American economy is being propped up by the “social safety net” which obscures the TRUE economic situation in the U S .

    • Agree: renfro, Mefobills
  109. @Trinity

    Can we get an Ok Boomer tag next to agree, disagree, etc?

    • Agree: Trinity
  110. @Oldtradesman

    Try to focus! The comment you refer to was about who enacted all the destructive policies we are discussing, and — it wasn’t the boomers. It wasn’t a pissing contest about who’s spoiled or whatever. I have issues with delusional Boomers, but as they say, we (meaning they ie. my parents) didn’t start the fire.

    • Agree: Trinity
  111. @Bert

    Why didn’t you work instead of living on rent? I think rentiers are scum of the earth. And I do prefer your “f*ck you” to yours “right on”.

    • Agree: TimeTraveller, Tusk
  112. dickr says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    Defeated germany never considered the US as a force for good. They simply had to accept the terms of surrender and made the best possible use of their vassal status. Eventually people got used to the yanks

  113. dickr says:
    @Syd Walker

    You are foolish to believe the climate change hype. Any well educated critically thinking person does not get hitched by this propaganda meant to serve the interests of oligarchs and neocons

  114. ricpic says:

    I’m older than the Boomers. A Silent. And I always felt them as a great gross threatening wave coming up behind me. Which they were. Yeah, you fuchs, you’re mortal, just like everybody else, like every other generation. And soon YOU’RE GONNA DIE!!!

  115. ricpic says:

    Plus, what was their signal contribution? The Sixties! That horrible, gross, vulgar decade which marked the death of decorum, or style, of CLASS. Which is to say the death of civil civilized living.

    VULGAR VULGAR VULGAR BOOMERS. The final and absolute end of refinement.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Sparkon
  116. renfro says:

    Make housing affordable. Even The Economist, a Thatcherist British magazine, suggests that. For that purpose, make landlordism painfully unprofitable. Tax the rent to utmost and forbid them to evict non-paying tenants. Tax the vacant houses.

    That’s crazy and not the answer. If you want lower rent landlords have to have more competition……i.e,… more rental properties available……supply and demand as always.
    But then there is also good old ‘collusion’ where owners agree to all stick to certain rates and not fall below certain rates.
    I haven’t noticed rentals here in a while but they use to range from 950 for older properties to 3000 for larger places. Considering the median household income here is $41,238 a year and federal tax and state tax for a married couple would be about 3,234 and net monthly around $2,813 a thousand a month is high for this size town.
    The city invested millions in low income housing a few years back but out population is 60% black and older blacks take up most of that. I’ve seen no new developments of apartments around here for several years which is puzzling considering the low interest rates.
    So yea there is a real shortage of affordable housing for those caught between not too rich and not poor enough.

    • Replies: @obvious
  117. @Achmed E. Newman

    Greed is not good. Greed is a sin.

    Greed is rightly defined as an inordinate or insatiable appetite for material things: food, status, power, but usually money.

    Self-interest is a part of human nature – sure. And a fine one.

    But as the American founding generation would say, self-interest must be rightly understood.

    Greed is also a part of a human nature, but a part that we need to work to eliminate from our sinful natures if we are to achieve holiness and union with God in the afterlife.

    You belabor yourself by saying greed is good.

  118. Shamir is one of the bravest thinker/writers to grace these sites. I shall maker every effort top read all of his works.

  119. @Jake

    Keep projecting! It’s the same trick sycophants for the British Empire have been doing to Germanics for generations. Well, I’m not gonna fall for it!

    I know about the concentration camps into which the Brits poured the Boer women and children. And believe me, I know about Dresden!!!!!

  120. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:

    >”Israel was a poor struggling country of suntanned boys and girls in keffiyeh. We were proud of our army service and of growing wheat in the kibbutz….”

    Was this before or after Jewish mafiosa smuggled Czech guns into the Levant, empowering Jewish terrorist droogs to terrorize fellow Semites (Arabs) into leaving their homes?

    Were they the Jew terrorists who invaded what was supposed to be Palestine (45% of what was once ALL of Palestine), allowing Jews to steal even more land?

    Were these the kibbutzniks who never stopped stealing land or killing Arabs…like WWII Germans never stopped killing Juden and stealing THEIR land for the volk (Lebensraum)?

    Does anyone actually think Zionists are NOT Nazis, curbed only by the Internet, iPhones, and pesky Geneva Conventions…and Uncle Sucker?

    Israelis are Nazis 2.o.

    Bibi and Adolf are BFF!

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @bluefire
  121. Parfois1 says:
    @Alfred

    What I am getting at is that the draft has to be 100% waterproof. Those who are unfit, should have to spend twice as much time doing something else far from home.

    Interesting vignette, thanks. Yes, nepotism and similar ills interfere with fairness in all walks of life. I personally observed how the elite’s sons were saved from the hard yakka at the coal-face of battle.

    It reminds me of the Stalin-Khrushchev feud over the fate of their sons. Nikita’s was trained as a pilot but was given a job at a safe station out of harm’s way. When Uncle Joe found out how it came about, he issued strict orders to prevent “special favours”, the pilot ended up at the front and was killed.

    Joe’s son was taken prisoner by the Germans and messages were sent for his exchange for a captured German general (Paulus?). Joe was informed about the German’s proposal (not that the POW was his son) and he asked what was so valuable about this soldier for the Germans to exchange him for a general. Being told it was his son, Joe rejected the proposed exchange and the Germans killed his son.

    • Replies: @utu
  122. utu says:
    @Parfois1

    What you seem to admire in Stalin as his integrity in fact was his inhumanity.

    • Agree: AP
  123. renfro says:
    @Alfred

    Oh gawd, another idiot relying on another idiot for factual truth !!

    Give us a break…..who in the hell uses a hack like Dennis Avery as a creditable source?

    Avery works for the Hudson Institute whose financial backers include major agricultural companies ConAgra, Cargill and pesticide manufacturers Monsanto Company, DuPont, Dow-Elanco, Sandoz, Ciba-Geigy….which is why he puts out this crap…lol…and on top of that he also outright lies about studies.

    He was the source of a claim that organic food is more dangerous to eat than food produced using chemical pesticides because of usage of animal manure in organic farming. Specifically, in a 1998 article for the Wall Street Journal, he claimed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had conducted studies showing that eating an organic diet carried an 8-times the risk of E. coli infection than eating a conventional diet. Despite the fact that the CDC had never conducted any such testing, the Avery article was widely quoted.
    The New York Times wrote about him: “Dennis T. Avery wants organic food to go away. And he doesn’t care what it takes.”

    The truth is we need some CO2 but too much CO2 will kill you and animals and plants and trees. Too much gives you carbon dioxide poisoning, in plants and trees it closes the pores of leaves so they can’t take in moisture…they wither and die.

    WTF is you retards problem with people trying to do things to keep the atmosphere clean and plants and forest healthy. Are you stupid or lazy or just such degenerates assholes you have no appreciation for much less understanding that the earth doesn’t need humans to exist…humans need the earth to exist. Only the absolute brain dead object to trying to do what can be done to see that it continues to be healthy.

    • Agree: Syd Walker
  124. Mefobills says:
    @Trinity

    As bad as the boomers might have been, we look pretty damn good next to the generations that came before us and after us.

    DUDE! Wake up. This is your alarm bell ringing.

    I’m a boomer and I can clearly see that the latest generation of kids has it MUCH MUCH WORSE than you… or the previous generations.

    They have lost their history. Their language, culture and borders are under assault. Their women are running around wearing vagina hats. Women are rape divorcing men. The young men are checking out and becoming incels.

    The entire social order has been undone. There is no proper patriarchy. If you are a girly man and not for a proper patriarchy, then you are part of the problem.

    Negroes are special and above the law, etc. The entire fabric of reality is upside down, and it happened on your watch as well as the groups that came before you.

    It is entirely logical that the millenials and Gen Z’s would want to check out of this miasma that was created for them.

    They cannot buy homes due to bubble economics, and being able to build a “nest” and take care of a breeding woman is the first order variable for having children and family formation. Countries such as Hungary and Russia are coming to grips with the problem, while the (((West))) is still caught up in usury neo-liberal economics.

    An economy exists to serve the people. People are not supposed to be force-fitted into the GDP.

    If you are part of the disco generation, then yes… you have little in common with the boomers. It doesn’t matter… you also were punked with false narrative. It’s only a matter of degree, you are only less guilty.

    Don’t blame the millenials and Gen-Z, they have been dealt a very bad hand. Look in the mirror and come to grips with reality, even if you don’t like it. Have a little compassion for the kids, as they are getting screwed royally, and are being shut out from life. The generational compact was BROKEN.

    The prime directive (Generational Compact) you were not taught: All generations are supposed to make life better for their children.

    • Agree: Parfois1
    • Replies: @Trinity
  125. Dr. X says:
    @Rational

    I need to get one of those bumper stickers that says “Fuck off, we’re full” in the shape of a map of the Lower 48 and put it on my truck…

  126. @Been_there_done_that

    Greta might achieve something worthwhile for humanity were she to make her climate campaign an anti-war campaign instead.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  127. renfro says:
    @Pft

    Trump ‘s whacko economics have run smack into the Law of Diminishing Returns …so he’s got to flood the country with more immigrants to keep the economy afloat.

    Mulvaney says US ‘desperate’ for legal immigrants to boost economy: report

    Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told a private audience Wednesday that the U.S. needs more immigrants to keep the economy growing, according to an audio recording of his remarks obtained by The Washington Post.
    “We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said at the gathering in England. “We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants.”

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/483934-mulvaney-says-us-desperate-for-legal-immigrants-to-boost-economy

  128. @Trinity

    The total lack of originality of the first three replies to Trinity’s comment says a lot about them. Sad!

  129. bjondo says:

    All 5 points good.

    Still not too late to draft Bolton.
    Let him be last to leave Afganistan,
    then Guantanamo.

    5ds

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  130. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Very well put. Way too many Americans are confused on this point. Greed is indeed one of the seven deadly sins. This is simply basic Christian morality.

  131. @Oldtradesman

    Dumbo spoke of landlords which you immediately changed to slumlords. Nobody is defending slumlords here so at least try to pretend that you have some integrity. Many fair and reasonable landlords found that the rental laws changed after they had made their rental investments so it is not about them not understanding the business.

  132. Wally says:
    @Redneck farmer

    – That land must be good for something otherwise Big Government would not have seized it.

    – Come to think of it, that land sure could hold a lot housing. But then an increased supply and the resultant lower property costs is not what the realtor associations want.

  133. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mefobills

    What an excellent video. 15 minutes of my time very well used.

    Thank you!

  134. Rogue says:
    @Biff

    Quite right, mate.

    This dude’s take on things is way too simplistic.

  135. Some Boomers cheered Dr. G. Harden way back then amidst Boomee Life and apparently rare insight.
    No Wonder a Shift has occurred.Exactly what Boomer and “ Best Generation”!deserves…..

  136. Sparkon says:
    @ricpic

    Yes, the power of the Boomers is virtually unlimited. No wonder they stand in awe of us.

    Just think, by 1960, the oldest Baby Boomers were graduating from 8th grade, already heady from our earlier success in making Alfred Hitchcock “a filmmaker of international importance” even before we were born!

    And when we weren’t busy ensuring Hitchcock’s American success with films like Rear Window (1954), which was, you know, just child’s play for us, we young Boomers spent most of our time in grade school designing incense, patchouli, love beads, bell bottoms, writing a bunch of soon-to-be-famous songs, and even coining the word “hippy.”

    It was tough work inventing the Sixties, but somebody had to do it.

    And now as 13 and 14-year-olds, we were poised to own the ’60s, if not take over the world.

    Well, the oldest of us spent the first part of the decade in high school, and many of us spent the second part of the decade in service to Uncle Sam, but a few small things like that couldn’t stop us, and we retaliated in the ’70s by stopping the war in Viet Nam, and inventing Disco.

    Chronology Derangement Syndrome seems to be a widespread malady among Boomer Bashers, but did you ever see such nonstop fascination with a single generation?

    Sure, we had great music, slender good-looking women, black-light posters, so while the envy is understandable, the malice is mysterious.

    • Agree: Liza, Achmed E. Newman
  137. Rogue says:
    @israel shamir

    Many people, especially older or retired folks, use property they’ve purchased for rental as a means of pension. Without which, they might be effectively destitute.

    Every business transaction should ideally be a reasonable exchange of goods, or services, for a reasonable amount of money or profit. Renting out property is no different to any other business transaction in that regard.

    The ownership of private property is a firmly established biblical principle. And also what one does with it – including renting it out.

    Of course, you are sympathetic to Communism. Oh well, no surprise your daft take on things.

    • Agree: Alfred
  138. annamaria says:

    Political whoring on display: “John Pilger: Julian Assange must be freed, not betrayed” https://www.rt.com/op-ed/481463-pilger-assange-must-be-free/

    According to the testimony of the woman in question, a rape [that Assange was accused of] had never taken place at all. And not only that: the woman’s testimony was later changed by the Stockholm Police without her involvement in order to somehow make it sound like a possible rape. …

    Keir Starmer is currently running for election as leader of the Labour Party in Britain. Between 2008 and 2013, he was Director of Public Prosecutions and responsible for the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS]. … Sweden tried to drop the Assange case in 2011, but a CPS official in London told the Swedish prosecutor not to treat it as “just another extradition”. …

    The roll call of shame begins with Julia Gillard, the Australian Labor prime minister who, in 2010, wanted to criminalise WikiLeaks, arrest Assange and cancel his passport – until the Australian Federal Police pointed out that no law allowed this and that Assange had committed no crime.

    While falsely claiming to give him consular assistance in London, it was the Gillard government’s shocking abandonment of its citizen that led to Ecuador granting political asylum to Assange in its London embassy. …

    Today, while Assange waits in his cell, Gillard travels the world, promoting herself as a feminist concerned about “human rights”, often in tandem with that other right-on feminist Hillary Clinton.

  139. @Alfa158

    Agreed. In a place like Switzerland, the draft isn’t that bad, just another social institution. In the USA, it’s been used to feed the slaughter in Europe and East Asia. At times even criticism of ongoing wars was outlawed. The Corporatocracy must have its blood sacrifices, and mandatory service will just make them cheaper.

  140. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Why are you putting words in my mouth, John?

    You belabor yourself by saying greed is good.

    I didn’t say it was. I wrote that it is part of human nature. When you make a society that goes completely against human nature, such as with Socialism and Feminism, you put everyone in misery.

    Yes, John, trying to avoid the sinfulness of greed is a good thing for people, but Mr. Shamir here has solutions that all involve “we” collectively, as in government, doing things to “solve” our problems. In order for people to fight against sin, there must be a greater religiousness to society. I don’t note any remarks praising Christianity in his solutions.

    Try to read more carefully, and what exactly does “belabor yourself” mean anyway?

    • Replies: @Parfois1
  141. @israel shamir

    I rented out my place while I was gone a few years, in order to keep it. Should I have sold it? What business is it of yours? You sound just like a Mao-sackhanging Commie with that line. Perhaps you want to send all landlords up to the pig farms in, well, we don’t have a Manchuria, thank God.

    I agree with Bert: Fuck you, Commie scum.

  142. @Omegabooks

    The essence of this argument is that if you want to support women’s rights, encourage the commission of more rapes. The occasional rape simply doesn’t get people fired up. It needs to be happening at Congo-civil-war-type levels.

  143. Parfois1 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I didn’t say it was. I wrote that it is part of human nature.

    Please help us, the common people who are not endowed with the gift of knowing mythical things, what is that thing you call “human nature” .

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  144. Trinity says:
    @Mefobills

    “Dude,” you need to wake up. Have you seen who most of the Bernie Bros are? There might be a few boomers but MOST are these Gen X-Y-Z edumucated retards. I asked a “collage” graduate recently who wrote the Star Spangled Banner and what war was America involved in during the time that our national anthem was written. She had no idea who wrote our national anthem and stated that it was written during the Revolutionary War.

    Needless to say, I don’t remember seeing wiggers growing up. I will take a stoned hippie over a wigger any day of the week. The closest thing to a wigger back in the 70’s was some white singer like Dr. John or Leon Russell trying to sound like a black guy. And these Gen X-Y-Z clowns are pathetically useless for the most part. I have met some that are the exception but I am speaking of the majority. A lot of them are flat out COWARDS as well. I remember watching a video where two black thugs ran up on a white girl and knocked her out cold, while two 20-something white “men” walked by and did nothing. They didn’t even stop to see if the poor girl was alright. Btw, someone was talking about the “silent generation?” Is that the same as the “lost generation” aka the generation between the greatest degenerate generation aka WWII generation and the boomers? IF so, those clowns weren’t much better than the WWII generation. Someone called the boomers “delusional?” LMAO. The WWII goons calling themselves the “greatest generation ever” is about as delusional as it gets. NEWS FLASH: The hardcore battles of WWII were fought on the Eastern Front between the Soviets and Germany’s A-Team, Germany placed its second string team on the Western Front and still they gave the combined forces of the Brits, Americans, French, and colonial troops all they could handle despite having to fight on two fronts. The Soviet forces really won the European war, not the Americans or Brits. Germany could have probably taken anyone of the Allies in a one on one battle, GET REAL. Like I said, the captured German officer remarked at how shocked he was at the physical condition and weakness of some of the American and British troops. TALK ABOUT DELUSIONAL.

    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
    , @Mefobills
  145. “We stopped the Vietnam War.”

    Took you long enough.

  146. renfro says:
    @Anonymous

    This does not apply to the German people….but to the German leadership. It seems that having lost their own Nazis they have adopted the Jewish Israeli Nazis.

  147. Anonymous[134] • Disclaimer says:
    @israel shamir

    Grow up, Israel. There are good ones and bad ones. The good ones perform a useful function by taking care of a property and making sure it can be used by a succession of unrelated tenants, none of whom have more than a passing interest in the place.

    The inherent mismatch is that buildings last longer than tenants’ interests and that a third party is therefore required to take a long term interest. Who would you have it be? Government?

  148. @israel shamir

    Plus there is no war in Afghanistan. It’s just in your head.

  149. bluefire says:
    @Anonymous

    Everything you think you know about WWII, Hitler and the NSDAP is wrong. You parrot.

    I’ll tell you something Hitler did wrong. Not turning that 1.2 sq mile World Cabal headquarter in the middle of Greater London into a gaping chasm.

  150. Trinity says:

    My mistake, the “Lost Generation” were the cuckolds for WWI.

  151. Trinity says:

    Just learned something tonight. The “silent generation” is the generation between the WWII generation and the boomers, I was always mistakenly calling that the generation, “the lost generation.” Anyhow, silent generation (((Hollywood))) tough guy, Clint Eastwood, has come out and recently endorsed Capitalist Jew, Little Mikey Bloomberg, while our Gen X-Y-Z crowd seems to favor Commie Jew, Bernie. Wow, those are two generations I wish the baby boomers could emulate. Buenos Noches, everyone. I’m out of here to go listen to some excellent 70’s and 80’s music courtesy of those baby boomers. SeeeeeeeeYaaaaaaa!!!

  152. Biff says:
    @obwandiyag

    The rents are too goddam high. The rents are too goddam high. Including yours. The goddam rents are too goddam high.

    Property owners in America do not set the rent rates – the banks do. Rents are determined by the average cost of a mortgage in the area. The banks determine property value, and they maintain that value by controlling the cost of building materials(concrete being the number one monopolized commodity). The banks have us all by the balls....

  153. @Mefobills

    When you go to the bank for a loan you are asking to be hypothecated. This is money creation.. not credit re-insurance.

    At the moment the debt instrument is typed up, and you sign it… then almost simultaneously new bank credit is created.

    Both the debt instrument and the new bank credit are created from nothing.

    With respect, you are mistaken in your interpretation of process. The issuer of the promissory note creates the credit by underwriting the liability. If I walk into a bank with no collateral, then the banker will not agree to accept credit from me or to reinsure it because there is no attached premium or security.

    But if I have valuable collateral or security, then the banker will agree to accept my advance of credit to the bank. The bank / banker will then strip off the attached nominal collateral or security as a premium for itself, and then issue back or reinsure new unsecured credit to me in the form of a deposit or chequing account credit that did not cost the bank anything material to create in equity (in fact) or in-law (because it is unsecured).

    (A big part of the problem is that people think that the “security” or “collateral” still belongs to them and that the banker is merely holding it (or the title) as guarantee for the credit that is underwritten under the promissory note. But under a mortgage, for example, the bank absolutely owns the property from the instant the mortgage is registered, and all the mortgage-issuer has in substance is a repurchase-option to get it back by doing and paying the bank everything stipulated under the mortgage. People do not “lose-their-home” when a bank “forecloses” – because they already lost it as and when the mortgage was registered. What the bank is foreclosing is the mortgage-issuer’s right / option to get it back.)

    The whole notion that banks create money out of nothing is like a myth or old-wives’-tale that distracts from the reality of the transaction. Banks create unsecured-credit out of secured-credit and pocket the difference as an iterative or ratcheting-process that is wholly inflationary.

    But they obviously do not create money because there is no money – only promises to pay money, and orders to pay money, and an accounting system that is denominated in money.

    We could easily convert the unit of account into unicorn-horns and nothing material would change. Banks would still obtain secured credit from promissory-note issuers and underwriters, and return unsecured credit in the form of deposit and chequing accounts – all denominated in unicorn-horns. But there are no unicorn-horns and it would remain equally erroneous to assert that banks create unicorn-horns.

    The apparently relatively recent phenomenon of financial “derivatives” is somewhat of a red herring after the fact, because we have all been dealing almost exclusively in financial derivatives since at least 1913.

    Even so-called cash is in substance merely evidence that the issuer of it owes money to the holder of it. That evidence of debt or of owing-money then itself passes as money – but again there is no money.

    Every now and then special circumstances arise that induce the Courts to admit the reality of it, as did the Supreme Court of Canada in 1978:

    “What is said to be an unconditional promise to pay a sum certain in money is itself money. The words on the face of the paper money, “will pay to the bearer on demand”, cannot alter its character as money [i.e., evidence of Crown debt] and turn it into a different document which calls for the payment of money.” Bank of Canada v. Bank of Montreal, [1978] 1 S.C.R. 1148 at page 1155

    But once the acknowledgement of it has served its purpose in the particular case, they won’t take it any further towards its logical conclusion.

    The global financial system is not about money because there is no money. And the banks own everything material because the nominal financial system is in substance a manipulation-of-language system.

    The macro-problem is a lack of good faith. The entrenched-money-power is not entering into discussions or debates with the object of resolving problems – they are solely concerned with giving whatever answer is necessary to maintain their domination and control.

    • Troll: utu
  154. Wally says:
    @Dr. Krieger

    It’s curious that you’re “dreaming” about & obsessing over my “holocaust” comments which are simply responses to others here, who you ignore, when in fact most of my comments do not concern that fake & impossible propaganda.

  155. If I didn’t read the author I could have been fooled into thinking it was a Fred Reed piece.

  156. Miro23 says:

    What a wonderful enchanted life we boomers have had! Living was easy, accommodation plentiful and inexpensive, salaries were high, girls willing. The world was offered to us like a heap of pearl oysters on the silver tray.

    Well, yes and no. There was a difference between the world 1945+ and 1985+.

    After 1945 the US didn’t have any industrial competitors (they were all flattened by WW2), and this highly artificial situation allowed low skilled Americans to get plentiful well paid work.

    After 1985 US competitors were mostly rebuilt, and a bigger challenge than ever through globalization and digitalization.

    Maybe the US lacked situational awareness (hubris), or didn’t want to graft like the Germans and Japanese, or maybe it was sold out by its corporate elites (with their self-serving neo-liberalism), or maybe it was easy access to debt (avoiding the issue). Probably a mixture of all of them.

  157. @utu

    utu

    What you seem to admire in Stalin as his integrity in fact was his inhumanity.

    But Stalin did not kill General Paulus in retaliation for Hitler murdering his son, so how inhuman is that?, and the good general went on to live in Germany after the war, even longer than Stalin. Damn must be those Jewish doctors plotting their plots cutting Uncle Joe’s life and rule short.

    • Replies: @utu
  158. Crazy Horse says: • Website

    I agree with much of what you say except for bringing back the draft which is slavery or involuntary servitude by any other name. Israel has a full draft and it hasn’t stopped them from being the obnoxious terrorists they are today.

    This BS about the draft creating some “citizen army” with some kind of conscious is BS. It didn’t work in ‘Nam, WW II, WW I or the Civil War. Those who were drafted or conscripted either fought or were imprisoned or became exiles if they didn’t.

    The only difference was that during the Vietnam war the media turned against it after Tet and draft resisters became celebrities. In other words they had their 15 minutes of fame. Not likely to occur these days with the media totally under the thumb of the MIC.

    Actually the biggest riots against conscription occurred under holy saint Lincoln in New York City.

    So Lincoln fired a barrage of naval gunfire on the protesters.

    Yet like now the wars continued and aren’t going to stop until America runs out of money to fight them with draft or no draft which will be sooner than later.

    Oh by the way I have friends who voluntarily joined the Military and the reason they did was they couldn’t find a good paying job since most of them happened to have been shipped to China. What he called it was the “economic draft”. So there is a draft but its not called one.

  159. It’s for each generation to solve their own problems. So let this generation organise and stop the wars, seize the vacant properties and move in the homeless, boycott expensive usury based education and educated themselves independently, set up their own independent and cooperative businesses and boycott the corporations, set up own media to counter the censorship, arm their own militias and vigilante groups to police and protect their own communities, protest against unpopular and harmful policies at every step and in every way, and a lot more. Just blaming others in the past is no solution to anything.

  160. @TKK

    You may well be right, but I have found such things to function as distractions from far more simple solutions to the underlying problems.

    Consider the following caution from the criminal courts in the U.K.:

    One must not confuse the object of a conspiracy [to defraud] with the means by which it is intended to be carried out. Scott v. Metropolitan Police Commissioner [1974] 60 Cr. App. R. 124 H.L. [House of Lords]

    We are constantly deceived into wasting broadly-defined resources arguing over the objects of the manipulators instead of going straight to the simple and obvious criminal means by which they are obtained.

    Again, the first thing that a nominal creditor requires, directly or indirectly, in the alleged or pretended making of a mortgage loan, is that the nominal borrower swear under oath and penalty of perjury that the bank / nominal creditor has already paid them the loan proceeds when in fact it has not.

    As for example:

    In consideration of the Principal Amount of lawful money of Canada, now paid by the Mortgagee [Bank / Creditor] to the Mortgagor [Borrower / Debtor], the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the Mortgagor doth grant and mortgage unto the Mortgagee, its successors and assigns forever, ALL AND SINGULAR the Lands subject only to the Permitted Encumbrances.

    where (by clause 1 (xiv)) ““Principal Amount” means the principal amount described in PART 1 of this mortgage [i.e., $500,000.00].”).

    As and when the writings / securities were signed, witnessed, sworn under oath and notarized, and delivered / registered (executed), the payment and receipt clauses were objectively and verifiably and categorically false. The bank had paid in fact no money (nor even assumed any liability), lawful or otherwise, to anyone, it did not concurrently do so, and it was expressly under no obligation to do so in the future.

    That’s it. They’re done. That’s the whole deal. Stop. There.

    The entire purported socio-financial-control system (bankers, lawyers, and judges) will go into panic-damage-control-mode to insist hysterically that that does not matter. But it absolutely does. The falsified receipt is the credit / money itself (or a direct conversion or ratification thereof) and the bank (management and owners) really does recognise and record its registration and / or the bank’s receipt and possession of it as a commensurate increase in the bank’s cash-equivalent money assets.

    That is why it has to be sworn under oath and penalty of perjury (otherwise, and among other things, management of any bank in the system could arbitrarily claim to have loaned $1 quadrillion ($1,000,000,000,000,000) or whatever is necessary to an accomplice to take-over or buy-up all the other players.)

    At this point, the banker and its solicitor clearly and unambiguously satisfy the Criminal Code definition of a “criminal organization”, and what is called the actus reas (or establishment-in-law) of up to a dozen criminal and / or racketeering offences is / are complete.

    According to the law, the instant the falsified writing comes into the possession of the bank, a constructive trust is established in favour of the nominal or pretended borrower, and they own the property unencumbered, and they are entitled to recover every last penny they ever pay to the bank under the falsified security, plus interest, and the banker and their solicitor go to jail, and the malpractice-liability underwriters / insurers for the BAR / solicitors become financially liable for any financial losses experienced by the vendor / seller of the property.

    Now, at this point, why would anyone want to complicate the issues by entering into any discussions as to whether the motive of the criminal perpetrators is to suppress White People, or Black People, or Latinos, or any particular people on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background or whatever?

    One of my favourite Far Side comics was the one where a man is menacing a buffalo with a knife, and the buffalo is also holding a knife while standing on his two hind legs – and the buffalo’s friend says to him “Just trample him Vince – Don’t get drawn in to his kind of fight!”

  161. utu says:
    @Commentator Mike

    The circumstances of Stalin’s son death are not known and were not known to Stalin so the scenario you are painting is contrived. Actually the story was contrived, a pure invention for propaganda purpose like many other stories about Stalin’s superhuman and also human qualities. Just like George Washington and the cherry tree story. It is sad that there are still people walking on this Earth who seem to believe in them.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  162. Jmo says:

    Wow
    You are living in a bubble

  163. @renfro

    The truth is we need some CO2 but too much CO2 will kill you and animals and plants and trees. Too much gives you carbon dioxide poisoning…

    Carbon dioxide accumulation and poisoning is a phenomenon that can happen to scuba divers. Why not provide some specific proof of such poisoning that you allege in the case of outdoor plant life?

    [MORE]

    WTF is you retards problem with people trying to do things to keep the atmosphere clean and plants and forest healthy.

    Presumably you have missed the latest trends that the managers of public perception instigated, slightly more than a year ago, which are currently being propagated by the big corporate and state media:

    The gradual transformation of the term “Climate Change” to “Climate Crisis”, with the intent to convey alarmism and a sense of urgency while distracting from the fact that the premise for “Climate Change” was “Global Warming”, which back then (1988) was considered an unproven hypothesis, yet in light of hindsight, of more than three decades, is now known to be a hoax.

    The conflation of unrelated issues, such as environmental pollution, waste management, and sustainability, into a new mix that is now supposed to constitute the amorphous “Climate Crisis” construct, an obfuscation intended to generate unwarranted fear and attract additional believers, who realize that carbon dioxide is good for plant life, while the pollution of the air, water, and soil with toxic chemicals has discernibly adverse effects on human bodies.

    The purpose of employing the new term “Climate Crisis” is described straightforwardly here:

    “Climate Crisis” (Wikipedia)

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

    The primary objective for generating all this public hysteria and consequent mass hallucination, exemplified by the Greta-Cult, seems to be to enrich a few major billionaires, such as the founders of “Breakthrough Energy”, at the cost of taxing almost everyone else, a colossal financial redistribution scheme, from bottom to top. Specifically, the new EU Commissar has recently proposed siphoning off a Trillion EUR for a Green New Deal:

    European Parliament’s Climate Finance Proposal

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20200109STO69927/europe-s-one-trillion-climate-finance-plan

    At last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos the climate theme was featured prominently. However, other topics were implicitly linked to it and treated as if they were all directly related. For instance, the high priest of the global warming hoax, Al Gore, participated in a podium discussion on how to do deal with the issue of plastic waste, especially in rivers and oceans.

    Your second quote, above, demonstrates that the conflation scheme scam, just described, has affected your own perception. Hardly anyone opposes clean air and healthy plants and forests; that isn’t even the issue, it’s just a phony straw-man reinforcing a false construct.

    Surely people ought to understand the difference between weather and climate. Even with satellite observations in conjunction with mass data collection and processing, upcoming weather cannot be predicted accurately beyond three or four days. So just imagine how intractable it must be to predict changes in global climate decades in advance. Therefore, this endeavor is essentially a form of mental masturbation, like particle physics, Utopian economics, or post-modern philosophy.

    Global climate descriptions manifest themselves within the Köppen climate classification scheme, originally presented in 1936, which has 30 sub-categories within four main groups:

    Köppen Climate Classification

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

    Future climate projections are necessarily based on models, all of which are flawed, for instance due to incorporating erroneous data, false premises, incomplete descriptions of interactions, etc.

    Below you can compare the present Köppen climate map (1b) with a future projection (1b), a few decades from now (2071 – 2100), which incorporates 32 different climate models, to see what the so-called climate scientists have collectively concocted – never mind the inherent absurdity of such an exercise:

    Climate Now and a Future Projection

    https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata2018214/figures/1

    It is interesting to note, based on their own premises and conjectures, that there is not much of a difference between now and the imaginary future. The main differences are to be seen in northern Canada and Siberia. Such a development, if it were to actually occur (by which time many readers of this thread will have already deceased), would actually be good news.

  164. Alfred says:
    @Syd Walker

    When all the media are repeating the same nonsense and are preventing real scientists from discussing this matter, you can be absolutely certain that the elites are controlling the discourse.

    The reality is that the sun controls pretty well everything. Our distance to the sun changes and the sun itself changes. To put the matter in perspective, the change in energy received by the earth from the sun – between its high and low points – is 50 times greater than all the energy consumed by humans on this earth.

    At the moment, we are entering a quiet solar period. That will lead to more cosmic rays entering our atmosphere. That will lead to more clouds and less energy reaching the earth. Already, the troposphere has cooled down considerably. Lower atmosphere will cool down in due course.

    NASA: The chill of solar minimum is being felt in our atmosphere – cooling trend seen

    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  165. @bjondo

    Still not too late to draft Bolton.
    Let him be last to leave Afghanistan,
    then Guantanamo.

    I second this excellent proposal!

  166. If it is OK to be a landlord, it is also OK to manage a nice neat whorehouse, provided you feed your whores and keep the place in good repair. Give it a thought, Ahmed!

  167. @Parfois1

    Search it up, Millennial. It’s bad enough you people can’t read a map, but not knowing human nature? Get your face out of the screen once every few hours, and you can observe human nature yourself.

    OK, Millennial?

    • LOL: Trinity
    • Replies: @Parfois1
  168. Alfred says:
    @renfro

    Oh gawd, another idiot relying on another idiot for factual truth !!

    Ad hominem is just so boring. So typical of the climate religion. Those who stray from the true path are heretics. 🙂

    Why don’t you tell us that the distance of the earth from the sun does not change. That the “Solar Constant” is not constant.

    By attacking the source of an article you have proved that you are unable to have a science-based debate.

  169. Sparkon says:

    Took you long enough.

    Did it? Long or not, we got it done.

    The Gulf of Tonkin resolution passed — almost unanimously — on August 10, 1964. I was already on active duty in the Air Force by then.

    Last U.S. forces leave Viet Nam — March 29, 1973.

    8+ years.


    Photo: Author David Zeiger with active duty GIs demonstrating on Armed Forces Day, 1971

    A 1972 study commissioned by the Department of Defense found that 51% of all troops in Vietnam had engaged in “some form of protest,” from wearing a peace sign on uniforms, to desertion (over 500,000 “Incidents of desertion” in the course of the war), demonstrations, and outright mutiny (including the widespread practice of “fragging”–troops killing their own officers). And by 1972 Vietnam Veterans Against the War was a highly visible, major force across the country. The widespread picture of a military full of soldiers “doing their duty” while privileged civilians protested and hurled insults at them is, to put it bluntly, a lie.

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/27/vietnam-war-protesters-have-nothing-apologize

    After my honorable discharge in 1971, I became an active, anti-war U.S.A.F veteran, joining large numbers of my fellow vets protesting the war.

    By contrast…

    September 11, 2001 — present.

    18+ years, and counting…

    I marched in protest again in 2003, trying to prevent George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq.

    What did you do?

    • Replies: @Parfois1
  170. Alfred says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    Greta might achieve something worthwhile for humanity were she to make her climate campaign an anti-war campaign instead.

    But that is not what the sponsors of her parents have in mind.

    Greta Thunberg exposed as a creation of Powerful Marxists, Soros-backed NGO’s, Al Gore & More…

    FWIW, Richard Branson was a classmate at Stowe School. He was the most blatant of teachers’ pets that I ever encountered.

  171. @Alfred

    Hi Alfred.

    I’ve heard the same regurgitated misleading factoids so many times I lack the patience to respond politely, so I’ll keep this brief. I didn’t come here to bicker with anons; my sole purpose was to appeal to the author to pay more attention to the increasingly desperate warnings of the world’s leading ecologists and climate scientists. Fossil fuel corporations and their front organisations don’t pay for my time. I’m choosey about how I invest it.

    [MORE]

    There are, needless to say, answers to the objections you raise regarding solar influence on the climate. Do you really think the world’s leading climate scientists haven’t considered snd factored in the influence of changing solar output on this planet’s climate? Of course they have.

    The best video I’ve seen that puts solar variability (and other influences on the climate) into context in an intelligent and entertaining way is Brit Daniels lecture entitled ‘Orbits and Ice Ages: The History of Climate’. It’s a few years old but the essentials of his presentation aren’t out of date.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  172. @israel shamir

    It’s “Achmed” to you, buddy (though actually it isn’t either one..) Yes, good landlords are good, and bad landlords are bad – what insight! Your problem is that you think some government organization is best for deciding who these bad ones are. Have you ever thought that in a free market in housing, absent government stupidity like rent control*, bad landlords will lose tenants, and good landlords will keep them?

    Perhaps if you really stretch your mind, stretch it, you’ll understand what the (fully understood by America’s Founders and until 50 years back) right of freedom of association is about. I may not want to rent to certain people because I know they trash the place. That’ll let me keep the rents down, because I wouldn’t have to make up for scraped-up floors, holes in walls, and trashing of fixtures every change of tenants (not to mention Pit Bulls).

    Property tax is doubled where I live if you rent your place out. You’d be surprised how hard it is to come out ahead or just even enough to keep your place. You’d be surprised because you have no experience in this realm. It’d be better for you to listen to people than to come out with statements that are right out of the Red Book of Chairman Mao. (I’d thought it was out of print – how’d you get a copy?)

    .

    * I lived in a city with rent control one time. It was hard to find ANY place to live. Once I got lucky and did, my landlady asked me during the election in November to please, please, please vote out the local Commies. I wasn’t an official resident though so couldn’t help her.

  173. Alfred says:
    @Syd Walker

    Do you really think the world’s leading climate scientists haven’t considered snd factored in the influence of changing solar output on this planet’s climate? Of course they have.

    [MORE]

    No they have not. Far from it. And every forecast that has been made by your lot over the past 30 years has been wrong. Massively wrong. Before that, they were forecasting a new ice age and that forecast was rubbished by reality. Enough is enough!

    Below is the historical temperature record. The CO2 did not really rise until the 1940’s. Every time the temperature rises a little, there is a massive increase in wealth and prosperity. When the temperature drops a tiny bit, we get famines and civilisations fall apart. It was warmer in Roman times than it is today. They had vineyards in Yorkshire.

    If you don’t like the historical record, that is your problem. But please stop making assertions about the future backed by fake scientists.

    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  174. Trinity says:

    With the latest shabbos goy Clint Eastwood endorsement of SUPER ZIONIST Mike Bloomberg, and another poster mentioning he was part of “The Silent Generation,” ( learned something here, I always thought they were called “The Lost Generation,” maybe a blogger on this site should compare each generation’s pros and cons starting with “The Lost Generation” and ending up with the poor dazed and confused X-Y-Z Bernie Bros. As disgusting as the boomer pro-Israel and pro-Wars For Israel, color blind Trump supporter might be, more disgusting is the dazed and confused young Bernie Bros or Bloomberg supporters who not only are supporting two flat out Zionist Supremacists, but both are anti-White to the core just like all the rest of the demshevik party. Of course there are some fine X-Y-Z young men and women, and granted they have to deal with odds that I didn’t encounter growing up. No way we had this much white traitor trash when I was younger, so my hat is off to those young men and women who are fighting the good fight against tremendous odds.

    Now lets go back to Mr. Eastwood and “The Silent Generation.” Some member of “The Silent Generation” was giving the boomers the bidness? REALLY? The Silent Generation were born between 1928-1945. Hmm, so the 1960’s were suppose to be the boomer’s signature decade? That would have been The Silent Generations prime years according to the math. And by the 1970’s through the 1990’s, this generation probably had more people in Washington than anyone else. Hmm, what exactly was so great about this generation am I missing? Splain it to me, please. Probably the same people who welcomed children being indoctrinated with WWII fairy tales, or flocked to movies that were just starting to promote race mixing and anti-White bullshit. Enough with The Silent Generation, they aren’t even worth my time, they were just going along with the problem started by the Lost Generation and the Greatest Degenerate Generation. Speaking of “The Greatest Generation Ever,” did not this generation spawn one, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the same O’Hair who pushed that prayer be taken out of schools.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  175. tomo says:
    @Andy

    I am your age and from Eastern Europe – life was great then – as described in this article.
    People were happier (much happier ) and still are compared to Americans, Canadians or Brits.
    I agree with the article above – but I think the main critical factor is having a meaningful, functioning social contract, cooperative, friendly people who like other people more than money.
    culturally encouraged to mingle, do things together and have fun, innovate, travel etc
    The opposite of zombified, fearful, Americans and Canadians basically with their fake diversity – there only on paper – lots of people everywhere regretting they ever moved to Canada, while only interacting with their own group.
    No sense of civic pride etc- only greed and being a good obedient salve to the rich

    • Replies: @Miro23
  176. tomo says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Greed is not part of human nature – it’s culture-specific:

    Columbus spoke of the native Americans with what seemed like admiring awe: “They are the best people in the world and above all the gentlest without knowledge of what is evil – nor do they murder or steal…they love their neighbors as themselves and they have the sweetest talk in the world…always laughing.” And in a letter he wrote to one of his Spanish patrons, Columbus said: “They are very simple and honest and exceedingly liberal with what they have, none of them refusing anything he may possess when he is asked for it. They exhibit great love toward all others in preference to themselves. “But then, in the midst of all this , in his journal, Columbus writes: “They would make fine servants. With 50 men, we could subjugate them and make them do whatever we want.” This is how Columbus saw the Indians – not as hospitable hosts, but as “servants” to “do whatever we want”.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  177. @Mefobills

    Unfortunately, the Greatest Generation was hoaxed with wrong think in the same way as boomers were. The Greatest Generation (not really) did sacrifice and leave things better off for their children, while the boomers did not. Ergo, the boomers are worse than the greatest, but both are bad. If it feels good do it!

    The Greatest and Silent Generations were genuinely suckered. The Boomers? Not so much. I give Boomers far more credit in the knowledge department. Other than that I agree with you.

    Boomers took to the Civil Rights and Immigration Acts enthusiastically, like ducks to water, and piled on generational peers that suffered.

    Indeed, Boomers were about doing anything that felt good: trusting nobody over 30, selectively anti-war, marijuana and cocaine, swinging and wife-swapping. interracial sex, abortion, shacking up and serial marriages, no-fault divorces, women in the workplace, married women “finding themselves” with somebody else, Fear of Flying, burning bras, equal rights, anti-racism, hippie counterculture, yuppie culture, the immorality of large families, money is cool, money is green, socialized risk, status consciousness, The Virtue of Selfishness, so forth and so on.

    This wealthiest, most well-traveled, and best educated of all previous generations want us to believe that that they were victims: duped by three television networks, lacked the ability to compare and contrast, and couldn’t make intelligent decisions.

    They are liars. How do I know? I was there.

    • Agree: Miro23
  178. Trinity says:
    @tomo

    Hasn’t Columbus been said to have been a Jew? Whether he was a Jew or not, that “story” certainly sounds like something a Jew would say or think. Regardless, I doubt the validity of that story, it reads like typical leftist commie Jew bullshit. Indian tribes were constantly killing each other off in tribal wars. They killed, raped, and pillaged just like everyone else from the Romans to the Vikings to the Jewish led Bolsheviks. The Indians were not nature loving hippies passing around a peace pipe around the camp fire, far from it. The Indians were experts at coming up with ways to torture their captives, hence, the expression, “skinned alive.” Remember those old cowboy movies where they would tell someone to save their last bullet if they were captured by the Indians? Well it was much better to use that bullet on yourself than to be captured, raped, tortured or enslaved by the Indians.

  179. bjondo says:
    @Trinity

    With the latest shabbos goy Clint Eastwood endorsement of SUPER ZIONIST Mike Bloomberg

    Eastwood has previously supported Mitt Romney.

    CE, stick to Westerns and squinting.

    5ds

    • LOL: Liza
  180. bjondo says:
    @Trinity

    Indian life, however violent, still better
    than taxes, various insurances, paperwork,
    tv, daily traffic, billion different laws against.
    Indians, most I think, knew real freedom.
    We only mouth the word.

    Comanches certainly fit your description above.
    Not all tribes, nations same as Comanches.

    I put Columbus into Jew collective.
    Info I’ve read seems to support.
    He was worthless to humanity.
    Absolutely greedy.
    So Jew he was.

    5ds

    • Replies: @utu
  181. @Trinity

    Did you grow up on the Brady Bunch set?

    Boomers and Xers educated that young lady you are referring to.

    You didn’t see many wiggers back in our day because the stage for wiggerdom was being set up. The concept that white men were uncool, unhip, boring, inadequate lovers, equipped with small penises, violent, stupid, narrow-minded, bigoted, weak, poor athletes, etc., was still in its formative stages.

    I remember when a comic book Cassius Clay defeated Superman.

    True wiggerdom hadn’t arrived.

    We were into sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. Remember? It was a status thing, like tuning in and dropping out. We took to it like ducks to water. Those of us that didn’t pretended to go along or led lonely lives.

    It wasn’t “hip to be square” until our racism had been eradicated and large numbers of us decided to try the yuppie thing.

    We Boomers – the largest, best educated, most well-traveled generation ever – are not only responsible for the lives we lived, but also its fruits: the youngsters you’re putting down.

  182. Mefobills says:
    @Trinity

    Trinity,

    All of your examples only make my case.

    Environment does predicate output, and you were on watch while the social environment was destroyed. Ergo… you share in guilt.

    And then you turn around and assign guilt to the victims. As if the victims had a choice about the world they were born into.

    Here is one:

    I remember watching a video where two black thugs ran up on a white girl and knocked her out cold, while two 20-something white “men” walked by and did nothing.

    This is the end result of women demanding their “freedom” rather than being held lower in the social hierarchy, where they belong. White men gave this freedom to women, and women have abused it, and now younger white men are checking-out and becoming incels. (Did you have to deal with the abominable behavior of women in your time… no you didn’t – it has only gotten worse.)

    The closest thing to a wigger back in the 70’s was some white singer like Dr. John or Leon Russell

    The teeevee and other Jewish media push the “magic negro” theme. Of course soft headed white boys without fathers will be attracted to that which is held up as “superior.” If they don’t have a real dad around to correct them, then they take cues from the environment. And besides what sort of white-night is going to defend the honor of sluts who are riding the cock carousel…. you know because it feels goooood.

    The WWII goons calling themselves the “greatest generation ever” is about as delusional as it gets

    The “greatest generation” was an appellation given to them later in 1998 by Tom Brokaw.. if you are really a boomer, then you should remember this.

    With regards to the physical condition of WW2 American troops, there were not too many fat-fatties, and degenerates in that era. Anybody can look at the old photos from that period and draw their own conclusions.

    It is the modern environment which is creating a dysgenic type of human, and again to my point… the latest generation is getting a severe hand “DOWN” which makes their conditions much-much worse than anything you ever had to deal with. I’m just looking at the data, and not getting emotional about things. There are simply facts on the ground that you are not dealing with.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Trinity
  183. Feryl says: • Website
    @obwandiyag

    According to Peter Turchin, the mid-late 1970’s is when the entry of women into the workforce, the increasing number of job and real estate seeking immigrants, and most of all, the entry of mid-late Boomers into the workforce, all caused competition for jobs and housing to soar. The generations born from about 1920-1950 were the main beneficiaries of the 1950’s and 1960’s middle class paradise. The mid-late Boomers turned out to be, as you suggest, average middle class/working class people or the drug burnouts, the homeless, and the incarcerated whose numbers dramatically increased in the late 70’s and 80’s.

    Neil Howe also often notes that the main winners of the post-WW2 era were born in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. The mid-late Boomers were the first ones to struggle to eke out a living, and stay sane, in the decline of our living standards that began in the late 70’s. And of course X-ers and Millennials have had it even tougher.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  184. utu says:
    @bjondo

    A Place Under Heaven: Amerindian Torture and Cultural Violence in Colonial New France, 1609-1729
    https://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1174&context

    American Indians were impressed with French Jesuits’ conduct under torture so much that they ate them:

    A Huron Indian who escaped Iroquois captivity described how a Jesuit was killed and eaten. The priest had endured great pain before his death, and the Iroquois told the Huron that they drank his blood and ate his flesh so that they could be as strong as the priest had bee

    While some embraced the Christian message of mercy towards their captives, others resented the cultural intrusion and even overcompensated for it when the time came to burn captives. Among the Hurons, Algonquians, and particularly among the Iroquois, we can observe how Christianity did more to divide communities than unite them, and this divide manifested most acutely with the torture of captives. Even in the early seventeenth century, the French struggled to reconcile with the customs they abhorred, particularly when traditional non-combatants such as children became involved. As the seventeenth century progressed, this changed. Catholic priests found torture by fire a useful teaching point about the severity of damnation, Catholic devotion, as well as Christian mercy. They also found a steady stream of converts among the captives their Amerindian allies sent to the flames. Finally, by the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the French and Amerindians began to combine each others’ customs when captured. When death became imminent, many sang their death song or prayed while walking to the torture platform. Whether French or Amerindian, they often met this death calmly as early Christian martyrs, or brave Algonquian warrior.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  185. utu says:
    @Mefobills

    The “greatest generation” was an appellation given to them later in 1998 by Tom Brokaw.. if you are really a boomer, then you should remember this.

    Possibly a part of preparing Americans to the wars of 2000s. First the Fukuyama’s “The End of History” was deemphasized and replaced with Huntington’s “Clash of Civilization” around the first Iraq War.

  186. Trinity says:
    @Mefobills

    Because someone is leaner doesn’t mean they are in shape. We now have a NEW WHITE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, TYSON FURY, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. Congrats, Tyson. Tyson Fury will never be mistaken for a fitness model but you have to be in shape to box for 12 rounds, the guy looks more like a bar fly than a boxer. Certainly I wasn’t living back then nor did I fight with those American soldiers, sailors and/or airmen, but I do know that smoking was more popular back then and Americans rarely if ever exercised for the sake of improving their fitness level. I am basing my opinions from what I have read from the book, “Hellstorm: The Death Of Nazi Germany,” by Thomas Goodrich. I am pretty sure that compared to the average German soldier, the American and British troops were indeed soft, mentally as well as physically. No hate towards those American soldiers and sailors who did WHAT THEY WERE TOLD, but truth be known, they definitely weren’t what they were cracked up to be or what they thought they were, facts are facts. The bulk of the serious fighting was done on the Eastern Front, and really how much can you brag about defeating a nation or army with those kind of odds in your favor. It was basically Germany vs. half the freaking world. The American WWII vet is portrayed as some kind of superman, which we now know is not true. If anyone can lay claim to being an almost super soldier it was the German soldiers who fought against overwhelming odds.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  187. @mcohen

    No new births for 10 years.None anywhere.No exceptions

    Good stuff. I’ll wait with interest to hear when you’ll be conveying that message to the inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa – not to mention the Islamic world – whose population is reliably projected by the year 2050 (probably sooner) to exceed the current population of the entire planet.

  188. Move to Cuba if you want to live in the 1950s you radical communist marxist boomer bolsheviks!

    We like exploiting our own, bankruptcy, healthcare rackets, tent cities, Wal-mart, and dying in debt here in Merica! Yee haw!

    God bless our capitalist overlords! They dindu nuffin!

    • LOL: Biff
  189. Mefobills says:
    @Feryl

    the mid-late 1970’s is when the entry of women into the workforce, the increasing number of job and real estate seeking immigrants, and most of all, the entry of mid-late Boomers into the workforce, all caused competition for jobs and housing to soar.

    The debt cycle is about 7×7 = 49 years. In my estimation that is the length of time that it takes finance to grab most of the land in debt swaps.

    Post WW2 U.S. private debts had been reduced to low levels, as labor worked, then earned income in the trenches of industry, and then paid down their depression era debts.

    The path goes like this: 1) U.S. Treasury creates debt free as line items on the budget with no counter in taxation. 2) U.S. Government issues zero interest loans into industry and the commons. 3) U.S. government spends to create new industry with public ownership e.g. north american aviation, and synthetic rubber.

    The new bank-credit (and debt free) money channels from its source (Treasury and Govt. loans) into the pocket of labor, to then pay down private debts. In many cases the money disappears as it pays down old debts.

    Post WW2 boom was a monetary event, where paid for infrastructure was converted to make white goods. The boomers were part of an event they did not understand – because most people don’t understand money and prices.

    Post WW2 boom was a debt cycle, where new debts were created to propel the boom. Debt cycles have a war phase and a peace phase. The war phase is seen when commodity prices go low and the general money supply has disappeared. By the mid to late 60’s the peace phase of debt cycle was replaced by a new war debt cycle. Vietnam war created new money to pay for old debts.

    This was public spending for war, and also harvesting women as labor. Women as labor held down prices and created a new class to indebt. The social knock on effects of making women as work units rather than wife units, is easy to see.

    (The peace phase of debt cycle lasted less than 49 years…. only about 35 or so if you count it to the late 70’s.)

    In other words, everything is a secondary function of the money system, including generational movements.

    Disco Generation, then subsequent generations have mounting debts, as the economy has become completely financialized. Globo Homo finance capitalism cannot attach new debts to Russian’s or Chinese, and increasingly is being locked out of nations that are asserting their monetary sovereignty.

    Technically, it would be simple enough to erase debts and give “life” rather than death conditions to Millenials and Gen Z.

    • Replies: @Kim
  190. Mefobills says:
    @Trinity

    It was basically Germany vs. half the freaking world.

    You should read some of my comments from the past, and then you would realize that I am sympathetic to NSDAP Germany.

    But, I am also not making pretend about the fitness of the WW2 American GI. They were fit, and to say otherwise means you are unhinged.

  191. @Jake

    Congratulations !! The stupidest comment on the Interweb so far this year (and probably the whole year). Give that cretin a coconut.

  192. @Commentator Mike

    You don’t need to remind White people that the law is different for our Semitic “friends”.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  193. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @israel shamir

    Now you’re talking about legal well regulated prostitution. Well wake up, because it does indeed seem to work just fine for many counties!

  194. Parfois1 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Millennial. It’s bad enough you people can’t read a map, but not knowing human nature? Get your face out of the screen once every few hours, and you can observe human nature yourself.

    Since you have been pontificating your superior intellect round here, we might have expected a little pearl of wisdom from you and explain to the common folk what is that “human nature”. You might even suggest that the most common observable human trait is being a bipedal mammal for starters. But your superior intellect can even manage that, let alone a metaphysical raid into the nature of “human nature”.

    You just displayed for all to see to be an ignorant nincompoop who can’t define something you have asserted to know by stating that “Socialism is against human nature”. If I were to argue the opposite – that Socialism is inherent to human beings – I would support it with a rational demonstration how humans are eminently socialist, biologically and culturally.

  195. Inter-generational warfare is such fun… and so productive, too.

  196. roonaldo says:

    A draft might help, if it only applied to children and grandchildren (male or female or hermaphrodite) of federal elected officials, appointed officials of the pentagon and “intelligence” agencies, plus kids of the top .1% of rich folk. The kids of elected officials would have to be front-line assault ground pounders or perhaps tank crew and be in the first wave. If, say, the congressperson had no kids or only a crippled kid, they themselves would be drafted and be in the first wave, even if they had to be carried. There could be no mercenary forces or volunteers. Any deployment or actions outside the 50 states would require congressional approval. Of course, none of this will happen, and all the current endless wars, and new endless wars brewing in the shithole minds of the neolibcons, will prevail.

    • Replies: @Oldtradesman
  197. everything is lost today because of the boomers. That was planned.

  198. Parfois1 says:
    @utu

    What you seem to admire in Stalin as his integrity in fact was his inhumanity.

    You could not avoid the cheap shot of a cowardly waste of space. The conversation was about nepotism and it evoked a well-known incident of WWII to illustrate the ills of that social cancer and how some humans can transcend it, albeit humans of a superior mettle, something alien to you.

    Stalin showed once again meriting his sobriquet and, by doing so, served as an example to the whole nation how its leaders should conduct themselves.

    No wonder the “man of steel” is still hated by the capitalist vermin: he fought against all the capitalist perversions of humanity.

  199. @Alfred

    Although I consider these people a serious threat to the future of life on earth, I have to admire the chutzpah of the Fossil Fuel Lobby.

    On the one hand they claim the world’s major meteorological organisations, NASA and our leading climate scientists of falsifying and distorting historical temperature records.

    On the other hand they post graphs, such as the latest offering from “Alfred”, without citing any source – and which has a Y-axis that isn’t even calibrated!

    Pathetic, really. It would be vaguely amusing if it wasn’t such dangerous disinformation.

    • Replies: @Kim
    , @Alfred
    , @Alfred
  200. @Monotonous Languor

    Boomers shit on Millennials and Zoomers. Nothing ends until that changes or Boomers die – probably the latter, since Boomers are collectively unable to take responsibility for their anti-racism, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll.

  201. Kim says:
    @Mefobills

    In other words, everything is a secondary function of the money system, including generational movements.

    It would be more accurate to say that everything is a secondary function of surplus energy.

    We could not have modernity – or modern money systems – without the modern forms of cheap surplus energy. The rises and falls of societies and the changes that they exhibit and their population and consumption pattern changes are most basically the result not of money systems but of the types and abundances of energy available to them.

    Thus we have, most basically, human labor and slavery and the calories that can be obtained therefrom. Then we have oxen, donkeys, mules, buffalo, horses, etc and their surplus energies, but that depends on having plenty of grass and grain. And we build population and consumpion on top of that. Not on money.

    And then we have, in more complex societies, the energy that can be obtained from watermills and from wood and from charcoal. Having an abundance of wood and charcoal allows us to harness the wind and develop empires of trade and conquest through shipping.

    The use of coal led to the first explosion of modernity – I was recently surprised to discover that half of the energy consumed in England in 1630 came from coal!

    A very good book to read on this topic is Energy and Civilization, A History by Vaclav Smil

    And finally we have the irreplaceable master resource of modernity, oil.

    Money is important, for sure. But cheap surplus energy is the key. It is the state of our energy resources explains everything, from where we were, to where we are, to where we are going. For those who care to recognize it.

    Post WW2 boom was a monetary event, where paid for infrastructure was converted to make white goods. The boomers were part of an event they did not understand – because most people don’t understand money and prices.

    It would be much more realistic to say that the post WW2 boom was a surplus energy event intimately connected with the discovery in 1938 of vast reserves of oil in the Al-Ahsa region along the coast of the Persian Gulf.

    And the current (post 1970s) credit bubbles and economic and social declines are the results of the end of the days of cheap surplus energy. It is worth bearing in mind that the last find of a giant oil field was in 1962. That was a long time ago.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Mefobills
  202. @roonaldo

    I’d take it further. If we could design a new nation, three to four years service as a ground-pounder would be required for citizenship and all benefits thereof. Since this will never happen, I’d be pleased to see the shirkers responsible for so much suffering (and their keyboard defenders) pay, pay, and pay some more.

  203. Kim says:
    @Syd Walker

    Fossil Fuel Lobby

    Just out of curiosity, do you believe that it is possible to run the world, maintaining its current population levels, without fossil fuels?

    Another question: Are you familiar with the concept of the Cubic Mile of Oil? It is discussed at Wikipedia, where it is said that “The world consumes approximately 3 CMO [of energy] annually from all sources.” and that, of that amount, oil provides a little more than one CMO each year. (2006 figures, I believe)

    Can that 1 CMO be easily replaced? How? According to the CMO studies,

    Allowing fifty years to develop the requisite capacity, 1 CMO of energy per year could be produced by any one of these developments:

    – 4 Three Gorges Dams,[13] developed each year for 50 years, or
    – 52 nuclear power plants,[14] developed each year for 50 years, or
    – 104 coal-fired power plants,[15] developed each year for 50 years, or
    – 32,850 wind turbines,[16][17] developed each year for 50 years, or
    – 91,250,000 rooftop solar photovoltaic panels[18] developed each year for 50 years

    Of course, none of these estimates takes into account the role of coal in the global energy mix. The 1 CMO refers only to annual oil use.

    So again, do you believe that it is possible to run the world, maintaining its current population levels, without fossil fuels?

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Syd Walker
  204. bjondo says:
    @utu

    Interesting. Read only the portion below. Don’t know extent across N. Amer.

    That was life. Every cell experienced life.

    Today, couch potatoes, sales and cubicle humans.

    Adam Stueck , Marquette University, 2012

    This doctoral dissertation is entitled, A Place Under Heaven: Amerindian Torture and Cultural Violence in Colonial New France, 1609-1730. It is an analysis of Amerindian customs of torture by fire, cannibalism, and other forms of cultural violence in New France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Contemporary French writers and many modern historians have described Amerindian customs of torturing, burning, and eating of captives as either a means of military execution, part of an endless cycle of revenge and retribution, or simple blood lust. I argue that Amerindian torture had far more to do with the complex sequence of Amerindian mourning customs, religious beliefs, ideas of space and spatial limits, and a community expression of aggression, as well as a means of revenge. If we better understand the cultural context of Amerindian torture, we see more clearly the process of cultural accommodation in New France. To torture a captive offered communities an opportunity (men and women), young and old, to engage in a relationship with an adversary that tread what in the Amerindian cultural context was a thin or even non-existent line between the worlds of the living and the dead. Both Amerindian captives and captors understood this, and torture became an opportunity to push this barrier as a tortured captive came closer to death. When French colonists, soldiers, and missionaries became involved, torture complicated and altered missionary efforts, and had a direct effect on the political and military relationships between the French and these various Amerindian groups, both friend and foe. These new dynamics of alliances, rivalry, economics, and religion often caused Amerindians to change the circumstances under which they tortured captives and endured torture themselves, but colonization did not bring an end to this violence, only adaptation. The French also adapted when they found themselves captured and tortured. They altered their own religious, military, and political goals in North America at times to combat and at other times manipulate Amerindian cultural violence to their advantage

    Do you think by your arguments to throw water on the fire that consumes me, and lessen ever so little the zeal I have for the conversion of these peoples? I declare that these things have served only to confirm me the more in my vocation; that I feel myself more carried away than ever for my affection for New France, and that I bear a holy jealousy towards those who are already enduring all these sufferings; all these labors seem to me nothing, in comparison with what I am willing to endure for God; if I knew a place under heaven where there was yet more to be suffered, I would go there.

    Father Jean de Brbeuf, 1636

    5ds

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  205. @Parfois1

    The definition is in that link. Here I thought Millennials were the “tech”-savvy ones. Hyper – Text Mark-up Language, I was clicking these things when you were still sucking on your Mama’s teat.

    The 2 other links were to the Peak Stupidity site, one on the Topic Key Socialism and the other on Feminism. Let me help you out better then. The following excerpt from “Socialism – stuff you should have learned by Kindergarten” should explain it better:

    [MORE]

    Now, socialism is often thought of as just Communism-light, a friendly, nice, compassion version. No, no cultural revolutions planned, no mass graves (planned). it’s gonna be neighborly, dontcha know, like in the nice little towns in Vermont or Sweden (before the invasion). We’re gonna all discuss things, over lattes; we’re going to keep it calm and soothing, like National Public Radio, but sure, yeah, at some point we’ve gotta to redistribute some of your stuff. No, no, no, nothing like that, just some taxes that you pay … well, yeah you’ve gotta pay ‘em… sure…. the tax people are our people… very friendly… what do you mean, “what if I don’t?”… I mean sure, eventually they’ll call guys with guns… but we don’t expect that … we don’t even LIKE guns!.. Ewwww.

    Hey, it eventually comes down to the same thing. People who think that life would be fair if we all forcibly share our stuff will come around trying to make us all forcibly share our stuff. This is why the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

    Here’s what I, and I’m sure most other kids ran into during the years around kindergarten, 3 – 6 y/o or so: There are people, parents, adult relatives and teachers, telling you to share your stuff. “It’s nice to share.” they all said. That seemed fine. Then, at some point you just wanted to be left alone to play with your own toys some of the time, ones you had spent your hard-earned bread on waited for eternity for Christmas or your birthday for. If you were a smart kid, most of the toys that you got after you quit being so rough on them, say at 4 y/o, were in OK shape. Well, so long as they hadn’t broken on their own just due to being Cheap China-made Crap yet, that is. (That wasn’t a problem back in my day!)

    What’s more, lots of the other kids didn’t take care of their stuff. They lost pieces and broke stuff indiscriminately. That’s why they didn’t have their own vehicles ready to go in the dirt. “Share your dump truck and backhoe with the other boys.”, you were told. Yet here you were with all your stuff that you sweated out waiting on all that time: Was Santa gonna get stuck in the chimney? Would his elves strike on him on Black Friday as your parents used as an excuse a coupla years back? Would your birthday EVER come at all, as the dates seemed to be approaching your birthdate asymptotically? Why should you HAVE to share? Those kids might break your stuff as they did their own.

    Even back then, these ideas would come, though the words to describe them were those big ones you couldn’t spell yet. A kindergartener understands the problems with Socialism’s disregard for human nature’s ideas on property, just as adults should. It takes 12-20 years of schooling to override this understanding, usually the longer the more effective. How long does it take to get back to the truth you knew in kindergarten?

    So, tell your kids “It’s nice to share, but you sure don’t have to.” Along with that, I told mine, “It’s up to you, as I don’t want to raise a Communist.” They get it.

  206. @Monotonous Languor

    I’m having a blast with it. Far out, man!

  207. @Trinity

    I agree. People who know nothing of the history of the Indians don’t really know what the word “savage” means. It doesn’t have to be a slur. It just applies to people that have not created what we call civilization in any sense that we know it. If you read the book Empire of the Summer Moon reviewed by Peak Stupidity*, you can get a true feel for the absolute freedom the Comanche Indian men had, but what went along with that was a life whose purpose was simply stealing the most horses and war – war with anyone, red man or white man and with no mercy. It’s a great book.

    .

    * Read the review here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

    • Thanks: Trinity
  208. @Parfois1

    Like all leftists, you are a miserable, evil liar. Socialism is a pernicious lie; it is not compassionate, and it is not moral. Instead it is based on man’s most coarse, brutish emotions. Anyone who feels inferior to others for whatever reason (looks, IQ, personality, etc.) will inherently gravitate towards acts of envy and revenge. Non-asian minorities are particularly susceptible. They will blame others for their situation, and refuse to take personal responsibility. It takes an act of conscious will and righteous thinking to do otherwise.

    To disguise their seething envy, they apply a thin coating of morality that justifies dragging everyone down to a lowest common denominator. Then they pretend it’s a bold, idealistic philosophy. They call it socialism, or communism, or some other neutral label to deliberately disguise it. When implemented, it doesn’t matter when subsequent real-world results are always disastrous (the s**thole that is now Venezuela, USSR, Mao’s great leap forward, DPRK, etc. etc.), they will put up with it as long as it feeds their feelings of revenge against anyone who is naturally smarter, stronger, better looking, or better able to achieve.

    Now go shout your lies down into the dustbin of history.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  209. Parfois1 says:
    @Sparkon

    After my honorable discharge in 1971, I became an active, anti-war U.S.A.F veteran, joining large numbers of my fellow vets protesting the war.

    Kudos for you.

    By coincidence, I was discharged in that year, but with some stains on my record to prove my reputation as a rebel-in-the-making. In fact I only “deserted” after completing my “patriotic duty” and became a returned serviceman!

  210. @Monotonous Languor

    ML,

    That’s just human nature and there’s elements of that in whatever system. Do you think that some people weren’t fingering Jews to the Gestapo because of “envy and revenge” but because of some higher ideals?

  211. Miro23 says:
    @tomo

    I agree with the article above – but I think the main critical factor is having a meaningful, functioning social contract, cooperative, friendly people who like other people more than money.
    culturally encouraged to mingle, do things together and have fun, innovate, travel etc
    The opposite of zombified, fearful, Americans and Canadians basically with their fake diversity.

    It’s the difference between a citizen and a “consumer”.

  212. @Dave Bowman

    OK, maybe you’re right. I’d like to post something more humorous but never mind. I sometimes think that I live in an airport as I remember the time they put up notices banning people from joking about a certain aspect of modern life that appeared and was restricted for a while to airplanes and airports. It seems that nowadays this has been extended to everywhere and even the virtual world of the Internet. Man, it’s hard getting through the serious business of life without some joking, even of the black humour variety. Another generational difference there worth noting: all the jokes they banned that were commonplace in our youth. Maybe Fred Reed could oblige with an article.

  213. Alfred says:
    @Syd Walker

    These fake models that they produce are totally unable to recreate the historical temperature record. So why are they being used for forecasting the future? laughable.

    latest offering from “Alfred”, without citing any source – and which has a Y-axis that isn’t even calibrated!

    If you were at all genuinely interested in the historical record, you could have easily looked it up. But you are a victim of linear thinking. You are unable to understand that climate is cyclical – just like the rotation of the earth around the sun.

    I prefer to deal with real history – not the nonsense to be found on Jewpedia.

    Here is an example:

    Receding Swiss Glaciers Reveal 4000 Year Old Forests – Warmists Try To Suppress Findings

    Similar tree stumps have been found in Alaska from the same period. Today, in the Alps, trees can only grow at a much lower altitude.

    When this information is suppressed by those who prefer their models, any sensible person should know that he is being lied to.

    I already mentioned the fact that the Romans had vineyards in the north of England. When the temperatures dropped slightly, the Roman Empire collapsed. Simultaneously, the same thing happened with the Chinese Empire. Look it up and stop wasting my time!

    • Agree: roonaldo
  214. Yman says:

    you didn’t end war, Kissinger ended war when purpose of undermining white America is accomplished
    you didn’t end discrimination, just reform the discrimination to targeting white people
    discrimination that rich people can segregate from poor, but white people can’t segregate from non-white alien

    there’s reason nation have border and people have personal border as door
    people need in-out group categorization for secure their existence

    You Jewish people keep telling other ethnic group about being closed society is immoral
    it’s typical Jewish scam to convince others need to open society, open market, open border
    obviously these lie for total stranger like you looting other people, but claim its for Anti-racism

    stop lying about you’re ally of white men when you’re obviously not

    • Agree: Trinity
    • Replies: @Trinity
  215. Alfred says:
    @Syd Walker

    I have had my breakfast. I felt guilty for being unnecessarily harsh to you. My sincere apologies.

    [MORE]

    While eating, I realised that you were going through the 5 stages of grief. It is not nice to discover that you have been lied to and that you fell for it. You have my sympathy. But if they can lie to you about how 300,000 mercenaries from 80+ countries invaded Syria, it is not too difficult to change a few numbers and to get some fake scientists to vouch for them.

    Here is the same chart with the Y-axis in degrees Celsius.

    The very last few years of this chart have been fudged by fake Swedish scientists to look like this. Swedes are the guys who falsely accused Julian Assange of rape. Getting some people to change a few numbers is much easier than changing witness statements. 🙂

    You will note that they claim that today’s temperatures are much higher than during the Roman occupation of England and the Middle Ages. But if that were true then there were should be no vineyards in the north of England during those periods.

    Roman and Medieval Vineyards in Chilly Britain

    You must decide for yourself who is lying: NASA or the archaeologists, naturalists and geologists. I cannot help you.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  216. Alfred says:
    @Alfred

    Sorry. It vanished. Maybe because it is .PNG

    [MORE]

    Here is the same chart with the Y-axis in degrees Celsius.

    Here is another:

    And here is the Swedish fudge. I guess they got given a new Volvo or similar. Scientists are pretty cheap these days. 🙁

  217. anarchyst says:
    @Kim

    Far from being “fossil fuel”, hydrocarbons are not only plentiful but are being renewed by yet-unknown processes deep within the earth.
    The term “fossil fuel” was coined in the 1950s when little was known about the processes by which oil is produced. Oil is “abiotic” in nature, as even depleted oil wells are “filling back up” from deep below the earth’s surface.
    Oil interests are drilling wells at 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet, and 15,000 feet and deeper, and coming up with oil deposits way below the layers and levels where “fossils” were known to exist.
    As Russia gained much expertise in deep-well drilling and coming up with oil deposits far deeper than that of the level of “fossils”, abiotic oil at extreme depths was actually a Russian ‘state secret” for a long time.
    Not only that, but there are planetary bodies in which hydrocarbons are naturally occurring (without fossils).
    “Peak oil” and “fossil fuels” are discredited concepts that environmentalists and others are latching on to, in order to display their hatred of oil being a renewable resource as well as to push prices up.
    Follow the money.

    • Agree: roonaldo
    • Replies: @Liza
  218. Liza says:
    @anarchyst

    Far from being “fossil fuel”, hydrocarbons are not only plentiful but are being renewed by yet-unknown processes deep within the earth.

    If that is correct, it is too bad. It is an excuse to keep the bloated consumer society raging forth in perpetuity. Or maybe not; at some point, we’ll all drown in garbage.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  219. Polemos says:

    Folks interested in knowing what Greta Thunberg’s role is in the Green New Deal should follow Corey Morningside’s The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg for Consent, both online here and available as a physical book. Morningside does a thorough job showing how the worst of global capitalists set up Greta and other young girls to be the urgent face of a wholesale attempt to seize the natural world and turn it into financial instruments pilfering what’s left of pensions and savings, and natural rights.

    There’s a lot to gain from working alongside those of differing viewpoints. Denying the changing of global weather is ignorant, when it is more apparent, for those willing to look, that large nation-states and transnational criminal organizations/corporations are actively manipulating the weather as economic and military warfare. It’s icing on the cake for them to convince one large group of people that it’s their fault for driving cars and another group to deny the changing weather completely, then have those two groups waste their energy fighting each other while microwaves bombard their skies.

    Check out Morningside’s work and contemplate, please.

  220. Trinity says:
    @Yman

    GREAT POST and so SPOT ON !!!

  221. tomo says:
    @Trinity

    it’s funny you say that – as I was copying and pasting his quote – I thought the same thing: “I wonder if Columbus was a jew?”

    Has it always been such an ugly psychopath support club where they can feel safe to plot more destruction of human kind?

    This quote is from one of those Everything you know is false investigative journalist books and I think they quote Howard Zinn , I forgot I used to have that book and gave it away.

    Regarding the Indians and the bullet – these white people clearly knew what they deserve after what they did to these Indians

    It’s always my jewish friends who tell me wars are normal

  222. SVarick says:

    “If you want more, teach children that greed is worse than racism. Make financiers miserable. They should not earn more than a professional worker. Tax them hard, not so much for redistribution purposes but in order to save these dynamic people from greed-worship and direct them into doing useful things, like Henry Ford, Walt Disney and our own Ron Unz did. It is not a coincidence that these men had their misgivings about traditional Jewish love for money.”

    Murray Rothbard has what appears to be a good proposal towards the above, in “The Mystery of Banking”. He outlines steps to reestablish the gold standard and 100% reserve banking (the latter if I recall correctly).

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  223. @Kim

    Hi Kim

    Yes, I do believe it’s possible – using existing technology – to entirely replace the use of fossil fuels with clean safe renewables (which excludes nuclear).

    There are numerous expert analysts who believe that too. A few links..

    https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/100-percent-renewable-energy?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

    https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/10/17/there-is-no-alternative-to-a-world-of-100-renewables/

    https://www.power-technology.com/features/politics-not-technology-what-must-change-for-the-world-to-go-100-renewable-by-2050/

    https://www.geni.org/globalenergy/library/technical-articles/generation/new-york-times/Can%20Wind-Water-and-Sunlight-Power-New-York-by-2050/index.shtml

    The timeframe for conversion to 100% renewables is debatable and much debated. 2050 is the usual target date for 100% conversion. That may not be soon enough. In general, ASAP must be the rule.

    The main impediment to this happening is political; new and better technology that MAY be invented in the future would make the change easier, but the transition can be accomplished with existing technology alone.

    The political impediment is stoked by mass confusion; the general public – at least in the USA and Australia – is divided and there’s a lot of confusion and cultivated ignorance. This is largely, although not entirely, the consequence of a cynical (many would say criminal) decades-long PR campaign, sponsored by Big Oil and Big Coal, intended to maximise short-term profits and protect as long as possible what will soon become stranded assets.

    Clearly even highly intelligent folk such as Israel Shamir have fallen for the lies and negativity of the Fossil Fuel Lobby (the alternative, which is that Mr Shamir is actually one of the many beneficiaries of its largesse, I find very hard to imagine; I’m an admirer of much of Israel Shamir’s work and have no reason to doubt his integrity).

    Of course, it could also be that many boomers such as Shamir have become addicted over the decades to the sweet scent of diesel fumes and the pleasant aroma of coal dust.. They may be horrified that a new era of clean air is coming within their lifetimes. That could be enough to motivate some folk to do everything they can to slow down humanity’s transition to ecological sustainability. But I suspect most boomers will eventually get over their apparent aversion to reducing global pollution – allowing their grandkids to enjoy a full life too.

    A final footnote. When it comes to the topic of energy, Donald Trump does a great job posing as the ultimate curmudgeon who hates all this new-fangled “alternative” energy and wants to make coal mining great again. And the crowds of MAGA-hats cheer. But how many coal fired power plants have closed under Trump so far? Answer: even more on a Gigawatt basis than under Obama (see chart).

    Trump is a businessman. He probably understands the thermal coal industry is dying fast. But he’s also a showman with a ruthless hunger for power. He knows the Oil/Coal Lobby will get behind him if he serves the MAGA-hats red meat from their menu. It worked for him beautifully in the 2016 election. Whether he can pull the same stunt this year – and debase rational debate about environmental matters to his electoral advantage once again – we shall know by year’s end.

    • Troll: roonaldo
    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @Tusk
  224. @Syd Walker

    They may be horrified that a new era of clean air is coming within their lifetimes.

    I’m sorry to have to break this to you but Chinese, Indians and Africans are just some of the billions of third world people who want electricity for industry and domestic use. They very selfishly want modern transportation too. It’s unlikely that clean air will be a priority for them or a reality for anyone else during the lifetime of any of the boomers or possibly during the lifetime of anyone born in the last century.

    Sadly, I would go so far as to say that clean air and clean oceans are a thing of the past.

    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  225. @NoseytheDuke

    Hello NoseyTheDuke

    What inventive names you folk do come up with! Are you related to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

    Clean air is certainly a HUGE issue in India and China (and increasingly in Africa too). Easy to use Google and verify that.

    Both China and India have already made quite significant moves towards decarbonisation, although as developing countries they have, at least until very recently, been quite constrained in what they can accomplish. Over recent decades slick salesman, usually from Western nations, have made a motza selling them fossil fuel “solutions” to assuage their hunger for more energy. But these salesmen are having less luck now the cost of clean renewables has plummeted so fast.

    It would be wise policy for rich nations such as the USA and Australia to actively assist developing nations in transitioning quickly to clean, renewable energy. That would ensure our own efforts to decarbonise fast are matched by complimentary efforts elsewhere.

    “Green New Deal” policies can be implemented at the state and national level, but best of all would be a Global Green New Deal. It could use conventional sources of capital, but there are also more exciting possibilities that would obviate the need to go cap in hand to banks to raise interest-bearing loans.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  226. @utu

    utu,

    Yes, possibly that story is a myth.

    But on another note, Hitler’s orders to Paulus were not much different from those of Stalin to his own troops: no surrender and fight to the last man.

  227. Mefobills says:
    @Kim

    It would be much more realistic to say that the post WW2 boom was a surplus energy event intimately connected with the discovery in 1938 of vast reserves of oil in the Al-Ahsa region along the coast of the Persian Gulf.

    And during the war, tremendous amounts of war material was created and then blown up.

    Money co-ordinates the industrial system and labor, to then produce goods.

    Energy is used in the industrial system to multiply labor, and the extraction of minerals from the earth.

    Prices in monetary terms are used to distribute goods created by the industrial system, which includes the use of energy.

    So, energy is part of the industrial system in the same way that minerals are, and labor.

    Note that prior to WW2, during the great depression, labor could not use minerals to fashion goods, as there was no money in the supply. The energy available was not used to its full extent.

    There has to be energy, and minerals, and labor to make goods as prices – and all of these are coordinated and distributed by money.

  228. Mefobills says:
    @Liza

    https://rense.com/general75/zoil.htm

    If that is correct, it is too bad. It is an excuse to keep the bloated consumer society raging forth in perpetuity. Or maybe not; at some point, we’ll all drown in garbage.

    And to my point earlier. The earth is converted into goods, which become prices. Prices are in monetary terms, to then pay monetized debts.

    Conversion of the earth into goods is sped up by ‘energy use’ and will be sped up even faster with advent of smart machines, and then robotic intelligence that replaces human labor altogether.

    At that point humans cannot make goods as prices, and are cut-out from the ability to live. The world will become an Oligarchy of one or two people who own the means of production, including all the robots.

    • Thanks: Liza
  229. Mefobills says:
    @SVarick

    Murray Rothbard has what appears to be a good proposal towards the above, in “The Mystery of Banking”. He outlines steps to reestablish the gold standard and 100% reserve banking (the latter if I recall correctly).

    Libertarians do not have the answers. Metal isn’t money. Money’s true nature is law.

    100 percent reserve is not necessary either, it creates two separate paths for banking. For every dollar in the real economy, the bank system has another dollar that is trapped in their reserve loop.

    http://www.sovereignmoney.eu

    If you are going to issue money, then it can be done without private banking trickery.

    • Replies: @Liza
  230. anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    and topless Nordic maidens suntanned and splashed in the cool lakes.

    Swedish girls donned bra as the immigrants stared too intensely.

    You wistfully imply that you took some pleasure at ogling “topless Nordic maidens.” Does that also mean you wouldn’t mind your own women (wives, daughters…) being ogled lecherously by strangers, whether partially/fully nude or through suggestive clothing? If you actually do not mind, then… lol!

    This question of course applies to all euRapean men, who are of course examining all, which is not left to the imagination. Are euRapean men, not men? Hmm… perhaps on second thought… 😀

    Modesty is beloved to our Creator, one required aspect of Righteousness, while the opposite is an abomination, a cultural flaw.

    Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! God is aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their chests, and not to reveal their adornment. (Quran 24:30)

    Of course, as for “stared too intensely,” not all muslims follow what is commanded of them. 🙂

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  231. @Syd Walker

    Your optimism is commendable though likely very unrealistic. Perhaps you also think that places like India and Indonesia will clean up their waterways too and stop using them as sewers and trash disposal conduits? We can only hope but I’d say it’s highly unlikely to happen any more than that they can look forward to breathing clean air anytime soon or ever.

    BTW, Santa and his reindeer don’t exist. Sorry if that shocks and saddens you.

    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  232. @NoseytheDuke

    “Your optimism is commendable though likely very unrealistic.”

    I’d prefer not to commend you on your negativity and defeatism which, if shared by too many others, could become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    Great changes are possible when societies develop sufficient collective will to accomplish them. Why not play your part in helping to build the necessary collective will? A good start would be to check out some of the links I posted earlier re achieving net zero emissions and try to understand the propositions and possibilities rather than dismissing them out of hand. If you have specific criticisms that are well-founded I’m sure the authors would like to hear from you.

    • Troll: roonaldo
  233. Liza says:
    @Mefobills

    Libertarians do not have the answers. Metal isn’t money.

    I wonder why libertarians can’t grasp that currency doesn’t have to be based on gold. Currency (piece of paper) is just that – a medium of exchange, something that represents something else that does have inherent value. Gold is not the only valuable thing around. But the way they cling to it, you would think it is more important than air, food or water.

    I imagine the day could come when people’s little piles of gold will be unwanted and unneeded by everyone, everywhere. It will be useless.

  234. @Trinity

    “X-Y-Z white traitor trash”

    Correction: white trailer trash.

    “Okay, basement dweller”

    You got me there. I do dwell in a basement.

  235. @anonymous

    You wistfully imply that you took some pleasure at ogling “topless Nordic maidens.”

    I even married one!

  236. Charlemagne says: • Website
    @freedom-cat

    Freedom-cat:

    “Do you have a military age son that you would be ok with being forced into one of these illegal wars?”
    I have two and the answer is hell no.

  237. Charlemagne says: • Website
    @Pft

    Pff,

    “US is ranked 145 among 198 countries in population. We have plenty of room….”
    Really, Good God, man, drive through D.C., Atlanta or Chicago and get back with me.
    We have wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too many people.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  238. @Liza

    Liza, I think most non-Reason-magazine-idiot Libertarians grasp the concept very well. However, the real money that backs up a currency must have certain properties that are hard to both define and control for things (per your comment) like potable water, lbs of beef, etc.

    Here’s what you need, Liza: You need something not reproducible without expense greater than the value of said money itself. You need something consistent in value. You need something easily divisible. You need something that does not rot, degrade, or corrode.

    It just so happens that gold and silver fit the bill VERY WELL. Think of anything else that can serve as money, and write me back about it.

    Now, if millions of tons of gold are found to exist on an asteroid that could be exploited, well, gold won’t be thought of in the same sense. The only time there’s ever been inflation of the gold supply in history that I know about is when the Spanish liquidated the holdings of the Incas and other savages in S. and Central America. Note that it is still very much worth it exploring deep into the oceans for some of that shipwrecked gold. No, you don’t tell the government when you find it – big mistake!

    • Replies: @Liza
  239. @Liza

    I imagine the day could come when people’s little piles of gold will be unwanted and unneeded by everyone, everywhere. It will be useless.

    That was in The Twilight Zone 50 years ago, on B&W TV. It hasn’t gone down like that.

    I hope you take these replies as respectful, Liza, as you are one of my favorite 50 or so commenters.

  240. Liza says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You need something consistent in value. You need something easily divisible. You need something that does not rot, degrade, or corrode.

    I don’t see how gold is “consistent in value”. When the government keeps track of every little piece of it that you buy? When various powerful entities manipulate it? When the government can declare it useless if it wishes to do so?

    You and me better have an equal understanding of what is meant by “currency”. Currency in advanced, degenerating technological civilizations would not be the same as currency in a more sensible, healthy society.

    I hope you take these replies as respectful, Liza, as you are one of my favorite 50 or so commenters.

    Many thanks! 1 out of 50 – not too bad. 🙂

  241. By “consistent in value”, Liza, I mean that 1 ounce of gold is a certain amount of gold atoms and that’s that. (Unless it has a piece of tungsten in the middle put in by Chinese cheaters)

    For a bushel of wheat, quality can vary. For a pound of beef, same thing. Pick something besides an element out of the Earth, that nothing but a nuclear reaction can make more of, and you’ll have these problems.

    Yes, of course, the US government can manipulate things to change the spot price, but people who look at it like “hey, an ounce of gold is cheap now, only 1,600 bucks…” are thinking about it wrong. It’s more like “hey, I can get another ounce of gold for 1,600 pieces of this green paper that’s not even absorbent like Charmin”. An ounce of gold is an ounce of gold – period. Now, that’s MONEY!

    On that one part, yes the government can declare all sorts of stuff. They can go for the Mark-‘o-the-Beast cashless society with Social Credit, the way China is unfortunately headed. That’s another subject. However, for holding onto wealth in the long term, you need real money that they can’t get ahold of. In a SHTF situation, were the $ to become worthless, trade may be in .22 LR rounds, but even there you can get inconsistency. People will likely use “junk” silver, meaning pre-1965 dimes/quarters/1/2-dollars/dollars as they have a set amount of silver in them linear with face value.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  242. @Achmed E. Newman

    Isn’t the price of gold largely determined nowadays by people trading in “paper” gold? A great many investors in gold haven’t actually taken physical possession of any real gold but have accepted “proof” of their ownership with paper certificates and the like instead. There have been numerous reports of massive manipulations of the gold price with great amounts of paper being traded but little of it being the metal itself. Some of the vast amounts of the volumes traded have been absurd.

    The gold that I own I consider to be more like an insurance policy in case of a SHTF event rather than a typical investment and silver may prove to be just as useful a currency in such a situation anyway.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  243. Tusk says:
    @Syd Walker

    which excludes nuclear

    followed by

    fallen for the lies and negativity of the Fossil Fuel Lobby

    made me laugh.

    Nuclear is a great solution to energy in general and to any climate perspectives one may have. Being against Nuclear power on the other hand makes me think you’re one of the following:
    – Ignorant
    – Don’t actually care about energy solutions
    – Boomer
    – Don’t actually care about the climate

    • Replies: @Syd Walker
  244. @Tusk

    Hello “Tusk”

    I’m glad I made you a laugh. It’s good for you.

    You are half right. I am an ignorant boomer. But better to know one is ignorant and be right, than to think one is knowledgeable and be wrong.

    I query your unsupported assertion that “nuclear is a great solution to energy”. Apart from all the tedious usual objections such as nuclear waste disposal, massive public opposition, danger of catastrophic failure and multiple other risks, the economics of nuclear don’t cut it any more. These days, clean renewables win on cost as well as every other count.

    I’ll just give one substantial reference. This is not an outlier and I could cite others.

    Check out this recent article:
    https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-and-solar-kill-coal-and-nuclear-on-costs-says-latest-lazard-report-52635/

    It refers to a recent report by Lazard – see https://www.lazard.com/perspective/lcoe2019

    Here’s the chart which spells the End Times for nuclear power.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  245. Sparkon says:
    @Syd Walker

    These days, clean renewables win on cost as well as every other count.

    No they don’t. You’re right about nuclear, but completely wrong about everything else.

    We have enough coal to last for centuries. It is not only our most abundant fuel, it is also our cheapest. Or, at least, it would be our cheapest fuel if not for the idiotic penalties imposed on construction of new coal fired power plants by the Green Blob and its useful idiots.

    It is madness to impose artificial penalties on our cheapest, most abundant, most reliable fuels, one the one hand, and subsidize expensive, unreliable energy sources like wind and solar, on the other.

    Even Big Phony Obama admitted that his war on coal would result in “skyrocketing” energy costs.

    Expensive, subsidized energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels cannot provide base-load power needed to run a modern civilization, and drive up costs for everyone, not least because conventional, fossil-fuel back-ups must be kept on stand-by for when the wind doesn’t blow, and the Sun doesn’t shine – the so-called “peaker” plants.

    I too am a Baby Boomer, but not an ignorant one.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  246. anarchyst says:
    @Sparkon

    You are correct. Renewable energy sources do not have the base load power capacity to run the world.

    There is one (purposely) overlooked aspect of hydrocarbon energy sources.

    Far from being “fossil fuel”, hydrocarbons are not only plentiful but are being renewed by yet-unknown processes deep within the earth.

    The term “fossil fuel” was coined in the 1950s when little was known about the processes by which oil is produced. Oil is “abiotic” in nature, as even depleted oil wells are “filling back up” from oil migrating from deep below the earth’s surface.

    Oil interests are drilling wells at 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet, and 15,000 feet and deeper, and coming up with oil deposits way below the layers and levels where “fossils” were known to exist.

    As Russia gained much expertise in deep-well drilling and coming up with oil deposits far deeper than that of the level of “fossils”, abiotic oil at extreme depths was actually a Russian ‘state secret” for a long time.

    Not only that, but there are planetary bodies in which hydrocarbons are naturally occurring (without fossils).

    “Peak oil” and “fossil fuels” are discredited concepts that environmentalists and others are latching on to, in order to display their hatred of oil being a renewable resource as well as to push prices up.

    Follow the money.

    Regards,

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  247. Liza says:

    @Anarchyst.

    Expensive, subsidized energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels cannot provide base-load power needed to run a modern civilization,

    That’s correct. We would soon enough devolve into some form of neolithic culture tho not necessarily like the ones of the past. That is not 100% bad after the dust has settled. It would lead to a much lower population, less pollution, and more sense of purpose in life. Just working hard in a direct way for your daily food produces a more grateful mind, unlike the millions of dissatisfied folks today who, returning home from their meaningless jobs in their cubicles, latch onto entertainments of various kinds and end up with the diseases that accompany a hollow life.

    The bad side? There will be tales and myths about the glories of the past (20th-21st century distractions and comforts) and a desire to have these things once again. Plus ca change, turn of the wheel, swing of the pendulum.

  248. @anarchyst

    Anarchyst,

    I remember in the early 1990’s all the top experts were predicting that oil and gas would run out within 20 to 30 years. Never happened. I don’t know what pissed me off more, that it didn’t run out or that the scientists were lying to me, or rather them being so ignorant while pretending to be so knowledgeable.

  249. anarchyst says:

    Your statement:

    It would lead to a much lower population, less pollution, and more sense of purpose in life. Just working hard in a direct way for your daily food produces a more grateful mind, unlike the millions of dissatisfied folks today who, returning home from their meaningless jobs in their cubicles, latch onto entertainments of various kinds and end up with the diseases that accompany a hollow life. vis disingenuous.

    Are you willing to be one of the millions who have to be sacrificed to achieve your concept of “ecological equilibrium? You sound like the type who sees pollution under every rock in the first world, but ignore the massive pollution emanating from third-world countries.

    Most environmentalists are not scientists, are dishonest, and look to “pie in the sky” solutions for environmental problems.

    The air and water systems in first-world countries has been cleaned up to the extent that attempting to get the remaining percent is not only not cost effective, but actually counterproductive.

    Look to the third-world, with their centrally-controlled economies and their massive pollution problems.

    Does it make any sense for first-world countries to be chastised for their minimal pollution while ignoring third-world countries and their massive pollution problems?

    • Replies: @Liza
    , @RadicalCenter
  250. anarchyst says:

    If environmentalism restricted itself to truly caring for our natural resources, I would have no problem with it.

    However, with the secret science and questionable funding that these environmental groups possess taints the whole barrel. It turns out that many claims that environmentalists make have no basis in fact and are not based on good, honest, scientific investigation.

    This is why environmental scientists have to hide their data, as it does not fit their agenda.

    A good example of this is the so-called global warming crap, now renamed climate change. For one, the climate is always changing.

    The East Anglia emails in which data was purposely falsified by climate scientists comes to mind.

    Not only that, the climate scientists purposely installed temperature monitoring sensors in cities, contrary to manufacturers recommendations and good scientific practices, in asphalt-covered parking lots, and other heat sink areas in order to prove their (faulty) hypothesis. This is scientific dishonesty at its worst.

    It turns out that the solar system is in a cooling cycle due to decreased solar activity. There are two long-term solar cycles that reinforce themselves when in phase and cancel themselves out when out-of-phase. Look up the Maunder minimum.

    There are no SUVs on Mars or other planets, yet they are also experiencing the same solar variability.

    Environmentalism has been the method used to impose communist principles on western society, especially in the USA.

    Environmentalists are not content with promoting clean water, air and land, but are hell-bent on controlling human behavior, and yes, promoting extermination plans for much of humanity as these anointed types consider mankind to be a pestilence (except for themselves) to be reduced in population by any means necessary.

    Environmentalists HATE the God-given concept of private property and have imposed government-backed and enforced land use controls on private property owners without compensation, clearly an unconstitutional taking of private property. If environmentalists want to control land use, let them purchase it themselves, not by government force. Today the only method of negating government-imposed land use restrictions is shoot, shovel, and shut up.

    If environmentalists had their way, the earth’s human population would be reduced by approximately 90%, with the remainder to (be forced) to live in cities, in soviet-style high rise apartments, utilizing bicycles, buses and trains for transportation. The use of automobiles and access to pristine wilderness (rural) areas would be off-limits to us mere mortals, and would only be available for these anointed environmentalists.

    The endangered species act is another abuse of environmentalism. Species are always changing, to adapt to their environments-survival if the fittest. In fact, the hoopla over the spotted owl (that placed much northwest timber land off-limits to logging) turned out to be nothing but scientific misconduct and arrogance. There are virtually identical species in other parts of the northwest.

    More scientific malpractice occurred when government biologists attempted to plant lynx fur in certain areas to provide an excuse for making those areas off-limits for logging or development. Fortunately, these scientists were caught, however, no punishment was imposed.

    In order to promote the false religion of “global warming” aka “climate change”, NASA “scientists” purposely installed temperature sensors in city parking lots and roads contrary to good scientific principles and practices in order to “skew” the “global warming” results.

    In a nutshell, today’s environmentalism IS communism like watermelon-green on the outside and red (communist) on the inside.

    It is interesting to note that communist and third-world countries have the WORST environmental conditions on the planet. Instead of the USA and other developed countries spending billions to get rid of that last half-percent of pollution, it would behoove the communist countries to improve their conditions first.

    Here is a question for you environmentalists:

    Why is there a push for restrictive environmental regulations, but only on the developed first-world countries, and not the gross polluters such as India and China?

  251. Liza says:
    @anarchyst

    @Anarchyst:

    Are you willing to be one of the millions who have to be sacrificed to achieve your concept of “ecological equilibrium? You sound like the type who sees pollution under every rock in the first world, but ignore the massive pollution emanating from third-world countries

    Some people on internet forums would employ that much overused phrase “Improve your reading comprehension!”, but I won’t, because that would not be gracious.

    I simply don’t recall saying that I wish to promote or approve of “sacrificing” anyone to a possibly coming-round the-bend new neolithic era. Only pointing out that that might be the result of governments banning traditional sources of energy, i.e., oil, gas, coal, etc. I do note that third worlders are the biggest polluters around. And, further, that I realize that my well-being is dependent on the continuation of these sources of energy. Anyone with 2 brains to rub together can see that alternatives as they are constituted at present are themselves dependent on oil – and lots of it!

    Noting that struggling to stay alive in a neolithic setting might actually produce some psychological benefits (not available in a demented consumer society) would not give anyone the right to conclude that I am pushing for a forced, government-mandated return to such a system. But it could happen for other reasons.

    I accept your apology. 🙂

    • Thanks: anarchyst
  252. I’m not really inclined to keep this debate going here. The thread was never set up for this specific debate (apologies to Israel Shamir for diverting away from his pleasant nostalgic reminiscences).

    Now, having raised the issue of the environmental peril we’re in, there’s a predictable pile on by anonymous posters, all recycling coal/oil/gas/nuclear lobby talking points from early in the last decade and before. They are probably simply ignorant of, or unable to come to terms with, recent data on comparative cost (although I have posted some key references). Like Shamir, they seem to treat this topic with such scant regard for facts that their posts are largely rhetorical diversions.

    [MORE]

    The chart I posted in 251, sourced from Lazard but consistent with other recent analyses, shows that solar and wind are already cheaper ways to generate electric power than fossil fuels and nuclear. That is very recent – and it represents a dramatic and decisive shift away from energy sources of the past and towards 21st century, sustainable energy supplies. One can reasonably expect the cost of wind and solar to continue to fall (especially rooftop domestic solar, where it has the furthest to fall). There is no equivalent cost-reduction in train for fossil fuels and nuclear power.

    Looking forward, it’s game up for the coal and nuclear industries. Once enough cheap renewable energy is flowing through the veins of our economies, it will be game over for oil too. Transportation and industry will also be run on clean, renewable energy. The entire transition can be accomplished within a couple of decades. It is a long overdue shift, but one can only hope it will be sufficiently rapid to prevent a runaway greenhouse effect – and will give people in the future a reasonable chance of restoring climatic stability and biosphere health.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERrEgezUEAArKQk?format=jpg

    • Troll: roonaldo
    • Replies: @Liza
  253. Liza says:
    @Syd Walker

    The chart I posted in 251, sourced from Lazard but consistent with other recent analyses, shows that solar and wind are already cheaper ways to generate electric power than fossil fuels and nuclear.

    I’d like nothing better than to see our entire society – nay, the world – run by truly harmless, pure, clean, etc. power. But have you ever driven past wind-farm areas? Do you see how huge those towers are? What are they made of? Willow branches all lashed together like a little fence? To manufacture these monstrosities, you need much concentrated already-here fossil fuels all the way back to the mines which contain the ores to produce the metals to mfg the infrastructure of the “clean” energy, including the big trucks hauling all the pieces to the site.

    Most of the mines, oil fields and nuclear plants are shit. They are destructive of nature in a huge way, and I hope that they can some day be replaced. But just putting your faith in wind and solar – I am not so sure. Maybe you can show me where I am wrong. Maybe there’s no obvious solution. This is a pathological consumer society and 99% of the population has been duped into believing that they have to have the latest, most comforting, piece of junk in their lives. They’ll riot if they don’t have the latest whatever. “Keeping up with the Joneses” is alive and well.

    This is not about “greenhouse effect”. That’s the least of our challenges right now. To make matters worse, only white people seem to give a damn about any of this.

    @Mr. Shamir. I am sorry to have helped hijack your pleasant memories of a seemingly perfect time. It is easy to get caught up in things.

  254. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    The only odd things about this article are the grammar and the foolish hope of reform. Mr. Shamir is right about the fact that we are waiting for the Apocalypse. Even if taxing landlords and making iPhones that last would magically solve our problems, there is no chance of getting the innumerable masses of voters in any first world Western country to agree on implementing such measures. There are too many people to agree on anything any longer except, perhaps, one thing: annihilation.

  255. @anarchyst

    Living in Los Angeles, I don’t buy the notion that it’s not worthwhile economically to clean the air further. My children’s lungs would beg to differ.

    The case is more stark in China and India.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  256. anarchyst says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Your only solution is to move away from the area.

    No amount of “clean up” will solve Los Angeles’ problem. The native Americans who occupied the region for centuries called it “the valley of smoke” with good reason. Temperature inversions are responsible for most of Los Angeles’ “smog” problem. This was going on long before automobiles were even invented.

    It is the geographical make up of the area, being situated between mountains and the ocean that is responsible for pollution being “bottled up” in that region.

    The only way to “clean up” Los Angeles would be to ban all human activity from the area. Even then, that would not eliminate the problem as temperature inversions would still occur.

    Regards,

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  257. @anarchyst

    Well, it would be fine to have all electric vehicles powered by electricity from nuclear power plants, rather than vehicles burning gas and oil, especially here for the reason you stated. But we know that the unrealistic ideologues running this city and state would never go for the nuke plants needed to make it happen.

    I’d extend the point outside the unusual LA Basin to say that it’s worthwhile to spend more to further reduce air and water pollution in the rest of the State and country as well, farther up the curve of diminishing returns.

    And I did mention China and India, which have hundreds of times the population of LA and spew ever more pollutants into the air and water.

  258. obvious says:
    @Rational

    America is a vast empty space only your bowels are full

    • Disagree: Liza
  259. obvious says:
    @renfro

    If rent is impossible to collect or profit then rent will drop to zero and all property will get sold off to owner occupants. It not only makes perfect senses, it is exactly how the system works.

    All space gets occupied eventually if the market is allowed to clear. “Rent”artificially chews up huge market share and leaves it wasted just to drive up prices. Try collecting rent without a landlord housing court or summary eviction process.

    You’ve got “rent”and “space” mixed up. Rent is the opposite of Housing, it is the literal antitheses.

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